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.
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
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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.
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
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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.
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
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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.
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.
Inaugural MAPGA TopGolf Team Challenge
WenPetren and King prove to be top contenders
Congratulations to Steve WenPetren (The SW Golf Academy) and Kelly King (The SW Golf Academy) for winning the inaugural Middle Atlantic Professional Golf Association (MAPGA) TopGolf Team Challenge at TopGolf-Loudoun besting 23 other teams.
The competition consisted of two games of stroke play played under TopGolf’s “Top Contender Elite” format, with the four highest scoring teams advancing to match play.
During stroke play, Ryan Clarkin (Creighton Farms) and Bryan Zell (Westfields) achieved the highest score of the night and a #1 match play seed with an astounding 516 points.
However, in a stunning upset, Clarkin and Zell lost in the semi-finals to No. 4 seed Jonathan Schoenfeld (PGA Member) and Jimmy Steigelman (Fauquier Springs) on Schoenfeld’s final shot.
In the other semi-final match, WenPetren and King (No. 2 seed) defeated the No. 3 seed team of Geoff Montross (TPC Potomac) and John Madden (River Bend), and then went on to defeat Schoenfeld and Steigelman in the finals.
Special thanks to Joey Walker, PGA and Yong Joo, PGA for hosting the event, as the players all had a great night of camaraderie and competition.
PGA of America Release
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (Dec. 12, 2017) – Belfair of Bluffton, South Carolina, one of the Southeast’s acclaimed golf destinations, will host the 2019 PGA Professional Championship, the world’s largest all-professional event.
The 52nd edition of the PGA Professional Championship will be conducted for the first time in the spring, April 28-May 1, 2019. All four rounds will be broadcast live on Golf Channel. The Championship is presented by Club Car and OMEGA.
It will be the 10th visit by the Championship to the Carolinas PGA Section and third appearance in the state of South Carolina. The 312-player event was last played in the Palmetto State in 2014 in Myrtle Beach.
“The PGA of America is excited to take the PGA Professional Championship to Belfair, which is an outstanding location to showcase our finest playing PGA Professionals,” said PGA President Paul Levy. “Belfair features the elements we look for in this national championship – challenging courses, inviting facilities and a staff that embraces an exceptional field.”
Beginning in 2019, the PGA Professional Championship will be played in late April as a result of new competition dates for the PGA Championship, which will move to May 16-19, 2019.
The 2018 PGA Professional Championship will be conducted June 17-20, at Bayonet Black Horse in Seaside, California.
The PGA Professional Championship field is comprised of players who advanced from the 41 PGA Section Championships, along with Past Champions. The low 20 scorers at Belfair will earn a berth in the 2019 PGA Championship at Bethpage Black in Farmingdale, New York.
“Belfair is truly a unique property and certainly all of us look forward to hosting the 2019 PGA Professional Championship,” said Belfair PGA General Manager/COO Ken Kosak. “We have a number of PGA Professionals who have made it their home, and we are most proud of that.”
Belfair, featuring the Tom Fazio-designed East and West Courses, will host the 2018 U.S. Open local qualifying tournament; and was the site of the 2013 South Carolina Open; and the Players Amateur (2000-11), which featured past Champions Ben Curtis, Rickie Fowler, Bill Haas and Brian Harman.
“We are excited about the opportunity to have Belfair exposed on a national stage,” said Belfair PGA Director of Golf James Swift. “It is particularly gratifying to have our Association’s finest players playing on our courses.”
The West Course, which will host play during all four rounds, is a parklands design that was opened for play in 1996. LINKS Magazine called it “what could be the finest set of golf holes in the Lowcountry, if not on the East Coast.” This 18-hole, par-72 course with 7,111 total yards from the championship tees.
The East Course, reminiscent of the links courses of Scotland, opened in 1999 and showcases deep-water views, open windswept fairway and fresh water lakes and lagoons. The par-71 layout measures 6,900 yards from the championship tees.
