Today, adidas unveiled a special line that features USA-inspired…

Today, adidas unveiled a special line that features USA-inspired apparel and accessories to provide golfers with some new ways to show off their patriotic spirit. The new line – the USA GOLF Collection – pairs adidas’ top products built for the course with the colorways that everyone is looking for this time of year.

Historic Golf Clubs Toast A Summer To Savour During a…

Historic Golf Clubs Toast A Summer To Savour

During a spectacular summer of golf, a group of historic golf clubs will celebrate a number of important milestones that coincide with The Open and the Seniors Open returning to Scotland. Links with History, which features some of the finest courses in Fife, has announced a run of notable anniversaries as well as confirming encouragingyear-on-year booking figures.

The group was formed around four clubs, five courses and a shared golfing legacy stretching back 700 years. Featuring links, heathland and parkland courses designed by some of the legends of the game including Old Tom Morris and James Braid, Links with History celebrates golf’s golden era.

Not surprisingly, the courses are popular with visitors and this year alone, the group has seen a healthy rise in confirmed bookings with May’s figures showing a 25% increase compared to last year. In particular, celebrations will be in full swing at Lundin Golf Club which will mark its 150th anniversary in 2018. Founded in 1868, Lundin Golf Club is regarded as one of the finest links courses in the country after hosting prestigious events such as Final Qualifying for the Open Championship, World Junior Open and the East of Scotland Amateur Championship.

The club will add to this tally in July when it hosts Final Qualifying for the British Senior Open which is being staged at nearby St Andrews. Commenting on the special anniversary, Lundin Golf Club’s captain, Brian Main noted: “It is a privilege to be captain of Lundin Golf Club and a great honour to be captain during a year where the club celebrates a great milestone.”

Originally laid out by Tom Morris, Lundin Golf Club is nestled in Fife’s East Neuk and commands stunning views across the Firth of Forth. Further along the coast, the world’s seventh oldest golf club is also marking an important year that is being shaped almost entirely by women.

Crail Golfing Society’s ladies club champion, 14-year-old Anna McKay, recently signed for a new four-under-par ladies course record on the historic Balcomie Links. What’s more, the club will welcome 90 of the best women golfers in Europe aged 50 and over in September as they compete for the coveted British Senior Ladies’ Amateur Championship.

With a field containing past Curtis Cup players along with winners of a number of national titles, hosting such an event is particularly pleasing for Crail’s first female captain: “It is a great privilege to captain a cornerstone club of Scottish golf like Crail,”said Pam Smith. “The club is special. To be the first woman to hold such a respected position in a year that will showcase so much ladies golfing talent is a real thrill.”

Not to be outdone, Scotscraig Golf Club has seen remarkable growth in its junior section helped in part by a new pathway scheme that has introduced the game to over 75 children from local schools. The initiative has helped the club build its junior section to over 60 members who now enjoy new junior tees, a small four-hole course and a new junior mascot.

“It’s wonderful to see the club investing in the next generation of golfers,” noted Scotscraig Golf Club captain George Anderson. “Scotscraig has a great history. It’s the 13th oldest club in the world with great names like Old Tom Morris and James Braid associated with it. But we are also looking to the future and are creating a club that has a vibrant membership, an open-door policy to visitors and encourages its young players.”

Scotscraig, which will also host Final Qualifying for the British Senior Open, was originally laid out over six holes but was extended to nine in 1888. Thirty five years later, the course was redesigned with the assistance of James Braid; a member of golf’s Great Triumvirate.

Similarly, Old Tom Morris was commissioned to lay out the original course at Ladybank Golf Club which also consisted of six holes. However, while Ladybank prepares for its 140th anniversary next year, the club is also investing in its facilities by refurbishing the clubhouse entrance, upgrading visitor and member locker rooms, improving toilets and shower amenities and introducing new signage.

The club has also signed an exclusive multi-year deal with AA/John Deere machinery to supply its greenkeeping machinery and will host Final Qualifying for the British Senior Open in June. “It’s been a busy time,” noted Gordon Simpson, managing secretary at Ladybank. “We’re making a lot of improvements both on and off the course, particularly in the clubhouse. This is part of an ongoing programme of developments across the board that will raise Ladybank’s status to where it belongs for a club with such an important history.”

Links with History is a group of great golf courses and glorious histories. The clubs involved include former Open Championship Final Qualifying venues as well as trailblazers from golf’s golden era. For more information, visit www.linkswithhistory.com.

Montrose names the day for historic relaunch Montrose Golf Links…

Montrose names the day for historic relaunch

Montrose Golf Links has released details of its historic and unprecedented decision to rename the fifth oldest golf course in the world. The announcement includes timings for the name transfer as well as confirmation of a special pricing event and the launch of a visitor experience package, all of which will coincide with the unveiling of the retitled links course.

The debut of The 1562 Course will take place in July following the return of the Open Championship to Carnoustie. It will officially mark the start of the Montrose Open Week which will be contested between 25-29July and will this year accentuate international participation in the event. More importantly, the competition will not only be the first to be played over the celebrated 1562 Course but it will also be the first ever Montrose Open to be concluded on a Sunday.

