An Italian entertainment company is snooping around Perth, looking for property where it can build what’s been called “one of the biggest family resort and theme park operations on the planet.”
Nineteen-year-old UCLA star Patrick Cantlay has insisted he has no intention of leaving school early to join the PGA Tour.
But the low amateur last week in the U.S. Open softened his stance just a little Friday after shooting a course-record 10-under 60 — the lowest PGA Tour round ever by an amateur — to take a four-stroke lead in the Travelers Championship.
“I’m going to stay amateur definitely for the Walker Cup (in September), and my plan is to stay amateur until I finish college,” he said.
Taking advantage of preferred lies at soggy TPC River Highlands, Cantlay tied the tournament record set by Tommy Bolt when the event was played in Wethersfield in 1954.
Cantlay birdied the final two holes to reach 13 under. After shooting a 67 on Friday morning in the rain-delayed first round, he had eight birdies and an eagle in the afternoon. It was his second eagle of the day on the par-5 13th.
He said he had no idea that he was setting an amateur record.
“I knew where I was. I knew I needed to make eagle on 18 for 59,” he said. “It’s tough to hole it from 152.”
But he came close. His approach landed just above the hole and rolled back to just over 2 feet below the pin.
“I thought it had a chance, it was covering the flag pretty good,” he said. “It takes some luck.”
D.J. Trahan (62), Webb Simpson (65) Alexandre Rocha (66) and Vaughn Taylor (66) were tied for second along with Andres Romero, who had completed five holes when play was suspended because of darkness just after 8:00 p.m. ET. Seventy-seven players are scheduled to complete the second round Saturday.
Players had perfect scoring conditions Friday with rain-softened greens and little wind. And because of the wet conditions, players were allowed to lift, clean and place their golf balls hit in the fairway, another big advantage. The projected cut line was 3 under par.
“A day like today, play good in the first round, you just kind of keep it going,” Taylor said. Generally, your swing feels the same and your game feels the same, so you just kind of stay in it and just keep playing.”
An amateur hasn’t won a PGA Tour event since Phil Mickelson in the 1991 Northern Telecom Open in Arizona. If Cantlay wins, he would have 60 days to decide whether to accept a spot on the tour and the two-year exemption that goes with it.
Four players have shot 61s at the TPC River Highlands course. The last was Kenny Perry in 2009.
Tour rookie Jim Renner shot 29 on his first nine holes and finished his first round with a 63, good enough for a one-stroke lead heading into the afternoon. But he started his second round with a bogey, a par and a double bogey and finished the day at 3 under.
Renner had played in just one Tour event before this season and earned his card though qualifying school. He grew up in Plainville, Mass., and said this tournament was the first PGA Tour event he ever attended.
“I think I walked about four holes and realized I was ready to go home,” he said. “I was 14.”
The shot of the day came from Heath Slocum, who holed a 160-yard shot across the water to eagle the signature 17th hole. He finished his two rounds at 7 under.
But Cantlay stole the show, and received a standing ovation from the sparse crowd as he walked up the 18th fairway.
“It’s just one round,” he said. “It was a good round, and I played really well. Nothing bad happened. I’m really proud of it, but I’ve got a couple more rounds to play.”
At least one Woods is a winner this year.
Tiger Woods’ title slump certainly hasn’t extended to his niece Cheyenne. After winning the Atlantic Coast Conference individual golf title, the Wake Forest junior wants to keep establishing her own identity during the upcoming NCAA regionals.
“Coming into Wake Forest (in 2008) … there was a lot of spotlight on me as Tiger Woods’ niece,” Woods said Tuesday. “Now that I’m into college a little more, I’ve shown that I am able to play, not being known as Tiger’s niece, but I have my own game, too. I feel people are starting to recognize that, and this past weekend, I think, helped a lot.”
A few more weekends like this one, and people might start to wonder if Cheyenne ought to offer some tips to her uncle after he has gone 17 months without a victory — the longest drought of his career.
During that span, Cheyenne Woods has won twice.
The Phoenix native ranks fourth in the ACC with an average score of 73.59. Most recently, she was the only player under par for all three rounds at the ACC Championship at Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro.
Closing the tournament with a 68 that marked her best round of the season, Woods shot a 5-under 208 at the par-71 course to claim a seven-stroke win.
That lopsided margin of victory was reminiscent of the way Tiger used to dominate fields during his 71 career victories, including 14 majors. Describing their relationship as “decently close — as close as I am with any other uncle,” Cheyenne Woods said Tiger watched her victory on the Internet, sent her text messages and posted a congratulatory tweet after her victory.
