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Letter from the Editor

Can you believe that it has been 20 years since our first publication? Does anyone remember, “Birth of the Birdie,” that featured Atlantic City Country Club as the cover story on our first issue in 1991? To some, it might feel like just yesterday, but in the today’s print-media industry, twenty years is a lifetime. We are extremely proud to have brought you golf news over the years, and hope to be at your golf courses for many more years in the future. We believe that not all newspapers are made to be read online, and that golfer’s still enjoy taking a few minutes after a long round, or while waiting for their tee time, to read through our newspaper. Yes, we are a modern publication as well and our newspaper is now also (in addition too, not INSTEAD OF) online at www. and we have a strong Tweeter at “NJGolfNews” but we intend to keep the foundation that this newspaper – a paper that you can pick up and read. We want to personally thank the Fraser Family, who supported Golfer’s Tee Times since Day 1, as well as the many writers, photographers, advertisers and golfers who have given our newspaper life all these years. We have a terrific year ahead –both for the player and the golf spectator. Five professional Tour events will be played from outside Philadelphia (AT&T National at Aronimink) to Westchester (PGA Senior Championship in August), New York. The LPGA has not one, but two, exciting events in New Jersey with the Sybase Match Play Championship in May and the ShopRite LPGA Classic at the beginning of June. The Barclays makes its first visit to Plainfield Country Club in Edison in late August. Plus, there are tons of great amateur tournaments, leagues, clinics, junior golf programs and more all round us. We hope you have the chance to enjoy some of the great golf opportunities that our area has to offer. Marian Castner Publisher/ Editor-in-chief

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Future Golf Stars Continue to Make Strides

By Tom Flynn

An entire galaxy of rising young golf stars from our own backyard appears set to make a splash in the golf world in the next couple of years. One young lady has already qualified for the LPGA tour, and a young man with international playing experience, hopes to join the PGA Tour soon. Others are playing the southern Mini-Tour circuits and working at our local golf courses during the summer. Some collegiate starts are only a half step away. Finally a third group of younger players are just waiting for a chance to join them. Angela Oh, of Maple Shade, appears to be the most advanced. She picked up her playing card by qualifying at the LPGA Tour School this past winter. Angela barely missed getting her LPGA Card last summer when she finished sixth on the money list with just over $50,000 on the Duramed Futures Tour (now the LPGA Futures Tour). The top five finishers automatically qualified but Oh missed by a scant $3,350. “Just a missed putt,” she moans, but she made up for it at the LPGA Qualifier at Daytona Beach. Although she’s eligible to play, she elected to skip the first few stops in the Far East and Mexico. “It’s expensive. When you’re living on the road, it’s expensive,” she explains, listing the cost of motels, eating and travel .She doesn’t have to worry about caddy expenses because her father plans to carry her bag. She and her father travel together in his retrofitted van so she can get plenty of rest on long trips. “He’s a big help and a very good coach,” she says, adding, “A sponsor would be helpful.” She feels confident that she can compete against Michelle Wie, Paula Creamer and the other big names on tour. She points to her tournament experience on the Duramed Futures Tour and the LPGA Q School qualifier at Daytona Beach last December. “The cold weather conditions, especially the high winds off the ocean made the course play very hard. You had to stay focused to play well. I was so happy when we finished.” The fact that she spends about seven hours each day practicing, including two hours just chipping and sand play should stand her in good stead. She says hardly a day goes by that she doesn’t swing a club. The ShopRite LPGA Classic at the Seaview Resort will be a great venue for her New Jersey fans to see her in action. If Angelo Oh is the most advanced female golfer, than the one with the most potential has to be Morgan Hoffman. Hoffman has all the tools and has acquired a great deal of experience as a member of the powerful, top-ranked Oklahoma State University golf team. Currently ranked No. 5 in the national Golfweek College Rankings, Hoffman was a member of the winning USA Team at the 2009 Walker Cup, where the USA Team beat a strong British and Ireland team at Merion Golf Club in Pennsylvania. He hopes to be chosen to play on the US Team at Royal Aberdeen Golf Club in Scotland this September. To do so, he

knows that he will need to make a strong showing this Spring as many good amateurs are vying for the few spots on the team. Last summer, he qualified for the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach. “I did okay for a while,” he says with a slight laugh. He failed to make the cut after finding trouble on the devilish par-5,18th hole. Later in the summer, he made the quarter-finals of the U.S. Amateur, where he lost to the eventual winner and his OSU teammate, Peter Uihlein. Hoffman shrugs off questions about his future, but the truth seems to lie in how well he plays this summer. If he is bypassed for the Walker Cup Team, he will try again at the U.S. Amateur. Should he win, and receive an automatic bid to the Masters, he’ll stay in school. But if he has a good spring and summer, but fails to be named to the Walker Cup and misses out on the Amateur title, then he’ll be faced with the question of turning professional or returning to Oklahoma State for his senior year. Going back to school shouldn’t be too tough. He carries a 3.5 grade average and he would get his degree. He won the 2011 Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters in Las Vegas in mid-March, just days after he sprained his right ankle while playing basketball. It was his – but still first title since the 2009 Big 12 Championship. Sarah Brown, the 18- year-old homeschooled star from Lopatcong, NJ, will devote full time to the LPGA Futures Tour this year after joining it in mid-season last year. She didn’t make a lot of money on tour but went to Q school, where she found another major disappointment. Starting the last round Daytona Beach tied for tenth place, which would have qualified her for the last spot to make the LPGA tour, she came up far short of earning her card. “It was extremely windy and I had trouble handling it,” she says now. Shortly after joining the Futures Tour last season, she had a unique experience. Playing in the first round of a tournament in New Hampshire, she was disqualified for using an illegal wedge. She stoutly resisted and insisted the club was legal but the tournament officials stood by their decision. Sarah was proven right later when the LPGA upheld her position but the tournament was over and she had lost her chance of advancing that week. She has another unique position on the Futures Tour. She shares a common name with another young lady. There is another Brown with the same first name. “I spell mine with a H,” she says. “She spells hers, SARA,” referring to the Arizona native. Confusion still often exists between the two. Like Angela Oh, she yearns for a sponsor. “My Dad was out of work (as a mortgage banker) for almost two years, but he got a job before the (Christmas) holidays. So that helps and my Mom has been helping,” she says, “But it’s so expensive on tour.” Also trying to make it onto the PGA Tour is Chris Gold, the former NJSGA Amateur Champion, who played on the

mini-tour circuit in Florida and Georgia last season. He was encouraged by winning three times and picking up several smaller checks. “It was enough to keep me going, “said Gold, a University of Maryland graduate. Less encouraging for the Haddonfield golfer was the fact that he didn’t make Qschool in December. It’s a huge field with qualifying rounds and only 25 slots available. Still, Gold is encouraged enough by his game that he will try to qualify for some Nationwide Tour this year. Another college standout continues to be Joanna Coe, who is surely a strong prospect for the LPGA Tour when she graduates from Rollins College. Always known as a fine young player, the Mays Landing resident, qualified last May for one of the two spots in the ShopRite Classic. She was disappointed by failing to make the cut, but her playing partners, long time pros Meg Mallon and Marcy Hart were impressed by her swing and her length off the tees. She left immediately after the Saturday round for Notre Dame where she competed in the US Women’s Amateur Public Links championship. She won her first two rounds but fell in the third round to Becca Huffer of Denver. Unfortunately the reminder of the year she was shortened by a wrist injury, which cost her the fall season at Rollins College. She expects to play this spring

season and is looking forward to returning to the ShopRite LPGA Classic. Marina Alex, a native of Wayne, NJ has been almost as spectacular as Coe. A friend of Coe, Alex is finishing her junior year at Vanderbilt University and , like Coe, she’s been an All-American for two years and one of the top ranked college players in the country. Her biggest claim to fame so far, is the fact that she made the field for the 2009 U.S. Women’s Open at Saucon Valley Country Club where she failed to make the cut, posting an 82 and 78. She also has a second place finish at the U.S. Women’s Amateur and has several junior championships on her resume. In addition she has the second and third lowest rounds ever by a Vanderbilt woman player. Despite her many successes, she says her biggest thrill was winning the SEC (South East Conference) championship. “It was a great feeling to win it for the university and for the team, ”she says. She was a good high school student, who planned to study economics at the college level, but she now majors in communications and she’s candid in admitting that she changed. “I would like to play golf after college and then maybe a career in broadcasting or something in the media,” she says. There is still more depth in the college ranks from our area. Alex Edfort of Somerset, NJ is now a

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Mays Landing Golf & Country Club – A Fraser Family TRADITION It isn’t often that an “Official Golf Guide” understates the history, beauty and the scope of one of its members, but Mays Landing Golf & Country Club is far more impressive than the blurb in the Atlantic City brochure. Mays Landing Golf & Country Club is celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year and Club President and Co-owner Jim Fra-

says, “We’re inviting everyone, the members, past members, officials, and our many golfers. We also will have lots of full things for kids.” Fraser has some plans for club tournaments to commemorate the anniversary and one of the items on the agenda is the Atlantic City World Amateur Open, which will be played in early June. Mays Land-

ser is quietly optimistic. “We’re going to be celebrating later this summer with food and drinks, music and fireworks,” Fraser

ing Golf & Country Club will be one of the sponsoring clubs and some preliminary rounds will be played there.

