In the past, Chippewa Golf Club owner Kevin Larizza has set a few of his championship’s hole locations in what only can be described as “ironman scramble pins”. This setup has led often to huge scores for a number of players, as the sloping greens of Chippewa can send even well-played pitches and putts racing off down the hills.
Kevin has pulled back on this practice a bit in the last couple of years. But here and now I ask Kevin directly to eliminate “ironman pins” from the Chippewa Championship all together: the quality golf course conditions that superintendent Brad Stewart provides should stand alone as the challenge of the event.
I want to be clear: “difficult” or “challenging” hole locations are not the same as “crazy” or “ironman” positions. Rest assured, I am not suggesting that Kevin set up the golf course “easy”, as it most certainly should be set up “tournament tough” for the event.
But I do suggest to Kevin that he make ALL of the hole locations on both days “challenging but eminently fair”. My definition of this: from ANY location on a green, I should be able to make a GREAT lag and have the ball stay on the putting surface.
If I hit a poor putt from an above-the-hole location and the ball rolls off the green, I get what I deserve. But if I hit a putt with perfect speed and my ball trickles past the edge of the hole going slow enough that I can read the writing on the ball, that putt shouldn’t roll off the green.
No player wants to hit the green in regulation then make a score of 8 or 10 or 12 — or 31 as was the case for one player last year. And players don’t want to face a 4-5 group backup when they reach the Chippewa Triangle; that doesn’t help make the tournament fun either.
I suggest that other tournament players make their feelings known to Kevin on this setup issue, too, so that mine isn’t the lone voice on this. Log in and post a comment below; I’m sure Kevin will read what you have to say.
Then I ask that Kevin state publicly his intent to keep ALL of the hole locations completely fair for both days of the Chippewa Championship for 2010 and going forward.
Reason? I believe a larger group of players will sign up for the tournament if the hole locations are all “challenging but eminently fair”. Personally, I know a number of players who have chosen to stay away from this event because of the setup, and that’s too bad. Because it’s always “the more, the merrier” and this is a truly fun event.
So what say you, Kevin?