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From the Land of the Rising Fun to the British Women’s Open, the sweet taste of victory for a high-fiving, sugar-hungry Miss Sunshine


Reflecting on a marvellous Masters: Justin Rose, Hampshire’s favourite golfing son, made us so proud as he played his role in one of the tightest but most gentlemanly showdowns in the history of the event


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.

Back home in Japan, they call her the ‘Smiling Cinderella”. In the Women’s British Open at Woburn, we saw why.

‘Twit’ Tweet Prompts Room will be found for mementoes of the A Slow-Play Review 2017 Masters to be placed alongside those of Rose’s U.S. Open triumph in 2013 and his Page 12 Olympic Golf Gold. Penny Swings Into The Med - Page 12

But while Rose was pipped at Augusta by Sergio Garcia, the inevitable disappointment for his fans was counterbalanced by a display of skill and sportsmanship which was a credit to both men, and to a sport which still prides itself on honesty and fairness. Yes, the final round between these two Ryder Cup titans was bound to be emotional. Rose was edging his way towards a second Major, and Garcia was trying to secure his first on the very day which would have been the 60th birthday of his hero, Seve Ballesteros.

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But the overriding emotion for spectators of the final round was the way these two Europeans fought the fight. In the final round, they were toe-to-toe rivals but not opponents, supremely competitive yet gentlemanly, acknowledging each other’s skills with a knuckle-touch or a nod.

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A few months ago, Hinako Shibuno was number 559 in the world. Here, she was playing in her first Major – indeed, her first tournament outside Japan.

Thief’s target As she prepared to defend her title at Woburn this year, Bournemouth’s Georgia Hall has revealed that a thief has escaped with a precious memento of her 2018 Women’s British Open Championship victory. See Page 4

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When she arrived, the trees on the course came as a surprise. She thought Woburn was a links course. Never mind, she smiled and laughed her way round, chomping on an endless supply of sweets, high-fiving with spectators before, during and after a final round in which seven birdies secured the title. Well played, Masters the end Even her manager was,mate:toAtput it and on the course, Rose and Garcia were sporting gentlemen mildly, was unorthodox. On the Saturday, he wore a Samurai warrior outfit with a blue wig and a plastic sword. On Sunday he added a clown mask. “I dress up to make her smile,” he said.


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The Women’s British Open Championship From Page 3… So, yet another women’s Major trophy went East. Since Hall became champion last year, four out of five of jhis season’s titles went to Asian ladies (the fifth was Australian). But Brti fans could not begrudge the sheer fun and joy as Shibuno played happy-go- lucky golf. The 20-year-old said: “I was more nervous on the front nine but I was OK on the back nine. I felt like I was going to cry on the 18th but the tears didn’t come out.” She had hundreds of thousands of other reasons to smile on the way home: she left Buckinghamshire with a first prize of £540,000 richer with scores of new admirers. Shibuno probably had another surprise when her manager pulled out his currency converter. His client had just won the equivalent of 69,643,450 Japanese yen.

THE ASIAN TAKEAWAYS Another women’s Major trophy goes East: the 2019 winners ANA Inspiration: Ko Jin-young (Korea) U.S. Women’s Open: Jeong-eun Lee6 (Korea) Women’s PGA Championship: Hannah Green (Australia) Evian Championship: Ko-Jin-young (Korea) Women’s British Open Championship: Hinako Shibuno (Japan)

Double blow for Georgia Defending champion Georgia Hall, the 23-year-old from Bournemouth who triumphed at Royal Lytham last year, went into this year’s event nursing a double negative. First, Hall’s replica trophy was stolen from the boot of her car when it was parked in Chiswick, London. “Obviously I was very upset at the time,” Hall said. “I was on my own and nothing had happened to me like that before, so I was a little bit scared.” Hall added: “Some things happen like this in life and you just get on with it, I suppose.” Her main priority has been to rediscover the form that brought her that maiden Major title 12 months ago. Backing up that brilliant performance has proven difficult.

FARE THEE WELL, GENTLEMAN TOM Eight-time Major winner Tom Watson chose to retire from competitive links golf at the same English course where he launched his long and distinguished career. The 69-year-old American was given a rousing send-off after saying that he would retire at Royal Lytham & St Annes. He was set for a swansong level-par round before bogeying the final three holes for a 73 to finish on nine over, 15 shots behind German Langer, 61 in the Senior Open. Watson won the main Open’s Claret Jug five times between 1975 and 1983, just one title away from the legendary Harry Vardon. Throughout his career, Watson was recognised as a gentleman and diplomat, and the galleries loved him. “The crowds were very warm and appreciative,” said Watson.


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Thanks for the memories: Above, Tom Watson as he will be remembered, graciously acknowledging the affection and respect of the fans. Right, he won five Open championship victories between 1975 and 1983

“There will be other people who will take the reins and they will do what I did. Life is full of passages, and I’ve passed through my career here, starting in 1975 to here in 2019. It’s amazing.” In his farewell interview, Watson said: “I’ll always respect the way the game is played over here (in the UK). “The game of golf is played here with a passion, unequalled, and it’s

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Negative number two came as she split from coach Dan Grieve. “He’s a great person and a great coach,” Hall said. “But I’m a very simple person and very simple player and I think things were getting a bit confusing for me. “I’m in my own head, so I just wanted to simplify everything, and it’s a lot better without having those voices in my head.”

part of the fabric of life that people have when they play golf here in the UK. That’s what I’ve always appreciated.”

A baby has been left with a serios eye injury after being struck in the face by a golf ball at a public park. Police arrested a 36-year-old man on suspicion of assault after the three-month-old boy was hurt at a playground in Sheldon, Birmingham. Witnesses said the man who hit the golf ball from the other side of the park had two young children with him. The incident reportedly sparked a brawl between the man and about 20 other people. The man was also treated in hospital. A woman who lives nearby said: “I heard screaming and looked out of the window and saw somebody holding a baby. “I happened to open the door and saw a woman run past, I think going back to hers. I asked if she was OK. She said she had called an ambulance because her baby had been hit in the eye and blood was pouring down its face and needed a wet cloth.”

