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Greetings from Rob McNicholas
Saffron Walden Golf Club - PGA Golf Professional

Hello and welcome to this week's newsletter. 

This week I have enjoyed a busy week playing for a change. 

On Monday I played for the Slade against the 3 club farmers, and partnering Mike Hayden we managed to clutch a victory from the jaws of defeat against Ron Rushforth and Robert Register. However we were only one of two groups to do so and the farmers, led by Andy Fisher won convincingly overall.

Later in the week I partnered Spencer Burlingham to represent the club in the regional Lombard final at Old Ford Manor. The weather was perfect and the course wonderfully presented. We got off to a bad start and were +3 after 7 holes. We managed to get it back to level at the turn, and despite picking up four shots on the back nine, we gave a couple away and finished shooting a 69. 

When we came back to the clubhouse we were gutted to see 65 had won it, the mistakes early on the front nine on a couple of relatively simple holes cost us dearly and meant we missed out on a trip to Gleneagles. Thanks to Spencer for a nice day out round a good course and fingers crossed we will do better next year.

And finally, the captains have asked me to thank everyone who came and supported the weekend and Tuesday to make it the great success it was and help raise money for the Captain's charity

Walden thrash Brampton 5-1

The sun came out, the gladiators from Walden and Brampton entered the Colosseum that is Windmill Hill, to play the latest round of CAGU Div 1 scratch league matches.

Olly Tuck and Mark Reeve entered the arena, to take on current county champion James Reeson and his county foursomes partner Owen Davies. Tuck and Reeve shot out of the blocks with 2 birdies in the first two holes and never looked back. This was a vintage performance by them, with Reeve's immense power off the tee and Tuck's radar irons they went 5 up through 10 holes. They eventually finished 6 up with a total 4 birdies. What a scalp!

Second up for Walden was Richard Southall and Cam Brown taking on Milburn and Entwhistle. The holes were tight with 1 hole separating the pairings for most of the match. Some rustiness put Brampton 1 up going into the 18th and their unbeaten record for over a year was in jeopardy. Southall changed that with an 8 iron to 15 ft on 18. Under pressure Milburn hit his tee shot short. Brown putted close for a par and Milburn had a difficult left to right putt for par. He missed and their unbeaten record remained intact.

Last up Callum Brookes and Ryan Adair took on Earl and Lockert. Walden went 1 down early on, but through Adair's leadership of the young Brookes they fought back and eventually won 2 up. The Colosseum finished the night's entertainment with Walden winning 5-1. 


A defiant captain Graham Goodman said:

"This victory was a defining moment in our season against the trailblazers Brampton. Olly and Mark were aggressive and struck early on and played their finest golf. We blooded Callum in his first serious scratch game and he provided a good foil for Ryan's power. Our unbeaten pairing nearly came a cropper but they fought back to draw. We now have Links away next week so we have to keep up our ruthless play to forge ahead of our rivals". 

Table with Walden playing 1 game less. 

1st - Brampton Pk - 24pts 
2nd - Walden - 20
3rd - Ramsey - 19 
4th - Links - 13 
5th - St Ives - 8 

Win At March Puts Saffron Walden Ladies Top Of Group

Jean Wilkinson Team - Friday, 19 June

There was another great result for the Jean Wilkinson Team who won their match against the ladies of March Golf Club by 5 1/2 matches to 1 1/2. This puts the team at the top of their group, gaining a three point advantage over second place Royston.

Congratulations to Ladies' Captain Helen Porter, Lynda Minton, Kiyoko McLellan, Vilma Krinks, Jean Black, Vivienne Dondi and Sue Ward

Many thanks to caddies and supporters Linda Kelsey, Eileen Farrow, Rita Craig, Fiona McKeating and Morag Hutcheon.

We have two matches to play in the group section of this prestigious county competition. The first is a home match against The Links, Newmarket on Wednesday, 1 July and the last and probably the deciding match, is away to long-time rivals, Royston on Saturday, 4 July.

Good Luck to everyone.

The ladies get into golf sessions finished on Thursday evening with 5 holes round the course accompanied by members of the ladies section. 

Thanks to all those who gave up their spare time on Thursday evening, it's much appreciated by the beginner ladies, Aaron and myself. The evening went well with some good golf played by the groups and we expect to see some of them taking up trial membership over the summer months.

If you are looking at getting into golf, why not chat with one of the pro shop team at Saffron Walden, or click here to get in touch.

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