I apologise that my advice regarding the need for a brolly last Saturday was somewhat inaccurate. Sometimes it's good when Carol gets it wrong.
Middlesex Handicap Championship
I've just had this bit of breaking news about the men's handicap championship at Stanmore, played on Wednesday this week. 66 people played and our very own Richard Blyth won the title with 41 points. Not only that, Richard, Dave Morris and Nick Balnave won the team event with a total of 109 points and by the incredible margin of 10 points. What a result. Well done gents.
Captain's Away Day
The highlight of the week, well for me at least, was my away day on Sunday last. I took what turned out to be a very well behaved group over to Aldwickbury Park Golf Club, near Harpenden, and a good day was had by all. The greens were like lightning and the speed and subtle borrows were too much for me, but not, however, for the masterful putting touch of Jim Craggs. Jim scored 38 points to win the coveted Away Day Trophy and a place in history. Danny Hill finished eagle, par, birdie, but it wasn't enough to beat the consistent Andy Henderson who took runner up spot with 36 points, beating Danny on the back nine. The team event was won by Gary Droy, Richard Blyth and Sean Nugent scoring 82 points, just one shot in front of Eusebio, Robbie Martin and Jim Craggs. The longest drive was won by the irrepressible Ray 'Ripper' Ripsher on the tight 10th hole, Richard Blyth was nearest the pin in two on the 11th and nearest the pin on the 14th was Iain Lanario. I'd like to thank everyone who played for making it such a special day.
After the excitement of his President's Day you'd have thought that Nigel Hunnisett would have been taking it easy but not a bit of it. He played like Rory Mcilroy on steroids to win division one by the ludicrous margin of six points, and even three putted three times for a magnificent round of 44 points. Varney Christofi and Jack Shirley scored 38 points, Varney taking second spot on the back nine. In division 2 Sandro Cioffi won with an excellent 40 points, Ian McNally scoring 39 to be runner up.
I want to make a special mention of the Captain's Drive-in on the 30th September. In the morning there will be a four-ball better ball bogey competition. If you don't know what that is, look it up. Sign up on the PSI. The competition will cost you £6.00 and as well as entry to the competition you will get a bacon roll before you venture out. After the competition at about 1.00 p.m. the new Captain will drive in down the 18th hole. Graham Evans, the new vice-captain, will be coming round asking for money to guess the length of the Captain's drive, so give generously. Following that there will be a meal upstairs. Let's all make the new man feel welcome.
Lambert Trophy – The final mixed competition of the year is this Sunday, 16th September. There's still time to sign up. There's a notice in the George Low bar.
Ray Ellis Trophy – This is the annual match between the club and Winchmore Hill Cricket Club Golf Society. The date is Tuesday 18th September and a list has gone up in the George Low bar. We need 12 for a team. The first tee off will be at 2.30 p.m. and there will be some sandwiches following the game. Cost will be £7.50.
Kruger Sovereign – A little earlier than normal on the Thursday 27th September.
AGM – 29th September.
September medal tomorrow.
Speak next week.