Written by Ethan Brady

5 Minutes With Senior PGA Champ. Player Rick Schuller

Throughout the next few weeks, the MAPGA will be featuring its five PGA Professionals competing in the 2017 KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship. This week’s feature is Rick Schuller, PGA Professional at Stonehenge Golf Club.

MAPGA: What does it mean to you to play in the Senior PGA Champ in your home Section?

RS: First, it’s an incredible privilege to play in a Major. The thought of playing in a Major in your home section is as good as it gets. To be able to play in front of family, friends and members will be very comforting and a first for me.

MAPGA: When qualifying last year, was there any added pressure knowing that the

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event was in the Middle Atlantic Section?
RS: For me, it was an added incentive to make sure I was as well prepared as I could be going into the Senior PGA National Championship, knowing the Senior PGA Championship was in our section. Fortunately, the extra preparation paid off!

MAPGA: Tell us about your previous Senior PGA Championship experiences. If this is your first, what are you expecting it to be like?
RS: I have had the pleasure of playing in and making the cut in the last two Sr PGA’s. Both experiences were fantastic!! Both were nerve racking but exciting! The most gratifying feeling was the respect and acceptance that was shown to me by the stars of the champions tour.

MAPGA: Describe your biggest golf accomplishment to date.
RS: I would have to say earning the title of National PGA Player of the Year in 2009!

MAPGA: Where did you grow up and how did you get your start in golf?
RS: I grew up in a military family, moving every three years or so. Northern Virginia was home for most of my younger days. Dad, Rear Admiral Gordon Schuller, was stationed at the Pentagon. My introduction to golf came in Japan at Atsugi Naval Air Station at the age of 13.

MAPGA: What do you think will be some of the challenges at Trump National DC? What do you think the winning score will be?
RS: I think the two biggest challenges at Trump National DC will be driving accuracy and three putt avoidance. Playing from the fairway will be a must to have any chance of being in position to putt offensively. Otherwise, your short game will be tested to the highest degree.
I think the winning score will be between 12-15 under.

MAPGA: What are the key areas of your game for you to be successful in this tournament?
RS: I will be focusing my preparation around driving accuracy and short game!

MAPGA: Why did you decide to become a PGA Member? What does the MAPGA mean to you?
RS: I decided to become a PGA member because of a love for the game, both teaching and playing. Quite simply, over the years, the MAPGA means family!

Written by Ethan Brady

Estes & Sisson Shoot 19-under at Britt Sloan Scramble

Jim Estes and Clark Sisson shot a 19-under-89 in 27 holes to win the 2017 Britt Sloan Scramble supported by Busnell and Celtic Golf at Woodmont Country Club Monday.

The pair carded three eagles, 13 birdies, just 11 pars and no bogeys or worse.

“I holed out from 90 yards on our 18th and at least five birdie putts from 10 feet, it was great,” Estes said. “To play with Clark, who I’ve known for 30 years, we were very relaxed.”

Estes and Sisson began the day on the nine-hole second leg of the tournament with a score of 10-under. The nine holes included two eagles, six birdies and just one par. The great start helped them defeat the second place team of Steven Delmar and Jason Robinson by two strokes.

David Freiss and Dirk Schultz led the field with 15 birdies, finishing t-5 on the day.

The Britt Sloan Scramble featured 124 MAPGA Professionals in their first Section tournament of the season. Next week the JaniKing Match Play Championship will begin April 24 at the Golf Club at South River.

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Written by Ethan Brady

Recap: 2017 MAPGA Spring Fling

The final round of the 2017 MAPGA Spring Fling featured five divisions of the Middle Atlantic’s best junior golfers competing at Chantilly National Golf & Country Club in Chantilly, Va.

In the Overall Girls Division,  Elizabeth Coffren won by two strokes over Skylar Sload, finishing 75-72.

“I felt really strong today,” Coffren said. “I wanted to win and I was consistent. My putting was great and it feels really good to win one and get that confidence.”

In the Overall Boys group, Nikita Gubenko won by four strokes going 76-72 in two days of competition.

“I got a new putter and it made me feel really confident,” Gubenko said. “I made a lot of birdies, had an eagle on No. 9 and that helped me shoot a 72 today.

Gubenko at one point during his final round had a streak of three straight birdies and an eagle.

“It’s definitely a confidence booster to win this early in the season with a good number of birdies,” Gubenko said. “It’s great to have that confidence heading into the summer.”

Sophie Simon led the Girls 12-14 age group with an impressive 8-stroke victory, finishing 74-77.

“I played really well the first day,” Simon said. “Today I wasn’t as strong, but I had some good moments. There’s some thing I need to work on, but overall it was good.”

