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Greetings from Rob McNicholas
Saffron Walden Golf Club - PGA Golf Professional

Last week was the annual Slade away trip, this year in the Cotswolds, and as you can see from the pictures, it was a riot. This was my first trip away with the Slade having heard many stories from past trips, so I was keen to go. Much to their surprise, the Pro was actually here early so the bus could leave on time.

We played three courses, Chipping Norton, Cotswold Hills and pick of the bunch Northants County. All three courses were well presented and we were well looked after by the clubs. The same can be said of the hotel we stayed in, The Mill House in Kingham where the food, drink and service were first class.

The standard of golf varied but after two rounds, 7 players, including yours truly, were tied on 79 points. The eventual winner with a crooked handicap was George Reynolds with 119 points.


There were many highlights, and interesting things to happen on tour away from the golf; the daily search for Chris Porter's phone, Mike Price's love of Cotswold architecture and cemetery's, Terry Wilby's knowledge of dry stone walls, how many miles Ron Rushforth can cover walking up and down the bus, my ability to cover a table in red wine in seconds without spilling a drop, but what amazed me was how both physically and mentally exhausted everyone appeared to be after 18 holes of golf a day!


Thanks to Robert Register for all the hard work that went into organising and captaining the trip, thanks to Vic Wood for not penalising me too much and running the betting, and thanks to Patrick for organising the kitty. No pressure Ron but we expect more of the same next year.


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Well Done Aaron

I'd like to congratulate my assistant Aaron on finishing his final year of PGA exams. He passed his coaching and custom fitting exams with a distinction grade, and sat his final written exams last Friday. He has put a lot of hard work and commitment into his studies during the last three years, while at the same same working at the golf club. Aaron will receive the results of his final written exams in July, please join me in wishing him luck.

McLellan and Fieldhouse clinch the win for Walden!

In the next round of the Cambs and Hunts Grace Norman interclub knockout trophy, Saffron Walden ladies played a strong Royston side, with the Saffron Walden team giving 5, 6 and 7 shots respectively.

In the first pairing, Walden halved the first match after battling back from 3 down. The second pairing won their match, with the final pairing losing theirs to make the result all square. It was then left for the Saffron Walden pairing of Kiyoko McLellan and Jaine Fieldhouse to go back to the first tee with their Royston counterparts for a sudden death match result. With team mates on both sides willing them on, the first hole was halved, taking them down to the second where the home team scored a par to win the match for Saffron Walden.


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