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January 2014 Issue # 7

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Park WRONOWSKI

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2014 event schedule Coaches Corner

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Content Executive Director’s Welcome

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The Amateur Interview with Marty West - Ji Soo Park

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David wood - PGA National Resort & Spa

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Steve mona - Making a Difference

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ask allen - PGA Show

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RULES REVISITED - HALF KNOWS IN THE RULES OF GOLF

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Executive Director’s Welcome Looking Ahead Since we are starting the new year, I thought I would address what to expect in 2014. The MSGA new year unofficially begins in November at our Annual Meeting wherethe Board of Directors and Officers are elected. This year we welcome two new members to the Board, one being at-large member Marilyn “Melly” Tucker, President of the MSGA-Women’s Division and the other being Diane Herndon, Argyle CC as the 9th Vice President. Diane is the first women to be nominated and elected as an officer of the MSGA. In addition to the new Board members, Richard E. Collins of Baltimore Country Club was elected President for the year 2014. As is tradition, the Maryland Amateur Championship will be conducted June 5-8 at the President’s home club, which in this case will be the East Course at Baltimore Country Club. Other major Championship venues include the Maryland Open at Lakewood CC, July 14-16; Mid-Amateur Championship at Montgomery CC August 11-12; the Senior Amateur Championship September 8-9 at Musket Ridge GC and the Senior Open at the Elkridge Club October 13-14, 2014. The full schedule of championship events and dates is available on our website at www.msga.org Last year marked our second year of scheduling one day Play Days at various private clubs in the state and they have proved to be very popular events for golfers of all skill levels. The Play Days are open to both men and women with prizes in multiple categories. This year we are expanding to six venues including Towson G&CC; Suburban Club, Norbeck CC, Rolling Road GC, CC at Woodmore and Argyle CC. Dates for these play days are on our schedule at www.msga.org The most exciting new venture for the MSGA last year was the introduction of “Maryland State Golf” the electronic magazine of the MSGA in which we cover all MSGA Championships in addition to articles about our member clubs, club professionals, club superintendents and interviews with leading players among a host of other golf related pieces. The magazine along with all of our services are available on our website at www.msga.org One of the areas where the MSGA has enhanced our services to the golfers of Maryland that we encourage you to take a look at is related to handicap services. You can now get your handicap revision update twice a month by email by clicking on the icon and signing up on our website. Another great handicap service is the mobile app for your smart phone which allows you to post your scores and look up other golfer handicap records. Information about the app is provided on our website. Once again this year, the MSGA will offer our discount golf program known as the Patron Program. For details click on the icon on the home page of our website. 2014 being an even year means that the USGA Men’s State Team Championship will be conducted at the Pete Dye course at French Lick Resort in French Lick, Indiana from September 30-October 2, 2014. The MSGA will determine our three man team based on tournament performance throughout the year. The staff and volunteers of the MSGA are looking forward to an exciting year of golf, and hope all of you have many successful and rewarding rounds of golf. Bill Smith Executive Director Maryland State Golf Association

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


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AMATEUR INTERVIEW WITH MARTY WEST

Ji Soo Park Name Member Club/Play At

Ji Soo Park I do not have a home course

Coach /Teacher

Jong Chan Park (my dad)

What clubs are in your bag?

Irons: Nike VR Pro Combo (4-p) Wedges: Nike VR X3X wedges (52, 56, 60) 3 wood: VR Pro (15) Driver: VR Pro (8.5) Hybrid: VR_S (19) Putter: Nike Method

What golf ball do you play?

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University of Virginia Men’s Golf 2013-14 team From left: Denny McCarthy, Gregor Orlando, Nick Tremps, Nick McLaughlin, Alex Lloyd, David Pastore, Kyle Kochevar, Mac McLaughlin and Ji Soo Park

Thank you for taking the time to do this interview. First let me begin by asking at what age did you begin playing golf? Who introduced you to the game? Did your parents play a key role in your golf? Has any golf instructor helped your game in a significant way? I started playing golf when I was 11 or 12 years old. My dad Jong Chan Park was the person who introduced me to the game. My dad was a business man in Korea and he loved to play golf. He usually went to the golf range at the weekends and I used to go with him. One day I was watching my dad hitting golf balls and I wanted to try so I took my dad’s golf club and swung at it. My dad saw me and he thought that my swing was pretty good. I started to practice more for fun than anything else after school on week days and at the weekend. Six months later my dad took me to Thailand and we played on a golf course. I really liked it! Of course my score was not very good. I shot 94 the first time I ever played on a MARYLAND STATE GOLF MAGAZINE | January 2014

golf course. I fell in love with golf after I played on that first course golf course and I decided I wanted to be a professional golfer. Also at that time, Tiger Woods was a rising star. Our family moved to the U.S. when I was 11 years old and that’s when I really started playing golf. 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 fell in love with the game when I was 14 years old I think. I played in a long drive contest and I hit 305 yards to get first place. There were chipping and putting contests too but I did not do well on those contests so I could not go on to national long drive contest. However, when I hit that 305 yards drive I felt really good and I loved it. Especially, as I am Asian and I have a small body size and I’m short!


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What have been your major accomplishments in the year of 2013. Qualifying for the US Amateur Public Links has been my biggest accomplishment this year. I have never qualified for any USGA events before. As you look to the 2014 season, what goals have you set for yourself? My goals for the 2014 season are to play my best at every tournament and to win as many tournaments as I can. I want to raise my world ranking too so that I can get invitations from big tournaments and play with good players. Tell me about your tournament plans for 2014 and what events are you particularly excited about playing in? Do you plan to try to qualify for any national championships this year?

