Written by Jeremy Beale

Ryan Zylstra, 8-Under-Par, Wins 2018 E-Z-GO MAPGA Match Play Championship

Congrats to Ryan Zylstra for winning the E-Z-GO MAPGA Match Play Championship defeating John O’Leary in the finals. Zylstra was on fire, using only 13 putts thru 13 holes to go the match play equivalent of 8-under par thru 13.

The final day of the match play finals consisted of John O’Leary and Blake Brookman facing-off as well as Zysltra and Billy Hoffman.

In the first semi-final match play, O’Leary was 3-Up on Blake Brookman thru Hole No. 9. O’Leary made birdie on the Par 3, No. 5, as well as, Par 5, No. 9 to face either Zylstra or Hoffman in the finals.

Zylstra maintained a steady lead over Hoffman thru nine holes. He closed out the match by making birdies on Holes No. 13 and 14 to take a 4-Up lead winning the match 4-3.

During the final match-up between Zylstra and O’Leary, Zylstra hit his approach on Hole No. 1 to concede birdie and go 1-Up for the round. A few holes later both players flew their shots over the sixth green. Zylstra got up-and-down, whereas O’Leary did not. Zylstra was 3-Up through No. 6.

Both competitors proceeded to halve No. 10 with pars. The next hole O’Leary missed a short par putt on No. 11 resulting in Zylstra going 6-Up with a secure lead with seven holes left to play.

Two holes later O’Leary concedes a short eagle putt to Zylstra on the 13th Green after his eagle chip narrowly ran by the hole. Zylstra won the 2018 E-Z-GO MAPGA Match Play and was the equivalent of 8-under-par thru 13 holes. On top of finishing 8-under, he did so with 13 putts.

Thanks to host PGA Professional Mike Gooden and the Kinloch Golf Club staff for hosting the finals and Josh Tremblay at Springfield Country Club for hosting the qualifying rounds at the beginning of the season. Full Results: https://mapga.bluegolf.com/bluegolf/mapga18/event/mapga186/contest/56/leaderboard.htm

Written by Jeremy Beale

Ryan Zylstra Captures Back-to-Back Assistant Professional Championship

Ryan Zylstra, PGA Associate at The Federal Club defended his title at the National Car Rental MAPGA Assistant Professional Championship at Keswick Golf Club, shooting a two-round, 9-under-par total (66-69.)

Zylstra came out strong after day one of the tournament as he held a four-stroke lead shooting a 6-under-par. Zylstra used holed seven birdies his first day to hold the lead over Steve Delmar, PGA Associate at Columbia Country Club and Tyler Satorius PGA Associate at Trump National Golf Club.

During the second day of competition Delmar, made an adamant charge to capture the lead from Zylstra, making three birdies in a row between holes seven and nine, cutting the lead to two. Unfortunately, a double-bogey on Hole No.15 gave Zylstra the cushion needed to win. Delmar finished second overall with a two-day total 6-under-par (70-68) was named Central Chapter Assistants Champion. Both Zylstra and Delmar competed at the Delta Dental State Open of Virginia. Delmar finished T4 and Zylstra T22.

Blake Brookman of Cedar Point Country Club finished third at National Car Rental 4-under-par (71-69). Josh Speight, PGA was named Central Chapter Champion, where he finishing fourth overall at 3-under-par (72-69)

The “Top 6” MAPGA Assistants will move on to the National Assistant Professional Championship, November 15-18 in Port St. Lucie, FL. The following players include:

Ryan Zylstra (exempt into the event-2017 National Champion)
Steve Delmar
Josh Speight, PGA
Blake Brookman
Bleu George
Mike Larkin

Click below for all the scores
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Written by Jeremy Beale

Bird was the word at Lakewood as Hoffman/Krouse and O’Leary/Ott soar under par

Billy Hoffman (PGA)/Tim Krouse (Amateur) and John O’Leary (PGA)/Danny Ott (Amateur) tied for first place at the annual MAPGA Pro-Scratch Championship presented by Tin Cup and Virginia Artisan at Lakewood Country Club in Rockville, Maryland.

