Making the Rounds: Trip to Haggin Oaks Golf Expo should be worth the drive

Published: Wednesday, Apr. 24, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 6C
Last Modified: Wednesday, Apr. 24, 2013 - 7:43 am

Not a believer that a miracle cure for your slice, hook, lack of distance, yips or chili dips can be found in the latest driver, irons, hybrid or ball technology?

This weekend's Haggin Oaks Golf Expo still has plenty to offer. Check out these booths, each with a local tie:

• Speedgolf International.

The concept of speed golf, where your score is a combination of the time it takes to complete a round and strokes taken, has been around for 40 years but is just recently gaining traction.

The sport combines fitness and golf, and groups are playing early-morning nine-hole rounds at Haggin Oaks and Bartley Cavanaugh.

Say hi to: Tim Scott, the organization's new executive director and a top-notch speed golfer who has recently moved from Oregon to Lincoln.

• Birdseed Golfwear.

The company is dedicated to producing colorful, stylish, high-performance golf apparel for girls 7 to 17.

Want to keep your girls interested in the sport? Then don't insist they wear "mom" clothes, just in a smaller size.

Say hi to: Cindy Lyford, the St. Francis High School golf coach and mother of a preteen who, spotting a need several years ago, launched the company last month.

• Gilchrist Golf Carts.

Carts aren't just for golf anymore. But if that's all you use them for, there's so much more you can do to make transporting your clubs so much more enjoyable.

There are sound systems, enclosures, custom seats and wheels. Be comfortable, look great.

Say hi to: Derek Gilchrist, the company's owner and a former professional golfer.

Other expo highlights:

• The Sacramento City Putting Championship.

Tom Marks will run the three-day competition for the Sacramento Golf Council. Hit him up for a pointer before you pay your $5 entry fee – he's coming off consecutive weekends in which he won the Davis City and Roseville City senior flight. Two-time defending men's champion Mark Milligan is expected to compete. There also are women's and junior flights.

• Session featuring world long-drive champion Ryan Winther.

Winther will be the focus of a question-and-answer session Sunday at noon.

The expo is Friday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Parking and admission are free.

Junior scene

Cameron Champ tuned up for this week's prestigious Sage Valley Junior Invitational by winning the Roseville City at Woodcreek over the weekend. His two-round total of 5-under-par 139 was four shots better than Juan Gonzalez and Brad Carrico.

Champ is scheduled to play a pre-tournament round Thursday with First Tee CEO Joe Louis Barrow Jr.

Andrej Bevins and Corey Pereira will join Champ in the elite 54-player field at Sage Valley, near Augusta, Ga., giving Sacramento strong representation in the event known as the Junior Masters.

Up Graeagle way

Grizzly Ranch, Whitehawk Ranch and the Dragon at Nakoma will open for the season Friday. Graeagle Meadows opened two weeks ago and Plumas Pines last week.

The time to play is now. Early-season rates through May 23 include:

• Grizzly Ranch: $80 with a cart.

• Plumas Pines: $60 with a cart to play all day.

• Whitehawk Ranch: $95 with a cart to play all day.

Graeagle Meadows is $40 to walk and $60 to ride through May 3.

Most Tahoe/Truckee courses will open the second week of May.

Women-only outing

The Pacific Women's Association will host a ladies-only event May 5 at Ancil Hoffman. A clinic with PGA pro Brooke Green will be followed by nine holes and appetizers. Go to to sign up.

Call The Bee's Steve Pajak, (916) 326-5526.

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