Sunday, 22 December 2013

MY GOLFING REVIEW OF 2013 WHAT A GREAT YEAR!!!!!!!!!!!! MARCH


       IN THE BUNKER WITH MICK THE GRIP

                   
                  A HUMAN HOLE IN ONE?  Golfer Mark Mihal was waiting on the fairway to play his shot at Annbriar Golf Course Illinois when he suddenly disappeared from view.  His three fellow golfers immediately rushed over to the spot where he had been standing to see what had happened to him.  They found that an 18ft deep sinkhole had opened up and swallowed him whole.  The city of St. Louis sits on limestone that tends to dissolve in rainwater, and sinkholes are fairly common.  They are however, usually visible.   Mihal, 43, who suffered a dislocated shoulder, said it has not put him off golf, but he might try a different course.

BRITAIN’S CHRIS WOOD, 25, managed an eagle on the final hole to win the Qatar Masters and his first European Tour title.  Wood, who finished in the top five in the 2008 Open, began his last round at Doha with a three shot cushion, but stumbled to trail Sergio Garcia and S. Africa’s George Coetzee by one shot after 17. He then sent a huge drive down the 18th fairway followed by a 5 iron to 12 feet and sank the putt to win by a single stroke.  “I knew it would be hard,” he admitted,  “They get a great field in these desert events, so this means a lot of world ranking points for me.”



AUGUSTA IS LOOMING.  A little bit of background history:  The course was designed by Alister Mackenzie, who worked with Harry Colt on courses in Great Britain before emigrating to the U.S. in the early 1920s.  As well as Augusta, Mackenzie designed Cypress Point in California and Royal Melbourne in Australia. All three are considered among the world's very best golf courses.

The tradition of the Green Jacket dates to 1937. Club members wore the single breasted ‘Masters Green’ jackets during the tournament so that spectators could easily spot them if they needed information. The Augusta National club logo appears on the breast pocket and the brass buttons.  The winner of the Masters takes the Green Jacket home with him and keeps it for a year, then he returns it to the club, but the jacket is still considered ‘his ’and he is allowed to wear it whenever he visits.   Augusta National membership is by invitation only. When a membership slot opens, the club decides who to invite and mails the invitation. 

STEVE STRICKER, who finished two strokes behind Tiger at the WGC Cadillac this month, may have regretted spending 45 minutes on the putting green with him the day before, helping him with his posture.  Woods went on to win and claim his 76th PGA Tour win.   He did thank Steve for his advice. 
For the first time in five years, Woods has two wins before the Masters.  He will be aiming to update his green jacket collection to five, one behind Jack Nicklaus. He could also return to World No. 1 with a win at Bay Hill in the Arnold Palmer Invitational this weekend.


RORY MCILROY was 10 under par in the last 27 holes at the WGC Cadillac, with a 65 on the Sunday which included an eagle and five birdies.  He tied for ninth place.  His only tournament now before the Masters will be the Shell Houston Open, on March 28th.  If he can forget his girlfriend and his wisdom teeth and remember his watch he should be worth a bet at Augusta.
Phil Mickelson has three green jackets, and would love a fourth.  Brandt Snedeker must be a good bet at 22-1 if his ribs have recovered. It would be great to see any of our brave boys in the winners enclosure but whether it’s won by a favourite or an outsider The Masters will be as always, unmissable.
You can contact me for all your gripping and repair requirements on 638 859 475.

Until next time, happy golfing.

MY GOLFING REVIEW OF 2013 WHAT A GREAT YEAR!!!!!!!!!!!! FEBRUARY


IN THE BUNKER WITH MICK THE GRIP
THE 208 Yd.  par three 17th at Pebble Beach, site of some memorable golf shots.   Jack Nicklaus's one iron cutting through fierce winds to tap in distance and Tom Watson's miraculous chip in from left of the green come to mind.  Stopping on that shallow putting surface must be a nightmare, with the Pacific Ocean threatening.   Brandt Snedeker, whose no nonsense style has been compared to Watson’s, made it look easy this month when he won the AT&T National Pro-Am.   Nice to see that he did it without histrionics as well.  James Hahn, who played the final round with Snedeker reported that  “The guy is world class on and off the course.”  More shades of Watson? 
With a win, two seconds and a third this year Snedeker has moved up to No. 4 in the world.  Good news for his caddy.  Caddies have to meet their own expenses and their rate is negotiable, but in general it’s 10% of their player’s prize for a win, 7% for the top ten and 5% for everything else.  This season Scott Vail has earned $300,000, and it’s only February.

