Premier league table, just like the election
It struck me this weekend that the Premier League had the same look about it as the recent General Election results. Way out in front and unsurprisingly in the end "The Blues", who left trailing miserably in their wake ,all the hopeful reds who didn't live up to expectations and waaaay down and probably out , the yellows( Hull) along with the all the other odd shaded teams (Burnley and QPR). Ok the yellows may not be completely gone yet unlike the Liberal party, but forming an alliance with the "old boys" red network this weekend looks pretty dodgy without Fergie there to agree to a deal on a case or two of the finest wine ever to come out of the Hull dockyard for the sake of 3 points. Could Steve Bruce be the hero again, just like for Fergie's first Championship winning season all those years ago when Big Stevie himself headed the deal maker late in the second half against Sheff Wednesday? Time will tell, I hope they stay up and the Geordies go through the trap door, not because of the Fans, they deserve better but what a state the Club seems to be in right from the top. Perhaps the millions pounds drop might just be the scenario needed to shake up this slumbering giant back into reality and that decent money has to be spent on quality players. If you buy Lonsdale joggers you get Lonsdale footie, that's right isn't it Mike? What will be will be, at least it gives Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville something else to argue about, instead of who gets to press the replay button for the highlights before the FA Cup next weekend.
What about those playoffs? They end up as the best weekend of footie if you win and the worst if you lose. It's great for the neutral, open games, generally with goals galore. I'm going for a treble of Norwich, Preston and Southend. They could all be wrong it's that tight but great entertainment each and every game will not be in doubt.
Talking of entertainment two words.......Rory McIlroy! How good is the Irish boy wonder these days? Not only did he lap the field after Sundays total of 22 under at Quail Hollow, scene of his first US Tour win but he gave them a chance for two days before he thought "enough's enough lads, 61..thanks very much , catch me if you can?"
McIlroy is defending at Wentworth this weekend where the County Down man started on his quest for perfection.7wins in 12 months just about sealed it apart from the Masters, Rors has been, well, words are difficult to describe legendary. Goals for the next decade, Majors, Majors and more Majors. Woods was awesome and had the unbeatable look about his game 15 years ago, McIlroy has that now. A swing that is dynamic, balanced, powerful and reliable, a belief as hard as nails and a putter that just keeps holing putts, sort of adds up to just about unbeatable when it's "on". Next week Rory hosts the Irish Open at Royal County Down, one of the best courses I've ever played. He knows it like the back of his hand and even with all the other hostie things he will have to do, the whole of the Irish Golfing Community will be willing him onto to win. Record crowds are expected to cheer the local boys home. They will be even bigger if Rory or any of the Irish boys are in the mix. Perhaps the only way to stop him is to get him on a night out with Ryder Cup Captain, Darren Clarke to "tie one on", it might even it up a bit.
Cadets back to winning ways...
Orsett cadets got back on track in their quest to top their league table in the Youth shield. Cadet organiser made a couple of changes to the team that lost 3/2 to Rochford in the previous match. A 5/0 margin was essential and the team delivered all 5 points for Cadet Organiser, Mark White. "I'm really pleased with the result. We needed this result to keep Rochford on their toes and perhaps if they slip up somewhere we can get by them into top spot. The team played well and shows we now have some strength in depth for now and next few seasons to come"
Baisden delight for George
George Wickens found himself top man in Sunday's Baisden Cup. A trophy solely for 55 and overs, he scored 41 points on a gorgeous day for golf. Comfortably ahead of runner up Dave McLeod and third placed Les Robertson both on 37 points. He has had his handicap cut from 8 to 6.....Nice playing Mr Wickens.
Not such a delight…
I played in my second event last Monday, in the Foremost Championships at The Oxfordshire Golf Club. I was trying to keep my run going in the event after a 1st and 2nd place finishes in the last two years.
As you can see from the pictures it changed from the practice round all sunny and serene to miserable and unbelievably windy. The winner had a brilliant score of 3 under par (must have missed a hole out somewhere) as the next best score was 2 over par! I scored 78 (+6) with, unusually for me, 6 putts missed inside of 4 feet! Better luck next year.
For those who missed out on the PING fitting slots, you might want to take a leaf out of Eddie Cole's book. Disappointed he couldn't get a slot, I helped him directly with the use of my GC2 launch monitor and PING's N-Flight software. He is now the proud owner of a new set of G30 irons and G30 driver.
"For anyone buying without a fitting these days it doesn't make sense. I did that with my previous set and these new clubs are so different, shafts, length, lies, head design, everything I need to help me with my off centre hits. I can't wait to play at the weekend with them. I wouldn't just pick a pair of shoes off the shelf and pay for them yet I did just that as I said with my last set of clubs and they cost a lot more than a pair of shoes"
So if you think it's about time you got fitted, let me help you, it could make all the difference to your game. Keep a look out for our next fitting day, it's not too far away, more news on that to follow.
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