President’s Message By Neil Bussiere, ASEA Western President The arrival of 2009 marks a major milestone in the history of the Western Division. After many years of sustained and fervent resisNeil Bussiere, tance I have finally decided ASEA-W President to yield to the unending outpouring of requests for an official PSIA/AASI-W version of a “Top Ten List”. And so, leveraging off the exit polling opportunities of the past elections and the spirit of uniqueness we now have your...
Top Nine PSIA/AASI-W Reasons to Slide in 2009 #9: Adventure: Experience something new around the next turn. #8: Camaraderie: Hit the slopes with friends old or new. #7: Excellence: Refine your skills or perfect your technique. #6: Leadership: Stay current with all things snow-related as a leader in your industry.
Nominations for Adaptive Committee . . . . . . . . . . . . pg. 6 Graduate from the Skid Zone . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg.9 Introducing a New Children’s Manual . . pg. 10 Understanding Senior Skiers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pg. 14
#5: Safety: Fulfill your innate obligation to keep the slopes safe. #4: Fun: Candidate for Top Reason, hold that thought... #3: Learning: Add to your bag of teaching tricks. #2: Desire: Because you want to. And the Top Reason to Slide in 2009... #1: No Reason Needed: Because you can and because it’s Fun. Disclaimer: Please observe moderation in application of list. List subject to change. All legitimate Reasons to Slide welcome for future consideration. Future modifications dependent on level of fun and number of new adventures unfolding for you. Look for evolved lists in the future. In the meantime seize the opportunity to make your own list of snowsport memories, hit the slopes, and slide with pride. Take care, Neil
Shaking the Nerves Out of Exams
Everyone gets nervous...Dan Kleiner has great suggestions on how to make your exam days successful!
See page 3.
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Board of Directors Elections Deadline for submission is January 25, 2009 PSIA/AASI West will be holding elections this spring for four spots on the Board of Directors. Qualifications: A passion
for the sport, a willingness to work hard in a cooperative
The Edge is a publication of the The Western Division of Professional Ski Instructors of America (PSIA-W) and the American Association of Snowboard Instructors (AASI-W) covering California and Nevada. We are one of nine divisions that make up the American Snowsports Education Association (ASEA). PSIA was founded in 1961 to develop a standardized system for teaching and to unify instructors throughout the country in the disciplines of: Alpine, Nordic, Snowboarding, Adaptive, as well as Backcountry.
setting for the benefit of the membership. Attendance is required at two annual Board of Directors meetings, normally held in spring and summer. This year’s meetings are scheduled for April 23, 2009 in Mammoth and August 1-2, 2009 at our Truckee office. Guidelines for submitting your candidacy: Prospective Board members should submit a candidate statement of approximately 300
words, and an electronic photo (head shot) to our office by January 25, 2009. Statements will be printed in the Spring issue of The Edge.
Results will be announced the first week of April.
Save the date... Spring Convention 2009
Mammoth April 24, 25, 26 Check the website for information on lodging, clinics, and schedule as the season progresses.
The Edge is published three times annually. The opinions expressed in this publication are those of the authors, and are not the policies and opinions of PSIA/AASI Western Division. For advertising submissions and information, contact our office: PSIA/AASI Western Division 9709 Highway 267, Suite B, Truckee, CA. 96161 phone (530) 587-7642 fax (530) 587-4273 email@example.com For all membership inquiries, check out our website at www.psia-w.org or contact our office for additional information.
Sean Johnson and Meaghan Jones soak up the camaraderie (and sunshine) at last year’s convention. Photo courtesy of Aaron Rosen.
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By Dan Kleiner I will always remember my first PSIA exams. The hours before the exam, I felt the nervous tension build. I would awaken in the morning to my alarm and begin to wonder, how is the weather today, and who will be my examiner? Will I be in a group with any friends from last year’s exam? I feel we all have similar thoughts and emotions before an event like this. Let’s get real! EVERYONE GETS NERVOUS! World Class competitors are nervous before an event. Nerves can heighten your awareness, or send you into darkness. The key is to understand that it is ok to feel this way. A good friend of mine once told me, “ Knowledge is Power”. We can reduce the nervousness by understanding the module format. The better prepared you are, the less nervous you will be. Let me share with you some insight on how the module works, and what you can do to prepare yourself for success. Being fully prepared before you arrive can ease your mind as in, “Failure to prepare, is preparing to fail.” The module format now allows the candidate to develop a learning partnership with the examiner. Modules offer coaching and give you the stage, to show us (examiners) your own style. Listen closely to your clinician’s critiques and try not to take it personally. The critique is meant to guide you toward improving your performance. Here are some suggestions for your training throughout the winter season: Use the module outline in the “Trainer’s And Examiner’s Manual,” as a guide for your training. It will provide a focus for the topics. Work with your local clinician to master the requirements for the demos and the teaching.
