Written by Ethan Brady

MAPGA Awards Bill Deck – Fred Funk Scholarships

The Middle Atlantic PGA (MAPGA) Scholarship Committee announced it is awarding $2,500 scholarships to two college students with familial ties to local PGA Professionals through its Bill Deck-Fred Funk MAPGA Family Scholarship initiative.

Sophie Pusateri and Olivia Zachman are the 2017 recipients of the Bill Deck-Fred Funk MAPGA Family Scholarship for their strong academic success and extracurricular endeavors.

The scholarship is awarded annually to graduating high school and current college students who are also children, grandchildren, stepchildren or adopted children of living or deceased MAPGA members.

Sophie Pusateri is currently pursuing a degree in Nursing from James Madison University, which she hopes will lead to a career as a pediatric nurse practitioner. She has maintained a high GPA throughout high school, dual-enrollment classes and her freshman year at JMU. Pusateri was twice named to the Dean’s List at Carroll Community College and entered JMU with 13 college credits.

Pusateri is the granddaughter of MAPGA Professional and Life Member Hank Majewski.

Currently a student at St. Lawrence University in northern New York, Olivia Zachman is majoring in History with a focus on Middle-East relations and is pursuing a minor in Arabic linguistics.  As a high school golfer, Zachman maintained a high GPA and was the team’s captain her junior and senior season. Zachman was named the winner of the 2015 National PGA Scholarship following high school and then continued to play golf for St. Lawrence. She is currently a member of an all-girls singing group on campus that spends its time performing at local charitable events.

Zachman is the daughter of Jeffrey Zachman, the Head PGA Professional at Piney Branch CC in Upperco, MD.

The Middle Atlantic PGA Foundation would like to congratulate both Pusateri and Zachman on their academic achievements. The MAPGA is dedicated to improving lives in the golf industry through youth, military and community engagement and the Bill Deck-Fred Funk MAPGA Family Scholarship is just one of many annual MAPGA Foundation initiatives.

To apply for these scholarships and learn more about the MAPGA Foundation’s mission, visit MAPGA.com/MAPGA-Foundation.

Written by Ethan Brady

Meisel Completes Four-Stroke Comeback, Curtis Wins Girls Overall

| “This is the most exciting moment of my life.” – Charlotte Simpson, PGA Jr. Champ. Qualifier |

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The MAPGA Jr. PGA Championship hosted at the U.S. Naval Academy Golf Club finished with four competitors advancing to the 2017 Junior PGA Championship in St. Albans, Mo. and 14 players qualifying for the 2017 MAPGA Capital Cup.

Marshall Meisel won the Overall Boys Division with a two- day, 2-under-par total of 141. His short eagle putt on No. 14 vaulted him into contention after trailing his playing partner, Jaron Leasure by four strokes.

“I was about 195 to the flagstick and tried to hit a 4-iron high cut and it flew well and stopped at about six feet and I made the eagle putt,” Meisel said. “It’s so cool to qualify for such a big tournament. I didn’t think I would qualify, to be honest. I thought it’d be 6 or 7 under to qualify, but scores were high and I stayed consistent.”

A 17th hole birdie by Meisel and an18th hole double-bogey from Leasure gave Meisel the sole lead by two.

“I knew where I stood at 14, up by four,” Leasure said. “After Marshall’s eagle we both went to the next hole and hit great drives. I knew it was on from there.”

In the Overall Girls Division, Caroline Curtis successfully qualified for the second year in a row with two, even scores of 73.

“I putted  well from long distances and that kept me in the tournament,” Curtis said. “My whole weekend was solid, nothing too great and no mistakes either. It was a strong two days.”

Curtis started Round 2 with a bogey, but quickly recovered to earn a qualifying position.

“I played last year at the PGA Jr. Championship and it was one of my favorite events of the year,” Curtis said. “The big tournamens, like this, have the best competition. You have to be creative with your shots and it’s a lot of fun.”

Charlotte Simpson birdied her last three holes to qualify by one stroke, shooting a even-73 in Round 2.

“Today, I kept grinding away and making birdies when it counted,” Simpson said. “I was so surprised when I came into scoring after all the groups were in and saw I had qualified. This is the most exciting moment of my life.”

The Overall Boys Division had five players tied for first place after Round 1. Round 2 did not dissapoint with some heated competition for the last qualifying position.

