I know you're disappointed about events in Russia but cheer up, the sun continues to shine and the course is still in great shape. The greens, tees and aprons are looking great, thanks to the irrigation system.
We're sorry that the cross country golf has been postponed but let me explain the reasons why. One problem was that this week turned out to be particularly busy with Rabbits and Rangers matches, and a match against Frinton on Wednesday. However, the main reason was that by Tuesday no-one had signed up to play and we couldn't risk closing the course when we were unsure how many players there would be. This highlights the importance of signing up to events so that we can plan accordingly. If you are still unclear how to use the PSI machine please speak to Danny or Stewart, who will be happy to explain the process. We have rescheduled the cross country for September.
Captain's Guest Day
My guest day is on Sunday 22nd July and is now filling up. There will be a shotgun start from 1.00 p.m. and a meal in the restaurant after the game. There is a notice in the George Low bar that will give you all the details and you can sign up there. If you wish to bring more than one guest please do.
July Stableford and the Costa Brava
Last Saturday we were playing to win a few days on the Costa Brava courtesy of 'The Taste of Costa Brava' sponsors. Bush Hill was one of only eight clubs in the country chosen to hold this qualifying event. The lucky winner, deservedly with 44 points, was Clive Prior, who took the prize by beating David Knott on the back nine. Clive won the division 2 stableford from Peter Wafford and Richard Patterson, who both scored 40 points. David won division 1 by just the one shot from Jon Copley. Graeme Allen, scoring 41, completed a sextuplet of players scoring in the 40's.
Ladies invitation to the Gentlemen
Sunday saw the annual mixed match in which the ladies invite the men to a greensomes gathering on the course. This year Chris and Paul Robertson triumphed with a magnificent 41 points, just a point ahead of Lesley Avent and Guy Saunders, and Tracey Ripsher and your Captain. The ladies entertained us well and treated us to a magnificent meal. I hope we men can match this hospitality when it's our turn in August.
A delegation from Frinton, one of our 1895 clubs, came to challenge us on Thursday. The last time we played them, at Frinton back in April, we were given a 5½ - 2½ drubbing, so we were keen to affect our revenge. I'm pleased to say that, due to determination, grit, and I suppose a great deal of luck, we prevailed 6 – 2. We look forward to another series of matches in the New Year.
Congratulations to Norman Carey who picked up two tickets for the Open Championship donated by John White. You see it is worth reading my blog.
Club Championship – To be held on the 21st and the 28th July. There will be a scratch and a new handicap championship, both of which will be held over two successive weekends. There will also be a BBQ available on the second Saturday, when we will present the trophies.
New Members Trophy – Sunday 29th July. Open to all members who have joined in the last three years. Sign up on the PSI or speak to Danny.
Rules of Golf
A number of members have been playing their knock-out matches alongside a medal or stableford competition. The two forms of play are substantially different and rule 33-1 states that it is not practicable and not permitted to combine them. It should additionally be noted that in the stroke play competition the competitors are disqualified and the result of the match played in these circumstances is null and void. Disqualifying players is really not something we want to do, so I have asked that we produce a list of some of the rules that are commonly confused, but it has to be said that there is no substitute for reading the rule book.
Don't forget happy hour on Friday evenings. The atmosphere has been very good during the beautiful weather of the last few weeks, so why not come along or even book a table.
Speak next week.