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Volume 13 | Issue 2 | Summer 2012 | golfsce ne.ca

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Thin and flexible rubber soles allow your foot to detect and discern the sensation of gripping the ground. The wide toe box allows the toes to move and function freely within the shoe. Put a pair on and you’ll immediately feel the difference. [page 40]

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Most people in the gallery or watching it on TV saw the reality of Mickelson’s withdrawal p22 “What the hell does that mean?” asked Bernie, whose first language is not English, but whose lingua franca is definitely golf. p26

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Kikkor Golf was one of the brands that started to change the way that golfers look at footwear. The slip-on Slyder is an ideal option for that late evening nine, an impromptu excursion to the range, and or most places in between. Guaranteed not to come undone.

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Deerhurst Resort in Muskoka is a year round playground for those who love the outdoors. During the summer, this treat of a retreat boasts 760 waterfront acres, 200 renovated rooms, 36 picturesque holes, and as you can see, two very enviable chairs ...

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The Highlands Course - Deerhurst Resort - Huntsville Ontario

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Completed in 2004 and designed by legendary golf architect Tom Doak, Cape Kidnappers has been hailed as one of the great modern marvels in golf. Sort of like 7,119 yards of spectacular.

Cape Kidnappers - Hawkes Bay - New Zealand

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FROM THE EDITOR

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eems we’ve had a sweltering start to the summer. Weather, at times, can be golf ’s archenemy - but for those able to handle the heat, this year has been running hard and fast. The summer issue (mid-season) is always a fun one to put together seeing as there are a lot of things underway. Which always means we have a few more photos to share along with stories to tell. Like the LPGA’s newest tour stop (Manulife Financial LPGA Classic) which turned out to be a fanatastic event (hope you made it out to watch). photos on page 28 IN THE ISSUE: Ian Hutchinson has an interesting commentary on the state of the game with respect to how and where the ‘spectator’ fits into the conversation. Hal Quinn has a

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Like all shots it will take some practice, but being able to adjust your swing plane for certain shots will certainly help you to handle the lies that this game will test you with.

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little fun with a few of golf ’s curious ‘phrases’ as well as the mercurial characters who spout them. Paul Dewland posts a great article on where our focus should be with respect to actually improving at this crazy game. Carolanne Doig yarns another interesting tale of how the game accidently found new players. And Sean Foley chimes in with some advice for those of us (myself included) who tend to allow the negatives to impact - or over-impact - our perspective at times. FUN BEING THE FOCUS And if you take anything away from the content between the covers - hopefully, it is this - in order to enjoy and improve at this game, one must find ways to reduce the noise and make it fun. Less think, more play. Enjoy the issue. Next round is on you.

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SUMMER 2012 : Volume 13 : Issue 2

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Dropped in to Rebel Creek for a cup of coffee and a pretty fine display of ball striking from a couple of Callaway staff players on the eve of the LPGA event in Waterloo (see page 28). Sandra Gal and Canada’s own Maude-Aimee Leblanc were hanging out, hitting some balls, and answering a few questions. It was a very relaxed atmosphere and the dialogue was refreshingly candid, courteous, and honest. Both are great ambassadors of the women’s game. Notes of interest:

neither player wants a coach anywhere near them during tournament week both hit it very long - in fact Maude-Aimee is essentially the longest player out on tour (and hit a few over 300 during the light range work-out this day - yikes!) manufacturer’s coaching aside, neither player seemed to have an avid interest in the technology they are using (Sandra was not even sure whether her shafts were stiff or regular) - we’ll give Callaway the plug here (as it is their job to ‘free’ the player’s up to perform and the raw stats certainly suggest something’s working) • both were introduced to the game by their fathers Sandra has one win on tour • (2011) - Maude-Aimee is widely regarded (among her peers) to be someone to watch • Sandra will not be posing again for Sports Illustrated anytime soon

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NICE GIRLS FINISH FARTHER

DOWN THE FAIRWAY

Maude-Aimee LeBlanc Sandra Gal

• Maude-Aimee leads the tour in driving distance

• advice from Sandra for aspiring competitive players - ‘learn to play with your B game’

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PLAY BETTER

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THE HOT SUMMER A SINGLE THOUGHT, A SINGLE FOCUS Steam Whistle’s pilsner is brewed with a singular focus - making one beer of exceptional quality that Canadians can be proud of. And now the independent brewer has designed an original carton that features a sturdy handle and peek-a-boo end panels - added stability, while offering a glimpse into the contents within. Your single swing thought - don’t let go!

For every dozen HEX balls sold in Canada, 50 cents goes to the Callaway Golf in Schools Program - a national initiative that introduces the game to primary school students via

integration into the curriculum. According to Darell Survey data, Golf Pride grips were used by 83 percent of all players at the 2012 US Open. The data showed that 129 of the 156 players in the field had Golf Pride grips on the majority of clubs in the bag, with 87 players - more than half the field - using the Golf Pride Tour Velvet® model. Additionally, 23 players - more than were using any single competitor brand - played with the high-performance and colorful Golf Pride New Decade™ MultiCompound grip models (pictured above).

Aston Martin’s new spaceship flagship model is aptly named the Vanquish. Which is exactly what it will do to the bank account in the tune of $300,000 or more. 565 horses move from 0-62 mph in about the same time it takes your drive to come down (4.1 seconds). That is of course in the event you didn’t just straight top it. Other features include the ability to forgot what you got on the last hole knowing that ... #thesounditmakeskickstartstheheart

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Both the HEX Black and HEX Chrome feature multi-piece construction, patented HEX aerodynamics that produce 100% surface area coverage, and advanced engineering designed to deliver tour performance from tee to green.


GEAR & STYLE

WHEN WATER IS NOT A HAZARD

Bruja Boardshorts from Howler Bros pay homage to the classics, albeit with a modernized fit and finish. Constructed from durable and comfortable polyester microfiber, the hem hits at knee and a button-through ‘firewall’ pocket keeps the valuables safe. www.howlerbros.com

It is impossible to lick your elbow.

OAKLEY’S CIPHER

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With the help of brand affiliate, Hurley, Nike’s newest shoe is inspired by skateboarders and surfers who enjoy golf. Traction was derived from an athlete based pressure mapping study from which the findings directly influenced stud configuration, geometry, and heights of the lugs, resulting in a design that offers traction on demand, when and where you need it.

