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  1. 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. 

  2. 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.

  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Mark Harman

    US, World Cup Soon!

    I'm looking forward to returning to one of my all-time favorite places in the U.S., Boulder Creek Golf Club. Here's a personal plea to those of you who never go: Please make the time and effort in 2018! You won't be sorry.
  8. Mark Harman

    US, World Cup to Las Vegas Area

    Grant, it's a whole new tournament for seniors this year! And I might enter that one instead of the regular US Cup, so you've been warned - practice hard.
  9. Boulder Creek Golf Club in Boulder City, Nevada, will host the 22nd annual United States Golf Teachers Cup and the 13th biennial World Golf Teachers Cup Monday-Thursday, October 16-19, 2017. Boulder Creek is a 27-hole facility that has met with universal acclaim from past participants. Also, 2017 marks the inauguration of two new events, the United States Senior Golf Teachers Cup and the World Senior Golf Teachers Cup individual competitions for those 50 and over. For more information and to register, please visit http://www.GlobalGolfTeachersCup.com
  10. First up is the Southwest Region Championship (Bruce Sims, Director) – The USGTF Southwest Region Championship will be held Saturday and Sunday, May 20-21, 2017, at Ridgeview Ranch Golf Club in Plano, Texas. All WGTF members in good standing are eligible to play, regardless of residence. Tee assignments will be based on age and gender. A practice round can be scheduled on Friday, May 19 for a cart fee. The entry fee of $225 includes two tournament rounds plus practice balls, and a dinner Saturday night after play. The recommended hotel is the Wingate by Windham Frisco. To, enter; send a check to Bruce Sims at 9959 Cambridge Drive, Frisco, TX 75035. You may also call Sims at (214) 475-5168 to enter by credit card. Next, the Northeast Region Championship will be conducted (Bob Corbo, Director) – The annual USGTF Northeast Region Championship will be held Friday, June 9, at Mercer Oaks East Golf Course in West Windsor, New Jersey. Please note that these dates are different than the traditional weekend dates in July and August from past events, so plan accordingly. The Northeast championship regularly draws the largest number of participants of any USGTF regional event with over 40 players. All WGTF members, regardless of residence or level of membership, are eligible to play. For more information, please contact Northeast Region director Bob Corbo at (609) 580-5997 or through email at bcgolfcoach@gmail.com. The entry fee is $165 and includes golf and prizes. Participants will play from separate tees based on age and gender. The longest-running regional championship, the Southeast Region Championship, will once again be in Florida (Mike Stevens, Director) – The USGTF Southeast Region Championship will be held Saturday and Sunday, July 29-30, 2017, at GlenLakes Country Club in Weeki Wachee, Florida, approximately 45 minutes north of Clearwater. The event is open to all WGTF members in good standing, regardless of residence. A prize fund of $1,000 and the Southeast Trophy is assured with a field of 12 players. It is also a good opportunity to catch up with fellow members and plan future events for the section. Entry deadline is July 15, and the entry fee is $175. The recommended hotel is the Quality Inn Weeki Wachee. Questions, contact Mike Stevens at ams1127@msn.com. Entries should be sent to the USGTF office at 1295 SE Port St. Lucie Blvd., Port St. Lucie, FL 34952. You may also enter by credit card with an additional 3% surcharge through the National Office at (888) 346-3290. Finally, the Central Region Championship will be held Sunday and Monday, August 6-7, 2017, at Lake Forest Golf Club in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The event will also be held as part of a weekend of golf which includes the Michigan/Ontario Golf Teachers Tour event on Saturday. For complete information, please click here or to Register contact Brent Davies (Central Regional Director) at 248-701-6843 or email: btkadavies@comcast.net. Deadline for registration is July 29, 2017.
  11. Mark Harman

    US CUP TEE TIMES

    Final round tee times for Tuesday, October 11 2016 2nd Round by Time.pdf 2016 2nd Round Alpha.pdf
  12. Mark Harman

