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A (Short) History of Golf

Golf is an incredibly popular sport in the United States and worldwide that has annual championships, massive companies, professional players and famous courses. However, many people are unaware about the origins of this wonderful sport. Here is a brief history of golf to help shed some light on this unknown topic.

 

The earliest origins of golf are quite unclear and hotly contested by historians. However, the origins of the standard game of golf is quite easily traced to Scotland. Some historians argue that a Roman game that used a leather ball and sticks spread throughout Europe during their conquest and inspired what we now know as golf. Some alternative theories trace golf back to ancient China, Persia, England, France and the Netherlands. While none of these are conclusive, it is clear to see that civilizations around the world were practicing a sport very similar.

 

While the ancient origins of golf may not be known for sure, the origins of the modern game are clearly traced back to Scotland in the 15th century. With golf rising in popularity within Scotland, King James II banned the sport temporarily because it was interfering with learning archery. In fact, this was the first written record of the sport. King James II eventually lifted the ban and became a golfer himself.

 

The first mention of golf clubs was also associated with King James II. One of the earliest models of golf course is known as the Old Course in St. Andrews. This course was built on naturally occurring ridges and is known in golf as a links course. Many golf enthusiasts actually see this course as a pilgrimage destination. The first standard 18 hole course was eventually created at St. Andrews in 1764 when the number of holes was reduced from 22 to 18. There are also records of golf being played at Musselburgh Links as far back as 1672. It is regarded by Guinness World Records as the oldest golf course in the world.

 

The activity of golf spread throughout Europe throughout the 16th century. Many royals started to play the game which helped in the growing popularity. King Charles I made the game famous in England while Mary Queen of Scots popularized the game in France while studying.

 

Around the mid 1800’s, golf was quickly becoming recognized as an official sport. The first golf club was started in 1744 and called The Gentlemen Golfers of Leith. The club held a competition each year in which a silver golf club was the grand prize. Formal rules were also written for the club and a clubhouse was built in 1768. The St Andrews Society of Golfers started their own club in 1754 borrowing the rules from Leith. St. Andrews was also the site of the first golf club made for women. The club is so popular and momentous in fact that King William gave the honorable title of ‘Royal and Ancient’ to the famous club.

 

Around this time, golfers were using modernized golf clubs that standardized the shape of modern clubs today. The club heads were often made from wood but also sometimes constructed with iron that had been forged by hand. The shafts of the golf clubs were made from wood as well. The balls used during this time were made of horse hide stitched around compressed feathers. The later import of hickory and perimmon from the United States improved the club performance.

 

The development of golf clubs continued to improve throughout the world. The British Empire was at it’s height during the 19th century and the production of clubs spread throughout the empire from India to England itself. However, due to the high-quality development and expensive materials, golf remained a sport and activity of the wealthy. It wasn’t until the production of iron clubs that golf became a sport that was affordable to more people. This helped the sport to spread even further and into different social classes.

 

These major changes eventually led to the creation of the Professional Golfers Association (PGA) in 1916. People began becoming professionals at the sport and earning money through the practice of the sport. At the beginning of the 1900’s the official rules of golf differed between the United States and the English Commonwealth. The differences were eventually hashed out in 1988. The R&A and USGA meet every four years now to discuss the rules and publish the official rules.

 

Golf has since became a very popular sport around the world, but especially within the United States. There are accessible golf courses in several locations where normal people can go to play a quick game. Golf has become just as much a hobby as it has a professional sport. The game has developed from a humble activity played with sticks into a world-wide sport that attracts professional players and fans alike.

 

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NEWS: Mizuno Expands Footwear Range With New Wave Cadence And Nexlite BOA Models

Mizuno, the Japanese golf equipment manufacturer long renowned for its beautiful, industry-leading forged golf clubs, also boasts a long and rich heritage in footwear. Building on the success of 2017’s NEXLITE SL, the brand is launching two new shoes for Winters 2017-18 in India – NEXLITE 004 BOA and Wave Cadence.

Last year, Mizuno decided to go aggressive in golf footwear market in India, and the success of the ultra-light NEXLITE SL has prompted further expansion in this sector for Winters 2017-18 with the launch of a next-generation NEXLITE shoe plus an all-new Wave Cadence model, a stylish fusion of golf and running shoes that draws heavily on Mizuno’s expertise in the world of track and field. Both shoes have been engineered by Mizuno’s award-winning running team and feature the patented Wave platform technology to make walking the course as pleasurable and comfortable an experience as possible.

Wave Cadence is the ultimate long distance golf shoe, designed to go 36 holes and beyond.  Based on Mizuno’s award-winning running platform, Wave Cadence blends the comfort and support of a high-end running shoe, with the lateral stability and traction needed in golf.

Mizuno’s headline Wave platform technology provides a unique midsole design that delivers both cushioning and stability. Its unique shape, which is inspired by nature, helps to absorb and disperse the forces as the foot hits the ground, producing a smoother, more cushioned feel on every step.

