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Hello and welcome to this week's newsletter,

Pros news 

Last weekend was a busy weekend mainly spent with the captain. On Saturday Chris and I took on the club and I'm pleased to say it was a massive improvement on the first challenge at the start of the year. 

Chris opened proceedings with intent and birdied the first, I managed five of my own and an eagle, and despite both blobbing the 14th we managed a very credible 42 points. No generous donations were needed this time for first place as only 7 teams beat us, well done to them.

Sunday was the captain's away weekend and 24 of us headed to Princes Golf Club in Kent. We were blessed with great weather for the two days and anyone who has played and stayed there before will know what a class set up it is. Running alongside Royal St Georges, the wind tends to blow across the course rather than up and down like a lot of links which makes it a tricky challenge. Day one was a team event and I'm pleased to say that the team consisting of Peter Still, Colin McDonald, Steve Plumb and I came home in front with a -3 total.

After some light refreshments on Sunday night and a few frames of snooker, the last of which was finished in clinical fashion by Mr. Plumb, day two was a bit trickier. As you will see from the video of Mike Price the weather was more overcast and the rough was definitely tough. Scoring was trickier too and the day was won by Mike Nuthall who had a very respectable 36 points, just pipping last year's Captain, Kieran O'Reilly.  

I think I can speak on behalf of all those who went in saying that everyone had a great time and many thanks to Chris for organising the weekend. 

I look forward to next year's Gary!

Click here to view Mike trying to get out of the rough 

Coaching news 

Learn Golf in a Day

Our latest Learn Golf in a Day event coming up on Saturday, 22 October has had a superb response so far, and we now only have 2 spaces left.

The course takes place here at Saffron Walden between 1:30pm - 4:00pm and will cost just £22 per person.

These slot's will be allocated on a first come, first served basis, so if you would like to learn to play golf, please click here to get in touch, or call us in the pro shop. 



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Thought of the week 

Goodbye to 'The King'

Arnold Palmer sadly passed away but his legacy as a true icon of the game will certainly live on. Labelled as the first real superstar of the game, it is said that 'The King' transcended the game of golf. 

Palmer became the first major US superstar and went on to win seven Majors, including four Masters titles - and his rivalry with the 'Big Three' dominated golf. 

Tributes have poured in, from players past and present, as well as from the US President. 

Jack Nicklaus said: "He was more than a golfer or even great golfer. He was an icon. Arnold was someone who was a pioneer in his sport. He was the king of our sport and always will be."  

The Ryder Cup 

The wait is over 

Shortly after Jamie Donaldson hit his 9-iron to 3 feet at the 15th two years ago at Gleneagles, Keegan Bradley removed his cap and conceded. The victory was Team Europe's third successful Ryder Cup title. Will Hazeltine be number four in a row?

The wait is just about over with the action getting underway in Minnesota on Friday. You wouldn't have needed us to remind you, but with the tension building we wanted to do so anyway! 

We considered opening a new poll: who will win, Europe or America? However, we know who you'll be cheering for. 

For our American readers, we wish you good luck. Putting biased opinion to one side, on paper this looks like it will be a very competitive encounter. Much will depend on how the rookies perform and whether the home crowd can help wrestle the Ryder Cup back across the pond. Stand by for plenty of "Get in the hole" shouts and, dare we say, a few more chants of that nature. 

Enjoy the action wherever you watch it. If you're lucky enough to be making the trip to the US, then we look forward a tale or two upon your return. We also hope events in America this week will encourage you to get out and play. The clocks haven't changed just yet and there's plenty of golf still to be played this autumn. 

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