April’s rain continued into May, we were teased with some good days and then it went back down hill for the Jubilee.  We managed to play the second Capt/Pro match, postponed from April but were twice chased off the course by thunder, lightning, and hail stones.  In the mean time the combination of rain and warm days has caused the grass to grow with unnecessary enthusiasm!

Inter Club matches continued but with mixed results.  The Men had their inaugural match against Foxhills at home but alas were beaten 4-1.  The return at Foxhills will be in May 2013.   We won a Mixed home match against Sand Martins 3.5 to 2.5.  The Ladies’ Centenary Bowl team won the second round home leg against Roehampton but then lost the away leg by the same margin but victory went to Roehampton on ‘countback.’  The Men won the home leg of the Friendship Shield against Sand Martins (away leg in September).  The Surrey 5s B team lost in the second round to West Surrey while the Scratch team went down to Hankley Common.  The Rabbits won against Sutton Green at home but lost away to Pyrford.  The Seniors lost to West Hill in the second round of the Ling Trophy.  One of the highlights was that the Juniors, captained by Sarah Wilmore, halved their match at Sand Martins.  Not sure what happened to the Tigers.

One of the issues that comes out of all these matches is that sometimes we struggle to raise teams, and I tend to see the same names.  When I played with the New Members I encouraged them to keep an eye on the notice boards and sign up for the various matches.  We need you all.

The Captains’ Charity Day is on Sunday June 10th.  A shotgun start at 08:30 with team and individual prizes.  Registration will start at 07:00 or earlier.  There will be the usual competitions, raffles, lunch, and auction.  A big day for Wendy and I.

Tuesday 12th June sees the Jeremy Kyle Heroes Charity Day at the Club.  The Men’s Midweek competition has been moved forward to the Monday.  

Alastair Higgs and his team continue the work out on the course.  All the details in the Greens Newsletter.  The way the grass has grown gives new meaning to the advice ‘straight is best’.  If you hit a ball into the third cut in a match or competition don’t hesitate to play a provisional ball.  It saves time.  The safety net by the 18th tees has been replaced and work continues on the presentation of the tee boxes.  If you see new Blue tees they are for the Juniors, not the rest of us!

The June Committee meeting was a joint meeting with the Trustees.  Amongst the usual business we discussed the need for a few changes to the Rules to keep them relevant and up to date.  In next month’s Update I will talk about how you can become involved with the organisation of the Club’s golfing activities.

There are always small unusual happenings.  At the end of May I played in a society match at Royal Wimbledon.  A shot of malt whisky was served with the coffee and bacon rolls!  I poured most of mine into a plant.  Too early for me.

Good golfing!