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VOL 20, NO. 1

SPRING 2010

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Hamilton Farm Golf Club, Gladstone, New Jersey

Essex County Public Golf

May 17-23, 2010

Ballamor Discover

Junior Golf

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SPRING 2010

Letter from the Editor

n thinking about this piece, I really wasn’t sure how to describe the past few months in our own golf world. Most of us were certainly hit with the unusually large amount of snow this winter (except for the lucky snowbirds), which forced us to either find a indoor place to hit balls or to simply let the clubs sit in the garage for nearly three months. I need to mention the “Tiger story,” if only briefly, because of what Tiger Woods, the man and the brand, meant, and still means, to the golf world as we know it today. If it wouldn’t be for Tiger, tour professionals wouldn’t be earning the purses that they do, and perhaps the golf industry wouldn’t have grown to the extent that it did. We all have our personal feelings about his actions, but that is not what we are here to read about. We certainly hope he comes to play at the ATT National PGA Tour event at Aronimink Golf Club, outside of Philadelphia at the end of June and perhaps by then we will know more about his past and future. For now, we have lots to look forward to on our local golf scene. We have three professional golf tournaments coming to New Jersey this season – the Sybase Match Play Championship (May), the ShopRite Classic (June) and The Barclays at Ridgewood Country Club at the end of August. All should be very exciting events, as well a terrific way to help many local charities. Over the past year, many golf clubs have chosen to address the economy in different ways. While some no longer exist, and others were taken over by either municipalities or private golf management companies, some have expanded their facilities and have chosen to see this as a time of opportunity. We can see this at both public (i.e. Blue Heron Pines) and private (Upper Montclair Country Club) clubs, and many more. This season holds many opportunities for all level of golfers – For those who enjoy tournaments, there are many state organizations (www.njsga.org, New Jersey, Metropolitan and Philadelphia PGA Sections, mgagolf.org) holding tournaments for every type of golfer out there. There are also plenty of local organizations in North and South NJ which are seeking new members. Take advantage of these opportunities, and remember we are looking to hear about your HOLE-In-ONE or other special stories which might have occurred on your golf course or within your golf organization. Feel free to email me, mcastner@passportnjgolf. com about them. Happy golfing and again thank you for your support. Marian Castner, Publisher/Editor-in-chief mcastner@passportnjgolf.com Office:732- 577-1995

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SPRING 2010

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Course of the North A New Vision for Essex County Golf: Francis Byrne, Weequahic & Hendricks Field Golf Courses By Marian Castner

So often we hear that there are few attractive public golf opportunities in northern New Jersey and nearby New York City, and to some extent that is true. The ratio of golfers to county or public golf courses in these areas is quite high, especially compared to somewhere like the southern NJ/Atlantic City area. This aside, one shouldn’t ignore the fact that there is plenty of affordable, classic golf to be found – and a great place to start is in Essex County. With its three county courses – Francis A. Byrne Golf Course, Weequahic Park Golf Course and Hendricks Field Golf Course – one can find some of the finest public golf in

the state at these three venues. In recent years, we have heard much controversy over the running of public golf courses by local governments, and how many of these courses are losing propositions. But under the leadership and vision of Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr., Essex County has chosen a very different approach to golf. Rather than close golf courses or let them deteriorate, they have chosen to improve and make them into profitable revenue streams. “Our picturesque fairways and greens, affordable rates and easy accessibility make Hendricks, Weequahic and Francis Byrne golf courses attractive destinations for golfers of all skill levels,” DiVincenzo said. “Historic features have been restored, landscaping has been enhanced and infrastructure has been mod-

ernized to transform our public courses and provide

our golfers with a first class recreation experience,” he added. DiVincenzo had the foresight to develop a Master Plan for the courses, along with consultant and project manager Ed Brockner and Stephen Kay/Doug Smith Design, to help restore classical design elements while modernizing course infrastructure at all three of these facilities over an aggressive two-year time period.  The result has been the recently completed investment of over $7,000,000 to improve the courses, plus the hiring of a new, experienced Director of Golf Course Operations, Tim Christ.

“I never would have considered coming here if it had not been for the vision of bringing better golf to Essex County by County Executive DiVincenzo and the Essex County Freeholders,” added Christ. “It is really an exciting time for our cardholders, and we are looking to improve conditions and really making our courses some of the best in the state. It is rare to find three classic courses each nearly 100 years old in the same county.” Essex County acquired the Francis Byrne Golf Course in 1978, as it was originally the West Course at Essex County Country Club. The course dates back to 1926, and was designed by noted architect Charles Banks.  A number of holes are based on famous courses from Scotland, a signature of Banks. Perhaps the most notable is the first hole, which is modeled after the #17 “Road Hole” on the Old Course at St. Andrews ( PS: Site of the 2010 British Open). One’s golf skills will surely be tested on the deep bunkers, hilly topography and large rolling greens at the Byrne course. The most popular of the county courses, the golf course can be considered one of the finest public tracks in New Jersey. It will host both the Metropolitan Golf Association and New Jersey State Golf Association “Publinks” qualifiers this June. Weequahic Park is the second largest developed park in the county system with 300 acres, including an 80-acre lake.  Originally intended as a reservation, it rapidly evolved into a popular park with a variety of recreational activities.  The Olmsted Brothers finalized their design for this Newark-based park in 1901.

It was later determined that Weequahic Park could support a 9-hole golf course. The course was designed by George Low, the head professional at Baltusrol Golf Club, and constructed in 1914.  The popularity of the facility eventually created demand to expand it to a full 18-hole course, and through expert repositioning of the greens, golf course architect Hal Purdy redesigned the course, placing 18 fairways in the same 70-acre area occupied by the former 9-hole course.  The improved golf course reopened in 1969. Easily accessible off of Route 22 near Liberty Newark International Airport, many golfers enjoy no waiting time for tee times and the ability to play 18 holes in less than four hours. The facility at Weequahic Park also has its own practice area for The First Tee and Newark Youth Golf programs, which make their home there. In 1929, another Charles Banks-designed golf course opened in Essex County. Built around a mansion deeded to the Park Commission by Harmon W. Hendricks, which is situated between what is now the 4th and 5th holes, Hendricks Field Golf Course is an 18-hole, 125-acre golf course bordered by Belleville and Branch Brook Parks. The course features well-contoured putting surfaces and many interesting holes. With its narrow fairways and well-guarded greens, the course is a perfect choice for an accurate player, especially one who likes to walk. What makes the three golf courses additionally attractive is that both residents and non-residents have access to them. Essex County residents can purchase a Golf ID Card at the headquarters at 115 Clifton Avenue in Newark, and non-residents can become “members” by purchasing either a Gold Membership for $150 (Preferred Rates and 5-day advanced tee time booking at Weequahic Park and Hendricks Field), or the Platinum Membership for $300 (Preferred Rates and 7-day advanced tee time bookings at ALL three courses). The courses also specialize in smaller outings and are flexible with their pricing and availability, with shotgun outings ranging from just $45 to $65 depending on the day and time. “We are taking the golf courses to the next level,” concluded Christ. “As this season progresses, the golfers will really be able to see the changes we have implemented and the product of improved conditions and customer relations will be very obvious.” There are few historic courses that golfers can play in our area for under $50. These are three gems that everyone should take the opportunity to play this season. More information on the courses can be found on their website, www.essexcountynj.org, and linking on the right side of the homepage to the Golf Section.




