Saturday, 12 December 2015

THONGCHAI JAIDEE WELCOMES THE OPEN QUALIFYING SERIES TO THAILAND

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THONGCHAI JAIDEE WELCOMES THE OPEN QUALIFYING SERIES TO THAILAND



THONGCHAI JAIDEE WELCOMES THE OPEN QUALIFYING SERIES TO THAILAND
9 December 2015, Chonburi, Thailand:  The Open Qualifying Series returns to Asia this week where four places in The 145th Open at Royal Troon will be on offer at the Thailand Golf Championship.
The leading four players, who finish in the top 12 and ties at Amata Spring Country Club and who are not already exempt, will earn a place in The Open from 14-17 July 2016.
Home favourite Thongchai Jaidee, who has made nine previous appearances at The Open and has already secured his place at Royal Troon, welcomed The Open Qualifying Series to Thailand for the second year in succession.
"It is very good that The Open Qualifying Series can come to the Thailand. It gives the Thai and Asian players a great opportunity to make it to the oldest major of them all - The Open - which I have enjoyed playing for many years,” said the 46-year-old, who won the Porsche European Open in Germany in September and finished runner-up at the BMW PGA Championship in May.
“Links golf is very special and I am happy that the Thailand Golf Championship has once again been selected for The Open Qualifying Series. It means there is a lot to play for this week."
Jaidee will join a strong Thai contingent including Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who broke into the top 50 of the Official World Golf Ranking for the first time this year and has also earned an exemption for Royal Troon, as well as recent Asian Tour winners Natipong Srithong and Danthai Boonma who are both looking to make their first appearances at The Open.
Several of the world’s top players will be in pursuit of the Thailand Golf Championship trophy as well as a place in golf’s oldest and most international Major Championship including defending champion Lee Westwood, who is looking to earn his third Thailand Golf Championship title since the tournament was inaugurated in 2011 as well as a place at Royal Troon.
Along with Jaidee and Aphibarnrat, nine other players in the field have secured places at The Open including Sergio Garcia, two-time Masters Tournament winner Bubba Watson and Nathan Holman who are all looking to carry forward their success from last weekend. Garcia, the 2013 Thailand Golf Championship winner, earned his first victory in almost two years at the Ho Tram Open in Vietnam, while two-time Masters Champion Bubba Watson lifted the Hero World Challenge trophy in the Bahamas. Holman prevailed at the Australian PGA Championship to top the PGA Tour of Australasia Order of Merit and earn his place in The Open.
Also exempt for The Open is 2011 Champion Golfer of the Year and European Ryder Cup Captain Darren Clarke, 2014 US Open Champion Martin Kaymer, European Tour Rookie of the Year Byeong-hun An and 2015 British Masters champion Matthew Fitzpatrick, as well as 2015 Japan Open champion Satoshi Kodaira and Kyung-Tae Kim, who led the Japan Golf Tour money list in 2015 to earn an exemption.
2015 Asia-Pacific Amateur Champion Jin Cheng of China and joint runner-up Ryan Ruffels of Australia are also in the field and are both looking to make their debuts at The Open. If Ruffels is successful in qualifying, he will join fellow Australians Matt Jones, Rod Pampling and Nick Cullen who earned their places at Royal Troon at the first event in The Open Qualifying Series last month, the Emirates Australian Open.
An additional six players joined the Thailand Golf Championship field following a pre-qualifying event at Siam Country Club in Pattaya on Monday. Thailand’s Phachara Khongwatmai, Kwanchai Tannin, and Chanat Sakulpolphaisan, Kalle Samooja and Peter Erofejeff of Finland and Malcolm Kokocinski of Sweden have all qualified to play in the Championship.
Play gets underway on Thursday with the 132-player field set to be cut to the leading 65 players and ties following Friday’s second round.
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Notes to Editors:
The Open Qualifying Series
A total of 44 places in The Open are available through The Open Qualifying Series, which gives players the opportunity to qualify at events around the world on the PGA TOUR, the European Tour, the PGA Tour of Australasia, the Asian Tour, the Japan Golf Tour and the Sunshine Tour.
The Emirates Australian Open was the first chance for players to secure a place in golf’s most international Major Championship, followed by the Thailand Golf Championship in December 2015, the Joburg Open in South Africa in January and the Mizuno Open in Japan in May.
Three events on the European Tour are included in the Series, the Nordea Masters, the ALSTOM Open de France and the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open. On the PGA TOUR, the FedEx St Jude Classic, the Quicken Loans National and the Greenbrier Classic will all offer places in The Open.
The Open Qualifying Series (OQS) will offer the following qualification places in The 145TH Open:
The Open Qualifying SeriesEventNo of placesDetail
OQS-AustraliaEmirates Australian Open3Three places to the leading three players (not otherwise exempt) who finish in the top 10 and ties
OQS-ThailandThailand Golf Championship4Four places to the leading four players (not otherwise exempt) who finish in the top 12 and ties
OQS-South AfricaJoburg Open3Three places to the leading three players (not otherwise exempt) who finish in the top 10 and ties
 
