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• McIlroy pocketed £1.1million for his USPGA victory, lifting prize money beyond £20million since he turned pro. One auction bidder paid £31,000 for the ball with which he won The Open.

WHAT THE STARS SAID Jack Nicklaus: I think Rory has an opportunity to win 15 or 20 Majors or whatever he wants to do if he wants to keep playing. It depends on what he feels his priorities are and that’s his call Nine-time Major winner Gary Player: Congratulations Rory McIlroy on your fourth Major. Great back nine. True grit. My very best.


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I want to be The Man Claret Jug in hand, three-Major winner Rory aims for dominance WATCHING Rory McIlroy hold aloft his first Claret Jug to clinch a third Major felt like observing the mediaeval ceremony for crowning a new monarch. Is The King dead? Long live the King. It is perhaps still premature to write off Tiger Woods. But despite declaring himself as back to his best after spine surgery, the 14-time Major champion still looked far from matching or ever beating Jack Nicklaus’ record of 18. At Royal Liverpool, he barely made the cut and finished 69th - a staggering 23 shots And now he IS The Man: last month’s headline in Tee Times behind McIlroy.

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Rory McIlroy: With a career Grand Slam in his sights, he says: ‘Golf is looking for someone to put their hand up and try to dominate. I want to be that person’

many as I can, because I feel there’s a lot

McIlroy’s performance at Hoylake was a


• McIlroy’s on-the-trot wins in The Open, the WGC Bridgestone and the USPGA, earned him the equivalent of £3,702 per shot played. His Nike sponsorship is worth £42,000 per day.

How Rory built up mind and body for glory hunt THE turnaround, from self-described ‘brain dead’ golfer to a player now astride the global game, was all a matter of weight. For Rory McIlroy, the transformation came about through a weight lifted off his mind - and weight piled on to his body.

Jack Nicklaus: ‘Rory can win 15 or 20 Majors’

Two-time Open Champion Greg Norman, referring to the rain-delayed late finish in the USPGA when the evening light faded: Out of darkness comes the brightest star in the future of golf. You seized the moment at the right time. Four-time European Tour winner Matteo Manassero: The strength of mind he showed is incredible. Rory McIlroy is a great champion.

The Northern Irishman, now undisputed world number one after winning his fourth Major with the USPGA, began to resume his march into golfing history when he cleared his emotional mind by calling off his marriage.


The young Master: McIlroy’s USPGA victory doubled his Majors haul to four - and counting

A whirlwind engagement followed by preparations for his wedding to tennis star Caroline Wozniacki was clearly backing the 25-yearold in a corner of his own making.

He called it off. This left him with one avenue of solace - his golf. He dived straight back onto the range and into the gym, with a tough work-out regime to bulk himself up.

On top of a legal dispute with his management and a period of adjustment to his new Nike clubs, he was winless all season and had missed four cuts including last year’s Open. His own assessment of himself: ‘Brain dead’.

And suddenly his head was clearer: ‘I just immersed myself in my game. What else do I have to do? I‘m going to keep doing it. It’s my life at the moment.

The wedding invitations had already gone out when he finally faced his indecision about marriage, about Caroline’s desire to have children, and about the responsibilities all this would bring.


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Gleneagles beckons – but how ready are the Americans? UNITED States Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson surveyed his options for this month’s Gleneagles clash and said: ‘We are dropping like flies, we really are.’ The popular American skipper, revered as much this side of the Atlantic as he is at home, had been hoping to be juggling a team of stars for the showdown against Europe.


But any planning he had already done was thrown into chaos as one after another his potential team began falling apart in front of his eyes. No fewer than five top players appeared to be forlorn hopes to make the U.S. side heading to Perthshire for September 26 to 28: • DUSTIN JOHNSON, the only unbeaten U.S. player when Europe won at Medinah two years ago, dropped out to take time out to ‘tackle personal challenges’. The 30-year-old big hitter, who was lying fifth for the nine automatic selection spots, said: ‘By committing the time and resources necessary to improve my mental health, physical well-being and emotional foundation, I am confident that I will be better equipped to fulfil my potential and become a consistent champion.’ One website claimed that Johnson is serving a six-month suspension after testing positive for cocaine, but a PGA Tour spokesman said: ‘Mr Johnson has taken a voluntary leave of absence and is not under a suspension from the PGA Tour.’

Twice a Masters champion, Bernhard Langer won his second Senior Open Championship at Royal Porthcawl in a steamroller of a victory, 13 shots ahead of the field.

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‘I’ve started to work harder in the gym and I’ve got stronger in certain areas of my body, which I needed to. My wedge play has come up as well. I discovered a little thing with my putting, which seems to have worked too.’ And it was this beefed-up, clearedheaded McIlroy who completed a remarkable surge of form that landed him The Open, the World Championship and the USPGA in quick succession.

Dustin Johnson: Facing ‘personal challenges’

Tiger Woods: Continuing to struggle

• JASON DUFNER ended a sad defence of the USPGA Championship after just eight painful holes and vowed not to set foot on a golf course again until he has sorted out two bulging discs in his neck.

It’s anyone’s guess who will be playing for us right now

- U.S. Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson • TIGER WOODS, 14-time Major winner but continuing to struggle to rediscover form after back injury and surgery, missed the cut for the USPGA. He has already ruled himself out of Gleneagles. On the subject of playing himself back into the big time, Woods said: ‘What this week has shown me is that I have to get stronger and I can’t do that playing tournament golf. You can’t burn the candle at both ends.’

Calls grow for a grey Ryder Cup AS Gleneagles gears up for this month’s 40th edition of the Ryder Cup, senior golfers were showing how good and exciting a greyer version of the event could be.

Rory’s Major glory hunt

• MATT KUCHAR, at number six the highest-placed American in the world ranking, missed the start at Valhalla because of a bad back, and • STEVE STRICKER, selected by Watson as a Ryder Cup vice-captain but still capable of making the team as a player, performed well at the USPGA but reported that he is struggling with a sore hip. Captain Watson summed up: ‘I’ll be honest, it’s anyone’s guess who will be playing for us right now.’

The man from Hollywood, Beflast, has turned himself into the next star to chase down Nicklaus’ record of 18 career Majors - a quest which had seemed likely to be achieved by Woods but has surely now fallen beyond the American’s capabilities. McIlroy’s immediate personal targets have turned from getting his brain in gear - tick that box - to reaching the next 3 milestones. He can complete a career grand slam by winning at Augusta next season, joining the stellar company of Nicklaus, Woods, Gary Player, Ben Hogan and Gene Sarazen. He would then have in sight the chance to become the most decorated European player of all time by passing Seve Ballesteros’ five Majors. Nick Faldo’s six could follow.

Bernhard Langer: Senior Open Champion who would surely star in a Senior Ryder Cup

Ryder Cup is noteworthy RYDER Cup Europe and Royal Bank of Scotland have produced the world’s first commemorative Ryder Cup bank note, left. The special edition £5 note can be used as normal currency anywhere in the UK. appearances as a player. He also captained Europe to victory at Celtic Manor in 2010.

traditional drama of the historic Ryder Cup would be translated to a senior version.

And the man he beat, Colin Montgomerie himself now a two-time Major winner in the senior ranks - immediately backed plans to recreate the Europe-America competition at Seniors Tour level.

There is growing support for such an event on both sides of the Atlantic, and 51-yearold Monty said: ‘I think that's something that's missing from our calendar. We don't have a matchplay event on the Seniors Tour or the Champions Tour in America.’

Monty is one of the greatest Ryder Cup golfers, having never lost a singles in eight

Monty believes there is a pool of golfers aged over 50 who would ensure that the

‘Whether it be eight players or 10 or whatever, (it could take place) on iconic Ryder Cup courses we've played on in the past. When you think of Miguel Angel Jimenez, I suppose myself a wee bit, Bernhard Langer, Ian Woosnam, Roger Chapman, we've got some great players and a reasonable base to form quite a good team.’

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He became the only UK player to win back-to-back Majors and the third youngest player of the modern era to win four of golf’s biggest prizes after Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus.

‘I never thought I’d get this far at 25 years of age,’ he said, grinning with delight as night wore on at Valhalla. ‘I was happy being a two-time Major champion coming into this year, and all of a sudden I’m a four-time Major champion. I didn’t think in my wildest dreams I would have a summer like this.’

Hoey’s nightmare NORTHERN Irishman Michael Hoey had to withdraw from the Made in Denmark European Tour event after he assumed he had missed the cut on four over. Heading home, he flew to Amsterdam where he learned he had, in fact, made it to the weekend. Hoey tried to book a return flight but was told the airline had lost his clubs. He eventually found them, but missed the one flight that would have got him back in time to tee off at 7.40am on the Saturday.


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SEPTEMBER 2014 Collecting golf memorabilia and ephemera can be a time consuming and expensive hobby. Many Michael Rees golfers start a haphazard collection by acquiring objects as they progress in their playing; any sign of interest and things seem to be attracted. The serious collectors spend hours researching, acquiring and displaying the wonderful objects, many of them unique, and some priceless. It is obvious that the most valuable are the oldest pieces of each genre, golf clubs and books are particularly relevant in this scene, and a glance at the International Auctions will reveal vast fortunes changing hands for the really rare items.


There are still plenty of avenues for collecting which require neither a great deal of time or a great deal of money. One of those that is becoming popular is the collecting of ball markers. A functional accessory that has become a new hobby for many golfers, who acquire them from the clubs that they play, and find they have a medium for widening their interest in the game. Ball markers first appeared in the late 1960’s, the first medium was plastic and they were either plain round spiked markers or carried simple advertisements, and were very often given away. The in the early 1970’s the first brass markers came onto the scene, well produced and very collectable. They were usually sold by club professionals and depicted the logo and name of the clubs which marketed them. This produced the first stream of collectors, who saw visually attractive items, which could take up very little room, and could be displayed very easily. As time passed, golf clubs became more alert to any prospect of increasing revenue, particularly those clubs which had a large number of visitors and green fee payers, and especially those which were famous or important to the sport.

scene, many commemorating special events, and with the obvious rarities from the Masters and other major championships. If you want an interest, this is certainly a fascinating and relatively inexpensive way to record both your own personal playing experiences, and also major events.