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SPRING 2010

Course of the South Ballamor Golf Club – Opening their once exclusive gates to the Public By Marian Castner

For the past nine years, most people, including community residents in Egg Harbor Township hardly noticed the iron gates of Ballamor Golf Club. The club catered to an upscale private clientele, and few had the opportunity to play this challenging golf course. With the difficult economic climate last season, Ballamor changed ownership and is now a daily-fee public golf club, under the watchful eyes of the same people who run the award-winning Scotland Run in Williamstown, NJ. “We believe that Ballamor is a wonderful compliment to Scotland Run and we are proud to provide tri-state golfers the opportunity to play two of the best courses in Southern New Jersey. We look forward to continuing to provide outstanding conditions and superior service at both properties.” says Liz Norton-Scanga, director of marketing for both properties. Golf course designers, Ault, Clark and Associates (with architect Dan Schlegel), whose work can be seen at several other New Jersey golf courses including

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Eagle Ridge (Lakewood, NJ) and Hyatt Hills Golf Course (Clark, NJ), have created a course that brings together the feel of a southern tree-lined venue, while encompassing much of the natural features of that part of southern New Jersey. “This golf course has a little of everything and it is just a special piece of land. The course has a combination of water on several holes, fescue on many, and perhaps most noticeably, some really difficult undulating greens on most,” added Mike Tucci, the general manager and head golf professional. “It’s an interesting layout where golfers play through a series of pods linked by wooden bridges and ride through some pretty neat natural areas.” Both Tucci and Norton-Scanga were part of the start up team at Scotland Run and know what it takes to put a superior product together. “There’s only one hole where houses are visible from the fairway,” added Tucci. “Each hole possesses its own individual character, while together the course really presents a real test of every type of golf shot.” While not having one particular “signature hole,” he cites several, including the two par-3s on the front nine, and the 523-yard “peninsula-like” par-five 18th hole, with water bordering the entire right of the fairway, as three of the most dramatic ones. With tees ranging from 5,238 yards to 7,098 from the tips, there are options to suit any level golfer. The golf course is a true test for any skill level. Between the variety of forced carries, water hazards—including several surrounded by unique stone walls, significant bunkers, and those dramatic greens, you are likely to use all of the clubs in your bag when you play the course. Once you leave the clubhouse, you are unlikely to return until after your 18 holes, as the course has a unique “go out and stay out” routing. Starting with a straightforward, 557-yard par-five, and the course leads you through a maze of wetlands. While golfers will find the fairways unusually wide (most range between 30-45 yards), in combination with the equally large undulating greens, there really is no “easy” hole on the course. When you’re done with your round, you’ll be happy to grab a snack at the pub & grill that overlooks the 18th green, and enjoy a burger and beer with friends before heading home. Finally, what makes the course even more intriguing is its accessibility for golfers from all directions travelling either down to the Jersey shore or the Atlantic City area, plus those from the Philadelphia-area who come to their summer homes in the surrounding areas. Daily green fees range between $58 and $105, plus there are several exciting membership opportunities available starting at $495, which includes a dual membership with Scotland Run. They also offer a unique BusinessMax membership, which allows company employees to play at reduced rates. They also will be offering twilight packages, along with junior golf camps, Thursday night ladies clinics, and programs similar to ones currently at Scotland Run. Visit www.ballamorgolf.com for more information about the club. Golfers have a new place to try in southern New Jersey, and certainly one time at Ballamor will find you wanting to come back for more.


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JUNIOR GOLF- Making a name for itself in New Jersey



By Tom Flynn

The biggest thing in golf today may not be what’s the hottest driver or putter, but it’s about having youngsters involved in junior golf. A casual walk around the floor of the recent PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando was enough evidence that junior golf is the latest hot topic, with the focus of many companies being on the junior golfer from age 5-17. “The idea is to teach the kids to play and to have proper etiquette,” said Greg Chapleski, President of eDimples.com, a company that teaches golf etiquette to youngsters through various games and cartoons. “The idea is to build the game and the future of the game is the kids. In the scenario where the husband plays golf, but his wife and kids has other interests, he is more likely to quit or scale back his interest in golf.” Chapleski estimates that one million kids are playing or learning the game today, but those estimates vary widely. Julie Wang of Hippo Golf, which makes junior golf equipment, thinks approximately 800,000 kids play, while William Ehman of US Kids Golf, thought as many as 3 million may be playing. Chris Hunt, who runs the Junior Golf programs for the New Jersey PGA office, is working on raising funds to bring golf into schools through the NJ Golf Foundation. His ambition is to get club professionals into the school gymnasiums and to provide in-school training for teachers. His goal is to integrate golf into the physical education curriculum of each school. Hunt says there are nearly 650 kids in the NJ/ PGA and US Kids golf programs in New Jersey, but there is room to accommodate more. There are many juniors who participate in golf programs at the

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Watch your favorite NFL celebrities at Ron Jaworski’s 26th Celebrity Golf Challenge – May 15-17 Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City returns as lead sponsor for the upcoming 26th annual Ron Jaworski Celebrity Golf Challenge. This uniquely formatted celebrity golf tournament offers spectators the opportunity to walk the fairways of the Atlantic City Country Club, following some of their favorite athletes. Ron Jaworski, the former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback and current ESPN Monday Night Football analyst, is an active community fundraiser and has partnered with the United Way – to create the Jaws Youth Fund. They host several annual events, including a cigar party and toy drive. The Celebrity Golf Challenge raises roughly $200,000 each year through sponsorship donations and net proceeds from ticket sales. Proceeds go to the JAWS YOUTH FUND, as well as Gridiron Greats, which assists former NFL players who have been in need of help. This year’s event, which will be held from May 15-17, includes a VIP Reception at Harrah’s (7 pm, May 15th), in addition to the $100,000 Celebrity Shoot-Out at the Atlantic City Golf Club (Noon, May 16th ) and Pairings Party and the “Kick-Off ” (7:30am) and “Closing Drive” (1:30pm)Pro/Am golf events at Atlantic City Country Club (May 17th). Several current players and coaches have confirmed their participation including Joe Flacco, Jon Gruden, Joe Theisman and Bill Cowher, but expect to see other well-known NFL celebrities to also play this year. Throughout the years, the Challenge has raised over $2.5 million in support of the Jaws Youth Fund, which is an initiative designed to target youth programs. This partnership of the Jaworski Family and the United Way of Camden County impacts at-risk youth by supporting innovative programs. Sponsors of the event, in addition to Harrah’s, are American Airlines, Subaru of America and Smith & Nephew. Tickets are $15 to watch the celebrities play at Atlantic City Country Club, along with tickets to the Sunday Pairings Party ($200) are available online, at www. jawyouthfund.com. There will also individual day tickets sold at the gate. Visit www.ronjaworski.com for additional information.

