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As I mentioned in my previous blog, a big match was about to take place between Team Naga Munchetty and Team Sir Clive Woodward. A week after the Ryder Cup, this was our own mini Ryder Cup including three fourball betterball matches. 

Since the beginning of the year, we've been learning and improving our game through the T2CGolf programme, devised by Clive and Dan Grieve, head pro at Woburn Golf Club. With six players on one team and six on the other, at the end of the year we'll discover which team has reduced their handicaps the most - a total combined percentage. Here is team Naga ...

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In the meantime, Sunday's match was an opportunity to get together, meet all the members of the opposing team, but of course, both sides wanted to win!

I was paired with Lee Pomery, his wife is also part of Team Naga, but that partnership doesn't work on the golf course, but I was happy as Lee is very relaxed and is a very useful 14 handicapper. Our opposition was Dan Grieve off scratch and Richard off 8 - excellent, we received shots. I won't bore you with a hole by hole account, but it was fabulous game and I'm delighted to say that after playing the 18th all square, we finished 1up.

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I've just signed off the latest issue, not just the magazine but also this year's Women & Golf Traveller - a    48-page holiday guide - it's made me want to book a holiday myself!

As I've been exceptionally busy, I haven't had much time to play golf, although in mid September, whilst I didn't play golf, I was on the course all day at The Bedfordshire Golf Club for an instruction shoot with Sam Head. We started at 8am and worked through until late afternoon, covering all sorts of subject to fill the magazine over forthcoming issues, along with videos. Fortunately we were blessed with good weather, in fact this shoot had been postponed since August. Yes, you wouldn't believe it, given all the hot weather we'd had, then it decided to rain for the first time in as many weeks - typical... As you can imagine, when an instruction shoot is approaching I become slightly obsessed with the weather forecast, checking it hourly!

Thanks to Sam and our photographer, Paul Severn (pictured below), we always have fun, even if sometimes it can be really frustrating when it becomes a bit stop and start when we have to let golfers through.

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I cannot help but mention the Ryder Cup - what an amazing event, I'm envious of anyone that made the trip to Paris. I'm playing a mini Ryder Cup match tomorrow - it's part of the Team Naga Munchetty versus Team Clive Woodward challenge at Batchworth Park Golf Club. Team Naga is still lagging behind Team Clive slightly, but it's not over yet and there's still time for us to catch up. I'll let you know the result in my next blog.

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After a fabulous holiday to San Francisco which explains my absence from this blog, it was straight back to work in more ways than one as this didn't only include my day job but an annual weekend away with the ladies from West Essex Golf Club. This year we travelled to Meon Valley near Southampton.

What started as a day out nearly a quarter of a century ago has turned into a minimum two-night, two round break and it has become a big event. There's an organising committee of which I'm part of and the last couple of years, after the prize presentation, members of the committee put on a mini show. This year the theme was 'A night at the Movies' and featured the Blues Brothers, Eva Peron, Julie Andrews, Liza Minnelli, Phantom of the Opera, the doll on the music box from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Yours truly was Sandy from Grease, singing 'Hopelessly Devoted to You'. The finale was a dance routine to Abba's Dancing Queen.

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Just 10 days ago England's Georgia Hall won the Ricoh Women's British Open - a fantastic achievement. I was at Royal Lytham & St Annes - the crowds were great, interestingly a large majority were men, but there were also a significant number of young girls, some trying golf for the first time at the Swing Zone, and there was a real buzz about the place. But what now?

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As soon as Georgia Hall tapped in her putt to claim the title there was a collective voice saying, “Huge moment for British women’s golf, this is exactly what we needed.” Very true, but the important question is, “How are we (the media and industry) going to capitalise on Georgia’s victory and keep the momentum going to help the current focus of raising the profile of the female game?

Seeing the faces of youngsters at Lytham & St Annes chasing their heroes for an autograph or a selfie demonstrated the encouraging appetite for girls’ golf and the huge influence that our top female players can have in driving the game’s future. In addition to Georgia, we have a fantastic crop of young players including Charley Hull, Bronte Law, Meghan MacLaren, and Leona and Lisa Maguire, to name but a few, and they are great role models. However, at the moment there are only two events that bring them to the UK - the Scottish Open and the Women’s British Open.

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If I don't improve my golf this year, I never will, as I'm being given plenty of opportunities to learn from the best. As readers of this blog know, I'm part of Team Naga (Munchetty) for our challenge against Team Clive (Woodward) based on the T2C teaching programme under the direction of Daniel Grieve, head pro at Woburn Golf Club and a couple of weeks ago I attended the opening of the Leadbetter Golf Academy European headquarters at Stoke Park Country Club & Hotel in Buckinghamshire.

The legendary golf coach, David Leadbetter, was there to officially open the academy to a group of media and, whilst unable to swing a club properly due to a recent leg operation, under his guidance, Stoke Park's Leadbetter trained pros demonstrated what we should all be doing, some members of the audience were brave enough to have their shots analysed, and David gave us an interesting insight into the golf swing and how most of us complicate it!

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The launch coincided with the opening of Stoke Park's the new-look Lane Jackson course - the third nine-hole loop to be refurbished in three years. I was joined by PGA pro Kerry Knowles, fellow journalist Paul Trow (you may recognise this byline as he contributes to W&G's travel pages) and Luke Frary from the Azalea Group.

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