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Fried Egg Lie Forces You to Scramble: Those who watched any amount of the British Open this past weekend knows the difficulty many of the golfers had escaping the sand traps. This week, we will discuss one way of dealing with sand traps, should your shot find itself in a bunker.
The first problem is getting the ball out, and the second and bigger problem is getting the ball to stop on the green.
The Inter-Mountain photo by John Wickline
The par-3, No. 13 at Tygart Lake Golf Course plays a between 220-225 yards.
The "fried egg" lie, one in which the the ball digs into the sand and sets like your breakfast egg on top, creates a problem in that because it is buried, there is no way to create spin, and spin typically helps to stop the ball. So with no way to spin the golf ball, we will have to make it float out of the bunker. One of the best ways to do that is with a "recoil shot." You set up in the sand as you normally would to hit out of it, but instead of following through, you bring the club back right away.
What that does is to deaden the golf ball so that it has a chance to stop on the green.
The team of Houston Schuler, Glenn Patsy, Fritz Corey and Murray Dearborn took top honors in the weekly Wednesday Night Scrambler at Canaan Valley Resort. Winning closest to the pin awards on No. 4 was Linda Smith, and on No. 6, Hallie Hurst.
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.
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 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 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.
Stonewall Resort will host the annual Make A Wish tournament on Monday, Aug. 6. The event begins with an 11:30 a.m. lunch, and golfers will tee off at 1 p.m. For more information, call 304-269-8823.
The Mountain State Forest Festival "Magic in the Mountains" golf tournament will be held on Saturday, Sept. 8 at the Elks Country Club.
Registration will start at 9 a.m. with a shotgun start at 10 a.m.
The tourney is a four-man scramble and is $55 per person. Lunch is included.
Several prizes will be awarded including a Chevrolet sponsored by Perormance Motors.
For more information contact the Elks Pro Shop at 636-9704.
Hole of the Week
The par-3, No. 13 at Tygart Lake Golf Course plays between 220-225 yards. Being a bit short of the green is one of the more safer misses on the No. 13 hole, as being left can put you in the sand and being right or long puts you in the high brush.
A "gimme" can best be defined as an agreement between two golfers, neither of whom can putt very well.