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Bird Hills Golf Centre - THE SUMMER SIZZLER OFFER - ONLY £31.00pp - see page 15 for more details Reflecting on a marvellous Masters: Justin Rose, Hampshire’s favourite golfing son, made us so proud as he played his role in one of the tightest but most gentlemanly showdowns in the history of the event
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You’ve invited us to join you again on your marvellous, NORTH Hants GolfMajors Club in Fleet will have magical to find some more space in its Justin Rose Room to record the continuing merry-go-round. exploits of the county’s favourite golfing son. WE ACCEPT! Room will be found for mementoes of the Next stop: 2017 Masters to be placed alongside those of Rose’s U.S. Open triumph in 2013 and his The USPGA Olympic Golf Gold.
There was a time when golf fans But while Rose was pipped at Augusta by could almost mark the passing of Sergio Garcia, the inevitable disappointment the seasons more ticksbyon for his fans waswith counterbalanced a the growing list sportsmanship of Tigers Woods’ display of skill and which was a credit to in both men, and to a sport which victories Majors. still prides itself on honesty and fairness. He was marching relentlessly towards Jack Nicklaus’ historic figure 18Ryder Yes, the final round between theseoftwo Majors. (Let’s see: He’s nine Rose Cup titans was bound to begot emotional. now the start of towards the season, was at edging his way a second Major, and Garcia was13 trying histhe first on which means by to thesecure end of the very year andday fourwhich morewould nexthave year.been Sothe at 60th birthday of his hero, Seve Ballesteros. the start of the following year, he will Jack.) It all for seemed Butovertake the overriding emotion spectators of sothestraightforward, final round was theinevitable, way these two unstoppable. Europeans fought the fight. We do not need to be reminded of the In the final round, they were toe-to-toe rivals implosion which brought Woods’ world but not opponents, supremely competitive toyeta gentlemanly, shudderingacknowledging halt: disgrace,each marital other’s wreckage, injuries, orsurgery skills with aback knuckle-touch a nod. after surgery. A decade of pain. Woods must have been the only man • Turn to Page 4 in the world who thought he could
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Here we go again: Red-shirted figure, adoring fans, the back nine on the final day at Augusta: The Man is back. Left, in his fifth Green Jacket celebrating his 15th Major.
recover from the mental and physical wreckage at the age of 43 It’s a long way back to the top when you are looking from nearly two thousand places below on the world rankings. When European golf fans saw Hampshire’s Just in Rrose, the world’s number one, miss the Masters cut, their hopes rested with Francesco Molinari, our Open champion. When the Italian’s ball twice disappeared under water on the back nine, and Ian Poulter’s gutsy progress faded, Euripean hopes sank with them. it was almost as if the golfing gods were clearing the stage to see just how good Woods could still be, to give him the opportunity for resurrection. The outcome was momentous and joyful as a new Woods, more humble
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A WOMEN’S MASTERS? BRING IT ON! Bournemouth and England’s lady golfing star is hoping that the sport is heading towards the advent of a Women’s Masters. Georgia Hall hopes the staging of a women’s amateur tournament at Augusta National could pave the way for a magical new Major. A 54-hole tournament has been played at the home of the first Major in the men’s season. Hall, 22-year-old reigning Women’s British Open, told BBC podcas The Cut: “It’s another step towards having equality. “The Masters could be women. Maybe we can have an event like that, it would be cool to play it on the same course.” The Augusta National, in Georgia, admitted its first women members in 2012, when former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and South Carolina financier Darla Moore became the first women in green jackets. “I’m quite sad I’m not playing, it’s an awesome opportunity,” Hall added. Last year, Hall became just the third British golfer, after England’s Karen Stupples in 2004 and Scotland’s Catriona Matthew in 2009, to win the Women’s British Open since it became a major in 2001. She has also won the Ladies European Tour Order of Merit for the past two years. Doubling her tally is Hall’s main aim for 2019. She says she will draw on her experiences of winning at Royal Lytham & St Annes last August. “It’s nice to know you can do it when the time comes and when you need to hit a shot you can pull it off,” she said.
“The Masters could be women. It would be cool to play it on the same course” Bournemouth and England star Georgia Hall, pictured below.
The Telegraph newspaper has announced the launch of The Justin Rose Telegraph Junior Golf Championship 2019. This year’s championship is being sponsored by Rose, who was himself the winner of the title in 1997 in the early stages of a stellar career which has led him to No 1 in the world and an Olympic golf medal.
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dementia friendly? Golf clubs are being urged to become dementia friendly to help the 850,000 people living with the condition in the UK.
The call came from England Golf Chief Executive Nick Pink, speaking at the launch of the first dementia-friendly sport and physical activity guide by the Alzheimer’s Society.
