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  1. 1. GOLFER Sierra Your guide to golf and life in the Sierra DECEMBER 2009 Kickin’ It Hang Gliding in Kauai No More Yips in 2010 in Kauai Tweeting with the Ambassador 10 Golfing Resolutions for 2010
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  3. 3. From the publisher Subscribe to GOLFER With the coming of the new decade and the Holidays Sierra upon us, I think now is the perfect time to relish and enjoy the gifts we already have such as family, friends and loved ones. This time of year also offers a perfect opportunity to Online reflect on our own lives, both personal and professionally. We may think back at our successes and failures over the last year and even the decade that is closing, and yet we are thankful for both as they equally warm and humble us as well. Personally, I have made a long journey over the past ten years, and not without a few bumps in the road that have made me stronger despite them. One thing I do know for sure, though, and that is yesterday is gone and tomorrow’s promise is yet uncertain. But today, my friends, I do have a handle on; and today I will enjoy to the best of my ability with my family, friends and colleagues. I may even call up an old buddy to see how he is doing. Then I’ll give my family a call and pass on some nice words to them as time allows. Just like on the golf course, however, I know the last shot is over and there is nothing I can do about it. There is no telling what kind of shot I will have in a couple of strokes from now. So I think I’ll concentrate with all my heart on this next one. As in golf, therefore, such is life. This very day is worthy of all my attention. I hope yours is as well. Best wishes to all in the coming year. Four generations of flooring expertise serving the Mother Lode! We promise you’ll love the way your new floor or window coverings look, or we’ll replace it FREE! 263 Main Street • Angels Camp 12900 Mono Way • Sonora (209) 736-8077 (209) 532-1696 Sierra Golfer - Holiday edition 2009 Page 3
  4. 4. GOLFER David Wood is an avid golfer and golf historian with an astonishing Sierra record for attendance at Major Golf Tournaments and other events, including 14 Open Championships, 7 Masters Championships, 16 U.S. Contributors Opens, 2 PGA Championships and 5 Ryder Cups. He has played in numerous Pro-Ams (even the Mercedes in Maui, the lucky so & so!), and has been paired with tour pros Tom Watson, Fred Couples, Davis love Table of Contents III, Scott McCarron, Scott Simpson, Bernhard langer, Gary Player, Chip Beck, John Cook and David Graham among others. He was leaderboard Chairman for the 1999 U.S. Senior Open and Senior Marshal at the 2006 Features Ryder Cup. The retired CeO of Wells Fargo Financial makes his primary residence in West Des Moines, Iowa, and plays to an 11.9 Index. David Kickin’ it in Kauai Page 6 can be reached at Powered Hang Gliding On Kauai Page 22 Ben Kline is a sport psychology consultant based in Mill Valley, Ca., and is passionate about helping people improve performance on and off the sporting field. A former collegiate track athlete, avid golfer, classically Columns trained musician, and veteran of 23 years in the competitive high technology industry, Ben holds a Masters degree in Sport Psychology. Tweeting with the He enjoys working with amateur and professional athletes who desire Ambassador Page 11 to overcome impediments to peak performance or just want to increase enjoyment of their sport. Ben believes that our bodies have their own 10 Biggest Stories genius and that our thought patterns, beliefs and personal histories can Of the Decade Page 12 interfere with the manifestation of that brilliance on the sporting field. Information on Ben’s practice can be found at A Real Smart Glove Page 16 No Sympathy for the Yips Page 18 Jon Leland is a pioneer in communications and media and has helped companies grow their businesses for three decades. Articles about Jon Uncorking With and his work have been published in Business Week, Presentations, The Wine Guy Page 23 electronic Media, MPC World, PC Today, and San Francisco Business Times magazines. Jon is now a keynote speaker on the subject of “Win- 10 ways to improve your ning with ease: The power of stress-free performance as illustrated by Game for 2010 Page 24 life lessons learned from golf.” He plays to a 15.1 index. Jon blogs at More info on his work and his speak- Sierra Golf Guide Page 26 ing can be found at Brian Oar is a highly regarded travel writer and photographer. A longtime Salt lake City resident who lives there with his wife and family, Brian’s work has been published in many leading North American magazines. Brian can be reached at Ian Lenton is a freelance graphic designer and marketing executive. After closing his advertising agency in Sydney, Australia, Ian made his way to Asia making his home in Phuket, Thailand. Here Ian produces a wide range of marketing material and activites for customers around the world with a high percentage of clients being from the golfing industry. Ian can be reached at Brian Vanderbeek is a Sportswriter and is currently nursing his 5.9 handicap index at Stevinson Ranch, but Brian’s a Dutchman so don’t ask Sierra Golfer Magazine him to play for money . Rick Rider PUBlISHeR - Brian Klassen a wine connoisseur, markets and sells fine wines from Australia and New Zealand as well as from his home region, the Sierra Ian lenton Foothills. Brian hand selects wine properties representing the finest ART DIReCTION - in winemaking skill and creativity. The owners and winemakers of all PO Box 444 brands in his portfolio have worked closely with Brian through the years Angels Camp, CA 95222 with the goal of sharing with customers the distinct flare for life found 209.327.8934 both Down Under and in the Sierra’s. Brian can be reached at brian@ and his web address is Sierra Golfer - Holiday edition 2009 Page 5
  5. 5. laid-back ‘Garden Isle’ offers one of the most enticing destinations in the world for the mind, body & soul. Page 6 Sierra Golfer - Holiday edition 2009