OQS-JapanMizuno Open4Four places to the leading four players (not otherwise exempt) who finish in the top 12 and ties
 
OQS-SwedenThe Nordea Masters   1One place to the leading player (not otherwise exempt) who finishes in the top five and ties
 
OQS-FranceALSTOM Open de France4Four places to the leading four players (not otherwise exempt) who finish in the top 12 and ties
OQS-ScotlandAberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open4Four places to the leading four players (not otherwise exempt) who finish in the top 12 and ties
OQS-USAFedEx St Jude Classic4Four places to the leading four players (not otherwise exempt) who finish in the top 12 and ties
OQS-USAQuicken Loans National4Four places to the leading four players (not otherwise exempt) who finish in the top 12 and ties
OQS-USAThe Greenbrier Classic1One place to the leading player (not otherwise exempt) who finishes in the top five and ties
OQS-Final QualifyingGailes Links
Hillside
Royal Cinque Ports
Woburn (Marquess)
12Three places available at each venue

NB: Any player who has qualified through The Open Qualifying Series is deemed an exempt player. In the event that that player subsequently fulfils other exemption categories those places in the starting field will be subject to Section F of The Open Entry Form.

THE OPEN QUALIFYING SERIES MOVES TO THE THAILAND GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP

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THE OPEN QUALIFYING SERIES MOVES TO THE THAILAND GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP
9 December 2015, Chonburi, Thailand: The Open Qualifying Series returns to Asia this week where four places in The 145th Open at Royal Troon will be on offer at the Thailand Golf Championship.
The leading four players, who finish in the top 12 and ties and who are not already exempt, will earn a place in The Open from 14-17 July 2016.
The 2015 Thailand Golf Championship is the second event in The Open Qualifying Series and will be played from 10-13 December at Amata Spring Country Club.
Players in the field at the Thailand Golf Championship who are already exempt for The Open at Royal Troon:
Kiradech AphibarnratThongchai Jaidee
Darren ClarkeMartin Kaymer
Matthew FitzpatrickKT Kim
Sergio GarciaSatoshi Kodaira
Nathan HolmanBubba Watson
Byeong-hun AnYusaku Miyazato
In the event of a tie for a qualifying place, the player with the higher ranking in the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) at the beginning of the week commencing 7 December will be awarded a place in The 145TH Open.
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Notes to Editors:
The Open Qualifying Series
A total of 44 places in The Open are available through The Open Qualifying Series, which gives players the opportunity to qualify at events around the world on the PGA TOUR, the European Tour, the PGA Tour of Australasia, the Asian Tour, the Japan Golf Tour and the Sunshine Tour.
The Emirates Australian Open was the first chance for players to secure a place in golf’s most international Major Championship, followed by the Thailand Golf Championship in December 2015, the Joburg Open in South Africa in January and the Mizuno Open in Japan in May.
Three events on the European Tour are included in the Series, the Nordea Masters, the ALSTOM Open de France and the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open. On the PGA TOUR, the FedEx St Jude Classic, the Quicken Loans National and the Greenbrier Classic will all offer places in The Open.
The Open Qualifying Series (OQS) will offer the following qualification places in The 145TH Open:
The Open Qualifying SeriesEvent
No of places
Detail
OQS-AustraliaEmirates Australian Open
3
Three places to the leading three players (not otherwise exempt) who finish in the top 10 and ties
OQS-ThailandThailand Golf Championship
4
Four places to the leading four players (not otherwise exempt) who finish in the top 12 and ties
OQS-South AfricaJoburg Open
3
Three places to the leading three players (not otherwise exempt) who finish in the top 10 and ties
 
