Despite the holiday season August has been a very busy month here at Magnolia Park. Whilst we didn't have the glorious hot sunshine we all enjoyed throughout July, we did have some great weather with plenty of showers to help the golf course recover.
Inside the clubhouse we hosted two big weddings, a wake with over 130 guests plus numerous conferences and meetings and not forgetting the three-day FootGolf tournament!. This busy period is set to continue into September as we have six weddings taking place, a three-day vintage car rally along with numerous other smaller conferences/meetings and society golf days. Plus September is an extremely busy month for us with Stay & Play golfers enjoying all the facilities on offer here at Magnolia Park.
The UK FootGolf Open, Friday 17th - Sunday 19th August
Over the weekend of Friday 17th to Sunday 19th August we welcomed back to Magnolia Park the UK FootGolf Association for the 2018 UK Open. 133 players from all over Europe, and beyond, were here competing in one of the sport's Major events. This tournament, along with other competitions held throughout the year, gives competitors the chance to gain points to qualify for UK world cup team, which is being held in Marrakech in late 2018.
As well as the main individual event, titles were up for a variety of other categories including the Over 45's, Ladies, Amateur and the National Pairs.
This is the second year we have been lucky enough to host this prestigious event and it get's bigger and better every year. Tournament host and Organiser Paul Oliver does an amazing job with his small team in setting up and running such a professional operation.
Following the three days of intense competition the winners were:
Junior UK Open Champion - Akos Tajtyi (Hungary)
National Pairs Champions - Michael Wilkes (England) & Evgeniy Levchenko (Ukrain)
Ladies UK Open Champion - Sophie Brown (England)
Over 45's UK Open Champion - Klaas Wijers (Netherlands)
Am Tour UK Open Champion - Chris Anderson (England)
Pro Tour UK Open Champion - Antonio Balestra (France)
On Friday 31st August our Club President, Martin Connelly, hosted his annual President's Day with 15 teams taking part along with a further 5 guests for dinner. The weather was fantastic and the course was in great condition, especially the greens and Martin paid special thanks to Head Greenkeeper Shaun Kench and his team for presenting the course in such fantastic condition for all the members and guests to enjoy. Martin also praised the staff for their super service throughout the day and helped organise the event once again, along with Head Professional Jon Darby for his assistance and taking part in the golf event.
Team Winners on the day were our Lady Vice Captain, Anne Terry, along with her team of guests Brian Cummings, Terry Bradon and Graham Woodwards.
In the individual competitions the Men's event was won by Geoff Simmonds (Guest) and the Ladies event saw Lady Captain Jenny Wynd triumph.
Winners of the President's Challenge on the 17th hole were Tracy Cook and Stephen Connolly (no relation!) who is a member at Gleneagles.
The President's Challenge raised £265.00 of which £200.00 went to the Greenkeepers Charity raising money for Greenkeeper Graham Hazelton's partner Sarah Day and her ongoing self-funded cancer treatment, with the remaining £65.00 going directly to the Members Club funds.
Following the conclusion of the golf, the players enjoyed a delicious three course meal in The Magnolia Suite and then danced the night away till the small hours to our in-house disco to wrap up a fantastic day.
On behalf of Martin we would like to express our thanks to all the Members and their guests who helped make the day such a special one, enjoyed by all, for Martin and we all look forward to the 2019 President's Day!
JUNIOR GOLF CAMPS
Throughout August the Junior Golf Academy continued with 18 children enrolled in the programme. During the three sessions in the month the children learnt some of the basics of golf along with playing FootGolf on our purpose built 9 hole footgolf course. All the children have made great progress in each session and are really taking to the game and enjoying the new skills they are learning with our Head Professional Jon Darby.
The next Academy starts on Saturday 22nd September so if your children would like to enroll and learn how to play please get in touch on 01844 239700 or email Jon at email@example.com
American JUSTIN THOMAS prepared for his defence of the US PGA Championship title with a four-shot victory at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in Ohio to start a busy August on the PGA Tour. Thomas led Rory McIlroy and Ian Poulter by three shots overnight, and the Northern Irishman and Englishman tailed off in the final round. McIlroy ended in tied sixth place after a three-over-par 73, while Poulter was tied 10th after a four-over 74 as Thomas finished on 15 under after a one-under 69 on the final day. Fellow American Kyle Stanley finished second on 11 under, with Denmark's Thorbjorn Olesen and American Dustin Johnson a further shot behind in tied third.
