SURREY GOLF AUTUMN 2022

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ISSUE 30

AUTUMN 2022

SURREY GOLF T H E

M A G A Z I N E

F O R

S U R R E Y

C O U N T Y

G O L F E R S

COUNTY NEWS

SURREY LADIES

News and events from around Surrey

Lottie Woad wins the R and A crown

PRO TALK Sam Truman explains how to effectively measure your game and pinpoint areas to work on

PLUS... Let’s practice on the course with PGA Pro, Sam Truman A mental warm up with David MacKenzie Learn how to train smart with Sam Heffer

GOLF BREAKS A golfing break in Wallonia, Southern Belgium Northern Ireland – made for golf Golf tours and safaris in Kruger


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Welcome... What a busy Summer across Surrey. We have crowned many new champions, congratulations to all, especially Lottie Woad, smashing another win to become the R and A Girls amateur champion – an outstanding victory. A special mention in this edition goes to Gerry Murphy, who is hanging up his boots after 40 years of service to the Surrey Schools Golf Association. Thank you Gerry for all your hard work and enjoy some well earned time off!

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In this edition of Surrey Golf Magazine...

Assistant County Secretary: Caroline Hardy-Evans

On The Tee with Steve McNeil, updating us on how the Surrey Teams have been progressing.

Golf Coordinator: Sam Wood

David MacKenzie helps you improve your mental state before your game and Sam Truman is on hand with tips on how to practice your game while on the golf course. If you are looking for a getaway, we have some great suggestions – waffles, beer and a golf break in Wallonia, Southern Belgium or if you fancy something further afield, how about a trip to Kruger.

Administrator: Sue Henderson COUNTY OFFICERS Chairman: Alan Page Treasurer: Colin Barr Chairman: Terry Casey EG Voting Member: Steve McNeill TEAM CAPTAINS/MANAGER 1st Team Captain: David Corben Seniors Manager: Pat Cunningham Junior U18/U17 Manager: Brian Woodham Junior U16/U15 Manager: Peter Millham Junior U14/U13 Manager: Marc Prince Junior U12 Manager: Colin Moody Rookie Tour Manager: Bob Lacey Head County Coach: John Noble

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WHAT’S INSIDE...

20 Colin Montgomerie opens expanded club fitting suite 24 Foxhills hosts PGA Cup

 COUNTY LADIES 16 Surrey pairing win England Golf Trust Cup

 COUNTY TALK 6 Tee off with County Secretary Steve McNeill.

18 Surrey Ladies’ County Golf Association – summer 2022 round up 22 Lottie wins R&A crown

 COUNTY NEWS

 PSYCHOLOGY

10 & 12 Championship winners

26 A mental warm up with David MacKenzie

14 West Surrey duo claim foursome championship; U14s win SEG League final and SGU – upcoming dates

 PRO TALK 28 Let’s practice on the course with PGA Pro, Sam Truman

38 Golf tours and safaris in Kruger

 GOLF SHOPPER 40 Golf membership that travels with you 42 What’s hot for 2022 44 PING introduces 10 new putter models 46 High performance clothing by Chervò

n GOLF FITNESS 30 Learn how to train smart with Sam Heffer

 GOLF BREAKS 32 Take a golfing break in Wallonia, Southern Belgium 36 Discover Northern Ireland – made for golf

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COUNTY TALK

ON THE

TEE with County Secretary STEVE MCNEILL

Well, just where has the time gone? it was only the other week I was talking about the upcoming 2023 season! Mind you what a great season the Surrey teams are having.

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he U14’s have yet again made it to the Southeast Group League Final where they will play Middlesex and Hertfordshire. Over the years, Surrey have been very successful in this league, winning it more times than any other county. Some of these youngsters will go on to represent Surrey in various teams right up to the pinnacle of county golf, playing in the England Golf Six-man Qualifier for the National County Finals. Which brings me nicely onto the mens 1st team who have qualified for

this year’s National Finals by winning the Southeast Group section against 10 other counties at Bury St Edmonds, not an easy task and the first time we have achieved this since 2014. What made it even more special for me was the fact the six players in our team had all come through the Surrey U14 RookieTour, something I was heavily involved with when I was a volunteer with the county. I could not have been any prouder! The mens team were undefeated in winning their SEG League and now play Essex in the final, there is a lot of strength in depth within this squad and with so many matches and competitions we take part in we need it. The U16 team which is crammed with up-and-coming quality players have also won their SEG league undefeated and take on Hertfordshire and Essex in the triple final.

Not to be left out, the Surrey Seniors have won through to the SEG Foursomes final, after only just missing out on reaching their Six-Man National Final, by a couple of shots. Well done and good luck to all the teams. I will update you in the next edition, hopefully with lots of good news! Thinking about next year, 2023 is the Surrey Centenary, which I will talk about in more detail in the Spring edition. But suffice to say there will be events and various special competitions we will be running to celebrate 100 years since the formation of the Surrey Golf Union, not least a Pro-Am with many ex-Surrey Professionals taking part. May your drives be straight, your approaches be close, and your putts holed.

Cheers, Steve If you would like any further information on any of the events mentioned that we run for golfers of all ages and standards throughout the year, please visit the Surrey Golf website www.surreygolf.org or call us at the office on 01483 755788 and either Caroline, Sam, Sue or myself will be more than happy to assist you. We are here to help all our affiliated members and future members. I really hope to see you at one or more of our events. And remember the kettle is on!

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COUNTY NEWS

TOM HAWKINGS FROM SUNNINGDALE WINS THE SURREY SENIORS CHAMPIONSHIP

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he 2023 Seniors Championship was held at the Richmond Golf Club over two days. After the first round the leading scores were WHS Jackson (Woking) and Tom Hawkins (Sunningdale) both shooting an excellent 69, 1 under par, closely followed by Nigel Pimm (Surbiton) and Ian Attoe (Worplesdon) with solid 72’s, with several players a further one or two shots further back. Meaning there would be a good mix of players in contention for the Championship in the second round. As it should be, on the second round the leading players would go out at the back of the field. Adrian Mitchell (Royal Mid-Surrey) came in with a fine two over par 72 improving on his first round of 75 for a 147 total and the clubhouse lead, however this was pushed back when previous winner of the Championship Keith Waters (West Byfleet) matched his second round of 72 to go with a 74 for a combined 146. Joint first round leader WHP Jackson could not match his previous days score coming in with a 76 for a 145 total which was only good enough for 4th place, losing out 3rd place on countback to Nigel Pimm who had a 73 to go with his 72 for to also finish on 145.

Ian Attoe had the best second round score with a level par 70 to put him in top spot with a combined 142, this overall total was matched by Tom Hawkins who putted out for a 73 to go with his 69. So, it would be a play of, this would be sudden death using the 1st & 18th holes. And it was Tom Hawkins who prevailed with a superb birdie on the first play off hole, an excellent finish to what had been a quality event at a quality venue. Many of the players commented on the excellent condition of course, especially the greens.

