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It’s my best Day ever! Jason wins his first Major and Spieth ousts McIlroy as world number one

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cancer. The young Queenslander was in serious danger of going off the rails and the then teacher at the Hills International Golf Academy was his saviour.

‘On the 18th all I said was I love you,’ Swatton said. ‘And he loves me, and we were a blubbering mess. It was pretty cool.’

‘He's been there for me since I was 12 and a half years old,’ Day said. ‘ He's taken me from a kid that was getting into fights at home and getting drunk at 12 and not heading in the right direction to a

Rory hurt, Tiger hurting WORLD number one Rory McIlroy could not recover enough from a broken ankle, sustained playing football with this mates, to make an impact on his Majors records. But the saddest sight was Tiger Woods missing the cut again. The 39-year-old continued to kid himself as he missed the cut for a third successive Major, remaining optimistic

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Jason Day: A ‘blubbering mess’ with caddie Swatton

With tears in his eyes, Day sank the winning putt and immediately turned to embrace the most important man in his life, caddie Colin Swatton.

Swatton has been mentor, coach and substitute parent after Day's father died from


Norman’s warning over golf’s future

AS the man himself said, we can stop referring to Jason Day as the best player never to have won a Major. The 27-year-old Australian laid hands on the US PGA trophy at Whistling Straits with a 20-under score that was a record low in any of the sport’s four Majors.


about his game: ‘The confidence is growing quickly,’ said Woods.

‘That's the fun part. I'm hitting shots and able to hit shots that I haven't been able to hit in years and that's nice again. And to have the control that I need to have going forward, it's starting to come back, which is nice.’

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Major champion. ‘So he means the world to me. I love him to death.’ Day took up golf when his late father rescued an old three wood from a rubbish dump, and this brought him into contact with Swatton. ‘Growing up, we - my mom - we were poor,’ Day said. Following his father's death, his mother needed to take out a second mortgage.

Rumpus over matters of taste

At Whistling Straits, her son banked a cheque for $1.8m - with more riches to come through sponsorship and backers.

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Dorset teenager’s inspired surge

Day saw off a chasing pack that included US Open and Masters champion Jordan Spieth, who finished three shots back in second place.

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Oh no, am I turning into a golfing Geoff Boycott?

That was enough to ensure Spieth will overtake Rory McIlroy to become the new world number one. Hampshire’s Justin Rose finished fourth on 14 under.

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Defiant Trump sees no risk to Turnberry THE PGA of America has punished the colourful and controversial Donald Trump, the owner of Turnberry, for his comments about illegal immigration by removing the billionaire’s Los Angeles course from next month’s Grand Slam of Golf. Trump, a candidate for the American presidency, had said that some Mexican immigrants to the USA brought drugs and crime into the country. Trump, 69, bought the Ayrshire course in 2014 and it hosted the recent Women’s British Open. He said that the recent turn of events should not will affect Turnberry’s chances of hosting future major championships. Asked about the risk of losing future Opens after the USPGA snub, Trump said: ‘It doesn't matter to me. I have to do what's right.

‘There's probably not going to be a problem with that. What I said in the United States turned out to be true - it was right. We were talking about illegal immigration. So if it does, it does.’ Trump said Turnberry will be the ‘greatest canvas in the world’ after renovations which will begin in September and should be completed by June next year.

Donald Trump: Punished by PGA of America for immigrant comments

He said the R&A ‘wanted this to be done for decades’.

potential venues. The earliest it could next host the event would be 2021.

Peter Dawson, chief executive of the R&A, has said there was no rush to make a decision on Turnberry's future as a potential host of further Opens.

Trump, on a break from election campaigning in the USA, arrived at Turnberry via helicopter to raise the curtain for before the Women's British Open. He also owns several courses in the USA, including Bedminster in New Jersey, which will host the 2022 PGA Championship and 2017 U.S. Women's Open.

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GO DIGITAL OR DIE Greg Norman’s warning to golf

ROBERT Allenby is turning into a serial caddie-dumper. The 44-year-old Australian sacked caddie Mick Middlemo mid-round at the Canadian Open.

THEY called him the Great White Shark during a stellar career, and now Greg Norman is stirring the waters again with a stark warning to golf. Two-time Open winner Norman’s message is: Golf must embrace the digital age to attract new talent if it is to survive. The Australian says the sport must open up to ‘savvy, social media, connected with a device with a Twitter account’. Relaxing dress codes and playing music on the course are two ideas suggested. Norman, 60, said: ‘If a kid wants to get in a golf cart and play loud music, let them do it, absolutely.’

Norman told BBC Sport: ‘The traditionalists will say you can't do that. But if you want your club to survive, if you don't want the burden of

‘If a kid wants to get in a golf cart and play loud music, let them do it’ – Greg Norman

maintaining it out of your own pocket, you have to bring in the youth. If someone wants to play nine holes, fine - but let the son play with his father with his headphones on. Let them dress a little bit differently.’

least once a week has dropped from 751,900 to 730,300. This number was at 889,100 for the same period in 2005 to 2006, meaning a total loss of 158,800 regular players in the past eight years.

A Sport England survey earlier this year showed the number of people playing golf at

Norman’s comments came after world number one Rory McIlroy said recently that golf needed to speed up to attract young players.

DAN’S THE MAN AGAIN DANNY Willett, fresh from his heroics and an excellent sixth place at The Open, won his third European Tour title with a one-shot victory over fellow Englishman Matt Fitzpatrick at the European Masters.r around the colleges is always a delight. Willett, 27, shot a five-under par 65 to finish 17 under overall in Switzerland. Willett is now the second-highest worldranked Englishman after Hampshire’s Justin Rose, having climbed eight places to 24th.

Oops, there goes another caddie. . .

After sharing the lead with fellow Yorkshireman Fitzpatrick going into the final day, Willett managed a bogey-free final round. Completing an all-English top three, Tyrrell Hatton came third, finishing 15 under. It was Willett’s second European Tour triumph of the season following the Nedbank Challenge in December, and brought to six the total of English tour wins: Nuneaton’s Andy Sullivan twice and one apiece by Surrey’s James Morrison and Bristol’s Chris Wood.

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Asked about Norman's comments, Peter Dawson, chief executive of the R&A, claimed the number of rounds played this year had increased significantly in most major golf markets’ and that he did not want to ‘talk ourselves into a participation drop that's greater than it actually is. Mr Dawson said there was "no one allembracing solution" to the issue of participation, but did agree that courses should structure their fees to allow shorter forms of the game.

‘People have less time, they want faster gratification these days. If they want to go out and play six holes or nine holes, best of luck to them.’

Allenby said they disagreed over club selection – he shot 81 with a triple bogey and pulled out of the tournament. Middlemo said he quit in the face of personal insults, including being called a bad caddie and ‘a fat so-and-so’. Allenby has been left caddie-less twice before. At the 2007 BMW Open, caddie Matthew Tritton dumped the bag near the seventh tee, removed his bib and walked off. Another of Allenby’s previous caddies quit during the 1995 Open Championship at St Andrews. The four-time PGA Tour winner said Middlemo ‘ just lost the plot at me. He got right in my face as if he wanted to just beat me up.

‘He just got even closer and closer and I just said, “That's it, you're sacked. I will never have you caddie again”.’

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Meon Valley Marriott Golf Club played host to the Tee Times Seniors open for the 15th consecutive year. An event that has gone from strength to strength was played by golfers from mainly Hampshire clubs with some even making the trip across the channel from Holland.


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The overall open winner was Meon Valley member Barry Elliott who returned an impressive score of 43 points on his home course. The division one and two categories were won by Paul Hayward and David Knight respectively, with scores of 35 and 32 points. Best Visitor scores was won by B. Hayward from Waterlooville with a score of 43 points, 2nd was D. Luffman from Chilworth and third was C. Snape from Waterlooville.

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hen selecting a location for a short break, the word luxury always adds a touch of attraction for the final choice; Heythrop Park Resort matches the description perfectly, and proved to be an Michael Rees ideal location for our three days away. Located just twelve miles from Oxford City centre, in the village of Enstone, it is blessed with an abundance of local attractions if the prospect of golf and spa needs to be expanded. The list includes Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, The Cotswold Wildlife Park and several picturesque Cotswold villages and towns, including Burford, Bourton on the Water and closest of all Chipping Norton, many of which have excellent antique shops to attract the collector. Oxford itself is a wonderful place to visit, The Ashmolean, The museum of Science & History, The Museum of Natural History, and a walking tour around the colleges is always a delight.


