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Colourfully-clad visitors to Hoebridge Golf Centre helped raise more than £1,000 for Breast Cancer Campaign by participating in national Wear it Pink Day.
With everyone donning pink clothing, the public pay-and-play centre also supported the fundraising with a themed bake sale with contributions from staff including banana bread, German biscuits and Jelly Belly Cupcakes baked by Senior General Manager, Mike O'Connell.
The retail team from Hoebridge – part of BGL Golf, the UK's leading golf course owner and operator – also got in on the action in the golf shop with a charity raffle offering prizes including lessons, fourball vouchers, food hampers and more.
Mike O'Connell, Hoebridge Golf Centre Senior General Manager, said: “We stage numerous charity golf days throughout the year and support a variety of causes off-course as well, and Wear it Pink is always popular with both guests and staff.
For more information on Hoebridge Golf Centre visit: www.hoebridgegc.co.uk or call: 01483 722611.
England international Hayley Davis shot two-under par to win her second title on the US women's college circuit in the annual Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invitational in Texas.
She laid the foundations of the win with a superb seven-under 65 in the first round and followed up with scores of 75, 74. She had 12 birdies and an eagle during the 54-hole event.
Hayley, from Ferndown in Dorset, is a student at Baylor University, Texas, and her coach, Jay Goble, commented after the final round: "Hayley played great this week. Today she did not have all the putts fall, but it was a really dominant performance.”
Hayley is in great form. She won the English women's stroke play championship immediately before returning to the USA and only last week was runner-up in another college tournament.
Her latest result underlines her consistently strong scoring, providing her 13th top three finish in her college career. She has been placed in the top five 16 times.
Hayley's result helped Baylor to finish third in the team event, their best result so far this season.
England international India Clyburn overcame a late attack of the nerves to seal a superb season by winning the girls' title at the 2014 Telegraph BMW Junior Championship at Quinta do Lago in Portugal.
The 17-year-old from Woodhall Spa has been on stunning form this summer and led from the front at Quinta do Lago's redeveloped North Course to add the prestigious title to her season's roll of honour.
India has already won the English girls' open amateur, the Scottish junior stroke play and the Royal Birkdale scratch trophy – and helped England to win both the girls' and ladies' Home Internationals.
India, sister of Ladies' European Tour player Holly, held a commanding five-stroke lead after the first day, when she returned a course record 69, and extended her advantage by a further stroke going into the final 18 holes. But on a rain-interrupted last day, North Yorkshire's Lily Downs began to close the gap as India hit trouble as the event reached its climax. There was just one stroke in it when India overcooked a shot and found her ball lying by a tree root on the 15th hole, leading to her second double-bogey of the day.
But India settled her nerves by securing a fine birdie at the par-three 16th hole before maintaining her composure over the final two holes to clinch a two-stroke victory from Lily Downs (Romanby), with Surrey's Elizabeth Prior (Burhill) five shots further back in third.
"It was so tough out there, especially with two doubles in my last round,” said India."I was getting angry with myself and in the end I lost count of my score and didn't know what to do. I just tried to do something in the final three holes.
“It's great to add my name on the trophy and all the things that come with winning this. My coach, Graham Walker, happened to be out here for the first round so I was happy to tell him that I shot a 69 in my opening 18!"
If money is no object and you're on the look-out for a new set of irons, perhaps a very luxurious Christmas present, then brand new British company, Sterling England has a set that will leave you dazzled.
Sterling England's irons are all built bespoke and are an exclusive British designed set of irons, which can be Fully Customised and personalised to your precise specifications.
In every area of life people have a choice as to whether they go for the ordinary, the special, or something a significant step on from that, which just exudes class, quality and really stands out from the crowd. For golfers, though, this final option has long been missing when it comes to the clubs they play. Ultimately, playing golf is a craft, and creating the game's equipment was once a real art form. Sadly, such levels of craftsmanship have all but disappeared from the game… until now.
Sterling England's new bespoke irons fill golf's super-premium void, offering the most discerning of golfers truly exquisite tools that bear the hallmark of unique British designs, real innovation, the finest craftsmanship and unmatched attention to detail.
Each Sterling design is 100% British, inspired by the heritage of the game and embraces the finest techniques and milling processes to bring you products that truly are a work of art. The clubs are individually handcrafted using the finest materials to deliver a product that is already unique to you, even before they have been tailor-made and personalised to your precise specifications and wishes.
These stunning irons are available in a choice of three colours – Silver and 24K gold Leaf, silver or Smoke black with a wide array of shaft options from the premier brands, and the grips of your choice from the top players in the market such as Golf Pride, Lamkin and Winn. And if you have a preference not listed, we will move heaven and earth to meet your wishes.
