A few tips to help speed up your game!


Start Smart.
Confirm your tee time in ahead of time and make it a goal to arrive at the tee early with your golf equipment in order, ready to play. Remember essentials like extra balls, tees, gloves and appropriate clothing for the day’s weather conditions.

Try alternate forms of play to speed up your round.
Match play, Stableford, best-ball and other formats are easy and fun alternatives to individual stroke play because not every player has to hole out on every hole. There are multiple resources online and in print to learn about the many different golf formats. Try one out! You’ll be surprised how fun it could be!

Minimize your time on the tee.
On the tee it is usually acceptable for players to “hit when ready.” You can also save time by playing a provisional ball (Rule 27-2) if you think your original ball might be lost or out of bounds.

Plan your shot before you get to your ball.
Once you’re off the tee, think ahead. Determine your yardage and make your club selection before it is your turn to play. Very often, you can do this while others are playing, without disruption. If you take your glove off between shots, have it back on before it is your turn to play. Even a small step like this saves time.

Keep your pre-shot routine short.
Pick your line of play once and trust yourself. Try to take no more than one practice swing, then set up to the ball and play your shot. Most importantly, be ready to hit when it is your turn. Be efficient after your shot too. Start moving toward your next shot promptly.

Aim to play in 20 seconds.
From club selection to pre-shot routine to execution, strive to hit your shot in 20 seconds when it’s your turn to play. Help keep play moving at a brisk pace.

Develop an eye for distance.
You don’t have to step off yardage for every shot. If you need to determine precise distance, try to find a yardage marker before you reach your ball, then step off the yardage on the way to your ball. Or, consider investing in an electronic range-finder or global positioning system for golf and use it when permitted by Local Rule. If others you’re playing with are not familiar with the course, the Rules permit players to exchange yardage information without penalty.

When sharing a cart, use a buddy system.
Don’t wait in the cart while your cartmate hits and then drive to your ball. Get out and walk to your ball with a few clubs. Be ready to play when it is your turn and then let your cartmate pick you up. Or, drive to your ball after you drop your cartmate off and then pick him or her up after you hit.

Be helpful to others in your group.
Follow the flight of all tee shots, not just your own. Once in the fairway, help others look for their ball if you already know the location of yours. Volunteer to fill in a divot or rake a bunker for another player if needed. Be ready to attend the flagstick for others.

Keep up with the group in front of you.
Your correct position on the course is immediately behind the group in front of you, not immediately in front of the group behind you. Arrive at your next shot just before the group in front leaves the area in front of you. If you are consistently not able to keep up and a gap opens in front of you, invite the group behind you to play through, irrespective of the number of players in the group.

Be efficient on the putting green.
Mark your ball and lift and clean it when you arrive at the putting green so you will be ready to replace it when it is your turn to play. You can usually line up your putt while others are putting, without disturbing them. Leave your clubs on the side of the putting green closest to the next tee, and leave the green promptly after holing out. Wait until the next tee to record your score.

Remember that picking up your ball is permitted by the USGA Handicap System.
If not in an individual stroke play competition, it is generally OK to pick up your ball and move on to the next hole if you are “out” of a hole and want to maintain pace of play. This applies in match play and many forms of stroke play, including Stableford and best-ball play.

Don’t Have Time? Play Nine!
You won’t always have time in your schedule for an 18-hole round of golf. But you can still enjoy the game by playing nine. It’s fully compatible with both the Rules of Golf and the USGA Handicap System. And when it comes to golf, nine is better than none.

The 33rd annual WGAC North-South State Team Championship


Congratulations to the North Team for winning the 2015 Women’s Golf Association of California North-South State Team Championship! For the first time in the event’s history, the matches were tied at the end of play. The North won the sudden-death playoff on the first playoff hole. This year’s annual rivalry was hosted by the Women’s Southern California Golf Association as well as the Women’s Golf Association of Northern California and took place at the Santa Maria Country Club on Sunday July 19th.

Representing the South were:
Joan Higgins, Glendora
Cathy Lonegan, Las Posas
Linda Pearson, Oakmont
Colette Rosenberg, Riviera
Angela Collins, Oakmont
Leslie Wilk, Las Posas
Carol Sarkissian (Western Hills) was the Team Captain.


  • A Rules official, marker and observer are assigned to each match
  • The matches feature three teams each with two players from the South and two from the North
  • The first two teams are arranged in index order based on the latest update
  • The third team consists of senior players who can be of any index
  • Four-Ball Match Play on holes 1-6
  • Modified Scotch on holes 7-12
  • Two-Person Scramble on holes 13-18

Each association selects their players based on their own criteria. WSCGA selected their players based on points earned from tournament events throughout the season.

