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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

TSG MatchPlay Championship…

Thursday, September 25th, 2014
Mark Crane - TSG MatchPlay Championship Final

Mark Crane – TSG MatchPlay Champion

TheSocialGolfer.com, the online social networking community for golfers, held the TSG MatchPlay Championship Final (Sponsored by The Altonwood Group) at Westerham Golf Club, on Sunday 21st September 2014.

The finalists Mark Crane and Matt Taylor (both Kent based golfers) had spent the summer working their way through a field of 64 to secure their place at Westerham, having played six matches throughout the South East.

TSG MatchPlay Championship – The Final…

The match was full of up and downs with Crane – whose singing son has appeared on the X-Factor in recent years -proving that HE has it, finally claiming victory on the 16th hole after Taylor conceded to match 3 & 2.

The TSG MatchPlay Championship ran similarly to an FA Cup style knockout with participants arranging each round of matches at a course of their choice, with The Altonwood Group offering preferential green fees at its venues including Westerham, Woldingham and Surrey National throughout the summer for TSG members.

The game began nip and tuck over the first six holes with Taylor dropping a one shot lead on the 7th after having played the wrong ball, immediately resulting in the loss of hole. Crane capitalised on Taylor’s misfortune by taking a commanding lead into the back nine with a two shot advantage after the 10th. However, looking for his second TSG Major title this year, reigning TSG Masters Champion pulled back to within one shot after 12.

TSG MatchPlay Championship  Final 2014

Matt Taylor (Left), Mark Crane (Right)

TSG MatchPlay Championship  – the winner …

Many amateur golfers dream of what it’s like to play under such tense conditions, so it was time to see who could hold their nerve … Crane then dug deep and refocused and won two of the next three holes.

The game concluded when in real gentlemanly fashion, Taylor gave Crane his putt on 16 and the two shook hands.

With the light fading the other TSGers who had joined the finalists for the round, gathered to watch their new champion crowned. Taylor was magnanimous in defeat but Crane proved he was well worth his victory ….

What they said …

Crane, commenting on his win said Many thanks to The Social Golfer for all the time and energy they put into organising this competition, and for marshalling Matt and I throughout our final. Having a match referee was a new experience for me! I would also like to thank all my opponents for our enjoyable matches … we all watch golf on TV but now I know what’s really like to putt under pressure. I hardly slept last night thinking about the match and I couldn’t have played against a nicer guy!”  Crane now qualifies for the 2015 TSG Masters at Warley Park.

TSG MatchPlay Champion 2014 (Right ) & Runner Up (Left)

TSG MatchPlay Champion 2014 (Right)

Taylor, said “Thank you to Mark for making the matchplay final such a great event, despite coming runner up, hand on heart, I enjoyed every minute of it”

The competition ran from April 2014 with amateur golfers from all over the UK competing in the event. The organisers hope that the event will grow into a flagship competition for the innovative and forward thinking website, alongside its already established TSG Masters and the TSG Open Golf Day Championship, held annually in aid of disabled golf charity BALASA.org

Ian Mullins, owner of TheSocialGolfer.com said “Wow, what another fantastic event for TSG. The guys were such gentlemen throughout the game. I really take my hat off to them for coping under the pressure. And certainly Westerham proved to be a fitting venue for the final. Can’t wait for next year!”

By Ian Mullins

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

 

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 South Magazine – Local golf news and lifestyle magazine for golfers in the South of England www.golfsouth.co.uk

Golf North Magazine – Local golf news and lifestyle magazine for golfers in Scotland, North of England and North Wales www.golfnorth.co.uk

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

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

National Club Golfer Magazine – View our latest equipment reviews, golf tips, course articles, competitions and news from the golfing world here – www.nationalclubgolfer.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 – Golf Media…

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

 

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

 

Other

TeeTimes.co.uk – Book golf tee times online, select from over 450 golf courses in the UK. Save up to 75% on tee off times from hundreds of courses throughout the UK – www.teetimes.co.uk

Happy Golfing!

 

Ian & The Social Golfer Team

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