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So well Dunne!

Slam is thwarted

Tiger ‘the hacker’

Amateur Paul Dunne, joint leader after the third day

Jordan Spieth Hopes dented With a Four-putt

‘Everyone wanted to swing like Tiger. Everybody except Tiger’

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INSIDE 3 ACES IN ONE ROUND - Page 4

ZACH JOINS THE LEGENDS Johnson wins 3-way play-off to capture the Claret Jug

Bubba joins Rebel flag backlash - Page 4

SO, the record books show that Zach Johnson became the ninth American to win The Open.

Why does MoD need 15 golf courses? - Page 30

They also record that the 2007 Masters winner finished a shot ahead of South African Louis Oosthuizen and three ahead of Australian Marc Leishman over four extra holes. And that Jordan Spieth's hopes of a season Grand Slam were doomed almost from the minute his famed putting prowess deserted him on the final 8th hole where he four-putted. But no record book is big enough to detail the human stuff. Who did not watch with a lump in the throat as Tom Watson took his final walk down the 18th at St Andrews, doffed his cap and bowed to his adoring fans? Who will not forget the thrill of seeing the return to the leaderboard of ‘old’ stars and the emergence of tomorrow’s legends? Who could not hide a wry smile as the Old Course threw every possible kind of weather at players whose familiar fare is target golf and who whinged when the wind blew? (Welcome to links golf, gentlemen. . . proper golf)

The jug hug: Zach Johnson enjoys the moment as the 2015 Open Champion

And who was not in awe at the performance of 22-year-old Irish amateur Paul Dunne, joint leader after the third day? ‘It's kind of a novelty thing for when I'm 70 years old,’ he said that night, ‘sitting in a bar, having a pint, maybe telling someone that I led The Open.’ Brits fared pretty well, but further down the pack: 24-year-old Englishman Eddie Pepperell carded a 66 on Sunday that could have been a major record had his tee-shot not clattered into the Old Course Hotel on the 17th. Sheffield’s Danny Willett also held the lead at one stage and he and Hampshire’s Dustin Rose finished joint sixth.

The Old Course threw all kinds of weather at the field, and the 144th Open had to be extended into a fifth day. Someone calculated that Louis Oosthuizen took 11 hours over one putt: giving up after trying to address a ball being blown all over a green by strong winds and having to come back to finish it off when play was abandoned until many hours later in the day. Spieth and Tiger Woods joined the protests as play began then was swiftly abandoned and The Open was pushed into a rare Monday finish.

‘We should never have started,’ said Spieth. Padraig Harrington and Sergio Garcia briefly reminded us that life can still be found in ‘ old dogs’.

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FORMER British Ryder Cup star Peter Oosterhuis says he has early onset Alzheimer's disease.

JUST UNREAL! At odds of billions against, Patrick sinks 3 aces in a round

The 67-year-old became a broadcaster for CBS Sports after retiring from playing, but said that memory loss forced him to give up TV work. He was diagnosed last July.

‘Maybe in the course of my commentary, I wasn't giving a lot of information like I used to,’ he told Golf World magazine. Oosty, as he is popularly known, did not play on a winning Ryder Cup team but won 15½ points, making him the equal 10th best European player. At 6ft 5ins tall, he was instantly recognisable on a golf course, picture below. His wife Roothie said: ‘As human beings, it took a while to come back to ourselves.

‘But now, even though we don't like the cards we were dealt, we are ready to play them. Because we are basically happy people, and we can still have happiness.'

ONE of his friends heard a clanking sound as Patrick Wills’ tee shot arrived on the green at the 187-yard par three, but the 59-year-old former soldier wasn’t sure.

‘My years in the military have left me a little hard of hearing,’ the former Marine said later, ‘so when one of the guys said they heard a clank, I thought, OK, I don't believe that.’ But his friend was not wrong. It was a hole in one. Another one - the third of his round at Laurel Hill Golf Club in Virginia. The 59-year-old amateur was on his way to a round of 57 which was verified by the tournament’s director of golf. The odds of achieving two aces in a single round are about 67 million to one. The odds on a hat-trick are well into the billions. ‘When we got to the green I looked down and I don't even know what I felt - I was dumbfounded,’ said Wills, from Woodbridge, Virginia.

But here’s a hole in seventeen

Aces galore: Patrick Wills, left, and his remarkable scorecard, which was authenticated by his three playing partners and the tournament’s director of golf

‘I don't know if I broke out in joy, such was the disbelief. It was unreal. I had never experienced anything like that before.’ Wills, who plays off plus four, had already had holes-in-one at the par-four seventh and 10th when he hit his fiveiron into the green at 14 to register a score lower than his age. Oh, and by the way, he won the local Summer Solstice event. • Meet Somerset’s Mr and Mrs Ace – Page 16

SPARE a thought for Andrey Pavlov who scored a nightmare 17 on one hole at the Austria Open - the second worst in European Tour history. The Russian found the water six times on the par-five first hole at the Diamond Country Club in Atzenbrugg. Englishman Chris Gane managed 17 on one hole at Gleneagles in 2003, and Philippe Porquier heads the European list with a 20 at the 1978 French Open.

Big man: Peter Oosterhuis

Bubba joins flag backlash BUBBA Watson has joined the growing backlash against public displays of the Confederate battle flag flown by rebels in the U.S. Civil War. The flag has divided opinion in America, where it symbolises slavery and racism to its critics, and Southern heritage to its defenders. The heated debate was intensified by the recent attack on the black congregation of a Charleston church, where fanatic Dylann Roof shot dead nine people. Roof had appeared in many photos holding the flag, which is displayed outside many

• From Page 3 Early on, there was the sad spectacle as Tiger Woods, still deluding himself that he has the game to compete at the levels he once dominated, continued his slow-motion car-crash descent from world number one in 2014 to outside the top 250. After watching Woods shoot the worst round of his career at St Andrews, former Ryder Cup captain Paul Azinger said: ‘It’s hard to watch the greatest player of this generation be a middle-of-the-pack hack.

‘You almost want to say: Who are you and what have you done to Tiger Woods?’ Azinger let rip at swing changes which Woods hopes will revive his fortunes: ‘Nobody needs to tell Tiger what to think, they need to remind him to think. Everyone wanted to swing like Tiger. Except Tiger.’

Legends Commentator Peter Alliss observed as Woods trudged, head down, towards a missed cut – his third in four Majors - and failed to acknowledge the applause and support he was still getting from fans: ‘You’d think he would give them a smile or a wave.

‘They love him. The game is so much easier when you know people like you. Why isn’t he liking them back?’ No problem with popularity from two other legends making their final St Andrews appearance: Tom Watson and Sir Nick Faldo showed the love during their final walks, and boy did they get it back. Watson, five-time winner and consummate golfing gentleman, waved to the adoring crowds, doffed his cap and bowed on the 18th green in farewell. Not a dry eye in the house. By Sunday, it was raining again – only this time, raining birdies. As the course became calm and benign, 18 players came within two shots of the leaders, setting up the final day’s thrilling three-man finish. The only thing missing was Rory McIlroy. He would have loved it.

The rebel flag atop the Dukes of Hazzard TV car. Watson, right, who will paint over it

public buildings and appears on car number plates. American golf star Watson said he will paint over the Confederate flag on the car from the Dukes of Hazzard TV series, which he bought three years ago. Watson, world

number three and two-time Master champion, said he would cover the flag on the car with the U.S. Stars and Stripes. He said: ‘All men ARE created equal, I believe that, so I will be painting the American flag over the roof of the General Lee’ (the car’s nickname in the TV programme).

Spieth was the first to congratulate Johnson. ‘I’m proud of you’ he said. The man himself said: ‘I feel blessed to be your Champion Golfer,’ he told the fans. ‘I feel honoured to be part of the history of this game.’ Johnson’s bank manager must be feeling equally blessed. His branch was suddenly £1.1million better off.

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GOLF IN ART

DISCOVERY OF 18TH CENTURY PAINTING A golf collector has unearthed what could be recognised as one of the first paintings ever depicting the game of golf. Graham Rowley discovered the painting Michael Rees in the storeroom of an art dealer in Northern France, where it had been lying collecting dust for over thirty years, with no-one aware of it’s potential importance. He immediately saw the tell-tale signs of the age of the artwork, from the clothing and equipment depicted on the canvas. He duly purchased the piece and sent it for restoration to a highly reputable firm of restorers, the Fine Art Restoration Co They completed the restoration work and Chris Bull the Technical Director, confirmed that the painting could be as early as 1750. If this is the case then this painting would be one of the very earliest golf paintings in existence.

Further endorsement of the authenticity is the comparison of the painting with two very similar works, the first of which is in the collection of the Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews and the second in the United States Golf Association museum at Far Hills, New Jersey. Both of these paintings are pictured in the reference publication Golfing Art by Phil Pilley and published by Stanley Paul & Co in 1988. USA has unearthed some unique items of memorabilia for release to the collecting world. In addition he has acted on commissions to acquire single items and collections for the most serious collectors in the world, enjoying their confidence because of his extensive knowledge and contact within the collecting fraternity, where trust is a vital element in the dealing.

Both show remarkable similarities to the recent discovery. The style of the clothing, in particular the tricorn hats worn by the players, the long nosed hickory golf clubs and the way that they are being carried by the caddy, the inclusion of sporting dogs and the general content of the background scene. It is interesting to note that the only place in England where golf would have been played at that time was Blackheath. In virtually all depictions of the heath there is a windmill present, it is also a fact that the first windmill was not built until 1745, that absence would appear to support the theory that this painting was done before that date. A striking concept, if the location is indeed Blackheath. The researches of the R&A and the USGA have yielded little information about either piece of work, both having been donated to the respective collections, and authenticated as to their age. The painting in the R&A was donated in 1847. This latest discovery made by Graham is clearly signed by the artist C Lees, but research has discovered nothing about him, deepening the mystery. One thing is certain; the discovery of the work has roused great interesting in the golf collecting fraternity, not only in the United Kingdom, but also in the United States. Graham has not yet decided what to do with his amazing discovery, but this painting is of great historical interest and a very significant addition to the golfing art scene.

His clientele extends outside the United Kingdom and across the globe, Japan, Australia, China, Europe and the biggest market of all the USA, where regular trips keep him abreast of market demands and changes in collecting themes. THE MAN BEHIND THE SCENES From the early 1970’s, when the interest in Golf Memorabilia started to expand, Graham Rowley took a very active interest in all aspects of this field of collecting.

balls and clubs. Whilst most collectors have a desire to collect older items, there is a growing interest in modern collectable items, for example the photographs and autographs of major champions.

The passion for golf replaced his involvement in soccer, and the timing could not have been better, the new scene exposed the birth of a new collecting phenomenon.

The value of these pieces can vary from just a few pounds, to hundreds of thousands for the rarest pieces, particularly where there is provenance available to endorse them. However the highest values are probably achieved for early golf art.

