Its not only the pros who need to be ready for June and July!

June kicks off with the second of the four majors as the golfing season continues to thrill and cause many upsets. The US open being played between June 13th and 16th is the 113th in its history. It is the second oldest professional major and was first contested in 1895 over the 9 hole course of Newport golf and country club but was only played by 10 professionals and one amateur.
This year’s US open will be played at Merion golf club in Ardmore, where championship golf and champion golfers have long been intertwined with the mystique of Merion golf club’s east and west courses. It has played host to more USGA championships than any other US course and has created some of the greatest moments in golfing history such as Ben Hogan’s incredible and legendary introduction of the one-iron which has now become a sensation in the golfing world.
​The east course will be the home of the US open this year as it stretches 6482 yards over the Ardmore landscape. It is ranked 7th on Golf 2013/2014 top 100 greatest golf course in America. With so many memorable holes, none of them can beat the signature 17th hole. The 220 yard par 3 is a long one-shotter into a tiered green with a pronounced and significant slope at the front of the green, this hole emphasises the difficulty within the course.
​Last year’s US open winner at the Olympic club was Webb Simpson who took control in the final round and won by just one shot ahead of fellow countryman Michael Thompson and Irishman Graeme McDowell. Simpson did his part with four birdies in five holes around the turn and finished with a tough par on the 18th for a 2-under 68. McDowell and Jim Furyk were chasing him for the whole round until Furyk hit a brick wall and drifted off the pace. Webb Simpson is looking to retain his title this year after a very positive start to 2013.
​After the US open, June and July will continue its inspiring and coveted form of events as the PGA tour hosts events such as the AT&T National from the 27th of June to the 30th and of course the John Deere classic which is played from July 11th to the 14th. Towards the end of July another major competition will be played and it is none other than the Open championship. This major is legendary and is the main reason many people even play golf. It has bags of history stretching over 150 years and has given us some wonderful moments that have changed golf forever.
​The Open Championship will be played between the 18th and 21st of July at Muirfield in Scotland. The 7,034 yard par 71 is one of the oldest golf clubs in the world, now you can’t get much better than that can you. The course is renowned as one of the fairest of all Open venues with many hidden hazards which can turn a golfers round upside down. One of the most memorable moments in Muirfield history would have to be Nick Faldo scoring 18 consecutive pars in terrible conditions on the final day to win the 1987 championship.
I have attended the Open in the past four years and was there to witness the legendary Tom Watson come just a shot away from winning the 2009 Open championship at Turnberry after losing in a play-off to Stewart Cink. He overcame all the critics who doubted his form coming into the final round and stuck at it until the final hole of the play-off where he mis-read a putt to open the door for Cink to counter attack with a birdie and win the Open.
Back down to reality and onto local golf as June and July in Shropshire is looking to be an entertaining one. On the 9th of June the Shropshire Amateur championship comes to Ludlow golf club which will be played as scratch individual medal over 36 holes, which could prove tough off the white tees with many hazards coming into play more from the back and of course the long grass from the racecourse that circles the golf course. The senior championship will also be an exciting event and will be played on the 3rd of July at Patshull Park which will be played as an 18 hole scratch medal competition, as the best from the PGA tour get ready for June and July, the local golf enthusiasts also take to the course to make a name for themselves.
The events are looking increasingly inviting as the summer continues which can only mean one thing; the true golfing season has finally arrived, as long the bad weather holds off enough for the courses to reach their full potential.


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