Sunday, December 21, 2014

REPORT, ALL THE SCORES AT CORAL SPRINGS, FLORIDA


MATTHEWS LEADS BY ONE AT 

HALFWAY IN DIXIE AMATEUR

CORAL SPRINGS, Florida  — Brandon Matthews, who posted a 6-under 66 to open the 83rd Dixie Amateur tournament on Friday, cooled off a bit on Saturday. Matthews continues to lead at 6-under-par 138 at Heron Bay Golf Club, however, after posting even par 72 for the day.
But he is now only one shot ahead of Anthony Gabrielle on 139 (70-69) with Drew Czuchry third on 140 (67-73) and Max de Craeker fourth on 141 (69-72) at the halfway stage.



The Dixie Amateur is a 72 hole golf tournament for which the entry 

fee is $450.  The first three  rounds are played at Heron Bay Golf 

Club.  There is a 54 hole cut 

and the final round will be played at TPC Eagle Trace.  Players who 

do not make the 54 hole cut are automatically entered in the 

ClubLink Cup on the final day at Heron Bay Golf Club. 

The ClubLink Cup is an 18 hole tournament benefiting Birdies for 

the Brave.


HALFWAY LEADERBOARD
Par 144 (2x72)
138 Brandon Matthews 66 72
139 Anthony Gabrielle 70 69
140 Drew Czuchry 67 73
141 Max de Craeker 69 82

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Saturday, December 20, 2014

HAVANA ONLY HAS A NINE-HOLE COURSE BUT ...

STAND BY FOR CUBA GOLF BOOM NOW 
THAT USA IS TALKING OF NEW ERA
FROM GOLFWEEK.COM
By BRADLEY S KLEIN
Sixteen years ago, I cozied up to the bar at Ernest Hemingway's favourite watering hole, Floridita, in Havana, Cuba, and saw the future coming through the bottom of yet another mojito. 
Though we've been waiting ever since, today it looks as if the future finally could be on the horizon. Eventually the walls of economic boycott will come down, and with it a flood of U.S. investment capital will pour into this beleaguered, impoverished island nation just 90 miles across the sea from Florida. 
When it comes, golf will flourish.
President Barack Obama's announcement on December 17 of a new era in Cuban-American relations, including normalized diplomatic recognition and some modest restrictions in trade, represent considerable steps.
These measures soon will lead to an opening of trade between the two countries – trade that has been suspended since Fidel Castro took power in 1959.
Back before the Castro-led revolution, Cuba was a hotbed of economic activity and U.S. leisure. Barnstorming Major League Baseball teams played in Havana. Its cigars were a staple of the country-club set. Singers and comedians regularly played the Havana nightclubs. And Cuba was an attractive vacation spot.
Much less of that remains today, though there is evidence of tourist trade from South America and Europe. But with the absence of its historically largest (and nearest) trading partner only 90 miles away across the Strait of Florida, economic development has been scattershot, at best.
There is scant evidence of the once-flourishing resort trade to be found today in Cuba. The capital city is served only by the nine-hole Havana Golf Club.
Two courses designed by Donald Ross are long gone. The one hopeful sign of development, now more than 15 years old, is Varadero Golf Club, which was designed by Canadian Les Furber. It was home to the European Challenge Tour Grand Finals in 1999 and 2000.
Varadero sits on a peninsula that is pinched by Cardenas Bay to the south and open waters to the north. It's land that would be the envy of any course architect, only 90 miles east of Havana. 
But access roads to Varadero still betray considerable neglect. They also reveal that the obstacle to development of such dramatic land is basic infrastructure – mainly highways and utilities. 
Eventually that will come. And when it does, the coastal region will become a haven for luxury-goers, mainly from Latin America – the same folks who have been parking their surplus capital and Rolls Royces in Miami.

