Girls Golf Revolution Clinics return in 2015

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

2015_Marsh_Creek_Clinics copy

 

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.

 

Tools of the Trade – Cassidy Gavaghan

Posted in Tools of the Trade on February 2, 2015 by Chris Roselle
Cassidy Gavaghan, Sandy Run Country Club

Cassidy Gavaghan, Sandy Run Country Club

 

Sandy Run CC’s Cassidy Gavaghan is looking forward to a strong 2015, thanks in part to a new putter.  Let’s take a look at what other clubs Cassidy, a rising sophomore at Hatboro-Horsham HS, will be using this year in the first Tools of the Trade segment of 2015.

 

My driver is the first model of the SLDR series that came out in 2013. Coming through the ball it is a very solid feel and I am pretty consistent with it. I also love the trajectory of the ball and it tends to get a lot of roll. My average driving distance is around 230 yards.

My driver is the first model of the SLDR series that came out in 2013. Coming through the ball it is a very solid feel and I am pretty consistent with it. I also love the trajectory of the ball and it tends to get a lot of roll. My average driving distance is around 230 yards.

Having the Ping G15 3 wood in my bag is a necessity. Although it is an older model I still find the best results with it.

Having the Ping G15 3 wood in my bag is a necessity. Although it is an older model I still find the best results with it.

My 5 hybrid is probably my favorite club in my bag. I can rely to hit it consistently from almost any lie with the reassurance that it will almost always travel 185 yards each time. This club was actually previously my grandmother's and is a senior shaft and is extremely comfortable to hit.

My 5 hybrid is probably my favorite club in my bag. I can rely to hit it consistently from almost any lie with the reassurance that it will almost always travel 185 yards each time. This club was actually previously my grandmother’s and is a senior shaft and is extremely comfortable to hit.

My irons are the Callaway Apex Tour irons. I only got them last year and saw immediate results. My irons are a men's stiff shaft and going from a senior to a stiff shaft was definitely a valid move for myself. My distance improved as soon as I started to practice with them. The feel of my irons through the ball are much more solid and I am more confident regarding my play with them.

My irons are the Callaway Apex Tour irons. I only got them last year and saw immediate results. My irons are a men’s stiff shaft and going from a senior to a stiff shaft was definitely a valid move for myself. My distance improved as soon as I started to practice with them. The feel of my irons through the ball are much more solid and I am more confident regarding my play with them.

The wedges I carry in my bag are all Cleveland wedges. I did not buy them altogether and have collected them over the past couple of years in an attempt to find the ones I am the most comfortable with. I use 60 degree, 52 degree, and 56 degree wedges. My favorite wedge to play with around the greens is my 60 degree wedge, I use it in green side bunkers and anywhere from 60 to 20 yards out creating a high trajectory on the ball. I use my 52 degree for low trajectory shots around the green and am very confident with the spin I can create with the club.

The wedges I carry in my bag are all Cleveland wedges. I did not buy them altogether and have collected them over the past couple of years in an attempt to find the ones I am the most comfortable with. I use 60 degree, 52 degree, and 56 degree wedges. My favorite wedge to play with around the greens is my 60 degree wedge, I use it in green side bunkers and anywhere from 60 to 20 yards out creating a high trajectory on the ball. I use my 52 degree for low trajectory shots around the green and am very confident with the spin I can create with the club.

This past winter break I tested a few different putters to get the feel of which one I was most satisfied with it. I found the most consistency with the Taylormade Sebring 62 putter out of the ghost series. It was the putter I seemed to make the most putts with opposed to the few other putters that I tried and I am looking forward to using it this season.

This past winter break I tested a few different putters to get the feel of which one I was most satisfied with it. I found the most consistency with the TaylorMade Sebring 62 putter out of the ghost series. It was the putter I seemed to make the most putts with opposed to the few other putters that I tried and I am looking forward to using it this season.

The type of ball I prefer to use is the ProV1 or ProV1x. I find that is the ball that travels the furthest for me and gets the most spin. I tend to mark it with a blue dot or my initials.

The type of ball I prefer to use is the ProV1 or ProV1x. I find that is the ball that travels the furthest for me and gets the most spin. I tend to mark it with a blue dot or my initials.