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What is REAL Custom Fitting? If your car is dirty and trashed out, you can pull it into the driveway, hook up the hose and spray off most of the surface dirt and grime. On the other hand, you can do a better job in washing your car by filling a bucket with soapy water and scrub off all of the dirt with a sponge and a little ‘elbow grease.’ Or, you can pull out all of the stops and not only scrub the outside of the car, but wash, wipe, and vacuum the inside as well and finish with a full wax. Custom clubfitting is very much the same way. If you realize that you simply bought your golf clubs in standard form, off the rack from a golf retailer or pro shop and you are curious as to whether your game may benefit from being custom fit, there are many different options available in the golf business, all which are termed by some to be a ‘custom fitting.’ The problem is, since 98% of all golfers really don’t know what constitutes a real custom fitting, it’s easy to think you’re getting the ‘full detail job’ when you’re really ending up with only a ‘hose job.’ Real Custom Fitting is not answering five or six questions on a web site to be ‘fit’ into a driver or a set of irons. Real Custom Fitting is not a cart with wheels filled with different golf clubs and sitting in a pro shop or on the practice range. Real Custom Fitting is not attending a Demo Day at your local driving range and hitting clubs until you find something you like. Real Custom Fitting is not something that can be accomplished from start to finish in 20 minutes or less, regardless if you are hitting balls on a launch monitor. Real Custom Fitting is not done by altering some aspects of an existing standard made set of golf clubs. Real Custom Fitting IS working one on one with a trained custom clubmaker over a period of at least 45 minutes or more, and frequently over the course of 2 or more visits to the clubmakers shop. Real Custom Fitting IS being fit from scratch, in the same manner as a tailor making a custom suit, with the right clubheads, shafts, and grips being recommended by the custom clubmaker from a wide variety of different models, designs and performance factors. Real Custom Fitting IS the domain of the serious, professional clubmaker who ‘lives, eats and breathes’ all of the information available which will allow him or her to accurately match each golfer’s swing to the best fit set of golf clubs.

It’s Time To Check Your Clubs Golfers invest a significant amount of money in equipment these days but often neglect properly maintaining them leading to less than optimal performance on the course. Your golf clubs are the most important equipment in your golf bag. But golfers often overlook having them regularly examined and evaluated. Improve your game by inspecting your club’s grips, heads, and shafts. Grips. Check your grips and look for signs of wear. If the grips are in pretty good shape with minimal wear, then use a piece of fine steel wool with soap in it and scrub the grips. This will clean off dirt as well as roughen the grip renewing it’s tacky feel. If the grips are hard or excessively worn, then you need to replace them. Pay attention to grip size when making the replacements. In general, the middle and ring finger of the left hand (for RH golfer) should barely touch the palm as it is placed in playing position. Heads. Inspect the heads of your clubs. If there are signs of rust, treat them with WD-40 by applying and rubbing until the rust is removed. Clean the heads with a plastic brush and warm soapy water. Make sure to dry completely. Get the loft and lie checked. Clubs can get out of alignment during normal play. A two degree change in


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loft can result in as much as ten yards in distance. If your clubs have ferrules, take a look to ensure that there are no gaps between the head and the ferrule and that they are not loose. If the ferrules have lost their shine, applying a light coat of acetone will restore their luster. Shake the club and listen for rattles in the head. Have repaired any rattles or loose heads. Shafts. Take a close look at the shafts. Inspect for rust and use WD-40 to remove as mentioned above. Look for dents and dings in the shafts. A ding or ding will make the shaft weaker and should be replaced to avoid breakage during a swing. Check to see if any of the shafts are loose. Grab the clubhead in one hand and the grip with the other and then twist. Any movement or squeak indicates that the head is loose and needs to be repaired. Take a look and see if your shafts match. Check the flex and length. Irons generally have a half inch increment between clubs and woods usually have an inch increment between clubs. Inconsistent shaft lengths and flexes can affect the club’s accuracy and distance. Have any anomalies sorted out by a qualified clubmaker. If you are serious about the game, it is imperative that you regularly and thoroughly examine your golf clubs. Be it your loft, lie, shaft or grips, it is wise to have your clubs given an annual check up. Golf clubs can be costly and giving them the attention and care they deserve will save you money in the long tem. Should you have any questions on this or any equipment matter please feel free to call me on 01256 322007 or 07859 920055 Alternatively, email me directly at dave@madetomeasuregolf.co.uk or visit my web site at www.madetomeasuregolf.co.uk

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Revealing the finalists of the 2019 Toro Student Greenkeeper of the Year The British and International Golf Greenkeepers Association, alongside Toro and Reesink Turfcare, has revealed the 11 finalists who will contest this year’s Toro Student Greenkeeper of the Year Awards.

The Toro Student Greenkeeper of the Year winner will receive an eight-week all expenses paid scholarship to America, including a six-week residential turf management study course at the University of Massachusetts, a trip to the Golf Industry Show in Orlando, Florida and a visit to Toro’s facilities.

The 31st hosting of the finals of the prestigious awards will take place at BIGGA House in North Yorkshire, following a nationwide search for the country’s leading student greenkeepers.

The Toro Young Student Greenkeeper of the Year winner will receive a work experience placement at the exclusive Vidauban Golf Club in southern France. They will also receive a trip to Continue to Learn at BTME and enjoy a five-night package that includes hotel, four days of education, travel and £125 expenses, plus a Toro training voucher.

A record 46 students were nominated for the Toro Student Greenkeeper of the Year Award, with seven talented candidates making it through to the grand final, to be held on Monday 9 and Tuesday 10 September 2019. Up for grabs will also be the fourth Toro Young Student Greenkeeper of the Year Award, which is only open to qualifying students under the age of 20 at the time they were nominated. Four candidates have been invited to attend the finals. The Toro Student Greenkeeper of the Year finalists are: 1. Thomas Bird, Sutton Coldfield 2. Daryn Curtis, Farleigh Court 3. James Dawson, Oulton Hall 4. Vince DeMarzo, The Wisley 5. Jason Norwood, Rudding Park 6. Matthew Strudwick, Royal Norwich 7. Nicholas Turner, Royal Dornoch The Toro Young Student Greenkeeper of the Year finalists are: 1. Tom Bromfield, Trentham 2. Josh Marshall, The Worcestershire 3. Sam Richards, Sherborne 4. Lewis Westwood, Celtic Manor Vince DeMarzo of The Wisley is set to become the first student ever to have participated in both awards. Vince was runner-up at the first Toro Young Student Greenkeeper of the Year Award in 2016, winning a trip to Continue to Learn at BTME in January 2017. Each year the awards enable BIGGA, the UK’s only membership association for golf greenkeepers, to work alongside its Partners, the turf maintenance equipment manufacturer Toro and distributor Reesink Turfcare, to celebrate the next generation of talented greenkeepers who are dedicating themselves to a career within the industry.


