Ladies’ President’s Prize
Last Thursday, our Club President Jim Goff, saw the Ladies’ section play a greensomes stableford competition for his President’s Prize and there was one absolutely outstanding score which came from Sheila Smith & Kim Bristow who combined for a massive score of 45 points which was enough to win by six points from Wendy Carter & Annie Saner whose score of 39 points was enough to take second on countback.
Men’s Midweek Stableford
And then on Thursday afternoon, Ollie Ross ravaged the course as he tied the new course record of 66 by returning 42 points off a scratch handicap. This left Charlie Elliott in second place just a point behind with 41 points.
Seniors’ Invitation Day
Then on Friday, the Seniors had their Invitation Day and in this fourball betterball stableford off full handicap, the scoring was always going to be high. And so it was that John Yule, partnered by his guest, Phil Murphy, won with a huge score of 47 points whilst Richard Walker and his guest, Norman Kershaw, scored 46 points to claim second place on countback.
Ladies’ Weekend Stableford
On Saturday, Kim Bristow won the Weekend Stableford with a blistering score of 41 points which was enough to win by four from Alison Harrison.
Whilst on Saturday afternoon, 30 pairs arrived for another Ashridge Goblets and leading the way was the pair of Michael & Penny Webster whose eagle down the 2nd hole helped them end with 29 points to win by a single point from Robert & Angela Wallers.
Ashridge Junior Open
On Monday, the club held its annual Junior Open and the scoring was excellent. Luke Hynes (Porters Park) and Brad Skeates (Moor Park) both tied the best gross score of 68 whilst Jack Hawksby (The Millbrook) and Oliver Laws-Mather (Letchworth) both tied the best nett score of 66. The leading gross score by a girl came from Gemma Brinkworth (Sandy Lodge) who shot a gross 81, whilst the best nett score was won by Georgina Bowers (Beaconsfield) with a nett 69.
And finally, congratulations go to two of our members who holed-in-one last week. Roger Cook caressed 'a little rescue club' into the hole on the 8th during Friday's Seniors' Invitation Day event whilst Justin Wash holed out on the same hole on Sunday morning. Well done chaps!
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!
A new Bushnell watch that measures the distance to hazards
I know many of you have a GPS watch that measures your distance to the front, middle and back of the greens but I bet none of you have a watch that gives distances to bunkers and hazards as well. Well, that's now all about to change because I have a superb new Bushnell watch - the Neo XS - which does exactly that.
The new Bushnell Neo XS watch measures distances to the front, middle and back of the greens PLUS it also has numerous other advantages such as a longer-life battery which will allow up to 16 hours of on-course use, a more readable display (particularly in bright sunlight) and the advantage of having up to four pre-loaded hazards per hole on its system. This allows you to know the distance to reach and carry the hazard which is of course, a great advantage, particularly at away courses. It's thin and lightweight and can also act as a stopwatch, timer, odometer and alarm and what's even better is the fact that I have a demo model for you to try and at just £159.99 and with no annual fees, this watch is sure to be a best-seller. So simply give me a call or pop in and take the watch out and let me know what you think.
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!
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!
Here's a great tip for chipping
Most of the tour players have set formulae that they employ when they're chipping and it goes something like this. If they're chipping around the green - not pitching - and they were using a sand wedge, if everything is average - average speed and firmness of greens, no wind, no slope and a decent lie - then they will land the ball 50% of the way and run it the other 50% of the way, whereas a Pitching Wedge might be landed 40% of the way and run the other 60% and a 9-iron might be 1/3 - 2/3.
So try it and see if it helps your chipping! Good luck!