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Hello HVGA Golfers,
Eagle Pointe Tournament: After several tries to schedule our tournament at Eagle Pointe at the beginning of the golf season, we were finally able to tee off there in late April. The wait was well worth it since the weather was beautiful and the course was in great playing condition, in addition to great scoring condition as well. This is the first time in HVGA history that the monthly tournament was help on a Sunday instead of the usual Saturday tournaments, and the number of HVGA members and guests who showed up is a testament of the high interest in adding Sunday monthly tournaments from now on. Thank you everyone for showing up and participating in this pilot event.
The elusive ACE (hole-in-one) struck another HVGA member, Lanh Xuan Nguyen, during the Eaglepoint tourney. Congrats to Anh Lanh for making a hole-in-one during tournament play. This is a second ACE we had in 2012 already, and we’re not even half way through the season yet! It makes you wonder how many more there will be by the end of the season since our members are displaying stellar golf play this year.
As usual, there are always a few members who performed “heads and shoulders” above everyone else in the field, posting scores in the 70′s in their respective flights. We are proud of these members for their high achievements, and want to recognize them all. These members include: Hien Vo (75), Bang Le (78), Thanh Tran (79), and Lanh Xuan Nguyen (78). Also worth mentioning are members who also show improvement and scored low rounds: Justin Nguyen (80), Jimmy Dang (81), Phong Dang (82), and many others. Congrats on a well-played round of golf!
These are your Gross and Net winners for each flight, and closest to the pin contest for the Eagle Pointe tournament.
A Flight GROSS: Hien Vo
B Flight GROSS: Bang Le
A Flight NET: Michael Dang
B Flight NET: Lanh Xuan Nguyen
C Flight GROSS: Angelo Huynh
Closest to Hole #3: Truong Nguyen
Closest to Hole #8: Lanh Xuan Nguyen
Closest to Hole #12: Lanh X Nguyen (ACE)
Closest to Hole #15: Joe Bui
HVGA Crawfish Boil: The week following the tournament was our annual HVGA crawfish boil, hosted at Leo’s house. Our event coincided with Leo’s Volleyball invitational, resulting in a huge outing for both groups. The crawfish was boiled and served by Batch 9 instead of the usual Mike Bui and Carina spicy combination that we’re used to. We’d like to thank Batch 9 for their contributions and hard work to HVGA in this event.
Because of the high turnout for this event, the committee did not get to fully execute some of the planned activities for the members. We will try to identify more resources and connections our members have to make sure future events are more fulfilling and enjoyed by all who attended.
A special thanks goes out to all the hard work these individuals put in to facilitate this event:
The crawfish boil is one of the few events where HVGA members and their families can get to know one another; therefore, we hope to improve on this event every year.
The Wilderness Tournament: The week After the HVGA crawfish boil came the HVGA May tournament at The Wilderness Golf Course in Lake Jackson. This course has always been a favorite of mine, due to its great course condition. Other than the slower greens this time around, the course was in prime scoring conditions. Kudos again to those that posted rounds in the 70′s: Hien Vo (79), Alex Nguyen (75), Thanh Tran (78), Joe Bui (74), and Tu Dang (79). Like they say in the PGA commercials: these guys ARE good!
The following winners showed that they can compete and win despite glaring sun and grueling temperatures.
A Flight GROSS: Alex Nguyen
B Flight GROSS: Joe Bui
A Flight NET: Nhan Tran
B Flight NET: Tu Dang
C Flight GROSS: Thao Luong
Closest to Hole #4: Vinny Nguyen
Closest to Hole #8: Thai Vu
Closest to Hole #13: Alex Nguyen
Closest to Hole #16: Hoang N Tran
Since we’ve had three events in three weekends in a row, I’m just going to share the balance as of 5/24/12, which is $2,287.00. If any member needs more detailed report, please contact me and I’ll share the information with you. We’re about half way through the season, and should be saving up for the Texas Cup in October since we’re hosting the event this year. Our year end dinner is also approaching, and we want to make sure that event is also enjoyed by all the members and their families. All-in-all, we are on the right track as far as the balance is concerned.
Hope everyone can relax a little, now that these three events are behind us. Hope to see you all at High Meadow Ranch for the June tournament.
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BBC Sport’s Andrew Cotter guides you over and around the course at Royal Lytham & St Annes ahead of this year’s Open Championship. View.
Bubba Watson plans to play smart golf as he bids to add The Open to the Masters title he won at Augusta National earlier this year.
The 33 year-old left-hander’s best finish in an Open came when he finished tied 30th 12 months ago at Royal St George’s but he believes he can do much better if he reins in his natural tendency to go for broke on every shot. Read more.
Remember when people used to make fun of the way pro golfers dressed in the 1970s? The Sansabelt pants? The loud checks and floppy collars? The canary yellow cardigans?
What will they be saying about today’s pros in 40 years? Or even 10? Read more.
SAN FRANCISCO – On Tuesday morning at the Olympic Club, the 14-year-old Andy Zhang joined a backup of golfers waiting to tee off on the par-3 third hole in a bottleneck that began rubbernecking.
Zhang, a native of China who lives in Florida, moved closer to study Y. E. Yang, whose victory over Tiger Woods at the 2009 P.G.A. Championship ignited interest in men’s golf in Yang’s homeland of South Korea.
