Saturday, August 9, 2014

Girls GO Golfing salutes the GO GIRL, GO program

GoGirlGo!, the Women's Sports Foundation  award winning curriculum and sports education program, works to improve the health of sedentary girls and keeps girls involved in physical activity by supporting programs and organizations that work with girls.


A Look Inside: Ages Five to Seven Leader's Guide

This Leader's Guide  contains critical information for you to run a successful and exciting GoGirlGo! program for your five to seven year-old girls.Download Excerpt.

Friday, May 30, 2014



  NEW YORK – KPMG, the PGA of America, and the LPGA today announced the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship and the creation of a multi-faceted program focused on the development, advancement, and empowerment of women on and off the golf course. The KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, broadcast in partnership with NBC and Golf Channel, brings together a world-class, annual major golf championship with a women’s leadership summit and an ongoing community initiative to inspire and develop new generations of female leaders.
The KPMG Women’s PGA Championship will continue the rich tradition of the LPGA Championship and will rotate annually among prestigious courses in major metropolitan markets. In its first year, the Championship will be held June 8-14, 2015 at the Westchester Country Club in Rye, New York, with a purse among the highest in women’s golf at $3.5 million. The Championship will be operated by the PGA of America in close collaboration with the LPGA.
“KPMG is proud to take on this groundbreaking sponsorship and to work with the LPGA, the PGA of America and NBC to inspire today’s and tomorrow’s women leaders,” said John Veihmeyer, Global Chairman of KPMG. “This collaboration will not only bring women’s golf to new audiences – it also creates opportunities to expand women’s leadership on and off the course, empowering today’s women leaders and cultivating the next-generation of female leaders.”
“This is a landmark moment for the PGA of America as we partner with KPMG and the LPGA to embrace an historic Championship and focus on the advancement of women,” said PGA of America President Ted Bishop. “We look forward to teaming with the LPGA to make the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship the can’t-miss week for female leaders. Together, we believe this Championship – broadcast to millions around the world – will energize new audiences in our collective effort to grow the game.”

Thursday, May 22, 2014

When More Isn’t Better: Dealing with Burnout in Competitive Sports

{Reprinted from Women's Sports Foundation website} 
Sport is a place for girls to learn social interaction, hard work, the triumphs of success and coping skills when faced with failure. However, when recreational athletics turn to intense competitive sports, burnout is too often the result. Burnout, a term often associated with CEOs and highly-demanding positions, unfortunately is now becoming a common outcome in athletes as young as ten years old. What is Burnout? 
Professionals in sport psychology define burnout as, “physical/emotional exhaustion, sport devaluation, and reduced athletic accomplishment.” Simply put, burnout is when an athlete experiences overwhelming exhaustion from training and competition, resents or completely loses interest in the game, and experiences lower achievement than previously demonstrated.

Causes of Burnout {click-on Causes of Burnout to read complete post}

Friday, May 16, 2014

Gettysburg Misses the Cut Going into the FINAL Round at Howey-in-the-hills, Florida

Read about it below:

NCAA III Womens' Golf championship scoreboard

Bits and Pieces from the end-of-the-season:

Frosh Nicole Petrocchi eyes her shot heading to towards the flag at Skippack

– Junior Lauren Sobotka (North Caldwell, N.J./Mt. St. Dominic Academy) and freshman Nicole Petrocchi (Whitehouse Station, N.J./Hunterdon Central) each posted career lows as the Gettysburg College women's golf team faced off with Ursinus College at the Skippack Golf Club on Friday.

A late addition to the schedule, the round was added to ensure all the teams in the Centennial Conference met the minimum standard for the automatic qualifier to the NCAA Division III Championship. As the conference champion, Gettysburg would receive the AQ, but the ultimate decision now rests with the NCAA. Official announcement of the national field will take place Monday, May 5, at 6 p.m. on

Gettysburg posted a team score of 362 to easily out-distance Ursinus at 457. Sobotka, the runner-up at last weekend's conference championship, posted a nine-over 81 to top her previous collegiate best by one stroke. Petrocchi shaved two strokes off her personal best with an 85.

Freshman Lynn Hatcher (Easton, Md./St. James School) and sophomore Kate Schwartz (Laureldale, Pa./North Warren Regional (N.J.)) each scored 98 to round out the lineup.

