Kevin Smith, Wins Wellington Sports Person Coach of the Year.

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Kevin Smith

PGA Professional and Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club member, golf coach Kevin Smith,  has the won the Wellington Sports Person Coach of the Year award.

 

 

 

Kevin is a high performance coach who has worked with many of the really top golfers over some years.

He is also passionate about growing and supporting the game of golf at all levels .Kevin has a unique approach to his craft, using his method of  people first approach to coaching.

Kevin is a very good coach and dedicated coach, as many members of Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club, and other local clubs where he also teaches, will gladly tell you, and will recommend  his personal approach to easy learning, of golf drills to improve your game.

Contact Kevin if you need advice on how to improve your game, or indeed if  you are a beginner: kevinsmithgolf@xtra.co.nz.

Would be great if you just wanted to email him Congrats.

Walmart NW Arkansas Championship. World #1 Lydia Ko Wins

 

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World #1 Lydia Ko from New Zealand wins the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship, with a new low scoring tournament record.

 

Lydia Ko of New Zealand displays the trophy after winning the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship

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Lydia strode to victory with a new tournament low score record at the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship. A final round -3 under par 68 giving her a -17 under par record low total for the three round tournament, beating the old record by two shots.

Lydia won despite carding a bogey 6 on the last hole;

“Yesterday I had a hot back nine and today I had a hot front nine.”

“But, you know, I think as soon as I; after a few holes, to the back nine, I think the sun kind of got to me a little bit.”

” I could definitely feel the heat. I was kind of grinding out there and I think; I hit the ball really well on the front nine but I didn’t hit it that well on the back, and that kind of happened for my second shot on the last hole.”

” Not the most fanciest way to finish off a championship, but I’m just going to think of it as me bogeying another hole.”

Candie Kung, from Taipei, -2 under 69 today,  shared second place with Morgan Pressel, USA, who had a strange round of even par 71, with 5 birdies, wiped out by five bogey’s, both ladies with -14 under par tournament totals.

Candie admitted the heat finally got to her today;

“I kept myself in there. I was really tired out there. It was really hot. It finally got to me today.”

” I think that’s how I started the day, how I started.  Because it was just a mental mistake on the second hole.”

” I made that for bogey, but luckily I’m making the birdies coming in.”

A tearful Morgan said she just ran out of luck;

“I had high hopes certainly, and I felt like I played pretty well for nine holes, hung in there, but then I just couldn’t keep it going and couldn’t get lucky as I had been getting lucky.”

” It just wasn’t my day.”

 “You know, I know I’m heading in the right direction, I know it’s in there.”

” Just got to pull it out a little more often. I really just loved playing here this week in front of my friends and my husband and his crew.”

” I don’t know what else to say, sorry.  It’s upsetting to not finish the way that I wanted to.”

Quicken Loans National. Billy Hurley 111 Has Maiden Tour Win.

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Billy Hurley 111 has his maiden PGA Tour win at the Quicken Loans National, on the Blue course at Congressional Country Club.

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Billy Hurley

Billy shot a -2 under par 69 last round for a winning  Quicken Loans National tournament total of -17 under par, and a three shot victory.

“I couldn’t think of a better tournament for my first PGA TOUR win.”

 “I’m just thrilled to have gotten it done today.”

“It’s been a hard year, it’s been a really hard year, so it’s nice to have something go well.”

V.J. Singh claimed second place, his final round -6 under par 65 equaled the low round of the day, and elevated him up the leaderboard with a -14 under total;

“Billy played well, he’s been playing well all week.”

“You can see he’s under control and it’s nice to see him play well and not lose it actually at the end of the tournament.”

Jon Rahm,  -1 under par 70 today, and playing in his first PGA Tour event, shared third place with Bill Haas -3 under 68, both with -13 under par totals.

 

 

BMW International Open. Henrik Has Won His Tenth Title.

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Henrik Stenson, from Sweden, has won his tenth European Tour title, the BMW International Open in Germany.

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Henrik Stenson

Henrik had to play 36 holes on Sunday, and did it in style as he cruised to victory in the BMW International Open at Golf Club Gut Lärchenhof. His final tournament total was -17 under par, after carding -5 under 67 in the third round and -1 under 71 in his last round, which gave him a three shot winning margin;

“I’m delighted, I came close here the last two years so I finally get my hands on it again.”

“It was hairy all the way, it was a tough one. I had to dig deep to come back. I didn’t play well on the front nine, made a couple of mistakes, got caught out by the wind a few times and missed one or two putts I should have made as well.”

“I felt like I was starting to make a bit of a mess of it and then I came back and made the birdies on the par fives. I made some good putts closing out.”

“I really feel like I played well in 2015 and I just couldn’t get a trophy.”

“It was a bit hard at times but you’ve just got to keep on trying and put yourself in position. I did that once again and this time I managed to go all the way.”

 Thorbjørn Olesen from Denmark and Darren Fichardt, South Africa tied in second place at -14 under par.

Raphaël Jacquelin, from France, could only produce two rounds of even par 70, to finish his tournament at -11 under par, in fourth place on his own.

Walmart NW Arkansas Championship. Lydia & Morgan Tied at the Top.

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World number one Lydia Ko, from New Zealand, is tied at the top of the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship leaderboard with American Morgan Pressel.

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Lydia carded a second round -9 under par 62, which included an Eagle at the par five 18th, to climb to the top of the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship leaderboard, sharing that place with Morgan, who managed to keep pace with the leader with her -8 under 63, they both have -14 under par totals.

