Causeway Coast Amateur 2017

The Causeway Coast Amateur Golf Tournament enters its 5th Decade and continues to be the largest amateur golf tournament in Europe. Their 2017 tournament will be played over 4 superb links course – Ballyliffin Golf Club (Old Course), Castlerock Golf Club, Royal Portrush Golf Club (Valley Course) and Ballycastle Golf Club from Monday 5th – Friday 9th June 2017.

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The tournament is a 72 hole event, with a rest day in between to recuperate from the test the links courses will provide and maybe to shake all some of the tiredness from the social element too! Participants are able to book into any of the below play orders, by choosing their rest day and time, subject to availability. Rest days are allocated on a first come first served basis, with the tournament organisers doing their best to accommodate all requests.  The field is limited to 144 participants per day. with the order of play as follows:

  1. Rest Day, Ballyliffin, Castlerock, Ballycastle, Royal Portrush
  2. Ballyliffin, Castlerock, Ballycastle, Royal Portrush, Rest Day
  3. Castlerock, Ballycastle.  Royal Portrush, Rest Day, Ballyliffin
  4. Ballycastle,  Royal Portrush, Rest Day, Ballyliffin,  Castlerock
  5. Royal Portrush, Rest Day, Ballyliffin, Castlerock, Ballycastle

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Participants are invited to a Welcome Event held at Royal Portrush Golf Club on Sunday 4th June. There will also be a Bushmills Distillery Tour & Entertainment on Wednesday 7th June with the Closing Event & Prize Giving being held at Royal Portrush Golf Club on the Final Day.

Tournament Terms and Conditions

The Causeway Coast Golf Tournament is open to Amateurs with an official club handicap of 20 or less. Each player must carry a current handicap certificate on each day of the Tournament. A current handicap certificate must be submitted with entry form.

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The overall competition is run on the Stableford system. Concurrently with the main Tournament a Subsidiary Competition is run on each course with a separate trophy and prizes for the best score returned.

Entrance fees:

  • Host Club Members £75
  • GUI Residents £150
  • Visitors £200
  • Entrance fees include all green fees.

Withdrawals will only be refunded provided they are notified before Friday 21st April 2017.

All players must be members of Golf Clubs recognised and affiliated to their country’s governing body and must have an official club handicap. In accordance with 2016-2018 CONGU Unified Handicapping Scheme all scores in this competition must be returned to the home club by the player concerned – see Clause 8.12 The Handicap Committee of the home club will consider them in accordance with Clause 23a Annual Review or, if appropriate, for an immediate cut under Clause 23B – General Play Adjustment. The Committee reserves the right to revise any players handicap before or during the Tournament.

Entries will not be accepted from anyone under 18 years of age. Draws will be posted in Host Clubs the week preceding the Tournament. Entries close when the tournament limit of 800 is received.

For further information contact info@causewaycoastgolf.com

History of the Tournament

The Causeway Coast Golf Tournament (CCGT) was first played in 1967 and has continued as an annual tournament every year since.

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The CCGT is owned by the four founding Golf Clubs – Ballycastle Golf Club, Castlerock Golf Club, Portstewart Golf Club and Royal Portrush Golf Club – with each member club nominating two representatives from their membership to run the tournament through the Tournament Committee.  In 2014, Portstewart Golf Club informed the Committee that they would be unable to take part in the Tournament due to other commitments.  This year, Portstewart will host The 2017 Irish Open and we wish them every success!  Due to this departure, Ballyliffin Golf Club was approached to take their place and they are a welcome addition to the Tournament.

The CCGT started off life as a small event, with the majority of participants coming from the host clubs. However, with the growth in popularity in golf in the 1970’s and 1980’s, coupled with the incredible value and quality of the host courses, the tournament quickly grew.  In the late 1990’s the tournament boasted over 1,100 participants.

2017 is a very exciting year for the Causeway Coast Golf Tournament as we enter our fifth decade. It is a fantastic Tournament and a massive achievement to be celebrating their 50th Anniversary this year, I just hope I can make it to play!

