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Results 2018

Dreams and aspirations were prevalent in abundance as golfers teed off on a beautiful sunny day at the famed Lakeshore Golf Club Saturday, September 22nd. Many were playing their first Major (21 rookies); many were striving to make the cut (+17); and a few were realistically trying to WIN a Royal Blue Jacket. Just participating for such a great cause and witnessing the ‘greatest spectacle in golf’  is enough for a great percentage of the field.
Over 70 ball strikers teed off between 8:24am until 1:36pm. At 2:24pm, an emergency Committee huddle increased the cut line to 24 players instead of 21. Controversial, but a group was so bunched and the anxieties on the faces were so plentiful, the Committee made an exception. Will probably never happen again but that is the problem and the beauty of the Committee. It’s flexibility and timeliness on some issues are mostly a positive.
Six rookies made the cut: Scott Diel 62, Grigs Crawford 63, Ryan Tetz 69, Marco Trstenjak 70, Michael Difabbio 71, and Shane Lebow 71.Congratulation on such outstanding shot making! The Committee is still on the record though that no rookie will ever win the Lakeshore again. At the end of the first round, 7-time Champion,  Chairman Philip Tom had the lead with a 3 over 57. Right behind was teaching pro Mike O’Donnell and perennial favorite Mike Ryan at +4. Rounding out the top 11 were 6th ranked in the world Thomas Buonomo +6; 2-time Jacket winner Harry Schroeder, scratch golfer Wes Taylor and rookie Diel at +8; and Lakeshore’s 2007  Jean Van de Velde, Karl Mitchell, 2004 winner Frankie D. Larsen, wine enthusiast and plus handicapper Chip Madsen and rookie Crawford +9. Other notables making the cut were; UNLV’s current #1 golfer Harry Hall +12;   last years pre tournament favorite Kyle Rogers +13;  Phil Rowe UNLV assistant coach and last years rookie of the year +14; (one footnote about Rowe. It comes from a very reliable source that Mr. Rowe  in college and on the European tour, had the best short game possibly in the HISTORY of golf…..Other than that….no big deal! It is truly wonderful watching him try and solve the extreme puzzle of the Lakeshore Club. I believe in another year or 2 he will don a Royal Blue Jacket.) and superb rookie masher from North Carolina Ryan Tetz +15. By the way, Tetz got so destroyed from the tips that he did the honorable thing and walked off after 27 holes. He knew it wasn’t his year. It seems we have a few every year exit to speed up play. The Committee thanks  you.  The stage was again set for a fantastic finish on the back 18 of the Major. 
 
The main question as we headed into the Championship round was: Can anyone keep it together for another 18 holes? After the last group went thru 9, Tom had a 2 shot lead over O’Donnell, +5 vs +7, with Buonomo, H. Schroeder and Jake Peterson a few more back. As usual, there were murmuring of disasters all over the grounds. Some were threatening to take a Caterpillar D8 to the ‘turtle shell’ 5th green. (the Committee loves that green fyi). Amazingly, Murray Hickman Jr. who was in the first group to finish, carded a beautiful 62 to be in the club house with the lead at +25. Shortly thereafter Rowe tied him with a 65 +25. That held up until Peterson painted a masterful 60 and Schroeder 63 got both of them  in the clubhouse at +17. They would only need the leaders to stumble back into their range. Only 4 of the 24 who made the cut shot better from the tips than from the regular tees (Peterson, Hickman JR, Rowe and Trstenjak).
 
After Tom parred the difficult 10 and 11, he went on to birdie 12 and 13. O’Donnell felt he had to start pressing to try and catch the Chairman. After tripling 10, he double bogged 12 and then collapsed with a miserable 10 on the quick #13. It was basically over after 13 as no one pushed back on the Chairman. It was a rare anti-climatic 9 stroke victory for his 8th Championship.
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Results 2017

With beautiful weather conditions, the 2017 Make-A-Wish Lakeshore Open went off as scheduled Saturday, September 30th. As with every Lakeshore, the predictability of what is about to take place is impossible. 80 players participated and 21 were lucky enough to make the cut. Currently we have raised well over $10,000 and 47 cents. The .47c is due to Jack Haynes and is a story too long to discuss here.

