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April 2015 Issue # 18

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Executive Director’s Welcome Handicap Reminders for the 2015 Golf Season Scores to Post If 13 or more holes are played, the player shall post an 18-hole score. If 7 to 12 holes are played, the player shall post a 9-hole score. All scores played in Maryland from March 15, 2014 through November 14, 2014 must be posted. Rounds played in Maryland outside these dates are not to be posted. Rounds played outside of Maryland are to be posted if the state you are playing in is in season(typically warm climate states), but should not be posted if state is not in season(typically cold climate states). Check with Pro Shop of course being played or look up on USGA website at Scores in both match play and stoke play shall be posted for handicap purpose. This includes scores made in match play, multi-ball, or team competitions in which players have not completed one or more holes or in which players are requested to pick up when out of contention on a hole. In these cases the player must record for handicap purpose the most likely score. The most likely score cannot exceed the player’s Equitable Stroke Control limit. See table following. Equitable Stroke Control Course Handicap 9 or less

Max. Strokes on Hole Double Bogey

10 through 19


20 through 29


30 through 39


40 or more


Scores must be made in accordance with the principles of the Rules of Golf. Disqualification – A player who is disqualified from a competition, but has an acceptable score,

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

shall record his adjusted gross score for handicap purposes. For example, a player disqualified for failure to sign his scorecard has an acceptable score for handicap purposes. Unacceptable Scores When fewer than 7 holes are played. When made on a golf course in area in which an inactive season is established by the authorized golf association is in effect. When majority of holes not played in accordance with the Rules of Golf. When the length of the course is less than 3000 yards for 18 holes. When, as a condition of the competition, the maximum number of clubs allowed is less than 14, or types of clubs are limited. When scores are made on a course with no USGA Course or Slope Rating. When player uses non-conforming clubs or balls. When artificial devices are used during execution of stroke. Posting Scores All hole-by-hole scores must be adjusted using Equitable Stoke Control . See previous chart. Holes Not Played or Not Played Under the Rules of Golf – Post par plus any handicap strokes the player is entitled to receive on that hole. Unfinished Holes and Conceded Strokes – Post most likely score. If all players follow these handicap reminders, you will have accurate handicaps that will assure fair and fun competition this summer. Good golfing to all.

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Executive Directorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Welcome


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One-Day Four-Ball Schedule



Eighth Annual National Golf Day on Cap itol Hill


MAPGA 2015 Tournament Schedule


Destination report



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Cleaning The Ball

Five Questions




Spring 2015



Empowering Wounded Warriors

2015 Men and Women’s Schedule of Events

Destination report


Sandy Cross Senior Director of Diversity & Inclusion – PGA of America


Product Round-Up Spring Collection


10 MSGA One-Day Four-Ball Schedule Share

MSGA One-Day Four-Ball Schedule Eagleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Nest Country Club Friday, April 17 ENTRIES CLOSE APRIL 3 Rolling Road Golf Club Thursday, May 21

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Country Club at Woodmore Tuesday, July 21


Montgomery Country Club Monday, August 24 Norbeck Country Club Wednesday, September 30 Sparrows Point Country Club Friday, October 16 ALL EVENTS ARE OPEN: ONE-DAY EVENTS

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Eagle’s Nest Country Club hosted the first MSGA One-Day Four-Ball of the season on Friday, April 17, while entries were closed by Friday, April 3. These events are open to ANY amateur golfer who has an up-to-date handicap index at an MSGA member club; and also to non-members with an up-to-date USGA handicap index for an increased fee (nonmembers are not eligible for prizes). The competition will be four-ball stroke play, with two competitors as partners, each playing their own ball. The lower of the partners’ scores is the score for the hole. Prizes will be awarded for net and gross in each division, and division options are based on gender and yardage with the following options:

Men’s A 6200-6500 yards Men’s B 5900-6200 Mixed Men 5900-6200/Women 5000-5400 Women 5000-5400

Register now Entries are currently open for all events, and are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. A minimum of four teams are required to create a division. Merchandise will be awarded to the top finishers in each division, and the amount awarded will be determined by the size of the field in a division. Paper ENTRY FORM is available for download.


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WE ARE GOLF, created in 2010, is an industry coalition that communicates the affordability and accessibility of golf, to Members of Congress, the Executive Branc equitable and appropriate to an industry that generates nearly $70 billion in econo For more information, please visit


Eighth Annual National Golf Day on Capitol Hill Two Million Jobs, Nearly $70 Billion Economic Impact Highlight Key Messages Reverberated through D.C. MARYLAND STATE GOLF MAGAZINE | April 2015

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economic, charitable and environmental impact of golf, as well the health and wellness benefits of the game and the ch and regulatory agencies. The goal of WE ARE GOLF is to ensure that laws and regulations that impact the golf industry are omic impact annually, employs close to two million Americans and generates nearly $4 billion in charitable giving each year.

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – WE ARE GOLF– a coalition of the game’s leading associations and industry partners – today visited Capitol Hill for the eighth annual National Golf Day to discuss golf’s nearly $70 billion economy, $4 billion annual charitable impact, environmental value to local communities and fitness benefits. Golf’s leaders met with Members of Congress throughout the dayto share stories about the game’s 15,350 diverse, small businesses, which employ more than two million Americans and provide $55.6 billion in annual wage income. In addition, industry executives discussed golf courses’ positive influences on ecology, local tax revenues and tourism. They even explained how walking 18 holes can burn 2,000 calories. This year’s event also featured participation from The Presidents Cup 2015 Captains Nick Price (International) and Jay Haas (U.S.). South Korea will play host to The Presidents Cup later this year in October, the first time the tournament will be played in Asia. “Golf is a vital part of our country’s economy and today was a great reminder of that,” says CongressmanChris Collins (R-NY). “What better way to discuss the game’s economic, charitable and environmental findings than here in our nation’s capital.” Organizations participating included the Club Managers Association of America,Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA), Ladies Professional Golf Association, National Golf Course Owners Association,

