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reading and I am excited to announce our first ever resident professional will be joining us. We welcome European Tour winner Simon Thornton to the team and he will be writing about life on tour as well as providing golf tips both in print and a video through our social media sites and web site. This month we have a great 2 page feature to discuss the top 10 best Irish amateur players over the last 50 years. When researching for So, it’s the start of another year and I can’t this article it became clear just how much believe it is 2020. Hard to believe 20 years since the millennium when we all thought the Irish golfers have achieved in that period of time but it is always very subjective so we Y2K computer bug would destroy the world. welcome your views on who we got in the 2020 promises to be an exceptionally wrong place or maybe you think we have exciting year in the golfing world. On top of forgotten someone altogether. the semi new schedule putting the Players You may have noticed that I continue to Championship into March followed by 4 mention our social media platforms so I want majors in each month from April to July we to give you reassurance that we have no also have the Olympics and Ryder Cup to intentions of stopping our 19 year unbroken keep golf at the front of the sports pages for run of a monthly printed magazine free of the whole year ahead. And Tee to Green are already starting to think charge distributed through your local golf club. We will, however, continue to grow our ahead with our new article called “Paddy’s presence online. We feel it is the modern way Countdown” where we discuss what Padraig to share local, national and international golf Harrington will be thinking every month in news. We feel we can provide you with daily the lead up to Whistling Straits Ryder Cup in news where a monthly magazine cannot and September. we will put forward exclusive competitions Neale and I have also taken the opportunity and content every month and hope you to refresh the magazine for the year ahead with new features and articles to keep you all will find our Facebook and follow us while Firstly, can I wish all our readers, both online and through our printed magazines, a very Happy New Year? I hope your Christmas festive holiday was everything you hoped for and you received something nice to entice you to play more golf, visit more resorts and stay in more golf hotels around Ireland in 2020.
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By Tom Walsh - Business Development Manager of Golfgraffix
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For our series ‘A Day in the Life’ TTG asked Tom Walsh to share a bit about his job as Business Development Manager of Golfgraffix and their Golf Club Management System - ClubNet. Here is what he said - check out his tips for your future Golf Club Management!
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WELL PLANNED IN ADVANCE!
Like most Business Development Managers to do their job successfully, the job demands an early start. So I set my alarm for 6.00am Monday to Friday and earlier in some cases if I have an early morning meeting and a long distance to travel. I would never leave home without having something to eat for breakfast and without having my day planned in advanced.
So my Day is first and foremost, well planned in advanced. I plan my weeks as follows. Monday is in our Head Office in Dundalk at our weekly Sales Meeting and follows up with the relevant departments. Tuesday and Wednesday, I spend in The Wild Atlantic Way Region, Thursday is in The North of Ireland and Friday is the Midlands Region. The beauty about this breakdown is that customers and potential customers know I am in their region every week and they don’t have to wait four weeks to see me, as with other companies who only monthly. On a daily basis, I know what clubs I will be visiting, who I will be meeting and if I have already met them before and I am doing a presentation, I will have a tailored presentation to show them.
My Sales experience is very vast and spans a lot of industries, but central to it all is the firm belief that the hardest thing to do is to win a customer and the easiest, is to lose a customer by failing to deliver on the promises you have made to them. As Business Development Manager of Clubnet by Golfgraffix, my role is 100% focussed on creating heightened awareness of the Products and Services that they provide to Golf Clubs, Nationally and Internationally. My territory is vast and covers an area from the top of Donegal, all down the Wild Atlantic Way to the Old Head of Kinsale in Co. Cork. In addition, I cover all of the North of Ireland and parts of the Midlands. Figuratively speaking, I travel on average 4 to 5,000 Km per month and have a portfolio of 193 Golf Courses. Whilst this might seem like a lot of Km and a lot of Golf Courses, I still manage to get to see four to five clubs per day and stay over if needs be, if I am a long distance from home. I have always been very disciplined and a great believer in “Plan Your Work and Work Your Plan” and this is a concept I would have shared with all the Sales Reps I had the privilege of being their Manager, down through the years.
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ClubNet is still quiet young, but making significant inroads into the All in One Member Management and Tee Sheet needs of Golf Clubs, it is specialised and it is necessary to do a one to one meeting with them to understand what modules will cater for their needs. I am known for taking written notes from all meetings to record the needs of the customer. I have always taken notes and find it invaluable to be able to look back and make sure I have not forgotten a promise I have made to my customers. Most people who I share with automatically say “ you must get to play all the best courses in Ireland” and they are shocked when I tell them that I get to play very little golf during the week. This is not to say that I don’t get offers from the clubs I visit. In fact the opposite is the case, I have received offers from all over my territory, but I have a very responsibly role within the company and this must come first. My day is a long day from leaving home at 7.00am to returning circa 7.30pm. For me, I don’t know what the future will bring, but if I can give my best to the job I am employed to do then I know I will have left no stone unturned and will have fulfilled my role in creating heighted awareness of the features and benefits of the ClubNet All in One Member Management, Tee Sheet, Epos and Mobile Apps all on one platform from one Provider. To all our customers, on behalf of us all in ClubNet by Golfgraffix, I wish to thank you for your support and assure you of our continued support to you in 2020 and beyond. I would also like to thank Grahame and Neale in Tee to Green for their support in helping us to spread the word, open doors and this opportunity to feature in this edition of Tee to Green, it is very much appreciated.
