Young Indian Golfers Welcome a Global Field to The Women’s Indian Open

The “Indian Challenge” striving to win at the Hero Woman’s Indian Open               photos via golfingindian.com    

The Hero Women’s Indian Open will take place from December 4th through 6th at the historic Delhi Golf Club.  In addition to a stellar global field including players from 25 countries, a strong contingent of Indian golfers will be competing.

In India, golf is growing at a steady pace with Indian men increasingly making their mark in International events.

Women’s golf is also growing in India, having come into its own over the past decade.  The Women’s Golf Association of India (WGAI), founded in 2005, has been empowering young players to build their competitive skills, while the Hero Women’s Indian Open, established in 2007, provides a perfect platform for young home-grown golfers to test ttheir skills against top players from around the world.

The “Indian Challenge” promises to be stronger than ever this year, with several young players poised to win.  Among them,  the spotlight is shining particularly brightly on:

Sharmila Nicollet,  She’s already made a name for herself at home and around the world, becoming the youngest golfer to win the All India Ladies Amateur Championship, and the youngest Indian golfer to qualify for the Ladies European Tour.

Gauri Monga, after an impressive 5th place finish as an amateur in 2013, this 21year-old is making her professional debut at this year’s Women’s Indian Open… with home course advantage.



Vani Kapoor, She’s a multiple Hero Women’s Golf Tour winner coming off of a dream season and currently leading the Hero Order of Merit.

For regular updates on the Hero Women’s Indian Open, in depth information on Indian golfers and informed, entertaining insight on golf in India I highly recommend golfingindian.com .  You’ll find exclusive articles and interviews, original videos and the latest news from the rapidly evolving world of Indian golf.

Female Golfers With Social Media Savvy: Pitch to Play With Team Poodle

Enter the PoodlePitch Contest to win a 10-Piece Golf Wardrobe!

Our innovative partner, Poodle is holding the first ever Poodle Pitch Contest!

Known for distinctive fairway fashions that combine athletic functionality with cosmopolitain chic, Poodle is a global golf apparel company and a dedicated supporter of women’s golf. They regularly sponsor women’s professional golf events as well as a roster of Poodle Pros and the Russian National Golf Team.

This year, for the first time Poodle is looking to add five recreational golfers… one from each of five countries… to the team.

The PoodlePitch Contest is open to female golfers 18 and over, who play at least 12 rounds a year. There are no handicap requirements but contestants need to reside The Netherlands, Germany, France, the UK or the US. Those chosen will win a 10 piece Poodle wardrobe from the PoodleGolf online store.  The contest has a unique social media sharing component that’ll be fun and inspiring for socially networked golfers.

Enteries will be accepted through May 1, and full details… plus the entry form… can be found on the PoodlePitch page. Team Poodle is looking forward to welcoming its new members.

Female Golfers With Social Media Savvy: Pitch to Play With Team Poodle

Enter the PoodlePitch Contest to win a 10-Piece Golf Wardrobe!

Our innovative partner, Poodle is holding the first ever Poodle Pitch Contest!

Known for distinctive fairway fashions that combine athletic functionality with cosmopolitain chic, Poodle is a global golf apparel company and a dedicated supporter of women’s golf. They regularly sponsor women’s professional golf events as well as a roster of Poodle Pros and… the Russian National Women’s Golf Team.

This year, for the first time Poodle is looking to add five recreational golfers… one from each of five countries… to the team.

The PoodlePitch Contest is open to female golfers 18 and over, who play at least 12 rounds a year. There are no handicap requirements but contestants need to reside in The Netherlands, Germany, France, the UK or the US. Those chosen will win a 10 piece golf wardrobe from the PoodleGolf online store.  The contest has a unique social media sharing component that will be fun and inspiring for socially networked golfers.

Entries will be accepted through May 1, and full details… plus the entry form… can be found on the PoodlePitch page. So… if you’re a social media savvy woman who plays golf… prepare your pitch! Team Poodle is looking forward to welcoming its new members.

Hello Kitty’s Midlife Crisis, And Unlikely Liaison With… Playboy?

Several years ago a familiar feline began to appear on the fairways and greens of the world's golf courses.  The diminutive bobtail cat was already famous… a fixture on everything from toys and accessories to school supplies and stationery items.

Kitty White, the cat behind Hello Kitty is one of the world's most recognizable… and lucrative… branded characters. An ultra-basic design… her eyes are simple black dots and she doesn't even have a mouth… allows her to resonate with consumers across the globe.

Her unabashed "cuteness" first charmed children then transcended to teens before celebrities, designers… and a new breed of pink-possessed girly girls… made Hello Kitty a pop-culture phenomenon embraced by many different demographics.  Hence her association with household appliances, motor vehicles and a surprising array of food products. It was inevitable she'd find her way onto a golf course eventually,  and she did. Currently, an image search for Hello Kitty golf will produce a plethora of predominantly pink products. Virtually anything one might need to practice the sport, is available emblazoned with the now iconic logo.

