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PGA to partner with One Golf Network

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THE Professional Golfers’ Associationhas announces a strategic partnership with One Golf Network in a new golf club marketing, golfer loyalty programme and tee time distribution company.

The main aim of the company – now known as PGA One Golf Network – is to better connect and engage with golfers.  This summer will see the launch of two core products; GoPlayGolf.co.uk, a golf marketing and tee time distribution website, providing golf clubs with more control when selling tee times, including setting their own pricing, and The Golfer Card, a data registration system for all UK golfers, with the focus on assisting clubs in collecting the data of the estimated 1.5 million independent golfers.

PGA One Golf Network was formally launched at the start of the year by Jane Carter, who has worked in the golf industry for more than 30 years, with more than a decade working directly with golf clubs. Work to date has been in the development of technology – a tee time booking system and a digital data collection model – and a pilot test in golf clubs.

Jane Carter, director of PGA One Golf Network is delighted to have such key industry support: “Having the investment and backing of the PGA is an enormous vote of confidence in the company. We couldn’t wish for a better partner. With more than 6,000 Members working in golf clubs throughout Great Britain and Ireland, they are at the centre of driving participation.

“While The PGA Professional is at the heart of the relationship with golfers, independents and members, PGA One Golf Network will provide the tools and support to help them play an active part in promoting the golf club, their own services and the game.”

The PGA is giving its backing to the company which it sees as a key foundation in helping the industry take better control of its relationships with golfers. By supporting PGA One Golf Network, it underlines The PGA’s commitment to facilitate a change in the industry and support PGA Members who play such a key role.

Robert Maxfield, chief executive of The PGA, said : “By partnering in projects such as PGA One Golf Network, we can assist our Members and the wider industry grow the game. The PGA Professionals have a vital role to play in supporting their golf clubs in a commercially driven marketplace where discounted tee times are becoming too dominant.

“Jane has enormous industry knowledge through working closely with golf clubs and PGA Professionals for many years. Golf clubs face some major challenges in relation to managing tee times and we believe PGA One Golf Network provides the solution.”

As the green fee market is evolving, golfers are more and more found online and mobile, increasing the importance of online tee time marketing. GoPlayGolf.co.uk will offer clubs the opportunity to control their pricing structure and build relationships directly with the customer.There are no barter tee times and the key focus is on convenience and added value. Tee time booking technology can be provided or it will work seamlessly with existing tee time booking systems.

The Golfer Card has been developed to meet the long over-due challenge of building a database of independent golfers in the UK. It is a seamless, GDPR compliant, one-time mobile registration system and loyalty programme. Golf clubs will no longer have to continuously collect email addresses and manage marketing preferences as The Golfer Card manages all the data for them. It offers a simple software installation for each club, so golfers can sign in using their smartphones. PGA Professionals at the point of sale will be educated to use the system, designed to free their time to serve their customers.

Industry support for PGA One Golf Network is growing and includes Wales Golf, who have been working with Jane since the inception of the company. Richard Dixon, chief executive of Wales Golf, said: “We are delighted the PGA is now a partner in PGA One Golf Network. PGA Professionals have enormous influence in the marketplace. There can be no better ambassadors to help us in our goal of supporting golf clubs and growing the game.”

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Webb feat as he wins PGA North crown

MATTHEW Webb has certainly been getting around in his quest to make a break-through into big-time golf.

But the 28-year-old newly-crowned PGA North Region champion, who honed his game under the watchful eye of his dad Marcus, professional at Bedlingtonshire Golf Club, is seriously considering a fresh career in coaching.

Last summer he tried his hand on the China and Asian tours, the latter proving the most profitable.

“I also played the Challenge Tour once but I didn’t feel that the best route to take because you can’t make much money out of it,” he reasoned.

Two years ago he won the National Assistants’ Championship at Little Aston and followed up by claiming a similar title in Australia.

Webb, who finished top the shots as he claimed the regional title at Bolton Old Links today (July 17) admitted he has played little golf recently.

“I’ve been doing other things such as coaching in Thailand alongside fellow pro Frederick Edmunds who’s from Sussex,” he said.

“I’m planning to carry on with the work at the end of next month. I don’t like living in a suitcase. Also, I’ve not played well this year. It’s all been a bit of a struggle without a sponsor.

“There’s twice as much pressure when you don’t get any funding. Golf is not a bottomless pit. Deep down I know I can’t afford to play.”

Much-travelled Webb has recently lived in Manila and his next stop will be Bangkok.

LEADING SCORES: 134 Matthew Webb (Bedlingtonshire) 67 67; 136 David Shacklady (Mossock Hall) 67 69; 137 Andrew Palmer (Chorley) 70 67; 138 Jamie Howarth (Davenport) 68 70, Phil Archer (Poulton Park) 68 70; 139 Gareth Davies (Abbeydale) 70 69, David Smith (Swinton Park) 69 70, Graham Cox (Lymm) 68 71, Tim Dykes (Penrith) 66 73, Grant Hamerton (Pike Fold) 65 74.

