People in the News

Congratulations go to Golf Digest Chairman and editor Jerry Tarde, who will be given the PGA of America’s 2011 Lifetime Achievement in Journalism Award at the Golf Writers of America annual bash at Augusta National on April 6. Jerry grew up playing golf at Juniata with Juniata Foundation head Bob Wheeler. Jerry also spent a lot of time at Atlantic City CC, learning about the game from Leo Fraser. He started as a golf writer and moved his way up the ladder. Another local boy makes good.

It was a monster year for Chesapeake Bay Golf Club pro Andy Barbin. A few years ago, Andy was diagnosed with a debilitating case of ulcerative colitis, battling the disease until ultimately beating the odds. He was given tremendous support during his illness, surgery and recovery by the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA). Andy has since become a leader in CCFA, helping with education and fundraising. His efforts have helped make the Delaware Valley chapter a leader in the U.S.

In recognition of his efforts, Andy will receive the CCFA 2011 Man of the Year Award at their 36th annual Renaissance Ball on May 7 at the Hyatt Regency at Penn’s Landing. But that’s only part of Andy’s big year. The PGA of America named Andy the recipient of their 2010 President’s Plaque, awarded for helping to grow the game both locally and nationally. Still more awards, as the local Phila PGA section named Andy Barbin as their Pro of the Year for his leadership qualities and US Kids Golf named Andy as one of their 50 top teaching pros, helping junior golfers all over the region.

More awards and honors for several top teaching pros in the area. Lou Guzzi of the Talamore Golf Academy was named by Golf Magazine as a top 100 pro for 2011-12. Eric Macluen, another top 100 teacher, has moved his Golf Academy to the new Applecross Golf Club in Honeybrook. Eric’s work with juniors has been acclaimed for the last decade.

Speaking of junior stars, one of New Jersey’s own has earned her LPGA card. Angela Oh of Maple Shade finished 6th at the LPGA Q-School last fall and is getting ready for a full year on tour. I met Angela when she was in high school, hitting balls by the thousands at Fox Meadow Driving Range. She went on to play well at the University of Tennessee and now is at the big dance. We’ll be following her throughout the year, hope to see her at the ShopRite Classic at Seaview in June.

 

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