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Melissa Reid leads the Turkish Airlines Ladies Open after Round Two

Terry Lane - Tuesday 19.05.15, 04:24am

Turkish Airlines Ladies European Tour Turkish Open 2015

Turkish Airlines Ladies European Tour Turkish Open 2015

Melissa Reid (England) leads the way at the halfway stage of the Turkish Airlines Ladies European Tour Turkish Open on -12, closely followed by Pamela Pretswell (Scotland) on -9, Gwladys Nocera (France) -8, Rebecca Artis (Australia) and Carly Booth (Scotland) on -6.

Melissa Reid @ Turkish Airlines Ladies Open

Melissa Reid @ Turkish Airlines Ladies Open 2015 at Carya Golf Club, Turkey

Melissa Reid started slowly but kept her over nıght lead:

“I didn’t play great this morning, I feel fine now. I tried to stay patient because I knew that there were birdie opportunities out there. I knew at the start of the day that I wanted to get to 12 under so that was my goal the whole day.”

Pamela Pretswell shot the lowest round of her career to move ınto second place and was pleased wıth her performance:

“Today I played some really solid golf and made quite a few birdies out there, which was nice. I was just focusing on one hole at a time and doing what I could do.”

Carly Booth - Turkish Airlines Ladies Open 2015

Carly Booth - Turkish Airlines Ladies Open 2015

Carly Booth starts round 3 today in joint fourth place on 6 under after she shot 70 in both rounds.

“It’s funny because both days I’ve had the exact same stats: 11 fairways, 14 greens and 30 putts. I’m playing very steady and there were a lot of missed chances for birdie out there as well, but I’m hitting good putts, which is nice, and hopefully they will fall over the weekend.”

Carly was forgetting this is the first Ladies European Tour tournament to be played from Sunday to Wednesday.  But we knew what she meant; and when asked why she was doıng well, she commented:

“I’m feeling confident with my golf swing at the moment, I’m visualising the shots a lot better and the course suits me.”

Round three of the  Turkish Airlines Ladies Open continues today at the Carya Golf Club in Belek, Turkey.



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The Ladies European Tour Turkish Open 2015

Terry Lane - Sunday 17.05.15, 09:55am

Christine Wolf @ The Carya Golf Club, Turkey. Ladies European Tour Turkish Open 2015

Christine Wolf @ The Carya Golf Club, Turkey.

The Ladies European Tour Turkish Open 2015 is being hosted by the Carya Golf Club, the first and only floodlit course in Turkey and Europe, and sponsored by Turkish Airlines. Starting today, it will play out on Wednesday by becoming the first European Tour match to unfold with a floodlight finish.

The Turkish Airlines Ladies Open at the Carya Golf Club will be the 7th event of the 2015 season. 126 players from 32 countries will be competing for the €500,000 prize fund, with a first prize of €80,000. Among the leading players attending will be Laura Davies (England), last year’s winner Valentine Derry (France), Charley Hull (England) 2014 leading money winner, Lee Anne Pace (South Africa) the 2013 Turkish Open winner. Christal Boeljon (Belgium) – winner in 2011 & 2012 and Melissa Reid (England) who was triumphant in 2010.

As I am writing Laura Davies is coming to the end of her first round and currently leading the field on -6.

Other players include Christine Wolf (Austria), Carlotta Ciganda (Spain), Rebecca Codd (Ireland) and last year’s leading rookie Amy Boulden (Wales).

The Ladies European Tour is a worldwide organisation with members from more than 40 countries, playing 23 tournaments this year in 23 Australia, New Zealand, China, Morocco, Turkey, Netherlands, England, Scotland, Czech Republic, Sweden, France, Germany, India, South Africa, Japan, Dubai, Spain, & Italy.

Regnum Carya Golf Spa Resort Deputy Chairman Ali Şafak Öztürk indicated that they are very pleased to undertake to host the 2015 Turkish Ladies Open which is one of the world’s most prestigious competitions. He said,

“The tournament raises awareness about our country in the international arena and it also helps to introduce Belek region worldwide with its high quality golf courses.”