Shaking the Nerves Out of Exams Read the manual to understand the standards required for all levels. Apply discipline when free skiing, and spend your time working toward the module, by practicing the required tasks and demos. PSIA-W has formulated a list of tasks that can be presented in a module. These tasks are designed to improve your skill base and can be used in teaching. Isolate which tasks you are good at, and the ones you are not! Everyone enjoys doing tasks well, but try to work more diligently on the tough ones. This discipline will
Everyone enjoys doing tasks well, but try to work more diligently on the tough ones. – Dan Kleiner
make the difference, come exam time. Practice your demos during the season, with your students, as they need to see a good visual. Work on your skier analysis with other candidates at your resort. There is strength in numbers, and it is more enjoyable that way. Notepads are a must! I found that making notes helped to solidify my memory. I used them continuously through full certification. Write your notes while riding the chair, before the thoughts of the moment are past. You can revise the notes, and put together a final copy, that can be reviewed during the module. I would use my notes to rehearse on the hill until I had the concept down cold. When my assignment came up in the module, I knew just what to do, and the “Knowledge is Power” concept drove out the nervousness of the moment.
Many candidates get nervous and rigid when performing demos and tasks. Watch your examiner’s demonstration and take a mental note of the shape, speed, and number of turns. Be aware of the movement patterns required for each type of demo or task in the module. If there is any confusion as to what is required, try to ask questions before you begin. Before the module, plan a trip to the designated resort, and familiarize yourself with the ski area. Knowing the terrain ahead of time will ease your mind, when you are given your module teaching assignment. When you come to the event, alleviate morning stress by preparing the night before. Check weather for the following day and plan to dress accordingly. Bring your notes, snacks, and other essentials, to cover you throughout the day. The snacks are a must, they will keep your energy level high. Give yourself plenty of time to arrive at the mountain, to avoid the stress of rushing to the event. Utilize all the resources you can to prepare for your module. Find a coach you believe in and trust. Check out the PSIA-W website for information about teaching, skiing tips, and manuals. You will find the standards for the modules in the examiners manual. Dedicated preparation helped me through those nervous times, and I know it will help you as well. Enjoy the journey. Dan Kleiner is a member of the PSIA West Tech Team, is Assistant Director for Alpine skiing at Snow Summit, and in his spare time is a captain for American Airlines
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By Elianne Furtney, Alpine Vice President
Tech Team Kicks Off the Season Cold snow and sunny skies welcomed the Alpine Technical Team to our first training at Mammoth November 17th and 18th. A busy two day agenda focused on bringing the group together in a consensus of both ideas and skiing movements. We were extremely fortunate to have the presence and insight of our current National Team members. Michael Rogan, Robin Barnes, Mike Hafer and Chris Fellows (recently retired from the Team) shared with us the technical focus of the recent National Team training in Colorado. Looking forward to the next Interski in St. Anton in 2011, the Team is striving to present a more unified look to American skiing, with emphasis on disciplined core
“If you are looking for this year’s ‘new’ move or buzzword, I say everything old is new again, and we are coming back to the fundamentals that have always defined good skiing.”
