The Bedfordshire Past Captains Trophy was played here at Leighton Buzzard on Wednesday with a good turnout of around sixty players. Our very own Past Captain David Hawkins used his new custom fit PING GMax irons and G30 driver to play a superb back nine holes amassing 24pts which complimented his solid front nine of 17pts and managed to win the trophy on countback with 41pts from Martin Pettitt (John O Gaunt). In third place was again a Past Leighton Buzzard Captain John Preston with 38pts.
On Sunday the October Mixed Medal took place in glorious conditions with the course looking a treat with all the different colours. It's congratulations to Jamie Tyas who was the one to make the most of the conditions winning the competition with a nett 64.His morning practice session obviously helped. Second place went to Manny Barker with a nett 65 and in third place was Brian Whiting, nett 66. There were seven others who managed to beat par. Michael Loot, Paul Ashton, Phil Spratt-Callaghan and Nick King all had nett 68's. Chris Read nett 69 and with nett 70's were Richard Barrow and Josh Banwell.
It's always difficult to take the good practice sessions from the practice fairway to the course as there is no pressure when practicing you just have another go if you mishit the first one. Chi Chi Rodriguez once likened practice golf to a boxer working on a punchbag. It doesn't hit back.
However, persistence is important and you do reap the rewards eventually as long as you are practising the correct stuff.
Halloween is upon us and we've all had some scary golf shots in our time. Click here and see a 1400ft tee shot. Balance is the key here for various reasons. I'm sure many of you have seen the hole before but it still looks a great challenge.
Rory McIlroy has his fair share of tricky shots. Please click here to see him hitting some pretty amazing recovery shots.
Notice how he always commits himself 100% to each shot. He almost seems to look forward to the challenge of each one. A lesson we can all learn from. Don't worry about hitting a bad shot, look forward to hitting a good one.
Keep up with the group in front of you
Your correct position on the course is immediately behind the group in front of you, not immediately in front of the group behind you. Arrive at your next shot just before the group in front leaves the area in front of you. If you are consistently not able to keep up and a gap opens in front of you, invite the group behind you to play through, irrespective of the number of players in the group.
Saturday 31st October: Henley Cup: 7.00am-12.30pm Sunday 1st November: Daily Mail Foursomes: Shotgun Start 8.30am. Course Closed 7.00am-1.30pm Monday 2nd November: No reservations Tuesday 3rd November: Ladies Captain v Vice Captain: Shotgun Start. Course Closed 8.30am-1.30pm Wednesday 4th November: No reservations Thursday 5th November: No reservations Friday 6th November: No reservations
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