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#Golf Drive: LinkedIn The Clubhouse, UK Tour 2013

Guest Post by Kay @ Brand You Brilliant #LinkedIn #socialmedia

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Who wants to host a “LinkedIn The Clubhouse Day” during our UK 2013 Tour?

Golf & LinkedIn go hand in hand, both being perfect for #networking.

But are golfers making the most of the opportunity? It seems not.

I think we could all do with a helping hand when it comes to improving our social media efforts.

The problem is, we don’t like to admit that we’re behind the times.

That’s where businesses like BrandYouBrilliant come into their own.

Bringing networking back to the clubhouse

Getting on in business is often about who you know, your contacts, your network.

The golf course is, has been and always will be a place for strengthening that network and cementing those deals.

However, more and more often, a large percentage of any deal’s been put to bed long before the golf bag’s out the back of the Range Rover.

And even more typically, the nitty gritty’s been discussed on social media networking sites, LinkedIn being the weapon of choice for the golfing niche.

This year’s UK Tour is all about bringing networking back to the clubhouse, even if it’s just for a one day event, an event that you can host.

It’s perfect for those missing out on the buzz that used to fill the 19th, but is now flitting through cyberspace, instead.

Think of LinkedIn as an extension of your clubhouse

On LinkedIn, you’ve got the perfect environment to then go on and strengthen new and existing business network connections.

However, so few golfers in business know how to make the most of this terrific resource that’s at their disposal, it genuinely is an opportunity going begging.

What’s more, LinkedIn doesn’t cost a bean to join.  And the golfing fraternity does like to keep the wheels greased with info rather than that dirty word, cash.

However, time is money and you’ll want to make the most of every minute you spend growing your business network through the groups. communities and personal connections you make on LinkedIn.

BrandYouBrilliant can show you the nuances, the little tricks and, more importantly than anything, help you look like a seasoned pro on the social media circuit, irrespective of what you play off on the course.

For more details, to book a training or introduce a clubhouse* please contact Kay on

*Why would you want to introduce a clubhouse to Kay’s business? £100 a good enough reason?

Check out the UK Tour 2013 link right at the top of this article; it takes you through to Kay’s guest post on ‘It Drives Like A Golf!’ where the whole deal is explained quite succinctly.

Contact details for Kay, above.


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Tshwane Open supports community | Golf Course Architecture

Tshwane Open, Copperleaf Golf & Country Estate

Tshwane Open, Copperleaf Golf & Country Estate

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This week’s European Tour event, the Tshwane Open in South Africa, will leave a golfing legacy for local communities.

Zebedeerox‘s insight:

One of the greatest aspects of the game of golf compared with other sports is what the players themselves put back into their sport at grass roots level.

In the UK, many of the current PGA and European stars – and we’re taking multi-millionaires, here – can very often be found at centres of excellence they’ve founded, academies for Junior Golf or getting behind the sport at Open Days to get in and amongst the fans in a manner few other professionals do.

But is UK golf participating enough to make golf accessible to all?

Let’s look at what’s going on in South Africa, by comparison.

Nowhere is the practise of contributing to grass roots golf more apparent than in South Africa.

That in itself is perhaps a contradiction in terms, due to an astonishing lack of grass roots one could physically mow into a green capable of putting anything on.

Okay, we’ll settle on savannah roots level, then.

As the European Tour makes its final appearance in South Africa this year at the Tshwane Open, we get a chance to see this savannah roots level of input in action.

The Copperleaf Golf and Country Estate is home to Els Club Copperleaf, our hosts for the last tour event in the Africas this year.

Beyond all the glitz, glamour and €1.5M purse, the Tshwane Open is actively pushing local authorities to provide golfing facilities for the under-privileged in Tshwane, Centurion and the surrounding areas.

Indeed, 50 children from the vicinity were present at the Els Copperleaf Club on the eve of Thursday’s European Tour event, getting to grips with the facilities on offer through this initiiative.

The pushing has worked, not just on potential South African golfers of the future, but their right-hand (wo)men, the caddies, too.

The municipality’s spokewoman has already been in touch with local media to confirm that the city of Centurion is committing to golf clinics to cement this golf drive [sorry].

