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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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What a great Open Championship and my day got even better when Molinari won as I had bet on him. Ok, I can't retire yet, it was only £1 each way, but even so ... Aside from that I was pleased that we had a European winner - things are hotting up nicely for the Ryder Cup.

I was at Carnoustie for the annual Association of Golf Writers dinner which is always an enjoyable occasion, hearing from players like Sergio Garcia, Gary Player and Ernie Els. A series of meetings the following day meant that I didn't see any golf, I was sneakily looking at the scores whilst at a wedding on Saturday and therefore pleased that I could watch all the action on TV on Sunday.

I did manage to catch up with Pat Sawers and her husband David. A lovely couple - Pat does a wonderful job as chairman of Carnoustie Links and she had the privilege of presenting Sam Locke with his silver medal. We must improve our selfies!

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What a treat we now have over the next couple of weeks with the ladies Scottish Open at Gullane (great to see the live coverage on Sky Sports - on Thursday at least!) followed by the Ricoh Women's British Open. I'll be at Lytham next week - let's hope one of the British girls can keep the trophy on home soil.

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I really enjoyed being the host at Women & Golf's recent reader days - the first was at Gog Magog in Cambridgeshire and the second was at High Legh Park Golf Club in Cheshire. In glorious weather, if a little too hot for some players, a fun day was had by all - thanks to the support of our sponsors. Congratulations to all the winners - full details will appear in the next issue of Women & Golf.

There was definitely a Prosecco theme - I certainly don't have a problem with that. In addition to other goodies, players at Gog Magog were sent home with a bottle, and at High Legh Park, ladies had the chance to try the American Golf Prosecco Challenge. This is where you have to putt from 6ft, 8ft, 10ft etc - and see how far you can get in a minute. If you miss, you have to begin again at the shortest distance. In fact, a minute is quite a long time, even though you don't think it is, and there's a tendency to rush. That was my problem! I made it to 10ft, but Joe from Cobra PUMA Golf was awesome and beat me hands down.

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I should be an expert putter by now because at Gog Magog ladies were treated to a presentation by Kjell van Paridon, a Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Sciences at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge. After deciding which was their dominant eye, Kjell offered advice on how to focus your visual attention when putting. I was wired up to demonstrate the science behind the technology - ensuring I turned my head to the hole to use my dominant right eye, waiting for a few seconds before I putted a ball on the carpet to a hole, then waiting again before looking up. It worked, perhaps it was the funky glasses!

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