Two Amateur Golfers Win Ultimate European Tour Tuition Break

Congratulations from all at Buzzin Media got to amatuer golfers Chris Hughman & Nick Blunt who have been selected to benefit from the innovative European Tour Performance Institute Amateur Programme before the ‘experience of a lifetime’ teaming up with a leading European Tour player during the 2011 Portugal Masters Pro-Am.

Chris Hughman, from Epping in Essex, and Nick Blunt, from Sevenoaks in Kent, will experience exclusive golf performance and health analysis, previously enjoyed only by Europe’s elite professionals, following the tie-up between Europe’s largest golf travel company and the Tour Fit for Golf Amateur Programme.

The programme, powered by Tour Fit for Golf, is designed to help recreational golfers of any standard, such as Chris and Nick, reach peak levels in golf and health performance.

This true ‘money-can’t-buy’ experience will include privileged and exclusive access to elite Tour players such as Lee Westwood, Martin Kaymer and Alvaro Quiros, as well as Europe’s top coaches, such as JJ Rivet and Simon Holmes, for 1-2-1 and video tuition and training, as well as the Tour’s health experts.

The lucky duo – who will receive regular progress reviews at top Golfbreaks.com venues – are to be formally unveiled when the programme is officially launched at The Celtic Manor Resort, Newport, on the eve of The Celtic Manor Wales Open on May 31.

Amateur Golfer Chris Hughman, from Epping in Essex
Amateur Golfer Chris Hughman, from Essex

IT analyst Chris Hughman, a 32-year-old who plays off a 12 handicap, said: “This will be an amazing golf experience – I’m champing at the bit! One of the reasons I signed up was to take advantage of the fitness offering – not only that, the coaching is the best in the business and if I can’t get down to a single-figure handicap after this I never will!”

Amateur Golfer Nick Blunt, from Kent
Amateur Golfer Nick Blunt, from Kent

Nick Blunt, 40, a business and sales development manager who plays off 11, commented: “It’s the ultimate prize, offering an amateur like me top-level coaching he wouldn’t normally have access to and which will help take my game to the next level. My target handicap is eight but I would love to get down to six.”

Highlights of the itinerary for the five-month programme include:

  • May 31 and June 1 – Launch of programme at The Celtic Manor Resort, Wales
  • July 3 – Progress review at The London Club, Kent
  • August 5-6 – Progress review at Aa Saint-Omer Hotel du Golf, Northern France
  • September 3-4 – Progress review at Foxhills Hotel & Resort, Surrey
  • October 11-12 – Portugal Masters Pro-Am, Oceanico Victoria Golf Course, Vilamoura
  • October 29 – Final health assessment at Urban Golf, London

Timothy Dodd, CEO of Tour Fit for Golf, commented:

“This will be an experience of a lifetime for Chris and Nick, and will prove that it is not just the world’s elite players who can benefit from a structured coaching and fitness programme to help lower their scores.”

All competition entrants have been given free ‘Birdie’ membership to Tour Fit For Golf, which includes access to 24 fitness videos featuring Tour stars, a £25 Golfbreaks.com voucher, discounts and offers on golf products, discounted optical wear, free eye tests and a regular health newsletter.

For more information on the Tour Fit for Golf Amateur Programme visit www.tourfitforgolf.com.

2011 Pro-Am Series Events in Europe

Emporda Golf Hotel and Resort, Costa Brava, Spain
Emporda Golf Hotel and Resort, Costa Brava, Spain

Golfbreaks.com has announced the successful take up of its newly launched 2011 Pro-Am series events at high-quality destinations across Europe.

The new four-day format has proven very attractive with today’s busy professional and amateur golfer, with initial bookings being taken just days after the announcement of the 2011 series.

Simon Lilly, PGA Professional at Wellingborough Golf Club who was among the first to book his place in next year’s Pro-Am series, said:

“When I found out about the new four day/three round Pro-Am format that Golfbreaks.com had launched I was eager to put my name down. I did so even before the schedules came out as I knew that I could afford four days out of the office, as opposed to the usual seven that most Pro-Am series ask that you commit to.

“The shorter four day/three round Pro-Am format opens up these types of competitions to more people, especially those with families and small children, and I can imagine is more convenient for a lot of people as it means less time away from work,” continued Simon Lilly. “The added bonus here is the very attractive prize money, which makes the shorter format very appealing. So much so, in fact, that I didn’t have to try hard to convince the two teams I’m taking to sign up.”

Building on its support of PGA pros from the UK and Europe, Golfbreaks.com has initially announced five four-day Pro-Am events for 2011 – each with a £10,000/€12,000 prize fund.

