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Tucker is a safety ambassador at the Valspar Championship

Ed Townsend - Columnist
Posted 5/13/21

Roscoe golfer Fredrick (Fred) Tucker got three days of a great golfing experience April 26-May 2 when he was chosen as a Fed Ex 2021 fan safety ambassador at the Valspar Championship, part of the …

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Tucker is a safety ambassador at the Valspar Championship

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Roscoe golfer Fredrick (Fred) Tucker got three days of a great golfing experience April 26-May 2 when he was chosen as a Fed Ex 2021 fan safety ambassador at the Valspar Championship, part of the 2021 PGA Tour season held at the Innisbrook Golf and Spa resort near the Tampa Bay, Florida area.

Fred spends the winter months in Florida and had the opportunity to volunteer for one of the fan safety ambassador jobs.

The Valspar Championship wouldn't be possible without the nearly 2,000 volunteers that help facilitate the tournament and tournament directors indicate that thanks to the efforts of their volunteers the championship is able to direct a significant amount of money to the Tampa Bay area.

Volunteers at the Valspar Championship come from all over the United States and Canada as well as a few who join the volunteer ranks from other countries abroad.

The countless hours spent on and off the course by these devoted volunteers, on a variety of committees, allows the Valspar Championship to host an amazing tournament year after year.

The organizers of this championship go out of their way to make this volunteer experience enjoyable and memorable and for all the volunteer help to look forward to returning for years to come.

Fred noted in email tweets that he worked the first day and was assigned to Phil Nicholson, Patrick Reed and Kiradech Aphibamat and got to work the Snake Pit on the third day of the championship. He also got to see the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Super Bowl trophy, the Tampa Bay Lightning Stanley Cup trophy and the Tampa Bay Rays American League championship trophy.

Fred is a regular member of the Roscoe Twin Village Golf Club Monday Night Men's league and partners in the league with Randy Smith.

Ed's Outlook

Democrat Tournament

July 30, 31, August 1

Sign up now golfers to guarantee your spot for the 40th Annual Sullivan County Democrat Two-Man Better Ball Golf Tournament July 30, 31 August 1 at the Villa Roma Country Club.

This premier tournament showcases the talents of the area's finest amateur golfers and the tournament committee will continue to implement special rules to keep all golfers, Villa Roma staff and volunteers as safe as possible.

The field is open to all full and part-time amateur men golfers of Sullivan, Orange, Ulster and Delaware counties in New York and Wayne County in Pennsylvania.

Entry fee is $270 per man, $540 per team and this fee covers cost of carts, green fees (three rounds, trophies/awards in all flights plus raffle tickets for a drawing, BBQ following Friday's round and an awards reception and dinner on Sunday evening.

Format of play is the Friday qualifer and on Saturday and Sunday medal play with advance tee times to pre-determine flights. Weekend tournament, match play, better ball of partners.

Golfers can select Friday tee times and the three choices for Sunday Night Dinner include Prime Rib, Chicken or Vegetarian.

An entry form is printed in issues of the Sullivan County Democrat. Make checks payable to Democrat Golf and mail with entry to Sullivan County Democrat, P.O. Box 308, Callicoon, NY 12723.

Golf Tip

By Robert Menges

We all have different ways of doing things on the golf course, which is why one technique or strategy might work for one person but not another.

For example, some of us will visualize the shot we want to hit in our mind, because it helps us execute the shot. For others, they have to experience the shot.

With that said, (or written, in this case) it never hurts to try something new. So here are several "pep talks" you can create to help build your confidence for the next round.

After each round of golf, take 60 seconds to sit quietly and replay your three best shots of the round. Visualize them in slow motion and lock every detail into your memory. They'll come back to cheer you in the future.

Tell someone about your best shot of the day, but never talk about your worst shots.

Professionals can usually remember every shot during a tournament, but there is one shot they “just don't recall” ... it's their worst shot. Let the bad shots go, and never, ever talk about them.

After every shot, remember to say, "great shot" and mean it when you say it....the results may not be exactly what you wanted, but the ball went where you hit it. So go and do it again.

Breathe before every shot or putt, remember to breathe deeply and softly. It will relax your whole body and allow you to focus on the task at hand.

