January 2004 Archive
Friday 30th January 2004
Effects of Technology on the Game
Got a spare ten minutes? Go and make a cup of tea and sit
down to read Alfie
Ward's essay on the Effects of Technology on the Game.
Alfie ran a 9 hole golf course at Arbory Braes, Abington,
where visitors could delight in playing the old-fashioned
way, with hickory clubs. Sadly he had to close it down last
Alfie's observations on the problems we are imposing on future
generations of golfers makes compelling reading. What part
does skill play in golf, when all we are interested in is
length? Who wants to play courses that are 8000 yards? What
happens to Championship courses that become too short?
If you have comments, fill in my feedback
form, or email Alfie
Thursday 29th January 2004
NEW GOLF WEB SITE GOLF OBSERVER DEBUTS JANUARY 29TH
Leesburg, VA.--- www.golfobserver.com
a new golf web site created by veteran golf reporter, statistician
and television producer Sal Johnson, debuts today January
Johnson, who will continue to provide statistican information
and articles to Sports Illustrated, Golf Magazine and Golfonline,
has created a new vision for avid golfers and avid fans. Golf
Observer features articles by well-known golf insiders such
as former USGA Executive Director Frank Hannigan; ABC analyst
and former PGA Champion, Bob Rosburg; BBC and ABC commentator
In addition, stats, such as those for a player's career and
for major championships for all category of players will be
featured. Golf Notebook will guide readers to the best on
the web each day. And history buffs will enjoy the original
pages of The American Golfer, started in 1908 by Walter Travis
and later edited by Grantland Rice.
GOLF UNVEILS INNOVATIVE NEW "GAME ENJOYMENT SYSTEM"
DESIGNED TO HELP WOMEN GOLFERS ENJOY THE GAME MORE EASILY
CARLSBAD, CA., January 28, 2004 - Callaway Golf Company today
announced the introduction of an innovative set of golf clubs
specifically designed to make the game more fun for women
The Company's new Game Enjoyment System (GES) consists of
seven uniquely designed golf clubs, a stand bag, headcovers
and a guidebook that explains the set and provides yardage
and usage guidelines for each club.
The Game Enjoyment System, the first Callaway Golf product
line specifically designed for women, is expected to ship
to retail accounts in July.
"We think GES is a unique solution to a very common problem
- many golfers find the game of golf too hard," said
Ron Drapeau, Chairman and CEO of Callaway Golf "This
is especially true for beginners or those who don't have the
opportunity to play very often. GES is an excellent way to
simplify the game and make it more enjoyable through innovative
GES has seven clubs, half as many as the 14-club limit imposed
by the Rules of Golf. By eliminating half the clubs in the
bag, GES also removes much of the indecision from club selection.
The three stainless steel metal woods, three stainless steel
irons and one putter that make up GES are all engineered to
perform well in a variety of situations and over a wide range
of yardages. To achieve this goal, each club in the Game Enjoyment
System was designed with function placed before form.
This is visible in the unique design of the woods, which have
offset hosels and an "open-top" construction. This
design lowers the centre of gravity to help golfers with slower
swing speeds get shots airborne more easily, while helping
to square the clubhead at impact for better results. The three
woods in GES are the Driver (up to 190 yards), Long Fairway
Wood (up to 175 yards) and Short Fairway Wood (up to 150 yards).
The three irons in GES also have been designed to provide
function over form. The large, square face area of each iron
inspires confidence and helps golfers line up their shots
more accurately. This unique design also includes a large,
radiused sole to help the club glide through turf and sand
without digging. Another advantage of the bottom-heavy design
is a low centre of gravity, which helps shots soar high and
land softly. The three irons included in GES are the Long
Iron (up to 140 yards), Mid Iron (up to 115 yards) and Short
Iron (50 yards and in).
Each iron and wood in GES has a lightweight GES graphite shaft
designed specifically for the Game Enjoyment System.
The final club in GES is a mallet putter with a distinctive
alignment design to help players improve their accuracy on
The GES also includes a golf bag in a rich champagne-and-shiraz
colour scheme, with three matching headcovers for the woods
in the set. The bag has a detachable pouch for storing valuables
and the exclusive GES guidebook, which functions as a handy
reference guide to getting the most benefit from each club
in the bag.
The new Game Enjoyment System conforms to the Rules of Golf
as administered by the USGA and the Royal & Ancient Golf Club
of St. Andrews. The suggested retail price of GES is yet to
be announced and it is available in right-handed models only.
[NB This is a true story.. I'm not trying out my usual 1st
April tricks early! G]
Wednesday 28th January 2004
Moodie inducted into the Hall of Fame
Janice Moodie and another outstanding former American womens
college circuit player, Brenda Corrie-Kuehn, and long time
coach Renee Mack Baumgartner were scheduled to be inducted
into the NGCA Hall of Fame during the NGCA Hall of Fame Banquet
on January 28 at the Sheraton World Resort in Orlando, Florida.
Moodie and Corrie-Kuehn were due to become the 43rd and 44th
players respectively entered into the Hall of Fame. Baumgartner
was the 37th coach inducted.
Glasgow-born Janice Moodie played her collegiate golf at San
Jose State, earning first team All-American Honors for four
years (1994-1997). Her overall scoring average of 73.41 is
the lowest in the history of San Jose State women's golf and
she won 12 major individual college titles.
Janice played for Great Britain & Ireland in the 1994
and 1996 Curtis Cup matches and the World Team Championship
in 1995 and 1996.
She graduated from San Jose State University in four years
with a degree in psychology and qualified for the LPGA Tour
on her first attempt.
In 2000, she won her first LPGA title at the ShopRite LPGA
Classic and also surpassed the $1 million mark in career earnings.
Corrie-Kuehn arrived at Wake Forest in 1985 as a transfer
student from the Dominican Republic. In her first season and
second year she was named All-American Honorable Mention.
Closing out her senior year, she won the ACC Championship
and was named first team All American. She is a member of
the Wake Forest Sports Hall of Fame and is on the ACC 50th
Anniversary Golf team.
During her lengthy amateur career, Corrie-Kuehn qualified
for nine U.S. Opens, 13 U.S. Amateurs and 10 USGA Women's
Mid-Amateurs. She was selected to play on two Curtis and World
Cup Teams. In 2001, Corrie-Kuehn was engulfed in media spotlight
as she received coverage as the visibly pregnant amateur in
the 2001 US Open at Pine Needles in N.C.
Young talent hits the headlines
Michelle Wie and Carly Booth are both precocious youngsters
with loads of talent.
article by Jock McVicar which first appeared yesterday
in the Daily Express.
Tuesday 27th January 2004
This story is from Golfweek.com located at http://www.golfweek.com
Lopez named U.S. captain for 2005 Solheim Cup BY JAY
Nancy Lopez was unanimously selected as captain of the 2005
U.S. Solheim Cup team, the LPGA announced Jan. 26.
Lopez, a 28-year member of the LPGA, was named captain by
a five-member selection committee that included Ty Votaw,
Donna Andrews, Marguerite Sallee as well as Patty Sheehan
and Pat Bradley, the past two U.S. Solheim Cup captains.