The following week it was the final Major of the year, the US PGA Championship. American BROOKS KOEPKA won his second major of 2018 by seeing off a resurgent Tiger Woods to claim the title on a compelling final day. The US Open champion, who led by two shots overnight, shot a four-under 66 to win by two on 16 under par.
Excitement grew at Bellerive as Woods pushed for a first major since 2008, falling short despite a final-day 64. Koepka holed birdies on the 14th and 15th to keep clear of Woods and Adam Scott (67), who finished on 13 under. It was 14-time major winner Woods' lowest final round at either the Masters, US Open, The Open or US PGA. However, his efforts were still not enough as Koepka became the first man since Woods in 2000 to win the US Open and US PGA in the same season. Koepka, watched by his mother and girlfriend from the side of the 18th green, fought back tears after tapping in a par to set a new 72-hole PGA Championship scoring record of 264. Spain's Jon Rahm finished as the leading European player on 11 under after a 68, a shot ahead of Belgium's Thomas Pieters, and Italy's Open champion Francesco Molinari, who closed with a 67.
Leading from fellow American Gary Woodland going into Sunday's final round, Koepka started with a birdie on the first to extend his overnight advantage to three shots. He had only made two bogeys and one double bogey all week but dropped shots at the fourth and fifth saw him move into a share of the lead with Thomas, who had three birdies in his opening seven holes. A run of three birdies before the turn moved Koepka back into the outright lead but, as Thomas faltered, Woods roared to within a shot with successive birdies on the 12th and 13th. Loud cheers accompanied every shot hit by 42-year-old former world number one Woods, who was looking to complete what would be regarded as one of sport's greatest comebacks, 10 years after his last major victory at the 2008 US Open. Koepka handled the pressure to create a number of birdie opportunities at the start of the back nine, but was unable to take one as Scott moved level with successive birdies on the 12th and 13th.
Woods proved once again he can compete in golf's greatest events with a scintillating final-round performance at Bellerive. Opening rounds of 70, 66 and 66 meant he started four shots behind Koepka on Sunday, a deficit which the four-time US PGA champion said he knew would be difficult to overcome. Unable to hit a single fairway on the front nine, Woods still turned in three under and finished the back nine in the same score to earn his highest-placed finish at a major since the 2009 PGA at Hazeltine. Tyrrell Hatton's career-best 64 in a Major saw him finish two shots clear of fellow Englishmen Justin Rose and Matt Wallace as Ian Poulter, aiming to earn a late place in September's European Ryder Cup team, finished on five under, with Scotland's Russell Knox another shot back alongside Tommy Fleetwood. Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy saw his run without a major victory extended to four years as he finished two under.
The next event was the Wyndham Championship in North Carolina which was the final tournament on the regular season ahead of the FedEx Cup Play-offs. BRANDT SNEDEKER won the by three shots after completing 29 holes in one day. The 37-year-old American, who finished his third round earlier on Sunday, shot a final-round 65 to finish 21 under for his second win at the tournament. Snedeker birdied the last to seal victory ahead of nearest challengers Webb Simpson and CT Pan. Pan shared the lead on 20 under heading into the 18th, but drove out of bounds and could only manage a double bogey. Snedeker had led from the start, signing for a 59 after the opening round on Thursday - only the 10th sub-60 round in PGA Tour history. Last year's Masters champion Sergio Garcia misses out on the lucrative FedEx Series for the first time after finishing joint 24th in the Wyndham on 12 under. Snedeker, with a 68, was one of 30 players to complete their third round on Sunday after rain caused play to be suspended on Saturday. It was a ninth PGA Tour victory for the American, having come under pressure from Pan and Simpson, who recorded an eight-under 62 containing seven birdies and an eagle. Snedeker completed his victory in style by rolling in a long birdie putt on the last.
