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INSIDE Rory: My Green Jacket wedding wish – Page 4 We meet the 10th tee hell hound Bus Pass Golfer – Page 16

NORTH Hants Golf Club in Fleet will have to find some more space in its Justin Rose Room to record the continuing exploits of the county’s favourite golfing son.

Philip’s second spell as Hants PGA skipper – Page 16

Room will be found for mementoes of the 2017 Masters to be placed alongside those of Rose’s U.S. Open triumph in 2013 and his Olympic Golf Gold.

Hampshire Jenny’s lifetime accolade – Page 16

But while Rose was pipped at Augusta by Sergio Garcia, the inevitable disappointment for his fans was counterbalanced by a display of skill and sportsmanship which was a credit to both men, and to a sport which still prides itself on honesty and fairness.

Was this golf’s worst injustice ever? – Page 24

Yes, the final round between these two Ryder Cup titans was bound to be emotional. Rose was edging his way towards a second Major, and Garcia was trying to secure his first on the very day which would have been the 60th birthday of his hero, Seve Ballesteros. But the overriding emotion for spectators of the final round was the way these two Europeans fought the fight. In the final round, they were toe-to-toe rivals but not opponents, supremely competitive yet gentlemanly, acknowledging each other’s skills with a knuckle-touch or a nod.

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JUSTIN ROSE: ‘I AM REALLY HAPPY FOR SERGIO. I WOULD LOVE TO WEAR THE GREEN JACKET, BUT IF IT WASN’T ME, I AM GLAD IT IS HIM’ • From Page 3 And who can forget seeing Rose, statuesque and dignified, giving Garcia the thumbs-up to acknowledge a great shot down the 18th? They made us proud, both of them. Garcia said afterwards: ‘We are good friends so we were very respectful of each other. We were cheering each other on. We wanted to beat the other guy, not the other lose it.’

Heartache Rose said: ‘I am really happy for Sergio. I would love to be wearing the Green Jacket but if it wasn't me, I am glad it is him. He has had his share of heartache over the years. We have been friends for a long time and playing golf against each other since we were 14 years old. ‘

This one’s for you, Seve: Garcia said it was ‘amazing’ to join his Spanish idols Seve Ballesteros and Jose Maria Olazabal as a Masters champion. Right, 2016 champion Danny Willett helps Garcia into the famous Green Jacket

‘We will get up tomorrow and he will be happy for a month and then golf will take over; I will be unhappy for a month and golf will take over for me.’ Rose, 36, held a two-shot lead with five holes to go but lost when Garcia birdied the first extra hole on Sunday.

‘I feel it is a tournament I can still do well in,’ said Rose. ‘It's a course you can get to know and be competitive here for a long, long time.’ Rose, who has finished tied second, 10th and now second in his last three Masters, was referring to 57-year-old American Fred Couples, winner of the Green Jacket in 1992, who has had six top-20 finishes in his last seven appearances.

‘I felt in control all day,’ Rose added. ‘Sometimes the rub of the green is for you and sometimes it isn't. I hit a really good putt on 18 in regulation and thought it was going in. I see myself having many more chances to come.’

• PORTSMOUTH’S Scott Gregory made the most of his first Augusta experience. • The 22-year-old secured his place through victory in the British Amateur Championship , and had warmed up with victory in the Georgia Cup over US amateur champion Curtis Luck – and by watching hours of YouTube footage from previous Masters. • Scott’s rounds of 82 and 75 were not enough to avoid the cut but he racked up invaluable exposure as he works towards qualification for the next Walker Cup squad later this year.

• THIS year’s Masters was the last for Hazel Irving as the face of the BBC’s golf coverage. • Irvine, above left, has stepped down after 25 years as a golf presenter and eight years as the corporation’s lead anchor for sport, although she will remain the face of snooker and host major events such as the Olympics. • rvine is handing over to Eilidh Barbour, above right, who joins a team that includes Peter Alliss, Ken Brown and Andrew Cotter. She will make her debut at the PGA Championship in May. • Barbour has covered golf for BBC Radio 5 Live and is familiar to sports fans as a reporter on Football Focus, Final Score, the Euro 2016 tournament and FA Cup games. She also fronts the BBC’s coverage of women’s football and women’s rugby. • Irvine said she wants to ‘re-align my on-air commitments around the changing needs of my family’.

RORY: Green Jacket would have been good for the wedding! RORY McILROY dreamed of winning a Green Jacket that he could wear at his forthcoming wedding. McIlroy, who has just signed a new £89million deal with Nike, will wed American fiancé Erica Stoll, a USPGA worker. He secured another top ten finish at Augusta, so must wait again for a chance to win the one Major title eluding him as he seeks to become the first European to complete a career Grand Slam. McIlroy revealed that he had dreamed of standing at the wedding ceremony in one of the most famous jackets on the planet: ‘It would have been nice to walk down the aisle in the Green Jacket. Would I have done that? Oh yeah, if the members would have allowed me. If Mr Payne (Augusta chairman) would have allowed me. We're very excited. It's a great time in our lives and it's all about that over the next couple of weeks and I'll come back at the Players Championship refreshed and a married man and start a new chapter in my life.’

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McIlroy has also revealed he will make some equipment changes following the Masters - including playing with a different ball: ‘I thought my golf ball this week was doing weird things in the wind, very inconsistent. So there's one thing I will change and try to work on.’ The deal with Nike is for 10 years and, as Nike has stopped making clubs and balls, it lets McIlroy’s team negotiate with equipment companies. At the moment, McIlroy is using Callaway drivers and irons, Titleist wedges and ball and a Scotty Cameron putter. Each would obviously like the world No.2 to endorse their products. However, without a logo allowed on his Nike cap or clothes these could lead to complex arrangements. Nike said they were stopping making equipment in a competitive marketplace in which it only managed to secure nine per cent share despite the patronage of Tiger Woods and McIlroy.


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l e v a r T l l i W Have Clubs THE MAGICAL ISLAND OF LA GOMERA The island of La Gomera, the second smallest of the main seven islands of the Canaries, lies a short ferry ride from Tenerife, and the regular services operates from the port of Los Michael Rees Cristianos, run by both Fred Olsen Lines and Armas. The island is special, having a World Heritage Site, El Cedro, which is an ancient tropical forest; plus the point of departure for Christopher Columbus on his voyage to seek America, and a more modern miracle in the form of a golf course laid out on the side of cliffs running down to the sea. Imagine the scene in the 1990’s when renowned golf course architect Donald Steel came to view his project; a beautiful tropical island forged from an extinct volcano, with steep escarpments falling down to a crystal clear blue sea, and slashed by deep ravines.

sea. Incredible views including the sight of Mount Teide sitting majestically above the clouds on distant Tenerife. The descent into Playa Santiago is equally as daunting, winding down a steep valley road toward the rocky coastline.

An island lush with green vegetation, interspersed with scorched patches of lava residue, which is decked with colourful hibiscus and bougainvillea, ravaged by barrancos running to the sea. It seemed an implausible task, but from this terrain he fashioned a unique and spectacular golf course. Nature gave him every assistance, with a wonderful backdrop to the course, providing magnificent views from every point on the course. East to the distant snow capped Mount Teide, and panoramic views in all directions over the ocean, and his skill and determination lead him to create a unique golfing test.

The golf course was built on the site of an old banana plantation. The terraced landscape rolling down to the sea provided a challenge but also the perfect location for Steel to create a spectacular and innovative, quite possibly unique golf layout. The layout really is different, more akin to a ski slope, because to get to the first tee it is necessary to either drive a buggy, or take the shuttle, for it is was high up the hillside at the farthest and highest point of the course.

