Friday, December 30, 2005

Winter League Draw


Sorry for the lack of posts guys, I've been really busy in the past few days with xmas etc. Sad to say I didn't get any new golfing equipment from santa, well apart from some tees and a couple of sleeves of pro v1s!

Well, the divisions for my anual Winter League have been drawn and I'm sad to say it's not looking good for me and my partner Matt. It seems that out of every team in our particular divsion we are the lowest off a joint handicap of 10. This is not good as now it means that we have to give shots to everyone!! Despite the rule being 3/4 of the difference the highest handicap team is 22 meaning that we have to give 9 shots!! in a matchplay format!!

And on another note does anybody think that a should leave my Scotty Cameron out of my bag for the winter months and use my old Odessy??

Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Award Hatrick for New Zealands' Campbell

Michael Campbell’s stunning 2005 season, in which he held off Tiger Woods to win the US Open Championship, has been further recognised with three awards in his native New Zealand.

Campbell, who was recently crowned The European Tour Golfer of the Year, has been named Maori Sportsperson of the Year and New Zealand Sky TV’s people’s choice as Sports Personality of the Year. The hat-trick of accolades was completed by the New Zealand PGA, which honoured the 36 year old with life membership.

Campbell was home in New Zealand last weekend to attend the Maori Sportsperson of the Year Awards and he delighted in accepting the honour ahead of Kiwis Rugby League Tri-Series winning captain Ruben Wiki and Wests Tigers’ Rugby League Grand Final-winning star Benji Marshall.

“It’s been a fantastic season and to win the Maori Sportsperson of the Year is a fabulous honour,” commented Campbell, who has now been installed as one of the favourites to win the New Zealand Sportsman of the Year in February.

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Singh to play Abu Dhabi

The Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA) announced today that Vijay Singh, ranked World Number Two, will play the inaugural Abu Dhabi Golf Championship to be held at the Abu Dhabi Golf Club from January 19 – 22, 2006.

Surprisingly, for one of the most widely travelled golfers in the game, Vijay has never played in the Gulf before. Commenting on his decision to add Abu Dhabi to his long list of countries visited, Vijay said: “I have heard good things about Abu Dhabi and the golf course and am looking forward to seeing it for myself in January. With players like Sergio, Monty, John Daly and Thomas Björn already entered, it looks like it’ll be a tough tournament – but that’s how I like them!”.

In all, there will be 120 players in the field for the Abu Dhabi Championship, which is offering US$2 million in prize money and will be televised world wide.


Should be interesting no????

Saturday, December 17, 2005

Tip of the Day


Blame gravity. When you swing at a ball that's lower than your feet, gravity pulls you down the slope, making it hard to stay balanced. Try these adjustments:
Get Down. Take a shoulder-width stance for stability and lower yourself to the ball by bending from your knees. You should feel like you're sitting back on your heels.
Set Up Left. Shots hit from below your feet tend to fade because lowering the clubhead points the face to the right. Compensate by aligning your body slightly left.
Keep Quiet. Your hand and arms, not your body, should control the swing, moving the club on a fairly steep plane. Take one more club than usual and make a three-quarter swing.

by Glenn Deck

Thursday, December 15, 2005

Teams named for The Royal Trophy


Both the European and Asian teams have been named for The Royal Trophy set to take place in Bangkok, Thailand 7-8 January 2006.

The course in which the event is being played at is Amanta Spring Golf Club located in Bangkok has a 7400 plus yard layout and is described as "the finest jewel in Thailands golfing crown" More info on the course can be found here.

The Royal Trophy promoted as a ‘history making event’, the cream of Europe takes on the elite of Asia in this new team matchplay competition described as ‘the great battle of the two continents’.

Each team will comprise eight players, led by a captain. They will compete in a series of 16 matches involving foursomes, four-ball and singles. The Royal Trophy offers a total prize fund of US$1.5 million, with the winning team sharing $1 million and the losers sharing $500,000.

Captaining the European Team is the legendary Seve Ballesteros and the rival captain said to be one of Japans most decorated and respected golfers Masahiro Kuramoto will head the Asian team.

