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Here you will find the latest on what's happening with the Atlantic Winter Golf League.

 

 

 

July 16, 2018....Pro-Am Revision.....The Tournament is Now a Two-Man Scramble

 

We're still playing at Centerton GC on Friday July 27th, but the format has changed. A lot of players had trouble putting together a four man team, so we've changed the the tournament to a two-man scramble...any combination of handicaps. You will get 25% of your combined handicaps. Example: Player A is a 10 handicap and player B is a 14. The total of handicaps is 24 and 25% of 24 is 6 and six would be the scramble team handicap. Prizes will be awarded for gross and net and we'll have Closest to Pin contests on three par 3's. So far we have about 10 teams signed up and we're looking for a field of around fifty. Text or email me with your team so we can set up the foursomes. If you have a foursome of two teams, that's fine...just let me know the teams. Text Tom Smith at 856-264-8405.

 

 

AWGL Pro-Am

 

Friday July 27, 2018

 

Centerton Golf Club.....12:00 Noon Shotgun

 

 

That's right, we're going to try a Pro-Am in a couple of weeks and here's the way it's going to work. We divide the AWGL membership into four (4) handicap groups. Group A will be the "Pros" and have handicaps of 9 or less. Group B handicaps 10 to 14, Group C handicaps 15 to 19 and Group D handicaps 20 and up ( max of 24).

 

You will enter as a team of four with a player from each handicap group. The tournament format will be best two balls of four, with prizes for gross and net. Closest to pin prizes on three (3) par threes. Centerton has extended a very generous trail fee and the entry fee will be $65 and include golf with a cart and tournament prizes. Contestants will play Blue Tees (Open Division up to 49...senior pros play White Tees), White Tees (Seniors 50 to 65) and Gold Tees (Super Seniors 66 and up, except single digit handicaps which will play White Tees). We will need you to enter in advance of the start so we can set up the scorecards for gross and net competition. Text me with your entry 856-264-8405. Entry fees can be paid at check in.

 

This post will be followed up with an email and an additional post on the AWGL Facebook page. Thanks to the hard work of Don Larcher and his golf course crew and Al Turse, the Centerton golf course has made a very good turn around and is in much improved condition. Following golf we will hang out in the golfer's grill for a beer or two....or three and some light fare. This event is a try at expanding the AWGL season and we don't need a huge field for it to be a success. If we get 10 or 12 foursomes, it will be a very nice event. Any questions, call or text me at the number above.

 

 

July 2, 2018...Schedule Set for 2018/2019 Winter League Season

 

Sitting at the computer in Millville and it's hard to imagine playing golf in temps under 50 with the outside thermometer hovering around 98 degrees. It won't be too much longer and we'll be layering up for some great cool weather golf. The schedule is set and can be found under the Tournament section on the AWGL website. We will be playing a couple of new courses this season, with the addition of Burlington CC and Linwood CC. Eighteen events altogether with a kickoff at Avalon GC on October 26, 2018 and the Championship, also at Avalon, on March 22, 2019.

 

 

March 28, 2018...Mike Olson Wins AWGL Championship at Avalon

 

Without a lot of cooperation from Mother Nature, we finally got the 2017/2018 AWGL Championship completed at Avalon Golf Club on last Friday. A nice field of 61 turned out for the event and another two club wind provided a stern test to the player's skills. Mike Olson, playing out of Medford Village took the Open division gross with an even par 71 and became the 31st champion of the Atlantic Winter Golf League. Mike's steady round included two birdies and an eagle 3 on #12. Finishing in the runner up spot was Little Mill PGA Director of Golf, George Frake, as he posted a 76. Open net first place money went Shaun Rennie from J.F. Byrne as he edged out Golden Pheasant's Dan Britt 69 to 71. Dan returned to the winner's table to receive the Open Division Player of the Year award.

 

Senior division saw some great action and close competition. Joe Russo from Running Deer had nines of 36 - 35 which included four birdies and his even par 71 won the gross prize. Close behind, only a stroke away at 72 was Mike Owsik from M Golf Center in Philly. The trip south proved worthwhile for Kevin Moore as the Hanover, NJ player won Senior net with a great 5 under 66. He beat Al Turse from Centerton by two shots. Senior Player of the Year was won by Tom Alestock from Running Deer.

 

Topping off a very successful winter golf season, Medford Village's Dave Jacobson carded an even par 71 for the win in Super Senior gross. Sunnybrook's (Phila.) John Wilson shot his career low winter league round of 81 and with his 17 handicap a super net score of 64 lead Super Seniors by three. Bob Babiak from Cedar Creek (N. Jersey) and Ramblewood's Dennis Serbin tied for second with 67's. Jon Mabry was second in SS gross and the Moorestown FC player won Super Senior Player of the Year, completing a very succesful year of golf. The Super Seniors competed for closest to pin on #5 and John Bada from Town and Country hit it close to take the prize. Kevin Moore doubled down as he stiffed it on #11 for the CTP prize.

 

All things considered, we completed a good winter golf season with eighteen events. The inconsistent and unpredictable weather provided a serious challenge and we got through it fairly well. Thanks goes out to Pat Smith and Al Turse for their invaluable help in organizing and administering the weekly events. Could not be done with out their excellent help. Also, would like to extend much gratitude to the golf professionals who have gone out of their way to provide us with very nice venues for our winter events. Many of you have expressed a wish to play an event or two in the good weather and we will try to do this in 2018. Using the AWGL Facebook page, you can express your thoughts and suggestions on how we can improve the AWGL events and make this experience more enjoyable.

 

Thanks for your support and good sportsmanship this season. Have a great Spring, Summer and Fall of golf and we'll see you all next November for another season of cool weather on the links.

 

 

 

 

Pictured above is the 2017/2018 AWGL Champion, Mike Olson (L) recieving his first place award from Tom Smith (R)

 

 

 

Snowed Out at Avalon!!!

 

The AWGL Championship scheduled for Friday 3/23/2018 is cancelled and rescheduled for Monday 3/26/2018

 

 

We will still have a 10:00AM shotgun start and we'll be at Avalon from 8:00AM with coffee and donuts. Please call Avalon at 609-465-4653 before you leave for the shore, just to make sure the course is open for play.

 

 

 

March 18, 2018...St. Patty's Scramble at Blue Heron Pines...A Great Test on a Great Course...Ayars & Turse Take Open with 67...Spratt & Paul Top Seniors on 70...Jacobson & Serbin Go Low with 66 in Super Seniors.

 

The Blue Heron Pines course was in great winter shape and Director of Golf, Chuckie Filling had it set up just right for the final event of the AWGL 2017/2018 regular season...our 31st year. Dan Ayars from Running Deer and Centerton's Al Turse teamed up well and their 67 was good for the gross win in the Open division. Middletown (PA) pro, Dan Hoban and Jim Babst from J.F. Byrne were on fire and turned in a 67 for the Open net first place. Not to worry about the fire...Babst is a Captain in the Philadelphia Fire Department. Senior division found The Running Deer tandem of Fred Spratt and Tom Paul touring the excellent BHP layout in 70 to take first in Senior gross. Senior net went to Juniata's Chris Dunham and Hank Haelsebach on the strength of a 67. They won in a playoff of handicaps; 6 to 8 over Howard Ennis and Miles Homan from Centerton. Best round of the day went to Dave Jacobson from Medford Village and Ramblewood's Dennis Serbin. With nines of 32 - 34, their 66 won the Super Senior gross. Playing out of the host club, Gary Dornhoefer and George Tzaferos from Tavistock posted a nice 66 to win SS net in a handicap playoff (4 to 7) over Golden Pheasant linkster, Ed Witczak and Sunnybrook's John Wilson. Closest to pin honors on #11 went to Tom Emanuel from Golden Pheasant with a great shot that stopped 3' 10' from the cup. Compliments to Chuckie Filling and his staff for the extra effort to provide a very enjoyable dayfor the AWGL contestants.

 

Next Friday we head to Avalon for the season Championship. The weather forecast has improved a little...now a high of 50 and sunny. Drop me a text 856-264-8405 if you and/or your group are playing. We'll be there from 8:00AM on in preparation for a 10:00AM shotgun start. Three regular season events are required for eligibilty to play in the championship. Entry fee: $60.00. Buffet to follow golf. Am picking of CMN and BHP gift cards today and they will be on hand Friday.

 

 

March 10, 2018....."Blow Ye Winds, Blow"...Jacobson's 74 Takes Super Senior Gross in a Three Club Wind at Cape May National.

 

In the aftermath of the recent Nor'easter the winds at Cape May National added to the test on this classic links style course. Dan Britt from Golden Pheasant was up to the challenge and posted 78 to take the top gross prize in the Open division. Woodcrest pro, Bill Torlucci won Open net with 76. In the Seniors, Mike Owsik from M Golf Center in Bryn Mawr carded 77, good for first place in gross. Playing out of Centerton, Gary Peart continued his winning ways with a net 70 and grabbed the top senior net prize. Owsik also added to his winning with four skins. Super Senior group saw the best round of the day posted as Dave Jacobson went out in 39 and roared back with 35 for a 74 and a gross victory. Hugh Curran from Cobbs Creek (Philly) went low with a 69 and beat everyone in Super Senior net. Unfortunately, the closest to pin card was misplaced and we don't know who won. If anyone saw the name and distance, let us know.

 

Next week week head to Ron Jaworki's Blue Heron Pines and the event will be a two-man/person scramble...same format as the Christmas Scramble at Avalon. We'll play in three divisions with team members playing from tees by age. Up to age 49 play the blue tees, 50 to 65 play the white tees and 66 and up play the gold/yellow tees. Net scores will be based on 1/4 (25%) of combined handicaps. Seniors and Super Seniors may move up in divisions, but Open and Seniors may not move down. Please text with your team as it will help getting things set up. The following Friday 3/23 is the championship at Avalon. We'll be starting with a shotgun at 10:00 and with all the cancellations and reschedules, the minimum number of regular season rounds to qualify is now three (3). Following golf we'll have a buffet and award prizes. Drop me a text if your and/or your group are planning to play. Text to 856-264-8405

 

Long time AWGL member and certainly one of the best players in the 31 year history of the league, Bob Cisowski is heading for Florida to start a new chapter in his life. A send off is planned for Sunday 3/25 at the Woodstown Hotel from 2:00PM..til. Anyone wishing to say so long to Bob can stop by...food and drinks available.

