24
Apr
11

Charlotte Ellis of Gloucestershire wins the Helen Holm

England international Charlotte Ellis staged a sensational smash-and-grab charge over the last few holes to win the Helen Holm Scottish women’s open amateur stroke-play championship over the Royal Troon Golf’s Open championship links today.
Trailing Leona Maguire, one half of the 16-year-old talented twins from Co Cavan, Ireland, by three strokes with six holes to play, the 25-year-old former English mid-amateur champion from Minchinhampton birdied the 13th, 15th and 16th holes to be one shot behind Maguire with two to play.
Both parred the short 17th and then tragically Leona, who had made all the running from the start of the 54-hole tournament, ran up a double bogey 6 at the last, taking three shots to get on the green and a further three putts from six feet.
That left the door open for a two-shot swing at the home hole. Ellis had a cast-iron par-4.
Maguire finished with a 73 for 11 under par 214 – one shot behind Ellis who signed off with a 71 for 213.
“I’m speechless,” said Charlotte. “I had no thoughts of catching Leona, even though I was only one shot behind her at the start of the last round. When I bogeyed the ninth, I was only really playing for second or third place and, giving it a go instead of holding back, I started to birdie holes.
“Even when I holed out for a par on the last green, I really didn’t think it was to win the Helen Holm. It was only when Leona eventually missed a 2ft second putt, that I realised I had won.
“It’s the biggest golf title I’ve ever won but I have to feel sorry for Leona.”
Charlotte hopes she won’t be able to defend the title at Troon next April – “I’m going back to the Tour School later in the season. I failed to get my card last year but I’m not letting that put me off. So I hope to be a tour pro by this time next year although it would have been nice to defend the Helen Holm.
“It was third time very lucky for me. I finished fifth on my debut two years ago and tenth when I came to Troon last year.”
It was not much consolation for Leona Maguire, who was the Helen Holm winner two years ago and won the Portuguese title in January, to win the Under-18s trophy.
18
Apr
11

The 2011 Fairhaven Trophies

The annual Fairhaven Trophies and Fairhaven Nations Cup, a 72-hole Open International
Scratch Championship, for boys and girls aged 18 or under, to be held at Fairhaven Golf
Club on 29th April to 1st May 2011, has attracted a high class field.
The quality of players entered this year is a testament to the prestige the championship is
now held within the world of junior golf since it was inaugurated in 2007. The draw for this
years championship was balloted at 0.6, and includes over 100 players with a scratch or
better handicap.
Among the list of the many international players who are playing is Nathan Kimsey, 17yrs,
form Woodhall Spa GC, who last week won the Peter McEvoy Trophy, and Greg Payne,
17yrs, Chobham GC, who finished runner up. The draw includes most of the England
under ‘18’ and ‘16’ boys teams, who will ‘tee-up’ alongside national players from Finland,
Scotland, Wales, Switzerland and Germany.
Among the favourites for the girls championship, will be Lancashire players, Brogan
Townend, 16yrs, Pleasington Golf Club who recently won the Leveret Trophy at Formby
Ladies in great style by 5 shots, and Bethany Garton, 17yrs, Royal Lytham & St Annes
Golf Club.
Club Secretary, Bob Thompson, commented “I am again thankful to the English Golf
Union and the English Women’s Golf Association for their continued support, which
sees the country’s top junior players playing. This year I am delighted to have the
support of the Scottish Golf Union and German Golf Federation who have entered
their top national junior players. We will see the elite juniors from the Europe
competing this year’s championship”
“The championship will provide an excellent opportunity for players to gain top class
competitive experience, as well as developing their course management skills and
testament to that is last years winner, Rhys Pugh, Vale of Glamorgan, and 3rd in last
weeks Peter McEvoy Trophy, who this year will be playing in the Lytham Trophy”
He further commented “With the championship being played on the same date and in
the same format as the Lytham Trophy, at neighbouring Royal Lytham & St Annes
GC, it creates a festival of world class amateur golf in Lytham St Annes, giving
competitors, spectators, selectors and national team managers the opportunity to see
the elite of amateur golf”

10
Apr
11

Frazer enters the record books at Southerndown

Welsh International James Frazer (Pennard) produced the performance of a lifetime here at Southerndown today to win the Duncan Putter with a record score of 8 under par for the 72-hole tournament.
Not content with his superb 65 this morning he went and repeated the feat this afternoon – the first time any golfer has shot 10 under par at Southerndown in one day.  Birdies at the 3rd and 6th holes set the tone for the round, and even a dropped shot at the 7th did not halt his progress.   He responded to this minor setback with consecutive birdies at the 8th, 9th and 10th holes, and a ‘mere’ par on the 11th proved only a temporary pause as James went on to birdie the 12th and 13th.  Content with a job well done, he completed his round with a succession of pars to card his second 65 of the day, leaving him 4 shots clear of the field.
Among those trailing in his wake were Nuneaton golfer Andy Sullivan – in second place on 4 under par (276) – and former Duncan Putter winner Ben Westgate on one over.
Everyone is now hoping that this is just the start of a wonderful season’s golf for James.  It certainly could not have started any better!
The winner of the best Welsh Under-21 player was Rhys Pugh, who showed touches of his true ability in his final round of 68.  We will surely hear more of Rhys as the season progresses.
04
Apr
11

England Hat Trick of Wins

England completed a hat-trick of European Nation Championships when they successfully defended the title against the rest of Europe at Sotogrande in Spain.

The quartet of Laurie Canter (Saltford, Somerset), Tom Lewis (Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire), Jack Senior (Heysham, Lancashire) and Andrew Sullivan (Nuneaton, Warwickshire) finished the 72-hole stroke play event, in which the best three cards each day counted, on 852, 12 under par, two strokes clear of France with Spain third on 855.

On an opening day of tricky winds, England finished in seventh place on level par 216, five behind leaders France after 71s from Canter and Senior and 74 by Lewis.

But Lewis’s 67 allied to 70 from Canter and 71 from Sullivan hoisted England into top spot, a stroke ahead of Spain on day two, a position they never relinquished.

They increased their advantage to seven shots from France on the third day thanks to 67 by Sullivan and 71s from Canter and Senior.

Like the first day, the final round also proved difficult with Canter, Senior (picture © Tom Ward) and Sullivan all shooting 73, which just proved enough to stay two shots ahead of the French and give English a third successive title.

“The boys found it tough going at times and they had to work for the victory,” admitted team manager Terry Casey. “But we are delighted to win again as narrow as the margin might be. We had the team to do it and the boys pulled for each other. But it is tricky holding on to a lead over a tricky course with some tough pin positions. Nevertheless, the boys ground it out and we take great pride in the win.”

The individual title eluded the players. That went to Julien Brun of France on 281, seven under par, and four shots ahead of the leading Englishman, Canter, who finished joint third.

Leading final scores:
852 England (L Canter 71 70 71 73, T Lewis 74 67, J Senior 71 71 73, A Sullivan 71 67 73);
854 France;
855 Spain;
864 Scotland (R Kellett 69 68 76 73, M Stewart 75 73 68, P McLean 70 77 74, K Nicol 73 68);
870 Ireland (P Cutler 72 72 79 72, A Dunbar 71 76, R Leonard 76 67, D McElroy 69 71 69 76), Denmark;
871 Italy;
874 Wales (O Farr 72 73 73 73, R Enoch 70 74, J Frazer 75 74 69, R Pugh 76 74 71)

Individual:
281 J Brun (Fra) 68 71 75 67;
284 L Nemecz (Aut) 69 70 70 75;
285 L Canter (Eng) 71 70 71 73, D McElroy (Ire) 69 71 69 76;
286 J F Sarasti (Spa) 69 80 67 70, A Sullivan (Eng) 75 71 67 73, R Kellett (Scot) 69 68 76 73
-ENDS-

30
Mar
11

Junior Disabled British Open

TEENAGER HERALDED AS CATALYST FOR

NEW JUNIOR DISABLED BRITISH OPEN

The first youngster to sign up for August’s inaugural Junior Disabled British Open will be a 16-year-old with cerebral palsy, for whom the event will be the culmination of a year’s lobbying.

Richard Warren, a 28-handicapper from Ascot, in Berkshire, was so enthused with last year’s Disabled British Open golf championship that he immediately contacted organisers to enquire why there wasn’t a junior event.

And the event’s organisers were so impressed with the teenager’s enthusiasm and dynamism that they worked with him to launch this year’s inaugural Junior Disabled British Open.

Warren has been playing golf for eight years after his mother thought the game might prove physically beneficial.

He said: “I have a real passion for golf despite the cerebral palsy which affects all of my limbs. I first started playing at the age of eight when my mother thought it might be a good way of improving my hand-eye coordination.

“Although I was initially apprehensive when she took me to have an introductory lesson at the local driving range, from that moment on I was well and truly hooked on the sport.”

In 2005 Mill Ride GC, in Ascot, launched a competition among local schools to offer three junior golf scholarships. The determined Warren applied and, following an interview and golf assessment, proved successful in attaining one of the three places on offer.

He continued: “I am extremely grateful to Mill Ride GC as the scholarship not only improved my game but also boosted my confidence. I am now quite well known around the club and have been supported throughout by many members and, in particular, the staff.

“My only frustration with golf is that the nature of my disability is such that each golfing day is different. One day my game can be exceptionally good; on another extremely bad – however, this has never taken away from the enjoyment.

“What became apparent to me over a number of years was that there were seemingly very few junior disabled golfers, either male or female. And that motivated me to explore opportunities to bring young disabled golfers together so they can play and be inspired by their peer group.”

It was this determination – and a series of meetings with event organiser Andy Barwell – that led to the launch of the Junior Disabled British Open and, moreover, Warren’s participation in it.

“While taking part in various events I have met with some high-profile golfers, including Ian Poulter and Colin Montgomerie, who have expressed a keen interest in my endeavours,” added Warren.

“With the possibility of golf entering the Paralympics in the future I feel it is the right time to introduce disabled junior golf into the public domain and to encourage more disabled young people to enjoy the sport.

“Through the development of the first Junior Disabled British Open, I hope to inspire and encourage other young disabled juniors to pursue their passion and realise their potential.”

The event, for disabled youngsters aged between 12 and 18, will run alongside the third annual Disabled British Open at East Sussex National Golf Resort & Spa, from August 20-21 – the largest and most inclusive tournament in the country for disabled golfers. And Barwell, a director of organiser the Azalea Group, said enormous credit should go to the teenager for helping to get the event off the ground.

He said: “Richard is an inspirational young man. He’s very driven and determined and is destined for great things I’m sure. If at 16 he can persuade us that there is a need for a Junior Disabled British Open I’m sure he can be even more influential as he gets older.

