Shaun makes it two in a row in June Medal
The June Medal was played in good weather last Sunday and it was a familiar name at the top of the leaderboard, Shaun Carter won his second competition in a row with a quite brilliant nett 63 to blow the field away. Shaun hasn't been a member for long but has seen his handicap drop from 27 to 19 in just a few weeks and he is certainly an early contender for the Most Improved Golfer award we give out at the end of the season. Junior golfer Kieran Underwood continued his steady season with a second place finish after a nett 65 and third place went to Ian Tier who had a great finish of two birdies on his last three holes to score a nett 68.
The joint Order of Merit leaders are Steve Bond and Paul Underwood tied on 27 points, the Eclectic nett and gross leader is Dave Johnson. The next competition coming up is the Colin Maddock Trophy on Sunday 15th June which is also the last day of the US Open.
You can view all results, knockout draws and handicaps at http://www.masterscoreboard.co.uk/ClubIndex.php?CWID=2904
Return of the US Open sweepstake
The golf season is now well and truly in full swing and the second major of the season - the US Open, which usually proves to be the toughest in terms of scoring and course set up, is taking place next week at Pinehurst Number 2. If you haven't got SKY TV at home all the coverage will be shown in our clubhouse.
With leading players such as Adam Scott and Rory McIlroy winning tournaments recently, things are certainly hotting up amongst the world's top players as the US Open fast approaches. Even without Tiger Woods in the field it should again prove to be a great tournament played on one of the world's greatest golf courses. Look out for our popular sweepstake in the shop now with tickets priced at just £1 each and a £100 voucher for the winner as the first prize, there is also a voucher for 2nd place and for the player that finishes last after round 2 - but hurry as tickets are going fast!
TaylorMade Golf invite us to join Team Loft Up
We were very pleased to be asked to be part of the new TaylorMade Team Loft Up, this is a select group of golf retailers (there are only ten in the whole of the north-west) that offer golfers expert knowledge and fitting of the highest standard on the full range of latest TaylorMade products.
I was lucky enough to get presented with some new TaylorMade Team Loft Up clothing and goodies presented to me by their north-west Area Sales Manager Stuart Hubbard.
Anagram quiz stumps nearly everyone
Thanks to James Eaton who came up with his most difficult anagram quiz yet last week. We only had one reader who got all the answers right - well done to Andy Dodd who wins a drink off James! Below are all the anagrams with the correct answers:
- jim dude do - Jodie Mudd
- ice coot dream - Rocco Mediate
- sell rory nan - Larry Nelson
- a lost hunt - Hal Sutton
- copy in rave - Corey Pavin
- i hire lawn - Hale Irwin
- rapper ken jives - Jesper Parnevik
- buck lee tizer - Bruce Leitzke
- nice leap vet - Calvin Peete
- yes went a prat - Payne Stewart
"It's been a busy few weeks since my last course report, the temperatures are rising and we are getting our fair share of rain which is encouraging the swards to grow. I was reading an article the other week on a greenkeeping website about repairing pitch marks, if a pitch mark is repaired in the first 5 minutes of happening then it will recover within 24 hours however if a pitch mark isn't repaired then it can take up to 30 days to recover depending on the depth and damaged caused - please try your best to repair your pitch mark and any others that you see it really does help to improve the condition of the greens.
February 55.5 mm of rainfall recorded
March 45.2 mm of rainfall recorded
April 35 mm of rainfall recorded
May 87.5 mm of rainfall recorded
Over the next few weeks we shall be verti-cutting the greens, followed by a double cut and a light top dressing, as well as carrying on with our monthly wetting agent applications, seaweed applications and liquid feeds as and when needed. The tees were fertilised 3 weeks ago with a slow release granular fertiliser which was washed in nicely with all the rain that fell in May - one good thing about the rain!
The square patch behind the 2nd green which was stripped last year for repair jobs will be re-seeded within the next couple of weeks and roped off, this will then be used again next year as a little turf nursery to repair any worn or damaged areas."
Andy Wynham - Head Greenkeeper
Elspeth Forbes was very pleased to tell me that the Ladies recorded a convincing win last week when playing in a friendly match at nearby Woodside Golf Club - the result was 3.5 to 0.5. The fact that they won so well away from home makes the victory even better, hopefully this win will spur them on to a good performance in their next West Cheshire Shield match on Monday at home to Eaton Golf Club.
Callaway Fitting Day coming soon
The next fitting day in our calendar is with Callaway Golf on 25th June from 3-7pm, on the day a Callaway fitting expert will be available to give you a full FREE fitting on any of the current Callaway range and there will be some special offers also on the day. If you would like to book one of the 30 minute fitting slots please contact me here
Limited Edition Pro V1 golf balls
To commemorate Tiltleist being the most played golf ball at the US Open for the last 66 consecutive years they have released a limited edition ProV1 ball numbered '66', we have a small amount of these balls in stock and they are available at the normal price of £39.99 per dozen or 2 dozen for £75 . They would make a great collectors item or you can play a ball that you know will be unique and different to your playing partners, click here if you would like to reserve some before they sell out.
FREE bag with Callaway and TaylorMade iron sets
We have a great offer on new irons from Callaway and TaylorMade - any set of at least 7 irons either standard or custom made purchased from us will also include a FREE stand bag worth £99 , this is a great offer and one that will be running for a limited time only so if you would like to book a fitting and take advantage of this deal please contact me here.
There are three junior competitions organised by Adam Powell and Ian Ridgway coming up. They are played over 9 or 18 holes and open to all junior golfers you just turn up on the day, the dates and times are:
Sunday 8th June 1pm
Sunday 6th July 1.40pm
Monday 28th July 1pm
Junior Competition - Sunday 8th June 1pm
Ladies Team Match 18 Holes - Monday 9th June 10.04am
Seniors 9 Hole Roll up - Tuesday 10th June 9.32am
Ladies 9 Hole Roll up - Thursday 12th June 9am
Colin Maddock Trophy - Sunday 15th June 12.04pm
*****Future date for your diaries - Captain's Day and evening Summer Ball Saturday 9th August*****