Billed as the world’s lightest performance golf shoe, the CIPHER’s ability to defy gravity comes from the company’s factory-lite materials - plus the fact that it is cleatless. But never fear, Oakley’s NanoSpike technology ensures sure footing. Added benefits include breathability, moisture wicking, and dual density shock absorption for comfort during even the longest of rounds.

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◄ SUMMER ►

SPECIAL EDITION Cobra Golf has announced the launch of the Special Edition Orange AMPTM Driver. Through a collaboration with Rickie Fowler, the Sunday Orange version of the popular AMP Driver wil be available in limited quantities at select retailers July 16th, 2012.

THE FLICK SHOT In case you were wondering which mobile golf application boasts the highest number of downloads ... hint - it is not a GPS or handicap tracker - it’s a game. Flick Golf takes to the lighter side of things. Simple interface. Crazy courses. Fun.

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ARNIE WEAR – is a modern re-style of an iconic name and brand. Covering 3 decades of Mr. Palmer’s trend setting fashion preferences, Arnie Wear is an homage not only to the man, but to bringing the good times of the past to the present.

Ryan Moore wears Arnie on tour

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SLIGO WEAR – is another Canadian apparel line doing well with current styles and a dedication to pushing the golf apparel envelope. Because the edge is a great place to live - unless of course you’re referring to the cup.

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Graham DeLaet wears Sligo on tour


BEAT THE HEAT

SUN 101 QUIZ

BECAUSE SOMETIMES IT IS GOOD TO SPRAY IT LEFT & RIGHT AS WELL AS DOWN THE MIDDLE

Because we like our readers to be happy and healthy golfers, we thought it pertinent to check in on you and make sure that you are applying the right amount of sunscreen! The standard among Canadian dermatologists, as well as the American Cancer Society, is to recommend that people apply one ounce of sunscreen – the size of a golf ball – every two hours while outdoors, and even more often if they’ve been swimming or sweating. Skin cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in Canadians and the proven main cause is too much sun exposure. The fine folks at Banana Boat have developed a quiz to help educate us. The quiz (at right) sheds some light on sun safety both on the course or off this summer.

- HOW SUN SAVVY ARE YOU? For each question you get right, give yourself one point. Tally up your points at the end to find out your true Sun IQ. QUESTIONS: 1. True or False: Sunscreen isn’t needed on a cloudy day? 2. True or False: A sunscreen with an SPF of 30 means you can stay out in the sun 30 times longer without burning? 3. True or False: Wearing the proper amount of sunscreen during peak hours (10am to 2pm) is enough to protect yourself from the sun? 4. True or False: Sunscreen is just like a pair of white pants: you bring it out for the May long weekend and you can put it away after Labour Day? 5. True or False: Only those with fair skin are at risk for skin cancer and need to use sunscreen? 6. True or False: Both UVA and UVB rays can cause skin damage and skin cancer? 7. True or False: All sunscreens are the same. As long as you’re wearing one, you’ll be well protected from the sun? 8. True or False: Photostable sunscreens provide protection that won’t break down in the sun? 9. True or False: As long as you apply sunscreen each morning before going outside, you will be well protected from the sun? ANSWERS ON PAGE 49

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SORRY AUGUSTA NATIONAL* NATIONAL BUT WE THINK THAT LADIES ON THE COURSE IS A GOOD THING

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important physical factor for performance is flexibility. The Kilton wind jacket and Laurel longsleeve rugger are made to promote a free swing while looking good.

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3. AUR’s Argyle Print Dress is made from

ecosmart organic cotten, comes with shorts, and features a 4 button raised V-point placket. And, yes, perhaps a little added attention.

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4. Tommy Hilfiger’s Antonella sleeveless polo plays nice with their Abigail Poly Skirt. An April Long Sleeve Polo draped over the shoulders compliments the ensemble and provides fashionable function later in the day.

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* that’s right - you can appreciate the golf course and it’s attention to detail (or greenskeeping decadence) all you’d like, but the club and it’s antiquated rules and regulations - not so much. No, Augusta does not allow women members (completely within their private prerogative).Though they do auto-allow any CEO of IBM (a long time sponsor) - unless of course that CEO is a woman. Nothing like breaking down barriers and forward thinking.

Molson’s new hybrid style packaging is a being dubbed an ‘aluminum bottle’. New bottle features a wider mouth and resealable lid. We can’t think of many good reasons to put the cap back on but here’s a funny comment we caught online while doing ‘research’ for this post : Golfers reseal their beers when putting it back in their golf bag to hide it without spilling it when the beer cart is approaching. We have been using them already this year in Windsor as we have some golf league members who work in Detroit and bring them over on league night. jstewrob 20 hours ago

Got to love those border towns. Obviously, we don’t promote that practice - as we think it is important to support the beverage servers nevertheless - we found the humour in it. And it was nice to see golf get a little mainstream youtube comment love. (search for it yourself)

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OPINION

TALKING IN YOUR BACKSWING

the fans pay the ultimate price The odd thing about Phil Mickelson withdrawing from the Memorial back in June is that some were actually willing to forgive him for his petulance, but even his detractors criticized him because that was Jack’s tournament and you don’t do that to one of the great icons of the game. Jack Nicklaus, the host of the Memorial, has recently been serving up ways to grow the game, so I believe the Golden Bear is aware that to do so, the target audience needs to feel that just as much importance is placed on the folks behind the ropes as the tournament host. In the case of the Memorial, the fact that it was Jack’s tournament was more a thing for the inner sanctum of the game, but the people who paid to see marquee players such as Mickelson, with his lame “I’m tired” excuse when he WD-ed, barely got a mention.

The odd thing about Phil Mickelson withdrawing from the Memorial back in June is that some were actually willing to forgive him for his petulance.

It isn’t a complex business model. Tournament sponsors and television advertisers pay a princely sum to get their names and logos in front of the masses who look forward to seeing

Most people in the gallery or watching it on TV saw the reality of Mickelson’s withdrawal. Most people in the gallery or the game’s top stars such as Mickelwatching it on TV saw the reality of son who, in return, has made millions for displaying his talents. Mickelson’s withdrawal. Nice work if you can get it. but He’d just shot a dreadful 79 in the first round and decided to get out of few can, which is why players behave this way at times. They’ll acDodge instead of living up OPINION knowledge the importance to his commitment. There of fan-friendliness, as will was also a sob story about Mickelson being upset about the use the tour, but its importance very ofof cell phone cameras by fans, a group ten rates behind the interests of the that should be a foundation of the players and the tour. PGA Tour’s business plan.

