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New caps to challenge for Euro senior honours

NEW caps Sue Spencer, Trevor Foster and Rupert Kellock are named in the England sides for the European senior team championships. Foster, the British senior champion, and Kellock will be joined in the men’s team by Ian Attoe, Stephen East, Richard Latham and Richard Partridge.

In the women’s team, Spencer will play alongside Julie Brown, Jackie Foster, Aileen Greenfield, Helen Lowe and Cath Rawthore.

The championships will be played from September 4-8, with the women competing at Mont Garni Golf Club, Belgium, and the men travelling to Diamond Country Club, Austria.

Last year the women won the silver medal at their European championship while the men took bronze.

THE PLAYERS.

Men, captained by Roy Smethurst (Crewe).

Ian Attoe (Worplesdon, Surrey) won the English senior men’s amateur for the second time in May and is currently second in the England Golf senior order of merit.

Stephen East (Wyke Ridge, Yorkshire) is a past winner of the English, Spanish, Portuguese and Scottish senior titles.  He also won the senior order of merit in 2014, 2016 and 2017.

Trevor Foster (Accrington & District, Lancashire) scored a runaway nine-shot win in the British seniors’ at Royal Porthcawl where he was eight-under. He has also won the Irish seniors this season and leads the order of merit.

Rupert Kellock (Sunningdale, Berkshire) is currently third in the order of merit after high finishes in the English and British championships and the Bill Shankland Memorial Trophy at Parkstone, Dorset.

Richard Latham (Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire) was fourth in the British seniors and has twice won the English senior title.

Richard Partridge (Wildernesse, Kent) is a past winner of the Irish and Scottish senior titles and a runner-up in Wales.

Women, captained by Debbie Richards (Burhill, Surrey).

Aileen Greenfield (Pyecombe, Sussex) is the English senior women’s amateur champion and has been runner up for three national titles.

Sue Spencer, pictured right(Whittington Heath, Staffordshire) reached the semi-finals of the senior amateur and took fourth place in the senior stroke play.

Jackie Foster (Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire) won back-to-back senior stroke play titles in 2016 and 2017.

Julie Brown (Trentham, Staffordshire) is a past winner of the British and English senior amateur title.

Cath Rawthore (Sale, Cheshire) is also a past British champion as well as the winner of both English senior titles.

Helen Lowe (Scraptoft, Leicestershire) won the English senior stroke play title this year and is a past winner of the amateur.

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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.”

It’s women and girls’ week for golf

WOMEN and Girls’ Golf Week starts today across Great Britain and Ireland to raise awareness of the fabulous female side of the game.

The week, which coincides with the Ricoh Women’s British Open and the English girls’ championship, continues until Sunday and is the inspiration of England Golf.

It is an online campaign to celebrate the successes of women and girls in many different roles in golf – and to challenge misconceptions.

It starts by introducing three amazing career women and inviting women and girls everywhere to join the conversation by sharing their stories with #WhyIGolf,

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The career women, who tell their stories on the England Golf website,  are:

Rebecca Hembrough, England Golf’s Women’s Performance Manager. Her job is to help develop the top players in the game so they can be the best they can. She reflects on golf, career and maternity leave! Read Becca’s story 

Chloe Gallagher is an assistant greenkeeper at Sunningdale Golf Club. She tells how she took a chance on a job and has travelled the world, worked at the Open and the Ricoh Women’s British Open – and has a date at the Ryder Cup. Read 

Chloe’s story 

Emma Ballard is a marketing manager and she talks about her career, about changing the image of the game and how social media expertise helped her create a great success story with Get into Golf. Read Emma’s story 

Tomorrow it’s the turn of volunteers and we’ll hear from, among others, Maureen Clarke, a championship referee who has been volunteering for almost 40 years, and Ella Baker, age 12, a Young Ambassador for England Golf and the Golf Foundation.

The week has the support of Scottish Golf, Wales Golf, the Irish Ladies Golf Union and The R&A and is designed to unite the golf industry behind the aim of growing the women and girls’ game.