McNulty Named Academic All-District
Senior first Bullet golfer to earn academic honor

McNulty_Kara_20132014 Capital One Academic All-District Women's At-Large Team

 Senior Kara McNulty (Flemington, N.J./Hunterdon Central) was selected to the Capital One Academic All-District Women's At-Large First Team as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) and announced on Thursday, May 15.

McNulty is the first Gettysburg College women's golfer to earn Academic All-District laurels. As a first-team honoree, she is now eligible for the Academic All-America Team which will be announced on June 3.

An economics major, McNulty sported a 3.65 GPA heading into her final semester. She stands as the most decorated golfer in program history with 17 individual championships, including three Centennial Conference titles. She was named CC Player of the Year in each of the last three seasons and she was a four-time all-conference pick.

McNulty set the program record with an 80.8 scoring average this season. She set school and conference marks with eight individual championships, including her third consecutive conference title. She fired a career-low 77 on the final day of the conference tournament to win the championship by one stroke.

McNulty holds Gettysburg's career record for scoring average at 82.57. She has finished among the top five in all but two of her 37 career events played.

McNulty is a three-time All-American Scholar as selected by the Women's Golf Coaches Association (WGCA). She is also a member of the economics honor society.

The senior captain led Gettysburg to its fourth consecutive Centennial Conference title this spring. The Bullets qualified for the NCAA Division III Women's Golf Championship for the first time in program history and are currently competing in the event in Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Girls Go Golfing Alumnus, Former HC Red Devil & Gettysburg Freshman Nicole Pertrocchi Shoots Season low in Opening Round of the NCAA Division 111 Championship

{Reprinted from Gettsburg Athletics}Women's Golf Solid in National debut
Gettysburg sits 14th following opening day
Nicole Petrocchi carded a season low on the opening day at nationals.

Team Scores | Player Scores HOWEY-IN-THE-HILLS, Fla. – 
  • The Gettysburg College women's golf team sliced seven strokes off its season average with a 347 
  • on the opening day of the NCAA Division III Women's Golf Championships at the 
  • El Campeon Golf Course on Tuesday.
  • Senior Kara McNulty (Flemington, N.J./Hunterdon Central) carded an 82 to finish
  •  in a seven-way tie for 28th out of 110 individuals. 
  • McNulty tied for the first-round lead with three birdies coming 
  • on the first, fifth, and 12th holes.

  • Freshman Nicole Petrocchi (Whitehouse Station, N.J./Hunterdon Central) finished 
  • one stroke behind McNulty with a season-low 83 to tie for 35th. 
  • Petrocchi finished among the leaders by shooting 3-over on par fours. 
  • She tallied one birdie on the par-4 11th.
 Round two kicks off at 7:45 a.m. on Wednesday. The Bullets tee off at 1:05 p.m. 

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

NJSIAA North Sectional Girls Golf Team Qualifying Results from Tuesday, May13 at Stanton Ridge Golf & Country Club

[Former girls go golfing participants & current Hunterdon Central girls golf team mates Katie Lee, Jess Wild, Marissa Castaldo and Julia Tonnessen finished runner-up to Ridge--see story below]

The Ridge High School girls’ golf team, three-time defending state champions, once again prevailed at the NJSIAA Section 1 Qualifier hosted by the Stanton Ridge Golf and Country Club in Readington Township on Tuesday. The course was played at 5,155 yards with a par of 71.

With the victory the Ridge team advanced to the NJSIAA Tournament of Champions at the Cherry Valley Country Club next Wednesday. The top four teams moved onto the states as Ridge (323) was followed by Hunterdon Central (335), Tenafly (348) and Bergen Tech (362).
Ridge was led by Carolyn Wang’s 77, followed by Monica Schumacher (80), Christine Wang (81) and Yunhee Kang (85). Freshman Katie Lee’s 79 was best for Central, with Jess Wild (82), Marissa Castaldo (87) and Julia Tonnessen (87) completing the scoring. Central won the state title in 2009 and 2010.

Individually, Tenafly’s Eunwon Park ran away from the field with a one-under par 70. Park posted four birdies against one bogey on the front nine, posting 33. She followed up with a 37 that included a double bogey on the par-4 10th hole.