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STAGE SET FOR SUPER SUNDAY FINISH TO DUBAI OPEN

DARREN CLARKE SHOOTS A 64 TO BE 

ONE OFF PACE

ASIAN TOUR NEWS RELEASE
Indian duo Shiv Kapur and Arjun Atwal will step into the last day of the season at the inaugural Dubai Open holding the joint lead with South Africa’s Jbe Kruger and South Korean teenager Wang Jeung-hun after an exhilarating third round today.
No fewer than 21 players, all within three shots of the lead, will have a chance of lifting the top prize at the majestic Els Club Dubai including Major winner Darren Clarke, pictured, of Northern Ireland who fired a stunning 64 to end the day one shot back of the leading quartet.
Power-packed Kruger also shot a 64, the week’s lowest, following a card that included the Dubai Open’s first hole-in-one and an eagle while 19-year-old Wang, who has not missed a single cut this season, shot a 68 to put himself in contention for a maiden Asian Tour victory.
Co-overnight leader Kapur, a Dubai resident, overcame two early bogeys with an inward 31 and a 69 and stayed in the joint lead on 10-under-par 206 with Atwal, who mixed six birdies against two bogeys for a 68.
Six players lie a stroke back, including Thailand’s Chapchai Nirat (67) and Pariya Junhasavasdikul (67), Japan’s Daisuke Kataoka (68), India’s Gaganjeet Bhullar (69) and Scotsman Simon Yates (69).
Two-time Asian Tour number one Thaworn Wiratchant of Thailand, who has won twice this year, fired a 65 to lie on 208 in what promises to be a fantastic finish to the 2014 Asian Tour season.
STRENGTH-BUILDING EXERCISES
Kruger, who pulled tractor wheels up and down a hill near his farm house in South Africa to gain power, said he left some shots out on the course despite nailing a seven iron for his ace on the par three second hole. 
“I hit a seven iron but probably pitched perfect and probably trickled down,” said Kruger, who is a one-time winner in Asia. “I three-putted 17 and I probably hit it inside of 10 feet probably five times and didn't make one.  So it could have been a lot lower. But you can't complain with a round like that. I'm glad I'm in contention to actually try and win, but it all comes down to the day and all comes down to putting."
The 19-year-old Wang has proven to be one of the revelations of the season where he hasn’t missed a single cut all year. Six birdies against four two bogeys put him into uncharted territory as he seeks to end his year on a winning note.
“I just don't want to get pressure. I’ll be nervous. I will try to play my own game tomorrow. My putter improved so much and then my iron shot was good,” said Wang, who has three top-10s this year.
DARREN CLARKE 'PLAYING BETTER'
Clarke, who won the Open in 2011, charged up the leaderboard with with six birdies and chip-in eagle on the par four 16th hole. “I've played really well all week but made no putts and made a mess of the last hole, the ninth yesterday (for double). Hit an awful lot of good shots and holed a couple of putts today,” said Clarke.
“I shot two 64s in a Pro Am event in Turkey two weeks ago, the Banco Classic, so I'm playing better again which is nice. I'm here to play. I'm not here to make up the numbers. My timing has been off a little bit because of all the weight that I've lost.  So because of that, it's taken a bit of time and it's starting to come back now.”
Scot Simon Yates is on the same 207 mark as Darren Clarke after rounds of 71, 67 and 69.
 
LEADING THIRD-ROUND SCORES
Par 216 (3x72) Yardage: 7,538
206 Jbe KRUGER (RSA) 70-72-64, WANG Jeung-hun (SKOR) 71-67-68, Arjun ATWAL (IND) 73-65-68, Shiv KAPUR (IND) 71-66-69.
207 Darren CLARKE (NIR) 72-71-64, Chapchai NIRAT (THA) 71-69-67, Pariya JUNHASAVASDIKUL (THA) 68-72-67, Daisuke KATAOKA (JPN) 73-66-68, Simon YATES (SCO) 71-67-69, Gaganjeet BHULLAR (IND) 69-69-69.
208 Thaworn WIRATCHANT (THA) 74-69-65, Thitiphun CHUAYPRAKONG (THA) 70-71-67.
209 Javi COLOMO (ESP) 69-73-67, Matthew FITZPATRICK (ENG) 70-71-68, Nicholas FUNG (MAS) 71-70-68, Panuphol PITTAYARAT (THA) 69-72-68, MO Joong-kyung (KOR) 70-71-68, Joonas GRANBERG (FIN) 72-69-68, Bryce EASTON (RSA) 69-71-69, Joshua WHITE (ENG) 71-68-70, Prom MEESAWAT (THA) 71-68-70.
211 Thammanoon SRIROJ (THA) 72-72-67, Poosit SUPUPRAMAI (THA) 72-72-67, Carlos PIGEM (ESP) 70-73-68, Namchok TANTIPOKHAKUL (THA) 71-72-68, Marcus BOTH (AUS) 70-71-70, LAM Chih Bing (SIN) 67-74-70.
 

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OPENING ROUND AT HERON BAY, FLORIDA


TEMPLE STUDENT MATTHEWS LEADS
 
WITH A 66 IN DIXIE 

AMATEUR

CORAL SPRINGS, Florida— After a first-round 66, Brandon Matthews, a junior (third-year) student at Temple University, leads the Dixie Amateur by a stroke with three rounds to go. Tied for second place at 67 are Drew Czuchry of Georgia Tech and Quinlan Prchal of Princeton while three others are just two back at 68.
Last year's winner, Curtis Thompson, who also won the 2011 event, recently turned pro and qualified for the Web.com Tour by placing eleventh at Web.com Tour Qualifying School.
The Dixie Men's Amateur, the third and final Dixie event taking place in South Florida this December, is being conducted at Heron Bay Golf Club and TPC Eagle Trace.
The 72-hole event will feature three rounds at Heron Bay before a 54-hole cut. The remaining players will finish the tournament at TPC Eagle Trace.


FIRST-ROUND LEADERBOARD
Par 72
66 Brandon Matthews
67 Drew Czuchry, Quinlan Prchal.
68
71 Cody O'Toole, Jackson Shoenfelt
72 Martijn Horters, Giovanni Tadiotto, Daniel Whelan, Peyton White.
+There is a problem with the display of all the scores through the
Dixie Amateur website. We have pointed this out to the organisers and asked them to sort it out. Not all the scores are being displayed
meantime.