Nestled among maritime forests, hammock islands, rivers and marsh, Belfair Plantation is a Lowcountry oasis, five miles from Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. Its waterfront side faces the marshes of the Colleton River. Belfair is 25 miles north of Savannah, Georgia, 32 miles south of Beaufort, South Carolina and 110 miles south of Charleston. For more information, visit firstname.lastname@example.org
By Craig Dolch, Special to PGA of America
PORT ST. LUCIE (Dec. 4, 2017) – Steve Delmar’s swing may not have been where he wanted it Monday, but when you make more than 100 feet of putts, it doesn’t matter.
Delmar, an assistant coach for the Maryland men’s golf team, shot a 5-under 67 to take a three-shot lead after the first round of Event No. 2 of the PGA Tournament Series at PGA Golf Club.
“I actually hit it better last week (when he finished T13 in Event No. 1), but I made everything,” said Delmar of Gaithersburg, Md. “My closest birdie putt was from 10 feet. Everything else was 25 feet or more. I wish I had days like this more often.”
Delmar birdied 6 of his first 11 holes. He bogeyed the par-3 13th, however, and finished with five pars. He wasn’t disappointed with the score.
“I could argue I shouldn’t have been six-under through 11 holes because of all the putts I made,” Delmar said.
Danny Balin, who won Event No. 1 last week and grew up 15 miles away from Delmar in Maryland, is among nine players three shots back with a 70. Balin had two late birdies.
Also with 70s were Andy Hanson of Mequon, Wisc., Keith Bennett of Seattle, Brett Walker of Jupiter, Jonathan Mansfield of Clearwater, Casey Pyne of Bloomington, Ind., Zac Oakley of Stuart and Shawn Powers of Greenwich, Ct. Hanson was 3-over through four holes, but rebounded with eagles at the seventh and 10th holes.
Five players are tied for 10th place at 71: Rich Berberian, Charles Meola, Rob Krajewski, Joshua Rackley and Derek Sanders.
The final round is Tuesday. The winner receives $5,000.
The PGA Tournament Series is presented by Golf Advisor.
Via PGA.com – Pat Kravitz
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (Nov. 12, 2017) – On Sunday at PGA Golf Club, the rain kept falling, the wind was constant, and the nearest competitor was relentless. In the end, nothing proved enough to slow Ryan Zylstra.
The 38-year-old from Richmond, Virginia, won the 41st National Car Rental Assistant PGA Professional Championship with a finishing score of 11-under 277. With his victory, Zylstra claimed the first-place prize of $12,000 from the $150,000 total purse. Derek Berg finished with a solo second, one stroke back at 10-under 278.
“I don’t know what this win is going to do for me,” said Zylstra, who spends his time at The Federal Club in Glen Allen, Virginia. “I’m new to the
business. I’ve only been an apprentice since February. I’m very thankful that I have the opportunity to play a lot of golf and get to represent my club and family.”
Zylstra, playing in the penultimate group, entered the final round trailing Berg by two strokes. With wet and windy conditions at the Wanamaker Course, he attacked the front nine and converted three birdies on holes 3, 5, and 6. With a three-putt bogey on the par-3 4th, Zylstra made the turn at 10-under for the Championship.
“I knew it was going to be tough,” said Zylstra, referring to the weather. “You have two options: you either embrace it and take it for what it is, or let it bother you and get upset. I figured if I could maintain a good attitude that I’d be able to do the best I could. Accept that there’s going to be rough patches, you’re going to hit bad shots and get bad breaks. Everyone’s getting it. I’m not the only one playing these conditions. I think that really helped keep me levelheaded.”
Zylstra’s positivity helped him overcome a three-putt bogey at the 10th. He would add two birdies at 13 and 16, where he played a combined 7-under during the Championship. Par saves on 17 and 18 sealed the victory.
Berg, the 36 and 54-hole leader, entered the final round with a one-stroke advantage on the field. The 36-year-old from Duvall, Washington, played steady through his first eight holes, with seven pars and a birdie on the par-3 6th. Berg, who is an apprentice at Sahalee Country Club in Sammamish, Washington, faltered on the 9th hole with a bogey to make the turn at even-par for the day. Bogeys by Berg on 13 and 14 proved to be enough separation for Zylstra to pull away.
Adam Rainaud (Chester, Connecticut) and Ryan Botts (Lebanon, Tennessee) tied for third place at 5-under 283.
