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Next issue in the works

September 20, 2017

The Communications team is working feverishly to finish the fall edition of the Golf Association of Philadelphia Magazine. Deadlines come and deadlines go, but this one crept up on us ever so quickly. In addition to providing news and updates via the Association’s website and social media channels, we’ll be burrowed in pages of copy this week. Hopefully the finished product is as worthwhile as we anticipate.

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This GAP Member Club tradition will be featured in the fall issue.

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September morning

September 1, 2017

Where did the 2017 tournament season go? I blinked and it’s Sept. 1 already. All four GAP Majors in the books, the Junior schedule complete. Next on the horizon for the Communications team is the 47th Senior Amateur Championship, set for Sept. 5-6 at Lehigh Country Club.

It is the culmination of the Silver Cross Award race. In the Senior Division, Little Mill Country Club’s Joseph Roeder holds a two-point lead over Lancaster Country Club’s Kenneth Phillips and Tavistock Country Club’s Michael Tash. The Super-Senior Division tells a gridlock tale — Philadelphia Publinks GA’s Buck Jones, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club’s Frank Polizzi and Bellewood Country Club’s James Prendergast tied atop at 151. Lurking three strokes back is four-time reigning winner Don Donatoni.

Speaking of Donatoni, the White Manor Country Club member holds a substantial 312.5-point lead over Jones in the Player of the Year race. Both will tee off at Lehigh: Donatoni at 8:30 a.m., Jones at 8:40 a.m. on Day One.

In the Senior Division, LedgeRock Golf Club’s Chip Lutz is all but on his way to an unprecedented eighth straight title. He leads Roeder by a whopping 432.5 points. Wow.

Until Lehigh, enjoy Labor Day Weekend, folks.

A nod to our 2017 intern

August 17, 2017

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The Communications department bid farewell to its 2017 intern, Dalton Balthaser, this week. The soon-to-be senior at Temple University joined our team in May and served as a key contributor to our efforts this summer.

As in years, we ask the intern to offer a goodbye note in this space, assessing his experience as a member of our Communications team. Well, we — nay I — dropped the ball and failed to issue this assignment to Dalton prior to his last day. He assisted the Association’s tournament department at Schuylkill Country Club during the Tee It Forward — Fall Net Championship yesterday and is competing in the Hawley Quier Memorial at Moselem Springs Golf Club the next two days. Hands down the best golfing intern to come through our doors if you ask me.

I’ll take a moment to provide the Press Pass blog readership (all three of you) with a snapshot of Dalton’s summer with us. He handled the majority of our Periscope coverage and grew more comfortable and informative with his commentary as the season progressed. During our Majors, Dalton also collaborated with Dan Scofield, our Assistant Director of Communications who has yet to file an entry here, on Notebook stories for the website. He contributed pieces to the Golf Association of Philadelphia Magazine and worked with the J. Wood Platt Caddie Scholarship Trust. Dalton covered a few Pennsylvania Golf Association events in addition to our Pre-Junior and Junior-Junior Boys’ Championship. If we needed help with anything, Dalton eagerly raised his hand and took care of it.

I, on behalf of the Communications team, thank Dalton for his work this summer. He is living proof of a hard worker who exceeded expectations. Dalton and his predecessor Tim Merrick set a high standard for our intern position.

Harry Hammond Award update

July 21, 2017
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Benjamin Pochet leads the Harry Hammond Award race, but isn’t competing in the final event.

The Harry Hammond Award race comes to a close Monday at the Jock MacKenzie Memorial. Spring Ford Country Club’s Benjamin Pochet, winner of the Christman Cup presented by GlobalGolfPost, leads the standings by eight strokes over Huntingdon Valley Country Club’s Brian Isztwan, runner-up in the Junior Boys’ Championship presented by PURE Insurance. However, neither is competing Monday at Sandy Run Country Club, thus rendering both ineligible for the prize.

