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10C THE NEWS-PRESS, WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2001 Golf course review Bonita Bay Club Marsh Course LOCATION: 26660 Country Club Drive, Bonita Springs COURSE TYPE Private PAR-YARDAGE: Par 72; 6,636 yards from back tees; four sets of tees B0PENED:1985 ARCHITECT: Arthur Hills COST TO PLAY: NA ABOUT THE COURSE: Once ranked among Golf Digest's top 100 courses, the Marsh course hasn't returned to the list since it was reconfigured in 1994. But ifs no less a course. Eighteen new holes were built in 1994, also designed by Arthur Hills, and nine of those were combined with one side from the original Marsh course. The other nine new holes were combined with the opposite side of the Marsh course to create the Bay Island course, the third 18-hole course at Bonita Bay West (there are also two Tom Fazio-designed courses at Bonita Bay Club East on Immokalee Road). The target golf course is still intimidating visually, and is well-guarded by water and natural areas. The new Marsh course is known as the members course because tt is easier than the Bay Island course, but the greens are fair-sized at best, and accuracy is very much a premium. : local calendar SATURDAY: Charity golf tournament to benefit Carol Gilliard at Riverwood Golf Club in Port Charlotte. Gilliard has leukemia and is in need of a bone marrow transplant Cost $75. Info: 573-2397 : SATURDAY, DEC. 1-SUNDAY, DEC 2: 2001 Collier County Men's Amateur Championship at Golden Gate Country Club and Naples Beach Club. Field 80. Cost: $100. Info: 435-2443. . FRIDAY, DEC 7: Third annual WCIMercedes-Benz of Fort Myers Junior Golf Foundation Pro-Am at The Colony Golf & Country Club. Pros include Terry-Jo Myers and Nolan Henke. Info: 498-8269 FRIDAY, DEC 7-SATURDAY, DEC & HDG Celebrity Holiday Challenge golf-and-tennis event to benefit Make-A-Wish Foundation at Olde Cypress. Cost $500 ($1,750 per foursome). Info: 596-6857 SATURDAY, DEC 8-SUNDAY, DEC ft Tournament Players Association at Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club. Cost $120. Info: 481-2117 WEDNESDAY, DEC 12-SUNDAY, DEC. 16: Dodge Celebrity Invitational at Miromar Lakes. Info: www.ceosports.net or (770)650-9221 MONDAY, JANUARY 28: 22nd annual PGA-Coors Light Tournament of Charities at Kingsway Country Club. ! MONDAY, FEB. 4-SUNDAY, FEB. 10. The ACE Group Classic Senior PGA Tour event at Twin Eagles Golf & Country Club. Info: 593-3900 Golf tip Doug Hanks, head professional, Fort Myers Country Club PROBLEM: Slicing the ball, poor alignment SOLUTION: Many golfers who have trouble slicing the ball do so because of poor alignment When setting up, many golfers point their feet at the target, when in fact, their feet should be pointed parallel to the target A club laid on the ground where the ball rests should be pointed at the target but a club laid at the tips of the feet should be pointed several feet left of the target (for righthanders) and parallel to the first club. Pointing the feet at the target produces a closed stance. This leads golfers to sweep across the ball and pull it or, ultimately, to decelerate on the downswing to avoid pulling the ball and instead cutting or slicing the ball. You should lay a club down at your feet parallel to the target and feel like you're swinging along that line. ABOUT HANKS: Hanks has been a head professional at Fort Myers Country Club for about 18 months and has been a golf professional in Southwest Florida for about five years. He is available for lessons. Foot position II j A Hi u Mil rn m i. I ALL SHIRTS I I Ashworth, Nike, & More! I (Ft My en Stwi Or) I J BUY 2 CETjEE -,GoIf Balls I Buy 1 Doz. Get 1 Dot. FREE (One Per Customer) I Fvri'r',iJl,,j21-!L'j , Corkscrew Rd. li'iV, 0 5 ! W. Terry St ; ;H ""-Bonita Beach Rd. The News-Press Ball position QUESTIONS: If you have a problem with your swing or making a particular shot, write The News-Press at 2442 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. , Fort Myers, Fl 33901-3987. Address your inquiry to Golf Tips. Th Newt-Press I NIKE j Spin or Distance Control I Reg. $29.99 I Now$19" I L E IVm'QIJ ,rjj j Cleveland Wedges All Lofts U f, 8 tiffin ftf After layoff, Mickelson takes aim at majors Phil Mickelson has been happy at home for months. Out of action since late August, Mickelson has been in Scottsdale, Ariz, with wife Amy and eldest daughter Amanda awaiting the birth of the couple's second daughter, Sophia Isabella, who was born last month. . Mickelson hasn't touched a club the whole time, but that's about to change. Rick Smith, Mickelson's instructor who has a golf academy at Tiburon Golf Resort in North Naples, said he'll have the world's No. 2-ranked player in Southwest Florida sometime in December to resume the pursuit for which Smith was first hired: success in golfs major championships. Tm sure Til get him here," Smith said last week at Tiburoa "We'll be