TEAM RESULTS: Ridge 323, Hunterdon Central 335, Tenafly 348, Bergen Tech 362, Chatham 368, Pope John 380, Ridgewood 383, Mt. St. Dominic 389, Immaculate Heart 425, Northern Highlands 431, Millburn 459, Kent Place 470.

INDIVIDUAL LEADERS: Eunwon Park (Tenafly) 33-37-70; Christina Parsells (Kent Place) 35-39-74; Katie Howard-Johnson (Chatham) 37-38-75; Rachel Tarnapoll (Pope John) 41-35-76; Katie Wang (Ridge) 37-40-77; Katie Lee (Hunt. Central) 38-41-79; Monica Schumacher (Ridge) 40-40-81; Nicole Kim (Bergen Tech) 40-41-81; Christine Wang (Ridge) 43-38-81; Jess Wild 41-41-82.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

18 hole Junior Girls Summer, 2014 Tournaments in and around New Jersey

U.S. Girls’ Junior Sectional Qualifier
  • Neshanic Valley Golf CourseNeshanic Station, New JerseyJune 25, 2014 Applications online at Entries close June 4, 2014 *33 Sectional Qualifiers are held all over the U.S.A
NJ PGA Junior Championship Qualifier 

  • Rossmor Golf Club Monroe Township, New JerseyJune 23rd & 24th, 2014 Applications online at
60th NJSGA Girls’ Junior Championship

  • Royce Brook Golf Club Hillsborough, New JerseyJuly 9th & 10th, 2014 
Applications online at
Maureen Orcutt Trophy Tournament

  • White Beeches Golf & Country Club Haworth, New Jersey,July 11th, 2014
89th Junior Girls’ Open Championship

  • Stanton Ridge Golf & CC Stanton, New Jersey,July 21stor 28th, 2014 
Last two applications online at,18 hole & 9 hole divisions Questions email

Trusted Choice Big “I” Junior Championship

  • April 27th, 2014 Camden/Gloucester Qualifier at Stone Harbor Country Club Cape May Court House, New Jersey Nancy Hagerman (856) 346-2300 or email Date TBD 
  • June 25th, 2014 Morris/Sussex/Essex Qualifier at Canoe Brook Country Club Summit, NJ                              Glenn Allsone 
  • Ocean County Qualifier at Bea Lea Golf Club Toms River, NJ Rich Gilchrest (732) 929-0900 or email Date TBD
  • Hunterdon County Qualifier at Stanton Ridge C.C. Whitehouse Station, NJ Ron Gansfuss (908) 735-8999 or email 
  • State Tournament July 7, 2014 Olde York Country Club Chesterfield, NJ Maria Keegan (609) 587-4333 or email
  • 46th National Tournament Pete Dye Club, Bridgeport, West Virginia August 5-8, 2014
Rutgers University Girls’ Junior Open Rutgers Golf Course Piscataway, New Jersey July 24th & 25th, 2014

Women’s New Jersey Golf Association Girls’ Junior or contact: Sissy McCabe (973)476-9145

Junior Handicaps Please note that all juniors under the age of 18 can obtain a free handicap index through the NJ State Golf Association. (908)241-4653, or contact Rich Kennedy

NY State Girls’ Amateur Ridgemont Country Club Rochester, New York August 5th & 6th, 2014

LIG Junior, Boys & Girls Championship Rockville Links CC Rockville Centre, New York July 7th-9th, 2014 

Monday, April 28, 2014

Lydia Ko TOPS the field at the Swinging Skirts LPGA championship at Lake Merced CC & CONGRATULATIONS to Kara McNulty for a fine four year career at Gettysburg & Solid Performance by Swarthmore's Junior Amanda Beebe & Nice Frosh Season for Gettysburg's Nicole Petrocchi: all former Girls Go Golfing participants & Hunterdon Central Varsity girls golf team alumni!

 Read about Lydia's First Win as a PROFESSIONAL golfer at age 17 by clicking here!

Read about Lydia Ko's First PROFESSIONAL win by clicking here!

Read about former Girls GO Golfing & Red Devil alumni Gettysburg's senior Kara Mc Nulty & Frosh Nicole Petrocchi & Swarthmore's Junior Amanda Beebe 

McNulty claimed her third consecutive Centennial title and joined McDaniel's Kelly Cramp as the only players with at least three. 

