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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PGA Tour

Rusk eyes pro golf future

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The dream goes on for Jon Rusk.

The Washington Crossing native, who won the 1997 Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association State Championship while at Council Rock High School, got a taste of a high level of professional golf last year.

After playing recent years on several mini-tours Rusk earned a berth on the Nationwide Tour, a step below the PGA Tour, making 5 cuts in 18 events playing alongside familiar if not household names such as Jason Gore, Chris Couch, Camilo Villegas and Bill Haas.

Laudien earns spot in PGA Tour event

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It came down to a putt between Bishop Egan High School grad Mike Laudien and 2002 Pebble Beach National Pro-Am Champion Matt Gogel.

Laudien, now head professional at the Rotella Golf Club in New York, canned a 12-footer on the 3rd playoff hole to put the pressure on Gogel. The former PGA Tour winner missed his 8-footer, and Laudien secured the final spot in this week’s PGA Tour Buick Championship.

The Egan grad had carded a 2-under-par 70 at the Robert Trent Jones Course at Lyamn Orchards to get into the 6-man playoff for the final spot in the $4.4-million PGA Tour event which offers a a first place check for $774,000. Make the cut and you earn about $8,000.

Seriously, what was Mickelson thinking?

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Okay, what was Phil Mickelson thinking?

The coveted United States Open Golf Championship was his to lose, which he inexplicably did.

Lefty battled a wayward driver the entire final round, hitting just 2 fairways, yet still was a stroke in front of the field standing on the 72nd tee box. A par would win the Open, a bogey would tie Geoff Ogilvy in the clubhouse.

Clearly Mickelson, who recently won the Masters and is arguably the second best golfer in the world, knew what he had to do.

Mickelson loves AZ, CA courses

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There is an old adage that implies there are different horses for different courses.

In golf, that’s true.

Well, maybe not for Tiger Woods, who wins anywhere any everywhere. But even Tiger has a mastery over the Firestone Country Club where he’s won 5 of his 54 victories.

Some players like courses which are long because of their precision driving ability, others, like the “Boss of the Moss” Lauren Roberts, bring their A Game to courses with treacherous greens. Still others like courses which have a certain feel: dry hard layouts, courses in the desert, courses in the southwest or southeast.