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EUROPEAN TOUR 2014 VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS

LINK TO VIDEO OF EUROPEAN TOUR HIGHLIGHTS ON 2014

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Friday, December 19, 2014

GAVIN DEAR WON THIS EVENT IN 2008




Entry Fee: $450

The Dixie Amateur is a 72 hole golf tournament which began today 

(Friday) with a field of 222 players.

  The first three rounds are played at Heron Bay Golf Club.  

There is a 54 hole cut and the final round will be played at TPC 

Eagle Trace.  

Players who do not make the 54 hole cut are automatically entered 

in the ClubLink Cup on the final day at Heron Bay Golf Club.

The ClubLink Cup is an 18 hole tournament benefiting Birdies for 

the Brave.


$1,395.00 | Value package 

Tournament entry, four nights at the Marriott adjacent to the course, two days of unlimited practice rounds,  unlimited range 
balls for the week, breakfast (5 days), lunch (5 days), and dinner (4 days). 


Tournament Format:


ALL PARTICIPANTS WILL BE GUARANTEED FOUR 

COMPETITIVE ROUNDS.


GAVIN DEAR WAS WINNER IN 2008

Gavin Dear, while still an amateur, of course, won the Dixie 

Amateur in 2008.  Certainly in recent times, Gavin is the only Scot 

to  have won the prestigious tournament.

There have been some famous winners down through the years ... 

Frank Stranahan (1950), Lanny Wadkins (1971), Andy Bean (1975), 

Hal Sutton (1978 and 1979), Jesper Parnevik (1986), Erik Compton 

(2000), Peter Uihlein (2009 and 2010), Curtis Thompson (2011 and 

2013). 

To view the complete roll of honour in the Dixie Amateur's men's 

women's and senior tournaments 

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VETERAN SCOT STANDING DOWN AS AGW PRESIDENT

 (L-R) Renton Laidlaw, President of the Association of Golf Writers, is presented with a retirement gift by George O'Grady (R), Chief Executive of The European Tour at The European Tour Race to Dubai Golfer of the Year Luncheon  (Getty Images)
(L-R) Renton Laidlaw, President of the Association of Golf Writers, is presented with a retirement gift by George O'Grady (R), Chief Executive of The European Tour at The European Tour Race to Dubai Golfer of the Year Luncheon (Getty Images)

RENTON LAIDLAW RECEIVES RETIREMENT GIFT FROM EUROPEAN TOUR 

EUROPEAN TOUR NEWS RELEASE
Renton Laidlaw, President of the Association of Golf Writers, was presented with a retirement gift by George O’Grady, Chief Executive of The European Tour, during this week’s European Tour Golfer of the Year luncheon at Wentworth.
Laidlaw’s career in golf began when he started out on the Edinburgh Evening News in 1957. After a spell in television, first with STV then Grampian TV and, finally, the BBC as its news anchor in Edinburgh, he returned to golf with the London Evening Standard from 1973 to 1998. During that time he also commentated for BBC Radio, ITV, TWI, Eurosport and Screensport.
A move to full-time broadcasting followed as he became an integral part of the European Tour Productions commentary team and these days Laidlaw’s dulcet tones can be heard on The Golf Channel.

Earlier this year Laidlaw became the first non-American to cover 40 Masters Tournaments, and he has now covered 16 Ryder Cups and more than 130 majors.

"We will get our own chance to say thank-you in due course to the man who has arguably done more for the Association of Golf Writers  over the years than any other in our long history. He’s certainly the only man to serve as secretary, chairman and, for the past decade, as President," said AGW chairman Derek Lawrenson.
. “Thank for your support of The European Tour, through European Tour Weekly and every form of broadcast we have had over the years. You have been a great friend to the Tour,” said O’Grady.
The presentation was made during the European Tour’s annual luncheon where O’Grady also paid tribute to golf writers and others within the golfing family who had passed away over the past 12 months including leading Scottish sportswriter Norman Mair, whose funeral was being held that day in Edinburgh, and Katrina Dawson, the daughter of former RandA Captain Sandy Dawson, so tragically killed in the Sydney hostage situation this week. 
Others remembered were Italian golf writer Maria Pia Gennaro, Scotland’s Ian Broadley, Andre Jean LaFaurie from France, Hilary Barnes, wife of Ryder Cup player Brian, Honorary Life Vice-President of the Tour Claude Roger Cartier, caddie Iain McGregor and the European Tour’s Gillian Oosterhuis.

COLIN FARQUHARSON, a member of the Association of Golf Writers since 1974, writes:
Renton Laidlaw, at his own request, will stand down as AGW President following the Open at St Andrews next July.
Goran Zachrisson has agreed to take on the role for a two-year term.
Goran will become the first Continental member to hold one of the AGW's senior posts of office
 ‘It’s the greatest honour I could get!’ he said. ‘I’ll just have to make sure I stay alive for the next two years.’
It’s 50 years since Zachrisson  joined Sweden’s leading golf magazine and next year will mark a half-century since he first became involved in television.

