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Much More Than A Golf Tournament By Andrea Stuart

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There’s always excitement in the air when it comes to the upcoming ShopRite LPGA Classic, which will be held for the third consecutive year on the Bay Course at historic Seaview Resort from May 28-June 3. “This area is a wonderful place to host an LPGA event. Everyone is so supportive from the corporate sponsors, to the local business and the volunteers who are really the backbone of the tournament,” says Tim Erensen, Executive Director of the ShopRite LPGA Classic and the man largely responsible for bringing an LPGA event back to the area in 2010. “The momentum in this tournament has just been tremendous. We want our fan base to know that we are a terrific, affordable family-friendly event nearby Atlantic City.” Building off the momentum last year’s tournament, Erensen is excited about the prospect of having a full 144participant field event. “Last year, except for Suzann Petterson who withdrew last year due to illness, all of the top 100 players on the LPGA Tour 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.” Twenty-six year old, Brittany Lincicome, will be back to defend her 2011 title. Also expect to see the return of young players like 17-year old Alexis Thompson, who received a sponsor’s exemption into the 2011 event, and now is one of the rising America LPGA players, along with Jessica Korda, who won early this season. “The LPGA Tour gives spectators a chance to see many of the players who will get to compete in the 2016 Olympics. The LPGA is such a global and evolving tour. What most people don’t realize is that 50% of the field who played here last year were not playing here in 2007, so fans really get to see a diverse group of ladies,” said Erensen. To review a little history of the tournament, this will be the fourteenth 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 continued on page 16

When thinking about the golf experience and the impact that golf has on the local economy, most golfers will focus mainly on the cost of their daily greens fee or country club fees, and the ancillary items they purchase to play the game, but rarely is much thought given beyond one’s personal outlay on the game. 2012 is a bit of an unusual year for golf in New Jersey, or even the nearby areas of Metropolitan New York and Philadelphia. Unlike recent years, only the Sybase LPGA Match Play Championship and the ShopRite LPGA Classic are back. The Barclays is being played at Bethpage Black on Long Island, and the AT&T National, played the last two years at Aronimink Golf Club, outside of Philadelphia has returned to its longtime home at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, MD and the Constellation Energy Senior Championship was shipped off to Pittsburgh, PA (much to the chagrin of many who were hoping to see Fred Couples return to defend his title). While some followers believe the LPGA still lacks a American superstar, what may not appear as obvious is that

the LPGA has such a extensive global reach. “While companies struggle to get global exposure, the LPGA has it already. We will have over 25 countries represented this year at the ShopRite LPGA Classic. These ladies are the ones everyone is going to be watching when golf is played at the 2016 Olympics in Rio,” said Tim Erensen, Executive Director of the ShopRite LPGA Classic, and one of the driving forces in bringing the tournament back to south Jersey in 2010. “We have something for everyone.” When the LPGA recently announced that they would resume its tournament at Kingsmill after a two-year hiatus, the local newspaper pronounced it a boon for the economy. Tamra Talmadge-Anderson, a spokeswoman with the Virginia Tourism Corporation, said events like the LPGA tournament are attractive for several reasons. They draw spectators and their families; provide high profile television, advertising and news exposure; and help the locality evolve into a repeat destination. “It becomes part of an annual tradition,” Talmadge-Anderson said. “It is something important. Golfers travel continued on page 4




Letter from the Editor Welcome to the 21st year of our publication and still going strong. We are excited to present this Spring 2012 issue, the largest of any prior issue. Our base is definitely expanding and we welcome several new partners, who you will hear more from throughout this season. We are extremely proud to have brought you golf news, and hope to be at your golf courses and in your homes for many more years. We continue to believe that not all newspapers are made to be read solely online, and that golfer’s still enjoy taking a new minutes after a long round, or while waiting for their tee time, to read through our newspaper. That said, we also need to keep up with the times, and our newspaper is available (in addition too, not INSTEAD OF) online at www.golfers-tee-times.com and we have two growing Twitters, @NJGolfNews and @GolfInNYC. The warm winter has helped our golf courses off to a flying start this season. Many of us never put the clubs away for the winter. As we begin our season, I always want to stress our open door policy at the newspaper. If you have an interesting golf story, please contact us. There are tons of great tournaments, leagues, clinics, junior golf programs and more happening all round us. We hope you have the chance to partake in some of the great golf opportunities that our area has to offer. Marian Castner, mcastner@passportnjgolf.com Publisher/Editor-in-Chief

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Tom & Sue Delaney: The Right Choice for Basking Ridge Country Club By Marian Casnter

Tom and Sue Delaney’s journey, and their recent appointment as Co-Head Golf Professionals at Basking Ridge Country Club, have taken a long, and sometimes challenging road. Not only are they both PGA Class “A� golf professionals, they are also husband and wife for more twenty years. Their story is pretty unique not only in the golf industry, but in life in general. Looking back at his early golf days playing at LaTourette Golf Course in Staten Island, Tom played and learned from some of the best in the early 1980s.

After playing on the golf team at Richmond College, where he graduated with a degree in Arts and Education, and turning professional, Tom spent twelve years as an assistant Golf Professional at the prestigious Piping Rock Club on Long Island. There he met, Sue, who was an extremely accomplished amateur golfer in her own rite in the Metropolitan Section, and had turned to teaching and merchandising in the Pro Shop. After they were married, they each worked at separate clubs in New Jersey, played on the Florida mini-tours and various other tournaments, and eventually settled for the next thirteen years at Eastern Shore Yacht and Country Club in Virginia. Anxious to return to the northeast, Tom and Sue found a new home at Basking Ridge Country Club in 2007. For the past six seasons, they had been Director of Instructor and Teaching Professional there, but now take over the role of “Co-Head Professionals.� Not only is it quite rare to find Head Professionals sharing a position, the fact that they are husband and wife co-head professionals, makes it one of the unique situations in the PGA. Both are PGA Class “A� members, with Sue also having started as an LPGA member, but now only is affiliated with the PGA. Speaking with them on one of the few cold, raw March mornings this season, both seemed very comfortable about the

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season ahead and the opportunities that Basking Ridge offers for their members. “We really have a great set up here, since we have a strong membership who supports the club, plus we are able to give lessons to outsiders. Our junior golf camps, which run for nine weeks and have about 25-30 juniors weekly, is made up of both members and nonmembers. It’s really an ideal situation,� added Sue. With their vast tournament experience, both Tom and Sue are able to guide golfers, whether they are just starting out or looking to take up the game in retirement. One might say that Tom was an early innovator in the golf industry. A man with a slight build even today, Tom needed to get more length from his clubs in order to compete, so he played with longer clubs. “I needed something that would help me get the 2 iron in the air, and adding length to my clubs did the trick,� said Tom during our meeting. When discussing Tom’s thoughts on encouraging junior golfers to play college golf, he felt very strongly about the importance of playing in high school, moving on to play in college, and finally playing business golf. “Ideally, ten is probably the best age for a junior golfer to begin. This way they have enough experience to play on their high school team, and eventually play on the college level and beyond.� He chuckled over the parents who come to him when their child is already in high school and they insist that their child can make the high school team after only a few lessons. “Parents mean well for their children but sometimes you just have to get them to take a step back and be realistic about their child.� What many people probably don’t know is the tournament background that both Tom and Sue bring to the club. Tom has played in tournaments on a local, state and national level, including playing for two years on the South African Tour, and the Peru Open. Although extremely modest about her playing achievements, Sue shyly mentions winning the Metropolitan Match Play Championship in 1987 and being a quarterfinalist in the USGA MidAmateur. In 1989, she became the women’s Player of the Year in the highly competitive Metropolitan PGA Section. In the same year, she lost in a playoff at the Women’s National Club Pro Championship. Life changed for them in 1997, with the birth of their own child, Jennifer. Clearly the light of their life, they are both excited that she has finally taken a small interest in golf and helps with the summer junior camp. For now, the Delaney’s spend most of their time either in the Pro Shop or in

the place they both feel very comfortable, giving lessons at Basking Ridge. As a golf club, Basking Ridge, is ideally situated being nearby several communities where golf is extremely popular. The club is a non-member owned facility, with a variety of membership options, including their new “Family Golf and Swim� membership. Many corporate members also take advantage of the opportunity to play and entertain their business associates, along with the several swim and social membership options. Boasting a strong junior program, the course hosted the American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) with some the best young junior golfers in the national in 2011, and will host the 4th annual NJPGA Junior Open Championship July 9-10. Women are also a strong factor at the club, including two WMGA teams, they play host to several MGA/MET team events during the season, including their own version of the “Solheim Cup� in the fall. All and all, Basking Ridge Country Club offers some great opportunities on all levels. With the Delaney’s at the helm, a successful season is surely ahead.




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Much More Than A Golf Tournament By Andrea Stuart

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in groups of friends and family, spending money on courses, local restaurants, amusements and wineries in building an overall vacation.” The statistics are certainly there to back up these claims. A professional golf tournament can bring anywhere from $25-$40 million into the local economy, between the many industries affected by it.“Between the 60,000 spectators, 1,000 volunteers, more than 400 corporate partners, and over 100 different suppliers, the ShopRite Classic definitely has a big impact on the economy of southern New Jersey, “ added Erensen. “But beyond that, what many forget is the tremendous amount that ShopRite gives to charities as a result of the tournament. Last year alone, ShopRite donated just under $1.2 million to its various charitable partners.” In recent years, this has become an industry standard among professional golf tournaments. Most will now donate the ticket sales to charity, making the event not only profitable for the players, but also the local businesses and supporting

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charities. Barclays was one of the first to launch its Tickets Fore Charity program in 2009. In 2011, over 100 various charities in New Jersey and New York, including the First Tee of Metropolitan New York , the New Jersey Golf Foundation, and the American Red Cross were recipients. In the case of the ShopRite LPGA Classic, buyers of advanced tickets will be asked to choose between 22 various charities, of which 100% of all ticket sales will be donated to that charity. For the Sybase Match Play Championship, a majority of the tournament proceeds will be donated to the Somerset Medical Center. Various other charities will also be able to sell Sybase tickets as a fundraising option. Everyone seems to benefit. Our local economy, our charities, plus we get to watch some of the most talented golfers in the world. What more can we ask for? Come out and support these great events.

