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Ihewould like toof the have like he did, insays Fleetwood played his role in one tightestplayed but most gentlemanly showdowns the history of the event

Tommy gunned down AND THE WINNER IS.in. a. final knockout stretch GOLF SPORTSMANSHIP Poised on the verge of history and his first Major victory, England’s NORTH Hants Golf Club in FleetTommy will have Wesstwood could only stand watch to find some more space in itsand Justin in admiration his U.S. opponent Rose Room to as record the Open continuing drew away withcounty’s a machine-gun exploits of the favouriteseries golfing son. of birdies.

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Golferhave – Page People been 16 ‘disrespectful and unfair’ to Tiger Woods since his arrest (above) after being found Philip’s second spell asleep at the wheel of his car with as Hants PGA skipper the engine running, says former – Page 16 one Martin Kaymer. world number Woods, 41 and 14 times a Major champion, tested negative for alcohol in Hampshire his blood and Jenny’s blamed his condition on a reaction to painkiller medication.

American Brooks Koepka equalled the event’s Room will be found of thehis lowest winning scorefor of mementoes 16 under to claim 2017 Masters to be placed alongside those own maiden Major at Erin Hills. of Rose’s U.S. Open triumph in 2013 and his Westwood, 26-year-old from Southport Olympic GolftheGold. was ranked 33rd in the world and playing in just his second could notbykeep But while Rose U.S. was Open, pippedand at Augusta pace as Koepka fired three straight birdies Sergio Garcia, the inevitable disappointment from the 14th. for his fans was counterbalanced by a display skill and sportsmanship which was The pairofstarted Sunday’s final round one off athecredit to both men, and to a sport which lead but Koepka holed three birdies in his still prides itself on honesty and fairness. first eight holes, while Fleetwood followed a birdie on the second with three bogeys in his Yes, the final round betweenswing. these two Ryder next six holes for a five-shot Cup titans was bound to be emotional. Rose Fleetwood’s five-under 67 wasa second betteredMajor, only was edging his way towards by Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama who posted and Garcia was trying to secure his first on66 to for day second on would 12 under with overnight thetievery which have been the leader Brian Harman. 60th birthday of his hero, Seve Ballesteros. Fleetwood said afterwards: ‘I didn’t play how the overriding emotion spectators of IBut wanted to. You never knowfor how you’re going thereact finalbeing roundupwas theinway two to there thethese final round Europeans the fight. you’ve got tofought deal with that and it’s all new for me.’ In the final round, they were toe-to-toe rivals He but praise for the new but had not nothing opponents, supremely competitive champion, the seventh first-time Major winner yet gentlemanly, acknowledging each other’s in succession: ‘He was brilliant, the shots he skills with a knuckle-touch or a nod. hit down the stretch, you can’t describe how hard some of them are.

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Well done, champ: Tommy Fleetwood, right, congratulates Koepka on the final green

played like that. It was windy and he shot five under, fair play.’ For the first time since world rankings were introduced in 1986, the top three, Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy and Jason Day, all missed the cut at a major. McIlroy was playing his first tournament after a month out injured and joked: ‘I showed up for the last six holes at least. I saw some positives on the back nine.’ Paul Casey, who was in a four-way tie for the lead at halfway, saw his challenge effectively end with a three-over 75 on Saturday.

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up to 16,667 steps and burning about 1,564 calories if carrying their own clubs.

I am doing this to prolong my life,’ you can say, ‘so we’ll have much more time to spend together.’

Citing research in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, Macmillan said golf may seem less energetic than more vigorous activities such as football, rugby or tennis, but can still offer a significant boost to your health.

Playing a game of golf is equivalent to a full week’s worth of other exercise, says Macmillan Cancer Support. Research suggests that it could even add as much as five years to life expectancy.

As a round of golf amounts to 240 minutes of moderate intensive activity, this goes beyond the Department of Health’s recommendation that adults take at least 150 minutes of this kind of exercise.

Macmillan says that during a typical round, players walk for four to eight miles, taking

Research undertaken among 300,000 Swedish golfers found that the death rate

for golfers is 40 per cent lower than for other people of the same sex, age and socioeconomic status - a five-year increase in life expectancy, with the golfers with the lowest handicaps benefiting most. Macmillan released the information ahead of a fund-raising event called the Longest Day Challenge, encouraging golfers to play four rounds of golf over the 16 hours of daylight. Elizabeth Connare of Macmillan Cancer Support said: ‘Some people might be surprised that a game of golf sees players walking well over their 10,000 daily steps. Golf is fun, sociable and a great way to get some exercise’.

One player who took several steps too far IT was the U.S. Open Qualifying, and Clifton McDonald stood on the first tee with high hopes of making the later stages. Eighteen holes later, his card (above) had achieved local history – with an eye-watering score of 127, no fewer than 55 shots over par. On his opening hole at Silver Lakes in Glencoe, Alabama, Clifton began badly with a double bogey seven. He was 14 over after six holes and then hacked 14 strokes on a par 5.

Most people would have walked off. But not Clifton. He doggedly played on to accumulate what the Alabama Golf Association described as ‘without doubt the highest score we’ve had in any qualifying event’.

Ideal home win for Alex

The father of young Aaron emailed the European Tour to ask if there was anything they could do to mark his ninth birthday while he attended the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth. It would be perfect, he said, if it could involve his four favourite golfers: Andrew ‘Beef’ Johnston, Henrik Stenson, Martin Kaymer and Justin Rose.

