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September 04, 2014
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Think you always play by the Rules of Golf? Don't count on it!
I had a very embarrassing situation last week in the final of our club foursomes knock-out. I was playing in the competition for the first time ever with my Mum Bea (despite us both being members of Parkstone GC for over 20 years!) and we had enjoyed some amazing matches on our route to reaching the final, some even going up the 19th hole! Neither of us had our A-game on the day but we battled and scrambled really hard through rain and on-course distractions to take our match to 1-up with a hole to play. I had the honour and hit a lovely shot onto our tricky par-3 18th green. I walked back to my bag and was confronted by one of our opponents who questioned me on how many clubs were in my bag.
Completely bemused I replied “14 of course!” to which she replied, “actually I've just counted them and you have 15.” Completely embarrassed and startled by the questioning at such a critical point in the match I proceeded to count them out-loud myself and to my shock and disappointment discovered that I was indeed carrying one too many clubs. An extra wedge was tucked in the bottom corner of my bag, left in from a recent test I had been doing of a new product for review.
Of course, the Faux Pas resulted in instant disqualification from the match and the competition and I felt like a right fool. I flashed back to watching that Open Championship a few years ago when Ian Woosnam was leading on the last day only to discover a few holes into his final round that his caddy had accidentally left an extra driver in his bag that he'd been testing before teeing off – I now know how he felt.
The point I'm making is that it is worthwhile going home and checking and double checking how many clubs you are carrying in your golf bag and making sure that it is not more than 14 (including your putter), because innocent mistakes do happen and I wouldn't want to hear of any other golfer suffering the same shame. I certainly learned my lesson the hard way that if I am going to take new clubs out onto the course to test I must put them in a place where I won't forget to take them out!
Evian Championship gets a new supplier
LIERAC, the french leader of cosmetics in pharmacies, has become an Official Supplier of the 2014 Evian Championship.
“We are very happy to go into a partnership with this unique and prestigious sporting event,” said Stéphane Seriset, Vice-President Marketing & Sales Alès Groupe. “We share in this women's universe some values of elegance and performance.”
We are also glad and proud to see Inés Sastre the LIERAC face for Magnificence and sunscreen lines, get involved in the Pro Am tournament, wearing the colours of LIERAC.”
If you fancy a long weekend in France then the final Major of the ladies golf season promises to be an exciting event and you certainly won't beat the beautiful scenery at The Evian Resort for a lovely environment to sit and watch the best golfers in the world compete!
Visit www.evianchampionship.com for tournament information.
India's winning run continues at Royal Birkdale
India Clyburn has continued her fantastic run of form with a four-under par total and a five-shot win in the Royal Birkdale Scratch Trophy.
The 17-year-old England international set up her success in the prestigious scratch event with a four-under par 71 in the first round, followed by level par in the second.
“It's a great thing to win,” said India, from Woodhall Spa in Lincolnshire. “Royal Birkdale is so prestigious and it's great to have my name on the board.”
She added: “I had a nice four under in the morning, in the wind and rain! I was drenched. The afternoon was a bit up and down, I shot level but I had a double and triple, both times because I was stuck in a bunker. But I managed to get back with a few birdies and the whole day was good.”
Her closest challenger was Emma Goddard (Royal Liverpool), who was one over par. She was followed by Hollie Vizard (Pleasington) and Emily Coleman (Trentham) who were both four-over.
This is the latest in a line of successes for India which began in July when she won the Scottish junior stroke play on 15-under par, with a winning margin of 12 shots.
She followed up last month with a two-stroke win in the English girls' championship and went on to become England's top scorer in the Girls' Home Internationals. She had a perfect record of six wins out of six and helped the team to their seventh successive win in the tournament.
Now, she's got two more big dates this month, having been selected for the England team for the Ladies' Home Internationals, from September 17-19, and to represent England in the World Girls' Championship in Canada from September 26. “I'm really looking forward to it all,” she said.