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Tales from Inside the Ropes – Life as a USGA Referee



By Tom Flynn

Craig Ammerman has the kind of golf “job” that golf fanatics would die for. He referees golf matches for the PGA Tour, and does it at places like Augusta National, Bethpage Black, Torrey Pines, Pinehurst and other American and British courses that most golfers only know from television. With it, certainly comes a few stories to tell. For instance, at the 2005 US Open, when he was refereeing a match that included eventual winner Michael Campbell. On the third hole, Campbell ducked into a bathroom, just inside the ropes. When the players arrived at their golf balls, Campbell was not with the group. When Ammerman looked around, there was Campbell sprinting up the fairway. He was not delayed, so Ammerman wasn’t concerned, until it happened two more times in the next eight holes. Eventually, Ammerman sidled up to him and asked if he needed a medical break. Campbell said he was okay, even as Ammerman told the New Zealander he was entitled to a 30-minute break if he was ill. Again, Campbell declined. It occurred twice more. Ammerman glanced at him and again Campbell shook his head. As the group left the 18th hole and headed toward the scoring tent, Campbell fell in step with Ammerman and said, “Listen, I appreciate your concern but I wasn’t sick” and then he explained. “I go into the potty and stare into my eyes in the mirror and tell myself, ‘you can win, you can win.’” A few years later, Ammerman was relating the story and laughed, “I guess the mirrors haven’t been working so well lately. He’s never won again.” Officiating at these big tournaments at magnificent courses – and playing most of them -- doesn’t come easily. The stories are fun to tell, but before the stories come, there’s lots of hard work. Ammerman joined Riverton Country Club in 1978 and by 1997 served as Centennial Chairman for the Philadelphia Golf Association. In 2002, he was “shocked” learn he had been elected to the USGA Board of Directors. That was the beginning. He served five years on the Rules Committee, where he believes his biggest contribution to golf was establishing a digital archives of architectural design for golf courses before, he says, the work of some the great architects of bygone days is lost. Today, he serves as executive vice president of a health care publishing company but long before that he was a working newsman who got his big break while working for the Associated Press in Charlestown, West

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Virginia on the night the Marshall University football team was killed in a fiery airplane crash when returning from a game. “I was supposed to have a date that night with my future wife and at some point I remembered to call her and tell her I couldn’t make it. I guess she understood because later on we were married and we’re still married to this day.” Later his news career took him to Boston and New York with the Associated Press and then he spent a year working for controversial Rupert Murdock as city editor of the New York Post. He left there and went to Philadelphia where he became executive editor of The Bulletin where he stayed until it went out of business in 1982 The nice thing about being inside the ropes is a chance to see the best players up close. He thinks, for example, that Sean O’Hair is the best young player on tour and that Ricky Fowler who played on the winning 2009 USA Walker Cup team, and has already had some impressive finishes this season, has a great chance to be a star. Another nice perk about officiating is a chance to walk some of the best courses in the world. He’s proudest of having worked all four majors – the Masters, the US Open, the British Open and the PGA Championship – but never officiated at the Ryder Cup. The chance to be inside the ropes does come some downside. In 2007 and 2008, Ammerman estimated that he spent 100 days on the road at a cost of $10,000 in out-of-pocket expenses. When asked his favorite course, he doesn’t mention Merion or Augusta National, he smiles and says, Prairie Dunes. “It’s in Hutchinson, Kansas and few people out here know much about it. I liked it so much that I joined there and go there two or three times a year to play.” In case you’re interested, he also likes North Berwick Golf Course, which faces the North Sea off the Scotland coast as his favorite links course. Ammerman is involved in a running dialogue within the USGA about the interpretation of the rules. The rules say it’s the “player’s responsibility” to know the rules and the USGA takes that to mean an official should not offer advice to a player unless asked. Ammerman disagrees and feels the touring professionals should know the rules and shouldn’t need advice. “It’s the amateurs who are out there by themselves, frequently without a caddy or someone with real rules knowledge-- they are the ones who really need our help.” To illustrate his point, he recalls officiating in a tournament with an American and a Canadian play-

ing in a twosome. Both drove the ball long but into the right rough with the Canadian further ahead, and the better lie. The American’s ball had come to rest near a TV tower. Ammerman told the player he could move the ball. “Are you sure? I won’t be penalized if I do that,” the player wanted to know. Assured there would be no penalty, the American took a drop and then hit his shot stiff to the pin. The Canadian was not so fortunate. He was short of the green and then missed his chip shot attempt for a birdie. After the American made his putt, the Canadian glared at Ammerman. Perhaps US – Canadian relations were frosty for a few moments, but for Ammerman, “The rules are rules.” Officiating is not always glamorous – especially at the majors where international acclaim awaits the winner and where every player does not take defeat graciously. Ammerman recalls the 2007 PGA Championship at Winged Foot in Westchester, NY, where Phil Michelson collapsed on the 18th hole taking a double bogey and Jeff Oglivie snatched the championship. Not everyone remembers that Colin Montgomery, who has never when a major, was only one shot behind Michelson when he arrived at the 18th tee. He split the fairway with a long, straight drive. Then he flubbed two easy iron shots into the green and took a double bogey six. Infuriated, the Scotsman stormed off the green and headed for the scoring table. To reach it, he went into a tunnel where a New York State trooper was guarding Michelson’s wife and children. The trooper had his back to the green when Monty arrived. The Scot gave the trooper a hard push from behind, knocking him off balance, as the irate Montgomery turned right to enter into the scoring area. A second trooper started after Montgomery. After all, nobody hits a state trooper without paying for it. Ammerman stepped in front of the trooper and said, “Please, give me chance to talk to him. The USGA doesn’t need this and US/ British golf relations don’t need it. I’ll tell him he has to apologize when he comes out.” Ammerman then went into the scoring area and told Montgomery in no uncertain terms that he needed to apologize or he face the prospect of being arrested for striking a trooper. Montgomery nodded a couple of times and then walked out straight past the two troopers and went into the locker room, leaving Ammerman red-faced to apologize to the trooper. “ I did it for the USGA,” Ammerman grinned. “Not Montgomery.” So goes the life of the rules official.

A new look for the Sybase Championship Hamilton Farm Golf Club here comes the LPGA By Andrea Stuart

ith some surprise, and little fanfare, an LPGA event is returning to northern New Jersey at a new location and with a different format, in the form of the Sybase Match Play Championship. The tournament will feature 64 of the best LPGA players in the world playing single-elimination match play matches starting May 20th. After the Sybase and the LPGA failed to renew their contract with Upper Montclair Country Club late last year, and ShopRite (Wakefern Corp) decided to go their own way and revitalize the ShopRite Classic (now scheduled for mid-June in southern NJ), many were concerned that the LPGA wouldn’t return to a northern New Jersey location. With perseverance by the new LPGA Commissioner Michael Whans, Sybase Inc., who has hosted a ladies event in the New York or New Jersey area for the past 10 years, and Octagon Golf, the tournament found a new home at Hamilton Farm Golf Club in Gladstone, NJ. It is not the first time that Hamilton Farm has hosted an LPGA event. In 2005 and 2006, the course was home to the HSBC Women’s World Match Play Championship. Designed by golf course architects Dr. Michael Hurdzan and Dana Fry, the 600-acre property, includes both an 18-hole championship course, and an 18-hole par-3 course, and sits on some of the most prestigious land in Somerset County. Once a former country estate and productive horse farm, the property was sold to Lucent Technologies in 1998, who wanted to create an ultra exclusive golf club for only eighteen corporate members. While they spent over $50 million in their

