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April 29, 1995 | By Mayer Brandschain, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Merion and Riverton shared first place in the Philadelphia Cup interclub competition of the Women's Golf Association after yesterday's second-round, 5-2 victory by Philadelphia Country Club over Huntingdon Valley. With three rounds left, Merion and Riverton stand at 2-0; and Philadelphia Country, winner of the title in 1993, at 1-1. Huntingdon Valley dropped out of a first-place tie and is at 1-1. Play was called off last year because of golf-course damage from the severe winter, the first interruption since 1897.
SPORTS
August 13, 1987 | By Mayer Brandschain, Special to The Inquirer
Nancy Porter and Bob Engman of Merion captured the Class A title in the Philadelphia Husband and Wife Golf Championships with a 2-under-par 34-35-69 yesterday at Gulph Mills Golf Club. The Philadelphia team regained the Williamson Cup with a score of 453 strokes yesterday in the International Junior Golf Matches at the Onondaga Country Club in Fayetteville, N.Y.
SPORTS
May 6, 1992 | By Mayer Brandschain, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Merion, playing at home on its East Course yesterday, won the Philadelphia Cup championship for the 52d time since 1897 by defeating Philmont, 6-1, in the final round of the Women's Golf Association of Philadelphia's Inter-club series. Merion, which last won the title in 1990, finished the campaign unbeaten in five rounds (5-0 in team standing, and 27-8 in the individual-match play standings). Riverton defeated Waynesborough, 5-2, and finished second with a 4-1 record; Waynesborough finished fourth.
SPORTS
September 20, 1992 | By Mayer Brandschain, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Russ Etherington and Mike Rhoads of Merion eliminated defending champions Tom Paul and Mike Tiernan of Delray Beach, Fla., by 3 and 2, in the third round of the A.J. Drexel Paul Cup invitation better-ball-of-partners' match play tournament yesterday at the Gulph Mills Golf Club. Charles Robino scored a hole-in-one on the 221-yard 17th, but it did not save his team from a loss. He and Steve Smith were defeated by John Stoviak and Carl Everett, 6 and 5. Mike Forgash played 5-under-par golf as he and Roland Morris scored by 3 and 2 over Rick Parker and David Hearn.
NEWS
August 24, 1989 | By Frank Lawlor, Inquirer Staff Writer
One after another, the golfers lingered on the 18th green, popping extra balls off the spiked rough, spraying final showers of sand from the bunkers. Invariably, before heading off, they tossed one last over-the-shoulder look, not to scout the next group, it seemed, but to reinforce their image of the course they had just surveyed, of the horticultural marvel called Merion. For Robert Dugger, a collegian from Hurst, Texas, it was turf flying in neat strips that made his first round on Merion Golf Club's East Course remarkable.
SPORTS
June 5, 2013 | BY MIKE KERN
TIGER WOODS visited Merion last week for the first time, to get a look at the famed East Course that will be hosting the U.S. Open beginning June 13. Now the second-ranked player on the planet, and Tiger's latest heir apparent, will be doing the same due diligence. Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy, who's won two of the last seven majors but has yet to win this season, will be in Ardmore today and tomorrow after flying in last night. He revealed his plans at yesterday's media day at Oak Hill (Rochester, N.Y.)
SPORTS
June 14, 2013 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Columnist
THE BOMBERS came through Oh, Man Corner and walked away shrugging. Then came Sergio. He might have left weeping. Oh, Man Corner is where the U.S. Open is to be won or lost. A fearsome five holes, Nos. 14 through 18 at Merion, are what Amen Corner is to Augusta National. The difference, of course, is that Amen Corner comes in the middle of a Masters round. At Merion, Oh, Man Corner will finish matters in Rounds 3 and 4, a punishing test for the technology that supposedly made this dowager obsolete.
SPORTS
June 17, 2013 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Merion still played mean and nasty Saturday in the third round of the U.S. Open, playing to a stroke average of 74.356 and refusing to yield a single birdie at the par-4 18th hole. However the 18th, which played at a robust 530 yards, was only the second-toughest hole, at 4.740 strokes. The top honor went to No. 5, at 504 yards, with a stroke average of 4.795. The par-3 13th, which played at 98 yards on Saturday, was the easiest hole, allowing 24 birdies and an average of 2.726 strokes.
SPORTS
May 29, 2013 | Daily News Wire Reports
SIMON KHAN bounced back from losing the BMW PGA Championship in a playoff to qualify for the U.S. Open. The Englishman, who lost a four-hole playoff to Matteo Manassero at Wentworth on Sunday, qualified in first place yesterday by shooting a 5-under 67 on the Old Course and 2-under 70 on the New Course in Walton Heath, England. "[Sunday] I did everything I could to try and win. I don't think I could have done anything differently," said Khan, who has reached the U.S. Open three times in 8 straight years of qualifying.
SPORTS
May 7, 1992 | By Mayer Brandschain, SPECIAL TO THE INQUIRER
Merion Golf Club won the 59th renewal of the match-play competition for the Baily Cup with a tally of 30 points in singles and pairs yesterday at the Huntingdon Valley Country Club. Huntingdon Valley finished second with 24 1/2 points; Gulph Mills Golf Club, defending champion, was third with 19, and Pine Valley fourth with 16 1/ 2. Merion dominated the morning's alternate stroke play for pairs with 11 1/2 points against seven each for Gulph Mills and Pine Valley, and 4 1/2 for Huntingdon Valley.