The first group teed off at 7:10am and these beginning morning tee times included the first of many controversies throughout the day. The Lakeshore is always organized chaos. The superintendent of the course does not water the course for 2 days before the event to gauge the ‘speed’ right, and there was some early morning dew that slowed down the greens for these early strikers. Harry Schroeder was the only one to take advantage as he was in a very early group and  painted a masterful even par on the first round to hold the lead. James Derella was the only other golfer in single digits at +7 and then there were 4 stuck at +10 (Carl Gaglione, John Sieberg, Matthew Tom and Ryan McCullough). Hole 18 usually determines who makes the cut and who wins the Royal Blue Jacket every year and it was dramatically exciting for one of the last 3somes in the first round. Rookies Anthony Giordano and Jake Peterson along with veteran Paul Gaudet stepped up on the last hole all at the cutline bubble. Anthony and Paul could not find the fairway and their Lakeshore dreams ended abruptly. But Jake had a different outcome. He stroked a beautiful ‘ace’ to put him safely under the cut at +14. The excitement overwhelmed him as he had his finest moment in his golfing career. He was one of 4 rookies to make the cut. There were a massive record 29 rookies in the field. The other 3 to survive were (Jack Rippel +17 which was the cutline, Harry Hall +15, and UNLV coach Philip Rowe +12).

The final round every year only has a few ball strikers score better than the first round. The Championship gold tees are just 24 yards further than the up tees; and I know it is hard to imagine, but every year, these back tees play at least 10 shots higher per participant and this year was no exception. Everyone is aware that most players collapse on the back 18 of a Major but this year was a bit ridiculous. Everyone collapsed to a certain degree! It was fantastic that all 21 players could have won this tournament if they would have had shot +1 or better on the championship round. These are the best players and no one came even close to that number.

We often kid Dr. Harry Schroeder that he backed into his 2009 win because he was in the clubhouse a full hour before the final players broke down. This year,  even though he had the lead going into the final round he had an amazing amount of difficulty on the front nine. He carded: 5-5-3-4-6-8-3-4-7=45 +18 over par! James Derella was having his own troubles too but he was tied with Harry at +18 at the end of 27 holes. Incredibly, they were tied for the LEAD! But there were 5 players within 3 shots of Harry and James. It set up a spectacular finish once again at the greatest experience in golf. Lurking were: Philip Rowe, Rob Mullaney, Ryan McCullough, Thomas Buonomo, and Harry Hall. Schroeder bogeyed both the difficult 10th and 11th and his group was now 4 holes back of the next 3some. These boys were taking a lot of strokes. The marshall then put his group on the clock. Which means they either speed up or be assessed 2 additional strokes. What happened next is legendary. Schroeder, a player who is 20 over par then birdied 4 or the next 6 holes and then took the long walk to the 18th box with a 4 shot lead. What made the difference? Harry said he heard rumblings when he was on hole 13 that Rob was in the lead and he did not want Robbie to win another jacket. Rob Mullaney was in at +20 in search of his 5th jacket. Harry had to card a triple bogey 6 or better on a hole that averages over 8 per player for the win. Harry first pitch went miserably out of bounds. He then hit 3 over the fence but was a bit short. He then had a big decision to make. Lakeshore News tried to get an interview with him but Harry would have no part of it. He was in his own world and selected to hit it further down the fence line rather than go through the fence immediately. He lied 4 and had to get it up and down through the fence to secure the victory. He turned the club over and backhanded a beauty to 6 inches of the pin. Harry Schroeder had won his 2nd Royal Blue Jacket and Major. His +19 was the highest score since 2006.