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Stuart Green, head of member learning at BIGGA, said: “At a time when golf clubs are finding it increasingly difficult to attract the next generation of greenkeepers in to the profession, I’m delighted that we had more nominations than ever before for the Toro Student Greenkeeper of the Year Awards. The extremely high standard of candidates that we interviewed reinforced what a fantastic and rewarding profession this can be. “I was once again astounded by the enthusiasm and knowledge for the industry shown by the candidates and it’s clear that the future of the industry is in safe hands. “My thanks go to Toro and Reesink Turfcare in their continued support and thanks go to everyone who took part this year.”

David Cole, Reesink Turfcare managing director and award sponsor, said: “In 2019 we are celebrating Toro’s centennial milestone serving the golf industry and that gives me pause to reflect on the current ‘state of greenkeeping’ and in particular the longevity of The Toro Student Greenkeeper Awards. From what I see and hear from this year’s crop of participants and finalists, the future is bright. This is evidenced not only by a focused mind-set and commitment to learn from so many early on in their working life, but also by increasing numbers of students who have made significant career changes later in their working life. Both are committing and investing wholeheartedly in their greenkeeping futures.”

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Hat Trick for the Bramshaw Juniors as they win Hampshire Junior League The Bramshaw Junior team have successfully defended their Hampshire Junior League title after a comprehensive win at Wellow on Sunday the 21st July. The victory also means that they qualify for the Junior Team Golf Regional Finals for another year. The squad have finished the League season very strongly after an early season blip at Barton-on-Sea. Three straight victories took them to the title which means they have now completed a hat-trick of victories; champions for the last three years in a row.

The picture below shows the League Team that played the final fixture together with the Academy League Team, which will hopefully be the future Bramshaw Junior Team too. The Academy League team themselves have been brilliant again this year, competing with players from Clubs that don’t have the same playing opportunities that academy members experience at Bramshaw. As a consequence the younger Bramshaw juniors may never win the Academy League; Junior academy handicaps are very variable and standards often do not match the handicaps on paper. However, to their credit, they just compete and do their very best on every occasion - without a moan or a whinge. Something we could perhaps all learn from.

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Gibraltar Barracks soldiers complete 24 hour fundraiser at Hartley Wintney Golf Club When three members of Hartley Wintney Golf Club (Martin Hassall, Chris Rosie & James Stafford) offered to raise money for charity by playing golf nonstop for 24 hours, the Club Committee thought they were delusional. Not only because of the physical exertion involved, but also the logistical challenges and safety concerns of playing golf on a course that would be empty from 10 pm to 8 am, whilst dark. All three are serving members of the Royal Engineers and based at Gibraltar Barracks. As such, they developed robust plans to mitigate any of the logistical and safety concerns raised. Playing during the dark was solved by illuminating the greens and flags with cylumes (military term for glow sticks), and using LED illuminating golf balls that would light up when hit. They put in place a strong medical plan, with support from other serving soldiers should they have required it, and they are all battlefield trained in first aid!


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At 6pm on 5th August the intrepid trio teed off and 24 hours later, a little sore but in great spirits, they had completed an incredible 7 1/2 rounds (135 holes), covering over 42 miles, sitting for less than 30 minutes and raising over £1,500 for Guide Dogs and Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice Care. On behalf of the three golfers, Captain Hassall thanked the members of Hartley Wintney Golf Club for their enthusiasm & support, but did concede that they would not be repeating the task anytime soon! When thanking and congratulating the trio on their achievement, Angus Walker (2019 Men’s Captain) noted ‘how grateful we are for their efforts and how fortunate we are to have these exceptional men as members of Hartley Wintney Golf Club. A sense of pride that is no doubt shared by the British Army!’

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Is this the twilight of injured Tiger’s tale? Tiger: Was the Green Jacket the last hurrah?

It felt like the good old days, with Tiger Woods striding the fairways

to the acclamation of devoted fans, winning his 15th Major. But much as his legion of supporters dreamed they were seeing the start of one of any sport’s greatest comebacks at the Masters in April, unwanted reality seemed to set in. After the joyous final-green pictures at Augusta, we were taken to the

Slow players in focus after ‘twit’ tweet The pace of the action in professional golf will come under the microscope again after a row in which one player labelled another a “twit” for his slow play. The PGA Tour is reviewing its pace of play policy after Bryson DeChambeau was criticised for at the Northern Trust in New Jersey, part of the lucrative end-of-season four-event World Golf Championships. The American took more than two minutes to work out and strike a 70yard chip, and a similar time to line up (and miss) an eight-foot putt,. This prompted England’s Eddie Pepperell to call DeChambeau a “single-minded twit” on Twitter. Even before the Northern Trust began, four-time major winner Brooks Koepka said players taking too long over their shots was getting “out of hand”. The PGA Tour’s current policy puts players “on the clock” when their group falls out of position. The players get 40 to 50 seconds to take a shot and a first violation results in a warning. A second infringement during the same round is punished with a one-stroke penalty. PGA Tour chief of operations Tyler Dennis said: “We think technology definitely plays a key role in all of this, sa We are thinking about new ways to use it to address these situations.


Slowcoach: Bryson DeChambeau prompted Twitter scorn supported by world number one Brooks Koepka

“We know that the individual habits of players when they are preparing to hit a shot can quickly become a focal point in today’s world, and our players and fans are very passionate about this issue,” Mr Dennis added. “We have technology to provide every player with a pace of play report that they can access which breaks down the varying parts of their game and gives feedback on the amount of time on average that the player takes to hit a particular shot. “We are currently in the process of reviewing this aspect of pace of play and asking ourselves, ‘Is there a better way to do it?’” Rich Beem, the 2002 US PGA Championship winner, said: “This has got to stop. PGA Tour, if you don’t do something about this, shame on you!” DeChambeau himself said: “When people start talking to me about slow play and how I’m killing the game, I’m doing this and that to the game, that is complete and utter you-knowwhat.”

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other end of the scale as a crestfallen Woods missed the cut at The Open. It was one of the season’s saddest images as Tiger trudged away on the Friday, head down, saying simply: “I just want to go home.” His physical problems returned as Woods had to withdraw from the first of the World Golf Championship’s

events, the National in New Jersey, because of a problem with his side. Woods, who had spinal fusion surgery in April 2017, had fallen to world number 1,199 before Augusta. His adoring fans are surely not daring to think or ask: was the Masters a last hurrah from the greatest player of his era?

