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Golfers ‘share blame for skin cancer rise’ GOLF, alongside gardening and package holidays, is a factor behind soaring hospital admissions for skin cancer, researchers are warning.

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Come in, ladies, you are welcome at last FOUR-time Major champion Dame Laura Davies says an historic vote on female membership could inspire a new generation of players. The 2,400 members of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club for the first time in its 260year history.

Rates have risen by about 40 per cent in just four years - and almost 124,000 people now need hospital treatment annually. The high number of older men diagnosed too late with malignant melanoma, the deadliest form of the disease, is particularly worrying doctors. Tumours, appearing as moles, commonly develop on their backs, but many men do not check and may not notice until it is too late. Often without the protection of sun cream, men spend more time on the golf course, in the garden, doing DIY outside or washing the car with their shirts off, researchers said. A Public Health England study shows hospital admissions for malignant melanoma increased from 11,157 to 14,475 between 2007 and 2011. Australian Adam Scott spoke of the operation he needed in 2011 to remove a form of non-melanoma skin cancer, from his face. ‘It looked like I’d been in a bar fight,’ said Scott, who needed nearly 30 stitches and still has a scar on his nose from the surgery. ‘But the procedure made me less lazy with applying sun protection because it was quite painful to have it removed.’

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‘This is a big moment,’ said Davies. ‘Girls will see it as a viable option as a sport to play.’

For ladies, Sunday turns into Wednesday - see Page 18

Women could already play on the Old Course at St Andrews, where the R&A club is based, but they could not join the club. St Andrews: After 260 years, women can join

Davies, a professional for nearly 30 years, said: ‘Women’s golf is so big now that it’s only right that at the home of golf, women should be members there. It’s good news all round. Times move on and I think all of them probably realise that it’s a bit ridiculous in this day and age.’ Quoting an incident earlier in her career where, as a 15-year-old she was not even

allowed to walk in front of the window of the men’s bar, Davies said the change had been ‘a long time coming’.

Rory outflies Palmer and Woods - Page 34

BBC golf correspondent Iain Carter said: ’This is an historic and significant vote for the running of golf. It may influence Open venues like Sandwich, Muirfield and Troon to follow suit.’

Bus Pass Golfer finds THE club - Page 44

ANDY ACES A TRIP INTO SPACE GOLFER Andy Sullivan has won a trip to space next year after a hole-in-one during the final round of the KLM Open in Zandvoort, Netherlands. XCOR Space Expeditions awarded the prize for the first player to ace the par-three 15th during the tournament. Sullivan, 28, from Nuneaton, said he was ‘not the best flyer’, but would undertake the 30-minute flight to 100km (330,000 feet).

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HOLES IN ONE? THEY’RE JUST LIKE WAITING FOR A BUS. . . IT must have been a very interesting post-round conversation in the bar: Hi, mate. Had a good day? Certainly did. Got a hole in one. Brilliant. Mine’s a scotch, please. Actually, I got two holes in one. Yeah, right. . . Lightning really did strike twice in one round for Chris Smith as the Scarborough golfer nine-ironed his first ace on the 145-yard, par-three seventh at Scarborough North Cliff Golf Club. Then along came his second hole-in-one on the 210-yard, par-three

15th, this time with a six-iron. The 1994 British Boys amateur champion, who plays off scratch, had not managed the feat for 15 years before scoring his remarkable double, which guaranteed him the reward of two limited-edition Boss timepieces - one for each wrist. The 38-year-old, who has now had seven holes-in-one after taking up the game 30 years ago, said: ‘Holes-in-one are like buses. I haven’t had one since 1999 and now I’ve had two in the same round. Unbelievable!

‘We had a bit of a drink afterwards, but fortunately I only had to buy the

one bottle of whisky rather than two. I didn’t want to lose the ball for my first hole-in-one, so I used a different one for my second - both are in my trophy cabinet now.’ The milestone comes 11 years after the finest moment of Smith’s golfing career, when he took part in the 2003 Open Championship at Royal St. George’s, and he dedicated the feat to his nine-week-old son, Mason. The luxury German watch company has once again pledged to reward club golfers with an exclusive watch for every hole-in-one recorded during a club competition in 2014. Last year

Tiger splits TRISH BEATS with coach THE YEARS AND STRIDES INTO HISTORY

GRAEME McDowell scraped into the ninth automatic Ryder Cup spot for Europe, but he had to admit that his mind was really elsewhere. He is a new Dad.

The former world number one, now 38 and still battling with a recurring back injury, spent four years with Foley.

Woods won eight Majors while he was under the wing of Butch Harman, and six with Hank Haney. Since 2010 with Foley, he has failed to win a Major while struggling with injuries but had eight tournament victories and 19 top-10 finishes.

‘I’d like to thank Sean for help as my coach and for his friendship,’ Woods told his website. ‘This is the right time to end our professional relationship. Sean is one of the outstanding coaches in golf today, and I know he will continue to be successful with the players working with him‘. Foley has also coached Justin Rose, Lee Westwood and Hunter Mahan. Woods added: ‘Presently, I do not have a coach, and there is no timetable for hiring one.’ Woods ruled himself out of selection for the Ryder Cup and said he will not return to competition before December.

Together no more: Woods with coach Sean Foley

Chris Smith: No aces since 1999 and then two come along in the same round – meaning a watch for each wrist

Graeme is a new McDaddy

TIGER Woods has parted company with his coach, Sean Foley.

Woods returned to the top of the rankings in 2013 but has been deposed after a best finish of 25th this season.

they gave away £600,000-worth of limited-edition mementos.

Trish Johnson: Walking into history

IT may be impolite to refer to a lady’s age, but England’s Trish Johnson is not at all fussed as she made history as the oldest winner on the Ladies European Tour. The 48-year-old clinched the Scottish Open at the age of 48, after being on the verge of pulling out of the tournament with a back injury. Earlier in the week she could hardly walk, and in her champion’s speech she thanked the LET osteopath and masseuse, Chris Wilkes and Amanda Bailey, for helping her to recover in time to play and keeping her going.

‘I wasn’t expecting this,’ she said. ‘I had very low expectations and I guess that worked for me. I didn’t have a practise round and I didn’t play until Friday morning and probably played one of the best rounds of my life on Friday. I’m chuffed to bits.’

‘To be honest, much of my attention was elsewhere and for the very best of reasons,’ he said. ‘Since becoming a father for the first time last Monday, my mind has been 99 per cent on the new mum, baby and nappies. ‘We have called our daughter Vale Esme and emotionally it’s still all kind of sinking in. There’s a switch inside me that’s flicked and I know things have changed forever. ‘I wanted to be home with Kristin knowing our baby would soon be with us. ‘There was a big part of me wanting to get into the team through the automatic places, probably because there is that unsaid pressure on a player who has been picked.’

Monty’s golden TALK about life in the old dog. . . Colin Montgomerie, eight times the European Order of Merit champion but not once a Major winner, has discovered a golden touch on the senior circuit.

In the Pro-Am tournament running simultaneously, Trish partnered ex-footballer and former BBC Match of the Day pundit Alan Hansen, a 5-handicapper, who was full of admiration for her grit and performance.

Congratulations: Trish gets a hug from pro-am partner Alan Hansen

‘She played so well for the three days,’ said Hansen, ‘and was just rock solid, putted great. It was never in doubt and watching her play was a delight.

With rounds of 66, 70 and 73, Trish ended on a 54-hole total of 209, sevenunder-par, two strokes clear of France’s Gwladys Nocera.

In his first season since turning 50, the former European Ryder Cup captain has claimed two senior Majors and has now chalked up an overwhelming 10-shot victory in the Travis Perkins Masters at Woburn.

‘This is the fourth time I’ve played with her and she hits it so well. She’s been unlucky a couple of times but this was her tournament right from the word go.’

Australians Rebecca Artis and Stephanie Na were a stroke back in a share of third place with Scotland’s Sally Watson on fourunder-par.

The Scot’s earnings on the senior circuit are within a whisker of $2million, which places him alongside the income of Justin Rose for seventh place in the ‘young men’s’ Race to Dubai.

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Wedges – Confused, you will be! Well you will be confused if you listen to all the marketing hype and all the wedge options provided by some of the manufacturers today. One particular manufacturer offers, in just one of there wedge models, 11 options. This doesn't even count the other models that they offer. How can the club golfer hope to make an educated decision.

On the other hand off a tight lie or off the fairway, a wedge with less bounce is the ideal club.

wedge then make the 60º wedge 1/2 “ shorter. If the sand wedge is 1 ½” shorter than the #9 iron, make the 60º wedge the same length.

The tradition Pitching Wedge had a loft of 52 degrees, so any extra club that is required 48 degrees or less should really be considered an extra iron and have a bounce angle to match your existing irons.

An alternative to wedge lengths is to substitute ¼” length differences vs. ½” length differences as explained above.

Well over 50% of a players shot (not counting putts) are taken within 110 yards. So it is important that these clubs are given the attention they are due. But sadly they are often the last considered clubs for fitting.

For the majority of iron sets this would be between 4 to 6 degrees. For some reason, some manufacturers are offering wedges in this range with bounce of up to 11 degrees. Sadly this is more of a marketing ploy than a necessity for required wedges.

It is very important to have any wedge fitted to the golfer. The wedge specifications that should be given the most attention are: Loft, Bounce(Sole Angle), Lie and Length. Loft is the first specification to be considered. For the majority of golfers, the loft difference between clubs should be no less than 3 degrees and no more than 5. The ideal loft difference would be 4 degrees. The first step in determining which lofts you require is to have your existing set measured. This is vitally important for two reasons. The first reason is that the industry has no standard for any club in your bag. The range of Pitching Wedges that you buy over the shelf can range from 42 to 50 degrees. That is a spread of 2 full clubs! The second and more important reason to get your clubs measured is that whilst the manufacturers may advertise a certain loft for their clubs, in reality there is a tolerance of ± 2 degrees. That 4 degree spread is crucial in determining which wedges are needed. Once we know your existing lofts we can then determine, using the 4 degree rule, which extra wedges are required. Sole angle is a most important consideration when matching wedges to a player. Also called “Bounce”, the more the leading edge is off the ground when the club is soled facing the target, the greater the bounce. The purpose of bounce is to help the club travel through sand or thick grass more easily. The more bounce a wedge possesses, the more the club will get under the ball and help get the ball up. A wedge with no bounce in the same situation will tend to dig in.

For “true” wedges, 50 degrees plus, the clubmaker will assist the golfer in deciding which bounce is required.

So, the PW is ¼” shorter than the #9, the GW is ½” shorter than the #9, the SW is ¾” shorter than the #9 and the LW or 60º is 1” shorter than the #9 iron. The final point that needs to be checked is the swingweight of the wedges against the existing irons. Swingweight is the heft or feel of the club. We need to make sure that the wedges fit into the current club set.

