CONTENTS JUNE 2011
ENHANCE YOUR GAME Golfers Around Town . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Dream Bag . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Celebrity Focus: Kevin’s Passion – Life . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Play KC: Paradise in the Northland . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Charity Aware: Make-A-Wish Celebrity Classic . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Charity Aware: Tastes & Tees for KidsTLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 An Interview with Tom Watson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Cart Girl Spotlight . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Improve Your Game . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Imbibe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 X-TRA Play KC: History with a View . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28 Body Healing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Meet your GM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Cigar for the Course . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 The Advance Tee Time: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36
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It’s in the Hole
Matt Waters Quote: “The American Red Cross is active in so many things, as evident by the recent disasters around the world. They need all the support they can get. The tournament is a great way to help and have some fun with friends while doing so.” Location: Dub’s Dread Golf Club, Hole # 1.
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Jason Williby Executive Director/CEO, American Red Cross, Wyandotte County Chapter All money raised goes to support our mission of helping America prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. Locally that means responding to families that lose their homes to fires (600 a year in Metro Kansas City) as well as other disasters, teaching CPR/First Aid classes, talking to schoolage children about disaster preparedness and connecting military members and their families during times of crisis.
nefiting the American Red Cross Quote: “The American Red Cross is a wonderful organization that benefits a lot of people in need. When you get to help a charity and play golf at the same time, you get the best of both worlds.” Location: Dub’s Dread Golf Club, Hole # 2.
Dream Bag Tim Carrigan
Outfit Your Bag with the Best of the Best If you’re in need of a few new sticks this year, why not dream bigger than just a club or two? You could replace a driver or get rid of a sporadic putter or maybe even get a new set of wedges – but why not replace the whole bag? Well, if you did, your dream bag might look a lot like the selection of clubs reviewed below. Each is a great new product that is catching a lot of attention – including ours.
The new Adams Speedline F11 driver and fairway woods represent another improvement in a line of aerodynamically designed big sticks. Adams pioneered building in clubhead shaping to reduce drag and therefore increase swing speed, and the new F11 line of clubs has even more aerodynamic qualities than previous versions. In fact, Adams claims 35% less drag is created on this club than its predecessor due to new ridges placed near the back of the clubhead along the sole and crown. These ridges apparently keep airflow tight to the clubhead, letting it slip through easier. In previous models, these aerodynamic designs came at the expense of forgiveness, but not any more. The head has been reshaped, weight has been re-distributed, and the club has emerged as a much more forgiving option than in the past. The driver comes in four standard lofts from 8.5 to 12.5 degrees with a draw version available in 9.5 and 10.5 degrees. It will run $299 at most outlets. The fairway wood has more visible design features with “velocity slots” that resemble trenches running from toe to heel just behind the face along the crown and the sole. While enhancing the club’s aerodynamics, these velocity slots also improve the springlike effect of the clubface, delivering more distance from the fairway. While standard in a stainless steel head, a titanium version is also available (for about $100 more) that allows for more weight re-distribution, making it an easier to hit club. A club made of either material is available in a strong 13.5, 15, and 18 degree option. The Speedline F11 fairway woods start around $199. 6
Most of us play with some form of hybrid in our bags, so certainly a dream bag would have one or more in it as well. In this dream bag, the Callaway RAZR X Hybrid is the choice. Callaway employed a new technique that includes a special heat-treating process to create a thinner face than its predecessor, the Diablo Edge. That thinner face translates into higher ball speeds and more distance while allowing engineers to re-distribute weight where it will improve forgiveness. It comes in a standard and a Tour model with the latter having a more compact head, less offset, and a more sharply beveled trailing edge that helps it get through rough and other less-than-ideal lies. The standard model is available in four different lofts from 21 to 30 degrees while the Tour model is available in three lofts from 18 to 24 degrees. Either way, these clubs will run about $159 from most retailers. Keeping with the “more distance with forgiveness” theme of this dream bag, attention now turns to the new TaylorMade Burner 2.0 irons. From the tip of the toe to the end of the butt, these clubs were engineered for more distance. The shafts and grips are made with lightweight materials to reduce overall club weight, while the entire set from the long irons to the short has been engineered with progressive features. The shafts have different flex profiles as you move up through the long irons. This makes it easier to keep the shorter irons down while launching the longer irons higher. The longer irons have larger heads and more weight is distributed along the sole and perimeter to make them easier to hit. Finally, a feature we really liked was the “Multi-Functional Sole” with beveled edges. Like we described above in the hybrid section, that beveling helps the clubs cut through rough and perform well from a variety of lies. A set of Burner 2.0 irons start around $700.
True golfing dreams revolve around low scores, so we don’t ignore the scoring clubs. Scratch Golf wedges have slowly been making a name for themselves and continue to grow in popularity. They have two lines of wedges, but we’ll focus on the 8620 Milled. It is practically impossible to talk much about the options of these wedges because the options are basically endless – nearly every sole shape, bounce, and loft is available. Scratch Golf would like to personally fit you, but they have standardized their grinds and shapes a bit to accommodate what they classify as the three types of golf swings: The Digger/Driver (DD) who swings upright and takes a deep divot, the Sweeper/Slider (SS) who has a much more shallow angle of attack and tends to pick the ball with little or no divot, or the Driver/Slider (DS) who is somewhere in between. Depending on which one you are, there are a series of bounces and grinds to match your ability and typical playing conditions. Even if you go with another brand of wedge, take a peek through their website – you’re likely to learn a fair amount about wedge design and manufacturing. The brushed satin finished 8620 Milled wedge runs only $99. Finally, the ultimate scoring club is the putter, and our pick this month is the Ping Scottsdale line. The Scottsdale is available in a number of head shapes from mallet styles through blades, and everything in between. The blade models have cleaner graphics and simple, but effective, white alignment aids on a matte black finish. The mallet styles are busier, with red and white graphics and alignment lines. All Scottsdale models feature a special thermoplastic insert that makes the putter truly unique. The insert was designed to provide a soft feel, but still connect with the ball firmly and roll fast. It’s a unique combination, but one that a lot of golfers may like. Ping Scottsdale putters start at around $125, although some models run a bit higher. What dream bag wouldn’t be complete without a GPS or laser rangefinder? Well how about both? The new Bushnell Hybrid Laser GPS is just that – combining the best of both technologies. For the first time, someone has made the old debate, laser versus GPS, a meaningless argument. The Hybrid looks like any other laser rangefinder, but it sports a screen on one side offering distances via GPS to the front, middle, and back of the green for those times when you don’t have a line of sight to the pin. Or – even if you do, you can use the GPS distances to understand how much room might be available in front of or behind the pin. Meanwhile, the laser rangefinder can deliver pinpoint distances to the flag or any other target in sight. Another cool feature the Hybrid allows through its GPS technology is shot distance. Punch a button from where you hit your ball and check the distance from that spot when you get to your ball. A word of warning though – you just might find out your “average” drive isn’t as big as you always thought!
