Archive for March, 2017

Thomas Bjorn made Honorary Captain of The Shire…

Tuesday, March 21st, 2017

Thomas Bjorn - The Shire

Thomas Bjorn accepts invitation to be Honorary Captain at Seve Ballesteros course – The Shire…

Denmark’s most successful golfer, Thomas Bjorn’s stellar career has included 15 wins and 94 top ten finishes to date on the European Tour.

Twice runner-up in The Open Championship, and a three-time Ryder Cup player – always on the winning side – he was appointed Chairman of the European Tour’s Tournament Committee in 2007.

He is a four-time Vice-Captain to the European Ryder Cup team, picked for the role by winning captains Bernhard Langer (2004), Colin Montgomerie (2010) and José-María Olazábal (2012), as well as by great friend Darren Clarke for the 2016 match at Hazeltine, Minnesota.

Thomas Bjorn – What he said…

The 46-year old Dane will represent the golf club, which is located near Barnet in Hertfordshire, as momentum builds towards the 2018 Ryder Cup, due to be held from 28-30 September 2018 at Le Golf National close to Paris, France.

Speaking at The Shire London, Thomas Bjorn said:I am very honoured to have been appointed Honorary Captain and to become an ambassador for The Shire London.

“It is the perfect golfing base for me in the UK with great practice facilities and the fantastic Ballesteros Masters Course. “

“The Club has a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, and the Menai-Davis family are not only great hosts, but they are also passionate supporters of growing the game of golf.”

During his two-year Honorary Captaincy at The Shire London, Thomas Bjorn will each year host a new event, The Thomas Bjorn Trophy, the first of which will take place in September 2017.

He will also use the club’s practice facilities and gym, as well as playing at the club’s spectacular 7,028 yard Ballesteros Masters Course, the UK’s only golf course fully designed by Severiano Ballesteros.

The Shire London, which has no traditional committees or club captains, has become one of the capital city’s most popular golfing venues in the ten years since it opened.

We could not be more proud that Thomas Bjorn is joining us here at The Shire London to make it his home club” said The Shire London’s Tony Menai-Davis.

“It is a huge thrill for all of us connected with the club that such a successful and influential figure from world golf will be representing us for the next two years, and we look forward to seeing him around the club.

“To have the European Ryder Cup Captain based at The Shire London will be incredibly exciting, and like all golf fans we will be backing Thomas all the way as he builds his team in preparation for Paris in 2018. Go Team Europe!

Thomas Bjorn – Ryder Cup Captain 2018…

In 2018 Thomas Bjorn will become the first Dane, and the first Scandinavian to lead Europe when it returns to mainland Europe for the second time at Le Golf National.

The Ryder Cup’s first appearance in mainland Europe also marked Bjørn’s debut as a player in the event, at Valderrama in Spain in 1997, where he went unbeaten for the weekend as Europe secured a thrilling victory.

His Team Captain that year was the charismatic Severiano Ballesteros, designer of the Ballesteros Masters Course at The Shire London. “It means a lot to me that my hero Seve designed the golf course at The Shire London” he said.

“His legacy is everywhere in the world of golf, and with this year being the 20th anniversary of the European victory at Valderrama, which was also my Rookie appearance, the timing could not be more fitting. Being based at Seve’s course will inspire me in the build-up to my own captaincy.”

The Shire London will shortly announce details of The Thomas Bjorn Trophy 2017, which the Dane will personally host, and which will be open to all golfers.

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Discover more about The Shire London at www.theshirelondon.com, and about its sister venue The West London Golf Centre at www.westlondongolfcentre.com.

 

The Business Golfer…

Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

The Business GolferThe Business Golfer –  What Can you Learn From Your Scorecard?

Golf and Business has long been good bed fellows but what can you learn about business from playing golf…

Golf is more than a good metaphor for life or a mirror for a person’s character away from the golf course, it’s a fantastic ‘game’ for learning how we approach getting better at something (or not).

Most of what is talked about are keeping track of the ‘stats’ on our game: Fairways hit, greens in regulation, up and downs, the number of putts etc.

But there’s more to learn from the round, and it’s scorecard. I recently played a Stableford competition. Playing off 15, I was level par after the first 8 holes!

Totalled 23 points and still grossed 39 for the first time on front nine. The back nine was not as brilliant, but a ‘solid’ 15 points leaving a total 38 points which still included two blobs.

It would have been easy to end up disappointed after such a brilliant start but regardless of whether I think about my rounds in the clubhouse,  I have learned its really helpful to review the round fully, within a few hours.

Especially if it hasn’t gone as I would like, but even when it has been a good one. What I found, surprised me…

When I replayed every shot later in my mind to see and record what happened, I noticed a pattern I didn’t see during the game or even straight afterwards.

I knew that several of my tee shots had gone left, but on closer inspection, twelve of my tee shots went right – drawn or straight right (as a left hander) with only two going to the left. Considering I’ve ‘fought’ a fade for years after playing too much cricket, this was a big shift!

When this result is also put into the context of the swing and set up changes I’ve been working on, this was a distinct improvement.

But I wouldn’t have spotted it unless I’d replayed the round later in my head, when I had some time/distance on it, to be able to review it from a helicopter perspective as just a neutral observer.

This has led me to want to experiment a bit more with my ball position at set up to see if this corrects the over left bias that showed up.

The Business Golfer –  The Lesson I’ve Learnt?

I’ve now realised that performing ‘a review’ of the working day in my business life, also leads to better understanding of performance I learn from my mistakes.

I’d encourage you to experiment with a delayed review of your round after a few hours, you might be surprised too. If we are not prepared to change things, I’m reminded of the well-worn phrase…

If you always do what you always did, you’ll always get what you’ve always got!

….Food for Thought?

By Steve Sharpley (Business Coach aka The Business Golfer  ) – Author of Success Is a Mind Game