There will be a different theme for every day with amazing people being featured. Here’s the plan for the rest of the week:

Tuesday: Volunteers, the hidden heroes behind the game

Wednesday: Health & Wellbeing, including celebrities who love the game and why

Thursday: Performance opportunities for young and aspiring players

Friday: Participation focus on key areas of the programme nationwide

Saturday: Championships key events and pathway for progression

Sunday: Round-up the week’s activities and highlights

 

Women and girls everywhere are invited to join the conversation on social media using #WhyIGolf and the response in the run-up to the week has been excellent.

Lauren Spray, England Golf Women and Girls’ Manager, said: “We’ve been overwhelmed by the interest in the week and by the number of women who want to get involved, either by spreading the message or by telling their stories.

“We’re very excited about this week and look forward to many more women and

girls joining us – and to hearing from clubs which are running events for women and girls.

“We’re also delighted to be joined by the other home unions, making this a truly collaborative campaign.”

England Golf and the other home unions, Ireland, Scotland and Wales, have pledged their support for The R&A’s Women in Golf Charter, and this week is one example of their involvement

The Charter was recently launched with the aim of inspiring an industry-wide commitment to a more inclusive culture, enabling women and girls to flourish and reach their potential at all levels of the sport.

Visit www.englandgolf.org for more information

Top class field for English women’s amateur

A TOP class field will gather at Wilmslow Golf Club  next week for the English women’s closed amateur championship. Local hopes will focus on Bel Wardle from Prestbury, who already holds the English open title and will be targeting a special double.

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The 18-year-old (pictured, Image copyright Leaderboard Photography) is one of a number of high-profile players in the 72-hole stroke play championship, which runs from Tuesday to Thursday, 17-19 July.

Among them are three members of the GB&I Curtis Cup team: India Clyburn (Woodhall Spa), Annabell Fuller (Roehampton) and Sophie Lamb (Clitheroe).

The trio, together with Lianna Bailey (Kirby Muxloe), will arrive at Wilmslow straight after this week’s European women’s team championship, where they are defending England’s gold medal.

Another five players are representing England in the European girls’ team championship and will also be making the quick turnaround. They are Ebonie Lewis (Long Ashton), Martha Lewis (St George’s Hill), Hannah Screen (Berkhamsted), Caitlin Whitehead (Carus Green) and Amelia Williamson (Royal Cromer).

The championship has attracted a strong entry from Cheshire with 10 players in the field, including six members of the county team. Alongside county champion Bel Wardle are Poppy Finlay (Vicars Cross), Lucy Jamieson (Heswall), Lauren Jones (Mellor and Townscliffe), Charlotte Leathem, who has the advantage of local knowledge as a Wilmslow member, and Emily McBurney (Delamere Forest).

Also playing is Sue Dye of Delamere Forest, who is a past winner of England’s two senior women’s championships.

Wilmslow is one of the oldest golf clubs in Cheshire and has been on its present site for over 100 years. The course is well known as a great test of golf and has hosted regional qualifying for The Open, professional events and those for top amateurs, including the 2013 English Women’s County Finals.

Click here for more championship information, including tee times.

 

 

 

 

R&A Launch first women’s charter

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SPEAKERS: from left,  Chyloe Kurdas (Golf Australia), Hazel Irvine (BBC), Sarah Stirk (Sky Sports), Nick Pink (England Golf), Liz Dimmock (Moving Ahead) and Martin Slumbers (The R&A). Getty Images.

THE R&A has unveiled a new Women in Golf Charter as part of the organisation’s drive to increase the number of women and girls participating in golf and to encourage more opportunities for women to work within the golf industry.

The charter aims to inspire an industry-wide commitment to developing a more inclusive culture within golf around the world and to enable more women and girls to flourish and maximise their potential at all levels of the sport.

Adoption of the charter will also require national federations and other golf bodies to build on current initiatives and develop new projects that will focus on encouraging more women and girls to play golf and stay within the sport as members of clubs, while also empowering women to enjoy successful careers working within the golf industry.

