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Club news 

Here at Saffron Walden, we are hugely proud of our Scratch team as they are the 2016 CAGU Division 1 Scratch League Champions.

This is a huge success for the club, so well done to all of those who played for or supported the team throughout the year. Bring on 2016.

Standing L to R: Ian Macdonald, Ryan Adair, James Goodfellow, Callum Brookes, Mark Reeve, Olly Tuck, Spencer Burlingham 
Sitting L to R: Chris Porter (Club Captain), Graham Goodman (Scratch captain), Gary Bonner (Club Vice-Captain), 
Also played but not in photo Richard Southall

Staff news 

An update from PGA Pro Sarah Smith:

As you may know I have been invited to play in an Access Tour Event at Stoke-By-Nayland this week.. The WPGA International Challenge is tomorrow, Friday and after Friday the cut of 40 plus ties go through to Saturdays final. 

A big thank you to those who have popped in to say Good Luck already- Click here to view the live scoring if you'd like to keep updated..

For those who have said they will try to come and watch my tee time on Thursday will be 8am off the first hole, and 11:40am off the 10th hole Friday. 

Coaching news 

Autumn/Winter playing lessons

Our autumn/winter playing lessons are back, and you can play 9 holes with one of our PGA Professional team for just £50.

This is a perfect environment for learning as we can offer your any swing tips necessary, but more importantly can talk you through course management, and how to get the most out of the course.

Click here to get in touch if you would like to arrange your playing lesson.

Seniors section 

Seniors Autumn Tour 2016 

Twenty-four senior golfers have recently returned from the annual Norfolk tour. Team stableford competitions were played at Swaffham and Cromer, followed by individual competitions at Sheringham and Eaton, Norwich. 

The weather and hotel were very good as were the four days of gruelling golf; good food and drinking and camaraderie ensured that everyone had a most pleasant time. 

Congratulations go to Ian Hassall who emerged as the overall winner, narrowly beating Anthony Gold into second place. Once again, a big thank you goes to Hugh Paton who not only organised all the golf and accommodation, but also some excellent weather. 

Tony Collett

Ladies section 

Jock Stewart V Grace Norman 

On Sunday, 2 October the JS took on the ladies Grace Norman squad for the John Brown Trophy 

The ladies were very worthy winners 4-0.

Coach corner

It didn't disappoint

Apart from the comfortable 17-11 score line in the Americans' favour, the 2016 Ryder Cup didn't disappoint. From the USA's Friday morning whitewash to McIlroy and Reed's enthralling ding-dong encounter on Sunday, we were treated throughout the three days.

"I've never seen golf of this quality before"
"We are watching golf you can only dream about"

These were just a couple of plaudits from the commentators during Sunday's play, one of which was from Ryder Cup veteran and 2014 Captain Paul McGinley. The level of golf really was that good. Take Garcia and Mickelson's titanic battle for example; they were a combined 14-under-par for their round - that's a scintillating 58.

Pressure? What pressure?

In what can only be described as a cauldron of emotions, the atmosphere was on the edge all week. Fist-pumps, heckling and shushing aside, the players' ability to produce their best golf in that situation was amazing and is something we can all learn from.

The key to performing under pressure - whether that's the Ryder Cup or in our Monthly Medal - is to have a consistent pre-shot routine. It is probably one of the most overlooked parts of the game, but it really will help to keep you calm and focused no matter the situation.

What's your pre-shot routine?

Come and speak to one of the team, or get in touch here for a lesson.


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