Orsett Golf Club PGA Golf Professional
It`s been a busy start to the new month at Orsett.
Bob Barnaby decided on retirement that it was time to sharpen up his game. After just one lesson with yours truly he raced off with the Joyes trophy with a cool 40 points last Saturday. In good golfing conditions it was his best score by some margin for quite a while and reduced his handicap from 16 t0 14. He even beat Club stalwart, Mark Whiten who continues to play well (39 points) and also reduced his handicap to scratch at the same time. Rob Stevens lost to Mark on countback has also been playing some good golf since his fitting and change of metal woods to the latest JPX 900 range. Nice going Bob, keep up the good work.
Holders Orsett "cruised" into the 3rd round and a home tie with Stoke by Nayland beckons. A fine 9.5 to 5.5 victory was set up with a 4-1 lead in the foursomes. Again with changes to the team, Steve Rooney's squad are playing some sound golf. Steve's report: "Nice to get a home draw at last. As long as we keep the same attitude as earlier rounds it should stand us in good stead."
Well done team a solid performance by all. The team play their next match on June 11th.
One last footnote, apologies to John and Gillian Vetori who didn`t get a mention for winning the Collof Loving Cup recently. Congratulations to them both. Probably the hardest team event to win all season, especially playing golf with your partner!
SClub 46, one of Orsett's biggest sweeps went on their annual Tour last weekend. 43 members and I hit the Northern French coastline for a 3 day event for golf and other Tour memories. A trip that has been run for 15 years but for the first time without it`s leader and chief organiser, Howard Smith, who sadly passed away last year.
Ash Mahmood did a fine job in taking over the reins and was aided by James Irving, Roger Burder, Jack Waters, Tony McGee, Norman Morgan and Marc Beard. A special mention to Finn Cotter and Mike Hepting who drove the equipment from venue to venue all weekend as well. Back to the event, two teams of 11 played 4 ball matches and 22 singles matches each day. There was an individual event plus back and front of the coach sweeps on top of personal challenges. There was a lot to pay attention to for the scorekeepers.
The team event became known as the blow up of Belle Dune with Tony McGee`s side 10 points behind at the start of play to Steve Biggin`s team, but finished at least 10 points ahead after the final round! Individually it was hotting up too. Early finisher James Irving had set the pace and going into the last round 8 players were in contention to win, including Club Captain Andy Lee. Could he or any others get past James?
Sadly the left side of Belle Dune got the better of Andy and he dropped out of contention. Being official scorer James had the inside line to all the scoring. One by one they fell away, leaving him dreaming of his first "Tour" win. Shaun came up a little short as did Paul leaving only Phil who could rob James. Needing just 30 points to claim the individual title Phil got into his stride after a "nervy" start but playing the last he holed a 5 footer across the slope to complete his round. Was it enough?
After several recounts Phil was announced the winner of the 2017 Tour. James remained runner up by one elusive point and Shaun Patient a very satisfied 3rd spot. So Phil received the winner's trophy and traditional hat to wear on the way home. Not only did he win the first overall prize, he also collected a daily prize early on and was the only person to back himself in the tour sweep, winning the front of the bus sweep too! All in all a very happy outcome.
Well done Phil. The 100 Euro donation to the Charity Fine pot was fine gesture.
The GolfSixes event at Centurion looks like it's here to stay in the calendar. Golf's version of 2020 cricket seems to have captured sponsors imagination and must help to bring people to the game. Denmark won the inaugural event against Australia with Italy third. The players embraced the new format of shot clocks, on course interviews and crowd noise. It had to give the air of fun which I`m sure with a bit of tinkering just might stir people's imagination into wanting to try playing the game.
John Daly won for the first time on the Champions Tour. He finished one shot ahead of Tommy Armour. Like him or not, Daly brings people to spectate and plays with a unique all or nothing style. Welcome back JD. I don`t mean the stuff in the bottle from Tennessee either!
Fitting Day Success
The recent PING fitting day was again well-attended. Thank you to all who came along and of course purchased some new "weapons". It was amazing to see how the odd degree of loft or few ounces of weight from a shaft could make all the difference.
For some it was as much as 25 yards carry! So why is the fitting necessary? It's not just to get a new club but to make sure you get the best launch with the most roll from your driver and ideal drop and stop off the irons. So many people still struggle to understand the best ball flight is high with modern technology and not as in the past "driven".
The reason for this is combination between the Driver design and today's ball design. The modern ball would just fall out of the air with a wooden headed club. Today's driver could possibly be re-named 'a Launcher' as that`s what needs to happen to the ball these days. Even at a breezy course like Orsett, hang time is essential for maximum distance.
So why not come attend one of our future fitting days and find out for yourself? We have Lynx, Mizuno and Titleist all visiting soon. See the dates below:
Lynx - 2nd June PM
Mizuno - 16th June PM
Titleist - 26th June PM
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