"When Commissioner Votaw called me and told me I was
going to be captain, I was very honored," said Lopez,
a member of the inaugural Solheim Cup in 1990, recording a
2-1 record. "To represent the U.S. team as captain is
very important to me, and I'm excited to be able to represent
my country again."
Lopez, 57, won five consecutive tournaments in 1978 as a rookie
and had nine total victories that season. She accumulated
48 tournament titles in her career, including three major
championships, four Rolex Player of the Year awards and three
Vare Trophies. Lopez played her final full season in 2002
and now plays a limited schedule.
The Solheim Cup is scheduled for Sept. 9-11, 2005, at Crooked
Stick Golf Club in Carmel, Ind.
Monday 26th January 2004
warm up for new season
Scotland's top men amateur golfers are flying off to Portugal
this week (1 - 6 Feb) for a warm weather training session
ahead of the start of the new season. The group will spend
a week at the Quinta da Ria Golf Resort in the Eastern Algarve,
Portugal which is the venue for this year's Portuguese Amateur
Championship (10 - 14 March).
On the Player Development Camp, the players will follow an
intensive programme of coaching and playing, giving them the
opportunity to practice together away from home. It is a
continuation of the Scottish Golf Union's plans to ensure
Scottish elite players are given the most advanced and thorough
preparatory schedules available.
Accompanied by National Coach Ian Rae and Institute High Performance
Coach Steve McNally, the squad will receive coaching focusing
on all aspects of their game in conditions conducive to good
golf. During the week, a set programme of events will be followed
including warm up preparation, long and short game practice
and gym sessions.
This trip is the first in a series of warm weather development
camps in Portugal. Players from the boys, youths and men's
coaching squads will be given the opportunity to work on their
game in warmer climates.
"At this time of year the weather in Scotland can be so variable
that it is sometimes difficult to practice everything we want
to," explained National Coach Ian Rae. "While we work on many
aspects of the game, most of the players are keen to get back
out on the golf course and to play. With the temperature around
20oC in Spain at this time of year we can do that and so much
"This is the first time we have taken members of the boys
and youths squad abroad for warm weather training and I am
sure it will provide them with an excellent opportunity to
prepare and build their games before the season gets underway."
Included in the squad for Portugal is Walker Cup star and
2003 Scottish Golfer of the Year Stuart Wilson (Forfar). Scottish
Boys Stroke Play Champion Lloyd Saltman (Kilspindie) and the
2002 Scottish Amateur Champion Andrew McArthur (Windyhill)
have also been selected for the trip. Frazer Bone (Cardross),
Graeme Brown (Royal Montrose), George Murray (Earlsferry Thistle)
and Robert Taylor (Downfield) make up the seven-man squad.
Andrews Links Trophy 2004
The St Andrews Links Trophy will be played on the Old Course
and New Course, St Andrews, from 11-13 June 2004, the sixteenth
time the 72-hole stroke play competition for the world's top
amateurs is being contested.
Yet while the St Andrews Links Trophy has a relatively short
history, golfers have played over the links on which the Old
Course now lies for 600 years. And it is this history which
identifies the Old Course throughout the world as the "Home
This year is the 250th Anniversary of the founding of The
Royal and Ancient Golf Club and as part of the celebrations,
the Amateur Championship will be played over the Old Course
and Jubilee Course from 31 May to 5 June.
In the week immediately following, 132 competitors from around
the world will practise for the Links Trophy on the New and
Old Courses on Thursday 10 June prior to the four round event
starting on both courses on the Friday.
Commenting on the launch of the 2004 tournament, Niall Flanagan,
the Golf Services Manager for St Andrews Links Trust, said:
"We are anticipating a stronger field than ever for the St
Andrews Links Trophy and have had indications from many players
who intend entering the Amateur Championship that they will
stay on for our Trophy. Interestingly, only one overseas player,
Australian Stuart Bouvier in 1990, has lifted the Trophy but
perhaps this year, with more players from abroad, that might
Players, now in the professional ranks, who have played in
the St Andrews Links Trophy include Ernie Els, Trevor Immelman,
Lee Westwood, Justin Rose and Nick Dougherty.
Amateur golfers with a handicap of scratch or better can enter
the St Andrews Links Trophy in the hope of emulating Richard
Finch, the winner in 2003 with a record equalling eleven-under-par
score of 276.
SIR MICHAEL BONALLACK APPOINTED NEW CHAIRMAN OF OFFICIAL
WORLD GOLF RANKING
Sir Michael Bonallack is to succeed Mark H McCormack as the
new Chairman of the Official World Golf Ranking. The Official
World Golf Ranking was devised and created by Mark H McCormack
who was Chairman of the World Ranking Board until his death
in May last year. His company, IMG, has been responsible for
managing and producing the weekly Ranking, which is now endorsed
by the four Major Championships and the six Professional Tours
making up the International Federation of PGA Tours, since
the Ranking was first introduced in 1986.
It has also been agreed, with the full cooperation of IMG
that the proprietary interest in the Official World Golf Ranking
will be transferred to a new incorporated company, OFFICIAL
WORLD GOLF RANKING. The new company will be based and
administered from the Wentworth headquarters of The European
Tour under the Chairmanship of Sir Michael Bonallack who said:
"The Official World Golf Ranking is yet another legacy left
to golf because of Mark McCormack's superb vision and in assuming
the role of Chairman I look forward to a new and exciting
chapter in its history."
Alastair Johnston, Co-CEO and President of IMG, commenting
on the transfer, said: "Mark was justifiably proud of the
World Ranking and the way it has developed over the years
to become the acknowledged and definitive Ranking system for
professional golf worldwide. I am confident he would have
agreed the time is now right to transfer our proprietary interest
to the new, independent entity."
Sunday 25th January 2004
BY FOR US WONDER GIRL MICHELLE COMING TO SCOTLAND
Michelle Wie, the 14-year-old from Honolulu, Hawaii, who has
been hitting more golfing headlines than a large slice of
MALE tour pros this year, will almost certainly play in Scotland
this year. Report
If you've been following the progress of the Florida tournaments,
here are the latest installments.
(Unfortunately no Brits figure in the prize-list this week)
Robert Burns birthday
Today, Scots around the world celebrate Robert Burns birthday.
For those of you foreign to Scotland, this is the day when
we put aside our golf clubs, put on our kilts and tackity
boots, gather up our nets, and go out on the moors.... haggis-hunting!
These small elusive furry creatures are very difficult to
find and catch, and it can take all day to capture just one.
Because they are so rare, we often we have to share the spoils
with neighbours and friends who have not been so lucky in
finding their own haggis.
Once skinned and plucked, seasoned and boiled, we gather round
the smoky peat fires for our Burns supper, where odes to the
haggis, Burns, Scots and life in general are delivered in
words that only Scots can understand.
Did you know that Burns once played golf?
