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Where2Golf Celebrates 10th Anniversary as Golf’s Ultimate Online Information Source

LONDON, England, February 16, 2015 — /EPR SPORTS NEWS/ — Where2Golf.com is celebrating its 10th anniversary as the ultimate online information source for the game of golf where golfers can ‘discover the best’ in golf travel and refer to its vast library of golf facts, figures and images.

Whilst first and foremost a comprehensive guide to the finest golf courses and the top golf destinations in the world, Where2Golf also houses an encyclopaedia of golf information covering international tournaments, both professional and amateur, a Who’s Who of golf, from the world’s best professionals to some of golf’s best course designers, as well as a golf dictionary that explains the game’s unique terminology.

Where2Golf began as a hobby back in 2002 for site founders, Nigel Butler and Suzanne Lenaerts, but it was three years later when they quit corporate life and committed themselves fulltime to expanding Where2Golf that it began to crystallize into the complete golf resource that it is today.

The professional development of the website started in 2005 with the couple visiting golf destinations and playing golf courses around the globe to ensure that their content was tried, tested and true and that the information they were providing was as accurate and objective as it could be.

“Nigel and I realised that if we were going to take on the huge task of growing Where2Golf into one of the world’s most complete golf guide we needed to devote 100% of our time to the project,” explains Suzanne. “ We gave up our jobs and began by seeking out and playing what most golfers would describe as the “best” golf courses on the planet. The Where2Golf resource you see today is the culmination of our combined experience of playing, assessing and covering over 4,500 golf courses over the last 10 years, from Europe to America, Australasia to Africa”.

As the content grew, so the website traffic grew.

Testament to the reputation the site has gained as a credible and reliable course reviewer, Where2Golf now generates an impressive 90,000 views per month and rising.

Though not exhaustive, this unique resource represents a wide and rich selection of courses that the general consensus of travelling golfers all over the world would want to play. To keep Where2Golf live, course reviews and new golfing destinations are added to and updated regularly. Turkey for example has recently been included in the golf destinations section.

The golf course reviews are based on Nigel’s and Suzanne’s assessment of three main aspects of a course: the quality of the design and layout, the conditioning and presentation and the attractiveness of the setting. The quality of the clubhouse, practice ground and associated facilities above and beyond the golf course are not factored into the ratings.

Another unique feature of the website is its high quality maps that feature all the courses Where2Golf covers. These maps are a powerful tool when planning a golf trip and mean that golfers can identify their preferred location boasting several great courses while basing themselves centrally. A quick click on each course details nearby recommended hotels whilst ‘Stay & Play’ courses are also indicated.

The encyclopaedia section of Where2Golf is as comprehensive as its golf course coverage.

In the Tournaments category, the results of all the top professional tournaments on the PGA, European, LPGA, LET, Asian and Seniors Tours are covered as well as the top amateur (both men and ladies) scene. Incredibly this coverage goes back as far as 1860.

The Who’s Who category  not only includes the world’s top players but also celebrated golf course designers, golf journalists and club makers and many other golf “celebrities”. Biographies of each individual are listed as well as golfing achievements and their contribution to the world of golf.

Finally a dictionary on the site explains the meaning of the terminology used in the game and offers the first steps in trying to demystify what the sport is about and making it more understandable and approachable.

After 10 years in the making, Where2Golf really is the most comprehensive one-stop shop for travelling golfers.

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Author: Heady Public Relations, England
For further information on Where2Golf, please contact Suzanne Lenaerts
E: theoffice@where2golf.com

 

Notes to Editors 

•  Where2Golf is online golf resource featuring

•  Course reviews
•  World’s top golfing destinations
•  Tournament results around the world
•  Who’s Who of golf
•  Dictionary of golfing terminology

•  Around 4,500 course reviews broken down into:

•  Europe:  +/- 1500 courses in 26 countries
•  North America: +/- 2000 courses
•  Australasia: +/- 250 courses
•  Asia: +/- 600 covering China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand
•  Africa: +/- 150 covering Middle East, South Africa and Mauritius

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SAP NAMED PRESENTING SPONSOR OF ANDY RODDICK FOUNDATION CELEBRITY GOLF CLASSIC

Market leader in enterprise application software SAP has signed on as the Presenting Sponsor of the inaugural Andy Roddick Foundation (ARF) Celebrity Golf Classic April 14-15, 2013 in Austin, Texas. The tournament will kick off with a Bogey Down Party with Andy and Friends on Sunday, April 14 at Barton Creek Resort,followed by golf at the Spanish Oaks Golf Club on Monday, April 15. Attendees include MLB Legend Roger Clemens, Four-time Grand Slam Tennis Champion Jim Courier, PGA Golfer John Mallinger, MLB World Series Champion Kevin Millar, Nationally syndicated radio host Bobby Bones and ESPN Personality Jay Harris, with more to be confirmed.

“We have proudly supported Andy on and off the court since 2006,” said Chris Burton, Group Vice-President, Global Sponsorships, SAP. “Like SAP, Andy is committed to community service and improving the lives of young people. We applaud his efforts through the Andy Roddick Foundation.”

Roddick said many of his friends – professional athletes and entertainers, as well as other high-profile personalities – will participate in the event. “I’ve been fortunate to work with a lot of great performers and athletes over the years and we’ve been able to support each others’ efforts to make a difference in our respective communities. I’m looking forward to many of them joining me in Austin for this first-ever event and appreciate the support of my long-time sponsor SAP to help make it happen.”

The kickoff party on Sunday, April 14 is open to non-golfers and will feature the 1980’s cover band Spazmatics, live and silent auctions, full buffet and open bar. Limited tickets are still available.

