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Perfect playing conditions were enjoyed by all this past weekend as we hosted the weekly Saturday Roll Up, the i2offshore medal and a corporate golf afternoon for Hi Force.
Hi-Force Golf Day
A big thank you to our friends at Hi-Force Baku, who held their annual golf day yesterday. Kevin Brown, Hi-Force Group Managing Director UK, joined the event and welcomed guests for the 4 player team format. Congratulations to the winning team of Iain Paterson, Kevin David, Larry Stamp and Bill Jack with a score of 83pts. The side contests were dominated by James Davies, Hi Force Area Sales Manager Dubai, with him winning both Longest Drives on hole 6 and 16, and a Nearest The Pin on hole 4. Kevin David won the final side contest, Nearest The Pin on hole 11. 
The 2017 Azerbaijan Open
Thank you to everyone who has passed feedback on the 2017 Azerbaijan Open. A summary newsletter was published last week, please follow the link.
i2offshore Medal Series - September Medal Qualifier
Some consistent scoring this past weekend in Hcp 0 -21 whilst some handicap cuts will be made in the 22-36hcp section. As we get close to the final league standings be sure to click the link below. As always John and his team are on hand in Baku to support with many financial related matters including investment, pensions, property purchases, oversea’s mortgage advice. Please don’t hesitate to contact him   jpatterson@i2offshore.net

1st Place (hcp 0-21) GOLD MEDAL – Yung Tae Son, gross 85, net 71, Better back 9
2nd Place (hcp 0-21) SILVER MEDAL – Stuart King   , gross 88, net 71
3rd Place (hcp 0-21) BRONZE MEDAL – Andrew Hulston, gross 88, net 73

1st Place (hcp 22-36) GOLD MEDAL – Chris Angus, gross 98, net 67, Better back 9
2nd Place (hcp 22-36) SILVER MEDAL– John Ball, gross 103, net 67
3rd Place (hcp 22-36) BRONZE MEDAL – Rory O'Mahony, gross 100, net 68 

Nearest the Pin on 17th Hole –    Jamie McNeice   - i2offshore Shoe Bag
Two’s Club – No two’s were recorded on Sunday, so we have a roll over for October Medal - Grand Final.
Saturday 16th of September – Roll up Results 
Excellent playing conditions were enjoyed on Saturday, with 33 members using this opportunity to participate in the weekly Saturday Roll Up. This week’s winner was Luka Ivkovic with a wonderful 3 under par 39 points. 3 players – Iain Paterson, Jin Youb Choi and Gary Green shot 2 under par 38 points to share 2 nd – 4 th places. After a countback, Iain took 2 nd place with 22pts on the back nine with Jin Youb and Gary having 19 inward pts. To determine 3 rd place, we compared their back 6 scores and Jin Youb took 3 rd place with 13 points with Gary’s 11pts awarding him 4 th place. There was also a tie for 5 th place, with both Stuart King and John Ball scoring level par 36 points. After countback Stuart took 5 th place with 17pts vs. John’s 13pts. Last Saturday’s only 2 came from Jin Youb Choi, thanks to his birdie on the 11th hole.
 