Lament For A Lost Ba'
My bonnie ba' o' hand-stitched leather
A richt wee spleuchan, stuffed wi' feathers
We've played for monie a year taegither,
An monie a penny
We've taken aff yon daft ald blether
I swing my trusty niblick back
And gie yer hurdies sik a whack
I watched ye birlin' doon the track
Withoot a falter
But ye've hit a clod and bounded back
Intae yon bunker.
Wi' my mashie noo - a mighty howk
I strike ye firmly in the dowp,
But wae is me, I watch you loup
Deep in the gorse,
An' noo I've lost ye, Silly Gowk,
I've played with yon ba' since a laddie,
Ere that for years it was my Daddie's
But noo it's gone, I'll sack my caddie.
Nae use pining,
Sae I'll hie me back tae my wee fairmie,
An tak up rhymin'.
(apologies to Burns, foreigners, Scots and....indeed,
anyone who knows me! G)
Friday 23 January 2004
The floodgates have opened!
JO AND CARLY LEAD THE WAY IN SLGA LEAGUES
Former Scottish champion Lynn Kenny (Stirling University
& Dunblane), Jo Carthew (Ladybank) and Carly Booth (Auchterarder)
are the three table-toppers after the second Scottish
Ladies Golfing Association Weekend League meeting at
Lynn, pictured right, beat Centenary Scottish title-winner
Anne Laing (Vale of Leven) by one hole and also Kelly
Brotherton, the BP Scottish Under-18 girls champion
from Tulliallan, by 9 and 8 to have three wins out of
three to her credit in Pool 1.
At the first winter meeting, before Christmas, Miss
Kenny beat Cara Gruber (Royal Dornoch) 3 and 2.
Carthew, pictured left, increased her points haul in
Pool 2 to 3 ½ out of a possible four by beating St Andrews
teenager Krystle Caithness (St Regulus) 5 and 4 and
then halving with former Angus champion Dawn Dewar (Monifieth).
Booth, pictured right, who will not be 12 years old
until early June, beat Lesley Hendry (Routenburn) by
2 and 1 and then accounted for Kirsty Wells (Dumfries
& County) by 5 and 4 to boost her Pool 3 record to three
wins out of three.
At the first weekend league meeting, Carly beat Roseanne
Niven (Crieff), the Scottish Under-16 open girls' champion,
by 3 and 2.
Solheim Cup player Catriona Matthews, home at North
Berwick for a winter break from the US LPGA Tour, attended
the weekend gathering and talked about her experiences
on the American circuit. Audrey Duncan, from the Dundee
University sports exercise staff, also gave a presentation.
Former Scottish women's champion Fiona Anderson, based
in Manchester for the past few years, attended the weekend
as a start to the process of getting to know the players
better. Fiona, who hails from Blairgowrie, has been
appointed skipper of the Scotland team for the women's
home internationals at Royal Porthcawl in September.
UNIFIED HANDICAPPING SYSTEM AND FURTHER DEVELOPMENT
"The Council of National Golf Unions (CONGU) was established
in 1924 at the request of The Royal and Ancient Golf
Club of St Andrews. The purpose was, and is, to advise
on the formulation of a uniform system of handicapping,
based on Standard Scratch Scores, for men's golf in
Great Britain and Ireland. CONGU has consisted of representatives
from The Royal & Ancient Golf Club, the English Golf
Union, the Golfing Union of Ireland, the Scottish Golf
Union and the Welsh Golfing Union..
The new CONGU Constitution has been expanded to include
an equal representation of ladies' golf from the four
Home Unions/Associations and the Ladies Golf Union.
The background to this change goes back to 2001 when
CONGU and the LGU agreed that it would make sense to
explore the possibility of one handicapping system for
men and ladies. As a result, a joint Technical Committee
has been working to bring together the men's and ladies'
handicapping system under the umbrella of a newly constituted
At the Annual General Meeting of the Ladies' Golf Union,
on Wednesday 21st January 2004, the proposed changes
were overwhelmingly endorsed by the delegates representing
ladies golf in England, Ireland Scotland and Wales.
As a result the CONGU UNIFIED HANDICAPPING SYSTEM (UHS)
will become effective on the 1st February 2004.
To make sure clubs operate the new handicap system in
the same way, Independent Software Vendors will be licensed
by CONGU to ensure that their software complies with
the CONGU specification.
In order to cover the initial and ongoing costs of monitoring
these licences the Independent Software Vendors will
be charged a fee of £10 per annum for each club who
use their software. CONGU has also now a registered
Commenting on these changes, the Secretary of CONGU,
Kevin McIntyre said, "After three years of hard work
by the Joint Technical Committee the men's and ladies'
systems are now one and I see this as a major step forward
for the game of golf in these islands. I look forward
to an even closer working relationship between the men's
and ladies' golfing bodies in the ongoing administration
of the UHS in Great Britain and Ireland."
Aberdeenshire County - Leading trophy winners in
County champion Julie Henderson (Inverurie)is centre
of middle row with championship runner-up, Lorraine
Coleman (Peterhead), third from left middle row, next
Mary Robinson (Murcar) has retired after 11 years' sterling
service as Aberdeenshire county secretary. She received
a presentation at the Shire annual meeting.. Karen Stalker
(Fraserburgh) succeeds Mary as secretary.
Karen is no stranger to county or club administration.
She is currently lady captain of Fraserburgh Golf Club,
having been handicap secretary. Karen has been on Aberdeenshire
Ladies' County GA committee since 1995 as Fraserburgh's
representative and, during that time, had a couple of
two-year spells on the management committee. She was
also treasurer of the county from November 2001 until
"It will be a hard act to follow in Mary Robinson's
footsteps but I'm looking forward to the challenge,"
The treasurer's duties have been taken over by Laura
McLardy (Murcar), a leading player for Northern Counties
and then Aberdeenshire over the past decade.
Mary Robinson (Murcar)
who received a presentation at the
Aberdeenshire annual meeting to mark her retirement
as county secretary after 11 years' service.
Karen Stalker (Fraserburgh),
who succeeds Mary Robinson,
having been treasurer of the county
from November 2001 to November 2003.
North East Golf Draws getting ready for the new
Kathleen Esslemont writes -
Most clubs have by this time drawn up their Open fixture
lists, and I am already receiving open dates from golf
clubs throughout the region.
25 clubs used the North East Golf Draws service last
year, and the feedback has been very positive.
The clubs felt that the publication of their open dates
and draws on the website increased the number of entries,
with many competitors downloading entry forms off the
website. They were pleased that publication of the draw
was so easy and practically immediate. The clubs also
reported that a large proportion of their members relied
on the website for open draws.
The feedback from competitors has also been very positive.
They liked being able to download entry forms, liked
seeing the draw in a clear format, and being able to
see for themselves the availability of late entries
with contact details.
With 12000 hits last year it has certainly proved popular
for golfers in the North East.
For any golf club or competitor who has not yet logged
on to the website, the address is www.northeastgolfdraws.co.uk.