McNulty also made the All-CC First Team for the fourth year in a row. 

The win was McNulty's eighth of the season, extending her own school and conference records, while her 80.8 scoring average this season reset her own school record. 

McNulty finished with a program-record 17 individual titles and her 82.57 career scoring average is more than three strokes better than anyone else in school history.

Amanda BeebeeJunior Amanda Bebee, Swarthmore (WHitehouse Station, Hunterdon Central) posted  88 on Sunday for a two-day total of 184 to finish in eight place.

Beebe is coming off an individual title at the Muhlenberg Invitational on Monday, Apr. 21 at the Lehigh Country Club.

Beebe carded an 81 on the par-70, 5,825-yard course to capture the individual crown among a field of 20 competitors. The mark was also four strokes better than runner-up finisher Dana Feigenbaum of Ursinus.


Freshman Nicole Petrocchi, Gettysburg (Whitehouse Station, N.J./Hunterdon Central).Petrocchi finished with a 99 on Sunday and a two-day total of 190 to place 12th. 

Friday, April 25, 2014

Girls GO Golfing Gives a Shout-Out to PHILLY GIRLS GOLF! Itz "Where the girls are" & New Jersey Junior Girls Tournament Info for Summer 2014

Summertime, summertime, sum, sum SUMMERTIME!!!! 
GGG feels likes singing as we know summertime is coming our way soon!!!
So, in order to help you plan YOUR golfing exploits, we have a few options listed below for all you girl golfers living in the Philadelphia and New Jersey regions---from the newbie to the seasoned veteran!

Philly Girls Golf Logo Website


Philly Girls Golf Developmental Tour Program click here to go to website

Girls Developmental Tour - girls 8 – 18 years old who are course ready play a 4-hole Team Scramble.  
4 hole Mini-Tour – girls 8-12 years new to tournament golf play Individual Stroke Play format. 


Players must make contact with the ball 90% of the time, have some knowledge of the game, and are able to follow safety instructions.  Whitemarsh Valley Country Club generously offers us use of their course for this program.
Note:  At the beginning of each meeting we decide which format the girls would like to play for that week.  It is not necessary to make the decision in advance between the Developmental (Scramble format) and Mini-tour (Stroke play format).
Philly Girls Developmental Tour / Mini Tour Fee:  $50 per girl Limited Enrollment


WHEN:  May 12, 19, June 9, 16, 23, 30, July 7, 21, August 4, 11     6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
WHERE:  Whitemarsh Valley Country Club, 815 Thomas Road, Lafayette Hill, PA 19044,  We will meet on the putting green.  (The club and restrooms are closed on Mondays.)
WHAT TO BRING:  Golf Clubs, Your own drink.
WHAT TO WEAR:  Proper Golf Attire.  NO jeans, tee shirts, or short shorts on the golf course. Shorts may be of mid-thigh length and sleeveless shirts must have collars. Shirts must be tucked in all the way at all times.
DETAILS:  Adult/Parent caddies welcome for all ages – REQUIRED for all girls 10 & under.
WEATHER RELATED MEETING CANCELLATION: Will be sent via email by 4:00 pm.

CONTACT:  Cheryl Fox 610-952-4021 or

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Girls Go Golfing High-Fives Michelle Wie; a champion golfer & artist who personifies "coolio-panache," just saying!

Michelle Wie, 2014 LPGA LOTTE Champion

Congratulations to Michelle Wie, who last week won the 2014 LPGA LOTTE Tournament in Hawaii, an important victory for Wie as well as the LPGA Tour.

