David Emerick – NCJGA

David Emerick – NCJGA

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How the NCJGA Started

8:00 AM in Oceanside, CA David Emerick wakes up and looks out onto the 18th hole at Goat Hill Park. This is the course he grew up with. This is the course where he learned to play golf. And this is the course he teaches the younger generation the beautiful game of golf in the NCJGA.

After looking out the window with his cup of coffee, David Emerick gets in his golf cart, packed full with training tools for his students and heads to work. With the ocean no more than 5 miles away, he drives his cart onto the 18th fairway and onto the the clubhouse where he starts his day.

In 1990, David Emerick created the NCJGA (North County Junior Golf Association). After teaching for over 30 years, Emerick found his niche in junior golf teaching. The value of teaching kids the game of golf and how it can help impact not only their lives, but the overall strength of golf is what he loves about the NCJGA.

The mission behind NCJGA is to all kids the opportunity to learn the game of golf and enjoy the game of golf. Emerick is a teacher who will encourage the kids to shoot for their dreams, but also gives them an ideal look at what it takes to reach that dream. Having fun, enjoying the game and working hard is the motto of what Emerick is teaching and providing with the North County Junior Golf Association.

The best way to get your kid involved in golf is to find a Pro at a golf course and sign them up for Sat. or Sun. class. The NCJGA is working with the First Tee organization and the Boy and Girls Clubs near you.

For more about the North County Junior Golf Assocation, check out their website: NCJGA.COM

Tour Report: The Players

Tour Report: The Players

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Simpson Celebrates at the Players Championship

Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida – Webb Simpson brought his complete “A Game” to the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass (for the first 3 rounds anyway), decimating the strongest field in golf – winning the 2018 edition of the Players Championship.

Tied for the lead after an opening round 66, Simpson built the foundation of his rout with a near flawless Friday 63 (tying the course record). With 6 birdies in a row, and a potential 59 on the table with two holes remaining, a watery tee shot on the par 3 seventeenth ended the run. Pete Dye’s masterful design can sap the confidence of even the best players in the world in a nanosecond, but Simpson shot 68 on Saturday and began Sunday with a 7 shot lead. An uneventful final round 73 included a double bogey at the last, but with a six shot lead at the time, there was enough cushion to still win by 4 shots over Charl Schwartzel, Xander Schauffele and Jimmy Walker.

A stacked group of challengers could never really make a threat, but for awhile Tiger Woods did get to within four shots and looked every bit of the 14-time major champion that we had watched for so long. He had every shot in the repertoire from his prime: 350 yard bombed drives, the 280 yard bullet stinger and he rolled the ball as well as we’ve seen this year. In fact, his Saturday, 65 was his lowest score ever at TPC Sawgrass. It is becoming clear that Woods might just have another magical run left in him.

“It’s hard not to future cast and start thinking about 7 p.m and what might happen,” Simpson said. “But you do your best to not stay in that place, and I kept reminding myself today that the only thing that matters is the next shot. It’s easy to do on Thursday; it’s a lot harder to do today.”

Tournament Notes:

Brooks Koepka tied the course record Sunday with a final round 63.

After finishing tied for 11th (at 11 under par), Justin Thomas became the No.1 Player in the World, passing Dustin Johnson who finished another shot back (tied for 17th) at 10 under par.




Jason  Bruno
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U.S. Amateur Four Ball Championship

U.S. Amateur Four Ball Championship

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Jupiter Hills Club Set to Host U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship

Tequesta, Florida – On Monday, the United States Golf Association hosted the media at the site of the 2018 U.S Amateur Four-Ball Championship – Jupiter Hills Club. The two man team competition takes place May 19th– 23rd on George Fazio’s Hills Course and Tom Fazio’s Village Course, Jupiter Hills is practically unknown to the golfing public when compared to the three preceding host venues (OlympicWinged Foot and Pinehurst) that have all hosted multiple U.S Opens over the last century.