Golf club secretaries wishing to promote their open
competitions should click on the 'Instructions for Clubs'
Regards and thanks
North East Golf Draws webmaster "
Northern Counties Fixture List
Northern Counties have announced their fixture list
which can be found here
TO HOST 2007 OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP
Carnoustie has been chosen to host the Open Championship
from 19th to 22nd July 2007.
The Open returned to Carnoustie in 1999 after a break
of 24 years. The success of the infrastructure, access
arrangements and accommodation put in place to handle
the needs of a modern Championship has resulted in the
R&A awarding the venue the Open for a seventh time according
to David Hill, Championship Secretary of the R&A.
Carnoustie, playing to 7361 yards, has traditionally
been regarded as the most difficult of Open venues,
a fact that was underlined in 1999 when Paul Lawrie
won in testing conditions with a 6 over par score of
In announcing the 2007 venue, Peter Dawson, Secretary
of the R&A said: "Carnoustie has always been acknowledged
as an outstanding test of links golf with one of the
most exacting finishes of any Championship course."
"We are therefore delighted to be returning only eight
years after the previous Open when Carnoustie was rightly
reinstated to the rota of Open venues."
Angus Council leader Rob Murray said he was delighted
that the Open was returning to Carnoustie in 2007.
"The 1999 championship surpassed the expectations of
all involved and secured Carnoustie's reputation as
one of the best links courses in the world. We are delighted
to see the championship's return to the county and I
thank the R&A for their confidence in the venue."
"The creation of a new dual carriageway between Dundee
and Arbroath will improve the journey and reduce traffic
congestion - which is good news for visiting spectators
and the home crowd alike."
"We look forward to working with the R&A in the lead
up to 2007 and give them our fullest support for what
is certain to be another successful and exciting championship."
The return of the Open to Carnoustie by the R&A will
ensure positive worldwide television coverage for the
area and Scotland at large. It will also give a multimillion-pound
boost to the local and general economy. There is reference
to golf being played at Carnoustie as early as 1527.
The first known course at Carnoustie was laid out in
the first half of the 19th century and consisted of
only 10 holes. Old Tom Morris expanded the course to
18 holes in 1873 and in 1926 James Braid made far-reaching
alterations which were the basis for today's championship
Carnoustie first hosted the Open in 1931 and the list
of Champions is:
1931 - Tommy Armour 73, 75, 77, 71 296
1937 - Henry Cotton 74, 73, 72, 71 290
1953 - Ben Hogan 73, 71, 70, 68 282
1968 - Gary Player 74, 71, 71, 73 289
1975 - Tom Watson 71, 67, 69, 72 279
1999 - Paul Lawrie 73, 74, 76, 67 290
YEAR OF THE FRANKLY FROG
User-friendly putter designed by Frank Thomas leaps
Chester, NJ; January 22nd 2004... For all golfers, 2004
will be The Year of the Frog. The Frankly Frog, that
"The Frankly Frog makes you a better putter," said Frank
Thomas, designer of The Frankly Frog, inventor of the
graphite shaft and former USGA Technical Director.
"The design promotes immediate forward roll after impact
to keep your putts on-line, while providing maximum
forgiveness, across and up and down the face," said
The lightweight totally machined aluminum putter head
is extra wide with two heavy tungsten weights positioned
low and behind the face to give it perfect balance and
maximum forgiveness. It starts the ball rolling forward
immediately after impact and features bold white sight
lines to allow for easy alignment of the "frog green"
Leaping into action, The Frankly Frog retails for $169
and can be ordered on-line at www.franklygolf.com
or by calling direct 001-866 879 1007. [Yes... I know
the price is in dollars and it's an American phone number
Available with either a steel, or graphite shaft featuring
the Frankly Alignment Guidance System. Each Frankly
Frog purchased via franklygolf.com comes with The Frankly
Golf Support System, which provides Instructions for
Use, including how to focus and ongoing assistance to
Additional information about The Frankly Frog or Frankly
Golf can be obtained by contacting Valerie Melvin Valerie@franklygolf.com
or by logging onto the company's web site at www.franklygolf.com.
Thursday 22nd January 2004
CLUBS VOTE FOR UNIFIED HANDICAPPING SYSTEM
The Ladies Golf Union has received overwhelming
support for the proposal of a Unified Handicapping System
with 94% of affiliated clubs in the four Home Countries
and overseas voting to adopt the system. The motion
proposing change was adopted today at the AGM in London.
On the 1st February, the LGU will cease to be the handicapping
authority for its member clubs. Instead, the Council
of National Golf Unions (CONGU), on which ladies
organisations will have equal representation, will be
the policy making body for handicapping, both ladies
and mens, and will work through the ladies
and mens Unions and Associations who will administer
Speaking at the AGM of the LGU where the vote for change
was taken, Andy Salmon, its Chief Executive Officer
said: "We are delighted that clubs have fully endorsed
the view that a unified handicapping system is the way
forward. This will have many advantages. It will enable
clubs to streamline their administration of handicaps
by operating only one system and at last, we will have
a system where all handicaps are directly comparable."
"We also feel that the change will be a welcome
catalyst for a greater amount of mixed golf which, we
have always stressed, is an important aspect for the
future good of the game."
Kevin McIntyre, the Secretary of CONGU said: "We
have worked hard to reach this point and are delighted
that both men and women will now come under the handicapping
umbrella of CONGU. It always made sense to proceed along
these lines and the endorsement of the LGU motion indicates
the support in clubs throughout the four countries for
BENNETT TAKES OVER AS CHAIRMAN OF THE LGU
Jan Bennett yesterday (Wednesday) assumed the office
of Chairman of the Ladies Golf Union at its Annual
General Meeting in London. She will serve in office
for a period of 12 months.
Mrs Bennett brings to the position the experience of
over 20 years of administration in golf that commenced
at her home club of Berkhamsted where she was Ladies
Captain in 1982. Following a spell on the Hertfordshire
committee where she became Captain in 1988, she was
elected to the ELGA Executive Committee in 1994 and
served as their chairman in 1996.
Since being elected to the Executive Council of the
LGU in 1999, in addition to serving in several committees,
she has been chairman of the Scratch Score Committee
and was instrumental in introducing the principle of
USGA Course Rating to the four National Organisations.
She is a qualified referee and has twice subjected herself
to the R&As Rules examination in order to
keep abreast of current changes and decisions. This
Rules knowledge has been put to good use in the Open
Championship where she has been a referee for the past
Mrs Bennett believes that the next twelve months will
be a time for consolidation in the LGU and said: "
We have made some tremendous progress over the last
couple of years and we intend to continue to work closely
with all governing bodies to build and strengthen our
current relationships for the good of ladies golf.
Handicapping is one particular area where I am convinced
we have moved forward and I am greatly encouraged by
the overwhelming support from the member clubs for our
proposals for a unified handicapping system operated
"2004 will also be a special year as we host the
Curtis Cup Match at Formby and we visit Sunningdale
once again for the Weetabix Womens British Open,
now in its 4th year as a major championship"
Before becoming involved in golf administration Mrs
Bennett was a teacher of modern languages, both Spanish
and French. She lives in Hertfordshire with her husband
Chris, a retired chemical engineer and they have one
daughter in New Zealand.