2017 has been quite the year for Zylstra, who was recently named the Middle Atlantic PGA Section OMEGA Player of the Year. He has won a mind-boggling thirteen times this year, including his victory on Sunday. But his greatest accomplishment came by the way of his first child, Jaxon, who was born this past summer, days after winning the State Open of Virginia.
“I really love competitive golf,” said Zylstra. “I struggled for a lot of years as a professional on mini tours. The birth of my son has eased up everything this year. From that aspect, golf isn’t as important to me as it was previous years when I was trying to grind it out.
“I didn’t see this year coming. I always knew I had the potential to do this once I figured out how to win. This year has just been unreal. I’m very thankful.”
With their finish in the top 4, Zylstra, Berg, Rainaud, and Botts have earned a berth into the 2018 National Car Rental Assistant PGA Professional Championship, provided eligibility is met and maintained. The 2018 Championship will be played November 15-18 at PGA Golf Club.
The 41st National Car Rental Assistant PGA Professional Championship was supported by Cleveland Golf, Srixon, XXIO, John Deere, and Golf Advisor.
Trailing by seven strokes on the last day of play, Rick Schuller and Frank Ferguson put together a bogey-free 27 holes to come back and win the 2017 Matt Miskelly & Companies Team Championship at Salisbury Country Club by two strokes.
The pair finished with a 13-under-95 for the second round and a two-day total 196 and in the first round, Schuller and Ferguson were in third place with a 27-hole score of 101. At the end of the tournament, they led the field with 51 holes of par-or-better and also had 21 birdies.
The impressive 4-under during the alternate shot portion of the round gave Schuller and Ferguson a strong jump in the leaderboard.
“I thought if we could play a decent round and not have any bogeys we would be fine,” Schuller said. “It always comes down to the alternate shot and we were awesome today during that portion with four birdies.”
Round one leaders Chip Sullivan and Kenny Clark started the second day with a strong 6-under nine-hole scramble, but their final nine holes in the alternate-shot format resulted in four bogeys, dropping them behind Schuller and Ferguson.
“I personally thought we were playing for second place,” Schuller said. “Chip and Kenny are such good players and the way they played yesterday was so rare to see a six-stroke lead in a team event. Hats off to them for that round.”
“To me, the Matt Miskelly Team Championship is the most fun event of the year,” Ferguson said. “It’s a great end to the season and I look forward to it every year.”
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After the first 27 holes at the 2017 Matt Miskelly & Companies Team Championship, Chip Sullivan and Kenny Clark lead the field by six strokes. The pair finished with a 14-under-94 and had an impressive eight birdies on the nine-hole scramble portion.
The Matt Miskelly Team Championship features six, nine-hole rounds in three formats, scramble, four-ball and alternate shot. Sullivan and Clark finished with an 8-under-28 in the scramble, a 3-under-33 in the alternate shot and a 3-under-33 in the four-ball. Their 26 pars-or-better tied four other teams, but their 14 holes under par creates a significant lead heading into round two.
Chasing Sullivan and Clark is Bud Lintelman and John O’Leary, who finished the day with an 8-under-100. The pair had 10 birdies on the day and just two holes over par. There are 16 teams within five strokes of them in second place.
The second round of the Matt Miskelly & Companies Team Championship will be played in the same format as round one and will begin with tee times at 8 a.m.
For the second consecutive season, the 2017 OMEGA Women’s Player of the Year is Joanna Coe, of Baltimore Country Club.
“It’s a great honor to win this award in the Middle Atlantic Section,” Coe said. “We have such great players and courses in this Section and it’s been a lot of fun playing at the local level.”
In just her second year in the business side of golf, Coe says balancing work and practice has been different from her usual routine.
“The work-play balance is definitely different,” Coe said. “My game turned on late in the year and April through July I wasn’t hitting the ball very well. In August, I was able to turn on my game and played much better at the end of the season.”
Not only did that strong play earn Coe Player of the Year honors, but she successfully qualified for the 2018 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship at Kemper Lakes Golf Club in Kildeer, IL. Coe also won the 2017 MAPGA Women’s Championship by 10 strokes and finished seventh at the National Car Rental Assistants Championship.