OQS-JapanMizuno Open
4
Four places to the leading four players (not otherwise exempt) who finish in the top 12 and ties
 
OQS-SwedenThe Nordea Masters   
1
One place to the leading player (not otherwise exempt) who finishes in the top five and ties
 
OQS-FranceALSTOM Open de France
4
Four places to the leading four players (not otherwise exempt) who finish in the top 12 and ties
OQS-ScotlandAberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open
4
Four places to the leading four players (not otherwise exempt) who finish in the top 12 and ties
OQS-USAFedEx St Jude Classic
4
Four places to the leading four players (not otherwise exempt) who finish in the top 12 and ties
OQS-USAQuicken Loans National
4
Four places to the leading four players (not otherwise exempt) who finish in the top 12 and ties
OQS-USAThe Greenbrier Classic
1
One place to the leading player (not otherwise exempt) who finishes in the top five and ties
OQS-Final QualifyingGailes Links
Hillside
Royal Cinque Ports
Woburn (Marquess')
12
Three places available at each venue
NB: Any player who has qualified through The Open Qualifying Series is deemed an exempt player. In the event that that player subsequently fulfils other exemption categories those places in the starting field will be subject to Section F of The Open Entry Form.
The Open
The 145TH Open will be played at Royal Troon from 14-17 July 2016.
The Open is golf’s oldest championship. Played since 1860 on iconic British and Irish links courses, it is the sport’s most international Major Championship with qualifying events on every continent. For one week each year, the pursuit of the famous Claret Jug trophy is the focus of the sporting world, followed globally by millions of fans.
Staged by The R&A, The Open delivers an annual economic benefit of up to £100 million to its host region, while the Championship’s commercial success supports the development of the game, worldwide.

Thursday, 19 November 2015

NEW TICKET AND PRICING OPTIONS INTRODUCED FOR 145TH OPEN AT ROYAL TROON




NEW TICKET AND PRICING OPTIONS INTRODUCED FOR 145TH OPEN AT ROYAL TROON
12 November 2015, St Andrews, Scotland: New ticket and pricing options have been introduced for The 145TH Open at Royal Troon, including a new twilight ticket and a reduction in the price of an advance purchase adult daily ticket.
The world’s leading golfers will compete to become Champion Golfer of the Year at the historic Ayrshire links from 14-17 July 2016.
Twilight tickets are being introduced for the first time, offering entry to the course from 4pm onwards on Thursday and Friday of Championship week for £25.  A limited number are available and spectators are urged to purchase in advance.
Tickets for the Championship are now on sale with the price of an adult daily ticket, purchased before 31 May, changing to £60, which is £10 less than in 2015, and £80 thereafter.
Weekly tickets, valid from Sunday 10 to Sunday 17 July inclusive, are available for £230 before 31 May, a saving of £95 on the daily ticket prices for the full week and £10 less than in 2015, and £260 thereafter.
Martin Slumbers, Chief Executive of The R&A, said, “We recognise that many people have work commitments during the week and the new twilight tickets will give them an attractive option to attend The Open. We have also made some changes this year to encourage and reward spectators who purchase tickets early which helps us with planning the services and facilities we offer at the Championship.
“The Open is one of the world’s major sporting events and is the highlight of the golfing calendar for many thousands of golf fans. Our aim is to deliver an outstanding experience for spectators and to ensure the Championship remains affordable and accessible.”
Children aged under 16, who are accompanied by an adult, receive free entry to The Open. For youths, aged 16-21, a daily ticket costs £25 before 31 May and £30 thereafter.
Spectators can look forward to another enthralling Open Championship as Zach Johnson defends the title he won in dramatic fashion in a play-off with Louis Oosthuizen, the Champion Golfer of the Year in 2010, and Australia’s Marc Leishman at St Andrews.
This will be the ninth occasion on which The Open has been played at Royal Troon, with players such as Bobby Locke, Arnold Palmer, Tom Weiskopf and Tom Watson among its illustrious list of Champions.  America’s Todd Hamilton won The Open the last time it was held there in 2004 after a play-off with Ernie Els.
Christmas gift wallets and cards are available for those who would like to make a special gift of tickets to The Open.
To purchase tickets or for more information, visit TheOpen.com.
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The Open is golf’s oldest championship. Played since 1860 on links golf courses, it is the sport’s most international major championship with qualifying events on every continent. For one week each year, the pursuit of the famous Claret Jug trophy is the focus of the sporting world, followed globally by millions of fans.
Organised by The R&A, The Open delivers an annual economic benefit of up to £100 million to its host region, while the Championship’s commercial success supports the development of the sport, worldwide.