PGA of America (PGA), PGA TOUR, United States Golf Association, United States Golf Manufacturers Council, World Golf Foundation and others. National Golf Day featured a day-long exhibit in the Rayburn Foyer with live lessons for Congressional Members and staff from 2012 PGA Teacher of the Year Michael Breed, host of “The Golf Fix” on Golf Channel and LPGA Teaching Professional Karen Palacios-Jansen. Special exhibits and activities included a “Closest to the Pin” contest on an about Golfsimulator; state-of-theart swing analysis from GolfTEC; National Arboretum’s “Grassroots Initiative” overview; a Republican vs. Democrat “Putting Challenge;” and a turfgrass exhibit from the GCSAA. “Today marked a unique opportunity to share golf’s significant impact with political leaders,” says Steve Mona, CEO of World Golf Foundation and administrator of WE ARE GOLF. “Our broad scope is reflected in the two million jobs supported by the game and its diverse benefits to our economy and society.” Partnering with WE ARE GOLF, Topgolf offered free five-minute lessons at each of its 13 U.S. locations with slow-motion video swing analysis through the Topgolf U instructional program. Visit the social media hub to continue following the action. Through April 30, be sure to use #NGD15 and tag @wearegolf on Twitter and Instagram to show your support for the golf industry. April 2015 | MARYLAND STATE GOLF MAGAZINE

16 MAPGA 2015 Tournament Schedule Share


2015 Tournament Schedule Two sites have been added to the 2015 MAPGA Tournament schedule as Washington Golf and Country Club will host the Club Car Head Professional Championship as well as the Teaching Professional Championship on September 21, 2015. The Central Chapter Championship and Assistant Championship will both be held on May 18, 2015 at Norbeck Country Club in Rockville, Md. There are still a few sites to be determined, but please be sure to save the dates. We are excited for the season and the great venues we have the opportunity to play. If you have any questions, please contact Tournament Director Jeremy Greiner, PGA at 540-7207420 ext 124 or

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20 MSGA 2015 Schedule of Events Share


Emich House 1777 Reisterstown Road, Suite 145, Baltimore, MD 21208

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2015 Schedule of Events Men’s Championships Team Championship

April 11-12-18-19-25-26

Various Clubs


Thursday, April 23



Tuesday, April 28


Amateur/Open Pre-Qualifying

Monday, May 4

Hog Neck

Tuesday, May 12


Wednesday, May 13

P.B. Dye

Wednesday, May 20

Andrews AFB

Senior Four-Ball

Monday, June 1

Holly Hills

Maryland Amateur

Thurs. – Sun., June 11 – 14


Junior Amateur

Mon. – Tues., June 29 – 30


Maryland Open

Mon. – Wed., July 13 – 15


Amateur Public Links

Wednesday, July 22

Clustered Spires


Thursday, July 23

Maryland National


Mon. – Tues., August 10 – 11


Senior Amateur

Tues. – Wed., September 8 – 9


Senior Team Championship

September 12-13-19-20-26

Various Clubs

Senior Open

Tues. – Wed., October 13 – 14

Andrews AFB

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Emich House 1777 Reisterstown Road, Suite 145, Baltimore, MD 21208

Photo by Montana Pritchard / The PGA of America MARYLAND STATE GOLF MAGAZINE | April 2015

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2015 Schedule of Events Invitationals Mid-Atlantic Junior Invitational

Sunday, October 25

King Carter (VA)

BW Junior Team Matches

Saturday, August 22


Past Presidents

Thursday, September 24


BW Team Matches

Saturday, September 26


Senior Team Challenge Match

Wednesday, October 7


USGA Qualifying Events US Open Local

Tuesday, May 19

Blue Mash

US Amateur

Tuesday, July 7

Mountain Branch

US Four-Ball

Tuesday, September 15

Worthington Manor

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


Thursday, May 21

Rolling Road

Tuesday, July 21

CC at Woodmore

Monday, August 24


Wednesday, September 30

Norbeck Country Club

Friday, October 16

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Emich House 1777 Reisterstown Road, Suite 145, Baltimore, MD 21208

Women’s Championships Team Championship

May 2 - 17

Various Clubs

Mid-Amateur Championship

June 2 – 3


Junior Championship

June 23-24

Bretton Woods

Junior Poindexter Cup

June 27-28

Olde Mille (VA)

Amateur Championship

July 15-18


4 Lady Invitational

July 20

Hunt Valley

Mixed Two-Ball Championship

July 24

Turf Valley

Junior Mid-Atlantic Challenge

July 25-26

River Landing (NC)

Two-Woman Team Mid-Handicap Championship

August 20


Senior Championship

August 24-25

Hobbit’s Glen

Two Woman Team Championship

September 28

Maryland Golf

Open Championship

October 20-21

Baltimore CC


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26 Destination report Spring 2015 Share

Destination report


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28 Destination report Spring 2015 Share

Little Creek Casino Resort 800.667.7711

With the U.S. Open coming to the Pacific Northwest for the first time, Little Creek Casino Resort created a package that offers attendees a convenient option. Only a 45-minute drive from Chambers Bay, the resort featuresVegas-style gaming, a cigar and wine bar, several dining options, a full-service spa and outstanding entertainment and lodging options. Golfers will also enjoy a luxury golf cart ride to Salish Cliffs Golf Course, the resortâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s top amenity. The exclusive stay-and-play package starts at $259 for two golfers and one shared room. Included are discounts to both the clubhouse and the resort.With 360-degree views overlooking Kamilche Valleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rolling hills, the par-72 championship course challenges all skill-leveled golfers. The most unique aspect of the course is that no homes or buildings can be seen on the course anywhere. Golfers will need the precision to hit through a tight chute as beautiful foliage surrounds each hole.


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Island Resort & Casino 906.466.2941

After an exciting night of gambling and entertainment at Island Resort & Casino, enjoy Sweetgrass Golf Club. Named after the indigenous plant that has a sweet vanilla smell, the course stretches nearly 7,300 yards with its rolling terrain and generous fairways. While Sweetgrass has a variety of challenging holes, the course accommodates all ability of players. The LPGA Symetra Tour returns to Sweetgrass for the fifth Island Resort Championship, June 26-28.