The golfing antidote for recovering patients
A woman who suffered from depression after having treatment for cancer has said that taking up golf has helped turn her life around.
Yvette Spacie, 55, from Chesterfield, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010 and, following her treatment, found herself struggling to keep up with her previously active lifestyle. But, after taking up golf at a unique women's only academy at Tapton Park Golf Course, she has not only overcome her depression, but found a new sport that she loves.
Yvette's cancer was detected after a routine mammogram showed a lump in her left breast. Following an ultrasound and biopsy, she underwent surgery to remove the lump and lymph nodes in her armpit. She then began a five month course of chemotherapy, followed by three weeks of radiotherapy.
Yvette, who has four grown up children, said: “Being diagnosed with breast cancer was a huge shock as I had no symptoms at all. It was totally unexpected.
“I have always had an active lifestyle when and in my mid-30s I took up archery, getting to quite a high standard. I also walked a lot, went out bike riding and loved skiing.
“After my diagnosis, I was keen to remain active as much as I could and, throughout the chemotherapy, I walked every day – even when I felt dreadful. On the bad days it was hard, but it helped me so much mentally and physically.”
Once her body had healed from the surgery, Yvette was also able to take up archery again.
However, the medication Yvette was put on following the chemotherapy and radiotherapy started to leave her feeling weak and unable to keep up with her usual activities. She soon slumped into a depression as she struggled to come to terms with the changes in her life.
Yvette, who lives with her partner, Phil, said: “It was so hard. I kept thinking ‘what's the point in being here if I can't do the things I love'. I fell into a rut.”
Yvette saw that she needed to do something new to make a positive change in her life and began to look at what she could do to get back on her feet, when her friend suggested she try golf.
Yvette said: “We went to our local driving range and the after effects weren't too bad – I didn't feel too exhausted or weak.”
Shortly after this, Yvette saw an article about a new initiative at Tapton Park Golf Course aimed at encouraging more women to take up the sport.
The ‘Fame Academy' launched by former European Tour golfer Fame Tate had been designed specifically for women who have never played golf before and the group coaching sessions featured around six women of similar playing ability.
Yvette enrolled on the scheme and soon improved her golf skills and, after meeting other women during the sessions, she now plays at least once a week.
She said: “Rightly or wrongly, I'd always seen golf as a man's sport and I didn't know any other women who played. But because the Fame Academy is women only it's a great way of encouraging more women to play.
“I've since taken out a membership at Tapton Park and, thanks to Fame's patience I am seeing lots of improvement all the time. I am so happy I've found another sport that is challenging and I enjoy so much.
“I will never get back to my old self because cancer has completely changed my outlook on life. But I am in a much more positive place now – and golf has been a huge part in helping me get to where I am now.”
Fame said: “Golf is really beneficial for both mental and physical wellbeing, as well as being a really good way to socialise and meet other people. It's great that Yvette has benefitted so much from the academy and I'm pleased that it has helped her so much in her recovery.”
Pettersen's Pro Challenge for charity has a star line-up
LPGA start Suzann Pettersen has once again organised her own charity tournament, the Suzann Pro Challenge, which is being played at the Oslo Golf Club in her home country of Norway on September 6th.
As with previous years, the tournament will raise money for the Right to Play organisation. The format for the Suzann Pro Challenge 2014 will be a competition between teams from USA and Europe. Natalie Gulbis, Lexi Thompson, Jessica Korda and Paula Creamer will compete for Team USA, while Sandra Gal (GER), Anna Nordqvist (SWE), Caroline Martens (NOR) and Suzann Pettersen (NOR) will represent Team Europe.
"I know all the girls well. They are positive, outgoing and lovely girls who know what it takes to give spectators a great golf experience and raise money for the Right To Play organisation" says Suzann Pettersen.
