Monday, April 26, 2010

English enter combined boys/girls' teams at Fairhaven

The English Golf Union (EGU) and the English Women’s Golf Association (EWGA) are entering joint teams of two boys and a girl for the Nations Cup competition at the Fairhaven Trophies over the Lancashire course on 30th April – 2nd May.
Team One will comprise Oliver Carr (Heswall, Cheshire), Ben Taylor (Walton Heath, Surrey) and Emily Taylor (Royal Lytham & St Anne’s, Lancashire), while Team Two will be Matthew Fitzpatrick (Hallamshire, Yorkshire), Kieron Fowler (based in Spain) and Bronte Law (Bramhall, Cheshire).
Carr, 17, is a former Cheshire Junior Champion, who won the North of England Under 16 Championship last year as well as the Under 16 title at the Faldo Series Final in Rio de Janerio. He was also capped by England at Under 16 level in 2009 against Wales, Scotland and Ireland. He is now a member of the England Under 18 Squad.
Ben Taylor, 17, is also a member of the Under 18 Squad and helped Surrey retain the Boys County Championship last year. He finished fourth in the South of England Boys Championship and reached the last 16 of the British Boys. Ben represented the EGU in the triangular match in South Africa earlier this year.
Emily Taylor,15, no relation of Ben, has just won the Scottish Girls Under 16 Stroke Play Championship, helped by a course record 66 at Strathmore. She was also in the winning Nations Cup team.
In February, she won the Under 18 titles in the Hacienda Del Alamo Ladies Open and the Murcia Under 16 Open at the Hacienda del Alamo February Festival in Murcia, south-east Spain. Last year, she was the Lancashire Ladies’ Champion at the age of 14 and runner-up in the English Under 15 Girls’ Championship for the second successive year.
She is in the EWGA Under 18 Squad.
Fitzpatrick, 15, finished second to Oliver Carr in last year’s North of England Under 16 Championship and was third in the English Schools Under 16 Championship. Runner-up for the Yorkshire Under 16 title, he also finished second in the St Andrews Under 18 Open. A member of the England Under 16 Squad, he won the St Andrews Junior Open and the Wentworth Under 14 Scratch Open, both in 2008.
Fowler, 15, is Spanish-based and has enjoyed several junior successes there. He was tied fourth behind Carr and Fitzpatrick in last year’s North of England Under 16 Championship and is also a member of the England Under 16 Squad.
Bronte Law, 15, completed a string of victories in 2009, becoming English Under 18 Stroke Play Champion, North of England Under 16 Champion, in which she beat a mixed field by four strokes, North of England Schools’ Champion, Northern Girls’ Champion and Cheshire Girls’ Champion. In February she retained the Andalucia Junior European Open girls' title by an impressive ten-shot margin and she finished fourth in the Scottish Under 16 Stroke Play championship.
Like Emily Taylor, she is also in the EWGA Under 18 Squad.The Nations Cup is contested over the first two rounds of the 72-hole Fairhaven Trophies.-


Thursday, April 15, 2010

Elie Boys' & Girls' Tournament Final Results

Boys under 12 Boys on the Baird Course

Rory Giddins 70 70 140
Cameron Black 74 71 145
George Geddes 74 73 147
Keith Bowman 82 73 155
Ibrahim Hussain 79 86 161
Scott Goadby 84 78 162
Liam Duncan 83 80 163
Rory Thain 86 90 176
Charlie Spilsbury 90 88 178
Jack Savage 91 88 179
Hamish Spilsbury 90 97 187
William Massey 107 119 226
Cameron Begg 114 112 226

Girls under 14 Round 1 on the Baird Course

Sophie Maguire 89 78 167
Chloe Goadby 87 85 172
Eilidh Baird 89 84 173
Rachael Lorimer 90 92 182
Kirsty Graham 96 89 185
Joanna Harris 99 91 190
Catherine Wilson 99 114 213
Jessica McCleary 109 116 225

Girls under 12 round 1 on the Baird Course

Ellie MacCallum 94 90 184
Emily Thain 97 99 196
Alexandra Massey 111 88 199
Sarah Mayne 106 104 210
Emma Graham 99 113 212
Anna Massey 105 107 212
Florence Usher 111 114 225
Annabel Hosie 159 117 276

Boys under 14 Round 2
Ben Kinsley bt Gus Giddins
Russell Malcolm bt Hamish Imrie
George Burns bt Euan Davidson
Fraser Davren bt Ian Hill
Semi Finals
Ben Kinsley bt Russell Malcolm
Fraser Davren bt George Burns

Boys Under 16 Quarter-Finals

Jamie Savage bt David Paterson
Greg Forrester bt Finlay McCall
Jamie Giddins bt Gordon Cohen
Calum Hill bt John Miller
Greg Forrester bt Jamie Savage
Jamie Giddins bt Callum Hill

Boys Under 18 Round 1

Graeme Duncan bt Lewis Ford
Martin Buchan bt Jamie Arthur
Thomas White bt Ross Christie
Iain Watson bt Stuart McPherson
Grant Bowman bt David Murray
Andy Collier bt David Crummey
Peter Legget bt Ross Munro
Cameron West bt Tom Flanagan
Graeme Duncan bt Martin Buchan
Iain Watson bt Thomas White
Grant Bowman bt Andy Collier
Peter Legget by Cameron West


James Maw wins Faldo Series

qualifier at Moortown

James Maw produced some sparkling golf in difficult conditions to win the Faldo Series UK Championship 36-hole qualifying competition at Moortown Golf Club in Leeds.
The Yorkshire county player from the Hallowes Golf Club in Sheffield put together rounds of 70 and 72 for a level par aggregate of 142 and a five-shot victory over Nathan Kimsey from Woodhall Spa.
The victory gives Maw a place in the 2010 Faldo Series Europe Grand Final to be played at the Lough Erne Resort, Co. Fermanagh, Northern Ireland, on September 21-23 where he will be joined by Kimsey (Boys’ Under-18), Prestbury’s James Newton (Boys Under-16), Morecambe’s Steven Chester (Boys’ Under-16), Halifax West End’s Helen Searle (Girls’ Under-21) and Crosland Heath’s Rochelle Morris (Girls’ Under-16), all of whom won their age group categories at Moortown.
Maws opened the event with a fine one under par round of 70 which gave him a share of second place behind Silkstone’s Dalton Richardson.
Richardson produced the only sub-70 round of the tournament during the opening round but he fell away with a second round 82 and that left Maw to close out the title with a solid 72 which never looked likely to be emulated on a day when strong wind made scoring extremely difficult.
“I’m delighted,” said Maw. “I qualified for the Grand Final back in 2006 at Celtic Manor when I had a chance to play with Rory McIlroy so I know exactly what to expect at Lough Erne. It’s going to be a great event. I am more experienced than I was in 2006 so I feel I will have a really good chance to win.
“The key to my performance was my putting,” he added. “The greens at Moortown are very testing but I holed out extremely well.”
The opening event of the 2010 Faldo Series Europe at Frilford Heath, Oxfordshire, featured three play-offs but this time there was no need for extra holes to decide the age group titles. Woodhall Spa’s Nathan Kimsey produced rounds of 70 and 77 to claim a one shot victory over Hessle’s Paul Lockwood in the Under-18s section while in the Under-16s section James Newton’s rounds of 70 and 82 were enough to give him a comprehensive four-shot victory over Ramside Hall’s Kieran Ayre and Morecambe’s Steven Chester.
The Girls’ events turned out to be somewhat similar with Helen Searle posting rounds of 77 and 86 to claim a five shot victory over Portpatrick’s Gillian Monteith, pictured above by Cal Carson Golf Agency, in the Under-21 section and Rochelle Morris dominating the Under-16s event after posting two impressive rounds of 76 and 79.
Morris was ecstatic at the prospect of teeing up at the Grand Final.
“I’m gob smacked,” she said. “Today I tried hard to keep calm and focussed on hitting one shot at a time and it worked very well.
“I seemed to hole almost everything so that helped as well.”
Sir Nick Faldo created the Faldo Series (charity number 1102719) back in 1996 to help develop tomorrow’s champions and to date its former graduates include World No. 11 Rory McIlroy, who won the Under-15s and Under-17s titles in 2004 and 2006 respectively, Scottish World Cup winner Marc Warren, English European Tour stars Nick Dougherty and Oliver Fisher, LPGA Major winner Yani Tseng and rising Ladies’ European Tour player Melissa Reid.
Results from the Faldo Series UK Championship at Moortown Golf Club
Boys’ Under-21
142 – James Maw (Hallowes) 70-72
148 – Elliot Burdett (Malton & Norton) 75-73
149 – Matthew Wright (Silkstone) 70-79
150 – Tom Parry (The Oakes) 75-75
151 – Dalton Richardson (Silkstone) 69-82
Boys’ Under-18
147 – Nathan Kimsey (Woodhall Spa) 70-77
148 – Paul Lockwood (Hessle) 72-76
151 – Jonny McAllister (Hallowes) 73-78
152 – Julian Taylor (York) 76-76
153 – Joe Bagshaw (Wike Ridge) 76-77
Boys’ Under-16
152 – James Newton (Prestbury) 70-82
156 – Kieran Ayre (Ramside Hall) 78-78, Steve Chester (Morecambe) 78-78
159 – Oddvar Hjellegierde (Haga, Norway) 78-81, Will Whiteoak (Bingley) 78-81
Girls’ Under 21
163 – Helen Searle (West End) 77-86
168 – Gillian Monteith (Portpatrick) 80-88
169 – Steph Hall (Lindrick) 86-83
174 – Sophie Powell (Manchester) 87-87
178 – Sophie Olley (Headingley) 90-88
Girls’ Under-16s
155 – Rochelle Morris (Crosland Heath) 76-79
165 – Charlotte Taylor (Rugby) 76-89


Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Elie Boys' & Girls' Tournament: Day 1 Scoreboard

Boys Under 12 Boys Round 1 on the Baird Course

Rory Giddins 70
Cameron Black 74
George Geddes 74
Ibrahim Hussain 79
Keith Bowman 82
Liam Duncan 83
Scott Goadby 84
Rory Thain 86
Charlie SPilsbury 90
Hamish Spilsbury 90
Jack Savage 91
William Massey 107
Cameron Begg 114

Girls Under 14 Round 1 on the Baird Course

Chloe Goadby 87
Sophie Maguire 89
Eilidh Baird 89
Rachael Lorimer 90
Kirsty Graham 96
Joanna Harris 99
Catherine Wilson 99
Jessica McCleary 109

Boys under 14 Round 1
Gus Giddins bt Struan McCall
Hamish Imrie bt Conor MacCallum
Russell Malcom bt Alasdair McDougall
Euan Davidson bt Nicholas Aird
Ian Hill bt Jack Murray Brown

Boys Under 16 Round 1
Lewis Bain bt Sandy Jennings
Fraser Christie bt Charlie Mayne
Finlay McCall bt Edward Wright
Gordon Cohen bt Euan Rutherford
Andrew Ibbetson bt Francis Murray-Brown
John Miller bt Chris Aird

Boys Under 16 Round 2

Jamie Savage bt Lewis Bain
David Paterson bt Andrew Davidson
Greg Forrester bt Fraser Christie
Finlay McCall bt Calum McKay
Gordon Cohen bt Willem Kerr
Jamie Giddins bt Andrew Ibbetson
Calum Hill bt Scott Simpson
John Miller bt Robbie Spriddle

Boys Under 18 Round 1

Lewis Ford bt Alexander Harris
Martin Buchan bt Callum Graham
Ross Christie bt Ryan Mitchell
Stuart McPherson bt Conner Wood
David Murray bt Iain Douglas
David Crummey bt Scott Smith
Peter Legget bt Ruadri Balfour
Tom Flanagan bt Michael Clark


Ryanair put a damper on Scots wanting to fly to

Morocco Family Golf Festival (October 9 to 16)

Tournament Director for the 2010 Morocco Family Golf Festival
Ryanair's extortionate charge for carrying golf clubs could scare off potential Scottish entrants to the inaugural Morocco Family Golf Festival, to be held at Marrakech from October 9 to 16.
Mohamed Fakir, boss of London-based Menara Travel Ltd, who are putting together all the arrangements, told me today:
"I have started to receive a number of enquiries - a few from Scotland - from golfers who are quite attracted by the prospect of playing golf on four different courses at Marrakech.
"The problem with the flights from Edinburgh to Marrakech is the quite high rates being charged by Ryanair. The Ryanair website is currently showing a price of £250 per person return + £80 for golf clubs' carriage (£330 in all) which is quite high compared to the flight we have secured with Royal Air Maroc from London Gatwick, which is £189 including FREE carriage of golf clubs.
"The price quoted by Easyjet for the Manchester to Marrakech flight on Saturday, October 9 is £180 per person return + £38 per golf bag both ways.
"I have contacted Ryanair and Easyjet to try to do a deal with them quite a while ago but they said they don’t work with travel agents/tour operators. They prefer to deal directly with clients, which means we have to book the flights for our clients on their website the same way anyone else does it."
So it might be cheaper for Scottish golfers who want to share in the fun of the Morocco Family Golf Festival to cross the Border to Manchester or even Gatwick for a flight to Marrakech on Saturday, October 9.
Remember there will be individual prize categories for senior men (over 55yr), senior women (over 50y), men, women, Under-16 & Under-18 boys, Under-16 & Under-18 girls.You can name your own partner if you wish for the Festival's curtain-raising better-ball Stableford foursomes on the Sunday (October 10).
Details of the Festival programme are available by clicking on the appropriate wording at the top of the left-hand column on this website's Home Page.

==================ENTRY FORM==============================
October 9 to 16, 2010, based at Marrakech

Competing as (Please tick the category listed below)
Senior Man (over 55 yrs on Jan 1)
Senior Lady (over 50 yrs on Jan 1)
Boy (Under-16 on Jan 1)
Girl (Under-16 on Jan 1)
Boy (Under- 18 on Jan 1)
Girl (Under-18) on Jan 1)

FIRST NAME (Mr/Mrs/Miss)



Maximum 28 for males; 36 for females.
(Competitors should take up an up to date handicap from their home club)FULL



Tel (Home)

Tel (Mobile)


Name of partner for Better-Ball Pairs:
If you wish the Tournament Director to allocate you with a partner at random (Please indicate (Yes / No)

Accompanying Person / Non Golfer

Preferred Airport to fly from & to

Comments / Remarks

I confirm that I agree to abide by all the tournament rules & regulations and I enclose a deposit of £100 (please make cheques payable to MENARA TRAVEL LTD) – payment by cards accepted


Please send your completed Entry Form and cheque to:
Mohamed Fakir, Menara Travel Ltd, 200c Blythe Road, London W14 0HH

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Monday, April 12, 2010

Aberdeenshire Ladies line-up at Deeside. Back row (left to right): Carol Wilson, Donna Pocock, Sheena Wood, Fiona Hay, Sammy Leslie, Laura McLardy. Front: Mhairi Johnstone, Lauren Duncan, Laura Murray, Rachel Polson (image by courtesy of Raymond Penny, click on it to enlarge).



The North-east District youths team beat an Aberdeenshire women's select by 3 1/2-1 1/2 in a four-ball, better-ball match at Deeside Golf Club.
All five of the games went to the 18th hole.
It was the second year of the fixture but the first at which the winning team received a trophy donated by former district president Ken Bennions and his wife Margaret, from Peterhead, for annual competition.
Details (youth names first):
Christopher Forman (Peterhead), Greg Kennedy (Hazlehead) lost to Laura Murray (Alford), Fiona Hay (Deeside) 1 hole.
Donald MacAndrew (Royal Aberdeen), Ritchie Manson (Braemar) bt Sheea Wood (Aberdeen Ladies), Laura McLardy (Murcar Links) 1 hole.
Ryan Bain (Strathlene), John Drummond (Strathlene bt Carol Wilson (Murcar Links), Lauren Duncan (Banchory) 2 holes.
Nick MacAndrew (Cullen), Gordon Munro (Fraserburgh) bt Sammy Leslie (Westhill), Marie Johnstone (Murcar Links) 2 holes.
Jamie Robertson (Turriff), Fraser Clarke (Westhill) halved with Donna Pocock (Murcar Links), Rachel Polson (Peterculter).


Friday, April 02, 2010

Faldo Series

A Record Number of Young Golfers Enter the 2010 Faldo Series Europe

Almost 2,000 of Europe’s leading young golfers will follow in the footsteps of Rory McElroy, Nick Dougherty, Marc Warren, Oliver Fisher and Melissa Reid when they tee up in the 2010 Faldo Series Europe which began with the opening event at Frilford Heath Golf Club, Oxfordshire, on March 31–April 1.

McIlroy, Dougherty, Warren, Fisher, and Reid all won at least one event on previous Faldo Series’ before using their experiences to help them to forge successful professional careers.

McIlroy, a Faldo Series champion in both 2004 and 2006, is currently the Touring Professional at the Lough Erne Resort in Co. Fermanagh, Northern Ireland, which recently became the European Home of the Faldo Series and which will stage both a Faldo Series Ireland Championship on May 24-25 and the 2010 Faldo Series Grand Final on September 21-23.

The Faldo Series was created by six-time Major champion, Sir Nick Faldo, back in 1996 to help to identify and nurture the next generations of young champions and with his support and with the help of the likes of The R&A, the European Tour, and Lough Erne Resort it has developed into one of the most prestigious events on the youth golfing calendar.

This year’s Faldo Series Europe comprises a record 16 events in England, Greece, Northern Ireland, Poland, Russia, Scotland, Slovakia, The Netherlands and Wales and comes hard on the heels of the successful 2009 Faldo Series Asia which comprised 15 tournaments in 12 countries across Asia and the Middle East and culminated in March when Japan’s Masamichi Ito won the Grand Final over the Faldo Course at Mission Hills Golf Club in China.

Ito, 2010 Faldo Series Asia Girls’ champion Thidapa Suwannapura from Thailand, and the other age group champions at Mission Hills, have all been invited to the 2010 Faldo Series Europe Grand Final at The Lough Erne Resort where they will come face to face with the winners from all 16 tournaments that lead into this year’s Grand Final. 

“I am delighted to announce this year’s Faldo Series Europe has been extended to include new events in Greece, Slovakia and The Netherlands and will see more players participating than ever before,” said Faldo.

