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 CARLY FROST
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 Ladies Golf Today

Carly's blog - news and views on the world of ladies' golf
October 17, 2012

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GET AN ACCURATE WEATHER FORECAST FOR YOUR GOLF...

Hasn't the weather been awful in the last week? My weekly game of golf with the ladies on Tuesday was washed out and instead I spent the day researching lovely places to jet off to this winter to find some sun! You'll see a few of my suggestions in the travel section at the end of my blog this week.

In the meantime, if you have a competition, match to play or even just a friendly game arranged and want to know what the weather is going to do, then you'll be interested to hear that FootJoy has just launched their own 'Weather Expert' microsite.

Powered by AccuWeather, the world's weather authority, the new FJ Weather Expert website provides live forecast updates for anywhere in the country, as well as over two million locations worldwide.

Simply input the postcode of your chosen golf course and hey presto you have an accurate forecast. In addition, the state-of-the-art software will match the day's weather conditions to the most suitable garments from the FJ Layering System and footwear, gloves and accessories.

The FJ Weather Expert site can be used on computers, tablet devices and smart phones, ensuring you will never be caught out by changing weather conditions!

Visit www.footjoy.co.uk/WeatherExpert/Home/Weather to check the forecast.

NEW GOLF SHOW FOR MANCHESTER

A brand new golf show, organised and run by the already successful Golf Show Group, will be held in Manchester next year.

The show, which will be held at Manchester's EventCity, will take place from the 5th-7th of April 2013, and will be supported by new retail partner Express Golf. The show is the first of its kind in the North West and the organisers hope it will be as successful as its established London Golf Show which is now celebrating its eighth year.

The new Manchester Golf Show will take a similar format to its sister shows and has been designed to provide a truly interactive experience for golf enthusiasts of all ages with informed technical advice, PGA tuition and education, guest interviews, Driving bays, Custom fitting, Club testing, Custom build trucks, Simulators and the latest golf gadgets. However, the team hopes to give the show its own distinct feel with support from local clubs and brands giving the show its own unique identity.

Ian Mullins - Marketing Director of the Golf Show Group said, "Having joined the Golf Show Team last year, it was always our intention to take a refreshed look at the core demographics of golfers in the UK, where they live and what their spending habits were. Our instincts to launch a show in Manchester were soon confirmed when the research came back. With statistics showing there are in excess of 1m+ golfers within a 90 minute drive time of EventCity, it was a 'no brainer' that we should launch a show in Manchester."

Damian Benstead - Managing Director of the Golf Show Group said, "We are thrilled to be making this announcement, especially after the successful move of our London Show from the Excel Centre to Earls Court in 2011, and so quickly after our announcement that our London Show would be supported by talkSPORT. Manchester has been on our radar for a number of years and now the time is right for us to expand. EventCity will provide a fantastic backdrop for us to engage with local golfers and so far all our feedback suggests it will be supported by both exhibitors and golfers alike. We are also very excited to be working with fast growing internet based retailer Express Golf at this show." 

Jordan Gibson - Managing Director of ExpressGolf added: "I am very proud to be partnering with such an established company like the Golf Show Group. We believe this will both raise the profile of golf as a sport in the region and the awareness of Express Golf as a brand that can bring golfers big savings on golf equipment and apparel without sacrificing a premium level of service. We look forward to seeing everyone at the show!" 

EventCity is the second largest exhibition centre outside of London, situated in a prime spot right next to The Trafford Centre. The venues 28,000sqm of versatile exhibiting space has easy access routes from the motorway and boasts thousands of free car parking spaces, making it the perfect venue to host the first ever Golf Show in the region.

Sarah Mills, Director of Sales for EventCity said: "The Golf Show is a highly anticipated event for Manchester and we are thrilled to welcome such an established and successful brand to the City. We have been hungry to provide something of this nature to the regions mass golf-enthusiast audience and 2013 will mark the start of satisfying that appetite. We have every confidence it will be one of the most successful events on our calendar." 

Tickets for The Manchester Golf Show will go on sale to the public early in the New Year.

Talented youngsters win Skills Challenge national final

Eight talented youngsters have been crowned 2012 champions of England Golf's National Skills Challenge, supported by FootJoy, the No. 1 Shoe and Glove in Golf.

They won their titles at the grand final at The National Golf Centre, Woodhalll Spa. The event was contested by 30 young golfers from all over the country who had won through regional finals. They demonstrated some fantastic skills and will no doubt continue to be great golfers in the future.