The resort itself is in fact two distinct hotels which sit alongside one another, the elegant Heythrop Park Hotel, crafted from the original 18th century building, and the Crowne Plaza Heythrop Park Hotel. The mansion house is a grade 11 listed building which has seventeen superb rooms, all with high ceilings, roll top baths and beautiful views over the estate. The Crowne Plaza is more contemporary, and both hotels share the use of the golf course, the Spa and the leisure facilities. Heythrop Park is comparatively new to the golf scene, but the estate has been prominent in history since the 17th century. It was the ancestral home of the Earls of Shrewsbury, and it was the 12th Earl, Charles Talbot a former Secretary of State who built the mansion in the 1770’s. The present owners the Firoka Group have worked very closely with parkland expert John Phibbs of English Heritage to restore the estate and create the golf course. Historic bridges, monuments and walls and

gardens have been reinstated and contribute to the magnificent grounds and the mansion house itself. Tom Mackenzie commented that working at Heythrop Park has been a dream come true for me. The golf course, which is the central attraction, was designed by Tom Mackenzie of renowned architectural firm Mackenzie & Ebert, who have worked on many Open Championship venues, including Royal St George’s at Sandwich, Royal Lytham and Royal Troon, recognition indeed. The course was seeded as recently as 2008, though as you stroll the beautiful parkland setting, it seems to have been park of the landscape for centuries. Renowned for their sympathetic approach to course design and construction, they have created a very fine resort course, a monster from the back tees but very playable from the members boxes. The strokesaver describes it as “a quintessential English golf course which meanders over

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bridges, through valleys and is studded with ancient woodland and lakes and streams” there is nothing to be added. There are several memorable holes on the course, ones that will readily be brought to mind whenever it is mentioned. The dry stone wall stretching along the 4th, is a fine example of the restored stonework, bfore the challenge of Foxberry Wood, and then Archers Bridge, two holes where accurate driving is an absolute essential, not long but demanding, and rewarding to shake hands with old man par. The front nine ends with a delightful short hole, before a fine view of the rear of the house, and the very tough 11th. A downhill Par 5 with a craggy shot over water to an angled green. The 12th, 13th and 14th constitute the local equivalent of Amen Corner, three very sporty holes, that make the back nine. The finishing hole has claim to be the straightest finishing hole in golf, measuring 600 yards, it is flanked by trees and is backed by the view of the mansion, a perfect setting and a fine finishing hole.

A most enjoyable place to play golf and enjoy a classic English estate in all it’s glory. The hotel itself has been restored and is a fine place to stay, the architecture internally is imposing, and the newer parts of the building had been added to blend in. The restaurant is modern light and airy, and the cuisine is first class, served attentively and with that very important smile. The resort has The Spa with all the customary treatments and servcies, and also now offers Footgolf, which seems to be catching the attention and participation for a whole variety of age groups, a good alternative to the croquet traditionally played over the lawns. Heythrop Park proved to be an excellent choice for a short golf break, well priced, with a fine course and first class accommodation and cuisine, all you need for a chance to recharge the batteries.


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I loathe medals and despite a Club Pro once pointing out that stroke play was the ‘real game of golf’, I still find the format unforgiving and four hours of sheer hell. Stroke play maybe entertaining and exciting when it comes to watching the Professionals on television but personally I play for fun and not for someone else’s entertainment when they add up my scorecard. I’ve tried to be more relaxed and positive about medal formats but I’ve come to the conclusion keeping my brain and muscles in total unison over 18 holes is definitely tricky. Compound that with a few misjudgements, poor weather and the odd bad bounce and before you know it, it’s easy to chalk up double digits on at least one hole! I’ll give you an example of how brutal a medal can be. At the start of a medal, I once sliced a ball off the first tee which was carried by a fierce wind into thick gorse. I then drove a second ball (a Titleist) down the fairway, followed by a chip onto the green, eventually going down for a 6 on a Par 3. Never mind, I thought, I’ll soon settle down and make up the points and was delighted with my tee shot on the second hole, as it landed right down the middle of the fairway in a great position. However, when I walked up to play it, somehow it had morphed into a Callaway

ball and whilst I’ve got nothing against Callaway’s, it certainly wasn’t my ball. On reflection, in my hasty scramble on the first hole I’d manage to play the wrong ball. With the next group hot on our heels and bearing in mind I wasn’t even sure what the ruling was anyway, I had no option but to accept I was disqualified before even finishing the second hole! It’s not just the first couple of holes that can set the scene, as the pressure can increase as the game progresses, knowing you’re only one bad shot away from trouble which could instantly kill a good card. As the EWGA only require a minimum of 4 medals a year, it’s surprising so many clubs make golf so tortuous by constantly scheduling stroke play competitions, especially in the winter months – even if you can convert into a stableford score! No wonder it’s hard to entice more ladies into golf. Nobody plans, or wants to play bad golf, so when I have a bad round these days I try to make light of it by comparing the situation to when Andre Previn pointed out to Eric Morecambe he was playing the piano badly. Eric’s punchline was “I'm playing all the right notes but not necessarily in the right order” and that’s just how I feel about my golf sometimes. © Claire Kane Follow my tales on twitter @golfsnippets

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Pictured here is Sian Lovell, 2015 Lady Vice Captain of Cottrell Park Golf Resort handing over the money raised from the evening to a Noah’s Ark representative.

A Summer Ball, held in Cottrell Park Golf Resort’s elegant Marquee on Friday 31st July, has raised much-needed funds for Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospital Charity. The event saw over 160 guests raise nearly £3,000. All of which will support the charity's vital work exclusively supporting the children’s hospital for Wales. The charity has already raised money to build and equip Phase One for the hospital, supporting patients with medical conditions and cancer. They are now working to achieve Phase Two and have already raised a further £10m towards this project. The resorts 2015 Vice Lady Captain, Sian Lovell, encouraged the current club Captains and Vice Captain to support The Noah’s Ark Hospital Charity as their elected Charity for 2015. This was because one of her close friend’s son had leukaemia and was nursed back to health at the children’s hospital where the care received was in Sian’s own words, “Marvellous”. The child’s mother now also does a lot of fund raising for Noah’s Ark. The evening was a Black Tie event and commenced with a Pimms reception at 7pm followed by a three course gala dinner by ‘Spiros’, the resorts in-house and award winning fine dinging caterer. The entertainment was performed by ‘Big Macs Wholly Soul Band’; originally formed in 1990 and made popular when ‘The Commitments’ film was released being of a similar size and specializing in 60’s soul music. The dance

floor was full from the start with all guests having a great evening. Sian had arranged for helpers, her husband John and neighbours to make the table centre pieces for the event. Creatively they were made from white base tiles; cut black B&Q drainpipes as vases, painted bamboo sticks with attached paper-mache flowers all in a black and white theme. They were very effective and saved funds, enabling more money to be raised for the charity. During the evening a silent auction and collection of table donation envelopes also helped achieve the total raised. Lady Vice Captain, Sian Lovell thanked all those that attended and helped make the event possible; in particular The Lady Captain, Helen Poole, Vice Captain John Cashman, Esther Storey, Sales Co-ordinator and Derek Smith, General Manager at Cottrell Park Golf Resort. 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. For more information visit


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The role of the golf caddie has been changing since the concept was first utilised, like the life of insects they have undergone a metamorphism into a totally different creature from when they first appeared. In the early days of the game, Gentlemen golfers engaged the professional to be their caddie, carrying the clubs under their arms and acting a servile if sometimes advisory role. As the professional golfer became recognised for his skills, the caddy became more of a bag carrier. In fact there were three types of caddie, in addition to the personal man; there was a forecaddie and also a fixed caddie, who would be located somewhere on the course. At Prestwick a young lad would sit on the railway boundary wall with two flags to indicate whether the ball was on the railway or on the course. In 1913 at Brookline Massachusetts, the golf and social scene was turned on its head, when Francis Ouimet while still an amateur famously won the United States Open Champiosnhip with a young boy, Eddie Lowry carrying his bag. The picture of the two strolling down the fairway has become part of the pictorial history of the game. As professional golf advanced, before and after World War 11, caddies were more of an motley crew, many of whom were ill dressed and prone to excesses of alcohol as they carried out their itinerant trade. Max Faulkner who employed a caddie called Mad Mac, because he wore a raincoat but no shirt, and studied the greens through binoculars with no lenses in, advised Max to hit his putt slightly straight. He also told the story of another caddie collapsing into a drunken sleep at the side of the green still holding the flag on the first green of a tournament, Max dragged him into the gorse and left him to sleep it off and carried on. Then came the era of the dedicated and knowledgeable artisan, the man who could make the difference between winning and losing. It did not happen by chance, championship courses needed caddies, and the Lancashire coast boasted several courses of this nature, and the community responded. From one street close to Royal Birkdale, Suffolk Road, which was later nicknamed Champions Way, came not one but four caddies who brought home their golfers to lift the Claret Jug as Champion Golfer of the Year. Alfie Fyles did it four times, once for Gary Player and three times for Tom Watson, his brother Albert brought home Tom Weiskopf and their neighbours Jacky Lee and Teddy Dalsall followed the tradition. Jacky whose real name was Bobby, was given his new name by Peter Thomson with whom he won twice, and Teddy shouldered the bag of Johnny Miller in 1976. The regular visits of the Americans for the Open Championship heralded recognition for the best caddies, the different culture in the States was brought across the Atlantic. When


Oddjob & Goldfinger

Francis Ouimet & EddieLowery

Tom Watson & Bruce Edwards

Rory & J P Fitzgerald

Phil Mickelson & Bones Mackay

Alfie Fyles & Tom Watson

Jack & Jimmy Dickinson

Nick Faldo & Fanny Sunesson

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Arnie Palmer came in the 1960’s he engaged Tip Anderson for The Open at St Andrews and they formed a great and enduring partnership. After finishing runner up in his first attempt, he returned to win two consecutive Claret Jugs in 1961 and 1962, with Tip on the bag.

