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Getting Lucky

Getting Lucky

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When Gary Player arrived in the United States in the late 1950s, he was already becoming known as a “world traveler.” His schedule was at first limited; nevertheless, he quickly made an impression on many of the home-grown pros, and soon developed a reputation among them as a “lucky” golfer. As is common when faced with someone who is more successful, many of the regular Tour players decided Player was winning because he was luckier than they. Incidentally, this epithet would also be hung around the neck of Seve Ballesteros when he burst upon the tournament golf scene.

Rumors of Player’s lucky play were circulating in the clubhouse after he had won a PGA tournament, and a less than tactful reporter asked him to comment on the matter. Throughout his career, Player has always seemed to be at his best when the odds were against him, and he summed up his feelings about luck by paraphrasing Thomas Jefferson.

“Sure I’m lucky,” he told the journalist, “and the more I practice the luckier I get.”

Make no mistake about it. The key to dramatically improving your “luck” is practice. Other pro golfers were reluctant to admit, even to themselves, that Gary Player practiced harder than they, hitting thousands more balls as he grooved and fine tuned his swing. Or that he showed up before dawn and stayed after dusk, then went to bed early, avoiding parties and hangovers. They also ignored the fact that he compensated for his small stature with a rigorous program of exercises and muscle building, long before it became fashionable to do so. Player was almost fanatical about his diet, his body and his physical conditioning, all with the objective of playing better golf. Other pros dismissed his fine performance as “lucky” because is was more comfortable than facing the cold, hard truth. He was better than most of them because he worked harder and tried harder.

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Happy Birthday Mark

Mark Hugh James (born 28 October 1953) is an English professional golfer who had a long career on the European Tour and captained Europe in the 1999 Ryder Cup. He now plays senior golf on the U.S.-based Champions Tour.

Mark James

James was born in Manchester, England and educated at Stamford School. He won the English Amateur championship in 1974 and was a member of the Great Britain & Ireland Walker Cup team in 1975. His first professional win was the 1977 Lusaka Open and the following year he picked up the first of his eighteen wins on the European Tour at the Sun Alliance Match Play Championship. He also holds the record worst ever European Tour event score of 111 at the 1978 Italian Open in Sardinia.

James never won a major championship, but he had four top-five finishes at The Open Championship. He was consistently competitive on the European Tour with twenty top-thirty finishes on the Order of Merit, including seven top-ten finishes, the best of them third place in 1979. He was diagnosed with testicular cancer in 2000, but after treatment he made a comeback in 2001.

James represented Great Britain & Ireland or Europe in the Ryder Cup seven times including 1989 when Europe tied the match and retained the cup they had won in 1987, and 1995 when they won it outright. He was the European captain in the controversial “Battle of Brookline” in 1999, when the behaviour of the American galleries and team created a great deal of resentment in Europe, and also James’ own actions during the matches drew fire from both sides of the Atlantic.

Prior to the event, James controversially chose Andrew Coltart as his second captain’s pick on the team, thus leaving out Nick Faldo and Bernhard Langer (veterans who were the two most successful players for the European team in Ryder Cup history). In one of the most discussed moves in the Ryder Cup, James then kept Jean van de Velde, Jarmo Sandelin and Coltart on the bench during all sixteen matches during the first two days of play, relegating them to singles matches on Sunday only. His refusal to play those three first-time players helped lead to Europe’s defeat, as none of the three won their one match. On the other hand, United States captain Ben Crenshaw played all twelve players at least once during the first two days, even though Mark O’Meara only played once.

James published a best selling book about the event called Into the Bear Pit in 2000. In addition to criticising the behaviour of the Americans at Brookline, it also detailed James’ clashes with some of his fellow Europeans including Faldo, the fading superstar whose merits as a potential captain’s pick for the Ryder Cup had been much debated in the UK. James revealed in his book that just before the Ryder Cup began he had thrown a letter of encouragement from Faldo into the bin rather than share it with team. The controversy that this revelation aroused led to James resigning as one of Europe’s Ryder Cup vice-captains for 2001.