Pitching wedges and gap wedges should be 2 to 3 swingweights heavier than the #9 iron in your set. Sand wedges and 60º wedges should be 4 to 6 swingweights heavier than the #9 iron. A copy of this and my previous articles for Doyle’s Dilemmas can be found online at http://www.teetimesgolfmagazine.com/ Should you have any questions on this or any equipment matter please feel free to call me at 01256 322007 or 07859 920055. Alternatively, email me directly at dave@madetomeasuregolf.co.uk or visit my web site at www.madetomeasuregolf.co.uk

The lie angle is very important and needs to be properly set so that on ¾ to full shots the clubhead comes into impact with the face plane square to the intended target. If the lie angle is not set properly and the toe is up at impact (lie angle too upright) the ball will be pulled to the left of the target. Conversely, if the toe is down at impact (lie angle too flat) the ball will be pushed to the right of the target. This toe up or toe down thing is one of the most important fitting variables in wedges because the greater the loft angle (all the wedges), the greater the ball misdirection control when the lie angle is not set properly for the golfer. Too many golfers simply buy a wedge here and a wedge there and never check to see if the new wedges lengths fit into their current set. So, lay your #9 iron and all your wedges out on a flat table, parallel to each other and with the soles of the heads all lined up perfectly even (place a straight edge up against the soles until they are all touching). Next, measure the length differences at the grip end to see where they fit in. Here are the lengths I would normally recommend on wedges. The pitching wedge should be ½” shorter than the # 9 iron in your set. The Gap wedge should be 1” shorter than your # 9 Iron. The Sand wedge can be the same length as the gap wedge or you can go 1 ½” shorter than the # 9 iron. Regarding the 60º wedge, if the sand wedge is the same length as the gap

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Annual Congress and International Team Championship Heading to Glorious Gloria he 2014 PGAs of Europe Annual Congress and International Team Championship (ITC) dual-event is heading across the Mediterranean to its new home of Turkey and the stunning Belek-based Gloria Hotels & Resorts from the 8th – 11th December.

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“We are very excited to be entering into a three-year partnership with Gloria Hotels & Resorts as 'Home of the PGAs of Europe Annual Congress and International Team Championship', as well as a 'Preferred Venue of the PGAs of Europe’,” explained PGAs of Europe Chief Executive, Ian Randell. “The hosting of the Annual Congress and ITC further cement the relationship we have built up with them over the years and we are sure the comprehensive facilities at Gloria Hotels & Resorts will make for a great week for both Congress delegates and ITC competitors.” Gloria Golf Resort has also played host to the PGAs of Europe-Sanctioned Beko Classic multiple times and the 2014 edition of the event will also take place the week before the Congress (4th - 6th December).

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“Over the coming years, we look forward to hosting the PGAs of Europe's members and guests and working together with the PGAs of Europe in helping to promote golf in Turkey and in Europe in general". The Annual Congress is the yearly opportunity for presidents and CEOs of national PGAs, along with leaders from Federations and other significant golfing bodies from across the continent, to meet and discuss the state of play within their respective territories, as well as learn and share ideas with each other alongside

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fantastic speakers from not only the world of golf but wider industries as well. The ITC will see teams from across the PGAs of Europe 36 member countries play a 72-hole strokeplay competition across Gloria Golf Resort’s New Course with the best two individual scores each day from the team of three counting towards the overall team score. Competitors will be looking to emulate the 2013 winners, the PGA of Holland, who took the title in last year’s event. For updates, information and news visit the Annual Congress Hub Page (http://eur.pe/1rhiFTH) For more information on the 2014 International Team Championship, visit the ITC Tournament Hub Page (http://eur.pe/11EBSkF).

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HAMPSHIRE TEAM IS THE BEST IN ENGLAND Hampshire have won England Golf’s Women’s County Championship and have lifted the trophy for the first time since 1995. Adders are one of the most fascinating and feared creatures in the UK and even the mention of them can make grown men shiver. Adders love golf courses and like many golfers, when Spring arrives, they surface from hibernation. Female adders (brown markings as opposed to the males, who have black patterns) give birth to up to 20 fully formed vipers, including ready-made fangs and potent venom, in late summer. The babies fend for themselves within days to eat as much as possible before winter hibernation. Thankfully, females don’t usually re-produce every year! So, how do I know all this information? Well, I was recently bitten by an adder whilst playing golf, although horrifyingly I didn’t realise it at the time. Having said that, I was knee deep in gorse and assumed it was the spikey stuff springing back from my shot that speared me in the back of my leg rather than two fangs imbedding like a heat seeking missile. Just as well I had no idea as I’d of probably have had a heart attack on the spot. Having been bitten, I broke all the rules. I raced up the fairway, adrenaline in full flow as my partner and I battled to recover from dormie two (down), whereas

it’s important to remain calm and inactive and go straight to hospital. When I felt unwell in the clubhouse, I put it down to the hot weather and relaxed with a glass of wine. When my leg became swollen, overwhelming itchy and red and black looking, I failed to spot the puncture marks and treated myself at home with iodine and when I unusually had an upset tummy the following day I just put it down to something I’d ate. How naïve can you be!

terrific achievement as all the other teams were the best from their region and so Hampshire is truly the best of the best in England. The team won 30 out of the 39 individual matches played.

Captain Margaret Clark led her team through a week of hard fought golf at Belton Park GC in Lincolnshire. Hampshire earned their place in the final when they won the South Region County Match Week in June. The other Regional winners were Lincolnshire, Buckinghamshire, Yorkshire, Gloucestershire and Hertfordshire.

This is Hampshire’s first appearance at County Finals for seven years and the first time they have won the trophy since 1995. “We are over the moon,” said county captain Mags Clark. “At the start we were simply thrilled to be here and day after day my team has got more and more solid.

Hampshire won by beating all the other teams to earn a perfect 5 points. This is a

“They are a terrific team and they have worked hard for Hampshire throughout the week.”

When I finally twigged what had happened I rung my doctors surgery who ran a series of tests, including an ECG as venom can affect the heart. Thankfully the results were remarkable good considering the circumstances. Now I understand why some clubs insist men wear long socks and from now on I’m definitely wearing long trousers regardless of the temperature. Naturally I immediately started shopping for a new pair of trousers (viper protectors) and was thrilled to find a smart, lightweight pair in a neutral colour, although I winced when I noticed they came with a ‘snake-skin’ belt.

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UNDER AND OUT! Bunker shots are amongst the most feared shot to play for many club golfers. Most are happy to get out of the bunker in one stroke no matter how close to the flag the ball may finish. In the professional game, players would sometimes rather finish in a greenside bunker than in the thick rough surrounding the green as, believe it or not, it is easier to control a ball hit from the sand than it is the rough or even sometimes the fairway. In my last short game master class article (August 2014) I emphasised the importance of using the bounce angle on wedges around the green. This month will be a similar story but a different area of the game. To recap, the bounce angle on the sole of our wedges is designed to stop the club from digging into the ground and was originally designed for the use in sand. There are many pre-conceived ideas floating around amongst club golfers on all aspect of the swing, but as we are on the subject of bunker play I will give you an example of the most popular one. Most players in the bunker try to hit behind the ball. When a player comes to me who cannot get the ball out of the sand and I ask them what they are trying to do it is exactly that – “I am trying to hit a couple of inches behind the ball”. In my opinion there is a distinct problem with the word behind, I will explain... I learned this whilst listening to PGA TOUR Instructor Jim Hardy speak a few years back. And it had really helped my players. When we think of hitting behind the ball it outlines a single point in the sand. The player will hit that point but with a too downward motion as he/she is focused so hard on hitting behind the ball!

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I see many players take far too much sand and leave the ball in the bunker. If the ball does come out it tends to roll on, as too much sand has been trapped between the ball and clubface. So here’s a fantastic drill to help you make a better contact with the ball and improve your bunker shots. Before we start I want you to position the ball somewhere between the middle and front of your stance.

This is where I prefer to think of hitting under the ball and not behind it.

Using a high tee, tee the ball up in the sand – yes you heard correctly, bare with me!

To hit a successful bunker shot the club has to slide underneath the ball without taking too much sand giving maximum control to the ball.

(Pic 1) Now here’s the trick - Practice hitting the tee from underneath the ball without hitting the ball itself. The ball should just drop off the tee on to the sand. (pic2)

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This drill is designed for you to learn where the bottom of the swing needs to be when playing bunker shots to achieve the best results. Now gradually lower the tee a small amount and repeat the drill. Keep going, lower the tee each time and be careful not to hit the ball or the sand. This will become harder to do as the tee gets lower in the sand and inevitably you will start to make some contact with the sand. Keep going! Now place a ball in the bunker with a normal lie. Imagine the tee is still under the ball in the ground and again try to swipe the “tee” from underneath it. You will find that you should stop digging in too early and begin to hit more controlled sand shots.

Bunker basics A few basics to improve your bunker play…. • Keep the speed in your swing – Don’t just try to chip the ball out, sand is a very resistant material! • Choose a club with plenty of loft and bounce angle – See my article in August’s edition of Tee times! • Play the ball central to forward in the stance with your weight distribution evenly spread left to right. • Hit under the ball and not behind it.

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Lauro Golf Resort One of the most desirable golf courses in Southern Spain

Looking back to the first time I played at Lauro Golf it is difficult to remember the course has it used to be. Significant changes have been made not only to the golf course itself but also to the way the course is played. Great efforts have been made to make Lauro Golf Resort one of the most desirable golfing destinations in Southern Spain, including a much stricter dress code and greater emphasis on reducing slow play. The results are plain to see with golfers flocking in from all over Europe to stay and play the 27 hole course.

The 3rd is a 360 yard downhill par 4, the fairway is quite undulating and finding the cut grass is a must if you want to make the green in two. The 4th is a very demanding par 3 with a stroke index of 12, a 200 yard uphill tee shot will hopefully find the green, I have seen anything from a driver to a 5 iron used on this hole, especially if the wind is against you.

Lauro Golf has always been renowned for the quality of its putting surfaces, if you like fast receptive greens look no further. The original 18 holes at Lauro were first inaugurated in 1992; the course was constructed using the natural contours of the foothills of the Sierra de Mijas mountains with an abundance of native Holm Oak and Olive trees which helping to line the fairways. Combined with the other trees in the area, orange, lemon, avocado, almond and pomegranate you soon become aware of the outstanding beauty that surrounds you.

The 5th is a wonderful par 5, the fairway doglegs right, leaving you with an approach shot through a narrow gap in the trees, there have been major changes to this hole with new boundary markers and the cutting back of some of the trees. The 7th is also a dogleg par 5, almost impossible to reach in two shots unless your drive is long enough to cut across the dogleg with your second; this is another great golfing hole.

Course designer, Folco Nardi, did an exceptionally fine job in creating a woodland style golf course, which unlike other courses in the area can easily be walked. You can understand why Folco was asked back in 2002 to add another 9 holes, creating 3 very challenging loops of 9 holes.

Moving on to the back nine, the 10th is a strait forward par 4 and another good birdie chance, the 11th a par 3 of just 132 yards has a well protected green with many over hanging trees, miss the green on the left and you are in big trouble, I have known many a good score ruined on this hole. This just happens to be my wife Sylviaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s favourite hole, ever since she achieved a hole in one.