The Women in Golf Charter specifically aims to:  

  • Strengthen the focus on gender balance and provide a united position for the golf industry
  • Commit national federations and organisations to support measures targeted at increasing participation of women, girls and families in golf
  • Call on signatories to take positive action to support the recruitment, retention and progression of women working at all levels of the sport
  • Set individual targets for national federations for participation and membership and annual reporting of progress
  • Develop an inclusive environment for women and girls within golf

Martin Slumbers, R&A chief executive, outlined its plans to work in collaboration with its affiliated organisations, partners and the wider golf industry to achieve these goals at a launch event at The View from The Shard, one of London’s most iconic venues.

Hosted by sports broadcaster Hazel Irvine, the event also featured presentations and panel discussions with guest speakers including Nick Pink, chief executive of England Golf, Sky Sports’ Golf presenter Sarah Stirk, Chyloe Kurdas, National Female Participation Manager at Golf Australia, and Liz Dimmock, Founder of Moving Ahead.

The event was attended by representatives of golf organisations worldwide who have pledged their support as signatories of the charter, including the European Tour, the Ladies’ European Tour, the European Golf Association, the Professional Golfers’ Association, the European Disability Golf Association, Golf Australia, Golf Canada, the Golfing Union of Ireland, England Golf, the Irish Ladies Golf Union and Scottish Golf.

Slumbers said: “We are asking the golf industry to recognise the real importance of increasing the number of women and girls playing golf and empowering more women to enjoy successful careers at all levels of the sport.

“The Charter is a strong statement of intent from the golf industry that it has to change and a commitment on behalf of all of us to take measures designed to achieve positive change for women, girls and families. This is crucial to growing participation in the sport in the years ahead.

“We ask our affiliates and partners around the world to pledge their support and commitment to achieving this vision and to help us ensure that we have a thriving sport in 50 years’ time that our children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren can enjoy.

“The R&A plans to increase our overall investment in women’s, girls’ and mixed golf to £80 million over the next 10 years, a clear indication of our determination to develop the game in this area.”

Tracey Crouch MP, Minister for Sport and Civil Society, said: “We are committed to creating an environment where women and girls can succeed at every level of sport.

“Interest in women’s sports is at an all-time high, with increased global interest and record attendances. I welcome The R&A’s strong commitment to encourage more women into golf and nurture future generations of talent.”

Liz Dimmock said: “The case for a more balanced and inclusive culture for golf is clear and a real cultural shift is required within the sport to create a more equitable participation base that reflects the demands of current and future generations.

“Women are also under-represented at every level of the governance and business of the sport and this needs to be proactively addressed. The Women in Golf Charter is a signal to the industry that change is required, which can be achieved with a strong, positive vision for golf.”

The Women in Golf Charter is another positive development for the sport following The R&A’s successful merger with the Ladies’ Golf Union last year. In 2018, the organisation also launched the Women’s Amateur Asia-Pacific Championship which was staged at Sentosa, Singapore in February while the new Girls Under 16 Open Championship was played at Fulford last month.

The R&A also provided an initial three-year funding package of £375,000 to its affiliates in Australia, England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales to support the appointment of new development managers to work on increasing participation by women and girls.

 

 

GolfSixes is a real knock-out

 

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THE home sides stole the show in a thrilling day of GolfSixes action as England’s men and women both advanced to today’s knockout stages at Centurion Club.

Eddie Pepperell and Matt Wallace defeated South Africa in their final match to top Group D, following Georgia Hall and Charley Hull who advanced on the holes won rule after a narrow defeat to Sweden just a few minutes earlier.

The England women, who began their first GolfSixes experience with a draw against Pepperell and Wallace, will face Group C winners Ireland at the quarter final stage on Sunday. Meanwhile, a clash against the French pair of Mike Lorenzo-Vera and Romain Wattel awaits the England men.

The European Tour broke new ground yet again at the innovative event, with men’s and women’s teams, and a mixed pairing of Ryder Cup Captain Thomas Bjørn and his Solheim Cup counterpart Catriona Matthew, all taking part in a format which saw 16 pairs take each other on in greensomes match play over six holes in a round robin, with the top two teams in each group advancing to Sunday’s quarter-finals.

