Butch Harmon School of Golf's premium coaching courses offer expert tuition to emerging UAE golf stars

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Golf stars of the future will be able to take their game to the next level with two new premium coaching courses offering expert tuition and training at the Butch Harmon School of Golf at Dubai Sports City.

The new high school and recruit programmes have been expertly designed to nurture and develop elite young players aged 13-19 with the goal of securing a golf scholarship at a top US college.

Both programmes will enable exclusive access to The Els Club golf course in Dubai and will be personally coached by the Butch Harmon School of Golf programme director, Justin Parsons, during weekly individual golf lessons.

Aimed at home-schooled students or those on a flexible curriculum at school, the programmes will engage youngsters in individual and group coaching sessions as well as golf-specific fitness and strength training to boost their game.

Based at The Els Club, the state-of-the-art Butch Harmon School of Golf helps players of all ages and abilities improve their technique and skill level.

Priced at Dh50,435 (inclusive of VAT), the recruit programme consists of one individual golf session per week, one two-hour group class per week, one bi-weekly individual fitness session and two weekly group fitness classes.

The high school programme is priced at Dh111,129 (inclusive of VAT) and includes one individual golf session per week, three two-hour group classes per week, one weekly individual fitness session and two weekly group fitness classes.

The Els Club, Dubai.

The Els Club, Dubai.

As part of the programme, members will also receive a kit bag containing a cap, balls, T-shirts, a towel and much more.

Jamie Mcconnell, teaching professional at Butch Harmon School of Golf, said: “Making the leap from a talented young golfer to a young player with the skills, technique, strength and ability to make it to the very top of the sport is not easy.

“The programmes, which are structured to fit within a flexible or home-schooled curriculum, will help to give the next generation of golfing stars the foundations they need to reach their ultimate goals in the sport.”

Parsons added: “The programmes have been specifically designed to benefit talented young golfers looking to develop their game and reach the next level of skill, technique and consistency.

“The structure of the programmes, from the timings, targeted fitness classes to the chance to work closely with golf pros, ensures that the players will receive the very best tutoring to help with their overall development.

“I look forward to working with some extremely talented and dedicated young golfers.”

The high school programme will commence on Sunday, September 16, and the recruit programme will begin on Monday, October 1, 2018.

For more information contact 04 425 1040 or email [email protected]. To find out more about Dubai Sports City visit http://www.dsc.ae/.

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The 2018 DHL Swing Against Cancer Series started with a bang as over 170 golfers and guests joined former Liverpool footballer Didi Hamann at Jumeirah Golf Estates for the DHL Open.

The event was held to raise more than US$20,000 for Friends of Cancer Patients and will go directly to the treatment of three-year old Mohamed Sameer Abdullah, recently diagnosed with leukemia.

“I wanted to get involved in this fantastic series as it helps such a great cause,” said Hamann, who was part of the Liverpool team that clinched the Champions League in dramatic fashion in 2005, coming back from 3-0 down against AC Milan to win on penalties in 2005 – with the German scoring the first spot kick in the shootout.

“Hopefully the money we have raised today can go towards Mohamed’s treatment and cures him so he can lead a normal childhood.

“I think it’s our responsibility to give back to the community and society. Some people are not as fortunate as myself so it’s great to get involved with such a great cause and help out this little boy.”

The afternoon golf event saw Maruf Khan come out on top in the amateur division scoring an impressive 44 stableford points with Hisham Shammas finishing second, also with 44 points but missing out on first place on a back nine countback.

Completing the podium places in third place with 43 points was Paul Grayson and all three will now qualify for the DHL Swing Against Cancer Golf Series Grand Final, the Mike Clark Golf Day, which takes place back on the Earth course at Jumeirah Golf Estates on November 1, where a place in the Pro-Am at the star-studded DP World Tour Championship will be up for grabs.

In the pro division, Ricki Neil-Jones finished top of the pile after a classy round of 78 to win a place in the grand final where he will compete for a three-night golf break at Shangri-La’s Hambantota Golf Resort & Spa in Sri Lanka.

For 16 handicapper Hamann however, it was all about having fun with his teammates from title sponsors DHL.

Didi Hamann (r) pictured with his DHL team-mates.

Didi Hamann (r) pictured with his DHL team-mates.

“My golf isn’t as good as it should be but then again I’m not a very patient man,” he laughed.

“You need to have patience and dedication on the range to try and improve your game. I enjoy the social aspect of being out on the course with the lads and having a laugh. If I play well that’s a bonus.”

