Wednesday, November 16, 2011

ATTENTION GGG MOMS!!!! THis one is for YOU!!!

HI, everyone:

NEWSFLASH GGGers & GGGer moms:

 I just came across this item about a new television show dedicated to all of us!!!!

I hope you will go to the website & check it out & vote (yes) that you would watch this golf show!!!!

In the meantime, Johnny & I are watching The President's Cup from our barn in Pottstown!
Click here to learn about the t.v. show ROAD TO MORE PARS

Meet Christina Ricci GOLFER GIRLS!!!!!

With enthusiasm,

Coach Lyd & Johnny

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

The Women's Sports Foundation Salutes Golfer Yani Tseng and Other Female Athletes

Learn About Healthy Eating in Youth Sports

Founded in 1974 by tennis legend, Billie Jean King, the Women's Sports Foundation is dedicated to advancing the lives of girls and women through sports and physical activity.

Learn about the Women's Sports Foundation here and Check out Go Girl Go!

{The press release below was posted at the WSF website in August, 2011--Note world-class golf champion, Yani Tseng on the list!!! Congratulations, Yani! GGG salutes you!}

Vote For Your Favorite Sportswoman of the Year

Ando, Moore, Vonn and Wambach Among 2011 Finalists For Women's Sports Foundation Honor this October
(Photo by: Erich Spiess)(Photo by: Erich Spiess)
East Meadow, N.Y., August 30, 2011– The Women's Sports Foundation’s 32nd Annual Salute to Women in Sports will celebrate the accomplishments of the top female athletes on Wednesday, October 19, 2011. The annual fundraising gala will take place at Cipriani Wall Street and will be hosted by journalist and sportscaster Bonnie Bernstein.

This year’s remarkable group of elite athlete finalists, representing 19 sports, is vying for the evening’s top honors – Sportswoman of the Year – in Individual and Team categories.

Each year, the top 10 candidates from various disciplines are chosen for the ballot, based on their record-breaking, historic, and simply amazing athletic performances. The Women's Sports Foundation recognizes these women for incredible achievements in individual and team performances, and the 2011 ballot is nothing short of extraordinary.

Athletes were considered for the 2011 ballot based on their athletic accomplishments between August 1, 2010, and July 31, 2011. Nominations for the Sportswoman of the Year - Individual and Team awards are made by sport governing bodies and the public. Sportswoman of the Year finalists will be voted on by the Foundation Awards Committee and the public beginning on August 25, through midnight E.S.T. on September 5, 2011. For the first time, voting will take place on Facebook. To vote, and browse the photo albums for Individual Sport Athlete and Team Sport Athlete finalists. To cast your vote, simply “like” the photo of an athlete in each album - Team and Individual. Fans are permitted one vote in each album.

Sportswoman of the Year honorees will be announced during the Annual Salute to Women in Sports awards gala, as well as this year’s recipients of the Billie Jean King Contribution AwardWilma Rudolph Courage Award andANNIKA Inspiration Award. The Pac 12 Conference will also receive a special tribute during the evening’s festivities. The event is supported and attended annually by star athletes, celebrities from film and television, journalists, corporate and industry leaders, sports organizations and philanthropists.

The 2011 Sportswoman of the Year finalists in the Individual sport and Team sport categories are:


Individual Sport
  • Miki Ando, Figure Skating
  • Kelly Clark, Snowboarding Halfpipe
  • Missy Franklin, Swimming
  • Carmelita Jeter, Track & Field
  • Aliya Mustafina, Gymnastics
  • Christine Nesbitt, Speed Skating
  • Yani Tseng, Golf
  • Lindsey Vonn, Alpine Skiing
  • Mallory Weggemann, Paralympic Swimming
  • Caroline Wozniacki, Tennis

Team Sport
  • Luciana Aymar, Field Hockey
  • Annika Dries, Water Polo
  • Meghan Duggan, Ice Hockey
  • Juliana Felisberta and Larissa Fran├ža, Beach Volleyball
  • Sandra Kiriasis, Bobsled
  • Maya Moore, Basketball
  • Anette Norberg, Curling
  • Shannon Smith, Lacrosse
  • Stacy Sykora, Volleyball
  • Abby Wambach, Soccer

Past Sportswoman of the Year recipients include… 
Individual: Nastia Liukin, Gymnastics; Lorena Ochoa, Golf; Erin Popovich, Paralympic Swimming; Michelle Kwan, Figure Skating; and Gail Devers, Track & Field

Team: Jessica Mendoza, Softball; Misty May-Treanor & Kerri Walsh, Beach Volleyball; Lisa Leslie, Basketball; Serena and Venus Williams, Tennis; and Mia Hamm, Soccer

For more information or to purchase a table or tickets for this star-studded event, please contact Kerry Milhaven or

About the Women’s Sports Foundation The Women’s Sports Foundation, founded in 1974, is the leader in promoting sports, health and education for girls and women. With Billie Jean King as its founder and ongoing visionary, The Women’s Sports Foundation continues to have a profound impact on female athletics, from its vigorous advocacy of Title IX legislation to providing grants and scholarships, grassroots programs for underserved girls, and groundbreaking research. An agent for change, the Women’s Sports Foundation has relationships with more than 1,000 of the world’s elite female athletes and is recognized globally for its leadership, vision, strength, expertise and influence. For more information, please call the Women’s Sports Foundation at 800.227.3988 or visit

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Capping Off Successful Four-Year Run With Girls Go Golfing At Raritan Valley Country Club

The quartet of Lizzie Venditti, Kaitlin Flynn, Marissa Castaldo and Nicole Petrocchi combined to win the final Girls Go Golfing event last Tuesday at the Raritan Valley Country Club. It was the ninth scheduled GGG outing of the season capping off a successful four-year run. 

Venditti, Flynn and Castaldo (all of Raritan Twp.) and Petrocchi (ReadingtonTwp.) turned in a 9-hole score of 40 adding a birdie on number seven. 

Sarah Potter, Hayley Katz and Rachel Saperstein (all of Bridgewater Township) and Katie Lee (Raritan Township) completed eight holes in 33 with a birdie on the seventh hole.

In the 7-hole competition, the team of Celena Stoia, Lauren Magro and Emily Magro (all of Raritan Twp.) and Jessie Reed (New Hope) turned in a 34, while the trio of Julia Apsel, Sydney Smit and Sarah Upwood (all of Glen Gardner) and Juliet Lardieri (Raritan Twp.) carded a 25 for six holes.

The final GGG Tournament also served as a food drive to benefit the Flemington Food Pantry.  

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Stanton Ridge & Copper Hill Girls Go Golfing Events Completed,9th Girls Go Golfing Event Tee Times Posted & Flemington Food Pantry Drive Reminder

The trio of Katie Lee, Jess Wild and Nicole Petrocchi combined to win the Girls Go Golfing event last Thursday at the Copper Hill Country Club. It was the eighth scheduled GGG outing of the season with Stanton Ridge hosting the series two days earlier.

Lee (Raritan Twp.), Wild (Delaware Twp.) and Petrocchi (Delaware Twp.) turned a 9-hole score of 40 to edge the quartet of Kaitlin Flynn, Marissa Castaldo, Lizzie Venditti and Julia Tonnenssen (all of Raritan Twp.) who combined for a 42.

In the 5-hole competition, the team of Inna Dowd, Celena Stoia, Chloie Stoia (all of Raritan Twp.) and Sarah Potter (Bridgewater Twp.) turned in a 22, while the trio of Lizzie Upwood, Sydney Smit and Sarah Upwood (all of Glen Gardner) carded a 21 for four holes.

The final GGG Tournament & Food Drive to benefit the Flemington Food Pantry was scheduled to be played at the Raritan Valley Country Club in Bridgewater this week. Other courses that hosted GGG events included Heron Glen, High Bridge Hills and Beaver Brook.

TUESDAY, OCT. 11, 2011

On-site coordinator-Nancy Beebe
Adult Volunteers-Bobby Nicolson, Sooha Lee

ALL participants are asked to bring a donation for the Flemington Food Pantry: canned goods and personal hygiene items are requested.

SHOW your thanks to GIRLS GO GOLFING through your donation to the food pantry!!!

Allyson Wentworth
Kaitlin Flynn
Nicole Petrocchi
Deanna Smith

Marissa Castaldo
Katie Lee
Hayley Katz
Lizzie Venditti

Lauren Magro
Sarah Potter
Jess Reed
Rachel Saperstein

Emily Magro
Celena Stoia
Sara Hardwick

Juliet Lardieri
Lizzie Upwood

Sydney Smit
Sarah Upwood
Julia Apsel

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

8th Girls Go Golfing Event Tee Times Posted

THURSDAY, OCT. 6, 2011

On-site Coordinator-Kathy Smith
Adult Volunteers-Sooha Lee, Melinda Wild

Katie Lee
Jess Wild
Nicole Petrocchi

Kaitlin Flynn
Marissa Castaldo
Lizzie Venditti
Julia Tonnessen

Sarah Potter
Jess Reed
Inna Dowd
Celena Stoia

Gianna Castaldo
Chloe Stoia
Lizzie Upwood
Lexi Semanchik

Sydney Smit
Sarah Upwood
Julia Apsel

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Girls Go Golfing Seventh Event at Stanton Ridge CC Tee Times Posted

