Greg Norman to advise China golf team ahead of Olympics
The Associated Press HAINAN, China -- March 8th 2013
China is turning to Greg Norman to identify and coach its best players for the Olympics. The China Golf Association on Friday appointed Norman the exclusive advisory coach of its national golf team to get ready for the 2016 Games in Brazil and improve China's global standing in golf beyond the Olympics. Norman, a two-time British Open champion and former No. 1 player in the world, will development a comprehensive plan of instruction, nutrition, mental training and course management, along with providing his own tournament experience. He will appoint two assistant coaches to work with the China Golf Association staff. Norman will make regular visits to the national team's training facility in Nanshan leading up to the 2016 Olympics. Norman also will identify China's best prospects for the Olympics and broaden the junior program to reach every province.
"I've always advocated for the growth and accessibility of the game and look forward to working with the CGS to bring my experience and longtime support of junior golf to China," Norman said. "My role is not only to help prepare the China national team for international competition, but to also teach social skills, etiquette, honesty and self-confidence in giving young Chinese golfers a pathway to their future as adults."
Comments from Stéphane Barras, present at the Ceremony.
"I am very impress by the foundation of the China Olympic Team and glad to see that 2 members, Yang Tao Li and Cai Zhu Guo, that I gave lessons to have been selected. I wish them all the best"
12 years old qualify for China Open
March 20, 2013 YE Make History in Chengdu
Aged just 12, Ye Wo-cheng will become the youngest player to tee up in a European Tour event when the Volvo China Open takes place from May 2-5, beating Guan Tian-lang, who qualified for last year’s tournament aged 13 years and 173 days. more >
DAYTONA BEACH, FLORIDA, March 8, 2013
For the first time since the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings was launched in 2006, the official women’s golf rankings system is adding two global tours. The China LPGA Tour and LET Access Series will now be incorporated in efforts to reflect the ever-expanding state of women’s golf around the world. The addition will also create more opportunity for professional golfers worldwide to qualify for the 2016 Olympics.more >
By winning the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship 2013 in Bangkok, 14-year-old Guan Tianlang will be the youngest competitor in Masters history when the tournament kicks off at Augusta National in April.
Guan closed with a 1-under 71 at Amata Spring Country Club, needing a par on the 18th hole to beat Pan Cheng-tsung of Taiwan. Guan, an eighth-grader who weighs 125 pounds, couldn't reach the par 4 in two shots. He chipped to 5 feet and made the putt.He easily surpasses the mark set by Italy's Matteo Manassero, who was about to turn 17 when he played in 2010. It's the second straight year a 14-year-old from China will play in a major. Andy Zhang qualified for the U.S. Open last summer. sources NY Daily News
Wegmans LPGA Championship Locust Hill Country Club Rochester, New York June 10, 2012
22-year-old Shanshan Feng made history on Sunday as the first player from the mainland China to win on the LPGA Tour, capturing a two-shot victory at the 2012 Wegmans LPGA Championship. Feng shot a 5-under-par 67, the lowest round of the week, in the final round of the LPGA's second major championship to come from three shots back and finish the week at 6-under-par 282. Feng bested a number of former major champions, including Stacy Lewis and Suzann Pettersen, for the $375,000 first-place check and the title of the Rolex First-Time Winner. source www.lpga.com
China win the 2012 Ladies World Cup Team Championship!
Feng and Ye’s superior scores also saw them collect the team title in the concurrent event for 20 pairs also being played over The Vintage Course. The duo combined for a winning total of 415, 17 under par, with a two stroke victory over Thai pair Nontaya Srisawang and Phatlum, with Sweden’s Lindberg and Linda Wessberg three strokes further behind in third... source > ladies european tour
"China Golf Week" Special Report
I will bring all my knowledge, experiences, ressources, time and energy in order to support and lead one or more golf players to the 2016 Olympic of golf.
