Josh is boy wonder

He went; he played; he conquered. Doncaster’s Josh Berry is the new French under 14 champion. The 12-year-old became the first English winner of the Chantilly International U-14 Trophy in the 45-year history of the event after carding rounds of 70 and 69 for a seven under par total. An opening round tee time of 7.30am saw Josh play the Chantilly course at all of its 6,450 yards and birdies at the third and fourth saw him turn in level par. A bad lie in a bunker on 12 led to a bogey before a barrage of birdies on 13, 15, 17 and 18 saw him sign for a 69 and had his dad Scott describing his closing burst as some of the best golf he had seen from his son. After a long wait he was confirmed as th

The Chris Hanson blog

A SPELL of four weeks without playing an event left me wondering how match-ready I would be for the Open de Espana in Madrid. I had put in plenty of work, but this was one of the longest periods I had gone without competing. The weather for everyone’s preparation for the event at the new National Golf Centre was shocking, with rain and a chilly wind with a chill factor well in the minuses. The draw for tee times can be incredibly important, and a late one on the first day looked to be on the favourable side as it had been so cold for the early starters. But that idea was soon dispelled when it started to rain at 5pm, which, combined with a frigid wind, made for miserable conditions that also

New YUGC President's vision for future

NEW Yorkshire Union of Golf Clubs’ President Eric Wainwright is hoping that the continued success of the county’s golfers at all levels will encourage more players to try the game. Last year was one of the most successful in the history of the White Rose, with the county’s golden oldies capturing the English Senior Men’s championship on the back of a record breaking win for Yorkshire in the English Boys’ County Championship last September at Northants County. And the new man at the top is hoping the Yorkshire men’s team can follow in their footsteps by landing the County Champions title at Woodhall Spa in the middle of September and says he would like to see more spectators at the various ev

Seniors service resumed

SENIOR amateur golfers with a handicap of five or lower have the chance to take on former European Tour winners and ex-Ryder Cup players when the Leeds Senior Masters returns to Leeds Golf Centre next month. The inaugural event was won last June by club pro Mark Booth, who edged European Senior Tour veterans Andrew Oldcorn and Peter Baker to collect a cheque for £5,000. Booth, from the Delapre Golf club in Northampton, shot back-to-back rounds of 68 to win by one from Scot Oldcorn and ex-Ryder Cupper Baker by two. Mark Booth - defending his title Baker has pledged to return to Yorkshire, which has always been a happy hunting ground and holds fond memories. He won his first European Tour even

New rules on the horizon - the YG guide

THE NEW, modernized Rules of Golf have been finalised and released by the R&A and the USGA, and will come into effect at the beginning of 2019. Though the general foundation for this update was to clarify the sport’s notorious ambiguity around its guidelines, rules language can still be hard to process. So, here’s what you need to know about the new Rules of Golf. The number of rules has shrunk considerably In order to streamline and simplify the sport’s regulations, there are now 24 rules, down from 34. There were tweaks from the initial modernised proposal that was released in 2017. Four, to be exact. After the first draft was submitted to the public, the governing bodies took feedback fro

Marcus playing mind games...

BAWTRY coach Marcus Bell is walking the road less travelled when it comes to teaching golf. Bell is already an accomplished teacher, but he’s combining his interest and expertise in sport biomechanics to help his pupils achieve what he describes as ‘enjoying the experience of swinging a golf club’. And perhaps more importantly, his methods are built upon using an individual’s unique physiology and natural movement to enable their natural swing to emerge in his role as ZEN Director of Coaching. “Everyone has that natural swing inside of them and by putting them in an optimum learning environment we can enable that to surface to the point where the golf club becomes a part of them,” said Bell

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