  1.      Harry Schroeder      54-73=127      +19
  2.      Rob Mullaney           65-63=128      +20
  3.      Philip Rowe (R)         66-65=131      +23
  4.      Ryan McCullough     64-68=132      +24
  5.      Thomas Buonomo   69-65=134      +26
  6.      Harry Hall (R)            69-67=136      +28
  7.      James Derella           61-78=139      +31
  8.      Matt Tom                  64-77=141       +33
  9.      Jake Peterson (R)     68-73=141      +33
  10.      John Sieberg             64-78=142      +34
  11.      Jason Kirste              70-73=143       +35
  12.      Carl Gaglione            64-80=144      +36
  13.      Mark Tom                 67-78=145       +37
  14.      Murray Hickman     66-81=147       +39
  15.      Mike O’Donnell       69-78=147       +39
  16.      Jon Holloway           68-80=148       +40
  17.      Paul Robards            70-79=149      +41
  18.      Fred Weiss               70-80=150       +42
  19.      Jack Rippel (R)         71-84=155       +47
  20.      Paul Olsen                70-90=160       +52
  21.      Randy Bolla              69-100=169     +61

I am overwhelmed again at the generosity of everyone who attended and participated this year. It takes a team effort to pull this event off every year. I will send an email later recognizing all of you sponsors that made this happen. The Lakeshore Club proved once again that it is the most difficult golf course in the world. The Open is a wonderful sanctuary that tries to get everyone away from the insanity of everyday life. I really do not want to comment on the tragedy that Las Vegas experienced this weekend other than I do not know of anyone who suffered a direct loss affiliated with the Lakeshore. Las Vegas is a great city and no doubt will overcome even this cowardly evil act. –CHAIRMAN OF THE MAKE-A-WISH LAKESHORE OPEN GOLF TOURNAMENT COMMITTEE 

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NOTES OF PAST REFLECTIONS

NOTES OF PAST REFLECTIONS

With the gentle waving olive, peach, pomegranate and cypress trees, the 2018 Lakeshore Open will commence on Saturday, September 22nd, 2018. Also a massive amount of late blooming roses will remind the strikers that if you direct your sphere into them, you will start again 2 marks older.

The Lakeshore experience possesses the rare combination of the tranquility of childhood fun and dreams with the ‘aged’ downright terror and demons. To crisscross your way around the unusual grounds trying to stay within you ‘tai chi’ energy can certainly be maddening if not impossible.

Playing in mid September may lower the outside degrees a bit but it does not temper the inside tension. Each circle of the landscape excites and frustrates regardless of your skill level. Challenges of this magnitude come with only precision designing and crazy imagination.

Describing the Lakeshore is futile. This pursuit of excellence has to be experienced. The Lakeshore Open Golf Tournament could well join a growing list of ‘alternative’ therapies invoked by western health authorities to counter the stress and strain of modern living. Now in its’ organized 19th year, the event aims to send a “positive wave of vigor” around the world and draw attention to the benefits of this ancient form of exercise which is steadily establishing itself in Las Vegas.

The name “Lakeshore Open” reveals it to be a combative art, but much practice and guidance with a master striker are required to be able to draw on in a situation of real conflict. Many will not get past the first principles, but as the 1st stage is to make yourself mentally and physically fit and healthy, and that is already well worth attaining.

To stroke a shot at the Lakeshore with a gentle circular movement reveals a form with a powerful hint of vitality coming from an inner center. This has something mysteriously attractive about it. From the surrounding field or source, energy is gathered and stored in such a way as to let it flow through the body and create balance and harmony. If this sounds vague and undefinable, it probably is. Playing your best at the Lakeshore needs no fancy or expensive outlay.

Regular practice can build up grace, beauty and strength in a remarkable way, whatever age one may be. As I said earlier, you can rediscover your youth by clearing the meridians and fortitude channels through your body. Tying this event with the wonderful Make-A-Wish charity makes for a perfect marriage. All this can be found at the Lakeshore Open Golf Championship.

