MSGA Magazine, Issue 9, March 2014

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March 2014 Issue # 9


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Contents Executive Director’s Welcome


William K. Smith, Executive Director, Maryland State Golf Association



Matt Oshrine

2014’s Best New Equipment


Gary Player Joins PHIT America as Celebrity Ambassador


Golf Legend Leads Star Athlete Roster in Fight Against Inactivity, Obesity

Steve mona Industry Gears Up for National Golf Day


on the greens

Montgomery Country Club on the greens with


Steve Newsome



Match Play Versus Stroke Play

Destination report


Pound Ridge Golf Club

State news


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bill smith Welcome

Executive Director’s Welcome Playing from Different Tees Players frequently ask…why do I need to make a second adjustment? The only way to understand is to define what Slope Rating does. Many players think the different Slope Ratings automatically takes care of different tees, but it does not. Slope Rating is used to convert a Handicap Index to a course handicap, which allows a player to recieve the number of strokes to play to a level of a scratch golfer from that particular set of tees. In other words, it is the number of stokes to play down to the Course Rating for that set of tees. Example Player A: Handicap Index 10.4, White Tees Course Rating 71.1, Slope Rating 130 creating a Course Handicap of 12from white tees. Player needs 12 strokes to play to level of scratch golfer which is what the Course Rating is based on. For the Course Handicap of 12, the player would need to shoot 71.1 + 12 or 83.1 rounded to 83, which would tie the scratch golfer shooting 71 on the White tees. So now we have found a way for golfers to compete with different skill levels from a specific set of tees. Player B: Handicap Index 10.4, Blue Tees Course Rating 73.2, Slope Rating 140 creating a Course Handicap of 13 from Blue Tees. Player B needs 13 strokes to play down to a scratch golfer. For the Course Handicap of 13, player B would need to shoot 73.2 + 13 = 86.2 rounded to 86, which would tie the scratch golfer shooting 73 on the Blue tees. Once again found a way for golfers to compete with different skill levels from a specific set of tees. So now the two non-scratch golfers want to compete against each other: Player A from White tees and Player B from Blue tees. We have already determined that Player A needs 12 strokes to play down to a scratch for the white tees and Player B needs 13 strokes to play down to the level of a scratch player from blue tees. If both players play exactly to their Course Handicap, Bill Smith player A scores 83 for a net 71 and player B scores 86 Executive for a net Director 73. Player A wins every time for 71 is better Maryland than 73. State Golf Association

William K. Smith, Executive Director, Maryland State Golf Association

Because the player playing from the blue tees is playing a course with higher Course Rating (more difficult set of tees), we must equalize the difference in Course Ratings to do any type competition. Back to our net players A & B. B is playing from a set of tees with higher course rating, we must add the difference between the two Course Ratings to his Course Handicap if he going to compete with someone from different set of tees. 73.2 (blue) – 71.1 (white) = 2.1 rounded to 2. So player B will add two strokes to his 13, resulting in a Course Handicap of 15. Now let’s look at the competition Player A

Player B

Target Score



Course Handicap







Diff. in Rating NET SCORE

We have reached our goal. Both players have scored to their Course Handicap and their net score results in a tie. Frequently we hear: I have same Course Handicap from two different sets of tees, the system must be screwed up. Example, a player has a Handicap Index of 10.4. The white tees Course Rating is 70.9, Slope Rating 118 and the blue tees Course Rating is 73.1 and Slope of 122. In both cases 10.4 converts to a Course Handicap of 11. As shown above the Slope Rating allows us to receive enough stokes to play to the level of a scratch golfer. In this case, to play to his Course Handicap he needs to score 70.9 + 11 = 81.9 or 82 from white tees and 73.1 +11 = 84.1 or 84 from blue tees. The system recognizes the difficulty difference in the two sets of tees, but it does not show up until we take into account both the Course Rating & Slope Rating. Hope this helps clarify some of the issues derived from competing from different sets of tees.

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Matt Oshrine

Name Member Club/Play At

Matt Oshrine Suburban Country Club

Coach /Teacher

Chris Baloga/Bernie Najar

What clubs are in your bag?

Irons: Mizuno MP-69 Wedges: Cleaveland 588-RTX (60, 56, 52, 48) 3 wood: Callaway X-hot 3deep (14.5) Driver: Taylormade SLDR 430 (9) Hybrid: Titleist 712U 2 iron (18) Putter: Scotty Cameron GoLo Select

What golf ball do you play?

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From the beginning when I began recruiting the high school class of 2013, I had targeted Matt Oshrine as my top prospect. I could see him being one of the key figures in our transformation from a strong regional college program, to one that brings us more into the national scene. Midway through his freshmen year, Matt has had great success both in the classroom and on the course. He carries a 3.8 GPA and is currently having one of the best seasons individually that any player has ever had at Loyola University Maryland. Through 8 tournaments this season he is carrying a 72.7 scoring average and has already notched 4 top 10s including 2 top 5s, along with more than half of his rounds being even par or better. His biggest asset on the course is his maturity and confidence in his game. I feel that we have only scratched the surface in seeing how good Matt can be in the next 4 years. Christopher Baloga Head Coach, Loyola University

Thank you for taking the time to do this interview. First let me begin by asking at what age did you begin playing golf? Who introduced you to the game? Did your parents play a key role in your golf? Has any golf instructor helped your game in a significant way? My father became pretty interested in golf in his late 20s so by the time my brother, who is 3 years older than me, was born it was probably his favorite hobby. I was given clubs to play with in the crib and started going to the range to hit balls as soon as I could walk. For as long as I can remember, I always wanted to beat my older brother. He is still to this day a very solid player, but the brotherly competition we had starting from a young age really pushed me to be a better player. I lastly have to thank my mom. She has been unconditionally supportive with all of my aspirations, tending to all my needs with almost no questions asked. I wouldn’t be here today without the support of my family. My current instructor, Bernie Najar, has really helped take my game to another level these past few years. I’ve overcome some poor swing tendencies that developed MARYLAND STATE GOLF MAGAZINE | March 2014

when I was younger, and I am continuing to improve all aspects of my game including my strategic approach. I also am very appreciative of the fantastic environment Mark Helffrich has provided me as a junior golfer over the years at Suburban Club. I have always received unwavering support from the staff at Suburban who has allowed me to play and practice as I please over the past decade or so. Many golfers remember when they “got bitten by the golf bug.” Do you have a particular time, experience or memory of when you fell in love with the game? I always loved the game, but the moment I knew I would be playing golf for a while was when I made my first birdie from the men’s tees. I don’t remember how old I was exactly, but it was a moment I’ll never forget. On the 3rd hole at Suburban, I hit a great drive in the fairway and knew I had a chance to reach the green, which wasn’t common at the time. I pulled my

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“I always loved the game, but the moment I knew I would be playing golf for a while was when I made my first birdie” March 2014 | MARYLAND STATE GOLF MAGAZINE

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second shot with a 3 wood into the greenside bunker but proceeded to hole the bunker shot. The immense satisfaction and joy I received from this moment and many others over the years is just one of the reasons I love the game of golf.

perfect, when my putting feels good, it feels like I will never miss. I struggled for a year or two with putting back in early high school when I concentrated too much on ball striking, but I feel really comfortable with it again.

What have been your recent achievements?

I think in 2014 I’m going to focus better iron and wedge play. Although it isn’t poor, I could definitely hit my wedges and irons closer to give myself better looks at birdies. I made some changes this winter and I am already seeing an improvement in my ball striking. I’m hoping to get my approaches a little better while continuing to improve short game in order to maximize each round I play.

Recently, I finished tied for 8th at the Middleburg Intercollegiate, tied for 4th at the Pinehurst Intercollegiate, and tied for 15th at the Snowman Getaway in the 3 events to open up the spring for Loyola. This past summer I qualified for the U.S. Amateur held at Brookline and had contended for a Maryland Open title to capture my 2nd consecutive top 10 finish in the event. As you look to the 2014 season, what goals have you set for yourself? This being my first year competing collegiately, I have a few things I’d love to accomplish. First and foremost, I’d like to be a part of a team victory at the Patriot League Championship this year. It’s our first year in the new conference, and after coming off several straight MAAC championships, it would be nice to continue the streak in a new environment. Personal goals for the rest of the season include winning a collegiate tournament individually as well as reaching NCAA finals this year, hopefully as a team. Tell me about your tournament plans for 2014 and what events are you particularly excited about playing in? Do you plan to try to qualify for any national championships this year? I’m really excited to finish out my first season at Loyola. The event I’m most looking forward to is definitely Patriot League’s at West Point, Army’s home course. We played in their fall event and came in a close 2nd as a team and I came in 3rd individually. I have been waiting to get some revenge ever since with the postseason on the line. This summer I plan to qualify for the U.S. Amateur again as well as some regional amateur events. I plan on playing in the Maryland Amateur and Open again this year as well. What do you consider is the strength of your game? Is there any aspect of your game which you are going to concentrate on improving in 2014? I would say the biggest strength of my game is putting. Although there are certainly times where it is not


How much time do you dedicate a week for practice? How many rounds of golf during the golf season do you think you average in a week? Do you enjoy practice and if you had the choice, would you rather play or practice? My weeks during the school year are pretty busy with class, practice, and other team activities. I’d say that in season I probably practice or play around 5 hours a day. During the summer it’s a little more than that. I love going to practice, and it honestly depends how much I play week to week. If I feel really good with my game, I will probably play more holes that week. When I’m working on something however, I’ll dedicate a little more time to practice and play once I feel what I’m working on is ready for the course. Personally, I’d always rather play, but you can’t get better just doing that every single day and I understand that. Have you played in the Maryland Amateur Championship before and if so, what is your best finish? I have played in the Maryland Amateur the past few years, and unfortunately my best finish is only reaching Match play and being eliminated in the first round. Can you remember the first time you participated in the Maryland Amateur? What were your thoughts on the Championship and the level of competition? I was quite young when I played in my first Maryland Amateur and did not play very well. It was really cool to see people of a very wide age spectrum compete at a high level for the first time as I had been previously only participated in junior competitions. From then on, I realized the plethora of good players there are out there and it just motivated me to work harder to be one of the best.

