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: jsiip@comcast.net

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:
www.Rvcc1911.org  (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 www.usga.org 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 www.uskidsgolf.com  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 

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Alexandra Hershberger and Scotland Preston to play Friday for 86th Women´s Amateur Championship at Hackensack

The two seventeen year olds, Hershberger from Twin Brooks and Preston from Echo Lake, will face off in 36 hole finale Friday morning at 8:00. For updated match play results
 Click here for Championship Flight. Click here for Second Flight. Click here for Third flight. 

Congratulations to all the qualifiers and a special shout-out to GGGers Amanda Beebe & Alex Yang for making to the semi-fianls in their respective flights (3rd & 2nd).

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

ALERT! Last call for fall 2011 Girls Go Golfing pre-registration

GGG fall registration is going well. 

We are rapidly reaching maximum capacity. 

It is advisable to pre-register at this time to ensure a position in the fall events. 

You must be pre-registered in order to participate in the program.

 Information, details and event dates are below.

With enthusiasm,

Lydia & John Siipola
GGG directors

Girls Go Golfing PRE-REGISTRATION starting now 

To pre-register, send an email to Coach Lydia at jsiip@comcast .net with the following information:

1. Daughter's name, age, name of school, grade-level & favorite color

2. Parents names, cell phone contact, how did you hear about the program?

3. Golf level(must have golf clubs & bag): 
intermediate (shoots in the 50s or less for nine holes),
advanced (shoots in the 40s or less and/or has a GHIN handicap)

4. REGISTRATION FEE is due on the day of your FIRST event. [ $30.00/player--allows you to play one, two and up to nine events]

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)
Pynes Putting Course
Food drive to benefit local Flemington pantry at final GGG event

Girls looking to play golf this fall have an opportunity to do so in the fourth season Girls Go Golfing Fall Girls' Golf Series running in September and October.

"This nine-event series for girls in 4th-12th grades will feature a variety of skill levels," said director Lydia Siipola, the recently retired Hunterdon Central High School girls' golf coach. "The goal is to provide an avenue and incentive for players to hone their skills.  Girls Gone Golfing is all about encouraging friendly competition in the spirit of the game. It is open to girls from throughout and beyond Hunterdon County."

Girls will play up to nine holes each day, entering a minimum of two events.The competitive atmosphere will feature a variety of formats similar to the Solheim, Ryder, Curtis or Walker Cup.

"We are fortunate that the USGA is located a stone's throw from Hunterdon County," noted Siipola," My idea is that parents and participants take the trip to Far Hills to play the Pynes Putting Course and visit Golf House and the Museum during the summer to get psyched for golf in the fall." The total cost of the series is $30, to be paid at the first event with a maximum of 24 girls participating.

"Hunterdon County has a plethora of golf courses and facilities where juniors can ask their parents to take them to improve upon their golf skills, said Siipola. "GGG wants the participants and their parents to spend some quality time playing golf' games whilst they practice putting and chipping and all those other shots that are close to the green. "Just like organized soccer or softball leagues, GGG gives participants a reliable and consistent schedule of events. The events provide the incentive for players to improve their short game skills on their own and with the help of a local golf professional."

The series will begin at Heron Glen on Tuesday, Sept. 6 with the first tee time of 4:00 p.m. All questions and registration will be handled electronically at: jsiip@comcast.net

The other events will be held as follows: Thursday, Sept. 8 at Beaver Brook 4 p.m.; Tuesday, Sept. 13 at High Bridge Hills  at 4:00 p.m.; Thursday, Sept. 15 at Beaver Brook at 4 p.m.; Tuesday, Sept. 20 High Bridge Hills at 4 p.m.; Thursday, Sept. 22 at Heron Glen at 4 p.m.; Thursday, Oct. 4  at Stanton Ridge; Thursday, Oct. 6 at Copper Hill Country Club at 4 p.m. and Tuesday, Oct 11 at Raritan Valley Country Club in Somerset County.

Beebe & Yang at the NJ State Womens' Amateur

Follow both Alex & Amanda below as they compete in their respective brackets. 

Amanda'prevails in quarterfinals match & falls in her semi-final match

Alex's wins quaterfinals match & falls in the semifinal match

Monday, August 1, 2011

Lets PLay GOLF with a SPORTS activity book

Greeting, GGGers & GGGparents!!!

Recently, my friend Nicole Weller http://www.nicoleweller.com/ authored a book called Let's Play Golf!

  • The book has golfing activities designed for use at home, a playground and/or park, golf practice area or a golf course.

  • The games require a few golf clubs, fun targets & soft golf balls.

  • You can learn about golf and playing golf games while having fun with your teacher, parent, grandparent, guardian, sibling or other golf buddy.
  • The website also has a "GAMES" section where you can do some online "golf" gaming.

You can click on the link below to find out more information. If you take the book for a "test drive" let me know how you like it and/or what your favorite game is---you may be surprised and see some of these games built into the 2011 GGG event formats.

Let's Play golf: Meet the students!