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Post-Christmas I’m sure we all can’t wait to get out and try our new equipment. “Simple Golf by Simon” - how to drive it Longer, Straighter and more consistently. Not only is the tee shot the most important shot for most club golfers but we also gain huge enjoyment from hitting the driver long and straight! MOST importantly for me is to focus on the target during the swing. Think about the flight of the ball and exactly where your target is. Visualization is key to focus the brain on the outcome of the shot not the process of the swing. (Picture of person address to ball with bubble going out and dotted line to target, playing shot and good shot played)
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Set up - Tee the ball a little higher than normal to promote an upward blow on ball. Stance - A lot of amateurs I see do not have a wide enough stance. A wide stance will give you a strong base and help generate more power. Take the club back nice and wide too. We are all physically different so only turn the body to where feels comfortable keeping connection with your body. Do not over stretch - his will help find the consistency of strike we are looking for. Slowly increasing speed during the swing, try not to ‘hit’ the ball too early in the swing. Tip turn the club around and try making a ‘swishing’ noise with the grip end, this will help to feel the correct motion during the swing.
A new year, a new season. Huge congratulations go to local lads Cormac Sharvin and Jonny Caldwell for gaining their European Tour cards for the 2020 season. Playing on tour for the first time can not only be a very exciting time but it can be a very daunting experience. Looking back for me it was a more daunting time, I was relatively old getting a card but relatively young in golfing terms. Jonny will be more settled this time around knowing what it feels like having his card in 2009. Cormac will be itching get going and but will probably rely heavily on people like his uncle, Bo Martin (Shane Lowry’s caddy) for advice and guidance. Both Jonny and Cormac will have to deal with numerous distractions like booking hotels, flights, caddies, sponsorship, equipment manufacturers, press dealings, schedule choices, practice, missing cuts etc. Tour rookies are betting £3-5k a week of their own money hoping they play well enough. It’s a tough school! A lot of the golfing public will not understand how these things can affect performance. They see the bright lights, fame fortune, they see the private jets and big money cheques of the McIlroys’ of this world. But in the real world of tour school graduates and tour rookies, they will have to cover yearly expenses of around £70k/£80k+, make career defining choices and decisions which can make or break them….And then play golf for the whole world to see! However, with all this going on it is still the single best experience in golf. Playing the best courses, in great condition, for good money, being treated like kings at events and mostly in the sunshine…surely a dream of every golfer. Good luck lads!
A wide stance will give you a strong base and help generate more power.
My first and lasting memory from tour is with a tinge of sadness. I too like Jonny got my card from tour school and like Cormac was a tour rookie. I had planned to start in South Africa, flying out on the 3rd January. I couldn’t wait to start, finally after 6 years of hard work I gained my card for the 2010 season. Unfortunately, my father was in hospital unwell, he couldn’t talk so I asked him if I should go to South Africa? He just squeezed my hand. I knew he wanted me to go so I flew back home to pack with his blessing on New Year’s Day. He died on the 2nd Jan 2010 and I flew to South Africa on the 3rd Jan. It was singularly the hardest thing I have ever done but also the proudest thing. Whatever happened that week, that year or that season was going to be easier than my first week as a European Tour player.
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In conversation with with Jonny Caldwell - Our new Irish Men’s golf phenomenon Bernard Eastwood (Wirefox), has been very supportive. TTG: Who is the best player you have ever played with and who is an up and coming player for Tee to Green readers to look out for. Jonny: No surprise here, the best player has got to be Rory McIlroy. He has everything. Look out for Daniel Hillier, he as all the attributes to become World number 1. TTG: What is your professional highlight? Jonny: My 1st win on the Euro Pro Tour at Moor Allerton when I birdied the last hole to win the tournament by 1 shot. That was a real thrill.
Pic: Jonny Caldwell (NIR) during the Stone Irish Challenge 2019 at Headfort Golf Club
JONATHAN CALDWELL GAINED HIS TOUR CARD AT THE RECENT Q SCHOOL AND OVER THE CHRISTMAS PERIOD TEE TO GREEN GOT THE CHANCE TO MEET UP WITH HIM AND OVER A CUP OF COFFEE HE ANSWERED SOME QUESTIONS FOR OUR ‘IN THE GROOVE’ SECTION.
Jonny: Yes, I use a ‘bongo’ board to help with balance. It is like a balance board and I will try to do squats with my eyes closed. It really helps with my balance.
