Author: Elizabeth Bethel

Gold Canyon Golf Resort’s Sidewinder Course

sidewinderIf you’re looking for a pleasant round of golf in the Phoenix area on a track that’s well-manicured and boasts a very welcoming staff you don’t want to miss Gold Canyon Resort’s Sidewinder course.

The generous fairways on this 18-hole par 72 took my son, Wes, me on a delightful tour of the desert, treated us to some roadrunners, some quail, and several bunnies (not jackrabbits).  But be warned: if you venture beyond the short grass you’ll find trouble.  The rough is very manageable, but beyond the rough the waste areas are peppered with native flora and rocky outcrops and can present some big challenges to getting back in the short grass. Continue reading “Gold Canyon Golf Resort’s Sidewinder Course”

Andy Miller: Home Field Advantage at the Open?

Andy Miller, circa 2003. Photo Credit: Derer.
Andy Miller, circa 2003. Photo Credit: Derer.

What ever happened to Andy Miller, the promising son of Hall of Famer and NBC golf analyst Johnny Miller?   The 36-year old Miller, who qualified for the PGA Tour in 2003, who made 13 cuts out of 23 starts in his rookie year, put golf aside when he responded to a religious call and embarked on a two-year Mormon mission to Mexico. Continue reading “Andy Miller: Home Field Advantage at the Open?”

Jarrod Lyle: A Dream Come True

Jarrod Lyle. Photo Credit:

Jarrod Lyle is my hero.  He has a fantastic comeback story!

The 33-year old Aussie hasn’t played on the PGA since the 2012 Mayakoba Golf Classic– he’s been busy battling leukemia, and he’s winning that fight, so it’s time to get back in the competitive game.

Lyle, a 2-time winner, had hoped for a sponsor’s exemption to the new wrap-around season-opener at Napa Valley’s Silverado Resort and Spa, but it didn’t come.

Lyle doesn’t give up.  He entered the Monday qualifier, shot a 68, then fought his way through an 8-man playoff, tweeted his superb 2nd playoff hole birdie, and got ready to tee it up for the first round!

The story just gets better.  Carding a 1st round 72 and a 2nd round 70, Lyle made the cut.  It wasn’t flawless golf.  Lyle struggled and fought.  But he’s spent the past two years perfecting his fighting and survival mental game, and after a rough 2nd round start he came back strong with a couple of birdies and a heart-stopping eagle.  A 3rd round 1-under par 71 puts him at T41 going into Sunday.

Lyle, who’s already lined up for next week at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, and he’s going into the new season buttressed by the mental advantage of an extraordinary perspective:

I keep looking back to where I was two and a half years ago, I keep looking back to where I was two years ago . . .  To be able to sit here and say that I’m playing golf again on the weekend of a PGA Tour (event), I’m going to make a check, I’m going to do all these things that I never thought was going to happen. It’s a dream come true. . .