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  2. I have a tee time at 2:39 on Sunday at Ussers Creek.

    Dave Belling, Brent Davies, You and myself as the 4 some. Is Bob playing in the event? Let me know and i will book a second tee time. 

  3. Tim Crough

    US and CGTF Cups To Be Held Concurrently

    Looking for car rental / hotel room sharing. I am booked at Clifton Victoria Inn arriving Sept 30 departing October 4th. Cheers and thank you, Tim Crough
  4. You coming to the Central Championship? it will be a great time with 2 ways to cash as the August MOGTT event is on the Friday. Hope to see you there. If not I will see you in October.

    1. Mark Harman

      Mark Harman

      I wish I could come, but I can't afford to take the time off.  And I won't be able to come in October unless the USGTF pays my way as part of the office staff.

  5. Any change on your role in the US/Can Cups this fall?   I am contacting Marc Ray early next week to go over a few details and ideas for some fun events. Anything you would like me to pass on or get info on?

    Hope to see you in Oct.


  6. Mark Harman

    SW Region Results

    Congratulations to Cole Golden for winning the USGTF Southwest Region championship played this past May at Ridgeview Ranch Golf Course in Plano, Texas. Thanks goes to region director Bruce Sims for organizing and hosting the event. If you want to play in any region event, please consult with the monthly e-newsletter at http://usgtfnewsletter.com for information. They are a great addition to the USGTF tournament schedule, in addition to our national and international events.
  7. Several USGTF regional championships have been set: Southwest – The USGTF Southwest Region Championship will be held Friday-Sunday, May 18-20, at Ridgeview Ranch Golf Club in Plano, Texas, with region director Bruce Sims serving as the host. A dinner will be held Friday night with the first round of play Saturday afternoon. There will likely be a guest speaker with a topic relevant to all golf teaching professionals. The entry fee is $225 and includes the dinner, all tournament fees and prize money. An optional $20 skins pot that includes both days of play will be available. To enter, contact Sims prior to Sunday, May 13 at (214) 475-5168 and you can provide credit card information at that time. Play will be in multiple divisions with different tee assignments. Northwest – The USGTF Northwest Region Championship will be held Thursday and Friday, July 26-27, at Haggin Oaks golf complex’s MacKenzie Course in Sacramento, California, with region director Bert Jones serving as the host. The entry fee of $199 includes golf and prize money, and division play will be based on the number of entrants. To enter, sent your name, age, gender, telephone number, email address and a check for $199 to Bert Jones, USGTF NW Region Director, 9722 Rim Rock Circle, Loomis CA, 95650. The entry deadline is July 1. Southeast – The USGTF Southeast Region Championship will be held Saturday and Sunday, July 28-29, at Shingle Creek Golf Club ijn Orlando, Florida, with region director Mike Stevens serving as the host. Shingle Creek Golf Club was designed by the Arnold Palmer Design Company. Senior golf course architect Thad Layton says, “We set out to do something resolutely different at Shingle Creek. Orlando is a golf town and our backyard. As such, we sought to build a golf course that would inspire and challenge every type of golfer. Through a hands-on approach and countless hours on site, we handcrafted a golf course with design features reminiscent of some of the finest classic golf courses in the world.” A prize fund of $1,000 and the Southeast Trophy is assured with a field of 12 players, and divisions by age will be offered. It is also a good opportunity to catch up with fellow members and plan future events for the section. The entry deadline is July 15. If you have any questions, contact Mike Stevens at ams1127@msn.com. The entry fee is $185 and entries should be sent to the USGTF National Office at USGTF, 1295 SE Port St. Lucie Blvd., Port St. Lucie FL, 34952, or you may call the office at (888) 346-3290. Central – The 2018 USGTF Central Region Championship will be held at Pine Knob Golf Club in Clarkston, Michigan, on Saturday and Sunday, August 4-5, with region director Brent Davies serving as the host. The first tee time Saturday will be at 12:00 noon and 10:00 a.m. on Sunday. The entry fee of $199 is for two days of golf, cart, range, prize money, and lunch after the Sunday round, with monies paid out on the gross and net two-day totals. Practice rounds will be available after 1:00 p.m. on Friday, August 3, for $40. To enter, please send your $199 entry fee to: Brent Davies, 5223 Parview Dr., Clarkston, MI 48346. Pine Knob is an upscale public course with 27 holes, tree-lined fairways, water, bunkers, great greens, and is an outstanding place to play. Hotel deals will be available at the Olde Mill Inn of Clarkston (some may remember this location from the 2015 Kelly Cup), a rustic lakefront look with an up-north feel. These rooms will go very, very fast! Participants will need to call (248) 623-0300 or go online at www.oldemillinnofclarkston.com to book. One-person rooms start at $65, two-person rooms at $85, and it is not too early to book. Clarkston is located 45 miles northwest of Detroit right off I-75; a 75-minute drive from the Blue Water Bridge; 60 minutes from Windsor, and 90 minutes from Toledo.
  8. Back in 2001, a cooperative venture between the Canadian Golf Teachers Federation and the USGTF took place in British Columbia with the playing of the North American Golf Teachers Cup. Although the venture was short-lived, it was well received by the participants. This year, the CGTF Cup and the United States Golf Teachers Cup will be held at Ussher's Creek Golf Club in Niagara Falls, Ontario, October 2-3. As the format becomes finalized, I'll provide more details.
  9. Mark Harman