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In the late 60’s, Jupiter Hills was founded and created by George Fazio along with William Clay Ford, Bob Hope and William Elliott. The Hills Course opened in 1970 (renovated by Tom Fazio in 2006), Tom Fazio’s Village layout opened for play in 1982 (Fazio completed a renovation in 1999). In 1987, Billy Mayfair captured the U.S Amateur at Jupiter Hills.
On Feb.11th, 2013 the creation of U.S Amateur Four-Ball and the U.S Women’s Four-Ball was announced, thus eliminating the U.S Amateur Public Links Championship and Women’s Am Pub-Links in favor of a new team format competition. In doing so, the dream of many public golfers of winning that national championship and playing in the Masters had gone away. I’ve stated on the record that I’d much preferred they left the Amateur Public links events as they were (and found another way to add this team event), but by bringing this team format to many of the best venues in the country, the USGA has done a nice job of getting the new event off to a roaring start. In fact, the USGA accepted 2.234 entries into the inaugural U.S Am Four-Ball championship in 2015. Not bad for a start-up (2,279 entries this year).
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The Hills Course will play 3,641 yards front/3,612 yards back = 7,253 (par 70), while the Village (which will serve as a stroke-play co-host for the first two rounds) will play 3,264 yards front/3,364 yards back = 6,630 yards (par 70). The Hills routing normally plays 6,998 yards from the tips, but an additional 255 yards will be available to the competition staff to make a few holes even more stout than usual (the ninth pictured above has a range 108 yards (red tees) to 192 yards (gold tees), but a secluded tee on the north east side of the property creates a 211 yard “white knuckler” that will likely turn up the tension in any match. Although it’s team competition and players will have a partner to lean on, the Hills course will challenge all comers with a brawny 76.6 rating/150 slope for the Championship.
It had been 12 long years since our last visit to Jupiter Hills, and if anything was clear after a glorious day on the Hills course (with club President Jeff Harris, SFPGA Professional Geoff Lofstead and longtime veteran golf scribe Jeff Babineau), it was the worthiness of George Fazio’s grand design that sits along the same dunes/sand ridge that Donald Ross’ famed Seminole Golf Club shares just a few miles south in Juno Beach.
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The Four-Ball field of 128 teams (256 players) will play one round of stroke play on May 19th & May 20th, the low 32 teams will advance to match play. Five rounds of match play will determine a champion on Wed. May 23rdAdmission is free to the public and tickets are not required. The USGA and the Jupiter Hills Club encourage fans to attend.

Future Four-Ball sites include: 2019 Bandon Dunes, 2020 Philadelphia Cricket Club, and Chambers Bay in 2021.

For more info on the U.S Amateur Four-Ball Championship: http://www.usga.org/championships/2017/u-s–amateur-four-ball.html

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Jason  Bruno
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Tour Report: Wells Fargo

Tour Report: Wells Fargo

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Charlotte, North Carolina – Jason Day didn’t win the PGA Championship last August, but at this year’s Wells Fargo Championship, he managed to  hold off young Aaron Wise and a resurgent Nick Watney to get the win at  Quail Hollow.

Day who started the final round with a two-stroke lead, had his share of ups and downs on Sunday. He birdied the second hole, bogeyed the fifth & sixth and then proceeded to run off three birdies in the next four holes. On the inward nine, he saw his lead disappear with back to back  bogeys at the thirteenth & fourteenth holes. Then, when he needed it most, Day showed his pedigree – playing the brutish “Green Mile” in two under par to finish off the stellar leaderboard of challengers that included Wise, Watney, Mickelson, DeChambeau, Casey, Reed, McIlroy and Rickie Fowler.

Afterwards Jason Day reflected on his performance, “I didn’t have the best day off the tee and even into the greens, but I had a really good day on the greens and around the greens.”

The victory for Jason Day was his second of the season, and his 12th career  PGA Tour title. He is the only Australian to hold the distinction of having  that many PGA Tour wins and major championship by age 30. Day moves into 2nd in the Fedex Cup standings behind Justin Thomas.

