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Mighty Augusta block tiny club’s Green Jacket tribute NORTH Hants Golf Club in Fleet will have to find some more space in its Justin Rose Room to record the continuing exploits of the county’s favourite golfing son.

Wear it with pride… but not for long: 2017 Coverack Masters winner and Mullion Golf Club past captain Wilf Hutchinson being presented with a green jacket by Ed Oxford.

ItRoom was will meant to beforan affectionate be found mementoes of the 2017 be world’s placed alongside nod toMasters one of tothe premierthose of Rose’s U.S. Open in 2013 and his tournaments whentriumph golfers in a tiny Olympic Golf Gold. Cornish fishing village put the word Masters thewas titlepipped of a club event. But whilein Rose at Augusta by Garcia,the the inevitable disappointment ToSergio complete compliment to The for his fans counterbalanced by a Masters at was Augusta, they awarded display of skill and sportsmanship which was ana credit iconicto Green Jacket both men, and totoa their sport which champion. still prides itself on honesty and fairness. Spot the difference: Typical views at August National and Mullion Golf Club But not any more. Players in the Yes, the final round between these two Ryder Coverack Masters at Mullion Golf Club secretary Ray Griffiths is said Cup titans was bound to be emotional. Rose competition in a corner of England, Club have been told by the mighty rarely involving more than two to have passed the letter on to was edging his way towards a second Major, Augusta National club in Georgia and Garcia was trying to secure his first on dozen pub pals, could possibly be Coverack Masters organiser Ryan the very which would have been the they are day breaching copyright laws confused with one of golf’s four Retallack, who declined to discuss 60thmust birthday of his hero, Seve Ballesteros. and stop. Majors. the matter when approached by The Mail on Sunday. The status-conscious Americans But the overriding emotion for spectators of Sources told journalists that insist they hold the for the the final round was therights way these two Augusta National sent a letter of But this year’s event was renamed Europeans fought the mate:captain, At the end and terms ‘Masters’ andfight. ‘Green Jacket’ complaint to Coverack’s Mullion in memory ofWell aplayed, late Masters former on the course, Rose and Garcia were in a golfing context. sporting gentlemen Golf Club after spotting a photo Bob Oxford. In the final round, they were toe-to-toe rivals of 2017 winner Wilf Hutchinson Golfers in Coverack have been Augusta National declined to but not opponents, supremely competitive baffled trying toacknowledging work out how yet gentlemanly, eacha other’s proudly wearing his green jacket. discuss its “private business”.

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Dyson makes the switch into coaching

HAMPSHIRE LEGEND SWAPS BAT FOR CLUBS AND EYES EURO TOUR

Hampshire cricket legend Sean Ervine is aiming to carve himself a new sporting career in professional golf.

Simon Dyson, former top 10 player on the European Tour, has retired from professional golf after a 20-year career. The Manchester-based Yorkshireman, 41, who had surgery on a wrist injury three years ago, will now concentrate on a coaching academy he set up in Cheshire. His career brought him not far short of £10million in prize money and six European Tour wins. “I’m so excited about this next chapter,” he told BBC Radio York. “It’s like being back to when I first got my European Tour card. I’m just looking forward to helping other people improve. “Whether it’s for the monthly medal, or a minor tour event, it’ll still be a buzz for me. “I’ve gone in to partnership with Mottram Hall, working on elite golf performance which taps in to all sides - physical, mobility and the mental side. “I’ll be working on exactly how far players hit a full shot with each club. So few really know. And on the psychology side of playing, course management, visualisation of shots - especially the ones you don’t like the look of before you hit them.”

The 35-year-old father of two already has a handicap of one and is working towards joining the European Challenge Tour. He will be based on familiar territory, the Ageas Bowl’s Boundqry Lakes course, as he polishes his game works towards joining the Algarve Pro Golf Tour. Ervine told the Southern Daily Echo: “It’s something I’m looking into it the moment. I play off one with very little coaching so if I can spend a little bit of time doing it who knows where it would lead. “It would be a pretty decent story if it were to come true. It’s something I think I need to do. I don’t want to get a few years down the line and really wish I gave golf a go. “I’m trying to organise a coach to work with, try to get a few sponsors to help out, enter tour school in March, and go from there.”

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Ervine the golfer: “Who knows where it will lead?”