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September 15, 2016 | By Kathy Boccella, STAFF WRITER
Lower Merion Township residents clashed at the first school board meeting since a Montgomery County judge ruled the district had unnecessarily raised taxes by claiming it was short on funds, when it actually had tens of millions of dollars in reserve. Of approximately 200 people who showed up Monday night, many of the two dozen who addressed the board criticized it for overtaxing the community and not being transparent about its budget process. Others praised the members for doing whatever it took - including per-pupil spending among the highest in the state - to provide a top-notch education for Lower Merion children.
NEWS
September 3, 2016 | By Kathy Boccella, Staff Writer
To those he has vanquished in court - the aviation giants that have paid hundreds of millions of dollars to his crash-victim clients, the critics he has sued for libel, and most recently the Lower Merion School District, ordered this week to revoke a tax hike - it may come as a surprise that lawyer Arthur Alan Wolk loves puppies. "She's the sweetest thing on the planet," Wolk said, fussing over his new 13-week-old golden retriever during a phone call Wednesday from his vacation home in Del Mar, a beach town near San Diego.
NEWS
September 1, 2016 | By Kathy Boccella, Staff Writer
A Montgomery County judge has ordered the Lower Merion School District to revoke its latest tax hike, saying the district misled taxpayers by projecting large budget deficits to justify raising taxes 4.4 percent when it actually had socked away millions of surplus dollars. In what may be an unprecedented win for Pennsylvania taxpayers, Common Pleas Judge Joseph A. Smyth said in his decision Monday that the district could increase taxes for 2016-17, but no more than 2.4 percent. The judge said he would "leave for another day" the question of rebates, refunds, and credits for those who already paid their current school tax bills.
NEWS
August 26, 2016 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
Beat writer William S. Burroughs died in 1997, but he's putting out four new works in quick succession, one involving actor Steve Buscemi, another with a former local producer at the helm. Hal Wilner, Lower Merion-born producer and longtime Saturday Night Live music coordinator, is behind Let Me Hang You , an album released in July of previously unheard tapes in which Burroughs reads the naughtier bits of his landmark novel Naked Lunch over skronky music from such artists as King Khan, Bill Frisell, Wayne Horvitz, and more.
NEWS
July 30, 2016 | By Claudia Vargas, Staff Writer
From before the Democratic National Convention's first gavel till after the last, people with deep pockets were treating Democratic leaders and officeholders to parties and perks. There were butlered hors d'oeuvres of tuna tartare, truffle mac and cheese, unlimited wine and liquor, golfing at Merion - all in all, more than 100 parties, lunches, and outings surrounding the main event. There was Sunday's welcome party at SugarHouse Casino hosted by U.S. Rep. Robert Brady, the city's Democratic chief, where House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and many other elected officials mingled with donors over free food, booze, and a live band.
REAL_ESTATE
July 11, 2016 | By Alan J. Heavens, Staff Writer
One in a continuing series spotlighting real estate markets in the region's communities. Just say "King of Prussia," and even the most geographically challenged will know the location of Upper Merion Township. Add Valley Forge to the explanation, and out-of-towners will be able to get their bearings, as well. Not all of Valley Forge National Historical Park is in Upper Merion, but a large part of it is - about 1,300 acres. This Montgomery County municipality of 28,365 people also includes such locales as Gulph Mills, Swedesland, Swedesburg, and even some of Wayne, a place that seems to be just about everywhere.
NEWS
July 11, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, Staff Writer
In the aftermath of the shooting deaths of five police officers in Dallas on Thursday night and amid heightened tensions between police and some activists, a woman and her son stopped by the Lower Merion Police Department in Ardmore on Friday with stacks of pizza. "Our hearts are heavy today but bellies full thanks to [the mother and son] who delivered the Police Department delicious pizza from Bella Italia," the Police Department wrote on its Facebook page that afternoon. On Saturday, the department noted on Facebook that another Montgomery County woman stopped by with her daughter and treated officers to coffee and doughnuts.
NEWS
June 30, 2016 | By Vibha Kannan, Staff Writer
Felice Goodwin Wiener, 71, of Wynnewood, founder of the Greater Philadelphia Chapter of the ALS Association and a former Lower Merion Township commissioner, died of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis Sunday, June 26, at Pennsylvania Hospital. Mrs. Wiener founded the Philadelphia chapter in 1977, soon after her mother died from ALS. She was the organization's first president and remained on its board until her death. Mrs. Wiener was diagnosed with ALS in December 2015. "A lot of people talk about making a change, but she was one of those who really went out and took action," daughter Debbie Eggleston said.
NEWS
June 29, 2016
Firefighters in Lower Merion Township were investigating a portable transformer that caught fire Monday night and leaked possibly hazardous fluid near a creek, authorities said. The fire was reported just before 6:50 p.m. at the Green Hill Condominium complex in the 1000 block of City Avenue. PECO had brought in a portable generator and transformer while the utility conducted planned maintenance and the transformer malfunctioned, causing it to smoke and leak fluid, authorities said. The incident left several hundred residents at the complex without power.
NEWS
June 17, 2016 | By Mari A. Schaefer, STAFF WRITER
Upper Merion Township is going to the goats - "Green goats," that is. About two dozen of the little ruminants have been brought in to chow down on invasive and unwanted vegetation at Bob White Park at Falcon Road in King of Prussia, the township said. The goats will roam within a fenced-in enclosure and are expected to devour about 95 percent of the unwanted plants less than six feet tall - roots included - including poison ivy, sumac, and any type of plant with thorns. "We're really happy to be here," said Larry Cihanek, founder of the "Green Goats" program.
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