Graham himself is very keen to add to his personal collection, and would be happy to purchase collections, large or small or exchange ball markers with any collector. He can be contacted by telephone on 01384 261616. Collecting ball markers is a very absorbing and informative avenue to explore and enjoy.

Open Championship venues were much desired, and new versions were produced each year, often win a number of colours, to give a wider range. Many boxed sets were produced and sold, and if there was a particularly significant event, such as a Centenary to celebrate, then a special version would appear. I recently visited Graham Rowley to see his vast collection of ball makers, beautifully housed in specially made cabinets, ideal for display purposes. Many thousands covering the period from the 1960’s to the very latest addition to the

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Worries over Rio golf after World Cup scramble

ASSURANCES have been given that the building site sitting in the middle of a dispute between a landowner and developer will actually become the venue for golf’s return to the Olympics in Rio in 2016. The construction project has already missed seven deadlines, and observers were not impressed by Brazil’s last-minute preparations for the football World Cup. But the International Golf Federation, in a briefing at Hoylake, were still optimistic about the project in the Barra area of Rio. Federation vice-president Ty Votaw said: ‘The course can be one of the iconic venues of the Games.’

don’t think we’re in any more danger of that than any other sport.

Peter Dawson – the chief executive of the R&A and also president of the International Golf Federation, which is responsible for the sport in the Games – insisted at a press conference while the situation was improving, there are obviously still concerns. As he pointed upwards, he said: ‘All I can say to that is that progress has been doing that recently. It is so much faster now per month than it was a year ago, and it’s accelerating. But there’s no complacency there, it’s tight.’

‘It’s having to be accelerated. It’s a huge undertaking, putting an Olympic Games together, especially, I would imagine just after World Cup, and Rio certainly have their work cut out.’

Asked if it was conceivable that golf might have to be omitted, Mr Dawson said: ‘I

Daily Mail sports writer Charles Sale wrote afterwards: ‘More realistic is the

“I think the whole Rio construction project has been looked at very hard by the International Olympic Committee.

Network of county partnerships attracts tens of thousands MORE than 110,000 people got into golf with the national network of County Golf Partnerships in the year to the end of March - more than double the number for the previous 12 months. The figure, for people aged over 14, is highlighted in the latest Impact Report prepared by England Golf’s Club Services and Development department. It is up by a massive 120 per cent on the previous year. The report also shows that the numbers going on to take part in structured coaching sessions and playing regularly are also growing rapidly and beating targets set by the England Golf Partnership. More than 30,000 took structured coaching courses (target 25,000), while more than 17,000 became regular golfers, playing once a week (target 10,000). Almost 5,000 people took out new club memberships in the year, the partnersnips reported. While these may include juniors, the memberships could be worth

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£3.6million in subscriptions over the last 12 months. The partnerships are also involving more disabled people in golf and again beating their targets for the year. Thirty partnerships ran specific disability projects and involved almost 3500 people, with 135 joining clubs. Seven partnerships received additional funding to establish disability centres for golf and this project is continuing in 2014/15. Richard Flint, the England Golf Club Services & Development Director, said: ‘These figures are very encouraging and

show what can be achieved when County Golf Partnerships and clubs work closely together. Our challenge now is to increase the scale of what we do so that we have an impact on the Active People Survey, which Sport England uses to measure participation in sport.’ Last December’s Active People Survey showed a drop in regular participation in the 26-plus age group and as a result Sport England reduced its funding for the England Golf Partnership’s Whole Sport Plan by £496,000 over the next three years.

Darts maestro Bob shoots a golf ace FORMER world darts champion Bob Anderson has joined the ranks of amateur golfers who have received a limited-edition BOSS watch in recognition for scoring a hole-in-one during a recent club competition. Anderson, 66, who was known in his pomp as the Limestone Cowboy, scored his ace on the 129-yard, par-three 14th at the Bristol Golf Club. The seven-handicapper, who lives in Clevedon, was the 1988 BDO world champion and adds the watch to a bulging trophy cabinet which also boasts three World Masters titles, from 1986 to 88 - he

was the first man to win it in three successive years - the 1987 British Open title, two world matchplay titles and two world pairs championships, in addition to more than 15 other national titles. Anderson said: ‘It was a windy day and I used a 29degree rescue club - two bounces and straight in the hole. I seem to get a hole-inone every 22 years. On that basis, I’ll be 89 when I get the next one!’ BOSS Watches has once again pledged to reward club golfers with an exclusive watch for every hole-in-one recorded during a club competition in 2014 after giving away £600,000-worth of limited-edition mementos in 2013.

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contingency plan to move the event to the Itanhanga Golf Club, one of Rio’s two 18hole courses.’ Gil Hanse, the renowned golf-course architect, was employed to design the Rio course after the IGF decided none of the existing layouts in the locality were of high enough quality. Golf last was part of the Olympic programme at the 1904 Games in St. Louis, Missouri, when the United States and Canada were the only two competing countries.

King Kenny pounces for La Manga hat-trick LIVERPOOL and Scotland legend Kenny Dalglish was renowned for his predatory finishing during his illustrious career in football. And he showed he has lost none of his famous skills, this time on the golf course, to mount a final-day charge to win the 2014 Footballers’ Golf Classic at La Manga Club for a third time. Dalglish’s hopes of completing a hat-trick of wins in the prestigious event hung in the balance with just one round remaining as he lay in joint-third place with Derek Mountfield on 68 Stableford points, two behind leader Luther Blissett and one adrift of defending champion Steve Lovell.

Debuts But the 63-year-old, who plays off a handicap of seven, was in no mood to miss out on victory and returned a score of 37 points in his final round – the joint-best of the day – on La Manga Club’s South Course to move ahead of Blissett and Lovell and claim the title with 105 points. Ex-England star Joe Corrigan, Northern Ireland goalkeeper Maik Taylor and past Premier League stars Steve Sedgley and Alan Neilson were also among the players making their debuts in the star-studded event, which was being held for the 18th time this summer. Former Liverpool, Tottenham and England striker Paul Walsh made his first appearance for many years and he was joined by other ex-England internationals including Des Walker, Dave Beasant, Ray Clemence and Steve Bull and former Scotland striker Alan McInally, a double winner of the competition.


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The Wild Atlantic Way stretches around the coast of Ireland, from Cork in the South all the way round the rugged Atlantic Coast. Wild it is, prone to weather certainly, but home to some of the most majestic golf courses in the world. It is oft noted that although links land is close to the sea, it is not always visible from the golf course, but you can rarely say that of these courses. They hug the shoreline, with sandy beaches, bays, estuaries, rolling waves and even the odd lighthouse for extra measure, spectacular views at every tee box. Our trip was designed to sample four of the West of Ireland masterpieces, Connemara Golf Club, Enniscrone, County Sligo (more popularly known as Rosses Point) and Carne at Belmullet. We flew into the airport at Knock, about thirty minutes from the town of Ballina on the River Moy. A location world renowned for the fly fishing, salmon, trout and sea trout, where the river runs through the town and from the bridge, anglers can be seen wading and casting the day long. For the sportsman this is a virtual paradise, where hunting, fishing and golf are available in abundance. We were based at Falcon Lodge, just a few miles out of the town, but more of that excellent hostelry later. Our focus of attention from the time we arrived was to be the Atlantic Coast Challenge, a three day event for teams of three players over three links, Enniscrone, Rosses Point and Carne. With three teams of journalists competing against an international field which numbered 120 teams. Our role in addition to the event, was to help bring this marvellous region of Ireland to the attention of discerning golfers throughout the United Kingdom. To enthuse will be easy for we are to play three classic links layouts over some of the most marvellous landscapes, designed

WILD ATLANTIC WAY by master craftsmen and maintained by teams of dedicated green keepers. It is hoped that the photography will be sufficient to capture the majesty and brilliance of both. Out at the western extremity of County Galway lies Connemara Golf Club, which was where we were to have our warm up round before the big event. The drive to the club takes you through breath-taking scenery, crystal clear lakes bubbling rivers and streams, pond packed bogs and the soaring mountains called Twelve Bens as the backdrop. In the early 1970’s on this beautiful stretch of coast, a course was laid out by renowned Irish course architect Eddie Hackett, thanks to dedication of local parish priest Rev Peter Waldron who was backed by the local people in his quest for a golf course to assist the region. On the 7th June 1973 was the Grand Opening and in the short years since it has become established as one of the finest in the country. Not surprising when the work of Eddie Hackett is studied. Two loops of nine holes make up the Championship course, the back nine holes with the trademark elevated greens are described as the equal of any in the world. Not my words but it would be churlish to disagree, for they are simply superb, and a great test of golf, demanding the use of every club in the bag. For good measure there is another loop of nine holes to compliment the main course. all watched over by the new clubhouse completed in 2007, the focal point for the links set among the dunes. Our first taste of real competition was to be at Enniscrone, rated amongst the top five courses in Ireland. The club was founded in 1918 and boasts views of Killala Bay, Bartra Island sandy beaches and with the backdrop formed by the Nephin and Ox Mountains. It was not until Eddie Hackett was


commissioned in 1970 that the true value of the landscape was revealed. On this marvellous stretch of land he built some of the best holes of his long career. Much later Donald Steel rerouted some of the holes into the dunes and completed the brilliant layout that exists today. The first eight holes take you inexorably into the duneland and then you follow the coastline around the headland. Challenging holes that are burned into the memory banks, the view of the Moy estuary from the 10th, the dogleg 13th and the aptly named 14th, Valley of Diamonds. The finishing stretch matches the course, three great holes comprising a tough par 5, then the terror of a par 3, before a great finishing hole. Eighteen holes to delight the most demanding golfer. Just five miles from the town of Sligo is Rosses Point, home of the West of Ireland Amateur since 1923, which can boast major winners Padraig Harrington and Rory McIlroy among its distinguished champions. With breath-taking views of the sea and the mountains, and the panoramic view from the elevated third tee, immortalised by the poetry of W B Yeats, it is a great links. The first nine holes were opened in 1894 and a further nine added in 1907. In 1928 the course was radically redesigned by the doyen of course architects Harry Shapland Colt. A classic out and back layout typical of many links courses, the front nine on the landward side before turning to follow the coast back home. Eighteen holes of sheer pleasure and however well or badly you play, the course is always the winner. My favourite, the 14th, bisected twice by the burn was also nominated by Tom Watson as his choice when he played Byron Nelson in 1978. Good company indeed. Last but certainly not least we tackled Carne Golf Club at Belmullet, a comparatively new

addition to the wonders of Irish links golf. Although the course was only opened in 1995, it has the appearance of one that has been there forever. Blended into the natural contours by maestro Eddie Hackett, with the minimum disruption to the natural dunes, blessed with wild flowers and orchids, and birdlife aplenty. The first hole is simply called Hill of the Roses. This is the most rugged of all the courses we played, and the most natural with a harsh beauty that yields little, and means you have to earn your score on every hole around the course. Set out in two loops that return to the clubhouse, with great par three’s on each nine and as you near the end of the round, and think you are almost home you have two of the toughest holes to keep your attention to the bitter end. The last of our links challenges, but a fitting end to a marvellous tour that provided 72 holes of the finest golf that the Emerald Isle can offer. The unanimous opinion of all nine combatants was one of total admiration and satisfaction for each and every one of the four courses played and thoroughly enjoyed. For more information on both the courses and the competition, there is plenty of information on the following websites: Atlantic Coast Golf Challenge 2015 – Early bird rates: €125 per golfer (bookable until Dec 31, 2014) North and West Coast Golf Links Wild Atlantic Way

