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GOLF 707

February 22, 2015

It no doubt depends on your ability as a player. A tough shot for a touring pro, for example, would not necessarily be the same as the most difficult shot for a high-handicap amateur.
Personally, the most difficult shot for me has always been anything out of the sand. I have played pretty well over the years, but like to pretend there are no bunkers on the golf course . . . when I get in one, I usually draw a blank.

February 5, 2015

With the skies blue, with nary a cloud in sight, and the temperature often flirting with 70 degrees, it may be tough to talk about “winter golf,” but we indeed are in the middle of winter, with rain possible this week, so I wanted to find out from some golfers what they feel is the best way to play golf in the winter weather and how to maintain your game.
Tom Isaak, who operates highly successful CourseCo, which includes Sea Ranch and Foxtail as well as 25 other courses in California, Oregon, Washington and Texas, says to “hit balls between showers . . . and putt.”
He said to find courses that drain well and have good maintenance programs that assure golfers a decent round, even during the rainy season. If the course isn’t playable, it’s not really worth the time and money spent.

January 12, 2015

You want your son or daughter to learn about playing golf, to just maybe become as interested as you are in the game that, obviously, you can play for a lifetime.
But the question many of you have is: At what age to you start them off and what kind of equipment is best for them.
I connected with a number of golfers in our community — and would like to hear from more — regarding the best way to deal with aspiring young players.

December 15, 2014

Windsor pro Jason Schmuhl, himself an outstanding performer on the golf course for Analy High, thinks high school and junior golf has fallen off recently.
With that in mind, he is hoping to revive something similar to the GEL (Golf at the Elementary Level) made popular and nationally recognized by former Piner-Olivet Elementary School teacher Paul Nikol.
Nikol started a program that enlisted the help of local pros in an effort to bring golf to a lot of youngsters who might otherwise never get the chance to play the game. He and volunteer area pros provided instruction and equipment. Some of those kids continued to play and are still playing today.

December 9, 2014

A lot of good young athletes compete in golf in our community — at the prep level and at the junior golf level.
A number of these young athletes move on to play at the community college or four-year-college level, some receiving scholarships. Some are talented enough to advance to playing professionally.

December 2, 2014

Women should take golf lessons from women, and men should take them from men, right?
Not so fast.
While some women may feel more comfortable receiving golf instruction from other women, a growing number of men have opted for women teachers.

November 24, 2014

Maybe your golf game isn’t what you think it should be for any number of reasons, real or imagined.
Maybe you’ve been away from the sport for a while and are trying to make a comeback.
Maybe you’ve reached a “plateau” and it seems like you just aren’t getting any better.
Maybe, quite probably, you need some help

November 18, 2014

SSU golf program continues to improve
The golf program at Sonoma State University keeps getting better, under the guidance of popular local longtime golf pro and head coach Val Verhunce.
The men’s team, which started up in 2004, and the women’s team, which began in 2007, have shown steady progress, including an NCAA Division II championship for the men in 2009.

November 10, 2014

From time to time, when I wrote a weekly golf column for the Press Democrat, I would ask readers to take part in a very unofficial survey.
I wanted to know – and wanted our readers to have some knowledge – about what local golfers like or don’t like about golf in our area.

November 10, 2014

If you happen to meet Daryl Rossi on the golf course, and the topic of handicaps comes up, look at his golf game, not his right arm.
Or what would normally be his right arm.
Rossi, 53, was born without a right arm, the result of an undetermined birth defect possibly linked to his mother taking the drug thalidomide.