(from left to right) Mary Mills, Jamie Gartrell, Marilyn Eickenhorst (runner up both this year and last year and also Bird Golf’s 2001 Student of the Year), Charlie Eickenhorst, Jay Ewing and Jim Samsing.

John Curzon and Bonnie Bellue reflect for a moment. John has decided to put on the rally cap!

The second annual Bird Golf Invitational was a huge success. Held last year at our flagship site at the Wigwam, the Invitational will surely be an important date on many people’s calendars for years to come.

Our unique format paired 3 amateurs with one professional for 3 rounds. In each round we had a different format; day 1 a scramble; day 2 a two low net best ball and day 3 a low gross/low net best ball. Each of the Bird Schools’ senior members of staff were in attendance. Mary Mills, (US Open Champion), Sharon Miller (1989 LPGA Teacher of the Year), Larry Shute (PGA Master professional, a member of two Halls of Fame), Buddy Bryant, Arizona Director of Instruction and the man who taught all the actors on Tin Cup how to play golf, Jim Samsing (West Coast Director of Instruction) and Jay Ewing (Bird Golf’s founder). And a very special appearance by Carey Mumford (author of the Double Connexion and Clear Key); master of the mental game.

There were many memorable moments from the Invitational. It is the only time each year that all our senior staff had gathered together in one place. It was an enormous thrill to see all the hard work that our students have put into their games ….and the results that they are now having. It was a gathering of friends old and new. And a celebration of golf. The afternoon fireside chats that Carey Mumford hosted, and the dialogue from those who attended will be unforgettable.

Bartender Jay Ewing discusses the finer points of the swing with 2002 Student of The Year, Sandy Cable. Sandy who works with Jim Samsing has improved from shooting in the high 120’s to the mid 90’s in only six months!” WOW!

“The Crazy Cannuck!” Rory Kidd and Catherine Richardson after round 2. Rory, who distinguished himself during the tournament, amazingly, played with a broken hip.

This year’s event is scheduled for October 2 – 6, 2003 at the Wigwam. We will have the same format and this year play the Gold and Red courses at the Wigwam and the Arthur Hills Championship course at Palm Valley. There will be a different pro with each group each day (a drawing will be held each afternoon).

This year will be highlighted by an opening day seminar (October 2) with Carey Mumford. Beginning at 4:30 pm Carey will be hosting a 2 1/2 hour Clear Key presentation on the mental game. There will also be two special clinics after your rounds on October 3rd and 4th. On the third Jim Samsing and Jay Ewing will be conducting a two hour clinic on specialty shots and the short game. And on the afternoon of the 4th, Sharon Miller and Mary Mills will be hosting a clinic on the full swing – and “how to play the game”.

For pricing (similar to last year) please contact us at 877-424-7346. Entries will be limited to the first 60 entrants. For all those who attended last year…. THANK YOU! To all of you thinking of coming this year… WE WOULD LOVE FOR YOU TO JOIN US!

Legendary sports psychologist, Carey Mumford proves that he can also still play. Here he is receiving his 3rd place trophy from Jay Ewing.

THE CHAMPIONS “Keeping it in the Family!”
Maureen Dickhart congratulates the winning team at the awards ceremony captained by the Wigwam’s Assistant General Manager, Dan Dickhart who were the runaway winners of The Invitational.

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