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Ian Hutchinson

Like many businesses these days, the end user is taking low priority compared to the people trying to separate those very same consumers from their dollars. Perhaps, it’s unfair to cast a shadow on all PGA Tour players. Many are good about signing autographs, chatting with the media and many do battle their way through tough times. However, something like the Mickelson incident resonates with fans, who are aware that players have steadfastly refused to go into a rotation in which they’d play every tour event on the schedule every four or five years in order to help strengthen each event’s field. Fans hear players complain about the cabbage at Shaughnessy during last year’s RBC Canadian Open. While the rough may have gone over the top last year, why should our national Open look like a run-ofthe-mill, generic tour event when it should be so much more? Canada took a kick in the teeth 10 years ago when tour officials made Angus Glen shave down its rough, which took a lot of bite out of the Open that year and led to accusations the course couldn’t stand up to the pros. Then, our national Open got put right behind the British Open on the schedule, almost as a punishment because it didn’t have a title sponsor. Now, it’s got a strong one in RBC, but the Open still has to make extra efforts to whisk the players from Britain in order to have a decent field. An alternative to the current dates are still a mystery. The Open is just one of a mass during a summer


schedule that is filled with big events that, depending on the week, are the most important of the year if you listen to the tour’s hype machine. The Canadian Open isn’t a major, so it’ll receive little chance to serve up something different in course setup the way the U.S. and British Opens do. The fact that the tour comes to Canada just once a year is unimportant and a set-up like last year’s might just cause players not to show up. So, the players’ influence is again top priority over its fans and the tour goes right along with it. The tour also goes right along with a major sponsor such as FedEx, who is putting out big dollars to get the fans into the FedEx Cup race and the FedEx Cup playoffs. If you’ve watched television broadcasts of PGA Tour events or clicked on to the tour’s website, you won’t be able to get FedEx Cup out of your face as much as you swat at it and get out the bug spray. To this day, however, I have yet to hear any fans bring the FedEx Cup up in conversation, whether it’s at a golf course or over a burger and a beer. I have no doubt that there is interest in the FedEx Cup playoff events once they get going at the end of the summer. Why wouldn’t golf fans tune in to watch some of the game’s top names, but where the FedEx Cup falls short is in its attempt to try to make itself a Stanley Cup or Super Bowl of golf. That could be for a couple of reasons. The first reason is that golf fans have been brought up with the idea that the majors were the most important events in golf and that won’t change for a long time, if at all. The reason I say if at all is because of the complicated points race that goes on throughout the summer, something that again goes against fan-friendliness. The tour actually wants its fans to follow this thing, even though they don’t understand how it works. The same can be said about the world golf rankings, but complicated formulas used to compile such things nothing new to golf. As long as the powers-that-be understand and, in the case of the FedEx Cup, get a sponsor’s name in front of the masses, that’s all that matters. The people they’re actually trying to sell it to are far down the pecking order.

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TIPS & TRICKS

GET STEEP WHEN PLAYING FROM DEEP ROUGH Dave Smallwood Advancing the ball from the deep rough certainly does pose it’s challenges - BUT it does not mean, with a few minor adjustments, that the next shot is totally lost. The next time you find yourself in this situation, try and make your swing a little steeper. A more vertical angle of attack ensures less grass (resistance) between the clubface and the ball. Upon impact, the ball will also exit the rough at a steeper angle (basic geometry) and that too

means less of the thick stuff the ball must travel through. A more vertical attack will accomplish two very positive effects on the shot. 1 - Less resistance on the downswing allows the clubhead to maintain speed. 2 - Less resistance on the ball as it exits the rough at a higher angle translates into distance.

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Like all shots it will take some practice, but being able to adjust your swing plane for certain shots will certainly help you handle the lies that this game tests you with. STEEPER IN STEEPER OUT

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DAVE SMALLWOOD PGA of Canada (28 Year member) Director of Instruction: - The Golf Performace Center at Whistle Bear - Golf Coach Touring Professionals & Top Amateurs

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an alternative view from the veranda

QUINN ESSENTIALS

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“Centre Cut!” “What the hell does that mean?” asked Bernie, whose first language is not English, but whose lingua franca is definitely golf.

HAL QUINN is a writer / broadcaster whose articles and columns have appeared in magazines and newspapers across North America, England, and as far away as New Zealand. Quinn lives in North Vancouver with his wife, their two daughters, and their dog Mulligan.

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Fred had just sunk a two-footer for double before exclaiming nonsensically, almost Clampett-like if you will, suggesting perhaps that he had finally reached the center of the hole, meaning we guessed, the bottom. “That’s exactly what that pure putt meant; ‘center cut,’” Fred explained, redundantly sort of, as he plucked his battered Pinnacle out of the hole. “That’s what they call it; read it and weep.” Just how to read a verbal statement gave us food for thought and grist for our mill, which I guess is sort of dyslexic, but we were all a bit confused as we walked to the next tee. We had seen it coming, a little bit. Earlier in the round, in quiet moments as Fred flailed in the woods or in the depths of a bunker, we three playing partners had whispered that Fred was acting a little, well, wacko. Certainly he had careered awkwardly past age 50 with little to show for it. A

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career insurance salesmen, he had ridden the fear factor to a comfortable living in the 70s and 80s – his wardrobe, especially the golf section, still reflected the fashion statements of his peak earning years – when fear of individual death was marketable. That piddling anxiety had long ago been replaced, of course, by bigger money-making fears – evil empires; global warming; AIDS; bird flu; Republicans; terrorists; retiring with your current spouse; nuclear proliferation; mercury in sushi; and rain forests, coral reefs, and impoverished villages all disappearing before the next cruise. It’s been tough lately if your shtick is term life. Evidentially, as we were to learn later, Fred was thinking about a career change. He had chosen golf commentary. He was practicing on us. As we made our way around our weekly penance, the weather being the lone aspect perfect for golf, the rustling of leaves and soft lilting bird calls were odd-


