Memorial Day Shotgun

Every Memorial Day SCC hosts a shotgun to honor our fallen Veterans. This year's event is slated for Monday, May 30th. The 9:00AM shotgun is open to both Stowe Country & Mountain club Members as well as to the public. The rate for the public is $50 per player, so if you know anyone who you think might be interested in playing for more than half price please let them know. The format is a two person scramble and there are two flights (or divisions) you can choose to be a part of; The "Officers" division is competitive and "Recruits" is non-competitive. Play will be followed by an awards ceremony that will include some light hors d'Ĺ“uvre ssss.

Call 760-4652 to sign up!

Congratulations to Dan Ruane

Dan Ruane successfully completed his third and final level of his Professional Golf Association of America last Sunday.

PGA Professionals are universally recognized as the experts and teachers of golf, but there is no quick and easy way to achieve PGA certification. 
PGA instructors earn their status only by undergoing a multi-year series of work, study and training in every aspect of golf ranging from teaching to tournament management to golf shop operations, and must maintain their expertise through a variety of continuing education programs. They also must pass a Playing Aptitude Test, furthering ensuring that they are uniquely qualified to teach the game of golf.
Becoming a PGA Member begins with an apprenticeship. In July 1994, the PGA launched the PGA Professional Golf Management Program (PGA PGM) as a new path to PGA membership. This innovative apprentice-training program is designed to prepare qualified men and women for the challenges, responsibilities and opportunities they will face as PGA Golf Professionals in today's industry and in the decades to come.
The program emphasizes the practical application of state-of-the-art skills and knowledge along with sophisticated work activities, and is designed to give apprentices the skills to add value to their golf facilities. When you graduate from the program, you will be ready to provide exceptional service to customers, employers, fellow professionals and the game of golf.
For people aspiring to become PGA Professionals, the PGA PGM Program will be the start of a life-long process of learning new skills, polishing old ones and becoming even better at dealing with the people, the game and the business of golf. As a result of your training, the game of golf will continue to grow in popularity and reach a higher level.


God Willing and the Creek Don't Rise

"Are you letting out carts?" If I had a dollar for every time I've been asked that question over the past two weeks I'd still not be rich, but I'd be on my way. The weather has been the major topic of conversation all over the country this spring; thankfully, all we have to put up with is a steady dose of rainfall and not the killer storms that have hit the south. Blame our inability of running carts on La Nina or her cousin El Nino I guess.

My Mom always said "God willing and the creek don't rise" and it must have rubbed off because I've been finding myself uttering these words more often. I always figured it mean as long as there's no flood. The saying got me curious enough to google it's meaning. If someone says, “God willing and the Creek don’t rise” they’re looking to achieve a goal. When they use this phrase, it means that they will achieve their goal as long as there are no outside forces of which they have no control preventing them from doing just that.
The first time this phrase was known to be in print it was written by a man named Benjamin Hawkins in the late 18th century. Hawkins was a politician in the late 18th century and early 19th century as well as an Indian diplomat. This was back in the day where American Indians and the white settlers were constantly fighting for the land in the United States. While in the south, Hawkins was requested by the President of the United States to return to Washington. In his response, he was said to write, “God willing and the Creek don’t rise.”
Benjamin Hawkins capitalized the work “Creek”. Therefore, it is deduced that what he was referring to was not a body of water at all, but instead was the Creek Indian tribe. The Creek Indians were also known as the Muscogee tribe which were located in the southeastern region of the United States (Florida, Georgia, Alabama, and Oklahoma). Since the Creek Indians were prevalent in the area where he was located, Hawkins knew that there was a great risk of the Creek Indians attacking.
This figure of speech is not only still used today, but the phrase is also in the lyrics of a 2008 song by the country music group Little Big Town. The song is called “Good Lord Willing” and the lyrics in the song say, “Good lord willing and the Creek don’t rise” instead of “God willing and the creek don’t rise”.

You learn something new everyday. So the next time you call to see if we are letting carts on the course, don't be surprised if I say "God willing and the Creek don't rise."

TBII Cup Round One Postponed

In light of the late start and the wet course conditions, we have had to reschedule the epic (my son uses this to describe everything right now) event we call the TBII Cup. Named after the perennial pro am veteran Tommy Burgess the second, the summer long internal staff-member tournament pairs our three golf pros, myself, and course superintendent Scott Rossi team up with members and we battle it our to the death...or at least a low gross and net best ball with a year long points event like the Fedex points on the tour. You might think the golf pros have a big advantage, but Scott and I aren't slouches, and I take these events pretty seriously; I might even sport a pair of those sharp new slacks we have in the golf shop (you know the ones I mean right?) The event is played monthly and the winning team members are each awarded 5 points, second place players earn 4, and so on. Once we get through the 5 rounds we cross tabulate all of the participants and get a points breakdown. So even if you can only join us on two of the five rounds you could still be in the points running if your team placed high. It all comes down to bragging rights. Epic.

