March 2011

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  Craig McEvoy got in touch to tell us about the upcoming Lucan Golf Club Senior and Junior Scratch Cups which takes place next Sunday 1st May 2011. It is a 36 hole strokeplay event with a two tee start and presentation to take place at 8.00pm that evening.

Some of Ireland’s top amateurs will be in action such as Kelan McDonagh, James Monaghan, Rory McNamara, Gary McGrane, Brendan Walton, Barry Anderson, Sean Carter, Chris Drumm to name just a few along with some of Lucan Golf Club’s finest Richie O'Donovan, Pio O’Leary, Martin O’Toole, Mark Clifford, Craig McEvoy & Mark Reck.

With an interactive LIVE leaderboard up in the bar throughout the day to and great prizes on offer with a prize for course record also, it promises to be a great event.  For more info and tee times check out the website http://www.lucangolfclub.ie/

 

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Last week we spoke about the comfort trap and the need to break out of what we termed your “comfort zone”. I always remember a phrase Jack Nicklaus said many years ago about coming down the stretch in Majors. He said ‘Give me THAT feeling you get on the back nine on Sunday, that is what I hit all of the practice balls for’. Nicklaus knew in those white heat moments of Major winning opportunities he was going to feel uncomfortable but, rather than resist it, he actually played a perfect reverse psychology trick on himself by actually WELCOMING the feelings of discomfojack-13rt. The ironic thing is if you do welcome these uncomfortable feelings, they actually cease to have much of a hold on you. Your brain deals with it better because it has planned and expected to feel discomfort. This is the opposite of what most people do, which is to HOPE they don’t get the feelings of nervousness and anxiety but then they panic when they do come along. Whatever we resist, we strengthen and whatever we embrace, we can work with. The principle is exactly the same for you and your golf as it was for Jack Nicklaus. If you get into a position where you are way under your handicap or about to break 90 for the first time, you WILL feel uncomfortable, you will get a bit jumpy. But, if you EXPECT it and you PLAN for it, when it comes along you will be much better equipped deal with the situation. I remember once hearing a quote which went along the lines ‘Successful people are prepared to feel uncomfortable to achieve their goals’ and I am sure that is EXACTLY the case. As we stated at the beginning, our brain is wired to seek out familiarity and comfort but, if you want to achieve anything with your golf and, indeed, the rest of your life, the chances are you will need to resist the pull of the familiar, go into unchartered water and give yourself the chance to come out the other side having got closer to your true potential.

This week’s prize is a fourball at the magnificent Bunclody Golf and Fishing Club. Bunclody run an excellent Open Singles every Wednesday for just €35.00. To book call 053 937 4444 or check out their website

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Question? Name the last two English winners of the Irish Open.

Congrats to last weeks winner Niall Carroll, Athlone, Westmeath who answered “16” and wins a fourball in Rosses Point.

clip_image002What’s all this then? Belly putters and long putters are back? Yes it seems it’s finally cool to yield a 49-inch Scotty Cameron fishing rod again. Well if it’s good enough for Adam Scott, it’s good enough for the rest of us. On the practice ground at Hilton Head last week on the PGA Tour no fewer than two dozen players were experimenting with long and belly putters on the practice green. Even Lee Westwood used in last week in Indonesia. Once the badge of honour for Seniors and those with frayed nerves, now a must have weapon in a winners bag.

Or nearly. Though no person using a long putter has ever one a mainstream Major there have been senior majors won with them including by Bruce Lietzke and Bernhard Langer. Angel Cabrera won the Masters in 2009 using a belly-length putter but not quite held in his belly for obvious reasons.

With his performance at the Masters Adam Scott nearly broke not only the Aussie hoodoo but also the long putterin a Major hoodoo. Sergio Garcia used a belly putter at the British O pen at Carnoustie in 2007, losing to Padraig Harrington in a playoff; and Fred Couples nearly won the Masters in 2006 until he tripped over his belly putter down the stretch. That year's runner-up, Tim Clark, also uses a long putter.

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The invention of the belly putter is credited to Paul Runyan, who back in 1936 at the Belmont Open held in Boston, stuck his putter in his stomach and widening his stance for balance in the wind. He later lengthened his putter to find touch on longer putts. Years after Runyan wrote in Golf Digest that belly and long should be banned because they provided an advantage for those feeling nerves on the greens.

Nerves didn’t affect Brendan Steele at the Texas Open two week’s back either who used a belly putter to win in San Antonio. He joins Martin Laird in the list of belly putting winners already this year on Tour.

If you are having trouble with your putter why not give the belly putter or long putter a try. As a person who made the change 5 years myself to a Ping Craz-E belly and lost four shots in the first year after doing so, I cant recommend them highly enough!

Betting Preview And Tips 2011 Ballantine’s Championship, Blackstone GC, Icheon, Seoul, Korea Republic 28 Apr 2011 - 01 May 2011

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If you have been following our betting tips you will be smiling this morning as Brandt Snedeker came home at 34/1. A tenner each way on Sned would have bagged you 445 quid; enough for a brand spanking new set of sticks!

Lee Westwood 10/1

wsetwood You have to think Lee Westwod got a shot in the arm with his victory in the Indonesian Masters last weekend. Becoming number one in the world for a time earlier in the year didn’t seem to sit well with him so lets hope for better in this, his second stint. Before his win last Sunday, Westwood hasn’t scored a top 10 this year but by the same token hasn’t finished worse than 30th since the Dubai Desert Classic. Eleventh at The Masters recently and bound to have the chest out and shoulders back in Korea.