The tournament will begin with a 10 a.m. shotgun start on Monday, April 15. Amateur golfers of all skill levels are invited to compete in this inaugural event, which will feature a variety of games and competitions, including longest drive and closest-tothe-pin contests and an awards ceremony following the tournament.

Roddick, in his first year of retirement, is now spearheading ARF’s new growth strategy with the foundation’s CEO, Jeff Lau.“We’re really excited about hosting the first-ever golf tournament to support the foundation’s efforts to help underserved youth learn lessons in character and leadership,” said Lau.

In 2000, Roddick established ARF to make a difference in the lives of youth in underserved communities, and in 2004 was awarded the Arthur Ashe Humanitarian Award for his charity efforts.

For sponsorship, ticket and entry information please contact Holly Krivokapich at holly@arfoundation.org, 512-298-1960 or visit www.arfoundation.org/events

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Golf Care Unveil Viral Videos

With the Ryder Cup just weeks away the UK’s largest golf insurer releases ‘Gallacher’s Golf Gaffs’

The UK’s largest specialist golf insurer, Golf Care, has released a series of creative viral videos featuring 3-time Ryder Cup Captain Bernard Gallacher with the aim of providing a light-hearted insight into the world of golf insurance. The first of five videos in the series is titled “Missile Madness” and features two golfers getting struck by a relentless flow of golf balls, whilst Gallacher is interviewed by TV cameras.

The remaining videos in the series will be unveiled over the course of next five weeks, themed to highlight the various upsides of golf insurance and the dangers that exist on-and-off the golf course. Without giving too much away, the other videos are titled ‘One-Shot Wonder’, ‘Golf Bag Baddy’, ‘Car Park Capers’ and‘Talking Balls’. Initially they will be sent to Golf Care’s extensive membership database and hosted on the Golf Care homepage, but will later be available to share via Golf Care’s YouTube page: http://www.youtube.com/user/GolfCareUK.

They have been released on the back of Golf Care’s recent announcement that they are on track for a second successive Record Year after witnessing an upward trend in policy sales throughout the course of 2012, with the month of June setting a new record.

“We’re hoping to demonstrate the lighter-side of golf insurance, without diluting the main message,” noted John Woosey, Managing Director, Golf Care. “Following the TV campaign on Sky Sports this year, Golf Care has a great presence across all the main media platforms. Naturally, that will really help promote the brand, but also the affordability and ease of being appropriately insured.”

Golf Care policies are available in-store at American Golf and Direct Golf UK, as well as online at www.golfcare.co.uk. From just £22.99 all golfers can be instantly covered before their next round of golf, including Personal Liability up to£5,000,000 and Personal Accident up to £50,000. In addition, Golf Care offers equipment cover against theft, loss, or damage on a ‘new for old’ basis up to£5,000, hole-in-one cover for up to £200, as well as coverage for damage to third party property. With 24-hour and worldwide cover options also available, policies can be tailored to an individual golfer’s needs.

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Bank Holiday Specials From GreenFree

The UK’s leading 2-for-1 green fee voucher scheme offering great deals online over the Bank Holiday weekend

GreenFree, the home of two for one golf and the country’s leading green fee voucher scheme, has unveiled three special offers that are available online over the Bank Holiday weekend. Championed for providing great value to golfers at some of the best courses in the country, the deals start from just £19.95 and include free GreenFree vouchers, TaylorMade golf balls, and John Letters golf caps. The money-saving initiative has over 1,000 courses in the UK & Ireland, meaning golfers up-and-down the country can take advantage of half-price green fees at some of the country’s most prestigious venues. The Grove, host of the 2006 World Golf Championship, former European Tour venues Marriott Forest of Arden and De Vere Slaley Hall, plus Fairmont St.Andrews are just a few of the courses involved with GreenFree where golfers can kick-start the final long weekend of summer 2012.

Bank Holiday offer No.1 includes 10 GreenFree vouchers, 6 TaylorMade golf balls, a John Letters golf cap, as well as three 3 free vouchers for just £34.95. Bank Holiday Offer No.2 includes 10 GreenFree vouchers, 3 TaylorMade golf balls, plus a John Letters Cap for just £29.95. While offer No.3 includes 5 GreenFree vouchers, 3 TaylorMade golf balls, plus 3 free vouchers for £19.95.

“GreenFree is a great way to take advantage of the long Bank Holiday weekend with half-price green fees at some of the country’s best courses. Our vouchers are valid for a minimum of 12 months, so even if you can’t get out this weekend, there will still be plenty more opportunities to redeem your voucher at any one of the 1,045 golf clubs in our extensive portfolio,” noted Dave Lynchehaun, GreenFree Brand Manager. “For over ten years we’ve been offering golfers the best value product on the market and helped increase participation in golf at all levels of the game. We’re glad that golfers continue to support GreenFree and hope that they take advantage of these great offers over the Bank Holiday weekend.”

The flexibility of GreenFree has been a major part of its success, as contrary to many online booking services that tie golfers to a specific tee-time, GreenFree allows golfers and golf clubs to pick a time and date that is convenient to them. GreenFree is also available on the high-street in stores such as WHSmith and online through the likes of Tesco Direct.

The Bank Holiday specials are available on the GreenFree website: www.greenfree.co.uk.

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Spanish finalists of the BMW Golf Cup International qualify at PGA Catalunya Resort

Jesús Aguinaga, Luis Mena and Patricia Domínguez Arburua were triumphant in their respective categories in the National Final of the BMW Golf Cup International, which took place at the PGA Catalunya Resort. These three players will now represent Spain in the World Final in South Africa.

