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Utah Golf finishes seventh at Marquette Intercollegiate at Erin Hills

By Mady White, Student Assistant for Utah Athletics Communications

 

HARTFORD, Wis. – The Utah men's golf team concluded play at the Marquette Intercollegiate at Erin Hills on Tuesday, finishing in seventh place the par 72, 7869-yard Erin Hills Golf Course in Hartford, Wis.
 
Utah put together a final round of 4-over par (292) to close out the event with a combined score of 28-over par (292-308-292=892).
 
“This was not a good tournament for our team,” said head coach Garrett Clegg. “Our guys really struggled throughout the entire event and we did not perform the way we would have liked to. Jordan was our top finisher in the event and he did a nice job this week to lead us. We have a couple weeks of practice to regroup and get ready for our next event in early November to close out the fall schedule.”
 
Junior Jordan Costello carded his best round of the event on Tuesday to finish the tournament in a tie for 25th place to lead the Utes. Costello was steady all day after notching 12 pars during the final round to go on to shoot even par (72) in the final round and have a combined score of 5-over par (221).
 
Sophomore Blake Tomlinson also notched even par (72) in the final round, which was his best round of the event, to finish in a tie for 36th place at 8-over par (224). Sophomore Tristan Mandur finished the event tied for 39th place with a score of 9-over par (225) after recording a final round of 2-over par (74).
 
Junior Mitchell Schow finished the event in 53rd place, following a final round of 2-over par (74) to have a combined score of 12-over par (228). Rounding out Utah's five-man team in Wisconsin, senior Kyler Dunkle placed in a tie for 56that 14-over par (230) after shooting 4-over par (76) on Tuesday.
 
Freshman Axel Einarsson competed as an individual in the three-day event and finished tied for 39th place. Einarsson shot 3-under par (69) in the final round to have a combined score of 9-over par (225). The round of 69 marks the freshman's first round in the 60's on the year and also mark's a career low.
 
In the 10-team field, Northwestern won the event with a three-day score of 6-under par. Arizona State (-4) finished in second place, Marquette (+4) placed third, Ole Miss (+7) finished in fourth, while Minnesota (+21) and UC Davis (+21) finished tied for fifth place.
 
The Utah golf team will be back in action when they close out the fall slate at the Saint Mary's Invitational. The event will run Monday through Wednesday, Nov. 5-7, at the Poppy Hills Golf Course in Monterey, Calif.

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Eric D’Astous: A Life-Changing Choice

 

By Beaux Yenchik, UGA Intern

 

For college students, life-altering choices seem to happen just a frequently as they take selfies. Yet, the 180-degree change of choice for this college student turned into one of the best decisions he ever made.

There sat Eric D’Astous, on the campus of the University of Utah, working on his undergraduate degree in kinesiology with dreams of becoming a physical therapist. D’Astous had just started a new gig at the Country Club of Salt Lake as a bag boy. Being a recreational golfer himself, the environment and setting provided a sense of familiarity and comfort as he continued to work through his education.

Yet, something just wasn’t sitting right. D’Astous recognized he was happier at the golf course than in the classroom – studying a subject he thought he had developed a deep passion for. The gig had reignited a fire, and D’Astous was again falling for the sport he had ditched after high school.

“Once I got a degree, [I was]  already in the golfing industry,” D'Astous said. ” 'This is where I want to be. This is my field.' For some reason, PT, I didn't want to have to go back to do that. [It] looked like work.”

Born just outside of Canada’s capital city, D’Astous left the Ottawa area at a young age when his family moved to Salt Lake City. Calling the Salt Lake area home, D’Astous attended Waterford School, and it was here that D’Astous was introduced to the sport he would later turn into a career.

Everybody has a somebody that introduced them to the game of golf and for him, it was D’Astous’ grandpa and uncles. At the age of 14 – the age he started golfing – D’Astous recalled two distinct memories from the time he began playing golf: the time his uncle took him out to get a pair of golf shoes and one of his first rounds of golf, which took place in Vermont.

From his beginning days to now, golf has always played a special role in D’Astous’ life – even if he did give it up for a couple of years while he attended college. He loved playing on the school team with his buddies and even recreationally around the valley. Because of where he grew up, he was fortunate enough to have friends that would invite him to play at some of the local country clubs like Willow Creek and Hidden Valley.

