Children look up to their parents in every aspect of life. Golf is no different.
Starting at a young age, children not only want to mimic what their parents do, but they also look for their parent’s approval and interest in their performance. When speaking about golf, children want to make their parents happy and show them what they are capable of.
Here are a few tips to fully take advantage of family golf:
  1. Choose the proper equipment.
  2. Show high expectations about what your child is capable of. Show them you
    believe in their skills.
  3. Ask yourself:
    Why is your child playing golf?
    What are the long-term goals you want?
    What are your child’s goals right now?
  1. Provide minimum instruction, always keeping it simple.
  2. Let them teach you what they have learned in the past (let them be your
  3. Praise the process, not the results.
  4. Take them to the course and let them hit the tee shots or putt on the green.
  1. End practice with a reward and/or a bonding activity. For example, cleaning the
    clubs together and having ice cream after.
  2. Avoid talking about talent or comparing them to other children. Instead, talk about
    commitment, effort, form.
And always remember, it is a game. It has to be fun!

Dike New Hartford will host a cross country meet today, October 6, 2020 at Fox Ridge Golf Club.

Teams will start arriving at 2:30pm and the meet will start at 4:00pm. Holes 1-4 will be closed from 2:30 to close to accommodate this event. The rest of the course is open!

Please come and cheer the team on or golf the other open holes!

JACKSON, Miss. – Sergio Garcia can open his eyes now.

The 40-year-old Spaniard, who has resorted to putting with his eyes closed, is a winner again on the PGA Tour for the first time since the 2017 Masters.

“Would you believe me if I told you I’ve been doing it for about three years?” Garcia said on Friday. “I’ve gone on and off, but like Augusta I won it playing with my eyes closed every single putt and some of the other wins, too.”

That list now includes the Sanderson Farms Championship as Garcia broke out of a prolonged slump with a final-round 5-under 67 at the Country Club of Jackson and beat Peter Malnati with a birdie on the final hole to notch his 11th PGA Tour title.

Afterwards, Garcia dedicated the victory to his father, Victor, who has lost two brothers, Paco and Angel, to COVID-19 back in his native Spain.

“It’s sad,” said Garcia, who now counts Tour wins in three different decades (2000s, 2010s, 2020s). “And I know that a lot of families have lost a lot more people, but you never want to lose anyone like that, and I wanted to win this for them.”

Garcia was mired in a prolonged slump, recording just one top-10 finish since February and he’d missed three of his last four cuts. He failed to qualify for the FedEx Cup Playoffs and in the latest indignity, dropped out of the top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking this week for the first time in nine years.

he primary culprit was a putter that disobeyed him. Garcia ranked No. 187 in Strokes Gained: Putting last season, and entered the week at No. 246 in that statistical category this season. As Sirius/XM PGA Tour Network analyst Dennis Paulson noted, “No player comes out of a putt faster than Garcia.”

As he searched for his game, Garcia flirted with various putting grips before freeing up his stroke by closing his eyes when he putted. Hold the chuckles and jokes of desperation because it worked. He made 55 of 56 putts from inside five feet and gained strokes against the field on the greens in all four rounds.

“If he keeps making putts, everybody else will be trying it out here, too,” Brandt Snedeker said.

“The great thing for me is that when I’m feeling it, I don’t feel like I even have to putt too well to have a chance at winning, or to win,” said Garcia, who won the European Tour’s Dutch Open in 2019 and now has at least one worldwide victory in 10 consecutive years. “With an average or just above average kind of putting week, if I’m playing the way I played this week, I can give myself a chance of winning almost every week.”

Garcia has long been a peerless driver of the ball and among the best ballstrikers, but even his bread and butter parts of his game weren’t up to his usual standard as he struggled with an equipment change.

“We’re always one swing away from feeling like we’re the best player in the world and we’re always another stretch from feeling like we should find another job,” Snedeker said.

Garcia said he found something with his ballstriking and the stats back him up: he led the field in driving distance and ranked first in Strokes Gained: Off the Tee and Strokes Gained: Tee to Green.

