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GA Professional Brian Thornton (Meridian Valley C.C.) shot a finalround 7-under-par 65 en route to claiming championship honors at the 2012 Oregon Open Invitational, held at Broken Top Club. Editorial      0round, 6   Thornton fashioned a clean final carding seven birdies and no bogeys to finish Diplomat   Course      08   two shots aheadG ofolf   2008 Oregon  Open champion Corey Prugh (Manito G. & C.C.). When asked felt after his  finalRori  m oving   in  how on  Theiger’s   turf   12   round triumph, Thornton replied, “I felt very good. There were so many great players. To ewis        some 15   of be mentioned asStacy   a winnerLalongside the other tournament winners is a real honor. There have been some legends of the Understand   The   Slice        1game 8   who have won this tournament and it feels good to be a part of that history.” Cobra   AMP  were Driver      2early 0   in Scoring conditions evident the final round. After just sneaking by the Fila  Finall    2the 2   cut, and playing theFashion   first group    of day, PGA Professional Chris Van der Velde (Tetherow G.C.)Rcarded a 9-under-par Taylormade   ocketBallz        24  63 to propel himself up to a T-11 finish. With the round, Van der Velde set a new Broken Top scoring record, and posted the lowest Oregon Open tournament round since PGA Professional Gove finished PublicaOon   of  Young  Mike Morris   Group   with a final-round 62 in 1992. 326  Lincoln   Rd    Suite    #228   Seven-under for the day and two shots Miami   B each,   L  33139   up comingFdown the stretch, all Thornton needed to do was finish it off. “I did peek Inquiries     i nfo@sfgmagazine.com   at the scoreboard after 16 and saw that I had a two shot lead. I played some great

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course management after that and also hit some quality shots to make par knowing Prugh needed to make something happen to catch me.” With the victory, Thornton is just one win away from the career grand slam at PNW PGA major events. To this, Thornton remarked, “It really never hit me that I was going to have a chance at that until I got this win. I am excited for the opportunity. Golf is very humbling; you just never know when it may be your turn.” Look for Thornton to be in contention at the upcoming Rosauers Open Invitational, where he’ll try to complete the slam. —Kyle Neilan

PHILADELPHIA Kogelman tops Hyndman Classic field ach year the Philadelphia PGA returns to Huntingdon Valley (Pa.) C.C. for the William Hyndman III Memorial Classic. This event is played to honor one of the greatest amateur golfers in Philadelphia history. Hyndman was twice a U.S. Senior Amateur Champion, a runner-up in the U.S. and British Amateurs, a playing member of five Walker Cups, and a participant in seven Masters. Hyndman also holds a distinction of being one of only three players to record a hole-in-one on the par-3 12th at Augusta. In the 2012 edition of the William

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Joe Kogelman was victorious at the 2012 William Hyndman III Memorial Classic.

Hyndman III Memorial Classic, 125 Professionals teed it up to compete for the top prize. The tournament took on special meaning as less than a week before the event, William “Buck” Hyndman, the son of William Hyndman III, passed away after a long battle with multiple myeloma. To honor Bucky, all participants wore black ribbons in remembrance. As play got underway, no one was able to match the great round posted by champion Joe Kogelman (Indian Valley C.C.). Kogelman added one birdie on the back nine to go along with his eight pars to finish his round at 4-under-par 66. Kogelman had to wait nearly six hours before his victory became official. As the last card was entered, Kogelman finally had earned his first Philadelphia PGA points tournament victory. •••••