“To win in America would be a great achievement this year and that’s my main aim and if it can be a major that’s even better.” Hall is also excited by the inaugural Aon Risk Reward Challenge - a year-long contest being run by both the LPGA and PGA Tours in the US which offers equal prize money for the women and men. The format is simple. At certain events throughout the year, there will be a designated ‘risk and reward’ hole and each player’s best two scores on that hole at each event will count towards their running total. The lowest overall score on each individual tour will win $1m (£750,000) in prize money. “It’s awesome men and women playing for same prize fund,” said Hall, who is one of the challenge’s ambassadors. “There’s a little tournament within a tournament and you’ve got to be strategic with the way you play the hole, whether to be aggressive or not given your best two scores of the week count.”
Justin sponsors big junior championship Justin Rose, Hampshire’s favourite golfing son, is to put his name and cash into a high-profile championship for juniors.
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Open to anyone aged under 18 at midnight on 1st January 2019, the competition is in its 35th year and has helped produce stars such as Rose, Melissa Reid, Tommy Fleetwood, Jodi Ewart Shadoff and Matt Fitzpatrick. The event, regarded as the unofficial ‘major’ of junior golf, is a 54-hole strokeplay tournament and will this year return to Quinta Do Lago in Portugal and will be televised by Sky Sports. Rose said: “I am delighted to announce my sponsorship of a tournament close to my heart. I can’t wait to see some of this year’s talent.”
England Golf was one of the sports organisations which contributed to the guide and Nick Pink (pictured) commented: “We would encourage any golf club or facility to get involved as a dementia friend and use the support guide to help them, their golfers and the local community. “Dementia is something that affects every household and golf can help, both by reducing the risk of dementia and supporting people with the condition. There is strong, good practice in many golf clubs in England and we want to shine the light on this and, where possible, encourage it to be shared and replicated.” England Golf Disability Manager Jamie Blair added: “We are receiving an increasing number of questions from clubs and golfers about helping people diagnosed with dementia to continue to play. “So, we were very pleased to work with the Alzheimer’s Society and contribute to the development of the guide. “Clubs across the country are already running successful projects to help people with dementia and, now we have this guide, we look forward to their numbers growing rapidly.” The guide was produced with National Lottery funding from Sport England and is designed to help the sport and physical activity sector to support – and empower – people who are living with dementia to lead active lives and remain independent for as long as possible. It also provides tools and guidance to help more people affected by dementia enjoy the benefits of staying active in a caring and understanding environment. About 225,000 people develop dementia each year – that’s one person every three minutes. To find out more about the guide and how to get involved, please visit: alzheimers.org.uk/sport
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The Myths and Misunderstanding of Marketing I have spoken many times on the benefits of custom made golf clubs. A common response is “I do not need to come and see you, as I have custom made clubs”. The golfer is under the impression that he has got custom made clubs but in the vast majority of cases, upon further investigation it becomes apparent that the golfer has in fact got a custom fitted set, often from a fitting trolley. I have also spoken on several occasions about the different types of custom fitting and have also discussed the fact that the golf industry does not have any agreed standard. To re-cap there is no such thing as regular, no such thing as 2° up and there is no such thing as a 7 iron (or any other club to be precise)! This should make the alarm bells ring when you are given three 7 irons to try. You need to be aware that you are not comparing apples against apples. The same applies with all the group tests in the magazines. If every iron head was fitted to the same shaft, at the same length with the same grip and adjusted to the same loft and lie – THEN you would be comparing the heads as the consumer tests imply. One important point to bare in mind with these custom fitted sets is that it is a sad indictment that I have NEVER, and I do mean Never, come across a single set of club that match each other never mind the golfer. The kick start behind this article was a customer who had what he thought was a matched set of woods from one of the perceived top three manufacturers. He had a Driver, 3, 5 and 7 woods. Upon measuring them I found that the four woods had 4 different flexes which of course is not ideal! But what was worse the difference in length between the 5 and 7 was only ⅛” and the lofts of the two woods were identical. When I asked the golfer how he was getting on with his woods he did say he thought that there wasn’t much difference in distance between the 5 and 7 but as the clubs were still quite new he was still getting used to them. This is a common response. The golfer has bought what he believes to be high end clubs, so it is always the golfers’ fault, it can’t be the clubs! So the golfer tries to manipulate his swing in an attempt to get the desired results. Sadly this is not an isolated example. I have even had the supposedly shorter wood having less loft than the longer wood. This does not just apply to woods, the situation with irons is identical, even
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with the company with 11 colour lie dots. On a recently measured set of these irons where they had been fitted at the companies headquarters, the golfer thought he had a set of irons fitted to 2° flat by their standard. When these irons were measured, in his set he had every lie option covered between 2° flat and 2° up! This is where a truly made custom made set has its benefits. Not only do I make clubs individually that match the golfer, I also only make the clubs that the golfer needs. The final important benefit of custom made clubs is that the clubs made match each other. This means that you will have consistent gaps between you woods and irons. I have always believed the “secret” of golf is that you have one swing – whether you have a wedge in your hand or a 6 iron or even your driver. But to get consistent results especially with you irons you need a matched set of irons with consistent gaps in your lofts. Sadly though the average golfer isn’t aware of this. He buys his latest issue of a golf magazine, flicks straight to the equipment tests and devours the words written as gospel. Like the vast majority of golfers he is being hoodwinked by the marketing hype. Every month we see adverts for the latest driver which the manufacturers suggest that will hit the ball further. For several years now the maximum Coefficient of Restitution has been fixed. This means that all modern drivers have the maximum spring board effect. The other favourite is movable weight technology. Again we are told all we have to do is move the weights around and he presto, your slice is magically eliminated. If the mumbo jumbo used by the manufacturers was true, every drive would be long and straight down the middle. We all know that this is not the case, yet every day the new super driver is being sold, only to be ditched within 6 months to be replaced by the newer, hotter driver which will hit the ball further and straighter. And so the cycle goes on. Golfers should be aware that the law of
physics have not changed over the last few years and all the manufacturers are doing is tweaking a little here, changing a colour there but still producing clubs that do not match each other, or the golfer. If I was to measure 3 identical drivers of any manufacturer, I can say with a high degree of certainty, that none of the drivers would match each other. The lofts would be different and the flexes would not be identical. Not quite the situation you would envisage if the adverts were believable. This is even true for £350+ drivers. Hopefully, golfers will now at least think before shelling out their hard earned cash, or better still ask me for advice.
