Good evening to you all,
Despite not quite being in the mood for the PGA Championship, due to its proximity to The Open, I found the tournament very entertaining and full of high quality golf. In the end Jimmy Walker led from start to finish and completed a calendar year of first time major winners. He joined Danny Willett, Dustin Johnson and Henrik Stenson in claiming one of the four biggest competitions of the year.
It feels as though this has taken a bit away from Walkers extremely consistent golf and gave him the well-deserved victory and it was not until the 72nd hole that we had some real drama. Jason Day, who had not played particularly well, hit two cracking iron shots and made an eagle to get within one shot and put a bit of pressure on Walker. Greenside in two, Walker played a very safe pitch shot to avoid going into the bunker leaving himself 35 feet and two putts required for the win. The first putt drifted three feet past leaving him a nasty little putt which he holed with ease.
The other big event that was held this week was the Juniors from Hornsea Golf Club and I going to the home of English golf, Woodhall Spa for a day out. We used their unbelievably good short game area for most of the morning, incorporating teaching and competitive games from a variation of positions around the greens. If you have not been to Woodhall Spa, their short game area is about the size of three par threes and a central hitting area with six greens scattered higher and lower than the central hitting area with various sizes of bunkers joining them. It seems like they let a guy with a digger go crazy for a couple of hours and then turfed and manicured it all.
After sandwiches and chips for lunch we headed on to the famous Hotchkin course which is rated as the 8th best course in England. We got a little bit rained on, but that did not dampen the spirits of the Juniors as they all held their own on a very demanding course. In the end Sam Clubley was the victor after some great work in the short game challenges. A special mention should go to Harry Anderson who scored an amazing 45 points in an individual stableford in the afternoon….his handicap has since been cut!!!
It was a long, but enjoyable day for us all...maybe too long for some as you can see from the picture. I would like to thank all the Juniors that went (Sam Clubley, Harry Anderson, Alfie Anderson, Albert Anderson, Charlie Duckworth and Will Marshall) along with Junior Organiser Peter Mounfield, Junior Volunteer Nathan Wright for their assistance on the day. Final thanks go to England golf for making the day so special and the Hornsea Lions for lending us their mini bus.
Junior Summer Camps – The holidays are the perfect time for your child to improve their golf with the return on my Junior Camps. Each session lasts 3 hours and will cover all aspects of golf, from driving to putting, and from on course to bunkers. As well as technical coaching, I use competitive games that are produced by the Juniors to maximise learning. These camps have proved a real success in the past and I encourage you to book your child in as soon as possible so they do not miss out.
Dates are as follows:
Tuesday 9th August 1-4pm
Friday 12th August 1-4pm
Friday 26th August 1-4pm
After Work Club – I am starting up more sessions until the nights get too dark (cannot believe I am saying that!) with a total of five more sessions. Please see the poster below for all the dates at topics I will be covering. These are great a great way to brush up on any areas of the game you feel at needing improvement. Plus we always find time to go to the 19th!!!
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