These wonders of golf club engineering, forged from finest Japanese S25C Carbon Steel then completely CNC-milled, have been two years in the design and testing phase. The level of craftsmanship and attention to detail is second-to-none within the golf industry, with the end result a set of irons that both look supreme and perform supremely. After a personal fitting at one of our UK stockists or our UK fitting centre, your exclusive set of irons will be made from scratch, specifically for you, to your desired specification and delivered to you within 6-8 Weeks.
For that extra finishing touch, your name or details will be etched onto the hosel of each iron, while each set comes with a Sterling Silver Ball Marker, again personalised to your wishes, and an elegant set of iron covers to keep your clubs pristine. Discerning golfers who like the very best things in life will already have the house of their dreams, a car that turns heads and a watch that makes a strong statement about who they are. Finally, they can now own a set of golf clubs that really sets them apart too.
Sterling England irons are priced at £3,500 for nine clubs from 4-iron to sand wedge, including a gap wedge. Visit www.sterling-england.com
Yes it's fast approaching that time of year again when we need to start thinking about what to put on our Christmas lists. So whether you are buying for a golfing friend or relative or just fancy adding something new to your bag in the New Year I aim to point you in the direction of some fantastic Christmas present and stocking filler ideas in the coming weeks.
The innovative new pocket-sized golf ball and iron-cleaner, Green Sleeve , has just launched to the UK market.
The revolutionary product – the brainchild of New Forest-based businessman Oliver Nimenko – is a unique addition to the golf accessories market, designed to be used primarily on and around the green.
Deep-cleaning microfibres – which have been rigorously-tested to ensure maximum cleaning power – line the knitted, conveniently pocket-sized sleeve, allowing dirty and muddy balls to be cleaned quickly and easily, without going to back to your golf bag or trolley.
These same microfibres are also designed to remove loose mud and sand from the iron heads, to aid ball-striking both from the fairway, rough and sand.
Company director Oliver said: “Green Sleeve is a product we're incredibly excited about and which we believe fills the gap in the market for a pocket-sized ball and iron cleaner, that's more convenient than a regular golf towel.
“The opportunity for businesses, brands and individual golf clubs to create their own, personalised and bespoke version of the Green Sleeve, featuring their brand colours and logo, really seemed to grab people's attention and after Harrogate, we're really gearing up for a successful 2015.”
Green Sleeves retail at £8.99 each (including free postage) and are available from greensleevegolf.com in a range of colours including ‘The Original' all-green Green Sleeve.
New for Christmas 2014 in the UK is Touch - SkyCaddie's new ‘laser-killing' flagship product.
Priced at £329.99 it's not a cheap present for your loved one but you get to wrap up two gifts as it comes bundled with a FREE box of 1 dozen Bridgestone B330-RX golf balls at launch.
Pre-loaded with 35,000 exclusive SkyCaddie course maps; Bluetooth to free SkyGolf 360 App for latest map updates, including OnDemand HD graphics. It's packed with technology including IntelliGreen. Touch gives serious golfers an advantage over laser users.
Visit: www.skygolf.com for more information.
Las Colinas Golf & Country Club has unveiled its most luxurious package to date with accommodation at the resort's newly launched villas.
From now until 31st May 2015, golfers looking for a premium experience can enjoy a five night stay and four rounds of golf from just €420 per person.
Located just south of Alicante and nestled in a spectacular 330-hectare valley, Las Colinas Golf & Country Club is fast becoming the region's most luxurious golf break destination thanks to stunning new accommodation and an array of world class facilities and unique experiences. The new villas available to rent are located in the Resort's Enebro Community with guests able to pick between the new Abubilla or Mirlo Villas. Those choosing to stay in the Abubilla villa will enjoy the stunning views of the surrounding pine forest vegetation and the luxury of the three-bedrooms sprawled across three floors, a large private garden and pool. Holidaymakers opting for the Mirlo Villa will be treated to even greater views of the golf course.
Nestled amongst vegetation on the fringes of the course, the villa offers Mediterranean living at its best, built around a private courtyard, with three spacious bedrooms, a private garden and pool. All villas have been created with the natural environment front of mind and quality and privacy inherent in their design, providing the ideal in convenience for Las Colinas guests.
The ultimate luxury package includes four rounds of golf each on the resort's Troon-managed 18-hole championship golf course designed by world renowned North American landscape architect, Cabell B. Robinson.
One of Continental Europe's Top 100 courses, the par-71, 6973-yard layout offers visitors of all abilities an exciting challenge within a unique setting. Visitors can create even greater holiday memories choosing from a unique menu of a world apart holiday add-ons provided by Las Colinas that include local wine tours, sailing and fishing charters, diving, hot air balloon rides, region tours and a visit to the International School of Falconry Las Colinas. During their stay guests can also take advantage of Las Colinas Golf & Country Club's world class facilities that include an ocean front beach club, trails through 200,000 square metres of natural space, tennis and paddle tennis courts, with fine dining offered in enso sushibar and UNiK CAFÉ. Make a trip unforgettable with a stay in the new villas at Las Colinas Golf & Country Club.
