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.

The Traveling Golfer

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26 Oct
2018

Innovative Garl designs are fun, playable

Written by Bob Oliver

It is raining - again - and not a time for fall golf. Cleaning out the reporter's notebook, I noticed 2018 saw a number of new courses played on my drive for 1000.

That is a lot of golf courses. Heck, 81 of those I've played have been closed, but through no fault of mine.

In looking at 2018 I realized that one of my friends, a golf course designer who continually comes up with stellar works, bedazzled me with several wonderful opportunities.

Ron Garl is a guy who simply designs fine layouts that are challenging, interesting and definately playable for all levels and abilities.

This year saw a return visit to a course played a couple years ago, Golden Ocala, which features 8 "replica" tests among it's 18 finely manicured holes. Simply loved it!

Got to play Money Hill Plantation with the "Man" himself, and was so very impressed with his outstanding knowledge of how golfers view a course and its challenges. This layout is superb. 

While on that same trip we played Lakewood Country Club, which Garl refined and refurbished. The course had been site of New Orleans Open on the PGA Tour for years, and Garl brought back and improved endlessly. 

Two Orlando area courses, Eagle Creek and Victoria Hills, found their way on to my list of courses played and the only thing I can wonder is how I had not sampled their challenges before. These are superb tests. 

"Every course design is different, because every parcel of land is different. I don't have a cookie cutter approach," said Garl. "We strive to make the best use of land, challenge the player by offering multiple tee boxes and such, but in the end we want not only challenge but playability."

Playing a Ron Garl designed course is always a pleasure. We highly recommend you do so. 

CHIP SHOTS: Details can be found at www.rongarl.com

 

 

22 Oct
2018

Davies deserves LPGA Hall of Fame

Written by Bob Oliver

There are some things that make no sense, no matter how you slice and dice the information.

I was thinking about that statement the other day. A simple nonsensical fact.

Dame Laura Davies is not in the LPGA Hall of Fame. 

Seriously?

What a disgrace.

Laura Davies is one of the finest women golfers ever, one who bedazzled LPGA fans for decades. 

Since arriving on US soil in 1987, when she captured the Women's United States Open at Plainfield Country Club, she's been a fan favorite. Thirty one years later on the Bay Course at Seaview, Davies drew a large number of fans. 

Over the years she has accumulated 20 LPGA victories including four major championship, all while supporting the Ladies European Tour where she's claimed 45 championships. With 85 career professional wins, her credentials are impecable. 

This has been a fine year for Davies, who still competes a limited LPGA schedule. Included was a second place finish at the Bank of Hope Founders Cup. 

She also claimed two Senior Major CHampionships, the Senior Women's Open and the Senior LPGA Championship. Not to shabby.

Okay, the LPGA uses a point system to earn a Hall of Fame berth, and Davies is shy of the 27 points required for entry. But the Senior Championships don't county, nor 65 of her 85 career victories. 

The time is now to right this wrong. Laura Davies has outstanding credentials and should be in the LPGA Hall of Fame. 

Period. 

19 Oct
2018

Benvenuto advances

Written by Bob Oliver

Neshaminy grad Brittany Benvenuto is a step closer to regaining her LPGA Tour playing privileges.

Benvenuto, who played on the LPGA Tour this season on a medical exemption, making just one cut, also played on the Symetra Tour. She played in 12 Symetra Tour events, earning a shade more than $22,000. 

This week she tied for 34th in Stage II qualifying in Florida on rounds of 71-73-72-72--288. That earns her a berth in the next round of qualifying and a shot at one of 45 Tour Cards up for grabs.

01 Oct
2018

Levine claims MHGA Stroke Play

Written by Bob Oliver

David Levine scored a two-day 36-hole total of 164 to claim the Makefield Highlands Golf Association Nicklaus Flight Championship.

The net winner was Greg Cady whose 157 total bested the field.

In the Palmer Division, Eric Kadish posted a 166 to win the gross diviion while Pat Bradley won the net title at 157 over Jim Kitzke at 163.

In the Sarazen Division, for players 55-65, Rich Driscoll scored a 158 to claim top honors. In the net competition Bill Chaykin at 145 scored a one stroke victory over Rich Eisner. Mark Monkhouse was third at 153.

Finally, in the Snead Division, Bob Woods claimed the gross title at 162. Regis Gaughan scored a 148 to claim net honors, over Frank Draper at 153. Also at 153, but losing a match of cards playoff was Mike Midash.