He was getting upset. It ly accompanied by a voice could have been the camover. The bon mots never eras and gallery. Oh right, reached the hallowed level there were no cameras or of the immortal; “He has no mikes, not even a disintershot,” but they came close. ested bystander. Such is our On the next tee, my golfing life. backswing had not quite As we staggered through completed its dangerously the back nine we faced elliptical descent past par“awkward lies” in the fairallel when I think I heard a ways; “great lies” in the bunwhispered: “The long hitters kers; balls that “settled into” have to be concerned about the rough and those that the bunker on the right, “sat up” in the same rough but this group doesn’t have but that gave us a “flier lie.” to worry.” That’s not why “What the hell is flier?” I snapped it left over onto an increasingly agitated the range, but it could have Bernie asked Fred, who was been a factor. standing rather A couple of holes close to him in the later, as Gordie – FICTION first cut, holding the other guy in his own three wood upside the group who was keeping down with the grip near his his comments to himself – mouth. “Have you ever had was lining up a monster putt one; have you ever seen one; for bogey, Fred walked over would you know one if it behind him, held the grip flew up and hit you between end of his own putter up to the eyes?” his mouth, and to no one in Fred backed off, whisperparticular said: “This putt ing something inaudible will move to his left, Johnny, into his Golf Pride. and it’s quicker than it looks And so it went. We because it’s all down grain. ‘couldn’t feel the wind from He could easily run this one the tee,’ were told that ‘par’s by.” a good score on this hole,’ “Fred!” Gordie said, warned that ‘he’s taken a through gritted teeth, withsix iron, I don’t know if out looking back. “These that’s enough,” informed are bent grass greens; there that ‘there’s no quit in this is no freakin’ grain!” He guy,’ that despite the sound missed the come backer. ‘he’s a great ball striker,’ and When Bernie hit a career that despite the price of the bunker shot – well, he got it greens fee we ended up in a out – and left himself with lot of “iffy” lies. a 30-footer, Fred blithely We learned that, outside quipped: “Well, that’s the of our group; ‘The guys out best he could do from there.” here are spending a lot of “No it’s not!” shouted the time in the gym, not like the obviously sensitive Bernie. old days, ha, ha.” We heard “The best I could have done a few: “What’s he got Dafrom there was sink the freavid?” in our backswings. kin’ thing! The best I can do We strained our necks four from where I am now is two times each nine looking putt, and that’s no gimme for Snoopy or the Outback Johnny!”

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2012 MANULIFE FINANCIAL LPGA CLASSIC : a photospective

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The event was a huge success in it’s first year. Over 1400 volunteers signed up within a few days of posting. 66,000 spectators came out to cheer on the ladies. Put those two #s together and you have some idea as to why the volunteer below is caught getting a little creative when it came to directing traffic.


Angus-Lee Photos: Doug

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INSIDE THE ROPES with Sean Foley

THE US OPEN:

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his year at the US Open I enjoyed listening to many of the players discuss the unique challenge of the Olympic Club. After listening to many of them speak, the best advice I could have given 25% of those in the field that week would have been to change their Sunday flight to Friday night. They had all but missed the cut - because the language they were using was transforming a hard course into an impossible one. You reading this must have wondered at least once or twice what it is in your game, or life, that makes things into something they are not. Nothing is really anything until we turn into such. Our reality comes from what we see, hear, and think. And there is no single one reality as things appear different to different people. When approaching your golf game, it is a good idea to start selfediting yourself to see if you are making things too difficult to overcome. Olympic was hard but many of the best players in the world made it more difficult than it needed to be. Adding false value to the equation makes mountains out of mole hills.

Sean Foley is the Coach of Tiger Woods, Stephen Ames, Hunter Mahan, Justin Rose and others.

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MIND OVER MATTERS

I want you to remember the following phrase - it could be the most important idea to consider in getting better ...

Seriousness

is a curable disease PAUL DEWLAND works with players on every major North American men’s and women’s professional tour, as well as top ranked amateurs, juniors and NCAA Division 1 players. Paul is an INLPTA Certified Trainer of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) and works at the Core Golf Academy in Orlando, Florida and the Clublink Academy at Glen Abbey. - www.puremindgolf.com -

Adult golfers rarely improve, yet kids usually improve at a rapid rate. Why is that? In most cases here’s the difference: kids treat golf like it’s a game to play and explore. On the other hand, adults turn golf into a job, a task to be mastered and taken seriously.

game - but not playing better. We also talk about our game, think about our game, read about our game, and work on our game. So from this we get good at talking, thinking, reading and working, but we don’t play better because we have practiced those things, yet we have not practiced playing.

It’s proven that seriousness during the play Here’s an idea: of any sport or game kills Instead of going to the our skills and range to try to creativity. On figure out your THE MIND the other hand, swing, maybe go an attitude of to the range and playfulness brings our get better at playing. Take best skills out (just think your best swing, watch about your game when what happens, and be you are freely hitting excited to try something shots on the range versus different. Don’t judge the when actually playing – results of any shot, simthere’s usually a big difply grab another ball with ference). a sense of excitement to see what the next swing I want you to remem- will do. Usually, your best ber the following phrase skills will come out to - it could be the most implay. portant idea to consider in getting better: You get Most importantly, have good at what you do. the courage to take this So for example, we attitude to the course. adults tend to work hard You’ll have more fun, play at our game. Sadly, all better and maybe even that makes us better at feel like a kid again. is working hard at our

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The brothers were in awe of the level of play but also saw that even good golfers hit some bad shots.

CAROLANNE DOIG is a member of the Doig Family, Owners of the Seaforth Golf Club.

Junior golf is alive and well. There are numerous junior golf tours and related events scheduled around Ontario and across the country. Boys and girls under the age of 19 have many opportunities to test their skills against a variety of golf courses and a large number of fellow competitors. One trend that I do notice is the decline of the one day ‘invitational’ tournament. This is not unique to junior golf and appears to be a trend affecting men’s, women’s and couple’s events as well. We have traditionally hosted a number of invitational events in the past 50 plus years but recently have had to tweak some formats, change some dates, and modify pricing to maintain the attraction. Our recent Junior Invitational was smaller in number than usual but the Gord Sallows Trophy which was donated to the club back in 1971 has been presented every year and we forge ahead with the event encour-