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Beverly’s BIG Secrets

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– Beverly Huke I know I have nagged you about this before, but this is SO important! e may not all be able to get into the follow through position that Rory McIlroy manages but we can try to get as close to it as is personally physically possible.


HLCGA is always delighted to host England Golf events and with the help of our clubs expect to put on a good show. This year we ran the South Region Women’s Championships and the Regional Final of the Australian Spoons.

Check out……. North Hants GC was the location in July for the Women’s Championship and as expected they did us proud. Their beautiful course was presented in excellent condition. Just right for the calibre of this field.

1) Hands and arms – high and to side of his head. 2) Torso – facing just left (right for a left hander) of target. 3) Knees – close, right knee facing forwards 4) Feet – sole of right shoe showing, only toe on the ground. Do your best to get those four points in your follow through and watch the ball fly!

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TEE TIMES and MEON VALLEY Senior Men’s Open Championship

The competition starts with 36 holes of stroke play and the 62 players (26 Hampshire, 8 Kent, 3 Middlesex, 17 Surrey, 8 Sussex) set off with the objective of finishing in the top 16 to continue into match play the next morning. At the end of the day Katie Fewster (Worplesdon) and Iona Stephen (Wentworth) topped the leaderboard with 144s. Iona won the prize for the best scratch qualifying score while Katie won the prize for the best nett (140). The top 16 players included 6 Hampshire players.

South Region Champion Chelsea Masters (L) with Runner up Emma Allen

strikes saw Chelsea on the 16th green to take that hole with a birdie and go up for the first time in the match. On the 17th Emma’s second just caught the greenside bunker and she just missed getting up and down for her birdie so Chelsea’s two-putt birdie ended this wonderful final with Chelsea Masters the 2014 SR Women’s Champion.

The next day saw two rounds of matchplay to end the day with the 4 semi-finalists. The top seed Iona Stephen had fallen at the first hurdle along with all but 1 of the Hampshire players. Emma Allen (Meon Valley) won both her matches to bring her back the next day to face 2nd seed Katie Fewster. The other semi-final would be between Lizzie Prior (Burhill) and Chelsea Masters (Highwoods). Sue Henderson & Chrissie Kemsley from Faversham GC

If Emma was nervous about her match it didn’t show. After 14 holes Katie was level par but Emma’s first nine contained two eagles and three birdies before she parred the next five holes to win the match 5&4. She would now face Chelsea who had beaten Lizzie 3&2.

The Seniors Championship was held on Tuesday 29th July at Meon Valley on a lovely sunny day with the course in great condition.

Division 2 1st P. Jones (Meon Valley) 35 pts 2nd T. Jones (Newbury) 34 pts 3rd I. McCann (Sonning) 34 pts

Thanks go to Meon Vally for their hospitality and after the meal the players were entertained by comedian Adger Brown there were many aching sides from the laughter as well as the golf!

Division 1 1st D. Clack (Bramshaw) 38 pts 2nd P. Jones (Downshire) 37 pts 3rd C. Broderick (Wokefield Park) 36 pts

The final was tight and of the quality we had anticipated. Emma just had the edge and was 2up at the turn. On the 11th disappointment struck when lightning halted play for an hour.

Best Visitor Score 1st R. Weymouth (Berkhampsted) 35 pts 2nd P. Drew (Lee-on-Solent) 34 pts 3rd T. Wilkie (Hindhead) 33 pts

After the restart Chelsea was first to return to top form, and after fifteen holes the match was all square. Two superb

Nearest the Pin Winners Shaun Moore (Meon Valley), Tony Hope (Waterlooville), Mark Venerables (Meon Valley) and Ron Weymouth (Berkhampsted). Best over 70’s M. Craig (Meon Valley

2014 TEE TIMES SENIOR’S OPEN CHAMPION Paul Reynolds (Meon Valley) 40 pts

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47 clubs from South Region sent their qualifying pairs to the Australian Spoons Regional Final held at Dummer in August. It’s a foursomes stableford and so Sue Henderson & Chrissie Kemsley from Faversham GC who won with 39 points played very well together and now have a place in the National Finals at Belton Park GC in September. Their nearest rivals 2 points behind were Victoria Westgarth & Pauline Gibbs from Windlesham GC. The highest placed Hampshire players were Ann Marie Ferguson and Fiona Todd from Gosport & Stokes Bay who were 6th on c/b with 35 points.



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Where The Jet Set Tees Off Top Events at Gloria in Belek hen it comes to glowing holidays, Gloria Hotels & Resorts in Belek at the Turkish Riviera are the right choice for golfers. For instance, the modern Turkish hotel group with its three 5-star hotels (Gloria Golf Resort, Gloria Serenity Resort, Gloria Verde Resort) offers the largest golf course of its kind in Turkey: 45 holes for endless challenges, divided into two 18-hole championship courses and one 9-hole academy course. No wonder that well-known celebrities and teams from all over the world join the Gloria thrill in the midst of pine and eucalyptus trees, especially in the mild winter months.


The Gloria Golf Club is a favoured venue for international golf tournaments and special events. From PGAE Team Championships to Golf Tricks In fact, two international top championship tournaments take place this year with the PGA´s of Europe at the Gloria Golf Club. By the way: The Gloria Hotels & Resorts are the official winter base for the PGA of Germany since 2013. The Beko PGAE Classic will be held from 4th – 6th December 2014 with two time major winner John Daly and the 2015 European Ryder Cup Captain Paul McGinley playing. It is the longest ProAmchampionship in the calendar of the organization. For amateurs the tournament is a highlight, as they get tips from experienced golfers and can watch the champions compete for the prize money. The Beko PGAE Classic was already held at Gloria in 2013 with 36 golf champions from all over the world. The PGAE International Team Championships will be held right after, from 8th -11th December 2014.

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Golftricks de luxe from David Edwards For the Gloria Hotels & Resorts world-known shows are standard in the event program.

Another sensation takes place in November: From 11th to 18th November 2014 former professional football players compete with amateur golfers at The Signature Event in the Gloria Serenity Resort. Twelve kickers from different countries are expected, among them Alan Shearer, David Seaman and David Platt (English football players), Andrij Shevchenko (Ukrainian football player and afterwards politician), Peter Schmeichel (Danish goalkeeper), as well as Patrick Berger and Vladimír Šmicer (from Czech Republic). The event is organised by Major Golf Events.

Thus, once again, the Gloria Golf Club will be the setting for a breathtaking New Year´s golf performance.

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Already for the fourth time at Gloria, David Edwards will inspire his audience with his world famous Golf Trick Show on 1st January 2015. After his ten year professional golfing career the British performer gained fame with his golf acrobatics all over the world – from France and Tunisia to Turkey, Dubai and China.

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The trick golfer is the world record holder with his so-called “scissor-hand”-tee offs – 310 balls in just three minutes is hard to beat. One of his best tricks is teeing off the ball from a golf tee, placed in the mouth of a spectator, who lies on the ground. David Edwards uses exceptional tools, such as a claw hammer or a hosepipe. His skill, timing and his intuition are one-of-a-kind. David Edwards started his show at the Gloria Hotels & Resorts in 2010 at the KPMG Golf Forum. Gloria Hotels & Resorts are bookable via all renowned tour operators. Further information:


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WHATS HOT OR NOT Dorset WIN the South West Junior in the World of Ladies Golf Girls Inter County Championship

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FAIRWAY FASHION The South West Junior Girls Inter County Championship was held at Dudsbury Golf Club from Sunday 3 August to Tuesday 5 August. 6 Counties which included Dorset, Wiltshire, Cornwall, Devon, Gloucestershire and Somerset battled it out, playing 5 rounds of match play golf over the 3 days.

If you watched the 2014 Richo Open at Royal Birkdale then you must have noticed the trend for stripes this year. There were hoops on sleeves, stripey collars and tops that had similar markings to bees, none of which would look out of place on a racecourse. Michelle Wie may have got away with a top that looked more like a rugby shirt but the average golfers’ waist line wouldn’t look quite so trim in the wide bands. Bright block colours were also prominent this year with bursts of yellow, orange and red (comparisons to eggs and ketchup came to mind). A couple of players definitely looked like they were supporting the Tour de France in their vivid yellow tops, as well as acting as a beacon for the local flying bug population. Interestingly, despite all the bright colours worn over the four days, Mo Martin, the winner, came in wearing black! Necklines were boringly traditional with manly collars and polo necks and despite being summer, many sported the double layered look of short sleeved shirts worn over polo neck jumpers. So it was refreshing to see Ai Miyazato wearing a chic polka-dot top with a ‘Jackie O’ style neckline, something I doubt I’ll ever see hanging in my Pro shop.

