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Full steam ahead for Golf Express!

GOLF Express is celebrating a very happy first birthday after a year highlighting that the  game fits into any lifestyle.

England Golf launched the campaign to promote shorter, quicker formats – and it has captured the mood of the moment.

Over the past 12 months, momentum has been gathering across the industry to prove that golf can be short, fun, fitted into a busy lifestyle – and show-stopping. What’s been happening?

More than 25,000 people have been encouraged by Golf Express to play 9-hole golf or other short circuits, with in excess of 200 clubs already using the website to post offers.

Two months are dedicated to promoting Golf Express and England Golf is increasing investment in its national marketing campaign to drive traffic to the website, and to create even more interest around 9-hole golf and other shorter formats.

This weekend, the European Tour will hold its inaugural GolfSixes tournament at Centurion Club in St Albans, when two-man teams from 16 countries will compete over six-hole circuits, accompanied by showbiz razzamatazz.

The R&A has introduced a 9-hole competition for amateurs across GB&I, with the final taking place on the eve of The Open.

Top golfers such as Charley Hull, Melissa Reid, Martin Kaymer and Padraig Harrington have all featured on video endorsing the pleasures of 9-hole golf. Click here to view.

England Golf ambassador Justin Rose has said he often plays 9 holes in practice and described Golf Express as: “A great way to play all the game in half the time.”

Claire Hodgson, England Golf’s Head of Participation, commented: “It’s been fantastic to see the growing interest in short format golf and to get the support of top players and celebrities.

“Golf Express has shown many golfers that they really can fit the game in alongside all their commitments – and that it’s a great way for families to relax and have fun together.”

Nine-hole golf has plenty of health and social benefits. It can be played in just two hours while the player walks two to three miles, takes more than 5,000 steps and burns in excess 450 calories.

There’s an even faster, more athletic version, promoted by British Speedgolf, which has recently partnered Golf Express. Speedgolfers jog between shots and can complete a full 18 holes in under 80 minutes, or 9 holes in under 40 minutes.

“It’s been great to reach so many people in the first year of Golf Express and now we’re looking forward to getting even more players and golf clubs involved, showing golf really is game for all,” said Hodgson.

To learn more about Golf Express and to find 9-hole or other short format offers and a directory of facilities visit


Murray pays tribute to John Jacobs

ANDREW Murray was among the golfing fraternity to pay tribute to legend John Jacobs OBE, described as the father of the modern day game, who died this morning.

The Cheshire-based former European Tour winner, who regularly visited Jacobs at his Hampshire home, said: “I’d known him for 40 years and I saw him a few times recently and he was clearly not well.

“He touched everybody, not just tour players. When I took my sons Tom and Matt to meet him a few years ago they both connected with him. They were incredible impressed with his people skills. His knowledge of the game was passed on to everybody in the game from greats to ordinary folk.”GettyImages-463940990 (1).jpg

Murray, who regularly took Didsbury pro Peter Barber with him to see Jacobs, added: “He always had time for everybody and he never charged me one penny for a lesson. And he always paid for lunch!

 “I was very fortunate to know his so well and I am still very close to his family. I saw him for the last visit just before Christmas. He’s left me with some wonderful memories. He was 25 years ahead of his time.”

Jacobs’ legacy is that of a true sporting visionary – a player, a teacher, an
innovator, all born out of a passion for golf that consumed his life. To
this day, his influence can be felt in every aspect of the sport and across the globe.

From beginners picking up a club for the very first time to the stars of the European and US PGA tours, few golfers have not been touched by Jacobs’ genius and his overwhelming desire to ensure everyone loved the game and had as much fun playing it as he did.

A tour player of note who competed in the 1955 Ryder Cup in California, Jacobs would later captain the side twice – most fittingly in 1979 when European players competed for the very first time.

However, it was on the practice ground and in the game’s corridors of power where Jacobs had the biggest impact with his innovative thinking.

As a coach he transformed the fundamentals of how you teach t
he game with his revolutionary philosophies based on ball flight, club face alignment and swing path.

Through coaching schools, best-selling books, videos and television series his methods were known in the UK, across America and around the world.

Everyone, from the best to the worst could understand his teaching.

“Make it do-able,” he insisted. “Keep it simple.”

A PGA Master Professional, he wrote the PGA’s first training manual and decades later his principles are still at the core of every professional’s education.

For more than 20 years he was also the driving force behind the development of the European Tour, fighting to expand the season of events beyond Britain.

Within a matter of months of taking control he had increased events and doubled the prize money on offer.

In doing so, he laid the foundations for one of the most successful organisations in sport.

Jacobs, who lived in Lyndhurst, was also the visionary behind the growth of driving ranges, realising their value for both professionals and students who wanted learn and improve day or night, all year round.

