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€450,000 raised at spectacular Solheim Cup Charity Promotion Event in Germany

Golf professionals, celebrities, the media and fans had a taste of what The 2015 Solheim Cup will be like as they attended a marathon Charity Promotion Event with a year to go until the matches in Germany.

In the process of hitting golf shots to a floating target on the River Neckar from the Old Bridge in Heidelberg, attending a gala dinner, press conference and Charity Show Match at Golf Club St. Leon-Rot, a lot of fun was had with €450,000 raised for charity.

The Solheim Cup Captains Carin Koch and Juli Inkster, along with US Open champion Martin Kaymer, Paula Creamer, Caroline Masson, Sandra Gal, Caroline Hedwall and Moritz Lampert came to Golf Club St Leon Rot, which will host The Solheim Cup on September 18-20 next year.

The fun started with the ‘Golden Charity Shot’ on Heidelberg’s Old Bridge on Monday afternoon, where they were joined by celebrities such as Stefanie Graf, Franz Beckenbauer, John Solheim, Uschi Glas and Rea Garvey and raised €39,000 for charity.

The same evening, as the guests of SAP founder Dietmar Hopp, they attended a gala dinner at Heidelberg Castle, where there was a silent auction for a range of prizes including a trip to the Champions League with the squad of FC Bayern. This raised a further €126,000.

The Charity Show Match on Tuesday, played in perfect weather, was undoubtedly the highlight. The day began with a spectacular show on the driving range, where local children were able to play a chipping competition against the best players in the world. They started by chipping onto a miniature beach, followed by a ‘gong’ shot, with €250 raised for each shot on target.

The stakes were raised as the eight professional golfers hit shots through three rings located 75 metres from the tee, with each ring hit amassing €5000 and €10,000 for all three. Moritz Lampert was the star of the show when he hit an air balloon with a golf ball from 100 metres away at the first attempt, raising €25,000. The driving range activities raised €81,250 in total.

The players then moved on to the St Leon Course, for a special 14-hole show match open to the public and attended by 4,000 spectators. For the first nine holes, each player used their own ball, but for the 10th, 11th, 12th and 17th hole they played in team foursomes, raising funds for scores of par or better. Interestingly, the European and United States captains played together, as did Sandra Gal and Caroline Hedwall, Caroline Masson and Sandra Gal and Moritz Lampert and Martin Kaymer.

The 18th hole was played in a five shot challenge format which included driving, pitching, bunker shots, chipping and putting, with yet more financial incentives. The match raised €203,750 for charity, with a grand total of €450,000 from the two day’s activities.

At the end of show awards ceremony, each participant was given a German World Cup football shirt with their name on the back by Golf Club St. Leon Rot.

European Team Captain Carin Koch commented: It’s quite amazing the event they have put on here with one year to go and it just gives you an idea how great this event will be in a year. The gala dinner last night, today, everything. To get all the people to come out, it was an amazing day. The whole facility is amazing.”

United States Team Captain Juli Inkster was equalled enthused and said: “It was fabulous. It was great to see where we’re going to be, how the golf course is going to play and the enthusiasm of the German people. SAP and Allianz and PING and Rolex: it’s going to be a great week. We’re going to have to bring our ear muffs because it’s going to be pro Europe, but we expect that and I’m looking forward to the challenge.” 

Five-time United States team member Paula Creamer said: “It’s been great. I’ve never been a part of something like this with Solheim coming to a place before. I think that Germany is going to be a great host. I know there will be a lot of people watching and I’m looking forward to coming in 2015.

“Germany is on an emotional high with their sports so I know that they’re going to be pulling for team Europe. We’re just going to need as many fans as we can get. The shirt was probably the highlight of the day. It’s great having your name on the back of a jersey and it being from the World Cup; it’s awesome. That was a very good present.”

Sandra Gal, a member of the victorious Solheim Cup team in Ireland in 2011, commented: “It was really good to see the excitement and how well it was organised just to give you a little taste of how it’s going to be in one year. It was the first time seeing the course for me, so that was really neat. I was really motivated before but even more so now having been here and seeing how much it means to everyone in Germany and obviously it would be a dream come true to play in front of the home crowds.”