For our September Super Saturday’s we have a Nearest the Pin contest on the 7 th hole, this week’s winner was Gary Green winning a dozen Bridgestone E6 golf Balls. Our Secret Hole was the 9 th with 2 players – Luka Ivkovic and Stuart King both scoring 3 stableford points on that hole! each wins 2 Sleeves of Bridgestone E6 golf balls. Please collect your prizes next time you visit the golf shop!
Dreamland Golf Club Member's Championship 2017
Be sure to be part of our very first Club Championship this coming weekend, the format is such that you may book your own game at any time on Saturday and submit your Day One card. The final (Sunday) draw will be published in score order whereby the leaders will tee off with the later tee times that morning. Taking feedback from players in the GOLDEN FLIGHT, we have amended the flight format to MEDAL Full HCP. A separate BEST GROSS Prize is now offered for the two rounds, which will be deemed the overall 2017 Club Champion. It promises to be a fun weekend for all who take part, with a special thanks to Hard Rock Café Baku who will join us for the Sunday presentation on the patio terrace.
Dreamland Members’ Match-play Championship 
sponsored by Porsche Center Baku 
Congratulations to William Blanchard who wins through to the final of the Porsche Matchplay. In a closely battled Semi-Final against Jamie McNiece, William won on the 17 th hole to ensure his place against Alan Brew in the final match. Due to work schedules we believe this match will be staged before the middle of October. Good Luck to both finalists!!!
SEPTEMBER AGRONOMY UPDATE
BY GOLF COURSE SUPERINTENDENT MARTIN MCGAVOCK
2017 has been another progressive year for the golf course agronomy as the surfaces and landscape matures. The maintenance team are developing well from continued training and experience and we now have a very competent and well-structured local workforce. For further development we have 3 greenkeepers on the team who will be volunteering for this year’s 2017 Turkish Open at the Carya golf club in Belek, Turkey – A fantastic opportunity to work in golf professional golf course tournament preparation.

Back to maintenance - It’s that time of year again where we need to preform some cultural practices to grass surfaces to keep them in good health and top condition. In the last week of September we will be hollow-coring greens and tees and certain foregreens, followed by a sand application. Fairways will also receive a sand application over the first 10 days of October. We will do our best to assure that there is minimal disruption to golf play but please be aware of any machinery operators that may not see you before you seem them and give them a chance to move to the side before playing through.

Why do we need to punch holes, remove cores and apply sand? We do this to reduce the build-up of organic matter to aid water infiltration, nutrient uptake and air space in the soil, promoting healthy roots. The greens may not put their best immediately following aeration. The sand-filled holes you will see are normal and will recover quickly as we make the most of optimum growing conditions in October. The end result – healthy firm and smooth putting surfaces.

We can see from the pictures below what to expect. This example is from the greens, the same processes are used on tees and foregreens.

As we do our part to keep the greens in top condition I would like to ask that members and guests do their part by remembering to repair your pitchmarks! A pitch mark repaired in the first 5 minutes will recover, left any longer and it will die leaving dead patches of grass. After all it’s yourselves and other golfers that will be putting over these pitchmarks and nobody wants a diversion on the way to a birdie.
Academy News
Another busy weekend coming up at the academy as our members prepare for this weekend’s Club Championship. Still lessons available throughout the week until 9pm for anyone looking for some advice on how to prepare for this weekend’s event. Best of luck to all of our students taking part in this weekend’s club championship. Some of you now taking advantage of our academy floodlights making practice available until 9pm Monday till Friday (Monday is Par 3 course which is perfect for short game sharpening) and you have direct road access to Academy with car park available. Please note that there are no locker room facilities available at the Academy so for anyone looking to change out of their suit etc. then we would advise using the locker rooms at the clubhouse. For any further information on academy lesson availability, class schedule or future events coming up then please contact academy@dreamlandgolfclub.com 
This Saturday we held our September junior medal series. Ali Kerimov won our “wee wonder” section played from the kids tees with some impressive scoring over 9 holes. Libada Mammadova won our junior stableford event with a 9 hole score of 20 points. Huseyn Babayev was runner up with 19 points and an impressive gross score of 38 from the white tees. Well done to all that took part in this 9 hole stableford competition. With our juniors now back to school they will be regular weekends classes available to continue their development.
Good luck to Nabi and Huseyn, two of our National team juniors, who will be taking part in this weekend’s Club Championship. Both have shown great commitment to improving this year and will be allowed to compete now that they have achieved single figure handicaps. Play well guys and enjoy the experience.
Our “Future Stars” class started back up this weekend with school now back. We still have spaces available for anyone interested in signing up for our Year 1 Future Star class, and weekend roll up classes available each weekend. For any further information on our junior programme please contact dina.sotnikova@dreamlandgolfclub.com 
Our local market “get into golf” class is available on Wednesday evening from 7pm till 8pm. 20azn per person and what better way to get a friend or colleague started on their journey to become a golfer for life…. All local golfers or beginners welcome to join this class.
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