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December 23, 2014


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Congratulations Tour School graduates!

I'm delighted to be reporting that some of our top English players gained their playing privileges for the Ladies European Tour 2015 over the weekend.

Dorset's Georgia Hall led the tournament for much of the week, eventually finishing second on 15 under par to easily secure her card, with a superb display of golf over the gruelling five-round qualifying, that saw 120 entrants whittled down to just 34 players from 17 different countries getting their cards.

Also securing their cards were English players Emma Goddard, Alex Peters and Amber Ratcliffe.

My husband Dan Frost worked intensively throughout 2015 with Georgia Hall helping get her game in shape for the Tour so is delighted to see that she, and a couple of other pupils, gained their cards. If you want a little insight into what Georgia and Dan worked on throughout the summer, there was a fantastic article in Golf International, here's the link:

Georgia Hall

It hardly seems like five minutes since Georgia was teeing it up alongside me in Dorset County match-week (below is our old team picture) - well what a player she has become! It just shows that talent really does come from our grassroots golf.

Finally I'd like to sign off 2014 by wishing you all a fantastic Christmas. Thank you for logging on to read my blog every week and I very much look forward to bringing you more news and reviews from the world of ladies golf in 2015.

Best wishes, Carly x

Amateur news

Newly crowned Miss World's golfing passion 

For the most part, golf is a beautiful game. There are amazing landscapes, both natural and manufactured scenes that make your jaw drop and the game, itself, carries with it a sense of poetry in motion.

But there's always more room for beauty. And, luckily for us, it comes in the form of Miss World Rolene Strauss.

Strauss, who was representing South Africa at the Miss World Competition in London last weekend, won the event. She's been a member of the South African Golf Association and Women's Golf of South Africa since 2007 and considers golf among her favourite pastimes.

The global recognition this will bring for golf is great, once again proving that we can attract young, cool individuals to the game.

Pro news

European Tour gets a female boost!

I was delighted to read that two females had been appointed to high powered jobs in the European Tour last week, that we are truly living in an age of gender equity.

Jutta af Rosenborg and Sophie Goldschmidt have been appointed as Non-Executive Directors of The PGA European Tour effective January 1, 2015.  These appointments, which will shape the future of the Tour, come as a result of the Strategic Review and Board restructuring that is currently underway.

Jutta brings considerable financial experience to the board having held senior positions at a number of FTSE and NASDAQ listed companies including Aberdeen Asset Management, Auriga Industries, ALK-Abelló and Carnegie Worldwide Investment Funds. 

She has overseen international companies and gained considerable experience of managing complex stakeholder relationships, knowledge she will utilise with The European Tour. Jutta has an MSc in Business Economics and Auditing from Copenhagen Business School and will Chair the Audit Committee

Sophie has extensive knowledge and experience of the global sports industry having held a number of senior roles at global sports brands and professional organisations including Adidas, the Women's Tennis Association Tour and the National Basketball Association. She is currently the Chief Commercial and Marketing Officer for the Rugby Football Union and is also a member of the management board. She also sits as a non-executive director on the Youth Sport Trust board.

Sophie has a strong track record of building brand awareness, taking sports to new markets and introducing innovation.  She has managed key external relationships with sponsors, athletes, professional teams and government entities and will focus on commercial and marketing matters pertaining to The European Tour.

Jutta af Rosenborg said, “I look forward to working together with the team at the PGA European Tour and to take part in the further development of this wonderful organisation. The world of professional golf and the world of business can be seen as very different, but when it comes to the bottom line - it is all about getting the most out of it to the benefit of the stakeholders.”

Sophie Goldschmidt said, “I am delighted to be joining the PGA European Tour board. This is a very interesting time for golf and I look forward to working with David and others to help further strategically develop the Tour commercially and in other areas.”

David Williams, Chairman of the Board of Directors of The European Tour said, “I am delighted to welcome both Sophie Goldschmidt and Jutta af Rosenborg to the board of the European Tour.  Their appointment as Non-Executive Directors supports our strategy of broadening and increasing the skills and experience at the heart of the business at a time when golf is changing.

“Sophie's experience in international sports and her proven ability to drive commercial success will be a huge asset for the Tour over the coming years.

“In Jutta we have chosen a distinguished European businesswoman with extensive investment and financial experience.  This will be invaluable to the successful delivery of our plans to develop The European Tour and to forging future sponsorship opportunities and partnerships.

“I look forward to working with both Jutta and Sophie as well as our Board and Management team, as we continue to build the profile and success of The European Tour around the world.”

