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April 29, 2018

A rewarding course WJGA helping area kids enjoy game that lasts a lifetime DOUG NEWHOFF‌

‌WATERLOO — Kids are playing golf in the Cedar Valley. And that puts a smile on the face of Tom Berg and his staff with the Waterloo Junior Golf Association, not to mention dozens of volunteers, parents, golf pros, high school coaches and those in the golfing business. “All in all, I think junior golf is building again, and I think the effects of that will be felt in the larger world of golf,” notes Berg, who is executive director of the Waterloo Junior Golf Association. “A lot of kids are interested in giving golf a try and that group of kids is growing, so I feel very good about the future of golf.” The way Berg sees it, golf isn’t a difficult game to sell. It can be whatever one wants it to be — competitive, recreational, challenging, physical, mental, social, rewarding ... regardless of age or gender. It’s a game that stands the test of time and often bridges generations. “Golf is a game that develops


Irv Warren PGA professional Andy Devine, left, helps 12-year-old Jack Moody with his swing during a 2014 golf clinic at Irv Warren. character traits that are going to help you in all aspects of life,” notes Berg. “You make friends that last forever. “Golf demands a lot from people. You’ve got to know the rules, play by the rules and be honest. If you want to be good, you’ve got to work hard, practice, be determined. You have to be a good friend and be the kind of person other people like and enjoy being with. “Most sports do those things. But golf can be lifelong. Most people Please see WJGA, Page 6


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New drivers make better golfers Technology continues to fuel improvement in performance JIM NELSON‌

‌Golf companies and golf retailers want to see the products they produce and sell make the average Joe a better player. In 2018, driver technology has continued down that path. The two leading faces are the Ping G-400 and Taylor Made’s Twist Face M3 and M4 drivers. Golf Headquarters owner Mike Schuchmann says the Twist Face right now may be the biggest thing out there with a revolutionary new face design. “You hit the ball low on the heel, it will bring it back to the center. You hit high toe, it will draw it back in for the righthanded golfer,” Schuchmann said.

In a Golf Digest article, the Twist Face technology is explained as a face that curves unlike any other driver in the game. “Slightly above center the face curves more open as it moves toward the toe. Slightly below center, it curves more open as it moves toward the heel. Essentially undetectable to the golfer’s eye at address, the effect ultimately is to produce off-center hits that fly less offline than they would with the traditional bulge and roll.” — Golf Digest. The M3 and M4 are different drivers that use much of the same technology. The M3 uses two 11-gram sliding weights and a Y-shaped track allowing the golfer to adjust to nearly 1,100 different settings. That is in combination with Taylor Made’s 12-way adjustable hosel that has nearly 13,000 potential setups. The M4 is different in that it is 15 grams lighter than the M3

and includes a face that weighs 17 percent less than the face of TM’s M2, which was released last year. “It is a good little driver,” Schuchmann said. “I played it a couple of times out in Arizona this winter and it hits well.” That being said, Schuchmann says despite the new technology Taylor Made has introduced, the Twist Face is in a three-horse race for the hot driver of the year. The Ping G-400 is the frontrunner, while the Callaway Rouge is also popular. “It’s a pretty good driver market out there,” Schuchmann said. “We sold seven drivers yesterday and I believe it was four Ping, two Taylor Made, one Callaway and one Cobra. “The tendency is leaning toward the Ping driver right now, but it is a close race for the hot driver of the year.” The technology for new driv-


Jess Pekarek swings in the golf simulator at Waterloo Golf Headquarters March 30. ers goes beyond the club itself. At just about any of the area retailers — Dick’s, Scheels and Golf Headquarters — each retailer has hitting bays where a golfer can test several of the new drivers. People on staff at those places then can look at the launch monitor and register club speed, ball spin and launch angle to help po-

tential customers dial in on the correct driver for their swing. “It’s almost down to a science,” Schuchmann said. “I’m blessed to have some young guys here who are technically savvy. It’s amazing what those simulators can tell you about your swing and which club best fits your swing.”

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TV can be must-see for golfers Much can be learned watching pros on television NICK PETAROS‌

