Blue 5K Countdown…

 


As we enter the last week of training leading up to Saturday’s Blue 5K Run, please remember this one thing…STICK WITH THE PLAN.  If you are behind in your training, now is not the time to make up for it.  Jacking up your mileage or running time can lead to injuries.  Instead, just be satisfied with where you are in your training and go out and enjoy the run…even if that means stopping to walk.  Chances are you will not be alone.  The Blue 5K supports all skill levels…whether you are running for a personal best, pushing your baby stroller, or walking with your co-workers.  This race is for everyone and for a great cause – the YMCA’s Learning Mentoring Program!

Be sure to stop by the registration table (at PCC Tennis Building) on Friday from 4-7pm to pick up your race packet…or come early Saturday (we’ll be ready at 6:30am).

Race starts at 8am – have a great run!

Mike 

Mike Barker, Director of Fitness, Prestonwood Country Club – Prior to arriving at Prestonwood in 1997, Mike was the Exercise Physiologist at Southwind Physical Therapy in Durham, NC where he designed conditioning programs for patients with orthopedic concerns and helped create a community wellness program.  While earning a Master’s degree in Exercise Science at Appalachian State University, Mike also served as the Assistant Strength Coach for men’s basketball, wrestling, and baseball teams.  In addition to managing the Prestonwood Fitness facility, Mike conducts personal training sessions and leads small group clinics related to golf conditioning, core training, and youth speed and agility development.  Mike lives in Fuquay-Varina with his wife Sherry and their two children Madison and Jackson.

 

 

 

Final Field Set for SAS Championship

Local pro Neal Lancaster to make Champions Tour debut

CARY, N.C. (SEPTMEBER 28, 2012) – As another historic finish is setting up for this week’s Ryder Cup, SAS Championship tournament officials are pleased to announced the final field for next weekend’s Champions Tour event at Prestonwood Country Club. Former U.S. Captains Corey Pavin, Hal Sutton and Curtis Strange join 2004 European team captain Bernhard Langer in the chase for the SAS Championship title.

“On the heels of what is sure to be another epic Ryder Cup, we’re very happy to announce our final field which includes 24 players who have represented the U.S. and European teams,” Tournament Director Jeff Kleiber said. “Having this level of talent in the Triangle will be a great experience for any sports fan with the great hospitality at the Eagles’ Nest on 17 green and the free admission to all spectators to the Michelob Ultra 19th Hole.”

Other competitors include six of the top-10 in the Charles Schwab Cup standings with Langer, Roger Chapman and Michael Allen all chasing valuable Cup points available next week in the SAS Championship as one of the final three events leading up to the Charles Schwab Cup Championship.

Additional field highlights include recent World Golf Hall of Fame inductee Sandy Lyle and Tour favorites Hale Irwin, Craig Stadler and Fuzzy Zoeller.

Five sponsor exemptions have also been announced including Smithfield native Neal Lancaster, who won the 1994 Byron Nelson Classic. Lancaster played for fifteen years on the PGA TOUR, averaging 30 events a year, and following his 50th birthday on September 13 he will make his Champions Tour debut at Prestonwood.

Other exemptions include former Raleigh resident Bobby Clampett , Davis Love’s Ryder Cup Assistant Captain Mike Hulbert, John Harris, and 1995 U.S. Open champion Steve Jones. Jones has captured four top-25 finishes on the Champions Tour this year.

Tom Pernice Jr., Nick Price and Tom Kite, all previously committed to the event, have unfortunately had to withdraw. Pernice and Price had been battling injuries of late and Kite withdrew due to family concerns. 

Tickets are currently on sale for the 2012 SAS Championship presented by Bloomberg Business, including the Eagles’ Nest. Situated on the pivotal par-5 17th hole, where past champions have often clinched victory, these day-specific tickets are $89, and each ticket includes catered lunch, open bar and snacks. Other ticket options include the SAS Championship Golf & Leisure Book weekly grounds passes and daily tickets. All ticket options can be purchased now online at saschampionship.com or by calling (919) 531-4653.