As usual, logos were in abundance and I noticed they now display them on shirt collars. Clearly their collars don’t curl like my club kit. Charlie Hull sported a fashionable ‘up do’ (hair bun to you and me), whilst others had the usual pony tails poking through caps, weighted down with extra scrunchies and adorned with bows and ribbons. I noticed a few players tucking their tee pegs into their hair. Personally I wouldn’t even attempt this as I’d probably still be picking them out in the bar.

The girls ranging in age from 13 to 18 with handicaps of 1 to 18 played some magnificent golf with Megan Thompson (Ferndown and Canford Magna) scoring an albatross on the par 5. 5th hole during the match on Monday morning. Taking a 5 wood for her second shot she hit a 200yrd + shot into the green and the hole.

Laura Webb (Canford Magna) scored an eagle on the same hole during Sunday’s round and Kyra Horlock (Broadstone) also scored one, again on the 5th during Monday morning’s round. The final day proved most exciting. The youngsters showed no sign of flagging and continued to play excellent golf with close matches throughout the day. Dorset emerged as the winners with a 2 point lead over Cornwall.

“I would like to thank Dudsbury Golf Club for all their hospitality and hard work” commented Sheila Davidge. (Dorset County Junior Organiser)


Other accessories came in the form of ankle bling, bracelets and multi wrist bands which must prove interesting when you throw your hands forward at over 90 miles per hour. A few players choose skimpy shorts but the trend was towards long trousers on the exposed links course, particularly the skinny variety. I can’t see the average, middle aged female golfer slipping into skinny trousers or wearing large, horizontal hoops around their midriff but there’s always the latest fashion in footwear where names are emblazoned on the side of the shoe. It could just prove helpful in the case of a ‘senior moment’! © Claire Kane Follow my tales on twitter @golfsnippets

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A warm welcome is offered at the clubhouse to all members, visitors and societies with excellent food being served from 9am. We have a thriving Junior Academy (Golf Mark High Achiever) and Adult memberships are available from £311. A full list of our Green Fees, Society fees and Membership fees can be found on our website at or call the office on 02380 813433 (option4) for more information.


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The quiet man whose heart (his third heart) drives his golf THE headlines in two Majors this year went to higher-profile golfers. Martin Kaymer crushed the field by eight strokes in the U.S. Open; Rory McIlroy grabbed the glory at The Open on his way to a third Major. But there, just below the radar, was Erik Compton, surely one of the most remarkable golf pros in the world. Compton actually came home as runner-up in the U.S. Open and at one stage was tied for the lead at The Open. But what is truly outstanding about this 34-year-old Norwegian-American is that his body is working on its third heart after two transplants.

Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy the frustration. I know it sounds crazy. But think about it. I’m frustrated about the bogeys I had today but it’s better than any day I’ve ever had in hospital.

But he still thinks he is nothing special: ‘I’m just a regular guy that has been through some serious stuff.’

At the age of nine, Compton was diagnosed with viral cardiomyopathy, a condition where the heart muscle is inflamed and cannot pump as powerfully as it should.

Compton was born in Miami, Florida, to an American father and a Norwegian mother and holds dual citizenship. He attended the University of Georgia and played on the 2001 Palmer Cup and Walker Cup teams.

He underwent a first heart transplant at the age of 12 in 1992. In 2008, after driving himself to hospital while suffering a heart attack, he was given a second transplant at the age of 28.

Married with a daughter, Compton turned professional in 2001 and played on the Canadian Tour. In 2004, he dominated the Canadian Tour, winning twice and also winning the Order of Merit title. He also won

MEDAL HONOUR FOR GOLF AUTHOR COLIN THE British Golf Collectors Society has awarded former Scottish international amateur golfer Colin Strachan its prestigious Murdoch medal for his book on the history of Royal Ashdown Forest Golf Club. The medal is given to the man or woman who has made an outstanding contribution in the field of golf history. Mr Strachan’s book, Fair Ways in the Forest, was published to celebrate the 125th anniversary of his club in East Sussex. The book includes the role Ashdown played in the emergence of women’s golf and the creation of an artisans’ club, The Cantelupe, which produced such golfing luminaries as Abe Mitchell, whose statuette stands on top of the Ryder Cup, and Alf Padgham who won the Open Championship at Royal Liverpool in 1936. Mr Strachan said: ‘This is a terrific honour not only for me and my club, Royal Ashdown, but also for all the people who have helped me in my research and in the production of the book.’

Erik Compton: Twice a heart transplant patient, he featured in this year’s Majors and says: ‘Never give up’

the 2005 Hassan II Golf Trophy in Morocco. He made it to the PGA Tour only two years ago and at Pinehurst was playing in only his second Major. At Hoylake, he described his opening round as ‘the most rubbish round ever. I didn’t play today the way you’re supposed to in a Major championship.’ He missed the cut after rounds of 71 and 77, and finished the event placed 74th in the world. But he’ll still be plugging away on Tour and in the Majors, and his philosophy on life permeates his character and his golf.

‘Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy the frustration,’

Ben takes route 66 to win the Brabazon BEN Stow delivered a sparkling finish to win the Brabazon Trophy in record style in front of a cheering crowd at Seaton Carew, the Hartlepool links course. Birdies at the final two holes for a record-equalling 66 gave the Wiltshire man an aggregate of 278 and, at 14 under par, left him just a shot ahead of England team-mates Ryan Evans and Ashley Chesters for the Men’s Open Amateur Strokeplay Championship.

‘This is an amazing feeling after an amazing round,’ he said. ‘Apart from the Amateur Championship it doesn’t come much bigger than to win this English title. Some days it is your day and it was mine today. I putted phenomenally. It just looked like the ball would drop in all day long. Today was up there with some of the best golf I’ve ever played.’ Stow, pictured above by Leaderboard Photography, took a grip early on with birdies at the first two holes, set a hot pace by going out in 30 strokes and was soon the man to chase.

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he says. ‘I know it sounds crazy. Think about it, I’m frustrated about the bogeys I had today but it’s better than any day I’ve ever had in hospital.’ Compton has dispensation to use a buggy in competition, but never does. He takes medication every 12 hours and when flying to the UK had to reschedule his medicine around the time differences. He was not sure how many spectators at Hoylake were aware of his story - ‘the fans are a little bit more reserved over here’. Nor does he understand why people would watch him play anyway. ‘If I was a fan, I’d be out watching Tiger or Rickie (Fowler]) or other players. I have a story to tell but it’s not like I’m trying to do two jobs. I’m trying to perform as a golfer, and then I have a story behind it.

‘Hopefully, I can show people on this side of the world my story. Never give up.’

SALVER FOR JESS JESS Evans (Newport) opened up her PING order of merit account in the Golf Union of Wales Order of Merit with victory at the Frilford Heath Scratch Salver held at Frilford Heath GC. Evans carded rounds of 71 and 71 to win by one shot and claim 100 PING points, this moves her straight in to tied 6th place on the overall total. Becky Harries (Haverfordwest) also took home points after finishing in tied 5th place with rounds of 71 and 77. Harries gained 20.75 points to extend her lead at the top of the table.

GOLF’S SPREADING His biggest threat seemed to come from Chesters. The European champion had three birdies in a front nine of 32 and after another at 11 he reeled off four in a row from the 13th. That put him on 14 under and he might be the Brabazon champion if it had not been for a lone bogey at the par four 17th.

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HISTORY of The Burley Golf Club T here have been settlements in this region since Roman times, however it was not until the year 1079 that William the Conqueror named this land the New Forest, and established Forest Laws, draconian at the time, and still in existence today, presided over in modern form by the New Forest Verderers. On this hostile forestry, with soil too poor for cultivation, he made his hunting grounds, and set the scene for the landscape we see today.

The late 1800’s the Victorian era witnessed the first explosion of golf, carried around the country principally by the military and the clergy, and also by gentry who visited established courses such as St Andrews in Scotland and Westward Ho! in the West Country. Southern Hampshire and the South of England in general seemed to be greeted by new courses, New Forest (1880), Bramshaw (1888) and Barton on Sea (1897) the interest was insatiable, helped by the spreading of the railways and easier travel. Shortly into the reign of Edward VII, a group of local businessman in the village of Burley met to discuss the formation of a golf club of their own. 1905 was to be a very special year, James Braid won The Open Championship for the second time, the first dimple golf ball was patented in Great Britain by William Taylor, the Vardon Grip was explained in his book “The Complete Golfer” and Burley Golf Club was established.

This group of businessmen held the founders meeting in the vicarage on 2nd June 1905, Lord Manners was elected President Sir George Meyrick was Vice President and the Treasurer was Mr Cook, the manager at the Dorset Bank in Ringwood. A parcel of land was selected, it was known by the villagers as Pigsty Hill, and located just outside the village between Cott Bottom and Broadoak.

The course was laid out on the advice of Mr Curtis the professional at Bournemouth, he also recommended Percy Reeves as club professional, an appointment duly made, A fine choice it turned out to be, for he served the club for 45 years until his retirement in 1951, a truly remarkable record. With the help of James Barnes, a local carter, and two casual assistants, he built the course and it was completed by the 1st January 1906. The Reeves story does not end there, for his grandson Mike Reeves was Club Captain in 2006, and he is still a member, along with great grandson Rob Reeves, a true family involvement, and a great endorsement for that original recommendation. The first shot was played by the newly appointed Captain, Admiral Prothero, a quaint contradiction in rank. Curtis came to the opening, and played the course, scoring 40 for the nine holes, which was duly accepted as bogey for the layout. The course as laid out, was much shorter than today, the 3rd and 4th holes were both par 3’s.

Admiral Prothero was to keep the role as Captain until 1919, some 13 years. In 1921 another long serving Captain was elected, Captain Henshaw served from 1921 until 1933. These were two extraordinarily long spells in the role of Club Captain.

