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FTSG Local Golf News for April 30
The Spring Better Ball Kicks off The Tournament Season 
2022-05-02_Spring_BB_Course_Image_6x4196 Players representing 98 teams, will take on both Courses at NCR CC, in the Annual start to the MVGA Tournament Season. 

Net Divisions will play the North Course and Gross Divisions will play the South Course.

The Spring Better Ball, brings Golfers from across the Miami Valley to compete for Low Net and Low Gross Awards in this Four-Ball Competition.

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Wright State Wins Conference

The Wright State golf team captured its seventh Horizon League Championship on Tuesday at the Mission Inn Resort & Club in Howey-in-the-Hills, Florida, punching its ticket to the NCAA Championship for the sixth time in program history. 

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Additionally, Mikkel Mathiesen was the  individual champion with his 13-under total, marking the first time a Raider has won the individual title since former Wright State standout Ryan Wenzler in 2016. Mathiesen's individual title is the seventh overall individual Horizon League honor in Wright State history, giving the Raiders the most individual champions in League history.

Mathiesen carded six birdies in his bogey-free final round, including on the 18th hole, to finish with a round of 65 on Tuesday, the new lowest round in Horizon League Championship history. Mathiesen's three-round score of 203 set a new Horizon League record for lowest 54-hole individual score, shattering the previous mark of 210 that had been carded on four occasions. 

Tyler Goecke, who finished second individually at eight-under, carded a three-round total of 208 to also break the previous Horizon League low round mark. 

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Wright State will find out their NCAA Regional destination during the NCAA Division I Men's Golf Selection Show on Wednesday, May 4 at 4 p.m., which will be televised by the Golf Channel. The NCAA Regionals will take place May 15-18 at six regional sites, with the National Championship teeing off May 27-June 1 in Scottsdale, Arizona.

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Jeff Grant, PGA Wins Award
GrantJeff Grant, PGA General Manager at NCR Country Club, has built his career on mentorship and helping lead others in the industry which is why he has been selected as the 2022 Bill Strausbaugh Award recipient for the Southern Ohio Section of the PGA of America.

He’s helped numerous PGA Professionals advance their careers while leading a team of seven PGA Members at his club today. One way that he’s led others is through education. Grant earned a PGA Certification in Executive Management and is also a Certified Club Manager through the Club Management Association of America (CMAA). He doesn’t just lead by example, he invests in others through their own education. Of the seven PGA Members on this staff, one has earned the distinction of PGA Master Professional while five have earned a Certification.
 
Austin Greaser's Post-Masters Thoughts
By Sean Melia, Contributing Writer

2022-04-04_In_Front_of_LeaderboardFor any amateur competing in The Masters, the test is stern, and it doesn’t start with the opening tee shot on Thursday. Austin Greaser spent plenty of time in the lead-up to The Masters playing Augusta National and learning as much as he could about the greens, tee shots, and how to manage the tricky terrain.

However, as Greaser reflected on his week at Augusta National, the golf wasn’t all that different from any other event. It’s the same small golf ball and set of clubs. 


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Eaton CC Celebrates Centennial Year of Clubhouse

Eaton600A 100 Year celebration is planned for Saturday, July 23rd to showcase Eaton County Club’s historic Clubhouse, its 9-Hole golf course and to recognize the contribution it has had to the local community.

A full day of activities is planned and the public is encouraged to participate.  Plans are for a 9-hole scramble golf outing and an Open House celebration in the ballroom with light refreshments provided.

ECC dates to 1915 when a lease taken on land of which part was seeded into a few primitive holes along Hillcrest Rd and Rt. 732. Sheep were used as mowers and Hole 1 was the current hole 5. As time passed, in 1924 the green for Hole 9 was built.  So Eaton CC does not have one original date for the course, but it does for the Clubhouse, which is 1922. 

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Dayton CC Caddie Program 
caddyDayton Country Club is currently hiring caddies for the 2022 Golf season. The caddy season runs from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Golf experience is preferred, but not required. All candidates should be self-starters who are looking to work hard and build relationships in a fun, professional environment.

Dayton Country Club has a long caddy history that includes many Evans Scholarship recipients, as well as the current Western Golf Association Chairman, Joe Desch.

Interested applicants should contact Macrae Conrad at mconrad@daytoncountryclub.com.
Last Week's Rules Question
With the beginning of the Tournament Season Upon Us we will forgo the Rules Questions until the Fall

Player_from_BunkerA player plays their ball from a greenside bunker over the green and onto the next teeing area, where while in motion another playing that is making a practice swing accidentally strikes the ball. The ball then comes to rest in a yellow penalty area. What is the ruling?

A - The player must replay the shot from the bunker and cancel the previous stroke.

B - The player has the option to play the ball from the spot in which it was deflected by an outside agency or cancel the stroke, place a ball or another ball on the original spot in the bunker, and replay the shot without penalty.

C - The ball may be placed on the spot that it was accidentally struck on the tee and played from there, without penalty as the ball was deflected by an outside agency.

D - The player must play the ball as it lies, take penalty area relief, or replay the shot from the bunker under stroke and distance penalty. 

