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SIR Golf 2012 W

elcome to another great year of SIR golf.

This year has brought a couple of changes. One of the more obvious is that there is a new state golf chairman. I am truly look- ing forward to serving as the chairman for 2012 and hope the year will be filled with great golf experiences for all of us. The second change is that SIR will have only one article in the NCGA Golf this year. In past years we have had three relatively short articles, one in each of the first three quarterly editions. This year we have more space, but will only appear in this issue. Because of this change, I will talk about several topics in the article, but they all relate to one simple thing— making golf more enjoyable for our members. As I try to write this, my mind wanders from the task at hand to how I’m sure I have finally figured out how to fix my slice. It’s pretty much the same great plan this year as the last 50 years or so, and this year’s magic answer will likely be no more successful than the last 50. But, I continue to play and enjoy the game just as much or more than when I first started. Why? The allure of golf is, in

no small part, due to our belief that regardless of age we can learn to fix the slice, cure the yips, hit the long irons, or whatever else we can’t do consistently today. Few other games give us the opportunity to continue to compete and learn into our 70s, 80s and even in our 90s and allow us to adapt from the “grip it and rip it” 20

Robert Mannell, Chairman, SIR State Golf Committee

year-old slugger to a golfer who realizes that the score- card counts “how many” not “how far.”

In the winter 2012 issue

of NCGA Golf there was a great article titled “Tee It Forward” that probably should be required reading for all golfers. It talks about increasing the enjoyment of your round by playing a set of tees that fits your game and the many mental road- blocks that cause us to resist moving to a different, more appropriate set of tees. Many of the typical arguments regarding changing tees that the state golf committee hears are answered in the article. I recommend that you read the article if you have not already. Try moving forward

with your weekly four- some and see if your regular course doesn’t play a little differently and if you are looking at some risk/reward decisions that you haven’t had the opportunity to make from the longer tees. If you are worried about your handicap index going down, read the “Tee It Forward” article to find out why you need not worry. The second topic is

about active participation in SIR and NCGA events. The State Golf Committee has found that those clubs whose members regularly participate in events outside their local club are more likely to grow and prosper by retaining current members and attracting new members. I don’t have enough data yet to explain to my satisfaction why this is so, but the trends are obviously different for those clubs whose members

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actively participate in area, regional, state and NCGA events and those who don’t. Please think about where you and your club fit in this scenario, and if your club is on that downward trend, what you can do to change it. As more and more of our members have access to and use the Internet, your state golf committee has continued to update and improve the SIR golf web- site, You can review information about upcoming events, tournament results, rules, photos from various events and a host of other useful information about SIR golf and golfers.

The last topic is to

remind everyone that while the Las Vegas tournament will be completed by the time you read this and entries to the two weeks in Reno will probably be full, but there is the Fall Classic in Solvang September 9-12. It is a great tournament

held in a beautiful area of California. For those of you who have expressed a desire to “play your own ball,” here is your chance as two of the three rounds will be a four- man, two best-ball format. Those tournaments are

in addition to the State Team Championship to be held at Shadow Lakes in Brentwood August 13. The State Individual Champion- ship will be held at Laguna Seca in Monterey October 22 with open play October 22-23. Even though the team event is still a few months away, area qualify- ing tournaments will start May 1 and must be com- pleted by June 30. The area individual

championship qualifying tournaments will be held in July. Please check with your local and area chairmen for dates for qualifying in your location. Have a great 2012 on and off the golf course and remember to hit ’em straight.

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