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Close to 80 players have already registered for The Fall Member-Guest Tournament to be held at The Country Club at Woodloch Springs on Wednesday, October 17. With more than six weeks left, we're expecting a healthy field of 100.
The Woodloch tournament has been a hit with Golf Card members and guests since it began two years ago. The combination of a scenic 4½ star course that winds around hazards, across ravines and over gorges dressed up in beautiful fall colors and serviced by a staff that look after every detail all adds up to fulfilling day.
There's still time to get in on the fun. Just call 1-800-321-8269 to register. It doesn't matter if you're one, two, three, four or more - we can accommodate any amount of players. The entry fee is $79 and includes golf, cart, dinner, prizes and awards.
Please note the starting time is a 11 a.m. shotgun.
September and October can be the prettiest months of the year in much of the United States. With your Golf Card, it gets even better as many of our affiliates are located in prime foliage spots. Below is a state-by-state summary of what colors you can expect to see, the peak times and some suggestions for recommended courses that should brighten your day.
In 2003, Mike Weir won three tournaments including The Masters. He won $5.2 million and ranked fifth on the PGA Tour's money list. From 2001-2005, he was in the top 10 in the World Rankings for 110 weeks. He was clearly one of the game's best players as well as one of its most likeable.
In 2007, as Tour players are wont to do, he tried to "get even better" and changed his swing, going to the new "Stack and Tilt" technique which was gaining popularity among his peers. For awhile, Weir responded well, winning the 2007 Fry's. In 2008 and 2009, he had solid years placing in the top 30 each year.
Then it all started to unwind for Weir. In 2010, he tore a ligament in his right elbow. After sitting out much of the year, he tried to come back in 2011 to no avail. He then opted for surgery and look to 2012 to come back. Though he has been pain free, Weir has missed 12 straight cuts in 2012 and watched his scoring average balloon to 75.6. Dating back to 2011, he has missed 22 of 23, has made just $23,000, dropped to No. 1443 in the World Rankings and has lost his exempt status on the PGA Tour. That means he will have to rely on sponsors (which isn't likely considering the state of his game) or his status as past winner to get into tournaments the rest of the season. In 2013, it's likely he will invoke a special exemption reserved for players in the top 25 in career earnings.
He says that's what he's gearing for."I'm really looking to next year," Weir said. "This is three months into the process with Grant and if I play some great golf, that's a bonus. But I'm taking the process... (and) I'm really looking down the road here."
Weir was referring to his new swing coach Grant Waite, a former PGA Tour player himself. Despite the long range optimism, Weir admits his game is at rock bottom. "The state of my game hasn't been very good at all," Weir says, who is averaging just 259 yards off the tee. "It's been poor. But I'm a worker, that's what I do. (Improving) doesn't happen by osmosis, you've got to get out there and put the work in.
"As expected from the mild-mannered and affable Weir, he is taking his prolonged slump in stride and trying to put his defogger on. "I think if this would have happened maybe when I was 30 years old, it (might have been) a little tougher," said Weir, a father of two. "But you know, I think you gain perspective when you get a little older and you have children and you're home. And even though I'm working hard (and struggling), I'm able to go to soccer games and do all those things and enjoy my life.
"And golf, I love the game and I enjoy working at it. It means a great deal to me, but it's not everything to me."
Do we really need a Ryder Cup and President's Cup? Don't get me wrong. I like the idea of team matches more than anyone. The top players, the match-play format, the intensity, the pride and the strategy all make for a truly unique and dramatic golf event. But something is always missing - one of the teams. The European team from the Ryder Cup and The International team from the President's Cup never get a chance to compete against each other - only against the United States.
Wouldn't it be better if all three teams competed simultaneously in a triangular match? That way all the best players are accounted for and there are no what ifs. Triangular matches between golf associations are common at the regional level. Simply, team members are playing two matches at one time. There might have to be some adjustments made for the best-ball matches so they don't take too long. But alternate shot and singles pose no time problems.
There will come a day when the Ryder Cup and President's Cup lose some of their allure because the top players won't be playing - especially when you throw the Olympics into the mix starting in 2016. It will just be too much golf. The reason the Ryder Cup suddenly appeared on the radar was because players like Faldo, Langer, Woosnam, Ballesteros and Olazabal were major winners among the top players in the world. The European team was actually stronger than the American team and appears to be loaded again this year. But it was just 10 years ago when the European team had only two players among the Top10 in the world and only one had won a major. It can and will happen again that one team will be clearly stronger than the other.
A competition among all three teams would guarantee star power year in and year out - even in Olympic years. That will sustain interest and keep the team-match concept popular with the public.
After hitting her second and third shots on a hole, Denise discovered she hit the wrong ball on both shots. She goes to play the correct ball but can't find it. How does she proceed and what is the penalty.
A. Once Denise discovers she hit the wrong ball, she must correct the mistake by playing the correct ball. In her case, since she couldn't find the correct ball, she has to go back to the tee and play the first ball as a lost ball. Once she concludes the hole, she then must add two shots for playing the wrong ball. Two strokes is the maximum penalty no matter how many strokes are taken with the wrong ball.
I simply want to hit the ball longer off the tee, but with some kind of accuracy. What can I do?Bruce Gray
There are various ways different instructors will offer to hit the ball longer. Perhaps the simplest is going to a longer shaft. But from an actual swing standpoint, you want to increase extension so you feel the club is still moving down the target line well after impact. It's what some pros call "chasing after" the golf ball. To get this type of extension, try the following:
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