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couple of pars coming in and I was able to two-putt EVENT 2 TOP FINISHERS and make them.” Boys’ 16–18 Division Carson Schaake, the Nebraska Class A State 1st Rylee Reinertson, Gibbon, Neb. 75-70-70—215 2nd Carson Schaake, Omaha, Neb. 76-70-71—217 Champion, pulled out all the stops but was unable to 3rd Zac Dittmer, Kansas City, Mo. 73-73-73—219 match Reinertson. He was 1-under par after 10 4th Jeff Swegle, West Des Moines, Iowa 74-71-78—223 5th Grant Campbell, Waukee, Iowa 79-75-71—225 holes but couldn’t manage any more birdies to finish at 71, and a 217 total. Boys’ 13–15 Division During our  Saturday’s  round  here  in  Miami  the  discussion  finally  broke  and  our  guest  from   1st Sean Song, Omaha, Neb. 75-77-75—227 Zac Dittmer of Kansas City, Mo., shot three 2nd Jake Goldman, Leawood, Kan. 84-75-71—230 the  Midwest  asked  the  great  quesOon;  who’s  the  best  golfer  of  all  Ome?  Although  Jack  and   consecutive 73s and finished in third place overall. 3rd Alex Schaake, Omaha, Neb. 80-81-71—232 Tiger   took   highest   honors   the   conversaOon   quickly   turned   around   the   newest   rivalry   and   T4th Alex Aulerich, Valentine, Neb. 84-79-77—240 Despite shooting her highest round of the future  events.  Tiger  vs  Rory…  A  singles  final  round  in  the  final  match  of  the  Ryder  Cup,  last   T4th Drew Engelking, Edina, Minn. 86-77-77—240 54-hole tournament, Cha Cha Willhoitepairings  on  Sunday  to  decide  the  Fedex  Cup  at  the  TOUR  Championship  presented  by  Coca   of Palm T4th Ben Parisi, Omaha, Neb. 81-73-86—240 Desert, Calif., maintained her lead and Cola,   won ythe Girls’ Division outh  versus  old…  yes  folks  we  have  a  brand  new  rivalry.   1st Cha Cha Willhoite, Palm Desert, Calif. 75-73-77—225 girls’ 16–18 division by four strokes, shooting a   T2nd Jordan Chael, Overland Park, Kan. 81-73-75—229 9-over-par total of 225. This   new   rivalry  T2nd will   sure   ignite   controversy   as   to   who   was   the   greatest   golfer   of   all   Ome.   As   Brooke Ferrell, Edgerton, Wis. 77-77-75—229 Judd, “My round was very sketch, but I held in unfair   there and as  it  may  4th sound  Audrey it’s  hard   for  Olathe, some  Kan. fans  to  decide  t76-75-79—230 he  right  answer.  Especially  younger   5th Grace Chua, White Rock, Wash. 75-80-78—233 fans   who   got my first win,” said Willhoite. “My putting was never   saw   the   charge   of   Greg   Norman   on   a   Saturday   abernoon,   the   stare   of   very good. I never have a problem with myRaymond  Floyd  or  the  rivalry  between  Jack  Nicklaus  and  Arnold  Palmer.  To  millions  of  golf   driver so fans  Tiger  Woods  is  the  only  name  on  the  list,  no  one  else.  Jack  Nicklaus  is  right  there  with   place with a 1-under-par round of 71 for a three-day that helps.” EDITORIAL him   i n   t erms   of  more   Major  Tournaments,  Sam  Snead  had  more  PGA  Tournaments  won  but   of 232. Brooke Ferrell of Edgerton, Wis., and Jordan total that   was   a   long   Ome   ago   and   as   unfair   this   sounds   people   forget.   But   that’s   about   to   Canadian Grace Chuaas  shot the lowest finalChael of Overland Park, Kan., both shot 75 to tie for change,   i n   f act   i s   c hanging   i n   f ront   o f   o ur   e yes.       second but Ferrell won a scorecard playoff, making round score in the girls’ 13–15 division with a 78 for   a three-day total score of 233 to finish in first place. her the runner-up. We  have  a  real  contender  emerging  from  the  crowd,  Rory  has  shown  the  world  his  talent   “I was hitting the ball great but wish I could have Sean Song of Omaha, Neb., rackedand   up hfour is  will  at  a  young  age.  He  has  ignited  a  great  rivalry  between  him  and  Tiger  and  we  got   birdies to counter four bogeys to win the boys’ made a few more putts,” said Chua. “Overall, I was a  taste  of  it  this  past  weekend  in  the  first  two  rounds  of  the  BMW  Championship  and  the   happy. I stuck my strategy today theapar 13–15 division. His final-round 75 was enough to disappoint.   two  didn't   Both  pto layers   barbeque   the  gplaying olf  course   nd  fi5snished  with  12-­‐under  par   with three shots to the green, and when the pins were hold off a surge by Jake Goldman of Leawood, Kan., scores.   There   is   enough   energy   and   game   to   compare   these   two   players   with   Jack   and   in tough positions, I played to make the right miss.” who finished two strokes back of Song. Arnold’s  rivalry  in  the  60’s.    I  am  talking  about  Tiger  Woods  playing  well  against  a  younger   Ding of Lexington, Mass., finished second “I was playing really steady throughout the Rory  Amy guy   named   McIlroy   playing   even   beger.   McIlroy   is   in the   hogest   player   on   the   planet,   of   the   four   tournaments   that  Taylor he   has  Black entered.   place withlast   a three-day-total of 247. of SOll,   Woods   has   also   whole entire round,” said Song. “I hit a lot winning   of greensthree     Warrensburg, Mo., finished two shots back of Ding again and I was making more putts today.”captured  three  wins  this  year  and  has  begun  to  show  signs  of  his  old  form.  For  now,  Tiger   he  advantage   in  terms   of  wins,   to come in third. Alex Schaake of Omaha, Neb., finishedhas   in tthird n but  that’s  about  to  change  

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Golf Course Review

Westin Diplomat Golf Course Recognized as  one  of  South  Florida’s  most  iconic  buildings,  The  WesOn  Diplomat  stands  out  from  the  crowd  just  north  of  Hallandale   Beach  Boulevard.  Inside,  one  great  travel  desOnaOon  with  two  unique  experiences.  Travelers  can  choose  beachfront  surf  and  sand  or   a   more   inOmate   stay   surrounded   by   manicured   golf   course   greens   and   an   indulgent   full-­‐service   spa.   The   Diplomat   Golf   Course,   just   2   blocks  ways  from  the  main  resort,  has  an  ideal  balance  of  mature  Banyans  and  Royal  Palm  trees  with  fast  Tif  Eagle  greens  and  rolling   Bermuda   419   fairways.   It   is   a   welcome   treat   for   novice   players   and   a   great   challenge   for   the   experts.   The   nearly   7,000-­‐yards   of   championship  golf  course  is  managed  by  internaOonally  renowned  Troon  Golf®.  Every  cart  is  equipped  with  Prolink  GPS  to  offer  game   assistance  and  the  layout  of  the  course  and  also  allows  for  food  and  beverage  service  delivered  during  play.    


Diplomat Golf  Course   Joe  Lee  Redesign   Tif  Eagle  Greens   Bermuda  419  Tees  and  Fairways   Key  playing  holes    