“When we first met he stated his case convincingly and backed it up with facts and figures. I can’t imagine another occasion when a company would join with a 16-year-old to launch a new product. That’s testament to him as an individual and should prove a huge fillip to young people with disabilities.”

The senior event has received Government backing from both the Secretary of State for Culture, Media & Sport, Jeremy Hunt MP, and the Minister for Disabled People, Maria Miller MP, who praised it for its inclusivity and legacy.

Hunt said: “The Disabled British Open golf championship is a fantastic example of how Britain can stage a world-class event for disabled athletes competing at the highest level. As a nation we should be very proud of the awareness this event has created, and the legacy of opportunities within sport for disabled people.”

And his parliamentary colleague added: “To hear that the Disabled British Open golf championships has encouraged disabled people to start playing golf for the first time is a wonderful achievement – and testament to the spirit of the competitors and will of the organisers.”

The 2010 event – the first to be played at the current venue – attracted a full field of 72 disabled athletes, with ages ranging from 16-71, from as far afield as South Africa, Pakistan, Spain, Ireland and Germany, in addition to a strong UK contingent.

The Sky Sports-broadcast event is delivered through Tourism South East as one of the projects of the Accentuate programme, which is funded by SEEDA and Legacy Trust UK – an independent charity set up to create a cultural and sporting legacy from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games – and set up as part of the south-east’s drive to create a cultural shift in the way disabled people are perceived by celebrating excellence and showcasing talent.

John Williams, chairman of Tourism South East, said: “The Disabled British Open is one of many excellent projects we have delivered over the past few years. It has a burgeoning reputation and seems likely to go from strength to strength. We wish it continued success.”

The 2011 Disabled British Open and Junior Disabled British Open take place on August 20-21. A range of bespoke sponsorship and partnership packages for both events can be made available including title and headline sponsorship.

Entries will open in April. For further information contact championship organiser Andy Barwell on 07961 315520 or visit www.disabledbritishopen.org

ENDS

Information for journalists.

Press release written and distributed by the Azalea Group.

08
Mar
11

Is this the way to encourage women into golf?

It has been noted that the English Women’s Golf Association has increased its entry fee for championships by up to nearly 40% – for the 2011 season.

In these difficult financial times – is this going to encourage more women to enter or even become golfers.

06
Mar
11

England’s Laurie Canter wins the Spanish Amateur championship

Laurie Canter English has happened in the winners of the Men’s International Spain, Copa Rey 2011, his compatriot Matthew Haines, who won last year after winning the grand finale to another Englishman, Stiggy Hodgson, an incontestable 11 / 10 in El Prat (Barcelona).

In the final, contested over 36 holes, Laurie Canter showed their supremacy in the first round. Having completed the first 18 holes enjoyed a solid income (9 up) that allowed him to enjoy the second round at the expense of a Stiggy Hodgson not offered the same repertoire of good shots in previous days.

With its victory, Laurie Canter have a place as an amateur in the Open of Spain next to be played on the same route of El Prat.

Like last year, two English players played the final in the semifinals after Laurie Canter won with some comfort to Frenchman Arnaud Abbas (6 / 4) and Stiggy Hodgson would do the same with the Dutchman Robin Kind (3 / 2).

At that point in the tournament table and had dispensed with the two Spanish who had passed the first two rounds, Adrian and Adrian Otaegui Arnaus. In the quarterfinals, the first had a very hard match he lost to Laurie Canter himself at 16 3 / 2. For its part, Adria Arnaus fell in the same turn to Robin Kind, which settled the match with a large 12-meter putt on 16.

Arnaus Adria Adrian Otaegui and Spanish were the only who passed the first two rounds. Antonio Hortal, David Morago, Juan Francisco Sarasti, Carlos Pigem, Xabier Errea, Pep Angles and Alberto Fernandez fell in the first round, while Pastor Marcos did in the second.

The first phase of the competition ended with good news for Spanish interests, as ten local players agreed to play table after overcoming the first two hard days and Stroke Play. At this stage, French Gary Stahl was the only one able to match the high performance of Antonio Hortal and local golfer David Morago, all authors of 143 strokes (1 under par).

Cups of Their Majesties the King and Queen were created in 1911-the Earl of Chimera and Ellen Powers were the first champions, “but not played between 1936 and 1940 because of the Civil War. Except for the National Cup Puerta de Hierro, are the tests most veteran amateur Spanish calendar, which gives it an added prestige that goes unnoticed by foreign participants.

FINAL RESULT
Laurie Canter (ENG) beats Stiggy Hodgson (ENG) 11/10

06
Mar
11

England’s Laurie Canter wins Spains Men’s Amateur

06
Mar
11

Ireland’s Lisa Maguire wins Spanish Amateur

06
Jul
10

The R and A increase Prize Fund for The Open

How strange that on the day when it shows that the daily entrance fee for The Open at St Andrews is now £60.00,

The R and A announce an increase in prize money for some of the riches sportsmen in the world?

There is clearly no recession when it comes to the Open.

6 July 2010, St Andrews, Scotland:  The R&A has announced the prize fund for this year’s Open Championship.  The 2010 prize fund will be £4.8 million of which the Champion will receive £850,000. This represents a substantial increase in the total prize fund which had remained at £4.2 million for the last three Championships, with the Champion receiving £750,000 in each of those years.

“The Open Championship sits at the forefront of world golf and it is appropriate that our prize fund reflects that position in the game,” said The R&A’s Chief Executive, Peter Dawson.

“Over the last eighteen months we have had to take account of the Pound’s weakened position against the US Dollar and the Euro, and we have increased our prize money accordingly.”

I believe that the pound is now in good shape with the dollar.

14
Mar
10

For those who infringe copyright.

A removals firm has been ordered to pay nearly £2,000 to photographic agency Getty Images for using a copyright-protected photograph on its website. The company had removed the picture when notified by Getty Images but had not paid a requested fee.

JA Coles, of Manchester and London, used a photograph entitled ‘Mother with daughter (6-8) looking at each other and smiling’ on its website. Getty Images had a contract to market the picture on behalf of its owner, Canadian photographer Larry Williams.

Getty said in its court submission that it had used image tracking technology to detect the unauthorised use of the picture in late 2007. Getty said that it wrote to the company seeking payment for the use of the photograph. The photograph was removed from the site but JA Coles did not reply to Getty Images’ letter or pay the fee requested in int.

Getty Images sued in the High Court for copyright infringement. That case has now been settled and JA Coles has admitted that it infringed copyright by using the image and has agreed to pay damages.

The company has agreed to pay £1,953.31 in damages and interest over the use of the picture, plus Getty Images’ legal costs.

As well as the commercial rate for the use of the picture, Getty Images had originally claimed compensation for the cost of detecting the infringement; ‘insidious damages’ it said were caused because such use of its images undermines its ability to be paid in full for all its images and exploit the rights it has; and additional damages once it had more information on the full circumstance of the case.

There is no mention in the short court order issued by the High Court of additional or insidious damages.

Courts will usually award as damages the normal commercial fee that would have been paid by a company to license the image in the first place in such cases and award additional damages only where a company can show that the breach of copyright was flagrant.

16
Feb
10

Help for Heros

THE HELP FOR HEROES CHALLENGE TROPHY NAMED ‘THE LEE WESTWOOD CUP’

Lee Westwood to Patron the National Golf Club Challenge

European number one, Lee Westwood, has thrown his weight behind the 2010
National Golf Club Challenge charity golf event, in aid of Help for
Heroes.

Lee has not only agreed to show his support by becoming a patron of the
event, he has also given permission for the Challenge Trophy – being
commissioned by Wedgwood, creators of the stunning World Golf Championship
trophies – to bear his name.

Presently fourth in the Official World Golf Ranking, Lee won the inaugural
European Tour Race to Dubai, the Portugal Masters and the Dubai World
Championship in 2009. Firmly establishing himself among the current golfing
greats.

In speaking of his support for the Challenge, Lee said “Together we have
the chance to change the lives of those who have sacrificed and endured so
much so we might live full and free lives. Many brave men and women have
suffered often the most horrendous injuries in the line of duty and these
heroes deserve our wholehearted support in July.”

Lee went to say “I am honoured to become patron to the challenge and deeply
humbled to be asked by Wedgwood to name the National Golf Club Challenge
Trophy ‘The Lee Westwood Cup’ continuing Wedgwood’s long tradition of
naming their stunning trophies after some of the most iconic golfers the
world has ever seen.”

Wedgwood (and Waterford Crystal) now part of the WWRD group, have enjoyed a
long association with professional golf, producing among others, the
stunning World Golf Championship trophies for the USPGA.

“In designing the World Golf Championship trophies, not only did we want to
create beautiful trophies that would be worthy of these great tournaments,
we also wanted to create iconic pieces to which some of the great
contributors to the game of golf, pioneering players who have represented
all that is good about the game, would be pleased to lend their name.”
commented Gerry O’Keeffe, manager for Sports and Special markets at WWRD.

“From great players of the past to great players of today,” Gerry
continued. “Lee Westwood exemplifies the professionalism of the modern day
game displaying all the hallmarks of the truly great sportsman, the perfect
candidate to carry on the tradition and lend his name to another great
trophy.”

The Stunning ‘Lee Westwood Cup’ will be hand thrown and turned out of blue
Jasper and hand decorated with white bas-relies golfing and military
figures forming the main design features. The trophy will be mounted on two
blue jasper plinths and all edges hand gilded in 22 carat gold.

The trophy, now in the design phase, will go through an intensive sixteen
week process from design through modelling to construction.

The National Golf Club Challenge, to be held on the 24th and 25th July,
will bring hundreds of golf clubs, and thousands of golfers together on the
same weekend as part of a nationwide charity golf event.

Stacey Jeffries, event director, commented “The ‘Lee Westwood Cup’ will
stand as a magnificent symbol of the UK golfing community coming together
to benefit our injured armed forces.”

The format for the National Golf Club Challenge is simple; the Challenge
will coincide with each participating golf club’s monthly Stableford event.
With each club turning the day into their own charity golf event, raising
much needed funds for the Help for Heroes charity.

The competing clubs will submit their aggregate scores from their 10 best
scoring players. This will determine the top 6 golf clubs against standard
scratch, who will then be invited to compete in the National Final for some
outstanding tournament prizes, including golfing holidays to Egypt.

The Grand Final, sponsored by YourGolfTravel.com, will be held on 11th and
12th October at The Belfry, one of the world’s leading golf resorts, and
four times host to the Ryder Cup.

For more information on The National Golf Club Challenge, including how to
enter your golf club, go to http://www.nationalgolfclubchallenge.org.uk or
http://www.ngcc2010.com.

For more information on the Help for Heroes charity and the work they do
please visit their website: http://www.helpforheroes.org.uk.

