2013 NEWS ARCHIVE

Here you will find the Atlantic Winter Golf League's 2013 News postings.


December 31, 2013

 

We're keeping a close eye on the weather for Friday's event at Sea Oaks. Right now they are calling for snow (50%) with temps in low 20's and a wind chill of 4 degrees. If these temperatures continue to be the case, we will cancel as it would be dangerous to try to play in these conditions....frostbite. Before you leave on Friday morning, call the Sea Oaks golf shop at 609-296-2656 and check on the status of the event. We will make the call by 7:30am on Friday. Also, check the website for late breaking news.

 

December 27, 2013

 

Hope everyone is enjoying a safe, happy holiday season so far. Weather continues to cooperate and the first two events in 2014 look good to go. Sea Oaks on January 3rd is a regular 18 hole strokeplay event with a 10:00am shotgun start. The following Friday...10/10 we're at Harbor Pines and this tournament is a two-man team event in which the front nine is a better ball of partners and the back nine is a scramble. The scorecards will be colorcoded so there will be no confusion as to which holes are better ball and which are scramble. This is a fun event and Bob Ewing at Harbor Pines does a great job to give us a real enjoyable day of golf.

 

The player list on the website has been updated and it would be helpful if you would check your listing and make sure the info (phone numbers, email addresses and spellings) is correct. Some of the membership forms were not real clear and we had to guess at some numbers and letters. Thanks and we'll see everyone at Sea Oaks on the 3rd.

 

December 21, 2013

Fifty-five degrees and a light wind at Avalon...it doesn't get any better than that for the annual Christmas Scramble. Eighty plus players, including two ladies (an AWGL first) toured the very nicely conditioned Avalon layout and the scores reflected the near perfect conditions. Playing 2-person scramble format, J.C. Boggs and Pete Barron from Stone Harbor took the gross division with a 13 under par 58....great score. Amateur division gross went to J.F. Byrne's Tom Faro and Sean Clifford on 66 and am net low money was pocketed by Jim Babst from J.F. Byrne and Rocky Sgrillo from Middletown for their 62. They won in a playoff over Pennsauken's Mike Manley and Joe Lobascio who also posted 62. The Greate Bay team of Archie Struthers and John Ward walked away with senior gross on the strength of their nice 64. A three way tie for first in senior net was decided in a playoff of handicaps. Dave Jacobson from Medford Village and Mel Hill playing out of the Moorestown FC shot 60 and their 5 handicap beat Tom and Judy DiCinti from Little Mill....6 handicap. Town & Country's John Bada and Bruce Schaffer from Hickory Valley also posted a 60 with a 7 handicap.

 

Many thanks to the Buckingham family...Russ and Rusty for hosting the Christmas Scramble. It was a great day and Ted Wenner and his staff went out of their way to make our day at Avalon enjoyable. Special thanks to Al Turse and Dave Hayes for their invaluable help with the AWGL.

 

Pat and I wish everyone a happy and safe holiday....we hope you enjoy the season with family and friends. We'll see everyone in 2014 at Sea Oaks on January 3rd. Take good care.

 

December 19, 2013

Everything is set and ready at Avalon for the Christmas Scramble tomorrow. The course is in excellent shape and dry enough to allow carts to go 90 degrees on the fairways. Early registrations have the field at about 40 teams (80 players) and we may get some more in the AM. Picked up the gift cards from Stone Harbor and Centerton and they will be on hand. Matt Crowley told me he's running a 50% off sale on all pro shop items at Stone Harbor.

The course set is as follows; Open/Amateur divisions 6300 yards, Senior division 6150 yards and Super Senior division 6000 yards. These yardages are approximate and may vary slightly. Seniors playing in the Amateur and Open divisions may play from the appropriate tees for their age. Seniors 55 to 64 play the white tees and Super Seniors ages 65 and up play the gold tees. Coffee and donuts will be on hand at sign in and we'll be there from 8:00am. Please consider a small gratuity to the cart guys if you have the opportunity...I know it would be appreciated. See everyone in the morning and drive safely.

 

December 17, 2013

BrrrrrrrrIt was cold at Centerton on Monday (high of 29*), but 14 players showed up and finished 18 holes in record time....under 4 hours. We got a little creative and combined the open and amateur divisions and Stone Harbor's J.C. Boggs took the gross with 74 and Devon Peterson from Mays Landing grabbed low net on 66. Senior division saw Joe Russo from Laurel Creek capture 1st gross...shooting 73. Phil Heckler from Wildwood CC and Running Deer's Ray Fuller tied for senior low net with 72's and remained tied...each with 6 handicaps. Tie was broken with a playoff of cards starting at #18 as Ray's 4 beat Phil's 5. Heckler got even taking all the senior skins (3).    

