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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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Mark Kermode
Re Lee Valley perhaps Mr Fickling has taken it over?
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Mark Kermode
Perhaps if the Fourball/Professional's draw was a little later I would play. Just saying.
Friday, 13 April 2018 17:09
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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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Captain's Blog – Week ending 26/01/18 My holiday is now a long-forgotten dream and I'm back to reality, playing in the testing North London ground conditions. I had my first game of 2018 yesterday and I was impressed - no, not with my golf - but with the condition of the greens, which for January were magnificent. They were dry and firm, testament ...
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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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Harry Vardon - original architect for BHP before Braid’s alterations
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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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Horace Rawlins who like you was born on the Isle of Wight . The competition took place in 1895 and he is reported to have worked a... Read More
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