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How to Photograph High School Golf Tournaments

By: tenna on July 24th, 2018
Hitting it off the tee

Camera gear for tournaments

I use either a mirrorless camera set on silent or a camera with a really long lens so that I don’t distract any players during the event.

If I am using a long and heavy lens, I use a monopod.

I always have a second fully charged battery, extra memory cards, and a rain cover for my camera.

I often use a zoom lens so I can get up close or be far away. With a DSLR it’s a 28-300, with a mirrorless it’s a 24-240, but I have shot with long glass too like at 400mm and parked myself far away from the action.

 

The night before the event

I charge my batteries, make sure I have extra cards, pack my camera bag, and put it by the door.

I make sure I know the location of the tournament and if necessary check my Google maps app to ensure I will be able to find it.

I verify the tee time. This can be sort of a pain in the neck. If there are only 2 teams competing, they may start as soon as both teams are there.

 

Arrival

I get there about an hour before the expected tee time. This gives me time to get an iced tea, a golf cart if they’re available, shoot the environment, get driving range and short game shots.

I am at the tee 10 minutes before the 1st group is scheduled to go off.

 

Camera settings for tournaments

ISO – auto set to 1/1000 of a second

f-stop – the lowest the camera / lens provides, so if that is f-2.8, that’s what I use, if it’s 5.6 that’s what I use.

White balance – daylight if it’s sunny, cloudy if the day is overcast.

I switch constantly between high speed continuous shooting and single frame shooting.

One memory card slot is set to shoot in raw, and the 2nd is set to shoot in jpg fine.

Focus spot is set to single and moveable.

Focus is set to continuous, and release priority.

If I’m using a long lens on a monopod, I turn off the vibration assistance on the lens.

 

The most important shots:

The ball coming off the face of the club for tee shots, fairway shots, bunker shots (my favorite), and chip shots. Ideally the ball is within a few feet of the player.

The putt actually going in the hole. This one is hard to get and requires a lot of images to be captured. The guys really like it, but it wastes a lot of space on my hard drive.

 

Other worthwhile shots:

The players practicing on the driving range and putting green.
Emotion shots, where the player is clearly happy or upset about something. For instance, the fist pump right after a long putt is sunk, the club slap after an important putt gets missed, old friends greeting at the beginning of the day…

Environment shots, these are the shots that show the tournament environment, the buses lined up in the parking lot, the clubhouse, any golf course artwork, the scoring area, the driving range and putting green from a distance. The final scoreboard, I have forgotten this on a couple of occasions and it stinks to miss this shot.

Story telling shots, the coaches greeting the parents, parents greeting the kids, golf carts carrying competitors to the shotgun start holes.

 

Golf etiquette

This may all seem stupid to a photographer that is used to shooting other sports, but it is very important. You can get in trouble, yelled at by a coach, player or parent if you don’t follow these rules. You can even get in trouble with the tournament. Just because someone else (including a player) doesn’t follow the rules does not make it okay for you to ignore them.

Movement and noise – everyone in the immediate vicinity of play, including photographers has to be quite and immobile when a golfer is addressing (standing over) the ball. This goes for the tee, fairway, bunkers and the green. If you can hear the golfer, he can hear you. If you walk around when he is standing over the ball and distract him, you may get in trouble. Do not be a noisy distraction to the players. That means either use a mirrorless camera set on silent, or a DSLR with a long lens and locate yourself far enough away from all competitors that they can’t hear you.

Don’t stand in the player’s line. To visualize this, draw an imaginary line from the player’s ball to the hole, now extend this line out in both directions. If you are standing on this line, it is considered rude, you are a distraction and you need to move.

 

Examples

If you want to see loads of examples you can check out Tenna’s archive. It includes photographs from middle school and high school, golf tournaments and practice days.

 

Ballerinas on the Green Art Show at PGC

By: tenna on January 4th, 2017
Invitation to the Ballerinas on the Green art show

The Purgatory clubhouse will begin hosting its first art show on January 13th. The show is made up of modern fine art photography created by our very own co-owner Christine Merchent, you can see samples of the work at http://www.christinemerchentart.com/ballerinas-on-the-green. All of these amazing images were captured right here at Purgatory Golf Club.

The show is titled Ballerinas on the Green as the imagery most often combines delicate ballerinas with a golf story. The show opens January 13th from 6:00 – 9:00 pm, with the ballerinas and golfers being presented at 7:15. Hint, hint, make sure you are there for the presentation. The show will be up until February 17th. Below is the press release sent out describing the project.