I do not know my 2014 schedule yet. However, I will definitely try to qualify for the U.S. Open and U.S. Amateur. 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? The strength of my game is my driver. When I was young and had just started to play golf, my dad always told me that the distance is the most important for me because since I am Asian and have a small body, to compete with Americans and European people, I needed the distance. He also told me that if you hit long distance, golf will be an easier game. I can hit about average distance and keep it on the fairway most time. How much time do you dedicate a week for practice? How many rounds of golf during the golf season January 2014 | MARYLAND STATE GOLF MAGAZINE


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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 practice every day. I usually practice on the range on the weekdays and I play on the golf course on the weekends. I think I play about 2 rounds of golf in a week. If I have a choice, I would rather practice on the range because that’s where you can improve. Have you played in a state Amateur Championship before and if so, what is your best finish? I am from Virginia and I have played in the Virginia Amateur Championship before, I have finished second twice. What golf tournament that you have played in did you most enjoy and why? The Players Amateur tournament was the tournament I enjoyed the most. I really like the host families and I really like the golf course. What is your favorite course that you have played and why did you enjoy it so much? My favorite golf course is Oakmont Country Club. It is a very challenging golf course and there are many USGA events held there. The fairway bunkers are almost impossible to get out. It was very fun to play. 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? I always try to calm down and relax. I try not to think about the score and to just think about each shot. I always think and try to take a good swing before every shot. Do you have someone that you use as a sounding board to talk about your success with or how you could improve your game? I usually talk to my dad but sometimes I talk to my coach at Virginia, Bowen Sargent. If you were given the opportunity this year to play on any two courses in the world, what courses would you choose and why? If I have the opportunity this year to play on any two courses in the world, it would be Augusta National and TPC Sawgrass. Everyone in the world wants to play at Augusta. I have never played TPC Sawgrass before and I always wanted to play the 17th hole par 3.

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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? I would choose to play with Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, Rory Mcilroy and K.J. Choi. Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods are the kings of the golf. Rory Mcilroy is one of my role models and K.J. Choi is one of the greatest Korean golfers.

than 1 hour. 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? Outside of golf, I usually hangout with my friends, watch movies, watch TV shows, watch other sports and play some games. I also play other sports with my friends.

Do you now have a consistent exercise program and if so, what does it entail?

What is the best advice regarding golf that you have ever received?

I do have a consistent workout. We have a workout three days a week with the team.

The best advice I have received has been “try your best then you won’t regret but if you did not try your best then do not give up.” When I was a junior, my dad did not care about the result when I played tournaments. My dad cared about how I practiced or the process of getting ready to play tournaments. My dad usually gets mad if I do not try my best. However, if I tried my best and the result was not good he was fine.

Are you considering playing golf as a professional? What will be the major factors that will help you make that decision? I will first finish school and I will definitely try to play as a professional. Playing golf as a professional has been my dream since when I was 11 years old. I have worked hard ever since and I gave up my social life in middle school and high school because of golf. I will try my best to achieve my goals and dreams. Golfers are known for being superstitious. Do you have any superstitions that you are willing to share with us? I cannot warm up for too long so it has to be for less

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THE PUBLISHER’S PICK Marcus Bain

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PGA National Resort & Spa – A Grand South Florida Destination Beckons By David Wood, Author of “Around the World in 80 Rounds”

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easons abound why golfing greats like Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus and Rory McElroy choose to reside in the West Palm Beach area of Florida – plenty of year-round sunshine, lush flora and teeming fauna, beautiful people, great restaurants, scores of big-time golf courses. For travelers wishing to emulate the enviable lifestyle of those globetrotting greats all one need do is enter the grounds of PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, check-in, and the rest is easy.

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First off, as far as golf goes, few destinations have a pedigree as storied. The vaunted resume of its Champion Course includes hosting the 1983 Ryder Cup, 1987 PGA Championship, and nearly two decades of the Senior PGA Championship. Currently, it hosts The Honda Classic – a wildly popular stop on the PGA Tour’s “Florida Swing.” And yes, locals like Tiger and Rory tee it up in the event after the quick drive to the course. The mighty Champion is also home to the ominously named “Bear Trap” holes 15, 16 and 17 – where designer


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Nicklaus famously said, “It should be won or lost right here.” Why so hard? Water, water and more water lurking everywhere. Just like the pros, resort visitors have a go at the diabolical trifecta after getting the obligatory group photo with the awesome snarling bear stature standing sentinel by the 15th tee. Play the holes at your own risk and have a blast trying to tame them. PGA National boasts four other excellent layouts including The Palmer – an Arnold Palmer signature course with a subtle nod to the game’s Scottish roots.

Don’t miss a chance to play its splendid new Fazio Course – a thrilling renovation of “The Haig” which was the resort’s original 18-hole course opened in 1980. For those who don’t yet play like a pro, the PGA National Golf Academy is home to world-class golf instruction. On-site top-of-the-line programs from both the David Leadbetter Golf Academy and the Dave Pelz Scoring Game School, along with tour level custom club fitting from the PGA National Club Fitting Lab, are available. The whole locale is a one-stop golf heaven.

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With all that said, one would think PGA National would simply rest on its golf laurels. However, that’s not the case as it just unveiled its recent $100 million revitalization that has turned entire property into a “must visit”vacation local. New enhancements include floor-to-ceiling makeovers of its 379 guest rooms; a permanent, lakeside wedding venue with stunning vistas; and total overhaul of its 19thhole bar and grill now called “Bar 91”complete with an outdoor fire pit and the perfect spot to recount your fortunes or misfortunes on the Bear Trap. Another grand touch is the individually-themed “specialty” suites designed by Boston’s award-winning CBT Architects. The spacious accommodations are ideal for weddings, honeymoons, spa aficionados, golf buddy trips, football “big game” weekends and group getaways. Guests will discover luxurious high-tech living areas with stunning property views from a private terrace or balcony and creature comforts galore. After a round, cool off with a dip in the magnificent zeroentry poolthen enjoy one of the several on-site restaurants and lounges highlighted by Ironwood Steak & Seafood and classy iBAR in the lobby. The chef-driven Ironwood Steak & Seafood presents mouth-watering steaks and fresh Florida fish. Notable is its “Tomahawk for Two” – a 32-ounce cross of Wagyu and Black Angus beef, dry-aged for 21 days -cooked to perfection at 1,200 degrees in its state-of-theart Vulcan 1200 broiler. The menu highlights also include locally caught Wahoo, crab-stuffed Maine lobster and a raw bar complete with succulent shellfish andsashimi. The centerpiece of the dining room experience is a floorto-ceiling wine room with over 1,000 bottles of the finest vintages from the world over. As if all that weren’t enough, visitors can also indulge in one of more than 100 treatments offered by the 40,000 squarefootEuropean Spa with 32 treatment areas and exclusive “Waters of the World” outdoor mineral pools. Need a workout? Enjoy the superb 33,000 square-foot health-andracquet club with 19 HarTru tennis courts. The renowned South Florida lifestyle is beckoning. PGA National Resort & Spa is the ideal way to see what the fuss is all about. For more information visit www.pgaresort.com, or call (800) 533.9386.