Make it a part of your pre-shot routine to consciously expect a good shot. As you pull the club from your bag...smile. As you look down the fairway or line up your putt....smile.

As you stand over the ball...smile. Expect the best.

Finally, but perhaps most importantly, have fun out there. Yes, it can be very challenging and frustrating at times, but it is intended to be a form of enjoyment. Enjoy the day, the weather and the time with friends. Chances are, you'll enjoy the wonderful game of golf as well.

Putting Tip

By Geoff Walsh

Three putting is one of the most common mistakes that the average player makes to ruin good scores.

Not only is it wasted strokes but it creates a bad mental attitude that is hard to shake.

The key to not three putting is to become proficient at the “short ones,” inside 10 feet. To do that you must develop a good stroke that starts the ball on the proper lines with the correct speed. This, of course, takes practice and sometimes a second set of eyes, preferably those of a golf professional.

A good drill to work on this is to find a hole on the putting green that has a little bit of slope. Space six balls evenly around the hole starting at three feet, putting around the horn until you can make them all from that distance. Then move the circle out a few feet at a time until you are 10 feet away. You'll find that making them all is not easy but in the process you will face all the breaks from the different angles around the hole. Use this drill on a regular basis and hopefully your confidence will grow and your three putting will become a rarity.

Geoff Walsh is a Class A PGA Professional at Tarry Brae Golf Course located at 387 Pleasant Valley Road, South Fallsburg, Call to see if he is available for private lessons and if you have a question or a subject you would like covered, he can be reached by telephone at 845-434-2620.

Ed Townsend is a Public Relations Consultant to the sport of golf and brings over 60-years of sports journalism experience in writing and compiling the information for this column. If you have league or tournament information, shoot a hole-in-one or score your age let Ed know at 845-439-8177, email to bght75@gmail.com or fax to 845-205-4474. View this column at http://bght.blogspot.com We are also on Facebook and Twitter.

Twin Village

Monday Mens

1. Husson & Husson 33.5

2. Darbee & France 33.0

3. Templin & Lee 29.5

4. Murphy & Townsend 28.5

5. Reed & Odell 28.0

6. Tallman & Ackerly 26.5

7. Brock & Brock 25.0

8. Thomas & Hendrickson 24.0

9. Ryder & Ryder 23.0

10. Madera & Diaz 22.0

11. Rampe & Clancy 20.5

12. Clark & Mooney 20.0

13. Tucker & Smith 19.5

14. Bennett & Rowan 19.0

15. Harris & Spalding 18.5

16. Green & Glantzis 17.5

16. Haas & France 17.5

18. Wood & Brosius 8.5

Thursday Travel League

1. Thomas & Husson 17.5

1. Hutchins & Mack 17.5

3. Kuhn & Martin 15.0

4. Stevens & Holmquest 13.0

4. Cawley & Todora 13.0

6. Coney & Mace 12.0

6. Benzenberg & Benzenberg 12.0

8. Schmidt & Ackerly 11.0

9. Collura & Fisher 10.0

9. Cunningham & Poli 10.0

11. Jardine & Stanley 8.0

11. Gilmore & Gilmore 8.0

13. Winters & Petraglia 5.5

13. Benstein & Lubniewski 5.5

Villa Roma

Villa Division

1. Johnston & Clark 36.5

2. Meyer & Meyer 36.5

3. Brockner & Marston 27.5

4. Calkin & Calkin 26.5

5. Molusky & Ward 26.0

6. Russell & Dubois 23.0

7. Fenton & Nearing 22.5

8. Feeney & Marin 22.5

9. Schmidt & Drobysh 22.0

10. O'Brien & Walsh 18.0

11. Hendrickson & Hendrickson 16.0

12. Buddenhagen & Bonnaci 11.0

Roma Division

1. Phillips & Phillips 35.5

2. Backlund & Smith 34.0

3. Esselman & Pierce 33.0

4. Starr & J. Nober 27.5

5. Willi & Stubits 26.5

6. Maas & Pierce 23.5

7. VonAhnan & Dannic 23.5

8. Schumacher & Allen 17.5

9. Spagnoli & Bauer 22.5

10. Selthafner & Greenwald 15.0

11. Kubenik & Leroy 15.0

12. Borowski & Borowski 14.5

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