Ex Ladies European Tour Pro joins the Professional Staff at PGC.
I am delighted to announce the arrival of Lora Fairclough to the team. We have a fantastic team of professionals who are here to help you play better golf. Lora played on tour for 21 years which included victories and representing Europe in The Solhiem Cup.
In her rookie LET season she won £9,000 and by 1993 had trebled the sum, thanks to her maiden victory in the IMB Open which earned her a place in the European team for the biennial Solheim Cup match against the United States the following year. Despite Mickey Walker's side losing 13-7 at West Virginia resort The Greenbrier, Lora won her foursomes and fourball matches with Dale Reid before succumbing to Kelly Robbins in the singles.
"That was my most memorable experience," she said. "Playing for your country is a great honour."
She had plenty of experience on that score through her amateur days, as a girl and full England International and representing Great Britain & Ireland in the Vagliano Trophy in 1990. She was also England Girl and Intermediate champion and won the Northern title twice and the English Schools' crown.
But it was as a Lancashire player that Lora first made her mark, claiming the county championship on two occasions. "I owe a lot to the people who helped me in those early days," especially my coach Howard Bennett," she reflected. Back on tour, 1995 was her most successful season, winning the Ford Classic and European Masters and banked more than £81,000 as she achieved her best ranking of four. She also won the German Open in 1998, the Hassan Trophy twice and the Mauritius Open in 2006, in addition to earning 50 top ten finishes on the Ladies European Tour.
"I've been very fortunate but now I feel a cloud has been lifted and I'm excited about doing other things," she added. "I've a lot of experience and I want to pass it on." Lora now heads up the coaching of Lancashire Ladies golf Union working with the elite squad all the way through to the junior girls. Lora will be a tremendous asset to the team bringing a wealth of experience for all to benefit from and helping us to drive the popularity of female participation in golf at PGC
And here are a few words from our Lancashire Lass
I am thrilled and proud to be joining Andrew and his team at Preston Golf Club and Academy. Being a 'Lancashire Lass' through and through and to be attached to one of Lancashire's prestige clubs excites me and I am looking forward to meeting the membership and reacquainting myself with 'old' friends ( I term that loosely! )
I have already met the Lady Captain and some of the ladies this week which was great fun, and the President was extremely welcoming and I thank you all for that. As a way of introducing myself to the membership I will be to holding 2 two hour sessions on the 4/11/2014 2pm to 4pm and 11/11/2014 from 5 pm to 7pm. Please come along for a FREE 10 min lesson on the driving range (but I'm afraid balls will have to paid for). First come first served basis, no need to book, just pitch up!! This is open to everybody, ladies and gentlemen.
At the moment I plan to be at Preston GC on Tuesdays and Thursdays. I'll be putting some winter 'MOT GOLF' packages together and more exciting things are in the pipeline.....possibly an overseas golf trip?! To book lessons please call me on 07711 258352. I look forward to being a part of Preston GC and meeting you all.
Mizuno DNA fitting Centre
2015 will see your professional shop named as one of Mizuno's elite DNA Fitting Centres. This takes our fitting options at PGC to 7 brands, something no other pro shop in this area offers.
In golf, the name Mizuno is synonymous with great irons. Chances are we all know a player - and probably a good one - that played with 'Mizzys' growing up and hasn't switched iron brands since. Great feel combined with classic good looks is hard to beat.
Over the years, Mizuno expanded their lineup to include models for golfers of all skill levels while still staying true to its roots of function, clean looks and mostly 'grain flow' forgings. Through the years, Mizuno irons have been consistent Gold and Silver winners on Golf Digest's annual Hot List.
For more information on Mizuno product and DNA please speak to a member of staff.
Driving Range Update!
Members and visitors are praising our new mats! Why not visit the range and find out for yourself just how good these are.
The core fundamental design of TrueStrike is fiberbuilt to last and react like grass when hit, allowing golfers to have a realistic practice so they play like fairways. The TrueStrike golf mats have a "ruckable" top surface and a gel-filled divot simulating subsurface which accurately recreates the effects of playing off a natural fairway by allowing the club head to play through the playing surface as it would on turf.
Junior Development Programme
Over the last couple of months the Academy has been working hard to improve the juniors development and we are now pleased to say that a 4 Hole Junior Winter League will start and encourage juniors to play more golf.
A relationship has been made with the Golf Foundation to offer a structured coaching scheme in the form of the re designed junior passport programme which covers all the areas we would wish from a upcoming junior golfer. Each junior will receive a Passport, which is a record on each individual's progress.
Along with the relationship with the golf foundation, a £500 pot of funding has been accessed and will go into the JDP to allow us to offer taster sessions into the local community.
Flightscope Education - Launch angle optimizer!
This week I have a few questions for you to ask yourself -
- What is your swing speed?
- What is your Driver launch angle?
- What is your driver spin rate?
- Why should we know these?
Well in short, if you swing at 80mph, launch the ball at 9 degrees with a spin rate of 3000rpm your drive will carry around 145 yds.
Let's say your swing speed is that number but you would like more yards off the tee, it is logical to you assume that the only way you could gain an increase in yardage is to swing faster?
Wrong! At 80mph swing speed what we need to do is increase the launch angle to around 15 degrees and this will see the ball launched higher, spend more time in the air (around 2 secs) and travel further. Most golfers then think, how do I launch a driver at 15degrees? Well it's easy, with soft tip shafts and driver lofts available up to 16 degrees we really can make a difference. Just ask Alan flintoff, now known as 'HANG TIME FLINTY!' If he can do it, so can you, so let's investigate and gain those valuable yards!