A follow-up book, called After the Bear Pit, covering James’ battle with cancer and his experiences as a European Tour player, as well as further thoughts on the Ryder Cup, appeared in 2002.

James qualified to play senior golf when he turned fifty in late 2003. He chose to play in the U.S. and was second in the Champions Tour Qualifying Tournament Finals that November. In 2004 he became the first European player to win one of the Champions Tour’s senior majors with victory at the Ford Senior Players Championship. In 2005 he won on the Champions Tour for a second time at the ACE Group Classic and finished in the top 20 on the money list for a second consecutive season.

James has also worked as a golf commentator for the BBC.

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October Winners

October Tournament Results

Well done to the following clients of MWGA on there Club Tournament results during October 2013.

Danny Berta scored 40 points to win the Tams Stableford and Chris Willett finished 2nd with 37 points at Dale Hill.

Geraldine Harland Fisher won the Ladies AGM Stableford over 9 holes on the Old Course at Dale Hill with a superb 21 points in testing conditions.

Peter Crossfield won the Tams Medal at Dale Hill with a great nett score of 66.

Steve Williamson finished joint first in the Top Dog Trophy with a nett 71 on a very wet and windy day on the Woosie course.

In the Mens Stableford Chris Pugh came in with a great 43 points, Ron Stevens 2nd with 40 points and Kelly Jones 3rd with 38 points.

Danny Berta won the 2nd Tams Stableford of the month at Dale Hill with a great 42 points.

Well done to Ann Bassett on winning the Ladies Stableford at Dale Hill with 36 points and also to Rosie Hockey on finishing 2nd with 34 points.

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Mark Packard finished runner up in the Sussex Pairs Professional Matchplay Championship at Mid Sussex golf club. Mark also finished 2nd in the Sussex Pro’s Autumn meeting at Dale Hill with a score of +3.

A big well done to Simon Wooder on winning the Silver Salver at the London Club with a good solid 38 points.

Well done to all my clients on there recent successes.

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Great Golf Trivia Question

Ultimate Golf Trivia Question?

Here’s an awesome trivia question, Which player won more PGA tournaments in the Mid 80’s? Now that’s a tough one as you had Nickalus, Watson, Faldo, Seve and Norman…

Think hard before you hear a truly amazing tale of golfing success one that ought to give us all hope and get an answer that will astonish you!

A diamond in the rough

As we have seen, champions aren’t invariably the product of elite country clubs, as was Nicklaus. They don’t always appear from behind the caddie shack, as Zembriski did. They aren’t all schooled in the pressure of gambling at a fast paced municipal course, like Trevino, and they don’t all start at the age of three, like Sandy Lyle, or even two, like the latest phenomenon, Tiger Woods! Sometimes champions have their origins in places you would least expect, but the traits and qualities that enable them to convert their talents from raw coal to fine diamonds remain the same.

Calvin Peete was born in Pahokee, Florida, one of the poorest, least attractive, beat up little towns on the planet! Surrounded by swampland, Pahokee is the reason that the State bird of Florida is the mosquito. There were no less than, count them, 19 children in the Peete household. With very little option, Calvin dropped out of school in the 8th grade to pick fruit and bring in a little more money to help the family survive. At 18 he bought an old station wagon and went into business for himself. He drove up and down the rural areas of the East Coast, selling clothes and a variety of other goods to migrant farm workers. In an effort to express his individuality, Peete had diamonds inserted into his front teeth. The people with whom he traded knew him simply as “the diamond man.”

At the age of 23, never having played or caddied in his life, and with no desire to learn, a couple of friends coerced him into playing a round of golf with them. He was instantly hooked on the game and although he seemed initially to have no real aptitude, he decided he was going to become a golf pro. For the next five years he practiced every spare minute he could find, continuing to hit practice shots each night, after dark, on floodlit baseball fields.

