NZ Golf Magazine | July 2019 | 19 Improve your cash flow Cash flow is the lifeblood of any business and our facilities unlock up to 90% of the value of your unpaid invoices the moment they are raised. Invoice Financing Supply Chain Finance Bad Debt Protection Call 09 950 5891 Making Business Easier But while the rest of us were blissfully tucking into a rather sumptuous tasting session, Fridge’s organisational skills were being stretched to the maximum. His compromise with the travel agents and the golf club was brilliant. Instead of playing Dunluce on the Friday, we’d play Portrush’s Valley course that day, then travel on around to our next stop at Ballyliffen – where Ryan Fox lost the Irish Open playoff last year. It meant even more time in the bus though, because the bonus was that after playing at Ballyliffen on the Saturday morning, we’d come back to Portrush to play Dunluce. Four years on, it seems like a crazy schedule. An 8am tee time at Ballyliffin, 2 hours in a bus to Royal Portrush for a 3 pm tee off and then 2 hours back to the hotel at Ballyliffin. Two games of golf in two countries with 2 different currencies to pay the forecaddies, and 4 hours in a bus all in one day - were we mad? Undoubtedly. The unexpected experience on the Valley Course at Portrush was thoroughly worthwhile. Two of the holes on the front nine of the Valley Course were incorporated into the Open Championship layout so that the flat, expansive ground for the usual 17th and 18th holes on Dunluce could be turned into the tented village and corporate hospitality area. (It was also, I recall, quite a day for the current NZ Golf Inc. Chairman Michael Smith. Fortified by numerous samples of Bushmills at lunchtime, the Tauranga lawyer proceeded to tear the Valley Course apart in the afternoon, and holed a snaking 50 footer on the final green for an even par round of 72. He’s never played so well since, but has never had a pre-round whiskey since either.) ↑ A general view of Royal Portrush Golf Club.