Standing on the 1st tee and looking down the narrow fairway stretching out in front of you, one may be excused for being a bit hesitant with your club selection, their are luxury houses and villas run down the right hand side and splitting the 1st fairway is a small water hazard with magnetic powers. This water hazard is only 150yards away but ends up being the watery grave of many golf balls. The first and the par 3 second are both good birdie chances, both being quite short in length, with large receptive greens.

The 11th is a very interesting hole, a 350 yard dogleg par 4 with a green that can be driven from the tee. A well hit drive across the corner shortens the hole by about 100 yards, having said that you still have some very mature trees to avoid before finding the heavily bunkered putting surface. Over 600 yards separates tee from green on the 13th, understandably this is stroke index one, birdies are few and far between, I consider a bogey on this hole to be not a bad score.

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The new nine hole loop takes you across the main road via a small tunnel and further into the foothills of the Sierra de Mijas Mountains, slightly more hilly than the previous two nine hole loops, but still easily walked. When you think that these nine holes are only two years old, they are in remarkably good condition, the greens are true and very fast. I always look forward to returning to the club house at Lauro, the original Cortijo (farmhouse) has been converted into a splendid courtyard area where you can relax, eat and drink after your round has been completed. The club house restaurant has just been taken over by Salvador Gallardo who runs the Hotel Tamisa Golf, I know that his involvement will make the club house even more appealing , his reputation for quality and service is second to none. To sum up Lauro Golf Resort is an exceptionally good challenge of golf, the setting is quite breathtaking making Lauro Golf one of the most popular courses on the coast. Make a day of it, enjoy your round of golf and then finish it off with a good meal in the club house restaurant. The girls in the pro shop all speak very good English and will make you feel very welcome. Golfing holidays staying at Lauro Golf have become very popular over the last few years, there are some fabulous places to stay, luxury villas run along side the 1st fairway, offering excellent value for money, give it a try you will not be disappointed. If you would like to play or stay at Lauro Golf or have any questions about golf on the Costa el Sol please give Sungolf a call on 0115 9681007.

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Peter Dawson helps golfers, at all levels, to reach their potential. As an international coach you can trust his expert eye to build your game, knowledge and confidence. hen we are playing with our friends just for fun and after a number of poor shots we find ourselves in a green side bunker and to keep our sense of humour intact we might pick up the ball and proceed to the next hole, but that is defeatism! In professional tournaments and club medals you have to keep going testing our sanity to the limit! You have to get into that bunker, and get on with it. With a good technique there is always the possibility of holing the shot, a lovely feeling of pulling the cat out of the bag when all seemed lost!

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Quite often during a round of golf a good shot is not rewarded, just as in business a good presentation can sometimes not give the results it deserves. We have to take stock of the situation, look at it from all angles, decide on the next move and act it out professionally and confidently. When you find the ball lying up against the face with no possible chance of moving it forward you might take a tactical decision and play out side ways, even backwards! It is not always that shot that we are concerned about it is the one that follows! During my tournament days I had the pleasure of playing with Gary Player many times, winner of 9 majors, he was known to be the best bunker player in the game. He did not get that accolade by chance, a great deal of practice was in his daily routine. Gary was once heard to reply to a comment on how lucky he had been to win a particular tournament the more I practice the luckier I get He would revel in the challenge of extraditing the ball from whatever position he found himself in, you could witness him up his concentration, his whole physical manner changed, rising to the challenge of trying to get that ball near if not in the hole! I have heard it said that when making a presentation certain business men raise their stature, projecting themselves and the subject onto the people around them. Having played with the likes of Tom Watson, Nick Faldo, Greg Norman at certain times in a round they seemed to sense when they had to give it 110%. Business and golf sometimes crosses over! As the saying goes he just seemed to moved up a gear. The bunker shots should not be feared, the sand will have been raked by the machines early morning, we the discerning golfer will exit the bunker leaving the sand as we would wish to find it. What could possibly go wrong? Plenty! The phrase of Πit is all in the preparation applies to both walks of life business and golf! We have to take into account the texture of the sand. If heavy it will slow the club head

down at impact resulting in us having to hit the ball slightly harder aiming to take less sand before the ball. If the sand is fine almost like flour, then you will need to take more sand as there is less resistance.

I¹m sure when the business person makes their presentation they have hundreds of things to cover just in a short space of time, preparation has to be done before and adapted to suit the occasion!

The golfers preparation is working out the quality of sand, damp, heavy, fine, placing of the club face behind the ball roughly in the position where we want the club head to enter the sand, the alignment, speed of the swing through impact resulting in the amount of backspin, a slow gentle swing opposed to a sharper more direct technique. How far will the ball roll when landing on the putting surface, is the landing area dry or damp which influences the roll of the ball. Is the ball lying on a downslope of the bunker, then it will roll more, on a upslope the ball will go higher so the ball will roll less. The shoulders follow the contours of the bunker as they would on a down hill/up hill slope on the course.

Sometimes we find the ball in a nigh impossible position, going directly to the hole is impossible and it is then that strategy comes into play.

We could trip up on any of these scenarios as with business everything has to be worked out in detail in advance. In golf these thoughts have to be thought through in 40 to 50 seconds, that is the recommended time set by the authorities for each shot, you would think that is an adequate time but as with your business presentations certain situations require more time than others. Many a player has been flustered with this tight timeframe and let slip their lead, because they did not have a proper and concise plan! Preparation is vital.

What if I approach the shot from this angle, what if I approach my presentation from this angle, sometimes a little lateral thinking is needed! Golf is just a game to many but a business to others, the same trend of thinking can be applied to both professions! Poor preparation and we are bunkered!! A few simple tips when you have a flat lie in a bunker. Your weight should be 60% on the front foot at address, this remains on the backswing. When the shot is finished the weight will have moved something in the region of 80% onto the front foot. The club face should be fractionally open at address, this will introduce the bounce on the sole of the club, helping not to dig into the sand. If the ball is plugged then you fractionally close the face, now you are introducing the leading edge which will encourage the club to cut through the sand and get to the bottom of the ball. Alignment should be slightly open to target, aiming left of target if right handed, right of target if left handed.

The swing path/club follows the shoulder line on the back swing. Thanks to the posture and weight position the wrists will automatically break sooner than a normal swing. Depending on the speed of the swing, judge a spot behind the ball where you would like the club to enter the sand, a quicker swing would require more sand to slow the club head speed down rather than the player who’s technique is slower who would require less sand. Do not stop at impact, think of the swing symmetrically, if it goes back lazily three quarters then the follow through is the same.

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Hampshire & The Ryder Cup As I sit here writing this article (early September), I am sure that by the time it is read, we will all have just witnessed another thrilling Ryder Cup, with hopefully yet another victory for the European team. The Ryder Cup has without doubt become one of the greatest sporting occasions in the world today, watched by millions of people across the globe. Who will ever forget the last day in 2012, when we snatched victory from the jaws of defeat, and the heroics of Ian Poulter, and my fellow Hampshire professional Justin Rose. In fact it was pointed out to me in a Pro Am, only the other day, that there are in fact four professionals who have played in the Ryder Cup, and have a strong association to Hampshire, either through birth, residence, or both. In addition to myself and Justin, there is Stephen Richardson, and of course the greatest golf coach of all time John Jacobs. John who still lives in the New Forest, was not only a great player, but also a Ryder Cup captain. In the weeks and months before each match I always receive many letters , emails and texts. In fact I have just received a text from someone, telling me that their local paper is running a quiz about the Ryder Cup. One question is, how many left handers have played in the event, and name the very first one. Yes I was the very first! Phil Michelson and Bubba Watson are the stars of today. I remain the first to have played, and the only left hander so far to have played from this side of the Atlantic. Recently as Director of Golf for the Business Golf Network www.businessgolfnetwork.co.uk, I was at Came Down Golf Club near to Weymouth, for the Dorchester BGN launch event. Came Down can boast not only a wonderful course, but can also say that this was the birth place of the Ryder Cup. Around the 1920s Mr Samuel Ryder, a seed merchant from St Albans, would take his holidays in Weymouth. He eventually became a member of Came Down Golf Club. There he came into contact and witnessed the great play from the Whitcombe brothers, Ernest, Charles and Reg. During a conversation with Ernest, he asked him if he ever played in any important events. His reply was no- he could ill afford the time away, alongside the costs of travelling incurred, and besides, the Americans came over well dressed and financially supported.

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Traditional weekend finish is switched to raise ladies’ golf profile

Wednesday is set to be the new Sunday National and Carya Golf Clubs with next year’s event taking place at the beautiful Carya Golf Club, designed by Peter Thompson, where golfers can even play nine of the 18 holes at night.

IN an enterprising and pioneering move to boost the profile of women’s golf, the 2015 Turkish Ladies Open will be the first tournament on any major golf tour to finish on a Wednesday. Breaking with the traditional Sunday finish will ensure that the tournament’s seventh edition receives extended live television coverage on Sky Sports and Golf Channel and will be watched in more than 50 countries worldwide. Ivan Khodabahksh, the tour’s Chief Executive Officer, said: ‘The Ladies European Tour strategy includes exploring new ways to provide maximum exposure to women’s golf.

‘We aim to widen the fan base beyond traditional golf fans, reflect the reality of changed consumer behaviours and avoid busy weekends which are over populated with so many sports.’

It’s Wales at the double

The Turkish Ladies Open will be played from Sunday May 17 to Wednesday May 20, with record prize money of 500,000 euros, an increase of 100 per cent on 2014.

Dr Bulent Göktuna, the Chairman of Mineks International, the promoters of the six previous Turkish Ladies Opens, which have all been played at the National Golf Club, commented: ‘It is our intention that the Turkish Ladies Open will continue to improve and grow as an international sporting occasion. I believe that playing the two courses on alternate years adds a new dimension to the tournament.’

The President of National Golf Club, Dr Bulent Göktuna, recently shook hands to an equal stake joint venture with Mr. Fikret Özturk, the Chairman of Opet and Regnum Carya Golf & Spa Resort. The tournament will now alternate annually between the

Dr Göktuna also stated: ‘The doubling of the prize fund to 500,000 Euro is the first step. Our ambition is to put the event on to the world stage. The Wednesday finish is unique for all, but will have a massive effect on the TV exposure worldwide.’

Midweek finish: Enterprising move to raise the profile of ladies’ golf

Lewis the young prince of Wales THE potential of youth was underlined once again at the Principality Junior Wales Open when the overall title was won by Lewis Jones, right, who at the age of 15 beat boys three years his senior to claim the overall trophy.

Donaldson and Dredge: Welsh one-two

IN the first ever Welsh one-two on the European circuit, Welshman Jamie Donaldson secured a Ryder Cup place as he won the Czech Masters in Prague. The 38-year-old had needed a top-seven finish to seal a debut spot in the Europe team for the contest against the USA at Gleneagles. He gained his third European Tour win, beating compatriot and overnight leader Bradley Dredge by two shots after a finalround 68 to finish 14 under par. Dredge is still without a success since the last of his two Tour victories in 2006.

‘I come to the Golf Academy here quite often with the Welsh squad but I had only played the Twenty Ten Course once before. I just kept it going out there because I knew everybody else would be struggling in the wind.