As a result, reigning Harry Hammond Award winner Ron Robinson of Commonwealth National Golf Club is the frontrunner with a 224 total. He leads Manufacturers’ Golf & Country Club’s Matt Graeff and Kennett Square Golf & Country Club’s Christopher Skean by a stroke. All three are competing in the Jock.

We’re also in the midst of the Junior Player of the Year chase. Pochet holds a 60-point lead over Indian Valley Country Club’s Dawson Anders. Anders isn’t in the field Monday, either, but he is competing in the Joseph H. Patterson Cup, a POY points event. Other players within the Top 10 need to qualify for the Patterson and make charges in the Championship proper to have a chance.

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Ron Robinson will become the Harry Hammond Award leader come Monday.

July 2017 update

July 6, 2017
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Conor McGrath leads the Harry Hammond Award race by two strokes entering the Christman Cup presented by GlobalGolfPost at Stonewall (North) next week. 

A quick update on all things Communications:

  • Tournament coverage continues as the season rolls on. Next week is chock full of events. We’ll have a strong presence at a marquee Senior event, The Brewer Cup presented by Callaway Golf at St. Davids Golf Club, and a pair of Junior events in the Francis X. Hussey Memorial at Rolling Green Golf Club and Christman Cup presented by GlobalGolfPost at Stonewall (North). We’ll keep you updated throughout the week so make sure to follow us on social media and to track down recaps on the Association’s website.
  • Speaking of the Christman Cup, only seven of the 16 players who qualified for match play in the Championship Flight of the Junior Boys’ Championship are in the field at Stonewall. That thins out a portion of primary Harry Hammond Award chasers. Expect significant movement in that race as the sun sets at Stonewall.
  • We just wrapped up the summer edition of the Golf Association of Philadelphia Magazine. Expect to receive your copy soon. I won’t reveal the cover story here, but I will say it’s amazing. Amazing.
  • Make sure to check out our Flickr page as the season continues. We’re constantly posting photos from events, so if you don’t find what you’re looking for immediately, feel free to revisit. And if you’d like to receive a photo you see, reach out to us directly. We’re always willing and able to help accommodate.

New intern for 2017

May 23, 2017

Fore! My name is Dalton Balthaser and I have been hired as the new communications intern at the Golf Association of Philadelphia for the summer of 2017. I am going to be a senior journalism major at Temple University with a focus in sports. I have been hosting the Bump and Run Golf Podcast on WHIP Radio at Temple for the previous two years and also have been hosting the Temple Sports Hour on the aforementioned station where I talk about Temple Athletics. I am from Kutztown, Pa. in Berks County and am an avid golfer and enthusiast.

I was told about the opportunity by former communications intern of the past two years, Tim Merrick. As an avid golfer and golf fan, I felt it could be a great opportunity to continue to hone my writing skills even more in a discipline that I am extremely passionate about. What I hope to accomplish during my internship with the GAP is twofold: improving my deadline writing as well as my features writing. I have written on the deadline in the past but the deadlines weren’t set in stone. This summer I will be writing on deadline and I hope that helps me grow my craft and my efficiency under pressure.

What I am looking forward to the most in this internship is getting to go out to many great golf courses in the area and getting to work with the communications staff and the entire GAP team to create the best possible content.dalton_balthaser

Winter Series finish

March 31, 2017

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Hard to believe the final Winter Series event of the 2016-17 campaign is upon. A pair of Player of the Year titles hang in the balance at Penn Oaks Golf Club.

Joe Zulli of Little Mill leads the Amateur Gross category by a scant 25 points over clubmate and friend David Waxman. Zulli isn’t currently scheduled to compete Monday; Waxman is in the field. A good showing could mean a trophy.

Two-time Senior Net POY Bernard Kelly, also of Little Mill, holds an 80-point advantage over Jack McCormick of Stone Harbor. They are paired together at Penn Oaks, set to tee off No. 2.

Richard Custer and Greg Smith all but wrapped up their POY designations: Senior Gross and Amateur Net, respectively. Both are in Monday’s field at Penn Oaks.

Tomorrow is April 1, the official opening of handicap posting season. We’re a week away from The Masters.

Let’s go.