SM Open Scotland – Aberdeen Event 2017

We are delighted to launch our 2nd Scottish Tournament taking place in Aberdeen at Trump International Scotland, Cruden Bay Golf Club & Murcar Golf Links from Wednesday 12th – Friday 14th July 2017! The event will be run in conjunction with Tournament Partners, Deeside Golf Tours in Scotland.

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Day 1 will take us to Trump International Golf Links Scotland in Aberdeen on Wednesday 12th July 2017. This 7,400 yard, par 72 championship golf course was designed by renowned golf course architect, Dr. Martin Hawtree, and follows a classical pattern of two out-and-back loops of nine holes. All 18 holes thread their way engagingly through The Great Dunes of Scotland; rising to find panoramic views of the North Sea and dramatic coastline, and plunging into secluded valleys rich with native vegetation.

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The 2nd Round of Social Media Open Aberdeen will be hosted at Cruden Bay Golf Club on Thursday 13th July. This amazing Links Course offers an internationally famous golfing experience – old fashioned links golf at its best – on one of the best links courses in Scotland. Cruden Bay creates unique challenges demanding the skills of power, placement and fine judgement upon the discerning golfer. The course is set against a backdrop of subtly contoured greens and magnificent panoramic views and when you read the list of recent accolades it is easy to understand why it is so popular

  • 2012 in “Golf World Magazine” 2nd Top Fun Course in Great Britain & Ireland
  • 2013 in “Links Magazine USA” 54th Best Course in the World
  • 2013-2014 in “Golf Digest Top 100” 70th in the World
  • 2013 in “Golf Course Architecture Magazine” 29th in the World (voted by over 240 golf course architects from 28 Countries)
  • 2015 in “Golf Magazine52nd in the World

The Final Round of Social Media Open Aberdeen will take place on Friday 14th July at the majestic Murcar Links. The par-71 layout features in the Top 100 courses in the UK and is in the VisitScotland Top 40 Great Scottish Links Collection as evidenced by the fact that in 2005, it hosted pre-qualifying for the British Senior Open. Recently it has also hosted  the Paul Lawrie Golf Centre Northern Open in June 2014 and in 2013 the European Boys Team Championship. In 2009 hosted the European Challenge Tour’s Scottish Challenge and the British Boys Plate. It is a venue held in high regard and we are delighted to be concluding our Aberdeen Tournament on this fantastic course in July!

The Format of the Event will follow past Tournament in that it will be Pairs so Team of 2 – both scores to count holes 9 & 18 and 1 to score on 1-8, 10-17 (3/4 Handicap Applies). Our Golf Only Package is £349 per person / £698 per Team of 2, Play & Stay Packages to be finalised very soon. If you have any queries or would like to enter a team please call +353-87-6453537 or email smopen@tomkennedygolf.com! In the meantime give us a Follow on Twitter and a Like on Facebook!

 

Social Media Open Portugal 2017

The Inaugural playing of The Social Media Open Portugal will take place from Friday 10th – Sunday 12th November 2017, in the Alvor region of the Algarve and will present the challenge of 3 of the best golf courses in the area to test the teams that will be competing to become the 1st Social Media Open Portugal Champion! The Tournament will be played at 3 of the Pestana Resort Courses – Silves, Gramacho & Vila Sol with accommodation available at the picturesque Pestana Dom Joao II Hotel.

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Day 1 of SM Open Portugal will take place at Silves Golf Course on Friday 10th November 2017Silves is a serene spot at the foot of the Monchique mountain, but it is anything other than ‘a walk in the park’ – a drive at the opening hole has to flirt with water hazards on both flanks. This course is for all levels of players – low handicaps will find it a serious challenge to come in under par while high handicaps, with a bit of courses management, will thoroughly their round. Most holes offer spectacular mountain views overlooking palm trees and olive groves, the surrounding cork and citrus farms generate a true feeling of authentic Portuguese golf. We look forward to starting our Inaugural here in November!

