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Thursday, January 18, 2018

Fantastic final four target Club of the Year Award





Four fantastic clubs which set the highest standards for members and visitors are the finalists for the England Golf Club of the Year award, sponsored by HowDidiDo.

They are Burghill Valley Golf Club, near Hereford, Herefordshire; Garforth Golf Club, near Leeds, Yorkshire; Leeds Golf Centre, Yorkshire; and Styal Golf Club, near Wilmslow, Cheshire

All four excel at providing the playing, coaching and social experience that their customers want and their success stories will be highlighted when the winner is announced at the England Golf Awards 2018 at the Royal Lancaster London on Thursday 22 February.

England Golf Chief Executive Nick Pink commented: “These four clubs are all fantastic. They understand the importance of giving their members and visitors the experience they want and of being an active part of their local community. It’s great to recognise them and their business success deserves to be shared beyond golfing circles.”

Join us to celebrate these and the finalists for eight more categories, by visiting www.englandgolfawards.org to book tickets for the Awards dinner. Tickets are just £85 each and include drinks on arrival and a three-course dinner with half a bottle of wine per person.

The four finalists:

Burghill Valley Golf Club

The mission at Burghill Valley Golf Club is to change the perception of golf by the way it operates. It’s ‘out’ with anything elitist or unwelcoming and ‘in’ with a forward thinking, adaptive approach.

That means opening the doors to non-golfers as well as golfers and welcoming walkers, cyclists, local business people and residents into the clubhouse, particularly for the popular and good value meals.

Golfers are offered flexible memberships which accommodate families, ways to make golf less time consuming, a relaxed dress code and a regular opportunity to comment on the course and facilities. No-one has a special parking place!

New players are encouraged with initiatives such as networking/coaching sessions for local businesswomen, a scheme for partically sighted students who are also offered work experience, and a busy junior academy.

A good social life, an active presence on social media and care for the environment are all part of the innovative approach.

Garforth Golf Club

Garforth is proud of its record as a community-based club and its involvement with local schools, charities and organisations.

It recently organised an open day to support local charities which attracted over 2000 people and it regularly hosts gala dinners and charity days, as well as showcasing golf at local schools and community centres.

The result is a vibrant membership enjoying the benefits of a five-year development plan which has hit its target for male members, is attracting new women golfers to Get into Golf and has has seen junior numbers rise from five to 48 in less than a year.

Investment in the new lounge and 19th area has attracted growing numbers of members, guests and functions – and playing levels are at their highest ever. Golfers are determined to enjoy the course all year and, even in the short winter days, they are accommodated with a two-tee start and innovative playing formats.

Leeds Golf Centre

Leeds Golf Centre puts customer satisfaction at the heart of all it does to grow the game.

It’s always looking for new ways to welcome people into golf and enjoy its wide range of playing and coaching opportunities, which encourage new friendships and an active lifestyle.

The centre has made recent improvements to the greens, the clubhouse, the practice areas and the parking, it’s environmentally aware – and it’s got lots of plans, including adding accommodation, which could create 30 new jobs.

It’s growing its membership, its Wike Ridge Golf Club is thriving and it’s also encouraging people to keep playing longer: weekly par three coaching attracts 86-year-olds! The centre also works closely with the Prince’s Trust to help transform the lives of young people aged 11-30, who are unemployed or struggling at school.

It’s also actively working with other local clubs to promote their courses to visitors and encourage more green fee business.

Styal Golf Club

Styal is already celebrating success after meeting its own goals to attract new players and improve its service to existing members.

It took advantage of England Golf support to do this, developing a clear business plan and achieving the GolfMark Award along the way. The club believes it is now set to flourish and grow the game further in the future.

Over the last year its professionals introduced 72 beginners through Get into Golf, it supported a scheme to get new women players out on the course, 36 new members are set to join and subscription payment options have been increased.

There’s great communication with members which has helped improve retention rates, a successful junior programme involving 100 youngsters in weekly coaching, and lots of playing opportunities for golfers of all abilities.

Styal also has strong community links, notably with local schools and charitable organisations such as East Cheshire Hospice & Arthritis Research.

Click here to find out about the finalists for our other awards.

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Scottish Golf is seeking suitable candidates to fill a number of important and rewarding roles on its Board of Directors.



With three current Board members completing their two-year term of office and one retirement, applications are now being sought for four Non-Executive Director posts.

