By Bruce Meadows
Bennett Valley and other courses offer summer programs
Summer camps on the menu . . .
Three summer golf camps for kids are scheduled in June, July and August at Oakmont GC in Santa Rosa.
The coed camps, taught by LPGA pros Rebecka Heinmert and Jessica Reese Quayle, are planned for June 12-16, July 10-14 and July 31-Aug. 4.
There are half-day options for all three of the camps, with half-day sessions for ages 7-13 and full-day camps for ages 7-17. Cost for half-day camps is $225, and $400 for the full-day.
Camps include small-group instruction, mid-morning snacks and lunch for full-day participants. Full-day golfers will also be able to get out on the course for additional instruction.
For more information, email Heinmert at [email protected] or Reese Quayle at [email protected],
Junior summer camps are being offered at Fairgrounds Golf Course, taught by head pro Daniel Stewart.
Camps are scheduled for June 13-16, June 19-22 and June 27-30. Camps run from 9 a.m. until noon and cost for juniors is $175 per camp.
Youngsters will go over life skills, rules of the game and golf skills. There will be “fun and games,” as well as a tournament play day at the end of each For information, call Daniel at 292-3917 or email [email protected]
Bennett Valley GC is offering junior clinics taught by pro Jim Knego. Dates are June 20-21-22 and July 11-12-13. Cost for each session is $75.
Call 528-3673 or email [email protected] To reach golf director Greg Anderson, email [email protected]
There are plenty of activities going on at Tayman Park GC in Healdsburg with teaching pro Amanda Beeler running the show.
There is a summer snag drop-in Tuesday through Friday, 8:30-9:15 a.m. with sessions June 13 through August 18. Cost $20 per day.
The summer junior drop-in is also Tuesday through Friday, 9:30-11 a.m. running June 13 through Aug. 18 at a cost of $25 per day.
The boys’ junior league (age 7-12) is Thursday or Friday, year-round, from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Cost $60 a month with a three-month commitment.
Girls’ golf is Thursday and Friday, year-round, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Cost $60 per month with a three-month commitment.
Email [email protected]
Golf tournaments on tap . . .
The ninth annual Golf Tournament to benefit the B’nai Israel Jewish Center is scheduled Aug. 20 at Foxtail North in Rohnert park.
Registration is 11:30 a.m. with the tournament shotgun start at 12:30 p.m. The event is open to men and women of all ages and skill levels.
Entry fee is $135 or $500 for a foursome, and includes golf with a cart, a driving range coupon, gift bag and dinner.
Registration is 11:30 a.m. with a shotgun start at 12:30. A gathering, beverages and dinner follow the tournament at 5:30 p.m.
Hole sponsorships are available for $100, although donations “are gratefully accepted.” The entire contribution goes the the B’nai Israel Jewish Center.
Reservations are preferred by Monday, Aug. 14, but walk-ups are welcome. For more information or a registration form, contact Cathy Simondi at 707-981-4994 or [email protected]
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College golf could be the next step…
A lot of local youngsters have excelled at the high school golf level, and a few will move on compete in college.
According to Frank Mantua, director of U.S. Golf Camps, the biggest challenge for the average junior player is deciding where he or she fits into the college golf picture.
“One thing that is consistent for any high school player is the importance of a good golf resume’,” says Mantua. “Your resume’ will give a college coach an accurate account of your golfing and academic record.”
Mantua offers a few tips:
Besides the obvious (name, address, phone, birth days, height and weight), colleges want the name of your high school, month and year of graduation; GPA and class rank; SAT or ACT scores; USGA or State Handicap Index; high school stroke average, and list of other sports and extracurricular activities.
College coaches also need a list of tournament results and highlights, information more important than a handicap from your home club.
List event names and locations; number of players in the field; your finish; course rating and distance; any unusual weather for the event, and yardage for the course.
Mantua, a Class A PGA pro, suggests you break down your tournament efforts by year so the coach can evaluate your improvement
Chris Wilson, coach at McNeese State University in Lake Charles, La., says he is interested in a prospective players tournament scoring average and the composition of the competitive field.
Wilson also values player grades because a low GPA often disqualifies a student-athlete at many schools.
Wilson also suggests emailing a resume’ to back up a resume sent by snail-mail. “Mail can stack up on my desk, but I get to my email first.”
Most college golf coaches don’t have the budget to travel and recruit the way coaches in other sports do so they rely on resumes’ and videos.
The best source of college golf information is the American College Golf Guide published by Ping (www.collegegolf.com). This book provides information on school size, costs, division and conference, coaches and their email and other contact information.
Donner promotes new program…
PGA member Steve Donner, who has been teaching golf since 1993, says he recently came across a golf training program “that looked interesting so I decided to take a closer look.”
It’s called Tathata Golf, which has been advertised on Golf Channel as well as Facebook.
“After ordering the product and trying it for 10 days, I realized this training was like none I had experienced and I saw immediate improvement in my own game and realized this training could change the way golf was learned and played,” explains Steve.