working hard in December and getting ready for the whole next seasoa" For the 31-year-old Webb, Sorenstam at top of games at Tour Championship The Associated Press WEST PALM BEACH The LPGA Tour came up with a slogan for a television advertising campaign a few years ago that said, "Hey, we can play." Getting people to believe them is the trick. "I grew up in a family of four girls, and I was never told that women couldn't succeed at whatever they wanted," Lorie Kane said. "But out here, ifs like we have to prove ourselves no matter what we do." The season-ending LPGA Tour Championship should have been a chance to celebrate an historic year. Annika Sorenstam became the first woman to shoot a 59 and earn $2 million in one seasoa Karrie Webb became the youngest woman to win the career Grand Slam Instead, the LPGA's top 30 players felt they had some explaining to do after getting kicked around on Donald Trump's golf course., Never mind that Webb finished at 9-under 279 on Trump International, a score she said was equivalent to 20-under because of the blustery conditions, greens as quick as a US. Open and water hazards on half of the holes. Or that Sorenstam, with the LPGA scoring-average record riding on every swing, played the final 10 holes in 6-under-par to close with a 65 and set a new standard, at 69.42. They were the only two players who kept the Donald from getting his way a winning score no better than par. Eight players shot in the 80s. Only eight players had rounds below 70. The average score for the week was 74.72. So many women hit into so many water hazards that they became skilled at taking penalty drops. The double standard facing women's golf was never more clear. When 28 of the top 30 women can't break par, they must not be any good. Yet when Juli Inkster wins a U.S. Open at 16-under-par, or Sorenstam becomes the first woman to shoot a 59, the course must have been set up ridiculously easy. "If the guys are over par, it was the toughest course in the world," Inkster said "If I All Weather Glove I I Reg. S9.99 I I Now 2 For 9M j I or 5 for 20 I All Stand & Cart Bags $25 OFF LPGA tramps Mickelson, who won twice in 2001 and earned more than $4.4 million, that means eliminating what Smith conceded has become the proverbial monkey on Mickelson's back. "He wants to get them off the back," Smith said. "He's really anxious to get that over with, and he wilL He's too talented. He brought me in to specifically focus on being more consistent He's doing that but now ifs time to get the deal done." Mickelson made great runs at the Masters, US. Open and PGA Championship but still saw his lifetime record in the majors fall to 0-for-38. Now Smith said that Mickelson is intent on rectifying that shortcoming and tackling an even more daunting task: closing the gap between himself and world No. 1 Tiger Woods in the ranking points. Woods leads by a sizable margin, 17.88 to 959. "- "-" , mwwm.uwmv, ,,,,,. hwwiw A imiiiiiiiiiwiin in ifrimm n i i i mm ini.mi - - The Associated Press A YEAR TO REMEMBER: Annika Sorenstam, from Sweden, hits off the 1 1th tee Sunday during the final round of the LPGA Tour Championship at Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach. Sorenstam this year became the first woman to shoot a 59 and earn $2 million in one season. they're 9 million-under-par, they're great players. We'll just keep fighting that perception until we can get more people to come watch." Most of the frustration was directed at the Donald. To his credit Trump treated the women like royalty. He gave them BMWs as courtesy cars, offered them rooms at his exclusive Mar-a-Lago club and made sure they had their own brand of golf balls on the practice range. But his ego took over when they got to the first tee. Trump wanted to showcase his course, and he couldn't have players women, no less making too many birdies and shooting too many low scores. "He wanted a score of plus-2 to embarrass the LPGA. That's not the exposure we need," fumed Dottie Pepper after finishing at 8-over 296. She's a member at Trump International The wind was enough to give Trump all he needed a good test In fact when h gusted 20 New Computerized True Temper Shaft Lab U Caih Fcr LLe.J Area's Highest Quality Of Used Balls Q Complete Club Repair & Regripping Q Club Fitting Pros On Staff TESMT' ,.iK Seth Scffian x Teeing off 1 ' y ssoffiannews-press.com "Finishing second on the money list none of that means anything to him," Smith said. "He wants to dominate, and he's getting closer to Tiger. It'll take him another year and a half to do it but if he plays welL He wants to be No. 1 in the world, and I think he can do it" Smith didn't think the arrival of Mickelson's second daughter would slow his pursuit of golfing immortality. "If anything, I think it makes him even hungrier," Smith said. "He's got his feet solidly planted." CHIP SHOTS: Fort Myers resident Mary Galvano, 28, an LPGA professional