Inaugural Mixed PING 4BBB
We had an excellent turn out for this event and I have received some excellent feedback about how enjoyable participants found it. I recommend you read Gerry’s report which promises to be more entertaining than my version! There were some very good scores so well done to Therese Swanson and Nick Greenwood for their excellent 47 points and Keith Atkins and Katy Preston for their 44. I do hope the winners manage to play in a regional competition.
Sammy and Annabell Fuller Clinic (report by Tricia Morgan)
Close to 30 ladies, of every level of ability and experience, braved appalling weather to watch Annabell and Sammy Fuller provide a master class on the short game. Sammy has a back injury that has kept her from hitting balls for the last two months, so she provided the commentary with Annabell providing the magic. They started about 100 yards from the 18th green, with an explanation of where they would or would not aim and why. The pin was located on the front right side, slightly hidden by the bunker. The girls explained that in most circumstances, they would not aim directly at the flag, but instead attempt to hit to the safer middle/left side, in order to ensure themselves a birdie putt. It was a revelation to know that even the experts calculate to avoid trouble. We moved on to uphill and downhill lies, pitches over the bunker, bunker shots and then bump and run shots, or as Sammy called them 50/50s (half of the way in the air, rolling the other half of the way to the hole). The outdoor portion of the clinic ended with all the ladies attempting chip/pitch shots from three different spots, with the girls offering tips and encouragement. Even with the temptation of a sleeve of balls as a prize, no one managed to sink their shot.
We then retired inside for a question-and-answer session. The girls provided insight into their lives as university and top amateur players, told us about their golfing inspirations as well as their ambitions for the future. Both girls are incredibly eloquent and mature, and it was lovely to see, especially for those of us who have watched them from their time on the Wee Wonders tour!
On Monday 28th June, Annabell is raising money in memory of Granville Lloyd for the Laurie Todd Foundation. She is playing 72 holes during the course of the day. She will be joined by Members who have signed up to play 9 holes each with her. We wish her well and thank her for raising funds for this charity.