The BMW Golf Cup International 2012 held its National Final on Saturday 6th October at the PGA Catalunya Resort. Finalists who qualified in 12 local trials held throughout the season across Spain travelled to the resort.

The spectacular “Stadium” golf course at the PGA Catalunya Resort, named best golf course in Spain in the “100 best golf courses where you can play” list in British magazine Golf World, proved to be a difficult test for competitors, none of whom were able to go under the course par.

The winner in the first category was Jesús María Aguinaga, representing Lurauto, from Gipuzkoa, who with a score of 76 strokes was able to beat his closest competitors by four strokes. In the second category, Madrid’s Luis Mena, representing Ibericar Cuzco Motor, did the same and with 75 strokes he also beat his closest competitors by 4 strokes. The most hard-fought of the day was the ladies catgeory, where Patricia Domínguez Arburua achieved a birdie on the 18th to claim victory with the least strokes.

These three players now have the honour of representing Spain in the World Final, taking place in March in South Africa, where they will face winners from the other 45 countries. Three places will be at stake to play the previous Pro-Am at the Open BMW International which will take place in Munich (Germany) during the Summer of 2013.

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Dan Konyk wins Spain’s first RE/MAX World Long Drive Championship at PGA Catalunya Resort

Attended by throngs of spectators, PGA Catalunya Resort hosted golf’s big-hitters from across the globe for RE/MAX World Long Drive Championship, including 2010 World Champion Joe Miller, fellow Brit Dan Konyk, Gerrard Pera – the first Spaniard to take part in a World Championship and 2011 Rookie of the year, – and Swedish sensation, Jorgen Trank.

Dan Konyk thundered his way to victory at the number one golf course in Spain with a winning shot of 366 yards, and also strike the longest ball of the day of 417 yards.

Qualifying for a place in the Grand Final in Las Vegas, Dan Konyk also takes home a cheque for €3,000.

Miguel Girbes, Director of Golf at PGA Catalunya Resort and match referee for the special event, said: “Hosting the first World Long Drive Championship in Europe has been a privilege, especially as the event has been extremely well attended.

“I would like to thank everyone involved in the staging of the event including Gerrard Pera, the event sponsors and the PGA Catalunya Resort staff, who have been tirelessly preparing for the tournament.”

Gerrard Pera said: “Playing in front of a home crowd has been very special and I hope the event will become an annual fixture.”

The RE/MAX WLDC-PGA Catalunya Resort was staged in association with: M2 Grup, Estrella Damm, Bushnell Golf, Canal+ Golf, 5Hours Energy, Air Europa, CocaCola, Fondesal, BCN Limpieza, Confortel Hoteles, Callaway, Caves Mestres, UVE 2003, Ràdio Flaixbac, Vichy Catalan, Munich, Mundo Deportivo, RCD Espanyol, Green Square, Samsung, Nordic Mist, BP, Oro Cash, 4 Yourbrand, Blonda and Skoda.

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Five year print partnership for Balreed and global golf tournament

Balreed to provide all print technology and support to the Alfred Dunhill Links Championships for the fifth year running.

It may be known to many professional golfers as the ‘Home of Golf’ but to Balreed, St. Andrews Golf Course is a ‘home away from home’.

Once again Balreed has been chosen by the organisers of the world-renowned golf championship, played at St Andrews, as the official supplier of print and document technology.

This is the fifth year the event will rely on Balreed throughout the four-day tournament to provide and support print, copy and scan devices to media tents, European tour offices and tournament offices across all three courses that the event plays on.

The Alfred Dunhill Links Championship is a magnet for golfers from every corner of the world. It has a unique format and incorporates two separate competitions – an individual professional tournament for the world’s leading golfers with a US$5 million prize fund, and a team competition which features some of the most celebrated amateur golfers playing alongside the professionals.

Lee Westwood leads the British challenge for the title this year, and many of the world’s leading international players will be there to compete with him. In the amateur ranks the playing roster is sure to include some of the biggest names from the world of entertainment, sport and business. Michael Douglas, Samuel L Jackson, Morgan Freeman, Hugh Grant and Dennis Quaid have all shared the fairways in previous years with sporting greats like Sir Steve Redgrave, Sir Bobby Charlton, Boris Becker, Ian Botham, Ruud Gullit, Johan Cruyff and Nigel Mansell so expectations of the 2012 field are very high.

The tournament starts on Thursday 4th October and will play over three championship Scottish courses: The Old Course at St Andrews, Carnoustie and Kingsbarns.

Balreed’s support extends to all three courses and staff will be on site throughout the build-up and the tournament itself to help organisers prepare and manage the event.

Balreed’s Managing Director Robin Stanton-Gleaves commented: “When we were first selected to provide print support to the event five years ago we were thrilled, and even more so to be invited back the following year, it was a testament to our hard work. So to still be the chosen print partner five years later is a sincere compliment to all the Balreed team and we will continue to do what we have been doing which is careful planning and precise execution, providing service to the highest standard to ensure the tournament runs smoothly.”

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Tour Pro Golf Clubs Reveals the Clubs Behind Justin Rose’s PGA Tour Win

Following the successful launch of new golfing website Tour Pro Golf Clubs last week, the Tour Pro Insider can reveal the clubs used by world number seven Justin Rose, who prevailed at the recent WGC Cadillac Open at Doral in Florida.

Tour Pro Golf Clubs uses inside information gathered from PGA and European Tour events across the globe to help inform golf fans on precisely which brand of clubs and equipment their favourite players endorse. This allows budding golfers to get closer to replicating the feats of the likes of Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods than ever before.

