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The TSG OPEN Championship 2015 – The Winners…

Saturday, July 18th, 2015

TSG OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP

TheSocialGolfer.com, the online social networking community for golfers celebrated its annual TSG OPEN Championship (in association with londongolfshow.com) at Bletchingley Golf Club in Surrey on 11th July 2015….

Celebrating its 5th year, the now much coveted Halliwell Cup (donated by stroke victim Ian Halliwell) was won by Harlow & Essex based TSG member Steve Slater, with the Ladies Trophy won by Blackheath & Kent member Judy Lilley.

The TSG OPEN Championship 2015…

The day was attended by over 40+ able-bodied and disabled golfers from all over the South East of England and from as far away as Poland and New Zealand. The winners on the day also donated all the monies raised on the day to their two selected charities; Grangewaters Outdoor Education Centre, providing activity-based ‘fun’ for 8-16yr olds in Essex and Bromley Sparks, a self-advocacy group run by people in Kent with a learning difficulties.

TSG OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP

The silverware…

The tournament began with the usual briefing and course orientation but as well as the individual Stableford competition; there was a Yellow Ball event, Straightest Drive, 2 x Nearest Pins, Beat The Pro, a Putting Comp and Team Event. The event was sponsored by the London Golf Show.

The day’s events continued into the early evening with a dinner and raffle and we are very grateful to Alan Haywood and Steve Slater for their help on the day. Of course, we must also thank Anna Guss and Brigitte Lockwood for their wonderful donation of a day with them at Wentworth.

What our winners said;

Just a brief note to thank the guys at Bletchingley for taking good care of the TSGers again. Always made to feel welcome here, hospitality always top notch.  In the words of Steve Cookson the Head Pro, greens were ‘sporty’, is a bit of an understatement and proved much more of a challenge than usual. Dry and hard – good for long drives, not quite so good for short putts – Congratulations to winners in all categories!” Men’s winner – Steve Slater

“Heartfelt thanks to The Social Golfer for a wonderful day and all the organisation and time put into making it such a success…many thanks to Bletchingley for their hospitality and to Beat The Pro Ben for a cheery welcome and showing most of us how it should be done. I would like to nominate Bromley Sparks as my chosen charity. They are small and every little helps. I know they will be so grateful for the donation….hope to see a good turnout at the TSG Par 3 Championship at Pedham Place in August –  Bring it on!” Ladies winner – Judy Lilley

TSG OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP

Some of the Winners…

The other results off 3/4 Handicap:

Mens – 2nd – Martyn Miller – 27 Pts, 3rd – Roger Hurcombe – 24 Pts

Ladies – 2nd – Ruth Brand – 24 Pts

Guest Trophy – John Benstead – 27 Pts

Other winners on the day included:

Nearest Pin – Barry Hill

Nearest Pin 2nd shot – No winners

Straightest Drive – Anna Guss

Putting Champion – Tom Hurcombe

Yellow Ball Comp – Steve Duffy, Martyn Miller & Judy Lilley

Team Event – Steve Duffy, Martyn Miller & Judy Lilley

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Other comments regarding the day included:

Ian Mullins, Managing Director of TheSocialGolfer.com said;“The event is now well established and whilst it wasn’t intended, Bletchingley is fast becoming the Augusta of the TSG OPEN Championship. As always we were hugely impressed with the way the club supported the event. It is key that we do we can also raise the profile of disabled golfers and this is the TSGers doing their little bit for the cause!”

“Would like to echo what Steve has said. It was a great day, well organised and thoroughly enjoyable. The course was very nice with some challenging greens which we were all tested on. Thanks Ian for organising this and I look forward to entering many more of these days and meeting up with the fabulous TSG members…..” – Martyn ‘Speedy’ Miller

“The  sunniest TSG OPEN Championship yet, the most challenging greens, a great crowd, an excellent organisation from Mr Mullins and as always a most pleasant welcome from Bletchingley staff. Lovely to see some new faces (and not so new), some friendly guests and a record attendance from TSG Ladies. Warm congratulations to the worthy winners, thank you to all those who contributed to making this a great day to remember. Vive Le TSG!”  – Brigitte Lockwood

“What a special event it was! Beautiful sunny weather, great crowd, great company for the game, good money raised for charities. And all very well organised….THANK YOU VERY MUCH 🙂 Congratulations to all the winners especially to Judy and Steve. Well done guys. See you all again next year!” – Anna Guss

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By Ian Mullins

TheSocialGolfer.com – Golfers Survey 2015…

Monday, June 15th, 2015

In January, we issued the TSG Golfers Survey questionnaire (sponsored by www.www.GolfGear247.co.uk), asking you to give us your views on the website, what we were getting right and what we were getting wrong. Your thoughts on how we can improve and your opinions on the golf industry as a whole.