August was completed with the first of the FedEx Cup Play-off events, The Northern Trust, in New Jersey. With a final round 69 BRYSON DeCHAMBEAU cruised to a four-shot victory over Tony Finau at Ridgewood Country Club. No one came closer than two shots of the winner as DeChambeau controlled his game and his emotions all day, starting with two straight birdies. Billy Horschel (68) and Cameron Smith (69) tied for third, five back. The quirky DeChambeau, who won the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide earlier this season, and whose second victory of the summer, worth 2000 points, lands him at No. 1 in the FedExCup Playoffs. The winner brought a four-shot lead into the final round, before seeing it cut to two by surging rookie Aaron Wise (67), before he steadied himself with birdies at 12 and 13 and sailed home from there, and with the win has pretty much assured himself a spot on the U.S. Ryder Cup team, aged only 24!
September starts with the next FedEx Cup event, The Dell Technologies Championship at TPC Boston.
The first event on The European Tour for August was the unique format of the European Golf Team Championships at Gleneagles which featured a 50/50 gender split in the field with male and female professionals competing for equal prize money in both a Men’s and Women’s Team match play Championship as well as an 18-hole foursomes stroke play Mixed Team Championship. Players represented their countries with 16 teams of two players competing in the Men’s and Women’s Team events before combining to form teams of four (two men and two women) in the Mixed Team Championship. SCOTT FERNANDEZ and PEDRO ORIOL won gold for Spain in the Men's Team competition at the inaugural European Golf Team Championships event as Mixed Team champions Iceland's late fightback came up just short. The lead changed hands in the early stages as the rain poured down at Gleneagles but Spain 1 held a commanding three-hole advantage as they began the back nine after winning four holes on the spin from the sixth. Iceland's Birgir Hafthorsson and Axel Boasson bounced back brilliantly in the closing stages, winning the 16th and 17th to take the match to the 18th hole. But after both teams got into tree trouble at the last, Fernandez holed his birdie putt from around ten feet to hand Spain a two-hole victory and the gold medal.
Following the US PGA Championships the next event on the Tour was the Nordea Masters in Gothenburg, Sweden where PAUL WARING won his first European Tour title at his 200th attempt with victory. The Englishman, 33, held a two-shot lead with four holes to play before playing partner Thomas Aiken birdied the last to force extra holes. However, South Africa's Aiken drove into the water on the first hole of the sudden-death play-off, with Waring's par good enough to secure victory. Waring and Aiken both shot two-under 68s to finish on 14 under par, a shot ahead of Germany's Max Kieffer, who carded a five-under 65 in the final round. Denmark's Thorbjorn Olesen finished fourth in Sweden to move ahead of England's Ian Poulter in the race to qualify automatically for Europe's Ryder Cup team.
The final August tournament was the D+D Real Czech Masters at the Albratross Golf Resort near Prague. Overcoming three-time Major champion Padraig Harrington in an enthralling final day battle was first time winner on tour, the Italian player ANDREA PAVAN. The duo entered round four in a share for the lead but Harrington looked set for European Tour win number 16 when he opened up a three-shot lead at the turn. Pavan had other ideas, however, coming home in 31 to sign for a 67 and beat his Irish rival by two shots. The Italian's 22 under par total set a new record for the event, eclipsing Thomas Pieters' winning score from 2015 by two strokes. Malaysia's Gavin Green matched Harrington with a closing 69 to finish at 17 under, two shots clear of Scotland's Scott Jamieson and Englishman Lee Slattery. Pavan won the Challenge Tour Rankings in 2013 having finished second in 2011 and now has a European Tour title to add to his four on that circuit.
WOMEN'S BRITISH OPEN 2018
England's GEORGIA HALL won her first major title with a two-shot victory at the Women's British Open at Royal Lytham and St Annes. The 22-year-old is only the third British winner since the event became a Major championship in 2001. Trailing Pornanong Phatlum by a shot overnight, Hall moved clear of the Thai with two holes remaining, and held her nerve to secure victory. Hall finished on 17 under, having picked up five shots on the final day. Her bogey on the last hole was her first of the round, and she dropped just three shots in the whole tournament. Phatlum was her nearest challenger, with Korean Ryu So-yeon third another two shots adrift. Hall, from Bournemouth, joined Phatlum at the top of the leaderboard after the 13th, and holed a 20ft putt on the 16th to take the lead for the first time.Victory meant the 2013 British ladies' amateur champion emulated compatriot Karen Stupples (2004) and Scot Catriona Matthew (2009), the other two British winners since this event became a major.
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