Kevin Kietzman playing in a Champions Tour Pro-Am
Kevin’s Passion – Life Kevin Kietzman became so frustrated with golf he once gave up the sport. Breaking 100 was a challenge, and the feeling of frustration mounted to the point it drained out the fun. He thought he gave it up for life. Kevin, co-founder of 810 A.M. and currently the Sports Director, is a passionate family man and business owner. The road to get to where he is today was not an easy one. Casey Kershner: When was the first time you played golf? Kevin Kietzman: When I was 13 I saw people hitting pitching wedges in the park and I thought, “Wow, look at that thing fly!” So, I started hitting some golf balls with my friends at Smiley’s, and liked it. My mom dropped me and my friend Steve off at Tomahawk Park Golf Course every couple weeks in the summer. We rented clubs for one dollar. The course was kid friendly to walk, and I remember they had trolleys that took us up a big hill. It was the coolest thing, and a lot of fun. CK: Did anyone in your family teach you how to play golf? 8
His family, a hard working blue-collar Kansas City family, taught Kevin the values of hard work and opportunity. Only a few minutes into my conversation with Kevin, during a recent interview, it was obvious to me he employed his parents’ values in his life. He works hard, he loves his wife and kids and he does not give up on professional or personal opportunities.
KK: No. My dad was a hard working blue-collar man in construction, and his work-stated goal was “Somehow someway you are going to college.” He had no time for golf. Tom Watson was “My golf dad!” I was 13 years old in 1977, and he was the world’s greatest player! He had the chip-in for birdie on 17 during the Open Championship at Turnberry to win it over Jack Nicklaus. Five years later, when I was just out of high school, Watson had another incredible win over Nicklaus in the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach. If it wasn’t for Watson during those formative years of my life, I may have not been as interested in trying the game.
CK: What was your first sports memory? KK: It was when I was a batboy for my brother’s baseball team. I was probably five. My brother was 12. Dad was the coach. We played a game against a team who liked to bring a kid in from the outfield and showcase him as their pitcher. We called him Egor. It wasn’t his real name, but there was no way this kid was 12 like the rest of the players. He was definitely older, and so we tagged him with that name. He threw the ball hard. Sure enough, during that game, the other team called in Egor from the outfield to pitch. This was after the fact that my dad requested age verification. I think dad had a little spitfire in him, so when Egor moved to pitcher, Dad sent
my friend to round up football helmets. Our first player to face Egor stood at home plate wearing a football helmet. The coach of the other team thought dad was grandstanding, and took his team of the field. Dad was disgusted, because he was legitimately trying to keep his players safe. Gosh it was funny, and a great memory! CK: Did you play sports? KK: I played baseball, football and basketball. I was the Shawnee Mission North high school baseball team captain and shortstop my senior year, when we won the 1982 championship. I received a scholarship offer from Emporia State, but I really wanted to get into broadcasting. CK: When were you aware broadcasting was in your future? KK: When I was five or six. We used wax cups and held them up like microphones. It was really natural for me. When I was ten I got a cassette recorder and player about the size of my office telephone, and I would practice Howard Cosell impressions! Me and my friends, we must have recorded hundreds of hours worth of stuff. I am convinced Cosell was the reason I am doing what I am doing now. He was better than the game! My dream was to be Denny Matthews, the voice of the Royals.
Coffeyville, Joplin, Pittsburg, Carl Junction, Carthage, Miami, Webb City and Rogers. Frank Boal hired me at Channel 4 in 1988. I finally had a career breakthrough when I broke the “Joe Montana to Kansas City” story. I stood at home plate when George Brett kissed it at his last game. I worked with great people, which led me to meet Chad Boeger at a Chiefs game around 1996. He was set on starting a sports radio station, and the timing seemed good to me since I liked radio better than TV. CK: How did you land 810 A.M.? KK: When Boeger and I met with Jerry Green to pitch our plan to purchase 810 A.M. Green was a no-nonsense type guy, and we got a meeting with him. We knew Green was working on a deal with another guy by the name of Jim McDonald. Thirty-minutes into our meeting with Green he said “let’s do it.” Three weeks later we were on a plane to the Ozarks, to finalize the details with the seller. Deal done, and we had just purchased 810 A.M. and began live broadcasts in 1999. We still own 1510 A.M. today, too. CK: What is your biggest career highlight? KK: Our station’s biggest career-defining moment came in April 1, 1999. I had a reputation of breaking stories. I was the first to report that Norm Stewart was out at Missouri, and our competitors were sayWhen I was ten I got a cassette recorder ing it was an April and player about the size of my office Fool’s joke. The story telephone, and I would practice Howard was legit, which was a huge moment for our Cosell impressions! station. Later that month, April 30th, we CK: What attracted you to Kansas State after high did the walkout at the “K.” With so many peoschool? ple showing up, we knew we had something KK: My parents were from that area. My mom was powerful. These were defining moments for our from Paxico and dad was from Alma. I remembusiness. ber when we went back to that area to visit, my brother who was 16 would drive me to Manhat- CK: Do you have time to play golf now? tan and we would hang out there for the day to- KK: I work to golf. I am literally one of those guys who cannot wait for the weekends. I try to play gether. When my brother went to K-State, and I every weekend, and I don’t mind getting up at visited him, it just felt like a natural place to go 5:30 a.m. to do so. I love it. It challenges a man, after high school. and no matter how hard you try you can never CK: Did you do any broadcasting at K-State? master it. Golf allows me to unwind and relax KK: Yes. I had a 30-minute talk show every Monaway from the things I do at work every day. day night at 6:30 p.m. on the campus station CK: What is a personal golf highlight? called “Locker Talk.” CK: What about your career path? What was it KK: Playing with Keith Fergus, who played on the PGA Tour, at LionsGate Golf Club in a celebrity like after college? pro-am. Jack Harry was playing with Gary McKK: After K-State, I landed a job in Cord, who also played on the PGA Tour. Both Pittsburg/Joplin at KOAM-TV doing weekend our teams played well enough to make it through sports for more than two years. I drove my beatSunday, and our teams were paired up. It was beup old station wagon hours on back roads to go ing televised on the Golf Channel. The Golf shoot high school football games in Girard,
Share the Wealth broadcast and walkout with 5000 listeners at the “K”, April 30, 1999
Channel doesn’t show you unless you hit a great shot, and I hit two of them that made it on the air! On hole number 15, a par four, on my second shot, at about 190 yards out I hit it about six inches from the cup. On the next hole, number 16, I hit a horrible drive, but on my second shot I hit a screamer, and the ball bounced and ran and curled up and stopped about two feet from the hole! That was luck, but so cool. CK: How did you become good at golf? KK: At one time when I was in my early 20s I just gave up the game and never thought I would play again. I was just getting so frustrated at trying to break 100, and, one day in college, at Stag Hill Golf Course in Manhattan, my 8-iron ended up stuck in a tree. I had to learn to calm down when that happened. After college I moved to Joplin, and just couldn’t seem to improve my game so I just quit and put the clubs away. I thought I had quit for life. That next spring I was driving by Schifferdecker Golf Course, and people were outside smiling and having fun. At that moment I knew I missed the sport so much. I needed it. My job kept me inside all the time, and I wanted an outside hobby. So, on my days off of work I began the process of getting better at the game. I took some lessons, shortened my back swing and got better balance to where I was making clean contact CK: Are you glad you did it – started playing golf again? KK: So glad I did it. I play golf with my kids and my wife! These are wonderful moments. I love my family so much, and it is great to share a
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hobby like this together. My wife is hooked on the game! I also play with a group of guys regularly, which is a blast, and we can get pretty competitive. CK: What brand of clubs do you use? KK: I use a 10 or 11-year-old set of TaylorMade 360s. I have tried two new sets of clubs, but I keep coming back to my 360s. I love them! I use a Corza Ghost Putter. I really like this putter. CK: What attracts you to Kansas City, what keeps you here? KK: It is my home, and it is all I know. I cannot do what I do anywhere else. I have a lifetime of local experience in sports. I don’t know what is important to people in places like Phoenix. Radio is local. The lineup on 810 A.M. is as local as it gets anywhere. Danny Clinkscale has been here for 29 of last 34 years,
Kevin Kietzman with his wife Jessica at the 18th tee, Cabo del Sol
and he has been in Kansas City the least of anyone who is on the air. CK: What are few of your favorite restaurants in Kansas City? KK: Well, of course I love the 810 Zones! For a dinner with my wife, the Marina Grog and Galley at Lake Lotawana. It overlooks the lake, and sunsets are gorgeous. For the family, we love Mi Ranchito – it’s cheap and great! CK: How do you balance it with work, life and golf? KK: Family always comes first. I do love this radio station, and that is second for sure, and everything else takes a number. I am so blessed to have a wonderful wife and three healthy children. It is the best thing in the world. Our children are awesome. Life is a special thing, and I am enjoying it.
