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Club news 

Southall champion once again 

Saffron Walden Golf Club was witness to some stellar golf at this weekend's club championships, when 8 trophies were in up for grabs.

Richard Southall regained the men's championship with a gross 145 over 2 rounds, 1 over par. A brilliant 69, 3 under, for the first round gave him a 4 shot shot lead over Ollie Tuck going into the second day. 

Southall had a shaky start to the second round, 2 over after 5 holes, but regained control with a birdie on the 6th. Back to back birdies on the 10th and 11th helped him finish with a round of 76, to finish 2 shots ahead of Mark Reeve, last year's champion. 

The Summer Cup, for the best nett score over the 2 rounds, was won by Simon Hawkins, who returned rounds of nett 71 and a brilliant 67 to leave him 6 under, 3 clear of Ian Weir, the runner up. The highlight of his round was the 14th hole, where, after a long wait on the tee, he hit a poor drive. However an excellent second shot left him short of the green, with a bunker between him and the flag. A good chip and putt rescued his parr and epitomised his excellent golf. 
Hawkins was also the Seniors champion with a gross score of 77 for his round, 1 ahead of Gerald Collins.
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Third year running for champion Justine 

It was third year running for Justine Voss as she retained the ladies championship. Voss shot a gross 80 in the first round, to leave her 4 shots ahead of Lynda Minton. The highlight of her seccond round was a birdie on the par 4 17th hole, an uphill dogleg of some considerable difficulty. Playing steady golf, she finished with a nett 85, winning by 7 from the runner up, this year's ladies captain Jaine Fieldhouse

Fieldhouse was the winner of the Thompson Trophy for the best nett score over the 2 rounds thanks to her exceptional nett 69, 3 under par, on the second day. Despite losing a ball on the par 3 11th hole she played very steadily. 

Sue Ward
was the winner of the Bronze Salver for the best gross score by a lady with a handicap above 20.

Callum Brookes in his final year as a junior, carried off the Greta Collins Cup for the junior champion with a gross 159 over 2 rounds. Despite struggling with direction, some excellent wedge shots kept him in contention for the whole weekend.

Ladies section 

Stunning win for the ladies in Grace Norman Trophy

The ladies of Saffron Walden Golf Club returned in triumph from the Links Newmarket with the Grace Norman Trophy which they last won in 1988. Playing foursomes,in the morning semi finals, the team faced a tough challenge against Bourn GC. 

In the lead match, Delia Roberts and Jackie Smith, 2 down after 5 holes, fought back to be level at the turn, finally getting their noses in front to win 3 and 2. 

Lynda Minton
and Vilma Krinks also rose to the occasion to finish 4 up with 3 to play. 

The final pair of Kiyoko McLellan and Jaine Fieldhouse were called in as the win was guaranteed. 

The finals in the afternoon saw the team confronting Brampton Park, victors over Royston. Saffron Walden lost the 1st match, so were desperate for victory in the remaining matches. 

Minton and Krinks were all square after 9, battled to a 1 shot lead after 16 holes. On the 17th, Minton sunk a brilliant 25 foot putt to ensure victory 3 up with 1 to play. 

In the final match Mclellan and Fieldhouse were 1 up after 16 holes. As the tension rose, on the par 3 17th, Mclellan stayed calm to leave her tee shot 25 feet from the flag, while Brampton missed the green, chipped on and sunk the putt for a par. A stunning putt from Fieldhouse for a birdie guaranteed the win, 2 up with 1 to play. 

Ladies Captain Fieldhouse paid tribute to the excellent team work and strong preparation which had lead to such an exciting finish and brilliant victory.

Members news  

Caught out by the Cook Report

This week whilst perusing a local paper, I came across a fairly familiar face in the 'Is this you?' section...

Nice plant Charlie... 

 Fitting day 

PING Demo Day - Thursday, 18 August

We have had a great response so far to our PING Demo Day coming to Saffron Walden on Thursday, 18 August. This is the perfect opportunity to try out the latest hardware line up from PING, including their latest G Series which has proved so popular already this year.

Could the latest innovations from PING gain you more distance and accuracy over your current clubs?

Slots are available between 1pm and 5pm, and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

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

Click here to arrange your FREE fitting slot

Club News
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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Two common faults I often see with a driver set up when teaching are; weight too left sided , and open shoulder alignment. These are both caused by the alteration with the ball position for the driver. As it's moved left in the stance for a right handed player, the weight tends to go with it, and the shoulders open at the same time.Read more...

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