Message from the Captain
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I feel guilty about saying this, particularly as there’s bound to be many people who have headed to the coast this week to make the most of this extraordinary British summer we have been enjoying (or enduring) but I’ve never been happier to see some rain in August. It’s probably not going to be enough to make a significant difference just yet but it’s better than nothing.

It’s been another busy week at MGC. We finally said goodbye to Derek Tennent with a large gathering at the Club on Monday morning for his final round of golf before flying to Australia. And then on Tuesday, the Ladies finished competing for the MEDAL WINNERS TROPHY which was open to everyone who had won a Division 1 and 2 Medal in 2017/18. Pip Mumford won the top prize with a magnificent net 66 just ahead of Margot Cuerden who shot 67 and Kathy Cox on 69. Well played Pip….you are the Winners’ Winner! And then on Wednesday, the MEN’S MIDWEEK MEDAL was won by Logan Poyurs also with a net 66 closely followed by Glyn Greenslade on 67 and Chris Stanton, Gary Smith and Terry Smith all with 68s. Good scoring gentlemen. Thursday was reserved for rain. And on Friday I’m welcoming players from the London Captain’s and Essex Captain’s Golf Societies who have a match at Malden teeing off at 1.00. Conditions are likely to be good to firm.

For me, that’s just the run up before leaping into the weekend with the qualifying round of the BROCK CUP on Saturday when I’ll be playing with the sponsor David Woolmer and Professor Simon Barton, Chair of the 125 organising committee. And on Sunday it’s the GEORGE HOWARD TROPHY when I have the honour of teaming up with our President Geoff Downing and marking for the sponsor Pat Mannion and his partner Gary Robinson (apparently playing with the sponsors doesn’t enhance your chances of winning). The format for the George Howard is foursomes medal – so there’s no place to hide. If I manage to get through 18 holes without having to apologise to Geoff at least once, it’ll be something of a miracle. More news of miracles and other golfing adventures next week.

Next week is the SUMMER COURSE MAINTENANCE WEEK. And while the course isn’t completely closed, there will be some restrictions as Kris and his team undertake an intensive programme of work on the greens and collars, and if there’s time, coring, seeding and top-dressing the tees. All essential if we are to have the very best greens on which to play. More details, together with lots of photographs of the equipment that our Green Team will be using, can be found in the Members’ Section on our website – click on ‘Club’ and then go to ‘News’. And if the work schedule next does impair your golfing plans a little, please bear with us. It’ll be worth it.

Finally, please don’t forget to complete the MEMBERS’ SURVEY which closes next Friday 17th August. It’s important that you have your say about the golf course, clubhouse and all the services that we have at the Club. To access the survey, please cut and paste this link in your internet search engine:

Members Survey

While this is all going on at MGC, up in Edinburgh the Fringe Festival is getting into full swing (excuse the golfing pun). And while the Festival has nothing to do with golf, it does offer me the opportunity to repeat the best 15 jokes and one-liners that have been told so far. So here they are:

1. "I'm not a fan of the new pound coin, but then again, I hate all change" - Ken Cheng

2. "Trump's nothing like Hitler. There's no way he could write a book" - Frankie Boyle

3. "I've given up asking rhetorical questions. What's the point?" - Alexei Sayle

4. "I'm looking for the girl next door type. I'm just gonna keep moving house till I find her" - Lew Fitz

5. "I like to imagine the guy who invented the umbrella was going to call it the 'brella'. But he hesitated" - Andy Field

6. "Combine Harvesters…...and you'll have a really big restaurant" - Mark Simmons

7. "I'm rubbish with names. It's not my fault, it's a condition. There's a name for it..." - Jimeoin

8. "I have two boys, 5 and 6. We're no good at naming things in our house" - Ed Byrne

9. "I wasn't particularly close to my dad before he died... which was lucky, because he trod on a land mine" - Olaf Falafel

10. "Whenever someone says, 'I don't believe in coincidences.' I say, 'Oh my God, me neither!"' - Alasdair Beckett-King

11. "A friend tricked me into going to Wimbledon by telling me it was a men's singles event" - Angela Barnes

12. "As a vegan, I think people who sell meat are disgusting; but apparently people who sell fruit and veg are grocer" - Adele Cliff

13. "For me dying is a lot like going camping. I don't want to do it" - Phil Wang

14. "I wonder how many chameleons snuck onto the Ark" - Adam Hess

15. "I went to a Pretenders gig. It was a tribute act" - Tim Vine

Have a good weekend.

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