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July 23, 2012 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Within the tiny, closed confines of Pine Valley, Camden County, lies a golf course that's known everywhere as one of the finest - if not the finest - in the world. On Monday, the club will open its gates for 72 of the area's best professionals and amateurs competing in the Philadelphia Open, a 36-hole stroke-play championship being conducted for the 108th time, and for the fourth time at Pine Valley. The Open was last held at Pine Valley in 2002. For Monday's competition, about 1,500 ticket holders will be allowed inside the gates of the exclusive club to see a course usually seen by the general public on one day a year - the Sunday afternoon of the Crump Cup, held annually in September.
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March 29, 2001 | Daily News Wire Services
For the first time since Golf Digest began numeric rankings of America's best golf courses in 1985, Pine Valley, the private club in New Jersey, was replaced at No. 1, with Pebble Beach Golf Links taking the top spot in the magazine's biennial survey. Pine Valley, now No. 2, had held the top spot since 1985. A new par-3 fifth hole designed by Jack Nicklaus and a revision in the survey's scoring system helped boost the famous seaside course on the Monterey Peninsula in California to the head of the rankings.
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September 19, 2009 | INQUIRER REPORT
Defending champion Michael Muehr earned medalist honors with a 36-hole score of 137 and will be the top seed for today's match play in the 85th annual George Arthur Crump Memorial Golf Tournament at Pine Valley. Muehr, from Potomac Falls, Va., followed Thursday's 66 with a 1-over-par 71 yesterday, and will face 16th-seeded Scott Rowe of Hinsdale, Ill., this morning in the tournament for many of the country's top mid-amateurs. In the Senior Division, Pat Tallent of Vienna, Va., took medalist honors with a 1-under 139. The public is welcome to watch the finals tomorrow.
NEWS
August 29, 1991 | By Rosalee Polk Rhodes, Special to The Inquirer
For as long as anyone can remember, the Pine Hill Fire Department has been providing fire protection for the tiny golfing community of Pine Valley, its next-door neighbor. Compensation for those services was made through fund- raising drives held in Pine Valley. The annual stipend given Pine Hill was about $2,500 a year. But if Pine Hill Mayor Joseph Nunes has his way, Pine Valley's 20 homeowners will pay for fire services like everyone else - through a 24-cent- per-$100 assessed property valuation tax imposed in February by the Pine Hill Fire District.
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April 5, 2005 | By Joe Logan INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
In Golf Digest's latest, most radically altered ranking of America's 100 greatest golf courses, several famous layouts took a tumble but Pine Valley remained No. 1. As usual, Pine Valley, the ultra-private mecca of golf near Clementon, Camden County, muscled aside all comers - young and old, private and public. Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, host of the 2005 U.S. Amateur in August, also maintained its top-10 spot on the magazine's prestigious list, coming in seventh. Also among the top 100 were Aronimink Golf Club in Newtown Square, ranked 82d, and Galloway National Golf Club in Galloway, N.J., listed 92d. Two new names made the top 10: National Golf Links, a revered classic course on Long Island, at No. 9, and Seminole Golf Club near Palm Beach, Fla., another classic course, at No. 10. Most of the turnover was in the bottom half of the list.
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July 14, 2002 | By Joe Logan INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Even if it is one of the biggest local golf tournaments of the year, in July the Philadelphia Open usually comes and goes without much fanfare or, for that matter, interest from fans. For all the spectators it attracts, the Open might as well be closed. Not this year, not with famed Pine Valley hosting the one-day, 36-hole stroke-play championship tomorrow for the first time since 1941 and only the third time ever. "This is huge. I put it on my calendar a year ago, when I heard it was going to be at Pine Valley," said John Allen, head pro at Sunnybrook Golf Club in Plymouth Meeting and one of 60 players from the area in the field, made up of 45 club pros and 15 amateurs.
NEWS
August 8, 1990 | By Charlie Frush, Inquirer Staff Writer
John Elder Jr. of Pine Hill says he took a lot of ribbing last year when he failed to qualify for the club championship competition at Little Mill Country Club, especially since his uncle had been club titlist three times. But on July 29, the 28-year-old Pine Valley police officer silenced the kibitzers by eliminating three others in the scheduled 27-hole playoff at the Evesham course. Elder, Chris Zalis, Ron Roby and James Whitlock met in the medal play showdown, and at the finish, Elder and Zalis led with 8-under-par totals and went into extra holes.
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July 12, 2011 | By MIKE KERN, kernm@phillynews.com
Last month at the U.S. Open, golf fans got to watch 22-year-old Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy win the event at Congressional by eight shots, in the very next major after he had blown a four-stroke, 54-hole lead at the Masters. It was pretty indelible stuff. And heading into this week's British Open, the next Grand Slam event on the schedule, we really haven't seen him since. Unless, of course, you count his appearance at Wimbledon. Hey, when you do what he did, there are certain perks.
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September 29, 1991 | By Jay Searcy, Inquirer Staff Writer
You can forget about ever being a member of Pine Valley, that ultra- exclusive golf club situated in its own tiny borough next to Clementon in Camden County. And unless you know a member who is willing to invite you to play a round (assuming you spring for the $75 guest fee and your handicap is below 20), you won't ever play it. In fact, for 364 1/2 days a year, you're not even allowed on the grounds to see Pine Valley, which recently was named the toughest golf course in the world, for the fourth straight time, by Golf Digest and Golf magazine.
