One of Scotland’s top golfing champions has swung into action to launch the newly renovated leisure facilities at Macdonald Inchyra Hotel & Spa, Falkirk.
Stephen Gallacher, 2014 Ryder Cup player and three-time winner on The European Tour, is an official ambassador to Macdonald Hotels & Resorts, one of the UK’s largest independent hotel groups. He visited the Macdonald Inchyra Hotel & Spa to open the new Vital Health & Wellbeing Club, and spin studio which have undergone an extensive renovation.
Gallacher, who lives in nearby Linlithgow, will be using the facilities throughout the 2018 golf season, and shared some top tips from his winning workout regime.
He said; “My programme consists of lots of cardiovascular exercises. I am a big fan of the static bike, it’s a low impact work out, which builds strength and power, helping me to hit the ball further, as well as increasing my focus and concentration. Spin classes also increase endurance and stamina – which are essential during tournaments when I can be playing or practicing for up to five hours every day.
“The new spin studio at Macdonald Inchyra Hotel & Spa is great and adds an element of fun to an otherwise gruelling workout. Fitted with IC6 Myride indoor cycle bikes, spin class fans can work out in front of screens which transport them to over 500 unique locations showing footage from the Italian Alps to road trails in California.”
Weight training is another key element of Stephen’s workouts, including cable chops, squats, dumb bell bench presses and lunges which are all geared to strengthening the muscles in his legs, back and arms. These help him to improve his posture and positioning to maximise the point of impact when hitting the golf ball.
Stephen continued; “Strong muscle groups give me control when practicing and competing, and help keep me injury-free and in general good health.
“My fitness programme does vary depending on whether the season is in full swing, meaning I am continuously re-focusing my workouts. Whether its cardio, strength training or flexibility, Macdonald Inchyra Hotel & Spa has everything I need to achieve desired levels of physical fitness, maintain momentum and deliver results.”
Macdonald Inchyra Hotel & Spa has been fitted with the latest gym technology from renowned health and training brand Life Fitness. This technology includes SPARC Trainers for high intensity interval training which are engineered to be gentler on joints; SE3 interactive cardio machines and PowerMill Climbers which have easy to navigate start-up screens as well as integrated video streaming and internet compatibility.
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Welsh footballing hero John Hartson and former Strictly Come Dancing judge Len Goodman are among the early celebrity golfers announced to play at this August’s Farmfoods British Par 3 Championship.
Goodman and Hartson, who took part at his first British Par 3 at last year’s event at Nailcote Hall, Warwickshire, join ex-Notts and England cricketer James Taylor and tournament host Tony Jacklin CBE at Nailcote Hall, with many more celebrity and professional golfers to be added soon.
Last year’s British Par 3 saw the likes of former England rugby international Mike Tindall MBE, Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler, ex-F1 champion Nigel Mansell CBE, former Leeds United star Gordon Strachan OBE, Irish music stars Keith Duffy and Brian McFadden, and BBC TV presenter Dan Walker all take part in the event.
Goodman became a household name across the country appearing on Strictly Come Dancing as head judge between 2004-2016, while appearing on its US counterpart Dancing With The Stars. The keen golfer is also a regular on BBC Radio 2, and has appeared at Nailcote Hall on many occasions, leading him to become a fan favourite of the tournament.
The Farmfoods British Par 3 Championship welcomes back title sponsor Farmfoods and event partners Nailcote Hall, Champions (UK) plc, Browns Food Group, The Eagle Tour, McCain, Sky Sports Golf, Liberty, Thomas Lyte, Total Motion, Inspirational Magazine, Finest Catch, Champions Celebrity, VPAR Live Golf and Champions After Dinner Speakers and chosen charity for the event Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People.
Returning media partner, Sky Sports will also support the event with its usual excellent coverage.
For more information on the 2018 Farmfoods British Par 3 Championship, and to register for free tickets, please visit: http://britishpar3.com/booking/event-ticket/2018.
With the 2018 season of the Hotel Planner PGA EuroPro Tour about to get underway, Europe’s leading development tour has announced that it will be replacing all of its water bottles with sustainable options.
In 2017 the Tour provided over 5500 water bottles to participants in its events. This year, inspired by the Sky Ocean Rescue campaign, each participant will receive a re-usable water bottle for use in competition.
Daniel Godding, CEO of the Tour commented, “The Sky Ocean Rescue campaign is all about making the small everyday changes that collectively make a huge difference and we recognised that by making our own small change, we could contribute to the health of the oceans. This is an important campaign and I’m delighted that we can be a part of making a difference.”
The Tour will install water stations around the course at every event for players to fill up. So while every player will get all the water they need, the Tour is taking its step in reducing waste and plastic consumption, helping safeguard the water the world needs.