Golf's greatest ever female player turns her eye to course design

Annika Sörenstam, widely regarded as the greatest female golfer of all time, is to design her first course in Europe, at Estonian Golf & Country Club.

The new course, which will complement the venue's acclaimed Sea Course, rated among Europe's top 100 courses*, is part of a major development to create a family leisure resort and spa overlooking the Gulf of Finland.

Annika has been selected both for the caliber of her design work – she has designed three courses worldwide to date – and her appreciation of a project that is targeting families and golf tourists from Scandinavia and the rest of Europe.

Estonian Golf & Country Club, which is part of the European Tour Properties network of world class golf venues, and home to a successful real estate development, plans to construct a 150-room hotel in three phases and develop leisure amenities including a spa and tennis academy.

Hanno Kross, Estonian Golf & Country Club Chief Executive, said: “I first met Annika in 2011 to discuss designing our second course and she immediately understood and empathized with our vision to further develop Estonian Golf & Country Club into an international leisure resort and spa.

“As well as being one of the most successful golfers of all time, she is family orientated and coaches young people, so brings a contemporary perspective to the needs of a modern resort and the type of golf course and facilities that are required.

“When I first showed her pictures of the landscape overlooking the Gulf of Finland and the Jägala River Delta, it reminded her of where she grew up and so I think she immediately felt at home with this project.”

The new 18-hole course will replace the existing 9-hole Stone Course at Estonian Golf & Country Club, and will complement the championship Sea Course, which in 2011 hosted European qualifying for the Omega Mission Hills World Cup, the final of which was staged at the upscale Chinese resort which also boasts an ANNIKA ®  designed course.

On high, flat land above a limestone escarpment that drops down to a pine forest and the Sea Course, the new ANNIKA ®  layout will command outstanding views over the Rebala National Heritage Area, within which the GEO Certified™ country club is situated.

Using the long, native grasses and firm turf, the course will have a links-like look and feel. Tees will be spread out with the tournament course measuring 6,445m (7,050 yards), while fully constructed forward tees will create a genuine 4,000m (4,375 yards) course for juniors and new golfers.

Annika said: “It's exciting to be designing my first golf course in Europe, especially one that is close to home.

“What's also exciting about this project is the approach Estonian Golf & Country Club is taking. The golf industry has been talking a lot about the need to develop golf facilities that are more flexible and family friendly, and this is a venue that is actually making it happen.

“My objective is to create a course that good golfers will find strategic, competitive and visually appealing, while the design will utilize a variety of forward tees to make it equally enjoyable and engaging for newer golfers and young players. Ultimately, the layout will offer great versatility, from tournament play to resort golf, giving all golfers, no matter how far they hit the ball, a world class experience.”

Annika is currently working on course plans with European Golf Design (EGD), the golf course design company of the European Tour and IMG, with groundwork scheduled to start in 2016.

Estonian Golf & Country Club, just 20 minutes from the country's exquisite capital city of Tallinn, will open its new ANNIKA ®  Course, as well as the first 50 rooms of the new hotel, in 2019.

Hanno Kross added: “While many golfers regularly hop across on the ferry from Finland to play golf in Estonia, we hope the new ANNIKA ®  Course will attract more golfers and families from Sweden, who can travel here easily via a 55-minute flight or on the daily ferry, as well as other European countries.

“This is an exciting new concept for golf tourism in northern Europe – where our long, sunny summer days are perfect for active, outdoor holidays – and we are extremely pleased Annika is on board and is contributing so much to the strategy behind this project.”

For further information on Estonian Golf & Country Club visit:  www.egcc.ee

New Gear 

Tried & Tested

Adams Tight Lies woods

Info:  www.adamsgolf.com

I say:  I was lucky enough to get my hands on the new Adams ladies Tight Lies woods a couple of weeks ago and what great clubs they are!

They feature Adams new Cut-Thru Slot technology that has created a face twice as hot as the original Tight Lies woods.

The unusual 'upside down design' might mean they look very unique but in fact it has a big benefit of giving you a large impact area below the ball which means that they are super easy to hit high and far without effort. It also improves contact with the ball if you are playing out of a bad lie in the rough.

A special tri-level sole design also aids that connection with the ball from dodgy lies which makes these woods pretty invincible weapons in your bag if you are a little wayward!

I think Adams have got it spot-on with their description of the new Tight Lies woods below.

