Month: November 2015

Night School: Clean up your downswing | Golf Channel

School of Golf’s Martin Hall and Blair O’Neal teach how a towel can be used to improve your downswing. Watch School of Golf Wednesdays 7PM ET on Golf Channel.

Source: Night School: Clean up your downswing | Golf Channel

McIlroy wins European Tour finale, Race to Dubai | Golf Channel

Rory McIlroy got the better of a battling Andy Sullivan over the back nine of the DP World Tour Championship Sunday to win the European Tour’s season-ending tournament as well as the Race to Dubai.Despite his injury this year, Mcllroy had a great finish to the season. With 2 months of before his return to tournament golf in January, he can feel good about the season despite having not won a major.

Source: McIlroy wins European Tour finale, Race to Dubai | Golf Channel

Top Golf Course Designers

Who is your favourite golf course designer? Here is a good article that names some world class designers and outlines some of their accomplishments.

Adam Scott critical of Olympics format; still not a priority | Golf Channel

 Adam Scott reiterated on Wednesday that he’s no certainty to play at the Rio Olympics next year if he qualifies. Follow us on Facebook.


Source: Adam Scott critical of Olympics format; still not a priority | Golf Channel

Hometown and hockey shape LPGA winner Brooke Henderson | Golf Channel

With the fortitude of a hockey player, a Canadian small-town foundation, and a supportive family, Brooke Henderson is a rising LPGA star.

Source: Hometown and hockey shape LPGA winner Brooke Henderson | Golf Channel

Golf returns as an Olympic Sport?

Golf in the Olympics

Golf in the Olympics

Golf will be an Olympic sport again in the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics for the first time since 1904. It has been well over a century since a Canadian named George Lyon took home the gold medal in Olympic Golf. Players are already juggling their professional schedules to have an opportunity to represent their respective countries in the Olympics. However controversial this is, it will certainly be exciting for spectators worldwide. So what is the issue? Why have we waited over a hundred years for this?
First of all, the Olympics have always been a showcase of the world’s top athletes but it was never for athletes already competing in professional arenas. It was the big opportunity to compete on a world stage for athletes that don’t already have the world stage every weekend of their careers.
One of the most famous examples of how strict the Olympic standards were on this issue involved an American athlete, Jim Thorpe. In the 1912 Olympics, Thorpe had his gold medals in the decathlon and pentathlon stripped because he had once accepted small amounts of money for playing semi-pro baseball during his college summers. His achievements were nullified due to the money received, even though it was in the context of different sport.
USGA Executive Director David Fay, who was behind the effort to return golf to the Olympics, believes that it would be good for the game of golf particularly in countries where it is still growing in popularity.
“Golf in the Olympics could grow the game worldwide, particularly in places where it’s not that big. Take countries like Croatia or Russia. In order to jump-start interest and support of the sport in these countries, you need money. The best way to get that is through two sources —- your government or the national Olympic committee. For these countries, there’s no substitute for it being an Olympic medal sport”.
I don’t agree that having another tournament, one that would likely be dominated by the usual names, can contribute to fostering the interest of Russian and Croatian golfers. What would be more likely to inspire the interest of such ‘non traditional’ golf nations is if their best amateur players had an opportunity to play and do well on a world stage and this would have to be against other amateur players. So why not include the golf in the Olympics but have it be a fair playing field for the world’s top amateurs? A gold medal would have a lot of significance to someone on that playing field and to their respective countries. Do Jordan Spieth and Bubba Watson really need Olympic medals to go with their Green Jackets and other accolades that they will surely win their respective professional careers? However, the International Olympic Committee has made it clear that they don’t want golf unless the top pros will be there and in order to guarantee this, they made The top 15 world-ranked players automatically eligible for the Games with a maximum of four per country.
And what do the PGA organizers think? They have made it known that they aren’t totally behind the idea of golf as an Olympic sport for the single reason that it will take away from their already busy summer events. Several tournaments that fall in and around the weeks leading up to the Olympics will see fewer top players as these players prepare for their Olympic duties.
And most importantly, what do the players think? Well, perhaps Bubba’s response says it all “How would you not want to be an Olympic athlete?” Watson, 36, said. Well, until now, one could have said, “maybe he should have taken up another sport”.

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A message from the President

How we play golf can be a reflection of how we live life. It can be an opportunity to better our game and ourselves. It can be a place to overcome our fears. It can be a place to be silent as we focus on the task ahead; a place to reflect and recalibrate in order to get into the zone where things can really happen.  It can be a good lot of fun with friends and family too. It really is all that you make of it.

Probably just like you, I am fascinated with this game. I enjoy reading about all aspects of it, from the technical to the spiritual. It challenges me at a very deep level and I appreciate it very much for that reason.  I want to be a great player and I know that I have the potential to do so.  And every time I play, I know that it is an opportunity to go to place within myself that is very real and that allows me to play the game well. I call it my ‘zen’ place. I am not yet a great player, but when I am ‘right’ in my mind and heart, I do feel great when I play, no matter what the score. I feel that my best approach nowadays is that I am playing from that place. I feel that I have found the magic club in my bag that I never knew was there.

I would like for this blog to be a unique place where we meet, discuss and learn about “all things golf”. I want to hear from you about your magic moments and your darkest hours on the course. I want us to share tips, and share all the information there is out there on golf. If something works for you, it may also work for others. If you have played a great course, let us hear about it. Better yet, maybe we can get together and play it.  I do love to travel and play and invite you to do the same. See my stay and play deals.

Thanks for joining the Go Pac Golf family and I look forward to hearing more from you in the future.

Best regards, Carolyn

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