Archive for May, 2014

EDGA Disabled Championship 2014…

Thursday, May 29th, 2014
EDGA & BALASA Disabled Championships

EDGA & BALASA Disabled Championships 2014

The EDGA Disabled Championship 2014 took place this weekend with the UK disabled golfers of BALASA (British Amputee & Les Autres Sports Association) proving they had the heart to battle amongst the best of Europe when they took on all comers at Belton Woods in Lincolnshire …

Who was involved at the EDGA Disabled Championship 2014?

The EDGA Disabled Championship included a rich diversity of disabled players single & double leg amputees, armed amputees (one-armed golfers), wheelchair (paraplegic golfers), phocomelia and thalidomide. The event, the first EDGA individual disabled championship of its kind ever held in the UK was supported by the R&A, The Douglas Bader Foundation, TheSocialGolfer.com, Titleist , Belton Park Golf Club, Bradshaw Rentals and the De Vere Group.

A field of 72 from more than 10 countries including France, Spain, Sweden, Denmark, The Czech Rep, Belgium and Holland all arrived at the well known Lincolnshire venue on Thursday for the practice day with the prospect of three days of competitive golf before them.

Initially planned as a 54 hole event, sadly the rain stopped play on the second day, and subsequently the event was reduced to a 36 hole event with too many rounds on the Saturday not completed. However, this did not dampen the spirits of the competitors who also all attended a Gala dinner on the Saturday evening which was also attended by BALASA Chairman, Richard Saunders and EDGA, President Tony Bennett.

How they qualify?

The competition is split into four separate categories reflecting the differences in the abilities of the golfers, marked …

Category 1 – H’cap 0 – 4.4 strokeplay

Category 2 – H’cap 4.5 – 11.4 strokeplay

Category 3 – H’cap 11.5 – 18.4 strokeplay

Category 4 – H’cap 18.5 – 26.4 strokeplay

The quality of the golf across the weekend was an inspiration to those that attended and the event was also covered by Sky Sports News giving much needed exposure to the championship.

And the winners?

Well despite a fantastic showing by the Europeans who took the top honours in the overall competition with Stefan Morkholt (Den) winning the men’s and Caroline Larsson (Swe) lifting the ladies trophy.

However, it was the UK golfers who won 4 out of 5 of the categories they competed in…. 

The complete EDGA Disabled Championship 2014 & BALASA Championship results:

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OVERALL RD 1 Rd 2 Total
1st European Individual Champion WINNER Gross Stefan Morkholt Den 69 76 145
1st European Individual Champion WINNER Gross Caroline Larsson Swe 75 81 156
1st BALASA Individual Champion WINNER Gross Kevin Harmison Eng 74 79 153
CATEGORY 1
1st European Individual Champion Cat 1st Gross Stefan Morkholt Den 69 76 145
2nd European Individual Champion Cat 1. Runner-up Gross (c/b) Kevin Harmison Eng 74 79 153
3rd European Individual Champion Cat 1. 3rd Gross 2014 Johan Kammerstad Swe 73 80 153
CATEGORY 2
1st European Individual Champion Cat 2. 1st Gross Mark Smith Eng 78 80 158
2nd European Individual Champion Cat 2. Runner-up Gross Williem Aart Vlug Hol 79 83 162
3rd European Individual Champion Cat 2. 3rd Gross Robert Johnson Eng 83 80 163
CATEGORY 3
1st European Individual Champion Cat 3. 1st Gross Tony Lloyd Eng 86 86 172
2nd European Individual Champion Cat 3. Runner-up Gross Nino Ourabah Fra 90 84 174
3rd European Individual Champion Cat 3. 3rd Gross Bill West Eng 85 91 176
CATEGORY 1-3
1st European Individual Champion WINNER NETT Mark Helm Eng 70 75 145
CATEGORY 4
1st European Individual Champion Stableford WINNER Richard Saunders Eng 34 40 74
2nd European Individual Champion Runner-up Stableford 2014 (c/b) Michal Hosna Cze 27 34 61
3rd European Individual Champion 3rd Stableford 2014 Michael Mc Gowan Eng 29 32 61
HUMAN HANDICAP CATEGORIES
1st European Champion 1st Arm Category Stableford Gross Joakim Bjorkman Swe 59
1st European Champion 1st Leg Category Stableford Gross Stefan Morkholt Swe 73
1st European Champion 1st  Wheelchair Category Stableford Gross Richard Kluwen  Hol 27
1st European Champion 1st Les Autres Category Stableford Gross Johan Kammerstad Swe 58
Ladies
1st European Individual Champion 1st NETT Mette Wegge Lynnggard Den 72 78 150

