Athletics

World Renowned Golf Instructor Visits Woodberry

Basil Boyd ’17


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Andrew Rice instructs Woodberry’s golf team on his perfected wedge-shot

This fall, the members of the golf team were given the opportunity to work with one of the top instructors in the world, Andrew Rice.  Being a short drive from South Carolina, Mr. Rice’s home state, Woodberry made for an easy weekend trip and provided an opportunity for Andrew to personally work with the team. Mr. Rice grew up in South Africa and went to an all-male boarding school not unlike Woodberry. He moved to the United States to attend  Florida State University as a golfer and, upon graduation, pursued a career in golf. In the golfing world he is best known for his “Wedge Project,” a new technique for hitting wedge shots with more spin. Through years of research, he has all but perfected this technique.

 

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Woodberry Forest Golf Team Members with Pro, Andrew Rice left to right: Marc Hogan, Sam Hull ’18, Crawford Humphries ’18, Woodson Smith ’18, Mac Boney ’18, Will Long ’18, Andrew Rice

This is the second year he has come to Woodberry and hopefully there will be many more to follow. Mr. Rice focused on three things during his time here: wedge play, daily practice, and on-and-off course mentality. Our time together included everything from one-on-one instruction to group discussions. He gave us multiple drills to practice on the range to better focus our time and we spent hours working on wedges. We conversed about course management and what mentality we should have, both on the range and on the course.  As team captain, Peter Knade said, “I think his advice could help enormously as long as you take it to heart and really work with it.”

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Woodberry Forest Golf Team Members with Pro, Andrew Rice left to right: Marc Hogan, Sam Hull ’19, Crawford Humphries ’18, Woodson Smith ’18, Mac Boney ’18, Andrew Rice

Even though his visit was short, Mr. Rice brought not only great advice but also introduced a new website to the team. He informed us about Edufii, a website that allows us to post videos of our swing and questions that we have to a private page shared with Mr. Rice. It is a great way to keep in touch and help us improve for the spring when the Tigers gear up for another great season, and hopefully another strong run at the Prep League and State tournaments.  We thank Mr. Rice and look forward to his visit again next year.

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Woodberry’s historic golf course shadowed by the Walker Building (left) and St. Andrew’s Chapel (right).

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