Archive for November, 2018

Golf Foundation Junior Passport stamped by Colour Path Golf

THE Golf Foundation has teamed up with Colour Path Golf to offer PGA professionals a dynamic new coaching system that promises to help encourage more youngsters to learn the game.

Colour Path Golf has become the ‘Junior Golf Passport Delivery Partner’ of the Golf Foundation.  The coaching system, which has been developed by PGA professionals John Glenn and Kevin Merry, will support and promote the Foundation’s Junior Golf Passport; the official learning programme for England and Wales as endorsed by the Professional Golfers’ Association.

The Junior Golf Passport supports young people who have first experienced the sport in Golf Foundation school and community programmes to take the next step to learning golf under the guidance of the PGA professional at a golf club venue.  Used by 300 golf clubs and 450 PGA professionals the Passport, and the relationship the Foundation enjoys with the PGA, is a key element of the charity’s HSBC Golf Roots programme which encourages young people to ‘Start, Learn and Stay’ in golf.

Colour Path Golf is an innovative coaching system that is proving to be a popular new way to learn all aspects of the game.  Using plastic shapes in the four primary colours, coaches can map out the correct swing path on the ground for every type of golf shot.  This visual way of learning has great success rates, is incredibly easy to follow and brings consistency to junior coaching programmes.  With its fun games and drills Colour Path Golf is particularly successful when coaching young players and beginners.

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Martin Crowder, Head of Development for the Golf Foundation, said: “The Junior

Golf Passport is a successful learning programme in its own right, fully endorse

d by the PGA.  We are always looking at new ways to inspire both youngsters and the coaches who are involved in the programme and we believe Colour Path Golf is a great example of fresh thinking that will have a positive impact on everyone involved in the Passport programme.

“The Golf Foundation has recognised the growing interest for Colour Path Golf’s coaching philosophy amongst PGA coaches and that its colourful and fun delivery has been a real hit with many young people. With their own PGA professional expertise, the team

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Colour Path Golf has a fantastic attitude and a clear passion for helping youngsters to reach their potential.  We feel working with this team offers a natural additional option for all users of the Junior Golf Passport which they will enjoy as they help the next generation into the game.”

John Glenn, a PGA Class AA Teaching Professional and Co-Founder of Colour Path Golf, said: “We are delighted to be in partnership with the Golf Foundation.  It’s very early days for us as a business but their endorsement of our coaching system shows that there is a real desire to simplify the game and to make it easy to learn.  Our dedication to growing the game is what has led us to develop the Colour Path Golf sy

stem. I am confident that our products, combined with the Golf Foundation’s commitment to bringing golf to more youngsters through its Junior Golf Passport programme, can have a really positive impact on the game.”

Through the partnership, the Golf Foundation will promote the resources of Colour Path Golf through its Junior Golf Passport platform (see www.juniorgolfpassport.org) and the Colour Path Golf team will also work to increase awareness of the Passpor

t system by providing training kits and education to all the Golf Foundation’s Regional Officers.

Furthermore, all sales of Colour Path Golf training products to PGA pros who are registered on the Passport scheme will bring an extra benefit to the charity, as John explains: “As part of our commitment to growing the game we will be making a donation, for every Colour Path Golf product bought by PGA professionals registered on the Passport scheme, to the Golf Foundation to continue the incredible work they do for Junior Golf Development.”

Meanwhile, the Golf Foundation is carrying out a redesign to create a new look for the Junior Golf Passport combined with exciting fresh content to appeal to juniors as they learn the game. Additional skills-testing has also been added to further support the work of coaches and this new-look Passport is expected to launch in February 2019.

