Monday, May 03, 1999

Local pros offer long-distance driving tips

Golf Digest, PGA launch '10 More Yards' program

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Golf Digest and PGA of America have joined forces to launch the “10 More Yards” campaign this month.

        Last year, 3,700 PGA pros representing all 50 states gave more than 34,000 lessons during the “Cure Your Slice” campaign, a Golf Digest and PGA of America program attacking amateur golfers' most common problem.

        “10 More Yards” is a program designed to help amateurs gain more distance. Participating club pros will give a minimum of four hours of free 10-minutes lesson during May. Amateurs should call ahead to sign up for the free lesson, which will be scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis.

        The participating facilities in Cincinnati area include: Little Miami, Sharon Woods, The Mill, Vineyard, Miami Whitewater, Shaker Run, Crooked Tree, Golf Center at Kings Island and Wetherington.

        SPIKELESS: Softspikes Inc., the pioneer of plastic cleats and the No. 1 cleat on the major tours, boasted all three winners last weekend (Greater Greensboro Crysler Classic, Chick-fil-A Charity Championship and Home Depot Invitational).

        This marked the third time Softspikes has swept events on the PGA, LPGA and Senior PGA tours in 1999 and its third consecutive win on the PGA Tour.

        Since Softspikes introduced the first plastic golf cleat in 1993, with more than 7,500 golf courses have adopted a no-metal-spikes policy.

        HEAD OF THE CLASS: Walnut Hills High junior Victoria Shroud and Indian Hill junior Jacqui Copeland were awarded $1,000 college scholarships after completing the Kemper Lesnik Institute at their respective schools.

        It marked the first time the five-session golf educational/scholarship program, co-sponsored by the Cincinnati Recreation Commission, was offered in Cincinnati.

        A total of 11 area high school students from the Tony Yates Golf Academy enrolled in the Kemper Lesnik Golf Institute. They participated in either the golf operations program, designed to familiarize students with all aspects of golf course operations from customer service to inventory control, or the golf course maintenance program, designed to teach day-to-day maintenance practices, including turf management, golf course setup and safety.

        All graduates will be given the opportunity to apply for summer jobs at CRC facilities.

        The Kemper Lesnik Golf Institute was established by KemperSports in 1994. It offers high school boys and girls the opportunity to study, learn and understand the business of golf operations to get a start in the working world.

        KemperSports owns, operates or manages 35 facilities and two free-standing practice facilities in the United States, including CRC courses.

        CHIP SHOTS: Toledo senior Christi Dorece, a graduate of St. Ursula and reigning Greater Cincinnati Women's Golf Association champion, closed out her collegiate career by finishing 45th at the Lady Buckeye Spring Invitational in Columbus.

        • Neil Lykins (Moeller), reigning Greater Cincinnati Golf Association Metropolitan Junior champion and Ohio Division I boys individual champion, has accepted a scholarship offer to play golf at the University of Cincinnati.

        • The Fairfield Open, an important event on the Southern Ohio PGA schedule, is today at Fairfield Golf Course. Head pro Jim Slominski is in charge.


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