Ladies’ Diamond Jubilee Salver
Last Thursday’s competition saw Pauline Twogood and Jill Dodds both finish with a very creditable score of nett 72, Pauline winning the Silver Division on countback whilst in the Bronze Division, Fiona Turner and Maura James also tied with their nett 74s with Fiona winning on countback.
Men’s Midweek Stableford
And then on Thursday afternoon, Neil Aitchison and Keith Young blew the field away as they returned two super scores of 41 and 40 points respectively to finish top of the 47 players.
The Rosebery Cup
Then on Saturday, the club held its annual Rosebery Cup event which is a men’s, 36 holes scratch strokeplay competition which this year, had been altered to an over-35s’ competition. With thick rough made worse by overnight rain and very fast greens in operation on the day, the scoring was always going to be difficult but Justin Saunders from Porters Park emerged from the pack to win his first Rosebery Cup title with two fine scores of 74 & 71 for a one over par total of 145. Second place was secured by Paul Kirkwood (South Beds) with a pair of 73s for a 146 total, whilst third place was occupied by Paul Wharton (John O’Gaunt) with a 73 & 75 for a 148 total.
The Rosebery Cup Medal
And finally, in Sunday’s Men’s Rosebery Cup Medal, Division One was won by Nick Jefferson with a creditable return of nett 71 with Chris Hewitt taking second place just a shot further behind. But it turned out to be a great day for Andy Chew as he led Division Two with an incredible score of nett 67 with Rowan Hill taking second spot with his nett 73. But there was also further good news for Andy Chew on Sunday as his score of nett 67 combined with his pick in The Open’s final day scoring sweep, Koumei Oda, who shot 67 around Hoylake, ensured Andy took the sweep money home too!
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!
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 club logoed accessories
And if you haven't already seen my fantastic new club logoed holdalls and shoe bags, please come in to the Pro Shop and take a look. And on top of that, I have some terrific new club logoed "micro-fibre" towels which are made of a waffle texture, hold up to 300% of their weight in moisture and are non-abrasive. And on top of that, they can really keep your clubs and equipment clean!
The Open Championship sweepstakes
What a superb event The Open was last week and I'm delighted to say that Jonathan Blanchard was the winner of my Open Championship sweepstakes competition as he had Rory McIlroy drawn for him so he received a very nice credit of £255 on to his account. Second place was secured by David Martin who had Sergio Garcia land him £153 on to his account and third place was won by Steve Acott-Smith, Rickie Fowler earning Steve £102. Thanks to everyone who entered.
SkyCaddie SGX for sale
And finally this week, I have a SkyCaddie SGX GPS unit that has been used once and I need to clear this unit from stock. This unit has lovely features such as Intelligreen Technology, Target Lists and Interactive Hole Vue and normally retails for £299.99 but I'm happy to accept £225 just to clear the decks.
Donation to Jack Garrood
And finally, many of you made a donation to my former assistant Jack Garrood, following the vicious assault he sustained back in early April. Well, I'm pleased to say that I saw Jack a couple of weekends ago and apart from looking a little slimmer - that's a nice problem to have! - he looked remarkably well and was in good spirits given what had happened to him. His mouth had been released of the wiring that he'd suffered for two months or so which was a welcome relief and following his resignation, Jack has now decided to relocate to Spain to join in his family's travel business but he has gone back with a total of £625 from your donations so I'd like to thank to all of you collectively for such a great contribution!
What do you bring into play?
One of the things you need to think about on the course is what you bring into play when you take a certain club. For example, let's say you've hit a reasonable drive down the 2nd hole and are on the fairway but can't reach the green. You might be tempted to hit a fairway wood past the fairway trap about 100 yards short of the bunker. Well, if you did, this would be known as a course management error because you can't reach the green but what you're doing is bringing the trap into play, out of bounds or thick rough and thus you run the risk of making a 4, 5 ,6, 7 or an even higher score. However, if you took a club that guarantees to lay you up short of the bunker, you're only bringing 4 or 5 into play and that makes for good course management!