-from the desk of the Chairman of the Lakeshore Open Golf Tournament Committee

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Results 2016

2016 LAKESHORE OPEN RESULTS

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN;

ON A BEAUTIFUL 85 DEGREE SUNNY OCTOBER DAY IN LAS VEGAS, 82 GOLFERS TEED OFF TO CHALLENGE THE FAMOUS LAKESHORE COURSE. IN THE FIELD WAS A RECORD 16 ROOKIES. YOU PLAY THE FRONT TEES ON THE FIRST ROUND TO TRY A SECURE ONE OF THE PRECIOUS 21 SPOTS TO MAKE THE CUTLINE. 6,549 STROKES WERE TAKEN IN ROUND ONE FOR AN AVERAGE OF 79.87 STROKES PER PLAYER WHICH IS +25 OVER PAR. NEEDLESS TO SAY…..THE COURSE WON ROUND ONE! KYLE ROGERS AND RICK SEVEN WERE THE ONLY 2 ROOKIES TO MAKE THE CUT. CONGRATULATIONS TO THEM.

ROUND 2 FROM THE CHAMPIONSHIP TEES WITH THE TOP 21 SHOT MAKERS, WAS ALSO BRUTAL. AVERAGE SCORE WAS 73 OR +19 OVER PAR. QUINTESSENTIALLY, THE COURSE ALSO WON ROUND TWO. ONE EXAMPLE OF THE DIFFICULTY OF THE LAYOUT, WAS THE TRAVAILS OF 2013 LAKESHORE RUNNER-UP TEACHING GOLF PRO KEVIN SCROGGINS. MURMUROUS GALLERIES WERE TRYING TO RELAY THE STORY LATER TO THE LAKESHORE REPORTERS. KEVIN SHOT A RESPECTABLE 65 IN THE FIRST ROUND. HE STARTED THE SECOND ROUND FROM THE TIPS BY PARRING NUMBERS 1 AND 2 AND THEN CARDED A 12 ON 3 TRYING TO GET OVER THE PEACH TREES. THEN ON THE FABULOUS #4, HE HIT NUMEROUS MELLIFLUOUS STRIKES OUT OF BOUNDS TO TAKE THE MAX OF 14 STROKES. THEN HE PROCEEDED TO TEE UP ON EVERYONE’S NEMESIS #5. HE TOOK A FEW LOOKS DOWN THE EXTREMELY TIGHT FAIRWAY. KEVIN THEN STARED DOWN AT HIS SPHERE, HESITATED SOME 15 SECONDS, AND THEN………….PICKED IT UP AND PUT IT IN HIS POCKET. HIS 2016 LAKESHORE ROYAL BLUE JACKET DREAM CAME TO AN ABRUPT TERMINATION. HE WALKED OFF THE COURSE. REMEMBER, THERE IS NO SHAME IN THIS ACTION. WHEN YOU DONT HAVE IT AND THERE IS NO REALISTIC RECOVERY, IT SPEEDS UP PLAY.

KENNY EBALO ENTERED THE HALLOWED GROUNDS SATURDAY WITH A CUSTOM MADE T-SHIRT SPORTING SOME NONSENSE ABOUT ‘KENNEE FOR THREE’. HE WON THE LAST 2 LAKESHORES AND HE KNEW THAT IF HE WON 3 IN A ROW, THE COMMITTEE WOULD HAVE TO RANK HIM AS THE ‘NUMBER ONE PLAYER IN THE WORLD’. AFTER A HO-HUM 66 ON THE FRONT 18, HE KNEW HE HAD TO DO SOMETHING SPECIAL ON THE BACKSIDE. HE DID. HE SHOT A MASTERFUL 3 OVER 57 AND WAS ONE OF ONLY 3 PLAYERS WHO SHOT BETTER FROM THE TIPS OF THE 21. PERENNIAL FAVORITES, ROB MULLANEY, THOMAS BUONOMO, FRANKIE D. LARSEN, RYAN MCCULLOUGH, JOSH VORNSAND, AND HARRY SCHROEDER, ALL WERE COLLAPSING AND DOING IT EARLY. FOR THE MOST PART, IT WAS AN INDISCRIMINATE SLAUGHTER.

