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2017 Starts with a Bang

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The new year has just started and we have two players already shoot 59!  First Justin Thomas at the Sony Open in Hawaii, then Adam Hadwin at the CareerBuilders in Palm Springs.  I have been a Justin Thomas fan since he first appeared on the tour.  How can you not be for the player that pound for pound is the longest on the PGA Tour.  Well, he wins the CIMB Classic in Kuala Lumpur, the SBS Tournament of Champions in Hawaii, and then the Sony Classic also in Hawaii.  That is 3 out of 5 PGA Tour Events.  It is nice to have another young player in the mix and I really enjoyed Jordan Spieth and Daniel Burgers reaction to Justin making the putt for 59!

Next on the schedule is to watch how Tiger Woods does at Torrey Pines this week?

Family atmosphere evident at golf academy

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by Al Petersen, Southland Golf

When asked what role golf plays in his family’s life, Kip Puterbaugh paused a few seconds before yelling out the question to one of his sons hitting balls in a bay at Aviara Golf Club in Carlsbad.

“Water, food, golf,” quipped Jamie Puterbaugh, one of two sons Kip teaches with at the Kip Puterbaugh Aviara Golf Academy.

“Yep. It is a big part of our life,” Kip responded in what apparently qualifies as an understatement. “We never really planned on any of our sons teaching with me, but it’s pretty special that they do.”

In a sign that business and pleasure can mix, Kip, Jamie and Jason Puterbaugh are among the teachers at Aviara, where Kip has spent nearly 30 of his 44 years as a golf instructor. Along the way he has received several regional and national accolades that include being a fixture in Golf Magazine’s Top 100 Teachers list since it first appeared in 1996.

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Will Bryson Dechambeau’s clubs become the new secret?

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by Tod Leonard, The San Diego Union-Tribune

Golf is an enormously derivative game.

One club manufacturer inserts moveable weights into a driver and a bunch of companies follow. One player starts having success with a particular putting method and he’s inundated with questions around the practice putting green.

So what are we to make of the arrival and success of Bryson DeChambeau and his one-plane swing and single-length clubs? Are we on the verge of a golf revolution that will see weekend golfers flock to DeChambeau’s methods, or are we just settling in to watch one very unique guy’s journey?

We know this: DeChambeau has our attention. When he won both the NCAA and U.S. Amateur championships last year, he put himself into an elite group. Only four others had captured those titles in the same year.

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Brothers share a winning touch

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by Glae Thien, The San Diego Union-Tribune

What could be better for brothers Jason and Jamie Puterbaugh than playing together on two San Diego Section boys golf championship teams?

Taking part in another jointly as coaches just may qualify.

The Puterbaugh brothers, who competed on title-winning teams at La Costa Canyon High in 2000 and 2002, helped guide Carlsbad to its first crown since 1988 last spring.

“The feeling winning as a coach was way better than winning as a player,” said Jason, the Lancers coach, who is assisted by his brother. “Last year, just to see how far the kids had come since they were freshmen, there’s no way to describe how cool that was.”

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

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It is 10 days till Christmas and the year 2016 is right around the corner.  I hope that you all have a Great Christmas and Santa brings you the opportunity to play a lot of golf for 2016.  If you make the decision that you want to play “better golf”, we hope that you will visit us at The Aviara Golf Academy.  We are celebrating our 25th Anniversary, and it doesn’t seem possible that we have been here that long.  As for the state of the game and my wishes for the year of golf ahead of us, here is my wish list.  I hope that Jordan Spieth wins another Major.  I would also like Rickie Fowler and Rory McIlroy win a major.  That leaves one major open that either Jason Day, Henrik Stenson, Lee Westwood, Phil Mickelson, Brooks Koepka or Dustin Johnson will win.  Check back with me in a year and see how I did!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Reflecting on 2015

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As the 2015 PGA Tour season begins its version of the playoffs with the FedEx Cup, it is the perfect time to reflect on how great a year it has been for golf. A changing of the guard is definitely taking place, with Jordan Spieth leading the pack of new guys on the scene.  He is followed closely by Jason Day and Rickie Fowler. It was unfortunate that Rory McIlroy was hurt, but obviously he is a fantastic player and ready to challenge Jordan for World #1 honors. Golf as a sport would be hard pressed to ask for a better combination of great players and nicer people.  There are others that have proven they have the potential to break through next year. Brooks Koepka, Patrick Rodgers, Justin Thomas and Tony Finau all had great years. I can’t wait for 2016 to start.

But 2015 is still not over. I personally like the golf season being extended by the FedEx. So here is a question; If Jason Day wins the Tour Championship and the FedEx Cup that would give him: 4 wins, one Major, one Major one stroke back, and another where his great play was stalled by vertigo. Should he be considered Player of the Year over Jordan. I would say no, but am curious as to what some others might think?

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