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Seven golfers gear up for Million Dollar Shoot-Out at The Masters Seven lucky golfers are heading to this week’s Masters to battle it out for a million dollars – all hoping they can land another ace to change their life. Essex golfers James Jensen, 17, and Mark Fairman, 48, will be joined in Augusta by Mike Kelly, 53, from Carlisle, Gary Conforth, 59, Manchester, Gavin Scott, 63, from Edinburgh, David Mullins, 29, Ireland, and Miroslav Šev ík, 50, from Brno in the Czech Republic. The finalists qualified for the Million Dollar Hole in One (MDHIO) grand shoot-out after sinking a holein-one at various courses across Europe. Their timely shot has earned them a once-in-a-lifetime trip to the first Major of the year and a chance to shoot for a $1m jackpot at a nearby course. Their action-packed itinerary, which includes exclusive parties and events, will see the finalists jet off for their all-expense covered trip to America this Thursday, April 11, 2019, courtesy of MDHIO. Each finalist receives a day ticket to the Masters on Saturday, with the trip also including rounds at the Columbia Country Club and at The Reserve
Club – one of South Carolina’s top courses – where they will also contest the MDHIO final on Masters Sunday. MDHIO director Martin Tyrrell said: “I think most of the finalists have forgotten that they even have a chance to win $1m – as they’re all so excited to just be going to the Masters! It really is a once-ina-lifetime trip and we are delighted that we can provide it for these worthy golfers. “It’s going to be a fantastic occasion with the opportunity to win a huge amount of cash – they’re just one shot away from changing their life forever.” The MDHIO challenge has been running since 1990 in the USA and since 2000 in Europe, and sees more than 50,000 people each year trying their luck at more than 40 par-three holes on courses across Portugal, mainland Spain and Mallorca. Each golfer pays 10 euro to enter and can also win a variety of golf-related prizes for landing on the green, with only the people that shoot aces invited to the trip and the MDHIO final.
The current MDHIO season is underway across Europe, with competitors shooting for the chance to win a trip to the 2020 Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits. To discover where MDHIO can be played visit www.mdhio.net/golf-courses
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Hampshire has joined the huge nationwide drive to encourage girls into golf. Five new counties are involved in this year’s recruitment campaign: Cornwall, Hampshire, Lancashire, Lincolnshire and Worcestershire. Girls Golf Rocks is back this year with free taster sessions for girls now on offer in 26 counties. Bookings have just opened for the two-hour tasters, which will start in May and are running in a total of 116 clubs across England. Visit girlsgolfrocks.org to find a session and book. Girls Golf Rocks is an inspirational programme which attracts girls to the sport, supported by club and county girl ambassadors who act as mentors as they learn to play. They are joining Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Cheshire, Cumbria, Dorset, Durham, Essex, Gloucestershire, Kent, Norfolk, Nottinghamshire, Northumberland, Oxfordshire, Leicestershire, Staffordshire, Sussex, Surrey, Warwickshire, Wiltshire and Yorkshire. Girls who enjoy the taster sessions can book on to a six-week coaching course for only £35. The price includes a US Kids 9-iron, and Girls Golf Rocks items including a polo shirt, goodie bag and water bottle. England Golf reports that Last year Girls Golf Rocks attracted 1600 girls to taster sessions, with 1200 going on to take coaching. This
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The inaugural Jordan Mixed Open could be a blueprint for the future of golf, says former Ryder Cup player Barry Lane. Lane was in the line-up as one of the seniors from the Staysure Tour lined up to compete against Challenge Tour and Ladies’ European Tour players.
