The British Never Let a Little war (WWII) Interfere with their Golf.

 The Richmond Golf Club is a private members club and golf course, located within ten miles of Central London, adjoining the historic Royal Richmond Park with its 2,500 acres and wide variety of wildlife. Originally designed by Tom Dunn, it has been extensively modernised to form a challenging par 70, 6091 yard course in a peaceful rural setting. The club house is  the stunning Sudbrook Mansion, a charming Grade One listed building,  It was built in the 1720’s for the Duke of Argyle { that is 56 years before the Declaration of Independence} and is especially noted for its baroque Cube Room,where dining is available.

This is a notice that was pinned onto the Club Room notice board in 1940, at The Richmond Golf Club.

1)  Players are asked to collect Bomb and Shrapnel splinters, to save these doing damage to the Mowing Machines.

2)  In competitions, during Gunfire or while Bombs are falling, players may take cover, without penalty for ceasing play.

3)  The positions of known delayed action Bombs are marked by red flags at a reasonably, but not guaranteed, safe distance    therefrom.

4)  Shrapnel and/or Bomb splinters on the Fairways, or in Bunkers within a club lengths of a ball, may be moved without penalty,       and no penalty shall be incurred if a ball is thereby caused to move accidently.

5)  A ball moved by enemy action may be replaced, or if lost or destroyed, a ball may be dropped not nearer the hole.

6)  A ball laying in a crater may be lifted and dropped not nearer the hole without penalty.

7)  A player whose stroke is affected by the simultaneous explosion of a bomb may play another ball from the same place. Penalty one stroke.

That last rule seemed a bit unfair to me, not that I would have been out there during a bomb raid. It all looks really peaceful, hard to imagine bombs falling all around.


Beckham The Best. Retires From The Game of Football

PSG's David Beckham struggles to hold back the tears as he leaves the pitch against Brest

David Beckham waves Good-Bye to the Paris Saint-Germain Supporters. / PA

David Beckham was undoubtedly one of the Best English players to grace the football pitches of the World in the modern game. He gave his all for his Country, putting in some marvelous match winning performances along the way. I for one was certain England would once again win the World Cup with David playing in the team. Sadly that did not happen, but it does not in any way diminish the contribution that David has made to football, for his country and for all the teams he played for. Paris Saint-Germain won the Ligue 1 title with David in the team, he only signed for them in January.

David was full of emotion after the whistle, explaining that he loved Paris and hoped to remain in the City in his playing retirement. He hinted that he might even stay at Paris Saint-Germain, in some other capacity;

” To finish my career here is special. Paris is the most beautiful place in the world. I’m sad to go. I feel a lot of satisfaction and emotion. Tonight is the end of my career, for sure. I’ve done my time at all the clubs where I’ve been, be it Manchester United, Real Madrid and LA Galaxy. Now, we’ll see what happens, after a 22-year career, I’m going to take a few months off to relax with my family. I said before that, one way or another, I would stay in Paris. It’s special for me here and I want to continue to be part of PSG, one way or another.”

We all know the Super Star side of David Beckham, but he is also just a regular guy, team-mate Mamadou Sako had this to say about David Beckham;

“I was lucky to be with him here in the capital, is there anything more beautiful? It was a very emotional exit, especially given the scope of his career. He brought us his joie de vivre, and above all the simplicity of life both on and off the pitch. A little anecdote, for example, we organised a barbecue at Sylvain Armand’s house, he was called, and he came to eat sausages with us in Sylvain’s garden!”

I guarantee the world has not heard the last of David Beckham, I am certain he has a lot more to offer the world.

World Ladies Championship. Mission Hills. Suzann Petterson Wins

Suzann Petterson of Norway won the World Ladies Championship at Mission Hills, China.

Suzann Petterson / LET


Suzann fired a last round of -6 under par 66, to claim the title at Mission Hills, Sandbelt Trails Course with a tournament total of -18 under par. That magnificent last round was good enough to claim the title, which had seemed destined to go to Inbee Park.