 

PGA professionals registered for the Junior Golf Passport can find out how to access favourable pricing terms with Colour Path Golf at www.juniorgolfpassport.org, or they can talk directly to the Golf Foundation on 01992 449830, or email marketing@golf-foundation.org

See more on Colour Path Golf at www.colourpathgolf.co.uk

 

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Hurlston Hall hits mark with national award

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ON YOUR MARKS: Hurlston Hall  receives its  GolfMark award (from left): Tim Hastings, club professional, Andrew Chessworth-Wiggar, general manager, Adam McAlister, club support officer in Lancashire for England Golf, John Walker, club chairman and GolfMark lead, and Irene Traynor, hon secretary

 

HURLSTON HALL Golf Club, on the outskirts of Ormskirk, has won a national GolfMark award for its efforts to grow the game. It’s an official seal of approval for clubs which successfully work to develop the game in four ways:

  • By attracting new members and encouraging existing ones to play more
  • Using practical business planning to develop the club
  • Offering coaching and playing opportunities for all golfers
  • Ensuring safeguarding policies are in place

The golf and country club, set in 200 acres of rolling Lancashire countryside, has been rewarded for its commitment to growing the sport and taking an innovative approach.

It launched a Get into Golf programme in 2017, attracting a mixture of women and men who were looking to try playing for the first time. Coaching from the club professional was supported by an introduction to life both on and off the course at the club.

The club also provided a pathway into membership with the first month free followed up by a specially tailored deal which gave those signing up the chance to play regularly and enter competitions.

The club continues to support the newcomers, with their own fun six-hole competition and further coaching clinics.

Club chairman John Walker, who took the lead on the club’s GolfMark application, explained: “It is fantastic to see the enthusiasm of these new members and to watch them progress on their golfing journey.

“While they may yet not be ready for an official handicap, we are very conscious of the need to follow them on their golfing journey and to continue to provide help and support.”

Among the innovative events staged by the club have been Night Golf and a special cross country competition for the captains’ charity, Guide Dogs for the Blind.

A 13-hole course was set up – but not following the usual route round. For example, players teed off on the first but aimed for the green on the eighth!

Walker added: “It certainly made the players think and we all saw parts of the course we had never been to before!”

Adam McAlister, club support officer in Lancashire for England Golf, said: “Hurlston Hall has gone to great lengths, not just to attract and then support newcomers to the sport, but to also provide something different for club members, which is a great way of retaining numbers and stimulating interest.

“The award of GolfMark is well deserved and the result of much hard work by all those involved at the club.”

The GolfMark award was developed by England Golf and also integrates Sport England’s Clubmark award – a national standard for quality sports clubs recognised across the country.

GolfMark brings a number of benefits to clubs including raising awareness, access to funding, business and marketing support and training opportunities for staff and volunteers.

To find out more visit www.golfmark.org

 

Dixon’s Turkish delight

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FORMER European Tour member David Dixon earned himself a career lifeline by winning the PGA Play-Offs at Antalya Golf Club on a day that was full of twists, turns, sub-plots and top class golf.

Staged at the home of the PGA National Turkey, it was typified by Matt Cort, the overnight co-leader, posting a second successive five-under-par round of 66 and having to settle for the runner’s up berth three shots adrift of Dixon.

That was the gap between Cort and Dixon at the turn after the former had put the challenging PGA Sultan course to the sword.

He posted six birdies on the front nine but, perhaps because of the ill-effects of a heavy cold, was unable to maintain his momentum.

What followed, however, was a case of Dixon snatching the prize from his grasp rather than the pro from Beedles Lake Golf Club in Leicestershire squandering his advantage.

Two shots behind after Cort bogeyed the par four 14th, Dixon signed off with a birdie, eagle, birdie, birdie salvo to post a 13-under-par total for the three rounds and claim the £3,500 first prize.

In addition, and like Cort, he has booked his place in next year’s Great Britain and Ireland PGA Cup team, the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth and the British Masters.

All of which came as much as a surprise as a relief to Dixon who is attached to Enmore Park Golf Club in Somerset.

“I didn’t have any expectations for this week at all,” he admitted. “I went to the second stage of Tour School and played well. But I couldn’t hole any putts so I’ve lost all my categories and exemptions for the European and Challenge Tours.

“It meant I had nothing for next year apart from coming here to see if I could do any good and earn a couple of starts. I came out to enjoy a week’s golf before a long winter but came good in the end.

“Corty got off to such an unbelievable start, I felt I was playing for second place. So I aimed to just keep hitting good shots because you never know what can happen.

“Finishing like that is the stuff of what dreams are made of. I’ve had good finishes before but considering what was on the line, it’s probably the best hour of golf in my life.”

Similarly unexpected was the manner in which Robert Coles’s tournament was transformed.