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And the final word goes to the organisers …

I am thrilled with the response and support we have had for this event. A big thank you to all our supporters, the R&A, EDGA and the many volunteers. This is the first time a tournament such as this has been staged in the UK and it proves what a sparkling array of talent we have within these shores. It has been a superb effort from all the competitors who faced the wind and rain on Saturday and I’d like to thank all our friends from Europe for taking the time to compete in the event. I would also personally like to thank Douglas Herbert (R&A), Peter Coles (European Tour) Tony Curtis & James Wiggins (England Golf)“ – Richard Saunders – Chairman of BALASA and Championship Director

“I’d like to congratulate all the competitors who played in this event, it’s a privilege for us to watch the golfers play the standard of golf they do. I’d also like to thank Richard Saunders, his team and his wife who all worked tirelessly in putting on this Championship, as well as the EDGA team. Golf also requires volunteers and we are grateful to them for their time“ – Tony Bennett – President of EDGA

To find out more about this vital charity visit:  balasa.org or www.edgagolf.com

London Golf Show moves to new venue…

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014
London Golf Show

Visitors at the London Golf Show

The Golf Show Group Limited, organisers of the London and Manchester Golf Shows, are delighted to announce dates for their 2014 London Golf Show along with a brand new venue.

New London Golf Show venue…

The 10th Annual London Golf Show will be from the 14-16 November at Glow, at the heart of Bluewater, Europe’s leading retail and leisure destination, which attracts 27 million visitors a year.

Bluewater was chosen over several well-established exhibition venues due to its great access by car, combined with free parking and regular trains to and from central London .

This will provide our exhibitors and visitors with easy and convenient access to the venue and the show.

What they said …

Glow has been on the radar for a number of years now and their team have worked hard to be able to provide us with the necessary platform to hold what will be a great landmark in the history of our business, the 10th Annual London Golf Show. For the first time at a London Show we can now offer all visitors the opportunity to park for free when they attend the show which in the London & South East area is a difficult thing to achieve. We look forward to working closely with the Glow events team to put on a great show which meets the needs of all of our exhibitors and provides visitors with a great golfing experience.“said Damian Benstead – MD of The Golf Show Group 

We are delighted to be hosting the London Golf Show for its 10th ever show. The Golf Show Group’s selection of Glow over other venues highlights the growing awareness of Glow as the ideal location for organisers seeking the perfect combination of a high quality, flexible space, free parking and excellent accessibility from throughout the South East. Glow’s integration with Bluewater, Europe’s leading retail and leisure destination, also means non-golfers can enjoy the experience too.“said Michael Watton – Venue Director at Glow

Promoting the show to local golfers …

The London Golf Show will benefit from a dedicated package of marketing measures from Glow, across a range of platforms online, social media, print, venue banners and third party promotions.

This further demonstrates great commitment by Glow who will form a key role in the marketing and promotion of the London Golf Show to millions of their visitors.

Visitors to The London Golf Show 2014 will also be able to enjoy Glow’s unparalleled choice of refreshments with over 55 of Bluewater’s bars, cafes and restaurants all in close proximity to the venue and its own dedicated dining Plaza right outside.

Glow is a fully serviced, air-conditioned, versatile events venue, which enjoys easy access by road from the M25/A2 and by rail with frequent trains to and from central London.