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TTG Editor: You last played on the main Tour in 2009. Why do you think you are better prepared to succeed this time around? Jonny: In 2009 I was just out of college and I did not know what to expect. I arrived at tournaments and did not know what to do. On top of that I am technically a better player and I am also much fitter. TTG: Talk us through your amateur career. Jonny: Without being a prolific winner, I got on the Irish Boys’ team and this propelled me to go to university in South Alabama, USA. My whole reason for going was to get better so that I could turn professional. That is all I ever wanted to do. In 2005, I won the
Irish Youths at Belvoir Park and a year later played in the Home Internationals winning 6/6. 2007 was the highlight of my amateur career when I represented UK & Ireland at Royal County Down in the Walker Cup matches. On the final day I played Kyle Stanley and beat him 2 up. In 2008 I got through Q School and turned professional.
at the new facility at Holywood Golf Club. Finally, my golf psychologist is Gary Williams. I have been working with him since my days at South Alabama University. Gary is in his 80’s now but he has been invaluable to me over the years.
TTG: What sort of team do you have behind you?
Jonny: My caddie is Henry Tomlinson. It was Cormac Sharvin who put him my way. We teamed up for my 1st tournament and we seemed to hit it off pretty well.
Jonny: My coach is Paddy Small. We are working on shallowing and club on the downswing and it is starting to pay dividends. I also work with Richie Marsden on putting. If it hadn’t been for him, I don’t think I would have got through Q School because I holed a few crucial putts at crucial times. My fitness coach is Ryan Burgess who works
TTG: Most professionals now have different practice procedures. Do you do anything different?
TTG: What are your goals for 2020? Jonny: Simple. Keep my card and be in the position to compete for a title on a Sunday. Anything more than that would be a real bonus.
TTG: Do you have a regular caddie?
TTG: Who are your sponsors? Jonny: I have been very lucky. My sponsors are local Bangor people. Bill and Karen McAllister gave me the opportunity to get out on Tour and
Tee to Green would like to thank Jonny for his time and we hope that 2020 is a great year for him and all the Irishmen on Tour. We wish him a very successful season.
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page 12 THE TTG 2020 We choose the Top Ten Irish Male Amateur Golfers of the last 50 years
Irish male amateur golf has enjoyed unprecedented success in the last fifty years and we thought it was an opportune time to reflect on some of the people responsible. We have only included players who maintained their amateur status and did not turn professional. We took into consideration individual performances in events such as the Irish Close, as well as contributions the players made to team success for Ireland at Home International, European Championships and Walker Cup level.
1- Garth McGimpsey
2 - Arthur Pierse 2 - Arthur Pierse
3 - Jody Fanagan
1 - Garth McGimpsey – Where else could we start than with the greatest amateur of our time. Amateur Champion in 1985, Walker Cup winner as a player in 1989 and as a Captain at Ganton in 2003. Winner of 13 major Championships in Irish Golf including the Close in 1988, 5x North of Ireland titles, 4x West of Ireland titles and 3x East of Ireland titles. There is very little missing from his career CV. He also won the 1984/86/88 Eisenhower Trophies for GB&I along with success at European level for Ireland in 1983 and 1987. He remains an exceptionally gifted player as his dominance at Seniors golf illustrate. Garth won over 200 Ireland caps.
4 - Declan Branigan
2 - Arthur Pierse
5 - Mark Gannon
4 - Declan Branigan – Six Championships won between 19761995 illustrate his consistent level of performance over the years. He won 2x Irish Close, 2x East of Ireland and 2x West of Irelands. He should have won more than 49 caps for Ireland that his play deserved. A talented course designer, his legacy will continue to have an impact for many years to come.
5 - Mark Gannon – The short game wizard from Co Louth. Gannon was a regular feature on the amateur circuit in the 70’s and 80’s and definitely the man you didn’t want to meet in matchplay. He would chip and putt opponents into submission as he claimed five big wins including the 1977 Irish Close, 2x South of Ireland, 1x East of Ireland and 1x West of Ireland titles. He was a mainstay of the Irish team for many years claiming over 90 caps.
2 - Arthur Pierse – At the beginning of the 1980’s Pierse was featuring heavily on GB&I teams let alone representing Ireland. Although he only won four championships, he was runner up on 5 occasions. He won the British Seniors in 2007 at Nairn. His record of nearly 100 caps for Ireland and appearances in the St Andrew’s Trophy, Eisenhower Trophy and Walker Cup make him number two on our list.
3 - Jody Fanagan – In the early nineties Fanagan established himself as a major force in Irish and GB&I golf. Although he only claimed two individual championships, the 1995 West of Ireland and the 1997 East of Ireland, he contributed three points out of a possible three in a winning Walker Cup side in 1995. He famously partnered Padraig Harrington in a foursomes victory over John Harris and Tiger Woods. Nearly eighty international caps for Ireland mark him down as one of Ireland’s most consistent players.
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6 - Pat Mulcare – A highly successful Walker Cup appearance in 1975 which featured a foursomes win over future US Open Champion Jerry Pate was the highlight of Mulcare’s amateur career. In the lead up to the Walker Cup he had won three East of Ireland titles 1971-73 as well as the South in 1971. He represented Ireland on 72 occasions. 7 - David Long – In 1979 Long claimed the biggest prize of his career the English Open Amateur Stroke Play Championship (Brabazon Trophy) staged at Little Aston near Birmingham. He also won the West, South and North twice in an illustrious career in which he was a mainstay of the formidable Shandon Park Senior Cup side. Long also won over 50 caps for Ireland.