We are very grateful to all those that took part, there were more than 130 respondents, 71% PRO members and 29% FREE members. 90% were male golfers with 10% of views coming from the ladies.

TSG Golfers Survey - Regions

TSG Golfers Survey – Regions

TheSocialGolfer.com Golfers Survey – The Numbers….

Ok, lets start with the basics and the demographics of TSG:

– 84% of members are over 45

– 55% live in London or the South, 15% in the East, 7% in North West, 5.4% in the Midlands

– 56% of you have been playing for 5 years or more, 19% 1-4 years and 20% can’t remember!

– Over 67% of you play once a week or more!

– 63% of you DON’T belong to a golf club

– 64% DON’T belong to a golf society

TheSocialGolfer.com Golfers Survey – Your Game….

Nearly half claimed that ‘Time’ was the biggest factor to you playing more but the weather also plays a big part in things, with over 20% saying it affected them playing more often.

– 3 out of 10 of you play off a handicap of 10-18

– 4 out 10 of you are playing off a handicap of between 19-24

– Only 9% of you have a Handicap below 10

TSGers Preferred Golf Ball

TSGers Preferred Golf Ball

TheSocialGolfer.com Golfers Survey – The Brands….

The most popular make of clubs within the TSG community was Callaway with 16.8%, closely followed by Ping with 16.4%, once again closely followed by TaylorMade.

– Fourth was Cobra, fifth was Mizuno and the rest was spread across a plethora of brands

When it came to choosing your golf balls, Srixon (25%) and Titleist (24%) were the clear favourites making up nearly half the survey results. However, Callaway put up a fight with 11% of you preferring this ball.

However, most amusing was that over 10% played with whatever was in your bag!!

TheSocialGolfer.com Golfers Survey – Travel….

With more and more golfers looking to take advantage of both cheaper air travel and an influx of golf travel operators entering the market, many of you are now taking more of your golfers currency further afield but just how often are you taking time out to take a golf trip?

– 38% of you are now taking a golf break each year

– 27% of you are taking 2 or more trips a year

TheSocialGolfer.com Golfers Survey – Media….

Whilst we are always working hard to grow the community on your behalf, its interesting to see how loyal members are and whether they visit any other websites?

– 77% of you have been a TSGer for a year or more

– 84% of don’t belong to any other golf community

– 9 out of 10 members use social media

– 37% of you have a facebook account, 19% use LinkedIn,  18% use Twitter, 7% G+, 5% use instagram

Golfers Survey - How are your treated by Golf Clubs

How are your treated by Golf Clubs?

TheSocialGolfer.com Golfers Survey – Golf Clubs….

We asked you a number of questions in our Golfers Survey about your views on golf Clubs and the golf industry as a whole. When asked why you wouldn’t join a golf club?

– 30% of you said you like playing different courses

– 38% of said there was no need as you play ‘society/social’ golf

– Over 16% of you said golf club membership was too expensive

Asked what would MAKE you join a golf club?

– 18% said to play in competitions and another 18% said to play close to home

– 15% said improved flexible membership options

– Only 15% commented to access a CONGU handicap certificate

– Finally, 12% of you said if there was a good social calender!

However, most importantly we asked you how you were treated by Golf Clubs as either non-members or Pay ‘n Players, as you went around the county.

– The good news is that over 40% of TSGers said they were treated ‘quite well’

– However, another 40% could only muster an’OK’

Most worryingly, 3% of you said you were treated ‘badly or very ‘badly’ by clubs – who are these clubs we wonder. In a age of ‘customer reviews’ and ‘testimonials’, why would any club treat visitors poorly!

Golfers Survey - How do you rate the atmosphere with TSG

How do you rate the atmosphere within TSG?

TheSocialGolfer.com Golfers Survey – TSG….

Here’s the bit we were worried about, but we should never have had such reservations. Not only did you give us here at TSG HQ a glowing report, you also were prepared to be quoted.

