Written by Ethan Brady

5 Minutes with DCP Finalist Catherine Qiu

*Note: Catherin Qiu will be competing in the Girls 10-11 Division at the 2017 Drive, Chip & Putt National Finals at Augusta National Sunday, April 2. Her home course is 1757 Golf Club in Dulles, Va. 

MAPGA: What do you love most about golf?

CQI love that in golf you have to show your own skill. Also, it is an outdoor sport and I love nature so that works out with me.

MAPGA: Most memorable golf shot?

CQMy second shot on a par 5 hole at U.S. Kids Golf World Championship in 2016,  I had a 160 yard shot that I hit with my 3 wood, the ball landed about 2 feet to the hole, and then  I putted it in for eagle.

MAPGA: Do you take lessons from any PGA Pros or instructors? If so, who?

CQThere are several PGA professionals help me to improve my golf skills. Here are a few of them. Coach Rick Burk, who is my ever first coach.  Coach Mark Guttenberg,  who helped me to get into competitive golf. I want particularly thank Coach Mark for his TPC program at Bull Run Golf Club. I learned so much about competitive golf at his program. Coach Joe Lussier at 1757 Golf Club who helps me to refine my swing. He is my current coach.

MAPGA: How would you describe yourself?

CQFunny, hard working, athletic, but sometimes stubborn.

MAPGA: What’s something that would surprise people about you? 

CQI actually started school one year earlier and I am in the gifted program.

MAPGA: Dream foursome without professional golfers?

CQMe, Demi Lovato, Emma Watson, Anne Hathaway.

MAPGA: What superpower would you want and why?

CQI would like the ability to fly because then I could carry my bag and fly at the same time so I don’t have to walk.(It is very silly but it would be cool if I could.)

MAPGA: Rapid Q’s: Favorite person to play golf with? Club in your bag? Emoji? Song?

CQMy favorite person to play golf with are my friends. My favorite club in my bag is my sand wedge because I hit it the best. My favorite emoji is the most basic smiley. My favorite song is “Heart Attack” by Demi Lovato.

MAPGA: What annoys you more than anything?

CQThe most annoying thing is most likely when people talk while I am about to swing since I get distracted very easily.

MAPGA: What will always make you happy?

CQ: The thing that makes me happy is singing and baking because I think that it is very enjoyable.

MAPGA: Other than golf, what are some of your hobbies?

CQSinging, baking, tennis, and dancing.

MAPGA: Greatest accomplishment?

CQMy greatest accomplishment is qualifying for the Drive, Chip, Putt Finals.

MAPGA: What do you want to accomplish in the future?

CQI would like to get better at golf and attend a good university and become an LPGA player.

MAPGA: How often have you been practicing for DCP?

CQ: I practice golf any day that the weather is good.

MAPGA: Do you want to thank anyone for helping you reach Augusta?

CQI would like to thank my dad for practicing with me whenever I practice. I would also like to thank my mom who is very supportive. Last but not least,  I also would like to thank my coaches for helping me improve my golf skills.

Written by Ethan Brady

Golf USA Tee Time Coalition

This article originally appeared in The Professional e-magazine

By Jared Williams, Managing Director

The Golf USA Tee Time Coalition is a joint initiative between the NGCOA and the PGA of America, dedicated to providing solutions to some of the challenges of online tee time distribution. The Golf USA Tee Time Coalition primarily exists to increase awareness and promote adoption of online tee time standards and best practices.

The Coalition can help make sure you are asking the right questions when evaluating your existing relationship with tee time distributors and/or tee sheet/point-of-sale providers. For example:

Did you give tee time marketers permission to use your golf course’s name as a keyword in online advertising campaigns?

Do you know when your contract expires? Or when/if it is subject to automatic renewal?

Or maybe you are wondering why tee time marketers, who agreed to negotiate floor pricing on barter tee times, are allowing discount codes to be used on barter inventory?

Were you given multiple options for delivering payment to the online tee time agent?

Is your local rep not responding to your questions or concerns in a timely manner?

The Coalition is currently monitoring trends in the online tee time space. PGA Professionals are encouraged to take the Golf Course Owner, Operator, and Golf Professional Survey when it’s released this spring. PGA members will receive 1 MSR for completing the survey.