Players are awarded points for placement in the following events:

  • Desert Event
  • Senior Championship
  • Net Championship
  • 36-Hole Tournament
  • Tournament of Champions

Points are also awarded for playing in any WSCGA tournament throughout the year.

The bottom line: The more tournaments you play in, the more points you receive.

Zach Johnson has the victory in Open play-off


American, Zach Johnson finished a shot ahead of South African Louis Oosthuizen and three ahead of Australian Marc Leishman over four extra holes, claiming his second major title with victory in a three-man play-off on a thrilling final day in the 144th Open Championship..

Earlier, the three ended on 15 under to lead a competitive field at St Andrews.

Jordan Spieth’s hopes of a Grand Slam were ended as he finished on 14 under along with Australia’s Jason Day.

Johnson’s margin of victory over Oosthuizen was just by one. Leishman wilted in the intensity of direct combat, faring three shots worse than the victor. In showing his class, Spieth stood at the 18th green to watch the final exchanges. Johnson shed tears of joy.


US Women’s Open 2015: Saturday Highlights

Day 3 of the 2015 U.S. Women’s Open at Lancaster Country Club is in the books, and just like Friday’s round, it concluded with South Korean Amy Yang atop the leaderboard.

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So far with 11 players have accrued totals under par.

The overview of Saturday’s course layout, which has been the hardest so far:

On Saturday, just one player shot better than 67, and a meager 14 in the field tallied rounds under par.

A birdie on No. 14 moved Lewis to within two shots of Yang at the time, but a late bogey on No. 17 dropped her back to five under overall.

Lee Lopez, who sits at three over following 54 holes, showed off her stuff at par-three 13th scoring an ace:

According to the Fox broadcast, Lopez’s hole-in-one was the 22nd in women’s U.S. Open history

EWGA And The First Tee Renew Partnership To Increase Female Mentoring Opportunities

(Palm Beach Gardens, FL, (July 1, 2015) The EWGA (Executive Women’s Golf Association) connects women to learn, play and enjoy the game for business or for fun. Following a successful partnership with The First Tee in 2014, the two national organizations are coming together again during July for “Mentoring Month.”

With more than 120 EWGA Chapters and approximately 175 The First Tee chapters, “Mentoring Month” is a great way to increase female participation through a welcoming, non-intimidating environment. EWGA Chapters nationwide are working with The First Tee chapters to increase female role models and mentors at The First Tee Chapter events.

“The EWGA is all about bringing women together on the course and welcoming more individuals into the EWGA community through the game of golf,” says CEO Pam Swensen. “By providing these young adults with a role model and mentor, it really creates a sense of empowerment to enhance their lives in every aspect.”

Last year, 34 of The First Tee chapters partnered with their local EWGA chapter to conduct special events for female participants. One event in particular included an opportunity for EWGA members to learn about The First Tee Nine Core Values from female participants. The nine-hole scramble included an educational piece where a female participant reviewed one of the Nine Core Values with the EWGA member at the teeing ground of each hole.

Many EWGA Chapters and The First Tee chapters are partnering to host events throughout the year to support mentoring activities. View the listing of various EWGA and The First Tee events that took place in 2014.

Known for enriching the lives of women through the game of golf, EWGA invites women into the game of golf and provides a great opportunity for women of all skill levels to enjoy the game. It creates more opportunities for women and supports programs that enhance the success and growth of women in business and other aspects of their lives. The EWGA uses golf as a platform to open doors, strengthen relationships, forge lifetime friendships and promote business and networking opportunities in their community.

“I am proud of The First Tee chapters’ efforts to involve girls in the game and while currently 38 percent of chapter participants are female, we intend to increase the number of girls we are reaching in the coming years,” said Kelly Martin, The First Tee’s chief operating officer. “Through this partnership we will connect the efforts of our chapters to EWGA Chapters for the benefit of girls involved in the game of golf.”

For more information about EWGA, visit ewga.com. For more information about The First Tee, visit thefirsttee.org.

About the EWGA
As the largest women-focused amateur golf association in the United States with chapters in nearly every U.S. major market and corporate center, the EWGA has connected more than 100,000 working and professional women who share a passion for cultivating relationships and enjoying the game of golf. Offering a wide range of affordable organized golf activities and educational programs, this award-winning association has been driving social and networking opportunities for women through the game of golf since 1991. With EWGA Chapters located in more than 108 cities throughout the United States as well as in international locations including Bermuda, Canada, Italy and South Africa, EWGA members are active participants in hundreds of communities. EWGA is a tax-exempt 501 (c) 6 membership association. For more information about EWGA visit, ewga.com.

