Golf News Roundup

• Brilliant Burhill juniors claim prestigious Home Nations title

The Burhill junior golf team returned home as champions after claiming a hard-earned triumph in the Home Nations Inter-Club Junior Team Golf Championship at Morgado Golf & Country Club in the Algarve, Portugal.
The team held their nerve over four days of competitive match play to claim the club’s first international victory, beating off competition from the best junior teams from England, Wales and Scotland.
Qualifying for the event as runners-up in the England National finals, Burhill’s victory represents the culmination of months of hard work and dedication from the talented young players and their coaches.
The championship final was an all-English affair, with Burhill prevailing with a 3.5-2.5 win against their compatriots from Huddersfield who had previously pipped them to top spot in the England National finals.
Speaking about the team’s performance, Burhill Junior Organiser, Angie Crockett said: “The team were a credit all week to their parents, to Burhill and to the game of golf. I had so many compliments about the way they played the game, their professionalism, sportsmanship and etiquette on and off the course. I’m a very proud Junior Organiser and parent!”

Team captain, Sasha Crockett, was awarded the Paul Casey Award for the best category 1 player after she remained unbeaten all week with three wins and a halve from her four matches; the only player in the field to achieve that.

“What a team, what a week. I could not be prouder of the fantastic performance the whole team put in over the tournament,” she said. “We had an amazing week, played some spectacular golf and made lots of friends on and off the course.”

The Steve Redgrave Award for the best category 2 player went to Ben Wilson and
Jess Adams was also recognised for her sterling performances with the trophy for Best Performing Girl.
After the presentation of the individual awards, the Burhill juniors went up as a team to collect their overall accolades – they all received a Cleveland wedge, balls, towels and individual keepsake trophies.
Dubravka Griffiths, General Manager at Burhill Golf Club, commented on the success of the team: “We are so proud of the performance of our young players and everything that they have achieved this season.

“At Burhill we invest significant amounts into our Junior Development Programme each year, which is essential for us to help grow and promote the game. It’s brilliant to see that this investment is paying off and leading to fantastic success stories such as this.”

The full team consisted of: Sasha Crockett, aged 16 (Captain); David Gurr, aged 18; Jess Adams, aged 17; Matthew Hawke, aged 15; Thomas Hawke, aged 15; Harley Yates, aged 15; Elliot MacGregor, aged 15; Ben Wilson, aged 14.

• Major brands will be at British Golf Show

Callaway, Cobra, The Belfry, Duca del Cosma, Zen Green Stage and Power Tee are some of the latest well-known brands to confirm their presence at this year’s inaugural British Golf Show.
Working alongside golf retailer Custom Lab Golf, Callaway and Cobra will be offering visitors the chance to test their 2019 product ranges by bringing their Demo Day teams.
And there will be a host of other demonstrations by golf brands at the highly interactive exhibition, which is co-located alongside the well-established ‘Elite Events - London’ combined lifestyle show.
The British Golf Show offers free entry to golfers and their families, as well as free entry to the co-located Elite Events - London. Show organisers are promising a unique experience for all visitors.

“Preparations are going well for our first golf show” said Alex Ayling, Managing Director of show organisers The Elite Luxury Events. “Although we have been running aviation and luxury lifestyle exhibitions and events for many years, this is our first step into the dedicated golf market.
“We have a major point of difference from any previous golf show, in that it is co-located with The Elite Events - London, which features an amazing collection of vehicles, aircraft, helicopters and numerous other spectacular luxury lifestyle exhibits which guarantee a memorable day out right alongside our many golf attractions and exhibits.”

