As I write this week's newsletter I'm looking out at a white frosty fairway and the outside temperature is minus four. It is a beautiful morning as the sun is shining and the golf club regulars are going up the first hole well wrapped up and I'm sure they're enjoying the challenge, hopefully so anyway. Balance always tends to be important when the grounds hard and icy so swinging slightly smoother is a must, this will also help with your rhythm which is essential to good golf. Click here to see some really cold golf being played.
Technology is always moving forward in golf club design, helping us to hit the ball further and straighter. The PING G series are more aerodynamic and the Titleist 915 driver together with the PING, manage to create more ball speed from clubface technology. The size of clubheads have increased quite substantially over the years and driver clubheads of yesteryear look like todays five woods. The ball now launches differently to the older designs, the ball used to start off quite low then rise when struck with wooden headed drivers now the ball launches higher keeping the ball in the air longer. All this technology is designed to help us enjoy our golf more, so if you would like to have a FREE go with PING's or Titleist's latest clubs please don't hesitate to come into the shop and we'll fix you up with a demo club that's fitted to suit you.
Click here to see some PGA Tour players trying some older technology. This is where the term, hitting it out the screws, really meant something.
The first competition of the year was played on Saturday and there was a fantastic turnout despite some strong winds and patchy rain. The scoring was pretty spectacular even though the competition was played on a slightly shortened course. You still have to get that ball in the hole. In division one three players scored 45pts but it was Josh Banwell who triumphed on countback from Andy McDonald and Dave Evans. They were closely followed by John Fardon, Steve Richardson and Phil Coumbe who all scored 43pts. Division two was convincingly won by Paul Dowdeswell who scored 46pts, in second place was Brandon Waddington with 43pts, third went to Graham Richmond with 42pts and fourth place went to Ron Pearce with 41pts.
Steve Richardson and team mates Paul Ellam, Keith Edmunds and John Latimer knew they were in with a chance of winning the club Texas Scramble for the John Lally Trophy, despite their low handicap allowance of just 6.45.
But it was only when all the cards had been submitted and checked that they realised just how narrow their victory margin was.
Fortunately Steve held his nerve to hole what proved to be a winning shot…by a margin of 0.10 of a shot.
They finished their round with a nett score of 54.55; runners-up Derek Lindley, Brian Wilson, Peter Townley and Andy Lock had a nett 54.65 and third placed Peter Gadsden, Barry Wills, Andy Ashall and Phil Coumbes registered a nett 54.90. Confessed Paul: "There was a lot of pressure on Steve with that final putt three of us had missed. Had he not potted it, we would have finished fourth."
Former Ladies Captain Jackie Phelps won Leighton's "flag competition," beating Farida Cerosio by one hole, while Alison Shirville, Barbara Bradley and Jan Harries teamed up to win Leighton Ladies "coloured ball" competition with 92 points, beating Avril Simpson, Barbara Rickard and Oonagh Russell by three shots.
Maurice Leslie, the oldest and longest serving member of the club, passed away on February 17 after a short illness, aged 94. A member of the club for 68 years, Maurice was club Champion on two occasions, seven-times Seniors champion and the Bedfordshire Seniors champion in 1982. He won many other club and regional competitions over the years, mainly as a scratch golfer, and in 2002, was described by Ryder Cup legend Ian Poulter as "an inspiration" after they played together. Maurice's funeral takes place on Monday, March 7, a service at Milton Keynes Crematorium at 2.00pm being followed by a reception for family, and friends and club colleagues at the club.
Our Golf Pride grip promotion is going strongly.
Have a new grip put on your 7 iron FREE OF CHARGE.
We'll help you with your choice and measure your hand so you get the best grip that's suited to your needs.
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Saturday 27th February: Captains Cup Weekend: No reservations
Sunday 28th February: Captains Cup Weekend: No reservations
Monday 29th February: No reservations
Tuesday 1st March: Ladies Competition: 10.15am-2.30pm
Wednesday 2nd March: No reservations
Thursday 3rd March: No reservations
Friday 4th March: No reservations