June 6, 1996 |
Merion Golf Club is on the short list of courses being considered to host the 2001 U.S. Open. An announcement by the U.S. Golf Association could come June 12, the day before the start of this year's Open, at Oakland Hills Country Club in Birmingham, Mich., near Detroit. "Merion is under very serious consideration," said David Fay, the USGA's executive director. "It's an outstanding site with a wonderful history. The championship committee will be discussing it in the coming week.
May 31, 2013 |
Given the number of flatbeds, pickup trucks, and fuel tankers rumbling around Merion Golf Club these days, you'd be forgiven for thinking a skyscraper was being constructed nearby. The commotion, however, is the result of another tall task: transforming the venerable Main Line institution - one so steeped in tradition that it doesn't allow members to use electronic devices at the club - into a site ready to host the 2013 U.S. Open and the 25,000 spectators expected to attend each day. The weeklong championship celebration doesn't begin until June 10, and the players don't start competing until June 13. But construction has been underway for months, club neighbors and township officials say, and activity has picked up as festivities draw closer.
May 6, 2013 |
The driveway around Merion's handsome clubhouse directs visitors not with standard traffic indicators but rather with small signs discreetly inscribed with the golf club's iconic logo, a directional arrow, and one simple word, "Please!" That understated civility is a Merion trademark. It's reflected in the rules governing the golfing shrine: No hats under cover. No collarless shirts or sockless feet. No denim or cargo pants. No use of electronic devices. No mulligans on the first tee. No range-finders on the course, where - no surprise - there are no yardage markers or tee directions.
May 28, 1999 |
Liz Haines and Amanda Yates of Merion Golf Club successfully defended their championship in the Women's Golf Association of Philadelphia's Nonna Barlow Cup by winning the 61st annual event yesterday at Merion's East Course. Haines and Yates combined for a better-ball score of 1-under par 37-32-69 and won by 7 strokes in a field of 70 two-player teams of Class A players. The tournament is named for Merion's Nonna Barlow, who won the Philadelphia women's championship nine times from 1905 to 1923 and captured five Eastern championships.
June 10, 1990 |
The Merion Golf Club, a place where many historical golf events took place, recently became a place of history itself. After an application process that took nearly eight years, the golf club in Ardmore has finally been put on the National Register of Historic Places. Since the club's East Course opened in 1912, the club has hosted many great players and many great tournaments, such as U.S. Open Championships and U.S. Amateur Championships. In 1916, Chick Evans was the first man to win the National Amateur and Open in the same year, when he won the Open at Merion.
November 22, 2012 |
One in a series on the U.S. Open coming to Merion in 2013. Merion Golf Club's sprawling white clubhouse is steeped with charm and history, though neither was visible from the glorified broom closet that has been Hank Thompson's office there these last 15 months. "Actually, I'm just glad to be inside," Thompson said Tuesday. "Usually I'm stuck outside in a trailer. " A 40-year-old North Carolinian with a temperament as smooth as Fred Couples' swing, Thompson has a task far more imposing than his workspace.
August 14, 2011 |
Officials at Merion Golf Club discovered two things during the 2005 U.S. Amateur, the more gratifying one being that the refurbished East course could indeed stand up to the long hitters of the modern game for a U.S. Open in 2013. The other item, not as publicized but nearly as significant, was that Merion's old maintenance facility was sadly outdated and needed to be replaced as soon as possible. Certainly, cost was a factor. But club officials were determined to design and construct a state-of-the-art, environmentally friendly area where workers at every level could be together and take part in a coordinated effort to keep the golf course thriving.
June 19, 2013 |
FORMER USGA executive director David Fay, one of the people primarily responsible for bringing the U.S. Open back to Merion's East Course after a 32-year absence, probably put it best a few months back, when asked whether this would necessarily be the last national championship held in Ardmore. "Assuming the club wants it, and we always have to ask them because it might be too much of a hardship to go through, but if it plays out the way those of us who are fans of the club and the course think, hopefully there could be another one," he insisted.
July 23, 2009 |
John G. Capers III hefts the club with strong, tanned arms that hit a golf ball nearly every day. "This may be the most valuable thing we have. It's an Old Tom Morris iron especially made for blasting out of wagon ruts. Spectators used to come in wagons 100 years ago, and it was necessary. " Capers, the historian-archivist for Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, is surrounded by clubs, balls, bags, tees, gloves, badges, trophies, photographs, and cabinets holding club records, newspaper clippings, architectural drawings, and other documents going back to 1896, when the original course was laid out. "We also have 20,000 digital files," Capers adds.
September 13, 2009 |
Merion Golf Club - normally a venerable bastion of the ruly, the kempt, the couth, and the sheveled - let down its hair yesterday for the 42d Walker Cup Match. Between 4,000 and 5,000 golf fans surged over the East Course on 126 socially prestigious Main Line acres to watch a team of 10 American amateurs battle a team of 10 players from Britain and Ireland. Fashion was in full retreat as the visiting spectators violated a host of club rules with their collarless shirts, cargo pants, and short shorts.