We are now looking to recruit forward thinking, self-motivated and highly driven individuals that can enhance the skill set of the current team of Directors, helping oversee the implementation of a vision and new strategy for the successful long term growth of the sport in Scotland.

If you are passionate about shaping the future of Scottish Golf, we’d love to hear from you or please share with someone you know who can make a difference.

CLICK HERE TO READ MORE 

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MESSAGE FROM PAST SLGA PRESIDENT / LGU CHAIRMAN JANET BROWN WHO IS DOWN UNDER


I met up with Gabrielle Macdonald briefly before she started her 1st round at Lake Karrinyup GC. 

I wasn't able to follow her as I was recording, but she recovered her shaky start with 4 birdies at the start of the second nine.

She is playing a second round at Wanaroo GC today (in the rain!) and I hope she qualifies! 


Scores are on Golf Australia web site.

We are both on holiday here! My daughter and family are all members at Karrinyup and she lives by the side of the course. Rather nice to be involved again!
Keep warm - hope there's not too much snow where you are?


Kind regards
Janet Brown


From your editor Carol -- Thanks for your news Janet -- Snowing here and hope you enjoy the rest of your holiday.

Looks as if Gabrielle is in a play off  -- Top 32 go thro' -- She was equal 30th (4 on that) so hopefully she can make it   -- CLICK HERE FOR ALL SCORES 

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Ben Philip - STV News at Six - Michele Thomson - Ladies European Tour Success

HANNAH'S CLOSING 68 EARNS HER FIFTH PLACE IN ARGENTINA FINISH



Hannah McCook (Grantown on Spey) pictured left with Ireland's Paula  Grant shot a final round of four-under-par 68, the joint lowest score of the day, to finish fifth in a field of 52 at the South America women's amateur golf championship at Martindale Country Club, Buenos Aires in Argentina today (Tuesday).

Shannon McWilliam (Aboyne) returned a closing 77 to finish joint 13th on 293.
McCook's earlier rounds were 72, 73 and 74. Her total of one-under 287 was five strokes behind the winner,  Milagros Chaves (Paraguay) who had scores of 68, 74, 70 and 71 for a six-under aggregate of 282, one stroke ahead of Columbia's Silvia Garces with Paula Grant from Ireland in third place on 284 


left: 2nd placed Silvia Garces.
Centre: winner Milagros Chaves.
right: 3rd placed Paula Grant from Ireland.


Paula started the tournament slowly but quickened her pace with subsequent rounds of 76, 72, 67 and 69 to boost her chances of selection for the GB and I team for the Curtis Cup match in June against the USA at Quaker Ridge, New York State.

SOUTH AMERICAN WOMEN'S AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP
Martindale C C, Buenos Aires, Argentina
LEADING FINAL TOTALS
Par 288 (4x72)
282 Milagros Chaves (Paraguay) 71 72 70 69
283 Silvia Garces (Columbia) 68 74 70 71.
284 Paula Grant (Ireland) 76 72 67 69.
286 Maria Serrano (Columbia) 70 71 71 74
287 Hannah McCook (Scotland) 72 73 74 68

SELECTED TOTALS
289 Emma Allen (England) 72 72 72 73 (T8)
293 Shannon McWilliam (Scotland) 68 77 71 77, Georgia Price (England) 77 75 73 68, Bethan Morris (Wales) 79 72 74 68 (T13).
296 Kath O'Connor (Wales) 77 76 71 72 (T20).
297 Annabel Wilson (Ireland) 72 80 69 76 (T22)

Field of 52 players.

TO VIEW ALL THE FINAL TOTALS

CLICK HERE

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ANGELA YE WINS ANNIKA INVITATIONAL

  


ST. AUGUSTINE, Florida – Angelina Ye hoped to win her first American Junior Golf Association invitational at some point in 2018. It took her two weeks into the year to achieve that dream. 


Ye flipped the script late Monday at the ANNIKA Invitational USA. She stood on the par-3 15th tee at the World Golf Village’s Slammer and Squire Course two shots back and in line to finish runner-up to wire-to-wire leader Mathilde Claisse. 

 Only, the French player stumbled late, and Ye rose with a pair of birdies to snatch a two-shot victory and with it earn an exemption into the Symetra Tour’s Florida’s Natural Charity Classic.

