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Club news 

Walden on top at halfway stage 

The Gog Magog scratch team descended on Windmill Hill last Wednesday, hoping to resurrect their scratch league season. In wind and rain the Walden boys prevented this and reached the half way stage on top of CAGU Div 1.

Mark Reeve returned to the side after relaxation at Legoland and Goodman's troops set out to do battle in this derby fixture.

The strong Gog Magog team started with their new galactico signing Smits and his partner Williams against Olly Tuck and Mark Reeve. Walden won the first hole but Gogs fought back, with Walden making some errors around the green, Gog's reached the 16th 1 up. The turning point happened when Williams pushed his drive on the 17th, and Reeve hit a 3 wood to a perfect position. Smits could only hit it short of the green. The shot of the day was by Tuck who hit a rescue to the top level of the green by the flag. Williams hit his wedge to 5 feet. Smits missed his putt and Walden holed to win the hole and go into the 18th all square. The 18th was halved so Tuck and Reeve halved the match.

Ryan Adair and Richard Southall then took on the experienced Gog's pairing of Quinney and Diss. Up against it from the start Gogs took a 2 up advantage through 9 holes. This spurred Adair and Southall on with birdies on the 10th and 12th to draw level. Southall hit his iron to 6ft on the 18th which sent shock waves through the Magog Hills and Walden won 1 up.

Bringing up the rear for Walden the colourful pairing of MacDonald and Burlingham took on Stammers and Rusted. They raced to a 5 up lead after 8 holes. Gogs fought back and they were all square after 16 holes. Walden won the 17th. Burlingham curbed his power to hit a sublime iron shot to 10ft on the 18th. Gogs missed the green and bogeyed, and it was left to Mr "dependable" Macdonald to hole out for a 2 up victory.

The 5-1 victory propelled Walden to top spot at the halfway stage of the season. 

Other result St Neots 0 Ramsey 6 

1st - Saffron Walden - 17pts 
2nd - Ramsey - 15pts 
3rd - Brampton Pk - 13pts 
4th - Gog Magog - 9pts 
5th - St Neots - 6pts

Graham Goodman captain said 
"Another fighting performance by the boys. Gogs sent a strong side out and we more than matched them. We have 4 games left of which 3 are away, so we will have to be more than on our game for the remaining fixtures".

Staff news 

An update from PGA Pro Sarah Smith

Last weekend at Wentworth Golf Club, for the second year running I was invited by the Golf Foundation to take part in the junior introduction to golf in the tented village at the PGA BMW Championships. 


We used the Tri Golf kit to set up targets and games to invite all children at any age and any level of golf to participate. From 3 year olds having a go to the junior club golfer aged 12 with a handicap of 18, my time over the weekend I really enjoyed. 

aking part at Wentworth gave me chance to pick up new ideas for games and skill challenges to take to schools we are currently working with in Saffron Walden, and add to my career development in coaching. Currently we are in 8 schools in the town and surrounding Uttlesford area, with the aim being to give children a taster in golf and get them down to the club and enrolled in our academy. 

All of this is made possible with not only the support of the golf club but with the grants that the golf foundation and active Uttlesford give us in the year.


Alongside the coaching I got to watch a lot of golf, and after a hard day's work myself and fellow coach Stacey were even rewarded with an ice cream!

Junior golf 

Junior Captains Day

Please support your Junior Captain with his Captains Day on Friday, 24 June

There is an 18 hole competition on the day - the format being Texas Scramble in teams of 3. The team of three will be a mix of one low, one mid and one higher handicapper. (You'll need a handicap or club handicap to play) 

Half way round there is a BBQ, (let's hope for nice weather!) and on the 18th hole will be 'Beat the Captain'. 

Tee Off is at 4pm, 9 hole Juniors are encouraged to play 18 holes for this competition, but there will be a 9 hole event run on the side if you would still like to play only 9. 

There is a quick presentation after play, but no need to change. 

The sign up sheet is in the main foyer of the Clubhouse, but if you can't get up to sign up your name please let Sarah know.

Junior Roll Up

The next Junior Roll Up is Sunday, 12 June

The main juniors playing 18 holes, will tee off from 2:30pm.. The cost of this is £2. Followed by the 9 holes & short course 9 holes (about 3pm).

Don't forget the 9 hole roll up is for those with the higher handicap, and the short course 9 holes (from the 100 yards markers) is for those who would like to gain experience on the course, and to put into practice what they have learnt. 

Usual dress code applies on the golf course, please don't forget good etiquette, and please remember you must have an adult accompanying you.

If you are unaccompanied and cannot be paired up then you will be unable to play. 

The cost of the short course roll up is £1 per junior. 

Please let me know if you would like to play, and I can sign your name up on the sheet if you aren't available to yourself. 

All players are asked to sign up before the competition day.

Ladies section 

Ladies Biomechanic Classes

Whilst the golf season has quickly been started the Ladies Biomechanic Classes are being put on hold 'til winter 2016.

The 'Pilates For Golf' sessions will still be running twice a month, don't forget to check the sign up sheet on the notice board in the ladies changing rooms for times and dates for these. 

These classes are based specifically for ladies and are held in the privacy of the meeting room. 

Pilates is based on your core muscles and movements from the centre of your body, is will improve your golf by strengthening the hip rotation, range of motion in the shoulders and arms and The goals for this class: 

- Gain distance on every shot in your game 
- Become stronger for greater power at impact 
- Maximise balance and alignment 
- Holding body positions long enough to keep good balance 

Please contact Sarah in the shop if you have any questions or would like to sign up.

Fitting day 

Yonex Demo Day - Thursday, 9 June

We are looking forward to our demo day with Yonex on Thursday, 9 June. This is a fantastic opportunity to try out the latest releases from Yonex, and see if they can find you more distance and accuracy compared to your current clubs.

We only have a limited number of slots left between 10am - 2pm, so please click here to get in touch, or come and see us in the pro shop if you would like to book a fitting slot.

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