In the youngest Boys Division, Ronnie Kim continued his strong play from Thursday and finished atop the leaderboard with an even-144 to win by two strokes.

Mitchell Hummel finished second in the Overall Boys Division, but won the Boys 16-18 with an 8-over-152.

The next MAPGA Patriot Junior Series competition is April 29-30 at the MAPGA/VSGA Junior Four-Ball at Ford’s Colony Golf Club in Williamsburg, Va.

Overall Boys

Overall Girls

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Written by Ethan Brady

Recap: Spring Fling Day 1

By Will Martindale

The first round of the MAPGA Spring Fling saw beautiful weather and even better golf.

In the Overall Girls Division, the leader after round one is Skylar Sload, of Ashburn, Va. Sload carded a first round score of 1-under-par-71, including a 34 on the back-nine. She said of her round, “I was making sure that I stayed calm and positive, made sure my tempo was fluid, and I just went out there and had fun.

Sload said of her strategy tomorrow, “I’m just going to do the same things: stay positive, make sure my tempo is easy, and play away from all the trouble.”

In the Overall Boys Division, the leader halfway through is Carlo Pizzano, of College Park, Md., with an even-par 72. Pizzano got off to a slow start with bogeys on holes 1 and 2, but steadied himself with a birdie on No. 3, and chipped in for another birdie on the 8th. He was happy with his round, saying “This is my first tournament of the year, so I was just trying to enjoy the process. I’ve been practicing hard the last few week and it worked out well. I felt calm out there.”

Pizzano remains focused on taking it one shot at a time, saying he plans to “play golf and let the round come to me.”

The Boys 13 & Under Division also saw some excellent play with Ronnie Kim, of Olney, Md. carding a 3-under-par-69 to lead by six. Ronnie credited his low round in part to his strong play off the tee. Ronnie’s plan for victory tomorrow is “just to do the same thing as today.”

As the leaders look to hold off a strong field and claim victory in the final round tomorrow at Chantilly National, we would like to give a special thanks to the staff at Chantilly National for hosting a great event, which looks to have an exciting finish on Friday.

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Written by Ethan Brady

2017 Junior Golf Season is Here!

The MAPGA 2017 Junior Golf Schedule is now complete and open for registration!

Every tournament division from Junior Tour to Mini-Mulligans and the Patriot Series have completed schedules and are available for junior sign-ups. All information regarding the MAPGA Junior Golf Program can be found here.

The Junior Golf program’s largest division, the Junior Tour, will feature 30+ events in the Greater D.C. Area beginning this June. This includes a Southern Swing in the Richmond Area.

For our youngest beginners, the Mini-Mulligans Tour is a fun-filled 6-hole golf experience for juniors ages 6-9. New this year is a Richmond swing and more events in the Baltimore area. Full Schedule.

Don’t forget to check out our highly competitive two-day junior events in the Patriot Junior Series. These events fill with competitors quickly so be sure to register soon.

New this season is the first ever MAPGA Parent/Child Classic at TopGolf Loudoun. The competition will take place June 4 and will be a compilation of three TopGolf classic games.

Upcoming invitationals include the Inaugural Denny McCarthyInvitational and the Middle Atlantic Junior PGA Championship.

Visitors to our Junior Golf Page will also be able to access Drive, Chip & Putt, PGA Junior League, the PKB Girls Tour, Capital Cup and more!

Can’t find what you’re looking for on MAPGA.com?
Contact Junior Golf Director Bob Heintz or Junior Golf Coordinator Will Martindale.

Written by Ethan Brady

Fred Funk Elected to MAPGA Hall of Fame

Stafford, Va. – The Middle Atlantic PGA Section is proud to announce the selection of PGA Professional Fred Funk to the MAPGA Hall of Fame Class of 2018.  He will be inducted into the Hall of Fame in March 2018.

After turning professional in 1981 upon graduation from the University of Maryland, Fred Funk became the golf coach at

Fred Funk during the 83rd PGA Championship at The Atlanta Athletic Club in Duluth, Georgia. Saturday, August 18, 2001. (photograph by The PGA of America).

Maryland from 1982-1988. He was an accomplished player in MAPGA events, winning the MAPGA Professional Championship three years in a row (1987-89), the Maryland Open in 1983 and 1987, and both the MAPGA Assistant Professional Championship and National PGA Assistant Professional Championship in 1984.  He won several additional events, including the year-ending MAPGA Tournament of Champions in 1984 and 1988. He was also the MAPGA Player of the Year in 1983.

