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september - October 2015 Issue # 21





Spring 2016 Women’s

the Club

Performance Collection activewear

Destination report

PGA National Resort & Spa – A Grand South Florida Destination Beckons Five Questions

Peter Hill

Billy Casper Golf – Chairman and CEO

PGA John D. Lyberger,

named 2015 Professional of the Year

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Executive Director’s Welcome

Golf Etiquette For most, golf is a game that is to be enjoyed. In order for the game to be enjoyable and relaxing golfers need to be aware of the rules governing the behavior of oneself while playing any course. Basically etiquette is respecting your fellow golfers you are playing with and those who are following you. Following are some of the etiquette rules golfers should be familiar with to maximize everyone’s enjoyment of a great game. All players should conduct themselves in a disciplined manner, demonstrating sportsmanship and courtesy at all times. In addition to personal behavior, etiquette extends to proper care of the golf course. Care of Course: Bunkers…before leaving a bunker players should rake holes and footprints made by them and any others that are close by. Repair of Divots,...players should repair divot holes made by them. On the Green…Golfers should be aware of the position of all golf balls on the green so that you make sure not to walk on an area of grass that a fellow golfer’s ball will be travelling. Also make sure to repair all pitch marks made from balls landing on the green.

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

Golf carts with care and keep well away from tees and greens and stay on cart paths if possible and convenient. Obey course cart rules such as 90 degree rule or cart path only. Do not make sharp turns that may damage the grass and stay out of bunkers. Speed of play: A golfer should always be ready to play their shot when is deemed to be their turn. Without disrupting fellow players, you should move to the location of your ball as soon as possible…do not wait for others to hit and then decide to get to your ball. Once you have located your ball and are waiting for others to hit you should be thinking about your shot including club selection, target, wind etc. Miscellaneous: Never hit when there is a chance you might be able to reach the group in front of you, and any chance of hitting a player. Yell “fore” immediately and apologize. Displays of frustration are one thing, but outburst of temper are quite another. Yelling, screaming and throwing are unacceptable. Play by the Rules, exhibit good etiquette, have fun and enjoy the great game of golf.

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Executive Director’s Welcome


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



Matt Sughrue



Anchoring The Club

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PGA National Resort & Spa – A Grand South Florida Destination Beckons



PGA National Resort & Spa – A Grand South Florida Destination Beckons

Five Questions


Peter Hill, Billy Casper Golf – Chairman and CEO



John D. Lyberger, named 2015 Professional of the Year

The Antigua Group


Spring 2016 Women’s - Performance Collection Activewear


Course Review Hillendale Country Club


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Name Member Club/Play At

Matt Sughrue Bethesda Country Club

Coach /Teacher

Bob Dolan

What clubs are in your bag?

Driver: Taylormade Irons: Fairway metals: Sandwedge: Taylormade What golf ball do you play? Titleist Pro V1

What golf ball do you play?

Titleist Pro V1


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PSYCHOTHERAPY FOR INDIVIDUALS, COUPLES AND FAMILIES (What I do and with whom I do it) Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a licensed psycho-therapist trained in systemsbased methodologies. I have conducted thousands of hours of therapy with individuals, couples and families. I use psychology based in accepted theory and validated research on human behaviors. I blend this knowledge with my own unique set of interpersonal skills and life experiences to help people face relational challenges, treat mental illness and live happier more fulfilling lives. I call myself a relational therapist which sets me apart from many counselors and social workers. I see human behavior as relational and systemic. What that means is all of us exist within human systems such as a community, a church, a team, a marriage, a family or a workforce. These human systems affect how we feel about ourselves, our outlook on life and how we function in the world today.


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y father introduced me to the game of golf when I was 8. It also helped that my parents built a house on the 6th fairway of Bethesda Country Club (BCC) that same year. I took lessons from a couple teachers when I was younger, but for as long as I’ve been playing the game, Jim Folks PGA Head Pro at BCC for 39 years has counseled me and supported me in golf and in life. I owe a lot to Jim. After a very disappointing college career at University of North Carolina, I began a slow fade away from the game of golf. By the time I was 30, I quit entirely. I was burned out and not having much fun with the game. I even gave up my membership in BCC (circa 1990). But 10 years later, I decided to rejoin the club and started to play again. As time went on and to my surprise I began to improve. I qualified for a few USGA championships and qualified for 5 (British Mid Ams). My insurance business grew and that was good, but I was beginning to grow tired of the game for a second time and considered not playing competitively. Ironically, about this same time, I qualified for my first US Amateur at the ripe old age of 48. During this time, I was amidst of a career change. I wanted to help people and was encouraged by several health professionals (M.D.’s and psychologists) including my sister Maura, a highly respected Family Practice Physician in Northern Virginia to consider going to Graduate School to become a licensed mental health professional. So I took the GRE exam, applied to


and entered The Marriage & Family Therapy Program at Virginia Tech, one of the top programs in the nation. After 3.5 years spent to get my masters in Human Development which required 2 year clinical internship, 60 hours of course work and writing/defending my thesis (on chronic adult male homelessness), I graduated from “Tech” with my masters. I successfully sold my insurance business at the end of 2012. Today, I am fully licensed as a Licensed Clinical Marriage and Family Therapist after completing a 3 year clinical residency. A journey that started over 8 years ago is now complete. I work full time helping individuals, couples and families solve relational problems and treat mental illness. The demands of running my insurance business and attending graduate school left little time for any golf let alone serious competition. With encouragement from my wife Carolyn and help from my good friend Bob Dolan, PGA Head Professional at Columbia Country Club, I made the most of the little free time that I had to play golf. A few days before Carolyn and I were married in June of 2010, Carolyn overheard a friend of mine tell me, “Matt, now that you are getting married your game is going to go right in the tank!” Carolyn later confronted me with a comment I will never forget. “Honey, you’re not quitting the game now. In fact, you’re going to get better, because I do not want to be known as the woman who turned Matt Sughrue into a hack!!”

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She was right. Even though I was swamped by the demands of graduate school, a clinical internship, a thesis to research and write while still running my insurance business, she pushed me out the door over to Bob’s lesson tee for a few hours to talk golf with him. This kept my head in the game and inspired a new mental approach to the game. This new attitude gave me a new outlook on why I played the game. This freed me I believe to really allow myself to improve even with a demanding clinical schedule as a family therapist and sport performance coach. Over the past 3 years my game has improved to a level I never thought it would and the results show it. I play better now than I ever did and because I just enjoy the journey of improvement and try not to pressure myself with specific goals tied to results. Because of my record as an accomplish player, I have a growing sports performance practice too. I really enjoy working with elite golfers and other athletes. With my sports performance clients, I get to combine my clinical training as a psychotherapist with all my experience and knowledge of playing competitive golf at a high level to help them perform better and enjoy their sport more. 2015 was an incredible year for me in golf. My game showed good signs in the spring, but about the time I entered the Maryland Open (July at Columbia CC)

I could tell I was starting to get on a role. There is no greater test to a golfer’s game than going abroad and testing it against the finest senior amateurs in the world. Carolyn and I had the time of our lives together at the R&A’s British Senior Amateur Championship at Royal County Down in Northern Ireland. My Grandfather Sughrue immigrated from Ireland and I always I feel a sense of family pride going back to Ireland. I wanted to represent the family name, myself, and the U.S.A. well at the tournament. As it turned out, I played some of my best golf I’ve ever played in a major tournament and proved to myself I could compete well at the highest level. I got back from Royal County Down and missed the cut in the qualifier to play in the US Senior Amateur, an event I thought I could be competitive in. A few days later, however, I played very well winning medalist honors with 3 others for a ticket to the US Mid Amateur Championship at The John’s Island Club in Vero Beach, Florida. I made the cut there and lost in the round of 16. Another great week for me. What I love about golf and why I play I love to play golf for the competition. I love to practice and the mental preparation it takes to be ready to play on a high level. I don’t like setting rigid goals for myself in golf. I look at it this way; I just want to see how good I can get.


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Anchoring the Club By Kelly E. Newland, MSGA Director of Rules & Competitions


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Note 2: An “anchor point” exists when the player intentionally holds a forearm in contact with any part of his body to establish a gripping hand as a stable point around which the other hand may swing the club. Penalty: Match Play – Loss of hole; Stroke Play – Two strokes As you can see the rule itself focuses on the method of the stroke and does not limit equipment that may be used. Long putters will still be able to be used even with this new rule. However, they may not be anchored during the stroke.


he Rules of Golf go through important changes every four years. Most of us are well aware that 2016 is the next year for such changes. The USGA and The R & A work together consulting with other golfing bodies throughout the world before releasing the new edition. One of the major changes for 2016 will be Rule 14 1-b, which prohibits anchoring a club when making a stroke. Let’s take a closer look at this rule to see exactly what anchoring entails:

14-1b Anchoring the Club In making a stroke the player must not anchor the club, either “directly” or by use of an “anchor point.” Note 1: The club is anchored “directly” when the player intentionally holds the club or a gripping hand in contact with any part of his body, except that the player may hold the club or a gripping hand against a hand or forearm.

It’s important to note that anchoring will affect all areas of the game and not just putting. Rule 14-1b apples to all types of strokes (i.e., putts, chip shots, pitch shots, full-length shots, etc) regardless of where those strokes are made. What do the rules mean when they say the player may not anchor the club by use of an “anchor point”? An anchor point exists if both the following are true. 1. The player intentionally holds a forearm (i.e., the part of the arm below the elbow, including the wrist) against the body; and 2. The player grips the clubs so that the hands are separated and work independently of one another (i.e. the top hand effectively secures the club in place as if attached to the body to establish a stable point, while the bottom hand is held down the shaft to swing the lower portion of the club around that point). The USGA has developed a very informative piece of literature on Rule 14-1b. This document answers many questions related to anchoring and what a player can and cannot due beginning January of 2016. To view a copy of this document on the Maryland State Golf Association’s website please …click here>> If you continue to learn the rules and get better acquainted with how they work you may just save yourself some strokes next time you play!


