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Finally, a week ahead that is perfect for golf.
With golf courses shaking off the rain-soaked fairways from May, players look forward to competing in leagues and tournaments during this week that is capped off with the opportunity to watch great golf at the U.S. Open at Erin Hills Golf Club in Wisconsin Thursday through June 18.
If you are watching the U.S. Open, include in the players-to-watch Corey Conners who on the Sectional qualifier at Springfield Country Club in Springfield to advance to Erin Hills this week.
The former Kent State University standout tees off on Thursday at 12:30 p.m. with Ben Kohles and Jack Maguire, both on the first tee.
NORTHEAST OHIO AMATEUR
87th Edition at Stonewater Country Club
The 87th Northeast Ohio Amateur Championship teed off on Saturday with a new format this season.
The Amateur runs three consecutive days concluding on Monday.
Local golfers to watch include former Portage County Amateur Open Division Champion Brian Smith, three-time Portage County Amateur County Division Champion Robert Schustrich and three-time Portage County Amateur Senior Champion Larry Lahnan.
All three will be looking to make the cut to the final on Monday.
PORTER CUP SUCCESS
Tournament at Niagara Falls Country Club
For Kent State University's Wad Phaewchimplee, the success of the regular season continued for her as an individual.
Phaewchimplee earned a top 10 finish at the respected Porter Cup in Lewiston, N.Y., firing rounds of 76-74-69.
The final 3-over-par for three rounds put her in a tie for eight-way tie for ninth place.
Additional competitors from the Kent State University team included Julia Goodson of Hudson (44th) and Kory Nielsen of Kent (55th) in the more than 70-strong field from across the United States.
The Men's Division of the Porter Cup will not play until July but fans can prepare to cheer for local golfer and Kent State player who earned MAC Player of the Year Honors Ian Holt of Stow.
The prestigious Porter Cup is an invitational amateur event that competes over 72 holes.
RECORD-COURIER ON THE COURSE
Look for the Record-Courier to cover these events on Northeast Ohio fairways:
TUESDAY: Drive, Chip and Putt, Lake Forest Country Club, Hudson.
TUESDAY-WEDNESDAY: Jr. PGA Qualifiers, Windmill Lakes Golf Course, Ravenna.
FRIDAY: NOPGA Junior Series and Pups Tournament, Tannenhauf Golf Course, Alliance.
Call ahead to local courses
While Mother's Day was always the day that mom's played for free at area courses with another paid player, many courses are now offering reduced rates for dads.
A call ahead to a favorite course not only allows scheduling a tee time but provides information about specials running on upcoming holidays.
Outstanding rounds and league leaders
— SUNDOWNERS (Raccoon Hill): Michele Jaros fired the lowest score in the league, a 51 with Pat Helsel garnering low net honors, a 27.
Lois Schlademan had both the most bogeys (4) and the most pars (1). She was joined by the four bogeys of Jaros and the one par holed out by Pat Helsel.
Diana Yurkovich had the fewest putts and earned the most points among the league members.
Schlademan and her partner, Rhonda Holland lead the league with 74.50 points over Kate Schlademan and Sandy Williams (72.50).
— PORTAGE COUNTY LEAGUE (Sunny Hill): Bob Bell and Bob Largent moved into first place, leading by one and a half points over Roger Black and Ken Stoner.
Only five points separate the top four teams.
Bob Bell birdied the 16th hole at Sunny Hill and tied for the Low Net with Bob Largent (33).
Largent also had the low score for the week, a 42.
No surprise that Largent, having a good week, was closest to the pin on the chosen hole, hole 11.
— THURSDAY NIGHT LADIES (Paradise Lake): Ali Thomas was the best in the A Flight, walking off the course with both the low gross (44) and low net (36).
Patti Buchanan fired the low gross, a 55, in the B Flight and totaled a 40 for low net.
USGA Junior Qualifiers
Boys and girls from northeast Ohio will seek a qualifying spot at the USGA Junior Amateurs when local events are held the third weekend in June.
The boys will tee off at Lake Forest Country Club in Hudson on June 19 while the girls return to Silver Lake Country Club in Silver Lake on June 22.
Upcoming June events:
June 23: Mickey Marozzi "Fore" Engineer Outing, Windmill Lakes Golf Club, Ravenna.
June 25-26: Ben Curtis Family Foundation 3rd Golf Scramble, Firestone Country Club, Akron.
June 30: 4th Frieda Dalrymple Memorial Golf Scramble, Sunny Hill, Brimfield.
Upcoming July events:
July 15: 4th LINC For the Kids Golf Outing, Paradise Lake, Suffield.
July 17: Immaculate Conception Parish Annual Golf Outing, Windmill Lakes Golf Club, Ravenna.
July 22: Roosevelt Rough Riders Football Golf Classic, Sunny Hill Golf Course, Brimfield.
Note: To be added to this calendar of events, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 330-206-9083.
IT REALLY HAPPENED
The Fun of a Scramble
Scrambles are fun. Put four people together who might not be the most talented golfers and they can manage a decent score while having a great time on the golf course.
While most of us follow the rules of a scramble, that isn't the case for everyone.
Usually a four-person scramble team has a club length to drop all four balls for the next shot, not improving their lie; have the opportunity to buy mulligans and must use everyone's drive on the team at least once. The USGA does not provide rules for scrambles.
While big money scrambles and events often have officials on the course and volunteers keeping an eye on players, most scrambles are played for the benefit of a charity or cause so rules are not explicitly followed by all players.
Taking photos at one scramble, I watched one team look around as one player kicked the ball out from behind a tree and then take the requisite club length for the players.
The team didn't win and will probably return to the event the next season since they had such a great time.
But it is a reminder to everyone that following the rules IS having a good time. It's no fun to win by cheating whether using a foot, hand or a dropped ball.
SAVE THE DATES
Record-Courier Portage County Amateurs
Registration online is available at www.recordpub.com for the series of four Amateur tournaments hosted by the Record-Courier.
For questions email email@example.com, call 330-306-9083 or log onto the Facebook page Golf in the Record-Courier Potage County Amateurs.
Registration forms are also available at host golf courses and payment may be made in person for the Amateurs at Sunny Hill Golf Course in Brimfield, Windmill Lakes Golf Course in Ravenna and Sugar Bush Golf Course in Garrettsville.
The tournaments are as follows:
87th Portage County Amateur: July 29-30, Windmill Lakes and Sugar Bush Golf Courses.
47th Portage County Senior Amateur: Aug. 26-27, Windmill Lakes and Sugar Bush Golf Courses.
10th Matt Mishler Junior Portage County Amateur: July 24-25, Windmill Lakes and Sunny Hill Golf Courses.
3rd Kids Amateur: May 23, Sunny Hill Golf Course.
Register online at www.recordpub.com (submissions), on-site at host courses or on the Facebook page "Golf In the Record-Courier Portage County Amateurs."