Our newsletter starts on a slightly sad note this week, one of our most popular members of the pro-shop staff, Jack Brownrigg, is leaving us to take up another career path in the motor trade. Jack's been an integral member of our team over the last three years and it's a real shame that we see him leave but he fancies getting his teeth into a fresh career challenge. Jack's last shift is this Sunday, however he has promised that he will still be calling in to the club regularly so it's not a complete goodbye - we all wish him the best of luck in his new career.
As one door closes, another opens and as a result of Jack leaving us we are now on the search for a new shop sales assistant. We are looking for a motivated hard working individual who has a keen interest in golf. It's an exciting opportunity to work in a busy pro-shop environment with bonuses that include FREE golf and range balls and sales based commission. Most of the shifts are from 2.30-9pm approximately 4-5 days a week including one weekend shift - this keeps your mornings free to play golf. It's also an ideal opportunity for anyone that's interested in training to become a PGA professional as we can offer access to the PGA assistants training course if that's your chosen career path.
If you're interested in the postion or want further details please contact me here.
There was another exciting finish on the US PGA Tour last week as 21 year old Jordan Spieth claimed his second tour title at the Valspar Championship in Florida, Spieth won a three man play off that also included another young American Patrick Reed. Spieth now rises to number six in the world rankings and he certainly seems to be the main contender to challenge Rory McIlroy at the up coming Masters tournament in April. The field at the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill this week includes the world's top five players as they all gear up for the first major of the season in just a couple of weeks.
Jordan's winning equipment:
Driver: Titleist 915 D2 9.5 degrees (Aldila Rogue 60TX shaft)
Fairway: Titleist 915F 15 degrees (Graphite Design AD-Di 7 X-Stiff)
Hybrid: Titleist 915Hd 20.5 degrees (Graphite Design Tour Ad-Di 95 X-Stiff)
Irons: Titleist 714 AP2 4-PW (Project X 6.0 shafts)
Wedges: Titleist SM5 Vokey 46, 52, 56, 60 degrees (Project X 6.0)
Putter: Scotty Cameron 009 Prototype with SuperStroke Flatso Ultra putter grip
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
As The Masters is now fast approaching we see the return of our popular Masters sweepstake, for just £2 a ticket you pick one of 96 names out of the hat and you can have the chance of winning the following:
1st place: £100 shop voucher
2nd place: £50 shop voucher
Lowest score on day one: £10 shop voucher
Lowest score on day two: £10 shop voucher
Lowest score on day three: £10 shop voucher
Lowest score on day four: £10 shop voucher
Call in to the shop now to get your ticket, with just 96 players in the field the tickets will soon go!!
There has been a lot of buzz in the golf world around the new FootJoy HyperFlex shoes that were finally released this week, and when they arrived we were suitably impressed both at their striking sporty visual appeal but also the super comfortable fit they gave when tried on.
All golfers will know that the FootJoy name is synonymous with style and quality but the HyperFlex come with a modern twist with their sporty, almost futuristic look that really hasn't been seen before - they are pushing the boundaries of golf shoe design further than ever with the shoe being made of a completely new process called FlexGrid. The FlexGrid system begins with a base layer that consists of a tight-knit, lightweight, soft, flexible, waterproof mesh which allows for maximum comfort, breathability, flexibility and airflow. That layer is (literally) supported by the very noticeable FlexGrid exoskeleton "cage" which conforms to the foot and allows it to flex and expand, but is also strong enough to keep the foot from rolling laterally during the golf swing. The end result is a very unique shoe that wraps your foot in the comfort you expect from an athletic shoe, with the support of a high-performance golf shoe.
It certainly is a unique shoe along the lines we have not seen before and I would go as a far as to say it's not only the most comfortable but also the best supported golf shoe I've tried on, further to this we have a great opening offer:
The first nine customers to purchase a pair of HyperFlex shoes receive a FREE limited edition FootJoy belt worth £40!!
Click here to see what the FootJoy HyperFlex story is all about.
Also remember for you bargain hunters that we've added new items to our famous SALE Rail , with many items reduced by upto 50% - if you want to grab a bargain you had better be quick though as the SALE Rail will only be out until the end of March!
The last individual winter competition of the season took place on Saturday and there was a first time winner in the shape of Phil Carr. Phil has previously had two runners up finishes so it was nice to see him get a first place finish under his belt. Phil had a storming round as he finished on a score of 9 up including birdies on holes six and fourteen and as a result his handicap falls to 18. Simon Stephenson is certainly on top form as he added a runners up spot to his March Medal victory a fortnight ago scoring 7 up and reducing his handicap to 14, in third place was Jonno Ness who has also had a run of good results recently and returned a score of 4 up.
