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October 2013 Issue # 4

Chip Sullivan

2013 Tournament Round Up

What’s in the bag ?

Mike Occi

the amateur interview


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Content Executive Director’s Welcome


Mike Occi, The Amateur Interview with Marty West


ask allen


World golf foundation, Steve Mona


Rules Revisited with jerry duffy


Chip Sullivan, What’s In The Bag


Atlantic City Spotlight




PGA Golf Club


International Junior Golf tour


Player of the year update


State news


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Executive Director’s Welcome Golf, Charity & Giving Golf has long been known for giving back to society. It starts with life skills values such as integrity, respect, and sportsmanship that are inherent in the game and passed on to all who learn the game. In addition, it gives back with billions of dollars raised annually for charities across the country. Some highlights include the following:

• The PGA Tour expects to surpass the $2 billion milestone sometime early in the 2014 season. • Combined charitable contributions from tournaments of the PGA Tour, Champions Tour and Tour established a record in 2012 by raising over $130 million. • PGA Tour Players on their own raised $35 million in 2012. • The PGA Tour wives (PTWA), which marks its 25th year in 2013, has raised more than $5 million for charity, but, just as important, it uses the platform of the PGA Tour to elevate awareness of worthy causes in the communities where their husbands compete. • The USGA and PGA of America created Patriot Golf Day in 2007 and raised more than $5.1 million for scholarships to families of veterans who have been injured or gave their lives in the line of duty in Iran & Afghanistan. • National charitable impact of golf in 2011 was $3.9 billion. • Based on a National Golf Foundation national study it is estimated that the Maryland Golf industry charitable giving in 2010 was $33.7 million. • The MSGA charitable giving first began in 1969 with the establishment of the Emmet Gary Scholarship which donated money to the University of Maryland for scholarship aid to agronomy students and continues today with over 150 recipients receiving almost $300 thousand. Many of the recipients have gone on to become golf course superintendents. Also starting in 2007, the MSGA began awarding academic scholarships to employees of member clubs, children of employees of member clubs, and to junior golfers. This program in its first six years has awarded scholarships to 18 students totaling almost $90 thousand.

In addition to dollars raised, tens of thousands of golfers give by being non paid volunteers in tournaments across the country. Only through this volunteer work can major golf tournaments succeed along with spectator fees, proam entries and corporate sponsorships. Many local charitable tournaments depend totally on the participation of the communities’ golfers and corporate sponsors. In total the world of golf surpasses all other sports with its commitment to help those most in need in our communities. MSGA golfers should be proud to be associated with a game that cares for others and does something about making all our communities better. Bill Smith Executive Director Maryland State Golf Association

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

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Name Member Club/Play At

Mike Occi Hobbits Glen Golf Club

Coach /Teacher

Greg Stark, Head Professional Congressional

What clubs are in your bag?

Titleist: 3-PW AP2 Irons. 52 and 58 degree Vokey wedges. 913 9.5 degree driver. 913 15 degree 3 wood and 913 19 degree hybrid. Scotty Cameron Studio Select Newport 2.5

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Hi Mike - Thank you for taking the time to do this interview. First let me begin by asking at what age did you begin playing golf?

three years has been a result of direct advice from you two, or simply from watching how you both go about your business.

I began playing golf in 1958 when I was 3 years old. If my Dad was cutting the lawn, I followed behind with my toy mower. If he was chipping in the yard, I was next to him with my plastic clubs. He noticed that I was a natural when it came to impact and that I was having fun so he continued to teach me what he could. Dad was a great athlete (baseball) and could break 80 on the course once in a while. He watched golf on TV, understood the mechanics of the swing and was a great competitor himself, so that was a good start. In the last 10 years, Greg Stark, Head Golf Professional at Congressional, has helped me enormously with my swing.

What do you consider is the strength of your game? Is there any aspect of your game which you are going to concentrate on improving in 2014?

Many golfers remember when they “got bitten by the golf bug.” Do you have a particular time, experience or memory of when you fell in love with the game? I got the bug early. The morning of my first day of school, my Dad took me to play golf. That is when I became passionate about golf and started daydreaming about golf in school. Your last three golf seasons have been great. What do you consider your main highlights? The honest truth is that I have always had the physical talent, but lacked confidence and mental toughness on the golf course. Meeting and playing with you and Bobby Morris are the main highlights of the last three years. Most of my improvement over the last

I have always been a good ball striker but until fairly recently, not a very straight driver of the golf ball. Over the past 10 years, Greg Stark has helped me to better understand my swing and straighten out my driver. I score well because I hit a lot of fairways and greens, but I don’t feel that my putting is on the same quality level as the rest of my game. Of course, I would love to improve my putting, but at this point, I’m not sure that it is in the cards - God doesn’t give you everything! How much time do you dedicate a week for practice? How many rounds of golf during the golf season do you think you average in a week? Do you enjoy practice and if you had the choice, would you rather play or practice? I have been retired since November 2010. If it wasn’t for bad weather, I would play every day. I actually need to learn how to pace myself because I love to play and practice. For example, without noticing, I sometimes end up playing many days in a row, which, as a senior player, is not the best plan. I love golf so much that even when I tell my wife I’m taking a day off, a few hours later I’m ready to go hit some balls! I feel blessed that my health has been good enough to allow me to enjoy playing and practicing so much. October 2013 | MARYLAND STATE GOLF MAGAZINE

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Even though you are a senior golfer, you have played in the last three Maryland Amateurs. Did you have any specific goals before the tournaments began? What are your impressions of the young players in the championship and how they approach the game? When I was young, all the tournaments were match play and I loved that format and enjoyed much success. The work I’ve put into my game over the last 10 years, and the fact that most tournaments are now stroke play, has made me much better at stroke play than match play. I like playing in the Maryland Amateur to go up against the youngsters and also get a chance at match play. This past year, I lost in the first round of match play - I played pretty well, but my opponent, Scott Ehrlich, made 4 birdies and an eagle by the 10th hole at Woodmore. I think some of the young players take too long to play and are overly concerned with how their swings look; they also are very concerned with how far they hit their clubs, rather than how accurate they are. Our generation is more creative I think - I don’t see many younger players able to hit a 90 yard 4 iron from under a tree and hook it onto the green . . . You grew up and played most of your competitive golf in New Jersey. How have you found the quality of the golf courses and competition in the Washington area? The municipal and daily fee golf courses in Maryland and Virginia are light years ahead of the ones in New Jersey in terms of quality. The private courses in NJ, NY, PA and Conn. are more traditional than those in this area, and because I’m a traditionalist, I think the old designs are a better test of golf. The competition is so good here. We are fortunate to have three excellent golf associations (MSGA, MAGA and the WMGA), which host three times the number of events as NJ. The officials and volunteers in the MidAtlantic golf associations are top notch. They know golf, they are nice to people and they actually make you feel welcome when you show up at an event. It is a pleasure to play golf in this part of the country. What college did you attend and did you play golf there? What was your major? How long was it after you graduated before you turned professional? How long did you remain a professional golfer? Why did you return to amateur golf? I graduated high school in 1973 and accepted a full golf scholarship to the University of Maryland. At the time, it was one of the biggest schools in the country. It was quite a shock to me to be there - my family never went out to dinner let alone out of town. I had never been

away from home, and I was not ready for college, so I left after my first year. I then turned pro and was an assistant at Montclair Golf Club in NJ until 1977. The first year I cleaned clubs and ran the bag room. The second year I was the shop manager. The last year I taught a little along with being the shop manager. I quit the golf business and golf in 1977, went to Rutgers in NJ and graduated with a degree in chemistry. I did not pick up a club from 1977 until Fathers’ Day in 1987, when my Dad and I went to play at the Rutgers Golf Course. I birdied that last 6 holes for 69 and the passion was reignited. Can you give our readers any thoughts regarding your experience as a professional golfer and how amateur golf is different? I think it is important to realize that a professional golfer working at a country club plays very little golf. It is a rewarding experience to interact with the members, and try to enhance their experience at the club, including helping them with their game. However, for someone who loves to play and practice, being a professional is a frustrating experience, because I would always want to be hitting balls or playing. What golf tournament that you have played in did you most enjoy and why? I really enjoy individual stroke play events. However, the most fun I’ve had in the last few years has been playing in the Belle Haven 4-Ball with my partner, Ben Clements (2009 MSGA Sr Amateur Champion). He has become a really good friend, and I love to watch him play. I especially like to watch him putt - it gives me hope! As you know, we won the Senior Division the last three years. What is your favorite course that you have played and why did you enjoy it so much? My favorite golf course is Plainfield Country Club in NJ. It is a Donald Ross course. What I like about his courses is that you don’t need to know them to play well. Everything is in front of you. He tells you where to hit it. If it is a long hole, it is a big green. If it is a short hole, it’s a small green. There are no cart paths. It is heaven for me. Competitive golf can be very stressful, especially when you are in the heat of competition with a chance to win. Are there any specific things you do to try to cope with the pressure when you are competing? Yes. I stick to my pre-shot routine. Most of that routine is to relax every muscle in my body. I try to stay aggressive


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because if I have a chance to win, I’m already playing well. Sometimes it works, and sometimes I finish second to you! Do you have someone that you use as a sounding board to talk about your success with or how you could improve your game? Besides Greg Stark for technical issues, my wife Kathy is a big part of my golf success. Sometimes (many times) I need an attitude adjustment. Kathy is a contracts lawyer, and frequently is in pressure-packed negotiations, so she knows how to manage stress, which is very helpful to me on the golf course. She also reminds me frequently that negative energy diminishes one’s ability to perform at a high level. She keeps me positive. If we were not together, I’d be a 10 handicap. If you were given the opportunity this year to play on any two courses in the world, what courses would you choose and why? Augusta National because I think I would love it. Plainfield because I know I love it. 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? My Dad. He died aged 91 but is with me every day I play. Jack Nicklaus. He has always been my hero, for his talent and his demeanor on and off the course.

Do you now have a consistent exercise program and if so, what does it entail? I have a consistent stretching program. Every day I stretch using the techniques I was given in physical therapy for my shoulders. I also do stretches for my back, forearms and legs. Golfers are known for being superstitious. Do you have any superstitions that you are willing to share with us? Don’t know why but, I carry 4 long white tees, 2 short green tees and 4 ball markers. I get crazy if I don’t. Having a balanced life is something every one of us is conscious of in this day and age. Outside of golf, how do you spend your time and what other activities do you try to partake in? On the days I don’t play golf, I re-grip my clubs (kidding). Since I’ve been retired, I spend time gardening, cooking and of course, watching golf! I am also pretty handy with a set of tools, so I do work around the house. What is the best advice regarding golf that you have ever received? I was playing in the Mid-Atlantic Senior Amateur at RTJ in 2010. It was 54 holes that year and I was paired with Bobby Morris all 3 days. On the last day he said, “Mike, if you get a little more aggressive with your irons and with your putter, you will win one of these events”. My next event was the Maryland Senior Amateur, which I won, in no small part due to that advice.

