Minimum air time, maximum ground time.

Minimum air time, maximum ground time.Chipping can also be described as a glorified putt, with a lofted club.

The goal of chipping is to strike the ball solidly to your specific target (your target should be approximately 1-2 paces on the green, regardless of the length you are from the hole) and get it to roll farther than it carries in the air, (ex. a pitching wedge will have an approx. ratio of 1 part carry and 1 part roll; a 7 iron however, will have an approx. ratio of 1 part carry and 4 parts roll).

The motion is a simple one similar to putting, in that there are few moving parts.

Another similarity to putting is that we set up (address position) in an impact position.

Friday and Sunday, Jan. 9 & 11 – 7- and 8-year-old players
Friday and Sunday, Jan. 16 & 18 – 11-and 12-year-old players
The opening games of Beaufort County Parks and Leisure Services (PALS) Bluffton Youth Basketball League, which were played Monday, Jan. 5, are scheduled for broadcast on The County Channel, a service of Beaufort County Council.

USCB’s Sand Sharks take inaugural tourney.

december 2008 55 The USCB Sand Sharks men’s team won out over a strong competitive field of college teams at the first J. Lindeberg-USCB Sand Sharks Classic golf tournament Nov. 8-9.Tradition National Golf Club in Hardeeville hosted the first J. Lindeberg-USCB Sand Sharks Classic golf tournament Nov. 8-9. The USCB Sand Sharks men’s team won out over a strong competitive field of college teams, including Savannah College of Art and Design, Berry College, Webber International University, and Edward Waters College. The USCB women golfers came in second among competitors from Northwood College, Spartanburg Methodist College, SCAD, Berry and Webber International.

“It wasn’t a huge field, but it was a very, very competitive one,” said USCB Coach Shane LeBaron. “Several teams, including Berry and SCAD, are in the top 20. I’m very proud of how well our guys did on their home course.”

Ninth annual Candy Cane Classic benefits Boys & Girls Club of Hilton Head Island.

This handmade Candy Cane Classic Santa is a one-of-a-kind item specially created by Nancy Butts for the event.The Sea Pines Country Club hosts the ninth annual Candy Cane Classic on Dec. 6.

Golfers and tennis players can enjoy fun and fellowship while contributing to the programs of the Boys & Girls Club of Hilton Head Island.

“This gives me the chance to play golf for a great cause,” said tennis great Stan Smith, a member of the board of the Boys & Girls Club. “Tennis is my life, and each time I play golf I realize just how lucky I am to be proficient at tennis!”

More than 140 golfers will join together at the event sponsored by Beacon Insurance Group for a continental breakfast, a round of golf, a luncheon buffet and a fabulous auction. Tennis players will enjoy a double round robin, luncheon buffet and auction too. The cost for golfers is $155 including golf cart, range balls, all meals, beverages, hole in one, prize drawings and mulligans. The tennis entry fee is $100 per person and includes doubles round robin, luncheon buffet, auction and beverages.

TOMI can help knock strokes off your game.

The TOMI records critical parameters of the putting stroke, showing the golfer and the instructor what needs to be corrected in a player’s stroke.Golfers of all skill levels can now benefit from a fine-tuning of their game with the high-tech TOMI putting instruction device and the  K-VEST swing improvement apparatus at The Village Golf Shop.

TOMI, which stands for Total Optimal Motion Instructor, is brand new technology and already has received rave reviews nationally from top golf instructors and players over the past several months.

Hampton Hall Veterans Week Celebration November 10-14.

The Hampton Hall Men’s Golf Society will honor men and women in uniform Nov. 10-14 with a free round of golf at the Hampton Hall Golf Club.

The society is pleased to invite all active duty and retired military personnel to a round of golf with complimentary greens fees at the prestigious Pete Dye Golf Course at Hampton Hall.

There will be a $20 cart fee. Military identification will be required. Space is limited; 240 rounds are available.

New regs aimed at reducing ratings appeals.

Team captains, hold your collective breaths. It’s year-end ratings time, and this year they mean business on a new level. “Benchmark” players who are bumped up a rating won’t be allowed to appeal for one year - a “benchmark” being anyone on a team advancing to 2008 State Championships. Also new: the ‘08 year-end ratings will reflect, among other things, fall ’08 Super Senior results.

The new regs apply across the board - Adult and Senior in the spring, Mixed Doubles and Combo in summer and Super Seniors in the fall. The likelihood is a radically reduced number of rating appeals throughout the state and nation. (Medical appeals will not be affected.)

Outsiders may see the game of croquet as an old-fashioned sport, something from a black-and-white movie on TMC, according to Otto Wahlrab, the South Carolina liason for the United States Croquet Association. But for serious players, picking up a three-pound mallet and whacking a ball through a metal wicket is as competitive as it gets.

Wahlrab and about 60 other croquet players will compete in the Coastal Croquet Clubs’ (CCC) Sixth Annual Fall Invitational Tournament October 13-19 at club venues on Hilton Head Island and in Bluffton. CCC chairman Stan Abrahamson said he expects an even bigger turnout this year, partly due to the new courts at Sun City and Palmetto Bluff.

Tourney targets cure for breast cancer.

Women’s Golf Association of the Golf ClubRealtor Christine Massey enlisted in the Susan G. Komen for the Cure campaign to beat breast cancer 11 years ago. The golf tournament she organized raised $500 in it’s first year and now more than a decade later, the tourney has raised more than $100,000 – ranking it among the top three percent of rally fund-raising clubs.

“We’re just very proud of how we’ve gone about doing this,” she said.

Massey invites women golfers to join this year’s Rally for the Cure Golf Tournament, September 23, sponsored by the Women’s Golf Association of the Golf Club at Indigo Run.
“The more the merrier…This is a fun tournament. We pair everybody up. It’s not just to win, it’s to participate.”