The interest in the origins of the sport, and in the implements and related literature became all absorbing, and out of this interest and involvement, developed a wide and deep knowledge of the subject. Forty five years exposure has produced one the few experts in all aspects of collecting and acquiring golf memorabilia, not only in the United Kingdom, but also in the United States of America. The most popular area of collecting is golf books and literature, closely followed by golf

Graham has advised on and assisted in the acquisition of some of the most valuable items and indeed whole collections, the auction site which he owns and runs, Old Sports Auctions Ltd was started in October 2000, it has sold over twenty thousand lots, to clients from over thirty different countries, achieving record sums for the rarer items he has obtained for the site. His knowledge of the golfing scene throughout Britain and the

His is a member of the Golf Collectors Society, both in America and Britain, and is a regular attendee at meetings and fairs designed to promote the collecting of golf related artefacts and books. He has written and published a book on the collecting of golf postcards, a specialist area of collecting with a wide following. His reputation for helping and encouraging new collectors is well founded, matching the desires of the new devotees with advice on how to acquire the best collections at the most advantageous price, and without wasting unnecessary time on futile expeditions for little reward. For more information on golf memorabilia auctions and Graham Rowley visit: www.OldSportsAuction.com

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TREVOR NELSON’S SMASH-HIT DAY WOWS GOLFERS

Left: 2015 competitors at the annual Trevor Nelson Swing golf day at The Shire London. Below: Winner Justin James receives his prize from DJ Trevor Nelson MBE.

BARNET, NORTH LONDON, UK: Superstar DJ Trevor Nelson MBE held his annual golf day at The Shire London near Barnet, with over 130 golfers and a ‘nightclub on the golf course’ atmosphere. The event, which easily surpassed last year’s record of 90 golfers, was hailed by many as their best-ever golf day, with bangin’ tunes on golf course loudspeakers, a relaxed dress code, and a bar on the golf course serving draught Heineken and other drinks.

“We set out to beat last year’s total” said Nelson, a four-time MOBO Award winner for Best DJ, “and we smashed it. We played Marvin Gaye at the start, to ease people into the day, and by the end we were pumping out bass-heavy music from my albums as the event hotted up. It was a brilliant

atmosphere, and full credit to The Shire London for hosting the event. But most of all, thanks to everyone who turned up to play!” In the evening, The Shire London provided soulful food and an after-golf party atmosphere as Trevor Nelson awarded the individual prize to local golfer Justin James, with a 4-man team from The Shire London named The PInseekers winning the group prize. For more information contact The Shire London www.golf@theshirelondon.com

South Essex buzzing about Dawson’s local honey BRENTWOOD, ESSEX - Environmentally-friendly golf club South Essex Golf Centre has its customers in a buzz with the club’s own brand of honey. Course Manager Peter Dawson has been beekeeping on the golf course for several years, and golfers can now sample limited quantities of delicious South Essex Honey behind the bar at the popular golf centre near Brentwood. The 58 year old, whose family roots are in Yorkshire, has been a familiar face to South Essex golfers for the last 19 years. He has been the club’s Course Manager since shortly after it opened in the mid-nineties, and is now one of the UK’s recognised experts on truly ‘green’ golfing greenkeeping. In 2005, the efforts of Dawson and his team saw South Essex GC given the Best Newcomer gong in the annual British & International Golf Greenkeeping Association Environment Awards. Dawson reinvested the £500 cash prize in beekeeping training, and established his first two hives at South Essex GC in 2006.

“We’ve kept the hives going successfully for almost a decade now” said Dawson. “At various times we’ve had up to five running simultaneously, but bees come and go as they please. Our two current hives are doing very well, and although we only produce small amounts of honey people do seem to love it on their toast in the clubhouse”. In May 2013, South Essex GC became GEO-Certified, one of the first golf clubs in the UK to receive the award from the international Golf Environment Organisation.

“Peter and his team are consistently setting new standards for British golf courses when it comes to environmental-

friendliness” said Barry Careford, General Manager at South Essex GC. “His growing beekeeping expertise is just the latest example of this. The hives are well hidden away, out on our Heron golf course near the 8th hole, so our golfers really aren’t aware of them, and the bees pose no hazard to people. It’s a peaceful and enjoyable enterprise which typifies Peter’s devotion to maintaining the good reputation of South Essex Golf Centre, and it’s one of the things which sets us apart from other golf clubs”. Bob Taylor, Head of Ecology and Environment at the Sports Turf Research Institute, said: “When golfers see that a golf club is beekeeping, it reminds them that a golf club has great value to the community as a nature reserve, as well as being somewhere for people to relax. In fact, UK wildlife is increasingly dependent on golf courses for their habitats. Peter and other UK golf clubs are doing great work in spreading the message that a golf club is far from being the selfish use of

land which some of the sport’s detractors would try to have you believe. Plus, that feeling of well-being you get when you walk around a golf course is enhanced by the habitat which good beekeeping promotes – such as an abundance of wild flowers, which the honey bees help to pollenate”. Dawson and his team at South Essex are managing a large pollen-rich wild flower area using cultural methods, and as a result of their careful ecological policies the golf centre is also brimming with other wildlife such as water voles, brown hares, harmless grass snakes, great crested newts, common lizards, badgers and skylarks. But despite his passion for beekeeping, Dawson has faced one particularly inconvenient personal drawback. “I’m allergic to bee stings” he said. “It doesn’t often happen, and I don’t have nightmares about it, but when I do get stung I swell up like a balloon…..”.

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Set Make up Are you wasting money on clubs you seldom play? More importantly, are you denying yourself opportunities to play better and more enjoyable golf, simply because your bag is equipped with clubs totally unsuited for your game? At the end of the day, as a professional club fitter, I know that the set makeup part of the fitting recommendation can be one of the most effective ways to offer measurable improvement to the player, especially for the many millions of average-to-less-skilled golfers. For the last twenty years, more or less, golf equipment manufacturers have forced major changes in the specifications of the clubs with which we all play the game. It all started when OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) started messing with iron loft, which up until the 1990s were set to standards that every club manufacturer respected and adhered to. For example: • 3-irons, a tough-to-swing 24º club on a good day, have been de-lofted over the past three decades to 18º to 20º (becoming LESS than a 2-iron); • 4-irons, which historically were set at a 28º loft, were de-lofted to between 21º and 23º (becoming less than a 3-iron); • 5-irons, which before had been set with a 32º loft, have been de-lofted to between 23º and 25º (thus becoming what a 3-iron used to be). This has also been done in varying degrees to the 6, 7, 8 and 9 irons. Why? Money!! Designers soon realised the easiest way to sell new clubs is to prove that they hit the ball further than the previous model. This of course is exactly what happened. But even more infamous and damaging was the fact that from this shrinking of lofts, the 3, 4 and 5 irons swiftly became a whole lot harder to impossible to hit for the vast majority of golfers. Take a look at your own bag: What’s the situation with your clubs? Which clubs are shiny, and which are well worn? The higher number irons even have more worn-down grips. And the lower number irons? They’re practically untouched. What can I do to help this situation? The goal is to remove these hard to hit clubs with easier more consistent ones. This will either be higher numbered fairway woods, or the clubs that were designed especially with this in mind – hybrids.

So this is why we’re at this point—where golfers seldom use their 3, 4 and even their 5 irons. Plus, for the most part, they’re also very confused about hybrids…which for most of us are necessary for consistently hitting longer-iron distances into the greens and on longer par-3 holes. The fact is, hybrids are a wonderful product, an ingenious alternative to hitting today’s hard-to-hit long irons. They can be: • Easier to get airborne than any iron of the same loft; • Possibly more accurate on longer length par-3s; • More consistent from both short and long grass; • Effective from hard-pan; and • Better suited for bump and run shots from around the greens. They really are easier to hit high to fly than irons of the same loft, especially when professionally fitted to the golfer—when they’re built with quality designed components and custom built to fitting specifications that ideally match each golfer’s individual swing characteristics that allow the hybrids to blend seamlessly with the conventional irons for consistent distance gaps. As to whether to go to a high-lofted wood or hybrid for the iron replacements, two factors need to be taken into consideration: • The more the golfer sweeps the ball rather than hits down on the ball, the more likely that high-lofted woods will be a golfer’s iron replacements. • The golfer’s personal preference/opinion as to whether they are more comfortable or confident with a fairway wood or a hybrid is also key to the selection of the low-loft iron replacement clubs. Club head speed also plays a role in the set makeup determination. The slower the club head speed, the shorter the distance gap from normal 4-degree loft increments between clubs. This type of player would benefit with a larger separation between each club. For the good player, set makeup fitting certainly will include some of the same

elements for the average player. They must ask themselves “How’s it going” and more importantly “are they getting anywhere”? Not all players who shoot in the 70s can consistently hit the a 3 wood high enough or consistently enough off the deck, nor can they hit a 3 iron (sometimes even a 4 iron) well enough to say it is better to keep it in the bag than an easier-to-hit hybrid that flies the same distance. For many good players, set makeup fitting has to focus on several other areas: • Let’s say you can hit your 3 and 4 irons up in the air. Can you stop those shots on the green as well as you could if you hit a higher-launching hybrid that flies the same distance? • Does your higher club head speed or later release cause a much higher flight with your hybrids so that in high-wind conditions you have control or distance problems? If so, be smart and use hybrids on calmer days and put the lower-lofted irons back in the bag on windy days.

• Players who can get a little off line from day to day might consider replacing their 3 wood and 5 wood with a strong 2 hybrid that is in the area of 40-to-41 inches in length for more control. • Different horses for different courses. Good players should always have an array of alternative clubs that are better suited to different courses and different hole designs. 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 on 01256 322007 or 07859 920055. Alternatively, email me directly at dave@madetomeasuregolf.co.uk or visit my web site at www.madetomeasuregolf.co.uk.

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WHATS HOT OR NOT HAYLING AMBASSADORS in the World of Ladies Golf

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Claire Kane

TECHNOLOGY AT OUR FINGER TIPS I was recently playing a match-play competition when my opponent hit my ball by mistake – unfortunately it was me who directed her to the half hidden ball! Having discovered the error, I sheepishly pointed out the penalty was loss of hole but she wasn’t convinced and despite an exhaustive rummage in my golf bag, I failed to find the latest R&A Rule book to clarify the situation – mind you it usually takes me ages to thumb through and find a ruling anyway. Under pressure, I agreed we should replay the balls until we confirmed the situation. My opponent went on to calmly place her ball on the green, whereas I managed to overshoot mine, so we ended up halving the hole, despite a penalty shot. That meant the scoring was now quite confusing, so the only option was to dig out my phone and text my match captain to clarify the situation – luckily I had her mobile number. It’s not easy to text in the middle of a field, when you’re long sighted and squinting at a small screen, in bright sunshine. It takes carefully tapping out of each letter so the predict mode doesn’t misinterpret the message to an already concerned match captain – you can bet she thought it was me who’d screwed up! Luckily I received a reply in minutes confirming it was loss of hole.

Since then I’ve discovered all sorts of information can be downloaded on a smart phone, including an app with the R&A Rules of Golf. So next time I doubt my memory, I’ll just flip open my phone and ‘tap the app’ for an instant decision. Mind you, I’d have to make sure I’ve pack my reading glasses. You can also download course guide which use gps technology plus set up pedometers that give a fascinating insight as to how many yards you’ve wondered over the course compared to the official yardage. There are also dozens of useful weather forecasts to tell you if the rain’s coming but that’s where the rules get really complicated, as we golfers are not supposed to have an advantage in a competition using technology for wind speed, direction or temperature so, be careful as you could be accused of cheating. Finally, if you happen to have a particularly slow round and it’s dark by the time you reach the last few holes, then there’s some wonderful star gazing apps which will shine the way home!

