FTSG Local Golf News for August 14
Greaser in SemiFinals Today at US Amateur


For the second time this Summer, Austin Greaser is in the Semifinals of a very prestigious Amateur Championship.  The first being the Western Amateur (Watch His Matcheswhere he lost to the eventual champion, Michael Thorbjomsen in a tightly contested match 2 up.

This time it's the 121st US Amateur being contested this week at Oakmont CC.  His 139, 1 under par Stroke Play Qualifying Score, got him easily inside the Top 64 to qualify him as the 24th seed for Match Play in the 312-player field.  The sister course for the stroke play qualifying rounds was the Longue Vue Club just down the Allegheny from Oakmont, northeast of Pittsburgh.

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Watch his Match Today On Golf Channel at 3pm and NBC at 4pm 

Qualifiers at Walnut Grove Wins US Women's Amateur


With a round of -2, 70 at Walnut Grove CC on Thursday, July 8th, Jensen Castle, tied for the 4th of just 6 positions in the US Women's Amateur Qualifier, missing a three-person playoff by just a shot.  She started her round on that hot steamy day by making bogey's on the 5th and 7th holes before turning it on by birding 8, 12, 13 and 16 to bring it inside the qualifying number by just one shot.

Once she reached the US Women's Amateur at Westchester CC just outside of New York City her first round of 79 left her outside of the number to make the match play field (The Low 64 reach Match Play).  Her second round score of 71, brought her into a tie for 63rd position with 11other golfers, one of them being Marissa Wenzler, from Centerville, this year's Western Women's Amateur Champion.  To make Match Play she was going to have to survive a 12 for 2 playoff.  

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Trivia Question: Has there ever been anyone from the Miami Valley who has won the US Amateur?  Answer on the Bottom.
Masters at Sugar Valley on Monday


The 3rd Event of the Season is this Monday at Sugar Valley Golf Course and gets underway with a 1pm shotgun. 

There is no lunch prior and Dinner is included after play with your entry. 

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Over the Top
By Dr. Nick Curry


Over-the-Top is perhaps the most common swing characteristic among high handicap golfers. It usually occurs because of overuse or over-dominance of the upper body during the downswing. As a result, the club is thrown outside of the intended swing plane, with the club head approaching the ball in an out-to-in motion. This creates a pull if the clubface is square or a slice if the clubface is open.  This can create a lot of issues if your “misses” are potentially going in two different directions.

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    Dr. Nick Curry is a chiropractor that is also certified through the highly esteemed Titleist Performance Institute as a medical, fitness, and junior golf wellness professional.  He is the owner of Integrative Health and Sports Performance in Bellbrook and serves at the Team Chiropractor to Wright State and Miami Universities.  To Visit their Website 
    Mid Am /Senior Metropolitan

    The 2021 Mid Amateur and Senior Metro is taking place at Troy Country Club on September 9th and 10th. The format of this year's championship is 36-holes of stroke-play.

    Divisions of Play:

    • Mid Amateur - Ages 25-49
    • Senior Metropolitan Divisions - Ages 50-64, 65-74, and 75+.

    Entry Deadline - 11:59p.m., Friday, September 3rd.

    For practice rounds, contact Troy Country Club at (937)335-1328.

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    Rules of Golf Question: True or False - You can change your Golf Ball when taking relief.  (Answer at Bottom)
    MVTI is September 23rd

    NCR_Wins_MVTI_2019The annual Miami Valley Team Invitational, founded in 1994 by David McSemek, as an event at the end of the season to determine who had the best playing club that year.

    This year's invitational is taking place on September 23rd at The Country Club of the North.

    The format of this year's invitational includes teams of 8 players from each club in this 27-hole event.  Play includes 9 holes of Best Ball, 9 holes of Alternate Shot, and 9 holes of  Singles.  At conclusion, the winner will be decided by the lowest aggregate score from all 3 competitions.

    At the most resent invitational in 2019, it was NCR Country Club who was victorious, beating Country Club of the North by 10 strokes.

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    2021 Tournament Schedule
    5/3 - Spring BB - Troy - Results5/17 - Shamble - Urbana - Results
    6/1 - Ohio Am Q - Results6/14 - Twin BB - CC of the North - Info
    6/7 - US Open Final - Results8/3 - Tri City - NCR - Results
    7/8 - US W Am - Walnut Grove  - Results 8/30 - Fall Classic - Piqua  
    7/12 - US M Am - Moraine - ResultsMASTERS 
    7/22-25 - Metropolitan - Yankee - Results5/24 - Walnut Grove - Results
    8/9 - Mercedes Benz - Moraine  - Results6/21 - Piqua - Results
    8/23 - One Eye Open - Moraine 8/16 - Sugar Valley - Info
    9/9-10 - Sr & Mid Am Metro - Troy 9/20- CC of the North (New Date)
    9/23 - MVTI - CC of the North WOSGA (WOMEN)
    10/11 - Celebration - Dayton CC 5/24-25 - State Sr - Kinsale - Powell
    10/12-13 - Ohio IntraState - Moraine 6/7-9 - World Team - Alliance - Alliance 
    6/28-7/1 - Am & Mid Am - Walnut Grove 
    OHIO GOLF ASSOCIATION7/12-13 - Junior - Marion CC - Marion 
    6/22-24 - Ohio Sr Am - Miami ValleyOWGA
    7/26-30 - Ohio Am - Avalon Lakes  9/11-12 - State Park Champ - Hueston Wds
    8/1-3 - Sr. Am Hall of Fame - Plum Brook 
    8/23-25 - Ohio Mid Am - Sylvania LPGA AGA 
    9/13-14 - Ohio Two Man - Worthington  

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    Ohio Golf Journal for August

    Items in this edition...

    • Should Golf really be an Olympic Sport
    • New Inductees in the Ohio Golf Hall of Fame
    • Ryder Cup and Solheim Cup are coming soon
    • and Much More.

    The Fried Egg 
    The Morning Read
    Global Golf Post
    From the Short Grass Archive 

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    David Feherty
    Golfers Journal   
    The Shotgun Start
    The Fried Egg
    No Laying Up
    18 Strong- Golf Fitness
    The Back of the Range Golf Podcast 
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    Rules of Golf Changes in Video
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    Trivia Question: Has there ever been anyone from the Miami Valley who has won the US Amateur?  Answer on the Bottom.

    Answer:  No, the closest we believe to our area was when Cincinnatian, Johnny Fischer won the 1937 US Amateur at The Garden City Golf Club is 1936
    Rules of Golf Question: True or False - You can change your Golf Ball when taking relief.

    Answer: True. You can use your original ball or another ball when taking either free or penalty relief. 

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