year, it’s hoped the numbers will be even higher. All coaching will be provided by a PGA Professional and on the sixth week of the course the girls will put their skills into action out on the golf course. The newcomers will be supported by girls from their county and club who have been recruited and trained as ambassadors to inspire and encourage the new players. Clubs and the women’s county associations are also being asked to hold fun beginner events for the girls over the summer. These are intended to keep the girls playing and to get them out on the course, enjoying themselves with friends. Girls Golf Rocks is a joint programme run by England Golf and junior golf charity the Golf Foundation, with the support
of county associations, clubs, coaches and volunteers. It aims to increase the number of girl players from an average of just two per club. Lauren Spray, England Golf Women and Girls’ Manager, commented: “We’ve had amazing success with Girls Golf Rocks and we’re looking forward to doing even better this year. “This is a great way for girls to come along and try golf, make new friends and have fun. It really rocks!” For more information visit girlsgolfrocks.org or follow the campaign on Twitter @GirlsGolfRocks1 or on Facebook.com/GirlsGolfRocks Please note all bookings and payments must be made through the website, not the host clubs.
TWO ENGLISH WARRIORS BATTLING BACK Paul Casey and Luke Donald, both Englishmen whose success has not matched their talent in recent years, are both back where they belong: pushing for honours. The two Ryder Cup stalwarts have emerged from lean spells to pop their heads above the parapet and announce their return to form. They were part of an early-season raid by Brits as stars from this side of the Atlantic won three PGA events on the trot. Casey became the first man to retain the Valspar Championship after an enthralling final day in Florida.
Mixed Open ‘a blueprint for the future’
Meanwhile, Donald did not win, the former world number one was delighted with the ninth place which proved his match fitness after two seasons of paih with a back problem. Casey’s win meant European golfers won three events in succession following Rory McIlroy’s victory at the Players Championship and Francesco Molinari’s success at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. This kind of one-two-three had not been achieved for seven years. Donald had made only 10 starts in two seasons because of a back
complaint and has not won on the PGA or European Tour since 2012. “I’m really delighted,” he said “It could have gone a bit better today but there were positives. It was a little rust and pressure I hadn’t felt in a long time. It’s a tough game and it takes time to get back into that groove.” Casey is 41 and has experienced many highs and lows in a career that should attract growing admiration for its longevity. After this, his third career win on the PGA Tour, he said: “I’m getting older but I feel like I’m getting better.”
The 123-player field at Ayla Golf Club were competing for a £300,000 prize fund. “It’s something different, and for more people to engage in golf that’s what we need,” the 1993 Ryder Cup player told the BBC. “We’ve got the Golf Sixes matchplay which is good fun, we had the Vic Open combined tournament in Australia that worked well, and now this event in Jordan. “It’s like T20 and Test matches in cricket - a different idea. I don’t think we would want it every week - there is a place for traditional 72-hole tournaments - but we need innovation. “It should be something that appeals to a wider audience and hopefully gets youngsters engaged.”
Barry Lane: “We need innovation”
The Staysure Tour - formerly known as the European Senior Tour - is played by males aged 50 or over, while the Challenge Tour is the second tier of men’s professional golf in Europe. “Sport should be inclusive, and different sexes playing against each other is only right,” Lane added. “It could work absolutely brilliantly and will hopefully be such a good showcase for the concept that it is followed by more events around the world.” “It’s a great chance for us old guys to play against these young stars,” said Lane.
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Justin Rose To Sponsor Telegraph Junior Championship
Justin Rose has announced that he is to sponsor this year’s Telegraph Junior Golf Championship, with the finals to be held at the exclusive Quinta do Lago resort in Portugal in November. Regarded as the unofficial ‘major’ of junior golf, the 54-hole stroke play event will see 24 finalists – 12 boys and 12 girls – compete at the award-winning Algarve venue from November 10-15 for the opportunity to join an illustrious list of previous winners. World number two Rose won the prestigious event back in 1997, while the roll of honour also includes the likes of Ryder Cup colleagues Tommy Fleetwood and Matt Fitzpatrick, as well as Ladies European Tour stars Jodi Ewart Shadoff and Melissa Reid. Rose said: “I am delighted to announce my sponsorship of the Justin Rose Telegraph Junior Golf Championship, a tournament close to my heart since I won the title back in 1997. “It’s great to be involved in the championship and to have the opportunity to encourage and grow junior grass-roots golf. I can’t wait to see some of this year’s talent and good luck to everyone taking part!”
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The Justin Rose Telegraph Junior Golf Championship is open to any juniors aged under-18 at midnight on January 1, 2019, and the finals – which will be televised by Sky Sports – will be returning to Quinta do Lago for the fifth time in the last six years.
opportunity to inspire and educate young people, as well as a fantastic event for the whole family to enjoy. We look forward to welcoming everyone to Quinta do Lago and wish all the young hopefuls the very best in the tournament.”
Qualification for the competition, which is supported by the R&A, European Tour and England Golf, is now open and details on how to enter or how clubs can get involved can be found at www. telegraph.co.uk/juniorgolf.