It was just 11 years ago that my husband and I first met Michelle Wie. It was at the 2003 Shoprite Classic held at Seaview's Bay Course in Galloway, NJ. We were down there because we were golf fans. Also, my husband was the sports editor of the largest weekly newspaper in New Jersey. Both of us also happened to be volunteers with the local LPGA-USGA girls golf chapter in Hunterdon County.
Michelle was not enrolled in high school yet. It was so cool that a number of our junior golfers got to see her play and get their pictures taken with Michelle. The 13-year-old Wie was enthusiastic and had a 100-watt smile as she interacted with her fans. She played in this event on a sponsor's exemption and tied for 52d place. 
My husband had contracted me to be his photographer for the day. My badge allowed me in the press tent. Naturally, I had to be at Michelle's press conference. The room was packed and I waited patiently for everyone to ask their questions. When Michelle was done, I walked up to where she was still seated signing autographs.
I handed her a 2002-2003 USGA The Rules of Golf rules book. She looked at me quizzically and then shrugged her shoulders and got her sharpie ready saying," Why am I signing a rules book?"
I laughed, asked if she could give me some help with playing the shot and told her my little golf secret. And added,"Michelle, you are going to be a great champion and win bunches of golf tournaments some day. I am so glad my junior golfers got to meet you and watch you play."
Now, years later she seems to be on her way. She has dealt with an unbelievable amount of criticism stemming from her days when she played in the PGA tour Sony Open (only missing the cut by one stroke!) In 2006, my husband saw her in the 36-hole US Men's Open qualifier at Canoebrook along side David Gossett (He won a PGA Tour event.) There were 150 men there plus one woman. She beat both her fellow competitors that day shooting 68-75 and just missed qualifying for the men's open.  You remember the U.S. Open at Winged Foot? The drama unfolding down the stretch as Phil Mickelson tragically loses. Imagine if Michelle had been there from the start of the championship week. The crowds were spectacular following her during the qualifying round (see photo below)
Michelle Wie, 2006 U.S. Open qualifying, Life in Pictures
 Wie tees off during a U.S. Men's Open qualifying round at Canoebrook 
Then there were the 4-1/2 years she was playing golf and earning her college degree in communications from Stanford.
Add to it some rules infractions along the way and the years when she totally lost confidence in her putting which put more pressure on all aspects of her game.

And while on the subject of rules, the unidentified woman kneeling above the bunker looking at the ball with a horrible lie pictured on the cover of that 2002-2003 USGA Rule Book Michelle signed was me!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Girls GO Golfing ALUMNI Finish High in 2-day Centennial Conference Event hosted by Stevenson University

GGG salutes Kara McNulty winning the 2-day event and to Amanda BeebeNicole Petrocchi for sixth-place tie!!!! Your former GGGers & Red Devil teammates are proud of you!
{Reprinted from Gettysburg University Athletics webpage}

McNulty, Bullets Keep Rolling at Stevenson
Kara McNulty '14 wins seventh title of the season
Back Row(from left): Nicole Petrocchi
Front Row:(white hat) Kara McNulty
Gettysburg won its third consecutive event of the spring.

Senior Kara McNulty (Flemington, N.J./Hunterdon Central) and the Gettysburg College women's golf team continued their outstanding play this season with dominant efforts at the Stevenson University Invitational held at Piney Branch Golf Club over the weekend.

Gettysburg won its third consecutive event and sixth overall this season by leaving the rest of the field in the rear-view mirror. The Bullets carded a 697 during the two-day tournament, 50 strokes ahead of runner-up Bridgewater (Va.) College. Gettysburg posted its second-lowest team score of the season with a 340 on Saturday before finishing at 357 on Sunday.

McNulty steered the team once again, extending her own school record and breaking the Centennial Conference mark with her seventh tournament victory of the season. The senior logged two birdies on the par-71, 5,801-yard course on the opening day en route to a 79, marking her fifth round in the 70s this season. McNulty capped the tournament with an 81 and finished 11 strokes ahead of runner-up Marin Warring (171) of Bridgewater.

The victory was McNulty's 15 career title, extending her own school record. She broke the season wins record previously set by McDaniel College's Kelly Cramp in 2005.

McNulty had plenty of company at the top of the leaderboard as junior Lauren Sobotka (North Caldwell, N.J./Mount St. Dominic Academy) and freshmen Nicole Petrocchi(Whitehouse Station, N.J./Hunterdon Central) and Sarah Hansen (Cumberland, Maine/Greely) each finished in the top 10 for the third consecutive tournament. Sobotka recorded her lowest round of the season on Saturday with an 84 and closed with an 88 on Sunday to secure third place. Petrocchi posted an 87 on day one and a 95 on day two to finished tied with Amanda Beebe of Swarthmore College for sixth overall, while Hansen finished two strokes back in a tie for eighth with 184 (90-94).