 

 

 

 

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Getting ready to tee off on #1 at Running Deer.

Pictured above L to R: Mark Wiley, Gary Peart, Bob Davy and Bill Jensen

Gary made three 2's on the par threes and Bob won SS net.

 

 

March 7, 2018...Bob Cisowski Sticks it 5' on #7 for CTP Win at Running Deer

 

Nice turnout of 40 players toured the beautiful Running Deer course last Monday and some good numbers hit the scoreboard. Millville police officer, Dan Ayars, playing out of the home course took the Open division gross with 74. Bensalem's (Philly) Dom Castagna won gross low net as his 69 beat Rich Wade from Golden Pheasnt in a playoff of handicaps....8 to 9. In the Seniors, Gary Peart made three 2's enroute to 79 and his 11 handicap gave him a net winning 68. The long hitter from Centerton also won 3 skins for his birdies on the par threes. The Philly guys showed up again as Jim Babst from John F. Byrne lead the senior gross with 80. Bob Cisowski returned to the winners circle with a win in Super Senior gross. The outstanding Centerton player tied with Moorestown FC's Jon Mabry at 75 and the tie continued with a match of handicaps 4 to 4. The playoff went to the 5th extra hole with Bobby C emerging the winner. Some real steady golf was played by Bob Davy as he posted nines of 42 - 41 to go with his 14 handicap and the Medford Village player carded 69....good for a win in SS net. Bob Cisowski doubled up with a Closest to Pin winning shot which ended up 5' from the cup.

 

Compliments to Klay Knerr, Director of Golf at Running Deer, and his great staff for providing us with a very enjoyable day. The course was great, thanks to Charlie Clark and the cordiality of Dante in the pro shop and Mario in the bar added greatly to the fun.

 

Have been in touch with the folks at Cape May National and they are not getting any snow at the moment (11:00am on Wednesday) and we're good to go for Friday 3/9. Keep an eye on the website and Facebook for late breaking news.

 

 

March 4, 2018..."We're Playing at Running Deer Tomorrow"

 

Good news from Klay Knerr, Director of Golf at Running Deer.....the power is back on (down for 36 hours), the turf is drying out nicely and the course is open for play. Carts will be running; cart paths only. The high winds during the storm brought a few trees down and we'll call them Ground Under Repair.

 

We'll be at Running Deer from 8:00AM on with coffee and donuts and the tournament start will be a 10:00AM shotgun. See everyone at RD tomorrow morning and please.....Drive Safe!

 

 

March 3, 2018...Important!!! AWGL Schedule Update

 

Running Deer Golf Club took a pretty good hit during the recent storm. Course is extremely wet and ciurrently closed. Golf Director, Klay Knerr advises that he will be able to give us a go/no go by 12 noon tomorrow 3/4. In the event that Running Deer remains closed to play on Monday 3/5, we will move the AWGL event to the Centerton Golf Club with the same 10:00AM shotgun start. Stay tuned to the website and AWGL Facebook page for the latest word on play for Monday 3/5.

 

 

Schedule Change Alert!!!

 

The weather forecast for Friday 3/2 is not good...90% chance of heavy rain and wind gusts approaching 40 MPH. Not the kind of weather for playing golf.

 

We are moving the Running Deer event from Friday 3/2 to Monday 3/5 and will keep the 10:00AM shotgun start. The tournament will still be at Running Deer and we will be there at 8:00AM with coffee and donuts. Please text me 856-264-8405 if you and/or your group will be playing.

 

February 25, 2018

 

The rain went away and 23 intrepid linksters tested the challenging track at Shore Gate.We combined the three divisions into one and Gary Dornhoefer made it a double with a nice one over par 73 for the low gross round of the day. Dorney plays out of Blue Heron Pines, where we're headed on 3/16...the last regular season event before the championship on 3/23. Dan Hoban from Middletown and Juniata's John Blackmon shared gross runner up money with 78's. Little Mill pro, George Frake completed the list of prize winners in gross with a 79. Running Deer's Tom Paul shot a nice 80 to go with his 10 handicap and took low net honors with a 2 under 70. Ed Witczak from Golden Pheasant was second in net with even par 72. Tom Paul made it a double win for the day as he knocked it 5 feet for closest to pin.

 

Next Friday Running Deer will host the AWGL and the early weather forecast doesn't look real good. Am in process of trying to move the event to Monday 3/5. Stay tuned to the website and Facebook for updates. Due to schedule changes and cancellations, the minimum number of regular season events to qualify for the championship is now three (3). That means you must have played in three (3) regular season events to be eligible to compete in the championship at Avalon on 3/23...rain date 3/30.

 

 

February 17, 2018..."Thanks" Mother Nature...Greate Day at Greate Bay!

 

The rains held off just enough to allow a tenacious field of 25 to challenge the nice Greate Bay CC layout and the scoreboard featured some very good results. Dan Britt from Golden Pheasant took top prize in Open gross with 74. Dan beat Steve Barry by a shot and Steve's 5 handicap gave him a net 70, good for low Open net. Laurel Creek's Joe Russo took his sharp game to another win as he lead the Senior gross with 73. John Blackmon and Bill Giulian tied for low net in the Seniors with 70's. In a playoff of handicaps John's 5 beat Bill's 12 and the Juniata twosome took home some winnings. Playing out of Medford Village, Dave Jacobson continued on a hot streak with another win in Super Senior gross division. Dave's two over par 72 was the low gross round of the day. SS net went to Dennis Serbin from J.F. Byrne on the strength of his two under 68. Closest to the pin on hole number 3 went to Golden Pheasant's Rich Wade as he nestled a shot 4' 8" from the hole. Much appreciate the effort of the Greate Bay staff to provide us with a very well conditioned course and a comfortable post golf setting.

 

Next Friday we go to Shore Gate, followed by Running Deer on March 2nd. Fourteen events are in the books and lets hope the decent weather continues to follow us we head down the backstretch of the current AWGL season.

 

 

February 11, 2018...Dan Hoban Takes Open with 74...Low Senior to Joe Russo on 68...Gary Dornhoefer Skated to a Win in Super Seniors with 70...GREAT SCORES!!!

 

The classic Atlantic City CC layout was in perfect condition and over 40 winter league players were certainly up to the test. Middletown CC pro, Dan Hoban was steady with nines of 36-38 and his 74 bested Lodie von Tonder fom Sakima by two shots in the Open gross. First place Open net money went to Dominic Castagna from Bensalem (PA.) as he carded a 70. In the Senior division the low round of the day was posted by the AWGL defending champion as Joe Russo, playing out of Laurel Creek shot a 2 under 68, which included 4 threes and 2 twos. Senior net went to Jim Babst from J.F. Byrne in Philly as he won a playoff of handicaps with Middletown's Greg Bumgardner 6 to 7. Both players finished with net scores of 72. Philadelphia Flyer hockey great, Gary Dorhoefer from Blue Heron Pines shot an even par 70 to pocket Super Senior first place money. His card showed six 3's....five on the back nine. Close on Dorney's heels was Medfrod Village's Dave Jacobson as he turned in a 72 to go with his 5 handicap gave him a SS net victory. Closest to the pin on hole #17 went to Juniata's Bob Wheeler as he nailed it 2' 1" for an almost gimme bird....he made the putt, BTW. NO GIMMES!

 

Big thanks you to host professional, Barry Showalter and his great staff for providing us with a very enjoyable day at this iconic golf facility. ACCC was in wonderful condition and the after golf atmosphere was welcoming and quite comfortable. This is certainly a "Bucket List" course and deserves a play in fair weather.

 

Next Ffriday we head to Greate Bay CC in Somers Point, NJ and the early weather forecast looks favorable. Slight chance of light rain and mid 40 temps. It's a 10:00AM shotgun....Travel Safe!

 

 

 

We're playing at Wildwood tomorrow......11:00AM Shotgun start

 

 

 

January 31, 2018.....Up Date on Wildwood CC Schedule Change

 

Just advised by staff at Wildwood that they still have a little snow on the course and the superintendent will make a go/no go call by 2:30 today. We sent an email blast out advising the conditions and ask that you call Wilwood before leaving tomorrow morning...Pro Shop: 609-465-7823. We're going to make every effort to get this tournament in and will let you know ASAP. Thanks for your patience....it's why we call it the Winter League.

 

 

January 28, 2018.....Britt 74...Alestock 73...Jacobson 76 Take Gross in Open, Sr. & S Sr. at Golden Pheasant

 

Little chilly last Friday and after a thirty minute frost delay 31 players hit the beautifully conditioned Golden Pheasant course and some real good numbers were posted. Representing the host club, Dan Britt shot 2 over 74 for first place in Open division gross. Sakima's Lodie von Tonder took Open low net with 72 after a playoff of handicaps (3 to 8) with PGA pro, Bill Torlucci from Woodcrest CC. The Senior division produced the low round of the day with Tom Alestock, playing out of Running Deer GC, carding a one over 73. Juniata GC's (Philly) Bill Giulian lead the Senior net group with a real nice 65. Dave Jacobson continued to turn in low numbers and the Medford Village CC linkster carded 76 to top the Super Senior gross. Juniata made it a double win as Bob Wheeler lead the SS net with 67.

 

PGA professional at Golden Pheasant, Brian Feldschneider was a great host and we are certainly grateful for his efforts in making our event enjoyable and smooth running. Briefly spoke with Brian about having a good weather event at GP...possibly a pro-am format in the summer. More on that to come. Next Friday 2/2/2018 we'll be at Wildwood CC and the early weather forecast is not real good with a 90% chance of rain/snow. Stay tuned to the website and the AWGL Facebook page for late news. We'll make a call by 12 noon on Thursday 2/1.

 

 

 

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Go Eagles!

 

 

January 21, 2018.....Great Day at Mays Landing...Castagna, Alestock and Cisowski go Low in Gross...Wade, Babst and Curran Tops in Net...Capotosti Wins CTP...GO EAGLES!!!