Championship at Sandwich in 1985 and then helped him the win the Masters, concluding with the now famous bunker shot on the 18th at Augusta, Dave had plenty of experience to bring to bear, he had carried the bag for Seve Ballesteros for four years, including when he won The Open at Royal Lytham in 1979, a great pro and a real gentlemen.

Mentioning the ladies there has to be comment on the string of successes shared by Anika Sorenstam and her caddie Terry McNamara, who enjoyed years at the top in a highly competitive era for ladies golf. Still going strong at present are the relationships between Phil Mickelson and Jim “Bones” Mackay, Jim Furyk and Fluff Cowan, Lee Westwood and Billy Foster, and World Number One Rory McIlroy and his long time caddie and friend J P Fitzgerald.

When Arnie did not come in 1964 he recommended Tip to Tony Lema, and Champagne Tony gave full credit to his caddie for a marvellous success over the Old Course, where his knowledge was invaluable. The era of the professional caddie had been established, great partnerships began to take place not only in the United Kingdom, but around the world, as the best players began to rely on the preparation and skills of the best caddies. The advent of television brought them to the attention of the viewing public; characters who went unnoticed suddenly shared the spotlight with their employers. When European golfers started to dominate golf in the late 1970’s, Dave Musgrove guided a young Sandy Lyle to success in the Open

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Caddies have been featured in several films, many will remember Oddjob performing the role very differently when Goldfinger played James Bond at Stoke Park, though in the book the match was played at Sandwich. Relationships between golfers and caddies can be fleeting or enduring, the former are soon forgotten but the latter become part of the history of the game. Arnie and Tip Anderson, Gary Player and Rabbit Dwyer, Tom Watson and the late Bruce Edwards, Jack Nicklaus and Angelo Argeo in the US and with Jimmy Dickinson in UK, and later Bernhard Langer and Pete Coleman, Ernie Els and Ricci Roberts. Ian Woosnam and Phil “Wobbly” Morbley, Tiger Woods and Steve Williams, Nick Faldo and Fanny Sunesson, the first female caddie to bag a major championship, she has four on her resume.

Henry Longhurst, that doyen of golf commentators wisely said “A good caddie is more than a mere assistant. He is guide, philosopher and friend.” Although they are now well rewarded and recognised, they deserve their recognition, for they share the trials and tribulations, carry a bag weighing well over 45 lbs, walk well over 5 miles each round and need as many arms as an octopus when the weather is bad. They have the right to say, as they do, to their player, “We won” for they are the Silent Partners and often unsung heroes of the professional game. Michael Rees


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Tom Dunn

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ayling Island Golf Club has a rich and long history, formed when the game was in it’s infancy in England, and blessed with a patron who had the wealth and the drive to form his own club on the island. The year was 1880, the idea was first muted, when mention of a new course had been made in a letter from the Rev Cumming Macdonna, a member at Royal Liverpool Golf Club, himself a golf missionary, to the Field magazine. The letter intimated that Mr Fleetwood Sandeman was looking to form a golf club on Hayling Island. Then in August 1883, three years after that letter appeared, a meeting took place at the home of Lieutenant Colonel John Glas Sandeman which was duly minuted, to the effect that a club had been formed with Rev Macdonna as first Chairman and Fleetwood Sandeman as first Captain.

Joe Lloyd


The mid years of Queen Victoria’s reign were the ones when the name Great Britain was fully justified, for the nation and the Empire were indeed great. It was the time of the great pioneers and industrialists who were forging a new world of invention and advancement, social improvement and bringing industry and employment and with it the demand for greater leisure, and facilities in which to enjoy it. For the professional classes this would result in the first real expansion of golf as a sport, facilitated by the rapid expansion of the railway system, and followed at the turn of the century by the invention of the motor car. Convenient transport was the second catalyst which spurned the growth of the golf phenomenon. Golf had traditionally been a sport played on linksland, that scrubby area of ground of little value that lay between the water line and land which could be harnessed for arable cultivation. Such a stretch was present in the warrens on Hayling Island, the perfect location for the Sandeman’s a wealthy family who had a summer residence nearby, to begin their project. The course was originally nine holes, on common land east of where the present course lies, laid out by Tom Dunn. The first professional was Joe Lloyd a young man from Hoylake (nicknamed The General), who was to become US Open Champion some years later. An indication of the influence the sponsors wielded. The club prospered and very soon leased extra land on Sinah Warren and

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13th Widow Bunker

extended the course to eighteen holes. The first round on the full eighteen holes was in November 1884, a match between Fleetwood Sandeman, the Rev Cumming and professional Joe Lloyd and Colonel Easton Cox. The new layout was an instant success. The members played in red jackets, following the traditions of the established clubs of the day. When the club was in it’s infancy, local youths caused some problems, but that was soon resolved when they were given employment as caddies and fore caddies on the course, proudly wearing their badges of office on their left arms.

land, and it took several years for the country to recover. However after conflict ceased, the club progressed and in 1924 acquired the freehold of all the land.

The lease was transferred to the club in 1884, and a long lease was quickly negotiated and the decision taken to build the first clubhouse, which cost £1,000, a princely sum at the time, but an investment that lasted for many years. In the early 1900’s it was a club rule that gentlemen members were required to sport a moustache, unless working duties demanded otherwise, as in the case of clergy, the picture in the club history shows that compliance was total.

Tom Simpson was a brilliant course architect, and quite the eccentric, a wealthy man of independent means, he drove a Rolls Royce, and had very firm views about course design, refusing to give in to popular trends, but who created some of the greatest courses around the world. His obituary read “in 82 years Tom Simpson touched life at an enviable number of points, always attributed to his refusal to produce anything that he himself deemed humdrum”. That is one word that could never be applied to the links at Hayling, a creation of which he was justly proud. Changes to the course have been relatively few, but a glance into the club archives will show that the once fearsome Widow bunker is sadly no longer a hazard to be overcome.

In 1902 an exhibition match took place between two of the titans of the game, multiple Open Champions Harry Vardon and James Braid, and soon afterward the other member of The Great Triumvirate, J H Taylor, who was professional at nearby Royal Winchester Golf Club, was commissioned to make changes and achieve a true links venue. The First World War brought everything to a grinding halt throughout the

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In 1933 it became necessary to make changes, and as a consequence renowned local golf course architect Tom Simpson was given a commission to design a new layout. The brilliant design that he implemented resulted in the course very much as it exists today, one that stands comparison with the truly great links courses of these islands.

The course has been graced by many of the great names of golf including royalty, the Prince of Wales (later to become Edward VIII) who played in the thirties, and years later

Open Champion South African Bobby Locke came and broke the course record with a score of 65. In 1933 the Jubilee Celebrations included a professional tournament played in by the best players of the day, including local celebrities Percy Allis and Ernie and Charles Whitcombe, who won the prize money. With a location so close to Portsmouth and the naval dockyard it would inevitably receive constant attention from the Luftwaffe in World War II. Along with Southampton docks it was a prime target and suffered severe battering, and evidence remains in many areas of the course if you look carefully, particularly between the 9th and 14th fairways, although the craters have now blended into the landscape. The course still bears evidence of the conflict, with bunkers on the course and sited in the lake, each with stories to tell. Hampshire is fortunate to be home to a great links course, a glance through the visitors book will indicate just how popular it is with golfers from all over the world who come to savour the challenge set by Simpson, aided and abetted by Mother Nature herself. As you play it today, you could be walking back to the middle of the last century, there is a timeless element that pervades the course and that lives in perfect harmony with modern times. A genuine championship links, revered by those who have played it, and a treasure to be discovered by those yet to experience golf on Sinah Warren. • Turn over to read more about Hayling GC


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A UNIQUE LINKS The name of Hayling Golf Club was changed in 1890 and in so doing ‘Island’ vanished from the title, the reasons for the change have, as it says in the club history, been lost in the mists of time. The impact of the Sandeman family declined as a open more community spirit was developed, though the influence of the family was also strong in the formation of Hayling Ladies Golf Club, a feature of the club that was decades ahead of it’s time, and one that continues to the present day. Reading the history, there is much to savour, however, the past is far from the mind as you approach the modern art deco style clubhouse, situated adjacent to Sinah Lake. The clubhouse was designed in the style of the old clubhouse; it was opened by John Jacobs in 2002, and a superb building it is.

to a driver, depending on the wind. Those early holes are rolling and comparatively open, with the characteristic pot bunkers lying in wait for the unwary or wayward shot. Then there are the six holes in the huge sand dunes, including the famous Widow, not so fearsome as in earlier years.

Sadly these names are being used less and less, but they are part of the fabric and magic of this historic club. Whether by name or number, the eighteen holes are a challenge, a challenge that changes with the wind, but on a sunny day at any time of the year, there is nowhere better.

