Elanora On Hand For First Aussie Win
The Elanora touring party to Augusta has triumphantly returned to Sydney after ensuring Australia secured it first green jacket at The Masters. Our 16 strong contingent strode the fairways for four days willing the four strong Australian field home. A number made a charge to the 10th green to see the final putt sunk on the second playoff hole. This putt set off a wave of Aussie songs and chants that were still in full voice kilometres outside the main gate.
Everyone’s expectations were exceeded when they entered the Augusta grounds to be presented with what is the most perfectly presented and picturesque golf course and tournament venue in the world. Our superintentant, Daniel Cook, was on hand to past his inside knowledge of the course to the group and gave a number of our members a guided tour of the greens and maintenance facility. The par three tournament on the Wednesday signaled the beginning of the tournament, where past major winners are invited to play. Amongst them were Australians, Ian Baker Finch and Wayne Grady, as well as legends of the game, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Arnold Palmer and 91 year old Jack Fleck, who famously beat Ben Hogan for the 1955 US Open.
Our tour had begun a week and a half earlier at the famed Pinehurst Resort in North Carolina. Next year the Donald Ross designed No 2 course will hold the rare distinction of holding the men’s and women’s US Opens in consecutive weeks. After playing the No 2, 8 and 4 courses our tour made its way into Georgia and the Reynolds Plantation for more golf. Another few games were played from the eight courses within the facility. Some took to other adventures during a rest day, with some, lead by Ian Chalmers, reeling in some Bass from the nearby lake.
After games at Sage Valley and The River Golf Club during the Masters week, the competitive side of the tour was completed, with Liz Adams securing the women’s title while Prue Langby’s husband, Warwick, claiming the men’s event.
If you would be interested in viewing Adam Scott’s defense of the title next year with a group of Elanora members please contact the professional shop.
Ping Golf Club & Fitting Day
The Ping fitting van will be making its return to Elanora on Thursday June 13th. Also for the first time, Ping will be hosting putter fitting sessions on this day. The long game and putter sessions will be held concurrently. The original Ping Anser putter revolutionised putting forever when Karsten Solheim invented the putter in the garage of his home in Scottsdale, Arizona. Since then the Ping range of putters have become the most used putters in the world and have won more majors than any other putter. If you would like to attend one or both of the sessions please contact the professional shop to book a time.
Long Putter Still A Master On Greens
There are many lessons to be learnt from Adam Scott’s victory at The Masters but how much someone’s putting can be improved with the use of the longer putter is high amongst them. With the banning of anchoring of the long putter not due until 2016 a change to the long putter may give you some short term relief to a frustrating problem. The professional shop has a number of different models to trial.
Our trainees Toby McGeachie and Lachlan Foulsham, are continuing to fly the flag for Elanora in their weekly trainee tournaments. Toby, fresh from his intensive school at Sanctuary Cove, carded at 2 over par at Long Reef on Monday while the week before he made the trek to Wellington to secure last money.