Italian company looking at building a new golf resort in Perth, Australia

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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.”
The search is being conducted by a division of Ermes Technologies, which believes its to-be-named, $4 billion resort will attract more than two million visitors a year. The resort, which has been compared to Walt Disney World in Florida, will include two theme parks, as many as four hotels, a shopping area, restaurants, theaters, night clubs, and a pair of 18-hole golf courses.
“The resort will be a dreamland,” said Enrico Petrucci, the CEO of Ermes’ themed entertainment division, in a comment reported by the West Australian. “Totally self-contained to reach, to rest, and have fun for two or three days. Where people can return home with unforgettable memories and the desire to come back again.”
Ermes – the word is an acronym for European Research & Manufacturing of Engineering Solutions – is involved in a wide variety of activities. It designs drones for military uses, builds supercomputers, and provides engineering services for the defense and aerospace industries. It created its themed entertainment division in 2009, to increase the market for its animatronics capabilities.
So far, at least, the company is being encouraged by tourism officials in West Australia, who are eager to attract vacationers.
“It sounds like a bold and exciting development that would be welcome in Western Australia,” the region’s tourism director told the West Australian.
But while Petrucci thinks Perth is an ideal location for the resort, he isn’t putting all of Ermes’ eggs in one basket.
“If we find Perth is not interested,” he noted in what appears to be a negotiating ploy, “the second city we are looking at is Melbourne.”

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Cheyenne Woods out from famous Uncle’s shadow with win at ACC

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Cheyenne Woods wins ACC

Cheyenne Woods wins ACC

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.”

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NationalGolfShowEvery 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.

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After repeat win, Sebastian Vazquez considered best Amateur in Mexico

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Sebastian Vazquez

Sebastian Vazquez

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).

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Dartmouth Golf & C.C. freezes VAT for first 3 months of 2011

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DartmouthG&CCWhile the early bird might catch the worm, early bookers can catch cheap birdies at Dartmouth Golf & Country Club (DGCC).

The resort is freezing VAT for the first three months of 2011, meaning any golfers visiting the resort in January, February or March will not have to pay the new, higher rate.

Those who can’t visit until later in the year can still take advantage of a great early booking incentive. Golfers visiting DGCC between April and October can enjoy 15 per cent discount on pre-paid buggies if they book before February 28 – a £72 saving for the average group booking.

A three-day break at DGCC with unlimited golf on the resort’s 27 holes is available from just £79 per night. Guest also receive complimentary use of the leisure facilities, which include an indoor pool, Jacuzzi and sauna.

DGCC is located just four miles from the historic town of Dartmouth and is the ideal base from which to explore the delights of south Devon, with Dartmoor, the River Dart, fantastic beaches and a host of picturesque towns and villages nearby.

The resort is an ideal base for a UK off-season break as it benefits from a mild winter, meaning no temporary greens or tees in play.

For more information, or to book, call 0800 043 1774, email reservations@dgcc.co.uk or visit http://www.dgcc.co.uk/last-min-offers.htm

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Honour bestowed on Northern Illinois University Women’s golf coach

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PamTyska

Pam Tyska

Northern Illinois University Women’s golf coach Pam Tyska, was named the Kids Golf Foundation of Illinois Site Coordinator of the Year for her golf efforts in the total evolution of the program. Tyska, an LPGA and PGA golf professional, Hinsdale native and 1979 graduate of Hinsdale Central, has been working with the foundation bringing foundation programs into the community for 10 years and organizing DeKalb junior golf for 25 years. This school year, the Huskies and the foundation hope to touch even more children from Littlejohn and Jefferson elementary schools in kindergarten to fifth grades, through golf. Junior golfer, Katie Kuhn of Clarendon Hills, a Hinsdale Central student, took a lead role in mentoring the children through the game she loves.

Montini adopts 27 families

Montini Catholic High School has been participating in the Joliet Diocesan Catholic Charities Adopt-a-Family Program for many years. This year, Montini Catholic High School adopted 27 families to give presents, food and joy this Christmas. The student-activities that brought in the food and presents for these families began right after Thanksgiving. The school’s annual Thanksgiving food drive, The Golden Gobbler, brought in a lot of canned goods for these families and other charities. After receiving the 27 families from the Catholic Charities, including their Christmas Wish List, Montini Catholic divided the families up by the homeroom classes. Students collected money to purchase their wish list items, which often included toys, clothing, food, gift certificates, and baby clothing. Montini always includes a frozen turkey for that warm Christmas dinner.

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