“The Mizuno Wave platform is trusted by marathon runners the world over,” says Motohiro Jinno, Mizuno Footwear Division. “But it’s just as effective to walk 36 holes on the golf course. The corrugated sole plate gives a firm cushioning and stability designed to reduce foot fatigue, which makes the last few holes that much easier.”

A newly configured plate allows Wave Cadence to handle uneven terrain with ease while providing a secure foundation for the golf swing. Added durability and traction come via Mizuno’s extremely hardwearing X10 carbon rubber, which allows high-impact areas in the heel to last longer and perform better, as well as Silver Tornado Tour Lock soft spikes.

Wave Cadence also features: U4ic, a unique, extremely light midsole compound engineered for high comfort and performance as well as water-resistant uppers to keep unexpected showers or morning dew at bay.

The next-generation NEXLITE shoe features the Boa closure system instead of traditional laces, which makes it easier to put the shoes on and take them off. The Boa dial tightens and releases a durable Nylon-coated stainless steel wire lace that won’t stretch, with the tightening system also improving the fit for longer-lasting comfort as the whole foot is secured more evenly within the shoe. NEXLITE Boa are extremely lightweight, weighing just 275 grams, and remain one the lightest shoes in their category in golf.

A key golf-specific technology added into the shoe is the IG Multi Technology (Impact Grip System), which is engineered to deliver added grip and stability throughout the swing in firm conditions, and specifically through impact.

NEXLITE 004 Boa is available in three colourways: Black, White/Red and White/Lime for men with a one-year waterproof warranty. While the water-resistant Wave Cadence is available in three colours: Lime/Silver/Navy, White/Black/Lime and Red/Silver/Navy. Both models are available on retail Now @Golfoy.com

For further information on Mizuno’s full range of golf clubs, balls, apparel, accessories and footwear, or to find out why #nothingfeelslikeamizuno, visit: www.golfoy.com – Mizuno’s official online partner in Golf.

America wins 5th consecutive Jr. Ryder Cup title

Despite a brave effort in the singles session, Europeans  were beaten 15½ -8½ by their American counterparts in the tenth edition of the Junior Ryder Cup at Interlachen Country Club.

Some early pace was provided by Kristoffer Reitan, who edged a high-quality encounter with Davis Shore, and Frida Kinhult, who secured a half point to remain unbeaten, but the strength in depth of the US team proved pivotal as they won the final day 8½-3½.

Eugene Hong’s one up victory over Matias Honkala took Captain Jim Remy’s charges past the magic 12 point mark and continued the United States’ dominance of a competition which started life in 1997.

Late wins for Jonathan Goth-Rasmussen (two up) and Marcus Svensson (3&1) over Wilson Furr and Noah Goodwin respectively were ultimately rendered redundant, as the United States registered their fifth straight victory in the competition.

 

The 2018 Junior Ryder Cup will be played in Disneyland Paris. The United States have won six times, including the inaugural edition in 1997. The 2006 contest was halved, with Europe lifting the trophy in 1999, 2002 and 2004.

Ryder Cup 2016: Bubba Watson to join the American team as the final vice captain

Bubba Watson’s wish was granted ahead of the 2016 Ryder Cup.

Watson said last week at the Tour Championship he wanted to be part of the team no matter what.

Bubba Watson expressed his disappointment when Ryan Moore was selected for the final United States captain’s pick, but on Monday, Watson was named a vice captain for the U.S team by captain Davis Love III.

“We all want to be a part of the team,” said Watson. “Like I said in an interview yesterday, I want to be a part of the team. I sent him a text that said, ‘Can I be assistant captain if you don’t pick me?’ So I put it out there. I want to be a part of the team no matter what. There’s going to be one year, hopefully before I pass away, that we actually win, and I want to be a part of it.”

The 37-year-old Watson is a three-time Ryder Cup veteran (2010, ’12, and ’14) that played for Love during the 2012 Ryder Cup at Medinah, finishing 2-2-0.

This is Watson’s first time as a Vice Captain. The two-time Masters Champion joins fellow United States Vice Captains Jim Furyk, Tom Lehman, Steve Stricker and Tiger Woods, each of whom was appointed by Love last year.

Ryder Cup 2016 will take place from Sept. 30-Oct. 2 at Hazeltine National Golf Club.

“The King Arnold Palmer” dies at 87

Arnold Palmer, Nicknamed “The King“, a seven-time major winner who brought golf to the masses and became the most beloved figure in the game, died Sunday in Pittsburgh from heart complications. He was 87.

He was one of the golf’s most popular stars and it’s most important pioneer because he was the first superstar of the sport’s television age, which began in the 1950s.

Palmer’s social impact on behalf of golf was perhaps unrivalled among fellow professionals; his humble background and plain-spoken popularity helped change the perception of golf as an elite, upper-class pastime to a more democratic sport accessible to middle and working classes

Palmer, a native of Latrobe, Pa., had been admitted to the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, where he was scheduled to have heart surgery Monday, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

R.I.P. Arnold Palmer

#Arniesarmy

With all his Skills and bit of Luck, Rory McIlroy Claims the FedEx Cup

Rory McIlroy finally won the FedEx Cup when he least expected it.

