Watch skillful pro golfers to pick up quick tips


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No members of the Viera East Men’s Golf Association will play in the U.S. Open, let alone win a golf tournament of that magnitude like Gary Woodland.

But, we can learn a few things that might help our golf game.

During the final nine holes of the U.S. Open, I watched errant shots by some of golf’s best players. Their ability to save par or just post bogey after an errant tee shot was something to admire.

Golf’s best players are great because they have developed their short game. Their ability to navigate through a sand trap or difficult rough sets them apart.

Tony Hines, VEMA’s tournament director, used a 1, 2, 3 method of counting scores on each hole during a fun, four-man team event on May 30.

For example, the first hole of the Viera East Golf Course is a par 5. In the 1, 2, 3 format, only one low score is used. The next hole is a par 4 and the two lowest scores were counted. It goes on from there.

The team of Dennis Lamb, Jack Webb, John Gulla and Steven Wing prevailed.

Three teams tied for second place. Bob Urban, Horst, Lorenzo Battle and a blind draw; Bill Scholtens, Hines, Bill Oakley and Tom Peceny; and Gerry Adams, Freddie Baltazar, John Moriarty and Dick Mays.

Fred Thompson on No. 4, Mike Schmitt on No. 7, Baltazar on No. 13 and J.J. Galambos on No. 16 were closest-to-the-pin.

VEMA honored D-Day during its June 6 tournament, which was an individual stableford scoring match with everyone in a flight. Several VEMA members are military veterans.

Ross Shiffrin, Randy Sweany and Bruce Ames were the top three in the A Flight.

Simon Cole, Lamb and Schmitt were the top three in the B Flight.

Baltazar, Horst and David Hill were the top three in the C Flight.

In the D Flight, Gulla, Wilson Butler and Fred Bogle were the top three.

Peceny, Gary Koch and Mike Hatchee were the top three in the E Flight.

Craig Smith on No. 4, Bogle on No. 7,  Galambos on No. 13 and Gary Shiffrin on No. 16 were closest-to-the-pin.