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To Jim Fraser, a love of golf and his Club comes naturally. His father, Leo, was the course architect and the driving force in starting the club a half century ago. Leo Fraser was a larger than life figure who devoted his life to golf. He has purchased the Atlantic City Country Club shortly after World War II and had developed it into a highly regarded private country club. Eventually, he realized that not everyone could afford a private club. So, in the Fall of 1961, he and four friends opened a new course among the scrub pine off the Black Horse Pike and gave it identity by naming Mays Landing. It was a quick success because there were few courses in the area at the time. After a number of years it needed sprucing up and the management of the course was having a hard time. Leo had died in 1986, as had some of the others partners. It was being run by the partner’s heirs and their lawyers, when in 1992, Jim Fraser and his brother, Doug, sister Bonnie, and his brother-in-law Don Siok bought the others out. The next generation would make Mays Landing Golf Club into a new Fraser operation. Brother Doug has put in charge of the food and beverage, while the others improved and ran the golf course. In time, The Fraser Room was added, a spectacular venue for weddings and parties. The annual Mother’s Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas Dinners are a favorite choice for many families. As the town grew, the club

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was no long hidden among the scrub pines but rather a part of a burgeoning development that surrounds it. “I played a lot of golf at Mays Landing, and it was always a very special place,” add Bill Probst, who published Golfer’s Tee Times for many years before retiring to Florida in 2007. “The Frasers were always great people and supportive of us.” He recalled playing in the Mays Landing Club Championship in the mid-1960s, and his opponent was Jim Dent, who went on the PGA Tour fame after he turned professional in 1966. “He really hit the ball a long way. I was hitting a wood from the fairway and he had a short iron in his hand.” The course is challenging but fair in Jim Fraser’s words. The fairways are wide which will help the long hitter or high handicap player, but it has enough length at 6600 yards from the tips that make it far from easy. There’s water on the course – six holes, to be exact – to provide a challenge but not a hardship. The greens are not too large and generally run between 8 to 10 on the stipmeter. The biggest challenge comes on a par 3 hole. The 15th plays 220 yards from the back tee but only 123 yards from the forward tees (there are four sets of tees on each hole). What makes the hole so difficult is that the green is elevated, sloping from front to back with a lake behind it and wetlands to the side. Mark my words -- you don’t want to miss the green with your tee shot.


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The 17th is another tough hole. It plays over 500 yards. It’s lined with trees on both sides of the fairway and it has traps at 200 yards off the tee to catch an errant drive. There is another sneaky trap about 135 yds. from the green, which is then trapped on both sides. Sand plays a big part in the development of the course. For example, there’s a huge trap that runs almost all the way across the 14th fairway. It shouldn’t be difficult to carry but you don’t want to look up and you don’t want to hit a fade. The club also provides a Pro Shop under the direction of long-time Head Professional Bob Herman which is stocked with fashionable items for both men and women. There are also locker rooms and an assortment of memorabilia throughout the club, from the long family history in golf. Nostalgia plays a big part in any anniversary party and this one is no different. Leo Fraser had spent his entire life in golf. The son of a Scotsman who came to the United States around the turn of the century, Leo got his first golf job when he was only 16, serving as an Assistant Golf Professional. His golf career was interrupted by World War II (he enlisted as a “private” and came out as a “major” thanks to some battlefield promotions) before he moved to Atlantic City. While he was owner and Head Golf Professional at Atlantic City Country Club, he served as national president of the PGA of America. The Club hosted several professional women’s tournaments, and also the first Senior PGA Golf Tournament, which evolved into the current Champions

Tour, won by Don January. In the fifties, his club hosted the first Women’s National Open (not a USGA sanctioned event), which was won by Babe Zaharias. It also hosted the 1965 U.S. Women’s Open, won by Carol Mann and the 1975 U.S. Women’s Open. At the 1975 Open, a young amateur named Nancy Lopez took second place as an amateur. Leo’s friendship with Sam Snead and others on the PGA Tour enabled him to attract Snead and the up-andcoming player Tony Lema, who won British Open two years later, to play an exhibition match at the opening of Mays Landing Golf & Country Club. It was a classic match between the bright young face on the PGA tour and the aging, former champion. They came to the 18th tee all square. Both hit good drives down the middle. Snead hit an iron into the middle of the green, Lema, who would unfortunately die in a plane crash in 1966, incredibly flew the green by 30 yards. He chipped back but Snead won when he two-putted and Lema missed his attempt for a tie. Late that day Doug Fraser was diving Lema to the airport and asked, “When happened on 18? Were you misclubbed or what?” Lema didn’t say anything for a while and finally broke the silence by saying, “If Tony Lema beats Sam Snead, nobody cares. But if Sam Snead beats Tony Lema, everybody wins. It’s good for golf.” And that’s the way it has always been with the Frasers-Whatever’s good for golf comes first.

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Future Golf Stars Continue to Make Strides

sophomore at high-ranked Pacific University. As a true freshman, he stepped up at the end of the fall season, getting his first taste of collegiate golf at Poppy Hills for the St. Mary’s Invitational. Edfort posted a final round even-par 72 to help the Tigers finish sixth. At Franklin High School, Edfort finished his high school career by winning the Skyland Conference Championship by posting a 67. He also played in the AJGA Rolex Tournament of Champions, finishing fourth. Alex took eighth at the USGA Public Links and Junior-Am Qualifier and won the AJGA Lessing’s Classic. Among players still in high-school, it might be two youngsters from New York that we’ll be hear lots more about in the future: James Liu of Smithtown, Long Island and Sean Kelly. Last July, Liu, then 14 years old, became the youngest Junior Amateur Champion in the history of the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship when he fired the equivalent of a 64 in the first of the two-round championship round in Ada, Michigan. He surpassed Tiger Woods’ record to win the U.S. Amateurs. “I definitely see myself going to a Division I college program,” he said last year. “I’m not sure yet where I’m going, I’m just starting the recruiting process but that’s something I’m looking forward. Hopefully after college golf, I’ll go pro and maybe I can fulfill my dream to be the best that I can.” Liu, who is ranked in the Top 10 of the Boys nationally, will surely be recruited by top-rated college golf programs who are vying for this rising star. Sean Kelly, who got his start in golf at Silver Lake Golf Course, in Staten Island, NY, has already signed a national letter of intent to play golf at the University of South Carolina. Kelly is the top-ranked junior golfer in the state of New York and is currently ranked in the top 50 nationally by Golfweek, making him the highest ranked junior player from the NJ/NY area in the Class of 2011. He has spent the past two years training at the Leadbetter Academy in Bradenton, Fla., where he was named a First-Team All American. In addition to a tie for third place in the 2009 Carter Cup at Baltusrol, where he chalked up a tournament record 66 on the Upper course, he qualified for the 2009 U.S. Junior Amateur at the Trump National in Bedminster, N.J., where he lost in the third round. He also quali-

fied for the 2010 U.S. Amateur. Kelly has selected to play for South Carolina University after being recruited by top-tier Division I schools like Wake Forest, Auburn, Virginia and North Florida. Jacob Stockl, a local player from Clark, NJ , who placed second in last year’s NJSIAA Tournament of Champions and also qualified for last year’s U.S. Amateur Championship will start his freshmen year at Rutgers in the fall. One of the biggest local advocates for the next generation of rising golf stars is John Petronis, a PGA Golf Professional and the inspiration behind the Junior Golfers’ Association of America. He calls some of the up and coming stars “unbelievable” and says their “tracking is far ahead” of the older stars. His top- ranked young star is Alex Hicks of Cape May Court House, who already has won a scholarship to William and Mary College in Williamsburg, Virginia next year. Close behind him is L.J. Gelreddy, who has a scholarship to High Point College in North Carolina. Other standouts have been Lou Kelly of Sewll, Tom Smith of Woodstown. David Hicks, the younger brother of Alex, Blake Bogdas and John Petronis Jr. One the girls side, Kuriko Tsukiyama of Bogata, was only 14 years old when she won the 2010 NJSGA Women’s Amateur Championship. She is already playing in many national tournaments. There’s also Amber Smith who graduates from Williamstown High School this June, Taylor Toland, a 15year-old who plays out of Trump National Golf Club in Colts Neck and was the 2010 NJSGA Women’s Tournament of Champions winner and Vikoria Lager from the Trenton area. “All these kids have bright futures and there are others pushing them. It’s great for the program and great for the kids,” Petronis says. A few additional high school prospects to watch are among the boys: Anthony Alex, Louis Bodine, Charlie Edler, Jake Goldenring, Fraser Graham, and among girls: Grace Fitzgerald, Noelle Maertz, Saiyya Gillespie and Hana Ku. It seems that our area has plenty of potential when it comes to future stars on the national golf stage. We will continue to follow the progress of these many young champions and hope for great success over the next couple of years. | GOLFER’S TEE TIMES |

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Atlantic City World Amateur Open Golf Tournament, ������������������������������������������������ Immediately after the LPGA professionals leave New Jersey in early June, the Atlantic City area will be hosting a new event, the inaugural Atlantic City World Amateur Open. It is the first event of its kind for the region, in which amateur golfers with an established USGA handicap will have the opportunity to play in a competitive 54-hole tournament, plus a championship round setting similar to one that the professionals play in. Each entrant will play at least three days of golf at various golf courses, followed by a championship round. Borgata Casino Hotel and Spa will host a registration and kick-off event on Sunday, June 5, and additional cocktail receptions will be held at The Pool at Harrah’s on Monday, June 6 and at Resorts Casino Hotel on Tuesday, June 7. The championship round and awards ceremony will take place on June 9 at the historic Seaview, A Dolce Resort.  “This event is a perfect fit for this region,” said Dotsie Tuscano, Chairperson of the Atlantic City World Amateur Open.  “We anticipate this event drawing participants from all across the United States.  It will also showcase Atlantic City for what it is, not just as a gaming market, but a truly world class tourist destination with some of the best golf on the east coast.  We are all looking forward to being part of what promises to be an exciting and high profile event.” A total of nine courses will be used for play, including Blue Heron Pines, Links at Brigantine Beach, Harbor Pines, Mays Landing, Sand Barrens, Seaview (Bay & Pines Courses), ShoreGate, and Twisted Dune. Collectively, those courses make up the

