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Get into swing of things

Posted: Thursday, May 24, 2001

The golf season is here and if you haven't been to the course, what are you waiting for?

The driving range is busy with golfers shaking off the winter and reacquainting themselves with their golf equipment and their swing. The seniors are playing on Monday mornings, the ladies play on Tuesday morning and the men are playing on Wednesday nights.

Soon, the Birch Ridge Cup for men and ladies will start and tournament season will kick off with the June Scramble on June 16.

Another big part of the golf season is the junior program run at the course in conjunction the Birch Ridge Golf Association. The junior program is a directed program with a preset curriculum, monitored advancement within the program, skill development to fit the junior's needs, and development of advanced skills for state-level competition. The students all will be tested at the end of the season in etiquette and rules. They must pass this test to compete in state and local tournaments. Tom Walsh, Birch Ridge's Head Pro, will direct and supervise the junior program.

There will be three sessions conducted as clinics:

n Beginners ages 8-to-10 with less than two year's experience -- The main focus will be skill training for swing, short game, putting, and etiquette. Participants will receive a certificate of completion and a specific level of proficiency in each skill will be required to advance to the next group. The clinic runs from June 11 through June 15 from 8 to 10:30 a.m. Cost of the clinic is $50.

n Skilled juniors with merit level of competition in the beginner group receive a Golf Course Certification -- Primary focus will be on advanced skill development along with additional course play. Upon completion of the session, the juniors will be given the opportunity to qualify for advanced league. qualifications, which will be based on merit level as well as a minimum skill score. Upon satisfactory completion of the clinic, the participants will be allowed to play on the golf course without parental supervision.

n Advanced league -- Juniors who have met the merit level completion in the skilled program and have their Golf Course Certification will participate at this level.

Contact head pro Tom Walsh at 262-5270 for more information.

Tuesday Morning Glories

Last week, the ladies played two-player best ball. First place with a score of 41 went to Lynne Reynolds and Dee Richards. Jane Tongen and Chiya Bazan placed second with a 45.

Dee Richards had the longest drive and Louise Schadle was closest to the pin. This week the low score was 41 and the ladies posting that score were Chiya Bazan, Kathi Nelson, and Paula Hite. In fact, Chiya had low gross of 45, was closest to the pin on No. 8 and tied Kathi Nelson for the fewest putts with 17.

Men's Night

The first men's night drew 16 players and the team of Darrell Jelsma, Bob Sizemore, Jay Kriner, and Richard Atuk carded a 5-under par to win.

Tom Walsh had the long drive and was 13 feet from the pin on No. 8. Norton Dablemont put his shot on No. 6 11 feet form the hole to win the closest contest.

The Birch Ridge Pro Shop is now open for business and has the 2001 season line of equipment, golf balls and clothing on display.



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