FOR ONLY THE SECOND TIME IN THE 17 YEAR HISTORY OF THE LAKESHORE, THERE WAS NOT ANY DRAMA ON THE BACK NINE OF THE CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND. PHIL TOM, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE, MADE A SUCCINCT STATEMENT ON THE DISCUSSION OF THE NUMBER 1 PLAYER RANKING. AS YOU CAN SEE FROM THE SCORES BELOW, EVERYTHING WENT ‘ACCORDING TO HOYLE’ IN THE 2016 LAKESHORE OPEN. PHIL SET A NEW COURSE TOURNAMENT RECORD OF +5 AND WON BY 10 STROKES. CONGRATULATIONS FOR ALL THAT ACHIEVED A ‘TOP-10’ FINISH. YOU NOW HAVE A 3 YEAR EXEMPTION INTO THE EVENT.

THE PURPOSE OF THE LAKESHORE IS TO SUPPORT THE KIDS OF MAKE-A-WISH. WE RAISED A LITTLE OVER $11,000 WHICH TYPICALLY SATISFIES 2 OR 3 WISHES. I AM SO HONORED AND PROUD OF ALL OF YOU WHO MAKE TIME IN YOUR BUSY SCHEDULES TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE. THIS IS GETTING RARER AND SO UNCOMMON NOWADAYS. IT IS HUMBLING AND I THANK ALL OF YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART.-CHAIRMAN OF THE MAKE-A-WISH LAKESHORE OPEN GOLF TOURNAMENT COMMITTEE

1. PHILIP TOM 58—55=113 +5
2. KENNY EBALO 66—57=123 +15
3. ROB MULLANEY 58—68=126 +18
4. KYLY ROGERS 65—63=128 +20
THOMAS BUONOMO 59—69=128 +20
6. RYAN MCCULLOUGH 62—69=131 +23
7. MURRAY HICKMAN 66—67=133 +25
8. MIKE O’DONNELL 60—76=136 +28
HARRY SCHROEDER 67—69=136 +28
10. FRANKIE D. LARSEN 63—77=140 +32
LARRY KEEVER 68—72=140 +32

12. RICK SEVEN 67—75=142 +34
13. JOSH VORNSAND 66—77=143 +35
14. MIKE MULLALY 67—77=144 +36
15. JASON BENNETT 66—79=145 +37
16. MARK TOM 70—78=148 +40
17. MIKE RYAN 69—80=149 +41
18. CARL GAGLIONE 66—84=150 +42
19. BRIAN COFFEY 66—88=154 +46
20. DARWIN MAO 69–112=181 +73
21. KEVIN SCROGGINS 65—WD

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NOTES OF PAST REFLECTIONS-unused

NOTES OF PAST REFLECTIONS

With the gentle waving olive, peach, pomegranate and cypress trees, the 2018 Lakeshore Open will commence on Saturday, October 1st 2016. Also a massive amount of late blooming roses will remind the strikers that if you direct your sphere into them, you will start again 2 marks older.

The Lakeshore experience possesses the rare combination of the tranquility of childhood fun and dreams with the ‘aged’ downright terror and demons. To crisscross your way around the unusual grounds trying to stay within you ‘tai chi’ energy can certainly be maddening if not impossible.

Playing in early October may lower the outside degrees a bit but it does not temper the inside tension. Each circle of the landscape excites and frustrates regardless of your skill level. Challenges of this magnitude come with only precision designing and crazy imagination.