SCOTLAND RIGHTLY lays claim to the origins of the modern game of golf; it was played there in the 14th century until King James II banned it for interfering with archery practice.  However, China has unearthed illustrations of a remarkably similar 10th century game called Chuiwan played by the nobility with jade inlaid sticks, and a Ming Dynasty scroll dated 1368 shows a member of the Imperial Court swinging something resembling a golf club at what looks like a hole in what looks like a green.  Is nothing sacred?   Speaking of which, St. Andrews is partially altering nine holes on the Old Course before it hosts the Open in 2015.  It is causing howls of protest from Traditionalists, who claim it is like painting a moustache on the Mona Lisa.


  ON THE U.S. PGA Tour the number of players employing long putters rose to 15% last season, and college coaches have been advocating them to young golfers as the putter of choice.  The PGA is still undecided whether or not to enforce the anchor ban.  It’s odd that when anchor putters were used only by the aged and infirm and players with the yips nobody worried about them, it’s only since three out of the last five majors were won using long putters that the controversy started.

 GOLF SHOES ARE getting lighter.  On the heels (excuse pun) of the Adidas Adizero Tour which weighs in at 10.6 ounces comes the revolutionary “M” Project range from Footjoy.   The minimalist movement in golf footwear stems from the idea that having the feet as close as possible to the ground improves stability, control and lower body movement throughout the swing, so the shoes feature extra front space to let toes spread out and increase grip, and a highly flexible sole.  Featuring an exclusive ‘stealth’ cleat for the ‘ultimate in low profile performance’ the lightweight shoes retail at up to £115.  The “M” stands for Maximum feel Minimum construction (or More Money Less Shoe.)

MIGUEL ANGEL JIMENEZ will miss up to two months of the season after breaking his leg skiing in Andalucia.  “I lost control going downhill, these things happen,” he commented philosophically.  Jimenez, 48, who became the oldest victor in European Tour history when he won the Hong Kong Open in November, underwent surgery and had two pins inserted just below the knee.  

Graeme  McDowell is opening a bar/restaurant close to the Lake Nona Golf and Country Club in Orlando, where his ‘Dream Home’ is also under construction.  Whenever he wins a tournament Graeme rings home to Rathmore Golf Club in Northern Ireland and tells them the drinks are on him.  He has promised to introduce the custom in his latest acquisition, so I would imagine his thirsty customers will be rooting for him!
Until next time, happy golfing.

Call Mick for all your regripping and repair requirements: 638 859 475. 

Thursday, 19 December 2013

MY GOLFING REVIEW OF 2013 WHAT A GREAT YEAR !!!!!!!! JANUARY


IN THE BUNKER WITH MICK THE GRIP


GOLF IS BIG in China.  The country’s 98 million middle class households are urging their youngsters to take up the sport.  But in Mission Hills, Hainan Island, a golf course with a difference is being constructed. Complete with manufactured gale force winds, it will include a replica of the Great Wall of China winding its way down the fairway, Mayan Temple ruins, and an island-green hole featuring an enormous noodle bowl complete with chopsticks.  "Traditionalists will probably hate it," course designer Brian Curley admitted,  "But this is real golf, with real clubs and real fairways.”   It’s golf Jim, but not as we know it! To view some of the fantastic hole creations go to Google Images

The Nike commercial featuring Tiger and Rory hitting impossible shots into soup bowls and glasses is a good laugh, but accentuating  the rivalry and charisma between their two star stablemates is advertising bliss for Nike; the clash in Dubai was unmissable.  As was the Swoosh.

NEW EUROPEAN CAPTAIN Paul McGinley has been vice captain on two winning Ryder Cup teams.  Tom Watson led the USA to victory at The Belfry in 1993, their last win on European soil.  Both players are unbeaten in the Ryder Cup, but McGinley’s four career victories pale next to Watson’s seventy.  If the Ryder Cup was judged on the playing credentials of the Captains then Europe would stand no chance.  But it will be judged on the performance of the players    McGinley may be the Captain to inspire McIlroy and Co. to produce their best. After backing him so vehemently they will have to.


