Teeing Off

Rhode Island amateur claims weekly golf honors

Bobby Leopold of Cranston, R.I., watches a tee shot during the US Amateur Championship last week.
Bobby Leopold of Cranston, R.I., watches a tee shot during the US Amateur Championship last week.

Each Thursday, the Boston Globe hands out its weekly golf awards and tips and looks at the week ahead on the tours:

Player of the week: Bobby Leopold

The 26-year-old insurance agent from Rhode Island didn’t win the US Amateur (Kelly Kraft did). But Leopold survived a 20-player playoff for four spots just to reach match play, then made some noise once he got there. He beat the stroke-play medalist (Gregor Main) in the first round, won his second-round match against a Nationwide Tour winner (Harris English) to make the final 16, then lost in extra holes. Not bad for a working stiff.

Tip of the week: Scott Munroe

Setting up to use your long putter involves a few twists on your standard address in order to compensate for the longer shaft. If you’re using a long putter, the primary key is to anchor the butt of the club in your sternum. If you’re using a belly putter, the trick is to match your setup to the type of stroke you’re going to put into play. These setup positions are easy to get down with just a little bit of practice, especially if you adhere to the following rules:


-- Position the ball in your stance so it’s just slightly left of the center of your torso if you’re using a long putter, and in the center of your stance if you’re using a belly putter.

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-- Bend over from your shoulders and let them slouch. This is important because it helps you relax, and since you’re not all hunched over like you would be with a standard-length putter, you might feel a little stiff. Slouching your shoulders will take the tension out of your setup.

-- Keep your right elbow (if you’re righthanded) close to your side. You don’t want that thing sticking out like you’re doing some sort of chicken dance. Feel that elbow in there all nice and snug.

-- You don’t want to feel any tension in your body, but you do want to feel like your abs, butt, and legs are firm and solid, because you don’t want to have any lower-body movement when you make your stroke.

Excerpted from ‘‘The Best Putting Instruction Book Ever!’’ a book compiled by Golf Magazine. Scott Munroe is a teaching professional at Nantucket Golf Club.

This week’s tour schedules


PGA: Deutsche Bank Championship, Norton. Purse: $8 million (winner’s share $1.35 million). TV: tomorrow/Saturday 3-6 p.m. (Golf Channel), Sunday 1-3 p.m. (Golf Channel) and 3-6 p.m. (Ch. 7), Monday noon-3 p.m. (Golf Channel) and 3-6 p.m. (Ch. 7).

European: Omega European Masters, Crans Montana, Switzerland. Purse: $2.9 million (winner’s share $484,000). TV: today/tomorrow 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Saturday/Sunday 7-11 a.m. (all on Golf Channel).

Nationwide: Myland Classic, Canonsburg, Pa. Purse: $600,000 (winner’s share $108,000). TV: today 4-6 p.m., tomorrow/Saturday 6:30-8:30 p.m., Sunday 7-9:30 p.m. (all on Golf Channel).

Tweet of the week:

‘‘My acting debut in 7 Days in Utopia was quite challenging. I play the part of a golfer who is in contention in a PGA Tour event.’’—Stewart Cink (@stewartcink), who has missed four of his last six cuts and hasn’t finished in the top 10 since early May.