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I played a course this week whose irrigation system had broken and I can tell you it was burnt to a cinder. Some tees were completely devoid of green grass and the greens were very patchy where hand watering had not given suitable coverage. It brought home to me the importance of an efficient watering system. Bush Hill looked magnificent yesterday and in particular the new system has improved tees and approaches which have been very patchy in recent years. Mind you, there is one other variable that has changed - the chairman of greens!
My Captain's Day is only a week away now but I'm still looking for a bit of support for the evening. £35 gets you a meal and entry to the Bush Hill Park Golf Club Casino. I'm hoping for a great night but it won't be if you don't come. So please get a table up and speak to Debbie. The competition during the day will be a stableford. You won't have to pay an entrance fee as I will be supplying the prizes, though you will still have the option of entering a sweep and the twos if you want to.
After the first week of the Luther Smith only two Bush Hill members could be found in the top twenty five! It was not entirely unexpected, then, to see the competition won by an Enfield member, Cameron Clark, who had rounds of 72 and 65 for a nett total of 137. Our best finisher was Graham Dickens, who won the Field Cup, which is for the player who comes first from the 'losing' club. Graham had rounds of 75 and 69 for a nett total of 144. Kevin Lewis won the prize for the best round at Bush Hill, a nett 70. What I don't seem to understand is why the Enfield players outnumber Bush Hill by three to one. The Luther Smith is a long established competition and a reflection of the close association between our two clubs. Let's do better next year.
Thursday saw the annual Summer Madness competition and 'mad' it was indeed. My group actually had to start in a bunker would you believe. But it was a great morning, followed by an excellent brunch and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves. I must thank Sue Palmer and Peter Woolf for putting up with my capricious golf; they played very well and as a result we ended up as runners up on 73 points. We were only beaten on the back nine by the team of Denis O'Shea, Ross Grant and Nick Balnave. Incredibly, four teams finished on 73. John White organised the day in typically efficient fashion and treated us to a delicious selection of cakes in the hut. Thanks, John, for a really enjoyable day.
Cross Country – 12th July. If you always seem to be on the wrong fairway or out of position on the course, this is the competition for you. Sign up on the PSI.
Captain's Guest Day – 22nd July. Open to all full and six day members. Bring a friend for a sociable afternoon and evening meal.
Finally, could I make a plea for people not to practise on the course please? It is fine to hit a couple of balls as long as you are not holding anybody up, but please do not hit more than that. I have seen a number of areas where someone has obviously hit 8 or 9 shots from the fairway, leaving unsightly scars. Also, please do not hit balls out of a greenside bunker because of the amount of sand that ends up on the green. Your cooperation in this is much appreciated.
It's the Wally Gatward Trophy this Saturday. Wally was a wonderfully exuberant character and if you want to know what he looked like, his picture hangs in the Old Park Room at the top of the stairs.
The sun is forecast to shine for a week so enjoy your golf but don't forget that lotion.
Speak next week.