The National Skills Challenge is now in its seventh year and continues to progress with nearly 800 clubs registered and 6,200 juniors involved nationwide.  England Golf are delighted that FootJoy, the No.1 Shoe and Glove in Golf, has continued to support the National Skills Challenge in 2012 and have kindly donated products and prizes to the qualifiers and winners.

The 2012 champions are:

Rookie 8 years & under
Boys' winner - Drew Mackinnon, Southampton Golf Club
Girls' Winner - Rio Everitt, Stowmarket Golf Club

Rookie 9 to 11 years
Boys' winner - Harry Fricker, Ufford Park Golf Club
Girls' winner - Bethany Fletcher, Heysham Golf Club

Tour 12 to 14 years
Boys' winner - James Swash, Ingleby Barwick Golf Academy
Girls' winner - Georgina Hirst, Flamborough Head Golf Club

Tour 15 to 17 years
Boys' winner- Josh McMahon, Bromsgrove Golf Centre
Girls' winner - Megan Cullen, Heysham Golf Club

They were among the 30 finalists who had all won their respective age categories at regional finals around the country. They all demonstrated impressive putting, chipping, bunker, pitching and long game skills, with some great scores achieved on the particularly challenging set-up on the famous short game academy.

Richard Flint, England Golf Development Manager, said: "It is great to see youngsters with such golfing talent taking part in our Skills Challenge National Final and this can be credited to the coaching they receive from their home clubs.

"The Skills Challenge continues to grow each year and England Golf would like to see even more clubs represented, giving their juniors an opportunity to take part and potentially qualify for the regional and national final".

Following this year's final, England Golf ran a fun, Ryder Cup Challenge for the participants, over five holes at the short game academy with Team USA winning the event.

Russell Lawes, FootJoy's European Marketing Manager, is delighted to have once again supported the initiative, "Grass roots golf is immensely important and we are committed to supporting the stars of tomorrow. This is a fantastic initiative that provides a fun and easy way for junior golfers to improve all aspects of their game in an enjoyable and relaxed environment.

"This year's event has once again proved extremely successful and we at FootJoy would like to congratulate not only just the winners but all junior golfers who participated in this event. We look forward to continue to support this event further next year."

The National Skills Challenge is an initiative provided by England Golf via the England Golf Partnership's Whole Sport Plan for golf and is an integral part of the partnership's vision to grow the game.  For more information on the National Skills Challenge visit www.getintogolf.org/skills 

Winning pair break deadlock at women's Murcia Challenge

Sussex golfers Jill Corbett and Jenny Davis emerged triumphant from a three-way tie to win the betterball event at the England Golf Women's Murcia Challenge in Spain.

Jill greeted the news with an ear-splitting shriek of delight and said: "I am ecstatic, this is brilliant, unbelievable."  

The pair, from West Hove, were playing in the Challenge for the first time and captured their prize by the narrowest of margins, on count-back from two other partnerships.  

At the end of the round at Mar Menor, they were tied on 40 stableford points with  Frances Payne and Kay Bone of Essex and with Lancashire's Lynne Perry and Irene Bowker. But Jill and Jenny came home in 21 points, compared to the 19 of the two other pairs.

"We were really steaming on the back nine," said Jill, who contributed a four-pointer with a birdie three on the 11th. The pair, who have a regular Sunday morning game at their club, combined well with equal contribution to the score.

The competition was played in very hot sunshine, but there was plenty of good scoring. Lynne and Irene set the pace early on with their 40 points but were eventually pushed into third place after Kay and Frances also pipped them on countback.  

"We played well," said Frances, who contributed a four-pointer during the round. "We hit a similar ball and that helps us with clubbing."

They were in the last group on the course, alongside birthday girl Belinda Martin of Cheshire. "I've had a fab day," she said as she finished her round - and was greeted with a card signed by competitors, cupcakes and sparkling wine!

FASHION FOR THE FAIRWAYS...

Greg Norman Collection goes 'Electric'!

The Greg Norman Collection has unveiled a funky new range of women's golf clothing for Spring 2013.

The beautifully designed new 'Electric Pop' range for women includes polo shirts, shorts, skorts and zipped pullovers.

The apparel is made from high quality performance fabrics with unique designs and features the latest moisture management technology, reflecting the brand's ethos - performance by design.

The collection includes a new Pro-Fit range of trousers and shorts, modernized with a better fit, upgraded fabric and superior construction, come in a range of new stylish patterns and design details engineered for play, but tailored for style.

It also includes Luxurious Pima cotton sweaters in a range of crew, V-neck, zip and slipover style and available in a range of colours.
The popular Pro Series polo shirts will also continue to be part of the Spring collection. These polos use the best moisture fabrics and are available in a selection of styles and up to 16 colours, easy to embroider, making them perfect for club team shirts, corporate and society events.

