How to Properly Repair a Ball Mark

Let’s take a look at how to properly repair a ball mark to help maintain the health of the greens you putt on.

Repairing that little depression is very important. Equally important is doing it the right way.  Many golfers repair their ball marks correctly which is appreciated by the golf course superintendent and their fellow golfers.  Unfortunately, many well-meaning golfers who do repair the pitch marks, to do so incorrectly.

A ball mark can cause the grass in the depression to die, leaving not just a scar but also a pit in the putting surface that can knock well-struck putts offline. Repairing a ball mark restores a smooth surface and helps keep the grass healthy. But “repairing” a ball mark incorrectly can actually cause more damage than good. The biggest mistake it lifting up on the soil and grass which tears the roots and kills more of the grass around the mark. Incorrectly “repaired” ball marks take up to twice as long to heal as those that are properly repaired.

Repairing ball marks isn’t just important for the health of the greens, and for smooth-rolling putts; it isn’t just a matter of golf etiquette, it is our obligation to help take care of the golf courses we play. And repairing ball marks is a big part of that obligation to the game.

Here is a great short VIDEO from the USGA on properly repairing ball marks.

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Calling All Golfers!

Hospital Sisters Mission Outreach is partnering with United Parcel Service (UPS) for a 2016 Charity Golf Outing. All proceeds will be donated to Mission Outreach!

Event Details
What: 18-Hole 4-Person Scramble
Where: Lake Shore Golf Course, Taylorville, IL       
When: Saturday, September 10, 2016
Check-In/Start: Check-In at 12 pm – Shotgun Start at 1 pm
Cost: $300 per team/$75 per golfer

Registration Fee Includes: Course fees – Golf Cart – Dinner – 2 domestic beers or sodas

Prizes: Longest Drive – Longest Putt – Closest to the Pin – Hole-In-One – 1st, 2nd & 3rd Place

How to Register

Click here to access the registration and sponsorship form.

For More Information

Contact Suzanne McLean, Development & Relationship Manager at Hospital Sisters Mission Outreach, by email at or by phone at 217-525-8843 x 181.

Click here to access the event flyer.

The HSMO/UPS Partnership

As global organizations, HSMO and UPS have the ability to change the world. The UPS Neighbor to Neighbor program allows UPS employees to assess needs at a local level and assist one organization at a time through volunteer activities. This year, UPS Feeder Dispatch Supervisor Corey Wemple in Decatur, IL has chosen Mission Outreach as the benefitting charity!

Club Regripping at Lakeshore!

Are your grips slippery or showing signs of wear?  See Jason at Lakeshore to have your clubs regripped.  Plenty of grip options to choose from.

It’s another great day at Lakeshore!

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Jason Day

OAKMONT, Pa. – Jason Day feels the pressure mounting as Thursday’s start of the U.S. Open nears.

He feels it in ways he has never felt before.

“I’ve never been more stressed in my life than right now,” Day said. “Being No. 1 in the world, having a lot of expectations on you, having to practice golf so hard to keep that No. 1 spot, trying to win as many tournaments as I can puts a lot of stress and pressure on your shoulders.”

If you’re thinking maybe the weight of it all is starting to get to Day, that maybe you ought to cross him off your list of favorites this week, think again.

Day, 28, says he loves this feeling.

“I feel like I thrive under stress,” Day said.

If that’s the case, Oakmont Country Club couldn’t fit Day better. Competing at a U.S. Open on Oakmont should come with a surgeon general’s warning: “Playing here may cause high blood pressure.” No major championship test is more grueling from tee to green.

“It’s great to be here,” Day said. “Almost feels like home.”

Day says that because he has come to know Oakmont better than most players. His agent, Bud Martin, is a member of the club. Day first played Oakmont when he was 18.

Though Day may have broken through to win his first major in the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits last year, he believes his game is more suited to a U.S. Open than any other major.

“I think it sets up best for this because I hit it high,” Day said. “Usually, the course is running very firm. Usually the greens are firm and fast. I feel like I’ve got good touch around the greens.

