2014 NEWS ARCHIVE

Here you will find the Atlantic Winter Golf League's 2014 News postings.


December 23, 2014

 

It was a cold one, but over 90 hearty players turned out for the annual "Christmas Scramble" at Avalon GC last Friday. The two person scramble format produced some very good scores and the Avalon layout was in very nice condition....especially the greens. The Stone Harbor duo of JC Boggs and Pete Barron won the Open division with 61. They also had the lone skin and a nice payout. Am gross went to the father/son team of Rocky and Rocco Sgrillo who posted 63. Mike Manley and Joe Lobascio shot a nice 63 for the win in Am net. Archie Struthers and John Ward teamed up for a 63 to top the Senior gross division, while Chris Dunham and Rev. Bill Wolfe toured Avalon in 60 strokes, winning Senior net. Super Senior gross top spot went to Sam Morris and Ben Gindville with a nice 68. A  9 under 63 gave Bob Fitzsimmons and Tom O'Connor the win in SS net. Devon Peterson hit it 4 1/2 feet on #11 to win $25 each for himself and partner, Jeff Bonicky. Naz Gagliardi duplicated this shot on #5 and got $50 to split with partner Jon Mabry.

 

Many thanks go to the folks at Avalon for hosting this fun event.....owners Russ and Rusty Buckingham, golf professionals Ted Wenner and Dennis Jones and chef Phil Barber. Everyone had a great time after golf and the stories....true and almost true were in abundance.

 

We're off to great start this season....no snow/rain outs and we'll resume on January 2nd at Sea Oaks. Til then have a most enjoyable Christmas season and we wish everyone a pleasant and safe holiday.

 

 

December 18, 2014                                                                                  

 

 

 

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Pictured above is Jon Mabry on the right receiving the George Kremer Memorial "Sportsmanship Trophy for the 2014 AWGL season. Many of you remember George.....he was a member for almost 20 years and passed away about five years ago. He came down Roselle, NJ each week and hardly ever missed an event. Jon joins a very special group of players who reflect all the best traits of good sportsmanship, respect for the game and a sincere interest in improving his golf skills. The trophy will be on display tomorrow and you can see the five recipients.

 

Congratulations! Jon.......a very well deserved award.

 

 

 

December 17, 2014

 

You guys have done a great job of getting back with your teams for the Christmas Scramble at Avalon. So far, we have 36 teams signed up and I wouldn't be surprised if we went over 90 players. Going to be a super event. In the spirit of the season, if you could hit the cart guys with a buck or two I know it would be greatly appreciated.

 

For a little additional competition, we will have a closest to the pin contest....#3 for Open and Amateur divisions and #11 for Senior and Super Senior divisions.

 

Phil Barber and the outstanding food and beverage staff will be ready for us after golf and will make the day all the more enjoyable. Hang around and celebrate the season.

 

AWGL member, Rocky Dare is having some surgery done and we ask you to keep him in your thoughts and prayers. See everyone at Avalon.....10:00AM shotgun start.....drive carefully.

 

 

 

 

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Happy Holidays!

 

All best wishes to everyone for an enjoyable and safe holiday season.

 

Tom, Pat and Al

 

 

 

December 13, 2014.....Barron and Appleget Share Low Round of the Day at Stone Harbor.....71's

 

We started out OK, but the ocean breeze came up and temps dropped...producing some tough playing conditions at Stone Harbor. Pete Barron of the host club and Wildwood pro, John Appleget turned in one under 71's for best rounds of the day and a first place tie in the Open division. Pete doubled with a low gross win in the ams, while Philly fireman, Rocky Sgrillo from Middletown took the am net on 69. Playing out of Greate Bay, Chris Myers had his best round of the winter season and pocketed senior gross first place money with a 77....real good score under the playing conditions. John F. Byrne's, Gary Valley shot 86 to go with his 18 handicap and won Senior division net with a nice 68. In the Super Seniors another fireman got hot....Naz Gagliardi from Bensalem posted 76 for a victory in SS gross. Hugh Curran from Cobbs Creek took the super senior net on 74. Thanks to the great staff at Stone Harbor for giving us a very enjoyable day.

 

Several more teams signed up for the Christmas Scramble next Friday at Avalon and the field is now over 60 players (30 teams of two). If you can get your team to me via phone, text or email, it would be a very big help in getting things organized and off to a timely start on Friday. Thanks to J.C. Boggs, I think I have the solution to the issue of seniors playing in the Amateur and Open divisions. Here's the formula we will try next Friday. Seniors whose age and handicap totals 70 or higher may play the forward (white) tees. Remember that seniors playing in the Open division will play scratch, but may play the forward tees if they meet the numbers.

