Fourth of July tournament still planned for holiday

| June 16, 2020 12:23 PM

Tournament schedule

The Fourth of July Tournament is going to be played on the same dates as originally scheduled starting on Thursday and ending Saturday, July 2-4.

The field will be about the same as normal, depending on whether or not the Canadian border opens with enough lead time to accommodate those that registered early. While the format of the tournament will be the same with play on both courses on an alternating basis, the events that would normally create gatherings will not be taking place. Lunches will be available to pick up with no large groups at the end of the round. The derby has been canceled as it too draws a significant crowd.

The Bulldog Open has been rescheduled for July 26 with registration for that event to be available through the Golf Shop. The format of the Bulldog will change in 2020 with just one shotgun start later in the morning and food served in box lunches to all participants. The same wonderful prizes will be given out and the drawings will be conducted and winners notified later, rather than having the large gathering in the evening. This event is the major fundraiser for Junior Golf and our High School program so please get your team of five players together and support junior golf.

This year’s WLGC Club Championship Tournament will be played on Aug. 8-9 with a variety of flights and divisions available for all interested members. Champions will be crowded for men, women, juniors and seniors with everyone invited to play. Entry forms for the Club Championship will be available online at golfwhitefish.com or in the Golf Shop starting on June 24.

The always popular Member/Guest Tournament is a two-day event scheduled for Aug. 22 and 23. Entry forms will be available on the website, golfwhitefish.com, or in the Golf Shop starting on July 1. The member/guest is played with a best net ball the first day and a modified Stapleford scoring system on the second day. Find your favorite non-member partner and sign up for this two-day event that is always a fun tournament.

Deep greenside grass

Sometimes with your ball in the rough near the green it can be a tougher shot than if it were in a bunker. If the grass is deep, which it is this time of year, try your normal sand shot to get the ball up and out. Play the ball a little forward in your stance, and swing your wedge so it hits behind the ball and slides under it, much like you would hit a sand shot. Hold the club a little firmer with your left hand than usual so it doesn’t get caught in the grass and turn in your hand. Make an aggressive swing and pop the ball up and out. This shot is well worth practicing as it requires confidence and acceleration to work properly.