To read the full report  CLICK HERE

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Monday, January 15, 2018

Shannon moves up to a share of sixth with a round to go in South American Championship



By COLIN FARQUHARSON
Torphins-based Aboyne Golf Club member Shannon McWilliam recovered her form in the third round of the 72-hole South American women's amateur championship.

She posted a one-under-par 71 - six shots better than her second round slump - and goes into thE final round at the Martindale Country Club, Buenos Aires in a share of sixth place on level par 216.
Shannon trails the Columbian joint leaders, Silvia Garces and Maria Serrano, by four strokes.

Hannah McCook from Grantown on Spey had a third-round 74, her worst score of the three days, for a tally of three-over 219 and is joint 10th in the women's field of 50 competitors.

In the men's championship at the same venue, Scots Calum Fyfe (Cawder) and Ayrshire's Euan Walker are joint 17th and 19th respectively in a field of 70 players
Fyfe improved on a second-round 78 with a third-roumd 70 for one-under-par 215.
Walker has had deteriorating scores of 71, 72 and 73 but is still inside the top 20  with a tally of level par 216.
Canada's Chris Crisologo leads the field by seven strokes after rounds of 72, 64 and 66 for a 14-under-par three-round tally of 202.

LEADING THIRD ROUND SCORES
WOMEN (par 216: 3x72)
212 S Garces (Col) 68 74 70, M Serrano (Col) 70 71 71
213 M Chaves (Para) 71 72 70.

SELECTED SCORES
215 Paula Grant (Ire) 76 72 67 (T4)
216 Shannon McWilliam (Sco) 68 77 71, Emma Allen (Eng) 72 72 72 (T6)
219 Hannah McCook (Sco) 72 73 74 (T10)
221 Annabel Wilson (Ire) 72 80 69 (16th)
224 Kath O'Connor (Wales) 77 76 71 (T20)
225 Georgia Price (Eng) 77 75 73 (T23)
Field of 50 players



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SHANNON AND HANNAH SHARE TENTH PLACE IN ARGENTINA

By Colin Farquharson

Aboyne's Shannon McWilliam and Hannah McCook (Grantown on Spey) - pictured left are locked together in joint 10th place at the halfway stage of the 72-hole South American women's amateur golf championship Martindale Country Club, Buenos Aires in Argentina.
McWilliam was up with the leaders after a first-round, four-under-par 68 but she slumped to a 77 on the second day for a 36-hole tally of 145, four behind the joint leaders, Luisamariana Mesones (Peru) (70-71) and Maria Serrano (Columbia) (70-71).
McCook had two steady rounds of 72 and 73.
In the men's championship at the same venue, Scots Euan Walker (71-72) and Calum Fyfe (67-78) are lying joint 19th and 27th on 143 and 145 respectively behind Canadian leader Chris Crisologo (72-64 for 136).

SOUTH AMERICAN AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIPS
Martindale Country Club, Buenos Aires.
LEADING SECOND-ROUND SCORES
WOMEN (par 144: 2x72)
141 L Mesones (Peru) 70 71, M Serrano (Columbia) 70 71.
142 S Garces (Columbia) 68 74.

SELECTED SCORES
144 E Allen (Eng) 72 72 (5th)
145 S McWilliam (Sco) 68 77, H McCook (Sco) 72 73 (T10)
148 P Grant (Ire) 76 72 (T13)
151 B Morris (Wal) 79 72 (T21)
152 A Wilson (Ire) 72 80, G Price (Eng)77 75 (T23)
153 K O'Connor (Wal) 77 76 (T28).
Field of 53 players.


MEN (par 144: 2x72)
136 C Crisologo (Can) 72 64.
138 R Miranda (Ecuador) 70 68.

SELECTED SCORES
140 A Gleeson (Ire) 70 70 (T3)
141 J Gaunt (Eng) 72 69 (T6)
142 A Wilson (Eng) 71 71 (T11)
143 E Walker 71 72 (T19)
144 R Dawson (Ire) 70 74 (T2`1)
145 C Fyfe 70 74 (T27).
146 B Chamberlain (Wal) 73 73 (T33)
158 J Harry (Wal) 82 76 (T62)
Field of 70 players.

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LET SET TO RETURN TO SOUTH AFRICA.



