Leighton Buzzard Golf Club Golf Director
It's Open Championship week and after all the pre-qualifying then the qualifying the lucky and talented top golfers get to play in best golf tournament in the world, in my opinion. There's always a great atmosphere at an Open Championship with the excitement of what is to come. Judging by the weather forecasts one thing that is certain is wet and windy weather so not only having the correct clothing being essential but also having the ability to control the trajectory of the ball will be a must for any potential winner. Justin Leonard won the Open at Royal Troon after an amazing final round in tough conditions managing to keep the ball a little lower for control. The golf course has the great mixture of holes which always keeps it interesting, it has the longest hole in Open Championship golf, the 601yrd par 5 6th hole followed two holes later by the shortest hole in Open Championship golf, the 123yrd par 3 8th hole called the Postage Stamp, it is only 10 paces across and with many deep bunkers protecting it with a wind blowing it is still a great challenge. Rory McIlroy found this out in a practice round.
Click here to see just how tricky the bunkers can be.
This image of the Postage Stamp gives you the appropriate yardages and shows how difficult it can be to hit the green with its run offs into bunkers and narrow green.
Picking a winner is so difficult in any golf tournament and the Open really is wide open. Sometimes just getting lucky with your tee times gives you an advantage if you manage to miss the worst of the weather. It would be great to see someone like Lee Westwood finally break his Major duck after his form seems to be returning or Henrik Stenson who's obviously a very strong hitter of the ball and exciting player to watch. Come what may it will always be an enjoyable experience watching the world's best battle it out for the Claret Jug.
Congratulations go to our Club President John Preston after he won the Seniors Handicap Championship, his nett 70 pipping Denis Leitch by a shot, with Nick Rathbone finishing third with a nett 72. The competition for players over the age of 80 played over nine holes was won by Gordon Francis with a nett 36, while the Geoff Tweed trophy for the player recording the least putts was won by Graham Robinson with 26 putts.
Jackie Phelps is the new holder of the Ladies Buckmaster Salver, her nett 72 beating Debbie Pollard-Barns by four shots. Jackie also won the Silver Division monthly medal with a nett 73 with Oonagh Russell taking Bronze "A" top spot with a nett 76, a shot clear of Jackie Stimpson. Sue Preston won the Bronze "B" award with a nett 84 ahead of Zan Nicholl.
The Seniors ran out of steam at Stowe, losing 3-2 with three games halved. Graham Robinson and David Newby and Peter Myrants and David Debell won their games, with Harry Adam and Danny Nairne, Will Sampson and Martin Broadley and Steve Shepherd and Kelvin Young all ending up halving their matches.
It's also congratulations to Mike Turnock after he won the over 70's division in the Seniors County Championship at Luton Hoo.
We are now taking entries for the Leighton Buzzard Pro-Am. It is taking place on Wednesday 17th August. With the golf course playing so well it is a great opportunity to compete with a Professional in a day where you play for some fantastic prizes. It is a comfortable format with the two best scores out of four counting and you get to play with some of the best PGA Professional golfers in the area.
Our goal is to get to 40 teams this year and we require your support to do this. If you would like to enter a team please click here to register your interest. It truly is a great day at the Club.
Have you checked out the golf warm up on my website? It was put together by the best physio I have ever worked with and that is Diana O'Reilly. Diana has worked with world leaders in golf physiotherapy to hone her skills. She provides a fantastic service and she is one of the reasons I am still able to play golf. Her golf warm up is excellent and will help you get prepared for your game.
Please click here to see it.
This week's events:
Saturday 16th July: Presidents Putter: 6.00am-3.00pm
Sunday 17th July: Mid H'cap League Match: 11.45am-12.45pm, Ladies Scratch Match: 12.50pm-2.00pm, Junior 9 Hole Stableford: 4.00pm-5.00pm
Monday 18th July: Ladies v Aspley Guise: 9.00am-10.00am, Whittlebury Park GS: 10.00am-11.30am
Tuesday 19th July: Ladies H'cap Cup/Medal: 1st tee 9.45am-2.30pm 10th tee 10.00am-2.30pm
Wednesday 20th July: Men's Midweek Medal: 7.00am-1.00pm
Thursday 21st July: No reservations
Friday 22nd July: Bardell GS: 9.50am-11.00am
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I hope you enjoyed the newsletter and have a great weekend.
Maurice Campbell, Leighton Buzzard Golf Club, Plantation Road, Leighton Buzzard, LU7 3JF
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