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The winner of the tournament is awarded the Green Jacket and his name is placed on the Paul Kleiber award plaque that hangs in the Monticello Clubhouse.


This year we had 34 members of the Group play in the tournament. The tournament was very close with a tie between Dennis Kase and Rod Wurst, with net scores of 100 for the three rounds. The winner was chosen by a card off on the most difficult hole on the last round and Dennis Kase was awarded first place and the Green Jacket and Rod Wurst took second place. The next best scores were also a tie with, Steve Delany and Floyd Thomas with net 102. Steve took third place on a card off and Floyd was awarded fourth place. Floyd also had the low Gross score of 126 and was awarded the annual Old Fart trophy.


An awards dinner was held at the River Grille at Tara, with 76 players and wives in attendance. Master of Ceremonies Tom Westgate and last year’s Green Jacket winner, Larry Yeaster, presented the awards to the top four winners and the trophy for low gross to Floyd Thomas and a sympathy award to Dan Chapman for high gross.


Thanks to the committee of Al Cauther, Jim Gunning, Dave Menard, Brent Marston, Gordy Waine, George Webb and Rod Wurst who helped plan the tournament and the dinner. 


Helping People Get ‘Back to Golf’


Many doctors prescribe inactivity or a passive approach for the treatment of back pain. A few days of rest after an acute spine injury is OK, but remaining inactive beyond those few days leads to muscle deconditioning.


Inactivity makes the body more susceptible to further spine injury. Inactivity and not reducing food intake leads to weight gain, which places even more stress on the spine.


The Back to Golf event at Savannah Lakes Village focused on the causes of low back pain, stretching techniques and other ways to prevent back injury in the future.


The event was sponsored by Self Regional Healthcare, and healthcare providers covered how to adapt the golf swing to a more appropriate restricted three-fourths swing because of the decrease in spinal mobility caused by injury, spine surgery or arthritis.


Walking the course as your golfing partner drives the cart increases your activity level, even if it only every other hole, at first.


The event was instructed by: Wayne Mounts, PA-C, physician assistant and director of the South Carolina Spine Center at Self Regional Healthcare; Michael Vahjen, manager of hospital Outpatient Rehabilitation Services; spine physical therapists from Self Regional Healthcare; Bob McIntosh, director of Golf Operations at SLV; and Dave Kenzie, a certified club-maker who brought many customized clubs, including short irons with added-length shafts to minimize stress on the back. He also brought lengthened putters and various grip sizes to demonstrate the importance of properly fitted clubs.


After the presentation, Michael led the participants in stretches before heading to the Tara Golf Course driving range.


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Bob demonstrated full swings, restricted swings, proper alignment and evaluated each participant’s swing. With minor adjustments in stance, grip and swing mechanics, most all of the participants were driving balls with a more fluid swing, lessening the chance of further injury.


Getting back on the course is important for the enjoyment of life for many golfers. Decreased enjoyment leads to decreases in levels of specific neurotransmitters leading to changes in mood, energy and increased perception of pain. Golf gets people back out in the sunshine, active and back to enjoying happy events. This is important for the chronic pain sufferer’s mental and physical wellbeing.


Playing golf with a history of back pain necessitates the golfer change his or her mindset about the game. Play for enjoyment of


the game and not competition. Some shots have a high risk of injury and should be avoided. Hitting a ball out of a sand trap or deep in the rough is a recipe for re-injury.


Catching the head of the club in the middle of a swing creates torque on the spine. The healthcare providers advised the Back to Gold attendees to tell their partners that they are playing for enjoyment and are not going to hit shots that may cause re-injury and drop the ball onto the fairway to avoid those injuries.


Healthcare providers recommend golfers start slow with only nine holes until they can do that without significant pain. Private lessons for restricted swing techniques can get a golfer back on the course with less chance for injury. Bob can quickly identify poor swing mechanics and make adjustments based on their range of motion. 


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