As a bag boy at the Country Club, he had the ability to play as much golf as he wanted on Monday afternoons. Being a poor-college student and maybe somewhat of a procastinator toward homework, D’Astous could be seen playing as much as 36 holes those afternoons if the time, weather and busyness of the course permitted.

“That's really what changed everything,” D'Astous said. “I made so many friends doing that. [I] still do it to this day. That is what golf is, going out with your friends … having a good time.”

By reteaching himself, D’Astous’ confidence and love toward the game continued to grow. His environment was comfortable and he enjoyed being in a community that had similar feelings.

This obsession, for a lack of a better word, is what drove the decision to work toward becoming a PGA Professional – desiring to make it to a Class A status. There was no individual moment that drove D’Astous to leave the physical therapy route, just a culmination of experiences and relationships that shaped his future.

While still thinking about a golfing career, D’Astous took advantage of his circumstances by testing the waters – he had been working at the Country Club for three years; Ron Branca, the former Director of Golf, had just left the Club; and a vacancy had just opened regarding the position of an assistant professional.

D'Astous said: “It was an idea to become a Class A PGA Professional at that point. I [thought] it was going to happen. In my head, I wanted a little more.”

He wanted it, and he wanted it bad! So, what did he do? He nagged them for it.

“I wanted the responsibility,” D'Astous said. “I wanted them to give me that opportunity. [So], I just bugged them and bugged them.”

Nagging may not always be the right path for one to take when something is wanted; however, in this instance, it worked perfectly for D’Astous. He emphatically stated he was “grateful they took a chance on him” when it came to offering him the position. He had no experience, except being a bag boy. Yet, he had proved he was the right man for the job.

Having passed the Playing Ability Test – his proudest accomplishment in golf – on his fourth go around, D’Astous knew he was embarking on the best journey of his life.

Golf is more than a white ball and a club to hit it with. It symbolizes life on a smaller scale. D’Astous said an 18-hole round demonstrates and reflects the ups and downs of life. It shows how we respond to self-inflicted and out-of-our-own control situations. Each hole is a new phase we face in life. Some we play well; others we don’t.

D’Astous loves how golf can teach lessons like honesty, respect and an “all up to you” mentality. It is a sport that continues to evolve but gives its participants an opportunity to accrue the necessary data for next time. It draws you in and hooks on to you by giving you a single-good shot amongst a round full of bad ones.

“You can learn a lot of good life lessons and a lot about yourself just from playing golf,” D'Astous explained. “It is kind of funny. You learn a lot about your character [and] mental fortitude.” 

Outside of golf, D’Astous loves to spend time with family and his group of really good friends. He is the only boy among three sisters.  And, as a getaway, D’Astous loves to go camping, hiking or simply spending time in the outdoors.

Eric, we wish you the best of luck in your golfing career and hope you continue to share your love of the game with those you teach and interact with daily!

*Updated on 07/23/18

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Golf’s New World Handicap System Designed to Welcome More Golfers

Golf’s New World Handicap System Designed to Welcome More Golfers 

USGA and The R&A Release Key Features 

LIBERTY CORNER, N.J. and ST ANDREWS, SCOTLAND (Feb. 20, 2018) –  The way golfers around the world will calculate their handicaps is set to be transformed by a new system developed by the USGA and The R&A, with key features designed to provide all golfers with a consistent measure of playing ability.

The new World Handicap System, to be implemented in 2020, follows an extensive review of systems administered by six existing handicapping authorities: Golf Australia, the Council of National Golf Unions (CONGU) in Great Britain and Ireland, the European Golf Association (EGA), the South African Golf Association (SAGA), the Argentine Golf Association (AAG) and the USGA.

The new system will feature the following:  

Flexibility in formats of play, allowing both competitive and recreational rounds to count for handicap purposes and ensuring that a golfer’s handicap is more reflective of potential ability 
 
A minimal number of scores needed to obtain a new handicap; a recommendation that the number of scores needed to obtain a new handicap be 54 holes from any combination of 18-hole and 9-hole rounds, but with some discretion available for national or regional associations to set a different minimum within their own jurisdiction
 
A consistent handicap that is portable from course to course and country to country through worldwide use of the USGA Course and Slope Rating System, already successfully used in more than 80 countries 
 
