Well here it is dear reader, my final blog. Please don't shed a tear, though, because you will have a lovely new broom coming in on Saturday and we will be swept along on a tide of renewed optimism as the new administration gets underway.
Thanks to everyone for making the year so enjoyable; committee, staff and of course to you the members for making it unforgettable. I tried to thank everyone in my final report but it has been pointed out that I did not thank Mike Clarke for the excellent way he organises the quizzes. This he does indeed, so apologies to you Mike, and to anyone else I've inadvertently missed out.
Memorable moment? Well Danny's tee shot on the 9th hole on Tuesday was pretty special. He launched the ball seemingly into orbit and it came to rest just six feet from the hole, and calmly he knocked it in for an eagle 2. In 48 years of playing Bush Hill I have never seen anybody on that green from their tee shot. I have approached Ray Ripsher to ask if he would let me continue to play with Danny next year. His reply cannot be published.
The dredging of the lake on the 13th went very well and the pond looks resplendent with its new fountain, on loan for the time being. Please note that the spoil dumped in the rough on the 14th is GUR, so you may drop your ball at the nearest point that gives you relief. However, you may not be able to retrieve your ball from the mire and you are advised not to try to walk on to it as some have tried. No names mentioned, eh Graham.
Danny and I played our final challenge on Tuesday and what a match it was. We played against Jon Copley and Mike Stainton, no slouches I can tell you. The match was one up one down all the way and we came to the final hole all square. Danny scored 4 and I managed a 5 nett 4. The opposition, however, were unable to match it and so we finished our challenges with a win. A great game that deserved to be a half (who am I kidding). The final score in the Captain/Pro challenges was 4 to us and 3 to the challengers, Mark Watts and Paul Millard winning the George Low trophy, which will be presented on prize presentation evening.
Well done to Se Banim who scored 40 points last Saturday to win the extra stableford in division 1, and this on his 75th birthday. Congratulations, Se, on both accounts. Jack Allen was runner up with 39 points. In division 2 two players scored 39 points but Ted Rees won it on count back from Dave Ferguson. Well done everyone.
The final stableford is for all those players who won a monthly medal throughout the year. The winner this year was Iain Lanario, no stranger to the winners circle, scoring 36 points. Varney Christofi was runner up just one point behind on 35. Well done gents and well done to all those who won a monthly stableford during the year.
Yesterday was a beautiful late September day and David Boothroyd made it even more beautiful by scoring a magnificent 44 points to win the autumn round of the Kruger Sovereign. Runner up was Colin Davis with a splendid 43 points, which on another day may well have won it. Brian Pomphrey played well also, scoring 40 points to secure third place.
The first final to be completed was the Rafferty Cup. Last year's winner, Se Banim, battled hard but could not quite beat an in form Ethan Cameron.
1895 Mixed Competition
The 1895 is a mixed competition which has been played for 16 years now. Eight of the 1895 clubs compete annually for the trophy on a rota basis. This year it was the turn of Cosby Golf Club, near Leicester, to host the event, and while you were sheltering from the rain last Sunday, we were playing in beautiful sunshine. Six players represent each club in four-ball better ball format and the best two scores counted. Cosby came out on top with 75 points, but I'm pleased to announce that Bush Hill Park came in second with 67 points. Well done to the team of Tracey and Ray Ripsher, Angela and Nick Balnave and Irene and David Dickinson. We are the only club in the group never to have won this event. Perhaps next year.
Welcome to our latest members, Simon Chapman, who joins as a Lifestyle member, and Michaela Turner, who joins as a junior. I hope you will both be very happy at Bush Hill.
AGM – This Saturday, 29th September. 6.30 p.m.
Captain's Driver – This Sunday, 30th September. Shotgun Start at 8.30 a.m. The Captain's Driver in the morning is a four-ball better ball bogey. Pairs can be men, women or mixed. There's still room on the list in the George Low bar if you want to play. Cost is £6.00 which includes a bacon roll.
Captain's Drive-in – The new Captain drives in at 1.00 p.m. down the 18th fairway – hopefully! This will be followed by a meal in the restaurant. You may still get in if you speak to Debbie nicely.
Rolling Over – Winter rules begin on the 1st October. You will be allowed to pick, wipe and place the ball within six inches, no nearer the hole, if you are on closely mown grass. You will also be able to lift and drop a plugged ball in the rough.
Winter Competitions - Entries are now open for the winter knockout competitions. These are the Edgar Collar, a fourball better ball competition, and the Greensomes Goblet, which is, as the title suggests, a greensomes competition. Enter on the PSI.
That's it then, there's no more to say. Let's all welcome in the new Captain and give him the same support as you gave me.