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Local Associations & 2018 Tournaments Idaho Golf Association (IGA) 2018 Championship Schedule IGA Four-Ball State Championship May 19-20, 2018 Idaho Memorial Day Match Play Championships May 26-28, 2018 Idaho Modified Mixed Alternate Shot June 2, 2018 Idaho State Amateur Championship June 22-24, 2018 Idaho Women’s State Amateur Championship July 19-21, 2018 Idaho Junior Amateur Championships August 7-9, 2018 Idaho Mid-Amateur Championships August 10-12, 2018 Idaho Senior Amateur Championships Sept. 13-15, 2018 Idaho Tournament of Champions October 13-14, 2018

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Washington State Golf Association (WSGA) 2018 Championship Schedule WSGA WSGA WSGA WSGA WSGA WSGA WSGA WSGA WSGA WSGA WSGA WSGA WSGA WSGA WSGA WSGA

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Golf lingo MetroCreative

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nderstanding the terminology is key to becoming a full-fledged golf fanatic. While golf lingo is extensive, here is a sampling of some of the more popular terms to get novices started, courtesy of the PGA. Approach: A shot hit towards the green.

Downswing: The swing forward from the top of the backswing. Eagle: A score of two under par on a hole. Golf range: A facility where people can practice golf swings. Hole: A round receptacle on the green that the ball is aimed into.

Attack: The relative angle at which the clubhead approaches the ball at impact.

Lie: As it relates to the golf ball, the position when it has come to rest.

Birdie: A score of one under par on a hole. Bogey: A score of one over par on a hole.

Links: Specific term for a course built on linksland, which is land reclaimed from the ocean.

Bunker: A hallow comprised of sand or grass that serves as an obstacle.

Mulligan: An extra shot taken on a poor first shot.

Carry: The distance a ball will fly in the air.

Putt: A shot on the green.

Chip: A short approach with a low trajectory.

Stance: The position of the feet.

Chunk: A poor shot caused by hitting the turf. Divot: The turf displaced when the club strikes the ball.

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below 18. The United States Golf Teachers Federation defines handicap as “a measure of a player’s current ability over an entire round of golf, signified by a number. The lower the number, the better the golfer is.â€? ¡ The word “caddyâ€? comes from “cadet,â€? the French word for “student.â€? ¡ A regulation golf ball contains 336 dimples.

¡ In 1889, Ab Smith inadvertently coined the phrase “birdie,â€? when he hit a shot he defined as a “bird of a shot.â€? ¡ Making a hole-in-one during a round of golf is quite a challenge. However, the odds of making two are incredibly low, at one in 64 million. ¡ Only around 20 percent of golfers have a handicap

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Hausmann brings sharp golf game from Germany to UI

By Jim Meehan of The Spokesman-Review

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the third 65 of her UI career, including one en route to winning the 2016 Big Sky Tournament title.

How exactly did German native Sophie Hausmann end up playing golf — really good golf — for the University of Idaho women’s team?

Her latest masterpiece included a rarity, back-toback eagles. She dropped a 30-footer for eagle on the par-5 13th and followed it up by holing a 94-yard approach on the par-4 14th. “Apparently, it hit the flag and dropped down,” Hausmann said. “A girl I played with, her parents were screaming.”

Coach Lisa Johnson had committed to recruiting Europe several years ago, but she wasn’t able to watch Hausmann play on the trip. She received an email about Hausmann and found that her scores compared favorably with her European peers. That led to several conversations, which led to the clincher for both coach and player. “She had strong fundamentals,” Johnson said, “but mainly I just enjoyed talking to her. She’s very pleasant, enjoyable.” Hausmann, a skier, liked the idea of four seasons of weather and being on a campus where she could bike everywhere. The scholarship was a huge plus, too, but there was something else. “When Lisa was recruiting me, I liked her as a coach,” the junior said. “If you’re going to go to the U.S. and play, you want to be coached by someone you like.” It’s worked out beyond well for Hausmann, Johnson and the Vandals, who recently collected their second Big Sky Conference championship in three years. Hausmann led the way with a Big Sky Tournament record 10-under-par 206. She was followed by teammate Michelle Kim, who finished at 6 under and became the first player in tournament history to shoot under par in all three rounds. Idaho earned the 15th seed at the 18-team Madison (Wisconsin) Regional. The top six teams will advance to the national tournament. The top three individuals not on qualifying teams also move on to nationals. Hausmann fired a second-round 65 to take control at Boulder Creek Golf Club in Boulder City, Nev. It was