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What golf tournament that you have played in did you most enjoy and why? I’d have to say playing in the U.S Amateur at Brookline this past year was the most enjoyable tournament I’ve ever played in. I didn’t play great at the sister site Charles River the first day, but played a pretty solid round of golf at Brookline with my brother on the bag. It was awesome to walk the same fairways as hall of fame golfers ranging from Tiger Woods all the way back to Francis Ouimet. And there was nothing better than getting to experience it with my older brother on the bag the whole time. What is your favorite course that you have played and why did you enjoy it so much? One of the cooler courses I’ve played is definitely Crooked Stick. Pete Dye went all out on that design. The tee shots are extremely deceiving and I even

hit a provisional twice when my first tee ball actually turned out to be in the fairway. It definitely could be a frustrating track in a tournament, but for a normal round it was very entertaining and I really enjoyed myself. Competitive golf can be very stressful, especially when you are in the heat of competition with a chance to win. Are there any specific things you do to try to cope with the pressure when you are competing? Nerves are just part of the competition and I’ve definitely gotten better with handling them especially as I continue to compete. Playing in USGA events definitely helps that and also experiencing loss. Losing in the Maryland Open this year after holding the 36 hole lead taught me several lessons about handling myself in the situation that I expect to utilize as I continue to compete. Do you have someone that you use as a sounding board to talk about your success with or how you could improve your game? My two sounding boards are for sure my golf coach, Chris Baloga, and my swing instructor, Bernie Najar. March 2014 | MARYLAND STATE GOLF MAGAZINE

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Before and after tournaments I’m constantly in contact with them talking about my play and ways to improve. I tend to talk way too much so I can’t say how much I appreciate them listening and offering advice. If you were given the opportunity this year to play on any two courses in the world, what courses would you choose and why?

professional has always been a dream and goal of mine that I hope to make a reality after college. As of now my plan is to continue to get better these next few years at Loyola then have a conversation with close family to decide what the next step is, but that is a few years away and I’m not too worried about it. All I can do for now is to commit to getting better each and every day so that in a few years I’m in a position to give it a go.

I would definitely play Augusta as my first choice. Masters week is my favorite week in golf and there is no doubt Augusta is #1 on my list of places to play. The second course would probably be St. Andrews in brutal conditions. I’ve never experienced a true links course and have not played any golf in Europe. St. Andrews would probably be my first choice of a course to play over there.

Golfers are known for being superstitious. Do you have any superstitions that you are willing to share with us?

If you were given the opportunity to play in a “dream foursome” with people from the past or present connected with the game of golf, who would they be and why?

Having a balanced life is something every one of us is conscious of in this day and age. Outside of golf, how do you spend your time and what other activities do you try to partake in?

So many options but I’d probably have to go with Tiger, Seve, and Jack all in their prime. Tiger simply because he’s my favorite golfer I’ve grown up watching and also the best. Jack because I never got to see him play and want to see who would win between him and Tiger. Seve because his creativity on the golf course was and still is unparalleled.

When I’m not on the golf course, I’m usually either with friends, doing schoolwork, or watching Netflix/tv. Almost all of my friends from high school don’t play golf so it’s nice to get a little escape from the game when I’m not practicing or on the course.

Do you now have a consistent exercise program and if so, what does it entail? During the offseason we have a pretty consistent workout program consisting of weights, cardio, flexibility, and a bunch of other exercises. Now that we are in season it’s a little lighter with a couple a days of week dedicated to workouts Are you considering playing golf as a professional? What will be the major factors that will help you make that decision?

I’m a little superstitious with what side of the coin (heads or tails) I use when I putt. The side usually changes from round to round but when I make a few, I keep it the same until it stops working.

What is the best advice regarding golf that you have ever received? The best advice I’ve ever received has probably been to commit 100% to every shot. Multiple people have told me this and it seems simple but it’s pretty hard to accomplish during the course of a tournament or even round. It’s something that I try to do every time I play a round of golf and still sometimes struggle with. At the end of the day if you can say you committed 100% to everything, you did a really good job of beating the mental challenge golf provides.

If I could choose one thing to do for a living, it would undoubtedly be to play golf professionally. Playing as a March 2014 | MARYLAND STATE GOLF MAGAZINE

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2014’s Best New Equipment This winter has been harder on golfers than any in a long time, as the snow just refused tolet up. But get ready because green grass, sunny days and perfectly struck shots are on the way. Before you hit the first tee, shore up your game with the latest equipment that has the industry buzzing. These productsrange fromhi-tech gadgets and performance-enhancing gear to the latest in cutting-edge apparel.

Let’s begin at the bottom. That means footwear. You need to have secure traction to maximize power in your swing. Professionals recommend you change your spikes every 10 rounds. The most popular spike brand used by PGA Tour playersis CHAMP (, whose industry-leading models have been worn by the last 11 Masters champions. Our favorite is Zarma, which uses a unique three layer design to ensure maximum grip, comfort and stability. If a new pair of shoes is in order to start the season, combine form and function with the latest from ECCO ( The pioneer in hybrid footwear, made famous by Fred Couples, has done it again with the Street EVO One. It features a slightly wider rear construction, designed to wrap around a player’s heel for a more stable platform to power through each shot.


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Keep your feet fresh and blister-free with Made-in-the-USAKENTWOOL socks (www. Worn by Bubba Watson, Matt Kuchar and many others, these comfortable socksuse a proprietary blend of fibers for superior moisture management and odor control. The new KW Series Pro-Light and Sport designsinclude a new blend of 50% superfine merino wool and 50% bamboo for increased moisture wicking, durability and a softer feel.

As we’ve unfortunately experienced, weather isn’t guaranteed to cooperate with your golfing desires. Should storm clouds gather, there is no better protection than Galvin Green (www.GalvinGreen. com) outerwear.New for 2014, the Aron jacket is totally waterproof and guaranteed to keep you dry. Sporting an ideal combination of light weight weather protection and extreme breathability, the garment promotes the release of excess heat and moisture for ultimate comfort. Specifically styled to provide a perfect fit and freedom of movement, the jacket is extremely durable and hard-wearing. March 2014 | MARYLAND STATE GOLF MAGAZINE

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Secure your connection with the club by removing worn grips and installing new ones. Breaking the mold is the Secret Grip (, which uses heavier weight (92 grams) to raise the club’s balance point, promoting greater consistency, ball speed and accuracy. This technology was employed by Jack Nicklaus, propelling him to a record 18 major championship victories. With the company’s “no-risk” promotion, you have 30 days to try the product (minimum six) and if not completely satisfied they will send you a set of any grips you prefer.

Technological advancements have surged over the last 10 years, helping golfers play better and have more fun. SwingSmart ( is an amazingly simple new device that records key swing data (tempo, swing speed, face angle, club path, etc.) for detailed analysis. A small, lightweight Bluetooth-enabled sensor module clips to the club shaft and instantly relays statistics to an iOS or Android device.Save your best swings for future reference and comparison. The app also presents a detailed 3-D view of the swing, so players can check position at any point during the motion..


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Another method to game improvement comes via a unique approach from the legendary Gary Player. His hallmark approach to fitness and mental toughness are incorporated into his new “Gary Player: A Game for Life” DVD series (www. The Black Knightshares previously-untold tips on turning three shots into two on every hole,sand play, efficient practice, short game, course management and fitness for a roadmap to lowering your handicap.

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Gary Player Joins PHIT America as Celebrity Ambassador Golf Legend Leads Star Athlete Roster in Fight Against Inactivity, Obesity

PHIT America (Silver Spring, Md.) – the non-profit education and advocacy organization designed to combat the nation’s inactivity and obesity crisis announces Gary Player, one of the greatest players in golf history, as a celebrity ambassador.