THE OPEN QUALIFYING SERIES SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED FOR 2016



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THE OPEN QUALIFYING SERIES SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED FOR 2016
12 November, 2015, St Andrews, Scotland: The road to The 145TH Open at Royal Troon will begin at the Emirates Australian Open, the first of 14 events in nine countries that will make up The Open Qualifying Series for 2016.
A total of 44 places in The Open are available through the Series, which gives players the opportunity to qualify at events around the world on the PGA TOUR, the European Tour, the PGA Tour of Australasia, the Asian Tour, the Japan Golf Tour and the Sunshine Tour.
The Emirates Australian Open, which is played from 26-29 November at The Australian Golf Club in Sydney, will be the first chance for players to secure a place in golf’s most international Major Championship. The leading three players, who finish in the top ten and ties and who are not already exempt, will qualify for The Open from 14-17 July 2016.
Johnnie Cole-Hamilton, R&A Executive Director - Championships, said, “Over the past two years, The Open Qualifying Series has created an exciting build-up to the Championship as players around the world bid to secure their places in The Open. We are looking forward to working with each of the Tours again to welcome an international field to Royal Troon while continuing to enhance The Open’s global appeal.”
The second event in The Open Qualifying Series will be the Thailand Golf Championship, played from 10-13 December 2015 at Amata Spring Country Club, followed by the Joburg Open in South Africa in January and the Mizuno Open in Japan in May.
Two new events will feature in the Series: on the European Tour, the Nordea Masters played from 2-5 June at Stockholm’s Bro Hof Slott Golf Course, and, on the PGA TOUR, the FedEx St Jude Classic, played from 9-12 June at TPC Southwind in Tennessee. In line with the Tour schedules, the Series has been adjusted to accommodate the return of golf to the Olympic Games in Rio but is planned to revert to its previous schedule in 2017.
The Open Qualifying Series concludes with the ALSTOM Open de France and the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open on the European Tour and the Quicken Loans National and the Greenbrier Classic on the PGA TOUR.
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Notes to Editors:
The Open Qualifying Series (OQS) will offer the following qualification places in The 145TH Open:
The Open Qualifying SeriesEventNo of placesDetail
OQS-AustraliaEmirates Australian Open3Three places to the leading three players (not otherwise exempt) who finish in the top 10 and ties
OQS-ThailandThailand Golf Championship4Four places to the leading four players (not otherwise exempt) who finish in the top 12 and ties
OQS-South AfricaJoburg Open3Three places to the leading three players (not otherwise exempt) who finish in the top 10 and ties
 
OQS-JapanMizuno Open4Four places to the leading four players (not otherwise exempt) who finish in the top 12 and ties
 
OQS-SwedenThe Nordea Masters   1One place to the leading player (not otherwise exempt) who finishes in the top five and ties
 