Unfortunately, she says, administration leaves little
time for playing golf although she still retains a handicap
of 8 at Berkhamsted and Moor Park.
NEW FACES ON LINKS MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE
At their first meeting of the year, the Links Management
Committee (LMC) of St Andrews Links Trust welcomed three
new members: Val Johnston, Angus Mitchell and Roy Verner.
Captain of St Regulus Golf Club in 2002 and 2003, Mrs
Johnston also served on the Club Committee as social
convenor and handicap secretary.
Member of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club, St Andrews
Golf Club and the New Golf Club, Mr Mitchell is also
golf secretary of Rotary International Golf Week. He
has lived in St Andrews for over 20 years and used to
own the Russell Hotel and the Merchantís House.
Handicap convenor of the St Andrews Golf Club and a
caddie on the Links, Mr Verner ran the shop and post
office in Strathkinness until 1995, and then a taxi
business until 2000.
Cllr Bill Sangster, who joined the LMC in 2003, was
re-nominated by Fife Council for a further four years.
Chairman, Jim White was re-elected at the first committee
meeting of 2004. The LMC now comprises: Jim White (Chairman),
Cllr Peter Douglas, Val Johnston, Dennis Matthews, Angus
Mitchell, Drew Renwick, Cllr Bill Sangster and Roy Verner.
TRUSTEE AT ST ANDREWS LINKS TRUST
At their first meeting of the year the Trustees of St
Andrews Links Trust welcomed a new Trustee, Peter Forster.
Mr Forster was nominated by the Royal and Ancient Golf
Club and replaces Angus Ogilvie, who was a Trustee for
Mr Forster, a member of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club
and Scotscraig Golf Club, is a past chairman of the
R&A Club Committee. He is a farmer and lives near
Cllr Frances Melville, who has been a Trustee since
1996, was re-nominated by Fife Council for a further
three year term.
Chairman, Dr Duncan Lawrie, was re-elected for his fourth
year at the first meeting of 2004. The Trustees now
comprise Dr D Lawrie (Chairman), Sir Menzies Campbell
MP, Alistair Dempster, Fiona de Vries, Peter Forster,
Cllr Frances Melville, Cllr John Simpson and Robin Waddell.
Tuesday 20th January 2004
Elie Boy and Girls tournaments
This is a correction to my announcement yesterday about
the Elie tournaments.
The boys and girls Open at ELIE commences on 13th April.
Entry forms can be obtained, and should be returned
by Friday 2nd April, to J.A.L.James, Elie Sports Club,Elie,
NB. This date does not clash with the St Leonards/SLGA
U16 tournament. Hooray!
Apologies to Elie for the mix-up.
Ann Heskin takes over as President
The appointment of Miss Ann Heskin of Douglas Golf Club
as President Elect of the The Irish Ladies’ Golf Union
was confirmed at the Annual General Meeting of the I.L.G.U.
held on Saturday 17th January 2004. In her address to
the meeting the President, Mrs. Ita Butler, said
“Ann has had a very distinguished record both as an
international player and as an administrator. As a player
Ann represented Ireland on 5 occasions between 1969
and 1977. She was Captain of the Irish Home International
team in 1982 & 1983 and during that time she also captained
Ireland to victory in the European Team Championship
"Ann is a current Executive Council Member of the
Ladies Golf Union based in St. Andrews, from which position
she is retiring 2 years early to take up the office
of President Elect. Ann has contributed to every aspect
of the game and she is extremely well qualified to hold
"I feel that the Union are very fortunate that
a person of Ann’s ability and integrity has accepted
CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON TICKETS
The R&A are encouraging spectators to take advantage
of one of the best offers in world sport by purchasing
an Open Championship season ticket before the end of
Spectators can watch all of the world's top players
over eight days, almost 100 hours of spectating, for
£125, the price of a season ticket if purchased by 31st
"With prices frozen for the second time in three years,
a season ticket giving entry to the historic links at
Royal Troon for the eight days of practice and Championship
play, 11th - 18th July, represents excellent value and
a saving of almost 50% on the daily admission charges,"
said David Hill, Championship Secretary.
"It was at Royal Troon in 1997 that we first introduced
free admission for juveniles and the continuation of
that policy and our aim of making spectating affordable
for young and old alike will guarantee a great reception
for the 2004 Open Champion."
Ticket applications should be directed in writing to:
Ticket Office, R&A Championships Limited, Beach House,
Golf Place, St Andrews, Fife, Scotland, KY16 9JA; by
telephone on: 01334 460010 or through on-line purchasing
PREVENTS SPANISH WHITEWASH IN 2004 MEDIA MASTERS ON
COSTA DEL SOL
But for Dorset women's county team player Carly Cummins
from Bournemouth, Spain would have provided the winner
of all four categories in the 3rd staging (January 17-18)
of the Media Masters amateur golf tournament, sponsored
by Selected Hotels (Atalaya Park & Don Miguel) and supported
by the PGA of Europe, the Costa del Sol Tourist Board,
Niza Cars and the Spanish rail authority.
Carly, who works for Emap Publications and is based
at Peterborough, repeated her success of 2003 at Atalaya
Golf & Country Club on the Spain's Costa del Sol. Miss
Cummins led at the end of the first day after scoring
39pt over the New Course. That was equivalent to a three-under-par
round and gave her 6pt more on the day than her nearest
challenger, Rosario Pino, a Spanish 29-handicapper,
achieved in her opening round, over the Old Course.
Carly then went out on Day 2 and matched the women's
par on the Old Course by gaining 36pt for a final total
Rosario Pino cut the final deficit to four point with
a creditable effort of 38pt over the New Course in her
Miss Cummins was the 2002 European female writers' champion
at Quinta da Marinha.
Spain also provided the third-best female finisher in
Matila Fernandez Jarrin, who played off 32 in scoring
33pt over the Old Course and 28 over the "easier" New
Course for a total of 61pt.
Ann Mooney from Ireland, winner of the European female
writers' championship at La Manga in November, was unable
to take part in the second round because of pressing
business at home in Cork. She had scored 23pt over the
New Course on her first day.
Incidentally, Carly Cummins' haul of 75pt was not bettered
by any of the male category winners.
In fact, Jose Barbero Gonzalez, the Spanish 11-handicapper,
who topped Class 1 (handicaps 0 to 15), had to settle
for 73pt (36 over the Old and 37 from the New). Jose
took the prime position in this category but three English
golfers finished second, third and fourth. Paul Trow,
playing off 12, was runner-up with 71pt (34 Old, 37
New) with Neil Webber, also a 12-handicapper, pipping
Alan Hedley for third place after a countback to break
the tie on 68pt. Neil scored 33 over the Old and 35
at the New. Alan had 34pt from both venues.
Five Spanish players topped the Class 2 (handicaps 16
to 24) returns with the top spot going to Jon Gorospe.
