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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04 Jun
2018

LPGA, Benvenuto in AC

Written by Bob Oliver
GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP, NJ
Let's face it, one of the sure fire ways to know summer is almost here at the Jersey Shore is the annual trek by the LPGA to Stockton Seaview Golf Resort and the ShopRite LPGA Championship presented by Acer.
The event has been around since 1986 - with a brief respite - and most of those events have been played at the Donald Ross designed Bay Course. 
It's history is chock full of great champions, from Annika Sorenstam to Karrie Webb, from Stacy Lewis to Anna Nordqvist. Last year I.K. Kim kickstarted a stellar season which included a win in the RICOH British Open with a win at Seaview, ruining two-time defending champion Nordqvist's attempt at a three-peat. 
Kim won by two over Nordqvist after rounds of 66-67-69--201 earning her fourth LPGA Tour title. 
Bucks County's own Brittany Benvenuto is entered, playing her fourth LPGA event that has seen her make one cut. Benvenuto will be playing in the Wednesday pro-am at Galloway National down the street from Seaview.  The former Pennsylvania Women's Amateur Champion is playing this season on a medical exemption after missing last season due to injury. 

 

27 May
2018

Ridderstrom claims Symetra Tour event

Written by Bob Oliver

Golf is a simple game. Just make shots, make putts and move ahead to the next hole.

Along the was though are more pitfalls and one can imagine. I mean, playing the ball as it lies. Hitting out of sand drenched bunkers, evading inviting water hazards on a hot afternoon when a dip would cool you off.

Okay, golf isn't simple. But the premise is. Score low. Best par. Make the best of each and every bit of luck you get. 

At the inaugural Valley Forge Invitational, a Symetra Tour event played on Pottstown's Raven's Claw Golf Club, the competition was intense. 

Before teeing off Louise Ridderstrom of Sweden knew she'd have to go low to have any chance at winning. She was three shots back, and conditions were there for scoring. If, and that's a big if, there was a way to do it.

Clearly, she did. Ridderstrom carded a sparkling 8-under-par 63 to finish at 16-under-par 197 for the 72 hole event, winning by four shots over Min-G. Kim and Laura Wearn. Her 63 was a course record at Raven's Claw.

The Symetra Tour features many of the aspiring LPGA Tour players, with a season long race to earn tour playing privileges. 

CHIP SHOTS: Numerous local charities shared in proceeds from the event...Raven's Claw is a challenging daily fee course in Pottstown. Ridderstrom earned $15,000 for her victory.