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I'm writing this blog from my room at The Biltmore Hotel in Coral Cables, Miami. I thought I might be relaxing on a sun lounger on this Sunday afternoon, but it's raining outside at the moment and not expected to clear any time soon, but more about this trip in my next blog. I'm looking forward to watching the final round of the men's US Open, and as I'm on US time, for once I won't have that tired Monday morning feeling tomorrow after staying up to watch the golf.

The week before last I attended an AIG Women's British Open media event at Woburn. What a treat to have dinner at Woburn Abbey, a place that I have never visited before - I'm not sure why - the surroundings are beautiful. Sitting next to Charley Hull, who had just arrived home from the US that morning, she was on great form and although feeling tired, she was excitedly talking about her boyfriend, her new house and forthcoming wedding. She's unique, so natural, doing things her way, and really enjoying life away from golf.

The following day was a great experience - playing in a fourball with Catriona Matthew, along with the BBC's Eilidh Barbour and Times journalist Cathy Harries. You do learn a lot when playing with a pro, especially watching their tempo. I did try and replicate Catriona's short game shots! Fortunately it was a day where I showed up as a golfer and played ok, so I was happy. It was a really enjoyable fourball, as any round always is at Woburn - this time on the Marquess course. Catriona is busy considering players and pairings for this year's Solheim Cup and relatively quiet by nature, you can see that as a captain she'll have a really calming influence. Both of us were happy to promote our Skechers' golf shoes - if you were wondering what the picture is about! I'd worn mine straight out of the box that morning - no complaints and love the silver colour, as it goes with anything.

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It's still raining ... but until next time.

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I can't believe the last time I posted a blog was five weeks ago, and now we're almost into June. Where does the time go?

I've since been to Castlemartyr Resort in Ireland and what a relaxing place it is and one that I'd definitely recommend. Easy to get to for me, just a short flight to Cork from Stansted. I enjoyed the golf course, whizzing round on my own making notes, and I was pleased that I booked myself a head massage because the treatment and the overall experience of the spa was excellent.

Other than a personal city break to Berlin that combined seeing Rod Stewart in concert (whatever he's on at his age, I want it!) and taking my mum to Bournemouth for a few days, it has been a very busy month of meetings and planning content for this site and the next issue of Women & Golf. And, of course, playing golf whenever I have an opportunity to do so, although this still isn't as much as I'd like. I did manage 18 holes of crazy golf in Bournemouth - competitive as ever! Not sure about golf in heels though ...

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What a weekend we've just had for British Women's Golf. England's Annabel Dimmock won the LET event at the Evian Resort in France and fellow Englishwoman Bronte Law celebrated her first LPGA victory, and with it she banked a cheque for $195,000 - wow!

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We talk about job satisfaction and that is something I have on a regular basis from a variety of situations, and a particular week recently springs to mind.

A really long day on the golf course, I hasten to add not playing golf, but an instruction shoot at Foxhills with Lauren Blease, followed by a fitness shoot with Becky Scott, was a job well done, thanks also to photographer Paul Severn. Whizzing around on a buggy to find the right locations on the two courses, outfit changes, videos, and plenty of laughs too, there is now plenty of content in the bag.

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Two days later I travelled to Lincolnshire to Thonock Park and PING's HQ to join Women & Golf's competition winners. Three lucky ladies won a club-fitting experience and it was great to meet them, enjoy a light lunch, before watching them being taking through the fitting process. They had a fantastic day, one that they won't forget and it was a pleasure to see. I'm looking forward to following their progress with their new clubs .... watch this space.

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Since my last blog, what a busy few weeks it has been, the golf season is really kicking in on and off the golf course.

It was a great night at the England Golf Awards at the Royal Lancaster London, honouring clubs, individuals and organisations that do so much for the good of the game. The room was packed with over 400 people there, making it a memorable evening for the award winners, even if a little daunting for those that had to collect the award and be interviewed by the host, BBC's Dan Walker.  However, they all did a great job.

These type of events always inspire me, so I was looking forward to this year's first match in the Team Naga vs Team Clive Challenge. This was held at Lambourne Golf Club, where Clive and another member of his team are members, so home advantage! Only jesting as that's not an excuse for our two and a half to a half defeat, especially where my match was concerned. Julia and Richard, both single figure golfers, were just too good for myself and Lisa, but what a lovely day we had, playing in glorious sunshine - see our team pic below. As you know, I've been tinkering with my swing - six out of ten on that day, so it's back to the range!

Prior to the match, Dan Grieve, talked us through what's new for TeeToCup (the online learning programme) and what is involved for us as part of this exercise. Each month we will focus on a specific part of the game, beginning with the full swing. From the information that Dan sends (Discover), we'll digest this and then extract what relates to our game (Distill), and then practise the key points (Do) - known as 3D Learning. We're all really up for this and hope to improve, so I'll keep you posted throughout the year. If you'd like to know more, visit: teetocup.com

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I last wrote that I had booked a golf lesson with Dan Grieve at Woburn, one that had previously been cancelled due to snow. Going from one extreme to the other, I was then fortunate to enjoy the lesson during one of the hottest February days on record.

I've now introduced a wrist hinge (apparently it's easier to introduce hinge rather than take it away) and am also working on a better impact position. I'm hoping that my swing will become more efficient and I'll gain a few more yards - at the moment there's a lot of wasted energy! This lesson has inspired me to practise the drills that Dan suggested including swinging a stick to get a noisy 'swoosh' and I'm really enjoying it. I've been to the range on a few occasions, although those of you who take lessons will know - it's hard to switch off all the swing thoughts when you're on the course, but I'm working on that too! It's the first match between Team Naga and Team Clive next weekend at Lambourne Golf Club, so we'll see - I want to persevere, but I also know that I can't expect miracles overnight!

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Last weekend I attended the drive-in at Batchworth Park Golf Club. This was a lovely informal affair with an early shotgun start of mixed golf - I played with three nice guys who I had never met before so it was a great way to interact with other members. After the drive-in a buffet lunch was served with a few glasses of Prosecco of course, a magician entertained us, and speeches were kept to a minimum, so a great day was had by all! Even better, I won the prize for nearest-the-pin - something must be working with my new swing!

At least it looks like the windy and wet weather is behind us - I do hope so as I've got an instruction shoot booked with Lauren Blease at Foxhills a week on Monday. 

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