GOLFERS WILL shortly be able to swap a cold and windswept English course for state of the art facilities under cover. The Golf Dome at Seaton Carew, Hartlepool, (membership £100 per year) will include an indoor driving range with a crosshair target to track the flight of the ball, and a sand bunker and chipping range.  However, the highlight will undoubtedly be it’s simulator bays, which offer golfers  “the  chance to experience the challenge and excitement of playing on a choice of 80 real, international courses, in a temperature of 24 degrees C.”  You’ll think you’re in Spain.  Till you step outside.
THE DECISION to phase out anchored putters is naturally unpopular with the tour golfers who have been winning with them, but Purists will applaud the step back towards the traditional.    Sam Snead’s “sidesaddle” method could be the answer.  Snead tried using a “croquet style” putter late in his career after his putting deteriorated, but it was banned after he started winning again.   “Bob Jones got it banned,” complained Snead,  “I would have won Augusta again if they let me putt that way.”   Apparently the “sidesaddle” method he adopted afterwards is still legal.

ACCORDING TO TaylorMade (here we go again) their new R1 driver offers the greatest adjustability of any driver in history.  Their research indicates 80% of golfers are using the wrong loft, thus losing distance, so the R1 has 12 loft settings, as well as seven face angle positions which can be changed without affecting the loft, a benefit exclusive to TaylorMade. The moveable shot shape weights can be adjusted to promote either a draw or a neutral/straight trajectory, plus improvements in aerodynamics mean the R1 is less affected by drag, giving more clubhead speed for greater distance.  Yet another “game changing innovation!”

RORY MCILROY comments:  “Changing equipment is no big deal, a lot of the manufacturers have their clubs made in the same factories.”   Even so, he will have had to make some adjustments, not least switching from the Titleist Pro V1X ball.   If he is victorious perhaps he will tip his Nike cap to the crowds and throw them his Nike 20X1X ball as he walks off the 18th green, if not fans will wonder whether his change was such a good idea.  Meanwhile, Titleist will be talent spotting in China.

Until next time Happy Golfing.

Contact Mick for all your regripping/repairs, Tel. 638 859 475

Friday, 13 December 2013

A Little quip from Mick the Grip.


          I would like to deny all allegations by Bob Hope that during my last game of golf, I hit an eagle, a birdie, an elk and a moose.     
     Gerald Ford.


Wednesday, 4 December 2013

IN THE BUNKER WITH MICK THE GRIP FOR NOVEMBER


IN THE BUNKER WITH MICK THE GRIP.


The Victorious Ryder Cup Team

TONY JACKLIN might have two left feet in Strictly Come Dancing, but European Ryder Cup teams will always be grateful to him. Until Jacklin took over as Captain the Ryder Cup was looked on as a showpiece event for the U.S.   “ I said I would only do it if we levelled the playing field, and that meant flying Concorde, taking caddies and having every facility our opposition had.” he said.

