Bradfield College Golf Club - Newsletter
Welcome from Simon McGreal , PGA Professional

Exciting times lie ahead
Apologies for the lack of communication as of late, this year has been a challenging one to say the least so far but am excited to announce the arrival of Jenny Hedley as our new Marketing Consultant. She will be making huge waves in helping streamline & communicate our message to you the member:

We hope you enjoy our first Newsletter!

PGA tour debut
Vicky Prietzel Qualifies for European Junior Championships

Long time student Vicky had the round of her life so far at Reading GC on Tuesday 27th August. She posted a net 71 (-1) off her current 7 handicap to make it to the finals to be held at Cadiz, in South Spain in November! https://www.golforganiser.com/
To see all results click link below:-

She made 4 birdies in her round playing alongside a 14 year phenom off +1 handicapper, matching him shot for shot. As her coach am absolutely thrilled to see her have the success I know she is capable of.....Good luck in Spain:)



Lots has happened in August & am very excited to announce that after the inaugural BB&O County Juniors U12's V U13's match on Sunday 25th, its looking highly probable that Bradfield College will become a County hub & venue for U12's events in 2020!
This is testament to a great design by Donald Steele & exceptional course condition by our awesome ground staff!
See result below:-

Also coming this month is the highly anticipated Trackman Simulator with full graphic enclosure

This is the current empty space but in the next couple of days it is going to be transformed into probably the best Trackman Indoor facility in Berkshire!
News from Club Captain - Shane McGarvey
Bradfield Crowns Youngest Ever Club Champion- July 27th/28th
Congratulations to Jack Hedle y (Lower 6th Pupil from D-House) who became our 2019 Club Champion.
After round 1 Jack and Luke Webb were tied with a Gross 69 and after a fiercely fought second round Jack clinched victory by 4 shots with a Gross 72 battling well over the last 3 holes.
Greenkeepers' Revenge Competition - August 18th
Our Green Keeping team Alec Horsburgh , Will Headland and Jim Stansfield must be congratulated for their extraordinary ability to mess with every hole using a plethora of obstacles including: old tyres, woodchip bales and two flags on the 8th (one with a flower pot on it!) for the inaugural Greenkeepers' Revenge. Golfers were also challenged to play a shot sitting down and use a putter that was bent in 3 places!

This unique fun event was greatly enjoyed by players of all abilities, A mixture of competitive spirit and laughter ensured this event was a very memorable one!

Look out for the date in next years' diary and please sign-up to play.
Date for your Diary
September 29th
'Cyder Cup'
Mens' & Ladies' Teams battling out in Ryder Cup Formats

Sponsored by Tutts Clump Cider
 Trophy for Winning Team and Great prizes
Come and Explore the new Golf Studio
Putting Competition
All family Members welcome
Tutts Clump Cider - chance to 'try before you buy'
Email: Shane McGarvey for more information: golfcapt@icloud.com

News from Lady Captain - Rosie Braithwaite

Captain's Away Day July 2019
Pictured are some of the Ladies who played enjoying a glass of wine at my Away Day. This was held at the Cotswold Hotel & Spa in Chipping Norton back in July...happy memories!

Course News from Head Greenkeeper - Alec Horsburgh

We are due to complete as much turf renovation work as we can this year. This is due to several situations and events of 2018 having a detrimental effect on the turf surfaces. Hopefully, we can keep on top of our busy work schedule and restore some quality to the playing surface for 2020. This work will involve plenty of aeration and top-dressing and is vital if we are to relieve compaction and reduce thatch. Our plans are:
·        Week Commencing 2 nd September – Greens
·        Week Commencing 9 th & 16 th September – Tees
·        Week commencing 23 rd September – Green surrounds
·        Weeks commencing 30 th September & 7 th October – Fairways (including approaches to greens
·        Week commencing 21 st October – Greens (A less invasive process using an aeration machine called Air2G2 (see photo )
 
We are also trying to lower the impact of casting worms during the winter by spraying iron across the course. This helps acidify the soil which the worms are not too keen on. Sand also helps break down any worm casts. There are no products on the market to combat casting worms successfully, although we will be looking into several potential deterrents. Likewise the products used in the past to combat grubs in the greens soil has also been banned so we will have issues with birds pecking at the turf in order to get to leatherjackets (crane fly larvae) which feed on grass roots.
 
I hope this gives you an idea of what we would like to achieve this year, and hope both the weather and machinery play ball.