‌Some weekends aren’t meant for golf. When weather doesn’t cooperate, however, there are still plenty of lessons to be found from the touring pros competing on television. Technological advances continue to enhance televised golf tournaments. Toptracer’s live ball-tracking software has advanced beyond tee shots, also revealing the colored lines that track the trajectory of a ball on approach shots from the fairway to the green. Broadcasts often use Virtual Eye 3D hole models that incorporate detailed data on ball posi-

tion from players within a group. Shot information data provided from radar tracking companies is also commonly revealed during tournament coverage. “Something cool that people are getting to see is that Toptracer technology and to be able to see the ball move on two different screens,” Gates Park golf professional Nate Lubs said. “A lot of times you see them hit and see it land. Now you can see that shape of it.” Added Irv Warren golf pro Andy Devine, “They curve it a lot and that shows up on TV. You can see the trajectory, where it’s going right to left or left to right. Whichever way that hole goes, they hit that type of shot. They’re that good.” Beyond the enhanced graphics and data provided within modern golf broadcasts, there’s plenty amateurs and golf enthusiasts can learn about course

management from the touring pros. “The thing I’ve noticed most about pros is when they hit it in trouble, they’ll hit it back in the fairway if they can’t get it to the green,” Lubs said. “When I’m playing with amateurs, they’re trying to hit that miracle shot every time. Even in the trees, they’re trying to go for the pin versus getting it back in play and accepting, ‘Hey, that was a bad shot, I’m going to hit this one in play and then try to hit some more good shots.’” The poise and competitive nature of these competitors also makes for compelling television. “These guys that play on the tour, they’re the best that there are in the world,” Devine said. “I watch just how focused they are. When they get into a drive, they go all out hitting that shot. It’s just fun to watch. It’s no different than your quarterback. When


Bubba Watson waves to the gallery on the sixth hole during the final round at the Dell Technologies Match Play golf tournament in Austin, Texas. Enhanced graphics and technology have provided televised golf viewers with a unique perspective on professional tournaments. he drops back, he knows where he’s going with that ball and he throws it.” Devine added there is one part of tournament golf he wishes fewer players would try to emulate. The time pros invest in lining up putts can trickle down to pace of play concerns on local courses. “They get on the green and it’s just forever,” Devine said. “They

get a 20-foot putt, they spend 10 minutes looking at it. Most times from 20 feet they miss a lot of them. Their caddies have every elevation on that green, how it breaks, which way it runs. “When they get to the green, they should be able to look at it and play. I just wish they played faster on TV so that our average player would play faster also.”


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METRO COURSE PROFILES BEAVER HILLS COUNTRY CLUB‌‌ „„ Par: 72 „„ Length: 6,848 yards „„ Pro: Brad Clark „„ Location: 8230 Beaver Hills Dr., Cedar Falls „„ Phone: (319) 266-9172 „„ Website: www.beaverhills. com „„ Rates: Members and guests only „„ Notes: A private, parkland-style course built on rolling terrain that features uneven lies, tree-lined fairways, dozens of sand bunkers, and water that comes into play on the first five holes. GATES PARK‌‌ „„ Par: 72 „„ Length: 6,839 yards „„ Pro: Nate Lubs „„ Location: 820 E. Donald St., Waterloo „„ Phone: (319) 291-4485 „„ We b s i t e : w w w. g o l f „„ Rates: 18-hole—$23 adults, $22 seniors (62-older), $20 young adults (25-under), $10 juniors. 9-hole—$16. „„ Notes: This majestic, mature, 18-hole course has many

tree-lined, bluegrass fairways and water hazards that come into play on several holes. Sand or grass bunkers guard every bent grass green. IRV WARREN MEMORIAL‌‌ „„ Par: 72 „„ Length: 6,194 yards „„ Pro: Andy Devine „„ Location: 1000 Fletcher Ave., Waterloo „„ Phone: (319) 234-9271 „„ Website: „„ Rates: 18-hole—$23 adults, $22 seniors (62-older), $20 young adults (25-under), $10 juniors. 9-hole—$16. „„ Notes: Built in 1908, this public, 18-hole course has its share of mature trees, bunkers and water hazards that come into play on a couple of holes, but it’s also great for beginners. Irv Warren hosts the Professional Division of the annual Waterloo Open each July. PHEASANT RIDGE‌‌ „„ Par: 72 „„ Length: 6,805 yards „„ Pro: John Bermel „„ Location: 3205 W. 12th St., Cedar Falls


Josh Black hits a ball from just under a tree to the 15th green during the 2015 Waterloo Open Amateur Division at South Hills Golf Course, one of six public courses in the Waterloo-Cedar Falls metro area. „„ Phone: (319) 266-8266 Walters Ridge 9-hole course. „„ Website: www.pheasantRED CARPET GOLF‌‌ „„ Par: 72 „„ Rates: 18-hole—$22 adults „„ Length: 6,557 yards (25-64), $18.50 for young adults „„ Pro: Ed Dolan (18-24), $14 juniors (17 and un„„ Location: 1409 Newell St.,

der), $18.50 seniors (65 and over). 9-hole—$16.50 for adults, $14 for young adults, $10 for juniors, $14 for seniors. „„ Notes: A demanding public course featuring tree-lined fairways and fast greens with numerous sand bunkers and water hazards. Complex also includes

Waterloo „„ Phone: (319) 235-1242 „„ Website: „„ Rates: 18-hole—$20 adults, $15 students, $19 seniors, $7 juniors. 9-hole—$15. Check with pro shop for morning discount offers Monday through Thursday.