The first round has been rescheduled to be played anywhere in the week of 5/30. We've stretched the event from one day to a week where you can choose to play on a day that might be better for your schedule. I know it will be easier to for the staff to try and juggle their schedules. See the pro shop and sign up today!

Get Stacked

Over the past winter I’ve been working hard to improve my skills as an instructor.  In my quest to improve I spent great deal of time studying the concepts referred to as "Stack & Tilt" that are being taught by Andy Plummer and Michael Bennett.  What I liked most about their ideas was that their insight into what makes a golfer successful was both simple and easy to implement.

After recently spending a day with Andy and Mike I am ready introduce those concepts to my students.  Below you’ll find some of the basic elements and the 10 words that best define their ideas.

I have worked with a number of students this spring using these concepts and the results have been outstanding. There has really been a short learning curve, which is what we all really want from a golf lesson...immediate results. I looking forward to seeing all of you on the practice tee soon and when you’re ready, stop by the golf shop and talk with one of our PGA professionals about how we can start improving your golfing experience.

Dan Lehmann
PGA Head Professional
Stowe Country Club
Taken from

The beginner golfer spends their limited time, money, and formative hours learning “fundamentals” that are not remotely standard among the game’s best players. This means that they are not fundamental at all. We believe the game of golf is fundamentally misinterpreted.
The progression for learning golf is out of order because the fundamentals of the game are poorly defined.  Furthermore, the rules that govern how the ball flies are fundamentally misunderstood. Thus, golfers have no understanding of the essential mechanics of the swing and do not understand how to correct their ball flight. Consequently, they default to bits of jargon, handed down dogma, or cliches that have little to no bearing on the problems that afflict them.
All of this results in a barrier to entry to golf that is too high for most beginning players. Golfers routinely leave the game out of frustration, lack of direction, or improvement that is too slow to justify. Golf needs to be presented as a workable challenge for the beginning player that adds sophistication as the players desire to improve increases or as the expert players situation necessities.
Basic Elements  
The Stack and Tilt® swing at it’s most basic level can be broken down into just a few elements. In fact if we had to describe the swing in only 10 words these would be them. We sometimes refer to these basic elements as the differentiators as they are the elements that separate a good swing from bad. When golfers have problems, we add detail to these basics as they are needed. One does not have to institute all of the elements of the Stack and Tilt system to at once benefit from them.

Weight Forward
We prescribe the weight forward on the setup. We use 55-45 as a baseline. On the backswing we prescribe the weight stay on the front and begin moving more to the left as the golfer nears the end of the backswing. The weight being 60-40 left at the end of the backswing would be the baseline. On the downswing the weight continues to move evenly to the left such that it is 90-10 on the left at impact. By the time the right arm is parallel to the ground on the follow through the weight is 95-5 left.

Shoulder Down
The trajectory of the left shoulder on the backswing effects stability of the head and center of the shoulder turn. The left shoulder going downward on the backswing and not moving inward keeps your head still. This is a key move in the swing we teach. Not only keeping the weight forward at set-up helps hit the ball first, but keeping your head stable is another necessary part of hitting the ball first. Keeping the head stable allows for the club and hands to orbit the body in a circle.

Hands In
Golf is played on a tilted angle. That angle transcribed on the ground is an arc. We want the hands to trace the arc transcribed on the ground, not straight back. The path we prescribe would pass through the base to the middle of the bicep.

Straighten Leg
The knee flex in the golf swing changes.  This is true on the backswing and on the downswing and follow-through.  On the backswing, we recommend that the left knee flexes and the right knee straightens.  On the downswing, the knees go back to their original flex.  After impact, the left knee straightens.

Arms Straight
Masses of golfers flex the arms too much on the backswing, but more importantly at impact and to the finish. Having a clear understanding of when the left arm bends is instrumental in developing consistent contact and ball speed.

Tuck Hips
The tucking of the hips or extending of the spine has eluded golf instruction, but has been demonstrated by all games greatest players. The definition of how this works is complex, but it can be demonstrated rather simply, To demonstrate this concept we tell our students that the belt level should be higher from the ground on the finish than the setup. We also tell that the hips should be fully tucked under the torso. For simplicity, raise the belt and tuck the hips.