Italian Triumph for Rest of the World

Blogger and John Eakin with the Vision Cup

Blogger and John Eakin with the Vision Cup

IN A MAGNIFICENT team effort the Rest of the World blind and visually impaired golfers retained their equivalent of the Ryder Cup with a comprehensive 14.5 to 9.5 victory over North America at the beautiful Villa d”Este Golf Club in Lombardy, north-west Italy.

Like the Ryder Cup, the tournament runs over three days and is competed for bi-annually. The team is selected from the top four players in each of the International Blind Golfers Association three sight categories from B1, totally blind, to B3 and includes an additional captain’s pick. Continue reading

Fancy a quick 72 holes? Matt and David do…

1959515_1527443334168629_9024500351341915864_nROYAL ASHDOWN CLUB HOUSE MANAGER, Matt Palmer, has a cunning plan. On Wednesday 24th June he will be teeing off at shortly after 5.00 am on the Old Course with his playing partner, Club Secretary David Holmes and will head off down the first fairway for what will be the opening salvo in a mammoth round of 72 holes in one and the same day. They will be joined by club professional Tim Cowley and chef, Tom Waller. Continue reading

Triumphs for Ashdown ladies and Ashdown’s Ollie

Ashdown ladies win Scratch 4s

From left: County Ladies’ Captain, Sue Todd, RAFGC Ladies’ Captain, Poo Adam, and winners, Jacs Marlio and Katherine Russell.

ROYAL ASHDOWN ladies’ Jacs Marlio and Katherine Russell (see above) did not so much win the Sussex County scratch foursomes held at Cowdray Park as blow the opposition away. In the semi-final against Rye the Ashdown girls powered their way to a 4&3 victory only to go one better in the afternoon with a 5&4 triumph against West Sussex in what was a repeat of the 2011 and 2012 finals. Continue reading

Tiger no longer burning bright

Tiger-Woods-new-game-needs-work-3818UCFN-x-largeUntil now it has been a less than compelling debate. Editors wishing to fill space in their respective golf magazines or newspaper articles have simply had to ask their golf writers to file 1,000 words on that most hackneyed of golfing questions, ‘Will Tiger Woods get back on track this season and win another “major”?’ Continue reading

Bravo Charley



WHILST ARGUMENTS still rage over quite what Rory McIlroy has to do to become the winner of the BBC sport’s personality of the year award- presumably win all four majors in a calendar year- there was some excellent and richly deserved news regarding a golfing phenomenon in the women’s game. Charley Hull has won the European Order of Merit, aged just 18, after finishing fifth at the Dubai Ladies Masters. Continue reading

Seve & Ollie not Stan & Ollie


A FAMOUS VICTORY was secured at the invitational event held at St George’s Hill Golf Club in November.  The St George’s Cup for Club Secretaries and either Course Managers or Clubhouse Managers, a contest that has been running for some 50 years, was won by Royal Ashdown’s very own dynamic duo of David Holmes and Matt Palmer. Continue reading