09
Feb
10

Testing of the New Canon Eos 7d video system

01
Feb
10

Aussie banned for 18 Months


The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Agency says a leading Australian amateur golfer, Daniel Nisbet, 26th in the world rankings, has been given an 18-month ban by the Court of Arbitration for Sport for the possession of a prohibited substance.
The Australian Customs and Border Protection Service stopped Nisbet at Brisbane Airport on August 10 last year and seized a product in his possession listed as containing Norandrostene, an anabolic steroid. The matter was referred to ASADA as a possible violation of doping rules.
It said analysis of the seized product confirmed the presence of the banned substance dehydroepiandrosterone, a steroid also known as DHEA. ASADA said DHEA is listed as an anabolic agent on the World Anti-Doping Code prohibited list in and out of competition.
In deciding to impose a reduced 18-month sanction, ASADA said the Geneva, Switzerland-based CAS stated that Nisbet’s conduct “was not aimed at cheating in his chosen sport.”
“Among factors that the CAS took into consideration were that Nisbet was of good character, that there is no evidence he ever consumed a prohibited substance and that he fully cooperated with the investigating authorities,” ASADA said.

Image shows Nisbet during the Ashes match against England at Royal Birkdale in 2009.

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24
Dec
09

Scotland’s Carly Booth turns Pro

The phone has been red hot at the Booth family farm in Perthshire this week as the management companies battle it out for the signature of a golfer who’s been tipped for the top from the day she first picked up a club, and, what’s more, is a marketing man’s dream.
Great things have been expected of Carly Booth since becoming the youngest ladies’ club champion in Britain at the age of 11, but the race for her signature has just moved up a gear after she turned professional on the back of her success earlier this week in securing a card for the Ladies’ European Tour.

“We’ve had loads of phone calls over the past few days,” said her dad, Wally, who has been fielding the enquiries as Booth struggled through the bad weather to make her way home from the qualifying school at La Manga.
The interest in Booth’s future is no surprise. Since that ladies’ title triumph at Dunblane New, her career has been one highlight after another. At 12, she played with Sandy Lyle in the British Masters Pro-Am and at 14 she appeared in her first professional event, the Scottish Open, and finished 13th.
She was rated the No 1 junior in Europe after winning the European Junior Masters in 2007, the same year she lifted the Scottish Under-18 and Under-21 titles. In 2008, she became the youngest player to represent Great Britain & Ireland in the 76-year history of the Curtis Cup, facing the Americans in the 35th staging of that match at St Andrews.
Now she’s made people sit up and take notice yet again after becoming the youngest-ever Scot to qualify for the Ladies European Tour.
“Although Carly is still young, she has probably gained more experience between 11 and 17 than some people do in a lifetime,” said Kevin Craggs, who has worked with her over the past year in his role as the national coach for the Scottish Ladies’ Golfing Association.
“Indeed, in terms of golfing maturity she he is actually in her mid-20s.”
It is believed that Ping, the company that has supplied Lee Westwood’s clubs throughout his career, are keen to add Booth to its stable, but her preferred choice will surely be a deal with Nike, having played with its clubs since she became part of the ‘Team Faldo’ set up five years ago.
According to one agent, who works for a worldwide management company, there should be no shortage of interest in the Scot, especially as her success at the qualifying school was by no means a flash in the pan.
“I think Carly is a breath of fresh air, to be honest,” she said. “In a way, she’s non-conventional and I like that fact. She’s built up good experience and did well in the Ladies Scottish Open a couple of years back.
“She has a bright future and I’d certainly say she is very marketable. Yes, money is quite tight at the moment, but I’m sure there will be someone out there willing to back her and, what’s more, they’ll get something back from her as well.”
Craggs, one of the top coaches in Britain, reckons the switch to the professional game is exactly what Booth, who has been constantly compared to Michelle Wie, was needing and says he expects her to win early in her new career.
“People forget that Carly has been carrying expectations since she was 11 and I think there ws a spell when she was losing her appetite for the game. She wasn’t being stretched,” he added. “She needs to be stretched all the time and getting this card will certainly do that. She will embrace the life of a golf professional and I will make a prediction now that she will win very soon.”
Before embarking fully on this exciting new chapter in her life, Booth, who will need to be accompanied on Tour by a guardian until she celebrates her 18th birthday next June, has a golf scholarship to complete at Glenalmond School. She started there after returning from America, where a stay at David Leadbetter’s Academy in Florida was followed by a spell at a school in Arizona.
23
Dec
09

Tornado to the rescue!

Passengers were rescued by a steam locomotive after modern rail services were brought to a halt by the snowy conditions in south-east England.

Trains between Ashford and Dover were suspended on Monday when cold weather disabled the electric rail.

Some commuters at London Victoria faced lengthy delays until Tornado – Britain’s first mainline steam engine in 50 years – offered them a lift.

They were taken home “in style”, said the Darlington-built engine’s owners.

Train services in Kent were hit hard by the freezing conditions at the start of the week.

If any operators want to modernise their services by using steam trains, I would be happy to give them a quote
Mark Allatt, A1 Steam Locomotive Trust

The weather-related disruption included three days of cancellations for Eurostar services through the Channel Tunnel.

Tornado, a £3m Peppercorn class A1 Pacific, was in the South East for one day, offering “Christmas meal” trips from London to Dover.

Its “Cathedrals Express” service, the last mainline journey in its first year of operations, was about to depart when staff heard about the stranded passengers.

About 100 people were offered free seats, according to Mark Allatt, chairman of The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust – the charity which built Tornado.

‘All credit’

He said: “It was a nice way to finish for Christmas, though I think some of the rescued passengers didn’t realise they’d even been travelling on a steam train until they got off.”

Mr Allatt, who was on the service at the time, said he only saw a handful of other trains between London and Dover throughout Monday.

He added: “If any of the train operators want to modernise their services by using steam trains, I would be happy to give them a quote.”

A spokesman for Southeastern Trains congratulated Mr Allatt on his “moment of glory”.

He said: “I’m sure those passengers were saved from a lengthy wait, all credit to him.”

17
Dec
09

Nigel Edwards new Walker Cup Captain

Nigel Edwards has been appointed as the Captain of the Great Britain and Ireland team that will face the United States of America at Royal Aberdeen Golf Club in the 2011 Walker Cup Match. Edwards will also captain the GB&I team as they take on the Continent of Europe in the St Andrews Trophy Match at Castelconturbia Golf Club, Italy, next year.

A long-time member of Whitchurch Golf Club, he has played in four successive Walker Cup Matches between 2001 and 2007, winning four matches, losing five and tying three.

“I am delighted to have been invited to be the next Great Britain and Ireland Walker Cup Captain. It is a great honour for me, my family and for Welsh Golf, and I look forward to the challenges that lie ahead,” said Edwards.

“The goal is to win back the Walker Cup at Royal Aberdeen and I will lead the team with great pride and enthusiasm. I will put all of my Walker Cup experience to good use in ensuring that the team selected prepares well and performs to the very best of its ability.

“The Walker Cup is a great sporting spectacle that conjures up moments and experiences that will live with players for their entire careers and I am really excited about continuing my involvement with the match.”

Edwards was instrumental in GB&I’s 2003 victory at Ganton Golf Club, holing a 30-yard putt from off the green at the 17th to ensure overall victory and finishing as that match’s leading points-scorer. In 2005 and 2007, the 41-year-old was part of GB&I teams that suffered defeat to the USA by a single point.

“Nigel is absolutely the right person to regain the Walker Cup in 2011 and we are delighted that he has accepted the invitation,” said Chairman of Selectors, Tony Disley. “Not only will his extensive recent experience and outstanding record in team golf ensure the respect and admiration of his players, but his enthusiasm and determination to succeed will prove an invaluable asset at Royal Aberdeen.”

In addition to his Walker Cup successes, Edwards has been part of three victorious GB&I teams in the St Andrews Trophy and part of two winning European teams in the Bonallack Trophy against Asia/Pacific. He also won the Home Internationals and the European Nations Cup with Wales in 2002.

Edwards is the Director of Player Development and Coaching at the Golf Union of Wales, taking responsibility for directing player development and managing the provision of coaching for elite players and national teams. He is still ranked just outside the top 100 amateur players in the world (103rd) according to the World Amateur Golf Ranking, and he has been in possession of nine amateur course records including those of Royal Lytham & St Annes and the New and Jubilee courses at St Andrews.

30
Nov
09

David Law injury

One of Scotland’s most promising young golfers has been brutally attacked in Aberdeen city centre.
David Law, pictured right, could not attend an award ceremony on Saturday night when he was due to be honoured for winning both the Scottish men’s amateur championship and the Scottish boys’ match-play championship as he was still nursing his injuries.
A city councillor labelled those responsible for the assault “the scum of the earth.”
The 18-year-old was knocked unconscious when he was punched in Union Street early on Thursday. He was then kicked repeatedly as he lay on the ground.
Law was taken to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary and treated for cuts and bruises and received stitches on his face.
The attack happened near the junction with Bon Accord Street about 2.15am.
The golfer said: “I was knocked unconscious by the first punch and the next thing I can remember is being helped up off the ground by my friends.
“The side of my face and lip are swollen and scraped. I had to have two stitches above my lip and my left hand is also badly swollen. It could have been much worse.”
He had returned the day before from Argentina where he had been competing in two international tournaments over two weeks.
Law, of Stanley Street, in the Queen’s Cross area of Aberdeen, had been invited to accept a special award at its annual dinner at The Marcliffe Hotel on Saturday evening from the North-east District Association of the Scottish Golf Union to mark his double championship success.
He chose not to attend the event as his face is still badly bruised and swollen.
City centre councillor Bill Cormie called the attackers “the scum of the earth.”
“Our reputation in Aberdeen city centre at night is really becoming very, very serious,” he said. “These despicable beatings on fellow human beings cannot go on.”
One of the attackers had ginger hair and wore a black top with blue jeans, while the other had brown hair and wore a white top with blue jeans. Both were described as in their mid-30s.