 

 

December 11, 2014

 

Caught some snow here in Millville, NJ, but in checking with J.C. Boggs at Stone Harbor....they are currently snow free. Make sure you call tomorrow morning before making the trip down to SH to make sure the course is playable...609-465-9270. If necessary, we can delay the start to accomodate additional drive time. Be safe and we'll see you at Stone Harbor.....hopefully.

 

December 9, 2014

 

Thanks to everyone who has contacted me with their teams for the Christmas Scramble at Avalon on 12/19. Eight team have entered so far and we are anticipating a big turnout. Late check on the weather has the temps in the 50's and no precip. Check below for the contact numbers and get your teams on the sheet. I've heard from a couple of senior players about playing in the amateur division and we are going to try a new rule and let Seniors and Super Seniors with handicaps of 12 and higher play from the white tees. Same goes for the Open division, except the senior will play scratch, but from the white tees. Ted Wenner will be setting the course up on the short side....whites around 6200 yards and blues around 6500. Friday at Stone Harbor is looking pretty good......see everyone there and drive safe.

 

December 7, 2014

 

We beat the heavy rain by an hour and the field of 64 players at Buena Vista CC completed the sixth event of the AWGL season last Friday. Deerwood's Greg Farrow made it two wins in a row, taking the Open division with an even par 72....low round of the day in all divisions. Lodie van Tonder from Sakima lead the ams with 75 gross while Mike Manley out of Pennsauken and Joe Garrison from Shore Gate tied for low am net with 74's. Manley took first money on the strength of his 8 handicap to Garrison's 15. Things got tight in the Seniors as Dennis Serbin from Ramblewood edged out four players with a 68 for net honors. Laurel Creek's Bill Cregar grabbed senior gross with 77...beating Archie Struthers from Greate Bay in a handicap playoff 2 to 7. Running Deer player, Ray Fuller shot 78 to go with his 9 handicap for a winning 69 in the Super Seniors net. Low gross in the SS went to Dave Jacobson out of Medford Village on his 79. Thanks go to Buena Staff, pro Scott Brosman and course Super, Ben Dunn. Additional appreciation goes to owner Eric Asadoorian and Director of Golf Operations, Kevin Cotter.....a real nice day on a great course.

 

Next week we head to Stone Harbor on the 12th and then to Avalon on the 19th for the Christmas Scramble. We need your help in setting up the Scramble....please call, text or email me your team (2 person) with handicaps for the non-members. Having this info in advance will greatly expedite the sign in process and enable us to get off to timely start. Call or text to 856-264-8405 and email to tspga@comcast.net. Thanks in advance for your help with this....a big help.

 

November 30, 2014.....Russo Makes 8 Birdies at Links for Win in Seniors

 

The Senior Division featured some great golf last Friday in the AWGL event at the Links Golf Club. Lead by Joe Russo's eight birdie, 2 under par 70. Joe, playing out of Laurel Creek was tied for low gross by Pennsauken's Paul Sikorski, but won the playoff with a 0 handicap to Paul's 4. Close behind was Tom Faro from JF Byrne with 1 under 71 and Joe Casey from Mercer County GA at even par 72. Dupont's Tom Alestock continued to post good numbers with a 74. Faro took the low net prize. Open division laurels went to Greg Farrow, pro at Deerwood on his 1 under 71. Farrow was  four ahead of Dave West from Whitford CC (PA). First place in the ams went to White Oaks' John Aloisio on 75. Am net prize was claimed by Valleybrook's John Stark as he turned in a blazing 62. In the Super Seniors, Jon Mabry from Moorestown FC shot 75 to take first money. Low SS net went to Springfield's Bruce Seamon on the strength of a nice 64 (77 gross).

 

Thanks to Dave Quinn and the Quinn family for hosting the AWGL at the Links. The course was in first rate condition and well set up. Everything is set for next Friday, 11/5 at Buena Vista and pro, Scott Brosman would like to get a call so he can be prepared for us.....856-697-3733.

 

Coming up is Stone Harbor on the 12th and the Christmas Scramble at Avalon on the 19th. The Avalon event is open to non-members, but they must be paired with a member; ie father/son/daughter, husband/wife, member/neighbor and so forth. The idea is to have a fun, enjoyable holiday time with friends and family and play some golf as well.

