Saturday 12th May: PRGC Incorruptibles-V-Distinguishables

Ladies and Gentlemen

 

As your Competitions Secretary it falls to me advise you of the details of this years Grand Challenge match between Gavin Adams’ team (the Distinguishables) and John Tubbs’ team (the Incorruptibles). You will all be aware this is a four ball better ball match play competition played off 90% handicap difference to the lowest handicap player in each match. This year we have 11 matches so a pretty full-on competition playing for the Glenfiddich Putter nobly donated by one of our founder members Terry Clarke.

 

On the day coffee and biscuits will be available from 0830, there will be a competition and rules briefing at 0900 and golf will commence with a shot gun start at 0930. Following the golf there will be a buffet lunch and presentations. The entry fee is £10 payable on the day.

 

The match play batting is attached so no excuses for not knowing which team you are on, who you are playing with and against, or which tee you are starting on. Wherever you start please remember that after hole 9 you proceed to hole 10, and NOT hole 1!!

 

Best wishes

 

Barry Woledge

Open Week Tuesday 8th to Sunday 13th May 2018

We are offering people who haven’t tried our course (or haven’t tried it for some time) the opportunity to play a “free 9 hole trial”, so long as they contact us at http://princesrisboroughgolfclub.co.uk/contact-us/.

If you have friends, who are potential new members, it is a chance for them to play with you for free during this ‘open week’.

It is important that we manage this through our ‘contact us’ process to avoid disappointment and to allow us to advise people on when they are able to play. We will obviously not be booking people in when the course is busy with members.

At a time when others are losing members, we are gaining them. We have worked hard to achieve this as a team and we are keen to build on that momentum. Two more are joining next week from Weston Turville based on our course quality and hospitality.

Please contact us if you wish to take advantage of this opportunity or know someone who might 🙂

PRGC Top of their CBL Division!! What a Result Away from Home!!

The Princes Risborough team in the Chiltern Breakfast League continued their impressive start to the season with a halved match away at Mill Green on Saturday 28th April. Mill Green is an excellent golf club with a challenging course which following overnight rain played very long and heavy. This did not deter the Princes Risborough players at all with 2 pairs, Captain Gavin Adams with Neil Martin, and CBL team Organiser Barry Woledge with Steve Wagerfield winning again  to make it three wins out of three matches for both pairs. Neil Terry and Dave Mackenzie delivered the biggest win on the day for PR with a 3&2 victory so three good wins being sufficient to secure the halved match and many league points.  After three matches Princes Risborough head Division B of CBL 2018 but there is still a long way to go in the season. Next week the team have another challenging away match at Richings Park and after this rousing away performance the team will be in fine fettle, and hopefully the weather a little warmer!! Richard Bennett made his CBL debut in this match and all members are welcome to join the CBL squad. Those wishing to participate should contact Barry Woledge

More Progress on our Lovely Greens… 28.04.18

Sorrel Rolling… On Thursday evening we sorrel rolled the greens. Used on a regular basis the sorrel roller breaks up any crust that tends to form on the soil. The small spikes penetrate the surface which allows the air, nutrients and especially water to start their journey to the roots. This won’t interfere with play but it will ensure that we max the wet weather this weekend for the health of the greens.

Wetting Agent… we also applied wetting agent to the greens. This means that all of this weekend’s rain will penetrate the soil properly and stay drinkable for longer. It effectively breaks down the wax that forms on greens which would otherwise prevent the water from getting to the roots.

Cutting Days… Weather permitting, we are now cutting greens on Tuesday / Wednesday / Friday / Saturday / Sunday (Resting Monday and Thursday). with a hole change every Thursday evening.

Poa Busting / Grooming… for the next few weeks, each Wednesday morning we will be groomimg and cutting. The groomer was a new investment and essentially vertically cuts the grass, helping to strip out the poa seeds which are beginning to flower on the greens. This will do two things; one, increase speed (as poa seed adds friction) and two, will increase consistency.

Lot’s to do – but the greens are healthier than they have ever been at this time of year and are getting faster and more consistent. We are aiming to work within the 8 to 8.5 ft stimp territory. For regular membership play this is regarded as medium-fast to fast and for tournament play, medium. Great feedback from Richard Aldridge and the WAGS on the condition and speed – thanks Richard.

Green speeds, health and consistency…

We stimp tested greens this morning at just over 8ft and they remain very healthy following the pre-emptive final fusarium spray for spring (last week). Last night we did a light verticut double pass which will also help with consistency and health. We will continue to work on consistency, speed and health by lightly verticutting and pencil tining (to improve aeration and irrigation) over the coming weeks. If you see John out on the greens with a water gun - he is applying a wetting agent. This enables the greens to hold the water better and for longer, once again improving the health of the greens.

For reference - USPGA guide:
Regular member play: stimp 7.5 = medium fast, 8.5 is fast
Tournament play: stimp 7.5 = medium slow, 8.5 medium

We are currently working our way towards 8.5ft ie fast regular play and medium tournament play for the average course. The priority after our recent erratic weather is to keep the greens healthy whilst gradually improving speed and consistency. We have invested heavily recently in our greens programme and I have been delighted with the response from visiting clubs and indeed our own members who play on other courses. The investment has paid off.

Lombard Medal starts next weekend… chance to play Villa Sol in Portugal…

Lombard Medal: next weekend we will be running the monthly club medal which will be the qualifier for this years Lombard Trophy. For those who do not know the Lombard Trophy is the leading PGA Pro Am event in the country and whoever wins gets to play with Bruce Loome, our professional, in the qualifier at Camberley Heath on Tuesday 12 June or Little Aston on Tuesday 05 June. The winner of the qualifier will head to a Grand Final at Villa Sol in Portugal in September. We have been successful in the past and Neil Terry and our then Professional only lost in a play off in the grand final so its all to go for. We have to pay to gain entry to the Lombard so the medal fee next weekend will be £7. This way we retain the usual cash prizes for the winners of division 1 and 2. Put your money in the box, play the medal and you never know-you could be on the first step to Portugal with Bruce.

Spring Stableford Result… 20th & 21st April 2018

I am delighted to report that we had 25 players contesting the Spring Stableford this past Friday and Saturday. This is an excellent turn out particularly when you consider we also had a seniors match at Wycombe Heights on Friday as well. The competition was keenly contested with Neil Martin the winner with a net 36 points and your truly the runner up on a net 34 points. Well played Neil. All results are on how do you do and the notice board but the points shown will be gross (full handicap) rather than the 7/8thds used in the competition