Former Panshanger Golfer and Ladies European Tour Player Hannah Burke is teeing it up at the 71st US Women's Open. Tom Burke, our current Senior Captain and dad to Hannah, will be cheering her on as she makes her debut in Northern California. From all of us at the club, we wish Hannah (and Tom) the best of luck.
Greenkeeper's Corner - The weather is the biggest talking point again this year, with low Spring temperatures and torrential rain making poor early growing conditions, course floods and now difficult and testing maintenance conditions. We have never seen rain fall in such high amounts in such a short space of time - it truly has been a testing time for the greenkeepers. However, we were only closed three days at Panshanger. It gave us a very good chance to see the make-up of the ground below the sand in the bunkers, primarily flint in clay and chalk which continually surface.
Maintenance - Last week a preventative fungicide was applied to the greens due to the emergence of fungal disease on the fairways and the cold/hot humid conditions. We also seeded and dressed all of the tees with a sand soil mix, which will keep them in good use through the Summer and well into Winter. This week the greenkeepers will scarify the greens again which will firm them and speed up play. Following this, a selective herbicide will be partly applied to the fairways to reduce weed growth before the main application in September.
Players and staff alike all hope that July and August live up to a true English Summer, although not really sure what that is now!
Is it the 'Big Three' or the 'Big Four'?
Just when you thought Jason Day, Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy were all set to divvy up golf's biggest prizes, along comes big-hitting Dustin Johnson. The US champion is now number two in the world and looks to be finally fulfilling his potential after another fine win at the weekend - and a big one too at the WGC Bridgestone Invitational. For years Johnson seemed destined to be the bridesmaid, now he's one of the favourites to go back-to-back in Majors and take the Claret Jug back across the Atlantic.
Next week's Open at Royal Troon could be a classic
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