Lydia is aware that low numbers are available out here, so two shots could easily be made up;

“You can see by the scores, there are some low numbers out there, so typically you could be five, six shots behind and you may shoot a magical number and be right up there in contention.”

“Like I’ve experienced in the past, so I don’t think you can take anyone out of it.”

“It’s a field with a lot of big names, so even though I’m currently leading and tied with Morgan, you just can’t take anyone out of it within that five, four‑shot lead range.”

” So I just have to focus on my game.  You could get carried away thinking what is another player doing, but I’m just going to try and focus on what I’m going to do and give myself good opportunities.”

Morgan is keeping her eye on winning, and will come out tomorrow swinging;

“Certainly winning is the goal, and what I’d like to do tomorrow, you know, step by step, you have to start with a good drive on the first hole and just ‑‑ if I play anywhere near like I did today, I think that I can get it done.”

“I’m definitely in a good position, and I just am going to go to the range, make sure everything’s all set for tomorrow and ready to go, and come out swinging.”

Jin Yang, -6 under par 65, and Candie Kung, -5 under 66 today are tied in third place at -12 under par for the tournament.

Jin said she is striking the ball well, and making a lot of putts;

“I think this week I’m hitting it a lot better and I’m making a lot of putts, so those two things I have been really on and off this year.”

“At ShopRite they were really good and at a lot of other events they really weren’t, and it really showed when I didn’t play very well through my long game.”

” I struggled to have lots of birdie opportunities and get higher up on the leader board, so this week I felt like a little bit of change in my swing, really comfortable, striking the ball.”

Candie admitted to having putting problems;

“Actually, I have been struggling with my putting the last couple weeks, and I think I was thinking too much about technique out on the golf course, so like my goal was to be, just to keep it as simple as possible.”

 “I have been working on swing techniques, trying to make the ball roll a little bit more straighter, and it was going good and then I got too technical out on the tournament, which isn’t great for, like being simple.”

” Simple is great for out here, so I think; so this week I just tried to be as simple as possible and I think that was the key for all past weeks, so I think that’s what’s been helping.”

Quicken Loans National. Billy Hurley 111 Hangs On.

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Bill Hurley 111 hangs on to the Quicken Loans National lead, but has close company from a fast charging Ernie Els.

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Billy carded a third round -4 under par 67 to hang onto the lead in the Quicken Loans National, at Congressional Country Club with his -15 under par total, and a two shot advantage over the field.

Billy lost his father a while back, and thinks of him all the time, wishing he could be there when Billy wins his maiden tour title;

“It dawned on me: this is what my dad did.”

“He walked inside the ropes and did this at Presidents Cups and stuff.”

 “Obviously, I think about my dad a lot.”

“I can’t think of a better one for me to win.”

 “To be my first one on tour, it would be probably the best one of kind of the regular-season tournaments, for sure.”

Billy puts his ability to focus on his Navy training;

“That definitely helps in adversity on the golf course”

“Focus, too. When you’re driving a ship through the Suez Canal, it’s all eyes ahead, focused exactly what we’re doing.”

“Land on each side and trying to just keep it in the middle. Focusing on the task at hand is definitely something that I’ve learned, as well.”

Ernie fired a -6 under par 65 to post a tournament total of -13 under par for the 54 holes played. Ernie collected an  Eagle at the par four 12th hole, dropping his  156 yard approach shot straight into the cup.

Ernie spoke about his Eagle, and remembering about his win here at Congressional in the 1997 U.S. Open;

“When the game gives you something, there’s a lot of excitement there and that was really one of the more exciting moments.”

“I don’t think I’ve ever slam-dunked it into the hole like that. I’ve had some run of slopes and run into the hole but that just flew right in. It was a great feeling.”

“I can’t but help think about it because I won one of my biggest events here as a pro and I love it so much and obviously one more win will give me the 20, which is huge.”

 “On the golf course you think about the next shot and I’m quite focused this week on my next golf shot. I’m not too clogged with that kind of a thought.”

Professional new boy Jon Rahm, yesterday’s co-leader, is in third place at -12 under par, a third round -1 under par 70 was not what he was hoping for.

Jon said he was lost for rhythm today;

“I couldn’t seem to find the rhythm to find the fairway.”

“With the way I hit the driver, I’m lucky to have finished under par.”

 

BMW International Open. Round Three Washed Out.

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Round three of the BMW International Open was washed out in Germany, torrential rainfall closed the  Golf Club Gut LaerchenhofBMW International Open

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The second round leaders, Henrik Stenson, Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Raphaël Jacquelin will now have to play 36 holes tomorrow.

Henrik spoke about the long delays and of course the rain;

“We’ve got a pretty long day ahead of us tomorrow, but we’ll get it done eventually.”

“I think it’s been rather wet today,”It continues to be that way. We play an outdoor sport, you get these every now and again.”

“When it was a heavy downpour, there was a flood coming over the 18th and the putting green was completely underwater.”

“It’s not playable, and we’re just going to try to get all the golf done tomorrow instead.”

Tournament Director David Williams told reporters,

“Today in the last four or five hours, there’s been nearly 100ml of rainfall.”

“So it’s been pretty constant and on top of what’s already a pretty wet golf course.”

“We’ve been out to the third fairway a couple of hours ago and the entire fairway was unplayable. And even if it stopped, it would probably be a couple of hours before it would be anything like playable and the forecast is for it not to stop.”

“So we then decided we had to try and make some sort of solution for the good of the tournament.”

“This is going to continue until at least 7.00pm tonight. Hopefully after that, it’s going to start to peter out.”

“It should be relatively dry then through the night and into tomorrow.”