The First Tee Links of Maine kicks off new season at RGC — The cost of the program for students is only $60 for the six-week program. Scholarships are available. For more information, to register a child, or volunteer, call Rockland Golf Club at 594-9322 or Jim Povec at 704-280-7595.
Sugarloaf Golf Club named Maine’s best by Golfweek —The ranking marks the first time in more than a decade that Sugarloaf has landed atop the Golfweek rankings. Belgrade Lakes, Sunday River, Kebo Valley, and Ledges rounded out the top five in this year’s rankings.
How it works: Zurich Classic team format —The new 72-hole stroke play format: Players from the PGA TOUR Priority Rankings who commit to the tournament will choose his partner. Foursomes (alternate shot) during the first and third rounds and Four-Ball (best ball) during the second and fourth rounds. We like Beef and Reifers…
Maine Senior Tour Tee Times —Thanks to the Maine State Golf Association for compiling this list. Players are encouraged to use the MSGA Message Board to find a player to fill out their group if one more is needed. This is also the best way for an individual to find a group to join up with.
Maine Golf Course Openings —The list grew over this past weekend! Send news of course openings to us in the Comments Section below!
‘This is the worst vandalism I’ve ever seen’ —Environmentalist extremists dump a banned, toxic herbicide that stays in the ground for five years, on 14 greens at a golf course to protest what they imagine to be the environmental sins committed by golf courses. Are we the only ones who see the irony in that?
Gorham Country Club Set to Open — Gorham Country Club will open their front nine for the 2017 season on Wednesday, April 26th. The driving range is open, irons only, from 9-5 with the last bucket out at 4:30.
44 States, Canada to Host Local Qualifying for 117th U.S. Open — Several U.S. Open champions have advanced to the championship through both local and sectional qualifying. Tom Kite, Johnny Miller, Corey Pavin, Curtis Strange, Lee Trevino and Fuzzy Zoeller. Nearest to Maine: Thursday, May 11 Pinehills G.C. (Nicklaus Course), Plymouth, Mass.; Tuesday, May 16 Crumpin-Fox Club, Bernardston, Mass.
And here’s your Sunday Morning Golf Lesson, from Eddie Munster:
Why Josh Duhamel won’t play golf with Mark Wahlberg —Let’s all play golf like Mark Wahlberg! “Before we started the movie this time around, I was all excited to play golf with Mark, get some rounds in, but he is up way too early,” Duhamel said in a recent interview with Men’s Journal. “And he plays ‘power rounds’ of golf, which means he is running from one shot to the next. That is what he does for cardio. Then on top of that, he works a full day. The dude is a beast.”
Global Golf Post —A worthy golf publication. If you haven’t seen it, check them out!
Opinion: Death watch: How much longer can golf survive? —We’ve come across too many articles like this lately, and most originating from Oregon-based writers, it seems. What is it with Oregon and golf? Most of it seems to be a hostility toward the Rules of Golf, which are likely misunderstood. Anyway, golf IS hard, and people who pen nasty opinions toward it, like Mr. Notte, might be less miserable if they just took up snooker… oh wait, too many rules in snooker. Think us harsh? An excerpt: “There is no second coming of Tiger Woods. There is no burgeoning generation of children longing to play a four-hour game filled with nitpicky, self-policing rules. There is no city in the U.S. willing to trade density and tax ratables for divots and rough. If golf has little to offer this country but televised shots of manicured greens and galleries and living rooms of cranky, aging diehards, then it should prepare to take a seat beside horse racing among U.S. sports antiques.”
Golf has the worst rule in all of sports, but it’s not the one you’re thinking of —The rules debate continues. Not to sound too curmudgeonly, but we think this aggressive assault on the Rules of Golf seems consistent with other cultural declines of civility dominating the headlines of late. Let golf serve as a bulwark against… nah, nevermind all that noise, let’s just go play some golf! The author makes our point: “Signing your scorecard is considered one of those virtuous tenets of golf, a sport obsessed with its own sense of honor and fair play. It’s also a task that’s been made completely obsolete at the professional level, when every shot is tallied in real-time with distance and proximity to the green along with, at some tournaments, velocity, launch angle and whatever other stats that can be accrued from a dude holding a laser. Why is golf still relying on a playing partner’s penciled-in numbers? That’s not the way the score is kept during the round, so why is it gospel after it? This isn’t 1950.”
Phones are changing everything, including golf on the course —We’ve seen this at our local driving range… “Go to any PGA Tour stop driving range, and you’re sure to see caddies, golfers and instructors huddled around an iPhone breaking down the mechanics of a player’s swing. I’ve even seen caddies on their bellies shooting a player’s putting stroke for evaluation later on.”
Golf museum director to discuss how presidents played the game —The first president to play was William Howard Taft. Only three presidents since Taft (Herbert Hoover, Harry Truman and Jimmy Carter) didn’t play golf at all. Woodrow Wilson logged more than 1,000 rounds while in office. He rarely broke 100. Calvin Coolidge usually required double-digit shots on each hole. Before Franklin D. Roosevelt contracted polio, he was club champion at Campobello Island Golf Club. That’s nearly in Maine!
Trying to Learn How to Play Golf? Read These Tips First —A collection of useful tips from pros around the nation’s capitol. “Zen Golf. The Secret of Golf. The Golfer’s Mind. The Science of the Perfect Swing. Those are just a few of the many books about the sport. Perhaps A.A. Milne, author of Winnie-the-Pooh, summed it up best: “Golf is so popular simply because it is the best game in the world at which to be bad.”
And, if you ARE learning to play, DON’T be this guy!
Golf Scramble to Support LifeFlight of Maine —Maine is the second most rural state by population density in the United States. LifeFlight of Maine helicopters, flying at 165 miles per hour, bring lifesaving equipment and critical care nurses and paramedics to emergency scenes and small, rural hospitals throughout the state. Join the fundraising Golf Scramble June 26th at Martindale Country Club.
Five courses that put the green back in golf —Hundreds of golf facilities across the U.S. are designated as sanctuaries. They limit pesticides, enhance habitats and institute green initiatives such as solar-powered carts and geothermal clubhouses. Many reclaim water, use the natural environment and promote eco-friendly practices to players.
Masters 2017: Sergio García Finally Wins First Major Title —“It is unquestionably the high mark of García’s career, but his first major title may not even be the highlight of his year. In July, he is set to wed Angela Akins, whom he met when she was an on-air reporter for Golf Channel. Akins, who played golf at Texas Christian, affixed Post-it notes with sunny messages in places like the bathroom mirror where García was sure to see them.”
How Much Better A Golfer Can You Become In 12 Days? Much Better —Turns out, game improvement is more about the quality than the quantity of time you put in. In other words, the two hours you spent mindlessly hammering drives till your hands went numb probably won’t drop your scores. Starting with simple skills, like putting and chipping technique and basic ball-striking moves, will set you up for more success.
Anderson Finds Trust in Srixon Golf Balls —University golf coach puts Srixon in team’s bag. “I tried a lot of different golf balls and some felt ok but would get sticky after a while.” Anderson said. “I like how the XV you can play 18 one day with the same ball and feel confident taking that same ball out the next day for another 18.” We’re lucky if we get the same ball around an entire 18!
Rock’s Best Handicappers —Sometimes even some of the world’s greatest rockers need a break from their busy schedules of debauchery. Some invest their off time in fine wines, businesses, acting, or other arts, while others will happily try to take each other down in the calming sport of golf!