8 - Ken Kearney
9 - Eddie Power
8 - Ken Kearney – Kearney has now established himself as one of the foremost golf course architects on the island. But before he did this he was a mainstay of the Irish international side from the early nineties until 2002 winning nearly 70 caps. Victories in the Close, West and twice in the East means he totally merits his place on our list.
9 - Eddie Power – Power might become more famous in the years to come as the father of Mark but he had a highly successful amateur career in his own right. He first won the Close in 1987 at Tramore against JP Fitzgerald who had defeated Darren Clarke in the Semi Finals. Power then repeated the trick in 1993 at Enniscrone and in 1998 at The Island. In between these triumphs he won 47 caps for Ireland.
10 - Vincent Nevin – Nevin’s Irish Close win in 1969 marked him down as a player for the big occasion and he backed this up with victories in the West and twice in the South of Ireland. In a period lasting over twelve years he represented Ireland on 67 occasions.
The new guard - The 2019 GB&I Walker Cup Team
ED: There are of course many other players who could have appeared on this list Neil Anderson, Brian Hoey, Adrian Morrow and Liam McNamara are four who could have featured. Why do you not get in touch with us at email@example.com with your Top 10.
The Worst Kept Secret in Golf! What is CBD, and why is golf embracing its use ahead of other sports?
CBD is steadily becoming one of the worst kept secrets in golf, with the US golfing world openly embracing the ‘wellness’ product. The Irish golfing fraternity has started to take notice of this movement and are beginning to sample the range of products which have suddenly appeared on the shelves of chemists, health food stores and, increasingly, golf clubs.
IT HAS A MULTITUDE OF ATTRIBUTES You’ll undoubtedly have heard talk regarding a number of PGA Tour players using the product, and may notice CBD products turning up on display at your local club. News from the PGA Tour suggests that players are using it in the hope of maximising their recovery, reduce anxiety and improve concentration. So, what exactly is CBD, and what impact does it have when you take it? First of all, it doesn’t get you ‘high’. CBD is the non-psychotropic element of the cannabis plant, while ‘Isolate’ refers to its purified form. It remains legal in the UK so long as it does not contain THC, the component which produces the cannabis ‘high’. There are stringent guidelines on the legal limits of THC. Since the World Anti-Doping Agency removed CBD from its banned substance list in 2018, the PGA Tour Anti-Doping Policy does not list CBD as a prohibited substance for players. Its focus instead is on the illegality of THC. While there is a lack of research into the impact of CBD on the body, the general consensus appears to be that many people believe the benefits can include heightened focus, reduced inflammation and pain and it can even promote better sleep and injury recovery. However, choosing the right product made by a reputable manufacturer is of key importance when it comes to CBD. Last year a number of studies highlighted how some products contained THC which is still illegal, whilst others contained no CBD, or more CBD than the labelling pointed out. For that reason, it’s worth sourcing CBD from a manufacturer with a track record of compliance, quality and openness. Colorado based manufacturer Mile High Labs, who have recently based their European headquarters in Belfast are seen across the sector as the leading company in this regard and have led calls for better regulation across Europe.
SO WHO IS USING THE PRODUCT
Photo by Court Cook on Unsplash Matt Every was suspended from the PGA Tour for three months earlier this winter for violating its drug policy. The ban was for cannabis usage, despite Every claiming he has a prescription for it on medical grounds. Several big names have done their research and even signed partnerships with CBD companies – their brand names now popping up on visors and bags across the tournament field. So, who’s using the product in the States and are there any European players now using it? Bubba Watson (41) is one of the most outspoken proponents of CBD on Tour and has had his own team of doctors analyse exactly what he is taking to ensure it is right for his body and does not put him at risk of a failed drug test. Scott McCarron, who has three Tour wins in 2019 playing in 26 events, has been using CBD products for nearly two years, saying he first began using CBD after it drastically improved his sleep. Other golfers who have embraced CBD include Scott Piercy, and Lucas Glover, while golfers like Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson chew CBD gum while playing. They have said that they believe it “boosts cognitive function” and assists with stress, inflammation, and sleep.