OQS-FranceALSTOM Open de France4Four places to the leading four players (not otherwise exempt) who finish in the top 12 and ties
OQS-ScotlandAberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open4Four places to the leading four players (not otherwise exempt) who finish in the top 12 and ties
OQS-USAFedEx St Jude Classic4Four places to the leading four players (not otherwise exempt) who finish in the top 12 and ties
OQS-USAQuicken Loans National4Four places to the leading four players (not otherwise exempt) who finish in the top 12 and ties
OQS-USAThe Greenbrier Classic1One place to the leading player (not otherwise exempt) who finishes in the top five and ties
OQS-Final QualifyingGailes Links
Hillside
Royal Cinque Ports
Woburn (Marquess)
12Three places available at each venue
NB: Any player who has qualified through The Open Qualifying Series is deemed an exempt player. In the event that that player subsequently fulfils other exemption categories those places in the starting field will be subject to Section F of The Open Entry Form.
The Open
The 145TH Open will be played at Royal Troon from 14-17 July 2016.
The Open is golf’s oldest championship. Played since 1860 on iconic British and Irish links courses, it is the sport’s most international Major Championship with qualifying events on every continent. For one week each year, the pursuit of the famous Claret Jug trophy is the focus of the sporting world, followed globally by millions of fans.
Staged by The R&A, The Open delivers an annual economic benefit of up to £100 million to its host region, while the Championship’s commercial success supports the development of the game, worldwide.

THE R&A ANNOUNCES 2018 CHAMPIONSHIP VENUES


THE R&A ANNOUNCES 2018 CHAMPIONSHIP VENUES
18 November 2015, St Andrews, Scotland: Some of the world’s finest links courses will play host to R&A championships and international matches in 2018.
Historic Scottish links courses feature prominently on the list of venues announced today by the governing body. The Amateur Championship will be played at Royal Aberdeen, the host of Great Britain and Ireland’s victory over the USA in the 2011 Walker Cup match, and Murcar Links, which held this year’s Saltire Energy Paul Lawrie Match Play on the European Tour.
It will be the first time in The Amateur’s 130-year history that it has been played on the Balgownie links, where the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open was played in 2014 and the Senior Open in 2005. Several former Champion Golfers of the Year and Ryder Cup team members have played in The Amateur Championship over the years including Jack Nicklaus, Sir Nick Faldo, Darren Clarke, Padraig Harrington, Rory McIlroy, Henrik Stenson, Louis Oosthuizen, Justin Rose, Ernie Els, Colin Montgomerie, Jose Maria Olazabal, who won in 1984, and Sergio Garcia, who won in 1998.
The Boys Home Internationals will be played at Royal Dornoch, the first time the round robin series of matches between England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales will have been played on the Sutherland links. The Junior Open, meanwhile, will be played at the Eden Course in St Andrews, which celebrated its centenary in 2014.
Johnnie Cole-Hamilton, Executive Director – Championships at The R&A, said, “We have a very strong list of championship venues for 2018 and they will provide a real challenge for the leading amateurs. I know the players will be excited at the prospect of playing such outstanding links courses and we can look forward to some tremendous golf.”
Royal Portrush will welcome a field of 252 leading young players to Northern Ireland for the Boys Amateur Championship in 2018, the year before it hosts The 148TH Open. Neighbouring Portstewart will also host the stroke play qualifying rounds. Players of the calibre of Sergio Garcia, Jose Maria Olazabal and Sir Michael Bonallack are among the list of winners of the event while Major Champions Sandy Lyle, Padraig Harrington, Graeme McDowell, Martin Kaymer and Rory McIlroy have all played in the Championship.
Royal Porthcawl, the venue for the Senior Open in 2017, will play host to the Seniors Amateur Championship the following year.
The St Andrews and Jacques Leglise Trophies will be played in Finland and the venue(s) will be announced by the European Golf Association.
The dates for the Championships and International Matches in 2018 are as follows:
The Amateur Championship, Royal Aberdeen and Murcar Links:  18 - 23 June
The Junior Open, Eden Course, St Andrews: 16 – 18 July
The St Andrews Trophy, Finland (venue tbc): 26 and 27 July
The Boys Home Internationals, Royal Dornoch:  7 - 9 August
The Seniors Amateur Championship, Royal Porthcawl:  8 - 10 August
The Boys Amateur Championship, Royal Portrush and Portstewart:  14 - 19 August
The Jacques Leglise Trophy, Finland (venue tbc):  31 August and 1 September
For more information visit championships.randa.org.
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The R&A
Based in St Andrews, The R&A runs The Open, elite amateur events, international matches and rankings. Together The R&A and the USGA govern the sport of golf worldwide, operating in separate jurisdictions but sharing a commitment to a single code for the Rules of Golf, Rules of Amateur Status and Equipment Standards. The R&A governs worldwide, outside of the United States and Mexico, with the consent of 152 organisations from amateur and professional golf and on behalf of over 30 million golfers in 138 countries.
The R&A is committed to working for golf and supports the growth of the sport internationally and the development and management of sustainable golf facilities.