– More than 60% felt TSG was a place to meet new golfers and organise your golf

– 21% saw us a place to share your passion and improve your golf

– 17% saw us as place to keep scores and read course reviews

– 86% of you felt the cost of being a Pro members was fair or superb value

There was no one area of the site that was used anymore than another with the Handicap Tracker, Course Reviews and the Games Calender the most popular. More stats:

– Over 50% of you ‘claim’ to have posted a game but 34% said there were plenty anyway but surprising over 15% of you ‘didn’t know you could’. However, 6% were honest enough to admit, you were ‘Too shy’.

– Nearly 6 out of 10 have used the Handicap tracker (What are the other 4 doing it?!)

– But again 17% ‘didn’t know you could’

– 8/10 of you rated monthly Newsletter as Interesting, Valuable or that you ‘Loved it!’

– However, more than 50% said they hadn’t read the TSG Newsblog or more worryingly, didn’t know there was one. Lets hope the fact we have now added this to the front page and the Members page this will now change.

TheSocialGolfer.com Golfers Survey – And finally….

We invited you to tell us how YOU would describe TSG to your friends:

– Overwhelmingly 91% of you described the site as ‘Friendly’, ‘Welcoming’ and ‘Good Fun’. Which is very humbling.

70% gave us a scored of 8/10 or better.

We are very grateful to everyone that took the time to give us there views. We are very pleased that you gave us such a high overall approval rating but we also note there is still room to improve the service we provide.

However, we’ll leave the final say to you the members:

“Place to meet different people, play different courses – a must for all golfers!”

“An ideal way to meet new people, play different courses and enjoy more golf”

“A great place to socialise, meet new people in a non-cliquey environment”

“A well organised and friendly way to join or organise golf games especially for non club members”

“A friendly golfing hub”

“As far as I am aware there is nothing else like it!!”

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By Ian Mullins

 

Disabled golfer wins TSG Masters at Warley Park GC…

Thursday, May 14th, 2015
Disabled golfer wins TSG Masters at Warley Park, Essex

The TSG Masters at Warley Park, Essex

TheSocialGolfer.com, celebrated its 2nd annual TSG Masters Championship (in association with GolfGear247.co.uk) at Warley Park Golf Club on 3rd May 2015…..

Golfers from all over the South East of England and from as far away as Lancashire gathered at the Essex based club, all hoping to be TSG Masters Champion golfer…

How they qualified for The TSG Masters?

The members of the online social network had all qualified via a number of different means, some via the website’s monthly leaderboard, some via other TSG Major events with the remaining spaces snapped up via the ballot and/or by special invitation 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 course layout, most were totally alien to it. The field ranging from 11 handicappers to 27, played the Childerditch and the Warley ’10 to 18′ loop, two very different layouts offering their own challenges, the latter including the superb 18th Par 3 signature hole.

Disabled golfer wins TSG Masters at Warley Park, Essex

TheSocialGolfer.com Masters

Disabled golfer wins TSG Masters…

The event was won by well known disabled golfer Richard Saunders, who has been a great advocate of the site since its ‘official’ launch in 2010.  After 18 holes, Saunders (based in Essex) scored a fantastic 44 Pts off his 20 handicap with Judy Lilley 2nd (Kent – 39 Pts) and 3rd Tuan Nguyen (Kent – 35 Pts).

There was also some fun to be had with 2 x Nearest Pins and a ‘Straightest Drive’ keeping the day alive for those that were not troubling the leaderboard and a Par 3 Competition to add to the drama on the day. Other winners on the day included popular ‘TSGers’, Lee Benson (Herts), Paul Thorne (Essex), Matt Sutton (Kent) with Richard Saunders adding the Par 3 trophy to his haul.

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

Disabled golfer wins TSG Masters at Warley Park, Essex

Richard Saunders – TSG Masters Champion 2015

This is the second TSG Masters that I have attended and I thoroughly enjoyed the event… It’s a great opportunity for the members of the TSG to get together and enjoy the camaraderie that exists between them. I would like to thank Warley Park Golf Club and their members for allowing us to play in what is a very tight and demanding golf course – where straight drives and correct club selection is most important to small undulating greens. I had one of those days were everything went right. The Social Golfer continues to raise the profile for disabled golfers in conjunction with BALASA, the national disabled golfing charity and the funds they raise helps BALASA members to have buggies at their National Championships, their support is very much appreciated.” 

Kevin Smith, Director of Golf at the venue said – “We were delighted to host the TSG Masters event for the second consecutive year. The TSG members are always very respectful to us and our members and they always compliment us on the condition and layout of the course. We are even more pleased a disabled golfer wins TSG Masters this year. We are equally delighted to be on the roster for their events and look forward to them returning to the club again 2016!”

