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March 2019


VA L L E Y VI E W S TENNIS SEASON IS APPROACHING Indoor Bootcamp begins March 19 Contact Robbie Rowe if you are interested in playing this season!

IN kitchen the

with Tim Pervizi, Executive Chef

GuinNess Braised Lamb Shanks INGREDIENTS • 2 tablespoons Vegetable Oil • 4 Lamb Shanks, roughly 3/4 to 1 pound each • 2 Yellow Onions, diced • 4 Carrots, diced • 4 cups Guinness Stout • 2 cups Beef Stock • Bouquet Garni of Thyme, Bay Leaf, Parsley and Rosemary • 2 tablespoons Butter • 3 tablespoons Flour • 2 tablespoons Malt Vinegar • Salt • Pepper METHOD SERVINGS: 4 Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. • Heat the oil in a large, ovenproof pan over high heat. Add the lamb shanks and brown on all sides, about 10 minutes. Reserve the lamb to a plate. Add the onions, carrots and mushrooms, and cook for 5 minutes. Deglaze the pan with the Guinness, stirring to release all of the fond from the bottom of the pan. Add the beef stock, bouquet garni and reserved lamb shanks back to the pot. Bring the liquids to a boil, then cover and place in the preheated oven. • Cook for 90 minutes, then test the lamb shanks for tenderness. They should be tender, but not falling apart. Remove shanks from pot and place in a serving bowl, reserve the braising liquid. • Combine the butter with the flour in a small sauce pan over medium heat. • Cook for a minute or so, then whisk it into the braising liquid, stirring to thicken. Simmer briefly, season with vinegar, salt and pepper, and pour over the lamb shanks.

to Men’s Classic Registration is now open! June 6 - June 8 Register on ForeTees today for this limited field opportunity!

OUTING OPPORTUNITIES Over the years HVCC has played host to some significant organizations when we close on Mondays. On average the Club hosts 16-22 Monday Outings per year and they are the lifeblood of most private Clubs. Often times the revenues generated by these outings, in addition to assisting the Club in maintaining relatively competitive annual dues, can fund critical renovations and maintenance to our facilities and their importance cannot be overlooked. It is with that notion that we invite you to spread the word within your companies, your circle of friends and business associates. We currently have a couple of “key” dates open on our calendar for Monday events. Member referral and Member endorsement are both relevant and essential in selling the story, and we appreciate anything you can do to reach out and let others know of these opportunities. The following “key” Monday dates might be of interest to local organizations: • Monday, May 6 • Monday, August 12 • Monday, June 17 • Monday, September 23 • Monday, July 22 • Monday, October 7 GHIN HANDICAP SERVICE One of the services we provide annually is to maintain your handicap with GHIN and our local Golf Association for a nominal fee. The fee of $30 will be billed to all those in the GHIN handicapping system as of March 31, so we ask you to contact us before then if for any reason you wish to be added, deleted or inactivated from the system. We would like to remind you that a handicap is required to play in almost all of our Club events, as well as those outside of Huntingdon Valley and it is a great way to benchmark your progress as a golfer. Please contact the Golf Shop directly at (215) 659-1584 before March 31 if you wish to be added or removed. If you already maintain your handicap with us and wish to stay in the GHIN system there is no need for you to take any action. Thank you. BAG STORAGE OPPORTUNITY Play at the Club much? Tired of using your car trunk as a locker? The answer is simple – use the bag storage available at the Club. For a very affordable $95 per bag you can store your clubs for the entire season. The simplicity of finishing your round and leaving your clubs for the staff to clean up and safely store for you makes the entire experience just that much better. If you would like to store your bag this season please reach out directly to the Golf Shop at (215) 659-1584. If you already store with us and wish to remain in storage for 2019 there is no need for you to take any action.

