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11/08/2004
Hudson Valley Community College to Offer "Fundamentals of Golf," Taught By Valatie Club Pro

CONTACT: Eric Bryant (518) 629-8071
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Monday, November 8, 2004

Golfers looking to shake the mid-winter rust off their swings can attend a four-week "Fundamentals of Golf" courses taught by PGA golf professional James Rothenberg at Hudson Valley Community College this winter.

Rothenberg is the head professional at Winding Brook Country Club in Valatie and author of the book, "The Skeptical Golfer."

Players of all abilities are encouraged to enroll in the four-night course, and individual instruction will be emphasized. The class will be offered Thursday evenings, beginning January 20. The course will run from 7 to 9 p.m. and will be held in the gymnasium of the Hy Rosenblum Administration Center, on the Hudson Valley campus. For more information, call 629-7339. The cost is $110 for the four-week session.

Rothenberg grew up in Miami Beach, watching golf legends like Sam Snead, Lloyd Mangrum and Arnold Palmer play. He has been a member of the PGA since 1968. His articles have appeared in "USGA's Golf Journal," "PGA Magazine," and other publications.

Rothenberg's book, "The Skeptical Golfer," explores many of the dogmatic, oft-repeated axioms of golf instruction and studies the physical principles behind each. He then discusses why those pearls of golf wisdom are often misleading or incorrect. Rothenberg contends that sound technique, melded with positive thinking, can create the best golfing experience.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 50 degree and certification programs in four academic divisions: Liberal Arts and Sciences; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; and Business; as well as programs run through the Educational Opportunity Center offering certification programs in workforce and academic preparation. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 12,000 students, and it is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and worker retraining. Hudson Valley has nearly 60,000 alumni.