John Lay, my best friend from NJ. He is so much fun to play with. October 2013 | MARYLAND STATE GOLF MAGAZINE

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The PGA Cup Allen Wronowski, 37th President of the PGA of America (2010-2012) and Honorary President of the PGA of America (2012-2014)



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Well Captain, it’s time to go to work” was a call I received in early January of this year from Susan Martin at the PGA of America Headquarters. We are known as Honorary Presidents, we have the privilege to serve as Captain of the PGA Cup Team, but the reality hadn’t struck me – until she called me Captain. Attending Ryder Cups and PGA Cups since 2002 I remembered Corey Pavin, Paul Azinger, Jim Remy, Brian Whitcomb, Davis Love III, and others and calling each of them Captain, and now I was honored to have the title. The PGA Cup are matches held every other year and are identical to the Ryder Cup, except less television coverage and 40,000 less spectators. It is the club professionals of the PGA of America competing against the club professionals from Great Britain and Ireland. The matches began in 1973 as a way for the two associations to not only host a competition for their best players, but for building relationships and sharing information on elevating the standards of their MARYLAND STATE GOLF MAGAZINE | October 2013

professionals and initiatives to grow the game within the official parties. This year’s matches were held in Northumberland England at the Hunting Course of Slaley Hall. Our team members qualify over two years through our PGA Professional National Championship and the PGA Championship. Their team has qualifiers and a captain’s pick. As Captain in January, I began selecting dress clothing, golf clothing, footwear, outerwear and more. I was even able to design the golf bags and headcovers to be used. I was responsible for selecting menus, design of the team room, snacks, and my incredible wife Gail certainly helped me with all the above plus worked on the uniforms for the week for the wives of the team members. I called and spoke to many of our past Cup captains as well as past Ryder Cup captains. This is a once in a life time experience and you really work hard to“ not leave anything in the locker room”! After the PGA Championship concluded we had our


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final team of 10 decided. Emails and phone calls were made to congratulate them and welcome them to the team, and we stayed in contact over the next 6 weeks leading up to being together. We had profile sheets done by each of them, with questions as do you like your partner to help with club selection or reading putts. Do you like encouragement from your Captain on course, what golf ball do you play and is there a golf ball you can’t play (for the foursome matches). I was fortunate in that I knew most of our players from being around them at various events or being in my section. I was blessed with an amazing team of not only great players, but really wonderful people. The team consisted of: JC Anderson, Matt Dobyns, Kelly Mitchum, Rod Perry, Ryan Polzin, Mark Sheftic, Mike Small, Jeff Sorenson, Bob Sowards and Chip Sullivan. Four of them had previously been on Cup teams, 6 were rookies to the matches. We started the week with some travel issues, like flights being canceled and rebooking (mine was one of them). But we all got there and it didn’t dampen the spirit. The

team room was decorated with pictures from the last 3 PGA Cups of the successful US teams, motivational quotes from sports, American flags and red/white/blue everywhere. I really played the card of underdog as Paul Azinger did at Valhalla, and I believed we were. Going across the pond you have to deal with acclimating to the time difference, unusual foods, different turf and at times understanding some brogue! We were facing a team with their new qualifying process that had years of European tour experience, GB&I PGA and Open Championships appearances, and had played the Hunting Course in quite a few events including the Glenmuir PGA Championship. Russell Weir would be Captain a second time, he had done so two years ago and we knew had gained a lot of experience. On Tuesday night, I addressed the team for the first time, and had them introduce themselves and their wives. We talked about what being on the team meant and to not only represent the PGA of America, but also the USA. I played a video with a message from Dottie October 2013 | MARYLAND STATE GOLF MAGAZINE

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Pepper and then followed by the Lee Greenwood song “God Bless the USA”. Dottie is a good friend and now serves as an Independent Director on our National PGA Board. Her message was well wishes from the board, but also motivational as competitor in the Curtis and Solheim Cups and her perspective as an assistant captain for this year’s Solheim team. On Thursday, we had Ryder Cup Captain Tom Watson call the team to give his perspective of team play, and words of encouragement. I commented to him that our hope was to keep the Cup momentum – first the Walker Cup, now the PGA Cup and followed by Presidents Cup. We would give the Ryder Cup team a path to follow!! I was honored to lead both teams out to the stage on Thursday for the Opening Ceremonies. (My heart beats faster typing and reliving that memory). At the end of the proceedings, the introductions of teams and speeches, when they play the National anthems, emotions and tensions run high. We said often during the ceremony that certainly 20 great players would compete, someone would claim the LLandudno Trophy – but the ultimate winner would be the game of golf. MARYLAND STATE GOLF MAGAZINE | October 2013

I had done pairings of who would play with who, who would sit out when, what the line ups would be for the 5 rounds more times than I would ever care to admit. Sitting players is a real challenge. What I did do was assign everyone a partner a week prior to the event. This was done by their personalities, play type and some gut feelings I had. I think it is very challenging to play in this time event switching, and I wasn’t going to unless something crazy happened. BUT THERE IS ALWAYS DOUBT!! Friday morning began with the foursome format and we tied 2-2, the afternoon fourball we dominated and claimed all 4 points for a 6-2 lead after the first day. Team speech was easy, don’t stop, keep the peddle to the metal and I reminded them of what I had witnessed at Celtic Manor and Medinah. Until we got to 13 points, don’t relax. Saturday morning we again tied the foursomes and now we were 8-4. The afternoon we won again 2 ½ to 1 ½ - wow after the second day we are leading 10 ½ to 5 ½. We only need 2 ½ of the 10 singles points to retain the Cup. Same team speech, don’t stop, run through the finish line and the GB & I team will come out with nothing to lose and firing.

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Russell Weir was unfortunately taken to the hospital Saturday evening from some blood sugar and blood pressure issues. When I saw him Sunday morning prior to the singles I was elated, he is a great man and he even started my day with some humor. He said he had been diagnosed with a bad allergy-he was allergic to our red numbers!!! We both greeted all of our players to and off the tee and the excitement, tension; pressure can never be described in words. All we needed was 2 ½ points and our players had been playing lights out. Well sure enough about three hours into the singles, I was standing by the leaderboard behind #8 green. My heart raced, my stomach flip flopped…. we were down in 6 matches and tied in 4. That is only 2 points and we are now LOSING!! How can this be, I watched this in two previous Ryder Cups. The hard part was we were not playing poorly; their team was out of control. They were making birdies and eagles and shooting incredible scores on a very difficult golf course. I was flying around the golf course with my assistant captains and trying to give every word of motivation and encouragement we could. We had some of our team members shooting 2 and 3 under and getting beaten. With an hour or

so to go, there was a great turn in the matches. JC Anderson would halve his match, Kelly Mitchum and Ryan Polzin would win theirs. It was quite a moment when I accepted the LLandudnotrophy at the closing ceremonies and knew this team made it possible to bring it back to American soil. My experiences as Captain of an American team in International competition will never be forgotten. This is a team who became friends and built relationships they will keep for years to come. And in the end, the ultimate winner was the game of golf watching 20 great players, playing at the highest level with passion, pride and outstanding sportsmanship. If you would like to see my daily blogs, individual scores, press releases, the write up from the Turner embedded reporter please visit:


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ummer is here and it’s time to enjoy the great outdoors. Translation: get out and play as much golf as you can. The National Golf Foundation (NGF) reports Maryland is home to 181 golf facilities including regulation, executive and par3 courses. While you might be an avid golfer, have you ever thought about introducing the game to a family member or friend? Golf can be intimidating for new players. As a result, the industry recently created an adult player development program to teach those with little or no previous exposure to the game. In 2009, “Get Golf Ready” was launched at East Potomac Golf Course in Washington, D.C. Since its inception, this facility has annually welcomed the most students of any course in the nation. In 2012, it hosted more than 1,000.

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The Game’s Adult Player Development Program By Steve Mona, CEO of World Golf Foundation MARYLAND STATE GOLF MAGAZINE | October 2013

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»» Background Info Now in its fifth year, Get Golf Ready is an industrywide program created to offer everything new golfers need to play in just a few lessons. Administered by The PGA of America, PGA and LPGA Professionals work with students to combine fun, friends and fitness in a low-pressure atmosphere. Training environments vary from local driving ranges to public golf courses to private clubs. The program has three main goals. First, bring new golfers to the game in a fast, fun and affordable way. Next, bring former golfers back to the game. Finally, increase the frequency of play of occasional golfers. The objective is to deliver a consistent Get Golf Ready experience for adult consumers. After participation in the program, students should be well on their way to becoming bona fide golfers with an appreciation for the history, rules and etiquette of the game. There are more than 2,300 facilities actively hosting Get Golf Ready across the U.S. and 188 in the PGA Middle Atlantic Section (Maryland, Virginia, D.C.). Among 41 sections nationwide, the Middle Atlantic Section ranks highest in total participation. There are more than 500 Get Golf Ready classes being promoted on in the Middle Atlantic Section. Recent studies have proven Get Golf Ready is reaching new golfers and women. Statistics show about 42 percent are new golfers and 61 percent are female. In addition, 83 percent from 2012 continued to play or practice, spending an average of $1,069 on golf.

»» What is Get Golf Ready? Get Golf Ready includes five group lessons for only $99. It’s an easy and affordable way to start playing the “game of a lifetime.” Each session focuses on a variety of golf skills including short game (putting, chipping, and pitching), full swing (irons and woods) and course management. What do you need to bring? Players are encouraged to have a positive attitude as well as a desire to learn and have fun with friends. Golf clubs, balls and other equipment are provided for your use. The program begins with students experiencing success from the first lesson. It all begins on the green where golfers are shown how to execute the proper putting stroke from a short distance. Lesson two focuses on chipping and short game techniques. Next, lesson three shifts to irons and full swing on the practice tee. Lesson four continues emphasis on full October 2013 | MARYLAND STATE GOLF MAGAZINE

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swing and includes drivers and woods. Finally, students complete the program by playing a full golf hole with the instructor. As you can see, the lessons provide a nice progression from the putting green to the practice tee and, finally, to the golf course. While on the course, students put their skills into action in a casual, friendly setting. Coaches help students navigate the hole with shot and club selections.

»» How’s the Program Doing? Get Golf Ready works and continues to produce incredible results year-over-year. In 2012, more than 2,150 facilities actively provided Get Golf Ready, a 70 percent increase versus 2011. This year alone there are more than 600 new facilities. Get Golf Ready graduates average 14.5 rounds per student. Reaching an average of 35 students had an impact of 379 new rounds and 309 range visits (Source: NGF Survey of Get Golf Ready graduates). More than 142,700 students have participated in Get Golf Ready programs in the past four years. In 2012, a MARYLAND STATE GOLF MAGAZINE | October 2013

record number of 75,900 students participated, a 47 percent increase over 2011 and more than the total of the first three years combined (66,800). Demographics show 61 percent are female and 20 percent are minority. Montgomery County Golf Course is a successful local example. Along with East Potomac, the course is among the top nationwide in number of Get Golf Ready graduates each year.

»» Family Golf Month July is the perfect time to start playing golf with your spouse, children or relatives. The PGA of America encourages families to play the game together throughout the month. Golf facilities across the U.S. offer a wide variety of programs designed to provide a structured, yet casual opportunity to learn and play the game. Local course activities include Get Golf Ready classes for families and other introductory clinics. To support Family Golf Month, The PGA of America launched a Twitter campaign on July 1 asking the entire golf industry and enthusiasts across America to tweet about family golf experiences using #FamilyGolfMonth.

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»» Websites To learn more about Get Golf Ready, visit To find out more about the PGA Middle Atlantic Section, go to To see what Family Golf Month activities are available near you, visit

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

In 2012, Steve was named to Golf Inc.’s “Most Powerful People in Golf” for the 12th consecutive year and ranked above Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Greg Norman. 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 WORLD GOLF FOUNDATION 1 WORLD GOLF PLACE ST. AUGUSTINE, FL 32092 TEL: 904 940 4000 WWW.WORLDGOLFFOUNDATION.ORG


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Know and play by the rules by Jerry Duffy, President of the MSGA


fter conducting 15 or so Rules Seminars over the past year I learned a great deal about the state of Rules knowledge at the club level. We need more seminars. Many players experienced the ALMOST KNOW syndrome, which can often times can be more harmful than total ignorance. I thought it would be helpful to outline some of these almost known Rules and the correct application. For example, the dropping procedures detailed in Rule 20 appear very straightforward, but most failed to comprehend the nuances. Every drop has a “PRESCRIBED AREA� where the dropped ball must land. This area can be within one club length (any club) of the nearest point of relief from a cart path, two clubs lengths from a red hazard line, or closest point from an embedded ball. Once the ball lands within the prescribed area for that drop, it can roll up to two more club lengths from WHERE IT LANDED, before a re-drop is required. Say you use your driver to measure two club lengths from where your ball last crossed the margin of a lateral hazard, and you drop a ball that lands at the far end of the measured area, and it rolls almost two club lengths from where it landed? The ball is in play almost four club lengths, or nearly 15-feet from the red line. If it rolled more than two club lengths, you must re-drop. If the ball rolls more than 2 club lengths again, place the ball where it landed on the 2nd drop. If you are not exactly sure where it landed the spot must be estimated. There are other subtleties in the drop rule. Most players know that if the ball rolls closer to the hole than the appropriate reference point, it is to be placed where it


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landed on the second drop. However, if the dropped ball fails to land within the prescribed area, hits anyone’s equipment, or any person, before or after it lands, it does not even count as a drop. It’s a non-drop not to be counted as one of the two. Did you know that? Then most seemed to know that if you hit a wrong ball in match play – its loss of hole. In stroke play they knew it was a 2-stroke penalty, but seemed confused when asked if the stroke made at the wrong ball counted, or what to do if the ball went out of bounds. Rule 15 tells us that strokes or penalties incurred with a wrong ball do not count in the player’s score. So correct the error and add 2. If you can’t find the original ball, then it’s back to where you last played adding another for lost ball. Another Rule many players applied incorrectly was when a Ball at Rest was moved by your partner in a fourball competition (best ball of two versus best ball of two others). Let’s say your partner kicks your ball in the rough moving it several inches. Many felt the partner was out of the hole in match play, or incurred one or two stroke penalty in stroke play. Actually, the penalty is the same in match play or stoke play when a ball is moved. “The partner gets a one stroke penalty for moving the ball, and another if it’s not put back” would be called out from the attendees, with wide spread agreement. Here the “almost know” the Rules becomes clear. The penalty statement, while correct, was assessed again the wrong player. Even though the partner moved the ball – you receive the penalty. Check the MSGA website this winter for information on a Rules Seminar near you. Also see promo in this issue of the magazine.


