Sunday, 21 May 2017

GREAT BRITAIN AND IRELAND TEAMS ANNOUNCED FOR VAGLIANO TROPHY AND JUNIOR VAGLIANO TROPHY

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GREAT BRITAIN AND IRELAND TEAMS ANNOUNCED FOR VAGLIANO TROPHY AND JUNIOR VAGLIANO TROPHY
18 May 2017, St Andrews, Scotland: The Great Britain and Ireland team to face the Continent of Europe in the Vagliano Trophy match at Golf Club Bogogno in Italy on 30 June and 1 July was announced by The R&A today.
Elaine Farquharson-Black, who led GB&I to a memorable 11½-8½ win over the USA in the Curtis Cup at Dun Laoghaire last year, will captain the team and the Aberdeen-based lawyer will be looking to reverse a run of five consecutive wins by the Continent of Europe. Claire Coughlan-Ryan continues in her role as captain of the Under-16 team to play in the Junior Vagliano Trophy match which runs parallel to the women’s competition.
Commenting on the squad Farquharson-Black said, “'I am looking forward to a great match. We have an excellent team, with a blend of youth and experience.”
Junior Vagliano Trophy captain Coughlan-Ryan added, “I look forward to working with a talented group of young golfers and trying to win the Junior Vagliano Trophy for the first time against the Continent of Europe.”

The eight player GB&I team, which has been reduced from nine as in previous years, for the Vagliano Trophy match is:
Gemma Clews (Delamere Forest)
Sophie Lamb (Clitheroe)
India Clyburn (Woodhall Spa)
Leona Maguire (Slieve Russell)
Maria Dunne (Skerries)
Olivia Mehaffey (Royal County Down Ladies')
Alice Hewson (Berkhamstead)
Annabel Wilson (Lurgan)

First reserve
Lianna Bailey (Kirby Muxole)
Second reserve
Hollie Muse (West Lancs)

The six player GB&I team for the Junior Vagliano Trophy match is:
Sarah Byrne (Douglas)
Euphemie Rhodes (Burnham & Berrow)
Annabell Fuller (Roehampton)
Ffion Tynan (Minchinhampton)
Lily May Humphreys (Stoke by Nayland)
Carys Worby (Newport)

First reserve
Caitlin Whitehead (Kendal)
Second reserve
Beth Coulter (Kirkistown Castle)

Not since a 13-11 win over the Continent of Europe at Chantilly twelve years ago has GB&I lifted the Vagliano Trophy. A close match in 2015 ended 12½-11½ at the Malone Golf Club. The junior side were also defeated 10½– 7½ in Northern Ireland.
However, GB&I’s chances may be boosted by the inclusion of Leona Maguire, who is currently the number one women’s golfer in the WORLD AMATEUR GOLF RANKINGTM (WAGRTM) The Irish golfer, who represented her country at the Rio Olympics last year, chose to retain her amateur status and finish a degree at Duke University in the United States rather than pursue qualification for the LPGA Tour.
Maguire, a member of Farquharson-Black’s victorious Curtis Cup squad will lead the GB&I charge in Italy. She will be joined by her fellow country women and Curtis Cup teammates Olivia Mehaffey and Maria Dunne. Sixteen-year-old Annabel Wilson, the youngest member of the team also joins the team from Ireland.
Mehaffey, currently WAGRTM number nine, Maguire and Wilson helped Ireland to a historic bronze medal in the Espirito Santo Trophy at the World Amateur Team Championships last year. Mehaffey’s individual wins at the Irish Women’s Open and Welsh Ladies Open Stroke Play Championships last season put her in Farquharson-Black’s plans for the Vagliano Trophy. Dunne, the eldest of the group, joins the team after her recent win at the Irish Women’s Open Stroke Play last week.
Alice Hewson, India Clyburn, Gemma Clews and Sophie Lamb from England make up the rest of the team to face the continent of Europe. WAGRTM number 38 Hewson, the highest ranked player from the English contingent and member of the victorious 2016 GB&I Curtis Cup team, finished runner-up in The Schooner Fall Classic and tied fourth in the English Women’s Amateur in 2016.
Both Hewson and Clews previously represented GB&I in the Vagliano Trophy and made up the England side that competed in the Espirito Santo Trophy at the World Amateur Team Championships. Clyburn is included following her victory in the Mercedes Collegiate with NC State University in 2016.
Farquharson-Black may choose to reunite Clews and Lamb, who plays in her first Vagliano Trophy after winning the British Women’s Stroke Play Championship in 2016, after the pair helped England to retain the Seve Ballesteros Trophy earlier this month at El Saler Golf Club in Valencia.
The format for the Vagliano Trophy is four foursomes ties each morning and eight singles matches on the afternoon ofFriday 30 June and Saturday 1 July. The Junior Vagliano Trophy takes the form of three junior foursomes each morning and six junior singles matches each day.
For scoring and reports from the matches please visit Championships.randa.org.
If you are attending the match please download our spectator information guide at randa.org.