“It is very encouraging and it’s particularly pleasing to see a significant increase in the number of girls entering the Series,” he added. “It all bodes well for what I am sure will be an excellent Series and a tremendous Grand Final at the new home of the Faldo Series Europe at Lough Erne Resort.”

The Race to Lough Erne starts with the opening event at
Frilford Heath, Oxfordshire, on March 31-April 1
and then takes in further Championships at
Moortown Golf Club, Yorkshire (April 7-8),
West Lancs Golf Club, Lancashire (April 22-23),
Walton Heath Golf Club, Surrey (May 5-6),
Royal Ashdown Forest, East Sussex (May 18-19),
Lough Erne Resort, Co. Fermanagh, Northern Ireland (May 24-25),
Le Meridien Moscow Country Club, Russia (June 8-10),
Notts Golf Club, Nottinghamshire (June 9-10),
The Roxburghe Golf and Country Club, Kelso, Scotland (June 23-24),
Goyer Golf and Country Club, near Amsterdam, The Netherlands (July 21-21),
Costa Navarino Resort, Messinia, Greece (July 26-28),
The Vale Resort, near Cardiff, Wales (August 17-18),
Black Stork Golf Resort, Velka Lomnica, Slovakia (August 24-26),
Trentham Park Golf Club, Staffordshire (August 25-26)
and a Faldo Series South America Championship (tbc) .

All age group winners (Boys’ Under-21, Boys’ Under-18, Boys’ Under-16, Girls’ Under-21 and Girls’ Under-16) then progress to the 2010 Faldo Series Europe Grand Final at the Lough Erne Resort, Co. Fermanagh, Northern Ireland (September 21-23), where they will come face to face with the winners from the 2010 Faldo Series Asia Grand Final at Mission Hills.

Sir Nick Faldo created the Faldo Series (charity number 1102719) back in 1996 and it now comprises over 30 tournaments in more than 25 countries in the UK, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

Each year over 5,000 talented young boys and girls aged between 12 and 21 benefit from a unique combination of tournament experience and expert advice, including support and advice from Sir Nick Faldo himself. The Faldo Series also aims to create access to the sport for a younger audience through a number of grass-roots initiatives. 
For more information about the Faldo Series Europe call+44 (0)1753 829711 or visit

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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

October 9 to 16, 2010 – based at MARRAKECH

The MOROCCO GOLF FESTIVAL will be an annual golf competition – open to amateur golfers (Senior men, Senior women, men, women, boys & girls). Handicap limits: Men: 28, Ladies/girls 36.
AGGREGATE STABLEFORD TOURNAMENT: Four rounds, best three points totals to count
In addition to competitive golf, there is an exciting programme full of various activities: Cocktails party – City sightseeing tour of Marrakech– Gala Dinners– Accompanying person programme.
This tournament week in the warm of the North African sun in October is certain to be great fun and an enjoyable way of making new friends, enjoying friendly competition and playing a variety of outstanding golf courses in Morocco


Saturday 9th October 2010:
Flight from London Gatwick to Marrakech (operated by ROYAL AIR MAROC (Flight AT673, depart from London Gatwick North Terminal at 20:30 and arrive to Marrakech at 23:05).
Assistance in Marrakech airport and transfer to the PALM PLAZA HOTEL & SPA 5*****
Check-in and overnight at the hotel
* Please note that flights can be arranged from other airport direct to Marrakech (From Edinburgh, Manchester, East Midlands, London Luton, Bristol) at a supplement.

Sunday 10th October 2010:
Buffet Breakfast at the hotel - transfer to the ROYAL Golf Club
Better-ball pairs, with a partner of your choice of with a partner allocated by the Tournament Director.
Transfer back to the hotel
Cocktail party at 19:00 in the hotel
Dinner & Overnight in the hotel
Monday 11th October
Buffet Breakfast at the hotel - transfer to PALMERAIE Golf Club
Individual Stableford Tournament Round 1
Transfer back to the hotel
Dinner & Overnight in the hotel
Tuesday 12th October
Buffet Breakfast at the hotel - transfer to the AMELKIS Golf Club
Individual Stableford Tournament Round 2
Transfer back to the hotel in the hotel, Dinner & overnight
Wednesday 13th October
Buffet Breakfast at the hotel – Guided city tour of Marrakech
Transfer back to the hotel - Afternoon at leisure
Dinner & Overnight in the hotel
Thursday 14th October
Buffet Breakfast at the hotel - transfer to the AL MAADEN Golf Club
Individual Stableford Tournament Round 3
Transfer back to the hotel in the hotel
Dinner & Overnight
Friday 15th October
Buffet Breakfast at the hotel - transfer to the AMELKIS Golf Club
Individual Stableford Tournament Round 4 (Final Round)
Transfer back to the hotel in the hotel
Gala Dinner with entertainment & Prizes presentations ceremony
Overnights at the hotel
Saturday 16th October 2010
Buffet Breakfast at the hotel – Morning at leisure
Transfer to Marrakech airport for the return flight to UK – assistance with the check-in formalities
(Flight AT672, Depart from Marrakech at 15:05 and arrive at 19:40)

Golfer: £789 per person (sharing a Twin or Double room)
Non-Golfer: £630 (Sharing a Twin or Double Room)
Single room Supplement: £80 (for 7 Nights)

The price includes:
*Return schedule flight with Royal Air Maroc from London Gatwick to Marrakech (Flights from other UK airports at a supplement)
*Seven (07) Nights accommodation in the PALM PLAZA HOTEL & SPA 5***** in Marrakech
*Daily buffet breakfast
*Five rounds of competitive golf and playing on the Royal, Amelkis, Plameraie & Al Maaden Golf Courses
*Cocktail Party
*Gala Dinner with Prizes Presentation
*Five (05) Dinners at the hotel as per the programme
*Half Day guided tour of Marrakech
*Ground transfers & Transportation
*Our Permanent assistance in Marrakech

1st, 2nd & 3rd of each category: senior men, senior women, men, women, boys (under-18 and under-16), girls (under-18 and under-16).

OTHER Flight Options:

+Saturday 9th October 2010: RYANAIR Flight No FR6824, Depart from Edinburgh at 14:50 and arrive to Marrakech at 18:10
+Saturday 16th October 2010: RYANAIR Flight No FR6825, Depart from Marrakech at 18:35 & Arrive to Edinburgh at 23:55
+Saturday 9th October 2010: RYANAIR Flight No FR8218, Depart from Bristol at 15:55 and arrive to Marrakech at 18:30
+Saturday 16th October 2010: RYANAIR Flight No FR8219, Depart from Marrakech at 18:55 & Arrive to Bristol at 23:35
+Saturday 9th October 2010: EASYJET Flight No 1893, Depart from Manchester at 14:35 and arrive to Marrakech at 17:40
+Saturday 16th October 2010: EASYJET Flight No 1894, Depart from Marrakech at 18:10 & Arrive to Manchester at 22:55
From London Gatwick to MARRAKECH
+Saturday 9th October 2010:
+EASYJET Flight No 8895, Depart from Gatwick at 12:25 and arrive to Marrakech at 15:05
+EASYJET Flight No 8897, Depart from Gatwick at 15:35 and arrive to Marrakech at 18:15
+Saturday 16th October 2010:
+EASYJET Flight No 8896, Depart from Marrakech at 15:40 & Arrive to Gatwick at 20:10
+EASYJET Flight No 8898, Depart from Marrakech at 18:50 & Arrive to Gatwick at 23:20

The Golf Holiday to remember in a city you will never forget
Lying at the foot of the Atlas Mountains, nested in the midst of a palm-grove is the red pearl, Marrakech! More than an Imperial city, Marrakech legitimately boasts the sumptuous relics of its glorious past: palaces, tombs, gardens and minarets compete with each other for the pleasure of the visitor. A most lively city, a city of thousand and one perfumes, colours and melodies where life is a continuous show, climaxing at the natural theatre of Djemaa El Fna Square where magicians, acrobats, storytellers, and fortune-tellers gather to entertain you. Extending north from the square is the medina within which lies the imperial heritage of Marrakech. Wandering the SOUKS in the Medina is like travelling back in time, some shops glittering with jewellery, some festooned with richly coloured carpets and all around you the sounds of bargaining for that all important “best price”!
A dry and healthy climate adds to the pleasures of visits and excursions, making it possible to practice all kinds of open-air sports.

