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June 6, 1996 | by Mike Kern, Daily News Sports Writer
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.
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May 31, 2013 | By Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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May 6, 2013 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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May 28, 1999 | By Doug Hadden, FOR THE INQUIRER
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.
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June 10, 1990 | By Judy DeHaven, Special to The Inquirer
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.
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November 22, 2012 | Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
  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.
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August 14, 2011 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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June 19, 2013 | By Mike Kern, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
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July 23, 2009 | By William Ecenbarger FOR THE INQUIRER
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.
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September 13, 2009 | By William Ecenbarger FOR THE INQUIRER
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.
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June 14, 2016 | By Joe Juliano, STAFF WRITER
As a member at Merion Golf Club and the president of the Golf Association of Philadelphia, Robert Morey believed it would be an excellent idea to have the Philadelphia Amateur, the preeminent competition of the GAP season, contested at his home club. He wrote a letter to Merion's board to express the association's interest, and was delighted when the board approved the proposal immediately. When he relayed the decision to GAP officials, they all checked the history books to see when the championship was last contested at Merion, and were amazed at what they discovered.
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June 3, 2015 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
LANCASTER - The United States Golf Association has conducted 82 championships at 29 venues throughout Pennsylvania but none at Lancaster Country Club, which is on many top-10 lists when people rank the state's courses. Lancaster will add to the state's record for most U.S. championships hosted next month, getting its chance to shine for the first time when it welcomes the 70th U.S. Women's Open. As USGA officials put the finishing touches on the course, some have questions. "I keep saying to the members, 'I wonder what took us so long to get to Lancaster,' " championship director Ben Kimball said Monday at a media day for the event.
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June 14, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
PINEHURST, N.C. - Phil Mickelson continues to tinker with his game to figure out a way to finally break through for a U.S. Open victory after finishing in second place on six occasions. Mickelson brought the "claw" putter grip - with the left hand pushing and guiding the stroke through - into the competition but still needed 31 putts in a round of even-par 70 that left him 5 shots out of the lead after the opening 18 holes at Pinehurst No. 2. Mickelson called his putter "the one club that is hurting me. " He said the claw grip, which he insists is not long-term, helps him with alignment.
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June 13, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
PINEHURST, N.C. - Justin Rose walked to his ball in the 18th fairway at Merion Golf Club near the plaque celebrating Ben Hogan's iconic 1-iron shot in the 1950 U.S. Open, pulled out his 4-iron, and hit his approach to a back-left hole location on the green. But this wasn't the 2013 U.S. Open. Rose already had won that nearly four months earlier at Merion, making a clutch par after a 4-iron second shot from that same spot to a tough pin. No, this was the "JR Challenge," a self-named tournament in which Rose annually gathers 10 of his friends from England to play a series of great golf courses.
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June 12, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
PINEHURST, N.C. - The most recent recollection of Phil Mickelson in the U.S. Open came on a Sunday evening last year at Merion Golf Club where he dashed out of the valley in front of the 18th green to see if his 35-yard pitch shot had gone in the hole. The ball rolled past the cup. Mickelson's shoulders slumped and his head dropped. The missed shot meant that he would finish second for the sixth time, prompting him to say, "I just keep feeling heartbreak" after this Open had ended.
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June 4, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Temple star Brandon Matthews, who was an alternate for last year's U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club, tried to take the extra step to the national championship but was let down Monday by his putter. Matthews was one of 15 Philadelphia-area players who competed in 36-hole sectional qualifying for next week's U.S. Open, but like the others, he fell short of a trip to Pinehurst (N.C.) No. 2. Playing in Purchase, N.Y., Matthews fired rounds of 2-over-par 72 at Old Oaks Country Club and par 71 at Century Country Club, but his 143 total was 2 strokes higher than the score posted by the fourth and final qualifier.
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February 21, 2014 | DAILY NEWS STAFF REPORT
DAILY NEWS sports writer Mike Kern won a third-place award in the Golf Writers Association of America's annual writing contest, in the Daily Features category, for his story on Nick Ciocca, the "Caddie who carried [Ben] Hogan" at the 1950 U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club. He also received an honorable mention in Special Projects for his contribution to the Daily News ' U.S. Open preview section. Kern was the only newspaper writer to be recognized more than once. Last month, Kern received a first place from the International Network of Golf in Opinion/Editorial for a column titled: "Long and short of it: Merion tough enough.
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August 8, 2013 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
PITTSFORD, N.Y. - It takes more than six hours to make the drive here from the Philadelphia area, and Dave McNabb used some of that time to ask questions of Mark Sheftic on their ride north about preparing to play in the PGA Championship. Sheftic, teaching pro at Merion Golf Club who is playing in his third PGA, was more than happy to answer the queries of McNabb, head pro at Applebrook Golf Club in Malvern and a first-time contestant in the PGA. "Don't wear yourself out," Sheftic said Tuesday.
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July 19, 2013 | By Jim Litke, Associated Press
GULLANE, Scotland - A month after winning the U.S. Open, Justin Rose still hasn't settled on an engraver to etch his name into the trophy he brought home from Merion Golf Club. But the Englishman already has someone in mind: Garry Harvey, the silversmith who will engrave the name of the British Open winner on the claret jug within moments of the final putt dropping Sunday at Muirfield. "I'm hoping I'll get a two-for-one deal this year," Rose chuckled Wednesday. "With the U.S. Open, you get it done yourself.
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July 19, 2013 | Associated Press
GULLANE, Scotland - The tournament doesn't start until Thursday yet the most entertaining shot at the British Open may already have been hit. It belonged to short-game wizard Phil Mickelson, who won the Scottish Open on Sunday and a day later arrived at the 17th green during a practice round to find his ball nestled in light rough halfway up a small knob alongside the putting surface. Lefty grabbed a wedge and with his back to the flag, feathered a shot that arched softly and landed behind him and rolled to within a few feet of the pin. "I haven't hit it in so long, I just looked at it and thought I'd give it a try. I didn't know anybody was filming," Mickelson said.
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