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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28 Mar
2018

Pulling for The Masters longshots

Written by Bob Oliver

By Bob Oliver

It’s that great time of the year. Spring, with beautiful weather, golf courses filling up and The Masters getting ready to tee off.

Patrons are itching to get to Augusta. Those who aren’t attending in person are scheming ways to get the most coverage from various sources.

And around every golf club there are people prognosticating and settling on their player who will hoist and then wear the Green Jacket.

Yes, a great time of the year and a great time for the game of golf.

Will Sergio Garcia go back-to-back? Will Ricky Fowler or Justin Thomas claim his first?

Tiger. Tiger. Tiger. People are practicing the chant with heartfelt hope.

Oh, you will hear that 40 of the players in the limited field Masters can’t possibly win. But of course, that’s the half empty theory. In reality, there are 60 or so of the best golfers in the world on center stage navigating the wide Augusta National Golf Club fairways. Each could win this event, as history has shown it’s not the favorite who necessarily wins.

There will be lucky breaks, bad bounces and confounding lies. There will be upstarts coming out of nowhere to post a good solid score. And there will be disasters, like falling or something at one’s cottage before the first round.

The Masters is always willed with story lines.

Hey, Bubba’s back! Watson won in LA and Mexico after a year of malaise. He won in 2012 and 2014 so he’s got the game to win. And just two years ago Jordan Spieth was crowned. Who can possibly say he’s not itching to return. Adam Scott has been showing signs of brilliance.  

Dustin Johnson, Patrick Reed, Kevin Kisner and Matt Kuchar come from throughout the US with an eye on a Green Jacket, while Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama asks why not me?

The new breed Euros are poised to challenge, as in Tommy Fleetwood, Alex Noren, Jon Rahm and Thomas Pieters join Rory McIlroy, Henrick Stenson, Justin Rose and Paul Casey as challengers to Garcia’s throne. Aussie’s Marc Leishman and Jason Day are ready to rock.

There are some for sure picks to not win, among them former champions like Angel Cabrera, Fred Couples, Trevor Immelman, Sandy Lyle, Larry Mize, Jose Maria Olazabal, Vijay Singh, Danny Willett and Zach Johnson. Throw in the amateurs and you can see how the list of potential winners can be reduced to about 60 players.

And yes, there can be an unexpected champion. But that’s far fetched as the last first time participant to win a Green Jacket was Fuzzy Zoeller more than 30 years ago.

In Vegas a few months ago, I made my picks. Of course, didn’t know the full field back them, so I picked based upon those with high odds from the guys who make the bets. My list of guys with the potential of a big money payoff were Alex Noren, Thomas Pieters and Daniel Berger. Now that’s going against the grain.

Big odds means big payoffs, and prior to the Masters my long-shots had an equal chance at winning as the low odds favorites.

The oddsmakers liked names like Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, Tiger Woods or Rory McIlroy to win, but here’s saying that my selections have an equal chance.

Maybe.

That should show you the 2018 Masters is clearly unpredictable.  Patrons will roar and groan, and one learns to expect the unexpected.  And then wait for the final nine holes which will determine the champion.

Bottom line? It’s Spring and The Masters is here to dazzle, bedazzle, entertain and argue about.

It’s a great time of year.

 

18 Mar
2018

Benvenuto cashes LPGA check

Written by Bob Oliver

It has taken a long, long time, but with perseverance and dedication and a little luck Neshaminy graduate Brittany Benvenuto has cashed a check for her work on the LPGA Tour.

We remember Benvenuto qualified for the 2017 LPGA Tour, but injuries allowed her just one start, a missed cut.

Playing 2018 on a medical exemption, she played her first event of the season in the greater Phoenix area in the LPGA Bank of Hope Founders Cup.  Inbee Park claimed top honors, but Benvenuto made the 36 hole cut and finished with rounds of 70-71-75-75 for a 3-over-par 291 total and a check for $2,965. 

The stats show Brenvenuto had driving accuracy of 77%, greens in regulation of 68%. She finished in 72nd place. 

But the important thing is she got over the cut hump, earning her first weekend rounds.

 NOTE: Benvenuto is 12th alternate into this week's Kia Classic so most likely will not be competing. 
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.