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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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GreenFree Celebrates 1,000th Course

Addition of further championship courses takes GreenFree past 1,000 course milestone and further underlines strength of the 2 for 1 golf vouchers scheme.

GreenFree, the home of 2-for-1 golf, has added further award-winning golf courses to its impressive portfolio, taking the number of courses where golfers can redeem their vouchers to the landmark figure of 1,000. Providing its voucher users with incredible value for money on green fees at an unrivalled number of venues throughout the UK and Ireland, the popular 2-for-1 scheme has recently added a host of championship courses to join the likes of The Belfry and Royal North Devon in the UK’s most widely used green fee voucher scheme.

Championship courses such as The Roxburghe in the Scottish Borders and Connemara Links in County Galway, Ireland, have helped GreenFree reach the milestone figure. In the South of England, The Wiltshire, designed by Peter Alliss, joins the likes of Mannings Heath Golf Club and the host venue of Tiger Woods’ triumph in the 2006 World Golf Championship, The Grove, to enhance the offering to golfers across the UK.

“We’re thrilled to welcome our 1,000th course to the GreenFree scheme, which just highlights the growing popularity of the scheme with golf clubs and avid golfers,” commented Dave Lynchehaun, GreenFree Brand Manager. “We have always been keen to ensure that the courses available on the scheme are not only affordable but also some of the best known venues in the country, and the latest clubs to join add further kudos to the scheme.”

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GreenFree member clubs acknowledge the sales opportunity and marketing support offered by the UK’s premier 2-for-1 golf scheme

GreenFree, the home of 2-for-1 golf, has been lauded by leading golf clubs for the additional income that it helps generate for clubs across the UK and Ireland. With many golf clubs looking at ways to generate additional income in a difficult economic environment, and some experiencing declining membership numbers, GreenFree has been recognised for bringing in additional revenue through attracting visiting golfers with the offer of half price green fees at selected times.

A recent survey of over 16,000 golfers showed that GreenFree voucher users bring in an additional £36 per person on average in the golf shop and clubhouse, over and above the green fee. With the average green fee at nearly £29, that works out at around £65 per person, or £130 per 2-ball.

“Our association with GreenFree has enabled us to develop an important additional green fee revenue stream,” noted Iain Burns, Director of Golf, Marriot Forest of Arden Hotel & Country Club.

“Being listed as a GreenFree venue and benefiting from the marketing activity has definitely increased Mottram Hall’s visibility on a national basis,” commented Tim Hudspith, Director of Golf, De Vere Mottram Hall. “There is no doubt that this has given us a competitive advantage locally when it comes to attracting visitors from a wider catchment area.”

Brian Connor, Head Professional Manchester Golf Club also added, “The beauty of the GreenFree scheme is that we have generated traffic on the days and times when the bulk of the membership doesn’t tend to play. The scheme allows us to set the rules so we are maximising our inventory without upsetting our members – a great win-win situation.”

Around 950 courses are available to GreenFree voucher holders, all of whom receive free marketing exposure via GreenFree’s website, directory and extensive email database. Much of the scheme’s success is based on member golf clubs being able to set their own restrictions, making it possible for traditional clubs to maintain their exclusivity. Certain times of the day or days of the week can be highlighted for GreenFree users, ensuring little disruption to the members’ experience and therefore a win/win for golfers and clubs alike.

A resounding success amongst golfers and golf clubs, GreenFree looks set to go from strength to strength in the coming season.

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Matchplay Championship Northern Final Above Par

Keen amateur golfers braved the March chill to take part in the seventh Northern Final of the Matchplay Championship to win a place in the Egyptian Grand Final in May.

Matchplay Championship Northern Final Above Par

In all, 36 teams teed-up at the Marriott Hollins Hall in the stunning Yorkshire Dales for what was to be a nail-biting finale.

It has been a record year for entries in the Matchplay Championship which is now the UK’s largest amateur golf tournament and a fixture on the golfing calendar with coverage of all the finals on Sky Sports.

The top three from the prestigious men’s pairs CONGU active handicap category make it through to the Grand Final which takes place at the five star Marriott Taba Heights Golf Resort in Egypt from May 8.

Ranked first with 40 points were newcomers to the tournament Declan Quigley and Mark McCoid, joined by Kenneth Burke and Richard Law in second place with 38 points and Kevin Butler and David Anderson taking third position.

They will be joined by mixed pair winners Karen Burns and Graham Bell who won with 37 points, and husband and wife team Karen and Peter Greene who took second place in the category with 36 points.

Non active CONGU handicap champions Patrick Turtle and Cyril Morris took top spot in their category with 38 points.

“It was a fantastic day’s golfing and there were some real nail-biting moments because the scores were so close. It made it even more competitive because Sky Sports were there to cover play and interview all the competitors,” said John Woosey, Managing Director of Golf Insurance provider, The Golfers Club which promotes the Matchplay Championship.

The Southern Regional Final will take place on Wednesday, April 14 at the Marriott St Pierre where a further 10 pairs will join the lucky northern group who have already qualified for Egypt.

