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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
January 30, 2014


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A change for the better

I was pleased to see that one of the rules changes that the R&A's Championship Committee has introduced for this 2014 golfing season is to allow the use of distance measuring devices in all R&A amateur events.

What a sensible decision, if you ask me. I have long believed that using distance measuring devices like rangefinders and GPS systems really does help speed up play. So it is annoying that other championships, like our ladies inter-counties matchweek still do not allow us to use the devices.

OK, so I do agree that they are a big help, but only with giving you an accurate yardage. I am among the many golfers who will surely remember pacing it out from the 150 yard marker post religiously on every hole before DMDs were invented. We still gave ourselves the upper hand back then, it just slowed down play, especially when searching for the 150 yard post or a yardage from a landmark on a course planner like a tree!

So I'm petitioning for the EWGA to follow the R&A's lead and follow suit by encouraging all ladies amateur events to allow the use of DMDs.

NEWS

USA victory for England's Annabel Dimmock

England international Annabel Dimmock has scored the biggest win of her career with a one-hole victory in the final of the Jones Doherty Cup, the final individual event on the 2014 Orange Blossom Tour in Florida.

The 17-year-old from Wentworth is the second English player to win this prestigious matchplay event in the last three years, following in the footsteps of Charley Hull, who took the title in 2011.

Annabel, who was seeded fifth, romped through the championship at the Coral Ridge County Club, winning her first three matches by wide margins - 6/4, 5/3, 6/4 - and defeating the top seed in the semi-finals.

The final proved more testing and went the full 18 holes before she defeated the third seed, Isabella DiLiso from Florida, by one hole. Annabel was down after the first two holes, but she was soon back on level terms and for the rest of the tight match she mostly held the advantage. "I just grinded it out," she said.

Annabel's win puts the seal on a very successful performance on the Orange Blossom Tour. Last week she was runner-up in the SALLY, the South Atlantic women's amateur championship on the Orange Blossom Tour in Florida. In the previous week's tournament, the Harder Hall Invitational, she finished 14th.

Her success will propel her up the world rankings and boost her hopes of Curtis Cup selection. The top four in the World Amateur Golf Rankings (WAGR) will gain automatic selection to the team, as will the top two in the LGU Order of Merit who have not qualified through the WAGR.

Annabel made her debut for the England ladies' team in last year's Home Internationals and was also in England's winning team at the Girls' Home Internationals. She was runner-up in the English girls' championship and reached final qualifying for the 2013 women's British Open.

The golf course offering a 'pay as you go' membership

With the current economic climate still unstable and the weather conditions in the UK so poor this winter it is no surprise golf courses have seen a drop off in membership numbers this January.

So it is pleasing to see a club that is doing something to encourage new members. Oak Park Golf Course has just introduced a new golf membership product called FreedomPlay. This scheme is a usage based membership, where you simply pay an annual fee to join the club and then purchase credits to cover the amount of golf you plan to play.

The membership goes live this week and as an extra special launch offer Oak Park are offering the first 100 joiners 800 credits FREE. There are limited spaces available, so simply quote FP1 when contacting Oak Park on 01252 850850 ext 2. Visit www.oakparkgolf.co.uk for more information.

NEW GEAR

Callaway launches their softest ball ever

Callaway Golf has just launched a new golf ball that's ideal for lady golfers as it is designed to help golfers with slower swing speeds put more yards on their shots.

Featuring the lowest compression of any ball on the market and delivering supreme distance and super-straight performance, the new Supersoft Golf Ball's ultra low (38) compression, which promotes low spin to combat hooks and slices, combines with Callaway's trademark HEX aerodynamics, resulting in straighter, more stable and super-long ball flights, with no extra effort!

A perfect product for the golfer that struggles for tee shot distance, but still seeks a soft feel on greenside chips and off the putter face, the Supersoft's two-piece composition includes a Trionomer Blend cover, specifically designed to maximise ball speed and optimise distance without compromising supreme feel and control. Besides the traditional white colour, Supersoft is also available in a newly formulated 'Optical Yellow' for greater visibility through the air and on the ground.

The Supersoft Golf Balls are priced at a very reasonable £19.99 a dozen. Find out more about Callaway and Supersoft Golf Balls at: www.callawaygolf.com

The simple way to trade in your old golf gear

If you're thinking of investing in some new clubs but think your old clubs might still have plenty of life left in them then why not consider selling them online.

