Neil Gale had an extraordinary weekend’s golf. Stepping in as the first reserve in the Scratch Championship Friday evening, not really on his game and having to face the leading qualifier, things were anything but calm walking to the first tee. Golf is an amazing game though and Neil breezed past Steve Rosendale into the quarter finals. All the “seeds” were making their way into the last 8, not easy considering the strength in the field. On the first tee of his quarter final match Neil ‘found something’ and won his match with an under par score to move into the semi-final. Meanwhile in the other half of the draw, newly crowned Cadet Champion, Zach Chegwidden was caught up in extra hole matches. He won through on the 22nd in the morning and the 24th in the afternoon against powerful Dan Vaughan (one of the favourites). Did he have any energy left to take on Kenny Breeze in the semi-final? He blew him off the course to make the final 4 and 3! Neil had arguably the toughest game against Steve Macanally in his semi-final. Down early, he managed to blast his way past Steve to reach the final against Zach.
To and fro the match went, both playing some fantastic golf. Zach one up with 2 to play had a great chance to stop the rush of Neil. He missed and Neil got up and down to halve. Neil made a fantastic all or nothing 25 foot birdie putt to halve the game and take it into sudden death and further holes for Zach. With a swelling gallery, nerves, heat and the Title might all have a bearing. Both played solid holes including a match saving 8 footer on the first for Neil. On the par 3 third both players hit the green, Zach twice as far away. For some inexplicable reason half way to the hole Zach’s ball just leapt in the air leaving him a 6 footer for the half. A difficult swinging putt agonisingly slid by. It was no way to lose what had been a great final. So from not even being in the field, at odds with his game Neil became the Club Scratch winner. As the saying goes, “it`s a funny old game”
Tina, a winning double…
The ladies Club Championship was held last Sunday, fabulous weather, especially no wind greeted the Ladies in the morning. Leading the field after 18 holes was newbie Kay Dalton with an 81 just ahead of Tina Arnold and slight favourite Angie Paton. The afternoon began to take its toll on some of the ladies and scores were not being held onto. Angie improved her morning round by 4 to give her a chance. She held her breathe as the next group in had her biggest rivals in the event to finish. Kay, sadly had a round to forget but Tina Arnold finally put the gremlins aside, trusted her ability and equalled her morning round which included 8 straight pars to see off Angie by 2 strokes. Both her rounds were better than her handicap, a brilliant effort to achieve in such an important competition.
The handicap trophy was won by Tina Gregory with a nett of 146, which cut her handicap yet again this season.
Congratulations to the ladies, great effort all round. Let’s get back amongst those County events next season ladies!
I am down to my last 2 places on the Mizuno demo night, so if you would like to try the new range please contact me ASAP. It’s happening on the 22nd September (Monday) from 3-6.30pm.
Just arrived, our new Under Armour ensemble. If you want to stay warm and dry, these products are among the leaders in their field. The product has just gone from strength to strength and has a much bigger presence than ever before in golf. The good thing is these garments are not just suited to golf, which allows for more use and therefore even better value to you the consumer. Take a look next time you’re in. The temperature is not quite right for UA at the moment but unfortunately it will be soon enough.
Alongside Under Armour we have taken stock of both Golf Buddy WT4 and Bushnell Neo XS GPS watches. Both have great features and benefits such as lightest and thinnest ever, very important when it’s on your wrist. We have also taken stock of the Bushnell PinSeeker Tour V3 with jolt technology. It’s the leader in its field so why buy anything else?
We have also holding a clearance SALE on certain clothing items, including; Oakley, FootJoy and Greg Norman. So next time you come by please take a look and get yourself a bargain.
Chris Jones had a recent fitting with me for a new driver. We decided the G30 gave him the most consistency he was looking for from the tee. A thicker grip and extra loft certainly made the difference. First time out on the course he recorded 10 out of 12 fairways hit and an average of 15 yards longer!
If you would like to get a driver like Chris`s get in touch and make the game more fun for yourself.
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So do lessons…
Valerie Havis has recently had a course of lessons to oversee her golf game. She played very little golf over the last few years and decided this year that would change. With a handicap of 36 and the lessons buzzing around in her head she decided to take up the offer of playing with the Lady Captain from her present club. So after a sleepless night and worrying about being asked to leave for playing so badly, Valerie played the 18 holes. Now for any new player it`s not easy but with a person in such a position, even harder! Yet she played, “enjoyed it and even beat her playing partner”. She actually went round in 101, just a nett 65!!
“I have to thank David for helping me with my golf swing, course management and for giving me the confidence to play with someone other than my husband. The lessons really have helped and hopefully I can start to think about competitions and getting involved with the Ladies section a bit more”
So perhaps it might be worth having a lesson if your existing clubs aren`t behaving quite the way they should be. It might just be the answer you have been looking for.