The team of Hoffman/Krouse finished their first nine holes with an impressive 7-under par 29. The team made 10 birdies and two bogies on the day the team finished their round at 8-under-par (64).

O’Leary/Ott performed in a similar fashion carding eight birdies, while maintaining a bogey-free round. The team finished 3-under-par on the front and 5-under-par on the back.

Finishing in a close third was Nicholas Keefer (Lakewood Country Club) and amateur Adam Gray. Four teams finished tied for fourth:

T4           Brookman/Grandy          -6            F              66

T4           Schuller/Hoover              -6            F              66

T4           Miller/Warnquist            -6            F              66

T4           Schultz/Thatcher             -6            F              66

In the individual professional rankings, Hoffman (Westwood Country Club) finished first with a 68, 4-under-par. Followed by Steven Delmar, PGA of Columbia CC (69) and John O’Leary, PGA of Trump National Golf Club, D.C. (70).

Rick Schuller, PGA of Stonehenge Golf & Country Club, won the individual professional senior division, also shooting a 68 (4-under-par) followed by Dirk Schultz, PGA of Beaver Creek Country Club, with a 69 (3-under-par).

Thank you to all professionals and amateurs who competed this year and Lakewood CC for hosting the event.

Full Results: https://mapga.bluegolf.com/bluegolf/mapga18/event/mapga1821/contest/13/leaderboard.htm

Written by Jeremy Beale

MAPGA Cherry Blossom Classic: Pizzano soars to victory, McIlvain and Suh Compete in Final Round Playoff for Girls Overall

The 3rd Annual MAPGA Cherry Blossom Classic, June 16-17, at the University of Maryland Golf Course in College Park, Maryland was surely an exciting event as the field was overflowing with superb competition on what proved to be a challenging course.

Carlo Pizzano of College Park, Maryland (Boys 16-18) finished as Boys Overall Champion with a tournament total score of 144 (74-70). Carding a final round 1-under-par, Pizzano was the only competitor to shoot a round under par during the tournament. In his final round, he finished with six birdies on the day.

Going into the final day Pizzano described a brief conversation he had with his coach after the first day of competition. They determined carding a 69 would win the tournament and that was his goal. He fell one stroke short of his goal but felt good about his round overall. Pizzano attributed putting to his success.

2018 Cherry Blossom Classic: Carlo Pizzano soars through second day, finishing as Boys Overall Champion

Carlo Pizzano of College Park, Maryland (Boys 16-18) finished as Boys Overall Champion with a tournament total score of 144 (74-70). Carding a final round 1-under-par, Pizzano was the only competitor to shoot a round under par during the tournament. In his final round, he finished with six birdies on the day.

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“My coach always said putts don’t just go in by themselves—you have to will it,” Pizzano said after describing his success stringing together three straight birdies between Hole No. 9 and No. 11.

This was the mentality Pizzano took with him onto the course and the mentality that helped him surpass day one leader and runner-up James Shin of Brambleton, Virginia. Shin shot a final round, 4-over-par to put him at a tournament total of 148.

One of the most exciting highlights of the day was when 15-year-old Faith McIlvain of Ellicott City Maryland and day one leader Danielle Suh (Girls 16-18) of Herndon, Virginia went into a playoff for Girls Overall Champion. The playoff went on for two holes before McIlvain captured the victory by making par on Hole No. 9, while Suh’s approach missed just left of the hole. Overall both girls performed outstandingly in their individual age divisions, McIlvain finishing at tournament total of 150 (77-73) and Suh finishing 150 (72-78). Each beat their respective age divisions by at least five strokes.

2018 Cherry Blossom Classic: Faith McIlvain wins playoff to be named Girls Overall Champion

One of the most exciting highlights of the day was when 15-year-old Faith McIlvain of Ellicott City Maryland and day one leader Danielle Suh (Girls 16-18) of Herndon, Virginia went into a playoff for Girls Overall Champion. The playoff went on for two holes before McIlvain captured the victory by making par on Hole No. 9, while Suh’s approach missed just left of the hole. She was very thankful to have so much support from her friends, family and fellow teammates. The final day marked her first career playoff.

