《USGTF News》2017年3月期




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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.

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Southwest Region (Bruce Sims, Director) – The USGTF Southwest Region Championship will be held Saturday and Sunday, May 20-12, 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.
Northwest Region (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. 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.
Southeast Region (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.
Central Region (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.  For complete information, please click here.


“This course can benefit individuals in all realms of life…especially golfers.” – Geoff Bryant, USGTF President
To develop emotional toughness, you must develop positive emotional habits. To develop these positive emotional habits, this course is broken into six emotional strengths. When you master these strengths, you will have emotional toughness.
The six sections of this course are the following:
1)  Emotional Awareness: Being aware of your best and worst emotions is key to performing your best under pressure
2)  Emotional Preparedness: Being prepared for what can happen gives you great confidence
3)  Emotional Bravado: Fears and anxiety can disrupt your performance and block your goals
4)  Emotional Connectedness: Staying focused is key to performing  your best
5)  Emotional Drive: We need to be motivated because it takes hard work to be successful
6)  Emotional Balance: We need balance in our lives to prevent burnout.
Ultimately, this course will boost your confidence, enhance your concentration, diminish your anxiety and supercharge your motivation – keys for success in any field!
The executive director of the Emotional Toughness University is USGTF member Dr. Gregg Steinberg. He is a professor of human performance at Austin Peay State University and the USGTF head sports psychologist. USGTF members can take the course for half price of $199 by using the promo code USGTF199 at www.EmotionalToughnessUniversity.com. If there are any questions or concerns about the course, please e-mail Dr. Steinberg at mentalrules24@msn.com


For this month’s edition of “pro” files, we turn back the clock to look at the career of Doug Sanders, a prominent touring professional from the 1960s.  Sanders was a prolific winner, but his legacy seems lost to our modern times.
Sanders was born in Cedartown, Georgia, a city northwest of Atlanta near the Alabama border.  He attended the University of Florida, playing on its golf team, and in 1956 he won the Canadian Open as an amateur, defeating the likes of defending champion Arnold Palmer, and turned pro shortly thereafter.  His first three Tour wins all featured the same victim as runner-up, Dow Finsterwald.  Sanders’ best year as a professional came in 1961 when he won five tournaments and finished third on the money list.  He wound up winning 20 times on the Tour. Sanders was also known for his colorful wardrobe, often decked out in pinks, purples, teals and others such robust colors, quite a contrast to other professionals of the time.
Unfortunately for Sanders, all of his accomplishments are overshadowed by what happened in the 1970 British Open at St. Andrews.  Facing a three-foot putt on the final hole for victory, Sanders nervously pushed the putt wide right and lost an 18-hole playoff to Jack Nicklaus the next day.  He has remarked that he doesn’t think about that putt all that often, only “every five minutes or so.”
Today, Sanders lives in Houston, Texas, and hosts the annual Doug Sanders International Junior Golf Championship in Aberdeen, Scotland.


By Cole Golden, USGTF Master Golf Teaching Professional

In school we normally received a progress report every semester. It showed where your grades were and would give you a good idea of where you were doing well or where you needed to improve. In golf, we need to do this also, but it comes in two different forms.

As a player, we need to assess where we are, both good and bad. It can be like a report card with A, B, C, D or F grades. Beyond the grade, we need to add notes that get specific on what needs to be worked on. Once we have our progress report, then we can design our practice routine to help our improvement. This is called self-evaluation, something a lot of us are already doing.

Our students need help in this area, too. While they might perform self-evaluations, their judgment can be biased a bit. If you visit with your students about their progress, it will help their “report card” become better defined and more accurate. Plus, it gives them a great chance to develop their practice routine with their professional golf instructor.

From Tour players to the weekend warriors, everyone needs to assess where their game is, with both strengths and weaknesses. Developing a plan is the only way to get better. Your students are lucky to have someone who is professionally trained to help them with through this process.


It was one for the history books. Doing her best imitation of Joyce Wethered, Orlando’s Ki Shui Liao used some precision golf to secure the John Shippen Trophy at the United States Professional Hickory Golf Championship held February 20 at Temple Terrace Golf & Country Club in Tampa, Florida. Liao’s 75 was four shots clear of Tampa’s Jeff Leonard. The Temple Terrace course, opened in 1922 and laid out by noted architect Tom Bendelow, proved once again to be a severe test for the century-old clubs for which it was designed. Liao’s score was the best turned in by a female professional in the seven-year history of the event. It is also the third-best winning score of all time.
This year’s Ladies Championship goes to Jennifer Cully of Apollo Beach Golf Club.  On the Amateur side of things, Winter Spring’s Bill Geisler dethroned two-time champion Will Peterson of Orlando by one shot, 75 to 76. Geisler’s name will be affixed to the Oscar Bunn Trophy that is on permanent display in the Temple Terrace clubhouse. In the Heritage division, Jim Wilhelm tied with Larry Denney, and in a hotly contested coin flip, Wilhelm made the right call, just as the New England Patriots did in the Super Bowl.

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