Monday, 3 April 2017

Sustainability in Golf seminars staged by The R&A in Japan and Korea

R&A Sustainability in Golf seminars staged by The R&A in Japan and Korea#DAMARU GOLF 


17 March 2017, St Andrews, Scotland: 

Over 400 golf club officials, golf course operators and developers attended two successful Sustainability in Golf seminars staged by The R&A in Japan and Korea this week.
A panel of leading international and local experts addressed the delegates on best practice in sustainability to encourage responsible and practical golf facility development, renovation and course management.
The expert speakers included Steve Isaac (Director – Sustainability, The R&A) Dr Micah Woods (Chief Scientist, Asian Turfgrass Center), Paul Jansen (Owner of Jansen Golf Course Design & Construction), Jonathan Smith (Chief Executive, Golf Environment Organization), Bill Coore (Partner, Coore & Crenshaw), Dr Choi Joon-Soo (Professor of Turfgrass Science, Dankook University) and Yoon Kyung Ho (Golf Course Superintendent, Jack Nicklaus Golf Club of Korea).
Dominic Wall, Director – Asia-Pacific at The R&A, said, “Sustainability in golf is an important consideration for The R&A and we are committed to supporting the adoption of best practice by golf facilities throughout the region.

“We are working with our affiliates around the world to raise awareness of golf’s responsibility to the environment and communities. The seminars were excellent opportunities to share expert knowledge and experience among the delegates.”
The seminars demonstrated sustainability solutions which are helping golf clubs to make improvements in their day to day operations while also generating discussion on golf course and club management, golf course renovation and development and tournament staging.

The events were supported by the Japan Golf Association and Korea Golf Association and follow on from the success of similar seminars in China and Thailand last year.

Andy Yamanaka, Executive Director of the Japan Golf Association, added, “I believe that everyone who attended will return to their home clubs, companies and businesses with a greater appreciation of sustainability and ideas to share with their fellow members and colleagues. We are committed to working on sustainability and helping as many people as possible to understand its importance