 

2012 SAS Championship Field

Michael Allen

Chien Soon Lu

Tommy Armour III

Sandy Lyle

Andy Bean

Dick Mast

Chip Beck

Andrew McGee

Jay Don Blake

Mike McCullough

Mark Brooks

Mark McNulty

Olin Browne

Larry Mize

Mark Calcavecchia

Gil Morgan

Roger Chapman

Larry Nelson

Bobby Clampett

Mark O’Meara

Russ Cochran

Steve Pate

John Cook

Corey Pavin

Joe Daley

Kenny Perry

Allen Doyle

Tom Purtzer

David Eger

Dana Quigley

Brad Faxon

Mike Reid

Rick Fehr

Loren Roberts

Bruce Fleisher

Eduardo Romero

Dan Forsman

Gene Sauers

David Frost

Ted Schulz

Fred Funk

Peter Senior

Jim Gallagher, Jr.

Scott Simpson

Bob Gilder

Joey Sindelar

Bill Glasson

Jeff Sluman

Mike Goodes

Rod Spittle

Gary Hallberg

Craig Stadler

John Harris

Curtis Strange

Mike Hulbert

Hal Sutton

John Huston

Jim Thorpe

Hale Irwin

Kirk Triplett

John Jacobs

Bob Tway

Peter Jacobsen

Bobby Wadkins

Tom Jenkins

Duffy Waldorf

Steve Jones

D.A. Weibring

Neal Lancaster

Mark Wiebe

Bernhard Langer

Willie Wood

Wayne Levi

Fuzzy Zoeller

 

Michelob Ultra 19th Hole

 

Don’t want to miss out on your team’s game while at the SAS Championship? Head to the Michelob Ultra 19th Hole, where you can enjoy the best of the Champions Tour and watch all the ACC action, MLB playoffs and NFL games at the best seat in town! 

Support your team! Duke, North Carolina and North Carolina State each are at home, competing against ACC foes. Duke will take on Virgina, the Tar Heels will face the Hokies and NC State will match up against a ranked Florida State squad. At the Michelob Ultra 19th Hole, located near the 18th green, you can watch your favorite pros as the compete for the SAS Championship title and your favorite team as they go for a big conference victory. 

Even better – Admission to the Michelob Ultra 19th Hole is free and open all weekend, Friday through Sunday! 

Super Saturday's Games: 

  • Duke vs. Virgina – Time: TBD
  • North Carolina vs. Virgina Tech – Time: TBD
  • NC State vs. Florida State – Time: TBD
     

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blue 5K Hill Work

The Hills Are Alive

Most runners despise hill work.  But “hill training” – if done strategically, can actually strengthen your stride and improve your conditioning.  Here are a few tips for attacking the hill:

  • Lean forward slightly into the hill
  • Keep your arms moving
  • Use a shorter stride with quicker steps
  • Put emphasis on lifting your knees – not pushing off
  • Stay focused on ‘10 yards ahead’ instead of reaching the top

What goes up must come down – right?  Don’t under estimate the impact of downhill running…this is where a lot if injuries happen including patellar tendinitis and IT band syndrome.  So control your descent with a shorter stride, a balanced posture, and soft impact.

Finally, with hill training be sure to start on a gradual slope that you can handle and build up with hill repeats before progressing to longer, steeper hills.  Training should be structured and progressive to allow for the proper adaptations to any stress.  Too much – too soon often results in injury.

Best of training,

Mike 

Mike Barker, Director of Fitness, Prestonwood Country Club – Prior to arriving at Prestonwood in 1997, Mike was the Exercise Physiologist at Southwind Physical Therapy in Durham, NC where he designed conditioning programs for patients with orthopedic concerns and helped create a community wellness program.  While earning a Master’s degree in Exercise Science at Appalachian State University, Mike also served as the Assistant Strength Coach for men’s basketball, wrestling, and baseball teams.  In addition to managing the Prestonwood Fitness facility, Mike conducts personal training sessions and leads small group clinics related to golf conditioning, core training, and youth speed and agility development.  Mike lives in Fuquay-Varina with his wife Sherry and their two children Madison and Jackson.

Tournament Winners Commit to SAS Championship

 Fan favorites Pavin, Calcavecchia, and Funk highlight list

CARY, N.C. (SEPTMEBER 21, 2012) – As the opening round nears for the SAS Championship presented by Bloomberg Businessweek, more legends of the PGA TOUR are committing to the list of competitors. 2012 tournament winners make up the latest round of additions to the tournament field, highlighted by the former United States Ryder Cup captain Corey Pavin, Open Championship winner Mark Calcavecchia, and THE PLAYERS Championship winner Fred Funk and 10 other winners from 2012.  The SAS Championship returns to Prestonwood Country Club October 5-7.