 

Mother Nature really cooperated with us and Mays Landing CC was snow free and in beautiful condition for the AWGL event last Friday. Dom Castagna from Bensalem GC in Philly took the Open division gross with a nice 77. Medford Village's Mike Olson finishing second on 80. Open net went to Rich Wade, as the Golden Pheasant player posted 75 and beat out David Quinn from Centerton by a single shot.

 

Senior division saw Running Deer's Tom Alestock finish first in gross with 78, while Jim Babst from J.F. Byrne lead the net category with 74.

 

Bob Cisowski from Centerton continued his excellent play and took the top spot in Super Senior gross with 83. Playing out of Cobb's Creek (Philadelphia), Hugh Curran turned in nines of 46-40 less his 15 handicap for a 71, good for a win in SS net. Closest to Pin honors went to John Capotosti from Buena Vista as his shot on #15 ended up 27' from the cup...best in the field.

 

A very special thank you to Mays Landing GM, Bill Green for his effort in making our event so enjoyable and successful. Also grateful to Rebecca Apetz in the Golf Shop for her work in getting the course set up correctly. Mays Landing was in excellent condition...course and clubhouse and the new owners deserve a lot of credit for keeping this classic layout in pristine shape.

 

Early weather reports look good for our event next Friday at Golden Pheasant. Have a good week and we'll see everyone at GP...travel safe.

 

 

January 17, 2018.....Less Than 1" of Snow at Mays Landing...."We're Still On for Friday"

 

In speaking with Rebecca Apetz at Mays Landing Golf Club I'm advised that they got a light dusting of snow and it should be gone tomorrow with temps near 50. Mays Landing will certainly be on the wet side, but open for play on Friday for our AWGL event. Please call or text to 856-264-8405 and let us know that you and/or your group are planning to play. Looking even better for the following Friday 1/26 at Golf Pheasant with the thermometer on the rise. Hope to see everyone and please travel safely.

 

 

January 14, 2018.....Quinn Takes Low Gross at Centerton...DeCriscio Best in Net

 

Fifteen stalwart players teed it up at Centerton Golf Club yesterday in a makeup event for the snow out at Twisted Dune. Moderate winds kept the temps in mid thirties and some nice numbers were posted. From the host club, David Quinn shot 76 to take first place in gross, nosing out Jon Mabry from the Moorestown Field Club and Centerton's Bob Cisowski by a single shot. Also from Centerton, Mike DeCriscio carded a one under 70 to beat fellow Centerton player, Al Turse in a playoff of handicaps...7 to 11. Medford Village's Dave Jacobson finished in third net with 72. Closest to the pin on #17 saw Rocky Dare from Running Deer tuck one in to 10' 3" for the winning shot. Rocky also grabbed a skin on the hole. Due to the small field we competed in one division and played three sets of tees according to age and awarded prizes in gross and net. Thanks to Al Turse for a very good tee and pin set, as it produced a very competitive event.

 

 

January 11, 2018.....Centerton GC to Host Winter League on Saturday 1/13/2018

 

We've never done this before, but in an effort to get back on the schedule we're going to try to play the AWGL event at the Centerton Golf Club on Saturday January 13th. Al Turse, advises that the course will be very wet, but carts will be running on cart paths only and we will tee off with a 10:00AM shotgun start. Temps in the high 40's should make it decent conditions. Prizes will be paid out in cash. It would be a big help if you could give Al a call to let him know you and/or your group is planning to play. Call the shop at 856-358-2220 or Al's cell at 856-628-2253. This is certainly a desperate try at getting back on the course and we hope to see you on Saturday....day after tomorrow. Please, Drive Safe!

 

 

January 10, 2018.....We're Cancelled at Twisted Dune on Friday

 

Sorry to report that conditions at Twisted Dune will not allow us to play the regularly scheduled AWGL event there on Friday 1/12/2018. Director of Golf, Jim Endres advises that there is still a snow cover and in spite of warm temps the next two days, the course will be super wet and not open for play. We will try to reschedule TD, possibly on a Monday.

 

 

January 3, 2018.....Indian Spring Event on 1/5/2018 is CANCELLED!

 

With 2" to 4" of snow forecasted and single digit wind chills, we are cancelling the AWGL event scheduled for Indian Spring Golf Club on Friday January 5th. Indian Spring is currently snow covered and not open for play. The next event at Twisted Dune GC on Friday 1/12/2018 looks a lot better with temps in high 40's and we should be snow free. Stay tuned to this website and the AWGL Facebook page for current, updated information.

 

 

 

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Best Wishes from Pat, Al and Tom to all the winter leaguers and their families for a very happy and safe holiday

 

 

 

December 18, 2017.....Hoban and Hoffman are 2017 "Christmas Scramble" Champs...Russo and Alestock Pocket 5 Skins...Great Day at Avalon!!!

 

Dan Hoban, PGA Director of Golf at Middletown GC (the old Langhorne CC) reached out to one of his star players from Roman Catholic High School, Anthony Hoffman, and they teamed up to win the Open division gross prize in the Christmas Scramble at Avalon. Dan has been the golf coach at Roman for many years and Anthony was a standout player there. They combined for a winning total of 64...seven under par. Open net honors went to Dan Britt and Rich Wade from Golden Pheasant as they carded a nice 61. In the Senior division, Joe Russo from Laurel Creek and Running Deer's Tom Alestock were virtually flawless as they posted a 10 under par 61 to win gross. On the way they captured five "skins", which is a new Scramble record. Low net in the Seniors went to Juniata's (Philadelphia) Bob Wheeler and Bill Giulian on the strength of a great 64. "Wheels" is the operator of Juniata Golf Course and is a retired Philly policeman, as is Bill Giulian...good guys and I know you join me to say "Thanks for your service". The Super Seniors had some tough competition and Bob Dicicco from Sicklerville and Wedgwood's Sam Morris played some nice team golf to post a 5 under 66 to grab the gross first place money. SS net went to Bruce Schaffer from Hickory Valley and Steve Walinsky playing out of Buena Vista as they teamed up for a crushing 10 under 61.

 

A big "Thank You" to Ted Wenner and Dennis Jones for their efforts to make our day at Avalon so enjoyable. Looks like we made the right call in moving the event from Friday to Monday. We're taking a couple weeks off for the holidays, but back in action on January 5th 2018 at Indian Spring Golf Club.

 

 

 

The winning Christmas Scramble (Open Division) team, pictured L to R:

Dan Hoban and Anthony Hoffman

 

 

 

 

Enjoying a real nice day at the Avalon Golf Club, this foursome just holed out on #9 and ready for the back nine;

L to R; Bill Jensen, Bob Davy, Bob Fitzsimmons and Bob Brunner

 

 

 

 

L to R; Bob DiCicco, Sam Morris, Lou Cresci and John Capotosti

DiCicco and Morris teamed up for a 5 under 66 to win the gross in Super Seniors during the annual Christmas Scramble at Avalon.

 

 

December 16, 2017....."We're Still Playing at Avalon on Monday"

 

Just checked in with folks at the Avalon Golf Club and Dennis Jones advises that they got less than an inch of snow and is going away pretty fast today. Barring any more precipitation, we are good to go at Avalon this Monday form the annual Christmas Scramble. Conditions will be a little on the wet side and we may be confined to cartpaths, but the forcast is for temps around 50F and light breezes. We're starting with a 10:00AM shotgun and Al, Pat and I will be there from 8:00 with coffee and donuts.

 

A reminder that the teams will compete in divisions based on ages....example; an Open player and a Senior player teamed up will compete in the Open division, but the Senior will play from the White tees. A Senior and Super Senior team would compete in the Senior division and the Super Senior would play from the Gold tees. If anyone is looking for a partner, Bob Cisowski needs one...call or text me and I'll set it up; 856-264-8405.

 

Looking forward to seeing everyone at Avalon on Monday and please, Travel Safe.

 

 

December 13, 2017.....Christmas Scramble Rescheduled for Monday 12/18

 

With a weather forecast calling for temperatures in mid to low 30's and light winds gusting to 30MPH at Avalon this Friday, we are moving the event to Monday, December 18th. Winds chills are projected to be in mid teens and these are not safe or pleasant conditions in which to play golf. On Monday we are looking a temperatures in mid 50's and very light westerly breezes. We will still start the event with a 10:00AM shotgun and it would be helpful if you would call, text or email your team and/or foursome. Text to 856-264-8405.

 

We have sent an email message out to everyone and posted info on Facebook. Hopefully, the news will get around and if you could call your team mate and foursomes and let them know, it would be very helpful. Thanks for your patience and cooperation and we'll look forward to seeing you at Avalon on next Monday....TRAVEL SAFE!!!

 

 

 

 

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Snow is in the forecast for next Thursday and Friday and the Christmas Scramble at Avalon is on temporary hold, pending the weather prospects. We will keep a close eye on things and make go/no go call by 4:00PM on Thursday. The following Monday 12/18 looks much better and affords us an opportunity to reschedule. Keep an eye on this website and the AWGL Facebook.

 

 

December 9, 2017.....Britt Aces the 17th at Stone Harbor...Alestock Shoots Three Under 69 for Senior Win.

 

Dan Britt from Golden Pheasant notched his fourth career hole in one with a great shot on the 17th at Stone Harbor during the seventh AWGL event of the season. The eagle helped take Dan to a one over 73...good enough for the gross win in the Open division. Open net first place went to Mike Olson from Medford Village as he posted a 72. Running Deer's Tom Alestock continued on his current hot streak with a 3 under 69 to win Senior gross. Tom's last two rounds have been even par 72 at Ramblewood and the outstanding 3 under 69 at Stone Harbor. Senior net first place money went to Gary Peart from Centerton on the strength of his 70. He beat out Running Deer player, Bob Brunner in a match of handicaps 11 to 13. The Super Seniors (age 66 and up) put up some nice numbers as Moorestown FC member, Jon Mabry carded a 77 for low gross. John Capotosti, playing out of Buena Vista, shot a very good 85 to go with his 16 handicap for a net winning 69. Thanks to the generous contribution of Brad Mills, owner of Big Swing Golf Center in Sewell, NJ, Dan Ayars will take home a $30 gift card for his 2' 7" closest to pin shot on hole #12. Big Swing has a great indoor golf simulator with several of the world's great courses on it. Sounds like a perfect place to be on a cold winter afternoon. Brad only charges $30 per hour and four guys can play 18 holes in 3 hours or less and a little over $20 per player. Semi enclosed and heated tees at Big Swing will enable you to keep your game sharp throughout the winter.