  6. 6. Heading to a “fantasy island” golf destination like Kauai for the first time conjures curious thoughts and giddy anticipation of the tropical treats to come. This small island with a big soul delivers from the moment you step off an airplane. Wide smiles, friendly alohas, sweet smelling leis, and warm, caressing trade winds greet visitors – as does a soothing vibe which quickly replaces stress. Kauai Marriott Resort & and 6 holes from the former Maile few holes into the round you realize Beach Club, Kauai Lagoons Course. Albeit a hybrid of the two, you’re on an outstanding design. And the quality of golf remains superb for good reason. Puakea was a 10- Golf Club while the remaining holes are being hole, truncated oddity for nearly 10 The airport in lihue – on the south renovated. Top-notch service and years after Hurricane Iniki wreaked side of the island – is literally next door immaculate course conditions are havoc on Kauai in 1992. Between to the Jack Nicklaus-designed Kauai the norm, and the golf experience is then and when AOl co-founder Steve lagoons Golf Club, the beautiful Kauai highlighted by hole nos. 5 and 6, which Case purchased the course and had Marriott Resort & Beach Club and the traverse through a mango forest. The Nelson complete his design, Nelson planned Ritz-Carlton Residences. lush signature 16th hole hugs the coastline played the course roughly 20 times. acreage filled with tropical foliage and namesake lagoons proliferate and has a green that sits on lava rock He became intimately acquainted with throughout the grounds, and local near a famous lighthouse overlooking the prevailing trade winds and used building codes dictate structures be Nawiliwili Harbor. The spectacular this insight when completing Puakea. “no higher than the tallest coconut scenery and natural beauty of Kauai As a result the wind is a significant tree”. This ensures unobstructed are on full display while playing golf atfactor to be reckoned with, making for views of panoramic mountain scenery Kauai lagoons. a delightful, demanding round. and the turquoise and blue Pacific. A The back nine of Puakea is perhaps convenient 5-minute shuttle ride to the “hidden gem” of Kauai, each hole the resort is a welcome amenity. Puakea Golf Course flowing seamlessly with the land, Originally 36 holes, Kauai lagoons This Robin Nelson-designed layout offering up-close mountain views currently consists of 12 holes from is located mere minutes from the adjacent to where many Hollywood the former Kiele Golf Course, ranked Marriott. While the cover of this “book” films were shot (including “Jurassic among the Top 100 courses in the U.S. doesn’t impress when pulling into the Park”). Nelson offers numerous risk- by several national golf magazines, “clubhouse” (a double-wide trailer), a reward shots throughout, keeping Sierra Golfer - Holiday edition 2009 Page 7
  7. 7. concentration high throughout the last surrounded by interiors reflecting complementary. eighteen of the 27 putt on 18 is a must. Kauai’s rich abundance, cuisine that Makai holes are nearing renovation celebrates local flavors and an array of completion by RTJ Jr., who has a activities as thrillingly diverse as the home on the beach which you can see The St. Regis Princeville island itself. experiencing Princeville from the Prince Course. The third nine Resort, was unforgettable for me – never (Woods Course) offers another fun Princeville Golf Courses before had a hotel room taken my golf option. Tee time reservations will Perched on the northern shore of breath. But the view – of Hanalei be accepted beginning mid-December the “Garden Isle”, this glorious new Bay and the towering, iconic cliffs of 2009, and opening day of the renovated resort (formerly the Princeville Hotel) famed “Bali Hai” (from the 1957 movie 18 is set for January 16, 2010. underwent a stunning metamorphosis classic “South Pacific”, also called Mt. A highlight of the course renovation before reopening in October 2009. Makana) – rendered me speechless. includes installing Seashore Paspalum located in the 9,000-acre resort And the accommodations are elegant turf on tees, fairways and greens. This community of Princeville at Hanalei, with all the modern conveniences is a salt- and drought-tolerant turf this ocean side enclave provides – overhead bed lamps activated by variety, hence, eco-friendly given that residents and visitors all the amenities touch anyone? less water and chemicals are required you would expect from a St. Regis, one Two excellent Robert Trent Jones to maintain excellent conditions. of only 18 in the elite Starwood brand Jr.-designed courses await golfers Other renovation hallmarks include worldwide. at Princeville – the Prince (18 holes) lengthening the course; adding some Guests of The St. Regis Princeville and Makai Golf Club (27). While new, strategic bunkers; and crafting Resort reside in tropical sophistication, starkly different they prove remarkably an enhanced practice area. Page 8 Sierra Golfer - Holiday edition 2009
  8. 8. The Prince Course garners a king’s on 210 beach and cliff front acres, the lavish pampering, combined they make share of the attention at Princeville. golf course is nothing short of a living for a very different atmosphere for a This famous layout – known for its “painting”. It’s so gorgeous as to be massage. light breezes, an ambient jungle golf brilliance – consistently distracting. And the golf ain’t bad running waterfall, and top-notch ranks among the top 100 golf courses either! In fact, it’s so good that the service complete one of the finest spa nationally and No. 1 in Hawaii. As PGA Grand Slam of Golf was played amenities I have ever seen. mind-bending and mesmerizing as it here from 1994-2006. The closing As if the courses and resorts is, Makai arguably boasts the best hole stretch of holes, which run parallel to previously described aren’t enough, of the 45 at Princeville. The signature the Pacific atop 150-foot-high cliffs, consider the destination in general! 7th hole is a par 3 which stretches are particularly memorable. Kauai is colored by lush, numerous to 213 yards from the back tees and As an admitted golf junkie, I am shades of green – flora and fauna requires tee shots carry an ocean cove not usually one for exchanging world- blanket the mountains and juxtapose lush with vegetation. Fortunately for class golf for a trip to the spa. However, brilliantly with the turquoise Pacific less-skilled players there are enough the Grand Hyatt’s Anara Spa, with the Ocean, white clouds and blue skies. tee boxes such that mid-irons can be treatments and amenities offered, Buffeted by entrancing trade winds, plenty of club. is worth it. Testament to its quality the island offers more than 50 miles Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & can be found via Travel & leisure of white sand beaches – more beach Spa, Poipu Bay Golf Course magazine, which ranks it the No. 3 per mile than any other island in spa in the country. Anara offers a host Hawaii. Only four percent of the In 1990, RTJ Jr. added to his Kauai of Hawaiian treatments, including island is developed for commercial collection at Poipu Bay Golf Course the signature massage “lomi lomi” and residential use. on the island’s south “sunny” side. meaning “to touch with loving hands”. In conjunction with the Grand Hyatt The lomi lomi can be experienced ___________________________ Kauai Resort & Spa, they created in the new outdoor garden spa, one of the world’s best golf resorts. consisting of lush tropical foliage and To begin discovering Kauai, visit Numerous accolades, awards and five thatched roof huts all with calming “best-of” titles have propelled the treatment rooms. The secluded huts are golfing/ resort to international acclaim with equipped with their own private lava- or call 800-262-1400. numerous travel publications. Situated rock showers and baths for additional ___________________________ Sierra Golfer - Holiday edition 2009 Page 9
