Development in Golf

Last night I made my debut as an after dinner speaker. That is a tough job and even tougher if you are up against the closing minutes of Inter vs Manchester United on TV. Lucky for me there wasn’t a break before I was due to come on so those that would have taken such a chance to disappear would have been easily spotted had they tried to sneak out of the room. As an after dinner speaker you should be funny, quick, enthusiastic and inspirational while you deliver a thoughtfuland relevant message. I am under no illusions that I met any of those expectations but what I wanted to do was simply to get the many people involved in Golf Development to understand how important they are to not only the growth of the game as a whole (by getting people into the game) but also to the generation of future elite players. Perhaps this is a golf thing and doesn’t apply to other sports but we tend to talk about these things as separate from each other. As if the way to work would be substantially different when our focus is to get people started compared to if we think about how good these people can then become. I think that is a big mistake as what we need to do is to create an environment where people and children want to be as much as they possibly can. Those that spend a lot of time there will have the chance to become really good. Those that don’t will not reach as far but they will still enjoy to play the game.

This week is a big and awaited one in the golf world. The Tiger is coming back to the tour, 254 days after he won the US Open on one leg. Reports suggest that he is fitter an stronger than ever and it will of course be interesting to follow his every move in this week’s WGC event in Arizona. I would not think that it is a coinsidence that he comes back at a tournament sponsored by Accenture… Follow the action here.

In the amateur game the Spanish Amateur has just started with the first round today. Seven English players are in the top 14 so far. The top 32 after tomorrow’s round qualify for the match play stage. Results are available here.

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