The DHL Swing Against Cancer Golf Series, organised by Worldwide Golf and Sixteen10, launched last year and has captured the imagination of the UAE’s golf and business communities as well as gaining support from a string celebrities from the worlds of sport and entertainment including Harry Redknapp, Mike Tindall, Michael Campbell, Teddy Sheringham, Gary McAllister and Brian McFadden.

A total of US$100,000 was raised in 2017 and the 2018 series looks set to raise the bar yet further with an international event for the first time at Brocket Hall Golf Club in London on June 29.

It returns to the UAE for the DSA Open at Emirates Golf Club on September 13 and the much-loved Mike Clark Golf Day on November 1.

Having supported the series since it launched, leading logistics company DHL has this year thrown even more weight behind it by becoming title sponsor and country manager Geoff Walsh revealed the motivation behind the company’s involvement.

“It was a no-brainer for us to get involved as title sponsor. We have a corporate social responsibility and want to give back to the community,” he said.

“We want to raise as much money as possible to give towards Mohamed’s treatment. We can do something very special here in the UAE and it’s also great we are going to have an event in the UK for the first time.

“It’s been great playing with Didi as we are both excellent players. We have had great fun playing with him and he’s been really good company. It’s great that he has come out here to help raise some vital funds.”

Worldwide Golf’s Richard Bevan added: “It’s fantastic to see such an amazing turnout– the series has really taken on a momentum of its own and for so many people to get behind what we’re trying to do is truly heart-warming.

“Most people have been affected by cancer in some way and it is incumbent on all of us to do anything we can do to try and fight back.”

Following play there was a glitzy gala dinner where items were snapped up in a charity auction before Hamann entertained guests with a live Q&A.

For more information on any DHL Swing Against Cancer Golf Series event, or to find out how you can get involved, email [email protected] or visit www.swingagainstcancer.com.

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Dietmar Hamann is coming to Dubai for the DHL Swing Against Cancer Golf Series

Former Liverpool, Manchester City and Bayern Munich footballer Dietmar Hamann is set to join golfers in the UAE in the fight against one of the world’s most deadly diseases by taking to the Earth course in the first event of the 2018 DHL Swing Against Cancer Golf Series.

The DHL Open gets underway at Jumeirah Golf Estates (JGE) on Thursday May 3.

The charity series, founded by Worldwide Golf and Sixteen10, launched last year and smashed its fund-raising target with US$100,000 raised for Sharjah-based charity Friends of Cancer Patients.

The money raised went directly towards the treatment of two patients who have both experienced a marked improvement in their condition as a result of the funding.

Celebrities from the worlds of sport and entertainment such as Gary McAllister, Harry Redknapp, Mike Tindall, Brian McFadden and Michael Campbell got involved in last year’s series.

German midfielder Hamann, who helped Liverpool win the 2005 UEFA Champions League, is the latest sports star to join the action which begins at Jumeirah Golf Estates, the home of the European Tour’s DP World Tour Championship, later this week in what promises to be an unforgettable occasion.

Swing Against Cancer Golf series

Swing Against Cancer Golf series

Hamann will then entertain guests at a gala dinner on JGE’s picturesque Terrace with a Q&A about his storied career accompanied by great food, drinks and entertainment along with a charity auction MC’d by Dubai Eye’s Tom Urquhart.

“I’m really looking forward to taking part in the DHL Open,” said Hamann.

“It’s for a great cause and I always enjoy coming to Dubai. It’s a fantastic part of the world.

“I’m sure it’ll be a fantastic day of golf and then we have the function afterwards where we’ll have a few laughs, maybe a few cold drinks, and hopefully raise a lot of money.”

As well as series title sponsors DHL, the 2018 series is backed by leading architectural firm DSA Architects who will host the DSA Open on the Majlis course on Thursday September 13.

Further support comes from Golf Superstore as well as flydubai, Beachcomber Resorts & Hotels, Dreamland Baku, Soneva, HAE Group, AVGO Express, MMI, AutoRoute, Enviroserve, Bullandroo, The Visiting Tailor, Cirque Le Soir and Il Borro Tuscan Bistro.

Non-golfers are welcome to attend the gala dinner: An Evening with Dietmar Hamann which includes dinner, two hours of unlimited drinks, celebrity Q&A and charity auction priced at AED345 or AED3,000 for a table of ten.

What: Swing against Cancer

Where: Jumeirah Golf Estates

When: Thursday May 3

Contact: www.swingagainstcancer.com

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