Jamie Donaldson 42/1

jamie Ever heard of the golfer’s biological clock? Guys that play well at the same time every year? The real journeyman of the Tour, Donaldson always makes enough to earn his keep but has yet to win. The Welshman’s best run of results last season was three top 10’s in Andalucia, China and this event in Korea where he tied for sixth. He’ll take heart from his tied seventh last week and though a breakthrough win might be a stretch, Donaldson is playing well enough for a top four finish.

 

Jeev Milka Singh 36/1

jeev His father was an Olympic 100 metre sprinter, his mother was a international volleyball player, (neither a golfing stronghold!) so Jeevs pedigree is unquestionable. Ten of Jeev’s twelve established Tour wins have come in Asia thus it wasn’t a huge surprise to see him score his first top 10 of the campaign last week in China. Second at the inaugural Ballantine’s in 2008 after a thrilling playoff with GMac.

Thongchai Jaidee 26/1

thongchai Thongchai won this event in 2009 when it was played at Pinx GC. This year it’s been moved to Blackstone GC which is closer to the airport in an effort to attract a better field. Thus a virgin course for the entire field to negotiate. Jaidee will arrive in Korea confident following his second place finish behind Westwood in Indonesia.

 

Gareth Maybin 55/1

gareth maybin Of the Irish I fancy Gareth Maybin for a strong showing this week. After a tough month of March where he badly missed cuts in Sicily and Andalucia he seems to have found the key coming into the meat of the season. A third round 72 was a dog-ear on an otherwise unblemished copy book last week in China where he tied for tenth. Finished tied second at the Ballantine’s last year after Marcus Fraser broke clear on the back nine.

 

scott vail brandt snedeker Scott Vail the caddy of Brandt Snedeker was so sure his man would win at some stage very soon that he vowed not to shave until his boss tasted victory. But then Vail showed up recently on the practice ground all clean shaven and tidy. Asked why he finally gave in to the razor, Vail replied “Too many Taliban comments!”

Scott Vail pictured before shaving his beard!

And then you know what happens next, Snedeker wins The Heritage!

Did you hear the one about Louis Oosthuizen and the PGA Tour announcer? On the first tee the announcer got a crash course from Louis on how to pronounce his name. He wrote it down phonetically to get it just perfect. Loo-ee West-high-zen! The when it came for Louis to tee off the announcer nailed the pronunciation to rapturous applause from the crowd. On a roll the announcer then saw “RSA” beside the name and yelled out “from Russia”!

2011 West of Ireland Matchplay Draw, Round 2, Sunday April 24

 

Match

Time

 

 

Thru

 

 

33

12.00

Simon McConnell (Ballyclare)

 

Res

1H

Gary McDermott (Co Sligo)

34

12.10

Kieran Lovelock (Hindhead, UK)

3/2

Res

 

John Greene (Carlow)

35

12.20

Robert Cannon (L’town & B’town)

 

Res

2/1

Pat Murray (Limerick)

36

12.30

Harry Diamond (Belvoir Park)

1H

Res

 

Sean Barry (Lee Valley)

37

12.40

Daniel Coyle (Co Louth)

 

Res

8/7

Barry Anderson (Co Sligo)

38

12.50

Dave O’Donovan (Muskerry)

3/2

Res

 

Reeve Whitson (Mourne)

39

13.00

Jeff Hopkins (Skerries)

 

Res

4/3

Steffan O’Hara (Co Sligo)

40

13.15

Rory McNamara (Headfort)

 

Res

3/2

Paul Cutler (Portstewart)

41

13.30

Dermot McElroy (Ballymena)

1H

Res

 

Gavin Moynihan (The Island)

42

13.45

Aaron Kearney (Castlerock)

 

Res

4/3

Niall Gorey (Muskerry)

43

14.00

Ian Brennan (Greenore)

 

Res

19th

Andrew Hogan (Newlands)

44

14.20

Craig Martin (Kilkenny)

6/5

Res

 

David Kelleher (Portmarnock)

45

14.40

Alan Dunbar (Rathmore)

2H

Res

 

Ben Churchill (Galgorm Castle)

46

15.00

Jack Hume (Rathsallagh)

4/3

Res

 

Daniel Murphy (Portarlington)

47

15.20

Chris Selfridge (Moyola Park)

 

Res

3/1

Colin Fairweather (Knock)

48

15.40

Richard O’Donovan (Lucan)

 

Res

2/1

Stephen Walsh (Baltinglass/UCD)

 

2011 West of Ireland Matchplay Draw, Round 3, Monday April 25

Match

Time

 

 

Thru

 

 

49

08.00

Gary McDermott (Co Sligo)

 

 

 

Kieran Lovelock (Hindhead,UK)

50

08.10

Pat Murray (Limerick)

 

 

 

Harry Diamond (Belvoir Park)

51

08.20

Barry Anderson (Co Sligo)

 

 

 

Dave O’Donovan (Muskerry)

52

08.30

Steffan O’Hara (Co Sligo)

 

 

 

Paul Cutler (Portstewart)

53

08.40

Dermot McElroy (Ballymena)

 

 

 

Niall Gorey (Muskerry)

54

08.50

Andrew Hogan (Newlands)

 

 

 

Craig Martin (Kilkenny)

55

09.00

Alan Dunbar (Rathmore)

 

 

 

Jack Hume (Rathsallagh)

56

09.10

Colin Fairweather (Knock)

 

 

 

Stephen Walsh (Baltinglass/UCD)

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