An average-based calculation of a handicap, taken from the best eight out of the last 20 scores and factoring in memory of demonstrated ability for better responsiveness and control 
 
A calculation that considers the impact that abnormal course and weather conditions might have on a player’s performance each day   
 
Daily handicap revisions, taking account of the course and weather conditions calculation 
 
A limit of Net Double Bogey on the maximum hole score (for handicapping purposes only)  
 
A maximum handicap limit of 54.0, regardless of gender, to encourage more golfers to measure and track their performance to increase their enjoyment of the game 

 
Quantitative research was conducted in 15 countries around the world, through which 76 percent of the 52,000 respondents voiced their support for a World Handicap System, 22 percent were willing to consider its benefits, and only 2 percent were opposed. This was followed by a series of focus groups, in which more than 300 golf administrators and golfers from regions around the world offered extensive feedback on the features of the proposed new system. 

This feedback has helped shape the WHS, which has been developed by the USGA and The R&A with support from each existing handicapping authority as well as the Japan Golf Association and Golf Canada.

Mike Davis, CEO of the USGA, commented, “For some time, we’ve heard golfers say, ‘I’m not good enough to have a handicap,’ or ‘I don’t play enough to have a handicap.’ We want to make the right decisions now to encourage a more welcoming and social game. We’re excited to be taking another important step – along with modernizing golf’s Rules – to provide a pathway into the sport, making golf easier to understand and more approachable and enjoyable for everyone to play.” 

Martin Slumbers, Chief Executive of The R&A, said, “We are working with our partners and national associations to make golf more modern, more accessible and more enjoyable as a sport and the new World Handicap System represents a huge opportunity in this regard.  

“We want to make it more attractive to golfers to obtain a handicap and strip away some of the complexity and variation which can be off-putting for newcomers. Having a handicap, which is easier to understand and is truly portable around the world, can make golf much more enjoyable and is one of the unique selling points of our sport.” 
The tenets of the new system focus on three main objectives: to encourage as many golfers as possible to obtain and maintain a handicap; to enable golfers of differing abilities, genders and nationalities to transport their handicap to any course globally and compete on a fair basis; and to indicate with sufficient accuracy the score a golfer is reasonably capable of achieving on any course around the world, playing under normal conditions.   

Given worldwide alignment towards a single system, all parties will now embark on a two-year transition period targeting implementation in 2020.  When adopted, the World Handicap System will be governed by the USGA and The R&A and administered by national and regional associations around the world, with safeguards included to ensure consistency as well as adaptability to differing golf cultures. 

The existing six handicapping authorities represent approximately 15 million golfers in 80 countries who currently maintain a golf handicap.   

The announcement is the latest step in a multi-year collaboration between The USGA and The R&A, as well as national and regional golf associations around the world to introduce one set of Rules of Handicapping, aimed to support modernizing, growing and improving accessibility of the sport. 

As an extension of their support of the Rules of Golf worldwide, Rolex has made a commitment to support The R&A and USGA’s efforts to implement a World Handicap System. The Swiss watchmaker’s contribution to excellence in golf is based on a rich heritage stretching back more than 50 years, forged through pivotal partnerships at every level of the game, from the sport’s leading professional and amateur competitions and organisations, to players at the pinnacle of their sport worldwide.

To provide feedback to the USGA on the new World Handicap System, email us at [email protected], or see usga.org/whs. Golfers are encouraged to follow and join in the conversation on social media by using #golfwhs2020.

Addition articles provided by the USGA:

Why a World Handicap System?

World Handicap System Collaboration

About the USGA
The USGA conducts the U.S. Open, U.S. Women’s Open, U.S. Senior Open and the U.S. Senior Women’s Open, as well as 10 amateur championships, two state team championships and international matches, attracting players and fans around the world. Together with The R&A, the USGA governs the game worldwide, jointly administering the Rules of Golf, Rules of Amateur Status, equipment standards and World Amateur Golf Rankings, with a working jurisdiction in the United States, its territories and Mexico.

The USGA is one of the world’s foremost authorities on research, development and support of sustainable golf course management practices. It serves as a primary steward for the game’s history and invests in the development of the game through the delivery of its services and the work of the USGA Foundation. Additionally, the USGA’s Course Rating and Handicap systems are used on six continents.  For more information, visit http://www.usga.org.