An errant second shot into the bunker and a three-putt gave Leasure a six on the final hole of competition, but he redeemed himself. A playoff was needed to determine the second qualifying position for the Junior PGA Championship after Leasure, Brandon Berry and Kurtis Grant finished tied with scores of 143.

“I had a good distance and tried to use the wind to my advantage, but it took me into the bunker,” Leasure said of his 18th hole. “I was fortunate to get into the playoff and after we tied the first hole, I knew anything could happen. I took an aggressive drive to the fringe of the green and two-putted to victory.”

Both Marshall and Leasure will compete in the PGA Junior Championship at the Country Club of Albans.

“This is huge and I’m very happy to qualify for a national event,” Leasure said. “This is going to be a great tournament with a strong field. The players here in the Middle Atlantic are competitive, so it will be amazing to compete against other strong players from across the country.”

Qualifying for the MAPGA Capital Cup,  a Ryder Cup-style tournament between Virginia and Maryland, also took place at the U.S. Naval Academy today. A complete list of players who qualified is available here.

Girls Overall Division

Boys Overall Division

Full Photos from today’s event will be available on the MAPGA Junior Facebook Page tomorrow.

Written by Ethan Brady

Calomiris, Curtis Lead Girls Overall at Jr. PGA Champ

Day 1 of the MAPGA Jr. PGA Championship finished with five tied for the lead in the Boys Overall and Caroline Curtis and Julia Calomiris tied atop the Overall Girls leaderboard.

The shotgun start at the U.S. Naval Academy Golf Club featured 96 of the Middle Atlantic’s top junior golfers competing for a chance to play in the national Junior PGA Championship at the Country Club of Albans in St. Albans, Mo.

Curtis and Calomiris finished the day with scores of 73, closely followed by Bailey Davis’ 74.

Calomiris led the Girls Division with five birdies including three-straight on the first-nine. Curtis also led the field with 16 pars or better.

In the Boys Division, a five-way tie will determine the two juniors headed to Missouri for the Junior PGA Championship.

Kurtis Grant, Max Edminster, Kelly Chin, Jaron Leasure and Marshall Meiser finished the first round with scores of 1-over-72.

Jaron Leasure, Marshall Meiser and Zach Maloy led the Boys Division with 15 pars or better.

Garrett Kuhla scratched a one into his scorecard after hitting a hole-in-one on the 140yd. 17th hole with an 8-iron. He finished with a 73, one-back from the leaders.

Tee times will start at 7:30 a.m. tomorrow morning.

Boys Leaderboard

Girls Leaderboard

12 & Under Leaderboard

Day One Photos

Written by Ethan Brady

Neben & Rhoads of TPC Potomac Win Club Car Facility Championship

After 18 holes and two rain delays, the 2017 Club Car Facility Championship was decided in a playoff at Belle Haven Country Club in Alexandria, Va.

Daniel Neben and Fran Rhoads, of TPC Potomac shot a 6-under-66 to force a playoff with Robert Reed and Billy Hoffman, of Westwood Country Club. The TPC Potomac team won on the first playoff hole with a birdie.

Neben and Rhoads led the tournament with nine total birdies, while Reed and Hoffman began the tournament with five straight birdies and had only one bogey during play.

Jimmy Grem won the closest to the hole competition on hole No. 17 and Roger Welch won the Morell Studios closest to the hole on hole No. 10.

The National Car Rental Spring Pro-Scratch will be held next Monday at Federal Club in Richmond. Registration is open now.

Full Leaderboard

Photos will be available the MAPGA Facebook Tuesday.

Written by Ethan Brady

16 MAPGA Pros to Play in 2017 PGA Professional Championship

MAPGA Professional Tee Times & Participant List

Complete PGA Professional Champ. Tee Times

Tournament Fact Sheet

Television Schedule (Golf Channel):

  • First Round: Sunday, June 18 (5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.)
  • Second Round: Monday, June 19 (8 p.m. – 11 p.m.)
  • Third Round: Tuesday, June 20 (8 p.m. – 11 p.m.)
  • Final Round: Wednesday, June 21 (7 p.m. – 10 p.m.)

Sixteen MAPGA Professionals will be in Oregon this week competing at the 50th PGA Professional Championship among more than 300 of their PGA peers.

The 2017 PGA Professional Championship presented by Club Car, Omega and Mercedes-Benz will be hosted at Sunriver Resort, home to the acclaimed Crosswater Club and Meadows Course. It is the fourth visit to Oregon by the PGA of America’s showcase Professional tournament and will feature a field of 312 Professionals from all 41 Sections.