30
Nov
09

Lloyd adds another trophy

Lloyd pips team-mate Lewis to Abu Dhabi title
Boy international Chris Lloyd beat his England team-mate Tom Lewis to win the Abu Dhabi Junior Championship, presented by the Daily Telegraph, despite trailing by four strokes early in the final round.
Lloyd carded a closing 68 for an 11-under-par tally of 205, finishing a stroke ahead of Lewis, whose 73 was his worst return of the week.
Lewis, the British and English boy champion from Welwyn Garden City, had looked like completing a convincing victory after opening with a 64 before adding a 69 to lead Lloyd by four strokes going into the final round.
That still seemed the outcome as Lewis secured two early birdies, however the gap was back to four after six holes and with a two-shot swing on the eighth Lewis’ lead was cut to two as they played the ninth.
There, Lloyd birdied and he also picked up a shot on the tenth to leave the two pals level with eight to play.
When Lewis failed to match par on the 12th, Lloyd led for the first time and that remained the position to the 16th where Lloyd birdied again to increase his lead to two.
However, Lloyd dropped a shot at 17 which meant Lewis needed a birdie at the last to tie. But he could only match Lloyd’s par which left the Bristolian from The Kendleshire to take the title by the narrowest of margins.
The sheer quality of golf displayed by the two England lads over the three days was underlined by the fact that the third placed boy, Tomasz Anderson was 14 strokes further back.
It was Lloyd’s sixth win of 2009 and he said: “I like to chase a game as I’m quite an aggressive player, so today suited me fine. Over the last nine I was playing some good shots and just playing steady and straight.”
The girls’ title went to Alex Peters (Notts Ladies) with a closing 69 for 211, five under par. She won by five strokes from Lincolnshire’s Jess Wilcox and by eight from Woodhall Spa’s Holly Clyburn and Heidi Baek from Suffolk.

29
Nov
09

Abu Dhabi Junior Championship

LEWIS AND PETERS TAKE FOUR SHOT LEADS INTO FINAL DAY OF
ABU DHABI JUNIOR GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP

ABU DHABI, November 28, 2009: Round two of the 2009 Abu Dhabi Junior Golf championship (ADJGC), presented by The Daily Telegraph, lived up to its billing as the world’s best junior tournament with Tom Lewis and Alexandra Peters taking four shot leads into the final day of the boys and girls competitions.

After an incredible round of eight under on day one of the boys championship, Tom Lewis found himself under increasing pressure from his main competitor, Chris Lloyd, on day two. Lloyd started the day with three birdies, and recorded another three successive birdies on the 15th, 16th and 17th holes to finish seven under. This places him just four shots behind Lewis, who maintained his record of not dropping a hole to end the round on eleven under. Ross Mitchell sits in third place on level par.

“I didn’t feel that I played well today, but I still shot three under and would certainly have taken this position going into the final day before we started,” said Lewis. “Chris played really well to keep the pressure on, and I think this will be good as it will help me to stay really focussed for the final round.”

Making history by becoming the first UAE golfer to participate in the tournament, Dubai-based Joe Neale struggled to make an impact and ended the day on fifteen over.

In the battle for the girls championship, 16 year-old Alexandra Peters opened a clear lead on day two. Starting the day on one under, she opened up a four shot lead over the chasing pack to end on two under. Strong driving was the key for Peters, who earlier this year represented England in the European Girls Team Championships, as she ended the day ahead of her closest rivals Sophie Godley and Holly Clyburn both on two over.

“I was really happy with my play overall, although disappointed to take three putts on the final green. I’m looking forward to tomorrow and just going out and seeing what I can do,” said Peters. Commenting on the venue for the ADJGC, she added: “the course is absolutely superb. I played here last year too, and it is really nice to play in such good conditions.”

29
Sep
09

Irvin to be new President

GOLF/BRITISH LADIESLancashire’s Ann Irvin is to be the next President of the English Women’s Golf Association. She will take up office at the AGM next January.

“This is the most amazing honour. It is the greatest honour that England can give me and I am just so proud,” said Ann, who enjoyed a stellar career as one of the country’s foremost amateurs.

Most recently Ann has been a selector for both England and Great Britain & Ireland. She has also been president and captain of Lancashire and is an honorary member of her county; of her home club, Royal Lytham & St Annes;  and also of Lytham Green Drive Golf Club.

During her term in office Ann will actively support EWGA’s efforts to connect with its members and highlight the work the association does on behalf of England’s women club golfers.

“I feel very strongly that our members in clubs, counties and regions are most important and much valued by the association. Our elite players are also a very important part of what we do, they are our showcase,  but they tend to come and go very quickly. Our grass roots members are with us for a lifetime.”

Ann took up golf in her teens and went on to become English and British champion and to be a key member of national and international teams over a 15-year period.

She was in four Curtis Cup teams between 1962 and 1976 and was selected for a fifth, but injury prevented her from taking up her place. She played for GB&I in eight Vagliano Trophy matches against the Continent of Europe, and on five occasions was in the winning team. She twice helped Great Britain to win the Commonwealth Tournament.

Ann played for England in 11 Home Internationals – the team won 10 times – and six European team championships, winning a gold medal on three occasions.

Looking back, she says: “My proudest moment was the 1968 Curtis Cup in Ireland, when I was playing top in all the matches and halved one and won the rest. My best moment was winning my British championship at Carnoustie in 1973. That was the pinnacle for me.”

Ann’s playing career came to an end in 1977 because of back problems. She remained involved with golf for some years, as Lancashire county captain in 1979 and as GB&I captain in the World Amateur Team Championship of 1982. After a break from the game she returned as Lancashire president from 2002-04 and then accepted a role as a national and international selector.

She will succeed Elizabeth Earnshaw OBE as EWGA President at the association’s AGM on 13 January 2010

19
Jul
09

Tom Watson Leads the Open

watsonFor much of the third round at Turnberry today, Tom Watson showed the whippersnappers how to hit a golf ball off the pinched seaside turf. He shaped his shots with the precision of Rodin knocking a few chips out of a block of marble. Watson has been telling us all week that he can win this darned thing and we are finally starting to believe him.
We thought TW might win the Open this year, but we did not think TW would turn out to be Tom Watson. He said: “This old geezer might have a chance to win the tournament. It’s like Greg Norman last year. I know that my friend Jack [Nicklaus] is watching. It would be something special if I do what I intend to do.”
Watson revealed that as he walked up the 18th fairway he told his caddie: “Bruce is with us today.” Bruce is Watson’s former caddie Bruce Edwards, who died of Lou Gehrig’s disease a few years ago. It was a wonder that Watson could still two-putt through the tears.
Asked if he would be nervous going into the final round, Watson said: “I didn’t feel real nervous out there today. I guess serene is the right word for it. It ended on a real good note again. I feel like my nerves are too well fried to feel [any more]. Let’s just go with what I got.”

01
Jun
09

Fleetwood takes Scottish Title

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England’s Tommy Fleetwood stormed to victory this afternoon at the Bidwells Scottish Stroke Play Championship hosted at Murcar Links, after posting his fourth consecutive sub par round in the tournament.

Fleetwood claimed his first national title extending his third round 3 shot lead to 8 shots over Perthshire’s Gavin Dear, the leading Scot and his nearest rival.

Fleetwood, who led the field from day one along with his English foursomes partner Matt Haines, continued to exert his dominance over the field which contained 13 other Walker Cup squad players including two World Champions, over the following two days.

With an opening 5 under par 66, which set a new course record over the longer layout at the Aberdeenshire links – which stood for 24 hours – followed by rounds of 69 and 67 plus a further 66 saw the Formby Hall player finish 16 under for the tournament.

Records continued to tumble as Fleetwood’s four round aggregate of 268 beat the previous tournament best total of 269 set back in 2004 at Lundin by Richie Ramsay – incidentally the previous course record holder at Murcar in it’s former layout.

The 18 year old current English Counties Champion and runner up in last year’s British Amateur, said, “For three holes on the bounce I didn’t hit one good shot at any of them but still manage to get birdies at all of them. The first time I looked at the leaderboard I was 17 under and then I dropped a shot but it was my only bogey of the day and nothing could go wrong for me today.

“It is probably the best four rounds I have strung together, certainly in a big event like this and I was feeling pretty tired towards the end. I have enjoyed a pretty solid season so far this year and this win might help put me on the plane to Merion for the Walker Cup later this year.”

With a number of R&A selectors including GB&I Walker Cup captain Colin Dalgleish in the galleries for the past few days, Fleetwood’s awesome performance will certainly have boosted his chances.

22
May
09

Heather plays in Mens Tourney

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Heather MacRae has become the first woman in 76 years to qualify for a Scottish professional golf event – and thinks the publicity will do it good.

The assistant professional at Gullane in East Lothian will play in the SPGA Championship at Gleneagles in June.

MacRae, 25, becomes the first woman to participate in the competition since Lossiemouth’s Meg Farqhuar in 1933.

“A women taking part will certainly make it interesting,” said MacRae. “We’ll see what the reaction is like.”

The former British women’s amateur stroke-play champion came through 18 holes at Downfield in Dundee by recording a two-over-par 75 to qualify for the £55,000 tournament, which will be held at Gleneagles from 25-28 June.

Now that I have qualified in a good position, I have to aim to at least make the cut and take it from there
Heather MacRae

“I have played a few competitions on the men’s circuit already, but this was my main goal,” said MacRae.

“Now that I have qualified in a good position, and I know it could have been better, I have to aim to at least make the cut and take it from there.”

Aberdour’s Antonia Ffinch, the other female competitor in the field, failed to qualify after posting an 89.

But MacRae’s older brother, Andrew, who is one of the professionals at Gleneagles, will also be taking part.

12
May
09

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04
May
09

Robinson looks for a Walker Cup spot

sport.golfJAMES Robinson was today celebrating the biggest win of his burgeoning career after becoming the first Lancastrian to capture the Lytham Trophy, one of amateur golf’s four majors, for nearly a quarter of a century.

And the 20-year-old from Gathurst, who held off an international field to claim the title by a shot after a nerve-wracking finish, is hoping the watching Walker Cup selectors will have marked his card.

“It would be a dream to be picked for the squad,” said the Southport and Ainsdale member.

“It will be up to me to take the form to the British Amateur at Formby next month to give myself a chance. And that will be like playing in my back garden.”

Robinson was beaten in the English Amateur Championship two years ago but his performance earned him a place in the national set-up, although he has yet to earn his first cap.

That honour won’t be far away after finishing on seven-over-par for the four rounds at the tough Royal Lytham and St Annes links ahead of Welshman Benjamin Westgate whose countryman Ben Enoch was killed in a car accident on his way to the tournament last Thursday.

There’s not been a regional winner since Mike Walls, from Hillside, in 1985 but Robinson’s success was further proof of strength of Lancashire golf following David Corsby’s triumph in the West of Ireland Amateur Championship two weeks ago.

And he attributed part of his success to Monton-born Adrian Fryer, his coach at Warrington Drivetime.

Blazer

“I’d been struggling a bit and he put my swing on to a better plane,” he said.

“I played solid all day and did not make many mistakes,” he added after coolly pitching out of the rough to six feet to save his par on the last hole. But he had an anxious wait as Walker Cup cert Dale Whitnell kept on his tail until be bogeyed the relatively easy 16th hole to slip back into the pack.

Robinson also revealed that he took the advice from his dad Lindsay, his caddie, and mum Elizabeth to leave his blazer at home because he had never won anything in the past when he took it to an event.

“It’s just as well I did not have to get changed for the presentation,” he quipped.