Though having the Woods name stitched onto her golf bag undoubtedly brings extra pressure, she insists coming from her family has been a positive. Her father Earl Jr. is Tiger’s half-brother, and her paternal grandfather was Earl Sr.
“It’s definitely gotten my name out there as a collegiate golfer about to turn pro next year. It’s a good thing to have,” Cheyenne Woods said. “It’s helped me grow as a person and a player, being able to handle the interviews, the cameras, the spotlight.”
Said Wake Forest Golf Coach Dianne Dailey: “She’s just laid back — you don’t see her get bent out of shape about much. I don’t think her heart rate goes above 50.”
There’s definitely a family resemblance between uncle and niece. It’s found in their faces, not necessarily in their playing styles.
Cheyenne Woods says her swing compares more favorably to Ernie Els’ because it’s “nice and smooth, but still powerful.” Meanwhile, she says her uncle “is always hitting it, swinging out of his shoes, hitting it 400 yards.”
“My game is probably not as aggressive, but when I do need to make those shots, I will make them,” Cheyenne Woods said.
Dailey praises Woods’ calmness and her handiwork with the putter, saying she “reads greens better than anybody on our team.”
Woods’ immediate focus focus is on the NCAA regionals, and Wake Forest is almost certain to claim a spot in one of the three regional tournaments when the bids are announced Monday. After the NCAAs comes one final season with the Demon Deacons before she plans to turn pro.
“I know it’s going to be hard getting started — I’m not going to expect myself to jump up to the No. 1 spot and be the female Tiger Woods, like he was,” Cheyenne Woods said. “But I know I am talented, and I’ll just take it as it comes, work hard. I know there’s going to be ups and downs, so I know it’s a hard life, living the professional life, traveling. … I think it will be a struggle, but it’s one that I’m looking forward to and willing to work towards.”
Every visitor to the National Golf Show will receive a free round of golf at the fantastic Nailcote Hall.
The midlands venue hosts the Open Par 3 Championships and annual Farmfoods British Par 3 Championship, meaning the complimentary rounds will see golfers treading the same fairways as the great Tony Jacklin, a host of former Ryder Cup players, European Tour stars and celebrities such as Sir Alex Ferguson, Jasper Carrott and Len Goodman.
To collect their free round all visitors have to do is visit Nailcote Hall on stand S24.
And the complimentary visit could be put to good use as practice for the new series of Open Par 3 Championships taking place at Nailcote Hall, the winners of which will be rewarded with a place alongside top professionals in the Farmfoods British Par 3 Championship.
Golfers will also have the chance of winning a fantastic golf break at Nailcote Hall as a daily prize on the show’s nearest-the-pin competition.
Free golf for every visitor makes the golfing extravaganza even better value for money with advance tickets costing just £7.50 and coming with a host of exclusive promotions to redeem at the event including a £50 voucher from Your Golf Travel.com and a further 10 per cent off the Watch Hut’s show prices.
The National Golf Show takes place from April 15-17 and a strong focus on visitor participation will mean golfers are greeted by a host of opportunities to swing a club, with free tuition from fully qualified coaches and the chance to win fantastic prizes on a variety of innovative fun and games among the show’s main features.
All the latest equipment from big brands will be available to test and buy as well as the latest training aids and apparel, with the show bringing together all elements of the golfing world.
For more information or to buy tickets call 0844 581 0801 or go to www.nationalgolfshow.com.
With an undeniable victory, Valle de Mexico and Sebastián Vázquez endorsed the titles won last year in La Loma de San Luis Potosi. The partnership will retain the Challenge Cup for another year, while Sebastian may be considered the best amateur in the country.
During the awards ceremony, Manuel Queijeiro, President of the National Tournament Committee and International Federation, thanked on behalf of Fernando Ysita, President of the organization, the presence and support of associations who sent their players to the tournament. “With the support of regional associations, the Federation can meet its objectives, among which is the organization of tournaments to settle the national amateur champion, the highest distinction that golfers can reach,” said Queijeiro.
Valley of Mexico swept the Challenge Cup score, with five first places in seven categories and 15 Top3 in total.
Championship. Sebastian Vazquez, Club de Golf Mexico (Valle de Mexico), repeated at most successful, by adding three days in 216 strokes, a pair of field. Five of distance was Luis Munoz de Cote, of Chapultepec (Valle de Mexico), with 221 in total. The third was to Mauritius Ancer, North, with 232 hits
The key to the success of Vazquez was in the second round, as he spent the first nine three above. But when starting the last nine holes of the tournament, Muñoz de Cote a shot, a player from Mexico linked birdies at 10, 11 and 12, plus an eagle at 13. And like his fellow squad had a double bogey is the same hole 13 January, there and wrote the story of this victory.
