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pring has sprung and despite the fact that there is always one freezing cold weekend in September (even snowing in years past), we know we are well and truly on summer’s doorstep. Soon we will be complaining about how hot it is! Human nature I guess, we are never totally satisfied with the weather. Preferring the heat to the cold, I am looking forward to playing golf wearing shorts again. The initial downside of warmer weather is showing more skin and not hiding under layers of clothes. Firstly, the lack of a tan after winter and secondly the extra kilo’s that mysteriously added up over the last few months of hibernation. Ok perhaps not so mysterious, it could have something to do with less exercise and more comfort eating. So it’s back to gym for me and for us, our golf fitness guru has some great exercises in this issue to improve not only your physique and core muscle strength but your golf swing as well. We had hoped to be bringing you some exciting news in this issue regarding the return of a professional tour event next year. We even left space in the hope that we would get some news just before going to print, but unfortunately it was not to be. We can only hope that we will announce it in our next issue, because we cannot afford to have another year without any Professional events. Our girls need a platform to hone their skills and the opportunity to win prize money.

On a lighter note, it is good to see that women’s golf globally is strong with the announcement of an additional major event on the schedule. It shows the value Evian, as sponsors, have derived from previous events that they are willing to increase their investment, especially given the recent economic uncertainty. What else do we have in this issue? We catch up with the “The Pink Panter”, visit a stunning resort in Limpopo… well, two of them actually; one for the inaugural Jag Invitational and the other for our weekend getaway review. We drive the exciting, stylish and sophisticated new Subaru Forester, look ahead to the Pick n Pay Inter-Provincial tournament and take you on a virtual tour of some of the most interesting, extreme, dangerous, highest, hottest and coldest golf courses on the planet. I know after reading this article, I have adjusted my golf “bucket list” and I am sure you will too. There is already talk of The Presidents Cup event and I have to wonder why there is not just as much talk about The Solheim Cup. This is the ladies event which, like The Presidents Cup, is a contest between the USA and Europe for a coveted trophy. I have to say that more and more I question why we don’t get to see some women’s golf live on TV. Even if they only covered the Majors and an event like The Solheim Cup; it is just as exciting as the men’s golf and I know most golfers, men and women

alike, would be glued to their television sets. Considering there is ‘live’ men’s golf coverage every weekend and usually of both the PGA and European Tours, you would think someone would be willing to buy the rights to show the top big ladies events. Come on Telkom and SuperSport…..how about it? Well until then, we have brought you the latest news on the build-up to The Solheim Cup, taking place at the end of September. And if you would like to know what is happening in real-time, the internet is sadly your best option: www.solheimcup.com I hope you enjoy reading this issue, perhaps lying by the pool or at least outside enjoying what makes Africa such a wonderful place to live. I leave you with this Spring-Summer Challenge: Make a point of playing at least one golf course you have not played before. You may not get to play some of the most extreme ones we have mentioned in this issue, but try at least to play somewhere out of the ordinary. See you in due course!

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contents Drambuie World Ice Golf Championship in Uummannaq, Greenland

20 extreme golf

The most extreme courses on the planet


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In This Issue

In Every Issue

4 Quick 18 With Paula Creamer

8 Evian And The Lpga Make Golf History With “Fifth Major”

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Attitude Is Everything

14 Solheim Cup 2011 Looking For A Weekend Away – We Found The Perfect Venue

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20 Course Review: The Most Extreme Golf Courses On The Planet 25 Yani Tseng Does It Again 28 36

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South African Ladies Mid-Amateur Tournament Learning To Drive With Peugeot Swapping The Outeniqua Mountains For The Waterberg Bushveld

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Editor’s Note Catch Up To Subscribe Health and Fitness There’s A Doctor in the House What’s New The Golf Mind Guru Food for Thought Amateur Scene The Rules of Golf Events Calendar Hole of Fame

42 Going Somewhere Speedily – Subaru Forester 45 46 55 55

Sally Little Golf Clinics For Women Celebs, The Big Five, The Extreme 19Th, And Some Golf Joburg Gems Holds Woman’s Day Comp At Five Clubs Soweto Tees Off With New Golf Facility

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Why is pink your favourite colour?

Pink is my favourite colour because it is so cheerful and it comes in many different shades. When I look at pink it makes me happy.

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What is your favourite pink possession?

I have this old pink stuffed animal that I have had for a long time. It is almost falling apart but it travels with me everywhere I go.

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When/how did your nickname the “Pink Panther” first come about?

An excellent golfer and a good friend of mine, Casey Wittenberg, gave me the nickname. I always wear pink so he ended up calling me the Pink Panther and it just stuck.

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Other than the colour pink, is there anything else you are addicted to?

I love magazines and checking out the latest in make-up, fashion styles and trends. Also, I love to listen to music and trying different foods.

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Are you superstitious? Any lucky charms?

Before I play, and even when I finish practicing for the day, I will not leave the putting green until I make three four footers in a row. I also like to mark my ball with a 1958-quarter because I want to be the first to shoot 58 in a tour event.

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6. How would you describe your personality?

Energetic, cheerful, competitive and determined. My parents say I am stubborn at times but I like to think of it as

determined and committed. I think that helps me on the course.

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What is the craziest thing a fan has ever said or requested of you?

Craziest thing I have ever signed was someone’s head and arm so he could get them made into tattoos!! That’s crazy!!!

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What did winning the U.S. Open after coming back from the injury mean to you?

Winning the US Women’s Open was indeed a dream come true (especially after coming back from major surgery).

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What tech toy could you not live without and why?

I could not live without my two phones.

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If you were a shoe, what kind of shoe would you be?

Actually, I would be two shoes. Highheels: Christian Louboutin (I think they’re the prettiest dress shoes ever made!) Athletic: my Adidas pink tennis shoes (the best when working out).

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What is your favourite snack to eat on the course?

I like to eat bananas. Plus, I like to eat a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, which Colin (my caddy) makes for me before every round. I also like energy bars and plenty of water.

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What is your favourite meal off the course?

My favorite meals off the course would be Italian food, sushi, and salad. Of course not all at one time but I always eat those items at every tournament. I also like dessert, but I am trying not to

eat as much of that.

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If you could trade places with anyone for a day, who would it be?

I would like to trade places with Madonna because I would love to see what it would feel like to have such a huge impact on the world of fashion and people.

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What was your favourite course to play growing up?

My home courses in Pleasanton, California at Castlewood Country Club. Two wonderful 18 holes courses!

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What was the worst score you received on a hole in tournament play?

My absolute worst score on one hole was a 17 (but I was only 12 years old).

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What do you feel is your biggest accomplishment to date?

Earning enough points in my rookie year to make the 2005 Solheim Cup Team. Also sharing biggest accomplishment honors is my win at the 2010 US Women’s Open Championship at Oakmont!

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What is your favourite TV show?

My favourite TV shows are Gossip Girl, Glee, Criminal Minds, and America’s Next Top Model.

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Who is your favourite nongolf athlete?

There are so many that inspire me, but Michael Jordan stands out the most. He was so competitive and had a great work ethic. He was a gracious winner and a class act.

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Some Paula Creamer fans at the Ricoh British Open

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What defines a professional golfer as great? How can we tell who is the ’greatest’ of them all?

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t has become common practice to define the great players by the number of major championships that they win. I am sure that we are all aware of the chase on Jack Nicklaus’s record in the men’s game – he has won 18 and there are numerous debates about whether Tiger (who has currently won 14) will ever overtake this number. WHAT ABOUT THE WOMEN’S GAME? In July this year Yani Tseng won the Ricoh Women’s British Open and in so doing became the youngest ever player - man or woman – to have won five majors at age 22. The women’s honours list is as follows: 1 Patty Berg 15 wins 2 Mickey Wright 13 wins 3 Louise Suggs 11 wins 4 Annika Sorenstam 10 wins 5 Babe Zaharis 10 wins 6 Betsy Rawls 8 wins 7 Juli Inkster 7 wins 8 Karrie Webb 7 wins

Connie Chen tees it up in her first British Open

So it is entirely possible that young Yani Tseng from Taiwan may just overtake Annika Sorenstam’s record as the greatest “modern” day golfer – let’s wait and see, but certainly 2011 has been a fantastic year for her with two major victories and a second place finish in another. What are the major events on the Women’s professional circuit?

The Kraft Nabisco Championship (formerly known as The Dinah Shore), this is played at the end of March/beginning of April. It began in 1972 and became a major on the LPGA in 1983. South African born Sally Little won this tournament in 1982, just one year before the event was elevated to major championship status. This year it was won by American Stacey Lewis. It was her first LPGA tour win and she has been on tour for three years. She won it by three shots over Yani Tseng. The Wegmans LPGA Championship this event is played in June and began in 1955. Sally Little won this title in 1980. Yani Tseng won the event this year by 10 shots over Morgan Pressel. The U.S. Women’s Open first played in 1946 and now played annually in July. Sally was 2nd in 1978 and lost in a playoff to Jane Geddes in 1986. This year the event was won by So Yeon Ryu (S Korea) in a three hole play-off from Hee Kyung Seo (S Korea) after a rain delayed tournament saw 30 players having to complete the championship on Monday morning. The Ricoh Women’s British Open, also played in July, was known as the du Maurier Classic until 2001 when it was added as a major on the LPGA tour. Although the tournament had major status from its inception in 1979. Alison Sheard, another South African, won this event in 1979 and Sally Little won the event in 1988. This year the event was won by Yani Tseng by four shots over Brittany Lang (USA).

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Evian and the LPGA make golf history with

“FIFTH MAJOR” New name, new major. “The Evian” as it will now be known will be played in 2013 for the first time, as LPGA’s 5th Major.

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PGA Commissioner Mike Whan and Danone Chairman and CEO Franck Riboud announced that Evian and the LPGA have signed a long-term commitment to add a fifth major to the LPGA Tour schedule beginning in September 2013. The tournament, to be renamed “The Evian,” will be played on a completely redesigned Evian Golf Club with a strong international field and enhanced international television exposure. “Evian has stepped up to make a huge statement for women’s golf worldwide with The Evian,” Commissioner

Whan said. “From the very beginning, Franck Riboud made it clear to the LPGA, and more recently to me, that his vision was to celebrate the absolute best female golfers in the world, in one of the absolute best locations in the world, and today he has confirmed that promise with The Evian.” In my mind, Franck shares the passion and persistence, and most importantly the vision, that will no doubt help all of us take women’s professional golf to a completely new level. The Evian will be a tournament, a location, and an atmosphere that young women will strive

to be part of for the next few decades.” The Evian is set to be played the second week of September 2013 and will be the final major of the season following the Kraft Nabisco Championship, Wegmans LPGA Championship, U.S. Women’s Open conducted by the USGA and RICOH Women’s British Open.

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“This is a fantastic achievement for all those who have supported us, first and foremost the players, our faithful sponsors, and the media,” Riboud said. “For the region, for this golf resort, for the Evian Masters Organization teams, we are proud to be a part of golf history. Finally, our thanks to the players including Amy Alcott, Annika Sorenstam, Helen Alfredsson, Laura Davies and Juli Inkster and all the Evian champions, who have supported us from the beginning. There are no sporting events without champions!” “When we joined the LPGA and became co-sanctioned by the LET and the LPGA, I didn’t expect, even if the ambition was there, that 11 years later

we would become a major championship,” Bungert said. “This tournament has a very unique soul, a strong DNA, and our values have been part of this success. We all share that spirit. With players coming from all over the world, we feel we have now an even greater responsibility towards women’s golf to showcase the very best. Evian has agreed to a very longterm commitment to host the event, which includes a complete redesign of Evian Golf Club. The final four holes, called the ‘Fantastic Finish,’ will play into, and around, a huge spectator amphitheater setting, providing a memorable closing stretch for competitors and fans alike. The redesign will be

complete in spring 2013. “The Evian Masters has always been an elite tournament in the world of women’s golf because of the elite field, the spectacular location and the commitment of the global sponsors to the event and women’s golf in general,” Christie Kerr said. “Players on the LPGA have always considered the Evian Masters on par with the best tour events in all of golf. As an LPGA major, The Evian will continue, as it has always done, to reach new heights year after year.”

“The Evian Masters has always been an elite tournament in the world of women’s golf because of the elite field, the spectacular location and the commitment of the global sponsors to the event and women’s golf in general,”

Evian Masters 2011 Photo’s compliments of: www.ftpimacom.com Philippe Millereau/DPPI

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ATTITUDE is everything

As golfers we share a common interest, we are all striving for the perfect swing or perfect shot, that we will remember for years to come! In life we each have those great ‘ups’ and then of course there are those exceptionally ‘trying moments’ which at times feel impossible to bare. However, somewhere within each of us we find the inner strength and courage to endure… Caroline Larsson is an amazing young Professional Golfer from Sweden, who has recently taught me that regardless of life’s challenges, you can always bounce back and make your life all that you wish it to be…This is her story written by fellow Golf Professional Cecilie Lundgreen, a Friend of Caroline’s… By Laurette Maritz & Cecilie Lundgreen

A NEW LIFE AND A NEW DREAM

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aroline Larsson is your typical Swede – blonde, blue-eyed, with a great personality and she is a Professional Golfer…striving to follow Sweden’s golfing legend - Annika Sorenstam. ‘Carro’ as everyone calls her was born on September 10th 1988 in Karlstad, Sweden. Carro and her younger sister Louise (called Lollo) are best friends and they have been playing golf together since they were young. Caroline started to play golf at age 8 and really enjoyed it. “Growing up l always dreamed about a job outside. Travelling was my big dream so l was always interested in becoming a Travel Tour Guide. But that never happened! So playing golf, l realized I was able to both travel and work which was the perfect combination. l went to a golf high school here in Sweden and then I attended a golf college called Newberry in America for six months. At 19, l decided that golf was what l wanted to do for a living.” Then Caroline started having problems with her knee, she couldn’t go down on her haunches and it hurt when she bent it. “It was swollen and hard to bend, it felt strange, so I thought I’d go and have a check-up.” The doctors in Linkoping, where Caroline was living with her boyfriend Martin Brolin, explained to her that a tumour had started growing behind her right knee, however it was benign. In June 2010 she had surgery and the tumour was removed.

