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Tee Time

Mike Rogers’ Tee Time Tips

June 26, 2012
The Inter-Mountain

This past week at the West Virginia Open Golf Championship, I had the opportunity to play a practice round with three-time West Virginia Open champion Scott Davis. As the round progressed, we talked about everything in golf from the tee ball to the putt.

One big thing that I took away from the conversation was the importance of chipping the ball, and how it really helps with scoring. Now I know that a few weeks ago I wrote about chipping and getting the feeling of the underhand toss.

Today I want to continue the chipping theme and build on what was covered just a few weeks ago.

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One of the biggest things that Scott told me was that when he teaches players and when he chips, he thinks about chipping into a circle - not necessarily the circle known as the hole, but one that has a five-foot radius. If you think about it, when you chip to a circle with a five-foot radius, you actually have a 10 feet to "miss" the shot.

You have five feet in front of the hole and five feet behind the hole. You also have five feet to the left of the hole and five feet to the right of the hole. Therefore, you really don't have to hit a great shot to leave yourself with a very makeable putt. I know this sounds very simple, and it really is when you try to put you ball in that size of a circle.

In future tips we will cover more on chipping, but for now, remember, make that next chip to a five-foot radius circle and see your golf scores come down.

I am sure you are wondering if you didn't follow the West Virginia Open results online how my son Jeremy and I did this past week. Well, I played like I should be reading my tips and not writing on day one, shooting 83 and then making a charge to try and make the cut on day two of the event by shooting a 1-over par 72 to just miss the cut by two shots.

My son, on the other hand, fired rounds of 73-71-75 to finish tied for 22nd place overall and tied for 12th among all amateurs in the field.

I want to congratulate him on his fine play, and by virtue of his pla,y he is now exempt into the West Virginia Amateur Golf Championship coming up the first week of August at the famed Greenbrier Resort and is also exempt from qualifying into the 2013 West Virginia Open.

Hole in One

Scott Glover achieved a rare feat of making holes in 1 on consecutive days at the Highlands Golf Club at Fisher Mountain near Franklin last week.

Glover aced the par-3, No. 2 with a 7-iron on Thursday, and he came back the next day and aced the same hole with a 9-iron.

Tournament Results

The team of Houston Schuler, Bill Smith and Murray Dearborn won the weekly Wednesday Night Scrambler at the Canaan Valley Resort. Chris Wyatt took the closest to the pin honors on the fourth hole, and Glen Patsy won the award at the sixth hole.

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.

The Canaan Valley Resort will be hosting an 18-hole Red, White and Blue Scramble at 1 p.m., July 4. The cost of entry is $45 per golfer. Teams will be drawn based on the number of players. Call 304-866-4121, ext. 2632 by 12:45 p.m. on the day of the event to reserve a spot.

The Buckhannon-Upshur High School football and boys' basketball teams will hold the 2012 Buccaneer Golf Classic at 8:30 a.m., July 21 at the Bel Meadow Golf Club in Mount Clare. The cost is $60 per person or $240 per team, which includes lunch. Awards will be given to the top three teams, along with those for closest to the pin, longest drive, straightest drive and longest putt. For more information or to register, call 304-439-5584 or email

The Christian Golfers Association of Northcentral West Virginia will host the following outings in July: July 12 at Sunny Croft Country Club; July 19 at Riverbend Golf Course; July 23 at the Buckhannon Country Club; and July 28 at the Stonewall Resort. For more information on being a part of these events, call 304-472-4047.

The par-4, No. 7 at the Raven at Snowshoe Resort is seemingly carved from the mountain. Considered the third-toughest hole on the Gary Player designed layout, it plays anywhere from 296-420 yards. The key to scoring well on this hole is in the approach to the green. Missing to the right means a disaster, while missing to the left makes for a difficult chip to the green.

Parting Shots

When you select a club for a shot to the green, there are three possible outcomes: It's the right club, but you change your mind; It's the right club, but in the middle of your backswing, you decide it's the wrong club so you hit it too hard or too easy; or It's the wrong club.



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