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Miller, North qualify for Illinois Open

Matt Miller of Bloomington and Drew North of El Paso advanced during qualifying rounds for the Illinois Open.

Miller shot 73 Monday at Schaumburg Golf Club, while North had 76 Friday at Prairie Bluff Golf Club. The Illinois Open will be held Aug. 6-8 at The Glen Club in Glenview.

There will be six spots available in a qualifier at Bloomington's Crestwicke Country Club on June 20.

English wins IJGA event

Kyle English, 16, of Bloomington won the Illinois Junior Golf Association's Tournament Players Series event at Kankakee Country Club on Monday. The U High student shot rounds of 68 and 67 to win by nine strokes.

CYC extends registration

Registration for the sixth annual Country Youth Classic, which will be played at six courses in Bloomington-Normal and be held June 25-27, has been extended until June 18. Golfers ages 3 to 22 are eligible. Entry fee depends on age group. For more information and to register, go to www.countryyouthclassic.com.

BCC pro in national tourney

Bloomington Country Club's Jim Miller is among 13 Illinois PGA professionals who will be competing in the 40th PGA Professional National Championship at Sunriver Resort in Sunriver, Ore., on June 21-24. The tourney features a $550,000 purse and the winner receives an exemption to the PGA Championship and six PGA Tour events over a 12-month period.

YWCA to hold outing

The YWCA of McLean County will hold its second annual YWCA Stepping Stones Golf Outing on July 30 at Bloomington's Crestwicke Country Club. There will be a 1 p.m. shotgun start, followed by dinner and live auction. For more information, contact the YWCA at 662-0461, or at www.ywcamclean.org.


Golf Tip

The short game is one of the most overlooked aspects of the game, but it is one of the most critical when it comes to lowering your score. Chipping is a very large part of this.

Most golfers get chipping and pitching confused when it comes to the terminology, with chipping also referred to as a "bump and run" shot staying lower to the ground. I was taught this shot by my grandfather years ago with a 7-iron. To this day, that is the club I use.

Chipping can be done from as far away from the green as a person feels comfortable if the situation allows. In an attempt to find out what club works for each person, it is best to practice with several different clubs, such as a 7-iron all the way to a pitching wedge.

The setup for the chip shot should be with a narrow stance and with the body facing the target slightly. The weight should be more on the front foot with your hands closer to your front leg. From this position, make a putting stroke with the shoulders going back and through to get the ball to pop up slightly and roll to the hole. There is very little airtime and more roll.

All clubs will react differently, so that is why practicing with different clubs will give you a better idea of how the ball will react once it hits the green. Obviously, a club with more loft will have less roll than a club with little loft. Picture where you want the ball to land to roll to the hole and try to hit it on that spot. Rather than focusing on the hole focus on the landing spot to allow for the roll.

Too often the focus is on the hole, and for this reason most shots go too far.

Note: Tina Lindsey is an LPGA teaching professional and director of instruction at The Links at Ireland Grove Golf Academy in Bloomington. She can be reached at (309) 663-9900.

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