The View Point
August, 2017 Newsletter
We had our usual players from Redding looking for cooler temperatures, and lots of shade. We also had a few visitors from China, South Africa, Japan, Canada, and the Bay Area. It’s always nice to meet people from all over the world and listen to their positive comments. Mount Shasta Resort is truly a special venue and we need to recognize the efforts of our grounds crew for the diligent work they do to maintain our course and all the other facilities on our property. Good work guys.
Speaking of good work, how about Brandon Alvarado winning the British Open Sweeps? He shot a net 68 and was paired with Henrik Stenson to come in with a smooth 203 total for the weekend. Rick Poore shot a net 69 and finished second at 204. He drew Matt Kuchar as his partner and that worked out great. With a final score of 205, Brian Johnson and Jason Dufner tied for third. Also, at 205 were Sue St. John and Rory McIlroy.
Our next big sweeps will be on Saturday, August 12th. The PGA Sweeps is always popular, so be sure to make your reservation for a morning tee time as soon as possible. Your net score on the 12th will be combined with your PGA partner’s weekend total. We blind draw for partners and it would be a good idea to show up early. Who knows, you might get lucky.
Rules and Etiquette
There is no penalty for walking in someone’s line on the green, or not repairing ball marks, or not replacing divots, or not raking a bunker you just destroyed. However, a man or woman in the group behind you may become frustrated with your lack of etiquette and complain to the golf shop staff and everyone else they know. Don’t be the bad guy.
Golf Tips Of The Month
Whatever you think you are doing wrong is probably the one thing you are doing right.
Nothing straightens out a nasty slice than a sharp dogleg to the right.
When your shot has to carry over a water hazard, you can either hit with one more club or two more balls.
It is often necessary to hit a second drive to really appreciate the first one.
Beer and Bloody Marys’ may improve your golf swing, but can increase your number of three putts.
In golf, you can’t score an eagle if you play like a turkey.
Golf balls are like eggs. They are usually sold by the dozen and you need to buy fresh ones each week.
A good golf buddy is always slightly worse than you are.
Golf lessons may improve your game, but your character is up to you.
Golf is played by twenty million mature American men whose wives think they are out having fun.
The greatest sound in golf is the Woosh, Woosh, Woosh, of your opponents club as he hurls it across the fairway.
To some golfers, the greatest handicap is the ability to add correctly.
If your opponent has trouble remembering if he shot a six or a seven, he probably shot an eight.
No matter how many great shots you have on the practice tee, they are usually used up once you start your round.
Our three week Junior Camp will conclude with a two player scramble on Tuesday, August 1st. The young golfers in the photo include Nathan McQuade, Shae Patterson, Gabrielle Patterson, Jacob Chapman, Hunter Johnson, Emelio Pieper, Blake Pail, and Maxx Burnett.
The Junior’s favorite activity is a game on the putting green called, “Beat the Pro.” The Pro starts out with a long, undulating, downhill putt that usually stops about two feet from the hole. Each junior golfer is invited to try and putt their ball a little closer. We give each junior several chances to “Beat the Pro” and a special prize is awarded to the winner each day. During the contest, we follow all the basic etiquette issues and have fun with the juniors when they violate certain rules of etiquette. We also furnish clubs to our junior golfers. Most of those clubs are happily donated by our members, and we thank you!
Member of the Month
Brando Alvarado has been a member here at MSR for two years and just can’t seem to get enough golf. This guy plays at least 100 rounds each year and carries a strong index of 13.7 to the course. He also won the British Open Sweeps recently. Of course, he also had a good partner.
Brandon told us that he was very good at reading greens. He told us that uphill putts are slower than downhill putts. He has also developed names for different putts. A Rock Hudson putt looks straight, but it isn’t. A nasty five footer is considered a Joe Pesci. A big lip out is known as a Mick Jagger. A putt that just shaves the edge is called a Brazilian. Brandon has a million of them and he is a good chipper. We are surprised that he even carries a putter.
Sometimes Brandon is out of control. Sometimes his iron shots go too far and sometimes they go too short. Golf is a hard game. However, he has managed to shoot a 75 here at MSR. He must have been right on the mark that day. Brandon says he likes hole number one because he is rewarded if he hits three good shots, and we all know he can read the greens. Brandon does not care for hole number four because it is way too tough, with no room for error.
Brandon recalls playing a round of golf with Daniel Sanchez one day. Well, Daniel was having a bad day and would not speak with Brandon for several holes. Daniel suddenly made a “hole-in-one” on #17 and then would not stop talking all the way in to the clubhouse. Welcome to golf.