Palm Plaza Hotel & Spa 5*****
Located in Agdal, a new residential district, Palm Plaza Hotel & Spa welcomes you in a luxury setting in the heart of Marrakech, 10 minutes from the airport and 8 minutes from Djamaâ Elfna Square. Palm Plaza Hotel features comfortable rooms and suites. Savour exotic dishes in the hotel’s restaurants.Have a snack in the pool bar and in the evening, a quiet time in the piano bar or an exciting night in the night club. Enjoy a relaxing stay in Palm Plaza Hotel. The spa features a heated indoor swimming pool, a sauna, a Hammam and a gym
Palm Plaza Hotel & SPA has 230 rooms, including 151 Twin, 52 Double, 2 rooms for disabled persons, 6 junior suites, 20 senior suites and a royal suite. Houses of Palm Plaza Hotel & Spa are equipped by air conditioning, heating, Internet access and free Wi-Fi, satellite TV, safe, mini bar, telephone, hair dryer, voice mail and automatic alarm



Competing as (Please tick the appropriate box)
Senior Man (over 55 yrs on Jan 1)
Senior Lady (over 50 yrs on Jan 1)
Man Lady
Boy (under 16yrs on Jan 1)
Girl (Under 16yr on Jan 1)
Boy (Under 18yr on Jan 1)
Girl (Under 18yr on Jan 1)

First Name:


(Competitors should take up an up to date handicap from their home club)
Golf Club:

Full Postal

Post Code

Tel (Home)

Tel (Mobile)

Email Address
Name of partner for Better-Ball Pairs
If you wish the Tournament Director to allocate you with a partner at random (Please indicate (Yes / No)

Accompanying Person / Non Golfer

Preferred Airport to fly from & to

Comments / Remarks

I confirm that I agree to abide by all the tournament rules & regulations and I enclose a deposit of £100 (please make cheques payable to MENARA TRAVEL LTD) – payment by cards accepted


Please send your complete Entry Form to: Mohamed Fakir at Menara Travel Ltd, 200c Blythe Road, London W14 0HH

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Saturday, March 27, 2010

Entry list now open for U S Kids Golf European Championship in East Lothian

Each year, many of the best young golfers from Europe and around the world descend upon East Lothian for the prestigious U.S. Kids Golf European Championship. In this, our third year, 500 players from 40 nations are expected, with over 350 entered to date.
The Championship will be three rounds of stroke play, held June 1-3, 2010, on Scotland’s historic golf courses in East Lothian:
Gullane No. 2 and No. 3, Craigielaw Golf Club, and Longniddry Golf Club.
On June 4, the Van Horn Cup will be held on Gullane No. 1, pitting the best finishers of Europe vs. those of all other countries, the International Team. Two Europeans and two International players will be selected to represent each team based on their three day total score. Only 18-hole players will be able to participate in the Van Horn Cup. Europe maintains a 2-0 lead.
To participate in the European Championship, please fill out and submit the European Championship application (click on the word).
Registration information will be sent to accepted players within ten business days of your application. Please be reminded entries will be on a first-come, first-served basis, and space is filling quickly.


Monday, March 22, 2010

Loretto v Gullane Juniors share honours

Loretto Golf Academy and Gullane Juniors fought out at 3-3 draw at Craigielaw on Sunday.
Switch over to for a report and all the results.


Sunday, March 21, 2010

Alyson McKechin (Elderslie) and Simon Fairburn (Craigielaw). Image by courtesy of the Scottish Golf Union. Click on it to enlarge.
Simon Fairburn and Alyson McKechin win 2009
Scottish junior champion of champions' titles

There was an East-West divide today in the destination of the 2009 Scottish Junior Champion of Champions golf titles – the tournament was rescheduled from last November 1 – with Simon Fairburn (Craigielaw) heading a Lothians 1-2-3 in the boys’ section and Alyson McKechnie from the Elderslie club near Paisley winning the girls’ title ahead of Rachel Watton (Mortonhall).
Fairburn returned a one-over-par 72 over The Duke’s Course, St Andrews to head a field of 34 boys. Beaten finalist in last year’s Lothians boys champion, the Craigielaw junior birdied the first, 12th and 17th but dropped shots at the seconhd, fifth, 14th and 15th in halves of 37 and 35.
He won by a single shot from Craigielaw clubmate Grant Forrest, last year’s Scottish Under-16 champion, and Tom Blennerhassett (Marriott Dalmahoy).
Forrest shed four shots to par over the second and third holes – a triple bogey 7 at the second and a bogey 5 at the third, his only deviations from par on the first nine holes which cost him 40 strokes.
He birdied the long 11th, the 14th and short 16th in a very good score of two-under-par 33 for the inward half which included only one bogey, at the 12th.
Blennerhassett had birdies at two long holes, the first and the sixth but dropped shots at the fifth, 10th, 14th and 15th in halves of 35 and 38.
Alyson McKechin won the girls title with a four-over-par round of 75 (39-36), one shot ahead of Rachel Watton (37-39) who, after starting at the 10th, dropped four shots over a three-hole span - the 16th, 17th and 18th. She had bogeys at the 16th and 17th and a double bogey at the 18th. She had birdies at the long sixth and the long 11th, dropping other shots at the fifth, eighth and 10th.
McKechin birdied the long first, the seventh, the long 11th and the short 16th. She had bogeys at the third, fourth, fifth, eighth, ninth, 10th, 14th and 18th.
In the girls' event Alyson McKechin, in only her second 18 holes of the year, returned a four over par score of 75 to win by one from Mortonhall's Rachel Watton. Local girl Rachel Hanlon (St Regulus) finished in third place with a 77 (+6).
McKechin, coached by SLGA National Coach Kevin Craggs, expressed her delight at lifting the first National title of the year "It's just amazing having only played one other round this year while on an SLGA squad coaching trip to Spain. However I have been working hard on the range and this is a nice reward for all the practice put in".
Meanwhile Lothians Boys Match Play Champion, Simon Fairburn lifted the boys title with a one over par total of 72, a score he was obviously delighted with, if not a little surprised "It feels great to win having come into the tournament not expecting much. Living in the Borders I have had very little golf with the way the winter has been but this gives me a great boost of confidence going into the forthcoming SGU Junior Tour Events and Scottish Boys Championship".
Fairburn, coached by Colin Brooks, finished one shot ahead of his clubmate and Scottish boys' Under-16s champion, Grant Forrest. Tom Blennerhassett (Marriott Dalmahoy) also finished on 73 but Forrest's two under par better back nine score of 33 was enough to relegate his Lothians team-mate into third place.
Limited play over the winter months had been a common occurrence for a number of competitors with many courses having been closed for long periods due to snow and frost. The Duke's itself was closed for 51 days as Arctic conditions swept the country but the course today was dry and playing well for the time of year and, as always, provided the competitors with a great test of golf.
Par 71
72 Simon Fairburn (Craigielaw) 37-35
73 Grant Forrest (Craigielaw) 40-33, Tom Blennerhassett (Marriot Dalmahoy) 35-38.
74 Ryan Beattie (Hawick) 39-35, Neil Beattie (St Andrews) 38-36, Alan Welsh (Torrance House) 37-37, Ewan Scott (St Andrews) 35-39, Connor O’Neil (Pollok) 34-40.
75 Cameron Farrell (Cardross) 38-37, Andrew McLachlan (Bonnyton) 37-38, Colin Baird (Bothwell) 37-38.
76 Stuart Boyle (Harburn) 39-37.
77 Ian Redford (St Andrews New) 38-39, Calum Stewart (Brora) 38-39, Liam Johnston (Dumfries & Co) 38-39.
78 Jamie Lynch (Falkirk) 41-37, Craig Ross (Kirkhil) 39-39.
79 Paul McPhee (King James VI) 40-39, Grant Bowman (Monifieth) 39-40, Jack Thorburn (Dunfermline) 38-41.
80 Jordyn Rhind (Uphall) 43-37, Fraser Thain (West Linton) 40-40.
81 Gary Chalmers (Dollar), Gordon Munro (Fraserburgh).
82 Roger Clarke (Moray), Bradley Neil (Blairgowrie), Thomas White (Milnathort).
83 Chris McKeown (Milngavie).
85 Daniel Flannery (Peebles), Greg Nicoll (Bonnybridge), Jamie Treasurer (Inverness), Craig Pirie (Millport).
87 Alexander Ferguson (Paisley).
89 Scott Baird (Tillicoultry.
75 Alyson McKechin (Elderslie) 39-36.
76 Rachel Watton (Mortonhall) 37-39.
77 Rachel Hanlon (St Regulus) 42-35.
79 Sammy Leslie (Westhill) 41-38.
80 Lauren Whyte (St Regulus) 40-40, Lesley Atkins (Minto) 39-41.
84 Eilidh Watson (Muckhart) 39-45.
85 Ailsa Summers (Carnoustie Ladies) 44-41.
87 Tara MacTaggart (Minto) 42-45.
88 Kate McIntosh (Broomieknowe) 46-42, Clara Young (North Berwick) 45-43, Ailsa Bain (Peebles) 43-45.
90 Alison Godwin (Glenbervie).
97 Rachel Irvine (Largs), Alexis Hutton (Falkirk Tryst).
98 Kirstin Scott (Milngavie).
104 Nicole Benson (Cawder).