Located just 15 minutes away from Faro airport, Quinta do Lago is renowned among Europe’s elite golf, sports and family destinations and, with a combination of world-class golf and lifestyle facilities, is the perfect choice for a sporting break.
Adam Sills, head of sport at The Telegraph, said: “It’s great to have a player of Justin’s calibre backing this year’s championship. As a former winner who has gone on to be a world number one, he will provide plenty of inspiration for all this year’s junior competitors. I’m looking forward to another great championship in Portugal.” Sean Moriarty, CEO at Quinta do Lago, added: “We are very proud to be hosting the Justin Rose Telegraph Junior Golf Championship at Quinta do Lago this year. Golf has always been at the heart of the resort and it is fantastic to be growing the next generation of champions as part of our legacy. “Justin is a former winner of the event and went on to become the world number one. The tournament will be a great
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Blackmoor Golf Club offers the Complete Golfing Experience It is widely accepted that Blackmoor Golf Course is one of the best courses in Hampshire. Designed by the celebrated Harry Colt in 1913 it hosted the regional qualify for the Open Championship between 1998 and 2003, is an England Golf Championship Venue, and is the home of the Selborne Salver, one of Britain’s most prestigious amateur events, attracting both International and Walker Cup Players. To further improve the total golfing experience the Club has recently completed phase two of a three phase clubhouse refurbishment plan which will see a complete transformation of the facility. The first phase saw a transformation of the dining room with its self-contained bar and a seating capacity of 80 plus, and the newly re-furbished professionally designed lounge
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Liberton Golf Club’s Scott Allison Secures Silverware at The Links Golf Cup East Lothian 2019 East Lothian, Scotland, April 2019: Scott Allison from Liberton Golf Club in Edinburgh took full advantage of playing on Scottish home soil to secure the silverware at this year’s Links Golf Cup East Lothian, played over four of East Lothian’s finest championship links courses. Runner-up in the event last year, Allison recorded a total of 142 points over four rounds to lead the field of 108 players and became the first Scottish winner of the event since 2013 when the inaugural competition was staged. To date no golfer has successfully defended a Links Golf Cup though the 2018 champion, Rob Seabrook of Pyecombe Golf Club in West Sussex, came close with a score of 139 to take second place whilst Tom Nunn of Tudor Park in Kent, City of Newcastle’s Keith Anderson and Phil Bedford of Little Lakes in Worcestershire shared third spot on 138.
One of three females in the field, Kate Docherty from Holywood Golf Club in Northern Ireland held an impressive seven-shot lead after the first two rounds after opening scores of 39 and 41, but then fell away to finish on 135 points, securing a credible 9th position and the top spot amongst the ladies. Played this year over the championship links at Gullane No 1, last year’s Scottish Open venue, Gullane No 2, Kilspindie and North Berwick from March 25 to 29, this hugely-popular amateur tournament with its 72hole Individual Stableford format regularly attracts golfers of all different handicaps from all over the UK in the main. However it was a team comprised of the only four Germans in the field - Rudiger Hillert, Alex Schwendinger, Thomas Hoess and Michael Gebhard - who triumphed in the ‘Friends of the Links’ Team
Competition sponsored by Mashie with the best three scores each day making up the final team tally. To his enduring credit, Rudiger Hillert of Rheintal Golf Club played the entire week with hickory clubs in full vintage golfing attire and finished a notable 13th overall with 133 points which included a fantastic score of 38 at North Berwick. The Par 3 Challenge sponsored by the HIO-CLUB was won by Colin Murphy of Biggar Golf Club in South Lanarkshire, thanks to his combined scores over eight specially-selected par 3s over the week. Plans are already under way for next year’s Links Golf Cup East Lothian, run and managed by experienced golf event organisers, Hybrid Golf, with entries for the 2020 event opening soon at www.linksgolfcup.co.uk Alternatively interest can be registered by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
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Why Some Caddies Gave President Trump The Nickname ‘Pele’ A new book has added an interesting chapter to the catalogue of tales about Donald Trump’s flexible interpretation golf rules. Every U.S. president is automatically Commander in Chief of the country’s armed forces, and author Rick Reilly chose the title Commander in Cheat as the title of his contribution to the folklore of The Donald.
The Donald’s very personal slant on the rules of golf… Rough stuff: Trump the golfer has a a kick to his game, it is claimed
Among the golf-related claims about Trump on the fairways, Reilly says the caddies have a nickname for the boss: Pele, apparently because of his habit of kicking his ball out of the rough and onto the fairway. When it comes to gimmes, Trump is pretty generous. A putt may be generally considered good if it’s “inside the leather”–i.e., within a foot of the cup. Trump routinely gives himself, and sometimes others, 10-footers. Reilly even asserts he once saw Trump give himself a chip-in. Reilly says that Trump will do whatever it takes to win a match. One time, that included interfering with sportscaster Mike Tirico’s ball. Tirico hit what he thought was the shot of his life into a par 5, only to find his ball in a sand trap. After the round, Tirico discovered how it got there.
