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Latest News. Increased text size in County Golfer. This month we have increased the text size in the magazine because some of our readers seem to be having eyesight trouble, except, that is, when spotting a ball 300 yards away in deep undergrowth! “I can see it” they cry, “it’s a Srixon Topflight Pinnacle,” as they fall into a bunker in the process! It amazes us how they don’t play off scratch with such homing instincts. We
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True story. Fred (name changed) was playing golf and his partner, after searching for a while for his ball, shouted ‘found it`’ and lined up to play his shot. ‘I think this is yours’ shouted Fred standing next to his partners ball ‘its got the same three black dots that you put on yours!” Whoops. It just doesn’t pay to cheat in golf.
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Chapel-en-le-Frith GC provided us with a trip to the north of the county which we always enjoy. The Nottinghamshire Golf Club and Country Club have invested a huge amount of money on course and clubhouse improvements and we were invited to try it all out. Our foray into Norwood Park GC on a deliriously sunny day enlightened us with
their Par 3 course which provides a great challenge and training centre for the short game and of course the 18 hole parkland course which is always good to play. Outside the Counties we took a quick 2 hour trip to London to play the only Seve Ballesteros designed course in Britain The Shire GC. What a day we all had on a tough, thinking golfers course. Every hole needed the course planner.
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Over many years I have written about this course, from the days when it was owned by Crown Golf. I will be honest and say it’s always been “an OK course” . Don’t get me wrong, it was always enjoyable to play, but it did not inspire me. I thought it had great potential, a bit like Chelsea football club before Abramovich moved in, always mid table.
Oh how things have changed and all I can say to the members is “you jammy devils”. You have your Abramovich now that the course is in private ownership, who could see its potential and are now fulfilling it. For a starter the clubhouse is unrecognisable as it has been extended left, right and centre with no expense spared. Lush carpets, designer wall paper, panoramic views of the course through the floor-to-ceiling glass windows all add up to making the clubhouse very welcoming and a treat to be in. The pro shop, now with its own all-glass entrance, has all the latest clothing and clubs.
“Now in private hands, the new owners are ensuring that the course fulfills its great potential” 8 www.countygolfer.co.uk
Outside on the patio is modern rattan furniture that you would expect to find in a 5 star Mediterranean hotel.You can sit there in comfort sipping your San Miguel, watching golfers come up the 18th or turn your head and watch people tee off on the first. It does not stop there. The open course, their flagship course, is now unrecognisable as they contracted award winning architects “Kimber Golf” (who also designed the castle course at St Andrews) to come down and improve and redesign it. For example the 18th hole now finishes in front of the clubhouse instead of in the middle of nowhere like it did. Oh, and they have built a lake that comes into play, with a majestic fountain in the middle. This lake is put to good use as you will find yourself hitting over it on the par 3 14th.You might find that most golfers will aim at the lake. “Why?” you might ask, because to my knowledge they have the only island drop zone in the county.
course” but a “you must play course” Managing Director Bill Mckenzie took us on a tour of the clubhouse, including upstairs, to show us the very plush rooms that can be used for weddings or business meetings. They have built a glass fronted balcony around the side and front of the building with luxury rattan furniture. Bill said at this point “You must see the ladies toilets” which raised the eyebrows of the two ladies setting up a network meeting! The reason for this slight detour was to show us that no expense has been spared. Not many toilets I go into have a chandelier hanging from the ceiling. Outside, the first tee has been framed with two sign boards announcing ‘The Nottinghamshire Golf and Country Club’ across them which was a nice touch. Just make sure that you use your best golf shot on the first tee as, on a good day, like the day we were playing, there will be about 30 people sitting
The tees have been raised, fairways redesigned now all of a sudden it’s not just an “it’s an ok
outside watching you tee off, so don’t scuff. The first of these new holes is the 2nd, a par 3 156yrd off the yellows, and, as in modern design tees, which are now raised to give the visitor the same advantage as a member. The first thing you will notice is that you have a small lake protecting the front of the green. If the wind is in your face this plays more like 190yrds. The 3rd hole, a par 4, is only 278 yrds so this is a good chance to get your par again. There is a water ditch that protects this elevated green, a birdie is possible, you just need a big drive. The 4th is a par 443 yrds. On the day we played they had move the yellows to the white tee which, I hope, happens to you because it makes it a bit more interesting as you have to tee off over the corner of a lake. Newby nearly hit a good drive which landed near a swan
sitting further down the fairway. She decided it was one of her eggs much to my amusement as I watched Newby trying to address the ball with a furious swan hissing at him. You will notice as you go around that a lot of work has gone into making the greens and fairways look lush. The reason for this is because the question was asked of the green keeper “How can we make the fairways look like Augusta?” The answer: To double the amount of fertiliser. This has certainly worked. Let’s move on to the 7th.You will find yourself leaving the water behind only to find it replaced with bunkers. This is evident on this hole, 3 well placed bunkers on the left of the fairway and 3 guarding the green.You are looking for accuracy here. There is the temptation to go over the top of the left hand bunker as the reward could be a birdie but you must carry at least 285yrds
“They market it as ‘The best 18th hole in Nottinghamshire’ and you know what? I don’t think they’re too far away from the truth!”
from the tee to make the shot. One thing you have to look out for is the little dykes and ditches that cut their way across the fairway. Sometimes the driver is not the best option as is evident on the 8th and the 9th. A well placed iron would be the best option, on the 9th for example I hit a beauty off the tee only to get to my ball and find it had rolled into the dyke costing me a shot. Let’s move to the 12th, a cheeky par 3. It’s only 140yrds to the green which you must hit straight as anything to the left will see it roll away into a large pond, a bunker, or in the very thick rough (all that double fertiliser!) which grips your club head and much to everyones amusement only goes about two yards still in the rough. Five shots on a par 3! Very embarrassing.