Support “Boundary Lakes are going to support me and allow me to practise there before going to Spain later this winter. “It’s a par 69 but it’s a pretty tough course. The greens are very undulating so it’s a good test. And the plan is to increase it to a par 71.” Ervine batted left-handed, but has always played golf right-hand “I just felt more comfortable doing that, it

Ervine the cricketer: A long-time star for Hampshire

probably goes back to my hockey days at school.” He had not even played golf before moving from Zimbabwe to join Hampshire in 2005. “We had a good group who enjoy their golf,” he said, “including the likes of Warney. Creepy (John Crawley) and Dimi (Mascarenhas). “As a cricketer and a sportsman you need something to take your mind off the game and that’s what did it for me.”

Doctor, can I please have a prescription for golf on the NHS? The national press certainly had some fun with a recent report about the health benefits of golf for older people. In the Daily Mail, the witty columnist Littlejohn, under the headline Golf on the NHS? Are they trying to kill us all off? he wrote: “They should fire all the caddies and hire stretcher bearers.” But behind this was a perfectly serious joint report from ukactive, England Golf and Mytime Active.

Older people, it suggested, could be referred by their GPs for golf lessons to improve patients’ physical, mental and emotional health and wellbeing. The suggestion arose from pilot research called ‘Golf on Referral’, under which parents at risk of chronic conditions were referred for a six-week course on behaviour change through a programme of golf lessons. The results showed that participants trebled their amount of exercise per week as a result and had increased life satisfaction levels alongside

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reductions in both systolic and diastolic blood pressure. Health professionals are now being encouraged to refer older and inactive patients to play golf, in order to increase physical exercise as well as improve mental and emotional health throughout the age group. ukactive CEO Steven Ward said: “Golf is a fantastic way to encourage people to be more active, particularly among parts of the population who may not be too engaged with other activities.” 

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Why Custom Golf Clubs Will Improve Your Game Your golf game will improve with a set of custom golf clubs because you will have equipment that is specifically made not only to your unique physical characteristics but also to your playing abilities. Why can I say that? Studies done by Golf.com over 18 months have shown dramatic results for those golfers fit with custom golf clubs: “More than 90 percent of the test cases reported improved performance with their custom-fit clubs. Mid-handicappers lowered their handicap by two or more strokes on average within a few short months. Elite players aren’t necessarily scoring better (it’s difficult to drop it much when you hover near scratch), but they’re seeing greater consistency. Many players who were fitted strike their new clubs up to one full club longer with irons and 10 to 20 more yards on drives. They’re having more fun playing the game, too. A poll of golf.com readers reveals similar satisfaction levels.” from Golf.com

People are like Snowflakes, no two are alike Consider these differences between golfers: In general, women golfers are shorter than male golfers and likely to have smaller hands and not swing as fast, therefore requiring more flexible shafts and smaller grips. Golfers who are older may suffer from hand or joint related pain and may require grips that might be larger and softer. They may also need graphite shafts to help dampen some of the unwanted vibration at impact. Golfers who are beginning or are less skilled should have different equipment than those who can strike the ball in the middle of the face on a consistent basis. If you score is high, then you should seek as much game-improvement features into the clubs as possible. Shorter golfers generally need shorter clubs and taller golfers may require more length. All of these factors must be taken into account when purchasing a set of golf clubs. By properly fitting the golfer according their size, needs and ability the best possible golf set will be created yielding the lowest scores. Every pro golfer has their clubs custom made. Do they know something you don’t?

If you are buying your clubs off-the-shelf, you are making a major mistake. Off-theshelf golf clubs are made for the majority of the population. Put three people side by side and measure height, look at their swing, check their swing-speed, and calculate the differences each person is to each other (strictly speaking of the golf swing, and golfers strengths); and you will see major differences. There are so many factors that are different between these 3 golfers, it can be enough to make your head spin. How can one golf club work perfectly for all 3 golfers? It can’t and it doesn’t. Now if you get your clubs custom built, the custom builder will check your wrist-tofloor measurement, swing-speed, loft angle, lie measurement, height, age, sex, and your glove size. This is the basic formula. A good custom fitter will watch you hit a bucket of balls at the driving range, and see your weaknesses. They will also ask you about 20 other questions. When they make golf clubs for you, you will see a huge difference. The golf clubs will fit you like a glove. You see, if you buy off-the-shelf clubs, you are conforming to the golf club. However, if the clubs are custom built just for you, the golf club conforms to you. As a golfer, you know how bad a change in your swing can mess up your game. This is why you should not conform to the golf club. I don’t care if you have the most uncharacteristic swing, a custom builder can build a golf club that you will feel very comfortable with. It’s important not to get custom golf clubs mixed up with fitted golf clubs, as there is a stark difference. Fitted golf clubs start with a set of standard golf clubs from a club manufacturer which are then fitted to be more suitable to your personal traits. Custom golf clubs are completely different, as they are entirely custom from the ground up and will fit you perfectly. Don’t buy into the hype of the latest club trying to boast the best in club technology - keep it simple with a set of custom golf clubs which you know you can depend on time and time again. Mass produced clubs are nothing but a hassle, opt instead