Although the British Golf Show will feature a wide variety of golfing brands and products, there is a special focus on Golf Technology and Travel in the first year’s exhibition.
Visitors will therefore see golf clubs, resorts and destinations exhibiting alongside the latest golfing tech such as distance measuring devices, launch monitors and simulators, training aids, powered trolleys, technical apparel and footwear and golfing apps.
Special attractions at the British Golf Show include indoor hitting and indoor putting areas, plus a 300-yard Outdoor Driving Range on the airfield where Custom Lab Golf, Cobra, Callaway, Vertical Groove Golf, Eleven Golf and other equipment brands will demonstrate their 2019 ranges.
Among other golf attractions will be the revolutionary Zen Green Stage, as used by Sky Sports Golf both in the studio and at live events including The Ryder Cup, The Open Championship, The Masters and The U.S Open.
The Green Stage will be set up for British Golf Show visitors to attempt to hole famous putts from Tour Golf history, including Graeme McDowell’s crucial 15-footer on the 16th at Celtic Manor in 2010, which set up Europe’s Ryder Cup victory.
The British Golf Show’s unique location at Wycombe Air Park is another strong selling point, according to Alex Ayling.

“Our show will feel very different to previous
golf exhibitions” he said.
“We are not hidden away inside a giant exhibition centre, or a sideshow at a golf tournament. Instead, the British Golf Show offers a fascinating free day out, away from the golf course, at an interesting airfield location. Furthermore, the event location enables us to deliver additional unique experiences for all to enjoy, offering much added value to our visitors.”

See www.britishgolfshow.co.uk for all information.

• Argentario’s Popular Spring ProAm Returns to Tuscany in May

Argentario Golf Resort & Spa’s popular Spring ProAm, which regularly attracts visitors from all over the world, will this year take place on May 18th and 19th at one of Tuscany’s top golf resorts in the Maremma region of Italy.
Golfers return year after year to Argentario (www.argentarioresort.com), located on the picturesque Monte Argentario promontory, enchanted by the charm of this Tuscan hideaway that combines old-world glamour with sleek, modern design and state-of-the-art amenities.
In addition to its highly regarded golf course, designed by Italian architect David Mezzacane and professional golfer Baldovino Dassù, the resort boasts an extensive spa and wellness centre and a stylish gourmet restaurant, the Dama Dama Restaurant.
This year’s Spring ProAm package includes the two-day, 36 hole medal competition played in fourballs (three amateurs and one pro), four nights in a Design Bedroom with daily buffet breakfast, a three-course Welcome Dinner, a practice round as well as access to the 5-star MediSPA and Espace Wellness Centre, which includes a sauna, Turkish bath, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, Kneipp circuit and gym. For the more active guests, there are also tennis and padel courts and a mini football pitch.
The rate per golfer is Euros 730 in a double room, whilst the price for an accompanying non-golfer is Euros 460. If travelling alone, there is a single supplement of Euros 85 per night, whilst additional nights can be booked for Euros 180 per room (including breakfast).
Noted for its panoramic views of the Orbetello Lagoon, Tyrrhenian Sea and surrounding Mediterranean topography, the par 71, 6,218 metre golf course is a deceptively varied and technically-challenging layout. The undulating front nine runs in and out of cork-oak woods showcasing local flora and fauna, whilst the back nine meanders gently through romantic, centuries-old olive groves at the foothills of Monte Argentario.
The course is characterised by small, fast-paced greens, a host of intimidating water hazards running alongside several holes and tricky, rolling fairways reminiscent of a links layout. More often than not, a refreshing sea breeze cools down the Tuscan sun, although adds an extra challenge to game management which, on this course, requires a combination of accuracy and power.
In addition to a driving range and stylish clubhouse, the well-equipped Golf Academy features the TrackMan IIIe simulator, the latest-generation platform for analysing your swing.
During the ProAm, gastronomic delights created by local chef Emiliano Lombardelli will be served in the Dama Dama Restaurant and the new clubhouse. The restaurant cuisine is based on the flavours and colours of the local terrain with dishes prepared using authentic produce from small, local farms and whilst local wines are available to accompany all meals. Meanwhile, revitalising drinks and healthy dishes that are both simple yet creative can be enjoyed in the clubhouse overlooking the golf course.
Argentario is easily accessed from Rome Fiumicino Airport by car in just an hour and a half, whilst Rome Ciampino and Pisa are just over two hours away.

