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.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

GIRLS GO GOLFING ASKS:Why Not Have Nicklaus, Palmer and Player "Tee it Forward" at The MASTERS?

Gary, Arnie and Jack in their prime.

How cool would it be to see Jack Nicklaus playing at Augusta National putting on the 17th green again the hole that propelled him to the 1986 championship and his sixth green jacket? Or Arnie and Gary walking up the 18th fairway arm in arm in the first round of the 2015 Masters?
Nicklaus is an advocate of the "Tee it Forward" program that encourages amateur players to play from the shorter tees. You know, if you can't hit the ball 250 yards off the tee, then don't play courses that measure 6,800 yards. Pick shorter tees and "Tee it forward!"
With 30 of the 46 Masters champions still alive, why not offer Nicklaus, Palmer, Player and Raymond Floyd a chance to play round one of the Masters from 6,000-6500 yards? They all played in Wednesday's Par 3 Tournament to the delight of the galleries.
The annual start to the Masters is nice, with Nicklaus, Palmer and Player hitting honorary tee shots on the first hole, then retiring to the clubhouse for interviews. But it would be way cooler to see those three walking the course and playing the holes that made them legends.
Currently, there are a handful of former champions who play in the Masters (from the official 7,435 yards) but don't really have a chance to stay in contention. It won't be all that long before Ben Crenshaw, Craig Stadler, Tom Watson, Ian Woosnam, Sandy Lyle, Mark O'Meara, Larry Mize, Bernard Langer and even Fred Couples (as the ageless Boom-Boom often gets in contention despite his over 50-status) will face the dilemma that Gary Player struggled with not so long ago. Will they be content to hit 3-woods into half the par fours and battle just to break 80? Or will they decide to drop out of the Masters and perhaps participate in the Par 3 Tournament on Wednesday?
Imagine it being 2020 with all those players opting to participate in a one-round Honorary Masters Tournament played at 6,000 yards on opening day Thursday. Fans would get to see their idols on the course, hitting shots into the greens with 8-irons. And most of the legends would be able to shoot in the 70s, or perhaps lower.
Why settle for pitching the ball around the Par 3 Tournament, when they could opt for 18-holes in the first round of the Masters? On the course that made them famous!
It would be a dream for the players and the fans.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Nicklaus & Wie Putting Styles:PERFECT TOGETHER!

Jack Nicklaus putting in the 1963  Masters

( this post was originally posted March 28 but due to technological problem it just got published now.)

I always watch the LPGA whenever they are televised. And now with DVR, it is super convenient!

Itz been bugging me lately, that one announcer in particular continues to berate Miss Wie over the use of her particular putting style.

The same style worked for the best player in the world who happens to hold a record 18 major titles.


Compare the pictures above and you will see that a JACK by any other name is a MICHELLE.

Keep on rockin', Michelle! GGG loves your attitude!