He`s become a serial winner...no not Rory!
He didn`t quite destroy the field like Rors at the weekend, but Michael Hepting is definitely making a habit of winning. Last weekend in the Club Cup which brings ladies, gents and cadets sections together playing for the one trophy saw Mr Hepting put yet another piece of silverware on the already heavily laden mantel piece. Probably not his best ever round, a nett 69 off his latest handicap of 14 BUT the round did include a 10. Disappointed runners up (on countback to make it worse) were Gordon Heenan and Mrs Tracey Rooney.
Michael “the machine” attributes his much improved play to his custom fit irons and early season lessons. So if you want to accumulate some silverware why not consider the options Michael took with me earlier in the year. It hasn`t done him any harm has it?
Click here to book a lesson and see how we can help your game.
‘Roring’ to the top of the World…
The new World No1, Rory McIlroy, put everyone in their place at the weekend with his first win in a WGC event at one of Tiger's “benefit” events at Firestone last week. Even with Sergio shooting an unbelievable 61 in round 2 and holding a 3 shot lead the Ulsterman literally crushed the field into submission. Driving the ball 30 yards plus beyond Sergio, and he`s no slouch, Rors blitzed the first 5 holes in 4 under to edge into the lead he never gave away. A who`s who of golfing talent headed the field going into Sunday with the exception of Phil and an unfit Tiger. The Irishman just blew them away with his second big win in as many starts. With the USPGA starting this week it will be hard to bet against him making it 3 in a row and capping a best ever season on the course.
With all the other issues clearly banished to the bin, Rory has made some serious statements to the field. The clubs are working well (especially the driver averaging over 315) the dodgy Friday rounds are long forgotten and it looks like he enjoys the single man’s lifestyle rather than the disaster that was his engagement too! Long may it continue. Rory is the new megastar on the block, Adam Scott, Sergio, Rosey, Stenson, Spieth, Fowler, Woods. You have just started to take one heck of a beating at the hands of the boy from Hollywood.
With Woods body in ribbons and the news Dustin Johnson is off Tour for Domestic issues (or something) the US Ryder Cup team is collapsing before Captain Tom Watson's eyes. The way it`s going for Team USA, he could be pulling on a team sweater himself. Europe are looking formidable and this could end up a mauling at Gleneagles. The only thing that might stop McGinley having the easiest ride as a European Captain is the weather at this rate.
Although the Pre Ryder Cup match played at Hanbury Manor recently didn`t quite go with form - Team America won this one. Team Captain's Margaret Oliver (Europe) and Ali Battle (USA) pictured took numerous lady members away for the weekend to sunny Hertfordshire to “cause havoc and play a little golf”.
As you can see from the team Captain photo it was serious business, both teams had a great time getting in the mood of the event. As mentioned Ali`s US team just edged it, probably due to the tattoos or those team skirts that were worn.
Disappointment in Hampshire…
Captain, David Turner and I played at a fabulous golf course, Blackmoor in the Golf Plan Captain /Pro area final last week. We scored 68, 6 behind the winners who scored a 62! David managed to somehow play with a bad back. He refused to not play as he had been looking forward to playing all year only for this to happen at the worst time, if only he had kept to the skateboard.
Junior campers start benefitting..
Future Orsett stars have taken up the opportunity of getting excellent advice on all aspects of golf, from my assistants Andy and Richard. Golf tuition is being held over much of the summer holidays, so if you would like your child or grandchild please get in touch with the shop.
Building on the success of the Easter camps, with many returning to further improve their game and new faces having heard about the camps. The days run from 9.30-3.30 with lunch provided. Having the benefit of two coaches the children get as close to one on one teaching they can in a group environment. The day covers a range of aspects from fundamentals to rules and etiquette, this includes traditional coaching mixed with fun games and activities.
Last chance to enter the Club Pro Am..
Next week is the Club's annual Regional Pro Am (Tuesday12th August). There is just enough time to enter a team if you still wish to. Get in touch by the usual avenues and experience something different in the way of team golf. Play alongside one of the region’s leading Professionals and have a chance to have some real kudos among the club members as 2014 winners.
Click here to let me know.
Results next week along with David`s Captain's Day results from the weekend.