Sindelar Hosts Clinic at And. Creek, Puts 1-Iron Back in Bag

SPRING LAKE, N.C. – Defending Wachovia Championship winner Joey Sindelar hosted a successful clinic and 9-hole exhibition at Anderson Creek on Tuesday, drawing a large crowd to the semi-private golf club of which he is a minority investor

Sindelar opened the day by holding a 45-minute clinic on the driving range with fellow PGA Tour player and network television analyst Mike Hulbert.

During the clinic, Sindelar said the reported demise of his 1-iron, believed to be the last in play on the PGA Tour, was greatly exaggerated. He did take his trusty Tommy Armour blade out of the bag for a couple rounds last week, but brought it back and it will be used this week as he defends his Wachovia title on some tough driving holes at Quail Hollow in Charlotte.

“It’s very important for me to hit off the tee,” Sindelar said of his 1-iron, “So, yes, it’s in the bag this week.”

Sindelar admitted he has experimented with hybrid clubs recently, but he’s not ready to completely retire his 1-iron.

“It just doesn’t do as many things as the hybrids,” he said, “but until I find a hybrid that is that straight, I’m going to stay with (the 1-iron).”

Sindelar’s visit to Anderson Creek was his first since the construction phase. He was impressed with the final product created by course architect Davis Love III.

“Tee to green, it paints a beautiful picture,” he said. “It’s well-defined and I really like the massiveness of the bunkers. I’m pleased with the course – very pleased.”