To book your place at the Argentario Spring ProAm, call T: +39 0564 888525 or E: proam@argentariogolfclub.it

Dramatic 60-sec Zen Green Stage video debuts at PGA Show

A dramatic new 60-second promotional video for Zen Green Stage demonstrates the exciting progress made in 2018 by the Sheffield-based Zen team.
Visible now on Zen Oracle’s YouTube channel, the video was produced for last month’s PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Florida, where the Green Stage’s potential to provide the missing X-factor to golf simulators and launch monitors was widely commented upon by representatives of some of the golf world’s biggest technology brands.
  Dustin Johnson, Bubba Watson and Henrik Stenson are among several Tour golfers shown using the Green Stage, as part of Sky Sports Golf’s coverage of last year’s Masters, Open Championship and Ryder Cup.

Nicolas Colsaerts, Ian Poulter, Thomas Bjorn, Danny Willett, Paul Lawrie, David Howell, Rich Beem, putting coach Phil Kenyon and Sky Sports presenters Nick Dougherty, Claude Harmon III, Mark Roe, Rob Lee and Sarah Stirk also appear on the video.
  John Rahm and Sergio Garcia also appear, in footage from the Ryder Cup 2018 intercut with Sky Sports studio footage showing presenters attempting to recreate and hole two vital putts the Spaniards made during last year’s matches. These clips also show a preview of the new ‘Zen Eye’ overhead graphics which are set to revolutionise the visual presentation of golf on TV – and in golf academies worldwide – in the next few months.
  The Zen Green Stage was also used at last year’s Players Championship and U.S Open Championship by Sky Sports.
  Described in the video as golf’s new practice revolution, the Tour-proven Zen Green Stage is now gaining popularity for putting, full swing, chipping and approach shots by elite players, golf coaches and academies, and golf-loving amateurs around the world.
  With a Zen Green Stage under your feet, you can recreate any makeable putt under 20 feet, use real-world slopes to recreate undulating fairway lies, educate golfers at your academy, and even recreate some extreme, mind blowing slopes to create memorable entertainment and gaming opportunities based on the sport of golf.

“Golfers and their coaches tend to change their thinking as soon as they stand on a Green Stage” said Zen’s Nick Middleton. “With the impetus already provided by the wonderful team at Sky Sports Golf, we are hoping that it will be seen increasingly on TV around the world in the next few months, and that this will inspire people to own a Zen Green Stage for themselves – and use it to develop that winning mentality.”
See www.zenoracle.com for all information.
YouTube URL for this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_hKjgof8nHQ

• Season-Opening Berkhamsted celebrates 60th Anniversary

Entries have opened for the year’s first key domestic men’s elite amateur event, the 72-hole Berkhamsted Trophy in association with Bushnell Golf, which takes place from 4th – 6th April at Berkhamsted Golf Club.
This year the classic heathland venue in Hertfordshire, rated as one of England’s Top 100 golf courses and notable for being entirely bunker-free, is celebrating the Trophy’s 60th anniversary by inviting past winners to a lunch on the event’s final day.
With superstars such as Masters champion Sandy Lyle and former World #1 Luke Donald among former winners, and with European Tour stars Tom Lewis and Andy Sullivan both lifting the Trophy in the last decade, many view The Berkhamsted Trophy as the perfect early-season test for male amateur golfers with Tour aspirations.
And with average winning scores in the Trophy rising, not falling, over the last twenty years, bunkerless Berkhamsted’s subtle and natural challenges are still a match for everything that modern golf can throw at it - including new technology and today’s fearless young elite amateur golfers.
Maybe James Braid, Harry Colt and Willie Park Junior, who all had a hand in shaping the golf course at Berkhamsted, really did know what they were doing…
The Berkhamsted Trophy, which became a 72-hole event in 2016 after almost six decades played over 36 holes, is an R&A World Amateur Golf Rankings qualifying event. It is also the season’s first top-class domestic event on England Golf’s crucial Men’s Order of Merit.