It is possible to travel over to the island, play the course and return to Tenerife the same evening. That requires taking the early ferry over in the morning and the late ferry to return at dusk; a full but very rewarding excursion. The drive from the port of San Sebastian to Tecina is simply breathtaking, a climbing road, full of hairpin bends, with spectacular volcanic outcrops and cavernous ravines stretching into the distance and down to the

There is then a progressive and continuous descent as the eighteen holes wind down toward the crashing sea, with spectacular views on every hole, across ravines, to distant mountains and to the vista of the ocean. As you near the end of the round, take time to look out to sea, the only sounds are the crashing waves on the seashore and the calling of the gulls wheeling overhead. Some holes are straight downhill, others meander across the line of the slopes and down toward the clubhouse. The whole course is a delight, but two holes are burnt into the memory banks, the par three 4th hole, is over a vast cavernous ravine, with

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huge cactus and shrubs and downhill to a small bunkered green. The 10th is another fear generator, again a downhill par four, a drive to an island fairway, then over another canyon containing a plantation of shrubs and cacti to another tiny green. The course is readily playable from the yellow markers, but from the tiger tees it would be a very different proposition. The greens create the greatest task, they are very difficult to read, and fast down grain and slower against, add the slope to the sea, and you have to expect the possibility of three putts on any green. The colourful plants are amazing, bougainvillea, jacaranda, hibiscus and flowering cacti, many species of which are unique to the island, adding to the course in whichever direction you look; providing witness to the incredible climate on the island. It is difficult to comprehend how all this has been achieved in so short a time, and on such difficult terrain. From the first tee shot the course grabs your attention, not only for the demands of the golf, but because the senses are bombarded with spectacular views in every direction and on every hole. Apart from the golf course and the facilities of the Tecina Hotel, the biggest single attraction on La Gomera is the tropical forestry of the Garajonay National Park. It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site

in 1986, and a host of micro climates provide a fascinating variety of life on an island just fifteen miles in diameter. As the island has not suffered volcanic activity in recent centuries, there has been extensive erosion, creating the deep ravines common on the island. As a consequence the inhabitants developed a unique method of communication by using a whistling language called Silbo Gomero. The language has been traced back to Roman times, developed by the Guanches, and adapted by the Spanish settlers in the 16th century. It was kept alive by families, but is now taught in schools, and still in use today, especially to entertain the many tourists to the island. The history books tell us that La Gomera was the last port of call for Christopher Columbus, before he set sail to find the Americas, taking with him cuttings of sugar cane, a crop that had such an impact on the Caribbean and the New World, and the people of Africa. If you are looking for somewhere very different, peaceful and tranquil, beautiful, fascinating, spectacular yet non invasive, this could be your little taste of paradise, which is how I would describe it. We have visited La Gomera, a few times and it will be very difficult not to return, it is truly one of the delights of the Canary Islands, and one to savour.


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LEGENDS OF THE GAME... ...LLOYD MANGRUM – THE TEXAN HERO In common with many of his contemporaries, the career of Lloyd Mangrum was disrupted by the impact of World War 11. He began his professional tournament career in the 1930’s, and came to prominence in 1940, just as America became involved in the conflict. He did not look like a professional golfer, having slicked dark hair parted in the middle and sporting a narrow moustache, oft seen with a cigarette in his mouth, he appeared more like a gangster or classic Clark Gable style Hollywood movie star, but he could certainly play golf. If the war stole some of his playing years, it also provided him a military career, he compensated by twice winning the coveted Purple Heart while serving under General Patton in the Battle of the Bulge, and was wounded on two occasions. After that golf could have had little demand on his nerve. His first tournament win came in 1940 in the Thomasville Open, he seemed on course to add The Masters title that year after starting with a round of 64, but he could not maintain it and was pipped for the trophy by fellow Texan Jimmy Demeret. Then came the war: during his time in Europe he was sent to St Andrews to recover from his wounds and while he was there he proved he had not lost his golfing skills by winning a GI Tournament there. He was demobbed from the Army and returned to tournament golf in 1946. For the next nine years he was never out of the top ten money winners at a time when Sam Snead, Ben Hogan and Byron Nelson

Left: Mangrum with Roy Rogers

were in their prime. Soon after his return to competition he won his first major title, winning the 1946 US Open at Canterbury GC Cleveland, after a three way play-off with Vic Ghezzi and Byron Nelson. He performed well in The Masters for the next four years, finishing in the top ten three years in succession, including second place in 1949. He was only once out of the top six between 1948 and 1956. As it is said, only the winners are remembered, and he was never to win a Green Jacket, nor to add to his solitary major win in 1946, having lost the chance to win the US Open in 1950 when he lost to Ben Hogan by two shots in a play-off. He had been given a two shot penalty in regular play for blowing a bug off his ball on the putting surface, ball cleaning was not allowed at that time, but it was a harsh and

punitive interpretation of the rules. He rarely played in The Open Championship, but did come over in 1953 when Ben Hogan had his famous victory at Carnoustie. His tournament record was impressive once he began winning consistently, successful forty six times, and was leading money winner in 1951 and twice won the Vardon Trophy for the best stroke average. In 1948 he won eight times, a record only bettered by Ben Hogan and Byron Nelson. The following year he was in the record books for play being involved in the longest ever play-off. In the Motor City Open they played eleven extra holes after Mangrum tied with Cary Middlecoff, when darkness descended the committee eventually declared them joint winners.

His Ryder Cup dossier is also very impressive, playing on four consecutive occasions between 1947 and 1953, the last time as playing Captain, a role long since abandoned. During those four matches he only lost twice. His personal record shows that he had 46 professional wins, a total beaten by very few, including one year when he won eight times, despite the sparsity of events at that time. His one moment of controversy came in an interview for an article in Sports Illustrated magazine, when he stated that in his view amateur golfers should not be allowed to compete in professional events. Although he was successful at the highest level for twenty years, he was described by leading American sports journalist Jim Murray as “The Forgotten Man”, a title which sadly proved to be only too true. The golfer who was so laid back that he was nicknamed Mr Icicle, passed away at the relatively young age of 59 in 1973; he suffered a heart attack and did not recover. He was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame posthumously years later in 1998. Lloyd Mangrum, the sweet swinging Texan, won forty six professional events, wins that included only one major title and numerous near misses, but he held and still holds the record as one of the most decorated golfers of all time. His military service in Europe shows that in addition to his two Purple Hearts, he was also awarded two Silver Stars and two Bronze Stars. A Legend of the Game and a real life war hero, it is a tragedy that such a man who served his country in peace and in war should gain such little recognition from the followers of the game he served so well, despite all his tremendous achievements. Michael Rees

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The Vale Resort tees up a six-figure golf investment The Vale Resort in south Wales has invested more than £400,000 in state-of-the-art golf course and greens equipment as the new golf season gets off with a swing. The resort, home to two championship golf courses, has purchased 16 new high-tech John Deere cutters and mowers to enhance the condition of both the Wales National Golf Course and the Lake Golf Course. It is hoped the new equipment will give its 550-plus members and thousands of visitors, an even better golfing experience this year.

“This state-of-the-art machinery will undoubtedly improve the condition of both courses and make a difference to the way the game is played on them,” said John Borja, the resort’s head green-keeper. “In order to keep the two courses in pristine condition, a variety of cutting machines are required to cut the grass in a specific manner each day in order to give it the best opportunity to grow. “ “The cutting direction is alternated so the ground doesn’t become ‘stressed’, creating a striped effect which helps players differentiate between the precisely cut tees, fairways and rough.” Set in 650 acres of Welsh countryside, both courses have a mixture of wooded areas, wide and narrow fairways, and water features. At 7,433 yards off the championship tees, the Wales national is one of the longest courses in the UK, with the slightly shorter Lake course at 6,436 yards.