Friday, 4 September 2015

JON RAHM-RODRIGUEZ WINS MARK H McCORMACK MEDAL AS LEADING MALE AMATEUR






JON RAHM-RODRIGUEZ WINS MARK H McCORMACK MEDAL AS LEADING MALE AMATEUR
26 August 2015, St Andrews Scotland and Far Hills, New Jersey, USA: Jon Rahm-Rodriguez of Spain is the winner of the Mark H McCormack Medal as the number one player in the 2015 World Amateur Golf Ranking™.
“I am honoured by this award and excited about the exemptions it brings,” said Rahm-Rodriguez, a rising senior at Arizona State University who will receive exemptions into the 2016 U.S. Open and The Open, provided he maintains his amateur status. “I also feel great pride in being the first Spanish golfer to receive this distinction.
A first-team All-American, Rahm-Rodriguez contended in the PGA Tour’s Waste Management Phoenix Open in February, tying for fifth place. His 12-under-par 272 score, highlighted by a third-round 66, left him three strokes behind champion Brooks Koepka.  
As a junior in 2014-15, Rahm-Rodriguez won four tournaments individually: the Bill Cullum Invitational, Duck Invitational, ASU Thunderbird Invitational and NCAA San Diego Regional. The 20-year-old also posted the third-best single-season stroke average in NCAA history (69.15) en route to the 2015 Ben Hogan Award, which recognises the top male college amateur golfer in the United States.
Rahm-Rodriguez also competed in the 2014 World Amateur Team Championship, where he set the individual 72-hole scoring record, previously held by Jack Nicklaus. His performance helped Spain to a third-place team finish in the Eisenhower Trophy. As a member of the European team, Rahm won 3½ points out of 4 at the 2014 Palmer Cup. In addition, he won the 2014 and 2015 Spanish Stroke Play Championships. He reached the quarter finals of last week’s U.S. Amateur Championship at Olympia Fields Country Club in Illinois.
This R&A and United States Golf Association (USGA) award is named after Mark H McCormack, who founded the sports marketing company IMG and was a great supporter of amateur golf.
“The USGA extends its most sincere congratulations to Jon for winning the 2015 McCormack Medal,” said John Bodenhamer, USGA Senior Managing Director of Rules, Competitions and Equipment Standards. “His stellar play throughout the college and amateur seasons, as well as his performance in professional events, makes him very deserving of this honour. We are excited to watch his blossoming golf career.”
Johnnie Cole-Hamilton, Executive Director - Championships at The R&A, added, “Jon has maintained an extremely high level of play throughout the year and is a deserving winner of the Mark H McCormack Medal. To achieve five victories in elite amateur events in a season is very impressive and to back that up with a top-five finish in a PGA Tour event shows that Jon is capable of playing at the highest levels of the sport. I would like to congratulate him on a wonderful season.”
Last week, Leona Maguire of Ireland, the leading player in the Women’s World Amateur Golf Ranking™, was named the women’s winner of the McCormack Medal for 2015.
The World Amateur Golf Ranking supported by Rolex was established in 2007 with the launch of the men’s ranking, which currently encompasses more than 2,300 counting events and ranks more than 6,000 players from 96 countries. The women’s ranking was launched in 2011 and has a calendar of more than 1,370 counting events with more than 2,940 ranked players representing 71 countries.