Sunday, 22 January 2017

MARKSAENG, KHONGWATMAI, SONG AND KRUGER QUALIFY FOR THE OPEN IN SINGAPORE#damaru golf


MARKSAENG, KHONGWATMAI, SONG AND KRUGER QUALIFY FOR THE OPEN IN SINGAPORE#damaru golf




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MARKSAENG, KHONGWATMAI, SONG AND KRUGER QUALIFY FOR THE OPEN IN SINGAPORE
22 January 2017, Sentosa, Singapore: Thailand’s Prayad Marksaeng and Phachara Khongwatmai, Korea’s Younghan Song, and South Africa’s Jbe Kruger secured their places in The Open after qualifying at the SMBC Singapore Open at Sentosa Golf Club on Sunday.
The 51st playing of Singapore’s national Open was the second event in The Open Qualifying Series for The 146th Open at Royal Birkdale which will be played from 16-23 July, 2017. The Series offers 44 places in golf’s most international major championship at leading Tour events across the globe.
It was a day to remember for 50-year-old Marksaeng, who lifted the trophy after a closing round of 67 (-4) saw him finish at the top of the leaderboard on nine-under-par. The popular Thai golfer will look to make it sixth time lucky when he returns to The Open in July after earning a qualifying place in Singapore. It will be a busy summer for Marksaeng, who is set to play in the Senior Open at Royal Porthcawl the following week.
Rising teenage star Khongwatmai kept a cool head to shoot lever par, capitalising on his previous performances, which included a 67 on Saturday, to finish the day tied for second place on eight-under-par. The 17-year-old, who earned his first professional victory at the Sing Hu Hin Open aged just 14, played in The Open at Royal Troon last July. For the second year running Khongwatmai earns his exemption through The Open Qualifying Series, having booked his place last time in Thailand.
Last year’s Singapore Open champion Song, 25, will make his Open debut at Royal Birkdale after closing out the tournament with a 69 to finish tied second. In 2016 the Korean recorded a slender victory over then world number one Jordan Spieth, beating the American by one stroke in a play-off to claim his maiden professional title.
Kruger owes his place at Royal Birkdale to a wonderful eagle at the last after his second shot skimmed over the surrounding bunkers to land within 20 feet of the pin. Kruger sunk his final putt to propel him up the leaderboard to join the mix of players on eight-under-par in second place. The South African is a three-time winner on the Sunshine Tour and will make his second appearance at The Open this summer after playing in 2012 at Royal Lytham & St Annes.
The next event in The Open Qualifying Series is the Joburg Open in South Africa from 23-26 February, 2017. Three players who finish in the top 10 and ties, and who are not otherwise exempt, will earn places at The 146th Open at Royal Birkdale.
Ends.
Key quotes:
Prayad Marksaeng
“I’m so happy. This is number six for me and I am just so proud to be in The Open and make the Thai people proud of me also.
“Before I came down to Singapore, a lot of Thai people believed in me and that I was going to make something great for this tournament. And I just want to say I’m really thankful for all the Thai people.”
Phachara Khongwatmai
“I’m feeling really excited and really happy. Last year I didn’t think I would get in The Open – I was very lucky to have played there.
“I missed the cut but it wasn’t a problem for me because I played really good on the first day. On the second day, I played in the afternoon’s last two groups and it was very bad weather.
“I think this year I will play better than last year because I know what it is like and I think England is a bit better for the weather.
“This year Thailand golfers are going up!”
Younghan Song
“I was very close to capturing the championship again and just missed out so I didn’t realise about getting the ticket to The Open until now.
“I haven’t played any links golf before but this is a really great honour to play in The Open.”
Jbe Kruger
“I’m very excited, it has been a few long years for me. I’ll definitely look back at that eagle. To finish birdie, par, eagle is very special.
“It was amazing (playing at The Open in 2012). It was probably one of my first days of links golf so I didn’t play great. I played well the first day and then on the second I just fell apart. I didn’t really know how to play links golf but I think this time it’s going to be different – I like it now.”
Notes to Editors:
The Open Qualifying Series will offer the following 44 places in The 146th Open at Royal Birkdale:
The Open Qualifying SeriesEventNo of placesDetail
TOQS-AustraliaEmirates Australian Open
17-20 November 2016
Royal Sydney Golf Club
3Three places to the leading three players (not otherwise exempt) who finish in the top 10 and ties
TOQS-SingaporeSMBC Singapore Open
19-22 January 2017
Sentosa Golf Club
4Four places to the leading four players (not otherwise exempt) who finish in the top 12 and ties
TOQS-South AfricaJoburg Open
23-26 February 2017
Royal Johannesburg & Kensington Golf Club
3Three places to the leading three players (not otherwise exempt) who finish in the top 10 and ties
 
TOQS-JapanGateway to The Open Mizuno Open
25-28 May 2017
JFE Setonaikai Golf Club
4Four places to the leading four players (not otherwise exempt) who finish in the top 12 and ties
 
TOQS-USAQuicken Loans National
29 June - 2 July 2017
TPC Potomac
4Four places to the leading four players (not otherwise exempt) who finish in the top 12 and ties
TOQS-Final Qualifying4 July 2017
Gailes Links
Hillside
Royal Cinque Ports
Woburn (Marquess)
12Three places available at each venue
TOQS-FranceHNA Open de France
29 June - 2 July 2017
Le Golf National
3Three places to the leading three players (not otherwise exempt) who finish in the top 10 and ties
TOQS-IrelandDubai Duty Free Irish Open
6-9 July 2017
Portstewart Golf Club
3Three places to the leading three players (not otherwise exempt) who finish in the top 10 and ties
TOQS-USAThe Greenbrier Classic
6-9 July 2017
The Old White TPC
4Four places to the leading four players (not otherwise exempt) who finish in the top 12 and ties
TOQS-ScotlandAberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open
13-16 July 2017
Dundonald Links
3Three places to the leading three players (not otherwise exempt) who finish in the top 10 and ties
TOQS-USAJohn Deere Classic
13-16 July 2017
TPC Deere Run
1One place to the leading player (not otherwise exempt) who finishes in the top five and ties