Sunny day for Scottish junior champion of champions

The Scottish junior champion of champions' 18-hole tournament, washed out when it was originally due to be played on November, is under way on a sunny day at The Duke's, near St Andrews.
We expect to have the scores on display for you around about tea-time.
If you live in Fife, why not go along and give the young stars of tomorrow your support?
Tee times (from the SGU website) are:

WHYTE, Lauren St Regulus Girls
HUTTON, Alexis Falkirk Tryst Girls
YOUNG, Clara North Berwick Girls
LYNCH, Jamie Falkirk Boys
BEATTIE, Neil St Andrews Boys
WHITE, Thomas Milnathort Boys
SCOTT, Ewan St Andrews Boys
BOWMAN, Grant Monifieth Boys
CHALMERS, Gary Dollar Boys
BAIN, Ailsa Peebles Girls
HANLON, Rachel St Regulus Girls
SUMMERS, Ailsa Carnoustie Ladies Girls
BAIRD, Scott Tillicoultry Boys
FERGUSON, Alexander Paisley Boys
THOMSON, Jamie Cawder Boys
THAIN, Fraser West Linton Boys
RHIND, Jordyn Uphall Boys
MUNRO, Gordon Fraserburgh Boys
O'NEIL, Connor Pollok Boys
ROSS, Craig Kirkhill Boys
ROBINSON, Colin Largs Boys
GOODWIN, Alison Glenbervie Girls
SCOTT, Kirstin Milngavie Girls
McCOOK, Hannah Abernethy Girls
PIRIE, Craig Millport Boys
WELSH, Alan Torrance House Boys
MCKEOWN, Chris Milngavie Boys
McLACHLAN, Andrew Bonnyton Boys
BOYLE, Stuart Harburn Boys
NEIL, Bradley Blairgowrie Boys

REDFORD, Ian New Club St Andrews Boys
BLENNERHASSETT, Tom Marriot Dalmahoy Boys
McPHEE, Paul King James VI Boys
THORBURN, Jack Dunfermline Boys
FORREST, Grant Craigielaw Boys
NICOLL, Greg Bonnybridge Boys
WILSON, David Troon Welbeck Boys
BEATTIE, Ryan Hawick Boys
JOHNSTON, Liam Dumfries & County Boys
LESLIE, Samantha Westhill Girls
MACTAGGART, Tara Minto Girls
McINTOSH, Kate Broomieknowe Girls
BAIRD, Colin Bothwell Castle Boys
FARRELL, Cameron Cardross Boys
TRASURER, Jamie Inverness Boys
FAIRBURN, Simon Craigielaw Boys
STEWART, Calum Brora Boys
GIBSON, Scott Southerness Boys
ATKINS, Lesley Minto Girls
McKECHIN, Alyson Elderslie Girls
WATTON, Rachel Mortonhall Girls
CLARKE, Roger Moray Boys
FLANNERY, Daniel Peebles Boys
McDONALD, Jack Kilmarnock (Barassie) Boys
WATSON, Eilidh Muckhart Girls
IRVINE, Rachel Largs Girls
BENSON, Nicole Cawder Girls



Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Alex Salmond's major announcement about £2million boost for Scottish amateur golf

First Minister Alex Salmond (centre) with a group including SLGA chairman Shona Malcolm, British Women's Open champion Catriona Matthew and Douglas Connon, chairman of the Scottish Golf Union Board, at North Berwick today when a major announcement about additional funding for Scottish amateur golf, particularly those who are turning professional., was made.


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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Europe finalises Junior Ryder

Cup selection criteria
The selection criteria for the European team at the Junior Ryder Cup, the competition which helped launch the careers of Sergio Garcia, Rory McIlroy and Suzann Pettersen among others, have been finalised ahead of the contest at The Gleneagles Hotel on September 27-28 this year.
The Junior Ryder Cup originated from an exhibition match between teams of boys and girls from Europe and the United States in 1995 before it was formally introduced in 1997. The match traditionally takes place just before The Ryder Cup and comprises six girls and six boys on each team.
Spaniard Garcia played in the first match in 1995 before qualifying for the full team four years later, while Northern Ireland’s McIlroy was part of the 2004 team and Pettersen, Norway’s top women’s professional, played in 1997 and 1999 before being part of five Solheim Cups.
For 2010, Europe’s selection criteria dictate that the team will feature three boys and three girls who were under 16 years on January 1, 2010, and three boys and three girls under 18 years on the same day.
The six under-16 players will be selected via the 2010 European Young Masters at Royal Balaton Golf Club, Hungary, from July 22-24 with the champion and runner-up from both the boys’ and the girls’ competition qualifying for the team. Two more competitors in the European Young Masters field will be selected by the captain, Gary Stangl, in the under-16s category.
All six under-18 players will be picked by a selection committee who will take into account performances in the European girls’ and boys’ team championships, national level junior championships and players’ standings in the European Amateur Golf Rankings (EAGR) and Ladies European Amateur Rankings (LEAR).
The complete European team will be announced following the European Young Masters on July 24.


Sunday, February 21, 2010

Elie boys and girls open tournament entry forms

Entry forms for the 58th Elie Sports Club open amateur tournament for boys and girls from Tuesday to Thursday, April 13 to 15, can be downloaded at,3,-2010.doc
The tournament, played under a match-play format, is open to boys and girls in four age-group categories: Under-12s, Under-14s, Under-16s and Under-18s.


Tuesday, February 16, 2010

The 16th hole at Lough Erne Golf Resort in Northern Ireland.

Faldo Series Signs Major Partnership three-year

deal with Northern Ireland's Lough Erne Resort

Sir Nick Faldo has announced that the Faldo Series has signed a three-year Major Partnership deal with the acclaimed new Lough Erne Resort in Co Fermanagh, Northern Ireland.
The deal means the Lough Erne Resort will be designated as the Home of the Faldo Series and the Resort’s award-winning 7,167-yard Faldo Course will host the Faldo Series Grand Final in 2010, 2011 and 2012 and the Faldo Series Ireland Championship during the same years.
It will also extend a proud association with World No 7, Rory McIlroy, who is the Touring Professional at Lough Erne Resort and who is a former member of Team Faldo and won both the Under-15 and Under-17 Faldo Series titles in 2004 and 2006 respectively.
Other major figures who have participated in the Faldo Series since its launch in 1996 include Nick Dougherty, Marc Warren, Oliver Fisher, Tseng Ya-ni, Melissa Reid and Kiran Matharu.
Six-time Major winner, Faldo, announced this year’s Faldo Series Ireland Championship will be held at the Lough Erne Resort on May 24 - 25, with the 2010 Faldo Series Grand Final taking place four months later on September 21 - 23.
He added: “I am delighted with the support that Lough Erne will be offering the Faldo Series over the next few years and am very much looking forward to extending my links with what is a very special Resort.
“As a Major Partner of the Faldo Series, The Resort will be helping us to create opportunities through golf for some of the best young golfing talent from across the globe and it is very satisfying to know that they share our vision to nurture and develop these players.
“The facilities at Lough Erne are second-to-none and I know the golf course we have created there will offer a real challenge to our competitors in what are genuinely inspirational surroundings.
Jim Treacy, Owner of Lough Erne, confirmed The Resort was proud to become Home to such a prestigious event. He said: “I am thrilled to sign this Partnership with the Faldo Series and to extend our relationship with Sir Nick which started back in 2003 when we asked him to design our course here at Lough Erne.
“We look forward to staging both the Faldo Series Grand Final and the Faldo Series Ireland Championship and to welcoming all the competitors to our Resort.
“Who knows, we may even help to unearth a new Nick Faldo or Rory McIlroy.”
McIlroy turned pro back in 2007 after representing GB & I in that year’s Walker Cup at Royal Co. Down but he has not forgotten all the support he received during his formative years as an amateur.
“I was delighted to learn that Lough Erne has signed a Major Partnership Deal with the Faldo Series and believe all the competitors will thoroughly enjoy their visits to a wonderful Resort I am proud to represent.
“I have great memories of winning the Faldo Series back in 2004 and 2006 and see it as an integral part of my development as a golfer. I also appreciate all the help I got from Nick himself and know how much effort he puts in to make the Series work.”
Nick Faldo created the Faldo Series (charity no. 11027719) back in 1996 in an effort to help and nurture future generations of young champions.
This year’s Series, which will attract in excess of 5,000 boys and girls aged between 12 and 21, comprises around 30 events in over 25 countries throughout the UK, Europe, South America and Asia with the winners from all the qualifying events being invited to compete in either the Faldo Series Grand Final in Europe or the Faldo Series Grand Final in China both of which are hosted by the six-time Major champion himself.

This year’s Faldo Series Asia Grand Final is to be played at Mission Hills Golf Club in China on March 10 -12. Last year’s European Grand Final was staged in the Olympic city of Rio de Janeiro and was won by England’s Jonathan Bell, who posted rounds of 70, 69 and 73 for a 4-under par aggregate of 212 and a one stroke victory over 2009 British Boys’ champion, Tom Lewis. England’s Holly Clyburn was crowned 2009 Faldo Series Girls’ champion, ahead of Scotland’s Carly Booth.
The Faldo Series is underwritten by its founder and receives support from a range of Partners including Lough Erne, The R&A and the European Tour. The PGA also supports the Faldo Series within the UK.


Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Kenilworth Golf Club's par-13 10th hole in Warwickshire.

Kenilworth Junior Masters for Under-14 boys and girls on April 7

On April 7, 2010, Kenilworth Golf Club in Warwickshire will host the second Kenilworth Junior Masters. This event, sponsored by the Golf Society of Great Britain, is one of a series of six competitions held annually at leading venues across the country, which are designed to give young golfers the chance to enjoy competitive golf.
The list of former winners of events in this series features some familiar names including Oliver Fisher who went on to become the youngest ever Walker Cup player and is now establishing himself as member of the European Tour. Other notable participants include Tommy Fleetwood, a member of the EGU’s England Squad, and Jonathan Bell, currently a member of the EGU’s ‘A’ Squad.
This competition is open to boys and girls of all abilities, aged under 14 on the day of the competition. Last year, the Kenilworth Junior Masters attracted talented young golfers from all across the United Kingdom and with the number of entrants limited to just 72, those wishing to take part should submit their entry as soon as possible.
Entry forms can be downloaded from the club’s website or they are available from the club secretary on 01926 858517.