Hole  #2  (Par  4  –  385  yards)     The   second   hole   of   the   golf   course   will   give   you   a   taste   of   what   the   golf   course   is   all   about.   Length   is   not   as   important   as   placement.   A   narrow   and   short   fairway   will   force  you  to  keep  your  driver  in  the  bag.  The   perfect  shot  will  be  220  –  250  yards  just  to  the   right  of  the  fairway  bunkers.    Avoid  at  all  cost   the   right   side   of   the   fairway   as   you   may   e n c o u n t e r   h e a v y   r o u g h   a n d   m a n y   obstrucOons.   A   medium   to   long   iron   will   be   needed  for  the  second  shot  which  must  carry   over  water  to  an  undulaOng  island  green.  This   is  the  signature  hole…  just  gorgeous!       Hole  #11  (Par  5  –  555  yards)     This  hole  faces  south  so  most  of  the  Ome  the   ocean   breeze   will   push   fades   into   the   out-­‐of-­‐ bounds  right  (tee  to  green).  Aim  center  leb  of   the   wide   fairway   and   you   will   be   ok.   Your   second   shot   should   be   short   and   right   of   the   fairway   bunkers   (leb)   This   will   leave   you   a   confortable   3rd   shot   to   the   flat   green.   Do   not   overpower   this   hole,   play   smart   and   you   will   end  up  with  a  great  score.         Hole  #17  (par  3  –  162  yards)     This  is  a  difficult  hole  that  appears  to  be  easy   on   paper.   Lots   of   distracOons   and   a   slippery   green   are   just   the   right   ingredients   for   disaster.   Long   and   demanding,   this   Par-­‐3   requires   a   cut   tee   shot   to   a   narrow   green.   Shorter  higers  may  lay  up  to  the  leb  side  and   this  will  leave  them  a  chip  to  the  open  side  of   the   green.   Club   selecOon   is   essenOal   as   the   right   side   of   the   green   and   short   is   a   water   hazard.   The   buildings   across   the   street   will   block  some  of  the  wind  but  sOll  this  is  a  hole   were  you  have  to  keep  your  eyes  wide  open.   Aim  in  between  the  bunkers  and  take  enough   club,  do  not  expect  any  miracles  here  as  I  seen   many   bogies   and   double   bogies   in   a   fibeen   minute  span.      


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plans since the PGA Championship was the island. “We will have a very effective method awarded to Kiawah Island in 2005. It’s Summary   no small feat getting thousands of spec- to direct people where they should go to This  is  just  a  gorgeous  golf  course  just  seconds  away  from  the  beach.  Jamie  West,  PGA   tators, volunteers, staffers and competi- get them in and get them out,” Warren Director  of  Golf  and  Valeria  Ochoa,  Sales  Manager  and  Former  Big  Break  III  contestant   tors on and off an island each day, but says. “We have gone through a lot of have   teamed   up   and   are   doing   an   outstanding   job   while     catering   to   a   loyal   and   plans are in place to make the process planning, we have a great plan and we’ll upscale   clientele.   Standards   and   luxury   are   kept   very   high   inside   this   facility,   The   execute it. We want the story of this smooth for all parties. Diplomat  Golf  Course  is  a  must  play!   A general parking area at the front of event to be the great play of the players     Kiawah Island will accommodate more and nothing else.” Pros  than 10,000 cars at a time, and there will “The challenges at Kiawah Island will Courteous   and   knowledgeable   staff  for specta- be the same challenges we face at any be two bus systems in place Great  tors pace  –oone f  play   internally on the island, and course – moving 30,000-plus people Well  maintained  course  manicured  to  perfecOon   Extra World   class  feducation: aciliOes,  driving  range,  clubhouse,  etc.   Kiawah Great   19th  Hole  Island’s PGA Professionals are all certified Great  summer  rates       Cons                            Fun  Factor   Expensive  during  the  season    

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Left to right: Brian Gerard, PGA Director of Golf; Steve Miller, Osprey Point Superintendent; Jeff Stone, Ocean Course Superintendent; Bill Daly, Oak Point Superintendent; Ric Ferguson, Cougar Point PGA Head Professional; Brad French, Cougar Point Superintendent; Stephen Youngner, Ocean Course PGA Head Professional; Steve Agazzi, Turtle Point Superintendent; Mark Schaffer, Turtle Point PGA Head Professional; Jim Kelechi, Osprey Point PGA Head Professional; Scott Ammon, Oak Point PGA Head Professional; and Ronnie Miller, PGA Director of Instruction.

ith five golf courses and a standalone golf retail shop, Kiawah Island Golf Resort counts on the expertise of its 15 PGA Professionals. Fortunately for golfers and guests at the South Carolina resort, Kiawah Island’s PGA Professionals aren’t just qualified – they’re certified. Each of the PGA members on staff at Kiawah Island are Certified PGA Professionals, having completed at least one of the six certification paths: General Management, Golf Operations, Instruction, Retail, Executive Management and Ownership/Leasing. In all, the Kiawah Island staff holds 34 certifications. “I think the PGA Certified Professional Program is a great way to expand your skills as a PGA Professional, and I request that all the PGA members on staff complete at least one certification path,” says Kiawah Island Golf Resort President Roger Warren, himself a PGA Certified Professional in General Management and PGA Past President (2005–06). “They were all outstanding PGA Professionals to begin with. Becoming certified in one or more areas gives them the confidence in knowing they have expanded skill sets and expertise.” Two of Kiawah Island’s PGA Professionals — Osprey Point Head Professional Jim Kelechi and Ocean Course First Assistant Josh Wagaman — are certified in all six possible areas, while Warren and Director of Golf Brian Gerard are both PGA Certified Master Professionals. “I think it’s a great learning experience to go through the PGA Certified Professional Program, and then go out and apply what you’ve learned on a day-to-day, operational

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basis,” says Gerard, who is certified in General Management. “I think the level of expertise we have here at Kiawah Island has a tremendous impact on the quality of service we provide to every golfer who sets foot on our property.” Kiawah Island’s PGA Professionals are stationed across the property, from Gerard and Warren overseeing the entire operation to professionals staffing each area of the facility. Steven Youngner is the PGA head professional at The Ocean Course, where Wagaman is the first assistant. At Osprey Point, Kelechi’s first assistant is Jeremy Colie. Mark Schaffer is the head professional at Turtle Point, where Tim McArthur serves as first assistant. Scott Ammon is the head professional at Oak Point, with Ryan Rushtie at first assistant. Ric Ferguson is the head professional at Cougar Point, while Benji Boynter runs the golf retail shop in the resort’s hotel. There are also three PGA Certified Professionals teaching at the resort’s Tommy Cuthbert Golf Learning Center at the Turtle Point course, named for the longtime director of golf at Kiawah Island: Ronnie Miller is the director of instruction, while Blake Cathey and Abby Welch are lead instructors. “Kiawah Island is fortunate to have a large set of outstanding PGA Professionals,” Warren says. “They’re all involved in the PGA Championship in some way, but their biggest impact is the difference they make in the lives of the golfers who visit the resort throughout the year. You can tell people really enjoy their time here, and that’s a direct reflection on our golf staff.”