We hope you can all come out to see this unique art. You’ll never see Purgatory Golf Club in quite the same way 😉

Invitation to the Ballerinas on the Green art show

Invitation to the Ballerinas on the Green art show

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 3, 2016

 

Purgatory Golf Club to Host “Ballerinas on the Green”

Local art show to inspire young athletes

 

NOBLESVILLE, IN – Purgatory Golf Cub will host “Ballerinas on the Green” art reception on January 13th from 6:00p.m – 9:00p.m. Christine Merchent, co-owner of Purgatory Golf Club, is the artist and vision behind “Ballerinas on the Green.”

 

Merchent’s vision for this project came to her after seeing a photo by Joe McNally, of a ballerina in surroundings that were a strong contrast to her delicacy and beauty. She thought ballerinas juxtaposed against a golf course would be a beautiful setting for a photography project, but also provide a platform to bring attention to involvement in junior athletics.

 

“In the world of sports, the PGA and other organizations are always trying to find new ways to get young people interested sports. If a young man or woman looks at these images, I hope it will inspire them to get involved in golf or ballet,” Merchent said.

 

The project came to life as Merchent lined up local young athletes from the Ballerinas Academy of Dance, the Academy of Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre and the Noblesville High School boys golf team. She took inspiration from the 21,000 images of the golf team she captured last spring as the team’s photographer. Merchent even had a secret Pinterest board of ‘bad ballet’ photography that inspired her on what not to do. Soon enough, her vision and story developed over time, and the project took on a life of it’s own.

 

The “Ballerinas on the Green” event is free and open to the public. All of the artwork will be available for purchase. “Ballerinas on the Green” will remain on display and available for purchase to the public from January 13 – February 17 at Purgatory Golf Club. The evening will be filled with attendees dressed up according to the theme, Gowns and Golf, food available for purchase and a cash bar. The golfers and ballerinas will be presented at 7:15 and available for photos and autographs immediately following.

 

Upon the opening of the show, Merchent hopes this is only the beginning of “Ballerinas on the Green.”

 

“I plan to approach galleries, and other places that display fine art photography. Publishing this project as a book may be in the future as well. I will also plan to take this to New York in the fall for portfolio reviews,” says Merchent.

 

Merchent has an eclectic background that influences her art and photography. She has a degree in economics and comes from a corporate background. However, her talent and passion for story telling, art and photography has never let up. Being a co-owner of Purgatory, which is run by a management company, has allowed her to combine her love for golf and the arts. At Purgatory, 98% of the photography used comes from Merchent. She is also the motivation behind the new 11’ tall sculpture behind the 1st tee.

 

Merchent has taken numerous classes, been mentored and received private tutoring from several respected photographers in the industry. She was recently accepted to The School of Visual Arts in New York, one of the top photography schools in the world.

 

You can learn more about “Ballerinas on the Green” here: http://www.christinemerchentart.com/ballerinas-on-the-green

 

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Press Contact:

Rachael Coverdale, Coverdale Consulting

317-518-2243

rachael@coverdaleconsulting.com

 

Welcome Noblesville High School Boys Varsity Golf Team

By: tenna on April 27th, 2016

We are so happy to welcome the Noblesville High School Boys Varsity Golf Team to Purgatory today. They’ve been practicing at Fox Prairie, a wonderful golf course just 10 minutes from here, and today they will begin the 2nd part of their practice sessions right here in our backyard. Tenna enjoys being the unofficial team photographer so you will likely see more images of the team as they practice and compete popping up on this page. The team has won three out of four dual matches. The dual matches are nine hole tournaments pitting a single school against another and played during the week.

The team also plays in invitationals, which are much bigger 18 hole tournaments that are played on the weekend. Noblesville came in 4th at their 1st invitational the Don Dicken Invitational out of 14 teams. This past weekend the team competed at the Bob Spacey Invitational held at Fox Prairie here in Noblesville. It was a large and competitive field, with 24 teams present. Noblesville came in 2nd.

Noblesville High School Boys Varsity Golf Team

Left to right: Grant Neterer (12), Collin Kinkead (12), Clay Merchent (9), Parker Deakyne (11), Jacob Deakyne (9) and Mitchell Compton (11).

Purgatory Golf heads to Golf 365

By: Tony Adragna on March 27th, 2014

As we all know, Indiana winters can be brutal, especially for golfers who want to get out and practice their game. But now, with Golf365 in Noblesville, you no longer have to take four months off from golf.

Junior Golfer, Clay Merchent, and Purgatory’s Director of Golf, Mike Merchent, show you around the indoor golf facility, from the putting greens and target rooms to the golf simulator, in the video below.