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

COETZEE WELCOMES OPEN QUALIFYING SERIES OPPORTUNITY IN SOUTH AFRICA

COETZEE WELCOMES OPEN QUALIFYING SERIES OPPORTUNITY IN SOUTH AFRICA
24 February 2015, St Andrews, Scotland: Defending Joburg Open champion George Coetzee believes there is a tremendous opportunity for players to qualify for the 144th Open at St Andrews at this week’s event in South Africa.
The leading three players who finish in the top ten and ties, who are not already exempt, will qualify for The Open which will be played at the Home of Golf from 16-19 July.
The Joburg Open is being played this week at Royal Johannesburg & Kensington Golf Club and is the third event in the 2015 Open Qualifying Series following the Emirates Australian Open in November and the Thailand Golf Championship in December.
Coetzee achieved his first victory on the European Tour at the Joburg Open last year and secured one of the three qualifying places on offer for The Open along with fellow South African Justin Walters and Jin Jeong of South Korea.
The 28 year-old from Pretoria made his fourth consecutive appearance in The Open at Royal Liverpool and went on to finish 18th. He is already exempt for this year’s Open at St Andrews.
He said: “I was absolutely delighted to qualify for The Open at the Joburg Open last year. It was a brilliant added bonus that came with the win. It’s a great idea to give guys the opportunity to qualify at Tour events and it means everyone has a lot to play for with places in a Major Championship at stake.
“It is an amazing experience to play in The Open and I received tremendous support from the galleries at Hoylake. I was pleased to finish in the top 20 and it gives me great confidence for this year. I am really looking forward to playing in my first Open at St Andrews and enjoying the wonderful atmosphere there.”
The 2011 Open Champion and recently confirmed 2016 European Ryder Cup Captain Darren Clarke and two-time winner on the European Tour Edoardo Molinari are both exempt along with South Africa’s Thomas Aiken and Coetzee.
Among the other contenders for qualifying places this week will be England’s Andy Sullivan, who won last month’s South African Open Championship, Swede Alex Noren, who was runner-up to defending Open Champion Rory McIlroy in the Omega Dubai Desert Classic earlier this month, and four-time winner on the European Tour Grégory Bourdy. Former Joburg Open champion Richard Sterne and qualifier last year Walters will also be hoping to secure a place at St Andrews.
The Amateur Champion Bradley Neil, who played in The Open at Royal Liverpool last year, will join them in the field this week.
Seven players have already secured places in The Open through the Qualifying Series: Rod Pampling, Brett Rumford and Greg Chalmers from the Emirates Australian Open and Marcus Fraser, Scott Hend, Jonathan Moore and Anirban Lahiri from the Thailand Golf Championship.
Co-sanctioned by the Sunshine Tour and the European Tour, the Joburg Open will begin on Thursday with 210 players taking to Royal Johannesburg & Kensington’s East and West Courses. Following Friday’s second round, the field will be cut to the top 65 players and ties, who will play the final two rounds on the East Course.