“Trump’s caddy came up to me and said, ‘You know that shot you hit on the par 5?’ ” Tirico said. “ ‘It was about 10 feet from the hole. Trump threw it in the bunker. I watched him do it.’ ” It has long been a subject of eyebrow-raising speculation about Trump’s handicap. He claims 2.8, a figure that would give most players a good shot at a club championship. It is also a number that has been described in American golfing circles as “BS”. Former tour player and current FOX broadcaster Brad Faxon, a supporter and frequent partner
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Despite making hundreds of visits to golf clubs, including his own, during his term of office, he posted just one round on the USGA’s online golf service: a 68 shot in October 2017. He quickly deleted it. Trump’s winning mentality was not confined to the golf course but was a feature of his business life, the author claimed. He said Andrew Tesoro, who designed the clubhouse at Trump Westchester, was owed more than $141,000.
Trump, according to Reilly, also tried to get out of repaying $200,000 club fees he owed members at Trump National in Jupiter, failed to pay overtime to waiters and staff at Doral (anywhere from $800 to $3,000 each) as well as a painter for a Doral renovation. Trump even tried to get out of paying a $1 million hole-in-one contest he offered, claiming the yardage was wrong, according to Reilly. Trump use to tell people that he and the legendary Arnold Palmer were close. But Palmer told golf writer James Dodson: “It was more like this,” with Palmer crossing his hands and putting them on his own throat. Palmer’s daughter, Peg, also recalled a moment during the 2016 season before Palmer passed away: “My dad made a sound of disgust–like ‘uck’ or ‘ugg’–like he couldn’t believe the arrogance and crudeness of this man who was the nominee of the political party that he believed in. Then he said, ‘He’s not as smart as we thought he was’.”
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Malaysian golfer Arie Irawan died aged 28 in his hotel room during a tournament in the Far East. A PGA Tour statement said Irawan’s death was due to “apparent natural causes” but a coroner’s report had not been completed. Irawan, who turned professional in 2013, had missed the cut at the Sanya Championship on the Chinese resort island of Hainan, part of the PGA Tour China Series. Organisers cancelled the final round out of respect.
of Trump’s, called the president “a legit 10.” LPGA Hall of Famer Annika Sorenstam echoed those sentiments, calling Trump “a 9 or 10,” as did Ernie Els (“an 8 or a 9”).
When he went to Trump’s lawyers, they allegedly aid he could sue, but he would be tied up in court for a decade and even then might not get paid. Tesoro, then a fledging architect, could not afford to do that. In that end, he received just $25,000.
Former Open champion Darren Clarke will make his Senior Open debut at Royal Lytham & St Anne’s in July. Irawan, who was ranked 1,366th in the world, won two events on the Asian Development Tour in 2015. The PGA Tour and China Golf Association shared sincere condolences with Arie’s wife, Marina, and his parents, Ahmad and Jeny. American Trevor Sluman was declared the winner after the tournament was reduced to a 54hole event.
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The Art of Calm When all around your are flapping and falling apart, or perhaps it’s your own game that has taken a nose dive, maintaining that air of serene calm is a skill every golfer needs. So how do you maintain your composure when things start to go a little pear shaped out on the course. Here are a few pointers:
Take ownership of your game: If you are prepared and have confidence in how your golf works you have nothing to worry about. It’s essential to know why you hit the bad shots. What causes them? Do have a few lessons with your PGA professional. Understanding why is crucial. What you then need is something I call a parachute drill… something to do out on the course when things take a turn for the worse setting you back on track in no time.
Banish The Blow-Up: Have the tools at hand to diffuse those iffy moments. For example if you’re mishitting shots try swinging with your feet together. Gets your rhythm back and your club online up and down through the swing. Also wakes your hands and wrists up for a bit of extra swish. Getting you some distance back too. We all hit bad shots and yes, you can use drills out on the course or even during your practice swing as part of your pre shot routine to help to curb the baddies. But most essential is the art of recovery. If you can get out of trouble with style and an air of class about the entire situation then hell. To hone a hot short game the key is practice, and not the sort of chip, chip, chip monotonous practice you might think you need to do. Out on the course you never have the same shot twice so why practice from the same spot over and over again. I do agree that having another one to fix your initial mistake will help. But try this for a change. Head out on a quiet afternoon onto your course, with 5 balls. Play the holes with your usual 1 ball but as you get to the green throw another 4 into play in different spots. Log your score from all of these places. Aim to play 5 holes. 5 balls. That’s 25 different scenarios you’ve planted yourself in. A heck of a lot more than you’d have covered on the practice ground. The biggest bonus here… This Is Real Golf. Scoring from all the balls and keeping this score in a notebook will mean you are placing a tiny bit more pressure on yourself in practice.
Another idea: Mix it up, make 1 of your balls a dodgy tee shot ball. Throw it into the rough, fairway bunker, trees and escape. If you have no-one behind you then you can always have a few goes from these trouble spots. There is nothing like real practice. If you are heading out with a buddy then turn this practice session into a challenge. Keep scores and play for something. This again will make it real. You are far more likely to perform well with a score card in your hand.
