ISPS HANDA Ladies European Masters. Beth Allen Wins

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American Beth Allen wins the ISPS HANDA Ladies European Masters title at Buckinghamshire Golf Club in England.

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Beth ended long wait for a maiden Ladies European Tour title, a final round -5 under par 67 giving her a winning total of -12 under par, and a one shot victory at the ISPS HANDA Ladies European Masters. She said caddie Sophie Gustafson kept her in control;

“I wasn’t sure if it was ever going to happen so I’m really, really happy. I’ve waited a long time for this and I wanted it so, so bad, I’m ecstatic.”

“I’m so happy.”

“Honestly, I feel like I just showed up and I didn’t have a lot of expectations because I finished second here in 2012.”

“I did not have a lot of expectations because I got my heart-broken here in 2012 and had not made the cut since.”

“I thought, well, I’ll do my best and enjoy it and today. I got off to a really good start and thought maybe this can happen and Sophie kept me grounded. I ended up getting it done, so I’m really happy!”

“I am just so pleased. I was never sure if it was going to happen.”

The worlds leading amateur player, Leona McGuire, from Ireland, claimed second place, finishing with a -3 under par 69, to give her a tournament total of -11 under par, and the result was so pleasing for her and caddie Dad;

“I knew it was tight coming up 18 and we didn’t really know where the wind was coming from.”

“I thought it was downwind, dad thought it was into the wind and it was probably the wrong club off the tee but I’m very proud of the way I played all day.”

“Going out at the start of the day I would have taken that so it’s been a great day.”

Thai Nontaya Srisawang was in third place, a final round even par 72 keeping her total at -10 under par, where she had started the day, but she was really satisfied to finish in the top three;

“I’m really happy with the result today because I’ve been working hard for a while here to get into this position.”

“I finished in the top three, so maybe I can qualify for the Open. It was a little bit exciting with pressure but I tried to focus on my game.”

Dame Laura Davies shot up the leaderboard, making a hole in one at the 171 yard par 3 seventh, using an eight iron, finishing the day T7 at -8 under par.

ISPS HANDA Ladies European Masters. Caroline Masson Leads.

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Caroline Masson leads the ISPS HANDA Ladies European Masters at Buckinghamshire Golf Club in England. A club that boasts it has the smoothest greens in the UK, with the data to prove it.

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Caroline, from Germany, shot a third round -5 under par 67, giving her a -12 under par tournament total, and a two shot lead going into the final round tomorrow.

Caroline was  a member of Europe’s winning Solheim Cup team in 2013, and really wants to be playing in the next tournament, on her home soil in September;

“Of course I want to make the team and it’s a great chance for me to present myself.”

“Obviously on a course that I really like and I’ve had two really good finishes here in the last two years.”

“I’ve been playing well and I haven’t been scoring well but I’ve managed to turn it around in the last few days and I’m super happy about that.”

Sharing second place are two ladies from Thailand, Titiya Plucksataporn, who equaled the -5 under par 67 of the leader, and Nontaya Srisawang, both on -10 under par for the competition. They had both been practicing in England for a week, and the sessions have worked well.

Titiya made the best use of the Buckinghamshire Gold Club perfect greens, putting very well;

“I hit a lot of fairways today and my game plan was try to hit fairways, greens and then putt.”

“I could make a lot of putts and up and downs so it was fantastic today.”

Nontaya was happy to be playing well, and with her friend;

“I feel really good this week. I’m looking forward to tomorrow and playing with my friend.”

In fourth spot are three ladies on -8 under par, Rebecca Artis, Australia Ssu Chia-Cheng, Chinese Taipei and Irish world number one amateur player Leona McGuire, all on -8 under par.

18th Green at Buckinghamshire Golf Club

ISPS HANDA Ladies European Masters, Alex Peters 36 Hole Leader.

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Alex Peters, a L.E.T rookie from England, is the 36 hole leader at the ISPS HANDA Ladies European Masters, at Buckinghamshire Golf Club.

