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A Tenerife Lad who is hoping to make it on the European Professional Golf Scene

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I had the great pleasure in meeting an exciting young professional golfer who was brought up right here in Tenerife. The young man in question is James Ferraby a 19-year-old from the South of Tenerife. Born in Leeds, James came to Tenerife with his family as a two-year old and grew up here going to the Luther King School in Aldea Blanca. He left the school at 16 to pursue his dream as a professional golfer and that’s where the real story begins…

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Rather than drop out of school and try to teach himself golf or get a job as a junior in a golf shop James decided, with the help of his family, to get some of the best instruction in the world by going to Hilton Head: South Carolina, USA to further both his golf and his academic future.

James went on to the Heritage Academy one of the top schools in the world for the development of golf with its tie up with the Hank Haney International junior golf academy , Hank Haney just happens to be the Instructor to the #1 Player in the World, Tiger Woods…That’s the level of instruction James has received..

James said “The Heritage Academy was a special place for me which allowed me to continue my education and practice my passion for golf every day. The day started with normal academic lessons till lunch time then the afternoons were for practicing or playing golf with gifted players, both boys and girls, from all over the world, the weekends were for practice or playing tournaments “

After graduating from college in America, James returned home to the island of Tenerife, he then turned professional in 2009. His first outing as a fully fledged Professional was at Golf Del Sur Golf Course in the October of that year at the Jimmy Golding memorial tournament where he came 4th in a very experienced field, shooting 72.70.69 over the three days. He is planning to try for his European Tour card at Q-school this September which, if successful, will entitle him to play in all PGA European Tour events and put him on track to the career he has worked towards for years.

Living on an island, he has to travel to all the major Pro tournaments throughout Europe, which is very expensive, so he is looking for sponsorship from local Tenerife business people in return he is prepared to give on course instruction or range lessons on a one to one basis. I got a 15 min round the green chipping lesson, its amazing how little pointers help your game.

He has based himself at Amarilla golf course and uses their practice facilities for up to six hours a day, six days a week, this boy means business and through hard work and dedication, I really hope he achieves it.

To contact James E-mail: –  james_giry@hotmail.com

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The Los Gigantes Golf Society

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Did you know that Los Gigantes has its very own golf society and it been around for some years now ? They even have their own website.

At this moment they are using Golf Del Sur Golf course as their home club but are always on the look out to get their members and guests a great deal  for a fun day out.

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Their next outing is at Golf Del Sur Golf course on Sunday 28th February first tee time at 8.50am and guests are very welcome to join them. Afterwards they head back to the village for a meal and a few drinks followed by a prize giving with some great prizes for the winners

If you would like to join them and take advantage of their special green-fee rates then just telephone any of the names below :-

President : Dave Morgan : 922 86 00 45
Chairman/handicap secretary : Paul Fellows : 690 193 228
Captain for 2009/10 : Andy Willison : 922 86 75 10
Vice Captain : Ian Mottershead : 677004103
Secretary: Kevin Spence 650730337

or e-mail spencek@btconnect.com.

The Information/entry sheets are also in the Bamboo Bar in Los Gigantes and Pilgrims Diner and Blarney Stone in Playa de la Arena.

Las Americas Golf Course to close for Major Renovation work.

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A very brave and expensive decision has been taken by the owners of Golf Las Americas golf course, that is to close the golf course for two months from 1st July to the 1st September, 2010. The reason for the closure is to replace all their 18 greens and aprons along with  all the practice area greens, which is great news for their autumn/ winter customers as they will have brand new greens to play on.DSCF1771

They plan to use a revolutionary  grass called Paspalum Grass, the variety, sea isle 2000 for greens   http://www.paspalumgrass.com/

SeaIsle 2000 Paspalum Grass….

Was developed at the University of Georgia from a sample collected from Alden Pines Country Club in Bokeelia FL. Alden Pines is owned and operated by Stewart Bennett. SeaIsle 2000 is ideal for golf greens, tees, fairways and roughs, especially in salt-challenged environments. It’s similar to the dwarf bermudas in texture and playability when maintained at 1/8″ mowing height. With regular verti-cutting, light topdressing and periodic rolling, SeaIsle 2000 will deliver stimpmeter readings of 10 feet or more. It’s also well-suited for fairways (1/2″ to 3/4″) and roughs (1″ to 2″) and can be maintained over two-inch mowing heights for penalty roughs. It’s a grass that thrives on salt water as well you can irrigate SeaIsle 2000 using a seawater blend, or even straight ocean water with the right management practices. It also grows quite well when watered from recycled or effluent sources. As drinking water becomes more and more scarce, ocean water and these other low-quality alternative sources are going to be the only option for many golf courses.

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As you can see Golf Las Americas golf course is taking the lead and planning for the future.  Water is a precious commodity here on an island with low rain fall, with a golf course using up to 1000 sq meters a day of recycled water in summer.

I wish Las Americas golf course all the best in this new endeavour and I will hopefully be following the evolution of the new greens and look forward to playing on them come September time.

Ernie Els and Phil Mickelson In Tenerife !

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In 1995, Golf del Sur golf course in Tenerife hosted the Shell Wonderful World of Golf tournament and its head to head battle between Ernie Els and Phil Mickelson its again being shown on Sky sports this MONDAY 08/02/2010 AT 9.00PM.

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Why not tune in and see the course I play most of my golf and the wonderful conditions we have here in Tenerife for the golfer.

Just to Brighten up one’s day !

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“I play golf in the low eighties,” I was telling one of the youngsters at the club yesterday.

“Wow,” said the young man, “that’s pretty impressive.”

“Not really,” I said, “Any hotter and I’d probably have a stroke.”

Happy New year from Wifie and I….

A Must Read Scottish New Year story

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A Scottish man living in Tenerife calls his son in Edinburgh the day before New Year and says, “I hate to ruin your day but I have to tell you that your mother and I are divorcing; twenty six years of misery is enough.”  ‘Dad, what are you talking about?’ the son screams.  “We can’t stand the sight of each other any longer” the father says.  “We’re sick of each other and I’m sick of talking about this, so you call your sister in Aberdeen and tell her.”

Frantically, the son calls his sister, who explodes on the phone. “Like hell they’re getting divorced!” she shouts, “I’ll take care of this!”  She calls Tenerife immediately, and screams at her father “You are NOT getting divorced.  Don’t do a single thing until I get there. I’m calling my brother back, and we’ll both be there tomorrow. Until then, don’t do a thing, DO YOU HEAR ME?” and hangs up.

The old man hangs up his phone and turns to his wifie. ‘Sorted! They’re coming for New Year – and they’re paying their own way.’

Happy New Year to all my Readers…..

I haven’t written much in the last few months

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I haven’t written much in the last few months, a break was needed, but in the New Year I fully intend to start my Golfing In Tenerife… Golfing again.

I still get a few 100 readers a day so to them and you if your a new reader

A Very Merry Christmas and a Great New Year to you and yours”

from the Sir Old Golfer and of course long suffering Wifie.