By JOSE CALLEJA General Manager, Natadola Bay Championship Golf Course In December 1959, Snead took part in a controversial match against Mason Rudolph, at the Mid Ocean Club in Bermuda.
12 Mar 2013 12:05


General Manager,
Natadola Bay
Golf Course

In December 1959, Snead took part in a controversial match against Mason Rudolph, at the Mid Ocean Club in Bermuda. The match was being televised and played under the ‘World Championship Golf’ series. Snead decided to deliberately lose over the final closing holes and once again display his sportsmanship. On the 12th hole he discovered he had too many golf clubs in his bag and the match was tied at that stage. The rules of golf state a player is limited to 14 clubs during competitive rounds. The extra club in his bag, a fairway wood which Snead had been experimenting with on the range and did not use during the round meant immediate disqualification. He waited until the match was over and explained the matter. He did not disqualify himself in order to not spoil the show.




Sam Snead made his debut in the Ryder Cup in 1937 and also played on six other seven Ryder Cup teams: 1947, 1949, 1951, 1953, 1955, and 1959. He captained the team in 1951, 1959, and 1969.In 1971 he won the PGA Club Professional Championship at Pinehurst Resort.
In 1973, Snead became the oldest player to make a cut in a U.S. Open at age 61 and at the age of 62 he shot a final round 68 at the 1974 PGA Championship to finish tied for third, three strokes behind winner Lee Trevino. This was Snead’s third consecutive top 10 finish at the PGA Championship.
In 1978, he won the first Legends of Golf event, which led to the creation two years later of the Senior PGA Tour, now known as the Champions Tour. In 1979, he became the oldest PGA Tour golfer to shoot his age (67) in the second round of the 1979 Quad Cities Open. He took this one step further and broke his age shooting a (66) in the final round. However, his best record would have to be shooting a 60 (12 under par) at The Homestead in Hot Springs, Virginia at the age of 71.
Snead also held the record for most PGA Tour wins after reaching age 40, a total of 17, until it was broken at the 2007 Mercedes-Benz Championship by Vijay Singh.

During his peak years, Snead was an exceptionally long driver, particularly into the wind and with great accuracy. His long iron play was superb. Snead was also known for a very creative short game and introduced the use of the sand wedge for short shots from grass. Many of us will recall his unique putting style which was later banned by the United States Golf Association. So Snead then switched to side-saddle putting which some of us may recall. He used that style for the rest of his career.
From 1984 to 2002, he hit the honorary starting tee shot at The Masters. Until 1999, he was joined by Gene Sarazen, and until 2001, by Byron Nelson.
Sam Snead died in Hot Springs, Virginia, in 2002 following complications from a stroke, four days before his 90th birthday.


This week we provide a review on the Cleveland CG16 irons
This large, undercut cavity back iron set is “lighter and longer” with reduced weight and strong lofts. Distance and accuracy are maximized on off-center hits. Larger sole is useful from a variety of turf conditions.
Pros: Beautiful Black Pearl finish (also available with Satin Chrome finish). Lighter overall weight improves distance and shaft/club head weights are well-matched and maintain great feel.
Cons: Golfers need to re-calibrate distances on their iron shots.

The Basics Cleveland CG16 irons come in 3-PW set configuration; a CG16 Tour set is also available
• Laser Milled face with Tour Zip grooves optimizes spin from any conditions.
• Large, thin clubface helps optimize distance on mis-hit.
• Total club weight is lighter overall compared to previous Cleveland irons, and shafts are slightly longer. That is the “longer and lighter design” to which Cleveland refers.

The Cleveland CG16 is available for hire at Natadola Bay Golf Course.


At last week’s Honda Classic, Michael Thompson’s dream was winning his first PGA TOUR event with a comfortable lead walking up the final fairway. The reality was much different to his dream on Sunday at the The Honda Classic. The 27 year old had a one-shot lead as he stood on the 18th fairway with 240 yards from the flag. He was faced with a large lake defending the green and with no hesitation he drilled a 5-wood into the bunker left of the green, setting up a simple sand shot and a birdie he didn’t even need. He closed with a 1-under 69, one of only five rounds under par on a punishing day at PGA National to finally become a PGA TOUR winner.

This Week’s Event
This week the players will head to Puerto Rico at the Trump International Golf Course for the Puerto Rico Open. Defending champion George McNeill and two-time winner Michael Bradley head a lineup of players from outside the world’s top 50.

Last week the LPGA tour travelled to Singapore, Sentosa Golf Club the Serapong Course for the HSBC Women’s Championship, 2012 Rolex Player of the Year Stacy Lewis held on for her first victory of the 2013 season with a par on the 18th hole to capture a one-shot victory over Rolex Rankings No. 2 Na Yeon Choi. Lewis belted a driver down the middle of the fairway on 18, hit a hybrid to the back of the green in two and lagged her putt down to about 10 feet for birdie. Choi had a 12-foot birdie putt that could have potentially forced a playoff if Lewis had missed. Choi just slid her birdie putt by before Lewis missed hers and was left with a foot-and-a-half putt for par to win.

This week’s
This week’s event takes place at the Wildfire Golf Club at JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa at Phoenix Arizona for the RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup. Last year’s winner Yani Tseng held off Na Yeon Choi to capture a one shot victory at the 2012 RR Donnellley LPGA Founders Cup. Tseng two putted from 45 feet on the 18th green as darkness fell to secure her victory.1

Last Saturday’s competition results are as follows:
Event: Stableford
1st: Mr. Rossco Greenville, 32 points, on count back
2nd: Mr. Jonh Kemp, 32 points
Nearest to the Pin: Rossco Greenville
Last Sunday’s competition results are as follows:
Event: Stroke
1st: Mr. Neil Stokes, 78 on count back
2nd: Mrs. Paula Greenville, 78


• Wednesday 13th March – Mixed Stableford Competition
• Friday 15th March – Bingo-Bango-Bongo Competition
• Saturday 16th March – Open Stroke
• Sunday 17th March – 2Ball Stableford Aggregate

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