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OPINION  

Is Rory McIlroy moving in on Tiger Woods' golf turf? By  Stacy  Solomon  –  Golf  4  Beginners     golf-­‐for-­‐beginners.blogspot.com  

Smiling faces,   hand-­‐shaking   and   a   bit   of   revelry   surrounded   Rory   McIlroy   and   Tiger   Woods   as   the   BMW   Championship   paired   the   two   golfers   for   a   two-­‐round   start  to  the  final  legs  of  the  FedExCup  Playoffs.  With  Rory   McIlroy  moving  stealthily  into  the  winners'  circle  and  Tiger   Woods  struggling  to  maintain  form,  could  this  compeOOve   pairing   be   what   Woods   needs   to   revitalize   his   game   or   does  this  signal  a  passing  of  the  torch?      

could this competitive pairing be what Woods needs to revitalize his game or does this signal a passing of the torch?

Huff   Post   Sports   "wondered   if   there   was   something   compellingly  symbolic  in  this  passing,  if  McIlroy,  in  a  larger   sense,  is  ready  to  take  Woods'  place  on  the  game’s  grand   stages."     Rory,   a   twenty-­‐three   year   old   with   three   wins   under  his  belt  this  season  is  young  and  aggressive  like  the   Tiger  Woods  from  ten  years  ago.  A  joking  McIlroy  who  is   growing  muscles  on  Tour  recently  stated  he  would  like  to   "kick  his  (Woods)  behind"  at  the  Ryder  Cup.  

Woods, on   the   other   hand,   has   backed   off   of   his   more   aggressive   style  more  calmly  staOng  that  he  sOll  wants  to  taste  victory.  "I'm   just   going   to   try   and   get   a   'W'   this   week,"   Tiger   said   about   Crooked  SOck.  "That's  the  goal.  That's  why  I'm  here.  That's  why  I   entered."     Yes,   Tiger   Woods   may   have   entered   the   BMW   Championship   to   win  but  his  comment  aber  the  first  round  that  "The  game  of  golf   is   in   great   hands   with   him   (McIlroy),   and   he's   here   to   stay,"   could   be  taken  as  a  sign  that  Woods  may  be  lesng  go  of  the  struggle  to   stay  on  top.  Lesng  go  may  be  the  first  sign  that  Woods  is  ready   to  come  back.     Although   Woods   has   three   wins   on   the   PGA   Tour   this   season;   the   Memorial   in   which   Tiger   surpassed   Jack   Nicklaus'   record,   a   win   at   Bay  Hill  that  marked  his  seventh  at  that  golf  course  and  the  AT&T   which  was  won  with  a  bit  of  a  struggle  at  Congressional,  there  is  a   definite   weakness   in   his   game   which   now   shows   up   during   the   final  stages  of  tournaments,  a  flaw  in  his  pusng,  in  my  opinion,   caused  by  a  lack  of  focus.   In  2009,  right  before  his  woes  began,  Tiger  won  the  same   tournaments  and  also  included  three  more  wins  including  the   BMW  Championship.    

Although money may be a motivator for many golfers struggling to stay in position, the "$100 million dollar man" needs a different type of stimulus in order to return to his former greatness and Rory McIlroy may be just what the doctor ordered to wake up a sleeping Tiger. Stacy Solomon


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Q&A with Palm Beach Sensation and LPGA player

Stacy is  the  newest  addiOon  to  the  group  of  stars  who  are  trading  other  areas  of  the  naOon   for  our  365  days  of  golf.  The  27  year  old  golf  star  was  born  in  Toledo,  Ohio,  but  grew  up  in   Texas   at   The   Woodlands   (outside   of   Houston),   she   graduated   from   The   Woodlands   High   School  in  2003.  Her  life  was  a  struggle  as  she  was  diagnosed  with  scoliosis  at  the  tender  age   of  11  .  She  had  spinal  fusion  surgery  when  she  was  in  high  school  and    Lewis  missed  her  first   collegiate   golf   season   recovering   from   the   surgery.   Despite   the   many   obstacles   scoliosis   presented,   perhaps   the   most   disheartening   was   being   told   she   would   never   play   golf   again,   a   passion  which  she  picked  up  at  age  eight.       Fast  forward  15  years  to  the  2011  Krab  Nabisco  Championship,  when  the  then-­‐26-­‐year-­‐old  Lewis   defeated  world  No.  1  Yani  Tseng  by  three  strokes  to  win  her  first  major  championship  and  in  her  own   way  defying  against  all  odds.    Stacy  brings  awareness  to  her  work  with  the  Scoliosis  Research  Society   (www.SRS.org).      

She had spinal fusion surgery when she was in high school and Lewis missed her first collegiate golf season