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rules seminar promo Mr. Jerry Duffy, current President of the MSGA and a rules official on the USGA Senior Amateur committee has developed a rules seminar for member club members that last year drew great reviews from all attending the seminars. If your club would like to have Jerry present the seminar for your members please call the MSGA office at 410-6535300 or email Jerry at Following is a quote from one of last year’s seminars:

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I wanted to take a moment and send a quick thank you to the MSGA. On March 19th, The Woodlands Golf Course hosted a rules seminar with Jerry Duffy as the speaker. We had 45 guests in attendance. Having attended many rules workshops as a PGA Professional, this was the best by far. Jerry not only educated my guests, he entertained them for two hours. When I came into the office this morning, my inbox was full of emails thanking me for the night and raving about how great Jerry was! Again, I wanted to pass on my sincere gratitude for all that the MSGA does. I can only hope that other facilities will take advantage of this great opportunity that the MSGA is offering.”


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32 WHAT’S IN THE BAG? Chip Sullivan

• PGA Director of Golf at Hanging Rock Golf Club in Salem, VA • Former member of the PGA Tour and Nationwide Tour • T4th in 2013 PNC • Winner of the 2007 PGA Professional National Championship, Sunriver, Oregon • Winner of over 80 PGA-sanctioned events • Finished 31st in the 2004 PGA Championship at Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wis. • Played in 6 PGA Championships • Finished 18th in 2008 Japan PGA Championship


Chip Sullivan

• Member of the victorious U.S. Team in 2007 & 2013 PGA Cup Team • 4-time winner PGA Section Championship in MAPGA and Carolinas PGA • 4-time Maryland Open Champion • 6-time Virginia State Open Runner-Up • 2-time winner of the Taylor Made Invitational, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico • Former SEC Individual Champion and SEC Team Champion (Ole Miss)


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Why I use...

Driver /// Taylor Made R11S 10.5 adjusted to 11.5 loft with a Graphite Design Tour AD DJ-7 x-stiff shaft I have tried the Taylor Made R1 and actually played the Taylor Made SLDR. Both are wonderful clubs but as they say, “it it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” I probably spin it way too much and lose distance but the backspin also keeps it straight for me.

3 wood /// Taylor Made Burner TP with a Rombax Re-Ax 95 gram graphite x flex I had to go to the car once Marcus asked me what’s in my bag...couldn’t remember what I was hitting it’s so old and has been in my bag since 2007. It has a dent on the top of it but I sleep with it at night and has saved me on many tight driving holes over the years.


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hybrid /// Taylor Made Stage 2 3 hybrid (18.5 degree) with a Tour x flex 105 gram graphite shaft. Just switched to this club in May after having a wonderful 17 year love affair with an old steal shafted hybrid that I first started playing in 1997 when I was on the PGA Tour. My biggest issue with hybrid clubs has been a miss left of my target. With the Stage 2 hybrid I am able to control my distance and stay consistent down the middle.

Utility iron /// Adams Super DHY 3H Hybrid/Utility 21° Golf Club with a Ozik Program 95 graphite shaft The newest addition to my bag. For the most part, I am not one that hangs out in the tour vans trying the newest and greatest clubs on the market but I tried out a friend of mines on the PGA Tour, Steve Wheatcroft’s Adams club on the driving range this year at TPC Avenal during the event and fell in love with it. It is an easy club to hit and get up in the air compared to a standard 3 iron.


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36 WHAT’S IN THE BAG? Chip Sullivan

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Iron /// Taylor Made MC irons (4-9), x-100 dynamic steel shaft. Same shaft I have used since college days at Ole Miss. I am spoiled with a forged iron and cannot switch to cast. I am looking forward to the new Taylor Made forged irons coming out this November. My grooves are about shot!


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Wedges /// 48 and 54 degree xft TP wedges with interchangeable grooves and a 62 degree ATV lob wedge that is bent to a 60 degree That bend to 60 degrees reduces the about of bounce on the club to help me nip sand shots a little cleaner.

Putter /// Odyssey 2-ball putter Have not switched putters since this putter came out many years ago...




ATLANTIC CITY plays host to an epic USA vs CANADA GOLF experience By Brad King



ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -- For all the glitz and glammer of the high-rise gambling casinos that light up the night across this unique Atlantic Ocean-side destination, there’s another side to Atlantic City — a daylight version beyond the reimagined world-famous boardwalk and beaches. Sprawled across Atlantic City’s tranquil surroundings are no fewer than 20 artfully crafted and meticulously maintained golf courses of all makes and varieties. These layouts range from links style to parkland style to classic gems to out-of-control modern marvels. In September, a six-pack assortment of the area’s finest golf courses presented their own, unique form of challenge during the inaugural Atlantic City Media Cup Challenge, which pitted some of the top golf travel journalists from the United States and Canada. For the first-ever event, it was probably only fitting that Kylene Barker McNeill — Miss America 1979, who now has dual residences in Florida and Canada — would extend her visit to Atlantic City for the 2013 Miss America pageant festivities an extra day to tee it up with the esteemed group of writers who made their way to Atlantic City for the week. After all, McNeill currently sports a very sporty 13.5 golf handicap index, and following a recent hip replacement, the former Miss Virginia 1978 (who happened to have grown up with the mother-in-law of 2012 U.S. Open champion, Webb Simpson) ventured back out on the golf course and recorded not one but two holein-ones in just a few rounds, giving her a total of four aces during her playing career. In the early ‘90s Kylene decided to trade the business world for the golf course and became an avid golfer. Her recent playing partners in the Atlantic City Media Cup Challenge hailed from Massachusetts, Michigan,

Nevada, North Carolina, Texas, Toronto, Ottawa and Quebec City. The journalists will generate destination, golf and lifestyle coverage for The Golf Channel, CBS Sports CyberGolf, Boston Globe, GolfGetaways Magazine, Golf & Leisure Cape Cod Magazine, The Globe & Mail, Toronto Sun, Ottawa Sun, Canadian Golfer Magazine and Ontario Golf News among others. For five days in mid-September, the Greater Atlantic City Golf Association (GACGA), Atlantic City Alliance, Casino Reinvestment Development Authority and Atlantic City Convention and Visitors Authority partnered with Impact Golf Marketing to showcase the destination, its highlights, hidden gems and burgeoning golf scene to these important media influencers across the United States and Canada. As Jason Deegan noted early in the trip on World Golf Wire,“I’ve already met a former Miss America. And played golf on a sand-laced course that looked like the famous Pine Valley Golf Club (Shore Gate). And devoured a juicy filet from the Old Homestead Steakhouse, a world-class restaurant in the Borgata Casino, the hottest of the area’s 13 casinos. What a memorable first 24 hours in Atlantic City and to think, I haven’t even dropped a coin into a single slot yet.” Indeed, as Deegan and his fellow golf-writing compatriots would discover, the Atlantic City area boasts seven of the Top 10 Courses that you can play in New Jersey according to Golfweek Magazine. “Atlantic City Golf is the best-kept golf secret on the East Coast, and we were excited about spreading the word across the United States, Canada and beyond,” said GACGA President Tom Sullivan. “During their visit, the journalists really enjoyed Doing AC and Playing AC Golf along the way.”



AC GOLF European influence has always been a part of the fabric that makes up the golf landscape along the coast of the Atlantic Ocean in Southern New Jersey. Nowhere is that more prevalent than at venues like Atlantic City Country Club, where original designer John Reid, a professional golfer, routed the first nine holes in much the same manner that links courses were built back in Scotland. He did so by taking advantage of its natural setting along coastal waters and salt marshes and letting nature take its course. Now some 116 years and multiple restorations later, the venerable Atlantic City Country Club has evolved into one of the great-granddaddies of clubs in the nation. Anyone interested in the game’s history should waste no time teeing it up on the 6,577-yard classic — most recently restored by renowned designer Tom Doak shortly after its 100th birthday — in the near future. The club’s rich background alone makes it one of the great destination courses in the East, though its current 18-hole layout and spectacular setting along Lakes Bay (named for Simon Lake, the inventor of the modern submarine) overlooking the Atlantic City skyline are both on par to its history. Not one but two replica holes from famed Pine Valley, the New Jersey icon consistently ranked among the world’s best, can be found at Blue Heron Pines Golf Club. Architect Stephen Kay, who actually lives just off No. 17 fairway, patterned Blue Heron’s No. 14 off Pine Valley’s seventh and he similarly replicated a PV hole on his No. 10 offering. Opened in 1993, Blue Heron Pines’ mature layout is tree-lined, sports some nice water holes and has its share of strategically placed bunkers. The back nine is considered the more challenging of the two, though it is also the more secluded and makes for an extremely pleasant and peaceful conclusion to a round of golf. MARYLAND STATE GOLF MAGAZINE | October 2013

Kay also planned Blue Heron as a good walker’s course — more like a private club experience. No. 14 is popular, with almost 100 yards of waste area lining the par 5 from 280 yards out. This one-acre sand hazard is a highlight to a four secluded-hole string beginning on No. 13 all the way to No. 16. According to Kay, A.W. Tillinghast was the inspiration for the sand hazard, having called one a “great hazard.” Built on a former landfill (Pineland’s Park) and another Kay creation, McCullough’s Emerald Golf Links is a true test of links golf as it replicates several holes from the British Isles. With no trees to speak of, the course is characterized by shifting winds, high grasses, rolling fairways and great conditioning. The winds truly dictate everything. Blinds shots and elevation changes also make this “grunge to green” layout an exciting adventure. The only course in the area with 100-foot elevation changes, McCullough’s Emerald Golf Links’ seventh hole was ranked among the top 18 most fun holes you can play in America by Golf Digest architecture editor Ron Whitten. Donald Ross, who went from a modest greenkeeper at his local golf course back home in Dornoch, Scotland, to the most prolific producer of courses in the world during his time, did indeed earn his legendary status through his tireless pursuits. This turn-of-the-century (no, not the latest one, the one before) golf course designer even made his way to the Jersey Shore. The result? The Bay Course at Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club, Atlantic City’s home to the ShopRite LPGA Classic. The resort’s original golf course actually had two Scotsmen frame its wonderful challenge. The Bay Course, which plays along Reed’s Bay in Galloway and situated just eight miles from Atlantic City (providing


great views of its skyline), was initially routed by fellow Scottish immigrant Hugh Wilson (of Merion Golf Club fame) and opened in 1915. A year later, Ross completed the course by adding the sand bunkers and pulling together several strategic elements. Together (actually apart), these two esteemed Scottish-born artists created a jewel on the coast known to all who have stayed at New Jersey’s quintessential seaside resort. Meanwhile, in a nod to the West Coast, Shore Gate Golf Club is the only layout in the area designed by a California architect firm, that of Ron Fream and David Dale. Though only a couple of miles from the beach on the southern end, the landscape at Shore Gate is remarkably rolling. It also has a “vibe,” to put it more Jersey terms, that is similar to Pine Valley. Shore Gate opened in 2002 to rave reviews and has maintained its first-rate standards ever since. It is the only golf course at the Jersey Shore to have been

named to both Golf Digest and Golf Magazine’s list of best new public golf courses nationally. Then, of course, there’s Twisted Dune – possibly the most visually striking golf course in the Atlantic City golf arsenal. With its inland links representation, if you were sent blindfolded to any course in the state, this is the one that you’d recognize by its name most readily. That’s because every hole is so dramatic, you have nowhere to turn but in circles. One local pro described it as the spot where “Phoenix meets Scotland.” Twisted Dunes is a links style course with twisting landscapes, dramatic elevations, and contoured fairways. It is a challenging, yet supremely playable, 18hole design. Designer Archie Struthers moved two million cubic yards of earth to bring this remarkable course to fruition; creating a true taste of the Scottish Coast, right along the Jersey Shore. October 2013 | MARYLAND STATE GOLF MAGAZINE


AC CASINOS Located at Renaissance Pointe, Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa features 2,000 guest rooms and suites; 161,000 square feet of gaming; 182 gaming tables; 3,475 slot machines; an 85-table poker room; 11 retail boutiques; 6 acclaimed fine dining restaurants by renowned chefs; 6 casual dining options; a 54,000 square foot spa; 70,000 square feet of event space; 4 signature nightlife experiences; and parking for 7,100 cars. The resort also features Atlantic City’s first cosmopolitan hotel experience, The Water Club at Borgata, with 800 guest rooms and suites; a 36,000 square foot spa; 18,000 square feet of meeting space; 6 designer retail boutiques; and 5 heated indoor and outdoor pools. Tropicana Atlantic City Casino & Resort is a 24-hour gaming destination located on the beach and Boardwalk. Featuring 2,079 rooms and suites and home of The Quarter, a 200,000 square foot entertainment complex, Tropicana is the premier resort in Atlantic City. With 24 restaurants, 25 shops, 18 bars and lounges, 2 pools, an IMAX Theatre and a spa, Tropicana is consistently rated as the “Must-See Attraction” in Atlantic City.