On a glorious day of sunshine, Malnati, the 2015 Sanderson Farms Championship winner, started the day five strokes off the pace and teed off nearly two hours before Garcia, but he made birdie on seven of his first 12 holes to join the trophy hunt.

Malnati, 33, was mostly thinking about earning a top-10 finish to qualify for next week’s Tour event in Las Vegas until his putter got hot. He rolled in 139 feet of putts in the final round, including a 33-foot birdie putt at No. 17. He pumped his fist three times and for the moment led by three strokes. He fired the low round of the day, 9-under 63, to claim the clubhouse lead at 18 under and then held a picnic on the club’s front lawn with his wife and 11-month-old son, Hatcher.

Garcia made four birdies, but also two bogeys on the front nine, including when he missed a 5-foot putt at the sixth hole. During his slump, Garcia has been a leader of, if not sad, then stern faces, but he refused to be deflated by the miss.

“I did what I’ve been doing all week. I trusted myself,” Garcia said. “I stuck with it, I kept going, I kept believing, I kept telling myself, you’re doing great, just keep doing what you’re doing.”

The fiery Spaniard’s improved attitude hasn’t gone unnoticed by his peers.

“Since he’s had kids, he’s definitely a lot mellower on the golf course,” Snedeker said. “He gives himself a lot more grace than he probably used to. He used to beat himself up a lot, and I don’t see that nearly as much anymore. I think it’ll lead to a lot of good golf for him going forward, because as everybody knows, he’s super talented.”

Garcia let his talent shine and caught Malnati in dramatic fashion, begging for a 5-wood from 260 yards to clear the front bunker at the par-5 14th hole. It did and trickled to inside 4 feet for eagle. Then he delivered the knockout punch at 18, planting an 8-iron from 172 yards to inside three feet for birdie to finish 19-under 269.

“To hit it that close,” he said, “it was a dream come true.”

It was the same club that Garcia used to stiff his second shot at Augusta National’s par-5 15th hole that set up his playoff victory and his lone major title. This time, Garcia hit it so close he could’ve made the putt with his eyes opened or closed. He tapped in, pumped his fist, and looked to the sky with the realization that he was a winner again and a boost of confidence for next month’s Masters and all that is still to come.

“It showed me a lot of what I still have and what I still can do,” he said “I feel like I’m starting to be like the old me.”

SOURCE: USA Today Sports

4 Weeks starting November 1  through November 30th

Space is limited call the pro shop to sign up!  Deadline to sign up is Oct. 16
  • League format: Capture the Flag 3 rounds and the best of 3 rounds
  • Individuals will be separated into a Round Robin format
Cost:  $20 League One Time Fee and $15 per round weekly ($10 for use of simulator $5 for bet each week)

League Tee Time Sign Up

  1. League members will be able to sign up for open tee times 7 days in advance.
  2. Tee times may be reserved in 2 hour increments starting at 10 am and ending at 10 pm.
No tee times will be allowed for league play during the following hours:
  1. Fridays 6 pm to close
  2. Saturdays 6 pm to close
  3. Sundays 10 am to 6 pm
Teams can sign up as 2somes and will be paired with any other 2some that wants that same time.  Teams may also sign up as a 4some to play with another team of their choice.

Welcome to the first installment of Golf Questions You’re Afraid to Ask (But I’m Not), series dedicated to helping beginners (and also experienced players in need of a refresher!) learn the basic rules, strategy and history of the game. My name is Jackson Wald, and I’ve been’s intern for four months now. I grew up a fan of the game, but I never learned the basic mechanics or fundamentals. So I guess I’d consider myself a newcomer, and I’m not alone: In fact, according to the National Golf Foundation, in just the last five years more than 12 million new golfers visited a golf course for the first time. Twelve million! That’s why, with (a lot of) help from GOLF Top 100 Teacher Kellie Stenzel, and various other experts of the game, it seemed an ideal time to launch this series. I’m hopeful you — the reader — and I can venture on this learning journey together.


