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The laundry list of reasons Berkeley Hall wanted to partner with the Players Amateur could go on forever, but every entry points back to a simple fact: It's great golf.

"Obviously holding a world-class golf event was something that was very attractive," said Bob Ring, Berkeley Hall's director of marketing and membership services. "Here you had an opportunity to host the highest-ranked amateur golfers in the world. It gave Berkeley Hall an opportunity to give back to golf and help these guys as they try to achieve their professional aspirations."

memorial-6291After playing a round of golf at Long Cove Club, Tony Kull would often swing by “the clubhouse” to grab a drink, watch golf and socialize with friends.
He didn’t go to the official clubhouse on 44 Long Cove Drive, though. He went to Jim Ferguson’s house, located just off the 14th fairway.

bloody-pointPatrick Ford’s admirable and absurd quest to save Bloody Point Golf Course was documented by ESPN’s Outside the Lines two years ago.
The financial meltdowns, the voodoo curses, the never-ending fight against nature — all the gritty details of his struggle were laid out in a stunning 8,000-word account titled “Staying the Course.”

Author Wright Thompson introduced Ford as a lovable, hard-working golf professional holding on against all odds at doomed Daufuskie Island Resort & Breathe Spa.

The resort went bankrupt. The loan to continue operations until a new buyer stepped in ran out. Salaries were cut. The power was turned off. The phone stopped working. Leased equipment started breaking down. There was no money to buy pesticide or fertilizer for the fading course.

There are a great many reasons no one wants me on a golf course. One of them is that I look ridiculous in purple.There are a great many reasons no one wants me on a golf course. One of them is that I look ridiculous in purple.

I should start by saying that with apologies to both my mom and Jim Furyk, I’ve never really been into golf. This is for one extremely simple, profound reason: I am terrible at golf. I am terrible at it in grave, hideous fashion. I am terrible at it in ways that make it so you can actually watch my 7-year-old lose respect for me in real time, in ways that should be sung about by Tom Waits, in ways that if our culture somehow celebrated the appearance of playing golf as though you’re being repeatedly jabbed in the brain with an electric toothbrush, I would be totally winning.

Gray Golf and Progressive Health and Fitness invites the public to a Golf Swing Analysis Party at 6 p.m. July 22 at Progressive Health and Fitness on Hilton Head Island.

Swing specialists from Gray Golf will be discussing how you can improve movement association proficiency, add more power, increase accuracy, develop consistency and fine-tune your short game.

I have come to believe that the majority of modern day golf instruction is based primarily around instructor style preference. Jim Hardy has his own swing style, the One-Plane Swing, as do Bennett and Plummer with their Stack and Tilt. These teachers and others have studied the swing and come up with their own interpretation of how it should look, yet too much of the information peddled today is form-based rather than function-based.

In studying the top golfers of all time, no two swings are alike. Who is to say that Ben Hogan’s flat plane is better than Jack Nicklaus’ vertical arm move? Who is to say that Sam Snead’s slight over-the-top move was better than Nick Price’s drop-down transition?

This month, Hilton Head Island’s Signature sporting event and its largest outdoor cocktail party will happen at the same time and place. The Verizon Heritage Golf Tournament, the Pga’s only stop in South Carolina, has been categorized as both. indeed, depending on who’s talking, it is.

A number of world-class golfers, including two-time winner Boo Weekley, will bring their best game for the world to watch. But many attendees will never see any golf. Most of that group won’t know the names of any of the golfers competing, some won’t know the diference between a tee and a green, and a few won’t know or care who won until long after the tartan plaid jacket has been awarded. (“What plaid jacket?” they will ask.)

But that’s OK. They go for the party, and they spend a lot of money. Harbour Town will be party central for the entire week, especially april 17-19.

Minimum air time, maximum ground time.

Minimum air time, maximum ground time.Chipping can also be described as a glorified putt, with a lofted club.

The goal of chipping is to strike the ball solidly to your specific target (your target should be approximately 1-2 paces on the green, regardless of the length you are from the hole) and get it to roll farther than it carries in the air, (ex. a pitching wedge will have an approx. ratio of 1 part carry and 1 part roll; a 7 iron however, will have an approx. ratio of 1 part carry and 4 parts roll).

The motion is a simple one similar to putting, in that there are few moving parts.

Another similarity to putting is that we set up (address position) in an impact position.

USCB’s Sand Sharks take inaugural tourney.

december 2008 55 The USCB Sand Sharks men’s team won out over a strong competitive field of college teams at the first J. Lindeberg-USCB Sand Sharks Classic golf tournament Nov. 8-9.Tradition National Golf Club in Hardeeville hosted the first J. Lindeberg-USCB Sand Sharks Classic golf tournament Nov. 8-9. The USCB Sand Sharks men’s team won out over a strong competitive field of college teams, including Savannah College of Art and Design, Berry College, Webber International University, and Edward Waters College. The USCB women golfers came in second among competitors from Northwood College, Spartanburg Methodist College, SCAD, Berry and Webber International.

“It wasn’t a huge field, but it was a very, very competitive one,” said USCB Coach Shane LeBaron. “Several teams, including Berry and SCAD, are in the top 20. I’m very proud of how well our guys did on their home course.”