„„ Notes: A semi-private course, Red Carpet features a variety of hazards that come into play on many holes. The greens are undulating and challenging, as are several of the bluegrass fairways. Built in 1920, Red Carpet features more than 30 sand bunkers. SOUTH HILLS‌‌ „„ Par: 72 „„ Length: 6,950 yards „„ Pro: Monte Meyer „„ Location: 1830 E. Shaulis Rd., Waterloo „„ Phone: (319) 291-4268 „„ Website: „„ Rates: 18-hole—$23 adults, $22 seniors (62-older), $20 young adults (25-under), $10 juniors. 9-hole—$16. „„ Notes: A hilly course with numerous trees that can alter shots, plus a handful of water hazards. The greens are undulating and fast, while the bluegrass fairways range from tight layouts to wide-open. SUNNYSIDE COUNTRY CLUB‌‌ „„ Par: 72 „„ Length: 6,736 yards „„ Pro: Nathan Leary

„„ Location: 1600 Olympic Dr., Waterloo „„ Phone: (319) 234-1125 „„ Website: „„ Rates: Members and guests only „„ Notes: A private, 18-hole championship layout that is well-bunkered with more than 30 sand traps and features water that comes into play on at least 11 holes. WALTERS RIDGE‌‌ „„ Par: 27 „„ Length: 765 to 1,305 yards „„ Pro: John Bermel „„ Location: 3205 W. 12th St., Cedar Falls „„ Phone: (319) 266-8266 „„ Website: „„ Rates: 9-hole—$7.50 adults (25-64), $6.50 seniors (65-over), $6.50 young adults (18-24), $5.50 juniors (17-under), $5 per player for senior golf teams. „„ Notes: Walter’s Ridge is a 9-hole, par-3 course adjacent to Pheasant Ridge’s 18-hole layout. It features eight sand bunkers, three ponds and large greens.




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There’s something for every golfer JIM NELSON‌

‌What do you get the golfer who seemingly has the latest and greatest of everything? That is a question posed over and over for those hard to buy for friends and relatives. One of the more popular and still improving technologies is a golf range-finder. For anywhere from around $90 to $250 or more, companies like Bushnell, TecTecTec, Laser Link, Golf Buddy and Nikon have the price and market covered. Most range finders can accurately predict up to a yard from the pin from 400 yards away. “By far and away the most popular gift right now,” said Mike Schuchmann from Golf Headquarters. “It is something that almost every golfer wants but doesn’t always indulge in.” While range finders seem to be a popular gift choice, golf experi-

ences are another desireable gift. Within a 5- to 6-hour drive from Northeast Iowa, there are multiple options. The Waterloo Open is always a good option. The annual tournament held at Irv Warren Golf Course since 1933 has expanded with its amateur field to both Gates Park and South Hills. Future PGA stars have gotten their first big break at the Waterloo Open, where the winner takes home more than $50,000. Players like Nathan Lashley and George McNeill to Woody Austin, Clark Burroughs, Tom Lehman Mike Bender, Lonnie Nielsen and Jack Rule Jr., have all gone low on the Irv Warren links. This year’s tournament is scheduled for July 20-22, and on each of the two days prior to the start of the pro event, there is a Sponsor Pro-Am where sponsors get to play with one of the pros. For those interested in sponsor-

ing, contact the Waterloo Open leaders at The annual PGA Champions Principal Charity Classic at Wakonda Country Club in Des Moines features the best 50 and older golfers in the world and will be held this summer June 8-10. Children under 15 are admitted free and single-day tickets are only $20. For those seeking something more extravagant, the Charity Classic has two bigger packages — The Premium Experience for $250 features covered seating at the 16th green and 18th tee and the cost includes luncheon, beer, wine and soda. Then there is the Wakonda Experience and for $150 for an individual or $500 for a foursome, the players receive one round of golf at Wakonda and a one-day grounds pass to the Charity Classic. The John Deere Classic July 1215 in Silvis, Ill., is another option. Contested a week before the Brit-

ish Open, the Deere Classic still packs a wallop as far as golf stars, including Iowa’s own Zach Johnson and popular PGA star and Wisconsin native Steve Stricker. The JDC offers six different packages, including the TPC Pak, which for $550 includes four rounds of golf at TPC Deere Run, six any day tickets to the JDC, $80 classic cash and two general parking passes. Among other big-time 2018 golf events within driving range of the Cedar Valley is the PGA Championship at Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis Aug. 9-12. The LPGA Championship is in Kildeer, Ill. on June 28-July 1, where the defending champion is Danielle Kang, whose popularity soared at last year’s Solheim Cup at the Des Moines Golf and Country Club when she played a starring role in Team USA’s victory. A week after the LPGA Championship, the Thornberry Creek

