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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26 Dec
2016

New Year's Resolutions

Written by Bob Oliver

Last year my New Year's Resolutions were fairly simple.

Play Lookaway Golf Club. Quest  completed. I've now played every golf course in Bucks County!

Second, play at least 25 new courses. Quest completed, actually played 41 new courses (for me), bringing my total number of courses placed to more than 900. 

Third, get actually fitted for golf clubs. Quest completed, as the fine folks at Club Champion worked me over and made a series of recommendations. 

For 2017, there are a few new resolutions, the first which will sound very similar to 2016.

Play at least 25 new (for me) courses. Gotta do it.

Second, cover the Masters for the first time since 1989.

Third, get back to Myrtle Beach for the first time since 1999.

Fourth, get back to Ireland for the first time since 2002.

Fifth, visit the World Golf Hall of Fame. 

Those resolutions sound simple enough. Attainable. 

What are your golf resolutions?

 

 

02 Dec
2016

Benvenuto secures LPGA privileges

Written by Bob Oliver
 
It is a long road - filled with more obstructions than one can imagine - to navigate all the routes to earn a spot among the best of the best is professional golf. 
Impossible, no. Unlikely, most assuredly yes. 
Fact is there is the skill of having all the shots. But it's also getting a few breaks along the way and a little bit of well earned luck. It's playing tournament along the way in towns that look the same but are in different states. It's traveling in a car, not a Gulfstream IV, between events. 
It's a road well traveled, and only those players with the thickest of skins and a streak of sticktoitiveness to say nothing about a wealth of talent ever get a whiff of the elusive "Tour Card" required for entrance in professional golf events.
Langhorne's Brittany Benvenuto can count herself among those players who've accompluished that goal. The Neshaminy High School and University of Arizona graduate earned partial playing privileges on the 2017 Ladies Professional Golf Association Tour (LPGA). 
In Florida at LPGA International 156 qualifiers to the final stage of qualifying school battled over five rounds to determine which players would earn 2017 playing privileges.
The top-20 finishers earned full playing privileges for 2017, playing in Priority Group 12, with expectation of earning berths in about 20 tournaments. Those finishing 21st through 45th would play out of Priority Group 17, with expectations of earning  a spot in eight-to-10 events. 
Benvenuto, the 2008 Pennsylvania Women's Golf Association Amateur Champion, carded rounds of 75-72-70-70-73 for a 360 total and tied for 29th. While not full playing privileges - she will balance between LPGA and Symetra Tour events - it does offer her the opportunity to play with the best of the best women in the world in more than a few events. Play well, play more. 
The most recent Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings has Benvenuto ranked 136th, and a few LPGA cuts made and she could move up the rankings and qualify for more events. 
Since 2011 Benvenuto has played on the Symetra Tour, the LPGA's top feeder tour. She's posted 10 top-10 finishes, including a strong six top-10s and more than $50,000 in earnings in 2016. That tour is an excellent prep ground for the rigors of professional golf life. 
CHIP SHOTS - Benvenuto surely hopes to play in the ShopRite LPGA Classic at historic Seaview in Galloway Township NJ (near Atlantic City) June 3-5 where a $1.5M purse will be up for grabs...Benvenuto was a four year letterwinner at Neshaminy, captaining the golf squad for two years....While based in the US, the LPGA plays numerous events on foreign soil. All told there will be 34 official events in 2017 with more than $67M in prize money available....Benvenuto was 57th in last year's finals.