Hello again Mainlands Golfers!

The Saturday Scramble winners are posted below.

Flight A

1st Place Matt, Johnny, Brian, Anthony, and Rick -12

2nd Place Peter,Kim, and Tim -9

3rd Place Jim, Kevin, Ed, and Charlie -9

Closest to the pin was Steve on team #1.

On a tangent I find the closest to the pin prize a bit ridiculous.  Going forward the prize for closest to the pin will be a full dozen golf balls.

The Sunday Scramble was awesome.  If you were there you know what I am talking about.  The weather was blisteringly hot with an extra helping of humidity.  We played in a modified Stableford Format.  3 points for Eagles, 2 Points for Birdies, 1 Point for par, and 0 points for Bogies or higher.

1st Place was Nicholas Cavell and Todd Stevens, with 23 points.  They each have $33 in their club credit accounts.

2nd Place – David MacMarchy, Hub Bartlett with 23 points as well.  They each have $19.80 in their club credit accounts.

3rd Place – John Harrington and Mark Nelson with 23 points.  They each have $13.20 in their club credit accounts.

Closest to the Pin was Rob Neighbor!  Yay Rob.  You have a dozen golf balls waiting for you as well.

Finally I would like to state that due to the popularity of the Sunday Scramble we will only be able to start teams that show up AND PAY before 15 minutes of 4pm.  It is just too difficult to accommodate everyone efficiently unless they are checked in and paid by quarter til four.  If a team shows up at ten minutes to four they will have to follow the scramble and just play plain old regular every day stroke golf.  (This means you Neighbor.)

Good Day to the Drawers of the golf ball and Salutations to those who Slice.  The rest of you we will meet in the middle.

The Saturday Scramble had 4 winners in two flights.

Flight A

1st Place – Frank, Rex, Daniel, Carl, Charlie -11

2nd Place – Chuck, Peter, Robert, Tim, -11

3rd Place – Greg, Al, Craig, Marc, Ron -10

Flight B

1st Place – Matt, Brian, Richard, -9

Closest to the Pin was Dan of team #5.  Dan has golf balls behind the counter and the rest of the winners have money added to their club credit accounts.

The Sunday Scramble had a great turnout with 18 Twosomes.  Unfortunately their was some lightning witnessed by more than a few golfers less than an hour into the round.  Anyone who turned in and left will get a raincheck for an upcoming Sunday Scramble.  The rain/lightning delay lasted about 15 minutes.  The remaining 15 teams did finish and so the scramble continued.  Mike and I started on the back 9 and after triple bogeying #11 we didn’t see any lightning but were seeing stars.  I believe our 69 would have put us in solo place for 8th place.  Cheers to being aggressive off the tee when you shouldn’t.

1st Place – Stewart Elder & Dennis Haysley 63  Each of you has $24 in your club credit accounts.

2nd Place – The Carl Nicks Team 63  Each of you has $14.40 in your club credit accounts

3rd Place – David Lanham & Mike Corley 63  Each of you has $9.60 in your club credit accounts

Closest to the Pin on the 3rd Hole was  . . . Karen Koslowski.  Congratulations Karen, you have golf balls behind the counter for you.

 

The summer season means we often play with the threat of weather.  If you feel nervous about playing with cloud cover, or in rain, or with thunder in the distance, or for any reason please come in and get a raincheck.  No round of golf is worth a tragedy.

Hello you hip and capable golfers!

We have just ended a very dry and ridiculously hot June.  I urge everyone to stay hydrated weather you are out golfing or just watching TV at home.  Heat exhaustion is a real danger.

Now that the public service announcement is over let’s get to the Saturday Scramble Results . . .

Flight A

1st Place is Matt, Dave, and Rick -13

2nd Place is Greg, Al, Craig, Marc, and Ron -12

3rd Place Frank, Rex, Carl, Charlie, and Gary -11

Flight B

1st Place is Jim, Stuart, Ed, AJ, and Charlie -8

Greg on team #3 won the closest to the pin this week.

The Sunday Scramble played the 4-Club Scramble Format this week.