 Thailand’s Phachara Khongwatmai and Prayad Marksaeng, South Africa’s Jbe Kruger and Korea’s Younghan Song qualify for The 146th Open at Royal Birkdale at the SMBC Singapore Open.
The Open
The 146th Open will be played at Royal Birkdale from 16-23 July 2017.
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 OPEN 2017 # DAMARU GOLF.


Thursday, 19 January 2017

THE 146TH OPEN ON OFFER AT THE SMBC SINGAPORE OPEN#DAMARU GOLF



THE 146TH OPEN ON OFFER AT THE SMBC SINGAPORE OPEN#DAMARU GOLF
THE 146TH OPEN ON OFFER AT THE SMBC SINGAPORE OPEN#DAMARU GOLF


THE 146TH OPEN ON OFFER AT THE SMBC SINGAPORE OPEN#DAMARU GOLF


FOUR PLACES IN THE 146TH OPEN ON OFFER AT THE SMBC SINGAPORE OPEN
18 January 2017, Singapore: Four players who finish in the top 12 and ties at the SMBC Singapore Open who are not already exempt will earn a place in The 146th Open at Royal Birkdale from 16-23 July 2017.
The 2017 SMBC Singapore Open is the second event in The Open Qualifying Series and will be played from 19-22 January at Sentosa Golf Club.
Players in the field at the SMBC Singapore Open who are already exempt for The 146th Open at Royal Birkdale:
Ernie Els Yuta Ikeda
Matthew GriffinAdam Scott
Sergio GarciaHideto Tanihara
Ashley Hall
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 16 January will be awarded a place in The 146th Open.
Ends.
Notes to Editors:
The Open Qualifying Series will offer the following 44 places in The 146th Open at Royal Birkdale:
The Open Qualifying SeriesEventNo of placesDetail
TOQS-AustraliaEmirates Australian Open
17-20 November 2016
Royal Sydney Golf Club
3Three places to the leading three players (not otherwise exempt) who finish in the top 10 and ties
TOQS-SingaporeSMBC Singapore Open
19-22 January 2017
Sentosa Golf Club
4Four places to the leading four players (not otherwise exempt) who finish in the top 12 and ties
TOQS-South AfricaJoburg Open
23-26 February 2017
Royal Johannesburg & Kensington Golf Club
3Three places to the leading three players (not otherwise exempt) who finish in the top 10 and ties
TOQS-JapanGateway to The Open Mizuno Open
25-28 May 2017
JFE Setonaikai Golf Club
4Four places to the leading four players (not otherwise exempt) who finish in the top 12 and ties
TOQS-USAQuicken Loans National
29 June - 2 July 2017
TPC Potomac
4Four places to the leading four players (not otherwise exempt) who finish in the top 12 and ties
TOQS-Final Qualifying4 July 2017
Gailes Links
Hillside
Royal Cinque Ports
Woburn (Marquess)
12Three places available at each venue
TOQS-FranceHNA Open de France
29 June - 2 July 2017
Le Golf National
3Three places to the leading three players (not otherwise exempt) who finish in the top 10 and ties
TOQS-IrelandDubai Duty Free Irish Open
6-9 July 2017
Portstewart Golf Club
3Three places to the leading three players (not otherwise exempt) who finish in the top 10 and ties
TOQS-USAThe Greenbrier Classic
6-9 July 2017
The Old White TPC
4Four places to the leading four players (not otherwise exempt) who finish in the top 12 and ties
TOQS-ScotlandAberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open
13-16 July 2017
Dundonald Links
3Three places to the leading three players (not otherwise exempt) who finish in the top 10 and ties
TOQS-USAJohn Deere Classic
13-16 July 2017
TPC Deere Run
1One place to the leading player (not otherwise exempt) who finishes in the top five and ties
The Open
The 146th Open will be played at Royal Birkdale from 16-23 July 2017.
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.