 

November 22, 2014

 

The results of the AWGL event at Pennsauken CC are on the website. Will be away for Links and the gift certificates will be available at Buena Vista on 12/5.

 

Host pro Quentin Griffith and Tony Sentore shared first and second place money in the Open division with 77's.  Rocco Sgrillo took Am gross posting 78, while Mike Manley pocketed the net prize with 68. Senior gross went to Mike Owsik Sr with a nice 78. Chris Dunham turned in 69 to win the senior net top prize. Naz Gagliardi celebrated the birth of a grandson (named for him...Nazarino) with a 78 to win Super Senior gross. Bob Babiak returned to action and walked off with SS net on 67.

 

Thanks to Quentin Griffith and his great staff at Pennsauken for giving us a real nice day. It stayed cold, but some good numbers were posted by the 48 player field.

 

Keep an eye out for news about the return of the Ben Hogan Golf Equipment Company. A group from Texas is starting the company back up and returning to it's original home in Ft. Worth. The product launch will take place at the PGA Golf Show in Orlando on January 20th. Stay tuned.....some great equipment is about to hit the market.

 

November 19, 2014.....Alestock's 72 Takes Senior Gross at Running Deer

 

Sixty-four players teed it up at Running Deer last Friday and the nicely conditioned layout provided a tough test. Stone Harbor's Pete Barron notched his second Open division win of the young season with a 2 under 70. Am gross went to Tony Sentore from Greate Bay with a 74 and low am net prize was collected by Valleybrook's John Stark as he posted a 68. Playing out of Pennsauken, John McKeown shot 82 to go with his 15 handicap for a winning 66 in Senior net. Tom Alestock continued his hot streak and the fine DuPont CC (DE) player fashioned an even par 72 to take Senior gross. Super senior gross went to Running Deer's Fred Spratt with a nice 75 and net money went to Hugh Curran from Cobbs Creek on 65. I heard there were a couple of complaints about the senior tees being too short. We'll go back to the Blues (6600 yards approx) and Whites (6200 yards approx). The main reason for playing the shorter tees was the anticipation of bad weather.

 

Reminder that we are not playing on Friday, November 28th. We will play the Monday before.....11/24 at the Links. Pat and I will be away and Al Turse will be running the event. Dave Quinn knows the yardage requirements and will have the tees set up correctly....Blues and Whites.

 

The annual Christmas Scramble at Avalon is on December 19th and you can bring a guest partner to this event. We tried this last year and it was a huge success. Bring your wife, son/daughter or neighbor and your partner does not have to be an AWGL member. The idea is to gettogether for some holiday fun and some friendly competition.

 

November 12, 2014

 

Here's the info on the Turkey Tournament at Sea Oaks. Give Jeff or Brad a call....it's a great time at a super facility.

 

JOIN US FOR A TURKEY TROT

 

SUNDAY NOVEMBER 30, 2014

10:30 am Shotgun

 

FORMAT: 3 Man Scramble

(combined team handicap must be equal to or greater than 15)

 

Open to Professionals and Amateurs

 

Steak Dinner Buffet Following Golf

Cash Bar!!

 

 

$$$ CASH PRIZES $$$

 

Gross/Net Team, Gross Skins and Closest to Pins

 

Cost Is:

$70 for Members and Professionals...$100 for Guests

(Please be Prepared to Pay with CASH)

 

To Register: Please contact Jeff Bonicky or Brad Miller in our Golf Shop @ 609-296-2656 ext. 2523

 

 

November 9, 2014........Golley Goes Low at Woodcrest with 69 in Super Senior Net

 

Woodcrest was in near perfect condition and welcomed 64 players to the second event in the AWGL season. Superintendant, Pat Lucas and his great crew had the course fine tuned the testy layout provided a formidable challenge. Open division saw three tie for first with even par 71's....am Tony Sentore from Greate Bay and pros, John Appleget out of Wildwood and Deerwood's Greg Farrow shared top money. Tony doubled with a first gross in the ams, while Pennsauken's Mike Biazzo returned to winter league action with a win in am net on 74. Biazzo broke a three way tie with the lowest handicap. George Reby from Greate Bay continued his excellent play with a nice 76 for first in senior gross. Juniata's Chris Dunham edged Bob Hobson from J.F. Byrne for first in senior net. They both posted 70's and Chris's 9 handicap beat Bob's 10. Larry Golley, playing out of Valleybrook grabbed first place net in super seniors with a two under 69. Jon Mabry from the Moorestown Field Club finished first in SS gross with 78....he won a playoff with Medford Village's Dave Jacobson, 6 handicap to 7.