We've been getting quite a few responses for the Christmas Scramble at Avalon next Friday. It would be very helpful if you would text or email your team so we can set up the holes assignments.

Text to 856-264-8405 and email to tspga@comcast.net 

The format for the scramble will be two man/person teams playing 18 holes of scramble strokeplay. Prizes will be paid for gross and net (25% of combined handicaps) in open, am and senior divisions. Seniors can play in the open/am division and play from white/red tees.                               

 

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L-R....Jon Mabry, Naz Gagliardi, Dave Jacobson, Butch Hill

Braving the cold at Stone Harbor

 

December 15, 2013........LATE BREAKING NEWS!

We're playing tomorrow at Centerton GC. The over night rain has removed almost all snow and Centerton is open for play. Give the pro shop a call and let them know you are planning to play 856-358-2220. The 10:00am shotgun is set up to go off on time. Bar and restaurant will be open after golf.

 

December 14, 2013

The results from yesterday's event at Stone Harbor are now posted on the webite. Pete Barron and J.C. Boggs from the host club finished 1st and 2nd in the open division...Barron 76...Boggs 79. Pete doubled in the ams, taking top gross prize with his 76. Philly fireman and J.F. Byrne player, Jim Babst won am net with 76. Rocky Dare from Running Deer shot a real nice 75 to grab senior gross and Bob Davy out of Medford Village edged out Hickory Valley's Bruce Schaffer for low net. They had tied with net 73's and Davy's 11 handicap beat Schaffer's 14.

Due to snow on the course the event scheduled for Monday 12/16 at Buena Vista is cancelled. Next event is the Christmas Scramble (2 man) at Avalon on Friday 12/20. We originally planned a buffet and after a consensus of opinion, we will just play and order from the menu. The entry fee will remain the standard $55....not $65 as previously stated.

 

December 12, 2013

We are on at Stone Harbor tomorrow. J.C. reports that the course is completely free of snow and there is a possibility that carts will be allowed on the course....not cartpath only. Coffee and donuts and a 10:00am shotgun. Get your longies out. See everyone at SH...drive safely.

 

December 10, 2013

Good news from Stone Harbor....they are snow free and anticipate being playable on Friday. It's going to be real cold with a high of 38 and if a little windy the chill factor could be low 30's.

 

December 6, 2013

Our luck with Mother Nature ran out this morning as we had to cancel the AWGL event at RiverWinds. Too bad, as Supt. Dave Santana had the course in super shape and Pro, Jay Curry had the tees correctly set...unlike Seaview.

Just off the phone with Matt Crowley, pro at Stone Harbor and everything is in order for our event there next Friday. Coffee and donuts at check in and the chef will be there for those who would like a breakfast sandwich....not a full breakfast. Temps are on the way down and we could be looking at high 30's to low 40's on Friday. Also spoke with Scott Brosman, pro at Buena Vista and they are making plans for our visit there on Monday 12/16. Light breakfast and coffee & donuts at check in and the bar and restaurant will be open after golf. Both Stone Harbor and Buena Vista are 10:00am shotguns.

As a reminder, we will allow you to bring a non-member guest as a partner for the Christmas 2-Man Scramble at Avalon on 12/20. Example you can play with your son/daughter, wife/girl friend, neightbor, etc and they don't have to pay the annual entry fee. This event is designed to be a fun, holiday gettogether and we will have a light buffet following golf. Entry fee for the Scramble will be $65.00 per player.

 

December 4, 2013

Nice break in the weather brought 50 degree temps to Seaview and the favorable conditions were reflected in the large number of low scores. J.C. Boggs from Stone Harbor lead the open division with a two under par 69. J.C.'s card featured consecutive birdie 2's on holes 15 and 16. Also cashing in the open was Old York's Jason Panter with 74, new member, Jon DiPietrantonio from Barnegat at 76 and Todd Prohammer out of Stone Harbor also with 76. Jon DiPietrantonio made it a double, taking the am gross with 76. Am net went to J.F. Byrnes Jim Babst who posted a 74. Senior gross was split by Paul Sikorski from Pennsauken and Metedeconk's Dave Lees, each scoring a very fine 72. Senior net was also shared by two players...Mel Hill, playing out of Pennsauken and Miry Run's Bruce Seaman who tied at 64. All Seaview results are posted on the website.

 

Call RiverWinds at 856-848-5700 to check on status of the event on Friday. With the prospect of heavy rains forcast for Friday we may need to cancel the tournament. This decision will be made by 7:30am on Friday. Don't leave for RiverWinds before calling.