Fellow German player Caroline Masson, who was a member of the first European Solheim Cup team to win in the United States in 2013, added: “It was great to play with Martin and Moritz. We had a lot of fun but we also wanted to play well because it was for charity. Being here, seeing the course and involvement of the spectators make me really look forward to the Solheim Cup and I will give everything to be on the team in 2015.”

Martin Kaymer, who will play in the Ryder Cup in just over a week’s time, said: “When I first heard that The Solheim Cup was coming to Germany and also that SAP and Dietmar Hopp were involved, I was certain that it would become great. I downloaded The 2015 Solheim Cup App and I was surprised how good it was. There are already many insights from players and a lot of interactive tools. The fan experience at the 2015 Solheim Cup will be great.

“Much has happened in women’s golf in the last two or three years. That the biggest event in women’s golf is coming to Germany is something we can be proud of. If I can arrange it, I would be glad to be there and to be part of it next year.”

The charities to benefit from the promotion event are “Children for Tomorrow” (Stefanie Graf), the German University Sports Foundation, the Franz Beckenbauer Foundation and the foundation “Saving an Angel” (Rea Garvey).

Posted on Tuesday, September 16th 2014

This October celebrate 100 years with Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club in Galloway, New Jersey. On October 22, enjoy an evening of cocktails, dinner and a look back at the storied fame of this award-winning golf course. Historian and guest speaker Pete Trenham will take guests on a journey through the history of golf in Southern New Jersey. Please call 609.748.7625 for more information. Experience Troon Golf at Stockton Seaview.

This October celebrate 100 years with Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club in Galloway, New Jersey. On October 22, enjoy an evening of cocktails, dinner and a look back at the storied fame of this award-winning golf course. Historian and guest speaker Pete Trenham will take guests on a journey through the history of golf in Southern New Jersey. Please call 609.748.7625 for more information. Experience Troon Golf at Stockton Seaview.

Posted on Tuesday, September 16th 2014

Training with EyeLoc
By ED TRAVIS
OK, another training aid to look at. One of many that I am asked to evaluate and frankly at first I doubted it would be of any help in my seemingly never ending quest towards a perfect game.
But from the first time I put EyeLoc on I saw I was wrong.
EyeLoc is a pair of sunglasses but with a significant difference. A vertical slot cut in the center of each lens results in the wearer seeing two lines. The idea then is to take your address position and move the position of the two slots by turning the adjustment knobs on the frame until they align and you see just one line with the ball in the center. 
Easy, simple and significant since when hitting the ball if you see the ball move from the line (it’s slightly wider than the ball) your head has moved rather than staying steady. 
Realizing at once this would be a big help during putting practice I tried it out and was right. Any head movement was instantly obvious so time on the practice green with EyeLoc will train you to keep both eyes and head steady which of course is a major factor in making more putts.
Having seen the benefits on the putting green I went to the practice tee to find out what movement—if any—I had in my full swing and right away I found the answer was, “a lot.” So now I am using EyeLoc to train myself to make a better swing, more around instead of the old slide and glide. Admittedly it’s a work in progress but I can see results…much better ball contact, distance and trajectory. 
At $80 EyeLoc is not inexpensive but with consistent practice the improvement to your ball striking should be more than recovered from winning wagers plus of course, this game is a lot more fun when you hit the ball solidly and make lower scores.

Training with EyeLoc

By ED TRAVIS

OK, another training aid to look at. One of many that I am asked to evaluate and frankly at first I doubted it would be of any help in my seemingly never ending quest towards a perfect game.

But from the first time I put EyeLoc on I saw I was wrong.

EyeLoc is a pair of sunglasses but with a significant difference. A vertical slot cut in the center of each lens results in the wearer seeing two lines. The idea then is to take your address position and move the position of the two slots by turning the adjustment knobs on the frame until they align and you see just one line with the ball in the center. 