The first Suzann Pro Challenge was held in 2012 with former world number 1's Yani Tseng, Annika Sörenstam and Lorena Ochoa as well as Suzann herself taking each other on. Last year's event featured names such as fellow club mate Marita Engzelius (Symetra Tour), Ai Miyazato, Beatriz Recari, Sandra Gal, Paula Creamer and Jessica Korda in addition to Yani Tseng and Suzann Pettersen.
The tournament is a collaboration between Suzann Pettersen Management, BMW, Thon Hotels, P4, SEB, Norwegian Golf Federation and Right to Play. The event raised $120.000 in 2013.
"I feel incredibly privileged to be able to devote myself to the one thing that I enjoy the most. Unfortunately, many people are not so lucky. I therefore hope to see as many possible at Bogstad in September, both to watch the golf and to support the good work that Right to Play does all over the world," says Pettersen.
Driving your clubs in a new powered direction
Powerbug may not yet be a household name in the electric trolley market but the brand is fast building a great reputation for their excellent new product.
The Powerbug Pro-Tour Lithium trolley is packed with clever design features including a compact, low-profile battery tray to house the new ultra compact Hurricana lithium battery. Weighing less than 1 Kilo and measuring just 13cm x 9cm x 8cm, it is literally small and light enough to carry in your handbag!
Another fun feature is the Variable Run And Park distance control, which provides five settings from 10-50 yards, allowing the trolley to automatically Run and Park to a pre-set distance.
The Powerbug Pro-Tour Lithium is priced at £550. To learn more about the Powerbug brand visit www.powerbug.co.uk
FASHION FOR THE FAIRWAYS
EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: JODIE KIDD
If you read my ladies blog last week then you will have seen the short story announcing that Supermodel Jodie Kidd has become the new ambassador for golf lifestyle label Green Lamb. Well I was extremely fortunate to be able to put a few questions to British fashion icon this week and share her insight into the golf fashion world with you...
Q. As a leading supermodel and very good golfer it seems the perfect fit that you would collaborate with a golf fashion label like Green Lamb on their ladies clothing line. How much involvement will you have in the design ideas for new collections?
A. It is exciting to be so involved with Green Lamb. I'm not a designer and Green Lamb has a really talented design team so I add my advice on colour and styling. We will sit regularly and discuss which pieces I like and dislike. I will also bring my favourite golf pieces to the table and see how we can take inspiration from those. I have already begun to test Green Lamb garments before they go to market and I am very impressed.
Q. What, in your opinion, makes the perfect golf outfit?
A. Performance is essential for me in golf clothing. Green Lamb has some exceptional materials and fabrics that assist performance, and of course I like to coordinate my entire outfit for the course.
Q. Ladies golf has traditionally had a very staid, old image. This hasn't been helped by the quite dowdy fashion options available. Were you disappointed with the choice of clothing when you first started playing the game?
A. When I first started, yes, but now golf clothing is an extension of sports fashion and the options are amazing for women.
Q. What attracted you to the Green Lamb label?
A. I have known and worn Green Lamb for a long time. When they approached me to become Brand Ambassador I jumped at the chance. Green Lamb is a leading golf brand but a smaller company in overall sportswear however they are ambitious to grow. We are also collaborating on a great performance collection for active lifestyle, fitness/yoga, launching in Spring 2015.
Q. How can ladies golf clothing be fashionable yet still functional and comfortable for the course?
A. What I have learned the most about from Green Lamb designers is that fabric is key to the garment and performance. Green Lamb source their fabrics from the very best fabric mills in the world and the functionality is key, along with the high quality of the goods.
Q. The age of the average lady golfer in the UK is in her fifties and sixties. What design challenges does this bring?
A. All lady golfers want to look young and feel good, so we don't see that as a major obstacle.
Q. In terms of sizing, we would all love to have a catwalk figure, but in reality most lady golfers need a more generous fit. There is also a new generation of players coming through who are very petite. How can Green Lamb cater for both ends of the size spectrum?
A. Interestingly Green Lamb has launched a new fitted collection to complement their classic collection. Styling is a little racier and the fit is slimmer. So we aim to cater for all lady golfers.
