Isn't it gratifying when things go well? Charity Day on Monday turned out to be a splendid day. The weather was excellent, the course was in tip top condition and, thanks to all our volunteers and helpers, the day was a great success. Special thanks must go to the green staff, who laboured over the weekend, giving up their free time, to give us a course that was superb and worthy of their efforts.
The team from Jemca Toyota, one of our big sponsors, won the team prize and Dave Morris, Jim Craggs, Robbie Martin and Andy Morris were runners up, having been beaten, frustratingly, on the back nine holes, scoring 88 points. Martyn Laichbury won a car, but sadly only for a weekend, by getting nearest the pin on the 7th. Other nearest the pins included Sue Charles on the 16th for the ladies and Andy Garrad on the same hole for the men.
Danny Hill ran a very entertaining 'Beat the Pro' competition on the 13th, bravely inviting people to choose which club he should use. We, rather ungallantly, chose the driver!
Pam and Tony Brookman managed the hut in competent fashion, dispensing drinks and cakes to the weary and Tracy Morris mugged people as they came in, demanding money with menaces for the raffle, the tote and goodness knows what else.
Jenny Benge and Stewart organised the registration, staying calm and keeping their heads when all around were losing theirs.
Thanks also to Debbie for all her work before the event and on the day, and to Alasdair for the excellent food, and of course to all their staff.
We managed to raise over £2700 for Diabetes UK, which is all down to the involvement of everyone who played, donated and helped. I cannot thank you enough.
May Medal and Scratch Qualifying
The Scratch Qualifying and the May medal were played together and though this is not what normally happens it has been quite effective in attracting people who probably wouldn't play in the scratch KO (including me!).
In division 1 of the May medal James Chard took the top spot on 67, from your very own Captain, who amazingly scored a nett 70. Guy Croton took division 2 with 68 and Richard Blyth was runner up on nett 70. Well done to us all.
James Chard and John Guiney took the top two qualifying places for the scratch with 74 and 79 respectively. The first round of the knock-out stage has been drawn and is available to view on the hub or on the board. The draw is done so that 1st in qualifying plays 16th, 2nd plays 15th, and so on.
Three Club Challenge
A reminder about the 3-club challenge which is set for the 24th May. Martyn Lainchbury is organising this popular event, so get your name down on the board in the George low bar. The competition is open to women and men and you can choose whether you would like to play 13 or 18 holes.
Professional's Monthly Draw
Danny's first professional's monthly draw took place last Sunday and was well supported. 25 people took part and we played in threes with the best two scores on each hole to count. Winners with 80 points were Ted Rees, Ethan Cameron and John Crisford. The runners up were Graham Evans, Eusebio Huerga and Sean Nugent, who came up one point short on 79. Well organised Danny, the morning was a great success I thought.
Our second foxes match was played yesterday (Thursday) at West Middlesex Golf Club. Bush Hill were again victorious, winning by the margin 3-1, to maintain our 100% record. I must say that I hadn't ever played at West Mid before and I was very pleasantly surprised. An interesting layout, which was in good condition, and apparently the oldest club in Middlesex.
The 36 hole Victory Cup is due to be played on 19th May. This is a gentle reminder to get your entry in before Monday 14th.
We are continuing with temporary winter rules for this weekend and will review again on Monday. As far as rolling on the fairways is concerned we could easily go to summer rules now but there are still one or two wet patches in the rough and the temporary rules allow you to clean and drop the ball if it is plugged.
May stableford this weekend. Let's hope the weather holds.
Here endeth my 30th blog; I feel we should have a party to celebrate.
Speak next week.