attempt to bring a “dream of luxury golf entertaining,” when the economy went sour and Lucent encountered financial difficulty in the early 2000s, they sold the property to the Townsend Capital LLC, who still run the course today. Their vision still remains the same, creating the finest golf experience that one could enjoy. The mansion, which was built in the early 1900s, and has gone through two fires and some renovation, still remains the centerpiece of the club, and is used for exquisite dining and entertaining. Expect to see most of the top LPGA players, including two-time 2010 LPGA winner Ai Miyazato, Lorena Ochoa, Michelle Wie, Paula Creamer and other top golfers. Tournament week with be filled with many exciting events, including two practice rounds (Monday and Tuesday), a Pro-Am on Wednesday and match play matches Thursday through Sunday. Tickets for the event are available on www.sybasematchplaychampionship. com, where you can also find additional sponsorship and volunteer information. All service personnel and kids 17 and under are admitted free. Also all military and service personnel (Police, Fire, EMT) will be admitted free. There are a limited number of spots left to play with the pros on Wednesday, May 19 and those interested can call 1-800-444-LPGA. Please support the event so that we can continue to have such great professional golf events in our area!




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An Interview with: Hamilton Farm Golf Club golf course architects Dr. Michael Hurdzan & Dana Fry Dr. Michael Hurdzan has been involved in over 350 golf course projects over the past fifty years. Dana Fry joined Dr. Hurdzan in 1988, after being a senior designer for the Fazio Organization for many years and has help expand the company into award-winning worldwide architects. Besides Hamilton Farm Golf Club, their projects have included Calusa Pines, Erin Hills, Devils Pulpit and Paintbrush, Shelter Harbor, Naples National, Westwood Plateau, Georgian Bay and Philadelphia Cricket Club. Dr. Hurdzan is the winner of the 2008 Donald Ross Award. Here are some excerpts from a Question and Answer session that they held regarding their work at Hamilton Farm Golf Club: What were your first impressions when you toured the Hamilton Farm property? Our first impression was that Hamilton Farm was one of those incredibly special places. As soon as you drive through the gate, you have this stately sense of presence and the size of the property and its rich heritage just hit you. The property is a pristine piece of New Jersey countryside that had so many wonderful elements—huge trees, steep hills, lots of streams that bisected the terrain, horse trails throughout and historic barns. We knew that we would have some challenges in fitting the championship golf course on this large site but in the end those hurdles became the hallmark of many of the golf holes. For us to leave our imprint on this superb piece of land is indeed very special. Did the estate’s considerable history and reputation as a working farm with pastures, forests, horse trails, creeks, rolling hills and formal gardens influence the design direction you decided to take? The Hamilton Farm property had been nurtured for a few hundred years by people who cared about the ground. It isn’t often that you get to work on such a piece of land in such an idyllic setting. There is no question that what existed when we started did influence the design greatly. To lay two courses in there was a special challenge and a special privilege. We tried to orient the holes to take advantage of all that was there. Are there any particular holes on The Highlands Course that you would like to comment about?

There are so many great holes at Hamilton Farm that it’s truly difficult to choose. Certainly, the 1st hole is a wonderful opening hole that is slightly uphill. The 2nd hole is a very dramatic par-5 with fabulous bunkering. The 6th hole, with its green so close to the Bull Barn, is reminiscent of many holes on the old courses of Scotland. And the par-3 7th presents a tough tee shot to a green that is angled left to right. The downhill par-5 9th hole also is a beauty, and the 17th and 18th holes with their views of the mansion and formal gardens are incredible. The spectacular par-5 14th hole, “Long Look,” we like to think of as the course’s signature hole. Creative bunkering is a distinctive design feature of many Hurdzan/ Fry courses. Can you explain the inspiration that led to the particular bunkering plan for the Highlands Course? And why did you choose to pattern bunkers in the style of Alister MacKenzie? The bunkering at Hamilton Farm is indeed truly unique and it looks like it’s been there forever. Dana Fry worked hard to give the bunkers a MacKenzie look and feel because the courses MacKenzie designed are timeless and his bunkers are hallmark features. Just look at Cypress Point, for instance. We wanted to retain that same timeless look. The bunkers on The Highlands are very challenging. All the grassy fingers that come down into the bunkers give players all kinds of lies, which adds strategic values to the holes. Is the Highlands Course a challenging site for a professional tour tournament? We think that what really challenges the good players of today are the shot values in and around the greens. Hamilton Farm’s Highlands Course certainly was designed with that in mind. About 75% of the hole locations are relatively forgiving so that the average player can enjoy his round. But if you want to set the course up really tough then the other 25% of hole locations will make this course highly demanding. It will challenge the very best shot-makers. Its strength is its bunkering, competitive hole locations and stiff penalties for missing the greens. In fact, Tiger Woods once spent some time there to tune-up for a tournament. When you have a world-ranked player like Tiger staying on to play your course you know you’ve created something of high caliber.

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tographs before and after their rounds. There might 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.sybasematchplaychampionship.com by calling 800-444-LPGA so as to avoid any delays on tournament day. There is no charge for entry for the Monday through Wednesday practice rounds. Daily tickets are $20 in adavance, $25 at the gate, and a full-week Championship Pass is $40 in advance, $50 at the gate. 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. Parking: General parking with be located on Fowler Road, just off of Pottersville Road in Gladstone. Follow signs off of Route 202/206. Severe Weather: Hamilton Farm and the LPGA tournament commitment is 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 Sybase Match Play Championship is now accepting volunteer applications. Please contact Sara Rogers at (212) 546-7308. (sara.rogers@octagon.com)

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Mill Fickleson and the Chub Clamp* The lamed finks at Raltusbol still had a diddle bit of loo on the grass on the morning of the big match between Mill Fickleson -- a prop toe on the ten’s moor -and the cocky chub clamp. One of the shop tooters of all time, Mill Fickleson was fairly cleavered in the match, despite the combhorse advantage of the chub clamp. As they tiered the first knee, the gathered cloud began to crap as the rivals each reached for their drooling divers. “Writ when heady!” shouted Raltusbol’s moldest ember. From the mack barkers, the fort-mowed shareway seemed distant beyond the rye huff. Breeze and tushes loomed to either side of the players’ sign of

