Fore Fridays 4/23/21

Fried eggs can be delicious at your local diner, but a fried egg on the golf course will put a bad taste in your mouth.  A “fried egg lie” happens when your golf ball hits soft or wet sand in a bunker and becomes partially buried.  Only the top half of the golf ball remains visible above a surrounding ring of sand, so it looks like a yolk in the middle of a fried egg.  Luckily, PGA Certified Coach Kellie Stenzel has cooked up four easy steps to help you flip a fried egg out of any sand trap… Watch Now >>

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For Starters

Next time you get mad about an errant shot on the golf course, take a page (literally) from Kathy Whitworth’s Little Book of Golf Wisdom and just snap out of it.

Whitworth, a World Golf Hall of Famer, won 88 times on the LPGA Tour in a professional golf career that spanned three decades.  She knows a thing or two about anger management. “Although it doesn’t look very good,” notes Whitworth, “I don’t really mind if a player gets upset after a bad shot or a bad hole as long as they regain their composure in time to hit their next shot.”

Whitworth’s first win came in 1962 and her last in 1985.  She joined the LPGA Tour in 1958 at age 19, four years after playing the game for the first time.  She made a career of “turning anger into birdies” – a trick she learned early on that allowed her to quickly put a bad hole behind her and focus on trying even harder to make birdie on the next hole.

“It’s a mindset,” says Whitworth.  “Anger after a mistake got me to focus harder on the next hole as opposed to letting it upset my thinking, ruin my concentration and rush my next shot.  I would say to myself, ‘I’m not going to do that again.  Now I’m going to go the other way.’  It’s a wonderful feeling because you’re in control.”

And Whitworth, with her highly styled coif that never moved even in the gustiest weather, her poker face and lanky, lithe frame, was always in control, according to fellow competitor Jane Blalock, a 27-time champion whose LPGA Tour career intersected with Whitworth’s in 1969, a point at which “Whit” had already won 48 tournaments.

When Jane Blalock joined the LPGA Tour in 1969, Kathy Whitworth had already carded 48 wins.

“Nothing phased her,” recalls Blalock, now CEO of the KPMG Women’s PGA Clinics. “She could always score – you don’t win 88 tournaments without the ability to post great scores.  But she could be shooting 68 or 78, and you’d never know the difference.  She had that poker face.”

Born a Texan, Whit grew up in Jal, New Mexico where her father owned a hardware store.  Her parents joined a modest, “junior-friendly” club and Whitworth showed natural prowess at age 15, going on to win two consecutive New Mexico State Amateur Championships at age 18 and 19.  She won her first LPGA tournament at age 23, and went on to earn the LPGA’s Vare Trophy for best scoring average a record seven times.

“She had a silver putter with a gold plate in it and all it did was make putts,” recalls Blalock. “Especially when she had to.  Whit was phenomenal under pressure.”

Had it not been for Blalock, the LPGA’s 1969 Rookie of the Year, Whit might have carded even more victories.  Blalock remembers edging Whit by a stroke for her fifth win on Tour in 1972 and later that same year, besting her in two sudden death playoffs.

“To beat Whit head-to-head was pretty spectacular,” says Blalock of the “winningest” pro in golf’s history.  “If she had a bad hole, she would come right back fighting even harder to make birdie.  She would get mad about a bogey in a sort of self-deprecating way, and then channel that into the next hole.  She’d beat herself up to make herself better, and it worked!”

Bottom Line:  Bad shots and bad holes happen in golf.  It’s ok to get mad at yourself, but make sure you snap out of it in time to dedicate all of your concentration and focus to playing the next hole.  “Manage your anger,” says Whitworth.  “Don’t let your anger manage you.”

What’s Whit up to now?  Read more about Kathy Whitworth, 81. >>

Scroll down to our Book Club to learn more about Whitworth’s Little Book of Golf Wisdom!

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Call the Shot

Be one of the first 5 to name this LPGA Tour player who holed out from the bunker for birdie on her way to an opening round 67 at this week’s Hugel-Air Premia LA Open.  She’s perhaps best known as the Symetra Tour player who made the 2020 AIG Women’s Open, a major championship, her first LPGA win.  If you get it right on your first attempt, we’ll send you a prize from the KPMG Women’s PGA Clinics swag closet!  If you’ve won before, play for pride or just to say hi!  Reply to this e-mail with your call.

Renee Powell, a pioneer in women’s golf, was the second Black golfer to compete on the LPGA Tour (1967-1980).  She is a member of the PGA of America Hall of Fame.

On Course

Notables and key takeaways from the world of golf.

>>  Yes!  We have a 2021 schedule – please click here to see the KPMG Women’s PGA Clinics dates and learn more about registering.

