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Golf Newsletter | August 2009 | VBgov.com/Parks
Greetings!  
 
If you find yourself short on time this month and can't get on the course for a round, why not stop by for some practice?  In addition to driving ranges, all municipal golf courses offer putting greens, chipping areas, and practice bunkers.  Work on your short game and you'll find your score improving over time.  Or, as the great Arnold Palmer jokingly advised, "I have a tip that can take five strokes off anyone's golf game: it's called an eraser." 
 
As always, if you're looking for some instruction, we offer a variety of group classes to meet your needs.  See what's available and also look for our new program catalogs in September.

The pro shops at Bow Creek, Kempsville Greens and Red Wing Lake are extending the 20% discount on all golf bags in stock for the month of August.  If you're in the market for a bag, come check out our selection!
Attention Athletes Age 50 and Better!
 
Forever Fit GolferIt's time again for the annual Forever Fit Games where those age 50 and up have the opportunity to let their talents shine in a variety of sports and activities!  The event will be held October 2nd-3rd and competitions include; badminton, basketball, billiards, bocce, cornhole, horseshoes, pickleball, shuffleboards, softball hit and throw, swimming, table tennis and track & field.  The $20 registration fee entitles participants to their choice of five events.
 
For the golfers, sign up for the Forever Fit Games Golf Tournament held on October 2nd at Red Wing Lake Golf Course.  The tournament fee of $33 includes the green fee for 18 holes plus a golf cart and lunch.

Registration is available now through September 18th by visiting any Virginia Beach Recreation Center.  Additional event details are available on the registration form, or contact Jane Jagodzinski at jjagodzi@vbgov.com with any questions.
Junior Golf Tournament Winners

Junior Golfers

Pictured left to right are Devin Cash (3rd), Bryce Cope (2nd), John David Sanderson (overall champion), & Chris Greenfield (1st) in the 15-17 year old bracket at Red Wing Lake.
 
Congratulations to all of the junior golfers who recently competed in the Red Wing Lake and Bow Creek Junior Golf Championships.  Both tournaments were held over a two-day period and the kids enjoyed a great competition.
 
Red Wing Lake Overall Champion: John David Sanderson - 146
 
Bow Creek Overall Champion: Chris Greenfield - 146
 
Fun Fact: Know the Rules
 
Do you play by the USGA Rules of Golf?  When in doubt, ask your local golf pro for assistance.

Tom Watson had an especially embarrassing two-stroke penalty during the 1980 Tournament of Champions in Carlsbad, California.  Watson forgot he had broken the rules when he gave advice to Lee Trevino during the match.  Watson won the tournament by three strokes, but was still red-faced because months earlier he had published a book entitled The Rules of Golf Explained and Illustrated.

Pro Tip: Solid Sand Shots

by Sue Vreeland, LPGA instructor at Red Wing Lake Golf Course 

Sand Shot

Those who have difficulty with greenside bunker shots either leave the ball in the sand, or skull it over the green and into another bunker.  This is usually due to lack of practice and too much tension.

A good drill that will help you get out of the sand is to use a tee as a training aid.  Stick the tee into the sand so that just the very top of the tee is visible.  Take a swing and try to knock the tee out of the sand.  Make sure you swing up to a nice high finish.  Then place a ball on a buried tee and try to knock the tee out again.  Do this several times, until you get the hang of getting the tee out of the sand. Then take away the tee and pretend you are hitting a tee out from under the ball.
 
Sands shots take confidence, and confidence can only come from practice.
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Our Locations
 
Bow Creek
3425 Club House Road, Virginia Beach
(757) 431-3763
 
Kempsville Greens
4840 Princess Anne Road, Virginia Beach
(757) 474-8441

Red Wing Lake
1144 Prosperity Road, Virginia Beach
(757) 437-2037 
We welcome your comments and questions.  Feel free to email us at fun@vbgov.com.
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