THE PHOTOS

By Ian Mullins

The Social Golfer wins GOLD Award at Essex Digital Awards…

Friday, May 1st, 2015

It was a balmy spring evening at Colchester United Football Stadium, where the great and the good from Media and Marketing throughout Essex and the South East gathered for an evening of entertainment and networking….

AND despite stiff competition The Social Golfer competed with websites from across all genres and won the Gold Award accolade in the SPORT & ENTERTAINMENT category!!

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The Social Golfer wins Gold Award at Essex Digital Awards

The Social Golfer wins Gold Award at Essex Digital Awards

What are the Essex Digital Awards…

Now in their second year, the Essex Digital Awards(EDAs) look to reward innovation and progressive thinking by businesses across the county.

Previous winners span several industries and range from individuals to national companies, but all have at the core of their entry a desire to use digital media as a means to achieve greater things for their business.

The EDA’s are backed by a range of Essex-based companies including Volvo Colchester, Freelance SEO Essex, Essex Chambers of Commerce and Northcliffe Newspapers’, Essex Chronicle.

What is The Social Golfer?

Since its official launch in 2010, the community focused website (run by Essex based Marketing Consultant – Ian Mullins) has firmly established itself as one of the most used golfing websites in the south east and the UK.

The fast growing online golfing community is a place where you can make new friends, join local golf games, run local golf societies and local golf groups, join in chat and forum discussions, track your scores, establish a Handicap (using both UK calculation and USGA calculation formats) and study your progress using our unique game analysis tools.

You can also download your own official TSG Handicap Certificate (UK or USGA).

The Social Golfer system allows you to track your golf handicap after every game and lets you compare your golf stats with your golfing friends/buddies/mates and compete in our monthly TSG league table.

You can also upload your golfing photographs, share golf videos and catch up on BBC Golf News feeds for free and take advantage of our member green fee offers.

In addition, TheSocialGolfer.com lets you locate, read, review and rate over 25,000 local and worldwide golf courses and gather golf club information free of charge; such as green fees, scorecard details, Google maps and contact numbers!

The site currently has over 4,500 registered users in the UK and 8,500+ worldwide.

Essex Digital Awards - Gold Winners

Essex Digital Awards – Gold Winners

The Social Golfer wins Gold Award….Why?

The site has grown steadily over the five years since its official launch and reached its first million hits within a calendar year in 2014…

– Awarded Microsoft Bizspark ‘Start-up of the day’ in 2010

– The site was in profit in its second year and now has ambitions to become the biggest golf club in the UK even though it doesn’t own a golf course

– The site is currently generating approx. 80-100k page impressions a month and continues to grow with 32% of site traffic coming from new visitors

– It has over 1600+ Twitter followers and the Facebook page has 450+ Likes

– The site’s Twitter page is in the Top25 influencers for golf on Twitter

– In 2014, the site moved approx 900,000 places in the global ranking from the 1.8 millionth most visited websites to 900,278. In addition, its UK ranking has moved from 129,824 in Dec 2013 to 42,581 in Dec 2014

The Social Golfer wins Gold Award….how?

In this five year period, The TSG team have also established partnerships with many major local, national and international brands including, Your Golf Travel, London and Manchester Golf Shows, GolfPunk Magazine, Alamo Car Hire, Online Tee Times, Trophies&Medals.com and with over 22 clubs in Essex and the surrounding counties. They include: Woolston Manor GC, Warley Park GC and South Essex GC

In March 2014, the site was short-listed to be an official England Golf partner.

In the summer of 2014, the site launched its first ‘above the line’ marketing campaign on talkSPORT (London) and talkSPORT.com and Ian himself has written articles and featured in Essex Golfer Magazine and on local Essex Radio promoting golf a a sport and the website.

The team also recently agreed a deal with Group M (The largest advertising agency network in the world owned by Sir Martin Sorrell) to supply advertising inventory to their clients which include Direct Line, RBS and Sony in 2015.

Global Advertisers that have supported the site to date include Emirates, BA, AMEX, Nike, BMW.

In March 2015, The Social Golfer was short-listed as a finalist in the Essex Digital Awards

Essex Digital Awards - Gold Winners

Essex Digital Awards – Robin Bailey interviews Ian Mullins

The Social Golfer wins Gold Award….What they said?

