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The Rare Golf Memorabilia auction by Lyon & Turnbull, will be held on July 15, 2015, at 7:30pm BST, and live online bidding will be held by Invaluable.com. The auction will feature a selection of noteworthy auction lots. The sale will feature 37 lots of rare golf memorabilia, including beautiful paintings of the Old Course at St. Andrews, a ball signed by Payne Stewart, as well as a trophy that was presented to Gene Sarazen.”…which will be held on July 15, 2015, at 7:30pm BST, and live online bidding will be held by Invaluable.com. The auction will feature a selection of noteworthy auction lots.”
Here are some of the items that will be part of the auction:
Estimated Price: £20,000 – £30,000
A rare piece presented to 1935 Masters winner, Gene Sarazen – the only player to win the Grand Slam. Tri-fold piece with picture of the club house inside the first leaf, inscribed “Gene Sarazen Member Masters Club August Georgia, next leaf inscribed “Ben Hogan Founder Clifford Roberts, Honorary Member Robert Tyre Jones Jr., Honorary Member, final leaf shows portrait of Hogan, initials “G.S.” inscribed on rear, clasp and hoop intact. 4cm wide.
Estimated Price: £20,000 – £30,000Ball stamped “Willie Dunn’s Stars and Stripes” , with alternative star and stripes around the ball.
One of only twelve reported to have been made. One currently resides in the USGA collection, the rest split between just two private collections. This is a rare chance to own one of the world’s most collectible golf balls.
Estimated Price: £3,000 – £4,000
St. Andrews, Swilcan Bridge, oil on board, initialed, c.2009 35cm by 52cm.
Beautiful painting of the iconic Swilcan Bridge from the Old Course at St. Andrews.
Estimated Price: £200 – £300
Signed Golf ball by Payne Stewart. Stewart won eleven PGA Tour events, including three major championships in his career, the last of which occurred only months before he died in an airplane accident at the age of 42.
This weekend is filled with important events for fathers across America. Of course there is Father’s Day on Sunday, but the there’s also golf’s 115th U.S. Open. What better way to spend your Sunday than kicking back and watching the final round play out with your friends and family. This year’s U.S. Open also has an important connection to Father’s Day.
Golf’s most prolific architect, Robert Trent Jones Sr., would have turned 109 this weekend. Robert Trent Jones designed nearly 500 courses around the world, including course used for The U.S. Open. His son, Robert Trent Jones Jr. has followed in his father’s footsteps and designed or remodeled more than 250 courses, including Chambers Bay (this year’s U.S. Open course). Together they have influenced over 700 golf courses in 40 countries on 6 continents.
A 5 minute documentary, produced by Few Among Many Films tells the story of the Jones’s family start at Sodus Bay Heights Golf Club, and the impact this family has had on the game of golf. In the film, Jones Jr. discusses his design for the 2015 U.S. Open and his father’s legacy. His designing of Chambers Bay would be the first time a father and son have designed a course purposed for the U.S. National Championship.
The timing of Father’s Day, his father’s birthday, and the U.S. Open is special to RTJ Jr.
When asked about this year’s event, Jones referring to his father, said, “he’ll be there.”
Once you hit the 30 year-old mark, inevitably you’re going to start experiencing some back pain. There are just a few parts of our bodies that weren’t built properly, and the back certainly falls in that category.
Back pain doesn’t need to be the downfall of your handicap, though. There’s no need to ‘Pull a Tiger‘ and bow out of the round. As long as you prepare properly and manage your back pain according to this advice, you shouldn’t even have to shed a stroke off your round.
1. Take the Torque Off Your Back
We all like the crush the ball off the tee, and in order to do this, we swing hard. We build club head speed by rapidly rotating our shoulders, hips, and back during our swing, which causes a lot of stress on our lower back. Go to the range, and start practicing a fluid, smooth swing. By rotating your entire body in a more fluid motion, you’ll feel the pressure ease on your lower back, and much of that energy will be transferred into your shoulders and hips.
At first, it’s going to be frustrating as you may feel like you’re losing power. It takes time to get comfortable with a fluid swing, especially if you’re accustomed to a hard, rapid stroke (which probably caused your back pain to start).
2. Stretch and Warm Up Properly
The worse thing you can do for your back is to show up right at tee time after a 30 minute drive in your car, and start swinging your driver off the tee box. It’s extremely important to stretch out for at least 10 minutes before even hitting a ball. There are great devices on the market, such as the Trueback, built to help alleviate back pain, and stretch out the spine. If you use the Trueback for 10 minutes before your round, and 10 minutes after, much of the pain and stress will be alleviated.
It’s also important to stretch your hamstrings, allowing for fluid hip rotation. The old-fashion ‘bend over and touch your toes’ will work to loosen up these muscles before the round.
3. Don’t Fight Your Loss of Power, Just Club Up
As I mentioned, you’re going to need to smooth out your swing in order to prevent that unnecessary strain on the lower back. So if you used to be able to smack your 9 Iron 150 yards, you may have to start using the 8 or 7 for these shots. Don’t let that frustrate you, just look at it as an opportunity to improve upon your accuracy from this range.
4. Listen to Your Body
Your back may feel fine on the front, but 18 might just be a stretch. Don’t push yourself past your limits. If you’re starting to feel some of the lingering pain, rest a few holes and see how you feel, and if the pain is still there, call it a day. There’s no need to push your self hard on a single round, and then pay for it for the rest of the week.
Back pain is awful, but there’s no reason to let it ruin your favorite sport, and there’s no reason to let your favorite sport ruin your back. Stretch properly, slow down your swing, and manage your pain properly. And you’ll be more confident than ever to bet big on your game!
Links Golf Course, Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius – photo taken from www.letsgo2.com
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When we think of the British Open we think of history, we think of the likes of Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson, Gary Player, and of course the likes of St Andrews, Royal St George’s and Muirfield.
This year the circuit’s oldest major has arrived in Hoylake at Royal Liverpool, but what makes this tournament, and in particularly links golf, so special?
Firstly, it’s unpredictable. US Open Champion Martin Kaymer recently said that “there’s never really a standard gold shot” on the links, and that’s true. The many factors of links, means each day can be different, and knowing the course is key.
Open Contender and current World Number One Adam Scott certainly knows this. Before the tournament he played five full practice rounds on the Wirral course before teeing off on Thursday, and would certainly be worth backing as a British Open champion with a Betdaq free bet, following his intense preparations.
Preparation is vital, but the uncertainty of weather along the coast can make it a nightmare for golfers, but incredibly exciting for fans.
The wind is of course a major problem to overcome, and this is perhaps why the Open is considered the most prestigious major of all, because it requires a heck of a lot of skill. Players need to control ball flight and spin in order to keep it as low as possible and out of the breeze, something of which was typified by Tom Watson in the late 70s and early 80s going on to win five Claret Jugs.
In essence, right across the course links play requires more skill, more understanding, and certainly more patience. Rory McIlroy grew up on links as a youngster, so it’s no surprise to see him lead the pack in the early stages at Hoylake, whilst others who have learnt their trade on the British courses have seen success in the last few years including Darren Clarke and Padraig Harrington.
It’s a favourite for those with a solid short game, and for those wanting to improve theirs. Typically built on sand dunes and often very large, it can often leave a tough task when you’ve finally made the green, with run off areas cut very short, making a mountain out of even the tiniest of errors.
Throughout the courses the beauty of playing links golf is the challenges the tiniest errors leave you. It’s difficult to get a pretty round as the wind blazes in from the ocean, but like any sport – you can’t help admire the touch of class, talent, and sheer skill that sees a player through adversity.