The new ladies apparel collection will be available from February 2013 onwards.

Visit www.gregnormancollection.com to view the entire Spring collection.

Accessorize your outfit with a Druh Ion bracelet

Druh has combined its flare for fashion with functionality to launch the Druh Ion Bracelet, an innovative product that uses negative ion therapeutic and magnetic technology to provide the wearer with a continuous stream of negative ions to counteract the damaging effects of positive ions - or Free Radicals - that are so prevalent in today's environment.

Using Max Bio-Science technology, the 'db' Ion Bracelet stimulates muscle activity and power output, provides a natural way to sustain high-intensity exercise over a longer period and accelerates muscle repair, regeneration and recovery thereby improving the performance of the wearer both mentally and physically.

Whilst the 'db' Ion Bracelet emits by far the highest constant flow of negative ions and magnetic strength of any of its competitors in this increasingly-popular niche market for negative ion/magnetic jewellery, it is also the most attractive, wearable and stylish range available.

Druh, with its eye on fashion, has designed a 'db' Ion Bracelet specially for men in masculine black and white whilst the ladies' models come in a deliciously pretty pink and fresh turquoise. The one-size fits all silicone straps in similar colourways are embellished with hand-polished stainless steel features and the instantly-recognisable 'db' detail in enamel.

"Whilst there are already a number of negative ion accessories on the market, Druh in conjunction with Max Bio-Science has achieved a far higher emission rate of negative ions than any of its competitors making it a much more effective proposition," comments Simon Hurd, a former Tour pro and founder of Druh Belts & Buckles.

"Moreover the 'db' Ion Bracelets are also stylish and extremely wearable, so I foresee them becoming a must-have accessory not only for golfers or indeed sportsmen but for anyone who would like to improve their quality of life and achieve their maximum potential."

All the 'db' Ion Bracelets possess therapeutic technologies that can be quantitatively verified by certified hand held testers and have received a Seal of Approval of product quality and efficacy from the Japan Association of Ion Research and Application (JAIRA).

The Druh Tour Collection is currently available priced at £112 shortly to be followed by the introduction of Druh Players' Collection competitively priced at £50. All 'db' Ion Bracelets come with a one-year warranty. www.druhbeltsandbuckles.com

NEW GEAR

TITLEIST OFFERS FREE CHRISTMAS GOLF BALL PERSONALISATION

Plan ahead to make the most of this perfect stocking filler...

With the festive season fast approaching, Titleist is already in the Christmas spirit by providing avid golfers across the UK the unique opportunity to personalise a dozen Titleist golf balls for free. From October until 10 th December, the No.1 Ball in Golf is offering customers a free printing programme on all of its market-leading golf balls, including the legendary Pro V1 and Pro V1x models. The personalisation can be anything from an individual's initials, to a nickname or even a special Christmas message.

Customers can also choose from the new 2012 top-grade line-up of Titleist golf balls, including the NXT Tour, NXT Tour S, Velocity and DT SoLo. Each model has been individually designed to deliver the best in category for quality and consistency, while providing a range of performance and preference options to meet every golfers needs.

The personalisation is printed in black capitals and can be across three lines with a maximum of seventeen characters per line. In addition, Titleist is giving away a complimentary Titleist ball marker with every dozen balls ordered. Furthermore, each order will also be accompanied with a specially designed Christmas wrap to give it that added festive touch.

With a minimum order requirement of just one dozen balls, this offer is available from October with the closing date for orders that require pre-Christmas delivery being Monday 10th December . Anyone wishing to place an order for personalised Titleist golf balls or after further information should contact their nearest Titleist stockist. To find details of your nearest stockist simply log-on to http://www.titleist.co.uk/find-a-golf-shop/ or call 01480 301 114.

TRIED & TESTED

SUNICE Christine FlexVent Full Stretch Jacket
"Sunice by name and very, very nice to wear!"

Price: £164.99
Info: www.sunice.com

They say: Inspired by the active golfer, the Tornado collection features the versatile, full stretch, highly breathable, and waterproof proprietary FlexVent fabric technology and is perfect for playing golf in a variety of weather conditions. It can easily cope with heavy rain - and comes with a 4 year waterproof guarantee - but because it is highly breathable it is also a comfortable wear on days when you're not sure what the skies will do. FlexVent fabric is also one of the most waterproof stretch fabrics on the market. It is incredibly flexible allowing real freedom to play. Add to this its uniquely soft hand feel and super quiet laminate and you have the perfect waterproof golf garment.