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Left to right: Jamie Madisson, Toby Upsall, Brad King

On Sunday the 14th June, a remarkable match took place over the Royal Jersey golf course. It was the semi-final of the Hampshire’s Scratch Greenjackets competition. It proved to be a mighty tussle between two very talented groups of young golfers, who displayed not only skills of the very highest order, but who contributed to a quite marvellous exhibition of sportsmanship, which was a credit to both teams. The team of low handicap junior golfers from Hayling Golf Club had battled through the knockout rounds to travel to the Channel Islands where they had to tackle the Juniors of Royal Jersey GC over their home course. They had reached the semi finals after beating Bramshaw 3–0 in the 1st round and Rowlands Castle 2-1 in the 2nd round. The semi-finals were to be played in Jersey on that Sunday in what proved to be very windy conditions. Due to lack of suitably timed flights the boys had to make a very early start to the big day, they took the 8:30am flight from Southampton to make the journey on the morning of the event. After nine holes in the morning to warm up, they went out to play. The match was to be a titanic battle, the results of the first two matches meant that the score was one game to each side, with the decider running neck and neck. Brad King had lost 2 down on the 18th but Toby Upsall King won 2 up on the 18th after being four down after six holes. That left Jamie Maddison, who was two down on the 17th tee and facing defeat. However he fought back courageously to square the match, and then go down the first hole in a sudden death playoff. The electric atmosphere spread round the club, the Pro shop closed, and all the dignitaries from the home club were out watching the two young golfers in the deciding rubber. They duly witnessed something very special, acts of sportsmanship from both boys under the toughest of circumstances. Jamie had played three superb shots to finish five feet from the pin, leaving himself a putt to win and take the title for his team. Then the real drama unfolded. He addressed his ball which moved and Jamie instantly called the penalty on himself. His opponent,

who had not seen the ball move, most sportingly then gave him a half on the hole rather than take advantage of the brave call. Down the 2nd hole the adversaries went for the second time, Danny Anderson who is a member of the England team hit his tee shot to finish on the green six feet from the pin. Jamie was twenty feet off the green to the right; he then chipped to six feet and holed the putt for a three. Danny then settled, under tremendous pressure and sank his putt to win the hole with a birdie, and with take Royal Jersey to the Greenjackets Trophy Final. Jamie had played the twenty holes in level par, in the toughest of conditions, a great effort. David Silver the Hayling Junior organiser who escorted the team wrote ‘Unfortunately we lost this match. But it was the most exciting game I have witnessed in all my years’. Chairman of Hayling Golf Club Alan Bryan said: ‘Fantastic golf, fantastic sportsmanship. I was proud to be out with those boys. The club should be very very proud of the way the guy's represented it today. The whole of the Jersey club are talking about the match, and the way our boys played’ Jamie's sportsmanship is a credit to him, his parents, the leadership of the Juniors, our club and to the game itself. A fantastic example of the PSD that every parent hopes for when they entrust their child to our care’. He went on to say ‘They are all to be congratulated on their performance and we are privileged to have such a terrific group’ Andrew Keites – the Junior Organiser at Royal Jersey GC subsequently wrote to the Hayling club: I would like to congratulate David and your lads on a very fine performance yesterday and on their excellent attitude and sportsmanship. Your Captain, Jamie, called a penalty on himself when his ball moved as he was putting for the match on the 19th. This was an incredibly brave and mature thing to do in the circumstances and we applaud him for that. Two tributes to all the boys from Hayling and Royal Jersey, for a tremendous golf match but more importantly a marvellous show of sportsmanship. Two teams that proved worthy of all the plaudits.

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Hennerton highlights • Members at Hennerton have access to the Golf Club Network, a reciprocal arrangement which gives playing rights to 36 other clubs. Hennerton also has arrangements with Bicester Hotel Golf & Spa, Chippenham Golf Club and Thorney Park Golf Club. • There are no 5-day or 7-day memberships. There is one inclusive type, with entry to all competitions and no restrictions on time of play. There are active golf sectors for Seniors, Men, Ladies and Juniors

• A flexible membership is also available for a small annual subscription and £12 per round to spread the costs. • For players who prefer not to play the hillier parts of the course, there is Nine-Hole Senior Membership. • Hennerton was the first club in the area to be recognised by GolfMark, the national accreditation system for golf club operating standards. • Hennerton has a great social calendar and warm, friendly membership, as well as a spac ious, modern space for functions and a meeting room.

HENNERTON, A CHARMING PACKAGE OF SURPRISES

AS pastime golfers, we often yearn to find a golf course that does not expect us to ‘grip it and rip it’ with 300-yard drives. And a course that is a fair challenge, but not so difficult that it saps morale and destroys the enjoyment. Often, if you come across such a welcome rarity, the course turns out to be bland. Not so with Hennerton Golf Club in Wargrave, near Reading. This is a very pretty parkland layout with a really charming mix of holes – and a surprising number with a Wow factor. And that includes the greens, which would grace any top golf club.

Hennerton Golf Clu b: Crazies Hill Road Wargrave Berkshire RG10 8LT Main tel: 0118 9401 000 General Manager: Zara Bone Head Professional: Glenn Johnson Assistant Professiona l: Warren Harris General email: info@hennertongolfc lub.co.uk Website: www.hennertongo lfclub.co.uk

Hennerton is one of those golf clubs which can genuinely claim to be a hidden gem, being tucked away in rural Berkshire on a plateau above the River Thames but still within striking distance of Maidenhead, Henley, Marlow, High Wycombe, Bracknell and Wokingham. At 4,187 yards off the yellows, Hennerton is still a proper golf course, where the level opening fairways lead on to features such as water hazards lined with bullrushes and spectacular drop holes. Warren Harris the Assistant Professional says of the greens that ‘they vary from flat subtle breaks to undulating surfaces where good green reading and pace judgement are required.’ The club’s own motto sums up the philosophy: Beautiful, Welcoming, Inclusive.

Zara Bone, General Manager of this family-run business, said: ‘Hennerton is not a course for long hitters but more for beginners ,improvers, seniors, ladies and juniors.

very relaxed, family atmosphere. We focus on an unrestricted membership, all-inclusive, at prices which are half those of many courses around us.

It is the perfect course to brush up on your short game – one of the reasons why the Berkshire County Girls’ team is using us as a training ground. The emphasis is on enjoyment and improvement, and there is

‘When new members join, we like to integrate them and make them truly welcome, and we are lucky enough to have an exceptionally welcoming group of members to enable that.’

Hennerton’s Golf Society Special Offer for Tee Times Readers HENNERTON is popular with societies and golfing groups, who can choose from a range of options from 18 holes with a snack to 27 holes with bacons rolls, light lunch and a carvery. The club has teamed up with Tee Times to offer societies: 18 holes, Coffee & breakfast bap on arrival Ham, egg & chips FREE bucket of balls Longest Drive & Nearest the Pin competitions

£25.00 per player Book by 31st October and receive 50% off buggy hire for your society

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HAVE CLUBS WILL TRAVEL Michael Rees

GOLF IN THE EMERALD ISLE - MOUNT WOLSELEY RESORT

he title could not be more apt, Golf there is a plenty, Emerald Green it certainly is, and for this tour, the word island was more significant than usual. The trip was a short but intense golf tour to the South East of Ireland, packed with three wonderful courses, each of which would individually justify a visit, but packaged to perfection. Under the sponsorship of Tourism Ireland, and managed by team leader Pete Simm of The Azalea Group, the tour required an early departure from Heathrow on a bright July Friday morning and a favourable weather forecast. With a very full programme there was no time to be wasted.

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On arrival in Dublin Airport we were introduced to our driver/courier for the weekend, Ciaran Ganter, the next essential cog in the well oiled tour machine. In no time at all it was off to the first destination, Mount Wolseley Resort & Golf Club in County Carlow, for lunch and the first test of golf. Mount Wolseley was the ancestral home of Frederick York Wolseley, who gave his name to one of the most famous car marques. Born in Golden Bridge House in Dublin, one of a large family, he emigrated to Australia to make his fortune when he was just 17 years old. The Tullow Estate was the family seat from 1725 to 1925, and is now a very popular golf resort. After a most enjoyable lunch in the hotel, it was time to set off on the first of three golfing adventures. With the sun shining, a light breeze and golf clubs polished, tee time beckoned. Mount Wolseley is a simply delightful parkland course, with mature trees and abundant wildlife, dolmens and rock features and as was soon to be discovered, numerous lakes, which come into play as early as the second hole. Two loops of nine holes, in excellent condition, returning to the clubhouse after each loop, and with plenty of dogleg holes to examine the course management skills, and water hazards to test the mettle. The round begins with three very tough holes, then the view from the 7th tee changes, it has an almost moorland feel,

with the mountains as a backdrop, and a skyline of conifers. The signature hole is the 10th, a monster par 5, with a sharp dogleg right, and a green defended by a lake, with trees and bunkers for good measure. Play the hole well, and it is a delight, anything less and it can be torment; certainly a hole never to be forgotten. A fine course to open proceedings, one that is due to host a European Challenge Tour event for the first time in the Autumn, and the budding stars will find a good venue waiting when they arrive in County Carlow. Our first stay was to be at the very comfortable Kilkenny Ormonde Hotel centrally located in the town: Kilkenny is a thriving busy location dating back to medieval times, with much to see.

Looking from the bridge crossing the river running through the town centre, you can St Canice’s Church and Tower, and the well preserved structure of Kilkenny Castle. For those with differing interests the tour of Smithwicks Brewery is well worth adding to the itinerary. Friday evening revelry was just starting as we dined at the Kyteler’s Inn; the original owner was Dame Alice le Kyteler who gained notoriety in the 14th century by acquiring four husbands and a considerable fortune. Accused of witchcraft she escaped the town, but sadly her maid was less fortunate, she was whipped through the streets and burned at the stake. There are numerous watering holes in the town all buzzing with weekend revellers, The Hole in the Wall Pub is a good place to start to sample the atmosphere, but you will

certainly be spoilt for choice, whatever your taste in music or alcohol. Our initial selection was the pub by the riverside, Matt The Hatters attracted by the sound of Irish Folk music being performed by The Kilkenny Boys to great acclaim by the heaving audience of celebrating imbibers, who seemed to belong to an abundant variety of good humoured Stag or Hen parties from various parts of Ireland. With numerous other hostelries to visit ere the day was over, it was fortunate that day two of the Tour did not demand an early start. Mount Wolseley Resort and the town of Kilkenny ensured the tour started off with a bang. • For more of the Emerald Tour turn to page 24

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Lyme Regis Golf Club

Golf Societies 2015 The Classic Package

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Society Packages from as little as £28pp Small or large groups are welcome. Ideal for a society day, a 4 ball or a casual visit, our club will meet your requirements! Away from the hustle & bustle located in beautiful Hampshire countryside yet only a stone’s throw from Portsmouth, Fareham & Waterlooville. Monday madness from only £10 after 12.00pm! Other golf & food specials available Society Winter Packages from only £25 per person

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‘People tend to say: I enjoy my golf, but where am I going to find new friends? We believe we can offer both’ - General Manager Richard Pilbury

THE COURSE AT over 7,000 yards, South Winchester’s par 72 Championship Course offers one of the best tests of Golf in the South. With three separate tees to choose from, players of all abilities can decide how tough to make the challenge. The course was designed by Dave Thomas and Peter Alliss and has been described as being like an ‘inland links’. On its blessed location on chalk soil, the course is free draining and this keeps it in consistently good condition all year round. Kept in great condition by new head greenkeeper Kevin Tigg and his crew, the course undulates between grassy slopes and beside seven lakes. There are some excellent views.