In the best finish by regional players for years, Heysham’s Jack Senior tied third and county champion Tommy Fleetwood, from Formby Hall, was also in the top 10,

01
May
09

Welsh Golf Pays tribute to BEN ENOCH

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Ben in action at the recent Duncan Putter championship

Welsh golf has reacted with shock to the tragic news of the death in a car accident of Wales international Ben Enoch.

Chief executive Richard Dixon summed up the feelings by saying, “Everyone is devastated by the news. Our thoughts are with the family at this terribly sad time.

“Ben was one of the most promising golfers in Wales, a bright and vibrant personality in our teams.

“He had a chance of getting into the Walker Cup team this season, such was his talent, and would surely have represented Great Britain and Ireland at some stage before enjoying a career in professional golf.

“For this accident to happen just a few days after his 19th birthday is heartbreaking. He had such a bright future ahead of him.”

Enoch was runner-up in the Welsh Amateur Championship last summer and had a strong start to this season challenging in all events.

He was due to go to the United States later in the year to take up a golf scholarship at East Tennessee university, where his older brother Rhys is already a student. Rhys is also a Wales international golfer.

Last summer Ben was part of the Great Britain and Ireland Boys team which won the Jacques Leglise Trophy against the continent of Europe. He also won the Clwyd Amateur last season.

Ben Enoch was based in Truro and attended Truro College, but represented the Wales Boys teams in 2006 and 2007, representing the Wales senior team in 2008 and 2009.

25
Apr
09

Zuel takes time to caddy

sport.golfHenrietta Zuel, the 19 years old European Ladies Tour player, took time off from her schedule to caddy for her partner, Matt Floyd of Truro in the 2009 West of England Open Amateur Championship over the famous East course at Saunton in North Devon.

Now living in Bath, Henni, has  earnings of nearly 40,000 euros already in her short professional career. Her best result being 3rd in the 2008 Wales Ladies Championship.

17
Apr
09

Max Smith wins Mcevoy Trophy

generalMax Smith from Newbury Racecourse showed cool nerves to secure the Peter McEvoy Trophy in adverse conditions yesterday at Copt Heath. Max, who had played some wonderful golf throughout the tournament came to the penultimate hole level with Truro’s Billy Downing at four under par. However, a great drive and a world class approach left him a six foot birdie put, which he converted to seal victory from Downing after a solid par four at eighteenth. England Boys had a great tournament with nine England squad members finishing in the top twenty. Click here for full results

13
Apr
09

Triple tie for Title

sport.golfFor the first time in its 50 year history the Duncan Putter was shared by three players, Sam Mattson, Ben Westgate and Matthew Haines, all finishing on a record equalling total of  274 (6 under par).

In conditions that have never been seen before at the club, perfect Easter Holiday weather, a cloudless sky and more significantly no wind the chance of low scoring was clearly on the cards.

Sam Matton (Bowood) went into the final round with a 5 shot advantage over the field but his lead was gradually eroded as Matt Haines (Rochester and Cobham) and Welshman Ben Westgate (Trevose) came through strongly to level the scores.

Westgate a member of the 2009 Walker cup squad almost made the title his own when his approach to the 18th struck the pin and ended 20 feet from the hole – he was further frustrated when his birdie putt lipped out.

Haines, recent winner of the Berkhamsted Trophy and also a Walker cup squad member, had the best final round of 65 to go with his 67, 74 and 68.

Matton, who nearly pulled out of the championship due to a family beareavement showed great courage in putting together rounds of 70, 67, 66 and 71.

Defending champion, Nigel Edwards, looking for a hat-trick of titles made every effort to retain the title but his first round total of 72 made it an up hill task and eventually ended up in 5th place with a total of 277.

Ben Enoch (Truro) led after the first two rounds but struggled in the final days play to end in 8th place on 280. However took the special prize for being the best Welsh under 21 player.

05
Apr
09

2009 Berkhamsted Trophy

sport.golfLate birdies earn Haines 50th Berkhamsted Trophy

Matt Haines is in a rich vein of form. Having won all four of his matches in England’s win over Spain two weeks earlier, the Kent man came from behind to win the 50th Berkhamsted Trophy.

A run of three birdies at the 14th, 15th and 16th spearheaded his winning surge in a closing 68 for 138, four under par, and a one-shot winning margin over England team-mate Jamie Abbott with Yorkshire’s Sam Haywood third on 140.

In perfect Spring sunshine and watched by 77-year-old Hew Squirrell, the first Berkhamsted winner back in 1960, it seemed the trophy was a straight fight between Abbott and Haywood. But Haines’ birdie burst took everyone by surprise.

“I knew Jamie was three under through 27 holes and I felt that five under was likely to win,” said Haines. “I had chances at the final holes and the one at the last from 15 feet missed by an inch.

“But this is a good start to my season after the four wins in Spain and hopefully a little closer to a Walker Cup place.”

Surrey’s Alex Christie led at lunch after a splendid 67, one better than Abbott, Haywood and Jonathan Bell. But he soon shed that advantage in the afternoon and closed with 75 for 142.

England boy cap Tom Lewis looked at one stage he might give Hertfordshire its first winner since Luke Donald in 1996. But after playing the back nine in 33 with an eagle and three birdies, spoilt by a double-bogey at 16, he came home in 39 for 145.

Abbott, who also started his second round from the tenth, was going well but two three-putts pulled him back although he finished well with a birdie-three at the ninth for a level-par 71. That set the target at three under.

“I played well all day but I didn’t hole anything,” he said. “I had chances but the ball wouldn’t drop.”

Shortly after Abbott finished news filtered through of Haines’ birdie hat-trick. The first two were with putts of reasonable distance but the one at 16 was from around 35 feet.

It was a perfect way to win a title and as the Rochester & Cobham teenager said: “Hopefully there will be a few more good finished to come.”

Leading final scores:
138 M Haines (Rochester & Cobham) 70 68
139 J Abbott (Fynn Valley) 68 71
140 S Haywood (Rotherham) 68 72
141 J Barnes (Chart Hills) 74 67, D Wright (Rowlands Castle) 72 69, J Bell (Royal Blackheath) 68 73
142 M Williams (Cuddington) 72 70, A Christie (Tyrrells Wood) 67 75
143 R Caldwell (Sunningdale) 74 69, E Pepperell (Drayton Park) 70 73

31
Mar
09

Hannah triumphs again

golfEngland international Hannah Barwood was the runaway winner of the U21 girls’ title at the Faldo Series Asia Final at Mission Hills in China.

Hannah – the reigning English champion – adds this to the Faldo Series girls’ title which she won in Brazil at the end of last year.

“It was wonderful to win,” said Hannah, who plays at Knowle in Gloucestershire. “I knew I had a chance, but I also know how good the Asian players are. It was really special to go out there and do it.”

The Gloucestershire golfer was 15 shots clear of her closest rival and was helped to victory by a hole-in-one. Hannah, 18, used a pitching wedge for her shot to the island green on the 113-yard 16th on the Faldo course.

It was the first ace to be scored in a Faldo Series Asia final and Nick Faldo signed both a certificate and Hannah’s golf ball.

This was Hannah’s seventh hole-in-one and her fourth in competition. She achieved her sixth during practice at The Kendleshire just before she flew to China. “My last shot before I went to China was a hole-in-one, I looked up and said to my dad that it was a shame it had come a week early!”

Hannah was the only European girl in the competition, which was contested by players from nine Asian countries. “It was a really good experience. Normally when I go to a tournament the majority of the players are British and there’s just a few groups of foreigners. To experience it the other way round was really good.”

She also had the experience of bettering Nick Faldo. The six-times Major winner spent two days with the competitors and during a short-game clinic he challenged Hannah and one of the boys to take him on – playing bunker flop shots with a thre e-iron.

“I beat Nick and then on that same day I had my hole-in-one. It turned out to be a good day!”

The 54-hole final was preceded each day by storms and there were also some downpours during play. The course was long and demanding but Hannah was pleased with her play for scores of 76, 75, 75. “I played really well all week, I just had a few bad holes which pushed me over par.”

Overall she described the trip as: “Absolutely brilliant, it was amazing, a fantastic place.

29
Mar
09

The Formby Leveret

generalOn the last Saturday in March, once again the weather stayed fair for the Leveret 36 hole scratch trophy at Formby Ladies Golf Club. An icy wind blew quite menacingly from the Northwest all day and with temperatures failing to make double figures the course proved too stern a test for the majority of the field.
Cori Lee,  from the West Lancashire Golf Club scored an extremely impressive 71 +70 = 141 and was a very worthy winner in the highest quality field the Leveret has seen.
Of the 54 competitors, 20 were off scratch or better and the highest handicap was 3. This confirms how highly the players rate the opening event of the season and how determined they are to master the challenging course that tests so many of their golfing skills.n the morning the CSS rose from 72 to 74 then to 73 in the afternoon as the sun tried hard to shine & the wind dropped slightly. Cori Lee was chased all day by her playing partner, Holly Clyburn, Woodhall Spa who will rue the 3 times she hit the flagstick in the afternoon round without the ball ever disappearing. Holly was only 2 shots adrift after 14 holes in the afternoon but Cori then showed her class by covering the last 4 holes in par to steady the ship and regain the trophy she won in 2006.
The experienced Emma Brown, Malton & Norton had a consistent 74 + 74 = 148 for third place. In fourth place young Emily Taylor, Royal Lytham did much to impress the Lancashire & England selectors with rounds of 75 + 76 = 151 proving how well she copes with difficult conditions.
The Leveret is well supported by many teenagers and 13 year old Charley Hull from Kettering showed how talented a player she already is. Playing off 3 handicap her 76 + 77 = 153 placed her 6th equal in the scratch event and winner outwith the main prize winners of the aggregate handicap prize. Formby Ladies hopes Charley and all this year’s field will return next year.

