Sacramento's Heather LeMaster can put a giddyup into a golf ball, and to prove it she is riding tall in the saddle as the 2013 Re/Max Women's World Long Drive Champion. LeMaster, unseated two-time Swedish champ Sandra Carlborg at the World Long Drive Finals in Mesquite, NV last Saturday.
When she's not crushing golf balls, the Sacramento native and CSUS grad plays a well-rounded game and also teaches horseback riding, another lifelong passion.
LeMaster joins Lodi's Ryan Winther (Men's Open Division) in bringing two Long Drive Champions to the area, something that speaks well for Sacramento area golf scene. Winther, who's been characterized as the, "Usain Bolt of Long Drive," will defend his championship, also at Mesquite, next month.
Sasquatch Sanchez in a new Golf Channel Reality Show
Folsom's Isaac Sanchez, who emerged as a star to remember in the Golf Channel's Big Break Greenbrier reality series in 2012, returns in a new reality series with NFL Hall of Famer, Jerry Rice and Big Break Mexico competitor Emily Talley as teammates. The 6'6" tattooed Sanchez parlayed his considerable game, dream big attitude and soft hands around the greens all the way to the finals during during last year's series.
Sanchez, a good-natured spirit who got nicknamed Sasquatch during his original appearance on the Golf Channel, so firmly believes in his mantra, "Be, Do, Have," that he wears it on his neck, appears to be a perfect fit to team with Rice. They both look like footballers and with Rice being the NFL's all-time leading receiver, they both have great hands.
The Big Break Puerto Rico series will feature an all-star cast of retired NFL greats and former Big Break participants in a team format. Teams will win or lose as teams while vying for charitable donations, cash and 2014 PGA Tour and LPGA Tour tournament exemptions. The first episode premiers Oct. 8 at 9 p.m. ET.
KVIE tees up new season of shows
Tonight, Sept. 25, at 7:00 p.m., KVIE will begin airing a new season of Tee Time 6. The locally produced show is hosted by golf media personality Frank LaRosa. If you miss the first episode, try this youtube link: www.youtube.com/watch?v=nsmWJOMu9BI
Wine Barrel Open, a barrel of fun, but not quite a barrel of wine
The folks at Greenhorn Creek have announced the inaugural Wine Barrel Open, four-person scramble for Nov. 21, in Angels Camp. Winning team will receive 32 bottles of locally produced wine. The press release says, "a barrel full of wine bottles will be the grand prize, " so just for journalistic clarity, a 55-gallon barrel should yield about 288 bottles give-or-take. Tournament still sounds like fun. Afterall, when was the last time you competed for wine?
Cost is $150 per player which includes golf, gifts, bottle of wine, tasting and appetizers at a post-round reception to be hosted by 15 Vintner Members, plus a three-course dinner complete with, (of course), wine pairings. Call 209-729-8111 or online at www.greenhorncreek.com.
First Tee Open at Pebble Beach features six kids from Sacramento
This week's Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach, always a special stop on the Champions Tour, will once again feature six players from The First Tee of Greater Sacramento chapter. The Sacramento chapter is annually one of the strongest First Tee programs in the country and this year's event offers more of the same.
In all, 81 participants were selected from over 150 applications submitted by First Tee chapters from around the country. The Sacramento program, headed by Angie Dixon, placed six teenagers into the event. Each participant will team with a Champions Tour player.
The lucky six are; John Burke, Sacramento, Louie Euer, Sacramento, Jeffrey Inouye-Wong, Roseville, Chad Kubes, Shingle Springs, Tarah Kubes, Shingle Springs and Virgie Velazquez, Roseville.
You can head down to Pebble or tune to Golf Channel to watch.
2013 Norcal Open Championship also good for Sacramento area golfers
Whitney Oaks hosted this year's Norcal Open and Sacramento area competitors fared well. Rancho Murieta's Grant Norton finished solo second at -4 under par. Folsom High alum Kevin Lucas finished solo third at -3 under par. Meanwhile 18-year old Cameron Champ held the top amateur position to earn the title of 2013 Northern California Open Amateur Champion. Champ tied for seventh place overall in the field which was comprise of amateurs, PGA professionals and Tour professionals.
USGA Senior Women's Amateur, CordeValle
Lynne Cowan of Rocklin was eliminated on Tuesday and did not advance further.
Carson Valley has promo for "Divine 9"
Carson Valley's golf course operators have long promoted a special fall event for selected golf media called the Divine 9 tour. It's one day of golf covering two holes on each of nine different courses. As time has gone on, the golfing public has learned of the event and expressed similar interest. The KNBR radio show Hooked On Golf has teamed with the Divine 9 courses to run a contest to win a chance to join the media next week. Interested players should go to the show's website or to divinenine.com to enter.
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