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Making a Difference: Golf’s Charitable Impact By Steve Mona, CEO of The World Golf Foundation

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he New Year is in full swing and Maryland golfers are eager to get back on the course. While cold temperatures and precipitation might limit play this winter, many are looking ahead to warmer weather and making resolutions to improve their game in 2014. Others are focused on increasing participation in golf by introducing a friend or playing more rounds with buddies and family members. December might be considered “The Season of Giving,” but January is an opportunity to look ahead and see how you can make a difference in the coming year. Golf has a longstanding tradition of giving back to society. It starts with values like sportsmanship, respect and integrity that are passed on to kids who learn the game. The game also raises billions of dollars annually for charities across the country. Philanthropic contributions, including those from professional tournaments, are a huge part of the industry, with the majority of funds going to organizations outside of the sport. The game raises more money for charitable causes than the NFL, NHL, MLB and NBA combined. According to a study conducted by the National Golf Foundation, golf’s charitable impact in 2011 was $3.9 billion. This includes 143,000 events at 12,000 golf facilities (or 75 percent of U.S. total). More than 12 million participants helped to raise an average of $26,300 per function. Beneficiaries include health, youth, education, environmental and cultural groups nationally, regionally and locally. Below are a few programs being helped by golf -- which one will you support this year?

Salute Military Golf Association http://www.smga.org/ Based at Olney Golf Park in Maryland, the Salute Military Golf Association is a 501(c)(3) non-profit. Its mission is to provide rehabilitative golf experiences and familyinclusive opportunities for post-9/11 wounded war veterans in an effort to improve the quality of life for these American heroes. The organization has a strong relationship with Walter Reed Army Medical Center. It has equipped more than 500 wounded warriors with properly fitted clubs and offered free lessons to 1,000 combat-wounded veterans.

National Alliance for Accessible Golf http://www.accessgolf.org/ There are approximately 57 million Americans with some form of disability (or 19 percent of the total U.S. January 2014 | MARYLAND STATE GOLF MAGAZINE


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There are many ways to get involved with charity through the game of golf without opening your checkbook.

population). Formed in 2001, the National Alliance for Accessible Golf ensures the opportunity for all individuals with disabilities to play the game. The organization has granted close to $490,000 to 8,000 participants in 19 states.

Folds of Honor Foundation http://www.foldsofhonor.org/patriot-golf-day Also a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, Folds of Honor Foundation provides postsecondary educational scholarships for children and spouses of military men and women disabled or killed while serving our great nation. Each year, the PGA of America and United States Golf Association join together to host “Patriot Golf Day” over Labor Day weekend. Golfers are asked to add an extra dollar to their green fees to support the cause. Through 2012, the organization has raised more than $17.1 million for 5,000 recipients in all 50 states and 41 PGA sections.

Wounded Warrior Project http://www.worldslargestgolfouting.com/ Wounded Warrior Project raises awareness and enlists the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members by offering unique, direct programs and services. Billy Casper Golf (BCG), owner and operator of more than 150 golf courses nationwide, hosts the “World’s Largest Golf Outing” (WLGO) each August to generate funds for the organization. Since its inception three years ago, WLGO has donated more than $1.1 million to Wounded MARYLAND STATE GOLF MAGAZINE | January 2014

Warrior Project. In 2013, BCG hosted more than 10,000 golfers at 110 of its golf courses in 24 states, raising more than $735,000. Participating facilities in Maryland included P.B. Dye Golf Club (Ijamsville), RedGate Golf Course (Rockville), Compass Pointe Golf Courses (Pasadena) and The Links at Challedon, (Mt. Airy). WLGO 2014 will be held on Monday, August 11.

Get Involved There are many ways to get involved with charity through the game of golf without opening your checkbook. • Volunteer – Impact the lives of young people by donating your time to The First Tee at one of their 190 chapters across the U.S. Also, research opportunities with local charity golf tournaments or junior


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About Steve Mona

Steve Mona became the World Golf Foundation’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) in March 2008. Mona served as tournament director of the Northern California Golf Association from September 1980 to January 1982. He moved to assistant manager of press relations for the United States Golf Association from January 1982 to June 1983, at which time he became Executive Director of the Georgia State Golf Association. In November 1993, he became CEO of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America. organizations. http://www.thefirsttee.org/club/scripts/ library/view_document.asp?NS=PH&DN=VOLUNTEER • Lend Your Voice – Tell us your story by speaking to Congressional leaders about why golf is more than a game to you. http://wearegolf.org/who-we-are/shareyour-story/ • Support Through Social Media – Post to your channels about golf’s importance to the economy, environment and how it provides a fitness activity for millions to enjoy. http://wearegolf.org/socialmedia/channels/ As you can see, golf is a great vehicle to support charitable causes. Everyone can help make a difference with the game we all love.

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

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PGA Show – “The Major of Golf Business” by Allen Wronowski 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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• PGA President Ted Bishop welcomes crowd • Attendees gather for instructional workshop during Demo Day • Blair O’Neal hits a drive at the “On the Range with COBRA PUMA’s Blair O’Neal” during Demo Day • Overview of the show floor • Attendees at the PIGN “Distance Yourself Skills Challenge Final”

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ach January when winter curtails playing golf for most of those around the country, the business of golf has one of its largest gatherings, the PGA Show. Over 40,000 attendees will be able to work their way through roughly a million square feet of exhibition space to visit with over a thousand vendors. For some of us that know the beginnings, it is amazing how the show has evolved. It began in 1954 with vendors opening their car trunks and some setting up tables to show their products to the PGA members playing the winter tournament series in Florida. The show grew so much so quickly, a circus tent was rented in 1957 to house everyone. From those humble beginnings we now host what I have been told is in the top 20 of largest shows in the country.

