LUXOR SIGNED AS HOST HOTEL FOR US GOLF TEACHERS CUP 2023
The Luxor, one of the Las Vegas Strip’s most famous hotels, has been signed as the host hotel for the 27th annual United States Golf Teachers Cup® 2023 to be played October 9-10, at the Revere Golf Club. Rates for the following nights are as follows: Saturday, $259; Sunday, $99; Monday, 79; Tuesday, $89.
Participants may book by clicking onto https://book.passkey.com/go/FUSG1023LX.
The tournament website is https://www.usgtf.com/uscup.
参赛者可通过点击链接 https://book.passkey.com/go/FUSG1023LX 进行预订。
LAS VEGAS MASTERS CLASS
Seven Certified Golf Teaching Professionals® earned their Master Golf Teaching Professional® credentials June 12-14 in the certification course held in Las Vegas, Nevada, under the tutelage of Bill Rice. Participants were: James Draper III, Martinsville, VA; Jake Parker, Missoula, MT; Jason Miller, Missoula, MT; Liu Chunhui, Diamond Bar, CA; Richard Forde, Barbados; Ki Moon, Bellevue, WA, and Tom Alley, Henderson, Nevada.
Comments from the participants included, “I was certified by Bill 13 years ago, and it’s refreshing to see he’s the same positive, comedic person. His passion for teaching and the game of golf is refreshing and a pure joy.” – Alley. “I really like that the program is so focused on becoming a better teacher of golf. I believe it’s more detailed, nuanced, and specific in that way and it makes it very special.” – Miller.
参与者对此次课程发表评论说：“我在13年前通过比尔获得了认证，很高兴看到他依然是那个积极幽默的人。他对教学和高尔夫的热情令人耳目一新，是一种纯粹的享受。” 阿莱说。“我真的很喜欢这个项目着重于成为更好的高尔夫教师。我认为它在这方面更加详细、细腻、具体，使得它非常特别。” 米勒说。
The next Masters class will be held December 11-13 in Fort Pierce, Florida.
NEWS FROM HONG KONG
By Steve Mak
Hong Kong, also known as ‘”the Pearl of the Orient,” Is famous for its beautiful harbor views, multicolored splendor of fireworks, bright lights, skyscrapers, delicious foods and cooking arts, temples and the Buddhist Statue (The Big Buddha). Hong Kong is located geographically in the southern tip of China and is one of the world’s most significant financial centers and commercial ports.
Due to the limited supply of land, Hong Kong has only six golf courses, for which only one is a public course. But luckily, right next to the border is the Guangdong Province of China, which has 50 to 60 golf courses, including the world’s biggest golf club – the Mission Hills Golf & Country Club. The traffic time is only one to two hours of driving and is convenient for golf lovers to play there.
REGIONAL TOURNAMENT UPDATE
Northeast – Nick Verdes won the USGTF Northeast Region Championship played June 15 at Mountain View Golf Course in Ewing Township, New Jersey. Verdes fired a stellar round of 69 to win the event by six shots. Jonathan Dorfmann won the 50-59 division with a 76; Steve Pezzino captured the 60-69 division with an 81, and Peter Palmisano took home the 70+ title with a 76. Dorfmann, Palmisano and Ken Kim, who earlier this year won the Southeast title, all finished tied for second overall.
东北地区 – 尼克·维尔德斯在6月15日于新泽西州尤因镇的Mountain View高尔夫球场举行的美国高尔夫教练协会（USGTF）东北地区锦标赛中获胜。维尔德斯出色地打出69杆的低分，以六杆优势赢得了比赛。乔纳森·多夫曼以76杆获得了50-59岁组的冠军；史蒂夫·佩齐诺以81杆获得了60-69岁组的冠军，彼得·帕尔米萨诺以76杆获得了70岁以上组的冠军。多夫曼、帕尔米萨诺和肯·金（今年早些时候获得东南地区冠军）在总成绩中并列第二。
Central – The USGTF Central Region Championship will be played Sunday and Monday, September 24-25, at Walden Ponds Golf Course in Hamilton, Ohio, a suburb of Cincinnati. The entry fee of $250 includes two tournament rounds, range balls, and prize money which includes not only tournament finishes but any side games. To enter, please call region director Tony McMullin at (513) 479-6895.
中部地区 – 美国高尔夫教练协会（USGTF）中部地区锦标赛将于9月24日至25日（星期日和星期一）在俄亥俄州辛辛那提市附近的汉密尔顿的Walden Ponds高尔夫球场举行。报名费为250美元，包括两轮比赛、练习用球和奖金，其中包括比赛名次以及其他附加赛的奖金。欲报名参赛，请拨打地区负责人托尼·麦克米林的电话：(513) 479-6895。
UPCOMING CERTIFICATION COURSES:
Las Vegas, NV – July 17-21
Las Vegas, NV – September 4-8
Princeton, NJ – September 4-8
Fresno, CA – September 11-15
Evansville, IN – September 11-15
Atlanta, GA – September 18-22
Fort Pierce, FL – September 25-29
Houston, TX – September 25-29
“PRO” FILE – TOURING PROFESSIONAL WYNDHAM CLARK
Established stars Rickie Fowler, Scottie Scheffler, Rory McIlroy and Cam Smith were all in contention to win the 2023 U.S. Open, and it seemed certain that one of them would take home the trophy. An interloper named Wyndham Clark was tied for the lead after the third round, but surely, with such big names around him, he was certain to fold, right?
