News and Updates from BHPGC

Here you'll see posts from our Club Captains, Green keeping and Events Teams, along with lots of other news!

Captain's Announcements

Captains Blog Stardate -33333.33(18 January 2019) Hi All, The weather has turned a bit chillier, with some bright sunshine but still no significant rain, so all still really good on the golfing front, technically speaking. More good news on the membership front, this week we welcome Ian Rudd as a Lifestyle member, who has been referred by Chris Aga...
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Captains Blog Stardate - 19111.10 (11 January 2019) Howdie, We continue to be contained within a bubble of stable weather patterns, delivering above average seasonal temperatures, with the occasional perturbation around the mean with almost no precipitation punctuated with some sunny intervals. For most of us, that's very pleasant and for the cours...
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Captains Blog Stardate - 10401.19(4 January 2019) Happy New Year, The year is still fresh and youthful and probably around 4 or 5 days old by the time you get to see this message. The weather has turned colder but is still dry with some beautiful sunny intervals, nothing to really moan about yet on that front. We have more new playing members who I...
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  Captains Blog Stardate - 1812.27(27 December 2018) Interregnum Greetings, Not technically correct but a nice word which sort of indicates a pause between two periods, in this case Christmas and New Year. I really hope you enjoyed Christmas as much as I did and are now looking forward to the New Year celebrations. Which brings us a little clo...
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Captains Blog Stardate - 1212.12(21 December 2018) Greetings, On this day in 1937, Jane Fonda was born, which was great – without that event who would have played Barbarella? So many questions, so few answers. Well, anyway, the next big day has almost arrived. What wouldn't you give to see the grin expand across the chubby cheeks of Robbie 'Rules' ...
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Captains Blog Stardate - 0312.14(6 December 2018) Welcome Dear Reader, I adore the concept of time, don't you, and why do we perceive this as only travelling in one direction? This blog must be short by popular demand since strangely, I am running out of time, which is another interesting paradox. Firstly, unfortunately a very short report on the l...
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Captains Blog Stardate - 6512.06(6 December 2018) Welcome to Week no.49, Where has the year that didn't seem to start, gone? Last Saturday afternoon at the club, saw the resurrection of the Bush Hill Park Golf Club children's Christmas party. I don't have the exact numbers but at least 45 children were booked in to see Sally Squiggles do her stuff ...
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Captains Blog Stardate - 2956.23(30 November 2018) Happy St. Andrew's Day, The above salutation naturally only makes technical sense if you are reading this on Friday 30 November 2018, if not, please see below; Hello, Last Friday evening saw the eagerly awaited Prize Presentation Evening at the club. I think that this must have been one of the best...
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Captains Blog Stardate - 2027.13(23 November 2018) Hello, Good Evening and Welcome (wrong script) We start today with the news that Niall Longworth has joined the club as a full member and on your behalf I would like to extend a super BHP welcome. I hope that Niall will quickly get into the swing and perhaps join us for the special Turkey Trott dra...
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Captains Blog Stardate 1956.25(15 November 2018) Hej allesammen, If you are reading this now, it is likely that I am in Copenhagen, hence the Danish salutation, which I am sure Russell will appreciate. I must begin with an apology and a correction to an item in last week's blog. It has been pointed out that one of the winners of the Autumn Vases wa...
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​Captains Blog stardate 1361.5 (8 November 2018) Buongiorno a tutti, Excellent news, this week we welcome Susan Craig to the club, who has joined us as a Lifestyle member. Susan was a regular player some years ago and now wants to resurrect her game with us at Bush Hill. Susan wants to get involved in all aspects of the club so ...
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Captains Blog stardate 1347.8(2 November 2018) Hello Everyone, Firstly, I would like to welcome Gary Dearle to the club this week. Gary is a Lifestyle member and is looking forward to resurrecting his golf and his handicap with us here at Bush Hill Park. I know that Stewart has extended a warm welcome to Gary and informed him of the Pro 4-Ball Draw...
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Captains Blog stardate 13752.8 (26 October 2018) Hello Funsters, I can now see why our Immediate Past Captain (IPC) became fixated with the weather. It seems a natural ice breaker for the blog and I guess as Brits, it is a national obsession. Anyway, we have seen more decent weather over the last week but make the most of your golfing at the weeken...
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Ray Ripsher - Club Captain Captain's Blog star date 1367.8 (19 October 2018) Hello, That's another week gone by and the weather has been tremendous. We are somewhat short on rainfall, as Graham Careford will protest, with some justification and there is a distinct nip in the air, I assume that's still an acceptable comment in 2018, but this has bee...
