《USGTF News》2017年4月期

05/04/2017 

 

 

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2017 WORLD GOLF TEACHERS CUP 

Boulder Creek Golf Club in Boulder City, Nevada, will host the 22nd annual United States Golf Teachers Cup and the 13th biennial World Golf Teachers Cup Monday-Thursday, October 16-19, 2017.  Boulder Creek is a 27-hole facility that has met with universal acclaim from past participants. Also, 2017 marks the inauguration of two new events, the United States Senior Golf Teachers Cup and the World Senior Golf Teachers Cup individual competitions for those 50 and over.
The entry fee of $849 will include four rounds of tournament golf with range balls before and after play, demo day with various golf teaching vendors, closing awards banquet and all taxes. Registration will open April 15th online at www.WorldGolfTeachersCup.com.

USGTF REGIONAL ACTION COMING SOON
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USGTF Regional action begins next month, and four events have been announced.
First up is the Southwest Region Championship (Bruce Sims, Director) – The USGTF Southwest Region Championship will be held Saturday and Sunday, May 20-21, 2017, at Ridgeview Ranch Golf Club in Plano, Texas. All WGTF members in good standing are eligible to play, regardless of residence. Tee assignments will be based on age and gender. A practice round can be scheduled on Friday, May 19 for a cart fee. The entry fee of $225 includes two tournament rounds plus practice balls, and a dinner Saturday night after play. The recommended hotel is the Wingate by Windham Frisco. To enter, send a check to Bruce Sims at 9959 Cambridge Drive, Frisco, TX 75035. You may also call Sims at (214) 475-5168 to enter by credit card.
Next, the Northwest Region Championship will be conducted (Bob Corbo, Director) – The annual USGTF Northeast Region Championship will be held Friday, June 9, at Mercer Oaks East Golf Course in West Windsor, New Jersey. Please note that these dates are different than the traditional weekend dates in July and August from past events, so plan accordingly. The Northeast championship regularly draws the largest number of participants of any USGTF regional event with over 40 players. All WGTF members, regardless of residence or level of membership, are eligible to play. For more information, please contact Northeast Region director Bob Corbo at (609) 580-5997 or through email at bcgolfcoach@gmail.com. The entry fee is $165 and includes golf and prizes.  Participants will play from separate tees based on age and gender.
The longest-running regional championship, the Southeast Region Championship, will once again be in Florida (Mike Stevens, Director) – The USGTF Southeast Region Championship will be held Saturday and Sunday, July 29-30, 2017, at GlenLakes Country Club in Weeki Wachee, Florida, approximately 45 minutes north of Clearwater. The event is open to all WGTF members in good standing, regardless of residence. A prize fund of $1,000 and the Southeast Trophy is assured with a field of 12 players. It is also a good opportunity to catch up with fellow members and plan future events for the section. Entry deadline is July 15, and the entry fee is $175. The recommended hotel is the Quality Inn Weeki Wachee. Questions, contact Mike Stevens at ams1127@msn.com. Entries should be sent to the USGTF office at 1295 SE Port St. Lucie Blvd., Port St. Lucie, FL 34952. You may also enter by credit card with an additional 3% surcharge through the National Office at (888) 346-3290.
Finally, the Central Region Championship will be conducted in conjunction with another great event (Brent Davies, Director) – The USGTF Central Region Championship will be held Sunday and Monday, August 6-7, 2017, at Lake Forest Golf Club in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The event will also be held as part of a weekend of golf which includes the Michigan/Ontario Golf Teachers Tour event on Saturday. To register, please contact Brent Davies (Central Regional Director) at 248-701-6843 or email: btkadavies@comcast.net. Deadline for registration is July 29, 2017 Please send checks to Brent Davies, 5223 Parview, Clarkston, MI, 48346.

USGTF ENGAGED IN SOCIAL MEDIA
Keep up with the USGTF through social media. You can like us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/USGolfTeachersFed, follow us on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/USGolfTeachers, and through our members website at www.USGTFMembers.com. And our USGTF officers and Membership Services department are always available to contact through email; addresses can be found atwww.USGTF.com/contact. If you need more immediate attention, you may call the USGTF National Office at (888) 346-3290 during normal business hours of 9:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m EDT.

