Thursday, 5 December 2013

Tunisia Golf Festival - Enjoy some golf in the sun

Enjoy some golf in the sun this spring at the 
Tunisia Golf Festival

Based at Hammamet
From March 1 to 8, 2014
Cost: £989 per GOLFER on HALF-BOARD (sharing a double or twin room)
£760 per NON-GOLFER on HALF-BOARD (sharing a double or twin room)
Single room Supplement (for seven nights) £80 extra

The Tournament Package includes:
Return flight with TUNISAIR from London or Manchester inclusive of taxes + Check-in luggage + Golf Clubs Carriage + in-flight meal  and drinks
Seven (7) Nights’ Accommodation on HALF BOARD in the five-star LE ROYAL HAMMAMET HOTEL 
Five (5) Rounds of competitive golf to be played on YASMINE and CITRUS Golf Courses
Cocktail Party with Canapé on 2nd March.
Gala Dinner with entertainment and drinks evening of March 7, followed by Prize Presentation Ceremony

1 Massage per Golfer
Free Transfers: TUNIS Airport  to LE ROYAL HAMMAMET Hotel to TUNIS Airport and back again.
Free daily transfers: Hotel – Golf - Hotel

Please contact me at for more details

Feedback from the 2013 festival:
Thank you for your organisation of a very good holiday. The Tunisair flight was very good and the staff on the plane were very pleasant and helpful please pass my comments to your friend the director of Tunisair. I was on time to get my connecting flight - Tommy Lavery (Inverclyde, Scotland)

I would like to thank you and all involved for organising our trip to Tunisia for the golf festival. I had a great trip and thoroughly enjoyed the hospitality shown by the Tunisian Tourist Board; and Tunisian people at Phenicia Hotel and at each of the golf courses (Citrus and Jasmine) we played.
The golf industry has potential to grow greatly in Tunisia from what I have seen and with good challenging golf courses and welcoming staff this should appeal hugely to potential golf enthusiasts looking to discover different golf courses and a new country.

Many thanks once again for a great week and best wishes for the year ahead - Chris Currie, PGA Professional, Scotland

Hi. Would like to congratulate you on a successful Golf Festival. I had a very enjoyable time and met a lot of great people. Thank you very much for the opportunity to play in this event, I shall help you promote the event next year - Tara Dayer-Smith (Ladies European Tour Pro)

Just wanted to thank you again very much for a great week in Tunisia. From the moment I arrived at Heathrow right through until I landed back there, was memorable for all the right reasons. Thanks to the Tunisian Tourist Board and everyone involved. 

As I said in my speech at the Gala Dinner - we were fortunate be a part of a great week with great Amateurs - Hannah Ralph, Lady Pro, West Sussex

Saturday, 26 October 2013

Rules: Touching line of putt

After Simon Dyson was just disqualified for touching his line of putt at the BMW Masters in Shanghai yesterday I thought I should write a little post explaining the rule so you can avoid Simons' fate.

Under rule 16-1a, a player must not touch his or her line of putt except under the following circumstances:

(i) the player may remove loose impediments, provided he does not press anything down;
(ii) the player may place the club in front of the ball when addressing it, provided he does not press anything down;
(iii) in measuring – Rule 18-6;
(iv) in lifting or replacing the ball – Rule 16-1b;
(v) in pressing down a ball-marker;
(vi) in repairing old hole plugs or ball marks on the putting green – Rule 16-1c; and
(vii) in removing movable obstructions
The incident only came to light after somebody had phoned in when they noticed it on the TV and unfortunately for Simon it was already too late because he had already signed his scorecard.

Since Simon touched his line of putt he incurred a penalty of 2 strokes but since he didn't add that to his score before signing his scorecard he was disqualified for signing for a score lower than he actually had.

So, make sure you follow the above rules to avoid being penalised or even disqualified.


Thursday, 29 August 2013

No need to be afraid of bunkers any more.......