 

Thanks very much to PGA Director of Golf Matt Crowley and his staff for a very enjoyable day at the beautiful Stone Harbor Golf Club. We always have a super time there and the Christmas decorations really put you in the "Spirit of the Season".

 

We've been getting a steady flow of entries for the "Christmas Scramble" next Friday at Avalon. You may bring a non-member as your partner as long as he/she has a verifiable handicap. The format is two person scramble over 18 holes with prizes in three divisions for gross and net. Handicaps will be combined and divided by four (1/4) to determine net places. If you have a team and/or foursome, please text me (856-264-8405) with it and I will assign a starting hole to you. Thanks in advance for your cooperation as this makes the sign in process much easier and expeditious.

 

 

 

This beautiful Christmas tree greeted everyone on entering the Stone Harbor Clubhouse

 

 

 

 

With temps in the high 30's and light winds taking the chill to low 30's at Stone Harbor these guys were nicely bundled up. Catalytic heaters in their carts made the day a little more comfortable.

Pictured above L to R; Dan Hoban, Tom Faro, Dennis Serbin and Jim Babst.

 

 

 

 

A happy bunch here and they didn't let the chiily shore conditions lessen their enjoyment of the nice Stone Harbor layout. L to R; Robert Smith, Dave Jacobson, Jon Mabry and Jim Soukup

 

 

 

December 7, 2017.....Christmas "Scramble" Set for Friday 12/15/2017 at Avalon

 

Entries are starting to come in for the Christmas Scramble and the tee sheet is filling up. You may team up with a non-member for this special event...all we ask is that you have a valid current handicap. The format is two person (ladies very welcome) scramble and each player will play from tees designated by age. 10:00AM shotgun start. In the event of players in two different divisions, you would score in the lower age division...example; a senior playing with an open would compete in the open division, but would play from the white tees. The entry fee for the Scramble is $60 to provide a few extra dollars for holiday gratuities.

 

Tomorrow we play the beautiful Stone Harbor Golf Club and the weather forecast is for clear skies and a bit on the cold side...high of 41 degrees. The Big Swing Driving Range has come on board as a supporting partner and owner, Brad Mills has put up a $30 gift card good for the indoor simulator at Big Swing. We will award the gift card to the Closest to Pin winner at SH. Please plan to have your team ready for the Christmas Scramble and we will enter it on the tee sheet.

 

 

December 2, 2017.....Mike Olson Takes Open at Ramblewood with 74...Joe Russo Cards 70 for Senior Win...Ted Pregartner's Career Low Net 60 Leads Super Seniors.

 

Ron Jaworski's Ramblewood Country Club was in beautiful Fall condition and the field played some very nice golf on this interesting and challenging Marlton course. New AWGL member, Mike Olson from Medford Village turned in a solid 2 over 74 to win the top gross prize in the Open division. Little Mill pro, George Frake won the Open net with 72. Frake beat Tom Emanuel, playing out of Golden Pheasant in a playoff of handicaps 2 to 9. Senior division saw Joe Russo from Laurel Creek finish first in gross with a two under 70. Close behind Joe was Running Deer's Tom Alestock on the strength of his steady even par 72. Centerton's Mark Wiley went low with 68 and pocketed the 1st place money in Senior net. Steady play by Naz Gagliardi produced a 76 which was good enough to give the Bensalem (PA) player a win in Super Senior gross. Great playing by Ted Pregartner, out of Merchantville GC yeilded a net 60....78 with an 18 handicap and Ted grabbed SS net. Thanks to Bill McCoy, PGA Director of Golf at Ramblewood and his great staff for a super effort to make our day so enjoyable. Ron and Liz Jaworski were on hand and especially pleased to host us at RCC.

 

Over the past couple weeks I've heard from several members about the change in age levels for Senior and Super Senior divisions. Seems that we may have moved the age requirement for SS a little too high. Many have expressed a desire to have the age for Super Senior returned to 65 and up. We're going to try this age breakdown at Stone Harbor next Friday:      Open Division: Ages 18 and up

                                                                      Senior Division: Ages 50 to 65

                                                                      Super Senior Division: Ages 66 and Up

 

Reminder that in the Christmas Scramble at Avalon on December 15th is a two-person scramble with prizes for gross and net. A member may bring a non-member as a partner and a verifiable handicap would be recquired. In past events we've had father/son or daughter, husband/wife/neighbor/friend, etc. Tournament format is 18 holes of strokeplay and the combined handicaps are divided by four (1/4) for net results. Partners in two different divisions would compete in the lowest division...example; a senior playing with an open player would compete in the open division, but would play from the white tees. Super senior and senior would compete in senior division and super senior would play the gold tees. We're going to make up a detailed rules sheet to be available at Stone Harbor so things will be clear for the event.

 

 

 

 

Our cordial host, Ron Jaworski joined a table of today's contestants at Ramblewood. L to R; John McKeown, "Jaws", Joe Casey, Marco DiBattista and Mike Olson.

 

 

 

Enjoying a fantastic day at Ramblewood CC....three of Philly's finest and the "Rev". L to R; Bob Wheeler,

John Blackmon, Bill "Rev" Wolfe and Bill Giulian

 

                                                                                         

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Pictured above are four of the best players in the AWGL and they put up some good numbers at Ramblewood CC.

L to R; Dan Ayars (78), Defending AWGL Champ Joe Russo (70), Tom Alestock (72) and Steve Barry (76). These

guys came to play.                                          

                                                    

 

 

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Best Wishes from Pat, Al and Tom

 

 

November 19, 2017.....Mike DeCriscio Cards a 70 for Super Senior Net Win at Pennsauken...Dan Hoban Takes Open with 74...Owsik Wins Again in Seniors on 71

 

Middletown GC pro, Dan Hoban carded a smooth 74 to take the Open division gross at Pennsauken CC last Friday, while John Jester playing out of Barefoot Resort won the Open net prize on one under 69. M Golf Center's Mike Owsik made it two wins this season, taking Senior gross with 71. John McKeown from the host club pocketed first place Senior net money with a nice 71. Super Seniors saw Moorestown FC player, Jon Mabry go low and finish atop the gross division list with 75. Centerton's Mike DeCriscio turned in a great net 70 for a win in Super Seniors. Closest to the pin on hole #3 was won by Bill Jensen...the Medford Village linksman hit it 4'11".

 

The Pennsauken CC layout was in beautiful condition and a big Thank You goes out to Quentin Griffith and his great staff for making our day so enjoyable. Tomorrow we head up to Sea Oaks CC for event #5...10:00am shotgun start and drive safe. Check out the AWGL Facebook page for some more picutres and videos.

 

 

Pictured at Pennsauken L to R: Sam Morris, John Capotosti, Lou Cresci and Ben Gindville

 

 

November 14, 2017.....Little Mill Pro...George Frake Goes Low for Open Win with 75

 

Mother Nature threw us another curve and the rainy conditions turned the beautiful Woodcrest layout into a real test of golfing skills and endurance. Given the conditions, Frake's 75 was especially notable and reflective of his considerable links skills. George double up with three skins to add to his total. From the host club, pro Zak Smith took Open net with 71. Running Deer's, Tom Alestock posted a 74 to take Senior division gross, while Gary Peart from Centerton shot a nice 71 for a win in Senior net. Jon Mabry from Moorestown FC continued his winning ways win a gross win in Super Seniors. Playing out of Golden Pheasant, Ed Witczak toured the tough Woodcrest tract in 87 to go with his 13 handicap for a winning 74 in Super Senior net. Many thanks to Woodcrest Director of Golf, Bill Torlucci and his outstanding staff for showing us a nice day of golf. Next Friday we head to Pennsauken CC and PGA Golf Director, Quentin Griffith is ready for us and promises a real nice day of golf.

 

Thanks to AWGL member, Jim Babst, I've been in conversation with Pat Sullivan of Philly PubLinks Golf about a new app for recording and reporting tournament results. Thinking about heading in a new direction in order to improve reporting and reduce the costs of maintaing a website. Stay tuned as more information is coming. See everyone at Pennsauken on friday and.....Please! Drive safe.

 

 

November 11, 2017.....Freezing Wind Chills Hit Us At Running Deer...4 Clears for Fuller

 

The forecast of below freezing wind chills reduced the field at Running Deer, but the stalwarts who braved the elements found a beautifully conditioned course and put up some nice numbers. Dan Ayars from Centerton made it two wins in a row as he won the Open division gross with 78. Salem's Lodie von Tonder took Open net money with a 77. Lodie also pocketed cash for his three skins. Senior division gross went to Mike Owsik playing out of M Golf Center in PA, as he posted a 77 and won the playoff with his 1 handicap. Philly Fire Captain, Jim Babst was low in the Senior net with a 70. The fine J.F. Byrne player won a playoff with his 7 handicap. There was another playoff in the Super Seniors and Jon Mabry from the Moorestown Field Club topped the gross group with an 83 to go with his 4 handicap. Mike DeCriscio from Centerton won SS net by a stroke over Ray Fuller from the host club,,,76 to 77. Great big thank you to Klay Knerr, Director of Golf, for a real nice day. Keep in mind that we are returning to Running Deer on March 2, 2018 for the first ever AWGL Pro-Am. Details on this special event will follow.

 

Tomorrow we head to Woodcrest CC and Director of Golf, Bill Torlucci advises that the course is in fantastic shape and the weather forcast is a lot better than last Friday. We'll be there at 8:00am with coffee and donuts in preparation for the 10:00am shotgun start. Travel Safe!