About The First Tee
The First Tee (thefirsttee.org) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit youth development organization whose mission is to impact the lives of young people by providing educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf. With its home office at World Golf Village in St. Augustine, Fla., The First Tee reaches young people on golf courses, in elementary schools and at other youth-serving locations.

Since its inception in 1997, The First Tee has introduced the game of golf and its values to more than 10.5 million young people in all 50 United States and select international locations. The First Tee’s Founding Partners are LPGA, the Masters Tournament, PGA of America, PGA TOUR and the USGA. Shell Oil Company is The First Tee’s Founding Corporate Partner and Johnson & Johnson is its Legacy Partner. Former President George W. Bush serves as honorary chair.




5 facts about golf’s resource consumption

Landscape_golf1. Superintendents at 18-hole golf facilities utilize numerous methods to conserve water, with the top three tactics being the use of wetting agents (92 percent), hand watering (78 percent), and keeping turf drier than in the past.

2. Grass clippings are recycled by spreading them along the rough and around trees. Composting the clippings is also frequently used. Compost is an excellent growing medium that promotes fast germination and can reduce fertilizer use. Recycling grass clippings provides valuable nutrients that improve the soil.

light3. Seventy-one percent of 18-hole golf facilities have incorporated one or more design, physical or mechanical changes to conserve energy, such as programmable thermostats, low-level faucets, irrigation controller updates and T-8 lighting.

recycling-center-sign-s-76964. Golf facilities are highly active in recycling/reusing items in the golf course operations waste stream. For example, 92 percent of facilities that have oils in their waste stream recycle or reuse them. Other recycle/reuse rates include
equipment/golf car batteries (93 percent), hydraulic fluids (89 percent), fryer/cooking grease (89 percent), pallets (79 percent), tires (77 percent) and aluminum (76 percent).

homerecycling5. Surveys show that 29 percent of 18-hole facilities in the U.S. participate in voluntary environmental stewardship programs. In the Pacific Northwest, that number is 53 percent of facilities.

“It’s Okay” Rule, for a Fun Round of Golf!

Here are a few rules to keep in mind for those who are new to golf or are playing just for fun and will help make your experience that more awesome!

1.It’s okay to play from the shortest tees or start at the 150-yard marker.

2. It’s okay to not keep score.

3. It’s okay to tee the ball up anywhere when you are first learning.

4. It’s okay to give yourself a better lie by rolling the ball around a little.

5.It’s okay to throw the ball out of a bunker after one try.

6. It’s okay to get enthusiastic! (High fives, fist pumps and big smiles are encouraged)

7. It’s okay to forget about a ball that may be lost or out of bounds. It’s okay to drop a ball where you think it might be…or where you wanted it to be.

8. It’s okay to play a scramble with your group — scrambles are very popular.

9. It’s okay to just chip and putt on a hole when you feel like it.

10. It’s okay to laugh. There are no penalties for excessive laughing or high fives on the golf course.

11.It’s okay to count swings only when you make contact with the ball.

12. It’s okay to play less than 9 or 18 holes and call it a round of golf.

13. It’s okay to move your ball away from trees, rocks or very hilly lies.

14. It’s okay to hit the same club for the entire round, while using a putter on the putting green.

15. It’s okay to play golf in your sneakers. Be comfortable!

16.  It’s okay to skip a hole if you need to take a break.

17. It’s okay to talk on the golf course — enjoy a nice conversation or tell a few jokes.

18.It’s okay to pick up in the middle of the hole and enjoy the outdoors and scenery .

19.It’s okay to bring your kids to the course whether they are 5 or 35 .

20. It’s okay to PLAY GOLF JUST FOR FUN! Play the tees that make you the happiest.

Here is a quick rundown of the 2015 Walmart NW Arkansas Championship


Taking place at the Pinnacle Country Club this passed weekend was the Walmart Northwest Arkansas Championship which Na Yeon Choi of South Korea took the lead this year with 15-under, just a 2 shot difference from Mika Miyazato who was at 13-under for second place and Azahara Munoz, Anna Nordqvist and Stacy Lewis taking 3rd.

As Na Yeon Choi approached her second shot at the 16th hole in Sunday’s final round fans at the 17th hole never knew what was going on as she quickly took the lead from Lewis as she holed out for eagle on the 16th, then nearly aced the par-3 17th to post a come-from behind two-stroke victory.

