Wall Street Journal: Backyard Putting Green Helps Collegeville Man Improve His Golf Game During Pandemic

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Dean Vagnozzi in the backyard of his home in Collegeville. Vagnozzi and his financial firm, A Better Financial Plan, have been fined by the SEC approximately $500,000 for securities violations. Image via the Wall Street Journal.

Installing practice golf green in his back yard during the pandemic helped Dean Vagnozzi of Collegeville stay active and improve his short game significantly, writes Beth DeCarbo for The Wall Street Journal.

When the coronavirus outbreak began in the United States, 51-year-old Vagnozzi decided to call up Tour Greens Mid-Atlantic and create a personal – and social distancing compliant – space for practicing his golf game.

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“I had a gut feeling that we were going to be locked down in our homes for a while,” said Vagnozzi.

Since then, he has been using his backyard addition to the fullest, heading out with a golf club even as late as 11:15 p.m., when his wife retires for the evening.

The hard work has paid off. In only a few months, he has managed to lower his handicap by two strokes, from 14 to 12.

“My short game has definitely gotten better,” he enthused. “I’ll be surprised if I’m not a 10 by the end of summer.”

Vagnozzi said the price for the installation of his practice green was within the company’s quoted price range of $15 to $25 a square foot.

Read more about backyard greens at The Wall Street Journal by clicking here.

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