As the golfing season comes to an end, we held our presentation evening for Juniors & Minors on Tuesday 3rd October.
50 juniors/minors and parents attended, which was a great turnout considering the Latics were playing at home and the two Manchester clubs were playing Champions League, both games being televised. The evening was also attended by the Captain Mr David Dean, and the Lady Captain Mrs June Glen, who presented the prizes.
All the younger members were presented with medals for their efforts by the Lady Captain. The winners of the six hole competitions received winners plaques and vouchers.
The older juniors received their trophies, plaques and vouchers. The winners of the major trophies were Daniel Ainscough, Bradley Ainscough, Alex Priestley, Josh Slater, and George Smith.
Dan Ainscough was the junior champion for 2018 having managed to reduce his handicap from 7 to 5 in a year that his golf was interrupted by revising for his GCSEs.
2018 has been a fantastic year for the junior section and we look forward to another successful year in 2019.
Yesterday, Thursday 13th September, I played my normal Thursday morning game with my regular playing partners – Ron Dewin and Bob Anglesea. We wish to record how much we appreciate the current state of the course ( notwithstanding all the current work ) and in particular the excellent state of the greens which must match anything found locally. I spoke to Danny, our head green keeper, and complemented him on his and his staffs excellent work. I have in the past with others had a good moan and groan about the state of Gathurst Golf Course, but praise where it is due, Danny and his team are clearly on the right track with their efforts.
A 0-turning circle allows them to operate much closer to trees than the equipment they replace. They can also be used for core collection and clearing of leaves.
The more observant members may have noticed that was had one of these machines the course earlier this year. In the short time we had it on demo loan it was put to use on the first six holes. Several members commented on how good a job it did on the rough, particularly in the trees.
You can read more about these fantastic bits of kit on the Amazone website.
Work for week commencing Monday 6th August 2018
In accordance with the recommended greens maintenance plan produced by the agronomist, we will hollow core, scarify and heavy topdress of the greens. The forecast is good and hopefully it will remain that way for the whole of the week.
We are going to core to a depth of 50 mm, with 65 mm spacing and 16 mm tines. This will remove the majority of the remaining buried thatch. Once the cores have been collected the greens will scarified to a depth of around 20 mm. The front six greens along with the 8th, 10th and 13th will have a single pass, the rest will get a minimum of a double pass. If the grass is holding up well we will try to do 3 or 4 passes over these greens to remove as much of the surface thatch as possible.
The hollow coring and scarification will be followed with lots of heavy topdressing, we hope to get a minimum of 60 tons of straight sand into the holes and scarifying slits.
After the first topdressing, the greens will be over seeded with a Fescue/Bent mix using the disc seeder.
Finally another 30 tons of straight sand will be spread.
There is a huge amount of work to do and we are hoping to complete within the week, but it could be that some extra topdressing needs to be done the following week.
As you know, we planned back in January to carry out this work in August to allow the greens to quickly recover. We therefore scheduled a Texas Scramble and 4 Man Team Stableford for next weekend to minimise disruption to singles competitions.
I hope you all continue to enjoy the golf during the work, I will update you soon with the plans for the autumn and winter.
Well done to everyone who took part and to everyone who helped the day to run so smoothly.
Our Caterer Dave and his team got the maximum 5* rating in a recent inspection (20th June 2018).
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