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Don DeLorenzo has been the PGA General Manager of Gilroy Golf Course since 1985. He is a former winner of the Bill Stausbaugh award given by the PGA of America for excellence in education. He was named the 2014 Gilroy Chamber of Commerce Man of the Year, was born and raised in Gilroy and still lives here with Mia, his wife of 33 years. golfer the distance he/she has to move his/her ball on an upcoming shot. It’s like having his/her own personal caddie with him/her at all times. Some range finders are hand held and your golfer can aim it at a target and it will read the distance to that target. This is especially helpful when it comes to laying up before a water hazard or estimating how far it is to carry a fairway bunker on the fly. Other simpler distance checkers will tell your golfer how far it is from where she’s standing to the hole. These models use a GPS system. Both are great gifts. Launch monitors are coming down in price to where consumers are purchasing them, not just driving ranges and touring professionals. Launch monitors spit out information about your golfers shot, swing, swing speed, launch angle, carry, etc. Overkill, you say? Maybe so for casual golfers. But for your avid golfer, being able to prop a launch monitor up next to his/her ball when he/she practices and to get that immediate feedback, is exciting. The personal models start at about $750. Get one for your “man cave” and it will run you about $10,000. GILROY • MORGAN HILL • SAN MARTIN So, when you are shopping for your golfer, remember these ideas, and don’t forget to drop a sleeve of Titleist ProV1 golf balls into his/her Christmas stocking! NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2016 87