After, we will release a first-of-its kind, industry report card detailing the companies that are excelling as well as those that may fail to meet customers’ expectations in a variety of categories. The results of this survey will help guide the golf course in making informed decisions in the marketplace.

The Coalition will release a new set of voluntary standards for online tee time distribution in 2017. If you would like more information or to contact the Coalition you can visit www.teetimecoalition.org or email jwilliams@teetimecoalition.org.

Written by Ethan Brady

5 Minutes With DCP Finalist Ian Walters

Drive, Chip & Putt National Finalist Ian Walters is one of four juniors to qualify for the final from the Middle Atlantic PGA Section. Walters will be competing in the Boys 14-15 Division April 2 at Augusta National Golf Club. Walters’ says he has been practicing nearly everyday since February at his home course, The Dominion Club, and GolfTec.  Walters  is currently a student at Deep Run High School in Glen Allen, Va.

MAPGA: Do you take lessons from any PGA Pros or instructors? If so, who?
I.W: I take lessons from my PGA Pro Jason Goslee at GolfTec.

MAPGA: How would you describe yourself?
I.W: I would describe myself as an even keel person. I don’t typically get very emotional on the golf course, whether that be too happy or too upset, which helps me keep a neutral state of mind when competing in big events.  I love to watch sports with my dad, go skiing in the Rocky Mountains, and in general be outdoors.

MAPGA: What’s something that would surprise people about you?
I.W: I came in fourth at locals and was the first alternate. I then got into the sub-regional round when one of the top three couldn’t make it.  Fortunately enough, I find myself in this position, and I feel extremely fortunate to be going to Augusta.

MAPGA: What do you love most about golf?
I.W: There is always something clear to work towards. If used correctly, no practice time is wasted.

MAPGA: Dream foursome without professional golfers?
I.W: Me, Justin Timberlake, Bill Murray, Michael Jordan

MAPGA: Most memorable golf shot?
I.W: On the second hole at my high school state championships this year, I holed out for eagle on the second hole, which was super exciting. I was lucky to be part of a great team (Deep Run High School) and we won states by 28 strokes.

MAPGA: Rapid-Fire Favorites: person to play golf with? Club in your bag? Emoji? Song?
I.W: I really enjoy playing golf with my friend and high school teammate Charlie Hanson (we are both freshmen). My favorite club in my bag is my pitching wedge.  My favorite emoji is one of the mandarin Chinese symbols.  My favorite song is Miracle Aligner by The Last Shadow Puppets.

MAPGA: What superpower would you want and why?
I.W: Some sort of hyper-focus that would enable me to perform well in a pressure filled situation in or not in golf.

MAPGA: What annoys you more than anything?
I.W: Definitely when people don’t pronounce things correctly.

MAPGA: What will always make you happy?
Being in the alps.

MAPGA: Other than golf, what are some of your hobbies?
I.W: Photography, hiking, skiing, soccer.

MAPGA: Greatest accomplishment?
I.W: Getting to the DCP Finals.

MAPGA: What do you want to accomplish in the future?
I.W: I would like to play college golf and graduate from a good school with a degree in business and work at an advertising agency.

MAPGA: Do you want to thank anyone for helping you reach Augusta?
I.W: I would like to thank my family, my coach, Jason Goslee, and everyone who has ever helped me accomplish anything in golf to prepare me for this moment.

Written by Ethan Brady

Trillium Rose, PGA – Swing Power

Note: This article originally appeared in The Professional

By Trillium Rose, PGA

As a full-time teacher, I see a lot of swing issues but one of the most common is the inability to maximize one’s potential for power – even with club professionals. Granted, everybody has a different physique and swing, but with a few simple concepts you might see a few more yards. Here are three areas for you to check to see if you can recoup some more distance.

1) Using the ground. By now you have likely heard of “ground reaction forces,” because golf instructors and biomechanists are discussing it on a regular basis. The simple definition is the forces that act in an equal and opposite direction. So when you press down into the ground, the ground presses back up. Although there are exceptions, to maximize your power you’ll need to feel the pressure in your feet early in the transition. Press your trail leg into the ground to push towards the target and your lead leg up to post up. The net effect is a fast rotation of your pelvis to lead off the forward swing.