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Staying motivated was essential to McIlvain’s success. She was very thankful to have so much support from her friends, family and fellow teammates. The final day marked her first career playoff and she said, “I couldn’t have been more nervous.” She battled her nerves by deciding early on to focus on her game, taking each shot one at a time.

In the Boys 14-15 Division, Nicholas Barros of Bethesda, Maryland, finished first shooting a tournament total of 151 (76-75). There was a tie for second place with Christopher Lee (Ijamsville, Maryland) and day one boy’s overall leader Zachary Maloy (Potomac, Maryland) who finished with a tournament total of 154.

In the Boys 13 and Under Division 12-year-old, Matt Moloney pulled off an upset in what could have been a three-way playoff for first place. Moloney finished even par during his final round, finishing the tournament at 148 (77-71). He beat his fellow competitors Peter Barros (Bethesda, Maryland) and Benjamin, Newfield (Arlington, Virginia) by one stroke. Coming into the day he was tied for fourth. He answered the deficit by birdieing his first three holes of the day.

2018 Cherry Blossom Classic: Matt Moloney stays "even-headed", capturing the 13 and Under Division

In the Boys 13 and Under Division 12-year-old, Matt Moloney pulled off an upset in what could have been a three-way playoff for first place. Moloney finished even par during his final round, finishing the tournament at 148 (77-71). He beat his fellow competitors Peter Barros (Bethesda, Maryland) and Benjamin, Newfield (Arlington, Virginia) by one stroke. Coming into the day he was tied for fourth. He answered the deficit by birdieing his first three holes of the day.

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“I actually told myself coming in that if I shot 71, I would win the tournament,” Moloney said. “And that’s what I did.”

Sydney Hackett of Ashburn, Virginia maintained her lead from the first day, winning the Girls 13 and Under Division by shooting a tournament total of 149 (73-76). Hackett’s main goal was to focus on her game—as it wasn’t about winning or losing, but bettering herself. She said, she hit some good drives during her final day but struggled with her lag putting. Nevertheless, she felt this was a great start to the summer season and she looks forward to future competitions.

A huge thanks goes out to the University of Maryland Golf Course for hosting the event and helping the MAPGA put together a great and challenging event.

View full results: https://mapgajr.bluegolf.com/bluegolf/mapgajr18/event/mapgajr185/contest/1/leaderboard.htm

Written by Jeremy Beale

Tee Times are set for the 51st PGA Professional Championship at Bayonet Black Horse

The MAPGA wants to wish best of luck to the following MAPGA Pros as they head to Seaside, California to participate in the 51st PGA Professional Championship at Bayonet Black Horse June 17-20, 2018:

PROFESSIONAL LOCATION TEE TIMES
Craig Callens Hermitage Country Club 8:25 AM
Adam Decker University of Richmond 8:40 AM
Jim Estes Olney Golf Park 1:10 PM
Mark Evenson The Suburban Club 9:00 AM
Jimmy Flippen, Jr. Ringgold Golf Club 8:55 AM
David Hutsell  Pine Ridge Golf Club 1:30 PM
Yong Joo TopGolf – Loudoun 1:25 PM
Chad Moseley Belle Haven Country Club 2:15 PM
John O’Leary Trump National Golf Club (DC) 9:00 AM
Dirk Schultz  Beaver Creek Country Club  8:30 AM
Josh Speight Indian Creek Yacht & Country Club 2:05 PM
Chip Sullivan  King Carter Golf Club 1:40 PM
Ricky Touma Burning Tree Club 2:25 PM

Tune in for the first round of the 2018 PGA of America Championship at 4:30 PM (ET)

      

The 2018 PGA Professional Championship presented by Club Car and OMEGA, features a $550,000 purse. The 2018 Champion will have their name inscribed on the base of the Walter Hagen Cup and will receive exemptions for:

2018 PGA Championship

2019 PGA Cup

Six PGA Tour events over a 12-month period

The low 20 scorers in the Championship earn a berth in the 2018 PGA Championship, Aug. 9-12, at Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis, Missouri.