movements. In the last several years, as you may have noticed, there has been a tendency to ski (and teach) with more squareness of the hips in relation to the skis. If you look through any of PSIA’s written materials you will see that both historically and currently there is no official endorsement of a more squared position and that, in fact, we as an organization – Elianne Furtney have always advocated [skiing into and out of] a countered position. They say that the human race discussed and agreed upon exactly only exists in moderation as we how we interpret the National pass through the pendulum Standards when it comes to Level swing from one extreme to the 3 skiing. As Finlay Torrance, chair other, and PSIA is certainly of the National Certification Unity not immune to this tendency Project shared with us, the Westas we try to re-invent ourern Division has a reputation for selves and stay “current” with rigorously upholding the National modern technique. If you are Standards, perhaps more than othlooking for this year’s “new” ers. We feel that with the module move or buzzword, I say format and the coaching offered everything old is new again, within, we are providing a very and we are coming back to the fair but legitimate test of skill, and fundamentals that have always anyone who achieves the Level 3 defined good skiing. As we in the West should be justifiably practiced at Mammoth, mainproud to wear the gold pin! taining a countered position It can be a challenging yet fasthrough the finish of the turn cinating process to bring a group enables you to begin the new of independent thinkers into turn with a strong directional harmony but it feels like the Tech movement of both hips and Team is rowing together toward the upper body into the turn a common goal. I hope you will resulting in better control and appreciate as I do that your examshaping of the top of the new iners and clinicians are working turn. Obviously this is merely hard to bring you a consistent and an overview and I urge you to high quality experience, whether seek out a Tech Team member you are participating in an exam for clarification at your home or an educational event. Now if mountain or at one of the only it would snow… many events we are offering this year. In addition to our on-hill Mike Hafer demonstrates a countered position. Photo courtesy of activities we had a producAaron Rosen. tive indoor session where we
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By Doug Fagel, Snowboard Vice President
Tip of the Day: “Create Your Routine” Create Your Routine The ‘groove’, the ‘flow’, the ‘zone’. We all know the feeling those words describe, a feeling where your focus and concentration is so complete that you lose yourself in the activity and it becomes effortless. When standing at the top of the terrain park, I am always seeking that groove, which for me is a feeling of ‘mindlessness’ and brings my performance to an all time high. The problem is, how do I get there more often? How can I find that positive place in my mind all the time? How can I teach others how to find their happy place? We develop our muscle memory to create kinesthetic pathways in our bodies to allow us to move without having to think. So I want to create pathways in our brains so we don’t have to think. The Mind When the mind is in the right place we can set ourselves up for success. If our minds are not focused or overwhelmed with thoughts such as fear and worry, we cannot perform to the same level. When we are put in situations where we feel pressured and stressed we are even more likely to be affected by our mind in a negative way. This has happened to me many times before and caused me to wreck at the most inopportune moments.One time I pre-rotated a switch five and caught my toes as I launched off the lip of the jump; I new that my thoughts had put me in the wrong place and
my fears caused me to be impatient as I approached my take off. I luckily did not injure myself, but I did bruise my ego in front of a good number of spectators. Their Routines If we look closely at successful athletes in almost any sport, we can notice the small idiosyncrasies that are performed before they have to perform. This routine that they create for themselves is the physical and mental activity that the athlete uses to put their mind at ease. This process of doing something familiar brings the athlete to a comfortable place that they are used to. If we look at a baseball player get ready to bat, the movements that are made as they step out of the batters box are not there to prepare physically, but rather these activities are used to draw the mind into these familiar places that create focus and flow. Pre-Flight I tend to use my routine each time I roll through the park or difficult terrain. I call my routine my preflight checklist. Just like taking off in an airplane, prior to each flight we need to go through a preflight checklist to make sure that we are safe to take off. On my snowboard my preflight routine includes an equipment check, checking my bindings, a style check, checking my clothing and gloves, and a helmet check, check the head. The
next step in my preflight checklist is a check on my speed and a focus on what I need to do to set myself up for take off. I focus on the execution and block all the unneeded things out. The results feel natural; the maneuver that I desired, the landing and the set up for the next feature. “Your” Routine To create your own routine think of the three key elements such as your equipment, your style, and the technical aspect of what you want to achieve. Find a routine that is comfortable for you and use it when performing in areas that you are already comfortable. The exercise of using your routine in your comfort zone will make it more useful when you are pushing yourself to the next level. Make sure to use this physical and mental activity right before you drop in to a feature. If you get distracted, make a quick pause and run through it again. This will keep your mind focused and help you stay in the flow. Your routine will allow you to put yourself in the same mental state, no matter what task is at hand. This will help to suppress fear, clear your mind and set yourself up for success. So clear your mind with your routine and start making steps towards the next level.
Douglas R. Fagel. Photo courtesy of Aaron Rosen.
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By Brent Kuemmerle
Skiing? Snowboarding? Adaptive!
Brent Kuemmerle assists Travis Thiele with the Sno-wing. Photo courtesy of Glen T. Smith.