November 28, 2013

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It was a cold one, but 31 hearty players showed up to test the frozen turf of the Links Golf Club last Monday. Deerwood's Greg Farrow topped the open division with 73...followed by Dan Hoban from Middletown at 76 and Dave West out of Whitford CC with 78. In the ams, Tom Alestock from DuPont CC (Delaware) took the gross on 77. John F. Byrne's Jim Babst snagged am net money with a 73. Laurel Creek standout, Joe Russo won the gross with an even par round of 70....it was his fifth consecutive senior gross win. Paul Sikorski from Pennsauken lead the am net with 67. In spite of the semi-frozen turf, the Links played very well and gave the AWGL contestants a very interesting and challenging test. Thanks go to the Quinn family....Ed Sr, Dave, Ed Jr for hosting and to golf pro, Bob Hennefer and the great Links staff for a nice day.

We're taking Friday off to celebrate Thanksgiving...and get in a little shopping. Next Monday we head to the famous Seaview resort and a special treat...the Pines Course. The Bay Course is closed for renovation and we will have the opportunity to play the Pines....one of my favorite tracks. Make sure you get there in plenty of time for the 10:00am shotgun.

When checking in for an event, please make sure you mark the division you are playing in....Open (all ages 18 and up), Amateur (ages 18 to 54), Senior (ages 55 to 64) and Super Senior (ages 65 and up). Open and amateur contestants play the BLUE tees. Seniors play the WHITE tees in the senior division only. If a senior or super senior plays in the open or am division, he plays the blue tees. Super seniors will play a forward tee, either GOLD or RED. Tees being played will be part of the pre-start announcement. Thanks for your help with this....it will make things go a lot smoother.

 

 

November 23, 2013....Matt Deckert shoots 66 at Pennsauken

Matt Deckert, host golf professional shot a 4 under 66 to take top money in the open division at the testy Pennsauken CC. Five back was Deerfield pro, Greg Farrow. Also from Pennsauken, Mike Manley led the am gross with a nice 74 and also added four skins. The Pennsauken crew continued the shutout as Joe Lobascio turned in a 68 for amateur division low net laurels. Senior gross went to Laurel Creek's, Joe Russo with a 71. Second place in seniors was split by Juniata's Mike Owsik and Paul Sikorski from the home team...they tied with 74's. United Airlines senior pilot and John F. Byrne linkster, Bob Hobson shot a fine 73 to go with an 8 handicap for 65 to win senior net. He beat Buena Vista's, Steve Walinsky on a match of handicaps...8 to 15.

Many thanks to Quentin Griffith, Pennsauken Director of Golf, and his great staff for providing a superb venue for a most enjoyable day. Golf course conditions were very good and you can thank superintendant, Bob Prickett, for his considerable talents. Pennsauken gift cards will be on hand at the Links on Monday.

It's going to be real cold on Monday and I'm going to be wearing a very special rain/wind suit. Galway Bay Outerwear has become a supporter of the AWGL and has extended some very attractive pricing for it's wind/rainwear. Their suits compare to the Gore-Tex and Foot-Joy suits selling for upwards of $600 and will be available for half that price. Make sure you take a look....it's really neat stuff.

 

November 17, 2013

The Woodcrest layout was in spectacular condition for our third event of the season and the 77 player field put up some impressive numbers. Deerwood pro, Greg Farrow turned in a one under par 70 to take top money in the Open division...two ahead of J.C. Boggs from Stone Harbor. Also cashing in the open division was John Appleget from Wildwood with 75 and Old York's Jason Panter with 76. Dave West, a new member from Exton, PA and Whitford CC fired 72 for first in am gross. Bay Lea (Tom's River, NJ) player, Dave Bauer took am net with 75. Laurel Creek's Joe Russo stayed on his hot streak with a 69 for 1st place in senior gross. Naz Gagliardi from Bensalem finished 2nd senior gross with 75. First in senior net went to John F. Byrne's Tom Faro as he posted a 76 less his 9 handicap for 67. Bob Davy from Medford Village wasn't far behind Faro with a net 69. Results are posted on the website.

Thanks to Director of Golf, Bill Torlucci and his great staff for a perfect setup and compliments to Superintendant, Pat Lucas for giving us an outstanding course to play on.

Next Friday 11/22, we play Pennsauken and the bar/restaurant will be open for breakfast and lunch. Quentin Griffith says the course is in real nice condition and the weather forcast looks favorable.

 

November 14, 2013

Things are pretty well set for the event tomorrow at Woodcrest. Many have called in to let the club know they are playing and it looks like we're going to have a big turnout. We will be set up for registration by 8:00am and the shotgun start will take place at 10:00am. Coffee and donuts will be on hand and the halfway house will be open for food. Woodcrest does not have a liquor license and alcoholic beverages are not available. I am bringing a couple cases of beer....Coors Light, Yeungling and Heineken and you can buy for $2.00 per can. Also, you are welcome to B.Y.O.B.....recommend you limit this to beer and wine. It looks like we will only have access to the card room and locker room. Drive safely and we'll see you in the AM.