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KINGSBARN Golf Links has been chosen as the venue for the Women’s British Open in 2017 - the first time the course will host a Major. The Fife course, above, has hosted qualifying for both the men’s and women’s Open qualifying previously and, since 2001. The Women’s British Open will also be held in Scotland next year, at Turnberry’s Ailsa course, then heads to Woburn in London in 2016. Kingsbarn, near St Andrews, opened 14 years ago and was ranked number one in Golf Week’s Top 100 modern courses in the UK and ranked 18th on Golf Digest’s Top 100 Best Courses Outside the United States. Club director Art Dunkley said: ‘People have said many flattering things about our course and facilities since we opened in 2000. But being selected to host our first major championship is the greatest accolade of all.’

Park pips Brittany for a fifth Major SOUTH Korea’s Inbee Park beat Brittany Lincicome in a play-off in New York to retain her LPGA Championship title and win her fifth career Major. Overnight leader Lincicome needed a par at the last to win the tournament but a three-putt bogey saw the American finish level with Park on 11 under. Park parred the first play-off hole to win a fourth major in two years. ‘It’s lucky that I actually got an opportunity,’ said 26-year-old Park. Park, who won three majors in 2013, is projected to move up from third to second in the world, passing 17-year-old Lydia Ko of New Zealand. Ko, trying to become the youngest major winner in LPGA history, shot a two-under 70 to finish third at eight under.

Competing in the Under-15 age group, Jones shot a superb round of 75, four over par, to win by two shots from Tom Duncalf and claim a year’s honorary membership of the Twenty Ten Course where the final was played. A Welsh academy player with a handicap of three, the Monmouthshire club member from Abertillery said: ‘I’ve only been playing golf for about five years. This feels like a great achievement to win this tournament on a Ryder Cup course.

Kingsbarn gets the Major nod

Nearly 400 junior golfers entered five qualifying competitions at Vale of Llangollen, Radyr, Langland Bay, Builth Wells and Celtic Manor’s Roman Road course. Winners: U18 Boys: Gross: Jordan Pearson (Clays) 80, Nett: Alex Thomas (Marriott St Pierre) 85-10-75; U15 Boys: Gross (and Overall Champion): Lewis Jones (Monmouthshire) 75. Nett: Tom Duncalf (Sandiway) 773-74; U13 Boys: Stableford: 1 Samuel Peet (Pyle & Kenfig) 36pts, 2 Iestyn Mcavoy (Carmarthen) 33pts; Girls: Stableford: 1 Aimee Field (Hagley) 32pts, 2 Ashley Croft (Stockbrook Manor) 31pts, 3 Victoria Wakely-Jones (Minchinhampton) 30pts, 4 Sophie Johnson (Telford) 30pts

Emma’s double SWEDE Emma Nilsson claimed her second Ladies European Tour Access Series title of the season at the Ladies Norwegian Challenge in Oslo, winning on three-under. Norwegian amateur Tonje Daffinrud and order of merit leader Isabella Ramsay challenged the leader before Norway’s Rachel Margrethe Raastad came through the field with three birdies in her last five holes for second.

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Blackmoor Golf Club House April 1932

Harry Shapland Colt was first invited to Blackmoor in 1911, to design a golf course on land which was part of the estate owned by Lord Wolmer, later to be the Earl of Selborne. He was to be the Hon Secretary and J Broadwood the club Secretary. Colt was already accepted as one of the greatest course architects of the new generation of course builders, with such wonderful courses as Rye, Sunningdale New and Swinley Forest already in his portfolio.

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The Edwardian era was still having an impact, it had been a time of great expansion for the game, new courses were being commissioned across the country, Royal Patronage being dispensed. The stretch of land which had been earmarked was wonderfully suited for the purpose. The proposed site, was located in the magnificent heath and heather pine belt which stretches over three counties, Surrey, Berkshire and Hampshire; the new course was to be for the use of the Officers at the Bordon and Longmoor military camps, and also for local residents. That first course consisted of just twelve holes, and the intention was for that to be extended to the full eighteen. Just thirteen holes had been completed when Europe was thrown into chaos in 1914, the outbreak of the First World War intervened, and any further ambitions had to be abandoned. It would not be until several years after the conflict was over that the project was resurrected, and the records show that it was in 1924 that the full course was finally completed. Colt returned in 1922, course design principles had been affected by the introduction of the new Haskell golf ball, and he was to substantially re-design the course with several new holes, new greens and additional bunkering. The full eighteen hole course was finally opened in April 1924, with an exhibition match involving four of the stars of the age, at the time when amateurs were still regarded as highly as their professional counterparts. The players comprised Robert Harris, a fine Scottish golfer who would win the Amateur the following year, Roger Wethered, who had lost a playoff for the Open Championship in 1921 and then won the Amateur Championship in 1923. Major Charles Hazlett and Cyril Tolley made up the fourball, comprising a quartet of the best amateur players of the day, due recognition for the new Colt layout.

Sadly the weather proved to be very unkind, heavy rain meant that the morning round was reduced to sixteen holes, but the course drained well for play in the afternoon. The luncheon was also attended by Roger Wethered’s sister Joyce, (later to become Lady Heathcote Amory) recognised as the leading lady of golf of the day, and acclaimed by none other than the great Bobby Jones. The afternoon saw victory go to the pairing of Wethered and Hazlett, and despite the appalling weather conditions all those involved were highly impressed with the new course, which experts now regard as one of Colt’s best, oft compared with Sunningdale New which it resembles. The next phase of development came in 1930, when Colt returned to do some restructuring and updating, and once again he earned praise for the work, which was completed whilst still preserving the essential Colt characteristics of the original design, plateau greens, diagonal banks and echelon angled bunkers. The 7th hole has been described as a great test for it’s length, and the collection of five short holes will rank as the highest quality and bear comparison with the best par 3’s that can be played anywhere. There is little doubt that the handiwork of Colt yielded a course that has

stood the test of time. Although not long by modern standards, Colt summed up his view of the course by stating:

There are many bad long courses and many very good short courses, and length has little to do with merit. In 1930 Harry Colt was asked to make further amendments, those to the 7th which is recognised as a great hole, incorporating a bunker as the central hazard challenging the drive, and the 9th and 15th holes described by author Tom Scott as magnificent, adding to the course recognised today. That doyen of commentators and writers, Henry Longhurst, when speaking tongue in cheek about Blackmoor said with no small amount of understanding:

Blackmoor has seventeen easy holes and one very hard hole, the only problem is, that it is the hard one changes. Bordon Camp situated nearby, became home to The School of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering (SEME) in 1961, the school at times provided manpower and equipment for “training exercises” on the course. These were

studiously designed by staff, who also happened to be members of the club, exercises created to test both the students and provide maximum benefit to the club. A mutually advantageous situation for both, one of which resulted in the clearing of land for the 2nd & 3rd holes to be modified in the early 1980’s. The club remained in the Estate’s ownership until 1979, when it was finally sold to the membership. The Artisans Club which was started in the 1950’s, was a common feature of the game at that time, but one, due the changing economic environment that has all but vanished from the golfing scene. In 1979 the Artisans Club was closed and the members were offered full membership of the club, and a small number of that important band still play today. The history of Blackmoor is rich, from the inception when the members were drawn from the local gentry, including many senior officers from both the Army and the Navy, up to the modern day. A story rich with connections to the greatest architects, renowned professionals and distinguished administrators, and wonderful content for the club history, well written to celebrate the club Centenary in 1913 by David Taylor.


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ON THE HEATH - A On The Heath was the title chosen for the club history by author David Taylor, it could not have been more appropriate, for the course is set on some of the most beautiful heathland in the country. Harry Colt must have been delighted when he first visited the site on which he was to create Blackmoor golf course. Little is known about the original layout, as many new holes were created in 1922, but it was quite different from the two loops of nine holes in existence today, with the front nine playing outside the loop of the inward nine. Set on fine sandy soil, with firm turf, enhanced by the swathes of deep purple heather, with the occasional snatch of lilac and pink from the wild scabious, and the yellow of the gorse,watched over by groves of silver birch and fir trees. Whatever words are used to describe the course they will be inadequate, you must visit and play it to fully appreciate the charm and beauty of Blackmoor. The views greet you as soon as you arrive, for the clubhouse is in an elevated position, views down the 9th, across the tenth, down the 18th set the bait before you reach the clubhouse, and the welcome waiting there. The modern two storey clubhouse was opened in 1989, it looks out over the 18th, one of the best finishing holes in the land, and from the side window to the opening hole, once considered daunting, but regularly driven by the very talented professionals of today. A facet that can be discounted by the mere mortals playing the sport.

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The 18th green is set like an amphitheatre, and has been the scene of many exciting finishes, particularly in the famed Selborne Salver played each Spring and a magnet for the best amateur talent in the game. The Salver began in 1951, it was originally a club competition, and then in 1976 it was changed to be a 36 hole open scratch event. It is usually played on the third Saturday in April, and in 1976 it was linked with the Hampshire Hog played at North Hants GC the following day, the combined scores in the Salver and the Hog making the 72 holes competition for The Hampshire Salver. The list of winners is impressive, the list of competitors even more so, for even the best

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do not always prevail. Those who came and left empty handed include Sandy Lyle, Colin Montgomerie, Justin Rose, Lee Westwood and Luke Donald, whilst the winners list is equally impressive. The Roll of Honour includes famed amateurs: Peter McEvoy (the only double winner) and Gary Wolstenholme, and many who have gone on to become Champions in the professional sphere. Including Gordon Brand, Scott Drummond, Ross Fisher and Andy Sullivan, who broke the course and Salver records in 2011 with rounds of 60 and 69. Despite all the famous names, the most popular win came in 2009, when club member Mark Burgess played tremendous golf to hold off a very strong field and win with two rounds of 66, the cause for great celebrations at Blackmoor.

of the holes and general club information, a fascinating insight into golf in the early and mid 50’s and 60’s. When green fees were the equivalent of 25p and annual subscriptions £4.20, and it was a privilege to be allowed in.

Blackmoor has been host to numerous County and regional events, as one would expect from such a high calibre course, but the County is well blessed with quality courses, so selection is recognition indeed. The course was also used as an Open Championship Regional Qualifier for several years at the end of the 1990’s, and provided a stern test for the budding contestants and Champion golfers.

The time arrives to get on the first tee, after a session on the putting green, well worth the time spent to gauge the speed of these excellent putting surfaces. The opening hole looks so inviting, except for the ditch which ominously traverses the fairway, though the longer hitters are more likely to be worrying about the greenside bunkers.

Before the days of the course guide/strokesaver and rangefinder devices, there was a much simpler form of communication for golf clubs, they issued a club handbook which gave a brief description

In this modern climate, there is an acute awareness of the requirement for ecological strategies. The club is actively pursuing environmentally sustainable greenkeeping practices, and in many areas of the course the provision of bird boxes and bat boxes is encouraging the wildlife to flourish. The condition of the course, in particular the greens and the overall setting is a credit to Head Green keeper James Norris and his team.