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Round One Results Just in from Stevenson Invitational Hosted by Dickinson College

Former Girls GO Golfing Alumni Kara McNulty, Nicole Petrocchi and Amanda Beebe have first through sixth place covered at the Stevenson Invitational.

Full Round One Results click-on Dickinson College below!

Dickinson College

Keeping Up With Former GGGers:McNulty & Petrocchi at Gettysburg and Beebe at Swarthmore

Next up is the Stevenson Invitational hosted by Dickinson@Piney Branch GC, Hampstead, Md. Check back here later tonight or tomorrow for results!!!
Below are some recaps from the Gettysburg University Athletics site featuring some Girls Go Golfing (GGG) alumni: Kara McNulty, Amanda Beebe and Nicole Petrocchi
Next up is the Stevenson Invitational hosted by Dickinson@Piney Branch GC, Hampstead, Md. Check back here later tonight or tomorrow for results!!!

Grey Cup 


It was business as usual for the Gettysburg College women's golf team and senior Kara McNulty (Flemington, N.J./Hunterdon Central) at Sunday's Grey Cup as the host Bullets took the team title by 27 strokes and McNulty claimed her 14th career individual championship.
Competing in a field of primarily Centennial Conference institutions, Gettysburg recorded its fifth team victory of the season. The Bullets carded a 347, well ahead of runner-up McDaniel College's score of 374.
McNulty extended her season record with her sixth title in eight events. One day removed from claiming the Blue Cup at Hanover Country Club, McNulty carded an 81 to win the Grey Cup by five strokes. She was two-over par at the turn and just missed her fifth round in the 70s this season after posting a triple-bogey on No. 18.
Four Bullets finished inside the top five with freshman Sarah Hansen (Cumberland, Maine/Greely) taking third for the second consecutive tournament. Hansen posted an 88 thanks to a strong effort on the back nine which saw her birdie No. 11. First-year Nicole Petrocchi (Whitehouse Station, N.J./Hunterdon Central) logged a top-six finish for the sixth consecutive event as she tied with junior Lauren Sobotka (North Caldwell, N.J./Mount St. Dominic Academy) for fourth. Both players carded an 89 on the afternoon.
Sophomore Kate Schwartz (Laureldale, Pa./North Warren Regional (Pa.)) rounded out the lineup with a 98 to place 16th. Competing as an individual, freshman Lynn Hatcher(Easton, Md./St. James School) shot a 97 to tie for 14th.
Gettysburg next competes in the Stevenson University Spring Invitational on April 12-13 at the Piney Branch Country Club.

McDaniel Invitational
 Complete Results


The second round of the McDaniel College Spring Invitational was canceled due to unplayable course conditions at The Bridges Golf Club, giving Gettysburg College senior Kara McNulty (Flemington, N.J./Hunterdon Central) her 12th career individual title.
McNulty finished with a seven-over par 79 during Saturday's opening round on the 5,831-yard course. Despite poor weather conditions, the senior logged a dozen pars, including eight en route to a 37 on the back nine. The round was McNulty's school-record fifth in the 70s and one stroke shy of her personal best. She has finished first or second in all six events she has competed in this season, including four titles.
As a team, Gettysburg placed second overall with a combined score of 359. New York University finished out in front of the Bullets by 16 strokes.
Freshman Nicole Petrocchi (Whitehouse Station, N.J./Hunterdon Central) posted an 88 to finish fifth, tying her season-best finish. Fellow first-year Sarah Hansen (Cumberland, Maine/Greely) ended the tournament in 14th after carding a 94 on Saturday, while junior Lauren Sobotka (North Caldwell, N.J./Mount St. Dominic Academy) was 18th with a 98. Sophomore Kate Schwartz (Laureldale, Pa./North Warren Regional (N.J.)) rounded out Gettysburg's lineup with a 108 to tie for 25th.
Junior Amanda Beebe Swarthmore(Whitehouse Station,N.J./Hunterdon Central) 
posted a 100 to finish tied for nineteenth.

Tee times at 8:15 a.m. both days.
Saturday's weather: Upper 40s, rainy, 10-15 mph winds, poor conditions
Sunday's second round canceled due to unplayable conditions.