June 10, 2016 |
Trees - how and where they're placed, how they grow, how many there are - can shape a golf course as powerfully as any architect. And few things at private clubs are more contentious. Are the trees essential to the golfing experience or unnecessary impediments? Do they enhance the course's original design or transform it? Are they aesthetic assets or maintenance nightmares? Nearly a decade ago at Philadelphia Cricket Club, where the 2016 Constellation Senior Players Championship will be played this weekend on its 94-year-old Wissahickon course, members planning a restoration wrestled with all those questions.
June 9, 2016 |
In his younger days, Colin Montgomerie seemed to be a magnet for verbal abuse by people in the galleries who would come to see him play in a major championship or at the Ryder Cup in the United States and try to get under his skin. The barbs got so bad against the Scotsman during one Ryder Cup singles match in 1999 at The Country Club in Brookline, Mass., that Payne Stewart, his opponent, would point out hecklers to security personnel to have them ejected from the course. Golf Digest later handed out "Be Nice to Monty" buttons in time for the 2002 U.S. Open in the hopes of keeping things calm.
June 9, 2016 |
Joe Daley is glad to be home, competing in a PGA Tour Champions major at the Philadelphia Cricket Club, on the same Wissahickon course where he used to caddie and play as a junior member. Daley played an early practice round Tuesday to prepare for the Constellation Senior Players Championship, a tournament he won in 2012 at Fox Chapel Golf Club just outside Pittsburgh. "It's actually really cool," said the 55-year-old Daley, who now lives in Kitty Hawk, N.C. "This is special for me. Coming back and having the memories here, and to have lived here, I would have never felt I'd be coming back home to play in a major tournament here.
June 8, 2016 |
Bernhard Langer, the leading money winner on the PGA Tour Champions, and crowd favorite John Daly highlight the field that will participate in this week's Constellation Senior Players Championship at the Philadelphia Cricket Club in Flourtown. A field of 81 players, including the top 32 and 47 of the top 50 on the money list, will begin competition Thursday in the third major of the tour season, a 72-hole event that runs through Sunday. Practice rounds will be played Tuesday with a Pro-Am on Wednesday over the Wissahickon course at the Cricket Club.
June 2, 2016 |
It was a phenomenal day for one lucky golfer at Sunnybrook Golf Club. One hundred thirty-seven pros and 11 amateurs teed off Tuesday at the Haverford Trust Philadelphia PGA Classic, but only one man took home the $100,000 grand prize. That was Dave McNabb, the head pro at Applebrook Golf Club in Malvern, who finally won the tournament after finishing third in 2014, seventh in 2012, and 10th last year. McNabb, 50, has been on a tear in the Philadelphia Section PGA. His victory was his second championship in May. His 10th-place finish last year earned him only $250, which must seem like chump change compared with his winnings this time around.
May 26, 2016 |
Former Temple teammates Brandon Matthews and Patrick Ross, who posted 12 birdies at Winged Foot Golf Club in winning their first two matches at the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship, managed just one birdie Wednesday and lost, 2 and 1, in the quarterfinals to Southern Methodist teammates Benjamin Baxter and Andrew Buchanan in Mamaroneck, N.Y. Matthews and Ross, who won medalist honors in qualifying, were 2 down after 10 holes but won the par-5...
May 19, 2016 |
Officials at the Philadelphia Cricket Club didn't know what to expect when they landed two significant tournaments in as many years on which to showcase their newly restored golf course: a national championship and a PGA Tour Champions major. However, after a successful run last year with the PGA Professional National Championship, club members are eager and ready to host the Constellation Senior Players Championship, the third of five majors on the tour formerly known as the Senior PGA Tour, beginning June 9. "You take a chance on those things and it is an inconvenience and you lose your club for a few weeks," club president Michael J. Vergare said Tuesday at the event's media day. "But at the same time, people just rallied around [the Professional National Championship]
May 3, 2016 |
Services are planned for Saturday, June 18, for Thomas B.K. Ringe Jr., 88, of Berwyn, a former Navy pilot, lawyer, and businessman. He died Saturday, April 9, from complications of pneumonia at Paoli Hospital. Mr. Ringe became an associate at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius in Philadelphia after graduating in 1956 from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Two years later, he broke away to form the Center City law firm of Ringe, Peet & Mason, and he continued to practice general corporate law until the mid-1970s, when he cofounded Meditel Inc., one of the first companies to attempt to use computers in medical diagnosis.
March 17, 2016 |
Organizers of the Constellation Senior Players Championship, who quietly have been putting together the PGA Tour Champions major scheduled for June at the Philadelphia Cricket Club, are making some noise with the latest addition to the field. John Daly, a two-time major champion and one of the most popular players on the PGA Tour for the last 25 years, has committed to play in the championship, which begins June 9. Daly, who celebrates his 50th birthday on April 28, will make his debut on the senior circuit at the Insperity Invitational on May 6 in suburban Houston.
December 31, 2015 |
The Philadelphia Cricket Club paid $600,000 for the St. Martin's golf course property in Chestnut Hill as part of a deal that protects the the land from future development, the Natural Lands Trust conservation group said in a statement on Tuesday. The PCC closed on the nearly 41-acre property on Dec. 17, according to the Media-based Lands Trust, which is empowered to preserve the property for open-space recreational use under the sales agreement. The property was sold to the PCC by the families of Quita Woodward Horan and George Woodward III, whose forbears had owned the land since the 1880s.