It's that time of the year again.
The Midland Six is looming, nerves are starting to get frayed and it's when the tough are expected to get going.
The Six, as it is fearfully known, is the County Championship qualifier, to be held on Saturday at Worfield in Shropshire.
The ten counties of the Midland group will send their best six players, all six will play 36 holes and every shot they make is counted.
This is team sport at its most exciting. And at its most demanding. And with that in mind, Warwickshire have quietly dispensed with current selection policies.
While their better players go off to chase national titles and to enhance their places in the game, the county are happy to blood youngsters in ordinary league matches and to test the strength of their squad.
But not this week. Only the best will do. Thus Matthew Cryer, Rob Steele and Chris Evans, who are all excused duty when there are national individual titles to be pursued, have been recalled to the colours.
At their best, Warwickshire believe that they have a sound chance of winning the Six and progressing to the all-England finals. So they've picked their best.
"We are as strong this year as we have been for a long time," said Andy Kearns, the captain. "Last year, at Woodhall, we were third and we should have done better than that. We've got a few guys this year who are still feeling the pain. If we play as well as we are capable of playing, I certainly fancy our chances."
Evans tied for the individual award last year. He, Cryer and Steele are well known to the England selectors and they have a great deal to play for. So has Andy Sullivan who, at 17, will be one of the youngest players in the field.
Sullivan has already captained Warwickshire at Boys level this year; he led them to the Four Counties title. Now he finds himself in the senior side. "I'd put him with Steve Webster when it comes to talent," said Kearns. "He's very similar on the course; he struts and that's good.
"He's long, he's confident, he knows how to look after himself, he's got all the shots and he's not scared to play them. I think that he's as good as anyone we've produced. He's 17 and he's getting better all the time."
There are two Nuneaton men in the team: Paul Randle and Jon Wetton. Randle has played himself in by winning the County Championship and while Wetton might not be too well known in Warwickshire golfing circles, he is in America.
A plus-2 performer, Wetton has won twice on the American college circuit this year and been placed several times. Now that he's home, Warwickshire hope to have his services for most of the rest of the season.
"He's got experience of playing big tournaments that involve more than one round," said Kearns. "It has been a difficult team to pick this year, with so many players up for a place. But I'm looking for guys who can shoot low because I suspect that Worfield is the sort of course where you can go low."
Staffordshire captain Sean Randle has no doubt that, given clement weather, the overall scoring will be low. He, too, has picked his side with that probability in mind. "It's a decent mix," he said. "We have players who can attack and we have several who are really steady."
Richard Pheasant, he recalls, was a member of Worfield for a few years and certainly knows the course. "We were fifth last year and I'm fairly confident that we can improve on that," said Randle.
New county champion Neil Johnson is in the line-up.
Worcestershire have reservations about the potential for low scoring. "There are some blind holes at Worfield and luck will come into it," said Andrew Boyd, their secretary.
"We're very happy with our team. As always, it has a lot of potential and, as always, we will be going into the competition with expectations."
On form, Worcestershire could well live up to them this year. Joe Ferguson came second in the Berkshire Trophy, beaten by one shot 12 days ago, while Richard Gurney won the Shifnal Ox last week.