    Host Hotel Named

    The La Quinta Inn & Suites Phoenix Scottsdale has been named the host hotel for the 2016 United States Golf Teachers Cup, to be held October 10-11 at Talking Stick Golf Club (North Course) in Scottsdale. The hotel is located approximately a 7-minute drive from the course at 8888 E. Shea Blvd. Rates are $83 per night plus tax, and is available starting the night of October 8, checking out on October 13. To book, please call (800) 642-4239 and the group code is US Cup. You must book by Friday, September 16, to receive this rate.
  13. Southwest Region The USGTF Southwest Region Championship will be played Saturday and Sunday, May 14-15, at Ridgeview Ranch Golf Club in Plano, Texas. All WGTF members in good standing are welcome to play. Tee assignments will be based on age and gender. The entry fee is $200, and the deadline is Friday, May 6. Practice rounds are available the day before the tournament for $20. For more information and to enter, please contact Southwest Region director Bruce Sims at bsimspro@hotmail.com. Northwest Region The second annual USGTF Northwest Region Championship will be held Thursday and Friday, May 19-20, at Eagle Springs Golf Course in Friant, California, which is in Fresno County. The tournament is open to all WGTF members in good standing. Divisions and tee assignments will be based on age and gender. The entry fee is $220. A block of rooms at a discounted rate has also been secured at Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino, about a 25-minute drive from the course. To book, call (866) 794-6946 and ask for Group ID# SGP0518. For more information and to enter, please contact USGTF Northwest Region director Jim Perez at (559) 281-0876, or through e-mail atjim@jimperezgolf.com. Southeast Region The 9th annual USGTF Southeast Region Championship will be held Saturday and Sunday, July 30-31, at GlenLakes Country Club in Weeki Wachee, Florida, a private Ron Garl-designed course. The tournament is open to all WGTF members in good standing. Tee assignments will be based on age and gender. A prize fund of $1,000 and the region trophy is assured with 12 players. Region director Mike Stevens will conduct the annual region meeting Saturday evening after the first round at an area restaurant. The entry fee is $175, and the deadline is Friday, July 15. You may enter through regular mail at USGTF, 1295 SE Port St. Lucie Blvd., Port St. Lucie, FL 34952. You may also enter by debit/credit card through the National Office by calling (888) 346-3290. Please note that a 3% service fee will be added to the entry fee. The recommended hotel is the Quality Inn in Weeki Wachee. For more information, please contact Stevens at ams1127@msn.com. Central Region The USGTF Central Region Championship will be held Sunday and Monday, August 7-8, at Lake Forest Golf Club in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The tournament is open to all WGTF members in good standing. The format will be 36-hole stroke play, with different divisions and tee assignments based on age and gender. The entry fee is $199, and the deadline is Friday, July 29. Practice rounds are available at a discounted rate on Saturday, August 6. The recommended hotel is the Holiday Inn & Suites, which is offering a discounted rate. For more information, please contact Central Region director Brent Davies at (248) 701-6843 or btkadavies@comcast.net. To enter, make checks payable to Brent Davies, 5223 Parview Drive, Clarkston, MI 48346. The Michigan/Ontario Golf Teachers Tour has proven to be extremely popular in its existence, and 2016 promises to be no different. The first event is slated for Sunday, May 15, at Prestwick Village Golf & Country Club in Highland, Michigan. All WGTF members in good standing are welcome. Monthly events are slated, culminating in the prestigious Kelly Cup in September. For more information, please contact Charlie Henry in Michigan at clh3@comcast.net, or Grant Gulych in Ontario at grant@ggolfs.com.
  14. Mark Harman

    2016 US Cup to Arizona

    What do the states of Florida, Mississippi, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, Texas, New Mexico, Nevada, and California all have in common? The answer is that all of these states have hosted past editions of the United States Golf Teachers Cup. Now, there is a new state to add to that list: Arizona. The North Course at Talking Stick Golf Club in Scottsdale will host the 21st playing of the USGTF's national championship tournament Monday and Tuesday, October 10-11. A Coore/Crenshaw design, the North Course offers outstanding playing conditions and a worthy challenge. Golfweek magazine ranks it the 11th best public course in Arizona. The course's website is http://www.talkingstickgolfclub.com
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    2015 US, World Cup Results