For the first edition of GQYAA, I figured I’d start at the beginning. As in, who came up with this crazy game, and how did it become so popular?

To better understand golf’s roots, I spoke with Maggie Lagle, a historian at the United States Golf Association. Lagle provides tours throughout the USGA’s museum — from school groups to former past champions — and conducts research into the history of golf. Some of her most substantial work has included studying how golf has influenced past U.S. Presidents, how military veterans use the game as a rehabilitation tool and golf’s relevancy during wartime.

During our conversation, Lagle and I discussed the origins of golf, its notable figures and how the game has evolved over time.

Who Invented Golf?

According to Lagle, there is still quite a bit of debate among historians as to the origins of golf, but there is no doubt that the Scots cultivated the foundations of the modern game.

“Early ball and stick games can be traced back to the 13th century,” Lagle told me. “Not only were these games being played in Europe, but they were also being played in Asia and parts of Africa as well. There were even ball and stick games that can be traced back to China in the 11th century, which is pretty incredible.” But Scotland kept the precursor to the modern game alive, and they were really the ones that ushered it into this present form, which emerged in the 15th century.”

Why Is It Called Golf?

Etymologically speaking, “golf” was derived from either the Dutch work kolf or kolve, which simply translates to “club.” But then, as Lagle notes, in the Scottish dialect of the late-14th and early-15th century, the Dutch term became goff or gouff. It was only later in the 16th century when the word “golf,” spelled the way we all know it now, appeared.

“The connections between the Dutch and Scottish terms are evidence of the active trade industry between Dutch ports and the ports on the east coast of Scotland, from the 14th-17th centuries,” Lagle said.

How Did Golf Develop Over Time?

It wasn’t until the 16th century that information on how to play golf appeared in writing. This writing — which appeared in various books in Latin and Dutch — detailed the rules at the time (for example, in putting, the ball had to be struck; merely pushing the ball was forbidden). Golf during this period was mostly played in informal and very friendly games at match play in Scotland, and the links were public land.

These courses were often where livestock such as sheep and goats were kept as well, as these animals served as that generation’s agronomists and lawn mowers.

“[The townspeople] would just go play golf and bring their goat with them and let them go mow the grass,” Lagle said.

For a brief period in the 18th century, the game was banned by the Scottish monarchy. According to Lagle, the Scottish king felt the game distracted Scotland’s citizens from military practices and archery practices — as soldiers would routinely skip their training to get in a round on the links.

So, When Did Golf Become Really Big?

It wasn’t until the 19th century that golf began to expand in popularity. Its growth, in large part, was due to the Industrial Revolution; the creation and development of the Scottish railway system allowed for English tourists to take the train to Scotland for golf trips and holidays.

Historians believe that early versions of golf — such as the aforementioned ball and stick games and early Dutch precursors to golf— arose in America between 1650 and 1660 in upstate New York. These early versions of the game began to rise in prevalence and popularity closer to the 1770’s in British and Scottish communities in New York City, the Carolinas, in towns such as Pinehurst, and Charleston, and Savannah, Georgia, all of which had golf clubs and active golfing communities. Documents from ship manifests at the time include quantities of golf clubs and balls being shipped from Europe to the United States.

This popularity of the game died down around the War of 1812, but made its final, major resurgence in America in the 1880’s. By December of 1894, the United States Golf Association was established, and by 1895, the U.S. Open, the U.S. Amateur, and the U.S. Women’s Amateur golf tournaments were first contested.

Who Are The Key Figures To Know About?

John and Elizabeth Reed are credited with popularizing golf in the United States. John Reed founded the St. Andrew’s Club (one of the founding clubs in the USGA) in Yonkers, New York in 1888. Elizabeth Reed founded Saegkill G.C. for women nearby. According to Lagle, John Reed is a pivotal figure who brought the game from Scotland and truly established it in America.