Wrong. Clark held the steadiest of them all and won the title, defeating a stellar list of challengers. But to many, this is not all that surprising. Clark came from a pedigreed collegiate background, first having competed at Oklahoma State before transferring to Oregon. He has long been considered ultra-talented, but it took him a while to show it. He first earned his PGA Tour card in 2018, but up until this year, only did enough to keep his card and little more.
Then, he had a breakthrough at the Wells Fargo Championship in May, winning for the first time. His Open title validated the belief that many had in him, but ironically, one of the non-believers was himself. He started seeing mental coach Julie Elion in January, who instilled in him a belief he was as good as others believed he was. So far this year, Clark has seven top-10 finishes to go along with his two victories. It remains to be seen if Clark will become one of the game’s enduring stars, but no one who knows him will bet against this happening.
“PRO” FILE – USGTF MEMBER JAKE PARKER
By Jake Parker作者：杰克·帕克
I started learning to play golf when I was 10. My father was my coach, my practice partner, my playing partner, my mentor, my financier, and my ride to the golf course. We studied the game together. Every aspect: the swing, the players, the equipment, etc. At that time, my father became my toughest competitor. We competed through my teenage years and then into my 20s. My game, through his help, developed, and I began to finally conquer my goal of winning against my father. My father and I also had many discussions about me becoming a professional golfer.
In college, I was on the University of Montana Tae Kwon Do team. While representing the University of Montana, I won a gold medal at New York University, a silver medal at UC-Berkeley, and a bronze medal at Princeton. This led me to opening my own Tae Kwon Do school, where I have spent the last 20 years developing athletes and passing along what was given to me. I played golf recreationally, played local tournaments and enjoyed every round that I could with my dad.
My father passed away on June 7, 2020, at the age of 70. This was a turning point in my life. Although I had accomplished every Tae Kwon Do goal from medaling at state, to U.S. collegiate nationals, to U.S. nationals, I had not begun to accomplish any of the golf goals my father and I talked about, and this weighed on me. Through patience and prayer, Jason Miller, a USGTF graduate and a member of the Ranch Club in Missoula, Montana, entered my life. He sent an email to the general manager, Nick McKethen, asking and explaining that he had a student that was preparing for the USGTF and the playing ability test, and asked if there was any way he could help out. His response was, we are very excited for him and he can access the golf course Monday-Thursday and play two 18-hole rounds in exchange for coming out to the golf course twice a week to chip balls from the fescue back into the driving range and drive around fixing ball marks on the greens.
我的父亲在2020年6月7日去世，享年70岁。这是我生活中的转折点。虽然我在跆拳道方面已经实现了从州级比赛到美国大学全国锦标赛，再到美国全国锦标赛的每一个目标，但我还没有开始实现与父亲讨论过的任何高尔夫目标，这让我感到沉重。通过耐心和祈祷，杰森·米勒，一名美国高尔夫教练协会的毕业生，也是蒙大拿州米苏拉的Ranch Club的成员，走进了我的生活。他给总经理尼克·麦克肯（Nick McKethen）发了一封电子邮件，询问是否可以帮助一名正在准备美国高尔夫教练协会的认证课程和能力测试的学生。他的回答是，我们对他非常激动，他可以在周一至周四进入高尔夫球场，进行两轮18洞比赛，作为交换，每周两次前往高尔夫球场，从旱地上挖回高尔夫球到练习场，并在果岭上修复球印。
My first day at the Ranch Club did not include chipping golf balls from the fescue back into the driving range or fixing ball marks on the greens. Rather, I helped set up a tournament, taught two junior camps with Mike Barnett, a Montana PGA hall of famer, then wrapped up the tournament. At the end of my first day, I was officially hired as an employee at the Ranch Club and have been there for the last 2 1/2 years.
我到Ranch Club的第一天，并没有在练习场的干土地上劈起高尔夫球或者是在果岭上修复打痕。相反，我帮助组织了一场比赛，与蒙大拿高尔夫协会名人堂成员迈克·巴尼特一起教授了两个少年训练营。在我第一天结束时，我正式被聘为Ranch Club的员工，并在过去的2年半里一直在那里。
When I graduated from the USGTF November 12, 2021, I was offered a teaching position at the Ranch Club. I accepted gratefully, and since then have been involved in coaching private lessons, junior camps, ladies fundamentals (including to my wife, my general manager’s wife and our head pro’s wife), Special Olympics athletes, and the Loyola High School golf team. After teaching my first golf lesson, I knew I couldn’t wait to teach my next!
I am blessed to have a very supportive wife, Alicia, and son Jackson, who hold me up and encourage me! They also have a passion for the game. On days when I am not coaching Tae Kwon Do or golf, we loop as a family. We share personal goals and we all help each other achieve them.
