GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP, NJ
Let's face it, one of the sure fire ways to know summer is almost here at the Jersey Shore is the annual trek by the LPGA to Stockton Seaview Golf Resort and the ShopRite LPGA Championship presented by Acer.
The event has been around since 1986 - with a brief respite - and most of those events have been played at the Donald Ross designed Bay Course.
It's history is chock full of great champions, from Annika Sorenstam to Karrie Webb, from Stacy Lewis to Anna Nordqvist. Last year I.K. Kim kickstarted a stellar season which included a win in the RICOH British Open with a win at Seaview, ruining two-time defending champion Nordqvist's attempt at a three-peat.
Kim won by two over Nordqvist after rounds of 66-67-69--201 earning her fourth LPGA Tour title.
Bucks County's own Brittany Benvenuto is entered, playing her fourth LPGA event that has seen her make one cut. Benvenuto will be playing in the Wednesday pro-am at Galloway National down the street from Seaview. The former Pennsylvania Women's Amateur Champion is playing this season on a medical exemption after missing last season due to injury.
Golf is a simple game. Just make shots, make putts and move ahead to the next hole.
Along the was though are more pitfalls and one can imagine. I mean, playing the ball as it lies. Hitting out of sand drenched bunkers, evading inviting water hazards on a hot afternoon when a dip would cool you off.
Okay, golf isn't simple. But the premise is. Score low. Best par. Make the best of each and every bit of luck you get.
At the inaugural Valley Forge Invitational, a Symetra Tour event played on Pottstown's Raven's Claw Golf Club, the competition was intense.
Before teeing off Louise Ridderstrom of Sweden knew she'd have to go low to have any chance at winning. She was three shots back, and conditions were there for scoring. If, and that's a big if, there was a way to do it.
Clearly, she did. Ridderstrom carded a sparkling 8-under-par 63 to finish at 16-under-par 197 for the 72 hole event, winning by four shots over Min-G. Kim and Laura Wearn. Her 63 was a course record at Raven's Claw.
The Symetra Tour features many of the aspiring LPGA Tour players, with a season long race to earn tour playing privileges.
CHIP SHOTS: Numerous local charities shared in proceeds from the event...Raven's Claw is a challenging daily fee course in Pottstown. Ridderstrom earned $15,000 for her victory.
If you’re an amateur golfer who blends a few perfect swings with a number of other problematic swings, you have to read a bit more of this testimonial.
Admittedly, I am not the world’s best golfer. Some at the club know me as “Bulldog” because I’m never out of a match. I don’t give up, even on the worst of days. And on the best of days, well, I can have some fun on the golf course.
Clearly I love the game. Heck I’ve played in 32 states, 12 foreign countries, and have amassed more than 900 different courses played. Only once into a single digit, for years I’ve been in the 12-14 handicap range. But along the way came less practice and more work, and a few pounds around the waist led to less swing speed and a loss of distance.
A couple years ago I came across the High Heat driver from Knuth Golf at an International Network of Golf conference in Utah, and loved it from my first swing. I stroked drive after drive down the range, loving the feel, the distance and accuracy. Still, I’ve been schooled to stay with the big guys, and didn’t want to ruin my game with a move to a new club despite knowing the technology was sound.
The club earned product of the year honors from the ING, and recently won a similar award at the PGA Merchandise Show.
Now, maybe from desperation of losing yardage as well as a bit of accuracy, I needed help. Oh, my driver was still decent, but my fairway woods? Embarrassing.
Running into Knuth Golf’s Stephen Trattner, he suggested the newly redesigned club I’d loved so much a couple years ago, the High Heat Three Wood. I am here to tell you, I am glad I did. While two years ago I was reluctant to change sticks, this time I hit this magical want numerous times and fell in love with the club.
There are reams of information on the www.knuthgolf.com website on the details of the club I hit at the ING Conference in Biloxi, MS., but suffice it to say I know totally understand what goes into the stew, only the result: magnificent.
Make no mistake about it, the High Heat is designed with innovation and technology. It promises more distance and accuracy on non-perfect hits, something I can attest to.
The technology behind the High Heat’s CG makes for a user friendly tool that not only delivers distance and accuracy but feels and looks the part. It’s perfect for the average golfer who doesn’t always make a stroke that delivers a club’s sweet spot.
Knuth Golf’s slogan is Helping Amateurs play better golf, and the High Heat line does just that.
“Each and every week when watching the Tour everyday players yearn to become more proficient with their drives and fairway woods,” explained Trattner. “Yet most continue to moan over mishits that end up in the rough or just don’t go an optimum distance. We can’t guarantee perfection, but we have developed a club that straightens mishits, sending more balls to the fairway.”
Balls ending up in the short grass are earlier to hit to the green, and that means lower scores. The unique High Heat design results in a consistently straighter shot, and that goes into a better scoring equation.
At www.golfbuckscounty.com we can’t guarantee your results will be like our results, but we can assuredly say that the High Heat driver and three wood clearly are a club we’d stand up against all for an average players performance and scoring.