PETER CROCOMBE FROM ROEHAMPTON WINS MID-AGE CHAMPIONSHIP Thursday 16th June saw 39 players head out onto fairways at Malden GC in search of victory at the Surrey MidAge Championship 2022. With the sun beaming down on players at over 30 degrees, it was clear that the day would be a real test of golf and character. Thick rough lined the fairways and offered nothing but trouble if a player were to miss a fairway. Prizes: 3rd Place – David Primrose (Sutton Green) 144 (+2). 2nd Place – Andrew Cooley (Chobham) 143 (+1) 1st Place – Peter Crocombe (Roehampton) 141 (-1)

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CHARLIE CROCKETT WINS SURREY AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP

The 2022 County Championships were held at West Byfleet Golf Club over the weekend of June 27th to 29th. The 36 hole qualifying on day one produced some excellent golf. Charlie Crockett (Addington Palace) led the pack with a score of 137 (-3), just ahead of his Surrey team mate Aadam Syed (Foxhills) on 139, these being the only players to better par. By the conclusion of the semi finals, Charlie Crockett would face David Primrose (Sutton Green) in the final. The final set off in front of a large number of spectators and Charlie again got off to a fast start getting to 2up after 5 holes with excellent birdies on the 2nd and 5th, his lead could have been bigger had Will not holed several putts for halved holes. Will pulled himself back level in the match with birdies on the 7th and 8th and hit the front for the first time with a par 4 on the 9th after an errant drive from Charlie. Will gave the lead on the 10th with a rare 3 putt, the next 2 holes being shared with regulation pars. Charlie 3 putted the 13th hole with Will in close on the beautiful par 3 hole. The match was level again after an excellent approach from Charlie for a birdie on the 14th. A rare missed fairway from Will on the 15th allowed Charlie to 2 putt for a win as Will could only pitch out to the fairway narrowly missing the par putt after a nice wedge from 100yds. Both missed the 16th fairway to the right and shared the hole in bogey. Both players hit the 17th green from the tee, Will being slightly further away in regulation, although both players came up short with Will to putt first. In true match play style that could have gone either way, Will missed from around 6ft and Charlie holed from 5ft to take the title.

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COUNTY NEWS

OSCAR LENT & OLLIE GEORGE WIN SURREY U15 WILLIE WOODS CLAIMS CHRISTY TROPHY & U16 CHAMPIONSHIPS AT PYRFORD LAKES

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his was one of the most exciting championships in Surrey history with two hole-in-ones, a course record and a 3-man play-off for the U16 title. The course was in fantastic condition, with Pyrford Lakes staff working tirelessly in the build up to ensure perfection was reached. And it was! After round one, four players were under par with Ollie George leading the field with a 68 (-4), followed by Reggie Fear and Oscar Lent on 70 (-2) but hot on their heels was Peter Alliss Champion Monty Holcombe with a 71 (-1). Round two would proved to be one of the most eventful rounds of any Surrey Championship. It all started when Thomas Dowling bagged himself a hole-in-one on the par 3 6th. Daniel Prince made the turn at -4 and then proceeded to make the 2nd hole-in-one of the championships to go -6 through 10. The course record stood at 66 (-6) and Daniel found himself -8

stood on the 17th tee. An unfortunate bounce into the water led to a double bogey, but a great wedge into 18 left him a 3-footer for the new record! With nerves of steel, he rolled it in. Oscar Lent was the lowest in the clubhouse, returning a final round of 69 (-3) to take him to a total of -5. Anticipation was growing as the final group made their way down the 18th. From the final group, Ollie George carded a 71 (-1) to take him to -5 total and Monty Holcombe carded a superb 68 (-4) to also take him -5 for the championship. The play-off was to be held over holes 10, 11 and 12 in a sudden death format. Ollie George teed off first and handled the nerves well, hitting his ball 15 feet from the flag. Oscar was next up, pulling his shot slightly left, with a firm bounce, found himself in the knee high rough. Monty also stumbled and caught the bunker at the front of the green. With the pressure on, Oscar hit a phenomenal wedge from the rough, finishing 4 feet from the hole. Unfortunately, Monty was unable to make an up and down from the bunker and his hopes of the trophy were fading. With Oscar looking like a certain 3, the pressure was on Ollie once again. The spectators went silent as the ball made its way towards the hole, the ball dropped and with a simultaneous fist pump from Ollie, the trophy was his!

Tuesday 21st June saw 66 players enjoy the fantastically presented course at West Byfleet Golf Club. Players took to the course in glorious sunshine battling it out for the Christy Trophy. The course was presented in immaculate condition, combined with the fantastic weather it made for an amazing day of golf. The format for the day was singles stableford played from the yellow tees, with nearest the pins on the 4th and 13th. Congratulations to Willie Woods on winning the Christy Trophy.

AARON MOODY WINS U13 & U14 COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP

NATHAN WOODHAM WINS THE U18 CHAMPIONSHIP WITH LEO VOROBYEV WINNING THE U17’S With the recent warm weather the ball was difficult to keep on the fairways and it is fair to say a few balls were lost, but this didn’t stop some excellent scores being submitted with Nathan Woodham leading the way with an excellent 2 under par, giving him a 3 shot lead heading into the 2nd round. After an excellent lunch, which we’ve come to expect at Tandridge, the players went out hoping to better their scores from the morning round. Leo Vorobyev would be leader in the clubhouse after round 2, posting solid back to back 72’s. Nathan would manage to hold his lead, posting a 2nd round 74 giving him a total of 143 (+1). After a late surge, Freddie Surgey finished with a 2nd round 70 which landed him in 3rd place.

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The U13 & U14 County Championships were held at Dulwich & Sydenham Hill Golf Club on Sunday 12th June. The players arrived to glorious sunshine and spectacular views of London. There was a two tee start, and the players were started off by Club Captain George and committee member John and our thanks to both. The course proved tricky for the boys, especially around the greens, and with the breeze coming into play, made it a true test for the players. Congratulations to all the players especially Aaron for winning both championships.

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COUNTY NEWS

WEST SURREY DUO CLAIM FOURSOMES CHAMPIONSHIP Friday 1st September saw 14 pairs battle it out for the Surrey Club Foursomes Championship.

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he first day consisted of 36 holes foursomes stroke play with the top four pairs qualifying for the knockout stages the following day. West Surrey was playing in amazing condition, with the greens unbelievable. After the first day, the qualifiers for the knockout stages were: 1st: Peter Crocombe and Max Stanley (Roehampton) – 147 2nd: Mark Davis and Archibald Wells (Guildford) – 151 3rd: James Boyle and Christopher Matthews (West Surrey) – 153 4th: Neil Manwaring and Stuart J White (Tyrrells Wood) – 154

The first semi-final of day two was Peter Crocombe and Max Stanley vs Neil Manwaring and Stuart White. This was a well fought match which saw Peter and Max hold a solid 3 & 2 victory to book their spot in the final. Match number two was Chris Matthews and James Boyle vs Mark Davis and Archie Wells. This was an extremely close match with Chris and James stealing the victory on the 19th hole. The final was set to be an interesting match with both pairs posting low scores in the qualifying stage. Although, in the case, home knowledge proved vital as Chris and James sprinted to a 6 & 4 victory over Peter and Max. Congratulations Chris & James!

SURREY U14’S WIN SEG LEAGUE FINAL!

