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Arizona Golf Central Magazine celebrates its one-year anniversary this issue. It is a matter of rejoicing for us to see AGCM enter in to its second year. Considering the overwhelming response of the people, we feel that we are on the right track towards our objective—to celebrate the people that are passionate about golf. That’s why you see in-depth articles about newsmakers that make golf what it is in Arizona. I’m back—my honeymoon was like a global bazaar of great food, great shopping and enriched with history! Details you say? Well, I traveled with my new wife to Rome, Santorini, Athens, Ephesus, Naples, and Venice but there is still nothing like the place I call home; this great State of Arizona with wildlife wonders, snowy adventures, cultural treasures and golf course splendors. It’s not hard to see how blessed we are to live in Arizona and I’m especially reminded of this during the holiday season. Most of us have a safe, nice place to live with a bed to sleep in. Most of us have plenty of food to eat during the holidays – we might even eat too much! Most of us have so much, in fact, that we may not even know what to get our friends and family for the holidays. Everyone knows that family member who has everything and is the last person to cross off your Christmas list. However, as much as we enjoy giving gifts, and our children enjoy unwrapping presents, we often forget what the season is really about.   Imagine all of the local men and women serving our country stationed both here and abroad that will not get to enjoy their families this holiday ������������������������������������������������������ season. Perhaps this will make you more tolerant when your least favorite relative shows up on your front door step for the holidays. The New Year will soon be upon us. Do golfers have New Year›s Resolutions? Sure they do—we all do! I found this clip to be funny. Our staff and myself want to wish our readers, advertisers and their families a happy holiday season. In this issue, we are showcasing the best of the best when it comes to great gifts to give that favorite golfer in your life.

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Publisher: Jason Keesling Editor-in-Chief: Susan Lied Photographer: Dave Schibel Social Media Director: Natalie Heath Media Director: Keith James Director of Sales & Marketing: Brian Papiese Web Design/Network Support: Local Work Marketing Graphic Design: Melahn Cable, Contributing Writers: James Boykin John Conger Kristen Erickson Jerry Ford Stephanie Knight Dr. Bob Winters

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Arizona Office: Jason Keesling, Publisher 3461 East Acoma Drive, Phoenix, AZ 85032 phone: 602.387.0616 • 602.388.0987 E-mail: or One year (12 issues) subscription price is $42.99 ©2011 Arizona Golf Central Magazine. No portion of this publication may be reprinted without the prior written permission of the Publisher. Editorial contributions are welcome, but Arizona Golf Central Magazine assumes no responsibility for unsolicited proposals, manuscripts and photographs. All materials submitted not accompanied by a self-addressed stamped envelope will not be returned. Mailing, electronic mailing or faxing of contributions constitutes an expressed warrant on the part of the contributor that all material is original and does not infringe on the rights of others. Arizona Golf Central Magazine retains all reprint rights and reserves the right to edit any submitted material to meet our specifications for publishing and or use in advertising or promotion. The Publisher and staff are not responsible for any loss or grievance by any person or persons whatsoever, due in any way or in part to the content of this publication. The Publisher reserves the right to refuse to accept any material deemed inappropriate or in bad taste. Reader's Mailbag – Send Us your Thoughts Joke of the Month: I was at the golf store comparing different kinds of golf balls. I was unhappy with the women’s type I had been using. After browsing for several minutes, I was approached by one of the good-looking gentlemen who works at the store. He asked if he could help me.  Without thinking, I looked at him and said, ‘I think I like playing with men’s balls’.

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Golf Bachelor 12 Sean McWilliams


Cart Girl 14 Amy Waitkus

Golf Travel 18 Dallas

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Celebrity Corner 26 Jake Owen

Departments 4 From the Publisher 10 Golf Central Station 16 November 11, 2011 22 Holiday Gift Guide 28 Competitive Spirits 34 Golf Chick 36 On Your Green 42 Product Review 44 Duffer Dan 46 Southwest PGA 50 Movember 56 Your Pro Knows 58 Grip It & Sip It

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Swing Thoughts 32 Keagan Bradley

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Thinking Outside of the Tee Box For almost nine years, Chris Strauss has been the Vice President of Sales and Marketing at OB Sports Golf Management. He is responsible for creating group sales, public relations, brand development, promotional activities, internet marketing strategies and advertising initiatives for both OB Sports and their collection of over 30 courses across the country. OB Sports ( is a diversified, golf-oriented company with a long history of successes, and since 1972, has an unparalleled national reputation as a premier operator and developer of quality golf courses. Chris was kind enough to take some time out from his busy schedule to talk to AZ Golf Central Magazine.

The number of rounds played and the amount of participation has been flat and even down in recent years. How have participation trends affected the OB Sports business plan? They have made us focus not only on the “here and now” but also towards the future. It is a two pronged approach… We are placing a greater emphasis on new player introduction (with a goal to introduce new golfers to the game) and we are enhancing our loyalty programs at our facilities to encourage current players to play more!

What are OB Sport’s plans for increasing participation at its facilities? As it relates to the development of new golfers we are implementing short tees or family tees at as many OB Sportsmanaged facilities as possible that are in the 4000 yard range, creating more fun tees for new golfers, juniors, beginning ladies, or even golfers returning to the game. We are offering complimentary or drastically reduced instruction opportunities. We host community “Golf Fest” golf days at a number of facilities that offer free lesson opportunities and special pricing on clubs to get them into the game. We also have at least good number of facilities that are integrating SNAG golf instruction and programming designed to provide an easier way to learn or


get into the game. It’s like “lowering the rim” when teaching basketball. As it relates to the current golfer we recently announced the enhancement of our loyalty program to reward golfers for playing more. We are unveiling “tiers” that golfers can attain by playing 10, 25 and 50 rounds a year at OB Sports courses and are rewarding them for playing more! In addition, our clubs are creating and executing a number of events designed to bring golfers out to the course, creating “Gym-like” calendars of events giving golfers more reasons to “participate”

How would you compare Arizona’s golf economy with the rest of the nation, and internationally? As it relates to golf specifically, the outlook in Arizona is better then many states and other tourism destinations. We actually had a great “season” in 2011 and appear to be having a stronger fall as compared to the prior year. It seems like golfers are starting to play a bit more, guys are planning return “buddy trips” and we are realizing upward trends in rounds, spending, etc. While not an economist, it is evident that we still need to see real estate recover and job growth recover in Arizona. Upticks on either of those (or both) would greatly benefit the Arizona economy.

The three common criticisms of golf are it takes too long to play, can be too expensive, and too difficult to learn. What is OB Sport’s perspective? We might agree on all….although we are implementing new initiatives to address all of these issues. For example our Express Lane Tee times address the length of time required to play, we are offering more afternoon play, nine hole rates, even six hole events at one club in Houston that is configured in a way to accommodate this. Affordability has certainly gotten better during the economic slow down and our loyalty cards and programming make it more affordable to play the game at our courses. We have even offered green fee incentives for “advanced tee

times” at many of our clubs...providing golfers with a savings by booking more then 8 days in advance. It certainly is challenging to learn the game…thus our efforts to utilize SNAG Golf to provide an easier entry into the game. We are confident that many of the efforts and initiatives we are implementing at our courses address all of these concerns and issues. It is at the course level were we can make a difference--i.e. our teams at our clubs are key in the implementation of these efforts and are the ones that will win this battle (to grow the game), one golfer at a time!

What is your outlook for OB Sports, and the sport of golf overall? Our outlook or both golf and OB Sports is optimistic. From an OB Sports perspective, we have some added a few new clubs to our family…which is great. Over the years we trend to add 2-3 new projects a year or so, however we do not have a goal to be the biggest company out there…we always want to be regarded as a personalized, hand’s-on boutique operator of great facilities that provide outstanding experiences. We are optimistic on the longterm growth of the game and believe that many of the game’s virtues (i.e. it’s a game of a lifetime, it teaches

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us some much about ourselves and others, is great for leisure, business pursuits and more). We just need to do things a bit differently to introduce new players to the game and they will appreciate those virtues as well.

How is OB Sports enhancing and improving the overall experience standards it has set with golf consumers? We have always placed a focus on creating unique and memorable experiences at each of our courses. Each of our clubs is so different and unique so we look to leverage their strengths and unique selling propositions to create a truly memorable experience. We have a golf culture at OB Sports…we all love the game, have a passion for it and look at our experiences from a golfer’s perspective. Coming at it from this perspective (i.e. the shared passion of the game) helps us run/operate our courses better. We operate them in a way that we ourselves would want to play or in way that would make us choose to play an OB Sports course over another.

Are there too many (overpriced) golf courses in Arizona—is the best solution to be the cheapest? Certainly the decade

of the 90’s ushered in a glut of high end daily fee facilities, but today you are not seeing that kind of development. Creating more short courses or affordable courses is challenging for the owner in that those are tougher to operate profitably. While we ourselves operate higher priced courses we balance that with creating loyalty programs that offer savings to frequent guests and create events that may appeal to all budgets. The best solution is to program the course in a way that provides opportunities for frequent players to save, use slower times of the day to provide more affordable access…all of which maximizes the day for the golf owner but also provides great opportunities for players, residents and the like.

How are the neighborhoods impacted by courses that OB Sports manages? Our goal is to make our courses the “gathering place” for the community. We create programming designed to bring our neighbors to our courses for golf, dining, birthday celebrations, weddings and more. Our course-specific loyalty programs offer tremendous rates and benefits that the neighborhood embraces and our course con-

ditioning and agronomic standards enhance the appeal of a community. We strive to enhance the values and the lifestyles of our neighborhoods.