 

 

November 4, 2017.....Russo Makes Ten 3's Enroute to 63 in Opener at Avalon

 

Laurel Creek's, Joe Russo took the Senior gross with a beautiful 63 at Avalon in the AWGL opening event. A great day with temps in the mid 70's greeted a field of 62 and the finely conditioned seaside course provided a nice venue for some very well played rounds of golf. Millville police officer, Dan Ayars, playing out of Centerton finished first in Open gross with a 2 under 69...followed close behind a stroke back at 70 was Todd Lehman from Cinnaminson, NJ. Woodcrest pro, Zak Smith and Rich Wade from Golden Pheasant topped Open net with 66's. Back to the Seniors, Mike Owsik from M Golf in Bryn Mawr, PA shot 71 for second gross. Little Mill's Wayne DiLuigi shot 81 to go with his 17 handicap for a leading 64 in Senior net. The Super Seniors provided some serious action with Bensalem's Naz Gagliardi posting a one under 70 to take low gross honors. SS net money was shared by Ed Witczak out of Golden Pheasant and Buena Vista linkster, Lou Cresci as they turned in super rounds of 60. Both players shot 74 and each had handicaps of 14 for the winning score. Closest to pin on #3 was taken by Pennsauken's Jim Soukup with a shot just inside 13 feet. Thanks to Ted Wenner and his great staff for making our day at Avalon so enjoyable. Next Friday we tee it up at Running Deer with a 10:00AM shotgun start.

 

 

 

Here's Ray Fuller getting ready for his birdie putt on #11. The Running Deer player hit a real nice shot to within 20" and he jammed the putt home for one of four skins won at Avalon on opening day. All the winners are now posted on the website.

 

 

 

Pictured above are L to R; Mark Wiley & Gary Peart from Centerton, Running Deer's Bob Brunner and Chris Dunham playing out of Woodlake. Sure didn't look like they were suited up for winter golf and rightly so......temps stayed in the mid 70's all day and conditions at Avalon could not have been better.

 

November 2, 2017

 

Season 31 of the Atlantic Winter Golf League is set to take off tomorrow at the Avalon Golf Club. Just finished setting up the tees for the event and the golf course is in absolutely great condition. Temperatures are forecast in the mid 70's and we should have a fantastic day of golf.

 

 

October 6, 2017.....Twisted Dune is Back on the AWGL Schedule

 

Due to the closure of Sand Barrens for renovations, the January 12th date of the 2018 AWGL schedule has been moved to The Twisted Dune Golf Club. Just completed the arrangements with Golf Pro and GM, Jim Andres and he reports the course is in terrific condition. Twisted Dune will have limited food and beverage services and is a BYOB facility. Donuts and coffee will be on hand before tee off and we will make arrangements for sandwiches/hoagies and beverages of your choice following golf.

 

The website has been updated and you can download the 2017/2018 registration form to join this season. Entries have been coming in at a pretty good clip and we have five new members. Don't forget that the Christmas Scramble on December 15th at Avalon is a special two-person event and a member may bring a non-member as a partner. We've done this format the last two years and it has been very well received. Bring your neighbor, wife, son/daughter, grandson/daughter....the idea is to have a fun, holiday experience.

 

The second Running Deer event on March 2nd 2018 will be a Pro-Am. We will designate the pros (pros and single digit ams) and they will select their foursome team of A's (handicap 10 to 15), B's (16 to 20) and C's (21 and up). There will be one scoring division with prizes for low gross and net. The format will be best two balls of four and the players will use the tees comensurate with their age (18 to 49 BLUE), (50 to 69 WHITE) and (70 and up GOLD).

 

 

September 10, 2017.....Sand Barrens GC Sold to Union League of Philadelphia

 

Doug Delaney, Director of Golf at the Sand Barrens Golf Club has advised me that the Union League of Philadelphia is the new owner of this great Jersey shore golf course. The facility will be going though some renovation starting late Fall and our AWGL date of January 12, 2018 will need to be moved to another course. Over the next couple of weeks I will be contacting courses and we will come up with a suitable replacement. Sand Barrens will remain open to the public through October 15th. After that date it will become a private, members only club. If anyone has Sand Barrens gift cards from previous AWGL events, they will not be good after 10/15/2017.

 

 

August 29, 2017.....Schedule Change!

 

We've made a minor change in the schedule...Sea Oaks, originally set for Monday 11/27 has been moved to Monday 11/20.....a week earlier. Still a 10:00AM shotgun. 

 

Been getting quite a few inquiries about joining the winter league and it looks like we're going to have another active season. Reminder that the Christmas Two-Person Scramble at Avalon is open to non-members playing with a member. This can be father/son or daughter, husband/wife, and any other combination as long as one person is a member.

 

 

August 13, 2017....2017/2018 AWGL Schedule is Set

 

The 31st season of the Atlantic Winter Golf League is set to begin at the Avalon Golf Club on Friday, November 3rd. Twenty events comprise the schedule and will again feature the Christmas Scramble at Avalon on December 15th. Please note a couple of changes in the format; the Senior Division will include amateurs age 55 to 69 (white tees) and the Super Seniors will be 70 and over (gold/yellow tees). A senior or super senior playing in the Open Division may play from the white tee in gross and net. Fortunately, we were able to maintain the current trail fee rates and this will allow us to go forward without raising entry fees.

 

 

March 25, 2017....AWGL Championship....Russo Wins Open....Faro 1st in Senior                                                Spratt Takes Super Senior

 

The 30th AWGL championship is in the books and 76 players toured the Avalon layout in great time....under 4 hours and the results are posted on the website. Laurel Creek's Joe Russo turned in the best round of the day and his 73 won the Open division gross. Two back of Joe was Steve Owens from Wildwood and his 75 took runner up. Playing out of Centerton, Gary Peart posted a nice 65 to win the Open net title. Philly fireman, Jim Babst from J.F. Bryne pocketed second net money with a 69. In the Senior division, 1st place gross went to another J.F. Byrne player as Tom Faro's 77 beat Mike Owsik from M Golf Center by a single shot. Robert Smith turned in 63 net...low net round of the day...and the Valleybrook linkster won Senior net. Second Senior net went to Bob Brunner from Running Deer on 68. In the Super Seniors, Running Deer's Fred Spratt carded a great 75 and walked away with first place in the gross. Only a stroke behind Fred at 76 were Mike DeCriscio from Centerton and Bensalem's Naz Gagliardi. SS net division was hotly contested and in a close race, Ed Witczak from Golden Pheasant took the top prize on 67. A shot back was Mike Stasko from White Oaks and two back were Cedar Creek's Bob Babiak and Bruce Seaman playing out of Mercer Oaks. Closes to the pin on #5 was won by Pennsauken's Joe Casey and on #15 by Bruce Schaffer from Hickory Valley.

 

Lots of skins were paid to the 76 player field and the Player of the Year awards went to Dan Britt in the Open division, Mike Owsik in the Seniors and Dave Jacobson in the Super Seniors.

 

Special thanks to Pat Smith and Al Turse for their tremendous effort each week to make the tournaments run smoothly. Much appreciate the cordial hospitality afforded us by the folks at Avalon; especially Rusty Buckingham, Ted Wenner, Dennis Jones and Phil Barber. It's always a great time at Avalon. Thanks to everyone who participated this year....stayed tuned to the website and Facebook for announcements on upcoming events and activities and the tournament schedule for the 2018 season.

 

 

 

 

2017 AWGL Open Champion....Joe Russo after receiving his first place winnings from Tom Smith.

 

                                    

March 23, 2017.......We're Set To go at Avalon Tomorrow.....9:30 AM Shotgun

 

Just back from setting up the Avalon golf course for the AWGL championship tomorrow, Friday...March 24th. We'll be starting at 9:30 AM and playing three tee sets; Open from the blues at 6350 yards, Senior from the whites at 6150 yards and Super Senior from the gold/yellow at 6000 yards. Coffee and donuts on hand at 8:00 AM.

 

 

March 18, 2017......Mike Owsik Sets AWGL Record with 10th Win of the Season

 

The snow storm caused us to reschedule the last regular season event as Pennsauken CCremained snow covered. Thirty six players showed up at Centerton CC and the day of tournament golf turned out nicely with temps in the mid 40's and mild winds. Running Deer's Steve Barry turned in the low round of the day and his 74 was good for low gross in the Open division. He was two better than Dan Britt from Golden Pheasant and Lodie van Tonder who plays out of Sakima. Lodie also doubled up with a win in closest to pin on #17 with a shot ending 12' 5" from the cup. Cherry Hill player, Mike Rouff had his best round of the season with an 83 to go with his 16 handicap for a four under 67 and first place in Open net. Mike Owsik, owner of the M Golf Center in Bryn Mawr, PA, notched his tenth Senior gross win of the season and set a new AWGL record. Owsik's 77 enabled him to move ahead of pro, Gary Hardin who had held the record since 1978. Hardin is the PGA pro at Northampton CC in Easton, PA and is the son of Philly sports legend, Wayne Hardin. Senior net honors went to Philly lawman, John Blackmon with a nice 73. Completing a very consistent season, Jon Mabry lead the Super Senior gross division with 75. Jon plays out of the Moorestown Field Club. Local knowledge surely helped Gene Simkins and the Centerton linkster posted a great 66 for the top spot in SS net. Thanks to Pat Sweetra, PGA pro at Centerton and Al Turse for accomodating us at the last minute and providing a very nice venue for the event.

 

We are now looking ahead to 2017 AWGL Championship on Friday March 24th at the Avalon Golf Club and at first glance the weather forecast looks pretty good. Temps getting to mid 50's and 0% chance of rain. We will be teeing off at 9:30 AM with a shotgun start. This is a half hour earlier than usual and make sure you give yourself enough time for the trip to Avalon.The entry fee for the championship will be $60.00 per player and the number of regular season rounds to qualify is now three (3). If possible, please text or email me with your groups and/or foursomes so I can get the holes assigned in advance. This will facilitate an easier sign in process. Following golf we will have a buffet preceding the presentation of awards and prizes. The buffet will be set up in the Tea Room adjacent to the Bar and Grill and we will be able to use the Bar and Grill room which afford us a lot more room. With the early start we are planning to start the buffet at 2:00 or a little after. Coffee and donuts will be on hand at 8:00 AM.....we'll look forward to seeing everyone for the championship.......Drive Safe.

