Men's Midweek Stableford
On Wednesday afternoon, the Men switched their Midweek Stableford day and it suited both James Holroyd and Nick Jefferson well, both players playing some quality golf in their respective scores of 40 points.
Men's Club Championship & Brown Fox Trophy
And on Sunday, the Men played their Club Championship and what an event it was! The course was playing beautifully but difficult and the firm, fast greens proved tricky for many.
However, emerging from the pack was Ollie Ross as he was the only player under par in the morning, his round of 70 securing him a three shot advantage from Luke Mitterhuber and a seven shot advantage over Cameron Doogan.
However, there were some real fireworks in the afternoon as Cameron Doogan made up the seven shot deficit on Ollie with a breathtaking round of 66 - a new course record - to set the clubhouse lead on 143 (-1). Ollie then could only watch as his ten-foot putt slipped by the hole on the last green which meant a playoff had to take place.
With a massive drive up the first playoff hole, the 10th, Ollie then seized the intiative as he played his approach from 45 yards to within five feet of the hole. Cameron then saw his six-foot par putt slide by and so it was left for Ollie to simply get down in two from five feet to secure his first Club Championship.
The Brown Fox was an equally consuming affair as three players finished within two points of each other but it was David J. Smith who emerged triumphant as his scores of 26 and 24 points were enough for him to win by a single point from Murray Pollock who shot 26 and 23 points.
Guest Ashridge Goblets
On Saturday afternoon, Jackie Tannett combined with R. Nicholson to win The Ashridge Guest Goblets event by two points as they scored 38 points whilst John Yule & J. Freer took second place with an excellent score of 36 points.
Ladies' Club Championship & Olympic Trophy
In Thursday's Ladies' Club Championship, Laura Roff played some amazing golf as she shot two rounds of 82 & 79 to win her first Ladies' Club Championship. She finished with a flourish as she birdied the 16th and 18th holes of her second round and this superb finish was enough for Laura to defeat previous champion, Pauline Twogood, by a single shot as Pauline shot rounds of 78 & 84.
In The Olympic Trophy, Jane Lucas produced a superb round of 44 points to win The Olympic title as well as Division Two by seven points from Ursula Buesst whilst in Division One, Sue Maynard played well to win on countback from Jessie Pigott, both ladies recording 33 points.
Seniors' Scratch Foursomes
And on Monday afternoon, a crack team of our Seniors took on the might of South Herts but took no prisoners as our boys ran out winners by a 3 - 0 scoreline!
Juniors' June Stableford
On Saturday, Bill Meacock - a new Junior member - set about compiling a score of 47 points in his first stableford and promptly saw his handicap cut from 45 to 36! Nick Woof, playing off five, also played well in compiling 44 points.
Junior Summer Golf Classes
FYI, my first Junior Summer Golf Class is now completely FULL but there is a second week booked which runs between Tuesday 26th August to Friday 29th August inclusive. Each day begins at 9am and lasts until 10:45am and is a great way for kids to get some good, old-fashioned fresh air and exercise! So, if you'd like your child/grandchild to participate, please stop by the Pro Shop, collect a form and return it with your cheque. But please hurry because spaces are limited and I've already had several reservations!
World Trick Shot Champion Geoff Swain
On Saturday afternoon, Geoff Swain entertained about two hundred plus people to one of his exceptional shows. This really sent a buzz around the club and absolutely everone who saw him came away amazed at what he could do with a ball as well as a moving ball. His show was incredible and his audience participation and rapport with the crowd was really first-class. If you ever get the opportunity to see him, I highly recommend you go!
I don’t know about you but the regular “lead-acid” batteries don’t seem to last very long these days, so the answer is simple: a brand new lithium battery. These batteries are so good in so many ways and the benefits over a lead-acid are numerous, such as, they will recharge in about three hours, you will get about five times more life out of a lithium than a lead-acid, they’re more powerful and they’re incredibly light! And at £199.99 , they will also come with a brand new charger and a fantastic two year unlimited warranty and a five year limited warranty. So for further details, please pop into the Pro Shop.
New Under Armour and Greg Norman club logoed shirts
If you haven't already seen these fantastic shirts, I'm pleased to tell you that I have just received some beautiful and high quality shirts from both Under Armour and Greg Norman. Both companies have club logoed the shirts for me and there are some striking designs and colours so if you'd like to find a great gift for Fathers' Day or you'd simply like to freshen up your wardrobe, you know where to come!
Men's Callaway ¼ zip merino sweaters
If you're looking for a truly beautiful and superb quality ¼ zip sweater, look no further because I have the solution. I have just taken delivery of the superb ¼ zip Callaway merino sweater and these sweaters are absolutely beautiful. They have the softest of feels against the skin, come in light grey, light blue, petrol blue or black and are NOT club logoed which means they can be worn anywhere. I anticipate these items will sell through quickly so please come in to the Pro Shop soon to avoid disappointment.
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And finally, I now have a new assistant in the Pro Shop in the shape of Tom Butler. Tom has worked for me before and, as a member of the club, knows exactly what's what and how things are done so I'm looking forward to Tom starting officially from the 1st July, although he will be working several days in June.
Take your medicine!
The rough out there at the moment is really thick so this week's tip is simple. If and when you drive your ball into the rough, ensure you take the correct club to get yourself out and back into play. If you don't have enough loft on your club, it's easy to leave your ball in the thick stuff. The other thing to remember is that the thick grass will wrap around the hosel of your club and make the face point more left at impact so make sure you aim 20° further right than you would normally.