 

Thanks to golf professional, Bill Torlucci and his staff for giving us great service. I was really impressed with the new golfer's grill room....beautiful addition to this outstanding facility. BTW, Woodcrest is now open to the public and you can get a starting time with a phone call...856-428-1243

 

November 1, 2014........Barron's 68 Tops the Opening Day Field at Avalon

 

A field of 71 players tested the very nicely conditioned Avalon course on opening day and Stone Harbor's Pete Barron had the low round...a three under 68. Pete took first in Open and Am divisions, Tom Alestock from DuPont CC shot 2 under 69 to finish first in the Senior division and the Super Seniors were lead by Jon Mabry out of Moorestown FC as he turned in a one over 72. Galloway National's, Richie Sinopoli grabbed Am net money with 67. Alestock's net 63 was low in the Seniors, but first prize went to Wayne DiLuigi from Little Mill on a nice 65. Super Senior net was shared by Steve Walinsky from Buena Vista and Wedgwood's Sam Morris....both shot 63. New member, Lodie van Tonder from Sakima shot a great 71 to go with his 3 handicap for net 68.

 

The results from opening day at Avalon are now posted in the Results section of the AWGL website. We played in four divisions and it seemed to work out OK. If anyone has an opinion or suggestion on the set up, I would be intertested in hearing it. Woodcrest is all set for us and Bill torlucci reports that it is in the best shape ever. Should be a real treat. It's a 10:00am shotgun and we will have coffee and donuts for you at the check in. Range balls also included.

 

 

October 12, 2014........Jacobson and Dornhoefer Stand Out in Bunker Club Championship

 

Dave Jacobson shot 157 at the long Spring Mill track to take second am gross in the 2014 Philadelphia Bunker Club championship. Dave pocketed a $500 gift card for his oustanding effort. Former Flyer and longtime AWGL member, Gary Dornhoefer posted 146 to finish first in am net and took home a $600 gift card. Congrats from all AWGL members.

 

You can feel a slight chill in the air and the 2014/2015 AWGL season is set to start on October 31st. at Avalon CC. Rusty, Ted and Dennis are all set for a great opening day and you are reminded to call 609-465-4653 for a starting time....beginning at 8:00am. The first tournament is a consecuting starting time event which will facilitate the registration process. The balance of the season will use 10:00am shotgun starts.

 

September 8, 2014.......Season Opener 10/31 at Avalon

 

During this recent heatwave, it's hard to imagine we'll be playing winter golf in less than two months. Membership forms are starting to come in and it looks like we're going to have another busy season. The opening event is set for the Avalon Golf Club on Friday, October 31st. This will be a consecutive starting time event, beginning at 8:00am and you will need to call Ted or Dennis to get a time...609-465-4653.

 

Last year's Christmas Scramble at Avalon was a huge success and we will continue the format this season. It is a two person scramble and you may bring a guest (non-member) as your partner. Wives, sons, daughters, friends and neighbors are most welcome and the main goal is to have some holiday fun along with the competition.

 

The season we will return to the Super Senior division. Players 65 years of age and older will play in a separate division from the 55 to 64 year old seniors. Also, we will combine the ams into the open division and add a net category. Both am and open divisions have been getting smaller over the last several years and hopefully this change will encourage more participation. Any opinions and/or points of view on these matters would be very welcome. Let me know what you think.

 

The website has been updated and the membership form and schedule show the current information. There will be no increases in rates this year, thanks to the generous cooperation of the participating clubs. Anytime you have an opportunity to show your appreciation, please do so.....it goes a long way in preserving our generous welcome at these facilities.

 

 

August 20, 2014

 

The schedule for the 2014/2015 AWGL season is now posted on the website. Look under tournaments on the home page. First event will be at Avalon on October 31st and will be a consecutive starting time event. There are no Monday dates posted as yet, but we may use some Mondays to make up for snow/rain outs. Plenty of notice will be posted on website and you will get email updates.

 

June 1, 2014.......Monday Skins Game at Centerton GC

 

Looks like winter is finally over and we're into some really nice golf weather. AWGL member, Al Turse is running a Skins Game on Mondays at the Centerton Golf Club. Here's the deal.....$20.00 trail fee (includes cart) and a $20.00 entry fee get you into the 18 hole Skins Game each Monday throughout the Summer and early Fall. First tee off is 1:00 and you need to call Al 856-628-2253 or Centerton GC 856-358-2220. If more than 12 players sign up, half the pool will go to first gross and half to skins. I've played in the game the last three weeks and it's a lot of fun and you can win a few bucks. The Centerton Golf Club is in very nice condition and I think you will be pleasantly surprised. 