They say: Today's fairway woods have become hard for most people, including many tour players, to hit from anywhere other than off of a tee due to their deep faces and higher CGs. These "mini-drivers" are also extremely hard to hit well out of the rough or sand due to their larger size. 

The new Tight Lies will revolutionize the game just as the original did. The playability from every type of lie, and the ease at which golfers can get the ball in the air makes Tight Lies the perfect club to hit those long par-4's and par-5's. For the first time in a long time, golfers will love hitting a fairway wood again.

Travel

A foreign break for golfers who love art   

Golfers visiting Spain's north-east shores during 2015 will have the opportunity to combine playing on some of the best courses the country has to offer with seeing the Dalí, Breaking News exhibition, containing a selection of 75 photographs of one of Catalonia's greatest exports, surrealist artist Salvador Dalí.

Organised by the Council of Girona and the  Costa Brava Tourist Board , the exhibition was originally based in Figueres, the birthplace of Salvador Dalí and popular tourist destination for golfers on holiday in the Costa Brava. Designed to not only celebrate the 25th anniversary of the artist's death in 1989, the exhibition also marks the 75th anniversary of Spanish News Agency EFE and the 40th anniversary of the Dalí Theatre Museum opening its doors in Figueres.

Having received more than 10,000 visitors in just over a month of it opening, the exhibition continues to be a considerable attraction to both local and foreign visitors – over half of those who saw the exhibit in Figueres were from abroad. Due to its popularity, golfers visiting the  Costa Brava  region will have a number of opportunities to see this unique collection of photography. The Dalí, Breaking News exhibition will be in the Cultural Centre in Lloret de Mar until January 6th 2015, before it moves to the Casa Saladrigas in Blanes between March 4th – April 15th, and then on to Girona where it will be held at the Dalí Museum from May 1st until August 31st.   

Ramón Ramos, Director of the Costa Brava Girona Tourist Board, said: “Every year, Costa Brava welcomes more than one million tourists, many of whom come to enjoy not only the fantastic golf facilities available within the region, but to sample the rich and diverse artistic and gastronomic culture on offer.

“The Salvador Dalí exhibitions and museums remain one of Costa Brava's greatest tourist attractions, with his artwork continuing to mesmerise visitors. This photographic exhibition, which will continue to run throughout Costa Brava during 2015, provides visitors with a fantastic opportunity to understand the figure of Dalí and his innate ability to be the main focus of media attention.” 

Born in Figueres in 1904, Salvador Dalí is best known for his technical skill as a painter and the shocking quality of his imagination. Among the artist's most famous works of art is the Persistence of Memory, which introduced a surrealistic image of soft, melting pocket watches and epitomises Dalí's theory of ‘softness' and ‘hardness', which was central to his thinking at the time. 

Dalí consistently depicted the landscape of his homeland in his artwork, one that became synonymous with the landscape of imagination and dreams. Throughout his life, he forged a remarkable body of work and he continues to be one of Costa Brava's most famous figures, with his artwork remaining a key tourist attraction. 

  • Golfers looking to infuse their break to the Costa Brava with the artistic culture of the region have a selection of courses to choose from. These include:

  • PGA Catalunya Resort, home to Spain's No.1 golf course and Europe's Best Golf resort 2015 

  • Club Golf d'Aro Mas Nou, which offers spectacular vistas from its 300m above sea-level perch

  • Empordà Golf Resort, a 36-hole golf and hotel complex with its European Top 100 ranked Links Course

  • British-designed Golf Platja de Pals situated on the Spanish seafront
  • One of the region's oldest courses, Club de Golf Costa Brava, that offers a good test for all standards of player 

  • Golf Girona, the only course in Spain sown entirely with Penncross grass
  • Torremirona Golf Club that enjoys wonderful views of the Pyrenees 

  • Club de Golf Peralada, the region's northern-most course designed according to environmentally-friendly specifications

  • Par 3 Gualta – perfect for those looking to perfect their short game or for a quick and pleasant round 

With the newly opened high-speed train (AVE) line, Girona is just 38 minutes from Barcelona and easily accessible thanks to Girona-Costa Brava Airport, an important Ryanair hub. 

Additional information on Costa Brava can be found at  www.costabrava.org and  http://en.costabrava.org/what-to-do/golf

The TUNISIA GOLF FESTIVAL 2015 - A  week of GOLF, SUN & FUN

The international amateur golf tournament  TUNISIA GOLF FESTIVAL  will be organized for the third year running at HAMMAMET & PORT EL KANTAOUI from the  8th  to 15th  March 2015  in partnership with the  TUNISIAN NATIONAL TOURIST OFFICE.

