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August 20, 2014


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Who said becoming a Mum ruined your golf?!

You'll have to excuse me starting my ladies update this week with some personal news but I can't help but boast that after 9 months of sleepless nights, six without even picking up a golf club, I can officially still play some decent golf!

I know that it is only my name and the scores that will be etched on the Club Championship trophy and board inside our clubhouse at Parkstone GC but the story I will tell in years to come of the lack of sleep the night before and tummy bug my poor little teething baby Hogan had given me, will definitely explain the slightly higher-than-usual two-round score. As always our head greenkeeper Steve Richardson presented my home course Parkstone in absolutely sparkling condition, the greens were running nearly as fast as Augusta National (where, by no small coincidence, it turns out he did his apprenticeship!) My congratulations must also go to all the competitors who took part in the Pukka Pads Parkstone Junior Open last week. This relatively new tournament is really going from strength–to-strength, attracting junior golfers from around the country and has the support of a superb sponsor in local firm Pukka Pads. Some real ‘stars of the future' took part in this year's event and the scores proved what a talented bunch of juniors we have, with Parkstone's own Tom Atkins shooting a new course record 64!

PRO NEWS

Emma Nilsson earns second LETAS victory in Norway

Sweden's Emma Nilsson claimed her second Ladies European Tour Access Series (LETAS) title of the season at the Ladies Norwegian Challenge, with a winning total of three-under-par, after the event was shortened to 36 holes due to heavy rain.

After a week of adverse weather, conditions were tough for the final round on Thursday, with the additional morning rain making Oslo's Losby golf course play much longer than usual, with little to no run on the fairways.

It was an exciting final round as Norwegian amateur Tonje Daffinrud and LETAS order of merit leader Isabella Ramsay both challenged the leader before Norway's Rachel Margrethe Raastad came through the field with three birdies in her last five holes for a final round 70 to end in second place on one-under-par.

Nilsson, from Solvesborgs Golfklubb, shot a final round of 72, containing three birdies, a bogey and a double. She started well with a birdie on the fifth, where she played an approach shot to within 50cm of the hole using a pitching wedge. Missing the seventh fairway with her driver resulted in a double bogey, but the young Swede recovered with a birdie on the par-4 ninth, where she played another excellent approach shot and made the turn in 35 strokes, with a level par front nine.

She bogeyed the 10th hole but saved her best until last by making a birdie putt of 12 metres for a level par round of 72 and a two shot victory.

"It was really fun and I'm very pleased, especially after winning the Pilsen Golf Challenge in July," said Nilsson. "I played the course when I was 12 in the Junior Cup between Sweden and Norway which was my first big tournament so I have really good memories here."

Nilsson has been a consistent performer this season, not finishing outside the top 30 in her seven starts on LETAS. A win at the recent Pilsen Golf Challenge propelled the young Swede into the top five of the LETAS Order of Merit, a position she has further cemented with her win in Norway.

Ramsay and Caroline Rominger of Switzerland tied for third on level par, while Spanish amateur Marta Sanz Barrio continued her impressive form by finishing in solo fifth place a week after her maiden win on the tour.

Ladies European Tour and Annika Sorenstam in new cooperation with The Annika Invitational Europe

Annika Sorenstam believes that junior golf in Sweden will receive a big boost thanks to the decision to include her ANNIKA Invitational Europe as a qualifying event for next year's PING Junior Solheim Cup.

The ANNIKA Invitational Europe is now one of eight prestigious events across Europe where the Continent's leading girl golfers will be able to pick up qualification points for the 2015 PING Junior Solheim Cup, to be played for the first time in Germany next September at Golf Club St Leon-Rot.

"We are proud the ANNIKA Invitational Europe has been chosen as a qualifying event for next year's PING Junior Solheim Cup," confirmed the popular, former World No. 1 ahead of her tournament this year at Forsgårdens Golf Club in Kungsbacka, Sweden.