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Branson/Lakes Area Golf (MO) Facebook: Branson Golf

Three of Missouri’s top-5 rated courses are in the Branson/Lakes area – which has eight good to great tracks – and two new courses are on the way. A Gary Player-designed family friendly course is planned to debut this summer, and a championship-caliber Coore-Crenshaw layout was announced in April, 2015. Both will be amenities of the spectacular Big Cedar Lodge ( Payne Stewart is the state’s top-ranked course according to Golfweek Magazine. It’s an experiential tribute to Missouri’s favorite golf son that seamlessly meshes water, hardwoods and undulating terrain into a scenic, memorable round. Guests feel his legacy throughout the property, and each hole is interwoven with a story from Stewart’s accomplished golf career. The clubhouse displays museum-quality memorabilia that further enhances time spent at the club. Along with the new Jack Nicklaus-designed Top of the Rock, Buffalo Ridge Springs (formerly Branson Creek) is a host course for the Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf at Big Cedar Lodge each spring. LedgeStone Country Club is located within the StoneBridge master-planned community and features a popular, locals-favorite public golf course. The course includes an array of diverse holes, substantial elevation change, doglegs and nerve-tingling risk-reward shot options. The 15th hole best exemplifies the many fine design distinctions at LedgeStone. Named “The Quarry,” it’s a postcard hole with a 100-foot drop from the teeing area to the putting surface. A scenic 30-foot-high bank of exposed rock face serves as the green’s backdrop and a pond lay in front of the green.


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Beau Rivage Resort & Casino/ Fallen Oak Golf Course 855.835.8484

Look into the Mississippi sky and find the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino, the tallest and largest building in the state. Rooms are equipped with flat-screen televisions, cool marble floors and indulgent soaking tubs. The casino offers 85,000 square feet of gaming space and features more than 2,000 gaming machines and 108 tables and a poker room. Guests enjoy the exclusive privilege of playing the 18-hole Tom Faziodesigned Fallen Oak. Each spring the course hosts the PGA Champions TOURâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic. Navigate through 4,000 stately oaks, magnolia and pine trees and donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t miss the world-renowned Fallen Oak Bloody Mary in the 19th Hole Bar, which overlooks the dramatic 18th fairway.


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Canadian Rockies Golf 855.835.8484

There has never been a better time for Americans to stay and play in the Canadian Rockies with the exchange rate extremely favorable with savings of up to nearly 25 percent for U.S. travelers. Nestled in the mountains is the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, also known as Canada’s “Castle in the Clouds.” Relax in the European-style Willow Stream Spa or try the authentic dining experience. Enjoy picturesque views from every angle while playing at the hotel’s top amenity, TheFairmont Banff Springs Golf Course, situated in the Banff National Park. Holes roll along the Bow River under the snow-capped peaks of the Sulphur Mountains, Mount Rundle and Tunnel Mountains. The stunning hotel can be seen in the background while navigating through the course. Be sure to play all of Canadian Rockies’ courses including the Canmore Golf & Curling Club, Kananaskis Country Golf Course and Stewart Creek Golf & Country Club.


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BOYNE Golf 844.634.5315

With three resorts located in the scenic northwest corner of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula, BOYNE Golf boasts the Midwest’s largest collection of courses. Onehundred-seventy-one holes are shared among Boyne Highlands Resort in Harbor Springs, Boyne Mountain Resort in Boyne Falls, and The Inn at Bay Harbor - A Renaissance Golf Resort in Bay Harbor. Golfers can play up to 72 holes daily thanks to the region’s long daylight hours and ideal summer temperatures. With courses suited to a wide range of playing abilities, accommodations for every taste and budget, world-class amenities and easy access to famed Lake Michigan resort towns like Charlevoix, Petoskey and Harbor Springs, BOYNE is a premier destination for vacationing golfers, families and meeting planners.


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Telluride Golf Club 970.728.7302

Like the festivals that bring many to this destination in droves, Telluride Golf Club has become a star attraction during the summer. Dubbed the “most beautiful place you will ever tee,” Telluride GC is perched at nearly 10,000 feet above sea level and encircled by snow-capped peaks, towering pines and aspen groves. While its stunning beauty delivers “oohs” and “aahs,” the talk of the 19th hole centers on how entertaining and enjoyable a round of golf is here. The layout opens with a downhill par-4 that is temptingly drivable at altitude, while the back nine ascends into the 14,000-plus peaks of the San Miguel Range. Selfie spots abound throughout, especially at the 17th tee, which demands players climb 92 steps to reach and features a pine-encircled green 100 feet below as a backdrop. The golf course is an Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary, one of the first bestowed this certification. Telluride recently expanded its instructional and golf fitness programs, and thoroughly enhanced its golf improvement facility. In addition to limited daily-fee and resort play, platinum and silver memberships encompass golf, skiing, snowboarding, spa, fitness, dining and other amenities and exclusivities. Stay and play options are available from a variety of first-class accommodations, including the critically acclaimed Inn at Lost Creek.


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Popular Offseason Rates Continue at Pound Ridge Golf Club 914.764.5771

Pound Ridge Golf Club – New York’s only Pete Dye design and Westchester County’s premier public course – is continuing its offseason rates of $150 before 1 p.m. and $100 after 1p.m. through May 3. From May 4 through November 1, rates start at $120 and go up to $210 on weekends and holidays. Available seven days a week, rates include golf or pull cart, yardage book and use of the practice facilities. For players searching for a “home” course for leisure or business golf, Pound Ridge recently announced its 2015 Season Golf Plans including individual and deluxe options. Pound Ridge recently launched its new website, featuring a modern, easy-to-navigate interface with embedded video and panoramic images of the course on each page. Golfers are treated to a high-definition, drone flyover providing unprecedented views of the Dye masterpiece. Optimized for mobile and tablet formats, booking tee times and gathering course information is convenient and easy.


36 RULES REVISITED Cleaning The Ball Share


Cleaning The Ball By Kelly Newland, PGA, MSGA Director of Rules & Competitions


Cleaning The Ball RULES REVISITED 37 Share


Spring golf is finally on the horizon and many golfers tend to ask the same question this time of year, “When is it OK for me to clean my ball?” Richard S. Tufts wrote a book entitled “The Principles Behind The Rules of Golf.” In this book he teaches the reader that there are two great principles to the game of golf. These two great principles are: 1. Play the course as you find it. 2. Put your ball in play at the start of the hole, play your own ball and do not touch it until you lift it from the hole. These two principles are basic and practical to remember every time we tee it up. It helps bring an understanding to the complexity of the Rules. If we followed these two principles we would assume that the golf ball can only be cleaned between the play of two holes, after we have lifted it from the hole being played. Once we dive deeper into the Rule book we will learn that there are many other situations that allow us to clean our ball. So when exactly can a player clean his ball? Most golfers know they can clean their ball any time it is on the Putting Green of the hole being played and also between the play of two holes. The confusion arises when the ball is off the green. When dealing with cleaning your ball the easiest thing to remember are situations where we can NOT clean it. There are five times when a ball may not be cleaned when lifted on the course. • To determine if the Ball is Unfit for Play • Because the Ball is Assisting or Interfering with play of another ball