 

Search for the Perfect Swing

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FROM LEFT: Dr Rob Neal, CEO of Golf BioDynamics, Steve Otto, the R&A’s Director of Equipment Standards and Chief Technology Officer, Dr Alastair Cochran, author of The Search for the Perfect Swing, Dr Sasho MacKenzie, professor at St. Francis Xavier University, Nova Scotia,  and Prof  Eric Wallace, Professor of Biomechanics and Sports Technology at Ulster Uni.  Image courtesy of The PGA. 

THE author of what many have described as the “The Bible” for golf coaches returned to The PGA for a special event to mark the 50 years since the publication of “The Search for the Perfect Swing.”

Dr Alastair Cochran’s book remains one of the seminal pieces of work that has applied scientific methods to study the game of golf. It continues to be referenced today by scientists, educators and practitioners across the world of golf.

Cochran was the guest of honour at PGA headquarters inside The Belfry, Sutton Coldfield, on May 21 and his book’s popularity was demonstrated with almost 100 people attending the sold out event inside the PGA National Training Academy.

“It’s been a life-changing thing for me,” said Cochran. I’ve always been an academic and a research physicist but this book as got me all round the world.

“I personally didn’t anticipate the sort of impact the book would have on golf. There’s a great cult following who think it’s the best thing since sliced bread. It was fun to do and it got a few other people starting to think about things like that.

“When I finished doing some work for The PGA on their manuals three to four years ago, I thought that was it. But meeting these guys got me excited about golf again and what they’re doing.”

A select group of world-leading experts who are involved in researching various elements of the game were also in attendance.

They included Dr Rob Neal, CEO of Golf BioDynamics, the R&A’s Director of Equipment Standards and Chief Technology Officer, Professor Steve Otto, and Professor Eric Wallace, Professor of Biomechanics and Sports Technology at Ulster University.

Dr Sasho MacKenzie, Professor at St. Francis Xavier University, Nova Scotia, Canada, also flew in especially for the event.

David Colclough, Head of Coaching & Sports Science at The PGA, added: “It was a great honour to recognise the considerable contribution that Alastair has made to the development of the game of golf through his original work with ‘The Search for the Perfect Swing.

“We were also delighted to get such a wonderful line-up of speakers, who so neatly related the most current research findings to Alistair’s work from 1968.

“I think it showed what an essential read the book still is for anyone serious about understanding the science behind the game.”

 

King crowned Silversea Senior PGA champion

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JOHN King, the long-serving head professional at Lindrick Golf Club, muscled in on the anticipated duel between Mark Ridley and John Gould to win the Silversea Senior PGA Championship at Foxhills.

Six and five strokes adrift of Ridley and Gould respectively at the start of the final round, King kept his game together while they faltered.

Ridley, who is attached to South Moor Golf Club, Co Durham, was unable to replicate the form that had seen him lead the tournament at the end of the first and second rounds and posted a four-over-par total of 77 to finish on two-under-par. One-over after 12, his round was effectively derailed by bogeys at 14, 16 and 17.

Meanwhile, Gould, who had drawn level with Ridley courtesy of a birdie at the par five fifth, never recovered from the plague of bogeys, including a double, that followed over four of the next five holes.

A birdie at the par-five 12th provided brief respite before two more bogeys resulted in a five-over-par round of 78 and him ceding third place to Mossock Hall’s David Shacklady.

King, by contrast, unaware of the implosions behind him, made flawless progress round the Bernard Hunt course and, courtesy of a birdie at the par-four 13th, carded a one-under-par round of 72 to finish on two-under.

All of which meant a sudden death play-off with Ridley to determine the destiny of the Bernard Hunt trophy and £6,000 winner’s cheque put up by Silversea, the luxury cruise line specialists sponsoring the tournament for the third successive year.

It took place on the par-four 18th and while King had the momentum, Ridley had ‘previous’ on the double green that serves the final holes on both the Longcross and Bernard Hunt courses at the Surrey resort.

He had signed off on days one and two with a 40-foot chip for a birdie and an even longer putt for an eagle but this time his Midas touch with either putter or wedge deserted him.

Not least on the third negotiation of the hole when he three-putted for a bogey and King claimed victory with a par.

King, who has been head pro at the 1957 Ryder Cup venue for 20 years and was an assistant there before moving to nearby Worksop where he coached a youthful Lee Westwood, described his round as one of the best he has played.

But he admitted that, given the deficit he had to make up on Ridley and Gould, his initial target was finishing in the top 15 and earning a place in the Staysure PGA Seniors Championship at the London Club in August.

“I was playing with a good buddy, Rob Ellis,” he explained, “and we were realistically looking at making sure we finished in the top 15.

“But you never know at this game. It was a little bit of surprise to catch them but obviously I’m delighted. I’ve had to work that hard for a victory before on occasions but this was one of the best rounds I’ve played tee to green.