These facilities will help develop the game for 6-16 year olds who would otherwise be unavailed of golf or any of its amenities.

It would be easy to underestimate this achievement, so let’s not.

As Ndlovu confirmed in her statement, Tshwane’s schools will be the first in the country to benefit from the introduction of golf into its sports curriculum.

Whereas the golf tuition will take place initially at the Els Foundation, the caddies’ program will be spread around the municipalty’s golf courses, meaning a potential broader catchment area for disadvantaged youngsters with an interest in golf.

It would be wonderful if some of UK golf’s stars would push as hard to bring the sport to schools in towns and cities across the country that are not as upper class as your Wentworths, Royal Lythams and Sutton Coldfield‘s Belfry.

English: Golfer Ernie Els walks up the fairway...

RSA Golfer & Els Copperleaf Club Founder, Ernie Els
(Credit: Wikipedia)

Perhaps they could get their heads together with Ernie Els whilst they’re sunning it up Stateside and get a few hands-on tips from the man himself.

We’ll see, when any of our UK stars deign to visit Europe, rather than spend the majority of the season, as has been the case so far, on the PGA Tour of America.

For an update of play at this weekend’s Tshwane Open, here’s a round-up of day 2 at the top of the leaderboard before the threat of lightning caused a third of the field to be called back to the clubhouse before they could finish their rounds: Storm threat halts play, day 2, Tshwane Open

Play is due to recommence at 6:45am (8:45am GMT) tomorrow (Saturday 2nd March) to conclude the second rounds of golf, make the cut and then get cracking with day 3.

Coverage in the UK starts at 10:30am on SKY Sports 3, where they should just about be getting into third round action, given that there’s a good few holes yet to play out to decide who makes the weekend’s golf and whose African golf safari is over for the 2013 season.

If you’d like to see more interaction from UK golf stars at grass roots level, share this article with anyone you think may be in a position to at least prick their Stateside consciences, would you?

Thanks a million, Thet Watson. xxx

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Storm threat halts play, day 2, Tshwane Open

We were hoping to bring you definitive news of who’s made the European Tour weekend action at the Copperleaf Golf & Country Estate, this evening.

However, all golf was suspended midway through the afternoon session of day 2 as thunderheads gathered in the South African skies.

The very real threat of lightning saw those who’d not completed their day 2 round retire prematurely to the clubhouse alongside those who had.

It leaves a very uncertain picture as to who’s going to make the cut, many golfers who topped the leaderboard after day 1 still to complete today’s round, now scheduled to resume at 6:45am in Centurion (8:45 GMT) in the morning.

Charl Coetzee takes clubhouse lead after (most of) day 2

Certainly, Charl Coetzee has booked his place for Saturday and Sunday golf.  He holds the prestigious overnight lead after birdieing 7 holes and making his eleventh par on the 18th just before the claxons recalled the field.

The South African’s -7 round of 65 sees him move to -12 for the 36 holes, a shot ahead of Chile’s Mark Tullo, who clawed a shot back on the 18th to finish the day on 66, -11 for the 2 days.

David Howell

David Howell, c/o Keith Allen, Flickr

Tshwane leaderboard offers few clues; who’ll make Centurion cut?

The leaderboard then gets very intriguing indeed.  Joining Tullo on -11 is Dawie Van Der Walt who only managed to card 14 holes before play was suspended.

The interesting thing here – other than the fact that he birdied half and parred the other half of those 14 holes – is that Dawie started on the back 9.

Given that both Coetzee and Tullo picked up birdies on holes 6-9, those Van der Walt has left to play, the lead could well change hands at the halfway point yet.

US golf’s Peter Ulhein sits alone on -10, having completed his 36 holes.

Romain Wattel is a further shot behind on -9 having completed all but the 18th on round 2, a spectacular eagle on the 15th helping him stay a shot ahead of a whole host of golfers on -8.

UK golfers Willett and Howell see lead disappear

Included in this chasing pack are UK golf’s David Howell, Danny Willett and Richard Finch.