The WGC Cadillac Championship, hosted at the TPC Blue Monster at Doral, Florida was the first port of call for the Tour Pro Insider following the launch of the new Tour Pro Golf Clubs website and he witnessed a thrilling win for Justin Rose.

Rose held off a spirited challenge from new world number one Rory McIlroy – who eventually finished back in third – and the talented American Bubba Watson, to clinch the biggest PGA Tour win of his career to date.

His progress around The Blue Monster course was followed closely by the Tour Pro Insider, after he tipped Rose as a good outside bet to take the tournament days before the South African-born Englishman set foot on the first tee at Doral.

These close observations, along with extensive research gathered following the European and PGA Tours for numerous years, allowed the professional golf expert to determine the exact clubs Rose used to conquer The Blue Monster and card 16 under par for the tournament – one shot ahead of Watson.

Golf enthusiasts can visit Tour Pro Golf Clubs online to find out how Rose’s golf bag compared to that of his rivals. Users will also find the full leaderboard from the WGC Cadillac Championship, complete with the preferred brand of clubs endorsed by each pro player.

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Record year for The Golfers Club

The UK’s #1 specialist golf insurance and benefits provider experiences success in 2011 despite difficult UK golf market…

The Golfers Club, the UK’s leading specialist golf insurance and benefits provider, has announced record new policy sales in 2011. The company more than doubled the number of new policy sales compared to 2010 and increased the total number of The Golfers Club policy holders by 28%. The announcement follows the trend set by market-leaders in specialist golf insurance, Golf Care, who announced similar success late last year, highlighting the growing number of golfers in the UK taking up a specialist golf insurance policy. In difficult economic times, golfers are placing greater importance on being properly insured and have likely been influenced by the landmark case in November 2011 that saw a golfer awarded almost £400,000 in damages after being struck by a wayward shot from an adjacent hole.

The court case undoubtedly contributed to a spike in sales, with new policy holders almost trebling in November and December compared to the same period in 2010. However, several other innovations throughout 2011 can also be attributed for the uptake in membership, including the introduction of its new Bronze Policy in March. For less than £40 a year, The Golfers Club offers premium product at value price and offers customers the added flexibility of building their own insurance product by adding the likes of worldwide coverage. With The Golfers Club, policy holders only pay for the cover that they need.

“We’re thrilled by the announcement of the recent figures,” commented Paul Wilson, Director, The Golfers Club. “It’s great news that fewer golfers are risking serious financial damages through the security of specialist golf insurance. We work hard to tailor our policies to people’s individual needs, ensuring they remain flexible and affordable, and we’re delighted to see that people are choosing to be insured with us. ”

In addition to a comprehensive insurance policy, members of The Golfers Club are entitled to a host of added value benefits such as five free rounds of golf at some of the country’s best golf courses, including the likes of Ryder Cup host venue, The Celtic Manor Resort. With over 62 courses to choose from, members can save up to£340 on green fees. Furthermore, members are given a welcome pack that includes gifts from TaylorMade and John Letters, plus over 30 benefits from a comprehensive list of partners, such as, Marriott Golf Resorts, De Vere, GreenFree, Your Golf Travel, Q Hotels, Direct Golf UK, Macdonald Hotels, and Crown Golf.

Underwritten by Lloyds of London, The Golfers Club was launched in 1998 and with a growing number of golfers recognising the importance of golf insurance, The Golfers Club has continued to establish itself as one of the UK’s leading specialist golf insurers. An array of policy options have been priced to match individuals golfers needs, whilst all policies include dental treatment, hole-in-one protection, third party damage, personal liability and personal accident coverage as standard.

Whether it is the recently introduced Bronze Policy that covers golf equipment up to£1000 in the UK, or the Platinum Policy which extends worldwide and up to the equipment value of £5000, The Golfers Club has a policy to best suit every golfers needs.

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Warning For Golfers As Player Awarded £400k After Losing Eye

Leading UK golf insurance specialist Golf Care has urged players to ensure they take out sufficient protection before stepping onto the course.

The warning comes after a Scottish court ordered a golfer and a golf club to pay damages of almost £400,000 following an accident which led to an amateur player losing an eye after being struck by a ball.

A judge at the Court of Session in Edinburgh ruled on Friday that 44-year-old Anthony Phee from Sale, Greater Manchester, should receive £397,000 in damages – 30 per cent of which will be paid by Niddry Castle Golf Club at Winchburgh, in West Lothian, where the incident took place and 70 per cent by the golfer who struck the wayward shot.

The case has highlighted the importance of individual golfers having specialist golf insurance which covers them for eventualities such as this that can potentially occur on the golf course.

John Woosey, managing director of Golf Care, said: “It’s worrying that nine out of 10 golfers aren’t adequately covered when they step on the course. Mr Phee’s case proves that accidents happen and can cost golfers a fortune.”

The UK’s leading specialist golf insurance provider, Golf Care, offers policies that would have covered the liable golfer for this sort of incident which left the visiting player with only one eye after he was struck by a wayward tee-shot.

Mr Woosey added that in many cases, golfers think their home insurance will cover them for damage or personal liability, but the truth is that an inexpensive specialist golf insurance policy is the best way to ensure that individual golfers are adequately covered.

He said: “This sort of incident highlights just how dangerous a golf course can be, and a pay-out of £397,000 is a staggering amount.”

“The vast majority of golfers don’t realise how easy it is to compare golf insurance and aren’t properly covered. But whether you’re a single figure
handicapper or a golfing novice, we all hit poor shots. Why take the risk when for less than £30 a year you can be fully covered for incidents such as this – a small fee to pay for peace of mind every time you step onto the course.”