 


March 22, 2014
.......Ray Fuller makes Hole in One on #5

 

Well, another winter golf league season is in the books and we finally got a good break in the weather for the championship. 81 players teed it up and some very good golf was played over the nicely conditioned Avalon golf course. Wildwood's John Appleget is the 2013 AWGL champion as he posted a one under 70 to take the Open division. It was his third championship win. Runner up in the open was Dave West from Whitford CC with 74. Amateur gross went to Robert Brown from Stone Harbor with a 75. Pennsauken's Mike Biazzo took the am net first prize with a 69. In the seniors, Phil Heckler from Wildwood topped the gross group with 74 with Greate Bay's George Reby two strokes behind at 76. A two way tie for senior net was settled with a playoff of handicaps. Willow Brook's Dennis Serbin and Bob Babiak from Cedar Creek tied with 66's and Dennis won the playoff 14 to 16. A special bonus skin prize went to Running Deer's Ray Fuller for his hole in one on #5.

 

We awarded Player of the Year to J.C. Boggs in the Open, Mike Manley in the Ams and Chris Dunham in the Seniors. The George Kremer "Sportsmanship" trophy went to Jon Mabry.

 

A big "Thank You" to the folks at Avalon, Russ and Rusty Buckingham, Ted Wenner and Dennis Jones, Mike Robinson and Phil Barber who teamed up to give a very enjoyable day. Also, special thanks and lot of credit to Pat Smith, who keeps us focused and out of trouble. Al Turse and Dave Hayes lend very helpful hands through out the year and it's much appreciated. Keep an eye on the website for updates and a possible event....maybe a pro-am during the regular golf season. More to come.

 

 

March 19, 2014......Looking good at Avalon for the Championship

 

Talked with Dennis Jones at Avalon today and they are almost 100% snow free. Ted Wenner will confer with course super and make the call by noon tomorrow. Watch the website for announcement.

 

March 16, 2014......The event scheduled for Mays Landing tomorrow is CANCELLED!!!

 

The weather forecast for S. Jersey continues to get worse and now calls for 3" to 6" of snow over night. As a result, we are cancelling the AWGL event scheduled at Mays Landing GC tomorrow, 3/17. The next event is the season finale Championship at Avalon GC on Friday 3/21. So far, over 60 players have entered and the field is growing by the hour. Looks like we're going to have a big turnout....maybe a hundred or more. Entry fee for the Championship is $60.00 per player.

 

March 15, 2014

 

Sea Oaks was in great shape and 47 players teed it up for 18 chilly holes of golf. Deerwood pro, Greg Farrow and Dave West from Whitford CC (Exton, PA) tied for first with one over par 73's in the Open division. In the Am's, Mike Manley from Pennsauken took the net with 73 and Stone Harbor's Pete Barron turned in a 2 over 74 for low gross. Juniata's Chris Dunham posted a 66....6 under par for low senior net. Senior gross went to John Ward from Greate Bay on the strength of his 78. There was a tie for second senior gross and we couldn't decide a victor because the handicaps were identical 6's. Duplicate prizes were awarded to Naz Gagliardi from Bensalem and Jon Mabry from Moorestown Field Club for their 79's. Many thanks to Director of Golf, Jeff Bonicky and Golf Professional, Brad Miller for providing a superb venue for this AWGL event. Sea Oaks GC is a first class operation and always enjoyable to play there.

 

Several more players signed up for the AWGL championship next Friday at Avalon and it looks like we're going to have a big field. If you are eligible (3 regular season rounds) and intend to play, please email or text me your name and/or your foursome. Getting the tee sheet done early helps in an orderly start to the championship.

 

Watch the website for late breaking news about Mays Landing on Monday. Right now it doesn't look very good, as they are predicting 3" to 6" of snow. Stay tuned.

