WATCH OUT FOR LEWIS

Having made his debut in one of the major events of the PGA Tour calendar, The Open Championships, British golfer Tom Lewis is looking to cement his spot in the professional world of the PGA by putting together a string of results that will help him make a name for himself in the PGA Tour circuit as well.

The 21 year old from Hertfordshire in England became a household name after he managed to beat off stiff competition to be crowned the winner at the Portugal Masters, one of the most prestigious prizes in the European Tour circuit, which earned him the Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year Award, a prize that was won by former world number one golfers like Martin Kaymer, Colin Montgomery, Vijay Singh and others.

Tom Lewis is a big fan of the new world number one Rory McIlroy and the man he replaced to become the world number one Luke Donald and according to the 21 year old English boy wonder, he regularly keeps in touch with McIlroy, who is more or less his age and get together to gather some advice and knowhow about the golfing world from him.

Lewis also stated that he cannot wait to make his debut in the other three Majors of the golfing world and having finished with a T30 in 2011 at The Open Championships, he is confident that with a little more experience, he can do a lot better at the Major tournaments.

And in other to gather more and more experience, Tom Lewis intends to play in as many tournaments as he can throughout the year; be it invitational or Championship and he has already made Rory McIlroy’s crown a priority which he looks to achieve within a span of two years’ time at the most.

MCILROY FACES WESTWOOD

Rory Mcilroy is up against Lee Westwood in the very important semi finals of WGC Match play which will be held in Arizona.

If either of the two players end up winning the tournament then Luke Donald of England will have to give up his number one position to him.

Lee Westwood had to beat Martin Laird in the quarter finals to make it against Rory Mcilroy. It was not an easy match for him as he lost the first hole against the Scotsman but ended up winning the match four and two. Rory Mcilroy on the other hand had to get past Sang-Moon Bae to make it to the semi finals.

On the other hand, Hunter Mahan of USA is up against Mark Wilson of the same country in the other semi final. Hunter Mahan had to beat Matt Kuchar in order to secure his place in the top 4 of the tournament. His opponent Mark Wilson had to beat Peter Hanson of Sweden in order to make it to the semi finals.

The semi final between Rory Mcilroy and Lee Westwood is deemed to be the most interesting one. It should have been the finals according to most of the pundits but then that is they way of life. It is going to be a very interesting contest of golf and the winner is sure to go ahead and win the tournament.

Both Rory Mcilroy and Lee Westwood have seen off good competitors to make it to the semi final and hence are in good shape and form having played good and consistent golf the past week. This will make the semi final even more interesting. The scales are slightly tilted in the favour of Rory Mcilroy though who is expected to win this tough and exciting draw.

LEWIS FOLLOWS THE GREATS

Tom Lewis, a 20 year old Englishman, has created history by winning the Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year award in 2011, earning comparisons between him and the famous Sir Nick Faldo in the process.

Lewis stepped into the lime-light with his opening 65 in the Open Championship, the lowest round made by an amateur in history the Open Championship. He managed the same score in the Portugal Masters and won on his third outing as a professional.

Lewis did a great job as part of the Great Britain & Ireland Walker Cup team, ensuring a victory for his side over the United States at Royal Aberdeen.

To grasp the sheer brilliance of his achievement it can be compared against Tiger Woods, who needed five tournaments to get his first professional title, and Rory McIlroy who got his first victory on his 38th European Tour event!

Lewis was the primary choice of a panel comprising The European Tour, The R&A and the Association of Golf Writers, and was chosen ahead of other strong contenders from the Challenge Tour of 2010, including Thorbjørn Olesen of Denmark. Scotland’s Scott Jamieson was also in the running but a sprained foot that caused him to miss the Portugal Masters might have cost him the Award.

Lewis became the 47th recipient of The Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year Award, which was started in 1960, and the 22nd Englishman, after some prestigious recipients like Faldo, Paul Casey, Tony Jacklin, Ian Poulter, Mark James and Peter Oosterhuisen. The last English recipient was Chris Wood, who won in 2009. It was then won by Italian Matteo Manassero and then Tom Lewis succeeded him in 2011.

TEACHING PROVIDED TO 75 YOUTH

The Yampa Valley golf course is conducting Jr golf tournaments that will be helping 75 youth get their training. “My favorite thing to do is hit golf balls,” Stout said. “I need to practice more, so I came to play this week. Golf is a lot of fun anyway.”

Stout was one of 75 youths who participated in the first day of the golf course’s junior golf clinic Monday, sponsored by the Free Golf Bet website. The clinic continues today and concludes Wednesday.

Jason Back, the golf course professional, and Ken Harjes, Moffat County High School boys golf coach, helped the junior golfers on the putting green while assistant course professional Dave Desarmeaux, Susan Nicholson and Amber Nicholson instructed on the driving range.

JUNIOR GOLF CAMP TO BE HOSTED BY WOMEN’S GOLF

Women’s golf will be hosting the Junior golf camp in which many are expected to take part. The Junior Golf Camp aspires to give each camper an experience that will enhance their golf game, both mechanically and mentally.

Campers will have the opportunity to work in small groups and one-on-one with longstanding successful collegiate coaches and some of the finest players in the Pac-10 Conference. Every aspect of how to play and compete will be addressed at camp, including nutritional information, the rules of golf, mental game drills, practice drills, instruction on technique and more.