Now  Lewis  is  using  her  high-­‐profile  as  a  top  pro  golfer  to  give  back  to  the  largest  organizaOon     devoted  to  supporOng  and  funding  research  in  spinal  deformiOes.  She  has  starred  in  a     SRS  PSA,  in  addiOon  to  meeOng  with  young  paOents  to  provide  encouragement  and  connecOng     with  kids  and  parents  through  email  and  legers.     Q            Last  year  you  won  the  Krab  Nabisco,  that  really  propelled  you  the  rest  of  the  season.  What     are  you  doing  to  keep  that  going  this  season?   A            I’ve  just  been  trying  to  ride  the  momentum.  I’ve  been  playing  well,  working  a  lot  on  my  swing   and  focusing  on  my  pusng.       Q        What  stands  out  to  you  about  playing  in  the  Krab  Nabisco?  What  do  you  like  about  the  desert?   A          I  wasn’t  always  a  fan  of  desert  golf,  but  I’m  starOng  to  like  it  more  and  more.  I  do  really  enjoy   Mission  Hills,  it  just  fits  my  eye.  I  like  that  it’s  always  hard  and  you’ll  get  wind  at  least  one  day.    Then   there’s  walking  up  the  18th  at  the  Krab,  it’s  the  best  memory  I  have  and  it’s  one  the  best  experiences   we  have  as  a  finishing  hole.     Q            Last  year,  aber  you  won,  your  whole  family  jumped  in  the  pond  at  the  18th  hole  and  your  mom  got     hurt.  Do  you  think  that  jump  will  change  the  way  Krab  Nabisco  winners  celebrate?   A        I  actually  heard  they’ve  dug  the  pond  out  and  made  it  deeper  and  there’s  a  celebraOon  to  announce  it.     I  think  the  winner  will  conOnue  to  jump  in  the  pond,  but  they’ll  probably  do  more  of  a  cannonball!     Q          You  spend  a  lot  Ome  away  from  the  golf  course  giving  back.  How  rewarding  is  that  for  you?  What  it  is  like     to  be  able  to  go  to  travel  the  world,  and  give  hope  to  others?   A            I’m  in  a  very  unique  posiOon  to  give  back  to  a  lot  of  people  and  feel  very  lucky  to  be  where  I  am.  So  giving     back  in  just  kind  second  nature  to  me  and  something  I  try  to  do  every  week.  To  meet  people  from  all  over  the     world  and  knowing  that  me  playing  golf  is  inspiring  them  to  get  through  a  surgery,  to  recover  or  get  beger  makes   what  I  do  really  worth  it.    


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GOLF TIPS  

SLICE

the Michael Berenger,  PGA  

One   morning   I   am   out   at   the   pracOce   range   with   one   of   my   students   and   next   to   us   there   was   this   guy   pracOcing   his   slice.   What?   SomeOmes   it   is   difficult   to   understand   human   behavior   and  to  make  magers  worse,  I’m  not  a  shrink.  When  I  see  a  person   hit   the   same   poor   shot   over   and   over   I   just   imagine   they   are   pracOcing  and  engraving  that  flaw  into  their  swing.  Ouch!    

A slice is nothing more than the result of a swinging flaw and it will be cured with a couple of adjustments

It is   important   to   understand   that   just   like   we   go   to   the   doctor   to   find   a   cure   for   our   sickness,   we   must   also   consult   a   golf   professional   when   we   face   a   golf   problem.     A   Golf   Professional   will  be  able  to  determine  what  is  causing  the  flaw  and  make  the   necessary   recommendaOons   to   fix   it.   A   slice   is   nothing   more   than   the  result  of  a  swinging  flaw  and  it  will  be  cured  with  a  couple  of   adjustments;   however,   in   order   to   cure   it   we   must   first   understand  what  is  causing  it.  Complicated?        

Ball Direction

Swing path

V Axial Rotation Open Face

Correct Swing path

The IniQal  InteracQon   When  we  hit  a  golf  ball  we  are  transferring  energy  from  our  swing   to   the   ball.   The   slice   occurs   when   we   have   an   open   face   in   relaOonship  to  our  swing  path  (face  needs  to  be  perpendicular  to   swing   path).   Having   just   a   couple   of   degrees   open   will   apply   tremendous   spinning   (axial   rotaOon)   to   the   ball   together   with   some   linear   direcOon.   Everyone   who   has   a   slice   ailment   has   an   idenOfiable   problem   with   his   swing.   Isolate   and   correct   that   problem,  and  you'll  likely  stop  the  uncontrolled  slice.       The  culprits   I  have  narrowed  them  down  to  the  main  3  but  in  reality  there  are   more;   again,   only   a   Golf   Professional   will   be   able   to   determine   and   correct  your  parOcular  flaw…     Swing   path   outside   in:   Almost   80%   of   the   players   have   the   tendency  of  veering  from  the  swing  plane.  Taking  your  golf  club  to   far   in   on   your   back   swing   will   inevitable   result   in   a   body   compensaOon   called   “casOng”   where   all   the   power   is   generated   half  way  thru  the  swing.  The  result  is  a  slap  on  the  face  of  the  ball   and  tremendous  sidespin  to  the  right.  AnQdote:  Maintain  the  same   plane   back   and   forth   and   thru   the   swing,   pracOce   by   pusng   a   bright   neon   tape   on   the   hosel   of   a   long   iron   and   take   pracOce   swings  without  hisng  balls.  You  will  be  able  to  see  the  visual  


One plane swing path path that  the  neon  tape  leaves,  once  you  have  a  one  line  path   back  and  forth  you  will  feel  what  being  on  a  plane  is  all  about.   Extremely  verQcal  swing  plane:    Most  amateurs  slice  their  tee   shots   with   their   drivers   because   they   tend   to   swing   with   descending   angle   of   agack   (the   same   as   wedges).   But   when   they   hit   their   wedges   the   slice   seems   to   disappear?   The   backspin   generated   by   the   lob   of   a   wedge   offsets   the   sidespin   generated   by   the   poor   swing.   Good   players   hit   their   drivers   swinging  inside  out  and  with  ascending  angle  of  agack  so  they   can  hit  the  ball  with  an  ascending  blow.  Beger  players  typically   have   (2)   swings,   one   for   wedges   and   irons   (more   verOcal)   and   one   for   driver   with   a   flager   angle   of   agack.   AnQdote:   put   a   towel   or   a   glove   under   your   leb   armpit   (right   handed   player),   this   will   keep   you   from   coming   over   the   top   to   start   your   downswing.      