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So far, no Irish golfers have admitted to using CBD, and in fact Rory McIlroy has said that he is paranoid about using it in case he involuntarily takes a banned substance like THC. However, with the right products there’s no doubt that the isolated CBD compound removes all risk and is used in creams, muscle rubs, other cosmetic products, vape liquids and oral drops. However, CBD use is beginning to raise its head in other sports. In rugby, Saracens locks George Kruis and Dominic Day were so taken with it they have launched their own CBD product. It was Day who first discovered it, when he was struggling to recover from an operation to remove torn cartilage from his right knee. In a recent article he told the Guardian newspaper: “I was in that head space where I was willing to try anything that could help,” he says, “and I stumbled across the article online about how WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) had just taken CBD oil off the banned list, and I thought: ‘Shall I give this a go?’ “I’m very careful about the claims I make for it,” Day says, “but for me the effects were pretty instantaneous. Then when I came off it the symptoms came right back.” In the football world, Birmingham City has partnered with Green Monkey CBD and sell their products at home matches. They are one of the first big clubs to put their heads above the parapets and embrace the product. Meanwhile across the pond, the US Women’s football superstar and World Cup winner Megan Rapinoe recently criticised sports bosses while speaking out about the benefits of CBD. The Team USA star – who is a strategic partner at a CBD firm run by her twin sister Rachael – has come out in favour of cannabidiol as a safe and effective alternative to opioids for pain management. Meanwhile other sporting stars have embraced CBD, with NFL stars like Rob Gronkowski and Carson Palmer, and skater Tony Hawk, announcing partnerships with CBD firms. As more sports begin to embrace CBD it’s a sure bet that we’ll soon start seeing homegrown golfers using the products. Going forward, the overwhelming advice seems to be, if you’re going to use it, do your research and make sure it’s of high quality and contains exactly what it says on the tin.
TTG take a look at Steve Stricker’s potential American side for the match at Whistling Straits in September
Xander Schauffele - A tremendously consistent performer, who has been close to winning a couple of major championships. He was unlucky to miss out on a wildcard pick for Paris but it would be a big surprise to see him miss out this time around. Like his contemporary, Patrick Cantlay I fully expect him to be a feature of US Ryder Cup sides for many years to come.
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In the last issue we took a look at the potential make up of Padraig Harrington’s European side. With little action over the Christmas period we thought it would be interesting to take a look at who could feature for Steve Stricker’s American side for the match at Whistling Straits in September.
As with the European side the bookmakers consider four players certainties to make the team: Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas and Tiger Woods. This leaves a group of twenty players chasing the remaining eight spots. Unlike his European counterpart, Padraig Harrington, US Captain Steve Stricker will have four wildcard selections and not three. Patrick Reed - Where else could we start than with the current “bad boy” of professional golf. Formerly known as Captain America because of his stand-out performances in the 2016 Ryder Cup and 2017 President’s Cup, Reed’s reputation has suffered since his poor reaction to the American loss in Paris in 2018. This reputation has been further hindered by a rules controversy at the Hero World Challenge in December where he was accused of “cheating” by some of his fellow players. Tiger Woods chose him as a Captain’s pick at the recent President’s Cup, but I don’t think Stricker will do the same. He will want a united team without the distraction of Reed as a part of it. Reed needs to make the team on merit something he is more than capable of. Patrick Cantlay - Only injury in my opinion can stop Cantlay from making his Ryder Cup debut in September. A fixture in the world’s top ten, Cantlay is a superstar in the making. He doesn’t have any weaknesses in his game and is highly respected by his peers making him an ideal foursomes partner. Jordan Spieth - Just three years ago Jordan Spieth was ranked as the best player in the World. Now he is ranked just inside the top fifty. He wasn’t even considered as a wildcard pick by Tiger Woods for the recent President’s Cup. 2020 might mark a career defining point in Spieth’s career as he tries desperately to arrest a slump that threatens to derail his entire career. I don’t fancy his chances.
Webb Simpson - The US Open Champion in 2012 and Players Champion in 2018, Simpson has overcome the ban on the anchored putter to become a much-feared competitor. Not the longest off the tee but he makes up for it with superb course management and a fantastic short game. Although he had a poor Ryder Cup in 2014 he made up for it in 2018 by winning two points out of a possible three including a singles victory over Justin Rose. Tony Finau - The big hitting Finau made his Ryder Cup debut in Paris and won two points. The only question mark hanging over Finau is his ability to close the deal when the pressure is really on. He has only one PGA Tour victory to his name despite multiple opportunities to add to it, including the 2019 US Masters. Consistent enough to make the team, expect him to pair up again with Brooks Koepka. Kevin Kisner - The 2019 Dell World Matchplay Champion. Tobacco chewing Kisner, has an aptitude for matchplay as his steady long game rarely finds him in too much trouble. European Captain Harrington won’t be too disappointed to see him make the side as he is not as intimating a character as some other potential opponents on the US side. A safe wildcard pick, if he needs one, for captain Stricker. Ricky Fowler - Recently married Fowler is something of an enigma when it comes to winning a major championship. His close friends Jordan Spieth, Bubba Watson, Justin Thomas and Dustin Johnson have all won majors as Fowler as continued to miss out. He has all the attributes needed to win a major but the burden of “being the best player not to have won a major” might be contributing to his fall down the world rankings from the top ten to 21st place. He needs to get a major championship win soon if his career is to progress again and enable him to win his place by merit on this Ryder Cup team.
HE HAS POTENTIAL Gary Woodland - Fulfilled his potential by capturing last years’ US Open at Pebble Beach. A top ten at Kapulua to start the year showed he hasn’t lost any of his form. He has improved a previously weak short game under the tutelage of Pete Cowan. It would be a surprise if he didn’t make the team. Mathew Wolff - The super talented Wolff who has a swing reminiscent of Irish amateur legend Jimmy Bruen. He burst onto the PGA Tour by recording a victory at the 3M Open in only his third start as a professional last summer. This could well be the first Ryder Cup to be missing Phil Mickelson since 1993 and Wolff has the big hitting flamboyant game to replace him. Only time will tell - it’s going to be an interesting pick!
