Scoring From Greenside Bunkers

June 30, 2015

I thought we came up with a pretty good list of the world’s best bunker players in Advanced Elements of the Short Game: Tiger Woods (he’s not good at much of anything now), Jordan Spieth, Gary Player, Seve Ballesteros (who credited growing up along the beach in Spain for his amazing sand game), Tom Kite, Chi-Chi Rodridguez, Luke Donald, Rory McIlroy, Sergio Garcia, Phil Mickelson, Jason Day, and Ernie Els. Here…

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Sones to Appear On Golf Channel’s Morning Drive

June 30, 2015

Todd Sones is one of Golf Digest’s 50 Best Teachers in America and has been a Golf Magazine Top 100 Instructor every year since 1995. He also serves on the Golf Academy of America’s National Advisory Board and runs a golf school outside Chicago. This is a note from Todd’s most recent mailer that I thought I would pass along: I thought I would let our readership know that I have been…

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Dobson Ranch Golf Course

June 26, 2015

The land upon which Dobson Ranch Golf Course was built dates back to 1886 when Wilson Wesley Dobson emigrated to Arizona from Canada. Dobson chose wisely. As many as 20,000 head of cattle once roamed the land that is now Baseline Road, what many considered to be some of the best land in the state. The golf course sits on the original Dobson family homestead and the several acres that…

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Longbow Golf Club

June 26, 2015

Information on the history of Longbow Golf Club in north Mesa is a little hard to come by. The course website says the course was originally designed by Ken Kavanaugh (who also designed The Resort at Gold Canyon and Dell Urich in Tucson), but that it reopened in the fall of 2003 following a complete renovation and redesign. Apparently, Kavanaugh also directed the redesign, which added a clubhouse, lengthened the course to…

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Blogger Flashback: Junior Golf Tournaments

June 25, 2015

This morning, several of my Golf Academy classmates and I volunteered at the Junior Golf Association of Arizona’s Mesa City Junior Championship at Dobson Ranch. This is the same course where I used to go to practice when I took Introduction to Golf at Arizona State in the late 1990s. For whatever reason, we never had class at the ASU Karsten Golf Course (the school’s official course) just off campus, only…

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What Is Pulmonary Fibrosis?

June 24, 2015

I’ve said several times since I started blogging in January of this year that my wife, Zoë, is the main reason why I’m able to attend the Golf Academy of America and pursue my dream. Today in Verbal Communication Skills, I delivered the second of four types of speeches I have to give throughout the semester, an informative speech about pulmonary fibrosis. I chose this topic not only to help spread the word about this deadly…

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Skills Development: Scoring With Pitching

June 23, 2015

My favorite thing about the Golf Academy so far has been the outdoor Skills Development sessions we’ve had with PGA Professional Jay Friedman. This morning, my Advanced Elements of the Short Game class met at Ken McDonald Golf Course in Tempe for a hands-on discussion of the pitch shots we recently covered in Scoring With Pitching – specifically the punch and run, the hinge and hold, the pinch (or spin), and the cut…

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Omni Tucson National: Catalina Course

June 22, 2015

Professional golf has a long and storied history in Tucson. The PGA Tour has played here off-and-on since 1945, and The Chrysler Classic of Tucson was played at Omni Tucson National until 2006. The tournament was held at a number of courses before finally landing at Omni on the city’s west side – El Rio Golf & Country Club (1945-1962), Forty-Niner Country Club (1963-1964), and then Tucson National (1965-1980, with the exception of 1979 when…

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dbg on Golf

I wouldn’t call Dustin Johnson’s missed putt a choke. Those greens were terrible! But he should’ve taken a little more time and sank the putt. He’s a PGA pro.

June 22, 2015
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