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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29 Jan
2017

Can Tour Edge "XJ1" be "that" strong?

Written by Bob Oliver

 

ORLANDO, FL: There is never a dull, quiet moment at the annual PGA Merchandise Show at the Orange County Convention Center.  

More than 1000 products, from brand spanking new golf clubs to golf travel companies and everyone in between are on hand, along with professional golf legends like Annika Sorenstam, Bubba Watson and Sir Nick Faldo walking the aisles.

It is the show of shows and always a can't miss Orlando retreat, although there isn't a lot of fun in the sun as most walk miles and miles a day reviewing new products and ideas. It's clearly a great event for the Fitbit!

The show opens with a demo day at Orange County National where companies display their wares and allow those in attendance the opportunity to check out what's new in their line. Celebrity appearances - Bubba was blasting 350 yard drives that bedazzled all - are not uncommon. 

Every once in a while there is something that just catches one's attention. Callaway unveiled its Epic clubs, Taylor Made it's improved M1 line, and nearly every manufacturer was entering the new year with a positive attitude. 

"We have some outstanding offerings, and we are excited about 2017," said Callaway CEO Chip Brewer, a Lower Moreland High School grad and former All-Bicentennial League player from our area. 

The editors of www.golfbuckscounty.com loved dozens of offerings. One new one, though, was the pick of the litter, the one club that stood out among the crowd. 

From Batavia, Illinois and the Tour Edge folks came our Club of the Crowd - the Tour Edge Supermedal Exotics XJ1 Driver.

This offering, well, was almost too good to be true. 

First of all, the Tour Edge Exotics line has been a big success. Second, the designers researched and developed a new offering that it not only hotter but also accurate for everyday players. 

Designed for those with slower swing speeds (e.g. less than 100 MPH) its design allows a boost in one's effective swing speed and turned out 83MPH swinger into a player whose results were more like those of someone whose swing speed approached 100 MPH. Of equal importance, it's design allowed mishits to travel well and into the fairway. 

Technically, the Supermedal has a ultra lightweight 9-1-1 titanium chassis combined with Tour Edge President and Founder President Dave Glod's desire of a driver that helped those with slower swing speeds to get that added boost saw the addition of a tungston sole. 

Helping the cause is a Fujikura Air Speeder shaft that adds to the swing speed of the average player.

The JXI bedazzled our editors, so much so that after spending a half hour hitting the marvelous club and discussing later with several PGA of America pros, took them back to the Tour Edge tent to sample the driver.

To a person, the most heard comment was, well, "Wow".

Such an entry into the competitive field, there is a stumbling block the retail cost of the JXI has a price point just shy of $700. But, consider this, it's an investment in distance and accuracy. Recommendation: pay close attention to this club, visit a participating dealer and take a test drive! 

02 Dec
2016

Benvenuto secures LPGA privileges

Written by Bob Oliver
 
It is a long road - filled with more obstructions than one can imagine - to navigate all the routes to earn a spot among the best of the best is professional golf. 
Impossible, no. Unlikely, most assuredly yes. 
Fact is there is the skill of having all the shots. But it's also getting a few breaks along the way and a little bit of well earned luck. It's playing tournament along the way in towns that look the same but are in different states. It's traveling in a car, not a Gulfstream IV, between events. 
It's a road well traveled, and only those players with the thickest of skins and a streak of sticktoitiveness to say nothing about a wealth of talent ever get a whiff of the elusive "Tour Card" required for entrance in professional golf events.
Langhorne's Brittany Benvenuto can count herself among those players who've accompluished that goal. The Neshaminy High School and University of Arizona graduate earned partial playing privileges on the 2017 Ladies Professional Golf Association Tour (LPGA). 
In Florida at LPGA International 156 qualifiers to the final stage of qualifying school battled over five rounds to determine which players would earn 2017 playing privileges.
The top-20 finishers earned full playing privileges for 2017, playing in Priority Group 12, with expectation of earning berths in about 20 tournaments. Those finishing 21st through 45th would play out of Priority Group 17, with expectations of earning  a spot in eight-to-10 events. 
Benvenuto, the 2008 Pennsylvania Women's Golf Association Amateur Champion, carded rounds of 75-72-70-70-73 for a 360 total and tied for 29th. While not full playing privileges - she will balance between LPGA and Symetra Tour events - it does offer her the opportunity to play with the best of the best women in the world in more than a few events. Play well, play more. 
The most recent Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings has Benvenuto ranked 136th, and a few LPGA cuts made and she could move up the rankings and qualify for more events. 
Since 2011 Benvenuto has played on the Symetra Tour, the LPGA's top feeder tour. She's posted 10 top-10 finishes, including a strong six top-10s and more than $50,000 in earnings in 2016. That tour is an excellent prep ground for the rigors of professional golf life. 
CHIP SHOTS - Benvenuto surely hopes to play in the ShopRite LPGA Classic at historic Seaview in Galloway Township NJ (near Atlantic City) June 3-5 where a $1.5M purse will be up for grabs...Benvenuto was a four year letterwinner at Neshaminy, captaining the golf squad for two years....While based in the US, the LPGA plays numerous events on foreign soil. All told there will be 34 official events in 2017 with more than $67M in prize money available....Benvenuto was 57th in last year's finals.