“I’ve been very close to winning a U.S. Open, especially the last few years.”

In 2011, Day finished second at the U.S. Open at Congressional. In ’13, he tied for second at the U.S. Open at Merion. He has played in five U.S. Opens and finished top 10 in four of them.

You should be getting the idea by now that Day is in a good place mentally. He may be battling a cold this week, but his attitude is as healthy as it has ever been. He knows he needs that with all the negative energy that swirls around U.S. Opens, where dread and doom are twin demons waiting to pounce.

“Sometimes attitude is huge,” Day said. “I think when you’re in stressful situations, like you are at U.S. Opens, where this is usually the toughest course we play every single year, you have to come in with a positive attitude regardless of what the outcome is. If you’re going to have a bad attitude, you may as well not even tee it up that week, because you probably won’t play good anyways.”

Carrying the No. 1 ranking can become burdensome, with all the expectations, the extra demands, the feeling there’s a target on one’s back. Day really seems to relish it, though. He’s even getting his family involved. His 3-year-old son, Dash, is the star of a new PGA Tour Superstore commercial that could play out perfectly this week. Dash talks through the commercial about playing golf with his dad, but how he’ll let his dad win this Sunday because “It’s Father’s Day.”

“The first time I saw the commercial, especially at the end, when he says,’I love you, daddy,’ I just started crying,” Day said.

Day and his wife, Ellie, also have a seven-month-old daughter, Lucy.

“Jason is structured so well from what I can see, the little bits of insight that I get into his whole life,” said fellow Aussie Adam Scott. “I think he’s got a handle of everything very well. He’s matured as a person so much in the last four or five years, and I think that’s showing in his golf game.”

Day was asked what he thinks is separating himself from other pros. He struggled to answer it, but when he did, his answer was more about his attitude than his skill set.

“I want it right now,” Day said. “I want it more than anything in the world. I’m not saying that all the other players don’t want it just as much as me, but all I’m doing right now is focusing on trying to win golf tournaments, and I understand that the only way to do that is get the process right. I don’t think there’s anything that separates me. I just want to win as much as every other guy out there. But I’m so single focused on trying to accomplish that, that I make sure that I get everything right before the tournament.”

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Lowry shoots 29 on back nine, sets record at TPC

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – Apparently Rickie Fowler isn’t the only player who has solved the back nine at TPC Sawgrass Golf Course.

Shane Lowry made the turn in even par Thursday before lighting up the Stadium Course’s inward half, coming home in 7-under 29. That gave him an opening round of 65 at The Players Championship and put him two shots behind the early pace set by world No. 1 Jason Day.

It also marked a tournament record for back-nine scoring, a feat that surprised even the Irishman given the self-described “melt down” he suffered during practice the day prior.

“I was just, I almost wasn’t looking forward to the week,” Lowry said. “I just, I was losing the head. I was like almost thinking, what’s the point of being here, because I felt like I was playing poorly and I was struggling on the greens.”

Lowry received a tip from Graeme McDowell that began paying immediate dividends, and he showed no signs of inner turmoil during a blistering close to his round. Lowry played Nos. 10-13 in 5 under, highlighted by an eagle on the par-5 11th, then curled in a 13-foot birdie putt on No. 18 to close his round.

“Managed to hole a few putts, which is key for me,” he said. “Something I haven’t been doing recently, so it was nice.”

Lowry earned his maiden PGA Tour title last year at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, but it remains to be seen if he’ll return to Akron to defend. The tournament this year is opposite the European Tour’s Open de France, and only the latter event will offer Ryder Cup points for European players.

Several notable Europeans, including Rory McIlroy, have already declared that they’ll tee it up in Paris, but Lowry said he hasn’t yet made up his mind.

“We’ll have to see where I’m sitting on the Race to Dubai or Ryder Cup. Ryder Cup rankings is kind of big, but I’m a long way off that team as it is,” he said. “I really want to go back and defend, and I’m kind of sort of 75-25 percent now whether I will or not.”