FULL RESULTS
141 CORI LEE (71,70)
145 HOLLY CLYBURN (73,72)
148 EMMA BROWN (74,74)
151 EMILY TAYLOR (75,76)
152 CHARLOTTE WILD (76,76)
153 LAURA COLLIN (80,73), NAOMI EDWARDS (78,75), CHARLEY HULL (76,77), NIKKI DUNN (74,79), KATE WHITMORE (74,79)
154 RACHEL CONNOR (81,73), NATASHA GOBEY (79,75), EMMA CLEGG (77,77), TARA DAVIES (77,77), CHARLOTTE ELLIS (76,78)
155 AMY BOULDEN (80,75), CAROLINE MARRON (78,77), ELIZABETH MALLETT (76,79), ELLIE ROBINSON (75,80)
156 TILLY HOLDER (81,75), ALEXANDRA PETERS (80,76), SARA GARBUTT (79,77)
157 KIM CROOKS (81,76), NATALIE LOWE (80,77), ABBEY GITTENS (79,78), NIKKI FOSTER (78,79), Sarah Attwood (77,80)
158 KATIE BEST (83,75), CHARLOTTE DALTON (82,76), EMMA GODDARD (81,77)
159 JANE BINNING (85,74), KYM LARRATT (82,77)
160 RACHEL GOODALL (84,76), SAMANTHA BIRKS (83,77), SARAH WALTON (81,79)
161 JENNA BIRCH (84,77), CHARLIE DOUGLASS (84,77), HELEN SEARLE (82,79), MARIE ALLEN (82,79), Kelly Tidy (80,81), BRONTE LAW (79,82)
162 Laura Harvey (80,82)
163 JESSICA RIGBY (84,79)
164 AMY SKOULDING (85,79), RACHEL DRUMMOND (81,83)
165 LISA BARTON (85,80)
166 BRONWYN DAVIES (81,85), BROGAN TOWNEND (81,85)
167 ANNA CARLING (83,84), CLAIRE MACDONALD (83,84), KAREN HEYWOOD (79,88)
170 REBECCA MCGINLEY (84,86)
184 CHARLOTTE AUSTWIC (95,89)

23
Mar
09

England win in Spain

sport.golfFOURSOMES THE KEY TO ENGLAND’S SUCCESS IN SPAIN

England completed their 12th victory in 13 internationals with Spain going back to 1985 when they came out on top in the biennial match at La Reserva in Sotogrande.

After going into the second and final day 7-5 ahead, England completed a 13½ – 10½ victory to give new captain Colin Edwards a winning start in charge.

“I am extremely proud to get a win in Spain and captaining my country for the first time was an awesome experience,” he said.

The two morning sessions of foursomes provided the foundation for England’s success. On each occasion they came out on top 3-1, while the first day singles were drawn and Spain edged the final series 4½ – 3½.

England’s top scorer was Matt Haines with a 100% record from his four matches, while Charlie Ford maintained his good form with 3½ point from four while Tommy Fleetwood scored three from four.

The only occasion Spain has won this fixture was four years ago at Puerta de Hierro when they won 15-8. In 2007, England got back to winning ways with a 16-8 win at Royal Ashdown Forest.

Results
Day One
Foursomes (England names first): S Hutsby & D Whitnell lost to J F Sarasti & C Pigem 1 hole; T Fleetwood & M Haines bt P Erice & M Cobo 6&5; C Ford & T Adcock bt S Garcia & F Pintor 2&1; L Goddard & E Pepperell bt A Hortal & P Oriol 1 hole

Singles: Hutsby bt Sarasti 5&4; Whitnell bt Pigem 4&2; Fleetwood lost to B Virto 3&1; Ford bt Cobo 5&3; J Abbott lost to Erice 3&2; Haines bt Garcia 2&1; Adcock lost to Oriol 1 hole; Goddard lost to Hortal 1 hole

England 7 Spain 5

Day Two
Foursomes: Hutsby & Whitnell lost to Sarasti & Pigem 2 holes; Ford & Adcock bt Erice & Virto 4&3; Fleetwood & Haines bt Oriol & Hortal 5&3; Goddard & Pepperell bt Cobo & Garcia 5&4

Singles: Hutsby lost to Pigem 2&1; Whitnell lost to Sarasti 2&1; Pepperell lost to Hortal 2&1; Ford halved with Pintor; Haines bt Virto 1 hole; Abbott bt Garcia 4&3; Fleetwood bt Erice 3&2; Goddard lost to Oriol 1 hole

England 6½ Spain 5½

Overall: England 13½ Spain 10½

22
Mar
09

England take a 7-5 lead into final day against Spain

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Halfway through the friendly international match between England and Spain at La Reserva Golf Club in Sotogrande, Spain, England has taken the lead 7-5 going into Sunday’s final 36 holes. It was a day when a cool breeze kept the windcheaters on and one could say that the state of some of the matches varied with the wind. Having made the 9 hole turn in the morning foursomes up in all four matches England allowed the Spanish team to come back and take one of the points as the team of Hutsby/Whitnell lost their match. Both Hutsby and Whitnell came back strong in the afternoon singles though with comfortable wins early to try and lead their fellow teammates. With Haines and Ford following in their footsteps and the other four matches turning to Spain the afternoon was tied in a half. Charlie Ford and Matt Haines both captured two points by winning their respective two matches. For full results of day one click here.

Tomorrow’s final day will begin with foursomes at 09.00 local Spanish time. Sunday foursomes:

Sam Hutsby/Dale Whitnell – Juan Fco. Sarasti/Carlos Pigem

Charlie Ford/Todd Adcock – Pedro Erice/Borja Virto

Tommy Fleetwood/Matt Haines – Pedro Oriol/Antonio Hortal

Luke Goddard/Eddie Pepperell – Moises Cobo/Sebastian garcia R.

19
Mar
09

WOODS FEE UPSETS THE AUSSIES

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Tiger Woods will play his first tournament in Australia for more than a decade later this year but it has sparked a row over his appearance fee.

Woods is reportedly being paid $3m (£2.1m) to compete in November’s Australian Masters but there is concern it will impact on other events.

Australia’s former Open winner Peter Thomson said: “In my view it’s going to damage our national Open.

“He won’t be playing in that but it sucks up potential sponsorship.”

The Australian Open takes place two weeks after the Masters in Melbourne. But Stuart Appleby, one of Australia’s leading players, said Woods would have a positive influence on the local circuit.

“It will be great for the game and bring out a lot of people who haven’t seen him before, in person, not on a video game,” he said.

“There’s a lot of people hurting in Australia, and they might look negatively that one guy is paid $3m just to turn up.

“The common man won’t understand the business model because the government is paying for it. They might not see the money he brings in.”

The Victoria state tax payers will reportedly cover half the cost of Woods’ visit via the government support for the event.

But state premier John Brumby predicted Woods’ appearance would earn $19m (£9m) in economic benefits.

It will be Woods’ fourth tournament appearance down under and first since the 1998 Presidents Cup, when the US lost to the International team at Royal Melbourne.

22
Feb
09

Englishman wins Portugese Amateur

whitnellEngland provided four of the top seven finishers in the championship, including both participants in the sudden-death play-off which was required after Dale Whitnell from Five Lakes, Essex tied with compatriot Jamie Abbot (Fynn Valley, Suffolk) on six-under-par 210.
Twenty-year-old Whitnell won the play-off with a birdie at the second extra hole.

He had rounds of 71, 68 and 71, starting off his final round in glorious style with an eagle 3. Birdies at the fifth and seventh, either side of a bogey at the sixth, were cancelled out by a double bogey 6 at the eighth, which put him out in 35 but he fell back to level par again with a bogey at the 11th.
Eventually, it was a birdie at the 16th that got Whitnell into the play-off.
Abbot scored 73, 69 and 68 with birdies in his final round at the third, seventh, ninth, 11th, 13th and 14th. He had bogeys at the fourth, eighth and, crucially, another at the 15th. A par there would have won him the title with a total of 209. But 33 home for 68 put him on 210 and into a play-off situation.
Dutchman Reinier Saxton, winner of the British Amateur title at Turnberry last year, finished third with a closing 70 for 212, two strokes out of the play-off.
Luke Goddard, winner of the Argentine title in December was a creditable joint fourth on 213 with a second Dutchman, Jurrian Van Der Vaart who played the American college circuit for four years with first the University of Minnesota before a transfer to Virginia Tech.
Jurrian led the field after 36 holes but nosedived to a 76 with the pressure on over the final 18 holes.
Sam Hutsby was the fourth Englishman in the picture. He finished joint sixth with defending champion Pedro Figueiredo of Portugal on 214.

19
Feb
09

Norman Forrest is the new EGU President

forrest1Norman Forrest, a long-serving member of the Lancashire Union of Golf Clubs, has been installed as President of the English Golf Union at its annual general meeting at Woodhall Spa.
As he succeeds Roy Case at the helm of the EGU, Forrest hopes his year in office will see more golf clubs taking advantage of the many facilities the Union has to offer.
Norman says: “I would encourage all clubs to take advantage of the support available and also to attend the many seminars, road shows and workshops held throughout the country on a range of subjects of interest to golf club administrators.
“Remember, YOU are the English Golf Union and we are here to support you.”
Norman is keen to underline the fact that he is first and foremost ‘a club man’ and to that end he knows the many areas in which clubs can help themselves through the diverse areas of golf that the EGU provides.
He is also keen to see clubs reverse the trend of diminishing memberships in difficult economic times.
“It is ironic that whilst interest in golf is increasing, membership of our clubs is on the decline,” he adds. “We must all work together to remedy this trend. I know it is uppermost in the minds of our Chief Executive and the EGU Board. Let us hope we are successful in our efforts but we must also ensure that it is not at the expense of the standards and traditions that we hold so dear.”
Norman, 73, is a retired director of a Bolton-based family business specialising in all types of structural timberwork. He is a past Captain, Honorary Life Member and Trustee of Walmersley Golf Club and a member of Royal Lytham & St Anne’s Golf Club.
A Past President of the Bury and District Golf Association, he was President of Lancashire in 1992 and is still active as a member of its Administration Committee. He was the Lancashire representative on the EGU Council in 1995 and 1996 and on the EGU’s Executive from 2003-2005, serving on Finance and Presidents Advisory Committees.
Currently he is a Director and Chairman of the EGU’s Property Company Ltd and has been since 2005. He admits to being a golfer of limited ability, currently playing off an 18 handicap and rising but a strong supporter of etiquette and standards within the game.
Norman is married to Eva and they have three children and six grandchildre

07
Feb
09

English Champion in 2009 Walker Cup Squad

08engamScotland’s World Amateur Team Championship winners, Wallace Booth and Gavin Dear, have been included in the Great Britain & Ireland squad ahead of September’s Walker Cup. The final team of ten players to face the USA will be selected in August.

The two young Scots who, together with Callum Macaulay, lifted the Eisenhower Trophy in Australia last October, form part of a 28-man group that will meet at Formby Golf Club on 28 & 29 April. Also in the 2009 squad is Welshman, Nigel Edwards, who will be attempting to reach his fifth consecutive Walker Cup and England’s Thomas Sherreard, second-placed amateur and 19th overall at The 2008 Open Championship.

Other selected individuals include Sherreard’s compatriot, Tommy Fleetwood, runner-up at last year’s Amateur Championship; Shane Lowry, Paul Cutler and Niall Kearney, all members of Ireland’s winning team at the 2008 European Amateur Team Championships; and Welsh brothers Ben and Rhys Enoch.  The current English Amateur champion, Todd Adcock is one of ten Englishmen to be selected. (image © Tom Ward)

“As a squad, we go into the 2009 season with a lot of confidence,” commented Walker Cup Captain, Colin Dalgleish. “Great Britain & Ireland currently have both the reigning European and World Amateur Team Championship winners and we have over half of the players that won those events in the talented group we have assembled.”