Johnston picked up Aaron and his dad in a buggy, and an onboard camera captured the boy’s delight as they sped around and the player encouraged the lad to shout ‘Beef’ to grinning spectators. Then Rose and Stenson jumped aboard with some rather special silverware – the Claret Jug (pictured above), and Rose let Aaron hold the Olympic gold medal he won in Rio. Aaron’s dream ride ended as Kaymer met them all at the Wentworth clubhouse and Aaron turned to his dad and said: ‘That is the best thing that you’ve ever got me.’ Dad was full of praise for the quartet of pros who helped give Aaron a lifelong memory, and was faced with only one problem: How do you top that for his 10th birthday?

Funny old game, golf. Down one minute, up the next. Take American Lexi Thompson. Looking set to take the first Major of the season at the AVA Inspiration, she was hit with a fourstroke penalty 24 hours after a TV viewer emailed officials about a rules breach.

The 34-year-old justified the European Tour’s claim that it is a viable alternative to the PGA Tour with his fifth victory in 11 months , lifting him to world number eight.

Noren has placed himself above the likes of Justin Rose, Hampshire’s favourite golfing son, Spanish sensation John Rahm, and US stars of the American schedule such as Rickie Fowler, Justin Thomas and Patrick Reed.

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Lexi is back with a splash

Sweden’s Alex Noren gave the European Tour the perfect result as he won the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth.

The overwhelming majority of the ranking points that have taken him to this elevated position have been earned on the European Tour.

Executive director Andy Priest told BBC Sport: ‘He was a nice guy. We got his scorecard and he confirmed what he had shot. You could tell he had had a long day. But you have to say the gentleman played it out.’

Cloud nine for a birthday boy

PGA victory a boost for the European Tour

Noren has not been boosted by scooping points in Majors - all his successes have come from standard tour events. His followed wins at last year’s Scottish Open, European Masters, British Masters and Nedbank Challenge in South Africa.

Furore followed and rules were quickly amended so that the view of armchair referees would not influence what officials see on the spot see. Lexi was devastated – but next time out, the 22-year-old earned her first victory of the year at the LPGA Kingsmill Championship in Virginia.

Celebration soaking for Lexi Thompson after her first victory of the year

And for good measure, the 22-year-old carded a final round 65 in Virginia to take a five-shot victory with a record 264 for the tournament. Did that controversial loss spur her on? ‘I am always a very determined person,’ she said. ‘I have that drive to win, even more now.’

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Davie turned professional in 1868, and entered his first tournament, the St Andrews PGA; he would go on to win three major professional events of the time, Carnoustie in 1870, St Andrews in 1873 and Glasgow in 1878. In 1872 he played in The Grand Professional Tournament at Royal Liverpool Golf Club, the first professional event ever held in England. It had been organised by Robert Chambers, the Captain of Royal Liverpool and the Tantallon Golf Clubs. The players were provided with rail tickets and an evening meal as guests of the club. Davie led for the first two rounds but was pipped by Young Tom Morris in the final round. The record for David Strath in The Open will show that he was second on three occasions, in 1870 when Young Tom Morris had a runaway victory by twelve shots, again in 1872, and finally came the notorious events of 1876. The day began in farce, when the members of the R&A were also playing the course, a scene unimaginable today. The links were crowded, by golfers, spectators and the professionals playing The Open Championship. For the first time in the event David Strath and Bob Martin tied after the requisite 36 holes and were due to play off for the Claret Jug. A protest was made, alleging that when Davie played his shot into the 17th green his ball had struck either a player or a spectator. The committee declined to give a decision and

ordered the play off pending the decision. Davie declined, saying he would not play if a decision was not given beforehand. The following Monday, Bob Martin duly walked the course on his own and was presented with the Claret Jug as Open Champion, after The Play Off That Never Was. However Davie’s reputation was enhanced when he later defeated three Open Champions, Bob Ferguson, Willie Park and Mungo Park in challenge matches at the North Berwick. It was during the early 1870’s that the matches played between Davie Strath and his very good friend Young Tom Morris were the big attraction. Both men were to die young; Tommy was just twenty four years old, and Davie twenty nine, a tragedy in both cases. They played head to head matches and drew huge crowds; thousands of spectators followed the matches. The first event was in 1869, and they then joined forces to defeat Open Champions David Park and Bob Ferguson. The Great Golf Match, reported in the national press, took place in July 1873, it was played over three days and six rounds all played at St Andrews. The purse was £50 which Tommy won, they played again, the same format in August when Davie turned the tables and won the match. It was described by eminent golf writer Horace Hutchinson thus “For brilliant and steady play, combined with the absence of mistakes, the golf Young Tom and Davie

Strath exhibited day after day has never been surpassed. Almost single handedly they increased the public interest in golf and gave their fellow professionals respectability.” Sadly by 1878 Davie had contracted tuberculosis, he was advised to travel to Australia for the winter. He sailed on 14th October on the fastest vessel of the day, the SS Eurynome; the journey would take 84 days. During the voyage he became ill with bronchial laryngitis arrived in Melbourne in poor health and died twenty days later. He was buried in an unmarked grave in Melbourne General Cemetery, after a mix-up when his name was mis-spelled Struth. This mistake was not remedied until two golf historians discovered the truth and arranged for a new and more appropriate headstone to be erected over his grave in 2005, over one hundred years after his death. It was funded by the St Andrews Golf Club and the Golf Society of Australia. Finally solving the mystery of his death, which had been reported in the Scottish press in March 1879. Two of the best of St Andrews golfers, David Strath and Young Tom Morris who lived short but spectacular years, and who both contributed massively to the development of golf and the reputation of St Andrews. At times partners and at others protagonists, who conducted themselves with dignity and let their skills shine for all to see. Davie Strath, The St Andrews man who became the pride of North Berwick, where he was Keeper of the Green from 1876 until he set off on his fateful final journey to Australia. Michael Rees

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Course architect Cynthia Dye

GOLD ON THE SILVER COAST Michael Rees

Lisbon was voted European Golf Destination of the Year in 2016, and it was no surprise, the area has everything for the discerning golfer, wonderful courses, great weather, superb food, convenient flights from numerous airports and a very big welcome on the mat.

