CLUB E-NEWSLETTER May ‘13
As the weather gets progressively warmer, it cues the fast approaching peak golfing season. In this issue, we kick off the golf season with a good read on the exciting 2013 Masters, as we relive the non-‐stop action and the dramatic ups and downs. The atmosphere in Sheshan is also filled with anticipation as we prepare for our Junior Elites’ p articipation in the junior tournaments in America, and many more events for our members. So here’s to an amazing golf season ahead as we head into Summer! LOW LI TING 刘莉婷 Club Updates Pg 2-‐10 “This yea Notices, Tee-‐times and Club r more dra ’s Championship h ma and c a events ontrovers d a Hong K y t han ong Soap O p e r a ” Golf News Pg 11-‐16 Modern Masters Pg 17-‐18 Sheshan Golf Learning Center Sheshan Junior Golf Team Prepares for America’s Biggest Junior Tournaments Rule of the month Pg 19 Ball at Rest Moved – Rule 18 w loving his ne tt o c S m a d A green jacket.
Golfersâ€™ Lodge The Lodge at Sheshan International Golf Club is having an exclusive members-only promotion, with a generous 20% discount off room rates on top of a waiver of the 15% service charge.
Golf Lodge Room Rates: Room Category
RMB 600 + 15%
RMB 800 + 15%
Lodge Golf View
RMB 1080 + 15%
RMB1280 + 15%
Terms & Conditions: Promotions ends 30th September 2013. Promotion is only valid for booking by members. Members booking on behalf of other guests must provide details of the guests residing in the room upon making the booking. Each member is only entitled to one booking each month for the promotion period, which cannot be acumulated over the months.
CLUB UPDATES Course Maintenance
As the temperatures have warmed up, the grass has quickly returned to a beautiful green on most of the course and the fairways have recovered nicely from the cold of winter. The greens also recovered very well from aeration and are now smooth and starting to speed up. When the ground temperature warms up, the summer paspalum grass begins to grow faster, replacing the winter rye grass. In order to help this process, it is necessary to verticut and aerate to give more space for the new grass to grow. The rough was verticut in April to help the process and the tees and fairways will be done in May. We will start to see more and more leaves on the new trees around the golf course and the warm Spring weather is bringing out flowers and different colors of bushes and trees. May will be one of the prettiest months at Sheshan and we hope that you will be able to get out and enjoy the great weather and fantastic scenery. As always, we appreciate your understanding about any disruptions in play and look forward to more great conditions on the golf course.
Yours Sincerely, Gavin Eckford Director of Golf
CLUB UPDATES Tee Time Schedules: April 2013
First Tee Time: 06:28 Last Tee Time: 16:36 (9-‐Hole Play) 14:36 (18-‐Hole Play)
First Tee Time: 06:28 – 08:20 11:32 – 13:24 Last Tee Time: 16:36 (9-‐Hole Play) 13:24 (18-‐Hole Play)
CLUB UPDATES No-‐Show and Cancellation Policy Reminder Dear Member, As the peak golf season has arrived once again, we would like to take this opportunity to remind all members about the cancellation and no-‐show policy. These rules are in place to ensure that we can accommodate as many members as possible. As listed in the member rules, tee times for weekdays must be cancelled with at least 24 hours notice. Tee times for Saturday must be cancelled before 5:00pm on Thursday and for Sunday must be cancelled before 5:00pm on Friday. If you book a tee time and do not show up, members may be responsible for paying for the cost of the entire tee time. We appreciate your understanding that these policies are in place to ensure that we can accommodate as many members as possible, especially on weekends.
Schedule of Events Absolute Golf Challenge 24th May 2013 Shotgun Start: 1:00pm
CLUB UPDATES TaylorMade Demo Day
12th May, Sunday. 11:00am – 4:00pm. Sheshan Driving Range
TaylorMade will have all of their latest equipment to try at Sheshan on Sunday, May 12th, 11:00am-‐4:00pm. Take a look at what the Tour Pros are playing and let the TaylorMade Professional staff custom fit their products to improve your game. Test your current equipment against the newest products from TaylorMade to see if you can help you shoot better scores with the right equipment.