About The R&A

Based in St Andrews, The R&A runs The Open, elite amateur events, international matches and rankings. Together The R&A and the USGA govern the sport of golf worldwide, operating in separate jurisdictions but sharing a commitment to a single code for the Rules of Golf, Rules of Amateur Status and Equipment Standards. The R&A, through R&A Rules Ltd, governs the sport worldwide, outside of the United States and Mexico, on behalf of over 36 million golfers in 140 countries and with the consent of 153 organisations from amateur and professional golf.
 

The R&A is committed to working for golf and supports the growth of the sport internationally and the development and management of sustainable golf facilities.  For more information, visit www.randa.org.

 

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Dalton Runner up, No. 31 Cougars Take Second

By: Alexa Anderson, BYU Golf SID

SAINT GEORGE, Utah – No. 31 BYU women’s golf placed second at the BYU at Entrada Classic on Tuesday with Kendra Dalton and Alexandra White placing in the top 10.

“Our mindset coming in today’s round was different,” BYU head coach Carrie Roberts said. “We made the needed adjustments. We didn’t waste mental energy and we committed. Coming in, this course is different than we have ever played it.”

The Cougars posted 299-294-286. In its round on Tuesday, BYU fired 11 birdies. The Cougars shot the best Tuesday round of any team in the field, shooting 2-under.

No. 12 Kent State captured first place at the BYU at Entrada Classic, shooting 2-over through 54 holes.

West Coast Conference foes San Francisco and Gonzaga finished in seventh and ninth place, respectively. In-state opponent SUU tied for 10th, while UVU placed 12th.

Dalton led the Cougars firing a 68 in round three. The junior birdied four holes on Tuesday—1, 8, 15, 17. She carded the best round on Tuesday out of any individual.

“I played really freed today,” Dalton said. “I didn’t play worried. I trusted my shot and hit each shot as it came. I finished strong and didn’t get ahead of myself today.”

Dalton shot 72-76-68 and tied for second place. She has placed in the top 10 five times this season.

White tied for seventh place for her sixth top-10 finish of the year. She made par on every hole on the front nine, and also shot even par on the back nine. White carded 76-72-72 through three rounds.

Rose Huang and Brooklyn Hocker both tied for 18th place. Huang shot under par, firing a 70 on Tuesday. Huang and Hocker both shot 9-over for the event.

Aiko Leong and Anna Kennedy competed for the Cougars as individuals. Leong tied for 37th, while Kennedy tied for 53rd. They combined for five birdies on Tuesday.

BYU women’s golf will continue its spring 2017 season March 20-22, as the team travels to California to participate in the SDSU March Mayhem.

BYU at Entrada Classic – March 13-14, 2017  

Entrada at Snow Canyon Country Club

Place

Player

Round 1

Round 2

Round 3

Total

To-Par

T2

Kendra Dalton

72

76

68

216

E

T8

Alexandra White

76

72

72

220

+4

T18

Rose Huang

77

78

70

225

+9

T18

Brooklyn Hocker

79

70

76

225

+9

T25

Lauren Atkinson

74

76

79

229

+13

 

T37

Aiko Leong*

79

76

79

234

+18

T53

Anna Kennedy*

80

83

78

241

+25

*Competed as individuals

Place

Team

Round 1

Round 2 

Round 3

Total

To-Par

1

No. 12 Kent State

289

286

291

866

+2

2

No. 31 BYU

299

294

286

879

+15

3

Tulsa

293

312

301

906

+42

4

Wyoming

303

304

302

909

+45

5

UT – San Antonio

313

295

304

912

+48

6

Iowa

307

302

304

913

+49

7

Gonzaga

310

300

307

917

+53

8

Rutgers

308

298

313

919

+55

9

San Francisco

306

310

302

921

+57

T10

SUU

319

310

302

931

+67

T10

Boise State

310

302

319

931

+67

12

UVU

320

312

328

960

+96

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December Volunteer Spotlight: Eric ‘Doc’ Iverson

 

By Megan Terry, Programs Administrator

 

Each month, the UGA spotlights one of our devoted volunteers to express our deep appreciation for all they do and to help you, our loyal members, become well acquainted with them. The month of December features one of the UGA’s most passionate and talented rules officials, Eric ‘Doc’ Iverson.

Although he considers himself a Californian, Doc was born in Salt Lake City in 1955 before moving to Reno, Nevada, when he was two years old. At the age of seven, Doc and his family moved to San Francisco, California, for a short time before relocating to San Jose.

