July 6, 2015 |
LANCASTER - Though United States Golf Association executive director Mike Davis is himself a Central Pennsylvanian, the USGA and bucolic Lancaster appear to make for an odd coupling. The USGA, after all, is the blue-blazered embodiment of an elite Eastern establishment that has championed and ruled golf since the game crossed the Atlantic in the 19th century. Lancaster, meanwhile, brings to mind buggies, bacon gravy, and barley. But while that juxtaposition of old money and fresh manure figures to lend this week's 2015 U.S. Women's Open a unique flavor - and, possibly, scent - the Lancaster Country Club course where it will be contested would fit in easily on the Main Line or in the tony suburbs of Boston and New York.
March 19, 2015 |
James W. Finegan, 85, of Villanova, an advertising executive, golf authority, and author of books about the world's best links, died Friday, March 13, at home of complications from a fall several years ago. Widely regarded as the foremost authority on golfing in the United Kingdom and also as a careful chronicler of golf in the Philadelphia area, Mr. Finegan was the "go-to guy" for any arcane point about the sport's past. "He was probably the greatest Philadelphia golf historian ever," said Peter Trenham, a fellow golf historian and friend.
July 1, 2014 |
Alex L. Pronzato, 73, of Philadelphia, the founder and former president of the construction firm Pronzato & Associates Inc., died Monday, June 16, of cardiac complications at Christiana Hospital in Newark, Del. Born in Philadelphia, Mr. Pronzato attended North Catholic High School before graduating from Pennsylvania State University, and Temple University. He also served in the Marine Corps. "Alex was a man's man, known for his rugged good looks, undeniable charm and a trademark engaging smile," his family said in a tribute.
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.
November 20, 2012 |
Rolling Green Golf Club had been waiting for its turn in the national spotlight after restoration work brought back many of the characteristics of the William S. Flynn design when the course opened in 1926. It has to wait no longer. The U.S. Golf Association announced Monday that the course in Springfield, Delaware County, will host the 2016 U.S. Women's Amateur Championship. Rolling Green hosted its only other USGA championship in 1976, when JoAnne Carner defeated Sandra Palmer in an 18-hole playoff to win the U.S. Women's Open.
August 11, 2012 |
Brandon Matthews figured he wouldn't be taking his golf clubs out of the trunk when he arrived Friday at Philadelphia Country Club for the final round of the Patterson Cup and saw more water than grass on the golf course. "I went over at about 10 o'clock and it was pouring rain," Matthews said. "As soon as I pulled in, I saw a river on the ninth green, and I figured the chances were slim that we'd be playing. " Officials of the Golf Association of Philadelphia, who had suspended play shortly after 9 a.m., canceled the final round of its stroke-play major championship after about a two-hour wait and declared Matthews, an incoming freshman at Temple, the winner following his scintillating 65 on Thursday.
July 10, 2007 |
One by one, the contestants in the qualifying round of the Philadelphia Women's Championship filed by the scoreboard yesterday and let out a yell or some other exclamation when their eyes landed on Alexandra Frazier's score. On a hot, sweltering day when scores in the 80s and 90s were the norm at Philadelphia Country Club, Frazier's 5-under-par 69 stood out like a glacier. "I'm still in shock myself," Frazier, of Gulph Mills Golf Club, said hours after finishing. "I've only done it twice before, and this is my best score ever against par. " Frazier carded six birdies and a lone bogey on the course, which plays at par 74 for women, to get off to an auspicious start in the 110th championship for the best amateurs in the Women's Golf Association of Philadelphia.
July 20, 2006 |
At 40, Dave Quinn, one of the top club pros in the area, says he can hear his golf clock ticking. Win now, he tells himself, while you still can. Quinn, director of golf at the Links Golf Club in Marlton, Burlington County, did just that yesterday, surviving a playoff against Mike Ladden, an assistant pro at Philadelphia Country Club, to win one of the most prestigious local tournaments, the 102d Philadelphia Open at Llanerch Country Club in...
July 15, 2006 |
As Laura Ladden held the Glenna Collett Vare Cup for winning the Philadelphia Women's Amateur yesterday, nobody blamed her when the tears started. "Sorry for crying," said Ladden, 30, from Penn Oaks Golf Club, after her convincing 6-and-5 win at Whitford Country Club over 11-time champion Ann Laughlin of Riverton Country Club. Among the smattering of Ladden's family, friends and golf fans who followed the match in the stifling heat were Ladden's husband, Mike, an assistant pro at Philadelphia Country Club, and her father, Harry Hammond, head pro at Whitford since before she was born.
August 23, 2005 |
For two months this summer, a balky back kept Charlie Beljan off the golf course and the practice range, and it threatened to keep him out of the U.S. Amateur. But the 20-year-old junior at the University of New Mexico made it through the qualifier to get to this week's championship and proved yesterday that he will be someone the rest of the 312-man field needs to watch. Beljan carded nine birdies at Philadelphia Country Club and fired a 6-under-par 64, a course record. He finished one shy of the lowest stroke-play qualifying score in U.S. Amateur history and posted the lowest opening-day total by 4 shots.