TaylorMade Rocketbladez TaylorMade RBZ Stage 2
By Gavin Although we are fortunate in Shanghai to be a ble to play golf all year, the is much more conducive to weather doing s o in the Spring. The grass begins to grow, we can take off our winter coats, and the sun begins to make more appearances. This time of the year is great i n golf and it also marks the lead up to t he first Major Championship of the year, The Masters. After last year’s finish with Louis Ousthuizen’s exciting Albatross during the final round and Bubba Watson’s infamous hook wedge from the trees to win, 2013 had a lot to live up to. Corner at Augusta National Golf Amen Club
Modern Masters Eckford Augusta National Golf Club has so many defining features that let us know that we are unmistakably watching The Masters. From it’s perfectly manicured fairways to it’s lighting fast undulating greens, blooming azaleas to patented pine needles lining the trees, Augusta is truly unique in so many ways. The tournament history is rich and this event may be the most dramatic in all of golf leading in to the “crowning” of a Champion with it’s coveted Green Jacket. This year was no exception.
Blooming flowers at Augusta National Golf Club
factor in the growth of The One big
Masters and Augusta National has been technology. When the Big 3 (Jack Arnold Palmer, and Gary Nicklaus, were vying for the Green Jacket Player) in the e arly 1960s, television was black and white. At the time, TV was new to the world and this opened the doors for to get their first look at millions Augusta National. It was a glorious time in golf as three of the greatest of all time w ere in their prime and provided with one exciting Masters golf fans after a nother. Around 1970, TV started to move in to color. This provided with an opportunity to Augusta showcase it’s perfect conditions and elevated the legend of Augusta National to another level.
Arnold Palmer (1960)
Although the golf course has been lengthened to combat today’s long hitters and equipment changes, much of the aesthetics remain as they did in the 1960’s. Somehow, exciting finishes have managed to keep us on the edge of our seats year after year which is a true testament to the storied Sunday Back 9 at Augusta. The most recent change in technology that has elevated Augusta National once again is the advent of HD Television.
Gary Player (1978)
Jack Nicklaus (1975)
Shades of green get deeper, the pine needles take shape and the azaleas explode off the screen. It has also allowed us to see the incredible amounts of elevation changes that run throughout Augusta’s fairways and greens. Modern technology has enhanced the Masters experience to a
point where one can almost smell the
was in position to make the cut with
freshly mown grass on Sunday
a good second round. Considering
morning. It has given us the
he doesn’t hit the ball very far,
opportunity to see how truly difficult
Augusta played very long and he
Augusta National can play with rolling
was forced to hit fairway woods and
hills, uneven lies, and seemingly
hybrids in to a number of holes but
his short game and mental strength
helped him along the way. During
This year’s Championship had more
the second round, he was penalized
drama and controversy than a Hong
1 stroke for slow play. This penalty
Kong Soap Opera and will be
was within the rules of the event
remembered as much for it’s peculiar
although it is rarely ever utilized.
rulings as it will for incredible golf.
At the time of the penalty, this
The first big story was 14 year old Guan moved him outside of the cut line Tianlang from China who became the
which would have been a
youngest player in Masters and Major
devastating result. Fortunately he
history. This is incredible on it’s own
managed to make the cut with a 75
but after an opening round of 73, he
and surprised everyone, including me.
all faded away come Sunday, it’s one of the interesting twists that Augusta always tends to bring. The night between round 2 and 3 really sparked things up as Tiger Woods Guan Tianlang presented with Low Amateur Trophy
accidentally took a bad drop after his ball on the par 5 -‐15th hole hit the
More impressive than his fantastic play flagstick and bounced in the water. He was his poise with the media. He was
should have dropped in the same place
very impressive in every interview and to re-‐hit but instead moved 2 yards truly did a wonderful job of
further back and tried from there.
representing China on the world stage.
There was a lot of discussion about
Everyone around China should be very being disqualified but in the end, he proud of Guan and we should expect to was given a 2 stroke penalty and hear a lot more from this rising star for moved from -‐3 to -‐1 overnight. years to come. He would also go on to make the cut at the Zurich Classic two weeks later on the PGA Tour. Although Guan’s youth was big story, so was the age of the older generation appearing on the leaderboard. 55 year olds, Sandy Lyle and Berhard Langer were both under par after 2 rounds and 53 year old, Fred Couples was tied for the lead after 2 rounds. Although they
Tiger disappointment after shot hit the pin and rolled into the water.
Once the controversy cleared, the stage
Masters and this putt moved him one
was set for the usual exciting Sunday
shot ahead of Cabrera to -‐9.
finish at Augusta. There were a number of players in the mix to fight for the
As Angel Cabrera was already in the
coveted green jacket but only a few
fairway at 18, he was well aware of
remained in contention until the very
Scott’s brilliant putt and knew that he
end. Tiger played well but couldn’t get
would need a birdie to force a playoff.
many putts to drop and in the end, the
With another aggressive swing from
unfortunate break from the days before the impressive Argentine known as could not be made up and he would
“El Pato” (“The Duck” in Spanish), he
finish in a tie for 4th at -‐5. The final 3
stuck his iron shot to 3 feet from the
players with a chance were Australians, hole. The crowd erupted and Scott and Adam Scott, and Jason Day, as well as
Cabrera would head back to the 18th
Argentina’s Angel Cabrera, a two-‐time
tee for a playoff at -‐9.
