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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-

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
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




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