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aging our young golfers to compete for the chance to get their name on a trophy that is engraved with over a hundred names of young golfers, many who have gone on to careers in golf. We had an interesting thing happen at the Seaforth Junior Invitational this year. We had advertised the Junior Invitational through the usual channels - posters to area golf clubs, emails to past participants, phone calls to parents and juniors, and this year for the first time a few radio ads just to peak people’s interest. The result was a few new names on the list from further afield. Everyone was registered and heading to their respective tees except for two young boys who had not shown up yet. Just after we had come to the conclusion that they were not coming, and with just five minutes until their tee time, a mom rushed in to our registration to say they had arrived. She seemed a bit confused when I explained that they were ‘almost’ late. Back out to the van she went to bring the boys in to formally register. Now we all know it’s not good to judge a book by its cover and anyone who knew the late Moe Norman will remember the stories of Moe hitchhiking to a course, golf clubs tied with binder twine, balls in his pockets, and dressed in that unique Moe Norman collection, going on to win the event. However, after being in the business for many years I quickly recognized that these two young brothers had little experience with competitive golf. It was not just their attire, which was neat, clean but not ‘golf ’. Their golf equipment

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was older than they were and when I asked for their handicap cards they looked at me as if I had two heads. I soon learned from their mom that they did not actually belong to a club. Because we had little time to spare we quickly got the two youngsters out to their respective tees. I did give our pro, Cam, a heads up to keep an eye on the boys because I wasn’t sure how comfortable they were going to be. We had walking scorers with each group and after about half a hole it was evident that the two brothers, each in a different pairing, were out of their element. Not only were they embarrassed but their play could negatively affect the fellow competitors in their group. What to do? The solution turned out to be simple. Both boys recognized their situation. They had thought they were coming to an instructional clinic not an actual competition. Cam consulted with them both and it was agreed that they would drop out of the tournament. Mom, however, had taken a trip to town for a few hours so we put both boys on a cart with the pro and he proceeded to quietly drive them around the course so they could observe competitive golf at various age levels, right from a group with ten year olds, to groups of 17 and 18 year olds, and a group of young girls too. The brothers were in awe of the level of play but also saw that even good golfers hit some bad shots. After an hour or so of this, they were taken to the range for a lesson with our pro. They were keen and really wanted to learn the game.


When the brothers’ mom returned we explained the situation and invited the boys to remain for the lunch that was part of the tournament. We refunded half the money and everyone was happy. As luck would have it Seaforth Golf Club was being visited by former PGA Pro and Canadian Golf Hall of Fame member, Dan Halldorson, who was here for a Seaforth Country Classic pre-tournament meeting. The brothers were given one of Dan’s instructional books, autographed of course, and they also had their picture taken with the two time World Cup champion. They had no clue who Halldorson was but were going home to ‘google’ him. The best part is that those youngsters wanted to be part of the golfing world and by turning a potentially really bad experience into something positive, we might just have two more golfers for the future.

CLOSING TIME? Sad news indeed as the rumours seem to be true and the driving range in the beaches will close at the end of the season.

This hundred yard sign hangs on the wall of the Beach Fairways clubhouse and is indicative of the number of buckets the range has put into play since it’s inception 13 years ago. The City of Toronto plans to end the owner’s lease this fall. It is one of only two remaining outdoor driving ranges south of Highway 401. The city’s real estate and development arm, says it’s ending the lease so it can begin an environmental cleanup of the site for an eventual ‘neighbourhood regeneration.’

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TIPS & TRICKS

SLIPPERY SLOPES There are all sorts of ways to ease the tension, maintain the line, and control distance on slippery downhill putts ...

... here is one you might not yet have experimented with: If you contact the ball off-centre on the putter the effect will actually be to ‘deaden’ the impact and reduce speed / roll. Same set-up, same tempo, just a minor adjustment to where you contact the ball on the putter-face - try it out on the putting green - the results may surprise you! And remember to always stay aggressive.

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Nike’s Free Inspired Footwear Maybe the worst kept secret in golf were these soon to be released prototype shoes being worn by Tiger. No fault to Nike, it’s hard to hide anything new when it’s being worn in competition by the world’s most sought after player. But here they are – essentially the same shoes that Tiger’s been wearing / testing for about a year now. The design is based on Nike’s highly successful ‘free’ brand of training shoes which the Oregon based shoe behemoth has ...

STYLE

Sivabalasingham Captures Future Links Championship

Turn Up The Shoq

Gajan Sivabalasingham of Ballantrae, Ont. and Ally Shin of Coquitlam, B.C. have won their respective divisions at the CN Future Links Prairie Championship at Minnewasta Golf & Country Club in Morden, Manitoba. In the Junior Boys division, Sivabalasingham, 18, won by a single shot over runner-up Tae Won Kim, 17, of Richmond Hill, Ontario.

Now wouldn’t it be cool if all courses would allow us to bring our own music out there?! We think so. And it will happen / be permitted eventually. As the game needs to loosen up the collars if we want to grow the numbers and increase participation. And as far as the fun factor is concerned – here is a much better use for that smartphone than trying to decipher a yardage through reflective glass in the midday sun. He or she who has the honour – controls the music.

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CANADIAN OPEN 2012

THE APPROACH AT HAMILTON’S 18TH

PHOTO: Grant Fraser

CANADIAN CONTENT AT THIS YEAR’S CANADIAN OPEN As of print date, a total of 14 Canadians are confirmed for the 2012 RBC Canadian Open with Adam Hadwin, Brad Fritsch, Matt McQuillan, Andrew Parr, Eugene Wong, Albin Choi, Brian McCann, Greg Doherty, MacKenzie Hughes and Rob Couture joining the PGA Tour’s Graham DeLaet of Weyburn, Saskatchewan, Brantford’s David Hearn, Stephen Ames of Calgary and Mike Weir of Bright’s Grove. Each will be looking to become the first Canadian since Pat Fletcher in 1954 to win Canada’s National Open title. NOTE: Richard Scott declined his exemption to concentrate on Web.com merit points.

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A GOOD SLICE EXPORTED FROM GOLFSCENE.CA

SINGLE STRAP, NO STAND Here at GolfScene we are huge fans of retro – old skool – vintage type stuff. Particularly, on the apparel and accessories side of things – hickory just can’t quite get it out there. Yet, nothing says ‘we’re playing through’ like an oversized lapel style collar, crested cardigan, or single strap rental bag. You know the one – vanilla canvas with the word RENTAL emblazoned (well, more like stenciled) on the side. The perfect typeface and kerning. It was art. It had character. And it probably meant that you just weren’t that good. Which also meant kinda cool. We love those bags. We’d buy that bag. If we could find one. Few things create demand quite like scarcity. So as we filtered through another day of right click trash email we were ever so intrigued to see this company. And when we inquired about additional info / images they told us they were right in the middle of shooting. Even better. Can’t wait for these guys to launch.