For more information on the HotelPlanner.com EuroPro Tour please visit http://www.europrotour.com/
For more information on the Sky Ocean Rescue campaign, please visit https://skyoceanrescue.com/
Women’s Golf Day (WGD), the hugely popular global celebration of women and girls in golf, is returning for 2018. With the support of golfers across the globe it is set to be the most successful event ever. This year WGD is calling on male and female golfers worldwide to encourage the venues where they play to get involved, host an event and share the game we all love.
WGD is a one day event that uses a combination of golf and socialising to introduce women and girls to the game of golf and encourages existing golfers to tee it up in a fun and highly inclusive environment. The 2018 event, which will take place on June 5th, was launched at a press conference at the PGA Show in Orlando by Annika Sörenstam and aims to engage more women and girls in the game than ever before.
Since the inaugural WGD in 2016, the event has grown exponentially from 485 locations in 28 countries to 711 locations in 46 countries last year. 2017 also saw WGD’s primary hashtag #WomensGolfDay receive more than 15 million global impressions to nearly 10 million users across Twitter and Instagram.
“Women love to share their interests with their friends and family which is why we are encouraging existing golfers to encourage their Clubs to get involved. The feedback we receive from participating facilities is really positive because Women’s Golf Day gives them the tools to reach potential new female golfers in a really effective way,” explains WGD Founder Elisa Gaudet.
Golf courses and facilities signing up for the 2018 event before 31st March will be entitled to an early bird offer of $79.00. All participating venues will have a dedicated event webpage on the WGD website where they can manage and promote their event. In addition they will have access to specially designed marketing material, banners and posters to help promote the event.
"In my 37 years in the golf industry, I have seen very few initiatives so effectively generate interest and enthusiasm among women and girls as Women’s Golf Day has these past two years,” says Steve Mona, CEO of the World Golf Foundation. “It has rapidly become a global movement, where women are coming together, not only to take up our sport, but to network and enjoy the social benefits associated with our game.”
WGD looks forward to welcoming even more golf clubs and facilities to celebrate women and girls’ golf and make 2018 the best yet! Come and join us!
To register to host a Women’s Golf Day event visit https://womensgolfday.com/location-registration/
The American Golf Long Drive Championship is back for its fourth year with a brand-new sponsor – Callaway! Callaway, the #1 selling Driver company will be supporting the annual event with fantastic prizes. So, as well as uncovering the very best Long Drive talent in the Under 45, Over 45 and Ladies categories, thanks to Callaway’s support you don’t even have to be the biggest hitter to be a winner!
First stage qualifying will take place in every American Golf store over a month between Monday 9th April and Friday 4th May, giving more people than ever the opportunity to take part and attempt to qualify for the Regional stages. Once through Regionals, competitors will have the chance to challenge current champions Dan Konyk (Under 45), Ilona Stubley (Ladies) and Charles Seo (Over 45) at the Grand Final for a place on the plane to the U.S.A. to compete in the World Long Drive Championships.
In previous years competitors in the Long Drive Championship have had three attempts to hit their farthest distance but this year they will be given an additional three balls to qualify using the new Callaway Rogue Driver. To incentivise as many people as possible to take part, there will be additional chances to win every week throughout qualifying. A prize of a Callaway Rogue Driver will go to the person who gains the most yards using a Rogue compared to their own product, plus there will be a weekly prize draw for anyone entering the competition.
“Callaway have invested heavily in Long Drive over the last 5 years with multiple world European and World Champions winning with Callaway product. With American Golf taking the lead on Long Drive here in Europe it was the natural fit for both brands to work together on this exciting event,” explains Nick McInally Marketing Director Callaway Europe.
“Long Drive is a fantastic sport and our competition is always a highlight of the year. Every competition throws up a new name from the ranks of the U.K.’s big hitting golfers so we want people of all golfing abilities to get in store, tee it high and let it fly. With the extended entry period, more shots to qualify and more chances to win, this is set to be the most exciting year we’ve ever had,” adds Head of Events at American Golf, Matt Bacon.
To locate your nearest American Golf store and find all terms and conditions of entry visit www.americangolf.co.uk
Thousands of amateur golfers from over 1,900 clubs will get the chance to chase their dreams with Bridgestone, after the world’s number one tyre and rubber company confirmed that it will again run the Chase Your Dream Trophy with England Golf.
The competition captured the imagination of golfing enthusiasts like never before in 2017, with an epic journey taking club competition winners to regional finals, a national final and then a round at the pro-am of the Bridgestone Challenge. Three overall winners then teed it up with Ryder Cup hero Nicolas Colsaerts at the pro-am of the British Masters supported by Sky Sports.