Tell our readers about the Express Lane. Many OB Sports courses are implementing this initiative that addresses the age old pace of play issue. We set aside a certain number of prime time tee times on higher demand days for golfers that are dedicated to playing in 3 hours and 45 minutes or less. We starting the program in Las Vegas at Angel Park Golf Club last year and since then have expanded it to a number of courses. We feel these kinds of efforts are what golf needs to combat the pace of play issue. Our OB Sports Express Lane tee times give the golfer reassurance they can play golf and get back to the office or back home to catch “Johnny’s soccer game” in a timely manner.

How often do you play golf and what are you shooting these days? Actually, I am playing the most I have played in years. I think thus far this year I have posted around 30 or so scores. I am currently a 6.4 handicap and always grinding to get (and stay) in the 70’s.

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GOLF FEST PHOENIX 2012 SHOW DATES ANNOUNCED On Friday, February 10th and Saturday, February 11th 2012, from 9am – 5pm, Golf

Fest will be held at Longbow Golf Club. The show features incredible deals from top golf

2012 ITTY BITTY OPEN The yearly Open, sponsored by The Junior Golf Association of Arizona, The Phoenix Parks & Recreation Department and the Thunderbirds is once again set to begin. On January 21, 2012, all 3, 4 & 5 year-olds can play for free around the city. All clinic times are 9:00 am, 10:00 am, or 11:00 am. Each golfer will receive a set of plastic golf clubs (don’t bring your own), balls, a bag and a visor. You and your child, along with a cartoon friend will learn the basic skills of golf taught by a PGA or LPGA Professional. After the clinic, there will be a fun, non-competitive golf tournament where an adult caddy will accompany each golfer. 13 locations and 3 times are offered for your convenience. Space is limited

30TH ANNIVERSARY BILL DICKEY EAST WEST GOLF CLASSIC Registration is Thursday, Jan 19, 2012 and the Tournament is Friday, Jan 20th and Saturday, Jan 21st. There is a shotgun start at 9a.m. with an individual stroke play format. Wild Horse Pass Hotel and Casino in Chandler is the new headquarters for the tournament. Courses involved are Whirlwind Golf Club in Chandler and Legacy Golf Resort in Phoenix.


companies including TaylorMade, Cleveland, Ping, Titleist, Callaway and Adams, plus great values on clothing, golf resorts, golf tee times, and emerging golf company products and services. PGA Professional and worldrenowned golf trick shot artist, Peter Longo, will be performing his amazing golf trick shot show at 1:00 pm both days. In addition, Golf Fest will feature FREE lessons by PGA and LPGA pros, free driving range use to test the latest technology, golf skill contests for great prizes, plus tee time and golf vacation discounts. There will be a variety of presentations and driving range exhibitions with lessons geared for juniors, female and male golfers of all ages and levels. Longbow Golf Club is located at 5601 E. Longbow Parkway, Mesa, Arizona 85215. Admission is $10, and children under 10 are admitted free. With paid admission, attendees will receive a FREE round of golf at Longbow Golf Club. A cart fee and tee time restrictions will apply. For more information, call (619) 683-3700 or visit

at each session so sign up early. A special contest with prizes will be held at each session for the Best Dressed Golfer and Caddie Team. This can be anything--old golf style fashion, new golf style fashion or unique golf fashion. All winners will receive a congratulatory letter, a trophy, and two tickets for the R.S. Hoyt, Jr. Dream Day Activities at the 2012 Waste Management Phoenix Open (PGA Tour Event). Kids are allowed to attend the R.S. Hoyt, Jr. Dream Day Activities at no charge, so the tickets are for parents or other adults. Don’t miss out on the fun! To find available clinic locations and times, please visit http:// board/index.htm. To register online go to and click on Itty Bitty Open.

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Where were you born? Did you grow up there? I was born and raised in a small town just south of Rochester, NY called Canandaigua.

What do you do for a living (or when you aren’t playing golf)? I am a Sales Executive with Xerox.

Do you have a favorite designer for suits, shoes, etc? Not really, for me the cheapest thing that looks good. I gotta say though, I love Ecco shoes. I wear them for golfing and work.

Aside from golf, what do you prefer for fun and relaxation? When I’m not golfing, I like to do other sports. I played College Baseball so Softball is now my fix. Outside of that, I am most likely kicking it at the house watching some Curb Your Enthusiasm!

What’s your take on cuddling?

Winter I love it,

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summer not so much—too hot.

Who would you like to have with you on a deserted island? Honestly, I think it would be cool to have just a Jetski, PB&J, a 2 iron, and a Top Flight XL. Sounds fun right?

What three people would you most like to play with in your fantasy foursome? Bagger Vance, Randolp Junuh (just kidding), Tiger Woods for sure, and Bubba Watson so I can show him I can bomb it past him. Jack Nicklaus and Ben Hogan are also good options.

Boxers or briefs?


What is the last book you read?

Oh man, last

book I read was Putting Guru.

What is your favorite course to play?

In Arizona- Southern Dunes. As for the rest of the country, I gotta say Kiawah Island--the Ocean Course was the coolest course I have played.

What was your best golf shot ever?

I have had 3 hole in ones and 2 double eagles. Probably the best though was my first double eagle. I was playing with my grandfather at Bristol Harbour in Canandaigua, NY and I hit a huge drive with a 9 iron in. I hit it 10 feet short of the flag and it rolled in the cup for an albatross. 12

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Which group of people did you associate most with in high school? I never really associated with one group. I went to three different high schools, so I was always bouncing around and meeting new people.

What is your favorite sport to play and to watch? My favorite sport to play is

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volleyball and my favorite sport to watch is college football.

Do you enjoy playing golf and are there any golfers in your family? I enjoy

playing golf… when I`m playing well. I get really frustrated and sometimes end up quitting before 18. Both of my parents are huge golfers. My mom actually owns a golf company, Golf For Cause. She and my dad hit the links weekly.

What do you feel makes this club special?


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The staff makes this club truly special. It is great working with such awesome people and the players always return for the same reason.

What is your favorite part and least favorite part of being a cart girl? My

favorite part of this job is the interaction with the golfers. I`m there to make their golf experiences the best they can be for that day. It has been really fun getting to know the players, especially the regulars. My least favorite part would definitely have to be the tan lines.

If you weren`t a cart girl what would you be doing? I would probably be training for the next NASA mission to space. I couldn`t leave my golfers here on earth though, so I`ll be sticking around at Silverado.

What is your most memorable moment working as a cart girl? One of my

regulars came to the course after a week in Ireland. Upon his return, he gave me a framed shamrock with a quote, “May your pockets be heavy and your heart be light. May good luck pursue each morning and night.” I was so surprised by the cute gift and how thoughtful he was to have gotten something for me on his vacation! At that moment I felt 14

like I had truly been doing my job. I had taken care of my customers well enough for them to think of me off the course. I always carry around the little shamrock with me to make sure I have a bit of luck at all times.

What is the funniest thing you have seen on the golf course? Golf can be a

frustrating sport, so sometimes fights occur on the course (always funny to watch). One particular argument I witnessed was a husband trying to teach his wife to golf. Every time I saw them he would be directing her or demonstrating a proper swing. She obviously had enough of his ‘constructive criticism.’ The last time I saw them, the wife had dropped her club in the middle of the fairway and took off in the cart towards the clubhouse without her husband. I am not sure how the situation ended up playing out. Needless to say, I haven’t seen them out on the course since.

What hobbies do you enjoy?

I love doing crafts and decorating anything I can get my hands on. I also love to play sports, especially volleyball.

What is your favorite charity to support?

My favorite charity to support is SAARC.

What else would you like us to know? All

of the cart girls at Silverado take care of the local desert animals. On hole 9, we have ground squirrels that pop up out of the ground when they hear the sound of our beverage cart approaching. Even in my training, I was taught to stop and throw them some peanuts. If time allows, I can get off the cart and wait for the cute ground squirrels to come take a peanut from my hand, scurry away, nibble, and then return for more. We also have a roadrunner with a gimp leg on the back nine that follows the beverage cart around. He`s not comfortable enough with me yet to get too close, but I always make sure to toss him peanuts. Arizona Golf Central • Volume 1, Issue 7

special events

Veterans Golf for Wounded Warriors

Four Golf Academy of America students, who are also military veterans, played golf in Phoenix for 11 hours, 11 minutes and 11 seconds on Veteran’s Day 11-11-11 to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. The marathon golf took place at Ocotillo Golf Resort in Chandler. It started at sunrise, 6:37 a.m. and play was over by sunset that same day, 5:48 p.m. The GAA students who played for the fundraiser were: Gerald Bohl, Air Force veteran, Abilene, Texas, Robert Wilcox, Navy veteran, Cortland, NY, Josh Anders, Army veteran, of Many La. and Vincent Green, Army veteran, of Bethlehem, Penn. Anders, who served our country for 8 years (15 months of that in Iraq), said he took up golf at the local golf course on the Post to be able to drink beer. When he returned from Iraq, golf ended up being a great stress reliever for him. Seeing the irony in that statement, he said, ‘it’s better than getting shot at!’ Wilcox who will graduate from the Academy in August of 2012 decided to change his career when the market crashed. He served our country as a US Navy Seabee helping to build construction battalions. When his civilian career struggled in the new business world, he decided to follow his golfing passion of 27 years. Bohl served 27 years and retired as a Master Seargent in the US Air 16

Force. During five years of service in the deserts of Kuwait and Haiti, he said he only really needed a sand wedge there. But now that he is at the academy, he agrees that golf is ‘the greatest release of tension. There are about 30-40 former military guys here at the Academy. We play and we talk—they are a great group of guys.’ According to the Wounded Warriors website, their mission is to honor and empower wounded warriors with the vision of fostering the most successful, well-adjusted generation of wounded service members in our nation’s history. Golf Academy of America is the largest and longest-running two-year golf career college in the world and prepares graduates for a wide array of golf career opportunities in the $76 billion a year industry. The 16-month

program balances classroom studies, practical experience and a comprehensive understanding of both the game and the business of golf. For more information on the Wounded Warrior Project, please visit For more information on the Golf Academy of America, visit

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36 holes of championship golf. The two distinct layouts – the East and West Courses – pack a one two punch that has earned it a place among Golf Digest’s “Top 50 Resort Courses in America” and The Wall Street Journal’s “10 Great Places to Golf.” Bear Creek has played host to PGA TOUR Qualifiers and the Texas State Open. While the golf may be bigger, the prices are not. Rates range from $55 (Monday – Thursday) to $69 (Friday – Sunday, Holidays). For more information visit or call (972) 456-3200.