Visit: www.aworldapart.es for more information and bookings.
Scotland's Golf Coast has launched the inaugural ‘Saltire Trophy' taking place this month.
Open to all amateur golfers, this 72-hole Stableford tournament will be played over four inspiring links courses offering players the opportunity to extend their golf into the Autumn months in one of the finest golfing destinations in the world.
Commencing on Monday 24th November, the week starts off with a stiff challenge at Gullane No. 1, home of the 2015 Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open; followed by a visit to Dunbar Golf Club, an Open Championship Qualifying Course; before tackling Londniddry Golf Club's mix of links & woodland; and concluding at the exclusive Renaissance Club on Friday the 28th November 2014.
This exciting event will test competitors on some of East Lothian's finest courses, along a 30-mile stretch of stunning coastline. East Lothian is known as the sunniest and driest area in Scotland, making it the perfect place for Autumn golf. With opportunities to stay in East Lothian for the duration of the week, competitors can immerse themselves in Scotland's Golf Coast, with opportunities to play all of East Lothian's courses, experience fantastic hospitality and sample the area's finest locally-sourced food. This is the perfect opportunity to not only compete, but to experience golfing excellence.
With the chance to play some of the world's finest links course, all for only £295, we recommend you reserve your place early to avoid disappointment. This includes Welcome Drinks on the first evening and the Prize-Giving Dinner at The Renaissance Club on the final evening.
The Saltire Trophy - ITINERARY
24th – 28th November 2014
Monday 24th November
10.30: Gullane No.1
Steeped in golfing history, this stunning links is playable all-year round and will host the 2015 Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open. The golf course snakes across Gullane Hill from where you can enjoy some of the best views in the world of golf. This course will present one of the best challenges in Scotland for Saltire Trophy competitors.
19.00 Welcome reception at Duck's, Aberlady. Enjoy a warm and friendly welcome to Scotland's Golf Coast. Rest and unwind at the end of the first day of the competition. Refuel with some of the best local food and drink; and relax with ‘bar putting games' or a fine Cuban cigar.
Tuesday 25th November
09.30: Dunbar Golf Club
With a proud history stretching back to 1856, Dunbar presents a challenging test for players of all levels. A Classic Scottish Links Course, which hugs the coastline along a narrow strip of land within yards of the waves crashing onto the rocky shore. Stunning scenery and a welcoming Clubhouse will complete a memorable experience on Day two of the competition.
Wednesday 26th November - Rest Day
Wednesday is the time for all our golfers to take stock and prepare for the final two days of the competition. There will be no competitive golf, so it is the opportunity to enjoy all East Lothian has to offer, from the fantastic attractions, delicious local food and drink, or one of the 22 must-play golf courses. Alternatively players can enjoy some of the other events taking place during the Saltire Festival, to celebrate East Lothian as the home of Scotland's Flag and Scotland's patron saint St. Andrew. A full list of events can be found at – www.visiteastlothian.org/saltire2014 .
Thursday 27th November
09.30: Longniddry Golf Club
This Harry S Colt designed course offers a traditional test of golf over its unique combination of links and woodland, many holes having spectacular views to the city centre, beyond to the Forth Bridges and across the Firth of Forth to Fife. 6260 yards may not seem long, but with no par 5's and eight 400 plus yard par 4's, this is a stiff challenge, particularly in a west wind.
Friday 28th November
09.30: The Renaissance Club
The week comes to a close at The Renaissance Club, which will provide both a challenging and memorable final day. Named ‘Best New Course in Great Britain and Ireland' by Golf Monthly, it is one of the world's most exclusive golf clubs, and has been lauded by critics and golfing professionals as one of the most exquisite golfing venues in the world. This is the final chance to secure the Saltire Trophy and experience a world-class haven for golfers.
18.30 : Prize-Giving Dinner, The Renaissance Club
Settle down amongst one of the world's most exclusive clubhouses, experience a vibrant atmosphere and enjoy some fantastic food and drink, prepared by chefs trained in Michelin-starred restaurants. This wonderful celebration brings the tournament to a close and allows us to present the first ever winner with the Saltire Trophy.
Scotland's Golf Coast has a diverse offering of accommodation to offer Saltire Trophy competitors, providing the perfect opportunity to rest, relax and unwind before enjoying another round of golf. It is a dream for visiting golfers, with all accommodation providing easy access to golf courses. Competitors will be spoiled for choice with 5-star luxury hotels, family-run bed and breakfasts, self-catering apartments or even centuries-old stately homes all on offer. No matter where you choose to stay you are guaranteed a very warm welcome and an authentic experience. To find suitable hotels for your trip to the Saltire Trophy, visit – www.golfeastlothian.com/accomodation .
To enter the Saltire Trophy, click on: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/scotlands-golf-coast-saltire-trophy-tickets-13752134003?aff=eorg
or for further information, please contact Jonathan Brown on 01620 827178 or email email@example.com .
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