Penny in holiday swing Penny Lancaster and husband Sir Rod Stewart turned to golf for a spot of relaxation on board their luxury yacht moored on the French Riviera. The boat, named Emotion 2, costs more than £140,000 to charter for a week in the height of summer, can host up to 50 guests and comes complete with jet skis, a deck jacuzzi and an upper deck alfresco cinema. As soccer-mad Sir Rod, 74, and his ex-model wife, 48, practised their

swings and sent ball after ball plopping into the Mediterranean, the young guest behind Penny was not only admiring her action but perhaps also thinking of donning his scuba gear to retrieve a small fortune from the seabed…

TREVINO’S RECORD MATCHED American JT Poston finished the Wyndham Championship without dropping a shot and secured his first PGA Tour title by one stroke in North Carolina. He became the first player since Lee Trevino in 1974 to finish bogey-free for 72 holes and win on the PGA Tour. Trevino, now aged 79, won six Majors and 29 PGA Tpur events. Poston, 26 and world number 164, carded an eight-under 62 to finish 22 under. England’s Paul Casey double-bogeyed the 10th and finished seven shots back in joint 13th after a closing 69.

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Wonderful Wexford

If you’re looking for a special golf break then it’s well worth trying the golfing delights of Wexford in the South East of Ireland. With stunning courses and fabulous hotels only 20 minutes from Rosslare ferry, it’s just a case of loading up the car and catching the Fishguard ferry to Ireland for a golfing trip with a difference. My recent trip couldn’t have been easier. We packed up the car, drove to Fishguard Port, showed our electronic ticket at the entrance and within minutes we had parked up on the deck of the Stena Line Ferry and were making our way to the comfortable ship’s lounge. The ferry took just over 3 hours and it was surprising how quickly the time passed with free Wi-Fi, a hot meal, some comfy seats and our first taste of draught Guinness. What’s more, despite travelling at the tail end of gale force winds, the crossing was remarkably smooth and stable. The perfect preparation for what lay ahead. Travelling to Ireland by car and ferry is definitely the way to go as you can conveniently pack ALL your golfing equipment which is far more than you could on a flight. It also gives greater flexibility to tour the area and certainly stops the need to wait around Airport carousels for luggage to appear! A mere twenty minutes after driving off the ferry we could have been settled into our hotel, however, we were still fresh after travelling and choose to call in on the Bunclody Golf and Fishing Club.

Driving up the long winding road through woods to Bunclody Golf Club we were greeted with the unique and impressive round club house, complete with thatched roof and circular balcony. Bunclody were holding the 109th Irish PGA Championship the next day so we knew we were unable to play the course but they’d kindly offered us the chance to view the course on a buggy. Set in a stunning natural landscape of trees, Bunclody only opened in 2009 but has already received an award for being one of the top 25 park courses in Ireland. Surprisingly mature at only ten years old, it offers a true test of golf with tree lined fairways and the river Slaney running alongside and meandering through the course. There are numerous hazards waiting for wayward shots but it’s the last half a dozen holes that are really memorable. Even the 2019 Irish PGA competition winner admitted holes 15, 16 and 18 are pivotal and need to be respected. I’ll certainly remember how challenging this course is but it’s the quirky electric lift which

The unique clubhouse at Bunclody Golf & Fishing Club


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Overlooking the Blackstairs Mountains at Enniscorthy Golf Club

takes golfers up to the 18th Tee I’ll probably remember most! Our first hotel for the night was the four star Ferrycarrig Hotel situated in a stunning location, just on the edge of the river Slaney and a mere 20 minute drive from Rosslare Port, offering a great base and easy access to golf in the area.

The Ferrycarrig Hotel

The Ferrycarrig has a reputation of being loved by guests so it was no surprise we were warmly welcomed by engaging, friendly staff and shown to a lovely room complete with a spacious balcony and panoramic views of the estuary. The hotel has two restaurants; the award winning Dry Dock Bar for casual dining or the light airy Reeds Restaurant with its riverside views, comfortable dining room and crisp white table cloths. We visited Reeds which has been awarded 2 AA Rosettes for the last three years and thoroughly enjoyed its impressive menu which included an abundance of local provenance. My selection was fried Asparagus in crumb with Watercress, poached Duck Egg, crisp Pancetta Lardon with a Savage Honey and Wholegrain Mustard dressing. Followed by Prosciutto wrapped

Kilmore Monkfish with Macroom Buffalo Ricotta, Spinach, Red & Yellow Sun Dried Tomato and Wild Garlic Pesto. All beautifully served and quite delicious. Breakfast next morning was also a special treat as we sat watching a seal swimming just yards away from our table. A delicious full Irish buffet breakfast was available but there was also the unusual option of being able to make your own fresh pancakes on a special machine. For those with the time and the energy, there’s an excellent Active Club with a swimming pool, sauna, modern gym and range of treatments at the Riverwood Wellness. Enniscorthy Golf Club was the first course we played on the trip; 18 holes of mature parkland course, located in the foothills of the Blackstairs Mountains just outside of the town. Twinned with Carmarthen Golf Club in Wales, it celebrated its centenary in 2007 and is a gem of a course. Its scenic location and abundant wildlife makes it a truly unique Irish golf experience. With far reaching views of the countryside and a wide variety of flora and fauna it showcases the natural beauty of the course which is nurtured by the club and its passion to enhance the ecological system not eradicate it. The manicured, mature course has well-established native trees strategically placed around the fairway which are rooted high on banks of earth. The back nine will

get the heart rate up and there are some big dog legs that need to be managed so try to stick to the fairways, otherwise you’ll have some tough holes and big scores. You also need to bear in mind the course card and markers are shown in meters, which is important if you don’t want to keep coming up short of the green. The greens are super smooth and need careful handling to avoid multiple putting, as I learnt to my peril. The club prides itself on its friendly unpretentious character and has a warm welcome for visitors, something we experienced from the Pro Shop and throughout our visit. Overall it’s a wonderful course and provides a challenge to the experienced golfer whilst still giving some joy to the average golfer. A course that’s well worth playing. It’s always a treat to play a links course and Rosslare Golf Links certainly lived up to my expectations of classic links.

layout where the front 9 goes out from the clubhouse and is tucked behind sand dunes along the seafront. When I played the course, there was a slight prevailing cross wind on the return holes, a factor that could make golf quite humbling on a gusty day. Expect the greens to be fast and undulating and be prepared to make a few 3 putts unless you’re really focused. Mind you, the true test of any links golf is to start and finish with the same ball, something I sadly failed to do, despite having played on links courses for over 10 years! Retreat to the clubhouse after your game and you’ll find friendly staff and an excellent choice of good food on offer. What’s more the Rosslare ferry is only a few minutes away, so it’s a perfect opportunity to enjoy a round on the way to the ferry. Our second night was spent at the Clayton Whites Hotel, located right in the heart of Wexford Town and near to lots of bars and fabulous restaurants.