June 5 – 9, 2011 Greater Atlantic City Golf Association. “It all started when Dennis Gomes was appointed to spearhead special events for the resort town. Gomes’ vision of the golf event combined with Jim Fraser’s extensive golf background as founding member and past president of the Greater Atlantic City Golf Association, was instrumental in making this unique event a reality,” explained Brian Hoey, Executive Director of Atlantic City Golf Vacations and the Greater Atlantic City Golf Association. “We have worked hard t o make golf an important

and appealing part of the entertainment component in the Atlantic City region. With this tournament, I

believe we will solidify Atlantic City’s place among the premier golfing destinations in the country. When you look at the individuals involved in creating this tournament, their commitment to the region and their experience with large scale events, you have to be excited for the potential this event holds for the southern New Jersey shore area.” Golfers will be broken out into age groups (Men – 49 years and under, Senior Men – 50 to 59 years, Mid Senior Men – 60 to 69 years, Super Senior Men – 70 years and older, Women – 49 years and under and Senior Women – 50 years and older) and assigned to flights of 96 players in a shotgun format.  Handicaps for men will be maxed at 36.4 and women will be maxed at 36.  Prizes will be awarded for the top individuals in each flight, and a fourth round championship playoff will take place for all flight winners and ties. Players will compete for three days on various courses. The leading players will play a championship round on Sunday. Top players in each flight receive both a prize and a trophy. Daily low net, long drive, closest-tothe-pin, closest-to-the-line, and holein-ones also receive a prize. Players will be required to use carts and no caddies are permitted. Special rates for accommodations are available online. The cost for participation is $450 per golfer. Entries include all green and cart fees (minimum of three rounds of golf), a championship round for those that qualify, breakfast daily, and three evening parties at various casino hotels. Golfers can register online at www., or call 1-877-465-3695 by May 15th.

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The Links at Brigantine


Watch your favorite NFL celebrities at Ron Jaworski’s 27th Celebrity Golf Challenge – June 5 & 6 Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City returns as lead sponsor for the upcoming 27th annual Ron Jaworski Celebrity Golf Challenge. Ron Jaworski, the former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback and current ESPN Monday Night Football analyst, is an active community fundraiser and is very involved with his foundation, the Jaws Youth Fund. They host several annual events, including a 5K in Stone Harbor, cigar party and sports equipment drive. The Celebrity Golf Challenge raises nearly $200,000 each year through its various sponsorships. In 2011, all proceeds from the event will go to the newly formed JAWS YOUTH PLAYBOOK(JYP). Formerly known as the Jaws Youth Fund, the JYP defines its mission as supporting programs which “improve the overall health and wellness of at-risk youth, primarily in the Greater Philadelphia Region.” “We know that youth who are overweight or obese are more likely to have health risk factors associated to cardiovascular disease such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and type 11 diabetes,” said Ron Jaworski, in a statement released about the new fund. “In contrast, the benefits to good health translate to the classroom where studies show that fit students are less likely to have disciplinary problems and perform better on standardized tests.” This year’s event will include a Pairing’s Party at The Pool at Harrah’s in Atlantic City on Sunday night June 5th, and a Kickoff Celebrity-Am, Closing Drive Celebrity-Am at the Atlantic City Country Club on June 6th . Past participants have included Joe Flacco, Tom Brady, Jon Gruden, Joe Theisman and Bill Cowher. Expect to see other well-known celebrities to also play again this year. The United Way Jaws Youth Fund (JYF) had delivered more than $3 million in 10 years to more than 100 non-profit organizations providing varied services to children ranging from the ages of 7-18.   There are still playing and sponsorship opportunities available. To get involved, contact the tournament office at 856-848-4437 or visit their website,



Book Review:

Spring 2011

“Deep Rough” by Chris Blewitt Reviewed By Nate Oxman

Chris Blewitt couldn’t have received a better birthday present. The Swedesboro, N.J. resident awoke on his 30th birthday from a dream with an idea, the idea he had been searching for for eight agonizing years. A salesman by trade, Blewitt had dabbled as a writer in his spare time dating back to his high school days at the now-defunct St. James High in Chester, Pa. and, inspired by the magic of John Grisham’s The Firm, began writing his first novel, a crime story centered on the Philadelphia mafia, during his senior year at the University of Dayton. He finished it a year later and then submitted the manuscript to a cousin who’s a published author himself. “He told me, ‘Write what you know,’” said Blewitt, then just 22 years old. “I know nothing about the mafia, which is probably a good thing. I thought about it and I thought, ‘Well, I know about golf’.” Blewitt’s father taught him how to play around the age of 10 at Clayton Park Golf Course, a ninehole municipal course in nearby Glen Mills. He played casually in high school and college until he and a few friends moved down to Hilton Head Island, S.C. after receiving his degree in criminal justice. A high-handicapper and a waiter at the time, Blewitt benefited from his friends’ jobs at a golf course, playing or practicing every day, and golf soon turned into “an obsession.” When Blewitt moved back to the Philadelphia area, he began working at the now-extinct Somerton Springs Golf Shop, first in Springfield, Pa. and then at the Feasterville location. He became a solid player, whittling his handicap down to a five at one point, and turning into a genuine golf geek. All the while, Blewitt was racking his brain for an idea for a golf book. He started a family with his wife Katie - they now have three kids: Evan, 5, Kendyl, 3, and Bryson, 10 months - and then gave himself that 30th birthday present, a dream that two and a half years later, after waking up at 5 a.m. everyday to write before leaving for work, would turn into Deep Rough, a fictional tale of an associate at a Philadelphia-based sports agency who discovers a jaw-dropping scheme involving his boss and an Augusta National member to “destroy the very fabric” of the Masters tournament. In Deep Rough, Blewitt blends engaging characters with Philadelphia and South Jersey ties with vivid hole by hole descriptions of storied Augusta National and a ticket holder’s first-person account of the mythical Masters experience, at the same time spinning an enthralling, cliff hanger-heavy adult

crime story that includes violence, revenge, and even murder. Also delving into the distinguished history of both Augusta National and its annual crown jewel event, Deep Rough is a unique way for budding golfers to acquaint themselves with one of the foremost traditions in golf. And Blewitt plays the role of historian beautifully, using dialogue and succinct narration to give golfers of all types a heap of essential background information and an assortment of “Did you Know?” facts and anecdotes. “I did a ton of research on the Masters,” said Blewitt. “I read two books probably two or three times each to learn about the history of the Masters and Augusta, of every single hole, where they moved bunkers, where they placed trees, of tournament coverage on TV. I really wanted to be an expert on the course and the tournament. It’s the only course that hosts a major every single year. It’s the course in the United States and really the most exclusive club in the world. And I thought it would be really cool to dive into that.” Blewitt sees a little of himself in the story’s main character, Craig Waltrip, a recreational golfer who’s giddy after accepting an invitation to attend the Masters from his boss, Hank Fredericks, the abrasive, amoral president of the Philly-based sports management firm whose propensity for gambling and crossing the line leads to major upheaval at both his company and potentially the Masters as well. Waltrip’s fervor to finally set foot on the hallowed grounds at Augusta is derailed when he learns of a meeting between Hank and an Augusta member named Red Maitland that causes Waltrip to question his allegiance to his boss. “He’s a golf enthusiast who wants to be on the front lines,“ said Blewitt. “I wanted him to be this star-struck guy who got the opportunity to go to Augusta National and the Masters and then got an up close and personal experience there.” The way in which Blewitt places Waltrip there is refreshingly clever and intertwines an-

other intriguing character, professional golfer Chet Walker, a (then) Phil Mickelson-type who enters the Masters eager to erase the “Best Golfer Yet to Win a Major” label. Blewitt succeeds in producing an authentic PGA Tour star in Walker and relates round by round tournament coverage with journalistic precision, setting the scene for a sensational Sunday finish and then delivering a satisfying, didn’t-see-that-coming conclusion to both the Masters and the novel. Deep Rough is available in paperback or as an e-book on Kindle at as well as an e-book on Nook at For more information, visit or contact Chris Blewitt via email at

Heard Around the States

JOHN PETRONIS TO TEACH AT MAYS LANDING GOLF CLUB John Petronis, PGA Golf Professional will bring his JGA Golf Academy & Fitting Center to Mays Landing Golf Course, as an additional location and is now available for Individual & Clinic Golf Lessons, Personalized Expert Club Fittings, and Club Repair. He is a two-time winner of the Junior Golf Leader Award from the Philadelphia Section. He has over 18 years experience in Teaching Golf to Adults and Junior Golfers . John has had a lot of success in teaching golf and has not only helped out newer golfers fall in love with the game of golf, he has also taught many of the best golfers of the South Jersey and Phialdelphia Region.



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- Gladstone, New Jersey - Exit 22B off Route 287 North (Bedminster) - 60 minutes due west of NYC - 10 minutes from USGA headquarters (Far Hills)

Sponsor Exemption:

LPGA Tour rookie Belén Mozo, a four-time All-American at the University of Southern California, will compete on a sponsor exemption at the 2011 Sybase Match Play Championship. Mozo, who made her professional debut at the 2010 U.S. Women’s Open.


Tournament Dates: Thursday, May 19 - Sunday, May 22, 2011 Format:

Match-play, single match elimination


$1.5 million – with the 1st Place Winner receiving $375,000 (the 3rd largest purse on the LPGA Tour in 2011)


The top 64 LPGA players in the world as determined by: a) top 48 players from the 2011 LPGA Priority List; b) 10 LPGA members who finish in the top 10, not already qualified, after the 2nd round of the Avnet LPGA Classic; c) 4 players from the current year’s LPGA Money List that have not already qualified; d) two sponsor exemptions

Defending Champion:

May 19-22, 2011

Sun Young Yoo; 2010 Runner-Up: Angela Stanford Hamilton Farm

On-Site Restrictions:

Golf Club Gladstone, NJ

While preparing to attend the Sybase Match Play Championship, please observe the following restrictions: • Please silence your cellular phones. • No coolers permitted on Tournament grounds. State liquor laws prohibit Patrons from bringing their own alcoholic beverages. Beer is available at concession stands. Please be prepared to show proof of age. Patrons will not be allowed to leave the Tournament with open containers of alcoholic beverages. No outside food or beverages. • No containers, backpacks, large bags are permitted on the grounds. • No cameras or camcorders (other than Monday through Wednesday, Michelle for personal use only). Wie • No noise producing electronic devices, TVs, radios. • No weapons (regardless of permit), including, but not limited to: firearms, knives, and any other item the Tournament deems unlawful or dangerous in its sole discretion. • No pets (other than service animals) are permitted on the grounds. • All bags are subject to search and unauthorized items will be confiscated., Twitter (, Facebook (


The main charitable recipient of the 2011 Sybase Match Play Championship will be Somerset Medical Center, a nonprofit teaching hospital located in Somerville, NJ.