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ASIAN TOUR'S DUBAI OPEN REPORT, LEADING SCORES

SIZZLING KAPUR SHARES HALFWAY 

LEAD WITH PAVIT AFTER A 66

NEWS RELEASE FROM ASIAN TOUR
India’s Shiv Kapur soared on eagle’s wings as he fired a superb six-under-par 66 to share the halfway lead with Thai prospect Pavit Tangkamolprasert at the inaugural Asian Tour’s Dubai Open today.
Kapur, who triumphed in Dubai on the European Challenge Tour at the end of last season, maintained his love-affair with the vibrant city, holing out for a stunning two from the fairway at the par four first hole before adding five more birdies against one bogey at the magnificent Els Club Dubai.
Newly crowned Asian Development Tour number one Pavit continued to show his potential with a battling 70 which tied Kapur on seven-under-par 137, one ahead of Indian duo Arjun Atwal (65) and Gaganjeet Bhullar (69), Scotsman Simon Yates (67)and Korean teenager Wang Jeung-hun (67) in what is the final tournament of the 2014 Asian Tour season. 
Thailand’s Prom Meesawat, needing a victory in Dubai to finish second on the Order of Merit and qualify for the WGC-Cadillac Championship, carded a steady 68 for tied seventh place with MENA Tour’s number one Joshua White and Japan’s Daisuke Kataoka.
The halfway cut was set at 145 with 66 players, including 11 MENA Tour players and Moroccan amateur Mehdi Saissi moving the final two rounds.
 
LEADING SECOND-ROUND SCORES
Par 144 (2x72). Yardage: 7,538
137  Shiv KAPUR (IND) 71-66, Pavit TANGKAMOLPRASERT (THA) 67-70.
138 Arjun ATWAL (IND) 73-65, Gaganjeet BHULLAR (IND) 69-69, Simon YATES (SCO) 71-67, WANG Jeung-hun (KOR) 71-67.
139 Daisuke KATAOKA (JPN) 73-66, Prom MEESAWAT (THA) 71-68, Joshua WHITE (ENG) 71-68.
140 Bryce EASTON (RSA) 69-71, Pariya JUNHASAVASDIKUL (THA) 68-72, Chawalit PLAPHOL (THA) 71-69, Chapchai NIRAT (THA) 71-69.
141 Joonas GRANBERG (FIN) 72-69, MO Joong-kyung (KOR) 70-71, Craig HINTON (ENG) 67-74, LAM Chih Bing (SIN) 67-74, Ross MCGOWAN (ENG) 71-70, Thitiphun CHUAYPRAKONG (THA) 70-71, Scott BARR (AUS) 68-73, Panuphol PITTAYARAT (THA) 69-72, Danny CHIA (MAS) 71-70, Nicholas FUNG (MAS) 71-70, Matthew FITZPATRICK (ENG) 70-71, Nathan HOLMAN (AUS) 68-73, Marcus BOTH (AUS) 70-71, Christopher CANNON (ENG) 67-74, CHAN Shih-chang (TPE) 70-71.
 

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GENEROUS GESTURE BY AMERICAN

BUBBA WATSON DONATES THAILAND PRIZEMONEY TO THONGCHAI JAIDEE FOUNDATION
ASIAN TOUR NEWS RELEASE
Bangkok: Masters Tournament champion Bubba Watson showed his generosity by donating all his prize earnings at the recent Thailand Golf Championship to the Thongchai Jaidee Foundation.
Watson, who has forged a strong friendship with three-time Asian Tour number one Thongchai over the years, extended his gesture as a way to help young golfers and children in need in Thailand.
Thongchai said: “It's my pleasure to announce this lovely news to all the golf fans here. On Sunday, Bubba expressed to me his willingness to donate all his prize money won at Thailand Golf Championship amounting to US $9,250 to the Thongchai Jaidee Foundation.”
Watson’s manager Jens Beck wrote a letter to Thongchai, saying that the American world number four was keen to support kids in need.
“Bubba wanted to show a sign of respect and gratitude to Thailand. As you may know he has a passion for helping kids in need. He believes that the best way to help is to help Thongchai in his efforts to support kids and junior golf,” said Beck.
Thongchai added: “At the Thongchai Jaidee Foundation, our mission is always to give back to society. Anything relates to golf, I'm willing to help the younger generation to get better opportunities in life. So far, we have helped raise up kids, give them scholarships, golf lessons and accommodation.
“Bubba’s contribution is certainly much lauded and certainly speaks greatly of him as a man.”

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

DONALD ROSS FATHER-SON EVENT DECEMBER 27-30
 
The Donald Ross Junior Championship at Pinehurst  Resort, North Carolina  started in 1947 and is named for the famous architect from Dornoch. 
Part of the event, which will be held again December. 27-30, is a father-son competition for the more then 200 juniors in the field, held in three age divisions. 
And Father-Son events aren't just held in the U.S. The 26th World Invitational Father and Son Tournament will be played August 5-9, 2015, at Ireland's Waterville Golf Links. 
And, by the way, the eighth World Invitational Father and Daughter is also to be played at Waterville from July 23-26, 2015.