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urrey managed to qualify this year, after just edging out our close rivals, Sussex. The final was played in great spirit, against the other two qualifying counties, Hertfordshire and Middlesex. Surrey came out of the gates fast, winning 6 out of the first 7 matches vs Hertfordshire and winning 5 out of the first 7 vs Middlesex. After that start, the tail end solidified the victory with a few very well earned points. The final scores were: Surrey vs Hertfordshire – Win 7.5 – 2.5 Surrey vs Middlesex – Win 8 – 2 A great win for the Surrey U14’s who have retained the League Final Shield for a second year!

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Florence Smith and Kari James from Effingham Golf Club emerged slightly soggy but proud with their victory at the finals of 2022 Women’s England Golf Trust Stableford Championship.

SURREY PAIRING WIN ENGLAND GOLF TRUST CUP

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fter the recent heatwave and drought, the weather broke just in time for the 2022 finals to take place at the excellent King’s Norton Golf Club near Birmingham. With heavy rain affecting the later starters and causing a delay in play, it was tough going for the 28 teams that made it through to the muchanticipated finals day. However, the course at King’s Norton – one of the country’s finest parkland venues stood up to the deluge. The players battled gainfully through the conditions with the winning pair from Surrey delighted to take the victory in this four ball better ball competition with 45 Stableford points. After the win, Florence said: “We’re absolutely thrilled to have won this event – it was superbly organised and despite some slightly iffy weather it was a real delight to take part. “We both came through our respective handicap section at our club qualifier and were put as a team for this final having

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not played together for five years. But something clicked on the day.” Kari, who has a handicap index of 22.7 compared to her partner’s index of 16.7, added: “It was a day when we just worked well together and the highlight for me was making a four on a par five and earning the team five points! “I’d just echo everything that Florence has said. It’s been a splendid day despite the rain, we enjoyed our game with two players from Lincolnshire and it’s great to have been a part of this event which does such great work for charity.” The finals day was the culmination of a qualifying process which allowed winners from women’s Stableford competitions across 108 clubs in England to be eligible for the King’s Norton event. The leading 28 pairs were invited to play in the final. The legendary Bridget Jackson MBE presented the cup, which she donated to the England Golf Trust, along with two crystal bowls. The latter is for the winners to keep in commemoration

of their win while the winning pair also received a golf bag each donated by PING who also provided other prizes on the day. Di Horsley, Chair of the Trust, commented: “I’d like to thank all the players and clubs who have taken part in this year’s competition as their support will make a real different to the lives of young people, and to help spread the word of the work of the England Golf Trust”. The England Golf Trust (EGT) is an independent charity that provides grants, bursaries and equipment from PING to young golfers of all ages and abilities who need financial support to develop and enjoy the game. The Trust receives no public funded money but, thanks to a network of generous individuals and organisations, has supported 170 young golfers with more than £123,000 of funding.

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NEWS ROUND UP SUMMER 2022 30TH LIPHOOK SCRATCH CUP 15 year old succeeds at first visit to Liphook

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he Liphook Scratch Cup puts Liphook Golf Club firmly on the England National golfing fixture list each year and never more so than in this year of the club’s centenary. A field of 54 of the best players in the country lined up to play the yellow course – the youngest aged 13 and 27 players with handicaps at or below scratch. This provided for a very close finish. Playing Liphook for the first time, nothing deterred 15 year-old Matilde Santilli (-1) from Foxhills. She won the cup with rounds of 74 & 72 for a 36 hole total 146. Isabella Kent (-3) from Castle Royle was second on 148

(75,73) on a countback from the Surrey County Champion Rebecca Gee (-1) also on 148 (75,73) from Hindhead. In fourth place was Millie Cottrell from Wentworth on 150 (76,74), a countback from Jess Haines, Burnham & Berrow (74,76).

SURREY JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS

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he Surrey Junior Championship was held at Fulwell Golf Club on 1st June. 26 junior girls competed in the championship, a 36 hole medal, with an 18 hole medal for the U13 players. It was great to see a cross-section of abilities – handicaps ranged from 0 up to 30.1. The youngest competitor was just 6 years old! Emily Peaford (Walton Heath) swept the trophy board, winning the scratch trophy and nett cup, plus the Under 15 and Under 13 trophies with her score of 147 gross/143 nett.

SUMMER SUCCESSES FOR SURREY PLAYERS

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ther Surrey players have had their share of success during the summer. Ava Bates became the first girl to win the Wentworth Junior Club Championship. Ellen Yates (West Hill) played for the victorious England team in the Home Internationals at Downfield in Dundee. She was also part of the England Girls’ team at the

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European Team championship in Iceland, where England were beaten in the semi-finals. Millie Cottrell (Wentworth) represented Wales at the Home Internationals. Aimi Bullock (Bletchingley) was selected to play for the English team at the European Disability Team Championship. The team came third at the event, which was won by Ireland.

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field of 60 ladies played in the 18 hole strokeplay competition on June 23rd. Belinda Pope (Hindhead) won the main prize with an impressive score of 74. Home player Tracy Rowe (Hankley Common) had a wonderful round of 76, playing well under her handicap to win the nett prize. Surrey players star at South Region All Age Championships Sarah Wilmore (Worplesdon), Annabel Peaford (Walton Heath) and Ellie Monk (Sunningdale) walked off with the majority of the trophies in the South Region All Age Championships at Ealing on the 5th August. Sarah Wilmore was the overall Champion, with a 36 hole gross score of 151. She also won the Nett prize. Ellie Monk was second overall and won the Under 18 Scratch Trophy. Annabel Peaford won gross and nett prizes for the Under 16, Under 14 and Under 13s with her score of 159. Unsurprisingly, Surrey won the county shield for the best three nett scores!

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he expanded studio, housed in a 13,500 sq.ft. unit, is the largest, most highly specified and equipped of its kind, anywhere in Europe and with a team of six fulltime club fitters, the finest club fitting experience (including putters) can be offered along with the best club builders in the country. Since 2005, Precision Golf has provided bespoke golfing equipment

for over 20,000 golfers of all handicaps from juniors to seniors from all over the UK and Europe. Professional golfers have also attended Precision Golf over the years, including two who then went on to win both the USA Seniors Open and PGA titles in one year. Former Ryder Cup and Solheim Cup captains and players as well as international sports stars from the worlds of rugby and tennis have also attended the studios. Precision Golf custom fit and build equipment from all the major manufacturers as well as leading handmade niche clubheads from all over the world. SST PURE shaft alignment technology is integrated as part of the club building process to ensure that all recommended shafts perform

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LOTTIE WINS

Lottie Woad produced a golfing exhibition of the highest quality to sink her Spanish opponent and claim an outstanding victory in the final of The R&A’s Girls’ Amateur Championship.

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he England international blew away the challenge from Cayetana Fernandez Garcia-Poggio to win today’s 36-hole showdown over the famous Carnoustie Golf Links by a margin of 7&6. Woad was 2up following the morning round after completing her 18 holes in three under par – but really went into overdrive in the afternoon session.