Easy, simple and significant since when hitting the ball if you see the ball move from the line (it’s slightly wider than the ball) your head has moved rather than staying steady. 

Realizing at once this would be a big help during putting practice I tried it out and was right. Any head movement was instantly obvious so time on the practice green with EyeLoc will train you to keep both eyes and head steady which of course is a major factor in making more putts.

Having seen the benefits on the putting green I went to the practice tee to find out what movement—if any—I had in my full swing and right away I found the answer was, “a lot.” So now I am using EyeLoc to train myself to make a better swing, more around instead of the old slide and glide. Admittedly it’s a work in progress but I can see results…much better ball contact, distance and trajectory. 

At $80 EyeLoc is not inexpensive but with consistent practice the improvement to your ball striking should be more than recovered from winning wagers plus of course, this game is a lot more fun when you hit the ball solidly and make lower scores.

Posted on Tuesday, September 16th 2014

Rory versus Tiger Part II - These images where made by Aford Awards, UK manufactures of sports and golf trophies

Posted on Monday, September 15th 2014

Rory versus Tiger - these images where made by Aford Awards, UK manufactures of sports and golf trophies

Posted on Monday, September 15th 2014

Hole 15 at Prestwick Golf Club

LEGENDARY CLUB PUTS ITSELF IN THE FRAME
For the first time in its 163-year history, Prestwick Golf Club has commissioned a professional photographer to capture the spirit of the historic links. The renowned club took the unprecedented step during the 143rd Open Championship in July, when award-winning photographer Mark Alexander completed a detailed shoot of the course and club.
“This is the first time we have specifically commissioned photography for the club,” explained Ken Goodwin, Secretary of Prestwick Golf Club, the birthplace of the Open Championship. “Over the years, many photographers have visited the club, but this is the first time we have proactively brought in a photographer. Websites are the first port of call for people wanting to visit golf clubs, so as the technology has evolved so has our need for better imagery to promote our club.”
The comprehensive shoot, which incorporated course photography, internal imagery, action shots and pictures of official replicas of the famous Claret Jug and Championship Belt, took place over two six-hour sessions spanning two days. “It was a great privilege and wonderful experience to photograph Prestwick,” said Alexander. “The place is bathed in history and yet the course is still relevant, quirky and exciting. That’s what I wanted to capture in the images – the unique nature of this very special place.”
He continued: “To be the first commissioned photographer to shoot the course and clubhouse was particularly important considering the history and everything that has taken place here. It is one of golf’s greatest treasures, and creating imagery for it has been inspiring.”
With the last images being taken at 9:30pm and the first being shot at 5:30am the following morning, Alexander was able to shoot the famous course from a number of angles using the scintillating west coast light. The resulting portfolio of high-resolution photography will form a cornerstone of the club’s future marketing materials and promotional activities. “Our existing images were rather flat,” Goodwin explained. “They had served a purpose but it was time for something new; something more vibrant.”
He continued: “The Committee has been particularly delighted with the images because they are now in a position to compare the before and the after. Before, when we were asked by magazines for images, what we had simply wasn’t up to scratch. We really needed images that would reflect the history, the welcome at the club and the golf course, and that’s what we got by working with Mark.”
As well as using the Claret Jug as a prop, Alexander also drafted in the club’s Head PGA professional David Fleming and his senior assistant Nicky Sinclair, who posed for the camera during the shoot. “Mark’s photography of Prestwick captures the unique style of our classic old Tom Morris seaside links, perfectly highlighting the contrast between tall fescue grasses and tight undulating fairways,” said Fleming.
The classic links at Prestwick hosted the first 12 Open Championships and then jointly held the tournament with The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews and The Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers. As a result, only the Old Course in St Andrews has hosted more Open Championships than Prestwick.
Not surprisingly, the club and its famous links have amassed a number of admirers over the years including four-times Major winner Ernie Els who described Prestwick as “one of the best golf experiences in the world”. Now, with a new set of images with which to promote itself, the club is hoping to attract a new band of followers.
“The images go far beyond just pictures of the golf course,” said Goodwin. “We now have internal shots that give visitors a feel for what Prestwick is about. It’s not just about the golf course; it’s about understanding the history and the welcome. We really needed images that reflect that, and that’s what we got.”