“We are very proud to receive this award, as we were not only competing against other sports sites but those from the world of entertainment. It has been a long road from very humble beginnings but with over 900+ events organised on the site in 2014 and the community is gaining real momentum. It’s always nice to be recognised for your efforts, especially by your peers but the accolades in this case go to the development team and the members themselves. They’re the ones that make the site what it is!” – Ian Mullins, Managing Director – TheSocialGolfer.com

I love my golf and I can understand why TheSocialGolfer.com were a clear winner in this category. The judges must have been impressed by how the team had developed both an active and loyal community that would rival any ‘Bricks and Mortar’ golf club – and in the space of only five years.  TSG seem to be showing the way for the future of golf and for online communities of any genre.  Ian and his team have certainly got a handle on how the internet can grow a business like theirs.”  – Awards compere and Veteran BBC TV & Radio, European Tour Weekly and Golfing World presenter Robin Bailey.

 “The Essex Digital Awards look to celebrate and inspire creative uses of the interne t…. Our judging panel were clearly impressed by The Social Golfer, scoring it highly in the face of some stiff competition. We’re excited to see where the TSG team take the idea next.” – Andy Pritchard, Director of the Essex Digital Awards

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TheSocialGolfer.com – My Story…

Saturday, April 18th, 2015

We asked you the members to share your TSG (TheSocialGolfer.com) stories with us. Here it’s the turn of Richard Adinolfi to tell us about his TSG experience. Richard joined TSG in December 2013.

TheSocialGolfer.com – My Story…

TheSocialGolfer.com - My story by Richard Adinolfi

TheSocialGolfer.com – My Story by Richard Adinolfi

TheSocialGolfer.com means more to me than just playing golf. It started as therapy of sort and developed into an addiction.

In December 2013 I lost my father and I needed a release from the moment. I decided to throw myself into playing golf. Four hours of fresh air and a stroll in the countryside would take my mind of events.

The problem was I had nobody to play with.

My friends were spread far and wide over London and I had little interest in joining a club. My experiences of playing private clubs as a visitor were never good enough for me to part with hard earned cash.

I was a member of another golfing community website but could not find anyone to play with, until someone on that very site suggested The Social Golfer.

I took a look and saw frequent games being posted in the Essex area so I signed up.

Truth be told, I was not really expecting much but thought it was worth a shot (excuse the pun).

TheSocialGolfer.com – My Story (What happened next?)…

Hesitantly, I attended my first Epping Bandit game in January 2014 at Toot Hill Golf Club. I was immediately made to be feel welcome, despite having to sit across from Howard Davis at breakfast. Not a pleasant sight for anyone but one of which I have become accustomed.

The first few games I played were about getting to know the people I was playing alongside and enjoying playing golf on a regular basis. However, what was first a decision to get out and get fresh air and a bit of exercise quickly turned into a need to improve my game as much as possible. I signed up for as many games as I could at as many different courses as possible.

I had initially given myself a modest 24 handicap but wanted to bring this down as much as possible. Unfortunately an attitude, not shared by many but that is a discussion for another day!!!

Without The Social Golfer I would probably still be sitting at home watching golf on TV thinking “I wish I played more golf”, whereas now, I sit at home watching golf thinking “If I can just cut my handicap by a few more strokes, I’ll be as good as Tiger”….

The Social Golfer was there when I needed it. It is one of my first ports of call when I turn on the computer in the morning just hoping for those magic emails that say “a new game has been posted in your area”.

I sit here now in front of my computer having played 60 times in just over a year at 40 different courses. My handicap has come down from 24 to 16. I have travelled to France and Spain with the Epping Bandits, learnt some valuable Yiddish and have met many people whom I now consider friends.

I owe all of that to The Social Golfer!

 

Thesocialgolfer.com reviews…

Saturday, April 4th, 2015
Thesocialgolfer.com reviews

Thesocialgolfer.com reviews

Obviously, we here at TSG HQ think we have a great website but what do other people think?