• To identify the Ball (However, it may be cleaned slightly for identification purposes only) There are two other times a ball must not be cleaned when lifted that happen less frequently. 3. If you believe your ball is in a burrowing animal hole outside of a water hazard, it may not be cleaned , when lifted, if the hole is not made by a burrowing animal 4. If you lift a ball to determine if is embedded, you may not clean it if it is not embedded under this rule. The two situations that happen less frequently on the course take the player’s lie into account. In the first situation a player whose ball is in a burrowing animal hole outside of a water hazard would be entitled to relief under Rule 25 (Abnormal Ground Conditions, Embedded Ball And Wrong Putting Green). A player in this instance would not be penalized because he is entitled to free relief from this condition. Likewise, Rule 25 helps a player who is determining if their ball is embedded. We must remember to determine our lie when lifting under this rule before we clean the ball. If a player cleans his ball during play of a hole except as provided in this Rule, he incurs a penalty of one stroke and the ball, if lifted, must be replaced. A player can benefit greatly over the competition by knowing the Rules of Golf. Next time you play remember the 5 situations in which a ball cannot be cleaned so you will know when it can be. A ball can be cleaned any other time! Richard Tuft’s principles behind the rules and these 5 simple scenarios mayhelp you lower your scores and gain a better understanding of the Rules of Golf. Keep hitting those fairways and you won’t have to worry as often about having your ball cleaned!

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2015 One-Day Golf Rules Seminar Presented by the MSGA-Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Division

Photo by Montana Pritchard / The PGA of America MARYLAND STATE GOLF MAGAZINE | April 2015

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Argyle Country Club (Silver Spring, MD)


Monday, April 27 from 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM


Joe Sprague, USGA Director, Regional Affairs – Northeast


Morning Session – Power Point lecture and discussion Afternoon Session – On course instruction at bunker, teeing ground, water hazard, putting green, etc.


$40.00 – Includes breakfast, lunch and a copy of “The Rules of Golf”

Download a registration form HERE or visit

Golf Professionals and amateurs are welcome to attend.


40 Five Questions Sandy Cross Share

About Sandy Cross

Five Questions

Sandy Cross

Sandy Cross has been a member of the PGA of America staff since 1996 and serves in the newly created position of Senior Director of Diversity & Inclusion. A native of Buffalo, New York, she is charged with driving the development and execution of a comprehensive, ongoing diversity and inclusion strategy for the Association.

Senior Director of Diversity & Inclusion – PGA of America

Cross is a member of the GOLF 20/20 Women’s Committee and the USGA Women’s Advisory Board. Prior to the PGA, she worked as Director of Special Projects for the United States Water Fitness Association in South Florida. She earned her Masters of Sport Administration from Kent State University and Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies from the University of Buffalo, where she played NCAA Division I volleyball.

What does your role with the PGA of America entail? I’m responsible for leading the Association’s strategic development and execution of a comprehensive diversity and inclusion effort. Our approach is being designed in a way that will permeate the fabric of the PGA, further diversify participation in the game and the business of golf and drive transformation of our image and golf’s image. This is not merely a program or a campaign. It is a philosophy, an attitude and a commitment to act with real intention in word and deed.

For more information on the PGA of America, visit


What opportunities does the upcoming KPMG Women’s PGA Championship bring to women in the business and game of golf?


The KPMG Women’s PGA Championship and the adjunct KPMG Women’s Leadership Summit present a tremendous opportunity for us, along with our partners at KPMG, LPGA and Golf Channel/NBC Universal, to elevate the stature of women’s professional golf. Not only through the high-caliber Championship venue, increased purse and expanded broadcast coverage, but also harnessing the power of what will take place on course and translating it off course in a way that will inspire greatness in women who are seeking to elevate themselves further on their career path. Golf can play such an important role in one’s career trajectory and in their ability to develop business. We intend to leverage the Championship and Summit in a manner that speaks to careerminded women and shows them the path to greatness.

What are some practical steps companies can take to improve diversity and inclusion internally and externally? There are countless things companies can do to advance diversity and inclusion internally and externally. As I referenced earlier, it’s so important to act with intention in your words and deeds. That requires people to slow down and become acutely aware of how the world is occurring for others; essentially looking through a different lens than our own that we’re so deeply accustomed to. That alternative lens should be used when looking at every facet of your business internally and externally. It’s also tremendously valuable for you and your team to have a greater understanding of the dimensions of diversity. Oftentimes diversity is oversimplified into only gender and race; while by definition there are over thirty different dimensions at the primary, secondary and organizational levels. Increasing one’s understanding of the fundamentals of diversity and inclusion makes it much easier to act with good intention



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Recently, was unveiled. Can you share how this website is bringing girls and women to the game? We’re so excited about the golf industry’s launch of and are proud to be a part of it. Golf can be a very daunting landscape to navigate for a woman or girl who’s coming into the game. This site is designed to aggregate all the possibilities and “on ramps” to the sport into a simple, singular portal and let her find the perfect program or playing partners for her. It also provides answers to many questions that women and girls have never had the opportunity to ask or were maybe too intimidated to ask previously. It’s a warm, welcoming resource for women and girls to get engaged or further engaged in golf.

What is next for the PGA of America in the D&I space?


We’re laser-focused on laying a foundation for identifying and inspiring the next generation of minority and women members and leaders in our Association and creating a stronger culture of inclusion enterprise-wide. We’re also digging deeply into supplier diversity, not only at our corporate and Championships level, but at the grassroots level where the lion’s share of goods and services are procured every day in this $68 billion per year industry. We want to help ensure that a meaningful share of golf economy is impacting minority- and women-owned businesses, and hopefully engendering great participation from them in the sport along the way.


42 SMGA Empowering Wounded Warriors

Empowering Wounded Warriors One Fairway at a Time.


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Be Part of the SMGA The SMGA partners with individuals, corporations, and golf communities. You can positively impact the life of a post-9/11 veteran by: • Making a direct financial contribution to the SMGA; • Donating playing spots in local golf tournaments to SMGA warrior golfers; • Hosting a charity golf tournament or event to benefit the SMGA; or • Adding your club to the growing list of SMGA golf course partners.