200 registered participants. It’s a full day of education on nutrition, skills, events, and aspects of how best to work with juniors and their parents. Tuesday is demo day with almost 100 companies bringing out their equipment and tech folks for everyone to see, feel and try. Wednesday day night is our annual PGA of America Awards Night honoring those PGA who have achieved in the areas of education, employment, junior golf teaching and our highest honor, the PGA Professional of the Year. There are education programs, conferences, town halls, state of the industry discussion, and so much more. Some of the greatest in the game whether business related or playing ability will be there such as Annika Sorenstam, Donald Trump, Dottie Pepper, Peter Jacobson, and Nancy Lopez.

Beside the mega show, there are so many other venues and activities around and during the event. On Monday, we will host our first Youth and Family Summit with over

What I have enjoyed the most since I started going 30 years ago is the networking. It is a wonderful time to reconnect with old friends and colleagues and to develop

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new relationships. Being able to talk about the game and the business of golf with other PGA members and those involved in the industry is very special. Hearing about personal experiences, proven programs and other issues around their facilities is enlightening. Those in the “trenches” and serve those that play the game are eager to share with everyone so that we can all be successful and grow the game. I have also been fortunate to serve as a Mentor for a lunch that is held with all of our Professional Golf Management University students. We have one day with our National PGA Board members attend and one day with our Past PGA Presidents. I love sitting with them and watching their faces while I discuss the state of the game and personal experiences from my journey in golf. I am very humbled when they ask to have pictures taken with me or to get an autograph. Many of those that I have dined with have become friends, Facebook

and Twitter buddies and stay in contact as their careers develop. Nothing rewards me as much as one of them having successes and thanking me for being part of it. I am off to Orlando and the PGA Show, “The Major in Golf. While so many are waiting for good weather and spring to arrive, the industry and PGA professionals will be working hard to make their experience at the range, on the course or at their facility its absolutely the best! January 2014 | MARYLAND STATE GOLF MAGAZINE


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Name: David Hutsell, PGA Member Club(s) / facilities where you teach: The Elkridge Club PGA Professional since: I entered the golf business in 1993 and earned membership to the PGA of America in 1998.

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David Hutsell In the fourth MSGA Coaches Corner interview, we caught up with David Hutsell one of Maryland top coaches to ask him about his thoughts on teaching, playing and everything in between.

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notable achievements • Winner of 2011 PGA of America Professional National Championship at Hershey C.C., Hershey PA • Winner of 2011 PGA of America National Player of the Year Award • Winner of 2010 and 2011 Middle Atlantic PGA Section Championships • Winner of 2010 and 2011 Middle Atlantic PGA Section Player of the Year Award • Winner of 2007 Middle Atlantic PGA Section Assistant Championship • Competed in 8 PGA Professional National Championships • Played in 10 PGA Tour Events including 2 PGA Championships • Winner 2011 Maryland State Open • Member of victorious U.S. PGA Cup team versus Great Britain & Ireland in 2011 • Competed on Golden Bear and NGA Hooters Tours • Played 2 years of college baseball at U.M.B.C. and one year at Towson State University • Played one year of golf for Towson State University • Graduated from Towson State University with a B.S. in Physical Education • Won a baseball state championship while at Havre de Grace High School (1988) Job Related Attributes and Skills • PGA Class A member in good standing. • Conducted numerous lessons, clinics, classes, and golf schools catering to players of all ages and abilities for nearly 20 years • US Kids Golf Certified Instructor • Titleist and Ping certified club fitter

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What clubs are in your bag? I’ve been a member of the Titleist Leadership Advisory Staff since 2001 Driver: Titleist 913D2 9.5 degree with an Aldila NV 85X Shaft Fairway Metals: Titleist 913F 13.5 and 17 degrees with Aldila NV85X Shafts Hybrid: Titleist 913H 21 degree with Aldila NV 85X Shaft Irons: Titleist 714 AP2 4-PW with KBS Tour Stiff Shafts Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM4 TVD 54 degree and 59 degree S-grind with KBS Tour Stiff Shafts Putter: Scotty Cameron Studio Select Newport Deep Milled Circle T What golf ball do you play?

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Firstly, thank you the taking the time to do this interview with the Maryland State Golf Association. Let’s begin with asking you; what first drew you to the great game of golf? Can you describe when and how you fell in love with the game? I have to give all the credit to my late father Max for introducing me to the game at a young age. He loved the game so much and enjoyed playing with me and my two older brothers. We had a couple acres of land to hit balls in as a young child. He always made sure I had enough balls to practice with if I hit too many too far into the woods. I didn’t really take the game too seriously until I was in college after my baseball career ended. I was working on the grounds crew at Mt. Pleasant Golf Course in Baltimore when I really caught the bug. I could play every day after work, and I just couldn’t get enough at that point. What age were you and what bought you to decide to pursue a career as a PGA professional? I was a senior in college and decided that instead of teaching Physical Education the rest of my life, I wanted to teach golf. I took my first job as an assistant professional at Bonnie View Country Club right after graduating. Who were your inspirations as a young professional? Did this person(s) serve as a mentor to you and if so, how did he influence your professional development? I’ve had the opportunity to work for a number of great PGA professionals throughout my career and each brought different levels of expertise to their respective facilities. They all gave me the opportunity to work on my game, and build on my skills as a professional. I tried to take a little from each one along the way, and I owe them all many thanks for their support.

Who were your biggest influences as a teacher? My biggest influence as a teacher and a player would be PGA Master Professional Don Trahan. I took my first golf lesson from Don in 1995 at Harbor Town Golf Links while I was working in Hilton Head, South Carolina. His knowledge and passion for teaching the game struck me immediately. Even more important was how much he cared for each student and their overall improvement. He has worked with players from beginning levels all the way up to the PGA and LPGA tours. In your opinion, what skills and abilities are necessary to be a successful teacher and coach? I believe the most successful teacher/coaches are those who possess a great deal of knowledge and equally as important, the ability to effectively communicate that knowledge to their students. I am sure many people out there think that as a PGA Professional you get to play round after round, week in and week out. Set the record straight and tell us how many rounds on average you get to play per week? I feel fortunate if I get to play one round of golf per week. My in season schedule consists of a six day work week, and one day off to catch up on things at home or tee it up. If I do get to play, more often than not, it is in a MAPGA section tournament. Can you tell us a little about your playing career and whether your professional responsibilities allow you to still participate in competitive play? I have qualified for and played in 10 PGA Tour events including 2 PGA Championships in my career. I have also spent a couple of years playing on the mini tours and trying PGA Tour Q-School. My current work schedule January 2014 | MARYLAND STATE GOLF MAGAZINE


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doesn’t allow time to prepare for that level of play, but I still do play at a high level in our MAPGA section and National PGA club professional tournaments. What percentage of your day is spent teaching and approximately how many lessons do you conduct annually? I spend about 80 percent of my time teaching and conduct between 500-600 lessons/clinics per year. Do you derive greater personal gratification from playing a fine round of golf or seeing one of your pupil’s golf games really begin to improve? I would have to say seeing my students improve. Having a student come back to me and say they had their lowest score ever on a particular hole or course is one of the greatest rewards I receive. Seeing the smile on their face and hearing the tone in their voice can certainly make my day. What initiatives are you and your club doing to bring more players to the sport? I have been personally offering beginner golf clinics for years in an effort to bring people into the game in a fun and inviting environment. Golf is a difficult game and we have to do everything possible to make it enjoyable. Our club holds 9 and Dine events that are very informal team competitions that are geared towards beginner golfers. At what age would you recommend parents introducing their children to golf and what advice would you offer parents for getting their youngsters to enjoy the game. MARYLAND STATE GOLF MAGAZINE | January 2014

I don’t think you can put an exact age on when to start a child playing golf. Most importantly, the child has to want to play, be attentive, and should be given a fun environment in which to learn the game. With that being said, I think the earlier the better. Can you describe your teaching philosophy and how you go about working with your pupils? The most important thing I always ask my students is, “What are your goals?” Every student has different goals and abilities, and after assessing these important factors, I can set up a plan to help them achieve them. The initial interview process is critical. Some of my students are ecstatic if they can hit a ball 100 yards in the air and at their target, while others want to try and play the PGA Tour. You have to treat each student on an individual basis. When you first begin working with someone, what are the things you focus on first and foremost? First and foremost, I focus on fundamentals. My coach always stressed to me “The set-up determines the motion” and I have found that to be infinitely true. If a player has poor alignment, aim, posture, or a poor grip, they are headed down the wrong path before they even take the club away. There must be consistency in the pre-swing fundamentals to create consistent solid golf shots throughout the set. What advice would you offer to golfers to help them be better students when they take lessons? I would advise them to come to the lesson with an open mind. There are many different ways to hit good golf


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shots as evidenced by the professional tours. A great teacher will help you get the most out of your abilities, and develop a plan for long term improvement. Don’t ever be afraid to ask a question if you are unsure about what you are being taught. It is vital to the relationship that there is open communication and understanding for both individuals. Both teacher and student have to be honest with each other. What advice would you offer to golfers to assist them in making their practice sessions be more productive? Does this change after someone takes a lesson? You have to mix up your practice time and make it fun. Standing on the range and hitting 50 7-irons

or drivers in a row is not like playing a round of golf. Practice hitting different types of shots with different clubs. Imagine you are playing your favorite golf course while on the range. Picture each shot and pick specific targets to aim for. Put a little pressure on yourself there to produce results and you will be able to better handle that pressure when you step onto the course. When all of us what golf on television or go watch a professional tournament in person, what should we look for to help us with our games? I think most golfers could benefit from watching touring professionals stick to their routine. No matter the situation, these players stick to their pre-shot routines. January 2014 | MARYLAND STATE GOLF MAGAZINE


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Every player can gain a level of comfort if they are able to approach each shot with the appropriate amount of energy and focus. Your craft is constantly evolving due to the technological improvements of the game. What technologies are you utilizing to enhance your teaching methods? I currently use V1Pro Digital Coaching Software and a high speed camera to best communicate to my students their progress. Each of my students receives a lesson review video via email through my branded academy. Many golf instructors say that one of the most important skills golfers must develop to become better players is to become effective pitchers of the golf ball. What advice would you offer us to get better at this critical element of the game? I believe that to become a better pitcher of the golf ball you must understand the relationship between the loft of the club, shaft angle at impact, angle of attack, and pace at which you swing the club. These are the main factors in producing the desired distance, spin and trajectory of a pitch shot. You cannot practice this part of the game too much. Many instructors use drills to assist their students. Are you a big believer in drills and do you have any favorite drills that have helped your pupils? I do use drills quite a bit with my students. I think it is important to help emphasise a particular movement or feel. I use alignment sticks and noodles to set barriers for my students to swing in between. It gives them instant feedback if they are not performing the drill correctly. What do you feel are some of the biggest challenges that a PGA Professional faces in modern day golf? I think the biggest challenge we face in modern day golf is bringing more people into the game and keeping them playing. Golf is a difficult sport to play and play well. For the average player, it takes quite an investment of time and money to play the game, and if it is not enjoyable, they are going to go and find something else to do. If we can make the game be played faster and make it more fun, I think we can attract an even larger audience. If one of your members walked in your shoes for a day, what aspect of your job would surprise them the most? I think the physical demands would surprise them the most. It is rare when I get a chance to sit down and relax. I’m either outside in the elements for hours on end standing on the lesson tee, whether it is hot or cold, or in the golf shop helping someone there. It does take its toll on you by the end of the day. January 2014 | MARYLAND STATE GOLF MAGAZINE


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HALF KNOWS IN THE RULES OF GOLF By Jerry Duffy Past President of the Maryland State Golf Association and a Member of the US Senior Amateur Championship Committee.

