A strong turnout is expected for Somerset Country Club’s “Salute to Somerset County Veterans” on Monday.
The Club has teamed with the Somerset American Legion and VFW Post to provide a free round of golf to county veterans.
“The response has been tremendous,” said Somerset Country Club head professional John McGinnis. “The Club only has a couple of tee times remaining. We are expecting at least 140 golfers.”
Also, the Somerset Jaycees will be running a canteen on the clubhouse porch, offering hamburgers and hotdogs for lunch. Inco Beverage and Von’s United Beverage are sponsoring draft beers during the event.
“Somerset Country Club is proud to participate in this event,” said Bill “Willi Joe” Aldom, Somerset Country Club’s Business Manager. “It’s gratifying to see this kind of turnout. We welcome the public to come out and salute our veterans, too.”
For additional information or tee time reservations call the country club at 445-5179.
U.S. Open qualifier
A U.S. Open local qualifier was held at Quicksilver Golf Club near Pittsburgh on Tuesday.
Four players battled through cold and rainy conditions to earn a spot in the June 6 sectional qualifier in Columbus, Ohio. The U.S. Open is June 16-19 at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md.
Matt Hoffman (Thornhill, Ontario), Bo Lustig (Belle Vernon) and William Miller (Venetia) each shot even-par 72 and tied for medalist honors. Justin Moose (Bellevue) took the final spot with a 73.
Two local golfers were in the field of 52 competitors, and both finished near the middle of the pack. Patrick Greer of Windber shot a 79 while Dan Thompson of Johnstown carded an 80.
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This week’s golf tip
Most amateur golfers hit a slice and are losing a lot of distance because of that. The main reason for the slice is that your swing is too vertical, another error that facilitates an open club face at the point of contact. A flatter swing shape will promote a natural squaring of the club face and create the preferred right-to-left ball flight.
To sense the feeling of swinging on a flatter plane, make some practice swings with the club head moving back and through at knee-high level, almost like swinging a baseball bat. Swinging the club in this elevated position will help you feel the more rounded swing shape needed to allow the toe of your club head to rotate past the heel. After a few of these “baseball” swings, try one off the ground with the same feel. Your ensuing ball flight should be much straighter and, perhaps, curve slightly to the left. This should also result in more distance.
This week’s tip provided by Stoystown native Adam Fitzgerald, a PGA professional at Green Oaks Country Club, Pittsburgh. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 814-233-7200.