Jim Long, Director of PGA Relations at Golfbreaks.com, added:

“I am delighted with the initial success of our new four-day Pro-Am series format. It shows that listening to the market and offering what today’s busy professional and amateur golfer really want is vital. As an official supplier to the Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA) and the official golf travel company of the PGAs of Europe, our valued partnership has enabled us to offer all golfers the opportunity to play high-level golf on some of the best courses Europe has to offer.

“One thing I would advise though, to avoid disappointment, is to book quickly to guarantee selected courses and dates since, as you would expect, places are being filled fast.”

With joint sponsorship for each Pro-Am from Bushnell, Golfbidder and Bollé, the initial Golfbreaks.com calendar for 2011 reads:

Date: January 13th – 16th, 2011
Destination: 5* Dona Filipa and San Lorenzo Golf Resort, Algarve, Portugal
Courses: San Lorenzo and Pinheiros Altos
Price: From £619/€745
PGA pro goes FREE

Date: February 3rd – 6th, 2011
Destination: 5* La Manga Club, Spain
Courses: North, South & West
Price: From £699/€799
PGA pro goes FREE

Date: February 17th – 20th, 2011
Destination: 5* Vila Sol Spa and Golf Resort, Portugal
Courses: Vila Sol
Price: From £575/€690
PGA pro goes FREE

Date: March 3rd – 6th, 2011
Destination: 4* Emporda Golf Hotel and Resort, Costa Brava, Spain
Courses: Links & Forest
Price: From £615/€740
PGA pro goes FREE

Date: March 31st – April 3rd, 2011
Destination: 5* La Cala Golf Resort and Spa, Spain
Courses: Asia, America and Europa
Price: From £649/€777
PGA pro goes FREE

Please note: All prices above are per amateur, based on two sharing unless otherwise stated and include three nights’ B&B and three rounds of tournament golf, as well as a welcome dinner and awards lunch with drinks. Prices are subject to change due to fluctuations in currency exchange rates. Where a Pro is part of a four-ball, the Pro goes for free. Flights are not included. Prize fund based on 25 teams per Pro-Am. Additional nights stay from only £35/€42 per person per night with Pros going free with their team. See Golfbreaks.com for full terms and conditions.

For more information visit the Golfbreaks website.

Chris Wood turns professional

After his fabulous performance in the British Open at Royal Birkdale where he finished joint fifth, 20-year-old British golfer Chris Wood has signed professional terms with the International Sports Management group. He will now receive invitations for the European Tour and will not have to qualify for next years’ British Open.

Considering not many people had heard of Chris Wood before his impressive display at Royal Birkdale, this is a dream come true for him. He has already said that the tournament was ‘the best week of my life’ an on turning professional he believes that he can have an ‘exciting and successful future in the professional ranks’.

There are certainly worse futures than travelling the world as a professional golfer and Chris Wood is understandably over the moon with this latest twist in his short golfing career.

Chris Wood did have the option to stay as an amateur for another year, but after discussing his options with the likes of Darren Clarke, he decided that he would be better suited to a year of professional golf on the European tour. I have to say I think this is the right choice. He is much more likely to improve as a golfer playing with and against the best players in the world.

Then of course there is the financial benefit – Chris Wood could make a living for himself now he has turned pro, something he couldn’t have done if he didn’t make the step up from amateur golf.

One thing Chris Wood does need to realise – and I’m sure he does – is that this is where the hard work starts. He may feel like he has made it now, but he is going to have to consistently put in strong performances to succeed on the European tour. At just 20-years-old, this will not be easy – he still has a lot to learn.

Justin Rose will vouch for this as after he finished joint fourth in the British Open, aged 17, he went on to miss 21 cuts in a row. I’m not saying that Chris Wood will suffer similarly, but he must be wary of the fact that he is playing at a much, much higher level now – it’s time to mix it with the big boys for the Bristolian.

The next few months are important for him, if he can get through them without suffering a Justin Rose style bad run, then many golf bets will be placed on him winning a major before long. This may seem like I am getting ahead of myself, but his performance in the British Open was the best from an English amateur in ten years and there is no doubt he has talent. Now it’s time to show this talent on a regular basis at the highest level.

Left-handers sign up for the Southpaw Open

Calling all left-handed golfers!

If you fancy pitting your wits against after left-handed golfers, then sign up for the Southpaw Open at Canford Magna Golf Club in Dorset on 30 May, and help raise money for the Princess Royal Trust for Carers.

The format for the day is an 18-hole individual Stableford played off full handicap, with prizes for both men and ladies.

The handicap limit is 28 for men and 36 for ladies. The entry fee is £50 each.  The price includes coffee, a snack lunch, and 18 holes of golf, followed by a rolling evening meal and a prize presentation ceremony.

To enter, please contact tournament organiser Stanley Webb on 01202 768 184 or email: stanwebb@btinternet.com