For more information about the London Golf Show please contact:

Dominic McMullan, Marketing Manager of The Golf Show Group on 01732 836 100 or email dom@golfshowco.com

Melissa Saunders, Marketing Manager of Glow, Bluewater on 01322 374193 or email Melissa.Saunders@lendlease.com

Yorkshire Golf & Business Festival…

Friday, May 23rd, 2014
Moor Allerton Golf Club

Moor Allerton Golf Club

This weekend sees the first Yorkshire Golf & Business Festival, which will take place at Moor Allerton Golf Club from 25 – 27 May.

The Festival includes a Tour Pro – Celebrity amateur golf event featuring Geoffrey Boycott, Paul Hudson and Peter Lorimer.

Alongside, past Ryder cup player Paul Broadhurst and young star female golfer Holly Clyburn, who is flying into Yorkshire after defending her Dutch open championship title in Holland this weekend.

Yorkshire Golf & Business Festival – What’s going on?

The weekend will also be packed full of fun for all the family from talking business to receiving informed advice from all the PGA Professionals, Indoor and Outdoor Driving Ranges, Custom Club fitting, Club Testing, Simulators and Golf Gadgets.

There will also be a licenced bar and an abundance of catering options with a soft play area for the younger children, as well as chance to pick up some tips from the Leeds United Foundation Soccer Skills Coaching staff.

Proceedings will tee off with a showcase reception and black tie dinner at the Queens Hotel, hosted by Lord Mayor of Leeds, Tom Murray on the evening of Sunday 25 May.

On Sunday 25, Monday 26 and Tuesday 27 there will be an exhibition featuring golfing products and Yorkshire suppliers at Moor Allertonn Golf Club along with a programme of family events, and guest speakers from the worlds of business and sport.

Yorkshire Golf & Business Festival – Who’s Exhibiting?

Exhibitors include Nike, Leeds Business Incubation Centres, Park Lane Enterprise Centre and National Club Golfer, Social Yorkshire, JW Golf, Golf Solutions and Hayes Catering.

Speakers will include Trick-Shot golfing legend and PGA coach Jeremy Dale, Yorkshire businessman, founder of charity Global Promise and Chief Executive of Bradford-based Global Synergy Solutions Zulfi Hussain MBE.

In addition, Managing Director of Leeds-based Exquisite Cakes, Viv Parry, and Yorkshire social media trainer Sarah Allison.

Yorkshire Golf & Business Festival – The Club…

Moor Allerton Golf Club has a history of generous fund raising for charity.

Since its incorporation in 1923 the club and its members have always recognised the need to support deserving charities.

After 90 successful years and in view of the club’s history and the charity work of its members the idea of creating a Charitable Foundation was born to take a more strategic view of the club`s charity work.

The Foundation has been created to support mainly local, Yorkshire based charities, who work with others who are less fortunate in our society.

These will essentially be smaller charities, particularly those working with children the elderly or health sectors.

We believe this is the area where our contribution can make the most significant difference.

Paul Collins, Director of Sales and Marketing for Moor Allerton Golf Club said“We are really proud to be hosting the UK’s first ever Golf and Business Festival – this is a completely unique event which we hope will bring together some of Yorkshire’s finest businesses with high profile sports people and celebrities in a beautiful setting. We hope to ‘tee up’ some new opportunities for all involved, as well as to raise money for some really great local causes.”

All proceeds from Yorkshire Golf & Business Festiva will be donated to a range of charities including Yorkshire Air Ambulance, The Golf Foundation, Simon on the Streets, St. Gemma’s Hospice and the Leeds United Foundation.

For further information visit the Yorkshire Golf & Business Festival – Visit Here

The BMW Championship 2014 – Wentworth

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014
BMW Wentworth

BMW Wentworth – Rory McIlroy

This week the BMW Championship returns to the UK with the prestigious of the European Tour taking place at Wentworth over the next four days.

The BMW Championship is one of the flagship golfing events in the UK, second only to The Open in its ability to draw the great and the good in the sport.

There will be many familiar faces returning to our shores including Luke Donald, Rory McIlroy, Sergio Garcia and newly crowned Spanish Open Champion Miguel Angel Jimenez and our very own Ian Poulter.

