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Newark Golf Club on board

Welcome on board Paul Bagshaw - PGA Professional at Newark Golf Club.  In recognising the importance of continuing to provide superb facilities and services for golfers to develop their skills and enhance their enjoyment of the game NGC has engaged the professional expertise of Paul Bagshaw to complement and work alongside Robert Ellis.

Fully qualified as a PGA Professional for nearly 20 years Paul has gained a wealth of knowledge and experience in all aspects of the game and is proud to have developed four junior golfers through to becoming golf professionals themselves.

The name "MacRae" has been associated with Newark Golf Club from the very beginning, something the Club has recognised by naming the Restaurant, Bar and Function facilities after one of Newark Golf Club's founders, the first ever Club Captain and Club President for over 15 years, Mr Stuart MacRae. 

Stuart MacRae is credited with having introduced golf to the town of Newark in about 1890 and was the driving force behind the Club's move from a six hole course on Sconce Hills, near Farndon Road, to a new 9 hole layout at Hawton Road in 1896.

Born on the 7 December 1855 Stuart MacRae was a gentleman of many talents which he put to good use before his death, aged 71, on 27 January 1927. Stuart was not only a golf enthusiast but a very accomplished all round sportsman, playing Cricket for the MCC as well as playing Tennis, Squash ( he had a court of his own at his home Handley House in Northgate), Billiards, Shooting and even Ice Hockey. Although born a Scot, he most notably earned five caps playing football for England in 1883 and 1884 against Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Unfortunately, his football career was was effectively brought to an end when he broke his leg playing at Half Back for Newark Town in a match against Grantham Rovers, a position he also played for Notts County. 

Stuart MacRae was also an excellent musician, excelling at the violin, and was frequently seen with the orchestra on Newark concert platforms. Made a JP in 1915, MacRae sat regularly at the Newark County Police Court in Appleton Gate and was a member of the Royal Company of Archers, Kings Bodyguard of Scotland. 

5 Aug Demo day Cannington Golf Club

Demo day is set for 5 August at Cannington Golf Club with Professional Dan Barton.  Great opportunity for members and visitors to be custom fit for a SeeMore Putter and try the range out on the new putting green.  No obligation but with putting accounting for 40% of your game why not take this opportunity to look at whats available and could make the difference to your handicap.

Dan Barton is Cannington Golf Centre’s PGA Golf Professional and Golf Manager. Dan, originally from Suffolk, has represented Suffolk County Golf from his junior years, to playing for the men’s first team. During his golf career Dan has been part of the junior England squad and won various amateur, county and pro-am tournaments and events.

Since playing in the National Assistance Championship twice, the EuroPro and Thomson tour, and attending the European tour qualifying tour, Dan became a professional in 2003 at Fynn Valley Golf Club, Suffolk.

Dan also obtained a Level 3 Coaching qualification and progressed to a Foundation Degree in Business Management, Sports Science, Equipment Technology and Golf Coaching.

 

Ladies Tour at Gullane

We are pleased to advise that we will be attending the Ladies Scottish Open sponsored by Aberdeen Standard Investments at Gullane on Wedneday 25th July.  Looking to show off the range of SeeMore Putters and Rosemark Grips to the ladies on tour and support them in their quest to be the best.  We will be on the putting green and happy to offer our services to the ladies taking part and talk to any of the public who wish to know more about SeeMore and Rosemark Grips.

With attendance from Trish Johnson, Becky Brewerton, Carly Booth and Scotlands own Catriona Matthew and many more it will be a highly contested competition.  

The Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open will return to East Lothian next year when The Renaissance Club hosts Scotland’s National Open on the European Tour for the first time from July 8-14, 2019.

This will be followed by the Aberdeen Standard Investments Ladies Scottish Open, which will once again be played over the same course, from August 5-11, 2019.

Founded in 2008, The Renaissance Club nestles on 300 picturesque acres along the Firth of Forth and is one of the newest additions to the world-famous stretch known as Scotland’s Golf Coast.

Designed by renowned golf course architect Tom Doak, who is known for minimalist designs that incorporate the natural features of the land, the course has quickly become established as another East Lothian golfing gem.

This year’s Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open, just along the coast at Gullane Golf Club, once again forms part of the European Tour’s Rolex Series, which comprises eight premium tournaments on the 2018 Race to Dubai, each with a minimum prize fund of US$7million.

Some of the finest courses in Scotland, the Home of Golf, have played host to the tournament over the years, including St Andrews, Gleneagles and Carnoustie. From 1996 to 2010 it was based at Loch Lomond Golf Club, with Castle Stuart Golf Links in Inverness, Royal Aberdeen, Dundonald Links in Ayrshire and Gullane all enjoying hosting duties since then.

The Aberdeen Standard Investments Ladies Scottish Open, which is co-sanctioned by both the Ladies European Tour (LET) and Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA), has also become established as a key event in the schedules of many of the world’s best female golfers and holds the largest prize fund ($1.5 million) in European Women’s golf, outside of the Majors.

Since its opening in 2008, The Renaissance Club has proven a significant addition to the golf tourism offering in East Lothian, gaining worldwide acclaim for the quality of its layout and design. As part of its commitments to hosting Scotland’s two national opens, the club has pledged to continue to support the golf tourism industry in Scotland by targeting additional visiting golfers from around the world as well as introducing a reduced rate for Scottish Golf members through their seasonal tee time programme.

Additionally, the club will work with both VisitScotland and Scottish Golf to support and fund women and junior golf development initiatives and make its practice facilities available to Scottish Golf’s amateur squads during preparation for major events.