By radically altering the whole approach to the event Jacklin brought pride to the locker room and led the Europeans to a landmark victory in 1985 at The Belfry, their first for 28 years. In 1987 his team went even further, beating the Americans on their home ground at Muirfield Village in Ohio. In his fourth stint as captain the European team retained the cup for the first time, making him their most successful Ryder Cup Captain ever.  He couldn’t be Rudolf Nureyev as well.  THE 2013 GOLF WORLD CUP, at the Royal Melbourne Club, sees 60 of the world’s best competing for a prize purse of $8 million.  The competition format is similar to that planned for the 2016 Olympic Games.  With the Australian PGA and Masters under his belt, Adam Scott was aiming for the individual and team event to keep alive the "Scotty Slam" – winning all three Australian Majors and the World Cup – heading into the Australian Open in Sydney.   Scott would have had no difficulty pulling in the crowds.  He and fellow Ozzy Jason Day are the Mick Dundees of golf at the moment and the fans down under couldn’t give a XXXX for anyone else.  Unfortunately for Scott, Rory McIlroy found his form and pipped him at the post.  Well done Rory, nice to see you back, and thanks to both for a great weekend of golf.   HENRIK STENSON stormed the DP World Tour Championship with his 25-under-par total.  After he became the first player to win both the FedEx Cup series and the European Tour's money list in the same year Ian Poulter was entitled to ask: "What is he running on?"   After the FedEx Cup final standings  Stenson’s winnings totted up to over $11 million.  Tiger Woods, down to No. 2. still received a $3 million bonus.PUTTING IT into perspective, Jason Day learned that eight of his family members had died in the Philippines Typhoon Haiyan, among them his grandmother, uncle and six cousins.   Even golfers’ millions can’t change the course of nature.
LEE WESTWOOD took time out of his busy schedule to collect a cheque for £228,600 for Help for Heroes from the National Golf Club Challenge, of which he is patron.  The Challenge is an inter-club competition in which golf clubs throughout the U.K. compete against each other while raising funds for charity.  NGCC Director Stacey Jeffries said: "Lee has been sensational since he came on board back in 2010, he always does all he can to help.”
BRANDT SNEDEKER injured his leg  when he fell off the Segway he was riding at a corporate outing.  He immediately withdrew from the Australian PGA Championship and returned home to Nashville. His injuries could heal in a couple of weeks, or it might take as much as two months.  Sometimes it seems pro golfers keep their brains in their golf bag. THE  ANNUAL Father/Son Challenge takes place from the 12-15th December at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Grande Lakes, Florida.

 Davis Love III and his son  (Davis Love IV?)  return as defending champions.  Jack Nicklaus won the tournament in 1999 with his son, Gary, this year he partners Jack Jnr.    Bernhard Langer partners his daughter, Christina, and Fuzzy Zoeller his daughter Gretchen.

 The event is for players who have won a Major or The Players Championship, so it probably won’t be a massive field.
  If you fancied a game at the Ritz- Carlton,  a round (for three ) costs around $500 but you are provided with a caddie (who will expect a large tip.) Until next time – Happy Golfing. Contact Mick for all your regripping and repair requirements. 638 859 475.

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

HELP 4 HEROES & BRITISH LEGION RAFFLE RESULTS 2013

Hi All,

Many thanks to all who took part in this year's Help 4 Heroes and British Legion raffle.  The winning tickets and prizes are listed below.  The Orihuela Costa Branch of the British Legion raised  over €24,000 for the Poppy Appeal, of which €6,000 was raised by the golfers, a marvellous effort by everyone!