After you finish the 13th (which use to be the 18th) you have a short walk to the next tee, which is one of my favourite par3’s.You stand on an elevated tee looking down onto the green with the new lake between you and glory. At this point Bill joined us for a few holes. He informed us that the week before he had got a hole in one on this hole. No ‘hole in ones’ this time, even though Bill did come close. None of us hit the water. I said to Bill “I must go and hit one off the island drop zone.” If you go to our facebook page you will see a picture of me teeing off from it. It’s probably the only time you would be happy to hit the water, so that you can take a shot off the island. As we went around with Bill he was discussing with us further developments they plan to make to some of the holes. In some cases this will mean a complete redesign. One of the biggest
changes to the course is the 18th. As you stand on the tee you see the fairway coming to an abrupt end at about 236 yards as it joins the huge lake with it’s impressive fountain. Don’t worry, there is more fairway, as it’s a dog-leg left. A big hitter could go for the corner but the safe option is to aim for the lake, but be careful, it is drivable so maybe a driver is not the best option here. It is a par 5 so give yourself room to breathe.Your second shot has to be good as you have 3 well placed staggered bunkers cutting the fairway in half. You need to strike the ball well to get past these, it is a long carry, when you get to within shooting distance of the green, go for it, as the back of the green is banked up and the green is large. This is a cracking finishing hole. They market it as ‘The best 18th hole in Nottinghamshire’ and you know I don’t think they’re too far away from the truth. It certainly is the most picturesque finishing hole but I will let you make your own minds up about that. Overall the Nottinghamshire Golf and Country Club, is unrecognisable. In my eyes it is the most
improved club I have ever played. It is starting to attract big tournaments, such as the William Hunt Trilby tour, which will be broadcast on Sky. When Newby and I were there the England Cricket team were too. They have raised the bar and soon, very soon I can foresee that this will become a real gem in Nottinghamshire. Who knows? We could see the Ryder Cup being held here one day. Lets hope so.
On tour with a local pro: James Whatley James Whatley writes for County Golfer, informing us about the life of Derbyshire’s Number 1 Golfer. James is AA PGA Professional, Head Professional of Morley Hayes and Academy Director of East Midlands Golf Academy. He has represented Great Britain and Ireland in the PGA cup against the USA and played for England in the International Team Championships. His reputation as a consistent player and a highly regarded coach is recognized by top class amateurs and Professionals who regularly seek his advice and knowledge on their own games. “Golf has a habit of knocking you down, slapping your face, stamping on your feet, spitting in your eyes, but we all still want to come back for more. What a great game!” James Whatley July 2013
My Week at Wentworth Sitting in the clubhouse at Ladbrook Park Golf club watching the first day of the open championship, Sir Nick Faldo has just teed off, I can’t wait for the next four days of watching the best tournament in world Golf.
in the face, stamps on your face but when we wake up the next day ,we still want to come back for more. I can’t wait to play at 11.30am today. I will head to the practice ground in a bit and try and find a magic swing that will shoot me a 65 and win the tournament. ( I shot a very respectful 70, 1 under par and a tie for 6th) I’m Back !! ☺
I am playing a Pro Am at Ladbrook Park in a few hours. It’s another fantastic day and I wish I could tell you that I have been playing great. 82 shots yesterday at Little Aston in a Pro Am yesterday, left me frustrated with my game. Golf is a strange game, it knocks you down, slaps you
Since writing last I have had an eventful few months. I fulfilled my life time goal of playing a European Tour event in the biggest event on the tour, The BMW PGA Championship. I will take you through my week at Wentworth.
Monday 20th May 2013. My caddy and myself arrived at the course around 9am and headed straight to the players lounge to see what freebies we could get. Well you could get whatever you wanted to eat and drink. For one week only I was to get treated like a king! After all the food, we headed to the putting green and I spent about two hours on there, really trying to get a feel for the pace of the greens. I sent my caddy Stewart off to the Titleist tour van, and he picked up my allocation of Pro V1’s for the week and a few tweaks to my Vockey Wedges. I also went to the Cleveland tour van to enquire about some new wedges, as I haven’t been comfortable for ages with the wedges in my bag. I ended up with a 52 and 58 degree 588’s with spinner shafts.( They are still in the bag now) To carry on my hunt for new equipment, I had a chat with the Taylor Made guys who made me up a 38 inch spider blade putter, like the one Justin Rose used to win the US Open. I was tempted to put it in the bag for the week but I never had the bottle to go with it. After some more lunch my coach had arrived, we headed to the first tee for our first practice round. We played with another Midland PGA Professional, Paul Streeter. I played ok and it was very much trying to feel comfortable on the course and get used to playing a Tour set up course. Overall my first day as a tour professional was a solid experience. Let’s see what Tuesday would bring.
Tuesday 21st May 2013 Our aim was to arrive at the course early
and play a practice round on my own. We headed over to the first tee around 8am and Magnus Carlson asked if he could join us. It was hard to say no so we headed off down the first. Everything was going fine until we walked to the 11th green. We saw Nicolas Colsaerts heading over to the 12th tee from the 6th green. I honestly thought, please please don’t join us, I don’t need the longest hitter in the world showing me how short I am off the tee!! Well he did join us and he was a true gentleman and great fun to play with.
He congratulated me on qualifying for the event and wished me luck for the week. He passed on a few tips on how to play the course. The most impressive part of his game was how high he hit his irons. He could send in a 5 iron like my wedge. After we finished our round, and had some lunch we headed down to the short game area, to master a bunker technique that would get me out of some of the deepest bunkers I have been in. The ones around the first green are so deep, that at 6ft 4 I can’t see any of the flag out of it. I decided to go out and play a few more holes in the afternoon, as there were a few tee shots that I still wasn’t comfortable with. www.countygolfer.co.uk 15
I had aimed only to play 5 holes, well as I marched down the 12th hole, the furthest point on the course, myself and Stewart decided enough was enough. It was time to head back to the house I had rented for the week and chill out.
Wednesday 22nd May 2013 A dose of what we think was food poisoning took myself and Stewart down. Wednesday was a wash out. We managed to hit a few balls but that was it. My wife ( boss) and kids came down with my parents that evening, and it was great to have them. Any nerves I had about the next day were forgotten with just trying to feel better!
