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July 23, 2014

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Should women be allowed to join the R&A?

What a fantastic Open Championship it was at the weekend and what great viewing the final round proved to be with Rory McIlory putting on a defiant display in the face of a strong chasing pack including young gun Ricky Fowler and the swashbuckling Sergio Garcia. We now look forward to The Open heading to the Home of Golf at St. Andrews next year but as usual there are going to be rows ahead surrounding the access, or should I say, lack of access women have into the beautiful R&A clubhouse which overlooks the first tee and the 18 th green.

The oldest institution in golf is still a male-only establishment and has recently shown that it is not ready to modernise its views on male-female equality by forbidding St. Andrews University's female president from joining.

Louise Richardson is the first-ever female president of the University, which is located just 600 yards from the Royal and Ancient Golf Club building, yet she is not allowed to join the club or even enter its threshold. That's because the R&A is still a men-only establishment, at least until the members vote on whether to allow women to join this September.

The club usually grants honorary membership to presidents of the university but it has not done so with Richardson. She said: “This is not about any individual and The R&A, this is about how, in a time when women increasingly are occupying positions of authority and responsibility, these kind of membership practices are untenable.”

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New award for Major achievers

A new award has been launched this year that is designed to recognise the player who, during a current LPGA Tour season, has the most outstanding record in all five major championships.

It's called The Rolex ANNIKA Major Award and will be presented to the player who has earned the most points at all five major championships. Points are awarded to competitors who finish among the top-10 and ties. To take home the award, a player must also win at least one of the five majors.

The winner of the Rolex ANNIKA Major Award will be announced in a ceremony at the Evian Championship, wrapping up what promises to be an exciting season of majors in 2014.

The point breakdown for top-10 players who met criteria for the award is as follows.

Michelle Wie currently leads the standings with 84 points.


Woburn Golf Club has been announced as the venue for the Ricoh Women's British Open in 2016.

Woburn has hosted the Championship on nine occasions and the return is much anticipated by players and club members alike. While previous Championships have been held on the Duke's Course, it will be the Marquess Course that will host the 2016 Championship. This marks not only the 40 th   edition of the Championship, but also the 40 th   anniversary of the opening of Woburn Golf Club.

Forming part of the Woburn Estate, home to the Duke of Bedford, Woburn Golf Club is one of the UK's premier golf facilities, boasting three world class Championship golf courses. The Marquess Course is the most recent of the three courses, opening in 2000, and it has hosted two European Tour events, but never a women's Major.

Woburn Golf Club member and Europe's Number One, Charley Hull said, “This is amazing news and I am looking forward to the 2016 Championship at Woburn already. I love playing in the UK and really enjoy all the support from the home fans but to be able to play a Major at my home club in front of all my family and friends will be incredibly special.  The Marquess Course is a great test of golf and I know how excited all the members will be to have the Championship return. I can't wait for 2016 to come around.”

Ian Poulter, also affiliated with Woburn added, “This is fantastic for Woburn and I know how much all the members will enjoy getting behind the Ricoh Women's British Open. The Marquess Course is a great test and will provide a wonderful stage for the world's best women golfers.”

The Duke of Bedford commented, “We are delighted to be welcoming the Ricoh Women's British Open back to Woburn in 2016. It is a real honour for the Club to host this Major Championship again and we look forward to the ladies showing us just how the Marquess should be played.”

Shona Malcolm, the LGU's CEO commented, “We are all looking forward to returning to Woburn for the 10th time. With so much shared history, Woburn is a very fitting venue at which to celebrate the Championship's 40 th   anniversary. The Marquess Course will provide a fresh challenge for the players and fits perfectly with our commitment to ensuring the world's best women players' showcase their talents on the world's best golf courses.”

Simon Sasaki, Corporate Executive Vice President, Ricoh Company Ltd. concluded, “We have been the title sponsor of the Ricoh Women's British Open since 2007 and one of the many attractions of this historic tournament is taking our clients to the many wonderful venues that the LGU and IMG have secured. We think Woburn will be the perfect place to celebrate the events 40th anniversary with all its heritage and its proximity to London.”

Turnberry's famous Ailsa course is the venue for the 2015 Ricoh Women's British Open, welcoming the Ricoh Women's British Open for only the second time in the Championship's history.  

