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Tee Time

May 8, 2012
By John Wickline , The Inter-Mountain

Mike Rogers' Tee Time Tips

Watch Your Backswing to Hit it Straighter: My son Jeremy, who plays collegiate golf for Marshall University, is now home for the summer and is having some trouble hitting his driver consistent. We went out on the course today, and I watched him hit a few balls with his driver and other clubs. I found that he was swinging the club inside on the backswing. This caused him to trap the club behind him and either pull-hook it if he started the downswing with his shoulders or push-fade it when he does not get the club back to catch up with his torso turn. My findings were confirmed with a video clip of his swing.

The correction for this "trapping" on the backswing is to swing the golf club on your backswing in a "line" that appears from the view of the player as though it is pushing to the outside of the target line.

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The sixth hole at Stonewall Resort is a par-4 that plays anywhere from 106 to 166 yards.

However you will really be swinging straight back instead of to the inside. This will allow the left shoulder to turn in under the chin and then allow you to swing the club properly.

Tee Time Tip of the Week: Watch your backswing. Swing the club back as if it appears to be outside the target line, and you can hit it straighter.

Upcoming Tournaments

Canaan Valley holds a Wednesday Night Scrambler, a 9-hole, mixed event that changes its format weekly. Players should register at the clubhouse by 4:45 p.m., after which teams will be selected. Tee-off is scheduled for 5 p.m., and the cost is $22 per person. Prizes will be awarded for best scores and closest to the pin. For more information, call the pro shop at 304-866-4121, ext. 2632.

The Christian Golf Association of Northcentral West Virginia will be hosting golf outings at the Riverbend Golf Course at 5 p.m. on May 10, at Canaan Valley at 1 p.m. on May 12, at the Buckhannon Country Club at 5 p.m. on May 14, at the Riverbend Golf Course at 5 p.m. on May 24 and at Stonewall Resort at 2 p.m. on May 26. For more information on joining this group, call 304-472-4047.

The Highlands at Fisher Mountain Golf Club in Franklin will host a benefit golf tournament for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation at 9 a.m., May 12. Entry fee for the four-man scramble is $90 per person, which includes green fees, cart, dinner and prizes. Golfers must register by April 20. For more information, call 540-478-4326.

Tournament ResultsThe team of Steve Johnson, Charlie Hayhurst, Phil Messenger and Brad Roberts combined to shot a 66 to win the Christian Golfers Association of Northcentral West Virginia's April 21 outing at the Stonewall Resort. Second place went to the team of Phil Austin, Jeff Zickefoose and Roger Helmick and the team of Don Swisher, Gene Bryant, Steve Lee and Jim Hurst, both of which fired a 71.

The long drive award went to Travis Randolph. The longest putt was made by Bryan Smith.

The winning team for the May 2 Wednesday Night Scramblers at Canaan Valley was the threesome of Doug Toothman, Chris Wyatt and Brandyn Hamrick. Calvin Dearborn won the Closest to the Pin award on Hole No. 4.

The Christian Golfers Association of North-central West Virginia held its first outing of season April 12 at the Bel Meadows Golf Course.

Bryan Smith, Scott Bennett, Don Swisher, Harry Grose - 74.

Clay Persinger, Ezra Richards, Don Neman, Charlie Underwood - 77.

Bob Withers, Ellnora Withers, Natalie Hinkle, Mike Hinkle - 78.

Charlie Straley, Jeff Zickefoose, Ken Riffle - 79.

Ron Lamb, Bob Krithbaum, Steve Liptak, Roger Helmick - 80.

Closest to the pin No. 3 - Steve Liptak.

Longest drive No. 18 -Charlie Underwood.

Parting Shot

Never leave your opponent with the sole responsibility for thinking of all the things that could go wrong with his shot.



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