Ignore the out of bounds right, there is no leeway for first tee jitters, for this is a thinking man’s golf course, doglegs, fairway bunkers are all strategically placed to make the placement of the drive of paramount importance, particularly on the 5th and 7th holes. The drive on the 2nd (designed by

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A COLT CLASSIC Donald Steel) is the only blind drive on the course, before facing the first of the doglegs, which seem to abound even if the angle is only slight on some of the later holes. The very essence of Colt design. If any birdies are to be garnered, then the driver had better be in good form. The five short holes at Blackmoor are renowned, and the two on the front loop justify the acclaim, the elevated green on the 6th, defended by the huge bunker front right, is sheltered by the trees, when there is a breeze the club selection is vital. The finish to the front nine, the 9th is played up to an elevated tiered green, the pot bunker, the smaller of the two guarding the green seems to have a magnetic attraction for golf balls struck anything less than off the meat of the club. Halfway and in my view the tougher nine to follow. The back nine starts with a challenging drive across the dogleg, too long and the trees are there, miss the line and the heather and shrubs lie in waiting. The short holes are very different in style, the 12th, just 129 yards, which punishes anything that is either long or short, just making the putting surface is credit worthy. The 15th is a shade under two hundred yards, with a raised green, a three here will be justifiable cause for celebration. The finishing stretch is tough, very tough with a long par four, a tricky par 3, and the 18th, one of the best finishing holes in the south of England, considered by many the signature hole for the course. This hole is 400 yards of challenge, demanding a good straight drive, and an approach to the elevated green avoiding the pitfall bunkers on both sides, and the huge pit waiting on the right of the green for any shot overhit, then good work with the putter on a difficult green for the par that will be well earned. Tough but fair, and with a par of 69, just two par 5â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, it is a stern test for any category of golfer. Play anywhere near to your handicap and it will be a jaunty climb up the stairs to the clubhouse and the bar, to find out more about the club.

Talking with Club Secretary Simon Burton, it was fascinating to hear how the club is moving with the times, with strong contemporary attitudes whilst retaining many of the long accepted standards and etiquette facets of the game. The progressive approach to both Ladies and Juniors has seen the development of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pathway to Golf â&#x20AC;&#x153; for Ladies with free coaching lessons, developing playing ability to ensure a warm welcome and friendly integration with existing members. The Junior Academy is headed by Steve Clay, Blackmoorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s popular, long serving and very experienced PGA Professional, Steve is also the Hampshire County Coach and a qualified â&#x20AC;&#x153;Plane Truth â&#x20AC;&#x153; trainer. His very well stocked shop, and his club making knowledge complete a well rounded service to members and visitors alike. The club has established reciprocal agreements with the Stoneham, Ferndown, Brokenhurst and North Hants Clubs, and is very active in inter club competition, as well as membership of the Colt Association. The philosophy of friendliness and customer satisfaction is at the heart of the Blackmoor Club, reflected in the way is adapts to the changing needs of the modern golfer. For those who are busy with work and family commitments there is â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lifestyle Membershipâ&#x20AC;? a flexible new approach, with low annual subscription and the purchase of credits utilised for playing golf. With no tee bookings to restrict access plus the fact that golf is playable all the year round thanks to the wonderful landscape, making certain that the course is always available , a positive boon. Societies are welcome any day from Monday to Friday, and as the inset shows the club is keen to encourage groups to visit. Many are regulars, with annual dates in the diary as soon as the dates are planned. The 19th hole offers a good regular menu and a selection of daily specials, all sourced from local suppliers, including the renowned breakfast menu. The club administrators will be happy to provide positive answers to any enquiry.

It is always a delight to visit Blackmoor and a special pleasure when you happen to be a dedicated Colt fan. Having said that, you do not have to be addicted to golf history or course architecture to enjoy this superb golf course, at any time in the year. The next visit will always be the best one. Michael Rees

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Eagles and birdies by the score

On the course or on canvas, McIlroy is a work of art

GOLFERS who like to combine the sport with some bird-watching in England have experienced some diminishing returns as many of our native species struggle to survive.

BLESSED with a skill which very few can match, Mark Robinson is producing stunning works of art portraying the golfing artistry of big names such as Rory McIlroy. Mark has become the ‘artist in residence’ at many Middle East golf events over recent years and will combine is two great loves - art and golf - when he captures on canvas the atmosphere of the National Bank of Oman Golf Classic later this month at Almouj Golf, The Wave, Muscat.

But there is a golf club in Mallorca where an expert has recently logged no fewer than 66 species of bird including rarities such as the charmingly-named booted eagle. Golfers at Alcanada may be able to sight this rare bird of prey around this time of year as club officials await its return to the area.

Belfast-born Mark has painted throughout his life and changed career direction in 2008 when his unique ‘Swing Portraits’ and Golfing Landscapes gained popularity. He studied fine art at college in England before becoming a lighting designer for touring rock bands like Black Sabbath, Alvin Lee and Prince. He was an accomplished guitarist himself. Mark went to the Middle East in 1985 with a theatre company, working as a set designer, and later started a small company specialising in 3D Animation.

‘My day job was painting portraits of dignitaries,’ he said, ‘but I just love golf, so now I’ve got the best of both worlds. Painting golfers and golf courses was something I was delighted to get involved in. The Earth course at Jumeirah Golf Estates was where I made my name as a golf artist but Almouj Golf, The Wave, is a spectacular golf course overlooking the ocean and I am delighted at being invited by the National Bank of Oman to paint

Picture perfect: Rory McIlroy in action, painted by Mark Robinson

Seeing double: Mark Robinson with Matteo Manassero and one of his portraits of the Italian

scenes of the course and the players during the tournament.’ Many of the great and the good of the sport have admired and now own Mark’s paintings in acrylics, oils and watercolours. They include Henrik Stenson, Lee Westwood, McIlroy and Miguel Angel Jimenez, who was so impressed with

Robinson’s work he commissioned his own painting. The final paintings from golfing events are presented to sponsors, auctioned at the tournament gala dinner, or simply presented to the winner. It’s great when players, coaches, or their friends and family commission work. Mark often attracts his own gallery of spectators when he sets up his canvas for the day on the course: ‘I like to talk to the spectators who stop and watch me paint for a while when they’re walking round the course. The only downside is that as my paintings have improved, my golf has got worse!’

Bournemouth role in new manager training BOURNEMOUTH will have a role in a new programme to train golf club managers.

Club Management Level Two training will be held at Bournemouth University in November and next March, as part of an initiative to promote education for club managers - those already in the industry and those joining. England Golf is partnering the Golf Club Managers’ Association and the Club Managers Association of Europe for the first time to launch the programme. The training will highlight a clear development pathway leading up to the worldwide-recognised Certified Club Manager qualification. The programme will include the Introduction to Golf Course Management course,

followed by Level One and Level Two Club Management Development courses, leading to a recognised diploma.

‘This will definitely result in healthier, more vibrant golf clubs which are ready to respond to the needs of golfers.’

The partnership reflects the aims of the England Golf Strategic Plan 2014-17, Raising Our Game, which was launched recently.

Marc Newey, Vice President of the European organisation, said: ‘Our Club Management Diploma is now set to become the club management qualification of choice in 2015.’

David Joy, the Chief Executive of England Golf, said: ‘Our vision is for England Golf to work at the heart of a network of partners, to build stronger golf clubs.’

‘This initiative is an excellent example of this in practice – our three organisations working together to improve the training and development opportunities and support for club managers.’

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‘The club industry has been crying out for a joined-up approach in providing a professional development programme for existing and potential managers and this partnership shows that there is a very positive future ahead.’ For more information and to book, visit the websites of the GCMA and CMAE.

The booted eagle (Aquila pennata) breeds in southern Europe, as well as North Africa and Asia, and it was just one of a Beautiful: The hoopoe huge catalogue of types noted during a survey report, published recently by respected ornithologist Maties Rebassa. The golf course is close to the booted eagle’s ideal habitat of hilly, rugged terrain and forests, which offer an ideal hunting ground. It is also a perfect setting for spotting other birds of prey including the black kite (Milvus migrans), the phenomenally quick peregrine falcon (Falco peregrinus), and the kestrel (Falco tinnunculus). Other species to be seen include the beautifully colourful hoopoe (Upupa epops), and more common, yet still striking, birds such as cormorants, egrets, curlews, plovers and various types of tit and warbler. Kristoff Both, director of golf at Club de Golf Alcanada, said: ‘The finger is often pointed at golf courses that they do little for the ecology and environment. Yet, built and managed correctly, a golf course can actually enhance the environment.’

Dartmouth resort is Best Western ONE of the south-west’s leading golf resorts has joined the world’s largest group of independently owned hotels and will now be known as Best Western The Dartmouth Hotel, Golf and Spa. The 35-bedroom hotel, which also has seven self-catering four-star lodges, will remain independently owned but is now part of Best Western. The resort nestles between two golf courses - the 18-hole Championship Course and nine-hole Dartmouth Course - in 225 acres of outstanding natural beauty.

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Status: Amateur Age: 20 years Height: 5’ 8 1/2” Handicap: Scratch Club: Corhampton Average Drive: 260 yards

Q When did you first start playing golf? A My Dad, Barry Mundy, introduced me to golf when I was

just nine years old, and I started playing at Dunwood Manor Golf Course. Q Does anyone else in your

family play? A Yes, my Mum Karen Mundy plays at Stoneham GC (handicap 23), my Step-Dad Ian Roper is the Golf Professional at Corhampton GC, and my older sister Katie Dillard turned professional a year ago and plays on the Symetra Tour*. *The Symetra Tour is known as ‘the Road to the LPGA’ and since 1999, it has been designated as the LPGA’s official developmental tour. Its mission is to prepare the world's best young women professional golfers for a successful career on the LPGA Tour. Q What is your home club? A Corhampton, where I’ve been a member for two years. Q What age were you when you started playing off

single figures? A 14 years.

orhampton’s Georgie Mundy has hit some great form this season with seven Top 20 finishes and an impressive win at this year’s Hampshire Ladies’ County Championship at Stoneham GC.

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Surrounded by a family of golfers, it’s little wonder that Georgie has strong ambitions in this direction - but at 20 years of age, is she content to stay in the Amateur Ranks or is she gearing up for a life on the Pro-Circuit?

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Georgie has worked particularly hard on her game this year and is starting to see the rewards. Winning the Hampshire Ladies’ County Champs has boosted her confidence, and she’s also been working hard in the gym which has made her fitter and stronger. Together we’ve changed a few things in her swing that has made her more consistent, and we will continue working on this through the winter to hopefully bring even bigger rewards for her next year.

Ian Roper, Golf Professional, Corhampton GC

Q How often do you practise? A Six days a week, and on average four hours a day.

