Hello and welcome to this weeks newsletter.
Last week saw the club championships played at the club. Unfortunately the weather didn't look much like it belonged in July but the players battled hard in the wind and rain.
Mark Reeve shot 73 on day one to take a two shot lead over Callum Brookes and Gary Bower. Sunday's weather proved to be no better, if anything it was worse than Saturday's. Mark created a five shot lead at the turn only for Callum to pull two back with six to play. Callum played steady on the way in and Mark showed wonderful short game skills to eventually win by five shots with a total of 145. This is a just reward for all the hard work and time that he has dedicated towards the game. He is an example of the fact that the harder you practise the better you will become. We wish Mark the best of luck moving forward and all the best with the 2015 Mid Amateur Order of Merit.
Callum came second with a total of 150, which also won him the Junior Championship.
There was a new name on the Summer Cup with Jamie Price winning with a nett thirteen-under-par for the two days.
Gerald Collins played solidly to defend his senior title with a 79 and congratulations to Justine Voss on defending the Ladies Championship over the weekend.
This was the first weekend that all the championships were played at the same time and it was nice to see a full clubhouse for presentation despite the weather.
How to fuel 121 holes of golf with a square melon
"It was great to be asked by Kieran, Colin, Cam and Simon to help them complete their 121-hole challenge", said Michael Jones, founder of The Square Melon. Michael works as a freelance nutritionist and his latest venture The Square Melon is a meal delivery service with a difference.
The Square Melon provides fully prepared meals and snacks designed in line with each client’s physiology and goal. This can be performance, weight loss or health. The 121-hole challenge was a great opportunity to showcase the service.
The first step was to estimate the amount of energy that would be used during the challenge and then design a menu with sufficient calories that was easy to eat on the go. Golf is a relatively low intensity activity so going for foods that are more slowly absorbed (low-GI) moderates blood glucose and provides a more constant source of energy.
Getting hydration right is in sport and even more so with longer duration events so everyone was given drinking targets to be met for each round. Water is fine at most times of the day but during exercise it is important to replace lost salts. I recommend an electrolyte drink like Zero Cal by High5 Nutrition. All you need to drop a couple of tablets into water and let it dissolve. If you don’t do anything else make sure you drink little and often during a round and before you get to the 19th!
If you are interested in losing weight, optimising health or improving your golfing performance visit www.thesquaremelon.com for tailored meal deliveries.
Michael will be writing more articles over the coming months to give us an insight into golf nutrition and what we can do to prepare ourselves better.
CALLING ALL JUNIOR GOLFERS - 2015 Summer camp
Wednesday, 19 and Thursday, 20 August 2015 or Thursday 27, and Friday 28, August 2015.
£50 per person or £54 with lunch included.
Our 2015 Summer Camp at Saffron Walden Golf Club offers junior golfers of all levels the chance to improve at golf. Over the two days our course covers: Introduction and Setup Takeaway, Backswing, Downswing, Follow-through, Irons Vs Woods, Putting, Chipping, Pitching and Bunkers.
Finally on the last afternoon there is an on-course alternate shot team competition over 2/3 holes with prizes immediately afterwards. The course breaks halfway through each day for a relaxed lunch in the clubhouse spike-bar. If you are interested in taking part in a fun, informative environment alongside like-minded young players or are completely new to the game and wish to learn then please come and talk to the pro-shop staff for more information. Please book now to avoid disappointment as there are limited spaces available. Telephone 01799527728 and speak to Rob, Aaron or Cam.