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VETERAN PGA PRO HAS EIGHTH HOLE IN ONE

103-year-old OLDEST TO HAVE AN ACE

FROM GOLFWEEK.COM
Golf is the game of a lifetime, all right: 103-year-old Gus Andreone is now the oldest golfer to ever record a hole-in-one after he made the eighth ace of his career on Wednesday in South Florida. 
The previous record was held by Elsie McLean, who was 102 when she dunked her tee shot in 2007. 
Andreone, the PGA of America’s oldest member, used driver on a 113-yard par-3 hole at Palm Aire Country Club.
“Miracles do happen once in a while,” the 75-year PGA member told the association’s website, but this might just be the luckiest man on the planet. He also said that he won the Pennsylvania Lottery in 1983 in addition to two wins in the Fantasy Five Lottery in Florida. 
The centenarian still plays three times a week, often shooting his age, and apparently can’t stop making aces 75 years after recording his first. Prior to Wednesday’s 1, he last made a hole-in-one in the 1990s.

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TWO WOMEN JOIN EUROPEAN TOUR BOARD

Two women have joined the European Tour Board - read the full story on www.kirkwoodgolf.co.uk

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SCOTS-BORN GIRL WINS GREG NORMAN JUNIOR MASTERS

A 16-year-old Scottish girl, Karis Davidson, has won the prestigious Greg Norman Junior Masters girls' championship in Queensland, Australia.
Karis emigrated with her parents from Innerleithen in the Scottish Borders to Australia eight years ago.

READ THE FULL STORY on www.Kirkwoodgolf.co.uk

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RYDER CUP SCOT HITS OUT AT THE SNAIL'S PACE PLAYERS

 STEPHEN GALLACHER SAYS SLOW 

PLAY IN GOLF IS AKIN TO CHEATING

FROM TODAY'S SCOTTISH DAILY EXPRESS
By JOCK MacVICAR
Stephen Gallacher is calling for a crackdown on slow play in golf.
Only 24 hours after world No 1 Rory McIlroy hit out at the pace of some players, Gallacher tore into those who are risking turning the game into an almighty yawn.

"Certain forms of slow play are tantamount to cheating," said Gallacher before he was made an honorary member of the PGA at the Scottish Region's annual luncheon in Glasgow.
"Guys who know they are slow and get fined all the time but don't do anything about it are putting people off.
"They are certainly putting viewers off. The bit I think that  is akin to cheating is their two paces - when they speed up once they have been put on the clock.
"On the pro tour, you have to make it ruthless and say that slow play is a one-shot penalty. You can't have a monetary thing. In cricket, if a player doesn't meet his over-rate, he's out of a game. We could do that.
"In golf, if you incur two-shot penalties for slow play, you are suspended next week and it might be the Open."
Gallacher continued:
"Apparently the European Tour committee guys talk about slow play every week - but nothing happens.  If you have a field of 156 and somebody hits two provisionals off the first tee early doors, it has a knock-on effect on the pace of play.
"They guy who waits until everybody plays adds about 10min to a round. These days some guys are never ready to play their next shot. The guy who plays third can slow everything up.
"By the time he gets to play, he's not even got his glove on yet. As you get older, you learn. I go out with my mates and go round in 2 1/2 hr. We are always read to play, with the glove on.
"Some guys on the Tour still have to get the glove on and get the yardage books out and you think: 'Are you kidding?'
"Look at putting. Everybody looks at the putt from one side but the third guy in the group hasn't looked and ends up looking at it from four different sides.
"Fields of 156 players don't help. The slightest delay and for the guys at the end of the field, the round can't be completed until early next morning."

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LAST ASIAN TOUR EVENT OF THE YEAR

AUSSIE ROOKIE RICHARDSON SETS

66 PACE IN DUBAI OPEN

ASIAN TOUR NEWS RELEASE 
Australian rookie Kalem Richardson stormed into a one-shot first-round lead at the inaugural Dubai Open with a six-under-par 66 today, despite not having the benefit of a practice round.
The 26-year-old Richardson, who has enjoyed two top-five finishes in his last five starts, posted one eagle and five birdies at the Els Club, Dubai to lead from Thai prospect Pavit Tangkamolprasert, Singapore’s Lam Chih Bing, Craig Hinton of England and MENA Tour regular Christopher Cannon of England, who returned matching 67s.
Veteran Singaporean Mardan Mamat, Thailand’s Pariya Junhasavasdikul and Aussie duo Scott Barr and Nathan Holman shot 68s to stay amongst the early leaders in the final tournament of the 2014 Asian Tour season. 
Prom Meesawat of Thailand, who needs a win here to finish second on the Order of Merit, signed for a 71 while 2011 Open champion Darren Clarke birdied his last hole for a 72.
Richardson was delighted that his decision to take it easy in Dubai following a five-week tournament stretch paid off with his strong start.
“I played pretty solid. It was a pretty crazy day. Playing golf in Dubai, it's amazing really. You just look around and see the scenery and you're just enjoying yourself and I’m feeling pretty relaxed, this being the last event of the year and Christmas being next week,” said Richardson.
“I've been playing solid, just the last couple weeks I've been a bit tired and this week I've taken a different approach and basically haven't done anything for three days. I hadn't actually seen the course, so I was playing blind today. It’s kind of a relax week but it would also be nice to contend again.”
The 25-year-old Pavit, who won this season’s Asian Development Tour Order of Merit following three victories, soared with two eagles, including holing a 170yd shot from the fairway with an eight- iron on the par five 18th hole.
Canon, 27, was one of the rare few who stayed bogey-free, saying an up-and-down par save on the second hole gave him the perfect confidence boost.
 “I had a plugged lie, so that was good, off to a good start but otherwise, I just played really solid golf. Simple as that,” said the Englishman, who has set his sights on the Asian Tour Qualifying School next month.
Hinton was surprised with his brilliant start following a season to forget where he has missed nine cuts from 11 starts. “I think I've had one round under par (this season).  It was a shock to me; let's put it that way,” said the Englishman. “Bogeyed the first and bogeyed the last.  Middle part, 16 holes, was just flawless golf, really.”
 