Thursday 23rd May 2013 My tee time was 11.09 with JB Hansen Alex Tadini. My warm up went well and I was really looking forward to getting going. Everyone asked me about 1st tee nerves but I had played the first tee shot so many times in my head over the last few months that I expected to rip it down the middle. That’s exactly what I did. I have to admit to teeing the ball a little higher than normal just in case I topped it!! Yes even the professionals have negative thoughts! ( Well I do anyway) A very cold putter left me with a 79 for my first round on the European Tour. I made two birdies on the 4th and the 8th holes, mixed with 9 bogeys. The course layout at 7400 yards is like nothing I have ever played before. I hit wood in to 7 of the par 4’s over the two rounds.
Friday 24th May 2013. I wasn’t due to tee off until 3.29pm and with a lot of waiting around it couldn’t come quickly enough. Well the weather was 16 www.countygolfer.co.uk
horrendous all day and whilst warming up the rain kept coming. It was a good job we had plenty of Cobra umbrellas at the ready. I shot 77 with 5 lone bogeys. I had plenty of chances but again couldn’t get the ball into the hole. My main aim for the week was to have a smile on my face and really enjoy the experience. By 9.30pm when I got in my car to go back to the house, I really just wanted to get back to Derby and back to my home comforts. It was a great week and something I will treasure forever. If I am lucky enough to qualify again there would be a few things I would do differently but that’s life. Live and learn. I must thank Stewart Clare ,who caddied for me all week. We have been friends for nearly 30 years and it was great to share the week with him; Steve Astle who came down for the week and helped when required, we especially did some great work in the bunker. Richard Hampson who is a Sport Psychologist came down for the latter part of the week. He is a good lad, mainly because he is a Forest fan. For everyone who came down to watch me, I was truly grateful to see so many familiar faces. Since Wentworth my playing has been inconsistent to poor but I feel real optimism for the next two months. Bring it on. What a game we play.
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It’s been over 8 years since County Golfer last took a trip up to the top of our incredible County to play Chapel-en-le-Frith Golf Course. Since then a lot has changed. Back in 2005 Labour were in power, the economy was ticking along nicely, we were waiting with bated breath for the outcome of the Olympic bid and a young, bright eyed, long haired, slightly thinner Lefty set out with his first set of left handed clubs! My how things have changed!
Sitting in amongst the hills of the Peak District, you would expect there to be beautiful scenery all around the course, and you’re certainly not disappointed. Arriving on a hot summers day, with just enough breeze to make it bearable, we really couldn’t have picked a better day. The sort of day that golf was invented to be played on! After a brief chat with Jonny the Pro, he sent us up into the clubhouse to meet the Captain Marcus whom Lefty and myself
would be playing. ‘He’ll be the one in the yellow shirt”, I think he was genuine, though upon reaching the bar we had a choice of 20+ golfers ALL in yellow shirt! How unlucky was that! We sat, enjoying a bacon cob and coffee, looking out over the 1st green from the veranda, which has probably the best views from any Golf Club Bar I can think of, whilst ever you are there you are just itching to get out and play!
Lefty and Myself were to be playing against the club captain Marcus Wood, and his vice captain Tim Hesketh, both members for many years, and knowing the course inside out. There are two kinds of members you can play against, those that help you around the course, pointing out the hidden hazards, and helping with yardage, and those that stay schtum, and let you find them all! Fortunately for us Marcus and Tim were both the first. The course is very much split into two halves,
literally split by a road but also split as in they play in two very different way. The first half being a lot easier to hit the greens in regulation and feeling a little more open, making a decent score achievable as I was to find out. The 4th is an absolutely cracking hole, 200yards + down the fairway it turns 90 degrees left. From the tee taking the green on for a pro would be viewed as brave/risky/desperate as the landing area is the green alone, for an amateur itâ€™s crazy/stupid/pointless! So you lay up, and with 110yards to the centre, and with the corner out
Marcus gets a little greedy off the tee on the 5th
of the way, you have to shoot over a large tree to the green. If that wasn’t a great hole for you the next has another great tee shot, completely blind over a diagonal row of trees in front of you. It’s a matter of picking a tree and aiming over it, the tree you pick depends on how brave you are. Hit too big, but with a reserved line, and you’ll overshoot the fairway, too brave and not big enough and you’ll not make it over the trees! The 8th hole plays down the side of a reservoir which gave us just enough of a breeze to keep us cool, which was well needed as the competition was really hotting up, We’d just turned a 1 hole deficit into a 1 hole lead, thanks mainly to myself (sorry Lefty!). Every dog has his day and this front 9 was definitely mine, for a brief period I knew what it would be like as a low handicapper, racking up 7 pars on the first 9 holes. Unfortunately normal service was resumed on the back nine. Although the start of the season has been hard on the courses, the greens in particular, around
the counties are really starting to look good, and Chapel-en-le-Frith is a very good example of this. The greens looked great and were playing really true, giving you bags of confidence with every putt, the fairways too were a pleasure to be playing off. The rough also was good, long enough to make life really tough, but not impossible to rescue a par if you end up in it. Let’s face it, it’s one of the most frustrating parts of golf, hitting a shot just a yard or two off the fairway and not finding your ball, knowing full well where it should be! The back 9 feels so different from the front, especially if your game falls away in as outstanding a fashion as mine. 5 off the tee on the 10th, not the nicest way for a potentially best ever round to end. The 14th is another great lay up hole. 284 yards to the centre of the green, but with 12 yards of water guarding it, laying up is the only option, though playing below the green and with high reeds in the water you can’t really see the green itself no matter how close you are.
Above: A bright eyed Lefty sets out on his golfing career back in 2005 at Chapel-en-le-Frith. Right: A not so bright eyed Lefty wrestles with a pretty tricky bunker/rough shot (2013)! www.countygolfer.co.uk 21
Going into the 17th the game was all tied, maybe they were being soft on us up until this point, I donâ€™t know, but Marcus decided to up the pressure and pulled out a couple of great shots to take them 1 up going into the 18th. Buoyed on they held out nervously on the last to take the win. Sitting back on the veranda, over looking the 11th with a well needed pint of larger, discussing the game, it was easy to see why this course is so highly rated. Due to its position, the views all around the course are stunning, combine that with the great layout, itâ€™s definitely worth a trip up north!