The first clubhouse was a room rented by the club in a house owned and lived in by the previously mentioned James Barnes, and a formal lease was drawn to the effect. It remained thus until a shed was purchased and located in the garden of an adjacent cottage, owned by the Hallett family. A small gate gave access to the course, it was a fine arrangement as Mrs Hallett also organised refreshments. The twenties were exciting times for the club, with a new clubhouse purchased and sited near the course, and the first motorised equipment, when a Ford Motor Car was used to replace the ponies pulling greens equipment. The 2nd tee at that time was beside the first green and the tee shot was over the road. The fact that the course crossed the road did not cause any problems in those early days, there was little traffic and most of it local anyway, more horse and cart than motorised. However in 1934 a passing car was struck by an errant golf ball, causing damage amounting to the princely sum of £1.12s 6d. As a consequence changes were considered, however it was not until 1954 that the 2nd, 3rd and 4th holes were re-sited, when a

proposal to extend the course to 18 holes was debated. The eminent golf course architectural firm of C K Cotton was asked to assess the project, and after surveying the course and the land available they estimated that it would cost £1,000 per hole, and the matter was duly left in abeyance.

In 1939, when World War 11 broke out, the club was requisitioned by the army, along with many other clubs in the land, the majority were turned to food cultivation or grazing, the Dig For Britain campaign was launched in earnest. However the land was too poor for that so the Burley clubhouse was used a billet, and the army paid a rental for its use, the men were housed in tents in the woodland alongside the 9th hole. At the end of the war the land and the facilities were eventually handed back, and golf clubs and other organisations were paid reparation by the War Department. The sum negotiated by the club, who had refused an earlier offer of a working party of Italian prisoners of war, was finally agreed at £40.00. So after surviving two World Wars, The Burley Golf Club was setting out on the next chapter, a time of change when the membership was extended to beyond the village boundaries, and social changes were happening more rapidly than at any other time. • Turn Over ‘The Rugged Beauty of the Forest’

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The Burley Golf Club - The ampshire is blessed with genuine forest golf courses, Burley is typical, and as a lover of links golf, and that very natural topography, it did not take long to realise that many of those features are present in these beautiful courses. Sandy ground, coarse vegetation, humps and hollows, and wonderful turf to play from, also reminiscent of the sand belt that runs through Surrey.


The recovery period after the Second War was lengthy, not unusual for many clubs around the land.. Looking into the reference books it is fascinating to read that the cost of full membership in 1955 was four guineas, in todays currency just £4.20, and the cost of a green fee was five shillings, or 25p today. In the 1970’s, new holes were designed for the 3rd and 4th, and working parties of members were organised to clear the old dump and the back breaking task of clearing all the old stones and gorse, with the result that the new holes became par 5’s. The last change to the course came in July 1987, when the men’s tees positions were changed, with the 9th becoming the 18th and vice versa. Since that date the course has remained substantially the same, and a fine one it is. The Club Centenary was celebrated in fine style in 2005, a milestone for the club, and duly recognised by the English Golf Union and the R&A. The plaque and the letter of congratulations are proudly on display in the

clubhouse along with other noted photographs and documents. Timely reminders of the colourful and rich past. On a glorious July day, with the sun shining and the gorse and broom a feast of yellow, it was the perfect time to enjoy the very different delights of Burley. A club with a rich history that stretches back to the early days of the last century and a course that has changed little in the past hundred years, it is a truly natural venue, one that blends into the forest landscape and provides a very different test of golf. It certainly necessitates some extra facets in the golfers armoury, the ability to play high irons to hold the greens, a good chip and run game, patience when the bounce is not a regular as on parkland, and an obedient putter. Without doubt it will be a different experience for the majority of golfers, for the New Forest ponies wander round the course, and it is not unusual to see cattle, pigs or the occasional deer. These add to the experience rather than detract from it, and in late springtime and early summer, the abundance of foals is a fascination. In an old club handbook dating back to the 1950’s there is a very apt statement, it reads, Recommended to the golfing world as a delightful holiday cum golf course far from the madding crowd. From the moment you arrive at the unusual pointed, single story clubhouse set back in the trees you cannot fail to notice the peace and tranquillity that pervades the course, the cluster of standing ponies, oblivious to the comings and goings of the golfers. It is, perhaps, the calm before the storm. One

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very important piece of advice, make time to sample the putting green, before setting out for your game, it will prove beneficial, for the greens are fast but true, and judging pace and line will serve you well if you wish to score. As you stand on the first tee, the gorse bushes threaten anything but a well struck drive, plenty of room left, but a tricky second shot if you stray there. The second hole is just across the road, a short par three defended by a pond and a deep unyielding bunker, with an upturned saucer shaped green that is the very devil to hold. Next is the par five, a dogleg left down the valley to a green that slopes away, after a well placed drive the problem is always to hold the green, and chipping back will test the short game. Pars on any of the first three holes will be welcome. Next a drive up the valley, and a chance to restore some pride to your card, that is if you can negotiate the toughest green on the course. Several tiers and a steep slope, the only easy putt is from below the hole. Then you climb up the slope and receive two rewards. The first is the vista as you look back, with the panoramic views over the 2nd, 3rd and 4th holes, a green canvas splashed with the yellow of the gorse and the purple heather. The second is being met by my favourite hole, and I think the toughest, a long par four over the crest of the rise, down the valley and over a ditch in front of a green set into the face of the hill, it is a real charmer. There is nothing more satisfying then getting a four on this hole. The sixth plays back to a green near the road, which is then crossed to face the signature hole the par 4 7th. A challenging tee shot with little room for error, when


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Rugged Beauty of the Forest position is more important than length from the tee, then a ninety degree turn to a green nestling in the hollow, protected by trees, a truly lovely hole. The eighth is a short par four, that is played as a par three the second time round from a forward tee, where the bunkers come more into play. The finishing hole is a very good par four, from an alley back in the trees to an angled fairway, which will leave a mid iron approach to the green. Once again a tricky green to hold, and fully justifying its status as stroke index 1.

be the perfect venue. They have a fine website at, or you can contact club Secretary/Manager Jane Harfield, who will be pleased to provide the necessary information for your visit. More significantly for golfers who are looking to join a club or transfer for some reason, there is much to attract to this New Forest gem. In addition to membership of the club, there are reciprocal arrangements in place with eleven clubs, stretching across the south from Dorset through to East Sussex and north into the Cotswolds.

The second nine, is played from different tees, and they certainly change the manner in which the holes are played. Some tees are moved forward or back to change the length of the hole, but a simple offset tee position totally changes the angle of the drive on the first and third holes, an effect that is also repeated on the 5th and 6th, and the eighth changes totally to a par three. Eighteen holes that are a test for any golfer, holes that reward good shots, but stray offline and the gorse and heather will inflict severe punishment. My personal benchmark is to achieve pars on the 5th and the 7th, and to do so twice will be reward indeed, a rare pleasure to seal the round.

The list reads in alphabetical order: Andover; Ashley Wood; Basingstoke; Bridport & West Bay; Came Down; Chippenham; Corhampton; Lyme Regis; Maidenhead; Romsey and Shanklin & Sandown on the Isle of Wight. Members are allowed to play this superb range of courses by arrangement without any fees, a marvellous bonus. Join one club, and play at twelve.

It is easy to become familiar with courses played often, so we took along friends of long standing for them to experience this forest gem, and give their observations on the course. Our companions, who hail from Hawkstone Park in Shropshire were charmed by the course, a very different experience to the parkland of their home venue. The day was far from over as we walked from the 18th green, for after the golf came a refreshing drink at the bar, during which time I found someone with whom I could reminisce about past evening Monty League matches that always seemed to be played in sunshine. Amongst the other pictures that adorn the walls of the clubhouse, there are ones showing the course and members over the last decades. There could not be a more appropriate place for the set of four

postcards that date back to the formation of the club. A reminder of the days past, when the pioneers of the game created and left for us the courses that we enjoy so much today. The questions from visiting golfers; many on holiday visits, often include enquiries about other activities in the locality, apart from the village, which is itself a very popular attraction. A piece could be written just about all the delights of the New Forest. There are so many, Beaulieu, Bucklers Hard, Calshot, Hurst Castle, each a treasure in its own way. One of my personal treats is to drive the short distance into the forest from Burley to the Station Restaurant for a fabulous cream tea, hot scones with cream and strawberry jam. Followed by a run to Brokenhurst then along the Rhinefield Ornamental Drive and stop at the Bolderwood Deer Sanctuary, and the viewing station. Our last visit yielded a real bonus for our friends, there was a large herd of deer, three different types, fallow, roe and red deer, a herd which also included not one but two albinos, a rare sight indeed. Good binoculars will enhance the visit greatly. Societies are able to play at the club on Tuesday and Friday, and on Sunday by special appointment. Many of the visiting groups are regulars, who come to enjoy the

different challenges that Burley always offers. A fine course and first class catering makes for contented guests. The heart of any club is the membership, who are well catered for with competitions and special events. The Pro Am Tournament is held annually, usually in June. The highlight in the calendar is The Festival of Golf which is held the second week in July every year. The format is now well established, and the competitions which are open exclusively to visitors. During the week there are four major events, the Mixed Open, the Seniors Open, the Ladies Open, and the Mens Open, which in future years will be a team event. It is a measure of the popularity that all the events are very well supported and the entrants are often regulars who come each year to savour the course in prime condition. The perfect opportunity to enjoy the delights of forest golf in a competitive environment. Each November the club traditionally welcomes the Hampshire County side for a match, and the Ladies hold a coffee morning in aid of their designated charity, which this year is Juliaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s House. An event that is always high on the priority list for the lady members. Visitors are always welcome at Burley, and if you are looking for something a little different to test your golfing skills, this will

With a 200 yard practice area close at hand, and a first class putting green, there is much to enjoy at the club, which offers the complete package. Juniors and ladies in particular can look forward to a welcome, and receive every encouragement to obtain handicaps and also improve the game in general. The new junior organiser is keenly setting about the task of making plans to make the club interesting for new and developing players. The members are very committed to the club, and it is indicative of that commitment that over ÂŁ1,000 was raised by members and staff for the purchase of a defibrillator to be housed in the clubhouse. A project deserving of a proud mention in any club review. The club offers excellent value for money, a really friendly welcome, and plenty of activity, both in club events and also with friendly matches and regional competitions as well as a full social calendar. I will, naturally, be returning soon to savour it all again, as I have doing for the last forty years Michael Rees