1st Place – Steve Hensley and Cam Barrows 62          Each of you has $28.50 in your club credit accounts

2nd Place – Rob Neighbor and Vaughn Rodriguez 64    Each of you has $17.10 in your club credit accounts

3rd Place was Mike and Me 65          Each of you has $11.40 in your club credit accounts

4th Place was David Lanham and Mike Corley 65

The 4-Club is always one of my favorites.  Next week I heard we might do a WORST Ball Scramble.

A good walk spoiled?  Well that is why I RIDE when I play.  Take that Mark Twain!

 

Hello out there Mainlands Golfers.

It has been a truly hot and scorching week.  There was no rain this weekend and both scrambles went off with out any issues.

The Saturday Scramble . . .

Flight A

1st Place  Matt, Brian, and Tony -12

2nd Place Stu, Rex, Carl, Charlie, and Frank -11

3rd Place bob, Chuck, Pete, Rob, and Tim -11

Flight B

1st Place Jim, Stuart, Kevin, Ed, Charlie -8

2nd Place Greg, Al, Craig, Marc, Ron -7

Team #6 and Bob won closest to the pin!

 

Sunday 2 Person Scramble  . . .

22 teams showed up which is a great showing.  There was no chance of rain and the sun was glaring.  Very minimal wind came into play and it was HOT.  I apologize for running out of water in the coolers on two of the water stations out on the course.  We recently hired a weekend hydration steward, or a ‘water stew’ as they are more commonly known.  I let the poor fellow go with out notice.  I actually had Mike fire the guy because I am a little intimidated by him to be honest.  In any event I am pledging resources to combat the water crisis in the hopes that this will not be a concern going forward.  In all due honesty I do take the hydrational health of everyone on the course rather seriously.  That is why I am also cutting the price of Powerade and Water in HALF for anyone who golfs in the Sunday Scramble.

Now with out further Mt Dew . . .

1st Place Rob Neighbor and Vaughn Rodriguez – 62  $42 EACH goes into their club credit accounts!

2nd Place David Lanham and Mike Corley – 65 $25.20 EACH goes into their club credit accounts!

3rd Place Matt Easterman and Matt Powers 65 $16.80 EACH goes into their club credit accounts!

Closest to the Pin was #17 and Dennis Haysley !  Way to go everyone.

Mike and I also shot 62 but as everyone should know we are not competing for prize money just bragging rights.  Rob and Vaughn eagled the lowest handicap hole #11, to secure 1st place.

I was just happy to be out golfing on Sunday after battling some personal medical crap.  It is just good to be healthy enough to golf.  On a similar note the Mainlands Golf Club lost one of our own this past Wednesday.  Bud Weber our head starter and front counter position passed away after having a heart attack while out golfing.  My thoughts and prayers go out to him and his family.  Bud was a kind and genuine man.  I never heard him say anything negative about anyone and in fact most of the things he said were thoughtful and wise.  He will be remembered fondly.

 

 

Hello and good golfing to everyone out there.  It was a beautiful weather weekend.  And of course it was hot.

The Saturday Scramble went out in all of its glory and splendor.

Flight A

1st Place – Jim, Stuart, Kevin, Ed, & Charlie -12

2nd Place – Tom, Clem, John, & Steve -11

3rd Place – Jim, Steve, Vincent, & Bill -10

Flight B

1st Place – Matt, Johnny, John, Tony, & Mike -10

2nd Place – Grey, Al, Chris, Marc, & Al A

 

The Closest to the Pin was John Carroll on #7

Winners have club credit added to their respective accounts and John has a dozen balls behind the counter waiting for him.

The Sunday 2-Person Scramble had its first run of the summer and it was quite the turn out.  48 people turned out and we took up the entire front 9.  As such pot was $144.00.  Mike talks about how we are not playing for $1,200,000.00, but it seems like it is getting close.  First Place team gets 50%.  2nd Place gets 30%.  3rd place gets guess how much? Closest to the pin was on #16 and the winner gets a dozen balls this week.  Team Mike / Tyson does not put money in the pot so we are ineligible, we play strictly for the glory…. or the shame.  TomatO, TomAto I guess.