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witching gears and turning to our MSGA Rules Seminars, I want to comment on what we have learned as presenters. We have seen a great deal of HALF KNOWS. Players know an infraction has occurred but don’t know what the penalty is or what to do next. For example, a player accidentally kicks his ball and thus causes it to move. “That’s a penalty” comes from the audience. Yes, but it is a one or two stroke penalty? In match play is it loss of hole? Does the ball have to be replaced or should you play it from its new position? If it has to be returned to its original position, can it be cleaned? Does it have to be dropped or can the ball be placed? Answer any of these questions incorrectly and additional penalties could be incurred. In stroke play or match play, if you cause

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your ball to move, there is a one-stroke penalty, the ball must be replaced and may be cleaned, and if the exact location is known – it must be placed. If that location is not known, estimate the location and drop the ball as near as possible not nearer the hole. Now, what if you cause your partner’s ball to move? The answer is the same except that your partner gets the penalty. Another common HALF KNOW concerns PLAYING A WRONG BALL. The consensus is usually correct – “twostroke penalty in stroke play, loss of hole in match play.” Now what? Does the player continue play with the ball he hit? What if he hit the wrong ball out of bounds? What if he hit it three more times then lost it in a water hazard? What if he learns right away that he hit a wrong ball then can’t find his original? What if, during all this,


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he causes the wrong ball he hit to move? It sure gets complicated, or does it? The following are the basics concerning playing a wrong ball. In match play it’s easy – you incur a loss-ofhole penalty. In stroke play the stroke at the wrong ball, any subsequent strokes and all penalty strokes incurred playing the wrong ball do not count in your score. They are all erased. You must then correct your error – find your ball, play on and add two penalty strokes to your score. If you cannot find your ball, add another penalty stroke and proceed under the lost ball rule. PLAYING FROM A WRONG PLACE often creates an even more complicated HALF KNOW situation. Let’s consider the player who hits his ball across a water hazard (yellow

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stakes and/or lines), watches as the ball lands and rolls backwards into the water hazard, takes relief with one penalty stroke by dropping on the green side of the hazard and then plays a stroke. Since the Rules require that a player who takes relief from a water hazard play a ball from one of two places behind the water hazard, here the player has played a stroke on a part of the course where the water hazard Rule does not permit a stroke to be played. The seminar crowd correctly assesses either the loss-of-hole penalty in match play or the one stroke water hazard penalty plus the twostroke wrong place penalty in stroke play. But where do you go from here? Do you have to correct the error as you do when hitting a wrong ball? The answer is maybe. The audience is stunned. When in golf is there a maybe? Here is the story. Every time there is a playing from a wrong place violation in stroke play there is a PART TWO determination. As a result of playing from a wrong place, did the player gain a significant advantage in comparison with the place from which he should have played? Gaining such an advantage is called a SERIOUS BREACH of this Rule. If this error is not corrected before the player plays from the next teeing ground, then the player risks a disqualification penalty. If the player believes that he might have committed a serious breach then generally before he plays a stroke

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from the next teeing ground, he needs to play a second ball in accordance with the Rules, also complete play with the original ball and then report the facts to the Committee prior to returning his score card. If the Committee determines that the player gained a significant advantage with the ball played from a wrong place, then the score with the second ball counts along with the two-stroke wrong place penalty as well as any other penalties that the player incurred during play of the second ball. In our current case the player did gain a significant advantage because in dropping on the green side of the water hazard, he avoided having to play across the hazard again. The strokes made along with any penalty strokes incurred in play of the original ball are not counted in the player’s score. In the case of a playing from a wrong place situation that is not a serious breach, the twostroke penalty still applies and the score with the ball played from the wrong place counts. One example would be a player taking relief on the wrong side of a cart path with light rough on the correct side and the same height rough on a modest slope on the incorrect side. In such a case, the player suffers the two-stroke penalty but he continues with the ball played from a wrong place.

interference with the line of putt of another player and then fails to replace the ball and putts from the wrong place. Since this is not a serious breach, the player must continue play with the ball played from a wrong place with a two-stroke penalty. A final example is the player who takes relief for an embedded ball and, instead of dropping the ball as near as possible, drops the ball one club-length away from the spot where the ball embedded and then makes a stroke. We close with the reminder that it is only when the player makes a stroke from a wrong place that he is penalized under Rule 20-7. Furthermore, Rule 20-6 (The “Eraser Rule�) permits the player, without penalty, to lift a ball that has been dropped in a wrong place but not played and then to proceed in accordance with the Rules. In a future article you will learn more about the Eraser Rule and other cases where knowledge of the Rules can help the player avoid the catastrophes that lurk around the corner of almost every round of golf. At the same time, to learn about other HALF KNOWS, be certain to attend an MSGA Rules Seminar this spring.

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his unforgettable panorama of beauty and color may seem more like something out of Travel Channel documentary as its producers slip away to some far off corner of the world. But in fact, for those organizing a trip for family, friends or even hardcore golf buddies, such a picture can be found right here in the Middle Atlantic. Courses with intriguing names like The Currituck Club, Nags Head Golf Links and Kilmarlic provide various twists off this theme. And the hospitality the region is known for goes hand in hand with the overall sense of golf paradise. Road trips, golf getaways, buddy excursions — no matter what you call these sporting endeavors they almost always include a couple of important ingredients: Good friends and good fun. Golf trips are built around the entire experience, particularly the bonding with pals and loved ones; playing as much golf as a body can handle followed by a hearty meal and a few cold beverages while watching sports on TV;

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staying up late playing poker or hanging out on the porch; then getting up at the crack of dawn to do it all again. There may be no better location for an affordable and memorable Buddy’s Golf Getaway than North Carolina’s Outer Banks, where seashore isolationism allowed the Wright brothers to create manned flight and the same privacy enabled wild Spanish mustang horses to form a unique habitat on similar sandy soil. “Away from it all” is how you’ll feel when you tee it up on any one of the outstanding golf courses located in the OBX. But don’t think for a moment that this coastal destination is bereft of things to do once your group’s round of golf is complete. When not standing on a green or tee box looking out across the ocean or a sound, you’ll be busy living the good life in quaint villages and towns with funky names like Currituck, Corolla, Coinjock, Nags Head, Kill Devil Hills, Duck and Kitty Hawk.


