Golf origins continues

By JOSE CALLEJA General Manager, Natadola Bay Championship Golf Course This week we continue with the origin of golf and the games evolution. Golf goes Global. In 1900 golf was
02 Dec 2012 15:59


General Manager,
Natadola Bay
Golf Course

This week we continue with the origin of golf and the games evolution.
Golf goes Global.
In 1900 golf was officially confirmed as a global sport when it was made an Olympic sport.
The 20th century brought with it several changes to the game through the emergence of technological innovations. A great contributing factor to the development of the game due to technical innovations was the Haskell one piece rubber cored ball of 1900. The game of golf will always be governed by two factors, DISTANCE & DIRECTION.
This new golf ball guaranteed an extra 20 yards to golfers and added greater enjoyment to the game. Adding to this new enjoyment was the introduction of the grooved-faced irons in 1902.
In 1905 William Taylor invented the first dimpled ball which greatly assisted towards better ball control. In 1910 Arthur Knight introduced steel-shafted clubs however hickory was still widely used for another 25 years. Within a decade, technology had changed how the game was play because it addressed the two governing factors, DISTANCE & DIRECTION.  Golfers could now hit further and more accurately than ever before using equipment which was relatively cheap to produce.
The Professional Golfers Association (PGA) of America was formed in 1916 and initially consisted of only a winter calendar. By 1944 the (PGA) Tour was played throughout the year and consisted of 22 events.
In 1921, the R&A imposed a limit on the size and weight of the golf ball. This decision led to a 30 year split between the European/ Commonwealth game and the US game regulated by the USGA.
By 1951 most of the differences were resolved and both parties agreed to a common set of rules and the golf ball issue was finally settled in 1988. Modern day golf is now regulated by the R&A and the USGA. Every four years the two governing bodies meet and decided on alterations to rules of golf and their publication.
The 30 year split between the governing bodies saw the emergence of the Ryder Cup matches in 1927. Initially the Europeans were represented by golfers from Britain and Ireland. The Americans with their wealth of talent won every event between 1935 and 1985 with the exception of 1957. It was not until 1979 that players outside the British Isles such as Severiano Ballesteros were allowed to play for the European team. This allowed the Ryder Cup to become truly competitive.
The greatest player of the pre-war period was the American born Bobby Jones. Holder of the original Grand Slam; he won US and British Amateurs and the US and British Opens in 1931. However, many would say his greatest legacy was the founding and design of Augusta National Golf Club with Clifford Roberts and Alister MacKenzie respectively. Other pre-war greats are, Sir Henry Cotton who won a third consecutive British Open in 1936 and Walter Hagen who won four British Opens. Walter Hagen was renowned for his flamboyant behavior, such as hiring a Rolls Royce as a changing room and giving his prize money as winner of the British Open to his caddie.
Great women golfer such as Joyce Wethered on the left won her fifth consecutive English Ladies Championship in 1924 and Glenna Collett Vare on the right won her sixth US Women’s Amateur in 1935.
In 1933, Augusta opened. The first US Masters was played there in 1934 and won by Horton Smith. It was not until 1961 that Gary Player from South Africa broke the American monopoly of the event. This paved the road for many other non- American players to capture this prestigious title. In 2000 Vijay Singh wins the US Masters and ensures Fiji is part of golfing history. Below Vijay is presented the Masters Green Jacket by Jose Maria Olazabal.



This week we provide a review on the Oakley Flak Jacket Golf Eyewear.

Enjoy maximum protection on the golf course with this outstanding Oakley Flak Jacket Golf Eyewear. Providing unbeatable protection against the damaging sun rays on the golf course, this Oakley Flak Jacket Golf Eyewear also looks fantastic, so you can stay protected in style. The permanent Hydrophobic lens coating repels water, skin oils and debris, so the best vision on earth stays crystal clear, whatever the weather throws at you on the golf course.

The following are the features of Oakley Flak Jacket Golf Eyewear:
• Blocks 100% of UVA, UVB, UVC and Harmful Blue Light
• Permanent Hydrophobic Lens Coating repels Moisture and Oils for Easy Cleaning
• Unobtainium Earsocks and Nosepads for Greater Comfort
• Includes Protective Case

If you are looking for a sunglass with the above features then please contact the Natadola Bay Golf shop on 6733500 and we will order one for you.


Last week’s DP World Tour Championship played on the par 72, 7675 yards, Jesmeirah Golf Estate, Earth course won by Rory Mcllroy who shot a total score of 23 under par. This win is his fifth European Tour international victory and has set a new record for a single-season earnings previously held by Luke Donald. Justin Rose finished runner-up on 21 under par.

This week’s Event
This week on the European Tour we have the world Challenge presented by northwestern Mutual. It is scheduled to be played from the 22nd to the 25th of November. This event will be played on the par 72, 7027 yards, Sherwood Country Club, thousand Oaks, California. The prize purse for the event is $4 million.


This week’s event
This week the Ladies European Tour heads off to India for the Hero Women’s Indian Open. This event is scheduled from 30th November to 2nd December and will be played on the DLF Golf & Country Club. The prize money for the event is US$300,000

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