Welcome forlorn reader!
Here we go, then, with what I hope will be an enjoyable year of golf for everybody at Bush Hill.
First of all I would like to stress again the point I made at the AGM. I truly believe we are at the start of a bright new future at Bush Hill Park Golf Club, for reasons I outlined on Saturday. If we want the club to thrive then it will, we just have to be positive. A lot of people are working very hard to help the club prosper and grow and we owe it to them to do all we can to support them. If you do have an issue please speak to me or Stewart, or write to the committee and we will address it. What we don't want are ugly rumours circulating.
Congratulations to Dave on a wonderful year and thanks for giving me such a tough act to follow! Whether I will be able to reduce my handicap in the same drastic way as Dave remains to be seen; anybody want a wager?
I also would like to wish Mark Watts the very best of luck with my 'greens' job. I'm going to miss the boys but I'm certain Mark will be superb. Watch out though because I suspect the course will get tougher!
We had a great turnout for the Drive-in, 50 people playing our annual bogey competition on what was a beautiful day; 'Stolen from the heart of summer', as a good friend of mine used to say! Those old campaigners, Peter Wafford and Rob Wiles, won it with a scary score of 10 up. Great result and I suppose I'll have to get used to mentioning their names on many occasions throughout the coming year! Thanks to all who played for your support.
Kieran Costello guessed the length of my drive accurately at 225 yards, straight down the middle as you would expect! Of course this could easily have travelled another hundred yards if the ball hadn't found one of those horrid bunkers at the top of the 18th! Well done also to Neal Avent who won a Toyota* for nearest the pin on the 16th. See the kind of prizes on offer now!
Congratulations to the winners of the October Stableford held last Saturday. Jack Shirley won division 1 with 41 points and Sean Ruby won division 2 with 39 points.
Finally, excellent news from the Vets camp! Mike Steel tells me that, following the 6-2 drubbing of Old Fold Manor on Monday, the season stands with 14 wins for Bush Hill, with 9 losses and 3 halved. This, according to Mike, is our best season in living memory. Well done all. There is one match remaining next Monday, home against Hadley Wood.
Apologies for the length of this inaugural blog, but a lot has happened in a few short days.
Speak next week.
David Dickinson 225 (doesn't have the same ring does it!)
Question of the week:
Who won the first US Open Championship and what was the town of his birth? And why would I ask this apparently random question?
Answer next week.
*For one weekend only!
Horace Rawlins from Shanklin?! Perhaps your inclusion of a random question is one of 'too much time on your hands'?
Like me clearly! - have a great year David!
Horace Rawlins who like you was born on the Isle of Wight . The competition took place in 1895 and he is reported to have worked at Crowborough Beacon for a while where he played a match against James Braid losing 5 and 3. He Died in Reading aged 60. Thanks Wikipedia.
Good Luck and best wishes for your year, I am sure you will do a great job, shame about that bunker but I don't remember it being in the middle !.