Anniversaries at the BMW Championship at Wentworth …

Celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2014, the Wentworth event also celebrates its 10 year anniversary with sponsor BMW.

As such, many of the past winners of the famous trophy attended a unique photo-call with veteran BBC golf commentator Peter Alliss (who played in the inaugural PGA Championship in 1955 and later winning three times in 1957, 1962 and 1965) being  joined by fellow PGA Champions Bernard Gallacher (1969), Neil Coles (1976), Paul Way (1985), José María Olazábal (1994), David Howell (2006), Luke Donald (2011, 2012) and defending champion Matteo Manassero (2013).

So who will triumph on the West Course?

The course is a real draw for the purists and with its many redesigns over the last few years – most notably, the ever changing 18th – and having had the pleasure of playing at the course only a few weeks ago, I can see why.

The course is long… 7,281 yards off the BMW Championship tees!! However, it’s the greens that really catch out event the best of putters, so I don’t expect to see Westwood on leaderboard by the end of the weekend (sorry Lee!).

Early odds, would suggest that Rory is once again the favourite but will his mind be elsewhere having just broken off his engagement to the tennis player Caroline Wozniacki?

Alongside him as favourites stand the reigning US Open Champion Justin Rose and the former previously mentioned former World No.1 Lee Westwood …

The Top 10 runner and riders (courtesy of William Hill 21/5/14) …

Rory McIlroy – 12/1

Justin Rose – 12/1

Lee Westwood – 12/1

Luke Donald – 16/1

Sergio Garcia – 20/1

Henrik Stenson – 22/1

Francesco Molinari – 22/1

Martin Kaymer – 25/1

Charl Schwartzel – 33/1

Miguel Angel Jimenez – 35/1


It’s the Golfing Season’s starting gun …

Traditionally the US Masters is seen as the event to launch the golfing season but here in Blighty, it’s the BMW Championship that really sounds the starting gun for all of us amateurs to get out and hit the courses.

So expect to be fighting for tee times at your local course of the next few weeks, as we all try to replicate what we have seen on the TV over the next few days!!

By Ian Mullins

Golf legend wants more defibrillators…

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014
Bernard Gallacher

Bernard Gallacher

After former golfing legend and TV pundit Bernard Gallacher survived a cardiac arrest last year, the theme of golf and defibrillators has been pushed into the spotlight, we hope that people have taken note of the facts and act now as it could save lives.

Why is golf a vulnerable sport when it comes to Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA)?

You only have to look at the facts and figures to see that golf as a sport is one of the most vulnerable activities when it comes to heart-related problems due to the nature of the game, the demographics, and the amount of time players spend on a course.

In the UK, according to golfolution.com , about 12% of the adult population play golf (5.8 million), 7% of which play regularly (3.4 million)

Whilst elsewhere it has been reported that golfers spend an average of 4-6 hours a day on the golf course. US AED (Automated External Defibrillator) distributor Zoll Medical say the average age of an SCA victim is about 65 years old, whilst 62% of golfers in the UK are aged 35+.

Therefore, it stands to reason that golfers are at a high risk just by the numbers.

The average time of day for someone to have a heart attack is between 6-11am, which is when golfers usually take to the course for their morning round.

Around 4 million people attend golf clubs each year whilst only a third of clubs have a defibrillator on site.

This is something which must change to ensure the safety of ALL golfers who are out on the fairway.

Why should golf clubs prioritise defibrillators?

Given the demographics of their members and the facts on SCA, it is imperative that golf and country clubs make having a defibrillator on site – their top priority.

If a defibrillator is used within three to five minutes after a cardiac arrest, the chance of survival is increased from 6% to 74% whilst if effective CPR is provided immediately after an SCA it can double a victim’s chance of survival.

Ambulance response times to cardiac incidents is approximately 8-14 minutes.

However if there is an incident way out on the 10th hole of a golf course, it is going to take significantly longer for paramedics to reach a cardiac arrest victim.

It is vital that all golf courses invest in a defibrillator for this very reason alone.

How Bernard Gallacher’s life was saved?

In Bernard Gallacher’s case, it is a remarkable story of being in the right place at the right time, if that’s the best way to phrase it, for having a cardiac arrest.