LEADING FIRST-ROUND SCORES
par 72, yardage 7,538 
66 Kalem RICHARDSON (AUS).
67 Christopher CANNON (ENG), Pavit TANGKAMOLPRASERT (THA), LAM Chih Bing (SIN), Craig HINTON (ENG).
68 Scott BARR (AUS), Mardan MAMAT (SIN), Nathan HOLMAN (AUS), Pariya JUNHASAVASDIKUL (THA).
69 Panuphol PITTAYARAT (THA), Hamza AMIN (PAK), Bryce EASTON (RSA), Javi COLOMO (ESP), Gaganjeet BHULLAR (IND).
70 Younes EL HASSANI (MAR), Angelo QUE (PHI), Carlos PIGEM (ESP), Matthew FITZPATRICK (ENG), Marcus BOTH (AUS), CHAN Shih-chang (TPE), Jbe KRUGER (RSA), MO Joong-kyung (SKOR), Thitiphun CHUAYPRAKONG (THA).
 
Others:
71: Prom Meesawat (Tha)
72: Darren Clarke (NIR)

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LEFT HANDER'S MIGHTY HIT TOPS THE GRAPH

 BUBBA WATSON'S 424yd DRIVE 

LONGEST OF US PGA TOUR YEAR

FROM GOLF DIGEST.COM
By Luke Kerr-Dineen
Bubba Watson hit the longest drive of the 2013-14 US PGA Tour season -- 424 yards -- 27 yards further than the next-longest drive.
That stat in itself is pretty amazing, especially when you consider that Webb Simpson's 397yd drive came on the seventh hole at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions -- a  downhill, 520-yard par 4 that often records the longest measured drives of the season. But seeing it as a graph truly puts in perspective just how far the left-handedBubba Watson hits the ball.

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TWENTY-SEVEN UNDER PAR EARNS HIM $25,000


CANADIAN FRITSCH WINS WEB.COM 

TOUR Q SCHOOL BY SEVEN SHOTS
 
NEWS RELEASE
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Florida -- Brad Fritsch of Canada earned full status on the Web.com Tour by closing with a 5-under 66 to win the qualifying tournament by seven shots. It was the second-widest margin at Q-school in the last 25 years. The circuit's former name was the Nationwide Tour.
Fritsch made three early birdies and was never seriously challenged the rest of the way. He finished on 27-under 402.
Along with earning $25,000, Fritsch has full status on the Web.com Tour for 2015.
Andrew Landry finished second. He was among the next nine players who are fully exempt for the first dozen events in 2015. The group that finished between 11th and 45th place (including ties) are exempt for up to nine events.
The priority list for the Web.com Tour is reshuffled at various stages of the season based on performance.

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LONG-STANDING BATTLE FOR CONTROL OF ASIAN GOLF

VERY LATE POSTPONED OF ROYAL 

TROPHY MATCH IN CHINA

NEWS RELEASE
The Royal Trophy, which is a Ryder Cup-style event featuring teams from Europe and Asia, was postponed this week, just two days before it was set to begin, according to the South China Morning Post.
The event's eighth instalment was scheduled to be played December 19-21 at Dragon Lake Golf Club in Guangzhou, China. The Morning Post reported that Dragon Lake Golf Club had no plans to stage the event and that the postponement comes during a "long-standing battle for control of Asian golf between the Asian Tour and OneAsia."
The Royal Trophy match, founded by the late Seve Ballesteros, has been played annually since 2006 and has brought in the likes of Henrik Stenson, Y.E. Yang and Paul Lawrie. 
Past captains include Yang, Jose Maria Olazabal and Colin Montgomerie. It is sanctioned by the Japan Golf Tour and the China Golf Association and supported by the OneAsia Tour.
The tournament was challenged earlier this year when the European and Asian Tours partnered to support the inaugural EurAsia Cup in Malaysia this March.
 Teams Europe and Asia tied, with Ryder Cuppers Graeme McDowell, Jamie Donaldson, Victor Duvuisson and Stephen Gallacher competing for Europe.