Describing the Lakeshore is futile. This pursuit of excellence has to be experienced. The Lakeshore Open Golf Tournament could well join a growing list of ‘alternative’ therapies invoked by western health authorities to counter the stress and strain of modern living. Now in its’ organized 16th year, the event aims to send a “positive wave of vigor” around the world and draw attention to the benefits of this ancient form of exercise which is steadily establishing itself in Las Vegas.

The name “Lakeshore Open” reveals it to be a combative art, but much practice and guidance with a master striker are required to be able to draw on in a situation of real conflict. Many will not get past the first principles, but as the 1st stage is to make yourself mentally and physically fit and healthy, and that is already well worth attaining.

To stroke a shot at the Lakeshore with a gentle circular movement reveals a form with a powerful hint of vitality coming from an inner center. This has something mysteriously attractive about it. From the surrounding field or source, energy is gathered and stored in such a way as to let it flow through the body and create balance and harmony. If this sounds vague and undefinable, it probably is. Playing your best at the Lakeshore needs no fancy or expensive outlay.

Regular practice can build up grace, beauty and strength in a remarkable way, whatever age one may be. As I said earlier, you can rediscover your youth by clearing the meridians and fortitude channels through your body. Tying this event with the wonderful Make-A-Wish charity makes for a perfect marriage. All this can be found at the Lakeshore Open Golf Championship.

-from the desk of the Chairman of the Lakeshore Open Golf Tournament Committee

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Results 2015

2015 Rankings and Scores

1. Kenny Ebalo: 56-63, 119, +11
2. Ryan McCullough: 60-64, 124, +16
3. Philip Tom: 64-63, 127, +19
4. Thomas Buonom: 63-66, 129, +21
5. Mike Ryan: 57-73, 130, +22
5. Robbie Mullaney: 64-66, 130, +22

5. Karl Mitchell: 68-62, 130, +22
5. Harry Schroeder: 68-62, 130, +22
9. Carl Gaglione: 66-65, 131, +23
10. Frankie D. Larsen: 60-72, 132, +24
11. Chip Madsen: 66-72, 138, +30
12. Jim Burke:: 66-73, 139, +31
13. Jason Kirste: 64-77, 141, +33
14. Jon Holloway: 70-76, 146, +38
15. Mathew Tom: 64-84, 148, +40
15. Brandt England: 68-83, 151, +43
17. Dusty Allen: 68-86, 152, +44
18. Chris McCullough: 69-83, 152, +44
19. Lonnie Kalfelz: 70-84, 154, +46
19. Murray Hickman: 69-85, 154, +46
20. Kevin Penner: 68-103, 171, +63
Thanks to Everyone!

I would be remiss if i did not recognize a few key individuals that make the Lakeshore Open happen. One is Mick McCoy. Mick kindly puts in time every year to set up the PA system in the wee hours of the morning of the event. He also has been in charge of supplying a great band for the last 6 years with the set up and the music. Multi-talented, he also plays every instrument and sings…. but more importantly, he allows the Chairman to sing at the party.

Another huge contributor is Karl Mitchell. He owns the ‘drink ink’ company and has been providing energy drinks with his logo and also helps in lasering the glass trophy each year with the winner. And we all know that Karl is by far the most famous ‘Lakeshore’ player who has never won a jacket. In 2007 with 2 holes remaining, he had a 7-shot lead that he somehow butchered to a one stroke defeat. It is always interesting to see every year whether he will ever get into contention again. I thank Karl for all his help.

John Pogue gave a very generous donation to Make-A-Wish this year even though he could not attend.

Special thanks to Las Vegas Review Journal and Fox Sports Radio for the fantastic added publicity this year. The ‘5th Major’ popularity may very well go parabolic in the near future. We may have to go to an ‘invitational’ again and maybe more than one day but most of you wonderful people will be grandfathered into subsequent majors.

