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Tee to Green: Tourney news, new shed by range

by Terry Nelson
| July 6, 2022 1:00 AM

Fourth of July Tournament

Jasi Acharya repeated as the Women’s Fourth of July Champion this past week with steady rounds of 72-76-79 over the three-day event. Teigan Avery from Kalispell captured second place for the women. Karen Jacobson of Whitefish finished in third place for the women’s first flight with three rounds in the 80s. In the men’s division, Drew Kittleson of Scottsdale won by five shots over Joey Moore who is from Billings and played golf at San Diego State University. Kittleson also scored a hole-in-one on No. 15 using a six iron. In the men’s senior division, Bill Dunn of Missoula coasted to victory by 17 shots over his nearest competitor, Greg Hetzer of Whitefish.

New storage shed by range

Construction of a storage shed to be used by the Golf Professionals for teaching and Junior Golf equipment will get underway this week adjacent to the driving range. The building will enable the teaching pros to not have to transport their teaching aids back and forth each day. We are fortunate to have such accomplished teaching professionals on our staff.

What to do when the wheels come off?

If you’re playing a round and all of sudden you start hitting shots right and left, you need to compose yourself and focus on relaxing. Take a moment, breathe deeply, and relax your muscles to rid yourself of any possible tension. Take a few slow-motion practice swings. You can try teeing the ball up a little lower and use a three-quarter swing to help narrow your misses. Think about the target and not the myriad of possible swing thoughts and mechanics of the swing. If you feel relaxed your game should return and you can let the club finish through the swing. The more you press and tinker the more likely your sporadic shots will continue. After the round, go to the range and hit shots with one club until you have your confidence back. Also, know that this will happen again but if you are prepared with a strategy you can handle the situation.

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