Leaning Pine Publishing presents...



Author Chip Heyl with Bill Strausbaugh
In Memory..,
William A. Strausbaugh Jr., legendary teacher of the game of golf and club professional at Columbia Country Club in Chevy Chase, Maryland, for 31 years, died of a brain tumor at his Gaithersburg home in September of 1999. He was 76.


About the Authors.

The Systems Approach to Golfing
and The Long View of Improved Putting

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.
Richard (Chip) Heyl
Chip Heyl - Author of The Systems Approach to Golfing. Mr. Heyl graduated from Bowling Green State University in 1963 and worked in the intelligence community for 30 years as a system engineer. In 1995 his employer's direction was shifted toward civil activities, where he worked until retirement in October of 2003.

Mr. Heyl has won over eighty golf tournaments at the Club, County, District, and State level. Chip twice won the Northern Virginia Amateur and both team and individual state titles, the most notable being the Virginia State Golf Association's Open Championship in 1975. He lost a sudden-death play-off to top amateur Vinny Giles for the VSGA Open Championship in 1974.

Mr. Heyl has qualified for and won matches at the United States Golf Association Public Links Amateur Championship (1965 and 1966), USGA Amateur Championship (1974 and 1981) and the British Amateur Championship (1982 and 1983).

In 1979 Mr. Heyl qualified as an alternate for the British Open Championship, where he had the full status of a competitor until the field was filled the day before the championship.

Since retiring from amateur golf competition in the early-1980s, Mr. Heyl has turned his attention to golf instruction. He is currently an adjunct professor at the Northern Virginia Community College, Loudoun Campus, offering both beginning and intermediate golf classes since 1993.

Chip and his wife, Skip (the former Marcella Jean Charville), have one happily married daughter (Michelle Wright) and three wonderful grandchildren. The Heyl's live in Sterling, Virginia with their two dogs Spot and Teddy.

Special Note: In 2008 Chip was inducted into the Norwalk High School Hall of Fame.
Glenn R. Apple
Glenn Apple - Co-Author of The Long View of Improved Putting.Co-author - The Long View of Improved Putting

Mr. Apple graduated from Bowling Green State University in 1961 and taught mathematics for a few years before getting his MA from Ohio State University. He has taught both High School and Junior College mathematics since 1959. During this time he continued his amateur golf career with enormous success. He retired from full time teaching in 1996.

Mr. Apple has competed in and won tournaments as either an individual or partner in match play, scrambles, stroke play, and team competitions. He was the number one rated player in the very competitive Cleveland district in Ohio on five occasions. He has won the Ohio Public Links four times and thrice been runner-up in the Ohio Amateur.

Mr. Apple has qualified for the USGA Amateur, USGA Public Links, and USGA Mid-Amateur Championships. He maintained a zero handicap (even when playing infrequently) and at times held a handicap as low as "+4," most unusual for an amateur.

During his 60's, Mr. Apple continued to maintain a zero handicap, and is still very competitive. The long putter is an important part of his recent success which includes winning the 1998 Ohio Public Senior Championship by four strokes. Finally, the elusive goal of shooting one's age, missing by one shot each of the last four years, he has achieved that goal, shooting 66 in 2005 and continues to shoot his age in the ensueing years. Mr. Apple is married to the former Julie Herbst. They have four happily married children. The Apples live in Apple Valley, Ohio.

Special Note: In 2006 Glenn was inducted into the Ohio Golf Association Hall of Fame.
Larry Janis
Larry with David Feherty at the Ryder Cup 2012
Larry with David Feherty
at the 2012 Ryder Cup


Contributing Author - The Long View of Improved Putting

Mr. Janis has been working with computers for over two decades. He is the network and web site manager for a publishing company located in the western suburbs of Chicago, Illinois. He is certified as a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer, Computer Technician, and Certified Internet Webmaster (CIW). Larry has taught CIW certification courses for web site design and e-commerce at Harper Community College, Schaumburg campus.

He has combined his working knowledge of web design and his love of golf into creating several popular web sites, www.weekend-golfer.com, www.thelongputter.com, www.senior-golfer.com, and www.4wedges.com. Weekend-golfer.com is a complete resource for anything and everything golf related. You can find golf tips, information on equipment, and even gift ideas for any golfer. Thelongputter.com web site focuses on information about the long putter. The Senior-golfer.com web site targets information helpful for older golfers. The 4wedges.com web site only highlights the pitching, gap, sand, and lob wedges.

In addition, Larry is the Webmaster for the Leaning Pine Publishing site, www.GolfSystems1.com.

Larry also does free-lance web design and management for local businesses that can't afford their own in-house web designer but need to have a web presence to enhance their business.

As a golf enthusiast for close to 50 years he has also built golf clubs, for himself as well as for others. He recently began using the long putter to help with erratic putting. He finds his distance control has improved which has lowered his scores. He says that he doesn't fear three putting any more because it just doesn't seem to happen as much.

Larry lives in South Elgin, Illinois with his wife and best friend, Debbie, their daughter, Mary, and their dogs Ebony and Penny.