A few feet away, Nicholas Thompson stood eyeballing Zhang, the male equivalent of Thompson’s sister, Lexi, who at 12 became the youngest golfer to play in the United States Women’s Open. “He’s a big kid,” he said.
Thompson’s father, Scott, who has shepherded the career of his golfing progeny, including his middle child, Curtis, who’s playing in college, said: “He’s 14? That’s awesome.” He added, “What’s his name?”
Zhang rocketed into the spotlight Monday night when he became the youngest competitor in the United States Open, according to the United States Golf Association. A second alternate at the start of the day, he was added to the 156-man field to replace Paul Casey, who withdrew with a bad shoulder after Brandt Snedeker scratched because of an injured rib. Read more.
On a PGA Tour overrun by perfect swings and political correctness, Bubba Watson stands out like a cowboy on Wall Street.
He is outspoken, with an unconventional swing and an imagination with no out-of-bounds markers.
Watson describes himself as a “new-age redneck,” his awesomeness implied. As if to drive home the point, Watson earlier this year bought the original General Lee, the Dodge Charger that starred in the television series “The Dukes of Hazzard.” Read more.
On the Ridge’s Course hole #2, Par 3, a player hit his ball and it comes to rest on the cart path of the concrete bridge. The ball is located on the part of the bridge which is over the water hazard.
Question 1: May the player obtain free relief because the bridge is used as the cart path, an immovable obstruction?
Answer: No. He must 1) play as it lies or 2) proceed with Rule 26 relief from water hazard with a one stroke penalty.
It is correct that the bridge is an immovable obstruction and generally, a player may obtain relief from immovable obstruction such as cart paths or sprinkler heads. However, because the ball is located on the part of the bridge that?s inside the hazard, the player may not use the immovable obstruction rule.
Question 2 : May the player ground his club on the bridge?
Generally, a player should not ground his club in a hazard, but a player may ground his club on the bridge.
Question 3: If this area was marked as a lateral water hazard (red stakes), what are his 5 options?
a) Play the ball as it lies.
b) Take a 1 stroke penalty, and re-hit from the tee
c) Take a 1 stroke penalty and drop with in 2 club length from the margin where the ball last entered the water
d) Take a 1 stroke penalty and draw an imaginary line from the flag back to the point the ball last entered the margin and goes straight back and make a drop along that line
e) Take a 1 stroke penalty and drop within 2 club length on the other side of the water equal distance from the hole
Smart play advice if the player knows the rules: If the has to take a drop, the smart player will take option e) because he will drop on the other side of the water and taking the water out of play. To determine equal distance, a player may use his laser device for proper measurement.
Please see Rule 26-1(a), (b) and (c)
Question 4: If this area was marked as a water hazard (yellow stakes), what are his option?
a) Play the ball as it lies.
b) Take a 1 stroke penalty, and re-hit from the tee
c) Take a 1 stroke penalty and draw an imaginary line from the flag back to the point the ball last entered the margin and goes straight back and make a drop along that line
Please see Rule 26-1(a) and (b)
Question 5: Where is the margin of the hazard?
Answer: Look for red stakes and/or lines. The margin of a water hazard extends downwards and upwards. Although the bridge is over the water hazard, the ball was found inside the water hazard since the margin for a water hazard extends upwards to the sky. (On the contrary, the margin of a bunker only extends downwards but not upwards).
USGA Decision 13-4/30: Grounding Club on Bridge in Water Hazard
Question: A player’s ball lies on a bridge over a water hazard within the margins of the hazard when extended upwards. May the player ground his club?
Answer: Yes. A bridge is an obstruction. In a hazard, the club may touch an obstruction at address or in the backward movement for the stroke – see Note under Rule 13-4. Touching the bridge prior to address is also permissible, since an obstruction in a water hazard is not “ground in the hazard.”
This applies even if the bridge has been declared an integral part of the course.
Click here to view a USGA video explaining water hazards.
Before his second shot in the final round of the Players Championship, Kevin Na took his club back six times without hitting the ball and then backed away. Once he had regrouped, he performed two more waggles before striking the ball.
In the gallery, the fans counted each of Na’s waggles the way spectators usually keep track of strokes. One month after Bubba Watson steered golf outside the ropes of tradition with his freewheeling victory at the Masters, Na was poised to give the sport another quirky hero: the Unnatural. Read more.
BANDON, Ore. — On Tuesday, more than 150 golfers lined up to plunk down $100 to play a 13-hole par-3 golf course called Bandon Preserve, at the Bandon Dunes Golf Resort on the coast of southern Oregon.
Pay $100 for a par-3 course?
Not taken completely seriously, par-3 courses are a frequently overlooked part of the golf world. The holes are generally under 200 yards, and the greens can usually be reached by players of modest ability in one shot. Par-3 layouts are not usually sanctioned by the United States Golf Association and hence need not adhere to particular rules. Some courses might have 9 or 18 holes, though they are almost as likely to have 6-, 10- and 12-hole layouts.
Par-3 courses are often perceived as practice areas, an extension of the driving range, and somehow not quite “real golf.”
“If you were to review every par-3 course in America, most would fall into the ‘rudimentary’ category,” said Ron Whitten, Golf Digest’s architecture editor. “However, the same can be said for most regulation golf courses. Par-3s play an important role. They are the sandlots of golf, where people can go to build a passion for the game.” Read more.