King was also fulsome in his praise for Foxhills and added: “I’ve been coming here for a few years now and it’s been fabulous. The best it’s been. We’ve had bad weather in the past but this year it’s been perfect.

“Both courses are in great condition and, as usual, all the staff have been excellent.”

 

Leading scores

 

1              John King (Lindrick Golf Club)                                     216 (-2)                 £6,000

2              Mark Ridley (South Moor Golf Club)        216 (-2)                 £4,500

3              David Shacklady (Mossock Hall)                 217 (-1)                 £3,400

4              John Gould (John Gould International)  218 (L)                   £2,550

5              Paul Streeter (Lincoln Golf Centre)                          219 (+1)                                £2,100

 

A full list of scores can be found at:

 

https://pgagbi.bluegolf.com/bluegolf/pgagbi18/event/pgagbi18329/contest/9/leaderboard.htm

It’s first time lucky for Palmer

CHORLEY assistant  Andy Palmer won the Titleist & FootJoy PGA Professional Championship North West qualifier to reach the final at his first attempt at Delamere Forest.

His four-under-par 67 at the Cheshire left him one ahead of Sandiway’s Gareth Jones.

They will join 13 other qualifiers at Little Aston club in Sutton Coldfield for the £78,000 grand final on July 24-27.

Palmer (pictured) said:  “The only bad shot I hit all day was a double bogey at the 14th.

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“But I made a couple of birdies after that and it was the best I’d played for a long time.

“It was quite bouncy out there. I was pleased with how I played, it was the first time I’ve been eligible to compete for it after graduating from the PGA course in April.”

He added: “I played at Little Aston in the English Amateur Championship a while ago.”

 

 

 

Jason leads the way at Hesketh

JASON Shufflebottom completed a memorable start to the season by winning the PGA Assistants’ Championship North qualifying round at Hesketh Golf Club.
The Prestatyn-based Denbigh  man posted a one-under 68 to edge out Matthew Dunbabin (Sandiway), Calum Hey (Shipley) and Nick Tibbetts (Carlisle).
They will join 15 other qualifiers at the £32,000, Birdietime-supported, grand final at Farleigh Golf Club, Surrey, on  July 3-5.
But the victory came after the 29-year-old had been named as a junior ambassador for the Flintshire Golf Union.
“They approached me to work as an ambassador a few months ago and now it’s all been passed, so I’m looking forward to doing some work with the juniors and inspiring a bit more success in North Wales.
“I’m very fortunate to be in a positive environment with good coaching practices.”
Shufflebottom is a former Wales amateur International who studied in the USA before deciding to take the PGA route.
“It’s a big bad world out there, but I decided that if I couldn’t play for a living, I’d like to help others improve and my goal is to go for a coaching role. The PGA course gives me the chance to play as well.”
Shufflebottom said he was fortunate with the draw at Hesketh.
“I was first out and we played the first six holes with no wind, then it picked up a little bit,” he said.

Pantoja goes back to the future

OLIVER  Pantoja has gone back to his roots as he prepares for a second successive Titleist & FootJoy PGA Professional Championship final.

The Manchester-based professional has been with Ashton on Mersey b for 18 months and it is the place where he grew up learning his golf.

Pantoja is set to tee off in the North West qualifier at Delamere Forest Golf Club on May 8.

And he will be aiming to secure a spot in the £78,000 final which will be staged at Little Aston Golf Club in Sutton Coldfield between July 24-27.

“I was a junior member at Ashton for a number of years and it’s where I learnt the game – it’s also where I could be found when I was playing truant from school,” said Pantoja, whose father is from Portugal.

“It’s always been a place which has been close to my  heart. When I left my last job, I was welcomed with open arms here and it was fairly local to where I was.

“I’ve laying some roots down, I know a lot of people here and it’s good to see some friendly faces.”

Pantoja’s only attempt at qualifying for the final earned him a place at Luttrellstown Castle in Ireland last year.

But he hopes he will do better if he makes it to Little Aston 12 months on.

“I qualified for Ireland, but it just didn’t work out for me, the place suited me down to the earth, but my game wasn’t with me, I think I left it back in Manchester that week,” he added.

“It was a great venue which appealed to me – but I love the fact that it’s Delamere again for the qualifier this year. I won through from there last time and I feel like I can play well around there. I’d play there every week if I could, I’ll be playing a practice round there before the event so it’ll be good to get my fix in before the actual event.”

Other North West players at Delamere Forest include: Mark Smith (Stamford Golf Club); Craig Corrigan (Chili Dip Academy); Lee Rooke (Royal St. David’s Golf Club); Oliver Whiteley (Bramall Park Golf Club);   Tim Dykes  (Penrith Golf Club);  Simon Wilson (Lytham (Green Drive) Golf Club; and Ali Gray  (Ormskirk Golf Club).