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The North and West Coast Links - Ireland IS there anywhere better than West coast of Ireland to play golf? If there is, I'll need to be convinced because the links courses on this stretch of the Emerald Isle are to die for and if you get good weather as we did on a recent trip then you're win golfing heaven. Thanks to North and West Coast Links, who have been in operation for over 25 years and boast a portfolio of 10 of the best, we were able to visit Connemara, Carne, Enniscrone, Donegal, Narin and Portnoo, and Sligo. Staying in quality hotels such as Glenlo Abbey, Foyles, Station House, Mount Falcon, Radisson Sligo and Harvey’s Point only added to the experience of the Wild Atlantic Way. While I've played five of the six courses before, this was my first visit Narin and Portnoo, considered to be one of the finest natural and scenic 18-hole links courses in Ireland. With sweeping views of Gweebarra Bay, they're not wrong. The word traditional springs immediately to mind as all manner of shots are required here and Portnoo is the real deal in links golf and, at nearly 7,000 yards is of championship calibre with three outstanding par five holes, all back-toback, starting at the 13th while the 15th is a rare gem and the run from the seventh to the 11th may just be the best run of holes I've played. Rosses Point - the County Sligo club - is widely regarded as one of the great championship links courses and home of the prestigious West of Ireland Open Amateur Championship. Redesigned by Harry Colt in 1927, continuous improvements have been made over the years and it is a long and tough, something to be feared but also something you cannot afford to pass up taking on. Trying to pick out one hole is difficult - they're all of such quality, but many will point to the 17th as the signature hole, a 499-yard monster dogleg left which is one of the hardest par fours anywhere...but not here! It's rated only stroke index two, the 433-yard seventh has the honour of being stroke index one. I know which hole I think is the more difficult. Belmullet's Carne course is an Eddie Hackett design constructed on a narrow peninsula overlooking Blacksod Bay.

The course wends its way among sand dunes, some of 70 feet and more in height and the 11th, a short par four of 332 yards, dog-legs around a monster nicknamed Mount Everest by the locals.

Enniscrone more than 30 years ago. On Killila Bay, the winds along the bay and in and out of high sand dunes some of which form natural amphitheaters for, frankly, frightening greens.

A new nine have just been built which gives the course the choice of 27 holes. Take my advice, play the new nine as part of your round, there are three holes which are magic a drivable downhill par four, a double dog-leg par five and a wicked par three.

I was a bit nervous when I heard the club were building six new holes in the late 1990s, but I shouldn't have been as they replaced the flat opening holes, a definite improvement.

Donegal's Championship Links golf course occupies magnificent Murvagh peninsula in Donegal Bay and it has been described as the Muirfield of Ireland, similar in terrain with two loops of nine holes. The first nine an outer loop and the second nine an inner loop running in the opposite direction. At nearly 7,500 yards this course is seriously long and Darren Clarke described it as "One of my favourite courses in the world." The back nine are superb with a monster par five at 12 and the 16th is a sadistic par three of nearly 250 yards. Connemara is another Eddie Hackett design and measures over 7,000 yards with breathtaking views, swans, Connemara Ponies and even a castle. A magical 27 hole championship course with some greens set high in hillsides, watch out for signature short hole, the 212-yard 13th - did I say short hole? It's also a wonderful finish with two long par fours at 15 and 16 and two par fives with a raised green at 17 and a drive from an elevated tee at 18. Smashing! I've left what I consider the best until last. This is purely subjective and no reflection on the the previous courses, but I fell in love with

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Now there are 27 holes on 400 acres featuring the par 73 Dunes Championship Links Course which measures 7,033 yards off the back. The scenery is second to none and 12 of the holes wind through the tallest dunes on the coast and it's possible to play and never see anyone else for ages. The last four holes border the Atlantic and it's a classic, exhilaration finish with the stroke one par four 15th, a long but reachable par five, a lovely little par three - don't miss the green and an excellent long par four 18th. Part of the attraction of golfing in Ireland is the range and quality of accommodation plus the opportunity to sample other pursuits such as fishing and shooting and, of course, eating and drinking. Mount Falcon in Ballina ticked all those boxes as did Harvey's Point at Lough Eske, near Donegal Town. Both were four star and excellent bases for the golf courses and the chance to do some clay pigeon shooting, fishing and watch a falconry display at, appropriately, Mount Falcon, were we stayed in well-appointed lodges, was not not to be missed. We also stayed the Radisson Blu on Rosses Point Road, Foyles Hotel and the Station

House in Clifden, a cracking town for a night out with plenty of pub entertainment, a real feature in Ireland and the five-star Glenlo Abbey where we had the unique experience of dining in original opulent carriages from the Orient Express and which also has its own golf course. Travel options are many, but there is a good service from Newcastle and other regional airports to Dublin with Aer Lingus and Ryanair or to Belfast with Flybe and if you don't fancy driving yourself or are in group needing ground transport then Spirit of Ireland Executive Travel are just what you need - nothing was too much trouble for these guys. Just a tip as well. If you don't want to lug your golf clubs on and off the plane, you could hire a set from most of the golf clubs or use Paul McGinley's club hire service which will deliver the clubs to you at Dublin Airport and pick them up on your return. Some of the courses have arrangements which each other as regards playing packages. For instance, you can play Rosses Point, Donegal and Narin and Portnoo for €149, yes that's euros not pounds and, yes it's €149 for all three on a North West Links Golf Pass - just contact any of the three clubs - and most of the hotels will also arrange golf tee times. But if you're looking for a one-stop shop to book anything and everything from transport and transfers, hotels and golf or if you are looking for a detailed, tailored itinerary then North and West Coast Links who have 10 courses and many hotels in their portfolio should be your first choice. Alan Hedley


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There are often 14 occasions in one round where we might need the driver from the tee, though this is not always the case as there may be a couple of par 4s when strategically a different opening shot would be required. The tee-shot is the opening of the door to the conference room. When you look into the pro shop there are hundreds of different drivers, as there are putters and wedges. That tells you something, the drive to get the deal going and the short game to close the deal! As the old saying goes “drive for show putt for dough” When choosing a driver the colour and shape is very individual, but which one is best for you? You choose the colour and shape and then you seek the professional’s advice as to which one would suit your technique. Low kick point, what torque, what length, what flex, the correct lie to suit you, just five questions to be answered and a good qualified pro can help you with this. Today there are trial days where manufactures show off their wares at different venues. You can try out different clubs fitted with different shafts and different loft/lies. If you relate a golf club to a motor car, the head is the body of the vehicle and the shaft is the engine, now that is the important piece, the motor! The heads cost a few pounds but it is the shaft that costs you the money. As with business it is the preparation, the wrong driver will be very expensive, we are preparing to get the ball as far down the fairway as possible, marrying technique with the best suitable driver for you! You have now purchased a lovely shiny new driver that has been custom fitted to your swing and physique now on the technical side you might want to give these tips below some thought:

generally has a flatter swing resulting in the bottom of the arc being that fraction nearer the middle of their feet. You cannot generalize everybody’s ball position and swing by their height but the physique does play a great part. Because of the length of the shaft the driver gives you the optimum width which in turn gives you the maximum power. Too many players think it is they who have to smash the ball as hard as they can, that is not the case, our aim is to keep the swing wide, smooth and rhythmical. On the tour I had the great pleasure of playing with some great champions Watson, Faldo, Player, Norman to name just four, and not one of them thrashed the ball. Their swings were powerful and graceful, look at today’s champions, nothing has changed. How many times do you hear someone say “look how slowly the pro swings and yet he/she hits the ball immense distances”.

The ball position with a driver is best placed opposite the front heel; this can change by a couple of centimetres depending on the height of the player. A tall golfer would need the ball slightly further forward in their stance, the smaller player further back.

It is down to three things, good technique, width of the swing and the correct transfer of weight. None of these three things can be achieved if you thrash the ball at breakneck speed! Let the width of the swing work for you!

The taller golfer is inclined to have a slightly more upright swing resulting in there being more of a lateral slide, the shorter person

The driver is a great and versatile club, after all the face is nearly the size of the old tennis rackets! When you do not need to hit the ball

maximum distances, security/strategy is called for go down the shaft a couple of inches. That gives you more control with the advantage of you not having to hit the ball hard and always seeing the same club in your hands off most of the tees which can give you that little bit more confidence. Great fun can be had with this club, tee the ball down low get the ball to fly low resulting in it running that bit further. Tee the ball a little higher and hit it on the upswing to get more top spin. What about the height of the ball on the tee? With the smaller headed driver the saying was half the ball over the face of the club. Nowadays with the depth of the driver face you need to cut down a tree to get a tee long enough! The same adage applies only with not quite so much of the ball over the top of the face.

you are aligning your stance away from the trouble, vice versa if there is trouble down the left. On the teeing ground you are allowed two clubs length back from the markers, imagine a line between the markers, imagine two clubs laid on the ground end to end, you can now tee the ball anywhere in that box, find yourself a good even stance. So many people try to maximize getting as far forward as possible, all they find is ground where everybody else has done the same, it is now uneven and quite often bare leading to the shoes slipping. The driver is the start of the business deal, get the best club you can, have the best technique you can, get the ball on the fairway as far down as safety permits and open the business deal. Our business then is to score as many birdies as possible!

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The pound is at a 3 year high against the Euro encouraging UK golfers to once again flock to sunnier climes on the Spanish Costa’s. Golf reservations for this autumn / winter are up by over 40% on last year. Southern Spain is once again appealing to the thousands of golfers who travel overseas for a winter break, be it for a long weekend with the lads from the golf club or a relaxing golfing break with family and friends. The weakness of the pound did nothing to encourage golfers to travel overseas, so why is it all of a sudden golf resorts in Andalucía have seen this increase in popularity. The answer is quite simple, when a destination like Southern Spain's Costa del Golf is deemed to be no longer good value for money they had to find a way of putting the value back and that is exactly what they have done. Golf course directors / managers have been forced to face up to the reality that an empty golf course can be made busy again by offering more realistic green fees. Golfing packages in the summer are now available from just £269 pp for 7 night’s accommodation and 5 days of unlimited golf with a shared golf buggy included. Winter golf breaks can be found from just £269 again with 5 days unlimited golf included, based on 8 people sharing a 4 bedroom villa situated on the first fairway of the golf resort or £299 with 4 sharing. See promotion opposit (page 27) of this magazine. A few years ago it would have cost the same price just for the golf, many courses have slashed their rates and are now offering all sorts of incentives to play there. One interesting point to note, flight companies have increased the cost of golf club carriage to a point that is now common practice to hire a set of golf clubs on arrival at the airport. A good set of quality clubs can be rented for the week from under 50€.