“We haven’t had an empty seat in quite a few years.” AC EATS A New York City institution, Carmine’s was created with the goal of presenting every meal in the manner of an “Italian American wedding feast.” Carmine’s in The Quarter at Tropicana is the restaurant’s first location outside of the Big Apple. The restaurant serves home-style Southern Italian appetizers, entrees, and desserts in extra large portions, evoking the comfort of grandma’s house. The bar features an extensive list of premium wines and very generous cocktails. Chickie’s and Pete’s Crab House and Sports Bar is located just off the Tropicana’s casino floor and the Boardwalk. This two story, 16,000 square foot full service restaurant and sports bar offers an extensive menu as well as it’s world famous Crab Fries. In addition to over 50 TVs, Chickie’s and Pete’s offers the latest in audio and video technology, as well as the PLAY2 interactive sports bar concept. Located inside The Borgata, their domestically-raised, hand-massaged Kobe beef is not only the envy of the trade, it’s trademarked. But that isn’t the only reason the venerable Old Homestead Steakhouse has been a New York City landmark for 137 years. “It’s consistency on all fronts,” says Marc Sherry who, with brother Greg, opened their second location at Borgata. The menu nearly mirrors New York’s – and for good reason: “We haven’t had an empty seat in quite a few years.” proclaims Greg. How’s that for consistency? Two more nearby options after golfing are Oyster Creek Inn Restaurant and Boat Bar (a few miles from

Seaview) and Library III (located at McCullough’s). You can arrive by boat or car at Oyster Creek as this familyowned gem features grilled steak and fish (some of the best halibut ever), plus pasta’s, scallops, shrimp and some of South Jersey’s best crab cakes. Meanwhile, Library III is all about great steak, whether a large cut at dinner or sizzling succulent open face sandwich at lunch. October 2013 | MARYLAND STATE GOLF MAGAZINE


AC COMPETITION The Media Cup Challenge was designed as a friendly country versus country competition involving a variety of formats with low stress. The Canadians were strong from start to finish by winning full points at Monday McCullough’s Net Skins, shooting 17 under at Wednesday Seaview Scramble and securing “The Cup” at Thursday Twisted Dune Triple Net led by “Mr. 73” Rick Drennan.

AC VERDICT “So many things surprised me about Atlantic City,” said Vic Williams of GolfGetaways Magazine. “Its proximity to Philadelphia, the closest major airport. Its Vegas-like hotels cheek-by-jowel with remnants of the old town circa ‘Boardwalk Empire.’ Its outstanding restaurants. Its friendly locals. And, of course, its golf.” According to Tim Baines of the Ottawa Sun, “The trip was a terrific combination of great golf, dining and accommodations... and thanks to the company, it all morphed into something really fun And a huge thanks to all those on the Atlantic City side of things for making it a helluva week. “Oh ... And Canada rules!!!”


“Golf combines two favorite American pastimes; taking long walks and hitting things with a stick.” P.J.O’Rourke

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rojects from 12 courses have been cited in the second annual American Society of Golf Course Architects (ASGCA) Design Excellence Recognition Program for their work with ASGCA members in addressing unique design challenges leading to improved social, economic and environmental benefits. Begun in 2012, the Design Excellence Recognition Program shines a light on the innovation and problem-solving skills required of today’s golf course designs, whether the project is a “small” bunker renovation or a full-scale 18-hole layout. All of the 2013 nominations were reviewed by a panel of golf industry leaders, including representatives of the Club Managers Association of America, Golf Course Superintendents Association of America, Golf Course Builders Association of America and National Golf Course Owners Association. The recognized courses are: • Butterfield Country Club, Oak Brook, Ill./Steve Smyers, ASGCA • Camelback Golf Club, Scottsdale, Ariz./Dana Fry, ASGCA and Jason Straka, ASGCA • China Maple Golf Club, Dandong, Liaoning Province, China/Rick Robbins, ASGCA • Columbia Country Club, Columbia, Mo./Dana Fry, ASGCA and Jason Straka, ASGCA • Ely Callaway Golf & Learning Center-Honors Course presented by TaylorMade, Oceanside, Calif./Rainville & Bye G C Architects, David Rainville, ASGCA Fellow • Glenlaurel Resort, Rockbridge, Ohio/Mike Hurdzan, ASGCA Fellow • Island Hills Golf Club, Centreville, Mich./Raymond Hearn, ASGCA • Lake Venice Golf Club, Venice, Fla./Jan Bel Jan, ASGCA • Mohegan Sun Country Club, Baltic, Conn./Robert McNeil, ASGCA • Rock Manor Golf Course, Wilmington, Del./Lester George, ASGCA • Stevens Park Golf Course, Dallas/John Colligan, ASGCA • Twin Oaks Country Club, Springfield, Mo./Todd Clark, ASGCA Associate


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“These courses – along with their architects – are to be commended,” said ASGCA Vice President Lee Schmidt. “In each case, golf course owners, managers and superintendents faced challenges unique to them, including the landscape, environment or business situation. And, in each case, they met the challenges by working with ASGCA members, who serve clients around the world every day.” • Butterfield Country Club, Oak Brook, Ill./Steve Smyers, ASGCA: This 85-year-old course experienced significant drainage and infrastructure problems, including bank erosion and new county-mandated watershed management requirements. Design solutions altered Salt Creek to deliver holes with multiple strategies and attack options, allowing the county to store more water and prevent future erosion. Now, the aesthetic and artistic solutions combine with quicker recovery from heavy rains.

of elevation change proved a challenge, and maintaining the river’s high water quality was a priority, as surrounding land was to be developed for homes and the national park. The 27-hole facility now fits into the mountain terrain, meeting flood and erosion control measures. • Columbia Country Club, Columbia, Mo./Dana Fry, ASGCA and Jason Straka, ASGCA: A portion of this 1922-designed course was lost to outside development. Owners requested course work resulting in no loss of par, yardage or golf quality. Working with club, developer and local government, the back nine holes were rerouted and reconstructed. Army Corps-regulated streams were restored to improve water flow through the course and to improve the water quality of the urban watershed. All of the project’s private and civic goals were met.

• Camelback Golf Club, Scottsdale, Ariz./Dana Fry, ASGCA and Jason Straka, ASGCA: Camelback’s flat terrain flooded easily and the course’s reputation for occasional poor playing conditions and outdated design was affecting business at the adjoining resort. Contour was added, bridges introduced and maintained turfgrass dropped from 210 acres to 90 acres. The new course is safer, drains better, has more visual and architectural interest and will cut down on the amount of water, fertilizer, pesticides and fossil fuels to maintain it.

• Ely Callaway Golf & Learning Center-Honors Course presented by TaylorMade, Oceanside, Calif./Rainville & Bye G C Architects, David Rainville, ASGCA Fellow: Rainville & Bye and the PR Kids/The First Tee of San Diego teamed up to create a golf learning and practice facility on 6.3 acres, adjacent to the Oceanside Municipal Golf Course. Results include a 5,000-square-foot putting green and six-hole par 3 course with holes 45-114 yards long. Bunkers vary in size and location. The coordination between client, project architect, project engineer and golf course architect was the key to success.

• China Maple Golf Club, Dandong, Liaoning Province, China/Rick Robbins, ASGCA: A new golf resort was created among rugged terrain surrounding an undeveloped national park. The site’s 260 meters

• Glenlaurel Resort, Rockbridge, Ohio/Mike Hurdzan, ASGCA: How do you build a low cost, fun to play, unique golf experience at a small resort? A course with grassless tees and greens, cut out of a pasture.


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Glenlaurel features eight holes on 30 acres, holes 45-218 yards in length to be played with modern equipment, or rented early-20th century wood shaft clubs and half-distance balls. The course was entirely built at a fraction of the cost of one conventional course hole and has no irrigation, drainage, bentgrass, rootzones or cart paths and minimized turf maintenance. • Island Hills Golf Club, Centreville, Mich./Raymond Hearn, ASGCA: Island Hills is a complete master plan remodel intended to grow the game by making the course more strategic and appealing to all golfers, while offering more course play options. New features reduced surface area and sand bunkers, which provide operational savings. Short course options allow anyone – including super seniors, women and juniors – to play for less cost, and remodeled holes designed to decrease playing time. • Lake Venice Golf Club, Venice, Fla./Jan Bel Jan, ASGCA: Federal Aviation Administration updates to neighboring Venice Municipal Airport necessitated redesign and improved routing on nine of 27 holes. Results: four greens and tees saved, a new practice area created, invasive exotic growth removed, and construction and grow-in completed in just seven months. • Mohegan Sun Country Club, Baltic, Conn./Robert McNeil, ASGCA: Mohegan Sun’s remodel required complete course enhancement, including the need to develop a self-sustaining water management program. Along with new tee complexes on all 18 holes, 65 new bunkers constructed and more, the project reduced maintained areas while designing

the management system, including three interconnected lakes and state-of-the-art irrigation and water transfer systems. • Rock Manor Golf Course, Wilmington, Del./Lester George, ASGCA: The problem: expansion of Rt. 202 and I-95 in Delaware significantly encroached on the course and flooding of the nearby Matson Run Watershed was a loss-of-life reality to residents. Despite needing to create new maintenance and floodwater attenuation, working around utilities and routing around a major interchange, Rock Manor is now a playable, fun, beautiful course that improved the environment. • Stevens Park Golf Course, Dallas/John Colligan, ASGCA: Colligan oversaw a total renovation of this 90-year-old course, while working around a creek running throughout course, six street crossings, topographic changes, mature trees, adjacent homes and underground utilities. The renovation improved playability, improved practice facilities and bike/hike trails, features a new irrigation system and treated water use, and included concrete cart paths and additional plants to create “Garden Golf Course.” • Twin Oaks Country Club, Springfield, Mo./Todd Clark, ASGCA Associate: Twin Oaks sought to renovate its practice facility and create a short course for beginners and juniors, but did not have additional land for separate facilities. The solution was a new practice range with synthetic greens that could be configured as a short course. Range targets vary from 60-250 yards, and the new six-hole short course varies from 50-120 yards per hole.


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Fabled golf architects Tom Fazio and Pete Dye have designed some of the world’s most renowned golf courses, such as Pinehurst No. 4 (Fazio) in North Carolina and Kiawah Island Resort (Dye) in South Carolina. Ranked as one of America’s best golf resorts, PGA Golf Club at PGA Village in Port St. Lucie, Florida offers a rare opportunity to experience the work of two iconic designers at the same property.

Located an hour north of West Palm Beach, PGA Village is home to 54 holes of Championship golf – 36 from Fazioand 18 from Dye. Owned and operated by The PGA of America, PGA Golf Club is one of the premier public-access resort facilities and the “home course” for the 27,000 men and womenPGA Professionals. Tom Fazio’s Wanamaker Course at PGA Golf Club is named in honor of department store magnate Rodman Wanamaker, who inspired The PGA’s founding in 1916. He is also the namesake of the Wanamaker Trophy, awarded to the winner of the PGA Championship. You can view this trophy at the on-site PGA Museum of Golf. The Wanamaker Course is a classic Florida layout that enables golfers to enjoy a stunning backdrop set against breathtaking wetlands, palm trees and palmettos. The course re-opened last fall with 18 new TifEagle Bermuda grass greens and TifGrand tee boxes, which flourish in tropical climates.