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The 2nd Day of SM Open Portugal will be hosted at the Gramacho Golf Course on Saturday 11th November 2017. Having hosted the Portuguese Ladies Open on a number of occasions Gramacho is indeed recognized as a championship course. Designed by Ronald Fream, who also designed Vale de Pinta in the region, teamed up with the former world No. 1 Nick Price to create the unique design of Gramacho. With 18 holes & 27 greens, plus numerous different tee box locations, players are able to enjoy the same course time and time again but always with slightly different challenges.

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The Vila Sol Golf Course will be the venue for the Final Round of The Social Media Open Portugal on Sunday 12th November where the Inaugural Champions will be crowned! Designed by renowned golf architect Donal Steel, the Vila Sol course was opened in 1991 and is a superb test of golf. The course is planned to give all visitors who come to play a golf course where the preservation of the natural environment is sharply in mind. This plan consists of pine, almond & fig trees, plants, flowers, lakes and streams, which all add to the pleasure and challenge of playing this championship golf course. Located in the Central Algarve, the Vila Sol Hotel and Golf resort is set in 75 acres of natural beauty which includes the Championship Course and also the 9-hole Academy course.

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The Format of our Inaugural Tournament will encapsulate the same setup as The Social Media Open, Social Media Links Challenge and Social Media Open Scotland before them – Team of 2 with 1 score to count on holes 1-8, 10-17 and both scores to count on 9 & 18 (3/4 Handicap applies) with Stableford scoring each day. The Tournament Packages are as follows and include all Tournament Rounds of Golf, SM Open Portugal Goody Bags and All Prizes!

  • 3 Rounds of Golf & 3 nights’ B&B – €299 per person sharing (€598 per Team of 2)
  • 3 Rounds of Golf & 3 nights’ B&B – €349 per person sharing (€698 per Team of 2)

If you have any queries on The Social Media Open Portugal or would like to enter a team please email smopen@tomkennedygolf.com or call +353-87-6453537. You can also give us a Follow on Twitter or Like us on Facebook, hope to see you in Portugal this November!!

Father & Son Tournament at Dooks

Dooks Golf Links celebrates the hosting of “The Kingdom Father & Son” Tournament on Friday 21st April 2017 as the Inaugural hosting of the Event! The Tournament will feature a Foursomes format and with its staging on during the Easter Holidays it gives the opportunity for both young & old Father & Son teams to compete in the Event on one of Ireland’s best links courses.

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The Glenbeigh Golfing Gem has been welcoming golfers for over 125 years now and continues to be a firm favourite with Members & their Guests, Tourist Golfers, Golf Societies and Green Fee paying Visitors alike! Dooks Golf Links is a superb venue as we saw first hand at the 2016 Society Challenge hosted there on Saturday 29th October, and we hope to return there later this year as well!

Dooks is also a superb club to join as a Member and they have various Membership categories available including their Links & Lakes Membership with Killarney Golf & Fishing Club.

Dooks would love for you to join them for their Inaugural Tournament in April and the timesheet is open, and filling up fast!! You can book online via their Open Competitions section, by email via office@dooks.com or by phone on +353-66-9768205. The entry fee is just €60 per pair (€30 per person) which is amazing value for a golf course of that quality, with some fantastic prizes available the day. Do you want to be the Inaugural “Kingdom Father & Son” Champions? It’s times like these that I wish my “auld fella” played golf!

 

The Mental Fundamentals of Golf

It’s great to have another Guest Author on the Blog, we hope you like this article from Matt of TruGolf.com!

It’s fair to say that at least half of the game of golf is played inside your head. There’s as much technique involved with keeping your head in the right place for the length of a game as there is for placing the ball. Of course, it always helps to have a few tricks up your sleeve, especially when you get yourself in trouble and frustration rears its ugly head. The following techniques should help you stay out of the pain cave and focused on what really matters — having fun.

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Pre-Shot Routine

Having a set pre-shot routine is absolutely critical. It prepares your body and mind for the shot. The pre-shot routine should get you lined up and ready to swing, as well as clear your head so you can step up to the tee and trust your ability to hit the ball without over-thinking.

