November 14, 2015 |
Preseason Top 10 1. Maryland - The return of sharpshooter Melo Trimble and addition of 6-foot-11 freshman Diamond Stone will have the deep and talented Terrapins challenging for a national championship. 2. North Carolina - The Tar Heels will excel with mostly upperclassmen although star guard Marcus Paige, a senior, will miss the first 3-4 weeks with a broken bone in his hand. 3. Kentucky - The star-studded Wildcats have gone three years without a national championship, but the expectations remain the same with a nice mix of rookies and veterans.
August 12, 2015 |
EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP, N.J. - When he opened Hidden Creek Golf Club in 2002, owner Roger Hansen recalled, he had no thoughts about holding a big event there, never mind hosting a championship of the United States Golf Association. But the more he saw how the course played, the more he felt a national championship would be well-suited for his course. That will happen when the course will host the 61st U.S. Senior Amateur starting Sept. 26. "I really felt that if I'm in the business, I should do a national championship," Hansen said Monday.
July 3, 2015 |
The final round of the PGA Professional National Championship lacked much drama Wednesday for most of the day, particularly after 24-year-old Ben Polland increased his lead to 5 strokes with six holes to play. However, the tournament ratcheted up the excitement at the tough par-4 18th hole of Philadelphia Cricket Club's Wissahickon course, thanks to a poor decision and poor execution by Polland, and a remarkably clutch approach to the green by Matt Dobyns, a fellow Met Section member in New York.
July 2, 2015 |
All Robby Bruns wanted, in his second career PGA Professional National Championship, was to get by the first two rounds at Philadelphia Cricket Club and then see what he could accomplish. Not only did Bruns, an assistant pro at Merion, climb the leader board Tuesday after making the 36-hole cut, he also gave himself a chance to achieve something special - a berth in his first PGA Championship - over the final 18 holes. The 25-year-old pro fired a 2-under-par 68 on the Wissahickon course for a 54-hole score of 3-over 215 and moved into position to make a run at a top-20 finish, which would get him in next month's PGA at Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wis. He was in a tie for 37th place when he finished just after noon - well before a 1-hour, 33-minute delay imposed because of lightning in the area - but he rose to a tie for 21st place by the end of the day. He jumped 56 spots in the standings.
July 1, 2015 |
It has been quite a busy season thus far for Rusty Harbold because he happens to work at Lancaster Country Club, the site of next week's U.S. Women's Open. Harbold, an assistant pro at the club, had found it difficult to find some solid practice time because of his duties in helping to get the facility ready. He finally got that chance last week and put in three days of good work at Philadelphia Cricket Club before the PGA Professional National Championship. The practice paid off for Harbold, 33, who shot the lowest round of the event at the Cricket Club's Wissahickon course, a 3-under-par 67 Monday, and jumped 146 spots in the standings, into a tie for 47th place at 3-over-par 145. The 36-hole lead in the national championship for club professionals belonged to 24-year-old Ben Polland, an assistant pro at Deepdale Golf Club in Manhasset, N.Y. Polland fired a 67 at the Wissahickon course for a 7-under 135 total and a 4-stroke lead over Grant Sturgeon of Cave City, Ky., and Charles Frost of Johns Island, S.C. Harbold, the winner of the 2014 Haverford Trust Classic, called the activity at the club "busy" and "crazy" but also "kind of cool.
June 30, 2015 |
Josh Rackley earned much recognition within the Philadelphia Section PGA a month ago after winning the Haverford Philadelphia PGA Classic on the second playoff hole and walking off with a check for a cool $100,000. Rackley, 25, an assistant pro at Gulph Mills Golf Club, can work on a national profile this week at the PGA Professional National Championship. He began to do that Sunday with an opening-round 1-over-par 73 at the Militia Hill course of the Philadelphia Cricket Club, the best showing in relation to par of the 13 section members in the field.
June 28, 2015 |
Gene Fieger, one of the top players in the Philadelphia Section PGA for the better part of two decades, left his home area of Delaware County in 1999 to become involved with a new golf club in Naples, Fla. Sixteen years later, while he misses the region's celebrated golf courses, he is happy where he is. "Naples is a great place," Fieger, a former Overbrook Golf Club assistant pro, said Friday. "Don't feel sorry for me. " Fieger, who turns 55 next week, is in town for the 48th annual PGA Professional National Championship, which begins Sunday at the Philadelphia Cricket Club.
March 24, 2015
ANYONE WHO grew up in the Philadelphia area, no matter when you happened to be born, knows about "the hit. " If you need additional explanation, you must be a newcomer (either that, or you watch the "Godfather" trilogy on a loop). "The hit," the only one truly worth talking about in mythic terms, is the one that Chuck Bednarik put on Frank Gifford in the game between the Eagles and the Giants at Yankee Stadium on Nov. 20, 1960. I was born a year and two weeks later. Yet although biology insists that I wasn't even conceived at the time when Gifford was impersonating a log, I feel that moment as if I'd watched it in real time.
January 15, 2015 |
ARLINGTON, Texas - What might be the final pass of Marcus Mariota's storied college career finished in the hands of Ohio State cornerback Eli Apple, a Voorhees native who enjoyed his ultimate experience Monday night. The interception sealed the Buckeyes' 42-20 upset of Oregon in the national championship, a resounding victory that gave Apple a title to bring back home. "This is something I dreamed of since I was 11, 12 years old," Apple said in an emotional postgame locker room. "This is something I told my friends about, and they all laughed at me. . . . I'm sure everybody's very proud.
December 14, 2014
The North Philadelphia Aztecs, a powerhouse junior pee wee football squad of 8-11-year-olds, take on the defending national champions at the Pop Warner National Super Bowl Championship at Disney World on Saturday morning. The 8:30 a.m. Division I championship against the Gwen Cherry Bulls of Miami will be televised live by ESPN3. The Aztecs defeated the Western New York Bills 33-6 to reach the championships while the Bulls advanced with a 26-0 victory over the East Bay (Calif.)