Texas Star Golf Course This municipal track was designed by Keith Foster and gives off a Texas Hill Country-vibe. Despite its location just minutes from the DFW Airport and downtown Dallas, stacked rock ponds, waterfalls and natural woodlands create a relaxing atmosphere. The par-71, which plays to roughly 7,000 yards from the back tees, has been highly ranked by Golf Digest, Golfweek, the Dallas Morning News and T&L Golf. For more information visit or call (817) 685-7888.

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Make The Turn On The Canadian apparel brand Catwalk Performance Artwear continues to roll out new and unique designs for their fashion forward brand of Golf and Lifestyle wear. Founded in 2006 by avid amateur golfer and artist Lauren Demerling and business partner Sima Anvari. Catwalk is known for bold, graphic designs that celebrate and flatter women’s curves and their trademark use of classic neutrals. “We try to respond to the feedback of women who wear and want Catwalk flair,” said Demerling. “We have had requests from women of all ages and sizes for options in fit, to disguise the areas women are self conscious about, but still flatter their curves. This year we are really excited to introduce Relaxed Fit along with our Classic Fit Catwalk. These shirts have the same styling, still accentuate the waist, with just a little more room in the bust and tummy.” Other new innovations are the sublimated “Artwear” collection, reversible skirts that feature print on one side and solid color on the other, zippy jackets, a convertible golf dress and our “chill out” leisure pant. “Women want clothes that look great, are feminine and athletic, and offer good value for money. They want clothes that will perform on the golf course and in their busy day to day lives as well”, says Anvari. “This is always at the forefront when Lauren is designing. We are always looking for creative ways to make every piece as unique and versatile as possible” Catwalk Performance Artwear can be found in fine golf shops in Florida, Canada and the USA. For more information visit


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Golf Central Magazine’s 2011

Holiday Gift Guide Ecco Street Shoes Made popular when Fred Couples shot a 66 in the opening round of the 2010 Masters Tournament, the Ecco Golf Street Golf shoes are hybrid on/off-course golf shoes that offer a casual, relaxed look with outstanding underfoot traction and incredible comfort while keeping you low to the ground for great stability in your stroke. Men’s and women’s styles available.

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Now you can fly your favorite team’s colors around the putting green with Bettinardi Golf’s new NFL putter covers (they also have select MLB teams). Yes, other team covers exist, but these ones are a cut above the rest, boasting the patented slip-on cover design developed by famed putter designer Robert Bettinardi. The embroidery and overall feel of these covers is top notch.


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Holiday Gift Guide PUTTIST

Putting is half of golf, but ONLY if you twoputt. How can I putt better? This question has plagued golfers for centuries. Introducing PUTTIST that uses digital sensor technology to measure putting distance and accuracy. Practice 6 to 45 foot putts in a 5 foot space to train your muscle memory. Green Speed is adjustable to Slow, Average and Fast. Training is fun with skill games to measure improvement. Practice anytime, anywhere—even in your living room, office, or while traveling. Train with PUTTIST—the three-putt killer!

BizMark Ball Cleaner

A ‘clean ball’ means a ‘clean putt’. Sure, you can carry a towel, but will it clean every dimple? Keeping your golf balls clean and shiny will make it easier for you to handle and will avoid negatively impacting the ball’s speed or spin. BizMark Golf is also equipped with a magnetic ball marker allowing players to mark their ball prior to cleaning it on the green. BizMark Golf ball cleaners can be logo’d with your favorite team, charity or course.


Scorgolf is declaring war on the short game. They’ve started by introducing the most revolutionary redesign of scoring clubs ever, featuring the most advanced short game fitting system anywhere. Regardless of your handicap, SCOR4161 challenges over 60 years of ‘conventional wisdom’ and completely re-invents ALL the scoring clubs—wedges and short irons. Scorgolf invites you to spend some time with them to help make your short game better than ever.

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Golf Central Magazine’s 2011

Holiday Gift Guide Polara Golf Balls

Polara Golf Balls finally introduced what recreational golfers have been looking for…a quick fix for their game. Introducing the World’s 1st Self Correcting golf ball. While other golf ball manufacturers ‘claim’ to improve accuracy or reduce your hook or slice, the unique dimple design of the Polara Self Correcting Technology golf ball actually does it! Polara Ultimate Straight Golf Balls with Self Correcting Technology corrects hooks and slices up to 75%.....GUARANTEED!

Sunice 2012 Layers Adding layers to your golf wardrobe can enhance your overall physical performance and ultimately improve your golf game. Properly designed performance layers become an integral part of your game enhancing equipment. Sunice Performance Layers are designed to create the ultimate golf apparel layering system that allows golfers to play at their very best in all weather conditions. Certain weather conditions demand the ultimate protection but it’s not always raining and windy. For early in the season, cool mornings or damp at dawn, when you need an extra layer without the extra bulk or weight, the Otaki SuperLite FX™ Pullover is back and remains the ultimate choice. Invisible chest pocket zipper and moisture wicking properties are a couple of details that makes this piece stand out from the rest. Bright new color combinations also add interest.

Tour Pure Pro

Tour Pure is the most complete training system ever developed. It uses the swing plane indicator to guide you on a perfect swing plane and path every single swing. It will ingrain muscle memory quicker than any form of practice available. Perfect for all skills levels, the Tour Pure is an excellent training aid for beginners, while low handicap golfers can use it to focus and sharpen skills already developed.


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Golf Central Magazine’s 2011

Holiday Gift Guide MatchPlay Cologne

Do people recognize your presence because of the scent of your trademark cologne? Does your girlfriend or wife buy you the same men’s cologne for your birthday year after year? If you answered yes to both of these questions, you may be in need of a slight change. MatchPlay Cologne is a fresh fragrance that has a sharp blend of aromas and embodies the very essence of appeal.

Tour Striker Pro

The most important part of the golf swing is the impact position. The Tour Striker and the NEW Tour Striker Pro training clubs have been created not to care about your swing style or shape. These distinctive designs have little clubface below the ‘sweet spot’, like a traditional club. Instead, the clubs have been designed so you intuitively teach yourself how to deliver the ‘sweet spot’ of the club to the ball like an expert ball striker. Tour Striker might be the remedy you have been looking for.


Same game. New vibe. Sligo is the fusion between fashion and performance. Cutting edge fit, progressive styling and aggressive colors define the golfer as an individual. When it comes to trendy apparel with bold colors and patterns that stand out, few companies are putting out what the folks at SligoWear have been doing for the last few years.

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By Stan Awtrey

celebrity corner

PGATOUR.COM Contributor

Accident Steers Country star Jake Owen From Golf to Music

There was a time when Jake Owen could close his eyes and envision himself playing at TPC Sawgrass. He’ll get that opportunity on Friday, but he’ll have a guitar rather than a 5-iron in his hands. When Owen graduated from high school, his plans were to play golf at Florida State University and eventually play professional golf. He was successful in the junior ranks and was working at the school’s golf camp when his life suddenly changed. Owen was seriously injured in a wakeboarding accident. His mangled shoulder required reconstructive surgery and his golf career was put on hold indefinitely. Little did he know what a life-changing moment that would turn out to be. “I always believe that when one door closes, another one opens up,” Owen said. The shoulder injury closed to door to golf for more than a year. There was very little he could do to maintain his skills. Frustrated and anxious, he looked for another avenue to fill the void in his life and found it with 26

music. He discovered a guitar in his roommate’s closet and immersed himself in another learning process. “I had lost my interest in golf, since I couldn’t play, and found a new love with music,” he said. He taught himself how to play the guitar, slowly learning chords and songs. Before long he was writing his own songs and performing at local es-

elements of a great country song -- trucks, girls and good times. The video conveys what it must be like to spend a day at the beach with Owen. It even shows him wakeboarding. “That video was a lot of fun to shoot,” he said. “Those are all my friends. That’s my truck . . . it’s my boat. It captures a day in the life of me.” And while music takes up the largest part of Owen’s life these days -- he’s toured with the likes of Keith Urban, Sugarland, Kenny Chesney and Brad Paisley -- he still makes room for golf. Since most concerts are in the evening, he gets a chance to play whenever he likes. His game is pretty good, too. He rates his handicap between a one and a two and enjoys the game more because of his changing perspective. “I found I actually play a lot better because I can come out and not care what I shoot,” he said. “Now I can just go out and play and enjoy myself.” He gets to play some nice places, too. Within the last year Owen has had the opportunity to visit the Chicago Golf Club, Southern Hills and Augusta National. He wouldn’t mind sneaking onto the TPC Sawgrass and taking a whack at that 17th hole and the famous island green if he gets a chance. “It’s hard to not like country music,” Owen said. “It’s a format for real people and I think that’s appealing.”