A good pre-shot routine goes something like this:

  1. Stand ten feet behind the ball and imagine a line through it to the target
  2. Picture a line through the ball to the target
  3. Choose a spot on the line to focus on three to four feet in front of the ball
  4. Approach the ball and position your clubface behind the ball, perpendicular to the target
  5. Position your feet while staring at the target
  6. Choose a spot (probably a dimple) on the ball to aim for
  7. Trust your fundamentals and swing

Develop a shot strategy

Even the pros don’t always put the ball exactly where the want it. In fact, many pros will tell you they hit their target about two-thirds of the time. One in three shots off-target is the norm, and these guys are the best in the world. What you’ll notice as you watch a tournament, however, is the pros’ uncanny ability to miss to the correct side, leaving themselves a solid follow-up shot.

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The trick is to determine where your perfect shot would fall, then determine which side and distance you’d be OK with missing to. Then aim between the two. This may require using a different club than you’d use for the perfect shot; that’s OK. Giving yourself a wider margin of error will give you more confidence and, inevitably, shave strokes.

Have a default shot

One bad shot can cause a lot of trouble. If poorly managed, that one shot can come back to haunt you later — it can even ruin your game if you let it. There are lots of techniques that are designed to help you let go of the frustration and move on with your game. One very effective technique is to fall back on old reliable — use a club that will help you rebuild your confidence, even if it’s not the perfect club for your next shot. Take a swing with the 6 iron if that’s comfortable, or maybe an 8 that you can play form any lie. The idea is to get confidence back in your swing, and a comfortable club can often do just that.

Introduce Distractions

Another way to stay loose during the game or forget about a bad shot is to create a distraction. Strike up a conversation with a golf buddy on the way to the next hole, and make it about anything BUT golf. Just taking your mind out of the moment should help put things back into perspective and relive a little of the intensity that can make the game more serious and take away some of the fun. This technique can be applied to life away from the course, as well. If you find yourself obsessing about the game when you’re at work or driving your wife nuts by talking about golf all the time, it may be time to add another hobby — one that’s not golf-related, like fly-fishing or pool.

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Golf’s mental aspect can be as intimidating and as difficult to master as its athletic aspect, and the mastery of both can take decades of constant training. Fortunately, there are a few techniques that you can use to control your mental game … think of them as the “mental fundamentals.”

Bio on the Guest Author:

Matt is an avid golf enthusiast and part of the TruGolf.com team. When he’s not working on his fairway shot, you will find Matt writing about his passion for the process of the game.

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Golf in Cambodia – Angkor Golf Resort

I never thought my first game of golf in 2017 would happen to be on Honeymoon (I didn’t bring the clubs for fear of an early divorce!) and I was even more surprised when I teed it up for the first time in the New Year in Cambodia, at Angkor Golf Resort in Siem Reap to be precise!

The setup is superb, along with getting picked up in their Courtesy Bus from my hotel which was a very nice touch indeed! David Baron, their Director of Golf, was on hand to greet me and I was given a very warm welcome from all the staff. A locker with my name on it and all, I took a little bit of time to check out the facilities before I headed for a back 9 start with my caddy! The facilities at Angkor Golf Resort are excellent and rival any other golf course or resort in Europe, the US or further afield. They are as follows:

  • 300 Yards Grass Range and Practice putting green
  • Chipping/ Betting Hole (19th Hole)
  • Contemporary Designed Clubhouse
  • Pro Shop with range of top brands
  • Modern Locker Room & Showers
  • Golf Cart, Clubs and Shoes rental
  • Restaurant that serves both Western and Asian cuisine (the local beer is great too!)
Hole 13, par 5. Angkor Golf Resort, Kasekam Village, Sra Nga, Siem Reap, Cambodia. Mandatory credit: Richard Castka/Sportpixgolf.com

Hole 13, par 5.
Angkor Golf Resort. Mandatory credit: Richard Castka/Sportpixgolf.com

So, onto the golf course. What a great test, starting on the Back 9 I managed to split the first fairway and life seemed easy for a moment…….all that changed when I pulled my approach into the greenside bunker and proceeded to make bogey! Nick Faldo, who designed the golf course,  was always a great bunker player and the greenside bunkers especially will prove difficult to even those with fantastic short games. 11 is a short par 4 with a very smart design, play safe and give yourself another testing approach with probably a mid to short iron depending on how close you want to get to the water or go for the carry to a narrow landing area short right of the green. Suffice to say I tried to play safe but it didn’t work out too well, another bogey on the card!