Since she first appeared on a small vinyl change purse in 1974, Japanese company Sanrio has created tens of thousands of Hello Kitty products and licensed her image to hundreds of firms around the world.  The only boundary, being that the iconic kitten would not do anything that might upset mothers and wives, such as holding a gun or drinking spirits.   READ MORE —>

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Multichromatic Magic – Probably the Most Inspired Golf Gift Ever

Father’s Day has a special significance when it comes to golf.  Dads and golf often go together, particularly in suburban America, where on summer weekends the average course sees a disproportionate number of such pairings. In addition, Father’s Day is traditionally when the US Open is decided.

It’s totally natural therefore, that when the subject is Father’s Day gifts, many Dads will be hoping for golf gifts.

That said, the most inspired golf gift I’ve ever seen comes from France, where gift giving is taken very seriously.  Having lived in Paris for several years… and having been married to a French man for a couple of decades… I know this to be true.  So, when storied French sportswear company Lacoste celebrated its 80 birthday recently I wasn’t surprised when I heard that, the gifts were epic.

In that spirit, I invite you to check out this ultra-impressive, multi-chromatic example: Twenty-seven golf tees in colors inspired by Lacoste’s own iconic polo shirts.  The set was gifted by Bernardaud, venerable French purveyor of exquisite porcelain and was bought to my attention by Jean-henri Bernard, a French friend who lives golf on course and through his writing, photography and art.  Happy Father’s Day.

 

Meeting Wendy Byrne, Top Dog at Global Golf Apparel Brand "Poodle Golf"

With Wendy Byrne at Golf Girl Media World HQ

A couple of weeks ago… as the Masters was getting underway in Augusta… Wendy Byrne was traversing New England.

On a whirlwind trip from her adopted home in the Netherlands, Wendy was visiting family and friends in Maine, Massachusetts and Connecticut, and by the time she pulled into my driveway she’d covered hundreds of miles.

Wendy grew up in New Milford, CT just down the road from my home here in Danbury. A transfer to Holland to manage operations at an international language academy took her across the Atlantic over a decade ago for what was meant to be a temporary stint, but additional opportunities presented themselves.

These days Wendy lives in Amsterdam where, in 2008, she founded Poodle Golf, which has quickly become a leading independent provider of ultra-stylish, highly functional women’s golf apparel.

I first wrote about Poodle Golf when the company was a sponsor at the 2010 Tenerife Ladies Open. That’s when I got to know Wendy… virtually… and found out about her CT origins. Since then Poodle has been present at LET events all over Europe and beyond. They proudly… and tirelessly… support women’s golf with tournament, team and player sponsorships. Recently in a multi-year agreement with the Russian Golf Association Poodle Golf became the apparel sponsor for the Russian National Team.  

Then there’s Dogleg Media. Wendy’s husband, Robin, is a stellar photographer who shares his wife’s commitment to the global growth of women’s golf.  Together they created DogLeg Media to promote and provide targeted, high quality media coverage for professional and amateur women’s golf.  Their archives contain thousands of extraordinary photos from tournaments and events, that they provide to businesses and publishers at very reasonable fees. Both Wendy and Chris are extremely skilled in graphic arts and content creation, and they’ve created  a unique, highly engaging brand.

My Poodle Golf Ivy is Perfect for Spring

Needless to say I welcomed the opportunity to have Wendy visit Golf Girl Media World Headquarters on her recent trip stateside, and when she arrived that chilly spring morning it was quickly clear that we had more in common than the shared geography of our childhoods and our mutual affinity for golf and fashion.

We consumed multiple cups of coffee in front of the fireplace that morning. Wendy shared some of Poodle’s latest designs as well as some of the marketing initiatives she’s planning.  Expect to see ice blue and lemon yellow, plush outerwear, and some unique customer events, among other things. As far as expanding Poodle Golf’s distribution in North America, that’s something that’s in the cards as well… and something that’ll make golfing ladies in these parts very happy.  Wendy’s stay was brief, as she had to catch a flight back to Amsterdam that afternoon, but I have little doubt I’ll be seeing her again soon, and in the meantime I look forward to keeping up with her… and her stellar global golf brand… where we originally met, on the internet.

Poodle Golf on Facebook • • • @poodlegolf • • •  Poodle Golf on Pinterest
DogLeg Media on Facebook • • • @DogLegMedia • • • DogLeg Media on Pinterest 

Offbeat Awesomeness: The Ryder Cup Chronicles of @MikeBelindo

The adventure is well underway for David Amezqueta (aka @MikeBelindo).

He’s the spunky Spanish golf scribe with Ryder Cup dreams we told you about last week, and it seems those dreams are already coming true… and then some… as evidenced below. The clip is in Spanish but one needn’t understand the language to see that David has excellent access.

I wonder how many US golf bloggers get to kiss their captain (0:02)? This clip certainly begs the question.

Anyway, David is telling his story at Ryder Cup by Schweppes, an elegant microsite on Cronica Golf, sponsored by the global beverage brand.

If you’re able to read/understand Spanish… and you’re looking for a fresh, fun, first hand view of this most spirited and exciting of golf events… you’ll definitely want to follow @MikeBelindo .