September 2016 (Archive)
A step back in time is really a step ahead
The theme of this issue is near and dear to my heart: caddying. As a longtime Merion member, I value the role of the caddie and the place it holds. To me, walking and playing golf with a caddie is everything right about the game. It is how the forefathers envisioned this great sport; plus you develop relationships and take steps toward a healthy lifestyle. In that same vein as caddying, the Member Club Profile of Gulph Mills sponsored by our friends at Impriano Roofing and Siding illustrate the timeless properties that golf embodies. Walking onto the Gulph Mills property is a step back in time.
Continuing with that vintage notion, the Association welcomes a pair of Huntingdon Valley members to its 2016 Hall of Fame Class: Dave Brookreson and A. H. Smith. Congrats on a well-deserved honor. Inductions take place during the Player’s Dinner on Oct. 26 at White Manor.
Players far and wide traveled to the Philadelphia region for two national championships this year. Rolling Green hosted the U.S. Women’s Amateur Aug. 1-7 and Stonewall, on both its course, staged the U.S. Mid-Amateur Sept. 10-15. Eun Jeong Seong, 16, of Korea made history at Rolling Green by becoming the first player to win the U.S. Girls’ Junior and U.S. Women’s Amateur in the same year. Stewart Hagestad of Newport Beach, Calif., rallied from a four-hole deficit with five holes to play to take the U.S. Mid-Am. Along the way to that victory, Hagestad defeated my clubmate Michael McDermott in a quarterfinal match. Kudos to Michael on a fantastic run.
| Member organizations of the Philadelphia Golf Alliance met recently at Huntington Valley Country Club to build upon conversations from prior gatherings and to support the USGA’s PLAY9 initiative. Members of the Philadelphia Golf Alliance include: Golf Association of Philadelphia; Pennsylvania Golf Course Owners Association; Philadelphia and Vicinity Club Managers Association; Philadelphia Association of Golf Course Superintendents; Philadelphia Section of the PGA; United States Golf Association and Women’s Golf Association of Philadelphia.|
As the tournament season slows, the staff is already preparing for 2017 and looking at ways to improve upon the services provided. The Association intends on adding a Player Development position to its staff. That individual will focus on programs such as Golf In Schools and expand services to Junior and Woman golfers. The Player Development position is expected to be filled by next spring.
As we take steps toward the future, let’s continue to honor the past. Make sure when you head out for #1MORE round, you grab a caddie and embrace the game’s roots. After all, that’s what our forefathers intended.
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