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for clubs which you know will meet your specific and unique playing style. Many people think that custom fitting is only for an expert golfer. This is totally wrong. Anyone even the beginner can use it and in fact, they’ll find it easier. So, whenever you reach the point where you need to replace your old set of clubs, take this opportunity to get a new custom fitting clubs. Custom fitting won’t cure all your bad shots. Coaching will sort that out. But if you do make a good swing, then the custom golf club will arrive correctly at impact and should produce a straight shot at your target. That alone will save shots during a round. After a custom club fitting, golfers will feel confident that

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California Dreaming …followed by a bit of a nightmare for Hampshire’s Rose Justin Rose, world number one and Hampshire’s favourite golfing son, laid down a marker with is best season’s start for 17 years as he won the opening event at Torrey Pines. Rose brushed off the challenge of Australian Adam Scott to secure victory in the Farmers Insurance Open by two shots. The 38-year-old, associated with North Hants Golf Club since he was a youngster, wobbled with three bogeys in the opening five holes of the final round but played the last 12 in five under to card a threeunder 69 and win on 21 under. “I haven’t won in January since about 2002, so this feels great,” said the 2013 US Open champion.

“I am really happy. I challenged the status quo and changed everything up in the search to try to get better.” Rose switched golf club brands at the end of last year, and won with new caddie Gareth Lord on his bag for just the second time, with his regular caddie Mark Fulcher recovering from heart surgery. “I felt comfortable with the way I drove the ball this week on a tough test,” added Rose. “A whole new look for me. But I don’t mind it, if it is going to produce this golf.” The victory secured Rose a 10th US PGA Tour title and his first win since the Turkish Airlines Open on the European Tour in November. Scott said: “He’s the number one player in the world, and he’s showing why.

Even when he was a little off, he kept it together.” But, as if to prove the vagaries of golf, along came the season’s second event – and Rose actually missed the cut for only the second time in 36 tournaments. The hiccough came in the Saudi International, won by American Dustin Johnson. Rose followed his opening round of 70 with a twoover 72. He said afterwards: “The mistakes I made were due to trying to chase the cut and that doesn’t happen if I had putted a bit better the first day. “I actually played really nicely on day one. Today I felt not as good, but the mistakes were more because I was behind the eight-ball trying to get into the tournament.”

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cloud nine James Nitties made a world record-equalling nine consecutive birdies in the ISPS Handa Vic Open. His run from the 15th to the fifth in the first round - a European Tour record matched Mark Calcavecchia’s feat in the 2009 Canadian Open. “I’m pumped. It is pretty cool,” said the Australian. But at half way, Nitties was eight shots off the lead, and nosedived to 62 place by the end. Someone else was on a different kind of cloud nine: Scotland’s David Law, who eagled the 18th to overcome a three-shot deficit in the final three holes to win his first European Tour title. Challenge Tour graduate Law said: “To have won, it sort of changes things a little bit. “It’s massive. It’s not something I expected. For me just being out here playing on the European Tour was enough. “I’ve been loving the four events I’ve played so far and to just be a European Tour player was what I was happy with.”

Quinta Do Lago on Cloud Nine After Record 2018 Quinta do Lago is set to build on a record-breaking year after seeing a significant rise in golf green-fee bookings in 2018.

The stunning Algarve sports and lifestyle venue reported an increase of nine per cent in rounds played at their three superb 18-hole championship courses – the North, South and Laranjal – an impressive growth of 8,500 in real terms. Aside from the continued popularity among UK guests, Quinta do Lago’s wealth of world-class facilities has seen the emergence of visitors from European neighbours Scandinavia and Italy, as well an influx of visitors from as far afield as USA, China and Argentina. After impressive performance in 2018, growth looks set to continue, especially with the availability of new flight routes into nearby Faro from new destinations: Berlin, Cologne, Cork, Marseille and Milan. With ‘The Magnolia Hotel’, the state-of-the-art sports performance centre ‘The Campus’ and 10 high-class bars and restaurants to choose from, Quinta do Lago’s appeal continues to grow across the globe. Located just 15 minutes away from Faro airport, the resort’s world-class golf and lifestyle facilities make it the perfect choice for a sporting break, and Quinta do Lago has plenty for golfers to get excited about, with three-night, two-round breaks bookable from only €314 per person until the end of March. www.quintadolago.com

