The Lou’s Lefty Langley had an incredible start to his professional career with a 3rd place finish at the Sony Open this past weekend. After leading for 3 days Scott fell away a bit on Sunday while Russell Henley charged ahead for the victory. Some might think Scott’s final round of even par was pretty steady after holding the lead for 3 days. Especially with the pressure of being in his first event as an official card holder on the PGA Tour. I mean, it’s not like he bombed it and came in 5 over, but with Russell’s 7 under, it just couldn’t hang.
We as St. Louisans love to see one of our own make it to the show. After all, few have from this area. Everyone knows the Midwest is definitely not a golf mecca. Players from the South, California and Arizona are definitely at an advantage with year round warmth and ample courses to play – not to mention strong competition. The fact that Langley grew up here with cold winters and beating it around at public facilities shows you that anyone that has desire and talent can make it happen. This should be particularly encouraging to juniors and their parents if golf is their passion.
One thing that would benefit St. Louis golfers is to realize that golf is a year round game. I spent 10 years teaching in Chicago and was always impressed by how golf nuts my students were up there. In a climate much colder than here and with a much shorter season, they just never stopped. I gave many lessons on 20 degree, windy days. They were die hards. Golf after all is an outdoor game. With the opportunity to hit at heated ranges like the one at Big Bend and the advances in gear that keeps you warm, yet flexible there really is no excuse for at least keeping up your practice routine. Laying off over the cool months and starting up again right before the season begins does nothing but add stress and frustration.
Take advantage of the heated tees at Big Bend and if you don’t have time to make it out at least practice at home. Here is a long list on MyGolfInstructor.com of indoor drills that can easily be done in your house to keep you on track during the off season: http://www.mygolfinstructor.com/instruction/practice/drills/