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“At age 78, I still complete a rigorous fitness routine, which includes 1,000 sit-ups daily,”


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Winner of 165 tournaments, including nine Major Championships, Player achieved legendary status as one of only five golfers in history to claim a career Grand Slam winning the Masters Tournament (1961, 1974, 1978), U.S. Open (1965), The Open Championship (1959, 1968, 1974) and PGA Championship (1962, 1972). Additionally, Player is the only golfer in history to achieve the Grand Slam on the Senior Tour. He credits his success on the course to the stringent exercise regimen maintained throughout his career. “At age 78, I still complete a rigorous fitness routine, which includes 1,000 sit-ups daily,” says Player. “My greatest ambition is to spread the message to the youth of the world that your body is a temple – you cannot do anything without health.” As a father of six and grandfather of 22, Player’s desire to instill the importance of an active lifestyle, especially in children, aligns with the message of PHIT America. Participation in youth sports is a way to get fit while also building self-confidence and developing skills such as discipline and dedication to setting and achieving goals. Player joins an all-star roster of celebrity ambassadors including NFL icon Herschel Walker and Golf Channel instructor Michael Breed. Each PHIT America ambassador is selected due to a common vision. The collective goal is to create “A Movement for a Fit and Healthy America” by educating men, women and children about the importance of an active lifestyle to improve overall health. “Almost 30 percent of Americans are totally sedentary and this has increased the last five years,” says Jim Baugh, Founder of PHIT America, former President of Wilson Sporting Goods and a 2011 inductee into the Sporting Goods Industry Hall of Fame. “Inactivity is the prime contributor to the escalating health care costs we all face and Gary Player is setting a great example of how we can all work to create a more fit country.” Since its January 2013 launch, more than 150 leading companies and associations from the sports, fitness, retail and media industries have contributed funds and services to support PHIT America. The organization supports two pieces of legislation crucial to increasing the number of healthy Americans. When passed, the Personal Health Investment Today Act (PHIT) will allow people to use pre-tax medical accounts for physical activity expenses. The Physical Education Program (PEP) is a 14-year Federal grant from the Department of Education for schools to rebuild and revolutionize fitness programs. Americans are encouraged to support PHIT America by visiting www. to advocate, provide a donation or participate in health and wellness programs. To view the entire list of PHIT America celebrities, click HERE.


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About PHIT America Founded in January 2013, PHIT America is a non-profit educational, social media, and advocacy campaign focused on overcoming the inactivity pandemic and obesity crisis in America by creating a “Movement for a Fit & Healthy America.� Over 130 companies along with sports ambassadors and celebrities are helping PHIT America to get more Americans more active, fit and healthier. A few of the major PHIT America initiatives include passing key legislation. The Personal Health Investment Today Act (PHIT) will allow Americans will be able to use pre-tax medical accounts for physical activity expenses. The Physical Education Program (PEP) is a 14-year program supporting increased activity in local physical education programs throughout America. Both the PHIT Act and PEP Program will help mitigate rising healthcare costs by encouraging Americans to develop more active, healthy lifestyles. PHIT America also just launched the Mayors Fitness Challenge a new, fun 10-week campaign in local cities around the U.S. designed to encourage active lifestyles through group exercise sessions, educational programs and community engagement. For more information about PHIT America, visit


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About Gary Player Gary Player, often referred to as the Black Knight, symbolizes all that world class golf is or was ever intended to be. A champion in every sense of the word, he has won 165 professional tournaments worldwide and through the philanthropic efforts of his foundation generated over $50 million dollars for the education of underprivileged children. Player, a master of the game, and a world leader in golf course design is credited with shaping more than 325 courses worldwide. When Gary Player won the US Open in 1965 at age 29, he became only the third golfer to win the Grand Slam, following Ben Hogan and Gene Sarazen. Since then, only Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods have added their names to this elite group. Player has, to date, won nine major championships on the regular PGA Tour and nine on the Senior or Champions Tour. He is a three time President’s Cup Captain and in 2000 received South Africa’s Sportsman of the Century Award. In addition to his 40 years of golf course design, Player currently serves as the Global Ambassador to the World Golf Hall of Fame and holds an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from St. Andrews University. His legendary career and humanitarian endeavors have been acknowledged by numerous awards, including the 2012 PGA Tour Lifetime Achievement Award, the 2006 PGA Tour Payne Stewart Award, and the 2003 Laureus Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, Player has circled the globe in pursuit of sporting events, and after journeying over 15 million miles, or 25 million kilometers, he is widely recognized as The World’s Most Traveled Athlete™. When not traveling to or from sporting events, Player divides his time between the South African stud farm, where he has bred over 2000 winning thoroughbred race horses, and his residence on Jupiter Island in Hobe Sound, Florida. For more information about Gary Player, visit


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Industry Gears Up for National Golf Day on May 21 By Steve Mona, CEO of The World Golf Foundation


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Senator Clyburn with The First Tee

With warmer temperatures finally on the way, millions of Americans are beginning to turn their thoughts to golf season. Excitement builds in early April around The Masters and continues to grow to the U.S. Open in June. But there is one event in the golf season between these two Majors that most might not be aware of. Established in 2009, the WE ARE GOLF coalition represents all segments of the industry and informs Congressional leaders about the game’s economic and charitable impact.Golf’s environmental and fitness benefits are also highlighted by the group.Through WE ARE GOLF, the U.S. golf industry – which has a $69 billion annual economic impact, supports two million jobs and $56 billion in annual wage income– addresses topics of importance to the entire golf industry. For the seventh consecutive year, WE ARE GOLF will host “National Golf Day” on Capitol Hill.Industry stakeholders will meet with politicians on Wednesday, May 21 and ask them to treat the U.S.’s nearly 15,000 golf courses like any other small businessin the country. MARYLAND STATE GOLF MAGAZINE | March 2014

It’s important for representatives to know more than 10,000 facilities are open to the public with a $26 green feefor 18 holes, and that nine out of 10 golfers play public golf. The game is an accessible and affordable recreational activity for millions of people. To introduce even more players to the sport, programs like Get Golf Ready and The First Tee, are available nationwide. Get Golf Ready has more than 3,700 certified facilities and The First Tee has 190 chapters. Last year’s National Golf Day attracted national print, broadcast and online coverage, and reached 7.2 million people via social media. Participating organizations included the Club Managers Association of America (CMAA), Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA), Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA), National Golf Course Owners Association (NGCOA), PGA of America, PGA TOUR and World Golf Foundation (WGF). Here’s a sneak preview of the 2014 event. It will feature a day-long exhibitin the Cannon Caucus Room with

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live lessons for Congressional Members and staffers. Michael Breed, host of “The Golf Fix” on Golf Channel and 2012 PGA Teacher of the Year, and LPGA Professional Dana Rader will offer the instruction. Other activities willinclude state-of-the-art swing analysis from GolfTEC, a Republican vs. Democrat “Putting Challenge,” lessons from Mid-Atlantic Section PGA Professionals and a golf educational display. Over the past few years, Members of Congress have become more aware of the two million Americans working in golf and how they provide significant benefits to our local communities, such as getting youth involved in the game to teach them life skills. Our nation’s political leaders are being educated about the impact the industry makes on a daily basis. National Golf Day has been an ideal platform for us to share this information. Another example of golf’s positive influence that’s regularly shared with Congressional Members is its charitable impact, totalingalmost $4 billion annually. This includes an estimated 12,000 golf facilities, 143,000 events, 12 million participants and raising $26,300 average per function. Golf’s annual philanthropic MARYLAND STATE GOLF MAGAZINE | March 2014

contributions are more than the NBA, NFL, NHL and MLB combined. Most importantly, funds accumulated through charity golf events primarily go to causes outside of the sport. As anyone who follows the news knows, a primary focus for D.C. policymakers is healthcare. Our nation is facing an obesity and inactivity pandemic. Almost 70 percent of Americans are either obese or overweight and 192 million people are not active to healthy standards. National Golf Day promotes golf as a great fitness activity. Did you know walking 18 holesis equal to a 5-mile walk or 3.5 to 4-mile run and can burn up to 2,000 calories? National Golf Day 2014 promises to be yet another successful edition. We’re excited to have the opportunity to convey golf’s myriad positive impacts to Congressional leaders. For more information on National Golf Day, visit To join the social media conversation, follow @wearegolf (Twitter, Instagram) and use #NGD14.

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About Steve Mona Steve Mona became the World Golf Foundation’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) in March 2008. Mona served as tournament director of the Northern California Golf Association from September 1980 to January 1982. He moved to assistant manager of press relations for the United States Golf Association from January 1982 to June 1983, at which time he became Executive Director of the Georgia State Golf Association. In November 1993, he became CEO of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America.