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The Ryder Course is named after Samuel Ryder, who established theRyder Cup in 1927. The playing experience features Fazio’s distinct Carolina touch in a Florida setting,with rolling hills, majestic pines and challenging water hazards. The DyeCourse emphasizes native surroundings with pine straw rough, vast coquina waste bunkers and grassbased bunkers. Weaving through 100 acres ofwetlands, the links-style layout offers pure Florida surroundings with a British Isles flavor. In addition to daily fee options, PGA Golf Club memberships are available with exclusive access rights to nearby PGA Country Club, featuring yet another 18 picturesque holes by Tom’s Uncle George Fazio. Private club memberships also include access to tennis and swimming as well as special member-only areas in the MARYLAND STATE GOLF MAGAZINE | October 2013

PGA Golf Club clubhouse, scheduled for more than $5 million in upgrades. Providing the ultimate learning environment for players of all levels, the PGA Center for Golf Learning and Performance is a 35-acre, leading-edge, golf practice facility with 100 full swing stations and nine bunker types to simulate play from around the world. As the home of PGA of America Golf Schools, it employs worldclass technology – such as the Sirgul Golf Simulator, inxTracker/PGA PAR System and TrackMan Shot Performance game analysis programs. International golf teams train at the award-winning facility, while budding golfers enjoy the Center’s new PGA Discover Golf Course. Not to be missed, the PGA Museum of Golf is located steps from the PGA Center for Golf Learning and Performance.

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Trace the history of the game with complimentary admission to see the four major Championship trophies of golf. The Museum periodically features a Speaker Series with iconic PGA Professionals and golf industry experts such as 1958 PGA Champion Dow Finsterwald and legendary PGA teaching Professional Bob Toski. After your round of golf or lesson, unwindat the Champions Grill in the Clubhouse at PGA Golf Club with daily food and drink specials. Patrons will enjoy PGA memorabilia and relics one might only expect to find in a golf museum. A local favorite from the menu is the Rachel Sandwich with tender pastrami on marble rye, served with swiss cheese, sauerkraut and Thousand Island dressing. For the transient golfer, stay-and-play packages are available through November 30, starting at $195 (per

person, per night) and include one round of golf. Guests can choose from luxurious cottages through Perfect Drive Villas or elite hotel accommodations at the Hilton Garden Inn or Homewood Suites. Want to try your luck?PGA Village offers a “Dream Vacation for Two� sweepstakes throughout the year. The grand prize includes two rounds of golf at PGA Golf Club, two-night stay and a complimentary twohour golf lesson at the PGA Center for Golf Learning (video analysis of full swing, short game and fitness evaluation). To enter, visit To book times or request a quote, visit or call 800-800-GOLF. October 2013 | MARYLAND STATE GOLF MAGAZINE

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Scotland Defends Home Turf in Euro Junior Golf Cup MARYLAND STATE GOLF MAGAZINE | October 2013

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(ST. ANDREWS, Scotland) – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) competed in the annual Euro Junior Golf Cup which is a match-play competition between Team USA, Team Canada, and Team Scotland. Team USA was composed of 14 players from the IJGT memberships including multiple All-IJGT members. Team Canada was represented by a group of 14 talented juniors from the Canadian Junior Golf Association (CJGA), and Team Scotland consisted of the top players from St. Andrews and the surrounding areas. Threeball matches were contested over three days at various courses in Scotland. After three great days of competition, Team Scotland edged out Team Canada with 46.5 total points to earn the John Clark Trophy by a half point. Team Scotland was able to execute down the stretch late on the last day of matches in typical Scottish weather conditions consisting of 20 mph winds. Team USA finished in third place with a total of 33.5 points.


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Day 1 Matches: Scotscraig Golf Club The weather was very good for Scotland standards as the first day of the Euro Junior Golf Cup unfolded at Scotscraig Golf Club. Many great matches were played by Team USA, Team Canada, and Team Scotland. At the end of day Canada won the most points (19) and is currently holding a six-point lead in the matches. Team USA got off to a hot start with Conner Kumpula of Albany, Ore., winning his match against Team Scotland and then halving his match against Team Canada. The next two matches went the way of Team Canada and Scotland putting Team USA down for the first time in the matches. Tyler Dierwechter of Oldsmar, Fla., played exceptionally well today winning both of his matches. He did it in convincing fashion as well and did not have to play the 17th or 18th holes in either match. MARYLAND STATE GOLF MAGAZINE | October 2013

Grant Burton of Fallston, Md., won a half-point for Team USA after a gutsy comeback including a birdie on No. 18 to square the match. Nicholas Russell of Hilton Head Island, S.C., continued his dominance in match play winning both of his matches. He got off to a hot start to his round making four birdies in his first six holes. Russell will look to continue his hot play in tomorrow’s matches. Scott Lemon of Amarillo, Texas, earned a point for Team USA after winning his match against Team Canada in convincing fashion (6 & 5). Prescott Butler of Old Westbury, N.Y., and William Sheedy of Washington D.C., both picked up one point in the opening round with victories in the Boys 14 & Under Division. Rounding out the scoring for Team USA on Day 1 were Mikee Ordona of Upland, Calif., and C.J. Hughes of Indiana, Pa., each earning a half point.

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Day 2 Matches: Leven Links Golf Club

Day 3 Matches: Drumoig Golf Course

The matches for Day 2 among Team USA, Team Canada, and Team Scotland were played in a three-ball format. Thursday’s matches took place at Leven Links Golf Club which is the 11th oldest club in the world. Early morning rain gave away to clear skies on the oceanside course.

The final day of matches and the conclusion of the Euro Junior Golf Cup took place at Drumoig Golf Course, which is a newer course design displaying many features of a North American course. Although the layout suited Team USA and Team Canada, the gusting winds gave a large advantage to Team Scotland.

Desiree Anderson of Napa, Calif., and Yuki Nakayama of Bluffton, S.C., got on the board first for Team USA as they both won their match against Team Scotland 4 & 3. Sheedy earned another point for Team USA with his 4 & 2 victory against Team Scotland. Butler was also victorious against Team Scotland claiming another point for Team USA. Rounding out the Boys 14 & Under Division, Hughes picked up an impressive one and a half points during Day 2 Matches. Building off momentum from the first day, Lemon earned the first point in the Boys 15-19 Division with a large victory over Team Canada. He also claimed a half point against Team Scotland at Leven Links Golf Club. Kumpula and Burton were both victorious in their Thursday matches each earning a team-high two points on the day. Michael Bliss of Newtown, Pa., won his match against Team Canada 1 Up for his first point of the Euro Junior Golf Cup. Ethan Heller of Media, Pa., also picked up a half point to round out the scoring for Team USA on Day 2.

Trailing by 11.5 points, Team USA needed a hot start. Butler and Hughes provided just that winning both of their matches to start out the day. Ordona rounded out the scoring in the Boys 14 & Under Division with his come-from-behind halved match with Team Scotland. In the Girls Division, Anderson was the first competitor to beat Team Canada all week with her 3 & 2 victory. She also claimed another point for Team USA with her 4 & 3 victory over Team Scotland. Kumpula continued his strong play earning one more point with a win over Team Canada. For the matches, Kumpula was the leading point earner for Team USA with four and a half points for the competition. Jonathon Simons of Breaux Bridge, La., won both of his matches 4 & 2 to claim two points for Team USA. Lemon, Bliss, and Burton all earned another full point for Team USA with their victories on Friday. Rounding out the scoring for Team USA was Russell who earned a half point in his match with Team Canada.

About the IJGT The IJGT provides exceptional junior golfers with the opportunity to develop and showcase their competitive skills while setting high standards to preserve the traditions and integrity of the game. As a tour that operates primarily throughout the academic year, the IJGT hosts approximately 60 tournaments annually. In addition, the IJGT hosts three international events. Each event provides multi-day competition for junior golfers of all skill levels ages 9-19. Players representing 45 states and 43 countries around the world regularly compete in events at venues such as TPC Sawgrass, Pinehurst, Bethpage State Park, and Harbour Town Golf Links. Official partners of the IJGT include Bridgestone Golf, Quagmire Golf, KENTWOOL, CHAMP Spikes, Clazic Belts, AB Golf Designs, The First Tee, Sundog Eyewear, morodZ, PURE Grips, Golfweek, and the Hank Haney International Junior Golf Academy. To obtain more information about the IJGT, please visit or call 888.936.5327. International Junior Golf Tour Euro Junior Golf Cup St. Andrews, Scotland July 31-August 2, 2013


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Day 1 Matches: Game 1 = Conner Kumpula (USA) | Brad Curren (Canada) | Ryan Walsh (Scotland) USA vs. Canada: Halved | USA vs. Scotland: USA 5 & 4 Game 2 = Ethan Heller (USA) | Mike Flegel (Canada) | Andrew Davidson (Scotland) USA vs. Canada: Canada 1 Up | USA vs. Scotland: Scotland 2 Up Game 3 = Jonathon Simons (USA) | Chris Walton (Canada) | Andrew Fernie (Scotland) USA vs. Canada: Canada 4 & 3 | USA vs. Scotland: Scotland 3 & 2 Game 4 = Tyler Dierwechter (USA) | Adam Schoettler (Canada) | David Paterson (Scotland) USA vs. Canada: USA 3 & 2 | USA vs. Scotland: USA 5 & 4 Game 5 = Grant Burton (USA) | Mitchell McPhail (Canada) | Ryan Thompson (Scotland) USA vs. Canada: Halved | USA vs. Scotland: Scotland 5 & 4 Game 6 = Michael Bliss (USA) | Scott Kerr (Canada) | Alistair McDougal (Scotland) USA vs. Canada: Canada 3 & 1 | USA vs. Scotland: Scotland 3 & 1 Game 7 = Nicholas Russell (USA) | Ryan Rody (Canada) | Niall McMullan (Scotland) USA vs. Canada: USA 2 & 1 | USA vs. Scotland: USA 1 Up Game 8 = Scott Lemon (USA) | Alex Corrigan (Canada) | Ewan Diston (Scotland) USA vs. Canada: USA 6 & 5 | USA vs. Scotland: Scotland 2 Up Game 9 = C.J. Hughes (USA) | Nathan Wright (Canada) | Tom Watson (Scotland) USA vs. Canada: Scotland 1 Up | USA vs. Scotland: Halved Game 10 = Prescott Butler (USA) | Chris Horton (Canada) | Greg Cessford (Scotland) USA vs. Canada: Canada 4 & 2| USA vs. Scotland: USA 5 & 3 Game 11 = Mikee Ordona (USA) | Michael Lavorato (Canada) | Keith Bowman (Scotland) USA vs. Canada: Halved | USA vs. Scotland: Scotland 1 Up Game 12 = William Sheedy (USA) | Max Sekulic (Canada) | John Paterson (Scotland) USA vs. Canada: Canada 2 Up | USA vs. Scotland: USA 4 & 3 Game 13 = Desiree Anderson (USA) | Sophie Liu (Canada) | Lori Gilfillan (Scotland) USA vs. Canada: Canada 5 & 4 | USA vs. Scotland: Scotland 2 Up Game 14 = Yuki Nakayama (USA) | Susan Wang (Canada) | Brogan Clarke (Scotland) USA vs. Canada: Canada 9 & 8 | USA vs. Scotland: Scotland 1 Up Total Score Canada = 19, Scotland = 13, USA = 10


