TOUR NEWS

A spot at 2015 Masters up for grabs at Royal Melbourne this week

A spot at 2015 Masters up for grabs at Royal Melbourne this week

World class golf is at Royal Melbourne this week with the staging of the 2015 Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship.

Entry is free to watch some of the world’s best up and coming golfers are on show at Royal Melbourne’s composite course this week.

Players from 38 Asia Pacific Golf Confederation nations will contest for this year’s title and the chance to win a spot in the 2015 Masters Tournament at Augusta National.

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Scott Hend wins dramatic Hong Kong Open

Scott Hend wins dramatic Hong Kong Open

Scott Hend survives a playoff to win a dramatic Hong Kong Open.

Big hitting Australian Scott Hend has won the Hong Kong Open after beating Angelo Que in a playoff.

Hend begun the final round one shot behind fellow Australian Marcus Fraser and struggled early in his round with two bogeys in his opening five holes. The 41-year-old Queenslander steadied though and with Que already in the ckubhouse at 13-under par, Hend required a stnning up-and-down at the 18th hole to force a playoff.

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David Graham to be finally inducted into World Golf Hall of Fame

David Graham to be finally inducted into World Golf Hall of Fame

David Graham will become the fifth Australian to be inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2015.

David Graham’s name has been put up as a potential inductee for the World Golf Hall of Fame (WGHF) for many years but his nomination has always been rejected in favour of other less credential nominees.

In 2015 the wrong will be righted. It was confirmed yesterday that the two-time major champion was elected to enter the WHGF along with Professionals Mark O’Meara, Laura Davies and former American golf course architect A.W.

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GOLF TIPS

YouTube’s most popular golf teaching professional visits Australia: video

YouTube’s most popular golf teaching professional visits Australia: video

Shawn Clement is one of YouTube’s most popular golf swing teachers and he recently made the long trip to Australia.

Shawn Clement has over 38,000 subscribers to his golf teaching YouTube channel and the Canadian golf teaching guru was in Australia recently to present his unique style of teaching to some keen golfers at Bonnie Doon.

On behalf of Inside Golf, I went out to chat to Clement about his unique style, using the internet to teach, and talk about how technology has changed the way you teach the golf swing.

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Minjee Lee’s 5 tips for smart driving: video

Minjee Lee’s 5 tips for smart driving: video

Australian young gun Minjee Lee gives us five great tips for driving the golf ball.

If you had one concern with Australian golf at the moment, you may wonder when the next great Australian female golfer is going to arrive on the scene.

While Karrie Webb is far from done with (and we fully expect her to win at least another couple of majors in the next few years), there hasn’t been any golfer from the next generation who has consistently performed well in the world’s big golf tournaments.

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Butch Harmon on how to make the short putts: video

Butch Harmon on how to make the short putts: video

Butch Harmon on making those short putts.

A short video from short game guru Butch Harmon on Golf Digest made an impact on me during the week.

Watch and learn. And don’t wish any in over the weekend.

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FUN STUFF

Rory McIlroy hits a bad left-handed shot, but still makes par: video

Rory McIlroy made sure Bubba Watson was watching his left-handed golf shot. Then stuffed it up.

The Grand Slam of Golf was held this week. It’s that golf ‘tournament’ that nobody really cares too much about, and features the four major winners for the year playing off against one another in Bermuda – for a pink jacket.

Adam Scott won it last year and this year Rory McIlroy, Martin Kaymer, Bubba Watson and Jim Furyk* are trying to win it this year.

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The physics of golf, infographic style

The physics of golf, infographic style

Need a quick refresher on the physics of golf?

We’re sent a few golf related infographics from time-to-time, with some appealing to us more than others.

We liked this one though, and thought this physics of golf infographic from the Quicken Loans team was worth sharing that includes the effect of dimples on a golf ball and physics-y words such as force, torque and velocity.

 

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Some bloke hits a golf ball off Mt.Kilimanjaro: video

Some bloke hits a golf ball off Mt.Kilimanjaro: video

Not a lot of back story to go with this one but Golf Digest spotted this video of a guy hitting a golf ball off the top of Mt.Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain.

Can anyone top this?

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GOLF COURSE REVIEWS

Course Review: Adelaide Shores

Course Review: Adelaide Shores

There are few golfing facilities in Australia than can cater for the range of golfers like Adelaide Shores.

As one of Adelaide’s most popular public golf clubs it has two courses, a driving range, a golf academy and a pro-shop that is as good as any. The place would be almost unrecognisable to anyone who hasn’t played it since Pete Ormsby (Father of Wade Ormsby) took over the management of the facility.