3rd Hole at Atlantic Beach 

CAPE TOWN, 15 January 2018 – The Investec South African Women’s Open is set to return to the Ladies European Tour schedule thanks to a new agreement with the Sunshine Ladies Tour and the Women’s PGA of South Africa (WPGA).
After the 2018 LET season tees off on 1st February with an Australian swing comprising the Oates Vic Open, ActewAGL Canberra Classic, Australian Ladies Classic – Bonville and the Women’s New South Wales Open, the LET will head straight to Cape Town for the Investec South African Women’s Open at Atlantic Beach Country Club, from 8-10 March.

Atlantic Beach Country Club boasts an 18-hole championship links-style golf course, set in what is arguably the most magnificent location in Cape Town, with spectacular views across the Atlantic Ocean and the historic Robben Island through to Table Mountain.
The tournament will mark the LET’s first visit to South Africa since 2014, when the championship was held at San Lameer Country Club in KwaZulu-Natal.

“The Ladies European Tour is delighted to co-sanction this tournament with the Sunshine Ladies Tour and pleased to offer our members at least five playing opportunities within a six-week period early in 2018,” said the LET chairman, Mark Lichtenhein.
“South Africa is a proud sporting nation which has produced some of the world’s leading golfers and we would like to say a huge thank you to the Sunshine Ladies Tour for welcoming our international competitors, as well as to Investec for their support as title sponsor.

“In terms of a tournament venue, we could not ask for more. Atlantic Beach Country Club is one of the finest and most picturesque courses in South Africa and previously hosted qualifying for The Open Championship in 2004 and 2005. We are excited to be able to bring our international players to compete alongside South Africa’s local talents and we look forward to the renewing our partnership.”
Sunshine Tour Chief Executive Selwyn Nathan commented: “We are delighted to announce that the LET will be a full co-sanctioning partner to this year’s Investec South African Women’s Open. The Sunshine Ladies Tour and the WPGA are extremely excited to welcome back the LET for the first time since the 2014 SA Women’s Open.

“This partnership is a huge step forward in restoring the status and prestige befitting our national championship. Partnering with the LET also provides the opportunity to improve the strength of the field through the greater depth of international players currently competing on the Ladies European Tour.”
The prize money earned in the prestigious championship will count towards both the Investec Property Fund Order of Merit and the Ladies European Tour Order of Merit. The winner will receive full membership of the LET until the end of 2019. 
“We are absolutely delighted with the confirmation from the LET,” said Danni Dixon, head of Marketing for Investec Property. “Following our initial investment in the Sunshine Ladies Tour to aid the promotion and growth of South African women’s golf, both locally and internationally, we decided to take up the title sponsorship of the South African Women’s Open this year.
“The Investec South African Women’s Open echoes our brand’s position of high performance and, having the Sunshine Ladies Tour partner with the LET, is another fantastic and positive milestone in our vision to promote women in sport and the ongoing development of our professional golf circuit.”
The tournament will mark the Ladies European Tour’s first visit to South Africa since 2014, when three-time champion Lee-Anne Pace from South Africa prevailed in a play-off against Holly Clyburn from England to lift her first of three titles at San Lameer Country Club in KwaZulu-Natal.
Cherise Paxinos and Liza Gröpp-Els, the co-chairpersons of the WPGA, lauded the initiative between the Sunshine Ladies Tour, the LET and promoter World Sports Promotions.
“South Africa is known around the world as a fantastic golf destination and boasts several co-sanctioned and tri-sanctioned events on the Sunshine Tour,” said Paxinos. 

“The Investec South African Women’s Open is the crown jewel of the women’s professional golf circuit and it is entirely fitting that the event stands proudly alongside the world-class tournaments in South Africa. This is a very exciting time for women’s golf in our country and we would like to pay tribute to the Sunshine Ladies Tour, the LET, Investec and World Sports Promotions for their commitment to the women’s game.”

Liza Gröpp-Els added: “On behalf of our members, we thank Investec, the Sunshine Ladies Tour and the LET for investing in our national championship. We also want to applaud the City of Cape Town for embracing the South African Women’s Open and for throwing its full support behind the event.
“The City of Cape Town joined the Sunshine Ladies Tour as the host sponsor of the annual Cape Town Ladies Open in 2015 and we were proud to play a key role in reviving the South African Women’s Masters last year, after an absence of eight years. 
“An event of this stature will also further enhance Cape Town’s status as the events capital of South Africa. With world class golfers from across the world heading to South Africa, the national championship will generate huge interest even beyond the borders of the golfing community. We look forward to hosting all the players at Atlantic Beach in March.”