Scores: https://www.pgatour.com/leaderboard.html 

Jason  Bruno
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Cypress Knoll Golf Club

Cypress Knoll Golf Club

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Soon to be the Best Golf Value in Palm Coast, FL ~ Again

Just over a year ago, Doug Brown and his wife, Janice Reid purchased Cypress Knoll Golf Club in Palm Coast, Florida. Brown is a former college golfer whose family has owned property in the Cypress Knoll community for over 40 years.

Since purchasing the course, he has been doing his best to make the course more attractive to all caliber of golfers. It’s one of the tightest courses in the area and Brown and his crew have been hard at work widening many of the fairways, improving tee boxes and just making the course a more enjoyable playing experience. So far, his hard work has not gone unnoticed.

For those not familiar with this track, Cypress Knoll is Gary Player designed golf course. Player did a great job of blending Florida’s flora and fauna into the surroundings. As you make your way around the course, you’ll be exposed to strands of cypress, pine and other hardwood trees and other plants indigenous to these parts, plenty of Florida wetlands and the occasional alligator and osprey. But don’t let the natural surroundings get in the way of some great golf.

At only 6,674 yards from the back tees, Cypress Knoll is not the longest course you will ever play but don’t let the length fool you; a course rating of 72.9 and a slope of 141 says this course will give you everything you can handle. Even the White tees at 6,158 yards (70.5/132) will provide most golfers with all they can handle and still leave with some dignity intact. Cypress Knoll is also a favorite among senior golfers, as it provides a challenge on every hole and is well suited to their game. After all, seniors don’t hit the ball as far as they used to, but they do tend to keep it in play, which is very important at Cypress Knoll. The Senior Tees play 5,588 yards with a course rating of 67.5 and a slope of 119). Ladies will have an enjoyable round from the Red Tees (4,792/68.7/121). From up here, there are no forced carries and many of the hazards have been taken out of play.

Although the course plays through a residential neighborhood, what sets Cypress Knoll apart from other courses in the area are the tree-lined fairways; boundaries that urge you to hit a straight, controlled shot off the tee or pay the penalty; as in stroke and distance. Throw in the occasional clump of sea grass and the odd pot bunker and you’ve got a golf course that will challenge the best golfers around as well as providing less able golfers with a good time.

Cypress Knoll has a combination of traditional concrete cart paths along with several natural paths, which adds a nice touch. There are also several long cart rides through the dense Florida brush which provide a welcome change of scenery from the surrounding homes.

The greens are Jones dwarf grass, and are in good shape, rolling moderately fast and true. Some have subtle and not-so-subtle undulations; the latter specifically being the 15th green which has a deep depression on the right side. When the pin is down in the depression, things can get interesting.

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The first three holes are probably the most demanding on the golf course. Number 1 is a long dogleg that plays 406 yards from the white tees. Trees line both sides of the fairway off the tee, something you’ll need to get used to quickly. The fairway slopes right to left and can create some interesting lies. Your approach shot will be into a very large putting green guarded by a small pot bunker on the right side as well as a small pond.

The 2nd hole is a pure golf hole. It’s a par 3 that plays 171 yards with deep, cavernous bunkers in front and behind the green. Find the green off the tee and you’re on your way to a good score. Number 3 is another narrow driving hole that plays 436 yards from the White tees. The fairway is lined with trees on either side and a fairway bunker comes into play off the tee on the left side. Your approach shot is to the smallest green on the course and requires a great deal of accuracy to hit it in regulation.

Once you hit the 4th hole, things start to open up, at least for a while. Number 7 is the only par 5 on the front side and offers a good risk/reward opportunity. It’s a dogleg right that plays 471 yards from the White tees. A well struck drive down the right side that stays short of the wetlands is going to leave an approach shot of a little more than 200 yards and give you a shot at getting home in two. Number 9, a par 4 that plays 373 yards from the White Tees, is a challenging finish to the front side. With water all down the right side and out of bounds left, the optimal shot off the tee is a draw that finds the left center of the fairway. A good tee shot will leave a mid-iron into a green that is well protected on the right side by water. Par is a good score here.