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It’s Not for Everyone, But It Might be for You

By Richard Skelly

Retired public school science teacher Michael Kavka of South Plainfield describes himself as an avid golfer. The men’s golf coach for the South Plainfield High School for over twenty years, Kavka, 71, logs in dozens of rounds at golf courses all each season. Yet, the last two seasons, the pain in his right knee was so bad, he could barely walk the courses, and he wouldn’t dare play without a golf cart. Tony Wilcenski, a longtime head professional at Rossmoor Golf Club in Monroe and Monroe Township’s Recreation Director, is a New Jersey PGA Master Professional who specializes in teaching seniors how to play golf. Wilcenski also had his knees operated on in 2010, but the “surgery” wasn’t nearly as invasive as Kavka’s. Both men cautioned that you need to have a tougher mindset when opting for knee replacement surgery. Knee replacement surgery should be considered only as a last resort, both men argued. “Anyone planning this operation should know it’s no walk in the park,” Kavka stressed. Kavka, who was also a runner, would easily consider running three to five miles, even in hot heat, prior to the surgery. Those running adventures are now a thing of the past. “It’s no fun and you have to do the knee strengthening exercises the physical therapists give you.” “Last year at this time it was hard for me to walk nine holes, and now, I can walk 18 holes without any pain. If the doctor recommends you have it done, you need to approach it with the idea you’re going to succeed,” Kavka stressed. “You have to take control and be dedicated and conscientious about the physical therapy. I think I walk better and I think I do better than many people who’ve had this operation,” Kavka said, because of his commitment to post-surgical therapy. Kavka played a round in January and again in February, completely pain free. He had his operation on his right knee on Halloween of last year, scheduling it to coincide with the end of golf season. “I walked Heron Glen the other day and had no pain what-so-ever,” Kavka related about his recent round, again stressing the commitment to post-surgical rehabilitation and knee strengthening exercises is the most critical part of the equation for golfers. Kavka plays to a 12 handicap and remains active as a coach for the South Plainfield High School golf team. “The physical therapy initially is not fun. It hurts, and they push you until it hurts, and if doesn’t hurt, you’re not getting anywhere with the physical therapy,” Kavka cautioned.

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Monroe Township Recreation Director Tony Wilcenski, 70, also played through years of pain before he chose to have enhanced plasma knee surgery in March, 2010. Raised in Cranbury and a longtime avid golfer from the time he was in his early teens, when he began as a caddy at Forsgate, Wilcenski’s doctors told him he had severe loss of cartilage in both knees. In his younger years, Wilcenski won several NJPGA pro-ams and other tournaments. He shot a career low 64 on Forsgate’s Banks Course when he worked there many years ago as an assistant professional. “What I had done is called enhanced plasma surgery, a regenerative therapy for the knees,” Wilcenski explained, noting he has been pain free on the golf

course and climbing the stairs at his house on the bay in Waretown since he had this less-invasive kind of surgery done in Florida in the spring of 2010. “Platelet rich plasma (PRP) has been used medically since the late 1990′s. Dentists were the first to use this natural healing mechanism to improve outcomes of dental procedures. PRP has been used since 2000 for intraoperative (in the course of surgery) therapy following orthopedic, thoracic and cardiac surgical procedures. PRP has found wide use in nonsurgical orthopedic treatment of knee pain and other joint injuries. Platelet rich plasma also can heal injured tendons, ligaments, muscle, cartilage and bone. Major league sports has discovered the incredible natural healing effects of PRP,” according to Sarasota neurologist Dr. Daniel Kassicieh. Tiger Woods underwent a similar procedure following surgery on his torn ACL several years ago. Other well known athletes from various sports to undergo it have been Alex Rodriguez, Rafael Nadel, Kobe Bryant and Hines Ward. Wilcenski had the injections done in both knees

and flew home to New Jersey the same day. “I had pronounced pain in both knees as I started my downswing,” Wilcenski said, noting his knee injection surgery was completely painless. “All the cartilage was gone in both knees and arthritis was settling in,” Wilcenski related, “I couldn’t walk 18 holes, not even close.” Wilcenski was overweight at the time of his surgery, he admits, but he later went on a diet to shed roughly 50 pounds, to keep the pressure off his newly re-growing knee cartilage. Doctors made it clear to him he would have to lose the extra weight to ensure the success of the injection surgery. During the enhanced plasma surgery, they draw blood from the patient, put it in a centrifuge to separate the plasma from the blood, “and then they reinject you with your own plasma. It regenerates the cartilage behind both knee caps.” “The biggest plus was I got my mobility right back without any pain, and it meant I could swing at the ball again using my legs and lower body, whereas before it was very painful on both knees at the same time.” “Often times, I couldn’t walk for the next two days after a round of golf without severe pain,” he explained. “In my case, I was advised by orthopedic doctors that I would need to have both knees replaced, and that would have been the next step if this didn’t work,” he said. “Immediately after the procedure, I walked out and the pain was gone and it’s been that way for the past two years now.” Wilcenski said there was no physical therapy needed after his injection procedure, but to be safe and get some of the glory of his former golf game back, he lost the weight and works on knee strengthening exercises at the gym several times a week. “It’s much less painful to play golf and walking up and down hills is just a lot more stable now, and there’s no pain when I’m hitting my drives, fairway woods or long irons.” As we can see, there are options available so that you don’t need to play your golf rounds in pain. The aging baby boomers face a multitude of pains in their shoulders, hips and knees. Full knee replacement surgery may be the final option, but there are various techniques and new advances that make orthopedic procedures and surgery less painful, and the outcomes very successful. Just be wise, and check out all your options (don’t forget to get that second option, too) carefully before you take the big step.




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Improving Those Walking Rounds By Andrea Stuart Nearly fifteen years ago, I remember playing golf with a friend at LaTourette Golf Course in Staten Island, who one day proudly announced that he had received a new exciting gift for his birthday – a remotely controlled golf cart. I can still visualize him trying to navigate the cumbersome machine around the course, with it seemingly having a mind of its own, travelling into places it shouldn’t have gone. Happily, things have improved in the golf world over the past decade, from the technology of our clubs and balls, to the golf cart – both push and pull. In past days, golfers who opted to walk needed to chose between carrying a heavy bag on their back or dealing with an old-fashioned pull cart, that seemed to cause more shoulder damage than anything else. Yes, you can still find those old pull carts at some golf courses, but those wishing to walk have far better options today. The push cart has replaced the pull version at many golf facilities, and the latest three-wheeled versions have made walking the golf course easier than ever. Several companies including Sun Mountain, Bag Boy and Clicgear all produce durable push carts that will cost you less than $200 and will fit many golfers’ needs. But for those looking for something a little more sophisticated and don’t mind spending a few extra dollars, the Bat-Caddy, an electric motorized push caddy, might be what you are looking for. The Bat-Caddy Electric Golf Caddy models truly might be the best value on the market. Bat-Caddy carts are available as either manually or fully remote controlled units and have been around since many years (2004). Now in their 6th model year, their best-selling high tech, fully remote controlled Bat-Caddy X3R , manually controlled Bat-Caddy X2 Pro, as well as the highly popular Bat-Caddy X3 and the ultra light weight, state-of-the-art remote

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controlled X4R can give you the Tour Professional golfer’s experience: walking the course while a (“robotic”) caddy is carrying your bag. “You control what the caddy does,” adds Peter Hanneforth, President of Bat-Caddy and the driving force behind the company. “Gone are the days of the remote controlled carts that simply follow you around and there are no more good walks spoiled.” In a handful of years, Hanneforth has taken the company from startup to the top of the market. As our baby boomers continue play more golf in their retirement years, but are faced with various aging aches and pains, this is a perfect fit. Not only are the golfer’s buying the Bat-Caddy, so are many golf courses. “Several courses now rent the Bat-Caddy, which is great for the golfers and it helps preserve the golf course. The Electric caddies weigh significantly less than full-size riding carts and hence have less damaging impact on the fairways, especially in wet conditions (according to a 2004 USGA report). As opposed to common wisdom, electric caddies can also speed up game, especially where cart path only rules apply.” With many objectives in mind, including preventing the strain on your body, overall fitness, and protecting the golf course and its environment, the Bat-Caddy’s popularity will certainly increase for a long time. “It’s really a great cart to use. I got mine over two years ago and use it to walk 18-holes several times a week,” added Lowell Schmidt, an avid golfer and former publisher of the Jersey Golfer Magazine. A Bat-Caddy Electric Golf Caddy offers a proven, well designed, high quality and great value series of electric motorized push golf carts. They can be purchased through several local dealers, online, or several retail outlets, Golfsmith, Golf USA and Golf Warehouse.

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A Look at the New Jersey’s “Green Acres Program” By Tom Flynn

In a time when many golf courses are facing financial difficulty, the State of New Jersey has become something of a rich uncle. Let’s begin by looking for a moment at how the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection defines its “Green Acres Program.” According to the NJDEP website, it’s goal is: “To achieve, in partnership with others, a system of interconnected open spaces, whose protection will preserve and enhance New Jersey’s natural environment and its historic, scenic, and recreational resources for public use and enjoyment. New Jerseyans have long supported open space preservation and park development efforts. This commitment is demonstrated through the approval of 13 statewide Green Acres ballot initiatives since 1961, when the Green Acres Program was created to meet New Jersey’s growing recreation and conservation needs. Together with public and private partners, Green Acres has protected almost 640,000 acres of open space and provided hundreds of outdoor recreational facilities in communities around the State.” By tapping into Green Acres funds, the state has helped eight golf courses at a cost of $36 million over the past several years. The state buys the club and then leases them back, sometimes repeatedly, to bidders, which oftentimes is the original owner. Currently, of the eight properties, four are being run as golf courses. This year, New Jersey renewed a five-year lease of White Oaks Golf Club in Gloucester County to Arret Dobson, the original owner who sold the club to the state in 2006 for $4.3 million. The state also recently leased Cream Ridge Golf Club in Upper Freehold to Meticulous Golf Management, who was the successful bidder for the Monmouth County course, which had been purchased by the state in 2006. At that time, the DEP and Upper Freehold Township purchased the property for $14 million from the Miscoski family. Frank Miscoski designed the course,