On our social media platforms, we put out a competition asking our friends to vote for their favourite Irish shot over the decades. It was so successful we have decided to run a regular feature in our printed magazine. So here it is... The last day of the 28th Ryder Cup will go down as one of the most exciting and dramatic days in Ryder Cup history. Europe were leading 9-7 going into the twelve Sunday singles matches. Every match was nip and tuck except for Tom Kite’s 8/7 win over wild card Howard Clark. Of the remaining singles 8 of the 11 matches went down the 18th hole.
FIVE MATCHES WOULD SUFFICE TO RETAIN Europe needed 5½ matches to win the trophy outright but 5 matches would suffice for them to retain the trophy they won at Muirfield Village, Ohio. Mark James put the 1st point on the board for the Europeans, when he beat Mark O’Meara 3/2 and when Jose Marie Olazabal beat Payne Stewart and Ireland’s Ronan Rafferty beat Mark Calcavecchia both by the score of 1up it was up to O’Connor, Canizares, Gordon Brand Jnr, Torrance, Faldo or Woosnam to get the 2½ points necessary to win the Cup.
Pic: 18th green - O’Connor Jnr thanks his lucky stars for what was a truly great shot!
Event: The 28th Ryder Cup 1989 Dateline: The last day The Course: The Belfry, UK The Player: Christy O`Connor Jnr The Shot: 229 yard 2nd shot approach to 18th The Club: 2-Iron
As Christy came to the last hole all square with Fred Couples it was becoming obvious that those 2½ points were going to be very difficult to achieve. O’Connor hit a good tee shot but left himself a 229 yard approach. Jacklin whispered in his ear, ‘One more good swing for Ireland. You get anywhere on the green and you’re going to put huge pressure on him.’ Junior chose a 2 iron and landed the ball on the front of the green and the ball rolled up to just 4 feet. Couples then missed the green to the right and failed to get up and down, gifting 41 year old O’Connor with his first and only Ryder Cup point. Christy who had been under immense pressure from the media who felt he didn’t deserve a ‘pick’ broke down in tears as Tony Jacklin hugged his hero. Ten minutes later Jose Maria Canizares also won 1 up and the Cup was retained. The final four Europeans failed to secure even ½ point so the match ended in a 14-14 and only the second draw in the history of the Ryder Cup.
The winner of the online poll was the 2 iron, hit by Christy O’Connor Jnr during the 1989 Ryder Cup. Here are some of the details of that ‘wonder’ shot. Christy O’Connor Jnr’s cousin, also call Christy O’Connor and attached to Royal Dublin GC, said on our social media ‘It was a shot of a lifetime’. Christy O’Connor came into the 1989 Ryder Cup at The Belfry as one of Tony Jacklin’s wild card picks along side Howard Clark and Bernhard Langer. O’Connor had narrowly missed a wild card pick in 1985 when he missed out on automatic qualification by just £115.89 and Tony Jacklin inexplicably picked Jose Rivero instead. He could well have lost out for a second time but for Sandy Lyle, the 1985 Open Champion, who had asked Jacklin not to consider him as a wild card pick due to his lack of form. Christy Jnr had played in the Ryder Cup in 1975 in Laurel Valley Golf Club, Pennsylvania when the Ryder Cup was still GB & Ire. His record was played 2 matches and he lost both. He was not considered for either of the two sets of singles that were played in those days.
Q3. Which country has the most golf courses per capita in the world? Answers on page 24
We agree with our online readership who voted this… ”THE GREATEST GOLF SHOT BY AN IRISHMAN” Look out for more great Irish shots in the months ahead.
Are Alright! In total only six coaches from outside USA achieved this award. Zoe Allan, who runs her own golf academy out of Lurgan Golf Club, has received the US Kids Top 50 Coach of the Year award for the third year in a row. This award recognises exceptional coaches who develop junior coaching in their communities. By winning the award for the third time, Zoe became the first coach from GB & Ireland to become a US Kids Master Coach. In total only six coaches from outside USA achieved this award and she joins an elite group of 182 Master Coaches. She will receive the honour from the President of US Kids, Dan Van Horn, at the 2020 PGA Show in Orlando, Florida at the end of January. Tee to Green will be attending the show and hopefully we will be able to see her presented with this very prestigious award and we hope to be able to congratulate her in person.
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Keep sending us your local and international historical golfing facts to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will print as many as possible. This month we have some very interesting ‘old’ dates that have been sent in and we thank everyone who has contributed. In February 1906, After a fire that destroyed most of the clubhouse at Portmarnock Golf Club, there was a meeting of members who accepted the plans for a new clubhouse. The total bill was €4,500.00 and it took less than one year before the new clubhouse opened.
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In January 2008, Portstewart Golf Club started the building of their new clubhouse. When it was officially opened in 2009 it was Dr JA McHugh, a long serving member, and Andrew Hamilton, a juvenile member, who presided over the opening. On 30th January 1904, A meeting of Galway Golf Club members was reported in the Galway Express, “At a largely attended meeting of the members this week the committee was appointed to look out for new grounds suitable for the formation of a golf links. A fine tract of land lying between Blackrock and the present links has been visited and it is understood that the negotiations are now proceeding between the club and Col. O’Hara, the proprietor who has shown himself most favourable disposed to the linkless golfers.” On 5th February 1892, The members of Royal Belfast Golf Club agreed to move away from their original Kinnegar, Holywood site to the Carnalea site. In later years both Harry Vardon and Alex Head played golf on this golf course. On 11th January 1891, Arthur Balfour the then Chief Secretary of Ireland, played a fourball match around Royal Belfast Golf Club. Balfour would later become Prime Minister in 1902-05. On 1st January 1932, The USGA standardised their golf ball so that it could be no more than 1.68 inches in diameter. It wasn’t until 1990 that the R&A changed their smaller (1.62 inch) golf ball to comply with the USGA.
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On 26/2/1297, The first recorded game of golf was reported. There is speculation that this golf-like game was a forerunner to modern day golf. It was played in Loenen aan de Vecht, Netherlands.
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Some of the best golfers the world has ever seen were born or died in this month. Here are a few.
Nancy Lopez was born 6/1/1957. Nancy Lopez was born. She went on to win 48 USPGA titles including 3 Women’s PGA Championships in 1978, 1985 and 1989. In her rookie season she won 5 tournaments in a row. She was a massive advocate of girls’ golf and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1987.
Jack Nicklaus was born 21/1/1940.
The great Jack Nicklaus was born. ‘The Golden Bear’ won 73 titles including a record 18 Majors. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1974. In Jack’s last ever Major, played at St Andrews he birdied the final hole. A fitting way to sign off.
Ben Crenshaw was born 11/1/1952.
‘Gentle Ben’ won 30 professional tournaments including 2 Masters. In 1995, just days after his friend and putting coach Harvey Penick died, he won the Masters. In the tournament he didn’t have any 3 putts and won the tournament by a single shot. Crenshaw has the unwanted statistic as having the worst play-off record ever on Tour (0/8).
Paul Azinger was born 6/1 1960. Azinger won 19 titles including the 1993 USPGA. He spent 300 weeks in the top 10 of the World Rankings.
Sergio Garcia was born 9/1/1980.
Garcia has 35 professional wins in his career and after 22 top 10 finishes in the Majors he finally finished one off when he won the 2017 Masters. Garcia has a fantastic record in the Ryder Cup accumulating a record 25.5 points in his career so far.
Payne Stewart was born January 30/1/1957.
He won eleven PGA Tour events, including three major championships in his career, the last of which occurred a few months before he died in an airplane accident at the age of 42. Stewart gained his first major title at the 1989 PGA Championship. He won the 1991 U.S. Open after a playoff against Scott Simpson. At the 1999 U.S. Open Stewart captured his third major title after holing a 15-foot (5 m) par putt on the final hole for a one stroke victory.
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1. Favourite course you’ve played apart from your own? Slieve Russell Golf Course. 2. When and why, did you start playing golf? I first started playing golf when I was 12 hitting balls in the rugby fields using the posts as pins. 3. Favourite Golfing experience? A The Open at Royal Portrush it was all about the experience! 4. Favourite drink after golf? A Cappuccino when I’m being good and a pint of the ‘Black Stuff’ when I being bad. 5. Favourite Holiday destinations golfing or not? Gandia in Spain – great beach and scenery. 6. Who is your favourite Irish golfer? The one and only Rory McIlroy. 7. Most annoying habit you see today? People not getting ready to play their next shot as they approach their ball. 8. What is your favourite piece of golf equipment? An old R7 Superquad driver. 9. Name your dream fourball? Rory McIlroy, Tiger Woods and my mate Alan Rice.
FACT FILE: Lady Captain Mrs Anna Kinahan 1. Favourite course you’ve played apart from your own? Ballycastle golf course. 2. Why did you start playing golf? Once there was time after having 4 children! 3. Favourite Golfing experience? Going to the Open at Portrush. 4. Favourite drink after golf My cup of coffee with the other Hilton Ladies. 5. Favourite Holiday destinations golfing or not? On safari in Tanzania. 6. Who is your favourite Irish golfer? I like them all! 7. Most annoying habit you see today? I find really slow play hard to watch! 8. What is your favourite piece of golf equipment? My trusty rescue club! 9. Name your dream fourball? Most definately friends, family or the Hilton Ladies.
Q4. Who has the most PGA Tour wins without ever winning a major? Answers on page 24
We said goodbye to some old friends in December Since our last publication, two Irish golfing legends have died, one who made their name as an amateur and one who made their name as a professional. Both men had connections with the two editors of Tee to Green.