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DOUG HANZEL RETAINS DIXIE SENIOR 

AMATEUR TITLE IN FLORIDA

CORAL SPRINGS, Florida – Doug Hanzel of Savannah, Georgia has won his second consecutive Dixie Senior Amateur title in a come-from-behind victory at the TPC Eagle Trace.
Hanzel’s 211 total (69-72-70) was good enough for a three-shot victory over Rick Woulfe of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, who finished the tournament in solo second after posting rounds of 66-73-75 for a 214 total.
The first two rounds of the tournament were played at nearby Heron Bay Golf Club while the final round was contested at Eagle Trace.
Woulfe won his last two senior events, the Society of Seniors Championship and the Ralph Bogart, which moved him from No.157 in Golfweek’s Senior Rankings to No.8 for the end of the season.
Behind Woulfe, Michael Mercier of Rochester, N.Y., and Steve Groom of Raytown, Mo., tied for third after finishing 54 holes at 215.
In the Super Senior division, Stephen Rose of New York City won in sudden death against Craig Scott of Marshalls Creek, Pa., after both finished the 54-hole tournament tied at 220.

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

FAIRYTALE SEASON CAPPED FOR RYDER CUP SCOT



Stephen Gallacher displays his PGA honorary membership card. Picture by Andy Forman.

STEPHEN GALLACHER RECEIVES 

HONORARY MEMBERSHIP OF PGA


PGA IN SCOTLAND NEWS RELEASE
Ryder Cup player Stephen Gallacher capped a fairytale 2014 season by receiving Honorary Membership of the PGA at the Scottish Region’s annual luncheon in Glasgow today.
The world No 35, who was part of Europe’s winning team at Gleneagles in September, was presented with the accolade in the Hilton Hotel by PGA chairman David Murchie.
Entertaining an audience of close to 700, Gallacher revealed in a Q&A with Dougie Donnelly the agony he went through straight after narrowly missing out on automatic qualification for the match in Perthshire.
Needing a top-two finish in the Italian Open - the final counting event - the Lothians man shot 65 in both the second and last round, only to end up third behind South African Hennie Otto and Englisham David Howell.
“As I was about to step into the shower after the last round, I was feeling deflated when I was told by Scott Crockett, the European Tour’s Director of Communications, that Paul McGinley wanted to speak to me,” he said.
“When I went outside, Scott told me that Paul was standing under a tree and it was all a bit cloak and dagger.
LONGEST DAY
“I wondered what he was going to tell me but all he said was, ‘well played, you’ve had a good tournament and now you’re going to face the longest day of your life tomorrow’.”
That’s when McGinley and two of his assistant captains, Sam Torrance and Des Smyth, met at Sunningdale to discuss their wildcard options, with Gallacher getting the phone call he’d been praying for along with Lee Westwood and Ian Poulter.
“I’d really wanted to follow in my uncle Bernard’s footsteps,” he said, “and I knew this match was probably going to be my only chance to do that in Scotland.”
As well as seeing Gallacher being made an Honorary Member, the annual event in Glasgow also saw coveted prizes handed out to David Huish, John Muir and Emma Fairnie.
Huish, a PGA member for 55 years, the majority of which were spent at North Berwick, received the John Panton Award.
HUISH'S HERO
“I am so thrilled to receive an award in the name of John Panton as he was my hero,” said the three-times Northern Open champion and five-times winner on the European Senior Tour.
Muir received a Lifetime Achievement Award for his role in the Deer Park course at Livingston, having staged Tartan Tour events for more than 30 years, including the Scottish Under-25s, Scottish PGA Championship and, more recently, the Deer Park Masters.
Fairnie, winner of the Stewart Thom Award for her achievements in the PGA training programme when she was at Gullane, delivered her acceptance speech via video from New Zealand, having moved there to work.


