For all our GoKart owners in Belgium – if you’re out and about and wanting to watch a bit of golf this weekend we have a GoKart in action at Royal Waterloo. Benn Barham is poised ready for the fourth round of the Challenge Tour Telenet Trophy, with battery charged and ready! The golf course is on the actual site of the historic battle. A lovely golf course in a simply amazing place.
So Benn, take no prisoners! We’re right behind you!!! Chaaaaaaaaarge!!!!!
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Thought for the Day
All general statements are false
Stats, damned stats and the truth
If you are of a particularly nerdy bent, like to wear an anorak in bed and overhear conversations in which people use the word ‘pedant’ a lot, you are probably one of those people who is absolutely delighted that it is possible to get pro golf statistics on just about everything. On the US Tour, for example, apart from the regular categories of driving distance and accuracy, sand saves and the like, there are also headings for proximity to the hole, scrambling and a brand new one called ‘strokes gained – putting.’ And no, I’m not going to explain that one for two reasons; first, life is too short and second, I have no idea what it is.
But the rather prosaic truth remains that at the very top of the pro game, where all the competitors, it seems, are beautiful ball-strikers, are all fitter than a butcher’s dog and every one of them can get the ball up and down from a spectator’s coat pocket, it is putting that makes the difference between having a good and a bad week. All of them can routinely putt, of course, to a standard that would make you and I more excited than Dale Winton in a (more…)Add a comment Tweet
G Mac, G Force, G Spot, G Kart…whatever next?
It’s been a bit windy down South and our sign suffered. But we did manage to save our big ‘O’. And the sign man will be putting it back up later in the week.
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Take a look at the World long Drive Champion, Joe Miller. We saw him in action at Golf Live yesterday and filmed one of his shots. Just before this he hit a seven iron 275 yards. With his driver he can reach 470. Phenomenal.
Our drives at Canterbury this afternoon felt just a little bit insignificant.Add a comment Tweet
Thought for Seve
Genius is the ability to put into effect what is in your mind (F Scott Fitzgerald)
He was magnificent
All other golfing news this week pales into insignificance when set alongside the awful truth that Seve Ballesteros has died. The strength, volume and eloquence of tributes paid to him, by friends, fellow golfers, writers and many others bears testament to the affection and admiration with which he was regarded and I, for one, am convinced we will never see his like again.
There are golfers we admire and respect – Nick Faldo, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods to name just three – and then there are those we love, such as Arnold Palmer, Sandy Lyle and, top of the list, Seve. In a world of seemingly computer-generated clones, who look, swing a golf club, and dress the same, and who give carefully controlled media soundbites that are a model of bland non-information, Seve stood out like a red tulip in a field of daffodils. The modern Tour pro’s modus operandi is to cut down the mistakes, reduce the margins of error, find the short grass, avoid the hazards and wait for others to falter. Seve, in contrast, never saw a challenge he wouldn’t take on, a course he couldn’t beat into submission, another golfer he couldn’t take to the cleaners or a birdie he couldn’t make. Descriptions like ‘swashbuckling’, ‘cavalier’ and ‘go-for-broke’ attached themselves to him with such predictable regularity because they were true, and we who could only watch and marvel fell in love with the way he played the game but more than that (more…)Add a comment Tweet
Last year GoKart was delighted to get involved with ‘Glad’s House’, a young charity that provides support for street children in Mombasa, assisting their return to a ‘normal’ way of life. They’re also supported by The European Tour – Tour Players Foundation. Take a look at this video and you’ll see how training the boys as caddies can make a dramatic difference to lives.
Now don’t get us wrong, we LOVE selling electric trolleys. But this is one occasion when we’re happy not seeing them on the course.
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