The MAPGA is lucky to have three former PGA Professional Championship winners while they were members of the Middle Atlantic Section. Wayne DeFrancesco (2001 Champion), Chip Sullivan (2007 Champion) and David Hutsell (2011 Champion) will all be in the field this week.

Both DeFrancesco and Sullivan won their respective PGA Professional Championships at Sunriver Resort, host of the this year’s competition.

All three former champions were able to share their past champion experience with PGA.com leading up to the tournament Sunday.

“I look back at the 2001 PGA Professional Championship as the single greatest playing accomplishment of my career,” said Wayne DeFrancesco. “Just about everywhere I go in the world of golf, someone remembers that I won the National Championship. I can’t emphasize enough how winning has contributed to the respect and credibility I have received not only for my playing ability, but for my teaching as well. The prospect of possibly finishing in the top 20 (to qualify for the PGA Championship) motivates me to put the time in to get my game ready each year. I have played in five PGA Championships, and I truly believe offering PGA Club Professionals the chance to play in a major championship is the greatest perk the PGA of America provides members of its Association.”

“I have so many great memories from the PGA Professional Championship,” said Chip Sullivan, 2007 Champion, “I remember getting a big hug from PGA Past President Allen Wronowski’s wife, Gail, before I hit my tee ball in the first round the year I won at Sunriver (2007). That tradition has stayed in place whenever she is present. This will be my fourth visit to this event at Sunriver. My family and I have many wonderful memories. I remember my oldest girl, Kalley, catching her first fish when we went boating one afternoon at Sunriver Resort. We all went hiking in the lava tubes, horseback riding, biking and adventuring on Mount Bachelor, to name a few. Each and every moment is a treasure, and we are forever grateful.”

“The congratulations and recognition I’ve received from friends, colleagues and even people outside the golf industry was overwhelming – and still continues to be,” said David Hutsell, 2011 Champion. “A lot of doors opened after I won the 2011 PGA Professional Championship. Of course, playing in the PGA Championship was a great experience, but traveling to Japan to compete in the Japan PGA Championship was another experience I’ll never forget. I was honored to represent the PGA of America there. However, I would have to say that representing the United States in the PGA Cup is tops in my book. Spending quality time with my fellow PGA Professional teammates, PGA Officers and our families is a treasured memory.”

Follow along on MAPGA.com and the MAPGA Facebook page for tournament updates involving the MAPGA’s 16 Professionals competing this week in the 50th PGA Professional Championship.

Written by Ethan Brady

Morrison Boys Finish First in Three DCP Divisions

From left to right, Jack, Mac &  Tommy Morrison

Drive, Chip and Putt is a nationally renowned youth golf competition spanning the nation in all 41 PGA of America Sections. Each year, countless junior golfers test their skills hoping to reach Augusta National, creating incredible stories along the way.

This past week, the Middle Atlantic Section experienced something truly special in its first local qualifier of the year at Talbot Country Club.

For the first time in an MAPGA Drive, Chip & Putt local qualifier, three brothers will be moving on to the sub-regional in three separate DCP divisions.

Jack, Tommy and Mac Morrison all finished the afternoon with at least one first place ribbon in the overall competition or individual events.

Jack, 14, finished second in the Boys 14-15 Division and placed first in chipping. Tommy, 12,

Tommy Morrison (12) finishing 1st at DCP.

finished first overall in the Boys 12-13 Division and Mac, 8,  placed second overall in the Boys 7-9 Division with a first place ribbon in driving.

It’s hard to miss the Morrison family at MAPGA Junior Tour events. At 6-foot-3 with size 15 shoes and still growing, both Jack and Tommy tower over their fellow competitors on the tee. There’s no question Mac will be joining them shortly, both in size and finishing positions on MAPGA leaderboards. He’s already scoring wins on the MAPGA Mini Mulligans Tour. 

Skilled in golf athletically, the Morrison Boys are just as impressive in how they conduct themselves on the course. These young men are beyond respectful and gracious at events, always thanking MAPGA staff, rules officials and treating fellow competitors like a fourth Morrison brother.

“We have two mottos in the family,” said Allison Morrison, the boys’ mother. “The family motto is ‘doing your best is more important than being the best’ and the school motto is ‘work hard, play hard, pray hard and be a great guy.’ I’m most proud of their attitude and gratitude toward golf and their competitors.”