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The 18-year-old closed out the match with a nerveless eight-foot birdie putt on the 12th green taking her to six under par through those 12 holes. The Surrey golfer was simply too hot for her Spanish rival to handle in every aspect of the game. Woad’s ball-striking, skill around the green and her composure under pressure allowed her to dominate her shellshocked

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R&A CROWN WITH A CARNOUSTIE MASTERCLASS

rival who, far from playing poorly, was also under par for both rounds when the match came to an end. Woad actually fell behind in the morning round after Garcia-Poggio birdied the fourth hole and it looked as if the golfer from Madrid had settled into her rhythm quicker than her opponent from Surrey. But after drawing level with an eagle

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It’s great to finish my junior career with this win


COUNTY LADIES

“It feels amazing to be the R&A Girls Amateur champion. It was a great week, on a brilliant golf course and an excellent way to finish my junior career in my final U18 event. I’m very proud at how I played all week, in both the strokeplay qualification and six rounds of matchplay. In the final I was nine under par for the 30 holes played, with only one bogey, but that was the golf I needed, because Cayetana is a really good player. It’s great to now have my name on the trophy alongside players such as Georgia Hall and Anna Nordqvist.”

on the sixth hole – the notorious ‘Hogan’s Alley’ – Woad never looked back. A birdie two on the eighth hole put her ahead and the lead was doubled with another birdie on the 13th. After lunch, Woad was in unstoppable form. A bogey at the opening hole from the Spaniard handed Woad another hole and it was soon clear that there was only going to be one winner. A hat-trick of birdies from the fourth hole put Woad in cruise control and knocked the stuffing out of her opponent. Another three birdies in succession from the 10th allowed Woad to close out the match. Watched on by proud dad Nick, mum Rachel and sister Millie, Woad admitted that she was thrilled to follow in the footsteps of one of her idols, Georgia Hall, and lift the girls’ title. She said: “I don’t think it will sink in for a while, but I’m very happy. “I’m lost for words – I couldn’t remember how many holes I was up and I wasn’t sure if the putt on 12 was for the match – I just tried to hole it!” “It’s great to have my name on the same trophy as Georgia and previous winners as they have gone on to do

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LOTTIE’S ROAD TO VICTORY Stroke play qualifying: 72, 71 (2nd) Round of 64 – beat Cloe Amion Villarino (Spain) 2 holes Round of 32 – beat Juliette Demeaux (France) 4&3 Round of 16 – beat Paula Garcia Balanzategui (Spain) 2&1 Quarter final – beat Emily James (Wales) 6&4 Semi final – beat Rachel Gourley (England) 5&4 amazing things and I hope I can go on to follow them. Woad’s win means that an English competitor has won this title 37 times since it was first played for in 1919. The last English winner was Lily May Humphreys in 2017 and previous champions included future Solheim Cup legends Hall, Anna Nordqvist and Suzann Pettersen. Victory caps another amazing

summer for the teenager from Farnham who has progressed along the England Golf player pathway to the point where she is rated as one of the hottest talents in world amateur golf. Having started the year in the England girls’ squad following on from a 2021 campaign that saw her win both the England Golf Girls’ and the Women’s Orders of Merit, Woad earned a promotion to the women’s team for the European Team Championships. As a rookie she showed her quality by holing the winning putt in the gold match against Italy at Conwy. “Winning the gold medal at the Europeans with England was the highlight of my career but this might top it now,” added Woad. “It’s been a good year with a busy run of events. I’m glad to finish it off with victory in I think my last junior event.” Woad also helped England’s men’s and women’s team claim victory in the Home Internationals at Ballyliffin. Woad now heads to America to begin her college career at Florida State University, but has one last team appearance to make before the end of the 2022 campaign.

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COUNTY NEWS

FOXHILLS PROVES THE PERFECT STAGE AS USA CLAIM BACK-TO-BACK PGA CUP VICTORIES Team USA overcame a resilient Great Britain & Ireland performance to successfully defend their title across three days of incredible PGA Cup action at Foxhills Club & Resort.

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he eagerly anticipated team event saw a selection of the world’s best club professionals represent the PGAs of Great Britain & Ireland (GB&I) and America as they went head to head in a Ryder Cup format for the Llandudno International Trophy. After successfully holding the prestigious event in 2017, the Surrey resort became only the second Great Britain & Ireland venue in the PGA Cup’s 49-year history to be chosen twice, following the lead of 2006 Ryder Cup host venue, The K Club in Ireland (1992 and 2005). The Americans got off to a flying start, opening up a three-point lead after day one, and never seemed to look back. Day two started with an early glimpse of hope for GB&I as they rallied through with signs of a comeback in the morning, cutting the deficit to two after the fourballs, but team USA proved too strong in the foursomes as they opened the gap back up to three points as Saturday drew to a close. Heading into the Sunday singles trailing 6.5 to 9.5 and with it all to

do, GB&I needed to win seven of the final day’s ten matches to regain the title they lost in 2019 at Barton Creek Resort & Spa in Austin, Texas. Despite a good start in several of the day’s early singles matches, the tone was set in the opening contest as GB&I’s Ashley Mansell relinquished a four-hole lead with six to play as American Michael Block recorded five birdies in the final six holes to complete a remarkable turnaround. Although Adam Keogh, Daniel Whitby-Smith and Greig Hutcheon were able to put some blue on the board for team GB&I, defeat in a further four matches with two halved saw the United States run out comfortable 15.5 to 10.5 winners over DJ Russell’s team. The victory is the first the US team, led by PGA of America Honorary President Suzy Whaley, has won on away soil since 2009. More than 70 Foxhills members volunteered throughout the week to ensure the smooth-running of the competition, with everything from scorers, scoreboard holders, ball watchers, range helpers, buggy drivers

for players and many more roles you’d expect at a professional tournament. Chris Fitt, Foxhills’ director of golf and leisure, said: “I am extremely proud of the club and my colleagues for delivering another successful PGA Cup. “To hold an event of the PGA Cup’s gravitas and tradition with such ease is a true testament to the outstanding team and facilities we have here at Foxhills and it’s rewarding to see all the preparation, planning, hard work and dedication from our greenkeeping, golf and event teams pay off. “Finally, congratulations to the United States on their deserved victory after three days of exceptional golf.”

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PSYCHOLOGY

A MENTAL GAME WARM UP TO PLAY YOUR BEST GOLF A round of golf doesn’t start on the first tee. By the time you get to hit your first shot, you should already be in your best competitive mindset and ready to play: David MacKenzie gives suggestions for a mental game warm-up that can be done in less than 20 minutes and is well worth the time spent. BREATHE AND RELAX It’s normal to feel nervous before a round, which is why it’s important to include exercises which prevent those nerves becoming anxiety and tension. Spend a few minutes doing deep belly breathing exercises which relax the body and mind and make you aware of any tension.

BE GRATEFUL You can’t feel grateful and anxious at the same time. Let’s put golf in perspective. Think of three things that you are grateful for about the upcoming round, that don’t have anything to do with your final score – this could be playing a good golf course, hitting some good shots, being outside in beautiful surroundings, being healthy enough to play, the people you are going to play with or the opportunity to learn more about your game. By choosing to be grateful, you take some of the pressure away from having to play well to make it a success or enjoyable.

VISUALISE Visualisation can change the way you feel and help improve performance.

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Jack Nicklaus said that he attributes at least 50% of his success to having seen it in his mind before it actually happened. When you mentally rehearse an upcoming round, you’re priming your subconscious mind to believe that it has already happened and that there is nothing to fear. When you are there for real, you will have more confidence and you are more likely to live into the experience you visualised. Close your eyes and spend five minutes visualising some of your best moments on the course and how you want to play today (include some key shots).

