July has been a very busy month here at Magnolia Park, as the summer finally arrived in style with the whole month bathed in glorious sunshine, exceptionally warm temperatures and less than 5mm of rain! Whilst the endless days of hot sunshine have not been great for the golf course, the Greenkeeping team have battled the conditions well and given all our members and guests a course to be enjoyed.
With the schools finishing up for their summer break we have also seen a lot of visitors out on the FootGolf course as children, and adults, have been getting out enjoying the sunshine and the challenge of the fun game.
CAPTAINS CHARITY DAY, Friday 27th July
Friday 27th July saw the Captains Charity Golf Day take place raising money for their chosen charity, Thomley, with 18 teams of four taking part in the golf competition and helping Richard, Paul and Jenny raise a staggering £5,371 on the day! The monies raised on the day will pay for the summer staffing at Thomleys and all three Captain's were blown away by everyone's generosity.
Following the golf all the players enjoyed a wonderful 2 course meal in The Magnolia Suite after which our Special Guest Auctioneer, none other than BBC Radio 2 presenter Ken Bruce, paid a special tribute to Thomleys and the amazing work they do before commencing on the charity auction. With some cajoling and words of encouragement Ken managed to extract over £3,500 from the crowd as they bid on some fantastic lots.
It was then over to Men's Captain Richard Harris and Senior Captain Paul Lankester to address the players to announce the winners of the day. During his speech Richard thanked Paul for partnering him in completing 180 holes of golf in one day from 4:30am to 9:30pm on 30th June, and in doing so raised £140.
Winning the Team Stableford event were "The Ex-Neighbours" team of Graham & Pam Robinson and Jim & Linda Gaskin. Second place went to "The Crendon Crumblies" of Mike Penford, Tom Elson, Alan Lovell and Ronwen Lovell. Third place was the team from "Sadler Talbot" of Kevan & Janine Stirrat, Bob Darvill and Andy Thomas.
In the individual competitions Clive Wright and Karen Bromley won and a special note as Bob Darvill shot a brilliant one under gross, but still missed out! Well done Bob!
Nearest the pin winners were Head Greenkeeper Shaun Kench, Bryan Cummings and Mark Stokes with Iain Livingstone beating the Pro on the 17th. Nearest the Pin in Two on the 9th hole was won by Will Bromley. The Longest Drive on the 5th awards went to Shaun Kench for the men and Ann Terry for the Ladies. We also had a small putting competition on the 18th green which was won by Malcolm Wilson who was the only player to hit the bottle of gin from over 40ft!
A huge thanks to everyone who attended and contributed on the day, along with those who sponsored holes.
Special thanks to Ken Bruce for hosting the charity auction and also thanks to Paul Lawrence from Thomley who manned the 17th hole for over 5 hours to monitor the Beat the Pro challenge.
The Captain's also paid thanks to all the staff at Magnolia Park for their support and the wonderful food everyone enjoyed after the conclusion of the golf competition. They also thanked Sally and Viv for their hard work in helping make the day such a success.
SUMMER JUNIOR MULTISPORT CAMPS
Our new Summer Junior Multisport Camps start in August from Thursday 2nd all the way through to the end of the month. The days run from 9:00am to 1:00pm and children of all ages are welcome to take part in the FootGolf and Golf activities.
July on the PGA Tour kicked off in style with the Quicken Loans National in Maryland where FRANCESCO MOLINARI continued his incredible form as he shot a stunning final-round 62 to win his first PGA Tour title by eight shots. The 35-year-old began the final round level with Mexico's Abraham Ancer on 13 under but carded six birdies and an eagle to win from American Ryan Armour, and became the first Italian to win on US soil since Toney Penna in 1954. Tiger Woods achieved his second-best result of the season, finishing in a tie for fourth on 11-under-par after the 14-time major winner ended with a four-under final round of 66 and has only finished higher once since August of 2013,
Next on the schedule was the Greenbrier Classic in West Virginia and South Korean-born American KEVIN NA captured his first US PGA title in seven years with a six-under-par 64, for a 19 under total, to claim the title by five shots from Kelly Kraft. Na, who choked up when thanking fans in Korean on television after his triumph, had made 158 starts since his only prior PGA victory at the 2011 Shriners Hospitals Open. Third-round co-leader Kelly Kraft carded an even-par 70 to claim second place on 14 under, with fellow Americans Brandt Snedeker and Jason Kokrak tied for third a shot further back.
