Hello and welcome to this weeks newsletter.
As many of you know the Goddard Cup final was held last Sunday and the scratch team managed a magnificent result against Ely winning 11-1. This rounds off the best ever season for the team wining Division 1 and the cup. Next week is the turn of the ladies who are in the Jean Wilkinson finals day at Menzies on Wednesday. Best of luck and I'm sure we will get over the line this year.
Walden win a historic double
Saffron Walden Golf Club scratch team beat Ely City 11-1 to retain the Goddard Cup and clinch a historic double in Cambridgeshire golf. They previously won the Scratch league earlier in the season.
The morning foursomes provided the platform for the win going into lunch 4 up. Olly Tuck and Mark Reeve were 5 under par and ran out 8 and 7 winners over Sizer and Kirby. Richard Southall and Cam Brown after a close start ran out winners 4 and 3 over Issacson and Smith.
Walden captain Graham Goodman and James Goodfellow were 3 up after 7 against L Ryan and Bailey, but then lost 4 in a row to go 1 down. Experience then shone through, with the Walden pairing slotting home birdies at 14 and 15 to go 1 up. The match was settled with the shot of the season by Goodfellow who under extreme pressure nailed a rescue club to 5ft on 17 to win by 2 holes.
Walden's anchor pairing of Tom Duggan and Ian MacDonald played some power golf and beat Nixon and T Ryan 2 up.
With Walden taking a huge lead, Ely went all guns blazing to cut the deficit with their top pairings out first. Walden matched this to the man. Reeve after an aggressive tussle won 3 and 2 against Nixon. Tuck after running into form in the past 2 weeks beat the Ely captain, Ryan 3 and 2. Brown lost 2 down to T Ryan. Southall beat Bailey 5 and 4. Duggan beat Smith 3 and 2. Goodman beat Issacson 4 and 2. Goodfellow beat Sizer 3 and 2 and to continue the rout Macdonald beat Kirby 4 and 3.
This is the first time in Cambridgeshire golf the Scratch league Div 1 and Goddard cup have been won by a team in the same season.
Captain Graham Goodman said "What an amazing team performance all year. To do the double of Goddard Cup and scratch league is great for the club. Thanks must go to Mark Jones and his team for supporting the scratch boys and the travelling supporters as well. We play on a magnificent course and the success of the team has a lot to do with Ray and his greenkeeping staff. We have a number of juniors coming through which only looks positive for the future"
Weight Transfer Drill
A lot of people struggle to transfer the weight and pivot properly in the golf swing. Here issn exercise to help you pivot properly and create more power. All you need is a tennis ball cut in half.
Place one half under the ball of the left foot and one half under the instep/heel of the right foot (pic 1).
On the back swing you should press the ball down on the right foot (Pic 2) to load up this side and on the way through all the pressure should be on the ball on the left foot (Pic 3).
Try it and see if it feels natural or that you are moving the weight more. This will encourage the correct movement in the swing and get you creating more speed and power by pivoting properly.
The excitement for the 2014 Ryder Cup continues to build. Who's your money on? It remains to be seen whether the US team will miss the injured Tiger Woods and whether a European team containing the world's best player in Rory McIlroy will prove too strong on home soil. Europe will start as favourites, but let's hope it's a competitive affair because there are fewer more exciting and enthralling moments in sport than a Ryder Cup that goes the distance.
Our hope is that whatever the result, more people feel inspired to take us this great game. We look forward to seeing you around the club and hearing your thoughts and predictions for this year's contest.
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