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Rob McNicholas

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Saffron Walden Golf Club - PGA Golf Professional

Hello and welcome to this weeks' newsletter. This is the time of year which every golfer loves, long evenings, sun on your back and the Open just around the corner. I'm sure most of you are managing to get out and play a bit more this time of year and things are certainly busy at the club.

6 out of 6 for the Dick and Cam show

Cam Brown and Richard Southall powered the Saffron Golf scratch team to a hard fought 4-2 away victory over fellow title contenders Brampton Park last week.

The victory leaves Walden with a 5 point cushion at the top and with a superior points up total in the chase for CAGU Div 1.

All the games went to the wire and tactically, Graham Goodman and Tom Duggan went out first against Reeson and Milburn .After halving the first with a 6 the match settled down. Brampton went 2 up going into 12 but Walden fought back to be all square through 15. At the par 5, Brampton took a 1 up lead and then won the 16th with a par. Duggan hit a pin seeking iron to set up a birdie on 17 to bring it back to 1 up. They halved the 18th so Brampton won 1 up.

Up stepped Cam Brown and Richard Southall to take on Cousins and Robinson to deliver a hard fought win. They were 1 down going through 12 but three birdies in a row got them to 2 up. Brampton won 17 and it was left for Brown to hole a 4ft par putt to seal the win for Walden.

The marquee pairing of Olly Tuck and Mark Reeve took on Lockert and Baker in what turned out to be a high class match. Holes traded between each other - Walden hit birdies at the 4th and 16th with Brampton fighting back. Walden reached the 18th 1 up. Reeve hit a monster drive down 18 leaving Tuck with a wedge to the green. Brampton reached the green in two. Tuck unfortunately got a flyer from the wet fairway and over shot the green.Reeve then played what could be a season defining moment with a chip to 3ft. Brampton putted for a par and Tuck duely holed for a par to bring home the win.


Graham Goodman scratch captain said " We were tactically brilliant tonight and fought hard for victory. We now have two games to go against Gog Magog and Girton which will be tough seeing they are fighting relegation.So there is everything to play for. 

Table after week 6:

1st Walden 28pts 
Brampton Pk 23 
Newmarket 19 
Girton 7 
Gog Magog 7

Ethan Linwood Charity Day

Last Thursday was the second Ethan Linwood charity day. I'm sure most of you are aware of Ethan's premature death in October 2012, since then his family have been working tirelessly working for the memorial fund and have raised a fantastic amount of money in the process. The aim of the foundation is to put money back into the local community, and with sports like golf, to give an opportunity to have a go at the sport for those who wouldn't normally have the chance to play it. This is something that the club and myself are supporting with various initiatives, working with the charity to get into local youth clubs and give kids a chance to play the game.

The actual golf day, as like last year, was fantastically organised by Bob Linwood (apart from the putting comp!) with nearly 100 players turning out to play in the event. The stableford competition was fittingly won by Richard Hall who scored 39 points and won on count back. Richard used to help me on a Saturday morning with the 9 o'clock junior class which Ethan religiously attended come rain or shine. The day raised £4,000 for the charity.

This is Seung who has been on work experience with me this week from The Friends school. Seung is over from Korea and is a keen golfer. As you can see from his backswing face on, he has a young mans swing. There is too much rotation in the backswing, taking the club off plane and getting trapped behind him. For this amount of rotation to occur there needs to be a lot of head movement. As you can see in the video, a big space opens up to the left of him as he slides over to the right side. This makes it very difficult to get back to the ball consistently.


To change this, more resistance is needed. Less is certainly more on the way back, the image of a 3/4 swing is a good one to keep in mind as this should promote a more efficient action.

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