Sometimes I’ll focus on one particular part of my game for an entire session, especially if I’m changing my swing or having difficulties. Other times, I’ll simply run through all my clubs. I start with a few pitches and as I feel comfortable with each club I’ll move to the next club and so on until I’ve honed each one. Q Do you have regular lessons? A Yes, I changed my coach four years ago and now have

regular lessons with my Step-Dad Ian Roper at Corhampton and we concentrate on all aspects of my game. Q What would you say is the strongest part of

your game? A My putting. I like to aim for 26/27 putts per round. Q What is your biggest achievement to date? A Winning this year’s Hampshire County Championship at

Stoneham. In 2013, I contracted Shingles and was seriously ill for more than nine months, so I was unable to play golf or continue with my studies. It was a horrible time! So, to win this prestigious title so early on in the season was absolutely amazing and I was over the moon! Q Congratulations on representing Hampshire at County

Level. Have you been capped yet for England? A Yes, I played for England in the Under 16s and also for

English Schools. But I haven’t yet been selected for the adult squad, which of course I’d love to be. Hampshire ladies' winning squad, from left: Annabel Silk, Aimee Ponte, Kerry Smith, Mags Clark, Georgie Mundy, Sarah Bradshaw, Emma Allen, Charlotte Barrow

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Georgie puts in a huge amount of work on the practice ground and course to hone her skills.

Q Which golfing event would you love to win above

all others? A As an amateur, I’d love to win The British Amateur Stroke

When Georgie and Annabel Silk were in the HLCGA Championship finals, our members checked avidly the daily progress reports on our website, and were delighted when Georgie’s hard work paid off. It goes without saying that the Club are very proud of her achievements, not only in the County Championships, but also other events that she has entered. We wish her continued success.

Bob Ashton, Secretary, Corhampton GC

Q Would you like to turn pro? A Ever since I started playing golf, I’ve dreamed of

becoming a professional golfer. It’s always been my main goal and, in about a year’s time, I aim to join the Tour School and see if I can get my card. Q What is your back-up plan? A I’m starting an AAT accounting course at Eastleigh College

in Hampshire this year. It’s a four-year course but I’m hoping to complete it within 2 to 3 years. Q What hobbies do have outside golf? A I love going to the gym and enjoy hanging out with my

friends and family.

play Championship. I was hoping to enter it last year but was too ill, so this year will be my first opportunity.

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Q Anything else you’d like to add? A I’d like to say a massive thanks to Corhampton GC for all

their support and help over the last couple of years. Also to Cobra and Puma for helping me out, and to my family for their constant love and support.

Q And if you turn pro? A The Ladies’ British Open. What could be better? Q Do you do any golf-related gym exercises? A Yes, even though golf is one continuous swing, it’s still

fundamentally an explosive sport. With that in mind, I tend to focus on high rep exercises. Q Who are your golfing heroes? A Rory McIlroy because he’s proved to everyone

that he can still do it and is the best player in the world. And Laura Davies, because she has been a top lady golfer for so long, and has probably done more for ladies’ golf than anyone else, plus she always helps others. Q What is the best piece of advice you have ever

been given? A Take one shot at a time, pick your target and commit to

that one shot. Q What golfing tip would you give to other young

golfers? A Have fun! And always play and practise golf because you want to, not because you have to.

Q What’s your favourite club in the bag? A My Scotty Cameron putter. Q Do you play with ladies’ or men’s clubs? A I play with Men’s Cobra bio cell and bio cell+ stiff shaft.

I love the consistency off the face and the trajectory it provides. Q What’s your favourite ‘away’ course to play? A Blackmoor GC in Hampshire. I love the course, it’s always

in great condition and I never tire of the challenge it provides. (See Blackmoor’s extensive Course Review in this issue on pages 23-25).

GEORGIE’S HIGHLIGHTS 2014 2014 2013 2013 2011 2011 2011 2009

Hampshire Ladies County Champion South Region County Championship - Member of winning Hampshire team Hampshire Ladies lowest 36 hole qualifier UALR Champion Hampshire Ladies lowest 36 hole qualifier Hampshire Girls Junior Champion South Region Ladies lowest 36 hole qualifier Winner of the Faldo series and overall 6th in the Grand Final in Rio De Janeiro


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IF you had said to our grandfathers that we’d be watching a golfer drive a ball off the tee 370 yards in the air, they would have checked what you’d been putting in your drinks. It’s happening, and the man who’s doing it is Rory McIlroy, now a four-time Major winner and whose monster drives are even taking away the breath of fellow pros. In Denver city, during warm-up for the BMW Championship, McIlroy cleared the end of the driving range 370 yards away and landed his ball on the adjoining University Boulevard. It was on the same course, Cherry Hills, in 1960 when eyes popped as a certain Arnold Palmer thrashed his ball off the tee on the par four opening hole and rolled it onto the green 318 yards away. The thin Rocky Mountain air helped, of course, but not a lot. Altitude is thought to help a ball fly between five and eight per cent longer in the air. But high-hitting McIlroy has been sending them 15 per cent farther.

briefly Runaway Emma SWEDE Emma Westin won for the second time on the LET Access Series with a record breaking eleven-shot victory, finishing at 11-under in the HLR Golf Academy Open, at Hillside Golf & Country Club in Vihti, Finland.

Oh, man! John gets an invite to Oman

HIGHER FLIER McIlroy drives past Palmer and Woods ‘I also hit a three wood 370 yards in practice,’ he said, ‘so that was pretty good. The ball seems to be going forever.’ One American pro had heard the stories about McIlroy’s huge drives and wanted to see for himself. He practically begged to join the Northern Irishman for a practice round.

‘I wanted to play with him right now because I played with Tiger during his all-conquering summer in 2000,’ said Erik Compton. ‘What I saw today was comparable with what I saw playing with Tiger - except Rory has more power. Rory is a lot longer than Tiger ever was. I have never seen anybody play with that kind of power and control.’

Nato invades the green, green grass in Wales

Euro captain DENMARK’S Iben Tinning will be Captain of the European Team against America in the 2015 PING Junior Solheim Cup at Golf Club St Leon-Rot, near Heidelberg, Germany in September of next year. The 40 year-old four-time Solheim Cup player takes over the role from Scotland’s Janice Moodie. Casey’s KLM comeback PAUL Casey came from four shots back to win the KLM Open by one stroke from fellow Englishman Simon Dyson. Casey equalled the Zandvoort course record with a 62 on the third day.

The 30-year-old has accepted an offer to play in this year’s National Bank of Oman Golf Classic at Almouj Golf, The Wave, Muscat at the end of this month.

‘I can’t wait to tee it up in Oman,’ he said. ‘It’s been a bit of a whirlwind time for me since playing in The Open. I’ve been awaiting the birth of my first child and everything has been a bit of a blur. I’ve heard great things about the Greg Norman-designed golf course and the tournament. It’s coastal and I know all about playing links golf – so I hope I can play well.’ Singleton’s early dreams of a career in professional golf were dashed at an Singleton pointing the way ahead during The Open at Hoylake early age after surgery on both his knees cut short a promising college career in the United States.

Westin’s winning margin broke the current LETAS record by six shots. It also moved the 23-year-old into 2nd place on the LETAS Order of Merit. Maiden win Dewi Claire Schreefel, 28, secured her first win on the Ladies European Tour as she raced seven strokes clear of Rebecca Artis at the Helsingborg Open in Sweden. With rounds of 68, 70, 68 and 66, she ended on 17 under par at Vasatorps Golfklubb.

JOHN Singleton, the Liverpool factory worker who qualified to play alongside the world’s best players at this year’s Open at Hoylake, will continue his dream as a professional golfer following an invitation to the exotic Arabian Peninsula.

FORE! Military hardware around the fairways and greens of Celtic Manor

THE Daily Mail’s incomparable sketch writer, Quentin Letts, put it neatly: ‘The man I felt sorry for was the green keeper at Newport’s Celtic Manor golf course.”

‘They had only gone and plonked a warplane – F35 Lightning II – and a load of armoured hardware on his beloved turf, hadn’t they? ‘A Foxhound patrol vehicle, Scout recce vehicle, missiles such as a Meteor and a Spear: They were there as an advertisement for the British defence industry but were also presumably a reminder to Vladimir Putin that Nato is well armed. ‘The sight of all that destructive might somehow brings a new meaning to the term “please replace your divots”.’

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‘I got injured and I felt all the practice I’d put in over the previous 10 years had gone to waste, but to qualify for The Open and get a taste of the big occasion was fantastic’

It was one of the oddest sights at the summit in - British hardware strewn among the greens and bunkers of the Welsh golf resort, parked near one of the holes, close to a sign warning: Danger: Golf In Progress From Right.

He entered regional qualifying for The Open earlier this year and started to prepare, arranging to practise at his local golf course around his day job in a resin factory in Birkenhead.

A Ministry of Defence spokesman said the display was intended to showcase British defence capability as well as the British defence industry.

Singleton missed out on a spot in the Local Final Qualifying in a play-off but was put on a reserve list and when a place became available he took it.

Other exhibitions included missiles and equipment for detonating mines.

A second-round 66 at Hillside GC, just up the coast from Hoylake, saw him finish in a share of the top spot. A win in the play-off earned him his ticket to the oldest Major of them all. He narrowly missed the cut.

Curiosity point: the anti-terrorist fences installed around Celtic Manor were later shipped off to Calais, to be installed around the camps of migrants trying to reach Britain from the French port.

He has since left his job at the factory and secured a sponsor for the next 14 months.

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TOP CLASS HAYLEY WINS STROKE PLAY TITLE Hayley Davis put on a top class show to leave the field standing and win the English women’s stroke play championship by an impressive six shots at Tandridge in Surrey. The 21-year-old international from Ferndown, Dorset was applauded off the 18th green by the large crowd of spectators who gathered to watch her win her third English title with a 72-hole total of fourunder par. It is her first victory in 18 months and she remarked: “I haven’t won anything for a while and it was really nice to do it with my mum, nan and granddad watching.” She adds this to the English women’s amateur championship, which she won at her first attempt as a 17-year-old, and the English girls’ title. “It’s lovely to have all three,” she added.

What she did was put on a display of excellent, controlled golf which sent a clear message to her rivals that she wasn’t budging from the lead. She parred 11 straight holes, had a birdie on 12 and a couple of bogeys on the closing holes to return a final round 72. She impressed the watching members with her skill on their quick, slippery greens and with her deft touch with the wedges. “I played good,” was Hayley’s verdict. While she marched steadily towards the title a battle royal was being played out for the place of runner-up. It was eventually won by Welsh international Becky Harries, who birdied two of the last four holes to finish the event on two over par.

FORMER LADIES’ PRESIDENT BEQUEATHS BENCH AND DEFIBRILLATOR TO WATERLOOVILLE GOLFERS

Mary and Heather with their families and ladies of the Golf Club

Golfers at Waterlooville Golf Club will be able to enjoy a well-earned rest at the 15th tee, courtesy of a bench bestowed to the Ladies’ section by Jean Williams - a former Ladies’ President and Ladies' Captain of the Club. In addition to the bench, Jean also bequeathed money that has purchased a top of the range defibrillator. This will ensure that any member of the Club or visiting golfer will benefit from a potentially life-saving piece of equipment in the event of a cardiac arrest. Jean’s two daughters, Heather and Mary, joined this year’s Ladies’ Captain Gill Millett and ladies of WGC at a special ‘unveiling’ of the equipment to celebrate their mother’s very generous donation.

She was one ahead of Sarah-Jane Boyd (Truro) who shot a great closing 65 and of Meghan MacLaren (Wellingborough) who was one-under for the final round.

