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Hello and welcome to this week's newsletter. 

Pros news 

Monday saw the first Seniors Captain Pro challenge against the seniors section, and I'm delighted to say that one finally went well! 

Brandon and I managed a score of 41 points, which only one pair had the audacity to beat. We went out in a steady 22 points with 4 birdies and no drop shots, but could only pick up 2 birdies on the back 9 and we also gave one back on 13. 

Kieran O'Reilly and Dennis Brown managed 43 points and took first place. I did have the honour of taking nearest the pin on 18 which Brandon confirmed I was allowed to enter, and picked up a bottle of Chateauneuf du Pape, which was worth was worth the entrance fee alone. 

Thank you to the senior section for your hospitality and I look forward to partnering Peter Still next year.


Thetford Alliance Series

Aaron and Sarah finished off the Thetford Alliance series on Thursday and were both undone by the windy conditions. Despite Sarah getting off to a birdie, birdie start, a couple of rare missed tee shots resulted in double bogies, and with the challenging conditions and tough layout she finished with an 80. 

Aaron managed one better, after playing steady golf, he too was undone on a couple of the long holes into head wind. 

Sarah's next tournament is the East regions Assistants championship at Purdis Heath on Thursday, 5 May, a tournament she has twice progressed to the national final, while Aaron will be playing the East regional professional championships at Gog's Tuesday week. 

Good luck to the pair of you in those.

Callum's report from, the AoC National Championships at Close House GC in Newcaslte

"There were around 50 players all of which had handicaps of 6 and below and had qualified previously from each region. 

On the first day I shot a 73 (+3) in drizzly conditions to sit 6th place and 4 behind the leaders. The pins were set up difficult, so if you missed it on the wrong side you couldn't get up and down. 

On the second day the conditions deteriorated throughout the day; going from just wind to strong wind and heavy rain. I played well tee to green, hitting 14 of 18 greens in regulation, but I struggled with putting and again shot a 73. 

Throughout the day scores came in and the top 5 struggled, and eventually I managed a 2nd place after the leader on the first day shot a 73 2nd round to beat me by 4. 

Overall I played well over the 2 days, just struggled with putting, but I felt like it was a good result and I learned a lot."

Fitting news 

Wedge fitting 

Last Friday Titleist came down and gave the Professional staff a Vokey wedge fitting afternoon. As I'm sure you are aware they have various grinds, bounces and lofts for their new wedges depending on how you like to play the shot, your angle of attack into the ball and what you need for gapping purposes. 

The session was very interesting and we are hoping to stage a day at the club next month when they will come down and do a gapping and fitting session for members to explain and customise the wedges for you. 

I will let you know more when they confirm the date.

Ladies section 

Last week we launched our third annual ladies Get into Golf series. The Tuesday evening session was fully booked by Saturday so we have put on another evening session for Thursday's from 7pm - 8pm.

This will start Thursday, 5 May, and will be a 7 week programme for £70

Please click here to get in touch or call the pro shop to book a space, or if you know someone who'd like to join in.

Junior golf

Last Sunday the juniors played out the Junior Masters trophy. 

There was a strong field in the 18 hole event which was won by Jonny Jenkins who shot 79 nett 70. Junior captain, Tich Hall was runner up with 84 nett 73. Both players have worked hard in their games in recent weeks, and it's starting to show. 

This bodes well for the upcoming matches starting this weekend with the British Legion match against Gogs. 

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