 

 

 

Junior Spotlight – Michael Reed-Price

Posted in Junior Spotlight on February 2, 2015 by Chris Roselle
Michael Reed-Price, Sunnybrook Golf Club

Michael Reed-Price, Sunnybrook Golf Club



The GAP Junior Spotlight returns for 2015 and first up is Michael Reed-Price of Sunnybrook Golf Club.  Last year Michael finished in a tie for tenth in the Harry Hammond Award Standings after rounds of 76 at Riverton CC (Junior Boys’ Championship), 72 and 78 at St. Davids GC (Christman Cup) and 77 at Sandy Run CC (Jock MacKenzie).

Age: 17

Hometown: Dresher, Pennsylvania

High School: I attend Upper Dublin High School and I am a junior.

Home Course: Sunnybrook Golf Club

Handicap Index: 0.0

Golf Instructor: Brian Farrell, an assistant pro at Sunnybrook, has been helping me with my game pretty much since I really got  into golf around 7th grade.

Favorite course I have played: Through junior golf I’ve been very lucky to play on numerous great courses but my favorite is Sunnybrook. It’s always in great condition and I think it is a very fair test. People will disagree but I’ve never played faster greens than there when they get them going. They said they reached 14 3/4 on the stimp meter last year. Since they don’t really have a junior program the adults there have sort of taken me under their wing and I am friends with people much older than me that I can play with all the time.

Course you would most like to play that you haven’t yet: I’ve never played Pine Valley I think the reason I would love to play there is because I know so little about it it’s almost like a mystery. All everyone ever says to me about is how its the greatest course in the world but if I was thrown on the first tee I wouldn’t even have any idea what to expect. I know a couple Pine Valley members and I make it a priority to be extra nice to them, even if it means missing an important putt on the 18th hole once in a while.

Golfing highlight so far: Although going to the State Championship individually was awesome, making the State Team Championship was more special. Achievements in golf are hard to come by and they’re even more rare when you go with a team. I got to hang out with some of my best friends and compete for a State Championship with them.

Career Low Round: 68 (-3) I had just turned 15 (which makes it a little sad). I started off with three pars, made a hole in one, then made 14 more pars.

Holes in 1: I have 2, my first came when I was 13. I was about a 15 handicap and I hit an accidental fade with my over the top swing using a 3 hybrid on the 150 yd 15th hole at Sunnybrook.  My second was when I was 15 on the fourth hole at Lulu Country Club. They were both complete luck but people find them really impressive so I laugh to myself whenever that’s the first thing someone asks me about golf.

Amount of time spent practicing during the week during the summer: My golf coach Brian wouldn’t be pleased with me for this  but I don’t practice all that much over the summer. I usually work with my swing more in the offseason. I like playing golf too much that I usually hit balls for 20 minutes then go play something like 36 holes. This year I’m going to try to turn over a new leaf and work on my swing over the summer instead of seeing how many holes I can cram into 16 hours of daylight.

If I’m not on the course during the summer what would you find me doing: I caddy at Whitemarsh Valley Country Club on the weekends. On regular days probably goofing off with my friends. When they’re away I play piano and sing which drives my parents crazy.

If you could play golf with any three people who would they be and why: I would play with Bubba Watson because I would love to see the way he works the ball in real life, Barack Obama because spending an afternoon with him would be quite a treat, and BIll Murray because there is nothing better than laughing for 18 holes straight, especially if it’s with a legend like him.

What type of shot gives you the most trouble and why: That’s a tough one. At times they all give me trouble. I think the one that has consistently given me the most trouble is driving when there is out-of-bounds tight on one side. I tend to push it or pull it a long way in the other direction which usually isn’t much better.

Favorite tournament to play over the summer: Probably the Christman Cup. Since its 36 holes you get to interact with pretty much all of the best junior golfers in the area. I’ve met so many good kids over the years that even when I don’t play my best I still have just as much fun because of my friends who are also playing.

Tournament you’d most like to attend and why: I think the Phoenix Open would be pretty cool. I could bring my non-golfing friends to sit in the stadium on the 16th hole and we could hang out like a football game but watch golf for hours.

Favorite TV show: I am a huge fan of the Daily Show with John Stewart. I have a series recording and I watch it almost everyday after school. (It often cuts into my practice time.)

All time favorite movie: I really liked Elf the first time I saw it. I love Will Ferrell and his juvenile humor has always made me laugh.

Favorite person to follow on twitter: I’m not a huge twitter fan but I like to follow Uber Facts. That’s really lame but I think they’re really cool.