JUNIOR GOLF Have a junior aged 9-13 that loves to play golf? Then look no further! For the 5th year in a row the HVCC Golf Staff presents PGA Junior League Golf. Think Little League Baseball and Golf coming together! Launched in 2011 as a test program, the JLG has seen explosive growth in the last year with over 17,000 participants on 1,425 teams across the country. HVCC hopes to field 3-4 teams of 12 and we want your son or daughter to consider joining our Golf Staff on this exciting adventure! Participants wear numbered jerseys and play matches in a two-person scramble format, limiting the pressure on players and allowing coaches to substitute them every three holes so that all team members can participate. Details of this exciting opportunity can be found below and space is limited to the first 48 juniors to register on ForeTees. Eligibility is for all boys and girls who are HVCC Golf Members and are under 14 years of age before August 1, 2019. To clarify, this team will be in addition to our Colonial League Team. LIMITED TO THE FIRST 48 JUNIORS TO ENROLL. This year we will be playing teams from other clubs, so there will be 3 home matches and 3 away matches. No handicap required - all play is team scramble for FUN! 12 players per team with 9-hole matches using scramble format (schedule tba). Each team plays 6 matches. Fee includes minimum of (5) Spring Team Practices (April-June) with instruction plus 5-6 Team Matches played June-August. The fee of $195 per junior team member also includes Team jersey, PGA JLG Bag Tag, Awards and the opportunity for All-Star advancement. Registration is now open – we hope you can join us. GOLF SHOP EQUIPMENT PRICING LET US QUOTE YOUR NEXT PURCHASE As we begin the 2019 golf campaign we want to ask for your support if you have an equipment purchase coming up this season. Our goal is to earn your business, so please – ask for a quote from our Golf Shop before you purchase elsewhere. We are confident you will get the very best price from us and it will always be backed up with great service and a smile! Thank you!!

MEN’S GAP TEAM MATCHES 2019 Team Match season is almost here and we invite you to register on ForeTees if you would like to be considered to play on one of our (4) Men's teams this spring. The teams are selected by the Captains for each of the three weekend matches (April 14, April 28, May 5) as follows: 1ST TEAM

Captain Dan Pinciotti (anticipated +5 - 1 handicap) Opponents – Old York Road, Glenmaura, Little Mill


Captain Nick Damm (anticipated 2-5 handicap) Opponents – Wimington, DuPont, Talamore


Captain Doug Borgerson (anticipated 6-9 handicap) Opponents – Commonwealth National, Jericho National, Indian Valley


Captain Tom Barnes (anticipated 10-16 handicap) Opponents – Flourtown, Yardley, Manufacturers

As always, we are using ForeTees for Members to register their interest in playing. It is not a guarantee that you will be selected by the Captain, but the registration is important to signify your interest. Registration is now open, and we ask that you indicate your availability for each of the three matches. Any questions please don't hesitate to reach out directly to the Golf Shop.

2019 CAMP HUNT registration now open

• 7-Weeks to choose from • Sports – Arts & Crafts – Cooking – Games • Perfect for all kids ages 4 and older • Same great Camp Director! • NEW Twists to an already great program

COMING SOON A new junior golf experience is coming.... Check Your E-mail Inbox for the March 1 announcement!

Limited availability, so don’t delay in sending back your registration form – we will accept them on a first-come first-served basis. Forms can be found on the Club Website

ladies golf Jacinta Koerper

It's March! Spring is right around the corner. It won't be long before we see spring flowers gracing our beautiful golf course. It will be wonderful to see the grass turning green as the snow melts away. Ladies, for those of you that have not signed up for the WGAP, please do so as soon as possible. The deadline is March 15, 2019 and is fast approaching. As most of you know, team matches require a lot of work to organize and captains would like to start preparing soon. As soon as everyone registers, we can start the roster. FYI - please know that if you sign up to play team matches, you DO NOT have to play every match. You can play as many as you would like. If you can only play one, that's fine. We'd love to have you on the team. And by the way, the 3rd and 4th teams have handicap indexes ranging from about 18 to 40. Don't be shy! Just keep in mind you must have 10 rounds posted from 2018 and register to play by the deadline. On March 27, 2019, Ladies Golf will have their first meeting for the season. There will be cocktails, dinner and our meeting in the 19th Hole at 6:00pm. We'll talk about Tuesday golf, upcoming events on our calendar and address any concerns. Michele will have some team match clothing to order if anyone is interested in something new. Please register on Foretees. It will be good to see everyone. Lastly, congratulations to MaryAnn Watson, who is a Women's Committee Member of the Golf Association of Philadelphia (GAP). GAP serves both male and female golfers. The purpose of this committee is to educate and to inform women golfers of the benefits offered to them through the GAP and to also increase women's programming in the coming years. She'll be an asset to them. Good luck, MaryAnn! Huntingdon Valley is a very special place and its beauty speaks for itself, but it also has amazing Members. So many continuously give back their time and energy to our Club. The passion of the board and committees is remarkable! It may be what sets us apart from the others and it surely helps to make HVCC special. Ladies golf would like to say thank you!

