FTSG Local Golf News for March 12
More Evening Golf !

Active_Season_Begins_March_15thDon't forget to set your clocks an hour ahead tonight!

With the forecast for Sunday not all that promising, losing an hour of sleep won't hurt too much, especially to pick up another hour to play in the evenings.

The forecast, does shape up this week, with great Spring Temperatures to welcome our first day of the Active Season for Score Posting on Tuesday, March 15th.   

As a reminder once your course gets back on the regular tees and greens, your scores should be posted all the time except when...

  • Playing Alone
  • Not following the rules of golf…..however, this does NOT include when you play winter rules/preferred lies as those scores should be posted (Detail)
  • You play less than 7 Holes
  • An event requires less than 14 clubs or limits types of clubs
  • Using non-conforming equipment
  • Playing a round in an inactive area of the country or playing a course that does not have a course rating

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    Core Aeration
    2022-03-12-Nicoludis-Zach-Core_Aeration_copyAs the 2022 golf season approaches, many golfers are likely getting the itch to play the first round of the year. Similarly, golf course superintendents are getting the itch to perform some important agronomic practices. Most notably, cultural management practices like aeration. Here are a few points to keep in mind when you play a course where aeration has recently been performed.

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    US Open Final Competitor Wins Puerto Rico Open

    Ryan_BrehmMiami Valley Golf is fortunate to host a US Open Final Stage every year at Springfield Country Club.  This year is no different as we are again hosting one on Monday June 6.  Incidentally, we will be needing plenty of walking scores and other volunteers to help us through the day and you can get involved as a volunteer here.

    As we've had quite a few years of running this final stage qualifier it's always fun to share stories of those who have come through Springfield on their way to further success.  Last week, the PGA Tour had two events, the Arnold Palmer Invitational, and the Puerto Rico open.

    In that field of the Puerto Rico Open was Ryan Brehm who was using a minor medical extension which he attained because of a COVID withdrawal in 2021. Ryan came through Springfield last year and lost in the playoff for the final spot in last year’s US Open Final to Sahith Theegala, who you may remember made such a strong run at the WM Phoenix Open, Superbowl Weekend.

    Ryan needed to either win the event or finish solo second for PGA Tour status for 2022, otherwise he would head back to the Korn Ferry tour where he's already made four starts.  Lo and behold he wins the Puerto Rico Open by 6 shots.  

    For the Rest is His Life Changing Story.

    TRIVIA QUESTION:   What year was the First Tournament Players Championship Played (Now Players Championship), Who Won It, and Where was it Held?

    To Listen To the History of the TPC Stadium Course by our Friend Dom Dastoli
    Stracka Line Hole Locations Added to Golf Genius

    GG_Article_2022-03-12_copyOften used in competitive rounds as a great way to enhance the event. Traditionally these printed sheets have used circles and lines to indicate the locations of the holes on each green, giving the players more information than a range finder would. But as technology has advanced over the years the sheets have remained unchanged, until now.

    Golf Genius has now partnered with StrakaLine, the provider of course yardage books for the PGA Tour, bringing your hole location sheet to the next level. Gone are the days of circles and lines, as StrakaLine provides a detailed GPS layout of the green and surrounding bunkers, providing you with a more exact view of the landing area.

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    Miami Valley Golf provides Golf Genius to our golf community to further support our game in the Miami Valley.  For more information on Golf Genius or using Golf Genius for your league or charitable event please email 

    Lower Back Pain

    It is estimated that more than half of you reading this article will experience low back pain that will affect your performance at some point this season. And at least 50% of you have missed 3-6 weeks of participation in the past because of the pain.  That is a big deal!  The most common cause of injuries in amateurs is mechanics.  So here’s the best part, low back pain is very preventable! 

    Lower_Back_Pain_FemaleThe six most common mechanisms of injury are:

    1. Poor body mechanics
    2. Poor swing mechanics
    3. Excessive Practice (overuse)
    4. No regular customized exercise program
    5. Poor nutrition
    6. Improper club fitting 

    Looking at the most common mechanisms of injury we can see that we can easily address every single one.  Your swing instructor can easily address your swing mechanics and club fitting and your TPI professional (Swing Rx ;)) can address the body mechanics, exercise program, nutrition, and also make sure you don’t overtrain.  Let’s talk a little more about the first 2 since body and swing mechanics will have the greatest influence on injuries.  

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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 or call 937-848-8500  

    WilberforceThe Memorial Tournament presented by Workday and the Black Golf Alliance (BGA), in association with the PGA TOUR, announced this past week the details surrounding the second annual BGA Juneteenth Golf Weekend Classic. The 47th playing of the Memorial, the prestigious PGA TOUR event hosted annually by golf legend Jack Nicklaus, will serve as the backdrop for the 2022 BGA Juneteenth event.

    The Memorial Tournament presented by Workday is May 30 – June 5, 2022 at the renowned Muirfield Village Golf Club.

    In recognition of Juneteenth-an American holiday honoring the freedom of enslaved people in the United States at the end of the Civil War-BGA created the Juneteenth Golf Weekend Classic to support entities, foundations, and organizations that align with its core mission, to grow the game of golf in the Black community through love, unity, and respect for each other and the game itself. This year’s event will benefit the Wilberforce University (WU) Golf Team. Located in Wilberforce, Ohio, WU is the nation’s oldest private, historically Black University owned and operated by African Americans.

