Murray “Moe” Norman – Kitchener, ON, Canada
||Qualification(s): 17 Holes in One, 40+ Tournament Wins
No Hall of Fame for Single Plane Golfers would be complete without our beloved Moe Norman, the original “Single Plane” golfer.
Pepe Sigal – Los Angeles, CA
||Qualification(s): 2 Holes in One, Tournament Win
Since adopting the Single Plane Swing to aid with lower back issues, Pepe has 2 Holes in one. Pepe also won the Tournament of Champions Pro-Am with partner Tom Watson in Hualalai, HI.
Clay Farnsworth – Orlando, FL
||Qualification: Hole in One (Apr. 25, 2013 – Eagle Creek Golf Club, Orlando, FL)
Clay, a Class A PGA professional and GGA Master Instructor, carded his very first ace on the 212 yard Par 3 5th Hole at GGA’s Orlando Home, Eagle Creek Golf Club. Using a 2 hybrid, Clay couldn’t see the ball leaning in the cup until he approached the green. The Ace was witnessed by Tim Graves, PGA and GGA Master Instructor Dave Predzin, PGA.
Scott Hancock – Calabasas, CA
||Qualification: Hole in One on December 28, 2012 at Malibu Hills Golf Club.
“Dec 28, 2012 – My club where I am a member , Malibu Hills Golf Club – #12 – par 3 – 167 yds, wind in our face , playing about 175 up hill or so………I take my 5 hybrid iron……….hit the green one bounce hits flag stick and drops in the hole for my first hole in one. I have been a NG/GGA student of the single plane game now for 10 years since I began the game. I am now 55. I play to a 9.6 index – 11-12 hdcp. As a Single planer – I have posted a 73 (33/40) at my club , 78 (38/40) most recently. I hit a straight ball, using the Single Plane Swing.”
James Mullins – Bristow, VA
||Qualifications:Hole in One (Oct. 28, 2011), Double Eagle (Oct. 6, 2012), Personal Best score (Dec. 18, 2011)
I started playing Golf 5 1/2 years ago at age 52 . I got so frustrated of shooting 125 + plus ever round for 6 months , I decided to do something about it. So I started taking lesson from Dave Predzin 5 years ago . He has taking me from shooting 125 + to a single digit handicap in 5 years ,using the Single Plane swing. I know I’m a slow learner! Dave has given his all in every lesson I have had with him, I highly recommend Dave to anybody.
Pat Sweeney – Novato, CA
||Qualifications: Hole in One (Mar. 14, 2013), Personal Best score (May 13, 2013)
On March 14, 2013 I got my first hole in one at Indian Canyons in Palm Springs, CA,
On May 13, 2010 I shot my best ever score, par 72, at Rooster Run in Petaluma, CA, witnessed by my buddies Bob Hill, Mike Destiny, and Rob Clot.
Ron Hicinbothem – Shokan, NY
||Qualification: Hole in One (May 31, 2001 – Wiltwyck Golf Club, Kingston, NY)|
Dr. Ron Cruickshank – Toronto, Ontario, Canada
|Qualification(s): 5 Holes in One, Tournament Win, Personal Best Score
Ron, a GGA certified instructor and director of GGA Canada, has recorded 5 holes in one, a Club Championship, and a personal best score of 65 using the Moe Norman Single Plane Swing.
Gary Ziegler – Cortland, IL
||Qualification: Hole in One on June 5, 2013 at Indian Oaks Country Club in Shabbona, IL.
“5 day camp in Orlando (Feb 7-12), refresher in Chicago same year. Have been playing golf for 50 yrs and never had a hole-in-one ’till now!
Would have been done playing due to back surgery and you guys kept me able to play. This is your accolade as well as mine.”
Chris Anderson – Macomb, MI
|Qualifications:Hole in One (June 14, 2011), 50% reduction in Handicap (12 to 6), Personal Best score (69 on October 5, 2013), Tournament Win (2011 Burning Tree Member Guest)
The GGA family has taken me under their wing as if I was one of their own. They have had such a large impact on not only my golf game but my entire life as well.
Martie Whitehead – Lakewood, CO
|Qualifications: Hole in One (September 6, 2013), Personal Best round (June 21, 2012)
On September 6th 2012 I was playing the 16th hole a par 3 148 yard hole and I used a 4 hybrid and didn’t see it go into the hole. I was using a yellow ball and when we got to the green there was a yellow ball on the right side of the hole. I just assumed that was mine, so I went over there but it wasn’t mine. So I was looking all over, off the green etc. until some people in the condo’s were screaming and going crazy. I asked my playing partner what they were saying and she told me they said to look in the hole. So I went to look after telling her I doubt it and there is was. This was at Colorado National Golf Club in Erie Colorado.
Also June 21st 2012 I played Fossil Trace Golf course in Golden Colorado and shot a 84 which is my best score ever. course rating and slope are 71.4/133 which is the white tees.
George Kirn – Titusville, FL
||Qualification: Hole in One (April 9, 2009), Personal Best Round of 79 (August 10, 2008), Tournament Win (September 8, 2012), Shoot Your Age (July 31, 2013)
I attended the three-day school in 2001 at Eagle Creek in Orlando, Florida. I had only played golf for one year before attending the school and my scores were in the 120’s.