Öztürk says Golf sport is a symbol of stature and quality; it also supports the other products in the destination. It encourages tourists with high level income to travel to Turkey. Golf tourists fly with business class; hotels provide better service and hotel occupancies increases. Therefore, this contributes to the national and regional economy. In this sense; Belek region’s recognition should be increased as an exclusive golf destination and assessment of the broad areas in Antalya for building more golf courses should be done. Öztürk added, putting direct flights to Antalya from abroad would help the destination to be more desirable.

Öztürk went on to say:

“We are proud to continue to stage the 7th edition of the Turkish Ladies Open with success and stature. We now intend to further our ambitions and commitment to support Ladies Professional Golf. Our ambition is to host the Solheim Cup 2019 which is the biggest and most prestigious event in ladies golf.”



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Marc Warren visits Gullane to launch Mindroom as Official Charity for 2015 Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open

Terry Lane - Wednesday 06.05.15, 17:01pm

Mindroom is an Official Charity for the 2015 Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open

Mindroom is an Official Charity for the 2015 Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open

Scotland’s Marc Warren, a three-time winner on The European Tour, today visited Gullane Golf Club to help announce the appointment of Mindroom as Official Charity for the 2015 Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open, to be played over the unique Championship Course at Gullane from July 9-12.

Marc Warren, currently ranked 53rd in the world, joined representatives from Mindroom, Aberdeen Asset Management, VisitScotland, The European Tour and the host club to launch a set of initiatives which will raise substantial funds for the charity.

Mindroom, established at the start of the new millennium, works with the parents and carers of children and young people with learning difficulties throughout Scotland and offers independent support to enable them to reduce family stress and bring about better outcomes for the child.  It is an independent Scottish charity committed to raising awareness of all types of learning difficulties. With at least five children in every class having some kind of learning difficulty, experts believe that if not properly identified and accommodated, learning difficulties will become the next big public health problem of our time. Mindroom guides the parents and carers through a maze of issues and helps them access essential services from Health, Social Care, Education and Voluntary Agencies.

Meanwhile, The Tour Players Foundation (TPF) – the charitable arm of The European Tour and Aberdeen Asset Management who both endorsed Mindroom as the 2015 Official Charity – have joined forces once again developing a series of charitable initiatives to be launched in conjunction with this year’s campaign which should ensure that a substantial sum is raised and leave a strong legacy from the golf tournament’s visit to East Lothian.

Scotland’s Marc Warren, a three-time winner on The European Tour, today visited Gullane Golf Club to help announce the appointment of Mindroom as Official Charity for the 2015 Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open

Scotland’s Marc Warren visited Gullane Golf Club to help announce Mindroom as Official Charity for the 2015 Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open

A recent addition to Aberdeen Asset Management’s team of golfing Ambassadors, Warren, who came agonisingly close to winning the Scottish Open title in 2012 and finished third last year, commented:

“This is a tournament very close to my heart for obvious reasons, and it’s great that Mindroom should be appointed as the Official Charity of the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open.

“With the event coming to Gullane for the first time just two months from now, it is rewarding to know that we are able to raise valuable funds and also increase the awareness of Mindroom’s outstanding charitable work throughout Scotland thanks to a series of exciting fundraising initiatives during the event week.”

This year will see the continuation of the Championship’s charity Birdie Pledge, which sees a set amount pledged by the TPF and the title sponsor, Aberdeen Asset Management, and which will take place during the four rounds of the championship.

Spectators can also play their part by supporting Mindroom by buying tickets in the Championship Grand Prize Draw, a donation of £1 per ticket will give the chance of winning a number of fantastic prizes, such as tee times for four golfers at Scottish Open venues past and present.  100% of donations will go directly to Mindroom.

