Philadelphia remains area where champions are crowned
††The Golf Association of Philadelphia has always respected the womenís game.
††In the inaugural year of the Arnold Palmer Lifetime Service Award, the highest Association honor, the organization recognized Ms. Judy Bell, the first female USGA president. In February, Diana Murphy of St. Simons Island, Ga. became the second female USGA president.
††This issue of the Golf Association of Philadelphia Magazine addresses the role of todayís Woman golfer. That defining descriptor has many meanings. This issue attempts to illustrate the challenges that women face with the sport in 2016. For some itís family, for others itís business, for all itís about managing a major time commitment. Take a read to gain a better understanding of how this great game crosses even the gender borders.
††While some fortunate souls fly South for the winter, the Philly faithful patiently await the springís warmth. The winterís unforgiving cold didnít thwart every department of the Association from focusing its efforts on service to you, our members. Mario Machi was recently named Director of Member Services. He has been busy in his new role visiting Member Clubs to better explain the Associationís services and to find ways of improvement. At the same time, the organization hired Steve Latos to be its Manager of GHIN Technical Support. Latos has hit the ground running, updating computer hardware at Member Clubs as part of the GAP Computer Assistance Program. Welcome aboard, Steve.
|††A special thank you and greeting to our newest corporate partner, Impriano Roofing & Siding. We appreciate your support. The Member Club profile in each issue of this Magazine will bear the Impriano name. Also, a warm welcome back to our friends with BMW of North America and the Delaware Valley BMW Centers. The BMW GAP Team Matches and the BMW Philadelphia Amateur Championship, which Iím proud to say visits my home club of Merion for the first time since 1954, both turn 116 years old.|
††In addition to those two local cornerstone events, this year is shaping up to be another one for the record books. Four prominent championships drive to the Keystone State. It starts with the Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS, one of five Majors on the PGA Champions Tour, visiting Philadelphia Cricket Clubís Wissahickon Course from June 7-12. Be sure to get your tickets early, or better yet, volunteer to see two-time defending champion Bernhard Langer (right) and other Champions Tour legends in their return to the Delaware Valley. The same week of the BMW Philadelphia Amateur (June 13-15 & 18), the U.S. Open Championship will be contested at Oakmont Country
Club outside of Pittsburgh. The U.S. Mid-Amateur comes back to the area Sept. 10-15 when Stonewall
hosts its first national championship. This will be the second U.S. Mid-Amateur in the last three years to be
contested at an Association Member Club. Saucon Valley Country Clubís Old Course staged the 2013 event.
|††Keeping women and golf in the spotlight, Rolling Green Golf Club plays host to the 116th U.S. Womenís Amateur. The tournament is set for Aug. 1-7 and will be RGGCís second time on the national stage. It hosted the 1976 U.S. Womenís Open captured by JoAnne Gunderson Carner. Like Chip Lutz of a year ago, we are all hopeful a local talent will prevail in our backyard. It could be the mother who finds course time in-between juggling family responsibilities. It could be the young professional who constantly practices after work. No matter, one thing is for sure, the champion will undoubtedly be a representative of todayís Woman golfer.|