The area now has an additional attraction, West Cliffs, a superb new golf course, designed to make maximum use of the fantastic landscape, and created so that every single hole has a view of the Atlantic Ocean. Located close to Praia del Rey, just one hour North of Lisbon, on the Silver Coast and near the ancient fortified town of Obidos, a UNESCO world heritage location, famed for it’s Medieval Market. The course finally opened in June 2017, played for the first time by a specially invited group of tour operators and golf/ travel journalists from all over Europe, to sample and report on the links and to meet the course designer Cynthia Dye. In has taken over ten years, from the birth of the idea to finally opening the facility, years when the problems seemed insurmountable, but which have all been overcome to marvellous effect. Set the task of building a course with the minimum disruption to the terrain, and with bio concepts to the fore, renowned American golf course architect Cynthia Dye has provided a unique world class links golf course for all to savour. The result is a course which will challenge golfers of every standard. There are five sets of tees, and the most important decision will be to make the correct choice in order to make the experience an enjoyable one, rather than a painful examination, as there are some very difficult holes, and punishment for wayward shots. From the tiger tees it measures over 7000 yards, and with the collection of naturally bunkering it will be the ultimate test. Cynthia Dye has brought all her years of experience, gained in both the USA and the Far East to bear in creating the golf course. With exposure gained from many years

working for her uncle, Pete Dye, the doyen of American architects, famed for the challenges of his golf designs, facets of which are evident at West Cliffs to those who know the ethos of his designs. Having said that, this creation, her first in Portugal, is definitely unique and the perfect fit into the landscape, which offers scenery that is simply impossible to ignore. Her enthusiasm and passion for the course she

Silver Coast and the breaking surf. The front nine concludes with a risk and reward par four, protected by a lake, but which will tempt the big hitters if the wind is in a favourable direction. The back nine is highlighted by the dramatic short 12th and the finishing stretch from the 16th to the closing hole, dominated by a huge dune, which will decide the way you play the hole, with caution or over the top and

has created is evident as soon as she speaks about it. Hopefully the photographs will convey the reasons for her descriptions, using words including, picturesque, spectacular, dramatic, redan style, and natural, all of which are fully justified. It is oft said that the quality of a course can be measured by the number of holes that stay in the memory, if that is true then this is a top quality course that will never be forgotten, with numerous holes of significance. The dogleg , 3rd hole plays downhill, with cascading lakes and a string of deep bunkers, justifying the rating of stroke index one. The 5th is a memorable short hole, preceding back to back par fives, which boast views of the cliffs of the

go over the lake to go for the green in two, for an exciting finish. Francisco Cadete, Director of Golf at West Cliffs said “Our vision when we started the West Cliffs project was to build a golf course that fitted perfectly into the natural environment and offer a truly wonderful golfing experience”. They have completed their part of the equation, the thrill of playing the course will be left to the many golfers who will wish to come to play this marvellous addition to the golfing spectrum. The final piece in the jigsaw was the opening of the new clubhouse, a spectacular and stylish eco-friendly building, built using natural materials and offering panoramic views of the

course and the Atlantic Ocean from three sides of the glass fronted building. Designed by top Portuguese architects Sua Kay, and furnished by Filosfia do Espaco, it provides the perfect combination with the spectacular golf course. The resort will be managed by Marriot Praia Del Rey, which offers a choice of three different types of accommodation, a stay at the excellent five star hotel, at one of the houses in the Village, or one of the Beachfront apartments located just 100 metres from the waters edge and with breath-taking views of the golf course and the ocean. A first class golfing experience, with every element set to meet the very highest standards, a location that will prove to be a destination high on the priority list for the travelling golfer from all over Europe, and with the right publicity, even from the USA. My one tiny regret is that the name, which seems to fail to do justice to the magnificent setting, could not have been “Falesia del Rey”, an idea that was muted, but not finally chosen. For me, the translation of The Cliffs of the King carries a majesty that the course truly deserves, that touch of Regal Gold on the Silver Coast.

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Death of champion Roberto, 94 Killer Former Open champion Roberto de Vicenzo has died at the age of 94.

Bob Goalby but after his error came to light he memorably said: “What a stupid I am!”

The Argentine won the Claret Jug in 1967 at Royal Liverpool in Hoylake aged 44 to become the second oldest winner after Tom Morris, who was 46 in 1867.

He was preparing to take on Goalby when it emerged playing partner Tommy Aaron had inadvertently marked down a four on his card at the 17th when De Vicenzo had actually made a birdie three. De Vicenzo failed to notice the mistake when he submitted his scorecard to officials so the higher score stood.