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CADDYING FOR HER SISTER LOUISE “My sister wanted to try out for the Ladies European Tour by playing Qualifying School for the 2011 season, so l caddied for her at La Manga, Spain where the event was held in December of 2010. I wanted to see how good the girls on the Tour were, so it was a great opportunity to help Lollo and to experience it all.”

2011 - ”A GREAT YEAR!” SHE HAD PREDICTED At the beginning of 2011 Caroline turned Professional. ”2011 was going to be my year. I hoped that all the practice and hard work that l had done would pay off. I was looking forward to some great success playing on the Nordea Tour (a smaller Swedish Tour where many Professionals prepare for the Ladies European Tour) and also grow as a player. At the end of 2011 I planned to go to Qualifying School for the Ladies European Tour for the 2012 season. Louise wanted me as her caddy since we had such great success at Q-school and since I learnt so much for myself while caddying for her at La Manga, we decided that when l was not participating in a tournament myself, I would caddy for her. So in February I travelled to Christchurch, New Zealand for the Pegasus New Zealand Ladies Open. We decided to stay an extra two days after the tournament to use the great practice facilities there and to see Christchurch and the area around the city. The day we were flying home we sat in a Chinese restaurant having lunch in the middle of Christchurch. I remember the time was 12.40. At 12.50 the floor started shaking, our plates were jumping, the windows nearly broke and we could not sit still in our chairs.....Louise was screaming – “We need to get OUT!!!” l ran as fast as I could, but l fell outside

the restaurant because the ground was shaking and breaking underneath us. Louise managed to get me up on my feet and we ran for our lives. The building above the tiny Chinese restaurant was coming down, every building surrounding us was coming down, windows were breaking, people were screaming and running….. it was an earthquake! It measured 6.3 on the R-scale and was the worst earthquake New Zealand had ever had. 181 people died in this earthquake,

given me a new perspective on life!” On March 10th Caroline went into surgery once again, she was in theatre for 5 hours as they had to go in the front and the back side of her leg. It went well! “They didn’t have to remove muscle, so l was very happy! I recovered fast from that surgery and I felt so good. I was back on the golf course and at the gym. I thought that all of the bad times were now over, everything would be better! I was excited about the future!”

some just 40 metres from us. We had picked the right restaurant, the others restaurants were totally gone. We felt blessed to be alive, as it was the most horrible day of our lives.”

LIFE THREW HER ‘A CURVEBALL’ THAT SHATTERED HER DREAM AS A GOLF PROFESSIONAL AND CHANGED HER ATTITUDE ON LIFE FOREVER!

“I might only have one and a half legs, but I am still the same person, 100% Carro, no-one else. Some things might take more time since it is the first time I am doing it and I have to figure out my way, but there is nothing that I cannot do!!” SURGERY NUMBER 2 “A week after we came home from New Zealand I was going back in for surgery on my knee. I had returned for a check-up, however the prognosis was not good. The tumour had come back and it was growing a lot faster. It would be a different, more complicated surgery. The doctor told me “We might need to remove some muscle from your leg and we don’t know if you will ever move your foot again!” I was scared of course, but l knew it was not life threatening like the earthquake in New Zealand, which had

“Three weeks after the surgery, l went back to my doctor for another check up and to make sure that everything was improving in my leg as it should. I was feeling so good and happy that l said to my boyfriend Martin: “You don’t have to come with me, it’s ok, everything is good now, l know that!” But he insisted he’d come with me. How grateful I was for that, because I received the most frightening news ever…“The tumour was back in five different places!” the doctor sadly told us. “The tumour is not good anymore either, it is an ‘evil one’ that cannot be treated with chemo therapy, radiation or medication as it will not react to it!” The cancer had spread to the soft parts of her leg and it had just exploded! The Doctor told me, “You have a cancer called chondrosarcoma.” (Chondrosarcoma is a cancer of the cartilage. It is in a category of cancers called sarcomas. Chondrosarcoma is a rare cancer that can affect people of any age. Chondrosarcoma is graded based on how fast it grows. The most common sites are the pelvic and shoulder bones along with the superior regions of the arms and leg). The doctor then continued: “Do

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you want to be treated?” Of course I wanted to be treated....chemo or radiation maybe? I thought “The only thing that we can do to save your life is to cut your leg off just above your knee.” the doctor told me. After the words had penetrated I became hysterical and shouted at him; “You cannot take my leg! You must understand you cannot just take it!! You are taking my life!!” I felt no fear, I was just so angry and upset. How could this happen to me? You always think this could happen to someone else, but not yourself! l cried and was very angry, I thought my life would end after they cut it off, what was there to live for? What would l do now? Nothing!! I screamed at the Doctor. “How can you do such a horrible thing to me?” It was the worst feeling in my life. I felt fear, I was dizzy and sad. It was like a horrible movie.

HOW WERE YOUR NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS AFTER THAT HORRIFYING DIAGNOSIS? “I felt like that for a day and a half, then l sat down at my computer to start planning my new life. I was determined not to lie down and cry? This was going to happen and the only thing l could do, was be thankful for what l still have and live with happiness in my life. The tumour chose to stay behind my knee in my leg, however l didn’t have to die, so what was left to do? I planned my new life (at least the first days) in detail. l started to figure out what to do with the rest of my life, l knew what l wanted in life. l got closer to myself and felt secure about everything. Feels weird to say but l was determined this was the thing that had to be done so l could achieve my goals in life and the key to reach my dreams. I didn’t want to be someone who would just lie on the couch and give up. I think a lot of my attitude comes from being an athlete. I’m a competitor and giving up does not exist! My mental coach and I have always spoken about ‘paying back’ if you want to reach your goals. I decided this was my payment, and it felt alright. It didn’t feel fair but l decided it’s going to be good. I changed my attitude (which l never thought was possible) so l could see myself with a half leg. I also saw a prosthesis being a part of me. I knew I had to change my attitude about this so l could get through the rough time ahead, because l knew that it would not

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be easy to deal with losing a leg. One thing was important for me happiness, so l did everything you can think of the last three weeks before the surgery!! Everything fun you can do with two legs l did, (of course I can do it now too), but a last time, as a memory.”

MAY 5TH 2011 – THE DAY OF THE SURGERY “Of course there were mixed feelings before a surgery like this. However I needed to focus on the future and what I would do when I got better. I had a choice between life and death, because if I didn’t have the surgery, it could spread more and I might not be here in a year!” On May 5th Caroline entered the hospital and two hours after the surgery she woke up with her right leg having been removed above the knee! Three days later she was swinging a golf club…three weeks after the surgery Caroline was declared healthy and the doctors said there was no great risk that she would get an infection.

ARE YOU ANGRY OR SCARED OF HOW YOUR LIFE NOW HAS CHANGED SO DRASTICALLY? “l am not angry how my life has changed, but of course it’s rough sometimes, especially in daily situations. For example when the grocery store is closing in 15 minutes and l need to quickly ‘run down’ and grab milk, it takes me so long to get ready if l am not wearing my prosthesis. That is when l miss my leg the most. But at the golf course l feel at home, l don’t need my leg when l play, l have fun anyway!”

HOW DID THIS CHANGE YOUR ATTITUDE/VIEW ON LIFE? WHERE HAVE YOU FOUND THE STRENGTH TO DEAL WITH ALL OF THIS? “My attitude changed a lot because I knew that I had to change it if I wanted to manage this drastic change in my life. But I also wanted to change it because I wanted to be happy through this and I wanted to let people know this is possible. You can if you want to!! The attitude I now have and all my goals, gave me strength to continue. I decided everything was going to be fine. Of course it is hard to deal with, it’s a whole new life to accept and to live, but I have found my strength in people I’ve met along the way, inspirational stories I have found on the internet

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and of course all the support from my family. I would not say I have a different view of life, but I am more thankful for everything that I can actually do. I am different in the way I live life now. I don’t want to rush through life, I am taking it easier now than before, for example, a bogey on a golf round is not a big deal for me anymore!”

DID IT CHANGE YOUR GOALS FOR THE YEAR? WHAT IS YOUR FOCUS NOW? HOW DO YOU SEE YOUR LIFE NOW? “This of course changed my goals this year. As I said to Laurette, I don’t want to look too far into the future since I am “living today - not thinking about tomorrow” This year I have only a few goals since I don’t know how everything is going to turn out. Even when I decided in my mind all would be well, I didn’t know how my body was going to react to all of this. The big goal I had this year was to represent my club in the National Club Team Championships at Barsebäck Golf Club which I did, 2½ months after my leg had been removed! My golf is good, it’s not a big change from before. My short game is the same, other than the putting. It is harder to keep my balance now! My long game is also pretty much the same, however I am hitting the ball a little bit shorter than before!”

HOW HAS YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS’ SUPPORT BEEN THROUGH ALL OF THIS? “My family and friends have been a huge support for me through all this. They have accepted it very quickly... faster than I thought! But we have tried to stay positive together so we all can manage this. It’s a big change for anyone who knows me! I might only have one and a half legs, but I am still the same person, 100% Carro, no one else. Some things might take more time, since it is the first time I am doing it and I have to figure out my way, but there is nothing that I cannot do!!” Regardless of life’s challenges, I hope that this month’s article has inspired and touched your heart as much as it has mine…‘ATTITUDE REALLY IS EVERYTHING!!’ Until next time... HAPPY GOLFING! Visit Caroline’s website at: www.carolinelarsson.eu


Solheim CUP 2011

Ladies professional golf is counting down to the biggest event on their calendar – The Solheim Cup.

Killeen Castle, the venue of the Solheim Cup 2011

Photos: Tristan Jones & Reeve Nield

European Captain Alison Nicholas holds the trophy together with American Captain Rosie Jones

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TOP FOUR FROM EUROPEAN POINTS’ STANDINGS: Position Player 1 Laura Davies (ENG) 2 Melissa Reid (ENG) 3 Christel Boeljon (NL) 4 Suzann Pettersen (NOR) THE NEXT FOUR FROM THE ROLEX RANKINGS ARE MADE UP OF: Position Player 5 Maria Hjorth (SWE) 6 Anna Nordqvist (SWE) 7 Catriona Matthew (SCO) 8 Sophie Gustafson (SWE) THE USA TEAM WAS SELECTED ON THE 21ST AUGUST AND WILL INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING PLAYERS: Position Player 1 Cristie Kerr 2 Stacy Lewis 3 Morgan Pressel 4 Angela Stanford 5 Paula Creamer 6 Michelle Wie 7 Brittany Lincicome 8 Brittany Lang 9 Juli Inkster 10 Christina Kim 11 Vicky Hurst (Captain’s Pick) 12 Ryann O-Toole (Captain’s Pick)

Joanne Morley, Alison Nicholas & Laurette Maritz

Laurette Maritz chatted with European Captain, Alison Nicholas, leading up to the event. As Alison Nicholas steps up to the plate to Captain this year’s Solheim Cup in Ireland, she does so with much determination and confidence. Her outlook is positive and she believes that with hard work and effort, anything is possible. During the Irish Open (where the Solheim Cup will be played) I managed to talk with Alison and this is what she had to say …….. Alison, how do you feel about this year’s Solheim Cup? I am looking very forward to this year’s event, it is going to be a great tournament and the spectators are going to give some great support which will make a big difference. How do you feel the weather in Ireland will affect the players? We do not have control on what the weather is going to do, however, I am sure that my players will deal with whatever comes their way. As a great player yourself, you have played in many Solheim Cup events, now as the captain watching from the side, do you feel in control of the situation or do you feel you wish you could hit the shots? I do not play much anymore, I am very happy to watch them hit the shots, they are great players and I just need to let them get on with it. Who will be assisting you through this year’s Solheim Cup? I have Joanne Morley and Annika Sorenstam, which I am very happy about! When will you announce the team? On August 29th Could you give some advice to all who will be watching and cheering? Never give up, just keep moving forward and stay positive!!

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n only a few weeks Ireland will stage the biggest international sporting event of the year, when Europe takes on the USA for The Solheim Cup at Killeen Castle, this September 23rd to 25th. The event is set to attract thousands of international visitors and Fáilte Ireland has estimated it will be worth some €35 million to the Irish economy, providing a welcome boost for the tourism sector. The European team will comprise the top four players from the European points’ list, the next highest four from the Rolex World Rankings and four captains’ picks, so at present, the European team status is:


Looking for a Weekend Away? WE FOUND THE PERFECT VENUE! By Shelley Galliver

What makes the perfect weekend getaway venue? You can get there quickly, comfort (5-star is even better), great facilities and a variety of fun things to do while you are there. Enter The Ranch.

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o often I feel the need to escape out of Joburg for the weekend but don’t want to travel too far and although we love to play golf while away, it is also nice to find a venue which offers a variety of things to do. Protea Hotel The Ranch Resort is one such venue. Located 25km from Polokwane, it is easily accessible from both the N1 and the R101, taking us just two and a half hours to get there. We had chosen to stay in their 5-Star golf chalets that give you the option of taking two rooms, either side of a living area, with a fully equipped kitchen,

patio and braai facilities. The newly built chalets are spacious and overlook the 12 hole Par 3 golf course and golf academy. The chalets are situated away from the main hotel, but residents have access to all the hotel facilities which include a stunning pool area with 4 swimming pools (two heated), a tennis court, fitness centre, steam room and a games room. Basils Fine Dining Restaurant and the Butterfly Family Restaurant are also open to keep you fed and watered, or wined if you would prefer. The golf clubhouse, which is located close to the chalets, caters for both breakfasts and lunches.

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We found ourselves making use of the various eateries, rather than cooking ourselves. The food was great and reasonably priced. The hotel is a 4-Star and if you don’t want the self-catering option, they have over 100 deluxe rooms on offer. The property is situated within 1000ha nature conservancy which makes the resort unique. You are able to do game drives and horseback safari’s. But if you are looking for a once in a lifetime experience, The Ranch offers a “Walk with Lions”, that they are famous for. Get to walk “hand in tail” with these mag-


nificent creatures that have been handreared on the property. Your photo taken walking with the lions would make the perfect Christmas card for your overseas friends and family. Being golfers, we like to take our clubs on holiday. But you don’t want to spend half of every day on the course and miss out on the other activities available. This is what makes this venue ideal for a weekend away – the 12 hole Par 3 course takes about an hour and a half to play leaving you plenty of leisure time to do other things. And in the event that you have time, you can always do another 12 holes before the sun goes down. The course is challenging for a competent golfer, but also not too difficult for a novice. It could be easily played by kids of all ages as well, making it a great family outing. The Ranch also has extensive conference facilities ideal if your employees are golfers. You could get the serious work done, before allowing people some leisure time on the golf course. We were lucky enough to be there on the weekend when The Ranch played host to a National skydiving group. The Ranch has their own landing strip on the property. I, for one, prefer my feet firmly planted on the ground, but one of the girls took to the air for her first skydiving experience. The Ranch will certainly be a memorable destination for the rest of her life. If you want further information or to book for a weekend, they have a very comprehensive website at www.theranch.co.za

Photos, clockwise from top left: Walking with lions; one of the group goes skydiving; aerial view of the golf course and clubhouse; one of the rooms in the golf chalets; the patio at the golf chalet overlooking the golf course.

