U.S. Junior Amateur Registration Open

Posted in USGA on April 9, 2015 by Chris Roselle

Registration is now open for the 2015 U.S. Junior Amateur.  The event, which is scheduled for July 20-25, will take place at Colleton River Plantation in Bluffton, S.C.  The Golf Association of Philadelphia will be conducting a local qualifier on Thursday, June, 26 at Concord Country Club.

The William Flynn design has played host to numerous Association events, including the 2005 Joseph H. Patterson Cup and the 2009 U.S. Amateur Qualifier.

Golf Course Superintendent Greg D’Antonio and his staff have spent the off-season months making various changes to the course that should make for an even better playing conditions come the end of June.

To apply online please click on this link: https://champs.usga.org/index.html

Junior Spotlight – Peter Bradbeer

Posted in Junior Spotlight on April 1, 2015 by Chris Roselle
Peter Bradbeer, Merion Golf Club

Peter Bradbeer, Merion Golf Club

 

With spring hopefully right on our doorstep the Spotlight shines brightly on the 2014 Graham Co. Boys 16-18 Player of the Year on the Philadelphia PGA Junior Tour.  Peter Bradbeer of Merion Golf Club also had GAP success in 2014 with a tie for third finish in the Jock MacKenzie Memorial after his round of 73 at Sandy Run Country Club.  As you will see by Peter’s answers he has set some lofty goals this year and here’s hoping he achieves them through hard work.

  1. Age: 17 years old
  2. Hometown: Rosemont, PA
  3. What high school do you attend and what year are you: I attend Friends’ Central and I am a junior
  4. Home Course: Merion Golf Club
  5. Handicap Index: 0.6
  6. Golf Instructor: I have been working with Brian Quinn for about two years
  7. Favorite course you have played and why: I had the opportunity to play Pine valley a year ago and it was everything I imagined. There’s a reason why it’s the number one course in the country because all the holes are perfect. The layout is fantastic and its not impossible but just hard enough to make you want to go play again.
  8. Course you would most like to play that you haven’t yet: Medalist. I’ve heard it’s impossible so I’d really like to test myself against it, especially off the tee with all the water and unplayable thicket.
  9. Golfing highlight so far: I played well in a lot of Philly Junior Tour events last year and ended up being the Player of the Year for the Philly PGA Section which was a pretty awesome label. It’s definitely a stepping stone for me to go out this year and play well and win some more tournaments.
  10. Career low round: Shot 68 at Merion west (not the champ course unfortunately)
  11. Holes in One: Been close a bunch of times but never made one
  12. Amount of time spent practicing during a week in the summer: Over the summer I practice about 3 to 4 hours a day when I’m not playing but I couldn’t tell you and exact number for a week cause I’ve got tournaments every week.
  13. If not on the course during the summer what could we find you doing: I love to fish and windsurf and I’ll play tennis occasionally but not much else I’m a golf geek and I try to play as much as I can.
  14. If you could play golf with any three people who would they be and why: If I could play with any three people they would be Jordan Speith Ernie Els and Tiger Woods.  Jordan to learn his work ethics, Ernie to talk about rhythm cause I built my swing based on rhythm like his. And Tiger because I want to know how he stayed competitive for so long and what his mindset and how he was mentally sharp for a round.
  15. What type of shot gives you the most trouble on the course: a little trouble with going for a par 5 in two if it’s beyond 240 having to hit my 3 wood is difficult for me but I work on it everyday to fix that weakness.
  16. Favorite tournament you play in over the summer: I am fortunate enough to play in the Western Junior this year which is huge for me because this being my junior to senior year summer this is my last time to impress coaches before my last year of high school.
  17. Tournament you’d most like to attend and why: I’m qualifying for the U.S. Junior this year and that is the one tournament that I really want to play in. I’m really building my game this summer thinking about that tournament because it would really give me confidence in all my other tournaments going forward knowing that I was able to qualify into the best tournament in the country.
  18. Favorite TV show: Really love Family Guy, it makes me laugh every time
  19. All time favorite movie: Caddyshack by far
  20. Favorite person to follow on Twitter: Tiger Woods parody account is hilarious, totally worth a follow

