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Camp Creek College Golf Invitational b y To m F i t z p a t r i c k
Coach Sean Hogan (L) with winner Patrick Reed (R) at Torrey Pines
T he inaugural Camp Creek Invitational, sponsored by Joe Resorts, was just held at Camp Creek Golf Club. Led by local 30-A resident and golf coach Trey Jones, FSU outplayed and out weathered several Atlantic Coast Conference teams, including Wake Forest, UNC, Virginia, Notre Dame, Georgia Tech, and Duke to claim the cup. (photo 1) Tied at the completion of 54 holes with a score of 842, FSU went on to beat Wake Forest in a playoff to seal the victory. The individual trophy went to Clemson’s Jacob Bridgeman with the score of 64-66-71. The 64 in the first round was tremendous in blustery cold conditions. We watched players hit fairway shots from 175 yards out into # 9 and #18 greens. Both pins were tucked into back corner positions. These kids were landing amazing shots by the pin with no roll out on hard fast green conditions. In the field was the #1 ranked college player in the nation John Pak. He was awarded low amateur in the Butler Cabin Green Jacket ceremony at the 2020 Masters Tournament. John Pak’s swing coach, Sean Hogan, was also at Camp Creek just prior to the start of the event to
Jones’s member clinic addressed the common slice in three easy steps: • Strengthen the left lead hand. Grip the club across the base of your fingers and not in the palm. • Halfway back, have your left arm stretched across your chest and over the right hip. This provides enough space for the club to swing back to the ball. Keep the clubface closed with a bowed left wrist. (photo 3) • On the downswing, rotate the hips to face the target. This gets the body leading the club at impact— allowing you to compress the ball. (photo 4) The following week Sean Hogan went to Torrey Pines in San Diego with Patrick Reed, where he won by a convincing five shots. College golf events are truly inspiring to see the next generation of young players. It’s not only the way they play but the way these young golfers conduct themselves. On full display were the values of respect, politeness, and competitive integrity. Congratulations to FSU Coach Trey Jones and his team, and to Joe Resorts for a memorable week at Camp Creek!
conduct a member clinic for Joe Resorts. Hogan is David Leadbetter’s head of world-wide instruction and a very likeable Irishman. He and Leadbetter have been busy of late in coaching Masters champion Patrick Reed. Hogan had just returned from Dubai where he was coaching Reed before arriving at Camp Creek. Coach Jones and Sean Hogan caught up on the driving range where Jones wished the players well. It’s not only the way they play but the way these young golfers conduct themselves. On full display were the values of respect, politeness, and competitive integrity.
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