Latest Golf News (Week 1 May 2018)

Lions Club raises £5,000 for Blind Veterans

A North Somerset Golf Club organised a charity golf day, which helped raise a massive £5,000 for rehabilitation facilities for blind veterans. Based in Yatton, the Yeo Valley Lions Club conducted this charity golf day for 120 golfers and donated the proceeds to Blind Veterans UK for building a rehabilitation centre. The event took place at the Tall Pines Golf Club in Backwell and the winning team was led by Darren Letherby. The club’s president, Roger Gibbins presented the cheque to Mark Pile, a veteran aided by Blind Veterans UK. Yeo valley Lions’ Club has done commendable work in charity for the past six years, having raised over a total of £25,000 for recipients such as Children’s Hospice South West, Cystic Fibrosis Trust, Guide Dogs for the Blind as well as Weston Hospicecare.

Lydia Ko’s first victory in two years

The past two years had not been the best for New Zealand’s Lydia Ko, the main curiosity of the golf world being why a teen sensation and 14-time LPGA winner would suddenly her coach, caddie and equipment all at one go. Thankfully, the 21-year-old showed the world that she was not yet burnt out, by walking off the green at Lake Merced Golf Club with her 15th LPGA title after an eventful playoff at the MEDIHEAL Championship. Lydia’s last victory had at been at the Marathon Classic in 2016 and since then, she changed the swing coach from David Leadbetter to Gary Gilchrist to currently Ted Oh. Her caddies were changed multiple times and she also switched from Callaway to PXG. Though there was a rage and speculation about how these changes were not doing her any good, Ko stayed patient and confident. At the MEDIHEAL Championship this year, Ko had been at the top of the leaderboard for all of the first three rounds. Sunday’s final round ended up being a dramatic playoff between Ko and Minjee Lee with Ko beating Lee’s birdie with an eagle 3 on the 18th hole and walking away with the much deserved title.

 

Y.E. Yang’s first win since 2010

Former PGA champion Y.E. Yang claimed the title of The Crowns on the Japan Golf Tour this year, making it his first worldwide victory in almost eight years. Yang had won the 2009 Honda Classic and had also beaten Tiger Woods to win the PGA Championship title at Hazeltine in the same year. His last win before the dry spell was at the Kolon Korea Open in October 2010. At Nagoya Golf Club this year, the 46-year-old finished with a 3-under 67, four shots of Jung-Gon Hwang and Anthony Quayle. His world rank having dropped to 925 since 2010, Yang joined the winners’ circle after two worldwide starts. This March, he finished 38th at the New Zealand Open and missed the cut at the Homemate Cup in Japan two weeks ago.