 

March 11, 2014

 

Finally a break in the weather and a nice turnout of players found a very nicely conditioned Wildwood CC. Wildwood's John Appleget returned to his winning ways and posted an even par 72 to take open division honors. Second was Pete Barron from Stone Harbor with 73 (he also took am gross) and he was followed by Devon Peterson out of Mays Landing with 75. The top amateur net prize went to Jim Babst from John F. Byrne with a 72. There was a three way tie for first in senior gross....Joe Russo, Jerry Rooney and Mike Owsik. Laurel Creek's Russo came out on top on the strength of his plus one handicap, beating Rooney's 4 and Owsik's 6. Jerry Rooney from Stone Harbor took second senior gross and Mike Owsik, owner of MGolf Range in Philly shared second senior net with a 69. Top senior net went to Centerton's Al Turse as he turned in a four under 68. Al credits his recent success to a lesson he got at Pebble Beech during the tour event there last month. Highlight of the day was an eagle 3 on the par five second hole by Inniscrone GC player, Bob Ranson. A booming tee shot was followed by a arrow straight 3 wood to the fringe and he calmly stroked in the 45 footer for the two under three. Nice work, Bob.

 

Special thanks to Director of Golf, Fred Riedel for providing us with a real nice day at Avalon. Much appreciate the work of Golf Course Superintendant, Doug Larsen, who rolled the greens for us and allowed carts to go 90 degrees on marginally damp fairways.

 

Two more regular season events before the championship at Avalon on 3/21. Sea Oaks next Friday 3/14, followed by Mays Landing on Monday 3/17. Due to the weather cancellations this season, the number of regular season events required to qualify for the championship is now three (3). Arrangements are set for the finale at Avalon and we'll start at 10:00am with a shotgun and follow golf with a super Phil Barber buffet and the awarding of prizes. Please email or text me your foursomes so I can set up the starting holes. With half decent weather we could get a turnout of over 100 players and having the pairings in advance would be a huge help.

 

March 8, 2014.........Set your clocks ahead one hour tonight....Daylight Savings Time!

 

It's looking real good for Monday at Wildwood. Director of Golf, Fred Riedel tells me the course is in remarkably good condition and the temperature will be in the mid 50's. Just returned from Greate Bay with the gift certificates and we'll hand them out on Monday. Don't forget to set your clocks ahead one hour tonight as we move into daylight saving time (DST). The start at Wildwood will be a 10:00am shotgun and there will not be a frost delay.

 

March 6, 2014.......Friday at Wildwood is Cancelled.....Rescheduled for Monday 3/10/2014 at Wildwood

 

Late breaking news! Wildwood is still snow covered and will not be playable tomorrow. The AWGL event scheduled there has been moved to Monday 3/10/2014 at 10:00 shotgun. Please call the folks at Wildwood 609-465-7823 and let them know you are planning to play. If a foursome, give them the four names. This helps the staff prepare and provide the best possible service for us. Thanks and we'll see you at Wildwood on Monday....drive safely.

 

March 4, 2014

 

And the beat goes on.....Wildwood got almost 5" of snow and it's not going away. Pro, Fred Riedel says he's holding little hope for the course to be playable on Friday, but we're going to watch the melt over the next two days and hope for a miracle. The call will be made on Thursday by 6:00pm and it will be posted on the website and followed up with an email.

 

Thanks to Al Turse and Dave Hayes for running things at Greate Bay. Apologies for the course set up...it was not as I had discussed with the staff there. Forty seven teed it up and the numbers posted showed some very good play at GB. Pete Barron continued his hot streak with a win in Open and Am divisions on 73. J.C. Boggs was a stroke behind and Jeff Bonicky's 75 took third money. Running Deer's, Bob Brunner won Am net with 66. First in Senior gross went to Joe Russo and George Reby from the host club topped the senior net with 68.

 

Five stalwarts showed up at Cape May National last Friday and finished 18 holes in spite of the temperature not getting over 25 degrees. We played in one division and paid gross and net plus skins. Pete Barron's 73 won the gross prize and Jim Babst shot 71 for first net. Am considering combining the Open and Am divisions and paying gross and net regardless of status....pro or am. This would double the prize money and make the skin pool much larger. If we catch some good weather I'd like to try this to see how it plays out. If anyone has an opinion on this, I would like to hear it. Drop me an email.

 

 

February 13, 2014......Shore Gate is Cancelled

 

Well, she got us again....Mother Nature is still in control and things don't look good for tomorrow. Shore Gate is clear of snow, but very wet and the forecast for the shore tonight is for 2" to 4" of snow. Philly's due for 3" to 5" and maybe a little more and that would make traveling risky. We will not be playing at Shore Gate GC tomorrow. Next event is Greate Bay on Friday 2/21 and the long term forecast looks promising....no precip and temps in the 50's. The folks at Shore Gate really want us to play there and we will try to reschedule this date on a Monday in March. Sorry for the bad news, but we'll keep a positive outlook and hope to get the next six events in. Due to the high number of cancellations, the number of events required to qualify for the championship at Avalon is now at three (3). If you only have one or two events in, please try to get a couple more played so you can compete in the AWGL championship on 3/21. Be careful in the snow.....drive safely.

