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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.

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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.

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.