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April 4, 2013

New Hoodkroft pro is a Pinkerton graduate

Golf pro Tony Zdunko comes back to his roots

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The club is offering new member promotional rates to build on that membership. Those include $1,575 for a family, $995 for a single and $735 for a senior weekday package.

Players also will get an early season discount until May 1. The rates will be $17 for nine weekdays and $23 on the weekend. The early season rate is $35 for 18 holes weekdays, $38 on the weekend.

Zdunko and Berberian will be offering lessons. People should call the pro shop.

J. Michael’s Sports Pub of Windham will continue to operate the course restaurant.

The Hoodkroft Open, one of the state’s premier amateur tournaments, is set for May 31-June 2. There are senior and women’s divisions in that tourney.

The Hoodkroft pro staff knows how to play the course.

Zdunko is a past open winner (1987), club champion (1981) and junior champ (1977-1978).

Berberian, a past state PGA champ, holds the nine-hole Hoodkroft record, a 28.

“Everything went right — correctly,” Berberian said of the round.

His dad holds the 18-hole record, a 62, when the course played as a par-71 for 18 holes.

The pros say Hoodkroft is a good course for players of all abilities.

“This is a pretty friendly course,” Berberian said. “Hit your driver as much as you can. The rough is the real defense. The greens are big and fairly flat.”

Zdunko said the variation in tee boxes makes a round enjoyable for all ages.

“This is a shorter course for seniors to play. They can go out and shoot good scores,” he said. “This is a very generous senior layout.”

The PGA is pushing golfers to “play forward” on the tee based on their ability both to speed up the game and make it more enjoyable.

“Golfers should do whatever they can to make it more fun for them,” Zdunko said.

Berberian said juniors want to start on forward tees, too, because it makes the game fair and more enjoyable.

“It helps them get confidence,” he said.

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