The spiral staircase in the entrance hall leads to the upstairs lounge and dining room both of which have panoramic views of the lake, the balcony which surrounds the upstairs rooms is a favourite place to view the course and the seascapes. The view across the Solent to the Isle of Wight and westwards to Portsmouth’s Spinnaker Tower is spectacular. It is hard to imagine a better outlook from which to enjoy your refreshments after playing,

The final five holes alongside the water include a very good par five, two long fours and the eighteenth to the green set in front of the clubhouse, and in view of the balcony As that doyen of writers Bernard Darwin described “it possesses some of the finest seaside golfing country to be found anywhere”, praise indeed and few would disagree.

It is one course that is open all year round, only closed by a rare fall of now or very heavy frost, and one where you are sure to finish without mud spattered trousers.

The main attraction is always the golf course, a course of differing elements, and one that can change dramatically with the weather conditions. Hayling is a course likened to St Andrews, in that first impressions can be misleading, and the more you play the course, the more you understand and appreciate the subtleties and fascination of the design. The first seven holes, do not provide a gentle opening, the first is a par three, which can be anything from a mid iron Hayling Golf Club Links Lane Hayling Island Hampshire PO11 0BX Telephone: 02392 464446 Email:

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The thing that is immediately noticeable is the quality of the turf and the excellence of the greens, in true links style, they are hard fast and true, with subtle borrows that can infuriate and embarrass, but delight when read correctly. In common with many of the older courses in the land, the individual holes are named, and a fascinating collection of names they are, some obvious but many are totally obscure. Trap, Sea and Broom all reflect their setting, the 4th christened Butts because it was the site of a World War 1 rifle range, and the seventh is Death or Glory, reflecting the decision to carry the bunkers or not, and the short par 4 10th is Pan-KoChai, Malaysian for hell! Woolseners is probably named after the sandy shoals at sea which face the eleventh, Wharram is named after Dr Wharram Lamplough who designed the hole, then there are Sailors Grave and Sinah two holes to the finish. You would be forgiven for thinking that the 17th is the site of a naval grave, when in truth it is the resting place of a horse called Sailor, who gave up the ghost near the spot and was buried there.

Being a Site of Specials Scientific Interest (SSSI) gives quite a diverse set of problems for the present Head Greenkeeper Lauclan Millar, differing from those at inland golf clubs. They are responsible for maintaining not only the links course in classic condition but also the remainder of the land owned by the club, which stretches to the shore line, necessitating careful preservation. There is an abundance of wildlife, flora and fauna, and some very rare plants that grow in the particular conditions of the warren and which are rarely found in such an undisturbed state elsewhere. It also means that the club is landlord to other sporting activities, sailing, kite surfing, and fishing All coming together to create a unique traditional club, but one that embracies the challenges and requirements of the twenty first century and all that it implies. It is no surprise that Hayling is listed in the Top 100 Clubs in the land, it has been so for many many years, assessed by some of the greatest midst other reasons, it is entitled to golfers and writers of their time, and for that, consider itself unique.


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PRESENT DAY Although situated across the causeway on an island, there is nothing insular about Hayling Golf Club. With a unique links course, a modern stylish clubhouse and a thriving membership, a positive and progressive management, there is all the club member or visitor could wish for. The elitist image of private clubs has long been rectified, and there is always a warm welcome for visitors and potential members. The clubhouse is impressive, from the spacious foyer, the winding staircase leads to the bar, restaurant and lounges, whether indoors or out on the balcony, the panoramic views are spectacular, out over the Solent and to the sight of the Spinnaker Tower in nearly Portsmouth. A glance at the pictures around the building will display some of the many visitors that have had the pleasure of playing the course. Soccer players (including Jimmy Dickinson of Portsmouth FC), dignitaries, and the best professionals, including, the Triumvirate of Vardon and Braid, JH Taylor, plus Max Faulkner, and Bobby Locke, post war heroes such as Peter Allis and numerous Ryder Cup players, and the club can even boast that when the future King Edward VIII came to visit in 1935, he lost his shirt. A good course will always develop good golfers, and Hayling has an impressive list, stretching back to the early days. The most distinguished (is) was Ian Patey, a stalwart for many years; an International who won the English Amateur Championship at Royal Mid Surrey in 1946, the plaque displaying his record is well worth the read. The strength of the amateur membership has brought many honours to the club, names that appear as club champions have claimed many representative honours, including Mark Thistleton, Matt Blackey and

Mark Treleaven and more recently Jamie Mist, and team honours have also been a regular cause for celebration. In more recent times members and professionals have made their mark, with present incumbent Mark Treleaven after an impressive amateur career, making the headlines. Mark has been associated with the club for over twenty five years, as a member then professional, only the ninth player to hold the position in the club’s 132 year history. Matthew Blackey, who joined as a junior in the early 80’s, also had an impressive amateur career representing England on many occasions before turning professional firstly on the Challenge tour and then several years on the full European tour. After Matthew came Mark Thistleton and Raffi Dyer. Both represented England as amateurs with Raffi representing both the England u 18’s and as captain of English schools team. The tradition continues with Darren Walkley, Jamie Mist and Ben Wall all playing off +3 and making huge impressions on the Amateur circuit. The thriving Junior Section has the inspiration of former Ryder Cup player and multi-ple tour winner Steve Richardson, who

is actively involved with the numerous talented youngsters at the club. Among those making the headlines is nine year old Hannah Hellyer who has already begun collecting plaudits. The boys’ team of Max Clapp, James Hellyer, James Maddison and Jake Bradwell have already been hitting the headlines for their performances. These youngsters, both boys and girls receive positive encouragement from all at the club, for they will provide the backbone of the future membership of Hayling. The trophy cabinets are an Aladdin’s Cave, with beautiful silver cups, salvers, plates, vases, medals and bowls, both for the Ladies and the Gentlemen, a virtual display of the origins of the club and the characters Hayling welcomes golf societies on Tuesday and Wednesday, and has a variety of packages to tempt them, The facilities at the club are also available for hire for functions and business meetings. The ground floor Sinah Room is well equipped for business meetings, it can accommodate up to forty people, add impressive views over Sinah Lake, and it is the ideal venue offering complete privacy.

MEMBERSHIP OFFERS New male members, both full and 5 day can join immediately with payment of the enrolment fee, but wait until January 2016 to pay their subscription. This effectively gives 3 months subscription FREE golf. Lady members can join at any time with no enrolment fee.

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The Social membership of the club is over 250 strong. Sunday lunch is very popular, and celebrations of all types are held.

The clubroom can be sectioned to give privacy for individual functions, parties, weddings, without disrupting the normal member’s enjoyment. There is a full diary of events throughout the year, and the very popular “Links News” which is published bimonthly gives full details of the social programme as well all the club news about competitions both at the club and in external events. The club has a limited number of vacancies for new members in the various categories, and is particularly keen to attract new lady members, who will receive a warm welcome to the club, both for playing and social activities. Hayling Golf Club has all the ingredients, a unique links golf course, rated in the Top 100 in the United Kingdom, in first class condition throughout the year, a modern very well appointed clubhouse, with spectacular views, and a comprehensive social programme to satisfy the most discerning member or visitor. It was top of the list which I had when I came to the South of England to live, and it proved to be all that I had read and been told, a statement which not many courses have been able to match. A favourite from the first time I played it, and one that has given many hours of enjoyment, whether playing badly or well. Michael Rees


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ohn Hannam (Romsey) was the proud winner of the 2015 Southampton Open lifting the Harry Spooner Trophy for the first time.


The event attracted a strong field with the morning rounds returning high scores. Front runner Neil Scullard (Stoneham) the only player to match par, with John Hannam (Romsey) one shot, and David Barker (Stoneham) two shots off the lead. 2014 Champion Luke Russell (Southampton) and Ken Rowe (Meon Valley) sat five shots adrift of Scullard. 15 year old Byron Thomas (Southampton) returned the best nett score of the morning with 66 shots playing from his handicap of 13.


The afternoon rounds proved to be tougher than the morning and none of the competitors were able to break par. Ray Cook (Skylark) and Ben L'Enfant (Hockley) returned the best cards with 71's which was enough to secure second place for Ben. Neil Scullard was unable to match his morning's performance, leaving John Hannam to make good use of his extensive knowledge of the course, shooting two under his handicap, and become the 2015 Southampton Open Champion with a gross score of 143, with Scullard taking third place on countback from L'Enfant. David Barker's (Stoneham) strong showing in the morning, and a round two under his handicap in the afternoon gave him the winning score (136) and first prize in the nett competition. Byron Thomas (Southampton) finished the afternoon with a round one over handicap (137) to clinch second place, two shots ahead of Ray Cook (Skylark). The Mayor of Southampton, Linda Norris, graciously gave her time to present the players with their trophies and prizes and praised the efforts of event organiser Bill

Webb who has managed the competition for the past two years with support from Southampton Golf Club. Bill said 'It is great to see the Southampton Open growing each year. As a qualifying event in the Hampshire

Order of Merit, the competition is going from strength to strength’. ‘We look forward to seeing Hampshire's best returning next year to compete for the title'.