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Rookies Ready for Tour Life after week at La Sella Golf Resort



LET rookies at La Sella Golf Resort


The rookie class of 2018 is perfectly prepared to start the Ladies European Tour season after orientation week at the Hotel Dénia La Sella Golf Resort & Spa in Dénia, Alicante, Spain. 

Following on from classes in subjects ranging from social media to finance, the program concluded with a Pro-Am on Saturday, which was won by Norway’s 19-year-old rising star Celine Borge and her team of amateur golfers comprising Milan DikkenLiam Glennie and Paul Glennie. 

Borge, one of three Norwegian Rookies on the LET in 2018, said: “It was a great experience and we received a lot of information on many different things.” 
Fellow Team Norway member Karoline Lund, 18, commented: “This has helped me to prepare for Tour life and has given me a lot of information that I can use. The social media part was interesting and the information that we were given was very clear. I’m really looking forward to the season now. I’ve worked really hard and I want to continue working hard so that I can compete with my idols and enjoy it.” 

Marita Engzelius, who has previously competed on the LPGA and Symetra Tour in the United States, was equally enthusiastic to get her season started. She said: “It’s not easy to know exactly how everything works on different tours so it was good to get a feel for what to expect and get an introduction.”

Belgian Fanny Cnops added: “I loved it. It was way better than I expected, because you think that you have played in so many tournaments that you know everything, but this opens your eyes to different areas such as finance and communication. I loved it and I would recommend it to everybody.”

Susana Ribeiro, from Portugal, said: “There was a lot of information but I think it’s going to be very useful and I loved everything. I think the media part and the finance I will keep that planning document very close! I think it was important to learn about how to use our image properly.”
Natasha Fear, from La Sella Golf Resort, said: “I’m really excited to get started now. Being able to play on the LET is a huge thing for me and I can’t wait.”
Fellow Spanish player Gemma Fuster Anglada, from Barcelona, added: “I think these Rookie Orientation Days have been very useful and have enabled us to understand more about what the LET is and it will give us some useful tools for the upcoming season.
Eun-Jung Ji, also known as ‘Jeny’, from Gran Canariasaid: “I absolutely enjoyed it. I loved meeting new people and not just the players, but also the people from the Ladies European Tour. It was a good idea to come here and to start out in the knowledge that you have friends on Tour.” 

The LET’s Development Director, Mike Round, commented: “Aside from all of the information and training that the rookies received, one of the most enjoyable and rewarding aspects was getting to know our new members and seeing them create new friendships. It’s those friendships that they forge here that will carry throughout their professional lives and beyond. We look forward to following their progress closely throughout the season, which tees off soon in Australia. Finally, we would like to thank the Hotel Dénia La Sella Golf Resort & Spa in Dénia, Alicante, Spain, for hosting us for the fourth consecutive year.”

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Sunday, January 14, 2018

Scottish Golf Volunteer Chaperone roles


The Scottish Golf Performance Team are seeking volunteers to accompany the National squads and teams at selected domestic and Internationals events during 2018  in the role of Volunteer Team Chaperone. 

They are looking for individuals who are keen golfers, have a good understanding of Performance Sport and enjoy working with groups/teams.

Clare Queen has attached an advert for the role which details the responsibilities involved and would appreciate if you would circulate this among your members. 

If anyone has any questions or would like more information on what the role entails they can contact her. 

Although there is no deadline for anyone wishing to put their name forward we would like to hear from anyone interested by Monday 29th January.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS

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Thursday, January 11, 2018

Inspirational quartet challenge for Young Ambassador Award


 
Issued 11th January, 2018

Inspirational quartet challenge for Young Ambassador Award 

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A 23-year-old club captain, two volunteer coaches and a golfing ambassador are the four inspirational finalists for the England Golf's Young Ambassador of the Year Award, presented in association with the Golf Foundation. 

They are: Megan Field and Jess Pinnell, both volunteer coaches at Hatchford Brook Golf Centre in Sheldon, Birmingham; Liam Ridgill, club captain of Drax Golf Club near Selby, North Yorkshire; and golfing ambassador Georgina Wrixon of Ashley Wood Golf Club, Blandford Forum, Dorset. 