tablishments. He soon moved to Nashville and not long afterwards found himself with a recording contract. “It seems like every time you make plans, life sort of happens,” Owen said. His first album was released in 2006 and featured three hits, including “Yee Haw” and “Startin’ with Me,” which reached No. 6 on the country charts. His “Easy Does It” album in 2008 had three hit singles, including “Don’t Think I Can’t Love You,” which reached No. 2, and “Eight Second Ride,” which went gold. Owen’s latest album is “Barefoot Blue Jean Night” and has already reached No. 1 as an album and as a platinum single. The feel-good song mixes many of the popular Arizona Golf Central • Volume 1, Issue 7

competitive spirits

Crystal Head Vodka

A controversial archaeological mystery, 13 crystal heads have been found in regions around the world, from the American southwest to Tibet. They’re dated between 5,000 and 35,000 years old, and were supposedly polished into shape from solid quartz chunks over a period of several hundred years. Although according to Hewlett Packard engineers, they bear no tool marks to tell us exactly how they were made. The heads are thought to offer spiritual power and enlightenment to those who possess them, and as such stand not as symbols of death, but of life. Dan Aykroyd is a well-known actor, musician, entrepreneur and spiritualist; a believer in what he calls the “invisible world” where otherworldly presences are a “form of reality as valid as our normal reality.” Partner and veteran fine artist John Alexander has exhibited extensively in the United States and around the world. Together, they were avid researchers of the legend of the 13 crystal heads. And from this inspiration, an idea was born.

Bare Bones Pomegranate

Flaming Martyr Ingredients: 1 1/4 oz. Crystal Head Vodka 2 ea. Orange Half Moon Slices cut into 3 1 1/2 oz. Monin Sugar Free Triple Sec 1 oz. Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice (Could substitute regular Orange Juice) 1 oz. Fresh Squeezed Lime Juice 2 oz, Club Soda Method: Fill mixing glass with Orange Pieces and top with ice. Pour Crystal Head, Monin Sugar Free Triple Sec, Fresh Orange Juice and Fresh Lime Juice into glass. Shake three times and pour into glass. Top with Club Soda. Shake and Pour

Light-headed “Low Carb”: 1.5oz Crystal Head Vodka 0.5 oz pomegranate juice 0.5 agave nectar 0.5 oz fresh lemon juice Method: Served up Garnish: Orange peel slice...rub around rim and drop on top.

Light Headed Passion Ingredients: Serves 1 1 1/2 ounces Crystal Head Vodka 2 ounces of Pomegranate Juice 2 ounces of Cranberry Juice 3 ounces of Soda Water 6 Blueberries Method: In a tall glass, add ice, tilt the glass and pour the Pomegranate juice slowly (to create a layering effect). Then slowly pour the Cranberry juice, and top it off with Soda water and add the Blueberries. Garnish: Blueberries and lemon wheel

Nominate your favorite bartender to showcase his/her signature drink with a recipe and photos. Readers will also find a discounted price for that drink so they can visit the bartender to sample the true taste of the libation. 28

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from the minute I signed that letter of intent that I wanted to be a professional golfer.”   When asked the biggest differences between golf and baseball, Trudeau is

Julien Trudeau

quick to point out he doesn’t believe he is selfish enough yet on the golf course. “Baseball is a team sport, where golf is individual,” said Trudeau. “I thrived

Big Break Ireland Competitor

in baseball – and hockey to an extent when I was younger – because I was a part of a team. My favorite moment in my sports career was winning the state high school baseball championship my senior year.  Golf is different.  You take ownership for every shot, every putt, and every chip.  I am still working on that every day.” Trudeau says he has competed on nearly every mini-tour circuit in the U.S. and Canada during his career.  He can write a book on the struggles of maintaining finances as a golf professional.  He has quit the game on more than one

Age: 30 Hometown: Montreal, Quebec, Canada Current Residence: Phoenix, AZ Home Course: Tatum Ranch Golf Club College: Wichita State University Profession: Golf Professional

occasion due to lack of funds.

Photos courtesy of Golf Channel

he Golf Channel The GOlf Channel The Golf Channel The Golf Channel The Gol

another determining factor. I knew

“Being a golf pro is such a difficult life if the chips don’t go your way,” said Trudeau. “I have had more than my share of ups and downs.” In December of 2009 at the final stage of PGA TOUR Q School, he missed earning a PGA TOUR card by one shot.  He spent 2010 on the Nationwide Tour, making only two cuts in 17 events. Citing burnout with little money to his name, Trudeau was ready to walk away

The lone Canadian on Big Break

in college,” explained Trudeau. “Golf,

Ireland, Trudeau is looking to continue

however, was a much more natural

the success Canadians recently have

sport for me. And unlike baseball, I

had on Big Break. In the past season

thought I could make a

of Big Break Indian Wells, the two Ca-

career in golf.”

nadians in the series advanced to the

He received multiple

finale, with Essex, Ontario native David

scholarship offers from

Byrne crowned champion.

Division I schools to play

“Canadians stick together,” joked

golf, but chose Wichita

Trudeau. “The Big Break trophy is back

State so he would have

in Canada, and I plan to keep the title

a chance to start on the

of Big Break champion in Canada.”

varsity team.  

Growing up in Montreal, hockey was

“The golf coach at

Trudeau’s first love. It wasn’t until his

Wichita State, Grier

family moved to Arizona that other

Jones, sold me on the

sports became a focus – golf and base-

program,” said Trudeau.


His experience playing

“I had offers to play golf and baseball

on the PGA TOUR was


from the game when a friend suggested he audition for Big Break. “I thought, why not?  If anyone needs a Big Break, it’s Julien Trudeau.”

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By Dr. Bob Winters

swing thoughts

Golf: A Game of Focus, Guts and Persistence Keegan Bradley: Gutsy Performer

but that they played their misses

One of the most vivid

opportunity. The truth is this: You

examples of mental

will miss shots and sometimes

discipline and focus came

they will be ugly…but you have to

earlier this 2011 season

accept the misses and move on!.

well and made the most of every

This is a truism based on reality.

when a virtual newcomer to major competition walked

You will miss shots and you will

away with the coveted

miss putts. Mistakes are a part

PGA Championship and

of golf and they will happen. The

Wanamaker Trophy. That

good news though, is that you do

upstart was none other

not have to accept the misses as

than Keegan Bradley

“personal failures” but merely bumps

who moved from former

in a very challenging road that is

mini-tour player to major

certainly worth your performance

championship winner in just

effort. By accepting that mistakes

a couple of golfing seasons.

will happen along the way, tends to

Keegan vaulted into the

humanize your golf performance

heat of the competition

and help strengthen your resolve to

during the final round of

continue with a determined effort. As Keegan displayed great

the PGA Championship at Atlanta Athletic Club and

emotional resiliency after a

was in contention to make

disastrous triple bogey and moving

a move upon leader Jason

on with a couple of birdies, you too, must learn to stay patient

Dufner. Although being five strokes back with a few holes

Keegan Bradley lifts the Wannamaker trophy

kept hanging in there and

opportunities, there was something

and enthusiasm. Remember,

moved his way into contention. But

more important going on within the

dealing with a tough situation and

then something unplanned happened.

mind of the first -time winner. Keegan

being successful on your next shot

Keegan thinned a pitch shot out of the

Bradley was playing to win. Not just

is what builds confidence and fuels

rough that rolled off the green and into

to finish high and make a big check,

positive momentum for your round.

the water which led to a triple bogey.

but to win. Winning involved Keegan

By Keegan staying patient and

For most players, that triple bogey

staying patient and grinding out the

moving past the frustration of thinking

would have been the downfall of a good

bad stuff, accepting what had happened

that he was out of the championship

week. But Keegan managed to dig deep

and continuing to play with focused

allowed him to play with renewed

and rebound himself with birdies on the

determination until the final shot. Here

effort and spirit. The issue of having

next two holes and play himself back

are a few things that you can apply

a bad hole didn’t spell disaster for

into a playoff which he eventually won.

to your game based upon what we

Keegan because he knew that sometime

The unpredictability of events

witnessed in Keegan’s extraordinary

during the final few holes, everyone

such as what happened to Keegan

victory and gutsy performance.

would have to face the nerves and

Bradley during his final round and to


and move through emotional rough spots with renewed spirit

to play, Keegan somehow

endure the possibilities of success

Jason Dufner’s erosion to close the

Mistakes are a Part of Golf!

or failure. The lesson point is that

deal is what makes the game of golf

The one concept that we can take

when you are faced with a tough

challenging, heartbreaking, and glorious

away from any championship winner

situation, you need to hang tough

within a matter of minutes and strokes.

(amateur or professional) is that they

by staying patient and determined

But in the midst of the bad breaks,

all tend to admit that their winning

to help turn the momentum into a

poor executions, and squandered

performance wasn’t perfect.......

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The point is, never giving up is a

performance. Making a “model” swing

I think it is a great mental strategy to

continuous process. Every single shot is a

of the feeling you want to create is a

start “fresh” on each shot and release the

moment to execute as effectively as you

great way to insert this feeling into

past. We must understand that this is

can. Each day on the links you will be

your brain for retrieval later on in the

game of imperfection and we all suffer

tested on your thinking, your shotmaking

round. What this intervention strategy

bad breaks from time to time and that

ability, and your emotional resolve.

provides you with is a chance to allow

by fretting over the disaster doesn’t help

Within your mind, you must always give

yourself to calm down and to let the

our focus with the present situation.