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which originally opened in 1958. DEP paid $10.5 million for the property with the township contributing $3.5 million toward the purchase. The property consists of a golf course with a club house, restaurant and a driving range. It is the most expensive golf property purchased by the state of New Jersey. The leases for the two courses are similar, but not identical. Meticulous signed a six year deal with the state for $155,000 plus 15 percent of gross revenues in excess of $1.2 million. The management company at White Oaks will pay $132,000 annually to the state, plus 15 percent of gross in excess of $1.2 million. Both lease holders have agreed to do some capital improvements. Art Robidoux, the Head PGA Golf Professional at Cream Ridge, said the owners are prepared to re-sod tee boxes, in addition to creating more tees. He also indicated the leaseholders would reshape some fairways and re-define some of the bunkers. He cautioned that while the owners are committed to “going green” that not all the improvements would be completed this year. Robert Kraft, owner of the parent company Meticulous Landscaping and will be Director of Golf at the Upper Freehold course. Walking weekday rates at the course start at $25 for seniors, and between $45-$49 on weekends, when carts are mandatory before 11am. At White Oaks, there are plans in the works for the irrigation system and also for new wells and an expanded watering system. The 6,500 yard layout finishes with a tough long par 3, which has been labeled by some, “the toughest par 3in south Jersey.” They have committed to maintaining the same green fees for the coming year of $54 during the week, $59 on Fridays and $65 on weekends (before 1pm) and holidays. The senior rate will remain at $39, junior as under 19 play everyday for $25. Jason Panter is the Head PGA Golf Professional. The state’s venture into buying golf courses is justified according to Amy Cradic, assistant commissioner

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of the DEP Division of Natural and Historic Resources. “When these courses are operated in a professional manner they provide added recreational opportunities for residents and they are also likely to mean more revenues that benefit the state.” The Christie administration is hoping to use the funds generated by the leases to finance improvements in the state park system. The state also owns Spring Meadow Golf Course in Wall Township and Centerton Golf Course in Salem County. It cost the state $1.18 million for 300 acres at the Spring Meadow site. In 2008, $4.6 million was paid for 230 acres at Centerton Golf Course, where the leases for both these two courses were re-issued in late 2010. The state has purchased four other courses for an aggregate $15 million, but these are no longer operated as golf courses but are preserved as “open spaces.” By law, before giving a contract to a management company, the State must issue a RFP, or Request For Proposals” to operate the golf course. This is usually done several months before the prior contract is set to expire and gives the public the opportunity to bid on the golf course. The practice of the state or local municipalities purchasing golf courses, and subsequently leasing them back to private management groups is a fairly common practice. One such situation garnered a good deal of media attention, when Donald Trump recently agreed to manage the Ferry Point Golf Course in Bronx, NY. The project, now 14 years in the making, has been a boondoggle plagued by cost overruns and false starts. In the end, the hope is that these “Open Spaces” will be preserved, the golf courses will be well-managed, and everyone will prosper in the end.Information on the efforts of the “New Jersey Green Acres Program,” along with RPFs, are available on the New Jersey Department of Environment (NJDEP) website. Each of the golf courses have extensive websites with updated rates and other information.

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Sister Southern New Jersey Golf Clubs, Scotland Run and Ballamor, Go Solar John Igoe, Scotland Run Golf Club General Manager, recently announced that Ballamor Golf Club has completed construction on a solar energy system with another project slated to be completed at Scotland Run Golf Club in the next several months. Taking advantage of a federal tax incentive, the owners of the sister golf courses decided that the time was now. According to NJ’s Clean Air Program, “Solar electric or photovoltaic technology converts sunlight into electricity whenever it strikes the electric modules or panels. Photovoltaic panels are installed to capture light and convert it to direct current (DC). A solar inverter then changes the power to alternating current (AC) that is used to meet the electric needs of homes and businesses.” It is expected that Ballamor Golf Club, located in Egg Harbor Township, NJ, will be 90% powered by solar energy while Scotland Run in Williamstown, NJ, with a much larger clubhouse, will eventually run on a minimum of 75% solar power. The solar energy produced each at both courses will be enough to theoretically power approximately 200 homes per year.

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A beautiful 3,216 yard, 9-hole course located in Union County featuring all the amenities you would find at much larger courses. With so much to offer, it’s easy to see how you can fall in love with golf at Hyatt Hills.

Igoe said, “As golf course operators who rely on the land for our livelihood, we have an inherent responsibility to care for the earth and do everything we can to protect it now and for future generations. Adopting a green initiative and going solar is one way we can do that.” Igoe added that the golf courses also participate in other green incentives by composting grass clippings and leaves and recycling a host of items including but not limited to; cooking oil, cardboard, mixed office paper, glass, aluminum and plastic containers, motor oil, tires and batteries. At Scotland Run, the course itself was part of a reclamation project and built atop a decades old sand quarry. More information on the project is available by contacting either Ballamor or Scotland Run Golf Club.

2nd Annual Atlantic City World Amateur to be Played in October The 2nd annual Atlantic City World Amateur Open will be held this year on October 1st through 4th. The AC Open was originally scheduled for June, but with the growth of the Greater Atlantic City Golf Association is was postponed to later in the year.

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“The growth of the Greater Atlantic City Golf Association to include 18 golf courses shows these club owners’ commitment to the region,” said Jim Fraser, GACGA Founder and owner of Mays Landing Country Club. “With their combined experience with large scale golf events, the 2nd annual Atlantic City World Amateur Open holds tremendous promise to attract many of the nation’s best amateur golfers.” This year as last year, golfers in the Atlantic City World Amateur Open can complete as an individual or as a two-player team in the 54-hole stroke play competition or the 18-hole championship playoff. The tournaments will be played at a variety of beautiful courses throughout the Atlantic City area. Golfers from all around the world are eligible to participate in this annual event. The tournament, which is handicapped in order to level the playing field, is open to all golfers – men, women, young and old – with a certified USGA handicap. For more details on this year’s event, and for more information on how to register, visit www.acgolfopen.com.

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Great Tournaments All Around The State This Season



By Richard J. Skelly

For most of us enthusiastic weekend duffers, the only thing better than watching golf on TV is watching golf in person, live, from the side of the fairways. And for most of us avid weekend golfers, the only thing better than watching pros or top-ranked amateurs from the side of the fairway is playing golf ourselves. Fans of “live golf” will have plenty of opportunities to watch some great golf unfold before their eyes and ears this season, as the USGA, the LPGA, the NJ PGA and the NJ State Golf Association [NJSGA] all have what should be some exciting tournaments lined up here in the Garden State. If you go to one of these events and watch competitive NJ PGA pros like Brian Gaffney, Bill Britton, Bill King, Mike Burke, Brent Studer or Frank Esposito Jr, I guarantee you, you’ll learn something. Here are the details of some upcoming tournaments. Drink plenty of cold water, wear comfortable sneakers or golf shoes and get out there and enjoy the competition!

LPGA: Sybase Match Play Championship Hamilton Farm Golf Club, Gladstone, NJ Monday May 14- Sunday May 20 www.sybasematchplaychampionship.com www.hamiltonfarmgolfclub.com Defending Champion Suzann Petterson, who defeated Cristie Kerr, 1-up to win the $375,000 first place prize money, will return, and other top LPGA pros are expected, including Yani Tseng, Na Yeon Choi, Stacy Lewis, Brittany Lincicome, Paula Creamer, Ai Miyazato, Morgan Pressel, Karrie Webb and Michelle Wie. ShopRite LPGA Classic Seaview Resort, Absecon, NJ Monday May 28 – Sunday June 3 June 1, 2, 3 54 holes, stroke play 144 players, $1.5 million purse, $225,000 first place prize www.ShopRiteLPGAClassic.com Defending champion Brittany Lincicome will compete against other past champions for $1.5 million in prize money, including Se Ri Pak, Karrie Webb, Ai Miyazato, Seon Hwa Lee, Christie Kerr, Angela Stanford, Alexis Thompson and others. The tournament will be carried all three days on the Golf Channel.

championship. The Women’s Amateur Public Links Championship is open to female amateur golfers who are bona fide public course players who hold a USGA handicap index that does not exceed 18.4. Players in this championship will have qualified for play at sectional competitions held earlier throughout the U.S. Neshanic Valley is the crown jewel in a rubric of five courses run by the Somerset County Parks system. Neshanic Valley’s 27 holes are situated on rolling farmland with plenty of natural hazards. www.somersetcountyparks.org www.usga.org

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NJ PGA Section Professional Championship Tuesday to Thursday, Sept. 11-13 Arcola Country Club Stroke play, 54 holes, with field cut to low 60 players and ties following second round. www.arcolacc.org www.njpga.com

Metropolitan Golf Association (MGA)

2012 USGA Men’s State Team Championship Galloway National Golf Club Galloway, NJ September 19-21

Met Open Championship Tuesday August 21-23 Plainfield Country Club Edison, NJ

The Tom Fazio gem with it challenging greens and sandy soil, just off the Garden State Parkway in Galloway, NJ looks to host its first USGA State Team Championship where three players from each state compete in eighteen hole stroke play with the two lowest of three individual scores counting as the team’s score for the round. The team with the lowest aggregate score for 54 holes is the champion. 2010 champion was Kansas. www.usga.com

Stroke Play, 54 holes with field cut. Players must qualify. Professionals and amateurs. One of the highlights of the MGA season at one of the top courses in New Jersey. Home of The Barclays in 2015 www.mgagolf.org

2012 Senior Amateur Championship Mountain Ridge Country Club West Caldwell, NJ Sept. 29 - Oct. 4

NJ State Golf Association:

Mountain Ridge is celebrating its centennial this year, so it’s fitting the club should host a major championship in conjunction with the USGA, based in Far Hills. The Donald Ross-designed layout measures out at 6,803 yards and plays to a par 71. The course is known for its large, tricky greens and tough par 4 holes. The USGA Senior Amateur Championship is open to amateur golfers who have reached their 55th birthday prior to the start of championship and who have a USGA handicap that does not exceed 7.4. www.mountainridgecc.org www.usga.org

New Jersey PGA:

USGA:

There are many great club professionals around the Garden State – almost entirely at private golf clubs -- who are afforded the opportunity to pursue competitive golf by their respective memberships. Attending an NJ PGA event is a chance to get out and see some of these club professionals compete with one another.

2012 U.S. Woman’s Amateur Public Links Championship June 18-23 Neshanic Valley Golf Course Neshanic Station, N.J.

Senior Open May 15-16 Montammy Golf Club 36-hole stroke play, cut at 40 after first day. to professionals and amateurs

The U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links Championship was founded in 1977 to provide a chance for public golfing women to compete in a national

Senior NJPGA Professional Championship Monday and Tuesday, July 16 and July 17 Trump National Golf Club-Stroke Play

The MGA also has an extensive schedule of championships throughout the season. Visit the mgagolf.org website for more details.

