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Golf

  • Amen! Garcia surges to Masters victory

    By Thomas Ryan Paul

    Up here in the Northeast Kingdom, Palm Sunday finds thick patches of unmelted "corn" snow and muddy roads around my house. Sap buckets hang from the maple trees, which won't leaf out for another three-four weeks. My cross-country skis stand next to my golf bag. Can't use either of them today. So today, after Palm Sunday Mass, there is only one thing to do: roast a chicken, mash potatoes and watch the final round of the Masters.

  • Exciting finish to the Masters

    By Darren deMaille

  • PGA Junior League Golf begins in May

    By Darren deMaille

    One of the initiatives the PGA of America has instituted to grow the game of golf is the PGA Junior League in which PGA professionals make golf fun, social and an inclusive opportunity for boys and girls ages 13 and younger to learn and enjoy the game of golf.  

    Much like other recreational league sports, participants wear numbered jerseys and play on teams with their friends.  A PGA or LPGA professional serves as the coach and is at the forefront of creating a welcoming environment for all to enjoy the game. 

  • PGA professionals: Make time for The First Tee

    By Darren deMaille

  • Spotlight on Moe Clapp

    By Darren deMaille

    One of the interesting aspects of coaching golf is that every week I am lucky to meet new people who come from various backgrounds and ways of life. Recently I have been teaching a very successful barbecue truck owner, a state legislator, a retired tennis player, a high school language teacher, a police officer, and most recently a postman who has a passion for building golf clubs.  

  • Breaking barriers to playing golf

    By Darren deMaille

    For many reasons, people are intimidated to take up the game of golf. I relate it to myself as if I were to take a dance class, which is completely out of my element. I know nothing about dance. Putting myself on showcase on a dance floor in front of other people is not something that would be comfortable for me to do.

    For this reason I understand why people are intimidated to play golf or take a lesson. We have to get out of our comfort zone sometimes and put ourselves out there to experience different things and bring more enjoyment to life.

  • Help needed after storm damages First Tee complex

    By Darren deMaille

    Severe storms moved through the area last week, storms that unofficially produced a tornado that ripped through Cinghiale Creek Golf Park, a facility that is home to the First Tee of Brunswick County. 

  • Small things make a big difference in golf

    By Darren deMaille

    During every golf clinic I run, I begin the session by setting the tone for learning and motivation. I am constantly reminding my students to enjoy the moment and never take anything for granted. You never know what is around the corner, so count your blessings.

  • Some products piquing interest of golfers

    By Darren deMaille

    The PGA Merchandise Show took place last week at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. More than a thousand golf companies participated. All the latest of everything that is golf was there. If you wanted to see it, or be seen, it was there. Equipment, clothing, gadgets, training aids, PGA Tour pros and celebrities were around every corner.  In addition, there were countless opportunities for PGA professionals like me to educate themselves and share thoughts and philosophies with other colleagues. 

  • My voicemail this week

     

    By Darren deMaille