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Car rental companies like CarGest at Malaga airport offer this service (mention Sungolf for a special price). New golfing destinations have without doubt lured the UK golfer to play their golf further afield. Golfing hot spots like Belek in Turkey have seen tremendous growth in recent years but the reality is only 15% of the golfers in Belek are from the UK the rest are from places like Russia, Eastern Europe and Scandinavia. It is worth noting the Turismo de Andalucía have worked tremendously hard to keep Andalucía on the golfers map, recent events held in the UK include a golf tour operators meeting at the Forest of Arden and representation at the Ricoh Women’s British Open at Royal Birkdale. Andalucía stretches from the Portuguese border all the way past Gibraltar and up to Almeria passing Marbella and Malaga on the way, dozens of great resorts like Islantia and El Rompido to Valle del Este and Desert Springs are all on offer. Now is the time to re discover what made Andalucía the best golfing destination in Europe at a much lower cost. For further information about playing golf in Andalucía Southern Spain please contact SUNGOLF 0115 9681007 or email


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And the clubhouse leader is. . .the general manager CUMBERWELL Park’s general manager Ali James shocked seasoned professionals with another fine display of scoring in the West Region PGA Championship over his home course.

Georgia Hall: ‘I’ve wanted to do this since I was seven’

Georgia’s joy as pro ranks beckon DORSET teenager Georgia Hall says she is excited about the future after announcing she is to turn professional. Georgia made the announcement after the Women’s British Open, where she finished joint 29th and was the second best-placed amateur. The Bournemouth-based 18-year-old had delayed turning pro due because of a combination of funding concerns and wanting to play in the Curtis Cup.

Kylie fires a new record SCOT Kylie Walker, above, set a new Ladies’ European Tour record when she fired a third successive 64 in the German Open. Her three-round total of 192 was 24 under par and a new 54-hole record. The 27-year-old went on to survive a final-round charge by Charley Hull of England to win the event with a par on the first extra hole at Golfclub Wörthsee. The victory came two months after earning her first Ladies European Tour title in similar fashion, in a play-off at the Deloitte Ladies Open in Holland.

Julie’s Czech mate JULIE Greciet of France kept her overnight lead and collected her first Ladies European Tour title at the Sberbank Golf Masters in the Czech Republic. The 27-year-old seventh-season professional from Biarriz fired rounds of 66, 64 and 66 at Golf Park Plzn for a 54hole total of 197, 17-under-par and a two stroke margin of victory over South African Lee-Anne Pace. Welsh rookie Amy Boulden posted her career-best finish in third.

She told BBC Radio Solent: ‘It’s very exciting. I’ve wanted to do this since I was seven. I’m finally going to turn pro soon, it means a lot and I cannot wait for the future.’ Georgia, who is attached to Parkstone Golf Club in Dorset, is a former European number one amateur and has been ranked as high as fourth in the world. Career highlights so far include winning and last year’s

She added: ‘Things are looking a bit brighter. I stayed amateur to play in the Open and Curtis Cup really and I’m very happy I played in both of them.

Co verage ‘To play in the Curtis Cup was amazing with your team- mates, and you can’t get much bigger than a British Open. I wanted to play well in the Open. ‘It was big for me, I got some TV coverage and that is one of the main part of getting sponsors, being recognised. ‘It was a good week, three out of four good rounds. It was a fun week, quite tiring, but you get more experience every time you play. You learn how to handle the pressure more.’ She is now hoping to be invited to play in a couple of professional tournaments before the end of the year, as well as attending Ladies European Tour school.

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The former Wiltshire county captain posted a five-under-par 66 to share the halfway lead with man-of-the-moment Michael Watson (Wessex Golf Centre, Weymouth). Three years ago, 31-year-old James, a 6ft 4in big-hitter who knows every blade of grass on the course built by his family more than 20 years ago, became the first amateur for six years to win a West Region PGA order of merit tournament before Liam Bond (Marriott St Pierre) emerged on top in the last two years. His reward was going out in the final three-ball in the second round, alongside Watson and Ryder Cup winner Phillip Price, one of the many European Tour stars on view, who also played alongside him on the opening day. James played the back nine in four-underpar and was delighted with his return of fiveunder 137 to finish joint sixth.

Winner Richard Dinsdale and tournament controller Tom Sheffield with the trophy flanked by Cumberwell director of golf John Jacobs (left) and general manager Ali James

WEST REGION PGA Price opened with 67 and then again plotted his way diligently round a course he had never seen before to finish on seven-under-par 135. He had to settle for second place one shot behind fellow Welshman Richard Dinsdale from the Parc Golf Academy in Newport. Welsh National champion and European Tour winner Stephen Dodd shared third with Watson and Lee Thompson (Dudsbury).

Watson again at Remedy Oak WEST player-of-the-season Michael Watson continued his domination of tournaments by winning the Remedy Oak pro-am for the second time in three years to register his sixth victory in 21 days this month. The former Bournemouth Alliance captain’s six-under-par 66 was two lower than the return made by his best pal Martyn Thompson (Parkstone) who was a late replacement for home director of golf Nigel Tokely who withdrew because of a wrist injury. Thompson’s eagle three at the 17th pushed Ross Whitelock (St Mellion) into third place a

further shot back. James Wilson (Ferndown), who shared top spot with Watson and Thompson in 2012, was fourth on 70 Watson’s seventh win of the season saw him head the Order of Merit and extended his lead on the money list to £10,940, averaging £341 at each event. He also won the team prize with Patrick’s Restaurant trio of Pat Michael, William Burke and Richard Matthews on 10-under-par 132. They beat former Broadstone professional Mathew Wilson (Callaway Golf Europe) with Sensus Communis Ltd trio of Steve Jarrett, Andy Morris and Paul Hannam on countback.

Thompson shines at Upavon MARTYN Thompson celebrated his first appearance at Wiltshire course Upavon with a one-shot win over fellow Dorset player Paul Jones (Canford Magna). The talented Parkstone professional, who is spending more time on the Europro Tour this summer, achieved his first solo win of the year although he topped the board in the Ferndown Invitational team pro-am and won Lombard Trophy fourball qualifier on his home course. His key hole was the 488-yard seventh where he made an eagle three after making a birdie at the fifth and then dropping a shot at the next. Another birdie at the 15th

followed by a bogey at the 16th brought him home in two-under 69. ‘I was very impressed with the course and it helped having a slight breeze because the weather was so hot,’ he said. Jones started with a birdie and added three more at the ninth, 15th and 16th, marred by three bogeys. PGA Cup player Nick Brennan (Bowood) claimed third on level par while Ben Newman (Ogbourne Downs) recovered from being four over after seven to share fourth on 72. He was joined by home assistant Dan Carter.


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Travelling to Ireland for sport is nothing unusual, whatever your sport may be, for my sins I am addicted to golf, game fishing, shooting, and indeed the love of nature and the countryside. That being said, Ireland can be paradise, all you need is a little luck with the weather to make it so. Even if the weather gods are not smiling, you will still have a great time. Whatever activity takes your fancy, the common denominator is always somewhere to stay, and on the recent tour to the West Coast I was introduced to the perfect place to complete the picture, a hotel to compliment the wonderful sport available, and add a little luxury into the bargain. Mount Falcon is located in County Mayo, on the west bank of the River Moy, near to the town of Ballina, famed for the fishing. County Mayo is claimed to be the most beautiful county in the West of Ireland, I have no wish to be the arbiter on that, but I was enthralled by the scenery and the ambience and atmosphere all around. Mount Falcon is owned by a small group of investors, including the Maloney family, and Alan Maloney is the man at the helm, though witnessing the marvellous interaction with all the staff, you would never detect it. The estate has a rich history; the original baronial lodge was designed by renowned architect James Franklin Fuller and completed in 1876, as a home for Utred Knox and his new bride. It was subsequently bought in 1932 by Major Robert and Constance Aldridge and later run as a shooting and fishing lodge. Connie was the

MOUNT FALCON great socialite and brought many famous and even notorious visitors to the lodge. It stayed as such until it was purchased by the current owners in 2002. After initial difficulties with planning restrictions, they set about the task of renovating, refurbishing and developing the whole estate, whilst preserving the integrity and charm of the superb location, over one hundred acres of magnificent countryside. The house was fully restored; new accommodation built, with ultra-modern spa facilities, and also lodges in woodland and courtyard settings. From the outset they set out to create a comfortable peaceful environment in which, as it says in the spa brochure, guests can â&#x20AC;&#x153;unwind and relax and leave your thoughts behind you as you escape to the spaâ&#x20AC;?. A philosophy that is successfully applied and apparent throughout the resort. The list of activities available to guests is fascinating, commencing with the fishing, two miles of double river bank on the best fishing in the world, plus a three acre stocked lake.

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Not only that but sea angling is easily arranged nearby. Golf is all around, some of the best links courses are a short drive away, a glance at page 10 will show four of them The closest is Enniscrone, a mere twenty minutes drive. There is a driving range onsite, as well as skeet shooting and archery, and the latest addition to the list is falconry. This is an experience certainly not to be missed, for the Harris hawks can be handled as you walk through the woods, accompanied by two excellent falconers, with the dogs, who provide a taste of this style of hunting dating back to prehistoric times.

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RYDER CUP STAR PHILIP PRICE LOOKING TO TAKE THE EUROPEAN FATHER AND SON GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE Phillip Price who famously and crucially beat Phil Mickelson in the 2002 Ryder Cup Singles for Europe to win at the Belfry has entered with his 5 handicap South Wales under 13 champion son Edward into this years SkySports European Father & Son Golf Championship at the Valle Este Golf Resort in Almeria, Andalucia, Spain. Phil says “to be able to play with my son in this event is unique. We are coming with my wife and daughter as well and we are super excited about competing and trying to win”. Tournament Director Toby Marsden says “it just shows no matter who you are, playing golf with your son is special and we are honoured to have Phil and his family at this year’s championship”.

