There is a feast of sport at this time of year for the avid enthusiast.
Dear Industry Colleague
There is a feast of sport at this time of year for the avid enthusiast. Wimbledon has just showcased Roger Federer in his pomp - ridiculing all his opponents with his complete mastery of the game. His feline grace and ruthless killer instinct make him the most compelling player to watch. At 35 he is getting better - long may he continue.
In golf we have the most exciting event of the year. The Open. All golf enthusiasts will be watching to see who wins out at Royal Birkdale. It is a great test and I am sure by the end of the week we will have a worthy, and hopefully, a charismatic champion. We need people of note to win the big trophies, as it is great champions that excite more people to take up the sport.
Sir Henry Cotton was a fantastic golfer and the first real superstar of British golf. It is probably easier to classify those great golfers before him as vital pioneers, as they were from an emerging sport. Cotton was sometimes a grumpy man, but one who was determined to stick up for what he thought was right: he did not think it was right that golf professionals were treated as second-class citizens and so when he and other golf pros were denied access to the clubhouses, he teased members of these snooty clubs by eating delicious lunches prepared by Fortnum & Mason from the boot of his Rolls Royce.
Henry Cotton also made a bold stance in taking golf to the masses. Together with several other prominent golfers and backers, he created The Golf Foundation so that schoolchildren would have the opportunity of joining in the great adventure that is golf. Last week a plaque was unveiled in Dulwich on the house that he used to live in. The plaque, commemorating his rise to the very top of the sport and the influence that he has had on golf, is a great way of remembering the important people from the past that have created the game today,, and laid the foundations for the future.
The US Women’s Open at Bedminster was won by Sung Hyun Park in an event that was dominated by Asian ladies with not a single US golfer in the top 10. This is great news for the diversity of ladies golf and particularly Korea who filled not only the top spot, but the top four with the fantastic 17-year-old amateur, Hye Jin Choi coming in second place. Nevertheless, in a game that is dominated by sponsorship, the USA surely needs a new superstar to stand up to these wonderful Korean golfers.