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Rockley takes a look at Olympic Golf

Resident golfing enthusiast, Val takes a look at the new Rio Olympic Golfing events after a hugely momentous men's event.

I think its great to see as many sports as possible at the Olympic Games so that it engages as many people as possible, especially as there will be male and female competition. Someone might turn on the TV to watch the golf and invariably will then spend the rest of the evening watching all the different sports. Myself, for example, watched fencing for the first time and thoroughly enjoyed it, this is the beauty of the Olympic Games.

Golf courses are very lovely places especially when set in a lovely sunny country and it has been interesting to see how this brand new course has been designed.  I believe one of the biggest obstacles on the Rio Golf Course will not be the bunkers but the Capybaras, a semi aquatic rodent which is the largest in the world standing at two feet tall.  I might come across a squirrel or two but these animals are slightly more intimidating!

The men's golf event has been fantastic to watch starting off with Justin Rose hitting the first hole-in-one in Olympic history at the third hole of round one! I have been rooting for Danny Willet, but Justin played fantastic rounds of golf and held on to his lead to win and bring home a gold medal on an epic weekend for Team GB in Rio. 

The women start their competition this Wednesday and I am looking forward to seeing them out on the course. I am right behind Charley Hull and Catriona Matthews who will be teeing off in the early and last spots in round one. It is amazing that golf has not been at the Olympic Games for 112 years I feel this will really highlight how great the sport is and how widely it is played all over the world. The great thing about golf is that you can play competitivley against all levels, I play against Mark who has a handicap of 18, but I still have a chance of beating him!

Val Allman
Rockley Finance Officer & Sales Support

Playing golf for three years and aspires to play more and reduce her handicap.

Best place to play : I had a fab time playing in Gran Canaria, a green oasis on the Rock!

Memorable golfing moment: I have been to Wentworth to watch the BMW Championship last year where Rory McIlroy won. This was the first competition I've been to watch and wasnt sure if I would like observing rather than playing but it was very enjoyable.

Looking ahead: I would love to go to Augusta to watch the Masters. 

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