 

 

February 11, 2014

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Recently the Philadelphia Flyers hockey club paid tribute to the Philadelphia Firefighters by wearing their emblem on game jerseys. Since the AWGL has a strong connection with Philly fireman....Naz Gagliardi has been a member for almost 40 years....I thought I would list the members here.

 

Charlie Bianchi...Tom Booth...Jim Babst...Dennis King...Joe Kinniry...Dennis Serbin...Mike Sgrillo

 

Naz Gagliardi

 

On behalf of all the AWGL members I send a special thank you and a job well done to these guys for their service to the Delaware Valley community. Also, we have a couple of police officers among us, Bob Babiak, NJ State Police and Joe Russo, Washington Twp. Police Dept. Thanks to you, as well.

 

Down through the years I've heard some interesting stories from these guys and have come to a greater appreciation for the service they give us. If I've missed some fire or police men in our ranks, I apologize. Please let me know and I'll include you in this article. FYI: About 35 years ago at the Delaware Valley Winter Golf League (predecessor to AWGL) championship at LuLu CC, Naz shot 68 and beat everyone....pros and ams and this was in the day when Gary Hardin, Ed Dougherty, Don DiAngelis and a host of the best pro players in Philadelphia played in the winter league.

 

Still checking on Shore Gate for this Friday. Right now we're a go, but watching the next storm due in tomorrow. Stay tuned.

 

February 8, 2014

 

If someone had told me that almost 50 players would show up for the AWGL event at Twisted Dune on Friday, I would have told them they were crazy. Well, we almost hit the 50 mark as 47 teed it up in mid 30's temperatures and some great numbers were posted. Pete Barron from Stone Harbor took 1st in Open and Am divisions with an even par 72. This number is significant, given the rock hard frozen turf at TD. Deerwood's Greg Farrow was second, 2 shots back and Jeff Bonicky out of Sea Oaks took 3rd Open money with a 78. Am net honors went to Pennsauken's Mike Manley who toured the testy Twisted Dune layout in 4 under 68. Philly fireman and Middletown member, Rocky Sgrillo was second on 69. Juniata's Chris Dunham won the Senior gross top prize with a nice 75. Senior net went to Ben Gindville from Buena Vista on the strength on his three under par 69. Thanks to Scott Dunn and his staff for hosting our event....the Twisted Dune course is a great test and in spite of the severe conditions provided the field an excellent venue.

 

Next Friday we head to Shore Gate and it's our first ever event there. Golf pro and GM, Harry Bittner will have the course in top condition and all we need is a little luck with Mother Nature....keep your fingers crossed and an eye on the website for late breaking news.

 

February 5, 2014

 

We're a go for golf at Twisted Dune on Friday. Spoke with golf pro, Scott Dunn and he advises that the course is very wet, but playable and the AWGL event will go off at 10:00am, as acheduled. Carts will be in use, but restricted to the cart paths. No precipitation is in the forecast, but temps are going to be in the high 30's to low 40's and with any wind we could have a fairly cold day. It would be helpful if you would text or email your intentions to play so Scott can plan better to serve us. Keep an eye on the website or Facebook just in case we get a surprise change in the weather.

 

January 29, 2014

 

Mother Nature threw us a curve ball and dropped 4"-6" of snow on the shore and we are cancelled at Brigantine on Friday 1/31. All we can hope for is some warming to get rid of the snow and allow the final seven events to be played. Next Friday, 2/7, we're at Twisted Dune and a week later at Shore Gate on 2/14. Our luck has got to change soon and give us some playable conditions. We have the gift certificates from Pennsauken and plan to distribute them at Twisted Dune. If cancelled there, we'll mail them to you. Stay warm!

 

January 27, 2014

 

Just spoke with the folks at Brigantine and they are open for play. We are a go for the event on Friday 1/31. The course will be wet, but in nice playable condition.

 

January 26, 2014

 

Still snow covered at Harbor Pines and the event there tomorrow remains cancelled. The sub freezing temps predicted for the next week has me worried about Brigantine on 1/31. Will keep everyone posted....keep an eye on the website for updates.