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TV Broadcast:

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No player is permitted to give an autograph once she has begun her competitive round, Thursday-Sunday. Players, on an individual basis, can choose to give autographs before and after their rounds. Again, please be courteous to all players. Parking: General parking is located on Fowler Road, just off of Pottersville Road in Gladstone. Follow signs off of Route 202/206 for spectator parking. Ticket Information: The best idea is to purchase them on-line, www.sybasematchplaychampionship. com by calling 800-444-LPGA so as to avoid any delays on tournament day. Dai- Volunteers: ly tickets (Thursday – Sunday) are $20 in advance, $ 25 at the gate, and a full- Join over 450 volunteers from around the Tri-State area who are responsible for week Championship Pass is $50 in advance, $60 at the gate. Any child 17 and the success of the unique Sybase Match Play Championship. For only $35 volununder accompanied by a paid adult will be admitted free all week. Members of the teers receive event tickets, a tournament shirt, jacket and hat, as well as additional military, police, fire and EMS will be admitted free. benefits. Volunteering offers fans an exclusive, behind-the-scenes experience with LPGA Special Ticket Promo: Tour professionals, Tournament guests and celebrities, as well as fans.  Meet new Fans can text the word LPGA to 792273 (“SYBASE”) to obtain two (2) free daily people while watching the world’s best female golfers’ battle head to head.  A tickets to the Sybase Match Play Championship, valid any one day Thursday, May number of unique opportunities and committees are available, each offering dif19 – Sunday, May 22. Fans will then receive a response message with a promotio- ferent responsibilities.  Volunteer committee assignments are on a first-come firstnal code valid for (2) two free daily tickets to be redeemed online at Check www.sybaseserve Listings basis so sign up now! For further information, contact Sara Rogers at (212) Your Local Limited quantities of free tickets are available. May 19 -546-7308. May 22 (

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Stroke Play vs. Match Play –Helpful Hints to Better Understanding the Game By Andrea Stuart

When the LPGA comes to New Jersey in May, spectators will get two completely different ways to watch the same game, golf. At the Sybase Match Play Championship, the ladies will be using a match play format, while at the Sybase LPGA Classic, look for the ladies to be playing a traditional stroke play event. Most professional golf tournaments today use the stroke play format. In these events, all of the golfers play a certain number of holes (usually 54 holes for the ladies, and 72 holes for men), and the player who has the lowest combined total score after the final day’s play is the winner. But at the Sybase Match Play Championship, the golfers will be pitted directly against each other. A player is not concerned with the entire field—only with beating the opposing golfer. There are “brackets” and a single elimination – similar to the recent NCAA Basketball Tournament. Scoring in match play is quite different from stroke play. Each hole in Match play is scored as a separate event. The player who finishes a hole in the fewest strokes is the winner of that hole. At the end of the match, the player who has won the most holes is the winner. Only one player needs to theoretically “hole out” for the hole to be completed. The scoring system leads to some unusual terminology. The results of match events are not reported by strokes, or by the total number of holes won, but by how many MORE (or fewer) holes a player has won, along with the number of holes left in the match. So, if after 14 holes, Paula Creamer has won eight holes and Morgan Pressel has won six, the score would be Creamer leads 2-Up through 14. At the same time, Pressel is 2-down. If both players have won the same number of holes, the match is “All Square Through 14.” Because each hole is played as a separate event, it is possible for one player to get so far ahead in a match that the other has no chance to win. For example, if Creamer and Pressel finish the 16th hole, and Creamer is 3-Up, there is no need to continue since the best Pressel could do is to win the 17th and 18th, and she still would lose by one hole. So the match ends right there. The score would be reported as Creamer wins, 3 and 2. That means that Creamer won because she was up by three holes, with only two holes to play. If a player wins 1-up, that means that the match has gone to 18 holes. The last hole was played either because the match was all square after 17, or because a player was only 1 up, and the other player could have made the match All Square on the final hole. If the match is All Square after 18 holes, the two players will play until the tie is broken. The first one to win the next hole, wins the match. The term “Dormie” is used to describe a situation where one player is up by the exact number of holes left in the match. The best the opponent can do is to tie. So, if Creamer and Pressel were on the 16th tee, and Creamer was 3-Up, the match is Dormie. The best Pressel can do is to win the final three holes (16, 17 and 18)and make things All Square. One seemingly strange score is when a player wins 5 and 3. On the surface, it looks as though the match should have ended with four holes to play, because one player was up by five. But what actually happened was that the match was Dormie with four to go. That is, Creamer was 4-Up on the 15th tee (four holes to go). At this point, Pressel can Halve the match by winning the final four holes. But Creamer wins the 15th, and the match is over. She wins by five, with three to

go, or 5 and 3. Another interesting aspect of Match Play is that the players do not have finish every hole. This could be a disqualification in stroke play, but is quite common in match play. Consider the following situation: One player has birdied the hole already and the other is still putting for par. The player who makes par or worse cannot catch the one who has made the birdie, so the hole can be conceded and play moves to the next hole. Sometimes you might see a player even take a practice putt (another stroke play no-no) after a hole has been conceded, and that would be perfectly alright. Remember in match play the score does not carry over to the next hole so once one player is in the hole, the best is to just move on to the next In Match Play, you will often find the gamesmanship happens on the green. It is quite common for a player to “concede” a stroke. This usually happens on a short putt. Pressel knows that Creamer is going to make the tap-in, so she grants the “gimmie.” The real question for that hole is whether Pressel can make 15 footer to win the hole, or if she two putts for a halve. This is where the strategy plays a key role. Players need to be sure that a ball is conceded before picking it up, though. Failure to hear the concession can result in a one stroke penalty. There are also a couple of other major rules differences in Match Play. For example, in Stoke Play, if you play out of order, it’s just a breach of etiquette. But in Match Play, your opponent can force you to replay the shot. The other major differences generally have to do with the penalty for breach of rules. In Stroke play, most of the penalties involve the addition of strokes. In Match Play, the rules violations generally involve the automatic loss of the hole. Match play is very exciting golf. Usually the play is more aggressive since a bad score does not carry forward past the one hole. But one of the reasons that you don’t see it a lot on television is that it is unpredictable. Individual matches can end quite suddenly, because you don’t have to play all the holes to determine a winner. For that matter, you don’t even have to finish every hole. A network could schedule three hours for a match, only to have one player win the first ten holes. The match would be over, and the network still would have an hour of programming to fill. Match play events also are usually played in brackets, like the NCAA basketball tournament. The winner continues on, and the loser goes home. This means that it is entirely possible for the matches on the weekend—when television viewership is highest—to be devoid of the stars. In match play, one bad round means that you are done. In Stroke play, you can have a bad round and still come back the next day, have a good round and make the cut. What really makes the Sybase Match Play Championship even more unique than other events is that the 64-player field will not be “seeded” or ranked from 1 to 64 where the #1 player would play the #64 player in the first round, and so on. For this event, there will be a random drawing by the players on the Tuesday afternoon of tournament week. The public is invited to attend (no ticket necessary) and watch as the ladies will be picking their first round partners out of a large bowl of golf balls. Yes, this means you could see some very exciting early matches. How intriguing. Look for some exciting action as the ladies come to town in May!

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Attend a great event where PGA Professionals provide free clinics for all playing levels, equipment testing, along with raffles, prizes, contests and much more. Make plans to attend a great event at Play Golf America Day (, at Eagle Ridge Golf Club in Lakewood, NJ on May 1st. This event is free to the general public and will be highlighted by PGA Golf Professionals providing 10-minute individual lessons and conducting demonstrations. It will also feature a show by NJPGA Professionals at 2pm, as well as the playing of the Inaugural Play Golf America Junior Invitational sponsored by US Kids Golf. Players from the local First Tee programs, US Kids, NJPGA, and South Jersey Tours will compete in a Stableford format over nine holes. Ping and US Kids Golf will also be on-site to provide hands-on testing of the hottest products on the market today. Attendees will be able to test drivers on the range, wedges at the chipping area and putters on the practice green. “The Play Golf America Day in New Jersey will be a terrific golf experience for players of all levels,” said Scott Kmiec, Executive Director, New Jersey PGA Section. “From avid golfers, to golf enthusiasts and newcomers to the game, this event will provide a fun-filled atmosphere that combines instruction, product testing, skills contests and some great golf prizes and giveaways.” “Our Play Golf America Day is just the beginning to what will be a great year of golf.”