SMGA Chapters/ Affiliates/Partners SMGA National Headquarters: 14600 Argyle Club Road Silver Spring, MD 20906 (301) 500.7449 • Olney, MD: (301) 500.7449 • Boston, MA: (978) 578.0011 • Camp Lejeune & Fort Bragg, NC: (301) 525.1639 • Fort Drum, NY: (315) 244.2848 • North Texas Wounded Warrior Golf Association: • (817) 680.9352 • Fort Eustis, VA: (757) 878.2252 • Fort Belvoir Wounded Warrior Golf Program: (703) 806.5311


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A Game with the Power to Heal Wounded Warriors... The Salute Military Golf Association (SMGA) was founded in 2007 by childhood friends Jim Estes and Jamie Winslow. SMGA clinics, tournaments, and golf experiences are provided free of charge to post-9/11 wounded warriors and their families. To date, the SMGA has offered at least one golf lesson to more than 2,500 post-9/11 veterans, equipped more than 1000 warriors with properly-fitted golf clubs, and extended its clinic series to more than eight chapter and affiliate locations across the U.S.

Our Mission The SMGA’s mission is to provide rehabilitative golf experiences and family-inclusive golf opportunities for post- 9/11 wounded war veterans in an effort to improve the quality of life for these American heroes. Eligible veterans include those wounded or injured in post-9/11 military operations, including those with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and/or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).

SMGA Programs • SMGA Clinic Series An adaptive golf curriculum stands at the core of the SMGA clinic series. Hundreds of wounded warriors from all parts of the country have used the clinic series in support of their rehabilitiation, whether as the focus of their recovery or in support of a wider program. Each of our locations tailors the core SMGA clinic series to meet the unique needs of warriors in its chapter. Eligible warriors who demonstrate a commitment to golf as a form of therapy are eligible for a custom-fitted set of golf clubs to aid their recovery. • American Golfer Program In 2013, the SMGA introduced its American Golfer Program. The program affords participation in the SMGA to wounded warriors who do not reside near one of our many clinic locations. This program matches post-9/11 wounded warriors with individal PGA of America golf professionsals familiar with teaching adaptive golf. Warriors who complete the American Golfer Program are eligible for custom-fitted clubs and participation in SMGA golf experiences.

A Plan for Success The SMGA program is unique in that it actively incorporates the game of golf directly into the mental and physical rehabilitation programs of post-9/11 wounded warriors. Unlike any other sport, golf provides the setting for players of varying skill levels to network and interact socially. The SMGA’s network of chapters and affilates has seen first-hand how the SMGA clinic series and American Golfer Program has not only boosted morale but supported the return to active duty or reintegration into civilian life for hundreds of post-9/11 wounded warriors.

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This competition has been held annually since 1926, and is the tournament that annually begins the Championship golf season in the Maryland State Golf Association. The format is eleven male amateur members of a designated club competing with one male professional employed by the same club. Clubs compete against one another in a bracket format until the winner is determined. The scoring is a Nassau format; three points are awarded in each match, in a best ball format with no handicaps being applied. There are 6 matches for a total of 18 points available to be won.The designated number one (1) team for each club shall consist of the one amateur and the pro for that club and the match will take place at the club designated as the host course. Two additional two (2) male amateur teams from each club will compete at the designated home course, while three two (2) male amateur teams from each club will compete at the other clubâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s course. In case of a tie in points, 9 to 9, the number one teams, each of which must include the professional, will immediately play-off at sudden death at the course of the home team. Matches begin at 12:30 pm. Any deviation from this standard policy must be pre-arranged by golf professional staffs/captains. The lineups for the teams should be submitted together in writing at least 15 minutes prior to the start of the matches. USGA Rules govern all play. Officers in Charge are Stan Klinefelter and Jack Barse. Following is the 64 team bracket for the 2015 State Team Championship.


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Spring Product Round-Up ARCCOS – Available for Apple Watch MSRP: $399.99 The Arccos system features 14 sensors that attach to the grip end of a club and pair via Bluetooth with the company’s free iPhone app. Once the user begins a round of golf, the system maps, measures and records every shot taken, automatically capturing critical data on club distances, putts per round, greens hit in regulation, driving accuracy and more to help players identify patterns and refine strategy. The free Arccos app is among the first golf specific offerings available for the new Apple Watch and GPS distances at more than 20,000 courses, as well as club recommendations and much more. Endorsed by FedEx Cup Champion Billy Horschel, Arccos instantly tracks shots in realtime so golfers can see specific stats and review performance during or after each round.

Els for Autism Box

BirdieBox has partnered with the Els for Autism Foundation MSRP: $79.95, to launch the “Els for Autism Box” – a limited-edition collection of $149.95, $249.95 golf related products associated with four-time major champion and legendary South African golfer. A percentage of proceeds from each box will be donated to Els for Autism, a Foundation established by Els and his wife Liezl in 2009 after their son Ben was diagnosed with the disorder. This unique gift box is available via at three price points ($249.95, $149.95, $79.95), each boasting a value nearly double the retail cost. Available gear includes TaylorMade TOUR Preferred balls, “Els for Autism” Daphne’s head cover, Els Collection polo, Zero Restriction outerwear, Stable 26 socks, an I-ONICS Power Sport band and more. More info here or at GoBlue. MARYLAND STATE GOLF MAGAZINE | April 2015

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DST Golf Compressor Warm-up Club MSRP: $99

The greatest ball strikers in history have one thing in common, they are able to reach the optimal impact position consistently and maintain control of the club face after the ball has been struck. DST Golf took this knowledge and created the DST Compressor, a warm-up club with a scientifically curved shaft club that replicates the shape of a normal shaft under maximum load. This gives golfers a set up position that closely replicates the optimal impact position which helps builds muscle memory of an address position and optimal movement through impact. Mastering these mechanics improves accuracy and consistency, ultimately lowering scores. The Compressor is used by more than 40 PGA Tour players to prepare on the range each week

Lamkin Grips â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Wrap-Tech MSRP: $4.99

Fueled by Lamkinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s exclusive Double Helix surface texture, the new Wrap-Tech ($4.99) delivers the perfect balance of comfort, control and feel. The traditional wrap-style offers comfort and added traction through a unique dual pattern design that provides enhanced control and slip-resistance. Made with patented ACE material, Wrap-Tech is extraordinarily tacky and shock absorbing, making it perfect for all climates and conditions. Available in standard, midsize or oversize options, the grips showcase a black base color with white, red or blue detailing.