Jean, together with her husband Leo, were extremely active members of the Golf Club for more than 20 years and the inscription on the bench plaque reads: “Donated to Waterlooville Golf Club in loving memory of Jean and Leo Williams.”

Hayley was the only player to finish the event under par and she set up her win with a superb score of seven-under 64 in the third round. It powered her away from the field, giving her an eight-stroke lead with 18 holes to play.

Fifth place went to French international Emilie Alonso who was 68, 67 for the final two rounds; while former champion Alex Peters (Notts Ladies’) won sixth prize, pipping Dulcie Sverdloff (Garon Park).

Educational leading light In addition to being a leading light at the golf club, Jean was also extremely well known in Portsmouth for all she achieved in the education sector.

“This course is really good but it’s tough and it was nice to have a bit of a buffer and not to feel that I had to go low again,” she said.

Hayley also won the U21 and U23 trophies, while the U18 trophy went to 14-year-old Bel Wardle of Prestbury, Cheshire.

In 1957 she she was appointed Principal of Portsmouth Teacher Training College and became the youngest head of any teacher

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(l to r) Mary Williams, Gill Millett (Ladies’ Capt), Heather Williams

training college in the UK. And when the College became Portsmouth Polytechnic’s Faculty of Education, Jean was appointed Vice-President - a post she held until she retired in 1986 at the age of 65yrs. One of her innovations and proudest achievements at Portsmouth Polytechnic was devising and implementing the creation of a nursery for children of students in 1979 to ensure that education was open to all. And In recognition of her services to education in the City she was made an associate of both Portsmouth Polytechnic and in turn the University of Portsmouth.

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LEGENDS OF THE GAME... ...DR ALISTER MACKENZIE Legends often leave records and stories that enhance with the mists of time, but in the case of the golf course architect, their impact is far more permanent, for they leave the very courses on which the game is played. In doing so, they enrich the lives of not only generations of golfers, but also the environment for the general public and provide a home for numerous plants and animals. That being said they truly deserve recognition in this series. Dr Alister MacKenzie is remembered throughout the golfing fraternity for his final creation, the home of The Masters Tournament in Augusta Georgia, which he designed in conjunction with Bobby Jones, a truly fitting memorial for his lifetimes work. It is sad to note that he did not actually see the first event played on the course, for he died at his home in California in January 1934, the year the inaugural Masters Tournament was played. Alister MacKenzie was born on 30th August 1870, at Normanton, Yorkshire. He was a unique man of many talents. After he had studied at Cambridge, he obtained degrees in chemistry, medicine and natural science. He joined his father’s medical practice, until he was called to war, and served as a Surgeon for the Somerset Regiment in South Africa during the Boar War, where his awareness of the camouflaged and concealed trenches used by the Boars nurtured his ideas for golf course design. He had been a member of several golf clubs in the area around Leeds, but it was not until 1905 that his career as an architect took off. He gave up medicine to follow his interest in golf course architecture. He was convinced he could design courses better than those inland courses of the day and in 1909 an opportunity came to build a new course at Alwoodley, near Leeds. MacKenzie submitted designs, and called in Harry S Colt to ease the path for him, and with Colt’s backing he was left to complete the work himself. His designs flew in the face of convention, with large bunkers, and fairways angled away, forcing players to consider the second shot before hitting from the tee, and he always tried to accommodate the natural beauty of the landscape. In 1914 he grabbed the headlines by winning the competition in Country Life magazine to design “The Ideal Golf Hole”, judged by none other than Bernard Darwin. He wrote his book entitled Golf Architecture in 1920, and wrote a second book entitled The Spirit of St Andrews in 1933, which was not found and remained unpublished until 1995. In his book he stated that “there are many attributes in common

Above Dr Alister Mackenzie Top left Cypress Point, top middle Pasatiempo and bottom Augusta National. (Photographs courtesy of the MacKenzie Association).

between the successful golf architect and the camoufleur.” Records show that he was a good putter, he was not a particularly good player, and he was one of the first in that category to become prominent as a designer.

His rules for an ideal golf course were simple but profound. It should be: • Arranged in two loops of nine holes (to create different wind conditions) • Should have a mix of long and short par fours, and four par three’s. • Greens and fairways should be undulating, without very steep hills. • A minimum of blind shots, emphasis on natural beauty not artificial features. • An alternative route for the less able player, and no tricked up holes. He joined Harry Colt and Charles Alison in partnership, both were extremely well known and respected by then, and MacKenzie stayed in the Colt partnership for 4 years, until he finally left in 1923. Then began his time for globetrotting; Australia, New Zealand, the United States and Argentina (where he designed the Jockey Club) all came within his ambit.

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In 1926 he travelled to Australia to redesign Royal Melbourne, and during his stay also worked on Yarra Yarra, Victoria and New South Wales. By 1931 he had designed forty one original courses, plus fourteen others working with partners, and had become one of the most influential of his time. His work in Australia had led to his commission at Cypress Point on the Monterey Peninsula, and also Crystal Downs Country Club in Michigan, Pasatiempo in California, and it was through this that he was chosen by Bobby Jones to design Augusta. For those wishing to sample his work nearer to home, Alwoodley stands out as a prime example, but there are several others including Lahinch in Ireland, Teignmouth in Devon, and the Rosemount course at Blairgowrie, Walsall and Sutton Coldfield in the Midlands, all built or recreated by his hand. The enduring nature of his designs means that his courses have stood the test of time, and have not been harmed by the advances in equipment and golf balls, to this day his courses are reeled off when talking of the truly great courses. Undoubtedly his years working with Colt and Alison were beneficial to all three, whether individually or together, and served to benefit all the layouts they worked on through their careers.

One of his quotes often used says “a good golf course is like good music, it does not necessarily appeal the first time one plays it”. In 1999, the Alister Mackenzie Society was formed, it’s objective to celebrate the work of MacKenzie as an architect; it is open to clubs (there are currently fifty two clubs) and individual members which have connections with his work. Not surprisingly it has annual matches with the Colt Society, similarly formed to celebrate the tremendous works of Harry Shapland Colt, who had been his partner in the Twenties. MacKenzie was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2005, under the Lifetime Achievement category, the first architect inducted into The Hall, and justly deserved. Dr Alister Mackenzie, his preferred title, who was described as a robust man, affable and tactful yet forthright, had clear views on golf, and way it should be played. He died at his home in Santa Cruz, California where he lived with his second wife Hilda, at the age of 63, and it was after his death that his manuscript for The Spirit of St Andrews was discovered and published posthumously. His legacy at Augusta National will serve as a permanent reminder of the Doctor, who became a camouflage expert, and then achieved fame and fortune as a golf course designer. Michael Rees

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The Burley Golf Club ‘in the heart of the New Forest’

ENGLAND'S WIN OVER WALES

THE OLDFIELD TROPHY Sunday 24th & Monday 25th August 2014 – The Wiltshire GC played host to the second home countries international event for disabled and impaired golfers with England defending last year’s win against Wales, playing for THE OLDFIELD TROPHY. Many different disabilities were represented from amputees, one arm, arthritis, MS and stroke survivors and came from as far afield as Yorkshire, Cheshire, Hampshire, Essex and Berkshire and South/West Wales. Sunday 24th August consisted of six fourballs played on the excellent golf course in excellent conditions, after some close matches England finished the day with a 4-2 lead.

It was all to play for on day 2 with 12 points available in the singles. The weather on Monday was awful with persistent rain, but it didn't dampen the enthusiasm of the players, especially Team England who won the Singles 8-4 thus retaining the Oldfield Trophy won previously at Pontypridd in 2013 – so the final score was ENGLAND 12 – WALES 6. The OLDFIELD TROPHY is a stunning piece of artwork, named after the blacksmith’s who forged the trophy from recycled golf irons atop a block of marble, and daffodil and rose flowers created in brass to represent the two countries. DGA is a pan-disability, not-for-profit organization, membership is free. More information is at disabledgolf.org.uk.

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A BUSY AUGUST FOR HAMPSHIRE

– Beverly Huke It’s always good to be “given the thumbs up” about how you hold the golf club. he great Ben Hogan said that the only thing a golfer should and could get right every time was their grip on the club.

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Getting your thumbs correctly on the club goes along way to getting the rest of the grip as good as it should be – which helps hugely to you playing your best shots. Picture 1 shows that a right handed player should have their left thumb just to the right of centre (left handers their right thumb just to the left).

The Hampshire Girls' Team at Junior County Match Week 2014

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Each year the counties of the England Golf South Region (Hampshire, Kent, Surrey, Sussex, Middlesex) meet to play scratch matchplay in the Junior County Match Week.

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Picture 2 – the right thumb sits just to the left of centre ( left thumb just to the right for left handers). Get your thumbs in the correct place and give your golf a big hand!

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This year’s match was hosted by Sussex at Goodwood Golf Club. The Hampshire team included representatives from around the county and the Channel Islands. There were several rookies and everyone played their part in a successful week. The girls finished in 3rd place. They and Sussex had 2 points, but Sussex edged into 2nd as they had won more individual matches. Everyone was very proud of our girls’ performance. The team members were Charlotte Barrow, Cpt, (Brokenhurst Manor), Hannah Scriven and Flora Keites (Royal Jersey), Katie Mackworth-Praed (Dummer), Stephanie Ballay (Royal Guernsey), Emma Higgins (Highcliffe Castle), Rachel Davidson (North Hants), Tara O’Herlihy (Basingstoke), Bethany Goater (Hockley). August saw two of our annual club competitions being played. The Centenary Bowl, is played for annually via an 18-hole Handicap Foursomes Stableford Final. The welcome at Sherfield Oaks was second to none and 45 pairs set off to represent their clubs. It was great to see teams from St Clements and Royal Jersey who had made the trip over to take part. The course at Sherfield Oaks

Samantha Giles wins Liphook Scratch at fourth attempt. The 23rd Liphook Scratch Cup took place at Liphook in Hampshire on Saturday September 6th on a perfect late summer’s day. The course was in great condition, the flowering heather looking better from a distance! Forty seven players from all over England and Wales played in the 36 hole event. 19 year old Samantha Giles from St.

Mellion in Cornwall won at the fourth attempt. Samantha had rounds of 72 and 70 for a 36 hole total score of 142. She beat Sophie Keech from Parkstone, also on 142 (70,72), into second place on a count back with her better afternoon round. Third was Lauren Horsford from Wimbledon Park on 143 (69,73) including the low round of the day. Carolyn Walley from Cosby was in fourth place on 145 with young Hollie Muse from West Lancs in fifth spot on 147.

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was presented in excellent condition for the competition. Club members provided lots of support as starters and ball spotters, and there were also many compliments for the caterers. As usual with foursomes, some pairs both managed to bring their best golf, whilst others both left theirs at home. More importantly, no friendships were broken! Prizes went to 4 clubs all scoring 37 points or better, with the trophy presented to Margaret Simmons & Cathie Quent representing Oak Park GC with a wonderful 41 points.