Contributing Writer Casey Kershner
Paradise in the Northland Playing golf at the lake doesn’t have to mean driving to Lake of the Ozarks.
Picturesque lakeside golf is as close as Smithville, where the Paradise Pointe Golf Complex has been drawing players for 29 years. The two 18-hole courses on Smithville Lake – about 20 miles north of downtown Kansas City – offer relaxed, resort-like settings and first-rate golf. “Generally, you have a feeling up here that you are not in Kansas City anymore,” said John Marquardt, director of golf at Paradise Pointe Golf Complex. “You’re at the lake and out with the wildlife.” Paradise Point is owned by Clay County but operated by Midwest Golf Management of Smithville. Paradise Pointe features The Posse, which opened in 1982, and The Outlaw, added in 1994. The course names are a throwback to Jesse James, whose gang was known to frequent the area in the late 1800s. The Posse is the more traditional design, with holes relatively bunched together. The Outlaw is a links-style layout spread over a larger, more remote setting. The 9th hole does not come back to the clubhouse. Marquardt said there are a lot of reasons to like the two golf courses, but one thing will stand out to most players: the lake. Smithville Lake comes into play on four Posse holes and three Outlaw holes, and is within view on several other holes. Some of the views are dramatic from high points on the course. On the Posse, the lake juts into the fairway on the 4th hole, a long double-dogleg par 5. This hole plays best on the right, not just because the
lake lurks on the left, but because the stroll along the right side offers an exhilarating view of the water. The green is on a peninsula – a striking setting with water as the backdrop. The next hole is another beauty – par three over the lake. Marquardt said the signature hole is the par-3 15th hole, which requires a tee shot over water. The Posse wraps up with a challenging uphill par 5 that is 560 yards but can play shorter by cutting off some yards on the dogleg right. This is the is the hole that runs along the driveway into the course.
You’re at the lake and out with the wildlife.
The Outlaw takes players into the countryside. You won’t find any housing developments on the Outlaw, but you will see woods, farm fields and a few duck ponds. The lake comes into view on the 6th tee and is especially impressive starting on the 9th hole, a terrific par 4 with an elevated fairway guarded by trees on the right. The lake is along the left. The 10th, a 200+ yard par 3, is considered the signature hole on the Outlaw as the green is nearly surrounded by the lake. Then, the 11th hole runs along the lake on the left. Another standout hole is 17, a testy par 5 of more than 500 yards. A stand of trees will block the second shot if the drive isn’t long and down the left side.
Layups may be required in a narrow landing area to the left of those trees. A par there is worth a sigh of relief. While the Posse and Outlaw have their unique characteristics, they are about the same length. Each course measures just over 7,000 yards from the back tees. The Posse is 6,583 from the middle tees, or about 100 yards longer than the Outlaw. Both courses have other, shorter sets of men’s tees in addition to the women’s tees. “I really believe the Outlaw is easier,” Marquardt said. It has bigger greens and fewer trees than the Posse, he observed. The Outlaw has zoysia fairways, the Posse has bluegrass. The two courses have bent grass greens, but not of the same variety. They usually putt at about the same speed, Marquardt said. The condition of the course benefits from good drainage and open spaces around most of the greens that permit plenty of sun and air circulation. The courses tends not to suffer as much from disease or wet weather than most courses. Marquardt also credits grounds superintendent Marvin Davidson for keeping the course in top condition. Water for the course is pumped out of Smithville Lake. The two courses get about an equal amount of play, a total of roughly 55,000 rounds in recent years, said Paradise Pointe General Manager Eddie Hall. While most people take a cart, both courses are walkable and carts are not required. Hall said the course gets a lot of return play from people who realize the drive is not that long – about 20 to 30 minutes from many locations in Kansas City or Johnson County for example. “It looks like it’s in Iowa but it’s not,” Hall said with a laugh. Paradise Pointe is unusual in the Kansas City area for having two public courses side by side, which can make getting a weekend tee time easier than at other venues. Having two courses is also popular with players because when a tournament or corporate outing is being held on one course, the other remains open for public play, Hall said. That also comes in handy when course is undergoing maintenance. Paradise Pointe has hosted many pro-tour qualifying events and held the U.S. Women’s Open qualifier on May 16 last month. Paradise Pointe offers annual memberships ranging in price from $725 to $2,295, depending on the player’s age, cart usage and days and times played. Senior rates start at age 60. Green fees are the same at both courses. They are $28.50 weekdays, two dollars more on weekends. Seniors play for $19 Monday through Friday. Carts are $16.50. The course also offers twilight and junior rates. The course has a driving range and four-hole full-length Golf Academy for play and practice. It offers multiple leagues and can host special events on the course and in the clubhouse.. Hall said Paradise Pointe is certainly the place for a full day of golf. Some people play both courses back to back, with the second round discounted to $14, he said. For more information, call them at (816) 532-4100, or visit www.paradisepointegolf.com. —Kevin Murphy KCGOL FERMAGAZINE.COM
Charity Aware I asked a seven-year-old if he had one wish, what would it be?
