Hello everyone, sorry for the delay on the journal but it's been a manic few weeks and as I sit writing this I am in a hotel in Denmark, the joys of corporate travel!

On Sunday, 4 August, 28 golfers descended on Moortown Golf Club for my Captain's away weekend; I've got used to teeing up first now with a lot of people watching. I stood on the first tee and sent my iron shot down the left side of the fairway and had a Captains bounce to put me just over the first bunker, brilliant I thought, bit of luck today and we are in. Last year on Rees Browns' away trip, I had 19 points overall on the first day, no way was I doing that again...20 points later I walked off the golf course...Moral victory.

What a fantastic course Moortown is though, very tough but overall a stunning course, Andy Kelly took the day though with a fantastic score of 40 points which is an incredible score on that golf course.

We played a two day combined stableford score competition which meant that were you finished on the first day dictated when you teed off on day two. This was ideal when we stayed at the Weetwood Hotel and decided to go and do the Otley mile...essentially I was off first again.

As mentioned, we stayed at the Weetwood Hotel which was a great location and placed us perfectly in the Headingly area, some great little bars, great laughs, stories of rounds of golf and a press up competition for £20 by Tom Greaves and Rich Suddards made for a great night.

On the second day, we headed to Alwoodley, for those who haven't play Alwoodley then you are missing out, what a golf course! The scenery on the on the course is worth the money alone!

I managed to start with three pars after teeing off first...again. Then I went in the heather on the fourth, you have more chance of Al Beaumont getting a round in than finding your ball.

I managed to get ten more points than Moortown which turned out to be a pretty good score seeing some of the scores come in!

After everyone had finished it was time for the presentation, Andy Kelly was the early favourite as he had a commanding score, however hot on his trails were Rees Brown, Paul Lockwood and Ian Lockwood. As I watched them all come down 18 it was all very tense.

Rees Brown had played two fantastic rounds of golf and highlighted why he is an ERUGC player and a proper golfer, he had a 75 (38 points) and 74 (37 points) around two very tough golf course, as well as three of the nearest the pins! however, it wasn't enough to beat Paul Lockwood who had 38 & 39 points, Paul finished on -6 for the two days, which again is an outstanding score. Congratulations to Paul again.

As with any winner there always has to be a loser, last year this was me... Thank god it wasn't again! This years accolade went to Jim Jeffries who won the Booby Prize.

Thank you to everyone who supported the weekend and the kind words it genuinely means a lot, lets support Ross just as much on his trip next year.

On Sunday 11th August we had a Captains challenge by Richard Suddards and Chris Binks, unfortunately Chris had broken a nail so couldn't make the golf, Mike Smith a formidable opponent stepped in.

This was a close match which swung both ways, Stret made a great Eagle on 8 but we lost the 9th so we were all square heading down 10. Unfortunately, we gave them 10 & 12 so we needed to pull something out of the bag, I managed to get one back on 14 and Me and Mike made birdie on 16 it was getting close... We all hit the green on 17, but no one was that close so no real birdie opportunities... Rich then took his putt from just outside Bristol and put it in the hole.. we lost 2&1, as always though great company and thanks for the donation to Binksys recovery fund.

On Friday, 16 August, I attended the Burstwick Captains invitational, the conditions were some of the worse I have ever played in, gale force winds and a lot of rain! I don't know why but every time I play at Burstwick I tend to play well and win something; this was no different as we managed to win on a score of -14 which was some effort given the conditions!

On Friday, 31 August, I attended the Springhead Captains Invitational, fresh on the back of victory of the Burstwick win and playing with the Springhead Captain we were full of confidence, we managed to finish on -8 and only finished -11 behind the winners! However, two great invitationals supported very well.

On Tuesday, 27 August, Hornsea A & B team played in the scratch league shields finals as Ganton, the A Team taking on Scarborough North Cliff in the main final and the B team taking on Beverley GC A team in the plate final, after very close contests both teams managed to win their respective competitions giving us a double victory! Congratulations to Nick, Luke and Jack and Sam, Andy and Tom. Also, special mention to the managers Sam and Nathan who work hard all season putting teams together.

On the same day I was lucky enough to play a round of golf with my brother and two Hull FC players, Scott Taylor who is an England International and one of the Super League top players, Gareth Ellis who again has been one of the world's best players playing in Australia and England.
We had a small wager on the game, I managed to go round the front nine on -1 gross which is always nice in front of professional sportsmen, even more so when there's money on it!

As we set off down the back nine Gaz Ellis started hitting some brilliant shots, whereas I started to do an Al Beaumont. When we finished Gaz had dropped two shots gross playing off 16 so he took the money, all in all a great round and good to get insights into the world of professional sportsmen at the top of their game.

Anyway, that's all for now, keep golfing as the season is nearly over!

Dave Blanchard

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