Their remarkable achievements to support other golfers and to grow the game will be highlighted when the winner is announced at the England Golf Awards 2018 at the Royal Lancaster London on Thursday 22 February. 
England Golf Chief Executive Nick Pink commented: "These four inspirational young people are quite amazing. They are sharing their pleasure in golf in the best possible way and are helping us to spread the message that golf is a great game for all."   
Join us to celebrate these and the finalists for eight more categories, by clicking here to book tickets for the Awards dinner. Tickets are just £85 each and include drinks on arrival and a three-course dinner with half a bottle of wine per person.
The four Young Ambassador of the Year Award finalists:

Megan Field, 18, of Hatchford Brook Golf Centre, Sheldon, Birmingham
Megan began her involvement at the junior academies run by PGA professional Aaron Lansberry as a work placement – and enjoyed it so much that she continued volunteering and wants to become a junior coach. She gives up hundreds of hours and balances her interest alongside her own college and study commitments. 
"The kids really enjoy working with Megan as they can relate to someone nearer to their age," said Aaron. "Her ability to communicate with the children has greatly improved and she is more than happy to stand up in front of a group of children, with parents watching, and deliver an explanation and demonstration of the warm up games."
He added: "She also talks to the boys and girls in the group about school, other sports clubs or whatever else they want to talk about. I find this is very valuable as it adds a new social dimension to my sessions."

Jess Pinnell, 15, of Hatchford Brook Golf Centre, Sheldon, Birmingham
Jess took up golf a year ago and in that time has both developed her own skills and become a key volunteer at the junior golf academies run by PGA professional Aaron Lansberry. 
"She started as a complete beginner, quickly progressed with her golf and wanted to get more involved with what we do," said Aaron.
Jess helps at eight group lessons each week and also attended every day camp held during the school summer holidays. She doesn't take her own coaching session until the end of a full day of volunteering! 
In total she has given up hundreds of hours over the past year to helping youngsters and has impressed Aaron with her involvement and confidence, the way she uses banter to put the players at ease - and her own willingness to learn. 
He commented: "At the rate Jess is improving her coaching, she will no doubt be better than me soon!"

Liam Ridgill, 23, of Drax Golf Club, near Selby, north Yorkshire 
Liam has just taken over as the youngest-ever captain at Drax Golf Club, where he's bowled over the members and officials with his 'can do' mentality.
He joined the club as a 12-year-old – and has been junior captain – and went on the main committee three years ago, taking on responsibility for marketing. 
He's transformed the website and used it, together with social media, to promote the club. He's also played a key role in attracting new members, particularly students and intermediates, and in launching open competitions which showcase the course. One of his latest projects is to improve the course signage.  
Club secretary Matthew Forde commented: "I see at first hand the amount of work Liam puts in for the club, he is an invaluable member of the team."
Alan Palmer, 2017 senior captain, added: "For someone so young to be voted as 2018 captain reflects how well liked and respected he is."

Georgina Wrixon, 18, of Ashley Wood Golf Club, Blandford Forum, Dorset 
Georgina started playing golf when she was 14 and quickly became passionate about the game – and about encouraging new players, especially girls. 
She represents Dorset and competes nationally, while also inspiring newcomers to the game as an ambassador for the Girls Golf Rocks campaign and for the charity, the England Golf Trust.  She has trained as a Level One coach and supports PGA professionals at a number of local clubs. When she was junior captain Georgina raised enough money to install junior tees at her club, encouraging more youngsters to pay the full game. 
Georgina is aiming for a career in golf and after very successful BTEC results is now studying for a degree in sports science specialising in golf. 
"We are very proud of Georgina's achievements and feel she deserves to be recognised for all the effort and passion she has for playing and promoting the game of golf," said a nominator. 
Click here to find out about the finalists for our other awards, who will be featured over coming weeks. 

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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

R and A nine-hole Championship Final will include Carnoustie's feared finish holes


NEWS RELEASE FROM THE R and A

Club golfers throughout Great Britain and Ireland will have the opportunity to tee it up at Carnoustie shortly before the world’s greatest golfers compete at The 147th Open in July.

 A group of 42 men and women will compete in pairs by Stableford in the second staging of The RandA’s nine-hole championship final after securing their places through qualifying events run at golf clubs at which they are members.

 The Final of the nine-hole championship will be held on Saturday, July 14 and will played over the first four and last five holes of the Championship Course at Carnoustie.