Lanie as a princess at Disney World
He immediately said “a water slide in my room.” While a water slide is probably out of the question, e Make-A-Wish Foundation does grant wishes to thousands of kids each year. “Our mission says everything,” said Sherri Zerkel, Senior Executive Director of Field Operations for Kansas City and Southern Missouri Regions. “Our mission is to grant wishes to children suﬀering life-threatening medical conditions.” A common misconception about the organization is that the kids they grant wishes to have a terminal illness. is isn’t true. Many of these kids live full lives, but suﬀer a life-threatening condition. It’s not their last wish, but their one true wish. “We’re trying to give them something to look forward to, because studies have shown that kids do better in their treatment and their outlook changes when they have a wish to look forward to,” Zerkel said. “What we do is help their treatment. We look at our organization as medicine for the soul.” Ask typical Make-A-Wish children their wishes, and their answers vary, from a trip to Disney World, with Mickey Mouse eating breakfast with the children and tucking them in at night (the most common wish granted), to singing the National Anthem at a Red Sox game. Or meeting their favorite movie stars. Celebrity wishes go on a national waiting list, and can take longer to grant than the average wish due to the number of celebrity wishes. “A lot of celebrities will keep in contact with the child, too. ey’ll get the parents’ email addresses and check in with them to see how the child is doing. It’s touching,” Zerkel said. Dwayne Johnson, e Rock, called a child before surgery to check on him after meeting with the boy to grant his wish. e average wish costs about $7,300, but most of the time the foundation gets donations to reduce the costs. If the child wants to go to Hawaii, for example, Make-A-Wish will try to get an airline to donate the ﬂight to the family. If the child wants a horse, and the parents say it’s okay, they will try to ﬁnd a stable to donate one.
Tournament Information Where: Loch Lloyd Country Club When: June 28, 2011 e organization is based on the kindness of people to help these kids. Some wishes are more altruistic with kids giving up their wishes to help others. Make-AWish is currently working with a 16-year-old girl who has an incurable disease. She wants to donate the money the foundation would have spent on her wish to go to the research organization in Pennsylvania that is working on ﬁnding a cure for her disease. “When a child gives away her wish, it gets you,” Zerkel said. “She could go anywhere. She could go to Paris. But to give up her opportunity so she can help others, it gets you.” Make-A-Wish is actually going to donate money and send the family to Pennsylvania to present the oversized check. About once a year one of the kids in the program opts to give away his or her one true wish. In the KC area last year, the organization granted 63 wishes, and in the Missouri region, 270 wishes. Although Make-A-Wish is a national program, the money raised in our area
stays here, for kids in the Kansas City metro. is year their annual Celebrity Classic golf tournament will be at Loch Lloyd Country Club. Make-A-Wish kids will be on site volunteering, and of course, celebrities will be there. Some of the stars golﬁng for the cause will be Will Shields, Danan Hughes, Tony Richardson, Reshard Langford, Kolby Smith and Ricky Siglar. Teams of tournament corporate sponsors will have a celebrity on their team for the day. Tony Richardson will be speaking at the auction/dinner that will be held the Sunday before the tournament. If you’ve ever wanted to play Pebble Beach, get tickets to the live auction, where you will have a chance to win a golf trip for two to play in the Lexus Championship for Charity to be held December 7 11, 2011. It’s three days of play at Pebble Beach Golf Links, e Links at Spanish Bay, and Spyglass Hill Golf Course golf clubs. Superior Lexus is donating this great item to Make-A-Wish. e team winners of the Lexus
For questions or more information about the golf tournament or dinner and auction, please contact Sherri Zerkel at 913-341-9474 or firstname.lastname@example.org Sign up at www.kcgolf2011.org
Champions Tournament will divide a $100,000 purse going to the charities the teams golf for. To play, you’ll need a handicap card and some good bidding. When you donate to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, you become the genie in the lamp. Your help delivers dreams. I told the seven-year-old about the program, and he thought about it for a minute and said it sounded “good,” and he wanted to help these kids. You can too. Contact the organization to volunteer, donate, or learn more about them at kc.wish.org or 913-341-9474. —Roger Hunt
Will Shields (far right) on the course with local golfers.
Ashleigh with a mermaid at Disney World.
Ron Mayer & Neil Smith golfing for Make-A-Wish.
Jim Stawarz, Joyce Stawarz, Cindy Dummermuth, and Richard Dummermuth at the Tastes & Tees Golf Tournament
A Two-Part Charity Event Benefiting KidsTLC
here are too many kids like Tony and there are not enough kids like Tony. Too many kids suffering severe abuse and neglect at the hands of the very people who should be caring for them. Like Tony when he was just nine years old. Too many kids, like Tony and his siblings, who are removed from their homes for their own safety. Kids placed in the custody of state social and rehabilitation services only to shuffle in and out of dozens of foster homes. Too many kids whose abuse and abandonment saddle them with great anger and sadness. Who spend their young lives full of aggression, acting out, running away, 16
stealing, harming others or hurting themselves. Like Tony. There are not enough kids like Tony. Not enough kids like Tony who get access to the therapy that helps them to work through their anger and sadness. Not enough kids who have the chance to develop the coping skills to deal with difficult situations and intense emotions. Not enough kids able to move forward from their nightmare of a past into a present that offers a future filled with hopes and dreams. Like Tony, now sixteen, whoâ€™s working toward his goal of graduating high school in 2012 and hopes to pursue a career in landscaping or computers.
Success stories like Tony’s are the result of the unique combination of services offered by KidsTLC, formerly TLC for Children and Families (kidstlc.org). KidsTLC provides services to children, their families and communities at large to help preserve and heal families. They offer support ranging from access to emergency shelters and psychiatric services, to crisis and early intervention programs geared toward helping children at risk. To help sustain their mission of providing opportunities for growth and positive change for children and families in safe surroundings, KidsTLC is hosting Tastes & Tees, their annual two-part fundraiser. Part one is KidsTLC’s wine tasting event, being hosted this year on Wednesday, July 20th at The Lodge at Ironwoods in Leawood, Kansas. Participants will be able to sample an assortment of wines donated by regional wineries, as well as enjoy hors d’œuvres and entertainment along with live and silent auctions. The cost is $50 per person. Part two of the fundraiser, the KidsTLC annual golf tournament, takes place this year on Monday, July 25th. The charity tournament, hosted once again at Blue Hills Country Club, is a four-player scramble that includes lunch followed in the evening by a dinner and an awards ceremony. The cost is $200 per person. Sponsors of the events include Blue Cross Blue Shield; Kansys; Jim and Denise Easley of Edward Jones; and Tim and Jill Phillips, among others. Proceeds from these annual fundraising events are an important part of helping KidsTLC to continue helping children and their families. “We deeply appreciate our golfers because their contributions allow TLC to transform lives in crisis every day,” says Dr. Bob Drummond, president and CEO of KidsTLC. “The golfers’ efforts help to offer hope and opportunity to thousands of kids each year.” KidsTLC has been offering hope to children at risk since 1972, when the Johnson County Young Matrons purchased a home in Olathe to serve as a much needed shelter for local at-risk children. Since opening that lone “house where grandmothers and mom’s could provide a place for kids to stay,” says Elizabeth Hall, development coordinator, “KidsTLC has grown into a multi-dimensional organization meeting the unmet needs of children and families throughout the Kansas City metro area, often filling in the gaps where existing community services with limited resources sometimes fall short.” KidsTLC often works in tandem with state-sponsored community services and its broad array of services allow KidsTLC the flexibility to respond to the changing needs of individuals and communities. For instance, at age eighteen, Tony will transition out of SRS custody and be on his own. But rather than find himself suddenly alone in the world, he will have the support of KidsTLC transitional living services to help him make the move to being responsible for himself. According to Hall, it’s because of TLC’s ability to serve youth on many different levels that Tony and others like him are able to avoid yet further instability in their lives. Instead, KidsTLC offers them the stability of maintaining their living environment on the same campus they’ve grown to trust. In 2010, Hall says KidsTLC served more than 4,000 children and families through its residential and community-based programs. Last year, nearly 450 youth between the ages of six to eighteen received residential psychiatric treatment, transitional living services and/or emergency shelter on KidsTLC’s Johnson County campus, while more than 3,500 youth and families with children from infants up to eighteen years of age received community-based crisis intervention services. For more information on this entertaining and worthwhile two-part fundraiser, please contact Elizabeth Hall at 913-324-3801, or contact Jessica Luth, vice president of marketing and development, at 913-324-3681. —Chad Sanborn
Patty Leach, Marie Pollack, Deb Arbo, Patty Brehm at the Taste & Tees Golf Tournament
Presenting Sponsor Kansys, Inc. Team: Dan Forster Sr., Brian Preston III, Bob Forster Sr., Dan Forster Jr.
