Season in full swing; two national championships yet to visit
††WE ALL KNOW GOLF IS A HARD GAME. Officiating it is even more difficult, as we saw with the Dustin Johnson controversy during the final round of the U.S. Open at Oakmont. I do not want to discuss how the USGA handled that rules situation, but rather tell you that, as a volunteer official with the Golf Association of Philadelphia, the job is quite demanding. Interpreting a potential rules situation isnít always black and white.
††For the first time in BMW Philadelphia Amateur Championship history, the Golf Association of Philadelphia placed a walking official with each match. The officials, like the competitors who teed it up, brought their A-game. Their presence added yet another element of big-time feel to the organizationís marquee event.
††I would be remiss if I didnít thank BMW for its support of the Amateur and the organization. We are proud to be your partner.
††As we officially welcome summer, clubhouses across the Delaware Valley are beaming with activity. That means the facilities therein, like the locker room, are a focal point for golfing memberships preand post-round. The Golf Association of Philadelphia Magazine has cracked that combination code to uncover the legend and lure of the locker room. Weíve all heard stories, some true and some too outrageous to believe, but isnít that what makes the locker room the fiber of any club? Read and enjoy.
|††Itís been a quick start to this yearís tournament season. Just weeks ago, my Merion clubmate Michael McDermott edged Jeff Osberg of Huntingdon Valley for the 116th BMW Philadelphia Amateur Championship in one of the most exhilarating Final Matches weíve seen. McDermott rallied from 2-down with four holes to play to earn his third BMW Philadelphia Amateur title. Congrats, Michael. It was the first Amateur to be contested at Merion since 1954. A drought that was way too long. The course played in true Championship condition all week and I couldnít be prouder to call it my home.|
††Prior to the Amateur, Matthew Mattare of Saucon Valley defeated a pair of foes in a playoff for the 33rd Middle-Amateur Championship presented by Callaway Golf, and Little Mill Country Club stunned the BMW GAP Team Matches world with a victory in a Playoff that came down to the wire. The Womenís Golf Association of Philadelphia schedule is also in full swing. For the second time in three years, Philadelphia Cricket Club took the Philadelphia Cup. Also, Jackie Rogowicz and Karen Siegel captured the Nonna Barlow Cup, played annually at Merion.
††The PGA Tour Champions Constellation Senior PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP put Philadelphia Cricket Clubís Wissahickon Course in front of the nation this June. A job well done by all those involved. It was great to see one of the Associationís founding member clubs receive its just due on national television. The spotlight returns to the area twice more this year. The U.S. Womenís Amateur visits Rolling Green in August (1-7) and the U.S. Mid-Amateur heads to Stonewall in September (10-15).
††Maintaining the level at which the Association operates isnít easy, but with the help of our Executive Committee and Volunteers, we strive to Preserve, Protect and Promote the Game of Golf as our forefathers decreed.
††Time to head the locker room for 1MORE round.