July Junior Golf Clinics

By: Alan Hinds on June 30th, 2013

Junior golfers“Golf Fundamentals and Fun Emphasized”

Two junior golf clinics are scheduled at Purgatory Golf Club in July. The first clinic will be July 8 to July 11 and the second will be July 16 to July 19.

The four day sessions are from 9 am to 10:45 am and are geared for ages 6 to 14.  Each clinic includes a PGA professional instruction in all areas, exposure to the golf course, participation awards and prizes, with a competition event and lunch on the last day.

“We focus on the fundamentals of golf but we also make sure to have a bit of fun along the way,” said Jon Stutz, head professional.

The cost is $90 for the first child and $70 for each additional child. The entry fee is $70 if the junior golfer is enrolled in both July clinics.  For more information contact the pro shop at 776-4653.

IHSAA Boys Sectional

By: purgatorygolf on June 4th, 2013

scoreboard for the IHSAA boys sectional, individual scoresscoreboard for the team IHSAA boys sectionalWe were pleased to be the host course to the IHSAA Boys Sectional yesterday. As you can see by the scoreboards, Pendleton Heights came in first with a team total of 302, followed by Noblesville with a team total of 303 and 3rd place went to Hamilton Southeastern with a team total of 318.

Individual low scores were:

71 Collin Proctor Pendelton Heights

73 Jackson Wright Noblesville

75
Josh Keating Noblesville
Tyler Mever Pendelton Heights

 

The red check marks next to the names indicate the individuals, who are not on advancing teams, but who will as advance as individuals:

Tanner Watkins Lapel

Johnson Brooker Fishers

Mitchell Richardson Lapel

 

Thank you to all the teams, coaches, and parents who made today so successful!

Noblesville high school golf team

 

 

 

Junior Golf Tournament in Scotland or the Indy 500 & a Little Girl’s Birthday Party?

By: Tenna Merchent on January 11th, 2013

Junior golfer Clay Merchent is struggling over the decision to play in a junior golf tournament in Scotland, or to stay state side and be around for the Indy 500 festivities, and the birthday party of one special little girl.

If you’ve spent any time at Purgatory you’ve met Clay, hit balls with him, and maybe even played a round of golf with him. He’s quite the ambassador for Purgatory Golf Club.

Last night he said, “I may never have another opportunity to play golf in Scotland again!” I pointed out that we can make time to play golf in Scotland, it just requires planning. But he aspires to play on the PGA Tour, and given that fact, I always encourage him to compete in the bigger tournaments.

It’s tough, there is often something else fun going on when there is a junior golf tournament. And of course, he can’t just be there for the tournament. These kids are tough. They are there at least two days before the event playing practice rounds, and if he wants to have a chance, he needs to be there playing a practice round too. So that means about a week gets wiped out of his, and often the whole family’s schedule for any important event. We spend a day getting there, two days of practice rounds, two days of competition, and a day getting home.

Every moment of each trip is special. We have met some wonderful families, and he has made some great friends. Last fall there was a tournament in Monterey California, and we made the time to play Pebble Beach before the event. It was amazing.

Because of the time commitment, we attempt to travel as a family to every other event, and Mike and Clay go by themselves to the ones in between.

Clay and Mike were away at a tournament during the first snowfall. I sent videos of our snowball fight and Clay was very sad to miss it. He’s only 11, and we encourage him to enjoy his childhood. But we also go to these tournaments and see these amazing juniors that have been competing since they were four. Clay didn’t start competing until he was nine. Finding the balance between encouraging him to be a kid, and giving him a solid basis for a career as professional golfer is difficult.

So last night over dinner, I said to Clay, “Let me ask our friends…”

So do you want to weight in, should he go to Scotland and play in the tournament, or stay home for the parties?

 

U.S.Kids World Golf Championship Parade

By: Tenna Merchent on August 14th, 2012

This is video from the U.S.Kids Golf World Championship Parade 2012 in Pinehurst North Carolina. It’s hard to get a feel for just how big this event is, but there were 40 countries represented and 1,250 kids. The parade felt like we were at the Olympics. Hope you like it!

2012 U.S. Kids Golf World Championship in Pinehurst N.C.

By: Tenna Merchent on August 2nd, 2012

Three members of the Purgatory Golf Club staff are here in North Carolina for the 2012 U.S. Kids Golf World Championship. Tuesday night was opening ceremonies and the parade of nations. It was quite impressive. 1,250 young people are competing in the 13th annual World Championship, representing 40 countries. From start to finish, it took about 20 minutes just for all the competitors to walk by us. I felt like we were at the Olympics with all the countries walking by, and the competitors videotaping, and the audience taking photographs and video.

Keep your fingers crossed for us, the tournament starts tomorrow!