PHGA Newsletter
May 2011


PHGA Memorial Walk Dedication on Memorial Day


Monday May 30 at 6:55 AM there will be a short ceremony to dedicate the PHGA Memorial Walk. As you leave the clubhouse toward the 1st tee the walk will be comprised of red bricks engraved with the names of our departed members. There are two bricks already placed, for Tom Dorsch and Dick Semelsberger, two members that passed away in 2010. A memorial plaque will be placed in the flower garden adjacent the walk that continues to the Jim Takahashi Memorial Garden. Please check the web site for any changes to the ceremony time.

Tee times for the Memorial Day event are available. Please check the web site for your group and starting time.

President's Cup Match Schedule

The President's Cup Match Play brackets and rules are posted on the web site. Please complete your first match by June 19.

2010 Champions:

A FLIGHT – Gary Schweitz
B FLIGHT – Duane Lamotte

are set to defend their titles.



Travel Event at Pinecrest Golf and Country Club

The Huntley Park District assumed management of the operations of the course mid-June, 2003. Located on 130 acres, Pinecrest features 18 holes of championship golf open to the public. Since opening in 1972 Pinecrest has undergone several revisions. There are now five lakes, 63 sand bunkers, and many maturing trees to challenge all levels of player ability. Take advantage of this opportunity to play a great golf course. The event will take place Thursday June 16, the signup sheet will be available in the Pro Shop and details posted on the bulletin board in the clubhouse on May 26. Check out the Club at

Fourth of July Holiday Event

The Fourth of July Holiday Event will be held Monday July 4 with an optional 36 and 54 hole tournament using combined scores from PRST Saturday and/or Sunday July 2 and/or 3. The tournament will be best 3 out of 4 balls, teams will be determined by the computer using an A,B,C,D format. Forms and sign-up sheet will be in the Pro Shop three weeks prior to the tournament.


Driving The Golf Ball With More Power

Instead of analyzing a successful driver's swing, let's focus on what beginner golfers, or golfers who have problems generating power on their drives, do incorrectly.

The first thing is that the ball is teed up too low. This has had more impact recently as the size of driver heads have dramatically increased. Years ago driver club heads, and clubfaces, were much smaller, resulting in a much smaller sweet-spot. The driver heads simply were not large enough to warrant a higher tee height. General rule of thumb says to tee the ball up so that the top half of the ball is above the clubface when the club is resting in starting position on the ground. Naturally with a bigger club head, you need to tee the ball higher to achieve the top half ratio. This will ensure you are still striking the ball with the center of the club head.

Another thing below-average drivers tend to do is position their hands too close to their body at setup. This will promote more of a vertical, or up-and-down, backswing and follow-through. Reach just a bit when setting up for your drives. Something moving on the edge of a circle (your swing arc) will travel faster than something towards the middle of a circle, so the farther away the club head is from your body the faster it will travel and the more power you can generate on your drives.

Many golfers sway on their backswing. This can lead to a reverse weight shift, where weight is actually shifted to the front side on the backswing. This can result in a hook or shank shot. Keep your front foot planted on the ground on your backswing, which will promote a proper hip and shoulder turn and get you into a "coil" position setting you up for increased power. Just don't forget to shift your weight to your back side.

Ball position is also key in generating more power. Setting up the ball too far forward or back in your stance will limit your power. If the ball is too far back in your stance, you will strike the ball potentially on your downswing. With a very small angle to begin with, it is virtually impossible to hit a good drive on your downswing with the ball too far back in your stance. The proper position is somewhere in between the width of your front foot.

And of course many golfers are unsure of their tee shots, or automatically don't believe they can hit a good shot. Tee off with a positive mindset by selecting the spot you want to drive the ball.


  • May 30
    PHGA Memorial Day Tournament and
    PHGA Memorial Walk Dedication
  • June 16
    Travel Event-Pinecrest Golf and Country Club
  • June 19
    Complete First President's Cup Match
  • July 2/3-4
    Fourth of July Holiday Event


PHGA Scoring Reminder
Please put your PHGA Member number on your completed scorecard before dropping it in the black box. Also, write legibly so your correct score can be entered by the scorekeeper.

Arnold Palmer Prostate Cancer Drive
Arnie’s Army Battles Prostate Cancer is a unique fundraising and awareness campaign of the Prostate Cancer Foundation. Every dollar raised by Arnie’s Army tournaments goes directly to the Prostate Cancer Foundation where is it deployed rapidly to support advanced prostate cancer research for the development of better treatments and, ultimately, a cure for this disease that strikes 1 out of every 6 American men. Please contact Bob Mathieson or Ralph Zambito to sign up for the Closest to the Pin Contest on June 30th, July 2nd and July 3rd. Applications are also available on the bulletin board in the clubhouse or on the web site.

Prospective New Members
Please forward this newsletter to any of your friends interested in joining the PHGA. If you need more information on how to sign up a new member please talk to any PHGA Board member.


Palatine Hills Golf Association

Founded in 1970—Our 41st year of promoting the best interest of the game of golf,
good fellowship and sportsmanship.