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Winning brand drives top golfers Golfing greens are places where the air is sweet and the city and its pollution are but distant memories. Avis is helping to keep them that way by introducing its new “green vehicle”: the sassy new Honda Jazz Hybrid.

At 104gCO2/km, the Honda Jazz Hybrid is the cleanest automatic in the B segment currently available in South Africa. This environmentally considerate vehicle not only enhances fuel economy, but helps reduce carbon emissions too. The Honda Jazz Hybrid is the second in Avis’ range of environmentally-friendly rental vehicles after the introduction of the Toyota Prius in 2007 and is available for rental at OR Tambo, Cape Town and King Shaka airports Women in the forefront “So often, it’s the women who tee off first in social and environmental issues of import,” says Wayne Duvenage, CE of Avis. “The Honda Jazz Hybrid is proving a popular choice because of its lower fuel consumption and reduced CO2 emissions and of course, its jazzy appeal! It’s the ideal rental vehicle to transfer you in style and in an environmentally responsible way to your golfing environment, where clean air is so much appreciated.” Unbeatable options Partnered with the broad spectrum of Avis’ service offerings, you and the Honda Jazz Hybrid make an unbeatable team. And there is such a wonderful variety of alternatives to choose from to suit your mood and the needs of the day. With a massive footprint of 130 outlets throughout Southern Africa, which means there’s an Avis outlet close to all major golf courses in the country. Why stress about getting lost? Need to get to the golf course on the other side of town? Avis Point 2 Point will get you from one point to the next, any day of the week and at all hours of the day. Let this convenient transfer service get you to the golf course, from the airport, your home or hotel and back. Naturally there is more than enough room in the boot for all your sporting equipment too. In sheer luxury, absolute comfort and style, turning every moment into a sense of occasion.


Be a devil – go for luxury! This golfing event is a very special and prestigious occasion – so why not indulge yourself on this oncea year treat? Avis Chauffeur Drive offers you the convenience of taking a back seat and relaxing while being driven around in sheer luxury, absolute comfort and style. This is one occasion where taking a back seat really makes perfect sense, and it also gives you an opportunity to strategise and visualise your game while on the way to the course. Coaching the fans along But if you are bringing team and supporters, you are obviously going to need Avis’ Coach Charter service which offers a wide range of luxury coaches, which can comfortably accommodate groups as small as 10 people up to larger groups of 60 people per vehicle.. It’s a brilliant opportunity to start kindling team and fan-spirit, whipping up the enthusiasm and anticipation for the day’s event. Equipped with super-soft reclining seats, air-conditioning and state-of-the-art entertainment systems, the coaches are linked to a navigational system and other luxury on-board amenities. What better way to arrive at the golf course than refreshed, ready and raring to face the greens?

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By Susan Snyman

This is a feast for any golfer’s palette. We have brought together some of the most extreme golf courses and present you with the highest, most dangerous and exhilirating places to play a round of golf on the planet.

The World’s LONGEST Golf Course

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he vast Australian emptiness of the Nullarbor Plain has become the proud home of the world’s longest golf course. Eighteen holes spread over 1,365 km of outback terrain that can take as long as seven days to play - longer even, if you keep on hitting your balls into the scrubland or suffer the indignity of having them stolen by an errant dingo. This is a course which favours patient drivers as some holes are 100km apart, so you need more than a golf buggy. The idea is that after playing one hole, you drive to the next... and then the next. So long is the course, in fact, that it is spread over two states, South Australia and Western Australia. It’s a par 72 course, and bright yellow warning signs alert you to wayward wombats and even kangaroos on the way, making it very much like a golfing safari.

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The World’s MOST DANGEROUS Golf Course

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he golf course in Panmunjom, which lies in a demilitarized zone between North and South Korea is often called the most dangerous golf course in the world. It has earned the ‘dangerous’ monicker not for deep hazards or unplayable rough but because of the mine fields located on three sides of the course. The golf course was constructed in 1972 for the U.S military installation in Panmunjom and is not open to outsiders. As you first enter the course, you are welcomed by a sign that says “DANGER! DO NOT RETRIEVE BALLS FROM THE ROUGH – LIVE MINE FIELDS”.

OTHER DANGEROUS COURSES:

Lost City, Sun City, South Africa - the 13th green is fronted by a stone pit filled with crocodiles, some 15 feet long. Pelham Bay and Split Rock, Bronz, New York. Pelham’s remote location makes it ideal for unfortunate souls. In a recent 10-year period, 13 bodies were said to have been found.


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THE TOP 10

MOST ALTERNATIVE & OUT THERE Golf Experiences On The Planet

1) LEGEND GOLF & SAFARI RESORT, THE $1 MILLION PAR 3 - SOUTH AFRICA

play is not your strong suit, then sand golf may prove tricky, but no doubt this is the ultimate Dubai golf experience. 4) URBAN GOLF - LONDON

It would be remiss to pass up the chance to experience the truly amazing landscape of Patagonia. Combine your golf holiday with a guided trek into this geological marvel, carved up by colossal waterfalls and mountain lakes of the most striking blue. 7) THE AWESOME 8 (see overleaf).

The ‘Extreme 19th Hole’ at Legend Golf & Safari Resort is perched on a mountain. The green is 830 metres away - however, with a vertical drop of 430 metres, it is a reachable par 3! Accessible by helicopter only, the hole is truly extraordinary, but that’s not all - from March 2012, make a hole-in-one and you will receive 1million US dollars! 2) ICE GOLF - GREENLAND

Carved amid the icebergs on the island of Uummannaq, off the north west coast, is a nine hole golf course! The balls are red and the greens are white, this is golf in the extreme with a maximum temperature of 13 degrees. 3) SAND GOLF - DUBAI

8) WORLD’S LONGEST GOLF COURSE - AUSTRALIA (see previous page). 9) PINEHURST SABBATICAL - USA Where else can you play 52 of the world’s most famous golf courses without leaving central London? Sleek and stylish clubs have putting greens, bars and freshly prepared food, all built around the custom manufactured simulators, there is no need to even leave the City! 5) VOLCANO GOLF - HAWAII

The Pinehurst Sabbatical is the ultimate experience - this ultra-exclusive 30-day program is available to just four people each year. Included are at least 4 rounds on the famed Pinehurst No. 2, unlimited golf on the remaining courses, sports psychology sessions, personalised tuition from a top 100 coach, spa treatments and even a personal shopper!

If you like extreme golf with a dangerous edge, then the Volcano Golf & Country Club on Hawaii’s Big Island will certainly appeal - the oldest golf course in Hawaii is actually located on the rim of the active Kilauea volcano!

10) CROCODILE GOLF SOUTH AFRICA

6) PATAGONIA GOLF - SOUTH AMERICA

The Dubai Country Club has greens that are actually called ‘browns’, and are made of compacted sand which is regularly brushed to remain true. If bunker

The Lost City Course at the Sun City Resort is known for its amazing desertstyle design, standing on the fairway, golfers are faced with a carry over a water hazard guarded by 38 crocodiles in the water! These reptilian monsters are the honorary greenkeepers.

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The World’s BEST Golf Courses National Geographic asked Arnold Palmer to tell them what goes into making a challenging, enjoyable golf course. His must list includes: budget, style or type, terrain features, water source, soil, prevailing winds, vegetation, environmentally-sensitive area, safety, and most importantly, variety of holes. WHILE WE CAN’T GUARANTEE YOU CAN PLAY ON EACH OF THEM, THEY WOULD BE GREAT FUN TO VISIT.

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PINE VALLEY GOLF CLUB, Clementon, New Jersey. Pine Valley is somewhat mysterious in golfing circles because it is hard to find and extremely private. Those who have found the club located in New Jersey’s lonesome Pine Barrens say the course is one of the world’s finest.

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ROYAL MELBOURNE GOLF CLUB, Melbourne, Australia. Located in eastern Australia, this lovely private club has two 18-hole courses, East and West.

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CYPRESS POINT CLUB, Pebble Beach, California. Cypress Point is indeed a private place, which explains why you won’t see casual players chipping away on the Pacific coastline course located south of Pebble Beach in California’s gorgeous Big Sur country.

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SHINNECOCK HILLS GOLF CLUB, Southampton, New York. Shinnecock Hills boasts a few notable firsts. It has the first clubhouse in the United States and it was also the first club that admitted women as members. The rolling terrain of Long Island’s south shore gives the course plenty of variety.

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ST. ANDREWS (OLD COURSE), St. Andrews, Scotland. Any golfer worth his or her weight in golf clubs wants to play the Old Course at St. Andrews, the most famous course in the world. Golf has been played on this heathery patch of land on Scotland’s east coast since the 15th century. The Old Course is embedded in the stormy North Sea dunes and is challenging to even the best of golfers.

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AUGUSTA NATIONAL GOLF CLUB, Augusta, Georgia. Each spring, the venerable club in central Georgia is the site of the Masters, maybe the most revered tournament in the United States. Three of the sport’s toughest and most famous holes are here: the 11th, 12th, and 13th holes together are known as “Amen Corner.”

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PEBBLE BEACH GOLF LINKS, Pebble Beach, California. Pebble Beach Golf Links may be the best known course in the United States. As you work your way over the narrow fairways, make sure you pause to drink in the outstanding views of the rocky shores that make up this part of California’s Pacific coast.

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MUIRFIELD VILLAGE GOLF CLUB, Gullane, Scotland. Most golfers consider Muirfield to be a particularly demanding test of ability.

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PINEHURST COUNTRY CLUB, Pinehurst, North Carolina. Established in 1894 in the Sand Hills region of North Carolina, Pinehurst has eight outstanding courses and more holes than any other resort.

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ROYAL COUNTY DOWN GOLF CLUB, Newcastle, N. Ireland. The more than 100-year-old Royal County Down Golf Club is stunningly set between the mountains of Mourne and the Irish Sea. However, it is as tough a place to play as it is beautiful to see. The fairways are lined with masses of native plants such as heather and gorse. Wild tussocks cover the bunkers. And the wind off the sea can add to the tension.


GOLF COURSE TRIVIA 1 Winston Churchill was a member of Walton Heath Golf Course, Surrey, UK. Garden City Course, Garden City, New York will not let women anywhere on the property. Although Augusta National, Pine Valley and The Golf Club allow no women members, women are allowed on the property. The Redan hole, which is the 15th hole at North Berwick, Scotland, is the most copied hole in the world. Ballybunion, County Kerry, Ireland, features a cemetery as a hazard on the first hole. Congressional Golf Course in Bethesda, Maryland, served as a training ground for spies during the Second World War. The OSS, the forerunner of the C.I.A. used it as a training ground. Dwight Eisenhower suffered a heart attack on Cherry Hills Golf Course in Door County, Wisconsin while he was President. The Golf Club, New Albany, Ohio features a full-size hangman’s noose on its 16th hole. Cypress Point has a large hedge you hit your tee shot over on the first hole. The hedge is there to protect cars riding through the 17-mile drive, which bissects the hole. 9 Royal Adelaide, Australia has a train running through the middle of it. The Longest Hole in the World is the 7th hole (par 7) of the Sano Course at the Satsuki Golf Club in Japan. The most 18 hole golf courses played in one year is 449 courses by Cathie and Jonathan Weaver in various locations across Canada and the United States. The largest one day golf tournament consisted of 1,562 participants at the Mission Hills Golf Club in Shenzhen, China, on 25 June 2010. The Old Course at St Andrews Links in Fife, Scotland, UK, is the oldest golf course in the world. The largest golf facility is Mission Hills Golf Club, China, with twelve 18 hole courses fully operational. The youngest golfer to win a professional tournament is Ryo Ishikawa of Japan, aged 15 when he won the Munsingwear Open KSB Cup at Tojigaoka Marine Hills Golf Club, Okayama. The most durable golf club employee is Raymundo Coelho who has been working at Gavea Golf and Country Club, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for more than 70 years. The architect Alister Mackenzie was involved in the design or redesign of nine courses in the top 100 Golf Courses: Augusta National, Cypress Point, Crystal Downs, Royal Melbourne, Kingston Heath (redesign), Royal Adelaide (redesign), The Valley Club of Montecito, Lahinch (modifications) and New South Wales.

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The Barton Creek Foothills and Canyon, Austin, Texas, $298 A ROUND

Whistling Straits, Kohler, Wisconsin,

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Kingsbarns Golf Links, St. Andrews, Scotland, $300 A ROUND The Spyglass, Pebble Beach, California, $ 315 A ROUND

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The Ocean Course, Kiawah Island, South Carolina,

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TPC Sawgrass, Jacksonville, Florida, $ 350 A ROUND The Pinehurst Course No.2, North Carolina, $ 375 A ROUND Old Head Golf Links, Ireland $ 400 A ROUND

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Yani Tseng DOES IT AGAIN

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dams Golf staffer and World #1 Yani Tseng successfully defended her title at this year’s RICOH Women’s British Open. She began the day two shots back and shot a final round 69 (-3) to win by four shots. Winning back to back Women’s British Opens makes Yani only the third woman in history to do so and the first since the event was designated a Major Championship. This title leads us to a lot of cool stats:

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Youngest golfer to win five majors on any tour (Previous record holder was a guy by the name of Tiger Woods, and oh by the way, it took Yani 2 years and 1 month less time to do it). Yani has now won 4 of the last 8 major championship titles. Only the second player to win multiple majors in consecutive years. This was Tseng’s seventh worldwide win in 2011. She has four wins and 9 top ten finishes in 13 starts this year on the LPGA Tour.

Not to be lost by the history that was being made at the Women’s British Open, Adams Golf staffer Brittany Lang fired a final round 67 (-5), which included a back nine 32! This vaulted her all the way from T6 to 2nd place in the final standings, which was her best result in a major championship.