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Captains Blog stardate 1527.2(12 October 2018) Good morning All, I just love salutations, don't you? Unfortunately, assuming that someone is actually reading this, it could of course be any time of day or night. Anyway, since I have been correctly accused of employing twenty words when just one will do, I am going to try to keep the blogs short and...
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Hello everyone, I am honoured and absolutely delighted to be addressing you as Club Captain of Bush Hill Park Golf Club for 2018/19. This feels a bit like an Oscar acceptance speech, well not exactly but there are so many thank yous that I am not quite sure where to begin. I think I should just stick to thanking my proposers and all of you who have...
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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 maki...
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My penultimate blog and most events have now been played. However, it was quite a busy week so read on. Ray Ellis Trophy On Tuesday the annual match against Winchmore Hill Cricket Club Golf Society took place at Bush Hill. A win by your Captain and Robbie Martin and another by Martyn Lainchbury and Eusebio Ramirez was sadly not enough to stave...
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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 ...
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You've all heard the news that the committee have made the decision to terminate the catering franchise and I for one will be sad to see Alasdair go. He will be disappointed to leave Bush Hill, where he has enjoyed more than 14 years, but he is pragmatic about the nature of franchises and I am confident he will find somewhere where he can be happy ...
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As we push into September we start to see the last big events of the golfing season. This Saturday is President's Day and I know that Nigel has put a lot of effort into the day, so I hope it will be a memorable one for him and for everyone. The promise of top quality fillet steaks has lured nearly 80 people to the evening, which promises to be a li...
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The season is progressing fast now and competitions have already reached the semi-final stage. It is still our intention to have a special finals' weekend. This will give more prominence to the competitions and let finalists feel proud about their achievement. It will also give members the opportunity to follow the progress of the matches, both on ...
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This week saw the South of England Girls Championship and if you were unable to come along you missed some magnificent golf from the girls, one of whom was as young as 10. One of them even got a hole in one on the 7 th , particularly impressive because they played off the white tees. Five counties took part, Middlesex, Surrey, Sussex, Hampshire and...
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When you're in the clubhouse next, pick up a copy of Golf News . The latest edition features a very complimentary article about Bush Hill Park . It reminds us all of some of our assets and the benefits of being a member at Bush Hill Park, from the clubhouse and the course, to the swing studio, the 1895 membership and of course the new irrigation sy...
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Well, I'm in the Autumn of my term as Captain and things seem to be getting a little easier, so I've taken the opportunity of having a golf lesson with Danny. I only tell you this as it's only right to give you fair warning of my impending success in competitions following said lesson! Club Championship Speaking of success, I think the new format f...
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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 ...
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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 th...
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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. Cross country We're sorry that the cross country golf has been postponed but let me explain the reasons why. One problem was that this week...
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Before I start I need to grovel in forgiveness for not mentioning Len Palmer's magnificent hole in one on the 15 th during the American Cup last week. This is especially poor of me as Len provided us all with wine at the table in the evening. Can you ever forgive me Len? Captain's Day I can't tell you how much I enjoyed my Captain's Day on Saturday...
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Captain's Day for the Ladies This was the highlight of my week and what started as quite a cold day ended up being glorious. 34 ladies competed for my Captain's prize, which was won in stunning style by Sarah Rees with 41 points. Angela Balnave was second with an excellent 38 points, beating the Lady Captain on the back nine. Jenny Pizey won the ve...
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I played a course this week whose irrigation system had broken and I can tell you it was burnt to a cinder. Some tees were completely devoid of green grass and the greens were very patchy where hand watering had not given suitable coverage. It brought home to me the importance of an efficient watering system. Bush Hill looked magnificent yesterday ...
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My head still aches from the Past Captains dinner on Wednesday evening, though I am assured I had a good time. The Past Captains Cup was held in the afternoon and was won by that man Morris, who some of you might just remember, used to be Captain. I have to say he played a magnificent round of golf, scoring 43 points and winning by the impressive m...
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It was gratifying to see the club so lively on Friday night. People eating in the restaurant, drinking in the bar and enjoying the patio at the end of another hard week. This is what the club is all about and I look forward to more great evenings such as this. June Medal A brilliant score of 66 won Neil Hurst the June Medal in division 1 last Satur...
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One of the signs of impending summer is the rescinding of the winter rules. It's has been a long time coming this year because of the protracted cold and wet weather. As a result, Middlesex Golf gave clubs permission to extend these temporary rules for a further month if needed. If the temporary rules were just about rolling on the fairways we woul...
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Isn't it gratifying when things go well? Charity Day on Monday turned out to be a splendid day. The weather was excellent, the course was in tip top condition and, thanks to all our volunteers and helpers, the day was a great success. Special thanks must go to the green staff, who laboured over the weekend, giving up their free time, to give us a c...
