Edwin Huxley - Sunday 06.10.13, 19:11pm
The sixth edition of the Lorena Ochoa Invitational tournament was presented this week. It will be held at Guadalajara Country Club from 11th – 17th November.
This event will have the top 5 players of the LPGA Tour, including the defending champion Christie Kerr. The Mexican Alejandra Llaneza and American Michel Wie are amongst the other five other special guests.
Golf became one of the most important sports in Mexico after Lorena Ochoa’s success on the LPGA. A lot of people started following it and even started visiting sports betting sites to put money on her.
The realization of the tournament next season was in question, but the lack of support from Jalisco government for the next year edition won affect the tournament, said the ex-number one golfer.
“It’s really sad that the state will be no supporting us, and we want the tournament to last many years said Ochoa.
The contract between LPGA and Ochoa Sports finishes on 2014, but both parts want to get a new a deal and continue with the tournament.
“From the beginning we wanted to do a premium event and the LPGA assigned it to us. It’s the only event in the whole calendar that has the name of a player, and also limited to the top 26 of the world; it’s the most exclusive event of the year”, mentioned Alejandro Ochoa, chief executive of the tournament.
This tournament began in 2008 and has been won by American players Angela Stanford, Michel Wie and Christie Kerr in the last three years. South Korean In-Kyung Kim and Scottish Catriona Matthew are the other winners. Stafford has the current field record with 63 strokes, nine under par.
Ochoa, who won 27 tournaments and was selected Player of the Year four times (2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009), said that this event is not only for Guadalajara, but represents Mexico all over the world.
Edwin Huxley - Sunday 29.09.13, 19:29pm
With Tiger Woods back where he belongs, re-instated as the #1 golf player in the world ranking table followed by a wealth of British talent, the likes of Rory McIlroy, Luke Donald, Justin Rose, Lee Westwood and the flamboyance of Ian Poulter, it’s no wonder that golf has never been more popular as an amateur sport in the UK.
Furthermore, with over 7,500 courses to choose from throughout the UK, it’s never been easier or cheaper to play the best game in the world. Competition has driven prices down and increased the quality of pay and play golf courses available for non-members. Although I am surrounded by some awesome golf courses, I personally choose not to be a member of any of my local golf clubs. These days I have more fun facing different challenges, playing different courses whether it be with my son, some friends or co-ordinating a special corporate day.
I really enjoy seeking out new golf courses to play; and with the internet it is now even easier to find new courses, read customer feedback on the quality of the greens and even the food and service on offer at the nineteenth hole. All this, plus numerous websites listing cheap tee-times including some of the most prestigious golf courses throughout the UK.
From the amateur golfers point of view, things couldn’t be much better. But what’s it like owning or managing a golf course with such competition and high levels of expectation and value for money?
Keeping the greens lush, the bunkers raked and the fairways in order is just one small part of managing a successful golf course. Imagine how a storm or severe winds could affect a golf course. Damage caused by hurricane-strength winds or an overnight flood, falling trees or branches on the course all need to be managed as does vandalism and theft. But as a customer, I am only interested in the golf day experience I have when visiting a club.
Golf club insurance from Aon or other insurance companies, against accidental damage and public liability is as necessary as a top quality groundsman; and managing a course to always hit or exceed high expectations must be a real headache. these reasons alone, I recently decided to carry on enjoying the best game in the world as a customer rather than further exploring the possibility of co-owning a golf course with a friend who is very keen on making golf his livelihood as much as his pastime.
Terry Lane - Monday 16.09.13, 20:09pm
The Successful Golfer: Practical Fixes for the Mental Game of Golf
The Successful Golfer: Practical Fixes for the Mental Game of Golf by Dr. Paul McCarthy and Dr. Marc Jones is designed to help address 50 of the most common faults that golfers experience and which hold them back. These include: hitting the self-destruct button when winning, nervousness on the first tee, lost confidence, failing to ‘practise as you play’, losing focus off poor drives, and many more. Each fault is remedied with a clear practical fix. Readers will learn to develop effective practice plans, build a dependable pre-shot routine, cope with the pressures of competitive golf, and deal with distractions.