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Spring Product Round-Up CHAMP SLIM-Lok – Spike Fastening System

SLIM-Lok is a new ultra-thin, ultra-light, ultra-strong cleat retention system that greatly reduces the amount of physical material needed to lock in a golf spike. This technology results in thinner outsoles, lighter golf shoes and less raw materials needed during manufacturing all in the name of comfort, stability and performance. CHAMP’s revolutionary spike fastening system allows golfers to get closer to the turf for improved stability, feel and balance throughout the swing. An added bonus is all SLIM-Lok spikes and material ls are compatible to every TRI-Lok and Fast Twist shoe ever made. SLIMLok replacement spikes are available in all of the company’s most popular models, including Zarma Tour, ScorpionStinger and Helix.

BIG MAX Push Carts MSRP: $179 - $299

BIG MAX, the leading European push cart brand has quickly gained popularity in the U.S. by offering walking golfers sleek, lightweight and easy to fold push carts that come with accessories that suit the needs of every player. Adhering to the BIG MAX mantra of “smaller space needs bigger thinking’, all models in the Blade family quickly and easily collapse into a five-inch profile and weigh less than 15 pounds for a minimal storage footprint.To celebrate Mother’s Day, the limited edition Fete Blanche Blade model will be available at a 20% discount using the code Cart4Mom at The limited edition, elegant white-onwhite cart is easy to fold, light to push on the course and designed with an adjustable handle to facilitate an ergonomic walking position.The complete lineup of award winning BIG MAX push carts is now available at popular golf retailers throughout North America and at


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Jack Nicklaus Golf Ball Subscription Service Subscription pricing starts at $23 per month GOLF-BALLS/1_71_-1_3.action

Jack Nicklaus’ new golf ball lines have been met with rave reviews from media and consumers. Made-in-the-USA under the industry’s highest quality tolerances, they feature a color-coding system to make the selection process easy. Golfers simply select the same color – white, blue, black – that corresponds to the tee markers from which they normally play. Continuing to innovate, the company offers an industry-first monthly subscription service that delivers a dozen golf balls monthly to players who sign-up at the company website. Beyond being a great way to effortlessly ensure you never run low on golf balls, anyone using the subscription service receives an additional $5 off standard pricing and shipping is free. Choice percentage of every dozen purchased is donated to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation to support pediatric programs and hospitals nationwide.

Made in the USA, KENTWOOL offers top-notch performance socks to keep your feet blister-free and comfortable for 18 holes and more. Worn on Tour by Masters champion Bubba Watson and scores of others, the socks are crafted from a combination of superfine merino wool and high-tech fibers to provide enhanced moisture wicking and odor control with a luxuriously soft feel.



Stop by to have some fun and hit some balls, or schedule a lesson to start improving your game today! Olney Golf Park is the Mid-Atlanticâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Premiere golf practice facility and home to the SMGA, the Golf 4 Kids Academy and the Performance Golf Academy. Located in Olney, MD, Olney Golf Park offers a country club type experience for the public with PGA, LPGA, & NZPGA Golf Instructors, Club Fitters certified by all of our OEM Partners, on site club repair and the best Green Grass Golf Shop in the area. Everyone loves the island green, covered double deck heated tee line, 2 acre short game practice area, and state of the art teaching studio

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DFX stands for Deep Face Extreme. Once the golfer stands over this driver they will see the difference. The clubface is now 5 mm deeper than the previous version, which catches the ball at impact slightly longer and combines with the nitrogen inside the clubhead to create reduced spin and more distance. In, Most Wanted Driver of 2014 article it rated the Air Force One DFX fifth among all new-for-2014 drivers. The article is located online athttp://www. -- claims the Air Force One DFX did well in all of its test categories. Total driving distance was 222.59 yards; total gained vs. control was +1.72 yards; spin was 2991.89 rpm; launch angle was 10.9 degrees, and ball speed was 138.31 mph. PowerBilt has signed MMA athlete Cub Swanson to promote the DFX driver and all of its latest golf equipment. An avid golfer who grew up mostly in the Palm Springs area, the MMA pro Swanson is part of a new marketing campaign to position PowerBilt with an edgier personality. The Air Force One DFX features Nitrogen N7 “Nitrogen Charged” technology, a newly patented method to reinforce the clubface without adding any weight. The forged titanium body comes with titanium cup face technology, as well as aerodynamic clubhead shaping. It’s available in both the high MOI and Tour Series, in lofts of 8.5°, 9.5°, 10.5° and 12.5°. Standard shaft length is 45 ½”. The club is offered in several leading shaft models from the top OEM shaft brands, so that golfers will achieve the optimum launch angle and spin rate for their unique swing. MSRP starts at $299.99, and there is an upcharge for some shaft models.

About PowerBilt Golf Since 1916 PowerBilt Golf has designed golf clubs the world’s best have used to win such tournaments as The Masters, the U.S. open, and the PGA Championship. today, PowerBilt is pushing the limits on technology with REAL innovation. USGA Conforming, Air Force One woods feature Nitrogen Charged Club Heads, faces as thin as 2.6mm, the largest sweet spot in golf, and maximum COR regardless of swing speed. And all Air Force One woods feature customized speed-rated shafts from Fujikura. New Nitrogen Charged Air Force irons also feature the hottest and thinnest face in golf. PowerBilt also remains the No. 1 choice for junior golfers; and the PowerBilt Air Force One irons were named to the 2011 and 2013 Golf Digest Hot List. Plus One Sports, Inc., is the U.S. licensee of the PowerBilt brand. PowerBilt is a division of the Hillerich & Bradsby Co., a family owned-company which has been making golf clubs since 1916. Based in Louisville, Ky., Hillerich & Bradsby is also the maker of the world-famous Louisville Slugger bats and Bionic gloves.


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The Maryland State Golf Association supports the following programs and initiatives in its pursuit of enhancing and improving the game of golf in the State of Maryland: • The MSGA sponsors the Emmet Gary Scholarship which 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 became a co-sponsor of the First Tee Metro Tour in the State of Maryland in 2013. 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, 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. • 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 golf scholarship. This is a new program beginning in 2014. • The MSGA is contributing toward the creation of the Turfgrass Pathology Research Endowed Chair at the University of MD. Recognizing the vital importance of this position, the endowment will enable the University to recruit and support a world class pathologist and continue the industry-leading success of the Maryland Turfgrass Program. The Executive Committee of the MSGA encourages all golfers in the State of Maryland to partner with us in supporting these worthy causes. All contributions to the MSGA are fully deductible in accordance with IRS regulations and will be recognized on the MSGA website and at the annual meeting. Please send your contribution payable to the MSGA at 1777 Reisterstown Road, Suite 145, Baltimore, MD 21208.