    World Cup Recap

    USA WINS TEAM EVENT; MASIH TAKES INDIVIDUAL TITLE BOULDER CITY, NV – Getting back into the winner’s circle after a six-year absence, Team USA won the team portion of the 13th biennial World Golf Teachers Cup at Boulder Creek Golf Club, here Thursday, October 19. Nursing a two-stroke lead over Team Canada entering the final round, Team USA fired a record 9-under-par 351 to win by five strokes over International 1. Team USA’s two-round score of 9-under-par 711 is also a team record, which features six players on each team with five scores counting each round. Team Canada couldn’t maintain its first-round pace but ended up in third place at 724, followed by International 2 at 765 and Team Europe at 792. Team USA last won the team portion of the event in 2011 at Orange County National in Orlando, Florida. The individual championship was hotly contested, as well. First-round leader Shafiq Masih from Canada by way of Pakistan fired rounds of 67-70 – 137 to edge defending champion Rebecca Samuelsson by two strokes. Masih had a comfortable three-shot lead heading into the ninth hole of the final round when disaster struck. Sitting only 100 yards from the hole, Masih managed to take five shots from there to make double bogey, cutting his lead over Samuelsson to one, with reigning United States Golf Teachers Cup champion Matt Smith another stroke back. Masih birdied #10 and eagled #13, but Samuelsson hung tough, birdieing #14 to Masih’s bogey, and the two were tied with four holes to play. Both parred the 15th, but a Masih birdie on #16 and a Samuelsson bogey on #17 sealed the deal. “It feels special to win this tournament,” Masih said afterwards. “I was dying to win this and worked very hard, and this is a dream come true.” Masih was happy with his play, but a few loose shots made it closer than he wanted. “I feel good about the way I played, but could have saved a couple shots more,” said Masih. “I was confident about what I was doing and was comfortable with my game, and was focused on my own game and getting the job done. My short game was very good this week.” He also had high praise for Samuelsson. “Rebecca is a wonderful player and I appreciate the way she plays the game and her mental composure,” Masih remarked. He also thanked his sponsor, Techaccess, a Dubai company and its owner Shumail Ghalib, who provides Masih the opportunity to play. Masih is also coached by Canadian Golf Teachers Federation member Dr. Tariq Malik, who said, “I have known Shafiq since he was eight years old. It felt wonderful to win and we wanted this to happen. We worked very hard on this and I’m very proud of the way he performed.” Smith finished third with 70-70 – 140, while Cole Golden was fourth at 70-75 – 145. Harman wins inaugural Senior Cup Thirty-six holes weren’t enough to decide the championship of the inaugural World Senior Golf Teachers Cup, and a sudden-death playoff ensued between Mark Harman and Kacey Tyler. Both fired 6-under-par 138 over the two rounds, necessitating the playoff. On the first playoff hole, #9 at the Coyote Run nine at Boulder Creek, Tyler hit his tee shot into the water on the left side, with Harman playing safe down the alternate fairway on the right. Harman hit his second shot on the par-4 to 15 feet while Tyler’s third shot left him 20 feet. Tyler lipped out his par putt, and Harman two-putted for the victory. “Harman entered the final round after a 72 and was in fifth place, tied with Dave Belling and newly-minted United States Senior Golf Teachers Cup champion Grant Gulych, three stroke behind first-round leader Mark Shimamura, who was in with 69. Douglas Firth was another stroke back at 70, with Tyler and Keith Renton in at 71. Harman blitzed the first six holes in 4-under-par on his way to a first-nine 31, giving him a one-stroke lead over Shimamura and Firth, and two over Tyler. A double bogey on #10 harmed Firth’s chances, and Shimamura faded with a 38. Tyler, meanwhile, fired a 3-under-par 33 to come in at 67 for the day, second only to Harman’s 66, which was matched by third-place finisher Bing Qin. Pam Montgomery completed a U.S./World Cup sweep in the Ladies division, overtaking first-round leader Mary Peter-Wolf to win by one. Anthony Benny edged Bill Hardwick and first-round leader Carlos de Barros by one in the Super Senior division, shooting 72-71 – 143. Ray Holder won the Legends division’s shooting 75-77 – 152.
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