DUES NOTICES SENT OUT
Dues notices for 2022 have been sent out. Look for them in your mailbox soon!
USGTF membership offers many benefits, including industry discounts and recognition, group liability insurance, marketing opportunities, tournament participation, ongoing education, and most importantly, the right to continue to call yourself a USGTF member in good standing. Also this year, we have an updated WGTF website; online member validation search on both WGTF.com and USGTF.com, and job opportunities on USGTF.com. USGTF dues remain modest and are payable online at https://www.usgtf.com/annual-membership-renewal, or through regular mail at USGTF National Office, 200 S. Indian River Drive, Suite 206, Fort Pierce, FL 34950.
2022年的会费通知已发出，大家不久后将会收到。USGTF会员享有许多福利，包括行业折扣和认可、集体责任保险、营销机会、比赛参与、继续教育，最重要的是，有权继续自称为USGTF的合法会员。今年，我们更新了WGTF网站，WGTF.com和USGTF.com都有在线会员验证搜索，USGTF.com上也有工作机会。USGTF会费保持适度，并可在https://www.usgtf.com/annual-membership-renewal在线支付，或通过常规邮寄寄到USGTF National Office，200 S. Indian River Drive，Suite 206，Fort Pierce，FL 34950。
TOURNAMENT CENTRAL – US GOLF TEACHERS CUP
The 25th annual United States Golf Teachers Cup is in the books! Congratulations go to winners Alejandro Duque, Open division; Pam Montgomery, Ladies division; Chris Richards, Senior division, and Anthony Benny, Super Senior division. Pro-am winners were USGTF professional Seonlin Kim and his amateur partner, Nicolas Kim. Revere Golf Club in Henderson, Nevada, provided a fine test of golf for all participants!
More in-depth reporting and results can be found atwww.USGolfTeachersCup.com.
第25届美国高尔夫教师杯已经结束！祝贺Alejandro Duque获得公开组冠军，Pam Montgomery获得女子组冠军，Chris Richards获得老年组冠军，Anthony Benny获得超级老年组冠军。职业业余搭档赢家是USGTF职业选手Seonlin Kim和他的业余搭档Nicolas Kim。内华达州亨德森的Revere高尔夫俱乐部为所有参赛选手提供了一个良好的高尔夫考验！更深入的报道和结果可以在www.USGolfTeachersCup.com找到。
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WGTF NETHERLANDS TO HOST 12-MAN EVENT
Bjorn Beekman, director of WGTF-Netherlands recently announced they will be hosting a friendly 12-man competition between Netherlands and WGTF-Great Britain in June 2022.
Peter Hudson, WGTF-Great Britain said, “Our federations enjoy long-lasting and deep ties and this will be a great opportunity to discuss and learn how we can help others to play much better golf.”
WGTF荷兰的负责人Bjorn Beekman最近宣布，他们将在2022年6月举办荷兰和WGTF-Great Britain之间的友谊12人比赛。
WGTF-Great Britain的Peter Hudson说：“我们的联合会享有持久而深厚的联系，这将是一个很好的机会，讨论并了解我们如何帮助其他人打出更好的高尔夫球。”
TOUR “PRO” FILE – RICKIE FOWLER
He was ranked as one of the most overrated players by his peers in a poll that came out in 2015, then promptly went out and won the Players Championship. Rickie Fowler has enjoyed a solid career, complete with tournament victories, Ryder and Presidents Cup appearances and a top-four world ranking, but almost certainly to date he has fallen short of both his and the pundits’ expectations.
Fowler came out of Oklahoma State University in 2009 with much fanfare. He was a two-time Walker Cup player and winner of the Ben Hogan Award for collegiate player of the year. He played well in 2010 with some high finishes and was named to the U.S. Ryder Cup team, and he was off and running, to date winning five PGA Tour events.
Fowler has been in somewhat of a slump for an extended time, but his recent performance at the C.J. Cup in Las Vegas, where he finished third, showed a return to form that Fowler believes will be ongoing. As one of the more dynamic personalities in the game, professional golf is in a better place when Rickie Fowler is playing well.
TEACHING “PRO” FILE – JIM PEREZ
There may no more enterprising member of the USGTF than Fresno, California’s, Jim Perez. A USGTF member since 1995 and a Master Golf Teaching Professional since 1997, Perez’s start as a USGTF member is memorable. He approached the owner of the local driving range, who informed Perez that he already had three PGA teaching professionals and did not need another pro. Perez pointed out that there was no business at that time at the range and that he would assure more golfers would come. After two such rejections, the owner relented and allowed Perez to teach.
Now, he had to come up with a plan, and it was a doozy. He placed an ad in the local newspaper (when newspaper ads were a thing), selling lesson memberships for $99. Over 200 people bought them in short order (over $20,000 worth), and Perez was off and running.
He also has an interesting philosophy when it comes to how much to charge for lessons. “I make sure I charge more than anyone in the area,” he remarked, “because that gives people the impression that they’re paying for the highest quality.” Of course, it helps that Perez is an extremely competent and accomplished teacher and player. In addition to learning under the USGTF umbrella, Perez has spent time observing teaching greats Butch Harmon and Mike Hebron, among others. And speaking of playing, Perez is a former United States Golf Teachers Cup senior champion and a World Golf Teachers Cup individual senior champion.