New online auction website www.sparegolf.com allows you to part ways with your old gear and make a few pennies towards those new clubs.
Sparegolf.com say that the main benefit of advertising your golf gear with them over one of the more generalised auction websites like Ebay is that you know you are targeting golfers specifically. You can list your items for bids or at a 'buy it now' price and Sparegolf.com offer buyers a money back guarantee.

For more information and pricing visit www.sparegolf.com

Tried & tested

Lotil Lip Care

Price : £1.18
Info: www.lotil.co.uk

They say: With the colder weather taking its toll, many golfers will be suffering from chapped lips. Lotil Lip Care balm to protects and cares for your lips. This rich, hydrating lip balm with an added SPF 30 will soothe and moisturise your lips. Lotil's 100 year tried and tested formula ensures relief for dry skin. Now new Lotil Lip Care means you can look after your lips, keeping them healthy and hydrated. Harsh, winter weather leads to dry, sore and chapped lips. By adding Lotil Lip Care to your golf bag, it will ensure your lips are soft and hydrated.

I say: This has to be one of the most essential items for your golf bag at this time of year. And I can honestly say the Lotil Lip Care lip balm is one of the best products I've ever tried. I've used sunprotection lip balms in the warm weather before but I've always hated the scent and slight taste you get after applying the balm.

The Lotil Lip Care is totally different as it has a delicate vanilla scent and taste that is more reminiscent of a luxury lipstick. It is also shaped to contour your lips like the tip of a lipstick too. It definitely provided much-needed nourishment for my dry, chapped winter lips and best of all that nourishment lasted for at least an hour without needing to apply, which is definitely a plus. And at a price that's no dearer than a standard lipbalm you could pick up from a supermarket the Lotil Lip Care is a must.

Groove a better short game with Titleist's new Vokey wedges

Bob Vokey is a name synonymous with master wedge craftsmanship so it will come as no surprise to you that his latest design, the new Vokey Spin Milled 5 wedge, has gone down a storm with golfers out on Tour.

These wedges have been designed with new deeper TX3 grooves to give more spin, helping you hit a wider variety of shots and allowing you to hit it close and shoot lower scores. The TX3 has a seven percent larger groove volume to help deliver maximum spin by channeling away grass and sand for improved contact between the ball and the groove edge.

Spin Milled technology also provides trajectory and distance control through precisely milled grooves and machined face texture. Every SM5 wedge is milled to the tightest tolerance in the industry, with each groove individually cut to the maximum dimensions allowed by the Rules of Golf and 100-percent inspected. A localised, high frequency heat treatment to the face provides increased groove durability for longer spin retention over the life of the wedge.

Vokey SM5 wedges are available in 21 different loft/bounce/grind combinations and six tour-inspired sole grinds, appropriately slotted into low, mid and high bounce categories to fit all swing types, shot-making styles and short game conditions. They come in a choice of three new finishes - Tour Chrome, Gold Nickel and Raw Black and are priced at £103.

FASHION FOR THE FAIRWAYS

Awesome golf clothing for travelling golfers

Scotland's most spectacular golf clothing brand, Royal & Awesome, is extending its offer of free apparel to golf travel organisers, after a successful giveaway in 2013.

The deal with the Golf Tour Operators Consortium (GTOC), Europe's largest independent golf travel group, will see Royal & Awesome give away a free pair of trousers or shorts to customers booking or travelling with a group of 12, or more, through GTOC tour operators until the end of September 2014 - perfect for the group organiser to keep as a treat or a great addition to any prize table. Furthermore, the partnership with Royal & Awesome will also provide exclusive benefits for bookings of all sizes through all GTOC tour operators, including A Golfing Experience, Driveline Golf, Golf Escapes, Golf Amigos, Premier Iberian, LeisureLink Golf Holidays and Exclusive Golf.

Graeme Smeaton, Royal & Awesome's brand director, said: "Dressing to impress is really starting to become synonymous with a golf holiday - at home and abroad - and we are delighted to renew this partnership to ensure that golfer's on tour have even more fun on their holidays this year."

Jim Nicholson, commercial manager at GTOC, added: "The Royal & Awesome promotion was a great success in 2013 - and great fun too - and our clients will continue to dazzle on their golf holidays in 2014."
Royal & Awesome's range of eye-catching golf trousers, shorts and hats are 'perfect for the pars and the bars'. The brand also boasts a range of plus-twos as well as women's trousers, shorts and skorts in dazzling designs, complemented by a selection of men's and women's shirts, socks and belts.