In 2013, Steve was named to Golf Inc.’s “Most Powerful People in Golf” for the 13th consecutive year and ranked above Nick Faldo and Annika Sorenstam. World Golf Foundation develops and supports initiatives that positively impact lives through the game of golf and its traditional values. Founded in 1993, The Foundation is supported by major international golf organizations and professional Tours, and provides oversight to World Golf Hall of Fame, The First Tee, GOLF 20/20 and other industry initiatives in support of its mission. For more information, visit


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Name: Steve Newsome Title: Golf Course Superintendent Club: Montgomery Country Club Website: Address: 20908 Golf View Drive, Laytonsville MD 20882 Email: Phone: 301-948-5323 Holes: 18 Par: 72 Yardage: Blue- 6713, White-6239, Gold- 6053, Red-5434 Type: Private Established: 1963 Memberships: 530 Staff: 5 full time 10 seasonal


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Club Information Built in 1963 on the Green Lane Farms turf farm, Montgomery Country Club offers golfers the perfect blend of a relaxed, comfortable atmosphere and a championship golf course. This par seventy-two, traditional layout was designed by world-renowned architect, Mr. Edmund Ault. A $1 million golf course renovation that included rebuilding all of the greens to provide better putting surfaces in the fall of 2007 was completed with the aid of golf course architect Brian Ault, the son of Ed Ault. Since then all of the bunkers have be renovated as well with new drainage, and sand. Montgomery Country Club was the annual host for the Kemper Open qualifier from 1986 through 2005 and a U.S. Open qualifying site in 1994.


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Bio I have spent all of my life living in the Northern Virginia area and have been very lucky keeping myself grounded in one spot which is very unusual for most Superintendents.At a very young age I started working on a golf course and realized then my passion for maintaining golf courses. After working several seasons I decided I needed to pursue an education in turfgrass to help me advance to the next level. I attended college at night while working at the golf course during the day. After finishing up school I started looking for an Assistants job a newer facility that just opened. I was able to join the team at Virginia Oaks Golf Club in Gainesville, VA about a year and half after the course opened. After being introduced to several projects at Virginia Oaks like tee construction, irrigation installation and drainage I knew that I wanted to be part of something from the ground up. Luckily for me I was able to join the team at Westfield’s at Balmoral a Gene Bates/Freddy Couples design in Clifton, Virginia. There I got to be part of the construction and grow-in of a golf course. After that I started to look for more opportunities and a place to call my own. I had the chance to be Superintendent at a course in Maryland and Virginia and finally Montgomery Country Club where I have been for the past 9 and half years.


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Thank you for agreeing to share your thoughts with the Maryland State Golf Magazine. Before we start looking at the technical aspects of the course, can you tell us a little about where the course is situated and the local area surrounding it?

terrain and water begin to influence the course on a much greater scale.

Montgomery Country Club is located in the small town of Laytonsville in Montgomery County Maryland. Montgomery County has always been a fertile ground for country clubs both low and high end. On the edge of Gaithersburg and rural farmland Montgomery CC has a convenient location to surrounding areas such as Montgomery Village, Silver Spring, Colesville, Rockville, Bethesda, Potomac and White Oak. The course has some residential sites along the perimeter of the property along with a hardwood forest.

Overall I feel Montgomery is a very player friendly course with medium sized greens that slope back to frontbut can present a difficult challenge during tournament days depending on how we setup the course. I hear a lot of comments about the greens that have false fronts and balls rolling off the front of the green if one is not careful. Hosting several tournaments for the Mid Atlantic PGA over the past several years we are able to produce tournament conditions with rave reviews from participants.

For those people who have never seenyour course, please describe what they might experience when playing it for the first time?

Every course tends to have its signature holes, what are the most notable holes and which ones are the topics of most conversations for both players and superintendents?

A very traditional straight forward layout with gentle rolling sparse tree lined fairways. The beginning of the front nine has a stretch of opening holes with out of bounds to the left that one may find difficult until they get into their playing groove. Once you get to the back nine things start to get a bit more interesting where the MARYLAND STATE GOLF MAGAZINE | March 2014

In your opinion, how does this course rate in terms of playability and difficulty?

Our 432 yard par 4 No. 5 hole is our toughest hole on the course that is a dogleg right uphill to a small green protected by a bunker on the right side. Teeing off from an elevated tee with the wind predominantly in your face makes this a long par 4. Another hole that gets a lot of attention is our 422 yard par 4 No. 15. You have to

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hit a long straight tee shot to be able to see the green on your second shot. This green is our smallest on the golf course with a sand bunker on the left and a grass bunker on the right. Ok so let’s start digging a bit deeper into the way in which you and your team maintain the conditions that the course was designed for. Clearly the function of maintaining any golf course is critical to the success of a club, and to the enjoyment of those who play it. Unfortunately many see the role of the Green staff simply as “cutting the grass,” but there is so much more to it than that. Can you tell us what a typical day involves for you and your team? A Superintendent needs to be able to wear many hats these days. So many things can make a day challenging enough besides dealing with the weather, staffing issues and heavy play. A Superintendent must not only be a good agronomist and problem solver but also an effective communicator to their customers, members and staff at their facilities. It always surprises me when a member tells me a story about something we did or how fast we got things cleaned up after a bad storm. Sometimes they don’t realize whatwe can do in house or that we would even tackle a particular task. Besides the normal maintenance practices we perform there are

a lot of projects that need planning, coordination and execution to be successful. Anytime we can perform a task in house that saves our owners money by having a talented staff with good skill sets and resources to tackle a project we welcome the challenge. When you can juggle that with any unforeseen incidents like an irrigation break, storm damage or vandalism you really feel a sense of accomplishment. What topography, soils and sub-soils typify your course, and what are the specific challenges that they pose you and your team? Since Montgomery is a pretty old course and does not have the internal drainage system that most new courses have in their fairway and roughs the rolling hills definitely help with getting surface water to runoff the course. Our low areas can collect water during heavy rains and with the clay soil it makes it difficult to dry those areas out during periods of excessive rain. With the cost of golf course maintenance continuing to rise, what would you do if you had total authority to minimize costs? Wow great question, I would have to say that the expectation of turf conditions on a daily basis and how we make them as good as we can are costing facilities March 2014 | MARYLAND STATE GOLF MAGAZINE

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a lot of money. As a whole I would just like the inputs to be lower. What I mean is that Superintendents are continuing to be asked to do more with less. If that is the case why do expectations continue to rise with less money to work with? Even though products at our disposal are getting much better, they still cost a lot!

we have our work cut out for us. Another thing that we try to do is introduce new varieties of tall fescue that are more drought and disease tolerant to our roughs. Every year seed companies introduce new varieties of grass to help us combat the difficult summers in the Mid Atlantic.

The Mid-Atlantic geographic area is known as a very difficult area to grow grass, due the fact it’s too hot for coolseason grasses and too cold for warm season grasses. What grasses are you currently maintaining for fairways and rough, and what are the problems or advantages associated with these grasses? If given the opportunity, which turf type would you prefer and what advantages are there for your choice?

What does your routine green management regime involve such techniques as aerification, verticutting and top dressing? Many golfers are frustrated when the greens are being worked on – can you explain why it is necessary?

Our greens are bentgrass. The tees and fairways are a mix of Rye, Poa annua and bentgrass. Our rough is a mix of perennial rye, bluegrass, and tall fescue. My biggest challenge is keeping poa annua from contaminating the greens. Even though the greens were regressed in 2007 poa is such an aggressive species and can adapt too many different growing conditions makes this tough. We use growth regulators throughout the growing season to aid in keeping the poa from out competing the bentgrass. Unless we try to eliminate the poa from our entire course which is not financially feasible for us,


One way I try to explain to a golfer about aerification is comparing it to how the human body eats, drinks and breathes. If I don’t give the grass food (fertilizer) it can still survive but it won’t be as dense and green and look as good as it could if it was fertilized. If I don’t give it water it will still survive for a few days but eventually may die if there is a lack of rainfall. If someone chokes you and cuts off the oxygen then you die within minutes. This is the same for grass and soils. If the soil can’t breathe and exchange toxic gasses then the grass will die because it needs oxygen in the rootzone. We use all kinds of techniques to alleviate this condition. Typically in the Spring and Fall we can use more aggressive practices to help promote good

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oxygen exchange within the rootzone. Once practice is to core aerify, another is to verti-cut which removes unwanted thatch that impedes water infiltration that can cause soft spongy greens. Along with topdressing greens to smooth things backs out these practices can frustrate members because with the weather being nice and optimal times to play it is also the best time to perform these practices. What grasses are used in your greens and what length of cut do you implement? Does this change throughout the year or for specific tournaments? All 18 greens were rebuilt in the fall of 2007 to A-1 bentgrass. Unfortunately our practice green was the only green that was not rebuilt at the time. The bentgrass on our greens likes to be cut short and has a high shoot density producing a great putting surface. We will typically raise our height of cut coming out of winter for our first cut and then bring them down to below a 1/8 of an inch as the greens start to break dormancy. The height of cut remains the same for the entire year unless we encounter some heat stress that lasts for a long time during summer. Do you hand mow greens or use riding mowers, and what stimpmeter speeds do you achieve?