“Hole 5 was the hardest work I took in the tournament,” said Sebastian at the end. “The three days I played in seven above, while the rest of the camp was spent in seven below. This is golf, but I’m very happy with this win,” he said upon receiving his trophy.
AA. Juan Carlos del Val, the Chapultepec (Valle de Mexico) finished with 11 strokes ahead of Camilo Aguado, of Chiluca (Valle de Mexico), who had the best round of the day, with 76 hits. Rodrigo Flores finished in third place, the Yucatan Country Club (East), with 243.
A. An interesting final in this category, as Enrique Payén of Vallescondido (Valley of Mexico) had the best round of the tournament with 71. However, could not reach Rolando Garay, also Vallescondido (Valley of Mexico) who finished the tournament with 230 strokes, one fewer than his club colleague and association. The third was for George Lopez (Real Wood), with 233.
B. Horse reaches wins. Came back today José Luis Simbeck of Tabachines (South) to tie for the lead with Javier Mexia, of Vallescondido (Valley of Mexico) The two totaled 251 strokes in three rounds, so they had to go out and play a tiebreaker. After three thrilling holes Simbeck got the silver trophy. The third group was Mauricio González-Rul, of Mexico (Valle de Mexico).
C. Carlos de la Fuente, Tabachines (South), won the rest of the category with 258 strokes, three less than Turham Madanoglu of Chiluca (Valle de Mexico). Miguel Lozano, also Chiluca (Valle de Mexico), went to third with 263.
D. At the end of three rounds, Leopoldo Leyva, the Country of Mexico city (Valley of Mexico) won the trophy at the end with 257 hits, nine fewer than Pablo Jimenez, Vallescondido (Valle de Mexico). Third place went to Viviano Francisco Cardenas, Miralta Lakes (North), with 275 in three rounds.
E. Luis Chorene, Royal Forest (Valley of Mexico), won this category of end points. To 86 today, the best card of the tournament for this group totaled 270, nine fewer than the golfer Campestre de Morelia, Abel Maldonado (Centro). A 14 away, with 284, ranked Luis Angel Gamez, of Chiluca (Valle de Mexico).
Pound Ridge Golf Club Officially Opens for 2011 Golf Season
Daily Fee, Pete Dye Course Rides New York City Metro Area’s First Wave of Spring-Like Weather
(POUND RIDGE, N.Y.) – Pound Ridge Golf Club – the daily fee Pete Dye course in Westchester County – will officially open for the season on Friday, March 18, riding the New York City metro area’s first wave of Spring-like weather.
Through April 30, local golfers can experience the state’s only Dye design at its “offseason” rates of $150 and $100 after 2 p.m. Tee times can be reserved by calling the golf shop at (914) 764-5771 or booking online at www.poundridgegolf.com.
“We are excited to enter our third full year of providing Metro area golfers with an upscale, daily fee golf alternative offering design and conditioning equal to the very best private clubs,” says Todd Leavenworth, General Manager of Pound Ridge. “As our course has matured agronomically, Pound Ridge has emerged as one of the true modern marvels of Dye’s legendary portfolio.”
In 2011, Pound Ridge will present a diverse menu of price points and playing options appealing to a wide spectrum of players. Effective April 1, new nine-hole rates will go into effect that include full use of the driving range and short game area, a cart or pull-cart, bottled water, a player’s towel and a souvenir yardage book. Weekday advance rates (Mon. – Thurs.), introduced in 2010, will be continued this season, catering to golfers who are flexible in planning the day and time they wish to play.
For a full overview of rates and rate periods, visit www.poundridgegolf.com/rates-policies.
About Pound Ridge Golf Club
Opened in 2008, Pound Ridge Golf Club is the only course in New York designed by the legendary Pete Dye. Located in Westchester County, it is less than an hour north of New York City and less than 15 minutes from Stamford and Greenwich, Connecticut. Pound Ridge Golf Club is the premier upscale daily fee course in the metropolitan New York area, considered a “must play” on any golfer’s bucket list.
Crafted by Dye, his son Perry and long-time Dye construction manager/lead shaper Michael Langkau, Pound Ridge Golf Club is a full bentgrass facility, hewn from 172 acres of magnificent cliffs, streams and wooded hills. Dramatic rock formations and boulders were left onsite, creating one of the most visually stunning settings for golf in the U.S. More than 14,000-linear-feet of rock wall frames the course as it winds through hardwood forests and fescue mounds and open meadows.
