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By Marian on 6/20/2013 6:45 PM
The Metropolitan Golf Writers Association honored several of our finest at the 62nd National Awards Dinner held recently at the Westchester Marriot in Tarrytown, N.Y. Master of Ceremonies Bruce Beck of WNBC-TV was his usual charming and entertaining self, as the 2013 National Award recipients were named and honored with the Associations’ prestigious awards.

Former PGA Champion and 2008 Ryder Cup Captain Paul Azinger was given the Gold Tee Award, the highest award presented by the Association. The Gold Tee Award is presented to an individual whose achievements throughout their career exemplify the best spirit and traditions of the sport of golf, and he was recognized for his leadership and achievements both on and off the golf course.

The Met Area’s own Charlie Robson, the Executive Director of the Metropolitan PGA, was honored with the Distinguished Service Award for his years of service to the game. Robson’s accomplishments include expanding tournament operations, building and fostering strong relationships between professionals and clubs in the Met Area, and developing an extensive junior golf program. Robson is truly a gem of the golf industry and deserves this wonderful accolade for his many years of work in the Section.

By Marian on 6/6/2013 5:24 PM

      Veteran amateur Michael Stamberger knew he would have his hands full entering the final 36-holes of the 112th NJ State Amateur, but in the end, experience might have paid off as his final round 74 was good enough to secure a one shot victory over 19-year old Jimmy Dengler of Rumson Country Club.

       Stamberger, who is a former Mid-Amateur Champion, and a long-time amateur leader in New Jersey,  had the early first round lead after shooting a 66 in the opening round, but a 76 the second day, which put him a shot behind Dengler entering the final day. 

       Dengler is surely a name that we will hear more about over the next few years. He just finished his freshman year at  Loyola of Maryland and was the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Rookie of the Year.

       Defending champion Ryan McCormick finished in third place, five shots behind Stamberger.

By Marian on 6/3/2013 11:43 AM
Between the temperatures in the high 90s and sweeping winds off the Bay, thel week at the ShopRite LPGA Classic Presented by Acer presented challenging playing conditions. Hall of Famer, Karrie Webb started the day five shots behind second-round leader Shanshan Feng but fired a 3-under 68 to capture her 39th career LPGA Tour victory. Webb got her day off to a hot start, making birdie on the difficult second hole and following it up with an eagle on the par-5 third. “It was hard,” said Webb. “You know, after that eagle I had to really try and get the adrenaline to calm down a little bit, and you know, I played the next few holes quite scratchy, but I managed to only make one bogey. So I made some good par putts after that as well.” It was an emotional victory for Webb, who dedicated the win to her grandmother, Merion, who is currently in the hospital back in Australia. Webb had tears in her eyes as she recounted the tale of her grandmother telling her just to win this week for her when they weren’t sure if...
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