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TEE TIME: Golf is good for women; women are good for golf

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By Dennis George

Our coverage of last week’s Bourbon Open featured several stories on the role of women in forging the success of the tournament, as well as their participation in the past two decades.

From the fashion shows to making sandwiches for the golfers to posting scores, women of Old Kentucky Home Country Club have paid their dues.

When the tournament committee opened the field to the females in 1993, several of the local women did not participate, in deference to the longstanding tradition of the tournament being an all-male event. Others helped grow the tournament with their entry into the field.

And why not?

While the sport is steeped in tradition (can you say the Royal and Ancient or Augusta National?), many of us can relate to the game that is played by women.

I would venture to say that most of us hit the ball more similar to the LPGA members instead of the grip-it-and-rip-it pros on the PGA tour. You’ll recall that, several years ago, many men swallowed their pride and began playing the Lady Precept because they could compress that ball as opposed to the balls played by the PGA players.

And to those of you who complain that women don’t belong on the golf course and hold up play, that’s HOGWASH.

While we men may think of women as gossiping at the beauty parlor, I would submit to you that they sure as heck don’t do that on the golf course. Most women I know play quite quickly. They may hit the ball more often, but they move on from shot to shot without delay.

Most women play faster than men.

As a youngster, (and yes, I venture back to my childhood in Lebanon), a foursome of women would show up every Sunday and tee off in front of the first wave of men who would play. They would play nine holes and then go into the clubhouse and play cards. If you have played the Lebanon Country Club course, there are six holes played before coming by the clubhouse to go to No. 7 tee and finishing the final three holes. Invariably, the women would be in the clubhouse dealing out the cards before the men came by the clubhouse.

My recent newsletter from Persimmon Ridge Golf Course listed 10 reasons that women should play golf.

• Golfers Live Longer: Now that’s a great start! Five years longer according to a Swedish study.

• Golf Keeps You Trim: Golf is a great way to stay in shape, with a round of golf consuming 1,500 calories if you walk. Golf also stimulates your creativity, problem-solving and strategic thinking.

• Golf Gets a Girl Ahead: In today’s competitive business environment, women can’t afford NOT to play golf. Golf is one of the few sports that are widely accepted in the workplace as a way to quickly build relationships and close deals. Plus, executives who play golf make 17 percent more than those who don’t.

• Office Talk: When the water cooler talk turns to bogies and birdies, you’ll be able to participate and get invited to play. If you can talk about golf, all of a sudden you have a reason to talk to the CEO or your boss two levels above you.

• Golf Has Fun Clothing: Golf fashion is big business and you’ll enjoy some amazing options.

 

• Golfers Make Friends Easily: Golf is a great, low-stress way to make new friends and generate new leads for your business.

• Quality Time: Where else can you have four hours of quality time with your boss, colleagues, prospects, husband or kids, away from the stress of modern living?

• Great Recreational Value: Golf is really a great value when compared to many other activities.

• Golf Gives You a Reason to Travel: There are so many amazing and beautiful courses around the world, golf gives you the perfect excuse to go visit!

 

• Golf is Like Sex: You don’t actually have to be that good at it to enjoy it. Only 10 percent of all golfers actually score below 100.  So relax, and have fun, as you are most likely in the majority.

Here’s our golf tip of the week from Robert Gates, PGA professional at Maywood:

If you dread the sand like most players, here is a quick tip to help you get ball up and out of the bunker with ease.

The first step is to open the clubface way up to allow the sole of the sand wedge to work properly. Imagine that you could balance a glass of water on the clubface. To accommodate for such an open clubface, a right-handed player would then have to align their body well left of the target and have the club face aligned with the target. Play the ball in the front of your stance near your front foot, and get your hands low and even with the ball. Hands too far forward will make you come in too steep and dig too much into the sand.

Now that you are set up correctly, swing left of the target in the direction your body is aligned, and allow the open clubface to send the ball towards the target.

Imagine that as your hands get back to even with the ball in the downswing, you allow the club to past your hands and swing hard enough to throw the sand on the green. Practice controlling the size of your divots to just a little bit bigger than a dollar bill.

Done correctly, the ball will be lifted high out of the bunker on a bed of sand, land soft and stop on a dime.

Several local golfers have placed in recent area tournaments.

Chad Borders captured the A flight in the Golfweek event played at the University Club. He had rounds of 77-74.

Dennis George/Doug Elliott placed third in the Senior Two-Man tournament played at the University Club. Tommy Reddick/Norman Spalding finished sixth.

Fred McMillen/Bill Harding finished third in the Legends Division of the same tournament.

League Results

Boones Butcher Shop Morning League

First place: Joe Judson/Byron Corbett (29.5 points)

Second: Tim Gilpin/Chris Gilpin (29)

Third: Danny Hayden/Larry Ball (24.5)

Low gross: Joe Judson, Chris Gilpin, and Tommy Reddick (tied with 36)

Low net: Denny Adams (31)

Closest to the hole: Mike Wheatley (#2) and Alex Hey (#7)

Boones Butcher Shop Afternoon League

First place: Bard Wise/Jamie Dugan (29.5 points)

Second: Alan Cecil/Wally Bowling (29)

Third: Donnie Hamilton/Danny Nally (28)

Low gross: Joe Judson (36)

Low net: Alan Cecil (28)

Closest to the hole: Robbie Adams (#2) and Danny Hayden (#7)

Bud Light Women’s League

First place: Peggy Stallings/Cindy Collins, Marie Barnes/Connie Edelen, and Paula Burkot/Vicki Renisch (tie)

Low gross: Joan Rizer (39)

Low net: Marie Barnes and Cindy Collins (tied with 30)

Maywood Men’s League

First place: Willie Edelen/Logan Edelen (12 points)

Second: Russ King/Mark St. Peter (10)

Third: Wes Bradley/Tim Hockensmith and Dennis George/Tommy Reddick (9.5)

Low gross: Mick Spalding, Eric Walker, and Chad Riggs (even-par 36)

Low net: Roger Ewing (30)

Closest to the hole: “Par 3 Fred” McMillen (#5) and Wes Bradley (#8)

OKH Men’s League

First place: Richie Berry/Denny Berry and Francis Smith/Ron Shrewsbury (tied with 6 points)

Third place: Bryan Mouser/Duke Fletcher (5.5)

Low gross: Bryan Mouser (1-under par 34)

Low net: Bob Grady (28)

Closest to the hole: Ron Shrewsbury (#7)

Dennis George is a contributing writer for The Kentucky Standard and can be reached at dmg11854@gmail.com.