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Tee Time

July 31, 2012
By John Wickline - Staff Writer ( , The Inter-Mountain

Tee Time Tip

WHO SAYS YOU NEED EXPENSIVE TRAINING AIDS: Practicing your putting techniques is something on which many golfers place little emphasis. Other than whacking a few putts on the practice green while waiting to tee off, a lot of golfers take the shot for granted.

But if you think about it, putting is 50 percent of the game.

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The Inter-Mountain photo by John Wickline
The third hole at Bel Meadow Golf Course plays between 140 and 178 yards.

If you hit the green in regulation, you're supposed to take two putts per hole. Depending on the par of the hole, that's anywhere from 40 percent to 67 percent of the total score.

But before you rush out to the local pro shop to buy the putting aids, there is one very inexpensive way to hone your technique. All you need is your putter and a D battery.

The goal is to putt the battery in a straight line and avoid hitting the edges of the battery. If your stroke is off, the spin/roll of the battery will give you immediate feedback.

This drill should work toward improving your directional control.

Upcoming Tournaments

The Mountain State Forest Festival "Magic in the Mountains" golf tournament will be held on Saturday, Sept. 8 at the Elks Country Club.

Registration will start at 9 a.m. with a shotgun start at 10 a.m.

The tourney is a four-man scramble and is $55 per person. Lunch is included.

Several prizes will be awarded including a Chevrolet sponsored by Perormance Motors.

For more information contact the Elks Pro Shop at 636-9704.

The Canaan Valley Resort holds a weekly Wednesday Night Scrambler, a 9-hole mixed event that changes its format each week. Players should register at the clubhouse by 4:45 p.m., after which teams will be selected. The event begins at 5 p.m., and the cost is $22 per person.

The 14th annual St. Joseph's Foundation Charity Golf Tournament will be held Aug. 2 at Snowshoe Mountain's Raven Golf Club. Registration is at 9 a.m., and a shotgun start will be at 10 a.m. For more information, call 304-473-6819.

Stonewall Resort will host the annual Make A Wish tournament on Monday, Aug. 6.

The event begins with an 11:30 a.m. lunch, and golfers will tee off at 1 p.m. For more information, call 304-269-8823.

The Christian Golfers Association of North Central West Virginia will hold the following outings in August: at Riverbend Golf Course, 5 p.m., Aug. 2, 16 and 30; at Stonewall Resort, 2 p.m., Aug. 18.

The events are open to the public. For more information, call 1-304-472-4047.

Tournament Results

There was a three-way tie for first place in this week's scramble at Canaan Valley Resort. A match of cards was used to determine the winners.

Matching scores on every hole and finishing in a tie was the team of Steve Putnam, Pete Novallis, Fritz Corey and Nick Putnam and the team of Fred Roby, Dylan Reckart, Riley Barb and Hartley Holte.

Winning closest to the pin on No. 4 was Houston Schuler and on No. 6 was Alex Baird.

The team of Marcus Miller, Mel Booker and Milan Nypl won the Red, White and Blue Scramble on July 4 at the Canaan Valley Resort. Taking second place was the team of Steve Putnam, Glenn Patsy and Harley Holte. The team of Calvin Dearborn, Brady Moore and John Cooper finished third.

More than $4,000 was raised for the Children's Miracle Network and WVU Hospital at the Wal-Mart CMN Tournament at the Riverbend Golf Course.

Parting Shots

A ball you can see in the rough from 50 yards away is probably not yours. If there is a ball on the fringe and one in the bunker, yours will be in the bunker.

If both balls are in the bunker, yours will be in the footprint somebody forgot to rake.



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