Hello once again from the one and only CMGC!
This week can only be described as manic! We have had a European Tour Professional playing the course, just the casual seven birdies around Badgers Sett & Deer Park but finished just three under. James Busby knows both Rob Grier and Sam Pain really well and came for a round and loved the course.
Don't forget it is Presidents Day (Medal) this weekend, a Cleobury major, not to be missed.
This weeks newsletter is a big one so sit back relax and enjoy all the happenings from one of the thriving clubs in the West Midlands.
The greenkeepers and local JCB contractor Phil Price have been busy on Foxes Run. Phil has dug out a drainage ditch along the tree line on the fifth of Foxes Run. The plan is to now run drains across the hole into the ditch ready for the winter. The top end of the course is one of the wettest points on the course which is very strange as it is the highest point!
We are hopeful that the additional drainage will transform the 5th and 6th teeing areas. The waste soil has also been moulded around the back of the green as pictured.
US PGA Predictions
It is the final Major of the season and the last chance to win some money off our predictions. Remember use a bookmaker that offers top 6 placing on each way bets!
Rickie Fowler - 20/1
This lad is on fire at the moment, his last three tournaments he has has won and finished second twice. With Rory a big doubt the stage is set for Rickie to step up and take his first major.
Marc Leishman - 80/1 each way
A fantastic display at the open, I am hopeful the play off loss has not affected him too much at 80/1 he is a great price for a top 6 finish.
Dustin Johnson - 10/1
This guy is due a major soon! Keeps getting into contention. And I think we can all remember 2010 and what happened to him. Hopefully he reads the local rules this time!!
Zach Johnson - 40/1 each way
Obviously in great form and high on confidence after his win at the open! Finished 3rd in 2010 last time the PGA was at whistling straits.
Jordan Spieth - 5/1
Showing great form in all competitions with 2 majors already this year and just missing out on a play off place in the open. He's the one to watch.
Martin Kaymer -35/1 each way
He is my each way bet. He won the U.S. PGA championships in 2010 when it was last held at whistling straits. He knows how to win on the course and could do it again!
Adam Scott- 18/1
With such a text book swing Adam Scott is always going to be near the top of the leaderboard. As we all know Steve Williams will once again be on his bag offering 15 Major wins worth of experience. A tied fourth finish at the US Open and if he had played the last 5 holes in level par at St Andrews he would have made it a four man playoff and possibly a second major victory.
Hideki Matsuyama- 45/ 1
Currently 15th in the world rankings and 17th in the Fed Ex Cup standings shows his consistent performances this year. A fifth place finish in the Masters backed up by top twenty finishes in the US Open and British Open are signs he's ready to compete at the top. At just 23 years of age I can see him competing with the likes of Spieth, McIlroy and Fowler for all the big tournaments now and in years to come. At 45/1 I think he's great value for an each way bet.
US PGA Sweep
The final golf major sweep of the year is also here, as normal it is £3 a go or two goes for £5. We once again have some fantastic prizes up for grabs. The winner will get the Srixon summer tour package consisting of a: Srixon Z Star carry bag, urban golf shoes and a dozen srixon golf balls. The top 4 players will pick up winnings and a wooden spoon prize will be awarded for the player sitting dead last after day two. In the event of a tie for places the lowest gross on the final day will determine the winners.
There are only 50 players left so be quick!
US PGA Specials
It is not only the last sweep but it is also the last chance to take on our money back major specials. We have once again picked the form players to help you! The money back option is in a golf centre voucher.
1) Spieth to bag a third Major
Need a new golf bag?
Buy a Titleist, Motocaddy, Cleveland or Srixon golf bag from the golf centre and if Jordan Spieth wins the 2015 US PGA Championship we will give you the purchase price back in a golf centre voucher.
2) Jason to finally have his Day
Thinking of buying a new Motocaddy?
Buy any Motocaddy trolley from the golf centre and if Jason Day wins the 2015 PGA Championship we will give you the purchase price back in a golf centre voucher.
3) Rose strides to Major number two
Buying some new golf shoes?
Buy a pair of Stuburt Urban Control shoes and if Justin Rose wins the 2015 US PGA Championship we will give you the purchase price back in a golf centre voucher.
* Specials brought between Saturday 1st August 2015 and Wednesday 12th August 2015 are valid.
Time to put your money where your mouth is and back your golfer!
Guess the Hole
Last weeks guess the hole was the 2nd of Badgers over looking the 8th. Just two people got it correct Jez Duffield and Wendy Duncan. On the toss of a coin Wendy wins the 3 grips! Please drop them into the golf centre for us to fit.
This weeks is a toughy, the winner will get a sleeve of the new Z Star golf balls. As normal contact us here with your answer.
Men's Invitation Results
The members of Cleobury were once again out in force to support the invitation. This competition allowed members to bring guest for the Texas Scramble Competition.
Some great teams were out on paper with the return of the Pringle brothers and the winning teams from the previous two team competition out playing. Conditions on the day were perfect with light winds and sunshine greeting the golfers.
Many teams thought the magic number to win was a nett 55. The team of Trow, Trow JNR, Annetts and Westwood got to 56 which was enough to give them second place despite some problems on the 5th of deer park with a runaway trolley resulting in a bogey.
The day was won by a new team formed late on, brothers Jason and Paul Bowers joined Steve Howe and Mark Hobbis. Together they played some stunning golf to finish on 54.3 to win.
Jason added "we played great together and held putts at the right time".
Professional Sam Pain had this to say on their win.
"The lads played some great golf, that is a very good score. This format suits good putters and Paul's recent purchase of a Scotty Cameron is certainly paying off".
Winners pictured from left Jason and Paul Bowers, Steve Howe and Mark Hobbis.
Nearest the pin winners - Ross Moorecroft and Johnson SNR.
The first junior open returned to Cleobury for the first time in ten years on Monday. Some of the best young talent in the West Midlands descended to CMGC.
The greenkeepers got the course in prime condition with the greens fast and true. There were only 4 players who finished under their handicap.
The day however belonged to Connor McNeil who shot a stunning nett 65 around Badgers and Deer to win by five shots. Connor has played Cleobury many times and is a member of Burghill Valley he added "I love playing Cleobury as the lay out is similar to Burghill, thank you to everyone for playing and making it a great event".
Pictured is Connor and Dave after his win.
CMGC On Tour
Good luck to CMGC's Jack Severn who is playing in the English Boys' Under 14 Open Amateur Stroke Play (Reid Trophy) this week.
Great to see Jack representing the club in such a big competition and we wish him the very best of luck
Remember if you are out playing in different places wearing your Cleobury colours send it to us.
Brave the Shave!
CMGC member Nigel Douglas is shaving his head to raise money for McMillan cancer. If you would like to donate and help Nigel reach his target please click here.
Best of luck Nigel.
Well that concludes the monster newsletter, have a great golfing week and enjoy the golf course.