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Dean Sumner & Troy Thorne Win Senior-Junior

The MAPGA Senior-Junior supported by Cobra Puma, Country Club Editions and Evolve Golf was hosted at Fawn Lake Country Club Monday.

Troy Thorne, of Hobbs Gole Golf Club, and Dean Sumner of Quinton Oaks finished atop the leaderboard with a team score of 63, winning by two strokes.

Six different teams finished tied for second place with scores of 65. Steve WenPetren and Kelly King led the field in birdies with eight.

Thorne and Sumner went bogey-free during the round and had a streak of four straight birdies on the front-nine. Their eagle on hole number 14 helped earn them the sole victory.

Dirk Schultz hit a hole-in-one from the 12th tee Monday, the first in an MAPGA Section tournament this season.

The next MAPGA Section tournament is the Club Car Pro-President June 12. 

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Coffren & Cherry Win Cherry Blossom Classic

The 2017 MAPGA Cherry Blossom Classic at the Univ. of Maryland Golf Club featured 92 junior golfers from Virginia, Maryland and Washington D.C. competing in the last of the MAPGA’s two-day Patriot Junior Series events.

Jacqueline Cherry finished atop the Overall Girls Division with a two-day total 147, winning by six strokes.

“Everything within 20 feet felt like I was making every putt,” Cherry said. “I just finished strong today.”

Cherry had six birdies during the tournament and led both par 4 and par 5 scoring.

Eddie Coffren V paired two rounds of 74 to win the Overall Boys Division by one stroke. Michael Brennan finished in second after a first round 76 Saturday and a 73 on Sunday.

“My driver was good today and my irons were magnificent,” Coffren said. “I didn’t think too much. I just went out there and played.”

Coffren had six birdies in the tournament, just one less than Joseph Gaulin, who finished eighth.

Michael Brennan finished in second after a first round 76 Saturday and a 73 on Sunday.

In the Girls 12-14 Division, Alice Zou finished first with a 154.

Caedon Giroux finished in first in the Boys 16-18 Division, shooting a 151.

The top-5 finishers in both the Overall Boys and Overall Girls Divisions receive and invite to the Denny McCarthy Invitational held at Argyle Country Club Sept. 9-10.

The next MAPGA Junior Golf event is the inaugural Parent/Child Classic at TopGolf Loudoun June 4. Registration is still open for this event!

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Photos from the MAPGA Cherry Blossom Classic will be availableTuesday on the MAPGA Junior Golf Facebook Page.

Written by Ethan Brady

5 Minutes with Ricky Touma, Senior PGA Champ. Player

The MAPGA is featuring its five PGA Professionals competing in the KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship. This article features Ricky Touma, of Burning Tree Club. 

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

RT: To play in a Major Championship is a dream come true. To have the event in your own section is beyond any dream. It’s going to be amazing to play in front of family and members of Burning Tree Club.

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

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in the Middle Atlantic Section?

RT: There was a lot of added pressure for me. I have been lucky enough to play in 2 US Senior Opens and because my mother was sick, my father couldn’t travel to watch. So, I felt this was a chance for them to be able to come out.

MAPGA: Tell us about your previous Sr. PGA Championship experiences. If this is your first, what are you expecting it to be like?

RT: This will be my First Senior PGA Championship. It’s such an honor to qualify for a PGA of America event. This is our event!! It’s going to be a very demanding setup, but should be fun playing near home.

MAPGA: Describe your biggest golf accomplishment to date.

RT: The first thing that comes to mind is playing in three Senior Major Championships in my first three years of eligibility

MAPGA: Where did you grow up and how did you get your start in golf?

RT: I grew up in Maryland, my father started me in golf. I think about it all the time. If he didn’t take the time all those early years there is no way I could have gotten to this point. My Mother just passed away, and I can’t think of a better way to lift our spirits with being together at a Major Championship.

MAPGA: What do you think will be some of the challenges at Trump National DC? What do you think the winning score will be?

