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May 2014 Issue # 11

State NEWS

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AMATEUR INTERVIEW

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Contents

Executive Director’s Welcome

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

AMATEUR INTERVIEW WITH MARTY WEST

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Mike & Lauren Vechery

on the greens with

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Steve Glossinger, CGCS

Coaches corner John Malinowski

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Coaches Corner with

John Malinowski

Steve Mona

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We Are Golf

Destination report 24

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Casino Golf Resorts

PGA

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Advanced Junior Summer Camps

RULES REVISITED

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Know and Play by the Rules

State news 60

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bill smith Welcome

Executive Director’s Welcome

Announcements:

At a recent Board of Directors meeting a decision was reached to cancel the MSGA Charity Golf Tournament which created a need to conceive a new way to raise funds to support the programs and initiatives described below in our pursuit of enhancing and improving the game of golf in the State of Maryland. The Executive Committee of the MSGA encourages all golfers in the State of Maryland to partner with us in supporting these worthy causes. • The Emmet Gary Scholarship is presented annually to agronomy students at the University of Maryland. Since 1969, there have been 151 recipients who have received scholarships totaling $289,476. Many of the students have gone on to become golf course superintendents in Maryland and across the country. The MSGA is the sole sponsor of this scholarship which currently is at $12,000 per year. • The First Tee Metro Tour is a developmental tournament series that is open to The First Tee participants from the Greater Washington, D.C., Howard County, Baltimore City, Prince George’s County and Montgomery County Chapters. The participants must be an active First Tee participant at least 12 years of age and a Birdie Level Participant. The MSGA became a co-sponsor of the First Tee Metro Tour in the State of Maryland in 2013. • Since 2006, the MSGA has awarded educational scholarships to individuals employed by MSGA member clubs and/or their children, and to students having completed their junior year of high school, with a bona fide connection to the game of golf. To date, $87,500 of scholarships have been awarded under this program. • The MSGA is offering support to junior golfers in their pursuit of obtaining a collegiate golf scholarship. This is a new program beginning in 2014 and the support could range from payment of entry fees, travel and/or housing expenses, lessons, equipment, etc. all within the Amateur Status rules of the USGA and the collegiate rules established by the NCAA. Please join us in the Winner’s Circle and send your contribution, payable to the MSGA at 1777 Reisterstown Road, Suite 145, Baltimore, MD 21208. All contributions to the MSGA are fully deductible in accordance withIRS regulations. Thevarious giving levels will be recognized on the MSGA website and at the annual meeting of the association in November as follows:

»» President’s Club – For gifts of $1000 and above. »» Platinum Club – For gifts between $500 and $999. »» Gold Club – For gifts between $250 and $499. »» Silver Club – For gifts between $100 and $249. »» Bronze Club – For gifts between $50 and $99. Bill»»Smith Pewter Club – For gifts under $50 Executive Director Maryland State Golf Association

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


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Par 3 course at night at Championsgate April 2014

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AMATEUR INTERVIEW WITH MARTY WEST

Mike & Lauren Vechery Name Member Club/Play At

Mike Vechery and his daughter Lauren Falls Road(Potomac, MD) and Woody’s Golf Range and a Variety of Courses

Coach /Teacher

Her dad Mike. Occasional lessons from a few teachers

What clubs are in your bag?

US Kids Golf Tour Series Irons (6-9, PW, SW)- 54 inch size Ping Hybrid (30 degrees) Idea Hybrid (24 degrees) US Kids Golf 3 wood and 4 wood Taylormade Burner Driver (13 degrees) with Idea high launch shaft. Ping Y Worry Putter

What golf ball do you play?

US Kids Golf 70 Compression (Pink)

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Lauren wins 2nd place at US Kids spring tourney in 2014

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Golfing instead of xmas shopping December 2013

Hi Mike and Lauren - Thank you for taking the time to do this interview. First let me begin by asking at what age did you (Lauren) begin playing golf? Who introduced you/her to the game? Has any golf instructor helped your game in a significant way? Lauren: I started swinging plastic golf clubs that Daddy bought for me when I was 3 years old. I hit balls in the playroom at our house and at the playground. Daddy bought me my first set of clubs when I was 4. I am now on my 3rd set of clubs by US Kids Golf. Mike: Over the past 4 years, Lauren and I have used golf as a great way to have fun together as a dad and daughter team, learn a new sport, improve athleticism, visit new places, and compete with other young girls. First and foremost, I have tried to instill a love for the game. She tells everyone it is her favorite sport and that she wins medals at US Kids events. I first taught Lauren how to stroke a putt, then we went to chipping, then onto the irons, hybrids, fairway woods, and then the driver. Lastly, I taught Lauren how to hit flop shots and play out of the sand. As they say, start at the cup and work your way back.

When she needs to hear another voice on a particular area of the game, I seek expertise on a specific part of her game. On Spring Break a few weeks ago, Lauren had a putting and chipping lesson from Vicki Goetze, a 2 time US Amateur champion and NCAA champion from the University of Georgia. Vicki was a girl not too much older than Lauren who used to practice at the UGA course where I practiced as an undergrad. She worked on putting tempo and keeping more weight left on putting and chipping. Lauren also had a lesson with Charlotta Sorenstam, an NCAA champion and winner on the LPGA who reached #20 on the OWGR. Charlotta worked on the 5 fundamentals and swinging the big muscles.Personally, I help Lauren to incorporate good mechanics and a good flow and tempo throughout her bag. She swings weighted clubs to gain strength and I utilize a variety of drills to help her improve. Many golfers remember when they “got bitten by the golf bug.� Do you have a particular time, experience or memory of when Lauren fell in love with the game?

I have been blessed to have had lessons from a number of pros in my life and to have played with and watched many great players over the years. Though I have overthought my golf game throughout my 34 years of playing golf (currently a 4 handicap), I have tried to keep things simple for Lauren having her rely on feel and hitting the center of the clubface and looking for where she should land her golf ball on the green. She may have one swing thought when she is hitting or playing, but I am trying to help her develop athleticism, speed, and consistency in a smooth and repeating swing.

Lauren: I really liked watching the kid golfers participating in the World Championship in the movie THE SHORT GAME earlier this year and look forward to playing in the same tournament at Pinehurst this Summer. Winning medals is also very exciting. We also watched The Drive, Chip, and Putt for juniors at Augusta National. We have also attended the Senior Players Championship (Avenel) to watch Tom Watson, the ATT to watch Tiger and Hunter Mahan, the Web.com tourney at Avenel, and just walked 18 holes at the LPGA tournament at Kingsmill to watch Lydia Ko, Lexi Thompson, and Stacy Lewis. All of these events have helped me really want to play better and maybe play professionally.

From time to time, Lauren has had a few lessons from local pros to work on certain elements of her game.

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various distance milestones has been great to her since she loves to watch the ball fly. One of her favorite things about golf is the games we play together: the putting and chipping contests or who can get closest to the hole or target. We try to play putt putt golf whenever we can and she loves making holes in one and trying to beat me. She loves the trips to the course to drive the golf cart. Breaking 50 twice last year from the red/green tees at Sligo and Falls Road was big too. Tell me about the 2013 season and the Spring season thus far? Lauren: I won the US Kids Golf Northern Virginia girls 7 and under Tour Championship shooting a 42. A couple weeks ago, I shot a 42 with the 8-9 year old girls in a spring US Kids tourney. I love the 4 medals I have won in the 4 tournaments that I have played. Daddy caddies for me. We talk about distances, the right club to hit, where to aim, where to land chips and pitches, and distance control on my putting. However, putting has cost me about 2-3 shots every tournament so we have been practicing putting a lot. Mike: I did not want her to start playing in tournaments until she had a decent understanding of the game. The 2013 season was her first competitive season. She played in two tournaments. 2014 promises to be very special as she now has a good understanding of the game, the swing, the shots, and what is needed to improve her game. As you look to the 2014 season, what goals has Lauren set for herself? Mike: Lauren qualified for the US Kids Golf World Championship at Pinehurst last summer but was unable to attend because she was with her mom. This year, I have set up Summer vacation to overlap the World Championship so Lauren will be attending. As she continues to improve and desires more competition, there will be other regional and national events like the AJGA tournament series. Our main goal technically is to continue to learn the fundamentals, make solid repeating swings and pitches and improve distance control with chipping and putting. As long as she learns something each time we visit the course, range, or putting green and enjoys the game and process, I am happy for her and to help her pursueall of her dreams in golf.

1st place at 7 and under US Kids Golf Northern Virginia

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Lauren: I am really looking forward to playing Pinehurst in the US Kids Golf World Championship. I would like to break 40 and win at least one tournament this summer. I also am looking forward to trying to qualify for the Drive, Chip, and Putt.


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Lauren watching one of her idols Lydia Ko at Kingsmill. May 2014

What do you consider the strength of your game? Is there any aspect of your game which you are going to concentrate on improving in 2014? Lauren: I like hitting the driver the best. I need to improve my putting. Mike: Lauren’s strength is her combination of power and touch. She needs to continue to develop that feel throughout her bag and utilize her full body and a less

armsy and handsy swing. Distance control remains a key concentration. How much time do you dedicate a week for practice? Does Lauren enjoy practice and if she had the choice, would she rather play or practice? Lauren: I like to play to play on the course a little better especially when Daddy lets me drive the cart.