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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.

a double, a par and a bogey, and you leave those holes shooting 3 over and you don’t feel like you hit bad shots.”

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.”

Now golfers have to deal with the beefed-up par-4 14th as well before they even get to the daunting Bear Trap. PGA National brought Nicklaus back for series of renovations. Most notably, he relocated the 14th green 17 yards to the right, bringing water into play on the approach shot. The tee also was moved back 10 yards, and bunkers were built in front and behind the green to further strengthen the already challenging 465-yard hole.

The mighty Champion is also home to the ominously named “Bear Trap” holes 15, 16 and 17 – where designer Jack Nicklaus famously said, “It should be won or lost right here.” “Probably some of the toughest three holes in world golf, really,” says 2010 U.S. Open champion Graeme McDowell. “You kind of just have to man up and hit the shot. You start bailing out, and you’re in trouble.” Sergio Garcia says, “They’re very challenging holes, all of them. Without hitting terrible shots, you can make MARYLAND STATE GOLF MAGAZINE | september 2015

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.

“It seemed a shame not to have the water nearer to the green,” says Nicklaus. “It produces a little more freedom and it produces a very strong par-4 going into the Bear Trap. I honestly believe it will be more exciting.” That it is. 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 the splendid new Fazio

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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. At the off-site Estates Course, the resort additionally offers “Every Ball Counts” – the world’s first science-based, statistics-driven training system for golf improvement. The whole locale is a one-stop golf heaven. The property also showcases the results of its recent $125 million revitalization as most every inch of the vast property has been transformed. Though often acclaimed, you certainly can’t say they’ve rested on their laurels. Over the past few years PGA National performed a floor-to-ceiling makeover of its guest rooms including themed suites and total redesign of its Presidential, PGA, and Legends suites; built the Lakeside Lawn – a new permanent venue created due to increased popularity of its outdoor wedding settings; and opened “Bar 91” – a total redo of its 19th hole bar and grill complete with an outdoor fire pit. 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 zero-entry pool then 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. The centerpiece of the dining room experience is a floor-to-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 square-foot European Spa with 32 treatment areas and exclusive “Waters of the World” outdoor mineral pools. Need a workout? Enjoy the superb new 33,000-squarefoot Sports & Racquet club with 18 Har Tru 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, or call (800) 863.2819 september 2015 | MARYLAND STATE GOLF MAGAZINE

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Five Questions

Peter Hill

Billy Casper Golf – Chairman and CEO

What is the World’s Largest Golf Outing and how did it begin? It’s a golf outing staged on the same day at more than 140 golf courses around the country that raises money to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. A little over five years ago, Billy Casper Golf wanted to find a new way to leverage its broad portfolio of courses in a novel way to give back to the community. We thought “How can we use our platform to benefit course owners, golfers and charity?” Hence, the World’s Largest Golf Outing was born.

2. Why Wounded Warrior Project?

Company namesake and dear friend, the late Billy Casper, helped instill a culture of giving, and BCG prides itself on promoting service that is customer-centric. Our team members have embraced the opportunity to promote and deliver this unique event to fundraise for Wounded Warrior Project at more than 140 courses from Hawaii to New England.

Legendary golfer, Billy Casper, had deep military roots, proudly serving in the Navy and later entertaining American troops in Southeast Asia and elsewhere overseas by hitting golf balls off aircraft carriers. This spurred us to approach Wounded Warrior Project in 2011 with the simple desire to help, and the organization has been the beneficiary ever since. The event has grown to become an incredibly powerful tool to raise awareness and funds for our nation’s injured veterans, their families and caregivers.

While we’re at it, this year’s World’s Largest Golf Outing is on Monday, August 3 and we ask you to register quickly at www., while space is still available at a course near you. Let’s celebrate charity and the sport we love during this one-day, highly emotional event.

Americans love their country, and WLGO has tapped the deep reservoir of patriotism within all of us to help the brave men and women who have served and sacrificed to preserve and protect our freedom. It’s a powerful theme.


But it’s not just fundraising that counts; it’s the Wounded Warriors themselves who latch onto golf to help cope with and overcome challenges. Last year, more than 400 Wounded Warriors and their families played in the World’s Largest Golf Outing. Eighteen holes with them is as emotional as it is rewarding – they define the word hero.

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3. Who can participate? Anyone and everyone is welcome to play in World’s Largest Golf Outing, a USGA handicap is not required. It will be a day to enjoy a round of golf with friends and family while giving back to a very worthy cause. Golfers can sign up as a single or form a team. “Fun” is the operative word, score is just another number. A side benefit of charity events like the World’s Largest Golf Outing is it attracts new audiences to begin and continue playing golf. It’s all about helping others; taking up the game is a plus.

4. How successful has World’s Largest Golf Outing fundraising been? Frankly, the World’s Largest Golf Outing has succeeded our expectations. In five years, more than $2 million has been raised for Wounded Warrior Project; last year alone 12,100 participants raised a record $887,426. The generosity of golfers nationwide is awe-inspiring and humbling. Additionally, Billy Casper Golf was honored this year with the prestigious Talkhouse Award for community service by Wounded Warrior Project. The WLGO has been the most successful WWP Proud Supporter event in organization history. It should also be noted, golf has an annual charitable impact of $3.9 billion, that’s greater than Major League Baseball, National Football League, National Basketball League and National Hockey League combined. The World’s Largest Golf Outing proudly contributes to that amazing statistic.

Where is this event heading, what’s the future vision? We’ve only scratched the surface on what we believe can become one of the largest fundraisers for military veterans. We are aiming to eclipse the $1 million mark this year. More important and to help accomplish this goal, the golf community beyond Billy Casper Golf is embracing World’s Largest Golf Outing. Troon, ClubCorp and Toll Golf have generously committed many of the courses they manage to host WLGO. It’s special to see these companies, as well as individual courses, unite for a purpose. But our vision is beyond 2015; we’d like to bring the World’s Largest Golf Outing to every course in America. It’s limitless. Close your eyes and picture every golfer in America teeing it up on the same day to raise critical funds and awareness for our country’s heroes … pretty inspiring thought.


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John D. Lyberger, named 2015 Professional of the Year


ohn D. Lyberger, PGA has been named the 2015 Professional of the Year, the highest honor paid to an active PGA Professional, for his outstanding service and commitment to the Middle Atlantic PGA. John is the consummate professional dedicated to the PGA mission. His integrity, energy and demeanor have built a lasting reputation that has won him unequivocal respect from his peers in the industry, as well as at the prestigious Congressional Country Club. Not only has he been active in several MAPGA Committees, John serves as the Director at Large on the Board of Directors. Under John’s leadership, Congressional Country Club has hosted successful PGA Tour events and 2 U.S. Open Championships. Congressional’s golf shop has received the “America’s 100 Best Golf Shops” award every year since 1998. John was awarded Golfweek’s “Top 40 Influential People in the Golf Industry Under the Age of 40” in 2004, and he was the youngest professional, at age 31, to ever host a U.S. Open in 1997.


John grew up in a golfing family. John’s parents, Jack (now deceased) and Dolores, were avid golfers and members at Windber Country Club in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. Jack and Dolores introduced John and his three sisters Pam, Jill, and Amy to the game of golf at a very young age. At the age of eight, John would drag a 7-iron and a putter behind him on the golf course as he walked the fairways with his parents. He would typically make it through to the 7th hole before becoming exhausted, but he never gave up and learned patience and respect while playing with his parents. When John was 12 years old Dick “Rocket” Roberge, PGA Professional at Windber Country Club gave John a job picking up range balls. He paid him 50¢ for every bucket he picked and cleaned. During the down time, Dick would encourage John to play and would accompany John on the golf course. Dick taught John about the many facets of the game such as rules, etiquette, strategy, club repair, merchandising and customer service.

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Dick Roberge left for another positon when John was 16 and the club management asked John to run the golf shop for the season. It was an extraordinary experience setting up tournaments, collecting scores for handicaps, fixing broken golf carts, filling soda machines, and ordering and selling shop merchandise. It was after that experience that John decided to pursue a career in golf. John was named the Greater Johnstown Area Junior Champion in 1981 and won four junior club championships from 1977 to 1980. In 1982, John was a George F. Wheeling Scholastic Invitational champion (36-hole medal-play high school golf tournament). From 1984-1988, John attended Ferris State University and was given the opportunity to intern at Congressional Country Club for two summers in 1985 and 1986. He received a Bachelorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree in Marketing with an emphasis in Professional Golf Management from Ferris State University in 1988.