Hausmann has plenty of game — length off the tee, precise ball-striking, short-game touch — but she’s made marked improvement with her putting and her mental approach. She’s learned to “better manage her emotions and expectations” from working with Idaho’s sports psychologist, Johnson said. Hausmann wasn’t satisfied with her putting and adjusting to U.S. greens didn’t help the situation. So, she sought help. “I thought, email Bernhard Langer,” Hausmann said of Germany’s legendary golfer. “I’ll give it a try and he actually replied in a week. He talked with Eric Kaplan (Langer’s coach). I got in contact with (Kaplan) and he asked me, ‘What time works for you to come?’ ” Hausmann visited Kaplan in Florida last May and he suggested a different approach and set-up. They stay in touch via video lessons. “It gave me confidence because I saw putts going in,” Hausmann said. Hausmann already has stamped her name among the best players in school history. Her career scoring average (73.26) is second behind Kayla Mortellaro’s 72.80. Her four tournament victories rate third behind Mortellaro, who had a short stint on the LPGA before she was sidelined by injuries, and Renee Skidmore. “Sophie and Kayla are phenomenal ball-strikers, but


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Sophie hits it farther than Kayla,” said Johnson, who has seen nearly all of Idaho’s top players as head or assistant coach. “Sophie has so much world experience playing in big events in Europe and with the German national team. When it comes time for her to turn pro, she’ll have a lot of experience under her belt.” More experience is on the horizon for Hausmann and the Vandals, who leave Saturday for Madison, practice Sunday and tee it up in the first round Monday. Idaho will be long shots, but perhaps not as long as a 15 seed would suggest. Hausmann and Kim often post low numbers. Valeria Patino, Laura Gerner and Kendall Gray combined for nine rounds in the 70s, most in the mid-70s, at the Big Sky Tournament with Patino posting a 72. “It’ll be a pretty fun week,” Hausmann said. “We’re definitely not the favorites, but always an underdog can make it. We just have to have three days of solid team scores.”

(Bryson Lester / Courtesy of University of Idaho athletics) Idaho junior Sophie Hausmann recently captured her second Big Sky Conference Tournament championship.


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Scott Fowler: Tiger Woods just wanted ‘to walk without pain’

By Scott Fowler of The Charlotte Observer

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ou don’t “work” golf. You play golf. At its core for most people, golf is a good excuse to hang out in the sunshine with your friends — or a good walk spoiled, depending on how you’re hitting it that day. The thing with Tiger Woods, though, no matter how well he was hitting it in all those vintage Tiger years, was he rarely seemed to be having much fun. Tiger would stare right through galleries of fans aching for any sort of interaction with him like they were a forest of troublesome pine trees — just more obstacles in the way of the mission. The only regular eye contact Tiger supplied back

then was to his golf ball. He would pump a fist and scream in celebration occasionally after rolling in a long putt, sure, but the 1,000-watt smile he flashed in all those commercials was rarely apparent on the course. That was then and this is now — Tiger Woods is 42 years old. He long ago fell from the ranks of superhuman athletes into the “very human and very flawed” category. He has survived multiple scandals, multiple back surgeries and multiple times that he thought maybe he was going to have to leave the game for good. Tiger is now ranked 93rd in the world — and still smiling due to a second chance to play the game he

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still loves. “I am very thankful,� Woods said. “There was a long period of time when I didn’t think I would ever play golf again. I was just hoping I could walk without pain. And now I’m out here playing against these guys.� In any tournament, even if he doesn’t finish near the leaders, Tiger is still a lock to move the proverbial needle.

will cure the inconsistency he had with those clubs at the Masters.

Tiger’s body is different than it used to be, of course. All those back surgeries means he can’t uncork his swing with the raw power that he once had. “I certainly can’t lift the weights I used to,� Woods said. “I can’t run the way I used to. There’s a lot of things I wish I could do, but I can’t.� He sounded like a lot of 42-year-olds at that moment, wishing for the way he used to be at 22.

At one point during a recent pro-am, as Woods approached his ball on the fairway, a male fan yelled: “I love you, Tiger!�

And yet he still is Tiger Woods, bemoaning the 115 mph golf swing he was taking several years ago as “slow motion� and talking in technical terms about the groove configurations in the new irons that he hopes

Once popular with the gallery because of his utter dominance at a youthful age and really not much else, Woods now is cheered for a variety of reasons. Some of it is undoubtedly a sympathetic reaction. But it also seems to stem a bit from Woods trying to be a better man.