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Lesson from Chalotta Sorenstam in April 2014

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Lauren shoots 49 at Falls Road October 2013

Mike: As a single dad with a visitation schedule, I spend Wednesdays with Lauren and drop her off to school on Thursdays and spend every other weekend with her. We have about 1/3 the amount of time as other girls her age playing golf. We try to make the best of the situation and practice 1-2 hours on Wednesday and play and practice on our weekends for about 2 hours a day. I try hard to determine the right amount of golf for her given her age and dedication and other interests. As long as I see her smiling, laughing, enjoying the game and being inquisitive when she plays, we continue to play and practice together. When it gets slow or tiresome, I make sure we stop and do other things. She likesto throw the softball or Frisbee, visit friends, or go to the movies. And of course, we love to watch the PGA, LPGA, and Seniors play in person or on tv. Lauren seems to like to practice and play equally. What is your favorite course that you have played and why did you enjoy it so much? Lauren: I like Falls Road but enjoy all the courses we play. I like to beat Daddy at Woody’s mini golf course “The Perils of the Lost Jungle”. 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 with Lauren to cope with the pressure when you are competing? Mike: As Lauren’s caddy, I like to talk to her about the beautiful course we are playing or the sunny sky. Hopefully, I notice a squirrel or deer running across the fairway and tell her to “look over there.” I keep it real

light. Mainly, I am having her concentrate on hitting the center of the clubface.We are not worried about score or how the other girls are doing. She learns different shots from different lies playing in tournaments. Pressure has not entered her lexicon yet and hopefully never does. Do you have someone that you use as a sounding board to talk about Lauren’s game or how she could improve her game? What are some things that she does that may be interesting to our readers? Lauren: Daddy and I watch a lot of Annika Sorenstam, Lee Trevino, Moe Norman, Ben Hogan, and Jack Nicklaus on YouTube. We like to watch the best players and how they swing. Mike: I am lucky enough to have a good friend named Dale Leith, a golf pro, who has taken a sincere interest in Lauren. Dale was a good player who played PGA tour events in the 70s. The three of us enjoy putting together and talking golf. He thinks she has real potential. Another person who has been very kind to us has been Woody Fitzhugh. He won 3 Virginia Opens and numerous tournaments and played the PGA Tour. Woody will give a tip or have some advice from time to time. He says that Lauren has the best swing he has ever seen for someone her age. Time will tell. 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? Lauren: I would play with Lydia Ko, Lexi Thompson, and Stacy Lewis. May 2014 | MARYLAND STATE GOLF MAGAZINE


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Lauren wins the 7 and under Tour Championship at Reston in August 2013

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Lauren loves to ride rollercoasters. Here, she is riding the Rebel Yell with her Daddy Having a balanced life is something every one of us is conscious of in this day and age. Outside of golf, how does she spend her time and what other activities does she try to partake in? Lauren: I love rollercoasters. Daddy and I like Space Mountain at Disney, FX at Magic Mountain, and the Gryphon and Alpenheist at Busch Gardens. It has to be the front row. I also like going to the park to play. Mike: Lauren loves to watch movies and play with her friends. She has enjoyed playing softball on a team this year learning the nuances of the game and game situations. She has a good arm, catches well, and is improving her hitting. What is the best quote about golf that you have heard? Lauren: “Winners never quit and quitters never win.� Any final thoughts? Mike: This is a story about my love of the great game of golf, a true unconditional love for my daughter Lauren, and trying to instill that love of the game to her. There is great fun, enjoyment, adventure, and competition that golf is providing Laurenand it is second to none as an activity for our daddy and daughter relationship. It is also teaching her life and sports skills that can take her to new heights and places and meet fine people. Lauren: I want to continue to get better and play against the best one day. May 2014 | MARYLAND STATE GOLF MAGAZINE


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Congressional Country Club Publisher Marcus Bain talks to Mike Giuffre, Director of Golf and Grounds Maintenance

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Name: Mike Giuffre Title: Director of Golf and Grounds Maintenance Club: Congressional Country Club Established: 1924 Course Website: None Address: 8500 River Road Bethesda, Maryland 20187 Email: Turf@CCClub.org Phone: 301-767-3775 Holes: 36

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Par: Blue Course: 72 Men, 74 Women and 71 Championship. Gold Course: 71 Yardage: Blue Course: Championship 7596, Blue 7278 Gold 6727 White 6199 Type: Private Staff: 25 full time and 34 seasonal

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Biography My career as a golf course superintendent began in 1985 at Grand Traverse Resort, Traverse City, MI continued to Enjoy Golf Club in Endicott New York, Princess Anne Country Club, Virginia Beach, VA, Tournament Players Club of Michigan, Dearborn MI and Tournament Players Club at Avenel Potomac, Maryland. I have been at Congressional Country Club since 1999. Throughout my career I have had the opportunity of hosting eight senior and ten regular PGA Tour golf tournaments as well as the US Open. We are currently preparing to host the Quicken Loans National scheduled June 23-29, 2014. May 2014 | MARYLAND STATE GOLF MAGAZINE


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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? Congressional Country Club is located in Bethesda Maryland within a 20 minute drive of the Nation’s Capital. The Club is situated on 360 acres. For those people who have never seen your course, please describe what they might experience when playing it for the first time? A round of Golf at Congressional Country Club whether it be the Blue or Gold course features a “Parkland” style with fescue surrounded risk-reward holes over water as well as classic tree lined holes over rolling terrain. In your opinion, how does this course rate in terms of playability and difficulty? Golfers will benefit from two courses that are both challenging, yet fair. Each hole features teeing grounds that yield a course for golfers of all skill levels to enjoy. The fairways on the Gold course are more generous in width than those on the Blue course however a misplayed shot on either course may find a strategically placed bunker. The greens are moderate in size, with undulations that require thought for shot placement into the greens for your best opportunity for par.

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? The signature hole on the Blue Course is the par 4, 18th hole with a dogleg left fairway sloping dramatically toward a peninsula green protected by water on three sides. The stately clubhouse is the back drop. The Gold Course is known for its 5 par 3’s which many players consider to be the best group of par 3’s on any one golf course they have played. 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? Planning for the day starts at the end of the prior day. I meet with our superintendents to review the scheduled plan for the next day and we make adjustments according to the impacts of the days play and the weather we witness during the course of the day as well as the updated forecast for the following day. The day starts with a morning staff meeting that begins anywhere from 4:30 – 5:30 a.m. depending

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on the clubs golf events. Assignments are discussed and our action plan is put into motion. For our team, each day consists of routinely scheduled maintenance tasks such as mowing, rolling, course set-up, raking bunkers, spraying/ fertilizing specific areas, hand watering, scouting for pests, caring for the landscaping and flowers beds as well as maintaining an extensive equipment inventory. Additional unscheduled tasks that fit into a typical day include addressing tree issues, repairing the irrigation system components, storm clean-up, aerification, topdressing, installing drainage systems, pond management and employee concerns. What topography, soils and sub-soils typify your course, and what are the specific challenges that they pose you and your team? The greens on each golf course are constructed differently. On the Blue Course the greens have been constructed to USGA specification and are grassed to A1/A4 bentgrass. The Gold Course greens are constructed of modified native soils and are grassed with predominantly Poa annua with a smaller percentage of bentgrass. The tees on both courses are constructed 7-3-1 mixture of sand soil and peat and grassed with bentgrass, The fairways and roughs have dense clay/ shale soils as a base. Fairways are grassed to bent grass on both courses. Rough are grassed to predominantly Tall fescue with some, ryegrass, Bermuda grass and blue grass.

With the cost of golf course maintenance continuing to rise, what would you do if you had total authority to minimize costs? A great deal of labor is spent in the bunker maintenance to provide the best possible lie. As a bunker is a hazard, I would focus more on providing a visually appealing bunker that doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t reward a shot that has to be played from it. The Mid-Atlantic geographic area is known as a very difficult area to grow grass, due the fact itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s too hot for cool season 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? Our Blue course greens were rebuilt in 2009 to USGA specifications and grassed them to A1/A4 bentgrass. We are pleased with the performance of our bentgrass tees and fairways. Our rough was originally a combination of rye grass Bermuda grass and Blue grass. However, improvements in the texture and playability of tall fescue make it the better choice for the rough. We began converting our rough to tall fescue through overseeding over the past 9 years. This past year we began a long range sod replacement program focusing on May 2014 | MARYLAND STATE GOLF MAGAZINE


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installing 10 acres per year until complete conversion is achieved. 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? As a superintendent you are always growing grass for the future, not the current day. Cultural practices such as core aerification and venting and topdressing are vital for controlling organic matter which is produced by the turf at the interface of the turf and soil. These processes are the cornerstone of managing the organic matter through dilution to provide a healthy pest free environment for the turfgrass to thrive. Golf courses that fall behind the build-up of organic matter will without question suffer down the road. It is imperative to put cultural practices first and foremost. We monitor the amount of organic matter on an annual basis by sending samples to a lab where they conduct an ash test through burning the organic material. These test results provide us with a guide to what percentage of organic build up we have in a given area over the course of a given year. Our cultural programs are adjusted accordingly. Our bentgrass greens are core

aerated three times a year. Our poa annua greens are core aerated two times per season. Fairways and tees are aerated twice per year. Our roughs are vented in the spring and fall with solid tine aeration and slicing. Greens and tees are top dressed heavily following aeration and lightly throughout the season. 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? Our A1/A4 bentgrass greens on the blue course are mowed at .098”, usually once per day. We roll them up to 3 times per week. Our Poa annua greens on the Gold course are mowed at .10” once a day and rolled up to 3 times per week. Do you hand mow greens or use riding mowers, and what stimpmeter speeds do you achieve? We hand mow our greens with specialized mowers that feature a flexing mower head that follows the contours of the green more effectively than the conventional fixed head. Our green standard greens speeds range between 10’-11’ for regular daily play on the Blue course and between 9.5’-10’ for regular daily play on the Gold course. For club competitions the standard green speed

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for the Blue course is between 11’ -11.5’ and for the Gold course between 10’-11’. 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? Being a steward of the environment is more than a phrase, it is a mindset. We take our impact on the environment very seriously and strive to reduce it. In terms of fertilizer application, our applicators are certified by the state and trained to utilize fertilization techniques that eliminate fertilizer run-off, misapplication, etc. Soil is tested annually to understand what is available to the turf in the soil. Plant tissues are tested throughout the course of the season to ensure the plants are receiving proper balanced nutrition. The soil is supplemented with granular fertilizer in the spring and fall based on soil testing. We predominantly spoon- feed with soluble fertilizers to ensure rapid delivery of only the required amount of nutrients on greens tees and fairways and roughs. Also, to preserve the heritage of this beautiful land, substantial acreage of trees and forest has been set aside as an easement with Maryland National Capital Park and Planning, ensuring its protection from development.

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With the new emphasis in trying to make golf more fun, aside from the “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? Our members prefer firm and fast playing conditions. A little brown is acceptable as long as it contributes to the overall playability of the course. What are other ecology and biodiversity will a player enjoy at your course? We have a diverse variety of ponds, streams and wooded areas. We have a Blue Bird nest box trail throughout both courses which fledge a large number of Blue Birds each year. We also have several Purple Martin houses near our ponds that are used annually by nesting Purple Martins. It is not uncommon to see deer and fox passing through the course or hear varied species of birds in the trees. Frogs, turtles, snakes and fish can be seen in our ponds and streams. MARYLAND STATE GOLF MAGAZINE | MAY 2014

How are technological enhancements impacting on the job? Are they helping productivity? Advancements in technology help make some tasks more efficient or can yield additional information, but you still have to “get your hands dirty”. These advancements compliment our maintenance tasks, not replace them. We collect data and monitor real time conditions within the root zones of our greens with sensors that measure soil moisture, salinity and temperature. Also, we use hand held soil moisture meters to identify areas that require hand watering. In conjunction with the construction of our Blue greens in 2009; a system was installed that can remove excess water from the green cavity or blow air through the profile to cool or warm the soils. This system is tied into the soil sensors in the greens to mange soil moisture and soil temperature. We also have sensors in our equipment fleet that provide operating hours of the equipment to a computer which ensure that preventative maintenance is performed on the equipment at the interval intended by the equipment manufacturers ensure that the equipment we are using is well taken care of.


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Are there any plans to further invest in technology or machinery at your course over the next 12 months? We are expanding our in ground soil sensor use to the Gold course greens this year. What training and development do you and your team benefit from? Is the focus on learning â&#x20AC;&#x153;on the jobâ&#x20AC;? or externally? Training of team members takes place both on the job and externally. Supervisors attend education sessions provided by our local golf course superintendent association, national golf course superintendent association, the University of Maryland as well as other land grant universities around the country. Training of new staff begins with an orientation of the golf courses and facilities. Each staff member is provided a staff guide that provides the standards for each job that is completed on the golf courses. The guide also provides step by step processes of how to complete each job so that the standards are met. New staff members also are required to complete online safety training course which includes testing and certification. Safety training is also completed on a daily basis with a safety topic discussed at each

morning staff meeting. All full time employees attend an annual meeting that reviews our daily standards and the steps to complete to achieve the standards. What advice would you give to somebody considering a career as a superintendent? I would advise to work on a golf course maintenance staff for at least a couple of seasons and if possible year around to get a feel for what goes into maintaining golf courses. I would also recommend interviewing multiple superintendents at different level courses such as municipality, private and resorts as all of these golf course maintenance operations are unique and different from one another. Once some practical knowledge is gained I would advise reviewing the two and four year turf programs that are offered at many of the land grant universities for golf course maintenance. Being a superintendent can be very rewarding but is not for everyone. And finally, what are your other interests, and what do you enjoy outside work? Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my wife and family boating and fishing. May 2014 | MARYLAND STATE GOLF MAGAZINE


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Name: John Malinowski, PGA Member Club(s) / facilities where you teach: Ocean Pines Golf & Country Club PGA Professional since: PGA Membership earned in 1998.

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What clubs are in your bag? Driver: : Titleist 913 D3; 9.5 degrees loft, Diamana White Boar; X-flex. Fairway Metals: 913F, 15 degrees with Diamana White Board; X-flex Hybrid: None Irons: Titleist 914 MB forged 2-pw Dynamic Gold Tour Issue steelX-Flex. Wedges: Titleist Vokey Custom 54 and 60 degrees Dynamic Gold Tour Issue steel X-Flex. Putter: Scotty Cameron GoLo. What golf ball do you play? Titleist Pro-V1X

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notable achievements • Class A PGA Member, Professional Golfers’ Association • Low Pro in numerous Pro-Ams throughout career • Low Round 63 • I am proof that a baseball player can become a good golfer Professional Accomplishments • Served as Middle Atlantic PGA President 2011 - 2013 • Served on National PGA Education Committee 2009 – 2013 • Middle Atlantic PGA Board Member 2005 – present • Middle Atlantic PGA Professional of the Year 2012 Job Related Attributes and Skills • PGA Class A member in good standing since 1998 • Conducted numerous lessons, clinics, classes, and golf schoolscatering to players of all ages and abilities for nearly 20 years • Taylor Made, Titleist, Ping, and Callaway certified club fitter. • US Kids Golf Certified Instructor • Taylor Made, Titleist, and Callaway certified club fitter.

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“ I think that communication is the greatest skill that an instructor needs to be effective “

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Firstly, thank you the taking the time to do this interview with the Maryland State Golf Association. Let’s begin with asking you; what first drew you to the great game of golf? Can you describe when and how you fell in love with the game? My father first introduced me to golf when I was 8 years old. He would take me out with him to the driving range and he would let me walk with him as he played on some afternoons. I didn’t play every hole but he would let me tee it up around 100 yards from the green. I thought it was great and had a lot of fun. I really didn’t get into playing golf until I was in college because I really wanted to play baseball. My Dad invited me to play with his group on Saturday mornings and it didn’t take long to really get into it. I loved the challenge and being outdoors and I really loved competing against my father and his friends. A long standing father-son rivalry was born. What age were you and what brought you to decide to pursue a career as a PGA professional? I was working at a golf course after I graduated from College in North Carolina while I was pursuing a different career. It seemed as though I kept getting drawn back into the golf business. I decided if I was going to get into the business I was going to do it right and become a PGA Professional. I took a job at Catawba Country Club in Hickory, NC in 1996 and worked towards becoming a PGA Professional. I completed the requirements and became a PGA member in 1998. Who were your inspirations as a young professional? Did this person(s) serve as a mentor to you and if so, how did he influence your professional development? I had a PGA Professional take interest in me when I was in high school and we are still friends to this day. He always told me I would make a great PGA Professional, even when I wanted to play baseball for a living in high school and college. I know he was happy when I told him I was working towards becoming a PGA Professional. Back then I had to have a PGA Professional write a letter on my behalf to the PGA to get into the Apprentice Program and he was happy to write it for me. We spoke often through the years and he was always willing to help out when I had an issue or two come up at any of my facilities. This PGA Professional is Richard Standen and he retired a few years ago from the Medal of Honor Golf Course in Quantico, Virginia. I try to always help any PGA Professional when asked and I hope that someday I can have an impact on a PGA Professionals life like he has had on mine. I owe him a lot and I will always value our friendship.

Who were your biggest influences as a teacher? I would probably have to say Ben Hogan and Fred Couples. When I was in college I read Hogan’s Five Principles book and kind of got an understanding of how the swing worked. As I was watching a tournament on TV I was in awe of how Fred Couples seemed to swing so easy and knock it out of sight. I taped his swing and watched it over and over. I picked up on what I think are the two biggest fundamentals in the golf swing, grip pressure and shoulder turn. Everything else just seems to fall into place if you get those two components correct. I know it seems a little simple, but my theory has held up for twenty years and is still going strong. Remember my philosophy, keep it simple. In your opinion, what skills and abilities are necessary to be a successful teacher and coach? I think that communication is the greatest skill that an instructor needs to be effective. The ability to relate to any student regardless of age, gender, or ability is priceless. All of the knowledge in the world about swing mechanics is useless if the points and ideas cannot be communicated effectively. I am sure many people out there think that as a PGA Professional you get to play round after round, week in and week out. Set the record straight and tell us how many rounds on average you get to play per week? How much golf I play really depends on what is happening at the course and how we are going about attracting new business and growing the game. There have been times when I have played five or six times per week, depending on the type of facility I have worked at. I also chose to go home and play with my kids many times and spend time with my family instead of playing in the past. Now my kids are ages twelve and six and love to play and I am sure this will cause my number of rounds to increase, at least I am hoping so. Can you tell us a little about your playing career and whether your professional responsibilities allow you to still participate in competitive play? My responsibilities do allow me to compete and I have been able to compete in many events over the years and have fared very well in some and not so well in more. I still love to compete and am now feeling the pressure from kids telling me I don’t practice enough or play in very many tournaments. I guess I will be practicing more now so I can play better. I don’t want to let them down.

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What percentage of your day is spent teaching and approximately how many lessons do you conduct annually? Being the Director of Golf and General Manager I have many different responsibilities that cover a lot of hours so the percentage of time spent teaching can be as high as 25 percent during the season. I enjoy teaching golfers of all skill levels and ages and really love the junior summer camps. Spending 15 hours a week on the course and range with juniors is a blast. Do you derive greater personal gratification from playing a fine round of golf or seeing one of your pupil’s golf games really begin to improve? I love to post a great score but it doesn’t compare to helping students improve their games and reach their potential. From helping a beginner get the first shot off the ground to helping an established player post a subpar round, I enjoy it all. Golf is an individual sport but helping someone improve is team victory. What initiatives are you and your club doing to bring more players to the sport? We conduct Get Golf Ready clinics for beginners throughout the season for adults and have had good success with that over the past year and a half and look forward to another successful campaign this summer. We are also hosting the “Women on Course” program this summer at Ocean Pines and look forward to seeing that program grow as well. In the summer we host four junior camps that last four days each in addition to our weekly junior golf clinics on Wednesday afternoons. With the help of my assistant professionals we were able to grow these programs last year and really make a name for ourselves in junior golf around the area. This year we are going to launch the PGA Jr. League golf which is a league format that puts the kids on a team with uniforms to compete together. It is a great program that teaches the kids about competition in a fun and friendly atmosphere. We are very excited to have this program this year. At what age would you recommend parents introducing their children to golf and what advice would you offer parents for getting their youngsters to enjoy the game. I’m not sure there is a certain age that I recommend to be perfectly honest. My son started swatting at golf balls when he was 18 months old. My daughter was two years old when she started into golf. I know ten year olds that are starting to get into it and love playing. I think the most important thing is to let the kids have fun with the game and enjoy being at a golf course. It would be a good idea to contact your local PGA MARYLAND STATE GOLF MAGAZINE | MAY 2014


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Professional to see what type of programs are available for kids and how old the kids need to be to participate. It seems to me that the age of 5 is when kids start to pay a little more attention to what is going on and they can pick up on a few things at a clinic or summer camp. Just make sure to stress the FUN of golf. Play games with the kids and let them win and enjoy success early on. This will help to keep them interested in the game and want to learn and play more. Can you describe your teaching philosophy and how you go about working with your pupils? My teaching philosophy is to have fun and enjoy the game. I keep things simple in the lessons and never work on more than two or three things during a lesson, but they all have to be related to each other. I want my students to have fun and understand what we are working on and the goals we set. I can talk about the physics of the swing and all of the mechanical things that go along with it but why I would I get so technical? I can communicate with my students without having to use the big technical terms and it helps them to relax because they do not have to think too much. Everyone knows that thinking too much is not fun and is not good for your golf game. When you first begin working with someone, what are the things you focus on first and foremost? The first thing I focus on is making the student feel comfortable with me and what we are going to work on. The student needs to feel comfortable with the instructor to help relieve some of the stress and anxiety that can from taking a lesson. A golferâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s swing is very personal and the student should at ease while talking about their game and problems on the course. After that I usually ask if there are any physical limitations or areas where they feel pain during the swing. Once this has been established I will watch the student do what he or she does normally to see where the breakdown is occurring. It typically only takes a few swings and we then we start working on correcting the issue(s). What advice would you offer to golfers to help them be better students when they take lessons? They should make sure they leave the lesson with an achievable goal and a definite understanding of what was covered in the lesson so that he can practice the right things. I recommend bringing something to take notes with so the student can review after the lesson. What advice would you offer to golfers to assist them in making their practice sessions be more productive? Does this change after someone takes a lesson? The golfers should always have an objective or goal that can be achieved during the practice session. Goals May 2014 | MARYLAND STATE GOLF MAGAZINE


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that are not achievable will only frustrate the student and make the game less fun. The hardest part about practice is not getting frustrated when things aren’t working as you expect or the goal isn’t achieved as quickly as expected. Always remember that it is a game that does take some patience but it will pay off with a little perseverance. When all of us watch golf on television or go watch a professional tournament in person, what should we look for to help us with our games? I think the biggest facet of professional golf that anyone watching can take away is the tempo and balance of their golf swings. They do make it look effortless and tension-free when they pound the ball 350 yards or knock a wedge to kick-in range. If most golfers worked on reducing their tension and on their tempo they would see better results and have more fun playing golf. Your craft is constantly evolving due to the technological improvements of the game. What technologies are you utilizing to enhance your teaching methods? I use computerized video analysis to capture my students swings and to show them what is happening and why. It helps for a student to see what they are doing right and what needs to be adjusted. Video MARYLAND STATE GOLF MAGAZINE | MAY 2014

technology is an awesome thing and I make sure that I do not use too much of it. I don’t want my students to get too bogged down worrying that I am going to breakdown every swing and show them everything that is going wrong. I think I use it the right amount to get them moving in the right direction and to be able to show them how their swings have changed over time. I also have a launch monitor that I can use as well during teaching and for club-fittings. Many golf instructors say that one of the most important skills golfers must develop to become better players is to become effective pitchers of the golf ball. What advice would you offer us to get better at this critical element of the game? The only way to get better at pitching is to practice and the driving range is the perfect spot do it. There are already various marked off distances to targets that can be hit at to hone distance control. Different clubs can also be used to hit the ball high or low depending on the weather and course conditions. I practice pitching by making a game on the range by hitting different shots with different clubs. It keeps me interested in the practice session, I have goals, and I get to see how the ball reacts with different clubs. You never know when you’re going to have to use that 5-iron to pitch out of the trees and run the ball up to the green. Practicing that shot makes it a lot easier.


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Many instructors use drills to assist their students. Are you a big believer in drills and do you have any favourite drills that have helped your pupils? I do believe that drills can help a student achieve their goals when they are working on specific areas of their game. There are many that I like to use depending on what area we are working on. The one drill that I do use quite often is designed to help a player with their balance. I ask them to take their normal set-up position and then to close their eyes and make a swing(without a ball). The purpose of this drill is to get them to swing the club without trying to “hit” at something. With their eyes closed they cannot swing too hard or they risk falling over. This helps them to relax a little bit and feel the golf swing for what it is – a “swinging of the club” and not a “hit”. I have never had a student fall down while we were doing this and they have all been amazed by how easy it was to stay in balance. Give it a try… What do you feel are some of the biggest challenges that a PGA Professional faces in modern day golf? The biggest challenge in modern day golf is how to get different generations to play the same game. Each generation has different goals for what they want to get out of a round of golf. One generation wants to play competitively, another generation just wants to

hang out with their buds and have a good time, while a third generation wants to spend time with their family on the course. All of these generations can coexist with each other at the same facility and have a great time doing it. I think that is the hardest challenge any PGA Professional has to deal with at their facilities. They have to attract many different golfers and try to keep all of them happy and engaged at their facility. If one of your members walked in your shoes for a day, what aspect of your job would surprise them the most? I think my member would be surprised at how many hats I wear at my club and the amount of time spent wearing each hat on a daily basis. There are many jobs outside of golf that require different skills and tasks to be completed correctly and efficiently. As Director of Golf and general Manager for my facility I deal with every facet of the business from marketing and budgeting to agronomy and cleaning toilets in the locker rooms. It all has to get done on a daily basis and I manage all of that. I am fortunate to have great employees that work very at their jobs and that makes the facility look good to all that come to the play our course. I get to work at the place most people dream about being at while they are working elsewhere. What a great life!!

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;Why would I want to be out there with all those young guns ? No sense playing the flat bellies when you can play the round belliesâ&#x20AC;? Lee Trevino

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Lobbying for Success By Steve Mona, CEO of World Golf Foundation

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Lobbying is “the act of attempting to influence decisions made by officials in the government, most often legislators or members of regulatory agencies.” Each day, discussions by Capitol Hill policymakers in Washington, D.C. affect the nearly $70 billion golf industry. How do we make sure Congressional leaders know the real facts about golf so they can make informed decisions regarding our industry?

Communicating with Congressional Leaders Established in 2009, the WE ARE GOLF coalition represents all segments of the game in D.C. and informs Members of Congress about golf’s annual economic impact as well as its charitable donations. The U.S. golf industrysupports almost two million jobs and $56 billion in annual wage income. In addition to the game’s overall economic impact, it’s important for federal policymakers to know that more than 10,000 facilities are open to the public (with a median $26 green fee for 18 holes), and that nine out of 10 golfers play at public courses.As one can see, 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 4,000 certified facilities and The First Tee has reached more than seven million young people since its inception. Another example of golf’s positive influence that’s regularly shared with our nation’s leaders is its charitable MARYLAND STATE GOLF MAGAZINE | MAY 2014

impact, totaling almost $4 billion annually. This covers an estimated 12,000 golf facilities, 143,000 events and 12 million participants generating an average of $26,300 per function. Golf’s annual philanthropic contributions are more than the NBA, NFL, NHL and MLB combined. Notably, funds accumulated through charity golf events primarily go to causes outside of the sport. As anyone who follows the news will know, 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. Did you know walking 18 holes is equal to a 5-mile walk or 3.5 to 4-mile run and can burn up to 2,000 calories? National Golf Day The game has strong messaging about its human and societal benefits but getting on a Congressional agenda can be a difficult task.


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For the seventh consecutive year, WE ARE GOLF recently hosted “National Golf Day” on Capitol Hill. Industry stakeholders met with politicians on Wednesday, May 21 and discussed why the nearly 15,000 golf courses should each be regarded like any other small business in the country. This year’s National Golf Day, similar to past iterations, attracted national print, broadcast and online coverage, and reached millions of people via social media. To review recent posts or join the social media conversation, follow @wearegolf (Twitter, Instagram) and use #NGD14. 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). Even Jack Nicklaus was present to speak with political leaders during a breakfast hosted by The First Tee.

The event also featured a day-long exhibit in the Cannon Caucus Room with 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 offered instruction to attendees. Other activities included a “Closest to the Pin” contest utilizing an aboutGolf simulator; state-ofthe-art swing analysis from GolfTEC; Birdie Ball, the latest at-home training technology; and a Republican vs. Democrat “Putting Challenge.” Over the past few years, Members of Congress have become more aware of the two million Americans working in golf and how golf courses provide significant benefits to our local communities, like getting youth involved in the game and teaching them life skills. Our nation’s political leaders are more educated about the impact the industry makes on a daily basis. National Golf Day has been an ideal platform to share this informationduring a one-day event, but also serves as a year-round communication platform for the industry to be in regular contact with Congress.

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For more information on National Golf Day, visit http:// wearegolf.org/capitol-hill/national-golf-day. Tips for Influencing Local Policy For golf club managers who would like to influence policymakers at the local or federal level, below are a few ideas: • Find out if the representativein your club’s district plays golf. Does he or she play regularly? Has this person played at your club? Apart from the Congressman or Congresswoman representing your club’s district, you may also want to research where the two U.S. Senators representing your state as a whole are based. • Talk with some of your members or customers to see if they know anyonein your region’s Congressional delegation. A personal connection or proper introduction could lead to a much stronger relationship. • Based on what you learn, think about inviting your House Representative and / or Senator(s) to visit your MARYLAND STATE GOLF MAGAZINE | MAY 2014

club when they are home during a Congressional recess. In a written invitation to the Member, offer an opportunity to look at your facility from an economic and environmental standpoint,while also highlighting the outdoor recreation and junior programming it provides. Offer your club as an example ofwhat the golf industry means to your district and / or state. If you learn they like to play, encourage them to come out to tee it up. • Consider attending events that your delegation’s Members schedule in your region. It’s a good way to connect with them and their staff directly. • WE ARE GOLF works closely with Forbes-Tate. If you have any specific lobbying questions, feel free to reach out to George Cooper (gcooper@forbes-tate.com). His team can provide further background on golf interest among individual Congressional Members. To help Members of Congress better understand your business, the most effective approach is to get them to visit your facilityso they can talk with you, your employees and even members or customers.


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Going Forward The golf industry conducts a variety of research each year to gain deeper insights into growing the game, increasing diversity and female involvement, improving the customer experience and otherwise getting people to develop a lifelong passion for golf. Pace-of-play programs and creating 12-, 9- or even 6-hole options will decrease the time needed to play the game while still providing an enjoyable recreational activity and social outlet. New ideas, such as PGA Junior League Golf, have grown to more than 800 teams in just a few years. This turns the game into a team sport making it less intimidating to many. Also, FootGolf is gaining popularity across the country by combining golf and soccer. The outlook for golf in the next decade is exciting. It’s important for the industry to work closely together so that golf’s interests can be effectively communicated with Congressional leaders, making sure they are aware of the game’s impact and how it continues to grow and evolve.

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 www.worldgolffoundation.org. May 2014 | MARYLAND STATE GOLF MAGAZINE


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WE ARE GOLF Returns to Capitol Hill for National Golf Day on May 21

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(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – WE ARE GOLF – a coalition of the game’s leading associations and industry partners – returns to Capitol Hill for the seventh annual National Golf Day on Wednesday, May 21 to meet with Members of Congress and discuss golf’s nearly $69 billion economy, $4 billion annual charitable impact and many environmental and fitness benefits. Jack Nicklaus, 18-time major winner, will join golf industry executives in D.C. for The First Tee Congressional Breakfast. Golf’s leaders will meet with Members of Congress throughout the day to share stories about the game’s nearly 15,000 diverse businesses, two million employees, tax revenue creation, tourism and ecological value. “Our primary goal is to communicate to Congressional members that golf is a major U.S. industry and generates almost $4 billion annually for charities – more than the MLB, NBA, NFL and NHL combined – with the majority of funds going to causes unrelated to the sport,” says Steve Mona, CEO of World Golf Foundation (WGF) and administrator of WE ARE GOLF. “The May 21 event is an ideal opportunity to bring industry stakeholders together on Capitol Hill to showcase the game’s benefits to society and explain why golf courses should be regarded like any other small business.” Organizations participating include the Club Managers Association of America, Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA), Ladies Professional

Golf Association (LPGA), National Golf Course Owners Association, PGA of America, PGA TOUR, The First Tee, United States Golf Association, United States Golf Manufacturers Council, WGF and others. National Golf Day will feature a day-long exhibit in the Cannon Caucus Room with live lessons for Members of Congress and staff from 2012 PGA Teacher of the Year Michael Breed, host of “The Golf Fix” on Golf Channel, and LPGA Professional Dana Rader. Special exhibits and activities include a “Closest to the Pin” contest utilizing an aboutGolf simulator, the exclusive on-air provider for the Golf Channel and official licensed product of the PGA TOUR; state-of-the-art swing analysis from GolfTEC; Birdie Ball, the latest at-home training technology; and a Republican vs. Democrat “Putting Challenge.” “We look forward to representing the two million men and women who rely on the golf industry to make a living while providing significant benefits to local communities,” says Rhett Evans, CEO of GCSAA and WE ARE GOLF Coalition Chairman. “When passing legislation, we want Congress to appropriately recognize the size and scope of the golf industry so we are treated similarly to other businesses.” To join the conversation, visit the social media hub at www.wearegolf.org/social-media/national-golfday. From May 1-31, be sure to use #NGD14 and tag @wearegolf for Twitter and Instagram to show your support for the golf industry.

About WE ARE GOLF WE ARE GOLF, created in 2010, is an industry coalition that communicates the economic, charitable and environmental impact of golf, as well the health and wellness benefits of the game and the affordability and accessibility of golf, to Members of Congress, the Executive Branch and regulatory agencies. The goal of WE ARE GOLF is to ensure that laws and regulations that impact the golf industry are equitable and appropriate to an industry that generates nearly $70 billion in economic impact annually, employs close to two million Americans and generates nearly $4 billion in charitable giving each year. For more information, please visit www. wearegolf.org

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Casino Golf Resorts When it comes to a guys’ getaway, Las Vegas is typically one of the most desired options. Glitzy resorts, world-class casinos, a sexy night-club and pool scene and the bright lights of The Strip are all part of the allure. But if your group is packing golf travel bags, some other less appealing traits become part of the package in Sin City, such as outrageous green fees and a climate that’s so hot and sticky you’ll be gambling on your heart’s wellbeing if you dare tee off any time after 8 a.m. Fortunately, there are plenty of other options for a golf-and-gamble buddy trip. The following casino-golf-resorts all not only feature highly decorated golf courses, but serve as amenities at resorts that offer plenty of after-golf activities to keep your group entertained when it’s not chasing birdies and skins on the links. What’s more, getting to and staying at these destinations won’t bust your bankroll before you step off the plane.

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1 Little Creek Casino Resort/Salish Cliffs Golf Club - Washington Located an easy 75-mile ride from Seattle, the Squaxin Island Tribe’s Little Creek Casino Resort is home to one of the most talked about new golf courses in the country. Since opening in 2011, Salish Cliffs Golf Club has already been ranked the No. 3 course in Washington and a Top-10 casino course in the country by Golfweek magazine, and with good reason. The Gene Bates design has quickly become known for its pristine putting greens and a layout so enjoyable that it will have you begging to come back for a second crack at it. Featuring more than 600 feet elevation change and 360-degree views of Kamilche Valley, all but two holes on the course are surrounded by the deep, lush forestry. The casino boasts the latest in 24/7 electronic and table gaming, including a poker room and one of the largest and newest smoke-free casino sections in the region. There’s also the new Seven Inlets Spa and the popular Skookum Spirit Cigar & Wine Lounge, which features a stocked humidor, high-def TVs, sample bourbon flights and the most comfortable leather chairs in the Pacific Northwest. Visit: www.little-creek.com or www.salish-cliffs.com

2 Beau Rivage Resort & Casino/Fallen Oak - Mississippi You know it’s going to be a good day on the links when your day begins with a limo ride to the course. That’s the kind of treatment – along with full locker room and caddie service – you receive at Fallen Oak, which is open only to guests of Beau Rivage. As your golf shoes are cleaned and shined upon arrival, you make your way to the men’s lounge where a personalized, engraved name plate is pasted in your locker. Before teeing off, it’s advised to not only warmup at the world-class practice facility, but also grab a refreshment in the award-winning 19th hole (don’t miss the Bloody Mary’s) that offers stunning views of

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the course, including the actual “fallen oak” that lies in the 18th fairway. As for the course itself, Fallen Oak has long been ranked the No. 2 casino course in the country by Golfweek, second only to its sister MGM Resorts course, Shadow Creek, in Las Vegas. No wonder rave reviews regularly come from players, caddies and media who have attended the PGA Champions TOUR’s Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic here the last four years. Back at the Beau Rivage, there’s 24-hour gaming action, a renowned poker room, an expansive pool deck that features views of the Gulf Coast, a spa and salon and numerous dining options. If “The Beau” reminds you of Sin City, there’s a reason. Las Vegas icon Steve Wynn designed Beau Rivage and it’s a MGM Resorts International property. The Gulf Coast is often called “Golf Coast” because of more than 20 other fine options during your visit and 11 casinos. For a complete listing of Mississippi courses and resorts, check out http://www.visitmississippi.org/ golf.php Visit: www.beaurivage.com or www.fallenoak.com

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3 Island Resort & Casino/Sweetgrass Golf Club - Michigan More than 400,000 square feet of casino space await at the Island Resort & Casino, tucked in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, two hours north of Green Bay. The resort caters to golf groups with a new Golf VIP Room and outdoor patio perfect for post-round drinks and outings. Other highlights for guys trips include the Island Sports Bar, complete with 11 TVs, three big screens and a daily “happy hour,” and the new 5 Bridges Pub & Restaurant, whose name is a tribute to the five historic bridges rescued from around the region that are found throughout Sweetgrass Golf Club. The course sits adjacent to the resort and is operated by the Hannahville Band of the Potawatomi Nation. Designed by Michigan native Paul Albanese, the 7,275-yard, par-72 layout has garnered many awards and annually hosts The Island Resort Championship


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“ More than 400,000 square feet of casino space await at the Island Resort & Casino, tucked in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, two hours north of Green Bay ”

Pearl River Resort is home to 5,000 slot machines, 115 table games, a poker room, more than a dozen restaurants, and 1,000 well-appointed guest rooms.

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at Sweetgrass, an LPGA Futures Tour event. This year’s event takes place June 27-29. Visit: www.islandresortandcasino.com or www.sweetgrassgolfclub.com

4 Pearl River Resort/Dancing Rabbit Golf Club – Mississippi Dancing Rabbit Golf Club is a stunning 36-hole, Tom Fazio, Jerry Pate design collaboration that is unique in many ways. The Azaleas Course has been called “The Augusta You Can Play” not only for its name, but because of its beauty and layout. The Oaks and Azaleas Courses combine to roll out over 14,000 yards on this impeccable 700-acres piece of land. Take advantage of the suites available on the top floor of the majestic, Southern Plantation-style clubhouse, which also come with a personal golf cart for use to scoot over to the resort.

Pearl River – a development of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians – also features the Geyser Falls Water Theme Park, the Spa at Silver Star and the Beach Club at Clearwater Key. Visit: www.pearlriverresort.com or www. dancingrabbitgolf.com

5 Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort Hotel/Circling Raven Golf Club – Idaho Back in 2011, Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort Hotel completed its seventh and most lavish major expansion since opening as a modest bingo hall in 1993. Located in the stunningly beautiful Idaho Panhandle, it added nearly 100 new guest rooms, the 15,000 squarefoot Spa Ssakwa’q’n, which caters to golfers, a fitness room and two new dining options. The resort is nestled on a reservation covering 345,000 breathtaking acres and the centerpiece is Circling Raven Golf Club, another Gene Bates masterpiece that meanders through 620 acres. If you like your golf served with a heavy dose of beauty, brawn and seclusion, Circling Raven is for you. Visit: www.cdacasino.com or www.circlingraven.com

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(PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla.) – PGA Center for Golf Learning and Performance (PGA CLP) – the 35acre, leading-edge, golf practice environment and home to PGA of America Golf Schools – is offering advanced junior summer camps for ages 13 and up, starting at $1,495 per player.   The five-day program is designed for juniors looking to elevate their game to the next level. It features full-swing and short-game instruction as well as daily on-course lessons with a PGA staff member. Juniors receive a club-fitting and gameimprovement plan, using the latest in swing technology. Program dates are June 23-27; July 7-11 and 21-25; and August 11-15. Price includes daily lunches and tee gifts.   “Throughout the year, junior national teams around the world travel to Port St. Lucie to train at our facility due to the spacious and comfortable setting for youth players,” said Holly Taylor, Director of the PGA CLP. “The popularity of our advanced junior camps has grown tremendously and we look forward to another record-breaking summer so reserve your spot today.”   An hour north of West Palm Beach, the PGA CLP is located at PGA Village and provides the ultimate learning environment for players of all levels. With 100 full-swing stations and nine bunker types simulating play worldwide, the acclaimed facility is an ideal destination to tune your game.   Also available are PGA of America Golf Schools, starting at $835. Create a custom two, three or four-day program with a PGA Professional. PGA CLP instructors have a combined 150 years of teaching experience and offer a low studentto-teacher ratio for personalized attention to your game.   Not to be missed, the PGA Museum of Golf is also located on-site and features golf’s most storied trophies; Donald Ross’ workbench from circa 1900; vast Ryder Cup and PGA Championship memorabilia; a tribute to 2013 PGA Champion Jason Dufner; and the PGA Golf Professional Hall of Fame. Guests receive complimentary admission.   To book, please contact Ryan Angarola (rangarola@pgahq.com, 772.468.7686).   For more information please visit PGAVillage.com; and to learn more about the PGA of America, logon to PGAMediaCenter.com

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74 RULES REVISITED Know and Play by the Rules Share

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Know and Play by the Rules By Jerry Duffy, Past President MSGA

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uppose you are playing a casual match with your regular group and an opponent pulls out clumps of grass from behind his ball in the rough? Or what if your opponent’s swing is severely curtailed by a tree branch and he simply breaks the branch, discards it, and now has an unimpeded swing? Then how about the player with a muddy stance laying a towel on the affected area before taking his stance? Well, what you have here are opponents that have violated a historical principle of the game “play the course as you find it, and the ball as it lies,” embodied in rule 13-2, which states “a player must not improve the lie of his ball, or the area of his intended stance or swing.” The first opponent improved his lie, the second the area of his intended swing, and third the stance. The penalty is loss of hole in match play. If these actions occurred in Stroke Play the penalty would be two strokes. Okay, I hope everyone understands this principle and why these players incurred a penalty for their discretions. Now let’s look at some other actions. How about a player debating on going for a par 5 in two from the fairway 240 yards out? What if he steps immediately behind his ball pressing down with his foot prior to the stroke? Not as obvious perhaps as the grass puller, but was his lie not improved for a 3-wood effort

at the green? How about a player that approaches his shot in a tree infested area like a bull in a china closet spreading his arms and legs circling around moving more limbs, basically bending back anything that could interfere with his swing, stating, “Hey, I am just setting up to make a stroke.” Then there is the “dog paw” action with a player’s stance is on uneven weeds or earthen area. Scrape, scrape, scrape with the spikes and voila, the stance is improved. Then there is the hard one for players and Rules Officials. We call it the pick/pick – brush/brush move when a player’s ball is on hard pan or in a bad area with loose impediments all around. Frequently the player will pick up a loose impediment, then a second (pick/pick) then simply brush his hand several times across the area behind the ball (brush/ brush). Opps! Back to R13-2, a player cannot improve the lie of his ball by moving loose soil or sand from behind his ball. This instruction comes from the same folks that tell us we can’t ground our club slightly in a bunker moving a few grains of sand. What’s the point? A principle of our game is to “play the ball as it lies.” Yes, obvious violations are penalized, but not so obvious, less subtle violations apply as well. You cannot improve the lie, stance, or area of intended swing – PERIOD!

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78 state news English and Shapin Under Par at the Suburban Amateur/Open Qualifier Share

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English and Shapin Under Par at the Suburban Amateur/Open Qualifier

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ean English, a Caves Valley Golf Club professional, fired a 3-under-par 33-34--67 at The Suburban Club to top the leader board in the first of three qualifying events for the Maryland State Golf Association’s 93rd Amateur and Open Championships, May 5. From a field of 129 starters, Scott Shapin, an assistant professional at Kenwood Country Club, was the only other player able to return a score of par-70 or better, as he shot 34-35--69 over the 6,542-yard suburban Baltimore course. With 28 places (and ties) available for the Amateur, the cut fell at 77 with 29 players. With 22 places (and ties) available for the Open, the cut came at 76 with 26 players. The remaining qualifiers will be May 6, at Worthington Manor GC in Urbana, and May 21 at Andrews Air Force Base just outside Washington’s Capital Beltway. A field of approximately 125 players -- exempt and qualifiers -will advance to on-site qualifying for the Amateur, June 5, at Baltimore Country Club. The Open will be held July 14-16 at Lakewood Country Club in Rockville. English and Shapin played the back nine first, with English posting a 1-under 34 with an eagle-3 at the par5 494-yard 12th hole and a bogey at the 17th. Shapin followed with a par-35. On the front, English had an

early bogey, then put up three birds, including the eighth and ninth for his 33. Not to be outdone, Shapin followed a bogey at the seventh with birdies at 8-9 for his 34. Amateurs Jimmy Grem from Hunt Valley GC, and Kyle Gebhart, Ocean City GC, were joined by professional Jared Goslee, The Bay Club, at 71, while amateurs Patrick McCormick, Baltimore CC, and Connor Flach, Turf Valley CC, were joined by professional Brendan Kelly, U.S. Naval Academy GC, at 72. Grem birdied his final hole, the ninth, to finish with three birdies and four bogeys. Goslee got off to a rough start with three successive bogeys, before getting on track with a bird at the fourth, and went on to have 13 pars. John Howson, Pine Ridge GC, was even more consistent with 14 pars (each had eight on the back nine) for 74. McCormick had five birdies and Bennett Wisner, Piney Branch GC, four. Ryan Tighe, University of Maryland, in the second group of the morning, failed to qualify with a 78, but it wasn’t for lack of trying. He had a triple and three doubles in soaring 10-over on the front, then included four birdies on the back. Will Lynn, from Carroll Park GC in Baltimore eagled the 554-yard ninth hole when he hit a 4-iron second shot to a tight back pin and holed a 16-foot putt. - Reported by John Stewart from The Suburban Club

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80 state news First Time Entrants Cullum and Roysdon Win Pro-Am Share

2014 ProAmateur Champions Richard Roysdon and Billy Cullum

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First Time Entrants Cullum and Roysdon Win Pro-Am

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illy Cullum and Richard Roysdon, from P.B.Dye Golf Club, combined to shoot a 2-under-par 3633--69, and won the 58th Pro-Am Championship of the Maryland State Golf Association at Norbeck Country Club in Rockville, April 23.

bogey. They turned 1-over, then warmed up with four birdies in six holes before dropping a stroke at the par-3 16th. A 40-foot putt at the 14th by Roysdon highlighted the burst and the others were from inside 12 feet.

The first-time entry persevered in a 38-team field that battled cool weather with wind gusts to 30 m.p.h. that seemed to drive the 50-degree temperatures much lower. This was certainly one of the reasons the winning score was the highest in at least 40 years.

Four teams -- Chris Oleson-Mike McGrain, Rob AgrestiDavid Nocar, 2008 winners Dirk Schultz-Ken Lampard, and John Scott Rattan-Nathan Tenpas tied for second at 70, followed by Brendon Post-Kyle Gerard and Billy-Matt Bassler at 71. Par was 35-36--71 for the 6-763-yard course.

The first hole, a 384-yard par-4, played directly into the wind and the winners were not alone in starting with a

- Reported by John Stewart from Norbeck CC

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Bradford Sets Course Record at Worthington Manor Amateur/Open Qualifier state news 81 Share

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Bradford Sets Course Record at Worthington Manor Amateur/Open Qualifier

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irst there was George Bradford. Then there was the rest of the field.

Bradford, a teaching pro at Waverly Woods Golf Club in Woodstock, the first player off the 10th tee, simply was the best in a qualifying round for the Maryland State Amateur and Open Championships, as he set a Worthington Manor GC course record with a sizzling 31-32--63. Not only did it erase the previous mark of 64, set by Michael Muehr in a U.S. Open qualifying round, but it provided Bradford with a ninestroke cushion on the remainder of the 139-man group. It also set a scoring record for the event, May 6. Overall, 28 at 78 and better qualified for the Amateur, set for June 5-8 at Baltimore CC, and 30 at 76 and better qualified for the Open, due July 14-16 at Lakewood CC in Rockville. This was the second of three separate sites, as an earlier one was held at The Suburban Club in Pikesville, and a final one will be held May 21 at Andrews Air Force Base, just outside the Capital Beltway. Bradford, 39, a former University of Maryland football standout as a defensive back, poured in five birdies on each nine (10-11-14-16-18 and 1-2-7-8-9) and bogeyed the 12th when an errant shot forced him to hit one backwards out of trouble and then he failed to get upand-down at the 459-yard hole. “I had a couple of putts from about 20 feet at [Nos.] 6-7, but the rest were from inside 10-12 feet.” The long-hitting Howard County resident said he had had a couple of 63’s previously [when he was a minitour player], but that was maybe 10-12 years ago. Last month, he was the pro on Waverly Woods’ entry in the MSGA Team Matches, and wound up playing five “away” programs (and none at home) as the team, in only its fourth year in the event, went to the Washington area

final before losing to the University of Maryland GC, ironically playing its first “home” match. “Teaching in the morning, then driving to matches (two trips to Hagerstown, and one each to Holly Hills CC, Columbia CC, and then College Park) and playing in the afternoon, led to some long days.” As for the rest of the qualifying contingent, Lee Detmer, Chevy Chase Club was the low amateur with a round of 35-37--72 over the 6,907-yard course in Urbana. Luke Schaap, from Bretton Woods Recreation Center, and Colin St. Maxens, Columbia CC, followed at 73. Detmer’s tour included three birdies, three bogeys, with eight 4’s on the front nine. Schaap started birdie-birdie on the back and went on to finish with four birdies, five bogeys, while St. Maxens jumped over several players when he birdied the last two holes. For the Open, Bradford was trailed by Song Joo, a professional from the Broad Run Golf Practice Facility in Bristow, Va., with 71 . Dave Harget, an unaffiliated pro, shot 72, where he was joined by Detmer, while pros Pleasant Hughes, Chevy Chase Club, and Ki Moon, Waverly Woods had 73 to be joined by Schaap. After the morning wave, Bradford led John Gerber, TPC Potomac, the closest pro, by 11 shots. Yoo highlighted his round with an eagle-3 at the 502yard 18th when he hit a 5-wood second shot from the rough that went over the green, from where he pitched in. He had three bogeys on the front nine (his finishing side) and salvaged the round with birds at Nos. 6 and 9. Pro Jason Goslee, from GolfTec in Richmond, Va., eagled the 536-yard ninth, his last hole, and pro Jimmy Flippen, Jr., Ringgold GC, eagled the 18th, his ninth hole. - Reported by John Stewart from Worthington Manor GC

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82 state news Rolling Road Wins Team Championship over UMD -- 11-7 Share

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Rolling Road Wins Team Championship over UMD -- 11-7

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olling Road Golf Club used a 3-0 win by team captain Matt Bassler-Scott Falatach and clutch play in closing holes by teammates to register an 11-7 victory over the University of Maryland GC in the championship pairing of the 84th Team Match program of the Maryland State Golf Association, April 27. Playing in College Park, Bassler had four birdies and Falatach, a birdie and an eagle-3 at the 16th hole where he holed a 40-yard approach shot. Against Mike McGrain-Dan Walker, the visitors won the front 1 up and the back 3 up. The three Rolling Road pairings wound up with six points and the home team, which had collected seven points in 2004, eight points in 2005, and six points in 2012 -- all title-winning years -- could muster only five points this time. It turned out to be enough, and Rolling Road professional Billy Bassler, at 62 perhaps the oldest pro to win a Team Match title, called it, “The best win I’ve ever had. There were probably other teams rated ahead of us, and I didn’t think we were not as strong as in past years, but the guys elevated their games. Also, as usual, whoever makes the putts on the last hole wins.” In the second pairing at Maryland, two first-year players, Justin Jarvis-Andrew Lawton, split with Steve Martin-Greg Cline, 1 1/2 - 1 1/2. Rolling Road was 2 up through five holes, but Maryland players birdied 6-7, and the visitors responded as Jarvis birdied the eighth and Lawton, the ninth, to win the front. Maryland came back to win two holes on the back to win the side and halve the match. Rick Sovero, who may be the only club president to play on a Team Match title-winning entry, and Kevin Allis lost the front to Dave Dustin-Jamie Hewitt, but they rallied, as Allis birdied 15-16 and Sovero, 18, to win the back and halve the match. At Rolling Road, Billy Bassler-Moose Brown and Jeff Maynor-John Moheyer each won a hole on the front to turn all-square. All square through 15, Moheyer, a MSGA Amateur finalist in 2003, gave his side two more points when he won 16 with a par and 17 with a birdie to go 2 up.

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Bart DeLuca-Kevin Barth evened matters when they turned level with Ted Coon-Josh Jenkins, and DeLuca then birdied Nos. 10-11-12 for what became enough of an edge to get two back-nine points. The final pairing in Catonsville saw George Blyth, IV-Chris Derby divide with Blair Kennedy-Mike Stackus, 1 1/2 - 1 1/2. Derby drove the first green (315 yards) and the fifth green (271 yards) to set up two-putt birdies and the latter effort sent them 4 up. Derby had four front-nine birds as the team crossed over 3 up, and he added a fifth at the 10th, but Kennedy won the 12th and the rest were halved until Kennedy parred the 18th for a winning point and a half. For the winning team, it was a mixture of veterans and newcomers that came through. Billy Bassler and Allis have played on the club’s last five title-winning teams dating to 1980, seven of the 12 played on the 2012 winner, and there were four first-year players. - Reported by John Stewart

Pairings: At Rolling Road: Billy Bassler-Moose Brown lost to Jeff MaynorJohn Moheyer, 1/2 - 2 1/2. Bart DeLuca-Kevin Barth d. Ted Coon-Josh Jenkins, 2 1/2 - 1/2. George Blyth,IV-Chris Derby d. Blair KennedyMikerStackus, 2-1. At University of Maryland: Matt Bassler-Scott Falatach d. MikerMcGrainDan Walker, 3-0. Justin Jarvis-Andrew Lawton split with Steve Martin-Greg Cline, 1 1/2 - 1 1/2. Rick Sovero-Kevin Allis split with Dave DustinJamie Hewitt, 1 1/2 - 1 1/2.


Rice IV and Winegardner Win Four-Ball with 68 state news 83 Share

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Rice IV and Winegardner Win Four-Ball with 68 Joe Rice, IV, birdied the ninth hole -- his final one -- to give him and partner Tom Winegardner a round of 36-32--68, good for a one-stroke victory in the 53rd Four-Ball Championship of the Maryland State Golf Association at Lake Presidential Golf Club in Upper Marlboro, April 29. Despite a cold, rainy day, when several teams chose to abandon the chase, the Old South CC members persevered with a tour that included four back-nine birdies by Rice from distances up to 24 feet. On the front side, Winegardner, a former MSGA Amateur finalist who had won this title with Jeff McKnight in 2006, birdied the third hole and the team had two bogeys. Joe Scheffres and Myke Cohn, from Woodmont CC, finished one group in front of the winners and one stroke back early in the afternoon. The two finished 3534--69. Also starting at No. 10, Scheffres produced three birdies from inside 10 feet, then turned and ran in a pair of 30-foot putts on the front. There were two bogeys, too, and such was the play on the second nine that they spent most of the time one stroke behind. A bogey by the leaders at the eighth dropped them into a tie, but Rice took care of that on the last hole, a 165-yard carry over water. Justin Jarvis-Bart DeLuca, members of Rolling Road GC’s title-winning entry in the MSGA Team Match Championship, and Chris Demetrakis-Steve Kincaid,

2014 Champions Tom Winegardner and Joseph Rice IV (Old South CC)

Winter’s Run GC, each returned 36-35--71 to tie for third. Demetrakis and Kincaid each had two birds in their round, while Jarvis and DeLuca had one apiece. There was a tie for fifth between Dan Falls-John Ohly, from Manor CC, and Ben Clements-Troy Fitzgerald, Hobbit’s Glen, at 72, par for the 6,895-course, although it played much longer. Still, the greens held up well for much of the day, considering the water they received. Falls helped his team with three back-nine birdies, and Clements-Fitzgerald combined for three front-nine birdies. There were eight tee times in the afternoon and those teams (15 and a WD) took a beating. Of the 15, 10 posted a score and five failed to finish. The best afternoon score was a 73 by Beaver Creek CC’s Alex Hoffman-Joe Zdrojewski in the final group of the day. Overall, 57 teams started, 51 finished. There had not been a higher winning score since Gary Mason-Adrian Druzgala, from Hobbit’s Glen GC, had 69 in 1991. Mark Cusic-Kevin Ferris, Breton Bay G&CC, who had won in a 2012 playoff at 63, also won last year with 68. This time, the Southern Maryland team had 75 to tie for 15th. - Reported by John Stewart from Lake Presidential Golf Club

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Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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.


86 State News 2014 Schedule of Events Share

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2014 Schedule of Events

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2014 Schedule of Events State News 87 Share

Men’s Championships Team Championship

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

Various Clubs

Pro-Amateur

Wednesday, April 23

Norbeck

Four-Ball

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

Lakewood

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

Lakewood

Amateur Public Links

Thursday, July 24

Greystone

Father-Son

Tuesday, July 29

Hunt Valley

Mid-Amateur

Mon. – Tues., August 11 – 12

Montgomery

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

Elkridge

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

Congressional

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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88 State News 2014 Schedule of Events Share

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USGA Qualifying Events US Open Local

Tuesday, May 13

Crofton

US Amateur

Monday, July 7

Woodholme

US Senior Amateur

Tuesday, August 19

Kenwood

US Four-Ball

Monday, October 20

Argyle

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

Towson

Thursday, May 22

Rolling Road

Tuesday, June 24

Argyle Country Club

Wednesday, July 9

Norbeck

Monday, August 4

CC at Woodmore

Thursday, October 16

Suburban

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90 State News MARYLAND STATE GOLF ASSOCIATION WOMEN’S DIVISION Share

MARYLAND STATE GOLF ASSOCIATION WOMEN’S DIVISION

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MARYLAND STATE GOLF ASSOCIATION WOMEN’S DIVISION State News 91 Share

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

Two-Woman

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 | MAY 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, www.msga.org. 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

Visit www.msga.org for details on all offers.

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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.

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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*

Name ______________________________________________________ (First / Middle Initial / Last) Please Print

Spouse’s First Name______________________________________________ Address _____________________________________________________ City ______________________________ State______ Zip __________ Daytime Phone # _______________________________________________ Email Address _________________________________________________ Club Type:

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Method of Payment Register online at www.msga.org (or by fax or mail)

 Visa  MasterCard  Check Name on Card _________________________________________________ Credit Card No._________________________________________________ Expiration Date __________________________ Security Code ____________ (Last three digits on back of card)

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 www.msga.org. 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

Or fax your completed application to: (410) 653-8810 Or sign up online at www.msga.org

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FOUNDING OF THE MARYLAND STATE GOLF ASSOCIATION

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

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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

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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.


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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. May 2014 | MARYLAND STATE GOLF MAGAZINE


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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 | MAY 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 www.msga.org or call (410) 653-5300.


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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


MARYLAND STATE GOLF ASSOCIATION

OFFICERS & STAFF 2014 Board of Directors PRESIDENT Richard Collins Baltimore CC rcollins@stpaulsschool.org 410-252-1494

VICE PRESIDENT Diane Herndon Argyle CC dinger54@gmail.com 301-518-9221

VICE PRESIDENT Stanard Klinefelter Elkridge CC sklinefelter@brownadvisory.com 410-537-5402

VICE PRESIDENT David “Moose” Brown Rolling Road GC moose@advpack.com 410-358-9444

VICE PRESIDENT Jan Miller Baltimore CC jmiller@rcmd.com 410-339-5872

VICE PRESIDENT Brian Fitzgerald Chevy Chase Club tzgerald@equuspartners.com 703-391-1482

VICE PRESIDENT Paul Dillon Congressional CC ped529@comcast.net 301-518-5567

SECRETARY Robert Sherwood Columbia CC jrssenior@msn.com 443-534-5118

DIRECTOR AT LARGE William Matton US Naval Academy GC billmatton@verizon.net 410-956-4815

DIRECTOR AT LARGE Marilyn Tucker Argyle CC marilyn.tucker4116@comcast.net 301-871-7194


2014 MSGA Staff EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR William Smith Hillendale CC bsmith@msga.org 410-653-5300

VICE PRESIDENT Thomas Whelan Manor CC twhelan@ryancom.com 410-712-0888

VICE PRESIDENT John Barse Columbia CC Jack@barse.org 301-229-6031

VICE PRESIDENT Alexander Martin Green Spring Valley HC abmartin1@aol.com 443-310-2445

TREASURER John Pauliny Hillendale CC johnpauliny@comcast.net 410-252-9107

DIRECTOR AT LARGE Joan McGinnis Holly Hills CC joanmcginnis3@gmail.com 301-644-2738

DIRECTOR OF RULES AND COMPETITIONS Randal Reed Four Streams GC rreed@msga.org 410-653-5300

DIRECTOR OF HANDICAP & MEMBER SERVICES Matt Sloan msloan@msga.org 410-653-5300

DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS Kim Daniels kdaniels@msga.org 410-653-5300

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The official magazine of the Maryland State Golf Association reporting on key golfing events and issues for the state of Maryland, Washingto...

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The official magazine of the Maryland State Golf Association reporting on key golfing events and issues for the state of Maryland, Washingto...

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