Even though we used to walk mow greens in the past last year we decided to go back to using riding mowers along with rolling several times a week. We always try to promote a healthy stand of turf with good speed. With such an important focus now on environmental stewardship, can you tell me what you are doing about sustainable methods of course management? Are you reducing fertilizer and water use? Absolutely, as part of Billy Casper Golf Management some of their environmental initiatives like becoming an Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary and a BCG Green Facility are helping us create a roadmap to achieve these goals. Since most golf courses are about 150 acres we have a tremendous responsibility to be Stewards of the Environment. At Montgomery Country Club we have been able to reduce water usage by installing a recyclable wash system that cleans our mowing equipment, keep detailed records of water usage on the course and set goals to reduce usage yearly by using products such as wetting agents and hand watering practices. We have established roughly 22 acres of native areas to reduce mowing, fertilizer inputs and watering. Our fertilizers are applied in accordance with the Maryland State Nutrient Program eliminating excessive applications. We also apply slow release


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granular nitrogen products along with spoon feeding soluble and liquid fertilizers which are used to prevent runoff and leaching. With the new emphasis in trying to make golf more fun, aside fromthe “Tee it Forward” program, what golf course protocols would you recommend that would help members enjoy the game more and lessen time to play? Do you believe in a hard and fast course concept which would require minimizing watering and perhaps creating some brown grass? Would your members accept a little brown grass for a hard and fast surface? Trying to accommodate all of the different skill levels of today’s golfer is a big challenge but a Superintendent must take everyone into consideration in the setup and conditions of their facility. Besides adjusting pin positions and tee markers daily we have two sets of family tees that were installed over 7 years ago that allows children to tag along and be introduced to the game without slowing up others. At the beginning of each year I evaluate our Course Standards document and present it to our membership so they know what is expected. During the unpredictable Mid Atlantic summers we always to try manage our water for turf health and not for color. I do state in the Course Standards document that this will be practiced so the membership understands this. What are other ecology and biodiversity will a player enjoy at your course? We have 6 ponds and 3 streams that run through the course with woods and residential housing boarding the property. Most mornings you will find a variety of wildlife like deer and foxes crossing through the course, MARYLAND STATE GOLF MAGAZINE | March 2014

geese and a variety of ducks swimming in our waters and hawks looking for their next meal in our native areas. We also have over 20 bluebird and a few wood duck houses throughout our course. How are technological enhancements impacting on the job? Are they helping productivity? Technology has changed the golf industry as a whole. Advancements in golf clubs and demands on course conditions has led suppliers to improve their products. Equipment is more efficient, irrigation can be controlled to meet the requirements of specific areas, blades are sharpened to be more precise and products have become increasingly environmentally friendly. Being able to produce conditions that today’s player demands does come at a cost and being able to keep up with the new latest and greatest mower isn’t always affordable. As Superintendents we have to be able to justify the expense to our members or ownership to meet the demands to help us improve our facilities. Are there any plans to further invest in technology or machinery at your course over the next 12 months? I have been pretty lucky since I have been here at Montgomery CC. All of the different ownerships have allowed me to purchase needed equipment to aid in keeping Montgomery CC current with the times. Currently we have been shifting gears and directing our attention to our buildings around the clubhouse due to lack of upkeep over the years. We have already improved our pool house with upgrades to the inside and the clubhouse will be getting a facelift to the outside as soon as winter decides to leave for the season.

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What training and development do you and your team benefit from? Is the focus on learning “on the job� or externally? One thing that I can say is that Superintendents are the most efficient at what they do. In this day in age with the demand on course conditions, environmental issues and budget constraints we are always learning of new technology or chemistries that are available to us. The winter time allows us to take a step back attend seminars and catch up on research that we can use to help evaluate our programs. As the year progresses we really focus on keeping the staff up to speed on our facilities goals and getting feedback to help achieve them.

wife Kim has been huge over the years. The sacrifices she has made to help me support my career is anything but selfish. Before we get into the summer heat you can almost always find me fishing on my boatduring the Spring with my two boys Stevie and Trenton and just recently my daughter Mackenzie has taken up the challenge. During the fall and winter my love for hiking and hunting starts to take up a lot of my time.

What advice would you give to somebody considering a career as a superintendent? I really like to see individuals trying to get into the business to try different types of clubs like private vs. public and once they decide the type of environment they like, set their goals and work hard to achieve them. Someone who works at a lower end facility might want to see if the grass is really greener on the other side of the fence at a private club and vice versa. Different personalities work at different facilities but the dedication and work ethic are traits you will find in all Golf Course Superintendents. And finally, what are your other interests, and what do you enjoy outside work? Basically my love for the outdoors not only reflects in my current job but also in the many interests that I have outside of work. Any time I can spend time with my family I try to take advantage of it. Support from my

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Match Play Versus Stroke Play By Randal P. Reed, Director of Rules and Competitions of the Maryland State Golf Association

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n his discussion of the historical development of the Rules of Golf, Lew Blakey notes that the “1947USGA code combined the rules for match play and stroke play much as in today’s format,” whereas in prior years the format featured “match play in the main part of the book with added stroke play rules in a separate section at the end.” Although this 1947 reorganization of the Rules book structure as well as others that followed have had overall positive benefits, another result is that now much more effort is required to gain a complete understanding of the differences in the two forms of play. However, regardless of their level of familiarity with the Rules, most golfers soon become aware that there are important differences in match and stroke play.

In considering these differences, it is helpful to start by recognizing that in match play the players are concerned primarily with their own match whereas in stroke play each competitor has an interest in the play of all competitors. The focus of match play is so narrow that, as Rule 2-5, Note 1 states, “A player may disregard a breach of the Rules by his opponent provided there is no agreement by the sides to waive a Rule (Rule 1-3).” In contrast, in the same situation in stroke play, if there is a breach of a Rule involving a penalty, then the penalty must be applied. Along similar lines, the referee in match play has a more varied relationship to the players than is the case in

stroke play. In match play, the relationship turns on whether or not the referee is assigned to a match. If a referee is assigned to a match, then he must act on any breach of a Rule. If a referee has not been assigned to a match, then in the absence of being asked by a player or players in the match to become involved, the referee may intervene only in very limited cases. The three limited areas involve when the players agree to waive a rule (Rule 1-3), when there is an issue of Undue Delay (Rule 6-7) or when there is an exceptional instance where the Committee feels compelled to waive, modify or impose a penalty of disqualification (Rule 33-7). In a case where a referee does not accompany a match and no referee is readily available to resolve a dispute, as Decision 18-1/4 states, “the player and his opponent should, if possible, agree [on how to proceed]. If agreement cannot be reached, the player must proceed as he thinks best, and if the opponent does not agree with the action taken, he should lodge a claim under Rule 2-5 so that the Committee may make a decision [under the appropriate Rule].” This approach is required in part because play of a second ball is not permitted in match play. In stroke play, regardless of whether or not a referee has been assigned to a group, the Committee must apply the Rules consistently to all players and hence must take action on any violation that is seen or is reported to the Committee. Again, this obligation flows from


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“According to Rule 34-1b, even after the competition has closed, the Committee is obligated to impose a penalty of disqualification on the player who moved the loose impediment in the bunker”

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the fact that players as well as officials in stroke play are obligated to “protect the interests of the field.” In the context of these differences in match and stroke play and the role of the referee, we will examine the case in match play and stroke play where a player whose ball lies in a bunker touches or moves a loose impediment in the bunker, an act that is prohibited by Rule 13-4c. In match play without a referee when a player moves a loose impediment in a bunker, the opponent may choose not to call a penalty on the player as long as the player and opponent do not agree to waive the Rule. If the opponent did not observe the breach of the Rule, at a later hole he may lodge a claim for the breach because his claim is based on facts not previously known to him. Additionally, not only is a referee who is assigned to a match obligated at the time of the incident to act on the breach involved in this case, but also if the referee becomes aware of the breach at a point later in the match, he may still impose the penalty unless the facts giving rise to the penalty were known to the opponent at the time of the violation by the player (Decision 2-5/12). At the same time, if the players were simply ignorant of the Rules at the time of the incident and then the matter came to the attention of the Committee later in the match, the Committee must rule that the hole stands as played.

In similar circumstances in stroke play, right up to the time of the close of the competition, the Committee must apply the penalty regardless of whether or not a referee was assigned to the group. Indeed, according to Rule 34-1b, even after the competition has closed, the Committee is obligated to impose a penalty of disqualification on the player who moved the loose impediment in the bunker if as a result the player returned a score too low for the hole because he did not include the penalty in his score and also knew, before the competition closed, that he was subject to penalty for this action. The reader is also reminded that under Rules 1-3 and 34-1b the Committee must impose a penalty of disqualification when players agree to exclude the operation of any Rule or waive any penalty incurred and that since there is no time limit in connection with Rule 1-3, the application of the penalty is required even after the competition closes. In summary, it is essential that players remember at all times the form of play that is involved as this is a critical element of the proper playing of the game. There is a reason that in the introductory “How to Use the Rule Book,” the first question to be asked in determining the facts of the case is “What is the Form of Play?” March 2014 | MARYLAND STATE GOLF MAGAZINE

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Spring in the Hudson Valley means Technicolorblooms, breathtaking views and (hopefully) shirt sleeves. Golfers – whether visiting the Empire State for leisure or business – will delight in discovering the only Pete Dye designed course in New York, Pound Ridge Golf Club.


