DAVID TYLER - 19 June 2023

As I write this on Sunday 18th, the glorious sunshine has been interrupted by the rumble of thunder and several heavy downpours. Similar Father’s Day weather in London and Birmingham; rain stopped play in cricket. Therefore, time for a significant afternoon nap to increase the chances of keeping awake tonight long enough to see some of the US Open golf. Plans to get those fluorescent green swimming trunks out have been temporarily discarded, but probably not for long as the weather here looks set fair for 19-27 June, with temperatures getting back up into the 30s midweek! 



Tuesday 13 June: Midweek Competition – Stableford

First: Paul Symonds (43 points)
Second: Paul Cambridge (37 points)
Third: Stu Burrell (36 points; on handicap)
Fourth: Chris Hutchin (36 points)
Nearest the Pin in 3 on Hole 8: David MacGregor
Twos Club: Sandy Casofsky (2); Richard Carter (1); Urs Zumsteg (1). The Captain feels fortunate that the other 4 people who had twos did not pay to enter. Neville had 2 twos!
Of particular note was Sandy Casofsky’s eagle two on Hole 2, holing a nine iron second shot on his way to what should have been 26 points on the front nine had he signed for the correct score on Hole 5.
Best Gross: David MacGregor; Urs Zumsteg (both +5)
Tissue: Patrick O’Sullivan (24 points)
Congratulations to all 28 who had a score in the 30s or better (out of a field of 35) Errors with 9 out of 35 scorecards so please be more careful in recording correct gross scores and make sure stableford points resemble something close to the correct total as this helps speed up the results process!!!


Thursday 15 June: Midweek Competition – Stableford

First: Andy Rogers (40 points, winning on Back 12)
Second: Bill Fletcher (40 points)
Third: Patrick Holmes (38 points)
Fourth: John Hunter (37 points)
Fifth: Jorg Kuhnert (37 points, on handicap)
Twos: David MacGregor, Gary Ward, Mark Squire
Nearest the Pin in 3 on Hole 14: John Hunter
Best Gross: David Steele (+3)
Tissue: Neville Kutner (22 points)  


Saturday 17 June: Monthly Medal

First: Joachim Friedl (69)
Second: David Waite (70)
Third: Jacob Moberg (72)
Fourth: Dan Bannister (72, on handicap)
Twos: David Waite, Patrick Holmes, Jacob Moberg
Nearest the Pin in 2 on Hole 11: Jim Jenet
Best Gross: Jacob Moberg (+5)
Tissue: John Hale (+15)
Congratulations to Joachim, his first medal in 13 years here apparently! Also good to see Jacob on the leaderboard. 


Old Course Information from Ben:

All Bent grass will be sprayed on Monday this week. Greens and Ante Greens will be aerated with an 8mm solid tine and top-dressed, this will further smooth the greens out.
This will be the last sand until the first week of July. The Tees will also be aerated on Wednesday and this work will also include a light top-dress of sand. Our nursery extension will continue this week. Various other trimming, edging and tidying works will continue as normal. 

Thought for the week:

Let’s make sure we double check our scorecards before signing them to make sure all the Gross Scores are correct! 

Calendar Notes:

Monthly Medal for July has been moved to Saturday 5 August. Next period of heavy maintenance on the Old Course is scheduled for 10 – 17 July inclusive.

Looking Ahead to the next 3 Weeks...

Monday 19 June: Men’s ACL Match v Sotogrande (Home)
Tuesday 20 June: Midweek Competition – Stableford
Thursday 22 June: Midweek Competition – Stableford (Mixed)
Friday 23 June: Men’s Inter Club Match v La Zagaleta (Home)
Sunday 25 June: Ranking
Tuesday 27 June: Midweek Competition – Stableford
Thursday 29 June: Midweek Competition – Stableford
Friday 30 June: Men’s Inter Club Match v La Zagaleta (Away)
Saturday 1 July: Men’s Captain’s Day and Dinner PLEASE PUT YOUR NAMES DOWN
Monday 3 July: Men’s Inter Club Match v Real Club de Sevilla (Home)
Tuesday 4 July: Midweek Competition – Stableford
Wednesday 5 July: David Steele Speed Marathon PLEASE PUT YOUR NAMES DOWN
Thursday 6 July: Midweek Competition – Stableford
Saturday 8 July: David Steele Golf Charity Day, Cocktails and Auction
followed by the postponed Acoustic Opera Gala in the Patio de las Palmeras from 7pm 


Golfing Anecdotes:

The summer of 1976 saw Johnny Miller win The Open at Royal Birkdale, although a 19-year-old Seve Ballesteros held a three-shot lead over Miller at one point on the Sunday.
This performance by the Spaniard was the catalyst for a European resurgence in the game culminating in a solid run of European triumphs at the Ryder Cup.
The Memorial Tournament teed off for the first time at the Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio, but whatever happened to the 1976 winner of Jack’s event? Roger Maltbie nicked the title with a birdie on the fourth extra hole of the play-off. He managed 4 other victories on the PGA Tour and went on to become a successful on-course analyst for NBC Sports. In a golf career spanning over 30 years, Maltbie amassed official earnings of $2,212,879, after turning pro in 1973. This year’s winner of the US Open won $3.6 million!!
However, I guess there are still quite a few people in current day USA who wouldn’t mind earning $70k a year. To try to put things in perspective, the average annual pay for an American national in the US (as of June 2023) is $58k a year. US Bureau of Labor Statistics show that the median annual wage across all occupations in 2021 was also $58k a year, but with significant regional variations:
Atlanta, Georgia: $59k
Boise, Idaho: $49k
Chicago, Illinois: $61k
New York: $74k
Phoenix, Arizona: $57k
San Francisco: $87k
Seattle, Washington: $76k
Washington DC: $80k
Swing it well this week. The total prize fund on offer is a few hundred euros, a few sleeves of golf balls for the Twos Club, three bottles of wine for NPs, but next Sunday there are important Ranking points to play for. Will the Vice remain top of the table for another month?