>>  “I’ve had so many incredible mentors throughout golf, but one person who comes to mind immediately is Renee Powell,” says Suzy Whaley, Honorary President of the PGA of America.  “We met in 2003 in PGA governance when we served on a committee together and we became very good friends.  I heard her stories and was always inspired that her mission and purpose never waivered even though there were plenty of struggles and challenges.  She pushed me to do more, to envision a better association.  She made me think it was possible to be part of the bigger picture.  Every time I’m challenged, I think of Renee Powell and I think, ‘I can overcome it.’  We still chat once a week.”   Learn more about Renee Powell, the second African American women to play on the LPGA Tour.

>>  Remember when you were in love without a care in the world?  It was kinda like that when LPGA Certified Coach Rita Slavetskas and her golf group happened upontwo snakes mating in the middle of the 13th fairway at Cacapon Resort State Park, a mountain course in West Virginia.  “I used the longest irons in my bag – my 4 and 5 irons,” reports Slavetskas, “and I attempted to pick them up together, but they separated as their ‘intimacy’ was interrupted.”  Slavetskas proceeded to move each snake individually with the clubs to a rocky area off the fairway.  “As soon as both were there, they immediately returned to their desired position and continued on, just like that,” adds Slavetskas, who says this unusual encounter was a “first” in her 25+ years in golf education. “Sure was an interesting sight to see,” chuckles Slavetskas, “and then we we just went ahead and played out the hole.  Onward!”

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>>  No tee? No problem.  If you run out of tees in the middle of a round of golf, here are three things you can do to make do:  1.)  Look for discarded tees – you might find a slightly damaged usable one near the teeing ground, or you can easily repair a broken tee with a bit of tape, gum or a part of a band-aid. 2.)  Build a pyramid of moist sand or dirt – golfers used to do this before tees were invented.  Or, use small sticks to build a pyramid and gently place your ball on top. 3.)  Use smashed ground – before your shot, swing the clubface, leading edge down, into the ground.  This will cause the turf to wedge up, creating a small mound on which you can place your ball.  Watch World Golf Hall of Famer Laura Davies Make a Turf Tee >>

Lydia Ko returned to the winner’s circle in a big way at the 2021 LOTTE Championship.

On Tour
Pro tour tidbits for the virtual water cooler.

LPGA Tour

  • New Zealand’s Lydia Ko, perhaps best known as the youngest golfer – male or female – to reach World No. 1 ranking in 2015 at age 17 – returned to the limelight at the 2021 LOTTE Championship in Hawaii with a seven stroke victory, capturing her 16th win on the LPGA Tour and her first in nearly three years.
  • Ko, who won 14 LPGA Tour events before she turned 20, pocketed $300,000 and ironically, a silver bullet of a trophy that could be just the magic she needs to re-energize a stalled career.  Four of the hottest names in women’s golf couldn’t catch Ko at Kapolei – Inbee Park, Nelly Korda, Sei Young Kim and Irish rookie upstart Leona Maguire settled for T2 and $125k+ each.  Here’s how the rest of the field did in the purse breakdown.
  • The Hugel-Air Premia LA Open, taking place this weekend at Wilshire Country Club in Los Angeles, is another Wed-Sat set-up, a departure from professional golf’s traditional staging of events on Thurs-Sun.  Jessica Korda opened with a 64, tying the course record, and then followed that up with a 65 to take the lead by three strokes.  Live Scoring >

Stewart Cink won the RBC Heritage for the third time (2000, 2004, 2021), picking up his eighth PGA Tour victory and second of the season.

PGA Tour

  • Stewart Cink is back!  The 47-year-old won for the second time this season (so it’s not a fluke) at the 2021 RBC Heritage in Harbour Town, SC, besting the field by four shots.  Cink “shot the fur off the course” with his kid on the bag and a solid swing in his heart.  Before 2020, Cink’s last victory was The (British) Open – 11 years ago.
  • Cink pulled in $1,278,000 for his eighth career win, his third traditional plaid jacket and a trophy that could startle you at night cuz it’s a small person with a club in the dark on a mantel…but we digress. Here’s how everyone else did in the purse breakdown.
  • If you’re into stats and Stewart, Cink cleared a few milestones at the RBC, including becoming one of three players to win the event three times.  More >
  • RBC Heritage T2 finisher Harold Varner III, one of a handful of Black golfers on the PGA Tour, admits he keeps it pretty simple over the ball.  More on Varner’s swing thoughts >
  • The PGA Tour’s Zurich Classic of New Orleans set for TPC Louisiana this weekend is a now two-man team event that will use an alternating-round Four-ball and Foursomes format. Thursday and Saturday rounds will be Four-ball, and Friday and Sunday rounds will be Foursomes.  Before it became a team event, FORE! Fridaysfavorite Justin Rose won it in 2015.  Maybe with a little help from playing partner Henrik Stenson, he can get another win in the Crescent City.  They’re currently three shots back and tied for 7th after Thursday’s opening round.

Coming Up – keep your eyes peeled for these golf happenings.