I say: I have to be honest and say that Sunice is not a waterproof brand that I have seen for sale in many golf clubs yet but from the moment I put this jacket on I loved it. The sizing is spot on which gives you a fantastic fit and you don't get any of that annoying excess material bagging and interfering with your swing or when you putt. The material is lovely and soft to touch and allows for a snug yet flattering fit that gives total swing freedom. There are so many clever hidden features that you probably won't spot when you first put the jacket on but when you get soaked in the rain you'll be thankful for things like the laser cut pockets that ensure not a single drop of rain can seep through the seams. Another one of the novel but very useful 'added extras' is the ball cleaner shammy pocket - now there's a clever idea! It comes in a choice of different colours but I think you'll agree the 'Diva' I chose is a great one for the Autumn. If you've never tried on a Sunice waterproof jacket before then I'd highly advise you to give one a try, they really are very good.

TRAVEL

A LOW-COST WAY TO JET OFF TO DUBAI THIS WINTER

Turkey's best-known low-cost carrier Pegasus Airlines has expanded its international flight network with the hot new destination of Dubai.

Booking is open now for the four-times-a-week flights from London Stansted via Istanbul which start on 18 October, with fares from just £152.65 one-way including taxes and charges.

With its warm winter temperatures Dubai is the perfect winter golf destination, and at just over seven hours flying time away, this new route is bound to make the already popular golf destination even more affordable.

Plus you can take advantage of the twin centre connection and stop off in the exciting city of Istanbul en-route.

Along with the great golf courses Dubai also boasts fantastic beaches, water sports, shopping malls and fun attractions including the world's largest indoor ski resort, amazing views from the observation deck at the top of the world's tallest building and the thrill of taking part in a desert safari.

Flights to Dubai via Istanbul will depart from  London Stansted  on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays, returning on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Visit the Pegasus Airlines website: www.flypgs.com for bookings.

A PORTUGUESE 'STAY AND PLAY' PACKAGE IDEAL FOR GROUPS

If you are planning a girls tour abroad this Autumn then you might want to consider booking one of the great value 'Stay and play' packages on offer at the Oce â nico Amendoeira Golf Resort in Portugal.

The resort is offering a great deal where with each booking for eight, one golfer goes free of charge. The resort boasts 36-holes of championship golf, first-class accommodation and leisure facilities providing an ideal location for families and groups.

Guests can choose three nights for the price of two and two rounds of golf from €220, or five nights for the price of four and four rounds of golf from €442. For longer breaks the offers comprise seven nights for the price of five and three rounds of golf from €434 or seven nights for the price of five and five rounds of golf from €565* Prices are per person, per package for a group of 8 golfers with 4 golfers sharing a two bedroom apartment.

ABOUT THE PACKAGE...

Each package consists of golf on both the Oceânico Faldo Course and Oceânico O'Connor Jnr. courses with buggies included (subject to availability). The five night package includes golf on the Oceânico Victoria Golf course, whilst Oceânico Old Course is available to those taking advantage of the seven night offer. Guests can also enjoy complimentary use of the Amendoeira Golf Academy & Fitting Suite practice facilities and the recreational sports facilities at Amendoeira Sports Club which include two five-a-side Astroturf football pitches, six tennis courts, beach volleyball/football, a gymnasium, shop and bar . In addition, the packages also provide a 50% discount on golf shoe rental.

The modern two bedroom apartments comprise one spacious living room/dining area, satellite TV and Wi-Fi Internet, a fully equipped kitchen including dishwasher and washing machine. Each has its own balcony or terrace - a perfect spot for relaxing in the sun or dining al fresco. The apartments are also served by a communal pool.

ABOUT AMENDOEIRA...

One of Europe's finest golfing destinations, Amendoeira Golf Resort is situated 35 minutes from Faro airport in the beautiful central Algarve countryside, 10 minutes from the town of Silves and Armação de Pêra beach. With ease, guests can explore a host of local attractions from the Aqualand Water Park to horse riding on the beach.

FLIGHTS...

The packages do not include flights to Faro. Guests can book the most convenient flight times with airlines including Monarch ( www.flymonarch.com ), British Airways ( www.ba.com ) and Easyjet ( www.easyjet.com ) from the UK. Aerlingus ( www.aerlingus.com ) from the Republic of Ireland. Ryanair ( www.ryanair.com ) now offer flights to Faro from the UK, Republic of Ireland and many other European destinations.

TO BOOK...

For more information on golf packages, please visit: http://amendoeiraresort.com

Alternatively email  res.amendoeira@oceanicogroup.com  or call 00351 282 320 671








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