“Unlike traditional golf instruction, which has no standardized curriculum of golf education/instruction that golfers and instructors can revere as truth and can rely on, Tathata training is a complete curriculum and structured path of learning validated and supported by the most well respected individuals and organizations in the golf industry,” says Steve, who has taught locally at Santa Rosa G&CC and Meadow Club and currently is an instructor at Rooster Run in Petaluma. “The strength of Tathata Training is its fundamentals combining the movements of the greatest golfers and athletes of all-time with 2,500 year-old martial art movement and striking truths.
He adds, “I went through the entire program which covers body movements, stretching, hand and arm movements, pressure and impact, speed and strength, short game and putting, shape and trajectory, and mental training.
All of this can be learned in your own environment and at your own pace! It is such a great program that I became a Tathata Golf Certified Movement Specialist.
“What does that mean? As a Certified Movement Specialist I help those going through the program with chapter follow-ups that assess, correct and enhance your movements, and help increase your movement speed, accuracy and understanding, ultimately leading to better golf.”
Steve will also be offering group training sessions similar to a yoga or group fitness class at which he’ll be moving through a variety of different movement routines from the Tathata Golf In-Home 60-Day Training Program with a varying number of fellow students of all ages, body types, and ability levels. These events will be coming soon.
If you are looking for “a simple, fun, and structured way to learn golf at your own pace without spending a fortune you have got to check out this program.” You can get more information at www.tathatagolf.com/pgasteve.
If you have any questions or would like to schedule a golf lesson Steve can be reached at [email protected]
OmniGolf is located near Fountaingrove Golf Course
Play year-round at OmniGolf…
If the weather doesn’t allow you to take your game outside, you might want to consider OmniGolf in Santa Rosa.
OmniGolf is an indoor golf facility located across from Fountaingrove GC, featuring a 700-square foot putting green and an HD golf simulator made by Full Swing Golf.
The simulator has a dual tracking system to provide players with swing and ball metrics “to help golfers better understand and improve their games,” according to owner Matthew Mauer. “It also has the ability to allow golfers to play on one of 70 courses we have loaded into our software . . . in a fraction of the time it takes to play traditional green-grass golf.”
OmniGolf, which features courses such as Pebble Beach, Pinehurst and St. Andrews, offers lesson packages that are “in-depth with the metric-based system and camera feedback to make learning more effective,” according to Mauer. Also offered is re-gripping, with a lot of grips in stock and same-day service.
It’s a new business so Mauer is offering gift cards at a 10% discount until Father’s Day.
OmniGolf is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. Appointments are available from 6 a.m. until 8 p.m. Mauer’s web site is omnigolf.com where you can see more details and photos. Call 293-9407 for additional information.
Renovation work at Silverado…
Johnny Miller and his ownership partners have unveiled plans for work on the South Course at Silverado.
Projects will be done in two phases: first phase started in mid-May and will take about 12 weeks. Work includes reconfiguration of green-side and fairway bunkers (some will be removed); some fairway mow lines will be adjusted to improve playability. When completed, bunkers are expected to match the North Course with rolled lips and white sand; several fairway bunkers will become waste bunkers.
The second phase is planned to start by 2019 and will address tee box additions, fairway configuration and cart paths.
Key to one challenge: ‘Be ready’…
Most people don’t want to hold up play—especially not when they’re playing in an event or tournament—but at the same time, they don’t want to feel rushed on the course. So what’s the solution?
According to the web site Golf for Her, when you look at both the etiquette rules of golf and the basics of sound pace of play, they’re actually two pretty simple things to combine, because they both boil down to the premise of “being ready.”
Here are three tips from Le Ann Finger of the EWGA that could help you play “ready golf,” which will improve both your on-course etiquette and the time it takes you to finish your round:
1. When your group is on the tee, make sure you’re wearing your glove and have your golf ball, tee and club in your hands so you’re ready to set up and hit the minute it’s your turn. Many times the three players who are not hitting stand way over to the side (or sit in the cart) and don’t get their club from the bag until it’s their turn – rather that doing that while another player is hitting. As long as you’re quiet, you can “get ready” while another player is hitting her shot.
2. In the fairway, we all know it’s OK to play out of turn if you’re ready to go (as long as it’s safe), but it’s good to be pro-active so that you’re always ready. This means it’s OK to get out of your cart and walk over to your ball and figure out your plan of attack while other players are hitting rather than wait to drive to it until after they’re done.
3. On the putting green, good etiquette equals having the first person to hole a putt be the one to put the flagstick back in the hole. If you’re first to putt, you should walk over to the flagstick after you’re done and pick it up while player two and three are putting. You should be holding the flagstick when player four hits their putt, so that all you need to do is replace the flagstick when they’re done and you can all quickly exit the green.
“These three things may not seem like a lot, but combined they will save your group 30 to 60 seconds per hole – and that means you will finish your round nine to 18 minutes faster,” according to Finger, an LPGA Class A teach pro and director of player development for the Executive Women’s Golf Association.
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GOLF 707- Summer Camps Around the Empire
By Bruce Meadows