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Robin Hood, Robin Hood riding through the glen but not with his merry men, he got stuck with Lefty and Newby and arrived at Ramsdale Park Golf Club in the heart of the beloved countryside where he used to roam or rob. Either way you will be pleased to hear he is not around anymore so you will be more than safe at Ramsdale even though I did lose a lot of golf balls! Ramsdale Park is a popular golf club. The reason why... great facilities and two golf courses, the 18 hole Seely course and the 18-hole Lee Course, a short (par-3) for those who don’t have too much time on their hands or want to practice their short game. We were here to play the 18 hole Seely course 6129yrds off the yellows and the day we picked was a scorcher so, much to the bemusement of Newby the shorts were on. When we were there they were very busy, we had to slip in behind a ladies comp and in front of a society which is not a problem. It’s just that you need to make sure you hit a great tee shot as you have a crowd of people watching you tee off. The 1st is a short par 4 302yrds slight dog leg left and the line is straight over two fairway bunkers in the knuckle of the corner. It’s only 186 yrd carry, go for this line and it will leave you a very good chance for a birdie, so for this
hole attack it. You then follow this with two par 4s the 2nd 312yrds and the 3rd 363 yrds both quite similar in the fact that you can slice a little and still be ok. Both of them are forgiving with the greens sloping back to front so a steady drive 6 iron on and again a chance of birdie putts. Both Newby and myself managed to get ourselves a chance of a birdie but missed the putts and that is the difference between us, and a tour golfer they don’t miss those chances, a 6ft putt is a gimme. We really were enjoying ourselves playing steady golf and getting pars. But don’t be fooled as the course was just easing us in. I must tell you about the 5th - a very short par 4 only 296yrds long. It’s a blind tee shot uphill slight dog leg right. There is a marker pole to show you the way but if you fancy it the line is over the tree on the right. I went at the pole which left me a wedge onto the green, Newby on the other hand went for the tiger line over the trees and let’s just say the next club he used
was his putter, so as you can see you can score some decent points on this section of the course. This is followed by a delightful par 3 with a shot over water. It’s short at only 132yrds but you do need to get in on the green as it’s well protected by two large bunkers front and left. To the left of the green is a steep slope that will ruin any chance of a par, so club choice is vital. I hit a gentle 8 iron which got me parallel with the flag and a solid par. Now you hit the first par 5 of the course which is slightly uphill with the fairway turning slightly left after about 291 yrds. You do have the opportunity to take on the corner but you have the danger of landing in the middle of a clump of trees or landing in a fairway bunker. They know you’re going to try and take this line so have made it difficult. This is the line I took - not by choice I might add. I just sliced it and true to form it landed amongst the trees. From this point though I could see the flag, the fairway sloped away from me and on this hot sunny day I knew that the ball would roll for miles so I punched it with my 5 iron and managed to get so close that I was within a sand wedge of the green. If only I could use my sand wedge!! I scuffed the ball and ended up carding a 6. Let’s move on quickly to the only Lefty hole in 30 www.countygolfer.co.uk
the county. The 9th a par 4 394yrds is the epitome of a dog leg hole, in fact it’s a 90 degrees to the left and perfect for me with my bit of slice.You do need to clear a line of mature trees that stop about 183 yrds down the left of the fairway. I managed to miss the trees and send my ball around the corner, which left me a great line in. Newby like most of you will hit a straight drive but he went too far and ended up in the rough with a wasted shot to get out. By this time we were on fire, I’m not talking about the golf I’m talking about us, it was red hot. Fortunately for us the 9th finishes back at the clubhouse. Better still you don’t have to go in as there is a hatch where you can order some food, or in our case, two pints of San Miguel. Oh they went down a treat. We reflected on the score card and were very happy Lefty in shorts. up to this point We are so sorry! Ed with our golf. Pars, bogies and birdies no double bogies at all. Little did we know this was all about to change as the back nine demands respect. You reach the start of the back nine by a short walk through a wood. It’s an uphill path so make sure you have your mars bar. When you come out of the woods at the top of the path you realise you have just gained a few feet. The views from the 10th tee are stunning (go to our facebook page to see a panoramic shot). It
really is like you have just walked onto another course. The trees are now gone and the holes start to climb up the side of the hill with the fairways sloping to the left and right and up and down. A different game of golf altogether. The 10th is a par 4 392 yrd stroke index 1. What makes is tough is that it is all uphill with the green above head height. Don’t ask me how, but I managed to get a par. We both really enjoyed this hole. Let’s get on to the 12th, this is a beauty or as Newby stated “this is the most inviting tee shot ever”, again a fantastic view of the tee, the fairway drops away from you with no particular hazards so you can really let rip, and boy did we! It seemed that the ball just hung in the air forever, a real birdie chance is on the cards here. This leads to a tough par 5, very much uphill with the green nowhere in sight just a marker post showing the way, which we both nearly hit. On arriving at our balls we still could not see the flag, so rather begrudgingly Newby trotted off down the fairway and shouted back to me
“it’s still about 240yrds away”! I new I could not hit that distance with my 3 iron, so I took a 7 iron to nudge it closer. The ball landed on the end of the fairway just as the ground drops steeply, then rises back up to the green which has a bank at the back and to the right a very steep slope that, if hit, would end the hole for you. I hit a 5 iron to the left of the green; the ball soared through the air around the back of the bank and onto the green about a 5ft from the hole, my shot of the day. Just a short walk and you find yourself at the 15th, I love this hole. Using Newby’s quote the tee shot is just so inviting. The tee is raised with a shot over a lake to the left of you, then a bunker at about 298yrds to the right is very drivable. If no one is behind you just stop a while and enjoy the view, the fairway on the day had perfectly mown lines and just looked superb, it might even make the front cover of County Golfer, who knows?! By the time we had finished these two holes we were shattered, the water had run dry and the snickers bar I had had in my bag since winter had melted and joined itself to my tees! So
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what do Ramsdale Rark do? they throw probably one of the toughest par3s, on a back 9, I have played. It’s only 139yrds, but you cannot see the top of the green, I was hoping for a Sherpa at this point but none came, not even Little John to give me a piggy back up the hill! Club choice was hard, I went for a 6 iron, well struck but still came up short, Newby hit a 5 iron which we thought was on the green, but when we got there we could see he had gone off the back into some deep rough, we lost his ball (Robin Hood strikes!!) As we came down the 18th the club house looked a welcome sight. We could see people sat out the back sipping their cold ciders and largers. Newby finished with a
Birdie which no one noticed even though he did a little dance on the green, it was so hot people were more interested in their sandwiches and beer. I don’t blame them, because I was sat with them and I did not notice either. Ramsdale is definitely a course of two half’s, the first 9 gently gets you warmed up, you will be happily putting pars and birdies and bogies on your score card. All I can say is if you’re playing in a competition make sure you score here, as the back 9 will humble you. For me, this is the best bit of the course, everything comes together, the fairways just invite you in. Each hole has real character and gives you such a challenge. Then, that par 3 17th sorts out the men from the boys or the women from the girls, you see I’m not partial just don’t mention the Open at Muirfield. Now I have given you the inside information on how to score, book your societies here they have great offers and the facilities’ to give you a great day.
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I’m not sure how to say this subtly but, I WON! (Those capitals were an accident so I will make sure they don’t appear when we go to press!) Norwood Park was the scene of this event and what a day’s golf we had. Blistering sunshine combined with a great golf course which only opened in 1999 and has gone from
The large new spacious well stocked Pro Shop, run by Professional Robert Macey, featuring equipment bargains, is situated next to the new driving range, and new club measuring and teaching area are all evidence of the movement forward that has been achieved in a few short years. When you marry this with a beautiful ‘open’ challenging 18 hole course and a very ‘short game’ testing par 3, it’s evidence that even in what we know are trying times for many businesses including golf courses, that progress is essential to attract new members, society days and the casual golfer. Enjoying a coffee and bacon sandwich with General Manager Paul Thornton before the game we gleaned a lot of information as to the progress that has been made and will continue at Norwood Park. Paul joined Norwood as professional when the course opened in 1999 and three years ago took on
the role of General Manager which also coincided with Robert Macey taking over as Professional. In the time since then the club has been driven forward with the changes I have just outlined. You just can’t rest on your laurels in business and Norwood hasn’t. It has even added a Par 3 course. The beauty here is that if you take up golf there are all the natural stages to take you along the journey to being an accomplished golfer. Club measuring, lessons, driving range, Par 3 and then of course out into the real world of the 18 holes where it all comes together(!). I’m still waiting for that bit to happen but I am sure it’s coming.
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Above left to right: Grant Lee - Head Greenkeeper with Paul Thornton GM, Rob Macey Head PGA Pro & Richard Stange Senior PGA Pro.
Once again we made the fatal mistake of enjoying our food and chat and then had to rush out to get to the tee on time! Fortunately we had booked an HS2 buggy! Holes 1,2 and 3 emphasised the need
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for a warm up before a game. “Play the par 3 first to get loose next time” I thought.You just shouldn’t ruin the scorecard on these holes if you are ready for it as they are nice straight undulating holes with good size greens to aim for. Bunkers on the right of holes 1 and 2 can catch you out if you are a touch wayward but straight shots will reward you well and give you a great chance of a Par or even a birdie. The bunker on the right of the 3rd green caught me out good style and getting out of bunkers isn’t my forte (more practice). Fortunately this is a big green but then just to add bite it slopes from back to front and makes putting from the back very tricky. As we left this hole we were both moaning about lack of warm up! The first par 5 now beckoned and getting a good tee shot without hitting the trees on the left is something I have never managed at Norwood and had a determination to go straight to give me a chance of hitting my second over the water. I hit the trees on the left again! and had to play out from under a tree but got a clean hit giving a chance of a good shot over the water,
“Our game had come together nicely despite the opening two holes really hurting us”
163 yards resulted in us both missing the green but recovering well with chip shots. At the 8th we stood back and admired the view and, watching the wispy grass moving in the slight breeze, we could easily have settled down for a picnic here. This was a real treat for me as I love the countryside. The idyllic setting of Norwood Park makes it a joy to play. Over to our right was the fruit farm and we could see the tractors busy. We were both playing to the same standard neither getting ahead of the other and at the turn it was neck and neck. On the 336 yard 10th I had the chance to get ahead and took it as Brian couldn’t find his ball and I managed a clean shot out of the bunker on the right. My putting, which hadn’t been up to scratch, now came back on line and I was one UP. The greens at Norwood were pretty fast and I was having difficulty reading them. I was also catching my putter on the fractionally longer grass at the fringes of the green, as I like to put on from them. This resulted in me coming up short of the hole and then running past. Concentration was needed on my part to get it together.
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We realised at this point that we were following Lefty and Newby!
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Brian pulled out a screaming drive on the dog leg 11th and placed it so well on the fairway that he got a clean shot right to the edge of the green. I had to play an extra shot due to going too far right and getting the trees in my line of sight. I played out and put my 3rd shot next to Brians, but it was too late as he finished the hole off one shot ahead of me. All square. Playing downhill on the 12th resulted in us both going to the right. Whether it was crosswind I don’t know but I did the same last time. My chip shot on put me in a good position and it was back to 1up. The 13th resulted in us sharing the hole but on the 14th I went 2up with a bogey. It should have been a par but I took the win with great grace! At the 15th Brain lost a ball but pulled out a great recovery and we shared this hole.
other than a game of snap and had been on the brink of giving up this frustrating game. But guess what? I can’t wait to get out again and lose! Our thanks to Paul Thornton for inviting us to play and to all involved at Norwood Park.
The 16th was crunch time for Brain as he had to win this but sadly he didn’t and I was 3up with two to play and had won. At last victory. I’ve waited a whole year to win something
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I generally hold the opinion that with so many good courses in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire, I don’t feel the need to travel far to play, with the exception of playing outstanding courses. So when the shout came from Lefty ‘We’re playing next Monday at a course called ‘The Shire’ in London’ my heart sank. Firstly, my memory of London was a place built nearly entirely out of concrete, where you have to strain to see anything green (not a huge fan of the place!) and secondly, the M1 south bound on a Monday morning, great! However, finding out that it’s a Seve Ballesteros designed course changed everything!
Braced for the traffic, Lefty, the Yorkshire Terrier and I set out at 7am with the obligatory McDonald’s cappuccino to a course rated as one of the biggest challenges south of the Watford Gap! The course itself is only 2 junctions round the M25 and took a little over 2hr 15mins to get to from junction 28 of the M1. Against all odds we avoided any traffic too, so were able to play a few shots in the driving range and the practice green before we tee’d off which must be a first for County Golfer! As soon as you arrive, it’s obvious it’s a new course; the pro shop, lockers and bar are all super modern and it felt more like being at a nice city bar than a golf club. But that wasn’t what we were there for, we were there to see what the maestro Seve had left for us to enjoy! 6 par 3s, 6 par 4s and 6 par5s! That’s definitely a first for me and gives you an insight into the uniqueness of this course, the 14 holes
encountering water tell you it’s going to be tough too. An opening par 3, always a nice, gentle start to a round…..Wrong! At 154 yards it’s not the longest, but with water in front, to the right, behind and some to the left too, you have 2 options: 1: hit the green or 2: get lucky (no singing!) any other option and you’re in the water! By the time we’d played the 2nd hole and all lost a ball, we realised that you can’t attack this course in the usual way; when you’re playing with friends and having a little competition between you, the testosterone starts flowing and you feel like you have to take everything on. If you do that here it will kill you! I’m never one for listening much to advice, I’m way too stubborn for that sort of thing on a golf course, which is one reason why I’ll never play off a low handicap (there are many more of course!) but the advice on the course planner was invaluable. Seve designed it and talks you though it too in the
planner. ‘An iron down the hill over the water to a landing area leaving you a low iron, over water again, back up the hill onto a green surrounded by bunkers.’ Every hole really makes you think and plan your golf, at no point do you just aim to hit down the fairway as far as you can.You’re always planning ahead for the next shot or two. The 6th is a great example of this, the fairway bends left with OOB down the left, water all down the right and a bunker right on your line to the left of the fairway at 230 yards! Try and go over it? There’s a dyke at 261yards too so that’s not possible either. So it’s either a perfectly placed drive or an iron leaving a 165+ yard shot into the green. The whole course is beautifully manicured and
you feel like you’re playing a course in the condition it would be in prior to holding an open. I would love to play this course again, knowing now how to tackle it and despite it being a 2hr drive I definitely still will. It’s well worth a visit, though as far as being a member…… I’ll probably leave that for those with a more accurate iron game. The grand finale and the course’s signature hole is the 18th. It verges on the sublime and the outrageous! It’s very hard to describe, so rather than try I’ll let Seve have the last word: ‘A spectacular finishing hole that can easily ruin a good round. A drive to the start of the plateau will leave you with a good view of the green, which is surrounded by the ‘S’ lake. This hole takes no prisoners.’
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Results from Pastures Golf Club 22/5/13 - 5th Senior Stableford. 1st 2nd 3rd
Ian Thompson Tony Bracher Eugene Bull
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25/5/13 - 6th Ladies Stableford 1st Helen Wheatley 2nd Eileen Priestley 3rd Jan Nattrass
78-64 75-64 81-66 80-62 90-62 93-66 75
29/5/13 - 6th Seniors Stableford 1st 2nd 3rd
Mike Fox Eugene Bull John Newman
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Eugene Bull Ian Jarvis Derek Taylor
16/6/13 - 3rd Medal, Mens Division 1 1st Gary Fletcher 2nd John Wiggins 3rd Paul Smith Division 2 1st Jason Vickers 2nd Brian Jennings 3rd John Smith Best Gross Haden Green 70
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26/5/13 - Mens 2nd Medal Division 1 1st Julian Rigby 2nd Terry Sparkes 3rd John Wiggins Division 2 1st Steve Edwards 2nd Gareth Evans 3rd Jason Vickers Best Gross Terry Sparkes
74-61 76-62 79-63 82-55 87-67 87-69
23/6/13 - Bob Hinton Trophy 1st 2nd 3rd
Matt Fazekas Jason Vickers Haden Green
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Julian Rigby Terry Sparkes Steve Byng
74-61 73-62 89-64
Ken Longden Trophy (over 50s) 1st Ian Robertson 2nd Jeremy Finn 3rd Alan Moore Best Gross Terry Sparkes 73
77-65 83-66 78-67
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Hole in 1 Treat for The Minster School Pupils at Norwood Park GC Over 52 students looks part in a “ Golf Week” at Norwood Park GC, supported by Nottinghamshire County Council Short Breaks Community initiative. The Students enjoyed the opportunity to ‘Have a Go at Golf’ taster sessions both at the school and at the Golf Centre that culminated in a fun competition on the West Wood Par 3 Course. Richard Strange, PGA Senior Professional and Nottinghamshire County Golf Partnership Community Coach, treated them to his first Hole in 1 on the 7th Hole, just as he was demonstrating a shot. “ The Pupils were so delighted, and asked if I could do it again on the next hole! One young golfer filmed my next shot just in case … We had a great week of fun, friendly golf and I really hope they continue to come along to Norwood Park GC out of school hours, we have really great facilities with our new Driving Range, short game area and Par 3 Course ideal for those young golfers just starting out” Nominated for the 2013 Golfmark Club of the Year Norwood Park GC is nationally recognised for facilities that have shown outstanding contribution to junior and beginner golf. England Golf use Norwood as a ‘Best Practice’ example of Proprietary Clubs who are utilising England Golf/County Golf Partnership initiatives. "Norwood Park Golf Centre has shown to be one of the more pro-active clubs in