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Antigua Debuts Its Spring 2015 Men PEORIA, AZ - The Antigua Group, Inc. - one of the nation’s leading designers and marketers of lifestyle and golf apparel under the distinguished Antigua brand - has introduced its Antigua Spring 2015 Men’s Golf Outerwear Collection that builds on previous successes in the category. “The Spring 2015 Men’s Golf Outerwear Collection is the focal point of Antigua’s ever-expanding lightweight golf outerwear,” says Ron McPherson, President and CEO of Antigua. “Technology advancements have included new lightweight functional fabrics, making the design potential limitless. And golf outerwear has been crossing over to daily wear use, which has helped grow the category.” For 2015, half-zip pullovers like Asset are available in a range of deep-yet-colorful heather shades complemented with brighter tonal sleeve taping and contrasting placket zippers. It can easily become a cool weather everyday wear garment, given its wide range of color options. The versatility of lightweight outerwear styles adds to their popularity. They’ve been designed with the intent MARYLAND STATE GOLF MAGAZINE | April 2015

to be be worn as standalone garments, or worn over a tee shirt or performance polo or under a heavier weight outerwear piece. Each of these lightweight outerwear styles can be utilized to perform these multiple garment functions. Crux, for instance, is constructed using a mid-weight, double knit neutral heather interlock that’s contrasted with deep palette color shades and outlined with seams covered in bright color contrast cover stitching. It’s appealing as a casual look and as a new-color classic. Haze demonstrates the subtle simplicity of a tonal irregular yarn, constructed into a lightweight, lightly brushed half-zip pullover guaranteed to be comfortable in cool climates without impeding movement. As technology has advanced to make wind-resistant fabrics lighter, thinner and softer for both comfort and flexibility, these advancements also offer unique design opportunities to add features and garment functionality that weren’t previously available. With the new half sleeve windshirt Skill, the process of bonding a thinly constructed micro-membrane behind and against the filament knit interlock outer face, and sandwiching it with an additional inner layer of filament interlock, gives

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en’s Golf Outerwear Collection the appearance of one singularly constructed layer of fabric. This one-piece, multi-layer, wind-resistant fabric eliminates the need for an additional garment lining. Due to its shell construction, Skill functions as a wind-resistant garment while also keeping golfers dry from rain based on its high-quality inner membrane.

It’s embellished with elastic outer garment seam tape that mimics the irregular neutral stripe effects in this collection’s polos, giving it a unique aesthetic design appeal. For more details on Antigua’s Spring 2015 Men’s Golf Outerwear Collection, visit

About Antigua Headquartered in Peoria, Arizona, The Antigua Group, through its license sports division, holds license agreements with National Football League (NFL), Major League Baseball (MLB), Minor League Baseball (MiLB), National Hockey League (NHL) and the National Basketball Association (NBA), Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), along with numerous American universities and colleges for men’s, women’s and children’s apparel, headwear and luggage. Antigua additionally designs, produces and supplies product for corporate America and specialty retail managed under its corporate division. Its golf division also holds license agreements with the PGA TOUR, LPGA and the PGA of America. Antigua products can also be found online at The Antigua Group, Inc. 16651 North 84th Avenue, Peoria, Ariz., 85382 For more information on The Antigua Group, visit them online at or contact Mary Beth Lacy at or call (760) 346-6942 April 2015 | MARYLAND STATE GOLF MAGAZINE


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The income tax has made liars out of more Americans than golf. Will Rogers

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If you watch a game, it’s fun. If you play it, it’s recreation. If you work at it, it’s golf. Bob Hope

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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 | April 2015

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

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

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

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2015 Participating Golf Facilities Maryland Golf Facilities (77)

McDaniel College Golf Club Arundel Golf Park Mount Pleasant Golf Course Bay Hills Golf Club Mountain Branch Beaver Creek Country Club Musket Ridge Golf Club (SILVER) Blue Heron Golf Course Nutters Crossing Bulle Rock (GOLD) Oakland Golf Club Caroline Golf Club Ocean City Golf Club Newport Bay Course Carroll Park Golf Course Ocean City Golf Club Seaside Course Chesapeake Bay Golf Club at North East Ocean Pines Golf & Country Club Chesapeake Bay Golf Club at Rising Sun Ocean Resorts WWCC Golf Club Chesapeake Hills Golf Club Olney Golf Park Clifton Park Golf Course P.B. Dye Golf Course Clustered Spires Golf Club Paint Branch Golf Course Compass Pointe Golf Courses Patuxent Greens Golf Club Cross Creek Golf Club Pine Ridge Golf Course Cumberland Country Club Queenstown Harbor - Lakes Course Deer Run Golf Club Queenstown Harbor - River Course (GOLD) Eagle’s Landing Red Gate Golf Course Eisenhower Golf Course Renditions Golf Course Elkton Golf & Batting Center River House Golf Exton Golf Course River Marsh Golf Club Fairway Hills Golf Club River Run Golf Club Forest Park Golf Course Rocky Gap Lodge & Golf Resort Furnace Bay Golf Club Ruggles Golf Course Geneva Farm Golf Course Rum Pointe Seaside Golf Links Glade Valley Golf Club GlenRiddle Golf Club - Man O’War Course (SILVER) The Bay Club Golf Course East The Bay Club Golf Course West Great Hope Golf Course The Woodlands Golf Course Green Hill Country Club Twin Shields Golf Club Greystone Golf Course University of Maryland Golf Course Harbourtowne Golf Resort Waverly Woods Golf Club Henson Creek Golf Club West Winds Golf Club Hog Neck Golf Course Westminster Island Green Horse Bridge Golf Club Westminster National Golf Course Lake Presidential (GOLD/SILVER) Wetlands Golf Club Laurel Golf Center Whiskey Creek Golf Club (GOLD) Links at Lighthouse Sound White Plains Golf Course Maple Run Golf Club Worthington Manor Golf Club Maplehurst Country Club Maryland National Golf Club

Delaware Golf Facilities (26)

Back Creek Golf Club Bayside Resort Golf Club (GOLD) Baywood Greens Golf Club Bear Trap Dunes Golf Club (SILVER) Brandywine Country Club Deerfield Delcastle Golf Club Dover Par 3 & Driving Range 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

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Maple Dale Country Club Midway Par 3 Newark Country Club Odessa National Golf Club Rock Manor Salt Pond Golf Club Stenger’s Shamrock Farms Par 3 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 Rock Creek Golf Course

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Play the best courses in the Mid-Atlantic!

