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Byeong Hun An leads Waste Management Phoenix Open

Byeong Hun An leads Waste Management Phoenix Open

Feb 6, 2017

Byeong Hun An is a 25 year old South Korean professional golf player who shot a 6-under 65 with one stroke to lead the competition Saturday February 4, at Scottsdale, Arizona. This impressive shot adds to his professional performance, making An look forward to win this competition among others. In 2015 he won the European Tour’s flagship event, the BMW PGA Championship. At the age of 17 he he won the US Amateur, being the youngest winner of the event. “It was crazy. Last couple holes, that many people around the course is insane. Sixteen, obviously, but 17 and 18, when you walk to the green, it was absolutely packed around the green, left and right of the green, everywhere.” An never finished on lower position than 13 in the Middle East, and he is saying modestly that he doesn’t know why. Could this be luck or his skills? In the Waste Management Phoenix golf competition he doesn’t expect to win. His modesty comes again in the spotlight and he says “My goal will be bogey-free again and just play smart. Hopefully, tomorrow, just keep the same, and then I will be happy. Doesn’t matter if I win or not.” Whatever works. An had a 16-under 197 total. He birdied five of the first 10 holes. An saved par with a 7-foot put on the 16th and followed with a 7-foot birdie putt on the short par-4 17th. He made another save on 18. An, also known as Ben, said that “The course, I think, just suits my eyes. The hole shaping, and there is not much of a dogleg left or right. You basically hit drivers out there and try to carry all the bunkers”. He opened with consecutive 66, and in the second round, he shared the lead with Brendan Steele. Brendan Steele then dropped into a tie for 7th at 11 under. Phil Mickelson was six strokes back at 10 under after a 65, but still in the striking distance. He was optimistic and he thought he was in a good spot. “I’m in a spot where nobody’s really looking at me. I’m far enough back, but I am within striking...

Dubai Desert Classic found its winner: Sergio Garcia

Dubai Desert Classic found its winner: Sergio Garcia

Feb 6, 2017

The Dubai Desert Classic has been part of the European Tour since its inauguration 28 years ago, in 1989, and took place yearly ever since then. It is a tradition in golf community worldwide to celebrate this event. The golf championship takes place in Dubai in January/February each year. Its views from the Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club and prizes are astonishing. Having all these money prizes in mind when talking about golf, they are definitely an inspiration for people who have passion for the golf championships. The satisfaction is even greater for people who like to place their favorite sports bets online like pros. It was definitely a big win for all who had Garcia in their minds for their bets. The odds are great, don’t forget to check them out. The current champion of the golf tournament is Sergio Garcia, a 37 year old Spanish professional golf player. It’s not his first win on the European Tour. He actually has 12 other European Tour wins. At this moment he ranks number 15 in the world and he is expected to be in the top 10 when the new rankings are made public. This is Garcia’s first victory in Dubai that earned him €410,224. He never actually finish in the top 10 the previous years, and on top of that he missed the cut the last time he played Emirates Golf Club two years ago, in 2015. This championship though, his luck changed and Sergio Garcia became the winner of the game. In an interview after the game, he modestly says: “Early it was a little bit easier, not a lot of wind. The last probably six holes or so, it started picking up,” said Garcia, whose previous best round in Dubai was a 66. “I got away with a couple of shots here and there, and I chipped and putted nicely. So it added up to a nice round.” In the championship from Dubai, Sergio Garcia shot a bogey-free 69 to close out a wire-to-wire, a shot that brought him victory. In the final round he imposed himself above Henrik Stenson who lead the competition until then. It was an important...