Nationwide Milestone

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dams Golf hybrids have now won 150 straight hybrid counts on the Nationwide Tour! This streak started back on July 24, 2005 at the Canadian PGA Championship. So in honor of the 150th win, lets take a look at was has happened since the streak began…. •

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George Bush was in the White House in the first year of his second term in office. Hurrican Katrina devastates New Orleans and the rest of the Gulf Coast. Microsoft launches the Xbox 360. Pluto is no longer a planet. Nintendo Wii sweeps across the country Apple introduced the iPhone Barack Obama was elected President of the United States

It’s amazing how time flies.

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BRITTANY LANG’S BAG:

Speedline 9032LS Driver – 9.5 Deg. Speedline FW – 14 Deg (3) Idea a7 Hybrid – 19 Deg. Idea a7 Hybrid – 22 Deg. Idea Tech a4 Irons – 4-PW

Speedline F11 Driver – 8.5 Deg. Speedline F11 Titanium FW – 14.5 Deg. Idea Pro a12 Hybrid – 18 Deg. Idea Pro a12 Hybrid – 24 Deg. Idea Black CB2 Irons – 5-9 Cleveland 588 Wedges – 47, 51, 56, 60.

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clubs utilise that will most certainly make all the difference to your game: • Upside down crown technology This is what makes Adams clubs truly unique. The curvature of the sole feature which is similar to that of the crown of the club assists you to get out of those lies you battle with. In fact the curvature allows for less of the sole to come into contact with the turf, therefore reducing turf drag and twisting of the club in your hands. Adams has cambered the sole even more from front to back as well as heel to toe reducing turf drag by about 25% in our current A7OS model. • Low centre of gravity The clubs are designed to move the majority of the weight as far away from the face of the club as possible which assists in launching the ball in the air quicker.

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ets face it, as golfers – both as professionals or amateurs, we constantly have a “to do list” of things that we should be doing to correct or improve our game. So we turned to Adams Golf - the leaders and preferred choice for woman golfers for game improvement, to give us the run down of what we should be doing to improve our game. Making the correct club selection for all types of lies The secret to getting out of those ‘trouble spots’ on the golf course are usually closely guarded by those experienced few who are actually able to successfully do it; but at Adams Golf we offer the answers everyone needs with our special set make ups and club designs. Ultimately offering solutions that make it easier to hit the longest, straightest recovery shots you can, as trouble-free as possible. However something everyone should be aware of is that there are some lies in the bunker and the rough that not even the best golfers in the world will be able to hit to the green. So keep in mind that you might need to take a little punishment, utilise a shorter club and get back onto the fairway. Here is a list of essential features which the Adams

• Quad cavity back and perimeter weighting for better feel and forgiveness Through Adams distributing the weight in the short irons to the perimeters of the clubs, the sweet spot is essentially increased whilst enhancing its feel. With the increased sweet spot more forgiveness is created in the club, improving the distance of any mishits. • Oversized Irons and Hybrids The oversized design in the hybrids and irons helps to create more confidence in your game, essentially ensuring that the clubs are easier to hit.

Yet HOw dO aLL tHese featUres assIst YOU wHen YOU fInd YOUrseLf In a “rOUgH-spOt”? •

If the rough isn’t too thick the Hybrid iron will work well. The extra curvature of the sole will displace the grass at impact and as the turf contact will be reduced, a good connection will happen. You should get a good deal of distance out of the lie, as the larger sweet spot and lower centre of gravity should assist in getting the ball into the air.

If the rough is very thick then you will need to take a shorter iron and play it out safe. The same curvature of the irons and


increased forgiveness should help get the ball out of the rough. •

centre of gravity will allow for a higher launch and you should get out easily. A great tip is to play the ball a little more forward in your stance and again follow through. Allow the loft and flex to get the ball into the air. You should try to remember to swing normally and don’t attempt to assist the ball to get up into the air. These clubs and shafts are deigned to get the ball up quickly so you don’t need to do it for them.

tip: remember the thicker the rough the more loft you will need to get the ball out and your main aim is to get it out and back in play.

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If you are in the lip of the bunker, you should then take as much loft as you can and make sure you get out. One of the irons should do the trick but make sure you follow through and use that loft.

If you are in the middle of the bunker and the lip isn’t very high you can use a Hybrid or even the Transitional Hybrid. The low

tip: swing normally, don’t hit down on the ball any more than you would on a good lie in the rough unless the ball is lying badly. we would recommend that you use a shorter club with more loft and make sure you get out. www.optimumgolf.co.za

Main tips to remember •

Don’t try to help the ball into the air. Your Adams clubs shafts and heads are designed to get the ball up quickly and go far, so swing normally.

Don’t be a hero. Use the loft on the clubs to get out of trouble, you want to get back into play with the least amount of shots.

Trust your clubs. With improved launch angles and forgiveness across the face you will get the maximum distance out of those trouble lies.

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osted by Kingswood Golf Estate & KeNako Golf & Sports Academy, this one of a kind Ladies SA MidAmateur will be played for the second time at the Kingswood Golf Estate from 7th – 9th November. The Mid-Amateur is open to women golfers who are 35 years or older. The 54 hole tournament will be competed in 3 divisions – A division for handicaps of 9 and under, B division for handicaps 10 – 18 and C division for handicaps 18 – 24. The A & B Divisions play 54 holes medal and the C Division will play a 54 hole stableford competition. Golfers from all over the country are invited to arrive in George for a week of competitive and exciting golf, fun filled evenings and connecting with old friends from around the country. “It was very exciting to see so many old friends who had previously competed in Interprovin-

cial tournaments reconnecting!” The WGSA sanctioned tournament is run by officials from Women’s Golf who will be on hand to assist in managing the event and any rulings which may arise. Well known for its pot bunkers, Kingswood offers golfers an incredible challenge. The course forms part of an upmarket golfing estate, which is situated in the heart of George below the majestic Outeniqua mountains. Golfers are treated to some magnificent views of the surrounding areas. The official Opening Ceremony will be hosted at KeNako Golf & Sports Academy. The academy offers golfers of all ages golfing programmes that are unique in South Africa, including technical, physical, mental and eye training and coaching. For ladies interested in general Health and Wellness, KeNako has a team of professionals that focuses on this

aspect of life. On each evening entertainment and fun has been organised to ensure socialising does not take a backseat! Bring your cowboy boots and hat for the gala dinner and enjoy the scrumptious barnyard style cuisine. Protea King George Hotel, a mere 5 minutes from Kingswood, have opened their doors to our lady golfers. Special room rates have been negotiated for any competitors in the Ladies SA MidAmateur. Special car hire rates have also been negotiated with Budget in George for this period. (All details are on the entry form.) All in all it promises to be an awesome golfing get away – don’t miss out on this memory making occassion! For more information or entry forms visit www.wgsa.co.za or call Paddy on 021 863 1052 or 083 409 7056.

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Groundforce Dynamics By Garth Milne garth@wannabeachampion.com

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any PGA coaches profess that once the fundamentals of grip, stance, posture and alignment have been established, the role of the legs and the mid-section is a key to golfing success. The lower body, in conjunction with the torso, generates torque and coil in the golf swing – but this powerful relationship can only be achieved when the body enjoys a stable relationship with the ground. Therefore, a golfer needs to be able to maintain lower body stability whilst performing a powerful movement of the upper body. This is where dynamic stability training comes in. This issue we are going to introduce a few exercises to improve your dynamic stability. The golf swing is a dynamic movement; therefore one must train using dynamic exercises. Dynamic stability training consists of exercises that integrate movements of the lumbo-pelvic-hip region with the trunk and shoulder girdle over an unstable base of support. The following exercises will place

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you in an unstable position with the use a Swiss Ball. As always, the use of the core is important in all of these exercises as you will have to stabilize and/or move multiple body segments at one time. Please note that you need to be able to engage your core properly prior to performing any of these exercises. Here’s a refresher exercise: In a standing position, try and draw your navel in and upwards using your stomach muscles. Make sure that you breathe out as you do this. Don’t just suck you stomach in by inhaling and holding your breath! If you are engaging your core properly, it will feel like you are tightening a corset around you midriff. Some people just think of holding in a wee, that works well too! It is also important that you have mastered the exercises in the previous issue of SAWG before you give these ones a bash.

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HAMSTRING CURL Start lying on your back with your feet on the ball and your arms outstretched. Squeeze your glutes to raise your body, until your ankle, hip and shoulder all line up (this is position 1). Now pull the ball in towards you whilst pushing your hips up to keep your body straight. Then return to position 1 i.e. don’t drop to the floor. Repeat this for 10 repetitions. Please note that if you cannot pull the ball in and keep your hips up it indicates that you have weak hamstrings and glutes. In this case only do position 1 of this exercise and hold it for 30 seconds.


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SQUAT – PUSH – PRESS This is a great exercise for developing a strong link between the lower and upper body. Stand holding a medicine ball or weight in front of your chest. Then squat down and try to get your hips below your knees, but you must keep your feet flat on the floor. Now accelerate up with your legs and then transfer that energy in to your arms to drive the ball up over your head. You must not stop the ball on the way up. This is fundamental for distance in your golf game as it will transfer the power stored in the lower body during your backswing and transition it in to your downswing. Complete 15 to 20 repetitions. To increase the intensity of this exercise you can increase the weight of the medicine ball. Key coaching tip: you must use your legs to drive the ball up, not your arms as you will tire quickly using just the arms.

JACK KNIFE Start in a push-up position with your shins and feet on the ball. Keep your hips and head up i.e. spine in alignment. Draw your navel in to engage your core. Now pull your legs in underneath you moving slowly to maintain control of the ball. Return to the start position. Repeat 10 times. Always engage your core so as not to sag in the middle as this will place undue pressure on your lower back. As you progress and start to find this exercise easier, start with your just your feet on the ball.

Thanks to Connie Chen for being our fitness supermodel

SINGLE LEG SQUAT Start standing on one leg with the opposite arm raised up as shown. Now squat down on the one leg, but you must keep your knee in line with your foot. At the bottom, touch your foot with the opposite hand. This increases stability and strength in your lower body and key cross-body movement patterns are established with the hand movement. Complete 10 reps on each side.

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solid, powerful and consistent golf swing is only achievable if it has a solid base able to harness the power. Improving your dynamic stability by training in an unstable environment is the key to improving your ball striking. Work at these exercises and you’ll see how they improve your ball striking and distance. Please do not commence with these exercises if you have any back injury, or continue doing them should you experience back pain. This indicates that you have a structural weakness and should contact a fitness specialist for a more specific program. If you are looking to get the most out of your golf game and play to your true potential, please feel free to contact me for a comprehensive program tailored to your needs. Improve your body; it is the most important club in your bag!

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IN THE HOUSE LOOKING AFTER YOUR HEALTH

“HI JACK,

HOW’S YOUR BACK?” By Dr Zelda Smook (3 Handicap. GP at Intercare, Fourways)

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he golf swing is an asymmetrical movement with different demands on the dominant and non-dominant sides of your body and due to this most injuries seem to be related to either overuse or incorrect movements. The definitive treatment in any injury is normally rest. But you try and tell any sports person to take a break from their passion. So instead of trying the healing angle on the topic, I’ll go for the “PREVENTION IS BETTER THAN CURE”. Golf is a sport played by old and young, fit and unfit, alike, all year round. Unfortunately, as one gets older, flexibility is likely to decrease, predisposing one to injury. That’s why we all need to realise that there is a reason why Ernie Els dropped on the rankings and why Tiger Woods is not number one anymore (And no, it has nothing to do with the number, 21). It’s because golf puts a lot of strain on your body. Over the next few editions we’ll be touching on some possible injuries. This one, I’m going to focus on the back. During the typical golf swing, the lumbar spine undergoes a variety of forces including compression and rotation. In addition, most participants who play on average once or twice a week do not bother warming up beforehand. The rapid sometimes violent swings of a golf club, often executed with brute force and not skill, frequently results in injury. There are two areas to focus on:

1) CORE STRENGTH The muscles of the core are the foundation of your golf swing. Proper conditioning will make a huge difference in the power you get from your long shots. Core strength also allows you to have a more precise and controlled short game. The core exercises work the muscles of the abdominals, back and hips. Many other muscles attach to this area so the midsection is considered the foundation of all movement.

2) FLEXIBILITY Every golfer needs to spend a bit of time on range of motion for the perfect golf swing. Pro golfers have amazing range and fluid swings, largely due to the flexibility in the shoulders, torso, and hips.

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Before teeing off, it is advisable to go through a series of warm-up exercises, like stretching and easy swings, to condition the muscles for the game. Warmingup before an early morning golf game is crucial in preventing back muscle sprains and lower back pain. Particular attention should be paid to the shoulders, torso, hips and hamstring muscles.

Please be aware that the improper handling and carrying of a golf bag can cause considerable stress on the back. Having a golf bag with “legs” minimizes the need to bend and pick the bag up, decreasing the risk of muscle strain. It is also advisable to use a bag with two shoulder straps for an even distribution of the load across the back.

Here are a few stretches, doing each for a count of 10 and repeat 3 times. Remember to repeat in opposite direction if applicable:

According to Watkins in 2002, golfers have the highest rate of back injuries among all professional sports people. While the lower back may acquire strains and sprains during a full 18-hole course golf game, these injuries will right themselves within the span of days or weeks. Some of the most prevalent golf injuries involve muscle strains, tendon sprains and disc injuries.

SIDE BENDING: Stand with your feet shoulder width apart. Bend to the right letting your right arm slide down along the outside of your thigh (your left arm leaning overhead to the right). Feel a stretch along the left side of your trunk/ torso. Reverse arm positions bending to the left. UPPER BODY TRUNK ROTATION: Stand up straight while holding a golf club behind your head. Remember to twist in either direction. SHOULDER STRETCH: Grasp your club in front of you with your hands crossed. The bottom hand palm up and top hand palm down. With the bottom hand push the club in the direction of the top hand. Feel a stretch in the back of your shoulder. Switch hand positions and repeat the stretch to other side. HAMSTRING STRETCH: Sit with your right leg out in front and your left leg bent so the outside of your left leg is resting on the floor and your left foot touches your right knee. Slowly reach down the right leg until you feel a stretch in the back of your thigh. Grasp onto your leg to maintain the stretch. QUADRICEPS STRETCH: Stand, grasp your ankle and pull your foot behind you toward your buttocks. Keep your knee back - don’t let it come forward. Feel a stretch in the front of your thigh. The next step in the warm-up is going through the motions of the actual game itself. Lightly swinging a golf club is preparatory to helping the body cope with the torque and torsion. It would be preferable to perform this stage of the warm-up on a driving range, starting off with the smaller iron clubs to the driver.

