Junior programs at Eagle Glen run for four (4) consecutive weeks, beginning the first Saturday of each month. The Saturday sessions will consist of one (1) hour of instruction from Mel Blasberg, Director of Instruction, and John Betham, Assistant Golf Professional. The Junior program is designed to assist your golfers in developing and honing their golf skills, as well as creating an environment in which they can learn and be challenged. The four week program runs $75 per junior, and ages range from 7 to 17 years of age. Call the Golf Shop today at (951) 272-GOLF to get your junior golfer in the swing of things at the Eagle Glen Junior Golf Program!
For more information, please contact John Betham at (951) 272-GOLF.
Mel Blasberg - Director of Instruction: Lifetime golfer for 42 years. Many Amateur accomplishments, including: High School and College experiences. Began Professional teaching career, in 1990. Owned and operated Golf practice and teaching center, in Corona, Ca. Mentored under Derek Hardy ( Top 50 Teachers-Golf Digest). Father and coach of Erica Blasberg (Polo All American; 1999-2002 and NCAA top ranked Woman). Coach of Corona High School golf team, undefeated league champions 2001-2002. Coach for many excellent Junior golfers with AJGA and college aspirations. Guest golf analyst for Fox Sports radio-Jim Daniels show.
Tom Borba - Head Golf Professional: Tom Borba is a PGA Apprentice who joined Eagle Glen in April of 2002. With over nineteen years of competition and instruction, Tom has studied under some of the best players and teachers of the game including PGA Professional Jodie Mudd and Golf Digest Top 100 Instructor Carl Lohren.
Tom has had the opportunity to assist in the instruction of San Diego State golf classes at Singing Hills GC and Resort. While at Ventana Canyon in Tucson, AZ, he was actively involved in junior clinics, 1-day to 3-day golf schools, and a variety of individual and group clinics for both members and guests of the facility.
Tom is a certified clubfitter of Callaway, PING, and Titliest.
John Betham - Assistant Golf Professional: John Betham is a registered apprentice in the P.G.A. of America. John passed his Players Ability Test in October of 2002, and turned professional immediately following. As an amateur, John competed locally at Corona High School and Riverside Community College, where he was part of the Orange Empire Championship Team.
Mark A. Williams, PGA Class A - Assistant Golf Professional: Mark A. Williams is a member of the P.G.A. and joined the Eagle Glen teamin April of 2004. Upon completion of his career with the United States Air Force, Mark entered the San Diego Academy of Golf and completed his degree in Golf Operations Management with a minor in Advanced Methods of Teaching. Mark's teaching philosophy centers around the fact that golf can be enjoyed by everyone. Improvement comes from dedication to practice and a realistic understanding of ones capabilities. Knowing, teaching, and coaching the student to reach their own level of success is the key to making the experience rewarding and relaxing to both of us.
Mark is a certified club fitter for Titleist and Ping Golf Clubs.
Group Beginner Lessons and Junior Clinics
- Call the Eagle Glen Golf Club at (951) 272-GOLF and ask them when the next group/junior series starts. We will be beginning new classes each month.
The Troon Golf Institute at Eagle Glen Monthly Lesson Tip
Everyone Can Putt Better at Eagle Glen.
All golfers want to Putt better! Who doesn't know that?
Certainly, new putters, more practice and lesson's will help to make you a better putter. However, Eagle Glen has some special suggestions that will help you make more Putts.
Eagle Glen has been magnificently created to fit into a combination of a hilly and valley terrain. We have elevation al changes that exceed over 400 feet. Where our course designer Roger Baird has brilliantly minimized the changes from Tee to Fairway to Green, our Greens tend to mirror how nature intended the land. To interpret how the ball will roll on the Green is easier to understand, if you see how the Green fits into the topography. Look at the big picture, that is, if the green was not there, would it be on a down slope, up-slope, valley, plateau or peak. If you look at how the Green fits into the lay of the land and you're not sure, think of how a flow of water would act moving through the area, including on the green. Chances are real good that the ball will tend to roll as the water would flow. A good example would be Hole# 7
Eagle Glen's Greens are comprised of Bent grass. Bent grass is the best surface to putt on, since it has little grain and can tolerate very low cutting heights, which can produce very fast speeds. This allows the player to stroke the ball (as we see on the PGA Tour) rather than hitting it, as often happens in many public courses. However, like any other plant it grows, as much as a ¼ inch a day. Knowing where West is, will help your putting. Here's how! When putting toward the west, especially as the day goes on, the ball will lose speed more quickly. Simply adjust your thinking to add a little more power going West and little less going East, your distance control will certainly improve and that should help you make a few more Birdies and less 3 Jabs. Hole# 1 is a perfect example.
My last "secret" is about getting closer to the hole on your approach or chip shots. Who doesn't try? Just remember, Eagle Glen believes the truest surface to putt on, is firm. This allows the ball to roll without a lot of bouncing or deflection. Where this is wonderful for putting, it tends to make the ball bounce harder when hit to the Green. Simply allow for this dynamic, by playing more roll on your shot's or chips to the Green. Make this simple adjustment and you'll find the ball will roll a lot closer to the hole. Hole# 5 illustrates this technique as well as any hole on the course.
If you need some help with your stroke or any other part of your Golf game please call me or out teaching staff at our Troon Institute, at Eagle Glen.
This article has been submitted by Mel Blasberg, the Director of Instruction at Eagle Glen Golf Club. To reach Mr. Blasberg, or to schedule a lesson, please call (951) 272-GOLF