Gallacher suffered an SCA at the Marcliffe Hotel in Aberdeen, Scotland and three nurses at the hotel saved his life with a defibrillator.

The former Ryder Cup captain, 64, was attending a corporate dinner event and was to deliver an after-dinner speech when the incident occurred.

Thanks to the quick thinking of the nurses at the event, they were able to save his life and Gallacher made a full recovery with no lasting effects.

The immediate action and shock of a defibrillator was crucial in the outcome of Bernard’s survival.

It is because of this that Bernard and his family have decided to launch a defibrillator campaign and will be championing to have defibrillators accessible at golf courses throughout the UK.

The health benefits of regular golf …

Golf’s powerful combination of stress-busting exercise, fresh air and camaraderie can help promote long term heart health’ – getintogolf.org

Playing regular golf has excellent benefits to you and your heart health, it can reduce blood pressure and cholesterol and reduces your chances of suffering from stroke and diabetes.

The amount of walking undertook whilst playing a round of golf is extremely healthy.

An 18-hole game could be burning up to 900 calories as the combined walking, toning, muscle strengthening and the carrying or pulling of your golf bags whilst you also could be walking around five to six miles.

The Department of Health recommends that we should be doing around 150 minutes of exercise throughout the week to keep your heart healthy and your muscles strong.

This can of course include walking, and that to truly work your heart you should be walking at a pace that brings out a mild sweat at least. Golf is the perfect way to attain those 150 minutes a week of moderate exercise to help strengthen your heart.

So why not take a look at the nearest golf course to you, using The Social Golfer, the unique golf course guide is written by golfers, for golfers and will help you locate your nearest course no matter where you are in the world.

Whilst you’re there, you could also join in golf discussions, find your nearest golfing events, check out exclusive offers and if you become a member, join in the monthly leaderboard.

Unfortunately, an SCA can strike at any time and can be unexpected, therefore, it is vital that golf clubs have a defibrillator on site as quite literally, every minute counts.

Especially when some golf courses can become quite remote and the journey time for help can be quite long, which is not what’s needed should a cardiac event occur.

Now it’s just about making sure that all golfers are ‘heart safe’ for peace of mind of all when taking on early morning round of 18!

Friends of The Social Golfer…

Monday, May 19th, 2014

TheSocialGolfer.comWelcome to our The Social Golfer page where we let you know about great companies and websites that can benefit your golfing life. We call them ‘Friends of The Social Golfer’ or as those that know us well, ‘Friends of TSG’ …

We call them ‘Friends of The Social Golfer’ or as those that know us well, ‘Friends of TSG’

Friends of The Social Golfer – Travel…

Click2Mojacar – Golfing breaks and holidays to Almeria and Murcia Spain, Discount green fees and tee-off time booking – www.click2mojacar.co.uk

bogor golf toursBogor Golf Tours – Specialist Indonesia Golf Tour Operator – Play golf on six of the top Indonesia International standard golf courses, all within a one hour drive from your hotel – www.bogorgolftours.com

Golf Escapes – Official Partners of The Social Golfer – Experts in golf travel  – www.golf-escapes.com

 

Friends of The Social Golfer – Events, Tours  & Trophies…

Trophies & Medals.com – Trophies, medals, neck ribbons, shields, plaques and glass & crystal awards and free delivery on orders over £100- www.trophiesandmedals.com

Golf Empire – Search over 10,000 amateur open golf competitions at more than 1,500 golf clubs… all on one website – www.GolfEmpire.co.uk

 

Friends of The Social Golfer – Equipment & Clothing…

Portable Golf Solutions – Own a proven portable golf business, now expanding worldwide – www.portablegolfsolutions.com

Gorgeous Golfer – A vibrant selection of stylish ladies and gents golf wear and accessories, for you to look gorgeous in!  –  www.gorgeousgolfer.co.uk

SPRINT6GOLF – is the new quick golf format that allows golfers to play in just an hour – www.sprint6golf.com

 