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MSGA Patron Member Privileges

Patron: Victory $55, eClub $95* (shipping $2.42) Patron Couple: Victory $95, eClub $160* (shipping $3.29) Receive a 2015 Victory Golf Pass entitling you to special deals at over 320 of the finest golf facilities in

Member bag tag; Victory Golf Pass with information on all the courses; and subscription to the Maryland State Golf digital magazine. Patron Couples receive all the amenities listed above, plus an additional Victory Golf Pass and MSGA bag tag.

Junior: Victory $30, eClub $40* (shipping included) of Patron Members. Student Members under age 17 must be accompanied by an adult when using the Victory Pass.

Silver: Victory $150, eClub $190* (shipping included) Silver Couple: Victory $200, eClub $260* (shipping included) Receive all Patron Member privileges, plus special

GlenRiddle, Bear Trap Dunes, and White Clay Creek in Wilmington, DE, including complimentary greens fees for a fee which includes cart. All Silver Members will

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Membership Level Victory Only m Junior ( up to age 18): m $30 m Patron (+$2.42 shipping) : m $55 m Patron Couple (+$3.29 shipping) : m $95 m Silver: m $150 m Silver Couple: m $200 m Gold: m $500*

with eClub m $40* m $95* m $160* m $190* m $260* included

Shipping: $2.42 Patron, $3.29 Couple, all others shipping included. *includes eClub membership with USGA handicap service and eligibility for MSGA tournaments and Play Days Name ______________________________________________________ (First / Middle Initial / Last) Please Print

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commitment to supporting golf in Maryland. Silver additional bag tag and Victory Golf Pass.

Gold: $500, includes eClub* (shipping included)

Receive all of the Patron and Silver Member privileges, plus three additional Victory Golf Passes (four in all), and clients. Also included are


me at _____________________________________________________

Method of Payment Register online at (or by fax or mail) m Visa m MasterCard m Check Name on Card _________________________________________________ Credit Card No._________________________________________________ Expiration Date __________________________ Security Code ____________ (Last three digits on back of card)

courses: Bulle Rock, Whiskey Creek, Lake Presidential, Queenstown Harbor River Course, and Bayside Resort. Gold Members also receive a special Gold

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

and special recognition on the MSGA web site.

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


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

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



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




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


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


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

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

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

ORIGIN OF THE STATE GOLF ASSOCIATION Based on Baltimore Sun reporting by Claude C. Madison, among the spurs to the formation of the Maryland State Golf Association was the exhibition match between Harry Vardon, Ted Ray and B. Warren Corkran at Baltimore Country Club during the summer of 1920. The year of 1920 marked Vardon’s last trip to the United States while Ray captured his sole U.S. Open Championship at the Inverness Club in August, 1920, where he edged Vardon, Leo Diegel and Jock Hutchinson by one stroke, with the 50-year old Vardon going six over par in the last six holes. The temporary chairman of the Maryland players who called for a state golf association was R.E. Hanson. Hanson sent the invitations for the organization meeting that was held at the Emerson Hotel. In the March 9, 1921 Baltimore Sun, Claude Madison reported that “R.E. Hanson, who fostered and originated the idea of a State golf association, was lauded in a resolution unanimously adopted, which expressed appreciation of his orts to advance the game in Maryland. Hanson recently removed to New York.” Golf developments in Maryland even attracted the interest of Grantland Rice, the foremost sportswriter of the era. In ered the following remarks: “The movement to form a State golf association should be supported by every golfer in Maryland. Golf is now on the way to an even-greater boom and the golf courses and players of Maryland occupy too high a place to remain outside the fold. The fact that the national open championship is to be held at Columbia Country Club will bring additional attention to Maryland golf. There is no question that a State association can do a lot for the game, and at the same time the players get a lot of keen competition out of the organization.” Interestingly, there was spirited competition for the hosting rst championships. Representatives of Maryland Country Club, Rolling Road Golf Club and the Suburban Club were quite expressive in promoting their clubs. April 2015 | MARYLAND STATE GOLF MAGAZINE


Baltimore Country Club is widely recognized as one of the top 50 country clubs in the nation R. Marsden Smith, green committee chairman at Rolling Road Golf Club weighed in: “We think we can show the golfers of the State something unique in golf construction. Our course is adequate in every respect for entertaining the championship. The only possible objection would be the misapprehension that we might not be ready due to improvements in the greens. By the middle of June when the tournament probably will be held, Rolling Road will be in tip-top condition.” Not to be outdone, A.E. Marshall, who chaired the Maryland Country Club golf committee, claimed that his club “is the logical course to entertain the championship. We have lengthened our course to championship distance. We are centrally located and we want the event.” The president of the Suburban Club, A.F. Weinberg, upped the stakes with the following pronouncement: “We have the greatest golf course in Maryland and, as this is to be a real championship contest, let’s play it on a real course.” (Claude Madison further noted Mr. Weinberg’s view that while the other two clubs have very decent courses, they “could not hold a candle to Suburban.”) MARYLAND STATE GOLF MAGAZINE | April 2015

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

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

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



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


OFFICERS & STAFF 2015 Board of Directors PRESIDENT Tom Whelan Manor CC 410-712-0888

VICE PRESIDENT Diane Herndon Argyle CC 301-518-9221

VICE PRESIDENT Stanard Klinefelter Elkridge CC 410-537-5402

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

VICE PRESIDENT Jan Miller Baltimore CC 410-339-5872

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

VICE PRESIDENT Paul Dillon Congressional CC 301-518-5567

SECRETARY Robert Sherwood Columbia CC 443-534-5118

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

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

2015 MSGA Staff EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR William Smith Hillendale CC 410-653-5300

VICE PRESIDENT Ted Florenz Chartwell Golf & CC 410-492-0472

VICE PRESIDENT John Barse Columbia CC 301-229-6031

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

TREASURER John Pauliny Hillendale CC 410-252-9107

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



DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS Kim Ferguson 410-653-5300

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MSGA Magazine April 2015  

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

MSGA Magazine April 2015  

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