Leaning Pine Publishing presents...

Systems Approach to Golfing. Richard (Chip) Heyl and Glenn Apple have been competitive amateur golfers most of their adult lives. After Chip wrote the Systems Approach to Golfing, Glenn helped with the marketing of the text. Together they wrote The Long View of Improved Putting.

Both attended Bowling Green State University in the early 1960s and majored in mathematics in the College of Education. While at Bowling Green they were on the Falcon Golf Team and played a lot of golf together and became life long friends.

Heyl talks a little golf in Norwalk

Reflector Sportswriter

Chip Heyl was back in town recently.

He made a stop June 25 for a book-signing session at the Norwalk library. His publication "System Approach to Golfing" is one of the clearest publications on golf fundamentals one can read and has now sold more than 4,000 copies.

In front of a sparse crowd, perhaps due to the storm that was raging outside, Heyl stressed the forward press as being one of the key moves in the golf swing.

"You have to have some kind of move to start the swing," he said. "I have seen many different moves, but the one that serves golfers the best is a simple forward move behind the golf ball before the take-away."

Heyl was virtually a one-man team at Norwalk. He had a high school coach in name only - Jim Curry. His primary instruction came from Elks Club professional, the late Hampton Auld.

Heyl went on to star at Bowling Green State University, setting a school record for dual match wins. He was named to the Mid-American Conference Team as a senior.

Heyl, a math major, moved east where he worked for the defense department.

He continued to play golf at a high level after college, winning some 80 tournaments either at the club, county, district or state levels. Twenty of those wins were club championships. He was a member of six different clubs over the years.

Heyl won two Northern Virginia Amateur titles and in 1975 captured the Virginia State Golf Association Open Championship after finishing as the runner-up in that tournament the year before.

He has qualified and won matches in the USA Public Links Amateur (1965, 1966), the USA Amateur Championship (1974, 1981) and the British Amateur (1982, 1983).

In 1979, he qualified as an alternate for the British Open but never got the call that would have put him in the field.

Heyl returned from competition in the early 1980s and started a new career of a golf instructor. Shortly after, he started putting together copy for his first of three instructional books.

Heyl, who was on his way to Orville, for a family re-union prior to his stop in Norwalk, will celebrate his 50th wedding anniversary with Marcella Jean (Charville) in August.

Those interested in purchasing his book, can do so by e-mailing your request to him at chip@golfsystems1.com.