TREATMENT OF BACK PAIN

RELIEF FROM THE LOWER BACK PAIN OF A GOLF INJURY Obtaining relief from lower back pain is C as easy as getting some rest for a couple M of days to allow the injury to heal. ApY plication of heat or ice, or a combination CM will work well in partnership with pain medication. Pain relievers like ibuprofen MY or naproxen can alleviate inflammation. CY Taking a break from the golf game will enable back muscles to recover suf- CMY ficiently. However, incorporating a low- K impact aerobic activity (daily 40 minute walks) into the recovery program can encourage the strained muscles to return to normal. After recovery, a gradual return to the game is advised, with the inclusion of preventive measures to avoid reoccurrence of the injury. Fortunately most of these injuries will heal themselves within 2-4 weeks. Pain lasting more than 2-4 weeks may result in decreased muscle strength and endurance. A visit or two with a physiotherapist can help identify and manage this situation.

CONSULTING A DOCTOR FOR LOWER BACK PAIN Should the symptoms last for more than two to six weeks, a specific and definable problem may be the cause of the back pain and a medical professional should be consulted. There may be an underlying reason for the lower back pain and an appropriate diagnosis must be made by a physician to determine its cause.


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nneSense has launched an exciting new range of healthy alternative soft drinks reminiscent of the traditional values of the good old days. With traditional Ginger Beer and Cloudy Lemonade being the “office favourites” of the samples we were sent, you can try all five variants and decide for yourself. The packaging is eye-catching featuring iconic Hollywood-style images from the 1950’s, taking you back to a time before artificial flavourants, preservatives and colourants. InneSense retails around R6.95 per bottle at leading supermarkets and for those who prefer a “cooly” after golf, it is stylish looking and you won’t feel left out from your alcohol drinking friends.

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obble is a patented, reusable water bottle that filters water as you drink. It was created by Move Collective, LLC,and designed by famed industrial designer Karim Rashid. bobble is intended to give consumers an environmentally friendly replacement to single-serve plastic water bottles, most of which end up in the ocean, on the street or in landfills. With bobble’s interchangeable and replaceable filters, you can improve the taste of water from your tap. • bobble is inexpensive. It is reus- able and recyclable. • bobble is currently available in one size: the original 550ml. • Each bobble has a replaceable carbon filter that literally filters the water as you drink. It removes chlorine and organic contaminants from tap water,

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yielding a cleaner, crisper taste. • Each bobble filter should be used for 2-3 months before being replaced. The filters come in six vivid colors: green, red, blue, magenta, black and yellow. • Each filter is the equivalent of 300 single-serve plastic water bottles. So over the course of a year, bobble removes more than a thousand bottles from the environment. • The filter meets or exceeds NSF International Standard 42, the global standard that governs public and private drinking water.

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Country Club is another golf course favourite who has repositioned the brand and tweaked the flavour. Instead of having to keep all the separate components to make your Rock Shandy, Passion Fruit and Lemonade or Lime and Soda, you can now buy it in the convenience of a can. I, for one, look forward to warmer weather and refreshing cool drinks on the golf club balcony!

• bobble is made in the USA from recycled plastic and is free of BPA, Phthalates and PVC. • bobble should be hand-washed regularly. • bobble is currently available at @home and Due South stores nationwide. It will be available in further retail outlets from September.


Lorna Jane Active Wear Makes a Move to South Africa

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ustralia’s premier women’s active wear brand, Lorna Jane, opened its doors in South Africa in Morningside, Johannesburg in August 2011. Renowned internationally for creating stylish, figure-flattering active wear, Lorna Jane garments are specially crafted for real women by women. With an exceptional fit, contemporary design and quality technical fabrics, Lorna Jane pieces motivate women to lead their lives in a healthy and positive way and encourage them to achieve their best life through Active Living. The three signature squares within the logo, which have been synonymous with the brand for over 21 years, have

meaning – Move Nourish and Believe. Lorna Jane wants its customers to understand that to Activate Their Life they need to live by these three principles – move your body, nourish from the inside and believe in yourself. Founder and creative director Lorna Jane Clarkson has used these principles in her personal and business life and attributes them to her success today. “Our passion to achieve is our daily wake up call. It’s what makes us want to dance. It’s the energy that moves us from the status quo to something grander and more expansive, something that makes our hearts beat faster, our minds and our eyes open wider

than ever before.” She said they were ready to spread the message of Lorna Jane worldwide and had identified South Africa as the perfect market for women’s fashionable active wear. “I am sure that the modern women of South Africa will embrace our fashion-forward approach to work-out wear and will identify with our proactive approach to healthy living,” she says. The brand is worn by notable celebrities including Nicole Kidman, Naomi Watts, Jennifer Hawkins and Danii Minogue. Visit Lorna Jane Activewear at Shop U21A, Morningside Shopping Centre in Johannesburg.

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aving your favourite songs on hand, especially in the car, injects fun and relaxation into your life. Verbatim understands this all too well and have made two new products available; the Store n Go Audio USB and the Bluetooth Audio Cube. Designed to fit any USB port, this nifty little gadget was developed specifically to be used in your car. The Store n Go holds an incredible 8 Gigabytes of data, making it perfect for listening to all your favourite songs while on the road. The Verbatim Bluetooth Audio

Cube is designed to glamorise and liven up a party, or deliver music 'on tap' - anytime, anywhere. This portable, wireless stereo speaker can connect to a device such as an Apple iPod or mobile phone to mention a few and delivers two watts of music power. With a range of eight metres the Cube can wirelessly connect to your Bluetooth enabled device. Alternatively, you have the option to simply connect via the USB cable to a compatible device that can play music such as a PC, laptop or Digital Video Device (DVD) player.

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Learning to Drive with Peugeot By Shelley Galliver

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hat is a “Beginner Golfer”? It is easy to term a “beginner” as someone who sets out to learn something new, but the minute we follow it with the word “golfer”, we find this changes the definition quite substantially. I have met many ladies who have been playing golf for a number of years, but feel that they cannot say they are competent golfers and therefore prefer to term themselves as “beginners”. So the label of “beginner golfer” transcends to numerous people, even those who have played for a while, but still believe they lack the knowledge or confidence to play a full round of 18 holes. Peugeot and Cloud9Golf realised this market extends further than those ladies who have never held a club before, to many ladies who are simply looking for more guidance on the basics.

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Peugeot South Africa sees the value of educating, particularly young women about golf. “We believe that the association with women’s golf is perfect for Peugeot as the sport embraces elegance,class and sophistication which are all characteristics that the brand stands for” says Dineo Pooe, Peugeot South Africa’s Advertising and Media Manager. The perfect next step was to add 9 holes of mashie golf. This mashie experience gives the players a chance to play 9 Par 3 holes accompanied by the WPGA Teaching Professional. They can ask questions about club selection and more importantly, about course knowledge. It is often easy to stand on a driving range and hit balls; but becomes harder when there is a green and a flag and you have to get the ball into the hole. This is ideal

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for those who have their clubs and simply join their friends or their hubby on the driving range, but never feel they are ready for the golf course. Finally, the year’s Beginner Series, comes to a close with a Novice Pro-Am. Having been through the second stage and realising you are able to hold your own over 9 holes of Par 3’s, you can now call yourself a novice as opposed to a beginner and join a WPGA teaching professional for 9 Holes on a “pucker” golf course. It is a day specifically organised for you, so you don’t have to worry about being rushed by members playing behind you and can get to experience your first full length golf holes with no pressure. If you are a competent golfer, think about those friends who fit the above categories and lets encourage them to get out there and take the next step.


Beginner Clinic EVENTS

I recently attended one of the beginner clinics held in Johannesburg and it was so encouraging to see the number of ladies in attendance. Some came with support of friends, others arrived on their own and soon made some new friends. There were laughs, encouragement and even at this early stage, the putting and chipping competition brought out the competitive streak in the participants. But there was no doubt that everyone had a fun filled morning, leant some more about the game and finished with a lunch and prize-giving that saw everyone rewarded for their morning’s effort. It is a common fact that women’s golf has been the fastest growing women’s sport in South Africa, but unfortunately, we are not seeing these huge numbers of ladies who start the game joining the clubs or out on the course. The Peugeot Beginner Series is just one of the ways to take these beginners to the next level and it is up to all of us to encourage our friends to join in and grow in confidence and stature as golfers.

Events Left for 2011 (JHB) Beginner Clinic – 8th October Mashie Golf – 17th September Mashie Golf – 22nd October Novice Pro-Am – 13th November For bookings visit www.cloud9golf.co.za/events

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SWAPPING THE OUTENIQUA MOUNTAINS FOR THE WATERBERG BUSHVELD By Lauren Collier

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year ago, if you had told me I would be moving to the bushveld where I would run a business from home and raise two abandoned bush babies, I would have hurt my cheeks laughing. You see, a year ago I lived on the lush green Kingswood golf estate in George and worked as the marketing manager for Fancourt. It took ‘two songs’ to get to work in the morning; I went to Pilates once a week and visited my parents in Knysna on the weekend. I couldn’t have wished for a better quality of life. And yet, a year later, here I am… living in the Waterberg bushveld, running a business from home and raising two abandoned bush babies! How did that happen? Well, my boyfriend took up the position of General Manager at Elements Private Golf Reserve and after four months of living apart and hating the long distance commute, we decided it would be best if I joined him. So in November 2010, he came to fetch me and we made the 13 hour trek north. Arriving in the dark, I had a tremendous sense of relief but also a serious bout of tears. Sure, I had been the one to tell everyone “How often in your life will you get to live in the bush” but it was suddenly overwhelming to walk into a new place and feel a million miles away from all things familiar. Over the course of the next few days, the bushveld came at me with a vengeance. The wind blew and the electricity would go out. The clouds wafted in and the cell phone and 3G reception would disappear. There were times when I almost got in my car and drove back to the Garden Route… except for the fact

that the garage wouldn’t open because of the power failure! It took a few weeks to venture out and when I finally did, I started to fall in love with the wildlife on the estate and the pace of life in the bush. Every day became an adventure and my Facebook page was a constant reflection of this: “Beautiful start to the day - saw zebra, red hartebeest, blesbok, waterbuck, huge kudu bulls, giraffe and warthog on my morning walk - all while burning a few calories!”

It’s been an absolute privilege learning about these notoriously shy animals and being able to care for them until such time as we can release them back into the wild. “Was up at 2am playing catch and release with a little frog using my Cornflakes box.” “Came off the golf course just after 6pm and it’s still 30’C!” The highlight of our bush adventure however was when we took in two abandoned little bush babies, Gizmo and Nunu. It has been an absolute joy watching these furry little creatures grow in size and stature. Gizzy is the more outgoing of the two while Nunu tends to hang behind her brother (usually on the warm DSTV decoder) and take his cue. Over the past five months we’ve watched them learn to jump, develop teeth, bark at

porcupines, go AWOL in the ceiling and perfect their grooming skills in our hair and on our eyebrows. We’ve found ourselves doing the most ridiculous things for them – driving 100km to the nearest Woolies to buy ‘their’ favourite yoghurt, hopping around the patio with a butterfly net to catch moths for their supper and monkey-proofing the entire house each night before they’re allowed out to play. It’s been an absolute privilege learning about these notoriously shy animals and being able to care for them until such time as we can release them back into the wild. So when I think back to last year and remember the wonderful quality of life I had in George, I cannot help but be grateful for the monumental upheaval that was to come. If it wasn’t for that, I would never have experienced my first Mandjiedans in Bela-Bela, been able to buy pancakes outside Pick ‘n Pay every Saturday morning and I would certainly never have been delayed on my way to important meetings due to zebra crossing the road. Life in the bush has been incredibly special and I am so very grateful to have been able to experience it. I will never be able to spray on Peaceful Sleep again without thinking of the Waterberg, and remembering the most adventure-filled year of my life. Lauren currently runs Lauren Collier Consulting from home. Clients include eight golf clubs from around the country, who she assists with marketing communications, brand management and PR. Depending on the cloud cover, you can reach her via email on lauren@lauren-collier.com

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olf is a game like no other to shine a big light on your true personality and of course that of your fellow players. It is often said that if you really want to get to know someone then take them out for 18 holes of golf! One of the aspects of the game that I find most fascinating is the link between the type of personality you are off the golf course, and how this can affect your behaviour on the golf course. I often get asked if it is possible to keep concentrating on your own game when you are playing with someone whose behavior is distracting. The answer is you only have control of yourself and your behavior and not other people’s behavior. In order to help you put these golfer types into perspective and to create some awareness so you recognize them when they appear here is an introduction to my ‘6 Golfing Personalities’. After several years of coaching and listening to the challenges of so many golfers I decided to have some fun and create some extreme personality types to illustrate this point. I only have space in this article to briefly introduce you to the 6 types, but I have arranged for you receive a full copy of the Free Report including some additional great tips at the end of this article. You may know someone who is definitely one of these types or possibly a mixture of the personality traits highlighted may be more realistic. Whatever your thoughts this peek into how your personality can reflect on how you

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behave will make you think, smile and hopefully choose to not let anyone else’s silly behavior affect how you play your game of golf in the future.

ing prophecy of self-imposed torture.

You may even recognize yourself in one or more of the

Me’ the more attention Ms Victim gets from her fellow players who may try and console them by offering comforting comments. Since this type of behaviour is based on being a victim; the problem is the worse a golfer feels about how they play, the more attention they will get and the more ‘hooked’ they will become on making sure their game of golf deteriorates.

6 personality types.

First of all let’s take a look at -

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game. Ms Frightened will have the worst first tee nerves. The constant anxiety and anticipation she has created will probably have begun as soon as she woke up and will create the mood for her entire round. At any crucial moment during play she will have a tendency to panic causing her body to tense. This will have an ongoing effect where any sort of decent golf shot will become impossible to accomplish from both from a mental and physical point of view.