100% effort! There is no give-up nor let-

negative feelings of disappointment

What we can learn from observing

up. This is the ultimate mental habit

and frustration to dissolve.

Keegan Bradley is that after he walked

that you must create for yourself. The

By utilizing this strategy of swinging

away from making a triple bogey, he put

foundation for your golfing strength is

away your disgust and by replacing the

the past behind him and strode to the

your belief and emotional fortitude.

negative feelings with a purposeful

next tee releasing whatever emotional

The determined spirit that you create

movement, you are creating a “feed-

baggage that he could have endured

for yourself is the same that Keegan

forward movement response” for your

during that time. As he walked to the

Bradley exerted during his critical

next shot instead of allowing your most

next tee, Keegan took the time to assess

moment at the PGA championship. By

recent inefficient swing feeling to harbor

his current situation and create a plan

making a committed effort to hang

and create unrest for the upcoming

for the remaining holes. He used this

tough during difficult situations and

shots that you still need to play. By

time to create a new focus into what he

continuing to play with a renewed

taking the time to create a correct

had to do with the upcoming shot and

spirit will be the greatest asset you can

movement swing the way you want it

hole versus complaining and using the

add to your game! Congratulations

to feel, you have cleared the slate and

bad break to create a mental roadblock

to Keegan for role-modeling the

now are putting into your memory bank

for the entire round. He released his

mental attributes of focus, guts and

a movement of fluidity and synchrony.

past and moved into the current shot

persistence that we can all learn from!

In essence, you are creating a motor

by “starting fresh” and realizing that

program for a reference of correctness

he could not (and should not) dwell on

Mental Edge Applied Strategies:

for the golf swings that follow. Using

his misfortune because the golf course

Now that you know that emotional

this strategy will allow you to stabilize

was simply playing too hard to get

stability and composure are important to

your emotions and create a feeling of

caught up in self-pity or frustration. By

the golfing process, you may be asking:

personal control and effectiveness.

doing his best on that shot gave him

How do I stay calm and put the wheels

a mental and emotional springboard

back on when bad holes or shots occur?

II. Start “Fresh” on each Shot

to stabilize himself and to set up a

Here are two specific strategies to help

The strategy of “starting fresh”

strong finish for the rest of the round.

you maintain a focused emotional state!

suggests that for every poor shot you

By mentally starting fresh on each

hit, you need to let go of the past and

shot allows you to stay in the “here and

I. Take a “Mental Time-Out”

move into the next shot with clarity

now” versus continually living in the

If you become upset or frustrated

and conviction......and certainly without

past and bringing back bad memories

after a poor shot, instead of slamming

negative feelings of anger and distress!

and reminders of what could have been.

the club back into the bag and jumping

To do this, after a poor shot, you must

A wonderful mantra that I remind my

into the golf cart and zipping down to

take off your hat or glove and say to

athletes is “one after one after one, until

find your errant shot, take a “mental

yourself: “Okay...that one is done....

I am done” is a great way to help focus

time-out.” Immediately after your

Let’s forget about it and get into the

on the immediate shot and to let go of

shot, instead of evaluating and labeling

next shot! Use your positive self-talk

the past. You should use this as well!

your shot as terrible, take a couple of

to remind yourself that you can bounce

Using these two mental game

deep breaths and then swing the club

back and that you have done it before

interventions will help you stay

vigorously two times. By swinging

and that you will do it again this time!

in the moment and invest your

your golf club vigorously a couple of

After you have cleared the emotion after

creative potential to finish strong

times allows you to create a physical

the poor shot...remind yourself to hang

and create positive energy. These

and emotional release of energy that

tough and then put your hat or glove

are the key components that have

if left unchecked or nothing done

back on. The ritual of putting your glove

worked for Keegan Bradley this year

to deter this feeling, may be turned

or hat back on after this “down-time”

and they will work for you as well!

into negativity for later shots.

of review and release means that you

May you always play with

After your second “swing-away,”

are ready for the next and new event.

a confident focus!

proceed to make one more swing. On

Essentially, you are creating a cognitive-

this third and final swing, what you

behavioral strategy that suggests “game

are trying to produce is the correct

on” and that your mind is ready to

movement for your swing and shot

engage your body for positive action!

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golf chick

By Golf Chick

Tis the Season for Gratitude Attitude Gratitude begins the holiday season, and frankly, should be carried throughout the year. With Christmas and New Year’s around the corner, perhaps an attitude adjustment could do us all a favor. By the time you read this, it will be the season of consumption, over-spending, and debt accumulation. But as the writer of this article, I want you to adopt this gratitude attitude, and carry it throughout the year. So, here is a friendly reminder

by considering the game of golf. Now, I know what you’re thinking. How can I possibly be thankful for the fact that the course I enjoy is overpriced, my clubs need upgrading, and I need to “swing THROUGH the ball, not at it!”? Yes, you might want the latest Callaway driver or the newest high-MOI mallet putters (sorry to tempt you), but STOP. Sit back and count your blessings. How can you be thankful for the game? How has it impacted your life? If you can’t seem to think right now because you are obsessing about that shot that went waterbound this morning, perhaps you need an attitude adjustment. Here are some reasons to be grateful for this game!

1. It’s A Healthy Activity Ok, so you can’t run 10 miles, 5 days a week anymore. Your knee is shot, your back is giving you fits, and clipping your toenails is an effort. But, you can get pretty fit walking 18 holes. Golf keeps your competitive fires burning and helps keep you well rounded by forcing you to stay away from your cell, to people watch and to enjoy nature. (Yes, there are birds to be seen and heard). Some don’t notice the rewards of what golf offers until they are much older with perhaps knee transplants; it’s the one thing that keeps you out of the lounge chair and out near nature.

4. It Teaches Life Lessons Just when you say, “I got it!”, you get pummeled. Yes, humility is part of golf; it kicks your butt just when your head needs a little shrinking. There are also memorable moments which are built on the golf course. Have you ever hit a shot that you can remember the play by play? This teaches us to appreciate the little things. And finally, meeting people you would have otherwise never encountered occurs on golf courses daily. What a beautiful setting to just connect with a stranger. Not many other events can bring people in harmony, and this comes from having manners with strangers one learns by being on a golf course.

5. It Builds Relationships I am reminded of a friend who told me that he created such a strong bond with his father through golf, and he would not trade that for anything! Now he’s creating that same bond with his children. Also, some women find that is a way to connect with their husbands and vice versa. Where else can you have four solid hours in a natural setting with people you love (or are trying to love!)

6. It Doesn’t Age Discriminate

2. You Get In Touch With Your Emotions You will laugh You will cry You will get angry You will find joy

Where else could a 75-year-old man school a 28-year-old in a sporting event? Golf is the great equalizer: everyone can compete on an equal level. It is about skill levels, not about race, gender, religion, or anything else.

3. You Can Release Stress

Just remember: “PLAY” golf. I love the word “play.” Yes, adults we are, but as adults we need to be kids on occasion. Golf is not about being perfect. It’s about constantly setting a new bar for ourselves, and this can be a picture into the rest of our lives: We can always strive to be better! So be grateful and PLAY more golf.

The key to golf is relaxation. Ironically, the less you play, the more relaxed you are because you have such low expectations. You don’t expect to play well, so you don’t over think or over swing. (No wonder I have been so relaxed lately!!) If you are playing often, however, golf refreshes 34

your mind because it forces you to focus your energies on a “target not a ball!” (as my instructor preaches).

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on your green

By Jason Trujillo

Have You Checked Your Investment Direction Lately? Major life changes, or swings in the market, may mean your investment strategy deserves another look. The way contributions are directed

survey, the median response among financial professionals indicated that individuals need to save approximately 15% of their pay, including employer contributions (if applicable), to have enough income during retirement, assuming they begin saving for retirement early in their career.

can potentially make a big difference in the amount of savings available at retirement. But it’s important not to simply “set it and forget it”. Instead, review how your contributions are allocated with the retirement plan at least annually. Major life events, such as those listed below, also should prompt you to take another look.

From the Fall 2011 issue of Plan Ahead. Get Ahead – a quarterly publication that features financial, how-to articles designed to help retirement plan participants of the Principal Financial Group®. .

Major life changes Any life-changing event—from losing a job to receiving a large inheritance— is reason to review your retirement plan’s asset allocations with a financial professional. A big promotion might allow you to boost your savings and consider an earlier retirement; getting married could mean you and your spouse need to make sure your joint holdings are well-diversified.

Take Action • A financial professional can help you so you can build a portfolio that may be more suited to your life, and maintain it as your life evolves. • Contact Jason Trujillo 602-957-3200x4040 or to schedule an appointment.

In the past year have you:

• Changed your marital status? • Added or lost a member of your family? • Changed careers? • Left your job? • Received an inheritance or other financial windfalls? • Experienced a significant health event? • Moved to a new home or changed your living arrangements? If you answered yes to any of these questions, a review of your asset allocations is in order.

Change your tax rate Congress may vote to increase income taxes, or you could move into a higher tax bracket. Either way, a larger tax burden could have an impact on your long-term savings. A financial professional can help you so your portfolio is as tax-efficient as possible. 36

Asset allocation/diversification does not guarantee a profit or protect against a loss.

Market Performance Some asset classes within your portfolio may perform better than others, which impacts your asset allocation. You may need to rebalance your portfolio to make it suit your goals. If one asset class has done well and another hasn’t, your portfolio will grow out of alignment with your risk tolerance and your investing time horizon.

© 2011 Principal Financial Services, Inc.