他说：“我确保自己比当地任何人都要贵，因为这会让人们认为他们正在付高质量的费用。”当然，佩雷兹是一个极其有能力和成功的教练和球员，除了在美国高尔夫教练联合会的保护伞下学习之外，他还花时间观察了布奇·哈蒙(Butch Harmon)、迈克·赫布朗(Mike Hebron)等伟大的教练。说到比赛，佩雷兹曾经是美国高尔夫教练杯的老年组冠军和世界高尔夫教练杯的个人老年组冠军。
Currently, he and his wife Marci own the Bluff Pointe Golf Course in Fresno, where Perez can be seen hard at work most days.
STUDENT SPOTLIGHT – AUGUSTIN MARTINEZ
By Scott Henry, USGTF Professional
As a youngster, Augustin Martinez was introduced to the game by his father, who was a college golfer in the 1990s. He started to play local junior tournaments in the area by the time he was 8 years old, and attending summer golf camps for enjoyment, with it later turning into love of the game, just his father’s.
When he started, he played at a local par-3 course, which gave him his short game skills. As he grew older, Augustin (Auggie) started winning trophies at these local tournaments. When he reached me at PSJA Memorial Early College High School in Alamo, Texas, Auggie was placed onto the varsity boys golf team because of his previous experience. He did, however, struggle to compete with his peers at the time because of his lack of length off the tee and outside of tournaments, he mainly only had played the par-3 course. After a short while, he caught up with his peers and is now consistently finishing in the top 10 individually at high school golf tournaments. his has spurred Auggie on even further, practicing vigorously over the past summer during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Auggie is now a senior in high school with expectations of himself ultimately wanting to land a place on a college golf team, launching him into the best of what life has to offer. His family history and passion for the game motivates him. I am proud of his accomplishments and look forward to watching him grow as a player, but even more so, as a person, in the future.
INDUSTRY PARTNER – VOLVIK GOLF
Volvik, maker of the famous selection of colored golf balls and holder of numerous patents, has partnered with the USGTF to offer members in good standing a personal use discount. Members will be eligible for 20% off the wholesale price of its entire line of golf balls. For more information and to take advantage of this discount, please contact the USGTF National Office firstname.lastname@example.org or call (772) 88-USGTF or (772) 888-7483.
EDITORIAL – COMMON RULES VIOLATIONS
编辑精选 – 常见违规行为
By Mark Harman, USGTF Course Director
作者：Mark Harman，USGTF 课程主任
I once heard someone claim that his dad, a rules guru, claimed that everyone violated a rule of golf on “every” hole. This is a wild exaggeration, of course, but rules violations are common in our game. Here are what I believe are the most violated rules, one in the professional ranks and one at the amateur club level.
Waiting too long for a ball on the lip of the hole to drop – It seems this one is violated at least once a year by some touring professional. You would think they would know by now that you only have 10 seconds once you reach the hole to see if the ball fall into it, and if it doesn’t, you need to tap it in. Yet somehow, pros are still under the mistaken impression that if they “see” the ball moving microscopically, the ball is still moving and they cannot hit it. The rules are clear on this: If the ball hasn’t fallen into the hole within 10 seconds, it is deemed at rest even if somehow it is still moving microscopically.
在洞口等待球太久 – 似乎每年都有一些职业高尔夫球手违反这个规则。你会认为他们现在已经知道了，一旦到达洞口，只有10秒钟的时间观察球是否掉进洞里，如果没有，就需要轻击进洞。但是不知怎么的，职业球手仍然错误地认为，如果他们“看到”球微小地移动，球仍然在移动，他们不能击打球。规则对此很清楚：如果球在10秒钟内没有落入洞中，即使以微小的方式仍在移动，它也被视为静止。
Amateur Club Level
Playing the ball from a different spot than where it came to rest – We could spend all day on this as amateurs violate many rules, but by far the most common is playing “winter rules.” Most courses nowadays are in such good condition that it is pointless to move the ball into a better lie. On the course I grew up, Woodbury Golf Course in Plymouth, Indiana (then known as Fountain Head GC), there was no sprinkling system and the fairways were, to say the least, not the best. My dad always played winter rules, but while in high school I read an article somewhere that by playing the ball down on poor fairways, you would become a better ballstriker. From that moment on I have always played the ball down unless winter rules (lift, clean and place) are officially in effect.
在球停留的不同位置打球 – 我们可以花整天的时间讨论业余球手违反的许多规则，但是违反“冬季规则”是远远最常见的。现在大多数球场都在非常好的条件下，将球移到更好的位置是毫无意义的。在我成长的高尔夫球场，位于印第安纳州普利茅斯的伍德伯里高尔夫球场（当时称为喷泉头高尔夫球场），没有灌溉系统，球道可以说是最差的。我父亲总是按照“冬季规则”打球，但在高中时，我在某个地方读到一篇文章，说在球道不好的情况下，打下球会让你成为更好的球手。从那一刻起，我总是按照原位打球，除非官方实行“冬季规则”（抬起、清洗和放置）。
Most people aren’t real handy with the rules, but they can be interesting. If you haven’t done this, make it a point to attend a USGA rules seminar this winter.