On Apr.24, one of our amazing students recorded one of the rarest accomplishments in golf. He shot his age.
71 years young, David Newman has been a low handicapper for a large part of his life but has continued to practice and work hard on his game (he is coached by one of Bird Golf’s Senior West Coast instructors, Craig Waryan, who is extraordinary).
On Thursday of last week, all that hard work paid off. Playing from the white tees (6,250 yards) on the par-72 course at Chatata Valley Golf Club in Cleveland, TN, David made 4 birdies and 3 bogies in his round of 1-under par, 71. He has been working especially hard on his short game and wedges which as you will read were a key to his round (and a good lesson for all of us!).
In David’s words; “I have been very successful in using the 3 different height shots with my 56o sand wedge. I was able to hit 12 greens in regulation but also got up and down on 3 of the other 6. The amazing thing was that it came so easy. I really want to THANK you and Bird Golf Academy for all you have taught me over the years. I prize this more than my holes in one and as you can tell I’m still on a high. “LOVE DIS GAME”!”
CONGRATULATIONS, David, on what is a truly outstanding achievement. We have a feeling that you will be doing it again!
This video was taken of David’s swing when he was working with Craig, at our flagship site, Whirlwind GC, in March of 2014. It is a superb, compact move that allows David to play the kind of golf he does.