Wow, what a weekend of golf we had with the hotly contested Club Championship taking place. There was a three hole play-off to decide the Club Champion and that was a unique experience for all involved. A number of years ago I was in a play off when I was an Amateur to make the final 32 in the New Zealand Amateur Championship at Taupo. All I remember is that I was extremely nervous and I am sure Matt Hill and Matt Tizzard were the same on Sunday.
In the scratch event former Champion Peter Brennan came fifth on 155, David Jones was fourth with 154, Colin Beesley took third on count back with 154, Matt Tizzard scored 146 and came second to Matt Hill who also had a gross total of 146. Matt Hill was the eventual winner after a three hole play off.
The handicap competition was a different affair with the winner scoring nett 63 to win the event by five shots. Mark Knight finished fifth on nett 142, Ed Stephenson came fourth on count back on 142, Peter Brennan finished third on 141, David Jones took second spot on 140 with Ben Sandham winning with a nett total of 135. Best Gross on Saturday was James Pratt with a gross 75, best nett on Saturday with a nett 67 was Steve Tyas. On Sunday the best gross was 76 executed by Phil Coumbe and best nett on Sunday was a 69 completed by Steve Foster.
Well done to all the winners over the weekend. From the feedback we had, everyone enjoyed the condition of the golf course.
Do you suffer from nerves?
Over the years of playing it has definitely been an issue for me and one I have had to work hard at to combat. There were very few events where I was not nervous. I can only remember one event where I was not nervous and that was the Junior World Championship in San Diego. I was completely calm playing around Torey Pines. I have no idea why but I was. I am fairly certain I was nervous in every other event I played in. One thing to remember is that it is completely normal to be nervous.
Nerves is brought about through fear of failure, fear of looking silly, but it is because you are fearing the situation. One way to combat is to put it all in perspective. One story that I was told by a lady called Pia Nilsson was about a player she coached and that was Annika Sorrenstam. Annika was about to start the last round of the Womens US Open. She went over to Pia and said, "I can't play, I just can't do it, I am too nervous". Pia "okay, let's do an exercise". She asked Annika to close her eyes and imagine she was sitting on the moon looking down at the world. Once Annika had the image, Pia asked her to look down at the world and see how big the golf course was in relation to the world. Annika said it was tiny and the size of a pin prick. Pia's response was, "okay that's how important this game in relation to the world, it is nothing". This exercise is just one example, but it is a powerful one because it illustrates that we as human beings have the great capacity to blow things out of perspective and we need exercises and people to help bring us back to reality. From there Pia asked Annika to pick two things to be her playing focus. Annika said she would walk slowly and talk slowly throughout the game. A playing focus is something you must be total control of. Annika tended to walk too quickly and talk too quickly when she was playing. She followed her playing focus and won the Womens US Open.
Another way to help control your nerves is to focus on your breathing. Perform long exhalations and this will stimulate relaxation. In summary, keep your golf in perspective, what is the worst that can happen if you play badly? Focus on something you can control and focus on your breathing. Doing these things will give you a better chance of controlling your emotions on the golf course.
Saturday 8th August - Bunny Winter Greensomes 6.30am - 1.00pm
Sunday 9th August - Past Captains Trophy 12.00pm - 1.00pm
Sunday 9th August - Scratch Match 2.00pm - 3.00pm
Sunday 9th August - Junior 9 hole Stableford 4.00pm - 4.30pm
Monday 10th August - Seniors v The Bedfordshire 8.30am - 10.15am
Tuesday 11th August - Ladies Buckmaster Salver 10.15am - 2.30pm
Wednesday 12th August - Mens Midweek Medal 7.00am - 12.30pm
Thursday 13th August - Ladies Past Captain Bogey Bisque 9.45am - 10.45am
Friday 14th August - Denis Perry Memorial 9.15am-10.15am & 1.00pm - 2.00pm
Friday 14th August - Ladies v Juniors 10.15am - 11.45am
Saturday 15th August - Mens Invitation Day 11.15am - 2.30pm
Sunday 16th August - Mens Monthly Stableford 7.00am - 1.00pm