Hole 18, par 4. Angkor Golf Resort. Mandatory credit: Richard Castka/Sportpixgolf.com

Hole 18, par 4.
Angkor Golf Resort. Mandatory credit: Richard Castka/Sportpixgolf.com

At this stage I was getting worried if my caddy had already given up hope on me but luckily a nicely struck 8-iron to a few feet on the par-3 12th gave me my first birdie of the day, especially useful as I was playing through an American couple at the time. 13 is an amazing par-5, meandering through the bunkers and finishing up at a beautiful green at the top right, definitely a par-5 when par is a welcome score. 14 & 15 are testing par-4s with water in play on both of them while I remember 16 well as the par-5 presented me with second birdie of the day, life seemed easy again!! It’s a tough finish to the back 9 at Angkor Golf Resort, 17 is a long par-3 with water right and not much room to bail out on the left. There is a safer short either short or front left of the green but I was in birdie mode but unfortunately my swing forgot I was, PBFU (as some of us know it) followed. 18 is a lovely finishing hole, with water your constant companion down the left hand side. With the pin cut tight to the back left of the green I felt another chance at birdie coming up, when my ball seemed to stop 10 feet from the hole it looked like it but a bit of backspin sent it trundling down towards the water. Another bogey and a chance gone but a super finish to what was an excellent 9 holes. Onto the front 9 and my back 9!

Hole 2, par 4. Angkor Golf Resort. Mandatory credit: Richard Castka/Sportpixgolf.com

Hole 2, par 4.
Angkor Golf Resort. Mandatory credit: Richard Castka/Sportpixgolf.com

The front 9 is different to the back 9 which provides a good contrast, starting again with a par 4 which is pretty much straight up. 2 good shots to the front of the green ended up with a stress free 2 putt, good start! The short par-4 2nd hole ended up with a bogey after too many visits to sand and avoiding trees and then it was onto the 606 yard par-5 3rd hole (off the Faldo Tees!).  What a monster of a par-5, thankfully I walked off with a par! My swing felt good and things were starting to click, my caddy was superb as well though as the putts started to drop. A routine par on 4, a nice short par-3 was followed by nearly driving the short par-4 5th. A lovely up-and-down from sand gave me my 3rd birdie of the day. Good pars followed on 6 & 7 and everything seemed rosy in the garden standing in the middle of the fairway on 8 with wedge in my hand for my approach. A couple of yards long though and a bogey resulted, another bad swing on the 9th left me walking off with 2 bogeys to finish but all in all a thoroughly enjoyable round of golf on a stunning golf course.

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Angkor Golf Resort isn’t just about the tourist or ex-pat golfers though. They are making great strides to help develop Junior Golf in Cambodia, ranked as the Best Course in the Country they are definitely leading the way here. Run in 5 Stages, it has opened up the opportunity to play golf to many children in the locality and Resident Professional, Alan Martin, must take a lot of credit for this. In November of 2015, over 250 children visited Angkor Golf Resort to experience golf which is fantastic. The Junior Golf Programme is very much linked to the Faldo Junior Series as well which provides even further opportunities for the children to play golf and play competitively too. Angkor Golf Resort even have their own Academy Ambassador, 16 year old Tevy Sareoun!

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A fantastic trip to Cambodia was made all the better for taking on the challenge of their best golf course, and Angkor Golf Resort is just that! They have something fantastic events coming up in the near future as well – Angkor Spring Event (Singles Stableford) on Sunday 26th March; their popular Fourball Championship from 7th-9th April and also The Faldo Challenge from 2nd-4th June. Check out their Events Section for further details!

For those on Social Media, Angkor Golf Resort is active on both Twitter and Facebook, so give them a follow and a like! It is a great place to tee it up if you are ever planning a trip to Cambodia and especially Siem Reap.

