Q. We have a problem at our weekly ladies play day and club tournaments with players who can’t seem to count the strokes they take on a hole. This is an ongoing concern since some of these women always get paired together and seem to win every week. Is there anything we can do about this? — S.P.
The UNLV men’s golf team has set such a high standard of excellence in coach Dwaine Knight’s 22 years at the helm that anything short of reaching the NCAA Championships can be a tough pill to swallow.
Only eight teams advanced out the NCAA West Regional women’s golf tournament earlier this month in Tempe, Ariz.
One of the Las Vegas Valley’s premier residential communities, Henderson’s Anthem is also home to two of Southern Nevada’s most enjoyable public-access golf courses. While the Revere Golf Club’s Lexington track is the more well-known of the duo, the Concord course is not to be overshadowed. Stretching nearly 7,100 yards and featuring more ups and downs than the Dow Jones Industrial Average, Concord offers an appealing challenge without being overly taxing.
In a time where “grip it and rip it” dominates most golfers’ thinking, it is oftentimes very easy to forget about some of the other skills required to play good golf. Pitching (a technique that is slowly becoming a lost art) is definitely one of those skills. After all, the farther you hit it off the tee the more often you’ll be faced with a shorter shot into the green, right?
Q. Last week while playing, my tee shot ended up in a lateral water hazard. I thought I could play it and proceeded to hit the ball out of bounds. My fellow competitor said the only option I now had was to drop a ball stroke and distance in the lateral water hazard from where I had just played from. Was that the only thing I could have done? I ended up taking a 10 on the hole because of having to drop back into the hazard. — Jenna Williams
Coaches almost never go into competition thinking about anything less than winning.
Last week I had the pleasure of working the UNLV Collegiate Invitational at Southern Highlands Golf Club and experienced several interesting rules situations.