2) Swing from the inside. If you’re a fader, that’s fine but for longer drives you’ll want to take an inside path and hit on the ball. Tee that ball up high and set up with your torso slightly tilted away from the target. (When you do this be sure you don’t load your weight on the trail foot. Simply bump your hips to the target to evenly distribute the pressure.)

3) Take care of your body. It’s so easy to tell everyone else to stay in shape but what about us? We are standing up or sitting down all day for hours on end. The reality is that as we live on, we don’t get any more flexible or any stronger. You have to work on it. The Titleist TPI screen is a great way to see where you fall on the spectrum of mobility and stability. Find a certified professional in your area and have them run you through the screen. It will be a great diagnostic for you to see what areas are holding you back.

Written by Ethan Brady

2017 Spring Membership Meeting

The MAPGA hosted its 2017 Spring Meeting Monday presented by PiMac and Streamsong Resorts in Fredericksburg, Va. Guest speakers included Suzy Whaley, PGA Vice President and Alex Miceli, founder of the Golf Press Association.

Alex Miceli and Matthew Schulze, PGA

Meeting attendees were able to listen to Whaley on the state of the industry, the PGA’s national goals and some best practices for player development.

Miceli discussed golf and media in a fireside chat with MAPGA President Matthew Schulze, PGA. The two discussed how media in golf  has changed and where Miceli believes it’s headed.

The KitchenAid Senior Championship trophy was made available for photos during the meeting. If you had your photo taken with the trophy, you can find the pictures here. KitchenAid also provided a Stand Mixer as a giveaway to the membership, won byJohn Glorioso, PGA

The Drive Out Hunger Food Drive was once again a success, generating 275 donated cans, $300 cash and another $300 match by the MAPGA.

For photos of the meeting please see the MAPGA Facebook.

Written by Ethan Brady

Matt Moloney to Compete at Augusta National

Written by,
Mark Nelson, Westwood Country Club

Matt Moloney was 4 years old when he started going to Westwood range and golf course with his father, John, and his older brother, Joe. “If my mom wasn’t home, they had to take me to the golf course,” he said.

The early exposure to golf quickly turned into a passion that will culminate on April 2 when Moloney competes in the Drive, Chip & Putt National Finals at Augusta National Golf Club. The competition will be televised live by the Golf Channel. Moloney qualified by winning the regional competition for his age group at Baltusrol Golf Club in New Jersey last fall. Two years ago, Matt made it to the regional competition where he finished in third place. Only the top finisher from each regional qualifies for Augusta.

“I like the challenge of golf,” Moloney said. “I like how hard it is and trying to beat your best score.” For the record, Moloney best scores are 32 for nine holes and 71 for 18 holes.

Drive, Chip & Putt was founded in 2013 as a joint initiative by the Masters Tournament, the USGA and the PGA of America to grow the game of golf among juniors by focusing on three fundamental skills.

“My favorite competition is driving because you hit the ball as far as you can,” Moloney said. Players hit three drives that must land within a 40-yard wide grid and are measured for total distance. Chipping involves three shots from 10-15 yards and points are awarded based on how close to the hole the shots land. Moloney holed one of his chips at Baltusrol.

“Putting is the hardest part for me because there is a 20 second time limit and you have to read the putt and hit it,” Moloney said.  He believes putting is also difficult because the rules do not permit competitors to practice the putt. Competitors attempt three putts – 6 feet, 15 feet and 30 feet.

With the finals still more than a month away, Moloney can be found most days practicing at Westwood for a couple hours after school, even in the coldest weather. He likes to change up his practice routine and then play a few holes with a friend.

Although he is excited about competing at Augusta, he admits to being a little nervous at the prospect of playing before a large contingent of family and friends as well as the large gallery that often includes Augusta members and well-known professionals. Assistant PGA professional Billy Hoffman will be inside the ropes with Matt to offer support.

Moloney said his favorite golfers are Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy and Dustin Johnson. Spieth gave him a golf ball at the RBC Heritage Classic in Hilton Head one year and he also scored an autograph from Rickie Fowler.

Asked if he has any superstitions on the golf course, Moloney said, “Every time I win, I have to do the same routine the next time I play.” Here’s hoping that routine continues to be successful.

Written by Ethan Brady

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-Timonium, Md.

Fox Hollow Golf Course, Lutherville, Timonium, 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.

Full Magazine

Written by Ethan Brady

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.

Written by Ethan Brady

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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