This year will follow a similar path, with the Chase Your Dream Trophy again open to all amateur golfers who belong to clubs affiliated to England Golf - and who enjoyed success in 2017 club competitions.
England Golf has confirmed that the top club winners, based on net scores, will qualify for a regional final, playing 18-holes of medal stroke play. The leading players at each regional final will then go forward to the national finals, played during England Golf Week at Frilford Heath Golf Club, Oxfordshire. The women’s final will be held on Thursday 16 August and the men’s will follow on Friday 17 August. Both finals will be played on the Red course.
The winners will be crowned England’s champion male and female handicap golfers of the year and the top nine players at each final will play in the pro-am at the Bridgestone Challenge on Wednesday September 5. The winning team will go on to play in the pro-am at the British Masters on Wednesday October 10.
Such a journey will live forever in the memory of 14-year-old Stafford golfer Hannah Golding from Brocton Hall Golf Club. She won last year’s event with fellow amateurs Mike Durkin of Hurlston Hall, Lancashire, and Neil Garbutt of Masham, Yorkshire. They not only played with ‘Miracle of Medinah’ Ryder Cup star Colsaerts in the British Masters pro-am, but Hannah also went on to meet her idol Charley Hull, who is a Bridgestone ‘Chase Your Dream, No Matter What’ ambassador.
Hannah said: “It was an incredible experience. It was the biggest event I had ever won and it meant so much to me to have done so well. I first picked up a club aged seven because my Dad played golf and I’m so happy I did. The Chase Your Dream Trophy was an incredible journey.”
Bridgestone’s Consumer Sales & Marketing Director, Farrell Dolan said: “Our Chase Your Dream Trophy has captured the imaginations of many, many golfers. We want to build on our 2017 successes and create another competition that is etched in the diaries of English amateur players.”
For more information about Bridgestone and its Chase Your Dream concept, visit www.nomatterwhat.uk.com
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Meghan MacLaren entered the final round of the Women’s New South Wales Open with a two-shot lead. If ever there was a test of withstanding the pressure in order to win your first Ladies European Tour title, Meghan was about to face it. With the chasing pack hot on her heels, MacLaren was about to show her true class on the final day.
Back in 2017, MacLaren showed exactly what she was capable of by winning two LET Access events and the Order of Merit. Now she was in pole position on the bigger stage as she aimed to show the highest tier of the LET that the hype was completely justified.
Her father, David MacLaren, the CEO of the European Senior Tour’s newly named StaySure Tour, took time out of his own busy schedule to act as her caddy over the weekend in order to support his daughter. Maybe, that close bond helped her over the finish line.
The 23-year-old got off to a blistering start with a birdie on the first. If the chasing pack were hoping that MacLaren would show any signs of nerves then it was quickly dashed. A steady stream of pars followed until the seventh when MacLaren gave a shot back the course before bouncing back on the ninth to end the halfway point on 33. By this point, with the others pushing hard, MacLaren held a four-shot lead.
The back nine was all about closing the deal. Steadily, she did just that with seven pars and two bogeys. Approaching the final putt, she had shots to spare to win her first LET title by two shots.
Following her maiden victory, MacLaren spoke about her round saying: “All parts of my game were good. To go out there today and to still feel in control of my ball striking and all of that, it gave me a little bit of margin for error towards the end.
“I played well in the few events that I played last year, but you’ve got to be patient. It can take some players years before they get over the line. To do it now gives me a lot of confidence.”
With previous winners of this event including the likes of Dame Laura Davies and Lydia Ko, MacLaren has entered a pretty impressive club, and rightfully so.
Ryder Cup hero Tony Jacklin CBE has tipped 2017’s Race to Dubai winner Tommy Fleetwood for Major success this season, with The Open his best shot at a top trophy.
Jacklin played alongside a 22-year-old Fleetwood, as the Southport golfer took home the Farmfoods British Par 3 Championship in 2013 at Nailcote Hall, Warwickshire. The two-time Major winner has kept an eye on his progress ever since, as Fleetwood became European Number One, beating fellow Englishman Justin Rose to the Race to Dubai title last year.
The 73-year-old said: “Tommy’s made a marked improvement in his game this last year, there’s no doubt about that. Every win you have gives you more confidence, but you still need that element of luck to get the job done at the highest level.
“His best shot at a Major might be at Carnoustie. If he gets off to a good start, he’ll have a lot of home support there.
“He’s really raised his game, and he’s a world-class player now, it’s great to see him make his mark on the sport and it’s good news for the future of the game.”
Jacklin’s career highlights included winning The Open in 1969 and the US Open in 1970, as well as making the Ryder Cup the competition it is today, by bringing Team Europe up to the standards of their American counterparts. He led the team four times as non-playing captain between 1983 to 1989, Team Europe winning their first-ever title in the USA in 1987.