Hopewell Valley Golf Club Retains RDC Golf Group For Management Services RDC Golf Group, Inc. (RDC), recently announced that the private, member-owned Hopewell Valley Golf Club in Hopewell, New Jersey, has retained the company to provide management services. At the direction of Hopewell Valley’s Board of Directors, RDC will oversee the day-to-day aspects of the club’s operation including: golf course maintenance and management; pool, tennis and dining facilities; marketing; and banquet services. RDC will also develop and implement a yearly operating plan and marketing plan for the club to be approved by the Board of Directors of the Hopewell Valley Golf Club. Founded in 1927, Hopewell Valley Golf Club offers a scenic 18-hole golf course designed by Scottish architect Thomas Winton. In a tribute to his Scottish roots, Winton designed the course to place a premium on accuracy and proper club selection, building compact, undulating greens and deep sand and grass bunkers. Nearly 83 years later, Hopewell Valley’s golf course, with its lush, tree-lined fairways, holds its place as one of the best conditioned and most respected courses in the area. Walking is permitted year-round, offering members a tranquil respite from the hustle and bustle of today’s busy world. In addition to the stellar golf course, Hopewell Valley boasts a main clubhouse offering casual dining in the Grill Room, gourmet cuisine in the Dining Room; and a Grand Ballroom that offers expansive windows and decking that overlooks the picturesque grounds. This family-oriented club, with approximately 400 members in all categories, also features an aquatic facility with an Olympic-sized pool; a wading pool for infants and toddlers; fully equipped locker rooms; and concession stands. Tennis enthusiasts enjoy three, state-of-the-art lighted Lee Hydro-Court clay tennis courts with numerous tournaments and special events hosted throughout the year. According to Bill Stone, president of the Hopewell Valley Board of Directors, “This partnership with RDC offered the best chance of realizing the club’s goal of enhancing revenues through increased memberships, golf outings and events. The Board of Directors was impressed by RDC’s knowledge, understanding and insights into the private club industry and what is required for a private facility to maintain success and enhance the membership experience.” “Hopewell Valley, like Forsgate and Olde York, is a vibrant, family-oriented club that offers tremendous membership value. We are pleased to be working with this prestigious facility, its dedicated Board of Directors and its enthusiastic membership,” said RDC Chief Executive Officer Christopher Schiavone. Both clubs are only 30 minutes from Hopewell Valley.

light. It would be an intimidating she-tot for any golfer to hit, even the stressed ball-bikers. But Mill Fickleson did not skeezily err. He confidently backed the wall what seemed merely a nile, and mound the fiddle of the fort-mowed shareway. The veering chewers were duly impressed with the sighty mouthpaw. “You shaled that knot!” they cried. “Mill Fickleson!” they chanted. Now it was the chub clamp’s turn. He hadn’t had a hoagie on a bowl in more than woo and a half tweaks! His favorite club, his rusty trailer, always got him tout of rubble. But after seeing that she-tot of Mill Fickleson, he began baking in his shoots. He had never backed a wall like that -- the ape of the shark was perfect. He knew he was up against bun of the west ever to have splayed the port. His whims went lobbly; his fed was in a hog. Fetty swingers ground the fip of his club as he faced his pleat squarely within the tee box. Raking a big tip

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at his shot, he imagined hitting a dry haw over the trite wrap, curving back to the fort-mowed shareway and wading its wine past Mill Fickleson. Pitting his hose at the conclusion of the swing, the chub clamp looked down, only to see the word “Titleist” staring up at him amidst a debt of white simples. Never hazing his red towards any of the mother embers, the chub clamp stalked whiffly into the show prop, through to the men’s rocker loom, and shook a long tower. He would sever be the name again. * William Archibald Spooner (1844-1930) is said to have been prone to switching the consonants and vowels of words accidentally, and the “spoonerism” is named for him. Chris Schiavone is the President and CEO of RDC Golf Group.

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Heard Around The States… Glenwood Country Club Names new Head Professional & adds new Membership Programs Glenwood Country Club, in Old Bridge, NJ, has named Sal Silvestrone as Head Golf Professional. A former Glenwood Country Club assistant pro in the mid1980s, Silvestrone comes to Glenwood from Battleground Country Club where he served as head golf pro since 2001. Silvestrone’s extensive experience also includes having served as the head teaching professional and assistant golf shop manager at Bethpage State Park, home of the famous Black Course, which hosted the 2002 and 2009 U.S. Open Championships. He was also the Director of Golf at Eisenhower Park on Long Island, site of the 1927 PGA Championship. During his tenure at Eisenhower Park, he created a state-of-the-art teaching facility with seven PGA pros and assistants working under him. Silvestrone also won the Met Section PGA Merchandiser of the Year Award and brought many sectional tournaments to the course. “We are very pleased to have Sal back at Glenwood as our head pro,” said Glenwood CC General Manager Anthony Spirito. His experience, personality and passion for the game will be great assets for the club and for our members. I know our members will enjoy getting to know Sal and vice versa.” In addition, Glenwood has also announced two new membersip offerings for 2010, including a Junior Membership (age 18-25) priced at $750 and an Intermediate Membership (ages 16-35) priced at $1,500. Contact the club, www.njgolfclub.com for further details.

New Management takes over at Makefield Highlands Golf Club Makefield Highlands Golf Club, a public course owned by Lower Makefield Township PA announces its new management agreement with Applied Golf Group. Designed by John Jacobson, the course is now in its 6th year of operations and is gearing up for the 2010 season with the Applied Golf Group at the helm. Applied Golf Group is a divisional partner of appliedgolf and being lead by Mike Attara as the company’s Chief Operating Officer. Veteran New Jersey PGA Professional, Mike Attara and his partner Dave Wasenda the founder of appliedgolf are heading the charge. “We are very fortunate to announce Bob Doria, PGA Professional as our new General Manager and Head PGA Professional. Bob has a passion for growing the game and has been the Philadelphia Section PGA Growth of the Game Coordinator.” said Mike Attara. Joining Bob is PGA Professional, Ed Gibson as the clubs Director of Instruction. Ed was previously the PGA Professional at Apple Brook GC and was named one of the Top 25 Instructors in Philadelphia Magazine. Look for our featured story about the golf course in the next issue of Golfer’s Tee Times.

Latino Institute to return to Puerto Rico for annual Golf event in December Planning has already begun for the 2010 Legislative and Scholarship Classic, which will take place in Puerto Rico from December 1-5. Famed PGA player and Senior PGA Tour player Chi Chi Rodriguez, is again expected to participate in the event, which will include three days of golf at some of Puerto Rico’s best golf courses. Additionally, participants can expect to be treated to first-class accomodations and an elegant reception with several leaders from the Latino community in Puerto Rico. The Latino Institute is a Newark based charitable organization, that operates statewide financial support programs for Latino parents and students. More details will be available shortly, however, in the meantime, interested participants are encouraged to contact Carmen Torres at (973)273-0273, www.latinoinstitute.us.

Trump Organization takes over Pine Hills Golf Club (Pine Hills, NJ) The Trump Organization has taken over the former Pine Hill Golf Club, outside of Philadelphia. The club will now be know as Trump National Golf Club-Philadelphia, and will be run as an exclusive private club. Over the winter and spring months the club underwent several upscale renovations, both on the golf course and in the clubhouse, and was to re-open in the early Spring.

Eagle Ridge offers new “Ridge Rewards” program for customer loyalty Eagle Ridge Golf Club in Lakewood, NJ has expanded their popular “Ridge Rewards” loyalty program to include a second tier. For merely joining the program online, you will receive a $10 coupon on your next round of golf. Now you can also receive a free round of golf (with cart) for every 600 points you earn – where points can be earned on golf, food and beverages and Pro Shop purchases. In addition, Ridge reward members receive exclusive weekly specials including food specials, free range balls, and Family Friday fun evenings and other exclusive events at the club. Some rules and restrictions apply. Visit www.eagleridgegolf.com for more details.

