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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

                                                                                     David Waxman

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.

Communications update

February 17, 2017
We conducted a GAP Sponsor Appreciation Night earlier this month.

We conducted a GAP Sponsor Appreciation Night earlier this month.

The offseason is foreign to the Communications department. We’re always in the midst of a project or five, doing our part to uphold the Association’s mission year-round. Here’s a breakdown of what’s happening in 2017 so far:

  • Photo labeling. We’re tagging and archiving each photo taken during the 2016 tournament season. Well, not every single one (a bundle hit the cutting room floor), but a good portion.
  • Golf Association of Philadelphia Magazine (Spring 2017). Not a day goes by when we’re not working, thinking and breathing magazine. Preparing content for the next issue, which will be released prior to the BMW GAP Team Matches.
  • BMW GAP Team Matches and tournament schedule. At long last, we posted a write-up on the Web site regarding the 2017 BMW GAP Team Matches. Look for the 2017 tournament schedule to be released early next week.
  • Web exclusive stories. Posted a few on the Web site in January. Engaging features that didn’t make the magazine cut (editorial space reasons).
  • J. Wood Platt Caddie Scholarship Year-in-Review, schedule posters. Coming soon to a club near you. We’re responsible for copy, design, etc.
  • #PolarPlay9. Heavily promoted this event, which urged members to play at nine participating indoor golf simulator facilities.

That’s a brief snapshot of activity. As for an update on my fellow Communications staffers and co-authors of this blog?

Dan is moving to Conshohocken. Marty just got his fifth haircut of 2017.

2016 Players to Watch follow-up

December 13, 2016

To rev up enthusiasm for the tournament season, the Golf Association of Philadelphia Magazine annually features a “Players to Watch” segment in its spring edition. Six players — two amateurs/middle-amateurs, two Seniors, a Junior and a Super-Senior — received that designation in 2016. How did they fare? Let’s find out together in this space.

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P.J. Acierno, Lu Lu Country Club (Amateur)

  • advanced through local stage in U.S. Open qualifying
  • missed the match play cut in the 116th BMW Philadelphia Amateur Championship at Merion Golf Club (East Course) with scores of 80 and 75
  • represented Lu Lu during the 97th Team Championship at Hidden Creek Golf Club; posted two better-ball points and 2.5 singles points
  • tied for 11th in the 114th Joseph H. Patterson Cup at Huntingdon Valley Country Club with scores of 70 and 74
  • placed 27th in the William Hyndman, III Player of the Year standings

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Bob Beck, Lehigh Country Club (Senior)

  • tied for 25th in the 82nd Francis B. Warner Cup (Gross) at Whitford Country Club
  • finished third in the Frank H. Chapman Memorial Cup (Gross) at Galloway National Golf Club
  • won the Brewer Cup presented by Callaway Golf at Overbrook Golf Club; holed out from the bunker on the first extra hole to defeat Christopher Clauson of Lu Lu Country Club in the Senior Division Final
  • won the Senior 27-Hole Challenge alongside Bert Kosup at French Creek Golf Club
  • tied for 31st in the 46th Senior Amateur Championship at White Manor Country Club with scores of 82 and 76
  • quarterfinalist in the Pennsylvania Golf Association’s Senior Match Play Championship presented by Allegheny Health Network at Lookaway Golf Club; lost to Robin McCool of Saucon Valley Country Club, 4&2
  • tied for fourth in the Pennsylvania Golf Association’s Middle-Amateur Championship presented by Allegheny Health Network at Chester Valley Golf Club
  • tied for 10th in the Senior Silver Cross Award standings
  • represented the Association during the Senior Challenge Matches at Lehigh; carded a 75
  • placed seventh in the Senior Player of the Year standings

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Robert Billings, Rolling Green Golf Club (Super-Senior)