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March 23, 2003 | By Joe Logan INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A year doesn't go by that a major golf publication doesn't rank Pine Valley or Pebble Beach as the very best course in the United States, and maybe even the entire world. How wonderful for the golfers who get to play there. But what are the top courses for the rest of us ordinary hacks who (a) are not members of Pine Valley, or (b) aren't about to raid Junior's college fund for the $350 to play Pebble Beach? How about the Golf Course at Glen Mills, the three-year-old upscale layout in Delaware County, as the best daily-fee course in Pennsylvania?
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March 19, 2015 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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April 11, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Raymond T. Bowman, 105, of Wynnewood, a businessman and former steward at an exclusive golf club, died Tuesday, April 1, of heart failure. Mr. Bowman, the grandson of a slave, was a steward and waiter at Pine Valley, a club 20 miles southeast of Philadelphia in Camden County that caters to the famous. Mr. Bowman began working there in the 1920s, and often was on duty 18 hours a day, six days a week, he told reporter Frank Fitzpatrick in a 2013 Inquirer article. "It was all private," Mr. Bowman said.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 14, 2013 | By Kellie Patrick Gates, For The Inquirer
Hello there It was spring 1998 and the end of her 8th grade year at Greenberg Elementary when Stephanie, who lived in Pine Valley, sneaked onto friend Melissa's bus to hang out in Fox Chase after school. The girls were talking to friend Will when Tim, Will's friend who lived across the street and attended St. Cecilia's School, spotted them. Nothing could keep Tim from joining that conversation. "I had some excuse to be a part of it," he said. "We were [both] enthralled with the possibility of socializing with girls.
SPORTS
October 1, 2013 | The Inquirer Staff
Sean O'Hair of West Chester birdied three of his final six holes for a 3-under-par 67 in the Web.com Tour Championship at Sawgrass, Fla., and secured his PGA Tour card for the 2013-14 season. O'Hair, who was even par after two rounds, finished in a tie for eighth at 6-under 274 and wound up 16th on the 50-man priority list with $59,333 for the four-event Web.com Finals series. O'Hair, the 2005 PGA Tour rookie of the year, needed to re-qualify for the tour after finishing outside the top 125 on the money list in 2013 for the first time in his career.
SPORTS
September 29, 2013 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Tiger Woods was voted PGA Tour player of the year for the 11th time. The PGA Tour announced the results of player voting Friday morning. It doesn't release the percentage of votes or who finished second. Woods was on the Jack Nicklaus Award ballot with British Open champion Phil Mickelson , Masters champion Adam Scott , FedEx Cup champion Henrik Stenson , and Matt Kuchar . Jordan Spieth won rookie of the year. Michael McDermott of Bryn Mawr fired a 3-under-par 67 to share medalist honors in the Open Division of the 89th annual George Arthur Crump Memorial Tournament at Pine Valley with Gene Elliott of West Des Moines, Iowa.
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August 19, 2013 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
It is hardly a wild analogy to compare the Camden County borough of Pine Valley to an old Communist-bloc stronghold. Located less than 20 miles southeast of the city where this nation's freedom was born and only three miles from a town named Berlin, this foreboding fiefdom is enclosed by barbed- wire-topped fencing and guarded checkpoints. That level of protection seems incongruous for an 84-year-old borough that occupies barely a square mile just down from Clementon Park & Splash World and which, as of the 2010 U.S. Census, had just 12 residents and 21 structures.
SPORTS
June 23, 2013 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
It might have been a rude awakening for Michael McDermott after he finished tied for third in the 36-hole, stroke-play qualifying to enter match play in the 113th Philadelphia Amateur. "The younger guys came up to me and said, 'Good playing, Mr. McDermott,' " the 38-year-old Merion and Pine Valley member said with a chuckle. "That's really depressing. " In a championship where players under 25 held 22 of the 32 match play spots, McDermott more than held his own. He concluded a strong week Saturday at Aronimink Golf Club by defeating 20-year-old college junior Alex Hicks, 5 and 4, in the 36-hole final to capture his second Amateur title.
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June 10, 2013 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
I HAVE BEEN fortunate enough to experience more than my fair share of truly wonderful golf courses. It comes with the turf. So as you might suspect, I often get asked which one I'd put at the top of my food chain. There's obviously no shortage of contenders, from Augusta National to Oakmont to Pine Valley to St. Andrews to Carnoustie. And some places that stick out are ones you wouldn't necessarily think of, for whatever reasons. I prefer to attack the question one of two ways: If I had only one round left to play, or if I could play just one course for the rest of my life, which would it be?
ENTERTAINMENT
May 1, 2013 | By David Hiltbrand, INQUIRER TV WRITER
It's official: Pine Valley and Llanview, those hot spots of romance and intrigue in the Philadelphia suburbs, are open for business again. And business is brisk. Both All My Children and One Life to Live began their online reincarnations Monday with lively, eventful, dramatically re-tailored debuts. It's ironic that soap operas, TV's oldest, most hidebound genre, with direct roots to the radio era, would be the first to leap across the digital divide. But AMC and OLTL , which were afternoon neighbors on ABC for decades before being canceled two years ago, are now available at any time of the day or night on the Internet, via Hulu or at iTunes (for $.99 an episode)
SPORTS
October 3, 2012 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Michael McDermott had little reason to believe that his 11th Crump Cup championship at Pine Valley would be the one to fulfill a dream. McDermott, 37, of Bryn Mawr, sat out competitive golf for most of the summer because of a digestive illness that resulted in a 10-day hospital stay and a six-week period when he did not touch a club. He said he went into last weekend's tournament "with almost no expectations. " But McDermott, a five-time Golf Association of Philadelphia player of the year, survived four close matches, two of which went to extra holes, and captured the 88th annual championship Sunday with a 2-and-1 victory over Kevin Marsh of Henderson, Nev. "This is really special," McDermott said Monday.
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