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July Newsletter

Stroke Play Championship

Day One:

Nine hearty competitors trudged through 18 holes of constant rain and they needed all the perseverance they could muster to complete the first round. The course was soaked, even a stream ran through the middle of the 15th green. Undaunted, all the competitors completed their rounds and Scott Hadder and Jordan Higgins paced the field with three over par 74’s.

Day Two:

The golf course was still saturated from a week of rain but the event trudged on. Jordan Higgins and Scott Hadder kept slugging it out, with Jordan hitting enough good shots to eke out a two shot victory by stacking a 75 on top of his 74 for 149.

Where are they Now?

AJ Phillips: AJ was a Cassel Hills fixture for the better part of 25 years before rising up the corporate ladder with the ABF Corporation and landing in a plum position with the company in Ft. Smith, Arkansas. AJ and his wife (Barbara) retired a few years back and they chose to remain in the Ft. Smith area. Still a very good player, AJ carries a low single digit handicap at Hardscrabble Country Club.

Kids Ride Free!

Any afternoon, after 2 pm, a child aged 13 years or younger will ride free with a cart fee paying adult!

Kudos

Jake North: On June 6, after reaching his tee shot on #3 had only 47 yards left to the center of the green!

Dave Bougine: Gross score of 75 on June 21.

Tom Justice: Hole-in-One on #9, June 28.

Rants & Raves

US Open (or was I watching the British Open? Or they built a golf course and forgot about building any greens!)

I made it pretty obvious to those I know that I was no fan of this year’s venue. However, this venue produced the best final nine in my memory of Open finishes. It was obvious that many players were not pleased with the course, and most have chosen to remain mum in regards to Chambers Bay. But, Billy Horshel and Gary Player were very expressive with their negative comments, and many players in their post round pressers tiptoed around the issue or moved on to the next question. It was obvious that Jordan Spieth was not a fan of the course, but he did not let that cloud his mind and influence his ability to score well. His previous experience at Chambers Bay was a disaster for him as he missed qualifying for the match play portion of the 2010 US Amateur held at Chambers, but, he was only 17 years old at the time.

I just like the normal Open course set-ups. Deep rough, sidewalk hard greens and a premium on accuracy, course management and lag putting.

Tiger Woods: After his US Open disaster, I thought it may take a battalion of golf psychologists and swing coaches to fix this train wreck (or one Butch Harmon). But his performance at the Greenbrier Classic shows he could be on the rise. His iron swing looks very good, and his putting is rounding into form, and noticeably fewer chipping gaffs. But his driver swing is dreadful, as his head moves up and down during the swing. Peter Kostis showed a video of Tiger’s driver swing on the practice range, then his driver swing on the course and the swings were markedly different. The on course swings were shorter and quicker, especially in transition. This old cliché always holds true, it is a long walk from the practice tee to the first tee.

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