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@73. Furrowed BrowOur youngsters who show potential go to college in the US and play the game in a climate which allows them to progress.The greatest battle that these talented amateurs have is to adjust their mindset to deal with the potential riches and challenges of the tour.Martin Laird, for example wasn't seen as "the most likely to succeed" from his peer group locally - but he has.
The UK does not have the necessary infrastructure to get promising amateurs into the pro ranks with any real chance of competing. Unfortunately, the U.S. model of collegiate golf, with academic back-up simply won't work in our overstretched uni sector.As per the norm, if you want to succeed in sport you need to head abroad to get the resources & funding. We are a nation 'make-doers'.
#68 Typical attitude of the youngsters today from GH. They want it all on a plate, if she so desperately wants to turn pro she will have to find a way to find sponsorship. Sell shares in herself, offer clinics etc. Maybe she should learn from the likes of Woosnam who travelled in a camper van and lived off tinned food when he first started out.
70.Mr HumbleExactly...neither is running, swimming, jumping, throwing things, cycling, darts, snooker, skiing, snowboarding, walking fast, netball, vollyball or cricket!
Noone Cares - Golf is boring and is not a SPORT!!!
BantamBen - when did I say Walker Cup? I said Ryder Cup - referring to the fact the Charley Hull has already played in the ladies equivalent and performed very well.jamesmathew - English players lack the support Irish players get. In Ireland the country gets fully behind their stars - in England (as is obvious from a lot of these posts) people prefer to moan and be generally negative
For every Charley Hull there is a Georgia Hall. As she said "It's very hard to get funding, especially in the local area I am in. You need about £25,000 to turn pro but unless you have rich parents or know someone wealthy you have to try and raise it another way."Many talented players cannot even afford to play in important amateur competitions to get recognitionStill a rich mans sport.
Yes my bad. Tom Lewis. Thats the guy. Rory McIlroy was 2 time major winner and world number 1 at the age of 22 so ofc we expect these young talents to become world beaters from an early age. The truely greats do and the fact that some of these havent that means they are not on McIlroys level. I think the Irish have that killer instinct that the English lack. Go Rory!
I started playing in 1971. I think we had some live coverage of The Open, which was my introduction - no family players. Played on a local municipal course with my mates during the summer holidays - it was an option to football. This was of course pre PC and consoles !!If you live near a links course - great. Unfortunately I'm in the Glasgow area where the courses are sodden most of the year !
James Mathew - Tim Lewis ? Try TomSilver Surfer - Baba Watson ? Try BubbaFairPlayMotty and Brian - Charley Hull Walker Cup player ? Try Curtis CupWhat next Roddy McIIroy ?
I agree with 42MIKE. In addition, in spite of limiting the audience the quality of coverage, plethora of commercial breaks and limited coverage of Britsh golfers make watching golf on Sky frustrating. I switched to BBC for the Masters as soon as it became available.We could also use a couple more tour events here to make the sport more accessible outside of the Open and the PGA
I believe that the virtually total monopoly of tv golf coverage, in the UK, by SKY, is drastically reducing the recruitment and retention of newcomers to the sport.
Charley Hull - already very good. Nuff said.To encourage people to play golf - three things:Golf bookings - first come first served. No male female discriminationRetired/unemployed play at reduced rates during the week with priority for workers at the weekend.1 minute limit on taking shots, no provisionals just drop where it went out of bounds, No more than 2 minutes ball search.Simples
@Perivale Elvis Turn right after sad old skunk.
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