Nottinghamshire since achieving GolfMark in 2010. The recent success of the club has occurred through a huge amount of hard work, but also because of a rare ability to marry a business led approach with development at the heart of everything they do, which creates a warm and friendly atmosphere at the club. They have formed school links with local councils including Newark & Sherwood and Gedling. They host numerous community golf projects including focusing on both juniors and adult programmes for those with special needs within the county. The Golf Foundation awarded Golf Roots Centre accreditation and they held a regional ‘TriGolf’ Final last year attracting schools from 6 counties. The Centre has been nominated in the Newark & Sherwood Sports Awards ‘Club of the Year’ for the past three years and Nottinghamshire County Council ‘Club of the Year’. I have worked in Sports Development for nearly 10 years and Norwood Park Golf Centre is ‘far and away’ one of the best clubs I have ever worked with. They put the love of the game at the centre of all they do and in doing so have become a shining light for the region” Matthew Bloor Sports Development Officer (NGB Projects) & County Development Officer for Nottinghamshire Golf Partnership
Results from Oakmere Park Golf Club Date Saturday June 15th Medal Q.R. Divison 1: 1st Dave Cope Nett 73 (Back Nine) 2nd Robert White Nett 73 (Back Nine) 3rd Chris Cooper Nett 73 4th Darron Broughton Nett 74 5th Nicholas Baily Nett 74 (Back Nine) Divison 2: 1st Crawford Hunter Nett 72 2nd Dale Gregory Nett 73 3rd Nick Murcott Nett 74 4th Matthew Tinklin Nett 74 (Back Nine) 5th Simon Ball Nett 75Div 3 Divison 3: 1st Kieron Marriott Nett 68 2nd Trevor Noon Nett 73 3rd Sam Henderson Nett 73 4th Howard Henshaw Nett 74 (Back Nine) 5th Brett McIlvenna Nett 75 (Back Nine) Sunday June 16th Betterball Medal Divison 1: 1st Paul Stoker and Richard Aldread Nett 70 2nd Joe Aslam and Bill Duncan Nett 71 (Back Nine) 3rd Paul Scott and Paul Williams Nett 72 (Back One) Divison 2: 1st Roland Eaton and Paul Thresher Nett 66 2nd Andrew Shaw and Andrew Cressey Nett 69 3rd Alan Ward and Jack Wolstenhulme Nett 71 Monday June 17th Seniorâ€™s Eclectic Medal Divison 1: 1st Alan Gibson Nett 65 2nd Colin Ralphs Nett 67 Divison 2:1st John Kenton Nett 73 (Back Nine) 2nd James Newton Nett 73 Wednesday June 20th Stableford Q.R. Divison 1: 1st Roger Lilley 36 Pts 2nd Nicholas Baily 35 Pts 52 www.countygolfer.co.uk
Thursday June 20th The Gladys Morgan and Ladies Doubles Champion 1st Julie Craggs and Celia Bowen 28 Pts (Back Nine) 2nd Christine Muse and Jean Codner 28 Pts Saturday June 22nd Betterball Stableford Divison 1: 1st Andy Henderson and Matthew Tinklin 46 Pts 2nd Jason Davies and Alan Roberts 45 Pts 3rd Alan Seddon and Dave Kiely 43 Pts Division 2: 1st Phil Holmshaw and David Soar 43 Pts 2nd Simon Ball and Howard Henshaw 39 Pts (Back Six) 3rd Colin Ralphs and Tom Tildesly 39 Pts Sunday June 23rd Medal Q.R. Club Championship Q.R. Divison 1: 1st Alan Seddon Nett 69 2nd Dean Tomkinson Nett 70 (Back Nine 3rd Simon Hill Nett 70 (Back Nine) Divison 2: 1st Troy Anderson Nett 70 2nd Lloyd Young Nett 71 3rd Scott Wynne Nett 72 Divison 3: 1st Ken Harbron Nett 71 2nd Andrew Purdue Nett 74 3rd Luke Whitmore Nett 75 Monday June 24th Seniorâ€™s Stableford Q.R. Divison 1: 1st Alan Hall 37 Pts 2nd Ian Kirkham 36 Pts (Back Nine) Divison 2: 1st Graham Hawkes 33 Pts 2nd Jim Newton 31 Pts (Back Nine) Wednesday June 26th Stableford Q.R. Divison 1: 1st Glen Haywood 36 Pts 2nd David Oldfield 33 Pts (Back Nine) Divison 2: 1st Nicholas Francis 33 Pts 2nd Alistair Bowles 31 Pts Date Saturday June 29th The Jimmy Rippin Trophy Medal Q.R. Divison 1: 1st Terry Quinn Nett 69 (Back Nine)
2nd Jamie Simpson Nett 70 3rd Matthew Rowbottom Nett 71 (Back Nine) 4th Jason Davies Nett 71 Divison 2: 1st Richard Lammin Nett 71 2nd Kenneth McGregor Nett 72 3rd David Robinson Nett 73 4th Gareth Wharmby Nett 74 (Back Nine)
Sunday June 30th Betterball Stableford Divison 1: 1st Paul Williams and Paul Scott 40 Pts (Back Nine) 2nd Michael Douglas and Lewis Mann 40 Pts (Back Nine) Divison 1: 1st Andrew Shaw and Andrew Cressy 38 Pts (Back Nine) 2nd Roland Eaton and Paul Thresher 38 Pts
Divison 3: 1st Neil Clarke Nett 73 2nd Jake Castledine Nett 71 3rd Luke Whitmore Nett 73 (Back Nine) 4th Richard Hines Nett 73
Monday July 1st Senior’s Summer Eclectic Round 6
Congratulations to Terry Quinn the winner of the Jimmy Rippin Trophy
Divison 1: 1st Colin Binch 42 Pts 2nd Michael Marriott 39n Pts Divison 2: 1st Alan Hall 44 Pts 2nd Derek Bentley 35 Pts
Saturday June 29th The Gladys Morgan and Ladies Doubles Championship 1st Julie Craggs and Celia Bowen 28 Pts (Back Nine) 2nd Christine Muse and Jean Codner 28 Pts
Wednesday July 3rd Medal Q.R Divison 1: 1st Craig Pearce Nett 75 (Back Nine) 2nd Andrew Henderson Nett 75 Divison 2: 1st Steven Foster Nett 70 2nd Alan Atkinson Nett 72
McEvoy praises Horsley Greenkeepers
Above: Peter McEvoy with Horsley Lodge Head Greenkeeper Russell Allen on the 4th hole
Peter McEvoy visited Horsley Lodge on July 2nd for the first time in about 5 years and remarked on how good the course was looking “It’s the best course I’ve seen in England this year, or anywhere for that matter, and I’ve only seen one pitch mark”. reports Richard Salt.