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pened in 2008 to critical acclaim, Pound Ridge is situated in upscale Westchester County,roughly an hour from Manhattan and just minutes from the financial and business hubs of Greenwich, Stamford and Norwalk, Connecticut. Crafted by Dye, his son Perry (of Dye Designs) and long-time construction manager/lead shaper Michael Langkau, Pound Ridge is a full bentgrass facility, hewn from 172 acres of magnificent cliffs, streams and wooded hills. In a region populated by famous private clubs, Pound Ridge stands out as a beacon for daily fee play. Ken Wang, an M.I.T. alum and brother of fashion designer Vera, developed a deep affinity and appreciate for Dye


courses, especially the famed Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass. He once compared Dye’s work to “standing in the middle of a giant math problem conjured up by a master of geometry.” At Pound Ridge, the numbers add up to an unforgettable experience. Dramatic rock formations and boulders were left onsite, creating one of the most visually stunning settings for golf in the U.S. More than 14,000-linear-feet of rock wall surrounds trees, wetlands and water hazards. Contoured fairways wind through hardwood forests and fescue mounds, leading to open meadows crowned by picturesque green complexes. The 7,165-yard, par-

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72 layout features some of the highest points in the region, with a number of tee boxes offering expansive vistas of the surrounding countryside. Notable holes include: the par-5, 13th, home to “Pete’s Rock,” a giant boulder that rests in the middle of the fairway; and the par-3 15th hole, dubbed “Headstone,” which is flanked on the right by a large rock outcropping that protrudes into the elongated, 9,000-squarefoot green. Have clubs will travel types will appreciate the opportunity to hone a few skills before heading out on the brawny 451-yard opening hole (dubbed “Inception”). Pound Ridgehouses a practice range, short game area and putting green.All guests receiveda

complimentaryyardage book for fine-tuning tee shot placement and approaches, bottled water and a commemorative player’s towel. Carts are now equipped with GPS to dead-aim-accurate yardages from any position. Spring rates at Pound Ridge are $150 prior to 2 p.m., or $100 after 2 p.m. up to April 28. Peak season (April 28 – November 2) rates range from $120 to $195. If short on time, same day call-in or walk-up is available for nine holes beginning at 2 p.m. for $80 or $55 after 4:30 p.m.,with the only exception on Tuesday.


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Pound Ridge and The Delamar Greenwich Harbor have teamed up to offer a stay-and-play deal that is perfect for a spring golf getaway.Just minutes from the course, The Delamar Greenwich Harbor features 82 deluxe rooms and suites with 500-feet of waterfront and private docks. Designed to evoke old world charm, it houses a full service spa and an award-winning restaurant and bar, L’escale. Wrought iron balconies, marble bathrooms and working fireplaces grace the guest rooms of this Mediterranean-inspired “inn.” The package includes a one night stay at the hotel and one round of golf. Rates start at $515 (single-occupancy) and $710 (double-occupancy). Guests also receive 10% off golf merchandise, continental breakfast, and a bottle of wine or champagne. Guests enjoy tee time booking via concierge or hotel staff and transportation options (from shuttles to rental cars and limousines). Pound Ridge also provides a solution for travelers who can’t fit their clubs in with their briefcase and suitcase. The course offers high-end equipment rentals, eliminating the need to lug golf clubs through the

airport, to the hotel and then to the course. Current and next generation Nike clubs and Foot Joy golf shoes are available for rent (and are complimentary with stays with one of Pound Ridge’s hotel partners (see website for a complete list). Pound Ridge has received several accolades over the years including being named the No. 1 U.S. Open Worthy Public Course, 2012 by GOLF Magazine, No. 1 New York City Area Golf Course in 2010 by AskMen. com and one of America’s Best New Courses, 2009 by Golf Digest.

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Women’s Division Initiates New Handicap Policy for 2014

The Executive Committee of the MSGA-Women’s Division (MSGA-WD) will introduce a new handicap policy for tournaments beginning in 2014. The purpose of this new policy is to better define an “up-to-date USGA Handicap”, which appears on all MSGA-WD entry forms as well as create a more level playing field in our events. The guidelines are as follows:

• To be eligible for a tournament, you must have 20 scores posted within the last 12 months.*(Example: The Women’s Mid-Amateur entries open on May 9, 2014 therefore you must have at least 20 scores dating back to May 9, 2013.) • You are responsible for posting your score and must use a “T” (tournament score). Failure to do this can result in denial of a tournament entry.

*Please note this policy will be implemented for all events except the Women’s Team Championship. Any questions can be directed to the MSGA-WD at 410-653-5300.

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2014 Schedule of Events

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Men’s Championships Team Championship

April 6-12-13-19-26-27

Various Clubs


Wednesday, April 23



Tuesday, April 29

Lake Presidential

Amateur/Open Pre-Qualifying

Monday, May 5 Tuesday, May 6 Wednesday, May 21

Suburban Worthington Manor Andrews AFB

Senior Four-Ball

Tuesday, May 27


Maryland Amateur

Thurs. – Sun., June 5 – 8

Baltimore CC – East Course

Junior Boy’s

Mon. – Tues., June 23 – 24

University of Maryland

Maryland Open

Mon. – Wed., July 14 – 16


Amateur Public Links

Thursday, July 24



Tuesday, July 29

Hunt Valley


Mon. – Tues., August 11 – 12


Senior Team Championship

September 6-13-14-20-21

Various Clubs

Senior Amateur

Mon. – Tues., September 8 – 9

Musket Ridge

Senior Open

Mon. – Tues., October 13 – 14


Invitationals Mid-Atlantic Junior Invitational

Friday, July 25

Turf Valley

BW Junior Team Matches

Saturday, August 23

Caves Valley

BW Team Matches

Saturday, September 6


Past Presidents

Tuesday, September 23

Chevy Chase

USGA State Team

Sept. 30 – Oct. 2

French Lick (Indiana)

Senior Team Challenge Match

Thursday, October 2

Manasquan River (New Jersey)


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USGA Qualifying Events US Open Local

Tuesday, May 13


US Amateur

Monday, July 7


US Senior Amateur

Tuesday, August 19


US Four-Ball

Monday, October 20


MSGA One-Day Four-Ball Events Thursday, April 17


Thursday, May 22

Rolling Road

Tuesday, June 24

Argyle Country Club

Wednesday, July 9


Monday, August 4

CC at Woodmore

Thursday, October 16


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2014 Schedule of Events



2014 Tournament Schedule Team Matches

April 26, May 3, 10, 17, and 18

Various Clubs

Women’s Mid-Amateur

Thursday – Friday, June 5-6

Montgomery CC

Junior Girls

Wednesday – Thursday, June 18-19

Montgomery Village GC

Poindexter Cup

Friday – Sunday, June 27-29

River Marsh GC

Women’s Amateur

Monday – Thursday, July 14-17

Chartwell G&CC

4 Lady Invitational

Monday, July 28

Old South CC

Mixed Two-Ball

Friday, August 1 Lake Presidential GC

Lake Presidential GC

Two-Woman Mid-Handicap

Friday, August 8

Musket Ridge GC

Women’s Senior

Monday-Tuesday, September 15-16

Maryland National GC


Tuesday, September 30

Four Streams GC

Women’s Open

Monday – Tuesday, October 20-21

Congressional CC

USGA Qualifiers US Women’s Open Sectional

Monday, May 19

Hermitage CC (VA)

US Women’s APL

Thursday, May 29

Laurel Hill GC (VA)

US Girls’ Junior

Tuesday, July 1

CC of Virginia (VA)

US Women’s Amateur

Thursday, July 10

Four Streams GC

US Women’s Mid-Amateur

Monday, July 21

Bayville GC (VA)

US Women’s Senior

Wednesday, August 20

CC at Woodmore

US Women’s Four-Ball

US Women’s Four-Ball

Bent Creek CC (PA)


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n 2006, the MSGA started its Patron Member Program, as a way to reach more amateur golfers and provide opportunities to play many different Maryland golf courses. In the first year, over 60 Maryland courses offered privileges for the program-- it was an immediate success, with over 1,000 players joining the program in the first year! The proceeds from the program were designated to support junior golf and scholarships. Since then, the program has evolved and partnerships were formed. Initially it was the Middle Atlantic PGA that endorsed the program. Then the Maryland Golf Course Owners Association got on board. Over the years, the MSGA sought to add value by partnering with neighboring organizations, which brought partnerships with the Delaware State Golf Association, the Pennsylvania Golf Course Owners Association and the Ohio Golf Course Owners Association. Then for 2013, the MSGA announced its newest partnership, with the Victory Golf Pass. The Victory Golf Pass was created by PGA Professional Andy Barbin, owner of Chesapeake Bay Golf Club in Northeast Maryland. Barbin has actually started his program in the same year as the MSGA program, and by 2012, he had recruited over 300 participating courses in MD, VA, DC, DE, PA and NJ. Barbin’s program also supported a charitable cause for Crohn’s Disease. As a golf course owner and PGA professional, Barbin understood that programs like these have the potential to grow incremental revenue for clubs, as well as introduce new players. “We know our members love the program, but as a PGA member, I know the program must work for the clubs too,” said Barbin. MSGA Patron Member Program MARYLAND STATE GOLF MAGAZINE | March 2014

Coordinator David Norman agrees, “We have enjoyed working with Andy, and our focus is growing the game. That means more rounds for Maryland clubs and a better golfing experience for Maryland golfers.” Traditionally Patron Member clubs have offered MSGA Patron Members an opportunity to play their course for a special rate, often $25 or less. Offers vary by day of week, time of day, etc., and some clubs offer multiple specials. Barbin’s suggestions for participating clubs this year will bring some new features.