Stephane Barras, PGA - Scientist and Performance Manager
September first 2009 Crans Montana, Switzerland, the day when I met Zhang Lian Wei. Zhang just flew over from China to compete at the European Masters . As the local club Pro, I offer Zhang to be his caddy for the week and at the same time to look at his game that was winless since 2008. After beeing seduce by my idea on coaching, Zhang Lian Wei invite me to China as his personal coach first at the HSBC World Championship second at the UBS HongKong and the to Mission Hills China for the 55th World Cup of golf where we had great success and I made my first media interview.
During my stay at Mission Hills, the biggest golf resort in the world, I was introduce to Zhang Lian Wei first PAR3 course, 18 holes in China of a total par of 54. Looking for a project name that would related to my journey into China "PAR354" was to be set. 6 months later Zhang Lian Wei was winning the PGA of China. In 2010, Zhang Lian Wei offer me to go to Haigeng, China Olympic Training center, to establish Zhang Lian Wei first Jungster Training base, I was doing so by training local coaches and implement programs. In October same year, I moved to Grand-Hill Golf Club, Sichuan province, to support leading Chinese female Yang Tao Li who later qualify for the Japan Tour.
In 2011, I started to coach more ladies following the China Ladies tour keeping a eye on the China Golf scene where I in July I started a research on putting monitoring the best male and female in the world that made me travel as far as Australia to the President's cup. This research has lead me to be a invited speaker at the 2012World Science Golf Congress in Phoenix, in USA.
in january and february 2013, I was invited by the top 10 China course Yalong Bay Golf Club home of the Sanya Open. as a guest coach to implement my putting findings and organize "Master Putting Classes".... and now continue my chinese journey for more exciting stories to come!
Welcome to Haigeng
Shanghai Lady Classic PGA
Swiss Student visit in Chengdu - Grand Hill Golf Club
Here I demonstrate to you one of my teaching ability. To make a complete beginner successfully hitting a golf ball high and straight after her first attempt and this only within a few minutes of instructions!
Thanks to more than 30 years of experiences with golfers at all levels, I have developped variouse technics and moves to make my golf students happy. This performance was made in Grand-Hill Golf Club Driving Range Chengdu city China, where I am a guest. I can do it with you any time any where... Just feel free to contact me.
Stéphane Barras with Dave Pelz at the Science World Congress 2012
Le 2 septembre 1996, tu m’as offert le privilège d’un tête à tête de 4 heures, d’abord au practice du golf- club Crans-sur-Sierre à échanger nos idées et plus particulièrement à discuter de « La Différence » que je venais de publier, puis le soir, au bar, ou tu m’as fait des confidences et donné des conseils qu’à ce jour j’utilise encore. Cette même semaine, sans le savoir, tu réalisais l’ultime meilleur résultat en stroke play de ta carrière. C’était pendant l’Européen Masters dans nos montagnes ou plus tard tu as redessiné le parcours qui depuis porte ton nom.
Aujourd’hui tu as quitté ce monde et je souhaite te rendre un hommage, car comme beaucoup je t’admirais : « SEVE, c’est comme cela que nous t’appelions car ton charisme nous faisait frères. Tu nous as inspirés, car tu osais et réussissais les coups impensables. Ton geste était une pure grâce et ta fougue nous emportait. Tu as été notre maître, guide et idole. Nous avons crié, applaudi, exulté avec toi. Tu as tout gagné, en solo, en équipe, en mentor. Tu savais aussi te rebeller et dire tout haut tes pensées. Oui le golf était en toi et tu nous as bénis. » Mais c’est dans la maladie que tu nous as donné les plus grandes leçons : « le courage et la modestie ». A travers les caméras, tu nous as montré ton calvaire mais aussi invité dans ton intimité, ton passé, ton présent et tes espoirs du retour, même avec humour. Seulement ce parcours maladif, sans fin, t’a épuisé. Aujourd’hui, nous pleurons mais ne t’oublierons pas car l’esprit de ton jeu est en nous ! Merci d’avoir existé. Hasta siempre SEVE
Stéphane Barras, 7 mai 2011 - Lijiang aux portes du Tibet.