Answer/Explanation: 

If a player's ball in motion accidentally hits any person or outside influence, the ball must be played as it lies, except in two situations:

Exception 1 - When Ball Played from Anywhere Except Putting Green Comes to Rest on Any Person, Animal or Moving Outside Influence: The player must not play the ball as it lies. Instead, the player must take relief:

  • When Ball Is Anywhere Except on Putting Green. The player must drop the original ball or another ball in this relief area (See Rule 14.3):
    • Reference Point: The estimated point right under where the ball first came to rest on the person, animal or moving outside influence.
    • Size of Relief Area Measured from Reference Point: One club-length, but with these limits:
    • Limits on Location of Relief Area:
    • Must be in the same area of the course as the reference point, and
    • Must not be nearer the hole than the reference point.
  • When Ball Is on Putting Green. The player must place the original ball or another ball on the estimated spot right under where the ball first came to rest on the person, animal or moving outside influence, using the procedures for replacing a ball under Rules 14.2b(2) and 14.2e.

Exception 2 - When Ball Played from Putting Green Accidentally Hits Any Person, Animal or Movable Obstruction (Including Another Ball in Motion) on Putting Green: The stroke does not count and the original ball or another ball must be replaced on its original spot (which if not known must be estimated) (See Rule 14.2), except in these two cases:

  • Ball in Motion Hits Another Ball at Rest or Ball-Marker on Putting Green. The stroke counts and the ball must be played as it lies. (See Rule 11.1a for whether a penalty applies in stroke play).
  • Ball in Motion Accidentally Hits Flagstick or Person Attending Flagstick. This is covered by Rule 13.2b(2), not by this Rule.

Penalty for Playing Incorrectly Substituted Ball or Playing Ball from a Wrong Place in Breach of Rule 11.1: General Penalty under Rule 6.3b or 14.7a.

Example: When playing a shot from the general area my ball strikes another ball at rest on a green and deflects away from where it would have come to rest. Or I play a shot that hits my own golf cart and deflects 20 yards behind my original location. In both situations the deflection was accidental, and the ball is to be played as it lies.

So, The Answer was D

For our Gamers
2k21_ImageWhile Madden Golf Course is currently not open, that does not mean that you can't play it.  We recently had the course designed using the LiDAR scan so you can play all 18 holes on the 2k21 PGA Tour. 

2k21 PGA Tour Events using the Madden Course will start as we move into the off season but until then you are welcome to play it all you want! 

SOPGA Jr Event Scholarship Program

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The Southern Ohio PGA, through the PGA REACH Southern Ohio Foundation, is pleased to introduce the new Junior Golf Grant beginning in 2022. The program will provide financial assistance to qualifying juniors to help offset the cost of Southern Ohio PGA Junior Tour events. 

“The introduction of the Junior Golf Grant is our next step in contributing to the growth of golf throughout the Southern Ohio PGA Section” noted Southern Ohio PGA Junior Golf Committee Chairman, Joe Falardeau, PGA. “We’re excited to expand our support of young golfers inspired to play the game our PGA Professionals love.”

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Don't forget to change your scoring app
Replacement_App_Photo_copyThe unbundling of services between Golf Genius and the USGA means we need to switch to a different app for our Live Scoring, many of you have used the Blue USGA Tournament Management App which has been retired. 

If you don’t have the Orange Golf Genius App already, please download either the Apple Appor Android Appbased on your operating system.  
Register for the Play More Golf Challenge 

More_Golf_ChallengeBack for it's fourth year, the 2022 Season Challenge to post more rounds of golf during our active season then in 2021 will begin on March 15th and end at the end of our Active Season, November 30th.

The winner will receive a Gift Certificate to the Miami Valley Golf Shop of the winners choosing.

The drawing will be held in December for those who registered for this challenge and posted more rounds of golf in 2022. 

Golfer's chances for wining the Grand Prize will increase based on the number of scores posted over their 2021 total. 

To be eligible you must have posted at least 5 rounds in 2021 and be an active member of the MVGA/GHIN System Handicap System

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Need a Technology Solution for your Junior Lesson Registration?

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Now in it's second year, Miami Valley Golf through our Golf Next programming is once again offering our member facilities and junior programs across the Miami Valley to use our resources to develop and register golfers for their Lesson Programs.  

If interested you can learn more here!

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Dayton

The Flyer Men are competing in the Atlantic 10 Championship through Sunday at Reunion Resort in Kissimmee, FL. Through Round 1 the UD Team was in 8th position at +11 as a team (Scores are Best 4 of 5).  Leading Dayton Golfer at even par was Ryan Clements - For Scores

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Both Tiger Golf teams are competing in the NCAC Championship which  runs through Sunday at Westbrook Country Club in Mansfield, OH.  To View the Women Scores  /  To View the Men Scores

Diana Schwab, Get a Girl Golfing Clinic
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This Free Clinic will be held on Monday, July 11th at Community Golf Course beginning at 10am and is open to any girl ages 7 -18.  This annual clinic is named after Diana Schwab who hosted this clinic every year until her untimely passing in 2013.  

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Drive Chip and Putt Registration Open

Drive_Chaip_and_Putt_OpenLocal qualifying begins in May. Entrants will play in girls’ and boys’ divisions in four age categories, with scoring centered around skill development in driving, chipping and putting. Local Qualifying Sites are Tri-City Golf Ranch, Heatherwoode, Southwest Golf Ranch, The Golf Club at Dublin and Blacklick Woods Golf Course

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Who Are this Golfers
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If you can name all of these Winners from Last Years MVGA Spring Better Ball at Troy CC and you are one of the first three people to do it, you will receive a MVGA Peter Millar Polo!

About the Banner: University of  Dayton Golf Team, group photo last week before they headed down to their A-10 Conference Championship

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