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Improving your score

So maybe you’re more than a weekend warrior. Maybe you’re striving to get better at golf and really looking to break some scoring marks this year. If so, here are a few helpful tips to get you where you want to be, and not get frustrated during the process.

Set scoring goals that are lofty, but realistic. Don’t try to shave 10 strokes of your game in one summer, that probably isn’t going to happen unless you have some serious time to invest! Instead focus on cutting 5 strokes out. This can be accomplished with a lesson or two and some good practice time at the range. Instead of trying to break 80 or 90 or 100, work on your putting. You use your putter more than all the other clubs combined! If you can improve with the flat stick, your scorecard will reflect your efforts!

Always try to improve your game. One of the great things about golf is that there is always room to improve, no matter how good you are. Just look at the Pros, they still practice in order to get better. Be diligent, golf is not an easy game, and it’s certainly no small task to make yourself a better player, but it’s not impossible! Above all, remember that golf is just that, a game. Always try to get better, but make sure you always remember to have a good time doing so!

Pack your bags!

Time to get your golf bag ready! Of course you'll need balls and tees, but what else to bring along? You should have a divot repair tool and ball marker. Most tools come with a marker, or if you want to save a couple bucks, use a tee and a quarter. Either way, you’ll need to fix a divot at some point and probably need to mark your ball on the green, be prepared, and always conduct yourself with the proper level of respect and etiquette. Some type of insect repellent or bug spray is a survival item in the middle of summer. I enjoy catching some twilight rates but just before dusk it’s as if the forgotten plague of the black flies begins. Not much fun trying to swat flies from your face while trying to tee off or sink a par putt.

From this point on, it really comes down to personal preference. I always keep a club brush and golf towel hanging from my bag, and a variety of odd and end items inside such as band-aids (in case of a blister), a spare pencil, and of course some kind of snack. I like to keep my phone with me, but it is an unwritten rule to silence your phone if you take it out on the course. Photos and emergency calls only, or if your partner or group agrees, some occasional music helps ease the tension and allows you to relax and just enjoy the round. One piece of advice, especially if you’re walking your round, is not to overload your bag. When your bag is strapped to the back of a cart it’s irrelevant, but the weight of every item quickly adds up when you’re carrying it on your shoulders. Pack as lightly as possible when walking without a push cart.

USGA Rules Changes

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But here is another quick recap of the more prominent USGA rules changes for 2019. 

 

Important changes 2019

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The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year!


Unarguably, this is the best week and weekend of the year for a golfer. The most prestigious golf course in the world, the best players in the world, all come together in Augusta, Georgia to play the best major of the year, The Masters. Jim Nantz’s “Hello Friends” sends chills down my spine each year and just seeing the lush green course excites even the non-golfers. This is the kick-off tournament that gets people out on the golf course for the start of a new season.

Who’s going to win? Vegas has Rory as the favorite at 8/1 followed by DJ, Justin Rose and of course Mr. Woods. Whoever it may be, I can’t wait to watch 4 rounds of great competitive golf to see who the next person is who gets the honor of putting on that green jacket.

 

Club Championship Recap

The weekend was full of excitement with our Club Championship's. The weather was not great but that didn’t stop competitors from competing for the titles.
Congratulations to the following champions over the weekend:

Men’s Championship – Rich Reeves
Women’s Championship – Beth Hamilton
Men’s Senior Championship – Ron Briggs
Men’s Super-Senior Championship – Mark Hampton

Click Here for the overall results.

There was excitement in the Men’s Championship coming up the final hole. The final group of Scott Underhill, Rich Reeves and Travis Banga were tied in overall score thru 17 holes. Scott, Travis and Rich scrambled up the 18th hole with Rich and Travis making tough bogey’s and Scott making an unfortunate double bogey to miss going to the sudden death playoff heading back to hole 18.

The sudden death playoff started out with Rich hitting a drive down the left side of the fairway. Travis missed his tee shot leaving him to hit a mid-iron for position for his approach into the green. Rich hit a fairway wood to the front of the green leaving him a long pitch to a back flag. Travis hit his third shot right at the flag leaving him a 30 footer up the hill for par. Rich hit a great pitch up to 6 feet. Travis looked over his putt and made a great stroke but came up just short with the wet conditions. Rich went on to make his putt for par and win the Men’s Championship.

Beth Hamilton, our 2017 Women’s Champion, played a great first round shooting a 75 to have a 2 shot lead over Mindy Williams and an 8 shot lead over Robin Mongeon. Beth continued her steady play on Sunday to shoot a 78 to win this year’s Championship by 10 shots.

The Men’s Senior Championship was a tight race. After Saturday’s round, there were 6 people within 4 strokes of the lead which was going to make for a great Sunday finish. Ron Briggs, John Boisvert and Jim Gammon were sitting at 79 after Saturday with past Champion Perry Powers lurking at 80. Ron played a nice round on Sunday shooting an 81 to win by 1 over Jim Cragg and Perry Powers.

The Super-Senior Championship was a battle of experience. The first day Craig Markert held the lead shooting an 83 with Mark Hampton just 2 shots back and Carl Gopfert 5 shots back. Mark Hampton did a fine job at battling the elements shooting a 76 on Sunday to take the win by 4 over Craig Markert. We all should look up to the players in this flight still competing at their respective ages to claim a championship. My hats off to you gentleman. 

The Club Championship is one of the most exciting tournaments at any club. This year was not a disappointment by any means. It’s a lot of fun to watch competitive golf and see the excitement when someone posts a great score. Congratulations to our winners on a great weekend of golf.