Golf making its big Power Play

By ROD McLEOD

MAKING golf more appealing to the general public was the topic of discussion for Golf Queensland at a recent seminar involving all state districts.

It is clear the five hours it takes to play 18 holes is and will always be a problem in our increasingly hectic lives.

A new from of competition golf, Power Play Golf, being introduced by Barry Horton at Club Banora, has proved to be unbelievably popular overseas, and his will be only one of three clubs in Australia to conduct competitions with players participating to the point of achieving world rankings.

The game involves the use of a player's Golf Australia handicap, and the scoring is under the normal stableford format.

It is open to both men and women.

Where this competition varies is it is played over nine holes only, and each green will have two pin placements, one hard, one easy.

The power play is up to the individual golfer, and when taken on a hole, the birdie, eagle and albatross points are doubled.

Each player must take three power plays in the first eight holes.

It is a great concept, with Barry holding his first event early in December on a Friday. I, for one, will be making every effort to compete in what should be fun but serious competitive golf.

Contact Club Banora for details and tee times.

WELL done to Michelle Bowdidge, from Kingscliff High School, with a great win in the Tweed Valley Combined High Schools golf tournament recently.

Michelle continues to make steady improvement under the coaching of Mark Gibson, from Royal Pines, so it was tremendous to see her take out the win.

THE new R & A golf rules will be introduced next year with a number of changes. Some of these will have little effect on club golfers, but others will need to be considered and acted upon.

The issue of a non-conforming driver, a driver that holds the ball on the club face longer than 257 milliseconds (and there are many out there) is an area the club golfers will need to address.

To use non-conforming golf clubs is no different than breaking any of the other rules of golf.

In the rules of golf, using a non-complying form of golf equipment can lead to disqualification and this covers any organised competition at club, district, state and national level.

A detailed list of non-conforming drivers can be found on the Golf Australia website.

With Santa Claus landing on a green near you, I suggest you confirm the status of your driver, and if a problem is there, put feelers out for a new driver for Christmas.

FANCY a chance at teeing off with Rodger Davis or sharpening your short game against Robert Shearer?

Byron Bay Golf Club is accepting nominations from local amateur golfers keen to play during the Australian PGA Senior Championship event starting December 9.

With the event's official entry-list reading like a who's who of Australia's golfing past, any amateur with a handicap is eligible to play two rounds alongside some of the biggest names on the Australian senior circuit.

Club captain Mark Wilson said it would give local hacks a taste of playing at the top level.

Rodger Davis and former Australian Open champion Robert Shearer have both signed on for the tournament as has ex-US PGA Tour player Jeff Woodland, defending seniors champion Terry Gale and European Seniors Tour player Michael Ferguson.

The three-round championship will be preceded by a nine-hole skins event featuring four of the highest profile players on Saturday, December 8. Amateurs keen to play should contact Byron Bay proshop (02) 6685 6470.

CRONK'S TIP BE careful when trying to copy the swing of your favourite golfer. You can only swing to what your body allows. Physical constraints dictate the fullness and length of your swing. Always work on what is important, such as balance and posture and if you need help ask a professional.

Ben Cronk, Chinderah Golf Course 0409 552 346.



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