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Nov. 2011 Issue

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The Official Newsletter of the Southern Nevada Golf Association

The Grind In This Issue >>>

The weather was supposed to be cold and rainy for the 2011 SNGA Championship. The course was supposed to be playing as difficult as ever. The scoring was supposed to be high and unattractive. Well the weather subsided and Joseph Harrison saw things differently this week, as he stormed Boulder Creek Golf Club with a bevy of bombing drives and birdies to capture his first SNGA Championship Crown and announce to the Amateur Golf World that he is here and ready to play.

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SNGA Championship Giant Golf Sale! SNGA Championship (Cont.) Metlife Auto & HomeŽ Misunderstood Rules Las Vegas Golf & Tennis WSNGA State Amateur Bring Golf to a Child Matthew Anderson Memorial High School Girls Golf PURE Grips Golf FORE Kids What’s on Tap!

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2011 SNGA Championship (Continued from Page 1) Harrison Blistered the field by 12 shots when it was all settled. He ended the event as the only competitor in red figures. A 65 (-7) opening round would give Harrison a 2 shot lead over upstart and 2011 Clark County Amateur Champion JT Mohlman who struggled with the putter down the stretch but was still able to post a strong 67 (-5). To start the second round, Harrison would simply birdie the first 4 holes to stretch his lead. It would only get better for Harrison as both Kelly Knievel (1 over on day one) and Mohlman would struggle to keep up. Harrison would finish the second round with 67 (-5) and complete his performance at -12 (132). Mohlman would finish in 2nd at 144 (E) for the event. Adam Tebbs found his swing on day 2 firing a 69 (-3) and moving into a tie for 3rd with ever present John Turk who had two solid rounds of 74 (+2) and 73 (+1). In the end, no one could argue that Harrison had put together a performance that would be remembered for along time to come. Harrison plans to go to Q School this next fall and attempt to play on the highest levels. After this weekends Keith Hogge performance, we are all confident that with some determination, Harrison will have Net Division Winner no problem making a name for himself.

Joseph Harrison 2011 SNGA Championship Champion

In the Net Division, Keith Hogge solidified his Unofficial Net Player of the Year award with a 2 under Net Performance (142) and a victory in the SNGA's final event for 2011. Hogge defeated Joe Rada by five shots to win the event. Rada would fire a two day total of Net 147 (+3) to take second place. Russ Gard made a successful return to the Net Division shooting Net 148 (+4) and taking home 3rd place honors. Hogge lead the Player of the Year points race going into this event, and his victory caps off a great year.

John Silberman Senior Net Division Winner

Frank Acker locked up Senior Scratch Player of The Year honors with his victory this week. Acker fired two rounds under par including an opening round of 67 (-5) to defeat John Turk by 4 shots. Turk finished in second as the only other competitor in red figures at 141 (-3). Kevin Parrish had a great tournament firing a two day total of 147 (+3) and finishing 3rd.

Frank Acker Senior Scratch Division Winner

In the Senior Net, John Silberman claimed his first victory with the SNGA firing a Net 147 (+3) and besting Rodger Reeves and Gary Lanzen by 2 shots. Reeves and Lanzen finished tied for 2nd at 149 (+5).

Patrick Reis Super Senior Net Division Winner

Jim Miller also locked up the Super Senior Player of the Year honor by winning the Super Senior Scratch competition. Miller shot 153 (+9) to defeat Albert Upsher by 2 strokes. Upsher would finishe in second at 155 (+11). Though Upsher couldnt claim the victory, he was able to record a hole in one on the par 3, 145 yard 3rd hole in Fridays round. Upshers name will be submitted to the Hole in One Society for his amazing accomplishment. Ron Ramsey would finish in 3rd place at 157 (+13).

Jim Miller Super Senior Scratch Division Winner

Patrick Reis found his game during the final round of the Super Senior Net competition. Reis shot Net 67 (-5) on day two to finish with a two day total of 141 (-3). This would be recorded as Reis' first victory in an SNGA event. Mike Bridges would finish in second place as the only other competitor in red figures at 143 (-1). Tom Khamis would finish in 3rd at 145 (+1). The SNGA would like to thank all the competitors that participated in the SNGA Championship as well as the entire 2011 Tournament Season. It has been a great year and we wouldnt be able to hold such a comprehensive schedule if it werent for the dedicated competitors. We would also like to thank the Boulder Creek Staff, they are a top notch facility and we are happy to have such a great relationship with an amazing facility. To all the volunteers throughout the year, we say thank you. Your time and effort is the driving force behind our success. Lastly we would like to thank our Sponsors, MetLife Auto & Home, Las Vegas Golf & Tennis, and Roy's Hawaiian Fusion for your support.


