Feb 16th, 2016
It’s a bally disgrace. Muirfield is going to distribute ballots for members to vote on admitting women to the club for the first time ever.
It’s a bally disgrace. Muirfield is going to distribute ballots for members to vote on admitting women to the club for the first time ever.
Edinburgh based Bruntsford Links Golfing Society saw a vote of 83.7% members cast in favour of allowing women members, with 67% of all eligible members participating.
Lorks a Lordy, as if there weren't more pressing matters at hand, Muirfield are in the news again as they announce they will have yet another vote on whether to go berserk and allow females to be admitted to their club.
A second vote on whether to admit women members at Muirfield has been put on hold by the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers.
The big day has arrived for the members of Royal Troon. The special meeting that was announced two weeks ago in the light of the appalling vote at Muirfield will go ahead tonight. And we are praying for a resounding YES.
So Muirfield or to give its proper title, The Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers, has formally invited women to join the club as members for the first time since voting to change the club’s rules in 2017.
Two more historic golf clubs have decided to end their men-only membership policies and allow women to become members for the first time. GolfPunk welcomes them into the 21st Century.
Paddy Power has pulled one of their classic stunts, with the brunt of their joke the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers.
A year after finishing tied for second in the Hero Women’s Indian Open, Christine Wolf enjoyed a much happier experience at DLF Golf and Country Club as she claimed her first Ladies European Tour title. The 30-year-old Austrian, who had led by three going into the 18th hole 12 months ago before a nightmare double-bogey wrecked her chances, was able to take care of unfinished business.
Australia’s Whitney Hillier carded a one-under round of 71 to claim a one-shot lead at the halfway stage of the Hero Women’s Indian Open. She leads by a single shot from Norway’s Marianne Skarpnord with Linda Wessberg of Sweden and Meg MacLaren of England a further shot back.
Christine Wolf shot an excellent five-under-par 67 in the third round of the Hero Women’s Indian Open to take a one stroke lead into the final round at DLF Golf and Country Club in Gurugram. The 30-year-old Austrian will be determined to make amends for last year when she dumped her third shot into the water at the 18th to take a double bogey and lose the event by two shots.
World number one, Jin Young Ko, walked arm in arm up to the 18th green at the CP Women’s Open yesterday with defending champion and local girl Brooke Henderson, as she cruised to a five shot lead over her nearest rival, Denmark’s Nicole Broch Larsen, to confirm that she is in her class of her own on the LPGA Tour this year.
She is only 20, has never played a major championship or even played outside Japan until this week and now Hinako Shibuno finds herself leading the Women’s British Open at Woburn. She takes a two-shot lead into the Sunday but there is plenty of talent queuing up behind her should she slip up on the final day.
It was all getting quite crowded at the top of the leaderboard on day two at the AIG Women’s British Open at Woburn on Friday until the overnight leader, Ashleigh Buhai, who was out late in the day, suddenly put her foot on the accelerator to open up daylight between her and the field.
The AIG Women’s British Open is now set to follow Woburn Golf Club with back to back regal courses with Royal Troon added to the Championship roster for 2020 and Royal Porthcawl confirmed for 2021. It seems therefore, that that we are set for some quality golf on iconic courses now that The R&A has taken over the women's home Championship.
Defending Women’s British Open champion Georgia Hall is set to tee off at 12.16 on Thursday alongside Brooke Henderson of Canada and Japan’s Mamiko Higa and according to her she is “actually very excited. I don't feel any pressure. It’s really nice for me to be home because I've been in the US the whole year.”
The men’s majors are over and so attention turns to the women, or ladies as they were referred to when I was growing up. We have a double header with the Evian Championship in France this week followed straight away by the Women's British Open. And we thought the men were compressing their majors too much!
GolfPunk fave Georgia Hall (no less!!) and nine of the past ten Champions will compete at the Women’s British Open for a 40% larger prize fund of $4.5m (circa £3.6m at time of writing) in recognition of the importance of the Championship and women’s golf according to the R&A.
