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MAPGA Facilities Named in Golf Range Magazine Top-50

The MAPGA is proud to announce the Section has multiple facilities and Professionals featured in the 2016 Golf Range Magazine Top-50 Awards. Congratulations to all of the selected award recipients.

Top-50 Growth of the Game Instructors

Michelle Holmes, PGA; Michelle Holmes School of Golf, Chesapeake, Va.

Bernie Najar, PGA; Caves Valley Golf Club, Owings Mills, Md.

Vikki Vanderpool, PGA; Stumpy Lake Golf Course, Virginia Beach, Va.

Top-50 Public Range Facilities

Pine Ridge Golf Range, Lutherville-Tumonium, Md.

Top-50 Private Golf Range Facilities

Kinloch Golf Club, Manakin-Sabot, Va.

River Bend Golf & Country Club, Great Falls, Va.

Robert Trent Jones Golf Club, Gainesville, Va.

TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm, Potomac, Md.

Top-50 Standalone Golf Range Facilities

Dulles Golf Center & Sports Park, Dulles, Va.

Olney Golf Park, Olney, Md.

Virginia Golf Center, Clifton, Va.

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Tony Marlowe Scholarship Winners Announced

The MAPGA has awarded the 2017 Tony Marlowe Scholarships to Caroline DeLoach, of Fairfax, Va., and Eli Newman, of Leesburg, Va. Each scholarship totals $10,000 and will be put toward each recipient’s collegiate education. The scholarships are based on academic performance, extracurricular

Each scholarship totals $10,000 and will be put toward each recipient’s collegiate education. The scholarships are based on academic performance, extracurricular activities and on-course etiquette. A donation by Tina and Wally Uihlein enabled the MAPGA Scholarship Foundation to create the Tony Marlowe Junior Scholarship in honor of Tina’s late father, MAPGA Hall of Fame Class of 2002 member Tony Marlowe.

DeLoach is a senior at Oakton High School who competes for both the golf and swim team. She has played in four straight Girls’ State High School Championships and was the MAPGAGirls 15-18 Player of the Year in 2014. Outside of sports, DeLoach is involved in the Student Government and Leadership Executive Board, and is her class President.

Newman is a senior at Heritage High School and has been a Varsity Golf Captain the past three years. He is a member of the National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society and Math Honor Society.

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2017 MAPGA Award Winners

­­Each year the MAPGA recognizes its most outstanding PGA Professionals and Amateurs in the Middle Atlantic Region for their exemplary contributions toward making the PGA and the MAPGA better associations.

This year’s award recipients will be recognized March 6 at the 2017 MAPGA Spring Membership Meeting in Fredericksburg, Va. and the 2017 MAPGA Hall of Fame Banquet March 11 in Richmond, Va.

The 2017 MAPGA Award winners are headlined by Professional of the Year Matthew Schulze, PGA.

Schulze currently serves as the President of the MAPGA and Tournament Director of the LPGA Kingsmill Championship at Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg, Va. Becoming an MAPGA member in 1999, Schulze worked at both Country Club of Virginia and Richmond Country Club before joining Kingsmill Resort. He was previously recognized as the MAPGA Assistant Professional of the Year in 2002.

The 2017 MAPGA Teacher of the Year is Trillium Rose, PGA, of Woodmont Country Club in Rockville, Md. Joining the MAPGA in 2009 at Chevy Chase Club, Rose began teaching at Woodmont in 2014.

Pat Coyner, PGA, of Baltimore Country Club is the 2017 Horton Smith Award recipient. The award is given to MAPGA members who exemplify outstanding service and contributions to developing educational opportunities for fellow PGA members. Coyner helped run education opportunities with the Assistant Professional Association and helped Mark Russo, PGA with the teaching summit.

The Bill Strausbaugh Award for club relations and community service will be awarded to J.P. Lunn, PGA, of Sabre Golf. Lunn joined the MAPGA in 1994 and currently serves as Vice President of the MAPGA.

From Kenwood Country Club, Scott Shapin, PGA is the 2017 Assistant Professional of the Year.  Shapin became an MAPGA member in 2006 at Columbia Country Club before joining Kenwood in 2012.

The 2017 Player Development Award recipient is John Oberly, PGA of Mt. Vernon Country Club. Oberly joined the MAPGA in 2012 and offers three levels of Get Golf Ready Programming at his facility.

Michael Pius, PGA is the 2017 Youth Player Development Award recipient for his work at the First Tee of Washington D.C.

The resort category Merchandiser of the Year is Brian Alley, PGA of Primland Resort in Meadows of Dan, Va.

The Merchandiser of the Year in the private category is Jim Schouller, PGA of Fountain Head Country Club in Hagerstown, Md.

In the public category of Merchandiser of the Year, Rick Rounsaville, PGA is the 2017 recipient for his work at Bulle Rock Golf Club.

The 2017 Earle Hellen Sports Media Award recipient is William Millsaps, former Times Dispatch columnist and VSGA board member.

The 2017 Salesperson of the Year is Britt Sloan of Britt Sloan Golf, a representative of Bushnell, Sun Mountain and other golf merchandise companies.

Jack Vardaman, Chairman of the Board of the First Tee of Washington D.C. is the 2017 David Wortman Citizen of the Year. The award is given to an amateur whose contributions to the MAPGA include the development and promotion of golf as a business community leader.

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5 MAPGA Pros Qualify for ’17 Senior PGA Champ.