DEFINE THE PLAYER YOU WANT TO BE What is your ‘Player Identity’? The students I work with create a ‘Player Identity Statement’ and read it out loud before each round. What are the values you want to uphold and the characteristics of the player you want to be? This has nothing to do with how you will play. E.g. “I am a competitive golfer. I stay calm and focused for every shot and I am a person who is enjoyable to play with. I never give up and accept the outcome of every shot.” Activating this side of yourself could

be done with an action such as putting on your golf shoes or cap, playing a certain type of music, or watching videos of players who exhibit these qualities. From that time on, being your Player Identity will be your primary focus.

HAVE A CLEAR STRATEGY By planning the clubs and shots you will hit before you get to the course will take a lot of the decision making (and possible stress) away from each shot. Working your way back from the greens to the tee boxes, plan which clubs you intend to hit for your tee shots and approaches. Taking the time to go through your mental game warm up before you play can get you feeling more confident, lower anxiety and get you prepared for the challenges ahead.

David MacKenzie is a mental coach and resides in Washington DC, but is originally from Godalming, Surrey. You can find out more about him and his coaching at www.golfstateofmind.com

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PRO TALK

LET’S

Practice

How to practice your golf game on the golf course – fun, productive tasks for refining your game this season. PGA Professional, Sam Truman, takes you through multiple games and drills that you can carry out on the course to help improve your game.

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ots of golfers become culprits of spending far too much time on the driving range and not enough time on the golf course. And equally some golfers only ever practice on the driving range and therefore the only time they are on a golf course is when they are under far more pressure in competition. The game of golf has so many variables to contend with and so many scenarios that we can be faced with on the golf course can never be refined or practiced on the driving range. If we can get out onto the golf course more in our spare time you’ll

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reap the benefits for when it comes to then performing on the golf course in competition. Here are a few drills that can be carried out individually or can be made into games that you can use to compete against someone else: BEST AND WORST BALL Probably the simplest game you can play on the golf course that can measure the spread of your shots from different scenarios. Simply hit two shots on every shot down a hole. Your job is to then, depending on which format you play, either play the best or

worst ball out of the two. Do this all the way up the hole until the ball is in the hole. Worst ball challenges your ability to minimise how wayward your shots are, and best ball is a great way to reveal how good your good golf can be and what score that can produce. Best ball also allows you to make any changes to a shot based upon the first ball that was hit. LEARN TO MISS IT BETTER Although this task is going to seem strange at first, it helps you form skills

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PRO TALK to select where the worst position would be to miss the green. This may be in a hazard, a short sided bunker or where the rough or lies could be very unpredictable. Your job on this task is to try to purposely miss the shot in the area you decide to be the ‘good miss’. If you do so, simply carry on the hole from that position and see what you score. If your miss position was good enough the chip or bunker shot should enable you to have a chance of an up and down. If you accidentally miss your approach and it finishes on the green, you will pick the ball up and throw/roll the ball into the area you deemed the ‘bad miss’. You would then see what you can then score from that new position. If you hit your ball into the ‘bad miss’ area from your approach you would leave the ball and play it from there. This drill is a great way of interpreting where trouble lies on the golf course and it will force you into practising your short game under pressure. QUADRANTS This game is a great way to learn how to aim away from a flag into a suitable area of the green that gives you the easiest chance of making a putt and the drill also helps you aim away from trouble around a green. The game works by analysing either your approach shot on a par four or par five, or from a par three tee shot. Based upon the position of the flag

of assessing where trouble lies around the green. This task will be far easier to complete around a course that is familiar, or where you have played it at least once. The aim of this task is to score the lowest score possible on a hole. However, standing over your par three tee shot of approach shot onto a par four, you’re going to nominate where the best place to miss the green would be. This may be in relation to where the flag is that day on the green or where the kindest chip or bunker shot may be from. You equally need

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on the green and the corresponding hazards and trouble around the green you’re going to split the green complex into a large quadrant. You’ll therefore have four segments around the flag, and some of the segments may be significantly larger than others depending on where the flag is on the green. You’re going to choose one of the segments as the ideal target segment and one other segment as the backup. And then you’ll have two segments which are the bad miss segments and in a similar way you’ll nominate one of those segments as the worst miss and the other as the backup miss. This game can be scored in the following way: Ball finishes in – Ideal target = +2 Points Back up target = 0 Points Bad miss target = -2 Points Back up miss target = -1 Points Once you’ve played either your nine or eighteen holes of this game count up your quadrant game score and see if it relates to a positive outcome score against the course. The more times you carry out the game you’ll start to learn how effective it is to miss the ball in a suitable place. The games suggested above are a fantastic way of improving your course management skills and help you practice more effectively. Finding a balance between doing practice on the range and on the course will really help improve your scoring.

Sam Truman is a PGA Professional based at The Surrey Golf Lab, Reigate Hill Golf Club and is regarded as one of the best young performance coaches in the region.

Sam is able to provide clients with access to the most up to date golf coaching technology at one of the best practice facilities in the UK

Current roles include: • Performance Coach – Hugh Marr Golf • Surrey Boys (U12’s & U14’s) and Girls (U18’s) County Coach • Elite Academy Coach for Whitgift School

Clients are exposed to Trackman club and ball tracking and also the SAM Putt Lab Analysis System in the new indoor putting studio. For more information follow Sam on:

@SamTrumanGolf Under the tutorship of European Tour Coach @SamTrumanGolf Hugh Marr, Sam prides himself in providing the best holistic coaching experiences for his E: SamTrumanGolf@gmail.com players. Sam works with all levels of golfers from the young aspiring junior all the way up to European tour professionals.

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GOLF FITNESS

THIS ONE MISTAKE IS COSTING YOU MORE THAN YOU THINK By Sam Heffer

DO YOU FALL INTO THE TRAP OF TRAINING HARD RATHER THAN SMART?

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ince giving up team sports, most people turn to golf to remain active and keep fuelling their competitive fire however they typically fall into one of two camps: The first camp try to kid themselves that a round of golf each week is now their exercise and they don’t need to do anything else. Some even hold this belief well into their later years. Camp two are worried that missing out on football training during the week and a match on the weekend will make them feel old and overweight. Regardless of which camp you’re in the typical response is to adopt a ‘go hard or go home’ mentality to exercise with those in camp two doing endless cardio and pumping iron until their blue in the face whilst the folks in camp one think..“sod all that, my golf is enough” In both cases the efforts yield little to no reward. You don’t have to train hard to keep fit for the golf course – but you do have to train smart

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With another golf season behind us, most golfers will be thinking about how they can improve for next year with investment in lessons and the latest technology but neglect their biggest asset – how can they improve their fitness? Here are some smart strategies you can put to use straight away during the off season to make sure you come back fitter, stronger and more flexible. Lift weights 2-4x per week: Full body workouts are the best time saver. Three of these each week will build a more robust & resilient body that’ll have you feeling stronger & more confident over the golf ball throughout 18 holes. Leave some reps in the tank: When choosing how heavy a weight should be, apply the two reps in the tank method. For example if you’re going for 10 reps, choose a weight that you could do 12 reps with and stop at 10. This will help you recover better between workouts and ensure you consistently show up.