The European Women team of Carlota Ciganda and Mel Reid had earlier pulled off a memorable result, defeating defending champions Denmark in a play-off to finish second in Group A behind the Thai pairing of Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Thongchai Jaidee.

Australia’s Sam Brazel and Wade Ormsby won Group B to set up a quarter final clash with the European Women, while Thailand face an all-Asia clash against runners-up Soomin Lee and Jeunghun Wang of South Korea.

Eddie Pepperell said: “We had a good, tough match with the girls and were just relieved to not lose that.  Then the second game, we played a bit scrappy at the end.  But we really wanted to be here tomorrow, so now that we are, it’s going to be great.

“It’s been great.  Every time someone has been asked who is their favourite golfer, all I keep hearing is Georgia or Charley, so hopefully by the end of tomorrow, they will be saying Matt, because he’s my favourite golfer.”

Matt Wallace added: “Really happy to top the group and get through. It’s nice to play with this guy. Playing against the girls this morning, well, we hit some terrible golf shots on the first hole but then we slowly got into and started to realise everyone out there was having a lot of fun.

“What a fantastic day. Great fun. Nice to play alongside this chap here, it was a pleasure and it was really nice.  The crowds were great and the weather is fantastic.”

Georgia Hall said:  It’s been a great day, long day.  Me and Charley played really well and we got a bit unlucky in the last match, but we’re through and we’re excited for tomorrow. We’ll pretty much just do what we done today.  Enjoy it and take it one shot at a time.

Charley Hull agreed:  It’s been great fun.  I just feel good vibes from this event. It’s really good because you see so many children and women and everyone around and the weather is perfect.  I think it’s a really good event for golf.

Mel Reid added: “It’s huge for women’s golf. I have absolute faith in our partnership and we would have been disappointed not to get through to Sunday. My sister would have killed me because she only just arrived.

“A shame for Denmark to go out with a three putt on the last but we’re very, very happy.  It’s great for women’s golf. I think this is a huge opportunity to showcase women’s golf. We don’t get the coverage and we don’t get as supported as I feel like we should. An event like this is huge for us.  Hopefully a few more people will want to take up the game of golf now because they see how passionate we are about it. We have a lot of fun out there. I can’t stop having fun with this one. That’s what it’s all about.”

Download the final standings after day one here: GOLFSIXES – GROUP RESULTS

And the match schedule for day two can be found here: GOLFSIXES – KNOCK-OUT ROUNDS

 

Clitheroe ace Sophie Lamb up for the cup

TWO England teams will challenge for the Nations Cup at this weekend’s Welsh women’s open championship at Aberdovey.

Clitheroe’s Sophie Lamb and Lily May Humphreys (Stoke by Nayland) have both been selected for the GB&I Curtis Cup team, will be joined by Georgia Price in a team drawn from the England Golf women’s squad.

Thalia Kirby, Martha Lewis and Hannah Screen make up the second team and are all members of the England Golf girls’ squad.

The 54-hole championship starts tomorrow and continues until Sunday. The Nations Cup will be decided by the best two scores from three in each round.

Humphreys will be looking to add this championship to the Scottish women’s open, which she won last month and holds alongside English, British, European and US titles. Lamb was the low amateur at the 2017 Ricoh Women’s British Open and a past winner of the British stroke play title. Price returns consistently high finishes.

The three girls are all looking for a big win after coming very close last season. Lewis was runner-up in the 2017 English girls’ championship, Kirby was in a play-off in the English U16 girls’ championship and Screen was runner up in the women’s British stroke play and the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters.

TEAM 1

Lily-May Humphreys, 16, Stoke by Nayland, Essex

Sophie Lamb, 20, Clitheroe,

Georgia Price, 24, Bude & North Cornwall

TEAM 2

Thalia Kirby, 17, Stoke Park, Buckinghamshire

Martha Lewis, 18, St George’s Hill, Surrey

Hannah Screen, 18, Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire