2015 NEWS ARCHIVE

Here you will find the Atlantic Winter Golf League's 2015 News postings.


December 22, 2015

 

Winter finally arrived and the high thirties wind chill made for some testy golf at Avalon during this year's "Christmas Scramble". J.C. Boggs and Matt Crowley from Stone Harbor took the Open gross prize with a 10 under 62. Sakima's Lodie Van Tonder and Jim Austin from Five Ponds in Warminster, PA turned in a gross 60 to go with their 4 handicap...good for first in the Open net. Their card had a 2 and 10 3's. The Greate Bay duo of John Ward and Archie Struthers topped the Senior gross group...they won in a playoff of handicaps 3 to 4 over Rocky Dare and Ray Fuller from Running Deer. Dare and Fuller were able to take first Senior net with a 12 under 60. In the Super Seniors, Alex Bryce and Bob Cisowski, playing out of Centerton, pocketed the gross prize with a 64. Central New Jersey was well represented as Bob Fitzsimmons from Rossmoor and Tom O'Connor from Mountain View fired a 13 under 59 to win SS net. Thanks again to Volvik Golf Balls for the CTP prizes...Tom Faro from John F. Byrne and Stone Harbor's J.C. Boggs each took home a dozen Volvik S3 tour balls.

 

Much appreciation to Rusty Buckingham, Ted Wenner and Dennis Jones for hosting the Christmas Scramble and providing us with a very enjoyable time. We'll be taking a couple weeks off for the holidays and the schedule resumes on January 8th at the Sand Barrens Golf Club.

 

December 14, 2015....."Christmas Scramble" at Avalon on the 18th...Great Time!!!

 

Stone Harbor Golf Club greeted a big field of nearly 80 players and this outstanding course proved to be a great test. Local knowledge enabled Pete Barron to take gross in the Open Division as he posted a nice 72. Jim Austin from Five Ponds in Warminster, PA won the Open net prize with a 67. Senior Division gross honors went to Joe Casey from Mercer Co. Golf Academy on the strength of his two over par 74. Deerwood player, Bob Howard shot 78 to go with his 13 handicap and it was good enough to win Senior net by a shot over Bill Rooney from Greate Bay. In the Super Seniors, Naz Gagliardi returned to the winners circle....posting an even par 72. He won gross by two over Centerton's Bob Cisowski. Fred Spratt from Running Deer made it back to back wins as he pocketed Super Senior net winnings with a 63. Right on Fred's heels was Tom Booth from Rio Grande with 64.

 

Next Friday...12/18, we play the annual "Christmas Scramble" at Avalon and the early entries indicates a big field. The format is two man/person scramble and AWGL members may invite a non-member to be his partner. This partner does not have to pay the annual membership fee. Last year we had teams including neighbors, sons, wives and friends. Text or email me with your team and make sure you include partners handicap.

 

So far, this season we have played from three sets of tees...Blue, White and Gold/Silver. In the Scramble you can play in a division higher and still play the shorter tees. Example: a Super Senior (Gold Tees) can play with an Open division partner and still play the gold tees. Seniors and Super Seniors can move up, but Open pros and ams may not move down. Senior pros (55 and older) may play the White tees in the Open division. Coffee and donuts served from 8:00AM and we will have a 10:00AM shotgun start. Entry fee for the Scramble is $60 and will cover gratuities and extras. Email me at tspga@comcast.net or text me at 856-264-8405 with you teams and handicaps.

 

DECEMBER 8, 2015.....Spratt's 75 Gross and 64 Net Tops Super Seniors

 

Great start to this AWGL season with seven events in the book and the temps haven't gone under 50 yet. This Friday at Stone Harbor looks equally good, as does the balance of December.

 

Pete Barron from Stone Harbor continued his winning ways with a first place in Open gross on 73...one over par. Pete has won three tournaments so far and is on track to break the winter league record of nine wins, held by Gary Hardin from Northampton CC (PA) in 1979. Sakima's, Lodie Van Tonder took Open net posting a 4 under 68. Luke Bohm, pro at hanover CC (NJ) holed out his approach shot on #6 for an eagle two and a skin. Joe Casey's 80 was good enough for low gross in the Seniors. Al Turse, playing out of Centerton won the senior net prize in a playoff of handicaps with with John Shepherd from Pennsauken. Both players shot net 68 and Al's 13 handicap beat John's 15. Fred Spratt, am from Running Deer, posted a great 75 to go with his 11 handicap for 64 to win the Super Senior net prize. SS gross went to Bob Cisowski from Centerton. This was Bob's fourth win of the season.

 

Thanks to Jeff Bonicky and Brad Miller at Sea Oaks for hosting and giving us a real nice day. Heard many compliments from the players on the fine condition of the golf course.

 

Coming up on December 18th is the annual Christmas Scramble at Avalon. This is a two-person scramble and you may invite a non-member to be your partner....ie; neighbor, son, daughter, wife or friend. This partner will not pay the annual membership fee, just the $60 tournament fee (extra $5 for gratuities). This is a 10:00 shotgun and we request that you call Avalon with your team or text me 856-264-8405. This is always a real fun event and we get a big turnout.

 

 

Important!

 

On Saturday, December 12th there will be a tournament held at The Links Golf Club to benefit Pat and Mercey Sweetra. Pat is the PGA golf professional at Centerton and his wife, Mercey is battling lung cancer. Their healthcare does not cover all expenses and the procedes from this event will be donated to the Sweetras.

 

Pat Sweetra Fundraiser

 

Saturday December 12th

 

 

Links Golf Club

100 Majestic Way  Marlton, NJ 08053

856-983-2000  ext 1

 

10:30 Shotgun Start

 

2 Man Scramble

 

$100 entry includes:

Golf, Cart, Food and Prizes

 

To enter, please email: dquinn@thelinksgc.com

or call the Golf Shop at 856-983-2000  ext 1

 

Any help and participation would be greatly appreciated. There will be a silent auction at the Links. The AWGL will make a contribution on behalf of all the members. Thanks very much for your consideration.

 

 

 

 

December 1, 2015..Casey, Morris & Mabry Post 73's in Seniors..Barron Shoots 69

 

Stone Harbor am, Pete Barron, toured the nicely conditioned Links layout in 3 under 69...his second sub par round of the season and it was good enough for first place in the Open division. Close on Pete's heels was Tom Alestock from DuPont CC (Del.) with a 2 under 70. Low net prize in Open went to David Quinn from Centerton on the strength of a 63.... Dave shot 72 gross. Pete also doubled up with a close shot on #8...8' 11" to take home a dozen VOLVIK S3 tour balls. Some great golf was played in the senior divisions with Joe Casey from Mercer County Golf Academy posting 73 to win Senior gross. Low Senior net went to Ramblewood's Dennis Serbin as he carded a 67...5 under. Another 73 gave Jon Mabry from the Moorestown Field Club a win in Super Senior gross. Playing out of Wedgwood, Sam Morris's 73 netted down to 65 and gave him the top prize in SS net. Thanks go to the Quinn's....Dave, Ed Sr. and Jr. for hosting the AWGL. Always a good time at the Links GC.

 

Next Friday we travel up to Sea Oaks (Tuckerton, NJ area) and the early weather forecast looks pretty good. Starting to get a little nippy and be prepared for a sea breeze.

 

FOR SALE!

 

Clear Vision golf cart cover (enclosure) and Coleman catalytic heater

 

$225.00 for both

 

If intersted in purchasing these items cal JACK LYONS....856-237-5284

 

 

November 28, 2015

 

Well, we tried to hold an event on "Black Friday" and inspite of great weather and a real nice course, we got a small turnout....only seven players. The Pines at Clermont was in real nice shape and host pro, Devon Peterson had it set up perfectly. Looks like our expectations are a little bit too high and we probably will not plan an event on this Friday going forward. Luke Bohm, pro from Hanover CC, shot a three over 65 (even par 31 on back nine) to win the Open gross prize. Host pro, Devon Peterson's 61 got net money. Luke also won a dozen Volvik S3 tour balls for his CTP shot on hole #2...28'. We combined Senior and Super Senior divisions, with SS playing forward tees. Dave Jacobson, playing out of Medford Village won low gross with 65 and Hickory Valley's, Bruce Schaffer won top net prize with a 52. Bruce beat Town & Country player, John Bada by two.

 

Looking good for the next event at The Links in Marlton on Monday 11/30......10:00am shotgun. Temps are dropping a little, but still in the 50's.

 

Reminder that Jeff Bonicky's "Turkey Trot" three man scramble is tomorrow at Sea Oaks. If you would like to play, give Sea oaks a call at 609-296-2656. It's a fun event and the food following golf is outstanding.

 

 

 

 

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Best wishes to all the AWGL members for a very safe, pleasant and enjoyable Thanksgiving Day..........Pat, Al and Tom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

November 22, 2015.....Ashmore's 74 Takes Senior Gross...Fairlie's 70 Tops Open

 

T. Jay Fairlie from Broomall, PA posted nines of 36/34 for an even par 70...good enough to take the gross prize in the Open division at Pennsauken. He edged out pro Luke Bohm from Hanover CC (NJ) by two shots. Open net went to Mike Manley from the host club as he turned in a five under 65. Mike's 73 was right behind the leaders in the gross division. T. Jay doubled up by hitting it 23' 9" on hole #3 to win a dozen VOLVIK S3 tour balls.

 

Senior low gross went to Joe Ashmore, playing out of Stone harbor, as he fired a nice 74 on nines of 38/36. The Pennsauken guys made it two victories as John Shepherd won senior net with 65. Mike Owsik, owner of M Golf Center in Bryn Mawr, PA grabbed a dozen VOLVIK S3 tour balls with a 4' 6" shot on #15. Thanks to Jack Dillon and Volvik for sponsoring the CTP contests....if you have the opportunity, try the Volvik golf ball. If your golf shop doesn't carry them, ask your pro to put them in.

 

It was a horse race in Super Senior gross with Centerton's Bob Cisowski nipping Naz Gagliardi from Bensalem (PA.) 76 to 77. Also from Centerton, Mike DeCriscio won a close one over Running Deer's Fred Spratt in a playoff of handicaps. Both scored net 68's and Mike's 10 handicap beat Fred's 12.

 

Many thanks to Quentin Griffith and his great staff for providing us a real nice venue for the AWGL event. Always an enjoyable time at Pennsauken CC.

 

Next Friday (Black Friday) we head to the Pines at Clemont as Devon Peterson hosts the winter league. Please give Devon a call on Wednesday between 9:00 and 3:00 to let him know you are planning to play. We are not expecting a huge turnout, but carts are limited. Call 609-624-0100. The following Monday we are at the Links and weather looks good, although a little on the cold side. Hey.....it's why we call it the "Winter Golf League"

 

 

November 16, 2015.....Hoban and Pacan Win VOLVIK Balls for Closest to Pin

 

Another nice Fall weather day set the stage for the third event of the season at Running Deer GC and the beautifully conditioned course provided a good test for over sixty players. Sea Oaks pro, Jeff Bonicky took the open division gross prize on 75 and Philly fireman, Rocky Sgrillo, playing out of Middletown CC fired 68 to grab first net. Closest to pin on #13 was Middletown pro, Dan Hoban and he took home a dozrn VOLVIK S3 tour balls for his 13' shot. Senior division gross went to Pennsauken's Paul Sikorski on his 74...low gross of the day in all divisions. Bob Hobson landed the senior net first place prize...the John F. Byrne player posted a three under 69. The super seniors played the gold tees for the first time and from the feedback received, it appears to be a good move. Centerton's Bob Cisowski continued his winning ways and won the gross prize with 76. He beat Naz Gagliardi in a handicap playoff 3 to 6. Ed Abrams from Medford Village shot a nice 66 for a win in SS net. Senior CTP went to Mike Pacan from Pennsauken CC and he wins a dozen VOLVIK S3 tour balls for his 2' shot.

 

Thanks to pros John Tyrell, Klay Knerr and GM Steve Marini for making our day at Running Deer so enjoyable....also kudos to Charlie Clarke for a beautiful golf course.

 

Pennsauken is the site for our next event and we will continue to play the three sets of tees...blue for open (6400 yards), white for senior (6200 yards) and gold for super seniors (6000 yards).

 

 

November 8, 2015.....Faro and Cisowski Post 75's to Take Sr. & S Sr. Gross

 

Almost record breaking high temps provided a great atmosphere for the 80+ players who turned out for the second AWGL event at Woodcrest CC. Host pro, Bill torlucci and his great staff made the day all the more enjoyable....Thanks!

 

Laurel Creek's, Joe Russo returned to the winner's circle as he posted 72 to take open division gross. Open net went to Matt Deckert from Pennsauken on his 68 (won playoff on match of handicaps). Jim Babst playing out of Middletown CC in Langehorne, PA won the dozen VOLVIK S3 tour balls with his 8'3" shot on #17.  Open division player, Andy Austin from the host club hit it 1" on #3....only problem was that #3 was the senior CTP hole. Senior gross went to J. F. Byrne's, Tom Faro on his nice 75. Woodcrest's Scott Schaffer won senior net with 69 in a playoff of handicaps...8 to 11. Bob Cisowski from Centerton made it two in a row, taking super senior gross with a 75. Bensalem's Naz Gagliardi lead the SS net with 71 beating out Sam Morris from Wedgwood in a playoff of handicaps 6 to 9. Senior CTP and a dozen VOLVIK S3 tour balls went to Ray Fuller. The Running Deer player hit it 2' 10" on hole #3.

 

Next Friday we head to Running Deer and the course is in great shape and the weather looks promising. It's a 10:00AM shotgun....give RD a call and let them know you are planning to play 856-358-2000. This is a big help in enabling the club staff to prepare for us.

 

 

November 3, 2015........Pete Barron Goes Low with 2 Under 69 at Avalon

 

A nice Fall day at the shore greeted a big field at the AWGL season opener, hosted by Avalon GC.....#29. Stone Harbor's Pete Barron lead the open division gross with a 2 under 69, while pro, Jeff Bonicky from Sea Oaks took the net on 67. Bonicky's 3 handicap beat Stone Harbor am, Todd Prohammer's 7 for 1st. In an effort to get more participation in the open and am divisions, we have combined the two and now pros and ams compete together in gross and net categories. We'll see how this works out and make adjustments where necessary to produce a fair and competitive bracket.

 

Chris Dunham, playing out of Juniata posted a very nice 72 to win senior gross. Senior net honors went to Running Deer's Rocky Dare as he shot 65 and his 7 handicap won a playoff with Dennis Serbin who also carded 65. Super senior gross went to Bob Cisowski from Centerton on the strength of his nice 75. Buena Vista's Steve Walinsky played a great round and his 7 under par 64 grabbed first place in SS net.

 

Town & Country's Bill Wolfe won the senior closest to pin and a dozen VOLVIK S3 tour golf balls and Devon Peterson was closest in the open division.

 

Next Friday we go to Woodcrest for a 10:00am shotgun start. Entry fee for this event is $65.00 and includes range balls. Please call the golf shop and let them know you are planning to play 856-428-1243.

 

Reminder, we play a very relaxed set of rules in the AWGL events, but one thing we insist on is that you putt everything out....NO GIMMIES. A rules sheet will be posted at the sign in table and if there are any questions, please ask.

 

 

October 23, 2015.......VOLVIK Golf Ball Company now an AWGL Partner

 

Thanks to the generous support of Jack Dillon, formerly with Somerton Springs and now with Volvik, we will be treated to tournament prizes throughout the upcoming season. For opening day at Avalon on 10/30 there will be a closest to pin prize on two par threes of a dozen Volvik tour balls. Also, each player signing in will be presented a sleeve of these outstanding balls. If you haven't played this ball, you're in for a treat as it has some amazing technological properties which produce equally amazing results. Territory rep, Chris Terebesi will also be on hand to compliment the Volvik presentation.

 

Early signups continue to come in and we have several new members for this season. Opening day weather looks pretty good and make sure you call Avalon 609-465-4653 and get a starting time. Remember, the first AWGL event is always a consecutinve starting time event to facilitate getting everyone signed up.

 

Sorry to report that a two alarm fire has totally destroyed the clubhouse at LuLu CC in Glenside, PA. The winter league has quite a bit of history at LuLu as it was a host facility during the inaugural season in 1976/1977. Jac MacCarty was the golf pro there and really made our events very special. One particular event comes to mind and I think it was the 1978 championship. Naz Gagliardi shot a four under par 68 for the low round of the day...beating all the pros and won the am division (he wasn't a senior yet). In the early days of the Delaware Valley Winter Golf League the fields consisted mostly of pros and low handicap ams, with not too many seniors. It's been interesting to see the league demographic change over the years, where we now have almost 70% seniors and 30% pros/ams.

 

Congratulations!  Dave Quinn, Director of Golf at the Links GC, won the Philadelphia PGA Matchplay Championship, played at the Merion GC. Dave has had a fantastic seaon and is in the top three best players in the Philly Section.

 

 

September 21, 2015

 

Memberships continue to come in at a good clip and we should be off to another great season of cool weather golf. Reminder; opening day is on Friday October 30th at Avalon CC and this will be a consecutive time start to facilitate getting everyone signed in. Please call Avalon to make a starting time...609-465-4653

 

On October 24th the Cape May Regional Putting Championship will take place at the Sand Barrens Golf Club. Doug delaney and Jason Panter will run the 9 hole event which will consist of a nine hole strokplay qualifier and a nine hole matchplay for the 16 of 32 qualifiers, depending on the size of the field. If anyone is interested in this event and would like more detailed information, email me at tspga@comcast.net and I will forward the official rules and procedures of the championship. This sounds like a neat event and should be a lot of fun.

 

 

September 3, 2015

 

Memberships are coming in every day and we're getting inquiries from new members. Looks like it's going to be another great season. If you have anyone intersted in joining the AWGL for the first time, have them give me a call or text me at 856-264-8405 and I can help with any info needed.

 

Phil Heckler advised me recently that AWGL member, George Reby, passed away suddenly from a heart attack. Very sorry to hear this and we all join to extend sympathies to the Reby family.

 

July 31, 2015.......2015/2016 Schedule is Set

 

You can view the schedule for the upcoming AWGL season....it's posted under Tournaments on the website. There are a couple changes, but very close to last year's schedule. Let's hope for better weather. I received some good feedback from members and going forward we will play in three divisions.

 

1. Open Division: Pros and amateurs playing the blue tees in gross (pros and ams) and net (ams only) prizes paid.

 

2. Senior Division: Amateurs (55 to 64) playing the white tees. Prizes for gross and net.

 

3. Super Senior Division: Amateurs (65 and up) playing the white tees. Prizes for gross and net.

 

 

June 30, 2015......Skins Game at Centerton Golf club

 

The summer is at the halfway point and it won't be too much longer before we start thinking about some cold weather golf. In the meantime, there's a lot going on. At Centerton Golf Club, Al Turse is running a skins game on Mondays. The group started small and has been growing each week. The group tees off around 12:30 and you can joing up by calling Al at Centerton 856-358-2220 or on his cell at 856-628-2253. Give it a try...it's a lot of fun and you can win some serious cash.

 

Have been working on the schedule for 2015-2016 and should have it finalized by the end of July. Stay tuned.

 

 

 

 

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TaylorMade/Adams Demo Day at Valleybrook Golf Club

 

Sunday April 26th - 12 Noon to 4:00 PM

 

 

You are invited to the Valleybrook GC Demo and Trade-In Day

This is your chance to try the latest equipment from TaylorMade/Adams and you can bring your used clubs as we will be accepting trade-ins on the spot.

 

Trading in your current clubs is a great way to get into the latest new club technology more affordably. Trade-in values are based on the PGA.com Value Guide which is the National Standard for golf club values.

 

Come try out the latest gear and trade up to new equipment, better performance and more enjoyment of your golf game.

 

For More Information:

Dick Smith

856-237-4131

 

Tom Smith

856-264-8405

 

www.dicksmithgolfacademy.com

 

 

 

 

March 28, 2015......Jeff Bonicky wins 29th AWGL Championship

 

Driving down to Avalon Friday morning, I was having some doubts about getting the event played, but thanks to a slight break in the weather and the tenacity of a 76 player field, we completed the 29th AWGL championship on time. This year's champion is Jeff Bonicky, PGA Director of Golf at Sea Oaks. Jeff fired a great 4 under 67 to beat Stone Harbor's Pete Barron by 2 shots.

 

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Jeff Bonicky at left is holding his $600 first place money.

 

In the ams, Pete Barron's two under par 69 took the gross prize. Middletown's Rocky Sgrillo turned in a great 65 to win Am net first place. Archie Struthers from Greate Bay played some outstanding golf and his even par 71 was good for first in Senior gross....two ahead of Laurel Creek's, Joe Russo. Playing out of Juniata in Philly, Chris Dunham's 66 won the Senior net in a playoff of handicaps. His seven beat Chris Myers from Greate Bay (12 handicap) and Al Turse from Centerton (14 handicap). Al and Chris split 2nd and 3rd money. Super Senior division saw some great golf as Sam Morris from Wedgwood posted a neat 73 to pocket the gross first place prize. The SS net honors went to Cobbs Creek player, Hugh Curran on the strength of his six under par 65.....Hugh shot 84 gross, great score.

 

In the special events category, the George Kremer Memorial "Sportsmanship" trophy went to Larry Golley.               

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                                                      Above, Larry Golley receives the George Kremer "Sportsmanship" trophy

 

 

Closet to the pin on #3 went to TJay Fairlie from Broomal, PA and Bob Ranson took the CTP on #17. Bob plays out of Inniscrone GC.

 

Player of the year honors went to Pete Barron in the Open Division, Jim Babst in the Amateur Division, Chris Dunham in the Senior Division and Jon Mabry in the Super Senior Division.

 

All things considered, it was a good day with a lot of great golf played and the folks at Avalon showed us a super time. Thanks to Rusty Buckingham, Ted Wenner, Dennis Jones and Phil Barber for all their efforts to make it a very enjoyable Championship day.

 

 

 

March 25, 2015

 

Please note the change in the gift certificate amounts for Mays Landing. Due to low inventory in golf shop we will pay Mays Landing a percentage (30% approx) and the balance to the winners in cash (70% approx.). Winners can get their prizes at the championship.....also gift certificates frfom Sea Oaks and Wildwood will be at Avalon on Friday. Don't forget to let me know you are playing....the field is up to about 80 players, so far. Going to be a great day.

 

 

March 24, 2015

 

Glad to say the website editor has been re-installed and we're back in business. Between the weather and computer/website problems, I'm ready to put this season behind us and move on. The championship on Friday at Avalon is filling up nicely. Am getting emails and text messages to let me know who is playing and this is a big help. Text me at 856-264-8405 and email at tspga@comcast.net

 

We tried to make up the Friday snow out at Mays Landing with an event on Monday and got a light turnout of 18 players. First place in the Open division went to Stone Harbor's Pete Barron with an even par round of 71. TJay Fairlie from Broomal, PA finished second with 72. In the Seniors, Phil Heckler playing out of Wildwood took the gross with an 80, while Juniata's Chris Dunham snagged net honors on 76. Moorestown FC's Jon Mabry topped the Super Senior gross with an 80 (his 6 handicap won in a playoff). John Bada won the SS net with 71 and the playoff went to the second extra hole to determine a winner. John represents Town & Country GC. Many thanks to Doug Fraser, owner of Mays Landing for hosting the event. Also, grats to Devon Peterson for helping make the day a success. The golf course was very nice and they cut the greens three times in preparation for our event. Very classy organization at ML.

 

 

 

March 14, 2015

 

Winter league play resumed at Sea Oaks yesterday and we were rewarded with a real nice day of golf. The course was in great winter shape and host pros Jeff Bonicky & Brad Miller had things perfectly set up for the 54 player field. Top gun in the Open division was Stone Harbor's Pete Barron on the strength of a one under 71. Pete also doubled with a win in Am gross. Am net went to David Quinn from Centerton with 3 under 69. DuPont's Tom Alestock took first place money in Senior gross, while John McKeown playing out of Pennsauken lead the Senior nets on 5 under 67. The Super Senior 1st place gross went to Naz Gagliardi from Bensalem as he turned in a solid 76. SS net was a real shoot out with three players finishing at 4 under 68. In a playoff of handicaps, Ed Witczak from Golden Pheasant finished first with his 13 handicap besting Town & Country's John Bada - 18 and Cedar Creek's Bob Babiak - 19. Again, thanks to Jeff Bonicky and his great staff at Sea Oaks for providing an outstanding venue for our event.

 

Wildwood is open and ready for us on Monday 3/16.....10:00AM shotgun start. Please call the Wildood golf shop (number below) and select option #1. If no one picks up, leave a message that you are planning to play.

 

Brother, Dick Smith has two tickets to the Masters...all four days and is selling them to raise money for the Dick Smith Golf Academy junior golf program. If anyone has an interest, give Dick a call at 856-237-4131

 

 

March 10, 2015.....Sea Oaks on 3/13 and Wildwood on 3/16.....Good to Go!!!!

 

Good news from Sea Oaks and Wildwood.....both courses are open for play and the AWGL will resume the schedule with a tournament at Sea Oaks on Friday 3/13 and another event at Wildwood on Monday 3/16. Both events are 10:00AM shotgun starts and it is very important for everyone to contact the golf shops at Sea Oaks and Wildwood and let them know you and/or your group are planning to play.

Contact numbers: Sea Oaks: 609-296-2656......ask for Jeff Bonicky or Brad Miller

                             Wildwood: 609-465-7823......ask for Rich Alfano, Kyle McMullen or Fred Riedel

 

This request for you to contact the respective courses is very, very important as it will enable the staff to prepare for the shotgun starts and accomodate everyone in a satisfactory manner. Remember, we haven't played in almost six weeks and there might be a bigger than ususal turnout, not to mention the regular member play at each club. Thanks in advance for your cooperation.

              

 

March 6, 2015

 

I guess everyone knew this message was coming....we're cancelled at Wildwood on Monday. Fred Riedel told me they got around 5" of snow and the shore winds drifted it much higher in spots. Looking ahead the weather forecast is much improved and we should be able to get the Sea Oaks and Mays Landing events in before the championship on the 27th. Due to all the cancellations we will lower the number of rounds played to qualify for the championship to three (3).

 

 

March 2, 2015.....AWGL Event at Wildwood Rescheduled for 3/9

 

Fred Riedel, Director of Golf at Wildwood, advises that the course will not be open for play on Friday...3/6. We will try to play Wildwood on Monday 3/9 and will know by Saturday afternoon. An update will be posted on the website and we'll send an email blast as well. As you can see, the website is up and running well and should be OK going forward. Quentin Griffith suggested that we move next year's winter league to Florida. Great idea, Q....but I think the added price of plane tickets to the entry fee might be a deal breaker. In any event, please stay safe in these unusually harsh conditions. See everyone at Wildwood on Monday....hopefully.

 

 

February 18, 2015.....AWGL Event at Cape May National is Cancelled

 

The below freezing temperatures at the shore continue and the snow is not going away. We are cancelled at Cape May National on Friday 2/20 and there will not be a make up tournament on Monday 2/23. All we can do now is look forward to Shore Gate on 2/27. Wildwood is scheduled for 3/6 and we'll shoot for a make up on 3/9. Keep an eye on the website and look for emails to stay up to date on schedule changes.

 

Recently got some very nice Galway Bay insulated sleevless, full zipper vests. They are black with grey trim and are size XL. Regular retail on these vests is $99.00 and I have them for $40. Also have a teen set of Adams clubs. Set includes driver, #3 & #5 metalwood, hybrid and 7 irons and putter....also includes Adams stand bag. The clublengths are about 1 1/2" shorter than men's standard and are designed for the teen age boy or girl golfer. Retail on this set is $399.00 and I have it for $249.00. Let me know via email or text if interested. Going forward we will have some special pricing on Adams, TaylorMade and Tour Edge equipment. Check with me before you pull the trigger at Dick's, Golf Galaxy or Golfsmith....you will be surprised at the prices.

 

 

February 11, 2015......AWGL Event at Greate Bay is Cancelled

 

The forecast for Friday has not improved....still calling for below freezing temps and brisk winds. Under those conditions we can't play at Greate Bay and the AWGL event scheduled there on Friday is cancelled. Monday looks worse than Friday, so we'll have to look forward to Friday, 2/20 at Cape May Nat'l for our next event. With a little cooperation from Mother Nature, we'll shoot for a make up on Monday 2/23. The winter league has endured some bad weather years in the past.....a lot worse than this year so far. Hang in there and we'll work hard to get in as many events as we can. Today was nice in S. Jersey and hopefully Naz's group got a round in.

 

I recently went through a fitness evaluation by Aaron Bada at the Golf Specific Fitness Center in Somers Point, NJ and I gotta tell you...."I'm a virtual golf invalid". Aaron was really sharp in his evalution and recommended some exercises to get me back into half decent "golf shape". You young guys don't need to worry, but for the "over 55" group being in good golf shape will be a major part of improving your swing and game. Give Aaron a call at 609-338-7599 and he will be glad to explain his fitness programs....each one tailored to your individual needs. The exercise and workout equipment he has at his facility is specifically designed to work on the necessary and critical golf moves to produce a  better, more productive golf swing.

 

 

February 6, 2015

 

Well, Ben Gindville warned me in an email yesterday afternoon....but I didn't listen very well. Pat and I got to Brigantine about 8:30 this morning and the temperature was 16 with a brisk breeze. The wind chill was close to 10 degrees and that's just too cold to play golf. Five guys showed up and we decided to call it a day. The Brigantine golf course was in great winter condition and it's a shame we couldn't play. Will try to make up this cancellation on a Monday later in February or March. Next Friday we're scheduled at Greate Bay and the early forecast is for another cold....below freezing day. With wind chills in the teens it just doesn't make good sense to play golf and risk frostbite. We will be a little more cautious going forward.

 

Brigantine will be hosting a St. Patrick's Day Scramble on Saturday, March 14th. The 12 noon shotgun start event is a 4 person scramble format and the $60 entry fee includes greens fee, cart, GPS, dinner and prizes. If any AWGL members are interested in playing, give golf professional Jason Wiegand a call at 609-266-1388 and he can get you set up. Dinner will feature corned beef & cabbage, Guinness beef stew, shepherd's pie and more. Green draft beer also available. Sounds like a good time.

 

Watch the website for announcements on next Friday's event at Greate Bay. If it's below freezing, we will cancel. Will also get an email blast out to let everyone know what's up.

 

 

February 5, 2015.....Good to Go at Brigantine

 

Just spoke with Jason Wiegand at Brigantine Golf Club and they are ready for us tomorrow....10:00AM shotgun start. The temperatures are expected to be in mid 30's, but the winds will be light and this should make playing conditions a lot more bearable.

 

January 27, 2015.....Harbor Pines Event is Cancelled for Friday 1/30/2015

 

Harbor Pines got 4" to 6" of snow and the winds caused some heavy drifting. The course will not be ready for play on Friday and we are cancelling the AWGL event scheduled there Friday 1/30/2015. We will try to reschedule this event for a Monday in February with an 18 hole better ball of partners format.

 

January 24, 2015

 

We lucked out again with the weather and 31 turned out to play Centerton last Friday. The frozen turf called for some creative shotmaking and several real nice scores were posted. Devon Peterson from Mays Landing took the Open division with 81. Sea Oaks pro, Jeff Bonicky was a close second with 82, but managed five skins. Only four players in the Amateur division and Jim Babst won the first prize with a 74 net. Jim was also low gross, but only one place was paid in the Ams. Playing out of DuPont CC in Delaware, Tom Alestock posted a fine 76 for low gross in the Seniors. I had the pleasure of playing with Tom at Centerton and he handled the very tough conditions extremely well...a very fine player and his 76 was the low gross score of the entire field. Chris Myers from Greate Bay topped the Senior net with 68. Chris Dunham finished out of the Senior money, but walked away with four skins. In the Super Seniors, Medford Village's Dave Jacobson won the gross with 80 while Paul Franks from Wedgwood pocketed first SS net money with a nice 69.

 

The amounts posted in the results are cash payouts and reflect a netdown of 25% from the actual gift certificate dollars. This was done due to the lack of inventory in the Centerton golf shop.

 

Next Friday we are scheduled at Harbor Pines and the format will be changed to individual strokeplay. We had been playing a combination of nine holes better ball of partners and nine holes two person scramble. The change is due to several comments from members who did not care for the format. I do think that two person team events are good, particularly in the winter and we may try an 18 hole better ball tournament later on in March....possibly at Cape May National or Mays Landing.

 

Late Breaking News

 

The weather forecast has changed for Monday and it looks loike we're going to get snow Sunday night into Monday. Centerton GC is now clear or snow and we will try to play the AWGL event there tomorrow.

 

We're on for golf tomorrow at Centerton GC...10:00 Shotgun

 

 

January 22, 2015

 

Twisted Dune is snow covered and will not be open for play tomorrow 1/23. The AWGL event scheduled there is cancelled. We will try to play the event on Monday 1/26. Scott Dunn has it on the books and it remains to be seen if the snow goes away. Keep an eye on this website and give Twisted Dune a call before you head down on Monday.....609-653-8019  extension 2.

 

January 18, 2015

 

The weather forecast was accurate and the breezes at Pennsauken CC brought the chill temps down to the low 30's. Frozen turf and patches of snow added to the test and some real good numbers were posted by the 50 player field. Chris Gray from Deerfield was low in the Open division with 74. Playing out of Valleybrook, John Stark turned in a 79 for Am gross, while Middletown's Rocky Sgrillo won the net with 73. His 13 handicap edged out Pennsauken's Joe Lobascio's 14 in a playoff. Also from Pennsauken, Paul Sikorski tied the low round of the day to win Senior gross with a nice 74. The Pennsauken boys continued their hot streak as John Shepherd fired a 66 for first in the Senior net. In the Super Seniors, Bob Wheeler from Juniata handled the tough conditions with a 77 for low gross. Pennsauken's Jim Soukup grabbed SS net with a 3 under 67. Many thanks to the great staff at Pennsauken for working so hard to give us an enjoyable day.

 

I attended the Trackman clinic held by John Appleget Saturday at Aaron Bada's Golf Specific Fitness Center in Somer's Point, NJ. Over the course of two hours about 20 folks had their swings analyzed on the Trackman system and John made recommendations on the swing changes needed for improvement. Without exception, each player saw improvement in their numbers after trying John's instruction. If you are the least bit serious about your golf swing and game, you need to get together with Apple and get an analysis. You will be surprised and amazed at what Trackman will tell you about your swing. Now, if conditioning is an issue...which it is in my case, Aaron Bada can get you on a program to improve flexibilty, increase golf strength and endurance. It was a very interesting and inspiring experience and I strongly recommend you giving it consideration. You can call John at 609-513-4482 and he will be glad to explain the program and charges. Check it out....you will not be sorry. We'll see you at Twisted Dune next Friday and please be very careful driving as black ice is a serious danger on some untreated roads.

 

 

January 14, 2015

 

Just off the phone with Matt Deckert at Pennsauken and we lucked out again with weather....good to go for the AWGL event there this coming Friday. Due to wet conditions there may be "cart path only" restrictions, but we'll see on Friday morning. Pennsauken is in the process of renovating their bunkers and there will be large piles of sand around the course. These sand piles will be considered "ground under repair" with a free drop to nearest playable position...not nearer hole.

 

Another reminder of the free Trackman Open House being conducted by AWGL member and PGA pro John Appleget. John will do two, one hour clinics for 12 people at Aaron Bada's Golf Specific Fitness Performance Center in Somers Point, NJ. The clinics are free of charge and you must call or text John to get on the list. Open to the first 12 respondents for each clinic. John's contact info is in bold print below. Over the years, I've known many great teachers of the golf game, but none more knowledgeable than John and with the amazing Trackman swing analyzer he can give you information and insights into your swing and game that you may have never heard or seen previously. Don't miss it....really worth the trip.

 

 

January 12, 2015

 

Sea Oaks hosted over 60 players and the cold and wind provided a stern test. Host pro, Jeff Bonicky took the Open division with a one under 71. Todd Prohammer from Stone Harbor eagle the 9th hole for a scat in the open division. Golden Pheasant's Josh Feldschneider was second at 72 and made an eagle 3 on the par 5 16th for a skin. In the ams Jim Babst from John F. Byrne shot a very nice 75 for low gross honors. Centerton's David Quinn topped the am net with 70. Chris Dunham, playing out of Juniata, continued his hot streak with victory in senior gross on 76. Also from Juniata, Bill Giulian posted a four under 68 for top prize in senior net. Super seniors net went to Bob Wheeler from Juniata on the strength of his 77, while Buena Vista's Lou Cresci turned in a 2 under 70 for first place in SS net. Hats off to the Juniata gang.....nice going guys.

 

We recently sent an email blast on a special event with John Appleget and Aaron Bada at the Golf Specific Fitness Center in Somers Point, NJ. John and Aaron will be holding a free, 2 hour clinic on Saturday January 17th from 10:00 to 11:00 and 11:00 to 12:00 (12 people in each one hour clinic) featuring Trackman swing analysis. With the cold weather on us, this is a nice opportunity to study the fundamentals and learn about your individual golf swings in a comfortable indoor environment. Make sure you call or email John if you plan to attend. He can only handle 12 people in each one hour session.

 

John's email: oneputt59@verizon.net                      John's cell: 609-513-4482

 

Quentin Griffith reports that Pennsauken is open and will be ready for us this coming Friday. Please call to check on conditions prior to heading out. Drive safely.

 

 

The event at Sand Barrens on Friday is CANCELLED!!!

 

Sorry to report that Sand Barrens is snow covered and the temperatures are forecast to be in the 20's through Thursday. We will try to reschedule this event on a Monday in the future.

 

Hopefully we'll see everyone at Pennsauken CC on 1/16. Keep your fingers crossed. Drive safely.........chip & putt safely, too.