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PGA golfer Mike Stone teaches at Fallen Timbers

WATERVILLE, OH (Toledo News Now) -

It's been almost 15 years since Mike Stone played in the US Open, but the memories never fade. To this day he plays in the local qualifier, hoping to get back to one of golf's crown jewels.

"Every time this week comes around I think of the Open," Stone said. "I came close to getting into this year's, so it's a little bittersweet to be watching all the news, kind of wishing you were there, but it really is a great experience. It's a once in a lifetime opportunity. Once you get there once, you want to get back again, so that motivates you to practice and keep going."

Today he uses his golf knowledge to teach others as the head pro at Fallen Timbers Fairways, where he has opened The Mike Stone Golf Academy. It's not often you can get one-on-one training from someone with major PGA experience.

"It's really great because I love helping people, and you get a lot of satisfaction out of it," he said. "[I] try to work with everyone individually to make them the best golfer they can be."

And even if you don't make it to Fallen Timbers, Stone has some tips to help every weekend hacker.

"The two biggest things that I see is grip - grip controls what the club face does, and obviously if the club face is square, the ball goes straight. Number two is the old advice out there: People have been told to keep their head still, and that's not very productive advice. It's really counterproductive to people getting better. They should really learn to get on their left side and their finish and let their head release."

Visit the Fallen Timbers Fairways website for more information.

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