At one point, Howell and Willett shared the lead before Coetzee’s run of 4 birdies from the last 7 holes saw Charl enter the clubhouse with his nose in front.

Danny Willet at KLM Open 2009

Danny Willett saw lead slip at Centurion
(Wikipedia)

Also in the chasing -8 pack is on fire golfer Darren Fichardt, who did our 10-Tee-20-Vision Fantasy team so proud a fortnight ago at the African Open, picking up his first win of the season.

He held the lead after the first day’s play and still has the 17th and 18th to go at tomorrow morning to complete his pre-cut golf.

All but two of the golfers who lie in front of Darren have birdied either 17 or 18, but strangely no one both.

Expect to see the in-form South African knock at least another one shot of his -8, maybe even two, to really put pressure on Coetzee as they go into day three.

Louis De Jager and Joel Sjöholm conclude the pack of golfers on -8.

They have one and five holes to play in round 2 respectively; Louie hole 9, Joel, holes 14-18 inclusive.

Third of field yet to complete 2nd round of golf in Centurion

There’s certainly nothing decided at the almost halfway point, with perhaps a third of the golfers yet to finish their second round.

At this point, -3 is looking good for the cut, but what will the storm do to the golf course in Centurion if it breaks?

It could be a very different lie those with holes left to play face in the morning, coverage beginning on SKY Sports 3 at 10:30am GMT.

By that time you’d hope the day three action to be under way, that’s allowing an hour and a half for the unplayed holes from day 2 to be completed.

So long, South Africa! from the 2013 European Tour

Enjoy the last of the golf from South Africa for this year’s European Tour.

Haven’t the UAE and South Africa provided us with a great start to this year’s Race to Dubai?

Thunder notwithstanding, there’s only two days to go beneath the equator before the Tour ups sticks and moves to the US for the WGC Cadillac Championship, next week.

See you on Sunday to watch the sun set on some amazing golf from Africa this year…

Week 23 – Darrell Super 6 Predictions

Well, a very grand afternoon t’y’all. All reacclimatised after the shock of getting back to work? Bully for you.

Fantasy Race to Dubai preview

Fantasy Race to Dubai preview (credit: European Tour)

The first tell-tale signs of winter floated down from the skies over the Black Country this morning at around 9am. That’s all the more reason to stay here, with Thet Watson, and let me entertain you over the next couple of parky months, here in the UK.

Obviously, you can follow our Super 6 league, but first off this week, The European Tour is back! That’s right, all you golf fanatics. Not only will we be pitching our wits against Gillette Soccer Saturday’s team of experts, but also going up against the whole of Europe in The Fantasy Race to Dubai.

It’s been a while since we posted anything golf, here from Darrelldoo Towers. But with the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship marking the start of the European Tour’s Race to Dubai, we’ll write that wrong with a summary of who’s going to do what both on the PGA and European Tours.

But back to today and the six predictions that make up our Darrell Super 6 league. Remember, we only give 3 points for a correct score and 1 for a correct result. The SKY team give 5 and 2 respectively – I still maintain they nicked the idea from us, last season.

Anyhoo, direct from Twitter, here are Jord’s, Les’s, Micky D’s, Ken’s, Pat’s and my own forecasts for this week’s six chosen games. All from the Premier League and, I must say, none of them are what you’d call bankers.

So, without further a Darrelldoo, herewith this week’s predictions, in no particular order…

And that brings you bang up to date with all of our predictions. Check back here at around 5:30pm today where the results will appear, as if by magic, in the comments box, below. Over the course of the week, I’ll endeavour to bring the league and cup up to speed, too.

I’ll also unveil my first Fantasy Race to Dubai team.  Anyone fancy going head-to-head, you can create a mini-league on the European Tour site itself.  It would add a bit of spice. I mean, Laura Kennedy won it last year – can’t let a girlie girl win again, can we?  C’mon, fellas – let’s have a craic!

Have you had a go on this week’s Soccer Saturday Super 6? Why not let us know who you’ve plumped for, who you support, where you’re from? A bit of banter on match day is always welcome. I’ll even give your predictions a tweet to all of our FeckTV followers – you can’t say fairer than that, can you?