“This year’s Tour winners make for great additions to the SAS Championship field,” Tournament Director Jeff Kleiber said. “Being towards the end of the season, a field like this will create great drama and suspense for our fans as the players compete for not only the tournament title, but valuable Charles Schwab Cup points. For spectators, the entire experience, from the Eagles Nest to the free Michelob Ultra 19th Hole and the Blue 5K, will make for a memorable community celebration.”

Winner of the 1995 U.S. Open when it was played at Shinnecock Hills, Pavin won 15-times during his PGA TOUR career.  He was a three-time member of the United States Ryder Cup Team and captained the team in 2010.  He won his first Champions Tour event at the Allianz Championship earlier this year.

A fixture on the PGA TOUR for 30 years, Calcavecchia was a 13-time winner on the PGA TOUR, including the 1989 British Open Championship, and has won twice since joining the Champions Tour.  He finished tied for ninth at this year’s Open Championship played at Royal Lytham & St. Anne’s.

Fan favorite Funk, an eight-time PGA TOUR champion before winning seven times on the Champions Tour, is back at full strength after missing much of the second half of 2011 due to injuries.  When he won the 2005 PLAYERS Championship, he became the event’s oldest champion.

Joining Pavin, Calcavecchia and Funk in the field are Roger Chapman who won both the Senior PGA Championship and U.S. Senior Open, Joe Daley who won the Senior Players Championship, Willie Wood and Michael Allen who have both won twice this year, plus Dan Forsman, Loren Roberts, Kirk Triplett and Jay Don Blake.  The final field will be set at 5 p.m. on Friday, September 30 and additional commitment announcements will be made over the next week.

Tickets are currently on sale for the 2012 SAS Championship presented by Bloomberg Business, including the Eagles’ Nest. Situated on the pivotal par-5 17th hole, where past champions have often clinched victory, these day-specific tickets are $89, and each ticket includes catered lunch, open bar and snacks. Other ticket options include the SAS Championship Golf & Leisure Book weekly grounds passes and daily tickets. All ticket options can be purchased now online at saschampionship.com or by calling (919) 531-4653.

Staying Injury Free for the Blue 5k

Are you sticking with your training program? 

Sometimes life gets in the way of our training.  Work demands, kid’s activities, or illness will happen – but it’s important that we find a way to not be defeated and stick with our plan.  It’s okay to miss a day or two to handle these “life obstacles” – and simply pick up from where you left off.  No big deal if you can’t complete the day’s objective, just do your best and get mentally focused for the next training day. 

Now if you miss a week or more, you will need to make adjustments in your training routine and allow for gradual adaptations…as the program was intended.  Too much too soon will lead to injuries such as knee pain and shin splints.  DO NOT rush the program or add too much mileage!

If you do experience injury or pain – you will need to go into “sports medicine mode” to treat the pain and avoid de-conditioning.  Pain = inflammation = not healing…so think rest and ice and avoid painful positions or movements.    To avoid de-conditioning, you can decrease the training intensity (walk vs run) or use cross training (bike, elliptical, swim) to change up the stress. Most importantly, listen to your body.  Lingering pain may require assessing by a sports medicine doc or therapist.

Best of training,

Mike

Mike Barker, Director of Fitness, Prestonwood Country Club – Prior to arriving at Prestonwood in 1997, Mike was the Exercise Physiologist at Southwind Physical Therapy in Durham, NC where he designed conditioning programs for patients with orthopedic concerns and helped create a community wellness program.  While earning a Master’s degree in Exercise Science at Appalachian State University, Mike also served as the Assistant Strength Coach for men’s basketball, wrestling, and baseball teams.  In addition to managing the Prestonwood Fitness facility, Mike conducts personal training sessions and leads small group clinics related to golf conditioning, core training, and youth speed and agility development.  Mike lives in Fuquay-Varina with his wife Sherry and their two children Madison and Jackson.

Seven Hall of Famers Commit to SAS Championship

 

Tournament field features Langer, Irwin and Price

CARY, N.C. (SEPTEMBER 13, 2012) – Seven World Golf Hall of Famers have committed to the SAS Championship presented by Bloomberg Businessweek and will be among the legends of the PGA TOUR, when the official Champions Tour event returns to Prestonwood Country Club Oct. 5-7. Past SAS Champion Hale Irwin will be joined by other Hall of Famers including Bernhard Langer, Tom Kite, Nick Price, Larry Nelson, Curtis Strange and Sandy Lyle.

