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A long overdue update

December 7, 2018

Intern Dalton Balthaser and Assistant Communications Director Dan Scofield represent half of the Association’s current Communications team. 

Our last update in this space was Sept. 21. Seriously? That long ago? We need to do a better job. But there is a reason we’ve unintentionally slacked on the blogosphere.

The winter edition of the Golf Association of Philadelphia Magazine has occupied our attention. Reporting on stories, visiting venues for assignments, conducting phone interviews … the whole nine yards. 238 in Derrick Henry’s case, am I right? The magazine isn’t the end-all, be-all of the Communications department, however.

We’re the forerunners on the Player’s Dinner, the Association’s version of a year-end awards banquet. We handle the evening’s program and the materials that go along with it. Honorary team events, website matters, meetings, 2019 planning, etc. It may be the golf “offseason” but the Communications motor is always on.

Happy holidays.


Magazine update

September 21, 2018

If you’re keeping score, that’s two consecutive months with a Press Pass blog entry.

We’re on deadline to finish the fall edition of the Golf Association of Philadelphia Magazine. Most content on the slate is in the queue, awaiting our eyes. Deadlines spur action, and believe me when I say we’re pressing to get this issue out the door and into your hands. The process isn’t as cut-and-dry as some may think. It takes time to file stories, to design pages and to ensure that all of the information presented meets the standards we set.

Speaking of standards, are we setting a new one here by posting an entry in consecutive months? Thinking we should in an effort to maintain a Press Pass pulse.

But I’ll defer to Marty Emeno, co-author of this blog and head of the Communications department, on that call.

Summer blunder?

August 17, 2018


Forgive the Communications team for we have failed.

It’s been three months since our last Press Pass blog entry.

Why the layoff? Well, the tournament season certainly keeps our team on its toes. We aim to provide the best coverage possible for each Golf Association of Philadelphia affair. In addition, we’re wrangling the Golf Association of Philadelphia Magazine, producing and presenting all of the stories that make it Philadelphia’s Most Trusted Source of Golf Information. Oh, and there are “Inside Golf” and GAPTV segments, too.

But this post isn’t a “whoa is me” plea. It’s philling the gap (see what I did there), of course. The purpose here is to explain that a layoff isn’t indicative of lack of blog interest or effort. Other platforms, specifically in-season, take precedent.

So let’s all press on with the Press Pass blog. The Communications team will continue to provide updates in this space — however few and far between.

The return of an intern

May 15, 2018

Dalton Balthaser bolted back to the Communications team.

I’m back! I’m sure all GAP followers and players remember me strolling around the best golf courses in Philadelphia in my bucket hat and covering our members, tournaments and writing for the Golf Association of Philadelphia Magazine. If you don’t, my name is Dalton Balthaser. I was a Communications Intern with GAP last summer. It was the most enjoyable summer I have had in a long time, and when I was presented with the opportunity to come back for a longer stint, it was an easy decision.

When Director of Operations Marty Emeno asked me in the winter about my plans after I graduated in May from Temple University, I wasn’t sure. I was in between whether I should try to look for full-time work or come back to GAP. For me, having a job after graduation was really important and it relieved a lot of added pressure of getting a job immediately after graduation. I couldn’t have been more pleased when I was offered the position because GAP was so good to me and I wanted another chance to work with the great people at the organization.

What I am looking to get out of my second stint is more involvement and contribution. As a new intern, it takes awhile to get accustomed to how the organization you work for runs things and expects things to be done. Because of that, you can’t really help out as much as you would like until the end when you begin to understand the process. This year, I know how it operates and how things go here. So I look forward to doing the absolute most and best I can for an organization that has helped me grow so much.

It also helps when the Golf Association of Philadelphia Major venues are: Llanerch Country Club, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club, St. Davids Golf Club and Gulph Mills Golf Club. I hope you’ll join our entire team as we bring you the best coverage of our tournaments in one of the best hotbeds of golf in the country.

Magazine: Spring 2018

March 30, 2018

This photo has something to do with the Spring 2018 edition of the GAP Magazine.

The Communications team spent the majority of this week entrenched in the Spring 2018 edition of the Golf Association of Philadelphia Magazine. We combed through pages and pages of copy, proofreading every story printed, every caption cited, every number presented. Contrary to popular belief, a magazine doesn’t manifest overnight. It takes time to ready all materials and to piece together an inviting and engaging edition. Proofreading is one of many steps we take in the magazine process.

Despite our best efforts, the golf magazine gods see to it that at least one item slips through the cracks. It happens. We wish it wouldn’t. We work tirelessly to prevent it. But somehow, someway, something miniscule may squeeze past our watchful eyes. Here’s hoping that’s not the case.

Thanks to our best efforts, the Spring 2018 edition of the Golf Association of Magazine will arrive soon. The anticipation is real. As is my anticipation for The Masters. And the BMW GAP Team Matches is only three weeks away.

Hoppy Easter.

Communications check-up

February 16, 2018

Our first post in 2018 calls for a Communications department update. Contrary to popular belief, we don’t hibernate in the winter. We’re properly archiving photos and videos taken during the 2017 tournament season. We’re working on the Spring 2018 edition of the Golf Association of Philadelphia Magazine. We’re combing through the Association’s website to determine what tweaks and updates need to be made accordingly. Just a sampling of our current activity.

Rest assured we’re on our toes, not twiddling our thumbs. Quick S/O to the Super Bowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles!


Each photo taken by the department is labeled for archiving purposes. 

Players to Watch follow-up

December 20, 2017

The Golf Association of Philadelphia Magazine, in its spring edition, outlined four “Players to Watch” in 2017. How did those selected for the segment fare this tournament season? Let’s find out.


Amateur: Carey Bina, Radnor Valley Country Club


Bina opened his campaign by advancing to U.S. Open Sectional qualifying. He carded rounds of 68 and 76 during that stage, missing the cut at Canoe Brook Country Club. He also missed the cut in the BMW Philadelphia Amateur Championship at Philadelphia Cricket Club, carding rounds of 74 and 80. Bina tied for 21st in the Joseph H. Patterson Cup at Wilmington Country Club (South) and 25th in the Open Championship at Philadelphia Country Club. He did find success outside the GAP circuit. He posted a pair of Top 10 finishes in the Pennsylvania Golf Association’s Amateur and Open Championships, respectively. Bina represented GAP during the Philadelphia Challenge Matches.


Senior: Joseph Lewis, Aronimink Golf Club

A Senior Division sophomore, Lewis tied for 28th in the Francis B. Warner Cup (Gross) at Spring Ford Country Club. He missed the match-play cut in the Brewer Cup presented by Callaway Golf at St. Davids Golf Club by two strokes. Lewis opened the Senior Amateur Championship at Lehigh Country Club with an 80. Mother Nature stopped any chance of leaderboard ascension.


Super Senior: Steve Tagert, Spring Ford Country Club

Tagert captured the Frank H. Chapman Memorial Cup (Gross) at Lu Lu Country Club, besting three others in a sudden-death playoff. He also won the Super-Senior title in the Senior 27-Hole Challenge at Brookside Country Club alongside Carl Everett, a Merion Golf Club member. In addition, Tagert tied for 22nd in the Francis B. Warner Cup (Gross), placed 24th in a shortened Senior Amateur Championship and missed the match-play cut in the Brewer Cup.


Junior: Nicholas Gianelos, Radley Run Country Club

In his lone Golf Association of Philadelphia appearance, Gianelos missed the match-play cut in the Junior Boys’ Championship presented by PURE Insurance. He carded a 7-over-par 79 at Spring Ford.