May 13, 2014 |
In all her years of playing golf, Bobbie Rose said she allowed herself one ego trip - the time she won the Women's Golf Association of Philadelphia Class B Super-Seniors Championship in 2007. She was 91. "To beat those youngsters in the Super-Seniors, those 65-year-olds . . . " said her son, Michael, a notable player in the Golf Association of Philadelphia. Louise B. "Bobbie" Rose, who took up golf shortly after her husband started to play 67 years ago, now is 98 and can be found three or four days a week practicing and playing at Philmont Country Club in Huntingdon Valley.
December 21, 2013 |
Known as a kind and gentle man, William T. Walsh had to be tough to help manage a household with 15 children, which is how he became known to family and friends as "Sarge. " "My father served time in the Navy, but the name comes from my brother Andrew, who goes by 'Bucky,' " Paul "Chet" Walsh said Thursday. "Bucky was quite the character, but he always kind of found a way to a soft spot in my father. "To keep 15 kids in line, obviously you had to be strict and a disciplinarian. Bucky used to kid him that he was like a sergeant in the Army barking out orders at us. So he became Sarge, and everybody knew that, even his nurse at the nursing home.
June 8, 2013 |
The painting of Hugh Irvine Wilson that hangs inside Merion Golf Club's clubhouse shows an unremarkable, earnest-looking businessman in a high collar as stiff as his pose. Yet it might as well be the portrait of a ghost. Surprisingly, for a 117-year-old club that cherishes and painstakingly preserves its history, the life and contributions of the man credited with Merion's design remain as foggy as a morning on the Scottish heather. Whatever Wilson's role in the creation of one of the world's most prestigious courses, its exact nature been shrouded by time.
November 10, 2012 |
Florence Elaine Green, 88, an amateur golf-club champion in the Philadelphia area for two decades, died Wednesday, Nov. 7, of complications from a blood disease at her family's second home in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. She had lived in Villanova since 2002. Known to friends as "Flo," Mrs. Green was a local golf legend, said her son, Arlin. From 1957 to 1968, she won eight club championships at Radnor Valley Country Club in Villanova. Between 1969 and 1978, she captured the club championship eight times at Green Valley Country Club in Lafayette Hill.
August 17, 2003 |
By the time he tees off tomorrow at Oakmont Country Club, Frank McFadden will have asked himself a hundred times what a 53-year-old "grinder" such as himself is doing in the U.S. Amateur. The answer, of course, is playing his heart out. "My goal?" McFadden, an independent insurance broker, asked with a laugh last week. "I'm going to empty my guts and see what happens. " Even if you follow the local golf scene, McFadden's name might not be familiar. Not that he is not good; McFadden has been a scratch player for years.
October 22, 2000 |
It's not unusual for teenagers addicted to golf to spend the summer on a golf course, either playing or practicing their games. That's how Chris Thude spent almost every day of his summer. But he got more than the usual results for his efforts. Thude, 15 at the time, is the youngest club champion that Melrose Country Club has ever had. He is believed to be one of the youngest people to win a club championship in recent years in the Philadelphia suburban area. He won the title by defeating the defending champion, Pete Mimmo, 8 and 6, in a 36-hole final match at the Cheltenham course.
September 24, 2000 |
David Brookreson has won just about everything worth winning in amateur golf in the Philadelphia area. But at age 52, watching players half as old whistle tee shots far beyond his, Brookreson began to wonder if his winning days were behind him. Not to worry. Earlier this summer, he won the club championship at the famous Pine Valley Golf Club in Camden County, shooting 72-74-146 to beat Overbrook Country Club's Chris Lange by one stroke. It was Brookreson's fifth Pine Valley title and fourth in a different decade: 1970s, '80s, '90s and 2000.
September 10, 2000 |
In 1989, Michael Domenick decided to spend the winter in Florida to work on his golf game. He found a teacher, Al Nelson, formerly of the Philadelphia area, at a course called the Vineyards in Naples, Fla. Nelson suggested Domenick get a job where he could hit balls and play without charge when not working. So Domenick took a job in the bag room of the course. He's been spending his winters there since, earning the title King of the Bag Room. He's also won a bag full of golf championships in the Philadelphia area.
August 27, 2000 |
Glenn Smeraglio is having the kind of year most golfers only dream about. The Yardley Country Club player won his club's championship by defeating Jon Rusk, 1-up, in a 36-hole final. It was Smeraglio's fifth title. Smeraglio, 40, a financial planner, also won the Silver Cross medal of the Golf Association of Philadelphia (GAP). It is given to the player with the lowest score in two rounds of the Patterson Cup and two rounds in Philadelphia Amateur qualifying. Smeraglio was a medalist in the amateur qualifying, shooting 144. His 72-hole score was 291, one better than the showing of Chris Bartolacci of Jericho National Golf Club.
August 20, 2000 |
Nick Kirkpatrick lost the first two holes in his club championship match against four-time winner Rich Green at Plymouth Country Club in Plymouth Meeting. He did not let it discourage him. "I just tried to tell myself there was a long way to go, and that I was not out of it, and to keep focused on that," he said. His private pep talk worked. Kirkpatrick went on to win the 36-hole final, 3 and 2, for his first club title at Plymouth. "It's something I'm proud of. It was a lot of work.