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

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:

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

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.

Written by Jeremy Beale

Schuller/ Callens Capture 2018 Senior-Junior Professional Championship

Winning by two strokes, Rick Schuller, PGA Teaching Professional at Stonehenge Golf & Country Club and Craig Callens, PGA Head Professional at Hermitage Country Club captured the 2018 MAPGA Senior-Junior Championship at The Suburban Club in Pikesville, Mayland. Schuller and Callens shot 63 (7-under-par), carding eight birdies on the day.
The team received $1300 ($650 each) from the total pot.

There was a five-way tie for second place:

T2 Hoffman/Fischer -5
T2 Shapin/Winters -5
T2 Joo/Melideo -5
T2 Fedder/Ezell -5
T2 Newsom/Lussier -5

The teams of Billy Hoffman and Mike Fischer of Westwood Country Club and David Newsom and Joseph Lussier of 1757 Golf Club maintained bogey-free rounds.

Thanks to Haas-Jordan for sponsoring the event as well as The Suburban Club for hosting.
For full results: https://bit.ly/2ISouK2
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.

Written by Ethan Brady

PGA Professional Championship Moving to April in 2019

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.


About Belfair

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 info@belfair1811.com

Written by Ethan Brady

Steven Delmar Leads Event No. 2 of PGA Tournament Series

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.

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