111th Amateur Championship Tuesday-Thursday June 5-7 Baltusrol Golf Club 201 Shunpike Road Springfield www.baltusrol.org www.njsga.org Just as the New Jersey PGA oversees club professionals in the state, the New Jersey State Golf Association oversees Garden State golfers who play as amateurs, i.e., for no cash prizes. This is always an exciting championship as it brings together the state’s best amateur golfers, which can be a very diverse field of men ranging in age from 18 to 50. Also, the format is 72 holes over three days, which means the amateurs walk 36 holes on the final day of play. After 36 holes are completed, the field is cut to the low 40 scorers, plus ties. Finalists on Thursday, June 7 will play the Upper Course in the morning and the Lower Course in the afternoon. Consult the njsga.org website for a complete list of all the state championships in 2012.

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Some “Words” About Golf… By Christopher Schiavone

Being both a cruciverbalist (a lover of crossword puzzles) and a “golf-o-phile” (or perhaps “golfaholic” is better), I was pleasantly surprised recently when the Sunday New York Times crossword puzzle contained a golfer’s theme, mostly of double entendres using common golf terms. It caused me to look into the some of the more interesting words and terms in the game of golf. For example, did you know that … “Sabbath Sticks” were golf clubs designed to look like walking sticks, so that players could surreptitiously play on Sundays, when the Church frowned upon engaging in sport. A “Biarritz Green” is a putting surface with a large gully through the middle of it, named after the Biarritz Golf Club in France, from where the original green of this style is copied. “Caddie” likely comes from the French word “cadet” -- a boy or youngest member of the family. (It is not surprising that the Scots derive words from the French, as the two countries were often allies, including at the time golf first came into “vogue” in the 16th century. Mary, Queen of Scots was both a golfer and fluent in French.) “Dormie” – the term used to describe the status of a match-play contest, when one is leading by as many holes as are left to play – also comes from the French. “Dormir” is French for “sleep,” and the lead-

ing player can rest knowing he can’t lose when the match is dormie. “Fore” probably came from “forecaddie” – the boys (usually male, anyway) often sent before the golfers to track golf balls. Calling to these helpers likely shortened from “Fore-caddy!” to just “Fore!” The term “Birdie” for a score of one under par is said to have its origin locally. Players at the Atlantic City Country Club apparently coined the term. While there is no definitive story about how “Mulligan” came to mean a “do-over” in golf, but some believe it is also of Garden State origin. A gentleman named Mulligan was said to be known for his errant and often-replayed tee shots at Essex Fells Country Club. The “Nassau” – probably the most common form of golf match played by average golfers – is said to have originated at the Nassau Country Club on Long Island. And in case you are playing a round one afternoon with your old high school English teacher, remember that in bragging about your multiple aces, say “holes-inone” and not “hole-in-ones.” (If it’s your old civics teacher, remember “Attorneys-General”…) Of course, with my game, cross words – the kind not suitable for print -- and golf often go together.

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The Girls Are Back in Town May 17-20, 2012 | Hamilton Farm Golf Club | Gladstone, NJ

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SYBASE MATCH PLAY CHAMPIONSHIP Tournament Site:

Web Info:

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Location:

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- Gladstone, New Jersey - Exit 22B off Route 287 North (Bedminster) - 60 minutes due west of NYC May from 17-20, 2012 | (Far Hamilton - 10 minutes USGA headquarters Hills)

www.sybasematchplaychampionship.com, Twitter (www.twitter.com/sybasematchplay), Facebook (www.facebook.com/sybasematchplay)

Charities: Farm Golf Club | Gladstone, NJ

Tournament Dates: Monday, May 14 - Sunday, May 20, 2012 Format:

Match-play, single match elimination

The main charitable recipient of the 2012 Sybase Match Play Championship will be Somerset Medical Center, a nonprofit hospital located in Somerville, NJ.

Schedule:

The top 64 LPGA players in the world as determined by: a) top 48 players from the 2012 LPGA Priority List; b) 12 LPGA members from the 2012 Money List, not already qualified, after the conclusion of the Mobile Bay LPGA Classic (April 29); c) 2 additional players who have not qualified, with lowest scores after the 2nd round of the Mobile Bay LPGA Classic; d) two sponsor exemptions

Monday May 14- Practice Rounds – No ticket required Tuesday May 15 – Practice Rounds (All Day)-No ticket required Wednesday May 16– Pro Am Competition (All Day)-No Ticket Required Thursday May 17- Round One – 32 Matches (AM & PM Starting Times) Friday May 18- Round Two – 16 Matches (AM & PM Starting Times); Chairman’s Challenge on Par 3 Hickory Course Saturday May 19- Round Three – 8 Matches (AM Starting Times) Quarterfinals – 4 Matches (PM Starting Times) Sunday May 20 Semifinals – 2 Matches (AM Starting Times) Finals – 1 Match – (PM Starting Time)

Defending 2011 Champion:

TV Broadcast: Thursday: 6:30pm - 8:30pm EST

Purse: $1.5 million – with the 1st Place Winner receiving $375,000 Players:

Suzann Pettersen; 2011 Runner-Up: Cristie Kerr

Golf Channel Friday: 6:30pm - 8:30pm EST Saturday: 3:00pm - 6:00pm EST Sponsor Exemption: TBD Sunday: 4:00pm - 6:00pm EST On-Site Restrictions: **Note: Television broadcasting times may differ as we get closer to the tournaSimilar on-site restrictions apply to both LPGA tournaments, including the re- ment. Check local directory for updated times on Golf Channel. striction on cell phone usage, no outside food and beverage, no photography during tournament days, no large bags, no coolers or containers and pets. C

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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. Daily tickets (Thursday – Sunday) are $20 in advance, $ 25 at the gate, and a full-week Championship Pass is $50 in advance, $60 at the gate. Any child 17 and under accompanied by a paid adult will be admitted free all week. Members of the military, police, fire and EMS will be admitted free. Special Ticket Promo: Fans can text the word LPGA to 792273 (“SYBASE”) to obtain two (2) free daily tickets to the Sybase Match Play Championship, valid any one day Thursday, May Volunteers: Text to 17 – Sunday, May 20. Fans will then receive a response message with a promoJoinLPGA over 450 volunteers from around the Tri-State area who are responsible for tional code valid for (2) two free daily tickets to be redeemed online at www.syb- the success of the unique Sybase Match Play Championship. For only $35 vol792273 (SYBASE) asematchplaychampionship.com. Limited quantities of free tickets are available. unteers receive event tickets, a tournament shirt, jacket and hat, as well as addito obtaintional two (2) free offers fans an exclusive, behind-the-scenes experibenefits. Volunteering Parking: ence with LPGA Tour professionals, Tournament guests and celebrities, as well daily tickets to the General parking is located on Fowler Road, just off of Pottersville Road in Glad- as fans. Meet new people while watching the world’s best female golfers’ battle stone. Follow signs off of Route 202/206 for spectator parking. There Sybase will be headMatch to head. APlay number of unique opportunities and committees are available, complementary shuttle service from the general parking lot/will call Tuesday- each offering different responsibilities. Volunteer committee assignments are on Championship! conclusion of play on Sunday a first-come first-serve basis. Openings still available. For further information, contact Kyler O’Shea 201-951-7976 (kyler.oshea@octagon.com) Suzann Pettersen Michelle Wie 2011 Defending Champion

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Building Something Special - Hamilton Farm Golf Club: Home of the 2012 Sybase Match Play Championship By Marian Castner As we all know, golf tournaments come in many shapes and sizes. This past March, over 175,000 fans set a record for attendance at the Waste Management Phoenix Open in Scottsdale, while others might get less than 20,000 spectators for the whole week. When the LPGA arrives at Hamilton Farm Golf Club for the Sybase LPGA Match Play Championship in mid-May, it has one main goal – to put on a class act. That said, they couldn’t have chosen a more appropriate venue than Hamilton Farm. The history of the property dates back to the early 1900s, when James Cox Brady and his first wife, Elizabeth Hamilton purchased 180-acres of land in the hopes of creating a “great working estate” similar to one’s Brady remembered growing up the son of a wealthy man in Ireland. It took Brady less than a decade to acquire 5,000 acres of forests and working farmland in Somerset, Morris and Hunterdon counties and create one of New Jersey’s largest working farms. By the time he finished, Hamilton Farm encompassed the headwaters of the north branch of the Raritan River, and on a clear day Brady could look out the windows of his 64-room Georgian mansion over 4,000 rolling acres

of corn, wheat, oats, rye and hay and see the Hudson River. In its heyday, Hamilton Farm regularly employed more than 100 local men and women and supported a substantial weekly payroll.

With the death of Brady in 1927, the farm continued in the hands of the Brady family, but never prospered the way it had while he was alive. In subsequent years, the two most important items that happened were in 1942,

when Brady’s third wife converted the stables and carriage house into the first emergency hospital and rest center for the Merchant Marines constructed during wartime. In the 1960s, Brady’s grandson invited the United States Equestrian Team to the Gladstone property, where their headquarters and training grounds remain still today. In1978, the family sold the property to the Beneficial Corporation, who twenty years later sold it to Lu-

55 community) were actually available for purchase. Residents of this gated residential community will enjoy membership in a private golf club, as well as beautiful natural scenery, which provides a wonderful setting for the finely-detailed Cottages. Amenities, such as use of the ten guest suites and wine cellar in the elegant and historic Brady Mansion will also be available to cottage homeowners.

cent Corporation. Lucent’s concept was to develop an ultra exclusive golf club with eighteen corporate memberships. Dr. Michael Hurdzan and Dana Fry, nationally known golf course architects, were hired to construct the finest golf facility in the country. Two courses were built, one being the Highlands Course, an eighteen hole championship course, and a challenging par three, the Hickory Course, which became the only USGA rated par three in the country. When Lucent was selling the club in 2001, Townsend Capital LLC purchased the property and turned it into a high-end luxury golf club. At the time, Lucent had designated a portion of the property for eighteen cottages on the Hickory course, one of each of the memberships, but it was not until the past few years that these lots and oneacre “cottages” (designated as an over