 

 

March 15, 2017......We're on at Centerton for Friday

 

The S. Jersey area around Vineland, Bridgeton and Millville got no snow and very little rain and the Centerton Golf Club is in nice shape and open for the AWGL event on Friday 3/17....St. Patrick's Day. When I learned that Pennsauken had gotten 5"+ of snow and would not be playable, I started calling the Jersey Shore courses. None got snow, but very heavy rain caused severe flooding and some courses were closed and not sure to be open on Friday. Headed over to Centerton today to set up the course. We'll be playing two sets of tees...Open at about 6400 yards and Senior & Super Senior at about 6100 yards. Closest to pin on #17.

 

Please be reminded that the 2017 AWGL Championship....our 30th....will be played at the Avalon Golf Club on Friday 3/24 with a 9:30 shotgun start. Please get your groups/foursomes to me via text or email ASAP so I can get the starting holes assigned in advance. We'll be at Avalon by 8:00 AM with hot coffee and donuts....please travel safe.

 

 

 

Sea Oaks Event Tomorrow is Cancelled!!!

 

March 9, 2017

 

The forecast for the Jersey shore tomorrow has gotten worse and we are cancelling the AWGL event scheduled there. The rain/snow chance went up to 90% and the temps went down to mid to low 30's with medium winds and that's a bad combination of elements. The final regular season tournament is scheduled for 3/17 at Pennsauken.....let's hope for a break in the weather.

 

 

March 5, 2017......Four Skins for Blackmon & Giulian at Shore Gate....."Great Track"

 

PGA golf pro, Harry Bittner and his great staff at Shore Gate greeted us with a snow free day and we got the better ball event into the record books. Thirty six players braved high 30 temps and the gusty shore winds kept the chill close to freezing, but some real good numbers hit the scorekeeper. Low gross in the Open division went to the team of Devon Peterson, pro from Sea Oaks and am Jim Austin from Five Ponds in PA as they posted a two under 70. Playing out of Cherry Hill Mike Rouff paired up with Running Deer's Bob Brunner for 57 and the top prize in Open net. A couple of "Philly's Finest", retired police officers, John Blackmon and Bill Giulian from Juniata shot 3 under par 69 and lead the Senior gross division. Bob Howard from Deerwood and Pennsauken's Jim Soukup went low with 63 for first place money in Senior net. Blackmon and Giulian added to their prize haul for the day by garnering four skins. Super Senior gross went to Medford Village's Dave Jacobson and Jon Mabry from the Moorestown Field Club on their nice 73. Things tightened up in the Super Senior net division as Fred Spratt from Running Deer and his guest partner Bill McCabe tied Bensalem's Naz Gagliardi and Mel Hill from Indian Spring at 62 and the Spratt/McCabe tandem won a playoff of handicaps 12 to 13. Closest to the pin on #5 was taken by Gary Valley with a shot ending up 5' 5" from the cup. Pretty sure he'll share the prize with his partner, Tom Faro....both players are from Juniata GC in Philly. On #14 Dan Ayers fired a dart into the green, stopping 4' 10" away and the Millville, NJ policeman and Centerton player took the CTP prize. His partner...yours truly...looked on with grateful appreciation. It's the first time I've played the Shore Gate course and was very impressed with creative and challenging layout and extraordinarily good condition. Certainly left me with the desire to return for another try. Thanks again to Harry Bittner for making our day an enjoyable one.

 

Next Friday 3/10 we head up to Tuckerton, NJ and Sea Oaks and then to Pennsauken for the final regular season event on 3/17. The 2017 AWGL championship is set for Avalon on 3/24 with a 9:30 shotgun start. This championship marks the completion of the 30th season for the AWGL and down through the years we've experienced some great golf on outstanding courses. Looking forward to seeing everyone over the next couple weeks....Travel Safe!

 

Results for Shore Gate:

 

Open Division:

 

Gross:  Devon Peterson & Jim Austin              70                $100.00  ($50. each)

 

Net:      Mike Rouff & Bob Brunner                   57                $100.00  ($50. each)

             Dan Ayars & Tom Smith                      64                     70.00  ($35. each)

 

Skins:   Mike Rouff & Bob Brunner                 #7                 $  20.00   ($10. each)

             Devon Peterson & Jim Austin            #10                   20.00   ($10, each)

             Dan Ayars & Tom Smith                     #12                   20.00   ($10. each)

             Pat Sweetra & David Quinn               #17                   20.00   ($10. each)

 

Senior Division:

 

Gross:  John Blackmon & Bill Giulian               69                $100.00  ($50. each)

 

Net:      Bob Howard & Jim Soukup                  63                $100.00  ($50. each)

 

Skins:   Bob Howard & Jim Soukup                #2                  $  20.00  ($10. each)

             Tom Faro & Gary Valley                     #5                      20.00  ($10. each)

             John Blackmon & Bill Giulian  #8, #12, #15, #16      80.00  ($40. each)

 

Super Senior Division:

 

Gross:  Dave Jacobson & Jon Mabry                73                $100.00  ($50. each)

 

Net:      Fred Spratt & Bill McCabe                62 (12)           $100.00  ($50. each)

             Naz Gagliardi & Mel Hill                   62 (13)                70.00  ($35. each)

 

Skins:   Bob Wheeler & Tom Walvoord            #1                $  20.00  ($10. each)

             Bruce Seaman & Doug Mael             #9, #12               40.00  ($20. each)

             Fred Spratt & Bill McCabe           #11, #14, #16         60.00  ($30. each)

             Sam Morris & Bob DiCicco                  #13                    20.00  ($10. each)

 

CTP #5:     Gary Valley & Tom Faro                5' 5"               $  30.00  ($15. each)

 

CTP #14:   Dan Ayars & Tom Smith                4' 10"             $  30.00  ($15. each)

 

 

 

March 2, 2017......"We're On at Shore Gate"

 

The weather forecast has moderated and we will be playing at Shore Gate GC tomorrow 3/3 with a 10:00 AM shotgun start. Remember, this is a two person better ball of partners event. I have about 15 teams entered so far and if you could send me your team it would be big help in getting the starting holes set up. Snow is now out of the forecast and temps have moved up a little, although the sea breezes at 10 to 15 with gusts of 30 to 40 will keep us bundled up.....dress warm.

 

 

March 1, 2017......"Not Looking Good for Friday at Shore Gate"

 

Checking the weather for Friday and the recent update is now calling for snow in the AM, temps in the mid 30's with 20 to 30 MPH winds, gusting to 40MPH. Snow is a definite deal breaker and if the forecast doesn't change before noon tomorrow, we will have to cancel the event at Shore Gate. Please keep an eye on the AWGL website and the Facebook page as I will be making the announcement by 12 noon tomorrow.

 

 

February 25, 2017......van Tonder Takes Open at Greate Bay with Even Par 70

 

Hard to believe it was late February at the shore as the temperature hit the low 70's and the field was in shorts...pants and shirts. Greate Bay was in beautiful off season condition, especially the greens which had been mowed the day before and 65 "winter" players enjoyed some good golf. Best score of the day was posted by Sakima's Lodie van Tonder and he took Open gross with an even par 70. His round included four birdies. Close behind Lodie was Jim Austin at 71 and the Five Ponds (Warminster, PA) player took second in the Open division with his best ever AWGL score. Playing out of Wildwood CC, Steve Owens III won the Open net with a 4 under 66. He shot a nice 72 to go with his six handicap. In the Senior group Mike Owsik from the M Golf Center kept his winning streak alive with a 72 and first gross. Mike has won eight times this season and one more win will give him the all-time winter league record for gross wins. Rick Wineberg from M Golf Center pocketed Senior net money with a 66. Naz Gagliardi from Bensalem kept rolling along with a win in Super Senior gross on a nice 76. SS net first prize went to Mel Hill carding a 67 and playing out of Indian Spring GC in Marlton NJ. Gary Valley snugged it up 7' 2" on #16 and the J.F. Byrne linkster won closest to pin. Special congrats go to Jim Soukup from Pennsauken....Jim holed out a nine iron second shot on the par four 8th hole for an eagle 2. Thanks to PGA pro John Petronis and the outstanding staff at Greate Bay for providing us very enjoyable day. On to Shore Gate next Friday for the better ball of partners event on 3/3. The format will 18 holes of better ball of two in three divisions with gross and net prizes. The net score will be determined by deducting 50% of the combined hadicaps from the BB gross score. There will be two closest to pin contests...one on the front and one on the back. It would be helpful if you could text or email me your team in advance so I can get the tee assignments  done. If you are bringing a partner who is not an AWGL member, please included a verifiable USGA handicap. My text number is 856-264-8405 and email address is tspga@comcast.net.

 

A reminder that the AWGL Championship has been moved to Friday 3/24 with a 9:30AM shotgun start. There are three events remaing on the schedule and the minimum number for championship eligibility is now at four (4) tournaments.

 

 

 

 

Pictured L to R: Bob Ahrens - Wayne DiLuigi - Tom Paul - Fred Spratt

 

Hard to believe this this picture was taken last Friday at Greate Bay...February 24th with temps in

the low 70's and light seashore breezes. The guys were comfortable in shorts and short sleeves.

 

 

 

 

 

Pictured L to R: Steve Owens - Shaun Rennie - Tom Faro

 

Another AWGL group enjoying the super Greate Bay layout in the best possible conditions.

 

 

 

Here are the results from Greate Bay:

 

Open Division

 

Gross:  Lodie van Tonder              70        $100.

             Jim Austin                         71            70.

             Stephen Barry                  77 (2)      45.

 

Net:      Steve Owens III              66         $100.

             Dan Hoban                       69              50.

             Shaun Rennie                   69             50.

             Pat Sweetra                     69             50.

 

Skins:   Pat Sweetra              #1, #11       $ 50.

             Jim Austin                      #3               25.

             Dan Britt                        #4               25.

             Matt Deckert             #5, #12          50.

 

Senior Division

 

Gross:  Mike Owsik                      72         $100.

             Tom Faro                         76              70.

 

Net:      Rick Wineberg                65          $100.   

             John Blackmon               66               50.

             Bob Brunner                   66               50.

             Al Turse                          69               30.

             Gary Valley                    69                30.

 

Skins:   Mike Owsik                    #5           $  30.