Hidden Creek Golf Club again named to Golfweek’s Best 100 Modern Courses in the United States

For the seventh consecutive year, Hidden Creek Golf Club has been named as one of “America’s 100 Best Modern Courses” by Golfweek Magazine. Hidden Creek was ranked 71st on the list of the nation’s best modern day courses, defined as those built since 1960. The list was published in the March 12 edition of the magazine in the annual feature entitled “Golfweek’s Best.” A private club located in Egg Harbor Township, NJ, Hidden Creek was designed by the renowned tandem of Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw. They are regarded by many in the industry as the preeminent golf architects in the world today. Nine of the Top 100 on Golfweek’s list were Coore and Crenshaw designs, including Sand Hills Golf Club in Mullen, Nebraska, ranked number one among modern U. S. courses, and Friar’s Head in Baiting Hollow, NY, ranked number nine. 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 deeply honored to have earned this distinction from Golfweek for the seventh consecutive year,” said Hidden Creek General Manager Ian Dalzell. “With five new courses debuting in this year’s rankings and seven previously ranked courses being displaced, it is a remarkable achievement just to remain in the Top 100, much less move up seven spots in the rankings from last year. We take great pride in this honor.”

Special Event: Bob Rotella at Whitemarsh Valley CC, April 21 Women Golfers Give Back is bringing world renowned sports psychologist, Bob Rotella, to the Whitemarsh Valley Country Club in Lafayette Hill, PA on April 21, 2010 at 6:30pm for a lecture on “Trusting Your Talent.” Bob Rotella is recognized as the most significant golf physiologist of our day. He is the author of Golf is Not a Game of Perfect, the best selling sports psychology book of all time, and four other golf psychology books including his latest, Your 15th Club. He has been selected as one of the “Top 10 Golf Teachers of the 20th Century” and has worked with many PGA tour players such as Padraig Harrington, Trevor Immelman, Davis Love, Brad Faxon, and Nick Price, to name a few. Bob Rotella has been director of University of Virgina’s Sports Psychology Department for over 20 years. He has been President of the North American Association for Applied Sports Psychology. He has worked as a personnel consultant for the NBA, NFL, Major League Baseball, NASCAR, the PGA Tour, the LPGA Tour and many other sports organizations. If you are looking for a better understanding of your mind and you need to improve the mental side of your golf game, you do not want to miss Bob Rotella when he comes here in April! Take control of your mind, take control of your game. The cost of the lecture is $175 per person or $600 for a foursome. For tickets go to our website: womengolfersgiveback.org Eric Quinn, who was the General Manager at Pine Hill when it opened in 2000, has returned to his former role at the club and brings a wide-range of management to the club. Quinn has been the General Manager at several other clubs including Mansion Ridge (NY) and Olde York Country Club. For information on membership, contact the club directly at (877)450-8866.


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Not only will you enjoy a full day of golf, but your day includes continental breakfast and a gourmet lunch, followed by a fantastic Silent Auction. This year’s event will feature guest speaker Kelli Stenzel, one of Golf Magazine’s Top 100 Teachers in America. For those of you who are not familiar with the Volunteers in Medicine of Cape May County, their mission is to understand and serve the health and wellness needs of the medically uninsured and underserved population living and working in Cape May County. In these challenging times where health care is on the minds of many households, organizations like VIM are in more need than ever. They need community support. The entry fee is $125, per player and various sponsorship options are still available. We encourage you to sign up early as this event sells-out quickly! Information on remaining openings, or silent auction donations is available through Penny Blom pblom7@comcast.net ( 609-247-4532), sponsors should contact Peggy Quinn (609-463-2846).

VIM has applied for a grant through the Pepsi beverage company’s foundation. The grant is received is by people logging onto the website, www. refresheverything.com, and voting for the project. The project will be live for voting on April 1 and continue throughout the month of April only.

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he American Red Cross of Northern New Jersey hosted an event to sign up volunteers for the Barclays golf tournament, which is August 24 –29, 2010, at Ridgewood Country Club in Paramus, NJ. The highlight of the event was the presentation of a $30,000 check from the PGA TOUR to thank American Red Cross Chapter volunteers for their help at The Barclays 2009. “The American Red Cross of Northern New Jersey volunteers have been great partners for this event,” said Peter Mele, Executive Director of the Barclays as he presented the $30,000 check to Ray Shepherd, CEO, American Red Cross of Northern New Jersey. The American Red Cross of Northern New Jersey Chapter is proud to again participate in The Barclays this year. The Barclays, is the first event in the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup and regularly attracts the biggest names in professional golf. The PGA TOUR works with local charities to recruit volunteers and promote the sales of the tournament tickets through TICKETS Fore CHARITY, an innovative fundraising program designed to generate muchneed dollars for local non-profit organizations. During the kick-off event, PGA TOUR representatives were available to answer questions regarding volunteering at The Barclays. For individuals interested in volunteering for the event through the American Red Cross (and for the Patriots Outpost), please visit www.redcrossnnj.org. General spectator tickets for The Barclays will be available starting in early April at www.barclaysgolf.com and again like last year, purchasers will be able to select a charity to which they want to delegate their ticket proceeds.


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“On average, most juniors can stay with their set of clubs for about two years before it’s necessary to buy a longer a set,” he added. A starting set of junior clubs (probably 4-6 clubs), including bag, generally falls in the $125 range. Some parents will choose to start with only a few clubs to see if their child enjoys the game. Once they take an interest to the game, the prices can run anywhere from there up, adds Julie Wang, a sales representative for Hippo Golf. Plus don’t forget that kids still need proper golf shoes, gloves and various “cool” golf caps, not to mention the latest in wrap-around sunglasses. US Kids Golf has even designated certain golf courses for junior golfers – these courses have installed a special set of tee markers, generally no longer than between 150-175 yards, on their golf course. They suggest par three holes be set up at 75 yards, that par 4s should run between 120 and 135 yards, and par 5’s being set no longer than 175. Many golf courses in New Jersey carry a selection of US Kids clubs and can fit your child for the best club (even young children). One ardent supporter of junior golf, and someone who organizes many tournaments for them throughout the last 10 seasons, is PGA Golf Professional, John Petronis, founder and president of the Junior Golfers’ Association of America. As the Cape Jr. Golf Tour & JGA Tour grew, he left managing golf courses to grow junior golf and open the JGA Golf Academy & Fitting Center at Harbor Pines Golf Club, near Atlantic City. First, he only organized one-day tournaments and parent-child tournaments/leagues, until the youngsters and their coaches, wanted more. “The program just grew and grew!” he says, and he added two-day tournaments. He found that college coaches

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are only interested tournaments that are 36-holes or more from longer distances. With his program drawing kids more than five neighboring states, now it’s to a point that it is so demanding on his time that he laughs and says, “Would you believe that I only played golf four times last year.” Petronis has scheduled several two-day events this season, at some pretty impressive venues, including a two-day event at Hidden Creek Golf Club and Galloway National in mid-July. “Player of the Year” winners from the JGA Tour this season will again

receive one tournament exemption into an AJGA event. The AJGA organizes the highest-level of ju-