Before I announce the winners let’s give a shout out to two eagles made.

GO LINDA HOSKIN for eagle-ing #7 ALL BY HERSELF!!

And CHEERS to JEFF TAMLYN for eagle-ing #9.

1st Place Charlie Purkiser and Toni Cothran -7 Each of you has $36 in club credit added to your accounts.

2nd Place John Harrington and Mark Nelson -6 Each of you won $21.60.

3rd Place Matt Easterman and Dave Lent -4 Each of you won $14.40

Thank you to everyone who came out.  You all helped make a great event.  Mike and myself are looking forward to a long, hot, summer of golf.

 

May your golf ball find firm fairways, gentle greens, and may it rest gently at the bottom of the cup after just one putt.

 

Until next week,

Tyson

By Keely Levins
When you’re practicing your short game, are you just dropping a bunch of balls and hitting the same chip, with the same club, over and over? Be honest—a lot of people do it. But what it leads to on-course is you just grabbing that trusty club and trying to make it work for whatever shot you may have. Golf Digest’s Chief Digital Instructor Michael Breed says it’s not the right tactic. “Limiting yourself to one technique around the greens won’t lead you to success,” says Breed.
Instead, put your focus on evaluating the situation at hand. Ask yourself a few basic questions: How far do I want the ball to fly? How far do I want the ball to run out? How fast is the green?
If you have a ways to hit it and a lot of green to work with, Breed says to grab a mid-iron, like your 7-iron. Use a smaller swing and let the ball come out low and run. This type of shot will lead to a lot more success than grabbing that 56-degree wedge you love so much, taking a half-swing at it and trying to get it to fly and stop near the hole.
If there isn’t much between you and the green, you’re going to need to hit a shot that goes higher than the bump-and-run, and that lands softly. Breed has a few moves that make this scary shot easy: First, open the clubface — it’ll get you more loft and launch the ball with more trajectory. Next, stand farther away from the ball than you usually would. This will help you get it up in the air. And finally, as you come into impact, the handle swings through staying close to your lead thigh as the clubhead whizzes by and hits the ball.
These tips are just a small part of a larger video series hosted by Breed called Michael Breed’s Playbook which you can access here. There are three lessons in the series, covering how you should practice your driving, your short game, and putting so that when you’re on the course, you’re ready to find the fairway, knock it close and make the putt.
Source: Golf Digest
By Keely Levins
Learn how to turn back, not sway.
Let’s talk about hip turn. James Kinney, one of our Golf Digest Best Young Teachers and Director of Instruction at GolfTec Omaha, says that from the data GolfTec has collected, they’ve found lower handicap golfers have a more centered lower body at the top of the swing. Meaning, they don’t sway.
If you’re swaying off the ball, you’re moving yourself off of your starting position. The low point of your swing moves back when you sway back, so you’re going to have to shift forward to get your club to bottom out where the ball is. That takes a lot of timing, and is going to end up producing some ugly shots.
So, instead, Kinney says you should turn.
“When turning your hips, you are able to stay more centered over the golf ball in your backswing and the low point of your swing stays in the proper position, resulting in consistent contact.”
To practice turning, Kinney says to set up in a doorway. Have your back foot against the doorframe. When you make your lower body move back, your hip will hit the door fame if you’re swaying. If you’re turning, your hips are safe from hitting the frame.
Remember that feeling of turning when you’re on the course and your ball striking is going to get a whole lot more consistent.
Source: Golf Digest

The Rules of Golf are tricky! Thankfully, we’ve got the guru. Our Rules Guy knows the book front to back. Got a question? He’s got all the answers.

On a short par 3 over water, the tee box was placed with an overhanging tree on the line to the pin. I moved the left tee marker a few feet so that the tee shot could be hit without obstruction. This was done before everyone teed off — in fact, my opponent played first and I hit second. What is the correct penalty? This has sparked a huge debate in my men’s league. —JASON WRIGHT, VIA E-MAIL

If you notice that tee markers are poorly placed, are you allowed to adjust their position before play begins? Our expert has the answer.