Tommy is the No. 1 ranked junior golfer for the class of 2023 in Maryland and it shows in his preparation. Before each tournament, Tommy and Jack research the course on Google Earth, play a practice round and endlessly work on their short game.

Currently, the boys attend school at Mater Dei School in Bethesda, Md. and are coached by Bernie Najar, PGA at Caves Valley and play at Columbia Country Club in Chevy Chase, Md.

Written by Ethan Brady

Winters Wins Northern Chapter Championship

In the rain for the majority of the MAPGA Northern Chapter Championship, Dennis Winters finished atop the Regular Division leaderboard with a 27-hole score of 108.

Hosted at Talbot Country Club in Easton, Md., the Northern Chapter Championship featured 38 Professionals from Maryland.

Winters, from the Links at Lighthouse Sound, had the low score in the morning stipulated nine-hole round with a 34. He led the field with 24 holes of par or better.

Dirk Schultz led the Senior Division with a 37-hole score of 101. His combined 65 on the second and third stipulated nine-hole rounds was the best score of the day. His nine birdies led to a 12-shot lead in the division.

The next MAPGA Section tournament is the MAPGA Pro-President at Robert Trent Jones Golf Club June 12.

Full Leaderboard

Tournament Photos

Written by Ethan Brady

RELEASE: MAPGA Boys Junior PGA Championship

The Middle Atlantic Section Boys Junior PGA Championship will take place June 29-30 at the U.S. Naval Academy Golf Course in Annapolis Maryland.

The champion will have the opportunity to join 144 of the nation’s top male junior golfers in the PGA of America’s premium junior event, the 42nd Boys Junior PGA Championship, hosted at The Country Club of St. Albans in St. Albans, Missouri. The Country Club of St. Albans has consistently been ranked in the Top 10 courses in the state of Missouri by Golf Digest and looks to be a fantastic venue for the event. The Boys Junior PGA Championship will be held from July 31-August 3, 2017.

This year’s Championship will have twice the field size of previous years. This means each of the 41 PGA of America Sections will receive two invitations. One for the Middle Atlantic Section Boys Junior Champion and the other a Middle Atlantic Section At-Large Bid.

Juniors must be no older than 18 years of age on Aug. 3, 2017.

The Boys Junior PGA Championship is where some of the best in the world get their start. Many of today’s PGA Tour professionals made their debut at the Championship. Notable past participants include, Tiger Woods, Justin Thomas, Jordan Spieth, Stewart Cink and Phil Mickelson.

Written by Ethan Brady

RELEASE: MAPGA Girls Junior PGA Championship

The 2017 Middle Atlantic Section Girls Junior PGA Championship will take place June 29-30 at the U.S. Naval Academy Golf Course in Annapolis, Md.

The champion will have the opportunity to join 144 of the nation’s top female junior golfers in the PGA of America’s premium junior event, the 42nd Girls Junior PGA Championship, hosted at The Country Club of St. Albans in St. Albans, Missouri. The Country Club of St. Albans has consistently been ranked in the Top 10 courses in the state of Missouri by Golf Digest and looks to be a fantastic venue for the event. The Girls Junior PGA Championship will be held from July 18-21, 2017.

This year’s Championship will have twice the field size of previous years. This means each of the 41 PGA of America Sections will receive two invitations. One for the MAPGA Section Girls Junior Champion and the other for a MAPGA Section At-Large Bid.

Juniors must be no older than 18 years of age on July 21, 2017.

The Girls Junior PGA Championship is where some of the best in the world get their start. Many of today’s LPGA Tour professionals made their debut at the Championship. Notable past participants include Inbee Park, Lexi Thompson, Cristie Kerr, Grace Park, Michelle Wie, and Dottie Pepper.

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Written by Ethan Brady

Zylstra Wins So. Champ. & Assistants Champ

Ryan Zylstra shot a 4-under-68 at Keswick Club Monday to take home both the Central Chapter Championship and Central Chapter Assistants Championship.

Zylstra, of Federal Club, defeated Elliott Wilson in the overall Chapter Championship by three strokes and Aaron Marks in the Assistants Championship by four strokes. His eagle on No. 12 was the only eagle of the tournament and Zylstra recorded just one bogey.

Bill Fedder led the tournament with five birdies, finishing T3 with a score of 72.

Chapter Champ Leaderboard

Assistant Champ Leaderboard

The Central And Northern Chapter Championships will be played June 5.

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