Hello all,

September was a very productive month on the course with our autumn maintenance being carried out to ensure the course is in the best possible condition for next year.

However, it wasn’t such a productive time on the course from a personal perspective, as I was stuffed like a proverbial Christmas turkey in the finals of the Stratford and Victory Cups! The worthy winners were Stuart Blundell and Mark McLoughlin who both played some amazing golf – congratulations!

On a brighter note, we had a major event in our calendar – The Phoenix Challenge and I would like to take this opportunity to thank Terry for his tireless efforts as the event was, once again, a huge success. Ironically, he was rewarded by winning the individual prize on the day- The Woodage Ganner Trophy. With the silent auction and the putting competitions we managed to raise a healthy sum of money which is always nice. Romsey Golf Club entered four teams, and our relationship with the club seems to go from strength to strength – maybe it’s time we had a men’s friendly match in addition to the mixed match with them (watch this space!).

The Queen Mother shield came to its conclusion and Stuart Blundell came out on top with a grand total of 114 – well done Stuart.

We also held the Coronation Cup in September, won by Derek Gardner with 39 points – well played Derek!

There were also some great scores in the September medal – Division A was won by Terry McCrossan (net 63) and Division B was won by Chris Penn (net 62)- great scores the pair of you!

As mentioned earlier, our greens staff have worked tirelessly and the course is still, at this time of year, looking fantastic, so credit to Fred and all of the volunteers – thank you for the work you do.

In order to keep the course in ‘tip-top’ condition, we have upgraded our machinery to enable us to speed up the greens (the new equipment will cut approximately 2mm shorter than our old machine)… watch out Augusta National!

Finally, on behalf of the entire club, I would like to offer great thanks to Marian Fell and Karen Regan, whom with the help of Alison, held a Macmillan coffee morning (albeit late afternoon!). Our members chipped in with homemade cakes for sale, followed by a Texas scramble. After the round, Alison prepared a rather delicious dish of sausage, mash and peas, which was received well by all. The event was a great success, with over £500 raised, so many thanks to all who took part to support this amazing charity.

That’s all for now- happy golfing!

Alton Golf Club Captain