Play better golf, make SOUTH Winchester Golf Club has a maxim: Play Better Golf and Make New Friends. General Manager Richard Pilbury explains: ‘We are a club with members whose shared activity is golf. People tend to say: I enjoy my golf, but where am I going to find new friends?

‘Here at South Winchester, we believe we can offer both of these.’ Director of Golf Richard Adams, left, and Membership Manager Ben Urquhart

AS a 5 or 7 day member at this Crown Golf Club, you receive a remarkable extra benefit to South Winchester membership. It gives you access to Open Play Golf at all Crown Golf courses. Play up to 10 times a year on each course, and it is FREE. This means you can play 27 other golf courses, without charge, 365 days a year. That's 270 free rounds of golf at other clubs - if you have the time!

At the heart of the club’s philosophy is an experienced understanding of how difficult it can be for new members, not knowing anyone and feeling awkward or isolated.

‘We go out of our way to counteract that,’ said Richard. ‘While everyone’s here for golf of a very good standard in a relaxed environment, at South Winchester this is the

vehicle for people to network among likeminded others, and make long-term friendships. The golf club becomes the centre of a friendly, social arena. That’s what we mean when we say Play Better Golf and Make New Friends.’ And how is this achieved? Current members are very open to playing with newcomers;

SPECIAL INTRODUCTORY OFFER

5-STAR LODGES PART of the South Winchester Golf Club estate is occupied by the South Winchester Lodges. Set in the centre of the beautiful rolling downlands on the outskirts of historic Winchester, the 20 lodges offer flexible breaks in award-winning, five-star Norwegian accommodation. Visit southwinchesterlodges.co.uk or phone Laurence Ross on 01962 820490.

SOUTH Winchester Golf Club is offering Tee Times readers the chance to be a guest of the club and play a round of golf at a special rate. For just £25 a round, you can play at any time except weekend mornings – and this offer is good for up to four people. The offer expires on 31 October 2015. All you have to do is complete the details below, cut out this voucher and present it at the club. Please phone ahead on 01962 873543 – bookings are seven days in advance. Name:………………………………………………………………………….

HOME OF THE PROS SOUTH Winchester is an important cog in the wheels of professional golf in the region: the Hampshire PGA is based at the club.

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South Winchester Golf Club Romsey Road Pitt Winchester Hampshire SO22 5QX Tel: 01962 877800 Fax: 01962 877900 General Manager: Richard Pilbury

the club runs open weekends and new members’ evenings to banish any sense of isolation; tee times are specially arranged to encourage newcomers’ integration; and nine out of ten club events are truly mixed, involving men, women and juniors playing alongside each other. Traditional codes apply on the golf course, but in and around the impressively plush lakeside clubhouse, it is as relaxed and as chilled out as you could wish. Membership Manager Ben Urquhart said: ‘South Winchester’s two biggest attributes are the clubhouse and the course.

‘We offer all-year golf - and it is a good product - but alongside that, in the clubhouse and on the terrace, it’s more like your friendly local pub. We welcome people from the moment they walk through the door.’ Director of Golf Richard Adams has been at the club since 1993 and remembers when the land was a poppy-strewn farm before it opened as a golf course. The club joined the Crown Golf group in the early 2000s.

‘South Winchester is very relaxed and friendly,’ said Richard. ‘We are respectful about the traditions of golf, but jeans have been allowed in the clubhouse from day one, and we don’t frown on respectful use of mobiles. ‘Everyone is equal here. This is an inclusive, welcoming club where it is easy to make new friends. We integrate people well.’

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‘Everyone is equal here. We are a welcoming club where it is easy to make friends. We integrate people well’ – Director of Golf Richard Adams

new friends too

SOCIETIES WELCOME

IT IS always obvious when a club gives golf societies value for money – they keep coming back. That is certainly the case with South Winchester, where societies return year after year for more of the same. The course has two loops of nine holes that come back to the Clubhouse, and is a fair test for players of all standards. There is an extensive menu on offer throughout the day, and a fullystocked shop with PGA qualified Professionals there to help.

JUNIOR BONUS MEMBERSHIPS for two juniors in your family are available completely free of charge if you join South Winchester as a 5-day or 7-day member yourself. Two family juniors (under 14s) can be included, and there are great junior academy and summer programmes. Becoming a member at South Winchester enables the golfer, young or older, to enjoy the sport on a memorable course with the bonus of being part of a club which actively embraces new people.

PRACTICE PERFECT AS part of the extensive practice facilities, South Woodchester has a 7bay, covered driving range, open during daylight hours. Tokens can be bought in the Pro Shop or bar. Both members and visitors are welcome. A fully-stocked pro shop sells all the latest equipment and clothing, and custom club fitting is also available by appointment.

The terrace in front of the Clubhouse, overlooking the 18th green, is the place to relax after your round. Packages range from £40 for a minimum of eight players, depending on the day of the week and the type of catering.

IT’S PARTY TIME SOUTH Winchester Golf Club is an attractive venue for a range of parties and functions, with a professional service in comfortable surroundings, with easy access and ample free parking. These events are provided in the Lakeside function room, and for evening events access to the clubhouse room is also available. The Lakeside Room, perfect as a conference venue, is a large function area with an adjoining conservatory and golf course views, and can cater for groups of up to 80 for formal dining or up to 120 with buffet style service. Room hire is from £250. The picturesque Terrace is a relaxing place for summer al fresco dining barbecues and is available for groups of up to 60. A variety of menus are available for events, or the club can tailor a menu to your requirements.

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It’s a sparkling feat for charity SCOTTISH golf clothing brand Royal & Awesome added some sparkle to the second Sparks Longest Golf Day Challenge, at Fulwell GC, Twickenham, which saw golfers raise more than £10,000 for the children's medical research charity. Almost 50 golfers endured four rounds of gruelling, dusk-to-dawn golf at the 111-year-old club, while wearing Royal & Awesome's eye-catching outfits, to help fund pioneering research into children's medical research. The money raised during the 72-hole event will go towards supporting the one in 30 babies born in the UK with a condition that could affect them for life. For golfers who missed the event at Fulwell, it's not too late to help raise valuable funds - or look awesome. The Sparks Awesome Endurance Challenge - playing as many holes of golf as you can in a day - may be completed at a golf club and a date of the participants' choice, with Royal & Awesome rewarding each team, of two or more players, which raises a minimum of £400 for the charity, with a free pair of trousers for each team member.

Meet Mr Ace and Mrs Ace Husband Shaun, 55, who plays off 24, was delighted when he produced his moment of magic on the 178-yard, par-three 10th hole at Farrington Park GC, Somerset - where both he and his wife hold membership.

‘Desperate for a handicap cut, I was totally focussed on the scoring so when I lost sight of my ball on the 10th, I wasn't very happy. ‘I was just about to take the buggy back to the tee when I happened to glance in the hole on the way past, at which point I saw my little ball staring back at me’. ‘It didn't really sink in until we signed cards at the end of the round and I saw one for five points on the card.’

THE Celtic Manor Resort will encourage more beginners to take up golf after adding Caerleon Golf Club to its portfolio of golf facilities. Celtic Manor has taken over the running of Caerleon Golf Club on a 25year lease from the owner, Newport City Council, and has immediately set about improving the condition of the nine-hole municipal golf course, driving range and nine-hole pitch-andputt challenge.

JO Carter was quick to give her husband some friendly banter after scoring a hole-in-one just two months after he did.

He said: ‘As is the norm for a 24handicapper, I was following a poor 26-point Saturday with a really good 42 point Sunday.

Celtic Manor adds Caerleon

The Carters: A pair of holes in one

But, just two months later, wife Jo - who plays off 19 - matched her husband when she registered an ace on the par-three fifth at the same club. She said: ‘A touch of local knowledge made the shot - off a left-hand bank and straight into the hole - total shock.’ The couple each received a limited-edition BOSS timepiece and membership of the exclusive BOSS Watches H1Club to mark the feats.

Caerleon’s main course offers a challenge for accomplished golfers. The pitch-and-putt course, built with a Ryder Cup legacy grant, is perfect for beginners and families, and offers Celtic Manor something new for visitors. Celtic Manor Resort Director of Golf Courses Jim McKenzie said: ‘We have three 18-hole championship courses for experienced players at Celtic Manor, and a Golf Academy and Adventure Golf for complete beginners. What we were lacking was something to bridge the gap between the Adventure Golf putting challenge or just hitting balls on the driving range and our championship courses, which are quite a big step up.’

TIPS FROM BEHIND THE GOLF ROPES MY last face-to-face encounter with Rory McIlroy at this year’s PGA event at Wentworth was on the 11th hole. Face tight with anger, he strode into the bushes in which his ball was deeply embedded. There are wide shots which end up in the heather, wider shots which hit the crowd, but on that Friday afternoon he was so wide the spectators heard only the faintest rustle as a ball graced the tree tops some 50 yards behind them. I finally gave up and went home when he missed the 16th green from 130 yards. Thereafter the PGA’s flagship European event looked as if it was destined to have all the lustre of a wet weekend in Russia. All the big names - Els, Westwood, Donald, Rose - limped along barely breaking par. Players whose fortunes only their mother’s cared about headed the field. Magnificent though it is to watch tour professionals at their craft, watching a collection of ‘who is he anway?’s par their way around Wentworth is not really what we turn out to see. The 20,000 souls who have travelled a fair way, parked, rode, paid £41 for a ticket, expect a little more. For many, like me, it is

the one and only annual pilgrimage to watch golfing greats close up. Saturday had its notable moments – Tommy Fleetwood’s albatross on the fourth, Miguel Angel Jiminez’s hole-in-one on the second during a typically crowd-pleasing display of golfing entertainment. You had to be lucky to be in the right place, following the right group, to get the best of the action, but the surprise action from different parts of the field proved to be Saturday’s success. For a television spectator, golf is arguably at its best when all the action is concentrated on a handful of players, if not just a pair. Wentworth’s weekend proved that from a foot spectator’s point of view an event with

The startled Spaniard shrugged his shoulders and said apologetically ‘I’m sorry I have to play golf.’ She yelled back even louder: ‘Jiminez come here now, I want a photo!’

GOLF journalist Graham Duffill looks back on the PGA at Wentworth and passes on some tips to any spectator thinking of attending this kind of big-name event. All you have to do is get your ‘Wentworth strategy’ right for the day. . .

an evenly distributed field is a much more enjoyable experience. All you then have to do is get your ‘Wentworth strategy’ right for the day. Herewith, a few purely personal tips for those considering making the pilgrimage next year. Go on Wednesday for signatures and selfies. The pro-am usually has the big names out for what is essentially a practice round, meaning they are happy to pose between green and tea, sign caps, and do a reasonable amount of crowd-pleasing. A few years ago a shameless Austrian friend flagged down Viennese resident Jiminez who was minding his own business strolling down the 15th fairway about 100 yards away. ‘Jiminez come here for a photo!’ she yelled at the top of her voice.

I cringed and hid behind a tree, expecting a storm of marshalls to descend on the brazen Eva-Maria and cart her away. It worked, Jiminez did as he was told, no doubt knowing that there are some Austrian women to whom you do not say No, and nearly had his neck wrung as her vice-like arm wrapped around it pulling his face to he’s while she took a very intimate selfie. He left with a wide and gracious smile, a willing victim of her chutzpah If you have two days make it Thursday and Friday, not the weekend. The crowds are smaller, it’s much easier to get alongside the action and a lot less stressful. The lesser known players will be followed by two men and a dog (my Austrians were able to follow Bernd Wiesberger almost as closely as his caddie). There will always be a TV group in the morning around 8.30am and one in the afternoon around 12.30pm, which are then reversed on the second day. • Turn to page 32 to continue.

