The Players

Very quietly, Haddonfi eld’s Meaghan Bolger is making a big name for herself in amateur golf. Last fall, Meaghan successfully defended her title at the USGA Women’s Mid Amateur championship. She continued her fine play this winter in some big events and was rewarded with an invitation to play for the U..S. team at this summer’s Curtis Cup matches at the Old Course at St. Andrews. At age 29, she’ll be by far, the oldest player in the event. (29 is old?). Her experience will be of value in helping the U.S. team win the cup. U.S. captain will be the legendary Carol Semple Thompson.

From the “old” to the very young, more great news concerning 5-year-old golf “legend” Kyle Lograsso. His story was told last yearon Channel 10, in Sports Illustrated and on HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel. He has battled cancer and the loss of one eye, to be a golf phenom, hitting the ball over 170 yards, shooting in the low 40’s for nine holes and inspiring everyone he meets.

This past January, Kyle and his parents Jeff and Regina, were flown to Orlando by the PGA Tour Caddies Association, and at the PGA Merchandise Show, was honored for his courage with the group’s Bruce Edwards Award. While down there, Kyle was taken by Greg Norman for a ride in his private helicopter, and also made an appearance on the Ellen Degeneres Show. Kyle’s a great story that we all hope will get even better over time.

This time of year, we like to check in on our local young golfers who are trying to make it on the Pro Tours. 36-year-old Tom Carter, formerly from Sandy Run CC, just missed the cut at Q-School and will give it another go on the Nationwide Tour. Also missing by a few shots and headed to the Nationwide, is Jon Rusk, former Philly Jr. champ from Yardley CC. New to the mini tour circuit this year is Chris Gallagher from Penn Oaks, who has been a top local amateur for the past few years. Former GAP Am champ Scott Ehrlich will continue his efforts on the Hooters, with backing from his friends at home club Meadowlands. Doylestown’s Clint Deibert and Jericho’s Christian Bartolacci are also out there working to their goal of reaching the PGA Tour. There’s a lot of competition, we wish them all the best.

If you’re looking to improve your game, and who isn’t, you might want to go to the Pro’s Pros. Former PGA of America President and Philadelphia PGA Section Hall of Famer Dick Smith, has moved his Golf Academy to Ron Jaworski’s Valleybrook Country Club in Blackwood NJ. Dick really knows the game, from the basic fundamentals to the nuances of golf course management. His experience in tournament golf will help every type of player, be it in one-on-one lessons, group clinics or with summer golf camps for kids. The region’s best golfer, Stu Ingraham, 4-time and current Philadelphia Section PGA Player of the Year, is offering his expertise to all golfers, at his new location at M-Golf in Newtown Square, Pa. Besides individual lessons and group clinics, Stu has a special program for corporate golf, where he can teach and entertain clients and employees. Stu’s a great host at a golf dinner, and his trick shot exhibitions are extraordinary. If you get a chance, you can watch him play all year on the local PGA Tour.

 

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