DAYTONA BEACH, Florida - Seeing Paula Creamer's name at the top of the leaderboard this morning made me feel happy. Probably made a lot of folks happy because we all want the best for her, don't we? The perpetual smile, her determination on the course and a pleasantly outgoing personality have made Paula a fan favorite. When 4:00 PM rolls around today I'll switch channels from college football to ladies golf, knowing I'll see her smiling. Because whether her approaches are kick-ins or bad luck besets her, afterward she'll take it like a champ and during her interview, she'll smile.
Some other names appearing in bold type in today's Tribune golf news are Brett Stegmaier of Vero Beach who is sitting just four strokes back at the PGA of America Assistant Pro Championship. After an opening 66 on PGA's very forgiving Wanamaker Course his second round was ten strokes higher. Popular South Florida golfer Briny Baird is in contention at the PGA Tour Children's Miracle Network in Lake Buena Vista. Here's hoping that Briny earns his 2011 Tour card on Sunday. Finally, almost-US Open hero Jim Herman is among the leaders at the PGA Tour Australian Masters. Finishing in a ten-back pack that included names like Woods and Villegas, the Port St. Lucie resident can make a big statement down under.
Call it golf instruction, golf lessons, curing a slice or what have you, teaching a golf swing that makes me look smart is a good thing. The teaching pro who pushes his students beyond their capabilities is never assured of that same satisfied feeling. I vividly recall the frustration I felt from the parade of stubborn, illogical golf pros insisting that I pull an inside-out swing path out of my ass. Of course, there was also the numbing feeling of going into my pocket so often after rounds of golf. Learning is a bitch. I usually wasn't smiling as I arrived for my next lesson.
When you swing from outside-in, AKA over the top, the result is usually a big ol' slice. At the driving range, you can even put some extra cheese on that slice but on the golf course your banana ball is useless, except as a WMD.
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Speaking of smiling, on every 18th green in the world, you'll always find at least one person with a big smile on their face. It might as well be you.
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