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VOLUME 8, NUMBER 205                                                       
Friday, October 19, 2018

ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “I set myself goals of winning three times last year and I only won twice. Got off to a great start last year and I think I need to do the same. I was disappointed with how I finished the year, but I'm looking forward to improving this year. I'm looking forward to trying to regain that No. 1 spot.”

BRAIN TEASER: Nine Bridges is considered the best course in Korea. This player once called it the “Taj Mahal of golf” because every hole looked like a postcard. Who is he?

PREACHING TO THE CHOIR: Golf has been described as a good walk spoiled. However, the physical fitness aspect shouldn’t be overlooked. But walking isn’t always an option is some parts of North America. For too many years now, the game has sold out to carts for additional revenue opportunities. Nevertheless, for those that choose to walk they are getting more of a benefit from playing than those that choose to ride.

A global consensus amongst leaders in public health, public policy and sport backs golf in the race to tackle physical inactivity and the prevention of a range of non-communicable disease (NCD) including heart disease, stroke, diabetes and cancer of the breast and colon.

Evidence linking golf and health, commissioned by the World Golf Foundation and supported by The R&A, was presented in London at the 7th Congress of the International Society for Physical Activity and Health (ISPAH). The biennial scientific meeting is widely considered as the world’s flagship physical activity and public health event attended by more than 1,000 delegates from 60 countries.

Recognition that playing golf has significant physical health and wellness benefits and can provide moderate intensity physical activity to persons of all ages, comes just months after the World Health Organization (WHO) published its Global Action Plan for Physical Activity. The Global Action Plan targets one in four adults, and four out of five adolescents (11-17 years) who are insufficiently active, and charts how countries can reduce physical inactivity in adults and adolescents by 15% by 2030.

The scientific consensus for golf is evidenced in research led by the University of Edinburgh and published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. Findings reveal that playing golf is associated with a range of physical and mental health benefits, and further collaborative efforts to improve access for the sport are needed.

New studies are underway to discover if playing golf improves strength and balance, contributing to a key public health goal of fall prevention in healthy aging and into conditions such as dementia and Parkinson’s disease.

Marking the close of the ISPAH Congress, public health practitioners, policymakers and golf industry leaders were hosted at a satellite event in the Palace of Westminster by the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Golf.

Steve Brine, Minister for Public Health and Primary Care, said, “Physical activity of any type comes with a range of physical, social and mental benefits. For some, golf can be a great way to stay active and there’s growing evidence about ways the sport can help those living with long-term conditions such as Parkinson’s and dementia. And for those who haven’t discovered their favorite sport yet it’s never too late to get inspired, connect with people and improve your wellbeing.”

Martin Slumbers, Chief Executive of The R&A, added, “Golf is working hard to encourage more people into the sport, who will realize its many health benefits. With 60 million golfers spanning six continents, golf has found common purpose in working with public health practitioners and policymakers to optimize the health benefits of playing the sport. We recognize the importance of the World Health Organization Global Action Plan for Physical Activity and we will work with our affiliates and partners around the world to help improve health and well-being through golf”.

Professor Fiona Bull, WHO Program Manager, Non-Communicable Disease Prevention, said, “Non-communicable disease is responsible for nearly three quarters of all premature deaths globally, including 15 million deaths per year in people aged 30 to 70 years. Golf is a popular sport for men and women and it is great to see golf’s global leadership recognizing health priorities and identifying ways golf can be more accessible to more people.

“I took up golf in my 30s but thought it was a very technical, expensive and elitist sport. Thankfully a 6-week ‘come and try course’ showed me how easy it was to enjoy golf as a beginner and how active playing 9 holes can be. I am looking forward to seeing how golf can attract many more girls and women to enjoy the sport and be more active and healthy.”

Annika Sorenstam shared her thoughts on the topic, “As the recent international consensus statement highlighted, golf is great for the health of people of all ages – it benefits those playing the sport and even tournament spectators. Given the health benefits, we must work together to make golf more accessible if we are to achieve our sport’s full potential.”

The 2018 International Consensus Statement on Golf and Health to guide action by people, policymakers and the golf industry was published last month in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.

GUILTY: A federal jury found Nathan Hardwick, Dustin Johnson’s former attorney and one of the top advisers in his golf career, guilty of embezzling $26 million from the now-bankrupt real estate closing firm bearing his name. READ MORE>>>

BIG STATEMENT: The PGA Tour Champions has announced that Dominion Energy has agreed to a 10-year extension of its sponsorship of a tour stop in Richmond. READ MORE>>>

WEB GEMS:

IT’S A PARTY! The Australian PGA Championship on the Gold Coast will have its very own party hole this year, complete with a beach in a nod to the city’s famous coastline. The 16th hole at TPC Scottsdale – during the PGA Tour’s Phoenix Open – is regarded as the loudest hole in golf and Royal Pines will deliver its own take on the phenomenon by transforming its 16th hole when players tee off on 29 November. READ MORE>>>

OFF AND RUNNING: Chez Reavie overcame cool, windy conditions for a 4-under 68 and a one-stroke lead after the first round of THE CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES on Thursday. Danny Willett and Si Woo Kim shot 69 while the large group at 70 and tied for fourth included Ian Poulter, Nick Watney and Michael Kim. Brooks Koepka, playing in his first tournament since being voted PGA TOUR Player of the Year, shot 71 and was in a group three strokes behind and tied for 11th which included Paul Casey and Hideki Matsuyama. Jason Dufner and Brandt Snedeker shot 72. Defending champion Justin Thomas had a 73, as did Jason Day, Ernie Els, J.B. Holmes and PGA TOUR rookie Sungjae Im, who was raised in Jeju Island. READ MORE>>>

ANSWERS: “I set myself goals of winning three times last year and I only won twice. Got off to a great start last year and I think I need to do the same. I was disappointed with how I finished the year, but I'm looking forward to improving this year. I'm looking forward to trying to regain that No. 1 spot.” --Jason Day.

Chi Chi Rodriguez once called Nine Bridges the “Taj Mahal of golf” because every hole looked like a postcard.

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