It will take me 15 mins using Flightscope to determine what would be your ideal launch conditions and I am happy to offer this service FREE of charge so please come and see us and make your appointment.
Do you know a Junior interested in learning a new skill?
The Junior Golf Passport programme, which runs midweek after school hours and Saturday mornings from 9am until 12pm is open to all under 14's who are looking to start golf.
The cost of the sessions is £28 per month One to one sessions are also available to more advance golfers to help with their development.
To enquire about the sessions please click here
JDP Winter League
You may have seen that a Blue stake has been applied to the fairways on last 4 holes. Peter continues his dedicated efforts by setting up a winter league for the advanced members of the Junior Development Programme.
It is a great way of ensuring continued development in play and competition format. This will run during the winter months and they tee off at 9.30am starting at the 15th. It is unlikely that the early starters on a Saturday will be reach the 15th by 9.30am but I ask members to mindful of these youngsters who will always be accompanied by parents.
Night Golf Event
Thanks to all who have shown interest in the Night golf Event. This really is a unique experience and one not to be missed!
Format - 4 person team event - Full Handicap 5 holes Includes Main course meal Cost - £25.00 per head
Last year it was a success so if you would like to see this event take place, please register your interest by clicking here.
Don't miss this unique event! Thursday, 28th November - Night Golf Event - Open to members and visitors - Booking goes live this Thursday at 8pm
Winter is coming!
Keep your game in shape!!!!! Don't forget new Assistant Professional Peter Finch is running weekly ROLL UP tuition at the Academy. A great way to keep your swing in shape with no booking required just roll up and improve your golf.
Sessions are £10 per person Includes: 50 Balls, Tea, Coffee, Biscuits and tuition during the one hour
Group Times/ Days
Monday : 10:00 - 11:00
Thursday : 10:00 - 11:00
Wednesday : 20:00 - 21:00
All members welcome - Keep your game in shape this winter!
Get Ready for Winter!
This week your professional shop is offering you the latest Nike Storm Fit waterproof suit for just £99.99 with a free bucket hat. The suit is available in 4 different colours, red, black, blue and grey!
Create warmth where there's only wet and rain on the golf course by wearing this highly functional and stylish Nike Storm-Fit Waterproof Suit. Made from durable polyester, this packable suit is breathable, waterproof and windproof, allowing for ease in movement and total dryness from tee off to finishing. The trousers have deep, warming pockets and soft waistband while the Nike branding at right chest and left leg adds class to already fantastic attire.
This versatile and hugely comfortable Nike Storm-Fit Waterproof Suit also features:
- 100% Polyester
- Nike branding on left leg and right chest
- Waterproof and breathable rain suit that's seam-sealed
Demo Club Sell Off
We have now released all our metals that have been used for demo during 2014. These clubs have only been used in fitting sessions on the range and are in excellent condition so if you want a bargain and like the idea of saving upto 60% on almost current product, pop in to see us and we will be happy to assist you find your bargain!
This coming week we will be offering a 40% DISCOUNT off ALL remaining spring summer ladies clothing in store. This includes polo shirts, fleece 1 /4 zips, gilets, caps and visors.
Furthermore, we have discounted selected men's polo shirts up to 40%! A great opportunity to gear up ready for next season!
Titleist and TaylorMade Drivers & Fairways!
We have now reduced our prices on the Titleist 913 woods and all TaylorMade woods in store!
Titleist 913 D2 & D3 drivers - RRP £349 - Now just £199
Titleist 913 Fairways - RRP £199 -Now just £129
TaylorMade SLDR Driver - RRP - £349 - Now just £295
TaylorMade SLDR Fairways - RRP - £209.99 - Now just £179
TaylorMade JetSpeed Driver - RRP - £249 - Now just £179
TaylorMade JetSpeed Fairways - RRP - £179 - Now just £129
TaylorMade JetSpeed Hybrids - RRP - £139 - Now just £109
This week we received another drop of Galvin Green Autumn Winter product. Click here to see the video link relating to the superior performance and importance of multi layering garments from Galvin Green. It is very interesting!
New Galvin Green Waterproofs! With almost 300 different jackets, trousers, pullovers, sweaters, body warmers, shirts, slacks, shorts, hats, caps, gloves and socks, plus more than six times that number of size options across the 2014 collection, Galvin Green is meeting demand for head-to-toe protection from the elements with garments that look and feel ideal for golf.
The collection also includes 10 different colourways, several standout designs and an exclusive Ryder Cup collection featuring five luxury garments. Each of the 213 brand new garments and matching accessories in the range has had to pass the most extreme quality control tests to qualify for inclusion. These tests uniformly involve unusually high levels of exposure to water and numerous wash cycles, plus vigorous play-test sessions.
Cash for clubs
We are often asked if we accept trade-in 's. The answer is YES! We actually want your old clubs!
We also have a facility to convert those old clubs that are sat in your locker or garage into money. Providing these clubs are a reputable brand and not too old we can move them on for you and convert them into funds that will be applied to your customer account in the pro shop for you to spend at you convenience.
If this is of interest to you, pop in and see us during the week and we will give you a valuation.
That's all for now so we look forward to seeing you around the club at the weekend and happy golfing!!
If we do not have your desired product in store then you can simply use the 'click and collect' service on the Foremost Website! The website is designed to help customers seek their desired product and to have it delivered to their local Professional's Shop!
Therefore, the customer will still receive the same quality service that you cannot find on the internet!
Click here if you would like to take a look at this service.