Jason, the fact that you ask what the penalty is — rather than if there’s a penalty — suggests you know you’ve done wrong … and you have. (Admitting that you have a problem, however, is the first step toward recovery of your honor.)

Tee markers are fixed — yes, even poorly positioned ones. Under Rule 8.1a, if you move one to gain a potential advantage by improving the conditions affecting the stroke, you must take the general penalty, which is two strokes in stroke play or loss of hole in match play. (Other players could likewise be subject to penalty if they knowingly took advantage of your maneuver.)

Source: Golf.com

When Bobby Jones won the Grand Slam — all four major tournaments in a calendar year — it included the U.S. Open, the Open Championship, The U.S. Amateur, and the British Amateur. Today the first major of the year is Jones’ own tournament, The Masters. Hosted on the course he built, Augusta National, it has become an annual American sporting tradition that transcends golf. But The Masters wasn’t always iconic, it wasn’t even always called The Masters, and it almost failed a number of times. We caught up with golf historian and Bobby Jones biographer Sidney Matthew to find out how Augusta National and The Masters went from a bankrupt passion project to a seminal part of our sporting identity.

Why did Bobby Jones build Augusta National?

Because he was tired of playing in front of crowds. He wanted a sanctuary, and he always, from early in his career, had the ambition of building the world’s greatest inland golf course.

What would make the ideal golf course in his mind?

Well, it evolved over time. As he played around the world, he collected knowledge about all of the famous golf courses. He borrowed from these golf courses, the very best features. And of course he studied golf course architecture. He wrote about it. He discoursed on it. He talked to his pals who were golf course architects, and he believed that you never really mastered golf until you try to figure out what the architect had in mind when he built the golf course. That way you would be able to play the golf course correctly, the way it was intended by the architect.

What were the world class courses Jones borrowed from?

Late in his life, Jones said, If I were to be sentenced to play on one golf course for the rest of my life, it would be the Old Course at Saint Andrews. And the reason for that is the essence of golf is adventure, and the key to adventure is variety. A golf course that provides the most adventure and the most variety provides the most enjoyment because it presents a different challenge every time you play it. The ultimate golf course would never play the same way twice two days in a row because of weather, because of conditions, because of the playing partners. Because of the way that the course may be set up with flag positions, and just the seasons, and the way the grass grows. But with Saint Andrews, it provides the most variety of any golf course that Jones had ever seen.

Jones didn’t design Augusta National alone. Why did he take on a design partner?

He chose Alister MacKenzie because MacKenzie was a kindred spirit in this notion that the Old Course is the best golf course in the world. And MacKenzie understood it, the Royal and Ancient hired him in 1921 to do a line drawing and the first competent survey of the golf course that had been done. MacKenzie was in the Boer War early on and studied the art of camouflage. He could see that the Boers were digging trenches and building embankments to hide their guns. So you’d move your troops in thinking that you were out of range and they’d blow you to bits. So he copied some of those features of camouflage in some of his golf courses. He would put a bunker 30 yards from the green but trick you into believing it was the green side.

Sort of an optical illusion to play with the mind?

Yeah. You see that today, and of course you know. MacKenzie said when you play a golf course, you should envision yourself on the forecastle of a ship than on the heavy sea. And when you’re looking at the front of the ship, you see the waves crashing at you. You see the breakers, white caps. Those are bunkers. But when you look back behind the ship, you see the rolling sea and you see no white cap. It’s all green. And when you’re on a MacKenzie course, you can see that today.

What was MacKenzie’s more general design philosophy?