But he is perhaps best known for the scorecard error that cost him victory at the Masters the following year. De Vicenzo had just carded 65 to force a play-off against

• Padraig Harrington had to withdraw from the St Jude Classic in Memphis after suffering an unusual elbow injury. The three-time Major winner was struck on the elbow by an amateur player he was coaching. The wound required six stitches and he could not play for nearly two weeks: ‘I thought it was the end of me playing competitive golf,’ he said. • The Open Championship and cycling’s Tour de France are the next major sporting events Wales is hoping to attract. The Royal Porthcawl course in Bridgend county is where Wales wants The R&A to consider adding to their roster of host venues alongside courses such as St Andrews and Muirfield. • Europe Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn has named Sweden’s Robert Karlsson as his first vice-captain for the 2018 event against USA in France. Karlsson, 47, played in Europe’s victory in 2006 and the defeat two years later and is Bjorn’s first backroom appointment. Next year’s event takes place at Le Golf National in Paris from 28-30 September. • Five-time major winner Phil Mickelson planned to miss the U.S. Open to attend daughter Amanda’s high school graduation. ‘As I look back on life, this is a moment I’ll always cherish and be glad I was present, he said. ‘There’s no greater joy as a parent.’ The tournament is the only Major the 46-year-old proud father has not won.

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Golfing people and places Langer makes history with a unique high-five Bernhard Langer has crowned the second half of his golfing life by becoming the first man to win all five senior Majors with victory at the Senior PGA Championship. It was also a record ninth senior Major win for the German, and it took him past Jack Nicklaus to the top of the list in the events for players aged 50 and over. Langer, 59, went into the final round one behind Vijay Singh but shot a four-under 68 to Singh’s 70 at Trump National Golf Club in Washington DC. Colin Montgomerie, a long-time rival and now also on the senior tour, says success in the Senior Open Championship is his number one target after a long-term injury.

Montgomerie tore ligaments in his ankle in February, but is fit to compete at Royal Porthcawl at the end of this month. He finished second behind Langer at Porthcawl in the 2014 Senior Open and was also second in the 2005 Open at St Andrews. ‘I would love to go one better,’ he said. ‘It is right on my radar, the most important event on my calendar.’ Since turning 50 in June 2013, Montgomerie has claimed three senior Majors but the Senior Open has eluded him.

A Golfer died after he was struck by lightning on a Suffolk course. Philip Shard, 60, died in hospital after being struck while playing at Fynn Valley Golf Club, Witnesham. He was married and lived in Rushmere, near Ipswich. East of England Ambulance Service said Mr Shard was in cardiac arrest when their crew arrived: ‘He was resuscitated and taken to Ipswich Hospital in a critical condition. Sadly, Mr Shard did not recover.’ • Golf Express is celebrating a very happy first birthday after a year highlighting that golf is a game which fits into any lifestyle.England Golf launched the Golf Express campaign last May to promote shorter, quicker formats.Since then, more than 25,000 people have been encouraged to play 9-hole golf or other short circuits, with over 200 clubs already using the website to post offers. • American Jeff Overton is recovering after a ‘life-threatening infection in his spine’, his wife has said. Christina Overton wrote on Facebook: ‘After several months off due to a herniated disc, Jeff underwent a minimally invasive procedure. Through the procedure he acquired a life-threatening infection in his spine, forcing an emergency surgery.’ Overton, 34, was part of the US Ryder Cup team in 2010 and last played on the PGA Tour in February. • Adidas has sold its struggling golf operations to an investment firm for £330million. KPS Capital Partners are the new owners of a business which includes the brands TaylorMade, Adams Golf and Ashworth. Adidas has owned TaylorMade since 1997, and added Ashworth in 2008 and Adams four years later to make it the world’s biggest golf supplier. But it has struggled to generate growth at those brands and last year combined sales fell one per cent.

Jang quits: ‘I just want to go home to mum’ Jang Ha-na, ranked number 10 in the world as a four-time winner on the LPGA Tour, has suddenly quit and gone back to South Korea.

Singapore last year as she and arch-rival Chun In-gee were travelling to the HSBC Women’s Champions tournament - two compatriots battling for the chance to represent their country at the Rio Olympics. The 25-year-old, famed for her quirky A bag being carried by Jang’s father crashed dancing victory celebrations on the way to winning more than £2million in prize money, down an escalator at Singapore’s Changi said she was quitting the main tour to return Airport, hitting Chun who sustained a back injury which forced her to withdraw from the to South Korea’s domestic circuit. tournament. Jang was heavily criticised by her She was involved in a bizarre incident in national media, but insisted that this played no

part in her decision to cut short her career in the United States. She said she just wanted to go home to her mother and family. She said: ‘I thought being world number one was the only goal in my life and that was where my happiness comes from. But I realised there are many more important things than that. Even though I won four times, I still felt empty inside. ‘I made this decision because being with my family is more important to me than being the world’s top golfer.’