Coles had been the Great Britain and Ireland PGA Cup team’s leading points scorer in the victory over the USA at Foxhills last year and had already been named as one of Cameron Clark’s vice captains for the match in Texas next September.

However, his chance of qualifying as a player looked remote after he began the final round way down the field on two-over.

That is until he also signed off in style with an eagle, par, birdie finish for an eight-under-par round of 63.

It all added up to 54-hole total of six-under and a sudden death play-off with Scotland’s Paul O’Hara to determine who would join Dixon and Cort in the PGA Cup team.

In the event Cole did not have to complete the hole after O’Hara, unable to extricate his ball that was wedged under the lip of a fairway bunker, conceded.

“I was very fortunate to get through like that,” said Cole, who represents Maylands Golf and Country Club in Essex and is a former European Tour player.

“It was a tough week for me. I struggled through most of it and hit a lot of practice shots, worked hard, and finally got something better going yesterday. I took it to the course today and managed to keep it going.

“I certainly didn’t think about making the team after the first two rounds. I wanted to post a good score for my own pride. It got better at the end, especially finishing off eagle, par, birdie.

“It hasn’t quite sunk in because I wasn’t expecting it. So I’m thrilled, really excited and surprised.”

Coles also qualifies for the BMW PGA Championship as a result of finishing third, as does O’Hara who is well-placed in the points table for a place in the PGA Cup team.

 

Fleetwood makes a move in Hong Kong

TOMMY Fleetwood posted a second round 65 in the Hong Kong Open to move up to a share of fifth place as Aaron Rai produced a course-record 61 to open up a commanding four-shot lead.

The scoring conditions were perfect for the early starters this morning and Rai took full advantage, notching six birdies in his first nine holes – including four in a row from the 12th – before finding three more on the back nine to break the course record by two strokes and move to 14 under par.

That impressive total left the three-time Challenge Tour winner four shots clear of closest challenger Hyowon Park following the South Korean’s bogey-free 62.

Fleetwood, who opened with a 69, said: “I hit it well off the tee. Got away with a couple, but irons were better, like it was a much stronger hit today. Rolled a couple of putts in at the end and be happy with the day.

“It’s a phenomenal golf course. It doesn’t matter what hole you’re on. It doesn’t matter whether you’re hitting a lob wedge in or a seven iron. The shots, most of the time, are equally as difficult.  Like I say, off the tee, whatever club you’re trying to hit, two yards off the fairway and you can’t control your golf ball.

“ It’s great to play. You get punished for bad golf, and if you play well, you have a chance of scoring a really good one, like we’ve seen looking at the scoreboard. It’s perfect.

“We’ve played 36 holes and there’s 36 more to go. You know, as soon as you get ahead of yourself around here, you’re going to just lose it. You’ll get punished. I’ll keep plugging on.”

Round Two Scores

126 A Rai (Eng) 65 61,
130 H Park (Kor) 68 62,
132 M Fitzpatrick (Eng) 70 62,
133 M Shin (USA) 66 67,
134 T Fleetwood (Eng) 69 65, A Da Silva (Bra) 70 64, S Hend (Aus) 68 66, J Higginbottom (Aus) 69 65, A Quiros (Esp) 68 66, J Scrivener (Aus) 65 69,

 

England Golf name award winners

ENGLAND Golf has announced the first six sponsors for its prestigious 2019 Awards.
The PGA – Coach of the Year
The Golf Foundation – Young Ambassador of the Year
Players 1st – Innovation Award
HowDidiDo – Most Welcoming Club of the Year
SMS SPORTS MARKETING SURVEYS INC – dinner wine
Derek Burridge Trophies – award trophies

Nick Pink, England Golf chief executive, commented: “We are absolutely delighted to welcome these sponsors and we appreciate their fantastic support for our England Golf Awards. All six were sponsors last year and their decision to return is a huge compliment to the prestige of the awards and our aim to raise the profile of all that’s great about golf in England.

“We look forward to joining them and our other guests on the night to celebrate the people, clubs and counties who make our game special.”

The England Golf Awards 2019 take place at the Royal Lancaster London on  March 21. The black-tie gala dinner will be a must-attend date for everyone who cares about golf and offers a chance to hear about the outstanding achievements of the finalists and to applaud the winners.