Lagle also pointed to Bobby Jones, who, even as he remained an amateur for his entire career, won the Grand Slam in 1930, and co-founded Augusta National during his retirement.

Glenna Collet Vare — also known as the Queen of American Golf — dominated the American golf landscape in the 1920s, winning the Women’s Amateur Championship six times (the record for that tournament).

More recently, golfers like Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, and Tiger Woods have become not only household names in the golfing community, but internationally recognized sporting superstars and their celebrity has extended far past the sport.


Bryson DeChambeau saved his best round for last at the 2020 U.S. Open, carding a 3-under 67 at Winged Foot on Sunday to claim his first career major championship. DeChambeau’s closing round was just two strokes off the best 18-hole score of the week (65) as he grinded out grueling, sometimes gusty conditions with an effortless combination of his length off the tee and control around the greens.

DeChambeau, who caught and then surpassed 21-year-old Matthew Wolff (the 54-hole leader), was the only golfer in the field to finish with a final-round score under par, cementing himself in the history books in his seventh career win on the PGA Tour. The last time a U.S. Open champion owned the only final-round score under par was 1955 — 38 years before DeChambeau was born (!) — when Jack Fleck pulled off the feat after beating Ben Hogan in an 18-hole playoff. He polished off hole No. 72 in style, too, dropping in a par save and letting out a roar.

It has been a breakout year for DeChambeau, who captured golf’s first major of the 2020-21 season on Sunday. In the last year, he’s added a significant amount of muscle to his 6-foot-1 frame and built himself into the longest golfer off the tees in the world. What’s come of the new edge is five top-five finishes this calendar year, a (previous-best) top-five finish at the PGA Championship last month and an advantage off the tees that’s becoming more pronounced with each passing event.

DeChambeau finished fourth in strokes gained off the tee this week and fourth in driving distance on Sunday. He was also the first player to make an eagle in his final round and win the U.S. Open since 1937, per Justin Ray. DeChambeau accomplished that on the ninth hole and cruised to victory from there.

“On 9 was when I first thought, ‘OK, this could be a reality.’ I made that long eagle putt and shocked myself making it, too. I thought to myself I could do it, and then immediately after I said, ‘Nope, you gotta focus on each and every hole.’ I just kept telling myself ‘Nope, we’ve got three more holes, we’ve got four more holes, we’ve got five more holes.’ Whatever it was, I just had to keep focused, make sure I was executing every shot the best I possibly could.”

8-Ball Pool Tournament 

Saturday October 4

7:00 pm

  • $15 buy in
  • Double Elimination
  • Ball in hand rules
  • 8 ball tournament
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The Ultimate Guide to the First Steps in Planning a Wedding 

By Julia Benda

Photo by Cat McCombs


Getting engaged is so exciting! And then it hits you – Where do you start? Planning your wedding can be one of the most thrilling times and one of the most daunting tasks you ever take on! This wedding guide will give you an idea of where to begin and where you should be heading, and what you can expect while planning your special day.

Consider the Size

Do you want a small wedding with just close friends and family? Or do you and your fiance want a day filled with everyone you know? Making the decision on how big or small your guest list will be will affect many elements of your wedding and give you a basis on what finances will look like. Keep in mind that usually 10-20% of invited guests will not attend. Make a head count spreadsheet to use throughout your planning process with columns for contact information, addresses, RSVP’s, and gift thank yous.


Decide on the date

Deciding on a date can be a tricky thing sometimes because every year is different and other important events in life can conflict with an ideal date. A few things to keep in mind while choosing a date are what the weather or season is like, how this could affect guests from attending or not, if the date conflicts with other obligations, and how much time this date gives you to plan. If planning an outdoor wedding, always have some sort of backup for a rainy or overly hot day.