It took Peete less than two years to become a scratch golfer, and he turned pro three years later. Not content with teaching others or looking for a club job, he decided he wanted to play on the PGA Tour. It took him three attempts to make it, but eventually, at 32 years of age, he graduated from Q-school and received his player’s card. For three more difficult and discouraging years, Peete didn’t win enough money to meet his travel expenses. His wife, a teacher, supported both of them and their family of four children. Finally, in 1979, he entered the ranks of tournament champions by winning the Milwaukee Open. He followed with three straight years of earnings in excess of $100,000. Although he was never renowned for his power, he led the PGA Tour in driving accuracy, and, in 1984, won the Vardon Trophy, awarded to the player with the lowest stroke average for the season. Before long he had joined the elite group of players with over two million dollars in career earnings and at least 10 Tour victories — 12 to be exact. 11 between 82-86!

This notable level of success was achieved by a man born into abject poverty, who broke his left elbow in a fall as a boy and was partially crippled as a result of poor corrective surgery, which caused his left elbow to be permanently locked in one position.

Follow your dreams; they may come true!

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High Soft landing Greenside Bunker Shot

High Soft landing Greenside Bunker Shot

Hi Soft Bunkers

Mark Wood PGA Advanced Professional, has a very easy and effective way in playing a very high soft landing greenside bunker shot. All you have to do is weaken your right hand grip so that the ‘V’ of the right hand is pointing up towards your left collar bone. Keep your left hand as normal but just make this slight alteration in the right hand and watch the results.

Make sure you set the face open a little to add some loft but to also engage the bounce.

Keep your bunker shot swing as normal, coming into the ball nice and shallow, utilising the bounce of the wedge.

Keep the swing nice and aggressive and watch the ball spin.

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Rory McIlroy

Could be the start of Rory’s comeback

Rory McIlroy earns a staggering £31,000 a day from his Nike deal and is set to earn another £1M in appearance fees this week when he tees it up in Seoul. He will play in China for two weeks and also play an exhibition round with Tiger Woods.

A lot is happening for Rory this week as he has split with Caroline Wozniacki, 23, a former world number one in her own sport, and McIlroy, are no longer an item. An unflattering picture posted on Twitter showing McIlroy fast asleep is alleged to have played a part in the break-up.

He is also suing the management company that helped bring him the most lucrative endorsement deal in British sporting history. Court papers that are lodged in Dublin state, Ireland, that the County Down golfer also wants to end the contract he began in 2011 with Horizon Sports Management and two other companies.

It comes as no surprise after he has slumped to 6th in the world and he has not won a thing all year. He has had only one top 10 finish in his last tens tournaments, so I guess he is now going to re-focus on what he wants.

Read the full story here

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40 Yard Bunker Shots

40 Yard Bunker Shots

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The 40 yard bunker shot is one of the hardest in golf to play. You need to be able to treat the shot more like a greenside bunker shot, not a fairway bunker shot.

I have a great way for you to do this and it does not involve your wedges at all !!

Take a 9 iron and open the face of the club a little to engage the bounce of the club and to also add some loft onto the club. Take your normal regular splash shot stance, ball forward, weight forward, wide stance with the centre of gravity set low. From there just make a fairly full splash shot swing and you will be amazed at the results !!

This is how the pro’s play them.

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Important Golf Health Advisory

Important Golf Health Advisory

Very Import You Read to the End As It Could Seriously Effect Your Health

In 1923…

* Charles Schwab, was president of the world’s largest steel company,

He died a pauper.

* Edward Hopson, was president of the largest gas company

He went insane.

* Arthur Cooger, was the greatest wheat speculator,

He died abroad, penniless.

* Cosabee Livermore, was president of one of the largest banks

He shot himself

* Richard Whitney, was president of NY Stock Excahange

He was released from prison to die at home

In that same year, 1923, Gene Sarazen won most of the important golf championships, including both the US Open and PGA Championship. He played golf until he was 92 and died in 1999 at the age of 95… and was financially solvent at his death. He also scored the first ever hole in one on TV during the Open at Royal Troon in 1973 aged 71!

Gene

Conclusion: Stop worrying about business and start playing more golf!

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