Forget about the past: Chasing what you see others doing is a recipe for disaster, and that includes the things you ‘used to do’ yourself. You’ll be fitter and stronger in your 40s and 50s than you ever were in your 20s if you train smart and leave that ‘idiot’ behind). In closing, regardless of your age and exercise history you’ll be smashing drives, lowering scores and hitting your potential quicker and better looking if you turn your attention to training smart rather than hard. Sam is a fitness coach who helps golfers to consistently beat their mates, hit longer & straighter drives & shoot lower scores with his simple power hitters fitness formula. Follow @samgolffitness on Instagram or email sam@samgolffitness.com to enquire about joining his programme.

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GOLF BREAKS

TUNE IN TEE OFF:

Take a break in Wallonia by T. Munro Liege Henri Chapelle GC © CGT Arnaud Siquet © WBT P.Coenegrachts

BABY YOU CAN LIGHT MY FIRE: LIÈGE

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rench speaking Wallonia, Southern Belgium is always a joy to visit. Just a couple of hours drive from Calais you reach the first hub of Mons or Waterloo. It is toll free and the green fees are great value. With so many golf courses, I struggle to choose, but on top of that is a brilliant variety of pre- and postgame experiences to give the weekend that added oomph. A bit further east is Liège. Known as the ‘fiery city’, the ‘Liegeois’ (locals) have the most southerly temperament, with a work hard, play hard attitude and a true ‘joie de vivre’ in the many buzzy bars and restaurants around the city. The golf: there are half a dozen topnotch courses in this area alone. Just a 10 minutes’ drive from the city centre, I kicked off with the 18 hole Royal Club du Sart –Tilman. This club bears all the markings of a classic 1930’s

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Tom Simpson design, weaving through ancient forests and avenues of pine, beech and birch trees. Golfers with a spirit of adventure will love this course. Golf de Liège-Gomzé – A bit further out – say half an hour drive – is in my top three places to play. Designed by Belgian architect Paul Rollin in the 80’s, landscapes of ancient woods, rolling meadows and orchards offer plenty of changes in terms of elevation, whilst the modern clubhouse offers excellent cuisine. Finally – it’s a bit more of a trek (45 minute drive) but I would definitely put Royal Golf Club des Fagnes on your ‘must do’ list. It’s another Tom Simpson classic with a royal tag. HANDY TIP Head for the pedestrian area ‘Le Carre’ – 14 criss-crossed streets full of quirky and original independent shops, bars

and restaurants. Try a hearty regional plate of ‘Boulets Liégeois’. Juicy meatballs served with the sweet tasting ‘Sirop de Liège’ sauce, accompanied of course with Belgian fries. Match it with a local lager like Jupiler. Actually, there are so many different brews here you could drink for a month and still never get to the end.

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CONGRES HOTEL VAN DER VALK – the arty option: 15 minutes’ walk from the historical city centre and close to the motorway for easy access. If you have an artistic streak you can pop into ‘La Boverie’ museum next door. The Fine Arts Museum is twinned with the Louvres in Paris and regularly houses acclaimed international art exhibitions. Get dressed to the nines and enjoy a glamorous ladies cocktail evening in the hotel’s Sky Bar with stunning views over Liège by Night.

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HOTEL SÉLYS VAN DER VALK – gastronomic delights in historical splendor: A luxe hotel in a grand medieval mansion just 5 minutes’ walk from the historic old town. Check out the ‘bistronomic’ L’Atelier Sélys restaurant with its exciting flavor fusions based on fresh local ingredients. The sleek lobby bar also does a damn good cocktail. Cheers. © Liege Henri Chapelle GC

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HEART OF WALES

GOLF BREAKS Welcoming you back for 2023 Relaxed, friendly and unhurried

With its magnificent views overlooking the city of Cardiff and the Bristol Channel, Radyr has one of the most idyllic settings of any golf club in South Wales.

Play four unique golf courses – jewels in the crown of mid-Wales

beautiful and challenging golf If you’re looking for an undiscovered golfing land of true beauty and excellence, allow us to recommend the delightful Heart of Wales.

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A cluster package of four superb golf courses and a range of accommodation offers visitors a rewarding golfing experience with a comfy stay too.

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Nestling in rural parkland, its gentle undulations provide both members and guests with a course that is a delight to the eye, yet which offers the sternest of tests to golfers of all standards. Renowned for its excellent putting surfaces, the course has hosted many national and county events and including the Welsh National PGA Championship sponsored by Asbri Golf. Radyr Golf Club are the proud winner of the 59 Club Service Excellence Award and Silver Flag award for commitment to our members and outstanding service both on and off the course. www.radyrgolf.co.uk | call (02920) 842408 Ext.2 @radyrgolf on social media | visit our You Tube channel

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Looking for a fantastic experience on your next society or away day? Why not come and play Waterlooville Golf Club, home of the 2016 English Women’s County Finals and Southern Counties Seniors Foursomes in 2021. We welcome groups from 12 to 100+ players. Waterlooville Golf Club is one of Hampshire’s friendliest clubs and you are sure to have a great experience, from the warm welcome, to the fantastic championship course right through to the great food after your game. If you haven’t played it, put it on your bucket list! The friendliness of the welcome, the presentation of the course and the quality of the greens were all outstanding. Andra, Gloucestershire Team Captain

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GOLF BREAKS

DISCOVER

Northern Ireland Northern Ireland is arguably one of the finest destinations for a three day golf break, offering some of the finest golf, food/ drink and hospitality available. “Made for golf” they say!

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rom Belfast Airport, an hour and a half ’s drive takes you to Kilkeel GC, situated at the foot of the Mourne Mountains and two miles from Kilkeel town centre. Kilkeel is located only 12 miles from Royal County Down – a solid par 72 (6579 yard), private, parkland golf course found in good condition and certainly a good challenge for all. The course is mature, with quality greens and fairways, a variety of doglegs, water, well placed bunkers,

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rough and sloping greens with run offs that will keep you fully focused on your game while also enjoying the amazing views. A really good days golf. Nearby is the magnificent Slieve Donard Hotel in Newcastle, an experience not to be missed. This is a stunning venue catering perfectly for golfers, located next to Royal County Down GC and giving minimal transfer times to many of the local courses. The hotel serves spectacular food and is a venue that will make you feel truly special as you unwind. Should you wish to venture outside the hotel, Brunel’s restaurant in Newcastle provides a sumptuous evening meal and well worth a visit. Off the golf course you can take an escorted e-bike ride through Castlewellan Forest Park and if you haven’t ridden a bike for a while, the ease of which the e-bike climbs steep hills is incredible and so much fun. A great way to explore and see the wonderful views – highly recommended. Venturing up the coastal route takes you to Ardglass GC – Par 70 (6216 yard), situated on the south-east coast of County Down – one of the most scenic links courses and the highlight of my golf trip.