CADDIE CORNER Tina Gregor Chairwoman of the J. Wood Platt Caddie Scholarship Trust Huntingdon Valley Members deserve a BIG THANK YOU for their support of our caddie scholars and The J. Wood Platt Caddie Scholarship Trust! This year HVCC raised $53,658 and finished 9th in the rankings of all GAP clubs. This is a great accomplishment! In 2018 HVCC participated in Dawn to Dusk and raised $12,135. Playing 100 holes on a hot and humid day in July was a great effort by Ian Dalzell! I am excited to report that many members gave for the very first time to the Trust, while many others decided to give at a higher level than in previous years. Also, HVCC had its first Endowment donation. Incredible! HVCC crossed over the 1M mark of collected giving since 1958. Thank you to everyone for your generosity and support of our hard-working young men and women. None of these accomplishments would be possible without each of you! This past year the Trust awarded slightly more than 1M to 126 students attending 52 different colleges. The Trust has big goals for 2019. We hope to create more mentorship opportunities for our scholars and we plan to engage our alumni in a more meaningful way. We are establishing partnerships with various colleges, giving our scholars new opportunities to consider. We recently hired a second employee for the Trust, allowing us to expand in new and exciting directions.

from the archives... the early years Bill Weihenmayer

1890s Percy Madiera (one of the 16 founding subscribers) and his sport minded friends played golf over their Rydal estates. 1897 Huntingdon Valley Country Club was organized by George H. Frazier, his father William W. Frazier, and John W. Pepper. Huntingdon Valley was the first club in the Philadelphia area to be organized strictly for golf. 1898 A 9 hole golf course, measuring 2,899 yards, was built on both sides of Susquehanna Road, just north of Jenkintown. The clubhouse, known as "Keswick'', was located on the west side of Susquehanna Road, up the hill from the Rydal RR station and where the Rydal Park Presbyterian complex is located. The clubhouse was the former house of Gideon Stoddart, one of the original 16 subscribers.

Huntingdon Valley was incorporated. The 16 subscribers were: John W. Pepper, Thomas 8. Wanamaker, Beauveau Borie, Caleb F. Fox, William W. Frazier, George V. Cresson, George H. Fisher, George D. Widener, Gideon Stoddart, Edward Starr, George H. Frazier, Percy C. Madiera, George W. Elkins, Craige Lippincott, Henry H. Roelofs, and Wharton Sinkler, M.D. Annual membership dues were $50 for a family, $25 for a single, and $15 for a junior.

HVCC current scholars: • Parker Bria – Penn State University • William Mahoney – St. Joseph’s University • Erin Martin – Widener University • Jacob May – La Salle University

1901 The new course was completed and the clubhouse moved to the Noble mansion, built in 1844, and located adjacent to Old York Road (where Raymour and Flannigan is currently located). The inaugural Lynnewood Hall was contested for the silver trophy presented by George D. Widener.

For many of our caddie scholars, a college education is not possible without the financial help from the Trust. Again, you make their dream to attend college possible. Thank you! Spring is right around the corner… see you soon!

The original master plan called for 27-holes of golf, clubhouse facilities, and approximately 60 3-acre residential lots. 1926 Toomey and Flynn were hired as golf course architects and work commenced on the 27-hole course. Tilden, Register, and Pepper were hired to provide architectural and design services for the clubhouse. The projected clubhouse cost was $300,000. 1928 The current golf course and clubhouse were completed.

Huntingdon Valley became the 5th member of the Golf Association of Philadelphia.

When you consider your pledge for 2019 here are the membership levels: • Par is $250 • Birdie is $500 • Eagle is $750 • Double Eagle is $1000

Please let me know if you have any questions about the J. Wood Platt Caddie Scholarship Trust. I would be happy to hear any concerns or suggestions as well.

the course crossed roads six times. The new site, purchased for $325,000, was primarily from the estate of William W. Frazier, the Club's founder and first president.

