Lowe new SCGA president

Bob Lowe of Ventura has been elected the new president of the SCGA. Lowe, one of the nicest guys you’ll ever meet, can be found at golf tournaments across the country – PGA, Nationwide and Champions Tour – doing scoreboards.
Below is the press release from the SCGA.
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Tiger’s newsletter

Each month, Tiger Woods posts a newsletter on his Web site. Here’s the latest addition, which was posted today. There’s also a golf tip each month, too.
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By Tiger Woods

It’s been nice to have some time off and hang out with my family. We had a good trip on the boat and did a little fishing. Mostly, it was just fun to get away.

Obviously, it’s been a great year on and off the course. My eyes light up every time I see my new daughter. Sam Alexis is four-months-old and growing every day. She can grab things now and has held a golf club in her hands. I didn’t start swinging a club until I was 11 months, so she’s got seven months until that happens.

For Elin and I, it’s all about the little firsts: Our first Halloween with Sam; our first Thanksgiving; our first Christmas. I’ve never been much of a holiday guy, but this is a pretty cool feeling. Everything has changed since we had Sam.

For once, I won’t be traveling or competing on Thanksgiving. I’m looking forward to spending time with my family and friends, and plan to watch some football on television.

On the course, I finished strong and won seven tournaments, which isn’t too bad. Other than my putting, it was a pretty consistent year. My ball-striking was solid, but I was hot and cold with my putter, which is kind of unusual for me. At times, I struggled with my pace.

Contrary to rumors, I have not split with Hank Haney, my friend and swing coach. He’s spent more time at home helping his wife deal with health issues, which is the way it should be. Besides, I’ve become much better at correcting my swing flaws, and that’s ultimately where you want to get to with a coach-pupil relationship. Hank is still going to be my coach; that’s not changing.

Our annual Block Party in Anaheim, Ca. was fantastic and raised more than $1 million for program expenses at the Tiger Woods Learning Center. John Mayer was incredible and the food by Giada De Laurentiis was excellent. Everyone in attendance was pretty fired up.

The auction started a little late because I was back stage watching Stanford upset USC in football. I definitely stirred up the pot by coming out and announcing the final score to the crowd, but I couldn’t help myself. Stanford’s win was pretty special and definitely one of the highlights of the year.

Thanks to Fred Couples and John Cook for helping out with our golf outing earlier in the day. Freddie helped pump up our live auction by offering to play golf with the winning bidder of our Masters item at Augusta National Golf Club. His only stipulation was that the winner had to be a good player because they were going to play from the back tees. Fred also offered to pick the guy up in his jet and fly him to Augusta. Good fun was had by all.

Congratulations to Cookie for winning on the Champions Tour in only his second start. He’s one of the all-time nice guys and I sent him a funny text message. He was thinking about getting into college coaching, but obviously he still has game. Most of the golf courses on the PGA Tour are too long for him now, but he should do well on the Champions Tour. He’s still one of the best iron players around and drives it on a string.

I’m very excited about my new partnership with Gatorade. I’ve never done a licensing agreement before in the industry and really believe in the product. I have been drinking Gatorade for a long time and honestly think our new energy drinks will make your game better.

I’ve got one more event on my schedule this year: the Target World Challenge Presented by Countrywide, Dec. 13-16 at Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, Ca. I look forward to hosting another strong field and have always thought my tournament is a reward for guys who have had good years or careers. It’s my way of saying thank you for helping make the PGA Tour so successful.

Take care and I’ll talk to you soon.

Tiger

TIGER’S TIP

By Tiger Woods, Golf Digest Playing Editor, Edited By Pete McDaniel and Mark Soltau

Focus on the landing

Try this practice drill for delicate pitches

Little pitches and chips from the first cut require soft hands and great technique. You also have to factor in roll-out. The trick is to judge how far to carry the ball.

I practice these short shots by sticking a tee in the green for both my landing spot and hole location (if I’m not chipping to a flag). I also vary my trajectory depending on the slope of the green by either shutting the club down through impact for lower shots or holding it open for higher, softer shots. I maintain my spine angle, start to finish.