 

November 11, 2013

The Running Deer Golf Club was in near perfect condition and last Friday it greeted 68 hearty AWGL players for the second event of the season. Stone Harbor's Pete Barron continued his winning ways as he took the Open and Amateur gross with a one over 73. Quentin Griffith from Pennsauken and Jason Panter out of Old York tied for second in the open with 77's. Playing out of Galloway National, Rich Sinopoli posted a 76 and a six handicap gave him the top net prize. Bob Babiak from Cedar Creek won the senior net with a 5 under 67. He beat John F. Byrne's Bob Hobson by a single stroke and Bruce Schaffer from Hickory Valley by two. Laurel Creek's Joe Russo fired a neat 71...one under to win the senior gross. Tom Mallouk from Lookaway turned in a 75 for second place in senior gross.

Golf was followed by some comraderie in the bar and grill and the excellent RD staff provided us with a most enjoyable day. Special thanks to the Jaworski family...B.J., Ron and Liz for their cordial hospitality and to Klay Knerr and John Tyrell for a great course set up. The superb course condition is the responsibility of Superintendant, Charlie Clarke and he deserves high compliments.

Off to Woodcrest this coming Friday and it is also in exceptional condition. The entry fee will be $65.00 and coffee and do-nuts will be onhand at sign in for a 10:00am shotgun. Gift cards from the first two events....Avalon & Running Deer, will be on hand at Woodcrest.

 

November 1, 2013

We got lucky as the rain and high winds held off and 56 players got the 2013/2014 AWGL season off to a great start. Pete Barron from Stone Harbor had the low round of the day, shooting a 5 under 66 to take the Open and Amateur divisions. Runner up in the open was J.C. Boggs, also of Stone Harbor two strokes back at 68. Amateur division 1st net prize went to new member, Will Rosenthal from Shark River GC...Will came down from Neptune, NJ to post this winning score of 71. Senior gross went to Laurel Creek's Joe Russo while George Reby from Greate Bay took the top senior net prize with a blazing 64. 2nd senior net went to Dave Jacobson who posted a one under 70 gross to go with his 5 handicap for 65. The results are posted on the website.

Next Friday we head to Running Deer for a 10:00am shotgun start. The course is in fantastic condition and you're in for a real treat. Thanks to Rusty Buckingham, Ted Wenner and Dennis Jones and the great Avalon staff for providing a super venue for our kick-off event.

 

October 31, 2013

Finally got the computer up and running and future announcements will go out on a timely basis. Opening day at Avalon is on, in spite of the prospect of some rain. We'll be there by 7:30 and it would be a good idea to call the club before you make the trip. Ted advises that the course is in great shape and can handle the rain. Donuts and coffee will be on hand when you check it. Don't forget your rainsuits and umbrellas.

The rules of play remain the same this season and here's a recap:

1. Open and Amateur divisions play BLUE tees, Senior division (55 and up) plays WHITE tees and Super Senior division (70 and up) plays GOLD tees....approximately 8 to 10 yards in front of white tees.

2. Play the ball up all over....improve lie within one clublength, not nearer hole anywhere on the golf course (fairway, rough, woods, bunkers, water hazards). Ball must remain in original condition, ie ball improved in rough must stay in rough.

3. The Leaf Rule will be in effect. A ball lost in leaves, pine straw or debris piled for removal may be replaced with no penalty. This rule applys to conditions inside the tree line and members of your group must agree that lost ball meets these conditions. A ball lost in the woods is a lost ball and subject to appropriate penalty. Play a provisional ball if you hit first ball into the woods and think it may be lost.

4. All putts must be holed out....no gimmies.

August 9, 2013

Here we go again! The schedule is set for the 2013-2014 season and is posted on the website. A couple of new courses are in the rotation and I think you are going to like the variety. This year we will be playing the Pines course at Seaview. Another treat will be Shore Gate and host professional, Herry Bitner tells me they are in beautiful condition. Twenty three events are planned and we may throw in a couple more Monday dates. Stay tuned for more info and updates. Also watch Facebook and as soon as I learn how to post on it, you can get more news, pictures and videos. See everyone on Novenber 1st at Avalon.

 

March 24, 2013

The 27th AWGL championship is in the books and the results are posted on the website. Ninety two players braved the worst weather conditions of the season....a high of 40 and 10 mph winds....to post some very good scores. Leading the way in the open division and the new league champion from Little Mill was George Frake as he posted a 73 to win his first AWGL championship. Last year's winner, Pete Barron out of Stone Harbor shot 75 to tie another former champ, Deerwood pro Greg Farrow, for second place. Pete's 75 was good enough to take the top amateur gross prize, while Matt Johnson also from Stone Harbor was runner up, three shots back at 78. Top prize in amateur net went to Tom Faro, playing out of John F. Byrne as he edged out Kevin Convery from RiverWinds 72 to 73. Laurel Creek's Joe Russo shot an even par 71 in winning the senior gross...five ahead of Naz Gagliardi. Mike Evans from Pennsauken had his season's best score....a 67 to take the top prize in senior net. He was a shot ahead of Running Deer's Tony Colache and two in front of fellow Pennsauken player, Paul May. Some really good golf was played in the senior division.