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Penny gets Reeves Wins Carpenter Cup at Burley hole in one! The Peter Carpenter Memorial Cup 2015 was won by Rob Reeves with a score of 65. This cup, held annually, is in memory of Burley Golf Club member Peter Carpenter who passed away in his midtwenties. Peter’s farther Norman presented the prizes.

Winner Rob Reeves was delighted to win this event as this repeats his success in this cup of twenty years ago.

Burley Golf Club member Mrs Penny Whately - Smith scored a hole in one recently. Her perfect shot happened at Burley’s 2nd hole during a club match - she won that hole! Penny was delighted with this her first ever hole in one.

The Reeves family have a long connection with Burley as Percy Reeves, Rob’s great grandfather, was Pro at the club over one hundred years ago. As club professional Percy was heavily involved in the course design and layout. Photo opposit: Rob Reeves - winner, Norman Carpenter - Peter’s father, Alan Vincent Burley Club Captain.

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New member Adam becomes England’s handicap golfer of 2015 Yorkshire’s Adam Morris has crowned his first year’s membership of a golf club with a narrow victory in the Fuller’s London Pride Gold Medal. The 24-year-old became England’s handicap golfer of the year when he scored 37 points on the Red Course at Frilford Heath in Oxfordshire, pipping Cheshire’s Tony Sharp on countback. Third place went to Hampshire’s Nick Holloway, 29, whose success sealed a remarkable recovery from a stroke he suffered a year ago. He beat David Allen (Hoebridge) on countback after they both scored 36 points. The championship was played as part of England Golf’s first Golf Week which has celebrated the grassroots game with a fiveday festival of team and handicap events. Much of the competition was played in a downpour and Morris, an 18-handicapper from Filey (image © Leaderboard Photography), remarked: “I’m pleased, very pleased, especially with the conditions. It will make the four-hour drive home a bit better!” He has enjoyed golf since he was a boy but only began paying seriously when he and a group of friends joined Filey last year – responding to an attractive membership offer. He’s already come down from 22 handicap in his 16 months of membership.

Today, he played steadily and boosted his score with two gross birdies on the second and sixth, which were on his back nine. “I had a friend walking round and caddying today and it took a bit of pressure off. I just had to try to keep cool and calm – that was the hardest part, but it seemed to go all right.” Tony Sharp (Vicar’s Cross) is a 19handicapper and produced steady golf on his first appearance in this championship. “I’ve really enjoyed it despite the weather, I just got into a rhythm – but the course played a lot longer than yesterday!” He was in no way disappointed to come second, remarking: “I’m delighted, it’s being competitive that’s the thing.”

Nick Holloway (Basingstoke) played the most remarkable round of the day, revealing afterwards that he had a stroke last summer and was still in a wheelchair at Christmas. When he was taken ill he lost the power of speech and movement, together with the ability to swallow. He was told there was only a 15% chance that he would walk again – but he has gradually recovered and says he now 97% fit. He comes from a golfing family, has played since he was a boy and held a five-handicap before his stroke – so getting back to golf was one of his priorities. Early this year he got started when he hit half a dozen balls with a wedge. “That was all I could manage, but I slowly built it up and played my first

round in mid-February.” The next step was to put in cards for his handicap which was re-allocated at 20 and which he has already reduced to 15. He’s lost about 20% of his length and finds the short game challenging because of loss of feel, but he’s very determined. “I have played a lot of competitive golf in the past and now it’s all about getting back into that mentality.” Alongside that he’s started a new career, launching his own lighting design company for concerts, exhibitions and corporate events. “I don’t like to say it, but the stroke is the best thing that’s happened – apart from getting married! It’s opened my eyes and given me a whole new perspective on life,” he said.


It’s been said a thousand times before, but it’s true – hard work pays off. To be good at anything, one must practise, practise … And Calderwood golfer Stuart Warnock is testament to this after achieving his second hole-in-one in just two months – bumping his ace tally to four – following a four-year hiatus from golf due to a family illness. Warnock, 65, achieved his latest ace using his four-hybrid on the 151-yard, par-three 14th during the President’s Prize at Strathpeffer Spa, in Strathclyde, and the 19-handicapper was rewarded with a second specially-commissioned, commemorative BOSS timepiece. He said: “This is my fourth hole-in-one and I’ve achieved all of them at Strathpeffer, although, up until the last two months, I hadn’t achieved one in more than 10 years. I had stopped playing golf for four years owing to a family illness and only started playing again late last year. I’ve been practising a lot and was delighted to see all my hard work pay off with another hole-in-one. Long may it continue!” The luxury German brand has once again pledged to reward club golfers with an exclusive watch for every hole-in-one recorded during a club competition in 2015, after giving away more than £1m-worth of limited-edition timepieces since its launch in 2013 – and Warnock is among the latest to achieve the feat this year.

The scheme is open to any golfer whose club uses HowDidiDo – a free-to-use, web-based social network for golfers – and anybody playing in official club competitions is eligible. Currently, more than 1,800 clubs use the website. Stephen Brydon, commercial director for MGS Distribution, the official licenced UK distributor for BOSS Watches, said: “Well done to Stuart for accomplishing one of golf’s most elusive feats.

“For most amateur golfers, a hole-in-one is as memorable as winning The Masters would be to a professional. We want to ensure they have something tangible by which to remember the day, other than an expensive bar bill. “The limited-edition BOSS timepiece is

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exclusively available to golfers who achieve a hole-in-one; it not only immortalises a once-ina-lifetime feat, but also serves as a memento of their achievement. “We also hope it might lift the spirits of amateur golfers during club competitions who may not be in with a chance of winning the event, but can still feel excitement every time they play a par-three, knowing they are just one shot away from winning an exquisite timepiece.” In addition to the limited-edition watch, Warnock joins more than 7,000 members in the BOSS Watches H1Club which offers access to exclusive benefits and merchandise.

Dan Mew, Conor Richards and Jordan Sundborg with the Green Jackets Cup.

Shanklin and Sandown Golf Club completed a rare double when its three man team qualified to represent Hampshire Golf in the England Golf Junior Champion Club Tournament at Frilford Heath. The Junior Team of Jordan Sundborg, Dan Mew and Conor Richards qualified after winning the Green Jackets Cup, Hampshire's Junior Inter Club Knockout. They beat Royal Jersey in the semi-final and Barton-on-Sea in the Final at Hockley Golf Club.


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Nathan, 15, wins the Celtic crown THE potential of youth was underlined once again at the Principality Junior Wales Open when the overall title was won by Nathan Moore who, at the age of 15, beat boys and girls three years his senior to claim the overall trophy. Competing in the Under-15 age group, Moore shot a superb round of 74, just three over par, to win by a single stroke from Matthew Harris and claim a year’s honorary membership of the Twenty Ten Course where the final was played. A Gloucestershire county player playing off a handicap of four, Moore is a member of the Long Ashton club in Bristol which has produced European Tour star Chris Wood.

ALL ACES IN THE PACK Family hat-trick: left; Chris, son Joe and, the memento ball used by Chris’ father in 1961

A POIGNANT round of golf for Chris Thomas became a day to treasure when he joined his son and late father with an ace on the same hole to leave a lasting legacy at their historic club.

A remarkable family feat

Thomas, 47, a member at St Augustine's Golf Club in his home town, Ramsgate, Kent, was competing in the June monthly Stableford at his home club when he found the missing piece to the jigsaw on the 156-yard, par-three 15th.

‘In 2012, my son - aged 16 at the time and playing off five - amazingly achieved an ace on the very same hole. I was so proud to make it a family hat-trick.’

The six-handicapper said: ‘In 1961, my late father, Major John Thomas had a hole-in-one on the 15th at St Augustine's from 135 yards. I still have the ball mounted in a plaque as a memento.

Thomas joined the historic golf club where a runic cross stands near the clubhouse to commemorate St Augustine's arrival to England - in 1994 after retiring from semi-professional football, and he and his son Joe play golf together there regularly.

• Chris receives a limited-edition BOSS timepiece for his hole in one, exclusively available to certain club golfers who achieve an ace. Below is news of three others who have joined the ‘club’. TO ace the same green twice in five days is mind-blowing as Sheila Farrell, left, can testify.

Young stars: Nathan Moore and Ffion Evans

‘This is the biggest tournament I’ve ever won’” said Moore. As well as his Celtic Manor club membership, Moore and all 12 age category prize winners on the day won golf bags from Welsh golf merchandise company Asbri. Another 15-year-old, Ffion Evans, travelled from her home club of Newport, Pembrokeshire, to the other Newport and Celtic Manor and beat the boys in mixed competition to win the best Under-18 nett score category with a 74, once her handicap of seven had been deducted. Overall runner-up Matthew Harris, of Cardiff’s St Mellons club, had the consolation of winning the Under-18 gross score category by three shots from Tenby’s Luke Harries. U18 Gross: 1 Matthew Harris (St Mellons) 75, 2 Luke Harries (Tenby) 78; U18 Nett: 1 Ffion Evans (Newport, Pembs) 74, 2 Trey Niven (The Shropshire) 76; U15 Gross: 1 (and Overall Champion) Nathan Moore (Long Ashton) 74, 2 Harrison King (Straddon Heights) 78; U15 Nett: 1 Luke Thompson (Lee Park) 67, 2 Shauna Lyons (Conwy) 71; U13: 1 Jack Edwards (Horsehay Village) 37pts, 2 Sean Hazelby (Carmarthen) 36pts, 3 Darcey Harry (The Vale) 35pts, 4 Jack Muir (Styal) 32pts.

