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

Final Recap: Flippen Wins MAPGA Professional Championship

Jimmy Flippen needed an eagle on the 15th and two pars on the 476 yd., par-4 18th hole to become the 2016 MAPGA Professional Championship at Kingsmill Resort Wednesday.

Flippen, of Ringgold Golf Club, finished the third round with a score of 69 to force a playoff with Josh Speight, of Indian Creek Yacht and Country Club, before winning with a second par on 18 to clinch his first MAPGA Professional Championship.

Flippen finished with a three-day total score of 6-under par. He began the tournament at Williamsburg Club with a tournament low-tying 67, then shot a 72 Tuesday at Kingsmill.

“The first day I felt real sharp at Williamsburg Club,” Flippen said. “I managed to get a run of four straight birdies there and I was very excited to hold it together after that.”

Speight had a strong round going, seven birdies and an eagle, before hitting a ball out of bounds on 18. The double-bogey gave Speight a 67 on the day and came just minutes after Flippen hit eagle on 15 to tie him.

“Fifteen was very much a surprise,” Flippen said. “I hit it about six inches, pin-high, before it trickled in. It felt amazing. It gave me butterflies, but relaxed me after it.”

Flippen says he didn’t know his standing in the tournament until walking off the 18th green. His shot to 25 feet in the playoff, led to a two-putt par while Speight bogeyed.

Twelve MAPGA players from this week qualified for the 2017 PGA Professional Championship. The full list of qualified players can be found here.

Those 12 will join the four previously exempt MAPGA professionals of Josh Speight, David Hutsell, Wayne DeFrancesco and Rick Schuller at Sunriver Resort in Oregon, June 2017.

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