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Glenmore Heritage Valley: golf course review

Glenmore Heritage Valley: golf course review

Nestled right at the base of the Blue Mountains, about an hour drive west of Sydney is the Glenmore Heritage Valley golf course. This relatively unknown golf course is a little gem.

Redeveloped in 1993, the Glenmore Heritage Valley golf course occupies the lowlands of the homestead clubhouse which sits atop the central hill.

It has done so since it was originally built as a residence for the land owners back in 1824 and you can certainly feel the history that the club has managed to maintain ever since.

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Course Review: Bonville Golf Course

Course Review: Bonville Golf Course

The course claims to be Australia’s most beautiful golf course and our answer to Augusta National. 

After a rap like that, I was almost sure to be disappointed in Bonville Golf Resort. I wasn’t. Some claim the layout is not that fantastic but with a spectacular looking hole laid out before you on every tee it’s easy to forget.

The second hole at Bonville Golf Club.

Situated about 10 minutes south of Coffs Harbour, it’s a tease upon entering the resort.

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OTHER RECENT POSTS

Golf Link’s “Race to Bonville” tees off for all Australian golfers

Golf Link’s “Race to Bonville” tees off for all Australian golfers

October 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

The 2014/15 Golf Link Race To Bonville gets underway again this month.

We’ve lauded Golf Link’s “Race to Series” here before and we wanted to let you know that the 2014/15 series gets underway this month.

The series features 35 events staged across the nation and includes courses such as Metropolitan Golf Club in Victoria, Pacific Harbour Golf & Country Club in Queensland and The Cut in WA.

The series is a great way to test your game and is as close to a national tour as many of us will ever get close to.

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European Ryder Cup players make fun of Patrick Reed: photo

European Ryder Cup players make fun of Patrick Reed: photo

October 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

Patrick Reed is a good sport as he poses with European Team Ryder Cup players.

A lot of people (including myself) were critical of Patrick Reed’s antics at the Ryder Cup last month but he’s obviously got a decent sense of humour.

Reed is back in enemy territory and playing in the World Match Play Championship at the London GC in England this week. At the official photo session ahead of the event, he posed for a photo while a few of the European Team players take the mickey out of his now infamous ‘shushing’ moment.

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Greg Norman is a living brand, hates taxes, & unsure about playing golf again

Greg Norman is a living brand, hates taxes, & unsure about playing golf again

October 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

A recent chainsaw accident leaves Greg Norman unsure about playing golf again.

Watch the latest video at video.foxbusiness.com

Greg Norman appeared on the Fox Business Network and among the business talk, Greg Norman sounded a little doubtful about playing golf again following his recent chainsaw accident.

He also mentioned that he loved being ‘a living brand’, he’s only played five rounds this year and that Royal Melbourne composite is still his favourite golf course.

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Tiger snake wraps itself around golf bag at Sanctuary Lakes

Tiger snake wraps itself around golf bag at Sanctuary Lakes

October 13, 2014 | 2 Comments

The warmer, longer days means more time on the golf course; for both golfers and snakes.

Most golfers in Australia are celebrating the fact that spring has arrived and the time is right for much more golf. But unfortunately the warmer weather also brings a few other creatures out on to the golf course, and some are not so welcome.

Peter Dundon played Melbourne’s Sanctuary Lakes Golf Club last week and found this tiger snake take a liking to his golf bag.

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The R&A are asking for your opinion on slow play

The R&A are asking for your opinion on slow play

October 9, 2014 | 2 Comments

Got a strong opinion on slow play and what should be done about it? Tell the R&A.

The R&A are running a worldwide survey on the always controversial topic of slow play.

Their keen to hear from golfers all around the world to find out what factors are influencing the pace of the game and how badly it is affecting people playing the game.

From their website:

The R&A is interested to hear the views from golfers around the world on this issue and has compiled a survey with this in mind.

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PGA Tour starts again, and Jarrod Lyle is a part of it

PGA Tour starts again, and Jarrod Lyle is a part of it

October 8, 2014 | 0 Comments

Tournament organisers knocked back Jarrod Lyle’s request for a sponsors exemption, so he fought his way into the field through qualifying instead.

Jarrod Lyle isn’t one to back down from a fight. After organisers of the opening tournament of the season The Frys.com Open knocked back his request for a sponsors exemption Lyle went and fought his way into the field via an 8-man playoff at Monday qualifying.

Having fought off two bouts of leukaemia, Jarrod Lyle is preparing himself for another season on the PGA Tour and has an assured spot in next week’s event.

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