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Day 2 Matches: Game 1 = Yuki Nakayama (USA) | Susan Wang (Canada) | Lori Gilfillan (Scotland) USA vs. Canada: Canada 2 & 1 | USA vs. Scotland: USA 4 & 3 Game 2 = Desiree Anderson (USA) | Sophie Liu (Canada) | Brogan Clarke (Scotland) USA vs. Canada: Canada 2 & 1 | USA vs. Scotland: USA 4 & 3 Game 3 = William Sheedy (USA) | Nathan Wright (Canada) | John Paterson (Scotland) USA vs. Canada: Canada 4 & 3 | USA vs. Scotland: USA 4 & 2 Game 4 = Prescott Butler (USA) | Chris Horton (Canada) | Keith Bowman (Scotland) USA vs. Canada: Canada 2 & 1 | USA vs. Scotland: USA 5 & 4 Game 5 = Mikee Ordona (USA) | Max Sekulic (Canada) | Jamie Allan (Scotland) USA vs. Canada: Canada 3 & 2 | USA vs. Scotland: Scotland 3 & 2 Game 6 = C.J. Hughes (USA) | Michael Lavorato (Canada) | Greg Cessford (Scotland) USA vs. Canada: USA 4 & 3 | USA vs. Scotland: Halved Game 7 = Scott Lemon (USA) | Scott Kerr (Canada) | Ewen Diston (Scotland) USA vs. Canada: USA 5 & 4 | USA vs. Scotland: Halved Game 8 = Ethan Heller (USA) | Chris Wilson (Canada) | Niall McMullan (Scotland) USA vs. Canada: Halved | USA vs. Scotland: Scotland 2 Up Game 9 = Michael Bliss (USA) | Brad Curren (Canada) | Alistair McDougal (Scotland) USA vs. Canada: USA 1 Up | USA vs. Scotland: Scotland 1 Up Game 10 = Jonathon Simons (USA) | Mike Flegel (Canada) | David Paterson (Scotland) USA vs. Canada: Canada 1 Up | USA vs. Scotland: Scotland 4 & 2 Game 11 = Grant Burton (USA) | Ryan Rody (Canada) | Andrew Fernie (Scotland) USA vs. Canada: USA 3 & 1 | USA vs. Scotland: USA 1 Up Game 12 = Nicholas Russell (USA) | Mitchell McPhail (Canada) | Ryan Walsh (Scotland) USA vs. Canada: Canada 2 & 1 | USA vs. Scotland: Scotland 2 & 1 Game 13 = Conner Kumpula (USA) | Alex Corrigan (Canada) | Ryan Thompson (Scotland) USA vs. Canada: USA 3 & 1 | USA vs. Scotland: USA 3 & 2 Game 14 = Tyler Dierwechter (USA) | Adam Schoettler (Canada) | Andrew Davidson (Scotland) USA vs. Canada: Canada 2 & 1 | USA vs. Scotland: Scotland 6 & 4 Total Score Canada = 32, Scotland = 30.5, USA = 21.5

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Day 3 Matches: Game 1 = Prescott Butler (USA) | Michael Lavorato (Canada) | John Paterson (Scotland) USA vs. Canada: USA 2 Up | USA vs. Scotland: USA 2 Up Game 2 = C.J. Hughes (USA) | Nathan Wright (Canada) | Keith Bowman (Scotland) USA vs. Canada: USA 8 & 7 | USA vs. Scotland: USA 3 & 2 Game 3 = William Sheedy (USA) | Chris Horton (Canada) | Jamie Allan (Scotland) USA vs. Canada: Canada 3 & 1 | USA vs. Scotland: Scotland 2 Up Game 4 = Mikee Ordona (USA) | Max Sekulic (Canada) | Greg Cessford (Scotland) USA vs. Canada: Canada 6 & 5 | USA vs. Scotland: Halved Game 5 = Yuki Nakayama (USA) | Sophie Liu (Canada) | Lori Gilfillan (Scotland) USA vs. Canada: Canada 6 & 5 | USA vs. Scotland: Scotland 2 Up Game 6 = Desiree Anderson (USA) | Susan Wang (Canada) | Brogan Clarke (Scotland) USA vs. Canada: USA 3 & 2 | USA vs. Scotland: USA 4 & 3 Game 7 = Conner Kumpula (USA) | Chris Wilson (Canada) | Niall McMullan (Scotland) USA vs. Canada: USA 2 & 1 | USA vs. Scotland: Scotland 3 & 2 Game 8 = Scott Lemon (USA) | Brad Curren (Canada) | Ryan Thompson (Scotland) USA vs. Canada: Canada 6 & 5 | USA vs. Scotland: Scotland 3 & 2 Game 9 = Tyler Dierwechter (USA) | Mike Flegel (Canada) | Andrew Fernie (Scotland) USA vs. Canada: Canada 5 & 4 | USA vs. Scotland: Scotland 3 & 2 Game 10 = Grant Burton (USA) | Adam Schoettler (Canada) | Alistair McDougal (Scotland) USA vs. Canada: USA 3 & 2 | USA vs. Scotland: Scotland 5 & 4 Game 11 = Nicholas Russell (USA) | Mitchell McPhail (Canada) | David Paterson (Scotland) USA vs. Canada: Halved | USA vs. Scotland: Scotland 3 & 2 Game 12 = Michael Bliss (USA) | Ryan Rody (Canada) | Allan Millar (Scotland) USA vs. Canada: USA 3 & 2 | USA vs. Scotland: Scotland 3 & 2 Game 13 = Jonathon Simons (USA) | Alex Corrigan (Canada) | TBA (Scotland) USA vs. Canada: USA 4 & 2 | USA vs. Scotland: USA 4 & 2 Game 14 = Ethan Heller (USA) | Scott Kerr (Canada) | Andrew Davidson (Scotland) USA vs. Canada: Canada 2 & 1 | USA vs. Scotland: Scotland 4 & 3 Total Score Scotland = 46.5, Canada = 46.0, USA = 33.5


62 MSGA Player of Year Standings Denny Mccarthy

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Player of Year Standings MARYLAND STATE GOLF MAGAZINE | October 2013

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MSGA Player of Year Standings


he MSGA will honor a Player of the Year and a Senior Player of the Year at the Annual Meeting in November of each year. Players will receive points based on the player’s finishing place in certain Championships, and the amateur player who accumulates the greatest number of points will be the “Player of the Year”, and the Senior Amateur with the most points will be the “Senior Player of the Year”. As of this date Denny McCarthy is leading the “Player of Year” standings and Mike Occi is leading the “Senior Player of the Year”.

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64 State News Baltimore Tops Washington 11 1/2 to 6 1/2 in BW Team Match Share


Baltimore Tops Washington 11 1/2 to 6 1/2 in BW Team Match John Howson provided the winning points with an 18th-hole birdie, as Baltimore defeated Washington, 11 1/2 - 6 1/2, in the 57th annual Team Match, sponsored and conducted by the Maryland State Golf Association at the Elkridge Club in Baltimore, September 7. The Baltimore triumph snapped a three-year Washington run, but the latter team, buoyed by an opening 19-1 run, owns a 38-19 edge in the event. Baltimore led 7 1/2 - 4 1/2, with four of the six matches completed when MSGA Senior Open champion Howson, not usually considered a big hitter, unleashed a 300-yard drive and a 260-yard 3-wood shot that left him 30 yards short of the hole on the 590-yard, par-5 closer. A pitch shot stopped four feet from the cup and the ensuing birdie gave him and partner Serge Hogg, Mountain Branch GC, 2 1/2 of the 3 available points, as they won the front, 1 up; halved the back, and won the match. Birdies seemed to multiply for the first and the last pairings. Mike Occi, Hobbit’s Glen GC, and Henry Blue, Green Spring Valley HC dueled Jim Castagna, Manor CC, and Mike Kelly, Lake Presidential GC, in the opening Senior test, and the four combined for nine birdies after seven holes and 12 altogether, as Occi-Blue won the front and the match and halved the back in collecting

2 1/2 points. Castagna put his side 1 up with a birdie at 17, but Occi responded with a 10-foot birdie putt at the last. Two bogeys cost Castagna-Kelly the front nine. Anchoring the competition, Jeff Castle, current MSGA Mid-Am titlist from Towson Golf (six birdies) and Andrew Rice, Baltimore CC (three birdies) were 9 under par for 15 holes in stopping Keith Unikel, Congressional CC-Mark Vedete, CC at Woodmore, 3-0. Two matches were split, 1 1/2 - 1 1/2, as Rusty McCready, Mountain Branch GC, and Gary Awalt, Hunt Valley GC, won the front; Myke Cohn (Woodmont CC) and Ken Jee, Bethesda CC, won the back, each 2 up to divide the match point. Washington’s Ray Sheedy, Beaver Creek CC, and Ryan McCarthy, Argyle CC took the front and Bob Kaestner, Baltimore CC, and David Nocar, Chartwell CC, took the back, each 2 up, to share the match point. Breton Bay G&CC’s Mark Cusic-Pete DeTemple, collected the only win for Washington, 2 1/2 - 1/2 against Moose Brown, Rolling Road GC, and Tucker Sampson, Caves Valley GC. DeTemple chipped in twice for birdies, one at No. 4 helping get a 1-up margin after the ninth hole, then had an 18-hole chip-in birdie matched by Sampson with a 10-foot putt that left the two sides even on the back.

Notes: With No. 3 moved up from 571 yards to 495 yards to be a par-4 instead of its normal par-5, the Charles Street course was played at 6,389 yards to a par of 70. . .The 2014 event will be September 6, at Congressional CC.


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Baltimore Trumps Washington 7.5 to 4.5 in BW Junior Team Championship - Reported by John Stewart from The Chevy Chase Club

Results: Edward Owen (Baltimore CC) - Robbie Whitman (CC Maryland) lost to Nathan Tenpas (Bethesda CC) - Brendan Peel (Columbia CC), 0-3. Liam Powderly (Baltimore CC) - Bennett Wisner (Piney Branch GC) def. Jon Carr (Lakewood CC) Mike Barillo (Argyle CC). 3-0. Jimmy Grem (Hunt Valley GC) - Grant Burton (Baltimore CC) def. Mike Blasey (Columbia CC) Brent BubesU(Woodmont CC), 2-1 Jimmy Davis (Baltimore CC) - Chris Navarro (Crofton CC) def Bennett Buch (Cattail Creek CC) Sam Pastoriza (Chevy Chase), 2 1/2 - 1/2


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Nathan Tenpas and Brendan Peel swept three points for Washington in the opening match but it was mostly Baltimore after that as the latter recorded a 7 1/2 - 4 1/2 victory in the third match between Junior representatives from both sides at the Chevy Chase Club, August 24. Baltimore leads the series, 2-1. Baltimore won the remaining three matches, as Bennett Wisner-Liam Powderly blanked Jon Carr-MikeyBarillo, 3-0; Jimmy Grem-Grant Burton stopped Mike BlaseyBrent Bubes, 2-1, and Jimmy Davis-Chris Navarro defeated Bennett Buch-Sam Pastoriza, 2 1/2 - 1/2. Wisner, 17, a Boys’ Latin senior from Piney Branch GC, rolled in 30-foot putts on each of the first two holes and he and Powderly were not headed. The latter, from Baltimore CC, and the youngest (and smallest) competitor at 13 -- he’s a Calvert School eighth grader -- gave away driving distance to the big hitters, but compensated with a fine short game that enabled him to be in position to save par and/or let his partner have a run at birdies. Their opponents won the eighth and 13th, but Wisner, with birdies at 10 and 14 restored the 2-up margin.

Grem, from Hunt Valley GC, got his side going with birdie putts of three and 12 feet at Nos. 7-8, and Burton birdied the par-5 10th. They ended up winning the front and the match, but Bubes, from Woodmont CC, salvaged the back-nine point when he hit a 160-yard second shot to a foot at No. 18, setting up a winning birdie. The teams were a contrast in size with Grem (62, 185) and Burton (6-2, 190), who recently played on a U.S. team that played international matches in Scotland, as opposed to Bubes, who weighs 145 and Blasey, 130. Davis and Navarro each helped with a birdie as their team turned 3 up. Navarro accounted for his side’s only win on the back with a birdie at the 15th, but Pastoriza countered with a winning par at 18 to tie the nine. Tenpas-Peel were paired together for the second straight year and for the second time got all the points. Tenpas, from Bethesda CC, a 17-year-old senior at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School, had two birdies on the front and Peel, from Columbia CC, an 18-year-old senior at Georgetown Prep, had one birdie on the front and two on the back. They finished 3 up on each side. Whitman, from the CC of Maryland parred the seventh hole for his pairing’s only win. October 2013 | MARYLAND STATE GOLF MAGAZINE

68 State News Occi Runs Away with Senior Title After Shooting 69-70--139 Share


Occi Runs Away with Senior Title After Shooting 69-70--139 State News 69 Share


Occi Runs Away with Senior Title After Shooting 69-70--139 Mike Occi, from Hobbit’s Glen Golf Club in Columbia, posted rounds of 69-70--139, and won the 85th Seniors championship of the Maryland State Golf Association by six strokes at Manor Country Club in Rockville, September 12. It was his second win in the event following a victory in 2010, a tie for second in 2011, and a solo second in 2012. “It’s been a magical week,” Occi said of helping Baltimore win the annual MSGA Baltimore-Washington Team Match last Saturday (September 7) ahead of his spreadeagling an elite field in the Seniors tournament. “I played solid golf and was happy with the way I played,” reported the 58-year-old Clarksville resident. “This week was special because there were so many good players in the field.” There was a four-way tie for second place at 145 among Tom Grem, Hunt Valley GC; David Boynton, University of Maryland GC; Tim Sughrue, Prospect Bay CC, and Pat Tallent, the 2008 champion from Congressional CC, followed by Larry Storck, Hayfields CC, 146; Steve Ford, Caves Valley GC, 147, and Britt Sloan, Manor CC and Skip Tendall, Congressional CC, 148. Occi, who used an opening 69 that turned out to be the low round of the tournament, as a springboard to his championship. His second tour -- in hot, humid weather for a second straight day -- included two birdies, two bogeys on the front and two birdies and a double-bogey on the back. The birdies were at the 526-yard fourth (a chip and a putt) and a putt from the fringe on the par3 fifth. On the back, he birdied 10 from six feet and 15 from three feet, then offset them with the double at 17, when a tree branch falling on his cart distracted him in

mid-swing and he could not recover. The two front-side bogeys came after missed greens. The 139 equaled the tournament scoring record for 36 holes set by Marty West, of Columbia CC, last year. The format was increased from 18 to 36 holes in 2005. “The course is beautiful and in wonderful condition,” declared Grem, whose 70 matched Occi’s for the day’s best. “These are the nicest greens I’ve played all year. It’s just that they were difficult to read.” Randall Pinckney, the course superintendent, has been sidelined with an injury and associate Brandon Rapp was responsible for preparing the course. Occi is the first to record consecutive victories in the event since Bobby Morris in 2006-2007. Prior to that, one has to go back to John Jankowski in1967-68 for a similar effort. Overall, Occi is the eighth player to record the feat in the tournament’s history, dating back to 1929. The champion collected 125 points for his win and now has 245 to head the Senior POY charge. Henry Blue, Green Spring VHC, is second, 210 points, trailed by Sughrue, 191 points. West, a two-time Senior champion, turned 65 in July, and took advantage of this distinction by winning the Super Seniors (65-over) crown with 75-79--154. With the field reduced to the low 24 (and ties) scorers for the second day, 30 players at 78 and lower made the cut. Morris (75) also made the cut but was forced to withdraw because of illness.

