Golf Column - Jeff McLellan at Lake Kezar CC

Jeff McLellan of Conway gets set to tee off at the Lake Kezar Country Club in Lovell, Maine, on July 23. (COURTESY PHOTO)

“It takes six years to make a golfer: three to learn the game, then another three to unlearn all you have learned in the first three years.” — Walter Hagen, pro golfer

There's a golf joke that goes like this: A man is standing on the first tee waiting to hit. A voice from the starters shack booms out, “Will the gentleman standing on the ladies tees, please move back to the men's tees.” The guy doesn't move. This happens again, the guy doesn't move. The third time the starter says, “Will the gentleman playing from the ladies tee, please move back to the men's tees?”

The guy finally turns to where the voice is coming, and says, “Will the gentleman in the starter’s shack please be quiet, I'm waiting to hit my second shot.”

We've all dribbled one off the first tee and it's one of the most embarrassing moments a player can experience. What many don't know is there is a term for this. When a player hits his drive and it doesn't reach the ladies tee, it's called a “guzzler.” Not only is the player embarrassed, but he needs to buy everyone in his group a drink. Now I've played golf with enough people who take great pleasure watching another player struggle. Simply put, “they are ball busters.” Sometimes we forget there was a time we didn't know much about golf and the games that are played within a match. We either learned the hard way or someone pointed out how the game is to be played.

Recently, I played with a guy who wants to play matches but has never had the opportunity. I was a bit taken back that he did not know the terminology of the internal games played in a money match; Nassau, press, Hogan, greenie and ferret. He admitted to me that this was the first time he had the opportunity to play with a group of guys regularly. He apologized for not knowing all the terms and games being played. This surprised me as he hits a pretty good ball. Do we take things, like knowing gambling games and terminology for granted?

If someone came up to you and asked, “Do you know what a ‘hank’ is in golf?” I'm not sure many players could answer. A hank is when you hit a shot off the heel of the club and it goes between your legs. The opposite of the dreaded shank. When you hit a dreadful shot but get rewarded, what is the shot called? It's called a “schlaffed.” We all cringe when our opponent hits a schlaffed to beat us on a hole. You are about to start a match.

One of the players asks you your “temperature,” what is the question? This is another way to ask a player what is his handicap. A player walks into the 19th hole and announces he made a “turkey” during his round. What is he telling the people at the bar? A “turkey” is three birdies in a row.

Finally, if a guy shows up on the first tee with a “knife” in his bag, should you alert security? No, a knife is another word for a 1-iron. If he has the knife's cousin with him, a 2-iron, you definitely don't want to play this guy for money.

These are but a few golfing terms that many long time players do not know. Many have not been exposed to this vernacular. We often take for granted that everyone is in tune with games we have been playing for a long time. Don't be afraid to help teach someone new to these games. If they prefer to learn on their own, you can still teach them but it will be the hard way. Hopefully, they bring their wallet. Arnold Palmer said about new players, “learn as you go.” This can be associated with all players.

Club Notes

North Conway Country Club, 50 Norcross Circle, North Conway, (603) 356-9391: The Champ of the Month was held last weekend. Earning the coveted parking spot for the ladies, was Alice McElhinney. On the men's side, for the second consecutive month, two guys, Mike Rourke and Ray Belding, will have an 18-hole playoff.

Week 2 of Ledgeview League, saw the Rivers Edge team take first gross and the Ball Busters, first net. They were followed by Designated Drivers, Teezers and Shanks and Greens. League standings, after two weeks, have the Rivers Edge team in first. They are followed by The Insiders, Buddy's Boys, and For Your Pars Only.

The Men's Invitational was held last week. Taking first, in the gross division was the team of Steve Puzas and Mitch Harmon. The second gross went to Gary Methot and Kurt Grahber. On the net side, it was Bob McElhinney and Paul Dwyer taking first. Second place went to Dominic Lucente and Mark Maclean.

This weekend, the NHPGA will play their event. Sunday the pro/member will be held. On Monday and Tuesday, it will be the New Hampshire pros taking to the NCCC 18.

August 8-9, the 2020 Club Championship is scheduled. This is a 36-hole event. Flights are based on a player's handicap.