  • posted a Top 5 finish in the 82nd Francis B. Warner Cup (Gross)
  • tied for second in the Frank H. Chapman Memorial Cup (Gross)
  • finished third in the 46th Senior Amateur Championship with scores of 80 and 74
  • placed third in the Super-Senior Silver Cross Award standings
  • placed third in the Super-Senior Player of the Year standings

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Jacob Hanzel, Running Deer Golf Club (Junior)

  • tied for 23rd in the Christman Cup presented by GlobalGolfPost at Running Deer with scores of 78 and 76
  • qualified for the U.S. Junior Amateur at The Honors Course in Ooltewah, Tenn.; missed the match play cut with scores of 80 and 73
  • tied for third in the 32nd Jock MacKenzie Memorial at Sandy Run Country Club
  • tied for sixth in the Harry Hammond Award standings
  • represented the Association during the Williamson Cup
  • placed seventh in the Junior Player of the Year standings

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Craig Kliewer, Honeybrook Golf Club (Senior)

  • tied for 11th in the 82nd Francis B. Warner Cup (Gross)
  • tied for 41st in the Frank H. Chapman Memorial Cup (Gross)
  • quarterfinalist in the Brewer Cup presented by Callaway Golf; lost to Michael Vassil of the Country Club of Scranton, 1-up
  • finished fourth in the 46th Senior Amateur Championship; carded rounds of 71 and 76
  • placed sixth in the Senior Silver Cross Award standings
  • represented the Association during the Senior Challenge Matches
  • placed ninth in the Senior Player of the Year standings

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Gregor Orlando, Philadelphia Cricket Club (Amateur)

  • tied for fourth in the 32nd Middle-Amateur Championship presented by Callaway Golf at Waynesborough Country Club; carded rounds of 70 and 74
  • quarterfinalist in the 116th BMW Philadelphia Amateur Championship; lost to Jeff Osberg of Huntingdon Valley Country Club, 3&1
  • medalist in a U.S. Mid-Amateur qualifier administered by the Golf Association of Philadelphia at Philadelphia Cricket Club (Wissahickon); carded a walk-off ace to earn the honor
  • advanced to the Round of 32 in the U.S. Mid-Amateur at Stonewall; lost to No. 1 seed Michael Muehr of Potomac Falls, Va., 2&1
  • placed seventh in the William Hyndman, III Player of the Year standings

We don’t claim to be experts, but I must say all of this year’s selections played up to the preseason hype. Congrats gents.

Catching up on Communications

November 18, 2016
I helped set up this table.

Did you know that I helped set up this table? 

It’s been awhile since we’ve met in this space. Time to catch you up on all things Communications.

The 2016 tournament season is in the books. The fall slate of the Winter Series, too. The Communications department put together a presentation for the Player’s Dinner held Oct. 26 at White Manor Country Club. All 2016 tournament winners were recognized during the event. Attendees saw Player of the Year (William Hyndman, III, Senior, Super-Senior and Junior) video features, the 2016 highlight video and champions roll call video. Special thanks to Marty Emeno, who coordinated Player’s Dinner operations and ensured the presentation was well-structured.

The fall edition of the Golf Association of Philadelphia Magazine is available. Caddying is the topic at hand, and it’s a good one. We decided to highlight the role of a caddie and how influential it is these days. Marty and I collaborated on the main story included in that spread. Like journalists in a typical newsroom setting, we scrambled to call sources (10 for me), shuffled talking points and ultimately put together a fun piece. Cool to work on this one.

Speaking of the magazine, it never sleeps (neither do I these days, but that’s another story). We’re hard at work on the final edition of 2016. I won’t spoil what we have in store, but I sure hope you’ll enjoy nonetheless. Look for a December release.

I’m headed to Coatesville Country Club next Tuesday for a GAPTV production. Again, no spoilers on the topic. Stay tuned.

We will wrap 2016 in a nice Communications bundle next month. I wish all of you (readers who have made it this far, that is) a Happy Thanksgiving. If you need a break from the football games or the family chitchat, check out the 2016 Highlight Video. Shameless plug alert.