Martin Gilbert, Co-Chief Executive of Aberdeen Standard Investments said: “At Aberdeen Standard Investments we are committed to hosting our sponsored events at the best possible venues around Scotland. The Renaissance Club is certainly one of those and we’re delighted that the Men’s and Ladies’ Scottish Opens will be showcased to both the spectators and an ever-increasing global TV audience from The Renaissance Club in 2019. We’re sure it’ll be a huge hit with the world’s best players and thanks must go to all those involved in making it happen.”

Ricoh Women

SeeMore will be in attendance on the putting green for the practice days at Royal Lytham for the Ricoh Women's British Open.  Its the most international women's  major on the golfing calendar so from Monday 30 July to Wednesday 1 August we will have the range of SeeMore Putters and Rosemark Grips available for the ladies to try.  

All of the world’s top ten ranked players on the Rolex Women’s World Rankings are in the field at close of entries for the 2018 Ricoh Women’s British Open at Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club from 2 – 5 August.

World No. 1 and 2015 Ricoh Women’s British Open Champion, Inbee Park, heads the field of the world’s best women golfers for the 42nd edition of the Championship along with all of the year’s Major winners. Pernilla Lindberg, the 2018 ANA Inspiration winner,  Ariya Jutanugarn, the 2018 US Open Champion and World No.3 and Sung Hyun Park, the 2018 KPMG Women’s PGA Champion and World No.2, are joined by defending Champion, I.K. Kim and a host of former champions including Mo Martin, Yani Tseng, Karrie Webb and local favourite and 2009 Champion, Catriona Matthew.

Inbee Park, who won her seventh and most recent Major at the 2015 Ricoh Women’s British Open at Turnberry, commented: “I love playing links golf and am really looking forward to returning to Royal Lytham. I feel like I have learnt so much about how to play on links courses since I played there in 2009 that I am excited to see how I get on there this time. When I won at Turnberry, I felt so proud as to how I handled the wind and the difficult conditions, and now, as I look ahead to the Ricoh Women’s British Open, I am actually enjoying the thought of all the challenges ahead.”

Charley Hull is the top ranked British player in the field at No.23 in the world. Her Major form in 2018 will lead to high hopes for spectators looking for a home player to follow in Matthew’s footsteps at Lytham having finished in the top 10 in all three of the Majors this year.

Hull explained, “I think Majors suit my game and I always really look forward to them. I like the pressure of a Major week and the way the courses are set up tougher which I think suits me.I am pleased with my form the first six months of the year as it is my best spell on the LPGA so far. I feel my game is in great shape and I can’t wait for my next Major opportunity at Lytham.”

 

Littlestone Golf Club

We are please to welcome Littlestone to our outlets for Custom Fitting of SeeMore Putters.  Littleston offers both Pay & Play and Membership opportunities, Littlestone Warren (formerly Romney Warren) Golf Club on the Kent coast is a popular destination for golfers of all abilitites. Extended from its original 9 hole layout in 1993 to a full 18 holes, it is a naturally rugged links which is attached to the Championship course of Littlestone.

Set on the edge of the famous Romney Marsh, this stretch of coastline enjoys a unique micro-climate which makes it one of the driest spots in Britain. The resulting terrain offers hard and fast fairways that are beautifully defined from natural dunes, thick rough and classic links bunkers. Sweet, accurate ball striking and a clever game plan are pre-requisites to a good score.

Maintained to the highest possible standards all year round, Littlestone Warren boasts superb practice and teaching facilities that include a driving range as well as two short game practice areas.

Director of Golf. James Cunliffe BSc Hons, FDA, GCA Dip, AAT, PGA - James joined Littlestone in January 2018.  A native of the north-west – he began his golf career at Ormskirk GC, in Lancashire, joining as an assistant professional and rising to the position of head coach. During his time at the club, he created the popular and successful Tick Tock academy.

Moving then to Sedlescombe GC he became a proficient and qualified club-maker and fitter among the team of qualified PGA professionals at the golf school. A specialist in intensive group coaching for all abilities, his focus on ladies and junior coaching.

Stewart Craig at Forthview Golf Range

New Custom fitting centre for SeeMore Putters with Stewart Craig based at Forthview Golf Range.

Stewart started out his sporting career in the Korean martial art of Tae Kwon-Do. Achieving Black Belt at the tender age of 16 Stewart went on to achieve Scottish, British, European and World Champion status competing at the very highest level for 3 years. Quickly after turning his attention to golf Stewart reduced his handicap to 2 and turned to the professional ranks in golf. After two years on the mini tours in the UK Stewart's interest in the technicalities of the game and his love of teaching and coaching sport overtook his desire to play professionally. Ever since that time in 1997 Stewart's desire to be one of the best Teachers and Coaches in the world has driven him to constantly improve his knowledge and understanding of this wonderful game.

Stewart regards himself extremely lucky to have worked with some of the best Coaches and Players the game has ever seen, gleaming invaluable knowledge and information from them along the way. The tour players that Stewart has worked with have won over 100 professional titles worldwide and Stewart credits all of these players with teaching him as much as he taught them. You cannot work with players like Dale Reid, Allison Nicholas, Corrine Dibnah, Trish Johnson, Becky Brewerton and Beatriz Recari and not learn a huge amount about the game of golf at the highest level.

Stewart's regards some of his greatest achievements though some of the amateur golfers who he has worked with from virtually the first day that they picked up a club who are now Club, County and National Champions as well as + handicap golfers and Internationally capped players.