The day was a huge success and enjoyed by all the children, aged between 4 and 12, who attended the 3 golf classes, many of who were trying golf for the very first time! During the one hour sessions they took part in swing lessons, target golf to win fun prizes and the younger ones played using the tri-golf system with plastic clubs and targets. Another 50 children also came along to try FootGolf on our purpose built 9 hole FootGolf course throughout the day giving them an opportunity to try the fun sport, that combines football and golf, for the first time.
The event was organised by Jon as a launch for the new Junior Golf Academy which he has set up as we try to get as many children into golf, making new friends and enjoying all the benefits the game has to offer.
UK FootGolf Super Series, Sunday 3rd June
Magnolia Park has now become well established on the UK FootGolf tournament calendar following last year's UK Open event. On Sunday 3rd June we welcomed over 130 players from all over the UK for the latest Super Series Event on the national tour.
This event was the 4th tournament in the Super Series which runs throughout the UK with competitions for Men, Ladies and Over 45's. The winners on the day were Ben Clarke (Men's), Natalie Richardson (Ladies) and Ady Hurrell (Over 45's).
We now look forward to hosting, once again, the UK Open over the weekend of the 16th to 19th August where over 130 players from all over the world will be competing for the prestigious title.
On the longest day of the year Men's Captain, Richard Harris, and Senior Captain, Paul Lankaster, took to the golf course for the Longest Day Golf Challenge to play 72 holes in one day! Their challenge was part of the year's fundraising efforts for the Captains Charity, Thomley. Despite the very early start, late finish and very warm temperatures on the day, the pair completed the challenge and in doing so raised valuable funds for the charity which provides a recreational and informal educational facility for disabled children, their families, schools and friends.
PRO SHOP NEWS - JUNIOR ACADEMY LAUNCHED!
Following on from the Junior Fun Day, our new JUNIOR GOLF ACADEMY officially launched on Wednesday 6th and Saturday 9th June!
Head Professional Jon Darby has set the Academy up to enable the club to help youngsters get into golf, make new friends and hopefully be the next generation of full members. The one hour after school session on Wednesday runs from 4:00pm and Saturday has three sessions starting at 10:00am, 11:30am and 1:00pm.
The Magnolia Park Junior Academy is suitable for children aged 6 years and over and is an 8 week course following the Young Golf Masters format where kids will learn the game through fun activities over various stages. Completion of each stage is rewarded with a certificate before advancing onto the next level.
Full details for the next intake and sessions starting in September can be found on the website or by calling Jon in the Pro Shop on 01844 239700.
The PGA Tour kicked off the June schedule with The Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village Golf Club, Ohio where BRYSON DeCHAMBEAU captured his second PGA title with a birdie at the second play-off hole. The world #38 had finished on 15 under with Kyle Stanley and Byeong Hun An. Justin Rose could have become world #1 with a win, but a two-under 70 on the final day left him three back in joint sixth. Rory McIlroy finished the tournament in T8 on 11 under with Tiger Woods shooting a final day 72 and ending six shots off the winner.
The following weekend the Tour was in Memphis for the St Jude Classic and DUSTIN JOHNSON cruised to a six-shot victory to regain the world number one ranking. Johnson, who started the 4th round as joint leader with fellow American Andrew Puttnam, shot a four-under 66 with the win secured by holing from 171 yards on the 18th fairway for an eagle two and final total of 19 under par. The victory was Johnson's 18th PGA Tour title and his first since January this year, and took him back above Justin Thomas in the rankings after previously holding the top spot for 64 weeks until last month.
