A disappointing bank holiday weekend weather-wise, it must be said, though I suppose only having one day of complete disruption should be viewed as a bonus. We did have to cancel the Brasted Trophy on Monday, our first mixed event of the year, but hopefully we will be able to find another day when it can be played.
We were, however, able to play the four-ball draw on Sunday morning and victory for your Captain, Doona Collins and Danny, made it all the more enjoyable. We scored 81 points, most of which we have to thank Doona for. John Worroll, John Hayes and Varney Christofi were second with 76 points.
Saturday saw our first medal of the year, which might have come as a shock after all those stablefords. However, there were no problems for Ethan Cameron who scored an excellent gross 70, nett 65, to win division 1. Paul Robertson won division 2 with a nett score of 71. Ethan and Paul, plus one other, will now represent the club in the Coronation Bowl, a Middlesex competition, which is to be held at Sudbury on 11th July.
Now that you have got the hang of these medals, we have another one for you next Saturday, the Rafferty qualifying. The best 8 scores in each division qualify for the match play stages. Don't worry if you don't qualify this week because you will get another chance the following week, giving 32 qualifiers altogether. The Rafferty is our oldest, and some say the best, competition, having been played for since 1904, give or take the odd war or two.
If you feel you would like to represent the club there are a number of ways in which you can do it.
The 'Sixes' is a Middlesex inter-club knock-out match and includes players with a range of handicaps. The team must consist of:
2 players not less than 5.5
2 players not less than 10.5
2 players not less than 15.5
If you would like to be considered, please contact Robbie Martin or speak to Danny in the shop.
The 'Foxes' are for handicaps 9-19 and play home and away four-ball matches against a number of Middlesex clubs. The first game is this Tuesday against Ealing, though we have a full side now. But if you would like to be included in future matches then just speak to Mark Stevens, Jon Copley or Danny in the shop. You can view upcoming matches on the website. Just search under 'teams' in the members section.
If you want something a little less competitive then perhaps the Rabbits or the Rangers are for you. The next Rabbits match will be away to Finchley on 12th April, and the next Rangers game is also against Finchley, on the 9th April. You need only visit the relevant pages on the website.
Charity Day is now only four weeks away so please get your teams in. There are entry forms in the George Low bar (in a clear pocket on the notice board) or you can enter on the website. Alternatively you can see Stewart or Jenny. You need a team of 4, which can be made up of men, ladies, juniors, or a combination of each. Visitors are welcome, as are Lifestyle members, who will not have to pay any credits on this day. Also if you would like to donate prizes we would be very grateful. The more we can do to raise money for Diabetes UK the better.
St George's day
Now, I'm getting worried about this day. There is a competition during the day and an evening of entertainment. You do not have to commit to both i.e. you can play in the competition without coming to the evening and vice versa. My concern is that very few people have signed up to either and it is only a fortnight away, on the 20th April. The competition should be fun, being an 'alliance' competition. Play in 4's, all scores count on the par 3's, three on the par 4's and two on the par 5's. Sign up in the George Low bar for the competition and on the website for the evening.
We have two new members this week; Alex Lynes and Christopher Davison, a big welcome to them.
If you want to keep up with all the news at the club then pick up a copy of the Bush Telegraph, the latest edition of which is now available. Either grab a copy in the clubhouse or view it online.
The Masters this weekend, so please don't ring me on Sunday evening. I've had a few pence on Casey and Fowler at 25 to 1, so fingers crossed.
Speak next week.