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Hebron teaching Swiss golf in advance of Olympics

The credo at a session conducted last month by respected Long Island teaching pro Michael Hebron was go for the green . . . and the gold, silver and bronze.

Hebron, director of golf at Smithtown Landing, was giving a clinic in Switzerland to teaching pros when a friend asked him if he would speak to another group of countrymen. It turned out they were Switzerland's Olympic Committee, who are gearing up for the game's return to the Games in 2016.

Switzerland is one of the nations that is only so-so in golf and would like to get better. Hebron was surprised and pleased to learn that the Swiss were receptive to his approach to learning, which is less technical and more based on experience and feedback. He learned that that is the way Switzerland approaches other sports. "There is a big emphasis on 'play,' " said the pro whose new motto is "Play golf to learn golf."

Public links revamped

The Long Island Golf Association publicly announced this week at its President's Invitational that its public links event has been restructured and renamed the Michael Hebron Amateur Championship. Hebron is a longtime sponsor of the tournament and donated the trophy in honor of his mother. It will be held at Bethpage Black Aug. 3-4.

Terris reaches out

Terris Golf, the Long Island firm that makes gloves designed to absorb the shock of impact, has given a hand to help victims of the earthquake in Haiti. Rita Terris, a physical therapist and one of the company's principals, was part of a team of New York area medical people who went to Haiti. "We saw the devastation, emotionally, financially and on their future," said her husband Chris, adding that the company donated golf gloves to businesses that supported Reaching Out to Haiti fundraisers.

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