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TRUE linkswear

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We’ve had a pair of these shoes for a little while now - 2011 versions - and have been meaning to put them through a few paces. For those unfamaliar with the TRUE linkswear brand - no worries - they are a relatively new player in the footwear category. Not only does the shoe look a little different, it is meant to feel and function a little different as well. The premise is to try and recreate the feeling / sensation of playing the game barefoot. First of all they are super-light, incredibly ergonomic and intuitive in their design. Thin and flexible rubber soles allow your foot to detect and discern the sensation of gripping the ground. The wide toe box allows the toes to move and function freely within the shoe. Put a pair on and you’ll immediately feel the difference. We’re not big fans of socks. Flip flops are the summer shoe of choice. Barefoot around the house. We do what feels natural. For those reasons, these really do work for us. And we wore them right out of the box, right onto the course - without socks! Feedback? - if there is a more comfortable shoe on the market, we have not worn them yet. And in answer to your next question? Absolutely no loss of any sort in traction, support, power, distance etc. Any teacher worth the name on their bag, will preach good footwork and balance being keys to solid ball striking. TRUE linkswear’s shoes awaken and nurture the athletic senses. How tight you decide to tie them - is up to you.

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IN 17 PGA TOUR EVENTS, BRANTFORD’S DAVID HEARN HAS EARNED $585,355. THE MOST OF ANY CANADIAN THIS SEASON TO DATE. HE HAS ALSO MOVED UP 9 SPOTS IN THE WORLD RANKINGS.

WORLD RANKING

TOUR

David Hearn

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PGA TOUR

Graham Delaet

264

PGA TOUR

Adam Hadwin

324

WEB.COM

Stephen Ames

403

PGA TOUR

Matt McQuillan

492

PGA TOUR

Brad Fritsch

561

WEB.COM

Andrew Parr

584

EUROPEAN TOUR

Corey Renfrew

612

CANADIAN TOUR

Roger Sloan

638

CANADIAN TOUR

Stuart Anderson

676

WEB.COM

Lorie Kane

190

LPGA TOUR

Alena Sharp

238

LPGA TOUR

Maude-Aimee Leblanc

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LPGA TOUR

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CENTRE CUT - continued from page 27 “Fred, you can not become a TV network golf commentator if you’ve never broken 90 on a course that’s not part of a retirement community! I rest my freakin’ case.”

blimp. They must have been on the other coast. Why, we finally asked, why Fred? What the hell are you doing? “Look, I can do that job. You get to fly around to great resorts and don’t have to actually play the course. You only work, what, tops three hours a day? That’s perfect for me. “All you say is, “over to 16,” and stuff like that. Maybe the odd ‘6 iron has been the club of choice on this downhill par three,” and that’s it. The only tough part is figuring out how to mention the blimp every 15 minutes and not mention that the ‘great shots’ are never used. It’s not that tough. I can do this job. We’re finally on the 18th. Bernie, whose game has attracted a disproportionate amount of commentary – the Tiger of our group, in the TV sense – mentions that even if the gig is a no-brainer, the on air guys and gals at least used to be able to play golf. He couldn’t take it any more. Slowly turning and

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looking up at the booth – sorry, he had us all going, Bernie actually wheeled on his tormentor, that’s the way it happened – Bernie pulled himself up to his full 5 ft 10 in and shouted: “Fred, you cannot become a TV network golf commentator if you’ve never broken 90 on a course that’s not part of a retirement community! I rest my freakin’ case.” With that Bernie stepped to the tee, loaded up his Cost Co-bought Pinnacle and followed his customary 20-second waggle with a weak fade left (he’s a lefty) that stayed aloft for its usual 220 yards before dropping, exhausted, into the pond. “Unforced error,” Fred commented, rather ill advisedly. The last we saw of him he was cresting the small rise at the edge of the parking lot just ahead of Bernie – still waving his Wal-Martbought driver over his head – who seemed to be gaining on him. Hope Fred has insurance.

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“The Evolution of the Golf Professional” When I was a kid, I remember watching Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back thinking… “So that’s what the future will be like in 2012 … cool!” Well, some things have not changed that quickly, however I do have some friends who resemble the cast of Star Wars. Quick shout out to my buddy Chewbacca!

It had a sweet spot the size of a ‘baby mosquito’ and the steel shaft felt like an electric shock after every miss-hit. all areas of the business in response to competitive Anyone who has been around the golf industry the pressures and the economic climate. As a result, past 30 years will likely agree that we have gone the expectations placed on the golf professional through some changes. have been magnified. Financial management, fisGolf equipment has improved - leaps & bounds. cal responsibility and technology expert have all I remember my first driver, it was a wood-headed been added to the growing job descripSpalding that had been passed down to tion of the modern day golf professional. me by my grandfather. It had a sweet EDUCATION With the exception of private clubs, ask spot the size of a ‘baby mosquito’ and the any public or semi-private golf professteel shaft felt like an electric shock afsional the last time they had the chance to arrange ter every miss-hit. Compared to today’s standards a lesson. Their answer might give you an indicait was a miracle to break 100. If you told golfers tion of what I am referring to. The requirement 30 years ago that in the future you could book tee of marketing has also become more prominent as times on a computer or cellular phone 24/7, they the good old days of long lines at the register are a would likely have looked at small appliance sized distant memory. With the pro shop being the ‘cencell phone and said … “This thing?” tral nervous system’ of the golf operation, owners Over the years, the golf professional has evolved and managers are looking to the club professional from a somewhat one-dimensional role into a for input on what golfers want as well as some of more entrepreneurial minded, multi-tasking, the challenges getting more golfers to the course. I technology guru that functions on several levels had a chance to ask a colleague that exact question of the organization. Over the past decade, golf and the response was the ‘competition for time.’ clubs have been trying to find ways to streamline

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Unlike the past we are seeing the pinnacle of the dual family career. Anyone raising a family can tell you that time is a rare commodity … school, daycare, dance practice, hockey, baseball, soccer, karate, music lessons, tutoring, play dates and birthday parties are competing with the leisure time of today’s modern parent. So golf professionals, if you can solve that ‘DaVinci Code’ please let me know. To prove this theory, the next time you are driving on a major highway and you see that minivan passing you at 140km/hr, look closely, it’s likely a young parent racing their kids to the next activity on the neverending list. Most of the golf professionals I speak with have endured a technological learning curve. Training our staff on golf software and embracing social media is easier said than done. It seems many rely on tech-savvy younger assistants to help get through the jargon. So if you are thinking of becoming a golf professional purely for the ability to play golf - think again. The required skill sets of the golf professional are ever increasing. But, if you are entrepreneurial minded and have a passion for business, marketing, public relations, financial management, administration, technology, risk management, public speaking, facilities management, board meetings, strategic planning and of course golf. The game is looking for you!