Tools of the Trade – Brian Isztwan

Posted in Tools of the Trade on April 1, 2015 by Chris Roselle
Brian Isztwan, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

Brian Isztwan, Huntingdon Valley Country Club

 

Our Tools of the Trade for the month of April focuses on a player who is starting to make a name for himself at a very young age.  Brian Isztwan of Huntingdon Valley CC might only be 14 years old but that has not stopped him from picking up victories.  In 2014 Isztwan, who also has two IJGT wins (14 and under division) under his belt, captured the Huntingdon Valley CC Junior Club Championship and won the Inter-Academic High School League Championship as a freshman at William Penn Charter School.

 

Driver: Titleist 913 D2 10.5° The driver has usually been a shaky part of my game, as I am capable of hitting some wayward shots.  This driver is perfect for my hitting pattern, and I got the shaft fit for my swing.  As a result, I am able to drive the ball much straighter while still maintaining distance.

Driver: Titleist 913 D2 10.5°
The driver has usually been a shaky part of my game, as I am capable of hitting some wayward shots. This driver is perfect for my hitting pattern, and I got the shaft fit for my swing. As a result, I am able to drive the ball much straighter while still maintaining distance.

 

4-wood:  Callaway X2 Hot Pro I believe this is the “prettiest” club in my bag, as it has a sleek finish with no markings on the top of the head.  Not only do I prefer the clean appearance of the pro version to the design on the regular version, the quality of well-hit shots is amazing with this club.  It even sounds awesome when it’s hit well.

4-wood: Callaway X2 Hot Pro
I believe this is the “prettiest” club in my bag, as it has a sleek finish with no markings on the top of the head. Not only do I prefer the clean appearance of the pro version to the design on the regular version, the quality of well-hit shots is amazing with this club. It even sounds awesome when it’s hit well.

 

Hybrid:  TaylorMade SLDR 3 Hybrid 19° I have never really been a fan of hybrid clubs, but the SLDR hybrid presented a new look and feel for me.  The versatility of the head allows me to play it from any lie in any circumstance and achieve a trajectory high enough to attack tight pins on longer shots.

Hybrid: TaylorMade SLDR 3 Hybrid 19°
I have never really been a fan of hybrid clubs, but the SLDR hybrid presented a new look and feel for me. The versatility of the head allows me to play it from any lie in any circumstance and achieve a trajectory high enough to attack tight pins on longer shots.

 

Irons:  Mizuno MP-64 Mizuno irons are always amazing, but these were extremely appealing to me.  My irons are most definitely my favorite clubs in the bag.  If I were to pick a club to hit in front of the whole world in a pressure situation, I would choose one of my irons.  The blade-like feel of the MP-64s gives crisp feedback when hit well, but the face is also forgiving on mis-hits.

Irons: Mizuno MP-64
Mizuno irons are always amazing, but these were extremely appealing to me. My irons are most definitely my favorite clubs in the bag. If I were to pick a club to hit in front of the whole world in a pressure situation, I would choose one of my irons. The blade-like feel of the MP-64s gives crisp feedback when hit well, but the face is also forgiving on mis-hits.

 

Wedges:  Mizuno MP-T4 50°, 55°, 60° Each of these wedges has a custom grind, allowing different amounts of bounce to be used for each wedge.  This allows me to play a variety of shots using the club with an open or closed face with confidence around the green.  I have my 54 degree wedge bent to 55 degrees to keep a consistent 5 degree gap between the wedges, eliminating the possibility of a large yardage gap.

Wedges: Mizuno MP-T4 50°, 55°, 60°
Each of these wedges has a custom grind, allowing different amounts of bounce to be used for each wedge. This allows me to play a variety of shots using the club with an open or closed face with confidence around the green. I have my 54 degree wedge bent to 55 degrees to keep a consistent 5 degree gap between the wedges, eliminating the possibility of a large yardage gap.

 

Putter:  Scotty Cameron California Del Mar Although there might not much to say about a putter, this Scotty just feels right in my hands when I am putting.  The head shape is just right for my feel on the greens and the weight and lie angle are perfectly fit for my stroke.