Hole 15 at Prestwick Golf Club

LEGENDARY CLUB PUTS ITSELF IN THE FRAME

For the first time in its 163-year history, Prestwick Golf Club has commissioned a professional photographer to capture the spirit of the historic links. The renowned club took the unprecedented step during the 143rd Open Championship in July, when award-winning photographer Mark Alexander completed a detailed shoot of the course and club.

“This is the first time we have specifically commissioned photography for the club,” explained Ken Goodwin, Secretary of Prestwick Golf Club, the birthplace of the Open Championship. “Over the years, many photographers have visited the club, but this is the first time we have proactively brought in a photographer. Websites are the first port of call for people wanting to visit golf clubs, so as the technology has evolved so has our need for better imagery to promote our club.”

The comprehensive shoot, which incorporated course photography, internal imagery, action shots and pictures of official replicas of the famous Claret Jug and Championship Belt, took place over two six-hour sessions spanning two days. “It was a great privilege and wonderful experience to photograph Prestwick,” said Alexander. “The place is bathed in history and yet the course is still relevant, quirky and exciting. That’s what I wanted to capture in the images – the unique nature of this very special place.”

He continued: “To be the first commissioned photographer to shoot the course and clubhouse was particularly important considering the history and everything that has taken place here. It is one of golf’s greatest treasures, and creating imagery for it has been inspiring.”

With the last images being taken at 9:30pm and the first being shot at 5:30am the following morning, Alexander was able to shoot the famous course from a number of angles using the scintillating west coast light. The resulting portfolio of high-resolution photography will form a cornerstone of the club’s future marketing materials and promotional activities. “Our existing images were rather flat,” Goodwin explained. “They had served a purpose but it was time for something new; something more vibrant.”

He continued: “The Committee has been particularly delighted with the images because they are now in a position to compare the before and the after. Before, when we were asked by magazines for images, what we had simply wasn’t up to scratch. We really needed images that would reflect the history, the welcome at the club and the golf course, and that’s what we got by working with Mark.”

As well as using the Claret Jug as a prop, Alexander also drafted in the club’s Head PGA professional David Fleming and his senior assistant Nicky Sinclair, who posed for the camera during the shoot. “Mark’s photography of Prestwick captures the unique style of our classic old Tom Morris seaside links, perfectly highlighting the contrast between tall fescue grasses and tight undulating fairways,” said Fleming.

The classic links at Prestwick hosted the first 12 Open Championships and then jointly held the tournament with The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews and The Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers. As a result, only the Old Course in St Andrews has hosted more Open Championships than Prestwick.

Not surprisingly, the club and its famous links have amassed a number of admirers over the years including four-times Major winner Ernie Els who described Prestwick as “one of the best golf experiences in the world”. Now, with a new set of images with which to promote itself, the club is hoping to attract a new band of followers.

“The images go far beyond just pictures of the golf course,” said Goodwin. “We now have internal shots that give visitors a feel for what Prestwick is about. It’s not just about the golf course; it’s about understanding the history and the welcome. We really needed images that reflect that, and that’s what we got.”

Posted on Monday, September 15th 2014

The Evian Championship. Evian Resort, Evian Les Bains, France, 11-14 September 2014. Chella Choi of Korea on the first hole during the second round. Credit: Tristan Jones

The Evian Championship. Evian Resort, Evian Les Bains, France, 11-14 September 2014. Chella Choi of Korea on the first hole during the second round. Credit: Tristan Jones

Posted on Monday, September 15th 2014

The Evian Championship. Evian Resort, Evian Les Bains, France, 11-14 September 2014. Sandra Gal on the second tee. Credit: Tristan Jones

The Evian Championship. Evian Resort, Evian Les Bains, France, 11-14 September 2014. Sandra Gal on the second tee. Credit: Tristan Jones

Posted on Monday, September 15th 2014