MacKenzie believed that many of the broad roads will lead to destruction, narrow is the way that leads to salvation. You should build a golf course with as much variety and as many options as possible. The USGA sets up an Open golf course that you’ve got to be a marching soldier right down the middle. You’ve got to hit your drive right straight down the middle, you’ve got to hit your shot straight on the green, and you’ve got one putt or two putt. If you stray to the right or stray to the left, it’s going to cost you a shot because you’re in rough up to your ankle and will break your wrist. What that does is make a very mechanical, unimaginative golfer, because straight, straight, straight, that’s all you do. MacKenzie spawned the strategic school of golf course architecture. The penal school of architecture was old-testament thinking — if you sin, you should be punished, and there is no forgiveness, there is no redemption. That’s the way it is. The strategic school of golf course architecture said wait a second. Let’s flatten some of these bunkers out, so with a heroic shot, you should be able to redeem yourself. But it’s got to be a heroic shot. So they at least give you a chance for forgiveness and it followed the reformation. It had a religious overtone to it. So a golf course provides the most enjoyment for the highest-skill player or the lowest duffer. And that’s the variety of the adventure. That’s beautiful.

You described Jones’ reason for building Augusta National, as he wanted a sanctuary away from the crowds. Then why create this tournament?

Everyone said that Bob Jones was insane for building a golf course during the Depression. Golf courses were folding, and Augusta folded twice. The fact is that he seized on the opportunity because of the piece of ground. Jones saw the piece of property and said, That’s it. We’re going to build my dream course on this piece of property. He said it looked like this land was lying there for years waiting for a golf course to be laid on it.

But (after building it) they folded a couple of times. So (the partners) decided, Let’s see if we can hold an invitation tournament and then invite all of Bob’s pals. Surely they’ll come. And Grantland Rice said, Well, I’ll help you out. All of the sports writers go down to the [Florida] Grapefruit League [for] baseball in the winter in Florida, and I’ll tell them to come back to Augusta and report on the tournament and maybe we can bring the gate up. They also told the British press, if you guys can make it to New York, we’ll put you on a train, put you up at the Bon Air Vanderbilt, and that’s how they got the British Press to come. Of course anybody who was anybody wanted to come play at Bob Jones’ first invitational tournament. Because Bob was a national and international hero. And so everybody showed up and the gate didn’t come in. So Alfred Severin Bourne had to reach into his pocket and come up with the $5,000 purse. Then in the second year, Gene Sarazen hits the shot heard round the world on 15 and makes, and all the sports writers go crazy, and so everyone wanted to go to the next tournament in ’36 to find out what in the world’s going on in Augusta. And that’s really what kicked it off. Jones initially thought it was somewhat immodest to call it the Masters, but in 1938, Jones said, I think that it has earned the right to be called the Masters, because it continues to assemble those who are entitled to call themselves the masters of the game.

In 1894 when the USGA was formed by the top half dozen golf clubs, amateur golf was on page one of the sports page. In Plato’s Republic the amateur athlete was the hero who was emulated by the populous. And that was true at the turn of the century. They did not have professional golf at that time. They had exhibitions. Walter Hagen was the first guy to make a living as a professional golfer in the late ‘20s.

And this is because it was viewed as being sort of undignified?

Well it was. Golfers were associated with caddies. They were not educated. They didn’t dress well. They were shagging the member’s wives. They were not allowed in the club houses. It was not looked upon as an honorable profession, and mainly because it was associated with gambling and drinking. One of the reasons Bob Jones retired in 1930 was he had more ambition than to be a professional golfer and he hated to travel. It was the horse-and-buggy era. They traveled by ship, they didn’t have private citation jets yet. It was horrible. And the biggest purses were a few thousand dollars, so, you might make a few hundred dollars. Jones had a profession. In 1928 he’s working as a lawyer for Coca-Cola, and all of the big companies wanted him as their lawyer so they could play golf with him.

So when the Masters first started, it was more of a social outing with Bob Jones to rub shoulders with Jones and all of his pals rather than a money-making thing. And it wasn’t until the later years that it became a major because of the publicity that it got, and because of the uniqueness of the golf course — a golf course unlike any other. And it continued to assemble those who were entitled to be called “the masters of the game.” Anybody who was anybody wanted to win Bob Jones’ tournament, the same way that [later] they wanted to win Arnold Palmer’s tournament. You always want to win the King’s tournament.

So I suppose we could say that the Depression sort of leveled the playing field in terms of the perspective people had on professional golfers. 