The George Kremer "Sportsmanship" trophy went to Homie Perkins....a well deserved tribute to a real nice guy who really loves the game of golf. Open Division Player of the Year award went to Pete Barron on the strength of his five firsts and five seconds. Bensalem's Jim Babst also had five wins in the Am Division to take the "Best Player" title. Joe Russo had his best year ever with nine first place finishes and two rounds of 67 and a 69 as he swept the Player of the Year in the Senior Division.

Thanks to Avalon...Rusty Buckingham, Ted Wenner and Dennis Jones...for hosting and providing us with a very enjoyable day. Special thanks to Pat Smith, Al turse and Dave Hayes for all the work and effort they contribute to making the winter league run smoothly. Stay tuned for more info on a pro-am to be played in May or September.

 

March 21, 2013

We dodged a bullet today with the snow storm passing through with no accumulation. Ted Wenner reports the course is 100% clear and ready for our 10:00AM start tomorrow morning. Check in will begin at 8:30 and there will be coffee and donuts for everyone. We expect a big turnout, based on the early respondents.....possibly a hundred or more. With a field that large the play might be a bit slow and we ask that you be patient. Also, please try to maintain a good, brisk pace and keep your place on the course.

Following golf we will enjoy a great Phil Barber "Avalon" buffet, followed by the awarding of prizes. I spent a couple hours yesterday setting the tees for the tournament and you will find the course very fair. After a couple of emails pertaining to the senior tee sets, I've adopted the GAP formula for setting the senior and super senior tees. Tomorrow you will find the white tees an average of 15 yards in front of the blue tees and the gold tees will be about 12 yards in front of the whites.

Drive carefully.....Pat and I will see you at Avalon tomorrow morning.

 

March 18, 2013.......Alestock takes six skins in two divisions!

In spite of the cold and windy conditions, 50 players tested Mays Landing last Friday. Special thanks to Al Turse, Dave Hayes and Devon Peterson for managing the event in our abscence. Results are posted on the website and this is the final event before the championship next Friday at Avalon. Deerwood's Greg Farrow and Pete Barron from Stone Harbor tied for first in the open division with 73's. Pete doubled with a gross win in the ams, while John MIlburn playing out of Sand Barrens took the net with 71. Laurel Creek's Joe Russo continued his great play in the senior gross with a 76...good for first place. Ben Gindville's 66 was good for a five shot victory in senior net for the Buena Vista player. Running Deer standout, Tom Alestock played in open and am divisions and pocketed six skins. Nice payday.

Avalon is ready for the championship and it looks like we're going to get a big turnout. Due to weather cancellations, the minimum number of regular season rounds to qualify for the championship has been reduced from six (6) to four (4). Phil Barber has a special buffet planned for us and it includes prime ribs of beef. It would be helpful if you would let me know in advance your foursomes, threesomes and twosomes. Email: tspga@comcast.net  or text: 856-264-8405   If you are a single, let me know and I can get you paired up. Entry fee for the championship is $60.

Flash...March 8, 2013

We're cancelled at Sea Oaks today due to snow. Take care.

 

March 7, 2013

So far, not much of a storm has hit the shore, although Sea Oaks got quite a bit of rain over night. They're calling for snow to start at midnight and accumulating about 1". Make sure you call the Sea Oaks golf shop at 609-296-2656 before making the trip. If necessary, we can advance the shotgun starting time to 10:30 or 11:00 allowing the snow to melt away. Jeff and Brad will be in the shop from 7:30AM to take your calls. Pat and I will be at Sea Oaks from 7:00AM on and you can call us at 856-264-8405. Drive carefully.

 

March 6, 2013

Just off the phone with the guys at Sea Oaks and they are getting rain and high winds, but no snow. Will check with them first thing in the morning and post the conditions by 10:00am.

Good news.....Rev. Bill Wolfe is making very good progress in his recovery from a recent heart attack. He plans to be ready for the AWGL championship.