Q. What's your favourite item of golf clothing in your wardrobe and why?
A.Currently my favourite is my brand new Hush Waterproof jacket from Green Lamb.
It is an amazing stretch waterproof that is completely silent, I love it. It will be available I the shops this winter.
A golf and relaxation break in the heart of the Dolomites
The Adler Dolomiti in south Tyrol has linked up with Golf San Vigilio Siusi to offer a late summer /autumn holiday that combines golf and relaxation in the heart of Italy's breathtaking Dolomites, where the spectacular scenery is as much a part of the experience as the golf.
The “Golf Holiday in the Dolomites” package includes either four or seven nights' half-board accommodation at the Adler Dolomiti, one green fee (including use of a golf cart) and a 30% discount on additional green fees played at Golf San Vigilio Siusi as well as complimentary access to the Adler Spa.
Prices for the four-night package start at Euros 471 (approx £375) per person based on two people sharing a double room, while the seven-night package starts from Euros 873 (approx £690).
Set in Val Gardena, one of the most beautiful areas of the Dolomites (a UNESCO World Heritage site recognised for its outstanding natural beauty), the luxury five-star Adler Dolomiti is just 11 km (or a 20-minute drive) from Golf San Vigilio Siusi, which is recognised as one of the most fantastic golf courses in northern Italy.
Open from March to November, the well-groomed golf course stretches out over an area of around 60 hectares at an altitude of 850m giving the golf course a backdrop that is as dramatic as it is memorable, thanks to spectacular Tyrolean mountain panoramas, crystal clear ponds and waterfalls, and deep ravines. The undulating terrain of the Dolomites and the tight fairways make a round over San Vigilio Siusi quite challenging, although the course is not too long making it playable by every level of golfer.
The club's practice facilities include a two-tiered driving range with 32 indoor practice tees and PGA Golf Professional Rudi Knapp offers golf coaching, with the most modern computer-aided learning techniques (using video glasses and impact bags), throughout the week except Monday mornings (when the course is closed for green keeping).
After a round of golf, the Adler Spa is the ideal place to retire for some relaxation and, if necessary, pummelling of muscles. Individual spa treatments and holistic healing programmes are available in the award-winning spa that comprises thermal pools, saunas, steam rooms, a salt grotto and relaxation areas spread over 3,500 square metres.
Away from the golf course, there are plenty of other outdoor pursuits for golfers and non-golfers to enjoy. The Dolomites are well-known as a walker's paradise, and cable cars close to the hotel give quick and easy access to a dense network of trails of varying degrees of difficulty and themes – some of geological or historic importance, others known for their wild flowers. Open to all guests staying at the Adler Dolomiti on a complimentary basis are two daily guided hikes, which include early morning, sunset and Nordic walks.
For those who prefer two wheels, guests can make use of the hotel's mountain bikes and electric cycles to explore some of the 30 trails that meander through the stunning mountain setting of the Dolomites – or join the hotel's daily guided ride.
For golfers keen to stick to the fairways, there is a choice of seven other golf courses to discover within reasonable distance by car from the Adler Dolomiti. Hotel guests receive a 30% reduction in green fees at the Golf Club Castelrotto, located 11 km away, whilst the Golf Club Alta Badia, one of the highest 9-hole golf courses in Europe is 28 km away.
For those willing to travel a little further afield, Golf Club Carezza set in the Latemar Cliffs is 55km away, while Golf Club Monte San Pietro at 1,250m above sea level and Golf Club Ladinia are both 59km from the hotel. Reserved for the most dedicated golfer are Golf Club Val Pusteria, set in meadows and forests, which is 75km away and Golf Club Passiria, which, at 86km, is the furthest away from the Adler Dolomiti.
To book the Golf Holiday in the Dolomites package, please call +39 (0) 471 775 001, email firstname.lastname@example.org or book online at www.adler-domolmiti.com.