Hopefully you have had a great Easter break and Storm Katie didn't upset your plans too much. Unfortunately it did manage to disrupt our Easter Monday Millennium Texas Scramble which had to be cancelled due to the amount of rain the storm brought with it. However the rest of the weekend had some good weather and I managed to get a few holes in myself which I enjoyed greatly even though I did have my first shank in what must be 10 years or so and of course there were some members watching who were very amused at the shot. Since I had hit such a good tee shot I was still confident when it came to my second so it came as a bit of a surprise when the dreaded shot happened. The reason why I mention this is because I didn't let it ruin my game by getting upset or down on myself, I shrugged it off and concentrated on hitting good shots afterwards and not worrying about hitting another one and hence still enjoyed the game and scored well.
It is something you can learn from Tour players, Ian Poulter seems to have the odd shank when he's playing but he has the ability through being positive and concentrating on hitting good shots to not let it ruin his score. I'm pretty sure he's not thinking don't shank it when he's over his next shot. He's more than likely visualising where he wants to land the ball and seeing himself execute the shot successfully. Many players are thinking don't duff it or don't thin it, don't hit it in the woods. Don't do this don't do that, this frame of mind is very negative and very often leads to the outcome you are thinking of not wanting.
Here is a tour player literally missing the golf ball. It takes composure to recover from this. Please click here to view.
Next time you're on the golf course try to play every shot visualising success, think if I do this I've a better chance of success. Visualise hitting the fairways and greens and if you miss the green think positively about getting close with your next shot. Try not to worry about hitting a bad shot but look forward to hitting good one. The game is much more enjoyable this way, however, it is easier said than done and does take practice.
Congratulations to Derek Shaw who managed every golfer's dream of getting a hole in one when he holed his tee shot on our 11th hole. It was while he was playing in the Anniversary Trophies using his no.5 hybrid to perfection. It is his first and I believe he celebrated by hugging or kissing everyone who was in sight. His wife Maggie isn't at all envious and Derek did say he would get a tattoo when achieved his first hole in one, he didn't say what or where the tattoo was going. Maggie thought the forehead would be good.
Last week saw the Paul Hawkins Memorial Day take place and it proved to be a huge success with 122 golfers taking part. Over £6,000 was raised for the 'British Heart Foundation' and 'Battersea Dogs Home'. Jamie Stone, Dave Hanley and Steve Foster were the winning team with 91pts. Said David Hawkins, "My family and I were deeply touched and humbled by the friendship, support and generosity of so many wonderful people."
The March Medal took place on Saturday the 19th and Division 1 was a very close battle with Brian Wilson coming out on top with a nett 66. Second place went to Peter Brennan with a nett 67, in third place was Phil Martin with a nett 68 and in joint fourth came Tom Day and David Jones with nett 69's. Division 2 was not such a close affair with Bryan Bateman smashing the field with an excellent nett 65. David Roberts came a comfortable second with a nett 69, two shots ahead of third placed Steve Gibbs after his nett 71. Joint fourth with nett 72's were David Watts, Joe Berry, Peter Townley and Terry Roe.
On a beautiful Good Friday the 50th and 75th Anniversary Trophies were played and in both Trophies the top scoring was very close. The 50th Anniversary Trophy was won by Patti Marriott on countback from Dave Evans and Derek Shaw after all scored 36pts. In joint fourth place were Simon Rossiter and David Roberts with 35pts.
The 75th Anniversary Trophy was won by Neale Proud with 39pts. One point behind were Phil Coumbe, Barry Wills, Jon Evans and Stuart McLeod.
In the shop we have just taken delivery of a new range of Under Armour clothing, shirts, trousers, shorts, caps and pullovers. So feel free to come in and have a browse through.
Titleist, are again offering their popular 4 dozen for the price of 3 dozen deal on personalised Pro V1 or Pro V1X balls.
You can either order via my website or come into the shop and we can place the order for you.
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Saturday 2nd April: Club Stableford: 7.00am-1.00pm
Sunday 3rd April: Mid Handicap League Match: 10.45am-11.45am.
Junior 9 hole Stableford: 3.30pm-4.30pm
Monday 4th April: No reservations
Tuesday 5th April: MK Dons FC: Both Tees 10.00am-5.30pm. Shotgun start 12.00 noon
Wednesday 6th April: No reservations. Greens work being carried out.
Thursday 7th April: Ladies Competition: Both tees 10.05am-2.30pm. Greens work being carried out.
Friday 8th April: HEC GS: 9.50am-11.50am