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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11 Feb
2018

2017 Bucks County club champions

Written by Bob Oliver

Winning a club championship is a great accomplishment. 

Never easy, it's the result of hard work and a little luck.

Some clubs have a stroke play competition, others match play. There are divisions, such as women's, men's and seniors. There are flights, based upon handicap. And there is intense competition.

Here's an overview of winners around the county:

Bensalem: Ryan Pfeifer (Men), Naz Gagliardi (Senior), Nancy Tomlinson (Women).

Bucks Club: Will Verrill (Men), Mike Finley (Senior), Nancy TUcker (Women).

Doylestown: Rick James (Men's), Dave Smith (Senor), Chrissy Palmeri (Women).

Five Ponds: Brian Rothaus (Men), Brian Rothaus (Senior). 

Jericho National: Griffin Smith (Men), Mike Cavanaugh (Senior).

Lookaway: Mark Hutchinson (Men), Mark Hutchinson (Senior), Martha Robinson (Women).

Makefield Highlands: Daniel Charen (Men), Brian McDonnell (Senior). 

Middletown: Greg Bumgardner (Men), Bill Walker, Sr. (Senior).

Northampton Valley: John Giordano (Men), Jerry Powell (Senior)

Spring Mill: Bryan Keeling (Men), Mark Smith (Women), Kathleen O'Dell (Women)

Yardley: Greg Buliga (Men), Greg Buliga (Senior), Jackie Rogowicz (Women). 

Congratulations to the participants at all the clubs.

 

25 Jan
2018

Copper Tech fits like a glove!

Written by Bob Oliver
There are a multitude of reasons for wearing a golf glove.

Of course the most important reason is to facilitate a better grip on the golf club, so that it does not slip or move in one's hand while swinging at the ball.  That ball as most golfers know, has a mind of its own and can find its way to all kinds of unwanted locations. Suffice it to say, a golf glove minimizes slippage that can cause wayward shots.

At the PGA Merchandise Show a conversation with representatives of the Pocketec Inc. turned to golf gloves and innovation in its new Copper Tech glove. Yes, copper is infused into the golf glove and that allows for numerous benefits for the golfer. 
"Yes it starts as a golf glove, but that is a start. We use high grade copper fabrics to infuse our products with the support and healing properties of copper," explained Lloyd Cohn, President of Pocketec, Inc. "Our patented design gives the golfer a true custom fit with the power of compression for better blood circulation."
The company believes their design helps soothe muscle discomfort and joint pain while reducing the recovery time from pain in one's hands. Plus, there is the performance improvement of having a well-fitted glove to support a firm grip of the golf club.
Available in men's and women's right and left hand, the copper infused technology helps support the soothing of arthritic hands, that pain which comes after several days of playing golf in succession. It's form fitting comfort is not only built with non-slip technology, but the way it fits the hand supports improve circulation and oxygenation of working muscles and joints.
Of most importance, the glove provides support for muscle stiffness, soreness and pain, and helps reduce recovery time of muscles.
Plus, the glove is built to last.
Complete details can be found at www.coppertechglove.com. 

 

16 Jan
2018

Acer/LPGA ink ShopRite Extension

Written by Bob Oliver

Great news for Delaware Valley professional golf fans. The ShopRite LPGA event, which brings to the area the top female professional golfers in the world, has secured financial stability with a new deal with Acer.

The ShopRite LPGA Classic Presented by Acer see the computer company acting as title sponsor for at least three more years. Acer has been a major sponsor of the event, and the new deal will keep that partnering intact.

Tournament Director Leela Narang loves that partnership, especially because it continues Acer's involvement in the event, held annually at the Stockton Seaview Resort in Galloway Township.

"Acer has been an important partner and we could not be more pleased the company will continue to help us bring world-class sports to South Jersey and the Delaware Valley," said Narang. "Our event makes a huge economic and charitable impact on the region as Acer, ShopRite and more than 400 other companies support the event."

In-Kyung Kim is expected to defend the crown she won last summer over Seaview's historic Bay Course, a Donald Ross design. The event annually attracts the top LPGA professionals, and recently two-time champion Anna Nordqvist remarked she never wants to miss the event, which will be played June 8-10.

08 Dec
2017

Will Woods regain excellence?