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Summer’s looking very hot for the PGA cohorts The PGA in England and Wales will again feature four top-quality Order of Merit events to decide the leading players in the South West and Wales, writes Peter Godsiff. The venues remain the same for the second successive year as the West Region PGA Championship, the most prestigious and longest-running tournament on the calendar, is again being hosted at the outstanding Players Club, near Bristol, on August 13-14. The exciting new fixture list reveals several more pro-ams at new ventures. The Manor House at Castle Combe and Fingle Glen in Devon stage regional proams for the first time. Other new venues this year include Churston, Clevedon, Lilley Brook, Ross-on-Wye, Chippenham and Enmore Park. The country’s top-rated links courses again feature. The season opens on April 2 with the Asbri Golf Cornish Festival where outstanding championship venues Trevose and St Enodoc again add lustre to the largest pro-am gathering in the country. The Point at Polzeath becomes the third venue. The North Cornwall resort has been extensively developed by Jeremy Davies who has made major improvements to the course and added accommodation and extensive leisure facilities. The season closes with the 54-hole North Devon Links Festival at Royal North Devon, the oldest course in the country, and both Saunton championship courses on September 30-October2. The Order of Merit programme opens for the 11 th time with the Total Triumph Classic hosted at Oake Manor by former club captain and PGA benefactor Neil Mossman. Once again amateurs will have a chance to play alongside the leading PGA professionals on the first day in their own strokeplay competition. The Players Championship, won last year by Order of Merit champion Sion Bebb (Morlais Castle), continues at Cumberwell Park, Wiltshire’s leading golf complex on June and is followed by the Championship which embraces four categories. Everything builds up to the decisive final event at The Point at Polzeath. Young professionals under the age of 30 and club assistants will again feature the Sprint League in association with Titleist and FootJoy. The earlyseason strokeplay event returns to Minehead, Radyr, Cumberwell Park and Weston-super-Mare. and will be decided at Tiverton. Young developing players will be rewarded by an approximate Order of Merit bonus pool of £3,500 and a mini equipment contract with Titleist & FootJoy for the leading five players. The winner receives an additional award from golfbreaks.com. Robert Moss, the West PGA manager, said: “We have been able to maintain another strong fixture list with excellent additions so can look forward to another busy and successful year.”

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Group holidaymakers looking for style and luxury in Mallorca will be turning their attentions to Carrossa after the addition of two new lavish villas. Situated in the north east of Mallorca near the historic town of Artà, the five-star resort with just 75 luxurious rooms and suites, opened in May 2018 and has proved an attractive new destination for those looking to discover an authentic Mallorcan experience in stunning surroundings.

Carrossa is home to a stunning 1,500m2 state-of-the-art wellness centre, built and designed to the highest specification with saunas, steam bath, ice fountain, and a wide selection of massage, beauty and special treatments, as well as a high-tech gym.

With the venue set to reopen on February 23 after the winter break, the two new four- and five-bedroom villas are brimming with comfort and can provide the perfect location for a get-together with friends or family with privacy, but all within just a few steps of the exceptional services on offer throughout the main hotel.

The former manor ground gardens of Carrossa are also home to an inviting heated outdoor panoramic infinity pool and deck. Carrossa’s fine cuisine offers a range of sophisticated international and local dishes in the fine-dining Restaurant Carrossa, or an extensive choice of dishes in the more informal Bistro Badia, both of which deliver panoramic views from the terrace.

So whether it’s for a an extended family holiday, a group of golfers to tackle any of the nearby courses at Club de Golf Alcanada, Son Servera, Capdepera, Canyamel or a group of friends and couples joining together in style, it provides the perfect combination for socialising and privacy all under one roof.

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Peter Hamacher, director of sales and marketing for owners Hamacher Resorts, said: “These exceptional villas can sleep 8-10 people in comfort. Each has its own infinity pool, outdoor barbecue areas and a daily cleaning service. “There is a nice balance between the social areas for people to spent time with each other but each air-conditioned bedroom has its own en-suite bathroom so you can find your own personal space too and you are not standing on each other’s toes all the time.” Prices start from €720 per villa per day (February 23 to April 14 and October 13 to November 17, 2019). Aside from some wonderful touches: natural stone baths, Italian design interior furniture, high-end SieMatic kitchen, satellite TV, WiFi and stereo, all guests can take advantage of the hotel’s superb facilities.