Rosslare Golf Links

Running parallel to the Irish Sea on a narrow peninsular there are two courses to choose from. The established 18 hole Old Course and a special newer 12 hole course (The Burrow) which was designed by Christy O’Connor jnr in 2005. We played the Old Course which clearly has been designed to be tight with interesting angles and lengths to consider and thick, punishing rough that needs to be avoided. It has all the intricacies and challenges of links golf, including the usual splattering of well-placed deep bunkers and some narrow and severely undulating fairways which can spin even the best placed ball off course. With a good variety of holes and some great par 3s, it’s a typical

Clayton Whites Hotel

Clayton Whites is a spacious, bright modern hotel with a contemporary boutique style, offering excellent facilities for comfort. Our bedroom was roomy with super comfy beds and yet another view of the River Slaney. There’s a Tranquillity Spa to relax and be pampered with beauty treatments, state-of-the art gym, luxurious poolside sauna, jacuzzi and a 20m swimming pool which is reputably naturally cleaned with salt. The Terrace Restaurant overlooks the sheltered courtyard and provides a wide range of options on the menu to suit all budgets as well as a great Irish Breakfast and Afternoon Tea. The hotel also has a popular Lobby Coffee Dock and a Library Bar to relax, enjoy a drink

The views from Wexford Golf Club

or connect with the complimentary Wi-Fi and catch up with the outside world. One of the Clayton’s unique charms is its location in the town centre, making it an excellent base to explore the town. High on the hillslopes of Wexford town, with spectacular views over the town and the Irish Sea, is Wexford Golf Club. Founded in 1961, the course has an active membership who are clearly proud of their course and who give a wholehearted welcome to visitors, particularly the Professional, Liam Bowler. A popular course that was given a significant makeover in 2006 when it was re-built into a Par 71. The new design has added to the variety of length, aspect and difficulty and it’s now a challenging layout which is likely to test every aspect of your game, yet still a treat to play. Hilly in places, the views are spectacular as the course has a splendid outlook over the town, coast and harbour. Standing on the 5th and 6th holes the scenery is wonderful but if you think that’s good, there are even better views on the back holes such as the 15th. Unfortunately photos don’t seem to capture the full magnificence of the vista. Wexford is a really lovely course, good value and has an excellent standard of green-keeping. Their greens are lightning fast, so expect to be punished if you’re not putting accurately. The modern, copper roofed golf club has a contemporary look with a wonderful wrap-around balcony. The club has a reputation for good food so would be a great place to pop-in for a bite to eat at the end of your round.

One course that’s worth a special mention is St Helens Bay Golf Club which is nestled down in South East Wexford. Part of the course overlooks the Irish Sea and has stunning views of the vast sweeping, sandy beach and Ferries passing by. The course is delightful, well maintained and has been planted with tropical palms, giving it a distinct look. The small clubhouse offers a decent variety of tasty snacks and meals and is an awe-inspiring spot to watch the golfers finish on the interesting 18th hole and enjoy the fabulous panoramic view of the bay. Wexford is one of the sunniest spots in the country and steeped in heritage and history. It’s well worth booking a visit for it has a wide variety of excellent golf, is fantastic value for money and so easy to travel to. One final important point is the Irish and UK Governments recently (May 2019) formally re-confirmed the existing Common Travel Area Agreement. This allows UK and Irish citizens to continue travelling between their countries without passports following Brexit. So remember, Ireland is still well and truly open for golf! A review by Claire Kane

Claire with Tiernan Byrne, MD Club Choice at Rosslare Links

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Savour the Wine & Culinary Delights of the Maremma With Argentario’s ‘Golf & Taste’ Package this Autumn Golf gourmets can savour the local wine and culinary delights of the  Maremma this autumn with Argentario Golf Resort & Spa’s (www.argentarioresort.com) ‘Golf & Taste’ package which combines golf over its highly-regarded course with the chance to indulge in some fine dining Tuscan-style and to taste some delicious wines and olive oils from the region. The 3-night package, which starts from Euros 548 (£491) per person, includes 18 holes of golf over the 6,218 metre, par 71 resort layout, a visit to either a nearby vineyard or oil mill and a welcome dinner with tasting menu accompanied by a selection of wines specially chosen by Argentario’s experienced sommelier. Nestled into the Monte Argentario hillside that creates a microclimate means golf can be played all year round; the first nine follows the undulating terrain through cork oak woods whilst the second nine meanders through ancient olive groves.

Autumn is one of the best times to enjoy the ‘Golf & Taste’ package as guests can witness all the activity that surrounds the grape and olive harvests.

Among the panoramic holes with mostly small greens, two dominate the sea and the lagoon, one is immersed in the Mediterranean vegetation, and another features a water hazard running along one side of the green. A refreshing breeze mitigates the temperature and adds an extra challenge to the game which, on this course, requires a combination of accuracy and power.

The Le Mortelle estate for example, one of the most famous vineyards in the region, is located in the heart of the lower Maremma in the province of Grosseto, just an hour away from Argentario by car. The eminent Italian wine-producing family, the Antinoris, took over the vineyard in 1999, building a new cellar and improving the surrounding vineyards in the firm belief that this area has great potential for the production of high quality wines.  The estate’s state-of–the-art cellar, built largely underground to blend into the surrounding landscape, is a masterpiece of design using rock, glass and wood which never fails to impress the visitor. Alternatively the Val delle Rose Winery, owned by the Cecchi family which is one of the oldest and most important producers of Chianti, offers wine tours that reveal the secrets of the harvest, the winemaking process and aging of wine. For wine lovers with a love of the outdoors, Val delle Rose offers three hiking trails with different levels of difficulty for a full immersion in the hills and views that give life to the wines of the Estate. Back at the Resort, the Argentario golf course, recently awarded PGA National Italy status and the “Agri Cert” certification for its bio eco-compatibility, provides a challenging round of golf with stunning views over the Orbetello Lagoon and Tyrrhenian Sea.