We get a loads of stuff sent to us at GP Towers and a much of it doesn’t really get us going. One area sure to unite the team are any efforts to bring in young’uns into our beloved sport and on Sunday 14th (this weekend) Crown Golf have a beauty as over 100 juniors can walk away with a year’s free membership!
American International Group (AIG) has announced that it will become the title sponsor of the Women’s British Open beginning in 2019.
The galleries were large with few seats left within the first tee grandstand. For many, it would be a daunting experience as they settled their nerves ahead of their third round of a major championship.
Georgia Hall has continued with her fine form from yesterday at Royal Lytham St Annes and in doing so, has put herself in a prime position to contend at this year’s Ricoh Women’s British Open. However, it is Pornanong Phatlum that finds herself in pole position at the halfway stage with a one-stroke advantage over the Brit.
You have to go back to 2009 in order to remember the last time that a British player last won the Ricoh Women’s British Open. Back then, Catriona Matthew sealed victory after giving birth to her daughter only 11 weeks prior. It has been a long wait but perhaps Royal Lytham St Annes could provide another British winner.
June 5th saw the world come together for its third annual celebration of women & girls golf – Women’s Golf Day 2018.
The R&AB launched its Women in Golf Charter at an event in London this morning, hosted by Hazel Irwine.
With just 5 weeks to go, momentum is building for Women’s Golf Day (WGD), as big name venues across the globe sign up for the 2018 spectacular. With women and girls’ participation vital to the long term health of the game, WGD is taking golf to the people and providing the perfect platform for clubs to get more women golfing.
Here are the round one tee times and pairings for the Ricoh British Women's Open at Kingsbarns. Find out who Carly, Lexi and Paula are playing with.
Solheim dreams on the line at the Ricoh Women's British Open. Who will make the final team?
Braving the elements is part and parcel of links golf and one thing is for certain, the elements can be pretty wild in and around St Andrews. Here's GP's preview of the Ricoh British Women's Open.
President Trump's New Jersey based golf course was selected to host this years U.S. Women's Open back in 2012. At the time, this didn't seem to cause much contention. But it now emerges that threats of legal from the Trump stopped any later thoughts of changing the venue in their tracks.
The 2017 U.S. Women's Open will to be held at a Donald Trump course and thousands of women are not happy about it.
The Kasumigaseki Country Club, host golf club for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, has failed to reach a decision about ending a ban on women as full members, with the head of its board of directors calling the situation "a nuisance."
Why golf is empowering women, both on and off the course.
PlayMoreGolf, the UK’s flexible membership network, has attracted more than 1,000 members to its network of 30 venues across the UK, since launching in February 2016.
PUMA Golf has introduced two new, fashion-forward golf shoes that will ensure ladies are primed and ready to hit the links in style.
Goodwood Golf Club, one of the first golf clubs in the UK to set up a flexible membership policy, has announced it is going to close it at the end of this year because it is now too popular.
Three Democratic senators have signed a letter to the United States Golf Association asking to reconsider hosting the 2017 U.S Women’s Open tournament at Trump National Golf Club.
China's Lin Xiyu hit a hole-in-one on the par-three eighth during the third round of the women's golf competition at the Rio Olympics. Here's a video of Lin's historic ace - the first ever in women's Olympic golf.
The women's Olympics pairings tee times have been released. Check out the key pairings here.
Both England Golf and the Golf Union of Wales have issued statements saying their countries are now witnessing a surge in female golf participation.
Thai Ariya Jutanugarn is holding her lead at the Ricoh British Open by two shots from Mirim Lee.
Hampshire based Liz Young has qualified for the British Open for the fourth time - but this time she'll be playing when she’s seven months pregnant!
Germany is on the verge of having more members of golf clubs than England for the first time in history according to major new research by professional services firm KPMG. And there is a very simple reason why.
Lydia Ko didn’t let the small matter of an earthquake get in the way of her winning the New Zealand Women’s Open, her third victory at the event in four years. We guess that’s why she is the world’s number one woman golfer.
Stevie G ‘Blackballed’ by prestigious Golf Club. Former Liverpool FC and England star, Steven Gerrard has had his application to join Hillside Golf Club snubbed according to reports. The club have rejected his application due to their fear that his off the pitch antics could damage their reputation.
