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England's Cath Rawthore has completed a spectacular season by winning the senior women's British championship at Royal Dornoch in Scotland.
It's her third big success of the year, having previously won the English senior stroke play and helped England to become European senior team champions.
Cath, from Sale in Cheshire, commented: “I must say it's a good feeling to hold the English and British titles and the European team gold all in one season. I will certainly look back on 2014 with pride.”
She gradually moved up the leaderboard in the British championship, starting off in ninth place, edging up to eighth after the second round and then became leader in the clubhouse after returning a final round of two-under par 74. It gave her a one-under par total for the event which proved unbeatable.
At the start of the final round Cath had been eight shots off the lead, set by Leicestershire's Helen Lowe and had not expected to leapfrog the leaders.
“I couldn't believe it. I literally had no clue when I came off the course that I was in contention and when we went to do the cards I was told I was leader in the clubhouse.
“Then news came filtering back that the leading competitors had dropped shots and it looked like I would win. I refused to believe it until all scores were in.”
She won by two shots from Scotland's Mary Tain. Two other members of England's winning European team were also in the top ten. Lulu Housman (Highgate, Middlesex) tied third on two-over par, while Amanda Mayne (Saltford, Somerset) shared eighth place on five over. Helen Lowe (Scraptoft), who led for the first two rounds, tied sixth on four over.
Cath is playing only her second season of senior golf and has made a rapid rise to the top. She made her England debut last year, having made an instant impact with impressive results in the national championships.
Teenagers India Clyburn, Alice Hewson and Inci Mehmet will represent England Golf in the inaugural World Junior Girls' Championship in Canada from 26 September to 1 October.
All three players were in the England team which won the 2014 Girls' Home Internationals for the seventh successive year.
The 72-hole world championship will take place on the North and South courses at Angus Glen Golf Club in Markham, Ontario. The club has hosted Canadian open championships on both the PGA and LPGA Tours.
The event will be contested by 15 countries, selected by their performance at the 2012 World Amateur Team Championship. There will be a team competition, with the best two scores counting in each round, and an individual event.
India Clyburn ,
17, (Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire) is the English girls' champion and had a perfect record at Girls' Home Internationals winning all six of her matches. She is also the Scottish junior stroke play champion and was runner-up in the Critchley Salver. She has been selected for the England team for the Ladies' Home Internationals
Alice Hewson ,
17, (Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire) won the Critchley Salver at Sunningdale and the U18 prize at the St Rule Trophy where she also helped England win the Nations Cup and was fourth overall. She was sixth in the English girls' championship and ninth in the English women's amateur. She has been selected for the England team for the Ladies' Home Internationals.
Inci Mehmet ,
17, (Wentworth, Surrey) was runner-up at the English amateur championship and has amassed a series of other good results this season, including fourth place in the Portuguese championship, fifth in the Irish open stroke play and fourth in the Critchley Salver.
She and her partner were runners-up in the Sunningdale foursomes.
As summer is drawing to a close and the wet weather is undoubtedly upon us once more…I just wanted to send across a reminder to check that your golf umbrella is fully operational. I know that sounds stupid but I recently got caught out in an end of summer heavy downpour when mine popped inside out in strong winds and one of the spikes broke off!
If you are in the market for a new umbrella, and like me, quite often play golf on links courses or windy conditions, you may want to check out the great new Performance Range of umbrellas from leading UK brand Fulton.
They are perfect for battling the elements on the golf course. The largest umbrella in the range, the Cyclone, for instance, has been wind tunnel tested to 78mph! And thanks to Fulton's patented super-strength construction it is one of the most durable and wind-resistant umbrellas available. The slightly smaller Tornado has a vented supersize canopy for improved wind resistance and an automatic open and close frame. The smallest of the range, the Hurricane, is perfect to fit in your bag in case of bad weather.
All three Performance Range umbrellas benefit from Fibre Reinforced Polymer ribs for extreme strength, as well as striking green joints made of Polycarbonate for extra durability. Each also has a special anti-slip grip for added comfort and practicality, using either silicone, rubber or EVA foam coated ergonomic designed handles to provide a strong hold in even the mightiest of winds.
