The WNY PGA ANAdeeds junior tour rolled into Youngstown on Saturday the 11th. Niagara Frontier country club hosted the senior boys, junior boys and senior girls in an 18-hole event. Danny Kelly made a hole-in-one on the 11th Hole and Molly Balbierz posted the best round of the day with an 84, winning the girls event in the process.
Things I know I think has been, at various times, things I think I know, think I think and know I know. The genesis of each column is the wordsmithing of other golf writers, the state of the game and the random causality of things golf. Here are my opinions and interpretations of things currently …View full post
The Spartans of Williamsville North placed three golfers on the nine-member team that will play 36 holes for the NYSPHSAA state championship in June. Seniors David Berkun and Mark Lesinski were joined by freshman Ben Reichert as North golfers form one-third of the select team. The medalist of the 27-hole tournament was Grand Island’s Aaron …View full post
Loads of new info and opportunity in this week’s newsletter. Give us your best 18 holes in Buffalo-Niagara by hole number, read up on match play and the BDGA match play champion, Michael Carrig. Press releases from major companies and much more. Click Here to access the newsletter.View full post
Michael Carrig defeated 2013 WNY Open champion Dan Yustin in the final bout of the BDGA Match Play Invitational on Saturday, May 18th, at Niagara Falls Country Club. The winner defeated Mike McNulty, Brian Rajczak, John Edwards and Matt Stasiak on his way to the final match. Carrig walks you through his match with Yustin, …View full post
Liam Freedman clipped Jeff Urzetta by two strokes to win the second Assistants Association (AA) event of the 2013 WNY PGA schedule. The one-over 73 from the assistant pro at Orchard Park country club took the prize over his counterpart from Oak Hill in Rochester. The AA tees balls up again on May 23rd at …View full post
I just saw a tip on chipping that inspired me to reinforce my views on chipping to my readers. My chipping method may be a little non-traditional, but it works very well.
The video tip I saw was one with a young assistant pro demonstrating a “ladder drill” with his chipping stroke. First thing I want to say is that this kid had good intentions, he was simply parrotting a drill that he had been taught and was passing it along. The problem is that very few of these kids have the temerity to question anything they’re taught, they just pass it along.
“Am I in a holodeck on Star Trek’s Voyager?” - because suddenly I had been transported into the quaint Bavarian-style tourist town of Frankenmuth which could very well have been transplanted from the German Alps. Frankenmuth, “Michigan’s Little Bavaria,” is billed as Michigan’s number one tourist destination hosting over 3 million visitors each year. It hosts several festivals throughout the year and is known the world over for their fabulous chicken dinners.
Friday, May 10th- Webster GC, Webster, NY- WNYPGA Assistant Professional Eric Mabee (Oak Hill CC) placed first in the Pro-Am and Professional portion of the Make-A-Wish Pro-Am. Eric shot a 68 (-4) and his team of Jeff Lowenguth, Bob Stevenson, and Mark Peterson shot a 130 (best 2 of 4) to win the Pro-Am portion of the competition. Thank you Host PGA Professional Scott Chambers and his staff at Webster GC.
If you were to ask the average person to give a short description of golf, I’m sure they might say things like country club, sedate, slow, boring, difficult, time consuming or any number of other similar phrases. What I’m guessing you would probably not hear are rules controversy, doping scandal or gambling problem. Yet recently all three of these issues have cropped up in the serene, gentlemanly world of amateur and professional golf.
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Monday, May 6th, 2013 – Brook-Lea CC, Rochester, NY - WNYPGA Assistant Professional Mark Kirk (Crag Burn GC) and his amateur partner Raman Luthra post a team score of 64 (-8) to win the Titleist Scratch Pro-Am. Thank you to host PGA Professional Jon Hoecker and his staff at Brook-Lea CC & a special thank you to Jeff Beaver & Titleist for their support of the event and the WNYPGA Section.
Jim U’Ren the vice-president of marketing at Willowbrook golf course, the 27-hole complex in Lockport, made us aware of the course’s new website. We took a look, came away impressed and decided to run a few questions by him. He acquiesced and gave us the following answers on why now for a new Willowbrook website.
Just about the only photo I’ve seen gain traction this week is the one with the disappearing bridge. It shows the effect that days of rain can have on the island-green 17th at TPC Sawgrass, home to the unofficial 5th men’s major, the Players Championship. 5 inches of rain fell during a 36-hour period, inundating the course and raising the levels of Pete’s Pond (does it have a name?) that abuts the 16th fairway and putting surface and completely surround the 17th green.
Every golfer carries on some sort of internal dialogue when they play, and the best players say the best things to themselves.
For anyone who has ever seen me putt, you would probably agree that my putting is inconsistent at best. I usually run the gamut from days when my putting is mediocre to days when it is downright ugly. If American Idol had a reality show where amateurs compete to be the best putter in the country, I would be William Hung (She Bangs! She Bangs!). To say my frustration level was high would be like saying that LeBron James can play a little basketball.