The old Woods had heard this sort of thing many hundreds of times. And even in a pro-am, when the scores don’t count, odds are that he would have either ignored it or, at best, given a curt nod in that direction. This time, though, Woods looked the fan’s way and paused. “Awwwww,� Tiger said with a big grin. “I love you, too.�

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Payne’s influence on American sports is undeniable

By Paul Newberry of the Associated Press

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illy Payne is pondering the next chapter in his life.

No, it won’t be anything close to organizing an Olympics. Or guiding one of the world’s most famous golf tournaments. “It could be as simple as going fishing every day,” the 70-year-old Payne said with a chuckle. Not to worry. While his name doesn’t roll off the tongue of the average fan, nothing more is needed to assure that William Porter Payne will go down as one of the most influential people in modern American sports. He almost single-handedly pulled off an upset that ranks right up there with Buster Douglas knocking out Mike Tyson. Even now, more than two decades later, it seems almost surreal that Payne persuaded the International Olympic Committee to give the 100th anniversary edition of its Summer Games to Atlanta , a city with no discernible character outside of Coca-Cola, Waffle House and the eternal gridlock of its freeways. Not far behind on the improbability scale: As head of Augusta National Golf Club, Payne finally dragged the home of the Masters into the 21st century by opening the doors to female members. Love him, hate him or wonder who we’re talking about here, there’s no denying those are quite a pair of achievements to have on a resume. “He was great about taking on challenges and putting himself in a leadership role and then being able to learn as he went,” said Vince Dooley, who was Payne’s coach when he played college football at the University of Georgia in the late 1960s. “It’s an inspiration of courage to do what he’s been able to do.” Payne was back at his alma mater on Monday, feted by a host of luminaries during a ceremony to name the school’s new indoor athletic facility in honor of him and his late father, Porter Otis Payne, who also played football for the Bulldogs shortly after World War II.

Six-time Masters winner Jack Nicklaus was there. So was former Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young, a key ally in Payne’s quixotic quest for the 1996 Olympics. In some ways, the night was like a life coming full circle. Dooley, after all, was one of the first people to hear of Payne’s preposterous notion to bring the Olympics to Atlanta. “I’ll never forget it because he stuttered around it a little bit and then finally I said, ‘What is on your mind?’” Dooley recalled. “He said, ‘Coach, I have saved enough money. I am going to bring the Olympics to Atlanta, Georgia.’ And I’m thinking at the time, ‘Atlanta, Georgia? Who knew where Atlanta was, internationally, at the time?’” Once he landed the games, against all odds, Payne was ridiculed for the way he pulled it off. Some of the criticism was deserved. Some of it, not so much. Payne’s biggest regret will always be the tragic bombing that rocked Centennial Olympic Park midway through the games. There were well-documented issues with transportation, which he’ll (sort of) acknowledge. And he’ll always have to answer for Izzy, the ridiculous, computer-generated mascot . But Payne will never go along with those detractors who say his Olympics were an over-commercialized, downright tacky spectacle, more comparable to a county fair than one of the world’s greatest sporting events. “The criticism of the games was very superficial,” he says, as feisty now as he was 22 years ago. “A couple of transportation issues. The other ones were not even substantive. When you have the audacity to undertake something that big, criticism is a part of it. There’s never been an Olympic games that didn’t have similar criticism. It had no lasting effect on me at all.” Whether or not his detractors have a point, this much is


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GOLF GUIDE | 2018 World of Coca-Cola, a civil rights museum, the College Football Hall of Fame and a towering Ferris wheel. A decade after the Olympics, Payne was appointed chairman of Augusta National. His impact, it turned out, was just as profound. He transformed the look of the venerable club with a series of massive building projects. He launched amateur tournaments in Asia and Latin America to expand the international market. He founded a drive, chip and putt competition for young players. But, most significantly, he quietly did away with the club’s ban on female members in 2012, which his predecessor, Hootie Johnson, had defiantly proclaimed would never happen “at the point of a bayonet.” Next year, for the first time, the Masters will host a women’s amateur tournament. “All our lady members are great, and I suspect (Fred Ridley, his successor as chairman) will continue the momentum that we have established over the past several years,” Payne said. The Olympics in Atlanta. Female members at Augusta National. Yep, William Porter Payne sure left his mark.