"It can only motivate and inspire our young players and it will also give us a better field which in the long term can only help with the development of junior golf in our country. I look forward to welcoming all of Europe's PING Junior Solheim Cup hopefuls to Bro-Bålsta next summer and know they will all be desperate to earn a place on the team."

This year's ANNIKA Invitational Europe was won by Marion Veysseyre, a member of the victorious French team at this year's European Girls' Team Championship in Slovakia, who carded rounds of 70-74-69 to finish on 3 under par, one shot in front of Elodie Bridenne of France and Ana Pelaez of Spain. It was just the third time the event has been played since inauguration in 2012 and it has already been recognised as one of Europe's top tournaments, giving 78 junior girls between the ages of 12 and 18 the opportunity to showcase their skills on the international stage.
The full list of qualifying events for the 2015 PING Junior Solheim Cup, to be held on September 14-15, 2015 at GC St. Leon-Rot, Germany, is as follows:

· The Spanish International Ladies Amateur Championship at Real Club Pineda de Sevilla, Spain (Feb 25 - March 1)

· The French International Lady Junior Championship at GC St Cloud, France (April 2-6)

· The German Girls' Open at GC St. Leon-Rot Germany (June 5-7),

· The Ladies' British Open Amateur Championship at Portstewart GC, Northern Ireland (June 9-13)

· The European Girls' Team Championship at Golf Resort Kaskada Brno, Czech Republic (July 7-11)

· The European Ladies' Team Championship at Helsingør, Denmark (July 7-11)

· The ANNIKA Invitational Europe at Bro-Bålsta, Sweden (Aug 4-6)

· The Girls' British Open Championship at West Kilbride, Scotland (Aug 10-14)

AMATEUR NEWS

Congratulations Hayley!

A very special congratulation goes out to my friend and long-time fellow Dorset County player Hayley Davis for her amazing performance in the English women's stroke play championship last week.

Hayley blew away a top-class field at Tandridge golf club in Surrey to win the tournament by an impressive six shots!

The 21-year-old England international was quite rightly applauded off the 18th green by the large crowd of spectators who gathered to watch her win her third English title with a 72-hole total of four-under par.

“I haven't won anything for a while and it was really nice to do it with my mum, nan and granddad watching,” said Hayley who adds this to the English women's amateur championship, which she won at her first attempt as a 17-year-old, and the English girls' title. “It's lovely to have all three,” she added.

Hayley received an additional prize for her triumph when she was made an honorary member of Tandridge Golf Club at the prize presentation. “That was a complete surprise and really exciting,” she said.

Hayley was the only player to finish the event under par and she set up her win with a superb score of seven-under 64 in the third round. It powered her away from the field, giving her an eight-stroke lead with 18 holes to play.

“This course is really good but it's tough and it was nice to have a bit of a buffer and not to feel that I had to go low again,” she said. What she did was put on a display of excellent, controlled golf which sent a clear message to her rivals that she wasn't budging from the lead.

She parred 11 straight holes, had a birdie on 12 and a couple of bogeys on the closing holes to return a final round 72. She impressed the watching members with her skill on their quick, slippery greens and with her deft touch with the wedges. “I played good,” was Hayley's verdict.

While she marched steadily towards the title a battle royal was being played out for the place of runner-up. It was eventually won by Welsh international Becky Harries, who birdied two of the last four holes to finish the event on two over par. She was one ahead of Sarah-Jane Boyd (Truro) who shot a great closing 65 and of Meghan MacLaren (Wellingborough) who was one-under for the final round.

Fifth place went to French international Emilie Alonso who was 68, 67 for the final two rounds; while former champion Alex Peters (Notts Ladies') won sixth prize, pipping Dulcie Sverdloff (Garon Park).

Hayley also won the U21 and U23 trophies, while the U18 trophy went to 14-year-old Bel Wardle of Prestbury, Cheshire.

NEW GEAR

TaylorMade enhance their Spider putter line

A year on from their first launch TaylorMade Golf Company has added three new putters to their very successful Spider line.

There is a new Spider Daddy Long Legs, priced at £189, plus the new Spider Blade and Spider Mallet, both priced at £179.