             Bob Brunner                   #8                30.

             Rick Wineberg                #9               30.

             Gary Valley                    #16              30.

             John Blackmon               #17             30.

 

Super Senior Division

 

Gross:  Naz Gagliardi                  76           $110.

             Dave Jacobson               78                80.

 

Net:      Mel Hill                            67           $110.

             Lou Cresci                       69                80.

             Bruce Seaman                71                50.

             Jim Soukup                     71                50.

             Dave Scheer                   72                40.

             Tom Paul                         74                30.

             Dennis Serbin                 75                20.

             Bob Ahrens                     75                20.

             John Wilson                    75                20.

             Bob DiCicco                    75                 20.

 

Skins:   John Wilson                  #2             $  50.

             Jim Soukup (Eagle 2)   #8                 50.

             Tom Paul                      #13                50.

             Bruce Seaman              #15                50.

 

CTP #16:  Gary Valley            7' 2"            $  25.

 

 

February 23, 2017......Better Ball of Two Event is At Shore Gate GC on March 3rd

 

Several AWGL members have called about the better ball tournament at Shore Gate on Friday march 3rd. Some thought it was tomorrow at Greate Bay. The Greate By event tomorrow 2/24 is an individual strokeplay tournament in the three regular divisions, with prizes for gross and net. When you get your partner (can be a non-AWGL member) please text me at 856-264-8405 so I can get the starting holes assigned in advance.

 

 

February 18, 2017......Russo, Owsik and Gagliardi Take Gross in Open, Senior & S. Senior

 

Atlantic City Country Club was in beautiful condition and over 60 players toured this classic course in record time.....under four hours. Joe Russo from Laurel Creek returned to action and posted a 73 to take Open Division gross. Centerton's Gary Peart went low in the net with a 5 under 65. Senior division saw Mike Owsik notch his seventh gross win of the season with a 72. The standout player from M Golf Center in Bryn Mawr, PA had the low round of the day. Playing out of Little Mill, Wayne DiLuigi's 68 won Senior net by a stroke over Philly policeman, John Blackmon. A two way tie for first in Super Senior gross was settled by a playoff of handicaps. Naz Gagliardi from Bensalem and Centerton's Bob Cisowki each carded 76's and Naz's 3 handicap beat Bob's 5....very close contest. Bob Ahrens from Scotland Run shot a steady 81 to go with his 12 handicap for a 69 and low in Super Senior net. Dave Jacobson hit it 6' 9 1/2" on #4 for closest to pin money. The Medford Village player was 1" closer than John Blackmon, playing in the final group. Following golf we had a nice time in the grill room and the ACCC staff could not have been nicer or more accomodating. It's always a lot of fun playing this great golf course and the weather was especially kind to us. Next week we head to Greate Bay in Somer's Point and the week following we're at Shore Gate. Get your partner for this event as it will be a better ball of partners (two person team). As we did in the Avalon Christmas Scramble, you may invite a non-member to be your partner and the membership fee is waived. Only condition is that the player will have verifiable handicap.

 

Here are the results from Atlantic City CC:

 

Open Division:

 

Gross: Joe Russo.............................73        $100.

            Tom Alestock.......................74             70.

            Jim Austin............................76             45.

 

Net: Gary Peart...............................65        $100.

        Mike Manley.............................68            70.

        Dan Hoban...............................69            25.

        David Quinn.............................69            25.

        Pat Sweetra.............................69            25.

 

Skins: Bill Torlucci..........................#1         $ 30.

           Gary Peart............................#6            30.

           Tom Emanuel........................#16          30.

           Joe Russo..............................#17         30.

 

Senior Division:

 

Gross: Mike Owsik...........................72        $100.

            Joe Casey.............................77             70.

 

Net: Wayne DiLuigi..........................68        $100.

        John Blackmon.........................69             70.

        John McKeown.........................71             40.

        Steve Wolbert..........................71             40.

        Bill Giulian................................72             30.

 

Skins: Scott Schaffer....................#4, #6     $ 50.

           Paul May.................................#7           25.

           Mike Owsik.............................#12        25.

           Wayne DiLuigi........................#14        25.

           John Blackmon.......................#15        25.

 

Super Senior Division

 

Gross: Naz Gagliardi.......................76 (3)   $115.

            Bob Cisowski.......................76 (5)       85.

 

Net: Bob Ahrens..............................69          $115.

        Tom Paul..................................71              85.

        Mike Stasko.............................72              60.

        Hugh Curran............................73              40.

        Tom O'Connor.........................73              40.

        Fred Spratt..............................74              25.

        Bob DiCicco.............................74              25.

        Dave Jacobson........................74              25.

        Jim Soukup..............................75              20.

 

Skins: Bob Cisowski...................#2, #10      $ 80.

           Tom Paul..............................#6              40.

           Bruce Schaffer.....................#8              40.

           Dave Jacobson.....................#13            40.

 

CTP #4: Dave Jacobson..............6' 9.5"        $ 25. 

 

 

 

With AC as a backdrop, pictured above is:

 

L to R: John Bada - Bruce Schaffer - Steve Walinsky

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just teed off and ready to head for the middle of the fairway:

 

L to R: Mike Stasko - Dan Mackie - Paul May - Kurt Hermann

 

 

February 16, 2017......Looking Good at ACCC

 

Just back from a trip "down the shore" and everybody is ready for us at Atlantic City CC tomorrow. Calling for temps in mid 40's and the wind at 5 to 10 MPH....not bad. ACCC is in the midst of some major work on tees and right now has just one set of tees. The course will play at around 6000 yards and all three divisions will play the white tees. Also picked up the gift certificates from Wildwood and they will be available tomorrow.

 

Stopped in at Avalon to check on arrangements for the champiopnship on 3/24 and they have a rather large wedding going off at 6:00PM and we will not have the large dinning room for our season ending banquet. We worked put a plan to have the buffet set up in the Tea Room (where we were last year) and you can move into the bar/grille room where we will have the prize presentations. In order to make this work well we will need to move the shotgun start to 9:30 on 3/24. We'll keep you posted on these details as we get closer to the championship.

 

On Friday 2/24 we are at Greate Bay and the forecast is for high 50's and light winds with a chance of light rain. Let's keep fingers crossed that these conditions greet us. Planning a new format for the event at Shore Gate on 3/3. Going to play a better ball of partners with gross and net prizes in all three divisions. Like the Christmas Scramble at Avalon, you may bring a non-member as a partner, so long as he/she has a bona fide handicap. If anyone wants to know what "bona fide" means, call or text Naz Gagliardi.....I'm not real good at Latin or Italian.

 

See everyone at ACCC tomorrow......travel safe!!!

 

 

February 9, 2017......Cape May National Event is Cancelled

 

While the Cape only got an inch of snow, the temperature is forecast to be in the mid to low 30's with 25 mph to 40 mph winds and that means wind chills in the teens for Friday. These conditions are not good for golf and even a little dangerous for frostbite and we are cancelling the AWGL event scheduled tomorrow at CMN. We'll see how the rest of the season plays out and maybe try to reschedule this event for a Monday in late February or early March.

 

An additional change to the schedule involves the Championship. We are moving this event from 3/31 to 3/24....one week earlier. Please make a note of this schedule change. The 2016/2017 AWGL Championship is now scheduled for Friday March 24, 2017.

 

 

February 4, 2017......Owens Takes Open with 73 at Wildwood

 

During posting of Wildwood results my computer crashed and the Results section is temporarly messed up. Hopefully, my go to computer person can bail me out. Meantime, I'll post the results in the news section. Here are the results for Wildwood last Friday.

 

OPEN DIVISION

                                                                        

Gross:   Steve Owens III          73                $70.00

 

Net:      Dan Britt                       74 (8)            70.00

             Zak Smith                     74 (12)          40.00

 

Skins:   Zak Smith                   #1                     10.00

             Steve Owens III   #2, #8, #15           30.00

             Dan Britt                      #5                     10.00

             David Quinn                #9                     10.00

             Devon Peterson          #11                    10.00                                         

                                    

 

SENIOR DIVISION 

 

Gross:   John Blackmon             81                 $70.00

 

Net:       Paul May                      70                    70.00

              Tom Faro                     74                    30.00

              Kurt Hermann              74                    30.00

 

Skins:    John Blackmon    #2, #4, #17            30.00

              Tom Faro              #8, #9, #14            30.00

              Paul May                     #10                   10.00

              Kurt Hermann             #11                   10.00

              Mike Owsik                 #15                   10.00

 

SUPER SENIOR DIVISION

 

Gross:   Naz Gagliardi                76                  $70.00

 

Net:       Tom Walvoord              73 (8)             70.00

              Bruce Schaffer              73 (13)          40.00

              Dave Jacobson              75                   25.00

              Mike Stasko                   75                   25.00

 

Skins:    Naz Gagliardi          #4, #6                 $30.00

              Tom Walvoord         #5, #11                30.00

              Bruce Schaffer             #15                  15.00

              Dave Jacobson             #16                  15.00

 

 

Wildwood marked the first real cold day of the current season and it could have been worse if the winds had picked up more than they did. Thanks to Fred Riedel, Wildwood's PGA professional, and his great staff for providing us a very enjoyable time. The chilly day didn't stop these guys from testing the Wildwood track.

 

Pictured L to R: Devon Peterson - Bill Torlucci - Scott Schaffer - Zak Smith

 

 

 

 

This coming week the forecast is for temps in the 50's early in the week and then falling back to the 30's for Friday. If it looks like the wind chills are going to be in the 20's we will cancel the event. It's not worth the risk of frostbite and those conditions are just not fun. We will make the call by noon on Thursday and post info on the website and Facebook. Also, will send an email to everyone. At the least, make sure you call Cape May National before leaving on Ffriday.

 

         

January 30, 2017.....Britt Takes Open Gross with 74.....Jacobson Shoots 72 in Super Sr.