Tournament Information Where: Blue Hills Country Club When: July 25, 2011 For questions or more information about the golf tournament, please contact Jessica Luth at 913-324-3681 or email@example.com. For questions or more information about the wine tasting, please contact Elizabeth Hall at 913-324-3801 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Learn more about the organization at www.kidstlc.org
An Interview with Tom Watson Ask Tom Watson who has most influenced his golf career and his life and he lists off an impressive group of people. He counts as his mentors some of the best players the game has ever seen like Jack Nicklaus, Byron Nelson, and Sam Snead. He also lists some top, internationally known teachers like David Leadbetter and Butch Harmon in addition to his lifelong coach, Stan Thirsk. But before all those people, he readily starts with another, very important person – one who he says had the greatest influence and gave him the most gifts in life and in golf. That person, of course, is the man he calls “Dad” so often and so reverently. And so, as Father’s Day draws near, it is fitting that his father comes through in thoughts and words throughout his new book, The Timeless Swing. You only need to read the book’s preface to understand that fact. Then, as you continue to read Watson’s book, you’ll find references to his father’s teachings in nearly every section. Just prior to the book’s release this spring, Tom Watson joined us for a discussion about the book and about golf in general. Again, his father’s influence is clear from the very start. “In the book, I teach what Dad taught me when I was six years old: the fundamentals of a proper setup, how to hook the ball and how to slice the ball; how to prevent a hook or a slice; how to hit the ball low and how to hit it high; and about how to chip the ball and putt the ball.” Watson mentions that the premise of the book is to help golfers by teaching, and showing through numerous photographs, how to play the proper way, with proper fundamentals. He points to a few key fundamentals of the game and calls them the “things you have to do” to play the game well. The book certainly covers these fundamentals, but it also gets into some of the more advanced concepts he noted at the start of our conversation. For every golfer, the fundamentals he describes – things like grip, setup, and ball position – need to be revisited and reviewed frequently. While the latter sections of the book that cover shaping shots and varying trajectory might seem a bit advanced for the high handicapper, understanding these principles of the game are important to understanding the golf swing as a whole. If you want to think of this book as a comprehensive golf swing reference manual, you would be right on target. “The book has a lot of things in there . . . it’s comprehensive,” Watson said. “We spent days and days 18
Tom Watson at The Watson Challenge Photo by Bruce Mathews
to get the wording exactly right so that people will understand it simply and in context. It all can be defined in one word: simple. And that was the whole premise of the book – to make it simple and understandable because I think the key elements of the game are fundamentally simple.” Along with these words, the book is full of excellent photography. Watson described the process of capturing the right photographs as labor intensive. He spent days at the Greenbrier Resort in the Allegheny Mountains of West Virginia setting up, taking, reviewing, editing, and re-taking just the right photos that would complement the description of the text. Besides the swing, the book also has a section on what Watson calls “swinging younger.” It describes and illustrates how he has managed to play and stay young, whether it’s been his recent runs at the Masters or the thrilling four days he had during the 2009 British Open at Turnberry. He even includes information on fitness, along with golfing drills and practice routines, each with a purpose to help golfers find and keep their own timeless swing. In the midst of all this information, an important part of the book is what Watson calls his SECRET to the swing. Described in detail, the secret is a revelation he had one day when watching fellow pro Corey Pavin make practice swings. I won’t attempt to describe the secret here, but once Watson realized what effect Pavin was trying to influence with those rehearsals, he employed it for himself at a period when he was struggling with his own swing. Immediately, he hit three great shots and knew he was on to something. But is it applicable to all golfers? “Without a question, it is,” he said. “The secret, as well as the whole book, is applicable to any golfer. If you’ve never played golf before, it shows you everything from setup positions, grip, posture, how your arms hang, how tightly to grip the club, and on through the whole swing, from the transition all the way to the follow-through.” This isn’t Watson’s first book, so we talked briefly about the experience of writing this one, as once again he joined up with his longtime author, Nick Seitz. Seitz has been a staple in Watson’s previous books, and the two have somewhat of a running history when it comes to the writer’s own golf swing fundamentals. “Nick is awful!” Watson
laughs. “He will not change his grip no matter how much we work together, how much I tell him. He puts his left thumb straight down the top of the shaft, which is what we call a weak, or slicer’s grip, and then he wonders why he hits the ball off to the right. Let’s see, we’ve only been working together thirty or thirty-five years!” Besides renewing this struggle, Watson noted that there were plenty of times in creating the book that Nick jogged his memory while talking
about or taking photos of a particular swing component. And it would turn out to equally impact his swing as well as impact the final content of the book. “There were a couple of times we would be working on a specific topic and suddenly I would say to the team that there was something more we needed to include here, something we need to shine light on. And sometimes that would lead to a whole new chapter.” When asked how he learned the game, Watson is quick to point out that he grew up in a different time than many of today’s players. “We didn’t have video and all the technology available today,” he said. “We had to use our teacher’s words about what
they saw through their eyes. And when I turned pro, I went to all the pros here in Kansas City like Duke Gibson, Stan Thirsk, and others with whom I played on Mondays during their off days and it gave me the opportunity to listen to their stories when they played the Tour. And I went to each one of them and asked what one thing would help me most when I got on Tour and they replied that you should play with and watch the best players and you’ll learn from them how to do it.” Watson then went on to describe one of those “best players” who was still on Tour when he was a young pro. He explained that whenever Sam Snead came out to the practice tee, all eyes would turn to watch him. “It was amazing how many of the pros at the practice tee would stop hitting balls and they might find an excuse to go to their bag to change their glove or something, but what they were really doing was watching Sam swing the golf club,” he said. “As for me, I just stopped what I was doing and walked over and stood behind him and watched him. I learned from that – it actually helped my golf swing to watch him.” The Timeless Swing was released in March and can be found in any golf shop or online through any book retailer. If you are looking for a great golf swing reference, and want to learn everything important about the golf swing and about the tips, drills, and fitness regimen that keeps Tom Watson playing at a top level into his sixties, then the book is for you. As noted author and journalist, John Feinstein, commented on the book, “If you are going to find a golf swing that will make you a better player now and for years to come, who better to learn from than Tom Watson?” Aside from the book, Watson has been keeping busy. As we all know, he still plays on the Champions Tour and makes it to the Masters and British Open each year. Looking forward to the British Open in July, he is one of the few players that will compete in it and then go on to tee it up in the Senior British Open the following week. Now, two years removed from his magical weekend at Turnberry, Watson admits it may be a stretch to think it can happen again, especially at Royal St. Georges, the venue for this year’s Open.