Friends of The Social Golfer – Tuition…

Golf Putting Lines Ebook – Breaking putts made easy – www.puttinglines.com

Golf Lessons & Tuition – The James Andrews School with 10 PGA pros, 2 video swing analysis suites and 2 golf courses free to students – www.jamesandrewsgolfschool.co.uk

Residential Golf School – Based in historic 1066 country, the James Andrews School of Golf was voted the UK’s leading residential golf school by Today’s Golfer – www.golfschool.co.uk

Golf Guide for Beginners –  Helpful guide for beginners to get started in golf and for intermediate golfers to improve their game  www.golfguideforbeginners.com

 

Friends of The Social Golfer – Golf News…

YourCaddy Magazine – Your Game, Your Golf, Your Caddy – www.yourcaddy.co.uk

Golf Blogger – Golf blog and golf news – www.golfblogger.co.uk

Golf Assessor – Providing independent golf equipment reviews & comparisons. www.golfassessor.com

LadsGolf.comLadsgolf.com – We bring you all the top news, reviews and banter from the world of golf as well as our own branded golf gear. The ‘Lads Golf‘ brand is aimed at the everyday golfer who enjoys the social side of this wonderful game – www.ladsgolf.com

Women & Golf Magazine – News, Fashion, Equipment, Travel & Lifestyle Magazine – www.womenandgolf.com

 

Friends of The Social Golfer – Other Golf Media…

Photvalet.com – Beautiful Golf Images in the USA – www.photovalet.com

2-fore!-1 – 2 for 1 golf discount vouchers – save 50% on 700 golf courses in the UK with 2fore!1 – www.2fore1.co.uk

Golf Deals Group – Save up to 80% of Green Fees & Much More – www.golfdealsgroup.co.uk

Golf Market – The Retail Revolution is here. New & Pre Owned Equipment at the best prices – www.golfmarket.co.uk/estore

 

Friends of The Social Golfer – Golf’s Governing Bodies/Associations…

European Disabled Golf Associationwww.edgagolf.com

Disabled Golf Association – PAN disability organisation – www.disabledgolf.org.uk

World Golf AwardsWorld Golf Awards™ – serves to celebrate and reward excellence in golf tourism through our annual awards programme –  www.worldgolfawards.com

 

 

More Friends of The Social Golfer…

Media/Marketing

Glenn Watts – Experienced .Net Developer and all round good egg – iWantaDeveloper.co.uk

AD Driver – Golf Advertising Network reaching over 200k golfers a month – www.addriver.co.uk

 

Personal

Roger Hurcombe – Disabled Golfer and all round good egg – www.rogerhurcombegolf.weebly.com

Ian Halliwell – Stroke Victim, Charity Fundraiser and all round Golf Nut – www.thesocialgolfer.net

Ian Halliwell – My Golfing Travel Journal from Wigan to the World and back – www.thesocialgolfer.blogspot.com

AmateurGolfNet – An amateur golfer’s personal narrative of his golfing experiences. – www.amateurgolfnet.co.uk

The Kirstie Charity – TSG member Gary Wilson fund raising for Cancer Research – www.kirstiecharity.com

 

 

Happy Golfing!

 

Ian & The Social Golfer Team

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TSG Masters – The Winners Interview …

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014
The Social Golfers

TSGers as they await their tee off ..

The TSG Masters started with a warm welcome from Ian & The TSG Team, which included a no. of freebies including ball markers, discount vouchers and a FREE lesson for all who attended. The venue,

The venue, Warley Park GC, was fantastic, the course in great condition, the weather at its best providing us with the most superb views of the surrounding Essex countryside.

The TSG Masters  – How they qualified?

Many players qualified from the monthly leaderboard with the remaining spaces snapped up via the ballot. All 40 places were taken up, with no one wishing to miss out on the first TSG ‘Major’ of the year.

This made for an exciting competition and while some TSGers were familiar with the new course layout, most were totally alien to it. We played the Childerditch and the Warley ‘1 to 9’ loop, two very different layouts offering their own challenges, the latter including some superb water features.