Here are just some of thesocialgolfer.com reviews that have been sent to us by you the members…

After years of playing golf irregularly on pay and play courses, I discovered TSG, my golfing life changed overnight! I now play as often as I like, on courses I could not have previously imagined, with a great bunch of new mates…best thing I ever did! Alan Haywood , Essex – Handicap 15

Due to my job having irregular hours, TSG has allowed me to play when my normal golf buddies aren’t around. I’ve met lots of like minded golfers and played many new courses. I have yet to meet anyone who I wouldn’t want to play golf with again and my wife even checks it now to see when I am playing – TSG is definitely the site to join!” John West, Surrey – Handicap 19

“I became a Social Golfer at the London Golf Show in Nov 2011 and I have really enjoyed discovering new courses, making new friends, taking advantages of special offers & learning golfing tips. Although male golfers are in majority, I would encourage women golfers of any standard to take an active part in this  friendly golfing community – I cannot imagine my golfing life without TSG now! Brigitte Lockwood, London – Handicap 28

“As a beginner, I found TSG to be a great way of learning the game – think Facebook for Golfers!” Lyndon Samuel, Suffolk – Handicap 24

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Some more of Thesocialgolfer.com reviews…

In January 2015, we conducted a Members survey in order to understand more about how you the members use the site and what you would like to see improved. We expect to publish these results in April 2015 but until then, here are some of the things you said about us.

 “A wonderful way to join up with other golfers who love their golf and enjoy playing different courses”

“I like the buzz of meeting all nationalities and enjoying the day”

Easy atmosphere with like minded golfers”

“No nonsense, easy to use website”

“Every aspect of golf you can think of in one site”

“A great way to play golf and different courses and enjoy a great bunch”

“The way forward, freedom, choice, opens your horizons”

“If you are not a member of a club – join!”

“A fitting community to use the The Social Golfer name”

“A Place to meet different people, play different courses – a must for all golfers!!

“A well organised and friendly way to join or organise golf games especially for non club members”

“An ideal way to meet new people, play different courses and enjoy more golf…”

“As a female player, I like to know with posted games, if it’s mixed or single sex.”

“A great place to socialise, meet new people, in a non-cliquey environment!”

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And finally, our personal favourite from all Thesocialgolfer.com reviews to date….

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“As far as I am aware, there is nothing else like it!”

 

Essex Digital Awards Finalist…

Monday, March 9th, 2015
Essex Digital Awards - Finalists

Essex Digital Awards – We’ll be there!

The social networking community and online golf club TheSocialGolfer.com (TSG) has been selected as finalists in this year’s Essex Digital Awards

What are the Essex Digital Awards?

Now in their second year, the Essex Digital Awards look to reward innovation and progressive thinking by businesses across the county.

Previous winners span several industries and range from individuals to national companies, but all have at the core of their entry a desire to use digital media as a means to achieve greater things for their business.

The EDA’s are backed by a range of Essex-based companies including Lookers Volvo Colchester, Freelance SEO Essex, Essex Chambers of Commerce and Northcliffe Newspapers’, Essex Chronicle.

Why have we been short-listed for the Essex Digital Awards?

Since its official launch in 2010, the site (run by Essex based Marketing Specialist – Ian Mullins) has firmly established itself as one of the most used golfing websites in Essex and the UK.

The TSG team have established partnerships with many major local, national and international brands including, Your Golf Travel, London and Manchester Golf Shows, Essex Golfer Magazine, Alamo Car Hire, Online Tee Times, Trophies&Medals.com and with over 21 clubs in Essex and the surrounding counties. They include:  Woolston Manor GC, Warley Park GC and South Essex GC.

We have also recently agreed a deal with Group M (The largest advertising agency network in the world owned by Sir Martin Sorrell) to supply advertising inventory to their clients which include Direct Line, RBS and Sony in 2015. Global Advertisers that have supported the site to date include Emirates, BA, AMEX, Nike, BMW.

In the summer of 2014, the site launched its first ‘above the line’ marketing campaign on talkSPORT (London) and talkSPORT.com and Ian himself has written articles and featured in Essex Golfer Magazine and on Phoenix FM in Brentwood/Billericay.

TheSocialGolfer.com Managing Director Ian Mullins said “We are incredibly flattered to be short-listed for this award. It’s always nice to be recognised for your efforts, especially when it’s by your peers but the accolades in this case, go to the development team and the members themselves. At the end of the day, they’re the ones that make the site what it is!”

When will the winners of the Essex Digital Awards be announced …

The Essex Digital Awards Winners’ Evening will take place at the home of Colchester United – the Weston Homes Community Stadium –  on April 23, 2015 with the event will be hosted by the veteran BBC, Sky and European Tour Weekly broadcaster Robin Bailey.

For more information, please contact: theteam@thesocialgolfer.com

The Social Golfer appoints first TSG Head Pro…

Wednesday, February 11th, 2015
Andy Clissold - TSG Head Pro

Andy Clissold – TSG Head Pro (Photo: Cranham GC, Essex).