Upon graduation, John was offered and accepted the assistant professional position at Congressional where he worked under PGA professional Kent Cayce through 1993. Kent was quick to recognize Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s skills and promoted him to first assistant in 1991. That same year, John was elected as a PGA member. In 1993, John sought and accepted the Head PGA Professional position at WestWinds Country Club in New Market, Maryland. Having gained three years experience at WestWinds, John rose above the competition and was selected by Congressional Country Club as their Head PGA Professional in January of 1996. In 1999, he was named PGA Director of Golf. Leading the golf operation, John has received numerous awards since. In 2008 he was awarded the prestigious National PGA Merchandiser of the Year. Also, John was recognized as the Middle Atlantic PGA Section Merchandiser of the Year in both 1999 and 2007. In 2009, John was named the PING Fitter of the Year. september 2015 | MARYLAND STATE GOLF MAGAZINE

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His service to the Section has also been a priority since becoming a PGA Member. John currently serves on the MAPGA Sponsorship Committee and has been very influential with the Section’s great success with sponsorships the past several years. His service to the Section also includes serving the Board of Directors as the Director at Large, serving on the Club Relations and Employment Committee from 2003-2004, and serving on the Membership Committee for five years until 1997. Outside of the Section, under the recommendation of Michael Leemhuis, PGA, former GM/CEO of Congressional Country Club, and encouragement of Jim Singerling, former CEO of CMAA John joined the Club Managers Association of America (CMAA) in 2002. After completing the required certification process, John sat for the exam and successfully completed the requirements to achieve his certified Club Management (CCM) status in 2011. At that time, John was one of the 10 PGA Member CCMs in the world. John has strived to be well rounded in all areas of the profession and is known for his leadership abilities and inspiring and growing the game of golf. His leadership skills are on display every day as the Director of Golf. John is responsible for 113 employees including 10 PGA professionals, six PGM interns, 37 outside staff, 52 caddies, and eight support staff. John’s motto is “Inspect what you Expect,” and leads by example. He inspires fellow golf professionals through encouragement and believes in training, empowering and providing opportunities for his fellow golf professionals. John takes great pride in having 11 former assistant professionals that have become PGA Head Professionals. MARYLAND STATE GOLF MAGAZINE | september 2015

One of the major avenues John uses to grow the game of golf is through the Middle Atlantic PGA College Golf Seminar. John advocated for the creation of the College Golf Seminar to provide information to juniors and their parents that helps them to navigate playing college golf and exploring scholarship opportunities. This forum provides attendees a chance to meet and enjoy breakout sessions with Division I, II, III coaches. Congressional Country Club has hosted the event for the last four years and upwards of 200 people attend the event each year. John is proud of his wonderful family which includes his wife, Darcy, who is Congressional’s Director of Retail and the President of the Association of Golf Merchandisers (AGM), Sean Ryan (28), Amanda (21), Jaclyn (19), Holly (16). John and Darcy enjoy traveling, rooting for their favorite sports teams and experiencing fine wine. This year brings excitement as August wedding plans are underway for Sean and his fiancée Lindsey Moore. Amanda graduates from University of Tennessee in the spring and Jaclyn finishes her freshman year at Florida State University. Holly is enjoying high school and looks forward to getting her driver’s license. John believes that self-discipline is the foundation on which professional success is rooted and sound personal relationships launched. John constantly learns new skills and is always looking to maximize his potential and inspire those around him. His patience and ability to communicate with Club members is unparalleled and has earned him great respect. As in life, his golf philosophy is simple; keep everything in perspective.

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Spring 2016 Women’s

About Antigua Headquartered in Peoria, Arizona, The Antigua Group, through its license sports division, holds license agreements with National Football League (NFL), Major League Baseball (MLB), Minor League Baseball (MiLB), Major League Soccer (MLS), National Hockey League (NHL) and the National Basketball Association (NBA), Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), along with numerous American universities and colleges for men’s, women’s and children’s apparel, headwear and luggage. Antigua additionally designs, produces and supplies product for corporate America and specialty retail managed under its corporate division. Its golf division also holds license agreements with the PGA TOUR, LPGA and the PGA of America.


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Performance Collection activewear The Antigua Group, Inc. - one of the nation’s leading designers and marketers of lifestyle and golf apparel under the distinguished Antigua brand – announced its Spring 2016 Women’s Performance Collection activewear. After two consecutive strong years for the Antigua Performance Collections, the Spring 2016 rendition will likely exceed sales forecasts -- based on sales force reaction and hard sales data. The Spring 2016 Women’s Performance Collection is highlighted by fantastic fabrications that combine polyester and spandex, unique prints, color palettes that include beautiful jewel tones, and the continuation of successful silhouettes. This full collection emphasizes light to mid-weight overtops, plus a strong use of heathers through the assortment of polos and sheerless polos. All fabrics and silhouettes have been LPGA Tour-tested.

OVERVIEW “During the development of the Spring 2016 collection, I felt a desire to be more conservative with styling and therefore spent my time focusing on fabrication,” says Danielle Dellios, head of women’s design at Antigua. “The activewear marketplace has reached its threshold and consumers are inundated with product offerings. Every brand has its version of ‘ath-leisure’ clothing, so it was up to our design team to create something unique. I found myself wanting to refine the overall look of the collection by eliminating any trend-specific details and keep styling at a minimum. By doing so, the collection evolved into something more sophisticated and classic.” For example, style Element is fairly traditional in its appearance but features an ultra-soft polyester/ spandex irregular heather fabric that gives it a higher value perception. Pure is Antigua’s first basic solid polo in years. It’s an ultra-soft poly/spandex fabric, with basic styling details such as bust darts and angled side seams. In keeping with the minimalist approach, styles like Strive have very basic details, including an open placket and self-fabric collar, but with a nylon/poly/ spandex tonal mini-stripe fabric that’s not only super soft, but is also cool to the touch.

PATTERNS Geometric patterns have been strong in the marketplace for a full year now, so styles Radical, Ascent, Modern september 2015 | MARYLAND STATE GOLF MAGAZINE

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Performance Collection activewear and Champ emerged -- each featuring a version of abstract triangle prints. Radical and Champ are both white body styles with a pop of color, whereas Modern and Ascent are color body styles with tonal variations of the print. The sporty aspect of these styles lends itself to the more active customer who wants to look athletic on the course.

COLORS The color palette for Spring 2016 focuses on highly saturated jewel tones. “We felt the neon colors were slowly fading away and the more basic, primary colors were coming into play,” says Dellios. “Color direction in the sportswear market has been stagnant, so we took our cues from high fashion and made our our version of a primary palette. For the first time in years, we decided not to run pint, but instead picked a bright clean red called Fire.” Other colors include a true kelly green called Verdant, a vibrant royal blue named Hypnotic, a sunshine yellow aptly named Sunburst, and lastly a step away from the traditional purple with a more berry color called Mardi Gras. These primary jewel tones are paired with black and white throughout the collection.

FABRICATIONS DESERT DRY™ is a moisture-wicking technology created exclusively for Antigua, to absorb and wick moisture quickly and evenly. The Desert Dry product family includes any garment using a fabric weight of 150 gsm or heavier. Typically fabrics over 150 gsm offer more body and improved drape for the customers who don’t like the ultra-lightweight “clingy” fabrics currently in the market. Examples of Desert Dry styles are Gypsy, Element, Jewel, Ascent, Stroke, Strive, Movement, Maverick, Equity and Pure. DESERT DRY™ XTRA-LITE (D2XL) combines Antigua’s exclusive DESERT DRY™ moisture-wicking feature with specially constructed ultra-light fabrics for maximum wicking performance and optimum comfort. The D2XL product family includes any garment using a fabric weight of 150 gsm or lighter. These fabrics have been specially engineered to be lightweight while not being overly sheer. This is possible through the use of ultrafine yarns which gives a fabric more body while not dramatically increasing the weight. Examples of D2XL styles are Champ, Jubilee, Premium, Radical & Modern.


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Course Review

hillendale Country Club H illendale Country Club golf course is a treasure from tee to green. The beautiful landscape of the golf course is highlighted by the variance in elevation from hole to hole on an old sheep farm in north Baltimore county. Horse ranches, family farms, and lush native plant culture set the backdrop to this 150 acre plot along Blenheim Road. Hillendale CC dates back to 1923, however this course was built and ready for play in the summer of 1954 after the club relocated. Saved by its membership during a hard economy after the Second World War, the club then hired father/son duo William and David Gordon to design a course that embodies the “Hillendale Spirit.” This new site is carved out of the rolling hills just north of Baltimore in Phoenix, Md. The design of the golf course is inherently old school, with the front nine in full

view of the clubhouse veranda. Golfers pass the green at 18 on their way to the tenth tee box just around the backside of the clubhouse. This traditional layout places the first tee box in audience of the clubhouse. So I’d take a few practice swings before teeing one up in front of the gallery. The first hole is a par 5 that sets out toward the north east corner of the property. A stream rests about 300 yards from the tips and 200 yards from the women’s tees on a downhill slope. With plenty of hole left to play, one of the course’s smaller target greens sits elevated above the fairway at a total distance of 539/439. The first hole challenges golfers to stay in the short stuff as the maintenance staff has prepared a plush rough for the course. Hitting the ball out of the rough at september 2015 | MARYLAND STATE GOLF MAGAZINE

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Hillendale is no joke, and golfers are hard pressed to get anything above a 7 iron out of a deep lie. Players are challenged to stay clear of the thick rough on a course with relatively low fairway bunkers. The course is clean cut and well-manicured with distinguishable sightlines of all fairways. The sand colored stone arrangements around the tee boxes add the country club class to the aesthetics of the course as well.

tees. Again off the tee box at number 6 the pond steals the view forcing golfers to carry 200+ yards to reach the fairway. Most holes are designed next to each other with native grass and casual tree arrangements defining the boundaries. A poor shot off the tee could land in the high grain natural growth that separates many of the holes though most golfers are better off with tight lies under the tree line.

