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Golf Newsletter | May 2010 |
Volunteer Opportunities Available
Looking for a volunteer opportunity that will get you outdoors? We're looking for a few good people to help with customer service at our courses. Golf course starters maintain the starting times and tee sheet, and ensure that golfers get off the first tee in a prompt and orderly manner. View complete details and contact information
Upcoming Junior Golf Tournaments
Golf YouthYouth ages 8-17 are invited to participate in several upcoming Junior Golf Tournaments. Children 10 and under play 9 holes per day and all others play 18 holes per day. Trophies are awarded to the top three in each division as well as the overall winner.
Registration forms are available at all municipal golf courses.
Kempsville Greens Junior Golf Championship
June 21 & 22 @ Kempsville Greens $50/person | Register by June 18
Virginia Beach Junior Golf Championship 
June 28 & 29 @ Bow Creek
$50/person | Register by June 25
Red Wing Lake Junior Golf Championship
July 19 & 20 @ Red Wing Lake
$55/person | Register by July 16
Pro Shop Specials for May
When you buy a 15-ball pack of Pinnacle Distance Golf Balls at the Bow Creek, Kempsville Greens or Red Wing Lake Golf Course Pro Shops during the month of May, you get an extra 3-ball sleeve free.  
Also, buy a course logo shirt at regular price and get a course logo hat for only $5.00.
Need a Mother's Day or Father's Day gift? A gift certificate to one of our courses makes the perfect gift for your golfer!
Upcoming Amateur Golf Tournaments
Red Wing Lake Two-Man Golf Tournament
When: May 22 & 23 at Red Wing Lake Golf Course
Entry: $240 per team, includes: range balls, cart and green fees both days; prizes, awards & cookout on Sun.
Format: Pre-flighted, Saturday - Best Ball & Sunday - Captain's Choice
@ Bow Creek, Kempsville Greens, or Red Wing Lake Golf Courses by May 16
Virginia Beach Amateur Golf Tournament
When: May 29 & 30 at Kempsville Greens Golf Course
Entry: $120.00 per person,
includes: range balls, cart and green fees both days, closest to the pin prizes on Par 3's, Hole-in-One Prizes (including new car!) & food and beverages on Sun.
Format: Pre-flighted Individual Stroke Play
Total Purse Value: Approx. $10,000 based upon a field of 144 players
@ Kempsville Greens Golf Course by May 20
Separate senior division for age 65+ available
Make a Tee Time!
Bow Creek
3425 Club House Rd
(757) 431-3763
Kempsville Greens
4840 Princess Anne Rd
(757) 474-8441

Red Wing Lake
1144 Prosperity Rd
(757) 437-2037

Pro Tip: Chipping

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

Chip Shot

Try to visualize how you want the ball to get to the hole. Where do you want the ball to land? How much will it roll out? 
Find a landing spot close to you, but on the green. Your landing spot should usually be about 2 or 3 feet from the edge of the green.
Practice hitting that landing spot with some consistency. Test how a 7 iron, 9 iron, and sand wedge each roll out. The more loft the club has, the less roll out you will get.
Once you learn your carry and roll ratios, you will get closer to the hole to allow you to sink the putt or even chip in.
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Clinics and Classes to Improve Your Game
Sue Vreeland, LPGA Teaching Professional, is offering many opportunities to improve your golf game. To sign up for any of these classes, contact Sue at (757) 724-2466, or email Classes meet at Red Wing Lake Golf Course.
Golf Clinic
Get Golf Ready:
For new golfers with little or no experience, learn all the "fun"damentals of a game that you can play for a lifetime.
Tuesdays, 6-7 pm | June 1 - June 29 | $99 for 5 classes

Golf Clinics: Focus on specific shots in each session. $25/session
Putting & Full Swing | Wed., May 5 or Sat., May 8 | 10-11:30 am
Chipping & Full Swing | Wed., May 12 or Sat., May 15 | 10-11:30 am
Pitching & Full Swing | Wed., May 19 or Sat., May 22 | 10-11:30 am
Sand & Full Swing | Wed., May 26 or Sat., May 29 | 10-11:30 am
"Live" Golf: "Live" and in person, you and your game!  2 hours of on course observation and instruction. Receive a written review with suggested improvements for your game. Only 3 people per class. Arrive 30 minutes early to warm up.
Sat., June 5 or Sat., July 10 | 3-5 pm | $50 per session, includes green fees and range balls

Half-Day Golf School: Full Swing: Master the techniques for hitting consistent and powerful golf shots with all of your clubs.
Fri., May 14, 9 am - 12 pm or Sat., May 15, 1-4 pm | $50 per session, includes lunch
Jamie Smith, PGA Teaching Professional, is providing golf clinics each Saturday morning from 9:30 - 11 am at Bow Creek Golf Course. The cost is $15.00. Register and view clinic offerings on Jamie's website,
Fun Fact: Curse of the Yips 
The average golfer who suffers from the yips is 45 years old and has been playing golf for 30 years.  On average, the yips last for six years. Golf greats, who have been stricken with the yips include: Ben Hogan, Johnny Miller, Bernhard Langer, Sam Snead, and Tom Watson.
The yips began to strike Mac O'Grady shortly after the 1987 season when he earned a career-high $285,109. The next year he dropped to $116,153 and then to $40,090 in 1989.  He was so desperate to cure his crippling case of the yips he donated $30,000 to the medical department at UCLA to study the problem.
Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation believes all of our diverse citizens have a right to participate in community recreation and we are committed to creating equal access for everyone who may have a challenge or barrier. If you or your child require additional support, we can help.  Learn more about our accommodation and inclusion services.
We welcome your comments and questions.  Feel free to email us at
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