Keep in touch with yourself,
Thet Watson.

Fernandez-Castano denies Mulroy at Italian Open

Zeb's Tee Totallers 2012 Fantasy Race to Dubai team

Zeb’s Tee Totallers 2012 Fantasy Race to Dubai team

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“It felt like match play out there and I’m delighted to have come out on top,” – Fernandez-Castaño, upon winning the Italian Open at Royal Park I Roveri.

Where I picked him frm this weekend, I don’t know, only that his name was screaming at me when I was choosing my Fantasy Race to Dubai Team, this week.

On the same day that I had a reminder frm the European Tour about choosing my team, I had an e-mail from Ben at PaddyPower, asking me if I fancied a free bet on the Italian Open.

Had I only the same conviction after I’d picked my team  when Ben’s offer came through I could well have made myself a few bob from Gonzalo Fernandez-Castaño’s win. Always in hindsight, eh?

Had I done my research and known that the 31-year old Spaniard had won here before, I may well have been even more tempted.

With Simon Dyson winning a hat-trick of titles at the KLM this year, Lee Westwood retaining the Indonesian Masters and Luke Donald repeating his heroics at Wentworth in Spring, it’s been a year of golfers winning championships they’ve already got under their belt at some time in the past.

Fernandez-Castaño left it until late to finally get the win by two shots after going into the weekend session having headed the leaderboard, but surrenedered it to valint runner up Garth Mulroy going into the final day.

You can understand where Gonzalo was coming from when he made the match-play statement, with the lead passing between the final pairing all the way along the final eighteen holes.

It was four consecutive birdies at the half way point that really put the Spaniard in the driving seat, but even then Mulroy fought back to level the score on the 70th hole of the competition weekend.

English: Nicolas Colsaerts, Belgian golfprofes...

Nicolas Colsaerts, golf-pro (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Even though Nicolas Colsaerts had held the lead early in the day, he made heavy work of the back nine and it was a two horse race on the last two holes of the weekend that decided the 2012 Italian Open.

With Gonzalo’s final score of -24 under for the tourney, you’d think that a par and a birdie on the last two may have jeopardised the Spaniard’s chances.

However, it was the South African Mulroy who found trouble on both the 71st and 72nd holes that allowed those scores to be enough for Gonzalo to pick up his sixth Euroean tour title.

Mulroy found the sandtraps on both of the last two holes, bogeying seventeen and parring eighteen, gifting Gonzalo the title by two clear shots.

It was just the tonic Gonzalo needed after being pipped to Team Europe’s Ryder cup team by the aforementioned Colsaerts.

Rather than arriving in Italy on his usual Tuesday to get acclimatised for a Tour event, Gonzalo stayed back a day to see his children start the new term at school.

Perhaps this is a new beginning for Gonzalo, too. He’s spoken to Olly about not making the team for Medinah and fully understands why he’s not been included.

He knows himself, his performances have not been polished and consistent enough throughout the season.  It was that simple.

But that was set aside in Italy as he took his first title since last November and, more importantly, scored Zeb’s Tee Totallers maximum points in the Fantasy Race to Dubai – Go, Go, Go, Gonzalo!

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ARMCHAIR GOLF BLOG: Divots Eloquence at Royal Birkdale

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Poetry and pitching – you’d never have guessed, would you?

Here’s a quick little post from the Armchair Golf Blog, citing the little ditty to be found at Royal Birkdale encouraging golfers to replace the divots they churn up as they make their way around its golf course, rapidly approaching 125 years standing.

Like the armchair golf blog, I rarely get out on to the fairways and greens – it’s these confounded hips, you know?

In the spirit of adding rhyme where reason seems deplete, I thought I’d compose my own little passage to sum up the good and bad of being confined to a recliner, watching the world of golf slowly flit through a 21.5″ HD Benq monitor every day, rather than get out there on the course and spend as long, if not longer, in the 19th…

Title: Hip-flask to hip surgery

E’en ‘fore my op the green and tee

Often quite eluded me;

Now I sit and write, for succour

No more curse I that little…golf ball

Read, share, enjoy…

…TTFN, Thet Watson. x

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