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European Tour extends its partnership with Golfbreaks.comEuropean Tour extends its partnership with Golfbreaks.com
The European Tour has today announced a partnership between Golfbreaks.com and the Volvo World Match Play Championship which will give more than 500,000 golfers across the United Kingdom the chance to buy discounted tickets for the 50th anniversary of the tournament, held at London Golf Club from October 15-19.
The pioneering partnership sees Golfbreaks.com, which is widely recognised as Europe’s leading golf tour operator, enhance its association with European Tour Properties, a network of world-class venues which includes London GC, in Ash, Kent.
The International Course will for the first time stage the €2.25million tournament, which pits 16 of the world’s leading players – including defending champion Graeme McDowell and his 2014 Ryder Cup team-mate Henrik Stenson – against one another in head-to-head match play.
The elite field will qualify via a revised criteria and will be split into four groups of four in the group stages, before the leading two players from each group proceed to the knock-out phase, which will be played over the weekend.
Golfbreaks.com customers are entitled to a £10 discount on the season ticket price, and £5 on any one day tickets. Full details of how to take advantage of these discounts are available online here.
Keith Waters, The European Tour’s Chief Operating Officer, said: “We applaud Golfbreaks.com for their support and this superb initiative in encouraging golfing fans to attend what has undoubtedly become one of the highlights of The European Tour International Schedule.
“The two editions of the European Open held at London Golf Club in 2008 and 2009 drew fantastic crowds, and I’m sure this partnership will help ensure another tremendous turnout during the week of the Volvo World Match Play Championship.”
Keith Mitchell, Marketing Director of Golfbreaks.com, said: “It is great to have another high-profile event in the UK so close after The Ryder Cup, giving golf fans another chance to see their heroes in action.
“With well over 500,000 golfers booking either a holiday or tee time through Golfbreaks.com and Teeofftimes.co.uk, we are delighted to be able to offer discounted tickets to our loyal golfing fans and we look forward to seeing many of them in person at the tournament this autumn.”
Golfbreaks.com was started by Andrew Stanley in 1998, with the objective of saving golfers time and money by organising their golf trips. The company offers more than 2,000 resorts and courses across the United Kingdom, Europe, USA and worldwide, with nearly 200,000 golfers using the service last year.
Golfbreaks.com also runs the UK’s leading online tee-time booking service, Teeofftimes.co.uk – which last year sold more than 300,000 rounds of golf – and the company also branched out into spa days and breaks in 2010 with the launch of BookaSpa.com. The company now enjoys a turnover of almost £35m, and employs 140 staff in its Windsor office.
The Volvo World Match Play Championship was begun by Mark McCormack and IMG in 1964, when Arnold Palmer took the title at Wentworth Club. Since Volvo became the title sponsors in 2009, the event has evolved by securing a world-class field via qualification on merit and revising the format.
Last year, the Championship was the first full European Tour event to be played in Bulgaria, with McDowell beating Thailand’s Thongchai Jaidee in the final at Thracian Cliffs.
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Golf writer Lewine Mair visits Terre Blanche Hotel Spa Golf Resort***** in the foothills of the Pyrenees in Provence.
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Land Fleesensee becomes HOME OF LAUREUS SPORT FOR GOODLand Fleesensee becomes HOME OF LAUREUS SPORT FOR GOOD
The Land Fleesensee tourist resort, in the heart of the Mecklenburg Lake District near Berlin, has become the official Home of Laureus Sport for Good, a charitable foundation whose mission is in supporting socially disadvantaged children and young people through social sports projects.
Land Fleesensee, Northern Europe’s largest holiday resort offering a wide range of leisure activities and hotels, including five golf courses, will support the Laureus Foundation by donating 0,50 euro for every player per round at Golf & Country Club Fleesensee and every entry into the Land Fleesensee Spa.
Managing Directors Thomas Döbber-Rüther and Detlev U. Fricke were delighted to receive the official Laureus designation, which will be displayed with pride and honour at the resort. “We are very pleased to promote the mission of the Laureus Foundation, of socially disadvantaged children and young people through social sports projects and to provide even greater support to the Home of Laureus. That it is a great honor and pleasure for Land Fleesensee to be a partner of the Laureus Foundation,“ said Thomas Döbber-Rüther.
For more information visit www.fleesensee.de
Celebrating One Year to GoCelebrating One Year to Go
In anticipation of the most prestigious international team event in women's professional golf, The 2015 Solheim Cup, European Tour Destinaion Golf Club St. Leon-Rot is celebrating “One-Year-To-Go” with a fun-filled four-day programme that includes a Charity Show Match.
