WHAT a fabulous US Open - at least from a British point of view!
Does Rory McIlroy’s win usher in a new superstar in a Tiger-free zone? Only time will tell, but I think he’s the ‘real deal’ and I’m confident that there will be a lot more major wins.
I also enjoyed the course, particularly the greens, having a little more ‘give’ than usual for a US Open venue.
I realise this was down to the weather, but I thought it made for a more exciting and enjoyable competition with more birdies. I feel that setting up a course so that par wins makes for a grim war of attrition and this tournament was much better than that.
Anyway, Royal St Georges next, a very different test of golf, so we’ll have to wait and see how the European world leaders fare there - let’s hope we’re cheering on another home winner.
Back at home, Ian Cowie won the Midweek Stableford last Wednesday with 40 points. Dave Kirk, Kevin Barker, Tam McConville and Mick Christie had 38, with Howard Drake on 37 and Bob Scott on 36.
Glen Pears and Graham Robinson teamed up to win the Greensomes Medal on Saturday. In this format, both players drive on every hole, then select which ball to play out the hole hitting alternate shots.
Their score of 65.0 was a clear winner from Mick Allen and Colin Jefferson on 67.8, with Kieran Noble and Mick Christie third on 69.6. Tam McConville and Gordon Mackenzie had 70.0, with Geoff Cooling and Brian Hurst on 70.8, the same score as Chris Wood and Andy Smith.
Sunday’s competition was the Club Texas Scrambl, and this fun format was rather dampened by regular heavy downpours throughout the day. Steve Parkin, Kevan Stuart, Martin Shackleton and Steve Dosdale battled through the worst of it to win with a score of 57.4, beating the team of Richard Jewell, James Jewell, Dean Bennett and Andrew Wood.
Even with a hole in one from James at the par four 13th hole their score of 57.6 was just too many. Chris Halley, Phil Mead, Peter R Brown and Mike Kilpatrick were third on 58.7.
The Mary Richardson Mixed Greensome was also played on Sunday (19 June) and greenkeeper Paul Ventress partnered Pat Landers to return a winning score of 72.2, beating Geoff and Kath Cooling on 72.6.
Malcolm and Maureen Eglon were third on 73.2, with Harvey and Doreen Richardson fourth on 75.6.
The starting sheet for the Mixed Fourball Betterball Stableford on the Saturday of Captains Weekend (9-11 July) has gone up on the board. If you would like to take part please enter your names on the sheet.
If you don’t have a partner please let either of the Captains know and they will try to find one for you.
Barry Tyzack won £100 in this week’s 200 Club draw.
Tony’s Tip: try to get used to thinking about what options are open to you before deciding what shot to play.
Do you take a shorter club to lay-up in front of that bunker, or maybe a lofted hybrid to fly right over it?
Do you play a lofted pitch, run it up with a 7 iron - or even take your putter? Try to make sensible decisions which give you a good chance of success, then really commit to the shot you have chosen - don’t allow any doubt to creep in.