One of the signs of impending summer is the rescinding of the winter rules. It's has been a long time coming this year because of the protracted cold and wet weather. As a result, Middlesex Golf gave clubs permission to extend these temporary rules for a further month if needed. If the temporary rules were just about rolling on the fairways we would have rescinded them several weeks ago, but the other aspect is allowing the drop of a plugged ball in the rough. We now believe it is dry enough to stop applying this rule so therefore winter rules will no longer be in operation from today, Friday 18th May. Any wet areas that do still exist will be white lined as GUR or of course you may be able to claim casual water. Please be careful when you play this weekend as we have been lifting and placing since the 1st October and it is easy to continue to do it without thinking. Rule 18-2 will penalise you 1 shot if you should touch your ball. Welcome to summer.
Some good scores were had at the weekend. Iain Lanario must have played extra holes to score a magnificent 46 points. I want some of whatever medication he is currently taking. Well done Iain, and also to Stephen Preston for coming second with 38 points. Division 2 was won by Paul Maile with an excellent 41 points (somewhat fewer than the 451 points that Danny credited him with!), and Richard Blyth and Alec Knight finished with 40 points.
Would you believe it he's done it again. That man Iain Lanario pulled off the double yesterday by winning the Kruger Sovereign. He must have been disappointed though, scoring only 39 points this time! Gary Droy came 2nd with 37 points. Gary has recently rejoined the club after an absence of several years so it was nice to see his name on the score sheet once again.
Edgar Collar Cup
I know we're almost in summer but we have finally had a resolution to the winter fourball knockout competition this week. Jim Craggs and Nigel Bidmead won out over James Chard and Gary Flanagan by the margin of 3 and 2 over 36 holes. I'm told that the game was played at a very high standard. For example, James and Gary were 3 under par after nine holes but found themselves two down. Tough game indeed. Congratulations Jim and Nigel.
A great result on Sunday morning for our Middlesex Sixes team who beat North Middlesex, the holders, at home. The final score was 2-1 to us. The Middlesex Sixes is a fourball knockout competition played off handicap. One pairing must have handicaps in the range 6-10, one in the range 11-15 and one in the range 16-20. If you are interested in playing in future matches please contact Robbie Martin or let the shop know.
Three Club Challenge - A reminder that the 3-club challenge is set for next Thursday 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. It's a great fun competition.
Grouse – The Grouse is played as a Texas scramble on bank holiday Monday 28th May. You can sign up in the George Low bar.
Maytime Greensomes – Hopefully we will at last get to play a mixed event this Sunday, the previous two being cancelled due to poor weather. There is still time to sign up if you're interested.
Luther Smith – You can now sign up for our annual game with Enfield Golf Club. Enter on the hub or the PSI machine. The first week of the Luther will be held at Enfield on 9th June.
Summer Madness – This is a bit of fun, a fourball competition with a shotgun start at 9.00 a.m. on 21st June. Sign up in the George Low bar.
Four new members joined us this week. Ben Savage and Peter Meehan rejoin us after an absence of several years, and Peter Eskesen and Luke Shearer are new. A warm welcome to you all and I hope you enjoy your golf at Bush Hill.
You need to get your name down by the 27th May for a chance to play against your Captain and professional. Sign up in the shop. If you haven't got a partner and would like to play, speak to Danny and I'm sure he will be able to find you someone. It will only cost you a fiver.
South of England Schools Championships
Bush Hill is hosting the South of England Schools Championships on the Tuesday 29th May so if you want to see some excellent young players why not come along. Play begins at 8.15 a.m. and they will be playing 36 holes. This is a prestigious event in the schools golfing calendar and girls and boys from Middlesex, Kent, Surrey, Berkshire and Oxfordshire will be competing.
Finally, I have had a request regarding the wearing of golfing attire everywhere on the course, which includes the putting green and the practice range. Trainers, jeans and sleeveless shirts are not permitted. For a full description of the dress code please go to the website. We appreciate your cooperation in this matter.
That's it for another week. Good luck to all of you who are playing in the Victory cup at the weekend. I've organised great weather for you.
Speak next week.