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  • Dramatic Win for Austin & Allen
    Practice Jr Golf Games Contests See Do Fun Games Wine Tourism Lifestyle Travel Golf Travel Agencies Regional Golf Lodging B C Public Golf Tournaments Dramatic Win for Austin Allen Round

    Original URL path: http://www.golfwashington.com/national-news/14-natnews5 (2016-04-27)
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  • Bryan Rolls in Mexico
    Gear Svcs Practice Jr Golf Games Contests See Do Fun Games Wine Tourism Lifestyle Travel Golf Travel Agencies Regional Golf Lodging B C Public Golf Tournaments Bryan Rolls in Mexico

    Original URL path: http://www.golfwashington.com/national-news/10-natnews6 (2016-04-27)
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  • Gibbons Wins Senior Players
    a four person playoff against PGA Professional Jeff Coston of Semiahmoo G CC Blaine WA amateur Mike Kloenne of Columbia Edgewater CC Portland OR and amateur Keith Crimp of Ellensburg G CC Ellensburg WA Gibbons birdied the first hole in the playoff to win the title of 2016 PNW Senior Players Champion Full Field Results Winning the team Four Ball competition was the team lead by PGA Professional Rob Gibbons

    Original URL path: http://www.golfwashington.com/nw-news/557-gibbons-wins-senior-players (2016-04-27)
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  • Leave Our Balls Alone!
    longer drives don t equate to lower scoring The PGA scoring leader in 1980 for example was the Merry Mex himself Lee Trevino at 69 73 yet he ranked 67th in driving distance The low scoring average on tour early on this year is owned by Adam Scott 69 62 and he is ranked T 13 in driving distance For all the hoopla surrounding distance longer tee balls have had virtually no effect on scoring averages over the past 36 years As a matter of fact of the top 10 best scorers on the PGA Tour in 2016 none rank among the top 10 in driving distance To bolster my argument further Dustin Johnson is currently ranked 4th in driving distance at 308 6 yards and 11th in scoring with an average of 70 09 The 12th ranked player in scoring is Kevin Na with an average of 70 10 basically identical However Na is ranked 184th on tour in driving distance averaging a paltry 277 9 yards I think it fair to conclude hitting the ball farther has very little impact on lowering scores The area of concern according to the USGA lies in the large discrepancy in yardage between the big hitters and pip squeaks on the PGA Tour For example in 1980 the difference between the longest hitter on tour Dan Pohl at 274 3 yards and the shortest Michael Brannan 238 7 yards was only 35 6 yards So far in 16 Gary Woodland 313 1 yds smacks it 49 yards farther than the shortest hitter on tour Darren Stiles 263 5 yds This according to the sage thinkers that govern our great game creates an unfair advantage First of all as outlined by the scoring stats that s not true Shoot look no further than fact that the longest hitter on tour Gary Woodland is 58th in scoring average The 57th ranked scorer is Ryan Moore and 59th is Daniel Berger Moore is ranked 153rd in driving distance while Berger is 25th And even if distance discrepancy was an advantage so feakin what I mean when has sport ever been about penalizing those who are bigger stronger faster or more gifted than the rest I implore the powers that be to leave the game alone The current restriction on the balls is fine just don t go backwards The world of Golfdom was no less than giddy to see Tiger Woods single handedly change the image of the game and make it more of a mainstream sport for the youth of the world And now the USGA is squeamish because the game is inundated with young strong athletic players that hit it a mile Careful what you wish for fellas sometimes it comes true The bottom line is that there are many skills required by this game that must be executed well in order to shoot low scores Sure it can help to drive it a long way but one still needs to hit it

    Original URL path: http://www.golfwashington.com/editorials/559-leave-our-balls-alone (2016-04-27)
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  • Golf Etiquette Part 2 - Slow Play
    to hitting when ready If you re the first person to the next tee but are waiting to hit in order please hit away Always discuss ready golf with your partners before assuming it s OK but it s done all the time and it really helps TAKE YOUR MEDICINE When searching for your errant golf ball remember 5 MINUTES are being the maximum amount of time allowed by the USGA for searching At some point you have to accept the fact that you made a bad swing only this one cost you at least a stroke if not a golf ball Accepting your fate in a timely and relatively anger free manner is known as taking your medicine PAY ATTENTION When approaching the green to putt always have an eye as to the direction of the next tee block and leave your bag or cart near that part of the green That way when you re done putting you simply snag your bag on the way to the next tee This not only speeds up play but allows you to keep from looking like a complete beginner BE READY Whether it s on the tee in the fairway or on the green be ready to hit or putt when your turn comes The time to determine yardage club speed and slope of the greens etc is while someone else is doing the same That way when it s your turn you re all but ready PULL THE TRIGGER Swing already It s yet to be understood the advantage of taking six or seven practice swings before addressing the ball You don t see tour pros taking a bunch of practice swings save for a particularly tricky shot If it actually helped their game you can bet they would TAKE