The Tour then headed to Illinois where American MICHAEL KIM claimed his first PGA Tour win by an eight-shot margin at the John Deere Classic. Kim, the world number 473, held a five-shot lead after round three and birdied the first three holes in his final round on Sunday. Italy's Francesco Molinari continued his recent fine form to finish second with US players Joel Dahmen, Bronson Burgoon and Sam Ryder on 19 under. Kim had played in 84 PGA Tour events before the John Deere, with a best finish of third at the 2017 Safeway Open, and only dropped 3 shots in the 72 holes to lift the trophy. His mark of 27 under also eclipsed the tournament record set when Steve Stricker won on 26 under par back in 2010.
The following weekend was The Open (see separate story below) after which the final PGA Tour event of July took place at the Glen Abbey Golf Club in Ontario for the RBC Canadian Open where world number one DUSTIN JOHNSON claimed his third PGA title of the year with a three-shot win. The 34-year-old, who missed the cut at The Open, was one of four joint leaders into the final round but carded a six-under 66 for a 23 under total. Carding final-round 69s were Korean duo Whee Kim and Byeong-Hun An who tied for second place, three shots behind Johnson. Englishman Tommy Fleetwood had four birdies and an eagle on his back nine in a 67 to tie for sixth, seven back. Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell finished in a share of 18th, 10 shots adrift, after a closing 69. Johnson finished in style with a 370-yard drive at the last and another birdie to secure his 19th career title, and incredibly, his 10th win in his last 43 starts!
Sweden's ALEX NOREN birdied two of his last three holes to win the first European Tour event of July, the French Open at Le Golf National near Paris, by a shot from American Julian Suri, England's Chris Wood and the US-based Scot Russell Knox. Noren started the day six shots off the lead and reached the turn in 35, but he birdied the 12th, 16th and 17th to go into the clubhouse as leader and then watched his rivals' challenges falter as he won his 10th European Tour title. The win should boost the world number 16's chance of making Europe's Ryder Cup team and earning a return to Le Golf National - the venue for September's tournament. Other notable finishers were world number two Justin Thomas who ended tied 6th on four under with former Masters winner Sergio Garcia.
The Tour then headed to Ballyliffin, Northern Ireland for the Irish Open and Scotland's RUSSELL KNOX continued his good run of form beating New Zealand's Ryan Fox on the first hole of a play-off to win. World number 87 Knox won by holing a 40-foot birdie after knocking in an almost identical putt to card a six-under 66 and force the extra hole.
Fox missed a 10-foot putt to win on the 72nd hole as he signed for a 68 to also finish on 14 under. He then saw an effort from a similar distance lip-out when they replayed the 18th to hand victory to Knox. Fox, along with England's Andy Sullivan and South African Zander Lombard, had the consolation of clinching an Open Championship spot for the three leading non-exempt top-10 finishers at Ballyliffin. The duo finished a stroke ahead of Spain's Jorge Campillo, who fired a course-record equalling 65 as defending champion Jon Rahm hit an eventful 66 to share fourth with overnight leader South African Erik van Rooyen.
Next stop was the Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open at Gullane Golf Club where BRANDON STONE shot a remarkable round of 60 to break the course record on the final day as he powered to victory in the Rolex Series event by four strokes to cement his spot in the European Tour’s season-ending DP World Tour Championship at Jumeirah Golf Estates’ Earth course in emphatic style. The South African’s phenomenal final round performance was enough to help him overcome a log-jammed leaderboard and get his hands on the hefty winner’s cheque of €999,246 which sees him catapult up the Race to Dubai Rankings from 144th to 14th. Eddie Pepperell finished runner-up in Gullane which was also was enough to book his place in the DP World Tour Championship as he climbed from 61st to 16th in the Race to Dubai Rankings to get his renaissance season back on track.