and the Dorald. mph out of the opposite direction in the second round, Sorenstam joked, "I think he turned the fan on for us." Trump controlled what he could. "I would love to see the tees moved back 500 to 600 more yards or they'll shoot some t great scores," he said after 'playing the pro-am round with Sorenstam. "I would love to see even par win the event" That might explain why Trump had the right side of the 18th green mowed down on the eve of the tournament Saturday, Sorenstam was shocked to see her approach come up just short on No. 18, then roll into the water. She took a triple bogey. In the second round, Trump was watching when Webb's tee shot on the par-3 seventh hole hit the side of the green, hopped toward the water and got hung up in the collar of rough. She holed the chip for a birdie. That night, Trump remarked that while Webb was talented, she also was lucky. That ball should have j Pinnacle! 15 Ball Pack j Gold, Spin or j I Women's j J R. $14.99 I Now -11" Check Out Our New Fall Clothing Collection (Ft. Myera Only) PGA apprentice at the Bonita Bay Club, is known locally for singing the national anthem prior to area sporting events such as Boston Red Sox's spring-training baseball games and hockey games at TECO Arena. Last week, she took her act national. Galvano sang at the PGA of America's 85th annual meeting in West Palm Beach, opening a special awards breakfast by singing "God Bless America" and receiving a standing ovation from the gathering at PGA NationaL "I was more nervous about singing for this audience than in front of baseball fans," Galvano said on the PGA's Web site. "This is a gathering of your peers. But it was fun." Galvano is the daughter of the late Phil Galvano Sr., a PGA Life Member who died in 1996. Phil Galvano was the patriarch of a family of PGA professionals and gone in the water. And by the way, why wasn't that collar shaved down? The next day, it was. The mower attacked the collar with such fury that course officials had to use green paint to cover up the brown patches. "It was nice of Mr. Trump to give us his course for the week," Kane said. "But if he wants to mow down the rough on No. 7, he can do that on Monday." Late Sunday afternoon, Trump was asked what it would say about his course if Webb and Sorenstam were the only players to finish under par. "I don't know what that would mean," he said, the shortest answer he had all week. It would say that the course was a good test the penalties were severe and the conditions were tough. That the wind was howling. And that the best two players were on top of their games. That should be enough. j$10GFFj 'All Golf! j Shoes j I $2.93 Grips While You Wait wrote several golf instructional books, including the best-selling "Secrets of the Perfect Golf Swing." The Galvano family includes Phil H, 40, head professional at Arrowhead Golf Course in Naples; Richard, 34, Arrowhead general manager and owner of a brokerage firm in Naples; brother Peter, 3L a teaching professional at Arrowhead; brother Bill, an attorney in Bradenton; and sister Liz, 39, who assists Phil at Arrowhead. The 10th Annual Florida Gulf Coast University Founder's Cup at Bonita Bay raised almost $60,000 to benefit the university's athletics program. Fifty-five foursomes participated. Left-Tee Golf.com will carry "On the Other Hand," a golf instructional book for left-handers written by Eastwood Golf Club teaching professional Steve Anderson. ON TOUR PGA Q What Australian Open B Where: Gold Coast, Australia D When: Thursday-Sunday B Course: The Grand Golf Club (6,558 yards, par 72). Purse: $750,000. Winner's share: $135,000. B TV: Today, 11 p.m.-4 a.m.; Thursday, 8 p.m.-1 a.m.; Friday-Saturday, 8 p.m.-2 a.m. EXHIBITION B What: Skins Game B Where: Indio, Calif. B When: Saturday-Sunday B Course: Landmark Golf Club (7,068 yards, par 72). Purse: $1 million (Nos. 1-6, $25,000 each; Nos. 7-12, $50,000; Nos. 13-17, $70,000; No. 18, $200,000) BTV: firm Saturday, 4:30-7 p.m.; Sunday, 3:30-6 p.m.) B Players: Tiger Woods, Greg Norman, Colin Montgomerie and Jesper Parnevik. B Rule change: After winning a hole, a player must win or halve the following hole in order to earn the skin. The rule does not apply to the 18th hole or playoff holes. LPGA B What Hyundai Team Matches B When: Dec. 7-9, Monarch Beach Golf Links, Dana Point, Calif. SENIOR PGA TOUR B What Office Depot Father-Son Challenge BWhen: Dec. 1-2, Ocean Club Golf Course, Paradise Island, Bahamas OTHER TOURNAMENTS Men B What Japan Golf Tour, Casio World Open B When: Thursday-Sunday, Ibusuki Golf Club, Kaimon Course, Ibusuki, Japan Women B What Japan LPGA, LPGA Tour Championship Ricoh Cup B When: Thursday-Sunday B Where: Hibiscus Golf Club, Sadohara, Japan I Ladies Graphite I I Sets I J9 Irons, 4 Woods, Putter,' I Bag, Head Covers I I Rea. $699.99 I Now $399M! Hours: 8:30-6 M-F 8:30-5 Sat. Sun. 10-4

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