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70 State News Lisa Schlesinger and Walter Jew Take the Mixed at Piney Branch


Lisa Schlesinger and Walter Jew Take the Mixed at Piney Branch The 11th MSGA-WD Mixed Two Ball Championship was played at Piney Branch Golf Club on Monday, July 29 on one of the best weather days we’ve experienced all summer. Thirty-nine teams were entered and tee times went from 8:00 to 11:10. Prizes were awarded for 7 places net and gross.

the 8:10 tee time and also finished in less than 4 hours scoring 68 with 6 birdies and 11 pars. They held the low gross score until Walter Jew (Norbeck Country Club) and Lisa Schlesinger (Norbeck Country Club) posted a gross score of 66 with 7 birdies and 9 pars winning 1st place in the championship.

Andy Peet (Fox Hollow Golf Club) and Shannon McKew (Fox Hollow Golf Club) started the field off at 8:00 and finished in 3 ½ hours scoring 71 with 5 birdies and 8 pars. Three other teams scored 71 or lower but with a net score of 68, Andy and Shannon

The weather was sunny, low humidity, a nice summer breeze playing on a beautiful countryside course that was in excellent shape. The club management team welcomed everyone to their course. The players found the greens challenging but fair. Many players stayed to enjoy a nice buffet lunch and positive feedback was received from the players on the course conditions. Next year the tournament will be at Lake Presidential on Friday, August 1st.

won 1st place net. Four teams scored a net 70 and a match of cards determined the 2nd through 5th net place. Siblings Blair Kennedy (University of Maryland) and Casey Kennedy (University of Maryland) followed in

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Lisa Schlesinger & Walter Jew—Mixed Two Ball Champions


Rutherford & Kaufman Edge Knight/Herzfeld in Two Woman at Navy State News

2013 Champions Becky Rutherford and Lisa Kaufman



Rutherford & Kaufman Edge Knight/ Herzfeld in Two Woman at Navy Becky Rutherford and Lisa Kaufman fired a six-underpar 68 to win the 2013 Two Woman Team Championship at the U.S. Naval Academy Golf Club, September 16th. Right behind at 69 were Karla Knight and Elisabeth Herzfeld who had the first starting time of the field and held their leading position until the champions returned their scorecard in the final group. There were close results within the flights as well, attesting to a very competitive field. Two of the flights had teams tying for Winner and Runner-Up of the flights with a match of cards breaking the tie and deciding the outcomes.

Championship Flight: Winner: Christy Larrimore and Connie Isler - 70 Runner-up: Bonnie Fry and Jordan McKelvin - 70 First Flight: Winner: Stacey Collins and Sally Ratcliffe - 74 Runner-up: Katie Wille and Denise Cooper - 76 Second Flight: Winner: Barbara DiMaio and Susan Incarnato - 79 Runner-up: Karen Smith and Erin Gillespie - 79 Third Flight: Winner: Kelly Doetsch and Leslie Batte - 77 Runner-up: Karen Wood and Kathy Gallagher - 82

In 2014 the Two-Woman Team Championship will be held at the Members Club at Four Streams in Beallsville. Four Streams is a beautiful golf club with a challenging layout over rolling countryside in western Montgomery County. We hope to increase our entry field of 50 players this year to an even greater number next year.

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72 State News Rohrback Defeats Kraus 3&1 in Women Share


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Rohrback Defeats Kraus 3&1 in Women The 92nd Women’s Amateur Championship was contested July 22nd through July 25th at The Elkridge Club in Baltimore, Maryland. The weather started out hot and humid, with a threat of storms for the first couple of days and ended with the final two days being perfect golfing weather. The golf started hot and stayed that way, with reports from the course of birdies and eagles flying in the holes. KaitlynRohrback from Crofton Country Club captured the Championship title, as well as the Medalist award. She shot a 3 under par, 69, on Monday, giving her the second seed in the Championship Flight and ultimately pairing her against the defending Champion, Andrea Kraus from Hayfields Country Club. Kaitlyn is a senior at the University of Oklahoma and plays on their golf team. She went to the University of Tennessee for 2 years and transferred to Oklahoma for her junior year. She won the Amateur Championship in 2010 and 2011. Rohrback defeated Becky Gossard in her first match, then took on Bryanna Nguyen in the Wednesday afternoon match and won it with birdies and an eagle. Kraus defeated Carol Davies in her first match and had a hard fought battle against Elyse Smidinger in the 2nd round with a 2 & 1 win to make it to the finals. Kaitlyn was never down in her final match with Andrea and took the lead on the par 5, #3, with a birdie, finishing the front 9, 2 up. She made a long putt from the front of the par 4, #10 green, for birdie to go 3 up—Kraus rallied back with a birdie on the par 4, #14, but Rohrback answered with her own birdie. Kraus made par on #16 and Rohrback made bogey but came back with a birdie on the par 3, #17, to close out the match with 2 under par. Hauen Lee from Beaver Creek Country Club won the 1st Flight when she defeated Clare Connolly from The

Chevy Chase Club. Lee shot even par through the 17 hole match to win, despite Clare’s 4 birdies during the round. Elisabeth Herzfeld from the MSGAeClub defeated Diana Brown from Congressional Country Club. Herzfeld birdied the uphill par 4, #1 hole. Brown came back to win the par 4, #2 with a par. Elisabeth took control of the match on #5 to go on and win the 2nd Flight. The 3rd Flight was won in a hard fought match to the par 5, #18. AlexaCalomiris from Congressional Country Club won the match on #18 against Jessica Fernandez of Sparrows Point Country Club. Jess took the lead early on the par 5, #3 but Alexa rallied back on the back 9 to get to All Square on #12, then went 2 down the next 2 holes and came back to All Square on #16 and went on to win the match. Micaa Thomas from Glen Dale Golf Course won her match in the 4th Flight against Shannon McKew of Fox Hollow Golf Club. Micaa had 2 birdies during the round and hit a fantastic shot from under a tree on the par 4, #9 to halve the hole and go on to win. The 5th Flight was won by CarleyStenger from The Links of Challedon in a match against Liz Hall from Norbeck Country Club. Carley took an early lead on the par 5, #3 with a birdie and went on to win her flight. The final and 6th Flight was won by Diane Crowley of Bowie Golf & Country Club, playing against The Elkridge Club’s Christina Thomas. Diane took an early lead over Tina and kept the pressure on until the match was concluded. The Elkridge Club was a great host and everyone enjoyed the venue. Next year the 93rd Women’s Amateur Championship will be held at Chartwell Country Club in Severna Park, Maryland July 14th through 17th.

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74 State News Finals of the Senior State Team Championship Share


Finals of the Senior State Team Championship The Finals of the Senior State Team Championship were contested between Bethesda CC and Hunt Valley GC on Saturday, September 28, 2013 with two four-ball matches being conducted at each course with Hunt Valley being the home team. At the conclusion of the four ball matches at each course the teams were tied with 6 points each. Since Hunt Valley was the home team, the playoff between each club’s number 1 teams was conducted at the Hunt Valley course. After two holes the teams were still tied and during the third hole darkness set in and the teams were not able to complete the third hole; therefore, remaining in a tie. The MSGA declared both teams as co-champions of the 2013 Senior State Team Championship. MARYLAND STATE GOLF MAGAZINE | October 2013

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76 State News Schlesinger Takes Home Senior Women’s Amateur Title Share


Schlesinger Takes Home Senior Women’s Amateur Title MARYLAND STATE GOLF MAGAZINE | October 2013

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The 45th Senior Women’s Amateur Championship was played August 1213, 2013, on the East Course of Andrews Air Force Base, with a field of 43 players. The weather was hot and humid on the first day and rain threatened on day two. The threat passed after a few showers moved through. Lisa Schlesinger (Norbeck CC) won the Championship after rounds of 74 and 73 for a total of 147. Anita Venner (Redgate GC) was Runner Up with rounds of 76 and 74 for a total of 150. This win is Lisa’s second victory of the summer in tournaments sponsored by the Women’s Division of the MSGA. She was a winner of the Mixed Two Ball in July with her partner Walter Jew.

50-54: Winner: Deb Klein (Norbeck) Runner-up: Sharon Dillon (University of Maryland) Net Winner: Liz Hall (Norbeck)

55-59: Winner: Diane Herndon (Argyle) Runner-up: Carol Davies (Argyle) 3rd Gross: Lenore Martinez (Columbia) 4th Gross: Beth Ennis (Norbeck) Net Winner: Soo Ja Chu (Cross Creek) Net Runner-up: Oksun Kim (Turf Valley) 3rd Net: Lydia Donoho (Andrews AFB) 4th Net: Paula Harris (Redgate)

This tournament was flighted in 5 age divisions. The results were: Champion: Lisa Schlesinger (Norbeck) Runner-up: Anita Venner (Redgate)

60-64: Winner: Debra Watkins (Hunt Valley) Runner-up: Diane Crowley (Bowie) 3rd Gross: Maggie Whall (Argyle) Net Winner: Kathy Hopkins-Byrnes (Old South) Net Runner-up: Christine Somers (Bowie) 3rd Net: Isabelle Thabault (Redgate)

65-69: Winner: Maggie Brady (Congressional) Runner-up: Karen Smith (Chester River) Net Winner: Karen Wood (Bowie) Net Runner-up: Donna Dalfonzo-Wiggs (MSGA eClub)

70+ Winner: Melly Tucker (Argyle) Runner-up: Young Stoddard (Andrews AFB) Net Winner: Carol Hasegawa (Manor) Net Runner-up: Marion Booth (Manor)


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Team Chu and Jun Win Two Woman MidHandicap Championship at Bretton Woods Wednesday, September 4, 2013 couldn’t have been a more perfect day for golf; Bretton Woods golf course was in beautiful condition and 56 women came out to play in the MSGA-WD Two Woman Mid-Handicap Championship. The 28 teams were divided into three flights. SooJa Chu and Ho Rim Jun from Cross Creek Golf Club, first time contestants in this event, were champions of the day sinking three birdies and carding a four over par 76. Overall Runners-up was the team of Rosamund Lanier and Diane Proctor of the Country Club of Woodmore, also first timers in this event, having two birdies each and finishing the round with a sweet score of 80. First flight winners, Christine Somers and Diane Crowley, of Bowie Golf & Country Club shot an 81. Following close behind was the team of Meilani Tom of Enterprise Golf Club and Katy Henshaw of the University of Maryland with a score of 82. In the second flight, Louise Duncan and Beth Leaman of Hobbit’s Glen Golf Club won with a score of 81. Runners-up through a match of cards were Young Bok Yoo and Hyon Suk Kim of Cross Creek Golf Club with

an 83 over Colleen Rice and Terry Coffren of Holly Hills Country Club. Winners of the third flight, teaming for the 6th time in this event and certainly no strangers to the game, Marion Booth and Carol Hasegawa of Manor Country Club carded an 89. Marion Booth, in her mid-nineties, continues to be an inspiration to all with her consistent lovely swing, dynamic personality, and her love of the game. We expect to see her back next year. Runnersup in this flight were Jenny Archer and Muriel Turner of Hobbit’s Glen Golf Club with a 94. They won by a match of cards over Liz Fitzsimmons and Nan Vantucci of Holly Hills Country Club and Sandra Kim and Theresa Park of Montgomery Country Club. This was a first time event for a number of our players who expressed having a great time and their plans to return next year. Next year’s event will be held at Musket Ridge Golf Club in Myersville, MD on August 8. This is an opportunity you won’t want to miss as it is a great golf course surrounded by an abundance of natural beauty. We look forward to seeing you there

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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.”

