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Head Golf Professional
StoneLinks Golf Course

Director of Instruction
Stonelinks Golf Academy

ESPN Golf Schools

ESPN Golf Schools - Instructors

Inverness Country Club

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ESPN Golf Schools - Instructors - Tommy Rutherford

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Tommy Rutherford

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Tommy Rutherford
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Tommy, with over 28 years teaching experience, joined the ESPN golf schools in 2007. Prior to turning professional in 1980, Tommy taught junior golf in North Dakota and was fortunate enough to take lessons from the late Sam Snead at the Greenbrier Resort in West Virginia.
Tommy began his teaching career as an assistant golf professional at Inverness Country Club in Birmingham, Alabama. He conducted junior golf programs, clinics and competed in the 1981 Birmingham Open.
A native Arkansan, Tommy moved to Little Rock, Arkansas in 1982 and has been teaching golf in Arkansas for the past 26 years. He has helped many junior golfers and aspiring professionals.
Currently, Tommy is the Head Golf Professional at the Stonelinks Golf Club and Director of Instruction at the Stonelinks Golf Academy in North Little Rock, Arkansas. He oversees day to day golf operations, private lessons, junior and women's programs, and teaching golf for corporate outings.


Tommy ...

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Tommy Rutherford

Tommy Rutherford
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Tommy, with over 28 years teaching experience, joined the ESPN golf schools in 2007. Prior to turning professional in 1980, Tommy taught junior golf in North Dakota and was fortunate enough to take lessons from the late Sam Snead at the Greenbrier Resort in West Virginia.
Tommy began his teaching career as an assistant golf professional at Inverness Country Club in Birmingham, Alabama. He conducted junior golf programs, clinics and competed in the 1981 Birmingham Open.
A native Arkansan, Tommy moved to Little Rock, Arkansas in 1982 and has been teaching golf in Arkansas for the past 26 years. He has helped many junior golfers and aspiring professionals.
Currently, Tommy is the Head Golf Professional at the Stonelinks Golf Club and Director of Instruction at the Stonelinks Golf Academy in North Little Rock, Arkansas. He oversees day to day golf operations, private lessons, junior and women's programs, and teaching golf for corporate outings.


NWAnews.com :: Northwest Arkansas' News Source

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"Wind is the biggest challenge that the golf course presents," said Tommy Rutherford, head professional at Stonelinks Golf Course, a links-style course in North Little Rock."You have to know which way the wind is blowing, because it's going to have an effect on every shot you hit."

To compensate for the swirling winds, a player has to try to keep his ball low and out of harm's way.Rutherford said there won't be many of the high, drawing shots that fans are used to seeing while watching tournaments in the United States.
Wind is not the only problem created by a lack of trees.Rutherford said links courses can be harder to navigate because trees aren't there to help determine the direction of play, leaving a number of options from the tee."You need to know where your trouble is," Rutherford said."It is important to know the layout of a course, because a lot of the hazards are hidden."
The hidden hazards and deep bunkers make it that much more important for players to keep the ball in the fairways and on the greens at a links course.Rutherford said this requires a new kind of shot.
"You've got to learn how to hit your irons low, and sometimes even roll the ball up on the green," Rutherford said.
If the wind isn't doing its part, though, the course could work in the players' favor.
"Links courses don't have anything else to keep them from being fairly easy," Rutherford said.
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Players will have the opportunity to hit the ball out of bounds on 10 holes, which Rutherford said is rare for a links course.
"It takes away one of the advantages," he said."They're going to have to hit those narrow fairways, which are going to be hard and fast."
Rutherford's tips for playing a links course lined up with Weir's strategy for the British Open, which he outlined toward the end of his column:
"My approach will be to hit a lot of different clubs off the tee and try to shape the ball accordingly to keep it in the fairway," he wrote.


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