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tolerance thresh-hold if they are not playing well. She might choose to throw her club into a water hazard, slam it down or wrap it around the nearest tree! Needless to say they lose their cool very easily and once in this frame of mind they will find it difficult to get out of it – ensuring that the following holes and probably the rest of the round will become a fulfill-

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hese are the golfers who just want to fast track to good results. They will often only practice the shots they enjoy like standing at the driving range with a bucket of balls and knocking three sheets out of every ball with their driver! They want their golf game to take very little effort and will often struggle with that all-important ‘concentration factor’ during play. They want the results, but are not willing to put the time and energy into learning the tools of their trade by practice or taking lessons with a Professional coach.

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THE GOLF GURU it feels to make a great shot or how it feels to be in the ‘zone’. She will be too busy analyzing exactly why a shot was good from a technical stand point. These golfers often have real issues with trusting themselves and this will show with a complete lack of conviction in their swing or follow through.

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olf is inextricably linked to a person’s ego - their confidence and how they feel about themselves often matches their handicap! Ms Sensitive will absolutely dread being embarrassed on the golf course and will often feel that others are watching and judging her. She will most definitely struggle with first tee nerves believing that everyone is watching them or waiting for them to fail. Ultra sensitive to any criticism or jokes at their expense they have extremely low self-esteem and will take any remark, however, lighthearted completely to heart.

If you recognize any of these personality traits in yourself then it is important to remember that: • Golf is linked to a person’s ego; how confident you are and how you feel about yourself often matches your handicap! To feel confident throughout your golf game you need to work on your SELF ESTEEM. There is not a quick fix to this but by working on a positive mind set before you get to the course will really help. • Awareness of how you feel and what your self-talk is saying to you will allow you to have the choice to STOP nagging thoughts and feeling from taking over your swing. • Try starting each sentence with ‘I am going to…’ This will help your subconscious support you to make something positive happen. For this to work make sure the rest of the sentence is positive and taking you TOWARDS your goal; for instance – ‘I am going to get this ball on the green!’ If someone else is behaving in an angry or emotional way and it is distracting,

whether you feel it is a deliberate attempt to upset your game or not, remember the only thing you can control is how you REACT to the situation.

GREAT TIP: I use a really easy to remember tool called E.R.O. for this which represents EVENT + REACTION = OUTCOME.

So if the event is someone behaving badly then the outcome could be distracting and put you off your game? But if you choose to REACT by ignoring their behavior and learn to focus on your game then you are keeping control of how you play. The choice and responsibility for how you play rests with you and you alone. So the next time someone is trying to distract your game then just remember E.R.O. and choose not to react by allowing someone else to upset your game in any way. Above all else remember to ENJOY your golf game and that the world is full of all sorts of personalities and that playing golf sometimes brings out the worst traits in people!

To collect a copy of the FULL REPORT simply register as a free member on www.golfmindguru.com and then go to the ‘free members resources’ area in the FORUM to download your copy.

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By Shelley Galliver

Pack...Pack...and Away!

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t was decided, we were having a girls golfing weekend away and if you are like me, the first thought after deciding where we are going is; “how are we going to get there?” By this I don’t mean fly or drive, as that is usually decided by the venue, but more whether we are taking one car or two. Whether we can all fit in one car with golf clubs, suitcases, vanity cases and the snacks which are always a must for a road trip? I decided to ask Subaru if I could test drive one of their Subaru Forester’s, knowing that it would be ideal for all of us and all our luggage. Since we were heading out to Limpopo, it also just felt fitting that we should be in a stylish Sports Utility

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Vehicle (SUV). The new Forester is certainly eye-catching and with its trademark Subaru bonnet, it is an impressive looking SUV. But the carefully crafted body lines and attention to detail aesthetically, means it never feels masculine in design. We drove the top of the range 2.5 S-Edition Turbo Premium, which delivers 193 kW of power and 347 Nm of maximum torque coupled to a five-speed automatic transmission with the steering wheel mounted paddle shifts for our driving pleasure. This vehicle certainly packs a punch and I found it safer to engage the cruise control to avoid the risk of paying speeding fines.

The metallic grill, alloy wheels and Xenon headlamps were all stand out features for me when it came to the exterior appearance and this new Forester certainly has “sex appeal” over its predecessor. The Forester’s overall visual effect is sophisticated and elegant but with an unmistakable sense of being fit for purpose and ready for action. The interior of the vehicle is spacious and the luggage compartment met our every expectation. With a retractable cargo cover, you are able to utilise the space to its maximum carrying capacity, which is an impressive 450 litres expanding to over 1 660 litres when loaded to the roof and with the rear seats folded. We


did not even need to fold the seats and amply fitted our clubs and luggage into the boot. Highlights of the refined new interior include dual control climate control, a new premium audio system that includes USB input as well as Bluetooth and iPod connectivity, improved steering wheel mounted controls, and a reverse camera, which works a charm when you have the boot packed to capacity. It is a five seater and with the luggage secured in the boot, it meant the passengers were able to sit in comfort for the duration of the trip. I read a survey recently, which said that the top feature women look for in a vehicle is safety. Subaru has become synonymous with safety par excellence and the Forester excels in this area. Safety features include four-sensor / four-channel ABS with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution, Brake Assist, a one-touch power

door lock, side impact safety intrusion bars, Traction Control System, Vehicle Dynamics Control, airbags galore and Isofix adapted child seat anchors and, of course, Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. The Forester’s safety credentials have been

(IIHS) in the United States. Significantly, Subaru is the only manufacturer which boasts a Top Safety Pick winner in every vehicle class in which it competes, for the past 2 years. So if safety is what you are after, look no further.

This vehicle certainly packs a punch and I found it safer to engage the cruise control to avoid the risk of paying the penalty for letting this one get away from me. underpinned by two important accolades. It has received a five-star Australasian New Car Assessment Programme (ANCAP) occupant safety rating and the entire Subaru range (including the Forester, of course) has earned a 2011 Top Safety Pick from the authoritative Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

The new Forester is undoubtedly the finest Forester ever, and with a range comprising of three different engines and eight variations of the finished product, you are sure to find one that suits your every need and of course your pocket, while looking schick and sophisticated in your new ride.

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Mighty Mushrooms ADD MUSCLE TO THE BREAST CANCER FIGHT

OCTOBER 3RD - 23RD AT PICK N PAYS

R1 from each punnet of 250g whole white button mushrooms and 250g sliced white button mushrooms sold will be donated to the breast cancer support group, Reach for Recovery.

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ushrooms will again turn pink on supermarket shelves in October as the South African Mushroom Farmers’ Association (SAMFA), Pick n Pay and Yucca Packaging join forces to help raise awareness of breast cancer during Breast Cancer awareness month. Between October 3 and 23, special pink punnets will ‘mushroom’ onto Pick n Pay’s fresh produce shelves in support of the fight against breast cancer. R1 from each punnet of 250g whole white button mushrooms and 250g sliced white button mushrooms sold, will be donated to the breast cancer support group, Reach for Recovery. “October’s National Breast Cancer month offers an outstanding opportunity to get involved in raising funds to help survivors of breast cancer and those battling with this disease,” adds SAMFA’s, chairperson Ross Richardson. “Many research studies have already indicated that consuming more vegetables and whole grains may reduce women’s chances of developing breast cancer. Now new breast cancer research studies, conducted around the globe stretching from western Australia to California seem to confirm another dietary link: Research seems to indicate that mushrooms have breast cancer-fighting properties that could establish them as important partners in the battle to win this fight. It is because of these findings that SAMFA and mushrooms are adding their voices to National Breast Cancer Awareness month. “By creating an awareness of the potential cancer-fighting properties of white button mushrooms as indicated by the research, and combining it with a fund-raising drive to assist breast cancer support group Reach for Recovery, we can make a real difference to the well-being of breast cancer survivors. Our October 2010 pink punnet promotion raised a whopping R232 524.00 for Reach for Recovery and we are looking forward to topping that during this year’s initiative.” So, look out for the 250g punnets of whole white buttons and sliced white buttons in their pretty pink packaging on Pick ‘n Pay’s shelves from October 3. By purchasing a few mushroom punnets you will not only provide much needed funds to Reach for Recovery, you will also personally benefit by providing your body with essential vitamins and antioxidants recommended for a healthy, disease-preventing diet.


By Shelley Galliver

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hrough her long association with corporate America, Sally saw first-hand golf’s effectiveness as a business tool. The Sally Little Golf Clinics for Women have been created to help women improve their golf game and to use golf as an opportunity to broaden business opportunities and customer relationships. The half day clinics were held in major centres around the country, hosted by Sally, and taught by WPGA award winning coach, Rae Hast, and other premier WPGA and PGA teaching professionals. The Clinic experience is one of networking and empowerment... and premier golf instruction. I was fortunate enough to be invited to attend the clinic held in Johannesburg. The first thing that struck me is that this type of clinic is one that would suit anyone from a beginner to a competent golfer. With Sally overseeing the process and adding her advice as she moved between stations, the other WPGA teaching professionals each took control of a group of ladies divided up according to their abilities. With three

primary focus areas – each group had the opportunity to practise the longer game on the driving range, chipping (off the grass and out of the bunker) and finally the fundamentals of putting. The interaction with the coaches assisted in identifying your specific swing faults and improvement areas. Another aspect I found incredibly encouraging was the number of corporate ladies who had not only taken time out the office to attend this clinic, but were also using it as a client entertainment opportunity. Women seem reluctant to take advantage of opportunities to build client relationships over a round of golf, so perhaps these types of corporate clinics, which finish with a scrumptious lunch, could become a more prevalent. What’s more is that by attending one of the clinics, a portion of the proceeds goes towards The Sally Little Charitable Foundation which has been established to benefit women’s cancers, patient care and support in South Africa. Sally’s passion for her foundation is always at the

forefront and she has been very involved with breast cancer causes through the years. She became aware of breast cancer early in her professional career when a fellow competitor was diagnosed. The players came together and raised funds for her treatment. It was at this time that the LPGA Tour became an ally of the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Susan G. Komen for the Cure, as it is known today, is the largest non profit breast cancer organization in the world. In recognition of her continued support and efforts to raise awareness throughout her travels, Sally is honored to have been appointed Global Ambassador for the Komen Foundation. Having returned to South Africa, Sally and her foundation will continue to work closely with Susan G. Komen for the Cure. So if you did not attend one of the clinics this year, be sure to keep a close eye on event programme for 2012, as they have expressed the intent to grow this venture to even more events. Read more about the clinics and Sally’s other ventures at www.sallylittlegolf.com

The Sally Little Golf Clinics for Women have been created to help women improve their golf game and to use golf as an opportunity to broaden business opportunities and customer relationships.

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Celebs, The Big Five The Extreme 19th, AND SOME GOLF By Shelley Galliver

A weekend at Legend Golf & Safari Resort; playing golf with two rugby legends and all for a great cause, the Jag Foundation!

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egends Golf and Safari Resort played host to the inaugural Investec Jag Invitational which took place recently. The brain child of the ever entertaining and hospitable Mr Dan Nicholl, the event brought together celebrities, corporates and media for what become a weekend filled with excitement and challenges. Investec came on-board as title sponsor for the inaugural year and by all accounts will be staying on for years to come. Sail, who are synonymous with

large golf event management, took the reins to put the event together and ensure it ran smoothly and that all the VIP guests were looked after. As usual, they did not disappoint. This tournament is set to become an annual event on the golfing calendar and is one of many fundraising initiatives for the Jag Foundation. What is the Jag Foundation? Headed up by CEO Elana Meyer, The JAG Foundation inspires South Africa’s disadvantaged children to build a positive future for

Photos: Dominic Barnardt

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themselves, their families and their communities, by encouraging them to participate in various sport-related programmes. By instilling sporting values for life, they aim to create an environment for South Africa’s children to fulfil their dreams and thereby rebuild communities. The JAG Foundation’s mentoring, coaching, knowledge and organised physical activity programmes show the kids of these poorer communities that there is another better healthier life, that can give them hope


Course, which is a replica of the top 10 Par 3 holes in the world. Then around large bond fires, eating an African braai, the corporate team members played a

sphere for any event. The winners were announced and the prizes were given out. But more than golf, more than the competition and the prizes, was the

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to escape their surroundings. But this kind of expert skills, coaching and national reach requires funding and that is where events such as the Investec Jag Invitational go a long way towards ensuring programmes like this continue into the future. So not only did we get to spend the weekend at a 5-Star golfing establishment, mingling with South African sports icons like Morne and Albie Morkel, Shaun Pollock, soccer star Shaun Bartlett and ex-Springbok rugby captain Corne Krige but also some local cultural talent with the musical prowess of Ard Matthews. The event furthermore attracted international rugby stars like Colin Charvis who had over 94 caps for Wales and is recognised for his hair style as much as his ability on the field. Andy Gomarsall, was also in attendance, bringing with him his 2003 World Cup medal which he won playing scrumhalf for England. He was also part of the team that South Africa beat in the 2007 final. The first day started with an informal round of golf on the Tribute

If you have a few competent golfers in your company, this is one corporate initiative you should add to the calendar for next year. hole of “night golf” to determine which celebrity would make up their four ball for the following day. A fun evening was had by all, with few being able to boast about being experts at night golf, but the teams had been finalised for the following day’s competition, to be played on the Legends 18 Hole Signature Course. Day two was golf under the African sky and the weather played its part. Most teams then also took advantage of the opportunity to fly to the top of the mountain to play the Extreme 19th, which Legend’s has become famous for. The evening function was then held in the Shabeen, which sets a great atmo-

overwhelming feeling that everyone was there with a common goal to better the lives of those less fortunate than ourselves. An auction was held, which too raised an enormous amount of money that will go towards benefiting the children of this country. If you have a few competent golfers in your company, this is one corporate initiative you should add to the calendar for next year. You will have the chance of mingling with other top executives, meeting and playing golf with some of our sporting heros and other celebrities and all the while giving back to a Foundation which is doing fantastic work in the communities through sport.