The upscale residences found in The Cottages at Hamilton Farm offer exterior features common to estate homes in the area, with many incorporating stone facades as well as slate or wood shingle roofs and copper accents. The homes are situated in a manner to accentuate views of the rolling golf course and lush vegetation. In addition, the Brady mansion has 10 guest rooms and several meeting areas for use by club members. When Tiger Woods came to play the course a few years ago with his friend, Michael Jordan, he stayed in one of the immaculately designed rooms overlooking the 18th green of the Highlands Course (For purposes of the Sybase tournament, the front and back nines are reversed). After several fires in the mansion over the past 100 years, only a small pew from the original Brady house rests at the entrance place to the

Mansion. A visit to Hamilton Farm Golf Club today, will not disappoint anyone. The staff is superb, as each finely trained member greets every member and guest with a personal welcome. Their list of celebrity members might include names like Matt Lauer and Michael Jordan, but everyone one of over 350 golf and house members are treated with the same. While happy with its growth even during the recent financial downturn, the club is still accepting referrals for various memberships and membership is by invitation only. Now in its final year of a three-year contract with Sybase and the LPGA to host the annual tournament, they are hopeful for an extension to the popular event. “. The Sybase Match Play Championship was designed to be a high-end event. The tournament has a limited field, and we are happy with the relationship we have built between the club, Octagon and Sybase. It has been a pleasure working with them to make this event a success ,” adds Erin Walsh, the current Membership Director at the club, who has been there for ten seasons. “We are excited to have the ladies back and feel that we have an event that represents the club in the way we want

it to – something special.” It is with that attitude that Hamilton Farm Golf Club seems to be run – something truly special. For tournament information, consult the Spectator’s Guide to the Sybase LPGA MatchPlay Championship in this issue.


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Inside the Ropes: Volunteering and Memories By Jim Lenox

Golf is both a great participation and spectator sport. To be a marshal at a professional golf event or even volunteering at a state golf association event is an excellent way to help provide a quality tournament, while having the opportunity to view the action inside the ropes. I have been fortunate to marshal at four NFL Golf Classic events, five PGA TOUR events and six LPGA events, plus the US Junior Boys and Girls Championships at Trump National-Bedminster a few years ago. Every event has been a good experience and has left me with excellent memories, and some new good friends. My first tournament was the former NFL Golf Classic, a PGA Senior Tour event held at Upper Montclair Country Club in conjunction with the NFL. After the first year, I realized there are volunteer jobs for everyone, so I thought of my in-laws, Mike and Helen Loskodi. Already both in their 80’s, both loved golf and watched it almost every weekend on television. They especially liked the youngster, Tiger Woods, maybe because Mike was a Chief Petty Officer Combat Engineer throughout the South Pacific during World War II. His job was to coordinate the rapid repairs of ships damaged in combat and return them to sea. Mike never touched a golf club until his late 60’s. He was a self taught golfer. Every nice day he would take a handful of golf balls to

a school field by Roselle Golf Club and hit them back and forth for two to three hours. He did this for 25 years. He never played on a golf course except when I took him once to Hillsborough Golf Course. But at the young age of 87, he chose to marshal with me at the NFL Golf Classic. Being a real ball hawk and liking to help find all the balls that had gone astray, marshalling was right up his alley. Lee Trevino asked his name and shook his hand. Mike asked Trevino if his grip was right. The next year, Trevino saw Mike again and came over during the round and remembered his name and said hello. He was the tournament’s most enthusiastic volunteer for the next three years until 2002, when the tournament stopped. At the age of 92, when the PGA was held at Balustrol, Mike could barely walk, but he got to see his idol, Tiger Woods practice for hours along side Vijay Singh, and so many other exciting PGA TOUR players. It was great to see Mike still enjoy the game, even as his own practice ritual had pretty much ended. There are a plethora of volunteer opportunities for everyone this year, including at the LPGA Sybase Match Play Championship May 14 – May 20, at Hamilton Farms Golf Club, the ShopRite LPGA Classic May 28-June 3 and The Barclays , the first tournament in the Fed Ex Cup

Playoffs at Beth Page State Park, Long Island, New York, August 23-26. The local state golf associations, NJSGA, MGA, State Association of Philadelphia are also always looking for tournament volunteers. Volunteer information is easily accessible on all tournament or association websites. It’s an experience you’ll never forget, and one you can share with family and friends.

TOURNAMENTS LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS Sybase LPGA MatchPlay.. Contact: Kyler O’Shea, kyler.oshea@octagon.com ShopRite LPGA ClassicContact: Bill Hansen, bill@shopritelpgaclassic.com USGA US Women’s Amateur Publinks (@Nescahnic Valley)Contact Gary Wendorf, gwendorf@scparks.org The Barclays (@Bethpage Balck)-Stacey Whyte, http://barclaysvolunteers.pgatourhq.com/ **Note: All volunteers must be aged 18 or older, and there is a $25-60 charge to cover the cost of shirt/hat. Check the websites for individual tournament requirements**

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Classic in the 1990s, ShopRite has donated more than $24 million to charity through its sponsorship of LPGA events. The history of Seaview’s golf courses 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 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 completed major renovations at the resort over the past two years. The Stockton College Foundation continues to play an integral part of the tournament, and will continue to be one of the charitable beneficiaries of the event. For the first time, the tournament will expand to five Pro Ams, with nearly 1,000 amateurs to participate over three days, between Tuesday, May 29 and Thursday, May 31. LPGA players will tee it up with amateur golf enthusiasts on several of the finest courses in southern New Jersey: Seaview Resort Bay & Pines Courses, Galloway National Golf Club, and Atlantic City Country Club. Unlike many other Brittany Lincicome 2011 ShopRite LPGA Classic Champion

sporting events, between reasonable ticket and concession prices, 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. 100% of the proceeds from all advance ticket sales will go to the tournament’s benefitting charities. Tickets are available online (when purchasing advanced tickets online, you can designate which charity out of the 22 listed on the website will receive the proceeds from your purchase) or at the tournament entrance gate. Children under age 18 are admitted free. Also, ShopRite Plus Card Members can simply show their card at the entrance gate and receive two free tickets each day. Many of the nearly 750+ volunteer spaces are already accounted for, thanks to the loyal legions of past tournament volunteers, but there are volunteer opportunities still available. For additional tournament details and volunteer opportunities, visit www. shopritelpgaclassic.com or contact Volunteer Tournament Coordinator Bill Hansen at bill@shopritelpgaclassic.com. Year in and year out, the ShopRite LPGA Classic prides itself on being one of the best spectator friendly events around. Following in the footsteps of the LPGA’s motto, “See Why It’s Different Out Here,” everyone associated with this tournament makes it one of the best LPGA Tour stops of the year. This year is certain not to disappoint.


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2012 SHOPRITE LPGA CLASSIC 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 28- June 3, 2012 Format: 54-hole, stroke-play Purse: $1.5 million – with the 1st Place Winner receiving $225,000 Players: 144 LPGA Tour players, including two Monday qualifier spots, and two sponsor exemptions Defending Champion: Brittany Lincicome Sponsor Exemption: To be announced Web Info:www.shopritelpgaclassic.com Charities: Since the LPGA started tracking charitable contributions in 1981, the cumulative donations from the LPGA and LPGA Tour events has totaled more than $200 million, $24 million of which comes from the ShopRite LPGA Classic. The ShopRite LPGA Classic will donate 100% of your advance ticket purchase to a charitable organization of your choice, including Big Brothers & Sisters (Atlantic &Cape May Co), CASA for Children, Girl Scouts of Central & Southern NJ, JAWS Youth Playbook, Philadelphia Junior Golf Tour, Ronald McDonald House of Southern NJ, Sunshine Foundation, and others. You must designate one out of the 22 charities when purchasing online tickets. Schedule: Monday, May 28 – Practice Rounds, Monday Qualifier -No ticket required Tuesday, May 29– Practice Rounds & Pines Pro Am. No ticket required Wednesday, May 30– Pro-Am Competition (All Day)-No Ticket Required Thursday, May 31- Pro-Am Competition (All Day) – No Ticket Required Friday, June 1- Round One – All Day – Ticket Required Saturday, June 2- Round Two/ Field Cut to 70 plus ties after round – Ticket Required

Sunday, June 3–Final Round followed by Award Ceremony -Ticket Required (Approx. 6:00pm) TV Broadcast: Look for coverage on Golf Channel on Friday from 12:30-2:30 pm and both Saturday and Sunday from 4-6pm. 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. Ticket Information: The best idea is to purchase them on-line, www.shopritelpgaclassic.com 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 fullweek 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. Also free admission for two, each day, with ShopRite Plus card. Parking: 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.

Volunteers: The ShopRite LPGA Classic is still accepting volunteer

applications. Applications are available online. There is a $40 Volunteer uniform package requirement for those interested in volunteering. The package includes tournament tickets, parking, uniform, and a voucher to play the Seaview Resort (Bay Course) for just $25/cart fee. Any questions, contact Tournament Coordinator Bill Hansen at 609.798.0222 ext. 12, or email bill@ shopritelpgaclassic.com.

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New Ownership at Shackamaxon Country Club

The venerable Shackamaxon Golf and Country Club in Scotch Plains, N.J., has been finalized the purchase by an affiliate of RDC Golf Group, a leading New Jersey-based golf course ownership and management company. Shackamaxon was founded in 1916 and features a historic A.W. Tillinghast golf course. The championship, par-71 layout boasts one of the most famous holes in the New York-metro area: the ninth-hole island green, one of Tillinghast’s first island green creations. The club’s new ownership group combines the golf expertise of RDC Principals Christopher Schiavone and Matthew Galvin with the hospitality experience of Warren Leeds, president of the highly-regarded Whippany, N.J.-based Ome Caterers. Shackamaxon now operates as a non-equity private club and fea-

tures a new website, www.shackcc.com. “Shackamaxon is a great private club with a proud history,” said Schiavone. “My partners and I believe that our commitment to high standards, along with the support of a great membership, will ensure Shack’s future as one of New Jersey’s top country clubs.” Schiavone’s family has been entrenched in New Jersey golf for 46 years, having co-owned Fiddler’s Elbow Country Club in Bedminster since 1965. RDC also runs several award winning properties including Forsgate Country Club, Tallgrass Golf Course on Long Island, Putnam National Golf Club (NY) and Tuscawilla Golf Club outside of Orlando. Current Shackamaxon golf members may continue their association with this storied club by registering for the newly created “Legacy Membership.” This

Charity Event: Michael J Fox Pars for Parkinson’s Outing

Five million people worldwide are living with Parkinson’s disease, a chronic, degenerative neurological disorder. In the United States, 60,000 new cases will be diagnosed this year alone. There is no known cure for Parkinson’s disease. Team Fox is The Michael J. Fox Foundation’s (MJFF) grassroots community fundraising program. It is made up of thousands of people worldwide who raise funds and awareness for Parkinson’s disease research. All funds raised through Team Fox go directly to MJFF to further its mission to accelerate the delivery of life-changing treatments, and ultimately a cure, to people with Parkinson’s. With your help and support, over the past three years, Pars for Parkinson’s, has raised over $100,000 for Parkinson’s research. In 2012, help Pars for Parkinson’s: The Paul Kudowitz Memorial Golf Outing hopes to reach our fundraising goal of SIXTY THOUSAND DOLLARS for Parkinson’s disease research! Pars for Parkinson’s Annual Charity Golf Outing will be held on May 20, 2012, at Tarry Brae Golf Course in South Fallsburgh, NY. To participate or support this worthy event, contact Debby Flancbaum (201) 862-0575.