Hull Shield Winners – Corhampton GC

The Hull Shield is a great test of medal play – and sporting teams. Each participating club enters a pair of players who play a medal round. Their nett scores are added and the winning team is the one with the lowest total score. The team members do NOT play together and so there is the additional pressure of doing well in case your partner returns a great score. The Woods and Lakes at Sandford Springs provided an excellent test of golf for our Hull Shield contenders. A strong wind added to the complexity. CSS went up to 75 from SSS 72 as most players had found the course very challenging. The best round of the day was an amazing net 69 from Corhampton’s Paula Burton. A steady 75 from Sue Jarman meant that Corhampton were this year’s winners.

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'Bag Mountain' Is Just The Beginning JASON ROBERTS MBE ORGANISES FIRST SHIPMENT OF DONATED BAGS & CLUBS BRACKNELL, BERKS, UK .. Blue Mountain GC Course Manager Jamie Pender and his team worked wonders to ‘wrangle’ 368 golf bags and over 2,100 loose golf clubs for a photograph which shows the enormous generosity of golfers who have donated their old golf equipment as part of Crown Golf’s ‘Bag Amnesty’ summer 2014 initiative. At the front, ex-Premier League and international footballer Jason Roberts MBE stands with Cae Menai-Davis and Frank Harrington from The Golf Trust, Otis Roberts from the Jason Roberts Foundation, and Caroline Griffiths and Matthew Lynwood from Crown Golf. The bags in the photo account for roughly one quarter of the total donated so far, after just four weeks. Since the Amnesty began on June 12th, over 1,400 golf bags and more than 8,000 loose golf clubs had been handed in at Crown Golf clubs as of midJuly 2014. The Bag Amnesty campaign and the ‘bag mountain’ photograph were created by Crown Golf’s PR agency, Magic Hour Media, to highlight the group’s new Freedom Play flexible membership product. With the Bag Amnesty campaign running at all 25 Crown Golf clubs until September 28th, the last day of The Ryder Cup, organisers expect over 4,000 golf bags and over 20,000 golf clubs will eventually be donated by generous golfers. Bag Amnesty (www.freedomplay.co.uk /bagamnesty) is an initiative to liberate some of the UK’s estimated 4 million unwanted golf

bags from garages, sheds and lofts, and to redeploy them via The Golf Trust charity to disabled golfers and inner-city golf projects across the UK, and to other projects further afield in countries such as India, the Caribbean and Romania. Golfers can donate at any one of the 25 Crown Golf clubs this summer (see list on www.crown-golf.co.uk), and will receive in return a voucher giving them £20 off their next Callaway Golf bag when bought at a Crown Golf pro shop. The Jason Roberts Foundation will also fly one donor plus a friend to the Caribbean island of Grenada this autumn, to see how Bag Amnesty equipment is kick-starting the sport of golf on the island. The prize draw to find the winner will take place immediately after the Amnesty ends.

“This is a brilliant initiative, and the response has already been stunning” said Jason Roberts. “I urge anyone reading this to donate their old bags and clubs this summer, because The Golf Trust will find a good home for every single item, somewhere in the world”. After this photograph was taken, all of the bags and clubs in the 'bag mountain' were shipped to Grenada to be deployed in a variety of golfing projects in schools and parishes across the island. Bag Amnesty donations can be made at every Crown Golf pro shop, with no appointment necessary. Facebook Page address: https://www.facebook.com/BagAmnesty

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Continuing the saga of a late-convert golfer’s search for glory on the greens. . . AS all good golfers know, there is somewhere a magic club that will transform your game. That ball will soar off the tee, leap down the fairway, stop dead on the green, and pop down the hole. No golfer will admit it but this is what we all believe – well, in our dreams. Gentlemen, I am here to tell you that I have found that club. The man we have to thank for this is Phil. He’s a recent recruit to the Wednesday Tenners (that’s right: Wednesday, 10am) and, to be honest, he’s probably a bit too good for us. Make that a lot too good for us. He’s also quite a bit too young to qualify as a bus-pass golfer, which means he can’t join in our conversations about rationing and Sylvia Peters and Denis Compton’s late cut. But he likes fun with his golf. Now it may be true that we Tenners can’t rely too much on muscle memory - our muscles are getting feeble and our memory’s gone – but when it comes to fun, we’re right up there. Which is why he likes playing with us.

Whisper it. . .I think I have found THE club DIARY OF A BUS-PASS GOLFER

Of course I do score the odd par. You’ve probably noticed it. The Queen usually calls for a national holiday to mark the occasion.

None of us – not Cliff, not Biggles – knows anything about them. But, whatever the reason, the ball soars so high that Heathrow flights probably have to divert. As for length, how about 300 yards? Now I can hit a ball 300 yards, but it takes me three shots to do it. No doubt about it, these are the magic clubs. The next day I chanced to find myself in the Portsmouth club, which by coincidence, stock some Adams.

By Bob Evans Right from the word go, he seemed to be playing a different game. For the first time, I realized the significance of the par. I sort of thought that a Par Five meant someone, somewhere, had got there in five shots, once, but they were almost certainly possessed of unnatural powers after making a pact with the devil.

him his excellent golf. Then we noticed his clubs. Odd looking, irons like hybrids. Adams.

For Phil, pars are, well, something of a disappointment. He has a whole aviary of birdies, eagles, albatrosses, and quite possibly parrots. His swing goes right round the clock, from midnight to noon, in a 360-degree circle. Some of our Tenners do a full swing, but others, like me, make do with a sort of 3pm to 8.30pm swing. What’s more Phil is a nice chap, funny and witty, so we forgive

Oddly enough, I bumped into Cliff while I was there. He was trying one too. The pro there said Biggles had been in. He’s thinking of buying a whole bagful. I swung a four hybrid. It flew so beautifully that just for a minute I was able to believe that I was a decent golfer. The question is: will it last?

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Sweeping Leavesuse this turn of seasons to your golfing advantage! It's that time of year that all the leaves start to fall off the trees and we see those balmy summer evenings slip further away from us. Rather than becoming disheartened by the loss of the warmer and lighter days why not use Autumn to your advantage. Those leaves can help your game in more ways than one!

Before I get to the subject of this article, I want to talk about a thing called muscle memory. I don’t know why it’s called muscle memory because there is no such thing. Movement patterns are stored in the brain, and it fires the nerves that make the muscles move. Change is so difficult because refined patterns such as a golf swing have been hard wired into the brain and are irreversible. A new movement has to be learned and ingrained through practice. It won’t be automatic and reliable for quite a long time. Remember how driving a car or riding a bike seemed impossible at the start but with practice it gradually became easier and more automatic.

Having done this use the leaves or any other loose impediment or divot on the ground as mini targets. You can't pick up leaves and place them in front of your ball on your line of play, but what you can do is place your ball behind a leaf sitting on your target line when you tee off. There's usually plenty of leaf litter on the tee box so make use of it. Plus as soon as winter rules come into play you can mark your ball and move it up to 6" no nearer the hole using a similar strategy.

On the greens use leaves to help with breaking putts, aiming to keep your ball to the right or left of them, or seeing them as gate posts. Even in windy conditions you can visualise the line of a breaking putt initially before the leaves get

I think one of the hardest things for any golf instructor to do is to help a pupil change what they are doing for the better and make that change effective, quick and permanent. The pupil on the other hand has the problem of not knowing whether they are performing the movement correctly, and it will probably feel a little awkward. Wouldn’t it be great if the old movement felt awkward and the better movement felt normal and enabled you to hit better golf shots. From both the learning and coaching perspective that would be the absolute ideal. However, as we all know, perfection isn’t easy!! This is of course why practice drills are an effective way of learning. They give you a feeling for what you are trying to achieve – but even after the drill is performed the golfer still has to make a conscious effort to inject it into the swing.

Firstly utilise leaves as a means to better alignment. Identify clumps of leaves on the trees that are changing colour on the horizon. Standing behind your ball point your club towards your chosen clump, visualise your shots soaring up towards them and this will help you to focus on where you DO want your ball to go. Rather than all the trouble either side of a hole.

There is always something in front of your ball out on the course. Once you've got yourself aligned to this mini target (I'd be talking no more than a foot in front of your ball, any further and I believe you can still shuffle off line) you can then use it to swing your club towards, keeping your club head lower for longer and therefore improving the strike on your shot. In fact this is a drill I use on the range, placing a leaf about 3" ahead of your ball and begin by hitting half shots catching the ball as well as the leaf. Then build up to 3/4 swings and so on until you are hitting full shots and seeing the ball plus the leaf in front go. You'll be amazed at how your body switches into a better weight transfer without you having to "over think" the move. Try it!

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blown away. If leaves are on your line remember to pick them off as they are loose impediments and you are well within your right to do so. Finally, if as we are at Cowdray, your course is just stunning this time of year. Don't forget to notice it. We are SO lucky to be able to play this amazing game in such beautiful countryside. Remember this when your round isn't exactly panning out the way you want. Sometimes it helps to look around you soak in the view with a deep breath and start the next hole with a fresh attitude. We are truly blessed to have this game, the people we play it with and the views we see every time we set foot out there in our lives. Enjoy it. Because if you don't, what's the point. Good luck and if you'd like to knock shots off your handicap I am running a final Shot Saver Day at Cowdray on Monday 6th October. I may still have spaces so do contact me on katiedawkinsgolf@hotmail.co.uk for info or to arrange your own day. 07780 684334

What spurned the idea of this article was a lesson I gave to a lady pupil of mine a couple of weeks ago. She was having trouble trying to do what I was asking of her. The problem was that A, she couldn’t feel what she was doing wrong and B, she had no feeling of what she was trying to do. We were working on improving her actual hitting action. Her right hand was bringing the club down very steeply and, as a consequence, the left hand was forced into a blocking action, costing distance and strike quality. This action was in the short game as well, pitches would always come out hard left. Problem was that, to her this action felt OK but the shots weren’t. To give her the feel for the correct action I decided to teach her the waggle, particularly the second half, bringing the club to the ball. Initially her waggle was the same as her swing, the right hand tried to come over the top of the left and the club came back to the ball too much from the

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outside. I started to train her waggle action to bring the club back to the ball at a better angle. She had to feel that the right wrist was the fulcrum of the motion and it just pivoted. In the back waggle the left wrist had to move away from the body as the forearm rotated. To bring the club back to the ball the left hand had to return to its original position. After a little while the club was moving nicely in the waggle. Alison then had to hit a small shot immediately after performing two waggles. Unfortunately she didn’t hit a good shot but the great thing was that she actually felt what she did wrong. This is because the brain had retained the feeling of the waggle in its short term memory. The reason it was able to do this was because the waggle was immediately prior to the swing, this is important because after every eight seconds, thirty percent of the memory is lost. The word waggle suggests an aimless oscillation, just a way of staying loose. In fact, it is far more important than that. It’s a sort of miniature practice swing that can really help train the swing. When Nick Faldo changed his swing in the late eighty’s to became World No One and win six Majors he felt that his swing was his waggle with a turn. Players with a pronounced waggle include great ball strikers like Ben Hogan, Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson and many more. If you need any help with any department of your game, please don't hesitate to contact me either through my website: www.mbtourcoach.com or by telephone M: 07787 887578.

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