Pound Ridge Golf Club plays to a par-72, has five sets of tees and measures 7,171 yards from the Black tees. It houses a practice range, short game area and putting green. The property features some of the highest points in Westchester County, with a number of tee boxes offering expansive vistas of the surrounding countryside. Notable holes include the par-5, 13th – home to “Pete’s Rock,” a giant boulder that rests in the middle of the fairway – and the par-3 15th – dubbed “Headstone” – which is flanked on the right by a large rock outcropping that protrudes into the elongated, 9,000-square-foot green.
Accolades for Pound Ridge Golf Club Include:
- “No. 1 New York City Area Golf Course, 2010″ – AskMen.com – “America’s Best New Courses, 2009″ – Golf Digest – “New Golf Development of the Year, 2009″ – ABTA Golf – “Top Ten You Can Play, No. 2, 2008″ – GOLF Magazine – “Best New Courses, 2008″ – LINKS Magazine – “America’s Best New Courses, 2008″ – Golfweek
Legend Golf & Safari Resort has been awarded No. 1 golf resort status on the African continent by the respected African Business Review magazine.
The multi-award-winning leisure venue, situated at the heart of the Big 5 Entabeni Safari Conservancy in the Waterberg area of Limpopo, has added yet another prestigious accolade to its portfolio of industry acknowledgements.
Legend was hailed as the Continent’s Best Golf Resort in the February 2011 edition of African Business Review and its world-class Signature Golf Course was declared “truly spectacular” by the acclaimed industry publication.
Beating off illustrious competition from Pezula Resort Hotel & Spa, Sun City’s Gary Player Country Club, Egypt’s Taba Heights and Fancourt Hotel and Country Club Estate in the Review’s rundown of the top 10 golf resorts in Africa, Legend Golf & Safari Resort scooped first place thanks to its “thrilling” world-famous Extreme 19th golf hole as well as its innovative 10-hole Tribute Course.
The continent’s No 1 golf resort title is just the latest in a long line of awards for the South African sporting destination. It scooped the World’s Best title in the category of best golf course at the highly prestigious and fiercely contested 2010 International Property Awards and was named Africa’s leading sports resort and South Africa’s leading golf resort at the 2010 World Travel Awards.
For more information about Legend Golf & Safari Resort go to www.legendgolfsafari.com
English-owned Costa del Sol golf course, Estepona Golf, is leading the fight-back for affordable Spanish golf holidays. Now offering a 7-night play and stay with unlimited golf and range balls for just 299 euros per person, there’s no excuse for golfers not to return to their favourite golfing destination.
PGA golfer Darran Clark is Marketing Consultant for the concept and comments, “Unrealistic green fees forced many golf holidaymakers to vote with their feet and head to the fairways of upcoming Turkey and Egypt. The problem is however that most Northern European golfers prefer the Costa del Sol, feel comfortable here, are familiar with the 70-plus courses and favour the short flying times. Estepona Golf, in partnership with fabulous accommodation in course-side Alcazaba Hills, is inviting these golfers to come back to Spain and in return we pledge never to be beaten on value for money.”
Estepona Golf began flying the flag for Spanish golf when the global financial crisis was at its peak in 2009. Membership deals of unlimited golf for 99 euros per month and unlimited weekend golf for 49 euros per month were emblazoned across Costa del Sol motorway billboards and 100 new memberships were signed-up within two months of launch. Spanish golf was back in business and affordable once more – much to the vexation of neighbouring golf courses charging upwards of 99 euros for just one solitary 18-hole round.
Darran finishes, “In a downturn companies must listen and adapt to their clients’ needs, golf is no different. Courses have to be realistic in their pricing if they want to stem the tide of golfers testing out non-eurozone golfing destinations. Our message at Estepona Golf is that the Costa del Sol is open for business and 7 nights play and stay in year-round sunshine for just 299 euros per person is simply a low-cost flight away.”
And with 600 Danish golfers already booked into the Estepona Golf / Alcazaba Hills package for this summer, it looks like the fight-back is really on.
About Alcazaba Hills – Alcazaba Hills is a luxury residential development in a peaceful rural setting on the outskirts of Estepona Golf. With 100 apartments of whitewashed Mediterranean architecture, the gated resort is set in tropical gardens including a fabulous swimming pool with waterfall, hydrojets and rainforest showers. There is also a putting green and driving range with unlimited balls for guests. The two bedroom two bathroom (sleep four) and three bedroom two bathroom (sleep six) apartments have spacious sea view south facing terraces, wifi internet, satellite TV and DVD, hot and cold air-conditioning, fully equipped kitchens to include washing machine and microwave and underground parking. Midweek clean and linen change.