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Starting here: Special three-page review about Andover Golf Club (Hampshire’s Hidden Gem)

EDWARDIAN CHARM At the beginning of the 20th Century the new King Edward VII came to the throne. He was a committed sportsman, and golf was among his pastimes. It also made the game that little bit more fashionable, and with the increased ease of travel brought about by the development of the railway system, the professional classes fuelled the expansion of the game. Although golf was too expensive for the working man, it did bring opportunities for employment, which were always welcome. Even youngsters soon caught on to the rewards from caddying.

Artist’s impression of 1st clubhouse 1907-1910 - Courtesy of Jenny Oliver)

In February 1907 there was a positive interest in starting a club in the town of Andover, an advert was placed in the local press and fifty people attended the meeting that followed. The motivators, Dr Farr, Rev Campbell and Messrs Hammans, Bloxham and Reynolds decided that the course could be built on the site of the old rifle range on Roman Cottage Hill. Despite the initial interest, it was not until Mr Reeks, a past mayor of the town, agreed to be guarantor that the club was actually formed. It was thought for some time that the original nine hole course had been designed by J H Taylor, the multiple Open Champion when in fact it was done by Bob Munro, the professional at Royal Winchester. It is not inconceivable that Taylor did visit, as many top players gave support to their colleagues, and Bob Munro knew him as he had followed in the footsteps of J H Taylor at Royal Winchester. The joining fee for the new club was One Guinea and the annual subscription £1.11s.6p, and only the well-heeled could afford sums of that nature. Country members could play for one shilling per day, when they visited. The early officers included very distinguished personnel, the President was the Marquis of Winchester, and the Vice President was Captain W V Faber MP. The club membership was unusual for the time, as there were 59 Gentlemen and 29 Ladies, a ratio quite unheard of at the time in a male dominated sport, and the sign of a very progressive club.

Artist’s impression of 2nd clubhouse 1910-1987 - Courtesy of Jenny Oliver)

The Early Years - The original 1907 members Book

The first clubhouse was a farm labourers thatched cottage on nearby land, it was adapted to be suitable and rented to the club by the owner Mr Withers. Although far from ideal it served the club well. The next building was constructed before 1910, since it appears on the Ordnance Survey of that date, it was mainly timber and galvanised iron and painted in green and white. Both of these early clubhouses are shown in the impressions depicted courtesy of Jenny Oliver. The present clubhouse was built after a fund had been established in the early 1980’s, around £45,000 was raised, and after a successful planning application, building commenced. The last roof tile was ceremoniously placed in February 1987. The new building was formerly opened the following July. Thanks in no small measure to the contributions of many club members, whose involvement and support was critical for the completion of the construction.

It is surprising to note that the club actually owned the land on which the course is built, in 1920 it was sold to the club by Walter Wear. However it is even more surprising that the club then sold the land seven years later to Mr E Parsons who was a founder member of the club, he duly gave a club a lease from 1927 to 1949. How that decision to sell must have been regretted many times over the years as the club had to battle for survival. The Parsons family subsequently sold the land to the local Council, and Andover Golf Club became the tenant. In 1977 the club signed a twenty eight year lease, during which the club tried to extend the course to eighteen holes on several occasions, sadly without success. The lease came to an end in 2005 two years before the Club was due to celebrate the Centenary. Distressingly, Test Valley Council put forward plans to close the course and build houses on the site. However after a vigorous campaign the club obtained an extension of the lease until 2008. The Sword of Damocles might appear

to be hanging over this wonderful club, as the club only has a rolling one year lease, but that is far from the reality of the situation. The club makes regular representations to the Council, highlighting the contribution made to the community and to the town, and providing information about the ongoing investment in the site. This generates a first class working relationship, and engenders support from the Council all of which helps to allow any planning or development of the course or the equipment. In keeping with many clubs, Andover had to fight for survival after the First World War, and again after the Second World War, the growth of golf in the eighties and nineties gave some respite, with full membership and waiting lists the order of the day. Since those heady days, much has changed, and all clubs need to be prudent and attract members who contribute to club life. In many ways it is perhaps fortunate that course has remained in the original format of nine holes with two different sets of tees, for the running of the course is much more tenable and affordable. Despite any uncertainty, there is one constant, the dedication and loyalty of the club members who are determined to keep the club going forward. There are so many examples of that dedication at Andover, which is typified by the current team of greenkeepers, and numerous other volunteers. • Turn over to read more about Andover

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Special three-page review about Andover Golf Club (Hampshire’s Hidden Gem), SP10 2EF

THE MAJOR & THE GREEN BRIGADE As the Centenary of the club drew near, the uncertainty about the future placed a strain on the club, one that was only overcome by persistence, and a commitment to the Community. For this is a town club, a golf club among the chimney pots less than a mile from the centre, with a roll of members all living within a short distance of the clubhouse and an amenity that fully justified being retained. There are so many unique elements about the club and the course at Andover. It is hoped firstly that the photography conveys the very interesting topography, but more importantly the excellent condition of the course itself, and the greens in particular. What will be even more surprising is the fact that there are no greens staff on the payroll of the club, none whatsoever. All of the greenkeeping duties are done by a team of volunteers, a small band of dedicated members who devote their time to the club and run the operation like clockwork. They are a highly professional group, almost all of whom are retired, but who bring years of practical experience from a variety of disciplines. Greens machinery is highly complex in this day and age, and a good engineer is crucial, a role filled admirably by Roy Morgan, and where knowledge was lacking the problem was soon resolved; John Lechie paid for himself to be trained in the use of chemicals and sprays used on the course. The team of silver top volunteers also includes Bill Groves, Richard Hall, Harry Dobson, Laurie Beare, Roy Maloney, Steve Head and Ken Brown. Mention must also include the youngster of the team, Ollie Chapman, this fifteen year old is as keen as any of the mower brigade, and finds himself called upon rain or shine to do the tasks that may not easy for the rest of the team. A challenge he is always willing to tackle. The photographs depict the team in full working order, and the smiles convey the satisfaction such a group has in a supremely successful activity. Even with all the enthusiasm specialist knowledge is always critical, and once again the club have been fortunate, for Joe Crawley visits regularly and assists with advice on agronomy. Joe is a consultant with Rothey Bros, from whom the

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club buys the greenkeeping supplies, a mutually beneficial relationship but invaluable to the Andover club. Good fortune favours the brave, and the club have been most fortunate to have a professional executive/operator who fills three of the most important jobs in any golf club. Sid Trench who joined the club just about one year ago, is the Club Secretary/Manager, The Professional and the Teaching Pro, three roles all combined into one colossal responsibility. Despite the enormity of the task, you would never realise it when you meet the man himself, bubbling with energy and enthusiasm which is patently making a huge impact on the progressive operating of the club. Sid spent the bulk of his working life in the army, finally achieving the rank of major, before deciding to retire to civilian life. In this, as in everything he does, he planned meticulously. A very capable three handicap golfer, he decided to make professional golf his second career. A schedule of lessons and training enabled him to get his handicap down to scratch and then he set course to obtain PGA status, which he did with some aplomb. Not content with that, he then went on to study and achieve his degree as Director of Golf Management. He had duly assembled all the qualifications and skills necessary for him to progress in the industry.

After gaining experience as Assistant Professional to Terry Gosden at Tidworth Golf Club, he applied for the role as Professional at Andover, then submitted a proposal to combine that task with that of the Secretary/Manager. His first year at the club has been filled bringing all the roles together, and making progress; at the same time introducing new ventures and activities to bring additional people to the club. The actions are yielding positive results, for the club has inducted 39 new members in the current year, and the special offer of Initial Year Membership for the sum of ÂŁ30.00 per month has helped in no small measure. Once the member has experienced the club friendly atmosphere it is highly likely he will retain his membership for years to come. Sources of revenue are always important, Sid had been very active in pursuing all avenues to make the club secure. Societies are actively encouraged and welcomed, and the flexible approach means that both members and groups can enjoy the facilities to the full. The club can and does host parties, weddings celebrations of all types, and Sunday lunch is always popular, with a regular clientele. Any enquiry will receive the full attention of the one man management team, multi-tasking is his speciality.

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Special three-page review about Andover Golf Club (Hampshire’s Hidden Gem), SP10 2EF

In keeping with majority of golf clubs which originated at the turn of the last century, the concept was to build a nine hole course to enable the club to get established in the area. The number of players was relatively small, and nine holes were more than adequate. Andover was no exception; the land on the Stockbridge road leaving town would comfortably accommodate the course. There was no mechanical means to move large amounts of earth, so the topography that Mother Nature provided tended to be the most influential contributor to the layout. In 1925 there was an exhibition match played at the club, the star was Harry Vardon, winner of the Open Championship six times, the US Open Championship and the greatest player of his generation, the leader of the Great Triumvirate of Vardon, J H Taylor and James Braid. Past his best by the time he came to Andover, he was still a major player. The match was between Vardon and club professional Ambrose Cook, with two amateurs, William Ponting and club Secretary James Oram. Reg Cox who was the young assistant Pro caddied for the great man. Most clubs can boast members who have been successful beyond the club, and in more recent times Alison MacDonald (now Mrs Alison Baker) brought fame to the club, firstly as Hampshire Junior Champion, then South East Girls Champion before winning the British Girls title in 1988. She played numerous times for the County and also the National teams, before she finally gave up serious competition in 1994 to continue her university studies and her career in accountancy. Francis Holmes was the owner of the Andover Advertiser newspaper; he made valuable contributions to the survival of the club in difficult times. He was also important in County Golf and a Past President of the organisation. He donated the trophy for the Francis Holmes Shield, a competition played for by teams from Andover, Alresford, Marlborough and Romsey, clubs which had all originally been nine hole courses. The competition is still played for annually at each club in rotation.

TODAY AND TOMORROW Andover Golf Club Winchester Road Andover Hampshire SP10 2EF www.andovergolfclub.co.uk Tel: 01264 358040 Although much has been done over the years, the essentials of the layout are much the same as originally conceived, the current course comprises ten greens with eighteen different tees which combine to make the full eighteen hole course. The angle created by changing the location of the tee makes the hole play in quite a subtly different way, particularly on the 7th/15th holes. In the case of the 10th hole, it is converted to a long par 5, giving the course three par 3’s and 3 par 5’s. for a par of 72 for the 6096 yards, compared to a Standard Scratch Score Rating of 69. The 6th and the 18th greens are the only two greens which are used once each round. The Signature hole is the downhill par 3 9th hole, the site of the original rifle butts. The view from the tee is impressive, looking out over the town from the elevated location, stretching out over North Hampshire and West to Wiltshire. At over 200 yards, it can become a very tricky tee shot when the wind is blowing for the green is well bunkered, and slopes to the back. Old man par is welcome every time you play this hole. A glance at the front cover of the magazine shows the challenge in all its glory. Not all advantages are so apparent. A significant natural benefit is that the golf course is built on chalk downland, which means it is free draining and rarely ever closed, it also means that buggies can similarly be used because of the excellent surface.

