《USGTF Newsletter》2015年11月期

22/11/2015 

SAMUELSSON, BRAZIL WIN WORLD CUP TITLES
Rebecca Samuelsson, a Swedish international currently residing in Kissimmee, Florida, became the first woman to capture the individual title at the 12th biennial World Golf Teachers Cup, played October 15-16, at the Walt Disney World courses in Orlando, Florida. After firing a first-round 70 to trail leader Bill Hardwick by three, Samuelsson put on a clinic the second day, shooting a 67 to run away with the title by five shots.

In the team portion of the tournament, Brazil won its first title after runner-up finishes in 2003 and 2005. Trailing leader Team USA by 10 shots entering the final round, Brazil made up lost ground in a hurry and finished nine strokes clear of the field.
In the 20th annual United States Golf Teachers Cup, the 74-year-old Canadian Hardwick broke his own record as the oldest champion. A pedestrian (by his standards) 76 in the first round left him five shots back of leader Bob Richardson, also a fellow Canadian senior, but Hardwick shot a then-record 18-hole score of 66 to win by two shots over runners-up Samuelsson, Michael Wolf, and J.T. Smart. Trinidad & Tobago’s Ricky Campbell came in with a 65 after an opening-round 88 to set records for both the lowest 18-hole score in U.S. Cup history and also the biggest turnaround from the first-day score.
Complete results can be found atwww.WorldGolfTeachersCup.com.

SIMS NAMED HARVEY PENICK WINNER
Bruce Sims and Cole Golden
Longtime USGTF member Bruce Sims was named the winner of the 2015 Harvey Penick Trophy for Excellence in Golf Teaching at the closing banquet and awards ceremony for the United States and World Golf Teachers Cups. The award recognizes the USGTF member who best exemplifies service to the golfing community, integrity, and accomplishments. Sims is owner and operator of the Bruce Sims Golf School located in Plano, Texas.
“When I wake up in the morning, I think about golf,” said Sims during his acceptance speech. “I think about it all day long. It’s my passion.”
Sims started a program in early 2015 called “Pathway to High School Golf,” preparing junior golfers to play for their respective high school golf teams. The program has been a huge success and has seen a number of high-achieving golfers in just its first year of existence.
Sims has been a member of the USGTF since 1997, and is a regular participant in both the US and World Golf Teachers Cups.

US MATCH PLAY SET FOR FIRST WEEK IN DECEMBER
match play trohpyThe 4th annual United States Match Play Championship will be held Monday-Friday, November 30 – December 4, at Indian Hills Golf Course in Fort Pierce, Florida. This is the only national match play championship open to all golfers, professional and amateur. The entry fee is $375, and a $5,000 first-place prize will be awarded, based on a full field of 32 players.
For more information, please visit www.MatchPlayOpen.com, or call the USGTF National Office at (888) 346-3290.

DAVIES BECOMES FIRST AMERICAN WINNER OF CANADIAN CUP

American Brent Davies became the first player south of the border to win the Canadian Golf Teachers Cup, trailing Canadian stalwart Bill Hardwick and newcomer Connor Hache after the first round, Davies fired a final-round 70 to go along with an opening-round 75 to win the title at the Bay of Quinte Country Club in Belleville, Ontario, to earn the victory. Davies’ victory was set up by an eagle on the second hole during the final round, scoring a deuce from 170 yards out.
Bob Richardson, the 2010 champion, won the Senior division title, and Lisa Fleming successfully defended her Ladies division crown.

“PRO” FILES – TOURING PROFESSONALS EMILIANO GRILLO AND SMYLIE KAUFMAN

It seems winners on the PGA Tour are seemingly coming from all corners, and the first two winners of the 2015-16 season are no exception. Although they may be unfamiliar faces to the golfing public, Emiliano Grillo and Smylie Kaufman are well known to those who follow the professional game closely. Consecutive victories by rookies, although not unheard of, are rare.
Grillo is an Argentinian native and former member of the European Tour, so his pedigree is stout. He lost in a playoff for the Puerto Rican Open on the PGA Tour last season, and earned enough money in just seven starts to earn status in the Web.com Tour finals. He won the season-ending Web.Com Tour Championship to cement his tour card for this season, and his victory at the Frys.com Open assures he will be a Tour member for at least three consecutive years.
Kaufman is from Birmingham, Alabama, and played collegiate golf at LSU, graduating in 2014. He turned professional shortly thereafter. A member of the Web.com Tour this past season, he fired a final-round 61 to stage a remarkable comeback at the Shrines Hospital for Children Open in Las Vegas to win by one stroke.

