Uneven Lies: Playing golf around the courses of West Virginia means you will encounter more than your share of uneven lies. The trick to hitting the successful shot when the ball is above or below your feet is to get lower in your knees, and squat a little bit more. You should avoid the temptation of tilting forward more with your hips, as that will only throw you off-balance.
If the ball is below your feet, aim to the left of the target, as the ball will tend to fly with the slope of the fairway. If the ball is above your feet, aim to the right of the target to allow for that flight tendency.
It is important that you keep your swing under control and don't try to swing too hard.
The Inter-Mountain photo by John Wickline
The signature hole of the Valley View Golf Course in Moorefield is a par-3 hole that plays anywhere from 110 to 129 yards.
The team of Linda and Eric Smith, Glen Patsy and Calvin Dearborn won the weekly Wednesday Night Scrambler at the Canaan Valley Resort. Dearborn won the closest to the pin contest on No. 6 with a shot that landed just 6 feet, 10 inches from the cup.
More than $4,000 was raised for the Children's Miracle Network and WVU Hospital at the Wal-Mart CMN Tournament at the Riverbend Golf Course.
The team of Steve Hollen, Joe Dean, Craig Hriblan and Tony Louk combined to fire a 56 to win first place at the event.
The team of Tom Richards, Lindy Bennett, Jeff West and Mike Perkins finished second, followed by the team of Greg Cutright, Pat Boyle, Kelsey Boyle and Ryan Boyle and the team of Jimmy Radcliff, Jeff Marshall, Ben Marshall and Scott Marshall.
Kelsey Boyle won the award for the longest drive, and Craig Hriblan took home the closest to the pin honors.
The team of Ryan Michael, Glenn Patsy, Jim Hurst and Murray Dearborn won the Wednesday Night Scrambler at the Canaan Valley Resort. The team of Ethan Slaubaugh, Chris Lambruno, Bill Smith and Hallie Hurst finished second. Michael took the closest to the pin honors on No. 6, while Michael Noland knocked the closest shot to the pin on No. 4.
The Canaan Valley Resort will be hosting an 18-hole Red, White and Blue Scramble at 1 p.m., July 4. The cost of entry is $45 per golfer. Teams will be drawn based on the number of players.
Call 304-866-4121, ext. 2632 by 12:45 p.m. on the day of the event to reserve a spot.
The Canaan Valley Resort holds a weekly Wednesday Night Scrambler, a 9-hole mixed event that changes its format each week. Players should register at the clubhouse by 4:45 p.m., after which teams will be selected.
The event begins at 5 p.m., and the cost is $22 per person.
The Buckhannon-Upshur High School football and boys' basketball teams will hold the 2012 Buccaneer Golf Classic at 8:30 a.m., July 21 at the Bel Meadow Golf Club in Mount Clare. The cost is $60 per person or $240 per team, which includes lunch.
Awards will be given to the top three teams, along with those for closest to the pin, longest drive, straightest drive and longest putt.
For more information or to register, call 304-439-5584 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Christian Golfers Association of Northcentral West Virginia will host the following outings in July: July 12 at Sunny Croft Country Club; July 19 at Riverbend Golf Course; July 23 at the Buckhannon Country Club; and July 28 at the Stonewall Resort.
For more information on being a part of these events, call 304-472-4047.
The signature hole of the Valley View Golf Course in Moorefield is the par-3, third hole. Playing from 110-129 yards, the hole is not just a chip shot to the green. The hole runs downhill to a water hazard.
But just clearing the water doesn't mean your out of the woods. A gravel uphill slope which ends in brick landscaping sets just in front of the green.
To make the shot even tougher, a sand trap runs along almost the entire right side of the green.
There are two kinds of bounces on a golf course - unfair bounces, and the just the way you meant to play it bounce.