Throughout high school, Iverson was a cross country and track athlete. After graduating from Del Mar High School in Central San Jose in 1973, Doc attended San Jose State University and received his undergraduate degree in political science in 1978.

While working on his master’s degree in business administration at San Jose State, Iverson got a job as a substitute math teacher at Del Mar High School. This eventually led to a full-time position as Del Mar’s track and cross country coach and director of student activities, which Doc explained was “the best job I’ve ever had.”

Iverson remained coach and director for 20 years until he was hired principal of Del Mar High School. 

“I never had the desire to be an educator,” admitted Doc. “I just kind of fell into it when I was hired as a substitute. It was definitely a challenge, but the students and activities made it a blast.”

Doc was exposed to golf as a freshman at San Jose State. He took the golf class and was immediately hooked, even though his instructor prohibited him from hitting anything but a 7 iron. Until he mastered the 7, Doc took one club to class.

After completing the golf class, Iverson adopted golf as a new hobby and played a few times each month with his college buddies.

In 2009, one day after retiring as principal of Del Mar High School, Doc moved back to Utah to be near his mother and sister in Orem. Shortly after moving, Doc became a member of the Utah Golf Association and received his first issue of Fairways Magazine, which included a segment calling for volunteers to help run the 87th U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship (APL) at Soldier Hollow Golf Course in 2012.

Doc jumped at the opportunity to become involved in the Utah golf community, and the UGA added Eric Iverson to its 87th APL volunteer list.

One of Doc’s APL responsibilities was managing the player registration table. This is where he met UGA past president, USGA Girls’ Junior Committee member, and longtime UGA rules official Judy Allem.

“Judy told me I needed to become more involved with the UGA and told me to take the Rules of Golf Workshop,” stated Iverson. “That fall, I got an email from former UGA Rules and Competitions Director Mike Branca about the workshop. I signed up, and the rest is history!”

“I’m always sad when tournament season is over,” expressed Doc. “I can’t wait for it to start again. I don’t know what I’d do if I wouldn’t have started volunteering for the UGA. The only people I knew in Utah were my family and one friend in Park City. Now I have friends all over the state!”

The Utah Golf Association thanks its volunteers for sacrificing their time and energy to help the UGA fulfill its mission to promote interest in the game of golf by encouraging, organizing, supporting, sponsoring, and administering golfing activities and programs. If you are interested in volunteering for the UGA, contact Rules and Competitions Director Jacob Miller at [email protected] or 801-563-0400.

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Changes to UGA.org

You may have noticed that we have made some improvements to UGA.org. We have made these changes to simplify and streamline your experience. You will no longer need to log in to renew your membership, post scores, or to lookup your handicap or home club. We are also excited to announce are the removal of the $5 reinstatement fee and the introduction of auto-renewal.

For your convenience, here is a breakdown of each new feature:

Joining and Renewing:

Renewing online has never been easier, you simply click the green “Join or Renew” button in the upper right hand corner of the screen, then click “Join” next to the club where you would like to join or renew your membership and follow the prompts. Please click here if you would like to see a step-by-step breakdown of the renewal process.

Auto-Renewal:

We are excited to announce the launch of auto-renewal! You will have the option to opt-in to auto-renewal during the checkout process. If you opt-in, the credit card information you use to check out with will be stored in our secure merchant vault and charged each year. You will be sent three email notices in the weeks before your card is charged, where you will have the ability to opt-out of auto-renewal if you would like to.

Handicap and Club Lookup:

If you need to see what your handicap index is or see which clubs you are active at, just click the gold “Handicap Lookup” button in the upper right hand corner of your screen. You will then be able to look up your handicap history and active clubs by entering your GHIN number or you can search by your name. Please note, if you are inactive you will not be able to look up your handicap information or club.

Posting Scores:

To post a score you will need to click on the blue “Post a Score” button in the upper right hand corner of your screen. You will then be prompted to enter your GHIN number and last name. If you do not know your GHIN number, you can find it on your membership card, the handicap revision that is emailed to you on the 1st and 15th of each month, or on the renewal notice mailed to you at the beginning of each year. If you still can’t find your GHIN number, click here to fill out a form and one of our staff members will email it to you, or call the UGA office at 801-563-0400. Don’t forget that you can always download the GHIN Mobile App from your respective app store to post scores and check your handicap history quickly and easily on your phone.  

