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 and Ethan Cameron are snapping at his heels on 105 apiece. I don't know what happened to Mike Stainton, our leader for the first two weeks? I'm sure he'll come back.
A team of ladies, led by the green-fingered expertise of Lesley Avent, planted bulbs around the course on Tuesday last, which I'm sure will add both colour and interest and take our minds off that last shot! I'm sure we all appreciate the gesture to keep our course looking attractive; I just hope that in their enthusiasm they didn't plant any on the greens! Great job ladies.
This Sunday sees my first four-ball draw and I would love to see as many people there as possible, if only to see me make a pig's ear of the organisation! Remember you need to be there by 8.00 a.m. and the draw will be made at 8.15 sharp.
Don't forget our annual prize presentation evening next Friday. The take up is very good so far, but the more the merrier. The presentation will be at 8.00 p.m. but you can sample Alasdair's Far Eastern delights from 7.00 p.m! Remember you can book online or directly with Debbie. We'll do it for the knock-down price of £15 and we'll give you a free drink on the winners if you stay for the presentation.
Now I know a few of you think you know it all so why not come along on Friday 17th November and prove it! Our President, Nigel Hunnisett, will be running his very successful quiz evening. He's decided to keep the cost at last year's price, £1 per head, so come and give it a go. Even I can answer these questions – well some of them!
The Captain's committee has decided that this year's turkey trot will now not be allied to the four-ball draw. Instead we will have it as a separate competition on Sunday 17th December. There are a number of reasons for this, though the main one is that to hold it as part of the four-ball draw is felt to be too early. The four-ball draw will be held as advertised on the 3rd December.
And don't forget the Christmas parties. There are still places if you hurry up, especially for the 'informal' party on the 16th December.
Signed Photo and Pennant
To raise some money for my charity, Diabetes UK, we will be raffling a signed photograph of the Arsenal football team and, to maintain an element of fairness in all this, a signed pennant from Spurs. If she has not already accosted you, please speak to Anne behind the bar to purchase a ticket. The raffle will be drawn on Saturday 18th November following the Spurs/Arsenal match.
Speak next week.
Answer to last week's question: Abe Mitchell was Samuel Ryder's golf coach and the figure on top of the Ryder Cup is modelled on him. The link between Abe Mitchell and Crews Hill Golf Club is that Abe's son, Len, was professional there from 1950 until about 1980, I'm not sure of the exact year, though I remember him well. If you can find out I'll give you an extra point! Congratulations to Jon Copley for being first to give me the correct answer.
Question of the week: Simple. Who did Len Mitchell take over from as professional at Crews Hill and what is special about this man?