Right from the very first shot you are emerged in golfing heaven with a links experience those of us from Surrey dream of. All 18 holes have incredible views across the Irish sea, with the coast coming into play on 8 of the holes. The whole setting is delightful and although not the longest of courses, when the wind blows, it will certainly be a good test of skill. If you are in this part of the world then make time to play Ardglass GC. Finally, not to be missed is Royal Belfast GC – par 70 (6185 yard). Founded in 1881, laying claim to the title of the oldest golf club in the island of Ireland. A good parkland golf course, very undulating with strong views and in great condition. There are some strong holes and none more so than the uphill Par 3 11th at 170 yards and a severe slope to the left of the green. Situated with stunning views of Belfast Lough. Northern Ireland again proves to be an ideal golfing destination with hospitality like no other and golf courses that you will remember fondly. www.tourismireland.com/golf

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ith just a one hour time difference, we flew non-stop Heathrow to sunny South Africa where we asked Malcom ‘Mac’ Wicker of Elephants and Eagles Golf Tours & Safaris, a local golf tour planner and luxury guest house

owner, to tell us why you should be planning to head off to South Africa for your next golfing adventure. The first point Mac made us aware of was just how affordable a first class golf tour to South Africa really is. “It’s incredible value for money, especially for Europeans” he said. He went on to say that, “South Africa is blessed with unique courses, fantastic weather, sophisticated infrastructure and super friendly people. After all, where else are you going to have elephants or even lions on the course and eagles soaring above”? We visited his website to have a look at the courses Mac uses for his exciting, well planned and easy going tours and what we found was something a little unexpected! Tucked away in Kruger National

Park lies a hidden 9 hole gem. After some research we discovered golfers playing the course have, on numerous occasions had to ask the ranger to chase away wild animals off the fairways or greens before teeing off! On the deck back at the clubhouse we shared endless stories of the wildlife that frequents this course. Starting 30th April till 6th May 2023 is Africa’s longest running amateur golf competition (the 55th), Jock of the Bushveld Tournament. Contact Mac to join the tournament or plan a private golf tour. WhatsApp or call +27 (0) 73 821 4929 or email mac_wicker@hotmail.com www.golfingsa.com

Bespoke golf tours to South Africa Individuals, families and groups Delightful accommodation and cuisine Incredible value, great courses A renowned safari destination Close to Kruger National Park

Join us for Africa’s oldest amateur golf competition located in the city of Nelspruit close to the world famous Kruger National Park the 55th Jock of the Bushveld tournament from 30th April to 6th May 2023

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A GOLF MEMBERSHIP THAT

TRAVELS WITH YOU When One Golf Club launched in late 2007, a unique concept in golf was born! Brainchild of Sandy Ganatra; he looked to create an exclusive and flexible golf subscription service that allowed golfing enthusiasts to access a variety of specially selected courses across the UK (and internationally)... under one single membership!

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or prospective One Golf Club members, the opportunity to challenge themselves at an array of different courses, preferential room rates at exclusive international golf resorts, the regular annual competitions and discounted lessons with leading teaching professionals make for an attractive proposition. In addition, OGC also has access to a number of golf simulators throughout the country – for those members with busy schedules or just simply looking to improve their overall game. Equally, One Golf Club’s unique concept also seeks a build a symbiotic

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relationship with its partner courses where protecting and promoting their interests is also paramount. A valueadded service that not only introduces its members to the unique challenges and facilities of the individual clubs but also by hosting events, promoting club events to OGC members, and supporting any events with team entries from the OGC membership. In addition, all OGC members are encouraged and supported to use the portfolio courses for their own corporate events and golfing societies. The One Golf Club Subscription isn’t meant to replace traditional golf club membership but to complement it: For the partner clubs, a profiled membership (OGC average member handicap is 12.7), limited access to tees and the additional revenue from events, sponsorship opportunities and the OGC ‘higher-than-average’ visitor spend, means partnering up with One Golf offers an attractive addition to their green fees. OGC members do not participate in any club competitions and will always strictly avoid memberonly times. However, many OGC members do go on to join member clubs, that they otherwise may not have visited. The course list has expanded rapidly in recent years to include venues from Brighton to Birmingham. In 2022 OGC also added its first international venues to the portfolio, including Canada, Portugal, and Dubai.

Scotland and Ireland will follow later this year. OGC is a sponsor for the Disabled Golfers Association, The Royal Marsden and The Kidney fund, and members participate in club events to raise funds for good causes, always on the portfolio clubs. The membership comprises of professional golfers, corporates and individuals with each category having its own benefits. The OGC Golf Concierge service manages bookings for all its members. For further information, please contact: 020 8255 2030 admin@onegolfclub.co.uk www.onegolfclub.co.uk

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THE PERFECT BLEND OF ART AND ENGINEERING Have you got £25,000 for this incredible collection of Scotty’s? Do you love Scotty Cameron and the Masters and have very deep pockets? Then this super-rare collection of Scotty Cameron Masters limited edition putters could well be for you! Hand crafted annually these putters are only available to Patrons of the Masters through the on-site merchandise store, or through VIP hospitality. With limited runs ranging from 500 to just 150, and featuring unique designs with special edition head covers, these are seriously rare. And in an almost unprecedented

lot, Europe’s biggest dealer of second hand golf clubs, Golf Clubs 4 Cash has acquired an incredible collection of 9 putters that span the years 2013-2021. Presented in limited edition boxes, with certificates of authenticity, this really is a trip through some of Scotty’s most iconic designs, all with a Masters twist. Priced at a penny under £25,000 this is a collection for the serious enthusiast, but even for the most casual observer, it’s easy to see why these beautiful and incredible rare putters command such a premium price tag.

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CLASSIC GOLF FOOTWEAR Lambda Golf’s 50 year old craftsmanship heritage and passion for golf resulted in a whole new European classic golf footwear concept and design. Lambda’s innovative patented technologies have resulted in a handmade in Portugal Classic Golf Shoes with a design and construction that provides golfers with a solid stand, allowing the foot to breath while remaining flexible, lightweight, and extremely comfortable. Their patented hand-made soles and heel construction used in Lambda golf shoes have a double-layer inlay that ingeniously absorbs heel and sole force reducing impact on knees, hips and back. The Roma • Classic handmade in Portugal, premium waterproof golf shoe. • European water repellent prime leather upper, aquastop inlay breathable membrane ensures waterproof guarantee. • Detachable soft Latex footbed, covered in leather, for extra comfort. • Handmade soft spikes golf outsole. Flexible lightweight TPU tread and top piece and light TPU heel. RRP e310 www.lambdagolf.com

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GO THE DISTANCE

Bushnell Golf, #1 in distance measuring devices, have unveiled their new and best-ever Golf GPS Watch the ION ELITE which features: • Bushnell Golf’s patented slope compensated distances • Colour touchscreen display • Dynamic green mapping (distances are shown based on golfer’s line of play)

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Global golf footwear innovators, ECCO GOLF, have unveiled the next generation in their trailblazing BIOM® collection with the launch of the ECCO BIOM® G5, a fashion-forward cleated shoe. ECCO BIOM® G5 utilises a wide range of industry-leading technologies that deliver advanced, athletic performance in a premium, progressive and sporty design. The brand-new model, which takes inspiration from two shoes in the Danish company’s BIOM® phenomenon; the ECCO BIOM® G3 and the ECCO BIOM® H4, is equipped with world-renowned GORE-TEX construction that offers 100% waterproofing, while still allowing the foot to breathe.