The stream from the first hole runs through the front nine flowing into the pond at the bottom of the property. The circular spraying fountain in the middle of the pond paints a truly scenic approach into the 5th green. The water at number 5 plays similar to the stream from number 1 and rests just over 300 yards downhill from the tips and 200 yards from the womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

The course at Hillendale Country Club offers wide views for those that spray their drives, with the exception of the perimeter holes. One such perimeter hole, number 13, is an exceptional par 5 distancing 492 and 401 from the tips and womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tee box respectively. Two fairway bunkers border the left and right side near the landing zones of all drives 200-300 yards on this down-


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sloping hole. A second and smaller pond protects the center and left green forcing a controlled second shot whether golfers lay up or go for the green. The use of the natural landscape is evident here as well as hole number 10. The tenth hole highlights the designers’ genius following the natural landscape of the property as it bends around the backside of the hill at 18. Natural rock formations rest on the right side of the fairway as the hole slopes around to an elevated green. Expect an uneven lie on all second shots on the tenth. And expect one of the top three scenic views at the green of number 10 with a full view of the par 3 number 11. The other two views to take in are from the tee box at 9 looking back at the clubhouse and from the fairway on 18 as the round comes to a close. Don’t let this wide, well-manicured course fool you with its amazing views. The greens at Hillendale CC rival those of some PGA championship courses. In the 1970s George Fazio was hired to add fairway bunkers and to alter some of the green complexes. Then in 1992 and 1993 the greens suffered greatly and it was the membership and their “Hillendale Spirit” that once again saved the day. From the approach the greens have more length than width and an average depth of around 25 yards. Golfers would do well to get their distance right when approaching these pins because the challenge not only lies with the small targets. The undulation and elevated platforms make for some nasty

breaks at Hillendale and give the course its signature mark. True to a traditional course design, most greens break towards the pond at the bottom of the property. However, trust the sightlines from the fairway and follow the high point of the green to find the right breaks. Make no mistake, the signature greens at Hillendale are just as rewarding as they are challenging. The par 3s at 3, 11, and 15 provide great targets for pin seekers and create scoring opportunities for all players. Scoring opportunities at Hillendale generally lie with the pin placements and can change degree of difficulty from one hole to the next. So be sure to walk your line. If readers are lucky enough to get the opportunity to play Hillendale Country Club or even join membership they are lucky indeed! The rebuilt clubhouse mirrors the excellent care and scenic views of the golf course. Hillendale CC has a championship resume serving as host to several of the Maryland State Golf Association’s Open Championship and Amateur events. Hillendale Country Club is the only club in America with two former PGA of America presidents in William Clark (1973-74) and Allen Wronowski (2011-12) as well. Hillendale represents everything this golfer can hope to find in a golf course: a challenging design, a walk with nature, and a well-manicured facility. Hillendale Country Club is definitely on the mark. - By Mark Stein september 2015 | MARYLAND STATE GOLF MAGAZINE

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

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2015 Schedule of Events Men’s Championships Team Championship

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

Various Clubs


Thursday, April 23



Tuesday, April 28


Amateur/Open Pre-Qualifying

Monday, May 4

Hog Neck

Tuesday, May 12


Wednesday, May 13

P.B. Dye

Wednesday, May 20

Andrews AFB

Senior Four-Ball

Monday, June 1

Holly Hills

Maryland Amateur

Thurs. – Sun., June 11 – 14


Junior Amateur

Mon. – Tues., June 29 – 30


Maryland Open

Mon. – Wed., July 13 – 15


Amateur Public Links

Wednesday, July 22

Clustered Spires


Thursday, July 23

Maryland National


Mon. – Tues., August 10 – 11


Senior Amateur

Tues. – Wed., September 8 – 9


Senior Team Championship

September 12-13-19-20-26

Various Clubs

Senior Open

Tues. – Wed., October 13 – 14

Andrews AFB


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2015 Schedule of Events Invitationals Mid-Atlantic Junior Invitational

Sunday, October 25

King Carter (VA)

BW Junior Team Matches

Saturday, August 22


Past Presidents

Thursday, September 24


BW Team Matches

Saturday, September 26


Senior Team Challenge Match

Wednesday, October 7


USGA Qualifying Events US Open Local

Tuesday, May 19

Blue Mash

US Amateur

Tuesday, July 7

Mountain Branch

US Four-Ball

Tuesday, September 15

Worthington Manor

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


Thursday, May 21

Rolling Road

Tuesday, July 21

CC at Woodmore

Monday, August 24


Wednesday, September 30

Norbeck Country Club

Friday, October 16

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

Women’s Championships Team Championship

May 2 - 17

Various Clubs

Mid-Amateur Championship

June 2 – 3


Junior Championship

June 23-24

Bretton Woods

Junior Poindexter Cup

June 27-28

Olde Mille (VA)

Amateur Championship

July 15-18


4 Lady Invitational

July 20

Hunt Valley

Mixed Two-Ball Championship

July 24

Turf Valley

Junior Mid-Atlantic Challenge

July 25-26

River Landing (NC)

Two-Woman Team Mid-Handicap Championship

August 20


Senior Championship

August 24-25

Hobbit’s Glen

Two Woman Team Championship

September 28

Maryland Golf

Open Championship

October 20-21

Baltimore CC


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52 MSGA Norbeck Country Club One-Day Four-Ball Share

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Norbeck Country Club One-Day Four-Ball



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The Norbeck Country Club One-Day FourBall was played on September 30th on an overcast fall day. This was one in a seasonlong series sponsored and conducted by the Maryland State Golf Association and drew a field of 51 teams in four divisions. The Men’s A division played the par-72 course at 6,487 yards, while the Men’s B/Mixed played 6,172 and the Women played 5,437. The RedGate entry of Al Aldana-Cesar Rodas eaned low net in Men’s A with 73-1063, as each had five birdies and there was one bogey. Brian Gellman and Brian Herz combined to post a better-ball score of 3435--69 and earn Men’s A low-gross honors. Herz, from Compass Pointe GC, highlighted the round when he birdied the 550-yard, par5 fifth hole (where he got a stroke for a net3) and Gellman, MSGA eClub, contributed a birdie on each side. In Men’s B, Jack Mateosky-Dave Porter, Lake Presidential GC, shot 73 but ended with low net 73-8--65. The other net prize leaders were David Lowans-Linwood Rayford, MSGA EClub, 78-13-65, and Rob Clark-John Newman, U.S. Naval Academy, 74-9-65. The Hillendale CC pairing of Matt Margolies-Mike Shaver also returned a gross 73. All ties were settled by a match of cards. Michael Cumberpatch-J.R. Goddard, U.S. Naval Academy, collected low gross with 71, followed by Kyle Gerard, ClubGolf-Harry Rieckelman, Blue Mash GC, 73, and Kevin Lee-Mark Schehter, University of Maryland GC, 73. Low net in the Mixed division went to Norbeck members Michael Oler-Becky Wedemeyer after their round of 71-8--63. Their round included three birdies. Second place net went to went to Michelle Livernois, Laytonsville GC-Pete Lozupone, ClubGolf, 83-17-66. Low gross in Mixed was Brett (Four Streams) and Chris (Holly Hills CC) Kraimer with 80.

Men’s A 1st Net - Al Aldana & Cesar Rodas 2nd Net - Michael & Ray Wankmiller 3rd Net - Pedro Carrasco & Joseph Hills 1st Gross - Brian Gellman & Mike Herz 2nd Gross - Ed Magur & Brian McCormick

Men’s B 1st Net - Jack Mateosky & Dave Porter 2nd Net - David Lowans & Linwood Rayford 3rd Net - Rob Clark & John Newman 1st Gross - Michael Cumberpatch & J.R. Goddard 2nd Gross - Kyle Gerard & Harry Rieckelman 3rd Gross - Kevin Lee & Mark Schechter

Mixed 1st Net - Michael Oler & Becky Wedemeyer 2nd Net - Michelle Livernois & Pete Lozupone 1st Gross - Brett & Chris Kraimer

Women 1st Net - Winifred DuVall & Katie Shea

Winifred DuVall, Laytonsville GC-Katie Shea, Needwood GC, won low net, the only prize awarded in the Women’s division, with 10120-81. The final One-Day Four-Ball of the year will be October 16, at Sparrows Point Country Club. The entry deadline is October 7.


54 state news Aneka Seumanutafa Wins Junior Girls Amateur Championship Share

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Aneka Seumanutafa Wins Junior Girls Amateur Championship MARYLAND STATE GOLF MAGAZINE | september 2015

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Champion: Aneka Seumanutafa (68-67—135) Runner-up: Josephine Jung (75-77—152) 16-18 Winner: Haley Carr (71-83—154) 16-18 Runner-up: Sydney Mills (77-81—158) 14-15 Winner: Charlotte Simpson (75-80—155) 14-15 Runner-up: Lena Capoccia (79-79—158) 13 & Under Winner: Bailey Davis (80-77—157) 13 & Under Runner-up: Jenny Hua (78-85—163)


he 39th Maryland Junior Girls Amateur Championship was held at Bretton Woods Recreation Center in Germantown, Maryland on June 23-24. Twenty competitors were in the Championship division and one competitor was in the 9-hole Division.

Seumanutafa pulled away from the field during the second round with two birdies on the front nine and four birdies and two bogeys on the back nine. Aneka had a two-day total of 135. The runner-up was Josephine Jung who had a second round score of 77, and a two-day total of 152.

Aneka Seumanutafa, 14, of Clustered Spires Golf Course and the 2014 runner-up in the Junior Girls Championship, won her first MSGA-WD title by seventeen strokes. She was the only player in the field to break par (71) on the 5,699 yard course. Seumanutafa took the lead after round one when she posted a 68, a round which included five birdies. Following close behind, with an even-par 71 was Haley Carr, 17, of White Plains Golf Course. At 75 were Josephine Jung, 16, from Waverly Woods Golf Course and Charlotte Simpson, 15, from the Suburban Club.

The 9-hole division winner was Annabelle Mozingo, from Montgomery Country Club. Mozingo played the front nine during round one, starting off strong with bogeys on the first three holes. She would go on to shoot a 53. The highlight of her second round, played on the back nine, was a par on the par-5 fifteenth after getting up-and-down from just over the green. She shot 50 on the back nine for a total of 103. The 2016 Junior Girls Amateur will be held at Rolling Road Golf Club in late June.