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There is much to say about the activities at the club, for the social impact they have is important. Twice a week Sid receives Disabled groups for tuition and golf awareness, each Tuesday a group from Mencap come to play, and on Thursday it is the turn of the Windham Road Challenged group. All these are part of the strategy of putting back into the community, when the membership has such a strong locale element. It is recognised nationally that more needs to be done to encourage more ladies to take up the sport. Sid runs course to attract new ladies to the game, by giving ten weeks free tuition, one session each week, during which time all aspects of the game are featured, from rules to etiquette to playing the game itself. Young golfers also need to feel part of the agenda, with so many other attractions for their free time, it is essential to make the introduction enjoyable. The teaching sessions

for young players are held every Saturday; two separate lots receive coaching, and are encouraged to use the clubhouse. After the game it is just as vital to have a welcome in the clubhouse, and this is where the club has achieved much. A friendly smile wins many friends, and the team responsible for the bar and catering are well suited to the task. Simple but relishing fayre is the order of the day. All the facets are in place for a very successful club, and any member will find it a satisfying and rewarding organisation in which to share the camaraderie which is patently evident every time you visit. The dedication of the special few who go beyond the normal call of duty is also indicative of the very special nature of this distinguished and sporting golf club. The future is looking rosy. Michael Rees

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Hampshire Ladies Golf

COUNTY MATCH WEEK - hosted by Sussex County Ladies Association at Worthing GC Worthing

– Beverly Huke I had planned to highlight again this month what great footwork Rory McIlroy has when he swings. But, after his recent antics on the football pitch………….! ut the principle still applies – if you want to get the ball flying far and to the target get off your back foot (the sole of your back foot should be facing behind you), get your torso facing just left of target (just to the right for left handers) and your hands up to head height in your follow through!

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The champions burnt the course up and the sun burnt everybody else at Liphook GC. It was a fabulous championship.

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Geraint Ingram (Club Cpt), Ron Tiplady (Vice Cpt), Geoff Tanner (my husband), George Harris, Paul Kirrage, Adam Harris and Pete Elie.

7 Members of Weybrook Park Golf Club completed a 24 Hour non stop golf marathon to raise money for this years clubs charity St Michael's Hospice, Basingstoke (which offers care and support for people of all ages with life limiting illnesses throughout North Hampshire). They started playing at Noon on Fri 19th June, and played through the night, using night golf balls and equipment. Apart from one guy who needed a buggy for a couple of hours through the night due to his sciatica, they all walked and pushed their own trolleys - well in the last couple of hours, one or two were glad to have them to lean on!! As the sun rose on Saturday and the main members started to get out on the course, it was great to see them being cheered on.

They played a total of 82 holes, and were still playing some great shots right up to the last putt. They all completed the event, with some very tired muscles, but no blisters and in great spirits and with a fantastic sense of achievement, as it was something that a couple of them thought about doing in the past, but never thought they could achieve it - even our golf pro was doubtful that they would do it!! They were cheered along the way on Saturday morning with a mention on Graham Norton's show on Radio 2, and we have raised around £2000 for St Michael's Hospice. Dorinda Tanner Ladies Captain: Weybrook Park Golf Club

As always, Liphook was flawless – the course was beautifully presented and in addition to the tough challenge it always presents the format of the day was medal foursomes! Basingstoke’s Diane Oram has been Foursomes Champion for the last three years with Emma Powell from Osborne, but this year, with Emma having decamped to Australia for a while, she had to think of training a new partner. After presumably looking far and wide she teamed up this year with Kerry Smith from Waterlooville. I wouldn’t call Kerry rusty, but it is ten years since she was foursomes champion so that must have been a bit of a worry for Di? To say the partnership worked

L-R: Diane Oram (Basingstoke) and Kerry Smith (Waterlooville), 2015 County Foursomes Champions

might be a bit of an understatement. Suffice it to say Di and Kerry took the scratch trophy with a 73, eight shots ahead of the field, and just edging the nett trophy with a 72 from Royal Winchester’s Gemma Duxfield and Julie Newbold whose nett score was 72½.

SENIORS CHAMPIONSHIPS Brokenhurst Manor GC in their centenary year hosted the Hampshire Seniors Championships. With the course set up in superb condition there were great winning scores from our 2015 handicap and scratch champions. This year's Hampshire Seniors' Champion Diane Oram (Basingstoke) played excellent golf and was awarded an additional momento from Brokenhurst GC of a gold minted penny dated 1915.

L-R: Rowena Persaud (Seniors' Handicap Champion) and Diane Oram (Seniors' Champion)

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Gloria Golf Club, designed by renowned French architect Michel Gayon, is the largest Golf Complex in Turkey; with 45 holes comprising of the 18 hole Old Course, the 18 hole New Course and the 9 hole Verde Course. Gloria Old Course Disputably considered to be the best course this 18 holes is a Par 72 with a very respectable distance of 6,900 yards off the back tees, the Championship Old Course has been host to several European Tour Events becoming a firm favourite with golfers since it opened in 1997. The surroundings are quite stunning with swathes of Pine trees and seven fresh water lakes and the ever dominant Taurus Mountains as a constant back drop. There are not so many bunkers as some of the other Belek courses but those that are there are well positioned and seem to have magnetic qualities every time my ball went anywhere near. The fairways are always in great condition but the first cut can be quite demanding, the lush Bermuda grass can soon snag your club so the philosophy is quite simple keep your ball on the fairway! On all of the 54 holes at Gloria the greens are just superb, some say a little on the fast side but in my opinion just perfect, I can always find slow greens back in the UK. Gloria New Course Construction on the Gloria New Course, also 18 hole Par 72, started in December 2004, to be inaugurated in November 2005. The terrain is almost identical to that of its big sister the Old Course, but many differences soon become apparent, the fairways are wider and the course is much shorter, having said that the PGA were happy to use the Gloria New Course to host the European Seniors Tour Classic in 2007. Again the fairways are lined with Pine trees and 4 lakes regularly come into play, Gloria New Course is ideal for holiday golf, not too demanding

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GOLF IN THE EMERALD ISLE

Michael Rees

he reference to the significance of the Isle in the title in introduction to the tour relates to the second leg of our whistle stop golf tour of South West Ireland: but more of that in a moment. After short journey through the Irish countryside, punctuated by snippets of information and added humour from Ciaran our driver we arrived in the world famous city of Waterford. Waterford is truly Ireland’s historical city, for it is the oldest in the country. The Viking Triangle encompasses the 10th Century Reginald’s Tower, with the 13th Century Medieval Museum adjacent, with the 18th Century Bishop’s Palace close by. The House of Waterford Crystal is across the way, and there you can join a tour and witness first-hand the world famous expert designers and cutters at work.

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A short distance from the town, in a truly beautiful setting is Waterford Castle. Located on a private island, accessible only by private car ferry, this unique Hotel and Golf Club is the only true island golf resort in the whole of Ireland, and probably all of Europe. The island, home to the renowned Waterford Castle Hotel, also houses the wonderful parkland golf course designed by Des Smyth and opened in 1992. It is an eighteen hole championship layout that meanders through mature woodland, with beautiful specimen trees and wildlife that takes your breath away. Wandering herds of fallow deer, the stags with impressive antlers guarding their respective harems, hares standing, ears erect perusing the landscape, and a flock of redwings rises in random style and then soars off in formation, all visible in the space of a few minutes. The island haven is 310 acres in size and is steeped in history, it was originally a monastic settlement in the 6th and 8th centuries, and after the Vikings it became a Danish settlement called Island Vryk, then during the Norman Invasion in 1160 it became the prison of Maurice Fitzgerald, a cousin of Strongbow. Fitzgerald was later granted much land in Munster and Leinster, which included the island, where he made his home. It stayed in the family for over 800 years. The first structure on the site was a Norman Keep which became part of the later castle, which has been added to numerous times over the years. The last member of the family to own the island was Mary Fitzgerald who married Italian Prince Carracciolo. The Fitzgerald crest is still used by both the hotel and golf club; it comprises two angel guardians over the family crest. Today it is a four star luxury hotel, where you can enjoy the quiet of the countryside, an open fire, award winning gourmet food and a first class golf course into the bargain.

WATERFORD CASTLE - THE ISLAND HAVEN

After a first class lunch in the clubhouse we received a hearty welcome from Eamonn O’Donnell, the Director of Golf, who ensured we were well equipped to tackle the Castle course. The future of the island haven has been secured since new owners have recently arrived, and the investment programme is well planned to maximise all the natural attributes the island can offer, both for accommodation and the sporting activities. With the city a very short drive away, this location has everything required for a perfect break. A promise to return was very easy to make. Des Smyth has made a first class job of maximising the features of the island in his design, taking the holes along the River Suir, and guiding the fairways through the mature trees and bringing the lakes into play on the par threes. The signature hole is the third, the toughest hole on the course and rightly rated stroke index one. Cross over the stone bridge to the tee, to face a daunting challenge, aptly called “Bridge of Sighs”. Defended by two large lakes, the first makes the tee shot an intimidating strike, and the second shaping the right hand side of the green. A fine hole indeed and one where a

par will always be a welcome entry on the scorecard. There are several other memorable holes, the uphill 8th christened Oak Gap, a perfect description of the hole, and the 13th a 90 degree dogleg populated with bunkers, where everything slopes to the right. Des’s Favourite is the title of the 16th, the last of four very good short holes; this hole is 173 metres and is dominated by the lake which runs along the right of the hole and alongside the green. A course to savour as you retire to the clubhouse. Waterford Castle is a first class resort style golf course, testing but not too intimidating for the less able golfer, but more than enough to provide ample enjoyment. If the going gets too tough, there is always the wildlife, so pop the binoculars and the camera in the golf bag, that is one sure way of ensuring you record a few birdies. After liquid refreshment on the terrace it is time to board our vehicle for the journey to Mount Juliet and the last leg of our golfing triathlon. • For the final leg of the Emerald Tour turn to page 28

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HAVE CLUBS WILL TRAVEL Michael Rees

GOLF IN THE EMERALD ISLE - MOUNT JULIET - THOMASTOWN

he Grand Finale, and the last leg of our tour and a return to County Kilkenny and the luxury resort of Mount Juliet. There are few golfers who will not be aware of this course, which is the only Jack Nicklaus Signature course in Ireland. Since the course opened in 1991 is has been at the forefront of Irish golf, having hosted the Irish Open three years in succession, with Nick Faldo, Bernhard Langer and Sam Torrance taking the titles. It has also hosted the American Express World Golf Championships when all the top golfers in the world appeared; in 2002 when it was won by Tiger Woods and 2004 when Ernie Els took the title. It also held the Shell Wonderful World of golf match featuring Tom Watson and Freddie Couples, a location of the quality to provide many opportunities for the Irish golf fans to see the greatest players in action.