All good bunker players consistently strike the same point and take the same amount of sand every time.  

To improve your bunker play draw two lines in the bunker (one representing start and finish point of impact) and take your stance with your feet equal distance on either side. Using a sand wedge, take a swing and see whether your club makes contact before the line, directly on the line, or after the line. The club should contact the sand directly on the line and the divot should follow, leaving the area before the line untouched. 

If you strike behind the line, then move your stance so the line is now closer to your back foot and vice versa if you hot after the line.

No need to be afraid of bunkers any more!

Friday, 9 August 2013

Scottish Ladies Tour: Spaces still available for St Andrews events

There are still spaces for the next events on the Tour to be held at the Fairmont and the Duke's in St Andrews. Entries are open to all female professionals and amateurs with a single figure handicap. Log on to to register

Jess Meek missed the past two Paul Lawrie Golf Centre Scottish Ladies Open Tour events because she was on international duty for Scotland women's amateur team in the European championship at Fulford Golf Club, York.

Her absence allowed two professionals, Katy McNicoll and Heather Stirling, to relegate her to third place in the Tour's Order of Merit.
Katy, pictured in her Royal and Awesome trousers, is the new leader with 4,365pt from six events.
Heather is lying second with 3,649pt from eight events.
Jess is now third with 3,585 from six events.

Thursday, 16 May 2013

Scottish Ladies Open Tour

Nicola - Tournament Director at the opening event @ Dalmahoy

News so far...

Carnoustie players head both the prizemoney table and the order of Merit standings after five events in the Paul Lawrie Scottish Ladies Open Tour.
Professional Katy McNicoll, won at Trump International and Deeside on Monday and Tuesday of this week and also the 36-hole aggregate competition linking the scores at both venues.

Carnoustie Ladies amateur Jess Meek, 18heads the Order of Merit with 2,600pt and is the clear leading from professional Laura Murray (Paul Lawrie Golf Centre) who has gathered 2,199pt.

Top placings:
1 K McNicoll (Carnoustie) £2,225; 2 C De Vries (Netherlands) £1,075; 3 L Murray (Paul Lawrie GC) £1,055; 4 H MacRae (Gleneagles) £955; 5 H Stirling (Dairsie) £837; 6 L Shervill (2-do-Sport) £722; 7 P Feggans (Doon Valley) £600; 8 V Laing (Musselburgh) £437; 9 Fabienne In-Albon (Switzerland) £325; 10 (equal) D Dyer (Chigwell) and Eleanor Givens (Darlington) £287 each.
1 J Meek (Carnoustie Ladies) (am) 2,600pt; 2 L Murray (Paul Lawrie GC) 2,199; 3 K McNicoll (Carnoustie) 2,000; 4 H MacRae (Gleneagles) 1,954; 5 H Stirling (Dairsie) 1,874; 6 L Shervill (2-do- Sport) 1,865; 7 C De Vries (Netherlands) 1,675; 8 D Dyer (Chigwell) (1,445; 9 M Pow (Selkirk) 1,355; 10 G Webster (Elie SC) 1,190.

The next PLGC Scottish Ladies Open tour events over 18 holes are in July:
2 Downfield GC, Dundee.
3 Carnoustie Burnside.
11 Blairgowrie Rosemount.
12 Alyth GC, Perthshire.

Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Rules - Embedded ball in lip of bunker

This is actually a situation I had when refereeing a tournament last year.

Q. A player's ball is completely embedded in the vertical lip of a bunker. The lip is not grass-covered, so it is part of the bunker. Is the ball considered to be lying through the green? If so, the player would be entitled to drop the ball behind the bunker if he deems it unplayable.

A. No. An embedded ball is considered to be lying in the part of the course where it entered the ground.

The key to this ruling is that the lip wasn't grass covered. If the lip had grass growing within it then the ball would be considered to be lying through the green and the player would be entitled to free relief.