Playing off 16, he scored 73pt (36 Old, 37 New), to
win the section by 3pt from compatriot Diez Moro, playing
Ray Scott from Waterford, winner of the Moroccan Invitational
Writers' male title at Agadir in December, was the best
Great Britain & Ireland finisher in sixth place on 63pt
in Class 2.
Class 3 (handicaps 25 and over) was also dominated by
Spanish writers, six of whom filled the leading places.
No 1 was Jose Antonio Barez, playing off 35. He was
the only male to match Carly Cummins' grand total of
75pt with 33 over the Old and a staggering 42 (equivalent
to a six-under-par net score) over the New. He won his
class by six points from Antonio Fidalgo, who played
More than 100 players from 16 different countries took
Monday 19th January 2004
In my hand I hold a ball....
white and dimpled, rather small....
Oh , how bland it does appear....
this harmless looking little sphere....
By its size I could not guess....
the awesome strength it does possess....
But since I fell beneath it's spell....
I've wandered through the fires of hell....
My life has not been quite the same....
Since I chose to play this stupid game....
It rules my mind for hours on end...
A fortune it has made me spend....
It has made me swear and yell and cry....
I hate myself and want to die....
It promises a thing called par....
If I can hit straight and far....
To master such a tiny ball....
should not be very hard at all ....
But my desires the ball refuses....
and does exactly like it chooses....
It hooks and slices, dribbles and dies....
and even disappears before my eyes....
Often it will take a whim....
to hit a tree or take a swim....
With miles of grass on which to land....
it finds a tiny patch of sand....
Then has me offering up my soul....
if only it would find the hole....
It's made me whimper like a pup....
and swear that I will give it up....
And take a drink to ease my sorrow....
but the ball knows.....
I'll be back tomorrow!!!!
Looks innocent, doesn't it?
Any more budding poets?
Sunday 18th January 2004
Does anyone recognise this group of ladies? or indeed
the clubhouse behind them? email
Scottish Vets v Irish Seniors
The date is 20-21 April but the venue has still to be
Friday 16th January 2004
Ladies Golf Association Press Release
Florentyna Flourishes in Florida
England Under 15 Champion Florentyna Parker has become
the first British girl to win at the world's biggest
The 14-year-old claimed her victory at the Doral-Publix
Junior Classic in Miami, which attracts hundreds of
youngsters from all over the world.
Florentyna won the age group for 14-15-year-old girls,
helped by a tournament record 66 in her second round
and a last-hole birdie in the final round, which clinched
her one-stroke triumph.
"I was delighted to win," said Florentyna,
who is a member at Royal Birkdale, Merseyside, but lives
in Germany where her father is a golf professional.
"It was a really good tournament and the standard
After the first round of the 54-hole event Florentyna
was about six shots off the pace, but she was only two
adrift after her stunning four-under par 66, which included
five birdies. The action moved from the red course to
the tougher white course for the final round and as
Florentyna stood on the last tee she was tied with Agostina
Parmigiani of Argentina. The English girl made short
work of the par five hole, following a good drive with
a fine five iron into the heart of the green. As her
rival made five, Florentyna two-putted for her birdie
4 and the win.
She went on to score another good result in the 40th
Junior Orange Bowl International Golf Championship at
Biltmore Golf Club, Coral Gables, Florida. This is a
prestigious invitational event and previous competitors
include Tiger Woods and Annika Sorenstam.
Florentyna finished 16th in the girls' event, improving
on her performance of the previous year by 11 places.
She was joined at both US events by Yorkshire's Kiran
Matharu, who won ELGA's 2003 junior order of merit.
Florentyna and Kiran were part of the mixed England
team which won the silver medal at the 2003 European
Young Masters in Germany. The boys were Florentyna's
brother, Ben, and Oliver Fisher of West Essex. Florentyna
is also a past winner of the England Under 13 Championship
and will be a name to watch out for in the future.
This has been doing the rounds... thanks to John Hargan
for sending it in. You can probably tell it comes from
the US. What's wrong with bagpipe music????
- When I die, bury me on the golf course so my husband
will visit. ~Author Unknown.
- I don't say my golf game is bad, but if I grew tomatoes
they'd come up sliced. ~Author Unknown
- I've spent most of my life golfing. the rest I've
just wasted. ~Author Unknown
- They call it golf because all the other four-letter
words were taken. ~Raymond Floyd
- The ardent golfer would play Mount Everest if somebody
would put a flag stick on top. ~Pete Dye (His golf
courses reflect this belief!!!)
- Golf is played by twenty million mature American
men whose wives think they are out having fun. ~Jim
- It took me seventeen years to get three thousand
hits in baseball. I did it in one afternoon on the
golf course. ~Hank Aaron
- Golf is a game in which you yell "fore," shoot six,
and write down five ~Paul Harvey
- Give me golf clubs, fresh air & a beautiful partner,
and you can keep the clubs and the fresh air. ~Jack
- Have you ever noticed what golf spells backwards?
- The only time my prayers are never answered is on
the golf course. ~Billy Graham
- Reverse every natural instinct and do the opposite
of what you are inclined to do, and you will probably
come very close to having a perfect golf swing. ~Ben
- Go play golf. Go to the golf course. Hit the ball.
Find the ball. Repeat until the ball is in the hole.
Have fun. The end. ~Chuck Hogan
- If you think it's hard to meet new people, try picking
up the wrong golf ball. ~Jack Lemmon
- It's good sportsmanship to not pick up lost golf
balls while they are still rolling. ~Mark Twain
- Don't play too much golf. Two rounds a day are plenty.
- Golf is a game in which one endeavors to control
a ball with implements ill adapted for the purpose.
- A golfer's diet: live on greens as much as possible.
- Gone golfin' ... be back about dark thirty. ~Author
- Born to golf. Forced to work. (sometimes with "to
pay for habit" included.) ~Author Unknown
- My body is here, but my mind has already teed off.
- May thy ball lie in green pastures, and not in still
waters. ~Author Unknown
- If I hit it right, it's a slice. If I hit it left,
it's a hook. If I hit it straight, it's a miracle.
- The difference in golf and government is that in
golf you can't improve your lie. ~George Deukmejian
- Golf is a game invented by the same people who think
music comes out of a bagpipe. ~Author Unknown
Thursday 15th January 2004
Just like the No 23 bus, nothing comes for days, and
then three come at once.
I was privileged to see a preview copy of the Solheim
Cup 2003 DVD last night at North Berwick Golf Club.
Catriona Matthew, pictured right, gave a superb talk
on her experiences at last year's match in Malmo, Sweden,
to a packed audience of appreciative North Berwick golfers,
and answered all our questions with her customary unassuming
I had not seen any of the Solheim Cup because I was
in the States last September, and although I knew the
result (in case you don't know - Europe won), and had
read about the shambles at the end, it was a delight
to hear all about the build-up, from being picked for
the team, through the preparation and play to the after-match
(One snippet - Catriona thinks that future matches will
be played to a conclusion)
The Solheim Video and DVD will be hitting the shops
next week. Well worth the investment!