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Big Names Advance In The Matchplay Championship

Celebrities, defending champions, and past winners emerge unscathed from the first round of the UK’s biggest amateur golf tournament.

The highly-anticipated first round of the Matchplay Championship, the UK’s biggest amateur golf tournament, has come to a close with some familiar names emerging unscathed to book their place in the next round of the prestigious event. Reigning Men’s Pairs Champions Andy Castell and Andy Billson from Collingtree Park, plus last year’s Mixed Pairs winners Paul Fell and Joanne Beddows of Clays Golf Club, are two of the teams to advance and move a step closer to the Sky Sports televised Grand Final in Dubai. It won’t be an easy passage for Castell and Billson in the Men’s Pairs event however, as the likes of England Rugby World Cup winning Head Coach Sir Clive Woodward and his partner Peter Yates of the British Olympic Association are also still in the running.

“As the biggest event in tournament history, we’re obviously thrilled to see some of the seasoned campaigners emerging. However, there are a lot of new faces ready to knock them off their perch,” commented John Woosey, Managing Director of The JRW Group. “Having the likes of Sir Clive and Peter involved, speaks volumes about the calibre of the event and validates our position as one of the leading amateur golf tournaments in Europe.”

The second-round draw has been made and thrown up a host of interesting match-ups when play commences on Monday the 26th September. None more so than the Mixed Pairs tie between 2011 champions Fell and Beddows and 2009 Winners Steve Aylott and Lesley Mifsud. Other notables in the draw include the top-3 from last year’s Men’s Pairs championship, including runners-up Chris Scott-Douglas and Mike Ankers from The Midlands, as well as the third-placed team of Shaun Welch and Elliot Bates of Broke Hill GC, Kent. The top-3 finishers from last year’s Mixed Pair’s event also remain, in the shape of Mike Perry and Samantha Hill from Isle of Purbeck, and the husband and wife pairing of Barry and Fanny King from Wimbledon.

The ultimate goal for the competitors is a place in the Grand Final where they’ll be whisked off to enjoy 7-nights luxurious accommodation at the Dubai Marriott Courtyard Hotel and four rounds of golf at the world-renowned Els Club. The once-in-a-lifetime prize is on offer to the 40 competitors who make it out of the Regional Finals in March, which are held at two prominent Marriott venues in the UK.

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Greenfree Vouchers ‘Good For Golf’ According To Leading Online Golf Forum

Leading golf publication’s poll confirms overwhelming support for 2-for-1 green fee schemes.

The wide-reaching popularity of GreenFree, the home of 2-for-1 golf, and similar green fee schemes was confirmed recently, as a leading golf publications’ online poll showed overwhelming support amongst UK golfers. Conducted on the online forum of one of the golf industry’s oldest and most respected golf magazines, the poll received hundreds of respondents, 84% of which were in support of green fee vouchers. The overwhelming support confirms the high regard that golfers hold schemes such as GreenFree, whose vouchers can be redeemed at an impressive portfolio of over 1,000 courses in the UK and Ireland, including Marriott Forest of Arden, The Grove and The Carrick on Loch Lomond.

“We’re thrilled with the result of the poll, which proves that golfers in the UK see the value in the GreenFree product and understand that it has wide-reaching benefits for the game,” commented Dave Lynchehaun, GreenFree Brand Manager. “We’ve worked hard to provide consumers with an unrivalled network of courses to redeem their vouchers at, and are proud to have strong relationships with some of the best-known courses in the UK. Most people note the flexibility of the product for its continued popularity as GreenFree doesn’t commit people to specific tee-times. More and more golfers are taking advantage of the scheme, which is great for the sport, increasing participation and giving golfers the opportunity to play at fantastic venues.”

Continually growing in popularity since its launch in 2001, GreenFree is one of the best value green fee options in terms of variety and affordability. Offering golfers the chance to play new courses, whilst providing increased revenue for golf clubs, GreenFree 2-for-1 vouchers align the best interests of golfers and golf clubs alike.

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Biggest-ever Matchplay Championship Gets Underway Featuring New Men’s Singles Event

2011/12 Matchplay Championship begins as amateur golfers begin their own ‘Race to Dubai’ experience.

The Matchplay Championship, one of Europe’s biggest amateur golf tournaments, has been growing in notoriety since the inaugural event in 2003, receiving record entries for 2011/12 which includes a brand new Men’s singles event. The introduction of the Men’s Singles championship will provide the tournament with its largest-ever contingent of Grand Finalists in Dubai next May, as players descend on the world-renowned Els Club, for the Sky Sports televised finale. For an entry fee of just £25 per person, the tournament has become well-known for its professionalism, by providing amateur golfers with their own unique ‘Race to Dubai’ experience. Preliminary rounds will take place until March 2012, culminating in two Regional Finals in April, which will decide the lucky 40 competitors that will be whisked off to the Dubai hosted Grand Final in May.

“We’re delighted with the continued success of the Matchplay Championship and really excited about 2011/12, which will be our biggest year yet,” commented John Woosey, Managing Director, The JRW Group, which organises the Matchplay Championship. “The great work of our sponsors and staff, as well as the impeccable standard of our host venues, makes this event a success by providing our finalists with a truly unforgettable experience not just in Dubai, but also for the regional finalists at prestigious Marriott venues in the UK. The entries for the Men’s Singles event have exceeded our expectations, which will make for a highly-anticipated event building up to the Finals next year.”