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Fan conduct becoming more of an issue on PGA Tour

By Garry Smits of The Florida Times-Union, Jacksonville

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emo to fans thinking about heckling professionals during a PGA event: you will likely have a short stay at the event.

unsafe or illegal in nature; failing to follow the instruction of a championship official, volunteer or security personnel.”

Fan decorum has been more of an issue on the PGA Tour this season with high-profile players such as fourtime major champion Rory McIlroy and 2017 FedEx Cup champion Justin Thomas voicing their concerns at Florida Swing events in March. McIlroy, who said a fan kept yelling his wife’s name while he was playing at the Arnold Palmer Invitational in Orlando, called for restrictions on alcohol sales at Tour events.

Players executive director Jared Rice was quick to state that the vast majority of fans conduct themselves in an exemplary manner and that tournament security will escort fans from the property only after egregious behavior.

“When the comments get personal and people get a little bit rowdy, it can get a little much,” McIlroy said. Thomas had a fan removed at the Honda Classic after he yelled for one his shots to “get in the bunker.” It was a bit of a departure from many player-fan incidents because the fan didn’t heckle Thomas on a personal basis or use profanity. However, PGA Tour director of security Steve Olson said that’s not the issue. It’s the timing and the tone that will cause tournament security to have a chat with fans or even remove them. “We don’t have a list of things they can’t say,” Olson said, referring to the rumor that the Augusta National Golf Club codified a list of phrases that would get fans automatically ejected from the Masters if they were caught yelling them. “But you can yell almost anything, and it can disrupt play. You can yell, ‘have a nice day,’ but if you say it at the wrong time and in the wrong tone, it’s a problem. It’s not what you say. It’s how you say it.” The Players Championship has a fan code of conduct that is on the tournament’s website, with the gist also printed on the back of each ticket: “Spectators will be subject to expulsion and the loss of ticket privileges for the following breaches of etiquette: Making rude, vulgar or other inappropriate comments or gestures; verbal or physical harassment of players, volunteers, officials or spectators; distracting a player or any disruption of play; behavior that is unruly, disruptive,

“We’re not in the business of throwing people out of the tournament,” he said. “Fan is short for fanatic and we welcome people who are fanatical about golf and the PGA Tour. Ninety-nine percent of our fans are here to enjoy themselves and watch the greatest players in golf. But we do have standards of behavior that are expected of our fans.” Players Championship fans haven’t always been on their best behavior and international players such as Sergio Garcia, Ian Poulter and Colin Montgomerie have borne the brunt of heckling in the past. It got especially brutal for Garcia in the final round of the 2015 tournament, when he was in the lead for most of the day until Rickie Fowler caught him in regulation, then won in four playoff holes. Garcia’s caddie at the time, Glen Murray, asked for additional security on the back nine and said there were “three or four” heckling incidents on every hole from Nos. 10 through No. 18. Thomas, who was playing with Garcia that day, said he heard comments he wouldn’t repeat. “It’s not something that happens every day, every week, every hole,” Thomas said on Tuesday during a news conference at The Players Media Center. “It just happens at times and I’ve heard some guys say that fans were saying stuff about their families ... and that’s kind of when the line needs to get drawn a little bit.” In last year’s Players, a fan at No. 17 yelled “Noonan” as Vijay Singh drew his putter back on an 8-foot birdie attempt. Singh missed the putt and playing partner Billy Horschel charged over to an area near the green and berated the fan, saying “you don’t do that ... that’s not right.”


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GOLF GUIDE | 2018 One of the most famous incidents was in the 2010 Players when a fan was hit with a Taser and then arrested by police after he was heckling players near the 11th hole. Even Phil Mickelson, perhaps the most beloved of all modern players, had one fan removed in the 2009 Players. “We have some idiots there, unfortunately,” Horschel said. “Most of the fans are great. But as players, we have to stick up for ourselves and stick up for each other.” The easy answer for many of the incidents is excessive drinking giving fans liquid courage. The Players cuts off sales of alcohol at 6:30 p.m. but Rice said the tournament reserves the right to restrict sales earlier. Another theory for heckling incidents is that many fans might have followed team sports more in the past, and are not familiar with golf’s tradition of galleries going quiet once a player is over a shot. When Thomas had the fan removed in Palm Beach Gardens, he was excoriated on social media for having a thin skin. “I overreacted a little bit,” Thomas admitted.