Sunday, February 07, 2010

Laetitia Beck, the Florida-based Israeli girl who won the Verizon Junior Heritage girls' championship today on Hilton Head Island (image by Cal Carson Golf Agency; click on it to enlarge).

Stephanie Meadow finishes joint seventh behind

Laetitia Beck, winner of girls' Verizon Junior title

Curtis Cup team place contender Stephanie Meadow from Northern Ireland faded from contention over the second round of the Verizon Junior Heritage - one of the United States' top Under-19 years tournaments - at Hilton Head Island, South Carolina today.
Stephanie, a student at the Hank Haney International Junior Golf Academy on the island, was in the picture with a Saturday round of 74 but she required 80 shots for her next round over the Harbour Links.
Her total of 154 saw Stephanie finish joint seventh, seven shots behind the winner of the 36-hole event, Laetitia Beck from Israel, a student at a golf academy in Florida. Laetitia, who is a member of Caesarea Golf Club in Israel, had rounds of 73 and 74 for 147.
She won by two shots from the favourite, 14-year-old Alexis Thompson from Coral Springs, Florida. Alexis had rounds of 73 and 76 for 149.
Last year Alexis beat Laetitia in a play-off for the title.
Miss Beck has committed herself to enrol at Duke University, Durham in North Carolina in the autumn. Duke has been the strongest team on the US women's college circuit in recent years.
Par 143 (72 + 71)
147 Laetitia Beck (Israel) 73 74.
149 Alexis Thompson 73 76.
150 Sierra Sims 74 76.
153 Portland Rosen 77 76, McKenzie Talbert 75 78, Juliet Vongphoumy 75 78.
154 Collins Bradshaw 76 78, Katherine Perry 75 79, Irene Jung 75 79, Brittany Mai 77 77, Stephanie Meadow 74 80, Monifa Sealy 76 78.
155 Simin Feng 77 78.
156 Jessica Korda 82 74, Alison Emrey 82 74.
158 Ri Hyang Park 75 83, Tanaporn Kongkiatkrai 78 80.
159 Daniela Lendl 80 79, Jackie Chang 80 79.
161 Suzie Lee 76 85, Minami Levonwich 78 83, Anne Marie Covar 79 82.
162 Janie Jackson 77 85.
162 Lauren Salazar 81 82.
164 Jaye Marie Green 82 82, Hally Leadbetter 79 85, Linda Luo 76 88, Joyce Kim 79 85.
168 Noriko Inoue 86 82, Harin Lee 84 84.
169 Katie Rose Higgins 78 91.
170 Yuri Otsuka 87 83.
171 Elizabeth Thompson 80 91.


Friday, February 05, 2010

EGU continue support of Lee Westwood Academies

Following the success of the inaugural Lee Westwood Golf Academies in 2009 the English Golf Union (EGU) is pleased to announce their continued support to the initiative from one of the EGU’s most successful former players.
Lee Westwood was a member of the EGU’s Coaching Squad and represented England in the Home Internationals in 1993 before turning pro. Since then, Lee has had a victorious career, with 18 European Tour titles to his name, recently winning the Dubai World Championship and ending his season last year as Europe’s number one.
After a successful first year, the Westwood Academies are back with an exciting edition to the programme. There will be 17 three day academies and the chance to attend a five day residential academy which focuses closely on coaching and includes a visit from Lee Westwood.
As in 2009, the Westwood Academy coaching programme will cover every aspect of the game, incorporating ‘off-course’ sessions on etiquette, rules, marking your card, nutrition, fitness and psychology.
There is also a competitive part to the Academy where attendees will play in a series of competitions on and off the course. The overall winner from these competitions from each Academy will win a day’s golf with Lee Westwood at Lindrick Golf Club on August 30, 2010.
Discussing last year’s Academies, Lee Westwood commented, “I was delighted with how my Academies started in 2009 and I am excited about the prospect of expanding and making the experience even more worthwhile for the youngsters that attend. I am very passionate about my Academy and, with the support of the English Golf Union, I am certain they will grow from strength to strength.”
The Co-operative is also continuing their support as title sponsors for the Westwood Academies along with Ping, Titleist, Solar Sport and the British Junior Golf Tour.
Further information regarding the Lee Westwood Golf Academy visit the website or alternatively contact Activate Sport on 0800 345 7480 or email .
The full list of academy venues are as follows:
26th-28th July: Rye Hill Golf Club, Banbury, Oxfordshire
26th-30th July: Residential Academy – Rye Hill Golf Club & Bloxham School, Oxfordshire
26th-28th July: The Warwickshire Golf & Country Club, Warwick, Warwickshire
26th-28th July: Bondhay Golf Club, Worksop, Nottinghamshire
26th-28th July: Morley Hayes Golf Club, Morley, Derbyshire
26th-28th July: High Legh Golf Club, High Legh, Cheshire
26th-28th July: Abbey Hill Golf Club, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
2nd-4th August: Brampton Heath Golf Club, Brampton, Northamptonshire
2nd-4th August: Tyneside Golf Club, Ryton, Tyne & Wear
2nd-4th August: Redbourn Golf Club, St Albans, Hertfordshire
2nd-4th August: Farrington Golf & Country Club, Bristol, Somerset
3rd-5th August: Portal Golf Club, Tarporley, Cheshire
4th-6th August: Rudding Park Golf Club, Harrogate, Yorkshire
4th-6th August: Gaudet Luce Golf Club, Droitwich, Worcestershire
9th 11th August: Hoebridge Golf Centre, Old Woking, Surrey
9th-11th August: The Shropshire Golf Centre, Telford, Shropshire
11th-13th August: Hilton Park Golf Club, Milngavie, Glasgow
11th-13th August: Perranporth Golf Club, Perranporth, Cornwall

For further information please contact: Lynne Fraser, EGU Marketing and PR Manager Email:


Saturday, January 30, 2010

Scotland's Lesley Atkins finishes third in Spain

Leon Fricker, Bronte Law win Andalucian

Junior European Open titles

Bronte Law, pictured right by Cal Carson Golf Agency, retained her Andalucia Junior European Open girls' title by 10 shots on a warm but windy final day at Finca Cortesin.
And pre-tournament favourite Leon Fricker (Yelverton, Devon) won the boys' event by two shots from Yorkshire's Jonathan Fisher, whose brave bid was hit by a three-putt on the penultimate hole.
With Britain shivering under a new cold snap, the country's top juniors went into action at the event, held in association with the Daily Express, on the fifth and final day in Spain. But the winds were so strong that three and four putts were seen on some greens.
Law took a three-shot lead over Scotland's Lesley Atkins into the final round but saw that wiped out after just four holes after struggling on the greens.
A birdie on the long, par-5 eighth saw her regain the lead and Law never looked back as East Brighton's Tiffany Hewetson shot the best round of the day - 85 - to pip Atkins for second place.
Fricker, on five under par, led by four from Fisher and East Devon's David Black, who refused a practice round.
But Fisher had drawn level by the par-3 17th, where he had a putt for the outright lead only to end up with a bogey, and Fricker birdied the last to make sure.
Played over Alcadaisa Links and Finca Cortesin
218 Leon Fricker.
220 Jonathan Fisher.
223 Craig Cameron.
225 David Blick.
228 Julian Taylor.
229 Joshua Johnson.
231 Paul Kinnear.
235 Adam Woodhead.
227 Bronte Law.
238 Tiffany Hewetson.
239 Lesley Atkins.
252 Alison Knowles.


Friday, January 08, 2010

Craigielaw's kids reign in Spain at last

Craigielaw wiped out the bitter memories of a painful experience in the same event two years ago by winning the Junior Team Golf Home Nations Inter-Club Championship in Spain.
Despite losing their final match 3-2 o Welsh side Morriston, the East Lothian club were crowned champions at the Polaris La Torre Resort near Murcia by virtue of their better "goal difference."
Grant Forrest (pictured by Tom Ward Photography), Greg Smail, Euan Donaldson, Gabrielle MacDonald, Douglas Maxwell, Jack Dow and Euan Mackay did the business over the three days.
They set up their title triumph with wins over Maylands (England) and Rosslare (Ireland) earlier in the week.
Caigielaw earned their trip to Spain by winning the Scottish final at Westerwood in Cumbernauld last autumn and their victory in the grand final came at the third time of asking.
Two years ago, the East Lothian club agonisingly missed out after two of their players, Myles Cunningham and Scott Speakman, signed for wrong scores.
"This is fantastic for the club, especially given what happened two years ago," said Gordon Smith, the club's junior team manager who has been accompanying the players this week.
"It was thoroughly deserved and is another reward for the encouragement given to juniors at Craigielaw.
"With Maylands and Rosslare drawing their match, Craigielaw knew just one point would be enough to secure their success and that was delivered in the top game by Forrest, the current Scottish Under-16 champion.
Donaldson was Craigielaw's other winner on the final day, with Maxwell adding the half point.
Over the course of the three days, Craigielaw won 11 matches compared to Morriston's seven successes.


Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Alexis Thompson and Romain Wattel with their Junior Orange Bowl Championship trophies. Click to enlarge.

Ross Kellett's conqueror Wattel wins Junior Orange Bowl

boys' play-off, Alexis Thompson takes girls' title

British amateur champion Matteo Manassero, on the very day that he became the world's No 1 amateur in the R&A World Amateur Golf Rankings, lost the lead he had held over the first three rounds and finished a close-up third in the Junior Orange Bowl International Championships' boys' category.
Manassero, 16, from Rome had rounds of 65, 70, 68 and 71 for a six-under-par total of 274 over the par-70 Biltmore course at Coral Gables, Florida.
He finished one shot behind French men's amateur champion Romain Wattel - who recently beat Motherwell's Ross Kellett in the final of the Argentina men's amateur championship - and Argentina's Emiliano Grillo. They tied on 273 before Wattel won a sudden-death play-off at the third extra hole.
Grillo had rounds of 68, 72, 66 and 67. Wattel scored 67, 71, 68 and 67. Wattel birdied the short 14th, long 15th and 17th to come home in 32 at the last time of asking. Grillo bogeyed the 13th and 14th but birdied the 15th and 16th.
Manassero had a costly bogey at the 16th which prevented him from figuring in a three-way play-off for the prestigious title.
England's representative, Jonathan Bell from the Royal Blackheath club, had a nightmare last round of 10-over-par 80, with two double bogeys, eight bogeys and birdies at the first and eighth. His total of 294 gave him joint 30th place in the final standings.
Alexis Thompson, as expected, made up a two-shot overnight leeway to win the girls' title by two strokes with rounds of 71, 72, 66 and 71 for level par 280. Alexis, from Coral Springs, was playing in her home state of Florida.
Overnight leader Ariya Jutanugarn (Thailand) fell away under pressure to sign off with a 76 for 283. She lost second place to Cindy Feng (US) who had rounds of 71, 72, 67 and 72 for 282.

Par 280 (4x70) 6,699yd.
273 Romain Wattel (France) 67 71 68 67, Emiliano Grillo (Argentina) 68 72 66 67 (Wattel won play-off at third extra hole).
274 Matteo Manassero (Italy) 65 70 68 71.
282 Andrea Bolognesi (Italy) 67 71 70 74, Tom Lovelady (US) 69 67 71 75.
283 Justin Thomas (US) 69 71 69 74, Curtis Thyompson (US) 67 73 72 71.
284 Thomas Pieters (Belgium) 69 73 75 67, Patrick Rodgers (US) 70 74 72 68.
Selected score:
294 Jonathan Bell (England) 71 72 71 80 (jt 30th).
Par 280 (4x70). 6,061 yd.
280 Alexis Thompson (US) 71 72 66 71.
282 Cindy Feng (US) 71 72 67 72.
283 Ariya Jutanugarn (Thailand) 71 659 657 76.
286 Victoria Tanco (Argentina) 73 75 70 68.
288 Daisy Nielsen (Denmark) 69 77 74 68.
290 Moriya Jutanugarn (Thailand) 69 74 73 74.
291 Jessica Korda (US) 75 72 76 68.
292 Laetitia Beck (Israel) 71 77 71 73.

To see all the scores, click on:
France's Romain Wattel and USA's Alexis Thompson are the new Junior Orange Bowl golf champions.
Wattel defeated Argentina's Emiliano Grillo in a three-hole playoff, after finishing tied after 72 holes on 7-under par 273. Both scored 67s in the final round.
Third-round leader, Italy's Matteo Manassero, the British Amateur Champion, finished one stroke behind on 274 after posting 71.
The girls' final round was a nail-biting affair. After eight holes favourite Thompson had made up the two-stroke overnight deficit but was stretched all the way on the back nine and admitted she was not sure that she could win until the last putt dropped.
“I caught up, then dropped back, played very solid golf on the back nine to get ahead, then Cindy birdied 15th and 17th, so the pendulum could have swung in any direction at the final hole, where I've had problems all week.”
Thompson, Feng and Jutanugarn all missed the green at the 18th but only Thompson saved par, walking off as much relieved as elated. “It is great to win this one, I've really wanted it for a number of years. When I can relax I'm sure I'm going to enjoy it.”
“Naturally it is a little disappointing,” Manassero said later, “and I did not play badly, but these guys played really great today, particularly on the back nine. I struggled a little with my game all week but full credit has to go to Emiliano and Romain.”
Wattel and Grillo both parred the 18th hole twice before the Frenchman clinched victory with a 16ft birdie putt although for most of the closing holes it seemed Manassero would triumph. After regaining the lead through 14 holes, the Italian's 100yd approach to the par-5 15th stopped inches from the hole: but both opponents also got up-and-down from around the green to match his birdie.
Manassero made just one mistake but it was enough. From the right hand rough his approach to the 16th flew long, the outcome a bogey while Grillo birdied, a two-shot swing. When Wattel birdied the 17th, suddenly the one-time leader was a stroke adrift.


Tuesday, December 29, 2009



British amateur champion Matteo Manassero is on course to become the first Italian winner of the boys' title in the prestigious Junior Orange Bowl international junior golf championship over the Biltmore course at Coral Gables, Florida.
The 16-year-old from Rome shot a third-round, two-under-par 68 today for a 54-hole total of seven-under-par 203.
If he did win he would be following in the footsteps of previous winners such as Mark Calcavecchia (1977), Tiger Woods (1991) and Ben Parker (2005).
With one round to go, Manassero, No 2 in the R&A world amateur golf rankings, leads by three shots from Argentina's Emiliano Grillo, whose 66 was the best third-round score by a boy, and French men's amateur champion Romain Wattel.
England's Jonathan Bell from the Royal Blackheath club, Kent, has played steadily for rounds of 71, 72 and 71 and a tally of four-over-par 214. He ran up a double bogey 5 at the short eighth in his third round and shots dropped more cancelled out his birdies at the 1st, fourt and 12th.
Thailand's Ariya Jutanugarn leads the girls' event after a three-under 67 for three-under 207.
But second-placed title favourite Alexis Thompson from Florida will fancy her chance of making up the two-stroke leeway after a 66 for 209.

LEADING SCORES (both par 70)
Par 210 (3x70)
203 Matteo Manassero (Ita) 65 70 68.
206 Emiliano Grillo (Arg) 68 72 66, Romain Wattel (Fra) 67 71 68.
207 Tom Lovelady (US) 69 67 71.
208 Andrea Bolognesi (Ita) 67 71 70.
209 Justin Thomas (US) 69 71 69.
Selected score:
214 Jonathan Bell (Eng) 71 72 71.
Par 210 (3x70)
207 Ariya Jutanugarn (Thai) 71 69 67.
209 Alexis Thompson (US) 71 72 66.
210 Cindy Feng (US) 71 72 67.
216 Moriya Jutanugarn (Thai) 69 74 73, Monifa Sealy (T&T) 73 72 71.
218 Victoria Tanco (Arg) 73 75 70.
219 Laetitia Beck (Isr) 71 77 71.
220 Emilie Alonso (Fra) 73 78 69, Daisy Nielsen (Den) 69 77 74, Kristine Odaiyar (US) 71 77 72.

Seeking wire-to-wire victory, Italy's Matteo Manassero extended his lead to three strokes with a two-under par 68 in the third round of the 46th Junior Orange Bowl International, a three-day total of seven-under par 203 over the par-70 Biltmore course at Coral Gables.
The British amateur champion leads Argentina's Emilano Grillo, who joined France's Romain Wattel in second place with a sparkling 6-birdie 66. As gusting winds toughened up the tight test, only five boys carded below par and three are now top-four in the championship race
In the girls' section overnight leader Ariya Jutanugarn held firm against a barrage of birdies by Alexis Thompson and goes into the final round with a two-stroke advantage after a three-under- par 67.
Thompson's girls' best-of-the-day 66 gave her outright ownership of second place, a stroke ahead of Cindy Feng. Last year's winner Victoria Tanco from Argentina carded even-par 70 and is 11 shots off the pace.
This battle of super-talented 14-olds produced high-quality golf by any measure. Jutanugarn stretched her lead to five strokes early but over the back-nine as the wind blew up, the tall and powerful Thompson turned the pressure on the diminutive Asian Pacific champion, garnering four birdies in a five-hole stretch.
Manassaro, only 16, got off to a dynamic start, birdieing three of the four opening holes, and went without a blemish on his card until the 12th hole. “I really struck the ball well today, best striking of the week, but my putting was not as good as the first two days,” the world number-2 ranked amateur said later.
“It was to be expected. I'd putted so well in the first rounds.” The long-hitting leader's first three-putt came after 51 holes, an ambitious long attempt for birdie that came unstuck, immediately rectified on the following hole with flag-sticking wedge. “Tomorrow I'll just try and stay calm,” he said.
Argentina's Grillo carded five birdies before his first error, at the 13th . When he was unable to rescue par at the 17th from a greenside bunker, his chase to close in on Manassero was over for the day. USA's Tom Lovelady fought a balky putter for 71.
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Monday, December 28, 2009

Manassero still leads Junior Orange

Bowl despite short hole double bogey

British amateur champion Matteo Manassero from Rome had to settle for a one-shot halfway lead after running up a double-bogey 5 at the short 14th in the second round of the Junior Orange Bowl international championships' boys' section over the Biltmore course, Coral Gables in Florida today.
Manassero, pictured by courtesy of Tom Ward Photography, leader by two after an opening five-under-par 65, returned a level par 70 (33-37) for a 36-hole tally of five-under-par 135. His only other deviations from par were birdies at the short first and long eighth.
The Italian's closer challenger is Tom Lovelady from Birmingham, Alabama with rounds of 69 and 67 for 136. Lovelady had halves of 34 and 33 in his flawless second round in which he birdied the fifth, 10th and 16th.
Europe provides three of the leading four players with a second Italian, Andrea Bolognesi, and French men's champion Romain Wattel sharing third place on 138. Both youngsters have shot 67 and 71.
England's Jonathan Bell is lying in joint 14th position in a field of 58 after rounds of 71 and 72 for 143.
There is a new leader in the girls' championship with Ariya Jutanugarn from Thailand surging three shots clear on level par 140 after rounds of 71 and 69. She had five birdies in her second round, including the 16th and 18th in halves of 35 and 34.
Denmark's Daisy Nielsen who had shared the first-round lead on 69 with Ariya's sister, Moriya Jutanugarn (Thailand), had a nightmare 77, including two double bogey 6s in an outward half of 40. She has slumped to sixth place on 146.

