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With 64, Klemp barely misses Cedar Links record

Column by RANDY HAMMERICKSEN

Jay Klemp of Medford shot a 6-under-par 64 at Cedar links last Wednesday.He was playing with Bill Bednar and Steve Cox.

That score came within one stroke of the official course record of 63,which is shared by professional Norm Homeier and amateur Mark DeBoer.

Klemp shot his 64 without making a birdie on any of Cedar's invitingpar-5 holes. Klemp has two rounds of 64 to his credit.

I'm going to get that record, says Klemp. I've comeclose twice. Mark (DeBoer) says I won't, but I will.

I had all kinds of chances to shoot 60 this time. I needed a littlebetter course management.

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Tom Kohler has been waiting for his chance to run a major golf operationhis way for 14 years.

For the 37-year-old Kohler, the time is now.

Kohler was named head professional and director at Mount Shasta GolfCourse in June. He is already on the job at this gorgeous course, whichis nestled in the shadows of several mountain peaks of the Siskiyous range,near Mount Shasta City, Calif.

For me, it's a dream job, says Kohler. I've never heardanything bad about this place. Now that I'm here, I understand why.''

Kohler, who was the head pro at Quail Point Golf Course from 1994-96,says his new job is ideal.

Having the head pro in charge of the total golf operation is somewhatrare these days, says Kohler. I have my opportunity to use myexperience and training that I have gained over the years.

That's one of the reasons it's a dream job. I have total controlover the whole golf operation without having somebody breathing down myneck.

Kohler plans on hanging around Mount Shasta Golf Resort for a while.

I like everything about this place, he says. From thecourse to the people to the management.

You combine the views from the course, and the scenery, and it'san amazing place.

As pretty as the course is, it can turn ugly in a hurry if you don'thit the shots necessary to play it properly. The course, which opened in1992, plays to 6,565 yards from its back tees. The premium is on drivingaccuracy.

There are really only three holes here where you need to hit driver,says Kohler. On the rest, you can break out a 5-iron or a longer iron.This course can turn a simple par into a triple-bogey at any time. A lotof it has to do with using smart club selection.

Kohler, who was an assistant pro at Cedar Links Golf Course, Rogue ValleyCountry Club and Oak Knoll Golf Course in Ashland, will return to the RogueValley on Sept. 12 to marry Chris George, who is a Rogue Valley CountryClub member.

Now, I'm finally going to be a member of Rogue Valley, saysKohler. That will be nice. We are going to get back here (Medford)to play golf and visit quite a bit. The good thing is we will be livingin a beautiful place that isn't that far from Medford.

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The LPGA Girls Golf Club of Medford netted nearly $1,000 from the clinicput on last Monday by LPGA tour player Amy Benz of Atlanta, Ga.

More than 85 girls and women participated. Benz obviously believes inthe LPGA Girls Golf Club. She paid all her own expenses to fly from Atlantato Medford and do the clinic at no charge.

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Hole of the Week: The 366-yard sixth hole at Quail Point Golf Coursecan be the darnedest hole if you don't play it right. But play it correctly,and it can seem simple.

At first glance, this hole looks playable enough.

It's not long, although the modest dogleg to the left seems to stretchit out slightly. But there is trouble lurking all over.

The best driving plan is to cut a long iron or fairway wood toward theleft side of the fairway and let it tail back to the middle. A well-strucklong iron or fairway wood will leave about 130 yards to the green.

That green is elevated and guarded by a large bunker to the lower right.The fairway and green slope from the hill to the left.

The best play for a second shot is to hit a short iron to the left sideof the green. But don't hit it too far left, or you'll get snagged in longgrass. That leaves a treacherous downhill chip to the pin.

The green also slopes downhill from the top. It's the fastest green onthe course, according to head pro Mike Byrd.

Off of the tee, there's out-of-bounds stakes 30 feet up the hill to theleft. The long grass that used to keep balls from rolling past the stakeshas been cut, making a hot roller more likely to go OB.