14 Apr 2016 Jan’s recruitment drive is winner with England Golf Essex golfer Jan Tallentire has been so successful at encouraging other women to take up the game that she’s won a top England Golf award. Jan, from Warley Park Golf Club, near Brentwood, was presented with the Participation Award at a gala dinner last night at the England Golf annual conference, which celebrated the golfers and golf clubs who make the game great and inspire others to play. The award recognises Jan’s remarkable drive to inspire new women players. In just two years her efforts have given a taste of the game to around 170 women, more than 40 have signed up for Get into golf coaching courses and 26 have taken out a special nine-hole membership at the club. She said: “I feel extremely honoured to receive this award, but for me the pleasure has been seeing many of the lady beginners carrying on playing as a group, and enjoying the game we love so much. “New friends have been made, partnerships established and competitions played. It has been so very rewarding. Whereas it is often seems difficult for ladies to get into golf, I decided to take golf to the ladies. The results have been wonderful.” Jan’s recruitment campaign started when she was Ladies’ Captain in 2014 and she decided to address the issue of declining membership of the ladies’ section and to boost their finances. She organised and filled four experience days, attracting 80 women, Last year, she repeated the days with 90 women and this time more emphasis was placed on longer term involvement with the club by offering coaching, playing and social activities. The unaffiliated membership of the nine-hole course costs just £198 and players can enjoy the advantage of regular and large holes and forward tees. Since last May, 26 women have taken out the membership and are successfully integrating with the ladies’ section, encouraging six of the beginners to consider full membership. In addition, three husbands of the novice golfers have also joined and are enquiring about full membership. Warley Park’s PGA professional Craig Harman said “The club has been rejuvenated with all the new ladies. They have brought a new buzz to the club”. Jan and the club have further plans for 2016. Three more ladies’ days and a new family day are scheduled for the spring. The club feels this is the natural route to attract more juniors and adult members. The club is additionally exploring the expansion of the 9-hole membership to existing members and making it an affiliated membership. To find out more contact Jan via firstname.lastname@example.org Jan’s initiative supports the England Golf’s strategic plan, ‘Raising Our Game’ which calls on all who care about the sport to work together to create a brighter future for the game, including more members, more players and stronger clubs. Jan Tallentire (right) receives her award from Liz Aitken of Sport England (Image © Leaderboard Photography)
AUBREY BRUCE This past Sunday ESPN.com reported that “Receiver Santonio Holmes was traded to the New York Jets from the Pittsburgh Steelers. [Holmes] will be suspended for the first four games of the 2010 season for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy,” a source confirmed to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. The Steelers will reportedly be compensated with a fifth round draft pick in 2011. Wow, I am sure that a pro-bowler is waiting to emerge from the celebrated fifth round in next year’s draft.The story also reported all-universe cover cornerback Darrelle Revis as saying, “Wow, we got Holmes. This is crazy. We makin’ big moves this off-season. Putting the pieces together to get closer to that Super Bowl ring.” According to ESPN.com, the comments were made on Revis’ Twitter page.This is crazy. How in the hell do you trade one of your stars, a Super Bowl MVP, a game changer, a re-arranger of the future?Well, you do it when you have a jellyfish leading your squad. It can be done when you have a head coach who has no backbone. “Knuckleheads Inc.,” Blogs Unlimited” or wherever the stuck on stupid asinine sports crowd is allowed to express their acid-laced opinions point out that Holmes would have allegedly been lost for the first four games of the 2010 season therefore not being any good for the Pittsburgh Steelers.Now Pittsburgh won’t have his services and talent at all. And what if the Jets face the Steelers during the post-season? Well, Santonio will have a Brooklyn-sized chip on his shoulder and what DB in the Pittsburgh secondary besides Ike Taylor can man up against Holmes? It took the Steelers almost four years to replace their last field stretcher, Plaxico Burress. Who is going to replace Santonio Holmes? Will it be Limas Sweed, Mike Wallace or Antwaan Randle-El? When Pittsburgh is 6-10 in 2010, they will only have themselves to blame. Happy trails to you until we meet again.(Aubrey Bruce can be reached at email@example.com or 412-583-6741.) In the not so recent past, I concluded that the Pittsburgh Steelers had double standards with regards to protecting certain players while leaving others hanging out to dry.