Peter Adams, Championship Director of the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open, said:

“On behalf of the European Tour and the Tour Players Foundation, I would like to thank Marc for his generous support to the Official Charity Launch at Gullane Golf Club today.

“Marc’s presence here underlines the importance of the Championship embracing a very deserving Scottish charity. We are all looking forward to a highly successful partnership between Mindroom and a tournament which ranks among the very best on The European Tour as can be seen by the quality of this year’s field, which brings together Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose, Phil Mickelson and Scotland’s very own Ryder Cup winners, Paul Lawrie and Stephen Gallacher, in this spectacular golfing enclave in East Lothian in July.”

Stephen Docherty, Head of Global Equities at Aberdeen Asset Management, added: “It is with great delight that we are able to announce our support of Mindroom for this year’s Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open. A big thank you must go to Marc for showing his support today to what is such a worthy cause, and we look forward to helping Mindroom raise funds in an exciting Scottish summer of golf.”

Paul Bush, Director of Events at VisitScotland, said:

“The Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open is well known for undertaking some very innovative charitable initiatives with great backing from the players as Marc has illustrated today. I am delighted that Mindroom, an organisation which does great work in the Lothians and across Scotland, will benefit from the 2015 tournament at Gullane in Scotland, the Home of Golf.”

Sophie Dow, Founder of Mindroom, commented:

“We are so grateful for this opportunity to highlight the needs of children and young people with learning difficulties and raise funds to enable Mindroom to help them get the best support possible.  Unless you have close connections with a child who has ‘additional support needs’ it may be very difficult to understand the reality of day to day life where spending a half day at school is an achievement and over-worked and under-resourced services struggle to help everyone.

“Parents feel guilt, frustration and helplessness and need someone who can stand alongside them to find a way forward. Thanks to this wonderful opportunity presented to us by Aberdeen Asset Management and The European Tour, Mindroom will now be able to help so many more children and their families in desperate need of our support. Thank you!”

A season ticket for the 2015 Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open can be purchased for £70 in advance of the tournament, a saving of £10 on admission at the gate. Adult day tickets are currently priced at £30, rising to £35 on the gate.

Concessions (60 and over) start at £50 for a season ticket and £20 for any one day tickets, if

purchased in advance. Under-16s accompanied by an adult are admitted free of charge, and all car parking is also free. Entry to the Pro-Am on Wednesday is £12 in advance, and £15 on the day.

To book tickets, visit www.europeantour.com/tickets or call 0800 023 2557. Corporate Hospitality Packages are also available, please contact Robert Gordon on 01344 840538 or email rgordon@europeantour.com to request a brochure.

Further information can also be found at www.aamscottishopen.com or @AAMScottishOpen.



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Top 5 US Masters long shots

Edwin Huxley - Tuesday 06.01.15, 18:11pm

As the 2015 season gets under way, the golfing world’s focus is already looking forward to the first major of the year at the Masters in April.

While the likes of Rory McIlroy, Tiger Woods and defending champion Bubba Watson will be the focus of much of the betting public’s interest in the build-up to the event at Augusta, there will be a lot of players being overlooked that have more than enough talent to win the tournament.

These long shots might not always come off, but the Masters has shown in recent years that players can come from nowhere to win the famous green jacket.

Mike Weir’s victory in 2003 surprised a lot of fans, but not as much as Trevor Immelman’s 2008 success.

It has been a few years since a shock winner took the Masters title, but there are some real contenders in 2015 that could start the tournament with some very long odds.

Martin Kaymer

With odds of around 50/1 with some bookmakers, including betfair online, Martin Kaymer could well be one of the most overpriced players at Augusta in April. While the Masters is by far the German’s least successful of the four majors, it wouldn’t be a massive shock if Kaymer was in contention come the final round this year. The two-time major winner has a best finish of 31st at Augusta but victory in last year’s US Open showed he has the ability to succeed in a tournament he has previously struggled in.