“To have these impressive and well-known Hall of Famers in the field is exciting for the area and for the fans,” said Tournament Director Jeff Kleiber. “The SAS Championship has become a prestigious stop on the Champions Tour. It’s a testament to the area and to Prestonwood that these legends keep coming back and we have several options that will make watching this field even better with skybox seating and unlimited food and drink in the Eagles’ Nest and the Michelob Ultra 19th Hole which is free to all spectators.”

The seven Hall of Famers have accumulated 93 Champions Tour victories, 93 PGA TOUR wins and 16 PGA TOUR Major Championships. 2005 SAS Championship winner Hale Irwin accounts for almost half of the Champions Tour victories, with 45, and holds the all-time Champions Tour record for most victories. He won three PGA TOUR majors, all at the U.S. Open (1974, 1979, 1990) and seven Champions Tour majors.

Langer, a two-time Masters champion (1985, 1993), was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2001. He’ll have momentum of a strong 2012 season when he arrives at Prestonwood, with one win and 13 top-10 finishes. Langer has found success in Champions Tour Majors, winning the Senior Open Championship in 2010, followed by the US Senior Open a week later.

Tom Kite, Curtis Strange and Larry Nelson have each found success at the U.S. Open. Strange won back-to-back in 1988 and 1989, Nelson won in 1983 and Kite in 1992. Nelson also earned two PGA Championships (1981, 1987). All three have been inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame; Kite in 2004, Nelson in 2006 and Strange in 2007.

A 2003 World Golf Hall of Fame inductee, Nick Price has had steady success on the Champions Tour after dominating the PGA TOUR. While on the PGA TOUR, Price captured 18 victories, including three major championships – the 1992 PGA Championship, the 1994 PGA Championship and the 1994 British Open. In his Champions Tour career, he’s had four victories, with the most recent at the 2011 Toshiba Classic.

Sandy Lyle earned two Major Championships during his PGA TOUR career. He won the British Open in 1985 and the Masters in 1988. Lyle is one of the most recent members of the World Golf Hall of Fame, being inducted in May 2012.

The final field will be set at 5 p.m. on Friday, September 30 and additional commitment announcements will be made in the coming weeks.

Tickets are currently on sale for the 2012 SAS Championship presented by Bloomberg Business, including the Eagles’ Nest. Situated on the pivotal par-5 17th hole, where past champions have often clinched victory, these day-specific tickets are $89, and each ticket includes catered lunch, open bar and snacks. Other ticket options include the SAS Championship Golf & Leisure Book weekly grounds passes and daily tickets. All ticket options can be purchased now online at saschampionship.com or by calling (919) 531-4653.

Getting Started with the Blue 5K

Every week leading up to the Blue 5K, we'll feature a blog post by Prestonwood Country Club's Drector of Fitness, Mike Barker. This week's installment deals with getting started. 

GETTING STARTED…

So you've started a walking program and after a few weeks of steady progress, you feel ready to pick up the pace and run your first 5K race.  Whether your goal is improved fitness, a sense of community, or the thrill of victory – you can find yourself at the finish line on race day!

Here are some helpful tips to assist you in your training:

  • Medical Clearance…Your first step should be a complete medical exam to make sure it is safe for you to begin a running program.
  • Foot Wear…Be sure to have proper running shoes that suit your specific foot needs – consult with a foot specialist at your local athletic shoe store.
  • Running Surface…The best running surface is a soft track. If you do not have access to a track or asphalt; running on dirt is better than concrete.
  • Duration…Depending on your training base, a 6-8 week program should be just enough time to have you running for the full 30 minutes, which is the approximate time it will take you to complete your first 5K.
  • Progression…Gradual progression with training is the key to long-term success and rest time is just as important as the time you spend training.

 

8 Weeks of Preparation…

The following 8-week training program will prepare you physically and mentally for your race.  8-weeks allows for appropriate adaptations with both the musculo-skeletal and cardiovascular systems as you prepare to conquer the 3.1 mile course.  Here are a few tips with your weekly training:

  • Mondays and Fridays:  Mondays and Fridays are REST days. Rest is critical to recovery and injury prevention – so don't skip your rest days.  And you may experience boredom with daily monotonous running.
  • Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays:  These are your running days.  After your 10 minute warm up, run at a comfortable pace for the selected mileage. Be sure to cool down and stretch after your run.
    • …If you usually run on roads and you're not sure how far you run, you can figure out the mileage by using www.MapMyRun.com. You can also drive your route in your car and measure the mileage using your car odometer.
  • Wednesdays:  No Running!  Use this day for CROSS-TRAINING (CT) – biking, swimming, elliptical training at an easy to moderate effort for 30 to 45 minutes.  (Use this as a rest day if you're feeling tired or sore.)
  • Sundays:  Beginning week 5…this is an additional day of CT.