In the second part of the book, lessons from 30 fascinating research studies on golf are presented to help keep readers ahead of the field. They include research on putting, practice, choking, and over-thinking. In the third and final part of the book, clear instructions are provided on developing a number of highly effective techniques that can be used across a wide variety of situations. These include: pre-shot routines, breathing exercises, goal setting, and how best to practice.
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Edwin Huxley - Sunday 08.09.13, 17:29pm
Can Golf Clothing Improve Your Game?
Admittedly, no clothing is going to transform you in to Tiger Woods over night, but great golf clothing can most certainly help enhance your game, giving you the extra edge you need when you’re playing with friends. We take a look at the key pieces you need to invest in to help improve your game.
The Importance of Comfort
First of all, you need to be comfortable on the green. The clothes you wear firstly have to fit perfectly so that they do not effect your swing. Being comfortable, relaxed and confident are key components for a great game of golf – and selecting golf clothing that is comfortable and breathable is key. Many top brands such as Galvin Green, Adidas and Nike have a wide range of trousers, polo’s and jackets designed to provide maximum comfort, stretch and breathability on the green.
Perfect Golf Gloves
One key accessory needed for any keen golfer, is a great pair of golfing gloves. Ensure the gloves fit perfectly, and give you right amount of grip. With too much grip, the club will not pivot as you drive through the ball, and without, it could slip from your fingers, leading to a weak, inaccurate shot. As much as the club itself is important, the gloves give you the ability to use that club up to its full potential. In this way, you could say that they are just as important as the clubs themselves!
Not only is comfortable and stable footwear important for walking, stable footing is extremely important to your performance. Professional golfers take their selection of footwear very seriously, and so should you. Your new golf shoes should give you space to wiggle your toes, feel secure yet give you room for your feet to breathe. Golf shoes should be a little tighter than your day to day shoes, as you will need extra support from your whole body when swinging the club – and if your shoes are too loose this can also cause you to slide or loose stability when swinging the club. For high quality, affordable Golf shoes, Adidas and Nike are favourites with many high profile professionals.
Waterproofs and Outerwear
Unless you are playing golf on the greens of Florida or the south of Spain, weather conditions are never certain. That’s why using technical elements such as breathable and insulating fabrics within golf clothing will allow you maintain and movement while staying protected from whatever the weather may have in store. Invest in lightweight base layers and waterproofs to keep you protected, yet still able to move on the green. Golf clothing specialists Galvin Green have a great range of outerwear perfect for staying warm and protected, plus, looking stylish.
Edwin Huxley - Monday 26.08.13, 07:36am
With Lee Westwood still struggling to win the first major of his career at the age of 40, England needs a number of new golf stars. One that looks more than ready to fill the void is 18-year-old Matt Fitzpatrick, who became the first Englishman in 102 years to win the US Amateur Championship on Sunday.
The golf betting market is dominated by names such as Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Rory McIlroy, and it seems like it is time for the English public to have a home-grown player that can scale the heights of the game. It may still be early days for the Sheffield-born Fitzpatrick, but he played with the confidence and swagger in Brookline, Massachusetts, to make history.
The next step for Fitzpatrick is inclusion in the 10-man Great Britain and Ireland team that will have its work cut out to defend the amateurs’ Walker Cup at the National Golf Links of America in New York State next month.
Although a professional career for Fitzpatrick looks certain, the teenager has admitted that he is keeping his feet firmly on the ground and is in no rush to give up his amateur status.
“Obviously things might change,” he admitted after beating Australia’s Oliver Goss 4&3.”
“But I’m pretty sure Dad’s going to have me under control. He certainly didn’t want me to turn pro any time soon and wanted me to get an education first.”
Fitzpatrick may well not be in a rush to turn pro right away, but his golfing education will be coming thick and fast in the next year.
Due to the fact that he finished with the leading amateur’s silver medal at The Open last month, he is set to play in the Masters, the US Open and The Open in 2014, which will be a fantastic experience for the youngster.
England golf fans will hope that Fitzpatrick’s victory in the US Amateur Championship will be the first of many in a career full of accolades.