Latest Golf News (Week 4 May 2018)

Helen Hughes wins Bridgestone Chase Your Dream Trophy

Budleigh Salterton resident Helen Hughes is now one step closer to her dream of being a part of the European Tour. The East Devon Golf club member triumphed in the regional finals of the Bridgestone Chase Your Dream Trophy, which is run in partnership with England Golf. She qualified the Dainton Park Golf Club, bringing her one step closer to earning a place in the pro-am of the British Masters supported by Sky Sports. Helen will next be seen in August at Frilford Heath Golf Club in Oxfordshire, playing at the national level finals of the Bridgestone Chase Your Dream tournament, the top players of which will have the opportunity to compete at the pro-am of the Bridgestone Challenge while the winners would be heading to the British Masters. Scoring a net 79 at the qualifying round, Helen said she is ecstatic to have qualified, especially because this was her first time on the Dainton course. Farrell Dolan, Bridgestone’s Marketing and Consumer Sales Director said Helen performed fantastically in her qualifying round and that Bridgestone intends to build on their 2017 Chase Your Dream Trophy success and extend such opportunities to more and more amateur English golfers.

National Golf Foundation gives positive report of annual participation in the sport

Statistics have lately been showing a gradual decline in the golf industry in the terms of participation and economic contribution. However, in its recently released annual Golf Industry report, the National Golf Foundation a much more reassuring analysis of the sport’s health. According to the report, the contribution of the golf industry in the economic activity of the United States in 2016 was  $84.1 billion, which shows an increase of 22.1% since 2011. The report went on to say that the number of people to play golf on a course in 2017 is 23.8 million (with 95% players being labelled as “committed golfers” by NGF), a figure that does not differ much from the number recorded in 2016. Also, off-course participation in golf, by means of facilities like Topgolf or with on-screen simulators, has increased by 7% to reach 21.7 million.

William Land Golf Course faces possibility of shutdown

The William Land Golf Course is a historic golf course in Sacramento that has been the favourite of generations of golfers, from mayors to high school students. However, the operating company of the course recently requested the termination of its lease with the city by the end of June. The reason of such a decision is reportedly the five-year trend of economic losses suffered by the course, caused by the decline of participation in the sport and hence, revenue. The City Council is planning to adopt a budget for the next fiscal year and will be gauging the options to organise money in order to prevent this century-old golf course from shutting down.