Nominations for the awards close at midnight on  30 November. As well as the sponsored awards there are categories for Volunteer of the Year, Lifetime Service Award and County of the Year. Visit www.englandgolfawards.org for more information and to make nominations.

Here’s what the sponsors have to say:

The PGA’s professionals enhance the golfing experience of hundreds of thousands of players across the world. Chief Executive Robert Maxfield said: “We are delighted to sponsor England Golf’s Coach of the Year Award for a second year. Our members play an integral role in helping to develop and grow the game of golf across the world. From teaching beginners at their local club, to instructing Europe’s Ryder Cup stars in Paris, our highly trained coaches remain vital to the growth and development of the game.”

The Golf Foundation is the charity responsible for making golf more accessible to young people and to help them ‘Start, Learn and Stay’ in the sport. It jointly runs the Young Ambassador programme with England Golf. Chief Executive Brendon Pyle said: “We believe that leadership and volunteering opportunities for young people in the sport can help develop valuable life skills. We are delighted to be associated with the Young Ambassador of the Year Award.”

Players 1st is one of the world’s leading player experience platforms. Chief Executive Morten Bisgaard said: “To quote Steve Jobs, innovation is not about money. It’s about the people you have, how you are led, and how much you get it. So, what I am looking for in a winner of this category is a club or organisation which have succeeded in establishing a leadership culture where the staff are empowered to continuously make small everyday innovations to drive exceptional customer experiences.

HowDidiDo is one of the largest online golfing networks anywhere in the world. Chief Executive Richard Peabody commented: “HowDidiDo is delighted to be sponsoring the Most Welcoming Club of the Year Award at the 2019 England Golf Awards. These Awards are a great celebration of some of the hard work that goes on behind the scenes at golf clubs that people don’t usually see. It’s also a great opportunity to meet the people benefitting from the HowDidiDo system.”

SPORTS MARKETING SURVEYS INC. is a sports research business with a strong focus on golf. Director Richard Payne said: “We are delighted to continue our sponsorship of the England Golf Awards and support an event that has become a highlight of the golfing calendar. We believe the work that England Golf undertakes is critical to the long-term health of the game and are delighted to play our small part in helping them achieve their objectives. We hope you are all able to join us in raising a glass and celebrating the many golf achievements that have taken place over the last year in England.”

Derek Burridge Trophies is a leading trade price supplier of golf awards. Sales Director Mark Burridge said: “This is a wonderful opportunity for the golf community to recognise the outstanding winners and we are delighted to support the England Golf Awards. So much good work goes on within the industry and this evening brings everyone together.”

I didn’t play well admits Fleetwood

SOUTHPORT’S Tommy Fleetwood lies four shots adrift of Aaron Rai, Jason Scrivener and Yusaku Miyazato who lead the way at the Honma Hong Kong Open presented by Amundi after benefiting from favourable afternoon conditions today.

Fleetwood admitted: “It’s okay. You can’t press too hard and to be fair, I didn’t play very good. I was fine getting off the tee. Drove the ball lovely which is the really important part to do, but yeah, my iron play was like way off. One under around there is not bad, but yeah, we had chances there but I mean, I didn’t play very well.”

After India’s Arjun Atwal had set the early clubhouse target with a flawless 66 on a cool and windy morning in Fanling, calmer weather opened the door for later starters Rai, Scrivener and Miyazato to produce opening 65s and move to the top of the leaderboard.

Three-time European Tour winner Atwal, Challenge Tour graduate Jack Singh Brar and American Micah Lauren Shin were the leaders’ nearest challengers on four under after they all carded four birdies and no bogeys in their opening rounds.

Rai began his round with a birdie at the first but had to wait until the 12th to pick up his second shot after a string of pars. He was rewarded for his patience with an eagle at the 13th, sending a stunning approach to within a few inches of the cup before tapping in.

Australian Scrivener only managed one birdie on his front nine before picking up four shots in five holes from the 12th to get to five under, meanwhile Japan’s Miyazato started from the 11th tee and carded birdies at the 13th and 15th, before making further gains on the fourth and seventh to join Rai and Scrivener at the summit.