76 players turned out at Greate Bay and the nicely conditioned layout provided a real good test. Pennsauken's Matt Deckert continued his torrid pace...turning in a one under 70 to take the open division. Pete Barron from Stone Harbor was second with 75. Pete doubled up with a win in am gross while Juniata's Tom Faro took the top net prize with a 68. Senior gross first place went to Joe Russo from Laurel Creek as he posted a great 71...four ahead of Town and Country's Joe Ashmore. Chris Myers from the host club turned in his best round of the season and his 66 lead the net group by three shots. Special thanks to Mark Parson, Director of Golf and Ryan Owens, Golf Professional for an excellent day at GB.....a very enjoyable golf club.

The weather turned against us at Wildwood on Monday, but 31 stalwarts showed up to tour this classic coastal layout. A three way tie resulted when Stone Harbor's Pete barron & J.C. Boggs and Jeff Bonicky from Sea Oaks returned 76's. I erroneously posted a 1-2-3 result using handicaps to determine the order and after checking the rules, I found out that open division ties are split evenly. Pete's 76 took am gross while Running Deer player, Chad Cerino pocketed am net first place money with a 72. Senior net went to Joe Ashmore, playing out of Town & Country shot 76 to go with his 4 handicap for a net 72 to take first place. Bensalem's Naz Gagliardi shot 79 to take the senior gross division top money. Fred Riedel, Wildwood's Director of Golf was a big help and made the day at Wildwood all the more enjoyable.

Stay tuned to the website for news on the event at Sea Oaks on Friday. Do not head out to Sea Oaks without checking with them first.

 

February 27, 2013

For the past four years the Dick Smith Golf Academy in cooperation with Ron Jaworski has been running the "Jaws" Junior Tour. This am 8 event program for juniors age 6 to 17 and runs over the summer vacation period. Ron generously offer his golf courses as venues for the tournaments and additional money and product support has enabled us to bring this tournament opportunity to over 500 kids at very affordable prices. Recently, Sun Bank, a long time sponsor withdrew their financial support and Dick and I are making an effort to replace this money by offering sponsorship opportunities. There will be five levels at which you can make a contribution:

Hole in One........$250.00

Double Eagle......$100.00

Eagle..................$50.00

Birdie..................$25.00

Par.....................$10.00

 

If you or your company may have an interest in being a part of this very successful and productive program, please let me or Pat know and we can give you more details on how the tournament schedule works.

 

FLASH!!!

Rev. Bill Wolfe suffered a heart attack on the way back to Philadelphia from Cape May National. He got as far as the Maurice River Diner near route 55 and called 911. When the EMT's got there they immediately called for a helicopter and Bill was air lifted to Cooper Med Center in Camden. A stent was implanted and Bill was home in 24 hours....great news.

You can email or text Bill well wishes at the following;

email: revwolfe@aol.com

Text: 484-326-9009

I'm sure he would appreciate hearing from you.

 

February 24, 2013.....J.C. Boggs Aces the 3rd at Cape May National...#4 Iron from 186 Yards

Thanks to Bob and Zack Mullock for hosting the AWGL event at Cape May National last Friday. Forty-five players teed it up on the testy Jersey Cape course and some nice scores were turned in.

Pete Barron from Stone Harbor took the open division with a 3 over 74. Wildwood's John Appleget and Middletown's Dan Hoban shared second place with 75's. Pete doubled in the amateur group with his 74 taking low gross, while Jim Babst, playing out of Bensalem, grabbed low net money with a 72. Best score of the day was turned in by Joe Russo from Laurel Creek as his one under 70 lead the senior gross. John F. Byrne's, Bob Hobson won senior low net in a playoff with Bob Babiak from Cedar Creek with his 9 handicap beating Babiak's 16....both players had turned in net 70's.

Looks like the weather is going to continue to cooperate as the next event at Greate Bay on Friday will be greeted by clear, sunny skies and temps in the mid 40's. Please call Mark Parson, Director of Golf at GB and let him know you are planning to play. Call: 609-927-5071 

Reminder that we are playing Wildwood CC on Monday March 4th.

 

February 20, 2013

Just spoke with Zack Mullock, golf professional at Cape May National, and he informs me that the golf course is open and in great shape and he's ready for a 10:00AM shotgun start for the AWGL on Friday. Weather forecast has improved with the rains holding off until Saturday and midday temps in the mid forties.

 

February 19, 2013

Nice weather greeted a light turnout of 35 players at Pennsauken CC (substituting for snow covered Middletown) and some good golf scores were posted. Matt Deckert from Pennsauken continued a very hot streak and took the top open division prize with a 74. Matt's been in the money in eight of the ten tournaments he's entered this season. Also from Pennsauken, Mike Manley shot 77 to win the gross in the ams and Tom Faro from J. F. Byrne lead the net group with a 72. Bob Babiak, playing out of Cedar Creek, had his best round of the season...posting 81 to go with his 17 handicap for a winning 64 in the seniors. A tie for first gross between Paul Sikorski from Pennsauken and Bensalem's Naz Gagliardi, both shooting 73's was decided by a handicap match and the victory went to Sikorski 5 to 6. Naz's nice round was not wasted as his net 67 got him second place in senior net.