Upcoming 2017 PGA Events In Hampshire

Upcoming 2017 PGA Events In Hampshire

Feb 6, 2017

2017 is definitely a year in which every single month has a richness of golf events scheduled by The Professional Golfers’ Association. To dive fast into the latest golfers’ competitions, here is a list of some of the most important or popular events and just a little bit of info about their venue, location and registration end dates. Moreover, you can use the Ladbrokes promo code 2017 if you want to win cash easily.  February 15: PGA in Hampshire Alliance Winter Series, will take place at the South Winchester Golf Club, Winchester. The registrations are closed for this event. Some of the golf players that will be seen in the series are Richard Adams, Martin Smith, Adam Harnett, Benjamin Cummings and Cristopher Hudson. February 27: PGA in Hampshire AGM and Winter Fourball, takes place at the South Winchester Golf Club, Winchester. Registration closes on February 13. March 23: PGA in Hampshire Alliance Winter Series, in Basingstoke. Registration closes on March 9. April 25: PGA in Hampshire Trainees Pro Am, at Royal Winchester, Winchester. Registration closes on March 25. June 9: Petersfield GC Pro-Am, at Petersfield, Hampshire. Registration closes May 9. June 21: Hampshire Patrons 42nd Young Pros, at Army, Hampshire. Registration closes on May 21. June 21: Be Wiser Insurance PGA in Hants, at Army in Hampshire. Registration closes on May 21. June 27: Test Valley Golf Club Pro-Am, Test Valley, Hampshire. Registration closes May 27. June 30: Children of the Dumb Pro-Am, Southwood GC, Hampshire. Registration closes May 30. July 7: Army GC Pro-Am, Army, Hampshire. Registration closes June 7. July 28: Blackmoor GC Pro-Am, Blackmoor GC, Hampshire. Registration closes 28 Jun. August 17: Oxford Brasserie PGA Matchplay P/Q, Test Valley, Hampshire. Registration closes July 13. August 25: Southwood GC Pro-Am, at Southwood GC, Hampshire. Registration closes one month before, on July 25. September 12: Cams Hall GC Pro-Am, at Cams Hall Estate, Hampshire. Registration closes on August 12. October 9-10: Oxford Brasserie PGA Matchplay Finals, taking place at Test Valley, Hampshire. Registration closes on July 17. October 25: PGA in Hampshire Alliance Winter Series, taking place at Hayling GC, Hampshire. Registration closes on October 11. November 9: PGA in Hampshire Overseas Pro Am,...

Belfry appoints academy director

Belfry appoints academy director

Apr 2, 2016

PGA Professional Rob Spurrier has exciting plans for The Belfry’s golfers after being unveiled as academy director at the resort’s PGA Golf Academy. Spurrier will develop the structure and coaching at academy while also implementing his own GLF.Locker Academy management software to create a new, comprehensive website for the facility. The 41 year old has a strong background in golf academy management since qualifying as a PGA Professional having played a key role in player development at Crown Golf from 2007–2013 as well as further roles in the USA. Spurrier aims to reinvigorate the Belfry Golf Academy as the centre for golf coaching and custom fitting in the UK. The Academy has also launched a new comprehensive website, which utilises the GLF.Locker software, pioneered by Spurrier which creates a much simpler online platform that allows coaches and students to book in lessons, track progress and trends, or manage marketing promotions. The new system will save time for the Academy staff and help provide a broader base of programming that can easily set-up group lessons, junior academies and golf schools. Spurrier commented: “The Belfry Golf Academy has always been renowned for its impressive facilities in the heart of the country, but I feel there is a great opportunity to take this on to the level, aligning ourselves with the first class standards set across the wider Belfry resort during recent years. “We have an incredibly talented team here and my aim is to put suitable structures in place to harness all of this knowledge, creating the best team of golf experts that can provide the highest levels of coaching and custom fitting expertise for golfers at every level of the game. “We have received a wealth of great feedback on the GLF.Locker platform from golf academies across the UK and USA since it was launched in autumn last year, and I can’t wait to see how it will revolutionise the systems here. “It is going to make it so much easier for the team to manage lessons and golf schools, and create a dedicated programme for each student. “Our aim is to ultimately make The Belfry Golf Academy into the ideal place for anyone to learn...

Jumeirah joy for Huxley

PGA Official Supplier Huxley Golf was thrilled to have installed a new practice tee at the prestigious Jumeirah Golf Estates ahead of the European Tour Race to Dubai finale in November. Set across over one thousand hectares, Jumeirah Golf Estates features two of the world’s finest golf courses – Greg Norman’s Earth and Fire championship courses – and is home to the Middle East’s only European Tour Performance Institute, a state-of-the-art performance enhancing facility, frequented by top pros and novices alike. Jumeirah Golf Estates also hosts the annual Race to Dubai, the thrilling culmination of the European Tour International Schedule which spans 47 tournaments in 26 countries and four continents. Environmentally sound principles were adopted in the estate’s development. The new Huxley Golf all-weather installation supports these by helping to conserve water in difficult climate conditions while achieving the objective to improve wear on grass areas from over-use. Positioned at the lower range tee of the driving range, next to where the top 60 tour players practised from this year, the new tee area was installed for use by all members and guests for late afternoon and evening practice. Neal Graham, general manager of club operations at Jumeirah Golf Estates, commented: “I am delighted with our new Huxley Golf Premier Tee at Jumeirah Golf Estates. “It is a fantastic surface to hit from and one that has been widely accepted and put into full use for evening practice to help rest the grass turf from over-use. “As an extremely busy facility with over 700 golf members, it was a logical choice to work with Huxley Golf whose experience and reputation is renowned and whose product quality is in keeping with our five star surroundings.” Huxley Premier Tee Turf was laid over an aggregate base to Huxley’s high specifications. Measuring 148ft x 12ft (45m x 3.6m), the technically advanced surface has superb ball striking characteristics, just like natural turf. Its high fibre density enables wood or iron shots to be played directly off the surface or it accepts a tee peg anywhere for complete player flexibility. David Gray, managing partner of Huxley Golf Middle East said: “We are thrilled to have worked on this high...