Leading Round One Scores

65 J Scrivener (Aus) , Y Miyazato (Jpn) , A Rai (Eng) ,
66 M Shin (USA) , A Atwal (Ind) , J Singh Brar (Eng) ,
67 T Aiken (RSA) , D Boonma (Tha) ,
68 A Quiros (Esp) , N Colsaerts (Bel) , Y Liu (Chn) , A Chesters (Eng) , T Jaidee (Tha) , D Drysdale (Sco) , S Brazel (Aus) , K Joshi (Ind) , T Pilkadaris (Aus) , S Hend (Aus) , H Park (Kor) , H Porteous (RSA) , J Wang (Kor) , B Henson (USA) ,
69 T Fleetwood (Eng) , A Johnston (Eng) , J Morrison (Eng) , A Cañizares (Esp) , W Lin (Tpe) , D Lipsky (USA) , S Fernandez (Esp) , C O’Toole (USA) , A Karlsson (Swe) , C Bezuidenhout (RSA) , S Sharma (Ind) , J Janewattananond (Tha) , M Schwab (Aut) , K Koivu (Fin) , J Higginbottom (Aus) , J Harding (RSA) , J Kruyswijk (RSA) , S Kim (USA) ,

 

Fleetwood fired up for Hong Kong challenge

THE 2019 Race to Dubai has not even started yet but Tommy Fleetwood already has his sights set on maintaining the form that saw him rise to the top of world golf when he tees it up at the HONMA Hong Kong Open presented by Amundi this week.

The Englishman  sits ninth in the Official World Golf Ranking, a career high for the 27 year old, and arrives at Hong Kong Golf Club in excellent form with 15 top 20 finishes pushing him to third on the season-long Race to Dubai Rankings presented by Rolex.

The Ryder Cup star would dearly love to be crowned European Number One once again and has an impressive track record in this event, finishing in the top six in both of his previous appearances.

Meanwhile, Rafa Cabrera Bello is hoping to make it third time lucky this week. The Spaniard has finished second in his last two starts at the event, losing out by a single shot to Australians Sam Brazel and Wade Ormsby in the 2017 and 2018 seasons.

His runner-up finish last term was his best result of another incredibly consistent campaign that saw him record a further five top tens, four of the them in Majors, World Golf Championships and Rolex Series events.

Despite being one of the best performers in golf week in, week out, he has just two wins in the last nine years and would love a victory at a course that has seen countrymen José María Olazábal, Miguel Ángel Jiménez and José Manuel Lara share six victories between them since the turn of the century.

Player Quotes

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Tommy Fleetwood: “It is nice seeing places, and I think as golfers and just the nature of what we do, we don’t get to see places as much as we’d like to, so to do the odd nice little touristy thing is really nice, especially somewhere like Hong Kong. It’s one of my favourite places, so the more I get to see of it, the better.

“I think it was a great follow to what was the season of my life. I would have liked to have won another time after starting so strong and winning, and I think I played well enough to win a lot of the time, but always sort of had one round that cost me or

made me fall just short.

“It’s a brilliant year. You have to remember how well you’ve done, and the two guys that finished above of me in the Race to Dubai were two Major champions. But the good thing to look forward to is I feel like there’s a lot many of improvement out there, so that’s still the exciting part.

“I think just over the course of four days my game just needs to stay a little bit more consistent. I said it a couple times last week, I’ve always fallen like one round short. I’ve always had one round that’s been poor, and I just need to make those rounds better.

“You’re always improving your game and you’re all looking at ways to improve it, so that’s the same.  Week in, week out, everybody does that, and you just have to do that in the smartest way possible.  But my consistency level was brilliant last year, and especially playing two different Tours, as well, so I was very proud of that. But aga

in, winning is what we all want to do, so to do that I need to put four rounds t

ogether.

“We’ve already spoke about the city, but the course, I feel the last two years, it’s set up nicely for me. It is quite a big patience game because you feel like there’s a lot of chances, but the course actually doesn’t give you that much in the end. Especially if the wind is swirling, it makes it very difficult. But in general, ball striking is pretty key. You can’t really play this golf course from off the fairways. You have to be on the fairway to score, and that’s obviously one of my strengths, so hopefully I can keep that up for just one more week.”