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In 1950, Jim Flick was a scratch golfer in his second year at Wake
Forest—and not good enough to make a starting team that included
Arnold Palmer and Buddy Worsham. Flick's roommate was his best
friend, Gene Scheer; Palmer's was Worsham. One evening, after a
home football game against Duke, Scheer and Worsham got impatient
waiting for Flick and Palmer and drove without them to a dance in
Coming home, their car crashed and both perished. Flick and Palmer,
feeling their lives were spared and trying to overcome their grief,
decided to room together. Thus, Palmer was one of the first major
influences on Flick's career.
Flick lettered in basketball and golf, but turned his attention to
golf instruction. Although Bill Strausbaugh was an early influence,
Bob Toski had a special effect. Toski and Flick developed the Golf
Digest Schools from 1972-'90. Flick also spent 20 years as director
of instruction at Desert Mountain in Scottsdale, where he helped
Tom Lehman go from a struggling Hogan Tour player to the 1996
British Open champion. In 1990, Flick worked with Jack Nicklaus at
The Tradition tournament. Jack won the event, and Flick has been
his coach ever since.
Today, Flick is director of instruction at the TaylorMade Learning
Center. "I'm more of a motion teacher than a position teacher," he
says. "I advocate swinging the arms and club with the body
Martinwas born in
Eugene, Oregon and still resides there. Educated at Stanford
University,and briefly a teammate of Tiger Woods, Casey was three
times all Pac-10 and also a member of the University's NCAA
Championship team in 1994. He won the 1993 Sahalee Players
Championship, and after turning professional in 1995 Casey competed
in several PGA and Nationwide tour events.
While pursuing his professional golf career
Casey came to national prominence in the late 90's by suing the PGA
of America to allow him permission to use a golf cart while
playing. Suffering from birth with a defect in his leg know as
Klippel Trenaunay Weber syndrome, Martin feels the daily effect of
this rare circulatory disorder that withered his right leg to the
point that may eventually force him to face amputation. Although
Casey won his lower federal court decision to utilize a cart in
competition, many PGA professionals took opposites sides of the
decision and the debate still exists as to the extent that
"disabilities" should be consisted and accommodated on the
professional golf tour. An interesting irony to this circumstance
exists since many Senior or Champion PGA tour players exercise the
option to compete while utilizing carts on the "Senior Tour." In
spite of the controversy, Casey maintained a positive attitude and
has been described by many as honoring the game and facing his
circumstance with both "courage" and "dignity".
Now the Head Men's Golf Coach at the University
of Oregon since 2006, Martin continues to impact others golf game
and life circumstances. Martin is co founder and partner in a
social networking golf community website. 10th
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