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Thursday, 15 September 2016

Saturday, 6 August 2016

Nike Quits Golf

Nike to exit golf equipment business

Nike Golf announced Wednesday that it plans to "transition out" of golf equipment, instead focusing solely on its footwear and apparel business.

No specified timetable for the transition was announced. The decision means that Nike will soon stop producing clubs, balls and golf bags.

"We're committed to being the undisputed leader in golf footwear and apparel," Nike brand president Trevor Edwards said in a statement. "We will achieve this by investing in performance innovation for athletes and delivering sustainable profitable growth for Nike Golf."

Nike made a notable splash in the golf industry when it signed a young Tiger Woods to an equipment and apparel contract in 1996. It has grown as a golf brand since, notably signing Rory McIlroy to a 10-year deal in 2013 worth a reported $200 million.

McIlroy's win at the 2014 PGA Championship remains the most recent major title for a player using Nike equipment.

Last month Nike announced that golf sales fell 8.2 percent to $706 million for the fiscal year that ended May 31, making it the lowest-performing business segment of the company over that time period. According to corporate filings, Nike Golf sales peaked in 2013, with revenues of $792 million.

While Woods has been the brand's most notable representative for the past two decades, he hasn't hit a competitive shot in nearly a year while recovering from multiple back procedures. According to Woods' agent, Mark Steinberg, plans are already underway to find Woods' next equipment provider for his eventual return to competition.

"Clearly he and I need to be thinking about a change on the hard goods side," Steinberg told "He and I have discussed at length the plan for that, and feel comfortable with what we're going to do going forward. But clearly there's likely going to be a change."

In addition to Woods and McIlroy, other notable pros currently using Nike equipment include Michelle Wie, Suzann Pettersen, Brooks Koepka, Tony Finau, Russell Henley, Paul Casey and Jhonattan Vegas.

Hero Women's Professional Golf Tour 2016 - Leg 12

Hero Women's Professional Golf Tour 
2016 - Leg 12
 Sharmila Nicollet clinches her maiden title of the season

Hyderabad, 5th August 2016: Hero Motor Corp sponsored Sharmila Nicollet won the 12th Leg of the Hero Women's Professional Golf Tour at the Hyderabad Golf Club here on Friday after holding her nerves in playoff against Neha Tripathi.

The two players had to repeat the 18th hole four times before the issue was finally settled in favour of the Bengaluru golfer. Sharmila's card on the day comprised of bogeys on the 4th, 8th, 12th, and 18th holes. She also carded a triple on 16th hole. Her birdies came on the 6th, 10th, and 11th holes to finish with a score of 228 after 54 holes.

Giving Sharmila a run for her money was Hero Order of Merit Leader Neha Tripathi. She looked in tremendous form as she had the best score of the day of 1 over 72. Her card comprised of birdies on the 6th, 16th and 17th holes, and bogeys on the 3rd, 13th, 14th and 15th holes, to finish with a score 228 after 54 holes which was identical to Sharmila's total.

Overnight leader Amandeep Drall had an indifferent start as she carded a double bogey on the very first hole. Her front nine comprised of bogeys on the 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 7th and 8th holes, and her lone birdie of the day came on the 4th. Her back nine comprised of a bogey on the 17th hole and double on the 13th. She finished third with a total score 231 after 54 holes.

Pune's Shweta Galande had an incredible start to the round as she carded an eagle on the very first hole, but failed to stitch together a series of consistent shots. She played an even par front nine, but it was her back nine which spoilt the chart for her. She carded double bogeys on the 12th and 18th and also a triple on the 17th hole. Her two birdies of the day came on the 10th and 15th holes, and her lone bogey of day came on the 13th.

Delhi's Ankita Tiwana finished 5th with a total score of 236 after 54 holes, followed by Kapurthala's Gursimar Badwal with a total score of 237 after 54 holes. Delhi's Ayesha Kapur finished 7th with a total score of 238 after 54 holes. Bengaluru's Trisha Sunil and Chandigarh's Saaniya Sharma finished with identical scores of 240 to be tied for the 8th spot.

 The tour now moves to the capital city of Delhi at the picturesque Delhi Golf Club from the 20th to the 23rd of September, 2016.

Wednesday, 3 August 2016



A total of 14 Asian Tour members and four other Asian golfers have confirmed their participation for next month’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

They will be among the 120 men and women who will create golfing history at the world’s greatest sporting spectacle when the sport makes its long-awaited return into the Olympic Games program after 112 years.

Korea’s Byeonghun An and Thailand’s Thongchai Jaidee are among the highest ranked Asian players in 10 th  and 11 th  place respectively on the Final Olympic Golf Rankings.

An will fly the Korean flag together with compatriot Jeunghun Wang, who became the youngest ever player to secure back-to- back wins in European golf history with his triumphs in Morocco and Mauritius in May.

