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It's been almost 15 years since Mike Stone played in the
US Open, but the memories never fade. To this day he plays in the local
qualifier, hoping to get back to one of golf's crown jewels.
"Every time this week comes around I think of the Open,"
Stone said. "I came close to getting into this year's, so it's a little bittersweet
to be watching all the news, kind of wishing you were there, but it really is a
great experience. It's a once in a lifetime opportunity. Once you get there
once, you want to get back again, so that motivates you to practice and keep
Today he uses his golf knowledge to teach others as the
head pro at Fallen Timbers Fairways, where he has opened The Mike Stone Golf
Academy. It's not often you can get one-on-one training from someone with major
"It's really great because I love helping people, and you
get a lot of satisfaction out of it," he said. "[I] try to work with everyone
individually to make them the best golfer they can be."
And even if you don't make it to Fallen Timbers, Stone
has some tips to help every weekend hacker.
"The two biggest things that I see is grip - grip
controls what the club face does, and obviously if the club face is square, the
ball goes straight. Number two is the old advice out there: People have been
told to keep their head still, and that's not very productive advice. It's
really counterproductive to people getting better. They should really learn to
get on their left side and their finish and let their head release."