Are you a regular golfer? Here are some stats from the National Golf Foundation. The only caveat is that the following numbers vary greatly depending on the age and gender of the golfer, as well as the region of the country in which they live.
Here are some recent stats to help you gauge if you’re average; The average golfer plays eight rounds a year. According to the American Golf Association, the average disability index for men in the United States in 2021 was 14. This is slightly lower than the 14.2 reported in 2020. The average disability index for women in 2021 was 27.7. While male golfers saw a slight decrease in their score from year to year, women’s indexes were a little higher than the 27.5 reported in 2020.
According to the 2019 USGA and Royal & Ancient reports, the average driving distance for male amateur golfers was about 216 yards. Golfers with a +21 handicap showed the average driving distance to be 177. For women, the average distance was 148; High Rollers (+29) average only 120 yards. are you average?
The Meadowlark Country Club in Melrose held an annual four-person scramble on September 10, and here are the overall and net winners of the trip: The total champions with a score of 56 are Kevin Reiler, Steve Petrka, RG Schulte and Bruce Miller. The web winners with a score of 48.6 are Mike West, Brad Weehoff, Carrie Wehhoff, and Aaron Worms. Meadowlark was fun to play, and this specialized nine-hole course serves the Melrose area well.
Coronis Hills GC in Paynesville held its 6-6-6 Championship on Sept. 11 and here are the winners of the trip: Keith Erickson and Dick Finsky (69), the championship trip; Blake and Brian Keel (70), First Flight. Dan and John Hovell (83), second flight.
Wapicada Member-Guest was played September 16-17, and the winners of the two-day event were duo Mitch Staley and Gary Just. The duo earned 151 quota points for a five-point win. The event attracted 48 two-person teams, and according to associate tournament director Andrew Benson, the participation was one of the largest ever in the event. Next year’s event will take place from September 15-16.
Kimball Golf Club was one of the last clubs in the region to host the Club Championship from September 17-18. Many area players drive the 20-mile drive from St. It’s long (210 yards) three-six feet.
These three club championship winners were presented by Neil Helgeson, director of Kimball Golf Club: Luke Ashbrook, men’s champion; Nicole Fossen, Women’s Champion; Jim Stelten, men’s champion.
Cloud area seniors have been doing well all summer and as a reward, they will be invited by the Minnesota Golf Association Championships to compete for more prizes at Rush Creek GC in Maple Grove on Monday. This field makes the following elite seniors in the Northern Division: Phil Link, Terry Korash, Mike Quinn, Scott Siben, Joe Bell, Jeff Weltsey, Wayne Coughy, Kurt Howard, Terry McGee, Mike Warrenen, Glenn Haselberg, Jim Zerden, Greg Mattson, Tim Masky, Tom Petrka, and John Hagg. Mike Cleland qualified from the metro division. Glory!
Last week I was invited to play for Edina Country Club by Greg Wong, who was a longtime sportswriter at St. Paul’s Pioneer Press. Wong has been the initiator of the ECC for nearly 20 years and retired last year as one of the three official scorers for the Minnesota Twins after a 15-year stint. He and his wife, Donna, head to the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame in October to check out the historic scorecard he signed. Here is his interesting story:
For Cooperstown: Mark Buehrle of the White Sox made a perfect game in Chicago against Tampa Bay on July 21, 2009. I was in the game with some friends on one of our baseball trips. On his next start against the Twins at Target Field several days later, every hitter retired from Over 5 plus innings, giving him the longest streak in MLB history as far as I know.”
He added, “I was the official scorer of the game in Minneapolis, so the Cooperstown Baseball Hall of Fame wanted to add my score sheet to his previous start. My score sheet was a mess and I thought of sending them a nice copy but it wasn’t the right thing to do.” … for sending that into the Hall of Fame, they sent me a pass for life.”
Since this is the final column for 2022, here’s a quote from a book I enjoyed reading by New York Times bestselling author Tom Quinn titled “A Course Called America: Fifty Countries, Five Thousand Lanes, and the Search for the Great American Golf.”
“The great course for me is the one you walk on. Where can you find your golf ball. Where you can go to the pro shop and take out your wallet and get your first tee. Those will be my first three requirements. A welcome golf course. If it has grass, That is nice, but not the most important thing….As the old Scots said, “If you have wind, well, then your day is over.” Then you really are in heaven.”
– That’s the opinion of Times golf columnist John Laiser. Contact him at [email protected]