It did. Everybody had to be scrappy. Hagan was the paradigm. But Neilson, Snead, and Hogan, that triumvirate really kind of launched it. I mean, Snead goes over to Saint Andrews and he wins it in ’37, first time he ever saw it! Hogan goes over to Carnoustie in ’53, and he’s on his way, he’s won three, he’s on his way to win the grand slam, right? That he couldn’t make it back to play in the PGA was his problem. But he won Carnoustie the first time he ever saw it. So these guys became international superstars as professionals.

Later on The Masters becomes iconic — it transcends golf. It becomes an iconic sporting event. How did it become so popular?

Well, yes, the popularity became universal. People who did not play golf found that they enjoyed watching it on TV. Remember, golf was a rich man’s sport. In Great Britain, it’s a poor man’s sport. You know, it’s a common town, and everybody in town belongs to the golf course. And you don’t have to be rich to play it, the courses were public. Here they’re private, so only the rich guys could play it. But you didn’t have to play it, you could watch it, and it became extremely popular because it had this swash-buckling Errol Flynn–type character, Arnold Palmer, making these heroic displays of athleticism and looking fabulous.

But The Masters also became a singular tournament because Bob Jones and Cliff Roberts made it gentile. They made it fun for the spectators, and they raised the level of sportsmanship. In the ’60s when Jack Nicholas was overhauling Arnold, some spectators shouted out, “Miss it! Fat Jack.” Jones heard that, and he was terribly distressed. So he sat down, put pen to paper and he wrote out some suggestions for the spectators. They still hand it out today. It says, that, in the game of golf, etiquette and decorum are almost as important as the rules governing play. Most distressing are those rare occasions upon which a spectator will applaud or cheer misplays or misfortunes of a player. Although these occurrences are extremely rare, we must completely eliminate them if our patrons are going to deserve their reputation of being the most knowledgeable and considerate in the world. Now, that is a pretty high standard. But guess what? You don’t see anybody acting out. The patrons of the Masters are the most considerate and knowledgeable in the world.

Source: Men’s Journal

BY DAVE PELZ
One of the things that separates Tour players from the rest of us is that the former are intimately familiar with their games. They know how different shots will unfold regardless of where the ball is sitting, especially around the green (where difficult lies abound). Not surprisingly, that’s where weekend players tend to cough up strokes.
There are four parts to every short-game shot. Failing in any area will almost surely lead to a poor result.
They are:
1. Judging the lie.
2. Selecting a club.
3. Predicting how the ball will react when it lands.
4. Executing the swing.
This article addresses the first — and perhaps the most important — part of the shot equation. If you can’t pull off good shots from bad lies, you’ll never reach your scoring goals.
In my opinion, the only way to develop this skill is through experience. Pros have the advantage of unlimited practice time, but you can begin to catch up with a simple three-shot experiment that I use in my schools. Its entire purpose is to open your eyes to the various backspin outcomes that can be created by the type of lie you’re facing.
For this “Backspin vs. Lie” experiment, you’ll need your lob wedge, a tee and three balls. Select a 20- to 30-yard shot around a green that forces you to carry a bunker but that provides plenty of room between the apron and the pin. Drop one ball into the rough, another into a normal fairway lie, and tee up the third so it’s about a half-inch above the grass. The goal is to land all three shots in the same place on the green, about a third of the way from the edge to the flagstick. (Repeat any shot that misses the landing spot.)
Once you’re successful from all three lies, check the results, which should look something like what’s pictured in the photo at right. What you’ll notice is that the shot from the rough rolled out the farthest — the mass of grass that wedged its way between the ball and the clubface at impact killed most of the backspin. The shot from the fairway stopped short of the first, even though it landed in the same spot. That’s because you generated much more backspin due to the cleaner lie. And for the teed-up third ball, which had zero grass on the clubface to interfere with contact, you created max backspin and stopped the ball almost immediately after it hit the green.
Of course, you never get to tee up your wedge shots, but that’s not the point. What this exercise teaches is how lie effects spin, and that controlling spin is the trick to hitting short shots close. It’s an invaluable lesson. Try it from different distances using different wedges. The experience will turn you into a cagey vet in no time.
Source: Golf.com