Note:   You can switch days to accommodate your schedule. So if you're busy on another day and prefer to work out on a Monday or Friday, it's fine to swap a rest day for a run day.

Mike Barker, Director of Fitness, Prestonwood Country Club – Prior to arriving at Prestonwood in 1997, Mike was the Exercise Physiologist at Southwind Physical Therapy in Durham, NC where he designed conditioning programs for patients with orthopedic concerns and helped create a community wellness program.  While earning a Master’s degree in Exercise Science at Appalachian State University, Mike also served as the Assistant Strength Coach for men’s basketball, wrestling, and baseball teams.  In addition to managing the Prestonwood Fitness facility, Mike conducts personal training sessions and leads small group clinics related to golf conditioning, core training, and youth speed and agility development.  Mike lives in Fuquay-Varina with his wife Sherry and their two children Madison and Jackson.

 

Past Champions Commit to SAS Championship

CARY, N.C. (SEPTEMBER 4, 2012) – Tournament officials for the SAS Championship presented by Bloomberg Business are pleased to announce six more former champions to the 2012 field. D.A. Weibring (2003), Craig Stadler (2004), Hale Irwin (2005), Tom Jenkins (2006), Mark Wiebe (2007), Tom Pernice, Jr. (2009) and Russ Cochran (2010) will join already-announced 2011 champion Kenny Perry at Prestonwood Country Club, Oct. 5 – 7 in Cary, NC.

“We are excited to have these skilled champions back to compete,” said Tournament Director Jeff Kleiber. “The tournament is an important part of the Champions Tour and consistently draws a high caliber of players. Having our past champions return to Prestonwood is exciting for the fans and the Triangle area.”

Kenny Perry will be looking to defend his SAS Championship title and keep his strong 2012 season going. With one Champions Tour victory at The ACE Group Classic in February and seven top 10 finishes, Perry will be a strong contender to compete for back-to-back titles.

When Russ Cochran won in 2010, he cruised to a two-stroke victory over Pernice, Jr., winning for the second time in as many weeks.  Since the 2010 SAS Championship, Cochran won his first major at the 2011 Senior Open Championship. This year on the Tour, Cochran has five top 10 finishes, with his highest finish third at the Montreal Championship in June.

Other notable champions include Hale Irwin, Mark Wiebe and Tom Pernice, Jr. Irwin, who is the Champions Tour wins leader and career money leader. Irwin is still in search of his first victory this year, with one third place finish and three in the top 10. His SAS Championship victory in 2005 was a close one, sinking an eagle on the 17th hole to win by two strokes.

Wiebe became the 12th player to win in his Champions Tour debut at the SAS Championship in 2007.  Since then, he has two other Champions Tour victories and has three top ten finishes in 2012. Like Wiebe, Pernice, Jr. also won in his Champions Tour debut in 2009, and with one top ten finish this year, he is searching for his first Champions Tour win since his 2009 victory at the SAS Championship.

Two-time champion Bruce Lietzke (2001, 2002) has been battling injuries since the 2011 season, and Eduardo Romero (2008) is currently on the alternate list. The final field will be set at 5 p.m. on Friday, September 30 and additional commitment announcements will be made in the coming weeks.

Tickets are currently on sale for the 2012 SAS Championship presented by Bloomberg Business, including the Eagles’ Nest. Situated on the pivotal par-5 17th hole, where past champions have often clinched victory, these day-specific tickets are $89, and each ticket includes catered lunch, open bar and snacks. Other ticket options include the SAS Championship Golf & Leisure Book weekly grounds passes and daily tickets. All ticket options can be purchased now online at saschampionship.com or by calling (919) 531-4653.

Champions Tour Ultimate Clubhouse

The Champions Tour has recently introduced The Ultimate Clubhouse.

What happens when golf’s greatest get together in The Ultimate Clubhouse? Great stories of friendships created, rivalries had and victorious triumphs! Check out the video below:

The Ultimate Clubhouse also gives fans the opportunity to get involved with the Champions Tour. Fans can compete in the Champions Tour Prop Challenge as well as Champions Tour Trivia. Discuss the action and compete for prizes against friends and fans on the leaderboards!

To find out more information about the Champions Tour’s Ultimate Clubhouse check out http://www.theultimateclubhouse.com/.