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Well, we're all ready to go. I'm talking of course about Charity Day on Monday. We now have 25 teams, which I'm really pleased about, the weather looks set fair and we're all going to have a great day whilst raising money for Diabetes UK. Winter Rules Due to the unprecedented amount of rain and cold weather, the County have given dispensation to al...
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Hold onto your hats because I have got a lot to get through this week and I need your complete attention. First of all I want to tell you that Sarah and Amy left us this week for pastures new. They were reliable and attentive bar staff and their cheery greetings will be greatly missed. Replacements will be difficult but we will see what we can do. ...
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What a difference a week makes. I can see that the new irrigation system is going to come into its own sooner than we thought. On Wednesday a deputation of Bush Hill Park warriors went down to Frinton Golf Club, an 1895 course, to do battle with the locals who had thrown down the golfing gauntlet. It is my sad duty now to tell you that it was a rou...
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I'll just make this one observation – last year at this time we had sun and temperatures in the mid-twenties. This year we had 62 mm of rain in March compared with 18 mm last year. For the mathematically inclined that's over three times as much. Enough said. The Rangers played against Finchley on Monday and I feel someone should review their medica...
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​ A disappointing bank holiday weekend weather-wise, it must be said, though I suppose only having one day of complete disruption should be viewed as a bonus. We did have to cancel the Brasted Trophy on Monday, our first mixed event of the year, but hopefully we will be able to find another day when it can be played. We were, however, able to play ...
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Captain's Announcements - 30/03/18

​ Captain's Announcements – Week ending 30/03/18 It was nice to get a glimpse of spring at the weekend, even though it was cruelly snatched from us, and the bank holiday weekend looks to be a wash out. Where is global warming when you need it? I start by announcing a fantastic achievement by our own Jenny Benge, who last weekend ran a half marathon...
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Well Carol got the forecast right again and we had to suffer another weekend twiddling our thumbs. The Annual Dinner was a great success, however, and I would like to thank all those who made the evening so enjoyable. Alasdair for the delicious food, Debbie and her helpers for looking after us in her normal inimitable fashion and to Jenny Benge for...
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Captain's Blog - Week Ending 09/03/18

Captain's Blog – Week ending 09/03/18 Well, it was a much nicer weekend and there was even a touch of spring in the air. Can you believe it though, Carol has forecast snow again for this weekend! You'll be pleased to hear that your Captain scored 41 points on Saturday, and you'll be even more pleased to learn that he didn't go in the competition! T...
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My premonition about last weekend's golf sadly came to pass and the course was closed all weekend. I trust everyone saw the website before venturing up to the club for the four-ball draw on Sunday morning. Hopefully spring is on its way. Congratulations to the green staff for the work they've done on the bunker at the 16 th . What a transformation;...
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It was a cold and frosty morning that greeted Danny and I when we stepped out to play our first Captain/Pro challenge last Sunday. I'd like to give you better news but I have to tell you that sadly we went down. Varney Christofi and Graham Evans played as if their very lives depended on it to beat us 4 and 3, and seemed to show no shame when, with ...
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Quite a few things to tell you this week so please pay attention. First of all, congratulations to Middlesex County Golf Union, who yesterday were awarded the title of 'Best County in England'. The award was presented by England Golf at a dinner on Thursday evening. This is a significant achievement for the county and of course to our very own Di W...
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First of all, very many congratulations to Di Williams who has recently been voted Vice-President of Middlesex County. This is very well deserved, given all the work she has done for Middlesex, and it is also worth mentioning that she is the first woman to hold this position. The very wet conditions forced us to close the course last Friday, the fi...
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I've got good news for all those people, including me, who have to book a tee time at the inconvenient, not to mention unearthly, time of 7.30 a.m. on Thursday mornings. Well I can tell you that we are about to change it to 7.30 p.m., still on Thursdays. I am aware that some of you still go to work, so I'm hoping this will be better for you. I'll k...
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Well, I've finally done it; I had a lesson with Danny yesterday, purely as a kind of market research exercise you understand, for which, as such, I expect to be reimbursed by the club. I can highly recommend a lesson with Danny, though. He has got one of these state of the art gizmos which tell you how fast your swing is, whether it is in-to-out, o...
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I'd like to say that it's great to be back but when you've been living in shorts and a tee-shirt for 10 days this weather comes as a bit of a shock! I sense that there's not a lot of sympathy for my cold weather plight so I'll get on. Thanks first of all to Ray Ripsher for standing in so brilliantly while I've been away and for writing an excellent...