I'm writing this update from a hotel in Hyannis, Mass on Cape Cod. Cold and snowy here, but still a very beautiful place to see. Things look good for this Friday at Cape May National. I'll check with them again tomorrow to make sure. Check the website for late breaking updates....also look at the AWGL Facebook page.

 

February 14, 2013....Happy Valentines Day!

Good news! Pennsauken only got a dusting of snow and they expect it to be gone by tonight. We are on for Pennsauken and the start will be moved up to 10:30AM. Breakfast is available for those who want to get there early. Use the number below and call the golf shop so they can be better ready for us.

 

February 13, 2013

It's official.....we're playing at Pennsauken CC on Friday 2/15...10:00AM shotgun start. Dan Hoban reported patches of snow remain at Middletown and the forecast for tonight is for 1"to 3" more snow. Pennsauken is clear and may get some rain, but no snow. In any event, keep tuned to the website for late breaking news. Before you make the trip to Pennsauken, call the golf shop to make sure we are on...856-662-4961

 

February 12, 2013

We'll be making a decision on Friday's location by 10:00AM tomorrow morning. Dan Hoban reports that some snow is still on the Middletown course, but is hoping most will be gone by then. As a backup, we have Pennsauken ready for a 10:00AM shotgun on Friday.

Woodcrest CC is now closed and will be going up for public auction in the near future. In view of this, we will move the March 4th date to Wildwood CC (see below for Wildwood contact info). Don't know at this writing if Woodcrest will remain a golf course. It would be a shame to see this wonderful layout turn into homes, apartments, condos or a shopping center. Much depends on the zoning and whether the necessary changes will be made to allow development.

Adams Golf was recently acquired by TaylorMade Golf and I have signed a staff agreement with Adams and will be able to provide the entire Adams line at very attractive pricing. Over the holidays I custom fitted three senior players with the new A12 OS hybrid set and they are thrilled and amazed at the improvement these clubs are bringing to their games. I will have some demo clubs at the remaining AWGL events and you can try them out. AWGL member, Bud MacAvoy from Running Deer got a set of the A12's and reports an average distance increase in his irons of around 12 yards...pretty good for a seventy something guy. I've just placed an order for a set and plan to pick up the distance the years have taken away from me.

 

February 7, 2013.....Wildwood CC event on 2/8 is cancelled

Weather forcast for the Jersey shore tomorrow is for 2-3 inches of rain, starting early AM. Therefore, we are cancelling the AWGL event schedule at Wildwood CC. Due to the rash of recent cancellations, we will look at trying to reschedule some events on Mondays. Keep an eye on the website for news on the schedule.

Late breaking news....Woodcrest CC is now closed and plans are in process for the property to be put up for public auction. It is really a shame to see this venerable golf course go "by the boards". There's a lot of history there and it has been host to many AWGL events over the years. Hopefully, someone or group will acquire the course and return it to play.

 

January 29, 2013.....Twisted Dune is open for play and we are on for this Friday - Feb. 1st

Please note this schedule change:


February 8th...Wildwood GC...Contact: Fred Riedel 609-465-7823

I have updated the "Tournaments" page to reflect this change. Start will be a 10:00am shotgun. Bar will be open with out food service. Fred Riedel will make the necessary arrangements to have food available....hoagies and/or pizza. Donuts and coffee before teeoff.

Bill Weinfeld's viewing will take place at the Visconto Funeral Home on Vista and Large Streets in Philadelphia on Friday February 1st from 6:00pm to 8:pm and on Saturday February 2nd from 8:30am to 9:30am. The funeral will take place on Saturday morning. If you would like to drop Mrs. Weinfeld a card the address is:

1116 Passmore Street, Philadelphia, PA 19111.

January 27, 2013

The temperature didn't get above 38 at Pennsauken, but that didn't stop 34 players from teeing it up in the event there last Friday. Matt Deckert from the host club took the open division with 76. Pennsauken continued winning as Mike Biazzo won am gross with 86 and Joe Lobascio posted 77 for 1st in the net. Medford Village member, Dave Jacobson turned in the low round of the day as his 74 won senior gross. Jim Bisignaro from Pennsauken lead the senior net on 67. Thanks to Quentin Griffith and his great staff at Pennsauken for providing the venue for an enjoyable day in spite of the cold temps.

We are very sorry to note the passing of a long time winter league member. Bill Weinfeld lost his battle with cancer yesterday and will be missed by his many friends in the AWGL. His good friend, Naz Gagliardi brought me the news and at this time we don't know about viewing and funeral arrangements. Bill has been playing in the winter league for over 30 years, starting in the late 70's in the Delaware Valley Winter Golf League. The Melrose CC member was one of the best ams in the league over the years posting a few gross scores in the 60's. He had a high regard for the game and you never heard a complaint from him....a real good guy.