The back nine starts off with the course’s longest hole – a 525 yard (White tees), par 5, with houses and out of bounds on the right and water that comes into play on the left. It’s another narrow driving hole, but you should be used to that now! The good news is that once you get off the tee, there’s not a lot of trouble left between you and the green, so a good drive can leave you with an opportunity to get on in two. The green is elevated and slopes back to front and is protected by a bunker on the left side and a grass swale in the front left. Although long.; low scores are possible here.

The next hole, Number 11 is the #1 handicapped hole and plays a mere 360 yards from the White tees. Make sure you have enough club to make it to the dogleg – which is more of a right turn – otherwise you will be blocked out and forced to layup. Don’t bother trying to cut the corner as there is a pond in front of the green, which slopes back to front.

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Number 15 is probably the prettiest hole on the golf course. It’s a straight par 4 that plays 340 yards from the White tees with a large lake directly in front of the green, trees on the right and another lake on the left. That said, there is still a considerable amount of room in the landing area. Your approach shot plays into a long, narrow green with a deep swale in the middle of it. If the pin is at the bottom of the swale and your approach shot catches the hill, you could be in for a low score. Miss the green short left and the bunker will make up and down difficult.

Number 18 is an interesting hole mainly because not many championship courses end with a par 3. There’s not a whole lot of trouble between the tee and the green as long as you avoid the small pond over on the right. The large green is receptive, and a par is always a good way to end the day.

After your round, stop by the Player’s Club Restaurant in the clubhouse. Wednesday is Pasta Night where you can pick your own ingredients from a selection of meats, seafood, pastas and sauces. There’s also a Friday Fish Fry that includes all the trimmings and several other weekly specials. Guaranteed you won’t leave hungry.

Last Word: If you can’t control your tee shots, you may want to consider trading in those Pro V1s for Pinnacles; many fairways and landing areas are narrow. Although the topography is flat in this part of the state, Player did a good job of moving dirt to create a little movement in the fairways. As you make your way around the course, you’ll encounter a number of lakes and ponds that need to be contended with. The 150-yard markers are usually a good aiming point off the tee or on the par 5 holes.

Well undulated greens are surrounded by closely mown collection areas, which can provide an added challenge for high handicappers. Low Handicappers will welcome the opportunity to put some spin on the ball from these areas.

Outside of golf, there’s a lot of natural beauty to the course. You may even spot the occasional gator or bobcat. Cypress Knoll is a course you should play if you’re in the area and want to test your game, both physically and mentally. For more information or to book your next tee time, visit them online at www.cypressknollgolfandcountryclub.com or give them a call at (386) 437-5807.

David Theoret

President/Writer – The Golfin’ Guy, LLC


Tour Report: Zurich Classic

Tour Report: Zurich Classic

New Orleans, LA –  Billy Horschel and Scott Piercy each were battling confidence issues heading into the events following the Masters. Piercy with his putting and Horschel with his ball striking. At the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, the two put it all together and captured the team title at 22 under par, winning by a shot over Pat Perez and Jason Dufner.

A few weeks back at Hilton Head, Piercy convinced Horschel to simply hit his stock shot – the draw, thus eliminating any doubt (and the dreaded two-way miss). It worked. A fifth place at Harbour Town and a tie for eleventh at Valero jump started Horschel’s spring. The final piece of the puzzle was returning to a shorter shafted putter. When he won the 2014 Fedex Cup he used a 33 1/2″ ping putter, so this week he had his PXG shortened to the same length – and putts were pouring in.

Piercy, had the opposite problem, he had been striking it well all season, but was struggling mightily with the flatstick – ranked 172nd in strokes gained putting. Perhaps Piercy and his putter just needed to see some go down, he found his own rythym on the greens rolling in plenty of putts over the weekend including the winner, that made a complete 360 before dropping for the win. “Seeing his ball go in the hole time after time, it gave me sort of an inner fire to want to do the same thing because I haven’t been doing that this year.

The win at the Zurich Classic bolted Piercy up to 27th in the Fedex Cup Standings, Horschel moved up to 33rd.

The team of Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel finished third at 20 under par.

For More Zurich Classic Scores: https://www.pgatour.com/leaderboard.html

Jason  Bruno
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