If anyone has played in Daniels, W.Va., the home of Glade Springs Resort, they know how big the greens are. Hitting the greens is just half the battle; avoiding a three-putt is another challenge. When making long putts, think about making solid contact with the ball If you focus on making solid contact, you'll put yourself in position to two-putt most of the time.
When you are practicing, use the tried and true drill of rolling putts into a three-foot circle. You can build the circle by using tees around the hole. I do not worry if the putts are short, long, left or right, just as long as the balls stays within the circle. Your feel will develop for putting as you practice the different distances. Start from 20 feet and increase to 40 feet, and then pyramid back down to 20 feet. You will be amazed at how your touch and feel for putting improves.
- Doug Comer is the Director of Golf at the Clarksburg Country Club and the men's and women's golf coach at Fairmont State University.
The seventh annual Davis Health System Foundation Golf Tournament will be held at 8:30 a.m., Aug. 2 at the Stonewall Resort. The entry fee of $100 per golfer includes green fees, cart, lunch, balls and tees. Call 304-630-3043 for more information.
Canaan Valley Resort hosts its weekly Wednesday Night Scrambles, a nine-hole, mixed golf event. Register at the pro shop by 4:45. The format varies each week. Entry fee is $22 per person. For more information, call 304-866-4121, extension 92632.
The Christian Golfers Association of North Central West Virginia will hold outings at 5 p.m, July 25 at Riverbend and at 2 p.m., July 28 at Stonewall Resort.
The St. Joseph's Foundation will host its 15th annual Charity Golf Tournament at 9 a.m., Aug. 1 at the Raven Golf Club at Snowshoe. For more information or to register, contact Patricia Lake at 304-473-6819.
The Christian Golfers Association of North Central West Virginia held an outing at the Stonewall Resort. Combining to shoot a round of 70 was the team of Charlie Straley, Larry Ransinger, Ken Riffle and George Butcher. Turning in cards of 71 was the team of Stephen Johnson, Ken Lipscomb, Charlie Hayhurst and Zac Hayhurst and team of Phil Austin, Ezra Richards, Mike Hinkle and Natalie Hinkle. The team of Dwayne Brown, Keith Brown and Bob Kritchbaum shot a 73.
Hole of the Week
The No. 8 hole at the Barbour Country Club is the course's signature hole. A downhill, par-3, the hole plays between 149 yards and 185 yards. The elevated tee allows the golfer to take a shorter club than would normally be picked from that distance, and the green is surrounded by trees.
Universal Golf Law
The person you would most hate to lose to will always be the one who beats you.