The MAPGA had nine professionals compete in the 2016 Senior PGA Professional Championship, with five successfully qualifying for the 2017 Senior PGA Championship at Trump National Golf Club.

r_-schuller2lewis-timRick Schuller (2), Tim Lewis (T15), Jim Estes (T18), Brendan McGrath (T18) and Ricky Touma (T28) all qualified after finishing in the top-35, the most MAPGA qualifiers in a single year.

Schuller shot a 68 on the final day of competition, the lowest round on the day, to improve his score to 12-under and claim second place.  He was just mcgrath-brendanestesone stroke behindtouma-727x409 eventual winner Steve Schneiter, who made a 12-foot putt to avoid the playoff with Schuller.

The 2017 Senior PGA Championship will be held May 25-28.

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MAPGA APA Competes in 2016 Indy Cup

The Middle Atlantic PGA Assistants Professional Association competed against the Philadelphia Assistants Organization in the 2016 Indy Cup, falling short with a final score of 24-16.

The event was divided into four separate rounds and formats. The APA defeated the PAO in both the scramble and foursome formats to take a 9.5-6.5 lead after the first day of competition.

The PAO then gained the lead and ultimately won the event with their play on the second day, winning the better ball and singles competitions.

The APA team consisted of captain and APA President Brian Dix, Matt Summers, Kent Graham, Jimmy Kowalski, Bryce Abrams, Mike Wood, Jim Bennett, Matt Decker, Mike Gertzberg, Kelly King, Mike Mauk, Brett Robertson, Frank O’Connell, Rupe Taylor, Billy Hoffman and Blake Brookman.

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Battle at the Bay

By, Bob Heintz

Michael Brennan (Leesburg, VA) defeated Eli Newman (Leesburg, VA) on the first playoff hole to win the Overall Boys division Battle at the Bay tournament at US Naval Academy Golf Club in Annapolis, MD.  Both players shot a two-day total of 151 and actually shot the exact same score both days as well.  Newman defeated Brennan in their club championship and it was time for Brennan to get some payback.  The turning point was when Newman bogeyed the 15th hole and Brennan birdied the 16th hole to tie him for the lead.

Jacqueline Cherry (Ellicott City, MD) maintained her first round lead and ended up winning the Overall Girls by four shots over Danielle Suh (Herndon, VA.) Cherry used her first round score of 74 to cruise to victory, although Suh was catching up to her until she doubled the 17th hole.  Both players did very well in their respective High State Championships earlier in October and it showed this tournament.

Tommy Morrison (Potomac, MD) cruised to victory in the Boys 13 & under division, shooting a two-day total of 157.  With a big lead going into the final day, some juniors might let up on the gas but Morrison went the other direction and increased his lead.  Reese Tydings (Catonsville, MD) and Jack Morrison (Potomac, MD) finished in second and third respectively.

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PGA Junior League Finals

The 2016 MAPGA Jr. Fall League Finals were completed Oct. 30, at the Golf Club at Lansdowne in Leesburg, VA. The semi-finals and finals matches were played on the Sharkbite Course, which played at 2165 yards and par 33.

After a long regular season, four teams entered the day with hopes of claiming the championship. The semi-final matchups pitted Michelle Holmes School of Golf against Willow Oaks CC and Army Navy CC against Chantilly National G&CC.

Michelle Holmes advanced to the finals after winning 10-2 to face Army Navy, who won their semi-final match 11.5-0.5.

After a tight match, Michelle Holmes pulled away from Army Navy to win 8-4 and claim the MAPGA Jr. Fall League title. Willow Oaks defeated Chantilly National in the consolation match 9-3 to take 3rd place.

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Jamerson & White Win Matt Miskelly & Companies Team Champ.

A score of 9-under in the second round vaulted Faber Jamerson and Tim White to a win at the 2016 Matt Miskelly & Companies Team Championship presented by Sterling Cut Glass and Cutter & Buck.

Jamerson, of Falling River, and White, of Lake Chesdin GC, had nine-hole scores of 31, 30 and 34 today at Lansdowne Resort. Their final score of 193 through 54-holes defeated second place team of Jon Corliss and Wayne DeFrancesco by three strokes.

In the first round, Jamerson and White shot a 96, good for T2. The team finished 15-under-par with a total of 20 birdies in the tournament.

“It was by chance we were paired together,” White said. “It was great to welcome Faber back, he played really well.”

Scott Shapin and Billy Hoffman finished in third with a score of 197.

Closest to the Hole winners Liz Cooper and David Newsom received sunglasses from Matt Miskelly and Maui Jim, while Mike Aldrich and Brian Dix received prizes from Hole-In-One USA.

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Matt Miskelly & Companies Team Championship Round 1 Recap

The first day of the Matt Miskelly & Companies Team Championship, presented by Sterling Cut Glass and Cutter & Buck, ended with two teams atop the leaderboard. Jon Corliss and Wayne DeFrancesco tied Drew Falvey and Joeseph Lussier with scores of 8-under.

Falvey and Lussier’s nine-hole scores were 32, 33 and 31, while Corliss and DeFrancesco scored 33, 31 and 32.

The tournament, held at Lansdowne Resort in Leesburg, Va., featured 44 teams of two playing 27 holes in three formats. The first nine holes on the Norman Course, competitors played a scramble, then on the back-nine four-ball and on the Shark Bite Executive Course alternate shot.

The second round of the event tees off tomorrow at 8:30 a.m.

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