Putter: Scotty Cameron California Del Mar
Although there might not much to say about a putter, this Scotty just feels right in my hands when I am putting. The head shape is just right for my feel on the greens and the weight and lie angle are perfectly fit for my stroke.

 

I play Titleist Pro V1 or Pro V1x (I don't really have a preference between the two.) Most of the time I mark my ball with a red smiley face under the "Titleist" and the number.

I play Titleist Pro V1 or Pro V1x (I don’t really have a preference between the two.) Most of the time I mark my ball with a red smiley face under the “Titleist” and the number.

 

Remembering Mr. Finegan

Posted in Uncategorized on March 19, 2015 by Chris Roselle

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Shortly after joining GAP in 2009, I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. James Finegan, Sr. My colleagues here said Mr. Finegan was a storyteller; I quickly learned that firsthand. But what a storyteller he was. Mr. Finegan’s command of the English language impressed me. I marveled at the way he described the simplest of events. During the Annual Meeting in 2010, I shot and produced a video of Mr. Finegan’s Distinguished Service Award acceptance speech — a lengthy yet luminous moment in his accomplished life. Afterwards, Mr. Finegan was kind enough to spin yarn (of course) and to pose for a picture with me and fellow La Salle University graduates Daniel Flynn and Matthew Kane. A great moment in my GAP timeline.

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Two years later, Marty and I traveled to Mr. Finegan’s home to interview him for the Legends video series (now known as GAP Chat). Great company, great conversation…

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Junior Spotlight – Kate Evanko

Posted in Girls Golf Revolution, Junior Spotlight, WGAP on March 2, 2015 by Chris Roselle
Kate Evanko, Radley Run Country Club

Kate Evanko, Radley Run Country Club

I recently blogged about Eric MacCluen, the Director of Instruction at Applecross CC, and his Girls Golf Revolution.  The March Spotlight shines on one of his most promising pupils.  Radley Run CC’s Kate Evanko is coming off a season where she was a finalist in the Women’s Golf Association of Philadelphia Junior Girls Championship as well as a representative of the Women’s Golf Association in the Junior Girls Inter-City Matches.

1. Age–17

2. Hometown–West Chester, Pennsylvania

3.  What high school do you attend and what year are you–I am a junior (Class of 2016) at Unionville High School in Kennett Square, PA.

4. Home Course–Radley Run Country Club

5. Handicap Index–1.8

6. Golf Instructor–Eric MacCluen

7. Favorite course you have played and why— My favorite course that I have played is the Mid Ocean Club in Bermuda.  Every hole had a breathtaking view of either the clear blue ocean waters or the tropical flora.  It was difficult yet playable with hard, fast greens and some tricky approach shots.  Another course I love is Huntingdon Valley because of its pristine conditions and the strategy needed to score well there.

8. Course you would most like to play that you haven’t yet–Merion East.  I was a standard bearer there for the 2013 US Open and just walking it was amazing.

9. Golfing highlight so far–Qualifying for and finishing 11th in the PIAA AAA Championship this past year was the best part of my season since the competition in District 1 is so stiff.  My final round at Districts was probably the best I’ve ever played–I finished 3-under on the last 6 holes to shoot 75 and claim the last spot for Regionals.

10.Career low round–In a tournament, 74.  I had 17 pars and one double-bogey that day.

11. Holes in One–none, but I’ve had 3 eagles.  One of those eagles was nearly a double-eagle–I made the 6 inch eagle putt at Torresdale-Frankford Country Club in 2013 in the WGAP Junior Championship.

12. Amount of time spent practicing during a week in the summer–When I’m not playing in tournaments, I’ll probably practice anywhere from 2-5 hours per day.  I try to play at least a round every day in the summer.

13. If not on the course during the summer what could we find you doing–swimming, driving, eating, watching Netflix, and having fun with my friends.

14. If you could play golf with any three people who would they be and why–my three friends :)

15. What type of shot gives you the most trouble on the course–Tee shots on long par 3s are my least favorite shots because there is less control with longer irons and little margin of error on par 3s.