“The new tour-inspired cosmetic is visually stunning, while also delivering the ultimate in stability and performance,” said Tomo Bystedt, TaylorMade's director of iron, wedge and putter creation. “Each of these putters promotes an extremely stable putting stroke, to help golfers deliver a consistent roll time after time.”

Daddy Long Legs is the most stable putter in the trio. The high-MOI design resists twisting at impact to protect ball speed on off-centre hits, promoting a reliable roll regardless of where the ball is struck on the face.

The Spider Blade offers the stability of a mallet putter in a blade shape to promote outstanding twist-resistance and distance control on off-centre hits. TaylorMade research indicates that the Spider Blade is 50% more stable than traditional blade-style putters. All three models feature a heavy steel frame, and tungsten heel and toe weights, all designed to raise the MOI to deliver increased head stability.

To optimise counterbalance technology, grip two to three inches below the top end of the grip when assuming a normal stance, posture and address. By doing so, more weight is “above” the golfer's hands, which is key for increasing stroke-stability. Because players should grip down, each new Ghost Spider putter is offered two lengths: 38” and 35”. The 38” is for players who traditionally use a 34”-36” putter, while the 35” option is for players who traditionally use a 32”-34” putter.
For more information, please visit www.taylormadegolf.com

CALLAWAY add some speed off the tee

There are many ways to achieve more distance off the tee – one of them is speed. Callaway Golf has just announced the launch of their latest driver – the Big Bertha V Series Driver, the company's fastest Bertha yet.
The new driver is built for speed and distance from lightweight materials, better aerodynamics and refined components, with a high MOI and OptiFit adjustability. It will retail at £299 and be in shops in September.
There is also a complementary Big Bertha V Series Fairway Wood, which will be priced at £209.

New and improved Stewart Golf remote trolley

Premium British manufacturer Stewart Golf has released a new version of its X Series remote controlled golf trolley.

Based on the same electronics system as the ground-breaking X9 Follow announced in April, the new X9 Remote uses the latest in Bluetooth technology to connect the machine to the compact handset.

The accuracy of the new Bluetooth communications system has allowed engineers at Stewart Golf to refine the remote steering even further.

Coupled with the increased traction that the new V3 wheels provide, the X9 Remote is now smoother and more responsive than ever.

CEO Mark Stewart said, "The X9 Remote was developed alongside the X9 Follow, so they share a lot of the same architecture. During testing it became clear that the improvements we have made to electronics, communication, wheel design and motors have significantly improved the product. This is best remote machine we've built by some distance."

The X9 Remote is controlled from a new rechargeable Bluetooth handset meaning means customers never have to worry about when they last changed the handset battery. The handset also allows the user to speed up or slow down, turn left or right or stop the machine. There are also 3 programmable cruise control speeds that allow the user to resume their walking pace at the touch of a button.

Mark added, "After as few as nine holes, using the compact handset becomes second nature. Customers often tell us how relaxed they feel when using a Stewart remote machine, which leads to enjoy a better golfing experience and helps them ultimately lower their scores."

Every X9 Remote is hand built in Great Britain with each machine fitted with two powerful motors, also made in Britain. The X9 Remote is supplied with a lithium battery as standard and the full 2 year warranty is backed up from the SG factory.

The X9 Remote is available in Pearlescent White, Metallic Silver & Metallic Black RRP £999, available now. For more information visit www.stewartgolf.com/X9Remote

FASHION FOR THE FAIRWAYS

Supermodel Jodie Kidd is the new face of Green Lamb

Women's golf lifestyle brand Green Lamb has announced an exciting new partnership with British Supermodel Jodie Kidd.

The partnership sees Jodie Kidd as brand ambassador for Green Lamb in a multi-year deal as part of a major £1M investment into the brand.

“This is a really exciting collaboration for me. I've known the Green Lamb brand for a long time and to be working so closely with the team is a real thrill' said Jodie Kidd, who has been putting the entire spring 15 collection through its paces recently. ‘Who doesn't want to look and feel good on the course or especially if I am meeting the girls later for a coffee?”