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won’t still be playing football, but I’ll be 75 this summer and I’m still playing golf.” The WJGA will celebrate its 33rd year this summer. It’s a program that offers instruction and competition for kids ages 12 and over in a well-supervised environment that puts a premium on safety and fun. The $50 membership fee includes two spring clinics with local PGA professionals John Bermel and Andy Devine, 10 summer tournaments at courses throughout the Cedar Valley, an end of the year championship, an awards celebration event and a Waterloo Leisure Services $5 junior morning pass. “Last year we had almost 150 members,” Berg relates. “Our membership and participation rates were up about 15 percent, which I felt was remarkable.” Berg is also seeing a spike in the number of girls giving golf a

try. While female participation has been on the decline among some metro high schools, that may change in the near future. “We are seeing a big increase in the number of girls playing and playing well,” says Berg. “I think our girls’ membership and participation was up about 30 percent. “I think there’s a point of critical mass you have to have with girls. If only a couple of girls in an age group show up, it’s kind of discouraging for the ones who are showing up. But when more and more girls start showing up, they have fun and they tell their friends to come.” Making the game fun is a focal point for the WJGA. With that in mind, a nine-hole tournament division has been added for the 12-13 age group this year. “We get some kids in that age group that 18 holes is just too much for them,” Berg explains. “It’s discouraging for them, so we set up nine-hole groups for kids who want to play them and

kids we think should play them. We’ll also provide some supporting instruction for them. “Andy (Devine) is going to set up either an afternoon or evening group for these younger kids so they can come out and practice their swings and try to get up to speed a little faster. We want them to get to the point where they are having fun faster.” And for kids who take their golf more seriously, the WJGA has developed its “Get Better Faster” program. For an additional fee, kids work in small group with area professionals throughout the summer. Berg is quick to point out that the WJGA couldn’t do what it does without the widespread support it receives. In addition to the WJGA staff of volunteers, director Kenton Engels, local professionals and the Iowa Golf Association, the community is another important piece of the puzzle. VGM, Standard Golf and Amperage Marketing have been key partners,


Gates Park PGA professional Nate Lubs instructs a group of kids in 2016. as have others within a support system that numbers more than 75 businesses and individuals. “It’s almost like if we say kids and we say golf, they say yes,” Berg points out. “We have a tremendous amount of cooperation and

support and people who want to help kids improve and enjoy the game. Over the long term, that’s the most gratifying part of it ... seeing kids come to the game and love it and love to play and love all the things that surround golf.”

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PGA Junior League catching fire Program for young golfers showing explosive growth DOUG NEWHOFF‌

‌WATERLOO — Six years ago, the PGA recognized a gap in its bag of youth golfing opportunities. There simply weren’t many programs across the country designed for kids in the 8-13 age group. Today, the PGA Junior Golf League is one of the fastest-growing youth programs in the country regardless of the sport. What began with eight teams back in 2011 featured 42,000 golfers on 3,400 teams last spring. “We ran it last year for the first time,” explains South Hills PGA professional Monte Meyer. “We

ran one and Pheasant Ridge ran one. It was amazing. “I’ve got five kids and three of them compete in the travel stuff where it was always the best kids in the state. That is not what this is about.” The program is designed for boys and girls from beginners to more experienced players. Each player receives home and away jerseys, and each team consists of at least eight players who then compete in best-shot match play in three-hole segments. The rules require that everyone on the team plays at least one match or “flag.” After each flag, new pairings can be set up so kids get a chance to play with everyone on their team. “The older kids help the younger kids. They take those younger kids under their wing and they love playing with them,” says Meyer. “Team sports is what is growing these days.

That’s a big reason why this program has been such a hit.” Teams are placed into geographic divisions for league play. When the regular season wraps up at the end of July, each division puts together an all-star team consisting of two players from the division winner and one player from each of the other teams. They then compete at the state level with the opportunity to advance to regionals and then nationals. Meyer says it’s also an activity that often involves the whole family. Some purchase fan gear to show their support. “Last year we had a team from Cedar Rapids come up here to play,” he relates. “I was out giving a lesson before the match and in come 20 cars. Out comes every type of golf bag you could imagine. Moms, dads, grandmas, grandpas .. the whole family came to watch their kids play.


Golfers in the PGA Junior League gather around a bronze statue of PGA star Zach Johnson at Elmcrest Country Club in Cedar Rapids last season. It’s incredible.” The support of the PGA has been critical, too. Tour stars Rory McIlroy, Lexi Thompson, Michelle Wie and Rickie Fowler are on board as ambassadors. In turn, their sponsors also support the program. Gates Park and Sunnyside

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