 

January 23, 2014

 

At this writing we're snow covered at Blue Heron Pines and Harbor Pines and the AWGL events scheduled there on 1/24 and 1/27 are cancelled. Not sure these events will be rescheduled, but we'll try. The next tournament is at Brigantine on 1/31 and hopefully the snow will be gone by then. Keep an eye on the website for updates.

 

January 19, 2014

 

Another real nice day at Pennsauken CC brought 58 players out for the eighth event of the season. Jim Austin from Five Ponds (PA) and Stone Harbor's J.C. Boggs shot 72's to tie for first in the Open division. Greg Farrow, playing out of Deerwood finished third on 74. In the Ams, Mike Biazzo from the host club took low net with a 68 while Seaview's Bob Brown turned in 76 for 1st in gross. The seniors were putting up some impressive numbers with Joe Russo from Laurel Creek winning gross with a 4 under par 67. Recently crowned Pennsauken club champion, Paul Sikorski shot 74 to finish 2nd gross. Juniata's Chris Dunham lead the net group with a 68, only one stroke ahead of Tom Faro from John F. Byrne, Ray Fuller from Running Deer and Wedgwood's Sam Morris...all posting 69's.

 

Joe Russo's 67 was his third round in the 60's this season and accompanies a 70 and 71, giving him 5 under par rounds. This is some seriously good golf, particularly in winter weather and course conditions. J.C. Boggs also has three rounds under 70...a 68 and two 69's. Add Pete Barron and Matt Deckert, each shooting 66 and you have some fine players teeing it up each week.

 

The "Shootout" originally scheduled for 1/10 at Harbor Pines has been rescheduled for Monday 1/27 and will be played at Harbor Pines. This is a two man team event in which the front nine is better ball of two and the back nine is scramble. One half of the combined handicaps will be applied to determine net places.

 

 

January 16, 2014

 

We're looking good for the event at Pennsauken tomorrow. Forecast is for clear weather, although on the cold side. Quentin Griffith advised that the course is in great winter shape and the tees will be properly set up. Registrations for the 10:00am shotgun start will open at 8:00am. Coffee and donuts on hand and Kathy will be ready for anyone wishing to order breakfast. Spoke to the folks at Blue Heron Pines and they are ready for us on 1/24. Reminder that the Harbor Pines "Shootout" two man event is rescheduled for Monday 1/27. Travel safe and we'll see you in the morning.

 

 

January 11, 2014

 

The unforeseen ice storm caused travel problems and we had to cancel the "Shootout" at Harbor Pines. Apologies to those who made the trip down to HP. We have rescheduled this event for Monday January 27th at Harbor Pines. The format remains the same as well as the 10:00am shotgun start. Make sure you call the Harbor Pines golf shop before making the trip down. We will try to make a decision on the event by 7:30am, although we were blind sided by the icey road conditions last Friday.

 

Next Friday we're at Pennsauken CC and things are looking good for the event there. In two weeks we travel down to Ron Jaworski's new course...Blue Heron Pines. Let's keep our fingers crossed for good luck with the weather.

 

January 8, 2014

 

It's still looking good for the "Shootout" at Harbor Pines on Friday. Remember, it's a two-man/person event and seniors can play in the Amateur and Open divisions from the white tees. We're going to keep this event simple and play from two tees....Open and Am from blues and all seniors from the whites. Front nine is better ball and back nine is scramble. Dress warm, it's going to be a little chilly on Friday.

 

 

January 6, 2014

 

We're good to go next Friday at Harbor Pines and the two man "Shootout" will start with a 10:00am shotgun. Spoke with GM/Golf Pro, Bob Ewing today and he advised that the course is clear and not real wet and we should have good playing conditions.

 

The format for the "Shootout" is two man teams playing better ball of partners on the front nine and scramble on the back nine. Because we will be starting on different holes, the cards will be color coded....front nine in red for better ball and back nine in blue for scramble. We'll have a detailed format sheet on each cart and carefully go over the rules and format during the pre-start announcement. Harbor Pines is a real nice course and facility and Bob Ewing will give us a superb venue for this event.

 

 

January 2, 2014.........SEA OAKS IS CANCELLED....Next event is Harbor Pines on 2/10/2014

 

Happy New Year!  2014 is not getting off to the best start as we are cancelling the event shceduled for Sea Oaks tomorrow. Tuckerton area is getting 2" to 4" of snow and temperatures are going to be in low 20's with chill factor in single digits. The South Jersey shore is looking at rain and there's a good chance we'll be playing at Harbor Pines. Keep an eye on the website for late breaking news.

 

 

Happy Holidays!

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