The teams are as follows:

Europe - David Howell (ENG), Paul McGinley (IRE), Thomas Bjorn (DEN), Kenneth Ferrie (ENG), Henrik Stenson (SWE), Graeme McDowell (NIR), Nick Faldo (ENG), Ian Woosnam (WAL)

Asia - Thaworn Wiratchant (THA), Thongchai Jaidee (THA), Jyoti Randhawa (IND), Yasuharu Imano (JPN), Keiichiro Fukabori (JPN), S.K. Ho (KOR), Arjun Atwal (IND), Zhang Lian Wei (CHN)


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Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Winter


Winter is probably the worst month for the average amatuer golfer. It's cold, wet, either muddy or snowing and worst of all we have to put up with those tempory greens!! I don't know about your courses, but at mine the tempories are very small and the hole is still the same size!! It's almost impossible to put on them which is extremly fustrating yet the only good thing about them is that it makes that 450yrd par4 just a little bit shorter!

Janurary will mark the start of my golf clubs anual Winter League. Like most years, this year I will partner my good friend Matt who is off 11 and I being off 10. The Winter League consists of about seven divisions each with about eight or nine teams in. Much like a football/soccer league you get three points for a win, one for a draw and zero for a loss. The format is greensomes matchplay with the top two teams from each divison going through into a knockout round afterwards.

I probably need to start practicing as I havent played golf for about three weeks now!

Monday, December 12, 2005

Tip of the day


Too many golfers bend forward from the waist instead of the hips. Do that and your shoulders will slump, and you'll find it hard to make a proper backswing turn. To make sure you bend from the hips, push your rear end back about six inches. This will straighten your spine and pull your shoulders back, setting the stage for a fuller, more powerful turn.

by
Mike McGetrick

Sunday, December 11, 2005

Ernie makes a come back

Ernie Els has stormed to a magnificant win in the Dunhill Championship, Leopard Creek GC. A 14 under, 72 hole aggregate of 274 saw the South African nicknamed the "Big Easy" bank the €1 million prize cheque.

This was only his second tournament back on tour after more than four months on the sidelines with an injured left knee which required surgery and an intensive rehab programme.

For more info visit: http://www.europeantour.com/default.sps?pageid=127&pagegid=%7BAEFB93B0%2DEFF
5%2D4C05%2DAB0F%2DFD08D947D944%7D&eventid=2005086&infosid=1

Saturday, December 10, 2005

Tip of the Day


Once you have made the decision to lay up, don't second-guess yourself. Plan how you are going to play the shot after the lay-up. Get accurate distances to the trouble and the lay-up zone, then select the club that provides the most room for error, factoring in carry and roll. Choose a specific target, not a general area, and form a precise picture of the shot you want to hit. Don't get lazy. Go through your entire preshot routine and hit it with authority.

by Dana Rader

Els has returned


A third round 68 has enabled good old Ernie Els to be within reach of the lead at the Dunhill Championship at Leopard Creek.

Todays round saw the South African shoot into contention, onl two off the leader, compatriot Ulrich van den Berg.

Of the top 10 players on the leaderboard only Scotland's Doug McGuigan and Christian Nilsson of Sweden, both on 209 and five off the pace, are non-South Africans.

Thursday, December 08, 2005

Archer leads in South Africa

England's Phillip Archer shot a clubhouse lead six-under-par 66 as a thunderstorm halted play in the first round of the Dunhill Championship at the Leopard Creek course in eastern South Africa.

Six birdies, was the highlight of Archers round on the bushveld course situated next to the country's famed Kruger Park game reserve.

Sweden's Jarmo Sandelin came in second on 67, with South Africa's Jaco van Zyl and Finland's Tuomas Tuo two strokes off the lead on 68.

Eight players, England's Gary Clark and David Carter, South Africans Trevor Immelman, Johan Kok, Louis Oosthuizen and Thomas Aiken, Zimbabwe's Sean Farrell and Toni Karjalainene of Finland, were bracketed on 69.

Play in the first round is scheduled to resume at 6:20 am (0420 GMT) Friday.

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Tip of the Day!