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“I don’t think I’ve ever played it well – I’ve had difficulties on that course,” he said. “It’s a difficult course and the bounces get me there. There are more awkward bounces on that course than anywhere else I’ve played.” Watson goes on to call winning the main motivation for his tournament play, and he looks forward to the events he feels he can do well in, while fitting everything else into his busy schedule. That schedule has included the release of a set of instructional DVDs last year titled Lessons of a Lifetime. The DVDs complement The Timeless Swing while offering a different set of additional content. In fact, you can purchase both the book and DVD as a bundle from his website: www.tomwatson.com. Throughout the past year, he has planned and is playing in another The Watson Challenge this June 6th through 12th against Kansas City area golfers, while continuing in his position as professional emeritus at the Greenbrier resort in West Virginia – a position he took over from the late Sam Snead. Finally, he continues work on course design projects with twelve courses thus far to his credit. Regarding golf course design, his philosophy is similar to how he approaches the golf swing: simple. “I try to build a golf course that anybody can play. I don’t like a golf course where you lose too many golf balls. I don’t like a lot of forced carries or hazards which can be difficult to avoid.” He mentions he is working on a few opportunities in China which he is excited about, and hopes to help bring more golf to that part of the world. At the end of our conversation, the topic turned to today’s PGA Tour and
he quickly mentions Dustin Johnson as a golfer he likes to watch, along with Graeme McDowell, Rory McIlroy, Bubba Watson, and last year’s British Open champion, Louis Oosthuizen. “I’m surprised that Louis Oosthuizen hasn’t done anything more since his win in the British Open when he has about the best golf swing I’ve ever seen, just absolutely perfect.” Then Watson revealed how big a fan he is of the game as he touched on something that has bothered not just him, but lots of golf fans across the country. “You look at the World Rankings and there are only eight Americans in the top 25 [at the time of this interview] and that’s a trend that has been occurring now for the last five or six years and that trend concerns me. Maybe it’s just a lull at this time but I’m a provincial guy and I want to see the Americans do better than they’re doing right now, and I hope this year they bounce back and get back up there.” For years, Tom Watson has been a huge part of Kansas City golf, from the days growing up under his father’s and Stan Thirsk’s tutelage, to his days competing on golf ’s grandest stages. Watson put a lot of work into The Timeless Swing, and he considers it his crowning achievement in instruction, and a tribute to his dad, who taught him a great deal of the book’s content. This content remains relevant and, of course, timeless. The information contained is both fundamental and advanced and would make a great gift for anyone wanting to give back a piece of the game to their own dad this Father’s Day. —Tim Carrigan
Cart Girl Spotlight IRONHORSE GOLF CLUB Years as a Cart Girl? 2 Summers Home Town: Stilwell, Kansas Why do you like being a cart girl? Fun, get to know a lot of people. Interests: Movies, Hanging out with friends, Member of Kappa Delta Sorority. What you will be doing in 5 years: Teaching high school Spanish. Biggest Tip: $40. Worst Pickup Line: Just last week a gentleman said to me, “I said I would only take a beer if the girl was good looking . . . I’ll take a Bud Light.” Favorite Food: Pizza. Funniest thing that happened on the golf course: “I got stuck with the cart in a large hole, and four gentlemen who were golfing had to help me out.”
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Improve Your Game John Novosel
How’s Your Swing Tempo? OK, last time we left you with a little tempo question: Who has the faster tempo, Ernie Els or Greg Norman?
And, of course,
it was a trick question. Anybody who has seen them in person or on TV would have to say Greg Norman. But when we put the Tempo Meter on these two players on the same tee during the 2000 International at Colorado’s Castle Pines Golf Club – well the results were pretty amazing! To the naked eye Norman’s swing is faster by a bunch. Everybody, in fact, looks faster than Els, who got his nickname “Big Easy” because of his slow-looking, effortless swing. But when I put their swings on the computer, Ernie was a frame faster than Greg from takeaway to impact. Obviously the naked eye can be fooled about tempo and speed in the golf swing. Fortunately, to understand tempo we no longer have to rely on the unaided eye of the observer. By the end of the summer of 2000, I had collected enough data to conclude that Tour Tempo in the golf swing consists of two aspects. Aspect number one is the ratio of (A) the elapsed time it takes a player to get to the top of the backswing from the start of the swing compared with (B) the elapsed time that it takes to get back down to impact from the start of the forward swing. This universal ratio is 3 to 1. It takes three times as long for a player to get from the start of the backswing to the top of his backswing, compared with the time it takes to get from the start of the forward swing to impact. This can be expressed in frames of video as 18/6, 21/7, 24/8 and 27/9. Aspect number two is the amount of elapsed time, measured in seconds, that it takes the club to go from the start of the backswing to impact. There are four different elapsed times that correspond with the four different ratios: .79 of a second corresponds with 18/6. .93 of a second corresponds with 21/7. 1.06 seconds corresponds with 24/8. 1.20 seconds corresponds with 27/9. These findings, although unexpected, make absolute good sense. To have a consistent swing like the touring pros, you have to have a consistent time frame in which that swing takes place. You also have to have a consistent ratio between the backswing and the return to the ball. It follows, as well, that a pro plays his best golf when he manages to maintain the two aspects of Tour Tempo every time he swings the club. When a touring pro is interviewed after a great round, he usually mentions that his tempo or timing was particularly good that day. You rarely hear a pro say that his great round was attributable to his weight shift or shoulder turn being good that day. 24
And speaking of Greg Norman, I timed his shot on the 16th tee when he blew the lead on Sunday in the ’96 Masters. His normal good tempo is 25/8, but on this shot which he put into the lake – his tempo was 31/8. That’s about 25% slower than his normal backswing. If you’ve seen Greg in person, his swing is faster than Zorro’s, but with that tempo, it suggests to me that he was trying to be too careful with his shots. Hope the above helps you to understand why Tour Tempo is a fundamental of the golf swing. Next time we’ll look at Gary Woodland and how tempo training helped him secure his first PGA Tour Win. We’ll also check in on Tiger and see why his problems are caused by more than the mechanical aspects of his swing. In the meantime, to learn more about how tempo can revitalize and instantly improve your golf game, go to TourTempo.com.
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Now that summer is here, I think we are all ready for some grilling and cocktails on the patio. Here at Ranchmart Wine and Spirits, we have found a perfect book that brings together our love of food and drinks. e book VINOBURGER, written by Jeﬀ Bramwell, is a seemingly endless list of wine and burger pairings. is well-put-together book features the numerous winegrowing regions in the world and showcases a burger, side dish and optional wine pairings for each. e proteins used for each burger range from tuna to veal and everything in between. Most everyone can ﬁnd something in this book that they like! One of my personal favorites is the turkey burger that the book pairs with Sonoma wines. A mixture of shallots, sun-dried tomatoes, cumin and bread crumbs spice up the turkey patty. Bacon, avocado, cilantro pesto and pepper jack cheese further enhance the California ﬂavor you get from this artful creation. Pair it with a side of mac and cheese and a Sonoma Chardonnay and you have a fabulous combination. A personal favorite for Walter is the burger that is featured on the cover of the book. It included a lamb patty with stilton cheese served on an English muﬃn. Pair this feast with a bottle of red Bordeaux and you have a great representation from this region in France. Currently this book is only available at Ranchmart Wine and Spirits and retails for $30.00. We encourage you to come in and check out this unique cook book. A 10% discount on the book will be available to those who purchase a bottle of wine at the same time. Cheers!
