Golf Bucks County

By Bob Oliver

Middletown Country Club

Middletown is a compact 80 acres of challenging golf, with rolling hills and large specimen trees that have watched many golfers travel its fairways over time. It has retained its old time feel with tees and greens in close proximity, allowing golfers to walk the course if they choose.

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03 Apr
2019

Sam Snead won LPGA event

Written by Bob Oliver

There has been a lot of talk about Sam Snead's 82 victories which were considered PGA Tour wins.  Decades ago there was controversy about what was an official PGA Tour victory, as some events were regional and didn't have specific fields as there are today. 

The 82 wins Snead had were in addition to the scores of other victories, such as West Virginia Opens where he dominated for years. Those are in the "also won" category.

So you know, Snead was also an LPGA trailblazer. He actually won an LPGA event, the 1961 Royal Poinciana Invitational. Seriously.

The event, over 72 holes at the Palm Beach, Fl., Golf Club, was an official LPGA contest. Snead entered and claimed the championship by five shots over future Hall of Fame member Mickey Wright.

"It was a fun event, and I played well," said Snead with a sneaky smile at the PGA Merchandise Show a little more than two decades ago. "It was no big deal at the time. But a win is a win!" 

Snead's 82 victories on the PGA Tour is the latest goal of Tiger Woods, who has 80 trophies, the latest being the 2018 Tour Championship. 

30 Mar
2019

Benvenuto fighting the fight

Written by Bob Oliver

 

Brittany Benvenuto is fighting the fight on ladies professional golf, playing on the Symetra Tour after a short season on the LPGA Tour.

 

The Symetra Tour - the top developmental circuit for the LPGA - offers outstanding competition and a place to hone one's game. Last year, playing on a medical exemption, made a couple cuts while getting into a few LPGA events. This season she's working hard on her game on the Symetra Tour, which visits Montgomery County May 31-June 2 at the Raven's Claw Golf Club in Pottstown.

 

Benvenuto, a native of Langhorne where she attended Neshaminy High School, has been consistent this year in three Symetra Tour events, making the cut in each. 

 

She was 31st in the Skyigolf Championship (77-69-67--286), 37th at the IOA Championship (71-76-77--224) and 48th at the Florida Natural Charity Classic (71-72-73--216).  She stands 40th on the money list.

 

A year ago at Seaview playing in the Shop-Rite LPGA Championship, Benvenuto spoke about the highs and lows of her career. "I've built my game so that I'm giving myself a shot, but there is a whole lot of work to be done," said Benvenuto, who was 38th in the season ending Symetra Tour Championship. "The injuries have set me back, but I'm optimistic."

 

She played in nine LPGA events and loved the taste of play at the highest level of women's golf. And she's hoping her game continues to improve in 2019 to get back to the LPGA next season.