56 state news Washington Team Pulls out 7-5 Victory in BW Junior Team Matches Share

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Washington Team Pulls out 7-5 Victory in BW Junior Team Matches


ith the final point of the fifth annual Baltimore-Washington Junior Team Match on the line at Columbia Country Club’s 18th green, Eric Hall converted a two-putt par, enabling him and partner Michael Jones to preserve a 1-up margin for the back nine and lift Washington to a 7-to-5 victory in the closest match of the series. Hall, 17, from Harwood, and a Severn School senior with a 4.2 grade point average, had three birdies in the first five holes and the side won the ninth to get the front-nine point against Baltimore’s Rij Patel-Will Koras. On the back, Hall had two more birdies, paving the way for him and Jones, 17, a Georgetown Prep senior, to clinch the match at the 17th and setting the stage for the dramatic finish. The 3-0 triumph was the event’s only sweep. Leading off, Baltimore’s Teagan Stephenson-Bobby Mulreaney won the front and the match in beating Luke Schaap-Tyler Koch, 2-1; Washington’s Davis LambBennett Buch halved the front and won the back and the match for a 2 1/2 - 1/2 triumph over Ben Morris-


Ian Simon, and Baltimore’s Chris Navarro-Peter Knade duplicated that effort, halving the front nine and winning the back and the match, 2 1/2 - 1/2, from Feldman-Micholas. Highlights included Stephenson-Mulreaney winning three holes in the middle of the front nine and taking the side (and set up the match win), 4 up; Lamb, 18, a Georgetown Prep senior, had three birdies, including a highlight-reel downhill 50-foot putt from the back of the fourth green and one at the 433-yard 10th where he hit his second shot to four feet. Morris, 18, a St. Paul’s School senior, matched Lamb with bookend-birdies at Nos. 1 and 9, but his side could not keep up on the back nine and Buch helped the DC pairing with a birdie at the 12th, and Knade, 17, a Woodberry Forest School senior from Easton, birdied 12, 13, and 16 to help put away Feldman-Micholas. At 16, Koras, from Lutherville, and a Loyola Blakefield sophomore, was the youngest player in the competition. Maryland State officers Sandy Martin (Baltimore) and Paul Dillon (Washington) served as team captains of their respective squads.

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Connie Isler Wins the 2015 Women’s Mid-Amateur


he 8th Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship was played at Lakewood Country Club in Rockville, Maryland on June 2-3 with 40 competitors in the running for the trophy. Light, steady rain and chilly spring weather made for tough conditions throughout the tournament. Connie Isler, 31, of TPC Potomac won her first Maryland Women’s Mid-Amateur title as the second youngest player in the field. Isler’s most recent best finish in a MSGA-WD event was last year at the Maryland Women’s Open where she captured the Campbell Cup, presented to the low amateur in the tournament.

included birdies on holes 8 and 13. Lisa Schlesinger of Norbeck Country Club followed close behind with a 41-39--80 along with Maggie Brady of Congressional Country Club with a 40-41--81. During the second round, Connie continued her steady play and would go on to shoot 39-40--79 to secure the Championship. Schlesinger, the runner-up, would follow with a second round of 40-43--83. The low net winner was Mary Busker of Timbers at Troy Golf Course with a score of 154. The runner-up in the net division was Anita Venner with a 155.

Isler started strong in the opening round at Lakewood CC and took the lead with a 38-39--77. Her round

The 2016 Mid-Amateur will be held at Kenwood Golf & Country Club on June 1-2.

Gross Winners

Net Winners

1. Connie Isler, TPC Potomac 77-79--156

1. Mary Busker, Timbers at Troy GC 83-71--154

2. Lisa Schlesinger, Norbeck CC 80-83--163

2. Anita Venner, MSGA eClub 77-78--155

3. Kristin Shifflett, Montgomery CC 85-86--171

3. Maggie Brady, Congressional CC 73-82--155

4. Carol Davies-Lillie, Argyle CC 90-81--171

4. Terry Sturner, Manor CC 75-82--157

5. Deborah Williams, Congressional CC 84--87--171

5. Janice Calomiris, Congressional CC 82-76--158

6. Deb Pearson, Norbeck CC 91--84--175

6. Soo Ja Chu, Needwood GC 81-77--158



58 state news Dan Falls wins Mid-Amateur at Elkridge Share

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Dan Falls wins MidAmateur at Elkridge Round 2 All the forces seemed to be aligned in favor of Dan Falls. The Manor Country Club member reeled off a second successive 68 for a 36-hole total of 136, and won the 29th Maryland State Mid-Amateur Championship at the Elkridge Club in Baltimore, August 11. Playing in the final group, Falls was bracketed by firstround leader Andrew Rice, of Baltimore CC (67), and two-time defending champion Jeff Castle, Eagle’s Nest CC (69). It was still tight after 27 holes, as Rice and Falls were tied, two ahead of Castle. Two early back-nine bogeys dropped Rice back and although both birdied the 16th (Falls’ second shot hit by the cup and spun back 20 feet, from where he holed the putt), he still trailed by one. A 90-minute rain delay interrupted the chase and when they went back out, Falls made a great par save to keep from a possible three-way tie with early finisher Billy Wingerd (137) and Rice. At the 180-yard 17th, Falls put MARYLAND STATE GOLF MAGAZINE | september 2015

his tee shot into a green-side bunker with its wet sand and despite being short-sided, he came out to 15 feet and sank it. At the par-5 18th, Falls two-putted for par and Rice, faced with a 12-footer to tie, left his putt just short. Castle had taken himself out of it earlier, as he trailed by two at the break and at 18, attempting to make it up -- yes, the long hitter was thinking about an eagle-3 at the 590yard test -- but he blocked his tee shot, encountered trouble trying to hit a 3-wood shot through some trees and it led to a double-bogey, a last-round 71, a 36-hole total of 140, and a sixth-place tie with Ray Sheedy. Falls, whose previous MSGA victory came in a Junior Boys event in the early 1990’s, capped a rejuvenation process with this popular victory, but it was a workin-progress. “I’d won a couple of college tournaments while at Furman, but nothing since, and I started back last year, putting more work into my game.” Helping chip away the rust was teaching professional John Scott Rattan.

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“He helped me tremendously with a swing change and my short game,” Falls said, pointing to last October when he finished solo fifth in the Middle Atlantic Amateur, then played well for the Middle Atlantic side in the annual Mason-Dixon Matches. Of his Mid-Am triumph, he said, “It had been awhile since I’d been in contention and I embraced the opportunity.” Falls put some pressure on his playing companions with five front-nine birdies, but also had two bogeys (missed greens) before settling into a comfort zone that produces a birdie, a bogey, and seven pars on the closing nine. Rice made it a little easier for awhile with those two early last-nine bogeys, but then he matched Falls birdie at the 16th to get back in the hunt. Rice and Wingerd were followed by early leader Larry Storck, from Hayfields CC, as he put up the tournament’s low round, 66, a figure later matched by Wingerd. Brandon Cigna, from Manor CC, shot 70-68--138 to tie Storck for fourth. The round by Storck, 57, included seven birdies and marked the first time he had birdied all four par-3 holes in a tournament round. Wingerd, 31, also had seven birdies, but a missed birdie putt from just outside 15 feet turned out to be more critical and left him shaking his head. Falls’ winning total was one stroke off the tournament record, set by Chris Baloga (66-69) at Holly Hills CC in 2009. Other 136’s were posted by three-time titlist Terry Burke, who did it twice, and Moose Brown, in 2003. Burke holds the single-round record of 64. Next year’s Mid-Am will be held at CC at Woodmore in Mitchellville. The 3-0 triumph was the event’s only sweep. Leading off, Baltimore’s Teagan Stephenson-Bobby Mulreaney won the front and the match in beating Luke Schaap-Tyler Koch, 2-1; Washington’s Davis LambBennett Buch halved the front and won the back and the match for a 2 1/2 - 1/2 triumph over Ben MorrisIan Simon, and Baltimore’s Chris Navarro-Peter Knade duplicated that effort, halving the front nine and winning the back and the match, 2 1/2 - 1/2, from Feldman-Micholas. Highlights included Stephenson-Mulreaney winning three holes in the middle of the front nine and taking the side (and set up the match win), 4 up; Lamb, 18, a Georgetown Prep senior, had three birdies, including a highlight-reel downhill 50-foot putt from the back of the fourth green and one at the 433-yard 10th where he hit his second shot to four feet. Morris, 18, a St. Paul’s School senior, matched Lamb with bookend-birdies at

Nos. 1 and 9, but his side could not keep up on the back nine and Buch helped the DC pairing with a birdie at the 12th, and Knade, 17, a Woodberry Forest School senior from Easton, birdied 12, 13, and 16 to help put away Feldman-Micholas. At 16, Koras, from Lutherville, and a Loyola Blakefield sophomore, was the youngest player in the competition. Maryland State officers Sandy Martin (Baltimore) and Paul Dillon (Washington) served as team captains of their respective squads.

Round 1 Andrew Rice fired a 4-under-par 67 and took a onestroke lead after the opening round of the 29th Maryland Mid-Amateur Championship at the Elkridge Club in Baltimore, August 10. The day was cool and windy with some rain. Only two other players in a field of ninety-nine had rounds in the 60’s on the par 36-35--71 course, played at 6,326 yards. Dan Falls shot 68, and two-time defending champion Jeff Castle shot 69. Four players had 70 Brandon Cigna, Michael McGowan, Joe Neal and Ray Sheedy. There was a cut to the low 40 and ties, and 43 players at 74 and better will play the final round on August 11. Although Rice, from Baltimore and a member of Baltimore Country Club, did not make a putt from beyond seven feet, he still hit it close enough to record six birdies. One of those birdies was at the par-5 18th, where he hit his second shot to five feet for eagle and missed the putt. Starting on the back, Rice hit 16 greens and the two he missed resulted in his only bogeys. Falls, from Manor CC, also began on hole number 10. He eagled the 289-yard, par-4 14th and added two birdies before bogeying the 17th. He was even par on the front nine with two birdies and two bogeys. Earlier this summer, he qualified for match play in both the Maryland State and Washington Metropolitan Amateur Championships. Castle, from Eagle’s Nest Country Club, finished with four birdies, all within the 10-15-foot range, and two bogeys on missed greens. When he won the MidAmateur previously, he had winning scores of 136 and 137 in 2013 and 2014, respectively. Among the 70’s, Brandon Cigna, from Manor CC, had five birdies, including three on his in-coming (front) nine. Joe Neal, from Norbeck CC, turned 1-over, then birdied numbers 10 and 18, bookends for seven successive pars. - Reported by John Stewart


