Villa Roma Ready For Democrat Tourney
A lack of rain and dryness has effected a lot of course maintenance but continuous watering has kept the Villa Roma Golf Course ready to accept the challenge of our area's top amateur golfers at the 31st Annual Sullivan County Democrat two-man, better ball golf tournament.
PGA Golf Professional Matt Kleiner noted late last week that course watering has become very important and that this championship course will be "made a little more difficult during the Friday qualifying round."
Matt noted he tends to evenly distributes pin placements making 6 easy, 6 medium and 6 difficult and that pin placements will be different each day.
This premier tournament showcases the talents of the area's finest amateur golfers.
Built in the late 1980's and opened for play in 1988, the course features some of the best fairways and greens in the region and has been called by Golf Digest "A Little Slice of Heaven."
This par 71 course has a total yardage of 6,458 from the black tees and most golfing experts agree it is a perfect challenge for the expert. The front nine total 3,183 yards and the back nice totals 3,275 yards. From the blue tees its 3,000 yards on the front nine and 3,034 on the back nine.
The fairways, greens and tee boxes still offer excellent conditions..
The course was built by David Postlevaite.
Kleiner has been the PGA Golf Professional at the Villa since 1986 while the course was still under construction. He provides golf instruction by appointments which can be made at the pro shop.
Democrat golfers will find a Pro Shop that offers a complete selection of name brand men's and women's golf apparel and equipment including Nike, Slazenger, Gear for Sport, Titleist, Foot Joy, Callaway, Ping and Taylor Made.
The course also offers a driving range, putting greens and practice facilities.
The front nine of this course is very generous off the tee, but the greens must be read properly with their undulations.
Tournament golfers are encouraged to enjoy this beautiful layout and to take in the magnificent views of the countryside. . Their web site is www.villaroma.com
Full details on this 18-hole championship course and a play by play description of each hole is available on my website http://bght.blogspot.com
Rally For The Cure is about helping people who are committed to making an impact in the fight against breast cancer.
Rally is an awareness program that provides a simple platform for people to educate their friends, family and community about breast health and breast cancer.
Rally's volunteer organized golf events have communicated the important message that early detection saves lives to over 1.9 million people and have generated over $60 million for Susan G. Komen for the Cure since 1996.
The Tennanah Lake Golf & Tennis Club is hosting a Rally For The Cure Tournament on Friday, August 3.
Registration begins at 8:15 a.m.followed by a shotgun start at 9 a.m.
Teams can be all women, all men or coed.
The scramble format includes a continental breakfast, lunch after golf and prizes.
Additional details can be obtained by calling Bret Reimer at 607-498-5000 or by email at email@example.com
Ed Townsend is a consultant to the sport of golf. If you have league scores, tournament info, a hole-in-one, scoring your age or any topic that you feel would make good reading Ed can be reached at 845-439-8177, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, by fax at 845-205-4474. View his column at http://bght.blogspot.com We are also on Facebook.
The Golf Tip
By Robert Menges
Prepare our mind for a better game.
We all have different ways of doing things on the golf course, which is why one technique or strategy might work for one person but not another.
For example, some of us will visualize the shot we want to hit in our mind, because it helps us execute the shot. For others, they have to experience the shot.
With that said ( or written, in this case), it never hurts to try something new. So here are several "pep talks" you can create to help build your confidence for the next round. After each round of golf, take 60 seconds to sit quietly and replay your three best shots of the round. Visualize them in slow motion and lock every detail into your memory. They'll come back to cheer you on in the future.
Tell someone about your best shot of the day, but never talk about your worst shots. Professionals can usually remember every shot during a tournament, but there is one shot they "just don't recall"--it's their worst shot. Let the bad shots go, and never, ever talk about them.
After every shot, remember to say, "great shot" and mean it when you say it. the results may not be exactly what you wanted, but the ball went where you hit it. So go and do it again.
Breathe before every shot or putt, remember to breathe deeply and softly. It will relax your whole body and allow you to focus on the task at hand.
Make it a part of your pre-shot routine to consciously expect a great shot. As you pull the club from your bag, smile. As you look down the fairway or line up your putt, smile. As you stand over the ball, smile. Expect the best.
Finally, but perhaps most importantly , have fun our there. Golf is a game. Yes, it can be very challenging and frustrating at times, but it is intended to be a form of enjoyment. Enjoy the day, the weather and the time with friends, Chances are, you'll enjoy the wonderful game of golf as well.
Robert Menges is the golf pro at the Swan Lake Golf & Country Club, Mt. Hope Road, Swan Lake. He is available for private lessons and if you have a question you would like covered, he can be reached at 845-292-0323 or via e-mail at email@example.com
The Putting Doctor
Tip Of The Week
By Joe Bermel
If you want to score well you must learn to putt well.
Without a doubt the #1 key is "organization of your mind."
To ask and answer the questions, "what are we going to do and how are we going to do it.
Remember the challenge in putting, in golf, and in sports in general is coordinating the mind and the body.
Joe Bermel is available for private lessons, group, corporate, organization and golf shows-tournaments. His special edition DVD "How To Putt Well" is available by calling 631-589-1384, at his web site www.ThePuttingDoctor.com or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org