PRIZE WINNING TICKET COLOUR-NUMBER SOCIETY MEMBER
GOLF GPS YELLOW-636 ALFIES ALAN MCAULIFFE
SET LADIES CLUBS YELLOW-205 EURO-TOFFS SUE GILLETTE
CLEVELAND DRIVER PINK 856 ELITE STUART TOSH
SET GRAPHITE IRONS LILAC-882 TORREVIEJA THE SOCIETY
ROUND OF GOLF 2 PEOPLE & BUGGY AT ANY LOCAL IRM COURSE PINK-506 FAIRWAYZ PETER+PHIL
ROUND OF GOLF 2 PEOPLE & BUGGY AT VISTABELLA BLUE-798 LAMBS CAMERON THE CHEF
ROUND OF GOLF 2 PEOPLE & BUGGY AT ALTOREAL PINK-556 ENVISTABELLA GARY+COLIN
ROUND OF GOLF 2 PEOPLE & BUGGY AT PERALEJA GREEN-283 LIME BAR NEVILLE
HIPPO 14 WAY CART BAG PINK-194 QUESADA R0N
BENROSS LIGHT CARRY BAG YELLOW-992 BAR LA CASCADA PAM
PRACTICE BALL BAG BLUE-31 CHEMIES SHIRLEY CAIN
ADIDAS SHIRT GREEN-451 GUARDAMAR KEVIN HAYDEN
ADIDAS SHIRT LILAC-116 LOS CABALLEROS TONY MONSELATO
ASHWORTH SHIRT PINK-940 CCGT ROGER GRAINGER
ASHWORTH SHIRT LILAC-535 CLARKES BAR BEN GILLIGAN
ADIDAS GOLF CAP YELLOW-526 ROY HERBERT ROLL UP ROB LANGLEY
DRAMBUIE BLUE-196 HAPPY WANDERERS THE SOCIETY
LADIES VISOR & SCORE CARD HOLDER PINK-222 QUESADA DAVE-PAM-VICTOR
MEAL VOUCHER 3 COURSE HOG ROAST AT EVOLUTION LA FUENTE CC LILAC-196 THE HUB SIMON
MEAL VOUCHER 3 COURSE HOG ROAST AT EVOLUTION LA FUENTE CC LILAC-741 ROCAJUNA KEVIN FITZPATRICK
MEAL VOUCHER 3 COURSE HOG ROAST AT EVOLUTION LA FUENTE CC BLUE-393 WOLFPACK DAVID POPE
MEAL VOUCHER 3 COURSE HOG ROAST AT EVOLUTION LA FUENTE CC LILAC-402 HOGGS MIKE DINMORE
REEBOK GOLF CAP & HAVERSACK SHOEBAG YELLOW-849 LO MARABU ROSS+TOWNEND
PRIZE WINNING TICKET COLOUR-NUMBER SOCIETY MEMBER
REEBOK GOLF CAP & HAVERSACK SHOEBAG LILAC-826 EL RASO CHRIS GRIDLEY
REEBOK GOLF CAP & HAVERSACK SHOEBAG GREEN-576 BULL FLANAGAN JOHN HILL
REEBOK GOLF CAP & HAVERSACK SHOEBAG GREEN-25 ROCKETS ROD SMITH
REEBOK GOLF CAP & HAVERSACK SHOEBAG BLUE-88 CLAPTONS PAUL BURLETSON
GLEN TURNER MALT WHISKY BLUE-827 L'STACION THE SOCIETY
REEBOK GOLF CAP LILAC-39 LOS CABALLEROS ANDY HADDER
REEBOK GOLF CAP BLUE-346 HAPPY WANDERERS KEN RUSH
REEBOK GOLF CAP LILAC-541 CLARKES BAR CHARLEY
REEBOK GOLF CAP BLUE-476 LA SUCINA JOHN STOREY
REEBOK GOLF CAP LILAC-181 THE HUB JOE
ENGLAND BEANIE & HAVERSACK SHOEBAG GREEN-126 COOPERS BRIAN SMITH
PRIZE WINNING TICKET COLOUR-NUMBER SOCIETY MEMBER
ENGLAND BEANIE & HAVERSACK SHOEBAG GREEN-466 GUARDAMAR LEE FARRELL
ENGLAND BEANIE & HAVERSACK SHOEBAG LILAC-766 EL RASO JOHN+CRAIG
ENGLAND BEANIE & HAVERSACK SHOEBAG YELLOW-510 ROY HERBERT ROLL UP IAN BARLOW
ENGLAND BEANIE & HAVERSACK SHOEBAG LILAC-351 HOGGS EVIE+RAY
CORZOLA SHIRT GREEN-206 JUNCTION DAVE SMITH
HAPPY SWING SHIRT GREEN-171 COOPERS BILL ROSS
BOX SRIXON GOLF BALLS BLUE-551 LA SUCINA THE CAPTAIN
BOTTLE OF WINE BLUE-588 MARINA SOL EVA GRACE
NOVELTY T SHIRT BLUE-361 GOSSIPS GRAEME-CANAL PRINT
NOVELTY T SHIRT PINK-13 BELLS MEMORIAL MICK

Monday, 2 December 2013

Little quips from Mick the Grip

Playing with the President is handy, there are secret servicemen all over the course so if your ball is heading for a tree it moves out of the way.     Bob Hope.


Most people play a fair game of golf - if you watch them.

Joey Adams.

Monday, 25 November 2013

ANNIVERSARY BASH

Great night at Katie Reillys last night, feeling a bit fragile this morning,  here's to another gripping five years!

Friday, 15 November 2013

Anniversary Celebrations For Mick The Grip and Katie Reilly's

You are cordially invited to celebrate 5 years of Mick the Grip gripping the costas and 11 years of Katie Reilly's entertaining the costas.

Come along to Katie Reilly's in the La Rioja CC Villamartin at 7pm Sunday the 24th November to join in the fun.


We are all looking forward to seeing you on the night.





Wednesday, 13 November 2013

OLDIE BUT GOODIE

Husband arrives home, sees a note by the phone from his wife:

Dear George, goodbye - I have gone away with Eric, your best friend - Ethel.