Slicers try to do what is natural and logical and if they are missing often to the right, then before too long they are going to aim more and more to the left to compensate

Weak  Grip:  Correct  hand  posiOon  is  crucial  to  obtain  the  desired   result  in  golf.  A  weak  grip  is  determined  when  your  leb  thumb  is   aimed   to   your   leb   shoulder.   This   grip   will   unravel   just   prior   to   contact  and  will  leave  that  face  open.  AnQdote:  You  beger  see   at   least   3   knuckles   of   your   leb   hand   as   you   grip   your   club.   Hit   balls   with   your   front   hand   only   by   gripping   the   club   with   both   hands   and   just   before   impact   lose   the   backhand.     Be   sure   to   keep  the  connecOon  of  your  front  arm  even  aber  impact.    

strong grip Slicers try   to   do   what   is   natural   and   logical   and   if   they   are   missing  oben  to  the  right,  then  before  too  long  they  are  going   to  aim  more  and  more  to  the  leb  to  compensate.  But  aiming  to   the  leb  will  only  cause  the  swing's  circle  to  be  too  far  to  the  leb,   worsening   the   slicing   moOon.   Body   posiOoning   does   not   cause   slices   but   aggravates   it.   Use   your   shoulders   as   a   guide   and   double  check  that  you  are  aiming  to  the  target.  If  you  are  at  the   range  lay  a  club  on  the  ground,  parallel  to  your  target  line,  and   check  your  aim.  Or  you  can  have  a  friend  check  your  alignment   too.   Just   make   sure   that   your   feet,   knees,   hips   and   shoulders   are  parallel  to  that  club  on  the  ground  and  to  your  target  line.   Checking  your  stance,  correcOng  your  swing  path,  agacking  the   ball   with   the   correct   swing   plane   and   gripping   the   club   correctly   is  what  beger  players  and  professionals  do  naturally  every  Ome   they  hit  a  ball.  Good  professional  counseling  and  lots  of  pracOce   can  eradicate  your  slice  in  no  Ome.      


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Summer is   finally   leaving   us   and   with   it   the   scorching   temperatures   and   high   humidity.   Some   of   our   fall   picks   were   causing   a   sQr   during  the  Fall  PGA  Show  in  Las  Vegas.  South  Florida  Golf  brings  you  a  review  of  the  new  tools  and  equipment  in  the  golf  industry.     59  Belts   Golf  Belt  Buckle  Art   Belt  buckle  art  has  been  around  for  a  long  Ome.  But  if  you  are  like  me,  you  have   stayed   as   far   away   from   those   as   possible.   You   don’t   want   to   look   like   you   are   wearing   the   WWE   Championship   belt,   or   some   reject   cowboy   buckle;   You   want   something   custom,   arOsOc,   yet   wearable   in   public.   Trevor   Derrheim   of   59   belts   has   hit  that  elusive  look  on  the  head.  (59  is  that  elusive  score  golfers  dream  of  shooOng   someday,  but  99.9%  of  us  will  never  even  get  close.)  59  belts  knows  you  might   never  get  close  to  that  number,  but  you  can  sOll  wear  a  buckle  that  makes  you     feel  like  a  pro  capable  of  shooOng  that  low  of  a  score.  59  belts/buckles     are  becoming  more  and  more  popular  on  Tour.  If  you  watch  any     given  event;  PGA,  LPGA  or  Champions  Tour,  you  will  see  a  good     Number  of  59  buckles  being  used.  www.59belts.com     Alial  Fital  Apparel   Unexpectedly  Awesome   When  I  first  heard  a  former  NFL  quarterback  (Gibram  Hamdan)  was  the     designer  of  golf  polos  I  didn't  really  take  noOce.  When  I  heard  that  Bo     Van  Pelt  was  wearing  this  new  brand,  I  didn’t  really  pay  any  agenOon     to  it.  UnOl  one  day  I  saw  a  picture  of  one  of  the  nicest  golf  shirts  I  had     ever  seen,  but  didn’t  know  who  had  made  it.  While  I  didn’t  give     them  much  credit  iniOally,  I  think  Alial  Fital  makes  the  best  golf     Shirts  of  any  company  right  now.  I  only  have  one  other  shirt     even  to  the  style.     The  pagerned  outer  collar,  oben  with  a  different  inner  collar,   in   contrast   to   the   main   shirt   pagern   really   sets   these   shirts   apart.  You  can  instantly  tell  if  someone  is  wearing  an  Alial  Fital   dress   polo.   While   the   actually   materials   come   from   different   parts   of   the   world,   the   shirts   are   designed   and   made   here   in   the  US.  

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Salty Pufer  Grips   These  are  going  to  catch  on!   Do   you   like   fishing?   Do   you   like   golf?     Well   you   can   get   that   feeling   of   holding   a   fishing   pole   in   your   hand   with   the   new   Salty   cork   puger   grip.    They  are  based  right  here  in  Florida  made  with  cork  from  Portugal.    They  are  fresh  to  the  market  and  will  be  offering  two  sizes;     standard  and  oversized.    The  Salty  cork  grip  has  a  unique  feel;  it  is  firm  yet  velvety  smooth.    The  lightweight     cork  will  feel  slightly  lighter  than  a  standard  grip,  which  allows  you  to  feel  the  moOon  of     the  puger  head  during  your  stroke.    Salty  cork  puger  grips  offer  a  cool     natural  look,  great  feel  in  your  hands,  and  a  fisherman’s     dream  come  true.      


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REVIEW

      By Ryan Heiman   Independent Golf Reviews                                         Over   the   last   couple   years   Cobra   has   had   2   main   lines   of   driver   heads,   their   Composite   head   and   their   regular   Titanium   head.   While   they   both   had   their   benefits   and   different   golfers   liked   one   or   the   other,   I   think   the   AMP   is   the   compromise   between   the   two.     It   has   a   nice   metallic   sound   like   a   Otanium   head,  yet  has  a  muted  feel  like  the  composite  heads.           So   the   head   is   said   to   have   Advanced   Material   Placement.     I’m   not  exactly  sure  where  they  moved    things  around,  but  I  can  say   that   I   really   like   what   they   did.       It   seems   they   mixed   some   composite  materials  in  with  a  Otanium    head.    The  AMP  head  has   the   E9   ellipOcal   face   which   offers   incredible   forgiveness   and   consistent   distance   even     on   slightly   off-­‐center   hits.     The   sole   has   a  slight  rudder  design  to  help  reduce  drag.        

Cobra AMP Driver

The AMP head has the E9 elliptical face which offers incredible forgiveness and consistent distance even  on slightly offcenter hits. 

