I have been inundated with offers from all of you to be the Game Improvement Champion and am still having volunteers offering their time, so I have decided to run with both a mens and ladies champion. I will sit down at the weekend and decide who to go with. Thank you all for your responses. It's good to see that so many of you want to improve your game.
Well what a weekend with lots of golf being played and the return of a past champion.
Firstly we had our first Captain and Pro match against Richard Platt and Richard Tanner, the pride of 'The Merkins' section of the club. It was all going according to plan, two up with two to play when Richard Platt stepped up on the 17th and hit his 8-iron a foot past the hole but then spun it back to record his second ever ace! Needless to say they won that one but just to make it worse they then popped in a three up on the last to halve the match. A great game, a great shot and thank you very much for the drink after.
Sunday was the Men's President's Prize Day which started with the President David Barrows dishing out personalised Srixon golf balls to all competing but I'm not sure how many of them lasted the full round. Some great scores were coming in thick and fast with 39 points leading the way under some tough windy conditions. This was the case right up untill the final couple of groups handed in their cards.
Firstly Brian Dodson hands a fantastic 41 points only to be matched by past Captain Mike Gore. So back nine was evens and it went down to back six and sneaking his nose out in front was Mike. Mike was Captain back in 1997 and has been a member of the club since longer than we can remember. It was great to see one of our 'more experienced' members up collecting the President's Trophy and crystal that Mr Barrows generously put up. Well played Mike although it did mean he got his handicap chopped just before his tour to France. Didn't really think that one through!
Never give up
Birdie, par, birdie, eagle, birdie, birdie. We've all finished a round like this, right?! This was Rickie Fowler's amazing finish at The Players and it just goes to show if you don't let your shoulders drop, you can come from nowhere to win.
What we find with a lot of amateur golfers is that they obsess about their score, especially when chasing Stableford points. If you stay focused and play each shot at a time, a good score will remain within your grasp.
This is a difficult game and if you can learn to accept the odd blip then you'll be better for it. Of course, hitting the odd 243-yard 3-wood to two feet will help, but don't stress if you don't pull this off every time, not even Fowler would have expected a kick-in eagle like he managed to pull off.
However, do request a lesson if there's anything you'd like help on, such as striking fairway woods off the deck like Mr Fowler, do get in touch. You know where we are…click here to request a lesson.