1899 Huntingdon Valley decided to expand to an 18-hole layout by moving westward toward Old York Road (Route 611). The 117-acre estate of Samuel Noble was rented.

1911 The Club purchased the Noble land for $100,000 and expanded the clubhouse for $35,000 in order to provide additional dining facilities for its 400 members. Trap shooting, squash, clay and grass courts were added to provide the amenities of a 'first class' country club. 1925 The Club Members voted to move to the current location due to the interference from increased automobile traffic as

HVCC CHAMPIONS The Golf Association of Philadelphia is the oldest regional or state golf association in the United States. Huntingdon Valley Members have won an extraordinary number of their “majors” as noted below: Silver Cross – the Silver Cross is presented to the player with the lowest aggregate score in the qualifying round of the Philadelphia Amateur Championship (36 holes) and the Joseph H. Patterson Cup (36 Holes). 2016 – Jeff Osberg 2015 – Jeff Osberg 1996 – Jim Sullivan Jr. 1993 – Mike Gregor 1994 – David K. Brookreson 1988 – David K. Brookreson 1956-1958 – William Hyndman III 1954 – William Hyndman III 1952 – William Hyndman III 1949 – W.B. McCullough Jr. 1946 – William Hyndman III 1942 – W.B. McCullough Jr. 1936 – Harold S. Cross Jr. 1934 – W.B. McCullough Jr. 1914 – Simon Carr 1913 – Cameron B. Buxton 1912 – Wirt L. Thompson 1909 – Harold B. McFarland 1907 – Harold B. McFarland 1905 – Harold B. McFarland 1903 – Harold B. McFarland

R a c q u e t s R o u n d U p ucpoming events MEN'S PADDLE We had 30 men compete in the Member Guest held on Presidents Day. Sean Seese and his partner Jeff Harvey won a thriller vs Fred Woll and his partner Bill Root. LADIES PADDLE The ladies winter paddle season is over. Huntingdon Valley fielded 5 teams with over 40 ladies participating in league play! Make sure to contact Robbie to get involved in Spring Paddle. LADIES TENNIS Time to dust off your Tennis Racquet and get ready for the tennis season. Indoor Tennis Boot Camp will begin March 19th at Magarity Tennis Club. Contact Robbie for more information! JUNIOR SQUASH Our junior squash season finished up on February 24. Special congratulations to Chase Baker who took home 2nd place at the Junior Bronze tournament held at Merion Cricket Club.


tennis clinics save the date! JUNIOR TENNIS begins May 1 Monday + Wednesday Pee Wee - 4:00pm Novice - 5:00pm

LADIES BOOTCAMP April 2, 3, 4 9:00 - 10:30am 10:30am - 12:0pm April 9, 10, 11 9:00 - 10:30am 10:30am - 12:0pm


It has been a busy month of trap shooting starting with a win over a very good club of trap shooters from LookAway Country Club. The result was HVCC (219) over LookAway (202). The winning team was led by High gun: John Duggan (46), Jeff Buell (45), Victor Ghantous (45), Dave Deibert (42), Norm Buchanan (41). Our next event was the Super Bowl shoot hosted by Victor and Sarah Ghantous. We had a nice field of 19 shooters participate in the event. It was great to see a few faces that have not been out shooting yet this season as well. Vic and Sarah Ghantous put out a spread of fabulous food for us to enjoy between rounds, so even if a few clays were missed, the food was a big hit! We shot two rounds of 16 yard trap with a wicked twist of a few colored clays mixed in. While the occasional green and white clays appeared, and were generally dispatched with ease, the black clays caused great consternation for some because they are virtually invisible until they crest in the sky, and by that time they are well out there, and made for a difficult hit. The NFC team was Steve Edmondson (45), Scott Tippin (43), Marc Deye (42), Rick Kissell (42), and Mort French (41). The AFC team was Bob Bishop (guest 47), Jeff Buell (43), John Duggan (41), John Storb (guest 40), and Tim Trautmann (37). Just to be sure of our result, we shot an “overtime” shoot of a single round of 22 yard trap with a similar outcome showing a sure NFC win! NFC (91) to AFC (87). So it was too bad that the Rams messed up our result. Our next contest was against the Two Century Trap Club. These are tough opponents that handed us our only loss last year. This year’s result was a different story! HVCC won (233) to Two Century (230). The winning HVCC team was led by Norm Buchanan (48), John Duggan(47), Scott Tippin (47), Joe Bernert (45) and Marc Deye (44) / Victor Ghantous (44).