Featuring The Solheim Cup Team Captains, previous Solheim Cup winners Sandra Gal and Caroline Masson, as well as SAP-Ambassadors Paula Creamer, US Open champion Martin Kaymer and current Challenge Tour Rankings leader Moritz Lampert, the Charity Show Match on Tuesday 16 September will offer golf fans the opportunity to get to know some of the event’s key players.
In addition, the weekend of 13/14 September will see the Karlsplatz in Heidelberg transformed into a golf fun park with activities for the entire family. And on Monday 15 September, a “Golden Charity Shot” from Heidelberg’s famous “Alte Brücke” bridge will kick-off an extensive charity fundraising campaign. Golf pros will tee off together with celebrities, including German football legend Franz Beckenbauer and SAP founder Dietmar Hopp, taking aim at a target floating on the River Neckar. The evening will see a grand charity Gala Dinner at Heidelberg Castle.
All golf fans can take part in the celebrations by visiting the Show Match or by bidding for “money-can’t-buy” experiences in the fundraising charity auction that will run on www.solheimcup.de . The auction will be open from 24 August to 15 September 2014, so don’t miss this chance to support worthy causes and bid on exclusive prizes.
To find out more about the event and reserve your tickets for the Show Match, visit www.solheimcup.de
Lampert relishing return to the big timeLampert relishing return to the big timeMoritz Lampert is relishing being back on The European Tour, but the three-time European Challenge Tour winner is expecting Made in Denmark to be a “brutal” return to the big time.
The 22 year old German has enjoyed a stunning year so far, earning instant promotion from the Challenge Tour thanks to a hat-trick of wins, having lost his European Tour card after just one season in 2013.
The most recent of those three victories was in the Azerbaijan Golf Challenge Open at the start of August, sealing his return to European golf’s top table.
Lampert, who is attached to European Tour Destination Golf Club St Leon-Rot, is determined to improve on his European Tour showing last year when he made just four of 22 cuts.
“Last year was tough. I put a lot of pressure on myself, but that attitude has changed. I take things a little easier,” he said.
“When I’m more relaxed, that is when I play my best. This week is going to be brutal though, with this wind. It’s going to be a good test of golf.”
He added: “Now I have to keep the feeling going that I have had and get used to playing tougher golf courses again.
“My game is in better shape than last year and I have become a better player, I would say.
“I’m looking forward to the challenge again and seeing how I compare to the best players in the world.”
Lampert’s turnaround has been remarkable and he is thrilled to be competing alongside some of European golf’s biggest names at Himmerland Golf & Spa Resort.
“I can’t really describe how fast everything has gone recently, going from playing on invites on the Challenge Tour to being back on the European Tour within ten weeks,” he reflected.
“Obviously I’m very happy and glad to be back. The whole atmosphere is different. It is a great golf course here, a very tough golf course. I can’t wait to get started tomorrow.
“Starting the season playing on invites on the Challenge Tour, my goal was to get into the Rolex Trophy next week. Now I don’t have to go. I didn’t expect it to happen this fast.
“I was hoping to win one or two tournaments this year and get into the top 15. I never expected it this fast.”
Lampert has tried to come to terms with his meteoric rise by taking some time out with his girlfriend.
“I came back from Azerbaijan and went to Rome for three days on holiday just to clear the head a little bit,” he said.
“I tried to sit down and think about what happened. The time off really helped to think about what I’m going to do for the rest of the year and set some new goals.”
He continued: “I’ll play this week, take the next one off and then play three in a row.
“I’m really looking forward to the rest of the year now, with the season ending on the Challenge Tour and the European Tour.”
Open de España legacy to boost Costa Brava tourismOpen de España legacy to boost Costa Brava tourism
The Costa Brava region in north-eastern Catalonia believes The 2014 Open de España legacy is already taking shape. According to a recent report by the Spanish Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism, there was a 2.4% increase in foreign visitors to Catalonia in June compared with the same month in 2013, which set a new tourism record for the first half of the year, with 7.1 million foreign tourists to the region.
The European Tour event, which was held near Girona at World Top 100 venue and European Tour Destination, PGA Catalunya Resort, and won by Spanish golfing icon, Miguel Ángel Jiménez, attracted over 39,000 visitors during tournament week, and injected an estimated 1.8 million Euros into the area.
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Jeremy Elwood of Golf Monthly magazine enjoys the best of all worlds on a visit to Terre Blanche, one of France's very best golf resorts and a European Tour Destination, just a short drive from Nice's Cote d'Azur airport .......