 

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Andy Clissold announced as first TSG Head Pro ….

Andy’s new role will be to provide coaching and tuition to all the TSG members and will include running online Q&A tuition sessions and webinars. He will be organising on-course ‘coaching events’ whereby TSGers, of all playing standards, will be given the chance to play with him for three or four holes in a round, for no more than your green fee. He will also be offering his own golf lessons and golf coaching packages to the membership.

What else will our new TSG Head Pro be doing …

As TSG Head Pro he will also be working closely with the TSG team to develop the overall usability of The Social Golfer Network; which caters to 4k+ UK golfers and 8.5k+ registered users worldwide.

Furthermore, Andy will be the main contributor of monthly Newsletter PRO Tips  and will be a core part of the TSG official events team, which currently runs The TSG Masters, TSG OPEN and TSG Matchplay Championships.

Our new TSG Head Pro’s pedigree …

Essex based Andy began his golf career as a Pro Shop Assistant at Blakes Golf Club in Epping in 2006. He subsequently worked as Assistant Professional at Bentley Golf Club as he went on to complete his foundation degree in golf at Birmingham University. He has since worked as a teaching Pro at City Point Golf Studio, London. He currently coaches at Ingrebourne Links and Crowlands Heath GC.

Commenting on his new role, Andy said “I have been aware of The Social Golfer platform for some time but it was only when I sat down with the team that I truly understood the potential of the site. Social media has made a huge impact on the way we all interact with each other and sport and I am honoured to be given this  opportunity to be the first TSG Head Pro and help shape the future of golf in the UK and beyond  –  I can’t wait to get started”.

Ian Mullins, owner of TheSocialGolfer.com said “We have worked with a number of PGA Pro’s since our launch but Andy immediately understood what we are trying to achieve at TSG and has already contributed greatly to the ideas pool. With 66% of golfers in the UK NOT belonging to a golf club, Andy’s contributions will allow us to provide our members with added value to their annual membership fee. We are really looking forward to Andy be a valuable asset to the team”.

The announcement comes on the back of TheSocialGolfer.com recently reaching its first 1m hits in a single calendar year and breaking through the 100k page hits in a single month. With over 900 events posted and 4500+ rounds played on the site last year alone, 2015 is looking like it will be another great year for the website!

By Ian Mullins

The TSG Roll of Honour (2011 – ) …

Sunday, January 11th, 2015
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Roll of Honour, Master's Leaderboard

As you know, every month we run a TSG monthly leaderboard in order to find the golfer of the month.

Each month we calculate the most Stableford points scored by each golfer that has submitted scorecards, the best

The TSG Roll of Honour – The rules….

– Only scores played on courses over 5k yards are eligible

– You must have submitted a total of 10 cards to the TSG Handicap tracker

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Each month’s winner, receive the coveted ‘Green TSG Golf Towel and it’s not available to buy!

However, with the advent of the TSG Masters in 2014, all monthly winners in a single calendar year will now also automatically qualify for the next year’s TSG Masters Championship.

With winners from the Vila Sol in the Algarve to Seaford Head in East Sussex, the competition is truly global.

Want to be up there with the cream of the crop?

Just keep playing golf and arranging your social golf via the website and score as many Stableford points as you can.

Below is a record of all the monthly winners since the leaderboards inception since January 2011.

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The TSG Roll of Honour (2011 – 2016… )

