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Rob McNicholas

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

Hello and welcome to this week's newsletter. 

Pros news 

It's been a busy week as ever on the course, having played twice this week and tested some of the new course development work, I think the work that has been carried out has improved the look of the holes and sets up a different challenge.

My first round this week was on Monday against Felixstowe where 22 members from each side took part. The end result was that Saffron Walden won 8-3. Thankfully my partner, Andy Fisher and I won but only just, having to give away 35 shots in total to our opposition. This was made especially tough as the person I gave 18 shots to was -2 on the par 3's!

My second game this week was the return of the Slade society. There were 21 down to play, but due to the forecast and still recovering from his extra night in Scunthorpe where he is considering legal action against Trip Advisor, Mike Hayden decided it wasn't for him. This meant that five four balls went out, starting in the rain but eventually finishing in pleasant conditions. The scoring for the day was good, Ron looked a free man after handing over the duties of captaincy to Gerald and indeed played that way. He and his partner Stephen scored 44 points, much to the relief of myself and Derrick Clarke who had amassed 43, which included a late burst of a holed 50yard shot for a par on seventeen by Derrick, and a 3 nett 2 on the eighteenth. Propping up the field, clearly feeling the burden of the captaincy was Gerald and an over golfed Mike Price.


Club news 

The first winter series Pro Am was Thursday, 22 October a Thetford Golf Club. The winter pro am's are played in a 4BBB format in pairs, held every third Thursday of the month from October through to April. They are a great social event to play in and the roast dinner after is something to look forward to as well!

Callum and Sarah played in the first event this Thursday and finished -2 as a team, which left them sitting in the top quarter of the field! With 2 doubles and 2 birdies on the card, Sarah finished +2 which finished her individual score tied 6th out of 30 for the Professionals. She was very happy with this result!

Well done both of you.


Upcoming events 

Next week we have an Aim Point putting day down at the club. Jo Oliver, a qualified Aim Point instructor and PGA Professional will be doing two 2 hour sessions. The afternoon session is booked up but we still have a few slots available for the 10am session. 

It's £20 per person and will give you a great method in the dark art of green reading. 

Either click here to get in touch or call the pro shop to book your slot.

Thought of the week 

Avoid Back-9 Fatigue 
Thoughts from Mike Jones at The Square Melon 

When devising a nutrition strategy it is important to consider the physical demands of that sport. Golf is a low to moderate intensity sport with intermittent bursts of high intensity activity. A round can last 4 hours (or more) and can burn up to 2,000 kcal depending on conditions, the body can also lose up to 2.5 lbs of fluid. 

Fatigue, typically experienced when approaching the 3-hour mark can have a devastating effect on your round. Fatigue results from a depletion of the body's internal energy reserves (muscle and liver glycogen resulting in low blood sugar) and/or dehydration. Fatigue can result in poor co-ordination, loss of strength and power and impaired cognitive function all of which can directly affect your game! 

In order to avoid 'Back-9 Fatigue' be prepared. In practice this starts the night before with a balanced meal including good quality carbohydrates and lean protein. 3-4 hours before a round, where possible, have a large meal up to 300g of carbohydrates will top up energy reserves after a night's sleep. If you're out on the course early in the morning, a lighter snack - for example fresh fruit and yogurt or a wholemeal bagel and light cream cheese - would be a good bet. Paying attention to hydration is key even when it's cold and wet. Try to drink 500ml gradually over a 2-hour period before your tee time and drink little and often during the round from the first to the last. Zero Cal by High Five nutrition is a hydration aid we recommend this helps replace lost salts during exercise. 

Aim to consume 30g of carbohydrate per hour during a round. Whole-wheat crackers, granola bars, trail mix or dried fruit and nuts are good options. Or contact us for our famous 'Breakfast Bar recipe' that fuelled the SWCG Ladies to success around the demanding Royston Course at the final of the Jean Wilkinson Cup! These options provide slow releasing energy in the form of low GI carbohydrates. This helps maintain blood glucose delaying fatigue plus ensuring optimal cognitive functioning that can make all the difference in tough match play. 

If you are interested in nutrition advice or support for weight loss, health or performance visit for more details and save 10% as a SWGC member with discount code SWGC10

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