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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Local Columns

Herr earns national USGA award

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It isn't everyday that one gets a telephone call from the President of the Executive Board of the United States Golf Association.


For a 14-year-old to receive one, probably just short of never.


This week young Zach Herr received a phone call that, at first, he thought was some sort of a crank call. "It was the USGA President (James Vernon), and once I realized it was really him I was extremely surprised.

Chris Bartolacci off Tour, on track

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The life of a pro tour golfer can be complete with courtesy cars, endorsements and huge AIG-like paydays for the most successful ones.


But for every PGA Tour star there are thousands of strong players whose game comes up just a hair short. The line of difference can be as minuscule as a wayward stroke here or a misaimed putt there.


"It's a difficult road, a rollercoaster ride of sorts, one with all kinds of thrills and obstacles along the way," said Langhorne native Christian Bartolacci, a Neshaminy High School and Temple University graduate and four-time letter winner. "It's a job, one which you only get paid if you perform. A tough outing and you are done for the week."

Rusk seeks elusive PGA Tour goal

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The road to PGA Tour stardom is long and filled with obstacles. Bunkers seemingly carved by land mines and greens shaped by a dastardly designer hoping to preserve precious par.


The money is enticing, but for every Tiger Woods who makes it look easy, there are countless of talented, hardworking players searching for success.


Sheer talent doesn't necessarily equate to victory. One not only needs superb playing skills - but perseverance, dedication, and mental agility. A dose of luck helps. And all of those attributes merely gets one knocking at the door.

Charity wins at 5th Courier Times Open

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A little bit of charity goes a long way. Sometimes golf can help that charitable effort, as the 5th annual Bucks County Courier Times Open proves. The event offered a day of golf, food, camaraderie and prizes with a goal of supporting the Newspaper In Education Program that helps area students.


The team of Judy Cunningham, Andy Cunningham, Rob Cheatle and Troy Tignor claimed top honors over the windswept course, carding a 9-under-par 63 in the four-person scramble event.

Golf and Charity, perfect together

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The Masters is right around the corner, as are the Golf Association of Philadelphia Team Matches, the 8th annual Terracciano Cup of the Philadelphia Publinks Golf Association and the Levittown, Nomads and Delaware Valley golf leagues.


The weather is turning and golfers are dusting off their clubs for the year. Are you ready for action?