Are you curious about how much you should be saving?

Life and Princor® are members of the

First, it’s important to consider your goals and what your expected expenses may be in retirement. Here’s something to keep in mind: In a recent

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golf fit

By Karen Palacios-Jansen

Save Your Back, Save Some Strokes Becoming a great putter takes

your long game, but do you know

a tremendous amount of time. You

that it is just as important to warm

need to practice to develop feel and

up and stretch before and after you

touch, but the long hours standing

practice putting?

in a bent over position can wreak

To prevent injury and help you

havoc on your back, hips and neck.

hang out on the putting green

It is common knowledge to warm

longer, here are three exercises for

up and stretch before and after you

you to do before, during and after

play a round of golf and practice

your practice putting session.



Overhead Deep Squat: This exercise will warm up your back, hips, knees, shoulders and ankles and it will prepare your body for the awkward position you are about to assume.

Forward Bend: After you have completed your practice session, it is important to stretch your body to prevent soreness and keep you supple. The forward bend stretches your back, neck and hamstrings.

Step 1: Stand with feet shoulder width Step 1: Stand with feet shoulder width

apart holding your putter with both hands above your head.

apart holding your putter parallel to the ground behind your back

Step 2: Slowly squat down until your thighs are parallel to the ground, keeping the putter above your head and your heels planted firmly on the ground. Hold for a moment and then slowly stand up.

Step 3: Repeat overhead deep squat 6 to 8 times.

Step 2: Slowly bend forward hinging


Self-Massage: It is important to take frequent breaks while you are practicing your putting, so not to injure your back, legs and neck. Performing self-massage can help keep muscles relaxed, improve range motion and even help release endorphins into the body (the chemicals in your body that make you feel good). Performing self-massage while you practice your putting will help you stay loose and keep you on the putting green longer.

from the hips dropping the club to your ankles. Hold position for 10 to 15 seconds.

Step 3: Slowly come back up to starting position by rolling your spine up one vertebra at a time. Your head should be the last part of your body to come up. Repeat exercise 2 to 3 times.

Step 1: Using your putter shaft, place the club behind your back and simply roll the club up and down massaging your back.

Step 2: Massage each side of your lower back for 10 to 15 seconds.

Step 3: Repeat this exercise frequently during your practice putting session.

Karen Palacios-Jansen is a LPGA Class A Teaching Professional and an AFAA Certified Personal Trainer specializing in Golf Fitness. For more information, please visit 38

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sticks & stogies

By Geoff Stiles

Do you smoke a girly man cigar? If you hang around any hardcore

Conn. Shade is a little spicier on the tongue, but still mild. The filler and

cigar smokers (especially online)

binder is from Mexico and the Do-

you’ll find the term “MCW” used.

minican Republic (as in the Macanu-

Mild Cigar Weenie.

do), but they use a little Nicaraguan leaf to add another flavor dimension.

It’s a mildly derogatory term used

It’s a tasty stick with the Belicoso

for those people who only smoke

earning an 89 in Cigar Aficionado.

mild cigars. As someone who eats

If you really want to go out on

strong cigars for breakfast, I’m here

a limb and expand your palate;

to defend those of you who enjoy a

search your local tobacconist for the

mild cigar or who are new to cigar

Camacho Corojo Candela. Normally

smoking and find strong sticks over-

I prefer a strong cigar, sometimes it

powering. Mild does not always mean

nice to fire up a mild, flavorful smoke

be on the strong side but the use of a

flavorless, they’re just a little more

that lets the cigar makers carefully

Candela wrapper really tones it down.

subtle than a “in your face” Ligero

chosen blend shine through.

Candela? What the heck is Candela?



Easily the most recognizable and

the Camacho Corojo line tends to

Remember those green cigars your

Mild cigars often have a light colored

best selling mild cigar is the Macanudo

gramps used to smoke? That was a

wrapper the most common of which

Café. It’s green, white and gold label

Candela. Candela wrappers are the re-

is Connecticut Shade. As you guessed,

is found in every cigar shop and most

sult of using higher heat in the drying

it comes from the fertile growing

everywhere else cigars are sold. It

process to fix the green chlorophyll in

fields of the Connecticut River Valley

features a high grade Conn. Shade

the leaf and not let it turn brown. This

and is indeed, mild. Really, it’s not so

wrapper with filler from Mexico and

makes the leaf slightly sweet and with

much mild as neutral. Often a cigar

the Dominican Republic and a Mexican

a green tea aftertaste. I really enjoy

blender wants to emphasize the filler

grown binder. While it’s a mild cigar,

this blend and pick up a few anytime

and binder in a cigar so they use a

the Mexican leaf in the blend gives it

I can find some. It’s a nice change of

Conn. Shade since it adds very little

an earthy, leathery flavor profile with

pace, especially in the robusto size.

flavor to the overall blend. New cigar

a cedar finish. The best size is the 91

So go ahead and enjoy your mild

smokers can be turned off by the spicy

rated Hyde Park, a robusto size.

smoke and tell your strong cigar bud-

red or black pepper tones in a Sun

One of my favorite mild cigars is

dies to bugger off. However, if you are

Grown wrapper so a cigar maker will

the Chateau Real from Drew Estates.

smoking a Swisher Sweet, El Producto,

use Conn. Shade wrapper to make the

It’s also wrapped in a Conn. Shade

Garcia y Vega or a Backwoods; then

blend palatable to more people. You

wrapper, but it’s grown in Ecuador

you really are a MCW and worthy of at

know what? That’s OK with me. While

instead of the USA. Ecuador grown

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#2 - Cholla

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If you want to know more, you are going to have to find out on your own. But if you want to know what ‘four mountains’ has to do with golf, then I say go play the We-Ko-Pa Golf Club. You can choose between two highly acclaimed courses—the original Cholla and the newer Saguaro. This duffer has an affinity for originals, so I spent my 18 holes recently at the Scott Miller designed course. Some of the most dramatic scenery you can find in Arizona will be at the Cholla course—as you scan your 360 degree panoramic view of the Four Peaks Mountains, McDowell Mountains, Red Mountains and the Superstition Mountains--you can’t help but be in awe of how fabulous a desert golf experience can be. There are some excellent courses in the Valley of Sun, but it is rare to find one void of residential development. The Cholla offers that escape. It truly is one of the few places where it’s you, the ball and nature. Opened in 2001, the Cholla covers almost 500 acres of natural desert landscape. The course plays a challenging 7,225 yards from the back tees but does cater to players of all calibers. Be sure to bring all of your clubs, because Cholla doesn’t miss a thing. I would have to say this course is a bit more ‘designed’ than its brother the Saguaro, but the greens play fast and true. The fairways are lined with thick desert foliage and provide a tough challenge. The tee shots are a bit trickier (some of them even blind which we all know I just loooove!). It’s really all about making good club selections and being accurate. I was told to be aggressive and so I

Photo by Lonna Tucker

Yavapai and what does it mean, you ask? Well, I’m a golfer (or so I like to think) and not a linguist, but best as I know, Yavapai is an Indian tribe with some connections to the Apaches and We-Ko-Pa means #18 - Cholla ‘four mountains’.

this completely unique course. A birdie on this hole is almost as rare as a hole in one. You will complete your round on the par 4 18th hole—the desert on the left, the water on the right and a downhill risk-reward shot required— what better way to wrap up a day on the links? After a great round (regardless of my score), I was still captivated by the surroundings and decided to hang out a bit longer to view the Club amenities. They offer a world class practice facility showcasing multiple target greens with precise yardages, four putting greens, a chipping green with a practice bunker and several club cleaning stations for your convenience. Upon entry of the clubhouse, you feel like you are in a canyon. The wood beams, water and fire features and woven baskets from the Yavapai culture create an ambience of comfort. The spectacular views of the various mountain ranges inspire

was. I was tested at every turn. Miller got it right when he blended just the right amount of doglegs and straightaway holes. He also gave us ample fairways, various elevation changes, two lakes, and some really strategic bunkers—allthewhile maintaining this pristine desert environment. There isn’t a single out of bounds stake on the entire course. Like I said, it’s all about the accuracy—if you hit well, you are probably going to be pleased. The par 3’s on this course steal the show— some for their surrounding views and some for their design. And if you are really shooting well enough, you can join the elite We-Ko-Pa’s Hole-in-One Club. Unfortunately, you won’t find my name on the list. If you are a big swinger, there are some par 5’s that you will fall in love with. The eighth hole is the longest and most spectacular, playing at over 600 yards. It’s also probably considered the true signature hole of

awe. This 10,000 square foot accommodation is split into two areas, one on each side of the main patio. The north side houses the regularly honored golf shop retail area while the south side contains the dining areas and bar. And that is where I ended my day—with a fabulous meal from the grill and a great drink from the bar. The Cholla course is meticulously maintained and has received much deserved high praise from both the media and golfers alike. But what really makes it stand out amongst other great courses is the golf experience it provides. From the design to the mountain views to the diligence in maintaining nature and the overwhelming customer service, We-Ko-Pa Cholla is truly a quintessential style and memorable desert course. For more information on We-Ko-Pa, please visit Arizona Golf Central • Volume 1, Issue 7

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By Vito Berlingeri Southwest Section PGA