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Here are 5 “must plays” on your next OBX golf getaway: A famous expression was coined long ago at Cahoon’s Grocery and Variety Store in Nags Head. It goes, “If we don’t have it, you don’t need it.” This OBX motto could easily be applied to its golf. From true barrier island links courses to modern parkland marvels located inland, the region is so chock full of variety, you truly don’t have to go anywhere else. The challenges are as spectacular as the coastal views they possess. The Currituck Club, routed by world-renowned architect Rees Jones, rolls across diverse coastal terrain with sound-side views distinctly its own on the northern end of the barrier island. The grandest design along the coast is also the area’s most demanding, especially when the wind kicks up. http://www.clubcorp.com/Clubs/The-Currituck-Club Located on the mainland five minutes from the Wright Brothers Bridge amidst 605 beautiful acres of maritime forest, Kilmarlic Golf Club is a popular Tom Steele design nestled along the sprawling wetlands of the Albemarle Sound. As home to the 2004 and 2009 North Carolina Opens, Kilmarlic also hosted the Old Dominion/Outer Banks collegiate championship the past four falls. http://www.kilmarlicgolfclub.com January 2014 | MARYLAND STATE GOLF MAGAZINE


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Nags Head Golf Links, crafted by Bob Moore, plays hard along the inner waterway on the southern end, where coastal winds and rugged shoreline combine, in true Scottish fashion, to create a unique golfing experience each and every day. The front and back nine closing holes along the sound are particularly spectacular. Nags Head’s bar and restaurant, not surprisingly, is also home to the most dramatic sunsets in town, with views not only across the immediate Roanoke Sound, but towards three other sounds (Albemarle, Croatan and Pamlico) that flow into it from the north, west and south as well. http://www.clubcorp.com/Clubs/Nags-Head-Golf-Links
 The OBX golf experience is enhanced by two other courses on the mainland but certainly worth leaving the island to go play. The Pointe Golf Club and The Carolina Club are a pair of the most immaculately manicured and impeccably conditioned golf courses around. After all, the sister layouts are owned and operated by a man who also runs one of the region’s major turf grass companies, and both courses were built on what had previously been fertile farm land. http://www.thepointegolfclub.com/ http://www.thecarolinaclub.com/

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Here are five more “shore” things that make the Outer Banks of North Carolina a perfect destination for a 2014 golf buddy trip: A wide range of top-shelf and equally eclectic accommodations can be found all along OBX, from the iconic Sanderling Resort in Duck (http:// www.sanderling-resort.com/) to the fully-equipped Kilmarlic Golf Cottage (http://www.kilmarlicgolfclub. com/cottage.cfm) featuring golf course views of the mainland’s Tom Steele-designed championship course. If your group prefers to be closer to the shore, you can choose from a vast array of beach or sound-side homes that range from one-bedroom condos to multiple bedroom estates. Then, rest up between rounds at any number of privately-owned vacation residences with luxuries such as private pools, pool tables, highdefinition televisions and much more.

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Ask any regular visitor to OBX and he or she will most likely clue you in about breakfast at Sam and Omie’s. Or lunch at Tortugas’ Lie. Or dinner at The Blue Point and Aqua (which also offers a killer golfer massage at its spa). Or takeout from Currituck BBQ Company. Or in-home catering from Red Sky Cafe. These are just a sampling of the timeless dining experiences you’ll discover. There’s always a fresh catch of the day at any number of other fine eating establishments (i.e., North Banks Restaurant & Raw Bar, Barefoot Bernie’s Tropical Grill & Bar and Ocean Boulevard Bistro & Martini Bar) that will keep you coming back for more. A wilderness of blowing dunes and sand flats in Kitty Hawk not only provided a remote test area for the Wrights to conduct their flights and study those results without distraction, it also provided for a memorable history lesson for visitors to the area more than a


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century later. The U.S. Government built the Wright Brothers Memorial site in 1932 and today National Park Service interpreters lead you through the historic events leading up to air travel. So don’t miss an opportunity to stand on the very spot where Orville and Wilbur first flew. Afternoon drives take on a whole new meaning along the coast just minutes north of Rees Jones’ 18-hole gem known as The Currituck Club. There, a unique après-golf excursion unfolds in the form of 12 miles of beachfront that is only accessible by four-wheel-drive vehicles. Known as “beach riding,” this one-of-a-kind activity leads you to nothing but sun, sand, ocean, some vacation rental homes and those wild Spanish mustangs that can be found grazing in an untamed area called the “Corolla Outback.” Spotting the feisty horses is a popular OBX pastime

From museums to parks and gardens, the Outer Banks golf destination is full of endless activities that reflect the area’s rich history and tradition. For those who like hunting lighthouses as much as they do birdies, the region is well known for a beautiful string of lighthouses that stretch from Corolla in the north all the way to Cape Hatteras in the south. One excursion that shouldn’t be missed is trip over to Knotts Island. A ferry operates from the mainland not far from The Carolina Club over to the marshy island bordered by the Currituck Sound, North Landing River, Back Bay, and Knotts Island Bay. Knotts Island is home to Mackay Island National Wildlife Refuge. For duck hunters, Knotts Island is home to numerous duck hunting blinds located in the surrounding waters and on land. Outer Banks 2014 golf package information is available at www.PlayOBXGolf.com or 800-916-6244.

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Jeffrey Goodman | Amateur 913D3 | 9.5° | C3 | 142 mph Ball Speed

John Cassino | Amateur 913D2 | 8.5° | C3 | 139 mph Ball Speed

Bill Haas | PGA Tour Player 913D2 | 8.5° | B2 | 171 mph Ball Speed

Phillip Jefferson | Amateur 913D3 | 8.5° | C3 | 135 mph Ball Speed

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Men’s Championships Team Championship