Side Note: Congratulations to Burford-born Adam Henrique on a great NHL playoff run. Way to go Adam! You should be proud of the fact that you weren’t hitting the links before June 12th!

Rob Foster is currently the Coordinator of the Golf & Recreational Club Management program at Fanshawe College (London Campus). He has over 14 years Golf Club Management experience from family operation to corporate management.

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Huntsville 141

Tobermory 400

Muskoka Lakes Bracebridge Gravenhurst

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Owen Sound

Orillia

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Southampton

Collingwood

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Barrie

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Kincardine

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Walkerton

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Mount Forest

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Orangeville

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Arthur Goderich

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Listowel

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Brampton

Fergus 24

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Toronto

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Waterloo

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Seaforth Guelph

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Stratford 7

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Cambridge

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Grand Bend

Oakville

Kitchener Hamilton QEW

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Woodstock

St Catharines

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London

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Sarnia

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St. Thomas

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PLACES TO PLAY Here at GolfScene we know - what all of those self-titled social media experts are still learning - that it is less about the how than it is about the why and where ... so the why part is simple - you love this game - and the where part is, well, RIGHT HERE

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CARDINAL GOLF CLUB is Canada’s largest golf facility, with 72 holes of golf including: three 18 hole championship courses, an 18 hole executive course, large driving range, 18 hole mini-putt, C.P.G.A. staffed Golf Academy, and two unique Clubhouses. Cardinal Golf Club is sure to exceed your expectations.

OTTER CREEK is located just 20 minutes from Woodstock. The stunning layout is deceptively hilly with several holes cut across the picturesque and wooded valleys of Otter, Cedar and Spittler Creeks. At just over 7,100 yards and with six sets of tees, the course plays to every golfer’s ability. Book your tee time today!


BRAEBEN

BRAEBEN is, in simplest terms – beyond expectations. The highlands links inspired 18 hole championship design boasts an overall imprint and attention to detail that can only be fully appreciated in person. A unique golfing experience, the City of Mississauga run BraeBen is as comprehensive a full-service public facility as you will find.

CAMBRIDGE

CAMBRIDGE GOLF CLUB is an inviting, golfer-friendly, 18 hole facility that is always well managed and manicured to ensure a consistently great golf experience. Come in and check out the renovations to the clubhouse. At Cambridge, we are always finding ways to improve the facility and make your next round even more enjoyable.

ELMIRA

ELMIRA is located just outside Elmira in a quiet country setting approximately 15 minutes north of Waterloo. Situated in the Eldale Valley, the course rolls gently across the picturesque country-side, creating unique views from every tee deck. It’s the sort of place that reminds you why you play this game ... and leaves a yearning to return.

CHEDOKE

CHEDOKE is home to two wonderful city run 18-hole public courses (Martin & Beddoe). These mature, tree lined layouts are both nestled into the rolling parkland landscape of the stunning Niagara Escarpment. Location, location, location ... just five minutes from downtown Hamilton and easily accessible off Highway 403 at Aberdeen Avenue.

LOWVILLE

LOWVILLE is central to Burlington, Oakville, Milton, Hamilton and Mississauga. Built along the Niagara Escarpment, the course has many panoramic vistas and views. Lowville Golf Club blends natural beauty with a challenging 18 hole layout. The Toronto Star’s ‘Bogey Man’, gave it most scenic and most improved club honours.

COPETOWN WOODS

COPETOWN WOODS represents not only one of the newest championship courses in south-western Ontario, but also one of the finest. The meticulous condition of the course, and the yester-year beauty of the Victorian-style clubhouse provide old world charm. The facility is consistently ranked among the top golfing values in all of Ontario.

GUELPH COUNTRY CLUB

THE GUELPH COUNTRY CLUB is celebrating our centenary this year. We are proud of our history as Guelph’s very first Golf course.  The Guelph Country Club’s mature nine-hole layout across rolling fairways and towering pines are rich in design and heritage. A premiere private facility with public play access - check out our membership options.

DERRYDALE

DERRYDALE is unique in that it’s a 12 hole facility which makes it the ideal way to get a round in despite the busiest of schedules. Conveniently located minutes from the 401 at Hwy#10 and Derry Road in Mississauga, Derrydale is an inviting course for players of all ages and abilities to tee it up. A great golf value.

HIDDEN LAKE

HIDDEN LAKE is a 36 hole semi-private facility that offers the public an opportunity to play the course of their choice. Golfers are split between the traditional charm of the Old Course and the nouveau stylings of the New Course. Both courses have been painstakingly sculpted to create interesting and demanding contours. Challenge awaits.

CROSSWINDS

CROSSWINDS provides a majestic natural setting that takes you away from the hustle and bustle of today’s modern world. This 18-hole championship layout is designed to challenge the lowest handicapper while rewarding a novice’s shot-making skills. Choose the correct tee blocks and Crosswinds will provide the test you’re looking for.

SEAFORTH

SEAFORTH GOLF CLUB is a mature and challenging golf course, with the rich tradition of hospitality and friendliness of small town Ontario. The course is located on 100 unspoiled, un-crowded and uncommonly beautiful acres in the heart of southwestern Ontario.

KING VALLEY

KING’S FOREST is located in the heart of the picturesque Red Hill Valley and at the foot of the Niagara Escarpment. Without a doubt one of the premier public golf facilities in the province and, subsequently, also one of the busiest, averaging 42,000 rounds annually over the last five years.


GIMMEES

Focus Golf Group have set up shop at the Within Range practice facility in Burlington. The indoor / outdoor Performance Centre is fully teched out and Doug Lawrie and his team of instructors are ready to handle all aspects of the learning process. Lessons, clinics, camps, for all ages are available.

Doug Lawrie’s unique, high energy approach to teaching includes his own Road Map to Golf Success which takes a holistic approach to the individual golfer’s goals and requirements.