If you’ve been on the snow for any amount of time, you’ve certainly seen disabled people getting down the hill with all sorts of equipment. In the past we called it skiing. Even those sit down devices with one plank are called skis…..You might think disabled people aren’t interested in snowboarding? You’d be wrong. There are far more disabled people who want the same thing we all want; the thrill, the exhilaration that comes from moving down a hill: THE PERFECT TURN. Adaptive skiing has been around for 40+ years. Most adaptive ski instructors have had to teach snowboard lessons strictly because the need is there, but the instructors aren’t. The fact is everyone can help no matter how they get down the mountain. “I don’t know how to teach skiing!” you might say. Adaptive ski instructors have been saying the same thing about snowboard-
ing for years. Don’t worry; the big three are the same across all disciplines: SAFETY, FUN, and LEARNING. Teaching adaptive is sweet because there’s no guarantee you’ll be teaching to the same piece of equipment you’re riding on. You’ll be giving the same lesson to a sit down “skier” that a stand up ski instructor would. It’s all a matter of knowing about the different disabilities and what adaptive equipment can help your students get down the slope. We in the Adaptive discipline have the same reasons for teaching as any other instructor. Seeing someone’s face light up when they make that first turn is amazing regardless of what piece of equipment they are on. Providing an opportunity to someone who has to try a little harder to make things happen is all the more rewarding. Check out the Adaptive schedule and get involved!
Nominations For Adaptive Committee The Adaptive Committee meets several times each year, plans education and certification programs, and makes decisions guiding the PSIA-W Adaptive programs. Nominees must be members in good standing with an Adaptive Certification. There will be an election ballot in the Spring Edge. Three positions will be open and members will serve for three years. Nominations will be closed February 1st. Current Members of the Adaptive Committee and term end date: Bill Bowness 2009
Brent Kuemmerle 2009
Lynne Haile2009 2009 LynneHaile
Josh Spoelstra 2010
Ralph Aros 2010
Robin Conners 2010
Peter Axelson 2011
Karey Kusuhara 2011
Glen Smith 2011
Alternates: Dan Stormer, Travis Thiele, Donna Boyd, W. C. Fields, I Nominate:
It’s important to participate in determining who will be making decisions that affect you. Please complete the Adaptive Committee Nomination form and fax to PSIA-W at (530) 587-4273. Or mail to: 9709 Hwy. 267 Truckee, CA 96161.
Don’t delay, send in your nomination today!
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By Brent Kuemmerle
There are far more disabled people who want the same thing we all want; the thrill, the exhilaration that comes from moving down a hill: THE PERFECT TURN. – Brent Kuemmerle We’ve got “Welcome to Adaptive” clinics throughout the winter and a full certification path for skiers and snowboarders. Got someone who rips? Send ‘em down the road to the USASA which is the next step to the Paralympics. Brent Kuemmerle is certified Level 3 Adaptive and Level 2 AASI. He is also a below the knee amputee who thinks that snowboarding is the sweetest way to get down the hill. Although, those sit down contraptions are pretty fun too.
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Brent Kuemmerle assists Travis Thiele with tip connector and reigns. Photo courtesy of Glen T. Smith.
NASTC is the only advanced ski school of its kind, developed by Chris and Jenny Fellows in 1994. With a staff of PSIA National and Regional Demo Team members, NASTC has been helping skiers break through their plateaus and make lasting improvement in their skiing for over fourteen years.
Join NASTC for an Unforgettable Ski Training Adventure! Grand Targhee, WY., Catskiing & Powder Adventure, Jan 31-Feb 4 Enjoy some of the best cat-skiing in the country. Backcountry Overnight Adventure to Lost Trail Lodge, February 4-5 Spend the night in the beautiful Lost Trail Lodge. AIARE Certified Avalanche Level I, February 7-9 AIARE Certified Avalanche Level II, February 20-23 Steep and Deep at Silverton Mountain, CO., March 4-9 Ski some of the best big mountain skiing south of Alaska. Introduction to Backcountry Skiing, May 3 Backcountry safety, route finding and touring techniques. Mt. Shasta Summit and Ski, May 30- June 1 Summit Mt. Shasta and then ski 5,000 ft back to basecamp.