Social Media Links Challenge 2017

Having enjoyed the best courses in the West of Ireland for 3 years now the 4th Annual Tournament of The Social Media Links Challenge will once again take place in August at 3 of the finest links courses in Ireland over 3 days when it tees off in late August. County Sligo Golf Club, Carne Golf LinksEnniscrone Golf Club once again provide 3 stern but very different golfing tests from Thursday 24th – Saturday 26th August 2017.

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The First Day’s play will be hosted at West of Ireland Amateur Open venue, County Sligo Golf Club, on Thursday 24th August 2016. It has been the host course for the 1st Round over the past 2 years of the event and provides an excellent venue in all aspects. This world renowned course will test each and every player as they strive to get into the leading groups from Day 1.

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Day 2 on Friday 25th August will take in the awesome Carne Golf Links in Belmullet, Co Mayo. The 2016 competitors faced some very tough conditions in driving wind and plenty rain but even the weather did not take away from the enjoyment of the golfers. This is one of the more remote courses in Ireland but as a result of that it has one of the most amazing locations for a golf course anywhere in the World!

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The Final Day of the 2016 Social Media Links Challenge will be played at Enniscrone Golf Club on Saturday 26th August 2016. This outstanding links course will provide a fitting finale to 3 days of sublime links golf on the West Coast of Ireland. The winning team this week will certainly deserve their prize!

The entry fee per person is only €165 Golf only (€330 per Team of 2) with the following Play & Stay Packages available. Accommodation is currently available at either Hotel Ballina or the Ballina Manor Hotel which are both less than 1 hour’s drive from Carne, approximately 45 minutes from County Sligo and only 15 minutes from Enniscrone GC. The first night’s accommodation on the 4 night package will be at the Riverside Hotel in Sligo.

2 nights’ B&B and 3 rounds of Golf – €255 per person sharing / €510 per Team
3 nights’ B&B and 3 rounds of Golf & Prize Giving Dinner – €325 per person sharing / €650 per Team
4 nights’ B&B and 3 rounds of Golf & Prize Giving Dinner – €370 per person sharing / €740 per Team

(The 3 & 4 night packages include Prize Giving Dinner at Hotel Ballina on Saturday 26th August)

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First Prize for the Social Media Links Challenge will include a Golfing Holiday to the Sun, FREE GOLF to come back and Defend the Title in 2018 along with the SM Links Challenge Trophy to take home for the year! Other prizes will be announced in due course but will include golf vouchers for Carne Golf Links, County Sligo GC and Enniscrone GC and many other golf related goodies from LJ Golf among others!!

The format of the Tournament will be a Pairs Event with 2 scores to count each day on holes 9 and 18 with 1 score to count on the other holes (1-8, 10-17). 3/4 Handicaps will apply for the event as well.

If you have any queries on the Social Media Links Challenge or would like to enter a team you can email smlinks@tomkennedygolf.com. You can also follow the event on Twitter @SMLinks or like us on Facebook. Check out the Review of our 2016 Event for what’s in store for you in a few months time!!

Hope to see you on the links in August!

Tournament Preview – Qatar Masters 2017

The European Tour makes its annual stop in Qatar this week for the Qatar Masters at Doha Golf Club. There are plenty players in contention and hopefully we can shed some light on the leading contenders and check out some of the best golf bets today.

Alex Noren

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The Swede has been in blistering form over the past year and even more so recently with an amazing strike record. Every time he tees it up he seems to be in contention right at the top of the leaderboard and I think this week will be no different. Odds as favourite of 11/1 reflect the market’s confidence.

Martin Kaymer

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The German put up his now seemingly usual showing in Abu Dhabi last week with another top-5 finish. He seems to love the desert conditions and can go close again this week, he did struggle with a few bogeys in some crucial part of the final round last week but he can definitely contend again in Qatar with odds of 13/1 putting him among the leading contenders when he tees it up at Doha GC this week.

Bernd Wiesberger

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The Austrian was also another coming out of Abu Dhabi with a good showing and can well contend this week. He one of the brightest stars on the European Tour and I would not be surprised if he was right up the leaderboard come the end of 72 holes this Sunday, Wiesberger is co-second favourite with odds of 13/1 reflecting his big chances in Qatar.