• GreenView with moveable pin placement

Moreover, the shoe has been engineered to incorporate ZARMATOUR® spikes, which are combined with innovative hybrid grooves to offer year-round traction and stability.

• Hole maps with shot planning

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• Auto course recognition

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• Auto hole advance • Scorekeeping with statistics • Easy-to-read front/centre/back distances • Shot distance calculator • Over 38,000 worldwide courses preloaded • 12+hrs battery life • FREE Bushnell Golf App included with purchase. The ION ELITE Golf GPS Watch comes preloaded with 38,000+ courses, has auto course recognition and automatically advances from hole-to-hole. Available at retailers and online. The ION ELITE Golf GPS watch comes with two colour options – black or white. RRP – £199 www.bushnellgolf.com

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TRACK YOUR CAP The OCEANTEE Pacific Cap range is made in partnership with the incredible organisation Waste2Wear. Each of the caps is made using exactly three recycled plastic bottles! As part of their Ocean Plastic Project, Waste2Wear collect plastic waste from oceans and shorelines around the world and turn it into high quality fabric. Thanks to a unique tracking system, powered by blockchain technology, you can track the whole production journey and environmental footprint of the cap using the QR code in the inner seam. Available in a choice of traditional and flat brim finish these caps are great for the planet, and great for players. They’re comfortable, lightweight and durable and sport an anti-microbial sweat band. SRP £29.99 www.oceanteegolf.com 43


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NEW PING PUTTERS OFFER A MODEL TO FIT EVERY GOLFER PING has introduced 10 new putter models, each individually designed to achieve the proper balance of feel and forgiveness in a confidence-inspiring look using various combinations of the company’s proven putter technologies. long-time employee, Jack Mundy. The tour-proven DS72 and Prime Tyne 4 return with a new look and feel while ensuring the performance that’s earned them multiple trips to the winner’s circle in the last few years. Another new entrant to the mallet category is the Tyne G, a hybrid of the original Tyne and popular Fetch (complete with a “gimme” ball-pickup feature). All three stroke types (Straight, Slight, Strong) are represented within the 10-model selection. TECHNOLOGY YOU CAN FEEL

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he 10 models, consisting of high moment of inertia blades and ultra-forgiving multi-material mid-mallets and mallets, are available for pre-order beginning today for £280 (UK RRP). Each model can be custom fit for stroke type, length, lie, loft and grip type. “What’s most exciting about our new PING putter models is how different they are from each other,” said John K. Solheim, PING CEO and President. “Rather than applying one common technology to every model, our engineers took a more singular approach, applying proven innovations to different head styles to improve the performance of our most popular designs while introducing some brand-new models. For example, several of the new models offer milled faces for a firmer feel and others provide a softer feeling insert. In the blade models, which includes the Tony Finau-inspired Anser 2D design, we put a priority on delivering

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high-MOI, clean-looking designs by placing tungsten weights in the heel and toe. The use of aluminum and stainless steel in the larger mallet designs has resulted in some of our most forgiving models to date, led by the Tomcat 14. Each model also provides confidence- inspiring alignment cues, from single lines to multi-line alignment aids. It’s a very diverse offering but the one thing they all have in common is they offer precision performance on putts of every length.” A MODEL TO FIT EVERY GOLFER Golfers can choose from high-MOI multi-material blades, mid-mallets and mallets. Traditional blades include the Anser and the Kushin 4 – both originally designed by PING founder Karsten Solheim – and the new Anser 2D. The new Mundy design, a multi-material traditionally shaped mallet, is named in honor of PING’s first business manager and

From firm milled faces to softfeeling inserts, the face technology is engineered based on feedback from our tour staff to match a variety of feel preferences and deliver control and consistency on putts of every length. Two face milling techniques, smooth (firmest) or shallow, are found in seven of the models while the rest deliver the soft feel of our PEBAX insert surrounded by the smooth or shallow milling. ALIGNED FOR ACCURACY Knowing golfers respond to different alignment aids, the new putters offer a variety of solutions. Single alignment cues or multiple lines combine with appealing color blocking to match a golfer’s eye to inspire confidence where it matters most – on the green. The use of platinum and matte-black finishes in several models provides enhanced contrast to assist in alignment while creating a premium appearance. For golfers who prefer the simplicity and influence of a matteblack look, the Anser 2D, Mundy and Tyne G will best fit their eye.

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Making a lasting impression in golf _

Our Wishbone ONE push trolley is; stylish, robust and did we mention mega-light @ <4Kg making it a favourite with many golfers worldwide. Now you can have all the benefits of the Wishbone ONE in our new Wishbone NEO, a no-nonsense electric trolley that allows you to focus on your game and not a screen. European brand, now selling direct in UK. Eu


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BY CHERVÒ

Chervò has looked to push boundaries for 40 years. Combining comfortable clothing with increasingly technical and innovative materials, the Italian brand has always offered a unique take on golf wear.

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ou’ll therefore find it unsurprising to hear that its eagerly awaited Autumn-Winter 22/23 collection is no different. Released with autumn here and winter on the horizon, the latest collection has taken inspiration from nature’s diverse elements. Combining the latest in aquablock, stretch, wind-lock and protherm fabric technology, three new lines – Snow Leopard, Marmorized Saxum and Golf Vibes – see a range of products released that every golfer needs as the weather continues to change, including warm sweaters, waterproof jackets and stylish gilets. Agile and magnetic with its spotted coat, the snow leopard inspired the most iconic items for women in the Snow Leopard collection. The line features warm garments with natureinspired colours extending from black to white and rosewood to grey, without

shying away from more daring custom animal prints. Touches of gold and fur textures are the ultimate emblems of luxury, while the sporty details, fabrics and performance-driven cuts are Chervò’s own stamp of guarantee for the collection’s practicality. The challenges of winter and the search for absolute comfort and movement inspired Chervò to design the Marmorized Saxum men’s mood, a collection that carries all the technical requirements of great golfing sportswear, in addition to a combination of textiles, colours and Aqua-block technology ensures Chervò’s garments are both water resistant and windproof, protecting you from the traditional British wet weather. The nature of the pro-therm material help you stay warm through extremely high levels of thermal insulation while also not being bulky and limiting movement.

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patterns that draw inspiration from a strong, powerful natural element such as marble. Countless combinations are possible, with green and gold meeting the more understated hues of black and grey, ensuring golfers can express their own unique style. The third and final new collection, technical performance and unlimited comfort are the soul of the Golf Vibes range – available to both men and women. The women’s line is all about colour with pink taking the centre role, complemented by varying nuances such as cerise or Pompei pink. Touches of brightness and colour blocking are matched with unique fabrics and knits, enabling the more exuberant golfer to introduce a sparkly pop of colour to a more classical style such as blue or vanilla. A more delicate palette also finds its space in a muted line of garments, where neutral nuances find their home with iconic looks which guarantee high performance and sportier outfits. A similar idea is brought to the men’s collection. Light blue stands out as the prominent feature of this modern colour scheme, whilst blue navy and dark grey embody the ever-lasting coolness of Chervò’s sportswear. KEEP WARM AND DRY As the leaves on the trees begin to change, premium Italian brand Chervò’s eagerly awaited AutumnWinter 22/23 luxury collection has everything you need for staying warm and dry on the golf course over the coming months.

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