The Men’s Singles championship joins the established Men’s Pairs, Mixed Pairs and non-active Men’s Pairs events, as competitors battle it out in the hope of claiming one of the spots in the luxurious Grand Final. Included in the once-in-a-lifetime prize is return flights to Dubai, 7-nights accommodation at the Marriott Courtyard Hotel and 4 rounds of golf at the world-renowned Els Club, as well as the prize-giving Gala Dinner.

“The Matchplay Championship gave us the golfing experience of a lifetime. I don’t think we will ever experience the service and hospitality from Marriott and The Els Club, ever again,” commented Chris Scott-Douglas, runner-up Men’s Pairs 2011. “All the other competitors made the week so enjoyable and we have made some great friends that we look forward to seeing again in the future.”

The Matchplay Championship welcomes golfers from all over the UK, with competitors in the 2011/12 Grand Final featuring golfers from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. The 2011 Men’s Pairs Champions were Andy Castell and Andy Billson from Collingtree Park in Northampton, Paul Fell and Joanne Beddows from Wrexham won the Mixed Pairs, while Cardiff’s Craig Sullivan and Stuart James were successful in the“non-active” Mixed Pairs event.

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The Golfers Club Broadens Product Range and Experiences Membership Surge

The Golfers Club, the UK’s #1 insurance and benefits provider, is delighted to announce the success of its popular product range following the introduction of its brand-new Bronze Policy earlier this year. The policy has played a significant part in its 20% membership increase in 2011, highlighting its increasing popularity amongst the golfing public. Included in the comprehensive Bronze insurance policy is equipment cover up to £1,000, personal liability up to £5million, personal accident up to £50,000, as well as accidental damage to third party property, hole-in-one coverage and much more. The UK’s largest insurance and benefits golf insurance policy, not only provides its members with annual golf insurance but an unrivalled array of added value benefits including free rounds of golf, GreenFree vouchers for half price green fees, free golf equipment, free tuition, and discounts on golf holidays.

“By offering a broader product range, we feel that we’re able to offer a policy that will better meet golfers’ individual needs, both in terms of budget and coverage. The cost of golf equipment is far too high to risk theft or damage, while the threat of on-course injury is always present,” commented Paul Wilson, Director, The Golfers Club. “Our unrivalled added-value insurance provides golfers with great cover and fantastic golf benefits that more than justify the cost. This year’s growth demonstrates that golfers really appreciate all that The Golfers Club has to offer.”

Underwritten by Lloyds of London, The Golfers Club, which was launched in 1998, partners some of the leading names in golf, and its members reap the added benefits that make it such great value. Five free rounds of golf is just one of the added benefits, giving members the enviable task of choosing which of the 66 championship golf courses throughout the UK they would like to play, courtesy of Marriott, De Vere, Q Hotels, Crown Golf, and Macdonald Resorts.

With five GreenFree 2-for-1 golf vouchers, free golf lessons, free registration to the Strokes Golf Handicap and Game analysis, online video tips from Master PGA Professional Scott Cranfield, and vouchers for Your Golf Travel also included, The Golfers Club has an unmatched array of membership benefits. In addition, The Golfers Club welcome pack includes golf equipment, including a cap and balls, from leading manufacturers.

With a growing number of golfers recognising the importance of golf insurance, many have identified the added value benefits associated with The Golfers Club more appealing than other insurance brands.

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Rewards4Golf Reaches Milestone Membership Mark

One in seven regular golfers signed up to the UK’s leading golf loyalty and rewards programme as Rewards4Golf welcomes its 200,000th member.

Rewards4Golf, the UK’s leading golf loyalty and rewards programme which offers discounted and free golf equipment, has recently welcomed its 200,000th member. The landmark figure represents 1 in 7 regular golfers joining the scheme, and demonstrates its ever-increasing popularity amongst golfers in the UK who find the money saving initiative convenient, easy to use and rewarding.

The new ‘part-payment’ policy, which was introduced in 2011 has proved a huge success, allowing members to easily reap the rewards of the loyalty scheme. More than 250 retail partners and 5,000 high street outlets combine to provide Rewards4Golf members with an unrivalled opportunity to earn reward points. The simple process allows members to collect points through their everyday shopping and redeem their points for golf equipment through the exclusive golf retail partner Direct Golf UK or via the Rewards4Golf online redemption shop. With no loyalty card, points are added directly to the Rewards4Golf account as and when members use their debit and/or credit card.

“We’re delighted with how Rewards4Golf has progressed, especially over the past 12 months where the benefits of the scheme have really hit home with golfers across the UK,” commented Ian Lancaster, Director, Rewards4Golf. “We’re always looking for convenient ways for our members to rack up points, adding retail partners like TOTAL petrol, B&Q and Halfords. The part-payment has proved a great success too, with more golfers than ever seeing the benefit of the scheme.”

Free to sign-up for at www.rewards4golf.com there are two main ways for members to earn points after registering a credit and/or debit card. The first way is to use the registered card at a Rewards4Golf retail partner on the high street. Secondly, online shoppers can access participating retailer websites through the matching links on the Rewards4Golf website, ensuring points are automatically credited to their account.

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NYC Firefighters Donate World Trade Center Artifact To Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday

To mark the 10-year anniversary of the 9-11 tragedy, New York City firefighters will donate a ribbon beam from the fallen North Tower of the World Trade Center to Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday, according to the golf marketing cooperative. The donation will be made on Wednesday, May 25 at 5:00 p.m. at Springmaid Pier in Myrtle Beach. The presentation will be part of the events surrounding the 10th Annual FDNY 9-11 Memorial Golf Outing, May 22-26, 2011.