Presented by: Club Car, OMEGA

Supported by: Titleist/ FootJoy, Nike, TaylorMade Golf

Supporting Partners: Golf Channel, PGA TOUR

Written by Jeremy Beale

First Round Cherry Blossom Classic: Danielle Suh Cards Lowest Round of the Day, 14-year-old Zachary Maloy Leads Boys Overall

After much anticipation, the 3rd Annual MAPGA Cherry Blossom Classic is finally underway at the University of Maryland Golf Course, in College Park Maryland. Rescheduled due to rain, the golfers were eager to get out and compete.

Leading in the Girls 16-18 Division and carding the lowest score of the day in the Girls Overall division was Danielle Suh of Herndon, Virginia with a 1-over-par, 72. Trailing Suh by seven strokes is Jacqueline Cherry.

Suh’s mental game proved to be a huge proponent of success as she got off to a rocky start after a double-bogey on the first hole. She said this forced her to focus on her game from the start rather than worrying about her opponents. However, the most important factor of her success was her putting and short game. Over the past year, Suh has been working on these shots and felt she has improved in her last two tournaments.

She did not find that the course played as difficult as many of her fellow competitors. She attributed this to improved length and consistency with her driver, which resulted in shorter second shots.

“My plan is not to think of the rest of the field and to play my game,” Suh said about her strategy tomorrow. “My goal is to play more conservative, while still getting after it.”

Leading the Boys Overall (14-18) division is 14-year-old Zachary Maloy of Potomac, Maryland. “It was really the putting that did it for me today—the fairways and greens were really hard and rolled a lot,”Maloy said.

Maloy’s strategy was to land the ball short of the green, which proved crucial to his success. He attributed his putting to his success, allowing him to make the turn at even par. Rallying back from the triple on 13, he finished with two birdies. Maloy hopes to roll in more putts tomorrow to keep his lead.

Trailing Maloy in his age division is Nicholas Barros (Bethesda, Maryland) carding a 76 (5-over-par).

In the Boys 16-18 Division, James Shin of Brambleton, Maryland is leading carding a First Round 73 (2-over-par), which ties him with Maloy in the Boys Overall. There are two golfers in Shin’s division trailing his lead by one stroke—Carlo Pizzano (College Park, Maryland) and Yida Wang (Potomac, Maryland).

In the Boys 12-13 Division, there was a three-way tie for the lead with Peter Barros (Bethesda, Maryland), Arya Grayeli (Vienna, Virginia) and Benjamin Newfield (Arlington, Virginia) carding 4-over-par, 75.

In the Girls 14-15 Division, there is a three-way tie for the lead, Emma Chen (Rockville, Maryland), Alyssa Cong (Germantown, Maryland) and Faith McIlvain (Ellicott City, Maryland) all of which carded, 6-over-par, 77.

In the Girls 12-13 Division, Sydney Hackett (Ashburn, Virginia) leads with a 2-over-par, 73.

Thank you, University of Maryland Golf Course for hosting the event. To view the rest of today’s results, visit: https://bit.ly/2LXC3FV. Tune in for an exciting finish tomorrow.

Written by Jeremy Beale

National PGA Scholarship Winners Announced

The 2018 National PGA Scholarship Winners were announced, May 31. Congratulations to the nine students (listed below) that were selected from the MAPGA Section! A total of $402,000 in scholarships will be awarded to 186 students.

Level Name Scholarship Type Amount Member
High school Christopher Forgash National $2,000 Craig Forgash, PGA
High school Noah Gyscek National $2,000 Peter Gyscek, PGA
High school Sydney Pulliam National $2,000 Timothy Pulliam, PGA
High school Chloe  Sass National $2,000 William Sass, PGA
High school Nina Smith National $2,000 James Hiskey, PGA
College Skylar Foister National $2,000 Arthur Foister, PGA
College Anna Haught National $2,000 Gary Haught, PGA
College Katelyn Schuh National $2,000 Bob Schuh, PGA (Grandfather)
College Olivia Zachman National $2,000 Jeffrey Zachman, PGA

Please note the PGA Financial Assistance Fund is able to grow solely through investment earnings and contributions from PGA Members. Members are given the option of contributing to the PGA Financial Assistance Fund on their Member Dues each year. Any contribution will help grow the fund and, in turn, provide more PGA Scholarships to Member’s children and grandchildren in the future.