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Argentario’s Popular Spring ProAm Returns to Tuscany in May Tuscany, Italy, February 2019: Argentario Golf Resort & Spa’s popular Spring ProAm which regularly attracts visitors from all over the world will this year take place on May 18 & 19 at one of Tuscany’s top golf resorts in the Maremma region of Italy. Golfers return year after year to Argentario (www.argentarioresort.com), located on the picturesque Monte Argentario promontory, enchanted by the charm of this Tuscan hideaway that combines old-world glamour with sleek, modern design and state-of-the-art amenities. In addition to its highly-regarded golf course designed by Italian architect David Mezzacane and professional golfer Baldovino Dassù, the Resort boasts an extensive spa and wellness centre and a stylish gourmet restaurant, the Dama Dama Restaurant. This year’s Spring ProAm package includes the two-day, 36 hole medal competition played in fourballs (three amateurs and one pro), four nights in a Design Bedroom with daily buffet breakfast, a three-course Welcome dinner, a practice round as well as access to the 5-star MediSPA and Espace Wellness Centre which includes a sauna, Turkish bath, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, Kneipp circuit and gym. For the more active guests, there are also tennis and padel courts and a mini football pitch. Noted for its panoramic views of the Orbetello Lagoon, Tyrrhenian Sea and surrounding

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Mediterranean topography, the par 71, 6,218 metre golf course is a deceptively varied and technically-challenging layout. The undulating front nine runs in and out of cork-oak woods showcasing local flora and fauna whilst the back nine meanders gently through romantic, centuries-old olive groves at the foothills of Monte Argentario. The course is characterized by small, fast-paced greens, a host of intimidating water hazards running alongside several holes and tricky, rolling fairways reminiscent of a links layout. More often than not, a refreshing sea breeze cools down the Tuscan sun though adds an extra challenge to game management which, on this course, requires a combination of accuracy and power. In addition to a driving range and stylish Club House, the well-equipped Golf Academy features the TrackMan IIIe simulator, the latest-generation platform for analyzing your swing.

Argentario is just an hour and a half away from Fiumicino Airport by car whilst Rome Ciampino and Pisa are just over two hours away. To book your place call T: +39 0564 888525 or E: proam@argentariogolfclub.it

During the ProAm, gastronomic delights created by local chef Emiliano Lombardelli are served in the Dama Dama Restaurant and the new Club House. The Restaurant cuisine is based on the flavours and colours of the local terrain with dishes prepared using authentic produce from small, local farms and whilst local wines are available to accompany all meals. Meanwhile revitalizing drinks and healthy dishes that are both simple yet creative can be enjoyed in the Club House overlooking the golf course.

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How do you solve a problem like Garcia? - Cont from page 3… After losing his rag with the way that one bunker had been raked, he damaged five front-nine greens by dragging the sole of his spiked golf shoes across the top of the turf to leave noticeable damage. He also left a divot mark on the sixth green, thought to have been made with the heel of a golf club. He was disqualified from the tournament and said: “I respect the decision of my disqualification. In frustration, I damaged a couple of greens, which I apologise for, and I have informed my fellow players it will never happen again.” Some of those players were in the groups behind him on the course and

complained to officials about the damage to the greens. Over the years in sport, we have watched with horrified fascination as top players have lost control of themselves and gone a step too far. Manchester United’s Eric Cantona took a flying karate kick at a fan on the terrace; France and Real Madrid superstar Zinedine Zidane walked up to an opponent and head butted him full in the face in view of millions of World Cup TV fans; more recently, Serena Williams completely lost it in the U.S.Open and reduced her young opponent to tears and her worldwide fans to open-mouthed amazement – and criticism.

Terry’s in a unique role Terry Kirby is making history as the first wheelchair golfer to become a club captain, certainly in England and probably worldwide. Terry, pictured, takes office at Tapton Park Golf Club, Chesterfield, almost exactly 25 years after a tumour in his spinal cord cost him the use of his legs. “Then, I was thinking that’s it, I’ll never play golf again and it was a total change in my life. But 25 years later I’m captain of a golf club,” said the 63-year-old.

He plays off a handicap of 26, saying “Not bad for one arm and sitting down!”