A happy Suzann felt that she could have gone lower;

” I felt like there was a 64 out there today and I got off to a good start. My goal was to get it to 20 under par. I said if I get beat at 20, I can live with it. I know Inbee is in there and if she just gets one look at a putt, it’s in, so I had to bring my best and the putter was hot today. I’m very happy with how the game is and I’m just very happy to see the work that the China Golf Association does with the kids and how they grow the game. I’ve been really enjoying myself here and I feel comfortable. I like coming back and playing on the European Tour.”

Inbee could only post a last round score of -3 under par 69, and she lost out by just one shot, finishing on -17 under par. The fireworks started on the second hole with a two shot swing.  Inbee had a bogey while Suzann sunk her birdie putt, the two were now level. The pair of them battled it out between them, but Suzann eventually won through. These two players were well clear of the rest of the field. Inbee said she really wanted to win the singles;

 ” I don’t really worry about the team competition because we had a big lead for the last three days. I think we are pretty comfortable for the team event. So I just focus on the game as an individual today because I wanted to win this tournament. I didn’t play great today but Suzann played great so she did it. I am happy that we won as a team. It was a great experience.”

Third place went to Shan Shan Feng, the defending champion from last year, she completed the tournament at -11 under par.

Inbee had to settle for the Team win, with her partner Ha-Neul Kim, the South Korean pair won by five shots from the Norwegian team of Suzann Petterson and Marianne Skarpnord.

Inbee Park and Ha-Neul Kim with the Team Trophy / LET


Thailand, represented by Ariya Jutanugarn and Nontaya Srisawang were third, they were  followed by England in fourth place with the pairing of Trish Johnson and Laura Davies.

Leading amateur was Simin Feng of China, with a tournament score of +3 over par.

Simin Feng / LET

The McGladrey Classic Round 1

McGladrey Classic Golf

Bud Cauley/photo A/P

Bud Cauley shares the lead at the McGladrey Classic on the Seaside Course, Sea Island, Georgia, after the opening round, with fellow American Marco Dawson. Both players took advantage of the course to fire in rounds of -8 under par, 62.

Bud has already earned $1.7 million dollars this year and has moved up to position 55 in the World Golf Rankings, all achieved without a win. He hopes this tournament will change the zero in the win column;

”Obviously, I’ve thought about winning every tournament I’ve teed up in this year. ‘It’s been a long year, and although I’ve played a lot this year, I haven’t won. It’s still a goal of mine, but I’m not thinking about that while I’m out there, or putting any more pressure on myself this week. The season is kind of winding down. It would be great to win here.”

Marco Dawson is in a totally different position, this tournament it is the penultimate PGA Tour event on the schedule that counts toward the money list, with Marco way down at No. 216 on the list and with only $62,026 in his 20 tournaments this year. Realistically Marco has to win The McGladrey Classic to avoid a return to Q-school, his year has gone so awry that  he doesn’t even look at the money list anymore.

”I’m so far away from it that the only thing I can do is just try and play well. And when I am playing well, just to keep it going instead of kind of messing it up like I have during the year.”

Boo Weekly is one of three players tied for third place with rounds of  -6 under par 64. Boo has changed to a new thicker putter grip, something that we at White Dragon Golf always recommend, and it has dramatically altered his putting stats, sinking putts from 14, 7, 15, 8, and 7 feet. Boo is currently at 121 on the money list, and is aware of the danger;

“I’m pretty aware of it, The last two weeks I’ve actually played pretty good but I just seem to get nothing out of my round. It just gets more frustrating. The more frustrated you get out here you start getting negative, you start talking trash to yourself saying, ‘You ain’t gonna make the cut because you can’t make this 5-footer. You missed three already the first five holes.’ It just kind of wears on your mind.  It’s been a long time coming, finally started making some putts. I’ve been hitting the ball pretty good the last few weeks and finally today the putts showed up. It just felt good, started making some putts and that started building some confidence.”

The other two players tied at third with Boo are, England’s Greg Owen and Rod Pampling from Australia.