    Original URL path: http://www.golfwashington.com/editorials/547-golf-etiquette-part-2-slow-play (2016-04-27)
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  • Golf Etiquette - A Colorful Intro
    MARKS When you hit an approach shot onto the green repair the mark your ball created This is what that little two pronged metal or plastic tool is used for Just insert the pronged end into the ground around the ball mark and gently push the sod back up above ground level Do this until all of the ball mark has been pushed up and then tap the area with the bottom of your putter until the entire mark is level and smooth To show what a courteous golfer you are repair an extra ball mark The course and everyone s play will be better for it PLAY SAFELY Don t hit into the group in front of you Don t be a hero here If it will take a superhuman effort to reach the group ahead THEN HIT AWAY Always keep in mind pace of play DON T STEP IN MY LINE When approaching and reading your putt on the green be aware of where everyone else s ball lies Do not walk between their ball and the hole to read or mark your ball You don t want to have to putt through a size 12 Footjoy imprint nor does anyone else QUIET PLEASE Golf is hard enough without noise or movement during my back swing So yap shut please A LITTLE HELP If your ball is in play somewhere in the general vicinity of where a playing partner is searching for his her ball please help them in their quest Remember the 5 minute rule but the more sets of eyes the better the odds of quick success x GOLF BALL Keep your frustrations to a low roar please As colorful as your 4 letter tirades might be sounds carry on a golf course and not everyone

    Original URL path: http://www.golfwashington.com/editorials/540-golf-etiquette-a-colorful-intro (2016-04-27)
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  • Badly Needed; A Dose of the 60's
    their absence a common retort goes something like this I know I was scheduled to work but I had some stuff come up But I m here today And for any of you employing young people today you likely have a similar story Unbelievable Read More 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Anyway the point of my article is not to rail on our youth although that line may have already been crossed Times change parenting techniques change and thus so do behaviors I get all of that But what I don t get is the seeming lack of respect and sense of entitlement displayed by the kiddie crowd these days The tipping point for me occurred the other day while out on the golf course My wife and I were playing with a couple of friends and enjoying our day We finished two holes and noticed a couple of girls from the local college golf team playing behind Not in a match or formal competition but just a practice round as the country club serves as the home course for the college As we approached the 3rd tee they were both on the 2nd green At that point we offered to let them play thru They responded with a sure and that s when I began to lose it When invited to play thru Golf etiquette demands that we speed up our pace finish putting out in a hurry and hustle to the tee This shows courtesy for the play thru invitation and keeps the inviting foursome s disruption to a minimum It s just what you do C mon man Pick up the pace Ah but not these girls They were in absolutely no hurry to do anything They took

    Original URL path: http://www.golfwashington.com/editorials/530-badly-needed-a-dose-of-the-60-s (2016-04-27)
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  • Taking Your Medicine: An Exercise in Anger Management
    of personal disgust In that state of mind most golfers lose interest for a hole or two and spend no time with practice swings or lining up putts They hurry to hit their next shot due the prevailing who cares now attitude that has been self inflicted It should be noted that The Silent Treatment is more pronounced in the generally boisterous or obnoxious it s more noticeable when these types clam up but is detectable across all personality types 3 Denial To the untrained eye this technique is hard to detect There is neither a discernable outburst nor detectable silent pouting The universal indicator however for the onset of denial is the optimistic belief that a provisional ball need not be hit Common phrases associated with the early stages of denial are That should be O K or I don t see any O B stakes over there and of course the ever popular I ve got a line on that one Denial is not fully recognized until the afflicted golfer is seen waist deep in a thatch of nettles hacking away at Mother Nature like a jungle guide clearing a trail through the rain forest Golfers in denial refuse to accept the consequences of their own spasticity They are willing to negotiate any combination of barbed wire electrical fencing and the numerous varieties of stinging flora and fauna that grace many a golf course all in a futile attempt to avoid the medicine Medicine is a slang term used in describing all things bad as a consequence of a poor golf swing It is only after using 10 minutes of the USGA allotted 5 minute grace period for locating errant golf balls that those in denial will ultimately accept their fate Denial is my least favorite technique for

    Original URL path: http://www.golfwashington.com/editorials/477-taking-your-medicine-an-exercise-in-anger-management (2016-04-27)
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