 

The winds blew and the temperature dropped, but that didn't stop the AWGL players from posting some very strong numbers at Golden Pheasant last Friday. Course setup was very good thanks to host PGA pro, Brian Feldschneider and AWGL member, Dan Britt. Local knowledge helped Dan post a 74 and that was good enough for a win in Open gross. The Golden Pheasant member had nines of 36-38 and included four birdies. The home boys made it a double as Todd Lehmann took Open net with 67. In the Senior division, Mike Owsik from M Golf Center made it eight wins out of nine events played with 76. He won a handicap tie breaker with Pennsauken's Paul Sikorski 3 to 6. One more win for Mike and he will tie the all-time Winter League record for gross wins at 9, set by Gary Hardin in 1980. Kurt Hermann, playing out of Woodstown, grabbed Senior net money with a nice 67. White Oaks' Mike Stasko had three Senior skins. Best score of the day was posted by Dave Jacobson as the Medford Village linkster turned an even par 72 and was low in super Senior gross. Two behind was Naz Gagliardi from Bensalem in PA and his net 70 was good for a win in Super Senior net. Naz double dipped with a victory in closest to the pin on #8 with a shot that stopped 8' 2" from the cup. Special thanks to pro, Brian Feldschneider for making our day at Golden Pheasant so enjoyable. The buffet following golf was especially nice and the GP staff could not have been more cordial and accommodating. I heard many positive comments from the players and plan to include Golden Pheasant in the tournament rotation.

 

Just off the phone with Fred Riedel at Wildwood and he is ready for us next Friday. Going to be a little chilly again and depending on the wind we'll probably drop to low 40's to high 30's....so dress warm. Coffee and donuts will greet you and Fred will bring in some hoagie trays for your after-golf enjoyment. Bar will be open.

 

      

 

Above, Lodie van Tonder from Sakima plays a low punch shot "stinger" on #9.

 

 

 

 

 

Winter golfers, for sure...L to R: Tom Alestock, Robert Smith, Lodie van Tonder and Mike Rouff after putting out on #9 at Golden Pheasant

 

 

 

January 25, 2017......AWGL Players in the Top Ten of GAP Player of the Year Standings

 

Congratulations go out to AWGL members for finishing 2016 high in the standings of the Golf Association of Philadelphia "Player of the Year" awards. Joe Russo from Laurel Creek was third in the Senior Division, behind Chip Lutz and Glen Smeraglio. Joe finished ahead of Ray Thompson, Tom Bartolacci,George "Buddy" Marucci and Chris Lange, dominent players and winners of many amateur tournaments over the years. Running Deer's, Tom Alestock also made the list, ahead of Chris Lange, Andy Thompson and Roc Irey. In the Super Seniors we were very well represented as Dave Jacobson out of Medford Village placed fourth in a star studded field. Jacobson beat the likes of Mike Rose, Gordon Brewer, Bucky Jones and Mike Anton....all great players. Tom DiCinti from Old York at Chesterfield made the list in 15th place. These outstanding performances speak volumes for the quality of play in the winter league and I'm sure you all join me in congratulating our distinguished members.

 

We have the gift cards from Sand Barrens and Mays Landing and they will be available at Golden Pheasant next Friday. The folks at our last two venues were very glad we chose to play there and hope we come back. I'd go back to Mays Landing because the golf course was much improved and to get another bowl of that "She" Crab soup.....best I've ever tasted.

 

 

January 22, 2017......DuPont's Tom Walvoord Goes Low at Mays Landing with 71 in SS

 

We're ten events into the current season and, so far, we have been real lucky with the weather. Last Friday at Mays Landing the rain held off until the last two holes and thirty eight players posted some nice numbers. Tom Alestock from Running Deer took the top gross prize in the Open division with a 75. Fisher's Glen player, Rich Wade posted a 79 to go with his 13 handicap for a 66 and a win in Open net. Senior division gross went to Running Deer's Rocky Dare on 76. Playing out of Pennsauken, John Shepherd pocketed first place Senior net money with a nice 66. Hats off to Tom Walvoord from DuPont CC (DE) on his AWGL career low round of even par 71, good for first in Super Senior gross. Walvoord edged out Medford Village's Dave Jacobson by a single shot. SS low net went to Bob Babiak from Cedar Creek as he carded 79 less his 17 handicap for 62. Closest to the pin on #3 was won by Tom O'Connor from Mountain View as he nestled a shot 12' 11" from the pin.

 

Mays Landing was in the best condition I've seen in many years and the improvements and renovations in the clubhouse were very impressive. Looks like the new owners are very serious about regaining their position as one of the best public courses in New Jersey and beyond. I heard many favorable comments from the field on Friday.

 

Next Friday we head to Golden Pheasant for our first ever event there. Brian Feldschneider assures me the course will be in very nice condition and is looking forward to our visit. AWGL member, Dan Britt also agreed that we will be very pleased in playing GP.

 

 

January 17, 2017......Elkin's 64 Takes SS Net at Sand Barrens

 

Luck seems to be on our side this season and we got a great day in at Sand Barrens last Friday. 55 players teed it up in high 40 temps and the light wind conditions yeided some very good scores. Playing out of the Sakima Golf Club in Salem, NJ, Lodie von Tonder posted and even par 72 to lead the Open division gross. Woodcrest pro, Bill Torlucci got the Open net first place on 68. In the Seniors, John Blackmon from Juniata was low in gross with 77, while Pennsauken's John McKeown lead the net on 67. Low round of the day was turned in by Naz Gagliardi from Bensalem GC on nines of 36-35 for a one under gross 71 in the Super Senior's. The host club was well represented as Dan Elkins shot a net 64 to top the SS net division. Closest to the pin on #9 went to Bruce Schaffer from Hickory Valley as he stuck it 1' 3". Nice shot and he made the putt for a birdie 2. Compliments to Doug Delaney and Rob Wilburn for all their fine efforts to provides us with an enjoyable day. Always a good time at "The Barrens". Just spoke with Stan Ivins at Mays Landing and they're ready for us this coming Friday. Bill Papa reports the course is in very nice condition and we all know how nice the ML clubhouse is. See everyone on Friday 1/20 and......DRIVE SAFE.

 

 

January 12, 2017......We're Good to Go at Sand Barrens Tomorrow

 

With the last two days of temps in the 50's and 60's all the snow is gone at Sand Barrens and we are playing the scheduled AWGL event there tomorrow 1/13. Still a 10:00AM shotgun start and the order of play will be West nine to North nine. Open division will play the Yellow tees at 6600 yards, Senior division plays the White tee at 6350 yards and Super Senior division plays the Green tees at 5900 yards. Coffee and donuts will be ready at 8:30 and the bar and golfers grill will be open following golf with a light sandwich menu. Looking forward to seeing everyone in the AM and make sure you Travel Safe!

 

 

January 11, 2017

 

Just spoke with the folks at Sand Barrens and they are almost 100% snow free and we are a go for the event there on Friday. Carts are running and with a warm. dry day tomorrow they might even be 90 degrees for the tournament. Reminder that Sand Barrens is 27 holes and we have not determined which nines will be played. Three sets of tees will be used....Yellow @ 6600 yards (Open), White @ 6350 yards (Senior) and Green @ 5900 yards (Super Sr.).

 

Did some more checking on the tee issue and heard from a couple more AWGL members and will shelve the proposed change for the time being. We will continue to play back, middle and forward tees for the three divisions.

If you have an opinion or point of view on how we set the course up, please share it with me, as it will only help to keep the AWGL events more competitive and fun. See everyone at Sand Barrens on Friday 1/13.....drive safe!!!

 

 

January 10, 2017

 

We're staying in touch with Doug Delaney at Sand Barrens and hope the mild temps over the next three days will make the course playable on Friday. Keep an eye on the website and AWGL Facebook page for late news.

 

I'm very sorry to tell everyone that fellow AWGL member, Homie Perkins' wife Edie has passed away. There will be a viewing and funeral at the St. Matthew's Baptist Church in Williamstown, NJ from 9:00am to 11:00am tomorrow 1/11. Pat and I plan to attend and will make sure Homie and his family knows they are in our thoughts and prayers.

 

Over the course of the holidays I heard from a few members regarding the tees used in the Super Senior division. It was brought to my attention that the SJ Golf Association allows the Super Seniors to play the gold tees in their events, with the following exception: Super Seniors with a handicap of 10 or less play from the white tees. For the event at Sand Barrens this Friday we will impliment this new tee structure. If anyone has an opinion on this, please post on FB of email me    tspga@comcast.net 

 

 

January 6, 2017....."Cabin Fever Open" at Middletown CC.....Sunday February 19th

 

Dan Hoban, PGA Director of Golf Operations and head pro at Middletown CC announces the Cabin Fever Open, a two man scramble scheduled for Sunday February 19th.

 

Middletown Country Club

 

2017 Cabin Fever Open

 

February 19th 2017    10:30 AM Shotgun

 

Two-Man Scramble

 

Regular and Senior Divisions

(Seniors Age 60 and Over)

 

Entry: $60.00 per player

(Includes Green Fees, Cart, Prizes, Beer & Lunch after Golf)

___________________________________________________________

 

Names of Players:___________________________________________

 

Division:  Regular/Senior (circle one)

 

Phone Contact:______________________________________________

 

Email:_____________________________________________________

 

Entry Deadline is Monday, February 13th

 

Call: 215-757-6951, ext 10

 

Email Dan Hoban, PGA Head Professional at danhoban@comcast.net

 

 

This sounds like a great tournament and Dan would like to see it become an annual event at Middletown.

 

Looks like we made the right call for Indian Spring and some more snow is headed our way. Hopefully, it will be gone in time to play Sand Barrens on 1/13. Let's keep our fingers crossed.

 

 

 

 

We're cancelled tomorrow at Indian Spring

 

Sorry to say we are cancelling the AWGL event at Indian Spring GC tomorrow 1/6 due to the prospect of snow. Next event will be Friday 1/13 at Sand Barrens. Please check the website and Facebook for late breaking news on tournament status. Be safe in the snow the next few days.

 

 

January 5, 2017.....Forecast for 1" to 2" of Snow for Tomorrow at Indian Spring.

 

If you wake up tomorrow and find snow on the ground, there's a good chance we'll be cancelled at Indian Spring. In any event, please call Bob Hennefer at Indian Spring 856-983-0222 to get the latest update. The way it looks right now, we will probably be cancelled.

 


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