Tyrrell aiming to boost Hampshire pro-ams

Tyrrell aiming to boost Hampshire pro-ams

Feb 24, 2016

The PGA in Hampshire’s incoming captain Chris Tyrrell is set to place a new emphasis on the county’s pro-am schedule. Tyrrell, 36, is keen to increase the popularity of the county’s long-standing events and anxious to make them must play events for PGA Professionals and amateurs alike. The head PGA Professional and general manager at New Forest GC said: “I want to connect with the pros and get to as many events as possible. I also want to get their feedback on pro-ams and learn from it and try to get the pro-ams back to where they were in the past.” “We have to try to find a way to address getting pros to play with their club members and clients in our events – as they are really great days out – not just for this year but future years.” Tyrrell says there is “an issue” with slow play which needs to be addressed, not necessarily in PGA tournaments but certainly among clubs and with the golf watched by club golfers on TV. And he believes legendary Open champion Tom Morris would be “turning in his grave” at the amount of time it takes some golfers to complete a round. Tyrrell said: “I am reading a book called Tommy’s Honour. Tom Morris used to go out at first light and play 18 holes in two hours! Whilst we are not going to achieve that we have got to do something about slow play. “You see guys on TV taking a long time and it has a knock on affect as juniors for one tend to follow suit.” Tyrrell, in his fifth year at New Forest, is still pinching himself at replacing Weybrook Park’s Andrew Cloke as captain. After graduating from Dorset county juniors to the first team, he started out as a pro at neighbouring Brockenhurst. The Barton-on-Sea man said: “My dad tells me I am an established pro but I still consider myself to be a new boy. I want to do the job properly and lead by example. It is a massive honour and the club are very proud of me, which I really appreciate. It is amazing really.” In addition...

Asbri heads Stateside

Asbri heads Stateside

Feb 12, 2016

Golf accessory brand Asbri Golf is setting out to conquer America following the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Florida. The South Wales based company, who were official licensees to The 2010 Ryder Cup at the Celtic Manor, already export to over 25 countries worldwide and has now reached a new agreement with a US partner to target the largest golf market in the world. The Welsh company, formed in 2003, first exhibited at the show in 2005 as a joint venture with Ryder Cup Wales and Visit Wales. Now, in their 12th year at the show, the company has built up a reputation as one of the leading logo accessory brands worldwide, supplying over 1500 golf shops and resorts. Eryl Williams, managing director at Asbri Golf, commented: “The PGA Merchandise Show is by far the most important dates in our diary. It gives us the opportunity to sit down with existing global distributors and present new ranges to them as well as meeting new customers. “In past years at the show we have processed significant business across Europe but only small amounts of business in the US. “Having reached this new agreement we are extremely excited and confident that we have found the right partner to represent and distribute our brand across all states in the USA and confident their team of 23 sales reps will have good success.” Asbri Golf is proud title sponsors of the Welsh National PGA Championships which this year will be held at Tenby Golf Club, July...

Three cheers for Lee-on-the-Solent trio

Three cheers for Lee-on-the-Solent trio

Feb 11, 2016

Three cheers are in order for a trio of Lee-on-the-Solent pros who topped their respective Order of Merits last year, writes Ken Gaunt. James Ablett (Virgin Atlantic PGA South), Jon Barnes (The PGA in Hampshire) and Jack Coulbert (The PGA in Hampshire Trainees) will each be celebrated during The PGA in Hampshire’s annual dinner at Weybrook Park, Basingstoke. While Barnes and Coulbert will both be in attendance, Ablett is in America, taking part in the Scottsdale Classic Pro-Am. Ablett, who plays full-time, won the PGA Surrey Open, the PGA Kent Open and the Keith MacDonald Matchplay on his way to finishing top in the south for the second time in six years. He recorded 14 wins, eight second placed finishes and secured 11 top five slots in a successful season locally. In 71 rounds, his average score was an impressive 69.4. And he has made no secret of the fact he wants to advance to a higher level. Barnes said: “The tour school is a bit of a lottery and James fell away last year, which was a shame. It is so tough at that level. “There is no doubt he has plenty of ability as he proved by winning the South region again. He is a very good player, a talented lad.” Lee-on-the Solent boasts a former Ryder Cup player in Steven Richardson and is a special place, according to Barnes, who won the OOM for the ninth time, going back to 1996. Now 18 months into his spell as head pro, he said: “I love it here. It is a wonderful environment to play golf. That’s down to head greenkeeper Jason Diment, who does a great job. “It is such a nice course and is always in brilliant condition, no matter how bad the weather gets. That’s why it is so popular and the membership are very enthusiastic. “I enjoy all aspects of the job, the shop, coaching and playing in regional tournaments. It is always special to win the OOM and I finished in the top 20 in South Region as well, which was pleasing.” Barnes is predicting a bright future for his assistant Coulbert, who turned pro two years ago...