Golf Pros Blog – 22nd July 2011

Greetings from Gary

Ladies 4 Ball Team Event
The ladies 4 ball team event was a tight affair with one point separating the top three teams. With all four players scores counting on the last 6 holes this is the most demanding team event format of the season, but it was clear good play was present in a lot of the groups. The team of Ann Willett, Barbara Shire, Christine Peacock and Patricia McFadyen came in second place with 117pts beating the team of Beverley Meeke, Nikki Pattison, Anne Bate and Jane Vlietstra on count back. With an extra point for a score of 118pts the winners were the team of Vikki Coffin, Jan Brown-King, Jenny Pullen and Leslie Riccard. Congratulations.

Wedneday Stableford
Colin Wheeler won this weeks’ Stableford with a fantastic 44pts. This was good enough to win the division two by 3pts over Geoff Plumer. Tony Severn was in third place, losing out to Geoff on count back. Mark Hawkesby continued his fine run of form, winning the division 1 with 41pts. This beat Andrew Coombes and Roger Baitup by 2pts, with Andrew coming in second place on count back.

Bradley Rowe Medal
This past Saturday the fifth Men’s Order of Merit event of the year, The Bradley Rowe was played. Poor weather was forecasted for the day and that is exactly what the morning starters experienced with both rain and strong winds. Although the weather showed an improvement for the afternoon, strong winds remained meaning tough scoring conditions were present for every competitor. One would have predicted the rain to soften the course however the good weather from the previous fortnight meant the course was still playing firm, this combined with the weather meant a premium on ball control was essential for a good score to be produced. With this in mind the day showed some remarkable scoring with the most notable being Stuart Jose who overcame the testing conditions to record a nett 65, which meant Stuart had played the course level gross. This was good enough to win both the gross the division 1 prize. Dave Grant came second in division one with a nett 66 with Martin Pitcher a shot further back in third place.

Richard Taylor won the second Division with a fine 64. This meant Richard also became the days overall winner and holder of the Bradley Rowe Trophy, congratulations. In division two Richard Butler came in second place with a nett 65 with Peter Howard-Williams a shot further back in third place.

Putting Research at Exeter University
I have been approached by Don Lee who is a current research student at Exeter University. The purpose of his research is to assess the effects of anxiety on golfer’s visual attentional control. Visual attentional control is one of major factor that underlies highly skilled performance of putting. The aim of this project is to find out whether anxiety has adverse effect on golfer’s visual attentional control during putting shootout.

He is looking for participants with a handicap of 10 or below. If you are interested in helping please contact Don directly on 07960516758 or send him an email by clicking here.