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The ‘Golf & Taste’ package includes: • Daily buffet breakfast • Welcome drink • One welcome dinner with tasting menu and Argentario wine selection included • A visit of your choice between a local winery, including wine tasting paired with local products (transfer not included) or a trip to the Frantoio Franci mill in Montenero d’Orcia with olive oil tasting and an aperitif with honey, cheese and a glass of red wine (transfer not included) around an hour away from the Resort • 1 green fee per person at Argentario Golf Club • Spa access with use of pools, gym, fitness courses, sauna, Kneipp circuit, Turkish bath, thalassotherapy • Use of driving range

After golf, the extensive deck of the Argentario Club House with views over the course is the ideal spot to retreat to for an aperitif and a plate of locally-produced hams and cheeses while the luxurious spa with its pools, gym, fitness courses, sauna, Kneipp circuit, Turkish bath, thalassotherapy is the perfect place to relax and unwind. In the evening, resident chef Emiliano Lombardelli will treat you to a tasting menu. The Resort Restaurants offer a contemporary interpretation of Tuscan and Mediterranean cuisine through healthy, tasty dishes prepared with local products, some of which come directly from the Resort’s organic vegetable garden.

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Three English players named in Astor Trophy team Three English players have been named in a strong Great Britain & Ireland team for this year’s Astor Trophy at Royal Colwood in Canada. Lily May Humphreys was an automatic pick as one of the leading two GB&I players on the Women’s World Amateur Golf Ranking and she will be joined by British Women’s Amateur champion Emily Toy and Alice Hewson who won the recent European Ladies’ Amateur Championship at Parkstone. The fourth member of the team is Ireland’s Olivia Mehaffey who earned the second automatic place via the World Rankings.

Photo Credit: Vicki Head.

Humphreys from Stoke-by-Nayland is the youngest member of the team at 17 while Hewson (Berkhamsted), Mehaffey (Royal Co. Down Ladies) and Toy (Carlyon Bay) are all 21. The Astor Trophy is contested once every four years between teams representing Australia, Canada, GB&I, New Zealand and South Africa. Each country is represented by four players with each country contesting foursomes and single match in a round robin format. This year’s match is to be played at Royal Colwood on Wednesday, 28 August to Sunday, 1 September.

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Ryder Cup star charged with assault

When does the ‘gimme’ mean taking a liberty? Having recently entered the world of semi-retirement, I have been playing more golf than previously and with a wider circle of playing companions.

Ryder Cup winner Thorbjorn Olesen has been charged with sexual assault, being drunk on an aircraft and common assault. The Dane, pictured above, was arrested after returning from the WGC St Jude Invitational on a flight from Nashville to London. Police were waiting for the 29-year-old when the aircraft landed at Heathrow. He was taken into custody and later released under investigation. Olesen beat three-time major winner Jordan Spieth in Europe’s triumph over the United States in Paris last year. A Metropolitan Police spokesperson said: “A man has been charged in connection with an incident on an inbound flight to Heathrow Airport on 29 July. “Jacob Thorbjorn Olesen, 29, of Redcliffe Road, Kensington and Chelsea, was charged with sexual assault, being drunk on an aircraft and common assault.” As Tee Times went to press, the player was due to appear at Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court. Olesen’s lawyer Paul Morris released a statement that read: “Thorbjorn has cooperated fully with the police during their investigation, but while the legal proceedings are still ongoing he unfortunately cannot comment on this matter at this time.”


This has exposed me to some interesting characters around golf clubs and as a keen peoplewatcher, I’ve found myself pondering what happens when a golfer arrives on the green and finds their ball near the hole, anywhere from a couple of inches, to a couple of feet. This, in common parlance, is “gimme” territory. The gimme putt doesn’t feature in any golfing rule book nor are there any guidelines as to when it should be utilised. It is widely employed in social games and indeed, a lot of match-play competition. In theory, it is a positive characteristic of a game played by civil, fair-minded men and women. The general principle being that a putt, so short as to be unmissable, should be given, thus sparing the player the possible ignominy of missing it and the added benefit of speeding up play.

TALKING POINT By Steve Banks-Smith The first contentious area is: what is unmissable and by whom? I think most golfers would “give” a putt of less than three or four inches but I’ve recently played in games whereby anything inside the length of the putter grip and in one particular group, anything inside the distance from the putter head to the grip, was seen as a gimme. Measured on my putter these distances are 10 inches and 2 feet respectively and I for one have missed plenty of putts from those distances. There then comes the nuanced putts whereby players don’t give putts for birdies or pars or to win holes. I’ve also heard the somewhat apologetic excuses for

not giving short gimmes such as “it’s a bit downhill” or “I’ve seen you miss these”. I’ve played with a number of golfers who are very confident when faced with short putts and knowing this, I’m usually happy to be generous with the bestowing of a gimme, generally with the expectation that it will be reciprocated. Less attractive are those not so efficient over short putts who will walk onto the green, take a glance at their 18 inch putt and say something like, “Is that ok?” or “Will I need my putter?”. Generally, the respective answers are No and Yes. Having been subjected to a number of different practices around gimmes, my overriding observation is that the players seeking a gimme are the ones most likely to miss it if not given. The very fact of asking for a gimme places the recipient of the request in an awkward position in terms of the spirit in which the remainder of the game will be played and the ongoing relationship. I would say that a gimme should be viewed in a similar way to letting a fellow-motorist out of a side road. It is something that should be offered, not asked for. and certainly never demanded or expected.

Skipper Springs Solheim Surprise Bournemouth’s Georgia Hall has played her way into Europe’s Solheim Cup clash against the United States this month. Four English players are in the squad for Gleneagles, but there was a big surprise with the wildcard choice, Suzann Pettersen. The Norwegian, ranked 620 in the world, has missed the cut in the only two events she has played since taking time off in November 2017 to have a baby. Captain Catriona Matthew also picked Bronte Law and Jodi Ewart Shadoff of England and France’s Celine Boutier.

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England’s Charley Hull and Georgia Hall are in the 12-strong team having qualified via their world ranking, along with Spain’s Azahara Munoz, Caroline Masson of Germany and Sweden’s Anna Nordqvist. Caroline Hedwall of Sweden, Spain’s Carlota Ciganda and Dutchwoman Anne van Dam qualified through the Solheim Cup points list. Pettersen, 38, has played in eight Solheim Cups. She missed the last event in 2017 because of injury and had initially been selected as a vice-captain for this year’s edition. Pettersen said: “It’s a massive

honour for me and I can’t wait, this is what I love. I feel like I was born for this. “It’s been a different role for me the past two years. My life has changed a lot, for the better, but I’ve missed golf and am very happy to be back in competition.” Newly-appointed European vice-captain backed her skipper’s choice: “Suzanne was always going to be a pick for me. “With her experience you know she will be ready in September, there’s no doubt about it. “That’s just the way her mindset is. She is one of the mentally strongest players I have ever had the privilege of playing with.”

