Golf fanatics and their families alike can enjoy an afternoon at the Rex Hospital Open, part of the Web.com Tour PGA TOUR.
Whether you’re a seasoned sports fan of the Rex Hospital Open or you’re joining the tradition for the first time, golf rules and terminology can be a learning curve. Get up to par with your golf jargon before this year’s tournament!
Mulligan: Mulligans are not played in tournaments. But, in an informal game of golf an extra stroke allowed after a poor shot but is not counted on the scoreboard.
Par: The value assigned to represent par for an individual hole is always comprised of two putts and the number of strokes it should take to reach the green. Holes typically are listed as par-3, par-4 or par-5 based on length.
Birdie: One stroke less than par
Eagle: Two strokes less than par
Bogey: One stroke over par
The Fairway: A closely mown area that runs between the tee box and the putting green
The Green: A small patch of grass that is cut and manicured to a very short length compared to the fairway for a smooth roll of the golf ball.
The Rough: The area of the golf course that surrounds the outside of the fairway. As a penalty for missing the fairway, the unkempt grass is designed to make it more difficult to play from.
Stiff: To hit a pure, perfect shot. A stiffed iron shot finishes very close to the hole and results in a good opportunity for a birdie or an eagle.
Shank: A shank occurs when a golfer hits the ball on the side of the club instead of the face.
Fade: A fade is a gentle shot that moves from a left-to-right motion towards the target.
Slice: A slice is when the golfer hits the ball with a severe left-to-right curve.
Hook: A hook is when the shot curves sharply to the left, the opposite of a slice.
Draw: A draw is a controlled golf ball flight that has a slight right-to-left shape.
Now that you’ve got the lingo down, TPC Wakefield Plantation can be your hangout at this year’s Rex Hospital Open. Proceeds from this year’s tournament will benefit the new N.C. Heart and Vascular Hospital on the UNC REX main campus.
As the Triangle’s only professional charity golf tournament, the Rex Hospital Open has raised more than $9 million to support patients in need, provide preventive care and enhance access to high-quality healthcare in our community. More than 500 awesome volunteers (no experience necessary!) from our community make the Rex Hospital Open possible. Join us for some fun and fresh air May 9-15. Sign up to volunteer today!