New Team Assembled at Fiddler’s Elbow Country Club Fiddler’s Elbow Country Club has added a group of seasoned, award-winning professionals to create an exceptional golf management team that is being introduced for the 2012 season. Newcomers Joe Galan, Director of Golf and Mat Kent, Head Golf Professional, join nationally acclaimed golf instructors Kathy Hart Wood and her husband, Mark Wood. “The breadth of knowledge these four golf professionals bring to Fiddler’s Elbow is extraordinary,” said General Manager Tom Hurley. “Their talents will continue to improve the quality golf experience our membership enjoys.” Galan comes to Fiddler’s Elbow from Canoe Brook Country Club in Summit, N.J., where he was first assistant for the past two seasons. He serves on the board of directors of the New Jersey PGA Section and is a member of the PGA Presidents Council focused on growing the game. He is a two-time recipient of PGA’s New Jersey Merchandiser of the Year Award and was nominated for the PGA’s Horton Smith Award (2009) for his continuing work to promote and improve the association’s educational programs. Kent comes to Fiddler’s Elbow from Basking Ridge Country Club in Basking Ridge, NJ, where he served as head pro the past five years. He has worked at several of the most prestigious private clubs in the area, including the Ridge at Back Brook and Hamilton Farm Golf Club. Additionally, Kent is the creator of Swing FORE Life, LLC, established to introduce boys and girls to golf via a proprietary teaching strategy he developed. Kent also serves on multiple committees in the NJPGA, with a focus on growth of the game. Founded in 1965, Fiddler’s Elbow Country Club has 54 holes of golf, practice facilities and the amenities of fine dining and state-of-the-art business facilities.

membership category, also open to former members of the club (2009 to present), is available with no additional initiation fee or deposit required. Benefits include: caddy/walking privileges, complimentary locker and bag storage, reciprocal privileges with other RDC-affiliate clubs (subject to certain limitations); and numerous Legacy Member-only events, discounts and designated parking. The staff has also added several key personal including Richard Tacconelli, Course Superintendent, David Miniman, Director of Membership and Brian Gaines as Vice President of Sales and Marketing for RDC. Scott Barnaby will continue as Head PGA Golf Professional.

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 ninth consecutive year. Hidden Creek was ranked 77th on the list of the nation’s best modern day courses, defined as those built since 1960. The list was published in the March 9th edition of the magazine in the annual feature entitled “Golfweek’s Best.” Hidden Creek was one of only five 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. Eight 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 proud to have earned this distinction from Golfweek for the ninth consecutive year,” said Hidden Creek General Manager Jim Karafa. “It inspires us to work even harder to live up to and exceed the standards of excellence that are expected from such an honor.”

Sister Golf Clubs Scotland Run & Ballamor Named Golfweek’s NJ’s Top 10 Best Courses You Can Play Sister Golf Clubs Scotland Run Golf Club and Ballamor Golf Club were recently named as two of the Top 10 public courses in New Jersey by Golfweek Magazine. In its special edition, the Best Courses You Can Play, Golfweek lists the best daily fee courses in each state. Scotland Run has consistently been awarded the honor since 2002 while Ballamor makes the cut for the second time since becoming a public club in 2010. Scotland Run also boasts a 4 1/2-Stars rating by Golf Digest’s Best Places to Play. Published every two years, Best Places to Play rates more than 3,500 public golf courses in North America on a one to five star scale. Scotland Run is built in and around an old sand quarry and offers a distinctive blend of wooded, quarry and links-style holes. It encompasses over 200 acres of winding fairways, naturally blue ponds and elevation rises uncharacteristic to the flatlands of New Jersey. Ballamor was a private club until late 2009, and opened to the public in 2010. Carefully designed out of gently rolling land and dense woods, Ballamor was designed by the nationally renowned firm of Ault, Clark & Associates, and offers a great opportunity for golfer’s of all skill levels.


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Watch your favorite NFL celebrities at Ron Jaworski’s 28th Celebrity Golf Challenge – May 20th and 21st Enough can’t be said about the charitable work of Ron Jaworski and the Jaws Youth Playbook. Among the many local fundraising activities they host, Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City will return as lead sponsor for the upcoming 28th annual Ron Jaworski Celebrity Golf Challenge. Ron Jaworski, the former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback, ESPN football analyst, and longtime community philanthropist and fundraiser is very involved with his foundation, the Jaws Youth Playbook Fund. They host many events annually, including a 5K in Stone Harbor, cigar parties, celebrity softball games and sports equipment drive. The Celebrity Golf Challenge raises nearly $200,000 each year through its various sponsorships. In 2012, 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 Jaworski. “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 Harrah’s Atlantic City on

Sunday night, May 20th, and a Kickoff Celebrity-Am, Closing Drive CelebrityAm at the Atlantic City Country Club on May 21,th sponsored by JPC Group. That afternoon there will also be a VIP Golf Clinic at 2pm at the Atlantic City Country Club. The festivities at the Atlantic City Country Club are always fun to watch. Jaworski gathers a great collection of current and retired NFL players, coaches and broadcast personalities. Past participants have included Michael Vick, Brian Hoyer, Joe Pisarcik, Joe Flacco, Joe Theisman, Herm Edwards and Dick Vermeil. Expect to see well-known celebrities play again this year. The Jaws Youth Fund (JYF) had delivered well over $3 million in 11 years to more than 100 non-profit organizations providing varied services to children ranging from the ages of 7-18. The JYF is constantly looking for new avenues to raise funds. Preceding the Atlantic League AllStar Game on July 11th at Campbell’s Field, and in conjunction with Ron Jaworski’s Jaws Youth Playbook and the Kisses for Kyle Foundation, Jaworski will team up against a team formed by former Philadelphia Phillies Manager and broadcaster Larry Bowa, to host a celebrity softball game prior to the regular game. Sponsorship opportunities are still available for the Celebrity Golf Challenge and other JYF events. To get involved, contact the tournament office at 856-848-4437 or visit their website, www.jawscelebritygolf.com.

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First Annual R.A. Schiavone Memorial Cup Slated for June 20-21 at Forsgate Country Club

Forsgate Country Club, the award winning, central New Jersey private golf club that is owned and operated by RDC Golf Group, will host the first annual R.A. Schiavone Memorial Cup, June 20-21, 2012. This two-day pro-senior scratch tournament, to be staged on Forsgate’s renowned 6,844-yard, par-71 Banks Course, is sanctioned by both the New Jersey section of the PGA and the New Jersey State Golf Association. The Cup is named in honor of longtime Garden State golf course owner/investor Ronald A. Schiavone who was recently honored posthumously with the National Golf Course Owners Association Award of Merit for his significant longterm contribution to the game of golf. He is also the father of RDC President Christopher Schiavone. “This event honors a man who contributed to golf in New Jersey, even though he was not a golfer himself. As founder of the state’s largest country club—the 54-hole Fiddler’s Elbow—and primary owner of Forsgate Country Club for more than a decade, Ron Schiavone provided the entrepreneurial vision that helped elevate the quality of the game in the Garden State.” said Christopher Schiavone. A fan of the individual amateur competitor, my father recognized that the over-50 golfer was a big contributor to his business, and he would be pleased with an event that focused on that group of golfers,” added Schiavone. The first day with include senior (50+)scratch amateurs playing with a PGA Professional, and the second day will be solely for the amateurs.The entry fee for this event is $295 (includes both two-person team competition and individual senior player event Tuesday) and the field is limited to 60 teams. For more information or to register your team, contact Heifa Sirangelo at (732) 656-8900 or your PGA Professional.

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For the Golfer Who Has (Almost) Everything Golf enthusiasts across New Jersey are improving their short game, lowering their handicap and having a ball with a backyard putting green from Green Life Designs By Rodger Gottlieb