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Are an It’s you all about Alderney Virgin the technology I recently nipped over to Alderney with friends to play in their Hoskins Cup and discovered howwhen lovely theballisland Evenbuton the shoot a long up the is. fairway ended I’ve never felt very excited it and friendly plane, a local man chatted merrily away to us, somehow labelling us up hitting my usual duff shot whereby the comes to replacing household goods, as ‘Alderney Virgins’ because we’d never visited the island before. greater part of the strike had been forced as I’ve always felt you don’t really get anything new, despite splashing the cash. Having said that, I was recently tempted to purchase a new powerful vacuum cleaner to replace my aging model. I had my doubts until the cleaner arrived and I watched it in rev into action, complete with bright headlights, although I’m not sure exactly why these are needed. It’s turbo charge swept the carpet so effectively the fluffy pile stood bolt upright and the dust The island has the feel of stepping back container was completely full within 30 years and it definitely brought back minutes – so much for me thinking my childhood memories of a simple life where carpets were relatively clean! everyone knew each other and nobody bothered to lock their doors. They say a bad workman blames their Alderney may be proof a small butnew their tools, but Golf this Club was definite that Lady Captain, Lisa, and members put in technology can make a big difference. a lot of effort to support the event; finding trolleys forI competitors and providing So, when went out to play golf next, I complimentary teas and coffees. The to pulled out my temperamental 3 wood Scouser barman, Mark, makes a very palatable jug of Pimms and Carol in the kitchen produces delicious fresh crab sandwiches. The course itself is 9 holes played twice from different tees and has a few tricky angles, lots of slopes, a smattering of trees to go over (if you’re skilled or lucky), plenty of rough and the odd rabbit hole. Thankfully there’s not a drop of water on the course, although there are stunning views over idyllic blue bays. The actual competition is a 36 hole medal over two days but if you don’t make the cut, there’s an ‘also run’ 9 hole stableford the following day. As part of the modest entrance fee, the club holds a lively supper evening with wine on the table supported by a team of lovely ladies who shuttle guests backwards and forwards so the drinks can flow - probably the reason why my scores weren’t so good the following day! There’s even a complimentary Cream Tea at Prize Giving with the best lemon drizzle cake I’ve tasted for a while. Mind you, nobody’s likely to starve on the island as there are a surprisingly good choice of local eateries, including an excellent Thai restaurant, with a reputation for cocktails.

underground. As the law of physics will confirm, this is not the most effective golf strike bearing in mind earth is heavier than air. I therefore came to the conclusion it was time to investigate the latest golfing technology and I arranged for a fitting with a Pro, who quickly established my current off-set 3 wood was completely inappropriate for my swing. This wasn’t a complete surprise as it confirmed why Forget passports and foreign currency, it had spent most of its life tucked away although Alderney still print their own one in my bag as the odds were stacked pound notes - memories of when a £1 note against it. seemed a lot of money. I wasn’t anticipating a shopping trip on my visit but they have It didn’t take longa small to convince the clubs everything from grocerymestore, were right for me and I ended buying ironically known as ‘Arkwright’s, uniquea 5 wood, which travels yards clothes shopssomehow and a shoe store10 who held a further than my current 3 wood and special discount evening especially fora us lovely, forgiving rescue club which is now golfers. known as my ‘get out of jail’ club. It’s also well worth exploring the fauna and flora the cliff top walks, where Samphire I loveon a good gadget and I’m delighted with grows wild and off-shore rocks are home to my new vacuum cleaner which manages to thousands of nesting Gannets and the scuff up even more rubbish. I’m also nearest island is full of Puffins. delighted with my new clubs which, Flying fromare Southampton thankfully, the oppositeonly as took they us no about 2longer hoursscuff door-to-door, although be aware the up so much rubbish on baggage restrictions calls for micro-packing the course! as all hand luggage needs to slip under the seat, so don’t evenwere thinka about stuffing in Both items ‘considered’ extrapurchase outfits. but it’s fantastic to no longer have toAirline focusservice like a Jedi The Aurigny was Knight friendly and to ‘feel force’ justour personal with trying the same manthe booking-in to control enough luggage then reappearing again tomuscle, board rhythm lift us. At one stageposture we evenand thought hetomight thepilot! ball Alderney in the right direction. resurface as our airport is even more informal with a knitting box in the lounge where Vacuuming you can addmay a few berows tiringfor buta local charity while you wait - I can’t then bad golf can be see BA offering this ascompletely an option! exhausting, so maybe I should So, if you’re looking forinahindsight unique and special have employed a cleaner golfing break that doesn’t involve spending more time hours travelling, and thenspent Alderney’s well worth practicing myentries swing for on the the considering. Book soon as golfthecourse. Hoskins Cup (or Men’s Open the week before) are limited and it’s a popular event with the ladies from neighbouring Channel Islands www.alderneygolfclub.com/ ladies-competitions-diary/© Claire Kane Follow my tales on twitter@golfsnippets © Claire Kane 2017

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The light south westerly breeze kept the players guessing and with the greens running at 10.5 on the Stimpmeter the pressure was on from the start. The wind dropped a little for the afternoon round and this was reflected in the better scores.

But the course once again proved a stern test for even the best who were fulsome in their praise of the presentation of the golf course so early in the year. Those from the north, as well as few from closer to home, had not seen such perfect greens all winter! Lauren Hillier from Newport Gwent playing off +2 set the early pace with a morning round of 72 with six others all playing par 74 or better.

West Byfleet (73,75) and Sharna Dutrieux from Wrotham Heath (78,71) both on total 149. These two had also featured among the prizes in 2016.

However, come the afternoon, professional Sophie Walker from Lancashire and winner of the event in 2009, pulled away and added a 69 (a gold cup course record) to her morning 74 to win the handsome trophy. Total for 36 holes – 143.

Lauren Hillier had to settle for the best morning round and Kerry Smith from Waterlooville the best afternoon round with a score of 73.Sophie Mills, playing off 2, from John O’Gaunt Golf Club had a hole in one at the 14th which brightened up her morning round of 85 and inspired her to a 77 in the afternoon.

Second was amateur Amelia Jane Williamson from Royal Cromer on 146 (73,73). Third, amateur Gemma Allman from Stanmore on 147 (73,74). In fourth place was the 2016 winner, professional Alex Peters from Shifnal, on 148 (77,71).

This event is now coupled with the Hampshire Rose taking place at North Hants Golf Club on April 9th. Those competitors who compete in the 72 hole Gold Rose will be eligible for World Amateur Golf Ranking Points.