Thongchai, the only player to hold an unprecedented three Asian Tour Order of Merit crowns, will spearhead Thailand’s charge alongside 2013 Merit champion, Kiradech Aphibarnrat.

India will be represented by Anirban Lahiri and S.S.P. Chawrasia while current Order of Merit leader Marcus Fraser and Scott Hend, a nine-time Asian Tour winner, will bid to win the medals for Australia.

Malaysia’s Danny Chia and Gavin Green will be part of the 60-man field which will also feature Philippines’ Miguel Tabuena, Bangladeshi Siddikur Rahman and the Chinese duo of Wu Ashun and Li Hao-tong.

Other Olympic-bound golfers include Pan Cheng-tsung and Lin Wen-tang from Chinese Taipei and Japan’s Yuta Ikeda.

Asian Tour member Adilson da Silva of Brazil will carry the local hopes at the Reserva de Marapendi Golf Course where the golf tournament will be staged from August 11- 20

The announcement of the confirmed places in Rio de Janeiro comes at the end of the two-year qualification process to identify the full list of players eligible to be entered by their respective NOCs in accordance with the qualification criteria.

Saturday, 25 June 2016

From Bed to Fairway

Giardino Ascona has become Ticino’s premier golf resort as it now enjoys direct access to the course at Golf Ascona, allowing guests to roll out of bed and straight onto the fairway.

Giardino Ascona has become Ticino’s premier golf resort as it now enjoys direct access to the course at Golf Ascona, allowing guests to roll out of bed and straight onto the fairway. Giardino Ascona and Golf Ascona, set on the banks of Lake Maggiore in the Italian-speaking canton of southern Switzerland, benefit from a unique micro-climate that creates temperate, balmy weather that allows the golf playing season to run until well into October. Established in 1928 as a 9-hole layout, Golf Ascona soon became a meeting place for local businessmen, wealthy tourists and celebrities who chose this little slice of paradise at the foothills of the Alps as their regular golf spot. Soon, the course became known as “the nicest 9 holes in Europe”. The popularity of the club led to its expansion to 18 holes with the help of renowned golf course architects Harry Colt and Giardino Ascona has become Ticino’s premier golf resort as it now enjoys direct access to the course at Golf Ascona, allowing guests to roll out of bed and straight onto the fairway. 

Charles Alison, who created a classic, tree-lined parkland course that weaves its way down to one of Europe’s most famous lakes against a backdrop of magnificent Alpine mountains. The par-4 16th and par-3 17th holes run directly alongside the picturesque lake whilst the rest of the course meanders through avenues of mature trees and expansive but shallow bunkers that defend many of the tricky, undulating greens. In 1960, the Patriziato of Ascona (local governing body) took over the lease on the golf club and, to this day, the City of Ascona manages the club though the feel of the clubhouse remains very much that of a traditional, private golf establishment. Since then, Golf Ascona has received many accolades, including the title of “Best Golf Course in Switzerland” in 1999. Right next door to the golf club stands the luxurious, 72-room Giardino Ascona, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. The hotel offers fi ne dining in its 2 Michelin-starred Ecco Restaurant TRAVEL where Rolf Fliegauf (one of Switzerland’s most decorated chefs) resides, a less formal restaurant known as Aphrodite and a bar overlooking a lush Mediterranean garden, as well as extensive fitness facilities, including a dipiĆ¹ spa. 

The property is the ideal retreat after golf as it offers a rest and rehabilitation programme, ‘Golf Perfekt’, which is designed specifically for golfers in mind and run in collaboration with well-known physiotherapist Cornelia Albrecht.  After a thorough 90-minute body check-up, Cornelia accompanies her clients onto the golf course to get a detailed picture of the rotation, stability and coordination of their bodies as they play so that she can then provide advice and individually-tailored exercises to suit each golfer’s own body and movement. Cornelia looks to resolve any issues affecting player performance and, with her input, many golfers have managed to increase their driving capability considerably. After a session with Cornelia, a dipiĆ¹ massage in the hotel’s spa is the ideal way to relax and rest tired muscles, and is included in the package, which is priced at CHF355 (approx Euros326/£234). For those just wanting to play a round of golf, the cost of a green fee at Golf Ascona is CHF130 (approx Euros 117/£90) during the week and CHF150 (approx Euros135/£104) at weekends/public holidays, with Giardino Ascona guests qualifying for a 10% reduction on those rates. Keen golfers wanting to play a bit more golf have the option of trying out two other courses in the area. 

Golf Gerre Losone, which opened in 2001, offers a complete contrast to Ascona Golf; it is a modern, open and very challenging course thanks to a number of tight fairways, unnerving OB possibilities and several rock-lined streams and ponds that demand good course management and accurate shot making. A few kilometres away, the Golf Club Lugano course is laid out over gently undulating terrain that is bisected by the River Magliasina that often brings water into play. The tight, technical layout with numerous bunkers is tempered by large greens, whilst azaleas and rhododendrons add splashes of colour on various holes.