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When it all goes


Inconsistency is the bane of golf, so when my third shot on the opening hole was STILL not on the right fairway, I knew I wasn’t up for a good medal score. The game went on to include numerous bunker shots (some looking like fried eggs and others sitting just under the lip) not to mention the laborious task of raking dunes of sand which was exhausting. When play is poor, gravity kicks in big time with balls nestling in the biggest rut or tuff of grass they can find, making the next shot virtually impossible. Yes, I know it’s always possible to take a penalty drop but when you’re up to your knees in the equivalent of a grass field or scrabbling around looking for balls in the middle of what seems to be a forest, the options can be limited. As for going back to play the last shot again, forget that, as it’s usually way back up the fairway and you can bet the group behind are already waiting and probably standing in the teapot position; one hand on their hips and the other on their trolley!


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The added pressures of rushing around means you’re now completely on the back foot and likely to have as much rhythm and tempo as a firecracker. Things can deteriorate further if the head and shoulders slump in disappointment as this means you’re likely to gouge out even more inches of turf. At the point the wheels really start to fall off, the brain is highly likely to have gone into hyper-drive, so the delicate timing and co-ordination between head and the many bodily parts required to hit a ball are in melt down, making even less chance of a clean strike. Instead you’re more likely to set-up a new world record of 3 putting and panic about having enough balls to complete the round. If only we had an auto panic switch to re-set our bodies! Golf can be very humbling and even when we’ve enjoyed a decent spell of golf the gremlins in our head can turn at any stage. Sometimes things can go wrong because we’ve become a bit too confident and start to over-swing (lethal), although even scientists have proved by PET scans that it is impossible for humans to repeat the same golfing motion. No wonder there are times when we simply can’t hit the ball well. Play a decent game of golf and it’s effortless, utterly enjoyable and time seems to fly by. Yet, when we’re not on form, it can be soul crushing, exhausting and never ending. Even professionals like Rory McIlroy have nightmare rounds every now and then, so what chance do we mere mortals have? © Claire Kane

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Chaka Travel is delighted to announce G Golf adventures For almost 25 years, Chaka has been the worlds leading Mauritius luxury golf holiday specialist and over that time they have expanded to become worldwide golfing specialists, offering unique holidays to South Africa, Mexico, Dominican Republic, Oman and more. Chaka are now excited to announce that they will collaborate with G Golf Ireland to offer highly personalised VIP golfing tours in Ireland. G Golf are a VIP golf tour operator offering bespoke golf tours around Ireland, Scotland & continental Europe. You can now book a golf holiday in Ireland with Chaka Travel to include a ‘G Golf ambassador.’ Each group will be accompanied by an elite golfer who has played the game to the highest level and acts as a 24/7 on and off course guide, offering golf clinics and a highly personalized service. Commenting on the new partnership, Mark Marais, Chaka Travel MD said “I am delighted to welcome G Golf Ireland as a commercial partner to Chaka Travel. I am particularly excited to have added G Golf Ireland’s decades of golf expertise in the British Isles to the Chaka Travel Group. I have no doubt that G Golf Ireland’s unique offering will be of tremendous benefit in developing our golf business within the British Isles and Europe.” Joe Shannon, CEO of G Golf Ireland added “Chaka Travel have been offering very high quality tour group travel to exotic destinations around the world for over 20 years. We at G Golf Ireland are delighted to partner with Chaka Travel as we help them to build their gold travel business in Ireland, Scotland and Continental Europe.” Be one of the first to join a Chaka G Golf Adventure, browse some example itineraries and holiday offers here: www.chakatravel.com/golf-holidays/ireland/

Southampton Open 2019 Callum Watson (Stoneham Golf Club) returned oustanding cards in difficult circumstances to win the Southampton open championship by three shots. His score of 71 and 67 beat second place Drew MacKinnon returning a strong score over the closing holes in the second round. The event attracted a very strong field with 57 players, all with a handicap of 9 or less. Reflecting on his achievements, callum commented “I went into the day playing well but not having any expectations. In the hot weather I knew it was going to be tough to maintain a high standard throughout but having my dad as caddy was a big help. It was great for me to win my first Hampshire men’s tournament finishing with 3 birdies. The event was great, and I look forward to trying to defend my title next year”. Event organiser, Bill Webb, said “This was a truly fantastic field with support from all our usual clubs. The low handicap field reflected the esteem this event

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is held in, and Callum has played really well to beat all of these players”. Chris Russell, the Event Secretary was left to wonder about the impact the weather had on the event. “Both rounds were played in glorious sunshine and some of the players came off the course feeling very hot and thirsty.” Drew MacKinnon (Southampton) beat Tim Marwick (Corhampton) into third place on countback in the gross competition and also took the nett prize with a score of 135 closely followed by Aaron Danson (Romsey). Players with the top ten scores in each category qualified towards the Hampshire Order of Merit.

Linda Norris (City Alderman), Drew Mackinnon (Southampton Golf Club) Nett Winner, Terry Greenough (Club Captain)

This year, fierce competition ensued for the Michael Avellino Champions of Champions Trophy, decided by the 9 best scores from each club added together. South Winchester were this years’s winnwrs beating Stoneham with Southampton in third place. Should you require any further information relating to the event, pleas call Bill Webb on 023 8076 7996.

Linda Norris (City Alderman), Callum Watson (Stoneham Golf Club) Gross Winner, Terry Greenough (Club Captain)

Boundary Lakes Raises More Than £7,000 For Children’s Charity Boundary Lakes Golf Course have raised more than £7,000 for children’s charity Peter Alliss Masters after hosting a charity golf day earlier this month. The event, which was attended by more than 100 people and organised in conjunction with the Hampshire PGA, helped raise funds for the charity to purchase powered wheelchairs for disabled children with a presentation made on the day to Hadley Brisdion, a young cricket and golf fan. Peter Alliss Masters have helped raise more than £7 million for those in most need of powered cheers and mobility assistance since launching in 1975 and, run exclusively by golfers, they host a range of fundraising events throughout each year. Boundary Lakes Director of Golf, Shaun Hall said: “It was a real pleasure to host such a fantastic event and to help raise a huge sum of money for a great charity with the support of our members and visitors. A big thank you must go to all those who donated and the volunteers who helped make the day a success - we’re already looking forward to hosting next year’s event which we hope will be just as successful.” Hadley Brisdion’s mother, Sarah Brisdion said: “We literally cannot thank Boundary Lakes and Peter Alliss Masters enough. Having a powered chair is going to be life changing for Hadley, and for us as a family. His independence and comfort will rocket and hopefully fatigue levels will decrease. It was very emotional watching him use it for the first time, especially at the Ageas Bowl – one of his first loves is cricket and this is a moment we will treasure forever.” Boundary Lakes Golf Course is a prominent feature of one of the South’s most exciting venues, one also comprising a stunning 171-bedroom Hilton hotel, a Sir Ian Bothaminspired BEEFY’S Bar & Restaurant, Lakeview Sports Bar and luxurious eforea spa as well as being the home of Hampshire Cricket. Off course facilities including Boundary Lakes’ stunning Boundary Bar and pro-shop are also all housed within the luxury Hilton at the Ageas Bowl. To find out more about Boundary Lakes, please contact a member of the team on 023 8202 0909, via email at info@boundary-lakes.com or visit the on-site pro-shop during working hours. For more information on Peter Alliss Masters, please visit www.peterallissmasters.org