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You are invited to an open day at the friendly golf club South Winchester banishes that awful, lonely feeling of being a new member Joining a golf club can be a pretty lonely experience – if you choose the wrong club.

and the next, and the next. By late morning, the new member was back in the clubhouse, still alone - and he resigned on the spot.

There is a true story about one Hampshire golfer who recently joined a club and, being on his own, waited at the first tee and asked a group of three approaching members if they minded him joining them for a round.

It is a sorry tale related by South Winchester Golf Club to illustrate the polar opposite of their own club’s maxim: Play Better Golf and Make New Friends.

They did mind. So too did the next group,

South Winchester practise what they preach, with a philosophy that runs right through the club, from managers to members and staff. The club has even appointed a professional whose job description includes meeting new members, putting them in touch with established members and ensuring a smooth integration into the club and what it has to offer. This approach will be in action again next month, when South Winchester holds two Open and Skills Days on Saturday August 19 and Sunday August 20 (see separate details). Ollie Bode, Sales & Membership Manager, explained: ‘The club prides itself on a friendly and welcoming atmosphere, and we want to give potential members the chance to see for themselves.

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Free Play a few holes on this exquisite Hampshire course Specialist skills clinics to sharpen your chipping and putting Enjoy a drink in the welcoming Lakeside clubhouse

Exclusive membership deals available for guests on these Open Days The Open Days will be supervised by Ollie Bode, South Winchester’s Sales & Membership Manager, and Sam Holloway, the club’s Golf Development Professional To take part, contact: ‘We’d like them to play a few holes, benefit from some short-game coaching and discover the clubhouse atmosphere. There will also be some special membership offers available.’

them, four competitions a week. We are a modern, friendly club where it is easy to make friends. There is no risk of new members being lonely here.

Assistant General Manager Richard Adams says South Winchester is ‘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.

‘The golf club is the centre of a friendly, social arena. That’s what we mean when we say Play Better Golf and Make New Friends.’

‘We have probably the best free-draining golf course around, playable all year. There is a good social calendar and, for those who want

The Golf Development Professional is Sam Holloway, whose job includes ensuring new members’ integration. ‘New members are at risk of feeling alone. Once we actively put them in touch with other members, they are soon up and running.’

Phone: 01962 873 549 e-mail: southwinchester-sales@crown-golf.co.uk Current members are very open to playing with newcomers; 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 nearly all club events are truly mixed, involving men, women and juniors playing alongside each other. The club honours the traditions of golf, while at the same time allowing smart jeans in the clubhouse - and a respectful use of mobile phones. Ollie added: ‘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.’ And the course itself? Its blessed location, on chalk with a narrow topsoil and greens built on sand, means its 7,000 yards par 72 Championship Course is never bogged down.

Ollie Bode Sales and Membership Manager

The course was designed by Dave Thomas and Peter Alliss and has been described as being like an ‘inland links’. With three separate tees to choose from, players of all abilities can decide how tough to make the challenge. As would be expected of a leading club, South Winchester has extensive practice facilities including a 7-bay, covered driving range and a fully-stocked pro shop. The waterside clubhouse is a particularly attractive feature. Membership also gives access to Open Play Golf at all Crown Golf courses, allowing you to play up to 10 times a year on more than 20 courses, without charge, 365 days a year… if you can drag yourself away from South Winchester!

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The Golf Trust continues remarkable rise with UK Charity Commission registration The remarkable rise of The Golf Trust continues, with the news that the charity has achieved official registration with the Charity Commission. The Golf Trust (charity no. 1172134) was established in 2012 at The Shire London Golf Club by Cae Menai-Davis and Frank Harrington to promote inclusivity in golf, and to break down traditional barriers to participation such as socioeconomic status, physical or mental ability, and location. It first made news in October 2012 when it united multiple organisations for a disabled golf demonstration event at The Shire London. Since then, The Golf Trust has been demonstrating the power of well-delivered community golf initiatives in a range of activities which have taken golf’s message into many uncharted areas. Extraordinary growth over the last five years has so far seen The Golf Trust engage with over 200,000 people – almost all complete newcomers to the sport – for a minimum of four hours’ golf coaching both in the UK and in Grenada, where it works with the Jason Roberts Foundation.

Other notable landmarks in the charity’s short life so far have seen over 40,000 9-13 year old British schoolgirls competing in its 2016 Golf’s Golf Talent event, over 50,000 disabled individuals being given at least four hours of golf lessons each, and the training of over 250 golf coaches to deliver The Golf Trust outreach programmes in schools and community groups. Talking about The Golf Trust’s new registered charity status, Cae Menai-Davis said: “We’ve worked hard for five years to achieve this, but the work is worth it when you see the outcome.

“We are about much more than golf” he said. “In a way, golf skills are the secondary outcome. We see people feeling better about themselves, forming new connections, and getting active again. These are great outcomes – the ones we most look for, in fact.” The Golf Trust coaches are taught that luxury branded golf gear and sponsored executive cars are better left at home while working in the community. “To gain someone’s trust, the golf coach has to be relatable to the participant. The sport can come across as arrogant and privileged, which is the opposite of The Golf Trust way of doing things.” He continued: “We often deliver golf where you can’t see it. Golf doesn’t need to happen on a golf course, although we’ve created a non-intimidating pathway for newcomers to visit a traditional golf club should they wish to.” In 2016 The Golf Trust won the England Golf Innovation Award for the huge impact created by Golf’s Got Talent, and in 2017 the charity continues to diversify with new initiatives which include the UK launch of the Els For Autism scheme, a Strength In Mind mental awareness programme with golf at its heart, and a pilot project with the NHS mental health unit at Park Royal Hospital involving both wardens and inmates in golf. The Golf Trust UK Disabled Open, which returns on 24th July 2017 with Barclays as the new title sponsor, has become the country’s largest annual pan-disability golf

event, attracting competitors from Special Olympics GB, the Disabled Golf Association, the Blind Golf Association, the English Deaf Golf Association, HandiGolf and other specialist associations. Despite its London roots, The Golf Trust has run golf projects in many UK areas including Liverpool, Wales, Cornwall and Birmingham, and is in talks to bring its methods to Scotland.