The ultimate toy for golfers could be as close as your back yard. Imagine walking out your back door and onto a spectacular putting green, custom designed to elevate your game. Green Life Designs has been making the dream of a backyard putting green an affordable reality for homeowners throughout the region. In business since 2004, Jim Dickson, owner of Green Life Designs, has become a sought-after expert in the industry after installing nearly 70 backyard greens. “The first step in designing a custom putting green is talking with the homeowner to determine if the space will be arch 2010 Crossword PuzzleJunction.com used for putting and chipping or for hit49 Biblical mount 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 ting approach shots. 50 ‘84 & ‘95 Masters 13 14 15 champThis determines the 53 Vintagetype auto of synthetic 16 17 18 sur56 Sprint face we use and the 19 20 21 22 57 Prophet customized layout 58 Doing battle (2 23 24 25 wds.) of the green,” said 26 27 28 29 60 Capri, Dickson. for one “Regard61 Not allless of the 30 surface 31 32 33 34 62 Worker’s demand material, all of 35 my in36 37 38 39 63 Golf peg stallations rely on the 64 Oklahoma city 40 41 42 43 65 Goes out for a meal Ultra Base System, 44 45 46 which minimizes inDown 48 49 stallation time47 and 50 51 52 53 54 55 virtually eliminates 1 Soft drink 2 Used car thesignmaintenance is56 57 58 59 3 Three sues time Masters that were common in the industry.” 60 61 62 champ Green Life Designs putting greens average between $16 and $18 dollars per 4 Asian holiday 63 64 65 square foot and take four days or less to install. 5 Soothsayer 6 Arum lily Marilyn Frattalone ofCopyright Manasquan, New Jersey, turned to Green Life Designs to ©2010 PuzzleJunction.com 7 Patroninstall saint of a putting green and chipping area in her backyard next to a Koi Pond. 24 Lyric poems 34 New Mexico 47 Rent Norway “My backyard is now my family’s little oasis. The only problem I find is that I 26 Like some resort 48 Male relative 8 French Sudan, don’t have enough putters for my friends and family,” Frattalone said. “Since we excuses 36 Levy offi cial 49 Cut up in tiny today Store sign Corn Belt statehas passed sectionsthat we were not out using it. 9 ‘98 duhave Maurierhad the27green installed 39 barely a day 28 Fastening piece never 42 Putting andinterest 50 in Londoner, e.g.now putting almost every winnerMy Burton 16-year-old son, who had an golf, is 29 Jewish month short game 51 Inert gas 10 Free-for-all day. This past Memorial Day Weekend and aunt, who are all over 80, 31 Docs for necessity our parents 52 Tractor-trailer 11 Kilns did not get off the green for over four hours. I can’t thank Jim enough for this little dachshunds 44 Host 54 Relaxation 12 Downwind 32 Three time US 45 Acapulco aunt 55 Valuable rocks 15 Swarms piece of heaven.” Open of champ 46 Foray Clavell’s ___- as impressed with the 21 Tire filler Tom Sarnese Brigantine, New Jersey,59 was equally 33 Seed cover command Pan 22 Burgundy grape results of his consultation with Green Life Designs. “We contacted numerous companies who gave very expensive estimates we could not afford. A friend recommended calling Green Life Designs. Jim demonstrated superior product and provided us with a price that was far less expensive,” Sarnese said. “The green was installed in a few days and we could not be happier Solution - 3/10 Crossword with the results. The putting surface and two difS A N T O C O M B M O A ferent fringe lengths make putting and chipping O S I E R A L A R T E A L D I C T A L A L A E L S E very realistic. We rent out or home to large groups A S K C A L V I N P E E T E of golfers, and now golfers from around the counF O L I A D I M E S try will enjoy the putting green.” L E A D E R R A I N S While new clubs, accessories and lessons are all A X L E V I D E O H A T M I D S T E V A T I A R A great gift ideas, a backyard putting green makes E T O A F T E R O L I O the ultimate gift for golf enthusiasts. For additiE X I S T T O W E L S onal information, contact Jim Dickson of Green L U M E N S I N A I B E N C R E N S H A W R E O Life Designs at (609) 204-2952, or visit online at R A C E S E E R A T W A R www.njputtinggreens.com. I S L E T E E

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GET READY GOLF CLASSES COMING TO A GOLF COURSE NEAR YOU By Bill Hannum

Many golf courses and clubs around the country are embracing the new initiative by the PGA of America to bring new players into the game of golf in a fast, fun and affordable way through the new Get Golf Ready program. The new industry-wide initiative is comprised of a series of introductory lessons offered by PGA/ LPGA Professionals in a small-group environment for an affordable price (generally $125 or less per session). “The Get Golf Ready program provides an affordable and rewarding educational experience for those who are interested in learning more about the game of golf,” said Mike Attara, Director of Operations at Eagle Ridge Golf Club and a strong proponent of the new program. “The program provides a casual yet structured setting using fun, skill enhancement formats to help participants become comfortable on the links and enable them continue to develop their skills as golfers. Our golfers love going onto the golf course and seeing that that can actually play after just a few lessons.” Targeting the millions of people, young and old, who have limited or no experience with the game of golf, this new industry-wide adult player development program’s provide basic skills instruction as well as information regarding the background of the game’s rules, etiquette and values. Significant on-course learning opportunities will be a part of each lesson. Overall, participants will gain insight into techniques regarding chipping, putting, full swing, half swing and bunker play as well as the fundamental guidelines regarding the use and maintenance of golf equipment, keeping score and navigating the course, among others. Following the completion of the first program, a smooth transition can be made into other Get Golf Ready graduate on-course golf days and other programs are being offered by each facility. Get Golf Ready was originally introduced in January 2009 as part of the World Golf Foundation’s Golf 20/20 initiative. Currently in its third year, the program is benefiting from unprecedented support and collaboration from the entire golf industry, including the World Golf Foundation, The PGA of America and other leading national and state golf associations, organizations, manufacturers, media and companies. In recent years, various facilities hosted Play Golf America Days, however, this year, these will be replaced by the individual facilities offering Open Houses. The following courses have already begun these exciting new lessons in New Jersey: PLAINFIELD WEST 9 GOLF CLUB, STONYBROOK GOLF COURSE, EAGLE RIDGE GOLF COURSE (Open House- Sunday June 3rd), COLONIAL TERRACE GOLF COURSE, KNOLL WEST GOLF COURSE and GALLOPING HILL GOLF COURSE. MAKEFIELD HIGHLAND GOLF COURSE (PA) and EISENHOWER PARK GOLF COURSE (NY) also offer programs. For further the facility nearest you, go to the www.playgolfamerica.com/ggr website.


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New Jersey Golf Foundation’s 2012 Golf in Schools Program to Impact More Than 90,000 Kids Throughout New Jersey With More Than 160 Schools Across New Jersey Now Incorporating Golf into the Physical Education Curriculum, 2012 Participation Will Increase by 30,000 Students (K-8); Golf In Schools Supports Golf Industry’s Growth of the Game Initiatives The New Jersey Golf Foundation (NJGF), the charitable arm of the New Jersey PGA Section (NJPGA), announced earlier this year that 90,000 children (K-8th grade) at more than 160 schools in New Jersey will participate in the 2012 Golf in Schools Program. Golf in Schools is an initiative designed to introduce the game to children, by incorporating it into the physical education curriculum at elementary and middle schools. New Jersey’s Golf in Schools Program, which has expanded every year since 2009, has become a model for all 41 PGA sections across the country, and serves as a leading program to support the PGA’s growth of the game initiatives. In fact, the program, which was implemented at 127 schools statewide and impacted more than 59,000 students in 2011, will increase by more than 50% in 2012. “The Golf in Schools program has enjoyed amazing growth over the years, and it is a testament to the dedication of PGA Professionals in the New Jersey PGA Section, as well as a tremendous commitment among physical education teachers at our New Jersey schools who recognize the value of introducing the great game of golf to children,” said Gregg Angelillo, President, New Jersey Golf Foundation.

Andrew Reyes, age 6, from Mickleton, NJ and Miles Martin, from Princeton, NJ, played in the US Kids Golf Desert Shootout in Phoenix this past Feb To support this initiative, the NJGF provides each ruary. The Desert Shootout is one of the six US Kids school with an allotment of SNAG golf equipment to Regional Golf Tournaments held each year and parkeep an entire physical education class active and en- ticipants must be invited to participate in the event. gaged. SNAG Golf (‘Starting New At Golf’) offers In order to be invited to the event, you must qualify developmentally appropriate equipment that allows at the US Kids local tour level. Both play on several golf to be learned and played in non-traditional venues, such as a school gymnasium. In turn, a select group of local junior tours, including the US Kids PhiladelPGA Professionals from the New Jersey PGA Section phia South Tour and the other is the JGA Tour, based visit the schools to train the physical education teachers in Egg Harbor, NJ. on how to effectively introduce kids to the game. The Playing against some of the best junior golfers PGA Professionals work closely with physical educa- (age 6 and under) in country, Andrew finished in 8th tion teachers to ensure they are comfortable presenting place scoring a 93 (48-45). Miles ended in 9th place the golf curriculum to their students. with a combined score 95, with rounds of 49 and 46. Both played from 1,200 yards. Schools participating in the 2012 program include They will continue to compete in the local tours elementary and middle schools from the following dis- this spring and summer leading up to the 2012 US tricts: Elizabeth, Plainfield, Newark, South Brunswick, Kids World Championships held in Pinehurst, North Paterson, Clifton, Edison, Neptune, Union and BarneCarolina this August. The US Kids World Champigat, among others. onship is the largest and most prestigious event for For more information about this program and oth- players 12 and under. er NJ Golf Foundation initiatives, please visit www. “I am very proud of Andrew for his accomplishnjgolffoundation.com or contact Chris Hunt at the NJP- ments and his dad Freddy for keeping it fun for him. At 6 years old, Andrew wants to practice and looks GA. forward to playing golf at a competitive level,” added his coach, John Petronis.

Scotland Preston Wins Second Straight Blue Devil Invitational

Scotland Preston, a senior at Gov. Livingston won low medalist (4 under par 43) at the 12-hole Blue Devil Invitational hosted by Westfield High School. It was the second year in a row that she has claimed this title. The overall team tournament was won by No. 1 ranked Bergen Catholic, lead by senior Harrison Shih Preston, who is the reigning NJ Women’s Amateur Champion, made her father, Mike, the Echo Lake Country Club head professional for the last 29 years, proud with her performance. Preston had four birdies and her 43, was two shots better than Seton Hall’s Zach Pallas and three better than her teammate, Sean Keane. She will play golf this fall at Kansas State University, INDIVIDUALS 1-Scotland Preston, Gov. Livingston, 43. 2-Zach Pallas, Seton Hall, 45. 3-Sean Keane, Gov. Livingston, 46. 4-Zach Stark, Livingston; Kyle Kroen, Seton Hall; Harrison Shih, Bergen Catholic, 47. 7-Erick Alonso, Bergen Catholic, 48. 8-Joe Iorio, Gov. Livingston; Brad Lankler, Westfield; Ryan Rose, Bergen Catholic, 49

NEWS FROM THE JUNIOR GOLF ASSOCIATION The Junior Golf Association, based out of Harbor Pines Golf Club, under the leadership of John Petronis, who recently won his third Junior Golf Leader Award from the Philadelphia PGA, continues to expand his popular junior golf program. Besides a full schedule of junior events and golf-at-college prep classes, here are new highlights for 2012: 1. Adding a Beginner/Intermediate Division to our 18-hole Classics Division. Once you shoot 85 twice or have handicap less than a 13.0, you must move up to the main division. 2. The JGA will manage the US Kids Local South Jersey Tour to help more 9-holers get into golf, starting

this summer 3. There will be 3 Amateur events where Adults can participate. Cape May County Amateur, Atlantic County Amateur, & Ocean County Amateur. Open to all amateurs. Two divisions - Championship, and A Flight. The scheduled events are: Ocean County Amateur – May 20th @ Sea Oaks CC, Atlantic County Amateur- July 12th at Greate Bay CC and Cape May County Amateur at ShoreGate GC on August 29th. Entry is $125/ event and must be received two weeks before event. For more information, contact John Petronis, PGA or visit the www.jgaofamerica.com website.

