ONE of the iconic names in golf clubs is the Silver Swan putter, and John Letters have released the latest in a line of the famous brand.
And it is thanks to former Crosland Heath professional John Andrew, whose chain of Huddersfield-based nationwide Direct Golf UK stores acquired the John Letters brand three years ago.
Talking of the Silver Swan recalls memories of the late Albert Crawshaw, the professional at Dewsbury. He often used a Silver Swan.
Albert was a true character and no slouch on the greens. A favourite assertion of his, delivered with a smile, was that he was “the best putter since Willy Park.” Check your golf history book for that one.
John Letters have a rich history, including having Open champions Gary Player and Lee Trevino use their equipment.
I never owned a Silver Swan but once had a set of Gary Player autograph irons, among the best I ever had. I used them on a golf trip to America and declined an offer from a local to buy them there and then.
Eventually I was swayed to go for a set of a new design of clubs and put the John Letters in part exchange. I quickly realised that was a mistake.
I sought to buy back my old set but the pro said: “Oh, too late. They were sold the same day.”
Three head shapes of the Silver Swan, all with 431 stainless steel heads, are available, all with a recommended price of £49.99.
A ‘Save the West Yorkshire Alliance’ meeting will be held at the Howley Hall club on October 23.
That’s when the Yorkshire PGA is likely to return to having some input into organising events.
Though the popular Christmas Texas Scramble has been booked in at Fixby since last December, no other Alliance fixtures have so far been arranged.
The organiser, who took over from Yorkshire PGA officials a few years ago, seems to have quit his role.
Yorkshire PGA secretary Jimmy Pape said: “We will not allow the West Yorkshire Alliance to die.”
Welshman Stuart Manley remained the man to catch at the Portugal Masters in Vilamoura as Colin Montgomerie missed yet another cut.
Manley, a lowly 174th on the Order of Merit and looking for a top three finish to rescue his European Tour career, followed up his opening 65 – his lowest-ever round on the circuit – with a 68 to stand 11 under par at halfway.