60 state news Denny McCarthy Named to Walker Cup Team Share

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Denny McCarthy Named to Walker Cup Team


t took awhile, but the announcement was finally made on August 23 at the conclusion of the 115th U.S. Amateur championship at Olympia Fields (Ill.) Country Club. Denny McCarthy, of Rockville and Argyle CC, was among the final five players named to the U.S. Walker Cup squad. It had been a tough two weeks for McCarthy, who had to await the release concerning the last five places after he was not among the first five picked two weeks ago. The biennial competition between teams from the United States and Great Britain/Ireland (GBI) will be held September 12-13at Royal Lytham St. Annes in Lancashire, England. The United States leads in the matches, begun in 1922, 35-8-1. In making the announcement, the United States Golf Association said, “McCarthy, 22 [who recently graduated from the University of Virginia], was a threetime All-American at UVA and is the first Virginia player to be chosen All-Atlantic Coast Conference for four successive years.” At a higher level, he finished tied for 42nd at the U.S. Open in June and earlier this month he won the highly regarded Porter Cup. His 2014 accomplishments included an individual sixth at the NCAA championships, and featured outstanding play in leading the U.S. to the gold medal in the World Amateur Team championships in Japan. He finished fifth individually, and was the only American to have his


score count in all four rounds, including a closing 64. He has played in seven consecutive U.S. Amateurs, reaching the semifinals in 2014 and the second round last week. He also qualified for two U.S. Juniors, advancing to the semifinals in one. Closer to home, McCarthy’s latest accolade is the icing on the cake for a young man who has dominated the Middle Atlantic golf scene since 2006. During the past 10 years he has won at least one tournament every year with the exception of 2012, beginning with a 13-under Maryland State title when he was 13. Along the way, he collected first-place trophies in such fixtures as the Gorin Memorial and the Washington Metropolitan Schoolboy, the Bob Riley Junior Open, and two Middle Atlantic Juniors. At the major level, he won two Maryland State Amateurs and two Maryland Opens, including the 2010 edition when, at 17 years, four months, he was the event’s youngest champion. In addition, he won back-to-back Maryland State Player of the Year honors. With his selection, McCarthy becomes the eighth Washington-Baltimore area resident to achieve “Cup” status. He joins a distinguished group, headed by fourtime choice Deane Beman, who played in the 195961-63-65 Matches, and Roland MacKenzie, who played in 1926-28-30. George Voigt played in 1930-32; Billy Howell in 1932; Doug Ballenger in 1973; Marty West, III, in 1973-79, and Billy Hurley, III, 2005.

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2015 Mixed Two-Ball Championship Results Championship Division 1st Place Gross: Tyler Caballero/Shannon McKew - 72 2nd Place Gross: Walter Jew/Lisa Schlesinger - 74 3rd Place Gross: Al Aldana/Vivian Cocca – 77 – match of cards 1st Place Net: Benjamin Lieberman/Anita Venner - 73 2nd Place Net: Brendan McKinney/Theresa Lippy – 74- match of cards 3rd Place Net: Tom and Lisa Splaine – 74 - match of cards Senior Division Senior 1st Place Gross: Steve Church and Janice Calomiris - 74 Senior 2nd Place Gross: Nicholas Krafft and Caroline Kahn – 79 – match of cards Senior 3rdt Place Gross: Steve Lilly and Carol Davies-Lilly - 79 - match of cards Senior 1st Place Net: Kisuk and Oksun Kim - 67 Senior 2nd Place Net: Patrick and Leslee Brady – 69 Senior 3rd Place Net: Don Meyer and Hilary Fordwich -71 september 2015 | MARYLAND STATE GOLF MAGAZINE

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John Howson Wins Senior Amateur Championshiptt


ohn Howson bogeyed his final hole to fall into a tie with Lee Flemister, then parred the first playoff hole to win the 87th Senior Amateur championship of the Maryland State Golf Association at Lakewood Country Club in Rockville, September 9. Howson, the defending champion and first-day leader, carded a 1-over-par 73 for a 36-hole total of 142, while Flemister, three shots behind after one round, rallied with a 2-under-par 70 for 142. At the first extra hole, Flemister was just off the green in two and came up short with his pitch, leaving him a putt of seven feet. Howson, on in two and 15 feet from the hole, narrowly missed holing for birdie bid but settled for a tap-in par. The drama promptly ended when Flemister missed sinking his putt. “ I just misread it,”` he said later. For Howson, it was his seventh MSGA


- Reported by John Stewart championship, and just last week, he qualified for the U.S. Senior Amateur, scheduled for later this month in Egg Harbor Township, N.J. at Hidden Creek Golf Club. During the regular round, Howson, 56, from Sparks, who plays from Pine Ridge Golf Course in Timonium, went from a four-stroke lead to a one-stroke lead over the first nine holes and when he bogeyed 10 the two were tied, Flemister, from Rockville, who plays from the University of Maryland GC, dropped back with a doublebogey at 11, but birdied 13-14 to get back within one. Both missed the 18th green, but Flemister got up-anddown for par from about five feet and Howson missed from about the same distance. Howson ended with four birdies, five bogeys and Flemister, five birdies and one bogey to go with the “double.”

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Super Senior Champion: Richard Thoms

Super Senior Net Winner: Gary Rebholz & Senior Net Winner: Ray Hutzler

Howson, who went into first place in the MSGA Senior Player of the Year standings with his victory, called his round “ugly,” and added, “I was uncomfortable on the greens all day and I got so defensive. The putt on the playoff hole, for instance, was 15 feet and I should have made it. Just didn’t get it there,” Flemister, on the other hand, called his round “great,” and said, “ It’s nice to hit wedges and short irons to these greens rather than long irons.” Howson backed him up when he declared, “I was impressed with his short game. It was much better than at the Maryland Open [in mid-July].” Larry Storck, from Parkville and Hayfields CC, the third member of the final group, began the round one stroke behind Howson, but quickly slipped back. He finished with 75-145, good for third place our of the 26 players who made the cut at 78, Steve Ford, Talbot CC (74-73-147) and Skip Tendall, Congressional CC (74-75--149) were the only others to break 150.

From the 26, six were Super Seniors (65-over), and Richard Thoms, from Whiskey Creek GC, was the winner with 78-73--151. The closing 73 included nines of 3439, and there were three birdies on the front which he offset by going 3-over on holes 10-11, but he steadied to par his way home. Thoms, 68, backed by one U.S. Senior Amateur and two British Senior Amateurs, said he thought it was a tricky sort of course and he was fortunate to get in a practice round with players familiar with the Rockville layout, which was played at 6,542 yards. “They told me not to challenge the course but to play smart -- lay up on the par-5’s and get your birdies when you can.” Former champion Bobby Morris, from Congressional CC, the last successful defender (2006-07) prior to Howson, shot 76-79--155, and dropped into a threeway tie for second with Gavin Stringer, Hunt Valley GC, 78-77, and Mike Panos, Hobbit’s Glen GC, 76-79. september 2015 | MARYLAND STATE GOLF MAGAZINE

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Kim & Jun Win the Two-Woman Team Mid-Handicap Championship


- Reported by Joan Heiss

aston â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The 18th Two-Woman Team MidHandicap Championship was played at Talbot Country Club on a warm summer day. Storms were around the area all day, but each one passed by to the west or to the east. The lightning detector did not sound and the rains held off. The golf course was in beautiful condition and 64 women, many of them first time participants, came to play. The thirty-two teams were divided into four flights.

The champions were Oksun Kim of Turf Valley and Ho Lim Jun of Northwest Golf Club with a terrific team score of 77. They shot even par on the back nine with Oksun birdieing the 18th hole. Following right behind with a 79 was the defending champion team of Lisa Hadley from the Golf Club of South River and Karen Wood of Eisenhower Golf Club. They also did well on the back nine with eight pars. There was close competition within each flight. The championship flight winners, with an 80, were Diane Crowley from Bowie Golf Club and Maggie Whall from Argyle Country Club. Two birdies on the back nine helped them stay ahead of the runner-up team of Marylou Harris of Bowie Golf Club and Katy Henshaw of the University of Maryland Golf Club who had a score of 83.


First flight winners, Soo Ja Chu and Su Jin Shin from Northwest Golf Club had a great score of 79. They played steady golf with 12 pars. Carolyn Hudson and Susan Wagner, both from Bowie Golf Club, were three shots away at 82 - Carolyn had a great birdie on the par 5 fifth hole. In the second flight Phyllis Stevenson-Jenkins from The C.C. at Woodmore and Patricia Gafford from the University of Maryland Golf Club took first place shooting an 82. They might have been in the running for an overall prize, but ran into trouble on the par 5 seventh hole. The runners-up were Mary Beth Harnish and Carol Hasegawa from Manor Country Club with a score of 86. The third flight winners and runners-up were tied with an 87. Winning the match of cards was the team of Carol Mattingly and Margie Sita from the Golf Club of South River. They also had a nice birdie on the par 5 fifth hole. Members of the home course of Talbot C.C. , Linda Raughley and J.P. Lewis, were the runner-up team. Next year the tournament will be held on Friday, August 19 at Green Spring Valley Hunt Club.