“The event is a week long fun golf holiday event. It’s all about the celebration of family and friendship”. “We try to run it as close to a pro event as possible with SkySports cameras, announcers, spectators, press, caddies, scoreboard etc. for all involved it’s an unforgettable experience”. Last years championship was seen on SkySports. The scratch champions was driving range professional David Mills and his 14 year old son George Mills from Pease Pottage in Sussex and the handicap title was also taken by Englishmen Mark & Connor Jenkins from Cornwall. Both teams won in emphatic style in front of the cameras and crowds around the 18th green. Mark Jenkins summed up his week “unbelievable, we came here to have a great time but to win was an unexpected bonus. We have had a truly fantastic time and a memory me and Connor will never forget, we cant wait to come back and try and defend our title”. The event will is open to any father and son team, pro or amateur, no age limit with a max handicap of 24. It’s a week long golf holiday package staying in the superb Valle del Este desert golf and spa resort in Almeria Spain held in half term school holidays from 27th October to 1st November. Over 50 teams from all over the world will come to compete to try and win the title of the best scratch and handicap Father & Son team in Europe. The winners will win a free return holiday to come back and defend their titles. To enter a team it costs from £599pp for 5 nights accommodation, half board, 4 rounds of golf, tournament entry, welcome drink, gala dinner and prizes. For more information and a free brochure you can call 01702 680180 or visit

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Continuing the saga of a late-convert golfer’s search for glory on the greens. . . DID I tell you about the day I played around with Sophia Loren? Sorry, mis-type. I meant the day I played a round with Sophia Loren. At least it looked like her. Or looked like Ms Loren used to look around the age of 30. You remember: slanting brown eyes, cheekbones, lustrous hair, skin like silk. She looked like she’d just stepped off a Milanese catwalk, and her watch, I can confidently say, cost more than my house. Biggles and I were just setting off for a harmless practice when she whizzed up in a buggie.

‘Would I be a terrible nuisance if I asked you two boys to take me round?’ We haven’t had an offer like that in our joint 154 years. I am too embarrassed to recount our slavering gratitude and ridiculous attempts at charm, laughable in two pensioners who haven’t chatted up a female since Walter Hagen retired. She explained that she was playing our course the next day in some sort of ladies’ regional competition.

My breathless round with a golf goddess DIARY OF A BUS-PASS GOLFER By Bob Evans I think she said she was Italian-Syrian and that she played at the Royal Surrey but I wouldn’t bet on it as my breathing and eyesight seemed to have gone. We played. Or rather, she played, zooming along in her buggy, as these two silly old geezers stumbled along in her wake. I do seem to remember – and the thought makes me curl up with embarrassment – that we offered her advice. On the course. On which club to use.

It’s a wonder we didn’t advise her on what shade of lipstick to wear – perhaps we did. It rapidly became apparent that this dream of class and elegance was a much finer golfer than either of us, or indeed both of us if you strapped us together. She could hit it long, and on target, and her short game around the green was crisp and neat. She was also jolly nice. She listened – pretended to listen – to our comments. She laughed at our sad little jokes and

congratulated us on the few occasions we got club face and ball together. Well, I tell you, once you’d seen her swing and the way she held the position, poitrine thrust towards the flag, it played hell with your hand-eye co-ordination. The trouble was, we had no witnesses. But then, as we came up to the 18th, joy of joys. There they were on the verandah, drinking tea and exchanging tips on compost heaps. As we drove off up the hill, I saw a couple of them staring down the fairway. A minute later they were all leaning out over the rail. As we putted out, they came tumbling down the steps just as she kissed both of us on the cheek, hopped into her open-top Merc, and zoomed off out of our lives.‘Who the hell was that?’

‘Who?’ I asked, blinking innocently. “That… that stunning brunette.’ ‘Oh her,’ I said, as dismissively as I could. ‘She’s just one of Biggles’s old girl-friends.’ We were lucky to get out of that car park alive.

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"There were 12 guys from team Titleist just down from Hoylake, where they'd been fitting and adjusting the pros for putters and wedges. They were great and said I could ask them anything. It was effectively an individual fitting. “I had two hours with one of guys on putting - one of the main men who fits the pros for Scotty Cameron putters. He has years of fitting experience.

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"We will get them back in about four to six weeks. Titleist said that such a level of customisation would normally take around 12 weeks." HowDidiDo is Europe's largest golfing community, holding in excess of 21 million rounds of golf along with the handicaps, results and scores of more than 1,300,000 UK golf club members. Around 2,000 golf clubs currently use the HowDidiDo system, allowing members to analyse their game and compare performance with other players - at their own club or across the entire HowDidiDo network. It is also used for official CONGU handicapping and competition results and more than 400,000 golfers currently use the HowDidiDo website. Even before he won the competition, Foster, the scratch team captain at Bishops Stortford GC, was a devotee of the website. He explained: "It's an excellent website simple but highly effective. The newsletter's great too. I get an email after every competition with details of where I finished and how it affected my handicap - the whole thing is really good.

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Beat those Beastly Bounces Throughout this glorious summer golfers have found themselves closer to the greens than normal and with just a short shot left to the flag. Some found themselves walking off a hole with a score that doesn't justify the impressive full shots they'd hit to get near the green. Usually poor shot selection is to blame. Flying a high floaty shot into hard bouncy greens is risky as the bounce you will get is highly unpredictable. So first things first, assess the situation and work out whether you can take a lower route into the green. If there is nothing (such as a bunker) in between you and the front edge of the green then bouncing your shot short before the putting surface is surely the safest way to ensure you get on the dance floor. To pick the correct club to use imagine how you would throw your ball from wherever you are, this is an instinctive way of seeing the safest route onto the green. If you have a long, fairly flat run to the front edge then you can bounce the ball well short with something like a 7iron, this would require a longer chipping action. Not the prettiest shot in the world but it gets the job done. Plus if you do happen to mishit it - and let's face it this happens on occasion- then it is such a short stroke the ball often ends up on the green. If you were to mishit a longer swing with a club with more loft on then the momentum of your swing will carry the ball way through the green and into trouble. So if you wouldn't throw the ball high in the air to get it to the green then why hit a lofted shot? It's far more risky. A 9 iron is a popular choice of club as you get a good mix of half carry and half run from it. Handy if you prefer to see a bit more flight on your shorter shots. Whatever club you choose you need to focus hard on the spot you want to land the ball on on its first bounce. This is crucial as so often too much emphasis is placed on the flag itself, the ball lands too close to the hole and rolls through the green. So once your landing spot has been sussed stick with it and focus your practice swings on getting the ball bouncing on that. Lean your weight on the foot nearest the aEnsure you give the grass a seriously good brush, almost a bruising as you swing the club back and through like a strong pendulum. This sort of shot won't magically be amazing on the course unless you practice it. This can be done easily on the driving range or practice ground. Using the last dozen balls or so in your

What a day!! One day last week was one of the most gratifying days I’ve ever had from a golf coach perspective, when four of my young pupils achieved great results. First, there was Emma Allen who had a third place finish in the English Girls Championship and was picked to represent England in the Home Internationals. Emma also had a great result the week before, when she finished Runner Up in the South of England Ladies Championship. The key to Emma’s continued progress and success is that she is always keen to learn and practice; indeed we’ve changed her swing and putting stroke quite dramatically over the last couple of years.

basket towards the end of a practice session, pick a lower lofted club and the pick a patch or even a ball out on the range to try to land your balls on. Vary targets and therefore distance so sharpening your distance control. Here at Cowdray Park we are lucky enough to have a fantastic undulating par 3 course, with yardages ranging from 40-100yards. It is the perfect playground to hone these exact shots. With all the fairways guarded by thick rough (which also surrounds the back of the greens) you have to be pretty accurate with your landing spots. If you are local to Cowdray pop up and get some practice in as visitors are welcome! The best place to get good at hitting the green with these shots is out on the course, make the most of what remains of our summer and get some evening practice in. Nothing beats a 4/5 hole on-course practice session (if your course allows it) and nothing beats taking your playing partner on at a closest to the pin comp by throwing a few balls in different spots, say 40-60 yards from the green. Obviously do any on course practice without holding other golfers up! REMEMBER, blaming poor bounces for the undoing of your scorecard is simply wasting energy. You cannot control which way the ball bounces so no point getting upset about it. Chances are you used the wrong club or picked a poor landing spot. So save your energy and get practicing to find the safest route into the greens. Good luck and enjoy the rest of September and if you fancy a lesson shout. I go on maternity leave at the end of November. But before then I am available for lessons at both Cowdray Park and Hamptworth Golf Clubs. Email me for availability:

Arrun Singh Brar had a second place finish in the Surrey Championship with a great second round score of five under par. Arrun is in the Under Eighteen England Squad. He has won the Douglas Johns Trophy in the past, is the current Northern Boys Champion and was last year’s Runner Up in the Italian Boys Championship. He has a bright future ahead of him. Like the others, Arrun is a keen student and never rests on his laurels. After returning from the United States where he was invited to compete in the U.S. Kids Tournament, George Saunders managed a twelfth place finish in the Douglas Johns Trophy. The Douglas Johns Trophy is the British Under fifteens Strokeplay Championship. Three of my pupils have won it in the past. George is also relentless with his practice and has a lesson every week, when we work on getting ever nearer to perfection. He has a great short game and when he starts to put on a bit of muscle everybody better watch out!! And last, but not least, Alex Talbot. Alex finished ninth in the Douglas Johns Trophy, with a great second round score of two under par.

I changed the way he was releasing the club through impact and he started effortlessly ripping the ball like an arrow. He obviously took that form to the course!! After the Douglas Johns Alex put up a startling display in the Stoneham Junior Open with an unbelievable two round total of eleven under par and romped to a seven shot victory. Absolutely stunning golf. After a day like that the Champagne sure did flow!!! Although all these young players have quite different swings they are fortunate enough to have learnt at an age where they can easily build solid fundamentals, fundamentals that allow them to carry on improving and achieving. Pictured is Arrun smashing an iron shot in practice. If you need any help with any department of your game, please don't hesitate to contact me either through my website:

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