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nior golf tournaments in the world. Professionals all over our area are doing their share to promote the game. Bill Castner, Head Golf Professional at the Plainfield West 9, in Edison and Director of the First Tee at Plainfield, runs an 11month program each year that involves 200 kids, ages 5 to 16. Castner is fortunate to have an indoor facility, which allows him to run the program virtually yearround. His staff, along with some volunteers in the program, concentrates on building long-term relationships with his students at a young age. He installs the building blocks which any athlete needs in any sport, and concentrates on sportsmanship confidence, good judgment, responsibility, and honesty among the young players. Each group, whether it’s a weekly program or summer camp starts with an exercise portion. “We teach them both long-term golf and life skills, which will create strong athletes, with fewer injuries, and good kids as well,” he says. He, along with many other golf professionals involved with junior golf today, never forget their primary objective -- to teach the kids to play and enjoy golf for a lifetime. Castner, for example, schedules tournaments for his group which he breaks into two groups. They play about three tournaments a year for kids under 13 years of age, and for those over 13. Castner also directs The First Tee program at Plainfield, for “at-risk kids from the inner cities.” The First Tee, which has many chapters throughout the United States, has a strong presence in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. In New Jersey alone, there are chapters in Atlantic City, Trenton, and Essex, Middlesex, Monmouth-Ocean, Somerset counties. The First Tee of Metropolitan New York,

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based out of Mosholu Golf Course in the Bronx, has affiliate chapters stretching from Connecticut to Long Island. Castner candidly remembers the golf professional, Tom Strafaci, at Dyker Beach Golf Course who drew his interest to the game. Growing up in Brooklyn, he told him, “There is no such thing as a bad kid in golf.” He adds, “Who knows what might have happened to me if I hadn’t met him. Now I am able to give back to other kids that same enthusiasm that he passed along to me.” Both Petronis and Castner have been honored by the PGA with their section’s Junior Leadership Award for work with young golfers. Wayne Worms, who teaches in central New Jersey, is a former winner of the national PGA Junior Golf Leadership Award. George Frake, Director of Golf at Little Mill Country Club, like many professionals at private clubs, runs a four-week summer program, aimed at 6 to 10 year-olds. Frake believes, “After that, some kids drift away and the ones who stay with golf either want private lessons or find some other teen-agers to play with.” But if teaching and outfitting these youngsters are building the game is the “meat and potatoes of the industry,” then the dessert comes from the results of our Junior Golf programs. And our area has a couple of very good recent spokespeople. Morgan Hoffman, the 20-year-old from Saddle Brook, NJ, who helped the United States retain the Walker Cup last year, is unabashed in his support for junior Golf. “Absolutely, I support it,” he says. “For some, it’s a great help getting into a good college or to get a chance at playing professionally.” Hoffman, who played much of his junior golf in tournaments in New Jersey, is now a sophomore at highly ranked Oklahoma State University. He started playing in the junior tournaments when he was eight years old and was already playing American

Junior Golf Association (AJGA) tournaments when he was 14. After playing the later part of his high school golf in Hilton Head and Orlando, he caught the eye of the golf coaching staff at Oklahoma State. Now he’s in his second year there, after a sensational freshman year that was climaxed by playing on the Walker Cup, where he won two points toward the American victory. He’s looking forward to playing collegiate golf for at least one more year but he’s coy about his plans after that. “You never know what’s going to happen,” he laughs. Hoffman is not alone among young golfers from

our area who have gone on to successful collegiate and/or professional careers. Chris Nallen grew up in Hackettstown, NJ, played in many NJ events and now plays on the Nationwide Tour. Andrew Giuliani, son of the former New York City mayor, played most of his junior golf at Van Cortlandt Golf Course in the Bronx, and played most of his junior golf at local MGA and PGA junior events in the Metropolitan Section. Since graduating from Duke University, Giuliani has appeared on the Golf Channel’s Big Break and now works as an assistant golf professional at one of the Trump Golf properties. Nannette Hill, who was a leading junior golfer from Westchester, NY, just completed her senior year at Wake Forest University and had stellar years playing college golf. Look for her to break into the LPGA professional ranks within the next year. Joanna Coe, of Mays Landing, was the 2008 NCAA Division II Champion and is currently finishing her junior year playing golf at third-ranked Rollins University in Florida. She spends her summers working in the pro shop at Blue Heron Pines in Galloway Township, and also does volunteer

instruction with the Blue Heron Pines Golf Academy. At press time, she was off to a great start in the 2010 season, with three runner-up finishes in tournament play, and was been named SSC Golfer of the Week this season for the fourth time in her career.  She plans to attempt to qualify for the 2010 U.S. Women’s Amateur and has already qualified for the U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links Championship on the basis of her reaching the semi-finals of that championship last year.   “Unfortunately the process to playing college golf is quite extensive, and expensive too,” adds Petronis, who recently went through the process with his own daughter, Heather. After considering several options, at both Division I and II schools, the Petronis’ decided that the best fit for her would be St. Leo’s University, outside of Tampa. “There are so many things to consider and it really takes a lot of knowledge to match the junior golfer with the right college. At a college like St. Leo’s, we expect that Heather will have the opportunity to get a good amount of playing time on the team, plus receive a good education there.” Petronis, along with Castner, both understand the desire by both junior golfers and their parents, many of whom are seeking scholarship money, to play golf

on a collegiate level. But both feel parents are underinformed. Petronis recently held a meeting discussing the college recruitment process, and Castner will do the same at his course in mid-May right after the conclusion of the high school golf season. There are many golf professionals, industry people and volunteers at our local facilities who are involved because of their love of the game and their desire to give back to kids what someone gave them once upon a time. We know there are many more raising stars coming out of our local ranks – we’ll bring you more about them in the future!

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he Rutgers men’s golf team placed fourth with a 590 (292-298) total at the recent 22team C&F Bank Intercollegiate, played at the River Course at Kingsmill Resort. Senior Ben Bershad (Titusville, N.J.),paced the Scarlet Knights for the second time in as many events this spring season, carding a two-over 144 (72-72) on the par-71 course to place tied for eighth in the 120-player field. Seniors James Arbes (Westfield, N.J.) also performed well, following up his opening round 70 with a 76 on Tuesday to finish tied for 12th with a 146 total, just one stroke outside of the top 10. Senior Jordan Gibbs (Princeton, N.J.) finished in the top 25. After posting an opening round 71, he shot 77 on day two to place tied for 24th with a 148. The Rutger’s team is lead by first-year coach Jason Bataille, a native of South Plainfield, NJ.

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More and more junior golfers understand the importance of incorporating golf fitness into their preparation for performing their best. Practically every professional golfer participates in some form of sport specific training. Knowing how to train to benefit their golf game is something that every junior golfer should look to improve. Incorporating a strength and conditioning program geared to golf is a great start.

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Depending on the age of the junior golfer most of their fitness should focus on developing flexible strength and cardio vascular endurance. All too often many juniors train the wrong way. Often leading to muscle imbalance or for the wrong muscle groups to be used for certain activity. Focusing on keeping the weights relatively light and working on proper form always will ensure that the muscle is being worked properly. We recommend incorporating resistance bands and therapy balls into the workout routine. With using these pieces of equipment the individual can work on developing the small muscle groups that are responsible for stability in the golf swing. It is important to develop the large muscle groups of the legs, back, and chest. However, the small muscle groups of the hip flexors, rotator cuff, and triceps will ensure proper balance for the golf movement. Remember, most of the juniors bodies are still growing and developing through adolescence. By achieving muscle balance early on the player will become more structurally balanced as they get stronger and are finished growing.