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Washington Prevails in 58th BW Team Matches


cott Ehrlich and John Dustin, in the final pairing of the 58th Baltimore-Washington team match, collected two points from Ryan McCarthy-Patrick McCormick to give Washington an 11-7 victory at the Suburban Club in Baltimore, September 26. Ehrlich’s chip-in for an eagle-3 at the 554-yard ninth enabled his side to gain a half for the front nine and Dustin rolled home a 25-foot birdie putt on the 17th to help win the back, 2-up, and seal the win. With four of the six pairings in, Baltimore held a 6 1/2-5 1/2 lead, but Ralph Blasey, IV-Zeric Hulvey turned out to be the set-up entry, as they swept Chris RockwellAndrew Rice, 3-0 to set the stage for the dramatic finish. The victors finished the front nine, 2 up, and the back, 1 up, to pick up all the points. The Senior teams led off the event and after Henry BlueLarry Storck went 2 up on the front nine, Lee Flemister, at 55 in his first year as a Senior, and Larry Martone rallied to go 3 up through 16, and each player then provided a halving par at 17 (Flemister) and 18 (Martone from three feet) to take the back and the match. Connor Tendall -- playing with Blair Kennedy -- rescued their match with Jeff Perkins-Jeff Castle, as he earned

a saving par at the 17th and got a conceded birdie at the 18th when his second shot at the 340-yard closer stopped just behind the cup. The two wins erased a 2-hole deficit and enabled the two sides to go 1/2-1/2 on each nine and halve the match. Washington’s Tom Wharton-Joe Scheffres split 1 1/2 1 1/2 with Moose Brown-Mike Stackus when Wharton birdied the ninth from 12 feet to win the front and Stackus birdied the 18th from about the same distance to take the back by the same score. Bart George-Tucker Sampson got the only win for Baltimore, as they defeated Tim Kane-Keith Unikel, 2 1/2 - 1/2. Sampson highlighted his round by making a 50-foot birdie putt on the 433-yard 15th. The triumph was the fifth in the last six years and seventh in the last nine after finally ending a six-year string of wins by Baltimore, by far its best showing in the event sponsored and conducted by the Maryland State Golf Association. The series has been fairly even (Washington, 21-18) since Baltimore ended a 19-1 DC domination in 1977. Overall, the margin is 60-19.

results (Washington players listed first)

Lee Flemister, U. Maryland GC-Larry Martone, Kenwood G&CC, d. Henry Blue, Caves Valley GC-Larry Storck, Hayfields CC, 2-1 Blair Kennedy, U. Maryland-Connor Tendall, Congressional CC, halved with Jeff Perkins, Rolling Road GC-Jeff Castle, Eagle’s Nest, 1 1/2 - 1 1/2 Tom Wharton, TPC Potomac-Joe Scheffres, Woodmont CC, halved with Moose Brown, Rolling Road GC-Mike Stackus, Hobbit’s Glen GC, 1 1/2 - 1 1/2 Tim Kane, Bethesda CC-Keith Unikel, Congressional CC, lost to Bart George, Naval Academy-Tucker Sampson, Caves Valley GC, 1/2 - 2 1/2 Ralph Blasey, IV, Columbia CC-Zeric Hulvey, U. Maryland GC, d. Chris Rockwell, Green Spring-Andrew Rice, Baltimore CC, 3-0 Scott Ehrlich, Manor CC-John Dustin, U. Maryland GC, d. Ryan McCarthy, Baltimore CCPatrick McCarthy, Baltimore CC, 2 1/2 - 1/2.


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he pairings of Brandon Cigna-Ben Warnquist and Eric Hall-Rij Patel each recorded 9-underpar totals of 63 to claim two of the three available places during qualifying at Worthington Manor Golf Club in Urbana for the second annual U.S. Four-Ball Championship, September 15. With a crowded leaderboard and darkness looming, officials postponed the necessary playoff to sort out the one remaining national qualifier and the two alternates from among five teams at 64. Play will resume September 16 at 7:30 a.m. The five teams poised for this action are Lee Flemister-Don Phattiyakul; Doug Gentilcore-Ben Ricker; Chris Baloga-Jeff Castle; Nathaniel HoopesBrian O’Toole, and Sam Jung-Yoojin Kim. Warnquist and Cigna, Manor Country Club members and paired competitively for the first time, combined for 10 birdies, 1 bogey in their tour of the 6,896-yard, par-72 Frederick County layout in Urbana. Warnquist, 22, medalist and champion of the 2015 Maryland State Golf Association Amateur, had eight of the birds, including two “bombs” on


the front nine, a 25-footer at No. 6 and a 40-footer at No. 8. His two on the back included one at the 18th, the team’s final hole. In a coupling of 17-year-old high school seniors, Hall (Severn) highlighted the round with an eagle-3 at the 536-yard ninth, chipping in from the edge of the green, then watching his ball as it rolled into the collar, before trickling down to the cup. Finishing on the back side, Hall birdied from 20 feet at the 17th and Patel (McDonogh) from three feet at the par-5 18th. Gentilcore, 35, and Ricker, 37, both from Glenn Dale GC, and who had teamed together in the past, each had three birdies in dipping 6 under on the back nine after getting to the turn 2-under. “Ben kept us in it at the start, I woke up in the middle, and Ben finished it off,” Gentilcore said of an effort that included birdies on all four par-5’s and birdies on five of the last six holes. Baloga-Castle, who survived a playoff last year to qualify for the 2015 tournament, held in the spring, find themselves in another playoff after starting on

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10 and following three successive pars, Castle took charge with birdies on five of the next six holes on that nine. Coming back, Baloga birdied the fourth and Castle clinched a playoff berth with birdies at the eighth and ninth. Flemister, 55, runner-up in the Maryland State Seniors championship last week, continued his fine play with three birdies, while Phattiyakul, 39, eagled the 533-yard fifth (short in 2 and chipped in) and added four birdies. A missed green led to the their only bogey. Starting on No. 1, at one point, Phattiyakul faced a tricky 12-foot downhill putt and just as it was starting to veer off line, it fell in the hole. Flemister took care of the final birdie with a 16-foot putt. Hoopes-O’Toole started on 10, and Hoopes went out and birdied five holes in a row, helping them to turn 6-under. Each then got one birdie on the front -- at Nos. 7 and 8. Kim-Jung started on No. 1, and Kim eagled the ninth (driver, 3-iron short and chipped in). Birdie putts of 30 feet at the 16th and four feet at the 18th got them the day’s final 64. Notes: Trevor Randolph, winner of five of the last six Congressional CC club championships, including one earlier this month, eagled the ninth with a driver-7-iron to two feet, as he and Keith Unikel went on to finish at 66. . .John Eades, a former University of Maryland teammate of Tim Kane’s, came up from Charlotte, N.C. to partner his buddy and sparked their 65 with nine birdies, two bogeys. . .Among those with eagles were Ryan Richardson, Christopher Hoffman, Adam Gray, and Serge Hogg. . .The MSGA conducted the event for the USGA. Jeff Castle, from Parkville and Eagle’s Nest, won the third playoff hole with a par to lift himself and partner Chris Baloga, from Baltimore and Hillendale CC, into the final available place in sectional qualifying for the 2d annual U.S. Four-Ball championship at Worthington Manor Golf Club in Urbana, September 16. The playoff was necessitated when five teams tied at 64 in the regulation round on September 15, and

the early evening time forced Maryland State Golf Association officials to postpone the scheduled action. All were on hand for a 7:30 a.m. start and although it took three holes to sort out the order of finish, much of the work was done on the first playoff hole (No. 15). At the par-3, 170-yard test, Dan Phattiyakul, from Gaithersburg, and Baloga each made birdie, the former from two feet and the latter from seven feet. When the other three teams failed to birdie the hole, that left University of Maryland Golf Club members Phattiyakul and partner Lee Flemister and the Baloga-Castle entry to battle for the Championship place and first alternate. The two teams parred the 16th hole (Phattiyakul needed to make it from 18 feet to keep his side alive) and at the 188-yard, par-3 17th, Castle was the only one on the green off the tee. By the time it came his turn to putt, the others were lying 4. From eight feet, he narrowly missed his birdie, then tapped in for the win. Last year, the Baloga-Castle pairing was in a playoff in this event and Castle birdied the first hole at Argyle CC to get the spot. Among the others, Glenn Dale GC members Dan Ricker (with Doug Gentilcore) and Washington residents Nathaniel Hoopes (with Brian O’Toole) each made 3 at 15 and continued on to determine the second alternate, while Centreville (Va.) residents Sam Jung and Yoojin Kim made 4 and were eliminated. The other two sides parred 16 and all four hit the green at 17, with Hoopes, at three feet, the closest. The first three missed their birdie bids and Hoopes took his time and tapped in to close out the Ricker-Gentilcore team. With three places available for the Championship, two were decided in regulation when Manor CC members Brandon Cigna, from Arlington, Va., and Ben Warnquist, from Olney, and 17-year-olds Rij Patel, from Hunt Valley and Hayfields CC, and Eric Hall, from Harwood and Old South CC, tied for the medal with 63’s. - Reported by John Stewart


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Mimi Hoffman th Wins 47 Women’s Senior Amateur - Reported by Bonnie Lennox


he 47th Maryland State Senior Women’s Amateur Championship was held August 24th & 25th at Hobbit’s Glen Golf Club in Columbia, Maryland. The 2015 Senior Amateur Champion is Mimi Hoffman from Kenwood Golf & Country Club. The scores were close at the end of the first day with Mimi Hoffman shooting a 74, followed closely with 75’s from Lisa Schlesinger from Norbeck Country Club and Kimbra Benson from Breton Bay Golf & Country Club.

Day two proved to be a closely contested competition between Mimi Hoffman and Lisa Schlesinger. Lisa got off to a slow start with a double bogey on the par 5 second hole, but charged back with two birdies, followed by a bogey, for a score of 74. Mimi played solid, with 3 bogey’s and the rest pars, for a round of 75. At the end of day two, both players had a total of 149, taking it to a sudden death play-off. Mimi won on the first play-off hole with a par and Lisa was the Championship Runner-Up.