at golfers for wanting quiet when hitting a ball that’s not moving, as opposed to quarterbacks or pitchers who have to perform what fans view as much more difficult athletic acts with no limitations on the volume or when they can yell. Olson said there’s a huge difference between golf and team sports. “Fans are much closer to the athletes in golf than they are in football or baseball,” he said. “When you’re in a football stadium, chances are an athlete isn’t going to hear one fan yelling something. There’s a constant buzz of noise. Golf is different where the tradition is for everyone to be quiet when a player is over the shot. When one person yells something, it’s much more of a distraction.” There is cause for some optimism. Thomas and Horschel both said they’ve seen some improvement in recent weeks. “I think some fans are coming to a point where they’re policing themselves,” Horschel said. “I’ve seen that already where a fan will tell another fan, ‘hey, that’s out of line ... you need to stop that.’”

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Plan: Sell part of Randolph Golf Course to help lure PGA back to Tucson

By Joe Ferguson Reporter The Arizona Daily Star, Tucson

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he Tucson Conquistadores have outlined a new plan to remake the two 18-hole golf courses at Reid Park into a venue that could lure the PGA back to the city. A key aspect of the unsolicited proposal from the group calls for selling up to 15 acres of the Randolph Golf Course along East Broadway to private developers, which would bring additional retail space across the street from El Con shopping center.

The goal is to have a new PGA-approved course operational by 2021, as the Conquistadores contract with a pharmaceutical company to hold its golf tournament -- the Champions Tour Cologuard Classic at the OMNI Tucson National on the northwest side -- ends in 2020.

The group believes the sale of the property could fund a massive renovation of the city-owned Randolph courses, enough to bring back a Professional Golfers’ Association golf tournament to Tucson.

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An annual tournament could bring in between $15 million and $25 million to the economy, said Jose Rincon, the past president of the Conquistadores, in a three-page letter to City Manager Mike Ortega. The Conquistadores are a nonprofit that supports youth programs through golf events.

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wrote. “We strongly believe that a renovated golf course could serve as the crown jewel of golf in Tucson.” No cost estimate was attached to the plan. Nor did the Conquistadores say if they would be willing to put up their own money as part of the redevelopment of the two courses. The group lists the University of Arizona and Rio Nuevo Multipurpose taxing district as potential partners, but officials stress the proposal is in the earliest developmental stages and hasn’t been formally discussed with the Tucson City Council. The city is evaluating the proposal, but it is unclear whether it would help or hinder Tucson’s efforts to address a major, long-term issue to keeping city courses open -- how to pay for an estimated $20 million in much-needed capital improvements at the five cityowned courses. Ortega has scheduled a formal council discussion for May 22. Ortega cautioned city officials are reviewing the proposal brought forward by the community group and it should not be taken as a sign that there is support to sell property along Broadway or to reduce the number of playable rounds of golf at Reid Park. The Conquistadores, however, are optimistic that with a newly renovated golf course, the Arizona Wildcats’ golf teams could make Randolph their home course. Currently, the teams use Sewailo Golf Course at Casino Del Sol, which is about 9 miles from the UA campus. The group’s proposal also calls for turning the Randolph Tennis Center in a “grade-A facility.” With the UA’s baseball team already using Hi Corbett Field at Reid Park, the group imagines that sometime after 2021, the Wildcats could establish what the Conquistadores call a “UA sports hub” at Reid Park. But at least one city councilman is skeptical that such a broad proposal could come together quickly, if at all. “UA Athletics has five major capital projects going on right now valued at between $60 million and $70 million,” said Councilman Steve Kozachik, who also is the associate director of athletics facilities and capital projects at the University of Arizona. And while he made it clear he wasn’t speaking for the UA, Kozachik said he’d be in the loop on any serious discussions related to new facilities. “Nothing I’ve heard indicates that plowing another

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several million athletic department dollars into the renovation of Randolph Golf course is anything on our near-term priority list. Certainly not to meet the Conquistadores goal of 2021,” he said. Additionally, Kozachik said the Conquistadores have to carefully balance the needs of professional golfers and the thousands of golfers who use the two 18-hole Reid Park courses every year. “Everyone agrees seeing the PGA back in midtown would be a great thing, but not at all costs,” he said. “We have a $25 million capital need on the existing golf enterprise. Nobody seems to want to talk about how we fund that, much less the costs we’d take on if Randolph suddenly became a course we’d have to maintain to the level pros want.” “The people who want this need to bring some serious cash to the table and quit setting dates that send a message this is farther along than just having seen some eye candy of what a new course would look like,” Kozachik said.


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