RT: Well at any Major Championship the set up is much more difficult than a PGA Professional is used to. I really have not played the course yet, but I know it’s long and usually soft.  The winning score total guess, 13-under.

MAPGA: What are the key areas of your game for you to be successful in this tournament?

RT: My mental game is probably my biggest asset. I love that type of atmosphere. It can be overwhelming if you don’t know how to handle it. Things that could help me are it’s a premium to keep the ball in the fairway and I love to putt fast greens.

MAPGA: Why did you decide to become a PGA Member? What does the MAPGA mean to you?

RT: I decided to become a PGA member because I loved being around golf, and I love that I can make golf a great experience for someone every day. The MAPGA is such a great Section. It’s always been run professionally. It’s been a privilege to be part of.

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5 Minutes with Tim Lewis, Senior PGA Champ. Player

The MAPGA is featuring its five Professionals competing in the 2017 Kitchen-Aid Senior PGA Championship at Trump National D.C. May 25-28. In this piece, meet Tim Lewis, PGA Professional from The Pines Golf Course at Fort Eustis.

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

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TL: We will probably be at an advantage in getting a few more practice rounds in. It also means that travel expenses are that much less as it’s only a three-hour drive.

MAPGA: When qualifying last year, was there any added pressure knowing that the event is in the Middle Atlantic Section?

TL: No,  I was just trying to climb higher up the leaderboard.

MAPGA: Tell us about your previous Senior PGA Championship experiences. If this is your first, what are you expecting it to be like?

TL: This is my first tour event, let alone being a Sr. Major. I’m expecting a big circus, lots of people with a lot of activity all on TV.

MAPGA: Describe your biggest golf accomplishment to date.

TL: My biggest accomplishment is probably winning the Virginia Senior Open in 2012. Only player to shoot under par for both rounds. I have nine career aces too.

MAPGA: Where did you grow up and how did you get your start in golf?

TL: Grew up in Northwest Indiana about 40 miles from Chicago (Go Cubs). My Dad put a club in my hand at about the age of 11-12 and I’d play with him and his work buddies early on Saturday mornings. At that age, I could never figure out why they always wanted to play so early.

MAPGA: What do you think will be some of the challenges at Trump National DC? What do you think the winning score will be?

TL: From what I hear it sounds like the green complexes are pretty severe. Need to be able to get at the hole from the proper angle. Which means our ball striking better be solid.   I think last year the winning score was around 18-19 under par. I am pretty sure it won’t be that low. Without the weather being a factor, I think the score will be around 12-14 under par.

MAPGA: What are the key areas of your game for you to be successful in this tournament?

TL: Well the easy answer for all of us is putting, but it’s not that simple. In my case I think I’ve got to be able to handle all the attention that isn’t golf, the circus I call it as I mentioned above.

MAPGA: Why did you decide to become a PGA Member? What does the MAPGA mean to you?

TL: If your going to be in the golf business then you’ve got to be a PGA member. It never crossed my mind not becoming a PGA Member. The MAPGA is education, employment, tournament golf, and all things PGA of America.

Written by Ethan Brady

MAPGA Announces Billy Hurley III Junior Championship

Billy Hurley III and the MAPGA Foundation are excited to announce a new junior golf tournament, the Billy Hurley III Junior Championship.  This two-day, 36-hole event will take place on July 31-Aug. 1 at the U.S. Naval Academy Golf Course.

“I am both honored and excited to partner with the MAPGA to host this junior championship,” said Hurley, winner of the PGA Tour’s 2016 Quicken Loans National. “I want to give back to the game of golf and partnering with the local PGA Section will make this event a big success.”

The Championship will feature junior golfers ages 12-18 with one boys division and one girls division.

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Multiple exemptions into this tournament are listed below, but a unique aspect of the event is there will be 10 special military exemptions from military golf courses within the MAPGA region.  For players who do not receive an invitation, the MAPGA will be running two open qualifiers prior to the Championship on May 20-21 and July 11.

