2016 NEWS ARCHIVE

Here you will find the Atlantic Winter Golf League's 2016 News postings.


December 25, 2016....Smith Father/Son Duo Win "Christmas Scramble" at Avalon

Zak Smith, assistant pro at Woodcrest CC and his Dad, Dick Smith Jr., Director of Golf at Manhatten Woods GC in W. Nyack, NY teamed up for an 8 under par 63 to take the top spot in the annual two person "Christmas Scramble" at Avalon GC. Running Deer's Tom Alestock and Joe Russo from Laurel Creek were second with 65. Centerton's Al Turse paired with Centerton pro, Pat Sweetra in winning first place in the Open net division. Running Deer GC was nicely represented as Rocky Dare and Ray Fuller posted 64 for top gross money in the Senior division. Playing out of Mercer Oaks in Trenton, NJ, Bruce Seaman teamed up with Kevin Moore from Springfield GC for low Senior net on 64. In the Super Seniors, Fred Spratt and Tom Paul from Running Deer carded a seven under 64 for first in gross, while Cedar Creek's Bob Babiak and Bob Cisowski from Centerton grabbed SS net with 60. Closest to the pin on #5 went to John Blackmon from Philly with a shot about 3' and Running Deer's Rocky Dare nailed it 18' on #11.

 

We dodged a bullet this year with the schedule change due to weather and special thanks to Ted Wenner, Avalon PGA Director of Golf Ops for jumping through hoops to accomodate us. Next AWGL event is on January 6th and we welcome in the new year at Indian Spring Golf Club in Marlton, NJ.

 

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Merry Christmas to everyone and your families....we wish you a pleasant and enjoyable holiday!!!

 

Pat, Al and Tom

 

"Christmas Scramble" at Avalon is Rescheduled"

 

Sorry to report that the weather forecast for Avalon on Friday 12/16 has not changed and the "Christmas Scramble" scheduled for that date is cancelled. This popular AWGL event is now scheduled for Thursday 12/22 with a 10:30 shotgun start. It would be a big help if any AWGL members planning to play would text me if the new date is good for your team. Please read the 12/11 post below which describes the tournament format. Any other questions, please text me.

 

Text Tom Smith at 856-264-8405

 

 

 

 

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Weather Alert!!!

 

Early forecasts for Friday 12/16 at Avalon are not good for the Christmas Scramble. Calling for temperatures in low to mid 20's and 20 mph winds which will put the chill factor into the teens and the danger of frosbite is significant. I'll be speaking with Avalon pro, Ted Wenner tomorrow AM and we will make the call then. Please keep an eye on this website or the AWGL Facebook page for late breaking news. Before you head out for Avalon on Friday, please call the golf shop.....609-465-4653 to make sure the tournament is on or cancelled.

 

 

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December 11, 2016.....Mabry and Temps Go Low at Stone Harbor

    

     The weatherman was spot on and we had true winter conditions at Stone Harbor last Friday. The temperature stayed under 40 and the blustery winds took the chill down below 30. None the less, 24 players teed it up and some good scores got to the scorer's table. Jim Austin from Five Ponds in Warminster, PA took the Open gross top spot with 83 from the blues. Rich Wade, playing out of Fisher's Glen won open net with 75. He edged out Centerton's Gary Peart by a stroke. Mike Owsik got his sixth win of the season with a 78 in Senior gross. Senior net went to Steve Wolbert from Centerton as he carded a two over, 74. Best score of the day was turned in by Jon Mabry from the Moorestown Field Club. His 75 was good for a win in Super Senior gross, while Cobbs Creek player, Hugh Curran got around the frosty links in 2 under 70 to pocket low net money in super seniors. Much appreciate the nice job done by golf pro, Matt Crowley and his staff as he had the course set up perfectly for our event. Thanks, Matt!

 

     Next Friday 12/16 we move up Route 9 about a mile and play the annual Christmas 2-Person Scramble at Avalon. Prizes awarded for gross and net and 1/4 of combined handicaps will be applied. Early forecasts are calling for more cold temps and there is always a breeze at the shore. For the Scramble you may bring a non-member partner, ie; family member, neighbor or just a friend and the annual membership fee is waived. Seniors and Super Seniors may move up into Senior and Open Divisions and still play the tees of original division. Example: A senior may play in the Open division with an open division partner and still play from the white tees. A super senior may play in the senior or open divisions from the gold tees as long as his/her partner is in the lower handicap division. Here's an example; I'm playing with Jim Austin in the Open division....Jim plays from the blue tees and I play from the gold tees. Anybody want a little side action? In any event, please be ready for another cold day dress accordingly and drive safely.

 

     This picture should give you an idea of how cold it was at Stone Harbor. From left to right:

 

Chris Dunham, Bill Wolfe, John Blackmon and Tom Walvoord

 

 

 

 

 

December 7, 2016.....Owsik Notches 5th Victory at Sea Oaks

 

     A nice trip up the Jersey coast took us to Sea Oaks in Tuckerton and the mid 50's temps with a super layout produced some excellent golf. Representing the host club, Reid Carnes took Open gross with a 76, while Cinnaminson's Todd Lehmann won net money on 69. Mike Owsik from M Golf in Bryn Mawr, PA won his 5th event this season with a 75 in Senior gross. The all time record of gross wins in the winter league is held by Gary Hardin from Northampton CC (PA) when he won nine times in 1979. Mike has a good shot at breaking that record. Another Philly guy cashed as John Blackmon edged out Running Deer's Bob Brunner for first in Senior net. They tied with net 71's and John's 6 handicap beat Bob's 16. Super Seniors saw another dead heat for first with Dave Jacobson from Medford Village and Centerton's Bob Cisowski each turning in 76's. The tie continued as they each have handicaps of six and the playoff of cards starting at 18 gave Dave the win with a 4 on the second extra hole. Naz Gagliardi from Bensalem GC (PA) returned to the winner's circle with a 2 under 70 in SS net. Thanks to Jeff Bonicky and his staff for making us feel at home at Sea Oaks and providing a great venue for the AWGL event. Next Friday we head back "down the shore" to Stone Harbor and the weather forecast is calling for temps in the high 30's with wind chills close to freezing. Make sure you dress for a super cold day....our first of the season.

 

 

                         

 

Above is a statue of a junior golfer at the                       Pictured above are new AWGL members

Sea Oaks driving range. It was erected                          (L-R): Mike Perrige from Woodcrest CC &

there to commemorate Sea Oak's first                            Mike Rouff from Cherry Hill. Welcome, guys

owner, Fred Stryker's commitment to junior

golf. He wanted to provide a venue for the

high school golf team to play and was

enthusiastic about running junior golf

camps and lesson programs at Sea Oaks.

 

 

 

November 30, 2016...DeCriscio's 75 Takes Super Seniors at The Links

 

Luckily, we dodged the rain and event #5 went off on schedule last Monday at the Links Golf club in Marlton. Open division gross went to Wildwood's Steve Owens III as he won with 80 in a playoff with Devon Peterson and Rocky Sgrillo. Playing out of Sea Oaks, Peterson won the Open net with 72, also winning in a playoff with Sgrillo. Tom Faro from J.F. Byrne in Philly shot 79 for a win in Senior gross, while Valleybrook's Robert Smith grabbed Senior net money with an even par 72. Best score of the day came in the Super Seniors as Mike DeCriscio posted 75. The Centerton player turned in nines of 38 - 37 for the victory. Cobb's Creek was well represented as Hugh Curran fired a stunning 9 under 63 for SS net top spot. Closest to the pin on hole #8 went to Medford Village's Dave Jacobson with a shot 10' 6" from the cup. Next Friday we head up the Parkway to Sea Oaks GC in Tuckerton, NJ.

 

Zak Smith and Steve Owens III mark a very unique first in the history of the AWGL. Both lads are third generation members of the winter league. Zak's grandfather is Dick Smith Sr who played in the early days and still plays an occasional event. His dad, Dick Jr....we call him Rich, cashed his first check as a golf professional playing in events in the 90's. Steve's grandfather, Steve Sr was among the first members to play in the late 80's and his father, Steve Jr won the open gross prize in many events. Hard to imagine that we've been doing this for thirty years in Jersey and a previous 10 years in Pennsy. Just an FYI, Naz Gagliardi has been a member for almost 40 years and his game has remained top notch the entire time. Check out his video on the AWGL Facebook page.

 

 

 

 

                               Above L to R: Robert Smith, Al Turse, Steve Wolbert and Gary Peart

 

 

 

November 21, 2016...Four Wins in a Row, Mike Owsik Takes Senior with 67

 

Felt like summer at Pennsauken last Friday and 74 players toured the nice layout with some very good numbers. In the Open division, Jim Austin from 5 Ponds in Warminster, PA took low gross with 74. Five guys shot 74 and Jim won in a playoff on the second extra hole. Playing out of Fisher's Glen, Rich Wade won Open net with a five under 65. Off to a great start this season, Mike Owsik from the M Golf Center in Bryn Mawr, PA made it four wins in a row with a 3 under par 67 to grab first place gross  in the Senior division. Dr. Scott Schaffer from Woodcrest CC posted 66 for a win in Senior division net. The Super Seniors saw some great golf as Running Deer's Ray Fuller turned in a neat 73 to win the top gross prize. From DuPont CC in Wilmington, DE, Tom Walvoord's 65 was good for a victory in SS net. Mike Owsik added to his winnings with a shot that ended up 6" from the cup to win closest to pin on #3. Thanks very much to Quentin Griffith and his great staff for giving us a smooth and enjoyable day. We'll be coming back to Pennsuken on St. Patty's Day in 2017 and we're planning a special event. We're off this Friday for Thanksgiving and play resumes the following Monday at The Links in Marlton.

 

Best wishes to everyone and your famiies for a safe and enjoyable Thanksgiving from Pat, Al and Tom.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

November 15, 2016...US Marine, Jim Babst Wins Open Net with 66 on Vet's Day

 

Running Deer hosted the third event of the season and the finely conditioned course was a stern test for the 63 players field. A big "Thank You for Your Service" goes out to all the military veterans in the AWGL Open division gross went to Laurel Creek's Joe Russo as he notched his second win of the season with an even par 72. Jim Babst, a Philly fireman and former Marine went low with 66 to win Open net....Jim's from J.F. Byrne. In the Senior division, Mike Owsik from M Golf Center continued his hot streak with a 74 for first gross. Pennsauken's John McKeown turned in a two under 70 for low senior net. Playing out of the Moorestown Field Club, Jon Mabry had nines of 41-37 for 77 which was good for Super Senior gross. SS net went to Bob Davy from Medford Village as he shot a gross 82 to go with his 14 handicap for a 4 under 68. Bob also made three birdies in his round. Running Deer was in beautiful shape thanks to Super, Charlie Clarke and special thanks to John Tyrell and Klay Knerr for their efforts in making our day at RD so nice. Next event is at Pennsauken on Friday 11/18. It's a 10:00AM shotgun.....Drive Safe!!!

 

Read an interesting article about "The 8 Dumbest Rules of Golf" and there were two that struck me. The stroke and distance penalty for lost ball and/or out of bounds was deemed way too excessive....and I agree. The article proposed a one stroke penalty and a lateral drop were ball crossed the boundary or was deemed lost. It's the rule we've been playing in the winter league for many years. Having to play a shot from an unrepaired divot in the middle of the fairway was declared unfair, using the example of a player getting relief from ground under repair. Point being a divot in the fairway, not properly fixed is, in fact ground under repair. If any of you have opinions about the rules of golf, it would be interesting to hear them. Use the AWGL Facebook page to make your point.

 

 

November 6, 2016...Spratt Eagles 18 at Ramblewood....Britt Takes Open Div on 74

 

The second event of the season was hosted by Ramblewood CC and the newly acquired Ron Jaworski facility was in fantastic condition. Compliments abounded as the 68 players turned in their scorecards. Dan Britt from Golden Pheasant took Open gross on 74...2 over. Open low net went to Philly fireman, Rocky Sgrillo playing out of Middletown GC....he posted a 70. Mike Owsik made it two wins in a row with his first place finish in Senior gross. The M Golf Center owner from Bryn Mawr shot a nice 73 over the neat Ramblewood layout. The Philly guys kept the win streak alive as Bob Hobson from J. F. Bryne grabbed Senior net with 69. The Super Senior division had the best round of the day, turned in by Naz Gagliardi as he scored nines of 37-35 for an even par 72, featuring three birdies by the standout Bensalem GC player. Centerton's Bob Cisowski and Dave Jacobson from Medford Village each shot 75 and Bobby C got second gross in a handicap playoff 3 to 6. Buena Vista's Lou Cresci carded a net 63 for SS low net money. Thanks to Ramblewood golf professional, Bill McCoy and his great staf for providing us a very enjoyable day. Following is the email address for Jamie Riley, Advertising and Promotions Director for Ron Jaworski Golf. Please take a minute and drop a note to her on the great condition of Ramblewood. She will pass these on the "Jaws" and I know Ron will appreciate hearing. 

Her email address is;  jamie@ronjaworski.com  

 

Next Friday we head down to Running Deer and this track is in great condition, especially the greens....smooth and fast. It is Veterans Day and RJG extends complimentry golf to military. We have been allocated eleven holes for our shotgun start and we will be doubled up on every hole. May be a slow start, but I want you to know in advance....no surprises. Travel safe.

 

 

October 30, 2016.....Russo 4 Under 67 at Avalon....Jacobson Even Par 71 in SS

 

The 30th season of the AWGL got off to a great start last Friday at the Avalon Golf Club. The nicely conditioned course provided a good test for 62 players and some nice numbers were posted. Laurel Creek's Joe Russo made five birdies and an eagle 3 on #12 enroute to a 67, good for low gross in the Open division. Rich Wade from Fisher's Glen took low net in Open with 67. Playing out of M Golf Range in Philly, Mike Owsik continued his fine play and turned in 73 for first in Senior gross. Joe Casey won the Senior low net prize...the Pennsauken player shot 73 with a 6 handicap for 67. In the Super Seniors, Medford Village's Dave Jacobson toured Avalon in even par 71 for first in gross, while Tom Paul from Running Deer took SS net on 64. The Running Deer guys continued to win as Fred Spratt was closest to the pin on #17....a great shot to about 4 feet from the pin. A big thank you to Rusty, Ted and Dennis for providing us a very enjoyable day....always a great time at Avalon. Results for Friday's event are posted on the AWGL website. Next Friday we travel to Ron Jaworski's Ramblewood CC for a 10:00am shotgun start event.

 

 

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October 4, 2016......"Way to Go USA".....Best Ryder Cup Ever

 

Down through the years we've been witness to some amazing and remarkable performances on golf courses around the world and the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National has got to rank as one of the best. A great second day comeback by team Europe lead to some spectacular play by both teams on day three. The Garcia versus Mickelson contest was the best I've ever seen....both players carded 63's to halve the match. In spite of some disruptive behvior by the US fans, the Cup matches treated the galleries on both sides to a most enjoyable and exciting time.

 

Memberships for the 2016/2017 AWGL season are coming in at a pretty good clip and it looks like we are going to have another busy season. There is still room for some new members and if you have a friend or acquaintance interested in joing, have them download the form and mail it in. First event is Friday, October 28th at the Avalon Golf Club and it will be a consecutive starting time, 18 hole strokeplay tournament.

 

 

August 26, 2016.....Schedule Set for Upcoming Season...Three New Courses

 

The 2016/2017 schedule for the Atlantic Winter Golf League has been finalized and is now published on the website. Glad to report that due to the generosity and support of participating golf facilities all the rates will remain the same for this new season.

 

We'll be playing three new courses this season...Ramblewood CC, Golden Pheasant GC and Indian Spring GC.

Ron Jaworski recently acquired Ramblewood and has made a significant investment in rehabing the clubhouse and golf course. Director of Golf, Bill McCoy s howed me around during a recent visit and and I can assure you that this is not the old Ramblewood. Also stopped by Golden Pheasant in Medford and Golf Pro, Brian Feldschneider is looking forward to our event there in late January 2017. AWGL member, Dan Britt took me around the golf course and its a very interesting and challenging layout. Indian Spring is in real nice condition and Pro, Bob Hennefer is going to show us a great time in early January 2017. Finally, we'll be returning to Centerton in late March, thanks to the help and cooperation of Al Turse.

 

 

March 21, 2016.....Bonicky Defends His Title...2016 AWGL Champion...Congrats!!!

 

We got lucky again with the weather and the 2016 AWGL championship was played at Avalon GC last Friday. Sea Oaks pro, Jeff Bonicky lead the 88 contestants with a four under par 67 and recorded his second consecutive championship.

 

 

L-R: Jeff Bonicky and Tom Smith

 

Two strokes back was Pete Barron from Stone Harbor and he capped off a great winter season, being named "Player of the Year" in the Open Division. Net honors went to T. Jay Fairlie from Broomall, PA as he posted a 67.

Laurel Creek's Joe Russo hit it close on #17 to win Open closest to pin.

 

The Philly guys continued the hot streak as Mike Owsik from MGolf Center in Bryn Mawr, PA shot a nice 72 for 1st in Senior gross. Pennsauken's Joe Casey was second, two behind Mike, and added the prestigious Senior "Player of the Year" award to an outstanding season. Bob Howard, playing out of Deerwood GC continued his excellent play with a 66 to take the Senior net top prize. Tom Faro from John F. Byrne (PA) won closest to pin in Seniors with a great shot on #3.

 

In the Super Seniors, Centerton's Bob Cisowski put nines of 35 and 34 together for a winning 2 under par 69 in gross. Bobby "C" made it a double as he also won the SS "Player of the Year" award. Jim Lloyd played his best round of the year and a 75 less a 13 handicap gave the Running Deer player a winning net 62. Speaking of great golf.....Town & Country's Bill Wolfe broke 90 and posted a net 63 for second place. Great golf by the AWGL veterans. Jon Mabry from the Moorestown FC was closest to pin on hole #11

 

Thanks to the Buckinghams....Russ and Rusty and the effort of Ted Wenner and his great staff we had a super day at Avalon. Phil Barber's buffet was outstanding and I heard many compliments. This season marks the 29th year we have played the AWGL and the Avalon folks have been very supportive all along the way. Next year will be our 30th and we're going to try to do some special things to commemorate the anniversary. From Pat, Al and me....Thanks to everyone for your great support and cooperation. You make running the winter league a real pleasure for all of us. Stay tuned to the AWGL on "Facebook" as I'm going to try to put some more pics and videos out there.

 

 

March 17, 2016....."Happy St. Patrick's Day"

 

   

 

Spent a couple hours at Avalon yesterday, checking the course and setting the tee markers for the AWGL championship tomorrow. The maintenance crew was out in full force cleaning up winter deadfall and debris and the course is going to be in very nice condition, for late March at the Jersey shore. Forecast is for clear skies...0% chance of rain, light breezes and temps in high 50's. We set the Blues at 6300, Whites at 6100 and Golds at 5900. We'll be set up for registration at 8:00AM and coffee and donuts will be on hand. Following golf a nice Avalon buffet will be ready for your enjoyment and the awarding of prizes and awards will follow. Plan for the buffet to be served around 3:00. During the round we will be catching hole scores in an effort to speed up the final calculations and gift card preparation. Entry fee for the championship is $60.00......gift cards from Sea Oaks will also be available.

 

 

March 13, 2016.....Cresci wins Super Senior with Net 63....His All-Time Low.

 

The weather continues to cooperate and we had another nice winter league event at Sea Oaks last Friday. Host pro, Jeff Bonicky made it back-to-back wins with a 2 under 70 for low gross in the Open division. Lodie von Tonder from Sakima took the Open net with 66. Pennsauken's Paul Sikorski and John Ward from Greate Bay each shot 77 and Paul won the handicap playoff with a 4 to John's 5 and first place in Senior gross. Playing out of Running Deer, Bob Brunner went low with 65 for a win in Senior net. In the Super Seniors Dave Jacobson from Medford Village nipped Centerton's Bob Cisowski and Bob Wheeler from Juniata (PA) by a shot with 76 for the victory in gross division. Lou Cresci from Buena Vista posted his all time low net round of 63 and grabbed the SS prize. A lot of good scores were posted at Sea Oaks and the course recieved many compliments for its nice condition. Very much appreciate the great job done by Jeff Bonicky and his staff at Sea Oaks....very cordial and wecolming. It's the kind of place you want to come back and play again.

 

Over fifty players have committed to the championship, so far and this number is sure to grow over the next few days. If you are planning to play, please text me; 856-264-8405. This way, I can get the tee sheet set up in advance and avoid delay in getting started. Everything is set at Avalon and following golf we will have a buffet banquet and awarding of prizes. Entry fee for the championship is $60.00. While you are on the course I will be cruising around and getting scores. This will facilitate the scorekeeping and a avoid a big delay in getting gift cards at the conclusion of play. Come early and grab some donuts and coffee. See everyone on Friday.....travel safe.

 

 

March 8, 2016.....Bonicky takes Open at Shore Gate...Owsik wins Senior and Gagliardi #1 in Super Senior...Barron Makes Fives Birdies!

 

A sixty player field was treated to a very nice layout at Shore Gate Golf Club on Monday. It was a reschedule of the event which was snowed out last Friday. Sea Oaks pro, Jeff Bonicky posted 73 to win Open division gross as Mike Biazzo from Pennsauken lead the nets with 69. Playing out of Deerwood, Bob Howard shot 70 to go with his 10 handicap for a winning 69 in Senior net. Mike Owsik, owner of M Golf Center in Bryn Mawr, PA smoothed it around the classy Shore Gate course in 74, which featured a four birdie front nine 33 and took home Senior gross 1st place. Buena Vista's John Capotosti, playing some of his best golf of the season, turned in a nice 67 to win Super Senior net. Naz Gagliardi, from Bensalem GC (PA) continued his excellent play and lead all the SS gross players with a one over 73.

 

Thanks to Harry Bittner, GM and Director of Golf Operations at Shore Gate for hosting this event. Greatly appreciate the cordial welcome by his staff of Keith, Andrea and Jesmar...they made the day especially enjoyable.

 

Looking ahead, next Friday 3/11 at Sea Oaks is shaping up very nicely, with a warm (60's), clear day in the forecast. Would not surprise me if we had a field of 80 or more. Give Jeff Bonicky or Brad Miller a call and let them know you're planning to play....609-296-2656. This will be the last regular season event before the championship at Avalon on 3/18 and in order to be eligible to compete you must have played in three (3) events. Have heard from over thirty guys so far and the tee sheet is filling up for the championship.

 

 

March 6, 2016......"We're Playing at Shore Gate...Tomorrow"

 

Caught a nice break in the weather and Shore Gate is snow free and open for play. Our event originally scheduled for Friday 3/4 will go off on Monday 3/7 with a 10:00am shotgun start. Even better news is that the temps will be in the mid 50's, sunny and light breezes....should be a great day.

 

Have been getting some text messages from guys about the championship and this is a big help. I'll be able to get the tee sheet set up early and avoid any delays. Please let me know if you intend to play in the championship and the members of your foursome or group. My text number is 856-264-8405.

 

See everyone at Shore Gate....drive safe.

 

 

March 5, 2016

 

Currently Shore Gate Golf Club is closed and will be closed through Sunday 3/6. We will make the call on the AWGL event scheduled there for Monday 3/7 at 12:00 noon tomorrow. There's a good chance the snow will be gone and we will still get the AWGL event in. We will post news on the website and the AWGL "Facebook" page. In addition, we will send an email and a text message to all members. Please do not make the trip to Shore Gate on Monday without checking in with the Pro Shop.

 

 

March 2, 2016.....Shore Gate on Friday 3/4 is Cancelled

 

Due to the forecast of snow, high winds and temps in low 40's we are cancelling the AWGL event at Shore Gate on Friday 3/4. This tournament is rescheduled for Monday 3/7, also at Shore Gate with a 10:00am shotgun start. Please call Harry Bittner, golf professional at SG 609-624-8337and let him know you are planning to play.

 

Next Friday 3/11 we're at Sea Oaks for the final regular season event, followed by the AWGL championship at Avalon on Friday 3/18. Due to recent series of cancellations, the number of regular season events to qualify for the championship is now three (3). Please text 856-264-8405 or email tspga@comcast.net with your foursome or group for the championship. This will enable me to get the starting sheet up sooner and get us off to an on time start. Thanks for your help with this.

 

The "News" page was down for a few days recently and it was due to my attempt to put the Naz Gagliardi swing video on the website. Didn't follow correct procedure and the website rejected. Thanks to help from member, Chris Read and my very smart and high tech wife, Pat we were able to correct the error and get back to normal. Naz's video is really good and is definitley worth a look. You can access it on the AWGL Facebook page.

 

 

February 21, 2016.....Bobby "C" Aces #13 at Cape May National

 

 

 

Members of the Hole in One foresome L to R

Alex Bryce, Bob Cisowski, Bob Babiak & Rob Smith

 

Centerton's Bob Cisowski scored a hole in one on the 13th hole and teamed up with Alex Bryce, also from Centerton, to take the Super Senior gross at Cape May National last Friday. This was the first ace of the season and Bob smoothed a wedge to an inch left of the flag and it jumped into the cup. First place in Open division gross went to Dan Hoban, pro from Middletown GC (PA) and his partner Shaun Rennie from John F. Byrne as they posted 66. Dan Britt, playing out of Golden Pheasant joined Rich Wade from Fisher's Glen (PA) and they tourned the nicely conditioned CMN layout in 62 for low net in the Open. Senior division gross was taken by the duo from Greate Bay, John Ward and Archie Struthers as they scored a nice 67. Naz Gagliardi from Bensalem GC (PA) and John F. Byrne's Gary Valley shot 64 and won the net in a playoff of handicaps. Following the excitement of Bob Cisowski's hole in one, the Super Senior net prize went to Bruce Schaffer from Hickory Valley (PA) and Town & Country's John Bada on the strength of a great 60. They edged John Wilson from Sunnybrook (PA) and Ed Witczak from Golden Pheasant by a single stroke.

 

A big thank you goes out to Bob and Zack Mullock and the Mullock family, owners of Cape May National for hosting the winter league. We are always treated cordially there and the very fine layout was in nice shape and perfectly set up for the "Shootout".

 

 

February 18, 2016

 

Everything is a go for the tournament tomorrow at Cape May National with a 10:00am shotgun start. This will be a two man team event...better ball on the front nine and scramble on the back nine. Several players have texted and/or emailed me with their teams and it looks like we're going to have a nice turnout. Gift certificates from our last event, over a month ago at Pennsauken, will be available. Coffee and donuts starting at 8:30.

 

Going through some old AWGL files, I came across a list of previous champions. Check this out:

 

1987  Ed Kramer                                      2000  John Appleget                    2013  George Frake    

1988  Bill Papa                                         2001  Orist Wells                         2014  John Appleget 

1989  Russ Davis                                      2002  Jamie Shaffer                    2015  Jeff Bonicky

1990                                                          2003  Jason Panter

1991                                                          2004  Barry Dear

1992  Greg Farrow                                   2005  Dennis Jones

1993  Devon Peterson                              2006  Ethan Pauxtis

1994                                                          2007  Ethan Pauxtis

1995                                                          2008  Jason Panter

1996                                                          2009  Eric Galm

1997  John Tyrell                                      2010  Dave Quinn

1998  Bob Lennon                                     2011  John Appleget

1999  Orist Wells                                      2012  Pete Barron

           

Records are missing for five years (see above) and if anyone has any information on this it would be helpful and much appreciated. The first winter league season goes back to 1976 and it was called the Delaware Valley Winter Golf League. In 1986, due to a job change, I moved to south Jersey and started the Atlantic Winter Golf League. Next season will be the 40th anniversary of winter golf leagues in the greater Delaware Valley. I think it was 1979 at the then Bucks County CC where Edgmont CC pro, Al Balukas shot a seven under par 64 to set the winter league record. That record stood for a long time until Stone Harbor's Pete Barron broke it with a 63 in the 2012 championship.

 

February 13, 2016....2-Man Team at Cape May Nat'l on 2/19...BB of 2 & Scramble

 

At first I thought I might have been premature in cancelling the event at Greate Bay yesterday, but after 20 minutes in the wind chill, I knew it was the right thing to do. Today is worse and tomorrow worse still. Going forward, the forecast is looking pretty good with temps in the 40's and little or no precip.

Next Friday we are at Cape May National and they are calling for temperatures in the 40's and sunny. Looks pretty good. The tournament format for this event will be two man teams, playing best ball of two on the front nine and two man scramble on the back nine. This is the same format we played at Harbor Pines the past couple seasons. Also, you can invite a non-member to be your partner...like we did in the Christmas Scramble at Avalon. We do need a verifiable handicap for the AWGL non member.

 

According to Golf Director, Fred Riedel the Wildwood Golf Club sustained turf damage due to the accumulation of salt water during the recent tidal flooding. They have closed several holes and are unable to accomodate the winter league on 2/26. I've been in touch with the folks at Greate Bay and it looks good for us to move the event there. Stay tuned as more info on this schedule change will be coming. Hope our luck holds out and we'll see everyone at Cape May National on 2/19.

 

 

CANCELLED AT GREATE BAY ON FRIDAY - 2/12

 

Due to the forecast of temperatures in the 20's and wind chills in the teens we will cancel the event scheduled for Greate Bay CC on Friday 2/12. These conditions are unsafe to play golf in and the risk of frostbite is great and not acceptable. After a great start to this AWGL season we've had a run of bad luck with four consecutive cancellations. Looking ahead to Cape May National on 2/19, the forecast is favorable as we move back into the 40's. Anything above freezing is OK. Keep tuned to the website and Facebook for more info.

 

 

February 9, 2016.....Friday at Greate Bay is Questionable...Stay Tuned to Website

 

We're keeping a close eye on the weather and things are not looking good for Friday 2/12 at Greate Bay. It's raining right now at 5:00pm in Millville, NJ, but with temperatures headed for the low 30's tonight we will probably get some light snow. With temps staying in low 30's and high 20's the snow won't go away. The second factor is the forcast for temperatures in the mid to high 20's for the shore and with any wind the chill factor could go into the teens. These are not safe conditions to play golf in as frostbite is a real possibility. In any event, do not head down to Greate Bay without calling to find out if we are playing. Numbers at Greate Bay are; Pro Shop: 609-927-5071. Speak to Ryan Owens, Ron Ralston or John Petronis. You can call anytime on Thursday as we will make the call by 6:00pm Wednesday.

 

 

 

CANCELLED TODAY AT BLUE HERON PINES

 

The shore has 2" of snow on the ground (7:00AM) today and it's still snowing. We will have to cancel today's tournament at Blue Heron Pines. Bad luck....see everyone at Greate Bay next Friday 2/12.

 

 

February 4, 2016

 

The Blue Heron Pines event is still on as scheduled tomorrow...2/5. We'll play 18 holes of strokeplay starting with a shotgun at 10:00AM. Late weather reports call for a possibility of light snow and this reminds me of a winter league event back in 1989 at Seaview. We started out in a very light, misty rain with the temp around forty and as the round played out the number went down into the thirties and the mist turned into a slushy snow. We kept playing and when a putt I had on #9 of about 20 feet started out OK and by the time the ball got near the hole it was the size of a softball. We decided it was time to call it a day and we determined winners based on nine holes scores compared to par, since everyone didn't play the same nine holes. Pat, Al and I will be at BHP between 8:00 and 8:30 and we'll have coffee and donuts. Drive carefully.

 

 

February 2, 2016.....No Snow at Blue Heron Pines!!!

 

We're on for the AWGL event at Blue Heron Pines this Friday...2/5. No kidding this time, I have spoken with Chuck Filling, golf professional at BHP and he advises that the course is almost snow free and with the mild weather expected over the next three days will be in nice shape for our tournament. Course will be set up with three tees and a closest to pin on a par three.

 

The following Friday, 2/12, we return to Greate Bay, followed by Cape May National on 2/19. At CMN, we will play a two-man team event, with better ball of partners on front nine and scramble on back nine.

 

 

January 28, 2016.....Mays Landing is NOT Open for Play.....We're Cancelled!!!

 

Got some bad info from ML and they are still snow covered and not playable. Very sorry for this slip up and hope it does not cause too much inconvenience.

 

The regular AWGL schedule will resume with Blue Heron Pines on 2/5 and Greate Bay on 2/12.

 

 

The AWGL event scheduled for Twisted Dune is cancelled.

 

We were scheduled at Twisted Dune GC tomorrow 1/22 and due to additional snow fall and the uncertainty of the coastal storm, we will cancel this event. Next AWGL event is at Mays Landing CC on Friday 1/29...with a 10:00AM shotgun start.

 

 

January 20, 2016

 

Just got home and the hip operation yesterday went great. Zero pain and getting around pretty good with a walker. Thanks to all the guys that checked in on me. Couple of weeks of rehab and therapy and I'll be back in action.

 

Update on Friday at Twisted Dune: Just spoke with Scott Dunn this morning and TD is still slightly snow covered. Scott expects snow gone in next two days and the remaining question is the coastal storm coming in late Friday. We will make the call by 10:00AM tomorrow. In any event, call the Twisted Dune GC at 609-445-4337 ext 2 and find out if the event is on or off. Everything depends on the path of the storm.

 

January 16, 2016....AWGL Career Low 70 for Jon Mabry Wins Super Senior at PCC

 

Pete Barron from Stone Harbor notched his sixth win of the season, taking the Open gross with an even par 70 at Pennsauken CC. The all-time record for wins in the Open division is nine by Gary Hardin (Northampton CC...PA) back in 1979. Sakima's Lodie Van Tonder also shot 70 gross and with his 7 handicap won the Open net with 63. Only one skin in the Open and Shaun Rennie pocketed some nice cash for his scat on #13. Mike Manley won a dozen Volvik S3 tour balls for a 2' 3" shot on #15...Pennsauken is his home course. Joe Casey continued his great play with a win in Senior gross. Second win in a row for the Pennsauken standout player. Deerfield's Bob Howard also doubled with a win in Senior net. Bob shot a very smooth 77 and with his 11 handicap posted a winning 66. As mentioned in the headline, Jon Mabry from the Moorestown Field Club turned in an even par gross of 70, an AWGL career low and took the Super Senior gross top money. Pennsauken's Jim Bisignaro shot his best round of the season...81 and his 62 net was tops in SS. We always have a great time at Pennsauken CC and it's no accident. Quentin Griffith's great staff does a wonderful job of making the AWGL gang feel at home. Much appreciated, Q and I know I speak for all the guys.

 

Special congratulations go to Pennsauken golf professional, Matt Deckert who recently achieved his PGA membership....a very great accomplishment....nice going, Matt.

 

Next Friday we'll be at Twisted Dune and the following week at Mays Landing. Am told that the new owners at Mays Landing have made some nice improvements and if this weather continues we should have a nice day there.

 

Got a note from Volvik's Jack Dillon and he says they will introducing six new balls at the PGA Golf Show in Orlando, FL next week. You need to try this outstanding golf ball...especially the S3 tour ball. Volvik is an AWGL participating sponsor and provides the CTP prizes. Ask Pete Barron how he likes the Volvik ball.

 

 

 

 

 

January 13, 2016

 

Bitter cold today, but things are looking real good for Friday at Pennsauken. Forecasting temps in low 50's and light breeze....not too bad for mid january. Winners from Sand Barrens last Friday can pick up gift cards and cash.

 

Very sorry to report the passing of a long time AWGL member and over the years, one of our best players. Larry Golley from Valleybrook GC in Blackwood, NJ died on January 6th after a battle with cancer. A viewing is scheduled on Thursday, January 14th at the Ora L. Wooster Funeral Home from 7:00 to 8:00 in the evening. Following at 8:00 is a Masonic service. The funeral home is at 51 Park Blvd, Clementon, NJ 08021. Larry was the recipient of the George Kremer "Sportsmanship Award" last season.

 

We will be returning to Greate Bay on Friday February 12th with a 10:00 am shotgun start. Welcoming us this year will be PGA golf professional, John Petronis and he tells me the course is in real nice condition. Let's hope this great weather continues. Greate Bay is in Somers Point, NJ and the phone is 609-927-5071. Give John a call and let him know you're planning to play.

 

 

January 10, 2016.....Shaun Rennie Eagles Sand Barren's #1N with 85 Yard Wedge

 

John F. Byrne's, Shaun Rennie bombed it over 300 yards off #1 north at Sand Barrens, setting up an 85 yard approach. He smoothed a sand wedge into the hole for an eagle 2 and a skin. Rennie shot 76 to  go with his nine handicap, shooting 67 to win the Open division net. He edged out David Quinn from Centerton in a playoff of handicaps...9 to 10. Standout Stone Harbor player, Pete Barron continued his winning ways, posting a 2 under 70 to take Open gross. In the Seniors, Joe Casey from Pennsauken turned in a nice 73 to nip Paul Sikorski, also from Pennsauken, by a shot to pocket the top gross prize. Deerwood's Bob Howard posted nines of 39-38 and with his 12 handicap shot a 65 to win Senior net. The great scoring continued to the Super Seniors as Jon Mabry, playing out of the Moorestown Field Club, shot 74 in SS gross. A shot behind Jon was Medford Village's Dave Jacobson at 75 and one more shot behind was Naz Gagliardi from Bensalem with 76. Competition in Super Senior gross division has been hot all season. Playing his best golf of the year, Buena Vista's John Capotosti turned in nines of 40-40 and with his 17 handicap the resulting 63 won SS net. It was close again as Tom O'Connor from Mountain View toured the nice Sand Barrens track in net 64.

 

Thanks go out to golf professional, Doug Delaney & his staff and GM, John Robertson for hosting the AWGL and providing us with a real nice day...on and off the course. I hope you guys noticed the great improvement in the Sand Barrens golf course. This layout should definitely go on your list of places to play in the future.

 

Next Friday we head up to Pennsauken and amazingly the early forecast is for clear skies (0% chance of rain) and temperatures in the high 40's. Let's enjoy these conditions while we can...it's been a fantastic year so far.

 

On a lighter note, I'm heading for hip replacement surgery on 1/19, so Pat, Al Turse and Mike DeCriscio will be running things for a couple of weeks. Hope to be back in action by the first or second week in February.

 

 

                       

                Getting ready to tee off on #1N at Sand Barrens                                    

                              L-R: Shaun Rennie, Tom Faro, Gary Valley, Dan Hoban

 

 

 

Rocky Sgrillo just before impact as

he hits it close on #9N

 

 

 

 

January 4, 2016.....All set to go at Sand Barrens....Layer Up!

 

Just off the phone with Sand Barrens Director of Golf, Doug Delaney and he has everything set up for us on Friday, January 8th. Reminder that SB is a 27 hole facility and we will be playing WEST to NORTH courses. Three sets of tees will be in play as follows; Open - Yellow/Gold...6600 yards, Senior - White...6250 yards, Super Senior - Green...5900 yards. At present there are no cart restrictions and the forecast is clear through Friday PM. The bar will be open, with hot dogs and light snacks & finger foods. Thanks in advance to Doug and his assistant Rob Milburn.

 

 

 

 

 

Wishing all AWGL members and families a very Happy and Prosperous New Year....All the Best!!!

 

 

 

 

January 1, 2016

 

We're getting ready to restart the AWGL schedule and the next event is January 8th at Sand Barrens. Hope everyone had a pleasant and enjoyable holiday. Looking ahead, the temperatures appear to be headed lower and we should have some real winter conditions. Gift cards from the Avalon Christmas Scramble will be available at SB.

 

 

 

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

 

with all Best Wishes!

 

Pat, Tom and Al

 

 

 

 

Jim Lloyd and Steve Walinsky planning their second shot on #18

 

 

 

 Ready to tee off on #1: Tom Booth & Charlie Bianchi with Ed Witczak & Jim Soukup