Written by Bob Oliver
It has been said that there are liars and there are damned liars, stories and stories within the story.
It would clearly not be a lie that Dustin Johnson is currently the well-deserving World Number One golfer, a spot he’s held for nearly a year.
Johnson remains ahead of Jordan Spieth, with Justin Thomas right behind. A stellar season by Jon Rahm boosted him to fourth on the list, while Hideki Matsuyama, Justin Rose, Rickie Fowler, Brooks Koepka, Hendrik Stenson and Rory McIlroywound out the top 10.
All are great golfers and they have combined for a bevy of major championships. The are the face of golf’s future.
Clearly the PGA Tour has a bevy of fine young talent. Each week a player emerges in form and dazzles the fans. Yet heading into the Hero World Challenge, an 18-player event in the Bahamas, the buzz was all about one Eldrick “Tiger” Woods.
Remember him?
2017 was a disaster for him, as his reinjured back kept him from competition, playing just one PGA Tour event and one European Tour event before being shelved for the season. Oh, there was that little brush with the law.
He fell to 1,199th in the World Golf Rankings, and there was speculation he might have to leave his sticks in the shed and retire to do whatever an icon does in retirement.
Still, a lot of hard work and a little luck has propelled Tiger back into the spotlight.
He entered the Hero World Challenge with a sponsor’s exemption – given to himself by himself he joked at the time, and there was talk he might not complete four rounds pain free and even if he did hot perform in a Tigerlike way.
Those pundits were incorrect, as Tiger finished in a tie for 9th and looked good doing it. Is he back, only time will tell, but having him back means a great deal for the game of professional golf. Only a couple stumbles in the third round kept him from competing for the title.
The wind one heard around the golf world after that event was the collective breath of relief by the golf industry as he complete a great first step back.
Fact is, Tiger Woods elevates star power to a totally different level. Viewership and readership soars when Tiger is in the field.
This is not a dig at the top-10 listed earlier, or any PGA Tour pro for that matter.
They are fine players, living up to the “These guys are good” slogan.
But none of today’s players bring out the casual golf fan like Tiger. None creates his buzz of excitement. None says to the golf public, watch this event.
The Hero World Challenge has been the highest watched golf event over the 2018 season, which began a couple months back. NBC and The Golf Channel posted significant gains over other golf coverage. Everyone wanted to catch a glimpse at Tiger. Everyone had an opinion on whether he’d have a successful return.
Years ago golf fanatics complained it was all Tiger, all the Time, when speaking of golf coverage. Good players were minimized as the cameras focused on Woods.
The Big Cat would be five shots back heading into the second, third or fourth round and the coverage would center around the possibility of him charging and winning.
He won so much, was in contention so often, that the fact that he was playing and contending brought those viewers to the tube.
But statistics don’t lie, as when he plays viewership skyrockets. He alone elevated PGA Tour purses by more than 1000% over the years, and witness the Hero ratings he still brings out the eyeballs
As evidenced by the Hero World Challenge, that star-power has not been dimmed. Tiger brings buzz to an exhibition.
To give some credence to Woods past impact, the 2009 Masters had twice the ratings as the prior British Open (where Tiger missed the cut) and three times the ratings of the 2008 PGA Championship which he missed due to injury.
When Woods is in contention, TV sets are turned on to see how he does. When he’s winning, it’s a bonanza for viewers, sponsors and the PGA Tour. Star power equates to numbers, and Woods brings out the best.
If you are a sponsor of a non-major, you want Tiger in the field, as that translates into thousands of ticket sales. If you are a golf fan, you want him there as added incentive to your golf “watch.”  
With 79 PGA Tour championships and 14 majors, Tiger is not a stranger to the victory circle. But the question is, what about now?
Will Tiger dominate in 2018? No way.
But if he stays injury free, he will contend and bring out his cache and star power.
It is expected he will play a few events prior to the Masters, which will have huge ratings if he could find his way into contention. Most likely he’ll play the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines, a venue where he’s claimed seven championship. Likewise the Arnold Palmer Invitational, where a friendly Bay Hill site is close to home and another venue where he’s dominated with eight wins.
At this point, one has to surmise that Tiger’s comeback is week to week, as four rounds do not a season make,
Still, the Hero World Challenge was a good first step to the comeback story, and it’s clear that advertisers, tournament directors and golf fans are holding their breath and hoping it’s a long-lasting return.
Welcome back, Mr. Woods.