Military families hold a special place in Hurley’s life as he served 5 years active duty as a Surface Warfare Officer which included time on a destroyer in Persian Gulf protecting Iraqi oil platforms.  Hurley is also the only veteran on the PGA Tour.

“We could not be more excited to run this event in partnership with Billy Hurley III,” said Matthew Schulze, President of the Middle Atlantic PGA. “Our goal continues to be running quality junior golf tournaments in our area and having the support of a PGA Tour winner is something that will make this event extremely special.”

After round one on July 31, Hurley will be on site to interact with the players and run a free clinic.  This clinic will be open to any junior that plays in the event and will include Hurley up close hitting golf balls.  More information will follow on a specific time for this clinic.
Invitations for players that automatically qualify will be sent out by May 15.  For more information about the Championship and to sign up for the two qualifying events please visit www.mapga.com

Open Qualifiers

  • May 20-21 – MAPGA Cherry Blossom – Top-5 Boys and Top-3 Girls
  • July 11 – MAPGA Junior Tour at Andrews Air Force Base –Top-3 Boys 16-18, Top-3 Girls Overall

Exemptions

  • April 13-14 – MAPGA Spring Fling – Top-10 Boys and Top-5 Girls
  • 10 Military Special Exemptions
  • 3 Sponsor Exemptions
  • 2 Host Facility Exemptions
  • Finished in the Top-20 of the Overall Boys Division at the 2017 MAPGA Junior Championship (June 29-30)
  • Finished in the Top-10 of the Overall Girls Division at the 2017 MAPGA Junior Championship (June 29-30)
  • Finished in the Top-15 of the Overall Boys Division at the 2017 Kingsmill Junior Championship (April 1-2)
  • Finished in the Top-5 of the Overall Girls Division at the 2017 Kingsmill Junior Championship  (April 1-2)
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5 Minutes with Senior PGA Champ. Player Brendan McGrath

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 Brendan McGrath, PGA Professional at Hidden Creek.

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

BM: Making the event is a dream come true.  Even better that it is right here.

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MAPGA: When qualifying last year, was there any added pressure knowing that the event is in the Middle Atlantic Section?

BM: Only a little added pressure.  Wanting to make it, and then the event is at home.  I wanted to be able to participate right here.  It is mostly an “ego thing” with me.

MAPGA: Tell us about your previous Senior PGA Championship experiences. If this is your first, what are you expecting it to be like?

BM: This is my first, but I expect it to more than anything I have played in.  At the same time, I expect it to be just like every other tournament.

MAPGA: Describe your biggest golf accomplishment to date.

BM: This is absolutely my biggest accomplishment to date.

MAPGA: Where did you grow up and how did you get your start in golf?

BM:  I moved to Fairfax County in 1974.  I have been living here ever since.  A couple of college friends played golf while  I was doing nothing.  They got me started.

MAPGA: What do you think will be some of the challenges at Trump National DC? What do you think the winning score will be?

BM: The entire course is really good.  Difficult, but fair.  Winning score… who knows, best senior players in the world.  In the end, someone will have played great.

MAPGA: What are the key areas of your game for you to be successful in this tournament?

BM:  Focus, concentration and frame of mind.

MAPGA: Why did you decide to become a PGA Member? What does the MAPGA mean to you?

BM:  I had a real job.  Loved most of it.  Making money, great work environment, working with one of my best pals from childhood, great potential.  I didn’t love computers,  I loved golf.  After playing golf for a couple years I decided to go into the business.  I thought the best future path was to get the membership, similar to a college diploma.  It isn’t the answer, but it rarely hurts.  The MAPGA is the only section I have ever been associated with.  I have been a member for 22.5 years.  We have wonderful members and a staff that I think the world of.

If you are interested in tickets to the Senior PGA Championship or would like to play in its Pro-Am click here.

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!

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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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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.

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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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