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.”

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 & Morgan / getty images

 

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.”

Walmart NW Arkansas Championship. Ayako Uehara Leads.

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Ayako Uehara, from Japan, leads after the first round of the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship in Arkansas.

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Ayako carded an amazing  bogey free first round of -9 under par 62 in the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship to sit on top of the leaderboard with a two-stroke advantage over the field.

Ayako spoke via an interpreter to the news media, citing good teamwork for her success;

“With the caddie and the trainer, everybody is like teamwork, and then that’s my motivation now, and so everything is coming together, including the swing coach.”

In second place at -7 under par following her opening round 64 is Candie Kung, from Taipei.

Candie said she was in cruise control, just like last week, just having fun.

“We kind of put it on cruise control and just go, yes, without thinking a whole lot, and then once you stop waiting for the group in front then you start thinking about stuff, which is not good.”

 “I was having a lot of fun, and we had a good group of people that I like, and we all played very fast, so I think that helps, too, and we didn’t wait at all the whole round, so I think that helps, too.”

Fourteen ladies are tied in third place at -6 under par, Giulia Molinaro, Angela Stanford, Vicky Hurst, Sandra Gal, Jing Yan, Alena Sharp, Sun Young Yoo, Chella Choi, Minjee Lee, Carlota Ciganda, Ai Miyazato, So Yeon Ryu, P.K. Kongkraphan and Morgan Pressel.

Morgan was hitting it close to the pin all day;

“I hit my wedges very well today.  I certainly got off to a good start on one and 10 and 11.”

” I think I really only made; I’m trying to remember, one birdie putt over maybe six or seven feet for the most part.”

” I hit it pretty close all day and gave myself a lot of opportunities.”

 

Tipsport Golf Masters. Nanna Koerstz Madsen Wins Maiden Tour Title

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Last Sunday  Nanna Koerstz Madsen, from Denmark, won her maiden Ladies European Tour title at the weather-interrupted Tipsport Golf Masters.

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Nanna Koerstz Madsen / getty images

Nanna posted a final round -6 under pr 65 to win her maiden Ladies European Tour title, the Tipsport Golf Masters, with a -15 under par total, and a five shot winning margin in the  Czech Republic.

Nanna spoke about the rain delayed final round;

“It’s been a good week, I played really solid with two bogey-free rounds and not a lot of bad shots.”

“I just tried to stay calm and enjoy leading, having fun with my caddie.”

“I thought I would have been more nervous, but I wasn’t that nervous at all.”

Stacey Keating, from Australia and Pamela Pretswell from Scotland shared second place at -10 under par for the tournament.

Pamela was happy with her final position;

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Pamela Pretswell

“I’m absolutely delighted. I played well all week, especially in the second round. I gave myself some chances out there and I’m happy with how I finished on 18.”

“Everything was working nicely and there was a consistency that had been lacking a bit this year. It was good fun.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Meijer LPGA Classic. Play-Off Win For Sei Young Kim.

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Sei Young Kim wins the  Meijer LPGA Classic after a play-off against Carlota Ciganda at  Blythefield Country Club.

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Sei Young and Carlota were tied at the top of the Meijer LPGA Classic leaderboard at -17 under par at the end of the tournament.

Sei Young shot a lst round -3 under 68, and followed that with a  birdie at the first play-off hole, while Carlota sadly collected a bogey.

Before the playoff Sei Young thought she had already won;

“Before playoff I felt like already win but I didn’t check the leaderboard.”

“Then I thought the ceremony was already.”

“Why’s he waiting for me?  So after go to the tee box and I realize there’s the playoff.  Wow.”

“It was 109 to the pin.  It was a lot of release, so I just had 90 meters.  I did, it worked.”

“I’m very happy to win on the Father’s Day give it to my dad this trophy.”

Carlota carded -4 under par 67 to get into the play-off, but then hit her play-off tee shot into rough;

“Only one can win and obviously I hit it to the rough, it wasn’t an easy shot and she hit a really good one.”

 “So I mean congratulations to her and she was better.”

In Gee Chun finished in third place, two shots off the pace, at -15 under par, her final round of even par 71 was disappointing.

Just as disappointing was defending champion Lexi Thompson’s final round +1 over par 72, robbing her of any chance to keep the title.

Lexi finished T4 with world number one Lydia Ko, -3 under 68 today, both ladies at -14 under par.

Lexi had no excuses for her poor showing today;

“Last week was a bit of a struggle there at Sahalee but still managed to get a good finish there.”

 “But overall this week with how I played, I’m very happy with it.  I hit it a lot better this week, I rolled it great except for today, so it happens.”

Tipsport Golf Masters. Stacey Keating In Front.

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Stacey Keating has edged in front at the 36 hole stage of the Tipsport Golf Masters, at  Golf Park Pilsen in the Czech                                                                Republic

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Stacey Keating / getty images

 

Stacey shot a second round -7 under par 64 to lead the Tipsport Golf Masters to take a one shot lead with a -10 under par total. Two rain delays did not seem to bother her progress up the leaderboard.

Stacey said having only 26 putts was the key to her good round;

“I was hitting it well and putting well. I had 26 putts and I think putting is the key to having a decent score.”

“I played well off the tee and hit some decent wedge shots so I was very happy.”

In second place is Nanna Koerstz Madsen, a -6 under par 65 keeping her in touch with the leader with her -9 under tournament total.

Nanna mentioned the delays, and how happy she was to play well

“I played well today and I hit 17 greens so I wasn’t in much trouble.”

 “First we only hit one shot on the first tee and I was in a bunker so I was a little nervous to go out.

” I was on the eighth tee box when we came out again and I think that’s the toughest tee shot on the course so I was really nervous but it was no problem.”

Amateur player  Albane Valenzuela from Switzerland holds third place on her own at -8 under par, she carded -6 under 65 in the second round.

England’s Georgia Hall won an  Omega watch for her  hole in one at the 153-yard par three 15th hole, with a six-iron. This is the third time she won a prize for an Ace;

“I always seem to get it when there is something on the hole, it’s so strange, but I’m so happy.”