Following the Open Championship, held on 19th to 22nd July, the final European Tour event of July was the prestigious European Open in Hamburg. England's RICHARD McEVOY won his first European Tour title after a dramatic finish to the tournament as the 39-year-old carded a one-over-par 73, which included a 20-foot putt for birdie on the final hole, to finish one shot ahead of Renato Paratore, Christofer Blomstrand and Allen John. American Bryson DeChambeau began the final round as joint-leader but fell to tied-13th after a six-over 78. England's Paul Casey finished joint-seventh, while compatriot Matthew Nixon and Scotland's David Drysdale finished joint-ninth. World number 23 DeChambeau was one over after his front nine, but the 24-year-old dropped five shots in his final four holes, including a triple-bogey eight on the 18th, to fall down the leaderboard. McEvoy, who turned professional in 2001, is the first player this season to win on the Challenge Tour and European Tour in successive weeks after his triumph at the Le Vaudreuil Golf Challenge.
THE OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP, CARNOUSTIE
FRANCESCO MOLINARI became the first Italian to win a major, holding off a pack of star names to claim The Open Championship at Carnoustie. Molinari produced a two-under final round of 69 in windy conditions on the Scottish links to finish eight under and two ahead of four players, including home favourites Justin Rose and Rory McIlroy, tied on six under. Tiger Woods finished five under after leading midway through the round, with Jordan Spieth on four under.
Molinari emerged from a six-way tie for the lead, when all the players were either on the back nine or in the clubhouse, to lift the Claret Jug. The Europe Ryder Cup player started the final day three shots adrift of overnight leaders Spieth, Kevin Kisner and Xander Schauffele, but maintained composure while his rivals all dropped shots in a thrilling battle for the lead.Ranked 15th in the world, he had been tipped by a number of experts before the tournament as a player to watch at Carnoustie - and he proved them right with an assured display over the four days.
Despite a modest Open record, he had been backed on the strength of a fine few months that saw him claim the PGA Championship at Wentworth - his biggest win on the European Tour - and his maiden PGA Tour victory at the Quicken Loans Classic. Steady opening rounds of 70 and 72 took him into the weekend, before a stunning 65 on Saturday propelled him into contention. Molinari stressed the importance of making pars on Sunday in an interview after his third round, and he fulfilled his target by beginning with 13 pars in succession in testing conditions. That steady sequence was ended with a birdie on the par-five 14th, before a glorious approach on the 18th allowed him to pick up another shot.
After finishing his round, Molinari looked anxious as he waited in the scorer's cabin, watching nearest remaining challenger Schauffele bogey the 17th. The 24-year-old American needed to eagle the last hole to force a play-off, but his approach landed short, allowing Molinari to celebrate with his caddie and wife.
Tiger Woods, ranked 650th at the start of the year, answered any critics over the state of his game with his lowest 72-hole total at a major since the 2012 Open, and his surge was accompanied by fervent support on the Scottish links, with a buzz of excitement following the 42-year-old around the course and on social media. His challenge helped attract a record Carnoustie crowd of 172,000 attend over the week.
Two birdies on the front nine on Sunday helped him take the outright lead of a major for the first time since his peak years. But a double bogey at the 11th derailed his bid for a first major since the 2008 US Open and, although a birdie on the 14th briefly reignited his hopes, he had to settle for a share of sixth place after signing for a level-par 71.
PRESIDENT'S DAY hosted by Club President Martin Connelly
Friday 31st August
Tea, coffee & bacon Roll with registration from 11:30am
Shotgun Start at 12:30pm playing in teams of 4 with best of 2 scores to count, Stableford (full handicap). Prizes for President's Challenge, Team Prize, Best Man & Best Lady plus Nearest the Pin on Holes 2, 7 & 11.
DINNER & EVENING
Arrive at 7:30pm for a Welcome Drinks Reception followed by The President's Welcome before being seated for a delicious 3-course dinner in The Magnolia Suite at 8:00pm after which there will be dancing to our resident DJ until late!!
Join former WBC World Welterweight Champion John H Stracey for an evening of great food with entertainment. Enjoy a drinks reception before joining John for a delicious 3-course dinner followed by stories from his time in the ring, the punches he traded and the good and bad times of his career, then a song or two with his Cabaret performance!
Tickets are available now for this fantastic evening of entertainment are only £39.95pp (10% off for Members). To book please call the Events Team on 01844 239700 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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