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Walker wins play-off against Hull

Scotland's Kylie Walker survived a final round charge by Charley Hull of England to win the Ladies German Open presented by Marriott.

Walker won with a par on the first extra hole at Golfclub Wörthsee, two months after earning her first Ladies European Tour title in similar fashion, in a play-off at the Deloitte Ladies Open in Holland.

The 27-year-old Glaswegian began the final round with a six stroke lead, but Hull fired a final round 65 to join her on a 72-hole total of 25-under-par.

Hull applied pressure from the beginning, opening with three straight birdies, and she narrowed Walker's advantage to one stroke with a fourth birdie on the eighth hole. An up and down for birdie from the bunker short and left of the ninth green saw Walker make the turn in level par 36 and she took a two stroke lead into the back nine.

Hull then birdied 12, but then Walker pulled two clear with a birdie on 13. Walker bogeyed 14 and both players birdied 15, before Hull eventually drew level by making a five footer for birdie on the 17th green.

Both players missed birdie chances on the last hole and returned to the 18th tee in a heavy shower. In the play-off, Hull hit her drive into trees and had to chip out. She then hit her third shot to within five feet of the flag but missed her par putt, whereas Walker was on the green for two and took a par.

"It was pretty nerve-wracking. Charley played brilliantly today because it was slightly tougher conditions as well. I wasn't quite playing as well as I have done the rest of the week but I'm delighted to have hung in there today and get the win," said Walker, who added a final round 71 to her three opening 64s. "I was hoping not for a play-off, I was trying to win it in regulation play but it didn't happen and Charley made a great birdie on 17 to tie for the lead. I was delighted in the play-off that I made a solid par and managed to get it. I'm delighted. I'm just living the dream at the moment. I'm really happy and enjoying my golf."

Hull took the disappointment on the chin and said: "I just blocked my tee shot on the last which was annoying but I hit a good shot in and a good putt. I'm quite happy. It's been a long three weeks and I'm a bit tired now because I've been in contention all three weeks and especially with a major in the middle of it. To finish it off with a second place is not too bad.

"I'm looking forward to my next competitions after I have a week or so off because I feel like my game is in really good condition. I'll keep doing what I'm doing. It's a shame because in regulation play on 18 I hit my drive 305 yards, so it's a shame for me to push it a little bit in my play-off hole."

The 2013 German Open champion Carlota Ciganda fired a tournament low round 63 to end in solo third place on 23-under-par. Her round included eight birdies, a bogey on the par-5 sixth and an eagle on the par-5 12th hole.

Ciganda said: "I've been playing really good the whole day. I starting hitting great shots and not making putts but I tried to stay patient and I made an eagle on 12 and then on 14 I hit the hole and the ball ended 10 metres away. Then I finished with two birdies in the last four so I'm very happy with that. It's really nice to play once in a while in Europe because you come from the States and the courses here are a bit easier, shorter, and the confidence goes up. I'm really happy with the way I played this week. I love Europe and everything I can do to support I'll always do."
German star Sandra Gal recorded a final round 68 after she was given a two stroke penalty for grounding her club in the 12th bunker as she tried to balance just outside it. She ended in a share of fourth place on 18-under with China's Yu Yang Zhang, Gwladys Nocera from France and Welsh rookie Amy Boulden, who recorded her career best finish on the tour.


Brilliant Bronte wins English women's amateur

Teenage international Bronte Law is the new English women's amateur champion, winning the trophy at St Enodoc in Cornwall over the weekend with a display of brilliance and tenacity.

First she surged into the lead with a superb two-under par 69 in the third round, which included five birdies in the last six holes. Then, she held on tight to her advantage, negotiating her way round the challenging course on a tough Sunday afternoon to secure a three-shot victory.

Immediately after she sealed the win with a par on the last, her 10-year-old sister, Bella, ran on to the green to be first to congratulate her.

She's always the first!” laughed Bronte, from Bramhall in Cheshire
She finished the championship on seven-over par, three clear of runner-up Inci Mehmet of Wentworth. Defending champion Sarah-Jane Boyd (Truro) and Alex Peters (Notts Ladies) were three further shots back, one ahead of Bethan Popel (Long Ashton).  Just behind her was a group which included former champion Hayley Davis (Ferndown), who shot one-under 71 in the final round – and was the only other player to break par during the championship.