And good luck to Catriona for the 2004 season!
West of Scotland Girls fixtures
West of Scotland Girls' Secretary, Moira Begbie, has
sent me a list of the West
Girls fixtures for 2004 and a list of officials.
West Girls' have a link on the index to the left of
this page, so you can always find their news quickly.
If any East of Scotland Girls are reading this and wondering
what is happening with them - we should have a Fixture
list finalised very shortly. Click of the East
of Scotland Girls' link to pick up a membership
SLGA Centenary Lunch
The SLGA celebrate their centenary this year (it was
the centenary of the Scottish Championship last year)...
another cause for celebrations (Yippee!!) They are going
to hold a Centenary Lunch at the Balmoral Hotel, Edinburgh,
on Saturday 9th October.
Good food! Good wine! Good speakers! Good company! Great
Venue! More news when I get it.
Tuesday 13th January 2004
It's been suggested that you're all busy reading up
on the new Handicap regulations. If you get tired of
that, then the new 2004 Rules of Golf is a rivetting
Monday 12th January 2004
Three days without a News item.... I'm beginning to
get a twitch.... don't know about you.... have I stunned
you all into silence with my new-look webpage?
How about sending me some dates of Girls' Junior Opens
for the Fixture List?
Friday 9th January 2004
SLGA CHAIRMAN PAT HAS COMBINED PLAYING WITH ADMIN RESPONSIBILITIES
PAT Hutton, the new chairman of the Scottish Ladies
Golfing Association, has combined a successful playing
career with increasing administrative responsibilities
in the world of golf.
"I came to golf straight from the tennis court! As a
student, I was coaching tennis at Elie when I decided
to give golf a try. The racquet was quite literally
dropped and the golf clubs picked up," says Pat who
joined Lanark Golf Club in 1966. She was ladies' club
champion 19 times between 1975 and 1997, including 14
in a row from 1978. Pat was appointed ladies' club captain
in 1979 and was also secretary from the early to the
late 1980s. She was made an honorary member of the club
Mrs Hutton - husband Bill is a retired dentist with
a keen interest in women's golf (they have a daughter
and son) - was Lanarkshire women's county champion in
1985 and a county team player from 1977 to the mid-1990s.
She became county captain in 1988 and 1989 when Lanarkshire
won the Scottish county finals at Carnoustie and Prestwick.
She was made an honorary member of Lanarkshire LCGA
She passed the R&A Referee School examination in 1994.
Pat has been West of Scotland veterans' champion at
least four times - 1996, 1999, 2000 and 2001.
She was Scottish veterans' champion at Blairgowrie in
1999 and Scottish senior women's title-winner at Inverness
in 2000. She has been a member of the successful Scotland
veteran women's team since 1996 and is vice-captain
of the SVLGA for 2004-2005.
Mrs Hutton has served on the SLGA executive committee
from 1999, being chairman of training until stepping
up to become SLGA chairman for a year at the annual
meeting last November.
She was the SLGA representative on the LGU training
"Possibly my biggest golfing thrills have been team
ones - as a member of the winning county and veterans'
team and then as the captain of two winning county teams,"
"Having been involved in the training, to see a Scottish
team win would be another great thrill."
So what does the new SLGA chairman hope to achieve during
her year in office?
"To give back something to the game from which I have
had so much fun. When I became involved in administration,
I never imagined I would end up in the 'hot' seat!
"And to continue to develop ladies' golf in Scotland
at all levels - the icing on the cake would be a Scottish
win at international level!"
GOLF UNION PRESS RELEASE
FLETCHER APPOINTED COACH TO CURTIS CUP TEAM
Simon Fletcher, the coach to the GB&I team that regained
the Vagliano Trophy, has been appointed coach to the
Curtis Cup squad for the match against the United States
at Formby Golf Club on June 12 and 13.
Fletcher, 35, the professional at Morecambe Golf Club,
is looking forward to his second spell coaching the
top female amateurs from the four home countries.
"I was genuinely impressed with the ability and professionalism
of the players who defeated the Continent of Europe
at County Louth. While a few of these players might
have left the amateur ranks before June, I have no doubt
that the remainder of the Elite Squad will provide a
team equal to anything the Americans select for Formby,"
"We have a talented pool of players and I am certain
that there will be fierce competition for each of the
eight places in the team."
Andy Salmon, chief executive of the LGU, said: "In the
Vagliano Trophy we were delighted with the way in which
Simon dovetailed with Ada O'Sullivan, the captain, and
Fiona Norris, the manager, and had no hesitation in
offering him the position of coach to the Curtis Cup
team. We now have a support team that will enable the
players to deliver to the very best of their ability."
The team will be selected after the Weetabix Challenge,
the annual match between the LGU Elite Squad and a team
of lady professionals, at Formby on April 17 and 18.
Thursday 8th January 2004
ANDERSON THRILLED BY "OUT OF THE BLUE" SCOTLAND TEAM
Perth-born former Scottish women's amateur champion
Fiona Anderson is the surprise choice among the four
international team captains named by the Scottish Ladies
Golfing Association for the 2004 season.
Fiona, a member at Craigie Hill, Blairgowrie and Gullane
golf clubs, moved to Merseyside in connection with her
banking career several years ago and lives at Formby
where she is a member of the Formby Ladies Club. Miss
Anderson, champion in 1987, when she beat Christine
Middleton (Cruden Bay) in the final at Nairn, and beaten
finalist four times - 1980-83-88-91, has accepted an
invitation from the Scottish Ladies Golfing Association
to captain the Scotland squad in the women's home internationals
at Royal Porthcawl, South Wales from September 8 to
"I'm thrilled and delighted. The invitation came right
out of the blue and I'm really looking forward to the
challenge, " said Fiona who was a member of several
successful Scotland teams from the 1970s through to
her last international appearance in the European team
championship of 1991. She was a member of the Great
Britain & Ireland team in the Vagliano Trophy match
of 1987. Miss
Anderson is captain of the Formby Ladies scratch team
and she was captain of the Edinburgh University women's
team during her student days.
Pam Gordon (Inverness), pictured left, captain of Scotland
teams at girls, junior and
women's level, adds another chapter to her skipper CV.
She is to captain, for the first time, the Scotland
team in the senior women's home internationals at Kilkeel,
County Down from October 5 to 7.
Fiona Hunter (Baberton), pictured right, is to lead
the Scotland team in the Scottish under-21 junior women's
team championships at Royal Cinque Ports, Kent from
July 6 to 10. As Fiona Rennie, she skippered the Scots
team in the same championships in 1996 and 1998. She
was also captain of the Scotland girls team in 1994
Jenkins (Ralston), left, winner of the Scottish girls'
title in 1988 and a junior international player in 1987
and 1988, is to captain Scotland in the girls' home
internationals at Strathaven from August 11 to 13. She
has been a consistent and successful county player for
Renfrewshire for many years.
Good Luck to all Scottish Teams in 2004!