For more information go to www.skinastc.com or contact NASTC at 530.582.4772
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By Aaron Pearlman
Telemark Stance...Are you New or Old School? Many Tele skiers on the hill today have been at it since leather boots, 3-pin bindings and long, skinny skis were the norm. A low, compact stance was used with this gear and the skier’s legs tended to be hyper-flexed knee to the ski. For the sake of argument, let’s use the term ‘Old School.’ With the changes in modern telemark ski gear come change in the stance we use to maximize balance and efficiency. Modern plastic boots, tight bindings and shaped skis allow us to achieve a taller stance with the skier’s legs more extended. The Old School telemark technique can be recognized by the angle of the rear femur in a telemark stance. The rear femur is more vertical in nature with the knee under the hip (photo 1).
The New School telemark stance is taller with the rear femur pointing more forward out of the hip, not vertical. The front-back lead change is reduced and feet are closer together (photo 2).
If you don’t believe me, test how long you can stand tall versus sitting in an imaginary chair with your legs bent 90 degrees at the knees and your back pushed against a wall. In a telemark
New School (Forward Pointing Femur, Reduced Lead Change, Tall Stance. Photo courtesy of Mary Ellen Houston.
With this modern stance, the skier is able to balance more effectively on the rear foot because the foot is more under the body than behind it. The taller New School stance is better for absorbing terrain. Quick, snappy turns are possible from this position. Old School (Vertical Femur, Large Lead Change). Photo courtesy of Mary One of the Ellen Houston. goals in skiing is to reduce muscle fatigue so that Old School telemark is also you can ski top to bottom all recognized by longer front-back day long and still disco into the lead change. In this position, it is night. A great way to do this is to challenging to effectively balance support your body’s weight with on the back foot because the foot your skeleton rather than with is not under the body, but behind muscular tension. If you stand it. The skier’s ability to absorb tall, your skeleton is properly terrain is limited by virtue of the stacked to hold you upright with low stance. Also, this Old School little strength. If you are flexed stance is conducive to only a melow, your muscles are tensed and dium or long radius turn shape, as balance is achieved by strength. short turns are compromised.
stance, the only way to accomplish this skeletal alignment is to have a forward pointing angle with both femurs. Most importantly the rear leg (photo 2). So, next time you are out on the hill, pay attention to your rear femur. Is it vertical or is it properly pointing forward from the hip? If you learn to ski taller with both femurs pointing forward, you will have better balance over both feet, you will have more room for absorbing terrain and you may find yourself ripping off a bunch of short turns just for fun. So, keep up with the times and equipment and try some New School Telemark turns. Aaron Pearlman is a Level 3 Telemark Instructor, PSIA-W Advanced Educator, and Nordic Demo Team Candidate.
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By Glen Smith Many advanced skiers still have a slight flat steering of the skis in their advanced turns. If you watch these skiers, they may have a very smooth appearing turn, with effective edge engagement through most of the turn. However, there is still a portion of the turn initiation where the skis are flat and there is steering rather than a pure edge to edge movement. This steered turn initiation is usually accompanied by several characteristics. Characteristics of the steered turn initiation Mental expectation – The skier has an expectation that there will be a steering of the skis at initiation. This is understandable, since it is valid to steer the skis in the first parallel turns. We all teach leg steering to our students at this level. Simultaneous edge change and steering of both skis is the next logical step after the advanced wedge christie turn. But as an advanced skier, the edge to edge turn should also be possible without the flat ski steering. Slight body rotation – There is often a slight upper body or hip rotation move to help the rotary movement get started. This movement can be very smooth and practiced, and may be difficult to detect. It may be as small as a subtle hand or arm movement associated with the pole plant. Hips to the outside – The skier may move the hips from an effective angulated and countered position in the previous turn to a tall and forward position, but then pause with the hips over the skis or slightly to the outside of the new turn. This position facilitates keeping the skis flat for an instant longer, and allows the skis to skid and steer.
Graduate from the Skid Zone
In the skidded turn initiation, the skis can be observed skidding in an arc at initiation.
Characteristics of the Carved turn initiation Mental expectation – The skier has an expectation that the skis will tilt from edge to edge without a flat steered phase. Lateral movement – There is no rotary component of the movement from one set of edges to the other. The upper body, hips, shoulders and arms are properly countered at the end of the previous turn, and move across the skis without rotating. Hips move across – The hips move smoothly across the skis without pausing. The movement is more of a continuation of movement down the hill.
ski straight during the instant that it is flat, and add no rotary. The skis should leave clean carve marks in the snow with a short section of flat ski that shows no evidence of skidding. Static edge to edge – On a medium to steep slope, stand with skis across the slope and supported by the poles, try to switch from the uphill edges to the downhill edges without slipping. This move requires that the hips move smoothly from above to below the position of the skis. If the hips pause, the skis will slip when they are flat. Cross under turns – On a medium steep slope, try to make high
In the carved, edge to edge turn initiation, the skis are flat for a very short time, and tip cleanly to the new edges with no skidding.
