Motivation and determination are powerful words and, when put into practice, can lift the average player to even greater accomplishments.
This is true in any sport, even golf.
You can add focus and playing smart to motivation and determination, too.
I mention these words after watching 17-year-old Melissa Oudin from Marietta, Ga., come from behind to beat a ranked Russian girl in the fourth round of the U.S.Open in New York on Labor Day. Golf, as well as tennis, relies on keeping the ball in play, and this young lady kept the ball in play.
Oudin wore down and frustrated her opponent, and there lies half the battle, but the key word is keeping the ball in ... play. You can hook, slice or even whiff the ball, which adds frustration, expended energy and second-guessing to your next shot.
We all know the principle: The shortest distance between two points is a straight line, so keep the ball in the fairway, and you will have a greater chance to be one-up on your opponent going into the next hole. Leave emotions for the 19th hole.
Three-and-a-half decades of sponsorship is quite an accomplishment and a testament of support for the community, and this 35-year milestone was hit last weekend during the 2009 edition of the First National Bank A-B-C-D Scramble at the Hillcrest Golf Club. In the tightest finish in recent memory, the team of Tom Newman, Lenny Papineau, David Gore and Kellus Sewell finished first with a score of 55.
Chris Engle, Ken Ragsdell, Jeff Gallegos and Roy Davin carded a 56 for second place. John Siegrist, Joe Gardner, Laurel Waters and Pam Arbeeny tied Kermitt Barrett, Jerry Thomas, Mark Walters and Debi Marti for third with 57s. Steve Pease, Gary Wimsatt, Marc Arbeeny and Cindy Cuthbert tied Ray Sigwart, John Francis, Mary Kay Aigner and Ron Keller for fifth with 58s.
The Hillcrest Women's Golf Association held a special event Sept. 1 - its senior championship - during their weekly Ladies Day golf outings.
Aigner was low gross in the 50-age flight, while Debi Marti was low net.
Daphne D'Agostino and Kay Rogers tied for low gross honors in the 60-70 flight, with Linda Allenbaugh low net.
Debbie Marquart was low gross winner in the 60-70 Third Flight, while Rita Davis took low net honors.
Sheila Moring was low gross winner in the 9-hole 50-60 flight, with Connie Rauen low net and Nancy Holmes second net.
Mary Ruth Bowman was low gross winner in the 70-age flight, with Marjorie Cornwell low net.
D'Agostino and Moring won closest to the pin honors.
The big event this week is the inaugural Kiwanis Club of Durango Bill Mashaw Charity Golf Tournament at the Glacier Club on Friday. The cost is $125 per person, or $500 for each four-person team. This is a great way to keep the memory of Mashaw in the minds of all of us who knew him well. Get on the phone and call Jeff Thulson at 382-5705 or Dr. Doug Wolfe at 247-5519 to help kick off this first-time event.
A member/guest golf tournament will be held at Hillcrest on Sunday. Action starts after 1 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call the pro shop at 247-1499.
Dalton Ranch Golf Club will host the September edition of its monthly Couples Tournament on Sunday. There will be a shotgun start at 1 p.m. Call Fal or Pier at 247-8774 for sign-up information.