Leading second-round scores
Par 140 (2x70)
135 Matteo Manassero (Ita) 65 70.
136 Tom Lovelady (US) 69 67.
138 Andrea Bolognesi (Ita) 67 71, Romain Wattel (Fra) 67 71.
140 Oskar Arvidsson (Swe) 70 70, Emiliano Grillo (Arg) 68 72, Jim Liu (US) 72 68, Brandon Ng (Can) 70 70, Justin Thomas (US) 69 71, Curtis Thompson (US) 67 73.
Selected score:
Jonathan Bell (Eng) 71 72 (jt 14th).

Par 140 (2x70)
140 Ariya Jutanugarn (Thai) 71 69.
143 Cindy Feng (US) 71 72, Moriya Jutanugarn (Thai) 69 74, Alexis Thompson (US) 71 72.
145 Monifa Sealy (T&T) 73 72.
146 Daisy Nielsen (Den) 69 77.
147 Jessica Korda (US) 75 72, Kyle Roig (Puerto Rico) 72 75.
148 Ana Arrese (Spain) 71 77, Laetitia Beck (Israel) 71 77, Kristina Odalyar (US) 71 77, Victoria Tanco (Argentina) 73 75.
149 Min-Young Lee (South Korea) 77 72.

Italy's Matteo Manassero, the British amateur champion and overnight leader, posted an even-par 70 second round for a single stroke lead at the halfway stage of the 46th edition of the Junior Orange Bowl International.
The 16-year old stand-out from Rome leads Alabama's Tom Lovelady, who carded a best-of-the-day 67, a round equalled only by Peru's Joaquin Lolas. In blustery conditions French Junior Champion Romain Wattel and Italy's Andrea Bolognesi remained tied in third place after posting 71s. Six are tied on even-par 140.
Manassero admitted he was probably fortunate to have held onto the top spot. “I played rather poorly but I saved my score by very good chipping and putting,” he said. “I'd like to hope I can play better than that in the coming rounds.”
His sharp short game was highlighted by a holing a bunker shot for a birdie 2 at the 223yd par-3 eighth hole.
On the other hand, Lovelady, who missed last year's championship due to injury, and currently plays with a +4.6 USGA handicap, made his move into contention with precision golf, a bogey-free 67 where his three birdies all came at par-4s.
“I drove well and set up a lot of straightforward wedge approach shots on good angles,” the 16-year old from Birmingham, Alabama explained. “My putter was working well so in all it was a round without too much stress.”
In the girls' section favourites Alexis Thompson and defending champion Victoria Tanco had unexpected setbacks, permitting 14-year old Ariya Jutanugarn to vault into the lead at ever par 140 (71-69), three shots ahead of USA's Cindy Fong, Ariya's older sister Moriya and Thompson, all now tied for second place at 143.
Three-under par for 17 holes, Thompson held the on-course lead with just the long uphill closing par-4 to complete. She reached the green in four after visiting two bunkers and then, perhaps failing to realize the severity of the green, took FIVE putts, finishing with a 9 for 72.
Last year's girls' champion Tanco also failed to gain traction, sliding to eight shots off the pace with second-round 75.
Played over 72 holes stroke-play on the famed Donald Ross course at Biltmore Golf Club, the Junior Orange Bowl International Golf Championship is for boys and girls age 18 and under and features top young amateur golfers from around the world.
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Denmark's Daisy Nielsen shares girls' lead in Florida

Manassero's putting 'great' - he leads Junior

Orange Bowl boys with a five-under-par 65

FROM DAVID MACKINTOSH, Coral Gables, Florida
British Amateur champion, 16-year old Matteo Manassero from Rome, took charge of the boys' opening round of the Junior Orange Bowl international junior championships with a blistering six-birdie, five-under-par 65 for a two-stroke lead.
"I can't say I that played perfectly," he said. "I missed several shots, but fortunately the misses were on the good side, which meant I was able to get chips close to save pars. What was great was my putting, and that is really why I was able to score low today."
Three were tied on 67: Manassero's compatriot Andrea Bolognesi, French men's champion Romain Wattel and United States' Curtis Thompson, who between them carded 16 birdies. In benign conditions under sunny skies and temperatures in the high 70s, 16 boys finished on level par or better.
Played over 72 holes stroke-play on the famed Donald Ross-designed Biltmore course, the Junior Orange Bowl International championships are for boys and girls age 18 and under and features top young amateur golfers from around the world.
Thailand's Moriya Jutanugarn and Denmark's Daisy Nielson, pictured above by Cal Carson Golf Agency, set the first round pace in the girls' division, tied on one-under par 69, two strokes ahead of a group of six players carding 71 that includes favourite Alexis Thompson.
Bangkok's Jutanugarn, 15, the Asia Pacific junior champion, produced three back-nine birdies to tie Nielson, 15, the Danish ladies match-play champion, who recovered strongly after a double-bogey at her third hole.
Florida's Thompson, is just 14 but already a major force in women's golf in America. This year she reached the final round of the US Women's Open. Last year she lost the JOB girls' championship to Argentina's Victoria Tanco in an enthralling six-hole play-off.
Thompson's one-over par round was marred by a double-bogey at the par-3 eighth while defending champion Tanco, after a delayed flight from South America, reached the Biltmore course with barely time to step into her golf shoes, yet produced a meritorious 73 after opening her day with a 7.
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Sunday, December 27, 2009

Manassero matches Florida heat with a

five-under-par 65 in Junior Orange Bowl

British amateur champion Matteo Manassero set a blistering pace of five-under-par 65 in the first round of the Junior Orange Bowl international boys' championship in temperatures in the high 70s at the Biltmore course, Coral Gables, Florida today.
Teenager Manassero, No 2 in the R&A World Amateur Golf Rankings, birdied the last two holes - he had six birdies on the day - to finish the first round two shots clear of Italian compatriot Andrea Bolognesi (31-36), Curtis Thompson (Coral Springs, Florida) (32-35) and French amateur champion Romain Wattel (33-34) who recently beat Ross Kellett (Colville Park) in the final of the Argentina men's amateur international championship.
Manassero had halves of 33-32 against the par of 35-35 for the 6,699yd boys' course.
England's Jonathan Bell finished the first day in joint 18th place on one-over-par 71 with halves of 34-37.
In the girls' championship over a 6,061yd course, also par 70 (35-35), Denmark's Daisy Nielsen shared the first-round lead with Thailand's Moriya Jutanugarn. Both players had halves of 36-33 to finish the day two shots clear of a group of players, including one of the favourites, Alexis Thompson.
Defending champion Victoria Tanco (Argentina) is joint 11th on the 73 mark.
Par 70 (35-35). 6,699yd.
65 Matteo Manassero (Italy) 33-32.
67 Andrea Bolognesi (Italy) 31-36, Curtis Thompson (Florida) 32-35, Romain Wattel (France) 33-34.
68 Emiliano Grillo (Argentina), Daniel Zuluaga (Colombia).
69 Tom Lovelady (Alabama), Thomas Pieters (Belgium), Justin Thomas (Kent).
70 Victor Alarcon (Venezuela), Oskar Arvidsson (Sweden), Assaf Cohen (Israel), Martin Keskari (Germany), Brandon Ng (Canada, Patrick Rodgers (Indiana), Jose Pablo Rolz (Guatemala).
Selected score:
71 Jonathan Bell (England) 34-37.
Par 70 (35-35). 6,061yd.
69 Moriya Jutanugarn (Thailand) 36-33, Daisy Nielsen (Denmark) 36-33.
71 Anna Arese (Spain), Alexis Thompson (Florida), Laetitia Beck (Israel), Cindy Feng (Florida), Ariya Jutanugarn (Thailand), Kristine Odalyar (Florida), Alexis Thompson (Florida).
72 Kyle Roig (Puerto Rico).
73 Emilie Alonso (France), Laura Blanco (Colombia), Diana Fernandez (Paraguay) Monifa Sealy (Trinidad & Tobago), Victoria Tanco (Argentina).