Leighton Buzzard Golf Club Golf Director
With the course playing firm and fast at the moment the ball inevitably runs off the fairway and behind some trees at some point unless you are superhuman and always hit the fairways. It is important that you are able to hit a low shot under the branches and back onto the fairway, the punch shot. Firstly you need to find the biggest gap in the trees that you are able to hit the ball through and back into play instead of hoping for a miracle shot and choosing a smaller gap which might get your ball near the green.
You then need to consider the trajectory the ball needs to have, which will be low, and choose the appropriate club, which will normally be a lower lofted iron and play the ball back in your stance. It is then important to keep your swing smooth, short and controlled. A fast swing tends to generate more height in the shot and therefore brings overhanging branches into play. Played this way the punch shot can take those big numbers off your scorecard.
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I hope managed to get out and enjoy the great weather which we had over most of the weekend.
On the Saturday the Bunny Winter Millennium Greensomes was played and it was Josh Banwell and Jamie Stone who took the win with a great score of 45pts. In second place were Chris Yirrell and Simon Goodall with 41pts and in third came Paul Ellam and Colin Beesley after they beat Dave Banwell and Keith Camp on countback when both pairs scored 39pts.
On the Monday there was a large turnout for the John Lally Texas Scramble. With a great score of 52.9 it was the team of Phil Spratt-Callaghan, Manny Barker, Greg White and Richard Barrow who took first place. In second place were Derek and Maggie Shaw and Mark and Kate Knight after they scored 53.1. Third place went to Steve Leng, Pete Burgoyne, Billy O'Neill and Will Sampson scoring 53.35.
A trio of club golfers with a combined age of well over 200 years has won a club invitation tournament - after teaming up with an 87-year-old they had never played with before. Mike Turnock, 76, Harry Adam, 70 and Mike Bluett won the Buckingham Seniors event with 93 stableford points, accompanied by home-based player Tony Buckland playing off a handicap of 24. They beat 25 other teams from 12 clubs, including two from the club, pipping a younger squad from Dunstable Downs by two points for the trophy and a bottle of malt whisky.
Jean Bendall is the new holder of the Ladies Olive Wood Trophy, beating Niki Clark on countback after both finished with 39 points. A member of the club for five years, Jean, who plays off a handicap of 33, is a past winner of the clubs' Davis Cup.
The Mid-handicap league team has reached the quarter final of the county-wide competition, courtesy of a last match 4-1 victory over Abbotsley. After an opening defeat for Adam Benson, Shane Bentley (5&3), Steve Richardson (2 up), Richard Harris (3&2) and Neale Proud (7&6) secured the club a comfortable victory.
Senior section skipper Robbie John led his squad to a 6-1 victory against The Bedfordshire. Robbie and Dave Roberts, Denis Leitch and George Darbyshire, Graham Robinson and David Debell, Terry Lingham and Keith Camp, Fred Ritchie and Kelvin Young and John Bettle and Danny Nairne all returned winning cards, with Terry Wright and Fintan Donohue halving their match.
The scratch team has won the Beds County Division Four, sealing top spot with a whitewashing of Mount Pleasant with wins by David Banwell, Josh Banwell, Colin Beesley, Stuart McLeod and Greg White.
Wins by Ed Stephenson, Eddie Fender and Shin Bateman earned the club juniors a 3-3 draw against Aspley Guise.
FootJoy Shoe Sale
We have a SALE on FJ white golf shoes running at the moment, you'll get 30% OFF the listed price, have a look soon whilst stock lasts.
Saturday 3 September: The International: 11.45am - 1.45pm
Sunday 4 September: No reservations
Monday 5 September: No reservations
Tuesday 6 September: Ladies Chris Gretton Trophy: 1st tee 10.15am-2.30pm, 10th tee 10.30am-2.30pm
Wednesday 7 September: Men v Ellesborough: 11.45am-1.00pm
Thursday 8 September: Area 42 GS: 9.50am-11.00am & 12.50pm-2.00pm
Friday 9 September: Springfield GS: 9.50am-11.00am & 12.50pm-2.00pm
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I hope you enjoyed the newsletter and have a great weekend.
Maurice Campbell, Leighton Buzzard Golf Club, Plantation Road, Leighton Buzzard, LU7 3JF
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