Colorado will get picked up on the radar this week with the third leg of the FedExCup playoffs – the BMW Championship – at the Cherry Hills Country Club in Englewood.
This stop, with its 70 invitees, does not have a cut after the first two rounds, which makes for an interesting 72-hole tournament. All eyes will be on the top contenders, but I still wished one golfer would have been healthy enough to be in the mix:
Tiger Woods needed to stay away from the tour after his surgery. As we all see, in hindsight, he came back too soon. As a layman of the game, he definitely needs to change his swing (exit his swing coach). So, the advertisement in the back of the golf magazine reads:
“Wanted: swing coach for an aspiring 2015 golfer. Expertise in avoiding explosive, turning, twisting back muscle movements a plus. Ability to advise golfer to leave the bazooka-style tee shots in the golf bag and keep the ball in play.”
Loosely translated, hit it down the middle of the fairway. It is time to throw the golfing world a curveball and finesse the game. Prescription: Give that back and determination a rest until next season and come out with a different swing approach.
Dalton Ranch Golf Club
Dalton Ranch Ladies Day (low gross/low net), Aug. 27:
1. Paula Okun, low gross, 93.
2. Patti Lane, 95.
3. Sue Ries, 97.
4. Fran Rusk, 100.
T1. Marge Meyer-Nugent, Kerry Smoak, low net, 73.
3. Ann Emigh, 74.
T4. Amy Brunvand, K.K. Patton, Dolly Turner, 75.
Hillcrest Golf Club
The Durango Dermatology “Skins” Game and Progressive Best Ball, Aug. 30:
1. John Beekman, Mike Biery, Chuck Pierce and Todd Sieger, 130.
2. Andrew Crowell, Gavin Lyons, Justin Lyons and Peter Lyons, 131.
3. Eric Brown, Everett Brown, Michael Howe and Dennis Price, 132.
4. Bob Giles, Bob Herkenhoff, Ken Van Zee and Jo Warfield, 133.
The Hillcrest Womens Golf Association Tuesday Ladies Day (odd holes only-net scores), Aug. 26:
1. Vicki Hagler, 31.
T2. Nancy Barr, Laurel Waters, 32.
1. Macky Headrick, 31.
T2. Judy Berkholz, Nancy Schamadan, 36.
1. Kitty Williams, 11.
2. Sandy Hartnett, 13.
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The 40th annual First National Bank 1-2-3-4 Person Best Ball will be played Saturday at Hillcrest. There is $500 in added prize purse and an entry fee of $35 per person. Coffee and doughnuts will be served at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, followed by the drawing for each four-person team. There is a 9 a.m. shotgun start. Scoring will be net only.
The Directory Plus Fall Classic will be played Sept. 13-14 at Hillcrest. The two-person, best-ball format has $500 in added prize purse. You can choose your own partner as long as the handicap differential between partners is no greater than eight strokes. Tee times will begin at 9 a.m. both days.
Dave Bray has been covering the local golf scene for 33 years. He can be reached at email@example.com.