 Finalists will be presented with the challenge of tackling the 16th, 17th and 18th holes of the renowned Angus links, considered by many to be the toughest finishing holes in golf.

 The nine-hole event is central to The RandA’s drive to promote this form of golf as an ideal way to enjoy playing the sport in less time, either recreationally or competitively for handicap purposes. 

Competitors will adopt Ready Golf in the Final of the nine-hole championship, which can be used in stroke play and includes a number of actions to improve the flow of golfers around the course and speed up play.

 Duncan Weir, Executive Director – Golf Development at The RandA, said: “Nine-hole golf is continuing to grow in popularity among golfers so we are encouraging clubs throughout Great Britain and Ireland to offer men, women and juniors more opportunities to enjoy this shorter format of the game, both socially and competitively.

 “Following the success of last year’s event, we are working with our affiliates in England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales to support more clubs holding qualifying events for their members with the incentive of playing one of world’s most renowned courses ahead of The Open.”

 Qualifying events are open to men, women, boys and girls who are club members with a CONGU handicap. Please visit www.randa.org/9HoleChampionship for more information.

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Euro prize limit reduced in Ireland for amateur golfers


Following requests from affiliated golf clubs in Ireland, the Amateur Status Prize Limit in the Euro area in Ireland will be lowered from €750 to €575 and will take effect from 1st February 2018.
 
The move, which is supported by The R&A following requests for consideration by the Golfing Union of Ireland and the Irish Ladies Golf Union, will ensure that the Prize Limit for amateur golf is now better aligned to the Sterling Pound limit of £500 and continual review of this will be undertaken by both Unions to assess the impact of this change.
Speaking about this decision, Pat Finn CEO of the Golfing Union of Ireland said: "The feedback from our clubs was that the limit was set too high in the Euro area and it needed to be brought into line with that of the Sterling zone. Working with the Irish Ladies Golf Union we approached The R&A and they supported the lowering of the limit. We welcome this support from The R&A and both Unions will monitor the effects of the change over the coming months."
Under Rule 3-2a of the Rules of Amateur Status, which are jointly approved by The R&A and the USGA, an amateur golfer must not accept a prize (other than a symbolic prize) or prize voucher of retail value in excess of £500. This limit applies to the total prizes or prize vouchers received by an amateur golfer in any one competition or series of competitions, but does not include hole-in-one prizes. Under Rule 3-1, an amateur golfer must not play for prize money of any amount.

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Tuesday, January 09, 2018

IRISH TEAM CAPTAINS ANNOUNCED

Pauline Walsh (Headfort) and Valerie Hassett (Ennis)
at the 2016 Senior European Team Championships

The beginning of the 2018 international amateur golf season is but a few short weeks away and with a busy schedule including home advantage for the Home International Matches and the World Amateur Team Championships, hopes for this year are high for elite female Irish Golf.
In terms of team representative events, early July see’s the Ladies and Girls European Team Championships take place in Austria and Sweden, respectively. The beginning of August will see a large Irish contingent travelling to Ballybunion ahead of the Ladies and Girls Home International Matches. The Irish Senior Women’s team will defend their 2017 Senior Home International title at Burnham and Berrow, England, in October and travel to the European Team Championships in September. 
Danielle McVeigh (Royal County Down Ladies) will again Captain the Ladies Irish Team while Helen Jones (Royal Portrush) takes over the reins from Gemma Butler (Birr) and will Captain the Irish Girls’ Team. 

McVeigh, who has had a successful career as an amateur and professional is excited for what is in store for her second year as Captain;
‘It is a pleasure to work with such a fantastic group of people, both the players and the support staff. Together we overcame many challenges last year which I am sure 2018 will also present. Winning the 2017 Home Internationals showed how a great team comes together and performs. There is such a depth of talent in Ireland right now and it will be really exciting to be Captain again in 2018.’

Meanwhile, Valerie Hassett (Ennis), past ILGU President, will take over from Pauline Walsh (Headfort) at Senior’s level as she relishes the thought of an exciting new position and build on the achievements of the team over the last two years. 

Irish Team Captains
Irish Girls: Helen Jones (Royal Portrush)
Irish Women’s Team: Danielle McVeigh (Royal County Down Ladies)
Irish Senior Women’s Team: Valerie Hassett (Ennis)

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