The TSG Masters  – The Winners…

Our inaugural winner, Matt Taylor (Kent) scored a fantastic 38 Pts off his 12 h’cap with Andy Flynn 2nd (Essex – 37 Pts) and 3rd Damian Benstead (Sussex – 34 Pts).

We also competed for 2 x Nearest Pins and a ‘Straightest Drive’. Winners on the day included popular TSGers, Dave Allchorne, Judy Lilley, Andy Attard with Ben Fykin taking the Par 3 trophy.

However, we’ll leave the final words to our new TSG Masters Champion…

The venue was a great choice and I’m sure everyone would agree a real challenge, those greens were fast! The views all around the course are worth the visit alone and I’m very much looking forward to returning with the very generous TSG four ball prize. All the little TSG touches made it feel really special on the day right from the welcome banner outside to the free gifts. My playing partners on the day were a pleasure to play with and it was great to meet all the new (to me) and old TSG faces after the round…. TSG epitomises the spirit of the game of golf and it’s great to know that whenever I play with someone new through the site, they’ll be like minded and great company. I must thank you all so much for making it the golfing day of my life and I can’t wait to see everyone again for the next TSG event at Bletchingley!“.

To view the photos of the day, click here: TSG Masters 2014 in pictures…

by Brigitte Lockwood

Ladies European Tour stars join Leaderboard…

Thursday, May 8th, 2014
Ladies European Tour

Ladies European Tour stars – Trish Johnson and Becky Brewerton – join leaderboard group

The Leaderboard Group owners of fine golf courses in the South of England are very happy to announce the recent signing of Ladies European Tourr professionals as brand ambassadors for the golf and leisure group.

Ladies European Tour – The Players…

Johnson who has claimed 22 career wins and Brewerton’s 47 top ten career finishes, including a win at Chart Hills, brings a wealth of expertise to the brand. 

The portfolio comprising of venues such as The Oxfordshire, Chart Hills, Dale Hill and Sandford Springs will see the partnership further Leaderboards’ development and focus on ladies golf.

Ladies European Tour – 7 day flexi -membership …

The timing of the signing coincides with the groups’ recent launch of 7 Day Flexi-Membership across the range of venues, piloted at The Oxfordshire in 2013, which was a great success with membership numbers increasing by over 25%. 

The LET stars will conduct Master Class Days at each of the centres for members and guests, as well as video tips, tutorials and interviews for LeaderboardTV, the groups YouTube channel. 

The partnership will also see both Johnson and Brewerton represent Leaderboard Golf on their schedule of 22 tour events for the 2014 season.

Seven Day Flexi-Membership is an innovative credit based membership, giving golfers the flexibility to play when they want with all the benefits of full golf membership. 

With packages start from £495 at each venue there’s never been a better time to get into golf

Manchester Golf Show – 2014

Thursday, May 8th, 2014
Manchester Golfers

Manchester Golfers

Last weekend saw the Manchester Golf Show take place at Event City at the Trafford Centre.

The event was the second year it had been held in the sports-mad city and golfers came from far and wide.

Last year’s show was attended by over 9k people , so we were keen to see what was on offer at this year’s show …

Manchester Golf Show –  What was going on?

The event, which is the only dedicated golf exhibition in the North West, offers visitors the opportunity to try and buy the latest golf equipment from the leading brands in the game, find new courses to play, as well as destinations to visit.

Plus you can also get valuable Professional tips on the game from putting to driving. The show was  supported  Retail Partner ‘Express Golf’ who had  a well stocked shop with some great offers, including everything from gloves and golf balls to the latest drivers and power trolleys.

We here at TSG visited the show on Saturday the 26th April and was very impressed with some of the brands on show.

Manchester Golf Show – What we liked?

Brands that particularly stood out were innovative golf shoe brand Biion, new golf fashion clothing brand Taylor Grey, our old friends premium golf accessories Groovefix and the next big thing in golf trolleys  golfskatecaddy, although the latter would be better described as a ‘boys toy’.

We must also pay lip service to the defibrillator shop (but we’ll be telling you more about this in another post).

For more info on the show and more images, visit: www.golfshowmanchester.co.uk