ENGLISHMAN TAKES WORLD HICKORY OPEN
Andrew with Angus Provost Helen Oswald
England’s Andrew Marshall won the World Hickory Open in October at the Carnoustie Country golf courses, firing rounds of 67-76 – 143 to claim a one-stroke victory over American amateur player Cliff Martin. The event features 118 players from 20 countries, including the USGTF’s own Mike Stevens, Southeast Region director. The Burnside and Championship courses were used for the event, which is proudly sponsored by the World Golf Teachers Federation.
“The scoring was pretty good, and I’d say that was down to two or three things,” said Lionel Freedman, the event’s brainchild and chairman. “The quality of the players, first and foremost, and also the quality of the courses, which were both in superb condition, while we were blessed with very good weather on this occasion, too.”

DIRECTOR NEEDED FOR USGTF CENTRAL REGION
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The USGTF is comprised of five regions: Southeast, Northeast, Central, Southwest, and Northwest. The health and success of the USGTF depends in part on member participation, and there is currently an opening for the Central Region directorship. The Central Region is comprised of the states of Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota, South Dakota, and North Dakota. Any USGTF member who resides in this state are welcome to state their interest in becoming the region director, a voluntary position. To be considered, please contact the USGTF National Office.

EDITORIAL – THE GAME IS ALWAYS BIGGER

By: David Hill, USGTF Member, Quebec, Canada
“No one is bigger than the game.” This is a famous quote from sport that is highly recognized amongst many who have devoted their lives to golf. Then, “Hello world” appeared on the scene. As Tiger Woods played the game for a period of 7-8 years at a level perhaps higher than any predecessor, we were not only witnessing greatness, but history. He had no competition when he was playing his “B” game, let alone his “A” game. Yes, Ernie Els and Phil Mickelson conquered occasionally, but suffice it to say their respective stars and legacies would have shone far brighter be it not for Tiger’s presence.
“Tiger-proofing” golf courses came in style; purses and TV ratings went ballistic; Nike launched  itself into the golf industry the moment Tiger donned the swoosh, and golf became cool from kids to great-grandmothers. Nary would a minute pass without a Tiger update during tournament telecasts. Then, his public fall from grace, only to be followed with less than “Tiger-like” results, to serious signs of Tiger will never be the same.
If Tiger is not the same, how will the game remain healthy Tiger is golf. The Golf Channel is even referenced as The Tiger Channel by some. Sponsors’ dollars will dry up, purses will drop, and tournaments will be forced to dissolve. Tell us it isn`t true!
Fast forward to 2015…the year that saved golf? Or, in other words and punctuation, the year that saved golf! One could argue Tiger`s 2000 season with three major wins and nine overall victories is the best ever. One could also argue no one has ever come closer to winning the modern Grand Slam than Jordan Spieth this past season. One could also make the claim 2015 is/was a defining year in golf.
First there was Old Tom, then Harry, Bobby, Byron, “Slammin” Sam, The “Hawk” – otherwise known as Ben – Arnie and his “Army,” Jack, and finally Tiger. These were the icons of the game. Yes, there was a supporting cast with other excellent players, with some in-between generations. However, these players helped define the game. What they all held in common was they were actors on a stage.
We will never see another Jack Nicklaus, or, who will be the next Jack? Then Tiger came along. Few have ever asked who will be the next Tiger, because no one thought it possible, probably because Tiger’s talent and exploits had never before been seen or even fathomed. Once again, enter 2015. If Tiger did anything for golf, it was to develop a mindset and confidence amongst the youth of today that has instilled the following attitude: “If he can do it, so can I.” Athletes are flocking to golf; hence, the journey toward greatness for our present and future stars continues and always will.
We are at the dawn of a new era. The fourth Great Triumvirate. First, there was Harry Vardon, John H. Taylor and James Braid, followed by Byron Nelson, Sam Snead and Ben Hogan. Later, we were spoiled with Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player. Barring injuries, we will see Rory McIlroy, Jason Day and Jordan Spieth become the next holders of this unique title.
Every player has their respective place within the game, their legacy, their grandeur and stories of folklore, yet no one is irreplaceable. Golf, the gentleman’s game, trumps all. It’s just too beautiful a stage with a forever-changing and compelling play.
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