News From Terre Haute, Indiana

July 5, 2012

RUB OF THE GREEN: Marrs' pro career taking off

Bob Arnett
The Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — Gennifer Marrs was a standout performer for the Terre Haute North girls golf team during her high school days. She received the Patriots’ Gold Medal Award on three separate occasions for her prowess on fairways and greens throughout Indiana.

Gennifer is the daughter of Rob and Suzy Anderson. Grandparents Carrie and Budd Werneke have provided additional support in regard to the many facets of the game of golf.

Carrie Werneke, with a plethora of wins in ladies golf competition, credits her husband, Budd, with not only developing her golf game, but also teaching Gennifer the rudiments of the sport.

After being graduated from North Vigo, Gennifer entered Indiana University. She earned a spot on the IU team as a “walk on.” Her resume included a runner-up finish in the Terre Haute Women’s City Tourney; a hole-in-one on the third hole at Idle Creek in Terre Haute and a 75 as a low score at The Pointe near Bloomington. Gennifer completed her studies at Indiana University and graduated with honors.

All indications point to the fact that Gennifer Marrs is on the “fast track” as she pursues a career in golf. With support from her family, and the preparations she has made, it would seem that she will succeed with flying colors in her chosen area of the golf spectrum. Her many talents on and off the golf course demonstrate that she would be a valuable addition to any golf program.

Just a short time ago, Gennifer earned her LPGA card. Currently, she has completed requirements for her Club Pro and Teacher’s Card. She passed the players’ proficiency test by shooting 78 when the target score was 84. She also passed the club professional’s written test as she works toward a position with the First Tee program. She is now located in the Washington, D. C. area and is assisting the ladies golf coach at Georgetown University.

Things a golf writer would never know unless he listened to someone as knowledgeable as Mike McCormick, Terre Haute’s leading and most astute historian.

McCormick let us know there are definite links concerning Wiley High School, Bud Havill, Greg Havill, Hulman Links and the Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference.

Leon “Bud” Havill played basketball for the Wiley Red Streaks as a member of the class of 1944. Bud was one of the better senior golfers in Indiana before spinal cancer ended his life in 2011. Bud Havill was an uncle of Mike McCormick’s wife, BeckyHis son, Greg Havill, was born in Terre Haute in 1962 and played high school golf at Columbus High School and college golf at Ball State. He played on the Indiana Amateur circuit before becoming Head Pro at The Woodstock Club in 1988.

Greg Havill has received numerous awards since assuming the head professional’s position at The Woodstock Golf Club.

He was named Indiana Golf Professional of the year in 2005, Teacher of the Year 2001, and Indiana Section Player of the Year in 1992. In addition, Greg has participated in the National Club Professional Championship seven times.

Greg and his wife Lauri have two children — a daughter, Taylor, who is a freshman at IUPUI, and a son, Andrew, who was the medalist in the Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference 2011 tournament at Hulman Links as a sophomore and finished second in 2012 as a junior. Andrew represented Carmel High School.

• Tips of the week — Line up your putt as you always do and then close your eyes before you stroke your putt. If tension is your enemy, this could help.

• Use a “double” overlapping grip when you putt. For right-handed players, overlap the ring and little finger when making a stroke. This is especially good if you tend to pull putts.

Putt with your dominant hand and arm ONLY. Put the other arm behind your back.

• Look at the hole when you putt. You don’t watch the basketball when you shoot it.

• Some of the better putters “cut the ball” slightly when they putt. We will get into this method next time. Keep your head down and your shoestrings tied. We’ll be back.

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