PHOTOS: Clockwise from top left: Corné Krige, Ryan O’Connor and Shaun Pollock; Corné Krige, Sean Pollock, Albie Morkel, Morné Morkel and Ryan O’Connor; Shaun Bartlett; The Shebeen table setting; Shelley Galliver; Legends Golf & Safari Resort

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SA Champions at The Spirit Pick n Pay Inter-Provincial Tournament Elite Squad Selection British Amateur Championship Ekurhuleni Women’s Golf Member Union Sanlam Championships 2012

SA Champions to represent South Africa at The Spirit K

im Williams and Iliska Verwey, together with two men selected by SAGA, will represent South Africa at The Spirit from 2 to 5 November this year. They will be managed by SAGA President Colin Burger. This invitational biennial World Tournament is always played at Whispering Pines, a beautiful course located north of Houston, Texas and invitations are based on results in the World Amateur Teams Championship held in the intervening years. The Spirit International competition is 72 holes Four-Ball Stroke Play and has three concurrent team competitions. The first is the International Team event where the four-ball score for both the women’s and men’s teams will be combined after each 18-hole round to compute the International Team score. Then there is the Women’s Team fourball stroke play and Men’s Team four-ball stroke play, and finally Individual Honours whereby only the number of birdies and eagles made by each player during the 72 hole competition will be counted to determine the individual women’s and men’s honours. Commemorative medals are awarded to the top three places in each competition. The World Health and Golf Association provides all air and local transportation to the event, accommodation initially

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in Houston and then at Camp Olympia at Whispering Pines, all evening entertainment and player services at Camp Olympia and all food and beverages during their stay in Texas. For the first two days, the players are based at the Woodlands Waterway Marriot Hotel where they participate in the opening ceremony and procession of countries and on day three they are taken to Whispering Pines where the accommodation is in cabins, and entertainment includes a Texas Cookout Party, International Music Night or Karaoke, an Open Evening with

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Campfire and finally a Carnival Party. Past WGSA President Erica Lefson, who accompanied the South African team two years ago, can’t speak highly enough of the event and even participated in all the entertainment - as if she was in her 20’s.!! The South African women’s selection is based on merit but coincidentally WGSA will be represented by the SA Women’s Stroke Play and Match Play champions, Kim Williams and Iliska Verwey – what a great reward for excellent golf!


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he 2011 Pick n Pay South African Women’s Inter-Provincial , being played from the 18 to 23 September at one of South Africa’s favourite courses, George, could be more open than in recent years with the departure of a number of top players to US colleges and professional ranks. Gauteng North A (Daisies) will be defending the title they have won for the past four years – in 2007 (Clovelly), 2008 (Umhlali), 2009 (Paarl) and 2010 (Irene). Prior to 2007 Gauteng A (Lions) had won for four consecutive years from 2003 to 2006 – so perhaps 2011 will once again ring in a change. The Daisies lost Connie Chen to the professional ranks, but no mean replacement is Swaziland’s Nobuhle Dlamini, former SA Match Play Champion and runner-up this year and winner of the recent Nomads Gauteng Stroke Play Championship. She is at Pretoria University studying for a degree in Sports Science, hoping to specialise in Sports Management. Gauteng North also includes a very

exciting young Korean player, 14-year old Carrie Park from Irene Country Club, playing off a two handicap. She joined the Graham Francis School of Golf in Pretoria at the beginning of this year, having spent some time in Australia where she was at a golf school that also specialised in teaching English to foreign scholars. She is one of three Korean players competing this year – the other two being Western Province’s Jisun Kang, aged 15, also playing off a two handicap and Seyoung Chun, aged 14 and playing off a four. These two girls are members of Milnerton Golf Club. The other members of the Gauteng North A team are Emma-Jo du Bruin, Biance Barnard, South African Stroke Play Champion, Kim Williams, whose 2011 trophy cabinet also includes silverware from the Eastern Cape, Border, Gauteng and Gauteng North and Henriétte Frylinck, winner of the WGSA 72 Hole Championship. On paper, the strongest challenge to the Daisies should come from Gauteng A (Lions). Despite the loss of Leján

Lewthwaite who has left for the US on a scholarship, this team includes three scratch handicaps, Michelle Leigh, Lara Weinstein and Chevonne Botha, as well as Nicole Garcia (1), Lauren Becker (2) and Simoné Burger (3). 2010 runner-up, North West, will sorely miss the services of Bertine Strauss, also now on a scholarship in the USA and two juniors have been brought into this team, the youngest, Shawnelle de Lange being 14 years old. Boland were hoping to include the Nomads SA Girls Champion, Bianca Theron but unfortunately she is not available as she has been invited to participate in The Duke of York in the week prior to Inter-Provincial and not able to take more time off from school. Southern Cape looks good to pick up the B Inter-Provincial Trophy (only four players per team as opposed to six players in the A Division). The team is Sandra Winter, Iliska Verwey, Monique Smit and Nicole Loesch and these players will be going all out to gain promotion back into the A Division. This is the 14th year of Pick n Pay’s sponsorship, and the second time during this period that the event is being played at George Golf Club. The teams competing in the Championship Division are Boland A, Free State and Northern Cape, Gauteng A, Gauteng B, Gauteng North A, KwaZulu Natal, North West and Western Province A. The B Inter-Provincial comprises Boland B, Border, Eastern Cape, Gauteng North B, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, Southern Cape and Western Province B. The youngest player is 13-year old Eleonora Galletti from Gauteng B, playing off a seven handicap.

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WGSA SELECTS ‘ELITE’ SQUAD FOR

‘ROAD TO TURKEY’ W

omen’s Golf South Africa has selected an ‘Elite’ squad looking forward to the eventual selection in the 2012 World Amateur Teams Championship of the team to represent South Africa. This biennial event will be played at Antalya in Turkey in September 2012. Three members of the squad, Nicole Becker, Nicole Garcia and Alana

van Greuning, won the Regional All Africa Challenge Trophy earlier this year. The full squad is Nicole Becker, Nicole Garcia, Michelle Leigh, Izel Pieters, Alana van Greuning and Lara Weinstein and including USA College students Leján Lewthwaite and Bertine Strauss who will participate in camps when in South Africa. Players not considered at this time are those going to Q-School in Decem-

ber for the Ladies European Tour. National Coach Val Holland reports that the squad will have their first camp in September up North to be followed by a further two ot three camps by the end of the year. South Africa won the Espirito Santo Trophy in 2006 and tied third in 2010, so Val will be working the girls hard as they travel down The Road to Turkey.

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-Year old Michaela Fletcher, on her first trip out of South Africa, was the best performer at the Girls’ British Open Amateur Championships played from 8 to 12 August. This prestigious junior amateur championship was played at Gullane 1 links in Scotland, very near to renowned host to major championships, Muirfield. The course was lengthened to 6267 years (par 73) for this event and the thick, unforgiving rough is very unlike South African courses. There was a record entry of 219 players, with 75 on the waiting list with a handicap of 2.4 or higher, so the quality of the final field of 144 players was exceptional. WGSA President Cynthia Rayner who managed the girls reports, “ The overnight leaders after Round one were four-under par, with the best of the South African girls, Lara Weinstein, tied 51st on four-over. “Past President, Erica Lefson, had warned us that this event was a “tough school” and this certainly proved to be the case. If anything, this year’s field of 144 junior girls has outclassed previous years and produced top class golf. “One understands that comparing with a previous year does not take into account weather conditions, but in this part of the world, the weather is never perfect so it is worthwhile making the comparison. “The 2010 winning score for the two qualifying rounds played at Royal Belfast was one-over par and the qualifying score for match play (top 64) was 15-over par. This year, 17 year old Noemi Jimenez, top seed of the qualifiers, finished on five-under, and the cut-off for qualifying for the match play was seven-over par. “Only one English girl finished in the top 10 of the tournament which was dominated by French players. The best round came from 15 year old Emily Pedersen from Denmark, who carded a 67 in the second round and tied sixth. “So, unfortunately, the South African girls did not qualify for the match play. Lara Weinstein teed off early and was

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hitting the ball better than she has done both here and in Germany. Things went wrong after the fifth hole, when she missed her one-and-a-half meter eagle putt and ended with a par. With a lost ball on the 17th, she ended with an 81 which she knew was not going to be sufficient to qualify for the match play (77, 81). “Michaela Fletcher has shown amazing character on her first overseas trip, and finished her second qualifying round as the best of our team with a total of 11 over par (79, 78). Izel Pieters, teeing off at 15:07 knew that she had to shoot around 69 to make the cut, but turning three over, this proved to be an almost impossible task. She carded a 78 (84, 78). “The girls acknowledged that reaching the green in regulation was not sufficient and that you need to be within a couple of meters of the hole on the links greens in order to have birdie opportunities. “They left Scotland very disappointed, but with a lot more experience under their young belts. Once again it has been a privilege to accompany the players, who have been outstanding ambassadors for South Africa and shown determination and discipline throughout our trip abroad.”

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omen’s Golf South Africa will increase its affiliated member unions to 13 in January 2012 with the inclusion of the new Ekurhuleni Women’s Golf union. The new unions encompasses the following 15 former Ladies Golf Gauteng clubs – Avion Park Golf Club, Benoni Country Club, Benoni Lake Club, Ebotse Golf Club, Engineers Golf Club, ERPM Golf Club, Heidelberg Golf Club, Kempton Park Golf Club, Nigel Golf Club, Pollak Park Golf Club, Royal Oak Golf Club, SAPS Training Centre Golf Club, Serengeti Golf Union, Springs Golf Club and State Mines Country Club. The history of the new union is that East Rand Ladies Golf was originally formed in 1961, 50 years ago, but disbanded in 1998 to merge with Gauteng Ladies Golf. With 600 to 700 lady members belonging to East Gauteng clubs, Lady Captains had met with their members early this year and were given a mandate to vote at special meeting held to decide whether to form a new union. At a Special Meeting held in March at Benoni Country Club, the delegates unanimously agreed to form the new union, Ekurhuleni Women’s Golf, and applied to Women’s Golf South Africa for affiliation. WGSA formally agreed to accept the new union as from I January 2012. WGSA thanked Ladies Golf Gauteng for agreeing to hand over 2011 affiliation fees of the Ekurhuleni Clubs to the new union as a basis to start. Although the AGM has not taken place yet, the incoming President is expected to be Daphne Maynier and the secretary Ursula Dinglestad. These two ladies have been instrumental in the formation of the union and Daphne will attend the WGSA meetings in September in George, as an observer. The new union has a number of top SA women players in its fold and it will be interesting to see who will constitute first Ekurhuleni women’s team at the WGSA 72 Hole Championships to be played at Polokwane Golf Club in May 2012. The first Ekurhuleni Women’s Stroke Play Championship will be played from 3 to 4 June 2012 and in celebration of the new union, Women’s Golf South Africa will host the first Sanlam South African Match Play Championship at Benoni Country Club in July 2012. WGSA has announced that the Sanlam SA Amateur will be split into separate Stroke Play and Match Play events from 2012.

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anlam SA Women’s Amateur Championship is to be split into separate Stroke Play and Match Play tournaments from 2012. Women’s Golf South Africa has announced that from 2012, the Sanlam Women’s Amateur Championship will be separated into two events – the 54-hole stroke play championship to be played at Umhlali Country Club from 15 to 17 April and the match play championship which will be hosted by Benoni Country Club from 8 to 11 July. The sponsor for the past seven years, Sanlam’s Gary van Loggerenberg is happy with the split and agrees that this is step forward and good for women’s golf. And with the match play event being played over four days, including Sunday, more players will be encouraged to enter both championships. It was agreed to host one at the coast and one inland every year to give as many players as possible an opportunity to participate. The match play event with only one division will commence with a 36-hole qualifier on the Sunday awarding ranking points. 64 Players will qualify and the 32 first round losers will contest a plate event. The championship plate and plate finals will be played on Wednesday afternoon, and losing semi-finalists in each event will play for third and fourth places. Earlier this year at Rustenburg Golf Club, the stroke play championship was won by Kim Williams and the match play by Iliska Verwey. As both these players will be attending the LET Q-school in December, it is likely that new South African women’s champions will emerge at both these tournaments.

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WOMEN’S GOLF SOUTH AFRICA WELCOMES EKURHULENI WOMEN’S GOLF AS ITS 13TH MEMBER UNION


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cial hling - Rules Offi By Gerhard Neet

THE EXCEPTIONS to the Rules OUR READERS ARE BY NOW FAMILIAR WITH THE GENERAL RULES OF THE GOLF. REMEMBER THAT THE TERM “RULE’’ INCLUDES: a. The Rules of Golf and their interpretations as contained in “Decisions on the Rules of Golf ” b. Any Conditions of Competition c. Any Local Rules established by the Committee d. The specifications on clubs and the ball In this article we are going to look at some exceptions to the rules, which sometimes create confusion.

EXCEPTIONS IN A HAZARD The rules of golf prevent a player from testing the condition in a hazard, to touch the ground in the hazard or the water in the hazard or to touch or move a loose impediment lying in or touching the hazard.

swing • her line of play or a reasonable extension of that line beyond the hole • the area in which she is to drop or place a ball

This rule does however allow a player to: a) touch the ground or loose impediments in any hazard or water in a hazard as a result of or to prevent falling, while removing an obstruction or in marking the position of, retrieving, lifting, placing or replacing a ball under any Rule or b) to place her clubs in the hazard. After making a stroke in the hazard, and even if the ball is still in the hazard, the player may also smooth the sand or soil in the hazard In smoothing the soil or sand the player may still not improve: • the position or lie of her ball • the area of her intended stance or

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These restrictions are not applicable if the ball is outside of the bunker after the stroke. The player may also test the hazard from where the stroke was played from even if the ball is in another or similar hazard!

A player may not take free relief from an immovable obstruction if it is clearly unfair for her to make a stroke from anything other than the immovable obstruction

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Players are aware that they may not touch the sand in a bunker or may not ground the club in a water hazard. This restriction does however allow for the player at any time, including at address


Movable obstructions (i.e. artificial movable objects such as rakes, tin cans, etc.) located anywhere may however be moved without penalty. If the ball moves as a result, it must be replaced without penalty. A player is penalized if she causes her ball to move and the ball must be replaced.

Free relief is available from immovable obstructions and abnormal ground conditions when the condition physically interferes with the lie of the ball, your stance or your swing. You may lift the ball and drop it within one club-length of the “nearest point of relief, but not nearer the hole”. This relief is available except when the ball is in a water hazard, when it is clearly unreasonable for her to make a stroke because of interference by anything other than an immovable obstruction or if interference by an immovable obstruction would occur only through use of an unnecessarily abnormal stance, swing or direction of play.

