Thousands of Golfers Join the Golfshake #BirdieClub
Thousands of golfers have become part of the #BirdieClub after tracking their rounds on Golfshake. The Score Tracker has seen unparalleled demand of late, something that has only been heightened in Week 1 of this new contest, where birdies (gross and net) are rewarded the chance of winning Callaway Chrome Soft Golf Balls.
During that first week in a series that will continue to run through the entirety of this summer feast of golf, over 5,500 birdies were tracked on Golfshake, in addition to a stunning number of net birdies, surpassing 62,000. That consistent quality of play has seen 97% of rounds tracked claiming at least one entry into the #BirdieClub Prize Draw.
And we are now delighted to reveal the winners for Week 1:
Congratulations, gentlemen, Chrome Softs will soon be on their way to you!
However, breaking these Score Tracker statistics down further, two golfers recorded rounds with an impressive seven birdies! One of those in hot form was Mbachi Nkana, who described his recent display at Elton Furze Golf Club in Peterborough.
"It was a drizzly day, the forecast said light rain, so my wife Dawn and I decided to chance it and go out for 18 holes after I finished work. It didn’t stop raining for 18 holes but it wasn’t bad enough for me to get an umbrella or to put the cover over the clubs. Because it had been raining, I decided to try and hit the shots closer to the flag rather than let them roll up to the hole as I normally do.
"The round started with a three-foot birdie followed by a couple of routine pars. I birdied the 4th and had a chip in on 6 and suddenly was three-under without really concentrating on it. I hit a wild one on the 7th which went onto the 8th fairway and I tried to hit a miraculous shot over the trees from a downward lie and that cost me a double.
"Because we were just out for a stroll, I didn’t let it phase me and I rolled in a 20 foot putt on the 8th followed by another 15-20 footer on the 9th. It was one of those rounds where the hole looked massive and I had the speed of the greens.
"The back nine started strongly, I made an easy par on 10, got lucky with the tee shot on 11 which hit trees and ended back on fairway and I managed to hit the green in regulation and rolled in a 12 foot putt to get to four-under. There was a lack of concentration on 12 as we were talking about our weekend plans just before I hit the tee shot and I ended up topping it and making bogey. This is one of the key things I am trying to focus on, I need to stop talking and focus on the shot every time. I hit my approach on 13 to 30 feet which was poor and tried to hole it so ended up eight-feet past and missed the putt.
"Worse was to follow as I missed the green on 14 from 70 yards as I attempted to hit a shot with maximum backspin and ended up short and right and didn’t get up and down. I hit the greens on the next two in regulation and had a decent look at birdie on 16 but it didn’t drop. After making a bogey on 17 from a poor drive into the trees left, I was annoyed but hit my approach to inside 15 feet. I knew I was level par but was annoyed with dropping so many shots. I think I holed that putt because I didn’t care about missing it so didn’t think about it, it was one look and pull the trigger. It looked good from the moment it left the putter and I was relieved to have shot under par."
Reflecting on that scorecard, he continues: "It's probably the first time I have made so many birdies but I wasn’t worried about that, I was disappointed in the sloppy bogeys in the middle of the round. One good thing about using Golfshake is I can see where I am going wrong and this round was good because I hit 64% FIR and 67% GIR which are great numbers to aim for. I think the rain also helped as I had to hit the ball further than I normally would and I am trying to keep doing that. My approach shots are only ever long around 15% of the time."
Impressive golf by Mbachi, who has set the bar, but we also saw one sub-28 handicap golfer achieve 13 net birdies in the one round!
The #BirdieClub now moves into a second week. Track your rounds in the Golfshake Score Tracker with each birdie/net birdie counting for one entry into the Prize Draw.
See how many you can make and it may even secure you a stack of Callaway Chrome Softs!
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