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

Various Clubs

Pro-Amateur

Wednesday, April 23

Norbeck

Four-Ball

Tuesday, April 29

Lake Presidential

Amateur/Open Pre-Qualifying

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

Suburban Worthington Manor Andrews AFB

Senior Four-Ball

Tuesday, May 27

Lakewood

Maryland Amateur

Thurs. – Sun., June 5 – 8

Baltimore CC – East Course

Junior Boy’s

Mon. – Tues., June 23 – 24

University of Maryland

Maryland Open

Mon. – Wed., July 14 – 16

Lakewood

Amateur Public Links

Thursday, July 24

Greystone

Father-Son

Tuesday, July 29

Hunt Valley

Mid-Amateur

Mon. – Tues., August 11 – 12

Montgomery

Senior Team Championship

September 6-13-14-20-21

Various Clubs

Senior Amateur

Mon. – Tues., September 8 – 9

Musket Ridge

Senior Open

Mon. – Tues., October 13 – 14

Elkridge

Invitationals Mid-Atlantic Junior Invitational

Friday, July 25

Turf Valley

BW Junior Team Matches

Saturday, August 23

Caves Valley

BW Team Matches

Saturday, September 6

Congressional

Past Presidents

Tuesday, September 23

Chevy Chase

USGA State Team

Sept. 30 – Oct. 2

French Lick (Indiana)

Senior Team Challenge Match

Thursday, October 2

Manasquan River (New Jersey)

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USGA Qualifying Events US Open Local

Tuesday, May 13

Crofton

US Amateur

Monday, July 7

Woodholme

US Senior Amateur

Tuesday, August 19

Kenwood

US Four-Ball

Monday, October 20

Argyle

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

Towson

Thursday, May 22

Rolling Road

Wednesday, July 9

Norbeck

Monday, August 11

CC at Woodmore

Monday, October 16 Suburban

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MARYLAND STATE GOLF ASSOCIATION WOMEN’S DIVISION

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2014 Schedule of Events

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2014 Tournament Schedule Team Matches

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

Various Clubs

Women’s Mid-Amateur

Thursday – Friday, June 5-6

Montgomery CC

Junior Girls

Wednesday – Thursday, June 18-19

Montgomery Village GC

Poindexter Cup

Friday – Sunday, June 27-29

River Marsh GC

Women’s Amateur

Monday – Thursday, July 14-17

Chartwell G&CC

4 Lady Invitational

Monday, July 28

Old South CC

Mixed Two-Ball

Friday, August 1 Lake Presidential GC

Lake Presidential GC

Two-Woman Mid-Handicap

Friday, August 8

Musket Ridge GC

Women’s Senior

Monday-Tuesday, September 15-16

Maryland National GC

Two-Woman

Tuesday, September 30

Four Streams GC

Women’s Open

Monday – Tuesday, October 20-21

Congressional CC

USGA Qualifiers US Women’s Open Sectional

Monday, May 19

Hermitage CC (VA)

US Women’s APL

Thursday, May 29

Laurel Hill GC (VA)

US Girls’ Junior

Tuesday, July 1

CC of Virginia (VA)

US Women’s Amateur

Thursday, July 10

Four Streams GC

US Women’s Mid-Amateur

Monday, July 21

Bayville GC (VA)

US Women’s Senior

Wednesday, August 20

CC at Woodmore

US Women’s Four-Ball

US Women’s Four-Ball

Bent Creek CC (PA)

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Denny McCarthy MSGA player of the year 2013 the first player in history to win both Maryland state amateur and state open in the same year

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STATE NEWS

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Mike occi MSGA senior player of the year 2013 earning his third award in the seven-year history of the program

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STATE NEWS

Congratulations to 2013 MSGA Champions

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TOURNAMENT

Name

Team Championship

Baltimore CC

Two-Man Team

Mark Cusic & Kevin Ferris (Breton Bay GC)

Senior Two-Man Team

Robert Morris (Congressional) & Marty West (Columbia CC)

Amateur

Denny McCarthy (Argyle CC)

Junior

Bennett Buch (Cattail Creek CC)

Mid-Atlantic Junior Invitational

Maryland State Golf Association

Open

Denny McCarthy (Argyle CC)

Pro-Am

Steve Papanek& Michael Mulieri (Rolling Road GC)

Father-Son

John Pipitone (Hunt Valley GC) & Matt Pipitone (Maryland Golf & CC)

Club Team Stroke Play (Net)

La Tata

Amateur Public Links

Steven Delmar Jr. (University of Maryland GC)

Mid-Amateur

Jeff Castle (Towson CC)

Senior

Mike Occi (Hobbit’s Glen GC)

Baltimore-Washington Team

Baltimore

Baltimore-Washington Junior Team

Baltimore

Senior Team Championship

Bethesda CC & Hunt Valley GC

Four State Senior Challenge

Golf Association of Philadelphia

Senior Open

John Francisco (Piney Branch GC)

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STATE NEWS

Congratulations to 2013 MSGA-Women Champions

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TOURNAMENT

Name

Team Championship

Congressional CC

Mid-Amateur

Andrea Kraus (Hayfields GC)

Junior

Killian Casson (Turf Valley GC)

Poindexter Cup

Virginia

Amateur

Kaitlyn Rohrback (Crofton CC)

Mixed Two-Ball

Lisa Schlesinger & Walter Jew (Norbeck CC)

Mid-Atlantic Challenge

Maryland-Virginia

Mid-Handicap Two-Woman Team

Soo Ja Chu & Ho Rim Jun (Cross Creek GC)

Two-Woman Team

Becky Rutherford (Maryland Golf & CC) & Lisa Kaufman (Holly Hills CC)

Senior

Lisa Schlesinger (Norbeck CC)

Open

Jenny Suh (Fairfax)

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

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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.” Traditionally Patron Member clubs have offered MSGA Patron Members an opportunity to play their course for a special rate, often $25 or less. Offers vary by day of week, time of day, etc., and some clubs offer multiple specials. Barbin’s suggestions for participating clubs this year will bring some new features.

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

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


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2014 Participating Golf Facilities Maryland Golf Facilities (82)

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

Delaware Golf Facilities (24)

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

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

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

The Maryland State Golf Association presents its

2014 MSGA Patron Member Program

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

Rock Creek Golf Course

Plus: 171

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

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

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MSGA Patron Member Privileges

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

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

MSGA Patron Member Program In partnership with

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

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

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

Gold: $500, includes eClub*

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

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

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

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

Junior: Victory $30, eClub $40*

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

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

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

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

 Private  Public  Golf League  None

Club Name ___________________________________________________

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

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

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

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

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

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FOUNDING OF THE MARYLAND STATE GOLF ASSOCIATION

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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


MARYLAND STATE GOLF ASSOCIATION

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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