Mein Gott you`ve Messed up and we`re World Champions!
Have to start with the footie this week. After the chalk and cheese semi-finals, what would we get for a final? Further self-destruction or classic football with a piece of magic to win it? It was definitely the latter. For the purists a decent game but teams, no one took a shot from outside the box! Hang on, Argentina didn't get one of their 3 attempts on target! OH for a Batistuta at the crucial moment when all Higuaín had to do was not panic and roll the ball past a flailing Neuer.
What a superb finish from "Super Mario" Götze. A goal worthy of winning the Cup final.
The only problem for me was who to support? I chose Argentina at the start with the Germans as a close second, but deep down how could any Brit support either? Why didn't the Dutch get in the final?? Yet when Götze scored everyone I was watching with all cheered, so perhaps that's the answer, The Deutschers.
A great football spectacle with brilliant skill, speed and goals galore unlike World Cups of the past. Long may it continue into the Premier League and all the National teams, but will they learn the lessons undoubtedly the Germans have? What of Samba football? The home team were found out by the ruthless men of the Fatherland. 10 minutes into that semi-final and the Germans had it all worked out. 7-1 easing up. Let's hope they get back to their best or the world of football will be a worse place for it.
Open Championship starts…
The big events just keep coming! At Hoylake the best golfers take on the challenge to be Champion Golfer for the year. A very open event with many finding form, like Rose winning the Scottish Open last week. Personally 16-1 for Tiger is too good to avoid, he can hit some wides, the slower greens and magical short game add up to a bookies disaster. It could an unbelievable event with so many contenders worldwide.
My other favourites…. Snedeker, good putter, Kuchar good smiler, and Howeller first off and playing some good golf this season. Rory can't make his mind up to play well or not, McDowell loves the seaside golf, Scott could run close, as could defending Champ Mickleson. Can Westwood do a Clarke and slip in unnoticed and finally get what he`s been looking for? As I said it`s very open.
Talking about waiting your turn, how about Montgomerie in America? Another win, another Major, he just keeps getting bigger and bigger! No gym work there, just complete trust in a unique method and a brilliant 5 inches between the ears. He really is a big player in World Golf. Talk was of Langer for a Ryder Cup pick, what about Monty? In Scotland, foursomes and Singles. Could be the inspiration Europe/Scotland needs. Captain McGinley could do worse.
By the way did someone recently mention Monty could win a few more Majors this season?
We still have a few people left to be chosen on the Sweepstake. Let me know if you would like a pick and we will take one from the envelope and add you to the draw sheet. It could just be your lucky day!
We can now fit for PING's latest creation the G30. Much has been written about the new iron design which to me has some of the hall marks of the i25 with its graduated offset, but many of the G family characteristics maintained. If you would like to be among the first to own a set and be personally fitted for them please get in touch by clicking here, and let`s get you enjoying your game even more than ever.
The metal woods are not far behind and are due just before the end of the month. This new design has allowed PING to reduce the drag on the bigger headed driver, so increasing the club head speed which is so important if you want more distance! As you can see from the pictures it is a little different at first glance but certainly not distracting on the eye at all.
Arkela, we will do our best!
And so they did for Lady Captain, Margaret Oliver on her Lady's Captains day. A surprise arrival on the back of a motorbike (as a former Biker Chick and wearing Husband, Dave's Biker Jacket) started her day of celebration and festivities despite the weather.
Being a Cub Arkela, the themes on the course were that of the Cub Scouts and Karaoke, with a camp site set up on the 7th and the Ladies section dressed as Cubs, the golf competition nearly went out the window! With the 12th set up with Karaoke and "doormen" the girls could entertain while waiting for the green to clear.
Apparently Angie Paton won the event with a score well below her handicap!
Congratulations to Lady "Sixer" Ali and her group for setting up both Margaret's buggy, huts and Clubhouse for the day. Margaret and all the girls had a blast.
Lee and Tina go all Presidential
Lee Maskell put together a fine round of golf at the weekend to win the Mens section of the Presidents Putter with a point's total of 40. Runners up were Gary Gutteridge and Mark Wheeler with 39 points.
Lee puts it all down to the new putter we recently put in his hands. "I've been inconsistent all year on the greens but my new counter balance putter has changed that". Both Gary and Mark have recently had some information to improve their driving which also seems to be taking affect.
In the Ladies section, Tina Gregory put her name on another trophy this season with 39 points. Unfortunately losing out on count back was Sara Barnes who had a lesson just 2 days before with Andy, my assistant. 3rd was Dawn Buttle with 37 points.
Well done to all, keep up the good work.