Informer Golf 13th February 2017

US Ryder cup Captain Jim Furyk says he will make his pick for his team early.
The competition is in September 2018 so picking a team now is very early considering that a lot can happen in a year and a half, players situations change, ability changes, new players come through who might be better suited, etc. So it seems strange to choose 18 months in advance, or is this just to keep up the hype of the most famous competition between the U.S and Europe, it is to be held in France next year. There is also to be a change in the points system that after reading I was completely lost with regard to the reason or the need but we are told that it will be explained more at a later date; perhaps they are looking for ways to make it more competitive?

Every year Laura Davies comes up with a fantastic round, this time she carded an 8 under par 65 to equal the course record at the Oats Vic Open in Victoria Australia. At 53 years old she proves the age gap does not always show up in golf, she has won 4 majors; her last LPGA title in 2001 leads the field by 2 shots. With 2 English players behind tied for second are Holly Clyburn and Melissa Reid.

Tiger Woods again is forced to withdraw from yet another competition after the 1st round of the Dubai Desert Classic due to a back spasm, he said later that he only just made the back 9.

Woods only returned to golf in December after 2 major back operations, It would seem to me that a man who has won fourteen Majors, suffering so badly from this problem in a sport not known for serious injuries. I believe he should turn to more designing or training new players so as to save his back from further damage. He will always be remembered as one of the greatest golfers to come out of U.S.A, it would not be good to languish at the bottom end of matches with his fantastic history in the game. It can surely not be financial with his ongoing income he gets from the game by just turning up at matches and doing book signings etc.

Scotland’s Marc Warren shot a 63 to take the lead in Kuala Lumpur’s, Maybank Championship. Thai Phachara Khongwatmai is in second having shot 65 in only his seventh tour event, at only 17 years old he not only has a name that is not pronounceable but this player at such a young age will be an up and coming star of the golf circuit and no doubt a commentators nightmare. In future competitions, he is one stroke in front of 6 players tied for 3rd which include our own Danny Willet, the Masters winner.

We were told by a local course management that though they welcome rain at any time of year here in Murcia the recent storms have left the water table very high making the grounds on some courses so soft that a lot of damage can be caused by buggies. Many courses are asking players to take care so as not to damage the playing surface that is difficult to repair at this time. We are also told about a further two courses suffering from lack of players yet we were phoned this week by a player who tried to get a flight to Murcia this week only to find all the dates they wanted were sold out or no flights on Tuesday and Wednesday from London Gatwick, this seems strange when airlines are complaining about falling profits yet in the week beginning February 7th we looked at flights from London Gatwick Tuesday \ Wednesday no flights at all and Thursday sold out Friday sold out Saturday sold out. Where is the competition to Easy Jet? Alicante was not a lot better with 5 out of the 8 flights also sold out.

Murcia is an under used airport with great facilities easy cheap parking, lots of positives in its favour yet let down by the suppliers of the flights, perhaps it is time for the Airport authority to look for alternative suppliers to get more people to visit Murcia. We have many facilities in Murcia that are unused or underused not only golf but fantastic beaches, loads of Hotels and rental accommodation but if holiday makers cannot get here then all these are wasted and like our golf courses who have the capacity but do not have the backup of the holiday companies, airlines etc. I have always thought advertising was the main need but it seems unless readers of this advertising have the ability to get here then the whole episode is wasted.
As we are the only newspaper available at the airport hopefully the ground staff who we know read our paper might pass this observation to their bosses who might look at future flight planning and holiday companies who could do great holidays in Los Alcazares and the rest of the Mar Menor area.
For those of you who did make it here remember Golf Deluxe, see advert above, open 7 days a week, great entertainment for all the family, after the rains and storms that closed most places for many weeks Golf Deluxe managed to remain open throughout with managers and staff working through the nights to keep it up and running. Helen the manager said her staff wanted to make sure that the complex stayed open so they all put in extra time to clear the course. Helen spent a lot of her time making sure that the damage was kept to a minimum throughout the storms. This was a great success and proves that forethought can save a great deal of time and money.

So take a day out up at Golf Deluxe, great putting, first class food and a fully stocked bar keeps the whole family amused, plus look at the prices! For under 15€ you get a meal and 18 holes, fantastic value and if you have a non player, there is great seating inside or out with good views of the course, while getting drinks from the bar. Easy parking, open 10am -6pm daily.

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