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    College Corner

    GoeckeOver the past week, Wright State's successful season continues to improve as they go 2-for-2 on wins during their spring break. They began their break in Orlando, where they won the Orlando Invitational by 21 strokes and fired a team score of 5-under-par. Tyler Goecke, from Xenia, collected medalist honors as he carded a 54-hole score of 6-under-par, winning by 5 strokes. Bryce Haney, Mikkel Mathiesen, Cole Corder, and Davis Root all also finished in the top 15. 

    Following the win in Orlando, the team traveled to St. Simmons Island, GA where they competed in the Sea Palms Invitational in a field of 18 teams. After the conclusion of the 36 holes, the Raiders trailed by 8 strokes to the Dayton Flyers. Led again by Junior Tyler Goecke, the Raiders rallied to shoot a tournament-low round of 10-under-par 274 in the final round. It wasn't until the final 9 holes of the tournament where the Raiders were able to gain back the ground. As a team, the Raiders carded 17 birdies and 1 eagle in the final 9 holes, allowing them to quickly climb their way back up the leaderboard. Individually, Tyler Goecke finished tied for 3rd, Cole Corder finished in 8th place, Bryce Haney tied for 13th, Mikkel Mathiesen tied for 24th, and Davis Root tied for 47th. 

    This gives Wright State their 5th and 6th win of this school year, making them now 6-for-8 on tournament wins in the 2021/2022 season. They now have 3 weeks off before they compete again on March 27th and 28th at the Seahawk Invitational in Wilmington, NC.

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    DaytonMany other local collegiate teams are back in action over the next few weeks. The Dayton Flyers Men's team makes there next appearance today and Sunday at the Forest Creek Collegiate in Pinehurst, NC.

    The Lady Flyers are making their first appearance of the spring this week at the Peggy Kirk Bell Memorial Tournament hosted by Rollins College in Orlando, FL. The Flyers are set to compete on this coming Monday and Tuesday.

    The Cedarville Yellow Jackets are also making their spring debut this Monday and Tuesday at The Hillsdale Bell Collegiate in Southern Pines, NC.

    WittenbergLastly, The Wittenberg Ladies team is also making their first appearance of the spring next Saturday and Sunday as they are traveling to Beverly, OH to compete in the Marrietta Women's Invite at Lakeside Golf Club.

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    Diana Schwab, Get a Girl Golfing Clinic
    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.  

    To Register

    Season_ScheduleOur Tournament Season starts with the Annual Spring Better Ball presented by our friends at Midwest Security Services and wraps up with the Season Ending Celebration, this year moved back a week until Monday, October 17th, hosted annually by Dayton Country Club.  

    In between those dates we have 32 Tournaments taking place over 52 Days. 

    All Registrations are now open and listed here.   

    DDWGA Jr Girls Scholarship
    482-X5Began back in 1996 the DDWGA has a long legacy of playing it forward for our Junior Girls.

    Collegiate Scholarships are typically in the thousand dollar range and require a minimum number of documents to apply.

    This Years Deadline is April 15th!

    To see a list of past recipient and/or download and application
    This Week's Rules Question

    Pine_Cone_and_Golf_BallAfter a brief search you find a ball that you believe to be yours. The ball is resting against a pinecone that will make it difficult to play the shot and, if removed, could cause the ball to move. Complicating matters, the pesky pinecone obscures the spot on the ball where your identification mark is located.

    Rather than marking and lifting the ball to identify it, you see that lifting the pinecone will be to your advantage, so you move the pinecone instead of lifting the ball thus causing the ball to move and yes, it turns out to be your ball.

    The ruling is:

    A. You may lift and identify in this case only by marking its spot and lifting to ensure that the pinecone remains a challenge in playing your next stroke, so you get one penalty stroke for causing your ball to move and the ball must be replaced, but you are not required to replace the pinecone.

    B. You get no penalty as long as you replace the pinecone and the ball.

    C. You get no penalty as long as you replace the ball but are not required to replace the pinecone.

    D. You are disqualified under Rule 1.2 (Serious Misconduct) for circumventing the Spirt of the Rules.

    First 3 Correct Answers will receive MVGA Headwear  
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    Last Weeks Rules Question - Answer B

    Late_to_TeePlayers A & B are scheduled to play each other in a match beginning at 8:00 a.m. Due to non-extraordinary circumstances, Player A arrives at the tee ready to play at 8:02 a.m. and Player B arrives ready to play at 8:04 a.m. Player A declares that he has won the 1st hole since he arrived at the tee before B. B makes a request for a ruling as he believes the match should be tied after the 1st hole.

    A member of the Committee is not currently available, so the players proceed to the 2nd hole which is a Par 3.

    After A tees off on the 2nd hole B asks him which club he used and A replies that he used a 5 iron. A completes the hole in 3 strokes while B completes the hole in 4 strokes.

    The players meet with a member of the Committee on the 3rd tee and inform them of their ruling request. How does the match stand after the 2nd hole?

    B. A is 1 up

    Congratulations to Last Week's Winners: Leah Halfpap, Dan Snyder, and Kevin Flynn 

    For over a decade, Miami Valley Golf and the team at Bob Ross Auto Group, led by their President, Jenell Ross have been working together to use our great game to be an agent of change for our community.  We thank them for being our partners and look forward to many more years working to make a difference for our Miami Valley Community!  To visit them online

    Drive Chip and Putt Registration Open


    Local 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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    TRIVIA QUESTION:   What year was the First Tournament Players Championship Played (Now Players Championship), Who Won It, and Where was it Held?

    Answer:  1974, Jack Nicklaus, Atlanta Country Club

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