Tril by be back…..
Jeremy Redgewell had set a top 20 finish at the Grand final of the Trilby Tour at the fantastic St Pierre Golf and Country Club. St Pierre, a regular venue for the European Tour in the 70's and 80's proved a difficult challenge for our Orsett maestro who sadly finished with a total of 31 points for the event.
“It was a great day and I`m both disappointed and pleased with the day - disappointed to have not managed my target, but pleased to play in the final which was brilliant. William Hunt has done a great job with the competition and no matter what handicap you are it`s well worth entering. St Pierre as a venue was great, easy to get to, a good course and excellent hospitality. The whole family came down with me for support and they really enjoyed it too. I’m not sure who was more nervous, them or me. I`m definitely entering next season, I can`t wait”
As you can see from the photos Jeremy was the picture of style (nice Boss jumper Jezza, I’m sure William was impressed) even if the golf was a little short of his best.
Berry Berry impressed..
That`s the thoughts of Christmas Draw winner Jon Berry after using his first prize win last weekend. This is what he had to say…
“I decided to take my friend John White, S Club organiser, Howard “Smiffy” Smith and overseas trip organiser Ash Mahmood to experience the place with me. We were chauffeured up there to the arrivals where we were met at the bag drop and shown through to bar to make our reservations for dinner. The staff couldn`t have been more helpful, a light breakfast and off to the practice ground. Pyramids of balls, a man to clean our clubs between shots and tees for our pockets (all ideas for David and his staff I was thinking)
We set off on the course after a short talk from the starter regarding the course and our GPS buggies. We started with 3 pars and a bogey on the first which was followed by my birdie on the second only for Ash to follow me in for the half. At the first par 3 170 yards over water no one hit the green but we did experience a lady using her sat nav drive up beside us. She had taken the wrong road and was looking for the exit from the course! John and I lost our focus for a few holes and were one down at the turn. After a further lucky chip in from Ash at the Par 3, 14th (inspired or what) we went further behind and finally went down 3 and 2.
Back in the bar reviewing the game, Ash and Howard really did ham and egg it, as combined John and I were 11 points ahead of them, how did they win, we couldn`t understand it? With that a further round of drinks at the dinner table were knocked all over the waitress. John decided to throw his arms out and caught the tray soaking the poor girl! What a waste of drinks, but the waitress apologised to us and replaced the drinks!! This just typified the great service we had which finished off a brilliant day and as you can see from the pictures we were friends to the end.
The Grove is absolutely stunning and what a prize to win. I did not realise what I had picked up until Saturday and now understand all the comments received from other members who had already played there. Howard summed it up when he thanked me at the end of the night and said it was the best golfing experience he had ever had in this country. I couldn’t agree more. It was absolutely brilliant and we will all treasure that day forever. I am so glad it went off so well and my thanks to you for choosing that as a prize."
Category 1 had trials and congratulations. Let’s get to the winner first, an excellent 36 hole total in difficult conditions brought Zach Chedwiggen (left) out on top. He beat Joe Green (right) and Will Percival into 2nd and 3rd respectively. Since finishing his exams Zach has got his game back on track and been posting some great scores to get down to 2 handicap. Congratulations to him, Joe and Will.
On the other hand Callum Newton and Harry Robson, both County under 14 players and definitely in with a chance of winning both failed to sign their scorecards! Both had competitive first rounds and were in contention at lunch. I guess they don`t teach them to check the scorecard at County Coaching!!
Category 3 - 5 winner was James Jordan, 2nd Bradley Jennings, and 3rd Matt Tong. James won with a score of nett 67 on the day. Great score, well done Jack.
Ladies Open day…
The Orsett Ladies Open day seems to be a popular date in the golfing ladies calendar. The event held last week was oversubscribed by the end of March. On the day 124 ladies came along to play in ever improving weather. The Ladies of Orsett traditionally host the event and make sure all the visitors have nothing to do but enjoy themselves. Lady Captain, Margaret Oliver had her “team” organised and left no stone unturned. Winners on the day were Basildon Ladies team with a massive 120 points total. It was the best 3 scores from 4, so very impressive ladies!
All the ladies thoroughly enjoyed it and have noted next year’s date in already. Sadly we cannot accommodate any more than 124 playing so if you are considering taking part, remember to enter by March.
Don’t forget to bring back your football challenge entry sheets. Many of you took them away but have yet to return them. The transfer window has closed, final decisions need to be made.
Thanks to those (as I mentioned last week) who have got ahead of the game and booked their spot on the Mizuno fitting day. September 22nd is the date we are holding this from 3-6.30pm when appointments can be made. Get in touch if you would like one via phone, email or just come into the shop. The new irons will be available to experience. What are you waiting for? Being custom fitted is essential to help improve your game which of course will increase your enjoyment.
Essential to good, consistent scoring for everyone playing the game. The best scorers are amongst the best wedge users on Tour, it’s no coincidence.
Ask yourself these questions about your wedges:
- Do I know how far I hit them?
- Do I know the exact lofts on them?
- Have the faces seen better days?
- Have the grips seen better days?
- Do I have the best gaps between my wedges?
- Do you panic when you have to use a wedge?
If the answer is NO to the first 2 questions and YES to the rest, it might be time to consider your options. If you can improve your wedge game think what it might do to your scores and of course your enjoyment of playing? Why not bring your wedges in so we can take a look at them and advise on how we can get the most out of them for you.
Scotland get their man
Ryder Cup Captain Paul McGinley will probably get the freedom of Scotland after choosing Stephen Gallacher as a wild card pick in the team. Along with charismatic Ian Poulter and old head Lee Westwood, I`m sure McGinley felt he has picked the strongest who haven`t got in on merit .Gallacher has played well for much of the season but maybe tried a little too hard to get in the automatic positions at times. With only 3 rookies it looks good for Europe. At least the Scots will go and watch the event at Gleneagles now a Scotsman is back in the team! Who else could he have chosen? Maybe Donald or Casey or even Fisher? It was never going to be easy to choose. I have believed all along Europe will win well. We now have the strength in depth and without Woods, Johnson and Mickleson not playing so great, Tom Watson has a huge task on his hands. I bet he couldn`t believe these three wouldn`t be in his team or playing so ordinary come the time of selection.
Would you have picked Europe’s wild cards as McGinley has? Let me know. Thoughts on the score? Click here to send them to me and let’s see who the best judge is.
Meanwhile in that other game my team, Man Utd have just spent 115 million pounds on 3 players. At least they might get a win against QPR this weekend after that!