DOCK IT

Cobble Beach (Owen Sound) is now accessible by boat and seaplane with the launch of a new 260 foot floating day dock. Leisure boaters throughout Georgian Bay can tie up at Cobble Beach’s new dock, which welcomes vessels from compact speedboats to 120 ft. yachts - depths ranging from 5.5 feet to 11.5 feet.

Hockey pucks in the media area at the LPGA event in Waterloo - classic!

ON THE RANGE WITH THE #1 RANKED SPECIAL OLYMPICS GOLFER You never know who you might bump into on any given day on the range at Whistle Bear. Don’t so many good stories (some true, some fiction) start on the range? On this day, we were lucky enough to watch The Golf Performance Center’s Mike Martz run Tom Lugg through a mini practice session. Tom, by the way, is the world’s #1 ranked Special Olympics golfer. Tom is from Knoppieslaagte Centurian, South Africa. He’s been playing for 11 years, is 22 years old, and certainly has some ‘game’. Diagnosed with ‘autistic tendencies’, Tom’s father told us that he was basically reclusive until he found the game. A game that seems to just ‘make sense to him’ - think Moe Norman. His lowest score is a 69 (Zwartkop Country Club) and his golfing highlight, thus far, was a meeting and lesson with Gary Player.

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THE BACK SHOP The place for all of that extra stuff you just may need on or before that next round. And maybe even a few things you didn’t know you needed.

WANT TO SHAVE A FEW STROKES off of that

STRESS LESS, PLAY BETTER

game? A therapeutic massage can improve your performance on the course by allowing greater freedom of movement and a better swing. The massage therapist needs to focus on the hips and thoracic spine of the golfer. Hips become stiff by the nature of most sitting professions and the golf swing itself exerts a great deal of stress on the muscles of the spine. So massage the kinks out of your body and your swing by incorporating regular massage therapy into your golf season and watch the strokes disappear. www.ALLEGRASPA.com

ANSWERS TO THE SUN QUIZ (page : 19) 1. FALSE: Up to 80 per cent of the sun’s rays can penetrate clouds so even if you can’t see the sun, it can still see you. 2. TRUE: SPF indicates how much longer you can spend in the sun without burning, compared to having unprotected skin. The amount of time varies from person-to-person depending on your skin type. For example, if you have fair skin and tend to burn in 10 minutes without sunscreen, then an SPF 30 will protect you 30x’s longer – or a total of 300 minutes for the day – assuming you are applying the sunscreen every 2 hours. 3. FALSE: Wearing the proper amount of sunscreen with the correct SPF for your skin during peak hours is a great first step in sun protection. However, extra measures are required to protect yourself during the sun’s strongest time period. 4. FALSE: Although the sun may not feel as warm before May and after September, UVA rays are just as strong all year round. UVA rays are not affected by time of day or season. 5. FALSE: Although your skin type can help dictate the amount of time you can stay in the sun without burning, those with darker skin need to remember that they are not immune to the sun’s effects, and damage can occur even without burning. 6. TRUE: Although they impact the skin in different ways, both types of UV rays can cause serious skin damage. UVA rays penetrate your skin more deeply, causing pre-mature aging and long-term skin damage, such as wrinkles and sun spots. UVB rays penetrate the outer layer of your skin, and are responsible for sunburns. Too much of either can lead to skin cancer. 7. FALSE: All sunscreens offer some protection from UVB rays (preventing sunburns), but not all protect against UVA rays (those rays that penetrate your skin more deeply). 8. TRUE: UV rays have so much energy that they can actually break apart some sunscreens over time (just like the sun can damage your hair, skin, carpet, curtains, etc.). When this happens, sunscreens lose their ability to absorb UV rays, leaving skin unprotected. Photostable sunscreens resist this degradation so your skin is effectively protected. 9. FALSE: It is extremely important to re-apply sunscreen throughout the day to ensure full protection. Follow these rules for proper sunscreen application: ► Apply early: Apply sunscreen at least 15 – 30 minutes before sun exposure. ► Apply enough: Each time you apply, you should be using one ounce or 30mL of sunscreen – roughly the size of a golf ball. ► Apply everywhere: Don’t forget ears, lips, shoulders and nose. These areas are most susceptible to sun exposure. ► Re-apply frequently: Be sure to re-apply one ounce of sunscreen every two hours. YOUR SUN IQ SCORE: 7 – 9 answers correct: You are a Sun Savvy Superstar!

4 – 6 answers correct: You are Sun Safety Supporter

0 – 3 answers correct: You are a Serious Sun Slacker


LAST SHOT

Please

TAKE A MOMENT TO ADMIRE THE SLOW ERR PLAYERS C

urious dichotomy facing the game today - slow play is not anything new nor is it some form of unfair plague targeting the golf industry - it’s current North American philosophy smashing up against eroding traditions - and a sign of imminent changes to come.

Those much smarter didact that the journey always outlasts the destination - yet most still can’t sit, can’t wait, can’t enjoy the very thing they have right in front of them. Why? You won’t get an answer here - it’s an individual choice. And a particularly difficult conundrum facing modern day society. Yes, it is a significant challenge getting a foursome together anymore (we are all reluctant culprits). And, yes, it is increasingly difficult to turn off the hand held devices. Expecting anyone these days to disconnect from the social, economic, or otherwise info-stream is a frivilous charge. And whether golf chooses to accept it or not, nobody is interested in being bullied (marshalled) during a round. Every demand or rule that the game imposes is yet another obstacle to participation - at least for the masses. Even the process of booking has gotten far too bloated and over-complicated. The average person has enough logins and passwords these days. Continuing to badger the slow player no doubt will result in the no-player. What is the real rush anyway? Is it to get the round over with? Does that make any sense? If the time and shots can not be enjoyed then where is the incentive to return? 9 relaxed holes sound better than 18 in a rush. All things must change, must adapt, must be willing to take the hard steps to make the experience more enjoyable. So, take your time, but hurry up, and enjoy your next shot.

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CHANGE YOUR DRIVER, NOT YOUR SWING. INTRODUCING THE SIMPLE ADJUSTABILITY THAT MATTERS. The time couldn’t have been invested any better. The RAZR Fit™ is the culmination of years of engineering fantasy turned shockingly real. It’s simple, meaningful adjustability built from the most advanced materials in the world. And it’s the first driver to incorporate meaningful adjustability without sacrificing an ounce of performance. Which at Callaway ®, is one feature we’ve never been willing to compromise.

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