Moments from the beach, 30 minutes from fashionable Marbella and Puerto Banús, and even less from chichi Sotogrande with its polo fields and stylish marina, Alcazaba Hills is ideal for exploring the Costa del Sol when the sun has set on another day at the fairways. The International Airports of Malaga to the east and Gibraltar to the west are equidistant at one hour’s drive, with Malaga in particular offering a vast choice of low-cost flights to Northern Europe.
About Estepona Golf – Offering 18-holes of golf set amongst peaceful undulating Spanish countryside, Estepona Golf has incredible sea views from many areas of the course. Providing a fair test which is enjoyable for players of all standards, the course is renowned for its superb, consistent putting surfaces and wide variety of holes including some very strong par 3s. English-
To book your 7-night play and stay with unlimited golf and range balls for just 299 euros per person, contact firstname.lastname@example.org, visit www.esteponagolf.com or telephone the Alcazaba Hills team on 00 34 952 93 76 93.
Thanks to a little money from the Middle East, Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Anguilla has new life.
The club made a big splash in the spring of 2008, when, during a three-day sales event, its developers rang up deposits on more than $70 million worth of membership packages that included some prime real estate on Anguilla’s southern coast. There were 27 buyers, each of whom pledged $1.6 million or more to join what was arguably going to be the world’s most exclusive golf club. As it was conceived, Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Anguilla was to be a link in a chain of 25 ultra-luxurious private enclaves built on properties personally selected by Jack Nicklaus.
As they dreamed about playing golf on delectable courses in some of the planet’s most desirable locales – Tuscany, Patagonia, Scotland, and St. Lucia, among others – the buyers were most likely all thinking the same thing: Membership has its privileges.
Of course, just months later, as a spokesman for the club now puts it, “the world fell apart.” Money disappeared. Economies collapsed. Fairmont, the Canadian company that had signed on to operate the club’s hotel, bailed out. Those 27 deposits had to be returned. And Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Anguilla, like so many splendid and ambitious real estate ventures, sank into development limbo.
It has been rescued. Its white knight is Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts, the Dubai-based, government-controlled hotelier. Jumeirah, a division of Dubai Holding, has agreed to operate the 140-room hotel on Anguilla and become a part-owner of it.
This is welcome news not only for the club’s developers, a group that operates as Conch Bay Development, Ltd., but for golf projects in need of revival all over the Caribbean. Joyce Kentish and George Lake, Conch Bay’s principals, hope to break ground on the hotel this year, with an opening tentatively scheduled for 2014.
At build-out, Jumeirah Anguilla Resort will also have 460 Jumeirah-managed houses, a spa, meeting space, restaurants, the usual recreational amenities, and two private beach clubs. The 370-acre site includes about two miles’ worth of beaches and offers views of nearby St. Maarten.
Nicklaus has designed a 7,363-yard, links-style track for the property, with a few holes to be located along the water. For now, Conch Bay says its course will simply be a Jack Nicklaus “signature” track. However, a source close to the negotiations tells us that the parties are trying to work out a financial arrangement that will maintain a Jack Nicklaus Golf Club on the property.
If that happens, it would also be welcome news for Nicklaus and his partners, as their club could use a revival of its own. Though it was once viewed as a can’t-miss proposition, today there are barely a handful of Jack Nicklaus Golf Clubs in operation, and two of them – the ones at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio and Bear’s Club in Jupiter, Florida – were built before idea for the club was hatched. A club in South Korea opened last year, but the Great Recession has claimed most of the others. The club has a website, JackNicklausGolfClub.com, but no news has been posted on it since 2009.
The golf course on Anguilla is being developed by PN Holdings LLC, an entity formed by companies affiliated with Nicklaus and Robert A. Petrallia, a New Jersey-based developer. Nicklaus and Petrallia have been doing business together for years, since they tried unsuccessfully to build a Jack Nicklaus Golf Club on St. Lucia.
Howard Gintell, one of Petrallia’s partners and the marketing coordinator for Conch Bay, tells us that work on the golf course could begin this year. The course will be just the second on Anguilla, joining the Greg Norman-designed layout at Temenos Golf Club. And if you’re wondering whether the club’s members will have to share the course with the hotel’s guests, the answer is yes.