GOLF FITNESS: THE BODY-SWING CONNECTION Mike Rothwell Golfers, have you had your Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) Golf Fitness Assessment yet? The premise is that lack of mobility and stability in your joints doesn’t allow your body to reach the proper swing positions. In fact, the inability to get into these positions will cause you to have one or more of the twelve most common swing faults. The best way to improve your game, prevent injury (lower back pain is the #1 complaint in golf), and continue to enjoy golf for many years, is to take a scientific approach to preparing your body for the physical requirements of the game. In fact, TPI professionals have the following philosophy. “TPI Professionals don’t believe there is only one way to swing a golf club; rather there are an infinite number of swing styles, but we do believe there is one efficient way for every player to swing and it is based on what the player can physically do”. We believe that physical limitations cause movement inefficiencies that lead to a loss of power, swing speed, and inconsistent ball striking. Eliminate these physical limitations and the effect will improve your golf game. Obviously, the limitations need to be identified and this is done by evaluating your movement patterns. The evaluation involves an assessment of biomechanics, physical fitness, movement quality, and a review of previous injuries. To scheduled your TPI Assessment email LADIES BOWLING Therese Maher

Our winning ways continued with a win against Philly Cricket on their own trap field, HVCC (221) against Cricket (215). The HVCC winning team was headed by High Gun: Scott Tippin (47), Norm Buchanan (46), Victor Ghantous (44), Joe Bernert (42) and Tim Trautmann(42).

We only have two Wednesdays left in March, and then our bowling season comes to an end. March 6 is the Position Round Day and March 13 is the Roll Off Day. The Bowling Banquet is Wednesday night, March 13 in the Pub Room with prizes for the winners and gifts shared by all. At this time Team Gouda – Mary Paul, Dee Fitzpatrick, Sue Mitchell, Marie McDowell – is holding strong in first place. We also find out at the Banquet who had high series, best score of the day, and most improved. Everyone is looking forward to another great banquet with all the HVCC bowling ladies together.

Next month is the last of our shoots, and by April, we will reluctantly turn our trap fields back over to the golfers. Come out and try our sport sometime before the season ends. It is a unique feature of our Club, and a great life sport.

New bowlers are always welcome, so check us out! Please call either Diane Harp at 215-582-9400 or Laura O’Connor at 215-990-0132 for more information. Let’s keep the balls rolling!

upcoming events

Annual Meeting


Friday, March 22 5:30pm




The Board of Governors would like to provide notice to our Membership that the Annual Meeting will be held on Friday, March 22 in the Ballroom.


Please register online or by calling our front desk receptionist at (215) 657-1610. All Members are invited to attend.

FRIDAY, MARCH 22 5:30pm

SUNDAY, MARCH 31 5:00pm



Important Notice!


the Valley View is going paperless starting April 1, 2019.

LUNCH SERVICE Saturday 11:30am - 5:00pm Sunday Brunch 10:00am - 3:00pm

This will be the last mailed issue of the Valley View. The Valley View will be available online as well as a small handful of hard copies in various locations of the Clubhouse.


Friday & Saturday 5:00 - 9:00pm

board of governors executive committee James E. Sullivan Sr. Jeffrey S. Bettinger David I. Rowland Paul S. Baker

President Vice President Vice President Treasurer

William E. Mahoney Jeffrey C. Paul, Sr. Robert Parsons

Secretary Board Member Board Member

staff contacts Erin McDonald, Communication/Member Event Coordinator Maggie Meakim, Event Sales Coordinator Tim Pervizi, Executive Chef Robbie Rowe, Director of Racquets Scott Schneider, Chief Financial Officer Danielle Simpson, Head Receptionist

Scott Anderson, Greens Superintendent Zac Campbell, Pool Director Casey Counseller, General Manager/COO Ian Dalzell, Head Golf Professional Jenna Kenney, Membership Coordinator

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