STUDENT SPOTLIGHT – MILAN NORTON AND NICK HORODESKY
By Cy Frederic作者：赛·弗雷德里克
I have been a USGTF certified golf teacher since June 2022. I have been coaching the middle school golf program at my school, Faith Lutheran Middle School and High School in Las Vegas, Nevada, since 2012. I have been coaching the varsity girls golf team since 2022.
我自2022年6月起成为美国高尔夫教练协会（USGTF）认证的高尔夫教师。自2012年以来，我一直在内华达州拉斯维加斯的信义教派中学和高中（Faith Lutheran Middle School and High School）担任中学高尔夫球队的教练，并自2022年起担任女子高尔夫球队的教练。
The two students for the Student Spotlight are Milan Norton (8th grade) and Nick Horodesky (7th grade). Milan finished tied for second in the national Drive, Chip and Putt competition at Augusta National in 2019 in the girls 7-9 competition. She also the 2022 Middle School City Champion playing for Faith Lutheran, and is the 2023 co-MVP for Faith Lutheran. Nick is the 2022 and 2023 MVP for Faith Lutheran. He is the 2022 Southern Nevada Junior Golf Association (SNJGA) 11-12 player of the year, and won the Jim Foley World Stars championship in 2022. In addition, he was the 2020 TPC Summerlin junior club champion, and was part of the SNJGA Border Wars Elite Travel Team. He is also an IMG qualifier for 2021, 2022 and 2023.
In my tenure as the middle school golf coach, I have also acted as commissioner for our self-made league, the Southern Nevada Middle School Golf League. What started out as just two schools in 2008 has grown to 12 schools this past season. From April to May we orchestrate weekly nine-hole league matches across the Las Vegas valley for over 150 5th- through 8th-graders.
INDUSTRY PARTNER SPOTLIGHT – RUDY PROJECT
联盟品牌合作伙伴– Rudy Project
Rudy Project, a longtime USGTF industry partner, has just been named by MyGolfSpy.com as the best golf sunglasses. And to celebrate the 4th of July, Rudy Project is now offering USGTF members a 40% discount through Tuesday, July 4. Please contact the USGTF National Office for your Rudy Project code and go to https://www.rudyprojectna.com/pages/vip-login to create your account.
Rudy Project是美国高尔夫教练协会（USGTF）的长期行业合作伙伴，最近被MyGolfSpy.com评为最佳高尔夫太阳镜品牌。为了庆祝美国独立日，Rudy Project现在向USGTF会员提供40%的折扣，优惠截止日期为7月4日星期二。请联系USGTF全国办公室获取您的Rudy Project优惠码，并前往https://www.rudyprojectna.com/pages/vip-login创建您的账户。
EDITORIAL – WHAT IS THE ANTICIPATED IMPACT ON FUTURE GOLF TOURNAMENT SINCE PGA TOUR AND LIV GOLF MERGER
编辑精选 – PGA巡回赛和LIV合并对未来高尔夫锦标赛的预期影响
On June 6, PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan and Yasir Al-Rumayyan, the governor of Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF), announced to the world that the PGA Tour, the DP World Tour and the PIF agreed to drop lawsuits against each other and work collaboratively for the good of the game. What does this mean for the future of professional golf?
在6月6日，PGA巡回赛主席杰伊·莫纳汉（Jay Monahan）和沙特阿拉伯公共投资基金（PIF）的总督亚西尔·阿尔鲁马延（Yasir Al-Rumayyan）向世界宣布，PGA巡回赛、DP世界巡回赛和PIF已同意放弃彼此的诉讼，共同为了高尔夫运动的发展而合作。这对职业高尔夫的未来意味着什么？
According to Sports Illustrated, “The PGA Tour would control the structure of golf moving forward – including whether PIF’s LIV Tour continues operations, and if so, in what form. The Tour has promised a ‘good-faith’ evaluation of LIV’s viability, though potential penalties for LIV players who apply for PGA Tour reinstatement have already been discussed. The parties have set a deadline of the end of 2023 to reach a deal, and that condensed timeline means that 2024 could be a transition year for the sport. The PGA Tour, DP World Tour and LIV Tour’s assets would all go into a separate company, of which the Tour would have controlling interest. PIF would then be an investor in that company with the right of first refusal for future investments.”
Reading into this, it sounds like LIV may or may not exist going forward, and if it does still exist, it’s not likely to be in its present form. LIV’s current business model includes selling its teams as franchises, and at this point in time there doesn’t seem to be much interest. It’s no secret the Saudis want to get into professional golf as a major player, and at the moment, LIV just isn’t resonating enough.
Going forward and based on what Sports Illustrated reported, since the PGA Tour has assets in professional golf far and above what the Saudis have, it looks like the PIF will provide funding in return for a chance at greater returns in professional golf in the future. This may include having PGA Tour events in Saudi Arabia, for example. But the Saudis have made it clear this is a business venture, not a charity, and they expect a good return on their investment. Time will tell how exactly this will happen. And part of that certainly will include welcoming back LIV players to the PGA and DP Tours.