Written by Jeremy Beale

MAPGA Spring Fling: Sload scores low, Gubenko battles for win

After braving through the tough conditions during the 2018 MAPGA Spring Fling, at Laurel Hill Golf Club in Lorton, Virginia, Nikita Gubenko, from Great Falls, Virginia, capturing first place in the Boys Overall competition, finishing with a two day total of 2-over-par 144 (69-75), and a one-stroke victory over day one leader Mitchell Hummel (68-77), with Benjamin Kruper not far behind finishing with a final round 5-over-par (147).  Due to wet conditions the first day, and the blustery conditions down the stretch on day two, players were forced to not only outsmart their opponents but the course as well.

MAPGA Spring Fling Recap: Gubenko fights for win

Nikita Gubenko, from Great Falls, Virginia, captured first place in the Boys Overall category, during the MAPGA Spring Fling at Laurel Hill Golf Club in Lorton, Virginia. He not only braved through two days of tough weather conditions but also tight competition. Gubenko shot a two day total of 2-over-par, 144 (69-75), and had a one-stroke victory over day one leader Mitchell Hummel (68-77), with Benjamin Kruper not far behind finishing with a final round 5-over par (147). He attributed his success to playing safe, shooting for par and trying to keep his mistakes minimal. Results: https://bit.ly/2GCEDC9

Posted by MAPGA Junior Golf on Saturday, March 31, 2018

Where some succumbed to the harsh conditions at Laurel Hill, Skylar Sload from Ashburn, Virginia was the only competitor to finish under par, scoring a total two day round of 4-under-par (138) and capturing the Girls’ Overall championship.

Coming into the day, Sload trailed by two after day one leader Jinny Park carded a 3-under-par 68 during the first day of competition. Sload said she had to battle every hole to maintain her position in the tournament. Sload overcame a double -bogey on the second day with five birdies—nine in total for the tournament. She attributed her success this weekend to her approach shots, which she was sticking close, allowing her the ability to make putts.

MAPGA Spring Fling: Skylar Sload scores 4-under-par

Competiton was stiff during the 2018 MAPGA Spring Fling at Laurel Hill Golf Club, in Lorton, Virginia. Between wet course conditions and heavy winds, the juniors golfers battled for their first wins of the season.Where some succumbed to the harsh conditions at Laurel Hill, Skylar Sload from Ashburn, Virginia was the only competitor to finish under par, scoring a total two day round 4-under-par (138) and capturing the Girls’ Overall championship.Sload trailed by two to coming into the day, after day one leader Jinny Park carded a 3-under-par 68 during the first day of competition. She overcame a double -bogey on the second day with five birdies—nine in total for the tournament. She attributed her success this weekend to her approach shots, which she was sticking close, allowing her the ability to make putts. Results: https://bit.ly/2GCEDC9

Posted by MAPGA Junior Golf on Saturday, March 31, 2018

In the Boys 14 to 15-year-old category, Tristan Schommer of Leesburg, Virginia, finished first with a two day total of (75-77). Trailing behind Schommer were David Luo and Trey Elder (154). In the boys 13 -and-under division, Alexander Maloy distanced himself from the rest of the field with a final round one under par 70 to finish at 147.

MAPGA Spring Fling Recap: Day 2, Alexander Maloy shoots one-under

During the MAPGA Spring Fling at Laurel Hill Golf Club, Alexander Maloy distanced himself from the rest of the Boys 13-and-under Division after scoring a final round one-under-par 70 to finish at 147. Maloy attributed his success to a solid short game and solid putting. On Hole No. 7, Maloy nearly holed out for eagle from 110 yards out and made the putt for birdie. Results: https://bit.ly/2GCEDC9

Posted by MAPGA Junior Golf on Saturday, March 31, 2018

Julie Shin from Brambleton, Virginia, won the Girls 12-14 division. Shin put on a dominant performance, finishing at 151 (72-79), 9 shots clear of second place finishers Sydney Hackett and Katie Park (160).

Special thanks to Laurel Hill Head PGA Professional Gene Orrico and his staff for their hospitality, and congratulations to our winners. See you at the next event.

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Written by Jeremy Beale

The MAPGA is Proud to announce its 2019 Hall of Fame Class! 

Next year, we will induct two new members to the MAPGA Hall of Fame: Mike Ahrnsbrak, PGA and Wayne DeFrancesco, PGA.

Ahrnsbrak, 62, has been a PGA Member for 37 years.  He was elected Secretary of the MAPGA in 1991, ultimately rising to President in  November 1995. He also served at the National level, elected to the District-10 Director position in 2010. He is well known for being the Head PGA Professional at Shenandoah Valley GC for 15 years (1985-1999).  After a short stint with an internet company (NetGolfShop.com) and consulting, Mike came back to green grass at Musket Ridge GC (four years), Blue Ridge Shadows Resort (nine years), and Lexington Golf & CC for two years.  Mike and his wife Ann just recently moved to Wilmington, NC where Mike is the General Manager at Pine Valley CC.

DeFrancesco, 60, earned his membership in 1993.  He is quite an accomplished player. Wayne won three Section Championships (2000, 2001, 2007), three Maryland Opens (1994, 1995, 2005) and three MAPGA Match Play titles (1996, 2004, 2006). However, perhaps his biggest win was the 2001 National Club Professional Championship at Sunriver Resort, which he won wire-to-wire.  Wayne was a Four-time MAPGA Player of the Year, as well as the 1994 MAPGA Teacher of the Year and 1998 MAPGA Horton Smith Trophy.  Wayne spent 13 years as an instructor at Woodholme CC, then eight years at Woodmont CC and has been at Lakewood CC since 2014.