Prep golfers prove our future is in good grips

This week I saw the future of golf, and I must say, it’s in good grips.

High school golf teams descended on both Hillcrest Golf Club and Dalton Ranch Golf Club for invitational play, and watching these young golfers on the driving range brought me back to when I first picked up a set of clubs.

When I was in high school, we did not have a golf program or a competitive team. You learned the game by just playing, making mistakes and being determined to correct those errors.

I still have my Arnold Palmer golf book and a library of beta-format video tapes on swing technique. Perhaps the latter will find its way to a flea market near you.

I do not know what pro golfers our high school hopefuls try to emulate. I can speculate, though, as there are several new faces on the tour to look up to.

For me, the generational gap shines on Lee Trevino, Jack Nicklaus, Arnold and Ben Crenshaw. Not bad company!

Whatever mental guise you use when approaching a shot, work it for all it’s worth. It might bring you that miracle shot.

Good luck, future golfers.

Hillcrest Golf Club

The 38th annual First National Bank 1-2-3-4 Best Ball, on Saturday:

1. Terrell Strauss, Richard White, Jake Heady, George Sheridan, 118.

2. Patrick Gaughan, Bret Jameson, Art Gallegos, Kay Rogers, 121.

3. Steve Pease, Larry Holcomb, Randy Archuleta, Laurel Waters, 123.

4. Michael Hannigan, Ray Sigwart, Mark Pierce, Vince Ferraro, 124

T5. Charlie Laudermilk, Dennis Brennan, David Peterson, Bob Andrews, 126.

T5. Chad Padilla, Jim Howell, Jerry Thomas, Kellus Sewell, 126.

A note was slipped into my folder at the golf course that informed me Danny Hagler had a hole-in-one Aug. 19 at Hillcrest. If you are going to ace a hole, let it be the signature ninth heading back to the clubhouse.

Ladies Day

The Hillcrest Women‘s Golf Association Tuesday Ladies Day, on Sept. 4:

First Flight

1. Aimee Fladt, low gross, 76.

Second Flight

1. Rita Davis, low gross, 101.

9-hole First Flight

1. Marna Burnett, 51.

9-hole Second Flight

1. Marnie Roti, low gross, 57.

We are fast approaching the final Tuesday Ladies Day tournament for the season. Check the hallway calendar at Hillcrest for information on the finale.

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The Dalton Ranch Ladies Club Championship is under way this week, and I will have results for you in next week’s column.

Louisa’s Movie House and Electronics Fall Classic Best Ball will be played Saturday and Sunday at Hillcrest. There is $500 in added prize purse. Call 247-1499 for more information.

Deadline for entry into the third annual Durango and Farmington Lions Club Charity Golf Tournament at the Glacier Club is Monday. Call Dave Peters at 799-7652 for more information.

The popular Four Corners Stroke Play tournament will be played Sept. 22-23 at Dalton Ranch. Call 247-8774 for more information.

Dave Bray has covered the local golf scene for 31 years. He can be reached at