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ShopRite LPGA Classic returns to the Seaview in June The ShopRite LPGA Classic in association with Atlantic City Outlets City; Boy Scouts of America – Southern New Jersey Council; Girl Scouts

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In coordination with title sponsor ShopRite the Tournament is proud to announce its eight official charity partners that will benefit from the 2010 event. They are: AtlantiCare Foundation; Boys & Girls Club of Atlantic

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* Free admission for all spectators Monday June 14th through Wednesday, June 16th * Children age 17 and under will be admitted free when accompanied by a paid adult * ShopRite Price Plus Members will be admitted free by showing a valid membership card at the Admissions gate * All service personnel (military, fire and police) will be admitted free of charge throughout the tournament with proper ID

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of Central & Southern New Jersey; Ronald McDonald House of Southern New Jersey; The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey Foundation; Community FoodBank of New Jersey – Southern Branch; and The First Tee of Greater Atlantic City. Official charities will provide volunteer support to assist the Tournament, participate in the Charity Ticket Program and receive a percentage of concession, merchandise, parking and program sales. In addition to the eight official charity partners, the ShopRite LPGA Classic will also benefit several more regional organizations through its Charity Ticket Program. Fifty-percent of each ticket purchased in advance of the tournament will be donated to one of the Charity Ticket Program partners. Golf-directed beneficiaries include the First Tee (Atlantic City) and the NJ Golf Foundation. For a full list of ticket program beneficiaries please visit http://www.shopritelpgaclassic.com/tickets.php. “Raising money for charitable organizations is one of the main objectives of the LPGA and its tournaments; and it is the driving force behind ShopRite’s continued support of the LPGA,” stated Karen Meleta, Vice President of Corporate Communications. “ShopRite is privileged to have the opportunity of not only bringing an exciting professional sporting event to South Jersey, but we are truly making a difference for those most in need by providing critical financial support to charitable organizations doing the most good for the communities in which we do business,” she added. There are also volunteer opportunities available. Visit the tournament website for sign-up details. B R I T

– The WALK, the official ticket sponsor of the ShopRite LPGA Classic, is now selling tickets for the upcoming 2010 ShopRite LPGA Classic, which returns to the historic Bay Course at Seaview – A Dolce Resort, from June 14-20, 2010. Three ticket options are available for purchase including: Good Any-Day Grounds Ticket for $15; Weekly Grounds Pass for $30; and Weekly Clubhouse Pass for $60. The Weekly Clubhouse pass will provide access to the Seaview Resort and several dining options. Each ticket purchased will come with a voucher valid for a complimentary Preferred Customer Discount Book from The Atlantic City Outlets – The Walk, with over $700 in savings. “When the opportunity to be associated with a world class event, is combined with an opportunity to support our community, you’ve created a winwin- situation,” commented Kim Butler, General Manager for The Walk. “The 100 Factory Outlet Stores at Atlantic City Outlets, The Walk are thrilled to partner with the ShopRite LPGA Classic this year and hopefully for many more years to come,” she added. In addition, the tournament announced the following free ticket promotions:


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Hole-In-One Corner

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LET US KNOW ABOUT YOUR HOLE-IN-ONE or DOUBLE EAGLE EMAIL US & WE WILL PRINT IT IN OUR NEXT ISSUE

Recently Reported Hole-In-Ones: Golf Course: RiverWinds golf course Date: September 9, 2009 Golfer: Chuck Simmons Hole #17, nine iron, yards - 101 Witnessed by: Howard Muffler and Horace Connor

Congratulations to all!

Course: Gambler Ridge, Cream Ridge, NJ Date: October 12, 2009 Hit by: Marci Wanagiel (Lakewood) at the “Tom Laffey Memorial Golf Outing” (Tom Laffey is my brother) Hole #7, 125 yards, Used a 3 Wood Witnessed by: Jerry Pryor (Lakewood), Jim Falconer, and Johnny Jorgensen (NY) Golf Course: Plainfield West 9, Edison, NJ Date: October 25, 2009 Golfer:Bob Kosovan Club: 4 iron Cleveland hi bore Ball: Titleist NXT Tour ball Playing with Ed Banec, Frank White, Jay Burtelison, Tom Dattoli

Golf Course: Plainfield West 9 Date: November 9th, 2009 Golfer: Bill Szurko 5th Hole, using a 5 Iron Matt Ward, Sr. Sat March 20 Golf Course: Plainfield West 9 5th Hole Used 7 iron

Course-Cream Ridge Golf Club Date-Oct. 30,2009 Hit By- Phil Limanni, Jackson, NJ Hole #2, 138 yds., utility club • Witnessed by- Arnie Silverberg, Carl Bohack

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hopewell valley golf club receives stony brook-millstone watershed Association’s River-Friendly Golf Course Certification

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opewell Valley Golf Club recently announced that has received its “River-Friendly Golf Course Certification” from the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association. This honor recognizes Hopewell Valley Golf Club for successfully enhancing its management practices and strategies to benefit the environment, residents, golfers and the community. Hopewell is one of only two golf courses (Jasna Polana is the other) in the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed to be recognized with this certification. “Hopewell Valley’s maintenance department should be commended for tirelessly working to attain this certification,” said General Manager Det Williams. “Everyone at the club and in the community benefits from a commitment to eco-friendly agronomic practices and responsible land management.” Hopewell Valley’s four-year certification process started in 2005 when

Website www.wheresthegolf. com, adds new “Pay to Play” Forum

Wheresthegolf.com, a comprehensive golf related web site providing golf research, golf course reviews and on-site facilities, golf / club history, and miscellaneous golf information for local and vacationing golfers focusing on New Jersey and the tristate area, has a new addition--the Pay to Play Forum. We are avid golfers who love the game and history of the sport, and have created this web site for golfers who share our passion for the game. Are you willing to: Pay To Play Golf ? Interested in playing some of the most elite golf courses in the area, are you willing to ‘Pay To Play’ on these top inaccessible private courses? TwoOverPar.com will post that once in a life time opportunity to gain access to these top courses. What’s the catch?, usually it’s a steep price to play. If you are interested, post a comment in the forum if your interested in the golf outing and see if another player has the same interest and is also willing to Pay To Play!

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Matt Stout became the club’s Head Golf Course Superintendent. A Class “A” member of the Golf Course Superintendent’s Association, Stout began his career at the prestigious Pine Hill Golf Club and then served as a first assistant superintendent at the world-renowned Pine Valley Golf Club prior to coming to Hopewell Valley. “Our goal has been to create an environment where the golf course can co-exist with the natural habitat. By implementing this program we have been able to reduce our water usage greatly and also cut down our pesticides by over fifty percent,” said Stout. According to the Watershed, the River-Friendly Golf Course Certification Program seeks to reduce pollution from storm water runoff. By reducing this pollution, the program improves water quality, enhances stream corridors, provides green space benefits and promotes the understanding that environmentally sound courses are quality courses.


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A CHANGE IS IN THE WIND.

Introducing Southern New Jersey’s Newest Daily Fee Golf Club.

Now Open to the Public. The gates are now open at the area’s best maintained, most spectacular course – one that was formally limited to a small number of enthusiasts. Now open for all those who genuinely love the game and challenges that only Ballamor will be able to provide.

6071 English Creek Avenue, Egg Harbor Township, NJ 08234 Phone: 609-601-6220

E-mail: golfshop@ballamor.com

www.ballamor.com

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