The holdiday season is a time of reflection.
Fitting that this edition of the Golf Association of Philadelphia Magazine celebrates its 10-year anniversary by taking a look back at a decade’s worth of work. More on that in a minute.
This golf season, the organization witnessed increases in both membership and participation.
The Association currently serves a record 187 clubs and more than 57,000 members. Thanks to a strong tournament schedule with great venues, the Association experienced an all-time high in involvement. When you mix in Member Play Days and Parent/Child League events, the Golf Association of Philadelphia connected – on
the golf course – with more than 10 percent of the membership.
The J. Wood Platt Caddie Scholarship Trust, for a third straight year, awarded more than $1 million to deserving caddies in pursuit of higher education. For the 2016-17 academic year, 191 Caddie-Scholars received $1.15 million in scholarships. If you aren’t a donor already, I strongly encourage you to do so. Since its inception in 1958, the Platt Caddie Scholarship has awarded 3,400 caddies and more than $19 million in aid.
| Congratulations to all the respective Players of the Year. There were three repeat honorees from a year ago: (William Hyndman, III Player of the Year) Jeff Osberg of Huntingdon Valley, (Senior Player of the Year) Chip Lutz of LedgeRock and (Super-Senior Player of the Year) Don Donatoni of White Manor. Osberg and Lutz both won by a mere 15 points. A special nod to Lutz, who was named the GlobalGolfPost Male Amateur of the Year. Job well done. The Junior Player of the Year went to Marty McGuckin of RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve.|
Special thanks to all our partners for their support in 2016. I would especially like to recognize BMW and the Delaware Valley BMW Centers as well as Impriano Roofing and Siding. We look forward to working with all our supporters in 2017.
| As previously mentioned, the Golf Association of Philadelphia Magazine turned 10 this year. I’ve been writing in this space since I was elected your President in 2015. It is exciting to be a part of a publication that remains true to its mission of putting the membership first. The Magazine has grown by leaps and bounds every year and continues to thrive as Philadelphia’s Most Trusted Source of Golf Information. Credit to the Communications Staff for its never-ending efforts to make the Magazine one of the best in the country. When the publication started in 2007, the first issue was eight pages and a bit limited on content. Today, it is 50-plus pages chock full of news, notes and all things related to your Association. Thanks to Bob Arthur and our printer McKella280 and to our art director Steve Iannarelli for their constant support over the years.|
Though the weather outside is frightful, and teeing it up probably won’t be delightful, the holiday season reminds us there is always time for 1 MORE round with family and friends.