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Spring 2011


There’s excitement in the air when it comes to the upcoming ShopRite LPGA Classic, which will be held for the second consecutive year on the Bay Course at historic Seaview – A Dolce Resort from May 30- June 5. “Atlantic City missed the LPGA, but the LPGA also missed Atlantic City,” says Tim Erensen, Executive Director of the ShopRite LPGA Classic and the man largely responsible for bringing an LPGA event back to the area. “We were very excited when ShopRite agreed to become the title sponsor of the event again, and the community has embraced its return.” Building off the momentum last year’s tournament -- re-established after a three-year hiatus -Erensen is excited about the prospect of having a full 150-participant field event. “Last year, 99 out of the top 100 players played at the ShopRite LPGA Classic and this year should prove no different. Several major names have already committed to the event, and with a limited number of LPGA Tour events in the United States already, the ladies are excited about returning to New Jersey.” Ai Miyazato will be back to defend her 2010 title. Also expect to see the return of 16-year old Alexis Thompson, who will use one of her six LPGA exemptions (her family’s petition to the LPGA for her to play more tournaments, even though she did not meet the minimum 18-year old age requirement for LPGA Tour status, was denied by the LPGA) to play again this year at the ShopRite LPGA Classic. “With no dominant player currently on the LPGA Tour, it gives spectators a chance to see many of the players who will get to compete in the 2016 Olym-

pics. The LPGA is such a global tour. It’s basically an Olympic preview right here in Galloway,” said Erensen. In addition to watching some of the top-ranked players in the world, area residents will be excited to know that Mays Landing native Joanna Coe is hopeful to receive one of the sponsor exemptions into the field, although that won’t be official until a few weeks before the event. Coe, who is a senior at Rollins College, earned her way into the 2010 ShopRite LPGA Classic by virtue of winning the Monday qualifier – a rare feat for an amateur player. One thing that might stop Coe from playing has been a persistent wrist injury that has caused her to miss some play early this year. This is actually the thirteenth time that Seaview will host the event, dating back to 1986. Over the years many LPGA Tour legends have won here including Hall-of-Famers Betsy King and Annika Sorenstam, who both won three times, Nancy Lopez and Juli Inkster. Since it became the title sponsor of the Classic in the 1990s, ShopRite has donated more than $23 million to charity through its sponsorship of

LPGA events. The history of Seaview dates back to 1914, when Clarence H. Geist, a public utility magnate, founded the original golf course. Designed by Hugh Wilson (who also designed the courses at Merion Golf Club), the Bay Course opened in 1915. The following year, famed golf course designer Donald Ross completed the course. After some renovations by Bob Crupp Jr. in 1998, and another recent $1 million update in 2011 to the bunkers and mounds, the Bay Course plays as a par 71, 6,247 yards course from the back tees. Dating back to the 1980s, the resort and golf courses were owned by the Marriott Corporation, but it changed a few years ago when the property was sold to LaSalle Hotel Properties. La Salle Properties engaged world renowned Dolce Hotels and Resorts to manage the property in 2009. In late 2010, LaSalle sold to the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, and recently completely a $12 million renovation of the resort. After being closed for several months, the resort reopened to the public this past March, with many of the original motifs in the lobby area restored, as well as the reception and banquet areas. Erensen sees the takeover by Stockton College as a positive for the tournament. “Stockton College is a true partner to the event, and they have given the whole facility a much needed improvement. They have renovated the pro shop, locker rooms and several other areas both on and off the golf course,” continues Erensen. The Stockton College Foundation has also been an integral part of the tournament, and will continue to be one of the charitable beneficiaries of

the event. H a r r a h ’s Resort Atlantic City will be the presenting sponsor of the Official Tournament ProAm events slated for Wednesday, June 1 and Thursday, June 2. LPGA players will tee it up with amateur golf enthusiasts on several of the finest courses in New Jersey: Atlantic City Country Club, SeaviewA Dolce Resort Bay Course and Galloway National Golf Club The tournament was lucky to have received a much improved set of tournament dates this year. While falling on Father’s Day weekend in 2010, this year the tournament will run the week right after Memorial Day weekend when many people are in the Atlantic City and Jersey Shore area. Unlike many other sporting events, attending an LPGA tournament is actually very reasonably priced. Admission to the Monday qualifier, practice rounds and the Pro-Am are free to the public. The Friday through Sunday ticket prices range from $15 for daily admission, to $30 for a weekly pass or $60 for a weekly clubhouse pass, which includes access to Seaview’s dining facilities and bathrooms. Tickets are available online or at the tournament entrance gate. Children under age 17 are admitted free. Also, ShopRite Plus Card Members can receive two free tickets each day. Most of the nearly 700 volunteer spaces are already accounted for, thanks to the loyal legions of past tournament volunteers, but many volunteer opportunities are still available. For additional tournament details and volunteer opportunities, visit Photos courtesy of Shoprite LPGA Classic. Top right:Ai Miyazato, who will return to defend her 2010 ShopRite LPGA Classic title. Center:Sherri Steinhauer tees off as spectators look on during the second round of competition at the ShopRite LPGA Classic. Bottom left:Paula Creamer during the final round of competition at the ShopRite LPGA Classic




2011 SHOPRITE LPGA CLASSIC On-SiteRestrictions:

Tournament Site:


Location: -401 South New York Road, Galloway, New Jersey, 08205 -Garden State Parkway to Atlantic City Service Plaza near mile marker 41, follow hospital signs to Jimmie Leeds Road and then signs to Tournament General Parking -20 minutes from Atlantic City -75 minutes from New York City and northern New Jersey

Tournament Dates: May 30- June 5, 2011 Format:

54-hole, stroke-play

While preparing to attend the ShopRite LPGA Classic, please observe the following restrictions: • Cellular phones are permitted but MUST be turned off or silenced. • No coolers permitted on Tournament grounds. State liquor laws prohibit Patrons from bringing their own alcoholic beverages. Beer is available at concession stands. Please be prepared to show proof of age. Patrons will not be allowed to leave the Tournament with open containers of alcoholic beverages. No outside food or beverages. • No containers, backpacks, large bags are permitted on the grounds. • No cameras or camcorders (other than Monday through Thursday, for personal use only). • No noise producing electronic devices, TVs, radios. • No weapons (regardless of permit), including, but not limited to: firearms, knives, and any other item the Tournament deems unlawful or dangerous in its sole discretion. • No pets (other than service animals) are permitted on the grounds. • All bags are subject to search and unauthorized items will be confiscated.

150 LPGA Tour players, including two Monday qualifier spots, and three sponsor exemptions

Autographs: Under LPGA guidelines, no player is permitted to give an autograph once she has begun her competitive round, Friday-Sunday. Players, on an individual basis, can choose to give autographs before and after their rounds. There will be designated areas for autograph seekers. Again, please be courteous to all players.

Defending Champion: Ai Miyazato

Ticket Information:

Purse: $1.5 million – with the 1st Place Winner receiving $225,000 Players:

Sponsor Exemption: To be announced Web Info:


The charitable recipients of the 2011 ShopRite LPGA Classic include The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey Foundation, The Community FoodBank of NJ – So. Branch, Boys & Girls Club of Atlantic City, First Tee of Greater Atlantic City, AtlantiCare and many other local charities. Schedule: Monday, May 30 – Practice Rounds, Monday Qualifier -No ticket required Tuesday, May 31– Practice Rounds (All Day)-No ticket required Wednesday, June 1– Pro-Am Competition (All Day)-No Ticket Required Thursday, June 2- Pro-Am Competition (All Day) – No Ticket Required Friday, June 3- Round One – All Day Saturday, June 4- Round Two/ Field Cut to 70 plus ties after round Sunday, June 5–Final Round followed by Award Ceremony (Approx. 6:30pm)

TV Broadcast:

There will be coverage Friday-Sunday on the Golf Channel. Check local listings for exact times

The best idea is to purchase them on-line, by calling 609-798-0222 so as to avoid any delays on tournament day. There is no charge to watch the Monday Qualifier/ or Pro-Am rounds for the Monday through Thursday practice rounds. Daily grounds tickets are $15, a full-week grounds pass is $30, and a weekly Clubhouse pass with access to the Seaview Clubhouse and facilities is $60. Any child 17 and under accompanying a paid adult will be admitted free. Members of the military, police, fire and EMS will be admitted free.


General parking is located at the Municipal Lot off of E. Jimmie Leeds Road. There is a $5 parking fee/ daily.

Severe Weather:

The Seaview Resort and the LPGA tournament committee are equipped with a severe weather detection system. In the event of bad weather, seek shelter immediately. Stay away from any bleachers, isolated trees, telephone poles, hills, open fields, golf carts, metal fences or barricades.


The ShopRite LPGA Classic is still accepting volunteer applications. Applications are available online. There is a $35 Volunteer uniform package requirement for those interested in volunteering. Any questions, contact Jenna Boyce at 609.798.0222 or


The Philadelphia PGA is celebrating 90 years in 2011. The Section met for the first time on December 2, 2921 with 30 members in attendance. Ninety years later, their membership consists of over 700 PGA members, and 150 apprentices. Over the years, there have been many important milestones in the Section. In 1911, Johnny McDermott became the first American born golfer to win the U.S. Open Championship. The first president of the PGA of America was Robert White, who had been employed at Shawnee Country Club. Whitemarsh Valley’s Jim Barnes won the first PGA Championship. Incoming President of the USGA Mike Davis was born in central Pennsylvania. Like all the PGA Sections, the Philadelphia Section has been involved in a great deal of charitable events over the years. During World War II, Section professionals raised $4,000 to benefit the Valley Forge General Hospital in Phoenixville, PA. They later built a golf course for wounded servicemen around the property. This summer, the Section will again shine in its charitable work when the Vincent Mariniello Golf Course will be completed. The course will be used by the Variety Club to provide summer junior golf camps for special needs children. The Section has been working for over 35 years with the Variety Club and has helped raise over $200,000 for the organization. The Section has been hosted many professional golf tournaments and many of their PGA Golf Professionals have been national recognized for their many achievements. In 2011, the AT&T PGA Tour event will return to Aronimink Golf Club and the PGA Professional National Championship will be played at Hershey Country Club in late June.