Exercises to encourage edge to edge turns Railroad track turns – On a gentle slope, roll the skis from one set of edges to the other allowing the skis to carve arcs in the snow with no skidding. Try to keep the
energy short to medium turns with lots of action of the ski in the end of the turn. The ski should accelerate or jet into the new turn. This contributes to a quick edge change, and encourages an edge to edge turn without steering the skis. (cont’d on pg. 10)
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By Greg Lyons, Children’s Committee Chairperson
PSIA/AASI Releases New Children’s Manual My four year old loves to sing the phrase “You’re never fully dressed without a Smile!” National has done a great job compiling and updating the Children’s
ion, pu ond edit
Instruction Manual, and this book will help you bring more smiles to your lessons. Whether you are just starting your journey in snowsports instruction, or are a seasoned veteran, this book can help you. The Children’s Instruction Manual provides building blocks for teaching. It contains in depth discussions about how children learn, including the four learning styles, Piaget’s Stages of Development, eight categories of Multiple Intelligences, Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, class handling, behavior management and teaching with creativity. Also covered are student, instructor and parent behaviors. There is plenty of information for each discipline: Alpine, Snowboard, Adaptive and Nordic. Each discipline has a beginner, intermediate and advanced
section that contains multiple exercises followed up with age specific tips. For a new instructor you will be given a good outline to follow and for the experienced instructor you can try new exercises or modify ones you already use. There is also extensive section on lesson safety. Read the book. Use the tools the book highlights. Smiling is contagious. As successful students smile more often, you will too! Greg Lyons Children’s Committee BOD The Children’s Instruction Manual, second edition can be ordered online through the National website, www.psia.org, or from our Western Division office for $24.95 plus shipping.
Graduate from the Skid Zone (cont’d)
By Glen Smith
(cont’d from pg. 9) Tuck turns – Assume the position of a racer in a tuck. Lock the poles under the arms and against the hips. Try to keep the hands and triangle formed by the poles pointing straight down the hill. This reduces or eliminates any upper body rotation and encourages movements of the ankles and knees to change the edges. Glen Smith is a Level 3 Alpine and Level 2 Adaptive instructor at Heavenly.
Practice these moves, and try them on your advanced students. Observe the tracks in the snow, and watch the movements that explain what the skis are doing in the snow. Let’s get the most out of the skis we are riding and help our students graduate from the skid zone to the carve zone. – Glen Smith
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By Greg Lyons and Aaron Rosen
Ed Foundation Golf Tournaments Help the Foundation & Build Camaraderie It was a warm 92 degree spring day in mid-May, at Genoa Lakes, NV. The 17th green had a New 2008 Newport Blue Subaru Tribeca placed right next to the tee box. Tournament participant Mark Brown was thrilled. He stated â€œI have never had one golf swing that provided a chance to win a Brand New Carâ€?. Thank you Zak Salah at South Shore Motors, the car added a heart pounding dimension to the game. Forty-seven players participated and $2,200 was raised as a donation to the PSIA/AASI West Education Foundation. Raffle prizes included rounds of golf, foot beds, alignments, tunes, clothing, watches, and so much more all to be given away. Over 40 raffle prizes in all were donated. Thank you to all who donated and all players who participated! Aaron Rosen, John Darby, Mike Hafer and Pete Smith won with a score of 13 under. They
took home the plaque created and donated by Bob Haas and Steve Scott, last yearâ€™s winners. The plaque will be displayed at Northstar this summer in the Pro Shop and in the Ski & Snowboard School this upcoming winter. A 340 yard drive by Adam Turner won the longest drive contest on the 15th hole. Closest to the pin was won by Frank Deras on the 17th hole. He did make the putt for birdie! Unfortunately, no one won the Subaru, this time anyways. Please join us for the Third Annual Golf Fund Raiser in October 2009, course and exact dateÂ TBA. Mulligans, hand wedges, foot wedges all are welcome...for a donation! A raffle and
The top foursome enjoys the spring weather at Genoa Lakes. John Darby, Pete Smith, Mike Hafer and Aaron Rosen.
putting contest round out a relaxing, rewarding event!
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