Karzmer: Great year ahead for Valley golf

Welcome back Valley golfers!

“Hello friends. And welcome to the final round of The Masters.”

I’m sorry. I just couldn’t resist using the famous Jim Nantz line we’ll hear this afternoon as my official welcome back line!

In all seriousness, I am so happy and honored to once again have the opportunity to say “Welcome back Valley golfers” for the 2014 golf season. For those of you who have read my column in the past, you know what to expect. For any newcomers, welcome.

Our plan is pretty simple: each week I’ll share a thought or two about a different golf topic. Hopefully it’s something relevant. It’s always nice when it’s local. And I’ll usually try to personalize it in some way.

And 2014 should be a great year for golf topics in the Valley.

We’re already excited about Greatest 5.0! This year promises to be bigger and better than ever with events like the Greatest Golfer Championship, the Miller 64 Scramble hosted by Jason Kokrak, the Greatest Junior Golfer series and some new yet to be announced programs that I know will continue to add to the overall excitement and success of “The Greatest.”

From local legends to up-and-coming juniors to successful YSU players, I’ll continue my attempt to shine the spotlight on some of the Valley’s best golfers and the wonderful stories they have to share.

I’ll try to throw in a few ideas of my own that I believe can have a positive impact on our local golf community.

Hopefully I’ll raise some questions surrounding a few local golf issues that I have become aware of over the last year or so.

I’ll touch on local stories that pop up throughout the season. I’ve already heard some very exciting news about the greatest male golfer (Jack Nicklaus) and the greatest female golfer (Annika Sorenstam) in the history of the world coming to The Lake Club, together, for a very special fundraiser in April! Stay tuned for more on that.

And I’ll share my insight on relevant national/PGA/LPGA topics as they arise.

As I said in my very first column several years ago: “If I do all right, you’ll say, ‘OK, what’s next?’ If I do well, you’ll know where you can find an interesting perspective on a local golf topic. Either way, I thank you in advance for reading and for being a fan of golf in the Valley.”

And while I promised my wife I wouldn’t mention her every week, I have to conclude with a personal note. Last October my wife and I welcomed our first child, a baby girl into our family. And even though Mother Nature’s winter fury made golfing impossible, I have to say that these last five months have been more amazing than I ever thought possible.

So again, welcome back and here’s to a happy and healthy 2014 season together!

Jonah Karzmer is a former golf professional who writes a Sunday golf column for The Vindicator. In his spare time he sells commercial insurance for Huntington Insurance and loves getting feedback on his weekly columns via email at jonah.karzmer@huntington.com

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