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Steady the Ship: So you are prepared but what about everyone else? Firstly if you’ve hit a bad shot. Try not to let on that you are somewhat perplexed about the direction your ball just veered in. Instead find something that will calm you. Breathing is so key here. Taking yourself out of the moment and into a state of complete control for a moment will keep your ship steady. Use your Driver head cover as a place to channel any frustrations into. Get rid of the bad vibes here and move on. Following said horror shot, place your hand gently on the head cover. Almost in slow motion. As you feel the material under your finger tips and the palm of your hand take a moment to absorb them. See it as recharging your positive energy. Your negative energy is being soaked up by that head cover. A bit like a sponge. Breathe in slowly, through your nose. Then push all that air calmly out far slower than you breathed in. Stretch your breath out as if you are slowing down time itself. If you’ve done this whole thing with your eyes shut. Opening your eyes you half expect to have to rush off and see your playing partners miles down the fairway. But in all honestly the practice of breathing that bad stuff out will take seconds. Just allow yourself that moment. No-one will even notice you’re doing it. The importance of breathing is highly underestimated in this game, well worth exploring. If your playing partners begin to lose their cool, use the breathing to channel your focus back into your game rather than get absorbed in their mood swings. This will also help you if you have a particularly tricky match play customer… Maintaining that air of calm will really ruffle the feathers of any tricky opponent. If you find you are beginning to speed up and panic then try a few smooth slow motion practice swings. Breathing in as you swing back and really smoothly out, for longer, as you swing through. I used this for years as my practice swing on the 1st tee in competitions. Especially if I was unsure I was allowed to do a practice swing on the tee. Back and right through in super slow motion meant when I came to hit the ball it was much calmer and less rushed than a normal panicking first tee shot. If you would like to come and iron out the glitches in your game then contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org and let me help you be the best you can be this year. I’m currently teaching at Highpost Golf Club. Get a session booked in and get in control of your game. Visit www.katiedawkinsgolf.co.uk for more info
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Golf through Do you repair the Ages your Divots? Form Is Temporary,
Spring is when courses are prepared and preened for the coming season with fairways being sprayed and the hollow tinning of greens. It’s also when many courses make a big push to repair divots in anticipation of good growing conditions. So, when I saw a notice at my club asking for members to join in a Divot Evening, followed by a complimentary dish of Chilli & Rice, I was more than happy to do my bit and be fed at the same time. I personally don’t tend to take many divots on the course, merely scuff the grass or make the odd skid mark which is fortunate, as it can be incredibly time consuming constantly having to find the tuff of grass and then make repairs! It’s interesting to compare the miserable partner. They consider it far more differences starting important to have a good day out with mates Generally between women someone don’t take divots, including female competitors out playing golf and an experienced on a pleasant but forgiving course. on the European tour, whilst many men and male professionals, golfer in their twilight golfing years. consider it standard (almost a badgeBeginners of honour) to take astruggle divot. with can sometimes For instance, newbies are keenconfused to play as howlong carriesaand dog-legs due to of Now, I’ve always been slicing great big chunk much golf of as possible so they’ll in any ainexperience misjudgement. Sadly, is turf out the ground canplay produce better golfandshot. Surely earth conditions. Whereas, older golfers are some elderly golfers also fail to cope with heaviertothan aironto butthe hey, what do I know! reluctant venture course if the long carries as they lose their muscle weather’s looking a bit dodgy and are more powerthey’ve and distance. Many players analyse their divots when hit a duff shot to find than happy to while away time in the out what went wrong. The internet has some fascinating ‘How to clubhouse until the clouds pass by. golfers are pretty naïve when it comes Read a Divot’ articles, with all sorts New of observations, including one to course management but they gradually that suggests divots should look more like bacon strips rather than When beginners initially enter competitions learn where to place the ball, nevertheless, porkrealise chops. they theyWhoever need more thought lessons to that one theyup? tend to remain bullish and optimistic improve their scores. The difference with I helped even when are in deep trouble. Quite frankly, some of the craters to they fill would have benefited older golfers is they’ve already developed However, senior golfers know precisely from the skills of a carpet layer to restore them, although the funniest the techniques but it’s just a question of where to place the ball, even if they can’t ones were the gouged strips which were clearly shooting in totally whether their hips, knees or shoulders will always reach it, or see it! They’re the wrong where their ball ended cope with the direction. challenge. Goodness knows experienced and realistic enough up. to know if they’ve just played a lousy shot it’s It’s an ongoing problem when divots are not repaired, or where a Initially, as a beginner, it can be difficult probably unrecoverable and the chance of bunch of craftyhow birds have theisturf dig for a tasty treat. trying to remember many shotsflipped you’ve over scoring prettytoremote. These badface liesit,can