Ken Wilson, a Leighton Buzzard member, has been recognised for his efforts in growing the club's membership. He was presented with the England Golf Membership Award at a gala dinner at Hinckley Island Hotel in Leicestershire.
"It's a great honour for me to be recognised nationally," said Ken who received his award from Richard Flint, England Golf's Director of Participation and Club Support. "It has been hard work, but it's been very rewarding."
Ken's approach supports the aims of the England Golf strategic plan, 'Raising Our Game,' which calls on all who care about the sport to work together to create a brighter future for the game, including more members, more players and stronger clubs.
He has been a member at Leighton Buzzard for 13 years and head of membership for the past five.
Our club runs campaigns to develop new golfers and to recruit both regular players and newcomers. Ken performs inductions, runs open days and works closely with the professional team to grow membership.
He is particularly keen to ensure that new members are welcomed and integrated into the club and introduces them to appropriate playing groups.
"The most important thing is making a new member comfortable and welcome. I don't think you can put a high enough price on that," said Ken. "There's nothing magical about it, I just treat people as I would like to be treated.
"A new member recently said to me 'I've been here about a week and it feels that I've been here a year.' That makes me feel great!"
The Men's Midweek Stableford was won by Ben Ahlrichs with a very impressive 43 points, Voja Savic was 2nd with a good 40 points haul and Bob Banks finished 3rd with a solid 38 points.
In the Frank Clements Trophy David Hawkins and Paul Atkinson came out as clear winners with a grand total of 49 points, Jason Brooks and Julian Scarr were 2nd with 44 points, 3rd place went to Richard Lancaster and Paul Johnson on countback with 43 points from the teams of Lance Lawes / Brian Wilson and Manny Barker/ Phil Spratt-Callaghan.
The Mid Handicap team played on Saturday against Stockwood Park and came out winners 3 games to 2. Paul Ellam managed to close out his match on the 18th while Stephen Richardson won 4 & 2 and Sam Messenger won 4 & 3.
The Captain's Cup Final was won by Simon Goodall and Chris Yirrell with 41 points against Derek Lindley and Peter Burgoyne's 36 points.
This week's fixtures
Saturday 25th April - Mens Medal/Ladies Rosewear Bowl - 7.00-1.00pm
Sunday 26th April - Open Day - 12-6.00pm
Monday 27th April - Seniors v Stowe - 8.50-9.50am
Tuesday 28th April- Ladies Stableford -10.15-2.30pm
Wednesday 29th April - RAGS Golf Society 8.30-9.30am & 1.30-2.30pm
Hitting the ball 28yards further off the tee will change your 2nd shot.
A recent survey was carried out with golfers who had a 90mph swing speed with a driver. It showed that most of them launched the ball too low, therefore they lost distance which averaged out at about 28yards. It highlights the fact that even if you hit the ball out of the centre of the club, with the wrong angle of attack you will lose distance. So if you are looking for a little more distance it may not be a new driver you require but a helping hand in seeing how you launch the ball into the air.
To book an appointment please come and see us in the shop, call us on 01525 244815 or click here and we can see if you can gain some extra yardage from the tee.
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