Both courses are maintained by a team of 15 year-round staff, with additional seasonal staff required in the busier playing season of March to October. The varied landscape of the courses mean high standards are vital to ensure they can be fully enjoyed by players.

“The way the fairways and greens are cut have a knock-on impact on the playability of the course,” said Mr Borja. “The preparation of the golf greens requires specialist cutting equipment to ensure they meet an exact height; we have set measurements for each aspect of the green down to the nearest millimetre. “ Having the best machinery is key to making sure our team can prepare the course to its full potential for guests and members.” The Vale Resort team’s newest purchases include four 8700A fairway mowers, four 2500B ride-on greens mowers, four 220SL pedestrian greens mowers, and four TS Gator utility vehicles. They add to their fleet of four TXT8800 rough cutters, four 2653B banks mowers and another two 220SL pedestrian mowers.

“Our aim, every day, is to ensure our golf courses are presented to the highest standards possible,” added Mr Borja. “With the excellent support and after care provided by the John Deere network and its local dealer Frank Sutton Ltd, we look forward to doing so for many years to come.” For more information please contact Hannah Jones on 02920 545387 hannah,jones@freshwater-uk.com or Stephanie Metson, Marketing Manager on 01443 667800.

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Following the success of its 2016 Four Seasons Senior Men’s Open Championship, Marriott Meon Valley Hotel Golf and Country Club kicked off this year’s championship on Thursday 16th March with their ‘Winter’ qualifier, the first of four qualifying rounds for the 2017 Championship Final in October.

managed to snatch 3rd place with 37 pts on count back from Mel Bicknell of Waterlooville Golf Club.

The event was again very well supported with some 55 entries from as far afield as Yeovil and despite the wintry conditions some very good golf was played with over half of the field scoring 30 pts or better.

Each qualifying day consists of Coffee on Arrival, 18 holes of golf on the Championship Meon Course and a one course meal and prize presentation afterwards. The competition is an Individual Stableford for Senior Men over the age of 55yrs with the top 10 visitors and top 5 Meon Valley members qualifying for free entry into the Grand Final at Meon Valley and a chance to pick up a winner’s trophy for each season.

The overall winner on the day was Meon Valley member Ray Piller with an outstanding score of 39pts with Derek Mantle of Parkstone GC hard on his heels with a superb 38 pts. Martin White of Meon Valley

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DUMMER GOLF CLUB MEMBERS RAISING FUNDS FOR SIMON SAYS Dummer Golf Club outgoing Ladies and Men’s Captains – namely Wendy Searle and Ady Moore – were happy to hand over the proceeds of their efforts over the past year to their joint charity – the child bereavement support team – Simon Says based in West Wellow. At a packed Dummer Club House, Head of Fundraising for Simon Says, Kimberley Elliott was ‘overwhelmed and delighted’ to receive a cheque for £6445.00. Members were thanked for their support and generosity towards the charity, which specialises in supporting Hampshire children and young people up to the age of 18 years

Junior championship 2017

On a bright, sunny April morning Rowlands Castle GC welcomed our girls for the 2017 Junior Championship and Douglas Cup. The course looked in great condition even with Spring maintenance work having been carried out and the blossoming trees mixed with evergreens formed a wonderful backdrop to the bluebells beneath. A cool breeze made scoring tricky for the morning Championship girls, with difficult putting conditions prevailing. The CSS rose to 76 for the morning round with Charlotte Dack and Hannah Dymott both scoring 75 nett. It was a close 2nd round with two of the leading trio from the morning battling it out and both Bethany and Adrian returning two 80s. However, it was Bethany who took the championship by two shots from Adrian while Charlotte Dack retained her title as the Nett Champion.

Cottrell Park Golf Resort weekly members prize draw £1200 Junior-Champion Beth Goater

The Douglas Cup, which is a stableford for girls with handicaps 21 – 36, was also in contention that morning and 8 girls played in sunny but testing conditions. However, our winner Brooke Macarthur from Stoneham GC playing off 22, made it look easy with a magnificent 42 points. The runner up this year was Gemma Burgess from Bishopswood with 33 points. Our grateful thanks to Rowland Castle’s Lady Captain Chris Bodey. Chris provided ball spotters, starters and chaperones and then organised a 6-hole fun competition for the girls in the afternoon.

SENIORS VS CHANNEL ISLAND LADIES The Seniors had their first friendly match of the season on Monday 3rd April against the Channel Island Ladies at Hockley GC.

In May, we look forward to heading to Blackmoor for the Foursomes Championships, where Kerry Smith and Diane Oram will look to retain their title for the third consecutive

Throughout the winter months starting in October 2016, Cottrell Park Golf Resort have been running a weekly members prize draw with a Cash Pot prize that increased weekly by £50.00. The Prize Pot started at £500.00, rising £50 weekly and was drawn between 6-8pm each Thursday. In addition the club also hosted a quiz and offered food specials. The quiz was compiled and hosted by members of the club and both members and visitors were encouraged to participate. The members prize draw increased to an amazing £1200.00 until the last draw on Thursday 2nd March where Lorraine Pointon-Bell’s name was drawn. All members were added to the draw since its launch in October whether they attended or not but those that did attend had their names added each week, therefore increasing their chances of winning.

Lorraine Pointon-Bell receives £1200.00 JackPot from Derek Smith, General Manager

The concept was to encourage members to support the club through the dreary winter months when generally the clubhouse is quiet and food and beverage sales are down. Lorraine who is also a Past Captain of the Ladies section was delighted with her win and has used some of her winnings to pay her annual golf subscriptions. The club intends to run the incentive again this winter.

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Nine single scratch matches were played with a win of 6 matches to 3 matches for the Hampshire Senior Ladies. Many thanks to Paul and his team at Hockley who made all the players feel very welcome.


with a significant person in their life who has died or is dying. Currently that equates to around 300 kids in Hampshire.

year. We’ll also be heading to Brokenhurst Manor for the 2017 County Championships Week. You can stay up to date with all the latest news on these competitions via our website www.hlcga.com or find us on Facebook just search for HLCGA.

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A BERKSHIRE BOUNTY Bird Hills Golf Centre

Bird Hills Golf Centre is located in Hawthorn Hill just a short distance from Maidenhead in the beautiful Berkshire countryside and within easy access from both the M3 and M4 motorways. It is the archetypal golf centre, offering both Pay and Play facilities as well as full golf membership, and with a host of other benefits that are not obvious when you first arrive. The first boon is an adequate car park, followed by a superb and spacious clubhouse which also houses an American Golf store. The store is ideal for convenient sports shopping, whether by design for a planned purchase, or for that last minute requirement before going out to play. The centre is a comparatively new addition to the golf register, having opened as recently as 1982. The land on which the course was created has a fascinating and much older history, not for the sport of golf, but for horse racing. For in 1881 the course was a well known point to point racecourse, known as “Little Ascot” by the sporting gentry of the day. In 1912 the Prince of Wales (later to be King Edward VIII) rode the winner in the Guards Steeplechase on a horse called “Pet Dog”. His father and mother presented the Prince with the trophy. It was returned to equine sports after the war, and between the years 1961 to 1963 it became particularly popular in the pony racing world. There is plenty of evidence of this period of activity with pictures of the grandstand and documents covering events that are displayed on the walls of the corridors The centre was the brainchild of racehorse owner Mr Clive Smith, and after the initial period of activity he sold the centre to a Japanese business organisation, which still owns the club. The local representative and Director of the Company is Mr Aizawa, who is regularly to be seen at the club. Taking an active and positive interest in the running and progress of the centre.