Book your Venue

The venue is usually your largest expense when planning a wedding. Because there are many things to consider when choosing the reception and ceremony space, decide whether to have separate locations for the ceremony and the reception, factoring in travel time between the two venues. Then  look at things like style of venue, costs, services, parking, and availability, keeping in mind that most successful locations are often booked at least a year out. Vendors can often be eager to sign a contract with a couple but be sure to read the fine print and ask specific questions, so you do not run into unexpected costs down the line. A few examples:

  • How much would an extra cocktail hour cost?
  • What sort of decorations are we allowed/not allowed to have in this venue?
  • How many servers can we expect to work our event if we have XXX amount of people attending?


Work out your Budget

Financially, weddings are usually a pricey event. Determine how much money you have to spend on your special day, based on your families’ contributions and your own. To cut down on unnecessary costs, consider making a list of essential expenses and nonessential splurges and figure out ways to make your priorities happen and keep the extra costs limited. Weddings usually follow a budget like this:

  • 48-50% — reception
  • 10% — flowers
  • 8% — attire
  • 12% — entertainment
  • 10-12% — photography and video
  • 3-4% — invites
  • 2-3% — gifts
  • 7-8% — miscellaneous/unexpected expenses


Hire Must Have Vendors

Photographers, bands and DJ’s, florists, caterer’s and videographers are all an important aspect of the big day and need to be booked as soon as possible since they too are often reserved a year out.



After the wedding it all seems like dream!  Couples are usually exhausted with all the details of planning for their big day! It is easy (and understandably so) to want to relax after experiencing these big events. With all the organizing that goes into your actual wedding day, it can be easy to forget the important things that still need to be done AFTER the wedding as well. So here is a list to help you keep track of a few key items you will want to make sure you take care of once your wedding day has come and gone.

Change Your Name

No one says that one or either of you has to change their last name. But if one of you does choose to do so, make it a priority to complete the change across the board. Include these areas to update the name change: driver’s license, passport, insurance, email, post office, payroll, and bank.

Freeze Your cake

Toasting to your one-year anniversary with a slice of wedding cake requires a bit of pre-planning. Ask someone you trust to wrap up a piece or the top tier of your wedding cake and transport the cake back to your home because you do not want to miss out on this long standing tradition on your first anniversary!

Tip Vendors and Write Reviews

If you were happy with your vendors, let others know. The best way to accomplish is to send a personal review to the vendor or post online reviews. Other couples will appreciate your real feedback, and your vendors will love the potential to grow their business.

Have Your Dress Cleaned

Your gorgeous gown deserves love after you have taken it off. If you plan on preserving your dress for years to come, have it cleaned as soon as possible. Stains will set the longer you wait. You can call your bridal dress shop to get recommendations for companies that clean and preserve gowns. Some shops may have discounts on the service that you can purchase when you get your wedding dress. Point out the stains when you mail in your dress so the company can be sure to remove all of them. You can expect to pay $400 – $800+ for the cleaning and preservation process.

Make A Wedding Photo Album

This is one of those things that always gets pushed back. Not only do you have to wait for your wedding photos to come in, but then you have to figure out the best way to make your album once you do schedule a weekend date with your new spouse to choose your favorites and order your album. While you are at it, you can order smaller album version using the same album design for your parents + in-laws through your photographer or if you are creating it on your own through Shutter-fly or other sites. . This is an especially important thing to cross off your to-do list early on if your album was part of your photography package — you do not want to forget about something you already paid for!

Complete Your Wedding Registry

You often have several months after your wedding to take advantage of a registry’s post-wedding completion discount, which is typically around 20%. Now’s the time to purchase more expensive items and complete sets! This offer is usually only good for about 30 days after your wedding. Although, you will want to keep your wedding registry open for at least three months after your wedding for any of those late gift givers. Once that time is over you can safely close it out. So, stock up on those home essentials while the discount is still good!

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September 20th – 10am to 2pm


Serving: Scrambled Eggs • French Toast • Bacon • Muffins or Pastries • Yogurt & Granola • Ham • Cheesy Potatoes • Green beans • Salad • Dessert – cheesecake & pies • Drinks not included.


$16 pp | $6 children under 10


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