Fulton Rainwear is available in a range of designs and can be found at www.fultonumbrellas.com and other retailers nationwide. For stockist details please call: 020 8963 3010.
The leading US sports shoe maker Skechers has launched a new range of golf shoes that includes a line just for ladies.
As a US brand, Skechers enjoys an incredible market share across its female shoe range, and now for the first time in golf in the UK, Skechers is offering lady golfers a number of styles and colours in its new Women's range for 2015 in the shape of Skechers GO GOLF and Skechers GO GOLF Lynx.
Starting with Skechers GO GOLF, this golf shoe blends a classic inspired look with modern innovations and high-quality materials for superior on-course performance.
A seamless water seal waterproof upper gives the GO GOLF full waterproofing making it perfect for all conditions encountered in the UK, while the Resagrip outsole provides supreme grip on the course. This lightweight design (just 9.3oz) also features a premium leather upper and is available in two colour styles. The shoe is priced at £89.
Skechers GO GOLF Lynx promises to combine innovative lightweight athletic materials with Skechers Goga Mat Technology insole to give maximum comfort on the golf course. Also available in two colour styles, the GO GOLF Lynx features all the same technological benefits as the GO GOLF, weighing in at the lower end of the scale in the golf shoe market and is available in both waterproof and water-resistant finishes priced at £69.
To learn more about the shoes visit www.SkechersGOgolf.co.uk
If you are a lover of designer labels then you'll be dazzled by the array of outfits on offer from the top labels in golf through the online retailer www.trendygolf.com
The designer golf fashion website has just released a comprehensive ladies collection for the Autumn/Winter 2014. Representing the most popular trends in the fashion world, the new fashion collections include unique printed bottoms, down outerwear and high performance activewear pieces.
The leading online retailer has a variety of fashion forward brands such as Ralph Lauren, J. Lindeberg, Puma, Duca del Cosma and many more at your fingertips.
Now is the time to welcome in the change of seasons and add some amazing wardrobe updates.
Borgo Egnazia, 5-star luxury escape and home to Italy's finest San Domenico Golf Club, welcomes all avid golf fans this September to ‘Tee off and Relax' with their exclusive Golf and Spa packages.
Located in Southern Italy, in the region of Puglia, Borgo Egnazia is offering a range of 2, 3 and 4 night packages to choose from, inviting guests to treat themselves to stay in one of the resort's stunning Corte Bella rooms with daily breakfast and free wi-fi facilities.
Golf lovers will be able to swing into action with an unlimited green fee and golf cart, whilst those looking to kick-back and relax will be granted access to the exclusive VAIR Spa and its luxurious steam baths, saunas and gym, alongside use of both indoor and outdoor heated swimming pools. For additional relaxation, this Italian haven is offering a 50 minute Aquann session of private flotation. Each party will also receive a generous 10% discount on all food and beverages during their stay and, if available upon arrival, a room upgrade and late check-out.
Created as a project of the European Golf Design of London, San Domenico Golf Club was formed following the USGA's highest standards, ensuring that no impact was had on surrounding landscapes and in turn, establishing a way to harmoniously bring together nature and man.
Boasting 6,300 metres of Bermuda, Festuca and Pencross grass alongside wide trunk olive trees – some of which date back to the Roman Empire – this Adriatic gem has played host to some of today's biggest championships; including the PGA European Challenge Tour Grand Final, having taken place in grounds located at Italy's heel for several consecutive years.
For golfers who are looking to add a little culture to their game, this 18-hole course also boarders the ancient city of Egnathia; originally a Messapian centre, subsequently taken over by the Romans. From the rich greenery of the eighth hole, it is still possible to admire ancient ruins dating from the 5th century B.C., a mere 200 metres away.
For a combination of extensive luxury and memorable sporting experiences, look no further than Borgo Egnazia; the perfect place to unwind in unique style.
Golf & Spa packages:
2 nights stay* starts from 534.00 Euros
3 nights stay* starts from 898.00 Euros
4 nights stay* starts from 1150.00 Euros
*Valid from 7th September 2014 – 30th March 2015; excludes dates between 23rd December 2014 – 6th January 2015
For more information on Borgo Egnazia, visit http://www.borgoegnazia.com/?lang=en
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