Tommy Fleetwood

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Last week’s winner is obviously a form pick but there are fewer back-to-back winners these days due to the quantity of quality on tour. Fleetwood’s finish on 18 in the final round, however, was something to behold under the greatest of pressure and Tommy can well post some good numbers this week in Qatar. He’s a great each way bet at 19/1.

A few outside bets to consider are Chris Wood (40/1), Pablo Larrazabal (40/1) and George Coetzee (50/1). Wood had a great year last year and albeit a less than encouraging Ryder Cup for the Englishman, he is one of the most improved players on the European Tour. Larrazabal got right into contention last Sunday and played some amazing shots down the stretch, coming up just short of Fleetwood in the end. Coetzee has a good record in the desert and could well go close again.

So there are my ones to watch for this week at Doha Golf Club for the Qatar Masters. Out of the leading contenders I think Martin Kaymer may well make up for his Abu Dhabi disappointment and claim the title on Sunday in Qatar, watch out for Larrazabal though at a great price each way! Enjoy the golf this week.

 

 

SM Links Challenge 2016 Tournament Review

What a great few days in the West of Ireland in August! The 2016 Social Media Links Challenge had pretty much everything including nearly the 4 seasons of weather in 1 day during the 2nd Round!! Our 3rd Annual Tournament took place once more at County Sligo Golf Club, Carne Golf Links & Enniscrone from Thursday 11th – Saturday 13th August 2016 and it was a thoroughly enjoyed few days enjoying golf, craic and hospitality in Sligo & Mayo.

Day 1 took us to County Sligo Golf Club where the usual stern golfing test awaited us. There were a few hungover heads from the Welcome Party in the Garavogue Bar the night before but the links breeze soon helped to ease those as the teams got out on the course, the Bottle of Muldoon Whiskey on the 1st Tee did probably help a bit as well!

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After the first 18 holes Cork pair, John Tanner & James Cullinane, lead the way after a great score of 47 points with the Wexford brothers, Nicky & Gabriel Cosgrave 3 behind on 44. The chasing pack was made up of Linda & Keith Toomey on 42 along with Conal O’Reilly & Frank Moran; Gerald O’Connor & Bryan Leahy while Chris & Tim Garde and also Niall Livesey & John Howard were on 41 and right in the hunt.

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Craig Toomey letting rip off the 1st at Carne Golf Links

Day 2 started under dark skies, throw in near hurricane winds and at times torrential rain and the challenge of Carne was not for the faint hearted!  Scoring was understandably poor during the 2nd Round with only 2 scores in the 40s from Maurice Maye & Ian Fitzgerald along with Patrick Aiken & Jason Newton, who both returned 41 points and put themselves right into contention only 3 off the lead which was still held by Tanner & Cullinane who added a 33 to their 47 of Day 1 for a 80 point total after 36 holes. Many teams were now in contention, with 8 shots covering at least a dozen teams, going into the Final Round at the exquisite Enniscrone Golf Links.

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Enniscrone’s 12th green amongst the dunes

Clearer skies greeted the golfers on Saturday 26th August for Day 3 of The 2016 Social Media Links Challenge and the short drive from our base in Ballina also a welcome logistical bonus! Good scoring conditions mattered little during the Final Round as the golfing test provided by Enniscrone always levelling the playing field. Scoring was decent on the day, with some scores well into the 40s and it was the best score on the day that pipped long time leaders, John & James, right at the Winning Post! Chris & Tim Garde posted a phenomenal 47 points to grab victory on the countback with a 3 round total of 121 after 54 holes, beating John Tanner & James Cullinane. So close was the Final Round that 4 shots covered the Top 6 with Tommy Dunphy & Barry Hennessy in 3rd on 119, followed by Gavin Morris & Conor Corroon on the same score, Maurice & John came in 5th with 118 while Craig Toomey & Jonathan McDonnell (who got the 1st Tee Shot away back on Thursday at County Sligo) finished 6th with 117 points.