The 'Awesomes' - the brand's range of brightly designed golf trousers - build on the wonderful heritage and history of golf in Scotland by adding a whole lot of fun and colour, and are guaranteed to make an impact on the course, the clubhouse or the corporate jolly. All of the 'bottoms' come with a free golf tool/bottle opener, which is a nod to the strap line of 'for the pars and the bars'.

GTOC, formed in 2011, is a consortium comprising seven established UK golf tour operators and is Europe's largest independent golf travel group with a collective buying power close to €10m.

See Royal & Awesome's spectacular range of golf clothing at www.royalandawesome.com or www.facebook.com/royalandawesome

For further information about GTOC please visit: www.gtoc.co.uk

TRAVEL

Looking for a golf trip with a difference? Try Vietnam...

If you are fed up of visiting the same old golf destinations every year - Spain, Portugal, France or USA, South Africa further afield, and fancy something really different then why not consider Vietnam.

The country is vast becoming a golf enthusiasts heaven with a wide range of courses to choose from and a wonderful climate to enjoy a week's golf in a t-shirt.

The premium hotel company Vinpearl has just launched a selection of 'Stay and Play' golf packages for 2014, which are available at their two resorts - Nha Trang and Vinpearl Resort Nha Trang on the tropical paradise island Hon Tre Island, just off the Vietnam coast.

These "5 Star" opulent havens boast an array of contemporary accommodation, private golden beaches, a soothing spa and an astounding 18 hole, par 71 championship course designed by IMG, a global leader in golf course design. With ocean views from every hole and golfers of every level in mind, players can hone their skills. Additionally, there is a full sized practice facility that includes all grass teeing area, putting and chipping greens, and two large bunkers.

Golf packages differ in price depending on the number of nights and type of accommodation. Plus, there is an exclusive offer to swap one golf round for a relaxing 75-minute body massage at the on-site Vincharm Spa.

Standard Golf Packages Include:
* Luxury accommodation with daily breakfast
* Round-trip airport transfers by resort shuttle bus (40 mins trip one way)
* 2 Nights/3 Days Package: One round at Vinpearl Golf Club (or two rounds on Double Occupancy), including Green and Caddie
fees - not including buggy fee
* 3 Nights/4 Days Package: Two rounds at Vinpearl Golf Club (or four rounds on Double Occupancy), including Green and
* Caddie fees -not including buggy fee
* Complementary entry into Vinpearl Land Amusement Park, Water Park and Aquarium

For more information visit the Vinpearl website: http://www.vinpearl.com

Luxury golf travel group launch in the UK

Award winning US luxury travel group Luxury Link have just launched a dedicated UK website www.luxurylink.co.uk to provide savvy and sophisticated travellers the opportunity to purchase 'experience' getaways.

Luxury Link sets itself apart from other travel websites by offering great-value-for-money deals inclusive of memorable stays with added-in amenities and experiences.

Below are a couple of examples of the golfing experiences Luxury Link have created to suits all avid golfers...

South Africa - save up to 43%.

Enjoy 9 nights touring around South Africa on a luxury golfing getaway. Tour includes one round of golf per person at Leopard Creek, Arabella, De Zalze and Pearl Valley Golf Courses as well as three nights each at three carefully selected lodges. Visit also includes an eco-marine and whale watching tour, visits to the historical towns of Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franschhoek, private ground transfers, taxes and a complimentary golfers gift box including a cap, shirt, golf towel and pitch fork with ball marker. Offer valid for travel until 30 November 2014, from 9 nights for £2,234, based on two people sharing. A saving of £1,756 - www.luxurylink.co.uk

Ireland - save up to 39%.

Choose between 3- 5 nights at Castlemartyr Resort, Cork, an 18th century manor house nestled in 220 acres of lush greens and woodland. Stay in a luxurious Junior Suite complete with views spanning the golf course and enjoy daily Irish breakfast for two, two 18-hole rounds of golf per person, dinner for two on evening of your choice served at The Bell Tower, complimentary wireless internet and VAT. Offer valid for travel until 31 December 2014, from 3 nights for £550, based on two people sharing, A saving of £365 - www.luxurylink.co.uk

 

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