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October 27, 2015 - 9:49am
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Teaching Professional Maxine Burton helps Lily learn the correct address in her first golf lesson.

You're never too old to learn to play golf.

Here's a perfect example, posted on social media Tuesday: English teaching professional Maxine Burton is shown giving a first lesson to a student who is just a few months from her 100th birthday.



GUS ANDREONE: Longtime PGA Professional turns 104

According to the photo caption posted on the FORE! Women website, Burton writes: "First lesson for Lily - age 99 and a half!!"

How wonderful that Lily decided to take up the sport. And here's hoping she betters her age on her first try.


October 27, 2015 - 9:02am
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T.J. Auclair
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Late-season golf in the northeast -- visually -- might be the best time of year to play. But, it can take a toll on your body and your game if you don't prepare accordingly.

Just because the temperature is dipping in a lot of places around the country -- particularly the northeast -- doesn't mean you can't still enjoy a round of late-season golf.

So what can you do then to get the most out of your game in unfavorable conditions?

"Playing in less than ideal conditions is all about preparation," says Jim Salinetti, PGA Head Professional at Winchester Country Club in Winchester, Mass. "Golfers need to physically and mentally prepare."

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Perhaps the most important part of that preparation is picking out your apparel. In the northeast, you're taught at a young age to wear layers -- "you can always remove a layer, but you can't add one if you don't have it with you," the adults would say.

That's not necessarily the case anymore, however.

"You need to dress the part," Salinetti explained. "Golfers have no excuse when it comes to dressing properly during cold conditions. Apparel companies are making products using modern technology and improved materials to help players stay warm while giving the body freedom to move."

See, so you don't have to be like the little brother in "A Christmas Story," bundled up in a snowsuit that won't even allow you the freedom to put your arms down:


Next, Salinetti says, just like in perfect conditions, getting a good stretch is a must... with one provision.

"Stretch indoors while your body is warm and be sure to hit a few balls on the range to get acclimated to the weather and temperature," he said.

The indoor stretch routine will help the body get limber quicker, as the blood gets flowing before heading outdoors.

The final tip to enjoying a round in less-than-ideal conditions is probably the most important: measure your expectations.

"Set realistic goals for the round," Salinetti said. "You probably aren't going to shoot your career round in frigid conditions, but it doesn't mean you can't play well. Enjoy the challenge. The conditions are the same for everyone, but the golfer who steps onto the golf course with the best attitude and proper expectations is the one who will succeed." 

October 26, 2015 - 2:35pm
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Former NHL star Jeremy Roenick apparently needed a little rush of adrenaline on the golf course recently, so he tried to wrestle an alligator.

Hockey players are a little different than the rest of us.

Jeremy Roenick -- who enjoyed an 18-year NHL career and is one of just three U.S.-born players with at least 500 goals -- did something not so smart on the golf course recently.

First, he taunted an alligator.

Then, he demanded his friend -- with camera phone in hand -- come closer as Roenick... dove at an alligator in an attempt to wrestle it!

Are you serious?

Check it out (h/t For the Win):


Do not try that the next time you're on a course with alligators. 

October 26, 2015 - 11:37am
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Sometimes it's better to be lucky than good -- or just to be creative... like this man who pulled off an unbelievable shot.

Pro, amateur, or hacker, this is likely to be one of the best golf shots you've ever seen.

Check out this video posted to Facebook from the "16th at Leven Links" near Dalmarnock, United Kingdom, on Sunday (nice spot by @BunkeredOnline):


How about this for a shot today on 16th at Leven Links

Posted by Andrew Little on Sunday, October 25, 2015


That was spectacular.

It reminded me of one of my favorite shots of all-time -- this doozy by Miguel Angel Jimenez from the Road Hole at St. Andrews in the 2010 Open Championship:


October 25, 2015 - 5:17pm
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Justin Rose
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Justin Rose poses with a "Quiet Please" sign, a cup of tea and his clubs in this quick recap of his Hong Kong Open victory.

Obviously, Justin Rose wasn't done celebrating his Hong Kong Open victory Sunday.

HONG KONG OPEN: Justin Rose emerges as winner

So in his hotel room, he took to social media to show off his skills as a golf analyst. It's a pretty funny little video he posted to his Instagram account:



Reflecting on a great week! #PSI #MVP @taylormadegolf #UBSHongKongOpen

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Tees. Teas. Quiet please. And the sticks that won the big check. That's a wrap.

TENSION-FREE SWING: Take a tip from Justin Rose and relax

October 25, 2015 - 2:18pm
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Jacques Kruyswijk
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Jacques Kruyswijk prepares to hit a shot that hits back.
Poor Jacques Kruyswijk.
Playing in a recent Sunshine Tour event in South Africa, Kruyswijk's ball lodged right next to a tree stump. Unfortunately, when Kruyswijk tried to advance it from that spot, this happened instead:



The golf ball hit back, and not in a good way at all. Adding insult to injury, that's a one-stroke penalty, meaning Kruyswijk eventually carded a 7 on the hole.

BETWEEN THE LEGS: Golfer clears bunker with trick shot

That's truly hitting below the belt.

Thankfully for all involved, Kruyswijk was able to get up and continue his round.