be a huge disadvantage - you can guarantee your taken – let’s multi-tasking is tricky when you’re so focused on striking Beginners soonhole. understand a good part of ball will come to rest in the and nearest man-made tracking the ball. Interestingly, it’s not the pleasure of golf is about friendship but Despite the drizzly evening, our divoting group avidly followed the uncommon for elderly golfers to also it’s the senior golfer who appreciates the tractorthe and load specially soil,factor refilling many ‘mislay’ oddits shot due of to short term prepared ‘good feel’ of thebuckets constant cracks times and trailofdown the fairways. memory loss. leaving an interesting dot-to-dot with a bunch fellow golfers, regardless of howrepairs dire they and play. we’re certainly Who’d have thought there were so many When you’re fresh into golf, you’re keen to not the only club that has this problem. sign up for any games, even if you don’t It just shows you that regardless of your age, The aevent may notentering, have been divot on a have clue what you’re or whoas glamorous the benefitsas of golf arestomping huge for everyone. you’re playingand with.sadly Whereas the wiser,took older up my offer of taking a turn to drive polo field nobody golfer chooses but carefully to avoid sloggingteam effort and we were certainly ready the tractor it was a great over long courses, through soggy meadows © Claire Kane to tuck into the tasty chilli back at the clubhouse. or having to climb cardiac hills with a Follow my tales on twitter@golfsnippets © Claire Kane
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Class Is Permanent
That saying has yet again been proved right by the brilliance of Tiger Woods in winning The Masters. Like Ben Hogan in the fifties, Tiger won another major against all odds. There are a lot of similarities between Hogan and Woods. Hogan had a near fatal accident that smashed his pelvis and legs really
After 2 practice roundswere the wait wasthat he was told he would probably never badly. His injuries so bad over and Romsey found out who they be able to play golf again… but through sheer grit and determination he would be facing in their group stages.
established his place back amongst the golfing elite.
They were in drawn England Home nations Earlier his with career Hogan was dogged by a tendency to hit a low hook if champions Cuddington, Bothwell Castle from his timing was off. After his accident he changed a few things in his action; Scotland and Pyle & Kenfig from Wales.
one being weakening his grip, (turning his left hand counter clockwise). The changes made took from Day 1 of mainhetournament sawhim Romsey V being one of the best players of his time, Cuddington a 6 person Matchplay format to being incompletely dominant. The consistency of his ball striking became onlegendary. the Morgado course. It was a tough match with some fantastic golf. Romsey Tiger’s with progress is well documented. Unlike Hogan, who gradually triumphed a 4-2 win. progressed to being the best, he was instantly a dominant force. His length, Day 2 saw Romsey v Bothwelliron Castle in aand a brilliant short game, made him almost coupled with fabulous play thrilling match on the Alamos course. invincible. Romsey once again win 4-2, and now go top theThis early Hogan, there ofBut theirlike group! meant that they only was still a chink in his armour. Tiger’s needed a draw was in thewith final group match toIn a previous article I showed that Tiger had weakness the driver. qualify for the final. two swings. With the irons his hands appear to move towards him at impact and with his driver his hands move away from him. The hands moving away Day 3, Romsey v Pyle & Kenfig was to be from him held the clubwith verya 5-1 open until a fraction before impact, bringing the Romsey's finest performance pushThey andmake hooktheinto victory! finalplay. against the other into the team at the last minute. There was group winners Beadlow Manor from England. So it was to be an all England affair with neither team expected to make it past the group stage.
not a lot Romsey's Josh Hannam could do and the match went to Beadlow Manor to halve the match 3-3. Unfortunately the tournaments rules state that if a Match is halved then the winner will be decided on the number of holes won.
The final was held on the Morgado course and Beadlow Manor took an early lead on the front 9. Things changed on the back Beadlow Manor were to crowned champions Thewith similarity continues. swing a driverRomsey has now nine Romsey'swith OwenHogan Grimes bringing in Tiger’s as they won 10-7with on countback. moved a followed step closer to Hogan’s action. The shaft of the club is very flat at the first win, by George Nicholsonwere gutted as they lost on a technicality. Jack a nail win on the last,as Hogan’s was. As he approaches the ball his thewith start of biting his downswing, Romsey was a great match and did club is2up. lining up with his right forearm,This similar to Hogan. NowRomsey the hands themselves proud as runners up. They never don’t have to move away from him in lost order to hit the ball. The result is that Beadlow Manor came back with winning the a match the whole week, the only team there is no last second rotation of the shaft to this. square the club at impact. next two matches with some stunning golf, to achieve now all square. It was down to the last two Looks like Tiger has fixed the same problem that plagued Hogan’s early matches, and Romseys Aaron Danson took No one expected a small club to do so well career. Hogan won three Majors in 1953. He didn’t play in a fourth. the next match making a draw most likely. and to be the second best team in the Uk is Is that an omen? Will Tiger win the Grand Slam? Who knows! quite an achievement. This has been an The last match saw Beadlow Manors junior experience that the whole team will never M: 07787 | E: being firstname.lastname@example.org W: mbtourcoach.com have a hole in 887578 one after only brought forget. Well done| Romsey Juniors.
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