Lewis (Arkansas Razorbacks) led by one shot when she stuck her tee shot 6 feet behind the hole at 17, moments before Choi, playing in the final group, launched an 8-iron on the par-4 16th that bounced once and into the hole for an eagle that catapulted her into the lead at 14 under.

Lewis, unaware of what happened behind her, missed her attempt at birdie, which would have kept her tied for the lead. Further, she didn’t know more bad news was on the way as she prepared to tee off on the 18th.

Choi stuck another 8-iron dagger, this one within a foot at the par-3 17th, setting up a tap-in birdie that would take her to her winning 15-under score..

“If someone asked me what’s your favorite club I always answer the 8-iron,” Choi said. “So I like that club and when I pull the 8-iron I always feel good.”

Choi went from a one-shot deficit into a two-shot lead in mere minutes, leaving Lewis needing a miracle 18th-hole eagle to forge a tie.

But Lewis, a two-time major champion who hasn’t won on the LPGA Tour since last year’s Northwest Arkansas Championship, laid up from 210 yards with her second shot on the par-5 finishing hole, missed the green with her third and ended up with a bogey to drop into a tie for third place at 12 under.

Lewis’ playing partner Mika Miyazato birdied two of her final three holes to finish second outright at 13 under.

Lewis finished tied with Azahara Munoz and Anna Nordqvist for third. World No. 2 Lydia Ko fired a final-round 63 to move from 40th into a tie for sixth.

10 Things You Should Know About Jordan Spieth

Jordan Spieth won his second major of the year at Chambers Bay – and here are 10 things you might not know about him


Jordan has two younger siblings, Steven and Ellie. Steven is a basketball player at Brown University. Ellie has grown up with disabilities and Spieth has credited her with keeping him grounded and focused as well as keeping the game of golf in perspective and is what inspired Jordan to establish the Jordan Spieth Charitable Fund to raise awareness for, among other things, special-needs kids.


Jordan got started with little tykes plastic golf clubs when he was 18 months old to keep him busy when his younger brother Steven was born.


At 9 years old Jordan mowed the grass as low as possible in the corner of the yard to create a golf hole for practice chipping and putting.


He brings Ellie, his special needs sister and inspiration, a special key chain from everywhere he travels.


He missed his high school graduation to play Saturday afternoon round in the 2011 HP Byron Nelson Championship.


He won the NCAA Division I National Championship as a freshman at Texas (and misses the vicious ping pong games!).

Jordan golfs righty but was a left-handed baseball player (pitcher/first base/center field) and still shoots a basketball left-handed.

He loves country music

Happy 21st to this beautiful girl! Great time at the Rustic with family and friends @@annie_verret

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Spieth’s girlfriend is Annie Verret,who was his high school sweetheart at Jesuit College Prep.

If you follow us tomorrow.. Stay far ahead. Make sure you're not downwind. #caddieprobs #babybluesbbq

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Michael Greller, Spieth’s caddy, used to be a full-time math teacher.

Jordan Spieth takes the 2015 U.S. Open Championship title

22golf-hp-master675Jordan Spieth finished off a week to remember at Chambers Bay Golf Course in University Place, Washington, by winning the 2015 U.S. Open Championship in dramatic fashion.

His win comes with a fair bit of history;

  • First player to win both the Masters and U.S. Open to start a season since Tiger Woods in 2002
  • The youngest player to win two career majors since Gene Sarazen in 1922
  • The youngest U.S. Open champion since Bob Jones in 1923

The 21-year-old finished the tournament at five under par after a birdie on 18 put him one-shot clear of Dustin Johnson and Louis Oosthuizen.

Johnson came to the 18th tee with a chance to win and ripped his shot straight into the fairway.

His approach left him about 12 feet for an eagle and the win, but a disastrous three-putt ruined his chances of winning outright or forcing a Monday playoff.

Unfortunately, this isn’t the first time Johnson has seen the wheels come off in the final round of a U.S. Open that he had the chance to win. This loss must feel particularly deflating, given the chance to walk off 18 no worse than heading for another round of golf.

But, as it had for much of the afternoon, Johnson’s short game picked a terrible time to let him down.

On the other hand, Spieth’s win in his second major championship in the span of two months and will inevitably lead to many conversations about his ability to carry the torch for American golf into the coming years.

On this day, at least, and so far this season, Spieth has proven to have mettle under the toughest of circumstances, so early returns are good.