If you have any questions or comments concerning the PGA Scholarship Program, please reach out to me at vjohnson@pgahq.com, or via phone at (561)624–7654. Thank you.

Christopher Forgash

Christopher Forgash, son of Craig Forgash, PGA, at the Golf Club at Lansdowne is expected to graduate this spring from Tuscarora High School with a 3.98 GPA. During his academic career he participated in his high school band playing, competing in competitive hockey and being an active member of his school’s Math club, team and honor society. In his spare time he also volunteered tutoring elementary school children in mathematics while holding a part-time job.  He also scored a 1430 out of a possible 1600 on his SAT and 30 out of 36 on his ACT. Forgash plans to major in Computer Science and Engineering in college.

Noah Gyscek

Noah Gyscek son of Peter Gyscek, PGA – Head Golf Coach Washington & Lee University will graduate from Rockbridge County High school this year with a 3.4 GPA. During his high school career, he was in the Advanced Placement Program, French Club, Ski Club, Running Club and Model UN. He also competed on his school’s golf and tennis team. On top of all of these clubs, he was also the leader and organizer behind his school’s Boxing Club which now boasts 17 members. He scored a 30 on his ACT and plans to major in Business Management and Computer Science in college.

Chloe  Sass

Chloe Sass, daughter of William Sass, PGA, of Ocean City Golf Club will graduate from Stephen Decatur this year. She was in the Advanced Placement Program at her school while participating in an array of clubs and athletic programs. She was a member of the National Honor Society, Math Clubs/Team/Honors Society, School Newspaper, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, school Basketball and Lacrosse team and the Students Against Destructive Decisions program.  She did all of this while managing a part-time job and maintaining a 3.86 GPA. She plans to attend Washington College, where she will major in Engineering and Pre-Medical studies. Sass scored 1250 on her SAT.

Nina Smith

Nina Smith will graduate from Druid Hills High School with a 3.94. She was in her schools Advanced Placement Program, Beta Club, Choir, Computer Club/Team/Honors Society Female Empowerment Movement Club, French Club, International Baccalaureate Diploma Program, Science Clubs/Team/Honors Society and Service Clubs. She also served as Class Officer in Student Government. In her spare time she attended St. Bartholomew’s Youth group, took after school electives in Ornithology and Oceanography and competed on her high school softball team. She scored 1480 on her SAT and plans to study engineering in college. James Hiskey, PGA professional in Annapolis, MD recommended her for the scholarship.

Sydney Pulliam

Sydney Pulliam daughter of Timothy Pulliam, PGA, in Richmond, Virginia, will graduate from Douglas S. Freeman High School this year with a 4.0 GPA. She was in the school’s Advanced Placement Program and also was a member of the National Honor Society, Math Clubs/Team/Honors Society, Beta Club and Mu Alpha Theta. When she wasn’t keeping a perfect academic transcript she volunteered at Bandit’s Adoption and Rescue of K-9’s Shelter. Pulliam also interned for the Supreme Court of Virginia as well as participated in Model United Nation and Model Congress addressing the issues facing the nation and world. She also served as the Rebelettes Class of 2018 Service Club President, Secretary, and Historian during her High School career and participated in Relay for Life and volunteered with the Special Olympics. Outside of academics, she competed on her high school softball team. After high school, she plans to study Law and Political Science.

Skylar Foister

Skylar Foister daughter of Arthur Foister, PGA, at The Golf Club at Lansdowne is a junior at Florida State University studying Criminology. She maintained a 3.89 GPA while participating in Amnesty International and the school’s Rock Climbing club.

Anna Haught

Anna Haught, is now a two-time recipient of the National Scholarship award. She is the daughter of Gary Haught, PGA, Head Professional at Blue Hills Golf Course. Now a sophomore at Virginia Tech she has maintained a 3.98 GPA, studying engineering. This past year she was able to participate in her school’ s Engineering Expo. When she isn’t literally running around campus you can find her participating in Relay for Life events or volunteering with Rescue Mission an organization that provides assistance to the homeless.

