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Rob McNicholas

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Pros news 

Sarah's Update from her latest WPGA event:

On Monday this week I played at Kedleston Park in number 4 of the WPGA One Series events. The weather stayed fine for me, although the wind was breezy and made 2 clubs difference on some holes. 

The course was in great condition including very soft greens from the rain on Sunday night, which made it even better to play. It's one of my favourite courses from the One Series events and I played a steady game to shoot one of my best scores as a Professional. 

I was nervous on my last 3 holes to hold it together after going back to level par on 15, and with the par 5 finish I holed my birdie putt to shoot 1 under par. 

I was feeling so happy to shoot under par I didn't realise I'd come second for the tournament as well!


This has given me some more order of merit points to put me from 26th to 9th out of 51 WPGA Professional Ladies.

My next event is this Monday coming with Lady Captain Jaine Fieldhouse in the Lombard Trophy. This is being played at Camberley Heath Golf Course, and if we come in top spot we will be heading to Portugal for the final.

On Monday, 11 July I am playing in the Women's British Open Pre Qualifier at The Berkshire Golf Club. I'm very excited about playing this as it's the first year I have entered- and with Rob caddying I'm hoping for a great round. Any support is very appreciated if anyone would like to come and watch, and I will be teeing off at 11:35am. There will be some fantastic golf played by over 80 Lady Professionals & European Tour Players too.

Lombard Report from guest Lombard journalist, Jim Ludden

To Ashridge GC for the Lombard Trophy, a high-octane tournament for the club pro and the amateur who qualified by rights in a medal a couple of months previously. Unfortunately for Rob, his first choice was unavailable and his reserve was Jim Ludden who's been steadily losing his game ever since. Still, a better-ball medal on a tip-top course on the edge of the Chiltern Hills in decent weather was surely an ideal venue to tear it up. 

Get to -6, Rob said (repeatedly), and Team Walden would be in with a shout. The prize: a trip to Portugal for the national final in September. Jim had cleared it in his diary. 

Sadly, Rob's choice of music in the car (90's Acid House) was too much for poor Jim's sensitive nature, and he promptly carved his opening drive and the ball was never seen again. Things got a bit better thereafter, but much of the front nine was a slightly scruffy affair. But there were enough glimmers of class on show for Rob to repeat his -6 mantra. 

When he wasn't stumbling around in the hay (very thick by the way), Jim carved out a few birdie opportunities and even holed a few putts. Rob was very upset not to hole a 50-yard pitch for an eagle, and the boys dared to dream. Was the chase on? 

Um, no. The challenge fizzled out rather and Team Walden ended on 1-under, five shy of what Rob was sure would win it. Ah well. The winning score? 13-under by some place called Manor of Groves.

Seniors section 

Seniors Guest Day

The Seniors Guest Day was held on Thursday, 23 June, an event that has not been seen for a number of years and which proved to be very popular. 

Heavy rain the night before had closed the course first thing on the day, but valiant efforts by the Ground Staff ensured the course was open well before our hosts and guests arrived. The weather threatened during the day, but most of the field came home before the rain started again late afternoon. 

48 players took part in a pairs better ball competition with 23 guests from a variety of clubs, mostly within the region but some much further afield. 

The winners with a very impressive 48 points were Bill Hall and his guest David Scott. A very enjoyable meal supplied by Debbie and her team concluded the day with everyone going away saying 'we must do this next year'!

Members news 

72 Holes in a day? Go on then... 

Sunday, 3 July will see 8 of our members take part in the MacMillan Cancer's Longest Day Golf 2016 in a bid to raise money for a very worthy charity. They have 2 teams competing with the best 3 scores to count. 

Team 1 of Dan Chapman, Spencer Burlingham, Dave Reville & Ian Macdonald will take on Team 2 of Damian Alltree, Paul Swatton, Kevin Ball & Gavin Greenaway in this ultimate golf marathon. 

Setting off at around 4:30am, both teams will aim to keep pace to an average of 3.5 hours per round with a half hour pit stop for lunch. If you see them out on the course I'm sure they would appreciate your support, or if you would like to see them come down the home straight, they will aim to be on the 18th tee between 19:30 and 8pm. 

Audience welcome and I have no doubt they will all be having a few well deserved beers in the clubhouse after.

If you would like to contribute towards their fundraising, please click here.

Junior news 

Junior Captain's Day Texas Scramble - Friday, 24 June

1st - Jamie Price, Charlie Carter, Josh Izod, James Hamilton - Nett 57 
2nd - Louis Martin, Ollie Jones, Toby Izod - Nett 60 

Longest Drive - Callum Brookes

Club events 

Bradshaw's Pink Buggy Campaign

Saffron Walden Golf Club is delighted to be supporting Bradshaw’s Pink Buggy Campaign and raising funds for Breast Cancer Care.

This will take place between 11th July - 18th July here at Saffron Walden.

Hire our pink buggy for your round of golf for just £22 and 100% of the fee will be donated to breast cancer care!

Click here to find out more about how you can donate.

Call the pro shop or click here to get in touch if you would like to book the buggy.

Club News
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