IJGT Returns for Spring 2015

Posted in IJGT, Junior Events/Results, PAGA, Schedules on January 26, 2015 by Chris Roselle

 

The IJGT is returning to the City of Brotherly Love on March 21-22 for the Philly Challenge at White Manor CCThis fantastic Bobby Weed redesigned course, is home to the Villanova University’s mens’ golf team and was last year’s host venue for the BMW Philadelphia Amateur Championship.

The IJGT is headed back to the Garden State for the Jersey Shootout at Greate Bay Country Club on April 4-5. Designed by World Golf Hall of Fame member and two-time British Open Champion Willie Park, Jr., Greate Bay is a Scottish links-style course that offers challenges for golfers of all skill levels. In 2014, it played host to our Open Championship Qualifier.  Greate Bay has hosted several professional events including the ShopRite LPGA Classic.

On May 9-10, the IJGT will be returning to “The Sweetest Place on Earth,” Hershey, Pa., for the IJGT Junior Open at Hershey Country Club. Juniors will be competing on the East Course. Hershey Country Club, which annually hosts the Pennsylvania State Golf Association’s Junior Boys’ and Junior Girls Championships, was also the site of the 1940 PGA Championship. When not playing, juniors and their families can explore all Hershey has to offer from Hersheypark to the Hershey Gardens. A family favorite, this is an event you do not want to miss.

To view the full IJGT schedule click here

2015 GAP Junior Schedule Announced

Posted in Courses, Junior Events/Results, Schedules on January 8, 2015 by Chris Roselle

 

Gulph Mills Golf Club – Hole #3

 

As we usher in 2015 the Golf Association of Philadelphia is happy to announce it’s schedule of junior events for this year.  Below are some of the highlights…

The 101st Junior Boys’/Junior Team Championship is scheduled for Monday-Wednesday, June 22nd-24th.  The William Gordon-designed tract is no stranger to GAP juniors as it most recently played host to local qualifying for the USGA Junior Amateur back in 2013.

http://gapgolf.org/static/archive/2013_us_junior_amateur_qualifier_results.html

 

Indian Valley Country Club – Hole #13

 

GAP juniors will be in for quite a treat on Thursday, July 9th as Gulph Mills Golf Club welcomes The Christman Cup.  This Donald Ross gem turns 100 years old next year and it is wildly considered one of the finest golf courses in the Association (for what it’s worth, behind Pine Valley GC and Merion GC it ranks #3 on my unofficial rankings).  Gulph Mills GC, which last year played host to the Associations Middle-Amateur Championship, was the site of the Christman Cup back in 2005.  That year saw one of the most dramatic finishes in the history of the event.  Eric Schmehl of Moorestown Field Club made eagle on the final hole to capture a one stroke victory over Jason Cohan of The ACE Club.

http://gapgolf.org/static/archive/2005_christman_cup_results.html

 

 

Opening tee shot at Gulph Mills GC

Opening tee shot at Gulph Mills GC

 

Gulph Mills GC - Hole #6

Gulph Mills GC – Hole #6

 

Gulph Mills GC - Hole #18

Gulph Mills GC – Hole #18

 

The 67th Junior-Junior Boys’ Championship is schedule for Monday-Wednesday, July 27th-29th at West Chester Golf and Country Club.  The club last hosted this event back in 2010 and some very familiar faces announced their presence to the GAP junior scene that year.  2013 Christman Cup Champion, Kevin Conners, Jr. of Whitford CC defeated Huntingdon Valley CC member Jack Quirk by a score of 2 and 1 to claim the victory.

http://gapgolf.org/static/archive/2010_JrJr_Boys_Final.html

 

West Chester G&CC - Hole #4

West Chester G&CC – Hole #4

 

One of the largest and most fun events on the GAP calendar, the Father and Son (Younger), celebrates its 58th birthday on Thursday, July 2nd at Philmont Country Club.  This William Flynn masterpiece has played host to numerous GAP majors, most recently the 2008 GAP Open and the 2014 GAP Senior Amateur Championship.  Straight driving and deft putting will be keys to victory at one of the most difficult courses in the Association.