“Only Nigel Edwards has had previous Walker Cup experience but all of the selected individuals have plenty of team match play under their belts,” added Chairman of Selectors, Tony Disley. “A large proportion have also spent extended periods playing college golf in the States and we hope this will pay dividends at Merion.”

The 2009 Walker Cup will take place at Merion Golf Club, Pennsylvania, on 12 & 13 September. Merion is famous for having hosted more USGA championship tournaments than any other and for being the place where Bobby Jones completed his 1930 Grand Slam.

04
Feb
09

Lloyd goes to Texas

lloydChris Lloyd, one of the most talented youngsters in England, will represent the English Golf Union (EGU) in the HP Boys Championship at Carlton Woods in Texas on 14th – 16th February.

The 17 year old from Bristol will compete in an international field of 78 players over 54 holes of stroke play over the Fazio-designed Championship Course.

Lloyd (photo ©   Tom Ward) has enjoyed a steady rise on the national scene since winning the Gloucestershire under 15 title in 2004. He finished tied third in the weather-curtailed Reid Trophy at Gosforth in 2006 and has been an Under 16 International for the past two years.

In 2007, The Kendleshire golfer won the South West Boys Under 16 Championship, tied first in the North of England Under 16 Championship and won the Hazards Salver for the best score by an Under 16 when finished runner-up in the Carris Trophy at Saunton.

Last year, he completed his maiden overseas success when winning the Ernie Els World Junior title in South Africa. He also won the North of England Under 16 title outright and finished runner-up in the Gloucestershire Championship.

He was also a member of the winning England team in the Honda Junior Championship in Japan and finished fifth in the European Young Masters in France.

A member of the England Under 18 Squad for 2009, Lloyd will join leading juniors from Argentina, Australia, Japan, Mexico and South Africa as well as the top American juniors in the sunshine of Texas.

01
Feb
09

Rory win first tour event

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Northern Ireland teenager Rory McIlroy claimed his maiden professional tournament win with a nervy victory at the Dubai Desert Classic.

The 19-year-old had led by six strokes, but Justin Rose moved to within one shot coming onto the final hole.

The Englishman narrowly missed a birdie putt to force a play-off on the 18th, with McIlroy saving par for the win.

He closed with a two-under par 70 for a total of 19-under, while Rose carded 67 to secure second place.

The win elevates McIlroy to 13th in the world rankings, while it also makes him the seventh youngest winner in European Tour history.

Since turning pro in 2007, McIlroy came close to victory in the European Masters and this season’s Hong Kong Open but lost both in a play-off.

28
Jan
09

Montgomerie with the Ryder cup

Colin Montgomerie has been named as captain of the Europe team for the 2010 Ryder Cup at Wales’ Celtic Manor.

The 45-year-old, an eight-time Ryder Cup veteran, was one of two leading contenders for the role along with 2008 vice-captain Jose Maria Olazabal.

“This is obviously one of my proudest moments,” said the Scot.

“It is a huge responsibility having lost the last Ryder Cup. It is important we do everything we can to claim back the Ryder Cup in 2010.”

Montgomerie suggested that he would like Olazabal to be part of his support staff.

“I have an understanding and respect for Olazabal, and I’m sure he will be part of my team at Celtic Manor,” he added.

The eight-time winner of the European Order of Merit will go up against Corey Pavin who was named as the United States captain for the 2010 event, last December.

Montgomerie with the Ryder cup

20
Jan
09

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Zack Saltman, centre,  today joined his two older brothers, Elliot and Lloyd, in the professional golf ranks and was immediately given a flying start to his new career. (image © tom ward)
Aegon, the Edinburgh-based life assurance and pensions company, is sponsoring the 20-year-old – he has his birthday on December 23 – in his rookie season, having already signed up Elliot and Lloyd when they turned professional.
“I am delighted that ‘Team Saltman’ will all be playing under the Aegon banner in 2009,” said Jack Saltman, father of the golfing siblings and also their manager, at a Press Conference today.
“They have all played golf together for a long time now and it is great that Aegon are able to sponsor the three of them in the midst of a credit crunch.”
Sandy Begbie, Director of HR and Corporate Responsibility at Aegon, added: “It is a very exciting time for Zack as he follows in his brothers’ footsteps in his bid to succeed in professional golf.
“It’s so unusual to see such a high level of sporting talent in three brothers. Ageon is committed to developing talent and we are delighted to support all three Saltman brothers at this important stage in their careers.”
Zack, who won the World Hickory Open (pictured above) when he was 17, represented Scotland as an amateur at both under-16 and under-18 level and was runner-up behind his Craigielaw clubmate, Shaun McAllister, in the Scottish boys’ stroke-play Championship in 2006.
Last year, he finished fifth in a strong field for the Scottish Stroke-play Championship, having also secured a top-ten placing in the Welsh equivalent the previous week.
“Having caddied for both Elliot and Lloyd in professional events in recent years, I know the standard of everyone out there and this sponsorship from Aegon is giving me the opportunity to go out and see what I can do,” said Zack, whose initial target will be to try and qualify for the EuroPro Tour.
Elliot will be spending some of his time on that circuit this season but also has eight guaranteed starts on the Challenge Tour, where Lloyd has a full calendar of events to look forward to.
“I know it is going to be a challenge but I won’t have to worry about the financial side of things in my first year,” said Zack. “My aim will be to try and get on to the Challenge Tour for 2010.”
While he may be the youngest of the trio, Zack says he’s quite often been taking money off his two brothers in their bounce games at Craigielaw, the excellent facility that has become their home base over the last few years.
“When we go out for a game, we’ll probably play for a fiver and I’ve been winning that money a bit already,” he added with a smile. “Now the ultimate aim for me will be to try and overtake them on the climb up the golfing ladder.”
While the brothers share the same sponsor, they now all have different coaches, with only Lloyd, the 2005 Open Championship Silver Medal winner, currently working with Colin Brooks.
Elliot has teamed up with Padraig Harrington’s coach, Bob Torrance, while Zack is with Derek Scott, the professional at Craigielaw.
“One of the main things I have been working on with Derek is how to score better when you are maybe not swinging as well as you should be,” said Zack. “And, while I have yet to put that to the test in a competitive environment, I certainly feel good about it.”
On Elliot’s switch to Largs-based Torrance, Zack revealed: “It was Elliot who asked if I’d approach Bob to see if he’d work with him and, having a good relationship with Sam Torrance and his son, Daniel, I didn’t see any harm in doing so.

“Elliot was delighted when Bob said ‘yes’ and, having stripped down his swing, he’s been building it back up again over the winter. He’s been going down to Largs two or three times a week and that’s what he’s been needing.”

18
Jan
09

Paul Casey wins again

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Paul Casey survived a late scare to secure the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship by a single shot from Louis Oosthuizen and Martin Kaymer.

The 31 year old Englishman led by six shots at the turn but his form with the putter deserted him on the back nine and the South African’s brilliant 64 left Casey needing to par the last two holes.

Defending champion Kaymer eagled the last for a round of 67 – which would have seen him into a play-off had recently married Casey not held his nerve to two putt from 12 feet on the 18th green, eventually posting a two under par 70 for a tournament total 21 under 26

18
Jan
09

Is Monty about to be the 2010 Ryder Cup Captain?

GOLF/WELSH OPENAll I have ever said is that I would like to help the European cause in any way shape or form in 2010,” he said.

Well actually that’s not what he has always said. This represents a subtle and significant shift that opens the way for the Scot to be Nick Faldo’s successor.

He also confirmed that the issue of the captain’s age had been discussed at length when the Tournament Committee met here on Tuesday.

The feeling was that Faldo at 50 was perhaps too far removed from the younger members of the team. Monty would be 51 in 2014 which is when he has always said he would like to be captain.

Could the discussion of this issue have led to the odds tumbling? Monty thought that might be the case.

He also confirmed the next meeting of the Tournament Committee will be on Wednesday January 28 and was categorical that an announcement would follow. This has since been confirmed by the European Tour.

“We have to get the best man for the job,” Montgomerie reiterated.

Until now he has always championed the cause of fellow Scot Sandy Lyle. Again there was a subtle shift.

“I have always said it would be a great shame for Sandy not to get selected and it would be, but that’s not my end decision. I’m just one voice on the committee,” he said.

Appointing Montgomerie for Celtic Manor makes a lot of sense. It would free up Jose Maria Olazabal for the away match in 2012 and removes the age issue that would otherwise haunt Monty at Gleneagles in 2014.

It would be a big blow to Ian Woosnam supporters but it has been hard to detect any enthusiasm among the committee to re-appoint a former skipper.

After Montgomerie’s second round 67 there were smiles and quips all round, autograph hunters were obliged and he was in his element, centre stage once again.

He didn’t say anything that could be construed as letting the cat out of the bag in the 10 minutes he spent with us, but his body language and demeanour spoke volumes.

16
Jan
09

GOLF/AMATEURCounty Durham’s Ellie Givens is a success on the golf course and at her studies – and her dual skills have won her an award from the English Women’s Golf Association.

Ellie, 19, who plays at Blackwell Grange, is the winner of the Silver Tee award for the way she combines her golf and her education.

The award was announced at the annual meeting of the association but Ellie was unable to accept in person – because she was away studying at the University of Denver in the USA.

But the former English girls’ champion sent an email message to the meeting.
She told members: “I have put a great deal of effort and time into both my academic studies and my golf. It’s been very hard work but also extremely enjoyable and rewarding. It means a great deal to me that this has been recognised and I intend to go on trying to raise my standards in the future.”

Ellie is in her second year at university and is studying finance. She won the English girls’ championship in 2007 and also represented England at the girls’ European team championship and girls’ home internationals. In the same year she won the Durham strokeplay and girls’ championships.

Last year, she achieved good results in US college tournaments, including two top-ten finishes. During her summer break at home she was third in the English strokeplay championship and reached the matchplay stages of the British championship.

15
Jan
09

GOLF/BRITISH LADIES

A total of 55 players, including 15 amateurs, have earned the chance to play on the Ladies European Tour this year after surviving the 54-hole cut at Final Qualifying School in Spain.

All 55 players who made the cut mark of 226, seven-under-par, have secured playing rights for the 2009 season and will progress to the last day.

At the end of Thursday’s final round the top 30 players will achieve a much higher ranking, which will guarantee their entry into most of the tournaments on the schedule.

At the end of the third round, Anna Nordqvist was poised to earn her full tour card for the 2009 season. The 21-year-old from the town of Eskilstuna in Southern Sweden led the field with a three-round total of eight-under-par 211. She followed opening rounds of 75 and 69 with a six-under 67 on the South Course at La Manga. She mixed one bogey with seven birdies for her 67, which was the lowest round of the tournament.