BALL DEFLECTED BY ANOTHER BALL If a ball struck by you is deflected or stopped by another ball at rest, there is no penalty and the ball is played as it lies. Except in stroke play where you incur a two-stroke penalty if your ball and the other ball were on the putting green before you played. (Rule 19-5a)

OBSTRUCTIONS An “obstruction’’ is anything artificial, including the artificial surfaces and sides of roads and paths, except any construction declared by the Committee to be an integral part of the course. For this reason it is important for players to familiarise themselves with the local rules before commencing a round.

a bunker, the player may touch an immovable obstruction in that bunker prior to playing from the hazard 4. The rake may be placed in the hazard prior to playing from the hazard 5. Leaves are movable obstructions 6. A player may touch grass in a water hazard during address or the backward movement of the stroke 7. A player is penalized two strokes for deflecting the ball off a fellow competitor on the fairway 8. The player may place her foot on the line of the putt in holing out , in an effort to avoid the line of putt of a fellow competitor

TOUCHING THE LINE OF PUTT The rules of golf prevent a player from making a stroke on the putting green from a stance astride or with either foot touching the line of putt or an extension of that line behind the ball. The exception to this rule was added to apply no penalty if this act was inadvertent or to avoid standing on another player’s line of putt. Players are also encouraged to make use of this exception to hole out if in close proximity of the hole in order to speed up play!

dition of the Competition 2. During the address of the ball in

9. A movable obstruction may be removed from a hazard prior to playing from the hazard 10. A committee may provide a local rule for stones to be removed from a bunker prior to play from it ANSWERS: 1. True 2. True 3. True 4. True 5. False 6. True 7. False 8. True 9. True 10. True

or in the backward movement for the stroke, to touch, with a club or otherwise, any obstruction, any construction declared by the Committee to be an integral part of the course or any grass, bush, tree or other growing thing.

1. The term “rule” includes the Con-

3. Clubs may be placed in a hazard

IMMOVABLE OBSTRUCTIONS

Water hazard before a green

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Relief from an immovable obstruction - the built up wall of the teeing area

ADDRESSING THE BALL A player has “addressed the ball’’ when he has taken his stance and has also grounded his club, except that in a hazard a player has addressed the ball when he has taken his stance.

EQUIPMENT “Equipment” is anything used, worn or carried by the player or anything carried for the player by his partner or either of their caddies. Equipment also includes a golf cart, whether motorised or not. Exceptions would be the ball she has played to the hole and any small object, such as a coin or a tee, when used to mark the position of a ball.

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EVENTS CALENDAR

SEPTEMBER 14th

Kim Williams Fundraising Golf Day - Centurion Country Club

To book, please call Nicola van Heerden 012 665 9601

or email nicola@centurioncountryclub.co.za

17th

Peugeot Mashie Series - Thatchfield Golf Academy

18th - 23rd

Pick n Pay Inter Provincial - George Golf Club

24TH

DON’T FORGET TO PLAN YOUR GOLF AROUND NATIONAL BRAAI DAY!

OCTOBER 8th

Peugeot Beginner Clinic - Thatchfield Golf Academy

10th - 12th

Boland Championships - Strand Golf Club

15th - 16th

G & R Ackerman & J Ackerman under 21 Championships - Westlake Golf Club

17th

One Step Ahead Golf Day - ERPM

To Book Contact Marianna Laing 011 608 4819 / 084 800 1027

marianna@numberindigo.co.za 22nd

Peugeot Mashie Series - Thatchfield Golf Academy

Booking for all Peugeot events can be done on www.cloud9golf.co.za

NOVEMBER 7th - 9th

SA Mid Amateur Championships - Kingswood Golf Estate

7th

Peugeot Novice Pro-Am - Zwartkop Country Club, Pretoria

8th

National Final: M-Net Cares Drive for a Cause - Randpark Golf Course

10th

Korbitec Golf Challenge - Royal Durban Golf Course

Promote your business and help a good cause - all proceeds to Amathuba Community Development project

Contat Kerry Muller on 031 240 0100 or 084 984 8045

19th - 20th

Mpumalanga Championships - TBA

For more information on events, organisers & bookings for the rest of the year, please visit our website: www.sawomangolfer.co.za To be part of the events calendar, send your event dates to: info@sawomangolfer.co.za

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SA WOMAN GOLFER

Sep/Oct/Nov 2011


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n Tuesday 09 August 2011, Joburg Gems ran a Woman’s Day competition at its five member clubs, all at the same time! Each club set aside a number of fourballs for the competition, which meant the 38 participants could choose to play at Royal Johannesburg & Kensington GC, Glendower GC, Randpark GC, Parkview GC or The Bryanston Country Club. Joburg Tourism CEO, Lindiwe Kwele was present on the day, and was thrilled that such an event had been created in honour of Woman’s Day, “It’s wonderful to see these five clubs working together

Glendower ladies

to jointly promote golf tourism in the City and in this instance, female participation in sport. And for them to have held a joint competition at each of their clubs on Woman’s Day reinforces what this day is all about – the power of the collective.” In order for the ladies to feel well and truly pampered, tee times only started at 11am, giving them the chance to sleep in a little on their day off; and the competition fee included a champagne welcome, complimentary gift bag, green fees and halfway house meal. In addition to the main prize of a weekend stay at

Lindiwe Kwele and golfing friends

the magnificent Fairway Hotel & Golf Resort with three rounds of golf at any of the Joburg Gems golf clubs, there were also spot prizes at each club, as well as fantastic spa vouchers and golf discounts for the ladies to enjoy. The competition format was betterball stableford and the overall winners were Andrea Buys and Beryl Bate, who entered at Randpark, ending on 44 points. For more information or to book your golf tour, please contact Diane at GEMC 078 456 5070 or via diane@gemcmarketing.co.za

The ladies at Randpark

SOWETO TEES OFF WITH NEW GOLF FACILITY

T

he Sports Trust, in partnership with Nedbank and Sun International, has made another significant contribution to golf development through the launch of a new practice facility in Soweto. The Kwadeda Golf Project was officially opened at the Kwadeda High School, with the Minister of Sport and Recreation, Fikile Mbalula, in attendance. The facility is the first of its kind in Soweto, and includes a putting green and practice nets that will be available for use by the entire Zola community. Funding for the Kwadeda Golf Project was raised at the 2010 Sports Trust Golf Challenge, an annual golf day hosted at Sun City on the Monday after the Nedbank Golf Challenge and which raises over R1-million each year for the Trust. “It is well documented that sport

and recreation can play a significant role in building healthy, vibrant communities . What excites me about this particular project, is the opportunity to impart some of golf’s values, such honesty and respect, on young and impressionable members of this community.” Says Rob Fleming, Chairman of The Sports Trust. The facility and its ability to make a positive impact on the community received a glowing endorsement from the Minister of Sport, who declared that the success of projects such as this are to form the blueprint of the Ministry’s own sports development programmes. “The Sports Trust has since its inception been a catalyst for meaningful change in sport and recreation.” said Minister Mbalula. “We will collectively work with The Sports Trust to

sharpen our interventions in communities around the country. The lessons learned will also put us in the right position as we develop and finalise the case for sport.” Kwadeda High School principal, TB Mnisi, said the new facility will greatly improve the task of golf coach Tebogo Mosiane. “He has been trying over the years against all odds to teach our learners how to play golf. Now that a proper golf facility has been built, he will be able to teach them in a conducive environment.” Soweto has produced the majority of South Africa’s leading black professional golfers, including 1976 French Open winner Vincent Tshabalala, Theo Manyama, Zac Mavundla, Moses Molefe and Richard Mogoerani. And the area remains a vast talent pool for the entire golf industry.

Sep/Oct/Nov 2011

SA WOMAN GOLFER

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SNIPPETS

JOBURG GEMS HOLDS WOMAN’S DAY COMPETITION AT FIVE CLUBS


OF FAME!

NAME

DATE

GOLF COURSE

NAME

DATE

GOLF COURSE

Agneta Groth

8 February 09

East London Golf Club (17th hole)

Mariaan Meintjes

6 February 10

Arabella Golf Club (14th hole)

Alice Rossi

17 November 02

Humewood Golf Club (12th hole)

22 June 11

Roodepoort Country Club (5th Hole)

Angela May

17 October 09

Richards Bay Golf Club (3rd hole)

20 September 10

Wild Coast Sun (4th hole)

Ann Bainbridge

8 April 94

Wanderers Golf Club (6th hole)

1 October 98

Glendower Golf Club (17th hole)

Anna-Rett Steyn

10 May 00

Kokstad Golf Club

11 January 01

Germiston Golf Club (15th hole)

Annette Lawson

29 July 01

Wanderers Golf Club (Old 6th hole)

July 07

Simbithi Golf Course (2nd hole)

Ansie du Plessis

5 June 07

Stilbaai

31 January 95

Bluff National Park

21 October 05

Pezula Course (11th hole)

10 February 02

Southbroom

17 February 09

Plettenberg Bay C C (11th hole)

14 October 90

Sand River, Virginia (16th hole)

1 August 01

Amanzimtoti Country Club (7th hole)

12 January 00

Goldfields, North West (6th hole)

2 August 09

Amanzimtoti Country Club (4th hole)

25 August 05

Parow (7th hole)

Catherine Harvey

02 March 10

Port Elizabeth Golf Club (17th hole)

25 August 07

Atlantic Beach (12th hole)

Catherine Spendlove

18 March 06

Cato Ridge C C (16th hole)

22 November 05

Westlake (3rd hole)

16 September 06

Bluff National Park G C (12 hole)

1996

Royal Durban Golf Club (6th hole)

Colleen Wagner

21 December 08

Milnerton Golf Club (7th hole)

4 September 03

Royal Durban Golf Club (2nd hole)

Denise Davies

17 February 11

Humewood Golf Club (12th Hole)

4 September 03

Royal Durban Golf Club (6th hole)

Denise Holton

17 February 05

Services

25 August 10

Schoemanpark Golf Course

Elna van der Walt

21 April 08

Irene Country Club (7th hole)

7 February 00

Port Elizabeth Golf Club (14th hole)

Fahiema Enous

20 November 10

Westlake Golf Course (15th hole)

14 August 08

Katberg Eco Estate (3rd hole)

G Venter

1 April 94

Statemines (5th hole)

Rina Lifman

15 October 03

King David Golf Club (2nd hole)

Heather Watridge

9 April 89

Brakpan County Club (11th hole)

Rina Buckland

4 May 04

Milnerton Golf Club (CPT) (5th hole)

14 June 10

State Mines Country Club (5th hole)

29 June 10

East London Golf Club (2nd hole)

Helen O’Dwyer

8 May 10

Beachwood Country Club (7th hole)

27 July 10

East London Golf Club (2nd hole)

Irma Calitz

16 January 11

Randpark Golf Course (8th hole)

Roslyn Howard

12 September 09

Milnerton Golf Club (7th hole)

Jacquie Evershed

23 March 04

Silver Lakes, Pretoria (9th hole)

Sarah Raine

20 July 08

Westlake Golf Course (15th hole)

11 January 80

Irene Country Club (4th hole)

Shan Trimborn

16 December 10

Cato Ridge Golf Club (1st hole)

9 August 96

Irene Country Club (13th hole)

21 December 96

Margate Country Club (11th hole)

7 May 03

Irene Country Club (16th hole)

31 August 04

Royal Durban Golf Club (2nd hole)

19 June 74

Eshowe Country Club

Sue Daniels

28 Nov 98

Umbogintwini Golf Club

1976

Riverview (Zululand)

Sue Smith

17 February 11

Pretoria Country Club (14th Hole)

14 February 98

Southbroom (14th hole)

Suzette Steyn

21 March 04

Bank Golf Club (15th hole)

July 98

Southbroom (14th hole)

Ursula Engel

23 October 10

Montagu Golf Course (2nd hole)

January 09

Southbroom (14th hole)

Wendy Counihan

14 July 09

East London Golf Club (17th hole)

22 July 09

Southbroom (4th hole)

6 May 93

Durbanvile (7th hole)

13 February 99

Observatory Golf Course (4th hole)

12 September 98

Mooreesburg (6th hole)

15 April 08

Goose Valley Golf Club (5th hole)

30 June 98

Bethlehem Country Club (2nd hole)

15 March 10

Goose Valley Golf Club (11th hole)

21 April 01

Bethlehem Country Club (6th hole)

Louisa Muller

1 May 07

Erinvale Golf Club (11th hole)

19 August 06

Bethlehem Country Club (6th hole)

Lorette Hegie

16 August 11

Milnerton Golf Club (11th hole)

Lorraine Toich

3 August 09

East London Golf Club (2nd hole)

Lucille Botes

13 August 02

Royal Durban (3rd hole)

Lydia Muhl

18 February 07

Kloof Country Club

Lynne Wilkinson

17 September 07

Simola Golf & Country Estate (9th hole)

Lynn Simpson

15 October 09

Port Shepstone golf club (8th hole)

Avril Steele Babs Joubert

Jacquie Reid

Jean Corfe

Jean Mills Leola Joubert

Madeleine vd Vyver 4 April 08

Leopard Creek (12th hole)

Maria Miles

East London Golf Club (2nd hole)

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25 March 08

SA WOMAN GOLFER

Sep/Oct/Nov 2011

Marina Nel Maureen Cann Maureen Valsecchi Nel Hean Nicky Fourie Pam Welz Pat Coutselinis Pauline Mountain Petro Beneke Pri Bladen

Rosemary Wilson

Shirley Long

Wendy Hanson

Yvonne Coertzen

HAVE YOU HAD A HOLE IN ONE? Please send us your name, the course you were playing, the date and if you are one of the rare few who have done it more than once – tell us that too. We’ll add you to our ‘Hole of Fame’. Send your details to info@sawomangolfer.co.za and we will make you famous!


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Series of 30 Fundraising Golf Events hosted by Ambassador Golf Clubs / Corporate Golf Days nationwide R120 of Entrance Fees is donated directly to our beneficiaries Sponsored Golf Prizes: 1st – 3rd, 4 Nearest-the-Pins, 2 Longest Drives Betterball winners of all competitions are invited to our National Final, 8 November Sponsored Goodie Bags per player Betterball winners of all competitions are invited to our National Final, 8 November R23 000 Raffle Draws up for grabs at every Ambassador Day Club raising the most money wins a trip to Mauritius compliments of World Leisure Holidays

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