Spring 2011


The Golfer’s “Cold” Fascination: Winter Golf Leagues


By Nate Oxman

The mere notion seemed absurd to Naz Gagliardi. Stow your golf clubs away for the winter? “No, no, no,” said 65-year-old Philadelphia native, shaking his head. “The clubs never get put away. They never get put away. Absolutely not.” Not when there’s a full slate of tournaments courtesy of the Atlantic Winter Golf League, where sometimes more than 100 faithful golfers layer up once or twice each week from late October through March to battle the bitter cold and unforgiving course conditions on courses in South Jersey and the Philadelphia area. Eighty-five eager AWGL members teed it up this past March at Running Deer Golf Club in Pittsgrove, N.J. in an event to honor the late Earl LeDoux, the league’s longtime tournament director who passed away back in October. The league, as well as the event to honor LeDoux, was created by Tom Smith, a PGA professional and former Philadelphia Section PGA Professional of the Year, to offer golfers the opportunity for off-season competition. Twelve local PGA professionals and 12 amateurs competed in a match play event for the inaugural LeDoux Cup in addition to competing in the regular gross (professional division) and net (amateur and senior amateur divisions) competitions. For a change this season, the weather cooperated, if you want to call it that. An outsider surely would not, but ask an AWGL member and he’ll likely tell you he’ll take 35 degrees in February over 95 degrees in August any day. Temperatures reached the upper 40s and the sun stayed out most of the day, making conditions mild for an AWGL event, although incessant winds still forced plenty of players to bundle up. Accustomed to frozen tees - they often use a rubber driving range-style tee because

sticking a wooden tee into the ground is usually impossible - and concrete greens approaches landing on the putting surface have a tendency to trampoline - players found more receptive fairways and greens at Running Deer GC. Yet Running Deer, the once private club that opened its doors to the public when the Ron Jaworski Golf Management team took over a few years back, remained a stern test, punishing those who strayed from the fairways and greens with its gnarly waste and sand bunkers and plenty of pine trees. None of the pros in the field broke par, with low scores being a pair of 1-over par 73s from John Appleget of Wildwood Golf & Country Club and Greg Farrow of Deerwood Country Club. Amateur Tom DiCinti turned in an impressive 4-over 76 to take the amateur gross title, while Joe Lobascio (70) had the low net score. The senior amateur winners were Bill Kovach with a gross score of 76 and Jim Lloyd (net 71), whose gross score of 79 earned him the tiebreaker of Ray Rose (net 71, gross 82). The pros took the inaugural LeDoux Cup, winning 14 ½ to 3 ½. Farrow, Head PGA professional at Deerwood CC in Westampton, is back competing in AWGL events after taking a long time off. “I used to do it all the time, but it’s probably been 10 or 15 years since I’ve done it,” said Farrow. “I took a big hiatus. So I just started up again this year and this is my seventh event this year. It’s quite enjoyable. I’ve known a lot of the guys for awhile and the competition is good. I look forward to playing every week.” Farrow and Appleget, a former Philadelphia Open champion, are both accomplished players in the Philadelphia Section PGA, continuing a legacy of highly-talented players competing in AWGL events. Ed Dougherty, a former winner on both

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the PGA Tour and Champions Tour was a longtime AWGL competitor, as was Gary Hardin, who starred at Temple University and played sporadically on the PGA Tour while also enjoying a successful playing career locally. Smith’s brother, Dick, a past president of the PGA of America who spent more than a decade as the head professional at Woodcrest Country Club in Cherry Hill, N.J., and Sam Penecale, who had a decorated Philadelphia Section PGA career and also competed in numerous U.S. Opens and PGA Championships, were both regulars as well. Both Smith brothers still are involved in teaching golfers. The Dick Smith Golf Academy is run out of Valleybrook Golf Club and Running Deer Golf Club, where both teach individual private lessons, as well as clinics and groups. Just one of the unique features of the AWGL is the fact that distinguished PGA professionals play alongside amateur golfers whose handicaps can stretch to 16 (amateurs) and 20 (senior amateurs). Gagliardi, who has won several AWGL senior titles, has even bested the entire field on a few occasions. The most recent came back in December at Woodcrest CC. “I had a 75 and beat everybody, all the pros and amateurs,“ said Gagliardi, who plays out of Bensalem Township Country Club. “The golf course was frozen. It was like 25 degrees. You couldn’t even get a tee in the ground.” The amateurs are an eclectic bunch. Gagliardi heads a group of about 10 current or former firefighters. He retired a few years ago after 33 years in the Philadelphia Fire Department. There are also doctors, lawyers, Bob Hobson, a senior airline pilot who flies 757s, and “there are guys like me,” jokes Gagliardi. The unifying bond is the little white ball. “We all love golf,” said Gagliardi. “The

guys who play in this league, we’re diehard golfers. I’m getting older and I’m not as good as I was but I still enjoy playing. We still come out and have fun.” “Playing in the conditions that we play in throughout the winter, I think there’s sort of a bond that forms among the participants,” added Smith. “Although it’s rare, we do get days in the 20s with wind chills in the teens. That’s a test. That’s when the scores don’t get too low.” “A lot of times the greens are frozen,” said Gagliardi. “The fairways are frozen. Sometimes the ball hits on the green and bounces right over. But you have to adjust. You have to bounce the ball up onto the green. You have to judge the conditions.” Unexpected, abrupt changes in weather have caused cancellations throughout the years. “We have had an occasion where we had to suspend play,” said Smith. “One was at Seaview maybe 15 years ago. It was awfully cold and then it started to snow. It was a wet, slushy snow so when you started to roll the ball on the putting green, it started out as a golf ball but by the time it got to the hole it was like a grapefruit. So we finally called it.” No matter how brutal the conditions get, quitting isn’t an option. “The guys I play with, nobody has ever picked up and gone home because it was too cold,” said Gagliardi. “I don’t think there are any guys here who would quit,” added Smith. “If they tee it up on the first hole, they’ll finish.” Whenever Gagliadi finishes and returns home, he always gets the same question from his wife. “My wife thinks I’ve been nuts my whole life,” said Gagliardi. “I always tell her after I come in on a cold day and she asks, ’Was it cold out there?” I say, ’No, it wasn’t really cold.’ She says, ‘What do you mean you weren’t cold?

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PAUL SPANO WINS NATIONAL FIRST TEE AWARD Paul Spano, a participant in The First Tee of Metropolitan New York (TFTMNY, website:, and resident of Bronx, NY, was named the first-ever recipient of The First Tee’s Outstanding Participant Award. This unique national award recognizes outstanding achievement by a First Tee participant in the areas of academic achievement, community service, chapter involvement, leadership, essay responses and letters of recommendation. Spano, 17, has been a First Tee participant since 2003 at TFTMNY’s Mosholu facility located in the Bronx, where he volunteers his time and serves as a role model to younger First Tee participants. Spano also volunteers at various youth programs at the New York Botanical Gardens, teaching children the importance of conserving and protecting the environment. In addition, he tutors students at Public School 89 as part of the READ Program, which is a summer curriculum designed to help inner-city elementary school students who are below grade level in reading and writing. Spano is currently completing his final year of high school at Fordham Prep, where he plays on the varsity golf team, and is looking forward to attending Fordham University, where he plans to pursue a career as a physical therapist. He received a $20,000 scholarship from Shell Oil Co. for winning the award. “Paul has truly represented himself and our chapter at the highest possible level of excellence,” said TFTMNY Executive Director Barry McLaughlin. “I believe the impact he has made will benefit our other First Tee participants for years to come.” The TFTMNY has several locations in the area spanning from New Jersey to Connecticut.

Forsgate Country Club Wins More Accolades

blue heron pines golf club recognized for environmental excellence

Forsgate Country Club, an RDC Golf Group (RDC) owned and operated facility, announces that the readers of GolfStyles New Jersey magazine have voted the historic Monroe facility the “No. 1 Private Club Value” and the “No. 1 Family Club” in its most recent Readers’ Choice Awards. Forsgate also claimed Top-10 spots in the categories of “Best Private Course” and “Best Restaurant,” among others. GolfStyles polled more than 47,000 of its Garden State readers for the fall 2010 awards issue.

Blue Heron Pines Golf Club has retained its designation as a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary through the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses (ASCP), an Audubon International Program. To reach certification, course personnel must demonstrate that they are maintaining a high degree of environmental quality in the following areas: Environmental Planning, Wildlife and Habitat Management, Outreach and Education, Chemical Use Reduction and Safety, Water Conversation, and Water Quality Management.

“Our team stays focused every day on creating and maintaining value to our members and customers, and we appreciate the recognition from GolfStyles’ readers,” said RDC Chief Executive Officer Christopher Schiavone. “Our great facilities are part of that value, but it’s our staff and present membership that are most important to making Forsgate Country Club a special place for single golfers and families alike.”

“We are very proud to have earned this distinction from Audubon International,” said Blue Heron Pines General Manager Will Arabea. “As one of only 816 golf courses in the world to achieve this designation, we believe that an essential part of being a good neighbor and a responsible business leader in the community is environmental stewardship.

For over 75 years, Forsgate’s Banks Course has been one of the state’s most celebrated tracks, and it is on The Met Golfer magazine’s list of the “Top Fifty Courses in the Met Area.” Few, if any, other courses on that venerable list present golfers with the variety and quality of amenities and competitive membership fees as Forsgate.


The USGA knew it was a hard act to follow when David Fay announced his retirement as Executive Director late last December. But when the resumes were narrowed down, the choice was clear—the seventh executive director would be central Pennsylvania native Mike Davis. Davis started at the USGA in 1989, and has had a highly visible (and sometimes controversial) role lately. He has been the man in charge of course set up for the USGA events, including the US Opens (men, women and senior), US Amateur and many of their other events for the past five years. In addition to his role as Executive Director, Davis will still have input in the USGA course selection and set up process. Davis does not see any conflict in wearing both hats. “I don’t really see any of that changing at all,” Davis said. “David Fay was involved in that whole process. I will be but there will be a lot of others. Ultimately, it’s the board of directors that decides where we go for that.” The USGA Headquarters are in Far Hills, NJ.