After the three day session with Todd and Tim my scores dropped down into the 90’s. I proceeded to purchase all the training aids and videos, then practiced, practiced and practiced. Now at 82 I’m playing in the mid 80’s.
Thanks to Swing Like Moe I’m still playing and enjoying golf as a super senior.
Mike Wilson – London, Ontario, Canada
|Qualification: 50% reduction in handicap (22 to 11), 3 Holes in One (Sept. 26, 2007, Sept. 26, 2012, September 18, 2013), Tournament Wins (River Road Club Champion)
Our first school was in Orlando Florida Feb 2003, when I was 50 years old. (That makes me 60 now! LOL)I was a 22 handicapper with a wicked slice and a bad back, always shooting in the high 90’s, low 100s. Within the first few years I was down to a 11 handicap, and in 2006, I won my flight, “C” 11 to 15 handicap. On September 26, 2007, I shot my first hole in one, from the back tees, 206yds #6 at my home club with my 5 wood. On September 26, 2012, I shot my second hole in one, oddly on the same hole, exactly 5 years later with my 8 iron, playing 140yds. They were doing maintenance on the back tees and had all the blocks in the forward position. On September 18, 2013, I shot my 3rd hole in one on the 4th hole at River Road, 153 yd with my 8 iron. I again won my club championship in my flight in 2013, after placing second a few times since the first. I shot a 73 at my home course River Road, slope of 126, when it was a par 72 in May 2006. River Road is now a par 71, slope 121, and I shot a par 71, Sept 1, 2013(1 under on front, , 1 over on back nines)
Thanks to Moe Norman, my Hero and of course the Graves Golf and Moe Norman Golf organizations. I can now golf without pain, even walking 36 holes in a single day.
Brenda Wilson – London, Ontario, Canada
|Qualification: Hole in One (August 18, 2012 – Maple Ridge hole # 8, 121yds with a 7 wood)|
Thom Cope – Tuscon, AZ
|Qualification: 2 Holes in One, 50+% handicap reduction, Personal Best Score (77)
I have been using the single plane swing for several years now. I started when it was Natural Golf and even went to a school in Denver hosted by them. In 2011, I had 2 holes in one and back in the late nineties I had my first one using the single plane. I have reduced my handicap from shooting in the 90’s to a USGA handicap of 10.2. It has been under 9 but now I only can play once a week. My personal best of 77 was achieved using the single plane swing.
Buz Bisbano – Punta Gorda, FL
|Qualification: Hole in One
On March 21, 1999, Buz aced the Par 3 9th hole at Shadow Pines!
Gary Simmons – Tifton, GA
|Qualification: Hole in One, Handicap Reduction, Personal Best Score
I attended the Orlando Clinic in February of 2008 and had already been introduced to Single Plane Golf by the Natural Golf people. Needless to say, I needed some help. I was probably a 15 handicapper when I attended. I ordered some clubs at the clinic and when I got back home I started working on my game. Later that year I shot my first 72 of my life which was a thrill. My scores continued to tumble and my handicap lowered to a 3 by the spring of 2009 with my lowest lifetime score of 72. During the spring of 2009, I had an incredible weekend. One Friday afternoon, I had 4 birdies and 1 eagle and shot 69 which my lowest score ever and something I never dreamed I would do. Needless to say I won all the money and was fired up for the next round. We played on the following Sunday and all of buddies gained up on me because they said I was in for a fall. I really surprised them that day and had 6 birdies to shoot another 69. Back to back 69’s was an incredible dream come true for me.
In October 2009 I was playing in a Chamber of Commerce tournament and had my first hole-in-one on #14, a 165 yard par 3.
Howard Hough – North Vancouver, BC, Canada
|Qualifications:Hole in One (Aug. 26, 2005), Tournament Wins
My Hole in One came in 2005 when I first started the single plane technique with Natural Golf. The Vancouver Golf Tour was created by a local pro here in Vancouver, BC. It has a Pro flight for young pros to develop their competitive skills and earn a little cash as well. It also has A & B amateur flights as well. I won the Sandpiper Classic B flight this year. I also won 3 times on the Golf Town National Amateur series of tournaments and received medals for each win which you can see in the pictures. One medal was for a win at Okanagan Golf Club(Nicklaus Design) in Kelowna, BC, one was for a win at Ledgeview Golf Club in Abbotsford, BC and the last win came at the Western Major-SilverTip Golf Club in Canmore, AB(came from 13 shots back in the last round to win).
Steve Bedell – Brecksville, OH
|Qualifications: 2 Holes in One
Last month I went for a weekend golf trip to Western New York; playing Chautauqua Country Club. On a par three, approximately 175 yards long I shanked (ouch!!) a 6 iron which hit a tree and ricocheted about thirty yards behind the tee and obviously to the right. Since I was now blocked from the green I tried to cut a 4 hybrid but hit it dead straight into trees. Disgusted I re-teed (improper drop, I know) and this time I holed a 6 iron—-we called it a hole in 5 since I can only take a double bogey for handicap purposes.
By the way, I have had two holes in one since using the single plane swing…one before Todd and Tim made the split from Natural Golf and the other four years ago in the USGA Senior Am qualifier.