Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Young Golfers Can Learn to Get Up to Speed.(Final)

Byline: Mike Hall Of the Journal

A duffer, definitely. One good shot for two bad ones, a muffed chip here and here and sometimes there, and the old baseball player, Mordecai "Three Finger" Brown, could keep track of my putts-per-green average.

Yes, I may be bad -- which works out to average for most casual golfers -- but one thing I am not is slow. Hit the ball. Walk to it with a brisk pace. Hit it again.

We've all had days ruined by a pokey foursome. A 41/2-hour round turns into six as the group ahead swaps jokes on the tee box, searches for lost balls for 10 minutes, etc.

Bill Harvey, a teaching professional at Arroyo del Oso, says the PGA recently has been sending memos regarding the dwindling number of rounds being played. …

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