Beginning the day in sunny but windy conditions, Nordqvist went out in one-under 36 and fired five birdies over the back nine for an inward total of five-under, 31.

“It’s all about getting into the top 30 and this is obviously where you want to be,” said the 6-foot tall Nordqvist, who holds non-exempt status as a rookie on the US LPGA Tour. “It’s early in the season and I’m happy just to play some good golf because I didn’t get that much practise over Christmas at home in Sweden.”

Nordqvist already boasts a record of which many LET professionals would be proud. She was the 2008 British Amateur Champion and the leading amateur at both the RICOH Women’s British Open and 2008 Scandinavian TPC Hosted by Annika, where she tied for 42nd and 6th respectively.

Having turned professional on 1st January with a handicap of +4.8 she is now looking forward to life on tour. “I want to continue to get better and see how well I can play,” she said. “There are many parts of my game that can be improved. Hopefully I can play some good golf in Europe and also improve my status on the LPGA.”

Scotland’s Lynn Kenny finished the day one shot behind Nordqvist in second position after an excellent round of five-under 68. Meanwhile the second round leader Beth Allen was third on six-under-par. Finland’s Jenni Kuosa looks set to regain her full card, finishing the day in fourth position.

14
Jan
09

paisleyENGLAND INTERNATIONALS CHALLENGE FOR JONES CUP

Eight members of the England squad will get their first taste of international action for 2009 when they line up in the biennial Jones Invitational Cup in the United States at the start of February.

The group comprises Tommy Fleetwood (Formby Hall), Luke Goddard (Hendon), Matt Haines (Rochester & Cobham), Sam Hutsby (Liphook), Chris Paisley (Stocksfield), Tom Sherreard (Chart Hills), Steve Uzzell (Hornsea) and Dale Whitnell (Five Lakes).

A field of 84 players, including the top amateurs from the US, Scotland and Wales, will compete over 54 holes of stroke play at Ocean Forest Golf Club, Sea Island, Georgia, on 6th – 8th February.

Fleetwood, 18, became a boy cap in 2007 and last year was boy captain while making his full England debut in the Home Internationals in Scotland. Also in 2008, he finished runner-up in the Amateur Championship but won the Lancashire Championship and the English County Champions Tournament, both in playoffs.

Goddard, 20, enjoyed a triumphant 2008, with victories in the South of England Stroke Play and the Argentine Amateur Championship, while he was runner-up in the Selborne and Hampshire Salvers and the Lagonda Trophy. He also made his full England debut in the Home Internationals, was selected for the Eisenhower Trophy team and was a member of the winning side in the Portugal Nations Cup.

Haines, 19, made his full England debut against France last May and played in the European Men’s Team Championships and the Home Internationals. He won the Lytham Trophy and represented GB&I in the St Andrews Trophy. On his last visit to the US, Haines finished equal fifth in the Thunderbird Junior Championship.

Hutsby, 20, was another member of last year’s Eisenhower Trophy team, having won the Bernard Darwin Salver and finished runner-up in the Welsh Open Stroke Play and fourth in the St Andrews Links Trophy. A former Spanish Amateur champion, he made his full England debut in the 2007 Home Internationals, played in all of last year’s international team events and the St Andrews Trophy.

Paisley, 22, is in the US at the University of Tennessee where he has claimed several successes. Although he won the Czech Amateur Championship on this side of the Atlantic last year, he finished runner-up in the Tillman Trophy, the South of England Stroke Play and the English Amateur Championship. He also represented GB&I in the St Andrews Trophy.

Sherreard, 21, is also in America at Georgia State University. A former McEvoy Trophy winner, he reached the semi-finals of the England Amateur in 2008, won the South East Qualifying and made his full England debut in the Home Internationals. He also starred in the Open Championship at Royal Birkdale, finishing 19th.

Uzzell, 25, made his full England debut against France last May but played only one match because of injury. However, he recovered to win the Brabazon Trophy at Trevose while he also won the Russian Amateur, represented GB&I in the St Andrews Trophy and England in the Home Internationals.

Whitnell, 20, twice North of England Youth champion, has been a full England international for the past two years and was the third member of the Eisenhower Trophy team. He won the Lagonda and Tillman Trophies in 2008, was runner-up to Haines in the Lytham Trophy and was a semi-finalist in the Australian Amateur Championship. He was also a member of the GB&I St Andrews Trophy team.

The Jones Cup was inaugurated in 2001 as a prelude to the Walker Cup at Sea Island and so far the title has eluded English players. The most successful has been Gary Wolstenholme who finished tied fifth in 2001 while Jamie Elson was equal sixth two years later.

Results can be accessed via the EGU website, http://www.englishgolfunion.org <http://www.englishgolfunion.org>  or by visiting the Jones Cup Invitational website, http://www.jonescupinvitational.com <http://www.jonescupinvitational.com&gt; .

14
Jan
09

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SKILFUL SIX AIM TO RECAPTURE COSTA BALLENA TITLE

Having been pipped at the post for the past two years, England is sending six members of its talented ‘A’ squad to Spain at the end of January in a bid to recapture the annual Costa Ballena Quadrangular Tournament title.

The skilful six are: Jonathan Gidney (Church Stretton), Miles Mackman (Broome Manor), Matt Nixon (Ashton-under-Lyne), James Robinson (Southport & Ainsdale), Tom Shadbolt (Mid Herts) and Michael Swan (Stoke by Nayland) – and they will take on teams from Finland, Germany, and hosts Spain at Costa Ballena on 28th – 30th January.

Having won the title in 2005 and 2006, the England team have been denied on the final day for the past two years, both times by Spain, after having the title in their grasp.

This time they are determined to go one better and will give a first overseas opportunity to Jonathan Gidney, 21, from Shropshire & Herefordshire. Gidney has been the Midland Youth champion for the past three years and also holds the Welsh Youth Championship.

Miles Mackman, 22, from Wiltshire, is the only member of the squad to play in last year’s match. A former winner of the Lagonda Trophy, last year he won the West of England Match Play Championship and the South West Youths Championship.

Matt Nixon, 19, was the British Boys champion in 2006, the year he also finished runner-up in the Lancashire County and Boys Championships.  He finished second again in the Lancashire Championship last year, tied third in the North of England Youths and helped Lancashire win the County Championship.

James Robinson, 20, from Lancashire, was a semi-finalist in the 2007 English Amateur and last year enjoyed a string of high finishes, winning the Formby Hare and Pines Trophy, finishing second in the S&A Bowl and the Scottish Youths and was another member of Lancashire’s victorious County Championship team.

Tom Shadbolt, 20, is a former Hertfordshire County and Boys champion who finished second in the Lagonda Trophy and fourth in the Lee Westwood Trophy, both in 2007. Last year, he was a member of the under 21 squad and this will be his maiden foreign assignment with the EGU.

Michael Swan, 19, another talent to emerge from the Stoke by Nayland club, will also be enjoying his first EGU overseas trip. Fourth in the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters and the Suffolk Championship in 2007, he was also in last year’s under 21 squad.

As in previous years, the Costa Ballena competition will be played on a round robin basis, each match comprising three foursomes and six singles.

03
Jan
09

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By ELSPETH BURNSIDE

It was quite a year for Carly Booth in 2008. As a 15-year-old at St Andrews in June, she became the youngest-ever Great Britain and Ireland Curtis Cup player. She then added to her impressive golfing CV in September by competing in the Junior Ryder Cup in America.
Now, aged 16, she has continued her pioneering ways by becoming the first girl to be awarded a golf scholarship at the prestigious Glenalmond College in Perthshire.
Following spells at school in Florida and Arizona, the girl who first hit the global golfing headlines when she became Comrie club champion at the age of 11 is delighted to be back home as a day girl at the school recently featured in the BBC2 documentary series, Pride and Privilege.
And while it might need an extra nudge to get out on to the practice range during a Scottish winter, Carly, picture © †om ward, demonstrated that her game remains in fine fettle.
In Abu Dhabi in November, she became only the third girl to successfully defend the Daily Telegraph Junior girls’ championship.
“It was my first trip to Abu Dhabi, and it was a really good week,” said Booth, who won by an emphatic half dozen shots from England’s Alex Peters. “Last year, the event was in Dubai so it was great to retain the trophy.”
While a professional golf career surely beckons in the future, life for this glamorous and thoroughly modern miss is, as yet, not totally ruled by golf. She enrolled at Glenalmond in September, and has a busy academic timetable.
“I’ve settled in very well, everything to do with school is really good and I’ll be here for two years,” she said. “I’m in the lower sixth and studying for four A levels – English, business, physical education and art.
“I also get plenty opportunities to play golf, either at the school’s course, Gleneagles or at our own course at my home in Comrie.”
Perhaps not surprisingly, a teenager who is comfortable travelling around the globe admits that a Scottish home life does have certain drawbacks.
“The weather certainly isn’t as nice as the States,” admitted the youngster who has just spent Christmas and New Year in Arizona and finished in the top 20 at the prestigious Silver Belle tournament.
The only serious girl golfer at Glenalmond, Booth can enlist a few boys as playing partners, and she is very happy that she can compete on equal terms.
“There are five really good players, although none of them have golf as their first sport.”
At home, there is plenty of sporting banter. Carly’s father, Wally, was a silver medal-winner for Scotland in weight-lifting at the 1966 Commonwealth Games, and older brother Wallace recently helped Scotland win the world amateur team championship for the Eisenhower Trophy in Australia.
And while Carly was holding on to her trophy in Abu Dhabi, her other brother, Paul, a Downs Syndrome youngster, was retaining the British Under-23 power-lifting title for those with special needs.
Next summer, Carly might even have to take a momentary step back into Booth family sporting shadows as Wallace hopes to play in the Walker Cup match in the United States and Paul expects to be representing Tayside at the Special Olympics in Leicester.
As for Glenalmond, the school is delighted to have such a perky personality and talented individual as the school’s first beneficiary of the new and innovative golfing award. The scholarship is funded by the Old Glenalmond Golfing Society and was launched as part of their 75th anniversary celebrations.
Golf has been played at 160-year-old Glenalmond for over a century and the OGGS president, Gordon Thorburn, commented: “We are delighted that Carly is the first recipient of our scholarship. We believe scholarships like these are important to the future success of young people with particular talents.
“It can help them access an education and facilities that perhaps would not otherwise have been available to them. We have received encouraging support from OGGS members in our fund-raising for the scholarship and I hope many future generations will benefit from it.”
While a tournament-playing golf career has been Carly’s presumed destiny for many years, she is certainly in no rush to embark down such a pressurised route. At the moment, she just wants to be – well, at least for some of the time – the same as any other teenager.
“I’m really grateful to have been given the scholarship,” she concluded. “I’ll have two years here before I even think about turning professional. At the moment, I just want to enjoy my time at school and on the golf course.”



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