Further afield, the charity is planning Golf Trust projects in Uganda and Indonesia, with approaches from many more places around the world coming in on a regular basis. “In a world where segregation continues to be a problem, golf can bring people together” said Menai-Davis. “It can be a force for good, and on a much larger scale than you would ever think possible – as long as you are prepared to step away, on occasion, from the slightly closed world of the traditional golf club.”

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ROUND-UP OF THE PGA COUNTY NEWS IN AND AROUND HAMPSHIRE

Wall is solid at Andy returns Hayling Pro-Am to take the top Ferndown spot Tournerbury Golf Centre’s Ben Wall kicked off the 2017 PGA South Pro-Am season by shooting one of the best rounds of his PGA career, a seven-under-par 64, to win the popular Hayling Pro-Am.

Proving that traditional links golf is a powerful attraction for lots of golfers, no fewer than 49 teams of four competed over Hayling’s immaculately prepared, firm and fast links, accompanied as usual by a typically stiff breeze.

Claiming the individual title and the winner’s cheque for £1,150, Wall edged out two former Order of Merit champions, pushing the bogey free six-under-par, 65 of Canterbury’s Richard Wallis into second spot, and the 66s of the two lefties – James Ablett (Lee-on-the-Solent) and ’s Chris Gane (Left Handed Golf at Silvermere) into a tie for third. Wall’s delight at winning was clear, as he explained: ‘I’ve just completed my first year as a PGA Assistant at Tournerbury, and it’s my first regional win, so I’m very pleased about that. I’m getting some guidance from one of the PGA South’s 2016 Coach of the Year, Kevin Flynn, the Tournerbury’s PGA Head Professional, and it all came together today.’ Things could have been very different if Gane could have maintained his run of form through the first 11 holes. Starting with a deuce at the opening hole and adding another at the fifth, Gane was already sixunder at the turn and promptly made a third two at the 11th to reach seven-under. Yet with seven birdie opportunities remaining, things cooled down for Gane with no more birdies and dropped shots at the 12th and 17th for his 66. In the team event though, even Wall’s supreme effort for his team still left them six off the mark, with Purley Downs’ Kevin O’Connell leading his team of amateurs to the top of the team leaderboard.

Wall was a member at Hayling for 11 years so his 64 wasn’t entirely a surprise, as he said: ‘I’ve shot lower rounds in roll ups and the like, but this is my best score at Hayling in a proper tournament.  Rain overnight softened the greens a bit, which helped, but it was still firm and fast, and there was a two to three club wind to deal with as well.’ He continued: “Dropping the one shot on the 17th when my drive was gathered into a bunker spoiled an otherwise pretty good card, and I still had to wait three hours to find out if I’d won, as Richard Wallis was one of the last players to finish. ‘It was a super day, very well run and very well supported, so although it was a long day, it was well worth the wait in all sorts of ways!’

Knighton Heath club professional Andy Windsor returned to his previous club Ferndown to claim top place in the annual Invitational Pro-am that attracted 45 teams to an immaculate course on a sweltering summer day. The Knighton Heath club professional and his Silver Lady team of Steve Drewitt, Mark Dancer and Miles Delahunty came home late with a winning score of 14-under-par 128 in the team-only event operating with a two-tee start. Their back nine of 66 was enough to relegate long-time leaders Parkstone Birdies to second place because of the three-shot difference on countback. Parkstone’s long-serving professional James Baldwin led Annie Penfold, Jill Farthing and Ange Talbert.

The final prize went to Mark Wiggett (Dudsbury) who headed the Hooks and Slices trio of Andy Lear, Jem Fearon and Mike Barron into third on 129. Dominic Knight (Remedy Oak) and his Sea Leggs team were fourth one shot behind while James Hannam (Bath) and the A J Removals team were fifth on 130. Tournament controller Bob Martin said: ‘This will probably be the best course we experience this year. The greens were unbelievable and interesting bunker changes are new features. It was like playing in Spain.’

Playing for fun, Roger runs close Roger Tuddenham admitted it was ‘total and utter’ surprise to find  himself in contention for the Silversea Senior PGA Professional  Championship at Foxhills, writes Ken Gaunt. The PGA in Hampshire secretary, pictured right, clawed his way up up the leaderboard on the final day to force a play-off with Fraser Mann (Carnoustie Links) and Paul Streeter (Lincoln Golf Centre). All three notched an even par total of 218 with Tuddenham finishing with a splendid three-under-par 70 after an opening 75

followed by a 73. Tuddenham, however, bogeyed the first play-off hole to drop out of contention as Mann went on to claim top spot for the second time in three years. The consolation for the popular secretary of The PGA in Hampshire was nearly £4,000 in prize money.

Tuddenham said: ‘I am elated as I only play for fun these days. I thought it was going to be a long week when I was three over after six holes in the first round and it was raining heavily. But I started growing in confidence and halfway through the tournament I thought I would just go for it. It almost paid off.’