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UAE national golf teams to benefit from new partnershipUAE national golf teams to benefit from new partnership
DP World along with the DP World Tour Championship, The European Tour, the Emirates Golf Federation (EGF), Jumeirah Golf Estates and the European Tour Performance Institute (ETPI), have joined forces in a ground-breaking new partnership aimed at growing the game in the region by supporting the UAE National Golf Teams programme.
The initiative will see the UAE National Golf Teams, which consist of seventeen men, ladies and juniors, benefit from the state-of-the-art European Tour Performance Institute (ETPI) based at Jumeirah Golf Estates, home of the DP World Tour Championship, the season ending tournament of the European Tour’s Race to Dubai.
The ETPI has been lauded throughout the international golfing community for its phenomenal array of top level facilities, with European Tour players regularly visiting Dubai to use it, and the partnership offers the region's most promising players an unrivalled opportunity to develop further.
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European Tour Properties embarks on unique partnership with Fine & CountryEuropean Tour Properties embarks on unique partnership with Fine & Country
European Tour Properties, the network of world class golf venues under the umbrella of The European Tour, has entered into a unique real estate marketing partnership with the multi-award winning estate agency, Fine & Country.
The partnership will see the launch of a new web-based golf division that will boast an exclusive portfolio of elite developments around the globe as part of Fine & Country Golf. Troon Golf, one of the world’s premier luxury golf course management companies, will also form part of this relationship with a select number of their member venues also included.
As part of the agreement, European Tour Properties Member Venues will be assisted with bespoke website and associated real estate marketing activities, and through the creation of this golf specific brand, Fine & Country Golf will be able to promote Properties on a more personalised and individual basis.
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McDowell secures thrilling victoryMcDowell secures thrilling victory
Graeme McDowell produced a brilliant final round to overturn an eight shot deficit and successfully defend a tournament for the first time in his career.
McDowell shrugged off some miserable weather conditions to retain his Alstom Open de France title, carding a closing 67 at Le Golf National, the joint-lowest round on a wet and windy day.
But the former US Open Champion still needed American Kevin Stadler to miss from two feet for par on the 18th, an effort which would have forced a sudden death play-off.
With McDowell then dropping his only shot of the day on the 18th after finding heavy rough off the tee, Stadler needed to par the 18th to force a play-off but missed from two feet just as McDowell left the recording area to prepare for extra holes.
Stadler's closing 76 left him in a tie for second with Thailand's Thongchai Jaidee, who dropped five shots in the first four holes but played the remainder in four under for a 72.
"I'm very surprised," McDowell said after claiming his tenth European Tour title. "Midway through my second glass of red wine last night, when I was very disappointed with my back-nine performance on Saturday, I really didn't think I'd be a) standing here with an opportunity to be in a play-off and b) with a trophy in my hands.
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Praise pours in for Le Golf NationalPraise pours in for Le Golf National
There has been no shortage of praise this week from players and officials alike as European Tour Destination and 2018 Ryder Cup venue Le Golf National hosts the Alstom Open de France for a 22nd time.
Situated on the outskirts of Versailles near Paris, the well-established home of the Open de France will become only the second Continental venue – following Club de Golf Valderrama, in Spain, in 1997 – to stage The Ryder Cup when the 42nd edition is contested between Europe and the United States in four years’ time.
Le Golf National bested four other bids from rival nations Germany, the Netherlands, Portugal and Spain in an exhaustive bid process and will follow Gleneagles this year and Hazeltine in 2016 in hosting the revered, biennial showpiece.
With its stadium views, risk and reward holes and location close to one of the world’s foremost cities, the 2018 event promises to be quite the spectacle.
“I think Le Golf National is going to be a fantastic Ryder Cup venue for many reasons,” said three-time European Ryder Cup player and defending Open de France champion Graeme McDowell.
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Stenson moves into Jumeirah Golf Estates partnershipStenson moves into Jumeirah Golf Estates partnership
Jumeirah Golf Estates, a European Tour Destination, has signed an exclusive two-year partnership with the reigning Race to Dubai champion and World Number Two, Henrik Stenson, to become an Official Ambassador for the golf and residential development.
Stenson will support the venue’s domestic and global marketing activity, including personal appearances, media and PR. His Tour apparel will now feature the Jumeirah Golf Estates logo on the left-hand sleeve of his shirt, starting with last week’s BMW International Open in Cologne, Germany.
Stenson said; “I’m delighted to be working with Jumeirah Golf Estates. I have a longstanding association with Dubai ever since living there with my family, and since this time Jumeirah Golf Estates has become one of the world’s leading golf developments. I’m proud to be an Ambassador for them.
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