Written by Jeremy Beale

Kelly Lawson: A Decade of Service to the Middle Atlantic PGA

Dear MAPGA Members and Associates,

I want to formally announce my resignation as Director of Membership and Community Outreach of the Middle Atlantic PGA. I started my journey with the Section in 2008 while working for the summer as a junior golf intern. It was never my intention to have a career in the golf industry, let alone the best Section of the PGA, but that’s the way the putt rolled and I couldn’t be happier that it did.

Over the past ten years, I’ve been blessed with experiences I otherwise would have never had. I’ve built relationships with not only my members but their spouses and families. I’ve traveled your paths right alongside you as you experienced the loss of a job or the promotion you’ve worked so hard for. While you may not know it, I’ve celebrated those successes and mourned your losses right along with you.

Without a doubt, my favorite part about being your Director of Membership was serving you, watching you succeed and being a part of a Section that has trailblazed more than any other and will continue to do so. It’s you, the PGA Members and Associates, that drive this association to succeed. Your dedication to the game and the badge is remarkable, it doesn’t go unnoticed and I am forever in awe of your grit! I’m incredibly sad for this relationship to end, but equally excited about my future and the endless opportunities that await me.

I’ve accepted a government position in the Human Resource department at Dahlgren Naval Base in King George, Va. where I’ll be doing what I love, helping others succeed. This was not a career I actively pursued (especially at five months pregnant), however, the divine intervention was too strong to deny this was my time to transition. My last day in the Section office will be Thursday, June 6th.

You will all be deeply missed, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for a decade of memories.

Sincerely,

Kelly Lawson

Written by Ethan Brady

Junior Tour Championship Recap

Myersville, Md.. Aug. 12, 2016 – The MAPGA Junior Tour concluded on Friday at Musket Ridge Golf Club in Myersville, MD. The heat was a huge factor in today’s event with most kids finishing with higher scores than Day 1.

 

Morgan Uhlick of Spotsylvania, Va. was able to hold onto his lead through the second day of competition and finished 4-under 140. He also clinched the Player of the Year award with this tournament win earning him 150 more points. He was followed by Brett Baile of Hagerstown, Md. who ended the day 1-under 143, and Matthew Deiters of Spotsylvania, Va. won a scorecard playoff against Caleb Choe of Virginia Beach, Va. to secure third place.

 

The battle for the Boys 14-15 Division came down to the final day between Hunter Meade of Bristow, Va. and Jonathan Zou of Vienna, Va. with both of them shooting even par. Meade came out on top today by shooting 2-over 74, while Zou completed his round 4-over 76 for the day. Nikita Gubenko of Great Falls, Va. finished in third with 8-over 152.

 

The Boys 12-13 Division was won by Kelly Chinn of Great Falls, Va. A late addition to the Junior Tour after moving from Hawaii in the middle of the season, Chinn credits his consistency to his wins.

 

“I think I just played consistently in the six tournaments I played in this season, I had some great scores,” says Chinn of his past season.

 

“Today’s performance was a lot more consistent than yesterday. I had two birdies and a bogey so it was a great round all around,” says Chinn.

 

Reeve Felner of Vienna, Va. and Suneil Peruvemba of McLean, Va. tied for second at 5-over 149.

 

Josh Duangmanee of Fairfax, Va. maintained his lead from Day 1 and completed 18 holes at even par to win the Boys 10-11 Division. Chase Nevins shot a 37 both days and finished 2-over 74 to nab second place, with Alexander Maloy of Potomac, Md. placing third at 3-over 75.

 

The youngest of the Girls 15-18 Division, Faith Choi of Frederick, Md., improved on her Day 1 score to finish 7-under 137 and clinch first place. A 19 stroke deficit separates Choi from Bridget Hart of Arlington, Va. who won second place at 12-over 156. Shreya Ganta of Ashburn, Va. finished in third at 19-over 163.

 

“It makes me feel really confident. I look at it as encouragement for me to get better if I can be competitive with older girls and even older boys,” Choi said.

 

Her final score led the entire tournament. Despite playing through heat and a sudden downpour, she says the rain didn’t bother her; she thinks she would have played exactly the same even if the course remained dry during her round.

 

Elizabeth Coffren of Owings, Md. beat her Day 1 score with 4-over 76 and won first place for the Girls 12-14 Division. She was closely followed by Danielle Suh of Herndon, Va. and Vynie Chen of Centreville, Va..

 

Sue Lee won the Girls 10-11 Division at 5-over 77 through 18 holes. Serena Sara and Sydnee Gaines followed close behind her.

 

This final tournament signifies the end to the MAPGA Junior Tour Summer Season. There will be four two-day tournaments in the fall for Junior Golfers.