            “Golf can be an expensive sport,” he reasoned. “Golf ranges wer
e an inexpensive way to get more people playing the game and enjoying it.”

All from the mind of one man – who loved golf. But home for Jacobs was the practice ground – particularly his golf schools where every day there were new faces, new challenges and different people to help, improve and make happy.

Jacobs was a friendly face for pros on tour, who would queue up f
or his advice, and, thanks to his books, videos, clinics and television appearances, he was a household name on both sides of the Atlantic.

All of which is a long way from his early years growing up at Lindrick Golf Club in Yorkshire where his father was the professional and understanding the swing was simply to “stop myself hooking into the gorse on the left”.

From everyday people to princes and kings, from beginners to tour players – Jacobs taught everyone. He touched lives, changed golf, innovated teaching, made the European Tour thrive – but most importantly he ensured people of all ages and all abilities enjoyed swinging a club.

“Playing golf is simple – it’s two turns and a swish.”

PGA Chief Executive Sandy Jones paid this tribute: “John Jacobs will be fondly remembered by those of us who were privileged to know him. Quite simply he was a legend of the game and his name will sit at the top table with all the golfing greats.”

Dr Kyle Phillpots, The PGA’s Executive Director – Education and Global Development, added: “John’s legacy to golf is well documented.  In addition to his accomplishments as a player, coach and administrator,  he is the person who made the European Tour happen and he is widely acknowledged  as the father of modern golf coaching.

“When I started at The PGA, although not a golfer, I had certainly heard of Jo
hn Jacobs and he lived up to his reputation in terms of not only his knowledge and huge understanding of the golf swing, but also his strength of character.

“However, more than that he was a real gentleman.  He was very kind to me and was always a great source of support to me and the Training Academy.

“The other thing that stands out is hi
s love of life – he took pleasure from so many things, whether it was golf, playing it, coaching it or talking about it.  He enjoyed fishing and also the simple pleasures of eating and drinking fine wine and just being with people.

“I will miss him and his great stories about his amazing life in golf.”



NW seniors in England teams

LANCASTRIAN Ian Crowther and Cheshire’s David Nelson have been selected for the England teams for two  international championships.

The team for the European senior men’s team championship is: Crowther, Nelson, Stephen East of Yorkshire, Richard Latham of Lincolnshire, David Niven of Berkshire, Alan Mew of Hampshire. Reserve is Mark Stones of Essex.

The championship is at Diners Golf and Country Club, Slovenia, from August 30 to September 3.

The same team, with the addition of Mark Stones, will contest the Senior Men’s Home Internationals at Machynys Peninsula, Wales, on September 20-22.

The players:

Stephen East (Moortown) won the Scottish senior championship this season having previously won Spanish, English and Portuguese senior titles.  He also topped the England Golf senior order of merit in his debut year in 2014.

Richard Latham (Woodhall Spa) won the English senior championship for the second time this year and is a past winner of the Scottish title. He won the England Golf senior order of merit in 2013.

David Nelson (Northenden) was third in the English senior championship, runner-up in the Northern senior qualifying tournament and was 14th in the Senior Amateur Championship.

David Niven (Newbury & Crookham) was runner-up in the English senior championship and in the South East Group’s Alan Hobson Trophy. Last year he tied fourth in the Senior Amateur Championship and helped Berks, Bucks & Oxon (BB&O) win the Senior County Championship.

Alan Mew (Stoneham) was third in the Welsh senior championship, sixth in the Scottish, 12th in the Irish and 19th in the English. He was 16th in the Senior Amateur Championship.

Ian Crowther (Royal Lytham & St Annes) tied eighth in the Senior Amateur Championship and 11th in the Northern senior qualifying tournament

Mark Stones (Boyce Hill) has had top ten finishes in the English, Irish and Scottish senior championships and was 14th in Wales.

The England senior order of merit is used to select the teams withc the top four players qualifying automatically for the European team and the top five for the Home Internationals. Two further players are selected for each team.

Lancs champs as they beat Yorkshire in senior league

LANCASHIRE  have won the Northern Counties Seniors’ League with a match remaining.

And they achieved it at the expense of Roses rivals Yorkshire, beating them by 11.5-6-5 at a testing Fairhaven course.

They trailed by a point after the morning greensomes before stepping  up to the plate in the fourballs.

The top and bottom matches were comfortably won s but the middle four games all went to the last.

And matches two and three all turned one hole deficits with three to play into one hole victories.

Meanwhile,. Cheshire’s win against Cumbria meant  Lancsashire could not be caught.


Sale’s Rawthore bids for senior glory

A NEW English senior women’s champion will be crowned tomorrow with four players staking their claim to hold the title for the first time. 

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Smethurst is UK’s leading man in Denmark

CHESHIRE legend Roy Smethurst steered the United Kingdom to their second successive gold medal in the European Senior Golf Association Masters Championship in Denmark.

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