Funk made it to the PGA TOUR in 1989, playing in 29 events.  However, he broke through in 1992 with his first PGA Tour win. In May of that year he captured the Shell Houston Open with a 16-under score for a two-stroke win over Kirk Triplett and winnings of $216,000.  In 2005, Funk scored his biggest PGA Tour win when he captured The Players Championship, also becoming its oldest winner at 48 years, 9 months, 14 days.  He earned $1.44 million for the win.

In total, Funk has won eight times on the PGA TOUR, and nine times on the PGA Champions Tour, including three Champions Tour Majors (2009 US Senior Open, 2008 & 2010 JELD-WEN Tradition).  He represented his country as a member of the USA Ryder Cup team in 2004, and the Presidents Cup in 2003 and 2005.

One of Funk’s lasting legacies with the MAPGA is the scholarship fund in his name.  Funk used a portion of his charitable dollars from the 2005 Presidents Cup team to help fund and endow the MAPGA Family Scholarships.  The Bill Deck/Fred Funk Family Scholarships annually gives educational funding to children and grandchildren of MAPGA members.

Funk was born in Takoma Park, Md., and earned his PGA membership in 1986.  He is married to wife, Sharon, and has three adult children: Eric, Taylor and Perri.  He currently resides in Ponta Vedra Beach, Fl.

Contact:
Ethan Brady
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Written by Ethan Brady

MAPGA Provides 2,337 Meals to Local Food Banks

The MAPGA successfully held its Drive Out Hunger Spring Food Drive at the Section Membership Meeting and each of its three Chapter Membership Meetings, raising more than $1,700 and 600 donated items to provide 2,337  meals to local food banks.

In the Chapter Meetings, the Central Chapter led with 149 items donated, the Northern Chapter had 109 and the Southern Chapter had 80.

The food drive benefited Feed More Food Bank in Richmond, Va., Haymarket Regional Food Pantry in Haymarket, Va., Maryland Food Bank in Baltimore, Md. and the Fredericksburg Regional Food Pantry in Fredericksburg, Md.

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Matt Moloney Finishes T-3 at DCP National Finals

MAPGA junior golfer Matt Moloney finished T-3 with 17 points at the Drive, Chip & Putt National Finals in Augusta, Ga. Sunday.

DCP National Final scores are calculated based on the finishing position of the competitor relative to their fellow nine contestants in three categories, driving, chipping and putting.

Moloney finished second in driving, worth nine points; 10th in chipping, worth 1 point; and third in putting, worth seven points.

Complete Leaderboard

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Recap: Northern Chapter Spring Pro-Pro

The Northern Chapter hosted its 2017 Spring Meeting at Rolling Road golf Club Monday. Dirk Schultz and Dave Grier finished atop the leaderboard with a team score of 65.

Schultz had an eagle on the par-5 7th hole and the team recorded only one bogey all day to win the tournament by two strokes.

Damon Lucas won the Signature Golf Closest to the Hole competition with a shot resting just 3 feet, 6 inches from the pin on the 110 yard hole No. 10.

In the Callaway Bonus Pool, overall second place finishers David Long and Steve Cramer were the highest finishing team using Callaway’s newest golf ball.

The MAPGA Section tournament schedule begins Monday, April 17 at the Britt Sloan Scramble hosted by Woodmont Country Club in Rockville, Md.

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Written by Ethan Brady

Recap: Kingsmill Championship Junior Invitational

Williamsburg, Va. – For the second year in a row, Caroline Curtis has won the Kingsmill Championship Junior Invitational, this year by an incredible eight strokes.

Curtis on No. 9

The defending champion finished the tournament with a two-day total 1-over-143. Curtis, 15, of Richmond, Va. had five birdies on the day after a double-bogey on the first hole.

Alongside her in the Boys Division, Teddy Zinsner went 70-72 to win in two days of competition at the Kingsmill River Course in Williamsburg, Va.

Zinsner led the competition with five birdies in the Boys tournament and maintained his Day 1 lead to grab the title in the first MAPGA junior tournament of the season.

Zinsner on No. 18.

A late charge by Everett Whiten Jr. nearly gave him a chance at a playoff with Zinsner. Whiten Jr. had a tournament-low score of 67 on the second day of competition. He had an amazing 25 hole bogey-free streak, 15 more than the nearest competitor.

In second place on the Girls side, Naomi Mitchell shot a tournament-low 69 to finish with a 151 overall.

The next MAPGA Junior Tournament will be the 15th Annual MAPGA Spring Fling, held this year at Chantilly National Golf & Country Club April 13-14.

Girls Leaderboard
Boys Leaderboard

Full photos from the Kingsmill Jr. Invitational are available on the MAPGA Jr. Facebook.

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