The   TUNISIA GOLF FESTIVAL 2015   will be played on some of the fabulous golf courses of TUNISIA ( YASMINE & CITRUS in HAMMAMET as well as the EL KANTAOUI GOLF COURSE. )

This event is open to Amateur golfers of all levels (Men + Ladies + Senior men + Senior Ladies)

Golfers will be playing in separate categories and will see them play 5 rounds of Stableford competition of their official handicap (no slope rating adjustment)

This tournament week is great fun and an enjoyable way of making new friends, friendly competition and play on some outstanding golf courses in TUNISIA 

The programme includes 7 Nights on All Inclusive at the RIU PALACE HAMMAMET + 5 rounds of competitive Golf  (2 Rounds at CITRUS Golf HAMMAMET + 2 Rounds at YASMINE Golf HAMMAMET + 1 Round at EL KANTAOUI Golf) + Cocktail Party & Gala dinner with prizes presentation ceremony & Entertainments, Excursion for Non-Golfers.

For further details please contact  ELITE EVENTS & TRAVEL  - 

email: events@eliteevents-travel.com   or contact the Tournament Directors Mr. JO MAES - email:  jo.maes@me.com  &  Mr BENJAMIN OOSTERVEER  - email:  benjaminoosterveer@hotmail.com

Last but not least...a Christmas Day quiz for you!

Test your knowledge of ladies golf around the table after dinner on Christmas Day

The Ladies European Tour Quiz!

Q1. Which of the following players played together with Annika Sorenstam when they were juniors?

A. Carin Koch

B. Florentyna Parker

C. Vanessa Vignalli

Q2. Who was a competent gymnast before playing golf?

A. Margherita Rigon

B. Carly Booth

C. Lucy Williams

Q3. She is from South Africa and started to play golf when she was 12. Her career best finish is 2nd

A. Lee-Anne Pace

B. Stacy Lee Bregman

C. Charlotte Thompson

Q4. She has Jo Morley, the 2011 Solheim Cup vice-captain as her caddy

A. Hannah Burke

B. Hennie Zuel

C. Sophie Walker

Q5. She finished second in the Rookie of the Year ranking and won a tournament in 2013. Woodhall Spa is her golfing haven and paradise

A. Hannah Burke

B. Lydia Hall

C. Sophie Walker

Q6. She supports a charity foundation to raise money towards cancer, Birdies4Breast and was the ISPS Handa Ladies European Masters winner in 2014

A. Lydia Hall

B. Hennie Zuel

C. Margherita Rigon

Q7. She was named UK sportswoman of the year in 2012 by the Muslim Women's Sport Foundation at Wembley Stadium

A. Sahra Hassan

B. Florentyna Parker

C. Liz Young

Q8. She was born in Germany after her parents moved from England to Hamburg and speaks perfect German. She won a tournament in 2010

A. Melissa Reid

B. Liz Young

C. Florentyna Parker

Q9. She started to play golf aged 11 after she could no longer play football with the boys. Football is her passion and she has a Labrador called Bailey

A. Melissa Reid

B. Carly Booth

C. Charlotte Thompson

Q10. She is Italian and allergic to wheat flour and has to eat gluten free food

A. Hannah Burke

B. Lauren Taylor

C. Lydia Hall

Q11. She holds a degree in Management from Loughborough University

A. Sophie Walker

B. Lauren Taylor

C. Lydia Hall

Q12. Her grandfather Freddie was World Speedway Champion, and her father David is now a Tournament Director on the European Tour and played professionally for over 17 years. He sometimes caddies for her

A. Sally Watson

B. Lucy Williams

C. Liz Young

Q13. She became the youngest player to compete on the LET as an amateur when she was 13

A. Hennie Zuel

B. Lauren Taylor

C. Charlotte Thompson

Q14. Like Holly Clyburn, the former British Amateur Champion, started out by winning on the LET Access Series at the Norrporten Ladies Open, two weeks before turning professional in September

A. Lauren Taylor

B. Carly Booth

C. Charlotte Thompson

Q15. Sally Watson's academic advisor was Professor Condoleezza Rice, who played  golf together with former U.S. Secretary of State George Shultz at Cyprus Point Club in Pebble Beach

A. True

B. False

Q16. Who's the Solheim Cup team captain for 2015?

A. Annika Sorenstam

B. Sally Watson

C. Carin Koch









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