Jan-11 Neil Randles Hurtmore 45
Feb-11 Nev Smith Downshire 46
Mar-11 Andy Taylor Iford 45
Apr-11 Michael Harrison Epping 47
May-11 Dave Cambers Aylesbury 47
Jun-11 Phil Boyd Seaford Head 45
Jul-11 David Jacobs Stapleford Abbotts 47
Aug-11 Roger Akerman Cooden Beach 46
Sep-11 Roger Allsop Kingswood 44
Oct-11 Roger Allsop Kingswood 47
Nov-11 Frank Nott Stapleford Abbotts 44
Dec-11 Robert Wootton Epping 47
Jan-12 David Jacobs Epping 45
Feb-12 Steve Goss Pedham 42
Mar-12 Toby Hunt Hurtmore 43
Apr-12 Tony Gray Foxbridge 44
May-12 Steve Diamon Chelsfield Lakes 45
Jun-12 John Amos Hobbs Cross 43
Jul-12 Dave Blaney Mill Green 44
Aug-12 Mark Tucknott Risebridge 45
Sep-12 Nev Smith Hurtmore 45
Oct-12 David Izen The Grove 44
Nov-12 Nev Smith Hurtmore 42
Dec-12 Michael Roos Epping 44
Jan-13 Daniel Jayeola Sunbury Golf Centre 46
Feb-13 Chris Sawyer Chelsfield Lakes 47
Mar-13 Russell Foxwell Belhus Park 44
Apr-13 Andy Coultrup Belhus Park 43
May-13 Bill Nowel Cobtree Manor Park 46
Jun-13 Steve Maggs Woldingham 46
Jul-13 David Jacobs Epping 47
Aug-13 Chris Chandler Cobtree Manor Park 52
Sep-13 Dave Knight Selsdon Park 46
Oct-13 Dave Allchorne Epping 43
Nov-13 Phil Boyd Royal Cinque Ports 48
Dec-13 Roger Ireland Epping 47
Jan-14 Howard Stander Hainault 44
Feb-14 Andy Flynn Stapleford Abbotts 43
Mar-14 Michael Roos Panshanger GC 44
Apr-14 David Smith Paultons Golf Centre 44
May-14 Tony Amos East Brighton 47
Jun-14 Ian Mullins East Brighton 46
Jul-14 Alan Haywood Stapleford Abbotts 49
Aug-14 Andy Attard Pyrford GC 46
Sep-14 Carlos Ramos Southern Valley 47
Oct-14 Phil Fen South Essex 44
Nov-14 Roger Ireland Vila Sol 43
Dec-14 Norman Woodward Seaford Head 43
Jan-15 Peter Walton Pine Ridge 45
Feb-15 Peter Walton Pine Ridge 48
Mar-15 Brian Cassidy Pine Ridge 46
Apr-15 Michael Channing Hoebridge 45
May-15 Ron Jackman Southern Valley 45
Jun-15 Les Day Pine Ridge 44
Jul-15 Roger Dickson Nizels GC 47
Aug-15 Phil Fen Langdon Hills 48
Sep-15 Mark Crane Deangate Ridge 43
Oct-15 Brigitte Lockwood Pine Ridge 45
Nov-15 Andy Attard Woldingham 42
Dec-15 Des Burnett Camposol Golf Club 43
Jan-16 Gary Archer Chelsfield Lakes 43
Feb-16 Richard Halloway The Hertfordshire 42
Mar-16 Steve Holloway Brentwood GC 43
Apr-16 Steve Duffy Littlehampton GC 46
May-16 Mark Crane Cobtree Manor 44

Happy Golfing! Who knows? Maybe one day you will make the TSG Roll of Honour…

 

Ian & The TSG Event Team

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Free TSG PRO Golf Membership …

Friday, January 9th, 2015
Free TSG PRO Golf Membership

Free TSG PRO Golf Membership

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Free TSG PRO Golf Membership for THREE months!

Over the last five years we have worked hard to grow the TSG community and whilst the members have played a huge part in this growth, we have now decided it is time that rewarded those members. As such, in our 2014 November newsletter we launched our MEMBER get MEMBER scheme.

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We at thesocialgolfer.com believe that golfers should be able to play anywhere in the world, at any time, regardless of whether they belong to a golf club or not…..

By joining TSG community, members can arrange games with golfers close to home or with over 8,500k+ golfers in the UK and worldwide…

The website allows golfers to join golf games in their area, find other golfers in their county, join golf societies in their area, establish a Handicap, get a Handicap certificate, review 25,000 golf courses worldwide, book Tee Times online and lets them join the monthly league, annual events and tournaments.

The site also allows members to upload videos, join in forum chat, shop at the internet golf store, and receive exclusive member offers and competitions and much more. The team also produce the TSG Newsblog and a monthly newsletter that is sent to over 5k golfers every month.

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Claiming your Free TSG PRO Golf Membership …

We want to thank those who have already taken part and reaped the rewards. However, if you weren’t aware of the offer, here’s how you can get Free TSG PRO Golf Membership for three months …

All you have to do is introduce a brand new PRO member to the site and we immediately add an additional three months to the end of your own PRO membership subscription when it expires.

Just ask the newly joining member to email us at theteam@thesocialgolfer.com ahead of signing up with his/her name.

In addition, in order to help us to grow the site further and improve the member experience, in January 2015, we will be launching our brand new TSG user survey. Please help us to build a bigger and better community by taking five minutes to complete.

However, until then….

Happy Golfing!

Ian & the TSG Team