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Andrew Jones at Swope Memorial Golf Course Photo by Dawn Boomsma Photography
While most people know A.W. Tillinghast’s work on courses like former U.S. Open sites Bethpage Black and Winged Foot, some might be surprised to find out that the famed course designer also put his stamp on Kansas City golf. Tillinghast designed Swope Memorial Golf Course in 1934, and the KC course retains the spirit and detail of his original vision. When the Kansas City Parks and Recreation department commissioned Tillinghast to design the course, Tillinghast saw the opportunity to bring a unique style to the city. Paying close attention to hole layout and bunker placement, Tillinghast created an enjoyable but difficult course without using a single water hazard. “The course isn’t necessarily easy, but all types of golfers can come out here and enjoy it,” says GM Matt Roberts. “It’s not easy, but it’s not too terribly difficult.” It was difficult enough, however, for the world’s best golfers in 1949, as it was the site of the PGA Tour’s Kansas City Open Invitational. The event was won by Australian Jim Ferrier during its only year at Swope Memorial – it later moved to varying private courses in the area. To this day, Swope Memorial remains the only public course in the Kansas City area to ever host a PGA Tour event. You won’t find any forced carries or gimmicky hole layouts at Swope Memorial, and that’s just the way Tillinghast wanted it. “A lot of the courses built in the ’90s and 2000s are all about hitting it as far and high as you can,” Roberts says. “What’s neat about Swope – and what we get the most comments about – is that it’s a throwback to shotmaking.” Of course, that doesn’t mean that the course hasn’t undergone a few changes through the years. As needs popped up over time—like the need for cart paths or new drainage systems—course ownership made an effort to cater to modern golfers. But by the mid-1980s, the small changes began to add up—perhaps more than Tillinghast would have preferred. So to return the course to its original conditions, Swope Memorial underwent 28
gradual but significant renovations, beginning in 1989. “We said, ‘We’re going to put the bunkers back where they were supposed to be, install better drainage, and make the cart paths as unobtrusive as possible,’” Roberts says. The grounds crew also sought to return the hole layouts to Tillinghast’s original specifications, paying close attention to mowing patterns, green sizes, and bunker conditions. This homage to the past has served Swope Memorial well, and for good reason. In addition to playing a Tillinghast original, golfers who schedule a round here can walk the same fairways as some of America’s greatest legends, including golfers Sam Snead and Ben Hogan, singer Bing Crosby, and boxer Joe Lewis. You’ll find photos of these superstars in the Swope clubhouse—a reminder of the course’s place in Kansas City lore. “It really adds to the history of the town,” Roberts says. And speaking of the clubhouse, it’s been refurbished, too. In anticipation of the 2005 Women’s Amateur Public Links Championship held at Swope Memorial, the city parks board commissioned a complete renovation of the clubhouse, including new locker rooms, a new food and beverage area, and an improved and more extensive golf shop. So what can you expect when you play Swope Memorial? For one thing, you can count on the course to be in terrific condition. Due to a relatively mild winter (in golf course terms—meaning there was little ice), the course didn’t experience much turf loss through the cold months, leaving it in great shape for the spring season. Swope Memorial’s grounds crews work hard to keep it that way, paying close attention to the course’s zoysia fairways and tee boxes, bentgrass greens, and cool season
bluegrass rough. “Golfers are coming in and saying they haven’t ever seen the course in this good of shape,” Roberts says. “It’s a challenge sometimes with the extremes in weather we get here, but the crew has done a nice job.” No matter how well you hit the ball – or how far – you’ll find a challenge throughout your round at Swope Memorial. The course measures just 6,300 yards or so from the back tees, but Roberts says it plays longer than that. Even the biggest grip-it-and-rip-it style of golfer will find a challenge here. But women and seniors will appreciate the layout as well, since the forward tees play just under 5,000 yards. With no forced carries or water hazards, the course is ideally suited for just about everyone. “It’s the most user-friendly of any of the courses I’ve worked at,” Roberts says. “We get all types of golfers out here, and everybody seems to enjoy it.” The course’s signature hole is No. 17, a long par five that plays toward the northwest. As you crest the hill down the middle of the fairway, you’ll enjoy a picturesque view of both Swope Park and the downtown Kansas City skyline, a sight you won’t find on any other Missouri course inside the 435 loop. Hole No. 3, a short par four, will also test your skill. Hit a bad tee shot and you’re likely to emerge with a double or triple bogey—or worse. But escape with a par and you’re set up for a solid round. “It’s a high-risk, high-reward type of hole,” Roberts says. You won’t forget the par threes either. Ranging from 120 yards to 238 yards, the threes can either make or break your round. But if you get through those holes unscathed, No. 18 might just wreck your scorecard. Viewed by many as the hardest hole on the course, an odd turf angle makes it difficult to land your ball on the fairway. But push it into the rough and you’ll struggle to make par. “It’s a good finishing hole,” Roberts says. Overall, the back nine will challenge most golfers more than the front nine, Roberts says. “To me, it’s night and day,” he says. “The joke around here is that the back nine is about five shots tougher than the front. It’s very rare that someone shoots better on the back than on the front.” Your best shot for success at Swope Memorial is to stay out of the bunkers. “The bunkers we have are pretty severe,” Roberts says. “They have pretty deep lips, so if you get in them, it’s going to be tough to get out.” While the course may reflect Tillinghast’s 1930s design, the course’s marketing efforts are purely 21st century. Through Facebook, Twitter, and Foursquare, staff members keep golfers up to date on the latest happenings and point them toward specials or discounts. Golfers can also keep up with course conditions and even view course photos when they can’t make it out. You won’t find a public course in Kansas City with more history or prestige than Swope Memorial Golf Course. And at just $25 Monday through Thursday, you won’t find more value for the money. Visit www.swopememorialgolfcourse.com or call (816) 513-8910 to book a tee time. —Steve Bennaka KCGOL FERMAGAZINE.COM
Body Healing Mobility vs. Stability: The Perfect Yin and Yang.