“The Berkhamsted Trophy opens the men’s domestic season, and has always been one of the most prestigious amateur events in Great Britain,” said Stephen Burnett, Performance Manager (Men’s Golf) at England Golf. “We welcome its inclusion in our Order of Merit. Stepping up to a 72-hole format elevates it to the very top level of events in our schedule. It has its own week in the calendar, it has the history, and it is one of the few indisputably elite 72-hole golf events in this country each year. Given Berkhamsted’s unique set of challenges it takes great guile and skill to win there, as is shown by the Trophy’s illustrious list of winners.
“The Berkhamsted Trophy helps the England Men’s Team selectors to see whose early-season game is truly in shape as we approach The Lytham Trophy in May and the rest of the season’s amateur ‘majors’. And let’s not forget that 2019 is also a home Walker Cup year.”

Defending champion Matt Wilcox will be back again in April. He scored a three-shot victory in 2018’s event, which was held in conjunction with Clere Golf. “As it’s the first big one of the year, The Berkhamsted Trophy sometimes doesn’t get the recognition which it deserves. But I’ve loved the golf course since I was a junior, and I am not alone in rating it – and the Trophy itself – so highly,” he said.
“The par threes are all strong, the par fives are all true birdie chances, and there are some very tough par fours which can make the scoring quite volatile. Having no bunkers it’s a memorable test, very fair - you certainly have to plot your way around and the greens are terrific.”

“If you do well in The Berkhamsted Trophy, it gets your season off to a really good start,” said double-winner Gary Wolstenholme, who now plays on the professional Staysure Tour alongside another former winner, Paul Streeter. “The complete lack of bunkers almost makes it a tougher than average test of golf.
“I always loved playing in the Trophy. I rate Berkhamsted as one of the UK’s most entertaining inland golf courses, and a genuine pleasure to play at any time of the year.”

Event sponsors Bushnell Golf, makers of golf’s undisputed #1 laser rangefinder, will be present during this year’s Trophy, showcasing their line-up of laser rangefinders including the new Pro XE - recently launched to great acclaim at the 2019 PGA Merchandise Show - and their full range of GPS devices.
Managing Director Andrew Grose said: “We are excited to associate ourselves with The Berkhamsted Trophy, and to be part of an elite amateur event which frequently provides a stepping stone to future glories on Tour – where Bushnell enjoys the accolade of being the preferred choice of tournament golfers from all over the world. But it all starts here, at elite amateur level, and we are delighted to become part of that journey for this year’s competitors.”
“In 2018 the greens were as good as I have seen them in my 30 years here, so we’re a terrific test of putting for elite golfers” said Course Manager Gerald Bruce.     “Berkhamsted is also a superb winter golf course, almost mud-free and very free-draining, so we have no problem hosting a big event in early April.”

Berkhamsted Golf Club Manager Howard Craft said: “Sixty years and counting – we must be doing something right! Maybe it’s the prestige, maybe it’s because of our beautiful, challenging, unique golf course, or maybe it’s because of the amazing hospitality shown by our members, who run the Trophy themselves and who, in many cases, even offer their homes as a place to stay for the week.
“We love to showcase Berkhamsted each year, both to a new generation of competitors and to our host of returnees. It’s the clear highlight of our season, and we are truly delighted to be back on the England Golf Men’s Order Of Merit as the year’s first big amateur golf event.”

Close to the western boundary of Hertfordshire, Berkhamsted Golf Club is seven miles from Hemel Hempstead and just 15 minutes from the M1 Junction 8 (St Albans).
The club, which is currently engaged in a major heather-regeneration project, maintains strong relationships with English Heritage, Natural England and the Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust. It is laid out on public land with over five miles of bridleways and pathways running throughout the golf course and its huge 560-acre estate, full of natural beauty.

Contact Berkhamsted Golf Club on +44 (0)1442 865832 or email janet@berkhamstedgc.co.uk for an entry form to The 60th Berkhamsted Trophy 2019. See the club’s website at www.berkhamstedgolfclub.co.uk for all golf club details, including location and travel tips.