Wednesday 7th January 2004
CLARE QUEEN TOPS NEW LIST OF R&A STUDENT BURSARY
The Royal and Ancient Golf Club has increased its number
of Individual Bursars to reflect the increasing number
of golfers choosing to study in Europe while continuing
to play amateur golf at the highest level.
For the first time in these awards are four Italian
players one of whom, Francesco Molinari, reached the
semi-finals of the British men's amateur championship
at Royal Troon last year.
highest award for the current 2003-2004 academic year
has gone to Scottish and British international player
Clare Queen (Drumpellier), pictured right, who is studying
at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow. Clare,
a past winner of the British girls'stroke and match-play
titles, receives £4,000. A member of the LGU Elite Squad,
Clare hopes to gain a place in the Great Britain and
Ireland team to play the United States in June in the
Curtis Cup match at Formby, Lancashire.
Other Scots on the list are: Jamie McLeary (Leven Golfing
Society) (£3,500), Ewan Forbes (Turriff) (£3,000), Richie
Ramsay (Royal Aberdeen) (£2,500), Dawn Dewar (Monifieth)
(£2,000) and Robert Taylor (Cardross) (£2,000).
The current Irish amateur close champion, Mark O'Sullivan,
receives £3,500. He is studying at University College,
In announcing these awards, Duncan Weir, the R&A's Golf
Development Secretary said;
"The R&A is now supporting university and student golf
with an annual investment of over £350,000 to a total
of 220 recipients. This year's group of Individual Bursars
includes several students who have already achieved
full international status and others who have shown
the potential to reach this level.
"All bursaries are given for each year of a student's
course to help offset educational expenses and are not
restricted to meeting costs associated with competitive
Individual awards (Scottish players in bold print) are
|Clare Queen, £4,000
Jonathan Evans, £3,500
Jamie McLeary, £3,500
Mark O'Sullivan, £3,500
Sophie Walker, £3,500
Ewan Forbes, £3,000
Marian Riordan, £3,000
Nuno Brito e Cunha, £3,000
Jonathan Holmes, £2,500
Rachael Lomas, £2,500
Alexandra Marshall, £2,500
Richie Ramsay, £2,500
Clancy Bowe, £2,500
Faye Sanderson, £2,500
Olivia Briggs, £2,000
Dawn Dewar, £2,000
Robert Taylor, £2,000
Vittoria Valvassori, £1,500
Andrea Romano, £1,500
Francesco Molinari, £1,500
Giulia Garbaccio, £1,500
Hunter, currently in New Zealand, sends
New Year Greetings
WELSH OPEN STROKE-PLAY CHAMPIONSHIP CONFIRMED FOR
MAY 1 & 2
The Welsh Ladies Golf Union has confirmed that this
year's Welsh women's open amateur stroke-play championship
at Ashburnham will be played on May 1 and 2.
Normally it is played in June and for the past three
years the title was won by Curtis Cup Scot Vikki Laing
during her summer break from college in California.
Ironically, no players attending American colleges -
including Heather MacRae, Jenna Wilson and Louise Kenney
- will be able to play in the tournament this year because,
on May 1 and 2, they will still be several weeks away
from the end of term.
A WLGU official explained why the tournament is being
played so early in the season this year.
"We thought we had a good entry last year but then we
had several call-offs by players who had county team
commitments. By bringing forward the Welsh open championship
to the start of May, the weekend after the Helen Holm
Scottish women's open stroke-play championship at Troon,
we are hoping to avoid any clash with county team activities.
"We realise that the players who are at college in America
won't be able to play on these dates but it's a swings
and roundabouts situation. We feel we will gain more
players than we will lose by opting for May 1 and 2."
Tuesday 6th January 2004
Monifeith Girls at their prize-giving last night.
As you can see by the turn-out - there's absolutely
nothing wrong with the state of junior girls' golf in
Monifieth! Congratulations to the winners (and organisers).
(Thanks to Steven Wilson for the photo.)
dream beckons for Vikki Laing
Yesterday's Scotsman carried a back-page article by
Mike Aitken about Vikki Laing (pictured right). If you
missed it.. here is the link
plans for 2004
Another who is home for the holidays is Heather Macrae
(pictured left) .... she wrote
this for Kirkwoodgolf as she prepared to return
to San Diego State on the West Coast of the United States.
Do any other students (or ex-students) have news?
Monday 5th January 2004
Fancy a holiday in Portugal with some competitive
LISBON WORLD AMATEUR GOLF FESTIVAL
The Lisbon World Amateur Golf Festival 2004 was officially
launched on 16th December by former Ryder Cup captain,
Bernard Gallacher at his Golf Academy at the London
Now in its second year, the Lisbon World Amateur Golf
Festival gives golfers of all standards the chance to
enjoy some of the finest courses in Europe.
There are two great competitions in which to take part.
The ten day festival of golf starts with the Costa Azul
Classic. Played on three courses south of the Tagus
River, this is a series of daily stableford competitions
held from 29th April to 2nd May at Aroeira I & II and
Quinta do Peru.
Following this, the festival moves north of the River
to become the Estoril & Sintra Classic, playing Belas,
Quinta da Marinha, Penha Longa and Oitavos. This is
the unique format of a 72 hole strokeplay competition
held from 2nd to 8th May.
Alongside this main competition, there are daily stableford
competitions, for those who prefer the less demanding
There are various options golfers can choose from.
For those looking for a shorter break, golfers can take
part in the 3 day Costa Azul Classic.
For those looking to challenge themselves a little more
there is the 7 day Estoril & Sintra Classic.
Finally, for those looking for the ultimate test in
golf, there is the option to play in both tournaments
over the full 10 days of the Lisbon World Amateur Golf
Golf however is not the only attraction that this festival
holds and non-golfers are warmly welcomed to join their
golfing partners and take part in the exciting social
Aside from the golf, there is the opportunity to explore
the vibrant, historic and friendly city of Lisbon as
well as the glamorous resort of Estoril and the quaint
fishing villages of Cascais and Sesimbra.
This exciting event will is supported by a number of
high profile companies including the Lisbon Sports and
Golf Bureau, TAP Air Portugal, CNBC Europe, Kronenburg
1664, Quinta de S. Francisco, Bullet, Euro RSCG, Budget
Rent-a-Car, Global Refund, ICEP, Estoril & Sintra Golf
and Costa Azul Golf.
PACKAGES Tournament Entry can be booked directly with
However, if you would like to book a package deal with
travel arrangements, then contact one of the official
tour operators details of which can be obtained from
Frith. All tour operators are fully ATOL bonded.
Saturday 3rd January 2004
thoughts for a positive game
For those who are looking forward to the warmer weather and
a good golfing season..... it's not just your swing that needs
attention, perhaps you need to sort your head out too!
Consider inviting Valeria Melvin to come and speak at your
club on the power of Positive Thinking.
Valerie, now resident in New Jersey, USA, is going to be over
in May and is offering her services to clubs whose members
would like to hear about the current techniques and strategies
being used by the top psychologists and teachers in the States.
Read more here
and get in touch with Valerie
if you think your members would benefit from her expertise.
December 2003 Archive