Time for a new beginning?

Today could be one of the more important days in English Golf in a long time. Yes, England are playing Australia in golf’s equivalent to the Ashes in Sydney but I am not even thinking about that. Coach Dave Ridley reports that England are up, 3-0, after the morning foursomes by the way. No, I am thinking about the 15 people that are meeting at Moor Park to discuss County Golf.

For as long as I have been involved in English Golf, which is over 5 years now, the difficult position of County Golf has been discussed. Those that have a far longer history in the game than I, have seen the role of County Golf decline over the years and players seem to more and more choose individual events with available ranking points, vouchers and hcp-adjustments before the chance to pull on their County jersey. One of the challenges is that nobody really has a mandate to decide over county golf as it is all organised by the counties themselves and hence very differently ran in the leagues across the country. The meeting today therefore has a wide spread of people with representation from all parts. I think now is the time to say ‘yes, we will do something about this’ or ‘the problem is there but it is too difficult to do anything so let us stop talking about it’. I am hoping for the first but am equally prepared for the latte

2 Responses to “Time for a new beginning?”

  1. 1 RonaldO February 8, 2011 at 7:30 pm

    Well if the Boss man of the English Elite Teams says he wants to support the Counties we have made the first step . . .and as the story goes the first step is the hardest part of any journey.

    Don’t give up Peter, the Counties are counting on you to make the difference.

  2. 2 Nigel Fosker February 10, 2011 at 10:43 am

    Peter, do you think the Swedish ‘Series Spel’ (not sure if it still exists)is worth considering?

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