    SAMUELSON, BRAZIL TAKE WORLD CUP TITLES Hardwick captures second US Cup For an organization that has made golf history the past two-and-a-half decades, the World Golf Teachers Federation saw some more this past October, when Sweden’s Rebecca Samuelsson won the individual portion of the World Golf Teachers Cup at the Palm and Magnolia courses at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. The first female to capture top honors in a WGTF event anywhere (internationally, nationally, or regionally), Samuelsson fired a final-round 67 after an opening round 70 to overcome a three-stroke deficit and claim the 12th biennial championship. Brazil won its first World Cup team title with a two-round total of 736 in the format that counts the best five of six scores each day. In third place and trailing leader Team USA by 10 strokes after the first round, Brazil played solidly the second day, paced by Ruberlei Felizardo’s 69, and counted no score over 75. Felizardo finished as runner-up to Samuelsson in the individual race with scores of 73-69 – 142. In the 20th annual edition of the United States Golf Teachers Cup, Bill Hardwick from Aurora, Ontario, continued a trend of Canadian winners 50 and over when he won his second title, shooting 76-66 – 143 to overcome a five-stroke deficit to fellow Canadian super senior Bob Richardson after the first round. Richardson fell back the second day with a 75 but still managed a solo fifth-place finish. Samuelsson hails from Gothenburg, Sweden’s second-largest city, and became interested in golf at the age of seven when her best friend was learning the sport at summer camp. Throughout her junior career, Samuelson played at the highest level in Sweden. There, she enjoyed modest course fees and free coaching once a month. “It’s inexpensive to play there so anyone can do it,” she remarked on Swedish golfers’ success throughout the professional game. As a teenager, she was playing in a tournament when two girls mentioned that they were going to the U.S. to play college golf, and asked Samuelsson what her plans were. “I had no idea about any of this,” said Samuelsson, “so I put together a resume and video and sent it to 25 schools. The coach at Florida International University was among the first to contact me, so I wound up there.” After graduating with a degree in English, Samuelsson turned pro and has competed on various mini-tours. She recently earned status on the Symetra Tour, the LPGA’s developmental tour, for 2016. Earlier in 2015, she attended a USGTF certification class in Florida. “I feel I have a lot of knowledge about the game and wanted the certification,” she stated. In the team portion of the event, Team USA shot a first-round 362 and staked itself to an eight-stroke lead over Brazil and Canada. Korea, North America, Commonwealth (representing Great Britain & Ireland), Asia, and Trinidad & Tobago were also in pursuit, but were too far back to make a realistic run at the title. While USA and Canada struggled the second day at the Magnolia Course with 383 and 384, respectively, Brazil surged ahead with a 364, besting the second-best team score of the day by 18 strokes (382, North America). Brazil came close to winning the team championship twice in the past with runner-up finishes, first at the 2003 World Cup in Kissimmee, Florida, losing in a playoff to Team USA, and at the 2005 World Cup in Ito, Brazil, where the host team fell in the final match to Paraguay (the team championship was decided by match play in 2005). Captain Luiz Martins led Felizardo, Luis Menezes (2009 World Cup individual champion), Jose Machado, Mark Harman (1997 and 1998 World Cup individual champion), and Juvenilio Souto to the victory. The US Cup featured another strong field as former champions Hardwick, Harman, James Douris, Grant Gulych and defending champion Dave Belling headlined the field. In addition, past Open division champion Matt Smith participated, as well as past and current regional champions James Peters and Carlos De Barros. Richardson won the 2010 Canadian Golf Teachers Cup, and 2015 Canadian Cup champion Brent Davies was also in the field, so the competition was certainly formidable. Hardwick uncharacteristically struggled the first round with a 76, leaving him six shots behind Richardson. Michael Wolf and J.T. Smart were in second at 71, with Samuelsson fourth at 72, followed by Felizardo, Souto, and Ed Williams, all at 73. Solid final-round scores were posted by Samuelsson (72), Smart and Wolf (both at 73), but Hardwick came back with a temporary US Cup 18-hole record of 66 to win the championship. Perennial competitor Ricky Campbell from Trinidad & Tobago then broke the record when he fired a 65 after an opening-round 88 to set the new scoring mark, which could have been even better had he not three-putted the final two holes on the Palm course. Campbell also set a record for the best turnaround in US Cup history. Hardwick also won the 2012 tournament at Boulder Creek Golf Club in Boulder City, Nevada. Now 74, Hardwick broke his own record for being the oldest champion. Wolf won the Open division in a sudden-death playoff victory over Smart by eagling the par-5 10th hole at the Magnolia course. Menezes (73-75 – 148) earned the Senior division title with a two-stroke victory over Davies and Ted Williams. Hardwick won the Super Senior division, besting Richardson by three. Joe Bernat won the Legends division championship at 71-79 – 150 for a six-stroke victory over fellow South Carolina Grand Strand resident William Gunderman. Samuelsson won the Ladies division title over runner-up Mary M. Peter-Wolf. Individually in the World Cup, Samuelsson took the title over runner-up Peter-Wolf; the Open division championship went to Felizardo with a three-stroke victory over Cory Morris; Gulych (75-69 – 144) won the Senior division with a two-stroke victory over Belling; and Bernat made it a clean sweep of the Legends division titles with scores of 78-75 – 153 to earn a one-stroke victory over Walt Abraham. US Cup Final Individual Results: http://globalgolfteacherscup.com/us-cup-leaderboard/ World Cup Final Individual Results: http://globalgolfteacherscup.com/leader-board/ World Cup Team Results: 1. Brazil..................372-364 - 736 2. USA....................362-383 - 745 3. Canada................372-384 - 756 4. North America.......390-382 - 772 5. Korea.......................389-387 - 776 6. Commonwealth........390-396 - 786 7. Asia..........................400-391 - 791 8. Trinidad & Tobago....411-404 - 815
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