 

Philmont CC - Hole #5

Philmont CC – Hole #5

 

Philmont CC - Hole #8

Philmont CC – Hole #8

 

Philmont CC - Hole #12

Philmont CC – Hole #12

 

It is again our Associations year to host a USGA Junior Amateur Qualifier.  Concord Country Club will play host on Thursday, June 25th.  The club, which was also designed by William Flynn, has spent the last few years undergoing a wonderful renovation/tree removal and should present a true test of golf to the areas best juniors as they attempt to qualify for the most prestigious junior event in the world.

 

Concord CC – Hole #1 before tree removal program

 

Concord CC – Hole #1 after tree removal

 

 

The Association is looking forward to a great year and more information on all our junior events can be found here:

http://gapgolf.org/eventjr.asp?pid=3&id=20

 

2014 GAP Junior Images of the Year

Posted in Junior Events/Results on December 17, 2014 by Chris Roselle

 

So long 2014, 2015 here we come!

So long 2014, 2015 here we come!

 

With 2014 coming to a close what better way to look back at a fantastic season with our Junior Images of the Year.  Thanks as always to Marty Emeno and Tony Regina, the men behind the cameras, who made these great pictures possible.  Happy Holidays to everyone!

 

In the end this is really what it is all about...

In the end this is really what it is all about…

 

If Kevin Kramarski is Rickie Fowler, Jr., than Win Thomas is Rickie Fowler, III.

If Kevin Kramarski is Rickie Fowler, Jr., than Win Thomas is Rickie Fowler, III.

 

Aren't rain delays fun???

Aren’t rain delays fun???

 

Just Blaine Lafferty reminding himself of his finish in the 2014 Harry Hammond Standings.

Just Blaine Lafferty reminding himself of his finish in the 2014 Harry Hammond Standings.

 

Our 100th Junior Boys' Champion, Mariano Medico, channeling his inner Bernhard Langer.

Our 100th Junior Boys’ Champion, Mariano Medico, channeling his inner Bernhard Langer.

 

Pounds for everybody!

Pounds for everybody!

 

Jack Quirk auditioning to be the next punter for the Philadelphia Eagles.

Jack Quirk auditioning to be the next punter for the Philadelphia Eagles.

 

Who wore it better in 2014?  Kevin Kramarski or Matthew Ade???

Who wore it better in 2014? Kevin Kramarski or Matthew Ade???

 

The GAP van proved to be very multi-dimensional this year.

The GAP van proved to be very multi-dimensional this year.

 

Cole Berman captures the 2014 Jock MacKenzie Memorial with a birdie on the first playoff hole.

Cole Berman captured the 2014 Jock MacKenzie Memorial with a birdie on the first playoff hole.

 

The guy on the right, GAP intern Colin King, had a lot more fun caddying this summer than watching his beloved Michigan Wolverines play football this fall.

The guy on the right, GAP intern Colin King, had a lot more fun caddying this summer than he did watching his beloved Michigan Wolverines play football this fall.

 

I wonder what all these golf bags talk about while their players are all huddled around the scoreboard?

I wonder what all these golf bags talk about while their players are huddled around the scoreboard?

 

Cole McCook employing some sort of Jedi mind trick during the 100th Junior Boys' Championship.

Cole McCook employing some sort of Jedi mind trick during the 100th Junior Boys’ Championship.

 

 

2014 PIAA Team Golf Championship

Posted in Junior Events/Results, PIAA on October 23, 2014 by Chris Roselle

 

The PIAA AAA State Team Championship now resides at 17th and Girard!  Congratulations to the St. Joe’s Prep golf team on winning the overall team title yesterday at Heritage Hills Golf Resort and Conference Center in York, Pa.  Finishing with low man honors on the Hawks team was sophomore Jack Mitchell, whose round of 79 included a Hole-in-One on the par three 5th hole.  All four of the remaining team members (Paul Mauer, Nick Calabrese, Alex Butler and Mike Burns) each came in with identical 81’s.  Their 322 total was good enough for a three stroke victory over Scranton Prep in what proved to be very difficult playing conditions.  As a St. Joe’s Prep Alum (Class of 1995) and a former member of the golf team it brings me great pride seeing these juniors bring the state title home.

Swing on along with the Crimson
Swing on along with the Grey

Roll up the score once again
For St. Joe’s Prep

With a hip, hip, hip hooray!

The game is ours for the winning
The day is dark for the foe
So fight team fight
And we’ll bring home tonight
A victory for old St. Joe’s!

For full results click here: http://www.piaa.org/assets/web/documents/2014_Golf_Team_3AB.pdf

 

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