 

We hope that you enjoy all of the changes and new features we have built for you! If you have any questions or concerns, please email [email protected] or call the UGA at 801-563-0400. 

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Getting to Know Jon Rhodes

Jon Rhodes is a well-known Physical Therapist in Northern Utah who just opened up a beautiful new clinic in Farmington. You might be wondering why we would highlight an ordinary PT? Jon is a not ordinary, he is a Golf Performance Specialist, certified by the Titleist Performance Institute, and he is extremely knowledgeable about the golf swing and how your weak areas affect it. He has teamed up with local PGA Professionals to create the UGA Player Improvement Seminars hosted by Rhodes Physical Therapy that are free for all UGA members.

 

Check out the Q&A session with Jon below:

What schools did you attend and how long have you been a PT?

17 years as a PT

BYU – BS in Exercise Science
University of Colorado – Masters in Physical Therapy
Troy State University – Masters in Business (MBA)
Regis University (Denver, Colorado), Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT)

What was the opening date of Rhodes Physical Therapy? And what was your inspiration for opening your own clinic?

We started seeing patients on May 1st, 2016.  I have wanted to open my own clinic for over 10 years.  I finally found a great location and the timing was right to make the leap of faith.  It has been going so well, I wish I would have done it earlier, but you never know until you jump into it fully.  

How many staff members do you have?

I currently have a staff of 6 people, front office helpers, and PT aides.  I have 2 massage therapists that work with me here, and a personal trainer, and another PT who works here part-time.  

 

What kind of equipment do you use? Anything special in your clinic that you might not find anywhere else?

Through my certification with the Titleist Performance Institute, we have a great association with Life Fitness.  They outfit most of the golf gyms across the country.  My clinic has a golf emphasis and so I wanted to have equipment that will help with golf related exercises and worked great with general Orthopedic physical therapy.  I feel like we have a state of the art facility for golf specific physical therapy and fitness.  We have a built in hitting bay so that we can measure the golf swing and help players get back to the game and enhance their golf ability.  

Talk a little bit about your golf background and experience helping players. What special technology do you have in your golf room?

I started working with golfers when I first became a PT 17 years ago.  I was trained to work with the players on the PGA, and LPGA tours when I worked for HealthSouth in Hawaii.  When the Titleist Performance Institute started in 2006, I was one of the first to be certified in their programs.  I am currently TPI certified Level III Medical, Level III Junior, and Level II biomechanics (highest level).  I have worked with many of the best professionals and amateurs in the state.  As part of the evaluation process I use the K-Vest 3-D motion capture system.  (see my website www.rhodesPT.net for more info on the K-vest and golf program prices).  The K-Vest helps me see what the body is doing in the golf swing.  It quantifies how much turn, tilt, and flex a player has in their swing.  I then compare that data with my evaluation findings to determine if what I measure, correlates to their golf swing.  One of the biggest things that the K-Vest measures is efficiency.  I can see if a player uses their body correctly and in the proper sequence from the back swing, to the down swing to impact.  It truly is amazing data and can really help a player take the next step in their playing career.  Golf is a difficult sport, and it is nice utilizing technology to make your practice more efficient.  

 
 

What is your favorite part of your job?

I love helping people.  I enjoy the entire process from examination to treatment to completion.  It is always hard saying good-bye to patients when they finish their program because the feel like we have made a great bond and they are more than just patients, but part family.  
 

What does “Welcome to the Family” mean to you?

Like I mentioned above…when people trust you for treatment they really allow you to become part of their lives.  They share their problems and fears and we help them through it.  I want my clinic to have a family atmosphere where no matter who you are, you are treated like a VIP.   I named my new clinic Rhodes Physical Therapy in hopes that my kids may want to be a part of the business some day and I can pass it on to them.  I have such amazing kids and now being so close to home they can come and visit me anytime.  I have family pictures throughout the clinic and we love a visit from them all, especially my 2-year-old triplets!  When you become a patient of mine, you really become part of my family.  I have been lucky to have patients follow me from Ogden and I am grateful for that.  I look forward to welcoming more patients and golf clients to the family.  

 

Now for the fun stuff:

 

What’s your favorite golf course in Utah?