Thursday, 19 February 2015

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THE ROYAL AND ANCIENT GOLF CLUB ANNOUNCES NEW HONORARY MEMBERS

The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews

THE ROYAL AND ANCIENT GOLF CLUB ANNOUNCES NEW HONORARY MEMBERS
10 February 2015, St Andrews, Scotland: The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews is delighted to announce that Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal, Dame Laura Davies, Renée Powell, Belle Robertson MBE, Lally Segard, Annika Sorenstam and Louise Suggs have accepted invitations to become honorary members of the Club.
George Macgregor OBE, Captain of The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews, said, “It is an honour and a privilege for The Royal and Ancient Golf Club to welcome these remarkable women as honorary members. The Princess Royal enjoys a strong bond with Scotland and has shown great energy and commitment to developing sport through her work in the Olympic movement.
“This is an historic day for the Club and we could not be more proud also to welcome women who have distinguished themselves in golf over many years and have been great players and champions. They are extremely worthy additions to our roll of honorary members and will become ambassadors for the Club as they have been for the sport of golf throughout their careers.”
The Princess Royal follows Their Royal Highnesses The Duke of Edinburgh, The Duke of York and The Duke of Kent in becoming an honorary member of The Royal and Ancient Golf Club.
Having herself competed in the 1976 Olympics in Montreal, The Princess Royal is a member of the International Olympic Committee and was a member of the London Organising Committee for the 2012 Olympic Games. The Princess Royal is a Knight of the Most Ancient and Most Noble Order of the Thistle in Scotland and has been Patron of the Scottish Rugby Union since 1986.
In September, The Royal and Ancient Golf Club’s members voted by an 85% majority to admit women as members for the first time in its 260-year history. Today’s announcement follows that historic ballot and, in addition to the honorary members, a number of women have been admitted as members of the Club with more set to follow in the coming months.
Dame Laura Davies, is widely regarded as Britain’s greatest female golfer having won four Major Championships and 79 events around the world. She won the Women’s British Open at Royal Birkdale in 1986 and the US Women’s Open in 1987. She played in every Solheim Cup match from 1990 to 2011 and is the leading all-time points scorer. A former world number one, Laura Davies was the first non-American to finish at the top of the LPGA money list and also won the LET Order of Merit a record seven times. In 2014 she was appointed DBE for her services to golf and in July 2015 she will be inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame at a ceremony in St Andrews.
Renée Powell played in more than 250 events, having joined the LPGA Tour in 1967. In 1979, she became the first woman to be a head professional at a golf course in the United Kingdom, at Silvermere, near London. After leaving the LPGA Tour in 1980, she developed inner-city youth golf programmes in the United States and in 1995 became the first African-American female Class A member of The PGA of America and the LPGA. In 2003, Renée Powell received the Professional Golfers' Association of America’s First Lady of Golf award and four years later the inaugural Rolex For the Love of the Game Award. In 2008 she was made an honorary Doctor of Laws (LLD) by the University of St Andrews.
The great Scottish amateur golfer Belle Robertson won the British Ladies Amateur Championship in 1981 and the Scottish Ladies Close Amateur Championship on seven occasions. She represented Great Britain and Ireland in seven Curtis Cups and was part of the first team to win the match on American soil in 1986.  She captained the team twice. Belle Robertson was voted Scottish Sportswoman of the Year on four occasions and Woman Golfer of the year three times. In 1973, she was appointed MBE for services to golf and was named as one of the 50 inaugural members of the Scottish Sport Hall of Fame in 2002.
Lally Segard (née Vagliano) is one of France’s greatest golfers, winning the British Girls’ Championship in 1937 and, as Vicomtesse de Saint-Sauveur, 14 international titles including the British Ladies’ Amateur in 1950. As President of the Women’s Committee of the World Amateur Golf Council (now the International Golf Federation) she helped found the Espirito Santo Trophy, the women’s World Amateur Team Championship. She was France’s non-playing captain from the inaugural event in 1964 until 1972. Lally Segard is an Officer of France’s National Order of Merit and a Commander of the Order of Sporting Merit.
One of the most successful golfers in history, Annika Sorenstam is a former world number one who won 89 events around the world, including ten Major Championships. She won the Rolex Player of the Year award on eight occasions and represented Europe in the Solheim Cup eight times between 1994 and 2007, before serving as vice-captain for the victorious European side in 2011 and 2013. Annika Sorenstam was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2003 and retired from competitive golf in 2008 to focus on establishing the Annika Academy and the Annika Foundation, which support aspiring junior golfers.
Louise Suggs, a co-founder and former President of the LPGA, won the US Women’s Amateur in 1947 and the British Ladies’ Amateur in 1948, before turning professional and winning 58 events, including 11 Major Championships. She was an inaugural inductee into the LPGA Hall of Fame, established in 1967, and was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame. The Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year Award, given each year to the most accomplished first-year player on the LPGA Tour, is named in her honour. In 2007, she received the Bob Jones Award, given by the USGA in recognition of great sportsmanship in golf.
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The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews
Her Majesty The Queen is Patron of The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews.
The Honorary Members of The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews are: His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, His Royal Highness The Duke of York, His Royal Highness The Duke of Kent, The Honourable G.H.W. Bush, Peter Alliss, Sir Michael Bonallack OBE, Tony Jacklin CBE, John Jacobs OBE, Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Gary Player, Peter Thomson CBE, Lee Trevino, Roberto De Vicenzo and Tom Watson.
The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews holds a unique position in golf. Established in 1754, it evolved through two and a half centuries as a leading authority in the world game.
As the Club celebrated its 250th anniversary in 2004 it devolved responsibility for the administration of the Rules of Golf, the running of The Open Championship and other key events, and the development of the game in existing and emerging golfing nations, to a newly formed group of companies collectively known as The R&A.  
As a separate entity The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews remains as a private golf club with a world-wide membership of 2,400.

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Annika Sorenstam

Dame Laura Davies. 


Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal.  
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Dame Laura Davies. 
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Annika Sorenstam. 
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