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Ladies section 

Becky Brewerton Experience Day

Last Friday, we were kindly loaned Becky Brewerton for the day to give a short and long game clinic to the ladies section. 

Despite the cold conditions there was a great turn out, and the positive response we had from the ladies speaks volumes about Becky.

She started out on the short game area demonstrating, before moving to the bunker and then the driving range. 

All aspects of the clinic revolved round the same thing; don't try and help the ball up in the air, let the club do it for you, so much so that she was nailing drivers off the deck!

Click here to view a video of Becky's swing in action

The demonstrations were followed by a 5 hole challenge match where Becky and Jaine Fieldhouse took on Morag and Sarah. The standard of the golf was brilliant, everyone hit good tee shots, Sarah even managing to out drive Becky by 10 yards. She then bettered this by knocking a wedge to 6 feet and holing the putt.

The second was also won with a birdie, this time by Jaine as she hit a smashing drive down the middle, then hit a lovely second shot into the green before holing out from 8 feet for a three.

The third was won by a good up and down from Becky before she and Morag shared the 4th in pars. 

Becky sealed the win with a 25ft birdie on five to clinch the challenge. 

What impressed me whilst watching her play was not just the ball striking, but how every putt she had on the five holes either dropped or scared the hole. As we all know when playing out course for the first time, this is not that easy to do. She used the AimPoint technique, and she looked like she fancied holing everything.

A big thank you to Yonex for arranging the day, for Sarah, Morag and Jaine for taking part in the game, for Viv after I picked on her to have a go after Becky's demonstration and hitting two perfect 7 irons, and to Becky for giving up her time to come to do the day. 

She proved that even tour players who have won tour events, won the order of merit title and played in Solheim Cups, keep it nice and simple and don't complicate things when they get out there.

  

  


Members1 news 

It's always good to hear about what our members are up to, and this week I received an email from Sue Funston who, our on her travels, bumped into a familiar face:

"Hi Rob, 

Thought you might like this photo of Colin and I with Sangdao at her restaurant in Phuket. 

She is looking forward to golf back in Saffron Walden, meanwhile we had a wonderful meal with her on Saturday and she would love to see any other members if they are visiting Phuket!

Sue"


Junior golf 

A quick update on the Junior Coaching going on at Saffron Walden:

To start with don't forget our Junior group coaching runs on both a Saturday & Sunday: 

- Saturday's - 9am through on the hour til 12noon for the last group 
- Sunday's - 9am & 10:15am. 

The group can be signed up to as a 6 week programme at only £40, or paid as an individual session at £8 per hour.

Sarah's next 6 week Sunday class programmes start Sunday, 17 April. Please let me know asap if you would like to be part of the next programme, as we are limiting numbers in the group so Juniors can make the best improvements as they can in smaller class sizes!

Click here to get in touch if your Juniors are interested.


Looking for something to do in the Easter Holidays? 

Aaron, one of our PGA Professionals, is running an Easter Holiday camp on Thursday, 7 & Friday, 8 April from 10am-3pm. 

The camp is a chance to practice your golf, improve you game, take part in skills challenges and make new golfing buddies! 

The cost of the camp is £50 per person, or £55 with lunch included.

This camp has limited spaces so please get in touch asap if you would like to take part.


Junior Roll Up

Lastly the Juniors hold a 'roll up' once a month, and as a non-member you are welcome to join any of these up to 3 times in a year, & members as many times as you like. 

The roll up is split into 18 holes, 9 holes & a short par 3 course over 9 holes - we just ask for an adult to supervise the group, but we meet to tee off (usually, unless competitions or tee closures- please check) at 2pm at only £2 per roll up! 

The next roll up is - Sunday, 8 May

The sign up sheet is in the clubhouse on the Junior notice board for this get together - please let me know if you would like to take part. It's a great chance to get some on course experience and is open to all levels of Junior golfers!


Junior Majors

In addition to the roll up, one of the major junior competitions of the season are the Easter Trophies which takes place on Sunday, 27 March from 12.30pm, and also includes the eighteen, nine hole and par 3 events with prizes and Easter eggs afterwards. 

For the Easter Trophies, please arrive slightly earlier than normal as we need to take your lunch order before going out. 

Please let me know as soon as possible if you are interested in playing in these events - the sign up sheet is in the clubhouse as well. 

For the 9 hole and par 3 golfers - If possible, would you be able to please get an adult to accompany you round as we are short on members to help out. If you need to be accompanied, please let us know ASAP and we will try and find someone. (If you are unaccompanied and cannot be paired up then you will be unable to play).

Any questions, feel free to contact one of the pro shop team.

 
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