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Club news 

Injured foot kicks Walden on to victory 

SWGC scratch team were dealt a blow on the day of their difficult match away at Brampton Pk last Tuesday in the CAGU Division 1 scratch league. 

Walden star Ryan Adair injured his foot, so Captain Graham Goodman had to call up Spencer Burlingham on the morning of the match. Goodman has had to reshuffle his pack twice in three weeks, but he sure dealt two winning hands. 

Ian Macdonald and Spencer "the ever up for a challenge" Burlingham set about one of CAGU's top pairings in Reeson and Loveday. The Walden pairing were 2 up early on, but eventually succumbed to Brampton's golf and lost 4 down. 

Richard Southall
and Callum Brookes then played blistering golf against Davies and Burns. They notched up 4 birdies and were 2 under when they finished and won 3up. This was a high quality game driven on by Brookes' putting, holing three putts of 20ft, 6ft and 15 foot, and Southall's precision iron play. 

In what was another memorable performance Olly Tuck and Mark Reeve slotted home 5 birdies and won 8 up against King and Morely 

Graham Goodman captain said: "Well there is never a dull moment in this scratch season with injuries, and tonight with the match maybe being abandoned or not, with powerful lightning around. This WAS a powerful performance with Olly, Mark, Richard and Callum playing probably their best golf of the season. Ian and Spencer showed their fighting spirit in battling hard against Brampton's top pairing". 

Current table 

1st - SWGC - 21 pts 
2nd = Ramsey - 15pts 
2nd = Brampton Pk - 15pts 
4th - Gog Magog - 9pts 
5th - St. Neots - 6pts 

Ramsey have played one game less and St. Neots vs Gog Magog was postponed due to bad weather.

Ladies section 

Saffron Walden Ladies start defence of their title with superb win

After winning the Jean Wilkinson County Trophy last year, Saffron Walden ladies got off to a great start this season by winning their opening match in the group stages against Newmarket. 

Playing at home, the 2 opening matches pressed home their advantage, with both Lynda Minton and Kiyoko McLellan winning 4 up with 3 to go. Sue Gunter and Sue Ward won by even greater margins, 6 up with 5 to go. 

Others had to fight to the bitter end with Carol Jones winning by 1 hole, Betty Williams earning a draw. Barbara Nicoll found herself 3 down, fought back to be all square, only to drop 3 holes for a second time. However she fought back strongly to secure a well-earned draw. The 12-2 point victory gives the team a flying start in the competition.

JW team win again against St Neots

The Team won five matches and lost 2. 

Lynda Minton had to withdraw on Wednesday morning because she was unwell, and Elaine Purcell stepped in in her place. 

The Team consisted of Elaine Purcell, Kiyoko McLellan, Carol Jones, Barbara Nicoll, Paula Munns, Betty Williams and Sue Ward

Well done ladies.

Next match - Thursday 23rd June away at Newmarket were we have a ten point lead.

Golf fitness 

Ladies Pilates For Golf 

Why have a go at the pilates sessions? 

How does this improve your golf?

  • Get more distance and power because of added hip and torso flexibility
  • Have a stronger and bigger hip turn for greater power through rotation 
  • Create a smoother and more powerful swing due to evenly conditioned back muscles 
  • Maximize balance and alignment while rotating
  • Hold a body position long enough to play through a shot.

Why choose the Pilates class?

  • Build up the back muscles evenly
  • Elongate and align the spine for better stability 
  • Strengthen the abdominals 
  • Increase overall flexibility, strength, and balance 
  • Increase range of motion in hips and shoulders 
  • Enhance concentration through focused breathing

Next Class: Thursday, 16 June 10:00/11:00am

These classes are running twice a month both morning and evening sessions.

Only £6 per lady.

Sign up in the changing rooms or see Sarah for any other questions.

Fitting day 

Mizuno Fitting Day - Friday, 24 June

Here in the pro shop we are looking forward to holding our Mizuno Demo Day between 12pm and 5pm, where you will have the opportunity to try out the latest releases from Mizuno including their popular JPX EZ and JPX 850 ranges.

Using the industry's latest technologies, we will be able to see if you could gain distance and accuracy against your current clubs, and help work out the best combination of clubheads and shaft to suit your game.

Click here to find out more about the Mizuno hardware line up

Click here to get in touch if you would like to book your FREE 45 minute fitting slot.

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Lots of people have asked which swing model they are and how do they know which one will suit them. Here is a straight forward test to see which model will suit your overall flexibility, strength and physical condition.Read more...

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