LONGTIME MEMBER, EXAMINER PASSES AWAY

Joe Bernat, 76, from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, passed away this past March due to complications from cancer. Bernat was a popular figure among USGTF members, having competed numerous times in both the United States and World Golf Teachers Cups.
Bernat was active until the very end, even completing a stint helping out on the maintenance crew at his home course, Whispering Pines Golf Club, before teaching a golf class that afternoon. He owned and operated the Joe Bernat Golf Academy and was a USGTF examiner.
According to myrtlebeachonline.com, “‘He was a great guy that everybody loved and was great at what he did,’ said longtime friend and employer Chip Smith, whose company operates Whispering Pines. ‘He had so many students who had seen him for 10 or 20 years, people who would come back down even from Canada and get that tune-up from Joe.'” Read more here.
Bernat was also an accomplished player, having competed in the 1994 U.S. Senior Open and several PGA Tour Champions events. He won several age division titles in various USGTF and WGTF events. He is survived by his wife Linda and two children, Joe and Heidi.

EDITORIAL – USGA, CHANGE THIS RULE WHILE YOU’RE AT IT

Not too long ago, the USGA and R&A announced a number of proposed rules changes that will take effect in 2019.  One proposed rule they didn’t offer – but should – deals with viewers calling or emailing in to report rules infractions by the players.
The latest fiasco involves Lexi Thompson, the top American player on the LPGA Tour.  Thompson had a two-stroke lead during the last round of the recently completed ANA Inspiration, which is the LPGA’s first major of the year.  As she finished the 12th hole, Thompson was informed she incurred two two-stroke penalties – from the previous round!
On the 17th hole during the third round, Thompson did not replace her ball in the exact spot it was in after marking it in preparation to hit a two-foot putt.  A viewer on Sunday, during the final round, was watching a replay of the third round and did some slow-motion and magnified replay to catch this infraction, and emailed the LPGA during the final round.  Thompson was assessed a two-stroke penalty for not replacing her ball on the proper spot – thereby playing from a wrong spot – and an additional two-stroke penalty for signing a wrong scorecard.  Remarkably, Thompson somehow found the will to go 2-under the rest of the round to get into a playoff with So Yeon Ryu, with Ryu prevailing.
Thompson was careless in replacing her ball, and by the letter of the Rules she should have been docked two strokes. However, there is still a gnawing unfairness of it all.  I believe the time has come for the USGA and R&A to enact a local rule option that says a committee of televised events can refuse to consider viewer input on rules infractions.  Think of the luck involved in this situation: Had the broadcast director decided to cut away from Thompson and show something else, this whole incident would never have happened.  And if a typical four-round tournament has approximately 15-16 hours of air time, this means that during a televised tournament, approximately 1,000 shots are shown.  Assuming approximately 31,000 shots are struck during a typical tournament (I did some rough estimating), that means for every infraction seen by a viewer, 30 are not seen.
In equity, each player in the field should have the same conditions, and that means disallowing viewer call-ins and emails.  Hopefully this incident will spur the USGA and R&A to propose this one additional, and necessary, change to the Rules of Golf.
By Mark Harman, USGTF National Course Director and contributing writer.

“PRO” FILE – TOURING PROFESSIONAL JON RAHM

He first burst into the golf public’s consciousness in 2015 at the Waste Management Open in Scottsdale, Arizona, by finishing tied for fifth place as a junior from Arizona State University.  Barring injury or some other unforeseen circumstance, Jon Rahm is sure to become one of golf’s superstars – that is, if he already isn’t considered one, which many do.
Rahm is from Spain, and was ranked the #1 amateur in the world at one time.  Turning professional after winning 11 collegiate titles playing for Arizona State, Rahm finished third in his first event as a pro at the Quicken Loans Invitational last June.  He continued to rack up high finishes, culminating in his first Tour victory at the Farmers Insurance Open in February 2017.  He took world #1 Dustin Johnson to the very last hole in the recent Dell Technologies Match Play Championship to finish as runner-up.
Rahm is like many good young players, long off the tee and with a solid short game.  Rahm ranks well in the top 30 in greens in regulation and in scrambling (up-and-downs).  His mental game appears to be very sound, playing with a strong belief in himself and his abilities.  Fuzzy Zoeller was the last golfer to win the Masters in his first attempt; many observers think Rahm could well claim the title on his first attempt later this month.  Should he appear in Butler Cabin following the fourth round to claim the green jacket from last year’s champion Danny Willett, it won’t be a surprise to Rahm’s many fans and golf experts alike.

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