In addition to the golf course there is a superb covered driving range, with fully equipped teaching bays, perfect to warm up before going out to play, or practising when the weather is inclement. The course itself is a traditional parkland layout, making full use of the undulating nature of the terroir and the natural water courses and lakes. It is not long by modern standards at just under 6200 yards, but it is designed to be a good test for all standards of player. It is set out in two loops of nine holes, both of which return to the clubhouse, a good focal point as each half is completed. The course is kept in first class condition by Course Manager David Summerfield and his team, David has been at the club for over twenty years, knows the ground well and how to present it at its best. It is a proud boast that it is never necessary to resort to temporary greens. Water hazards come into play more on the front nine holes, starting on the first, with the single exception of the 13th hole on the back nine, the green on this par 5 is protected by a reed fringed lake which makes going for the green in two shots a risky venture. If you cannot find time to smell the roses as suggested by Walter Hagen, at least spare a second or two to see the abundant wild life in

the area, there is a rare sight of a family of egyptian geese with goslings in residence at the side of the lake on the first hole, and a glance skywards will yield numerous sightings of acrobatic soaring red kites, far more agile than the aircraft taking off from Heathrow. The signature hole is recognised as the 9th, a mid size par 3 measuring 190 yards from the back tee, and protected by a horse shoe shaped lake at the front of the green, perhaps a timely reminder of the distant past before reaching the turn. The back nine is said to be the more scenic of the two halves of the course, and from the high point on the 12th tee, the view across to the Chiltern Hills is well worth a glance. If your game is just a little wayward you will be rewarded to visits to the numerous well placed bunkers, the 16th is the only hole without sand, but it is uphill and as the stroke index indicates it is a far from easy proposition. The finishing hole is a par 5, best played as a three shotter to avoid the trouble, especially off the tee, and if you have played to your handicap you can feel content at the end of the round. Ample justification to retire to the clubhouse, to celebrate and sample the refreshments on hand.

Bird Hills Golf Centre, Drift Road, Hawthorn Hill, Maidenhead, SL6 3ST 01628 771030

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Friendly and Rewarding On our visit we took the opportunity to sample the fayre, and fully endorsed all the plaudits given to the team. Quality food served with a smile, a simple addition which makes the meal. For those not wishing to play the course or at times when the weather is less conducive to treading the fairways, there are driving range specials, with buckets of balls and a choice food and drink to add to the visit. There is also the opportunity to call on the professional team of Nick Slimming and Darryl Fraser and make use of the teaching bay. They offer Full Game Assessment, Learner Class Groups as well as one to one tuition. At holiday times there are Junior Camps organised which vary from one to three days, the perfect way to get youngsters into the game of golf. If the golf course is the jewel in the crown, then the clubhouse and its facilities are the heart of the golf club and its patronage, whether as a member or a visitor. It is the focal point, the place of first contact before, and the point of return after the game, be the golf good or bad. After over thirty years involved with golf in the South of England, I do not have many surprises, but I was certainly impressed by the facilities in the huge clubhouse. Firstly the level of communication at the reception is very very good, literature about the golf club, different types of membership, a diary of entertainment events and detailed reports from Course Manager Dave Summerfield and Head Professional Nick Slimming. The reports cover the whole range of activities including the competitions calendar, entertainment, course information, special offers and information about the dining facilities, every aspect a member or visitor could need, highly commendable. In keeping with modern technology, there is a full online advanced booking service, the final piece in the golfers benefits jigsaw.

Email: info@birdhills.co.uk

As well as the usual five and seven day membership there is also a novel Handicap Membership, which for £75 per annum offers discounted green fees, CONGU Handicap, entry to competitions and discounts with a much reduced green fee. Ideal for the golfer with restricted time for play, or erratic work patterns. Societies are accommodated on any day of the week, and the Centre has a number of regular groups who return year after year, a true indication of satisfaction. There is a variety of packages available to suit each type of grouping, and once again the literature gives an extensive choice of package and menus, including prize packages and organiser hints for a successful day. The Thames Valley Golf Club, which has no permanent home of its own is affiliated to Bird Hills and play all their competitions at the Centre, the perfect example of mutual benefits. The photographs hopefully will help to convey the quality of the bar and restaurant area, with two superb venues, as described in the brochure The Elizabethan Restaurant gives character and atmosphere, with an alcove fireplace and sunken central dance floor, splendid views overlooking the golf course, perfect for the summer evening. It can accommodate 130 people seated and up to

Web: www.birdhills.co.uk

200 for buffet style dining. The Baronial Hall, is of medieval design, so unusual in the golfing environment, with a Minstrels Gallery and inglenook fireplace, a setting that is simply perfect for that extra special occasion. The two excellent venues are often in use for the Wedding Packages, with extensive menus, and service designed to take away the stress of that very special occasion. The choice of menu is extensive and capable of satisfying the most discerning diners. The chef and his team of qualified kitchen staff are all employees of the Company, and committed to providing the best quality and variety of food whatever the occasion, whether a lunchtime bar snack or a fully inclusive dinner party.

Our visit proved to be a thoroughly enjoyable outing, which certainly gave a wealth of information about the Bird Hills Golf Centre, certainly a location that has been running under the radar for too long, and is well worth promoting for the enjoyable society day, or for those residing in the area, to contemplate one of the various grades of membership. As an experienced observer of the facets important to the golfer, whether the avid player or occasional stroller of the fairway, this club ticks all the boxes. Something for everyone. Club Secretary Hannah Edwards and her team will be pleased to respond to any enquiries about each and every aspect of Bird Hills Golf Centre, the golf venue that is so much more. Michael Rees

THE SUMMER SIZZLER OFFER The following offer begins on 1st April on weekdays ONLY! • 18 Holes of Golf • Coffee and Bacon Roll • Lunch with a drink (with choice of food) • £31.00 per person For more information or to make reservations or enquiries about any of the facts described in this review, visit the website at www.birdhills.co.uk or telephone 01628 771030

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Continuing the saga of a late-convert golfer’s search for glory on the greens. . . IT’S logical, you’ve got to admit it. Golfers do a lot of walking. Dogs like a lot of walking. Except in France, you hardly ever see a golfer taking a dog for a walk, do you? My friend Mike did, with his Norfolk terrier, Harry. This was at the Cowdray club, in Midhurst, which is a lovely course, although possibly a little hilly for my over-mature legs. Harry was a splendid chap, a serious, bustling and busy little dog, rather like a four-legged Captain Mainwaring. I’m sure I once heard him growl “Stupid boy!” With his lead attached to Mike’s golf-bag on the trolley, he was perfectly well-behaved. Until the 10th. Those of you who’ve played Cowdray will know that it’s a Par 4, a long downhill stretch which rises quickly towards the green. Near the tee is an open section where non-golfers come to exercise their dogs. With Mike on the tee, Harry obediently sitting beside his trolley, a car opened its doors and out poured the hound from hell. It was a cross between a Rottweiler and a dragon and it made straight for Harry. It had – and I phrase this delicately – romance in mind. And what I should have made clear

At the 10th, Harry meets a frisky hound from hell DIARY OF A BUS-PASS GOLFER By Bob Evans about Harry is that, like Captain Mainwaring, he is indubitably a chap. Gender fluidity is a foreign concept to our proud little Norfolk. To have a clearly rapacious Rottweiler-dragon descending on him in was a bit much. Harry did what any sensible terrier would do: he took off. Fear put some power into his tiny ginger legs and the trolley rocked along behind him. After a few yards it fell over.


The Alresford assistant PGA professional, pictured right, held the position in 2005 and is delighted to be resuming his role across the county as well as the Isle of Wight and Channel Islands.

Bryden will combine the captaincy with his busy schedule at Alresford where he teaches as well as helping manage the shop and the range.

Well, Jim takes his beautiful spaniel Tess and she’s so intelligent and well-trained that I think she’d keep the score if necessary. Pepe doesn’t do intelligence or training, but he does excel at exuberance. First of all he dashed up to Tess to see if she would like to join in a little mild anarchy. Tess stared fixedly into the middle distance.

It was a sight not easily forgotten. First the terrified terrier, then the trolley on its side, with the bag shedding clubs as it went.

Not in the least discouraged, Pepe rushed round and round on his extending lead until he had most of the fourball securely trussed up – almost oven ready.

Immediately behind the trolley was the Rottidragon (probably named Baskerville), behind that was Mike, waving his driver in the air, and then dog’s owner.

He then dropped his ears, shrugged his shoulders and his brand-new, superexpensive, never-fail escape-proof harness fell to the ground.

All that was missing was Benny Hill and some cheeky chase music.

I believe you’re allowed to spend five minutes looking for a lost ball.

By the time we reached the green, the owner had grabbed the dragon, Mike had hold of

I don’t know what the R and A say for a lost dog but I made it about half-an-hour.


Jenny Hobbs of Bath Golf Club, pictured right, was presented with the award, sponsored by Your Golf Travel, at a glittering ceremony at Lord’s when the spotlight shone on great moments and achievement at all levels of English golf.

Bryden showed his commitment to the circuit again last season when he took part in 26 events and finished sixth in the Order of Merit.

‘A big part of the role is to meet new people and fly the flag for The PGA in Hampshire over the course of the season. I am looking forward to that aspect of the role as well.’

So you’d think I would know better than to take Pepe, my little Portugese rabbit-catcher out with a four-ball, wouldn’t you?

A SOMERSET golfer who has shared her love of the game for more than half a century has been honoured with England Golf’s Lifetime Service Award.

PHILIP Bryden has been named The PGA in Hampshire captain for the second time in 12 years.

He said: ‘I love playing golf and am looking forward to the season ahead. It is a great honour and great challenge to be named captain. I intend to play in as many events as possible as we have so many good players. You could say I am extremely competitive!

Harry, and we were collecting his clubs. More important, Harry was still canine intacta.

The club will host a PGA in Hampshire ProAm in September and Philip is looking forward to helping make the occasion special. He said of his home turft: ‘We have fabulous facilities and a lot to offer.’ • Elliot Groves had the perfect start to life as an apprentice PGA professional – by winning the Hampshire Trainee Championship. The Romsey pro – who made his name on the American college circuit and has competed on the PGA Europro tour – fired a 142 total at Waterlooville to clinch victory. Rounds of 72 and 70 pushed him five shots clear of Royal Winchester’s Ben Wilkinson.

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Jenny, 83, was recognised for her decadeslong contribution of inspiring fellow players, encouraging juniors and supporting her club, county and country. Jenny has been a member of Bath Golf Club since 1969 and is known throughout club, county and region as an unstinting volunteer. At the club, she’s been ladies’ captain three times, has sat on the general committee and still organises the ladies’ friendly matches. In the ladies’ centenary year in 1983 she played 100 holes in a day to raise funds for the celebrations. Then, at the age of 80, she played 80 holes in a day to raise over £1300 for the captain’s charity. Jenny has also been

closely involved with the county association. She first learned golf as a school leaver, and cherishes the friendships made and the health benefits gained: ‘I would recommend it rather than depending on the NHS.’

Bath Ladies’ Captain Louise Buxton said: ‘If Jenny had been paid for the hours given to golf she would be a rich woman. When Jenny reaches heaven, if there is no golf course she will set about its organisation!’


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Your Monthly Blog by

Claire Kane

It’s all about the technology I’ve never felt very excited when it comes to replacing household goods, 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 container was completely full within minutes – so much for me thinking my carpets were relatively clean! They say a bad workman blames their tools, but this was definite proof that new technology can make a big difference. So, when I went out to play golf next, I pulled out my temperamental 3 wood to

shoot a long ball up the fairway but ended up hitting my usual duff shot whereby the greater part of the strike had been forced 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 it had spent most of its life tucked away in my bag as the odds were stacked against it. It didn’t take long to convince me the clubs were right for me and I ended buying a 5 wood, which somehow travels 10 yards further than my current 3 wood and a lovely, forgiving rescue club which is now known as my ‘get out of jail’ club. I love a good gadget and I’m delighted with my new vacuum cleaner which manages to scuff up even more rubbish. I’m also delighted with my new clubs which, thankfully, are the opposite as they no longer scuff up so much rubbish on the course! Both items were a ‘considered’ purchase but it’s fantastic to no longer have to focus like a Jedi Knight trying to ‘feel the force’ just to control enough muscle, posture and rhythm to lift the ball in the right direction. Vacuuming may be tiring but then bad golf can be completely exhausting, so maybe in hindsight I should have employed a cleaner and spent more time practicing my swing on the golf course.

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Sponsored for the fourteenth year by Russell-Cooke Solicitors, the 90th Roehampton Ladies Open Gold Challenge Cup took place over the south-west London course in April. From a very large entry, the cut was made at handicap 3.5 and sixty women golfers (21 professionals & 49 amateurs) played in perfect spring conditions. 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.

She was closely followed by two up and coming amateurs – Katherine O’Connor from

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ROMSEY GOLF CLUB - THE FIRST FIFTY YEARS In 1890 there were only 387 golf clubs throughout the world, and seven of those were in the county of Hampshire, but within the next ten years the game expanded dramatically and that number had swollen to 2330, and one of the new additions to the register was Romsey Golf Club. The first Romsey course was located at Hamptworth to the South East of the town. It first appeared as a club in the record books in The Golf Year Book in 1900. It was a nine hole course that had simply been created on a stretch of farmland, and was supported by a few members of the business gentry from the town. It was the era of expansion for golf clubs, and golf was the fashionable recreation for the well -heeled. From farmland it was born and to farmland it returned, for when the founder, Captain Maurice Suckling RN died in 1924, his heirs decided it would be more profitable returning the land to farming. When the club lost its home, two members of the Guard family searched for an alternative site, and obtained a lease on the land where the present course is located. The owner was Colonel W W Ashley, and later Lord Mount Temple, better known as Lord Palmerston. Golf had been played on this estate land as early as 1863, and when the new lease was agreed, the Stoneham

Professional , George Kirkby and the Stoneham, Secretary Colonel Waddle were commissioned to design the new nine hole course. An old army hut was acquired for the clubhouse, and thus from that humble beginning the club continued in existence, the facts of which were duly confirmed by the R&A and the records amended to show the correct date on formation. The Broadlands Estate which owned the land, had been home to Lord Palmerston, and in later years became the family home of Lord Mountbatten of Burma who was an active President of the golf club for many years, until his tragic death at the hands of the IRA in 1979. Much of the early history had been untapped, and it was not until the mid 1990’s when research was being done into the club history that the facts came to light, and continuity was proved about the relocation to Nursling. Contact with early members, research into the Romsey Advertiser records and much hard work was required to obtain the acceptance by the R&A that there was a continuance from the original club. Unfortunately that club history was never published, though the work proved invaluable.

Club minutes of 1934 gave first evidence of extensive work on the course, with the entry giving approval given to the Captain, Mr Nichols to procure soil from Millbrook and arrange cartage. The first motorised greens equipment was a modified Fordson Van, which is shown in the picture being driven by greenkeeper Dick Dunsford. Then came World War 11, and everything changed, it was a simple case of survival until the conflict was over. For several years the club seemingly ambled along, but then the arrival of Reg Horne as Club Professional was the change that put the club on the golfing map. Reg was a very accomplished and successful golfer, winning the PGA Championship, and he narrowly missed winning the Open Championship in 1947, when he was pipped by Irishman Fred Daly by one shot, he finished tied for second place with Frank Stranahan of the USA. He won several top events during his career on the British Tour as it was then, and was chosen for the Ryder Cup team, the team which went to Portland Oregon in 1947, the first time it was played after the war.

He eventually left Romsey to settle at Hendon Golf Club, where he stayed until he retired. After the war, in common with many other golf clubs, Romsey struggled to re-establish the membership, the war years had had a terrible impact and although the conflict was over, the Fifties followed; it was by a time of austerity, and the club was reduced to forty or fifty players, and there was no plan other than survival for several years. The loyalty of that hardcore of members meant that the club survived a critical period in its history, and with the improved prosperity was ready to advance again. Many of the clubs which had been formed in that early period were nine hole layouts, and all the trends were for full eighteen hole courses, and in keeping with other clubs in Hampshire the idea of extending the layout was muted, though the potential costs were the stumbling block. The first fifty years had been eventful, the club had relocated to a much better environment on the rolling landscape of the Broadlands Estate, survived and recovered, it had a renowned and world famous figure as the President of the club in Lord Mountbatten of Burma, and the woes off wartime had finally been banished, the start of the second half of the century boded well. • Turn over to read more..

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ROMSEY GOLF CLUB - THE ELIZABETHAN ERA In 1953 King George VI died and Queen Elizabeth came to the throne, it was an era of radical change, the sporting public became more aware of the game of golf, it had started with the emergence of Arnold Palmer, who revived the fortunes of the Open Championship by coming over to play. When television started to cover events, and the challenges of the Big Three, Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and the diminutive Gary Player captured the public imagination and the game expanded as never before. With the coming of the sixties and seventies, the nation was beginning to really prosper, the nation had never had it so good, the politicians told everyone, and a positive and rapidly expanding interest in golf was evident. The sudden interest in the game meant that there was a shortage of opportunities to play, and many member’s clubs suddenly found that they had waiting lists, a far cry from ten years before. One man in particular became the driving force in extending the existing facilities at Romsey, his name was Charlie Wills. As a result of his influence it was decided to extend the course to eighteen holes. The relative costs were huge for the club, so inevitably it had to be tackled as prudently as possible, the sum estimated was £36,000, so corners had to be cut, and as a consequence improvements had to be made over the years that have elapsed from that time, but the fundamental change had been made and an eighteen hole layout was the result. Some members felt that the course would be diminished by the changes, as several good nine hole courses had been made into lesser quality eighteen hole courses, but the new layout was eventually opened in 1974, to much acclaim. The opening ceremony was performed by the Mayor of Romsey and the club President Lord Louis Mountbatten of Burma. The new course instantly attracted

more members, and the need for a larger clubhouse was the outcome. The old tin shed known by golfers throughout Hampshire was inadequate, so an extension was built. It was here above all that foresight was shown by the Committee, because they built the new bar and changing rooms with excellent foundations that would be able to support a second storey when the extended clubhouse was to be built many years in the future. Although Romsey Golf Club had achieved a major change by adding an extra nine holes to complete the full eighteen, it was far from the rosy picture first anticipated. The new holes were suspect to stones lifting through the turf, and so the enterprising members used the problem as a cause for a social get together, when very successful stone picking evenings were organised. The course continued to settle and develop, and become recognised as a very good test of golf, to add to the first class reputation as a very friendly and homely members club.

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The heart of any association of sportsmen is the spirit generated by the characters who are members. The club was blessed with many during this time, times of sing song around the

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piano with RAF war hero and artist Spike Harrison, events organised by club steward John Saunders, and when George Biles retired, the club was fortunate to recruit one of the best club secretaries in the country. Phil Hargreaves, who had been a professional soldier for many years, proved to be just what was required for a growing club. In the early 1990’s there was an unexpected bonus for all private golf clubs, when a European ruling meant that private sports clubs could reclaim a substantial amount of the Vat that had been paid over the preceding years. It also resulted in heated debates at many clubs over how the money gleaned should be dissipated. Some gave it back to the members, but at Romsey, after an Extraordinary General Meeting there was a positive support to use the money for the advancement of the club. At the time the existing lease with the Broadlands Estate was nearing the time for renewal. When the members voted that the substantial Vat refund could be used to extend the clubhouse and build upstairs offices and new changing rooms, the resulting capital enhancement helped convince the Trustees to agree another lease.

With a new lease and support from the sale of a limited number of lease life memberships, plans were drawn to build the new clubhouse. After the News Year’s Eve party in the clubhouse in 1993 the bulldozers came in, and the next morning work started on the demolition of the old veranda, and the project began in earnest. Everything ran according to plan, and the new clubhouse duly opened in July of 1994. Fully constructed and furnished without borrowing one penny. The new clubhouse provided the perfect environment for the evolution of the club and to progress into the twenty first century. The dawn of the year 2000 was celebrated universally, and with no more gusto than at the New Year’s Party at Romsey. For this was the start of the celebrations for the club’s Centenary Year. That honour was shared with several other clubs in the United Kingdom, and the highlight of the year was the Celebration Week, during which all the members participated, a great way to recognise one hundred years of history.


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THE 21st CENTURY Romsey Golf Club is situated just three miles from the centre of Romsey on the A3057 at Nursling, less than a mile from the M27 motorway. Nestling at the south eastern edge of Broadlands Estate, on a beautiful mature wooded parkland blessed with undulating contours, the course meanders through the trees, with its own version of Amen Corner on the front nine, the 5th, 6th and 7th, three holes that will provide a challenge for any golfer. The signature hole 6th, is a spectacular par four, with a tough par three before and after. For although the course is less than 6000 yards, the narrow wooded fairways, doglegs and strategically placed bunkers make it an examination of accuracy rather than length, rewarding good course management as well as good shot making. The Club, which celebrated it’s Centenary in the year 2000, moved to the present site in 1924, it was originally a nine hole course, laid out by George Kirby, the professional from Stoneham. It was extended to an eighteen hole layout in 1974, and it is now a very tight par 69, which demands accuracy and patience to score well. It is a credit to the members of the day that their design has stood the test so well. Rightly described a

woodland gem, the colours of the trees change as the months pass, from the fresh green of spring to the autumn, which is a delight with the golds and warm browns of the leaves as they change from summer finery. Romsey has long had the reputation of being a very friendly club, from the time you drive into the car park, expect a welcome both from the members and the staff in the clubhouse and the most importantly the professional’s shop. It is said that first impressions are important and stay in the memory, and Heath Teschner who is the Head Professional and his assistant James Fairlie are always happy to help to make the visit an enjoyable one. Their shop is fully stocked to provide a comprehensive service to members and visitors alike. They have been recently joined by trainee

professional Elliot Groves, who will be starting his PGA qualifications in September. Elliott who was a junior member of the now defunct Dunwood Manor course in his youth, went to the USA on a golf scholarship and attended Western Texas College and then Oklahoma City University, where he represented the university in winning the NAIA National Championship in 2012, before returning home. He turned professional in 2013;.and with the encouragement of Heath and James he will be representing the club on the Hampshire PGA circuit as well as the Southern Region PGA Tour. He made a great start to his Hampshire career by winning the Hampshire Trainee Championship. The club is always mindful of the fact that the golf course is the jewel in the crown of any club, and Romsey have a first class team lead by Head Greenkeeper Steve Gibbs. The programme of course maintenance and improvements is in capable hands, and during the recent year the

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ongoing installation of eco bunkers, which were invented by Richard Allen, has been in full cry. Aesthetically good to look at, with neat riveting they are excellent in performance. On holes 5, 6 7 and 8 the bunkers have all been converted to the eco system, which ensures they are in the best possible condition year round. Part of the ongoing target designed to provide a course which is in prime condition throughout the year. Particular attention will be concentrated on the provision of first class greens, and the club is currently in the throes of planning a major reinvestment in greens equipment, all part of the structured approach to deliver the very best results for members and visitors alike. A good course promotes good golf, and the club has enjoyed considerable success over the last few years, in more recent times both the ladies and the juniors have had cause to celebrate. In 2016 the ladies again won the Stoneham Cup, but the junior’s team took the honours and came to national recognition when they qualified for the Home Nations Final held in Portugal. The six man team narrowly lost the final on countback after finishing level at three games all with Beadlow Manor, a great performance in which they won their first three rounds and were never defeated. Leading members of the team, Owen Grimes and George Nicholson-Jack who both happen to be left handers, will both be crossing the Atlantic on golf scholarships with American universities this autumn. • Turn over to read more..

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ROMSEY GOLF CLUB - HERE AND NOW Any potential member considering joining a golf club will have to examine the benefits of such membership, and the facilities available at the club are comprehensive. A simple look into the website of the club will yield the answers. They are numerous and all embracing. In addition to the extensive work on the course, there has been a major refurbishment of the bar area in the clubhouse, the new layout give a bright and spacious dimension to the serving area, and makes the whole operation more efficient, and user friendly. There are reciprocal facilities available at a number of clubs around the southern region and these give an added dimension to club membership. The foresight of two club Captains in the mid 1990’s started a trial with a few other clubs to have a reciprocal playing agreement. After the very successful initiation period, all enthusiastically endorsed the idea, and now there is a broad choice of clubs in the family. The motto is join one club and play at many, for there are now over twenty clubs in the reciprocal arrangement. So the variety of clubs within comfortable travelling time is excellent, stretching from Crowborough Beacon in the East, to Bridport & Dorset and Lyme Regis to the West and Chipping Norton in the Cotswolds to the North, a wonderful choice of golf courses just for the cost of a tiny booking fee. Apart from a very good course, members enjoy a full social programme of social events throughout the year, each one is a sell out so tickets go quickly, staring early in the year with the Black Tie Supper, then Burns Night and Valentine’s Day, through the summer with a whole gambit of theme evenings ranging from gourmet to traditional fayre. The winter quiz league is exceedingly competitive and very well supported, and the year is always very well concluded with Christmas Parties and the New Year celebrations. The regular Sunday carvery is a focal point for members, family and friends as well as visitors, but reservations are advisable, (essential for non-members) and in such a pleasant atmosphere, the lunch may stretch into the late afternoon. Chef Paul Bascombe is on hand to ensure that everything is served with taste and quality. Societies are welcomed on prescribed days of the week, and are well catered for. General

Manager Marc Cole and his team will be pleased to hear from interested organisers, as will the catering and bar staff, the hosts in the clubhouse. The club offers packages to accommodate a variety of arrangements that can be tailored to meet the needs of large or small groups, whether summer or winter. The many regular and repeat bookings are a true indicator of the quality of the golf and the ancillary services they receive at Romsey. A recent addition to the benefits available is the accommodation in the clubhouse of sports physiotherapist James Kirkpatrick. He has sessions available by appointment three days each week, for the treatment of members and guest. A service that has already proved to be convenient and a very popular addition. At the commencement of every financial year there are inevitably some vacancies for members following renewals, and a few exist at the present time. Unlike many other clubs in

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Hampshire and the rest of the country, there is a small joining fee, which the club feels provides club loyalty and a sense of involvement. Romsey offers the complete package, and the simplest way to sample the atmosphere is to go along and play there, for potential members it is the ideal introduction to a club environment that is just that little bit different. So what does Romsey Golf Club offer to the discerning golfer? • A fine course all year round • A comfortable clubhouse, with good food and TV entertainment. • First class professional shop. • Competitions throughout the year, both individual and club representation • Reciprocal arrangements with Twenty four golf clubs • Convenient location • A very good Social calendar

• Responsive management team • Financial stability • Sports physiotherapy on site • Function rooms for hosting celebrations and parties. This list is not exhaustive, but should be sufficient to tempt any golfer looking to join a progressive and rewarding club, whatever their gender or age group. General Manager Marc Cole will be happy to respond to any enquiry whether for membership, society golf or to celebrate that special occasion. In the words of Sir Henry Cotton, it is a good place to come and test your game. For more information about any aspects of the Romsey Golf Club, visit the club website: www.romseygolfclub.com Or telephone the club on 02380 734637 Michael Rees


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Cottrell Park invests £30K in New Sports Simulators Cottrell Park have recently invested heavily into their two state-of-the-art golf simulators. The new Sports Simulators now includes Football, Rugby Union, American Football, Tennis, Australian Football, Rugby League, Gaelic Football, Ice Hockey, Field Hockey, Foot Golf and Putting. Many new sports are being integrated into the software and the club will benefit from free upgrades for the life of the machines as they become available. The simulators use the very latest graphics engine. Offering every type of ball sport and every type of game challenge, it also provides the ability for match play between teams. The next generation of high speed camera technology, will be able to track any moving object very accurately whether hit, kicked or thrown from anywhere within the simulator itself. This enables a vast array of simulator options, from Golf, Sports, Racing, Shooting, Cinema and all future Simulation developments.

The very high performance of the 3D Motion Imagery captured is similar to the data measured for the Golf Simulator, (as shown below). The Sports Simulator will shortly be able to capture the actual performance data, for the player themselves, measuring foot at impact, leg swing path, ball back spin, ball side spin, hip turn, body turn, shoulder turn and weight transference.

The simulators were procured from Sports Coach that have been manufacturing the world’s largest range of simulators for the past 25 years. Cottrell Park are now in a position to offer unique facilities to both members and visiting parties either as part of a golf day, corporate event, staff incentive activity or as part of a golf break. Sales and Marketing Director Gaynor Openshaw-Smith is delighted to be able to offer this new kit for both its golf members and visiting parties. She said: “Once again Cottrell Park leads the way offering innovative ways to benefit its cleintelle. The Sports Simulators have been

very well received by both our valuable membership base and visiting parties. With the introduction of accommodation currently under construction and due for completion this June, the resort will be in a strong position to offer un-rivalled facilities for its customers within the locality“. About Cottrell Park Golf Resort Opened in 1996 and based within 400 acres of historical parkland, Cottrell Park Golf Resort offers golfing, business, wedding and leisure facilities including two championshipmaintained golf courses, event, conferencing and meeting rooms, team building and training activities, a restaurant and bar, a nature trail, and golf simulators

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Backlash over golf ‘armchair referees’ SOME of golf’s biggest names have been queuing up to criticise the way officials handled a TV viewer’s email which completely changed the outcome of the first ladies’ Major of the season. American Lexi Thompson, 22, was leading on the third day of the ANA Inspiration when a viewer spotted a rules infringement and emailed officials. During the final round 24 hours later, Thompson, pictured left, was left in tears as she was told that a four-stroke penalty was being invoked – two for incorrectly replacing a marked ball and two for handing in an incorrect card the previous day. In tears: Lexi Thompson after being told of her delayed four-stroke penalty

Her five-under-par third-round 67 was therefore changed to a 71 which led to a play-off between Thompson and eventual winner Ryu So-yeon. Golf stars and social media immediately railed against officials responding to retroactive ‘armchair referees’ being allowed to influence a result.