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Different But the latest Garcia tantrum was different. It was not a split-second lapse, a momentary mind meltdown. His went on… and on, leaving behind him pitted and damaged greens in the path of fellow pros in following groups. If his own group took 10 minutes a hole, that means that Garcia was continuously exploding inside for at least 50 minutes.

Golfers bump into politics England stars Paul Casey and Matt Fitzpatrick declined to play in the Saudi International because of the country’s human rights record.

“Depending on your time scale, you could argue that every country on earth has at some point exemplified the worst that human beings have to offer.”

Tiger Woods stayed away too, reportedly turning down an appearance fee of $2million – and a yacht.

“For me, if I didn’t play, I sacrifice the opportunity to play against the best in the world.

But world number one Justin Rose summed up many competitors’ feelings when he said: “I’m not a politician, I’m a pro golfer.” England’s Eddie Pepperell defended his decision to play: “It clearly is true that Saudi Arabia’s human rights record is questionable at best, and appalling to anyone in the West.

He’s taking on the role as a golfer: “I have never been treated any different from anyone else within the club. When I first started some people thought they had to give concessions but I soon put a stop to that! I’m just treated as any other golfer. That’s how I want it.”

The footballers were guilty of physical assault; Miss Williams merely emotionally assaulted her opponent and umpire in her rage.

“That probably depends who you are. I can really only speak for myself, and plus, remember I’m not being paid to be here. “The problem with taking a moral approach to us playing in Saudi Arabia this week is that it would lay bare many contradictions of the past. “Like, for example, why do we play in China? Or Qatar? Or Turkey?

“I miss a chance to improve my world ranking also, which does hold some importance for me, since if I fall out of the top 50 before April I won’t be eligible for a PGA Tour event I have scheduled to play. “And that means losing flights et cetera, and having to pay for new ones, which you might say is no problem because I’ve earned a lot of money lately, though resentment isn’t good for anybody. “This week throws up a notnew conundrum for us then; that competition supersedes morality. If I don’t show up, the field doesn’t reduce a spot, somebody takes it. With over seven billion people in the world, our futures might give us all an opportunity to choose between morality and survival.”

What possible excuse from a Major champion and the most successful Ryder Cup player of all time? Not problems at home, obviously. He has been happily married since 2017 and has a beautiful daughter. It can hardly be money pressures. Garcia’s estimated net worth is $70million, and it was said that despite being kicked out of the Saudi event, he still picked up £500,000 appearance money.

Frustrated In the lost-temper stakes, he has form, having been warned in the past for throwing a golf shoe at an official, spitting into a golf hole and, infamously, for making a racist remark about Tiger Woods. Each time he was merely reprimanded by the European Tour. Is he, perhaps, frustrated that he cannot play at his brilliant best more often? This is no excuse – all sports superstars have to cope with hot-and-cold form or the passing of the years. The question of someone’s mental health state has to be raised when he is capable of hitting the Rage button and not ready to switch it off for nearly an hour. It is the kind of vandalism which would get any amateur banned for life from any club – and probably reported to the police. He needs help. And it should come before his next explosion totally ruins our stored-up admiration and memories of a superb talent. We do not want to be standing on the sidelines watching the descent of another flawed genius, another star whose loss of control will be remembered at least as long, if not longer, than the joy and thrills he has given us as we watched him play. His legacy should not be smeared by his own short fuse.

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From time to time I look after my daughter’s cheeky Cockapoo called Murphy. I’d love to be able to step out on the golf course with him for a few hours of mutual exercise, yet whilst I’m able to take him into my local dog friendly Coffee Shop (they even give him doggie biscuits), there are still not many UK canine friendly courses. My research indicates it’s the established courses, originally created by land owning families with a tradition of working and sporting dogs that are the dog friendly clubs. Top clubs such as The New Zealand Club believe dogs are part of their club and if you don’t have a four legged friend, then you can rent one for the day from the Pro Shop. Goodwood Golf Club also positively welcome dogs, in fact, they have a special Kennels Dog Membership which includes a personalised dog bowl and special dog ice-cream. Now I appreciate dogs and golf courses are not always compatible. 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Free Beer Sets the Pace at Palmares Golfers at Palmares Beach & Golf Resort, in the Algarve, raised a collective glass after winning an important battle in the war on slow play. As well as introducing the new R&A rules and recommendations, which are designed to speed up play, the philosophy behind the event was embraced by the participants – spurred on by some radical local rules to act as an extra temptation to complete the nine holes of Texas Scramble as quickly as possible. One incentive in particular – the prospect of free beer in the clubhouse up until one and hour and 45 minutes after the shotgun start – certainly did the trick for the winning team from the UK as they toasted their success. It meant Brad Walker, Steve Smith and Derek Sanders – with an average age of 62 – enjoyed an hour of quenching their collective thirst with complimentary hospitality after tearing round nine holes in just 45 minutes. Although their score was immaterial, it was still impressive as they posted a one-under-par gross total, while their nearest challengers joined them at the bar just a few minutes later after posting times of 50 and 55 minutes respectively.