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The course is set in lush rolling parkland, part of a 1500 acre, a very old Irish Estate with an 18th century mansion as the heart of the resort. In fact it was made of two separate estates, Walton’s Grove and Ballylinch. The Walton’s were an ancient Norman family who occupied the estate until dispossessed by Oliver Cromwell. After many changes in ownership, it was purchased by The Earl of Carrick who built Mount Juliet and named it after his wife. The Ballylinch estate is now a thriving stud farm and a fully integrated part of the location. The River Nore cuts through the golf course and magnificent mature trees abound, lining the fairways and defining the holes superbly. Jack Nicklaus has thrown in all his classic design trade mark features, water hazards, huge strategically placed multiple bunkers and tight fairways, and not surprisingly it has a distinct American feel. When the course opened in 1991 Jack played an exhibition match with Christy O’Connor Senior. It is currently ranked as the best parkland course in Ireland, and in the overall top twenty in the land, recognition for this manicured and superbly presented venue. Mount Juliet is a delightful golf course, making the golfer think of club selection and line of play on almost every hole. After a gentle opening for two holes the challenges start with a vengeance at the 3rd Hole, a short hole over water with no margin for error. That is followed by another hole protected by water, both on the drive and the approach to the green. On the back nine once again water becomes the threat, on the 11th and again on the 13th. My personal favourites are the two finishing holes, a par 5 alongside the lake, then the finishing hole back along the opposite side, two delightful holes to complete the round. It is virtually

impossible not to be impressed by the sheer quality of the greens and the course in general, a credit to all the greens staff involved in the presentation of the course. If the course is spectacular, the hotel is designed to the same high standard. The Georgian main house has thirty one individually designed rooms, any one of which is a pleasure to stay in. There is a multiplicity of facilities which includes Spa, Leisure, and a high quality par 53 putting course. The choice of activities seems endless, but includes equestrian, tennis, archery, shooting, salmon and trout fishing, and falconry. There is a choice of accommodation for those not fortunate to be in the main house, there are Lodges and also rooms in the clubhouse, all of which are presented to the very highest standards. For the gourmet, the Lady Helen restaurant has a Michelin Star and the AA three rosettes. The more casual atmosphere is available in the Kendal Brasserie restaurant at the clubhouse, which is refined but informal, and on offer is an interpretation of the French classic cuisine.

Mount Juliet was the perfect conclusion to a wonderful three day golf tour, three superb golf courses, two first class hotels, dining to satisfy the most discerning of clients, all achieved in just three days. Accomplished with good planning, excellent support from Ciaran Ganter who with his brother operates a quality driver/courier service. For anyone wishing to sample golf and leisure of the highest quality, a tour as I have described it, the Ancient East Coast Trip will tick all the boxes, and if you are fortunate to have a little extra time available, there is much more to see and do. A chance to visit the Ballylinch Stud, see the walled gardens and sample the game fishing had to be left to a future visit, which hopefully will be in the none too distant future.

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IT’S A EUROPEAN LIFT-OFF FOR BETH AMERICAN Beth Allen shot a final round of 67 to come from five shots behind the overnight leader Caroline Masson and claim her first Ladies European Tour title at the ISPS HANDA Ladies European Masters.

She was finally able to lift her first trophy in 11 years as a professional after the 20-year-old found the bunker behind the 18th green and failed to make a putt of around five feet to force a play-off.

With the world number one amateur Leona Maguire tied for the lead after 17 holes and playing in the next group, there was a nervous wait for Allen.

Allen, 33, said: ‘I wasn’t sure if it was ever going to happen so I’m really, really happy.’

The Open, but much faster. . . THE fastest, funkiest form of the old game is set to be played out at the 2015 British Open Speedgolf Championship this month.

Jumping for joy: Beth Allen

Why do we need all these golf courses?

The challenge will be held at Dale Hill Golf Club in East Sussex, where a Speedgolf taster has already been staged. Offbeat Scottish clothing brand Royal & Awesome will be adding a dash of colour (with the emphasis on the dash) on August 16.

THE Ministry of Defence may sell some of its golf courses as part of a drive to cut spending and divert the cash to supporting front-line troops. The Mod owns 15 courses, including seven leased to third parties, two on RAF bases and one for injured service personnel. Some of these are being scrutinised as military land and assets are seen as potential for more savings. Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said the MoD owns 57 separate sites within the M25, and he is asking his officials: ‘Why do we need to own 15 golf courses?’ The names of the courses, in some of the most picturesque parts of the country, were released by the ministry recently. Most of the sites, such as those at RAF Marham in Norfolk and RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire, are open for use by civilians despite being on military bases. Others, such as the 18-hole, par-71 Upavon Golf Course set in rolling Wiltshire countryside, are on MoD land, but leased back to private owners. The nine-hole course at RAF Lakenheath in Suffolk lies on a base which hosts the US Air

Budget-trimming Defence Minister targets 15 sites

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon: May sell courses to divert funds to front-line troops

Force’s 48th Fighter Wing – so players can only come in as guests of security-cleared staff on the base, and if they are ‘arranged, escorted, and accompanied while on the course’. Its website claims ‘exceptional greens’ and ‘manicured fairways’.

per cent of GDP on defence. Sales by the MoD of land and property have realised £380m in recent years. These include polo fields, country houses, and the Old War Office in Whitehall, which is now owned by property developers.

Whitehall officials are under pressure to produce a £500million cut in the defence budget, which officers say will cause the UK to drop below Nato’s target of spending two

Another World War Two command centre, the former Brompton Road Tube station taken over by the MoD after its closure in 1934, was sold last year for £53m.

Around the country, golf courses in MoD ownership RAF Marham, Norfolk; RAF Coningsby, Lincoln; RAF Lakenheath, Suffolk; RAF Molesworth, Huntingdon; Catterick Garrison, North Yorkshire; Abercom Barracks, Ballykinder, County Down; DMRC Headley Court, Surrey; RM Condor, Arbroath;

Alanbrooke Barracks, North Yorkshire; Penally Training Camp, Tenby, Pembrokeshire; St Athan, South Glamorgan; RAF Henlow, Bedford; North Luffenham, Rutland; Upavon, Wiltshire. The 15th is dedicated to injured servicemen and women.

Go, go, go: A Speedgolf player in action

Organisers will be kitted head to toe in patriotic Trew Brit design, while the winners will also be rewarded with a pair of the dazzling trews. Speedgolf is a faster, more athletic version of golf, in which participants play 18 holes in less than 80 minutes or nine holes in less than 40 minutes. It involves playing a round in the lowest possible sum of shots, combined with the time taken to run the golf course. So a round of 90 in a time of 70 minutes and 21 seconds would give a Speedgolf score of 160.21. Participants are pledging £10 to Sparks, the children's medical research charity. Dale Hill general manager Carl Rundgren said: ‘Speedgolf gets the heart racing, blood pumping and takes the sport to new limits, away from its traditionally staid image.’

ODD SPOT The £19m des res with its own golf course FOR nearly £20million, you’d expect a house with a swimming pool, perhaps a tennis court and an indoor bowling alley.

ROBERT Streb made five birdies putting with a sand wedge to force a four-man play-off before Danny Lee won the Greenbrier Classic.

This one has all that and more - a golfer’s dream, with a proper fivehole golf course in the garden. In luxury north London’s Totteridge estate, Grovelands is set over 11.5 acres of grounds and overlooks its own well-manicured course set in sprawling countryside.

American Streb damaged his putter as he threw to his caddie at the ninth, but used the wedge to good effect to shoot 65, before being eliminated on the first play-off hole.

Celebrities with homes in the area include Arsenal football manager Arsene Wenger and sportswear billionaire and owner of Newcastle United FC, Mike Ashley.

Tiger Woods finished joint 32nd. Luxury: Grovelands, a sprawling 11-acre estate in wealthy north London

The property sold in 1999 for £2.5 million. After renovations is on the market for £19,950,000.

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Photo with Alresford GC Captain Terry Glynn

Alresford G .C - Captain’s Charity On the 16th July, 4 colleagues from The Logic Group played 4 rounds of golf in a single day to raise money for Headway – the Brain Injury Association. The charity is the nominated Captain’s charity at Alresford Golf Club, near Winchester , the venue for this 72 hole challenge and who are celebrating 125 years this year and who recently hosted the Hampshire PGA Open. The Logic Group who are headquartered in Fleet, Hampshire is a long established market leader in the provision of trusted payment and loyalty

solutions across Europe. In 2014 The Logic Group became part of Barclaycard, who will match all donations raised. Barclaycard provide a citizenship scheme which encourages employees to get involved in the community through volunteering and fundraising. They commit to matching funds raised for charitable organisations up to £1,000 per employee. The team taking on the challenge consisted of Marc Pettican (hcap 5), Callum Brownlie (hcap 9), Sean Moore (hcap 18) and Sean Spreadbury (hcap 18).

Wellow Golf Club held it’s Club Championship on the weekend of 27th and 28th June. Congratulations to all the winners. (Left to right, back to front) S. Griffiths, Club Captain, K. Parker, President, Mrs J Board

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LIPHOOK LADIES WIN THE HAYLING TROPHY FOR THE 3RD TIME

The Winners L-R Liphook Team - Siobhan Dawson, Jo Archer, Kathryn Todd (Team Captain) Christine Lees, Anne Downing (Reserve), Sandra Kendall, Mandi Duncan.

The Hayling Trophy is a singles matchplay round-robin tournament for ladies with handicaps of 25-36, running from January thru June. The trophy is specifically designed to give higher handicaps matchplay experience.

skies greeting the two finalists … teams from Liphook and Shanklin & Sandown. Liphook were the winners on the day … for the 3rd time … having had the distinction of being the first winners of the Hayling Trophy in 2004, and again in 2010.

Twenty teams from South Hampshire take part in this friendly and very popular competition, and the final is always held at Hayling Golf Club in June. Thursday 25 June saw Hayling Golf Club host the 12th final of the Hayling Trophy. The weather was wonderful, with blue

Shanklin & Sandown have also won before, in 2013, but they had to be content to take home the Hayling Trophy Salver this year. The competition is organised for Hayling Ladies’ Golf Club by Katie Fernandez.

Caversham Heath Captain Days Captains Danny Dover and Jane Weller provided a ‘tumbling dice’ Texas Scramble competition which proved a fun format for the 76 players taking part, with a dice being rolled on the tee to identify which second shot had be played once all had driven off.

BURLEY G.C. LADIES OPEN WINNERS 2015

The 76 players teed off in glorious weather and even had time to stop and admire a Spitfire fly-over organised by the captains. Played off 10 per cent combined handicap, the winning team of Anne Smith, Neil Ruegg, Scott Iremonger and Jason Springer posted a round of 62.5 to win by 0.3 of a shot from the team of Andrew Parker, Mon Shah, John North and Andrew Thompson.

Just over a shot behind in third place, with a score of 63.9 was Matt Gibson, Peter Machin, Jes Marcham and Sheila Evans. Players were able to partake of tasty treats

available in a gazebo set up between the 8th and 17th holes, and after the golf they enjoyed a rolling buffet in the Clubhouse.

Winners Christine Robinson and Nico Jones

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Kylie: Ranking needs revamp ONE of the UK’s top lady golfers is calling for a revamp of the way that the women's world rankings are worked out. Kylie Walker claims that players on the European Tour are at a disadvantage against overseas golfers. The 28-year-old Scot is ranked 159 in the world - despite being the only multiple winner on last season's European Tour.

‘I think things could be looked over with world rankings and maybe make a few changes there,’ Walker told BBC Scotland. ‘The quickest way up the world rankings is if you are playing in the United States. The LPGA is the number one tour in the world.’ The placings are based on performances on the eight major tours around the world. But the number of points available in each event depends on the strength of the field, governed by competitors' existing rankings. It means that Walker, the second best Scot in the standings behind Catriona Matthew and 23rd on the European Tour prize money list, is outside the world 150 despite her successes last season in the Netherlands and Germany. As she prepared for the U.S. Women's Open in Pennsylvania, she said it was her ambition to follow Matthew by earning her tour card in the USA.

‘The ultimate goal is to go as far as I can in golf and, to do that, you need to be playing with and against the best players in the world.’ Several young Scots are beginning to make an impact on the women's game, with

Kylie Walker: ‘European Tour players are at a disadvantage’

Pamela Pretswell, Carly Booth and Sally Watson among those regularly in contention on the Ladies European Tour. Walker says they are all friends off the course and the competition encourages each other to do well.