As we reported last month, members of Wentworth are up in arms at plans by its new Chinese owners to double their annual dues and levy a massive joining fee. Now's there's talk of a fight back and legal action from the members.
Kim Hyo-joo shot a seven-under-par 65 to take a one-stroke lead after the first round of the Women's British Open at Turnberry in Scotland.
Golf Nurse Carly Booth and golf pro Henni Zuel star in the #thisgirlgolfs campaign, which has launched ahead of the RICOH Women's British Open, starting tomorrow at Turnberry, Scotland.
Brace yourself Turnberry, here come the girls!!! It's on BBC2 HD from 1pm.
Here's the list of all the qualifiers for this week's main event, including GolfPunk's very own Golf Nurse Carly Booth!!! Kick off is Thursday... Tee times to follow as soon as they are announced.
It has rather flown under the radar but yesterday the ISPS HANDA World Invitational event for both men and women teed of at Galgorm Castle Golf Club and Massereene Golf Club. A first for golf in Europe as women will play alongside (sort of) the men and will play for the same money.
Women’s Golf Day will return for its fourth year on June 4th 2019 in what promises to be the largest single-day celebration of Women’s golf that the world has ever seen.
Park's 6th career LPGA victory is the first global win for TaylorMade's all-new Spider X putter, and the 3rd for M5 & M6 Drivers featuring the company’s Injected Twist Face technology.
A new golf campaign, aimed specifically at encouraging more women to travel to Scotland to play golf, has been launched today by VisitScotland.
Flagbearers of golf hybrid footwear, ECCO GOLF, have added several new styles to their women’s ECCO BIOM® HYBRID 3 offering, with the popularGORE-TEX® waterproof design now available in a range of eye-catching Spring/Summer colour combinations that feature the refined derby cut lacing style.
With the new World Handicapping System (WHS) to be introduced in 2020, Club Systems International's PSiTouch screen looks set to become a fixture in English clubhouses after the company was awarded ‘preferred partner' status by England Golf.
Tish Alyn is on a mission. Make golf more appealing to more people. Here at GolfPunk we know how much fun golf is and we know how cool it is too. Convincing other people is the hard part. And Tish is giving it her best shot.
Royal Mid-Surrey Golf Club in Richmond, south-west London, now has a waiting list of golfers under the age of 30 wishing to join as Associate Members for the first time in the club’s long history having reached its capacity of 120 Associate Members.
On the course with the world’s top golfers and surrounded by the cheers of fellow countrymen, Brooke Henderson won the LPGA CP Women’s Open on Sunday, becoming the first Canadian to win the title in 45 years, and the second Canadian to win in the event’s history.
So we caught up with the big hitting bomber Gary Woodland earlier this month. Here's what he had to say about Scooby Doo, Garth Brooks, and women trouble...
It was a roar that reverberated around Royal Lytham St Annes. Everyone in the field knew it could only mean one thing. The home favourite, Georgia Hall, had birdied the first hole to tie for the lead at the Ricoh Women’s British Open. It was just the start that she wanted.
It's on! The finest women golfers (minus Lexi Thompson) in the world have descended upon Royal Lytham & St Annes...
Wycombe Heights Golf Centre is leading the way in providing opportunities for women in the local community to take up golf.
VPAR (www.vpar.com) – the award-winning technology platform, has launched a new golf membership programme, Club VPAR, designed with flexibility in mind and to promote more golf in the UK. Think ClassPass for golf memberships.
Pennsylvania Senator gets involved in black members slow-play cop drama..
You give golf a bad name... Pensylvania golf club apologises after calling police on black female members...
It's a conundrum, alright: Hang on to your golf club for a few more years or accept a six-figure 'bribe' from The All England Lawn Tennis Club.
Women’s Golf Day (WGD), the hugely popular global celebration of women and girls in golf, is returning for 2018. With the support of golfers across the globe it is set to be the most successful event ever.
G/FORE women will be turning heads in 2018 as the new spring/summer collection has been revealed.
A Florida golf club owned POTUS Donald Trump has agreed to pay $5.45 million to settle claims by former members that it wrongfully refused to refund their deposits when they wanted to resign.