Aside from other incentives of replacing all lost balls with a brand new sleeve, the threat of punishment also served its purpose with one-shot penalties handed out for: searching for lost balls, practice swings, hitting provisional balls or reading greens from both sides. The resort’s operations director, António Pinto Coelho, believes the tournament will now become a fixture at the multi award-winning course, which was extensively redesigned by Robert Trent Jones Jnr in 2011. He said: “It was a big success. Everyone got into the spirit – especially with a complimentary shot of Medronho before the start. It was just a great time and got back to golf being fun. “Most people said playing faster made them have more fun and didn’t affect the final score – not that the score mattered for this tournament. “Seeing some of the participants in their 70s running between shots was quite a sight and we’ve already had many requests to repeat the experience. It will be back again in the near future and perhaps we will come up with a few extra local rules to enjoy!”

Leading players selected for England women and girls’ squads Leading players have been named in the England women and girls’ squads for the 2019 season. There’s seven players in the home-based women’s squad; eight in the overseas squad and nine in the girls’ squad. New faces in the women’s squad include English amateur champion Georgina Blackman (pictured), who recently finished third in the Portuguese women’s open. Cara Gainer and Emily Toy, who recently represented England in Australia, also join the squad. During the Australian tour, Toy won the New South Wales stroke play championship. Emily Brennan, who scored a top 10 in the 2019 South American amateur, and Caley McGinty, winner of the Liphook scratch cup, are also included. They join Lily May Humphreys, the Curtis Cup player and Scottish open amateur champion, while Nicola Slater, the English women’s match play titleholder, moves up from the girls’ squad.

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The full squads: Women Georgina Blackman, Chelmsford, Essex Emily Brennan, Trentham, Staffordshire Cara Gainer, Castle Royle, Berkshire Lily May Humphreys, Stoke-by-Nayland, Essex Caley McGinty, Knowle, Gloucestershire Nicola Slater, Lindrick, Yorkshire Emily Toy, Carlyon Bay, Cornwall Girls Jessica Baker, Gosforth Park Ladies, Northumberland Rafiah Banday, Royal Mid-Surrey Rosie Belsham, Whitley Bay, Northumberland Ellie Gower, Gleneagles, Scotland Charlotte Heath, Huddersfield, Yorkshire Daisy Kennedy, Stoke Park, Buckinghamshire Thalia Kirby, Stoke Park, Buckinghamshire Mimi Rhodes, Burnham & Berrow, Somerset Caitlin Whitehead, Carus Green, Cumbria Overseas Emma Allen, Meon Valley, Hampshire India Clyburn, Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire Annabell Fuller, Roehampton, Surrey Samantha Fuller, Roehampton, Surrey Alice Hewson, Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire Hollie Muse, West Lancashire Hannah Screen, Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire Amelia Williamson, Royal Cromer, Norfolk

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New faces feature in England men’s squads A host of new faces have played their way into the two England men’s squads for 2019. Spanish amateur champion Billy McKenzie (pictured) and Tom Plumb, who was recently third in the South American amateur, have shot straight into the men’s squad. They are joined by three players promoted from the A squad: Bailey Gill, Ben Jones, a semi-finalist in the recent New South Wales amateur, and Tom Sloman. Jake Burnage and David Hague, both internationals and established squad members, complete the line-up. The A squad is completely new. Its seven members are: Jake Bolton, who was third in the Italian amateur; Sam Done, who consistently features on the national amateur circuit; former boy internationals Callum

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The full squads: Men Jake Burnage, Saunton, Devon Bailey Gill, Lindrick, Yorkshire David Hague, Malton & Norton, Yorkshire Ben Jones, Northamptonshire County Billy McKenzie, Rowlands Castle, Hampshire Tom Plumb, Yeovil, Somerset Tom Sloman, Taunton & Pickeridge, Somerset A Squad Jake Bolton, Ogbourne Downs, Wiltshire Sam Done, Kenwick Park, Lincolnshire Callum Farr, Northamptonshire County Harry Goddard, Hanbury Manor, Hertfordshire Ben Hutchinson, Howley Hall, Yorkshire David Langley, Castle Royle, BB&O Joe Long, Lansdown, Gloucestershire

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Set up with Power & Purpose and get a Spring back into your Swing This month I’m going to talk to you about feeling powerful and standing over your golf ball athletically. Whatever level of golfer you are your posture can really start to get sloppy if you don’t keep it in check. So here are a few really easy drills to help you feel strong over the ball and help you to make contact with the turf and finish in a balanced state. If you are someone who fails to get to their finish position, feels wobbly as they swing or perhaps you’ve been struggling with mis-hitting the ball completely or losing power. Well all these things can come down to whether or not you are addressing the ball athletically.