For years, golfers stayed away from the gym and said the only thing they needed to focus on was flexibility for their golf swing. Strength training was unheard of until we started seeing players like Tiger who completely changed our approach to fitness training for golf. The last three articles regarding the back, shoulders, and hips have all mentioned stability and mobility and how they are key components to staying injury free. This article is going to further define the relationship that exists between mobility and stability. So what does it mean to be mobile? Mobility is much more than just “Are you flexible enough to touch your toes?” Mobility is how the muscles, joints, tendons, ligaments, and fascia interact with one another to allow a controlled movement. When there is mobility, the motion or action is fluid and smooth. Golfers need to be mobile in the ankles, hips, thoracic spine, shoulders, and wrists. These are the joints that allow the movement and transfer of energy through controlled motion. So what does it mean to be stabile? Stability is more than just core strength. Stability is how the same muscles, joints, tendons, ligaments, and fascia interact with one another to create a controlled movement. When there is stability, the motion is smooth and fluid and controlled. Golfers need to be stabile in all joints including the mobile ones listed above – especially the joints that fall between the mobile joints: knees, lumbar spine, cervical spine, and elbows. Both mobility and stability are key components to movement because without one, the other does not and cannot exist. This synergistic relationship allows you to rotate around into your back swing on a stable platform, generate power through the down swing, and hold the pose during the follow through. Golfers have problems when joints and tissues are either hypermobile or hypomobile (too much or too little movement). Any break in the chain of mobility and stability and golfers start seeing different swing faults and compensations. As a golfer, you should be aware that by improving mobility and flexibility, it becomes even more important to maintain stability to control your new motion. Here are two exercises that work on both mobility and stability.
ExErCISES: Shoulder and thoracic mobility/stability: rolling planks Start in a plank position, roll onto your left shoulder, back to the middle, then roll to the right shoulder. Perform 10 repetitions.
Hip and low back mobility/stability: Side lunge with rotation Start with feet shoulder width apart. Step out to the side transferring all your weight to your right foot, lower down by sitting your butt back and rotate your upper body and touch both hands to your right hip. Repeat on the left side. Perform 10 repetitions each side.
Be sure to visit a physical therapist or golf fitness professional for your personalized plan to avoid injury and make this your year in golf.
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Meet Your GM
Jeff Thomasson: Ironhorse Golf Club When did you start playing golf? In 1973, I was eleven. I still have my first set of clubs. Who taught you the sport? My Uncle Bill, my dadâ€™s oldest brother. What clubs do you play? Callaway Razr X irons, Razr Hawk driver, 3-wd, and hybrids. Odyssey Black Ice putter. How did you get involved in the golf industry? I caddied for my dadâ€™s two brothers as a young kid. My stepfather was a club manager, so I was picking the range and running carts at 12 years old. I ran my first string of 3-wheeled Melex cars into the lake when I was 13. Your favorite part of managing a golf course: I get paid to be at the place where everybody else is paying to be. Your favorite personal golf moment: Dinner with the immortal Harvey Penick and his long-time student, Ben Crenshaw. Favorite golfer? Mr. Palmer Best round, and where? 63, Temple, Texas CC. Needed birdie on the last to shoot 60. Made double to shoot 63. Favorite hole on your course? #18 Funniest thing that happened on the golf course? My college coach, Mac Hickerson, drove a cart into the lake during an event in San Antonio. He and I, along with the other two players in my group, had to go in after the cart and get it back on dry land. What is your strength when playing golf? Perspective. And putting. What are some things golfers should expect when playing your course? A fair test. And if you are hitting it crooked, bring an extra sleeve of balls.
Cigar for the Course Heat Up Your Game
GOLFERS! It’s heating up and so should your game. What’s amazing is that we are all constantly looking for that new golf ball or new club that will give us an extra five or ten yards. I’m no different. It’s actually fun. We all know what we should be doing is practicing our short game. Where’s the fun in that? And where is the time? You should also look for and try to search for a cigar that may give you more satisfaction. It’s the same concept. Isn’t it a coincidence that I have one for you! It’s a recent release made by a proprietary process. The new Hoyo de Monterey reposado en Cedros. With an Ecuador Sumatra Wrapper, a Connecticut Broadleaf Binder and three-country-blend Filler, wrapped in cedar—the taste is fantastic. Cigar & Tabac, Ltd. has a supply of these beauties waiting for you. The cigar is enhanced by an innovative process called
“inmersion” and left to rest for three months. It’s also cheaper than a new putter and will calm your nerves. Cigar & Tabac, Ltd. will have these on a Buy 3 and Get 1 FrEE through the month of June. Production is limited due to the extra aging time necessary to create perfection. Come in and try something to improve your cigar smoking pleasure. And Best Ashes from me, Lyn Beyer Cigar & Tabac, Ltd.
Cigar & Tabac, Ltd. • 6898 West 105th Street, Overland Park, Kansas • 913.381.5597
The Advance Tee Time J
ust as there are basic components to the golf swing such as grip, posture and rotation, mortgage lending has its own basics that will determine whether or not a loan will be approved. Many years ago these areas of scrutiny were referred to as character, capacity and collateral. Obviously, analyzing an applicant’s character was not something that could be accomplished in an unbiased manner so that basic tenant of lending changed to credit and, approximately 20 years ago, credit scoring became the benchmark for confirming the borrower’s “character.” For mortgage lending we have to consider a fourth basic aspect of the applicant’s financial situation which is confirming sufficient assets for down payment, closing costs and reserves if required. In mortgage lending, a tri-merged credit report is the basis for determining credit worthiness. The tri-merged report is a compilation of individual credit reports from the three national reporting agencies, TransUnion, Equifax and Experian. Each of these reporting agencies assign a credit score for each borrower and the middle score will be the credit determinant. In the case of two or more borrowers on the same transaction the middle score of the lowest borrower will be the score used for loan approval. Other items reviewed on the report include public records (i.e. tax liens, bankruptcy, etc.) and recent credit inquiries. On conventional mortgage loans, as opposed to FHA/VA, a credit score of 740+ will receive the best rate available with, in most cases, 640 being the lowest allowable score for loan approval but with a higher interest rate. Basing the rate available on the credit score is “risk-based pricing.” On FHA/VA loans the credit score requirement is less stringent and the risk-based pricing is less punitive.
Capacity refers to the borrower’s ability to repay the debt and is determined by reviewing the income available in relationship to the applicant’s total indebtedness on a monthly basis. For self-employed borrower’s the most recent two year’s tax returns are analyzed and the final “net” income is used while “gross” income as per pay stubs/W-2s is used for salaried or hourly borrowers. Although the debt ratios allowed vary from loan program to loan program a general rule of thumb is that the new house payment shouldn’t exceed 30% of income while the new house payment plus any other monthly debt should be less than 45%. High credit scores or other compensation factors will allow for the expansion of the ratios. Collateral in mortgage lending is, of course, the property being purchased or refinanced, and the value is determined by an appraisal of the property. This appraisal is conducted by a licensed independent appraiser and the lender can have no input or exert any influence on the appraiser’s opinion of value. Lastly a borrower’s available assets for down payment and/or closing costs must be sufficient and verified with copies of the most recent two month’s bank statements or direct verification from the bank. On conventional loans the borrower must have at least 5% of their own saved assets invested in the purchase of a home while FHA/VA loans allow all of the funds to be gifted from a family member. Special attention is paid to any large deposits made that are not obviously tied to routine payroll deposits and the borrower will have to explain and provide written verification of the source of such a deposit. The experienced and licensed Loan Officers at Advance Mortgage Corporation will always be glad to provide a no cost or obligation analysis of your particular situation and issue a preapproval as well. Mike Holmes – Senior Loan Oﬃcer – Advance Mortgage Corporation – #262072 email@example.com – 816-810-5585 7500 College Boulevard, Suite 1150 – Overland Park, Kansas 66210