The   head   color   is   eye   catching   with   the   nice   metallic   silver.     I   actually  kind  of  like  it,  I  had  a  driver  the  exact  same  color  when  I   was  growing  up.  It  was  my  first  driver  aber  persimmon  and  had   the  exact  same  silver  color.    It  was  only  ¼  of  the  size,  but  sOll  I  like   the   looks   of   the   AMP   driver.   The   black   face   looks   great   too,   it   even  allow  you  to  see  where  you  are  hisng  the  ball  on  the  face.     The  sole  is  a  mixture  of  orange,  black  and  silver  which  I  like  the   looks   of.     IT   also   comes   with   a   nice   stock   headcover   with   some   cut-­‐outs  for  easy  removal  and  a  Lamkin  3gen  orange  grip.    While   the  combo  is  bright,  I  like  how  it  looks.  


On the  course,  I  found  it  fairly  high  launching  in  the  neutral  posiOon  so  I  opened   it   up   and   it   was   pregy   close   then   to   a   good   launch   angle.     It   really   comes   off   the  face  with  a  pop,  but  seemed  to  spin  more  than  I  would  like,  especially  into   the   wind.     I   found   many   fairways   with   this   driver,   I   just   wasn't   quite   maximizing   distance   with   this   shab.     In   just   the   right   condiOons   I   did   hit   a   couple   of   huge   bombs  with  this  driver     So   the   only   downfall   of   this   driver   is   the   stock   shab.     The   55gram   Aldila   RIP   is   just   not   enough   shab.     It   feels   very   loose,   it   spins   too   much   and   is   just   too   light.     I   think   that   a   65   gram   low   spin,   mid-­‐launch/low   launch   shab   would   be     perfect.     I   didn’t   have   access   to   addiOonal   Ops   with   this   club,   but   I   think   that   there  are  some  that  might  find  this  stock  shab  perfect,  but  I  think  that  if  could   just  tweak  the  shab,  this  would  be  my  favorite  driver  of  2012.        

I like this head so much I am going to track down a tip so I can drop in a lower launching, lower spinning shaft.        

I  think  this  club  has  real  potenOal.    If  you  are  going  to  buy  one  off  the  rack,  check   to  see  how  your  numbers  are,  the  head  is  amazing,  but  just  make  sure  the  shab   is   fit   for   you,   otherwise   check   into   custom   ordering   one   with   the   right   fisng   shab.     If   you   read   a   number   of   my   other   reviews,   you   will   see   a   similar   thought,  stock  shabs  just  don’t  cut  it  for  me  most  of  the  Ome.      I  just  wish  it  was   easier  to  get  Ops  or  custom  shabs.                             The  all-­‐orange  version  of  this  club  might  be  a  perfect  fit  for  me  since  it  has  the   Diamana  Whiteboard  in  it.  (low  launch/low  spin  at  65  grams)    I  think  I  will  either   need   to   track   one   of   those   down   or   find   some   Ops   because   I   really   love   this   driver   head.     I   think   you   will   too,   just   figure   out   which   shab   is   best   for   your   swing.           For  more  informaOon:  www.cobragolf.com         Awesome  combinaOon  of      Otanium  and  composite   High-­‐spin/lightweight       Forgiving   f ace   stock  shab     Bright   l ooks   Access  to  shab  Ops     Adjustable  enough  

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FASHION

Don’t hide   from   the   fairways   this   fall   when   this   heritage   brand   has   you   covered       Summer   is   almost   over   and   as   temperatures   start   to   cool   off   there’s   no   need   to   let   that   stop   you   from   hisng  up  the  links.       Fila   Golf   offers   fashionable   styles   that   are   perfect   for   on   and   off   the   course.   The   bright   hues   and   color   blocking   designs   stay   right   on   trend   without   being  too  crazy  for  the  course.  And  for   this   fall,   choose   from   a   full-­‐range   of   outerwear,   including   light   weight   jackets   for   all   seasons,   vests,   long-­‐ sleeve  polos  and  layering  pieces.      

Fila Golf’s outerwear pieces are great for all-season play

    Fila   Golf’s   outerwear   pieces   are   great   for   all-­‐season   play.   Everything   is   available  for  both  men  and  women  with   fits   that   complement   all   body   types.   Every   detail   has   been   given   thought,   whether  the  extra  fleece  lining  right  on   the  inside  of  the  sleeves  or  the  neckline   to  ensure  that  skin  never  touches  cold         Layering   pieces   are   ridiculously   comfortable   made   from   Single   Jersey   Knit  Moss  and  are  great  for  slipping  on   under   your   polo   or   wearing   to   bed   when   it’s   chilly   outside.   The   Textured   Fleece   Jacket   is   made   from   a   longer   fleece   and   has   a   textured   design   that   gives   the   simple   look   a   fun,   funky   feel   –   also   been   reported   to   have   a   very   slimming  effect.           Fila   Golf   will   keep   you   warm,   comfortable   and   nothing   short   of   stylish,  this  season.    


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The age of the dimple is over. HEX Aerodynamics® — proprietary to Callaway — provides 100% surface area coverage while dimples typically provide up to 88%. The result is a golf ball that virtually eliminates smooth spots and seams that can cause unnecessary drag and inconsistent flight characteristics.

PERFORMANCE “In all the right ways [it’s] a Tour ball. In one way, though, it thankfully isn’t: price.” – Golf Digest

TOUR PERFORMANCE FOR MODERATE HEAD SPEEDS. ©2012 Callaway Golf Company. Callaway, the Chevron Device, HEX Chrome and HEX Aerodynamics are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of Callaway Golf Company. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. Golf Digest and the Hot List logos are the property of Conde Nast.