Peter McEvoy is currently manager of the GB under 19 team and was responsible for remodelling Horsley Lodge 12 years ago. McEvoy has been involved with golf course design for over 20 years, with his own company and in collaboration with others. He has worked on numerous courses around the world, including Desert Springs, in Spain and Fota Island near Cork, which hosted the Irish Open and other Irish tournaments. www.countygolfer.co.uk 53
Ashbourne Golf Club was honoured to host the Derbyshire Amateur Championship on Sunday 9th June. In calm conditions with temperatures reaching the predicted 18ยบ, fifty elite county golfers, representing thirteen different clubs, battled for the showcase trophy of the season.
after the morning round was taken by L. Sinnott from Horsley Lodge and J. Boler from Chesterfield who both carded a 2-under par 69, and D. Coop also from Chesterfield who posted a gross 70. Afternoon scoring proved similarly difficult with the morning leaders falling away. The performance of the day came from local player Craig Young who followed a disappointing morning 73 with a courageous 69 in the afternoon to force a 3-hole play off with Jamie Boler. The 21 year old, +1 handicapper gave himself the chance to regain the trophy he first won at Kedleston Park in 2010. The play off covered holes 1, 17 & 18 and an expectant and appreciative crowd followed the two players. Played in an exceptional spirit and with some tremendous shot-making from both players, Craig dazzled the crowd with three straight birdies to secure victory.
The DUGC is celebrating its centenary and it was fitting that the oldest club in Derbyshire was asked to host this prestigious event. The scoring reflected the quality presentation of the golf course and rolling fairways and thickening rough presented problems to all the players, handicap range from +2 to 6. The early lead
DUGC President, Gordon Gray, officiated at the prize presentation and recognised all the effort made by the host club to stage this event and complimented the ground staff and all those who contributed to providing an appropriate and fair challenge for the 100th playing of the Championship. Noel Oversby, Captain of Ashbourne Golf Club presented the winner with his trophy and congratulated all the players for their performances.
Leading scores and those qualifying for the DUGC Matchplay Championship : 1st* 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th 11th 12th 13th
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Bondhayâ€™s Jill Lewis Memorial Day A poignant day in the calender of Bondhay Golf Club 14 July 2013. The Jill Lewis memorial day. Golfers and friends from around the UK attended this event, all monies collected donated to UK Cancer Awareness. Martin Lewis the husband of the late Jill Lewis presented the awards. The winners with an outstanding score of 45 pts were Joelle Davies and partner Tom White, runners up were Chloe Pinegar and her father Carl Pinegar, 3rd were Gail Bisatt and Billy Ayres. The Two's winners were Sue Clark and Neil Crabtree.
Above: Winners Joelle Davies and Tom White. Bottom Left: 2nd place Chloe Pinegar and father Carl Pinegar Bottom Right: 3rd place Gail Bisatt and Billy Ayres
A great big thanks to the Lady Captain Lesley Hayes, Jenny Davies and Martin Lewis for this very special day.
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Introduces the Nome TR putter PING today introduced the Nome® TR™ putter with variable-depth grooves milled directly into the face, an industry-first innovation the company says produces unmatched distance control. The new model also offers a bold alignment feature that makes the mallet-style head easy to aim. It will be available at golf shops in mid-May.
It is milled from high-grade aircraft aluminum. Its high MOI and extreme forgiveness come from the balance of a lightweight head and perimeter weighting in the form of tungsten-composite sole weights. As part of PING’s Fit for Stroke™ system, three different shaft bends are available to fit Straight, Slight Arc, or Strong Arc putting strokes.
The grooves, which first appeared in the face insert of the Scottsdale® TR series, are deepest in the center and get shallower toward the perimeter to deliver consistent ball speeds, whether the ball is struck in the center of the face or toward the heel or toe. Distance control, PING says, has been virtually off the charts. Research with this technology shows a nearly 50% improvement in ball-speed consistency when measured across nine points on the face.
Golfers can select a fixed-length shaft or, as an upgrade, a telescoping USGA/R&A-conforming shaft that adjusts from 31 inches to 38 inches, allowing golfers to modify their putter length prior to a round using a PING wrench. “Custom fitting is integral to everything we do at PING, and offering choices in shafts allows golfers to personalize the fit, and in putting, that’s especially important,” Solheim added. “When golfers are properly fit for the correct putter length, our studies show they’re much more accurate and consistent.”
“Variable-depth grooves have caught on exceptionally well with the average golfer and with many PING tour pros, who have won four times in the past month with variable-depth-groove putters,” said John A. Solheim, PING Chairman & CEO. “Just one example is Ángel Cabrera, who relied on variable-depth grooves to finish second at the Masters, and to win the following week in Argentina. In addition to precision-milled grooves, the Nome TR’s distinctive alignment bar with a contrasting sightline gives golfers added confidence to sink more putts. The combination of distance control, accuracy and extreme forgiveness will be exciting to golfers. Plus, they’re able to optimize the fit by choosing a standard or adjustable-length shaft.” The 350-gram Nome TR has a non-glare matte-black body, white alignment bar and contrasting black sightline to make aiming easy. 64 www.countygolfer.co.uk
Golf is Back in Black TaylorMade Golf Company, makers of the No. 1 driver in golf, today announced R1 Black – the company's first black driver since 2010. "For three years we have only made white drivers and have heard from a number of golfers who just prefer the look of black," said President and CEO, Mark King. "Our commitment has always been to provide golfers with the best performing golf equipment. The R1 Black gives players who prefer that colour access to our industry leading technology." Similar to the white version – which has been used to win 16 worldwide golf tournaments this year – the R1 Black driver features the greatest range of adjustability of any driver in the brand's history. The R1 driver gives the golfer 12 loft-sleeve settings and 7 face-angle positions, as well as two moveable shot-shape weights. The R1's three adjustability technologies allow it to be tuned 168 different ways to specifically fit a player's swing to optimise distance and accuracy. The R1 Black driver will debut on the PGA Tour next week in Memphis. "Members of our Tour staff now have two colour options," added King. "We will see a number of them opt for R1 Black, while others will stay in the white version to take advantage of the white/black contrast and alignment benefits." www.countygolfer.co.uk 65
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