On the Ryder Cup, Jacklin added: “As well as Tommy, there’s the likes of Matt Fitzpatrick, and in particular Jon Rahm, who look good, young players for the future of European golf.
“September is a long while away, and I don’t think there are any favourites for the Cup at the moment, but it’ll be an exciting week, that’s for sure.”
Since winning the 2013 Farmfoods British Par 3 Championship, Tommy Fleetwood’s career has gone from strength-to-strength and he looks a certainty to be an integral part of Team Europe in this September’s Ryder Cup.
Tony Jacklin is the tournament host for the 2018 Farmfoods British Par 3 Championship at Nailcote Hall, Warwickshire. The event takes place between 7-10 August 2018 and tickets can be registered for FREE from: http://bit.ly/2wmnaok.
Stoke Park golf professional Tom Reid has been hailed as one of the top 50 junior coaches in the world … for the second consecutive year.
What's more, Reid, 32, was the only Great Britain-based coach to make the final cut in the list presented by Coaches Institute, a division of the US Kids Golf Foundation, an organisation designed to promote junior golf.
The announcement - and presentation of his personalised plaque - took place at the PGA Show in Orlando, Florida, the largest annual golf trade show in the world. US Kids Golf conceived the top 50 awards in 2004, "to help parents find kid-friendly coaches … recognised for their outstanding ability to teach the game to kids".
A delighted Reid, who has been at Stoke Park for almost a year, said: "I was chuffed as you can imagine. There were about 500 people in the audience and it was streamed live on Facebook. I'm not really one for getting up in front of an audience like that, so my priority was to get up there and get back down without tripping over …
"They tell me I'm the only person in Europe to have won it twice which is great. I now have to try to make it three years in a row which would make me a US Kids Golf Master Instructor - the only one in Europe."
Dan Van Horn, the president and founder of US Kids Golf, said: "These coaches are honoured as more than instructors. They create outstanding opportunities for young golfers to learn in a fun and rewarding environment that instils a love for the game and engages the entire family. Their ability to connect with students and fully engage them in the learning process sets them apart."
Reid moved to the five-star venue last March, from the Wentworth Club, where he had been instrumental in establishing the junior academy, and, with his fellow teaching professionals , has been instrumental in the success of the Stoke Park academy and the restructuring of the scholarship programme over the past 12 months.
He added: "What attracted me to Stoke Park was that it was a beautiful, busy, high-end club, and I came with the intention of helping to grow the academy, which we are succeeding in doing. I've done a lot of junior coaching and am looking to now restructure the junior development programme. But our overall intention is to make Stoke Park's academy the ‘go to' academy for any golfer in the area. And visitors can see for themselves: we are well on the way!"
Recently voted the number one golf resort in England, in the inaugural Golf World ‘Top 100 Resorts in UK & Ireland' ranking, the historic Stoke Park - one of just two five-AA Red Star golf clubs in England - boasts 27 Harry Colt-designed holes and a thriving golf club with around 850 members. Its numerous facilities include a state-of-the-art health club, spa and pool, 13 tennis courts, and three restaurants and bars, including the three AA rosette fine dining Humphry's.
Set within 300 acres of mid-19th century Lancelot ‘Capability' Brown-landscaped parkland, in Stoke Poges, Bucks, Stoke Park is only 35 minutes from London and seven miles from Heathrow Airport. The historic land on which it stands is recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086 and the celebrated course played host to the PGA Matchplay in 1910 and, even more famously, the golf match between Sean Connery's James Bond and Auric Goldfinger, in the 1964 film, Goldfinger.
Midlands-based van and commercial vehicle supplier Maxi Low are the latest sponsor announced for the 2018 Farmfoods European Senior Masters.
After supporting the inaugural tournament at the Forest of Arden Marriot Hotel & Country Club last year, the Farmfoods European Senior Masters are delighted to welcome Maxi Low back for 2018.
They will be sponsoring the tee markers at the Forest of Arden, as well as the bibs of the professional’s and amateur’s caddies across the entire week’s play.
Maxi Low Director, Ken Crouch, said: “We’re delighted to be partnering with the European Senior Masters once again.
“After the success of last year’s inaugural tournament, it’ll be great to see the stars of the Staysure Tour returning to the Forest of Arden Marriott Hotel & Country Club for the second year of the tournament and we at Maxi Low are proud to be a partner”
For more on Maxi Low, please visit: https://www.maxi-low.co.uk/.
The 2018 Farmfoods European Senior Masters takes place between 4-7 October 2018, for more information visit: www.europeanseniormasters.com.