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Taylormade RocketBallz Driver Is this club legal? By Fernando Solorzano

First introduced   back   in   March   of   this   year   the   RocketBallz   (RBZ)   Driver   has   given   its   counter   part   R11S   a   run   for   its   money.   The   very   popular   RBZ   driver   comes   in   two   different   performing   shapes,   one   for   the   average   golfer   and   one   for   the   low   handicap   and   golf   professional.   The   RocketBallz   used   by   average   golfers   has   a   larger   face   that   translates   into   more   forgiveness,   while   the   RocketBallz   Tour   driver   has   a   smaller   face  and  it  is  designed  for  the  more  accomplished  golfer.        

The RocketBallz used by average golfers has a larger face that translates into more forgiveness

  For  this  review  we  will  concentrate  on  the  RocketBallz  used  by   the   average   golfer   (10   handicap   and   up)   TaylorMade   has   incorporated  everything  they  have  learned  from  the  past  into   this   new   driver.   Designing   a   simpler   driver   that   even   the   average   golfer   can   adjust   to   diminish   swinging   flaws.     There   are   two   main   improvements   in   these   woods   vs.   any   predecessors.  The  main  one  being  the  increase  in  ball  speeds   due   to   the   higher   COR   face   design   which   should   increase   distance   immensely.   The   other   being   the   improved   CG   which   results   in   less   spin   from   being   moved   forward   and   higher   launch  as  well.  More  ball  speed,  higher  launch,  and     less  spin  just  equals  more  distance.  And  yes     folks…  this  monster  is  completely  legal     and  available  at  retailers  and     pro-­‐shops  naOonwide.  


Indoor Test:     We  brought  our  test  Rocketballz  driver  to  Doral  Golf  Warehouse   for  some  indoor  tesOng.  The  specs  for  our  driver  are  as  follows:     •  Rocketballz  460  CC  9.5*  Degrees   •  All  sesngs  at  neutral  lob  and  lie   •  Shab:  MATRIX  HD6  S  Flex   •  Golf  Pride  Tour  Velvet  grip     I   was   very   impressed   by   the   overall   weight   of   the   club.   Being   used  to  a  heavier  club  myself  I  could  see  that  TaylorMade  was   making   it   very   possible   for   an   average   player   to   obtain   faster   swing  speeds.  The  club  came  factory  adjusted  to  standards  and   for  the  purpose  of  the  test  we  had  to  manually  open  the  face  of   the   club   just   a   couple   of   degrees.   Aber   just   a   few   swings   I   became  accustomed  to  the  smooth  rhythm  of  the  club,  the  ball   seems   to   explode   of   the   face   effortlessly.   One   of   the   things   I   was   impressed   the   most   was   how   high   the   ball   was   being   launched   off   the   face,   the   final   averages   were   great   and   this   club  was    just  a  demo  out  of  the  rack.  

Without getting too caught up with the numbers I can tell you that the club is extremely easy to hit, it has great distance and great control

Without   gesng   too   caught   up   with   the   numbers   I   can   tell   you   that   the   club   is   extremely   easy   to   hit,   it   has   great   distance   and   great   control.   There   were   a   couple   of   customers   inside   the   shop  and  I  let  one  of  them  (a  17  handicap)  hit  some  balls.  His   immediate   reacOon   was   the   same..   how   high   the   ball   comes   out   of   the   face,   the   customer's   swing   speed   was   in   the   neighborhood   of   92-­‐96   mph   and   his   launch   angle   was   just   perfect  at  12*  degrees.     Outdoor  Test:  Our  test  conOnued  to  our  nearby  driving  range   in   Pembroke   Pines.   The   outside   temperature   was   in   the   low   90's   and   there   was   a   mild   easterly   wind   blowing   constantly   from  right  to  leb.  We  teed  up  the  driver  in  different  posiOons,   high,   mid   and   very   low   and   we   noOced   that   the   driver   performed  best  when  is  teed  up  high.  Also,  for  the  purpose  of   the  test  we  moved  our  ball  forward  and  backwards  in  our       Long  and  straight  of  the  tee   Adjustable  opOons   (2)  Models  to  cater  all  players   Affordable  price  

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•  swing speed  104.9  mph     •  14.5*  degrees  launch  angle  (between  12-­‐14*  recommended)     •  3,200  rpm  (between  3k  and  4k  recommended).    

stance. The  club  performed  up  to  and  above  our  standards,  even   when   hit   off   the   toe   and   heel   the   ball   conOnued   to   carry   a   long   ways,  just  um-­‐believable!   The   next   morning   we   suited   up   and   played   the   driver   friendly   Doral   Great   White   Course.   The   condiOons   were   similar   as   the   day   before   but   without   all   the   help   and   alignments   that   a   driving   range   provides.   Our   foursome   tested   the   club   against   our   own   drivers  as  we  hit  2  balls  on  every  tee  shot.  The  results  were  just   amazing   and   all   of   us   fell   in   love   with   the   club.   At   a   price   point   just   below   its   cousin   (TaylorMade   R11S)   it’s   a   great   bargain   and   a   great  buy.     Summary   The   RBZ   driver   came   to   life   as   a   replacement   of   the   Burner   Superfast  2.0  driver.  This  new  driver  by  Taylormade  is  much  more   compact,  sleeker,  tradiOonal  shape  design  and  that  appeals  to  my   eye.   TaylorMade's   RBZ   crown   is   painted   white   mage   and   does   not   reflect   the   sunlight   as   many   of   the   standard   black   heads   on   the  market.  In  performance  the  RBZ  must  be  one  of  the  longest   and   most   forgiving   drivers   on   the   market.   The   Flight   Control   Technology  of  the  RBZ  allows  players  to  alter  face  angle,  lob  and   lie  angle  for  increased  accuracy  and  distance.  The  club  can  also  be   custom   made   with   several   shab   opOons   and   at   the   $299.00   retail   price   (standard   version)   it   will   conOnue   to   lead   in   sales   around   the  world.       White  color  can  be  distracOng   Not  recommended  for  low  handicappers   (try  Tour  version)  

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2012 Fall Edition SFG  

Fall 2012 Printed Edition of The South Florida Golf Magazine.

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