• Off-season promotions – golf is a year round sport! • Special added-value discounts for seniors – they are loyal and have time for golf – also Military (Hero) discounts • Good pricing – make it attractive and strive for incremental rounds • Special promotions for junior build business now and for the future

Barbin and Norman have teamed up to recruit the clubs and keep excellent value for golfers, while bringing business to the clubs. The new lineup of courses will be announced soon, in time for ordering the perfect holiday gift for that special golfer in your family. Please track the program in Maryland State Golf magazine and on the MSGA website, Thanks go to the clubs that support the program and make it a big winner for junior golf and charity!

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2014 Participating Golf Facilities Maryland Golf Facilities (82)

Bay Hills Golf Club Beaver Creek Country Club Blue Heron Golf Course Blue Mash Golf Club (GOLD) Bulle Rock (GOLD) Caroline Golf Club Carroll Park Golf Course Chesapeake Bay Golf Club at North East Chesapeake Bay Golf Club at Rising Sun Chesapeake Hills Golf Club Clearview at Horn’s Point Golf Club Clifton Park Golf Course Clustered Spires Golf Club Compass Pointe Golf Courses Cross Creek Golf Club Cumberland Country Club Deer Run Golf Club Eagle’s Landing Eisenhower Golf Course Enterprise Golf Course Exton Golf Course Fairway Hills Golf Club Forest Park Golf Course Furnace Bay Golf Club Geneva Farm Golf Course Glade Valley Golf Club GlenRiddle Golf Club - Man O’War (SILVER) Great Hope Golf Course Green Hill Country Club Harbourtowne Golf Resort Henson Creek Golf Club Hog Neck Golf Course Hollow Creek Golf Club Horse Bridge Golf Club Lake Presidential (GOLD/SILVER) Links at Lighthouse Sound Maple Run Golf Club Maplehurst Country Club Marlton Golf Club

Delaware Golf Facilities (24)

Back Creek Golf Club Bayside Resort Golf Club (GOLD) Baywood Greens Golf Club Bear Trap Dunes Golf Club (SILVER) Deerfield Delcastle Golf Club Ed Oliver Golf Club Frog Hollow Golf & Swim Club Garrisons Lake Golf Club Heritage Shores Club Hooper’s Landing Golf Course

Washington, DC Golf Facilities (3) East Potomac Golf Course Langston Golf Course

Maryland National Golf Club McDaniel College Golf Club Mount Pleasant Golf Course Mountain Branch Musket Ridge Golf Club (SILVER) Nutters Crossing Oakland Golf Club Ocean City Golf Club Newport Bay Course Ocean City Golf Club Seaside Course Ocean Pines Golf & Country Club Ocean Resorts Golf Club P.B. Dye Golf Course Paint Branch Golf Course Patuxent Greens Golf Club Pine Ridge Golf Course Queenstown Harbor - Lakes Course Queenstown Harbor - River Course (GOLD) Red Gate Golf Course Renditions Golf Course River House Golf River Marsh Golf Club River Run Golf Club Rocky Gap Lodge & Golf Resort Ruggles Golf Course Rum Pointe Seaside Golf Links Swan Point Yacht & Country Club The Bay Club Golf Course East The Bay Club Golf Course West The Links at Challedon Twin Shields Golf Club University of Maryland Golf Course Waverly Woods Golf Club West Winds Golf Club Westminster National Golf Course Wetlands Golf Club Whiskey Creek Golf Club (GOLD) White Plains Golf Course Worthington Manor Golf Club Plus 5 Driving Ranges

The Maryland State Golf Association presents its

2014 MSGA Patron Member Program

Newark Country Club Odessa National Golf Club Rock Manor Salt Pond Golf Club Sussex Pines Country Club The Peninsula Golf & Country Club The Rookery North The Rookery South White Clay Creek Country Club (SILVER) Wild Quail Golf & Country Club Plus 3 Driving Ranges

Rock Creek Golf Course

Plus: 171

Facilities in Pennsylvania 48 Facilities in New Jersey 14 Facilities in Virginia 2 Bonus Facilities in West Virginia

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Play the best courses in the Mid-Atlantic!

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MSGA Patron Member Privileges

Patron Level: Victory $55, eClub $90* Patron Couple: Victory $100, eClub $150*

Receive a 2014 Victory Golf Pass entitling you to special deals at over 300 of the finest golf facilities in Member bag tag; Victory Golf Pass with information on all the courses; and subscription to the MSGA e-newsletter. Patron Couples receive all the amenities listed above, plus an additional Victory Golf Pass and MSGA bag tag.

MSGA Patron Member Program In partnership with

Membership Level  Junior (up to age 18):  Patron:  Patron Couple:  Silver:  Silver Couple:  Gold:

Silver: Victory $150, eClub $185* Silver Couple: Victory $200, eClub $250* Receive all Patron Member privileges, plus special

Glen Riddle, Bear Trap Dunes, and White Clay Creek in Wilmington, DE, including complimentary greens fees for a fee which includes cart. All Silver Members will commitment to supporting golf in Maryland. Silver additional bag tag and Victory Golf Pass.

Gold: $500, includes eClub*

Receive all of the Patron and Silver Member privileges, plus three additional Victory Golf Passes (four in all), and clients. Also included are complimentary greens fee on six great courses: Bulle Rock, Whiskey Creek, Lake Presidential, Queenstown Harbor River Course, Blue Mash, and Bayside Resort. Gold Members also receive a special Gold special recognition on the MSGA web site.


Handicap service and tournament eligibility for MSGA tournaments and play days.

with eClub  $40*  $90*  $150*  $185*  $250* included

*includes eClub membership with USGA handicap service and eligibility for MSGA tournaments and Play Days

Junior: Victory $30, eClub $40*

Junior Members age 18 and under receive all the of Patron Members. Student Members under age 17 must be accompanied by an adult when using the Victory Pass.

Victory Only  $30  $55  $100  $150  $200  $500*

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Signature ____________________________________________________ Checks should be made payable to the Maryland State Golf Association. Please allow 20 days for delivery. Only one membership per person. Membership privileges may be suspended if the terms on the program are violated. If you have any questions, call the MSGA at (410) 653-5300 or visit our web site at There will be a $35 charge for returned checks and a fee of $25 to replace a lost Victory Golf Pass.

Mail your completed application to: Maryland State Golf Association Suite 145, Commercentre East 1777 Reisterstown Road Baltimore, MD 21208

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by Randal P. Reed, Director of Rules and Competitions of the Maryland State Golf Association



he Maryland State Golf Association functions as the primary voice of the United States Golf Association lls its constitutional mandate by promoting the best interests and true spirit of the game of golf as embodied in its ancient and honorable traditions; sponsoring and conducting state championship tournaments as well as USGA qualifying rounds each year; educating and informing Maryland golfers about changes in the Rules of Golf; providing course rating and handicap services to member clubs; fostering respect for the game of golf as well as its rules; and awarding scholarships. The following article was compiled and written by Randal P. Reed, MSGA Director of Rules & Competitions and describes the circumstances surrounding the founding of the MSGA.




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THE FIRST FOURTEEN CLUBS The Maryland State Golf Association was founded during a meeting at the Emerson Hotel in Baltimore on March 8, 1921. The founding clubs, which were said to represent 8,000 state golfers, were as follows: • Baltimore Country Club • Hagerstown Country Club • Maryland Country Club • Cumberland Country Club • Rolling Road Golf Club • Tome Golf Club • Green Spring Valley Hunt Club • Sherwood Forest Golf Club • Suburban Club • Naval Academy Golf Club • Elkridge Hunt Club • Talbot Country Club • Public Parks Golf Association • Monterey Country Club


The Public Parks Golf Association was comprised of golfers at Clifton Park in Baltimore City. This Association had been organized during meetings in January, 1921 with William F. rst president. Located near Antietam Creek and in the general area of the current Hagerstown Municipal Golf Course, the nine-hole Hagerstown Country Club operated from 1908 – 1928, closing about four years after the opening of Fountain Head Country Club on the other side of town. Tome Golf Club was a prep school golf club in Port Deposit. The school overlooked the Susquehanna River and later moved to Northeast. Maryland Country Club, founded in the early 1900s near the Suburban Club, eventually met its demise during the Great Depression. The Washington Area clubs – Chevy Chase, Columbia, Bannockburn and Kirkside – declined to join the association because of their involvement with the Middle Atlantic Golf Association and District of Columbia Golf Association and also due to impending obligations to assist with the national open championship at Columbia Country Club.


