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Magazine: Spring 2018

March 30, 2018
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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Happy Thanksgiving

November 22, 2017

It goes without saying but I’m saying it anyway in this space. On behalf of the Communications team, we wish you, our loyal Press Pass followers, a happy and joyous Thanksgiving. We’re certainly thankful for the opportunity to represent the Golf Association of Philadelphia each and every day. We wouldn’t be able to do what we do without your support.

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Caution: final tournament approaching

October 27, 2017
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Jeff Osberg and Michael McDermott represent one of the teams competing Monday.

The Golf Association of Philadelphia will administer its final tournament of 2017 on Monday, Oct. 30. Or shall I say tournaments. You see, the Association originally had Waynesborough Country Club on the schedule to host a U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Qualifier. However, because of an oversubscribed field, the Association added Rolling Green Golf Club as a second qualifying site. Thanks to Rolling Green for graciously volunteering its course to accomodate.

A boatload of frequent GAP players will join forces in hopes of gaining a spot in a national championship. Interested to see how those teams perform come Monday. Hard to believe the last act of the 2017 tournament season has arrived.

Also of note, the Communications department recently saw the fall edition of the Golf Association of Philadelphia Magazine hit newsstands everywhere. Well, not newsstands, or everywhere for that matter, but you get the point. The Philadelphia School as it pertains to golf course architecture is the cover topic. Highlights include a look at Manufacturers’ Iron Masters tradition, a special anniversary for Riverton Country Club and the farewell of the longest tenured pro in the Philadelphia Section. Hopefully you’ve had a chance to peruse the content.

Until next time here, you can fill your Communications void by following @GAofPhilly on Twitter for the latest.

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.

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.