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.

• Consider an off-season promotion – golf is a year round sport!

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.

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 | October 2013

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 has a few suggestions for participating clubs this year:

• Consider adding a special added-value discount for seniors – they are loyal and have time for golf – also consider a Military (Hero) discount • Pick the right price – make it attractive, but strive for incremental revenue • Do a special promotion for juniors build business now and for the future

Barbin and Norman are teaming 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 in November, 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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The beautiful Musket ridge, just one of the outstanding courses available

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2013 Participating Golf Facilities Maryland and DC Golf Facilities, County (82) The Bay Club Golf Course East, Worcester The Bay Club Golf Course West, Worcester Bay Hills Golf Club, Anne Arundel Beaver Creek Country Club, Washington Bel Air Golf Center, Harford Blue Heron Golf Course, Queen Anne’s Bulle Rock, Harford (GOLD) Carroll Park Golf Course, Baltimore Chesapeake Bay Golf Club at North East, Cecil Chesapeake Bay Golf Club at Rising Sun, Cecil Chesapeake Hills Golf Club, Calvert Clearview at Horn’s Point Golf Club, Dorchester Clifton Park Golf Course, Baltimore Clustered Spires Golf Club, Frederick Compass Pointe Golf Courses, Anne Arundel Cross Creek Golf Club, Prince George’s Cumberland Country Club, Baltimore Deer Run Golf Club, Worcester East Potomac Golf Course, Washington DC Eisenhower Golf Course, Anne Arundel Elkton Golf & Batting Center, Cecil Enterprise Golf Course, Prince George’s Fairway Hills Golf Club, Howard Forest Park Golf Course, Baltimore Furnace Bay Golf Club, Cecil Geneva Farm Golf Course, Harford Glenn Dale Golf Club, Prince George’s GlenRiddle Golf Club - Man O’War Course, Worcester (SILVER) Great Hope Golf Course, Somerset Green Hill Yacht & Country Club, Wicomico Harbourtowne Golf Resort, Talbot Hog Neck Golf Course, Talbot Hollow Creek Golf Club, Frederick Horse Bridge Golf Club, Wicomico Lake Presidential, Prince George’s (GOLD/SILVER) Langston Golf Course, Washington DC Laurel Golf Center, Prince George’s Lighthouse Sound, Worcester The Links at Challedon, Carroll M & M Golf Academy, Frederick Maple Run Golf Club, Frederick Maplehurst Country Club, Allegany

Delaware Golf Facilities, County (25) Back Creek Golf Club, New Castle Bayside Resort Golf Club, Sussex (GOLD) Baywood Greens Golf Club, Sussex Bear Trap Dunes Golf Club, Sussex (SILVER) Deer eld, New Castle Delcastle Golf Club, New Castle Dover Par 3 & Driving Range, Kent Ed Oliver Golf Club, New Castle Frog Hollow Golf & Swim Club, New Castle Garrisons Lake Golf Club, Kent Heritage Shores Club, Sussex Hooper’s Landing Golf Course, Sussex Midway Par 3, Sussex

Marlton Golf Club, Prince George’s Maryland National Golf Club, Frederick McDaniel College Golf Club, Carroll Montgomery Village Golf Club, Montgomery Mount Pleasant Golf Course, Baltimore Mountain Branch, Harford Musket Ridge Golf Club, Frederick (SILVER) Nassawango Country Club, Worcester Nutters Crossing, Wicomico Oakland Golf Club, Garrett Ocean City Golf Club Newport Bay Course, Worcester Ocean City Golf Club Seaside Course, Worcester Ocean Pines Golf & Country Club, Worcester Ocean Resorts WWCC Golf Club, Worcester Olney Golf Park, Montgomery P.B. Dye Golf Course, Frederick Pasadena Golf Center, Anne Arundel Patuxent Greens Golf Club, Prince George’s Pine Ridge Golf Course, Baltimore Queenstown Harbor - Lakes Course, Queen Anne’s Queenstown Harbor - River Course, Queen Anne’s Red Gate Golf Course, Montgomery Renditions Golf Course, Anne Arundel River House Golf, Talbot River Marsh Golf Club, Dorchester River Run Golf Club, Worcester Rock Creek Golf Course, Washington DC Rocky Gap Lodge & Golf Resort, Allegany Ruggles Golf Course, Harford Rum Pointe Seaside Golf Links, Worcester Swan Point Yacht & Country Club, Charles Twin Shields Golf Club, Calvert University of Maryland Golf Course, Prince George’s W l West Winds Golf Club, Frederick Westminster Island Green, Carroll Westminster National Golf Course, Carroll Wetlands Golf Club, Harford Whiskey Creek, Frederick (GOLD) White Plains Golf Course, Charles Worthington Manor Golf Club, Frederick





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Newark Country Club, New Castle Odessa National Golf Club, New Castle The Peninsula Golf & Country Club , Sussex Rock Manor, New Castle The Rookery North, Sussex The Rookery South, Sussex Salt Pond Golf Club, Sussex Stenger’s Shamrock Farms Par 3, Sussex Sussex Pines Country Club, Sussex Tritapoe Academy of Golf, Sussex White Clay Creek Country Club at Delaware Park, New Castle (SILVER) Wild Quail Golf & Country Club, Kent

Plus: 171

Facilities in Pennsylvania 53 Facilities in New Jersey 14 Facilities in Northern Virginia 1 Bonus Facility in North Carolina

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MSGA Patron Member Privileges

Patron Level: Victory $50, eClub $85* Patron Couple: Victory $100, eClub $150*

Receive a 2013 Victory Golf Pass entitling you to special deals at over 300 of the finest golf facilities in the region. e membership includes: MSGA Patron 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 certi cates to play Musket Ridge, Lake Presidential, 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 also receive a special Silver Member gi , signifying your commitment to supporting golf in Maryland. Silver Couples receive additional certi cates, plus an 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), which are a great gi idea or for entertaining friends and clients. Also included is Bulle Rock’s “Bulle’s Best” olf certi cate, and the Lake Presidential and Bayside Resort certi cates for a complimentary greens fee on each course. Gold Members also receive a special Gold Member g special recognition on the MSGA web site.

with eClub $40* $85* $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 bene ts of Patron Members. Student Members under age 17 must be accompanied by an adult when using the Victory Pass.

Victor y Only $30 $50 $100 $150 $200 $500*

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

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

Or faxyour completed appl ication to: (410) 653-8810 tournament eligibility for MSGA tournaments and play days.

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



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




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


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


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

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

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

ORIGIN OF THE STATE GOLF ASSOCIATION Based on Baltimore Sun reporting by Claude C. Madison, among the spurs to the formation of the Maryland State Golf Association was the exhibition match between Harry Vardon, Ted Ray and B. Warren Corkran at Baltimore Country Club during the summer of 1920. The year of 1920 marked Vardon’s last trip to the United States while Ray captured his sole U.S. Open Championship at the Inverness Club in August, 1920, where he edged Vardon, Leo Diegel and Jock Hutchinson by one stroke, with the 50-year old Vardon going six over par in the last six holes. The temporary chairman of the Maryland players who called for a state golf association was R.E. Hanson. Hanson sent the invitations for the organization meeting that was held at the Emerson Hotel. In the March 9, 1921 Baltimore Sun, Claude Madison reported that “R.E. Hanson, who fostered and originated the idea of a State golf association, was lauded in a resolution unanimously adopted, which expressed appreciation of his orts to advance the game in Maryland. Hanson recently removed to New York.” Golf developments in Maryland even attracted the interest of Grantland Rice, the foremost sportswriter of the era. In ered the following remarks: “The movement to form a State golf association should be supported by every golfer in Maryland. Golf is now on the way to an even-greater boom and the golf courses and players of Maryland occupy too high a place to remain outside the fold. The fact that the national open championship is to be held at Columbia Country Club will bring additional attention to Maryland golf. There is no question that a State association can do a lot for the game, and at the same time the players get a lot of keen competition out of the organization.” Interestingly, there was spirited competition for the hosting rst championships. Representatives of Maryland Country Club, Rolling Road Golf Club and the Suburban Club were quite expressive in promoting their clubs. October 2013 | 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 | October 2013

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 2013 Board of Directors PRESIDENT y CC at Woodmore (410) 721-2555

VICE PRESIDENT Richard Collins Baltimore CC 410-252-1494

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 Snight U.S. Naval Academy GC 410-266-5321

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR William Smith Hillendale CC 410-653-5300

VICE PRESIDENT Thomas Whelan Manor CC 410-712-0888

VICE PRESIDENT John Barse Columbia CC 301-229-6031

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

TREASURER John Pauliny Hillendale CC 410-252-9107

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

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


DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS Kim Daniels 410-653-5300

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2013 SCHEDULE OF EVENTS TOURNAMENT Team Championship Pro-Amateur Women’s Team Championship Two-Man Team

DATE April 6-13-14-20-21-27 Thurs., April 25 April 27 - May 19 Tues., April 30

CLUB Various Clubs Suburban Various Clubs Hillendale

Tues., May 7


Tues., May 7

Sparrows Point

Wed., May 15

White Plains

Senior Two-Man Team

Tues., May 28

Turf Valley

Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship

Wed. - Thurs., June 5 - 6

Hog Neck

Amateur Championship

Thurs. - Sun., June 6 - 9


Junior Girl’s Championship

Tues. - Wed., June 18 - 19

Hunt Valley

Junior Boy’s Championship

Mon. - Tues., June 24 - 25

Fountain Head

Junior Girls Poindexter Cup

Fri. - Sun., July 5 - 7

Amateur/Open Pre-Qualifying

Maryland Open Championship

Mon. - Wed., July 8 - 10

Indian Creek (VA) CC of Maryland

4 Lady Invitational

Mon., July 15


Amateur Public Links Championship

Thurs., July 18

Clustered Spires

Women’s Amateur Championship

Mon. - Thurs., July 22 - 25


Father-Son Championship

Thurs., July 25

University of Maryland

Mid-Atlantic Junior Invitational

Thurs., July 25

Edgewood (WV)

Junior Girls Mid-Atlantic Challenge Mixed Two Ball


Fri. – Sun., July 26 - 28 Mon., July 29

CC of North Carolina (NC) Piney Branch

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Women’s Senior Amateur Championship

Mon. - Tues., August 12 - 13

Andrews AFB

Mid-Amateur Championship

Mon. - Tues., August 12 - 13

Baltimore CC

Sat., August 24

Chevy Chase

BW Junior Team Matches Mid-Two Woman Team Championship

Wed., September 4

Bretton Woods

BW Team Matches

Sat., September 7


Senior Team Championship Senior Amateur Championship

September 8-15-21-22-28

Various Clubs

Wed. - Thurs., September 11 - 12


Two Woman Team Championship

Mon., September 16

Naval Academy

Past Presidents

Tues., September 24

Rolling Road

Senior Team Challenge Match

Wed., October 2


Charity Tournament

Mon., October 7


Women’s Open Championship

Tues. - Wed., October 15 - 16


Senior Open

Tues. - Wed., October 15 - 16

Worthington Manor

2013 USGA Qualifying Events TOURNAMENT



US Open Local

Tues., May 14

Lake Presidential


Wed., June 5

Clustered Spires

US Amateur

Tues., July 23

Hunt Valley


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


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

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

Executive Publisher Marcus Bain

David Norman, Past President, International Association of Golf Administrators and Past Executive Director of the Virginia State Golf Association (VSGA) Commercial Sales and Sponsorship Director

Managing Editor Camilla Bowry Design Whoa Mama Design


David Partridge, Five Time VSGA Player of the Year, Middle Atlantic Golf Association Amateur Champion, and Three-time Mid-Amateur Champion Sales and Sponsorship Manager







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