Major winner. Day narrowly missed a birdie putt on 18 that would have tied him with Scott and Cabrera at -‐8 and his run was over. Scott, in the group behind, hit his 8 iron on 18 to around 25 feet, pin high to the right. Cabrera was in the final group and hit a perfect tee shot on 18 down the right side of the fairway. Scott stepped up and made his birdie putt and the excitement was electric. No Australian golfer had ever won the
Cabrera celebrating his putt on 18, which forced a playoff with Scott
After both making par on 18, the next hole would be the difficult par 4 -‐10th. They both hit perfect tee shots and Cabrera hit a solid second shot to 20 feet from the pin. Scott answered with a beauty of his own to around 12 feet right of the flag. When Cabrera narrowly missed his birdie, it gave Adam Scott the putt for his elusive first Major. He calmly read the line, took a practice stroke and buried the putt in the center of the cup.
Adam Scott looking good in green.
The Masters has and always will be one of the greatest tournaments in the game of golf and today’s technology has blended beautifully with the tournament’s history to make it even
better. Although Augusta will continue to be somewhat of a mystery for most of us outside of 1 week every year, watching from home has never brought us closer. With another incredible finish at Augusta filled with drama, excitement, controversy and exceptional golf, the golf season is officially underway. We will however have to wait a while for the next Major which will be the US Open at Merion Golf Club in mid-‐June.
Loud cheer for Scott as he wins his first Major.
Sheshan Junior Golf Team Prepares for America’s Biggest Junior Tournaments By Cyrus Janssen
As parents make final preparations for this year’s summer holiday, Sheshan Golf Club’s Junior Team is continuing our final preparations for this year’s summer trip to America. Leaving China on July 5th, Sheshan Professionals Cyrus Janssen and Robbie Sherwin will take our group of 12 Sheshan juniors to America for an exciting two weeks of junior golf in Southern California.
In this month’s article we would like to give our membership an insider’s guide to the two tournaments our team will be participating in.
July 7th-‐12th – San Diego Junior Masters
Founded in 2008 the San Diego Junior Masters is held annually the week before the Callaway Junior World to prep players for the major event. The event has experienced tremendous success over the past 5 years and in 2012 featured over 492 players from 25 countries. The event is held on 4 different golf courses throughout the San Diego area separating juniors into 8 different divisions. Winners of each division, both boys and girls, receive a special exemption into the Callaway Junior World, considered the premier junior tournament in the world.
July 15th-‐19th – Callaway Junior World
With over 60 years of history the Callaway Junior World has established itself as the pinnacle in junior golf. Last year’s tournament featured over 1,200 participants from over 56 countries around the world. The Callaway Junior World Golf Championships is the largest international event in the world and is unique for its international representation and cultural diversity.
One of the biggest years for the Callaway World Junior was in 1984 when the following players won: David Toms (Boys 15-‐17), Ernie Els (Boys 13-‐14), and Tiger Woods (Boys 9-‐10). In addition Phil Mickelson finished second to Ernie during that tournament. Of course all of these players went on to enjoy Hall of Fame careers on the PGA Tour.
Sheshan’s team of 12 Elite Junior Players represent the most talented level of tournament players and we are proud to become the first Mainland Chinese Club to support and send a team of children overseas to compete and represent the club.
We would like to thank our Sheshan Junior Elite Program sponsors PING and Nike Golf and we look forward to sharing the details of our trip with the entire membership as the trip draws closer.
Stayed tuned for next month’s newsletter as we profile each of the 12 juniors who will be traveling to America this summer.
Ball at Rest Moved – Rule 18
Ball moved when taking a practice swing If you take a practice swing and accidentally move your ball in doing so this does not count as a stroke, and you must put the ball back with 1 penalty stroke. If you do not put the ball back you will incur 2 penalty strokes for playing the ball from the wrong spot.
Ball moved after Address If a player’s ball in play moves after they have addressed the ball (other than as a result of a stroke), the player is deemed to have moved the ball and incurs a 1 stroke penalty. The ball must then be replaced and the shot can then be played.
Ball moved by another ball If a ball in play and at rest is moved by another ball in motion after a stroke, the moved ball must be replaced.