“Our superintendent, Shawn Reynolds, takes that responsibility seriously, and it is because of his dedication and commitment, and that of his staff, that we have been recognized by Audubon International.” Blue Heron Pines was ranked 34th among the top 50 public golf courses in the nation according to GolfWorld’s 2010 Readers’ Choice Awards.

SPORTS PRODUCER & WRITER JOEL BLUMBERG PASSES AWAY SUDDENLY It is with great sadness that the sports world lost one of the “good guys” and a friend to many, Joel Blumberg, who passed away suddenly in late December. Joel was a long-time producer/ writer of a variety of sporting events including football, basketball and golf. He was a member of the Metropolitan Golf Writers Board of Directors and a strong advocate of golf in the New York/New Jersey area. He had just finished his first fictional novel and was very excited about its prospects. He passed away heading to a job he loved -- while traveling to cover a basketball game at Madison Square Garden. Joel is survived by his wife and daughter. Donations in Joel’s honor can be made to the Teddy Atlas Foundation. We’ll miss you Joel!


Tickets are now available for the upcoming 2011 Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship, which will take place at historic Westchester Country Club in Harrison, N.Y. from August 17-21. A single-day grounds ticket will cost just $20 plus tax and fees. This ticket is valid for grounds admission, good anyone day, from August 17-21. A weekly Clubhouse-access ticket is also available for $125 plus tax and fees and offers admission to the grounds and to the clubhouse every day during the competition rounds, August 18-21. Fans can log on to www.ceseniorplayers.comor call 914-481-5900 to purchase tickets. Four past Senior Players Champions, including Jay Haas (2009), D.A. Weibring (2008), Loren Roberts (2007), and Bobby Wadkins (2006) have already committed to compete in this year’s Championship. More player announcements will come as additional commitments are received leading up to the Championship. In 2011, all individual grounds tickets will be sold through the TICKETS Fore CHARITY program, an innovative fundraising platform designed to improve the quality of life in communities where PGA TOUR & Champions Tour events are held. The program offers registered 501(c)3 organizations a chance to raise funds by promoting ticket sales. Check with your individual charity before purchasing to see if they can benefit from your purchase.


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Spring 2011

Met Golf Writers Announce 2011 Annual Awards

neshanic valley to host 2012 usga event

The Metropolitan Golf Writers Association’s have announced the following 2011 Award Winners: Tim Finchem, the Commissioner of the PGA TOUR, will be recognized for his outstanding leadership and achievements and will receive the Gold Tee Award, the MGWA’s highest honor. Ernie Els, will receive the Winnie Palmer Award, for his foundation work on behalf of autism; CBS Sports broadcaster Jim Nantz, the Lincoln Werden Golf Journalism Award; Donald J. Trump Family, Family of the Year; Metropolis Country Club, Club of the Year; Nationwide Insurance, the Bing Crosby Tournament Sponsor Award; Mary Bea Porter-King, Distinguished Service Award. The award ceremony will take place in early June in Tarrytown, NY.

Neshanic Valley Golf Course in Neshanic Station, consistently ranked as one of best public golf facilities in the state, has been awarded the 2012 U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links Championship. It will be the third USGA championship conducted in New Jersey next year, along with the U.S. Senior Amateur at Mountain Ridge C.C. in West Caldwell and the USGA Men’s State Team Championship at Galloway National G.C. in Galloway. The U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links Championship was inaugurated in 1977 as an opportunity for public-course players to compete for a national championship. It is open to female amateur golfers who are bona fide public-course players and who hold a USGA Handicap Index not exceeding 18.4. Neshanic Valley Golf Course in Somerset County has been selected to host the 2012 U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links Championship.

plainfield country club prepares for the barclays August 23-28, 2011 Plainfield Country Club, a highly rated Donald Ross private golf course in Edison, NJ is preparing to host its first Barclays PGA Tour event in late August. The tournament will be the first stop on the FedEx Cup Playoff series, and is expected to draw most of the top players in the world. It will be the first time that Plainfield Country Club is hosting The Barclays. The defending champion is Matt Kuchar. Tickets and limited volunteer spaces are available on The site for The Barclays in 2012 is still undetermined. There has been rumors of the event shifting to Bethpage Black State Park (site of two recent US Men’s Opens) or a return to Liberty National Golf Club, which hosted it in 2009. Ridgewood Golf Club in Paramus will host the 2015 event.

McGovern & Barnaby Take Over new Head Professional Responsibilities After twenty years on the PGA Tour, Oradell native Jim McGovern is starting a new path in his golf career as he takes over as Head Professional at the White Beeches Golf & Country Club in Haworth, NJ. In 1983, he won the Houston Open, but has played less he recent years. He plans to concentrate on his club duties, and only play in limited NJ Section events. It is his first position as a head professional. On another note, Scott Barnaby has been named the new Head Golf Professional at Shackamaxon Country Club in Scotch Plains, NJ. Barnaby, worked as an assistant under Pete Busch at Shackamaxon for many years, before leaving to work at Essex County Country Club and most recently at Fosgate Country Club. He is also a certified TPI Fitness Instructor.

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Scotland Run Golf Club & Head Golf Professional Nicholas Borro Honored at the National PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, FL PGA President Allen Wronowski named Scotland Run Golf Club and head golf professional, Nicholas Borro, was recently honored as one of the Top 100 Performers in the country. Scotland Run is one of only two clubs in the Philadelphia Section of the PGA to be recognized. According to the PGA it is the first time they identified Play Golf America’s Top 100 Performers giving them the opportunity to recognize PGA and LPGA Professionals for their efforts in growing the game of golf. An objective weighted formula was used to determine the winners. Borro said, “It is a great honor for us to be rewarded for our work in introducing the game to new golfers and retaining individuals who already play.” He added, “It’s always been important to us to create exciting programs and at the same time make them fun for the participants.” All of the Scotland Run Golf Club programs can be found on the Play Golf America website.

alex wins westfield blue devil/ preston places third Anthony Alex shot a two-under par 45 to win the Spring Opening 12-hole Westfield Blue Devil Invitational at the Echo Lake Country Club in Westfield. Alex finished third in the Tournament of Champions and won the Passaic County Tournament and the Big North, Passaic Division Tournament title last season. Scotland Preston, of Gov Livingston High School, finished in third place (playing from the white tees). She is the daughter of Echo Lake’s Head Professional Mike Preston.

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Time to Limit Distance By Christopher Schiavone


ary Player was recently quoted on the subject of golf technology, and sounded the alarm about the impact driving distance is having on golf courses. He is not the only big name in the game of golf to express a growing concern, and with good reason.

this trend will increase the capitalcost burden on golf course owners, frustrate women and senior golfers (and any of us who still think a 240yard drive is well-struck) who see course character taking a back seat to course distance, and further the process of rendering some classic courses ineligible for tour play.



our golfers are averaging at least 30-40 yards more off-thetee than when I was a kid watching golf tournaments, which means that the golf courses they play on have to be 400-500 yards longer to maintain their relative difficulty based on distance. New back-tees and bunkering in more distant landing areas have become more and more the rule in golf course renovation as a result. A continuation of

that not only make more and more courses obsolete, but widen the gap t is time for the USGA to take acbetween the course the average golftion. If they wait until another er can play, and the track appropriate generation of balls and clubs can for the tour players. yield even an additional 5-7% in distance, we will be facing the prosam not recommending we dial pect of 8,000-yard facilities, though back the enhancements to golf many great and historic clubs will equipment that is already be- be without the acreage or resources ing sold, nor do I believe that we to keep pace. certainly do not want to see any- shouldn’t be free to manufacture or thing done to penalize the talent buy whatever we choose. I don’t and hard work of our best golfers, think many golfers would accept professional or amateur. It is cer- drives that fall short of what they C h r i s t o p h e r Schiavone is tainly not their fault that their train- are already accustomed to hitting, the President ing and commitment, combined nor should they be told their equip- and Chief Exwith the best technology available to ment is illegitimate after the fact. I ecutive Officer them, means they can execute lon- am recommending that the sport’s of RDC Golf Group Inc. ger and straighter shots than the pre- governing body set limits on the vious generation of top players. But golf ball going forward…limits neither do I want to see the industry that will disallow longer-flight balls penalized by technological changes from sanctioned play.



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Hidden Creek Golf Club again named to Golfweek’s Best 100 Modern Courses in the United States Hidden Creek Golf Club has been named as one of “America’s 100 Best Modern Courses” by Golfweek Magazine for the eighth consecutive year. Hidden Creek was ranked 82nd on the list of the nation’s best modern day courses, defined as those built since 1960. The list was published in the March 11th edition of the magazine in the annual feature entitled “Golfweek’s Best.” Hidden Creek was one of only three New Jersey golf courses to make the list. A private club located in Egg Harbor Township, NJ, Hidden Creek was designed by the renowned tandem of Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw. They are regarded by many in the industry as the preeminent golf architects in the world today. Nine of the Top 100 on Golfweek’s list were Coore and Crenshaw designs, including Sand Hills Golf Club in Mullen, Nebraska, ranked number one among modern U. S. courses, and Friar’s Head in Baiting Hollow, NY, ranked number five. Opened in 2002, Hidden Creek ranked third among private golf clubs in the U. S. in GolfWorld’s inaugural Reader’s Choice Awards in 2008, behind only the fabled Augusta National and Pine Valley Golf Clubs. In 2003, Hidden Creek was ranked 72nd on GOLF Magazine’s list of “Top 100 Courses in the United States.” In 2004, the United States Golf Association (USGA) selected the club as a qualifying site for two prestigious USGA Championships, the U. S. Women’s Open and the U. S. Senior Open. “We are very honored to have earned this distinction from Golfweek for the eighth consecutive year,” said Hidden Creek General Manager Jim Mancill. “With several new courses debuting in this year’s rankings and ten previously ranked courses being displaced, it is a remarkable achievement just to remain in the Top 100. We take great pride in this honor.”