Clearing work has started at the site of the Rio 2016™ Olympic Games golf course after the necessary permit for the removal of the non-native vegetation was issued by the city.
The process to clear the way for construction to begin as planned in April is being conducted by Tanedo, the private company responsible for the construction. Carlos Arthur Nuzman, President of the Rio 2016™ Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Rio 2016™), said: “We are delighted that work has begun on the golf venue and we remain on track to deliver the golf course for a test event in 2015 as scheduled. This venue will provide a key element of the Rio 2016™ legacy as the first public course in Rio de Janeiro, and it will play a pivotal role in the development of the sport of golf in Brazil.” Course designer Gil Hanse, from US-based Hanse Golf Course Design, commented: “We are very excited and pleased to have begun the initial clearing of the site. It is the start of a long process to transform this property into a beautiful golf course, and we are happy to get started.”
Hanse Golf Course Design’s proposal for the course was selected by Rio 2016™ in March 2012 after a thorough selection process.The golf course will be built in Barra, the area that will host around more than half of the Olympic sports in 2016. It is a privately funded project that will be located approximately five kilometres from the Athletes’ Village and seven kilometres from the Main Press Centre (MPC) and the International Broadcast Centre (IBC).
How many Chinese golfers would have qualified for the 2012 Olympics?
Posted: 05 Aug 2012 03:13 PM PDT
We all know that golf will make its return to the Olympics in 2016 — but what would the field have looked like if golf were a go in London?
Thankfully, Garry Smits of The Florida Times-Union has done the heavy lifting and figured out the hypothetical 60-player fields for both the men and the women.
It’s not as easy as simply listing the top 60 players in the world, either. Here’s how Smits breaks down the somewhatcontroversial tournament format and qualification procedures:
Eligibility: The top 15 in the official world golf rankings for men and women qualify (with no more than four players per country). After that, each country gets no more than two of the next highest-ranked players. England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will compete as Great Britain. Players from Northern Ireland will have the option of playing for Ireland.
Format: The men and women will play 72 holes of stroke play. Playoffs will be held to break ties for medals.
While this means several top players from the strongest countries will be missing — big names like Matt Kuchar, Hunter Mahan, Graeme McDowell and Phil Mickelson would have been absent this year — it also means that lower ranked players from countries never mistaken for golf powerhouses will get nods. In 2012, this wrinkle would have been particularly important to China, whose best male player, Liang Wenchong, just barely made the cut, grabbing the 60th and final spot. Liang, who was ranked as high as 57th in the world in 2010, was No. 387 when Smits made his tabulations in early July, and he has since dropped to No. 425. (China’s next player in the world rankings is Wu Ashun at 706th.)
On the men’s side of this would-be Olympic field, 12 of the 60 golfers hail from Asia. That number, somewhat surprisingly, is not much higher on the women’s side of the game, with Asia accounting for 14 of the 60 golfers. But this time China’s two entrants are locks: 2012 LPGA Championship winner Feng Shanshan is ranked No. 4 in the world and Ye Liying is No. 97.
So there’s your answer to the question posed in the headline: China would have sent three golfers to the London Games.* It will be interesting to see what that number turns out to be in 2016. A lot can happen in four years — especially in China — but is it enough time for Chinese golfers to climb the world rankings?
* NOTE:There’s some debate over the accuracy of the players lists published in The Florida Times-Union. The confusion mostly hinges upon whether there will be a four-player cap per country. If there is not, then Ryan Ballengee’s lists over at Golf News Net are the ones to go by. Here’s his take on the men’s and women’s fields. This way of calculating the field knocks Liang Wenchong out of the fake 2012 Olympics.
Lettres de Chine
En partenariat avec le magazine Suisse > Golf and Country nous avons éditées 3 lettres sur mes aventures Chinoise.
Lettre 1 > 2009, au Panthéon du golf avec Zhang Lian Wei Lettre 2 > 2010, au Macolin Chinois a Haigeng (Province de Yunnan) Lettre 3 > 2011, sur le Tour Féminin Chinois (CLPGA)