Don’t be a toe tapper! Take this simple test and heel tap your way to success. Set up to your ball and feel ready to hit, before you do ask yourself this simple question. Can you tap your heels freely up and down or does it feel far easier to give those toes a tap. If you are a toe tapper then you will find you have limited stability and your game will really suffer as a result. So get into a position so that you can easily tap your heels up and down and plant that weight over the balls of your feet. Your arms should be just hanging down and grip on the club should be light.

Unslump that hump Check out your posture in the mirror or get a friend to video you. Are you hunched over or powerfully angular? If you are slouched over the ball then again you are in a weak position even before you have taken the club away. Stand up tall and feel you are tipped from your hips maintaining a lovely straight spine angle as your arms hang down. Your knees should be gently flexed with your weight on the balls of your feet as if you’re about to run somewhere or return a serve in tennis. There should be definite angles in your posture. A tip from the hips and a flex in your knees. If you are tipped from the waist your spine will seem curved and you certainly won’t feel ready and raring to go. Plus your balance will be questionable. Get ready to go and see how easy it is to brush the grass after the ball and hold your finish position.

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Challenge yourself to success I have played guitar in different bands for many years. In all those years I’ve pretty much improvised all my solos, hardly ever trying to copy or play tunes exactly as they were originally played. After all these years, I now feel it is time for me to learn to read music and expand my playing ability and, hopefully, take me to the next level! Well, I started a few weeks ago and, to say the least, I’m finding it very difficult, I feel like a total beginner again. Whether you’re trying to get better at playing guitar or golf, you have to challenge yourself to improve. Trying to find ways of challenging yourself when you are practicing is important. Take chipping for instance. Rather than just standing there and hitting one shot over and over, see how many times you can get up and down out of ten attempts from difficult places. Have a match with a friend. Imagine that you have to make an up and down to win the monthly medal or a tournament. Hit ten random shots from different places and set yourself a score for getting them all in the hole. If it takes twenty six the first time, try and beat that score the next time. To improve, you need to find ways of putting some pressure on yourself. Make the practice as difficult as possible. In this way you can emulate the tension you feel when you are playing, so that you can get used to it. Everyone feels tension - it’s how you handle it that counts. When you practice hitting full shots, don’t just hit balls, make every shot count. Maybe refine your pre shot routine. Be disciplined enough to do it on every shot, so that you can more easily take your practice to the course. I remember watching the great Jack Nicklaus(pictured) practice. On every single shot he hit, he went through the same pre shot routine as he used on the course. Now he could definitely take it to the course! Don’t just stand there trying to hit that elusive straight one. Try to hit high and low, hooked and faded shots. Doing this will certainly help you gain mastery of your swing. If you’re not sure how to shape the ball then either take a lesson from a Pro or ask someone who you think can help you.

Get your posture and all your fundamentals checked this month with your PGA professional. It will pay dividends as the season gets underway. Solid posture will result in solid impact position and solid golf shots. What’s not to love about that! Good luck everyone and shout if you want to kick start your game this Spring with a game changer lesson with me at Highpost Golf Club. visit www. katiedawkinsgolf.co.uk and get in touch. Here’s to a strong start to the season with strong athletic angles. Contact me via my website for lessons in all areas of your game www.katiedawkinsgolf.co.uk or email katiedawkinsgolf@hotmail.co.uk

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Putting yourself under a bit of pressure will really help your game. Challenge yourself. The kind of practice that can have a detrimental effect on your game is, as I have mentioned, just hitting shot after shot, searching for the miracle swing that’s going to hit it straight. This can lead to a lack of confidence and confusion. Often the thing that worked for those few shots will be gone the next day. If you practice in the way I have suggested, not only will your practice be fun but it will definitely benefit your game. Mob: 07787 887578 | Email: martin.butcher@aim.com | Web: mbtourcoach.com

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