Major 2015 Supporters

MAKE-A-WISH SOUTHERN NEVADA CHAPTER

KATHY GOERTZEN FOUNDATION-RICK JEWETT

RBC WEALTH MANAGEMENT-PHILIP TOM

McCULLOUGH PEREZ & ASSOC. LTD. LEGAL-CHRIS McCULLOUGH

STATE FARM INSURANCE-LARRY KEEVER

LAS VEGAS JUNIOR GOLF-TANNER BOWN

DIVERSIFIED COMMUNICATIONS SOLUTIONS INC-MURRAY HICKMAN

A.M.M. MANAGEMENT DBA GLO SALON-MIKE MULLALY

SHRINERS FOR CHILDREN HOSPITAL-BRANDT ENGLAND

CANYON GATE GOLF COURSE-KEVIN SCROGGINS

LAS VEGAS REVIEW JOURNAL-NORM CLARK

DURO BEE-BOP SPEAKERS-LAYNE FLACK

FOX SPORTS 1400AM RADIO-JASON KIRSTE AND MARTY RODICK

– Chairman Make-A-Wish, Golf’s 5Th Major, Lakeshore Open Golf Tournament Committee

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PGA Considers Lakeshore Open

PGA Considers Lakeshore Open

It has finally happened. Rather than announce it myself let me give it to you from the horse’s mouth-the PGA.

Lakeshore Open Golf Committee:

It is with great pleasure that we are seriously considering designating the Lakeshore Open as the 5th Major. We have been fully aware of your persistence over the last 4 years for this approval. We could possibly deem this prestigious award on a number of accounts of which I will list a few.

The uniqueness of your event is unprecedented. There is nothing like it in the free world that we could compare it with. The PGA has no event with one club and certainly nothing held in a residential setting. Golf has a universal aspect to it where you see your goal and you go after it. There are no rules on how long or short a hole must be to be challenging and the Lakeshore proves that with simplistic beauty.

PGA representative Thomas Harkin’s report and footage of last year’s event captured the enthusiasm and spirit that we embrace for the game of golf. Having fun and promoting the camaraderie that golf entails could not have been more evident and obvious than it was in your tournament.

The PGA, founded in 1916 and the largest sports organization in the world, welcomes the opportunity to look at fresh new ideas. The reason for the success of our organization is the founding belief that golf education is universal and should be shared with everyone.

Once again congratulation and we look forward to further discussion on this subject.

Sincerely,

Randolph J. Cameron and the PGA Staff

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Finish of Chairman’s Rant and Some Course Info

Finish of Chairman’s Rant and Some Course Info

I received an overwhelming response about my recent rant; mostly positive. I thought i would finish it and then move on.

If you are a golf historian, or purest, you know that we have gotten way off track as far as the game’s original beliefs. For example, many of you probably don’t remember when sprinkler heads did not have yardage. A great percentage of courses also have yard markers of at least 150 and 200. Most of the pros get the yardage down to the foot from their caddie. Ridiculous! Should not be allowed. Pebble Beach comes to mind as one of the rare exceptions that has neither sprinkler heads nor 150’s etc. I can say with certainty that the Lakeshore will never go this route. The committee got requests for 150″(inch) and 200″(inch) markers a few years back but I immediately vetoed it. If you require a caddie at the Lakeshore, they know going in that is forbidden to give any yardage opinions to their golfers. Each player has to figure it out himself…..as it should be on every course. It goes without saying that yardage cameras are also not allowed at any time.