McIlroy was three shots behind with three holes to play Sunday in the Tour Championship. Nearly two hours later, he holed a 15-foot birdie putt on the fourth extra hole to win at East Lake in a playoff and claim the $10-million FedEx Cup bonus.

In its 10th year, the FedEx Cup never had a finish like this.

McIlroy won on the 16th hole, where his stunning rally began in regulation when he holed out from 137 yards for eagle and then made birdie on the final hole for a 64 to join a three-man playoff with Ryan Moore (64) and Kevin Chappell (66). Chappell was eliminated with a par on the first extra hole.

Rory Mcilroy will continue the momentum to the Ryder cup which begins on September 30th at the Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota.

Porsche European Open: Anirban and SSP begin the quest with three-under 68 each in Germany

Anirban Lahiri returning to action after a gap of more than a month, and SSP Chawrasia looking for his first career win outside India, despite three European Tour wins at home, carded identical three-under 68 each to be placed Tied-16th.

With play having been delayed by three hours and 25 minutes, only a few had finished their opening round as play continued and the first round is likely to finish on Friday.

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Chawrasia was cruising at five-under through 15 holes and was Tied-second at that time. Starting on the tenth, he was five-under and then came the stutter at the finish, when he bogeyed the seventh and ninth and ended at 68.

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Lahiri, whose last competitive round was at the Rio Olympic Games, also started from the tenth, After a par start on 10th, he had a hat-trick of birdies from 11th to 13th. Then he suffered a mid-round lapse, as he bogeyed 15th and 18th to turn in one-under.

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A birdie on second was followed by a bogey on fourth. Birdies on sixth and eighth saw him finish at 68, making it a satisfying round for someone coming after a long layoff.

Aditi Ashok blazes a 2nd round 67 to climb the OPEN DE ESPANA Feminino leaderboard into T4 position

Aditi Ashok scored an excellent 67 on Friday to escalate to fourth position in the Andalucia Costa Del Sol Open de Espana Femenino at the Aloha Golf Club in Spain. Playing from the tenth tee, Aditi shot five birdies to end the day at 3-under 141. She is just three off the pace set by Azahara Munoz, who shot a decent 66.

Aditi made a birdie at the 11th hole before gaining strokes at the 15th and 16th holes. On her second nine, she made birdies at the first and eighth holes as she concluded the day’s play.

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Aditi Ashok enters the weekend with a score of 3-under 141.

World Super 6 Perth all set to transform Golf

“Cricket has Twenty20, Netball has Fast5, Rugby Union has Rugby7’s and now Golf has the World Super 6 Perth.”

The ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia and European Tour are set to introduce a revolutionary new format in 2017 as the inaugural World Super 6 Perth features 54 holes of stroke play before the final 24 players battle it out over a dramatic final day six-hole shoot-out.
Scheduled be played at Lake Karrinyup Country Club from 16-19 February 2017 and co-sanctioned by the PGA Tour of Australasia and European Tour, the World Super 6 Perth will be a world-first in professional golf.
The World Super 6 Perth will combine 54 holes of traditional stroke play across the first three days with an exciting knockout match play format for the fourth and final round.
A regular cut will fall after 36 holes before the field is then further reduced to the top-24 players following 54 holes of regulation play, with any ties for the 24th place being decided by a play-off. Those remaining players will then earn their places in the six-hole shoot-out.
Any matches tied after the six holes will be decided by playing the new Knockout Hole – a purpose-built 90-metre hole which will be constructed at Lake Karrinyup, with a new tee placed adjacent to the 18th fairway and utilising the 18th green.
The Knockout Hole will be played once and if a winner is still not decided, the competitors will return to the new tee and take on a nail-biting decider, with the victor decided on a nearest-the-pin contest where only the first shot counts.
That player will then progress to the next round of the match play or, in the case of the final match, win the tournament.
“I think this type of competition will appeal to all golfers, but especially to a younger demographic, and will encourage competitors to play aggressive and attacking golf,” said Western Australian Premier and Tourism Minister Colin Barnett.
“Golf is very popular throughout the world, especially Europe and Asia, and has a high appeal for many people in some of our top tourism markets, including Singapore, China, Malaysia and the UK.”
“The World Super 6 Perth will deliver valuable national and international media coverage of WA throughout the four-day broadcast, not only through the stunning scenery at Lake Karrinyup but also through vignettes and billboards shown throughout play.”

The World Super 6 Perth will be played at Lake Karrinyup Country Club from 16-19 February and will form part of both the 2017 European Tour Race to Dubai and the ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia Order of Merit.

A European tour release.

 

President Obama’s great love for golf

Golf is Obama’s favoured activity on vacation. He plays nearly every day during his annual island getaways on Martha’s Vineyard and in Hawaii. Partners have included NBA star Ray Allen, comedian Larry David and former President Bill Clinton.

We wonder if he ever goes to the Trumps golf course.