The permanent location for the beam will be determined this summer with a dedication ceremony scheduled near the time of the 10-year anniversary of the worst terrorist attack in U.S. history. The golf event will mark the first significant gathering and remembrance of the 10-year anniversary of the 9-11 tragedy in the United States. “We are honored that the New York City area firefighters would provide such a gesture of thanks to us for the years they have held their memorial golf tournament in Myrtle Beach,” said Bill Golden, president of Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday. “We will work with the city of Myrtle Beach to find an appropriate location to dedicate the beam, so we will never forget the tragic events of 9-11.”

Developed by New York City firefighter, Kevin O’Brien, the FDNY 9-11 Memorial Golf Ball Tournament raises money for The Thomas Elsasser Fund, a charity backed by the United Firefighters Association (UFA) and designed to benefit families of fallen firefighters. The tournament provides an opportunity for firefighters, many who assisted in the recovery efforts at Ground Zero, to gather together in the “Golf Capital of the World” for camaraderie and to remember fallen heroes from 9-11. The tournament is an offspring of O’Brien’s original event, the Alfred E. Ronaldson Spring Golf Classic, which was designed in 1992 to benefit the Ronaldson family following his death. Ronaldson was a member of Rescue 3 in the Bronx and died in 1991.

“We are very appreciative to Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday for hosting our event for the last ten years,” said O’Brien. “While remembering 9-11 each year is painful and brings back memories of the horror of 9-11, it is also a time where fellow firefighters can gather, pay tribute to their fallen heroes and build a unique bond and brotherhood with people from all over the country who converge on Myrtle Beach for this annual event.” Over the years, more than 6,000 firefighters have participated in the FDNY 9-11 Memorial Golf Outing with over $300,000 raised for the Thomas Elsasser Fund.

More than 800 firefighters from 15 states and Canada are expected to participate in the FDNY 9-11 Memorial Golf Outing. The Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday member golf courses hosting rounds for this year’s event include: Aberdeen Golf Club; Arrowhead Country Club; Blackmoor Golf Club; Burning Ridge Golf Club; Caledonia Golf & Fish Club; Farmstead Golf Club; Grande Dunes (Resort Course); Indian Wells Golf Club; International Club; Legends Golf Resort; Long Bay Club; Man O’War G.C.; Meadowlands Golf Club; Myrtle Beach National’s SouthCreek Course and West Course; Myrtlewood Golf Club; Prestwick Country Club; River’s Edge; Shaftesbury Glen Golf Club; Tidewater Golf Plantation; The Pearl (East); True Blue Plantation; The Witch Golf Club; TPC Myrtle Beach; Wachesaw East Golf Club; Tradition Club; Waterway Hills; Willbrook Plantation; and World Tour Golf Links.

For more information about the 10th Annual FDNY 9-11 Memorial Golf Outing and other Myrtle Beach area golf events, go to www.GolfHoliday.com.

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Matchplay Championship Crowns 2010/11 Winners

Grand Final of the UK’s biggest amateur golf event comes to a close at The Els Club in Dubai.

After a stunning display of fearless golf over the back nine at The Els Club in Dubai, the Matchplay Championship Grand Final was won by Andy Billson and Andy Castell from Collingtree Park Golf Club in Northamptonshire. The pair overturned a one-shot deficit going into the final 4 holes to claim the title by 2 shots from overnight leaders Chris Scott-Douglas and Mike Ankers. In the Mixed Pairs event Paul Fell from Clays Golf Centre and Joanne Beddows from Caldy Golf Club in Wrexham produced a dominant performance to take the title by 5 shots from Mike Perry and Samantha Hill. Fell and Beddows added a best-of-the-day 43 points to their existing 78 total in the better-ball stableford format. Meanwhile, in the non-active category, Stuart James and Craig Sullivan from Cardiff are the new Matchplay Champions for 2010/2011

“We’ve had a fantastic experience this week, if you’re an amateur golfer and you don’t enter this tournament you must be mad, everything is so well run it’s like playing in a professional tournament,” commented Andy Billson. “We got off to a slow start today, perhaps nerves played a part, but we really got it going around the turn making 3 straight birdies from the 7th to the 10th holes. On the 15th when Andy hit it in the hazard but amazingly the ball was playable and he managed to got it greenside. He ended up chipping it in for a birdie and four points, which took us into the lead.

The players have enjoyed luxurious accommodation at the Marriott Dubai Harbour Hotel throughout the week, as well as complimentary flights to Dubai and 4 rounds of golf at the world-renowned Els Club. Perfect weather has been a feature throughout the week as the 36 finalists, who entered for just £25 were whisked off for a truly unique amateur golf experience.

“It’s been a fantastic Matchplay Championship Grand Final. We’ve seen some great golf and experienced superb hospitality, professionalism and courtesy at both the Marriott Dubai Harbour Hotel and The Els Club,” commented John Woosey, Managing Director of The JRW Group, which organises the Matchplay Championship. “The tournament has been an overwhelming success and we couldn’t be happier. I know the players have had an unbelievable experience, so a big thanks go out to all the sponsors who without their support none of this would be possible.”

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The Matchplay Championship Grand Final Gets Underway In Dubai

Tie at the top in the first-round of Men’s Pairs Final at The Els Club, while David and Tracy Morris storm ahead in Mixed Pairs.