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TOLEDO COURSE ORIGINALLY DESIGNED BY DONALD ROSS



      Inverness A view of Inverness golf course in Toledo, Ohio

AMERICA'S INVERNESS GOLF CLUB TO 

STAGE BOYS' CHAMPIONSHIP IN 2019

NEWS RELEASE FROM USGA
FAR HILLS, New Jersey – Inverness Golf Club, in Toledo, Ohio, has been selected by the United States Golf Association as the host site for the 2019 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship, to be contested July 15-20.
“Inverness Golf Club has enjoyed a storied history, having hosted seven USGA championships over the past century,” said Daniel B. Burton, USGA vice president and Championship Committee chairman. 
“By hosting this championship in 2019, the club will become the first to have a U.S. Open, U.S. Amateur, U.S. Senior Open and U.S. Junior Amateur.”
America's Inverness Golf Club was opened in 1903 and its current course was designed by Dornoch exile Donald Ross in 1916. The course has been restored three times, most recently by Arthur Hills in 1999. 
The lay-out features tree-lined, narrow bent grass fairways, approximately 80 bunkers and firm, fast bent grass greens.
Inverness Club will be hosting its eighth USGA championship and first U.S. Junior Amateur. The club has hosted four U.S. Opens. Ted Ray won the 1920 Open by one stroke over four players, including Harry Vardon. It was four-time champion Bob Jones’ first U.S. Open, and he finished in a tie for eighth place. Billy Burke (1931) and Dick Mayer (1957) won U.S. Opens at Inverness in play-offs, with Burke prevailing over George Von Elm in the longest play-off in U.S. Open and major championship history, 72 holes.
 Hale Irwin earned the second of his three U.S. Open victories in 1979, by two strokes over Gary Player and Jerry Pate.
The club also hosted the 2003 U.S. Senior Open, won by Bruce Lietzke, by two strokes over Tom Watson; the 2011 Senior Open, won by Olin Browne, by three strokes over Mark O’Meara; and the 1973 U.S. Amateur, won by Craig Stadler, who defeated David Strawn, 6 and 5, in the 36-hole final.
Inverness Club was the site for two PGA Championships and two NCAA Championships (1944, 2009). 
Bob Tway won the 1986 PGA Championship by holing a bunker shot on the 72nd hole to defeat Greg Norman by one stroke, and Paul Azinger outlasted Norman in a play-off to win the 1993 crown. World Golf Hall of Famer and 1939 U.S. Open champion Byron Nelson served as the club’s professional from 1940-44.

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MIDLAND GOLFERS ALLIANCE REARRANGED FIXTURE

WHEN THE GOING GETS TOUGH, GARY 

GETS GOING ... WINNER AT CHARLETON

Edzell's +2 rated amateur Gary Tough, one of the most consistent performers at Midland Golfers' Alliance fixtures, won the top scratch prize at Charleton golf course, Colinsburgh, Fife today in a rearranged competition which was postponed last week because of bad weather.
In testing conditions, Tough returned a two-over-par 74 to win by two strokes.
He was joint winner at Fairmont St Andrews on November 5, and joint runner-up at Leven on November 11.
There was a tie for first handicap between Steven Paterson (Lundin) (4) and Dennis Redford (Murrayshall) (11), both scoring net 72s. 
LEADING SCRATCH
Par 72
74 G Tough (Edzell).
76 S Paterson (Lundin), A Duncan (Murrayshall).
77 G Jenkins (Crieff), B Stewart (Tulliallan), R Tinker (Piperdam) (ap).
78 P Brookes (Pitreavie), D Thomson (Downfield).
79 D Snodgrass (Crail GS) (ap)
82 S Craig (Craig Golf) (p).
LEADING HANDICAP
72 S Paterson (Lundin) (4), D Redford (Murrayshall) (11).
73 A Duncan (Murrayshall) (3).
74 G Jenkins (Crieff) (3),  D Thomson (Downfield) (4), A Mason (Thornton) (9).
75 F Lindin (Muckhart) (8)
76 B Stewart (Tulliallan) (1), G Tough (Edzell) (+2)
78 A Black (Dunfermline) (14)

Qualifiers for JTC Championship
D Snodgrass, D Redford, F Lindin, A Mason
Qualifier for McQueen Shield
G Jenkins

Next meeting on Thursday, January 15 at Anstruther Golf Club. Tee reserved from 8.30am to noon.

Lee Sutherland

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SCOTT STEWART-CATION HAS LAST-ROUND MELTDOWN

HENRY AND WHITE GAIN ALPS TOUR 

SCHOOL PASS MARKS




John Henry (Clydebank and District) and Lundin's James White gained pass marks at the Asian Tour Final Qualifying School at La Cala Golf Resort, Mijas  between Malaga and Marbella on Spain's Costa del Sol.
But Kirkcaldy's Scott Stewart-Cation (Cluny Park) had a nightmare final round that saw him finish well over the limit mark of 10-over-par 225 for the leading 35 and ties.
Henry finished joint 17th on six-over 221 with rounds of 70, 76 and 75. He had no birdies in his final round.
White earned Asian Tour playing rights in 2015 with nothing to spare.
He shot 77, 72 and 76 for 225. White bogeyed the second, third, fourth and fifth holes in his final round but birdies at the sixth and eighth pulled him out of the nosedive.
Stewart-Cation had scores of 73, 74 and 86 for 18-over 233 and joint 59th place in the final totals. His inward half cost him 47 shots, which included triple bogey 7s at the 12th and 16th, as well as double bogey 6s at the 13th and 15th.
Tim Gornik (Slovenia) was the winner by three strokes of the eliminating competition with scores of 70, 65 and 76 for a
 four-over-par 211.

ALPS FINAL QUALIFYING SCHOOL
La Cala Golf Resort, Costa del Sol,Spain.
LEADING FINAL TOTALS
Par 215 (2x72, 1x71)
211 T Gornik (Slo) 70 65 76
214 D Van Driel (Ned) 72 68 74
215 H Casey (Eng) 74 71 70, I Giner (Spa) 75 69 71, A Kaleka (Fra) 72 68 75.
SCOTS' TOTALS
221 J Henry 70 76 75 (T17)

225 J White 77 72 76 (T33)

FAILED TO QUALIFY (225 and better qualified)_
233 S Stewart-Cation  73 74 86 (T59)

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