Bronte, 19, has played in two Curtis Cup teams, is an England international and has won on the US women's college circuit – but this victory is special.

“I have been waiting for a long time to get my hands on an England trophy so for me this is huge.

“I've been playing well since I came back from college, at the Curtis Cup and at the Europeans (ladies' team championship), and I felt something was close.

“This week I couldn't have prepared any better and I have played really solid and it's really nice to have all my family here. That's rare!”
Bronte is a student at the University of California, Los Angeles, and she added: “It means all the hard work is worth it. Going to America to advance my game and being away from my family isn't easy but you have to make these sacrifices to get better – and it's really nice to get something back to keep pushing me on.”

Bronte was right in the mix throughout the championship, on a tough course which thoroughly tested the players. Her third round set up her win, but she had to hold on tight during a testing afternoon, played under a hot sun and in a steadily increasing wind.

The 16th was a great example of her staying power. She tangled with the punishing rough and was still short of the par five green after three shots, but she played a lovely pitch over a bunker to within 4ft of the hole and sank the putt for par.

“There weren't many birdies out there this afternoon but I didn't really do anything wrong and I tried to play really steadily on the back nine because those holes were really tricky.”

The final round was watched by a crowd of spectators, who found many vantage points on the course, not least the towering mound on the 6th, known as the Himalayas.

They watched not only Bronte's path to victory, but also the battle for second place. Inci Mehmet, Alex Peters, Bethan Popel and Sarah-Jane Boyd were all involved in the tussle, with the advantage swinging to and fro. But Inci's steady play on the back nine, where she dropped just one shot, saw her into the runner-up place.

Girls line up for Championships

There is a strong field signed up to play in the English Girls Amateur Championship, which is taking place next week from July 29-31 st at The Warwickshire Golf Club.

The 72-hole stroke play championship was won by Dorset's Sophie Keech last year. A cut is made after 36 holes with the 36 leading competitors and ties going through to play a further 36 holes.

The Warwickshire Golf & Country Club is one of the finest golf facilities in the country. It boasts an impressive array of golf facilities including two superb 18 hole courses situated in the middle of 465 flowing acres of picturesque Warwickshire countryside.

Next week also sees the younger age group girls compete in the English Girls Under 15 and Under 13 Championship.

The tournament is being played at Copt Heath Golf Club from July 29-31 st and once again the top 36 and ties go through to the final round.



TheraPearl pain relief pack

Price: £7.99
Available from Boots stores

They say: New  TheraPearl  cold packs are an innovative, effective, hi-tech, easy to use and non-messy pain relief option that banishes forever the days of grabbing a bag of frozen peas to soothe aches or pains.  TheraPearl  utilises a proprietary innovation known as  Pearl  Technology, which comprises non-toxic, tiny ‘pearls' that are incorporated within a range of specially designed knee wraps, shin wraps, neck wraps, contour packs, back wraps and eye masks. These beautiful and dazzling, yet functional pearls are soft and pliable and remain so even when frozen. This allows the products to easily conform to any part of your body, applying cold exactly and evenly where it is required – with no melting ice or water. TheraPearl  products relate to Ice therapy - one of the most common recommendations by doctors for injury recovery and pain relief. Applying ice immediately after an injury or physical trauma (the sooner the better) constricts blood flow and slows bleeding/swelling. Ice therapy reduces pain & muscle spasm and decreases the metabolic rate of cells, which limits the risk of cell death after an injury and helps prevent long-term damage.

I say : We've all suffered a nasty golfing strain at one point or another after playing golf, and if you haven't lucky you! I for one have had a few injuries that have gone on to niggle me for weeks. So I think that this simple cold pack is a handy thing to have tucked inside your freezer for just in case you twist an ankle, strain a wrist hacking out of the rough or worse on the course. I tried it out on an old back muscle injury whilst watching the golf over the weekend and it was lovely and soothing. Yes you initially feel the chill of the icy temperature of the pack but it really does do wonders at numbing the pain. What I love about the pack is it really does mould to the shape of your skin and is very comfortable against the skin. The clever round pearl-like balls (they look a bit like frog spawn!) inside the pack allows for this flexibility. For less than a tenner this is a must-have in your freezer just in case you need it!