TUESDAY, OCT. 4, 2011

On-site Coordinator: Susan Campbell
Adult volunteers: Betsy Clark, Sooha Lee

Marissa Castaldo
Kaitlin Flynn
Nicole Petrocchi
Deanna Smith

Katie Lee
Hayley Katz
Rachel Saperstein
Lizzie Venditti

Lauren Magro
Sarah Potter
Jess Reed
Emily Magro

Celena Stoia
Sara Hardwick
Lexi Semanchik
Juliet Lardieri

Sydney Smit
Lizzie Upwood
Sarah Upwood
Julia Apsel

Saturday, September 24, 2011

2011 Girls Go Golfing Friends & Fashion on the Fairway

Finding friends along the fairways

 Link to Hunterdon County Democrat newspaper photographs and fashion on the fairway summary
Rocking the knee socks!
Miles of smiles!
From left to right GOLF is all right~
In red, white & black:we enjoy giving that golf ball a WHACK!
Golf's future is looking great.
There's no place like golf.
Friendships forming along fairways.
Looking anything but blue at Heron Glen.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Girls Go Golfing sixth event at Heron Glen on Thursday Sept.22 starts at 4p.m.


Win a prize for dressing up as "twins,"              "coolest knee socks,"
 "UNICOLOR,"           "opposites" or "favorite golfer."


HAVE FUN WITH with fashion & friends along the FAIRWAYS!!!!

Read these reminders: 
1. Play ends at 6:30 p.m. 
2. You will receive an email by 2 p.m. if we need to cancel. 
3.  Post-round thank you notes FEEL FREE to tell Jason what an awesome job golf pros Drew & Phil  did for us sent via snail mail to:

Jason Lenhart, PGA
General Manager High Bridge Hills

203 Cregar Road
High Bridge, NJ 08829

Have fun planning your FAIRWAY FASHION!!! Kudos to sisters Lizzie & Sarah for dressing as twins on Tuesday at High Bridge Hills!

With excitement & enthusiasm,

Lydia & Johnny
GGG co-directors

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Girls Go Golfing Salutes 16-year-old Lexi Thompson as YOUNGEST EVER to Win a Professional Golf Tournament

[Click on link below]
Thompson Claims Her Place in History!

She is mentoring one of our own GGGers Zora (Moore).

Congratulations, Lexi: YOU RULE!

Opening Girls Go Golfing Event Results

Thanks to Mother Nature, the 2011 Girls Go Golfing season was delayed a week with the opening event taking place at the High Bridge Hills golf course on Tuesday, Sept. 13.

A total of 23 competitors were on hand for the four-ball and scramble competitions that day. The team of 8th grader Allyson Wentworth of Greenwich Township and Hunterdon Central sophomore Marissa Castaldo of Raritan township posted a 9-hole score of 36 to win the four-ball division, scoring birdies on the 6th and 7th holes. The team of Central senior Deanna Smith of Readington Township and New Hope-Solebury sophomore Jess Reed posted a 41. Flemington-Raritan 6th grader Kaitlin Flynn and West Morris junior Stephanie Turci posted a 46 to best opponents Central junior Lizzie Venditti of Raritan Township and sophomore Jess Wild of Delaware Township (48).

The foursome of 8th grader Inna Dowd of Raritan Township, Central sophomore Celena Stoia of Raritan Township, Bridgewater sophomore Rachel Saperstein and 5th grader Sara Hardwick of Raritan Township carded a 3-over-par 39 to earn medalist honors in the 4-person scramble competition.

The 11-and-under quad featuring Julia Apsel of Glen Gardner, Sydney Smit of Lebanon Boro, and sisters Lizzie and Sarah Upwood of Glen Gardner finished their round with a birdie on the uphill par 3, 5th hole. Rounding out the competitors at High Bridge were Gianna Castaldo, Natalie Fella, Katie Lee, Lexi Semanchik, Emily Magro and Lauren Magro.