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Other winners are listed by age division:

50-54: Winner-Kimbra Benson 153 Runner-Up-Lisa Kaufman 156 1st Net-April Giles 124 55-59: Winner-Beth Ennis 160 Runner-Up-Ilene Garten 169 (match of cards against Becky Rutherford) 1st Net-Ho Lim Jun 143 2nd Net-Soo Ja Chu 147 3rd Net-Su Jin Shin 148 60-64: Winner-Bonnie Fry 158 Runner-Up-Carol Davies-Lillie 163 1st Net-Deb Watkins 149 2nd Net-Anita Venner 153 3rd Net-Cynthia Wood 154 65-69: Winner-Karen Wood 182 Runner-Up-Sue Sosnowski 188 1st Net-Donna Dalfonzo-Wiggs 152 2nd Net-Diane Crowley 155 3rd Net-Kathy Byrnes 157 70 Plus: Winner-Karen Smith 184 Runner-Up-Joan Winchester 187 1st Net-Byoung Cho Chi 173

There were many newcomers, playing in their first Maryland State tournament and we hope to see you again. The Senior Amateur will be held at Sparrows Point Country Club in Baltimore, Maryland the second week of September, 2016. The date has not been set at this time, so please check our website in 2016 so you can save the date. september 2015 | MARYLAND STATE GOLF MAGAZINE

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n Wednesday, July 15th at Argyle Country Club, 16 women out of 44 participants qualified for the Championship Flight with flights 2-5 filled with 7 players each. Youth was evident in the stroke play qualifying with Aneka (Clustered Spires Golf Club) shooting the low round of the day, 73, followed by a Maret student, Julia Calomiris (Congressional) with a 75. Saturday July 18th saw the 5th flight tee off at 8:00 followed by the remaining flight, with the Championship match at 9:10. No sooner had Aneka and Shannon McKew (msga-eclub and Southern Florida) reached the first green, when the lightening detection system sounded, and all matches returned to the clubhouse. On her way to this Championship match, Shannon defeated college-bound Micaa Thomas, UVA student, Adriana Dial, and Becky Gossard of West Virginia Wesleyan. Aneka, a rising high school freshman, bested Anita Venner, and in an exciting match with Connie Isler, was 1 down at the 17th tee, and shot birdie, eagle to Connie’s pars to win the match, 1 up. She next defeated veteran Lisa Schlesinger on the 16th hole to advance.


After returning to the course after a delay of a little over an hour, Shannon drew first blood in the match with a birdie on #3, but Aneka answered with wins on the 4th, 5th, and 9th holes to make the turn at 2 up. Shannon got the match to -1 after a par on #10 but couldn’t match Aneka’s birdie on #12. She then birdied tough, uphill par 3 #13 to return to 1 down. Aneka subsequently returned to +2 after a birdie on #15 and stayed on top as both players bogeyed #16 and parred #17 to end the match 2 and 1. At 14, Aneka became the Maryland State Amateur Champion in addition to winning the Jr. Girls Championship this year at Bretton Woods Recreation Center. She made match play in the US Junior Girls Championship where she won two matches, will be competing in the USGA Amateur in August, and she will represent Maryland on the USGA state team this September. Reported by Melly Tucker with assistance from Anita Venner

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With four birdies, Rachel Lee, a rising sophomore Marketing major at Delaware, won her match over veteran Deb Pearson on the 16th hole. Although Rachel was never down in the match, the front 9 seesawed with Rachel going one up and Deb bringing it back to all square. Both players birdied the hardest hole on the front 9, #3, after the rain delay. Rachel went 2up after the 6th hole, then Deb brought the match back to all square on the 9th hole with Rachel’s lip-out putt on the 8th and some erratic play on the 9th. Rachel then settled down and played very consistently, halving or winning each hole from then on, winning the match 4 and 2.

The 4th Flight match was between Elizabeth BarthWilliams of Bretton Woods and Paula Harris of the Wake Robin Golf Club. Elizabeth took the 1st hole and maintained a 1 up lead until the 6th hole when she went 2 up. At the conclusion of the 9th hole, Elizabeth was 1 up, and her lead increased to 2 up following the 11th hole. It held until the 14th hole when Paula took the hole. They traded wins over the next two holes, and after #16 Elizabeth was 1 up. When Paula won the 17th hole, the match was all square and remained that way after #18. Elizabeth won the match on #1, the only finals match to go extra holes. It was an exciting match until the end.

Reported by Carolyn Hudson

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The 2nd flight match was between Carol Davis-Lillie, a seasoned player from Argyle Country Club, and Lena Capoccia, a junior player from TPC Avenel at Potomac Farm.

The match in Fifth Flight was between 2 fairly new golfers, Michelle Livernois, a five year player, and Kristina Demmick, who has only played one year. Both are long ball hitters but each had a few penalties.

The match went back and forth through 6 holes with Davies-Lillie going one up, then back to all square. On hole #8, Capoccia made a move to go one up and remained there until she again won #11 to go two up. Davies-Lillie came back on hole #12 with a great shot from a side hill lie to put her in position for a nice approach shot. The match went to all square on #15 when Capoccia’s tee shot went astray. Davies-Lillie won #s 16 and 17 to end the match two and one.

The players traded the first few holes, then Kristina won holes 3 and 5 before losing 6, but then went on to win 8 and 9 and go 3 up after 9 holes. Michelle lost #10 due to a penalty but came back to win 11. On #12, both were on the difficult hole in regulation. Michelle just missed her birdie, and from the back of the green Kristina holed her birdie putt. Michelle put her tee shot OB on 13 to go 5 down with 5 holes to go. She had a great par on #14 to continue the match but both players parred #15 to end the match. Kristina won 4 up with 3 to go.

Reported by Bonnie Lennox

Their comment was, “Wait until next year; we’ll be in the 3rd Flight!


Reported by Marilyn Snight

The final of the 3rd Flight was contested by Janice Calomiris and Christine Brown both from Congressional Country Club. The match started with the players halving the first two holes, then going back and forth for the lead. Calomiris won the 6th and 7th holes, and from that point, Brown couldn’t quite get it back. After Calomiris won #10, putting her 3 up, the remainder of the holes were halved until Calomiris sunk a great par putt on #15 to win the match 4 and 3.


Reported by Rebecca Krimski




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The Maryland State Golf Association supports the following programs and initiatives in its pursuit of enhancing and improving the game of golf in the State of Maryland: • The MSGA sponsors the Emmet Gary Scholarship which is presented annually to agronomy students at the University of Maryland. Since 1969, there have been 151 recipients who have received scholarships totaling $289,476. Many of the students have gone on to become golf course superintendents in Maryland and across the country. • The MSGA became a co-sponsor of the First Tee Metro Tour in the State of Maryland in 2013. The First Tee Metro Tour is a developmental tournament series that is open to The First Tee participants from the Greater Washington, D.C., Howard County, Baltimore, Prince George’s County and Montgomery County Chapters. The participants must be an active First Tee participant, at least 12 years of age and a Birdie Level Participant. • Since 2006, the MSGA has awarded educational scholarships to individuals employed by MSGA member clubs and/or their children, and to students having completed their junior year of high school with a bona fide connection to the game of golf. To date, $87,500 of scholarships have been awarded under this program. • The MSGA is offering support to junior golfers in their pursuit of obtaining a golf scholarship. This is a new program beginning in 2014. • The MSGA is contributing toward the creation of the Turfgrass Pathology Research Endowed Chair at the University of MD. Recognizing the vital importance of this position, the endowment will enable the University to recruit and support a world class pathologist and continue the industry-leading success of the Maryland Turfgrass Program. The Executive Committee of the MSGA encourages all golfers in the State of Maryland to partner with us in supporting these worthy causes. All contributions to the MSGA are fully deductible in accordance with IRS regulations and will be recognized on the MSGA website and at the annual meeting. Please send your contribution payable to the MSGA at 1777 Reisterstown Road, Suite 145, Baltimore, MD 21208.


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n 2006, the MSGA started its Patron Member Program, as a way to reach more amateur golfers and provide opportunities to play many different Maryland golf courses. In the first year, over 60 Maryland courses offered privileges for the program-- it was an immediate success, with over 1,000 players joining the program in the first year! The proceeds from the program were designated to support junior golf and scholarships. Since then, the program has evolved and partnerships were formed. Initially it was the Middle Atlantic PGA that endorsed the program. Then the Maryland Golf Course Owners Association got on board. Over the years, the MSGA sought to add value by partnering with neighboring organizations, which brought partnerships with the Delaware State Golf Association, the Pennsylvania Golf Course Owners Association and the Ohio Golf Course Owners Association. Then for 2013, the MSGA announced its newest partnership, with the Victory Golf Pass. The Victory Golf Pass was created by PGA Professional Andy Barbin, owner of Chesapeake Bay Golf Club in Northeast Maryland. Barbin has actually started his program in the same year as the MSGA program, and by 2012, he had recruited over 300 participating courses in MD, VA, DC, DE, PA and NJ. Barbin’s program also supported a charitable cause for Crohn’s Disease. As a golf course owner and PGA professional, Barbin understood that programs like these have the potential to grow incremental revenue for clubs, as well as introduce new players. “We know our members love the program, but as a PGA member, I know the program must work for the clubs too,” said Barbin. MSGA Patron Member Program MARYLAND STATE GOLF MAGAZINE | september 2015

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

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

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

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2015 Participating Golf Facilities Maryland Golf Facilities (77)

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

Delaware Golf Facilities (26)

Back Creek Golf Club Bayside Resort Golf Club (GOLD) Baywood Greens Golf Club Bear Trap Dunes Golf Club (SILVER) Brandywine Country Club Deerfield Delcastle Golf Club Dover Par 3 & Driving Range Ed Oliver Golf Club Frog Hollow Golf & Swim Club Garrisons Lake Golf Club Heritage Shores Club Hooper’s Landing Golf Course

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

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Maple Dale Country Club Midway Par 3 Newark Country Club Odessa National Golf Club Rock Manor Salt Pond Golf Club Stenger’s Shamrock Farms Par 3 Sussex Pines Country Club The Peninsula Golf & Country Club The Rookery North The Rookery South White Clay Creek Country Club (SILVER) Wild Quail Golf & Country Club Rock Creek Golf Course

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

and special recognition on the MSGA web site.

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



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




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


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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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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


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

VICE PRESIDENT Diane Herndon Argyle CC 301-518-9221

VICE PRESIDENT Stanard Klinefelter Elkridge CC 410-537-5402

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

VICE PRESIDENT Jan Miller Baltimore CC 410-339-5872

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

VICE PRESIDENT Paul Dillon Congressional CC 301-518-5567

SECRETARY Robert Sherwood Columbia CC 443-534-5118

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

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

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

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

VICE PRESIDENT John Barse Columbia CC 301-229-6031

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

TREASURER John Pauliny Hillendale CC 410-252-9107

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


ASSISTANT EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR (Handicap Manager) Matt Sloan 410-653-5300

DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS Kim Ferguson 410-653-5300

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