Next stop was Shinnecock Hills Golf Club, New York for the second Major of the season, the 2018 US Open. American BROOKS KOEPKA retained his title with a one-shot victory over England's record-equalling Tommy Fleetwood. Koepka closed with a two-under 68 to top the leaderboard at one over and deny Fleetwood a first major title. Fleetwood had set the clubhouse lead at two over after an incredible seven-under par round of 63, the joint lowest round in US Open history. World number one Dustin Johnson shot a final round 70 to finish third on three over. The golf course was set up in a more favourable fashion for the final round after the organisers, USGA, had to apologise and admit they "went too far" with the layout as only three players broke par on Saturday. Five-time major champion, Phil Mickleson also caused controversy and there were calls for his disqualification after he broke the rules during his third round by hitting his moving putt for a two shot penalty rather than further multiple putts. World #4 Koepka became the first player to retain the US Open since Curtis Strange won in 1988 and 1989.
The final event in June was The Travelers Championship at TPC River Highlands in Connecticut and BUBBA WATSON carded a final round seven-under-par 63 to win the event for a third time as England's Paul Casey faded. Watson had started the day six shots behind overnight leader Casey, but took the outright lead on the 18th with a birdie to finish on 17 under. American Stewart Cink carded the round of the day with an eight-under 62 to tie for second place with fellow Americans Beau Hossler and JB Holmes, along with Casey.
June on The European Tour started with the Italian Open in Brescia and Denmark's THORBJORN OLESEN won his fifth European Tour title with a one-shot victory over the BMW PGA Champion Francesco Molinari. Olesen started the final day one shot off the lead but a great bogey-free round of 64 including seven birdies secured the win as he finished on 22 under. Overnight leader Lee Slattery finished third after a closing 67. Former wold number one Lee Westwood carded the joint lowest round of 63 including 6 birdies and an eagle to take a share of fifth place with Graeme McDowell and Andy Sullivan. Veteran Miguel Angel Jimenez, the colourful 54-year-old Spaniard, also had a 63, compiling nine birdies to earn a share of 14th.
On Sunday 10th June, Finland's MIKKO KORHONEN won the inaugural Shot Clock Masters in Austria and in doing so his first European Tour title. This week's tournament was the first in professional golf to time each shot from every player in the field. Players had 50 seconds to take their shot if they were first to play, including tee shots on par threes, or 40 seconds for tee shots on other holes or when second or third to play. The first two days went without a single time violation, but there were three on Saturday where the players were all handed one stroke penalties. Scotland's Connor Syme, ranked 836th in the world, finished in second place and a shot clear of Steve Webster, Nicolas Colsaerts, Justin Walters and Raphael Jacquelin who all tied for third.
With the co-sanctioned US Open event mid month, the next event for the European Tour was the prestigious BMW International Open in Germany where Englishman MATT WALLACE won his second Tour event of the year. Thorbjorn Olesen has set the clubhouse lead earlier in the day following his 11-under 61, but Wallace reeled in the Danish player with a bogeyless 65 to finish on 10 under and beat Olesen by one shot. Home favourite Martin Kaymer, who was tied for the overnight lead, finished level with Olesen and Mikko Korhonen. The victory was Wallace's third of his career as the world number 91 won the Hero Indian Open in March this year and the Open de Portugal in May 2017.
FORTHCOMING EVENTS IN JULY
Throughout 2018 we have some fantastic events lined up for Members and Non-Members to enjoy.
Friday 13th July - Benross Equipment Trial
Book your place to test all the new equipment from Benross including Drivers, Fairway Woods and Irons. We also have custom fitting available on the day. Book now by calling Jon on 01844 239700 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday 20th July - The Magnolia Park Men's Open
A new event for the calendar this year is the Men's Individual Open on Friday 20th July. The event is open to both Members and non-members and we have some amazing prizes on offer!
Format: Individual Stableford Handicap Limit: 28 (CDH ID's required) Tee Time: 2 Tee Start from 9:28am Entry Fee: £20.00 per player (Members) or £40.00 per player (non-members)
Entry includes tea/coffee and bacon roll on arrival followed by a 2 course meal with prize presentation following the conclusion of the golf competition.
1st Prize: 5 Day Golf Membership for 12 months (worth £949) 2nd Prize: Golf Day for 12 players (worth £360) 3rd Prize: A complete Ping outfit (worth £200) Plus prizes for Nearest-the-Pin on all par 3's.