  George rings Fred.   "Is that you Fred, listen -something awful's happened, Eric was supposed to be partnering me in a competition this afternoon ...............!"



Wednesday, 6 November 2013

A spot of humour



Two old men went into the pro shop after a round of golf.  The pro asked, "Did you guys have a good game today?"  The first one said, "Yes, I had three riders today."  The second said, "I had the most riders ever. I had five."
As they went out, another golfer who had overheard said to the pro: "I thought I knew all the golf terms, but what's a rider?"
The pro answered: "A rider is when you hit the ball far enough to actually get in the buggy and ride to it." -- Howard P. Curtis.

Friday, 1 November 2013

S.O.S. CALLOUT

 "Mayday! Mayday!  10.0. a.m.  Saturday.  Phone call from The  Great Golf Co. Balsicas.  A young tour professional in deep distress,  his Scotty Cameron putter having been severely damaged in the hold of the plane, and  faced with the prospect of no putter for his event the following day.   I rushed to his rescue!  By 11.30. putter reshafted, ready for use.  Disaster averted.  Good luck to Scott Crichton.

 (I hope he remembers me when he wins the Open)

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

End of Summer

Temperature in single figures this morning Agghhh!!!!  Winter draws on.   

Friday, 25 October 2013

October Article 2013


In The Bunker With Mick The Grip

                         


A BIRDS EYE VIEW of Velaa Private Island in the Indian Ocean.  The Velaa Golf Academy, in collaboration with Jose Maria Olazabal, is being created in the Maldives, offering comprehensive golf tuition and the last word in luxury. This ‘Vacation of a Lifetime’ has been dreamed up by ‘Troon Golf,’ a Company which provides  “incomparable golf experiences across the globe.” (They created Las Colinas incidentally.)  The Academy is scheduled to open this year, if the island hasn’t sunk beneath the Indian Ocean.

THE ‘EUROPEAN BEST FATHER & SON’ Golf Championship takes place at Valle del Este, Almeria, from 28th October to 3rd November. The 54 hole 2 ball better ball Stableford is competed for by fathers and sons with a maximum handicap of 24.  The defending champions from last year are Graham Ruth (54) and his son James (27) from Devon.  The pair snatched the British Father & Son Scratch Championship in a dramatic sudden death playoff and gained automatic entry to the European Final at the Lumine Golf Resort, Barcelona, where they won both handicap and scratch titles.
There is no age limit, the youngest son last year was aged 10 and the oldest Dad aged 90!  (Not a pair, presumably.)
  WAGGLING IS GOOD !  It’s official.  Apparently standing still over the ball makes you stiffen up and think too much, but the waggling motion with the wrists while keeping the hands steady and moving the clubhead back and forth allows the player to loosen up and develop a rhythm.  Jason Duffner, a noted waggler, learned the technique by watching film footage of Ben Hogan.  In those days players waggled their hickory clubs to try to compensate for the torque (twist) in the shaft. Clubs now have less torque but a waggle gives the player time to settle down.  I’ll give it a go!

THE SEVE TROPHY at St. Nom La Breteche in France saw Great Britain and Ireland defeated 15 – 13 by Continental Europe. There were some mutterings that top British players were conspicuous by their absence, but some would say the Seve trophy is more about testing future Ryder Cup players, building teams and future careers.   Europe's top pros have to be thinking about the final weeks of the Race to Dubai in Turkey, the Middle East and China.  They have become leading competitors and winners on the PGA Tour largely because Seve Ballesteros helped demolish the barriers.  The pros are making the most of his legacy and, just like the great Spaniard, thrilling European fans along the way.  It may be the best way to honour Seve’s memory.
BRITAIN’S DAVID LYNN charged up the leaderboard with a final round 63 to win the Portugal Masters at the Algarve’s Oceanico Victoria Course.   Miguel Angel Jimenez, however, probably had just as big a smile on his face, after winning 100 bottles of wine for sinking an ace on the 168 yd 8th hole with his trusty 7 iron.