Sheila, 66, from Ash, Surrey, cleaned out Chobham Golf Club's hole-in-one kitty with her dramatic double on the 143-yard, par-three second hole - with both aces produced by the driver she had considered dumping just a few days earlier.

Adam’s tactics are spot-on ADAM Frayne’s defensive tactics paid off as he protected his first-round lead to win the Players Championship at Cumberwell Park, near Bath, for his first PGA of England and Wales (South West) Order of Merit success, writes Peter Godsiff. The second year PGA degree student from Yelverton plotted his way with a safety-first 66 to finish 11-under-par 131 after opening with 65 in the event sponsored again by Lansdown Mazda.

‘I tried to keep a bogey off my card and almost succeeded until I dropped my only shot at the 15th,’ he said. ‘I took irons off the tee and played smart defensive golf as I knew I had a little bit of room after leading. ‘I tried to play steady golf and avoid making mistakes so gave myself plenty of scoring opportunities, although mind was not really on playing when I started off.’ He explained that Thurlestone professional Jack Wallace had withdrawn after his father passed away suddenly the previous night. ‘Jack was my room-mate when we played the Europro Tour together and I was constantly thinking about him rather than golf.’

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Farrell, who plays off 17, said: ‘It's unbelievable. It was the first hole-in-one I've had and I've been playing golf for 36 years … and then two come along at once.’ WHEN Andy Gardiner lost his leg 12 years ago, the father-of-one thought he'd hit rock bottom. The 38-year-old turned to golf - and hasn't looked back since. He brought his handicap down to one, and now has achieved his 10th hole in one. The latest was at his home club, Cherwell Edge, on the 194-yard, par-three fifth. The inspirational golfer had his badly-damaged leg amputated following a freak fall in 2003, and it was only after his accident that he went on to represent Great Britain's shooting team at the World Championships. LOUIS Ross, right, became one of the youngest members to win a BOSS watch for scoring a hole-in-one. The gifted 11-year-old, from Bristol - who plays off 19 aced the 150-yard, par-three ninth hole at his home club, Long Ashton GC. He said: ‘I hit my rescue club and the ball bounced a couple of times before rolling into the hole.’ Naturally left-handed but a right-handed golfer, Ross has been playing since the age of five and is currently a member of the Gloucestershire County Golf Academy squad.

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LOUISE Suggs, a trailblazer for ladies’ golf, has died at the age of 91. Louise, a founder of the Ladies Professional Golf Association and one of the greatest female golfers of all time, passed away in Florida. When she was still in her teens, she won the 1947 US Women's Amateur, the 1948 British Ladies Amateur and the 1949 US Women's Open titles. She won a title in every single season of her professional career, finishing with 61 victories, including 11 Majors, and in 1957 she became the first player to win a career Grand Slam. The LPGA Tour Rookie of the Year Award was named in her honour, as one of the named 13 women who helped to set up the LPGA in 1950.


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1 Alliss in hot water over that kitchen jest THE Twitterati raged, the BBC apologised and Peter Alliss found himself in the centre of a another storm. For days afterwards, veteran golf commentator Alliss, 84, was accused of ‘old school sexism’ for a remark he made as Zach Johnson lined up the putt that won him The 2015 Open at St Andrews. The camera panned to Johnson’s wife Kim at that moment, and Alliss said: 'She is probably thinking - "if this goes in, I get a new kitchen".'

THE United States PGA Tour has been warned over its approach to drugs testing before golf’s return to the Olympics next year. Peter Alliss: Sparked Twitter outbursts

Ms Wade tweeted: 'Can't believe he can say this! #Sexist #Alliss' Ms Wade's anger at Alliss's comment was echoed by fellow Twitter users.

A BBC spokesman said: 'Peter made a light-hearted comment which was inappropriate and we apologise if anyone was offended.' But Alliss, who was commentating on his last St Andrews Open before the BBC loses its rights to Sky in 2017, immediately had his supporters.

Vicki Lank wrote: 'Yay for casual sexism!’ Twitter user jamesnurton added: 'Oh, how we'll miss the casual sexism of Peter Alliss, delivered in that mellifluous voice.’ Another said: 'Old school sexism from Peter Alliss.'

They advised feminists to ‘get a life’ and accused them of a sense of humour loss. One feature writer wrote with tongue in cheek: ‘Had Alliss taken the trouble to educate himself correctly about gender relations in the 21st century, he would instead have remarked:

Cue outrage among viewers, led by Lesley-Ann Wade, the American manager of Sir Nick Faldo.

2 Clubhouse breastfeeding row: members suspended A GOLF club was left in turmoil after a row erupted over a mother who began breastfeeding her baby in the clubhouse restaurant. Three members of the ladies’ team at Whetstone Golf Club in Cosby, Leicestershire, were having lunch when they saw a group of women and children seated nearby. One of the members said: ‘Gosh, are we running a crèche?’ The situation became inflamed as one of the visitors lifted her teeshirt and began breastfeeding her son – which prompted ladies’ competition secretary Lesley Bailey, 64, to say she had been ‘put off her food’. The mother heard the words and there was a heated exchange. The mother, who is not a club member, complained to club officials. Now the three members have been suspended, accused of ‘unbecoming behaviour’. Lesley Bailey and fellow diner Janet Morris, 81, have resigned, and ladies’ captain Pam

Nutting, 64, faced disciplinary action. She vowed to fight the suspension. Mrs Bailey said he had been left with no choice but to resign after 20 years: ‘I was sitting with another member at the table. It was just the way (the mother) sent about it. She just lifted her teeshirt and that’s what put me off.

‘She was two tables away, sitting straight opposite me. I said it had put me off my food. The woman heard, picked her boy up, came towards me and said “A woman of your age should know better”.’ Mrs Morris, a club member for nearly 30 years, said she felt the mother was being ‘deliberately provocative’.‘I am a mother and grandmother and have nothing against breastfeeding. It is about decorum. She should have turned her back to us or gone in the locker room for some privacy.’ Mrs Nutting added: ‘I am fighting this action by the club as I did not speak to any of these women at all.’

“She’s probably thinking, ‘if this goes in, I get a new tool-bench’ or, ‘if this goes in, I get a new chainsaw’. ‘Or, even better, he would have said: “She’s probably thinking, ‘I couldn’t give two s***s if this goes in or not because I am a woman defined by my own achievements, as witnessed by the fact that I put a new kitchen in last week, in which Zach and I cook on alternate nights, with no reference to outmoded gender stereotypes implied by the role of ‘cook’.” Just one day earlier, Alliss had incited outrage on Twitter while commentating on Irish amateur Paul Dunne being hugged by his mother as he left the course with a share of the lead after three rounds, saying: ‘Ah, that must be mum. Perhaps he likes older women.’ James Corrigan, Golf Correspondent of The Telegraph, said the BBC’s apology was ‘craven’ and described Alliss as ‘an 84year-old who understandably does not feel the obligation to say sorry to anyone.

‘He must be looking at the BBC’s apology on his behalf as an affront. And so it is. ‘Who do these Siobhans and Simons think they are, perched grandly in their ethical communication departments declaring contrition on behalf of grown-ups?’

COMIC OR CRASS? WHAT DO YOU THINK? IS Peter Alliss a sexist, politically incorrect dinosaur who has passed his sell-by date?

Or is it something which should be discreetly done in a way which does not make others feel uncomfortable?

Or is he a witty, entertaining commentator who brings a unique brand of humour to television’s golf coverage? AND what about breastfeeding in the clubhouse – is it just something entirely natural that we should accept in these enlightened times?

Send us your views by emailing the Tee Times Editor on, and including the word Taste in the title.

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Olympics warning to PGA over drugs stance

International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach is urging the tour to abide by the rules laid down by World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada). The PGA Tour has a doping policy but it is not as strict as Wada standards.

‘I can only encourage the PGA Tour to follow and finally accept the Wada code and to be compliant with this,’ said Mr Bach. He said he wanted ‘a harmonised anti-doping regime for all the golf players and ‘a level playing field for all golfers’.

Thomas Bach: ‘A level playing field for all golfers’

Would non-compliance by the USPGA put golf's Olympic future in jeopardy? Mr Bach said: ‘Of course, we'd have to take this into consideration.’ Neither the PGA Tour nor the European Tour publishes details of the number of drug tests it carries out each year. Neither does the R&A, golf’s governing body, reveal how many tests it conducts at The Open, although chief executive Peter Dawson said it was ‘significant’. Golf returns to the Olympics for the first time since 1904 at Rio next summer. The International Golf Federation will run the drug-testing programme for the Olympics, beginning 13 weeks before the Games. It will include blood testing (at the moment there are only urine tests in golf) and out of competition tests. It will also introduce the ‘whereabouts rule’ – under which all Olympic golfers, male and female, will have to inform anti-doping officials where they are going to be for one hour each day between 5am and 11pm so they can be tested. Mr Bach added: ‘The athletes will have to accept the Olympic standards during the next year prior to the Games and, of course, during the Games.’ David Howman, Wada's director general, described his organisation’s tests as the gold standard, adding: ‘No sport can be complacent on the doping issue.’


