The five year plan presentation was held on Tuesday evening and there was a good turn out by the members. Stewart gave a comprehensive report on his first year at Bush Hill and Nick Balnave then gave his plans and concerns for the future. Thanks to both Nick and Stewart for the work they put into these presentations; I am quite aware of the time they spent in preparing them. For me, as I said on the evening, there are three concerns I have for the future. The first is obviously the projected cash shortfall. A number of possible solutions were proposed at the meeting and these need careful consideration. My second concern was about attracting members to the committee. We need new people with fresh ideas and we also need members to take on the essential roles of Captain and Chair of Management. I can't deny that it can be frustrating at times but, having just completed eight years on committee, I can honestly say that I found the work enjoyable and rewarding. The third point I made at the meeting was my concern about attendance at social events. It does seem to be the same faces at these events and I would love to see some of the newer members coming along. Perhaps the events are not to your liking, which I can fully understand, so let us know what is and we will try to accommodate.
I used to think it was captaincy that spurred Dave Morris on but apparently not as last Saturday he found himself back in the winner's circle. His nett score of 67 gave him a clear victory over Chris Davison, Kevin Prime, Daniel Barker and Jim Craggs, all of whom scored 69. Division 2 was won by Luke Shearer with nett 68 and runner up was Mark Kermode on 69.
This Saturday sees the first round of the club Championship and all playing members should by now have received information about how it will be organised. We have decided to try playing it over two weekends rather than 36 holes in one day in an attempt to attract more players. To make the competition more exciting, players on the second Saturday will play according to where they stand in the championship, the leaders going out last. There will also be a new handicap championship which will run concurrently and the Ladies will also play their Championship at the same time. This way we hope there will be more of a buzz about the event than there has been in previous years. Obviously this is a trial and we would greatly appreciate feed back after the event. On the second Saturday there will be a barbecue available at which we hope to present the trophies and the new club champions will be 'crowned'.
Captain's Guest Day
I have to confess to being disappointed at the number of people who have entered my guest day this Sunday. Having advertised the event for some time now, and opened it up to the ladies, I really thought that there would be a good turnout. I appreciate it is on the last day of the Open, a mistake on my part, but it is an opportunity to bring your friends for a game in a convivial atmosphere. I suppose I'll get over it.
The Foxes scored a brilliant 5 – 0 win over West Middlesex yesterday. The match was played at home and even your Captain won! Next week we play in the quarter finals of the Aubrey Cup, which is a county Foxes knock-out competition.
The Rangers sadly went down at home to Crews Hill on Monday last, though it was a tight match, the 'Crewsaders' winning by 3½ - 2½.
New Members Trophy – Sunday 29th July. Open to all members who have joined in the last three years, who should by now have received an invitation to play. Sign up on the PSI or speak to Danny. I will give more details next week.
Cross Country – The cross country has been rescheduled for the 6th September.
I see that many of you have not collected your bag tags and vouchers for 2018 which are waiting for you in the pro shop. The vouchers in your 'pack' include complimentary green fees for your guests, a complimentary swing check with Danny and a number of other offers.
Good luck to everyone in the Club Championship tomorrow.
Speak next week.