The Matchplay Championship Grand Final, one of Europe’s largest amateur golf tournaments has got underway today at The Els Club, Dubai, with Jim Bishop and Michael Cunningham from Langdon Hills Golf & Country Club in Essex tied for the first-round lead with Chris Scott-Douglas and Mike Ankers from Bloxwich GC and Darnford Moors GC in the West Midlands. Both teams scored 41 points in the Men’s Pairs event in the better-ball stableford format. Meanwhile, David and Tracy Morris of Collingtree Park Golf Club, Northamptonshire have stormed ahead in the Mixed Pairs with 38, and Stuart James and Craig Sullivan in the non-active event with 35 points. Perfect weather conditions and an immaculate golf course has greeted the players, who entered the tournament for just £25 at www.matchplaychampionship.co.uk. Enjoying luxurious accommodation at the Marriott Dubai Harbour Hotel, the players are battling it out in front of Sky Sports cameras for the right to be named Matchplay Champions 2010/2011.

“We had a great score today and we’re going to give a good go to keep it going over the next two days,” commented Jim Bishop, Langdon Hills Golf & Country Club. Mike made birdie on the first, which got us off to a flying start and we just tried to enjoy it from there. We’re playing well and enjoying the whole experience.”

First launched in 2003, the event has flown out 36 players to Dubai who qualified through Matchplay qualifying rounds and a Regional Final back in the UK. A competitive tournament with an essence of camaraderie has created a unique feel to this years’ Grand Final, as players bask in the delights of Dubai’s first-class hospitality.

“We’re thrilled to host the Matchplay Championships here at the Marriott Dubai Harbour Hotel, commented Jeff Strachan, Marriott’s Vice-President of Sales and Marketing, Middle East and Africa. “We’ve got a great bunch of competitors, who are staying in our luxurious apartments with panoramic views of the Dubai Palm and Dubai Marina. With incredible views from the Observatory Bar on the 52nd Floor and exquisite dining in AZ.U.R and Counter Culture restaurants, as well as a host of Spa and leisure facilities, the hotel is the ideal place to wind down after a competitive day on the golf course.”

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The Matchplay Championship All-Set For Grand Final Showdown In Dubai

Competitors gather from all over the UK to battle it out for The Matchplay Championship crown.

The Matchplay Championship, one of Europe’s largest amateur golf tournaments, will crown its new winners next week as competitors from across the UK and Ireland assemble at The Els Club, Dubai for the 3-day Grand Final showdown from the 10 – 12th May. After entering the tournament for just £25 at matchplaychampionship.co.uk, a diverse array of golfers will stake their claim for the title, having booked their place in the field by virtue of their success in the Matchplay qualifying rounds and Regional Final last month. With Sky Sports filming the action throughout the week they will have the chance to shine in front of a TV audience usually reserved for the world’s best players.

“There have been some unbelievable performances to get this far, including the team of Army Captains John Donaldson and Jon Sheard, who as recently as last year where out in Afghanistan,” commented John Woosey, Managing Director of the JRW Group, which promotes the Matchplay Championship. “With so much to play for this really could be a fairytale ending for one of the teams, and it will be interesting to see who can handle the pressure of playing in a televised Grand Final at one of the world’s best golf courses.”

Notable teams include the husband and wife pairing of David and Tracy Morris, who return to the Grand Final after finishing 3rd in last years’ Mixed Pairs event. They will be joined by fellow Collingtree Park members Andy Castell and Andy Billson, who claimed victory at the South Regional Final at Marriott St. Pierre. Graham Young and his son Patrick, a Bradford Golf Union player, have made the final by virtue of their success at the North Regional, played at their home club Marriott Hollins Hall. Scotland’s Robert Brown and Brian Williamson make the trip to the Grand Final for the first time, as do Stuart James and Craig Sullivan of Wales, both of whom have done so without the benefit of a home match in the qualifying stages.

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Army Duo Book Place in Matchplay Championship Grand Final in Dubai

Captain John Donaldson and Captain Jon Sheard will compete in Matchplay Championship Grand Final at The Els Club, Dubai.

In glorious weather conditions on the 6th April, the army duo of Captain John Donaldson and Captain Jon Sheard who are based in Aldershot, have advanced to the Matchplay Championship Grand Final being held in Dubai next month, after scoring 43 stableford points in the hotly contested Men’s Pairs event at the South Regional Final hosted by Marriott St.Pierre in South Wales. Beating off thousands of other competitors from across the UK & Ireland, the pair has won the right to compete in the concluding event of the UK’s largest amateur golf tournament, the Matchplay Championship.

Having reached the final stage of their very own ‘Race to Dubai,’ the pair will be flown out to the Emirate, where they will enjoy 7 nights of luxury accommodation at the Dubai Marriott Harbour Hotel and 3 days competition at the world-renowned Els Club. Filmed exclusively by Sky Sports cameras, the pair will have the chance to shine in front of a TV audience usually reserved for the world’s best players.

“Our Matchplay Championship experience has been fantastic from the very first round. The Regional Final, with photographers and the Sky Sports cameras was amazing and we’re thrilled to have qualified for the Grand Final in Dubai,” commented Captain Donaldson. “Every pair has won 5 matches to get to this stage, so we knew we would have to play well to get through, but we’re really looking forward to the opportunity of bringing the Matchplay Championship trophy back for the Army. I’m sure we’ll be able to get the time off for the Final!”

“It’s been a great day here at Marriott St.Pierre and we have seen some tremendous golf from the players involved,” commented John Woosey, Managing Director of the JRW Group, which organises the Matchplay Championship. “Playing in front of the Sky Sports cameras is a great experience with John and Jon certainly rising to the occasion. We’re excited about seeing them compete in the Grand Final, as they’ve proved today that they have what it takes to win it.”

With the North and South Regional’s now complete, 36 golfers have booked their place in the Grand Final, being hosted at the world-renowned Els Club, Dubai, from 7th-14th May. However entries for the 2011/2012 Matchplay Championship are now open, including a brand-new Men’s Singles event. For further information please visit matchplaychampionship.co.uk.

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