TOURNAMENTS FOR JUNIOR GIRLS & MORE June 26: USGA Girls Junior- Qualifier at Trump Nat’l-Bedminster www.usga.org July 9-10 NJSGA Girls’ Junior at Jumping Brook GC www.njsga.org June 25-26 NJPGA Junior Sectional www.newjersey.pga.com June 28- Junior PGA Section Championship (Qualifier) PA Section at Avalon Golf Club www.philadelphia.pga.com

Young 6-Yr Old Golfers from New Jersey Compete in National US Kids Tournament

July 27 -WMGA Maureen Orcutt Trophy at White Beeches G&CC www.wmga.org August 9- WMGA Junior Girls’ Open at Pelham CC (NY) www.wmga.org All of these websites have information on a variety of Junior Golf events for both Boys and Girls Parents must pay careful attention to tournament deadlines - No extensions for missing tournament entry dates

NJPGA Junior Golf Tour Expands Again The NJPGA is excited about some of the additions to their junior golf programs for the 2012 season. There is a newly added College Series for players 17-24 in age. These will be a series of one-day events in May - July. Former Junior Tour Members will be offered a discount on their membership to this new series. These events will be run in conjunction with weekly Assistant Professional tournaments. Also, for 2012 on the NJPGA Junior Tour, is the inclusion of Boys and Girls ages 11 & 12. There will be an application process by which the Junior Golf Committee will review applications based on skill level and prerequisite minimum scoring requirements consistent with the scoring requirements for the US Kids Golf World Championship. Those that don’t belong to a US Kids Golf Local Tour will have to submit a playing resume that includes tournament scores and yardage played from the past 12 months. For additional information on these and any other NJPGA Junior event this season, contact Chris Hunt, Junior Tour Director of the NJPGA or visit their website,www. newjersey.pga.com

Hershberger to Play for University of Virginia Congratulations to Ridge High School senior Alexandra Hershberger, girl’s state championship winners and Skyland Conference champs in 2011, who has received a scholarship to join the Cavalier golf team at the University of Virginia this fall. Hershberger, a Basking Ridge native was runner-up at the 2011 New Jersey Golf Association’s Women’s Match Play Championship, and named to the Junior All-American Golf Team, sponsored by Hewlett Packard and the American Junior Golf Association. Her mother, Madeleine, was a member of the Swedish National Team and and classmate of Annika Sorenstam.


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Bookholdt Wins at IJGT event at Bulle Rock Bulle Rock Golf Course, host to the LPGA Championship from 2005 - 2009, played host to the International Junior Golf Tour 36-hole Major Championship Event on April 14-15, 2012. The rolling hills and slick greens made Bulle Rock a tough test for the over one-hundred juniors that participated in the event. The event brought on some great scores and thrilling finishes as each of the division titles came down to the wire. In the Girls Division, Haley Bookholdt of Columbus, N.J. took home the first place trophy in her first IJGT event. Bookholdt was

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tied with Alessandra Ricigliano of Scarsdale, N.Y. after 36-holes, which forced a sudden death playoff. Both had finished the tournament with a total of 165. On the first hole, Bookholdt was able to hit a key putt to win the trophy. She also won the Clazic Belts Low Final Round award with her final round score of 80. When Bookholdt was asked about how she played this weekend, she replied “I drove the ball really well and was able to keep the ball in play. I was also able to get up and down At age 13, Bookholdt was introduced to golf

The IJGT Jelly Bean Open at Hershey Links Hummelstown, PA

Sunday, April 7-8, 2012—Rawding Wins With Great Final Round Kevin Rawding of Morristown, N.J. (Boys 15-18 division) collected his first victory of the 2011-2012 IJGT season with a win at the Jelly Bean Open. He showed that he had what it takes to play through windy conditions in order to be crowned champion. Rawding shot rounds of 78 and 71, including 5 birdies and 24 pars on the weekend, giving him a tournament total of 149. He has been a hot player on tour after finishing second and third in his last two events. His final round score of 71 was the final low round of the event, giving him the honor of the Clazic Belts Low Final Round. After his victory Rawding was asked, how it felt to finally get a win after having a second and third place finish. He responded “It’s about time! It has been something that I have been working at for a long time and it really feels special to final get a win.”

Congratulations to JOHN PETRONIS

Winner of the 2012 Junior Golf Leader Award PGA - Philadelphia Section John has worked tirelessly to grow the Junior Golf Association providing Two-Day Scoreboard-eligible tournaments, college advice, Optimist and Big “I” Qualifiers, and many other junior events

by her father and was voted the “Most Improved Female Player” by the Golf Association of Philadelphia in 2010. She has played in several US Kids Championship events. Bulle Rock Golf Course has been voted top public golf course in Maryland for many years. For the first time this season, when two people play Bulle Rock, the third round is Free, with the 2012 Passport to Golf (www.passportnjgolf.com). For specific discount information to Bulle Rock, call (732) 577-1995 or purchase your book at the www. passportnjgolf.com website.

Inaugural NJ Prep Challenge to be Held May 20 at Metedeconk National Golf Club Metedeconk National Golf Club—one of the top private clubs in the country and boasting an award-winning golf course—is holding a first-of-its-kind golf tournament for private high schools throughout New Jersey. The Metedeconk Prep Challenge will be held on May 20 at 1:00 pm on the club’s 18-hole Tournament Course. The Robert Trent Jones, Sr./Roger Rulewichdesigned layout was recently ranked 85th among the country’s modern (post1960) courses by Golfweek magazine. Celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2012, Metedeconk has received 2012 Club of the Year honors from the New Jersey Golf Course Owners Association and the NJ Section of the PGA in 2010. The club’s practice facility, perennially considered among the finest in the northeast, was recently named best in the state by Golf Styles New Jersey Two-man teams from 20 private schools will compete in an 18-hole better ball stroke-play format. “The only way golf is going to grow is if we involve the next generation,” says Bob Lerner, a Metedeconk member who has been the driving force behind the tournament. “The membership feels it is important to share the Metedeconk experience with young people. We want them to understand that golf isn’t about business or prestige: It’s about loving the game.”


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golf fitness for the whole family By Eric H. Shendell

I am a fitness buff, and a golfer. The benefits I derive from both these passions are shared with my family. My daughter (now 9) has been a fixture at the golf course since she was 5. This is how we bond. This is how we learn together. This is how we have fun. Families that golf together can also grow together. This spring, as you re-engage with the game, remember to engage your family. You are never too young to get the club in your hand, learn the basic mechanics of a swing, a putt or a drive. Any golfer will tell you about the strategy of the game, and the mental toughness you need to complete a round, a hole, a tournament. Children are never too young to learn these skills as well. There are many ways available to start your child in golf. The Golf In Schools programs, your local PGA Section Junior Tours, Junior Golf Association and The First Tee programs provide wonderful ways to get kids into the game. Fitness is a critical part of the game at any age. Walking 9 or 18 holes adds up to lots of mileage, strengthening your legs and endurance. Practicing your swing hones your core and upper body. Perfecting those putts is excellent for hand to eye coordination. As children develop and improve their technique, their muscles are strengthened and toned without undue stress, another key factor in physical development. Golf teaches children lessons for a lifetime –physical, emotional, and psychological - all building blocks of strong personal foundations. Sharing the passion of golf, as a family, keeps parents in tune with their chil-

dren’s strengths and weaknesses. Building on these together can be a key factor in the ongoing dialogue between parent and child. Like most parents, I am not with my child in the classroom, but I am with her on the course, and I am constantly amazed how much this humbling game teaches her – life’s lessons – big and small - all wrapped up in a club, a little ball and a lot of green. Enjoy your game and enjoy your family!

Eric H. Shendell is a master fitness trainer, specializing in golf fitness. He is principle of EHS Fitness, LLC. He teaches a class entitled, Golf & Fitness, at the Plainfield West 9 Golf Course. For more details, contact at eric@ehsfitness.com

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“TipTeeToe� Shoes for Ladies Might be a Perfect Fit

The TipTeeToe Golf shoe company has made great strides in convincing women golfers that a wedge design not only looks good and feels good but provides better balance during the golf swing. Ladies are quickly learning how a slightly lifted heel

could have such a dramatic effect on performance. “Our shoes are USGA conforming for competition and they look great and perform well on the course. Women will find they have better balance when wearing our wedge shoe and that will have a positive impact on their golf game. Our mission is to grow the game through innovative footwear,� added Miky Gallas, President of TipTeeToe. The new TipTeeToe wedge is a available in various colors and sizes. Some local pro shops are starting to carry them, but the website, www.tipteetoe.com will give you all the updated information to purchase them.

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Early Season NJPGA Section Results 2012 Pro Pro Champions The 2012 Pro Pro Championship is in the books and a new team was crowned. Hollywood’s Kevin Weyeneth and Greenacres’ Mike LaBrutto would earn the title with a 36-hole total of 8-under par, 134 which was good enough for a 1-stroke victory over the Upper Montclair duo of Jason Sedan & Stephen Kerr as well as Knickerbocker’s Ed Whitman and Rock Spring’s Baker Maddera.

Abacus Introduces the Gullane Cardigan for Spring 2012.

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For the 2012 season the successful, Swedish golf brand Abacus introduces a new invigorating collection for active lifestyles. Superb function combined with contemporary style is the natural foundation for the collection. One item from the collection that features a rose design is the Gullane. It is a soft cotton/acrylic cardigan with a decorative flower design and feminine cut. The sweater features _ sleeves and a decorative ribbon tape in the buttoning. Material: 55% Cotton/45% Acrylic Sizes: XS-XL Color: 313 navy flower, 109 white flower For more information Call Caulfeild Apparel at (800) 268-7939.

A Feet’s Best Friend! PING GOLF announced it would be selling 5,000 limited edition, pink G20 drivers in honor of Bubba Watson's Masters win. Proceeds from the sales will benefit Watson's "Bubba & Friends Drive to a Million" – an effort to raise $1 million this year to support organizations fighting cancer. Starting June 1, the drivers will retail for $430. Contact your authorized PING dealers/ PGA Golf Professional and ask for one of these special drivers.

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