Homestead Report: Activities hopping at course

Posted: Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Due to busy schedules, not many women were able to play last Monday's Ladies Night. Those that did had a great time. Join us every Monday at 6:30 p.m. for Ladies Night.

It was the team consisting of Cliff Vaught, Roy Bird and Jerry Cox that dominated in last Tuesday's Men's Night. At one point in their round, they had their score to 2-under par, but then double-bogied the long, narrow, par-5 No. 9.

Long drive was won by Larry Hamilton. Closest to the pin, on No. 6, was won by Cliff Vaught, with a shot that ended up 14 feet, 3-4 inches, from the hole. Closest to the pin money for No. 8 is still up for grabs. Men's Night is held every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.

Donald Essex brought his grandkids Shane Bluementritt, 9, and Bailey Bluementritt, 8, out to the Bird Homestead Golf Course for their first ever round of golf. I asked how their experience was, and Don replied, "We just had fun!"

Shane and Bailey had both attended the junior golf clinics held at Birch Ridge, but had never played a full round of golf. Shane had just won a set of clubs and was able to try them out for the first time.

When the round was over and the score was added up, it was younger brother Bailey who came out on top, beating his older brother by seven strokes.

When asked what they thought of the course, Shane and Bailey both said that they loved the course. Shane also mentioned that he though the aqua driving range was cool.

No membership is needed for free golf. Just come out and play and we'll give you a frequent player card. If you play 10 rounds, your eleventh round is free. We also have frequent player cards for the driving range.

Golf tip of the week

Add 10 seconds to each shot for lower scores. Most golfers don't take enough time before they hit a shot. They take two or three practice swings, then rush up to the ball and try to duplicate what they did in their practice swings.

What ends up happening is a poorly hit golf shot because they were thinking about their swing. They should have been concentrating on where they wanted the ball to go. The following is a pre-shot routine that, if added to your own routine, will have you on your way to hitting better shots, more often!

1. Find yardage.

2. Choose club.

3. Take practice swings thinking about proper mechanics.

4. Stand behind the ball and paint a picture of the hole in your mind starting from the ball to the green.

5. Visualize the shot: how it sounds, how it flies, how it lands, how it rolls and where it comes to rest.

6. Take 10 seconds to relax.

7. When ready, walk into the shot and hit the ball. (Don't second-guess yourself. If there is any doubt, start over.

Only take practice swings before visualizing, not after.

Stop by or call the golf shop to find out about lessons and clinics.

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