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It's been an interesting week - obviously the main golf news story related to the chaps at Muirfield finally voting to allow women members, and almost immediately the club was reinstated as an Open venue! During a series of TV and radio interviews I explained that it was impossible to celebrate (if that's the right word!) as we would have done 10 months ago when the original vote took place. In fact, surely women should have been accepted at least 10 years ago! So, let's move on now, there's a 2-3 year waiting list for membership at Muirfield and do women really want to join this club anyway?

On a lighter note, I had an enjoyable day overseeing an indoor instruction shoot with PGA Professional, Sarah Smith, from Saffron Walden Golf Club. She did a great job before dashing off for a practice round for the Sunningdale Foursomes, so look out for articles in Women & Golf magazine and videos on this website.

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England Golf held its inaugural black tie dinner and awards ceremony at Lord's Cricket Ground on Thursday evening. It was a great night, extremely uplifting as the 400 people in the room celebrated individual and team success.

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The Rules of Golf have dominated this week's golf news and I think the majority of proposed changes are a good idea. You've got six months to have your say, and any new rules won't be implemented until 2019.

What a welcome relief that it has been proposed that caddies will no longer be allowed to line up players once they have taken a stance for a stroke. At events and on TV it has often been painful (and boring) to watch players, unfortunately mainly the female pros, ponder over their alignment for ages with their caddie standing behind them.

The reason for the change is that the ability to line up is a fundamental skill of the game for which the player alone should be responsible - hear, hear!

Women & Golf has just released another reader day at Silvermere Golf Complex in Surrey in association with COBRA PUMA on 6 July. I hope you will join me - I like it when my diary starts filling up.

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I'm back blogging! I'm also out of golf hibernation as other than a few trips to the driving range over the last few months and the odd game, my golf has taken a back seat, largely because of being really busy and some miserable British weather!

There's a load of new equipment around, but being a typical woman, I get more excited about the new spring/summer fashion collections. Our new W&G logoed clothing should arrive next week from Daily Sports and it will be nice to wear a different uniform this year!

I'm also excited about the W&G reader days that we're planning, one at Woburn with PING and Naga Munchetty, and another at Silvermere wth Cobra Puma, do hope you'll be able to join me - you can let me know if you like my outfit!

Until next time, and it won't be long...

 

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It's always a treat to play with great players and I was fortunate to join leading amateurs Sophie Lamb and Inci Mehmet at a media golf day supporting Golfing4Life at the Centurion Club in Hertfordshire. Since my last visit to this venue, the new clubhouse has opened which is very impressive and I'd like to return for lunch or dinner in the Galvin restaurant!

I was unfamiliar with this organisation that supports the development of young golfers who might otherwise be unable to fulfil their potential due to financial constraints. It was inspiring to hear Golfing4Life's plans and how they hope to continue to develop their relationship with the Teenage Cancer Trust (TCT) and Teen Cancer America (TCA),

Sophie and Inci played some incredible shots and were great company, however, my golf was a lot to be desired as I was simply trying too hard and you know what that means - the harder you try, the worse it gets! Both of these young women are full-time golfers and Inci will be off to Q-School for the Ladies European Tour in December - I shall be following their progress.

Golfing4Life

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So disappointed that Europe lost to the USA, but what a Ryder Cup match it was, and I'll miss watching all that great golf on TV this weekend. There is nothing like the Sunday singles in a Ryder Cup or Solheim Cup match. Listening to US crowd was irritating, but they are part and parcel of the event, adding to the overall atmosphere, and if they's weren't there I'd probably miss them!

On the first day of the Ryder Cup match I was at the stunning Rosapenna Golf Hotel in Donegal, Ireland, a popular resort with American visitors so there was plenty of banter between them and us. My reason for being there was to present the prizes to the ladies competing in the Ladies Pink Tour (see pic below), This three-day event, now in its second year, was a great success and everyone had a ball on and off the golf course - it's easy to have fun in Ireland when the hospitality is so good.

Ireland

I also had some fun a few weeks ago at Lingfield Park when I joined the annual ladies outing from West Essex Golf Club. Located next door to the racecourse, an obvious theme for the evening was a night at the races - say no more!

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