Royal Aberdeen, the sixth oldest golf club in the world, has finally voted to allow women to join the club after 228 years of existence as a men only golf club.
A GolfPunk reader has written to us fearing that his local municipal course, Deangate Ridge in Kent, is being closed in order to turn it into housing - setting a dangerous precedent for municipal golf courses.
PUMA Golf introduces its new Women’s Spring Summer 2018 apparel collection, characterised by stunning patterns, on-trend styles and new shape-flattering, PWRSHAPETM technologies.
ECCO GOLF have unveiled their latest innovation, the women's ECCO BIOM® HYBRID 3 featuring their new groundbreaking TRI-FI-GRIP™ outsole.
Winged Foot Golf Club in Westchester is one of the elite WASP clubs in America. But its members are refusing to allow a portrait of the POTUS to be hung in the clubhouse.
Here’s an interesting first. A European country has reported that more women were members of its golf clubs than men in 2016.
Lexi Thompson won her 9th LPGA title at the inaugural Indy Women in Tech Championship, beating Lydia Ko by four shots.
Wenttworth's PR agency have been on our case over our story about a 30% dip in their membership. Here's the update.
Some big names have bitten the dust at Kingsbarns. Here's our halfway verdict on the movers & slackers...
The Ricoh Women’s British Open is at Kingsbarns this year and one thing is certain. This one is wide open. The weather alone can be both beautiful and brutal in equal measure. Brace yourself, anything can happen here.
It's all happening at Kingsbarns. Morning wrap and pic caption capering...
Members of Westhoughton Golf Club, in Bolton, Greater Manchester, were amazed when a pilot landed his Steen Skybolt sports bi–plane on the 14th hole's 356–yard par–4 fairway.
Wentworth members have been told they could be expelled from the club if they publicly criticise it or its owner.
A study of more than 68,000 people has found that men are significantly more attracted to women who play or follow golf.
Carly Booth, Caroline Hedwall, Meghan MacLaren and Kelsey MacDonald all qualified for the US Women’s Open through Sectional Qualifying at the Buckinghamshire Golf Club.
As part of its on–going commitment to increase golf participation, MacDonald Hotel and Resorts has launched a campaign to provide children with the opportunity to become a junior member, free of charge.
The patience of Stoke Parks members will be rewarded on April 21, when they will be have the first experience of the venue's renovated and reopened Alison Course (holes 10-18).
Two former UK Ryder Cup venues have been awarded ‘honourable member’ status of World of Leading Golf, an association representing many of the world’s top golf clubs.
As Bart Simpson said: "The ironing is delicious". He meant to say 'irony', of course. The ironing is not quite so delicious for out-going President of the United States Barack Obama, whose application to join Woodmont GC has created a veritable whoopsie storm.
Reigning champion Ha Na Jang has confirmed that she will defend her title at the 2017 HSBC Women’s Champions, taking place at Sentosa Golf Club, Singapore 2 – 5 March 2017.
The Ricoh Women’s British Open will take place at Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club for a fifth time in 2018.
Muirfield Golf Club's committee is seeking to hold a new ballot on admitting female members a mere six weeks after a controversial vote, which kept the club male only.
Is this just GolfPunk being rubbish or did no one else have a clue what the UL International Crown was? Anyway, England nearly won but then America did instead. Confirming status as best golfing nation...
Royal Troon members have voted "overwhelmingly" at a special meeting to allow women to join the club. Hoorah! Welcome to the 20th century. Which the rest of us left behind 16 years ago...
One of the most picturesque golf clubs in the UK, Isle of Barra GC in Scotland, could close as it is down to just 15 members.
Private members clubs could be getting a big hand out from HMRC as they will be paying back VAT on green fees.
The new owner of Brocket Hall, the hotel and golf club in Hertfordshire which went into administration a year ago, has thrown out its 920 members after being bought by its former owner.
An American golf pro has been sacked after admitting he knew of, and attempted to conceal, fraudulent activity relating to the sale of golf membership cards.
It’s Manic Monday, so here is a very quick round up of all the results and stories from the weekend on the, PGA Tour, European Tour, LPGA and Women’s European Tour.