‘We all feed off each other,’ she said. ‘We all look to Catriona Matthew as she is Scotland's number one. We always keep an eye on what she is doing in the States.’ ‘With us in Europe, there is now a real strong Scottish contingent, with eight or nine girls with their tour cards.’

BIG BEN’S U.S. COUP ENGLAND’SBen Taylor holed the winning putt to seal his university’s victory in the biggest championship on the U.S. college circuit.

Tips from behind the ropes at Wentworth • From page 18 This year the first TV group contained McIlroy, Westwood, Els, Kaymer and Dubuisson split over three consecutive groups and in the afternoon Rose, McDowell, Donald and Harrington. The timings are confirmed a couple of days before, letting you plan your day. Get close on the first nine holes. I usually arrive to follow the 12.30pm groups. At this time there is quality golf going on all over the course and the spectators are spread around (or in the bar having lunch). So even the big names are not heavily followed when they start their rounds. If I find I can follow the players of my choice without getting blocked out I will often just walk with them hole by hole. It’s easy to anticipate where the drives will land and to take up position.

Taylor, above, from Walton Heath in Surrey, rolled in a nine-foot par putt on the last hole to win his match one up and score the deciding point in the men’s NCAA Championship at The Concession Club in Florida.

Taylor is a member of the England Golf men’s squad and an England international who has won as an individual on the U.S. college circuit.

The win capped his college career and gave Louisiana State University (LSU) their fifth victory in the championship, but their first for 60 years.

After Florida, he was planning to head home to take part in the Brabazon Trophy, the Men's Open Amateur Stroke Play Championship supported by Your Golf Travel.

Give up on Sunday. I had a ticket but decided to give this Sunday’s final a miss. Of course, Beyong Hun An produced a brave a spectacular finish, but I had no personal interest in either him or Francesco Molinari. The previous year I had doggedly followed MacIlroy the last three days just because he is always a pleasure to watch, but also the week had begun with the difficult announcement that he and Caroline Wozniaki had ended their engagement and the young man was clearly vulnerable. Starting 8 shots behind Thomas Bjorn he had, in his own words the night before, no chance of winning. We the saw a spectacular fall by the Dane and I witnessed Rory go into championship winning mode. It was like watching a lioness at that point when she spots a vulnerable springbok in the distance.

Walk ahead and grab a spot on the second nine holes. From 3pm ‘I witnessed Rory go into championship winning onwards the matches mode. It was like watching a lioness spotting a are coming in and the vulnerable springbok in the distance’ spectators tend to concentrate on the afternoon TV group on the second nine He began stalking the greens, his stride making it harder to get a good position. bounced with purpose, his eyes went into focus mode, the leaderboard was checked I find the best way is to get ahead of the after every hole. first trio in the pack, pick a good spot on a raised section behind a green from which Knowing he had to birdie the last two to you can see both the approach and the win, he showed everyone how you put your chipping and putting. foot down in golf. Some good spots are behind the green on the 14th, alongside the par three 15th, and definitely on the left of the 17th where most players will have to play a delicate chip onto a tricky green.

The 22-year-old (Image Leaderboard Photography) was watched by his parents throughout the final match. ‘I’m thrilled,’ he said. ‘This was the perfect way to end my college career.’

which drives often land. The green action will be out of sight but you might be able to catch a glimpse on the giant TV screens.

Give up on the 18th. There is no better place to be than in the front of the grandstand on the 18th looking right down the fairway as players make the risk-reward decision to go for the green or not. But that requires buying a grandstand ticket (£11), queuing and patience. For the rest who are following the matches on foot, there is just nowhere to go to see the action on the 18th green unless you are one of handful able to get onto the tiny bit of real-estate to the right of the green. The best position on the 18th is actually to stand behind the bunkers on the left into

Golf is said to be a mental game and I am sure that Rory’s immaculate swing played no more than 50% in his victory. The rest was most definitely in his laser-like determination. McIlroy emerged from signing his card in the scorer-keeper’s hut as the huge figure of Bjorn strode across the bridge and down the stairs. The glowering Dane is truly intimidating and I would not like to be the one who had stolen the crown which he had begun the day grasped firmly in one hand. He marched up to McIlroy, now looking like a young boy, and wrapped his arms around him in a huge bearhug. Who says nice guys can’t win? The 2016 PGA Championship at Wentworth will be held on 24-29 May.

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Continuing the saga of a late-convert golfer’s search for glory on the greens. . . EXACTLY why we entered the competition, I’m not sure now. I think we’d been deceived by the way we’d been playing lately – which seemed, to us at any rate, not too bad. ‘Not too bad’ is a couple of grades higher than ‘Laughable’ but way short of ‘Passable.’ For bus-pass golfers, not too bad is‌ pretty damn good. So Chris and I put our names down and I booked myself in for a putting lesson. The only thing that could wreck our chances was my putting. Or so we thought. I’d developed an unusual style in which I stood about a yard away from the ball and held my arms out in front of me. Why? How would I know? All I did know was that it wasn’t working. Our young pro got me hands dangling, frozen legs, rocking shoulders. Job done. And the next day, it’s the OK Corral all over again. Chris and I were Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday in battle with the doomed Clantons, otherwise known as Tom and Norman. Odd really. We belong to the same club but we’ve hardly seen Tom and Norman. They’re probably those once-a-monthers, unlike we twice-weeklies.

What a game! The great and good are always generous

DIARY OF A BUS-PASS GOLFER By Bob Evans On the tee, we had to sort out the handicaps. What did they play off?

We teed off as usual, stopping short of the bunker in the middle of the par-four.

Eight? Did he say eight? Are there really people who play off eight?

‘Jolly good shot,’ said Tom. ‘First class,’ said Norman.

Apparently there are. Norman plays off 11, which sounded a bit less paranormal. Since Chris plays off 22 and I play off grumph-mumble-grunt, this meant they had to allow me about 143 shots. Something like that. Obviously nowhere near enough.

putting technique, I did a four-putt for an eight. I instantly reverted to armsout putting. Tom and Norman had par and a birdie. That was how it went. We didn’t know them, I realized, because they play at a level where, if you get an eight, you have to leave the country. It all ended on the 13th when, for the first time in cowboy history, the Clantons walloped Doc and Wyatt.

‘Interesting putting style,’ said Norman. ‘You look as though you’re sleep-walking.’ ‘He would’ve done better if he had,’ said Chris, who is not, I suspect, a team man. It didn’t matter. The sun shone, they were marvellous company, and they encouraged us with kind words every yard of the way. Although, come to think of it, they didn’t ask me for a putting lesson.

Then the strangest thing happened. Instead of laying up, as we had done, they both hit drives that went about 30ft over the bunker.

It reminded why I love this game: the great and good are invariably generous with those less gifted. Thank goodness.

Chris and I struggled on to the green. He finished with a brilliant six. With my new

And I was right about one thing – 143 shots were nowhere near enough.

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Congratulations are in order I had a pretty nail biting weekend a couple of weeks ago, as two of my pupils were doing rather well in the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters. This four round tournament; one of the biggest junior events in the country, is a counting event for The World Amateur Rankings. My two pupils were Emma Allen and George Saunders.

A buried ball is bad news for some when it comes to bunker shots; many players struggle to escape the sand on first attempt. Try this and see your ball flying out of trouble first time round. A buried ball is pretty intimidating. Most will write the shot off before they’ve really addressed it. A huge factor that leads to success with this shot is COMMITMENT. If you don’t believe the ball will come out, it probably won’t. This is not a time to be half hearted as you NEED acceleration here. So have a good couple of practice swings outside the bunker, brushing the grass hard, before you get in it. This way you should be geed up to take the shot on. Set-up is crucial. If you set up like a normal splash shot then you will plough a load of sand first and your ball probably won’t get out. So square the clubface up (there will still be enough loft on it to get out. But, aim at the shallowest lip on the bunker just to be sure) so the leading edge will cut into the sand, not bounce through it. Make sure the ball is back in your stance and you are leaning forward (towards the target). Your swing will be pretty steep due to the nature in which you have set up to the ball. To really get this ball out the idea is to apply pressure behind the ball to force it up and

out. Try to follow through the shot but trust me, the sand will mean you end up with a fairly restricted through swing. The important thing is you’ve given it some! Don’t be wimpy with this shot as the sand will punish you and your ball will not get out.

Washing the car on that Sunday, the final day of the tournament, has never taken so long as I was constantly dashing in to check how they were doing via the Internet!!! In the end, with a very impressive results, Emma won the girls section by eight shots and George won the under sixteens by five. His four round total of four under par also finished joint third in the under eighteens section. So it’s a massive “congratulations” to both of them, from a proud coach.

Points to remember with the plugged lie: • The ball will come out LOWER than a normal bunker shot; you’ve taken a lot of loft off the club to set up correctly. So take the most lofted club in your bag. A lob wedge is ideal. As the ball is coming out lower expect a bucket load of run. Allow for this and don’t aim at the flag if there is trouble behind it. • The most important thing is you get the ball out first time. There is an element of unpredictability with this shot so don’t get too picky about how close to the flag it’s got. On the green is GOOD. • PRACTICE… this shot won’t just happen out on the course. It requires a bit of practice, so get into your practice bunker and squish those balls into that sand. Challenge yourself in practice and you will soon see a greater success rate out on the course. Good Luck! I am still on maternity leave but am available for lessons at Hamptworth Golf Club and will be back in action at Cowdray Park in the next month or so.

Both Emma and George work very hard to hone every part of their games. They both have a lesson at least once a week. We tend to work hardest on the weakest link. George, who has a very good short game, is becoming a very fine ball striker. On a good day his iron game is superb. Emma is becoming a very good player indeed. We’ve got her swing down to a point where she almost never hits the ball left and is very consistent. Emma didn’t have a particularly hot start to the season because of her putting; she was missing a few short putts left. This proved to be an aiming fault, which we were able to correct using my SAM Putt Lab. One of the great things about the Putt Lab is that it has a practice mode which can be set up to perfect the aim. It gives off an audible tone which stops when the pupil falls within the range I set. Emma’s tolerance of error is now down to two tenths of a degree, which is very fine indeed.

I find that many golfers have problems with aiming - sometime a fraction left, sometimes a fraction right. It’s very difficult to have a consistent stroke if the aiming is inconsistent. As the famous great putter, Ben Crenshaw, said after winning the U.S. Masters, “the best putters are the best aimers”. The pictures that accompany this article are of Emma’s swing. The purpose of showing them is to illustrate how quickly a swing change can be implemented and that things are often a chain reaction. Believe it or not, the improvement shown was later that same day. Just a little back ground before I explain things. Both George and Emma have been working towards a swing which requires very little timing and holds up under pressure – a swing which has the face of the club square to the arc well before and after impact – like Ben Hogan did!! The pictures show the two different swings in the same positions. If you look closely you can see that there are slight differences. The white line is the original shaft position at address. You will notice that in both swings the halfway down position is the same. At impact, the pic on the left shows the grip of the club much higher than the line. This raising of the handle was holding the face slightly open and the ball was feathering a shade right. The pic on the right shows the impact where the handle of the club is almost on the shaft line. The face of the club on this swing stayed square to the arc through impact and the ball went dead straight on a great trajectory. Also note how different the leg action is on these two swings. 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. Martin Butcher

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