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Author: Marian Created: 1/21/2013 4:17 PM RssIcon
News and personal views from around the PGA
By Marian on 5/31/2016 3:10 PM
     Fiddler’s Elbow Country Club, New Jersey’s only private 54-hole golf facility announced the hiring of new Head Golf Professional Brent Wallace, PGA.       Brent is originally from upstate New York and comes to Fiddler's Elbow after a five year stint as First Assistant Professional at Overbrook Golf Club on the main line of Philadelphia.       A 2004 graduate of the Professional Golf Management program at Penn State University, he has had the opportunity to work at several outstanding private golf clubs including Hamilton Farm in Gladstone, New Jersey, where he was hired by then assistant professional, now current Fiddler’s Director of Golf, Mat Kent.        According to Kent, “From the moment I met Brent as a freshman in college it was obvious that he had all the makings of a first class PGA professional. He has worked at a variety of clubs, with great mentors, and has developed a skill set that is perfect for Fiddler’s Elbow.” Wallace has also worked at East Hampton Golf Club on Long Island, Old Marsh...
By Marian on 2/28/2014 5:57 PM
The PGA of America recently announced that the Philadelphia Cricket Club will host the 2015 PGA Professional National Championship. In the past, the PNC Wissahickon Course plays to a par-70, 7,119 yard, A.W. Tillinghast designed course, and should be a great test for the best professionals.

Some question whether is high be a first step towards hosting a bigger PGA or USGA event in the future. " We didn't do this with a bigger goal in mind," said Director of Golf, Jim Smith, Jr. "But our membership would be open to anything."

Founded in 1854, the Philadelphia Cricket Club is one of the oldest golf courses in the country, and one of the four founding clubs of the Golf Association of Philadelphia. It has two 18-hole championship courses, the Wissahickon Course (Top 100) and the Militia Hill course. The PNC hosted the US Open Championship in 1907 and again in 1910. It has also hosted numerous Philadelphia State Opens, Philadelphia Amateurs, Philadelphia Women's Championships & Amateurs, and many other...
By Marian on 11/9/2013 3:22 PM
By Richard J Skelly

        For a PGA Section to have one national award winner in a year is quite an honor, but this year, not one, but two of New Jersey’s finest golf professionals were bestowed national honors for their contributions to the golf industry.

       Scott Paris, director of golf at Plainfield Country Club won the Merchandiser of the Year (Private) honor, while Dan Pasternak, chief of operations and director of golf at the Panther Valley Golf & Country Club in Allamuchy, NJ, won the Bill Strausbaugh Award for his involvement in mentoring other professionals on a multitude of levels. They were chosen from an outstanding pool of candidates from the over 27,500 PGA club professionals and assistant professionals around the U.S.  

      The two join an elite group of past and present New Jersey Section PGA Professionals who have also won National Awards -- Doug Steffen (Merchandiser of the Year. 2007), David Glenz (Teacher of the Year, 1998), Greg Lecker (Merchandiser of the Year,...
By Marian on 1/21/2013 4:18 PM
To increase both the caliber and enjoyment of one’s golf game, it is necessary to do more than walk up to the ball and take a swing at it. By utilizing the following information, improving you’re  course awareness, you will be amazed at the improved results you will derive. The following scenarios are based upon the swing of a right-handed player. When the lie matters Up Hill Lie – Left foot is higher than the right foot.

Ball Flight Pattern – Right to left. Club Selection – Less lofted club face. Balance of the Body – Shoulders level to the hill (left shoulder higher than right), weight towards the right foot. Ball position – Closer to the left foot. Alignment – Starting target is to the right of the final destination. Club Face – Allow it to follow the contour of the land.  

When the lie matters...
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