Luke Donald

Donald’s current betting odds are a reflection of a dismal 2014 but the Englishman will know he has the tools to prove a lot of people wrong this year. The former world number one might not have been at his best over the past couple of seasons but the 37-year-old still has plenty of time to turn things around. After missing the cut at the Masters and US Open in 2014, Donald failed to impress in the remaining two majors of the season. Recent form aside, Donald is still a name that many feel will one day win a major, and the Masters looks as likely as any.

Webb Simpson

While his memorable 2012 US Open victory stands out like a glorious sore thumb on Webb Simpson’s C.V. the American has shown on more than a few occasions that he can play some incredible golf on his day. Not many of those days have come at Augusta but Simpson still looks overpriced by a lot of online bookies heading into this year’s Masters. Two missed cuts in his past two appearances at Augusta might not give Simpson huge confidence as he prepares for the first major of the year, but the 29-year-old is still young enough to get it right when it comes to the testing conditions at the Masters.

Padraig Harrington

Not many players have experienced the slump that Padraig Harrington has over the past few years but the Irishman could still have one last hurrah in him. The three-time major winner ended 2014 with a welcome win on the Asian Tour and the 43-year-old will be hoping that is a sign of things to come this season. With four top-ten finishes to his name, Harrington has shown that he has the game to handle Augusta and there will be some betting fans jumping on the chance to back the Irishman should he make it into the first major of the year.



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Top 5 UK Golf Courses

Edwin Huxley - Wednesday 31.12.14, 14:42pm

With over 2000 golf courses in the UK, it can be challenging to find the best golf club to play at. There are several factors that make a golf course great: the condition of the course, the design and variety of each hole, a sense of history, and the scenery… even just the very feel of the course can have a play in your fondness towards it.

Finding a golf course with all these qualities can be tough, so a great way to start is by using a course finder such as the Gamola Golf Course Finder, which allows you to search by town or postcode to find golf courses local to your area.

Sometimes, however, only the best course will do. In these instances, here are the top five courses in the UK to check out.

1. Royal Birkdale, Merseyside

Royal Birkdale has a rich noble history and has hosted many championships in the past. Each hole runs through stunning landscapes of sand dunes and heather, and the course itself is extremely challenging due to tight fairways, deep bunkers, rough greens and sea gathered wind. The course itself is in excellent condition and each hole is varied, suiting the course to all players.

2. Royal St George’s, Kent

Those looking for a traditional experience need look no further than Royal St George’s. With its in-depth history of hosting The Open championships, stunning clubhouse and outstanding catering, Royal St George’s appeals to golfers of all abilities. The course itself is immaculate, and challenging. Blind tees, deep bunkers and rough create varied holes which require strategic navigation.

3. Sunningdale (Old), Berkshire

Famous for its elevated 10th tee, the old course at Sunningdale is one of the most visually attractive courses in the UK. Surrounded by pine, birch and oak trees, the course gives the peaceful illusion of being at one with nature. Suitable for players of all handicaps, the course rewards good shots and punishes bad ones. Both the course and clubhouse are in perfect condition, with excellent facilities throughout.

4. Woodhall Spa (Hotchkin), Lincolnshire

The Woodhall Spa Hotchkin Course is extremely challenging, testing even the very best golfers. Built on sandy soil, the course is an oasis within a canopy of oaks, fir and birch trees. Lined with rich heather and gorse, the course itself is in immaculate condition. Narrow fairways, deep bunkers and blind tees make the course difficult, but enjoyable.

5. Walton Heath (Old), Surrey

More suited to those with a lower handicap due to the thick heather that lines the fairways, the old course at Walton Heath is a stunning heathland course whose difficulty progressively increases with each hole. Warm hospitality, stunning food and beautiful clubhouse facilities make a welcome reward after a hard game.

When considering which golf course to visit, it can be easy to get caught up in the idea of travelling overseas to take advantage of stunning courses and warm sun, however UK courses are among some of the most traditional and prestigious, and are well worth taking the time out to spend a day navigating the holes, enjoying the scenery and taking in the history.



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