This Weekend:

LPGA Tour – Los Angeles, CA

Watch it on TV:  All times ET.

  • 3rd Round, Fri Apr 23:  6:30-9pm, Golf Channel
  • Final Round, Sat Apr 24:  6-9pm, Golf Channel

PGA Tour – Avondale, LA

Watch it on TV:  All times ET.

  • Fri Apr 23:  3:30-6:30pm, Golf Channel
  • Sat Apr 24:  1-3pm, Golf Channel | 3-6pm, CBS
  • Sun Apr 25:  1-3pm, Golf Channel | 3-6pm, CBS

From Our PGA/LPGA Coaches

The circumstances of a short shot around the green often call for a decision between chipping the ball (keeping it low) or pitching it (hitting it high).  PGA/LPGA Certified Coach Sue Kaffenburgh is here to help you visualize the shots so you can apply them when you need them.  It’s amazing what you can learn with a bag of potato chips and a couple of teddy bears!

Watch Chip It or Pitch It Now >>https://www.youtube.com/embed/VazrHQllH5c?wmode=opaque

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Can I Get a Ruling?

In the third round of the 2021 RBC Heritage, Si Woo Kim hit a 32-foot birdie putt from the fringe that hung on the edge of the cup for a full minute before dropping into the hole.  As it hung on the edge of the hole, the players and caddies in his group thought the ball was still moving, so they all kept waiting for something to happen – you’re not supposed to hit a moving ball – but the Rules of Golf specifically address this situation to keep play from coming to a standstill.  Kim was ultimately assessed a rare penalty as a result of waiting too long for the ball to drop.

Rule 13.3a states that when any part of the ball is overhanging the lip of the hole, the player is allowed a reasonable amount of time to walk up to her ball plus an additional ten seconds to see if the ball falls into the hole.

After that time period, the ball is “deemed to be” at rest (which in the Rules of Golf means IT IS AT REST) – even if you can still see it moving.  At this point the Rules say, you’re done; tap it in and move on or if you waited too long and your ball falls in the hole after the additional ten seconds has elapsed, then you are deemed to have holed out with your previous stroke, but must now add 1 penalty stroke for waiting too long. Either way, you end up with the same score for the hole.  Kim was putting for a birdie that eventually dropped.  Had he just moved in to tap it in for par, it would have been the same result as waiting over a minute to watch it fall and then incur a 1 stroke penalty on top of his super slow birdie.

The purpose of this Rule is to establish a maximum amount of time allowed to wait for a ball to fall into the hole – otherwise players would be standing around forever waiting for something to happen and holding up the golf course!   If you find yourself in a similar situation as Kim, walk to your ball, wait ten seconds max and then just tap it in for your final stroke.  Onward!

To ask a rules question that may be addressed and shared in a future issue of FORE! Fridays, kindly e-mail Robin Jervey at rjervey@jbcgolf.com.

Get Moving!

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19th Hole

“Wine can be a better teacher than ink, and banter is often better than books.”
– Stephen Fry

When it comes to seafood, Jane Blalock will never turn down a seared yellow tail snapper with lemon and butter and a dash of white wine. So it comes as no surprise she has four “go to” chardonnays best paired with this delicious favorite – and all are robust as required.  “These are also great with swordfish, which I like to marinate in olive oil and Herbes de Provence,” says Blalock.  Bolster your wine bunker with Blalock’s reco’s and be sure to try the snapper!

Blalock’s Wine Cellar

Chardonnays

Robust; Deep Rich Gold Color

Pair well with seafood!

  • Vine Cliff
  • Rombauer
  • Red Mare
  • Work & Days

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The KPMG Women’s PGA Clinics are made possible with the support of our national sponsors and marketing partners.  Thank you so much for your support!  For more information about the KPMG Women’s PGA Clinics national, regional and individual market table sponsorship opportunities, please contact Executive Director Melanie Bedrosian at mbedrosian@jbcgolf.com.

The Clinics are title sponsored by the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, one of five major championships on the LPGA Tour.  Sei Young Kim of South Korea won the 2020 championship.  The next KPMG Women’s PGA Championship will be held June 22-27, 2021 at Atlanta Athletic Club in Johns Creek, Ga.

Book Club
Selections from the worlds of golf and business, easier to read than most greens.

Kathy Whitworth’s
Little Book of Golf Wisdom

In the bestselling tradition of Harvey Penick’s Little Red Book, longtime Penick student and World Golf Hall of Famer Kathy Whitworth presents readers with tee-to-green advice gleaned from years of teaching and tournament golf. Whitworth amassed a whopping 88 professional wins in her career- a record for both men’s and women’s US Tours.  This book includes expert advice on playing one shot at a time; thinking your way around the golf course; the common traits of all champions: the importance of confidence, concentration and learning in practice rounds; practicing trouble shots; bad-weather golf, and how to turn things around when you’re playing badly.

Author

Kathy Whitworth with Jay Gold

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