Hello and welcome to this week's newsletter.
I was hoping to send out a belated newsletter this week, but unfortunately Aaron and I missed the cut at the PGA four ball better ball championships.
We didn't disgrace ourselves, we shot 69 & 68 which was four better than last year, but we fell short of the cut mark.
I can honestly say that from tee to green we played solidly as a pair but we couldn't get used to the greens. Being a Nicklaus design, the greens were big and undulating. That said, on day one, after reaching the turn at -4 we proceeded to to miss 5 putts from inside 8ft between us. We managed to better this on day two by missing 7! This included a stretch of 6 holes where we peppered the flag and only came away with two birdies, both of which were kick in.
They are fine margins, if we could have held half of these we would have cruised into the final day, if like our playing partners we had holed everything from that range we would be leading.
I have to give credit both to Carden Park for the way they presented the course considering it's been the driest summer they have had for over forty years, and to the North region PGA for their organisation and the way that they ran the tournament from start to finish. I'm still of the same opinion as last year that it's one of the best tournaments we get to play in by the standard of course, accommodation and the way we are treated, and we look forward to competing again next year.
It was also a pleasure to have Aaron as my playing partner as we gel well together. We have a strategy of both of us being in play rather than one holding back while the other gives it a thrash. Our games seem to complement one another as they are both similar which, this year, unfortunately also included our green reading and putting.
Farewell to Cam
As mentioned a few week's ago, Cam will soon be leaving us here at Saffron Walden as he moves onto new challenges, so this is his last Saturday here.
He will be in the bar tomorrow (Saturday) evening if people want to have a drink with him before he leaves.
He looks forward to seeing you all
Lowry's long game masterclass
What a fine win it was at the weekend for Shane Lowry, who won the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in fantastic style. The Irishman began the day two shots back, but emerged victorious to win by two from the big-hitting Bubba Watson. Of course, many of you will already know this and we dare say a few of you cashed in on the 100/1 shot, who has been in superb form this season.
My Buying Group, Foremost Golf, was invited to an equipment launch recently where Lowry was a speaker. In his own words he was "Striking the ball nicely"
and put his recent good form down to improvements in his ball striking and long game. In the end, he struck some pretty impressive wedges, too - none better than on 10, where he fashioned an approach from behind the trees to stick the ball to tap-in birdie range.
Lowry admits to being more of a 'feel' player than being overly technical. Whilst you are undoubtedly born with such talent, a huge amount of hard work has gone into his game. If you haven't watched final-round highlights, make sure you do. And if you're desperate to start making some improvements, or perhaps add a Shane-like recovery shot to your armoury, come and see us or get in touch here