Albert Upsher Hole in One! 3rd Hole, 145Yd. Par 3

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Misunderstood Rules Provided by SNGA

Rule 13-2 & 13-3—Improving Lie/Building Stance 13-2. Improving Lie, Area of Intended Stance or Swing, or Line of Play A player must not improve or allow to be improved: the position or lie of his ball, the area of his intended stance or swing, his line of play or a reasonable extension of that line beyond the hole, or the area in which he is to drop or place a ball, by any of the following actions: pressing a club on the ground, moving, bending or breaking anything growing or fixed (including immovable obstructions and objects defining out of bounds), creating or eliminating irregularities of surface, removing or pressing down sand, loose soil, replaced divots or other cut turf placed in position, or removing dew, frost or water. However, the player incurs no penalty if the action occurs: in grounding the club lightly when addressing the ball, in fairly taking his stance, in making a stroke or the backward movement of his club for a stroke and the stroke is made, in creating or eliminating irregularities of surface within the teeing ground (Rule 11-1) or in removing dew, frost or water from the teeing ground, or on the putting green in removing sand and loose soil or in repairing damage (Rule 16-1).

13-3. Building Stance A player is entitled to place his feet firmly in taking his stance, but he must not build a stance. Penalty For Breach of Rule: Match play - Loss of hole; Stroke play - Two strokes.

Definitions: Stance: consists in a player placing his feet in position for and preparatory to making a stroke Stroke: the forward movement of the club made with the intention of striking at and moving the ball, but if a player checks his downswing voluntarily before the clubhead reaches the ball he has not made a stroke. Line of play: the direction that the player wishes his ball to take after a stroke, plus a reasonable distance on either side of the intended direction. The line of play extends vertically upwards from the ground, but does not extend beyond the hole

Obstructions: anything artificial, including the artificial surfaces and sides of roads and paths and manufactured ice, ex‐ cept: a. Objects defining out of bounds, such as walls, fences, stakes and railings; b. Any part of an immovable artificial  object that is out of bounds; and c. Any construction declared by the Committee to be an integral part of the course.  An  obstruction is a movable obstruction if it may be moved without unreasonable effort, without unduly delaying play and  without causing damage. Otherwise, it is an immovable obstruction.  Note: The Committee may make a Local Rule de‐ claring a movable obstruction to be an immovable obstruction. Stakes identifying out of bounds are not obstructions  and are deemed to be fixed.  Addressing the ball: A player has "addressed the ball" when he has taken his stance and has also grounded his club, except that in a hazard a player has addressed the ball when he has taken his stance

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It’s The Most Wonderful Time of Year at Las Vegas Golf & Tennis! By Brian Hurlburt By the time you are reading this, there will still be time to go by and SAVE BIG at the annual Las Vegas Golf and Tennis Tent Sale. Each year thousands of local and visiting golfers flock to the "huge" Las Vegas Golf and Tennis Tent sale. The current one runs through at least November 27 with golfers able to save up to 70% on major brand apparel and equipment like TaylorMade, Nike and Ogio. --By Brian Hurlburt. Put it this way, official company communications use words like "crazy deals on apparel and footwear", "standby for a doorbuster for Black Friday", and "stuffed with great deals!" The best part is that the store is already known for having the best prices and now they are going even lower. Hard to believe that's possible ... Call 702.892.9999. "The world-famous Las Vegas Golf and Tennis tent sale (is underway!) reads official sales literature. "Our giant tent is stuffed with the great deals you've been waiting for all year long! Stop in for a chance to win free TaylorMade gear and see our huge selection of golf clubs, bags, shoes and apparel, all up to 70% off. It's the perfect opportunity to find a gift for that golfer on your holiday shopping list. Come see our giant tent at the SuperStore at 4711 Dean Martin, just North of I-15 and Tropicana or drop by our Henderson store at the District at Green Valley Ranch." The SuperStore is home to a TaylorMade custom fitting center that is one-of-akind for the Las Vegas Golf Region and patterned off the Kingdom at TaylorMade headquarters. The SuperStore is in view of the Las Vegas Strip and minutes from all of the major Strip hotels. Brian Hurlburt is the author of The Las Vegas Country Club: Chronicle of an Icon. Information available at