16. Favorite tournament you play in over the summer–the Junior Inter-City Team Matches has been the most fun event I’ve played in the past 2 years.  It is a team event that combines stroke play and match play, which is really cool, because I don’t have the chance to play match play very often.

17. Tournament you’d most like to attend and why–I would love to attend The Masters because it is one of golf’s most prestigious tournaments on one of the world’s most elusive courses.

18. Favorite TV show–I can’t pick just one!  Parks and Rec, House of Cards, and Modern Family are my top 3.

19. All time favorite movie–Argo

20. Favorite person to follow on Twitter–I love Twitter so I can’t just pick one!  These are my 3 favorites: @power__brunette, @weknowwhatsbest, @blake_hinckley (follow me!! @magic_k8_ball)

 

 

 

Tools of the Trade – Alex Butler

Posted in PIAA, Tools of the Trade on March 2, 2015 by Chris Roselle
Alex Butler, Blue Bell Country Club

Alex Butler, Blue Bell Country Club

 

Blue Bell CC’s Alex Butler comes in to the 2015 season riding a wave of confidence.  This past October the St. Joe’s Prep junior, and his fellow Hawks, captured the PIAA Team Golf Championship.  Butler is also coming off a year in which he qualified for match play in the 100th Junior Boys’ Championship.  So let’s take a look at the clubs that have helped build Alex’s confidence.

 

Driver- Taylormade Black R1 (8.75* loft/Fubuki Extra Stiff shaft) – I’ve had this for about a year and a half now and it has worked great for me. Because of its custom fit from Club Champion Golf in Philadelphia, the club has kept up with my quick swing speed, which has helped me gain distance and control over the past year and a half. I like how well the club fits my game which is due to its custom fit for my swing.

3/5 Woods – Titleist 915 fairway woods(15°/19° loft) 80 gram shafts and stiff flex – I’ve had these clubs for almost two years now and they have worked great for me. These woods have helped me in situations off the tee when I need to keep it straight but also fly a long distance. 

Irons – Mizuno MP-59s with Dynamite Gold X-100 shafts – I’ve had these clubs for 3 years now and they are definitely my favorite clubs in my bag and the most solid part of my game. These irons have helped me get out of tough angles in trees, attack tucked pins, long bunker shots, as well as the routine shots from the fairways. With their soft sweet spots and workable qualities, they bring a lot of consistency, confidence, and control to my game.

Wedges – Edel wedges (53° loft/18° bounce) and (59° loft/22° bounce) – I just picked up these Edel wedges last week which were also custom fit from Club Champion Golf in Philadelphia. They are custom, hand ground wedges which improve turf interaction and reduce shot dispersion. I am extremely excited to start out this season with these new wedges and I am eager to see what the can do to help my game.

Putter – Black Select Newport 1.5 Scotty Cameron – I’ve had this putter for 3 years now and it is one of most lethal clubs in my bag behind my irons. This club is easy to build confidence with and it is hard to stop once the putts start dropping.

I am currently using the Titleist ProV1x ball and have been for the past year now. It is the only ball that I feel comfortable with knowing I will hit the ball a long way while also having great control around the greens.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Girls Golf Revolution Clinics return in 2015

Posted in Girls Golf Revolution on February 20, 2015 by Chris Roselle

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Eric MacCluen, Director of Instruction at Applecross Country Club, will again be conducting FREE golf lessons for kids ages 5 – 13 this spring.  The clinics are scheduled for Saturday April 11th, 18th and 25th at the Marsh Creek Church in Exton, Pa.  There will be two sessions for girls (2:00pm and 4:30pm) and one session for boys (3:15pm).  Last year, as part of his Girls Golf Revolution, MacCluen offered Free golf instruction for junior girls and it provided me an opportunity to get my daughter started in the game.  Eric and the rest of his Applecross staff do a tremendous job and I am looking forward to bringing my daughter back this year to continue her growth.  To print off a copy of the registration form click here: 2015_Marsh_Creek_Clinics

 

My daughter Nora taking her first swings.

My daughter Nora taking her first swings.

 

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