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Golf News & "Thistle Test Ye!"

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Volvo masters prize fund increased
Prize money for the 2005 Volvo masters will increase by 250,000 euros to a record 4,000,000 euros when the 18th edition of the season ending tournament takes place at club de golf Valderrama. Defending English champion, Ian Poulter will be among a maximum field as the race to become Europe’s number one reaches a dramatic climax at Valderrama. With over 17,000,000 euro in official prize money still at stake between Dunhill links championship and the Volvo masters, two issues have to be resolved, namely the winner of this seasons Vardon trophy and the final composition of the field to contest the Volvo masters.
Valderrama has witnessed many exiting finals since 1988 and this year promises to deliver another rousing finish to a memorable year. Currently, new Zealander Michael Campbell heads the European tour order of merit with 2,398,201 euros as he seeks the Vardon trophy for the first time  

Wie to take on men in Japan
Teenager Michelle Wie is set to compete in the Japanese men’s tour in November. The American schoolgirl, who turns 16 this month, will become only the second female to take on the men in Japan when she takes part in the casino world open. Sweden’s Sophie Gustafson appeared in the same tournament two years ago but failed to make the cut.


Golf mourns master’s winner Archer.
Former masters champion George Archer has died at the age of 65 after a year long battle with lymphoma. The American claimed the 1969 master’s crown by a stroke, holding off George Knudson, Billy Casper and Tom Weiskopf. Archer won 12 titles on the PGA tour and was regarded as one of the finest putters the game has ever known. His daughter Elizabeth became the first female caddie in master’s history when she carried his bag at the 1983 tournament. A memorial service is planned for the 25th of October in Gilroy California

Wayward Woods misses Orlando cut
Tiger Woods missed the cut at the Funai Classic in Orlando on Saturday for the second time this season but only the fourth time in his professional career.
The world number one still had two holes to play in his second round when rain suspended proceedings on Friday.

Monty upbeat about Ryder chances
Colin Montgomerie tipped Europe to win an historic third consecutive Ryder cup in 2006 following Britain and Irelands Seve trophy successes. Montgomerie, who captained the side to a sixteen and a half to eleven and a half win over continental Europe, said “ I think we will start favourites, I expect a few on this team that were not playing at Oakland Hills can look forward to playing at the K club and whoever is in the twelve has a great chance of playing on the first European team to win three cups in a row”.

Thistle Test Ye! (see below)

Send answers with your address by e-mail to by 4th November 2005.
The first correct answer to be drawn will be the winner of a voucher for a free golf lesson for winning entrant or nominee.


Thistle test ye!

Presented by: Ian MacLeod M.P.G.T.G. European Golf Teaching Professional - European Golf Teachers Federation - Professional Golf Teachers Guild


Time permitted to search for lost ball.

Q. A player finds his ball in high rough, after two minutes search, he leaves the immediate area to get a club and when he returns is unable to find the ball.
Is he allowed three minuets or five minutes to find the ball? 

Send the answers by e mail to or by any other written method to reach us by 4th November. You must provide your address. The first correct answer to be drawn will be the winner of a voucher for a free golf lesson for the winning entrant or nominee.


Answer to September's question:  NO. Grass covered ground within a bunker, is not part of the bunker.
Accordingly the player may drop the ball behind the bunker. 

Last Month’s winner was: Mr Bernie Heworth.

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