Temperatures dropped as 18 girls teed it up on Thursday, Sept. 15 at the Beaver Brook Country Club for the second leg of the GGG fall competition. The team of Flynn and Wentworth placed first in the 2-person scramble competition with 41, featuring four pars and Wentworth driving the 226 yard par 4, 3rd hole.  Castaldo and Sarah Potter of Bridgewater-Raritan were second with a 45, followed by the tandem of Central junior Nicole Petrocchi of Readington Township and 7th grader Katie Lee of Raritan Township with 47. Also competing were Bloomfield freshman Isabel Gonzalez, Bridgewater sophomore Haley Katz, Raritan Township 4th grader Juliet Lardieri and 6th grader Chole Stoia, as well as Apsel, Smit, Lizze Upwood and Sarah Upwood.

The GGG competitors were scheduled to tee it up on Tuesday, Sept. 20 at High Bridge Hills, then travel to the Heron Glen Golf Course on Thursday, Sept. 22. Heron Glen's event will be a themed golfing affair featuring Fashion on the Fairway. Players are encouraged to come dressed as twins, all in one color and wearing their coolest knee socks while vying for "on-the-spot" prizes if they answer rules and etiquette questions correctly.

The final GGG events include Oct. 4 at the Stanton Ridge Country Club, Oct 6 at the Copper Hill Country Club and October 11 at Raritan Valley Country Club. Participants are asked to  bring a donation to benefit the Flemington Food pantry at the final event.

Thursday, September 8, 2011


Hi, everyone:

Due to course conditions at Beaver Brook (we spoke to them this morning) and impending weather today's GGG event is canceled.

GGG OPENING DAY will be at High Bridge Hills on Tuesday, Sept.13 with approximate tee times as follows:

advanced--4:00 p.m.
intermediate--4:20 p.m
beginners--4:40 p.m. 

Players and/or parents  be sure to sign-up for Tuesday, Sept. 13.

Adult volunteers, let us know if you can help--thank you!!!

We remain undaunted, 

Lydia & Johnny

GGG co-directors

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

GGG OPENING DAY at HERON GLEN is CANCELED--rain,rain,go away!

PLAYERS, PARENTS & Adult volunteers: Kindly read & respond as appropriate:

1. Opening day is CANCELED.

2. CONFIRMATIONS for Thursday's event at Beaver Brook (Sept. 8) are now being accepted

a. Send us an email letting us know that you would like to play [or for adult volunteers--that you can help outon Thursday, Sept. 8.

Hopefully, all of you had a smooth, fun & exciting return to school today!

With enthusiasm,

Lydia & Johnny

GGG co-directors

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Countdown to GGG 4th Season Opening Day!


where to stand, when to talk, when to walk, safety first, marking a ball and more!

Golf Etiquette for beginners, intermediate & advanced players!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Check out the YOU TUBE video of 15 year old GGGer Zora Moore with 16 year old LPGA player Alexis Thompsen

HI, everyone:

I just got this link showing the day Zora got to spend with LPGAer Alexis Thomsen (and fellow teenager!).

Zora & Alexis in the bunker at Crystal Springs golf resort

Zora and the other two high school golfer atletes will be mentored by Alexis for one year!!!


LPGA player Alexis Thompsen Mentors GGGer Zora Moore and two other high school golf athletes

Friday, August 26, 2011

Former GGGer Named Division III All-American Scholar


Kara's Player bio & stats at Gettysburg University 

Kara McNulty of the Gettysburg College women’s golf team was named a Division III All-American Scholar by the National Golf Coaches Association (NGCA). McNulty is the golf program’s first recipient of the NGCA’s All-American Scholar award. One of the most stringent academic awards in the nation, the award is presented only to those student-athletes that maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.50.

McNulty turned in the best debut season by a Bullets’ first year in 2010-11. She averaged a team-best 84.9 strokes per round, 2.6 strokes better than the previous freshman scoring record and just -0.6 off the school’s single-season mark of 84.3 notched by Merrill Fortier ’08 in 2007-08. McNulty also led the Centennial Conference in scoring average.