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Hello fellow members, Whilst our esteemed Captain is escorting his good wife around the Caribbean, he has tasked me with compiling your Captain's blog. A task that I'm not necessarily up to yet but I'm more than happy to give a go. The weather has not been too kind for golf recently but I can report on a couple of events that I am aware of and apol...
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Happy New Year to everyone. I hope you all had a relaxing and an enjoyable Christmas, and are beginning to recover from the excesses of the season. Here we are at the start of a brand new year; a chance to begin afresh, turn over a new leaf, learn new skills, gain new experiences. I think I'll carry on the same as before! The club has a new profess...
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A short blog entry this week -  Last week's  question was, "How many presents were sent in the song, The Twelve Days of Christmas"? The answer is 364, one for every day except Christmas Day. Nobody sent me the answer, perhaps because of the mathematical complexity, or may be they were all getting on with their lives! On the first day 1 pr...
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Frozen greens and one hole closed caused the Winter League to be cancelled last Saturday. A stableford competition was run but only 5 determined people played. Martin Dunnett won with 33 points over the 17 holes that were open. Hopefully the Winter League will resume next Saturday. Turkey Trot 24 people played in the turkey trot on Sunday. The two ...
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Well we made it back from Scotland on Saturday, but only just. The snow came just a few hours later. The irony was that there was no snow in Scotland, where it ought to be! Anyway, we made it to the Christmas party and danced (yes even me!) until the early hours. Paulo De Freitas kept us entertained with his excellent singing and in the end we had ...
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Just a short report this week as I'm sunning myself in Glasgow! As I thought, access to the Internet is restricted, though I am impressed that they do in fact have electricity! Competitions Well done to Shay Banim who, sporting a 'new' swing, scored 37 points to win division 1. Dave Morris and Rob Grover were one point behind. Now here's a surprise...
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Competitions Is there nothing that can stop Andy Morris from winning? 39 points this week and it is now four weeks in a row he has occupied the top position in division 2. Also, he is a remarkable 9 shots clear overall in the Winter League. Realistically, there's only one person who can stop him now – the handicap secretary! Division 1 was won by A...
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Winter Rules - I was asked at the weekend about getting free drops from tractor ruts. I'm afraid you can only do this if the area in question is specifically stated, either on a board or on the website. Generally during the winter the only relief to which you are entitled is to lift, wipe and place your ball within 6 inches if you are on a closely ...
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Hole in One Hearty congratulations to Graham Edwards for achieving a hole-in-one on the 13 th hole during the Winter League competition on Saturday last. 1 for 5 points always looks good on the scorecard! Competitions Neil Hurst won division 1 in last Saturday's Winter League with an excellent score of 42. Andy Morris won division 2 for the second ...
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  Four-Ball Draw - The four-ball draw was held on Sunday last and what a wonderful morning it was. The sun was shining and I'm pleased to say my first draw was well supported. Numbers being divisible by 3 and not by 2, we decided to play teams of 3 with the best two scores on each hole counting. Two teams finished an embarrassing 7 points ahea...
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Competitions Well done to Mark Watts for scoring 41 points in the Winter League on Saturday. Why did this not happen to me when I was greens chairman? Nigel Bidmead was second in division 1 with 39 points. David Snell and Sean Nugent both scored 39 points in division 2, David winning on count back. Mark now leads the league with 106, but Ken Cave a...
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  Competitions Well that was some weekend of weather! The wind, courtesy of hurricane Brian, certainly produced testing conditions, so much so that the best score any of us could muster was 35 points. Iain Lanario managed it in division 1, as did Chris Hollins and Kieran Costello in division 2. Mike Stainton still leads the way in the Winter L...
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Charity Though I mentioned it at the AGM, I would like to remind you all about my charity, Diabetes UK. I have been diabetic for over 30 years, as was my mother before me, and my brother has just been diagnosed. Apart from the many research projects that they fund, Diabetes UK also campaigns for a better understanding of the disease and provides pe...
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Welcome forlorn reader! Here we go, then, with what I hope will be an enjoyable year of golf for everybody at Bush Hill. First of all I would like to stress again the point I made at the AGM. I truly believe we are at the start of a bright new future at Bush Hill Park Golf Club, for reasons I outlined on Saturday. If we want the club to thrive then...
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​ Welcome to my last weekly announcement as your Club Captain. This week I would like to start by saying how much I have enjoyed the experience and thank all of you for making do with me until a proper Captain could be found. Without my seventeen readers each week there would be no point in writing this little blog. I hope you have found some of th...
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Last week's winners of the September Stableford were Nigel Bidmead with a 66 in division one and Ray Ripsher with a 72 in division two. Well done both of you and anyone else who has beaten their handicap this week. Special mention for Richard Blyth, who finished fifth in the Middlesex handicap competition at West Middlesex on Sunday, just out of th...
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