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 CARLY CUMMINS
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August 16, 2011

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NEWS...

Roehampton Club’s Ladies Golf Team Claim Two Impressive Victories
The prestigious Surrey Cup and Pearson Trophy were brought home to Roehampton Club once again.

Roehampton Club’s Ladies Golf Team has swung to a record breaking victory winning the prestigious Pearson Trophy for the eighth time - more than any other participating club.

Roehampton Golf Club's Ladies Golf Team

Following their tenth win at this year’s Surrey Cup final beating Wentworth Club at St. George’s Hill GC which saw 70 clubs compete, the Ladies team went on to play two weeks later in the Inter-County finals representing Surrey, beating Hertfordshire in the semi-final and Middlesex in the final of what was a nail-biting tournament.

Roehampton’s Pearson Team Captain, Polly Lewis said, "We are absolutely thrilled to be able to bring the Surrey Cup and Pearson Trophy, in its centenary year, home yet again. The team worked so hard, and as always were committed to competing at the best of their abilities. I am very proud of everyone and look forward to the chance to defending our title for both again next year!"

It’s a fact: ladies really are the best golfers in the world!
Ladies European Tour Rookie Caroline Hedwall is living proof that lady golfers really are the best players on the planet!

Caroline Hedwall

Hedwall, who is enjoying a tremendous maiden season on tour, is currently leading the Greens in Regulation statistic across all the major golf tours; the Ladies European Tour, the European Tour, the LPGA Tour, the Asian Tour and the PGA Tour. She is currently averaging a 82.03% success rate which has been calculated over a qualifying 612 holes, or 11 tournaments, this year.

Ahead of the likes of Paula Creamer, Yani Tseng, Luke Donald, Rory McIlroy, Bubba Watson and Justin Rose, Hedwall is statistically the best iron player in the world at the moment.

Caoline HedwallIn an exceptional first year so far as a professional golfer, Hedwall has won New South Wales Open on the Australian Ladies Professional Golf tour on her pro debut in January, as well as taking two LET tournament titles; the Ladies Slovak Open in May, and the Finnair Masters in June. She also upstaged major champions and Ryder Cup stars by winning the inaugural PowerPlay Golf event at Celtic Manor in Wales. Hedwall is currently listed third on the Henderson Money List, and 9th out of 82 in the Solheim Cup standings, for which she could be called up to represent Europe in September.

Hedwall is sponsored by Henderson Global Investors, who support the top three LET rookies to qualify for the tour each year. Henderson, who also sponsor the Official LET Money List, are now in their fifth year of supporting newcomers to the tour, helping them to cope financially with the pressures of their first year as professional golfers.

Richard Wilson, Marketing Director at Henderson Global Investors said “We are proud to be supporting Caroline Hedwall, Stacey Keating and Jaclyn Sweeney in their first year on the Ladies European Tour. We have been delighted with the girls’ success so far, and in particular would like to congratulate Caroline on her growing list of achievements. To be half way through her rookie year and to have won two LET titles and also the PowerPlay tournament is a stunning accomplishment.


NEW GEAR...

Tried & tested: TaylorMade’s new R11 driver is an instant hit!
Unfortunately my driver arrived snapped in Ireland after its short journey in the air last week, forcing me to look for a new weapon to play with in the Pro-Am. Gene Fulton, the head clubmaker on the Ladies European Tour was extremely helpful in sorting me out with a TaylorMade R11 driver on loan – and what a club it turned out to be!

From the first hit it instantly had the wow factor. Not only did it sound powerful, it flew noticeably further than my old driver, and with that effortless feeling. I didn’t think I was going to like the white clubhead, but it really does play a clever visual trick on your brain and make the driver look enormous and impossible to miss hit.

The R11 is an adjustable driver (TaylorMade call it their 3D tuning) which means that it can be set-up to help you draw or fade the ball, and hit it higher or lower. Gene set the R11 to the high launch draw option, which suited my swing perfectly as it straightened out my weak fade into a powerful, high-flying and distance-inducing draw.

TaylorMade R11

Just when I thought driver technology really had peaked and manufacturers couldn’t push the boundaries any more, the TaylorMade has come along and totally shocked me with the performance of the R11. Now all I’ve got to worry about is convincing them to let me try the entire R11 line!

Price: £329. For further information visit www.taylormadegolf.eu

The Odyssey Putter that really is ‘Divine’!
So many lady golfers are using putters that are way too long and poorly suited to their build, encouraging bad technique. I should know! At just over five foot it’s rare for me to walk into a golf shop and pick up a putter that is actually the right length for me, they’re inevitably too long. Before I even knew about club customisation I spent years gripping at the bottom of my putter grip – not the ideal technique I can tell you!

The Odyssey Divine Putter The Odyssey Divine 2-Ball Putter
The Odyssey Divine Putter The Odyssey Divine 2-Ball Putter

If you are like me and you’ve bought a standard length putter off the shop shelves and are struggling, then it would be well worth investing in one of Odyssey’s new Divine putters. Made specifically for ladies, these great-looking putters have a shorter shaft and the ideal head weight to compensate, plus a new softer insert that offers plenty of feedback and feel. There are four different models to choose from, including a new 2-Ball with adjustable weighting so that you can fine-tune its feel.

Price: £99. For further information visit www.callawaygolf.com

Looking for a unique golf gift?
If you’re looking for a unique golf present to put on your birthday wish list then look no further...

Luco Sport’s vibrant headcovers are some of the fanciest club covers on the market. There are 20 fashionable designs making it easy to find a set to match your bag and add some class to your clubs. They’re made from a stretchy durable material designed to accommodate any wood from the largest driver to the smallest fairway wood and have a clever LucoLeash tying them together to stop you ever losing one again. The material is machine washable and you can also buy matching hybrid covers to complement your set.

Priced at £44.95 from www.golfqueen.co.uk


FASHION FOR THE FAIRWAYS...


Sundog puts some serious style into their sunglasses
Golf sunglasses are often masculine in style but sassy ladies Tour professional Paula Creamer has designed her own line of stylish sunglasses for Sundog Eyewear that look great on and off the course.

Sundog Eyewear by Paula Creamer

They have a special lens open frame design that gives you great vision whether you’re following the ball flight in the air or lining up a putt. The frames are sturdy and flex to fit your face, making them comfortable to wear. There are a variety of different styles, colours and lens options to suit every taste and they’re reasonably priced so won’t break the bank.

Price: £49.95. For further information, www.sundogeyewear.co.uk

 








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