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News and opinion from home and abroad about the ladies’ game

Make room for a Yes, Tiger can come Team Asia event back, says Dame Laura INBEE Park's brilliant triumph in the Women’s British Open provided yet another example of Asia's dominance of women's golf. The 27-year-old Korean was one of no fewer than nine players in the top 16 to have come from that part of the world.

FROM her position as a top player for decades and ambassador for ladies’ golf, Dame Laura Davies has views that are worth heeding. The 51-year-old is a former women's world number one and the first non-American to finish at the top of the money list on the US Tour in 1994. Talking to BBC Sport's Jamie Lillywhite, she was asked: Do you like to be addressed as Dame? Just call me Laura. Some people do, some don't. It's lovely, not the sort of thing you use, it's just nice to have it. Some posh people like to call me Dame - my friends aren't posh. It's almost like I should be retired. That's the sort of thing that normally happens when you've given up.

Will Tiger Woods win another Major? I think he can win again. He's only one round away from getting rid of the gremlins. It's not his swing - I stood on the range behind him at The Open and he was just flushing every shot. You can never be sure but if I had to put my last pound on whether he will win another major I'd say, yes, every time. Your remaining golfing ambitions? I'm trying to get into the Solheim Cup team. I don't think European captain Carin Koch will pick me unless maybe I get to fifth on the points list. I can't complain if I don't get in because I've had two years to try and qualify. Has coverage of women's golf improved? It's getting better definitely, but still not where we need to be, because we deserve more. I'm enjoying watching the Women's Ashes. Women are getting a better shake of the stick but professional sport on TV is still a male-dominated world.

‘There is a big need in the women's game to be addressed, to fulfil the obvious need for a team format that makes the most of Asia's position of superiority.’

The Korean-born Lydia Ko (4th) has New Zealand nationality and Minjee Lee (9th) represents Australia, but both are also proof of Asia's ability to produce great golfing talent.

The Solheim and Ryder Cup clashes that pit Europe against the United States showcase golf in its most exciting form. There must be a meaningful contest that includes an Asian women's team, Carter argues.

But what is the women's game doing to capitalise upon this fact? Not enough when you consider the disjointed strategy that prevails, argues BBC Golf Correspondent Iain Carter.

‘In non-Solheim years there would surely be a market for matches that follow the proven format used for the intercontinental contests that are such highlights on the women's and men's schedules.’

BECKY’S BIG BOOSTER A TRIP to a Ladies European Tour championship and the chance to rub shoulders with top players turned into a title inspiration for Dorset’s Becky Dodd. In the space of just two weeks she cut six shots off her handicap and won the Dorset girls’ championship, claiming both scratch and handicap prizes.

‘It was a big inspiration,’ said the 15-yearold from Sturminster Marshall, who was among a group of girls from the Dorset elite squad who visited the ISPS Handa Ladies European Masters. ‘Just call me Laura’ – Dame Laura Davis

Asian dominance: Inbee Park, Amy Yang, So Yeon Ryu, Shanshan Feng and Hyo Joo Kim are all top-10 ranked players

Teen is county champ after inspirational trip fires her to slash handicap

Becky had been playing off 18 handicap for two years but that changed when she returned from The Buckinghamshire. She came down to 16 in her first competition and then, in the county girls’ championship, she was cut to 12.

Becky Dodd: In just two weeks, inspired to cut six shots from her handicap.

‘I’ve never been really full-on with golf, but I found the whole day really interesting. I really enjoyed it and wanted to play more golf, more seriously,’ said Becky, whose father, Mike, is the Sturminster Marshall professional and the coach to the Dorset elite girls’ squad.

Chilled out The trip was arranged by England Golf and the Ladies European Tour to give young county players a look behind the scenes and the chance to talk to former England amateurs about their professional careers. The girls, accompanied by Mike Dodd and their county junior organiser, Sheila Davidge, met players including LET order of merit winner Charley Hull and Dorset’s own

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Left: Dorset girls with Charlie Hull (back row, centre) and former Solheim Cup captain Alison Nicholas (back row, third right).

Georgia Hall, who were among the world’s top amateurs before turning pro. A Q&A session to hear Hull, Alison Nicholas and Caroline Masson talk about their Solheim Cup experiences was also on the agenda. They also enjoyed an hour-long conversation with Felicity Johnson, who was one of the youngest English amateur champions before becoming a winner on the LET. ‘We chilled out on bean bags under a tree and all asked

different questions,’ said Becky. ‘The main thing she told us was how your short game can make such a difference.’ Now Becky is planning to work with her father to further reduce her handicap and she’s setting new goals. ‘Initially I wanted to get below my age and then to get to 12 before my next birthday, which is in October.

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“But the girls turned it round and it was a good all-round result.” In the end England won five of the six singles, conceding just one point to the Irish star Olivia Mehaffey. During the series, Muse and Allen won all six of their games while Prior and Fuller won five out of five.

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More than fifty golfers played in the Invitation Day at Burley Golf Club. Blessed with fine weather the overall scoring standard was high.

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The winners with a fine score of 47 points were Mark Roper and his Highcliff Castle guest, Rob Boulton, Mark capped a memorable day by holing in one on the 2nd.

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ECCLES STORMS TO UK DISABLED OPEN VICTORY AT THE SHIRE LONDON, BARNET THE new star in the world of disabled golf is a 14 year-old from Rotherham called Lewis Eccles. Remember his name. Representing Special Olympics GB the young Yorkshireman, who despite his autism, ADHD and dyspraxia has become a passionate and regular golfer, smashed his personal best in shooting an astonishing gross 78 off a 12-handicap on the challenging Ballesteros Masters Course at The Shire London, to walk away with the 3rd annual UK Disabled Open, staged by golf’s most inclusive charity The Golf Trust. His fellow competitors on the day have successfully overcome a huge variety of challenges in life to become golfers, including amputation, sensory disabilities, MS, Parkinson’s, strokes, autism, brain injuries, cerebral palsy, Downs Syndrome and learning difficulties. With supporters ranging from British Airways and England Golf to Colleen Ramsey Cakes, and with dozens of volunteers helping the 70 competitors with everything other than actually hitting the ball, this year’s UK Disabled Open was not only the largest pan-disability golf event of the year, but also the most extravagantly well-attended. The 200-strong gathering started the day by watching a video message from Justin Rose, 2013 U.S Open Champion and current world #5 golfer. Specially-recorded to inspire competitors in this year’s event, the message from Rose – who is an Ambassador for both British Airways and England Golf – added a special touch of Tour golf glamour to what was already an exciting atmosphere.

Abover Lewis Eccles in action at the UK Disabled Open Trophy, left with the Trophy.

Left - BALANCING ACT at the UK Disabled Open 2015

Out on Seve’s golf course the BA theme continued, with air hostesses greeting golfers on the first tee, before The Shire London’s own David Rose did his best Ivor Robson impression while announcing the starters.

Below right - BA AIR HOSTESSES

And as well as supplying an amazing 70 on-course volunteers, the global airline also put up two fabulous Nearest The Pin prizes that for once were really worth winning – Club World flights to anywhere in Europe. With Shire London members adding their support across the golf course, Eccles quickly built an unassailable lead, and afterwards was presented the Craig Waugh Trophy in the clubhouse by Graeme Robertson from the Disabled Golf Association and Mark Pickard from British Airways. In winning this year’s main event Eccles completed a hattrick, as the delighted young golfer won the Junior Prize in this event in 2013 and 2014. In addition to the trophy, he also won a 36-hole golf break in Wales, a golf shirt signed by Rose and free entry for his team into August’s The Golf Trust charity golf day. Amie Bullock, an Egham golfer who has MS and represents the Disabled Golf Association, picked up the Ladies’ trophy, and 18-year old Bobby David from Ascot, a golfer with autism representing Special Olympics GB won the Junior Prize as the next-nearest junior golfer after Lewis Eccles. The BA Club World tickets for Nearest The Pin were won by Jake Conroy, a 19 year-old cerebral palsy golfer from Hemel Hempstead representing the Disabled Golf Association and Welshman Jason Heathfield, a partially-sighted ex-serviceman representing the Battle Back sports initiative from the M.O.D.

“What an honour it was to host this event at The Shire London for the third year” said event organiser Cae MenaiDavis, co-founder of The Golf Trust. “The support from British Airways, England Golf and many others was phenomenal,

and the event showed the true meaning of the sport. Lewis played great golf by any standards.

“The UK Disabled Open 2015 inspired us all to keep pushing The Golf Trust’s message that we need more inclusivity across the sport” he said. Mark Pickard at British Airways said: “My colleagues and I at BA all look forward to this inspiring annual event, and we are honoured to supporting and volunteering at the UK Disabled Open”.

The Disabled Golf Association’s Graeme Robertson said: "On behalf of all members of the Disabled Golf Association, I'd like to thank Cae and the Menai-Davis family for their continued support of disabled golf. It's amazing to have so many players of different abilities/disabilities all playing together at a top golf course”.

“This year’s golfers included amputees, one-arm, blind, deaf, MS, Parkinsons, stroke survivors, autism, brain injuries, cerebral palsy, Downs syndrome and intellectual difficulties”.

The winner’s proud father, Peter Eccles, said: “Thanks to Cae and the team for organising and hosting the Golf Trust UK Disabled Open at The Shire London. It’s an outstanding course and a superb clubhouse in which we were made to feel very welcome”.

“A great day was had by all and even the weather was kind to us. Our overall winner, Lewis Eccles, was presented with the Craig Waugh Trophy. This year’s event showed how the human mind has the power to overcome adversity and to encourage other disabled people to return to or start playing golf with all the therapeutic values that can bring.”

“Lewis had a fantastic day on and off the course, topped off with winning the overall UK Disabled Open title. The Seve course was in fantastic condition which allowed him to play his best-ever round of golf on the way to winning, but the whole day was made special by the fantastic atmosphere and spirit in which the tournament was competed”.

England Deaf Golf chairman Ben Stephens said: “There are very few golf events which incorporate all disabilities playing together in one event which makes the UK Disabled Open such a valuable event. I would definitely encourage all deaf golfers to take part in future events to support The Golf Trust”.

“A truly inspiring day of disabled golf. We look forward to returning for The Golf Trust charity golf day and the forthcoming Special Olympic GB National Championships”.

Follow The Golf Trust’s activities on Twitter (@TheGolfTrust) or Facebook (thegolftrust), or via their website

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Continuing the saga of a late-convert golfer’s search for glory on the greens. . . I WAS on the 12th before I realized what was happening. Three wood off the tee. Seven wood up the fairway. Seven-wood again to the edge of the green. Chip on, two putts, and I’d done the par four in six, which, for me, is quite good. Then I realized with horror what I’d become. I have turned into a steady player. The Geoff Boycott of golf. I may even have changed sex… Aaaarrrgh! How did that happen?

Oh no, I’m turning into a golfing Geoff Boycott DIARY OF A BUS-PASS GOLFER

driver once. I teed off with a three-wood, or even a five. And that seven-wood has never left my bag before – I thought it was trapped in there. But here I was, using it for almost every shot twixt tee and green. Ian was surprised. ‘Do you know,’ he said, ‘you’ve become a really reliable player.’ Reliable? I don’t want to be reliable. I’m a Botham, not a boring old Boycott. The rain sluiced down. The wetter it got, the more cautiously I played.

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On the 15th, we’d had enough. This, I might say, is a complete character reversal. I have always played high-risk golf, which brings great amusement to my friends.

Rose, I’ll get the same results. You’ll be amazed to know that this isn’t true. So what on earth happened to me on this charity day at Bletchingley?

That’s because in my secret mind, I really believe I play off three: the high backswing, the rocketing club-head speed that sounds like the swish of a passing jet, the full 360deg, that’s me.

My old friend Ian, an accountant, had asked me to support the event for East Surrey businessmen.

Off three, it’s pure poetry. Off 25, it’s... well, flakey.I think that if I look like Justin

Thinking of the many years he’s kept me out of the taxman’s dungeon, I thought I should go.

Now here’s a passing thought. I’m surprised any business gets done in East Surrey – otherwise, how did they get to be such accomplished golfers?

Dried out back in the clubhouse, Ian pointed out I’d scored 36 points. With three more holes, I could easily have topped 40.

It’s a lovely course, tucked into the North Downs, but even as we tucked into the bacon sandwiches the misty rain began to creep down. But when it’s for charity, East Surrey businessmen are impervious to pain.

‘Maybe I’ll stick to playing steady golf,’ I said.

Maybe it was the weather, but I found myself being cautious. I never used my

I’m still thinking about it. It’s not much of an operation, they say.

‘Why not?’ Ian replied, ‘it works for the ladies.’

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Pete Dhanda holding the Triangular Cup played between Southampton, Portsmouth and Hillbarn Golf Clubs since 1955. Southampton last won it in 2007. Captain Pete said ‘We laid the foundations in a strong performance at home, building a 30 point cushion. We then selected our better players to defend that lead at Portsmouth,

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“We have known Andy for many years now” said Rob Spurrier, “both while Gavin and I worked at Crown Golf, and subsequently as we have been developing the new business. He gets personally involved in projects, and has enormous experience in the golf industry. He is highly professional and good fun to work with, his contacts are

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Make use of the most important club you have in your bag! Your mind! Golf is such a mental game, you can control how you play by using your brain. But it needs training just as your golf swing does. Here are just a few pointers to help you think your game consistent. • Do things bother you on the golf course? Do you find your mind wandering to whether you shut the front door? Imagine you have a bubble floating above you as you go to hit your shot. Whilst outside of this bubble think about and talk about whatever you like. But as soon as it is your turn to hit then use the bubble as a means to focus on your shot in hand. Let yourself be enveloped in the bubble and concentrate on where you want your ball to go. Once the shot is complete the bubble can be lifted again to float behind you on the course until your next shot. Use a trigger of some sort to snap into that bubble and then to snap out of it –this will also help to leave any negatives of that shot behind. • Which comes first the confidence or the great shot; this is a bit like the chicken and the egg scenario. I think you can encourage those great shots to appear by acting with confidence. This comes with motivation from your PGA Professional and goal–setting. By achieving even small goals your confidence will be boosted. Start with small putts then work up to hitting smooth drivers. All the while believing in your ability as a golfer. • Use Positive body language to help lift your spirits.. After a poor shot try walking taller and smiling. This will help you to recover quickly... the usual reaction is to let the shoulders drop and to frown or scream depending on how poor the shot was. Look at Spieth’s body language See how he glides down the fairway never stooping or dragging his heels. Try adding a skip to your

step after a poor shot or hole. He cruises, a man in control of his emotions. Very chilled. • Close your eyes for a moment, and think about a bad shot one that went in the trees perhaps. This is a common thought that people have over the ball. You won't be confident and certainly won’t commit to the shot. Now take a deep breath and think about the best shot you can remember hitting. How does it make you feel? Good, isn’t it? Try and think of a good shot you have hit with the club in your hand before you set-up to the ball. This will give you a new feeling of confidence and increase your chances of success. Try not to re-live poor shots when standing over the ball. Think about and visualise your great shots whilst standing behind the ball as part of your pre-shot routine. • Never call a good shot a fluke- that is what you are capable of achieving so why shouldn’t you be able to do it again. It is merely a glimpse of your true potential. Believe in your ability and you will see that shot happen again and again. • Go out onto the course and try to remain relaxed, the only reason we get nervous and uptight is because we fear failure. It is not the end of the world if you have a few miss-hits out there, take some positives from them and move onto the next shot. Stay in neutral. Don’t get worked up about bad shots or too excited about the amazing ones. Stay cool –another of Mr Spieth’s weapons. I give lessons in golf psychology and usually include it as part of my lessons at Hamptworth Golf & Country Club and Cowdray Park, for more information on these visit my website at or call me on 07780 684334. I’m now back teaching so contact me for availability.

In last months article I mentioned a quote that Ben Crenshaw made after winning the U.S. Masters. He stated that “the best putters are the best aimers”. In other words, these golfers don’t have to make compensations in their strokes in order to roll the ball on line. Sometimes golfers miss aim to offset a tendency in the stroke. For instance, a golfer who has a tendency to push putts may instinctively aim a little left. However, there are some really good putters who do not aim exactly on the line, but return the face to square at impact. I have found that golfers who consistently aim well have the most consistent strokes. The important word is consistent!! You would think that something that seems as simple as aiming a putter would be easy to repeat. I can assure you, this is not the case! Often, when I measure a golfer on my PuttLab, out of seven putts, I will find every one will have a slightly different aim!! Three may be a little right, three a tad left and one fairly straight. Having such a variable aim forces the golfer to have inconsistencies in the putting stroke in an effort to hit the ball on line. So compensation is okay if it is consistent. For instance if a golfer always aims a couple of degrees right but returns the putter to square, that’s okay as long as he is doing all the other things that go into producing a consistently solid roll on the ball. Things like hitting the sweet spot. Missing the sweet spot will have a negative effect on both accuracy and speed. When the ball is hit from the heel or toe, the club face is forced to twist which, in turn, affects the speed at which the ball leaves the putter. This is because the twisting of the face has a cushioning effect on the strike, forcing putts to come up short. Many putters are designed to negate this twisting effect. You can feel the effect of missing the sweet spot if you hold your putter by the shaft and tap the face with a golf ball. When you find the sweet spot you will notice that no twist is felt through the shaft. Now tap the face and move away from the sweet spot towards the toe or heel; notice how the vibration and twisting increase. Another key factor of good putting is the roll of the ball. When the strike is ideal, the ball seems to hug the green, hold its line and keep rolling. When it’s not hit well it can be easily deflected off line. This great roll is produced when the ball is lifted out of the grass by the putter with slight

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