Special Olympics State Golf Championships Returns to Vistal For the 8th year in a row, the Special Olympics State Golf Championship tournament took place at Vistal Golf Club in Phoenix during the first weekend in November. It was sponsored by the Southwest Section of the PGA. Athletes represented 16 delegations around the state, including Yuma, Flagstaff, Prescott, Lake Havasu and Tucson as well as around the Valley. All of the Special Olympian’s and volunteers had a smile on their faces and didn’t have a care in the world on that beautiful fall morning as they got ready to the sounds of a Scottish Bag Piper. They were just excited for the chance to play golf. Tournament director Greg Leicht is the man in charge of everything for the weekend’s event. Leicht also is the director of golf for Vistal. Whether it is the athletes, volunteers or catered food, Leicht has worked tirelessly to organize the event. The festivities began Friday night with the opening ceremonies. A catered dinner and live band followed the ceremony. The tournament itself was a two-day fun filled competition. Leicht said he tries to add a new element to the tournament each year to enhance the experience for the athletes. “We try to make the event just a little better every year,” he said. “That’s always my goal--that we’re going to step it up a little next year.” The tournament began Saturday, and golfers’ scores from both days were combined to determine the gold, silver 46

and bronze medalists. But the truth is Leicht doesn’t care who wins. Neither do the athletes’ parents or the 600 volunteers that help out. And the athletes certainly don’t. All they want is an opportunity to get the white ball into the cup. Everyone is a champion at the Special Olympics. Chris Hite, father of one of the Olympians and the former CEO and President of Special Olympics Arizona, noted that Special Olympics athletes themselves don’t care if they finish first or last. They always have a blast during competition and never complain. “For all these guys it’s all about meeting other people and the friendships they make,” he said. Nadine Armstrong, the Director of Operations for Special Olympics Arizona, said Leicht has done a brilliant job promoting and expanding the event throughout the years. “Greg makes it a point to ensure each athlete has an experience of a lifetime; from having a caddie carry their clubs, to ensuring they receive hats and shirts as gifts,” Armstrong said. Leicht, who started as a coach in Mesa helping Special Olympic athletes learn the game of golf, now is on the board of directors for Special Olympics Arizona. He says the mosttouching moment of the event is the awards ceremony Sunday afternoon. Olympic-themed music is played as athletes receive their medals. Leicht also says it’s magical when volunteers, companies and other groups spend time with athletes. “All you have to do is get the athletes together with any other group and let them talk to each other,” Leicht said. “People are hooked from that point on.” Chris Hite has seen the event get bigger over the past 9 years and knows this event is one of a kind. “This golf tournament, by far, is the best in the nation no doubt,” he said. Arizona Golf Central • Volume 1, Issue 7

Club Professionals continue winning streak for the 2nd year in a row at the 51st Annual Goldwater Cup matches; they lead the series 37-14 It was nip and tuck and not the cosmetic type at the 51st Annual Goldwater Cup matches at the Desert Forest Golf Club in Scottsdale, AZ on November 30, 2011 as the Southwest Section of the PGA club professionals won for the 2nd year in a row 18 ½ 11 ½ over the Top ranked Amateurs from the Arizona Golf Association. With perfect golf weather and the golf course in spectacular tournament shape, both Professionals and Amateurs played great competitive golf! The club professionals prevailed in the senior division as well, winning 16-14, including 3 ½ - 2 ½ in the four ball matches. The senior professionals lead the series 25-10-3 Paired with the senior division players for the 3rd year in a row, the Club professionals won the mixed four ball matches 6 ½ - 5 ½ on the first day, they beat the amateurs in the afternoon foursome matches 4 ½ - 1 ½. Members of the winning Open division team included; Greg Avant, Jeff Yurkiewicz, Blayne Hobbs, Marty Jertson, Don Littrel, Michael Hopper, Dennis Downs, Brandon Smith, Rich Elias, Joe Penaflor, Chris Dompier and Paul Nolen. Mike Malaska, 2011 National PGA teacher of the year, lead the senior division to victory. Malaksa’s teammates included; Jon Chaffee, Randy Wittig, Earl Svenningsen, Jon Stanley, Terry Carlson, Mike Franko, Dave Simm, Greg Ellis, Greg Harmon, Bob Pancratz and Will Frantz. This historic event is named for the late Bob Goldwater Sr., a former state amateur champion and Arizona golf hall of famer who is known as the father of the Phoenix (Waste Management) Open. Arizona Golf Central • Volume 1, Issue 7


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Club Professionals Continue Winning for the 2nd Year in a Row at the 51st Annual Goldwater Cup Matches–They Lead the Series 37-14

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Arizona’s Own Young Guns Representing at Hank Haney International Junior Golf Academy It’s no secret that AZ Golf Central Magazine is a huge advocate for our local Young Guns. Afterall, where would golf be or go if not for the future generations? So, when we heard that 3 of our own were accepted into the highly-acclaimed Hank Haney International Junior Golf Academy program, we knew we needed to share their accomplishments with our readers. Hank Haney International Junior Golf Academy is the world’s only academy to combine training, academics and competition. Located on Hilton Head Island in South Carolina, Hank Haney IJGA began the fall semester on August 15, featuring the most talented junior golfers from around the world including Australia, Bangladesh, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Estonia, Germany, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Lebanon, Mexico, Panama, Romania, South Korea,

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Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago and Venezuela. “Each day, our students at Hank Haney IJGA have an incredible opportunity to not only receive elite daily golf instruction, but learn about different cultures and traditions from their peers,” says Peter Orrell, President and CEO of Junior Golf Corporation, which owns and operates the Hank Haney IJGA. “A reoccurring theme we hear from former students is how the diversity they experienced at Hank Haney IJGA made them more well-rounded individuals.” Hank Haney IJGA opened in 1995

with only six golfers. Since then, graduates have gone on to play the PGA Tour, LPGA Tour and at top NCAA Division I schools. Hank Haney serves as Director of Instruction and his students have gone on to win every major championship in professional, collegiate, amateur and junior golf. The full-time golf program at Hank Haney IJGA consists of spending a half day on full swing, short game, course management, mental preparation and fitness training. For the other part of the day, students in grades five through 12 attend Heritage Academy to complete academic requirements with extensive offerings in college preparatory and honors courses. From September until May, students compete on the International Junior Golf Tour in two and three-day events, with over 90 tournaments annually held each weekend. See below for how our home grown talent is keeping up: Jordan Smith of Phoenix is a post graduate student, taking college courses at University of South CarolinaBeaufort. He just played in the Major Championship at Port Royal Golf Club on Nov 12 and tied for third place. Please review his game at http://bluegolf.ijgt. com/bluegolf/ijgt12/profile/jsmith1474/ tresults.htm. Mason Smith of Phoenix is also a post graduate student, taking college courses

Savannah Schwab

Mason Smith

at University of South Carolina-Beaufort. He played at the Shipyard Golf Club in Hilton Head on Oct 1 where he was tied for second place. Please review his game at profile/msmith879/tresults.htm. Savannah Schwab of Scottsdale is a junior taking classes at Heritage Academy on Hilton Head Island. She also played the Major Championship at Port Royal on Nov 12 and placed 14th. You can review her game at http:// sschwab10/tresults.htm. For more information about the Hank Haney IJGA, please visit,, or call 800.791.8229. Arizona Golf Central • Volume 1, Issue 7

special events

By Chris Skaggs

Chris Skaggs , Larry Belcher On a mission to do just that; I put out a battle cry out and assemble Team Uno. Team Uno feverously worked to fundraise and raise awareness. Our main fundraiser was our inaugural Team Uno Movember Golf Scramble John Janiga, Joe Janiga, Larry Belcher, Chris Skaggs

The Month Formerly Known As November

benefiting Movember. We figured, what better way to save some butts and nuts then whacking the ole golf ball around? We raised awareness and got to enjoy the beautiful Supersti-

My senior year of high school I

cancer in October that it was refresh-

tion Golf Club simultaneously. Put-

had not a care in the world. Then the

ing that men’s cancers could actual

ting and prostates, long drives and

big “C word” came into my life. I was

make it into some conversations to

testicles = mission accomplished!

18 years young and faced with the

help raise awareness. After all, rates

Team Uno created a fun outing at

reality that I was not an immortal teen.

of prostate cancer are comparable to

a beautiful golf venue with amazing

Thanks to family, friends and doctors, I

rates of breast cancer in women.

awards and raffle prizes all to continue

prevailed. I was and am very fortunate.

Testicular cancer typically occurs

their support of the Movember Founda-

A good friend of mine first taught

between the ages of 15-35. I was 18

tion. As the tag lines say, “Together, we

me about Movember a week into

and had a daunting time dealing with

can change the face of men’s health.”