Winter Order of Merit
Well done again to Gareth Eaton who romped away with the Winter Order of Merit, the top three in the final standings were:
Gareth Eaton 57 pts
Simon Stephenson 40 pts
Phil Carr 33 pts
The next competition is a nine hole pre-AGM Stableford on Sunday 29th March with a 2pm start time, then after that it's the start of the summer season with the Captain's Drive in with Liam Tyrer and the April Medal taking place on Saturday 4th April. It's good to see the entry sheet for this competition is already filling up nicely, if you haven't got your name down then make sure you do!
Martin Major made a return to the winners circle last Wednesday. 8 handicapper Martin had been struggling with his short game so visited Adrian for a chipping lesson last week and this clearly paid off as he scored 39 points and got up and down around the greens on a number of occasions. Martin had a great finish with birdies on his last two holes, in the end this strong finish meant he edged out Seniors Captain Graham Bower on a card play-off after he also returned 39 points including a birdie on the last, Andy Margeson also scored 39 points and finished third.
It's that time of year again when the club AGM's will be taking place, the dates and times are as follows:
Ladies AGM Thursday 26th March 7.30pm
Seniors AGM Tuesday 24th March 12.30pm (9 hole competition before at 9.16am)
Main Club AGM Sunday 29th March 6pm (9 hole competition before at 2pm)
All members or even prospective members are encouraged to attend, trophies will be presented from the winter season and it's also your chance to raise any points you would like to have addressed or give us any feedback involved in the running of the Club.
Karl Morris visiting Pryors Hayes
Europe's number one mind coach Karl Morris is holding a workshop at Pryors Hayes Golf Club on Wednesday 1st April. Karl has worked with Open champion Louis Oosthuizen as well as other leading tour players, it will be an evening well worth attending and you can learn some of the 'inside secrets' he has used to help players reach their full potential and win major tournaments. It's a very informative evening, which I guarantee will help improve your golf, to find out about some of the features of the evening, click here.
If you're serious about your golf you shouldn't miss this, Karl doesn't do many events like this so it's a rare chance to improve your mental appraoch to your golf. Tickets are available now at £29.95 from Pryors Hayes, places are limited so if you would like to reserve a spot please click here to contact me.
The seniors played an 18 hole Stableford on Tuesday and Bob Bowen recorded his third victory this year with a 39 point total including a birdie on the fifteenth. In second place was Roger Wilkinson also on 39 points beaten on a card play-off and Captain Graham Bower was third also on the popular score of 39 points. Pete Wildin got the only two of the day.
Next week the seniors play a nine hole competition before their AGM, it's the usual start time of 9.16am.
A final reminder that there has been a change of date for the Lady Captain's drive in - this will now be taking place on Sunday 29th March, the new Lady Captain driving in will be Annie Rowland and it would be great if all our ladies could be there to support her as she takes over from Jill Bebbington. Annie will be driving off at 12.04 pm on the Sunday and there is also a nine hole competition taking place afterwards, if you would like to play please put your name down on the entry sheet on the ladies notice board.
The ladies club crested clothing from Glenmuir has now arrived and it looks very good, so if you have ordered an item you can now collect it from the store, if you haven't ordered something we have ordered some extras so you won't miss out!
Alison Worrall had a good week as she won two ladies competitions in a row, firstly she won the March nine hole strokeplay on Thursday with a nett 34 and then she won the ladies Sunday Stableford with 32 points, and don't worry Alison your handicap hasn't been reduced - not yet anyway!!
Sandra Peake and Margaret Cherry respectively came second and third on Thursday, and on Sunday Kath Hough and Ann Broster finished in second and third place.
The next ladies competition is their last of the winter season - the Winter Greensomes, which is 18 holes, next Thursday morning.
If you are thinking about joining our Golf Club this season here is a brief summary of the membership options we have available, if you're a current member you will soon receive a membership renewal reminder as new memberships are due by 1st April.
If you join now as a FULL member we will also give you the rest of March for FREE!
Full 7 Day membership £640 or £57/month
Dual Full 7 Day membership with Pryors Hayes £800 or £75/month
Full 5 Day £460 or £42/month
Dual Full 5 Day £625 or £55/month
200 points membership £200 (18 holes costs as little as £12 )
Intermediate (age 18-25) £400 or £35/month
Intermediate Dual £625 or £55/month
Junior Dual member (age under 18) £120
Please contact me here if you have any membership enquiries.
Ladies 9 hole roll up - Thursday 19th March 9am
Seniors 9 holes pre-AGM - Tuesday 24th March 9.16am
AGE UK golf morning - Wednesday 25th March 9-11.16am
Ladies Winter Greensomes - Thursday 26th March 9am
Lady Captain's Drive in Stableford - Sunday 29th March 12.04pm
Pre-AGM 9 hole Stableford - Sunday 29th March 2pm