We have some great golf courses in Utah, and I am blessed to live by several great ones.  I am currently a member of Oakridge CC and me and my kids enjoy playing there mostly.  I grew up playing Valley View and Davis Park and so those courses hold special places in my heart.  

How many hole-in-ones have you had?

I have been lucky enough to have 3 holes in one.  One at Glen Eagle (13), and two at Ogden Golf and Country Club.  (15) and (18). 

You have an extensive putter cover collection; can you tell me a little bit about it?

My first putter head cover was a TPI Scotty Cameron that I got about 8 years ago and I was told only a few of them were made.  I slowly added to the collection over time.  Then I had a patient who was really great at wood working and I hired him to make the hangers for me and so of course I had to fill them up!  

 

Whether you are working to strengthen your body after an injury, prevent an injury from happening, or you want to identify your weaknesses, Jon and his team at Rhodes Physical Therapy can help! If you are interested in any of the UGA Player Improvement Seminars hosted by Rhodes Physical Therapy, CLICK HERE.

 

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UGA Fore-1-1: 5/11/2016

UGA FORE-1-1: 5/11/2016

 

By Kelsey Chugg

 

1. GHIN MOBILE APP

After quite a bit of work on the GHIN Mobile App, it is now functioning properly. In order for it to work on your mobile device, you will need to update the application through your App Store on Apple devices or through the Google Play Store on Android devices. We would like to sincerely apologize for any of the difficulties that you may have experienced while the app was down. Please feel free to call us at 801-563-0400 if you are still having issues after you update the application on your device.

 

2. FREE UGA PLAYER IMPROVEMENT SEMINARS!      

The newest Member Benefit is here! Check out the UGA Player Improvement Series Presented by Rhodes Physical Therapy. Jon Rhodes, PT and some of the best local area golf professionals want to help you get your body and your golf game in shape.

The seminars are free for UGA Members and $10 for non-members. Find out more by clicking HERE, and RSVP for the first seminar today by calling Rhodes Physical Therapy at 801-447-9339.

 

 

3. RENEWALS

Don’t miss out on any summer tournaments or leagues because your handicap isn’t active! You can still renew online or by calling the UGA office at 801-563-0400. You will be able to keep your old GHIN number, but you will have to pay a $5 reinstatement fee. You can find out more about the membership calendar and structure HERE.

 

4. BYU Women’s Golf Team

Congratulations to the BYU Women’s Golf Team who will be advancing to the NCAA Finals for the first time since the 2006-07 season. With a sixth-place finish at the regional event in Baton Rouge, La., the Cougars qualify for a position in the Division I NCAA Women's Golf Finals held in Eugune, Oregon, May 20-25.

“This finish means so much to these girls,” BYU head coach Carrie Roberts said. “It makes every ounce of hard work worth it; it makes everything worth it. Our strong finish put us through. Although Lea (Garner) carried us, it was a definite team effort. We are a tough team and fought to the end.”

Our staff will work to post updates after each round, or you can follow the action on golfstat.com or on the live broadcasts on the Golf Channel.

 

5. US Open Local Qualifier

The UGA hosted the US Open Local Qualifier at Alpine Country Club on May 9th. It was a full-field event which set an entry record for our local site.

UGA Programs Administrator, Megan Terry covered the event:

Despite the supreme level of talent, 2015 Utah State Amateur Champion Jordan Rodgers and 2010 Utah State Amateur Champion Joe Parkinson rose to the occasion and each carded a five-under-par 67 to advance to the sectional qualifying stage on the road to Oakmont. Parkinson has now qualified for four USGA events, and after Rodgers’ successful 2015 season leading up to his current professional career, this feat is anything but surprising.

Just one shot behind the medalists, Preston Alder earned the third qualifying spot with his four-under-par 68, and the fourth, fifth, and first alternate spots were decided in a playoff among Mitchell Schow Jr., Clay Ogden, and Rhett Rasmussen.

All three competitors made pars on the first playoff hole, forcing a second playoff hole on the par 5 No. 2. Schow drained his 15-foot birdie putt to secure his sectional qualifying spot in fourth. Ogden saved par for the fifth qualifying spot, and Rasmussen fell short of qualifying after missing his putts for birdie and par. He is the first alternate. 

Seokwon Jeon shot a two-under 70 to claim the second alternate spot.