Brian Hoey, Died on 14th December 2019 Brian Hoey, known to his friends as TBC died after a short illness. He was 85 years old and up until recent years he would regularly shoot his age. Brian started his amateur career at Shandon Park Golf Club, and he featured in many of the club’s Senior Cup and Barton Shield successes over the years. In 1970/71 he was the ONLY +1 handicap golfer in the whole of Ireland. He represented Ireland on 42 occasions and won the West of Ireland Championship in 1977. He followed this up with two North of Ireland Championships in 1979 and 1983 but his biggest win came at the age of 50 when he beat Liam McNamara to win the Irish Close Championship at Malone Golf Club. TBC will be remembered as one of the true gentlemen in Irish golf and I was fortunate enough to play my first Barton Shield match as his partner. The match at Castlerock Golf Club was a very close affair as we stood on the par 5, 17th tee. I missed the fairway to the right but managed to get a great lie. I thought Brian should hit his 3 wood but instead he laid up with a 9 iron from where I hit the green and he holed the putt. In the bar afterwards I was telling everyone about Brian not taking on the challenge. He heard what I was saying, took me to the side and told me that he knew my strength was not pitching and under the pressure wanted to give me a full shot. That was TBC, always thinking. He will be sadly missed by his friends, colleagues and family.
Ernest Jones, Died on 31st December 2019 On 31st December, Ernest Jones died. Ernie was the head professional at Bangor Golf Club before spending 16 years at Royal County Down Golf Club. In 1991 he took over the professional’s job at The K Club where he stayed until retiring in 2002. He won six professional tournaments including two Irish PGA Championships and represented Ireland in the 1965 Canada Cup. He was the Captain of the PGA from 1991-93 and became an honorary member in 2001. Ernie was also the referee in the famous Ryder Cup match at Royal Birkdale between Jack Nicklaus and Tony Jacklin when Nicklaus gave Jacklin a three-foot putt on the 18th green for a half match. When Grahame and I had our golf wholesale business we always enjoyed going down to Royal County Down for a cup of tea and to hear Ernie talk about golf. We would sit at the back of the shop and he would reminisce about the ‘great’ golfers from the 50’s and 60’s. A true gentleman who will be greatly missed by the whole golfing community.
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Portmarnock Links 17th - 3 is a bonus and a 2 is a rare bird! Pics: A picture perfect - but only straight is great! Situated on the shoreline of a rugged peninsula this magnificent setting, The Links Portmarnock, was the first links golf course that Bernhard Langer chose to design being a three time winner of the Irish Open at nearby Portmarnock Golf Club and The Royal Dublin Golf Club. HOLE 17 - PAR 3 The Par 3 17th at Portmarnock Links, from the championship tees measures 212 yards to the centre of a severely raised green. The green is protected on the left by a cavernous bunker more than 9 feet deep. Holding the green with either a long iron or at times a driver will test the best of golfers.
From the tee: A beatiful vista with the plateau green and distant mountains
Missing the green short will leave you the option for a Texas wedge or bump and run up the slope but be
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It’s also a TEAM sport? I just wonder if anyone else agrees that the US don’t seem to learn how to play team golf. They have the advantage of playing every year with the Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup both Bi-annual tournaments and I can’t help but notice that they continue to rely on the singles day to try and win. The latest Presidents’ Cup showed that once again the Americans didn’t really fancy playing together as the Rest of the World dominated the early days play and only the individual brilliant of the singles day got them across the line. We all know at the top of the game it’s an individual sport but remember we in Ireland take pride in our inter club competitions with some of them relying on foursomes partnerships. Perhaps, I should make myself available to Steve Stricker the US Ryder Cup captain to advise him on his parings and the best way to get the most out of team play…..then again maybe not as we know Paddy will be up for the challenge and leave no stone unturned to find an advantage.
Ian, (details withheld by request) TTG Editors comment: Ian you make a great point. The way our Ryder Cup captains analyse the strengths and weaknesses of each player to make up partnerships is not followed by our American friends. Long gone are the days when 2 Spaniards played together or 2 of European drinking buddies joined forces. It is now all down to analysing the best combinations. Thanks Ian for contacting us and we will be in touch as you are the winner of this month’s pair of Under Armour golf shoes.
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Guest of honour, former European tour PGA and Sky TV golf commentator Gary Murphy, presented the awards which recognise leadership roles played by individual Irish Golf Clubs and associated Irish golf interests, both North and South. These included provincial awards for parklands and links, golf club managers, hidden gems, golf resorts and hotels and restaurants specialising in golf travel and tourism. Each of the winners received a specially commissioned piece of Tipperary Crystal in recognition of their achievement.
Gary highlighted the Confederation of Golf ‘s work which targets a commitment to identify and agree golf sector growth and development priorities, and gain acceptance by all interests to achieving common goals. On the winners podium this year was Kirkistown Castle Golf Club who received the award for the Best Value and Golf Experience for Ulster. Pictured receiving the trophy on behalf of KCGC was Honorary Secretary, Mr Tim Reid.
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Welcome to this month’s Tee to Green No. 185 Jan/Feb All-Ireland Issue. In this edition we have a few NEW articles and features including Si...
Published on Jan 13, 2020
Welcome to this month’s Tee to Green No. 185 Jan/Feb All-Ireland Issue. In this edition we have a few NEW articles and features including Si...