TIGER WOODS winning putt in the Presidents Cup sealed the U.S. victory over the Internationals at Muirfield Village.  After the rain-soaked foursomes and singles matches victors and vanquished alike were glad to get off the course and head for the clubhouse; another wet tournament in a soggy season.  At least the Americans are getting to know what British golfers have to put up with. 
WHEN IT’S WET in the USA and Britain where do the world’s top golfers go for an October break?  Bermuda, naturally.  Padraig Harrington, Adam Scott, Justin Rose and Jason Dufner teed up last week at the Port Royal Golf Course for 36 holes  and a $1.35 million purse.  Some break, it beats a Kit Kat!
Could I just mention that any loose change dropped into the poppy boxes in the month ahead would be much appreciated and will go, as always, to a very worthy cause.

Until next time, happy golfing.

Contact Mick for all your gripping and repair requirements. 638859475.

September Article 2013


IN THE BUNKER WITH MICK THE GRIP.

THE ISLAND GREEN at East Lake, Atlanta, scene of this weekend’s Tour Championship, and the FedEx Cup Final.  By now we will know the outcome, weather permitting.  Going into the weekend it was still anybody’s tournament.

THE BIENNIAL Presidents Cup, in which America plays the World minus Europe, is scheduled for October 3rd at Muirfield Village in Dublin, Ohio, known as ‘Jack’s Place.’   In 2011, at the Royal Melbourne Golf Club, Australia, the U.S. won by four points, so the World is out for revenge.   Australia’s Adam Scott and Jason Day will be high on the Captain’s list, with Els, Scwartzel and Cabrera close behind.  The U.S.A. Captain can pick from an impressive list of recent winners, among them Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Zach Johnson. 
 America will have been heartened by their decisive victory over Great Britain and Ireland in the Walker Cup on September 8th.  At Long Island they regained the cup by winning the top amateurs’ event 17 points to 9. This was their 35th win since the biennial competion started in 1922. Britain and Ireland have won only 8 times. (It shows Europe does come in useful sometimes.)

 JIM FURYK became only the sixth player ever to shoot 59 on the PGA Tour at the BMW Championship.  But spare a thought for Polish pro golfer Pawel Japol, who’s opening round of 109 in the Kharkov Cup, Ukraine, left him 45 shots off the lead.   He started on the 10th, was one over after three holes, but then dropped 18 shots in four holes.  A ten on the next was followed by two triple bogeys, leading to his finish of 37 over par.  We all have our off days.
THE PGA NATIONAL RUSSIA course outside Moscow held it’s grand opening this month, and aims to host European Tour competitions when it’s luxury 250-room hotel is completed.  Apart from the “Dunes” course, St. Petersburg, and the Pestovo Golf and Yacht club on a 16th century royal estate outside Moscow Russia isn’t big on golf courses yet. (Must be something to do with the weather.)

VAILABLE FROM October:  TaylorMade’s new SpeedBlade irons,  “Our most complete iron ever” according to T.M.   Featuring the same Speed Pocket as the Rocketbladez, but widened and lengthened to give more clubface area toward the toe and heel, the SpeedBlade also features their Inverted Cone Technology (bigger sweet spot on off centre hits.)  With an internal slot which allows for more flex and rebound Taylor Made say they have created their  fastest face yet in the Speedblade.  (Warp Factor 10 blades next?)
DURING HIS illustrious career Arnold Palmer has won seven Majors,  collected four Masters’ green jackets, and raised millions of dollars for charity, in particular the Arnold Palmer Medical Centre for children.   Happy Birthday Arnold, 84 this month.
 HARRY SCOTT, from New Jersey, U.S.A. played a round of golf in every American state last year, from Maine to Alaska.  This year he played a round of golf on six continents in six days.
Starting in Australia and finishing in S. America his trip commenced with an 8.a.m. tee time at the Bonville Golf Resort, NSW, followed by a three hour drive north to Brisbane, where he caught a flight to  Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.  He played the Glenmarie Golf Club then headed for Egypt and the first tee at the Dreamland Golf Resort, Cairo.
Next stop London for a morning round at Stoke Park Country Club in Buckinghamshire, where those classic scenes for "Goldfinger" were shot.  From there it was off to Nassau, Bahamas, for a round at the Ocean Club, which left South America: the Junko Golf Club near Caracas, Venezuela. And so to bed. 
"It's something to do," said 79 year old Scott, “It's fun, and I've got time on my hands.”  And cash, obviously.

Until next time, happy golfing. 

Contact Mick for your regripping and repair requirements.  638 859 475.