  9. 9. The Ambassador of ease by Jon Leland While few of us will ever get “inside the ropes” on the PGA Tour (or the lPGA Twitter Opens a New for that matter), there is a new way to get unprecedented access to many Channel for Golf... & Fun of the top pros and their lives both on and off the course. Surprisingly, this new communication channel is opening 140 characters at a time via the latest My Golf Twitter list Internet social media rage, Twitter. Now, several months later, I’m pretty impressed with the A-list assortment of pro golfers and others that I’ve developed into my own Golf Twitter list, which The one-Question Interview you too can follow if you’d like. I’ll offer you a who’s who Tour Twitter list to the right, but first I want to share As you might imagine it’s a mixed bag. I wonder things like, “Does Ian Poulter my wonderful initiation into golf celebrity really need to tweet in pink colored type?” and “Does Corey Pavin’s Ryder Cup tweeting, and that came in the form of a oriented handle, @RC_CAPTAIN_2010, really need to be all caps?” one-question interview with the lPGA’s fun-loving Christina Kim. While @booweekley looks like a PR agent’s work and @TigerWoods is worse than that, @Tadd_Fujikawa and @Y_e_Yang feel real. You just never know Christina, or @TheChristinaKim as she what kind of personal stuff is going to pop up, but there’s no question that is known on Twitter, was one of the first there’s a behind the scenes view of these guys and gals that we never had PGA/lPGA touring pros that I discovered who were clearly being themselves on before and which I do enjoy. From Davis love III’s (@love3d) Bible references to Twitter. I found myself wanting to ask posted pics of @ThePCreamer’s new hairdo. From where @PGA_JohnDaly had her something and also wondering if I dinner to @themichellewie’s ecstasy over passing her Stats Final at Stanford. would get a response. So, with nothing From @ANNIKA59 saying “GReAT to be home!” to mentions of where almost to lose, I asked a question relevant to all of them are teeing it up on any given day. this column, “How do you keep it so light? I’m a total hacker focusing on fun You can check the current state of these golf peeps’ tweets (without even & ease, and I still find myself takin golf needing a Twitter account) by visiting my Golf Twitter list at: http://twitter. way too seriously.” com/joncombridges/golf low and behold, she responded in less I’m following only the PGA and lPGA pros who I find interesting. Unlike other than 24 hours with as authentic and lists, my list is not “everything Golf” (which is an actually someone else’s list). uplifting an answer as I can imagine. In addition to touring pros, my selections to follow on this list also include @ Her answer was addressed as a direct message to my Twitter account, @ The_Masters, eSPN golf columnist @JasonSobel and @TweetPGA who seems joncombridges. She said, “life is far to be a fan just full of PGA News. But on the other hand, I skipped @PGATOUR too grand and short to not enjoy it and because it’s just too much PR noise, but kept in this magazine’s editor @Rick_ relish in every swing, good or bad. every Rider for obvious reasons. moment, really!!!” enjoy. For me, following golf and the Tours had instantaneously become more fun. Sierra Golfer - Holiday edition 2009 Page 11
  10. 10. Top Ten By Rick Rider Biggest Stories of the Decade The first decade of the 21st Century was a big one in professional golf. And that statement might be the understatement of the decade. And while the decade that is about to close might arguably be known as the Decade of the Tiger, there were many stories that were compelling and captivating…surprising and not so surprising, and some that were heartwarming and others heartbreaking. A few were downright embarrassing. So let’s get to it. My 10 biggest golf stories of the decade. 10. Asian ladies dominate 9. Americans win back the ized the USA teams fun approach as the lPGA…then sent to Cup, in Hollywood-style he galloped off the first tee on the last day of the event riding his driver like a Grammar school fashion pony. Great stuff. In the end, Team USA won the 2008 As the Asian ladies began dominat- After losing the Ryder Cup to the Ryder Cup with a team full of relative ing the lPGA Tour in the mid-point of europeans in 2004 and 2006, by wide unknown but gritty and gutsy players the decade, it became apparent that margins, and also having won only by a comfy 5 point margin. there was no end to the talent coming one of the last 6 events, a lot of golf All was certainly well in the golfing over from Asia and absolutely domi- fans didn’t give the Americans much world on that Ryder Cup Sunday. nating the ladies tour. In fact, since of a chance to bring the 2008 Ryder 2004, seven women’s major champi- Cup back to the States. onships have been won by seven dif- After all, the Americans were Tiger- 8. 59 year old Tom Watson ferent Korean women, and that is a less due to injury, and had a team full falls short in 6th British heck of an accomplishment. Three of of relative no-names and Cup rookies. open bid the four majors in 2008 were won by Players like J.B. Holmes, Boo Weekley Asian players and by 2009, 47 Koreans and an aging, dare I say, Kenny Perry My #8 story of the decade might played on the lPGA and on any given did not seem to indicate that the Amer- just be the #1 story of 2009…or the week, half of the top 30 players on the icans had a powerhouse of a team. story that should have been. Rolex World Rankings are Asian. Captain Paul Azinger had a few The Ailsa Course at Turnberry has But what the heck possessed the tricks up his sleeve, however. Actually, been the site of many historic golf lPGA to announce a new rule in Au- tricks do not do Mr. Azinger justice, as battles through the years including gust of 2008 that would have required he formulated a strategy that included the great duel between Jack Nicklaus lPGA players to pass english profi- drawing up a new point system and and a young but tough as nails golfer ciency tests in order to compete on the grouping his players in four-man pods named Tom Watson in 1977. If mem- lPGA Tour? I couldn’t believe what I according to personality type, which ory serves me, Watson beat Nicklaus was hearing at the time and knew that built familiarity during practice rounds. by one stroke after he finished 65-65 this wasn’t right. Well, sure enough Brilliant! in his last two rounds. Nicklaus shot the oncoming storm didn’t take long in But when it was all said and done, 65-66 in his last two rounds that cul- protest, deservedly so I might add, and the Americans simply outplayed the minated in making par from a bush on the policy was immediately rescinded euros at every opportunity, and had a the last hole and holing out a 35 foot by the lPGA and not without plenty of lot of fun doing it. Boo Weekley, who putt, thus forcing Watson to make a 4 embarrassment they so deserved. was unbeaten in the event, symbol- foot tester to win the Championship. Page 12 Sierra Golfer - Holiday edition 2009
  11. 11. Watson would go on to win 5 Brit- Still, I knew we had a problem. As he got his ‘majors monkey’ off his ish Opens through the years; one short Watson hurried his par putt and made back finally. of the record six Open victories by the probably his worst stroke of the week, Mickelson would win another ma- great Harry Vardon. however, I knew he still had a chance jor in 2005 at the PGA Championship Coming to the 2009 Open at Turn- to pull this thing off, as he and Cink at Baltusrol GC, and another Masters berry, a 59 year old Tom Watson had headed off to their 4-hole playoff. win in 2006. 2006 however would deal great memories and very few expec- But alas, this story was not to be as Phil with his biggest major blunder tations. After shooting 65 in the first Tom hit nothing but poor shots by his at the Winged Foot Club in New York round, however, stories of a swansong standard on every hole in the playoff, where Phil was a fan favorite in this victory by Watson began circulating the worst of which was a pulled tee year’s US Open. rapidly. Could this miracle really be ball on the second playoff hole and Several US Opens have gotten possible? After all, Tom Watson is one ultimately a lost ball. By then it was away from Phil in the past, and after of the greats of the game and liked by over. Cink cruised to victory, and a playing well all week, he was poised all. great victory it was for him. to capture his 4th major of his career But could he really recreate the But as I watched Tom congratulate as he stepped onto the 18th tee and magic of his victory here over 30 years Stewart at the awards ceremony, I his 72nd hole needing a par to win, ago? couldn’t help but see the disappoint- and a bogey to get into a playoff. I can tell you as a huge fan of Tom ment in Tom’s eyes. That look was in As tragic comedies go, this one Watson that he was within one swing my eyes as well. One or two swings ranked right up there as Phil pushed of what would have been one of the would have created a far different out- his driver into a hospitality tent, then great golf stories of all time. come. tried to hit a miracle recovery right into Tom Watson stood on his 72nd tee Sometimes the story doesn’t end a tree and ended up making 6 to give of his favorite Championship, needing the way we’d like. the Championship away. It was pain- only a par to win a record tying 6th ful to watch. British Open. I remember it like it was 7. Phil Mickelson finally I think Phil summed the disaster yesterday. wins his first major…and up very succinctly by admitting, “I still He smoked his drive right down the am in shock that I did that. I just can’t throws another away middle and long on his last hole, and I believe I did that. I’m such an idiot.” It thought, Ok, he’s going to do it. The he happens. hit his 8 iron approach right on line but Phil Mickelson had been a stellar just through the green to the fringe collegiate and Amateur Champion. He 6. Michele Wie wins first just off the back. Uh-oh I thought. If won his first professional tournament as an amateur and joined the Tour in tournament as a pro he doesn’t pitch his third stone-dead, we have a problem. 1992 as the second coming of Jack Nicklaus. Michele Wie burst onto the profes- Stewart Cink, the cagey American The victories came as expected, but sional golf scene with much hype and journeyman who would love to win it wasn’t long before we started asking plenty of endorsements. She became the Open Championship and his first ourselves, ‘when is Phil going to win a the youngest player to qualify for a major, had some time earlier made a major?’ By Masters time in 2004, Phil USGA Amateur Championship at the brilliant birdie on the 18th to finish had been on tour for over ten years, age of 10 and the youngest winner of at -2. Watson was -3 when he semi- had more than his share of wins, but a US Public links Championship, as flubbed his approach pitch from the no majors still by that point. well as the youngest to qualify for an fringe on 18 to about 8 feet past the Well, after draining a tricky 18 foot lPGA tour event. hole. Uh-oh I said to myself again. putt on the last hole of the 2004 Mas- Unfortunately, Michele was not Still, 8 feet to his victory…and a ters, giving us his patented George without controversy in her young ca- story that no one in the golfing world Costanza victory jump and defeating reer as well. Most notably were her could have predicted prior to this ernie els by one stroke, Phil had his disastrous efforts in her attempts at Open. And, Watson had putted fabu- first green jacket and first major. And playing with the men on the PGA Tour lously all week. Sierra Golfer - Holiday edition 2009 Page 13
  12. 12. and other men’s professional events venues were to his liking, and when Invitational in Fort Worth, Texas, she around the world before her 20th he won by an unprecedented 15 shots had established herself as one of the birthday. at Pebble beach at the 2000 US Open premier lady golfer of our time. There were plenty of other stories with a record score of 12 under par, Having won more golf tournaments of poor decision-making by this talent- something special was in the golfing than any other lady in the 1990’s, An- ed golfer. Whether or not these poor air. nika had already qualified for the decisions were hers or made by her Then Tiger won the British Open by World Golf Hall of Fame in only her 7th team is really irrelevant at this point. 8 shots with a record score of 19 under year on the lPGA Tour, though her in- The fact is Michele persisted in try- par. Then he edged out Bob May in a duction was to be in 2003 because of ing to play with the men while never 3 hole playoff to win the PGA Champi- the ten-year rule. winning on the ladies tour, and by and onship. That win capped off the year So when she was invited to play in large her performance with the men with 3 majors to Tiger’s credit, a feat the 2003 men’s Colonial tournament, were far from impressive. only he and the great Ben Hogan had the news was neither surprising nor 2009 was a different story as Mi- achieved. without controversy aplenty. Most chele finally qualified herself into the Tiger wasn’t finished in his majorsfans loved the prospect of watching lPGA for the first time, after turning march as the Masters rolled around the greatest lady player of the time pro 4 year earlier. She also left her the next year in April of 2001. It was playing against the men. Some of the Hollywood Talent Agency who had a secret to no one that had Tiger won players had a problem though. Most represented her since turning pro and there last year, he would have com- notable was a very vocal Vijay Singh, joined the IMG sports agency. Maybe pleted the calendar Slam. Tiger knew who stated that she had no business she was growing up a bit, as 2009 was in his mind that if he won the Masters playing and that he hoped she missed the year that Michele Wie would win in 2001, he would hold all 4 majors at the cut. Singh later apologized. her first professional tournament at the same time, which is exactly what Ultimately Annika would miss the the lorena Ochoa Invitational. he did, and thus achieving the Tiger cut due to a balky putter, but proved It was Wie’s 81st professional tour- Slam. she could play with the men as she nament and her 66th lPGA Tour event, As one writer summed it up…”His led the field in driving accuracy, was and the collective sigh of relief by her 2000 was the greatest year ever in in the top 20 in greens in regulation, and the lPGA could be heard ‘round golf. He changed golf, the way we feel and was 84th out of 111 in driving dis- the world. about golf and the entire golf indus- tance in the first round while shooting try.” a 71, on a long course I might add. 5. Tiger achieves the Tiger- Once was enough for Annika on Slam 4. Annika Sorenstam plays the men’s tour, and she would go on to in the 2003 Colonial dominate the ladies tour right up to her By the start of the 2000 golf sea- announcement in 2008 that she would Invitational son, Tiger Woods had shown the golf- step away from competitive golf at the ing world that he was the real deal. He end of the season. She would win 72 The last time a woman played in a professional tournaments, most ever hadn’t quite shown all his cards yet men’s PGA Tour event had been nearly on the lPGA Tour. though. 60 years prior, when Babe Zaharias, Despite his own prediction of a the greatest woman athlete of her grand slam in his future, the 2000 ma- 3. Tiger wins 2000 US open time and a great golfer as well, quali- jors season did not start out the way fied and played in the 1945 los Ange- by 15 shots Tiger had planned as Vijay Singh won les Open. at the Masters. By the time Annika Sorenstam was Tiger Woods had a remarkable year Tiger knew the rest of the major invited to play in the 2003 Colonial of golf in 1999, including He complet- Page 14 Sierra Golfer - Holiday edition 2009
  13. 13. Top Ten Biggest Stories of the Decade ed his 1999 campaign by winning his him, Phil Mickelson and Adam Scott, 1. Tiger named “Athlete of last four starts—including the PGA the top three golfers in the world. the Decade”…then drives Championship and finished the season Woods struggled the first day on the into a tree with eight wins, a feat not achieved in course, notching a double bogey on Actually the chronology of the big- the past 25 years. He was voted PGA his first hole. He would end the round gest story of the golfing decade is Tour Player of the Year and Associated at +1 (72), four shots off the lead. He somewhat in the opposite order, but Press Male Athlete of the Year for the shot -3 (68) his second day, still paired actually the award of “Athlete of the second time in three years. with Mickelson, managing 5 birdies, 1 Decade” given to Tiger Woods by the Tiger started the 2000 season with eagle and 4 bogeys. On the third day Associated Press was decided before his 5th consecutive win on Tour, and of the tournament, he started off with the fateful Thanksgiving Day past. began a record-setting season, where a double bogey once again and was Friday morning after Thanksgiving he would win three consecutive ma- trailing by 5 shots with six holes to Day I got a call from my great golfing jors, nine PGA Tour events, and set play. However, he finished the round buddy in Texas and was told that Tiger or tie 27 Tour records. He went on toby making 2 eagle putts, a combined had been in a car accident the night capture his sixth consecutive victory at 100 feet in length, and a chip-in birdie before…and was in serious condition. the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro- to take a one shot lead into the final little did I know at that point what Am with an unbelievable comeback. round. His final putt assured that he was to follow. Trailing by seven strokes with seven would be in the final group for the sixth My first reaction when I heard that holes to play, he finished eagle-birdie- time in the last eight major champion- Tiger was indeed OK, was simply a par-birdie for a 64 and a two-stroke ships. sigh of relief that he was not mortally victory. His six consecutive wins were On Sunday, June 15, Woods began injured or injured that bad at all, physi- the most since Ben Hogan in 1948 and the day with another double bogey, and cally that is. only five behind Byron Nelson’s record trailed Rocco Mediate by one stroke In retrospect, I know that Tiger will of eleven in a row. after 71 holes. He winced after several deal with his issues, and will repair But it was Tiger’s 2000 US Open of his tee shots, and sometimes made his family as best he can, and that ul- win at Pebble Beach that stunned and an effort to keep weight off of his left timately the jury of public opinion will amazed the golfing world when he foot. Woods was behind by one stroke decide how they and all golf fans feel broke or tied a total of nine U.S. Open when he reached the final hole. left about the fiasco in their own minds. records with his 15-shot win, including with a 12-foot putt for birdie, he made And that’s life. Old Tom Morris’s record for the largest the putt to force an 18-hole playoff I personally will not judge Tiger or victory margin ever in a major champi- with Mediate on Monday. Despite his family on what happens off the onship, which had stood since 1862, leading by as many as three strokes at course. It is none of my business. I and became the Tour’s all-time careerone point in the playoff, Woods again am a fan of Tiger on the course, and money leader. He led by a record 10 dropped back and needed to birdie the always will be. In the end, how Tiger strokes going into the final round, and 18th to force sudden death with Medi- comes back from this ordeal is how he will truly be judged in my mind. Sports Illustrated called it “the great- ate, and did so. Woods made par on Prediction? Sure. Tiger will play one est performance in golf history.” the first sudden death hole; Mediate event prior to the 2010 Masters Tour- subsequently missed his par putt, giv- nament, and will win the Masters… 2. Tiger defeats rocco ing Woods his 14th major champion- then the US Open, then the British and Mediate on a broken leg ship. After the tournament, Mediate finally the PGA Championship. He’ll said “This guy does things that are play in 5 tournaments in 2010 and just not normal by any stretch of the have 4 wins…all majors. Woods returned for the 2008 U.S. imagination,” and Kenny Perry added, Somebody give me odds please. Open in one of the most anticipated “…he beat everybody on one leg.” And of course, Tiger is the Athlete of golfing groupings in history between the Decade. Sierra Golfer - Holiday edition 2009 Page 15
  14. 14. The Smart Glove First, a story. One of the great things about covering golf for a daily newspaper in Central New Jersey was that the U.S. Open was going to be in our neck of the woods on a frequent basis. In June, 1993, the best came to play at Baltusrol Golf Club, exactly 22 miles driveway-to-gate from where I was living at the time. As is the case with all major golf tournaments, someone _ generally from a large metropolitan paper _ walks around the press tent to collect writers’ By Brian VanderBeek predictions on who is going to win the tournament. The week before, I had taken a golf when I received a training aid in the mail vacation to Northern Michigan, with one – one endorsed by Smith. It was the SKlZ ANTIGUA INTRODUCES NEW HOT of the stops the Treetops Resort, one of Smart Glove, which looks like a regular WEATHER FABRIC the homes of noted teaching pro Rick glove with an extended sleeve, but that Smith. With that trip fresh in my mind sleeve is home to a hard plastic splint Antigua is based in Arizona, so it’s and with the Buick Westchester Classic that keeps your wrist from breaking down a company that should and does know having taken place the previous week, I during the swing. something about keeping cool and dry in chose Westchester runner-up and Smith It’s a simple, effective tool, which I extreme heat _ yes, temperatures even pupil lee Janzen to win The Open. discovered immediately upon using it at greater than the lake Don Pedro golf As it turned out, I was the only writer the range. There is one caveat: the edge course in late August. (And, as an aside, to do so. of the plastic sleeve will rub hard against let’s all welcome back lake Don Pedro!) That Saturday, with the back of your hand if you long a company on the leading edge Janzen high on the swing incorrectly, causing a of hot-weather sweat-wicking materials, leaderboard, I ran into blister or a bruise. Antigua moves to the front of the pack Smith on the practice range But if you warm up first, with their new proprietary Desert Dry at Baltusrol, which actually then slip on this glove for Xtra-lite (D2Xl) fabrics in their 2010 line. was set up on the first tee 8-10 full swings with any It’s a new ultra-light fabric that helps of the upper course since club, you’ll notice how well wicking and reduces trapped body heat Baltusrol didn’t have a if works in giving you the without restricting movement. formal range at the time. solid wrist feel all the best The polo shirts, in various pattern I had a nice chat with players seem to achieve weaves, are available in both men’s Smith, mentioning both the naturally. The glove retails and women’s styles and feature warm hospitality my foursome for $34.95, but can be found tones, including Henna Red, Sienna had received at Treetops and that I picked cheaper online. Rust, Bayou Olive and Capri Blue, and Janzen to win. I tried to reach Smith for this piece to are complimented by a natural shade of At the end of the conversation, I asked see if he remembered our conversation all Natural Birch and accented with a Granite Smith why I wasn’t seeing his name on those years ago and to ask him why he Charcoal. any new golf training aids, since that lifted his boycott on endorsing products, With all the colors, styles and weights seemed like a good way for a teaching pro but the best we were able to do was to out there, including the new Antigua line, to make a buck. exchange emails between his trips across there’s never any excuse for playing golf “I haven’t seen one I believe enough in country and around the globe. I’ll make in a bad shirt. to put my name on it,” Smith said. sure he sees this story and perhaps I’ll get With Janzen long since fallen in the his comments for another issue. After a great fall season, Salida- golf world, I hadn’t thought about Smith I’m not a big swing training aid guy, based journalist Brian VanderBeek has in some time, except for seeing him pop but this one certainly gave me added his handicap down to a ridiculously and up occasionally on Golf Channel. confidence, especially with the mid-iron artificially low number. Now’s the time to That changed a couple months ago swing. play him for money. Page 16 Sierra Golfer - Holiday edition 2009
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  16. 16. By Ben Kline the putter. Where do they come from? How can we get rid of them? Trying only seems to make conquering the yips worse. It may help to acknowledge that the yips are about fear. We need to quiet the body and the mind and convince ourselves that we are not in danger. Only then can we quiet and silence the dystonia, the involuntary jerking and twisting of the hands that golfers know as the yips. I think playing fearless golf is about No Sympathy For the Yips how we are more than what we do. In other words, tips and swing thoughts are fine, but it is our levels of awareness A two-foot putt. Your body mounts an indefensible attack. Tension crescendos and confidence in our stroke that from your gut to your throat down your arms into hands of stone spasming in determine learning, improvement, and an earthquake of fear. If only your playing partner would utter your new favorite performance in the golf game. Rebuild phrase, ‘that’s good.’ You have the yips or more to the point, the yips have you. your confidence and the yips can and will melt away. If you are suffering from the yips, you to take down your attacker, or to Basically, you need to break the you already know that you are going run like a sprint champion. However, cycle or routine reinforcing the yipping to miss that short putt well before while standing over a putt, it is not experience. you draw back the club. You have no the part of your body that you want The yips can become crippling confidence. Your body sadistically taking control of your actions. When and a self-reinforcing negative habit. conspires against you, forcing you to experiencing the yips, the sympathetic To break free from the habit, change miss. The shorter the putt, the greater nervous system is in charge. things in your routine. Alter your your fear. Questions abound with this The parasympathetic system is putter grip, even for just a little while; terror. How did this happen? Why me? responsible for the body’s relaxation putt with the opposite hand low, or use Will they ever go away? Do I have a response. It is this counter-balancing the saw grip like Chris DiMarco and neurological disorder? And with this part of the human nervous system that Mark O’Meara. Changing things up haranguing negative self-chatter, it needs to engage. How do you turn breaks the pattern. We are creatures is impossible to focus on the task at one off and the other one on? easier of habit. Build some new ones and hand. said than done. The nervous system is make them habits of confidence. Feel You can blame your body’s automatic. Taking slow deep breaths what happens in your body while just sympathetic nervous system. The can help let your body know that you imagining being the confident golfer nervous system is comprised of the are not in a dangerous situation even that you can be. That is the golfer that sympathetic and the parasympathetic though standing over a perceived you truly are. nervous systems. The former is the critical putt can seem like life or death, body’s control for fight, freeze, or but it is usually not that simple. Next article: flight. It is of great value when a Although the yips can show up mugger is about to attack. Blood during any part of the game, the most Confidence - travels to your arms and legs preparing common are those that happen with how to get it! Page 18 Sierra Golfer - Holiday edition 2009
  17. 17. Helpful Yip Tips! • Try practicing away from the course --- putting indoors and even without a ball at first. Then, add the ball. Notice what changes. • Practice first thing in the morning. Notice any differences. Practice incredibly short putts. Then move back, inch by inch and notice when the jerkiness of the stroke takes hold. Or start from far away and inch closer. • Take a break from caffeine and sugar if you can. • Appreciate any progress you are making in your struggle. Focus on the positive. Take notice when things start to get better. • Practice visualizing a smooth putting stroke. In your mind, see yourself confidently knocking in short putts. Take some time to do this daily. If you can’t imagine yourself doing it, imagine your favorite player sinking putt after putt. • Ignore the ball. Focus on the path of the putter to the target. Intentionally don’t see the ball. • Talk through what happened to cause them in the first place? A crucial missed putt in a friendly competition? What beliefs coincided with the first appearance of the yips? Challenge those beliefs. • Practice relaxation techniques such as abdominal breathing and meditation away from the course. Taking a couple slow deep breaths can help when preparing to putt. even if it helps just a little bit, that is progress. Sierra Golfer - Holiday edition 2009 Page 19
  18. 18. Powered Hang Gliding Flights On Kauai By Lynn Nilsen The introductory lesson allows each Hawaii 96716. You can still get in 9 person to fly with their own instructor holes up the road at Kukuiolono Park There is so much that tantalizes and take off at the same time to chase Golf Course. Take Highway 50 east your senses on Kauai. Besides playing each other around Kauai’s skies. The from Hanapepe toward Po’ipu. The rounds of golf at the most spectacular trike, as it is called, has been described town is between Mile Marker #12 and courses imaginable, kicking back on as a jet-powered hang glider. #11. The park and golf course is just remote beaches and snorkeling with after the only traffic light in town. the unbelievably colorful sea life, what Birds of Paradise uses the latest else could you ask for? Oh, hiking state-of-the art aircraft equipped with To book a trip or find out more to waterfalls and visiting ancient a backup rocket-propelled parachute information go to : gardens, winding up mountain sides system, a GPS emergency location and overlooking the bluest ocean in transmitter and transponder, and each or call 808-822-5309. the Pacific. student wears a flotation device. In the event that the engine fails, no need to After many trips to this Island, there worry because each trike is powered Where to Stay: is something that is even more alluring by a four-stoke Rotax aircraft engine Kiahuna Plantation & The Beach and adventurous for only the bravest of that is extremely reliable. Plus, engine Bungalows, Koloa, Hawaii the brave. Are you ready to soar over failures are very rare. But in the case the rugged Na Pali coastline, Waimea of an engine failure, you are essentially Where to eat: Canyon, white sand beaches and the flying a glider that has a 10-to-1 glide The Beach House Restaurant, lush valleys of the Garden Island? ratio. At 2000 feet in zero wind, you Koloa, Hawaii Birds in Paradise will help you make will glide forward 20,000 feet. this dream come true, they operate up Where to Play Golf: to four aircrafts to include, your friends If you choose this exciting adventure, Po’ipu Bay Resort Golf Course, and family on this scenic trip plan on meeting at the Port Allen Koloa, Hawaii, USA 96756 Airport, 3666 Kuiloko Road, Hanapepe, Page 20 Sierra Golfer - Holiday edition 2009
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  21. 21. Uncorking with the Wine Guy By Brian Klassen Festive Wines Christmas is a great time of the year to New Mexico. Yes I said New Mexico. The enjoy and experiment with new wine brand is Gruet and it can be found for styles. The party atmosphere and the around 10.00 retail. different foods offered at parties and The Holiday season is also a time to dinners give us a great opportunity to enjoy matching wine styles with foods. enjoy a wide array of wine styles. For appetizers that focus on smoked meats and cheeses I like to offer an Australian Champagne or Sparkling Wine is not Sparklking Shiraz. For seafood it is always only a festive wine but also very versatile. fun to serve an ice cold Gewurztraminer From Champagne I would suggest trying from Alsace. Fiannly for the Christmas something from a “Grower”. These roast it is always great to serve something Grower Champagnes are from very small from California. A great match is anything grower/producers in the Champagne from the Stags leap district. region. Ask your favorite wine retailer A great time ahead for great food and for a suggestion. For domestic sparkling wine and time with friends and family. wines I suggest a fantastic bargain from Sierra Golfer - Holiday edition 2009 Page 23
  22. 22. Ways to improve your Golf in 2010 By Rick Rider Top 10 Ok golfers. Maybe you didn’t have a great year on the course in 2009. Maybe you worried about the economy or finances too much, or just maybe you just didn’t have a clue as to how to get your game in shape. Well I promise to help your game in 2010, if you just save this page and work on some things that I think will help your games in 2010. Call it my humble gift to you and yours. 10. Get in shape for the and work on that one thing. If you round. But be more creative around coming golf season can improve on the one thing over the the greens to help shoot better scores Winter, you’ll have more fun in 2010. and better your chances of turning 3 This one is a natural and generally shots into 2. under every golfer’s tree or pillow on New Year’s Day. You have to be 8. Work on parts of your in good shape to play good golf. I game that needs the help 6. Vow never to hit a shot don’t mean all buffed up, just in good Most golfers tend to practice on parts on the course you haven’t walking shape if physically possible. of the game that they already do well practiced Hey, if your condition won’t allow more at. It’s human nature. Stop it. walking exercise, no sweat…just keep Figure out what your real weaknesses ever try to hit a low punch fade around playing. If you can, do it. are and tackle them first. My bet is it a tree to a green with the pin tucked What I mean is that most golf is your short game, and that can be behind a bunker? Most of us have rounds start to fade on the back nine practiced indoors, by the way. tried…but have we ever practiced this because of either one of two things. Whatever it is that you feel is your shot? Our legs get tired or we have too weakest area, though, identify it, write Probably not. Well, I’m not saying many beers and not enough food. The it down, do some research online, and we should all go out to the range and second part I cannot fix, aside from set a goal to improve this area in the start hitting low punch fades till we maybe more protein snacks, but the coming year. get it right. But what I would like you first one we all can fix. to do is practice some tough shots Walking not only improves our 7. learn a new shot around more often than not. Maybe not a cardiovascular health, but will most lowpunchfade, but at least try some the green certainly help us finish off those good low punch shots before a round of rounds easier than if we don’t exercise Most golfers have very little imagination golf. That one shot is the most common at all. trouble shot we will encounter during around the green. By that I mean when a round of golf. Practice it. Get good at faced with a short chip or pitch shot 9. Take a couple of lessons it…and use it. around the green, most golfer pull out over the Winter the pitching or sand wedge and hit the If you are able to fly south and same shot over and over, despite the 5. learn to hit only one shot participate in a golf school over the nature of the situation. at a time Winter, well then cheers to you. Do Try another club like a 7 or 8 iron it. If you are like most of the rest of and learn to pitch and run a shot up This one is a biggie so let me us, just find your local golf pro and tell to the hole. Now there is a shot that explain… him you need to improve in one area, can save you some strokes off your Most great golfers know one thing. Page 24 Sierra Golfer - Holiday edition 2009
  23. 23. The only shot you have control over is your round. the next one. The last shot is history Again, this one is closely related and you have no idea what shot you’ll to the last as you cannot swing with have two shots from now, so play the conviction if you cannot visualize the next one with all your heart. Forget the flight or intended flight of your ball. last one and don’t worry about what’s See the intended direction of takeoff, to come. the trajectory of the ball as it flies This theory is useful in life also, by through the air, and how and where it the way, and leads to my next tip… will land at its target. The more detail here the better. This will eliminate any negative 4. Play every shot with thoughts that might creep in and conviction wreck a good golf swing or ultimately a good score. A buddy once said after a rather indifferent shot this puzzling blurb… 2. Practice more on your ’well, there’s another IBM shot…’ My short game apologies to the company by the same name. Face it; you are going to miss greens What? ‘Yeah, another indecision in every round of golf. even great will get you bogey in a minute’ shot. golfers miss 4 to 6 greens during a Ahhh… typical round. The difference between He is a good golfer and knows the them and the average golfer is great value of never drawing the club back golfers convert those misses most of without a plan, and he is so right. the time. Swinging with conviction is Spend more time around the another way of putting it. If you listen chipping green and work on those to caddies on the tour just before their short shots. Get good at them. Feel golfers swing, they will invariably say comfortable with these shots. Try to something like this…’commit to the pitch the ball close enough to the hole shot’. Almost every time! that the next putt is a gimme. Watch No more missed 3-footers, or So the lesson here is don’t just get your scores drop! heaven-forbid less. Ok, now not you up there and take a whack at the ball. Tiger. even the 5-7 footers that we so Have a plan. Have a target. Have a 1. Practice your putting often face have got to have a chance swingthought. And go and do it. plenty to go in the hole to keep our rounds going. 3. Visualize every shot from And this goes for you too Tiger. You I would recommend getting and start to finish have got to practice the one shot that reading Dave Stockton’s book, …’Putt will definitely improve your score in to Win…’ that you can get from Again, watch the great players. They 2010. Your putting. Amazon books and just practice your will stand behind their balls gazing at #$% off. both their ball and the target. I promise you they are not just killing time here. What they are doing is tracing their ok, there is my ‘Top Ten golfing resolutions’ for the shots in their mind’s eye. Visualization is the key to pulling new year. figure more than one of these out and I off any golf shot during the round of guarantee you’ll have a great golfing year. Cheers. golf and if you’re not doing it, you are throwing away many shots during Sierra Golfer - Holiday edition 2009 Page 25
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