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Saving Strokes Around the Green Helps on Golf Tournament Leaderboards

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Small, fast greens are hallmark of Woodstock Golf Club
Photo courtesy of Woodstock Golf Club

Scrambling for par requires imagination and a deft touch, especially at a competition like the Emerson Resort & Spa Woodstock Open.

Tuning up your short game should be a key part of your work to get ready for tournament golf, whether it’s your club’s member-guest or a premier event like the Emerson Resort & Spa Woodstock Open to be held July 26.

Scrambling with imagination will save strokes on the 5,429-yard Woodstock Golf Club course, which has arguably some of the smallest and quickest greens in the state. They’re hard to hit and hard to hold, which means par saves will often depend on little swings, not big ones.

Brad Worthington, Director of Golf at Pound Ridge Golf Club, says you should add some non-traditional set-ups and strokes for difficult scrambling situations.

The 86th Annual Emerson Resort & Spa Woodstock Open features a stellar field this year, headed by defending champion Greg Bisconti, head pro at The St. Andrew’s Golf Club in Hastings. He says he’s looking forward to returning to the event. “The field is always strong so being able to notch a victory (last year) against quality players always feels good.”

“I think the course dictates your strategy and my strategy for Woodstock is to remain patient,” Bisconti adds. “If you press early, you run the risk of making a couple of bogeys and then it becomes hard to get back on track. You have to play your game and try not to look ahead or try to predict outcomes.”


Related: Is Your Golf Game Ready for the 86th Annual Woodstock Open?