 

January 26, 2013

Just checked with the folks at Burlington CC and they are still partially snow covered and not open for play. The AWGL event schedule there tomorrow is still CANCELLED. Looking ahead, Twisted Dune should be OK for the event next Friday. Please check the website for news and updates on conditions and possible cancellations. Call Scott Dunn at TD...609-653-8019 before you make the trip.

Bob Ewing hosted us at Harbor Pines for the annual Shootout (front 9 BB partners & Back 9 scramble) and the nicely condition course provided a very good test. J.C. Boggs and Pete Barron from Stone Harbor took the open division with a great 62...10 under par and included a 29 on the back 9. Laurel Creek's Joe Russo and Running Deer's Tom Alestock were second, 5 shots back at 67. Russo and Alestock repeated in the amateur division, winning the top gross prize on 67. The Pennsauken duo of Mike Manley and Joe Lobascio pocketed am net money with a 70 as their 4 handicap topped Bob Brunner and Brad Cerino who also posted 70. In the seniors, John Ward and Bill Rooney playing out of Greate Bay teamed up for 67 to win the gross, while Scotland Run's Bob Ahrens and Fred Spratt from Running Deer topped the net field with 64.

 

January 24, 2013.....Events at Brigantine tomorrow and Burlington on Monday are cancelled!!!

At long last my computer is back, all cleaned up and seems to be working OK. I'll get all caught up on news and results by tomorrow AM.

Due to the prospect of temperatures in low 20's and wind chills approaching single digits, we are cancelled tomorrow at Brigantine GC. Also, Burlington is partially snow covered and currently closed to play and the AWGL event scheduled there for Monday 1/28 is also cancelled. I tried to get an email out to the members this morning and have texted many others. If you would call your friends and playing partners and pass the word on these cancellations, it would be a big help.

 

January 6, 2013

Temps in the 30's and some stiff winds combined with the excellent Sea Oaks layout to provide a tough venue for the tourney last Friday. Forty-nine teed it up and the scores reflected a demanding test. Running Deer's Jeff Simpson continued his excellent play this season with a 3 over 75, taking the open division by 2 over Pete Barron from Stone Harbor. Host pro, Jeff Bonicky pocketed third place money on 78. Barron's 77 was good enough to win the amateur gross, with Jim Babst from Bensalem and John Milburn from Sand Barrens tied at 76 in the net category. The low handicap tie breaker gave Babst first with an 8 to Milburn's 10. John Ward, playing out of Greate Bay was the only player to break 80 in the senior gross and took first place with a 79. Buena Vista's Ben Gindville turned in a one under 71 for a win in senior net. Gary Valley from John F. Byrne finished second on 74 and Moorestown FC member, Butch Hill was third at 75. Thanks to Jeff Bonicky and his great staff for a real good time at Sea Oaks.

Next week we will be returning to Harbor Pines for the AWGL event. This is a two man team event in which the front nine is a two man scramble format and the back nine is better ball of partners. This gets a bit confusing due to the shotgun start, but we will try to have the cards color coded to aid in the score keeping. We will also have a rules sheet and instructions at check in.

It has come to my attention that there may be some confusion in the application of the AWGL rules of play.

1. The improved lie rule allows you to improve your lie without penalty within one clublength, not nearer the hole and the ball must stay in it's original condition. For example, if your ball is in the rough, you may improve the lie within a clublength, but the ball must stay in the rough. It seems we are not adhearing to the clublengthpart of this rule and taking some drops that exceed this limit. Please be careful to stay within the clublength limit when taking relief and remember, you may use your driver to measure the clublength anywhere on the course.

2. The leaf rule is intended to speed up play and not to give a special scoring advantage. The only time the leaf rule is applicable is when you have lost a ball in leaves, pine straw or other accumulations of downfall...tree line to tree line. If you have hit a ball into the woods and can't find it, it is a lost ball and the appropriate penalty is applicable, ie stroke and distance. If you play a ball that you think may be lost outside the tree line or out of bounds, then play a provisional ball to avoid the necessity of returning to the original spot and replaying the stroke.

3. There are no "gimme" or conceded putts! Every putt must be holed out, regardless of length. If a flagstick is frozen in the cup there is no penalty for striking it, but the ball must remain in the hole.

I'm not crazy about the lenient rules we play, but they have evolved as a necessity to keep play moving in the difficult winter conditions. Hopefully, you will use the rules in the best spirit of the game and not abuse their application. We are all playing the same course, under the same conditions and it's very important and necessary that we play by the same set of rules. Thanks for your earnest consideration of this issue.