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Ladies Spring Meeting 2014

The 2014 Spring Meeting, being the first ladies major event of the year, started with a 30 minute delay due to frost, however, the sterling efforts of the green staff ensured the continuing excellent condition of the golf course.

The competition format consisting of 18 holes medal in the morning, followed by 9 holes foursomes in the afternoon was supported by 71 ladies.

Results were as follows: 

Silver Division: 
1st Jaine Fieldhouse (nett 74) 
2nd Jeannie Ratcliffe (nett 76) 

Bronze A Division: 
1st Madeleine Walker (net 70) 
2nd Kay Barnett (nett 75) 

Bronze B Division: 
1st Claire Oldroyd (net 76) 
2nd Geri Still (net 78)

Results for the afternoon foursomes 
Front 9: 
1st on c/b La-Vern Frost & Corinne Parmentier (15 points) 
2nd Pat Clarke and Judy Saunders (15 points)

Back 9,  
1st on c/b Deb Bowler and Mary Baker (17 points) 
2nd on c/b Marjory Smith and Ginny Eley (17 points)

The Dorrett Salver (for the best overall nett score), was kindly presented by past Lady Captain Doreen Ettling, and was won by a delighted Madeleine Walker with a nett score of 70. A big congratulations to all the winners! 

You may have noticed that more wedges are coming with higher lofted bounces. The bounce is the gap created by the sole of the club and the ground when placed on the floor. In the past players used to grind the sole down to get it to duty as tight to the ground as possible whereas with modern equipment and changes in techniques the bounce is a good thing and means that less than perfect strikes still get a good result. Here is a technique that will help you use the bounce on the club with a lob wedge.

Picture 1. Align yourself square to the target, with your weight split 70/30 favouring the left side. My sternum and head are slightly in front of the ball.

Picture 2. I want to encourage the bounce to get the club to skid through. Place the shaft so that it lies behind the ball not in front of it, otherwise it will sit too tight and the club will dig in.


Picture 3. Rather use the hands I want to use the body as the engine to the swing to turn back and through. Don't be afraid to feel the wrists cock on the back swing, this will encourage a better single of attack into the ball.

Picture 4. At impact my weight is on the left side and my body is working onto target not across it as in older methods.


Picture 5. I complete the move on to target and my weight has completed its transfer yo the left side as I move into a fuller finish. The control of pace comes from the centre of the swing, if I want to pitch it a lesser distance I simply slow down rather than shorten my swing. This gives me less chance of blading the shot to the otherwise of the green and more chance of a good contact.

Here are the results and winners from our Junior Easter Competitions:

1st Gross Charles Parmentier 83
2nd Gross Callum Brookes 84


1st Nett. Jamie Price 69 
2nd Nett. Charlie Carter 71


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This is your last chance to take advantage of our FREE adjustable wood fitting and FREE lesson. We can find the right set up and specification for your game so you can be sure you are getting the most from your woods line-up this season.

Contact us to find out more.

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