When you're having a off-day, follow these checkpoints:Club Selection -- Resign yourself to the fact that you are not going to hit it solid today and use more club. Alignment -- If you're slicing the ball 20 yards, start aiming 20 yards to the left. Adjust for your fault during play and correct it AFTER the round. Swing Speed -- When we are playing poorly, we tend to get quick. Swing at 50-percent speed until contact and direction improve. Shorten backswing and foillowthrough -- If you're hitting fat shots and hooks, shortening the swing helps the timing of the arms and body. Keep the 3/4 swing until your ball flight has improved.

by Bill Moretti - Academy of Golf Dynamics

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Campbell wins European Golfer of the year 2005


New Zealander Michael Campbell has won the 2005 European Tour Golfer of the Year award as a result of his victoires in the US Open and the World Match Play Championship.

Among those considered were Angel Cabrera, Stephen Dodd, Ernie Els, Sergio Garcia, Retief Goosen, Padraid Harrington, Davis Howell, Paul McGinley and Montgomerie.

But 36-year-old Campbell capped a successful season after a birdie on the final hole of a qualifying tournament to earn a place in the US Open, and he then held off world number one Tiger Woods at Pinehurst to become New Zealand's first major champion since Bob Charles in 1963.

He then went on to claim the one-million-pounds prize in the World Match Play at Wentworth in September.

"To be named European Tour Golfer of the Year for the first time is a wonderful honour," said Campbell.

Monday, December 05, 2005

Golf and Cricket?

Just reading some of my feeds and saw that members of the England cricket team combined with former Pakistan cricketers on Sunday to raise funds for earthquake victims.

$50 000 was raised in the charity golf tournament for the victims of the October 8 earthquake.

The "Golf for life" team event at the Royal Palm Beach golf course featured former Pakistan captains Zaheer Abbas, Salim Malik, Aamer Sohail and Akram Raza plus Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer. The England players included Trescothick, Paul Collingwood, Kevin Pietersen and Matthew Hoggard.

What a nice thing to do!!


Todays top tip!


If your hands get too active, your timing will be inconsistent. Train your hands to move in sync with your body by choking way down on the shaft so the grip touches your belly. Practice turning back and through, keeping the grip in place. Mimic this all-together action in your normal swing for superior pitching.

by Darrell Kestner

Sunday, December 04, 2005

Monty wins UBS Hong Kong Open


Colin Montgomerie has won the UBS Hong Kong Open by one clear shot. Shooting a final round of 70, level par, allowing the Scotsman to have a total of 271, nine-under par.

Monty consoled a tearful Kingston after the South African threw away his one shot lead he had held for the duration of tournament after making a double bogey on the last hole.

"We all feel for him. Every golfer who plays the game feels for someone who doubles the last to lose. It has happened before and unfortunately it will happen again but on this occasion I am glad that I managed to take the spoils after that," said Montgomerie, 42.

Montgomerie’s victory was worth £116,584 and moved him to fifth on The European Tour Order of Merit as well as enforcing his strong position in the race for places in next year’s Ryder Cup Team. But more importantly, it pushed him back into the top ten on the Official World Golf Ranking at number nine.

Thursday, December 01, 2005

2009 British Open: Turnberry


The Royal and Ancient Golf Club announced that Turnberry will be the venue for the 2009 British Open. The fourth time that the particular course has staged the event since it was added to the Open roster in 1977. The year being memorable for the 'Duel in the Sun' between Tom Watson and Jack Nicklaus, eventually won by Watson by a single shot.

1986 saw Greg Norman lift the title at the course and the last time that Turnberry was used for the British Open was back in 1994 when Nick Price eventually won, after battling it out with Jesper Parnevik.

Turberry boasts two magnificent links courses, "the scene of the some of the most remarkable moments in Open history, the legendary Ailsa is complemented by the dynamic challenges of the new Kintyre championship course."

For more info visit the Turnberry homepage: http://www.turnberry.co.uk/golf/index.html
or: http://www.europeantour.com/news/fullstory.sps?id=1147698&iTourID=1

December

Sorry about the lack of posts recently, I have been really busy at work and on top of that ill for a couple of days.

Anyway, enough of the excuses, December is set to be a good month golf-wise. We have numerous tournaments to look forwar to including, the UBS Hong Kong Open, the Dunhill Championship and the South African Airways Open. (European Tour events)

For more info visit: http://www.europeantour.com/tournaments/schedule.sps?iTourID=1

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