Green Lamb is the leading ladies golf clothing brand in UK/Ireland.

Established in 1989, it designs and markets women's sports clothing and is the official clothing supplier to the Ladies Golf Union and team outfitter to the Curtis Cup GB & I Team.

Nike Golf Reveals New Women's Lunar Adapt Shoe

If you are looking for a sleek, sporty golf shoe that pops off the shelves thanks to its bright colour then look no further than the new Nike Golf Lunar Adapt ladies shoe.

The Lunar Adapt is Nike Golf's most versatile women's footwear option for on and off-course fun. It has a modernised Nike waffle tread for superior traction and control, a premium full-grain waterproof leather upper and full-length Lunar drop-in sock-liner for lightweight, responsive cushioning.
The Lunar Adapt is as comfortable as it is classy. The crafted, low-profile design allows for incredible ground feel and casual wear while a rubber cupsole construction offers superior stability.

“We wanted to create a shoe that women want to wear when they're playing golf just as much as they want to wear when they're hanging out with their friends,” says Carl Madore, Nike Golf Innovation Design Lead. “The Lunar Adapt has all the performance technology golfers need, like Integrated Traction and Lunarlon cushioning, within a versatile design that make it great for everyday wear.”

The Women's Nike Lunar Adapt is priced at £60 and available in the following colour choices: Pure Platinum/Hyper Pink/Cool Grey; Light Ash/Hyper Grape/Ivory; and Fuchsia Force/Light Ash/Medium Ash

TRIED & TESTED

Silhouette Golf Collection sunglasses

Info: www.silhouette.com
Price:
From £200
They say:
The Silhouette Golf Collection uses light stabilising technology (LST) that claims to harmonise even very strong light and counteracts the fluctuations produced by the rapid change from sunlight to shadow and prevents eye fatigue. High-tech titanium gives temples the greatest flexibility and the bridge the required strength. The material is also antiallergenic, and skin friendly. Furthermore the titanium is corrosion and temperature resistance. High-energy ultraviolet rays can cause permanent damage to the eyes and blue light can lead to irreversible photochemical reactions. Silhouette sunglasses give 100% UV protection and filter up to 93% of blue light. Polarised filters reduce glare with a sun protection factor equivalent of 60 to 70, if you compare sunglasses with sunscreens. And there is something nice for those who wear glasses: most of the Silhouette sunglasses are available with prescription lenses.

I say: What a change to find a pair of sunglasses that are both suitable for on and off the golf course. So many other golf sunglasses are just that, designed for the course but they really aren't stylish. I love the style options that Silhouette offer and I found a fantastic little style selector tool on the Silhouette website that basically allows you to upload an image of your face and then you can see what all the different sunglasses will look like on you.

The Silhouette Advent I'm wearing are incredibly lightweight and comfortable to wear. They look as stylish as a designer brand pair and they offer amazing tint against the light that makes it easier to see the golf ball and stops squinting. If you're in doubt go to the Silhouette website and look at how extensive the choice is yourself. I know plenty of lady golfers out there who have to wear prescription sunglasses that don't work for them on the golf course, well these ones certainly will.

TRAVEL

LUMINE BRINGS GLAMOUR TO THE FAIRWAYS TO HELP GROW LADIES GOLF

Lumine Golf & Beach Club, one of Europe's most attractive golf destinations, recently opened its doors to the Costa Daurada community with an exciting new initiative aimed at encouraging ladies to take up the game in a relaxed and informal environment.

A recent cleverly entitled Golf & Glamour event attracted over 120 budding female golfers through the gates at the Troon-managed property, all looking to test their hands at the game and sample all aspects of the award-winning luxury Beach & Golf community.

Forming part of an extensive programme of innovative events in 2014, the team at Lumine is committed to reach out to the local population to promote the lifestyle and sporting benefits that the game of golf brings to all.