Katelyn Schuh

Katelyn Schuh, granddaughter to the late Bob Schuh, PGA, at Pleasant Valley Golf Course is now a two-time recipient of the National Scholarship. She has maintained a 4.00 GPA while attending Clemson University, majoring in Environmental Science. She is an active member of her sorority and enjoys participating in Relay for Life events.

Olivia Zachman

Olivia Zachman daughter of Jeffrey Zachman, PGA, at Piney Branch Golf & Country Club, is a junior at St. Lawrence University, majoring in history and maintaining a 3.63 GPA. Zachman played golf, tennis and basketball at North Carroll High School and currently competes on her collegiate golf team. When not on the course or hitting the books she is an active member of an Acapella Group on campus and is a part of the Arabic Club. She also volunteers in the campus kitchens serving meals to the impoverished community members. She is also employed part-time and participates in Relay for Life events. She is a two-time recipient of the National Scholarship Award.

Written by Jeremy Beale

McGrath and O’Leary Share Central Chapter Championship

Six playoff holes were enough for good friends Brendan McGrath, PGA (Hidden Creek CC) and John O’Leary, PGA (Trump National GC- DC)  as they called it a tie for the Central Chapter Championship, after finishing 27 holes at 4-under-par at Norbeck Country Club.

McGrath carded 69-35, with seven birdies on the day, whereas O’Leary carded 71-33, with eight birdies on the day.

The leaders were closely followed by:

3 Daniel Neben  TPC Potomac -3 69 36 105
T4 Yong Joo  Top Golf – Loudoun -2 71 35 106
T4 Jim Estes  Olney Golf Park -2 68 38 106

In the Senior Division, the Section had another playoff between Ricky Touma, PGA (Burning Tree Club) and John Francisco, PGA (Cress Creek CC) but Touma was able to win after only 1 hole. both finished regulation at 3-under-par.

Written by Jeremy Beale

Joanna Coe Expected to Compete in LPGA Shoprite Classic

Congratulations to Section member Joanna Coe from Baltimore Country Club for winning the Monday Qualifier to get into the LPGA Shoprite Classic. “It was a pretty sweet homecoming,” Coe announced on Instagram as she carded a 68, 3-under-par. She shot one eagle, three birdies and one double-bogey. Coe gave a big thank you to her coach Bruce Chelucci for getting her here. “Can’t wait for a fun weekend in my hometown!!” Coe said. “All that hard work paid off.”

Coe will compete in Galloway, New Jersey, June 8-10.


June 08

(ET) 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

June 09

(ET)3:00 – 5:00 p.m. 

June 10

(ET) 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.


Written by Jeremy Beale

Assistant Professional, Jimmy Grem takes Northern Chapter Championship, while Rick Serrano Captures Senior Division

Congratulations to 22-year-old, Jimmy Grem from Eagles Nest Country Club for winning the Nothern Chapter Championship, along with the Northern Chapter Assistants Championship at Talbot Country Club, June 4th. Grem shot 108 (E) after 27 holes.

He appeared to have a pretty solid start during the first round of the championship, carding 3-under-par through nine holes. He shot an eagle on Hole 11 (Par 5), which led to a string of birdies through Hole 13. Grem only carded one bogey in his opening round.

However, in the second round, Grem appeared to struggle carding three bogies and one double bogey (5-over-par) throughout his round. He was able to maintain even par by carding two birdies in his second round.

This marked Grem’s second year competing in the championship and a source of retribution after finishing tied for second last year.

Grem beat the field by a solid margin with second place finishers David Hutsell, PGA from Pine Ridge Golf Club and Brian Dix from University of Maryland Golf Course finishing 4-over-par through 27 holes.

Winning the Senior Division of the Northern Chapter Championship, as well as being the only player shooting under par was Rick Serrano from Cattail Creek Country Club.

Serrano maintained a steady pace throughout the day, carding an even-par during his first round (two birdies and two bogies) and followed with a second round 71 (1-under par). He carded one eagle on his round on Par 5, Hole 7. In total, he had four birdies and one eagle on the day.

A huge thanks to Host Professional Mark Kimminau for having us back for the second year in a row.

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