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A new State Champion has been crowned! Story by Janet Weber

Laurie Johnson prevailed at the 2011 Nevada State Women’s Amateur Championship held at Silverstone Golf Club, Oct24-28. With a tight race after 2 days, the weather turned ugly with steady 20-25 mph winds and 40 mph gusts in temperatures only in the 60’s. Laurie was one of very few that was able to keep their score under control! After firing rounds of 79 and 73, her 3rd round 81, was quite remarkable given the playing conditions. This victory is Laurie’s first State Title and a wonderful exclamation point to her Hall of Fame induction. Those of us close to Laurie are unofficially touting 2011 as “Laurie Johnson Year.” (She also captured the Southern Nevada Amateur title in June). The Nevada State Women’s Net Champion is Sarah Bowman, Senior Amateur Champion, Laurie Johnson, and the Senior Net Champion, Penny Schilling, all members of WSNGA. For complete results please visit Plans for 2012 are underway! Fun Days; Amateur Championships are all being put on the calendar! Be sure to keep checking the website, (, for upcoming events. Fun Days always fill quickly, so you want to get your applications in early! First Fun Day application should show up sometime in January! Keep checking online so you don’t miss out on a chance to play one of the premier venues in Las Vegas!

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High School Girl Golfers Gets an Experience to Remember! Representatives from the SNGA, WSNGA, TFTSN, High School golf coaches, & Tobi Bolton, LPGA Teaching Professional from Desert Pines Golf Club, all came together on November 20th at the amazing Cascata Golf Club to team up with some very excited young ladies. Amongst this group of talented junior golfers were the reigning Nevada State High School Champion Alex Kaui, Regional Champion - Jamie Donizio, and 3 other top finishers at the State Championship, Hilary Pauli, Brianna Becker, & Sarah Thomas. The other girls who made up the teams are fairly new golfers from 3 participating High Schools- Valley - Sam Chambers & Jana Burd, Del Sol - Karina Perez, Tommie Martinez, & Vanessa Diaz & Desert Pines - Amelia Williams & Kenia Lopez . Every participant was treated to a delicious lunch, a raffle prize (because everyone is a winner in our eyes), and a 9 hole round of golf on the pristine course. I know the adults had a great time and I have even heard that the girls are still beaming from their incredible day at Cascata. Thank you to Eric Dutt & the Cascata staff for hosting this incredible day & giving the girls an opportunity for an experience of a life time!

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PURE Grips Donates to The First Tee of Southern Nevada The First Tee of Southern Nevada would like to thank Steve Stasi of Pure Grips for donating his time and grips during TFTSN Fall Classic. 60 TFTSN members got the opportunity to have brand new grips put on their clubs before the tournament on November 10 at Silverstone Golf Club. Steve had a variety of grips from which the juniors could choose. The installation took less then a minute and the juniors could use the grips right away. The First Tee of Southern Nevada juniors and staff thanks Steve again for his generous donation!Â

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Samantha Clawson The First Tee of Southern Nevada

The First Tee celebrated Halloween at Angel Park in Style!

TFTSN members posing under the guidance of Super Sport at Angel Park Golf Club during TFTSN's annual Halloween costume & putting contest.

TFTSN - Danielle Gladd, SNGA- Nicole Dutt-Roberts, WSNGA- Janet Weber, & Community Lover -Super Sport - working together for junior golf!

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Contact for More Information: Merri Erickson 346-2344 Brian Wursten 346-6363

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Las Vegas National Golf Club Site of the 2009 SNGA Season Opener

final thoughts... 2625 N. Green Valley Pkwy. Suite 100 Henderson, NV 89014 702-458-4653

“Golf is the closest game to the game we call life. You get bad breaks from good shots; you get good breaks from bad shots - but you have to play the ball where it lies.” - Bobby Jones

What’s on Tap >>> Happy Thanksgiving from SNGA The SNGA would like to wish everyone of our members, volunteers, board members, affiliates, sponsors, and golfers a very Happy Thanksgiving. We here at SNGA are thankful for the opportunity to give back to the community through the game we love. We wish you the best season and safe travels throughout the Holidays. For more information about the SNGA and its affiliates, please visit Page 13

2011 November Issue of The Grind  

Official Publication of the Southern Nevada Golf Association

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