Geoff’s First Word For May 2018

Let’s grow the game

Carrus Open 2018 A42A7567_LR

Final Round at 2018 Carrus Open

The Charles Tour is, in our opinion, one of the most important and highly instructive tours designed in this country.  To put the top amateurs in a 4 round competitive playing environment with some of our better touring players and a host of PGA Coaching Players is superb experience for them, and an opportunity for some PGA members to earn some well deserved cash!

It is also a credit to those clubs who are prepared to take, basically, a week out of their crowded calendars to host these events.  These are not big money earners for the clubs, indeed most would be very happy with a break even, but it is done with a sense of “let’s grow the game”.

The NZPGA, NZ Golf, hosting Clubs and all the sponsor stakeholders deserve a big round of applause again.

Talking of the NZPGA and NZ Golf.  We hear that the long running merger talks have been shelved.  It seems that it got too complicated and with maybe a realization that the current sharing model just might be working.  I am sure that the talking will not go to waste and progress will emerge naturally.

Inside we have our PGA Coaching Pool analyse Lydia Ko and her slippage in the World Rankings and the resulting negative press.  It is a fascinating read and whilst there is only one or two people who really know what is going on it is still highly insightful.

However, she very recently turned 21 so we all wished her a very happy birthday. Birthday greetings were then turned into something more substantial when KO won the LPGA Mediheal Championship Lake Merced in a playoff with Minjee Lee.  Her first LPGA win in ages – She still has it!!

Go KO!

Cruising, who has been, who would like to go?  Inside we offer some thoughts of how to do it and who to use.  We went to Mexico a few years ago and saw/experienced a few golf courses.  It was a blast and comes highly recommended.  Read and book!

So now we arrive at Major #2.  The Players.  It is a Major in our eyes and deserves to be properly recognized as such.  I am sure Sergio Garcia is eying up the 17th green already!!

Will Tiger fire?

Who knows.

We think he will make steady progress and will be amongst the leaders on the Sunday. Time will tell.


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