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Tee Time

Mike Rogers’ Tee Time Tips

July 10, 2012
The Inter-Mountain

Over the past few weeks I have written about chipping and putting several times. Today I continue that theme because that is where you save your shots.

When I took over as the golf coach for the West Virginia Wesleyan Lady Bobcat Golf Team, I knew that the only way the team members were going to truly lower their scores and become competitive in the WVIAC would be to improve their games from 50 yards and less.

For the first week all we worked on was shots from that distance, and over the course of the season, we lowered our team scoring average by 43.73 shots PER ROUND.

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Hole of the Week
The par-3, 16th at Canaan Valley Resort plays anywhere from 142-233 yards. It features flat terrain between the tee box and the large, tiered green. The green, which slopes from left to right, is protected in front by a creek and to the right by a grove of trees. A large sand trap sets behind the green for those using too much club.

That's right43.73 shots per round, which works out to 10.93 shots per player for a round of golf, all practicing primarily on shots of 50 or less for the season.

With that said, you, too, can lower your scores by working on the short game. But you have to practice properly.

When you get set up to the ball, you will most likely set up with an open stance to allow you to clear your left hip (right for you left-handed golfers).

From there, however, you have to swing straight down your target line, NOT along your shoulder angle. A lot of players want to swing along the shoulder angle, and they either hit the ball to the left of the target or they cut across the ball and slice it to the right of the target. To solve this problem in lessons, I use alignment rods to get the shot path correct.

Remember, practice your short game, and you can and will begin to see your golf scores become lower. While I won't guarantee that you will drop almost 11 shots per round like the 2010-11 West Virginia Wesleyan College Lady Bobcat Golf Team, you will see improvement and more enjoyment in your game.

Tournament Results

The team of Marcus Miller, Mel Booker and Milan Nypl won the Red, White and Blue Scramble on July 4 at the Canaan Valley Resort. Taking second place was the team of Steve Putnam, Glenn Patsy and Harley Holte. The team of Calvin Dearborn, Brady Moore and John Cooper finished third.

Upcoming Tournaments

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 bpgaudet@yahoo.com

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 14th annual St. Joseph's Foundation Charity Golf Tournament will be held Aug. 2 at Snowshoe Mountain's Raven Golf Club. Registration is at 9 a.m., and a shotgun start will be at 10 a.m. For more information, call 304-473-6819.

Hole of the Week

The par-3, 16th at Canaan Valley Resort plays anywhere from 142-233 yards. It features flat terrain between the tee box and the large, tiered green. The green, which slopes from left to right, is protected in front by a creek and to the right by a grove of trees. A large sand trap sets behind the green for those using too much club.

Parting Shots

The only time your ball ever bites is when it lands 30 feet short.

 
 

 

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