Each finalist will be given international flights to Egypt, a practice fourball round of golf, seven nights’ full board accommodation at the five star Marriott Taba Heights Golf Resort and attend a lavish prize-giving gala dinner.

The Matchplay Championship also recently announced that it will be hosting its 2010-11 grand final at The Els Club, Dubai.

The venue is a major coup for the prestigious tournament which was launched in 2003 giving all golfers, whether they are members of a club or not, the chance to win a trip of a lifetime and have their progress followed by the Sky Sports cameras, all for an entry fee of just £20 per person.

Entries are now open for the 2010-11 tournament which take place on May 7-14, 2011, at the stunning course designed by Ernie Els, winner of a record seven World Matchplay titles.

They have until June 30 to enter and will then take part in regional qualifier rounds before a North and South regional final. In all 36 finalists will make it to the Dubai Grand Final, staying at the sumptuous Dubai Marriott Harbour Hotel.

Headline sponsors of the event are Direct Golf UK, Rewards4Golf.com and Golf Monthly and the tournament, as well as the regional finals, will be covered by Sky Sports and the Daily Telegraph. Other sponsors include GreenFree which offers golfers savings on games of golf with 2 for 1 golf vouchers

To enter the Matchplay Championship for 2010-11 or to find out more information, log onto www.matchplaychampionship.co.uk.

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81% Of Golfers Have Said They Don’t Play As Often As They Would Like Because Of The Credit Crunch

A staggering 81% of golfers have said they don’t play as often as they would like because of the credit crunch, according to a new survey released by Rewards4golf.com

Over 3,000 golfers were polled and said on average they spend £61.86 each time they tee-off but were reducing the time they spent on the course because of cost.

“It’s alarming to see how many golfers are cutting down their game because they simply don’t have the same disposable income,” said Commercial Director, Colin Whitehead.

“We’ve seen a huge surge in members for Rewards4golf.com and part of that reason must be because we’re giving golfers what they want and helping them to carry on golfing in these tough times.”

Rewards4golf.com enables golfers to earn points in their everyday shopping, is absolutely free and takes just one minute to sign up to.

In the last two months, 20,000 golfers have signed up to the unique rewards scheme, bringing the total to 75,000 since Rewards4golf.com was launched just over a year ago.

And Rewards4golf.com has also announced it has just signed up 14 new retail partners including Interflora, Lloyds Pharmacy, Hallmark Cards, Cath Kidston and Tommy Hilfigger, giving members an even greater choice.

Members can also earn points when spending with some of the UK’s best known golf specialists including Direct Golf UK, Golfbreaks.com, Golf Care, GreenFree and The Golfers Club.

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Rewards4golf.com Has Over 70,000 Registered Members Smashing All Forecasts For Its Success

North West entrepreneurs Colin Whitehead and John Woosey are celebrating a year of success following the launch of their unique Rewards4golf.com programme which has now registered over 70,000 members.

The duo based in Gatley, launched the scheme with fellow directors Tom Cowgill and Ian Lancaster last year, and in just over 12 months have already smashed all forecasts for its success.

“We knew it would appeal which is why we launched Rewards4golf.com but we’re delighted by just how successful it has been,” said Commercial Director Colin Whitehead.

“In just one year we have brought on board over 70,000 members from a standing start which just goes to show its popularity amongst golfers who have been spreading the word.

“It’s a simple formula. We just give golfers what they want. From the retailers they like to use to the products they want to redeem their points for.”

Colin, ex CEO of Manchester’s biggest PR agency Staniforth and John Woosey, are both directors of the Gatley-based JRW* Group which has a number of high profile golf brands.

They teamed up with Tom Cowgill and Ian Lancaster from prestigious golf events organisers Sports Masters International (SMI) based in Derbyshire to launch Rewards4golf.com.

“We’ve known Tom and Ian for a while on the golf circuit and it made sense for us to join forces when we were looking at the Rewards4golf.com proposition because of our joint contacts,” said Colin.

“It’s unlike any other sporting rewards scheme that we’ve seen because as well as having partners who are specialist golfing companies we’ve got high street retailers on board. That means our members collect points in their everyday life and what’s more their partners can gather points for them as well even if they’re not golfers.”

Members earn points for every pound they spend with some of the UK’s most popular retailers including Tesco, John Lewis, Littlewoods, Currys, Marks & Spencer, Halfords, Superdrug and Amazon.

They can also earn points when spending with golf specialists including Direct Golf UK, Golfbreaks.com, Golf CareGreenFree and The Golfers Club.

It takes just one minute to register a card online and is completely free. Members can earn points by shopping with more than 250 online retailers and around 3000 high street outlets. In addition, they can register more than one card to contribute to their points’ tally, so they can even be rewarded when their partner, friends or family shop.

Anyone can sign up to the scheme at www.rewards4golf.com, where they can also browse the huge variety of rewards on offer and see the extensive list of participating retailers.

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