McNulty won three events on the year, including carding a season-low 80 at the Navy Lady Midshipman Fall Invitational on Oct. 9, 2010. She also won the McDaniel Fall Invitational and posted the best score in a head-to-head match with Ursinus College. She finished in the top five in eight of nine events on the year. At her first Centennial Conference Championships, McNulty grabbed all-conference accolades by shooting a 92, tying for fourth-place overall, as Gettysburg captured its second conference title in the last four seasons.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Girls Go Golfing Alumnus Wins National Scholarship

Jennifer Smith of Readington Township is one of 10 high school seniors throughout the country chosen to receive a $10,000 Marilyn Smith Scholarship.
The Hunterdon Central senior was a four-year member of the girls' varsity golf team and graduated in June with a 4.10 GPA. Smith will attend Elon University in Elon, N.C., where she plans to major in international business.
She was member of her high school state champion golf team, winning unprecedented back-to-back state team titles in 2009 and 2010. Smith was a co-captain of the golf team during her senior year and was part of the team that posted 44 straight wins. She was also vice president of her class council, a peer mediator, and a member of the French Honor Society as well as the National Honor Society. She spent six years practicing Tae Kwon Do and has a second-degree black belt. Smith also helped to fundraise for 2 Big Hearts and the Flemington Food Pantry.
The Marilynn Smith Scholarship – named in honor of one of the LPGA’s 13 founding members – is awarded to 10 high school seniors who plan to play collegiate golf while pursuing a college degree. This year marks the first time that 10 Marilynn Smith Scholarships have been awarded. The number of recipients was doubled thanks to a $200,000 donation by Vivian Bucknam, who was a longtime friend of Smith and who passed away this year at the age of 92.

LPGA scholarships information page

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

4th Season Girls Go Golfing: The Countdown Begins!



The series will begin at Heron Glen on Tuesday, Sept. 6 with the first tee time of 4:00 p.m. The $30 fee is due in CASH the first day of participation.

All questions and registration for first  session will be handled electronically at:

The other events will be held as follows:
4th season

Confirmed Venues--events start at 4 p.m. all venues

Stanton Ridge CC (10/4 )
Raritan Valley CC (10/11)
Copper Hill CC (10/6)
Beaver Brook CC (9/8 & 9/15)
Heron Glen golf club (9/6 & 9/22)
High Bridge Hills (9/13 & 9/20)
Food drive to benefit local Flemington pantry at final GGG event


Tee times will be assigned at the start of each event.

Higher skilled players will complete 9 holes.

Others will play according to the discretion of the series director.

The format of play will vary from event to event.

Players will carry their bags, which should contain a minimum of clubs (there is no need to have 14 clubs for this series…the less, the better).

Players will play “ready golf,” move as quickly as possible and observe golf etiquette.

Parents should refrain from walking the course (unless assigned by series director).

Maximum of double par and three-putts per hole will apply. 
Also, lost balls and out of bounds will be played as hazards – drop at nearest point with a one stroke penalty.

Inexperienced players will play the course from “shortened tees.”
Players should arrive with a healthy snack (avoid salt and sugar) and a bottle of water. 

Stop-in  at pro shop to introduce yourself and thank them for the opportunity.

Please keep in mind that the six golf courses have given us this opportunity. 

Respect the golf courses and those working with us.

Be sure to thank the golf professionals and club managers at the site and write a thank-you note the following day (addresses will be provided).

Recommended Links:  (Raritan Valley CC)

1. DRESS CODE: Golf courses request that players avoid extremely short shorts. Also,  shirts should have a collar if sleeveless and t-shirts should be avoided unless they are plain. Shoe wear can be sneakers if you do not own golf shoes. NO denim.

2. ETIQUETTE:Please go to the site and go to "Rules" and review the animations illustrating etiquette. This will let those of you new to the game see how and where to stand etc.
   aLetter of thanks to Tim Ward, General Manager to be sent after event via snail mail (i.e use the post office)
                                           Heron Glen Golf Course
                                           110 Hwy 202 &31
                                           Ringoes, NJ 08551
      It can contain your favorite thing about being at Heron Glen...etc.
   b. Personal thanks from THE PARTICIPANTS PRIOR TO PLAYING:  It is always a positive trait to walk into the pro shop, introduce yourself and thank the staff  for hosting you. It may seem like a small act but it goes a long way. We usually meet at the putting green and/or near the first teeing ground of the first hole.
3. LESSONS AND HELP WITH SET-UP: ALL THE GGG PUBLIC COURSES AND SOME OF THE PRIVATE CLUBS OFFER REDUCED PRICES FOR JUNIOR LESSONS. Their websites are available above or at the GGG blog.  Players and parents interested in some self-help in between now and your next event: visit  The link is listed on the GGG blog and the U.S. Kids instruction booklets available for purchase which we have found helpful. Stick-to-Sports has a brand new golf book out. The link is available on the GGG blog.

WIth enthusiasm & excitement,
Lydia & Johnny
GGG Series Directors