Solid contact is critical, so I always set up the same way — ball slightly forward in an open stance with most of my weight on my forward foot. I use a slightly more vertical takeaway so the ball pops out of the grass. After one last look at the spot I want to land the ball, I try to feel the distance. The roll-out takes care of itself.

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Stillpoint golf tournament

If you’re a baseball fan, golf nut and like helping charity, check out this charity tournament: Second Annual Golf Classic is this Monday, 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. at Calabasas Country Club.

Here’s a Web site for more info: http://www.stillpointresources.org/pages/events.html

Some of the celebrities scheduled to appear are: SPARKY ANDERSON, BILLY CONSOLO, RICK DEMPSEY, ANN MEYERS DRYSDALE, KEITH ERICKSON, Former Dodger manager DAN EVANS, JAMIE FARR, MARK GUBICZA, our own Daily News staffer TOM HOFFARTH, JORGE JARRIN, ARTE JOHNSON, RAFER JOHNSON, SWEET LOU JOHNSON, ERIC KARROS, DENNIS RALSTON, BRET SABERHAGEN, JEFF SUPPAN and TODD ZEILE.

Have questions? Call Ross Porter Jr., Golf Co-Chair, at (818) 222-2938, or Jennifer Porter in the Development Office at (818) 704-9117.

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Do you believe it?

Staff writer Ramona Shelburne forwarded me this story. Check it out. A Florida dad says his 14-year-old son had three aces in one round of golf. Huh? And this kid isn’t the next Tiger Woods either. The odds of such a thing are astrononomical. They had no witnesses, since they weren’t playing with anyone. However, they were joined by another golfer who witnessed one of the aces.
I feel bad for the kid if he really did have three aces. He and his dad have spent their time defending the round, instead of toasting to it.
The article points out that an elderly woman recently went on the Today Show to talk about an ace but it was learned later that she fabricated the story.
Check out the article at:

http://www.naplesnews.com/news/2007/oct/25/just_one_those_unbelievable_days/

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Nicklaus on steroids

Jack Nicklaus was in town Sunday to accept the Roy Firestone Award, presented by the West Coast Sports Associates.
During his interview with Firestone Sunday night, Nicklaus had this to say about drugs in golf – or what he believes to be a lack thereof – in golf. He certainly disagrees with Gary Player, who earlier this year said he knows there are players taking drugs. The PGA Tour is devising a drug-testing policy for next season.
“Basically, golf is drug-free, a steroid-free game,” Nicklaus said. “I don’t think you’ll find any. The players have been the rules committee. You always govern yourself. If anybody has been (doing drugs), they’re cheating themselves. I don’t think you’ll find it. They’re just not there.”

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Nicklaus wins again

Jack Nicklaus was as gracious and funny as ever Sunday night at the Omni downtown when he received the Roy Firestone Award by the West Coast Sports Associates. The nonprofit organization helps fund sports opportunities for underprivileged kids and each year recognizes a prominent sports figure who’s done a lot for charity.
Nicklaus won 18 majors, then won a San Francisco-signed 49ers helmet in a live auction. He “won” it for $5,000. Firestone was the auctioneer.
Much of the Nicklaus memorabilia went fast in the auction. There were other items as well, like two LaDanian Tomlinson-autographed helmets that went for $2,250 each.
An original oil painting of Nicklaus went for $9,000.

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Tiger to have own Gatorade drink

Just when you think Tiger Woods has done it all.
Woods signed a deal with Gatorade to become the first athlete to have an athlete-licensing deal, it was announced on his Web site on Tuesday. The “Gatorade Tiger drink will be the first Tiger-inspired sports performance beverage and is expected to be unveiled in March. Gatorade is expected to launch other Woods beverages in the future.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Golfweek reported earlier that it would be five years for nearly $100 million.

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Northern Trust Open

The Nissan Open has become the Northern Trust Open, the PGA Tour announced today. Northern Trust signed a deal to become the title sponsor for the PGA Tour stop at Riviera Country Club throuhg 2012. Nissan had been the sponsor of the event since 1989, but moved its company headquarters and was looking for a way out of its contract, which went thorugh 2010.
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