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Lose the Scoop Take care of those grips Many golfers, especially those new to the game, see the golf balls flying high from neighbouring bays on the driving range and instinctively feel they need to help their balls to get it airborne. This is simply not the case. The clubs are designed specifically to hit the ball in the air for you… so there is no need to try and help it up by scooping. AIf you find yourself with the weight on the back foot and leaning behind the ball at the end of your swing, then you could be guilty of this. Your swing will feel like a lot of effort and you won’t be getting the sort of distance and accuracy you’d like. So how can you stop this from happening? Here are a few handy hints to get the ball flying further and straighter with ease. Imagine throwing a ball or a stick for a dog. Go through theses actions and sense where the weight goes and how your body behaves. This is not dissimilar to how your body behaves when you swing a club. The weight going where the arms swing, (back foot in the back swing and then through to the front foot.) If you were to try and throw a ball without transferring your weight properly and releasing at the correct moment then you wouldn’t get it very far and it would probably go left! Try these to get the club flowing through the ball without trying to help it up. Double act: take your 6 and 7 irons and hold then together as best you can. Make smooth swings with these and feel where the clubs take you. The extra weight makes it very difficult to scoop at impact; this will help to give the sensation of extending the club through the ball and completing the swing to a finish. Flower Power: On the driving range, pick a small daisy or a leaf and place an inch or so ahead of the ball. Now aim to chase the club through getting this as well as the ball. This will help to extend your arms through and make better contact rather than when scooping. If you do scoop, the ball will go (usually along the ground) leaving the daisy on the mat!! Give this a go but remember not to do it on the course as you cannot touch your line – it is against the rules!! Impact Bag: A drill to do at home. Find an old bean bag and fill it with old clothes or towels. This will act as a firm target to hit into. (You can buy impact bags which are great!) Set up to the back of the bag where the ball would normally be. Aim to make smooth swings and hit the bag firmly without sending it flying. Your club should bury itself with a solid hitting sound into the back of the bag. If you are a scooper then you may knock the bag over and the feeling won’t be as strong. Have a go at this but it would be a good idea to get a professional to check you are doing it properly! Use an old club too! Just a thought: Imagine hitting a shot underneath a low tree branch. Try and repeat this feeling of the weight getting onto your front foot. It will feel like you are compressing the ball more than normal. Hit shots with your back heel (right for right handers) up in the air. The weight will then already be on the front foot as you hit the shot. This should result in solid hits and a sensation of more power. Hit mini shots trying to maintain the triangle made up between your arms and shoulders as one through the hitting area. These will feel and go like chip shots but pause at the end of the swing to check the triangle is intact! If you are a scooper you probably find you are more successful with your woods than irons, and you may struggle with pitching and bunker shots. If this is the case you would benefit from having a go at these drills or even better a lesson. This way you can be filmed and actually see what you are doing at impact! Very useful. Good luck and if you feel you need that extra bit of distance then call me on 07780 684334 for a lesson at High Post Golf Club. If you really want to knock shots off our scores then why not come along to one of my next Shot Saver workshops on Tuesday 27th August or Wednesday 11th September 2-4pm. £25 per head and includes refreshments. Limited to 8 people so book your spot now. Visit www.katiedawkinsgolf.co.uk 07780 684334


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Last month I featured the 1951 Open Champion, Max Faulkner. For those who didn’t read last month’s article, Max Faulkner was the last person to win The Open at Portrush before Shane Lowry. I mentioned that, in years gone by, well known players such as Max would earn money from playing exhibition matches and giving clinics. I mentioned that he must have played such a match at Lee on Solent in Hampshire, because I broke his course record there. The article sparked quite a bit of interested and I received a couple of emails from people who saw Max Faulkner play. The first email was from Alan Chapman, a member of Southwick Golf Club. He wrote: Dear Martin, I have just read your latest article in the “Tee Times” and your account of Max Faulkner. I had only recently taken up the game of golf when I was fortunate enough to see Max at Lee on Solent. Before the match he had an open teach session and his assistant then was a very young Bernard Gallager. The most significant thing was that he had a very flat rounded swing, but boy could he strike the ball well. Also in the email, Alan mentioned that I currently teach his two granddaughters, Hanna and Abbey, who are happily in a bit of a purple patch at the moment. Certainly is a small world. The other email was from Dewi Dudley-Jones. He wrote: I have just read your article in the Tee Times. I was lucky enough to see Max Faulkner in the 1970s. He played an exhibition game at Macclesfield Golf Club and his playing partners were Brian Barnes, Tommy Horton and Bernard Gallagher. Not only did they play excellent golf but they did some trick shots and kept the crowd entertained. Thanks to Alan and Dewi. It’s great to hear some golfing history. For your information, the players mentioned in Alan and Dewi’s emails had a combined total of twenty one Ryder Cup appearances between them. It would be a very rare thing to have matches such as these in this day and age; to see a group of famous players rocking up and entertaining spectators at a local course! Back to this month’s tip which is more of a recommendation than a tip; that is to keep those grips clean! That lovely feel of a new grip can be preserved if the grips are cleaned regularly. The problem is that the natural grease from the hands will, over time, harden your grips. When the grips become hard there is a tendency to instinctively grip a little firmer. This extra tension could cost you valuable yards and cause missstrikes. To maintain that soft feel for a long time, scrub the grips with hot water and detergent – a small nail brush is ideal. Preferably use non biological powder or liquid. Wet the grip, put on a little detergent, give it a scrub then rinse it off. Doing this once or twice a month will keep those grips soft for a long time and hopefully save you money. Just a little ditty – If you ever want something to calm you down and make you feel relaxed, listen to “Silence” by Beethoven.

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