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Alex shot a bogey free -9 under par 63 in the second round of the ISPS Handa Ladies European Masters, to sit on top of the leaderboard with a two stroke advantage at -11 under par.

The 21-year-old rookie equaled the Buckinghamshire Golf Club course record, she was obviously very happy with the way she played today, putting really well;

“I just played absolutely amazing. I hit my irons so close and putted really well.”

“I had a few other chances as well, but a 63, I’m really happy with the way I played today.”

“Nine birdies could have been ten. I left one right in the jaws on the 12th, the par 3, but I just putted really well, hit it close and gave myself chances.”

Charley Hull is in second place, two shots back at -9 under par, she carded a second round -5 under 67, which could have been better, she made bogey on her last hole, the par five 9th;

“I feel like I was hitting it well out there today.”

“It was a shame about my last drive but I just saw the other girls and the wind brought their drives to the right. I thought if I try and hit a hard draw down there, but it stayed on my line and so I was a bit annoyed.”

“Apart from that I feel like I’m playing solid and I hit a great drive into the eighth hole, but I just missed that putt, because I came up on it.”

“Apart from that I’m pleased with the way I’m hitting it and where I am going into the weekend.”

First round leader Sophie Giquel-Bettan is in third place at -8 under par, her second round -2 under par 70 keeping her in touch with the leaders, the conditions being a little breezier than they were for the morning players.

Tied in fourth place on -7 under par for the tournament are, Nontaya Srisawang, Caroline Masson and another rookie, Emily Kristine Pedersen, who only graduated from high school last Wednesday.

ISPS HANDA Ladies European Masters. Sophie Giquel-Bettan Leads.

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Sophie Giquel-Bettan leads after the 1st round at the ISPS HANDA Ladies European Masters in a heat wave at Buckinghamshire Golf Club in England.

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Sophie, from France, shot a 1st round -6 under par 66, to take a one shot lead at the ISPS HANDA Ladies European Masters, and was happy that the scorching temperatures in the Pro-Am yesterday had eased back for the opening round today;

“It was a great day, yesterday I played the Pro-Am and it was 36 degrees, (97F). It was so hot and this morning it was 20, 22 (72F) with just a little breeze, so perfect conditions.

 Sitting one shot behind the leader at -5 under par are South African Ashleigh Simon, Italian Sophie Sandolo,  Swede Josephine Janson and Nontaya Srisawang from Thailand.

Ashleigh was happy with her putting, and her Eagle;

“I got off to a nice steady start and birdied my third hole of the day. I eagled the par 5 14th after I holed a nice bomb from the back of the green and gave myself some nice chances coming in and birdied 17 and made a good par on 18.”

“All of the par fives are pretty much reachable so if you play those well you can be four under. It was a steady start.”

Nontaya was happy with the run on the ball in fairway due to the very dry conditions;

“The condition of the course is really dry and we can get distance on the tee shot so you can hit onto the greens with short irons and if you make a putt then you will make a good score.”

“The conditions today were not really hard, not really windy.”

The first English ladies on the leaderboard are  Charley Hull and Trish Johnson, they are part of a large group two strokes off the pace, at -4 under par.

Charley putted well, but was concerned about incorrect club selection, but overall was happy with her round;

“I’m happy because I putted pretty well today. I just kept coming up short with my irons. I struck it well but kept miss-clubbing myself.”

“I feel like I’m so used to my American distances that now when I’m in a tournament I keep thinking I’m going to hit them a bit further but I don’t.”

“Although I’ve been in England for two weeks we’ve just been mucking around with my friends, so I’ve hit some massive fades, but I’m pretty happy with the way I’m playing.”

A persistent back injury has hampered Trish of late, but she feels better now, and has received some benefiting coaching;

“I had a lesson a couple of days ago with Stuart Brewer, the father of Ben Brewer, who caddied for me in Holland.”

“There was some stuff that I really needed help with.”

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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