The tournament will also provide the launch-pad for The Montrose Experience – a special packaged visitor day that includes a round on The 1562 Course, whisky tasting and a gift pack containing special merchandise from the famed Scottish links. It marks a change of focus at the Angus venue, which has hosted prestigious tournaments including the World Hickory Open (2013); the Europro Tour (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017) and Final Qualifying for the Senior Open Championship (2016).

According to Jason Boyd, PGA professional and operations manager at Montrose Golf Links, the new visitor focus and the revitalised Montrose Open combined with the relaunch of The 1562 Course are key components of an integrated plan to better recognise 450 years of golfing heritage at the renowned east coast venue.

“The idea is to bring an important piece of golfing history into the public’s consciousness,” he said. “Golf was first recorded here in 1562. It was shaped by some of the biggest names in golf and has been the setting for remarkable matches and international tournaments. It is a special place and The 1562 Course is a direct link to the golfing past that established this great game. We intend to celebrate that fact this summer through a series of special events reconnecting Montrose with its golfing past. Coinciding this with The Open being played at Carnoustie – we couldn’t be more excited!”

He continued: “We have a number of special initiatives planned, including the relaunch of the course to start the Montrose Open Week. We will also host a special celebratory 1562 Sunday on 5th August when green fees will be offered at a special rate of £15.62 per person based on a four-ball group. It is going to be sensational summer.”

The spectacular east coast course features seven cliff-face holes and is widely regarded as one of the most natural links layouts in Scotland. Shaped by some of the leading names in golf including Willie Park Jr, Old Tom Morris and Harry Colt, it has twice hosted Open Championship Final Qualifying and regularly appears in the most prestigious golf rankings.

The renaming of the course to better reflect its illustrious history is the key factor in the name-change, according to Boyd. “Montrose has a unique place in golf’s history and it is high time we celebrated that fact,” he noted. “In Scotland, we sometimes feel uncomfortable showcasing what makes us special. I know that international visitors who visit Montrose relish the opportunity to play on ancient links turf with stunning views across the North Sea. The new name and The Montrose Experience have been devised to accentuate these points. We are embracing what makes Montrose special.”

The rebranded 1562 Course will be unveiled as part of the opening ceremony at the Montrose Open Week. Those interested in booking The Montrose Experience should contact Montrose Golf Links, or visit the website – www.montroselinks.com

Montrose Golf Links features two traditional links courses; The Medal and The Broomfield and is located a 30-minute drive from Carnoustie – host of the 147th Open Championship – and 1 ½-hrs drive from St Andrews.

European Captain Thomas Bjørn has announced that Luke Donald,…

European Captain Thomas Bjørn has announced that Luke Donald, Padraig Harrington, Graeme McDowell and Lee Westwood will join Robert Karlsson to complete the European Vice Captain line-up for The 2018 Ryder Cup against the United States at Le Golf National, in France, from September 28-30.

How Do Golf Players Earn Their Ranking PointsGolf is one of the…

How Do Golf Players Earn Their Ranking Points

Golf is one of the most popular sports, especially in the USA and North America. Although unpopular in the rest of the world, golf has millions of viewers in America, which can rarely wait until a new tournament begins. Just like in any sports, golf players earn their points based on performance and participation in major tournaments. However, the system is not so straightforward as in football and its complex structure makes it far different than the point ranking of other sports. Before you bet on live events as they happen, you need to learn more about the sport and how the ranking point system works.

The official World Golf Ranking uses a mathematical formula that rates the golfers on their performance and participation in major tournaments. The major organizer of professional golf tournaments in the USA and North America is the PGA Tour. Just like tennis, a high enough spot on the list ensures that these players have an automatic entry into the top tournaments, and the higher up they are on the list, the greater the chance of endorsement and big money.

Universal Acceptance
The Official Golf World Ranking is accepted by both major governing bodies for golf – The Professional Golfers’ Association and the United States Golf Association. Of course, the 4 major tournaments also accept the rankings. Players accumulate points by competing in various tournaments and they stay on their tally for up to 2 years and a maximum of 52 events player. However, the tally gradually reduces every 13 weeks, meaning that the golfer’s recent performances also play a part. There’s a minimum of 40 events necessary in order to enter the ranking and the player’s points are divided by the number of tournaments he has played. Just like in tennis, the rankings are published every Monday after an event.

Qualifying
In order to qualify for the most prestigious tournaments, golfers need to play well in tournaments which will get them higher up in the rankings. The top 50 players are accepted by the Masters, with another 50 eligible from the most recent rankings. The top 50 are also eligible to play in The Players Championship and the British Open, while the U.S. Open accepts the top 60.

Winning Major Points
As in any sport, winning a major tournament gives golfers the most points. The U.S. Open, the PGA Championship, The British Open and the Masters are worth 100 points each. Runners-up get 60 points while the third place gets 40, while every golfer entering the tournament gets at least 1.5 points. The other tournaments such as the BMW Open, The PGA Tour or a European Tour score far less (24).

The complex system of the World Golf Rankings allows different players to climb the list pretty well. Some are prevented to play due to injuries or personal matters and as soon as they reject a tournament, they are destined to win fewer points and go down the ladder.