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You’re nuts!’ And most of the time I’m not cold when I’m out there playing. No matter what the temperature is. Occasionally you are, but for the most part when you’re out there you get used to it.” Gagliardi goes all the way back to the original winter league, across the bridge in Philadelphia, that Smith started in the early 70s. He was then the golf professional at what is now Spring Mill Country Club in Ivyland, Pa. (Bucks County) and he and an assistant often traveled to North Jersey every Thursday throughout the winter to compete in the John Caliendo Shore Winter Golf League. The Caliendo Winter League is also a very popular winter league, mainly consisting of amateur and professionals from Northern New Jersey and also the NJ Shore/Atlantic City area. But Smith had solid reasons for starting his own league. “In 1973, there was an oil crisis in the Middle East, an oil embargo, is what they called it,” said Smith. “Gas went to 60 cents a gallon and then to about 75 cents a gallon. We said, ‘This is crazy. We can’t afford to drive all the way up here every week.’ So that was the main reason why I started the winter league in Philly, the oil embargo in 1973.” Smith ran the winter golf league in Philadelphia, the F.D.S. Winter Tour that still operates today, until he moved to South Jersey and began the Atlantic Winter Golf League in 1986. In nearly 40 years of winter golf, Smith has his fair share of stories to tell. “I had an occasion numerous years ago down at Ocean Acres in Manahawkin,” said Smith. “The lake was frozen and on the 11th hole, I pulled my tee shot and it just trickled out onto the ice. I could see it maybe 15 feet out there. I don’t think I would do it today, but I walked out onto the ice and hit the ball. I didn’t touch the ice because I was in the hazard, but I chipped the ball and it went right onto the green. I ended up making a four on the hole when I should have made a six.” Smith’s wife, Pat, travels to each event and helps sign players in and collect scorecards, duties formerly performed by LeDoux. “When I first started this league down here we would get 30, 40, 50 players,” said Smith. “I was able to get them all signed in and then I would go out and play. Well, it got to be so big where I would get 80, 90, 100, 110 players and it was too busy. Earl worked for my brother at Woodcrest. And he was retired and just helping out so Dick called me and asked me to give Earl a job. I did and he enabled me to play a little bit. We got busier and busier and even with Earl on, I still had to work.” “These guys grew to really love Earl,” said Smith. “He was just one of those kind of guys. They called him ‘TD’ for tournament director. He would light up a room when he came in. He was really one of the good guys that you cross paths with in your lifetime. So we started this LeDoux Cup match to honor him. I think it went over sufficiently well that it is going to become an annual event. These are the kinds of things that aren’t often done these days. We tend to forget and I don’t want Earl to be forgotten.” For more information about the Atlantic Winter Golf League, visit, and the John Calinedo Winter Golf League at www.

Golfweek’s 14th annual rankings were determined by a panel of more than 500 course raters. They rendered their judgements based on 10 standards of evaluation, including ease and intimacy of routing, quality of feature shaping, natural setting and overall land plan, interest of greens and surrounding contours, variety and memorability of par 3s, variety and memorability of par 4s, variety and memorability of par 5s, basic quality of conditioning, landscape and tree management, and “walk in the park” test. A limited number of golfing memberships are available at Hidden Creek, including a national membership and a limited time special membership offering. For details, or to schedule a tour, call 609-909-2990. Also, visit www.hiddencreekclub. com. For a complete text of Golfweek’s “America’s Best” feature, including rankings of both modern and classic courses, visit

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Exotics XCG-4 Irons Are The Longest irons In golf


unique fusion of power, accuracy and style, the XCG-4 irons embody what Exotics performance is all about and this game-improvement iron is their easiest and longest-hitting iron to date. While designing the XCG-4 irons Tour Edge engineers were asked to create an iron that would deliver stunning performance and set Exotics apart from thecompetition. The result is an iron that boasts Tour Edge’s thinnest face. Measuring less than 2.2mm, the face has different levels of thickness to promote distance and enhanced feel. That combined with dual tungsten weights behind the face produces the highest rebound rate and moment of inertia (MOI – the ability to resist twisting) in any Exotics iron.

A deep, undercut cavity moves weight to the outer edges of the club head for enhanced forgiveness and a higher MOI. The deep undercut cavity, wide sole design, perimeter weighting the tungsten sole weights help to lower the center of gravity, optimize the trajectory and enhance MOI. The result is exceptional distance and forgiveness and a six iron with a MOI of 2,750, unprecedented for any iron. Creating playability across the entire set, each is engineered to its specific task including c.g. location, progressive offset, face thickness, and top line thickness for a perfect blend of distance and accuracy. In addition, more offset provides game-enhancing forgiveness. Many golfers tend to have an outside-in swing path prior to contact, and the hands are slow to release. This leaves the clubface in an open position and the golf ball starts left and finishes right. The XCG-4’s offset hosel allows the club face an extra fraction of time to close thereby allowing the golfer to hit a straight shot. Power and refinement -new XCG-4irons Exotics delivers breathtaking performance. The Exotics XCG-4 irons are guaranteed longer than your current irons and start at $579 for a 3-PW set. For more information, call (800) 515-3343 or visit www.exoticsgolf

Exotics XCG-4 Driver


esigned to fulfill the expectations ambitions of the most passonate players. The new Exotic XCG-4 series offers ledendary performance. Available in 276 gram super ultra-lightand 310 gram ultra-light editions. Tour Edge engineers have carried out extensive work to create one of the lightest, most aerodynamic drivers in golf. The new sleek design and heavy radiused sole allowed for a more streamlined fluid headshape that minimizes drag as the driver cut threw the air. Powered by the most advanced lightweight shafts the Exotic XCG-4 is a true distance weapon off the tee. For more information, call (800) 515-3343 or visit www.exoticsgolf

The Swing Solver ( is coming to golf and will change the way we learn and practice golf. Do any of these areas sound like a potential problem in your golf swing? • Creating proper Alignment of the Body during set-up • Learn to take the Club Back along the Target Line • Correct Ball positioning and Lie Angle during set-up • Early Extension

Exciting Golf Clothing From 4ALL By JOFIT


hen the LPGA ladies come to our area, look for several players to be wearing clothing by 4all by jofit, a new line of women's golf wear offering a collection of quality performance golf attire.

Ruffled 1/2 Sleeve Top & Wrapped Insert Top

“All of the pieces in 4all's golf line are designed to make women look and feel comfortable, fashionable and confident on the course,” said Joanne Clark, CEO and founder of 4all. “We want to inspire the early rising, lunch packing carpooling golfer, whether she's a pro or a beginner, to look good and feel good. We believe that these two factors are the key to performance.” The 4all golf line is not filled with trendy clothing that will quickly go out of date, but rather pieces that will last from season to season. The clothing is designed to avoid sagging, gapping, and to provide easy care and washing. The line consists of a wide variety of shirts (long, short sleeved and sleeveless), tanks, cardigans, skorts, capris, Bermuda shorts and much more. Just what the busy golfer is looking for! Luckily, the 4all golf line is now carried in many local retail shops, and golf pro shops . These include: Blue Heron Pines Golf Club, Dicks Sporting Goods, Golf Galaxy, Golf USA, Raritan Valley Golf Club, Renault Winery Golf Club, Royce Brook, Shackamaxon, Trump National Golf Club, White Oaks, and White Beeches Golf Clubs.

Abacus Debuts Spring 2011 Collection. Stay Warm And Dry In The Abacus Tour Wedge Jacket.


wedish apparel maker, Abacus, markets and sells leisure clothing with golf at the heart of its inspiration. The company’s collections combine functionality, design, and quality in a way that has given Abacus a very strong international presence in just a few years. Wind and sea. Sun and sky. Crisp and clean. Golf in Scandinavia is played with a backdrop of these pure elements. On the course, Scandinavians also like to dress in clothes that are stylistically simple--something that blends in but also stands out. Storms and rain force you to focus on keeping warm, dry and comfortable. To be challenged by both the golf course and the weather is something that golfers are used to. Without neglecting any detail, Abacus has developed a technical collection with outstanding waterproofing and breathable stretch fabric, which is lightweight, flexible and with functional details. • Eliminate Swaying and Sliding in the Swing • Hanging Back in the Swing • Discouraging Early Release of the Club Face • Reverse Pivot • Reducing the Forward Lunge • Maintaining Posture throughout the swing • Reducing Reverse Spine Angle Use for One or Two Plane Swings Additionally, the Swing Solver is a terrific tool in improving several putting faults, including better aim of the putter-face, a more consistent putter path and body alignment. Great tool for both golf professional and the golf student of all levels. For a full video demonstration of the Swing Solver, go to or view them on YouTube at "SwingSolver."


Make Your Golf Fitness Easy


Stretching and Flexibility By Eric H. Shendell

Nothing says Spring like your first round of golf. Just as you prepare your golf equipment, you need to prepare your body. Keep these two words in mind – stretching and flexibility. They are probably the best two ways of preventing injury on the golf course. Chances are your golf muscles are not in midseason form yet. You can get back into the swing by incorporating simple stretching and flexibility exercises to bring your golf muscles and your endurance back to life safely. For stretching and flexibility, a resistance band (simple, light tubing with rubber handles on either end) is the perfect tool. Keep it in your golf bag and use it to creatively stretch the muscles in your body - arms, legs, torso, back – before you start rolling putts and hitting balls. If you feel your muscles tightening during the round, and you have a few minutes while waiting at a tee box, take the band out and stretch. For strength, use your body! Push ups, lunges, and planks are great ways to keep your swing muscles and core right where they need to be, strong and fit for every round. Don’t forget the endurance it takes to keep focused and fit for many hours on the course. Skipping rope is a perfect way to get ready for the long haul, and, it helps keep you on your toes. When it comes to keeping fit for golf, keep it

simple, creative and fun. Enjoy your game, enjoy your life! Eric H. Shendell is a master fitness trainer, specializing in golf fitness. He is principle of EHS Fitness, LLC. His main training facility is in Garwood, NJ. You can contact him at

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