In order to address the wider lack of female participation within golf, the women focused event offered participants the chance to try the game along with friends in a relaxed and informal atmosphere. A golf tournament, played over the Greg Norman designed Lakes courses, host to the European Tour Qualifying School Stage 2, gave participants with a handicap an introduction to an competitive, yet fun golf experience.

Complementing the on-course event was the “Golf Baptism”, for those who were completely new to the game. Over 60 ladies took advantage of the extensive Lumine Lakes practice facilities and free coaching under the expert guidance of the Lumine Professional team.

Delighted with the all-round success of the day and the positive feedback from all involved, Lumine Golf & Beach Club General Manger, Calle Carlsson, commented: “We have taken strategic steps in order to develop our reach with our local friends and wider domestic and international golf fraternity.

“Golf & Glamour is just one of many forward-thinking events that we are implementing at Lumine in order to create excitement and encourage people to have a go at the game in a stress-free environment. Fun and creative events like this are exactly what the game needs to bring in new people.”

The day culminated with a Cocktail reception at the acclaimed Lumine Beach Club, the perfect location for après golf relaxation with its stunning Mediterranean cuisine. Guest were treated to a thrilling evening of games, cocktail tasting and a spectacular fashion show, from title sponsors and Lumine local business partners, Miuma and Zaida. Including a presentation of Stroili jewelry and gifts, the fashion show demonstrated the exclusive clothing partners' full ranges, with their unique designs, hand prints and original styling.

For more information about Lumine Mediterránea Beach & Golf Community visit www.Lumine.com

Practice your swing at The Cascades Championship Golf Course Soma Bay

Soma Bay welcomes all golf fanatics to experience their very own PGA championship on the Red Sea coast this August. For those who didn't manage to get tickets to the PGA tour this year, La Résidence Des Cascades' golf package will certainly make up for it.

The luxurious 5 star hotel, which boasts a world renowned 18–hole, par 72 Championship golf course, promises breath taking views with several holes running alongside sandy coves, desert and the Red Sea coastline, making sure that your game will be as memorable as spectating from the front of the gallery.

The Cascades Championship Golf Course is not only beautifully located but was recently listed by the Golf Journal as ‘the number 1 course outside of Europe' and allows golfers of all levels to experience the sport to its fullest.

Whilst Gary Player's impeccable design of The Cascades caters for all, those playing golf for the first time or wishing to brush up their skills can make use of the 9 hole, par 3 Golf Academy Course, the 60 bay driving range and individual or group tuition from PGA Golf Professionals. The hotel's very own Pro Shop offers an extensive range of equipment, along with a free introductory golf lesson taught by PGA professional instructors.

After a day on the course The Cascades Spa and Thalasso will ensure total relaxation and prepare you for the next day's action. Spikes Bar, just off the 18th hole, provides the perfect place to celebrate your hole-in-one with a refreshing drink. For an evening of live music, panoramic views and exceptional cocktails, you'll find yourselves at the Eagle's Nest – Soma Bay's highest point, or unwinding outside on the picturesque terrace of Dunes restaurant. Sit back and relax at Layali, an Arabian-styled bar, or in The Gallery clubhouse lounge. Situated by the golf course's central lake on the 9th green you'll find L'Albatros restaurant offering a sumptuous fine-dining experience.

Soma Bay is brimming with treasures to fill your time when you're not on the golf course. You can stroll along the white beaches or amongst the shops. Those looking for water sport adventure will find one of the best locations for diving, sailing and kite-surfing.

With year-round sunshine, lush greens, an idyllic setting and lavish colonial-style hotels, Soma Bay is the perfect place for a memorable golfing holiday when watching it on the TV just doesn't cut it.

HALF-BOARD Package at La Résidence

Rates: € 519 per person for a half-board 7 night stay in a twin room.

Golf package: 3 x 18 holes £165 or 5 x 18 holes £280

Valid: for stays up to December 6 th , 2014.

Rate Includes:

Return flights and airport tax

Free access to the gym, sauna and steam room

Early check-in and late check-out

Private transfers from/to Hurghada airport

All service charge & taxes








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