Get the designer look at a fraction of the cost

I was extremely impressed to see a fantastic array of ladies designer clothing on sale in the tented village at the Ricoh Women's British Open at Royal Birkdale. One company that particularly stood out was an online retailer who you may not have heard of before –
The website offers an extremely comprehensive choice of designer ladies golf brand labels from Tommy Hilfiger to Calvin Klein and many more. The selection of styles and sizes is incredible and best of all the prices are extremely good value – up to 70% the RRP.

What's more the website offers free delivery on all orders and a 28-day money back guarantee.



If you fancy a change of scenery this summer then there are some fantastic deals to discover in the Costa Daurada with one, three and seven night packages to leading 45-hole resort, Lumine Golf Club, just one hour south of Barcelona.

Perfect for visitors wishing to discover one of Europe's golf's most talked about destinations, the packages give golfers the chance to experience championship-conditioned courses, the sophistication of Lumine Beach Club and the award-wining gastronomy at Lumine restaurant. Beyond the resort, visitors can explore the kilometres of beautiful coastline, historical intrigue and traditional cuisine and culture of the Catalan region.

Available until 30 th September, the summer package offers accommodation at the contemporary 4* Hotel Mercure Atenea Aventura with greens fees at Lumine Golf Club, home to Lumine Lakes, Lumine Hills and Lumine Ruins courses, unlimited range balls, complimentary yardage books and access to the exclusive beach-front Lumine Beach Club. Packages are priced at €99 per person for one night, €295 for three nights per person and €530 for seven nights per person.

For those looking for the ultimate in luxury accommodation options are offered at Hotel Gran Claustre, set in an 18 th century building just 1km from the beach and Hotel Mas La Boella, a boutique hotel located within 110 hectares of olive trees and just 15 minutes from Lumine Golf Club. Seven night packages includes five green fees, unlimited driving range balls, yardage books, access to the beach club and complimentary breakfast. Prices range from €550 to €785.

Lumine Lakes Course, bearing all the hallmarks of the Great White Shark, is a testing links-style layout that

plays host to the European Tour Qualifying School Stage 2 as well as many other international professional and amateur events. The more traditional Hills Course runs through pine and olive trees with spectacular views of the nearby coastline and is further complimented by the aptly named 9-hole Ruins Course, another Norman design that weaves its way through Roman archaeological remains completing the diverse 45-hole offering of immaculately presented facilities.

Further world class-facilities lie in wait at Lumine's luxurious Beach Club, fast becoming one of the most fashionable venues in the Costa Daurada region. Situated on one kilometer of golden Spanish beach and set seductively in the pine-clad hillsides above the sweeping bay of Tarragona's Playa Del Llarga, it provides the perfect mix of style, relaxation, excitement and fine dining. The Beach Club also provides the location for the award-winning LUMINE Restaurant, offering superb Mediterranean cuisine. With 7km of golden sandy beach, the Costa Dauradaregion also provides golfers the perfect setting for relaxation and indulgence after a round.

For further information visit . To reserve your stay contact or +34 977 129 070.


Hotel MercureAtenea Aventura

•  1/3/7 Nights Stay & Play:

•  1/3/7 night B&B

•  1/3/5 green fees pp

•  Unilmited balls on dirving range

•  Yardage books

•  Access to Beach Club from 22/06 – 07/09 – included with green fee and valid on same day as golf

•  €99 per person / €295 /€530

Hotel Gran Claustre

•  20 minute drive from Lumine Golf Club

•  7 nights B&B sharing double room at Hotel Gran Claustre

•  5 green fees at Lumine Golf Club

•  Unlimited balls at the driving range

•  Yardage book

•  Access to Beach Club from 22/06 – 07/09 – included with green fee and valid on same day as golf

•  Price per person:

•  01/07 – 31/07 €615pp

•  01/08 – 31/08 €685pp

•  01/09 = 30/09 €550pp

Hotel Mas La Boella

•  15 minute drive from Lumine Golf Club

•  7 nights B&B sharing a double room

•  5 green fees at Lumine Golf Club

•  Unlimited balls at the driving range

•  Yardage book

•  Access to Beach Club from 22/06 – 07/09 – included with green fee and valid on same day as golf

•  €785pp

All prices include tax and are available until 30.09.14.

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