The need for speed...

I HOPE 2019 has started exactly how you wanted it to and you’re already on your journey to achieving your goals and dreams for this year. And how are those New Year resolutions going? I’ve stayed pretty strong so far with my diet plans and I’ve certainly upped my training, which started back in November with my new fitness coach Mark Parry. I want to make a difference to myself this off-season and doing that will have plenty of positive effects on my golf going forward – more speed, more power, more self–confidence, all of which will hopefully drag my career out for longer. I’ve not had a long off-season for a while, and even though this one is through negative reasons after losing my car

Starstruck Steve...

FORMER Howley Hall President Steve Bestwick met a golfing legend during a trip to South Africa. Nine-time Major winner Gary Player was at Royal Cape Golf Club ahead of attending one of South Africa’s top horse racing meetings The Sun Met is one of South Africa’s most prestigious turf races and is held in the southern suburb of Kenilworth where the racecourse lies less than two miles from Royal Cape. Player is one of South Africa’s most successful breeders and the Gary Player Stud near Colesberg is home to some of the best stallions and mares in the world. He is the first South African breeder to produce an international Group 1 winner in the USA out of a South African mare – Serena. Bes

Cat-nav to the rescue!

GPS technology has helped many golfers improve their games in more recent times and it also came to the rescue of Elsham Golf Club professional David McNicholas last month, albeit in a very different guise. His cat Kiwi had made several disappearing acts from the golf club, so he bought her a collar with a built-in GPS tracker, which allowed him to monitor Kiwi’s location through his girlfriend Stacey’s phone. However, last month Stacey noticed Kiwi was moving considerably faster than usual when she was clocked doing 60mph down the A180. Stacey rang David to check whether Kiwi had hopped in the car with him, but they soon realised she had hitched a ride with someone else instead. “Stacey

Tiger's out of the woods...

SKY SPORTS golf pundit Mark Roe believes Tiger Woods can complete one of the greatest comebacks in the history of golf by winning the Masters at Augusta in April. Sheffield-born Roe, who competed in golf’s first Major of the year in 1996, believes Woods’ intimate knowledge of the course designed by Normanton-born Dr Alister MacKenzie could help see him pull on the green jacket for the fifth time. “His comeback has been one of the greatest in the history of our sport, arguably surpassing Ben Hogan, who recovered from that terrible car crash to win the US Open in 1950,” Roe told Yorkshire Golfer. “He has come through so many surgeries and so many dark moments through sheer hard work, passion

Fixby youngsters so close

HUDDERSFIELD Golf Club went agonisingly close to winning the Junior Team Golf Home Nations Inter Club Championship, which was played at Morgado Golf and Country Club, in Portugal’s Algarve. The Fixby youngsters went down by a single point to Burhill in an all-England final, losing by 3.5 points to 2.5. Reigning English champions Huddersfield were cheered on by a travelling band of supporters that included club President Charles Webb, captain Brad Tupman, lady captain elect June Sowden and head professional Alex Keighley. They topped Pool A after winning two and losing one match in a group that also included West Herts, Carmarthen Golf Club from Wales and Barassie from Scotland. Burhill

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