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Congrats to Chris & Tim who will return next year as 2016 Social Media Links Challenge Champions! A huge thanks to County Sligo Golf Club, Carne Golf Links & Enniscrone for presenting the courses in great condition along with the usual warm welcome for all the golfers. Massive appreciation must also go to our Tournament Partners – Golf Voyager, Wyldsson, Irish Biltong, Thin Gin, Muldoon Irish Whiskey, Jonathan McDonnell QFA, the Garavogue Bar, Golf Birdie App and OGIO Golf. We looking forward to returning in 2017 to these 3 tremendous links courses on the West Coast of Ireland.

If you would like to join us for The 2017 Social Media Links Challenge at County Sligo, Carne & Enniscrone drop us a line via smlinks@tomkennedygolf.com or call +353-87-6453537.

By tomkennedygolf Posted in Golf

The Golf Guide Ireland – Website & Magazine

The Golf Guide relaunches in Ireland this year with their new Irish Golf section on their Website along with 4 editions of their ever popular Magazine, available in both Print & Digital formats! With publications already all over the UK and in the Costa del Sol a move into the Irish market will help the many Golf Clubs & Resort to reach a greater amount of golfers in Ireland and further afield as well. Their Events have also been going from strength to strength and along with the Irish website & magazine launch they will also have their first Tournament in Ireland at The Heritage Resort next June.

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Golf Guide Magazine

4 Irish editions of The Golf Guide Magazine will be printed per year – each Golf Club or Resort getting Double Page Spread in each issue which will contain the following:

  • Large Main image & 3/4 smaller images.
  • Golf Club/Resort contact information & directions.
  • Description of the Golf Club/Resort and scorecard of the course.
  • Comprehensive list of Golf Club/Resort Facilities
  • Interchangeable banner advert for current offers & promotions.
  • A further Double Page feature article per year to be used at an appropriate time to showcase a special event or anniversary.
  • Quarter Page advert in the events section to promote any opens or invitation events that you have planned throughout 2016/17

Digital Magazine

The Golf Guide’s printed publications are now converted into a digital page turner, which allows the readers to view our products online from anywhere in the world on their mobile devices, smartphones, androids and tablets. Our circulation of this product is now on a par with the printed product, in the sense that the last Golf Guide magazine was viewed online more than 12,000 times. The Golf Guide expects this area to continue to grow in the coming months.

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Website & Social Media

A fully hosted digital page to advertise the club and its facilities on the Golf Guide website www.thegolfguide.co.uk. Content to be included on the site to include:

  • Rotating Image gallery on the digital page to advertise all club facilities.
  • Links to the Golf Club/Resort website.
  • Links to the Golf Tee Times and/or Resort in-house booking system.
  • Social media links to proactively share club content.
  • Interchangeable banner advert for current offers and promotions.
  • Unlimited news and feature content throughout the year.
  • Placing of all open events on our events page.
  • Point in time social media marketing campaigns for specific promotions.

The Golf Guide website currently has 2,500 visitors per week with Twitter and Facebook both with over 3,500 & 2,800 followers respectively, Twitter stats show 90,000 impressions in the last 28 days and The Golf Guide social media channels are constantly updated to ensure every advertiser and partner gets the maximum exposure possible.

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Golf Guide Tour

The Golf Guide’s Tour continues over the Winter with venues such as Nefyn Golf Club, Conwy GC & Bull Bay being some of the prominent venues. The Golf Guides Irish Tournament takes place at The Heritage Resort on Sunday 11th & Monday 12the June 2017 with some fantastic prizes up for grabs during all Events!

There are some fantastic deals for Golf Clubs & Resorts to feature on The Golf Guide’s Website & Magazine. They are as follows:

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The Magazine & Website / Digital Package

  • Cost for 2016/17 for €1,200 (VAT not applicable)
  • Includes full website features plus Social Media Promotion
  • The4 Issues for 2016/17
  • Fee payable in advance to avail of this offer

Individual costings as follows:

  • Website / Digital – €300 per annum
  • Magazine – €300 per Issue

If have any queries or would like to avail of one of our great advertising packages please contact Tom Kennedy on +353-87-6453537 or email tom@thegolfguide.ie. The Golf Guide – You’ll be lost without it!