Mo season last year. I was elated

it. I got into Movember because I can’t

For more information on Team Uno

to hear of such a charity. Don’t get

fathom a 15 year old enduring what I

or the Movember Foundation, please

me wrong, I love the boobies but

did. I want to give cancer the finger and

visit www.movember-team-uno.

there is so much done for breast

stop it from making more statistics.

org or

About The Movember Campaign: During November each year, Movember is responsible for the sprouting of moustaches on thousands of men’s faces, in the US and around the world. With their Mo’s, these men raise vital funds and awareness for men’s health, specifically prostate cancer and other cancers that affect men. Once registered at, men start Movember 1st clean shaven. For the rest of the month, these selfless and generous men, known as Mo Bros, groom, trim and wax their way into the annals of fine moustachery. Supported by the women in their lives, Mo Sistas, Movember Mo Bros raise funds by seeking out sponsorship for their Mo-growing efforts. Mo Bros effectively become walking, talking billboards for the 30 days of November. Through their actions and words they raise awareness by prompting private and public conversation around the often ignored issue of men’s health. At the end of the month, Mo Bros and Mo Sistas celebrate their gallantry and valor by either throwing their own Movember party or attending one of the infamous Gala Partés held around the world by Movember, for Movember. The funds raised in the US support prostate cancer and other cancers that affect men. The funds raised are directed to programs run directly by Movember and our men’s health partners, the Prostate Cancer Foundation and LIVESTRONG, the Lance Armstrong Foundation. Together, the three channels work together to ensure that Movember funds are supporting a broad range of innovative, world-class programs in line with our strategic goals in the areas of awareness and education, survivorship and research. 50

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By Jerry Ford

forward thinking

Stevie Williams– The Art of Burning Bridges The act of burning one’s bridges is historically an expression used to signify staking everything on the success of one venture or another, usually battle. In ancient Rome, Generals used to sometimes destroy the bridges or sabotage their own army’s means of retreat to ensure that their men put up a chippy fight - there would be no turning back, so it was fight or die. That’ll show them. In recent times, the term seems to have taken on a more modern twist - still hinging on the fact that there is no turning back, but also insinuating that somehow one has managed to wind up alone and adrift through some action of their own,

populated by a feisty tribe of Poly-

being feisty, but I digress. My point is

nesians known as the Maori. Mostly

that New Zealanders may be saddled

peaceful, the Maori were reasonably

with a long-standing history of a

quiet until Europe poked its head in

certain lack of decorum, dating back to

and showed the natives how to use

the days of the ill-mannered musket

a musket, at which time the entire

wars. Judging by Williams’ recent

bunch went haywire and tribes with

lack of discretion when speaking of

muskets would attack and capture

his ex-employer, there can surely

tribes without muskets, thus disrupt-

be no other explanation other than

ing a quiet history with an explosion

struck-by-lightening or hit-by-pitch

of unsavory bloodshed, courtesy of

for his unsportsmanlike behavior.

the morally corrupt Europeans, no

Looping for Adam Scott and secur-

doubt aided in part by the thieves,

ing his first post-season win, he was

scoundrels and malcontents sent

asked by the media (who must have

from England to occupy neighboring

stampeded over the winner Scott to

Australia and torment the Aborigine.

get to the spurned caddy) how it felt to

There is a lesson in there about

get this win, Williams gushed that this victory was the most fulfilling of

either on purpose or unwittingly.

his entire career. “I’ve caddied for

Stevie Williams is a caddie from

33 years, 145 wins, and this has

New Zealand, best known for

been the best week of my life,”

manning the bag of Tiger Woods

Williams told CBS television after

for over a decade and earning

the final putt dropped on Adam

millions of dollars in prize mon-

Scott‘s eighth career win. What? I

ey, making him the richest ath-

guess the 13 majors and millions

lete in his native country. I was

of New Zealand doubloons in the

unaware that caddies were con-

bank were all simply a prelude to

sidered athletes, which makes

this regular-season win some-

this fact even more ironic. He was

where in Ohio, near Lake Erie.

relieved of his caddying duties

earlier in the year, when Tiger decided he could use a change,

dig. For a change, we all kind of

what with his scandalous divorce,

admired Tiger for keeping his

injuries and difficulty regain-

mouth shut. But Stevie wasn’t fin-

ing the form that had won him

ished - not by a racial long-shot.

thirteen majors. After being let go

by Woods, Steve Williams put on

for caddies. I don’t know what

displays of bridge burning ever.

kind of awards they give cad-

Judging from Williams’ subse-

dies at such an event - I would

quent behavior, I have a hard

assume it would be for things

time imagining how Tiger kept

such as “neatest handwriting”,

him around as long as he did.

“best club-cleaning” or “quick-

New Zealand is a tiny little Australia, and was originally 52

Recently, Williams spoke out

in Shanghai at an awards dinner

one of the best self-destructive

island, located Southeast of

Woods took the high road and

shrugged off Stevie’s backhanded

est to figure out 10% of a golfer’s Steve Williams and Tiger Woods

winnings, after taxes”. ApparArizona Golf Central • Volume 1, Issue 7

ently, there must be an award for “most

to the lens, or a

racially offensive remark” or “most

rough “snatch and

brutal use of a pitching wedge”. When

toss” of a camera

asked about Scott’s win at Bridgestone.

into a nearby pond.

“It was my aim to shove it up that black

But Stevie, with

arse...” Williams was quoted as saying.

his rough-hewn New

Again, Tiger took the high-road,

Zealander ways has

gracefully accepting Williams’ apol-

managed to make

ogy when it was offered - at least

Tiger look like a

publicly. For all we know, he may have

sympathetic char-

already paid for a band of angry Maori

acter and that is

to roust Williams from his sleep, shoot

no easy task, these

him with a musket and chop him

days. Hmmmmmm...

into chum for the man-eating ocean

Maybe that’s been

dwellers off the coast of New Zea-

the goal all along

land. Just sayin’ - you never know.

and this is a master

of his former friend and employer. And

All I know is that I once felt that Wil-

plan worthy of the marauding Maori.

maybe the crafty caddy hasn’t burned

liams had been given the shaft and that

If these little digs somehow man-

his bridge in the end, but simply helped

Tiger had shown bad form for sack-

age to restore some of Tiger’s public

rejuvinate it with his harsh words. I

ing the caddy who had stood by him

luster this could be one of the most

would like to think that Williams is

through all his transgressions. Williams

effective PR game plans of all time.

not so much ill-tempered and lacking

had defended Tiger ruthlessly on the

Perhaps Williams hasn’t picked up

discretion, but simply sly like a fox.

links, swiftly dispatching sly, nebbish

his last check from Woods after all and

Let’s look at it that way - I’m certain

photographers with a well-placed kick

is taking it on the chin for the benefit

New Zealand would approve.

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By Mark Clark, CGCS Troon Country Club

The THREE C's Recently, I was privileged to be in attendance at a meeting of the Southwest Chapter of the Club Managers Association. I was asked to speak and give an update on all things in the world of the Golf Course Superintendent and the Cactus and Pine Golf Course Superintendents Association. There were others there as well to give their updates on what are the hot button topics in golf-- The Professional Golfers Association, The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America, even The United States Golf Association. I know, it’s a lot of golf associations to keep track of. Leaders from each group made presentations on different subjects. But one theme continued to reveal itself. I call it the 3 C’s. Communication, Collaboration, and Cooperation. Many things were revealed about the golf industry at this meeting. One thing was how golf is losing players-around 1 million this year. Another stat was, in the U.S., there will be around 150 golf courses closings in 2011. Both stats are projected from the National Golf Foundation. Both of these are a trend that golf has been on for around 4 years. I see these stats as a lot of people losing their jobs. Thousands of people who used to work in the golf industry are no longer. So for those of us still employed and who make our living because some people like to 54

pay for golf, we need to look at these trends with great concern. The Club Managers, the PGA Professionals, and the Golf Course Superintendents, all have a vital role in making their facilities the best they can be to attract the dwindling number of golfers. We all need to work together in order to utilize each other’s strengths. This is done through the 3 C’s. The first is communication. We need to have open communication with each department and understand how each one plays a role in the golfer having a good experience at their facility. Each person that steps on property should have the best golf experience for their dollar. That can only happen if everyone is on the same page and are communicating the best practices to give that golfer that experience. I meet with my Head Pro everyday to see what may be coming up that day and that week. I read all the function sheets to see how my department is involved in any activities. Our Pro Shop staff does the same. We cannot afford any miscommunications as our facility is expected to be the best. So should your facility. The next C is collaboration. This is the continual exchange of ideas on how to make these “best experiences” happen at your course. Everyone has an idea. We just need to put them out on the table and find solutions to

gaps in the experience. This will minimize the problems seen in managing a facility from one view point. Meet regularly and ask about what we can do to be better or what is not working and affecting that experience. Ask what your department can do to help another department give that golfer a better experience. It is common sense but you would be surprised at how none of this happens. The last C is cooperation. This is obvious. We need to work together as one to increase the enjoyment of the game. Without cooperation, the gaps in a golfers experience could mean fewer golfers and with it, fewer jobs in our industry. We can meet, talk and have great ideas, but if we do not allow these better ideas to work, then the golfers experience could be affected. As leaders, we can all agree, that golf needs a boost in order to sustain its current levels. Golf will need even more in the future to gain back some of the shrinking numbers being seen today. With Communication, Collaboration and Cooperation, we can work as one and bring the best that day to each facility.

Mark Clark CGCS Troon Country Club President Cactus and Pine Golf Course Superintendents Arizona Golf Central • Volume 1, Issue 7

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By Chris Fry

Laser-Like Wedge The difference between a low and high handicap golfer can usually be distinguished in the scoring zone. The scoring zone is anywhere from 60-100 yards from the green. Most of the time, a high handicapper will rack up strokes from this point on because they will struggle making solid contact and controlling the distance. That is why I have developed a system to ensure you are able to make solid contact every time in the scoring zone.

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In image 1 you will see I have a red stake in the ground. This is to help me feel where my center of gravity is. I put the stake and ball in the middle of my stance, and then lean onto my lead (left) side. This creates a setup that promotes your hands being forward and a downward strike on the ball. When setting up you should feel your belt buckle shift in front of the ball until there is about 70% of your weight on the front foot.

The key to crisp contact is making sure you keep your center of gravity on your lead leg. When swinging back you should keep your belt buckle in front of the red stake, no weight moves back. From here accelerate through the ball and hold your finish. In image 2 you will see I am holding my finish and my weight is now completely on my front leg.

For laser-like wedges remember two things – start with your weight forward and keep it there! About Chris Fry Chris Fry is a PGA member and an owner of Expert Golf Instruction and Management based out of McCormick Ranch Golf Club in Scottsdale, AZ. For more from Chris Fry and Expert Golf please visit or email at 56

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