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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Herr drops Pa. Jr. in playoff

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New Hope's Zachary Herr came within a whisker of winning the 62nd

Pennsylvania Junior Golf Championship.



Herr, the opening round leader, and Fox Hill Country Club's Brandon

Matthews finished regulation 36 holes knotted at 136. Herr had opened

with a 67 and added a 69, while Matthews posted a 71 and 65 over the

Hershey Country Club. The two players finished seven shots better than

anyone else in the field.




Slice of Pine Valley in back yard

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It's a rainy day that could become a snowy one if there was any snow to be found on the east coast, and my mind is wandering. For some reason I was thinking about the Warrington Golf Club and how I nearly had a hole-in-one there some 30 years ago.


Of course the Warrington layout is long gone, a fallen victim to the developer's bulldozers. Area courses like Island Green, Center Valley and the Bristol Golf Farm have suffered the same fate. It's not a Delaware Valley thing, as less than 20 new courses were constructed in the United States over the last year while more than 150 have met their untimely death, according to the National Golf Foundation. The NGF also revealed that for the sixth consecutive year golf course closures outpaced course openings.

Smeraglio "finally" corrals Mid-Am

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When Glenn Smeraglio gets the flat stick going, look out.


Today, at Laurel Creek (N.J.) Country Club, the Newtown resident lit up the back nine on his way to a 2-under-par 69 which vaulted him past 7 players and to the 28th annual Golf Association of Philadelphia Middle Amateur Championship.


NIE wins at Courier-Intel Open

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The eighth annual Courier Times - Intelligencer Open was a perfect combination of competition and friendship, and along the way it benefited area youths through the Newspapers In Education Program.


The venue, Makefield Highlands Golf Club, was in excellent shape and a pair of teams shared top honors in the scoring department.


Herr in USGA Junior Girls Am

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All the news around the county golf scene, including the U.S. Junior Girls, Players Amateur, Women's Eastern Amateur, Philadelphia Section (pro and junior) events and the GAP Team Championship highlight this week's golf column.


New Hope's Erica Herr will be making her second consecutive trip to the United States Golf Association's Junior Girls Championship.


Herr qualified by tying for 4th place in local qualifying held at Spring-Ford where she posted an 80 to finish 3 shots behind medalist Gabriella Dimarco.  Yardley's Jackie Rogowicz scored 92 and placed 21 and failed to qualify for the national championship.