But my number ONE PET PEEVE is mandatory GOLF CARTS! How did America get so close to ‘ruining’ this great game. I know many courses state they need cart revenue to survive but they have it backwards. I would play a heck of a lot more if I could walk and get the exercise but thats not feasible with the design of a majority of courses today. They have to have the half mile treks between greens and the next tee to get all their 10,000 square foot homes built on the course. An occasional design of this sort is one thing; but to have almost 100% of the new courses like this is an outrage! What should’ve been done is to build the course first using what the land gives you…and then build the homes if need be. But they HAVE to be walkable. Do you ever wonder why courses designed at the turn of the 20th century were ALL walkable but almost NONE at the turn of the 21st century are not! Could this be just another factor why our society is becoming a group of ‘BLUBS’? Is this progress!! I can only imagine what courses will be like at the turn of the 22nd century. Tell me please…WHO STARTED THIS INSANITY! I bet you will be able to sit on your couch with a beer and play any course in the world. Oh I forgot. We already have that technology. How about a golf club that swings itself and a ball that goes 500 yards so that championship courses have to be 10,000 yards in length. All courses that you cannot walk should be plowed under using a D-8 Caterpillar! Only the handicapped should be using carts, period!

Eight greens were rebuilt last week. We had over 250 square feet of bermuda sod delivered to reconstruct and contour these greens. Some have been stretched out to 4 ft. in diameter. Some have been elevated some but don’t worry, it will still be the most difficult par 3 course on the planet. One note that the committee is considering is changing the rule if your ball goes in the wrong hole. Now it is free relief but we are thinking of making it a mandatory 1 stoke penalty to get it back in play. Anyway, things are happening year round at the famed Lakeshore Golf and Country Club.

– Chairman of the Make-A-Wish Lakeshore Open Golf Committee

P.S. To correct a mistake from the latest ‘rant’ that a few of you picked up. This year’s U.S. Open is being played at Olympic instead of Oakmont. The Chairman almost never makes a mistake but it does happen from time to time. lol AT EASE

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St. Andrews and Lakeshore Lore

St. Andrews and Lakeshore Lore

As the British Open at the old course at St. Andrews Scotland came to an end this morning, I am sure many of your thoughts were similar to mine and were directed to the Lakeshore. Comparing St. Andrews to the Lakeshore course is an effortless exercise. The way the holes meander around the property at Bannie and Westwood Dr. are akin to the architecture of the old course. For the most part, you have to bump & run on exactly eleven holes at both courses. There are many pins on that you have to play away from and the short walk between greens and tees resemble both of the link courses.

Some have tried to say that Carnoustie and Turnberry are better parallels to the Lakeshore but I have to differ. Carnoustie is widely recognized as the toughest of all Open Championships in Europe while the Lakeshore is absolutely the most difficult Open in the world. Both Carnoustie and Turnberry have the requirement of ballstriking and shotmaking of early links golf but they do not possess the ‘character’ of St. Andrews and Lakeshore. One prime example is the shot hit yesterday off the wall by the ‘mechanic’ Miguel Angel Jimenez. Creative chips are the norm in almost every trek around the Lakeshore.

Speaking of the British Open, we have finally put to rest the conflict we had with the scheduling of the Lakeshore Open we had back in 2003 and 2004. The Edinburgh Press took homage with us scheduling a major (Lakeshore) on the same weekend as the British Open. The Lakeshore Golf Committee have agreed to always have the Open in September. As you are aware, this years Make-A-Wish Lakeshore Open is Saturday September 25th in exciting Las Vegas.

– Chairman of the Make-A-Wish Lakeshore Open Golf Committee

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In Memory of Severino Ballesteros

In Memory of Severino Ballesteros

As many of you golf fans know, my favorite golfer of all time died last weekend at 54 years old. He was maybe the greatest shotmaker that ever lived. He didn’t need the fairway and he was never in trouble even if he was in the parking lot.

Seve learned the game as a youngster in a very small town in Pedrena, Spain. He would hit everything including rocks with only one club. He totally understood, by the time he was 19, the marriage between the clubface and the ball. Many times he stated that the game of golf was meant to be played with only one club. This is exactly how he taught his son to play.

There is only one course to my knowledge in the world and certainly only one ‘MAJOR’ that is played with only one club. Yes, it is none other than…..THE LAKESHORE OPEN. Seve never played the Lakeshore but I am positive, with zero doubt, he would’ve loved it!

– Chairman of the Make-A-Wish Lakeshore Open Golf Committee

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