Aug. 16, a one-day member/guest is planned. Sign-up in the pro shop for these events.

Wentworth Golf Club, Route 16, Jackson, (603) 383-9641: The 2020, Mixed Team Championship was played last weekend. Taking the first gross was the team of Dave Emmet and Robin Garside. In the net division, it was Dick and Elaine DeFronzo taking the top spot, posting a 65. Second place went to George Lemieux and Ellen Eiermann (66). There was a three-way tie for third between Joe Russo and Reggie LeBlanc, Chilli and LouAnne Cellana and Hugh Braithwaite and Kathy Gilligan.

In Red Fox League, teams played a Red, White and Blue scramble. The Shanks-A-Lot team took the top spot. They were followed by Oak Lee Boys and Pin High. Individual winners were Chris Donnelly, for closest to the pin (5 foot 7 inches). Longest putt winners were Ellen Eiermann (14'9'') and Tim Roden (18'). After eight weeks of play, the Shanks-A-Lot team is three points ahead of Jack's Caddies. They are closely followed by Pin High and the Pin Seekers.

The Wednesday Ladies League played a different event, Trouble/ Each Hazard Counts as 1. Taking the top spot was Robin Garside. Three players tied for second; Debbie Chase, Jane Goulart and Ellie Thompson. Mary Ann Fitzgerald had the only chip-in.

Hale's Location Golf Course, West Side Road, North Conway, (603) 356-2140: The Women's League is in their second week of play. Finishing in first, at +6, was Cheryl O'Neill. Second place went to Cheryl McMahon,+5. Anne Lee Doig took third, posting a +3.

Results for two weeks of Men's League. Week 2 saw a five-way tie for first. Each player posted a +1; Bill Earle, Bill Lloyd, Brian Gilpatrick, Denis Lavoie and Jahn Janetos. Closest to the pin winner was Steve Phillips (18'9''). Week 3 saw Michael Castonguay take first with a +7. There was a two-way tie for second between Dale Petts and Dave Pierce. Both players were +5. Third place also saw a tie between Dick Check and Jerry Henry, at +4. Jerry was also the sharpshooter for the day, hitting his shot (5'0'') from the pin.

Congratulations go out to Michael Karrigan for his hole-in-one on the third hole.

“Nine, wine and” has begun on Sunday afternoons. Call the hotel for dinner reservations and the pro shop to make a tee time.

Eagle Mountain Golf Course, Carter Notch Road, Jackson, (603) 383-9090: The Eagle continues to offer golfers an opportunity to play in some competition. On Sunday afternoon, put a foursome together and play in the Sunday Scramble. This is open for everyone. Call the pro shop, make your tee time and your foursome can have some fun while playing a competitive round. Players receive discounted greens fees. Adults pay $15 and juniors $10. This will be offered throughout the summer.

Lake Kezar Country Club, Route 5, Lovell, Maine, (207) 925-2462: The Tuesday Twilight League is into its seventh week of play. Currently, Team Patz is in the lead with 506 points. They are followed by Team Littlefield,496 points, Team Trumbull, 480 points, Team Records, 450 points and Team Almi, 434 points. Individual point leaders are Brad Littlefield 90, Russell Doe 85 and Lewis Bartlett 84.

The Ladies Club Championship was played last week. Congratulations to Tina Littlefield, B Flight winner, and Peg Bjork, the C Flight winner.

Aug. 9, the Member/Member Tournament will be played. Sign-up in the clubhouse.

Brad Littlefield, President of LKCC, writes a president's blog on the LKCC website. This month Brad posted a very interesting and encouraging message regarding golf's future under the current conditions. It's worth reading if you like a “glass-half-full” outlook.

19th Hole

Do you leave a rake in or outside of a bunker? This is a question that is posed to golfers and superintendents. If you leave the rake in the bunker, there is a chance the ball comes to rest against the rake. If this occurs, remember to, “recreate the lie as close as possible. Leaving the rake outside the bunker creates the possibility that the rake might prevent the ball from going into the bunker. There is no consensus on where it should be left. The USGA feels that if the rake is left in the bunker there will be fewer problems. My suggestion, avoid the bunkers as much as possible. Have a great weekend!

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