Golf Pros Blog – Thursday 29th September

Greetings from Gary

Greensomes Stableford
Last Tuesday, the Ladies’ Section played a Greensomes Stableford. This format, although much kinder than its older sibling foursome, can still prove troublesome. Consistency off the tee is vital for a good score to be produced. This must have been the case for Shirley Mason and her partner Annie Norman who were winners by three points, with a fantastic 43 pts. Liz White and Linda Bligh took second place with Christine Peacock and Barbara Shire a further shot back in third. Elsa Gent and Gill Richards came in fourth position with 38 pts.

Lady Captain – American Foursomes Mixed Competition
On Sunday, the 30th October, starting at 9.00am, Viv and her team of ladies have organised an American Foursomes competition. This will be a shotgun start followed by lunch in the Clubhouse. The cost is £15 per person or £11.50 if you would just like to attend the luncheon. Please see the notice board for further details.

Wednesday Stableford
Players that entered this week’s Wednesday Stableford were met with a stern test. Like many other events this year, a strong gale swept across the course, playing havoc with any mis-struck shot. Dave Jeffrey produced a fine 38 pts to take the Division Two and overall title. Congratulations to Dave who was the only player in the field to play under his handicap. In Division Two, Martin Buzza overcame the wind buffering his ‘moderate’ frame to record a very respectable 35 pts to take second place, with Colin Wood a further shot back in third place. Division One was a tight affair with John Cossey and Kevin Walking both scoring 35 pts. It was, however, the in-form John that took first place – via countback. Mark Hunt came in third, a point further back.

New Professional at EGCC – by Steve Buzza
Last week, I enrolled on the PGA Golf Studies Foundation Degree and, as a result, have turned ‘Professional’ – joining Gary and Mark in the shop. Firstly, I would like to thank the Club and members for all the support I have received over the last 14 years that I have been a member. Initially, the encouragement from Ian Porter and the Junior Section was inspirational in taking up the game and, in later years, the support for both myself – and the team – in the Palarait has been fantastic. To hole the winning putt last year was a true honour!

As some will be aware, after completing my Sport and Exercise degree in 2009, I have been undergoing a Sports Biomechanics MPhil/ PhD. This research is golf related and has been the driving force behind my decision to turn Pro. I have already had a paper abstract published by the International Society of Biomechanics in Sport entitled, ‘EFFECTS OF TRYING TO GAIN DISTANCE ON GOLF DRIVING TECHNIQUE’. By integrating my biomechanical knowledge, with the coaching principles of the PGA, I believe I can be a big asset to both the Club and the wider golfing community.

I look forward to the challenges ahead and the opportunity to work with the membership in my new role.

Many thanks,

Steve Buzza

Senior Ladies Coffee Morning
This is being held on Wednesday 5th October in the Bridge Room from 10 -12pm.

Entry is £1.50p per person to include coffee and biscuits. Several stalls will be selling a large variety of good, such as cakes, homemade produce, plants, children’s toys and clothes, good quality bric-a-brac, books, DVDs etc.

The event is open to ALL members of ALL sections of EGCC and any visitors who would like to join us.
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