The camp is limited to the first 50 boys and girls who register and early registration is recommended.

The residence cost is $995 and includes room and board and the commuter cost is $845 and includes lunches and dinners, and hire of brand new Callaway golf clubs. There will be a $50 discount for returners from the 2010 camp and also $50 off for referrals of up to five campers.

GOLF FOR JUNIORS STARTS THIS MONTH

Golf Pro Pat Kemball has announced that from the March 16th a number of Junior Golf Clinics will begin. These clinics will run all season long until October 2011.

Age groups are “Little Lakers,” ages 5 to 8; “Champions,” ages 9 to 13; and “Players,” ages 14 to 17.

There will be a weekly, one-hour session for each age group, beginning at 2 p.m. for Little Lakers, 3 p.m. for Champions and 4 p.m. for Players. Clinics will include instruction on all fundamentals of the game, full swing, short game, rules of golf and etiquette. Refreshments and prizes will be included.

The cost is $100 for a six-week session. Deadline for entry in the first session is March 14. For more information or to reserve a spot, call the Pro Shop at 246-1782.

• There will be an Adams Golf Demo Day on Friday, March 25, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
• The practice facility/putting green dress code is the same as the Golf Course.
• Golf lessons – The golf professional staff is offering golf lessons by appointment, to help you lower your handicap in golf. Staff offers private or group lessons, either individually or in a series.
• Club repair – The Pro Shop is now offering basic club repair services. Please call for pricing and services.

AUSTIN WELCOMES JUNIOR GOLF

Austin will be welcoming the latest junior golf tournament that will see different age groups competing against each other. The tournament is the first of eight Junior Golf championship events presented by PGA Tour Superstore in 2011.

Boys and girls ages 8 to 18 will play two rounds on the Crenshaw Cliffside course designed by Austin native and PGA great Ben Crenshaw and partner Bill Coore. The Dallas Morning News rated the Texas Hill Country course 38th among the “50 Best Courses in Texas.” Play begins 8 a.m. on Feb 19 and Feb. 20.

PGA Tour Superstore, the title partner for the Junior Golf championships, is an exclusive retail partner of the PGA Tour.

WOMBLE LEADS THE JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP

High Point’s Davis Womble overcame steady rain and chilly temperatures to shoot 3-under-par 69 and take the lead Saturday at the 21st annual Carolinas PGA Charles Tilghman Junior Championship in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Womble, a junior at Wesleyan, said it was all about being “prepared” for the conditions. His putter carried him to the clubhouse with only one slip-up — a double-bogey on the par-5 seventh hole. (if only he’d had an hour at golf lessons south manchester before the tournament…!)

“Weather was definitely the toughest part about today, but I was able to make some putts,” said Womble, who leads by two strokes heading into today’s final round.

In the girls division, Greensboro’s Morgan Cranford struggled to a round of 17-over 89. The Grimsley senior is 18th, 21 strokes off the lead.

INTERNATIONAL JUNIOR GOLF COMPETITION

The Second Annual BMW Guam USA Junior Open is scheduled for Dec. 19 and 20 at the Starts Guam Golf Resort in Yigo.

Tee time on both days is 10:30 a.m. Tournament chairman Rene Ong said he is pleased that Guam is hosting a tournament to give some of the island’s junior golfers more exposure to an international level of play. “You get the experience without paying the airfare,” Ong said.

Junior golfers from the Philippines, Japan and Korea are expected to compete in the tournament. About 50 participants have signed up, but Ong is hoping the number will increase as the junior open approaches.

Based on the Calloway format, Ong said a local representative from the United States Golf Association would also be on hand to oversee the action. “Everything will be by the book,” he said.

Ong added that last year’s tournament was quite competitive so he is looking forward to seeing some of the island’s best junior golfers go head-to-head against international competition again. “It’s amazing when you see kids that young play so good,” he said.

The registration fee for the tournament is $125 and includes a practice round on Dec. 18 as well as a welcome dinner on that day. An awards ceremony is scheduled for Dec. 20 at the Fiesta Resort in Tumon.

Young English Hopeful

YOUNG golf ace Jordan Edge is already playing on the British Junior Golf Tour and has been runner-up at two tournaments as well as having his own website and a sponsor — not bad for an eight-year-old!

Jordan is a member at Droitwich’s Gaudet Luce Golf Club and has been part of the academy programme for two years. He’s already won some Wimbledon Hospitality tickets in a regional comp, and is now on his way to the big time.

He has completed level six of the Young Masters scheme at the club’s Russell Adams Golf Academy.

The youngster has this year played on the British Junior Golf Tour (BJGT) and has gone from strength to strength, culminating in him beating 80 others players to win Gaudet Luce’s academy flag competition. Jordan started playing golf in 2009 and joined the BJGT this year.

With runner-up trophies at Wharton Park GC and South Staffordshire GC, his first year on the tour has been a successful one.

Adams said: “Jordan has just won the flag competition we held in academy at Gaudet Luce. He went the furthest around the course out of 80 children.

“I have worked with Jordan for the last two years and he has now reached level seven in the Young Masters Golf (YMG) coaching programme.

“I am really enthused by his talent and dedication even though he is only eight years old.”

Jordan’s progress can be followed via his website — thewinningedge.yolasite. com