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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Oliver earns writing award

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Winning a writing award is a difficult task. There are so many great writers out there with outstanding talent. These writers can make a story sing, bringing out the best in a topic. Driving the reader toward a smile, grimace or important information.


But every once in a while a blind cat finds a mouse.


At the recent PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, this reporter earned an Outstanding Achievement Award for Profile Writing in the International Network of Golf's Annual Media Awards. The award was for the story: Eskin, passionate about golf, a story about WIP Radio's Howard Eskin that appeared in last spring.



Smeraglio claims 10th club title

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Glenn Smeraglio may not be the most prolific of area club champions, but he's one of them.


The Newtown resident, a 9-time men's champion at Yardley Country Club, moved his game across the rover to Mercer Oaks this year. It's no surprise he captured his first club championship on the east side of the river. Smeraglio claimed his first Yardley men's crown in 1987 and defended it in 1988. He added another in 1995, then began a run of six consecutive titles in 1999.

September 2010: Delcher

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Is there any doubt that Duke Delcher is the finest amateur golfer to hit the national golf scene from Bucks County?


There have been scores of great local players, but Delcher heads the class.

Liberatore, Walsh score aces

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Names make news, and despite the cooler weather there is plenty of golf being played in Bucks County as reports are coming in from Makefield Highlands, the Golf Association of Philadelphia and the Nomads Golf Association.


Makefield Highlands was the site of a pair of perfect shots in the last week, as Bob Liberatore and Chris Walsh scored aces at the Lower Makefield club.


Both scored hole-in-one shots on the par-3, 179-yard 14th hole. Liberatore used a 4-hybrid for his perfect shot, while Walsh used a 4 iron. Their ace moved the area needle of perfect shots to more than 40 in 2010 (see The Ace Report in the "local golfers" section of this site).

Elkan named to Pennsbury Hall

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Russ Elkan was captain of the 1975 and 1975 Pennsbury High School golf team. A stellar competitor, he won the 1976 Pennsyvania Interscholastic Athletic Association District One Championship.


\But that isn't his biggest scholastic claim to fame.


Elkan captured a trophy than only three other Bucks County golfers have managed to secure: a PIAA State Championship.