Monday, February 20, 2017

NFJG Tournament at Hidden Hills and Oak Bridge - President's Day

This holiday weekend is a two day tournament. Our girl stays busy!! The first day was at Hidden Hills. Lynne Kirkpatrick was sweet to speak to AA before and ask about AA's best score there, we think it was high 40's. Lynne said that this will be the day she conquers Hidden Hills. After round one, AA left the scoring table and Lynne ran up to AA and said you conquered the Hills!! AA had her best round at Hidden Hills with a birdie and a few pars! She tied her best score at all courses from the ladies tees.

Playing with all Foundation Kids - boys and girls, from the ladies red tees.
Round 2 was held at Oak Bridge Club. The Oak Bridge Club has been a part of the Ponte Vedra Beach community since 1973 when the golf course originally opened. Designed by World Golf Hall of Fame member Arnold Palmer and renowned architect Ed Seay, this fun and challenging 18 hole 6413 yard course remains whole.
AA won with another great score! A well deserved first place. She works with Coach Kathy who has recently corrected a few minor issues with her swing. Not much, but has given AA an even better short game. Congrats to our sweet golfer!
Photos from NFJG site:
Winners in the Boys 10 - 12 year group:
From NFJG Director Jack:
 The traditional “President’s Invitational” was recently played at Hidden Hills Golf Club, formally called “Hidden Hills Country Club” and was shared this year with “The Oak Bridge Club” formally called the Country Club of Ponte Vedra.
 In the Foundation Tour, the boys and girls would tee it up together and vie for the first place trophy. Alyzabeth Morgan came out of the blocks with a vengeance lapping the field by nine strokes with her fine opening round of 42. Morgan would birdie the par-5 4th hole and par three others. Anderson Palm would be the next closest competitor with 51 followed by Ryan Houck with 55. 
During round two, Morgan would continue to show her tour experience as she kept a steady pace and control of her very comfortable lead. Aiden Clark, well back would still give Morgan a run for her money for the low round of the day, but Morgan would prevail with the low 46 to come out with an 88 winner. Anderson Palm 16 strokes back would be the Runner up and Aiden Clark would be the third place winner.

I wanted to save these notes about Hidden Hills, a very difficult course, an Arnold Palmer design:
No. 1 – 380 yards, Par-4 – “It's really hard to tell what state you are in from the first tee,” says Libby. Stately pine trees -- many planted back in the 1960s -- run down the right side of the course. Try to favor the left side as the best approach to a green that slopes right to left.
No. 2 – 415 yards, Par-4 – You're going to think about Donald Ross on this dogleg left with its tabletop fairway with drop-offs left and right. You'll be hitting between trees on both sides to an elevated green. While this is a hole where you can run your ball up to the green, you cannot miss left because it is almost impossible to get up and down. Most greens at Hidden Hills have plenty of undulation, and this is one of them.
No. 3 – 435 yards, Par-4 – Watch out for the water down the left side;that could make this a tough driving hole. Hook left and you are wet; if you go too far right, you'll be out of bounds. Accuracy down the middle is a premium on this hole. There is only a single grass bunker near the green on the right, and you are encouraged to stay left.
No. 4 – 541 yards, Par-5 – On this 90-degree dogleg left, most players hit an iron off the deck without a tee. “No matter what you hit, it's always the same distance – 250-280 yards – coming into the hole,” says Libby. There are two lakes on this hole, one to the left and one on the right that comes into play on the second shot. Long hitters can sometimes make it in two. If you lay up, it's like having to hit a par-4 green in two shots. Watch out for the greenside bunker front left.
No. 5 – 184 yards, Par-3 – When you reach this very elevated green here,you'll be at one of the highest points in Duval County. The green also slopes severely (a 15-foot break) so that the pin is never placed on the left side. Club selection here is very important and you should stay below the hole to give you the best chance with an uphill putt.
No. 6 – 499 yards, Par-5 – This is another sharp dogleg right, but that means it's possible for a long hitter to reach the green in two. But watch out for fairway bunkers that line the left side; the bunker farthest down the line has a pine tree in the middle that foils those who try to cut the corner. Pine trees and water guard the right side. A narrow landing area makes it tough to run this ball up on the green. Most players will lay up in two and hit a short iron for their third shot.
No. 7 – 181 yards, Par-3 – This is the most exciting par-3 on the course with water all the way. If you miss short, right or left, you are in the water.
No. 8 – 349 yards, Par-4 – On this, the most picturesque hole at Hidden Hills, you'll be hitting off the tee through a narrow slot through pines and oaks. There is a lot of Carolina feeling to this hole. Your second shot to a green with a bulkhead in front, is not for the faint of heart, especially if the pin is near that bulkhead. Keep an eye out here for wandering gators, although the staff works hard to keep them away. No. 9 – 388 yards, Par-4 – Fairway bunkers come into play as you head for the clubhouse turn, although most long hitters can carry them. Although tight, this is a driving hole for golfers of all levels. You'll be hitting to an elevated green guarded by a bunker on the left. If you come up short, a chip shot is out of the question and you'll have to hit a lofted wedge onto the green. As you've probably figured out by now,the lob wedge and the flop shot are weapons you want in your arsenal when playing Hidden Hills.

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