Tiger Woods: ‘Viewers at home should not be officials wearing stripes’

Rickie Fowler: ‘There's no other sport where people can contact officials’

Rich Beem said: ‘You’re telling me there are two million rules officials’

Former world number one Woods, who was himself penalised two shots for an incorrect drop during the 2013 Masters, wrote on

Singles burst wins it for Devon DEVON captain Ali Welsher led his team to a resounding 114 win against the Gloucestershire and Somerset PGA side in the annual inter-county contest at Filton.

Martin (Exeter) beat Nick Ellis (Naunton Downs) by two holes and Barry Austin (Downes Crediton) beat Robin Goodey (Chipping Sodbury) 4&3.

On a glorious spring day in Bristol the two teams looked to be a pretty even. The morning foursomes started well for the home men who took an early lead after the first four games. The final morning contest went Devon’s way to tie things up. But that was as good as it got for Gloucester and Somerset.

Until that moment Devon were only one point ahead after the morning foursomes were halved. Although Dan Hendriksen (Staddon Heights) beat G&S captain Giuseppe Licata (Chipping Sodbury) 2&1 and his brother Paul (Ivybridge) pipped Ashley Mansell (Clevedon) by one hole, the home side hit back when Ed Goodwin (Cirencester) beat Gary Milne (Woodbury Park) 3&2 and Russ Berry (Broadway) halved with Ali Welsher (Tiverton) to leave the score at 5-4. But after that Devon’s later players were in devastating form.

Devon avenged the defeat suffered at Torquay 12 months earlier for their first victory since 2009 (a few years were missed in between!). The overall scoreline now stands at two wins each. The match was tight until Devon produced a sensational winning streak by claiming the final six singles matches. Christian Vine (Woodbury Park) beat Paul Barrington (InPlay Golf, Bristol) 3&2, Jason Fullard (Torquay) beat Scott Thompson (Mendip Spring) 3&1, Tom Jessamine (Exeter) beat Andrew March (Brean) 3&1, Harry Mayers (Torbay Golf Centre) beat Daryl Kelley (Filton) 4&3, Ben

Foursomes: Mansell & Licata halved with Hendriksen & Hendriksen, Goodwin & Berry lost to Welsher & Milne 3&2, Kelley & March beat Fullard & Vine 3&2, Thompson & Barrington beat Jessamine & Mayers 4&3, Goodey & Ellis lost to Austin & Martin 2&1. - Peter Godsiff

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Twitter: ‘Viewers at home should not be officials wearing stripes.’ Rickie Fowler said TV viewers affecting golf tournaments ‘is not making the game look very good at all. There's no question it should be ended. There shouldn't be any outside contact, whether it's email or phone calls, whatsoever.

‘There's no other sport where people can call or email in, or contact officials. These decisions are left up to officials. There are not people sitting at home having a large effect on the outcome of a Major.’ Four-time Major winner Laura Davies said: ‘It's not a fair system, Not everyone's shots are under scrutiny, just the leaders.

‘Golf has long since been the game of honour and there's no way in a million years Lexi has done that on purpose. ‘You could call her clumsy at worst but golfers rule themselves to a certain extent and that's the way it's always been.’ Former PGA champion Rich Beem said: ‘I don't understand how they can allow people to call in. I just find that absurd. Now you're telling me that you basically have two million rules officials. ‘You're only showing the people out there who are in contention. Every shot Tiger Woods plays, the camera is on him. It's not the same playing field.’ Under the rules review that comes into force in two years, if a p[layer is deemed to have used reasonable judgement when marking the ball, there will be no penalty. But forthright Cristie Kerr, one of the sport’s toughest competitors, asked the questions on the lips of many right now: ‘Where’s the common sense? Where is the discretion? Where is the honour? This kind of stuff has to end.’ The Daily Mail’s respected golf correspondent, Derek Lawrenson, wrote: ‘Was this the worst injustice yet? It was certainly another of those rules moments golf regrettably seems to specialise in that leave you sick to the pit of your stomach.’

Thompson later said: ‘What happened was not intentional at all - I would never do that purposely and I hope everyone knows that. The LPGA rules officials made a judgment call at the moment, and we as professional golfers must accept it, no matter how painful it is.’


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Here's a good starting point: MAKE SPACE FOR YOURSELF. Call it headspace if you will. We all live crazy busy lives so it's important to actually diarise this time. Set aside a YOU appointment. What you do in this time is entirely up to you but if you want it to help your golf I'd go for a good stretch or meditation. If you’re like me then a Body Balance class, swim or yoga might be the best choice. I find I am much better at doing something regularly if I schedule it in and take part with other people. This is my time. If you are extremely disciplined then why not incorporate a morning ritual. A Green tea and salute to the sun. See it as a welcome kick start to your day.

What a nail biting feast of incredible golf The Masters was this year. It was real on the edge of the seat stuff, right up to the very end; even a hole in one thrown in for good measure!

Start in a standing position. Stretch your arms way up above your head and let them almost give a wide wave to the day as you smoothly sweep your hands down to your feet. Place your hands on the ground and step one foot back. Look up through the stretch and you’ll feel your hip flexors easing out. Then take your other foot and form a plank. Hold for as long as you can for a mini core work out. From here drop your knees to the floor and sit your bum back on your heels. stretch your arms forward and lengthen through your spine a bit like a cat stretching out. Then slide through into a Cobra pose. Open up in your chest before standing up on your hands and feet and creating the triangle that is Downward Dog.

I’m going to stick my neck out here and say that Sergio had the edge on ball striking. Even when the pressure came on down the stretch, he kept on ripping fabulous golf shots. I feel that Justin put a little more pressure on his putting and, like many championships, it seemed to come down to a key putt holed or a vital putt missed which made the difference. Although putting is only part of the game, it can have a huge psychological effect. Getting out of jail by holing a key putt can be a very lifting experience. In this article I am going to focus on putting, not by covering the same old ground but by showing you a putting drill that I have found to be very effective. The first time I used it myself was before a round I played in a Pro Am competition at Highcliffe Castle Golf Club. I shot a fifty nine that day, which still stands as the Professional Course Record. The drill I’m showing you in the pictures has great benefits. It teaches you how to get your arms and shoulders working in harmony. It also switches

From here step the opposite foot between your hands and then the other. Hug your head into your shins and enjoy the full on stretch this gives you before returning up with another wave (salute) and finish with palms together in front of your heart. That’s 1!! Do as many as you feel you can, I’d start with 2, then build it up. It really will help you feel energised and ready to take on the day.

both sides of your brain on because it has to focus on both arms individually as they move together. Any golf psychologist will tell you that this is ideal for golf. If you look at the pictures you will see that my right hand is in its normal place, but not touching the club. The hand is open, facing the target half an inch or so away from the grip. In the picture at the top I am showing you the drill done correctly. Notice that at impact and beyond, the right hand is staying the same distance away from the grip. In the pictures at the bottom, I am showing you the common mistake made by nearly every golfer who tries this drill for the first time; the left hand is moving away from the right. This is because the brain is concentrating on holding the club and swinging it with the left and forgets the right - or the golfer isn’t used to using his or her shoulders and arms correctly. Often putting woes are caused by the right arm hesitating and the right hand taking over. Just a little pointer when using the drill, don’t move your head towards the target on the forward stroke. It’s not a problem if it moves slightly away from the target. It’s also helpful if you get someone to watch you to see if the hands stay close throughout the stroke.

You can do it before bed too to help you wind down your day. Start small. Build it up. But add it to your diary and tick it off when you’ve done it. For further hints and tips to help you become a better golfer and a happier version of yourself visit my website: www.katiedawkinsgolf.co.uk Happy Days everyone.

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