PGA gets a Wiser choice of sponsor Hampshire - based Be Wiser Insurance is set to strengthen its ties with the region’s golfing community after signing a three-year deal with the Professional Golfers’ Association in Hampshire. The fast-growing insurance broker has secured naming rights for the Be Wiser Insurance PGA in Hampshire and is also title sponsor of its four key tournaments. Marketing director Andrew Dunkerley said: ‘As a company we are involved in a wide range of sporting events from the British

Superbikes through to Championship football. ‘We have enjoyed working with the Hampshire PGA in the past and are thrilled to announce this three-year agreement which reinforces our support of the wider sporting community.’

Roger Tuddenham, secretary of The PGA in Hampshire said: ‘To have the backing of a hugely successful company very much based in Hampshire is a real boost. ‘A three-year deal gives us a great opportunity to plan for the future and ensure we stage top class events and showcase great talent.’

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“Drive for show and Putt for Dough” is a saying most golfers know but this is all very well if your tee shots are consistent. Many golfers would undoubtedly If this is far from the case then you will no doubt know that a improve their scores by using better course management. poor tee shot lessens your chances of a decent score! To make the most of the ground firming up now is the time to asses your driving skills and try to squeeze a bit more power out by using the following tricks: Set-Up Check List When teeing off you need to be aware that the set-up is different to when using an iron. Firstly make sure the ball is teed up at the correct height for your driver. You should be able to see half the ball above the top of the club. The ball position needs to be opposite the inside of your left or front heel. You then need to feel like you are almost on a slight up hill slope (a launch pad to launch your drive from) This will settle a fraction more weight back onto your right (or back foot) –about 60%. Relax and don’t strangle the club, remain as calm as possible. Swing away low and slow; The first part of the swing shouldn’t be picked up steep or snatched away from the ball rapidly, but stretched wide to create the width required to send the ball soaring. The general reaction to having a driver in your hand is to think “Aha, this has to go further than all my other clubs so I will hit it as hard and swing it as fast as I can!!”. This is unfortunately our human instinct creeping in, it usually ends in disaster. So take a deep breath and remember the driver is designed by those clever driver designing people to go further for you. So keep the swing smooth and rhythmical rather than trying to beat the ball into the next millennium.

Just A Thought Visualise where you would like your ball to go, remember a good tee shot you have hit in the past (and try not to let the bad ones creep into your memory). See the shot, rehearse the shot (by doing practice swings) and committ to hitting the shot. Not everyone feels they get on with drivers, some are under the impression they have an allergy to such clubs! Modern technology has moved on so much since many of us started playing golf. This means drivers these days are seriously on your side. Why not have a go with a few of the new models coming out. You’ll be surprised how well you hit them. Driving the ball well is also a confidence thing. Remember that you need to train your brain as well as your swing to hit good shots. Why not have a “Mind Factor” session or a playing lesson here at the all new Boundary Lakes with me to get rid of those on course demons! Call me on 07780 684334 or e-mail me at katiedawkinsgolf@hotmail.co.uk A bit of a tweak in your set-up and a boost to your confidence can really make a huge difference getting you set-up for Driving success this Summer!

Commit to a full flowing follow through. So many people cut their swings short once the ball has been hit. Don’t be tempted to do this stretch the club through just as you would have done if you were taking a practice swing. Focus on your finsh. Let the ball get in the way.

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It may interest you to know that it is a common strategy for training youngsters in course management to have them play a round of golf with no pins in the holes! The surprising thing is that, almost without exception, the scoring is better when the pins are out than when they play the same course with the pins in. That almost doesn’t make sense does it - but it does when you realise that golf is a game of misses. I often find that when golfers are selecting a club for a shot, they make their selection based on the assumption that they are going to hit the ball perfectly well. This is an assumption that is, in certain situations, a potential disaster. Let’s say, for example, that your best shot with an 8 iron pitches 130 yards and your worst travels 122 through the air. This means that your average 8 iron flies 126 yards. Now imagine you are faced with a shot of 130 to a pin that is four yards over a bunker. You think, great, that’s a perfect yardage for my 8 iron. So you go with the eight but, unfortunately, you hit a slightly below average shot and finish in the bunker. The same shot aimed at the middle of the green would have been good! The key to good scoring is to go with your average shot and steer away from potential disasters. Golf history is littered with stories of Championships thrown away by hitting the wrong shot or by poor judgement. The one that stands out in my mind was the unfortunate story of Jean Van de Velde. He stood on the last tee of the 1999 Open Championship at

Carnoustie with a three shot lead. On the 487 yard par 4, Van de Velde took out his driver, (on the three previous rounds he had had two birdies and a par on the hole). A wayward drive went over the burn on the right of the fairway, but found land. Rather than chip back onto the fairway and play to the green with his third shot, he went for the green with a two iron. His shot hit the greenside grandstand and rocketed off into thick rough. From there a cocktail of disasters meant that he wound up with a seven. He ended up in a play-off which he lost to Paul Lawrie. Of course, any wrong decision you might make would pale into insignificance compared to this one. Why did he go for the risky two iron when he could have played a pitch down the fairway and a short iron to the green? Only Jean knows that one!! The picture is of Jean on the eighteenth hole contemplating whether to play out of the burn. The lesson to be learned is that if you are in the rough, get back into play. You have to accept that you will probably drop a shot. Having made that decision you will be a lot more composed when you come to play the next shot. Who knows, you may hole a putt and make a par or nett par, but you will avoid the big number. I hope this article will help you to shoot lower scores in July If you would like some help with your game. Please contact me on 07787 887578. My email is martin. butcher@aim.com or go to my website: mbtourcoach.com

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