Have you noticed how the weather has ceased to be a topic of conversation? We know what it's going to be so why discuss it! So what am I going to talk about?
Here's an interesting one. If you are playing in a medal qualifying competition and you 'blow up' on one or two holes, don't despair. Just enter NR for the hole(s) concerned and, for handicap purposes, you will be awarded a score which corresponds to the lowest score you could achieve whereby you could not score if it were a stableford. So for example, if you are 14 handicap and you fail to complete the 6th hole, which is stroke 1, you will be allotted an 8, the lowest score which would give you no points. Your handicap is then calculated according to the CSS. Remember this happens in medal play and, in fact, just last week there was a member who actually had his handicap reduced even though he did not score on one hole. So, as far as your handicap is concerned, there is no need to give up in a medal round. We all know, of course, that we should always hand our card in as, whatever the score, it will have an effect on the CSS.
The new format over two weeks instead of one day came into effect last Saturday and 50 hopefuls took part. Somewhat surprisingly, only three people broke 80 gross. However, here are the top ten gross scores as we go into round two:
75 Alex Watson
75 Clive Prior
78 Oz Hassan
80 Jim Craggs
81 Guy Saunders
81 Mike Stainton
81 Se Banim
82 Iain Lanario
82 Varney Christofi
82 Jack Allen
In the handicap championship the top ten nett scores are:
61 Oz Hassan
65 Guy Saunders
68 Alex Watson
68 Jim Craggs
70 Sandro Cioffi
70 Clive Prior
70 Varney Christofi
70 Dave Griffiths
70 Se Banim
71 Graeme Allen
What about that score of Oz Hassan's? And Guy Saunders isn't that shabby either.
So everything to play for this Saturday and of course Oz plays off the same handicap as last week. Can he produce another round like that?
For those of you who didn't do well last week there are two other competitions that you can play for. The Senior Quaich is a scratch competition for those of you who are over 50 and the Division 2 Salver is a scratch medal for handicaps of 13 and above.
We hope to present the trophies, and perhaps a few prizes, at about 2.30 p.m. Food will be available so I hope some of you will be there to cheer on the winners and have a bite to eat.
Can I gently let everyone know, if you didn't already, that when a start sheet has been produced by the committee you cannot change this time and play at a time which suits you. Rule 6-3 will explain everything.
Captain's Guest Day
Despite the poor turnout at my Guest Day last Sunday, the afternoon went very well and everyone seemed to have a great time. I certainly enjoyed it though my golf swing seemed to be on sabbatical. The winners, for the second year in a row apparently, were Iain Lanario and his guest Peter Waters scoring an excellent 44 points. Runners up were Graham Evans and his guest Jim Johnson with 43 points and third were Jon Copley and Michael Lok who scored 40 points. Ray Ripsher and Stuart Hendon won the best front nine with 22 points and two guests, Mel Marks and Peter Beard, won the best back nine with 21 points. A big thank you to all those members who supported the day and brought along guests; I don't know what we'd have done without you.
The foxes played in the quarter final of the Abrey Cup on Tuesday against North Middlesex. The match was played at Mill Hill and what a game it turned out to be. We were leading by 4 games to 3 with two matches left out on the course. Ted Rees and John White halved their games and had to go back out to play extra holes. John White won his match on the first extra hole but Ted Rees had to battle on to the 6th extra hole before finally winning his. The final score, then, was 6-3 and we now progress to the semi-finals. What a great result and here's hoping we can get to the final.
New Members Trophy
Anybody who has been a member for up to three years qualifies for the New Members Trophy which is to be held this Sunday 29th July. I have sent a personal invitation to everyone who qualifies and it would be lovely to see as many of you there as possible. It is a chance to meet other new members and to find out about the club. I will be there during the afternoon, as will some other committee members. I'll get some doughnuts for the hut and I will present the trophy after the game and talk a little about our club. I would also like you to have a drink on me when you get in the bar.
Gents Invite to the Ladies – Ray Ripsher is organising this game and I know he has already been asking the men if they would like to play. If you do then please contact Ray who will be only too pleased to sign you up. For those who don't know, the Gents invite to the ladies is a mixed event with prizes and a meal afterwards.
August Bank Holiday – A Texas Scramble will be played in the morning and there will be food available at lunchtime, followed by the Wilson Putting Vase.
President's Day – Nigel Hunnisett's presidents day will be Saturday 1st September. There will be a stableford for the President's Prize during the day and then a meal in the restaurant followed by music and dancing.
Cross Country – The cross country has been rescheduled for the 6th September.
Away day – There are still places for the Captain's Away Day at Aldwickbury Park Golf Club near Harpenden. The notice is in the George Low bar.
Two pieces of sad news to finish.
Jean King, the wife of Alan King, past Captain and President, died two weeks ago and had her funeral on Tuesday last at Southgate Crematorium.
Many of you will know Linton who has manned the beer bus on many Captains and Presidents days and will be sad to hear that he was tragically killed on his motorbike last weekend. It is thought he had a heart attack before the crash. He was a jolly fellow who always served up the Bombardier with a smile and a happy remark or two. I had a long chat with him following my Captain's Day and found him to be a really interesting gentleman and who I would love to have got to know better.
Speak next week.