CAPITAL EXPANSION As an aside, nine Washington Area clubs did join the MSGA in the early 1930s: Chevy Chase, Columbia, Burning Tree, Bannockburn, Indian Spring, Manor, Beaver Dam, Congressional and Kenwood. Bannockburn, originally located near Chevy Chase Circle (Connecticut Avenue and East-West Highway) moved to the Glen Echo area around 1910 and then was sold for residential development in 1946. Kirkside continued as the successor club to Bannockburn at the Chevy Chase Circle location. Indian Spring, which would later move to Layhill Road north of Georgia Avenue, was then located near the Four Corners area of Colesville Road and New Hampshire Avenue. Indian Spring closed in December, 2005. Beaver Dam in Landover later became Prince Georges Country Club and then, shortly after a move to Mitchellville in the early 1980s, was renamed the Country Club at Woodmore. Monterey Country Club, less than one mile from the Mason-Dixon Line in Blue Ridge Summit, Pennsylvania, is a particularly interest case of a founding member club. Monterey had one of the oldest golf courses in the country. Located approximately eight miles from Camp David and built prior to 1885, the club featured a wide range of recreational and dining facilities that were popular among Washington area visitors. In addition to golf, the sports of tennis and swimming were featured. Over the years, visitors included Presidents Wilson, Coolidge and Eisenhower. The eventual Duchess of Windsor, Wallace rst green in Square Cottage. After the Battle of Gettysburg, the Army of Northern Virginia retreated through a swampy area that eventually became the site of Monterey Country Club.

OUR EARLY LEADERS cers of the Maryland State Golf Association were M. Tyson Ellicott, Baltimore Country Club, president; rst vice-president; R. Marsden Smith, Rolling Road Golf Club, second vicepresident; and Claude C. Madison, secretary-treasurer. Lieutenant F.L. Janeway of the Naval Academy Golf Club fth member of the Executive Committee. Originally, the 1921 Amateur Championship was scheduled for Rolling Road Golf Club and the Open Championship

at Baltimore Country Club. Later the Open was moved to Rolling Road and the Women’s Championship was rst there was discussion of a Baltimore City Championship to be conducted by the new state golf association. However, this initiative was soon undertaken by the Public Parks Golf Association at Clifton Park.

ORIGIN OF THE STATE GOLF ASSOCIATION Based on Baltimore Sun reporting by Claude C. Madison, among the spurs to the formation of the Maryland State Golf Association was the exhibition match between Harry Vardon, Ted Ray and B. Warren Corkran at Baltimore Country Club during the summer of 1920. The year of 1920 marked Vardon’s last trip to the United States while Ray captured his sole U.S. Open Championship at the Inverness Club in August, 1920, where he edged Vardon, Leo Diegel and Jock Hutchinson by one stroke, with the 50-year old Vardon going six over par in the last six holes. The temporary chairman of the Maryland players who called for a state golf association was R.E. Hanson. Hanson sent the invitations for the organization meeting that was held at the Emerson Hotel. In the March 9, 1921 Baltimore Sun, Claude Madison reported that “R.E. Hanson, who fostered and originated the idea of a State golf association, was lauded in a resolution unanimously adopted, which expressed appreciation of his orts to advance the game in Maryland. Hanson recently removed to New York.” Golf developments in Maryland even attracted the interest of Grantland Rice, the foremost sportswriter of the era. In ered the following remarks: “The movement to form a State golf association should be supported by every golfer in Maryland. Golf is now on the way to an even-greater boom and the golf courses and players of Maryland occupy too high a place to remain outside the fold. The fact that the national open championship is to be held at Columbia Country Club will bring additional attention to Maryland golf. There is no question that a State association can do a lot for the game, and at the same time the players get a lot of keen competition out of the organization.” Interestingly, there was spirited competition for the hosting rst championships. Representatives of Maryland Country Club, Rolling Road Golf Club and the Suburban Club were quite expressive in promoting their clubs. March 2014 | MARYLAND STATE GOLF MAGAZINE


Baltimore Country Club is widely recognized as one of the top 50 country clubs in the nation R. Marsden Smith, green committee chairman at Rolling Road Golf Club weighed in: “We think we can show the golfers of the State something unique in golf construction. Our course is adequate in every respect for entertaining the championship. The only possible objection would be the misapprehension that we might not be ready due to improvements in the greens. By the middle of June when the tournament probably will be held, Rolling Road will be in tip-top condition.” Not to be outdone, A.E. Marshall, who chaired the Maryland Country Club golf committee, claimed that his club “is the logical course to entertain the championship. We have lengthened our course to championship distance. We are centrally located and we want the event.” The president of the Suburban Club, A.F. Weinberg, upped the stakes with the following pronouncement: “We have the greatest golf course in Maryland and, as this is to be a real championship contest, let’s play it on a real course.” (Claude Madison further noted Mr. Weinberg’s view that while the other two clubs have very decent courses, they “could not hold a candle to Suburban.”) MARYLAND STATE GOLF MAGAZINE | March 2014

ered his club as a site for the 1925 Maryland Amateur. In the early 1920s Sherwood Forest was being developed by William F. Cochran as a private retreat on the Severn River. Cochran ered a sterling silver cup for a club team competition during the Maryland Amateur.

THE PRESENT Today, some 92 years later, the Maryland State Golf Association represents some 125 member clubs, and provides course rating and handicap services to 160 clubs and courses in Maryland. The MSGA is directed by a 15 member Board of Directors who represent various member of four . Our tournament schedule now consists of some 30 state tournaments as well as USGA ers.

For additional information about the MSGA and its member services please visit our web site at or call (410) 653-5300.



PROGRAMS & SERVICES • Conduct 19 Men’s State Championships • Conduct 11 Women’s State Championships ers for both men and women • Conduct local collegiate competitions • Conduct one day Play Day net events • Along with the MAPGA provide handicap and club tournament software services and maintenance of those services • Provide course and slope rating for men and women’s tees free • Scholarships for member club employees and/or children, and junior golfers who are involved in the game • Junior Girls’ Scholarship Program • Sponsor the Emmet Gary Turf Scholarships at the University of Maryland • Conduct Rules of Golf and Handicap Seminars • Monitor and lobby state legislation impacting golf and the turf grass industries t of all Maryland golfers. • Provide amateur reinstatement services • Promote the game • Publish e-newsletters to inform members of current news within the organization • Hole-in-One Club exclusively for members of member clubs • Golf Patron Program (discount golf program for MD golfers) • Honor the Player of the Year and the Senior Player of the Year • Promote state wide charity tournaments on web site’s Charity Corner


OFFICERS & STAFF 2014 Board of Directors PRESIDENT Richard Collins Baltimore CC 410-252-1494

VICE PRESIDENT Diane Herndon Argyle CC 301-518-9221

VICE PRESIDENT Stanard Klinefelter Elkridge CC 410-537-5402

VICE PRESIDENT David “Moose” Brown Rolling Road GC 410-358-9444

VICE PRESIDENT Jan Miller Baltimore CC 410-339-5872

VICE PRESIDENT Brian Fitzgerald Chevy Chase Club 703-391-1482

VICE PRESIDENT Paul Dillon Congressional CC 301-518-5567

SECRETARY Robert Sherwood Columbia CC 443-534-5118

DIRECTOR AT LARGE William Matton US Naval Academy GC 410-956-4815

DIRECTOR AT LARGE Marilyn Tucker Argyle CC 301-871-7194

2014 MSGA Staff EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR William Smith Hillendale CC 410-653-5300

VICE PRESIDENT Thomas Whelan Manor CC 410-712-0888

VICE PRESIDENT John Barse Columbia CC 301-229-6031

VICE PRESIDENT Alexander Martin Green Spring Valley HC 443-310-2445

TREASURER John Pauliny Hillendale CC 410-252-9107

DIRECTOR AT LARGE Joan McGinnis Holly Hills CC 301-644-2738

DIRECTOR OF RULES AND COMPETITIONS Randal Reed Four Streams GC 410-653-5300


DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS Kim Daniels 410-653-5300

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Maryland State Golf Magazine ‘Advisory Board members and contributors’ Allen Wronowski, 37th President of the PGA of America (2010-2012) and Honorary President of the PGA of America (2012-2014) - Contributing national and special features writer Steve Mona CEO, World Golf Foundation (WGF) Contributing national and special features writer


Jon Guhl, Executive Director, Middle Atlantic PGA (MAPGA) ‘MAPGA Focus’ editorial feature writer Rick Robbins, President, American Society of Golf Course Architects (ASGCA) ‘Architectural Review’ editorial

William Smith, Executive Director, Maryland State Golf Association (MSGA) MSGA editorial Randal P. Reed, Executive Director, Middle Atlantic Golf Association (MAGA) and the Washington Metropolitan Golf Association (WMGA)‘Rules Revisited’ feature lead Marty West III, Nine-time Maryland Amateur Champion, Five-time Mid Atlantic Amateur Champion, Two-time Walker Cup ‘The Amateur Interview’ columnist

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