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One Golfer’s Opinion:Fall and Winter Are Upon Us

Ahh, that first smell of fall and winter has arrived.  We all know the smell, that first smell of the really cold air and the faint smell of snow in the background. It’s not062 snowing – yet – but here comes fall and winter right around the corner.  For those of us who in the northern states, we’re already loading up our golf bags with stocking caps, winter golf gloves, and hand warmers.

However, don’t pack it in and put the clubs away for the year when it turns cold this season.  Fall and winter can be a great time of the year to enjoy golf even when the playing opportunities shrink down a bit.  There are always great things to enjoy during the fall and winter season of golf.

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There are great deals to be had on courses throughout the country.  Check out deals on the internet, advertisements in magazines and newspapers, or cruise the state and region pages on

Fewer Golfers

The courses become less crowded and there is a lot more opportunity to practice and play your own game in quieter conditions and really enjoy your time on the course.

Practice Time

Fall and winter can also provide you an opportunity to tune-up your game using indoor launch monitors and indoor practice facilities.  You can become the best indoor putter on the planet if you setup your own indoor putting range or buy aCBRA1030-BLK june 2013 w clubs putting green or putting mat to practice on.  These putting greens and putting mats drop to some of their lowest prices of the season during this time of year. How cool would it be to emerge from the “off season” as a more sound and polished golfer with a better putting stroke and all-around game?

Equipment Check–OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAGet your clubs, bag, and shoes in shape.

  • Take a good look at your clubs – do they need to be re-gripped, cleaned, or replaced?
  • Your golf bag – when is the last time you cleaned it out and waterproofed it with Camp Dry® or other same type product to protect it from the elements? Or, maybe even bought a new one?
  • Your shoes – is it time for new pair, throwing away an old pair(s), a good cleaning, new spikes, or adidas-porsche-golf-shoes-xlwaterproofing?

Catch Up On Your Reading

Learn about the game and its history.  Fall and winter provide a great time to review and learn about the game through golf magazines, publications, and books.  Some of my favorites include:

Down The Fairway, by Robert T. Jones, Jr. and O.B. Keeler

Ben Hogan’s Five Lessons, by Ben Hogan with Herbert Warren Wind

Golf Is Not A Game of Perfect, by Dr. Bob Rotella with Bob Cullen

And Then Jack Said to Arnie”, & “And then Arnie told Chi Chi”.  A series of books and a collection of true golf stories by Don Wade.

Harvey Penick’s Little Red Book: Lessons and Teachings From a Lifetime in Golf, by Harvey Penick with Bud Shrake

Golf By Design, By Robert Trent Jones III

Instead of putting those clubs up for the season, think about taking advantage of this year’s change in the weather and really enjoy the game of golf year round.

BIO: Keith Cook is a contributing editor for His career highlights include rounds in nearly every US state and numerous countries throughout the world. He is a retired 29-year US Military Veteran and Ashford University Alumnus living in Michigan. Follow Keith and Local Golfer on Twitter @_KeithCook and  @LocalGolfer.

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usga_templatelogoFar Hills, N.J.  – The United States Golf Association (USGA) today announced that 69 women have advanced through sectional qualifying and will compete in the 2013 U.S. Women’s Open Championship, to be conducted June 27-30 at Sebonack Golf Club in Southampton, N.Y.

Considered the world’s premier women’s golf championship, the U.S. Women’s Open is one of 13 national championships conducted annually by the USGA. It is open to professional female golfers and amateur females with a USGA Handicap Index® not exceeding 4.4.

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The list of Women’s Open qualifiers includes 14 teenagers. Nelly Korda, 14, of Bradenton, Fla., is the championship’s youngest competitor. Korda is the younger sister of exempt player Jessica Korda, the winner of the 2012 Women’s Australian Open and the runner-up at the 2011 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship. The Kordas are the daughters of former professional tennis player Petr Korda, who won the 1998 Australian Open.

Mariel Galdiano, 14, of Pearl City, Hawaii, qualified for her second U.S. Women’s Open. Galdiano, who is one month older than Korda and will turn 15 on June 25, competed in the 2011 championship at age 13. Other teenagers to qualify are: Shannon Aubert, 17; Kelli Bowers, 18; Casie Cathrea, 17; Yueer Feng, 17; Brooke Mackenzie Henderson, 15; Erica Herr, 17; Alexandra Kaui, 17; Kyung Kim, 19; Annie Park, 18; Elizabeth Schultz, 16; Mariah Stackhouse, 19; and Gabriella Then, 17. They join the three teenagers who were already fully exempt into the championship: Ariya Jutanugarn, 17; Lydia Ko, 16; and Lexi Thompson, 18.

Five USGA champions advanced through sectional qualifying: Doris Chen (2010 U.S. Girls’ Junior), Tiffany Joh (2006, 2008 U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links), Kim (2012 U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links), Jane Park (2004 U.S. Women’s Amateur) and Emily Tubert (2010 U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links).

Chen, Kim and Annie Park are members of the University of Southern California team that won the 2013 NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Championship. Park became the seventh freshman to claim the individual title and only the second woman in NCAA history to sweep the conference, regional and national titles. In addition to Park, there are two other USC individual champions in the field: Jennifer Rosales, who qualified in Atlanta, and exempt player Dewi Claire Schreefel.

Other notable players to advance to the 2013 U.S. Women’s Open are past Solheim Cup competitors Laura Diaz, Christina Kim, Kristy McPherson and Janice Moodie, as well as four-time LPGA Tour winner Lorie Kane, who is the championship’s oldest qualifier at age 48.

Four spots reserved for future exemptions have been released back to the qualifying field. Moira Dunn (Heathrow qualifier), Jiyoung Oh (Baltimore qualifier), Brooke Pancake (Atlanta qualifier) and Karen Stupples (Atlanta qualifier) have been added to the Women’s Open field. Additionally, Jimin Kang has withdrawn from the championship and has been replaced by Danah Bordner (Baltimore qualifier).

Eighty-three players are fully exempt into the championship’s 156-player field. Four spots are currently being reserved for any non-exempt players who win an official LPGA Tour event through the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship (which ends June 23), the winner of the 2013 Ladies’ British Open Amateur Championship (provided she remains an amateur) and those who enter the top 25 of the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings as of June 24.

About the USGA

The USGA conducts the U.S. Open, U.S. Women’s Open and U.S. Senior Open, as well as 10 national amateur championships, two state team championships and international matches. Together with The R&A, the USGA governs the game worldwide, jointly administering the Rules of Golf, Rules of Amateur Status, Equipment Standards and World Amateur Golf Rankings. The USGA’s working jurisdiction comprises the United States, its territories and Mexico.  The USGA is a global leader in the development and support of sustainable golf course management practices. It serves as a primary steward for the game’s history and funds an ongoing “For the Good of the Game” charitable giving program. Additionally, the USGA’s Course Rating and Handicap systems are used on six continents in more than 50 countries.
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