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Birch Ridge report: Right brain, left brain, too much brain

Posted: Thursday, June 16, 2005

Dr. Jonathan Schooler pioneered the study of left brain, right brain theory, and the habit of over thinking or over analyzing a situation. He discovered that when people who play sports become "reflective about the process" they lose the flow and the intuitiveness of the nonverbal aspect that made them successful in the first place. (Whew! And I have not made him up.)

I am finally so glad to know that my inability to properly play this game called golf is just, basically, a figment of my imagination. Now if I can just convince everybody else ...

And the winners for the June Scramble are: With both first division teams coming in with an impressive 60, Zac Cowan, Aaron Andrus, Keaton Andrus and Brennan Jackson, put Mo Redford, Steve Dexheimer, Tony Azzara and Matt Matarrese into second-place standing with a tensely exciting three-hole playoff on Saturday's tournament. Following up with scores of 65 and 67 respectively, second division winners were Jimmy McWilliams, Gary Dawkins, John Lansing and Paula Crowley, for first; George Stein, Chuck Obendorf, Justin Moore and Cliff Baker, for second. (My team did not come close to those numbers — too busy thinking, obviously.)

The crowd of Ladies of Tuesday Morning gets bigger every week. Chiya Bazan and Cheryl Hammarstrom tied with low net scores. Closest-to on hole 8 was Ms. Bazan; hole 9, Kathy Herring.

The big fish must not be in the river quite yet; 28 golfers showed up for Men's Night last Wednesday. Ray Hamby, Darrell Jelsma, Lorne Smagge and Bob Sizemore took first place. Second-place team members were Dave Keating, Mike Hollingsworth, Phil Christensen and Gary Davis. Third placers were Roy Bird, Mike Azzara, Paul Zimmerman and Gary Effenbeck. Mike Azzara won for longest drive while Tony "Son of Mike" Azzara scored a pure birdie.

And lest we forget, the Seniors are still out there on Monday mornings. Low net winners this week were Roger Jones and George Collum. Closest-to winners were Roger Jones (hole 6) and Pat McElroy (hole 8). Long putt winner for hole 9 was Darrell Jelsma.

The Best/Rotary Midnight Scramble is slated for this coming Saturday. It's not too late to sign up. Clubhouse number is 262-5270. Do it! Remember the fifth annual BRGA Junior Golf Tournament June 23; sign-up deadline is noon on Wednesday. What we got to see out here this last Saturday, you can see Thursday. These young golfers are amazing — it's what golf is supposed to look like! The Peninsula Amateur Tournament is still slated for June 25 and 26. Don't be the last on your block to sign up.

Another big reminder: For those of you who play here at Birch Ridge (and who wouldn't want to, what?), make sure you enter your scores each time. For those of you who have forgotten to pay your association dues, get those monies in NO LATER than the 20th of this month. We'll have to take your name off the handicap roster if not. Once you come in and pay up, however, we'll get you back on and all will be well again.

Although I was sure our summer already came and went in April this year, the day is turning out to be HOT. With that, I think I'll take Dr. Schooler out for a little "driving" practice.

See you on the front nine!

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