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By Marian on 12/17/2012 2:29 PM

Dates are already posted on the MGA and NJSGA websites for several 2013 Competitions. There is a tentative schedule of events also posted on the NJ PGA website for their 2013 events.

By Marian on 12/17/2012 2:28 PM


All rounds played in New Jersey/ Met Area/ Philadelphia between Nov. 1 and March 31, are ineligible to be posted for handicap purposes. Fair handicapping depends upon full and accurate information regarding a player's potential scoring ability as reflected by a complete scoring record and every player must be responsible for returning all acceptable scores. Should you play at golf courses in the south (i.e. Florida), scores from these rounds may be entered on the GHIN computer at those golf courses.


By Marian on 12/17/2012 2:26 PM


Jeffrey R. Holzschuh was elected to a one-year term as president of the Metropolitan Golf Association at the Association’s 115th Annual Meeting in early December at Westchester Country Club in Harrison, N.Y. Holzschuh, a member of Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, N.Y., and the Stanwich Club in Greenwich, Conn., is the MGA’s 61st president. More details at:


2013 MGA Officers:

By Marian on 12/17/2012 2:19 PM
By Joseph Ubil-Certified Golf Coach Instructor of The First Tee of Plainfield

In 1997, The World Golf Foundation, comprised of several partners, including the PGA Tour, LPGA, PGA of America and the USGA, established The First Tee program, as a non-profit organization to mentor young people from the ages of 7 to 17. This youth development program was meant to teach life skills to juniors using golf as its platform.

 Built around more than the golf swing, and most importantly “Nine Core Values,” the multi-year program is designed to prepare junior golfers for success throughout their lives. These core values include--Honesty Integrity, Responsibility, Respect, Perseverance, Confidence, Courtesy, Judgment, and Sportsmanship. The First Tee’s mission is to “impact the lives of young people by providing educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf.”

 The First Tee of Metropolitan New York, started in 2001, grew out of a partnership between the national First Tee initiative and the Metropolitan PGA and MGA organization to bring these fundamentals to the juniors in our area. Since then, the chapter has grown to be one of the strongest in the country, with six facilities - Mosholu (Bronx, NY), Eisenhower Park (Long Island, NY), Chelsea Piers (New York City), Fairchild Wheeler (Bridgeport, Ct), Weequahic Park (Newark, NJ) and Plainfield West (Planfield, NJ), and 14 affiliate sites, www.thefirstteemetny.org.

By Marian on 12/11/2012 6:13 PM
Lazy Swan Golf Club Opens 18 Holes, Offering an Affordable Getaway in Ulster County

By Richard J Skelly

     If you like golf courses with hills and want to get away a short distance from Garden State golf courses, you should know that Ulster County, N.Y. – a short two to three hour drive away, depending where you are starting -- is home to 12 public and semi-private layouts.

     The new jewel in the crown of these courses is the recently opened Lazy Swan Golf Golf & Country Club Village, situated just five minutes off the New York State Thruway in Saugerties, N.Y. After a delay from tropical storm Irene last August, Lazy Swan opened its second nine holes earlier this year.

     Don’t be fooled by a quick glance at Lazy Swan’s scorecard. It indicates the course measures out at 6,184 yards from the blue tees, 5,760 yards from the white tees and 5,095 from the gold tees. What the score card doesn’t show you are all the magnificent hills and natural and man-made moguls that create an endless variety of downhill, uphill and side-hill lies that can easily upset those all-important approach shots to the green. Intermediate golfers will find themselves missing more than a few greens and having to avoid some well-positioned sand traps and water hazards.

By Marian on 12/11/2012 6:08 PM
ShopRite LPGA Classic Announces 2013 Tournament Dates May 27 - June 2 at Stockton Seaview Hotel & Golf Club

The ShopRite LPGA Classic officially announced the 2013 tournament will be Monday, May 27 through Sunday, June 2 on the Bay Course at Stockton Seaview Hotel & Golf Club in Galloway, NJ. The best players from the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) will compete for a $1.5 million purse in the 54-hole, LPGA-sanctioned official event. A week of pre-tournament events will lead three days of championship play starting Friday, May 31 and concluding Sunday, June 2. The ShopRite LPGA Classic will be televised on Golf Channel. For the latest tournament news and information, visit ShopRiteLPGAClassic.com......

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By Marian on 12/3/2012 5:41 PM

Partially reprinted from Golfer’s Tee Times – Fall/Winter 2012/13


     As high school junior golfers enter their sophomore and junior years, they face big decisions about their futures. They must make the tough decision perhaps one of the biggest in their lives – do they want to play golf in college, and second, are they good enough to play on the college level.

      That answer comes in many shapes and sizes, but the most important decision comes down to having the dedication to commit to 40+ hours/ per week to a college golf team. This means having the ability to juggle your academics, golf and social life on a college level. Most Division I programs have more pressure, but truth be told, the higher ranked Division II and III teams still travel extensively, and study time is definitely curtailed.

     At a press conference just prior to this year’s Barclays tournament at Bethpage, former St. John’s University standout and 2011 PGA Championship winner, Keegan Bradley, when...
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