Friday, May 29, 2015

Former GGGer & Red Devil Amanda Beebe Completes Competitive Career at Swarthmore: Congratulations, Amanda!!!!

Amanda Beebe
Looking like a Red Devil, former Hunterdon Central & GGG golfer Amanda Beebe swings away in her final Garnet appearance  at the Centennial Conference Women's Championship at Blue Ridge Country Club on April 28, 2015.

A Look Back at Amanda Beebe's Golf Career at Swarthmore
• Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area Team (2015)
• Centennial Conference Spring Academic Honor Roll (2015)
• Centennial Conference Spring Academic Honor Roll (2014)
• Centennial Conference Spring Academic Honor Roll (2013)
• All-Centennial Conference First Team (2012)

2015  Tri-captain .

Recorded a 94.50 scoring average as a junior … Made the Centennial Conference Spring Academic Honor Roll … Tied for sixth among 39 golfers by carding a two-round score of 182 at the Stevenson Spring Invitational (4/13) … Won the Muhlenberg Invitational (4/21) by firing an 81, which was four strokes better than the second-place finisher … Concluded the spring with an eighth-place mark of 184 at the Centennial Conference Championships (4/26-27).

Finished sophomore year with an 88.3 scoring average … Made the Centennial Conference Spring Academic Honor Roll … Carded an 85 to finish sixth in the McDaniel Women’s Fall Invitational (9/23) … Placed second with a score of 84 at the Swarthmore Fall Invitational (9/24) … Finished in fourth place in a field of 37 at the Gettysburg Fall Invitational (9/30) … Won with a round of 81 at the Dickinson Women’s Golf Invitational (3/23) … Placed fifth at the Gettysburg Invitational (4/6 -7) with a two-day final score of 177 … Finished in 17th place at the Centennial Conference Championship (4/28-29).

Made the Centennial Conference First Team … Won the Swarthmore Invitational individual title with a score of 86 (9/24) … Shot an 85 at the Gettysburg Invitational (9/30) to finish in fifth place … Finished in fourth out of 24 competitors at the Eastern Invitational (3/26) … Won the Ursinus Women’s Invitational (4/18) with a score of 84 … Shot an 84 and finished fourth at the Centennial Conference Championship (4/28-29).

(Reprinted from Swarthmore Athletics)


Swarthmore Senior & Girls Go Golfing Alumni Amanda Beebe (Hunterdon Central, Whitehouse Station, NJ) finished 28th individually at the Centennial Conference Women's Golf Championships on Sunday, Apr. 26 at the Blue Ridge Country Club.
Beebe served as a tri-captain of the Swarthmore College men's golf team as the only female who was a part of the program. She won four tournaments in her career and was recently named to the Philadelphia Inquirer Women's At-Large Academic All-Area Team for her outstanding accomplishments on the golf course and in the classroom.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Hunterdon Central Regional High School Girls Golf Team Fourth But Not Forgotten in TOC Eight-Team Field

Three Girls Go Golfing Alumni Place in the Top 11 at the NJSIAA Tournament of Champions

Devils Place Fourth at 2015 Tournament of Champions 

at Cherry Valley Country Club, Skillman, New Jersy   

(from left: Sarah Gass, former GGGer Kaitlyn Flynn, Captain Kaitlyn Tempalsky, NJSIAA North Sectional Tournament Director & Retired Hunterdon County Democrat Sports Editor John Siipola  and former GGGer & Selfie-Photographer KatieLee--missing from photo Jennifer Delaney)


1. Ridge 314 
2. RBC 340 
3. WWP-North 359 
4. Hunterdon Central 364
5. Holmdel 376 
6. Moorestown 380 
7. Tenafly 387 
8. Holy Angels 397


1. Kelly Sim (AHA) 70; 

2. tie, Amy Gianchandani (Pingry), Allison Herring (Montgomery), Anina Ku (Ridge) 71; 

5. Yejii Shin (Old Tappan) 73; 

6. Former GGGer Allison Wentworth (Phillipsburg) 74

 7. tie, Former GGGer Megan McLean (Voorhees), EunWon Park (Tenafly) 75; 

9. tie, BrynneWiedeman (St. John Vianney), Nicole Kim (Bergen Tech) 76;

11.tie, Former GGGer Katie Lee (Hunterdon Central)MarybelleDeclan (Absegami) 77; 

13. tie, Christina Parsells (Kent Place), Erica Han (Lenape), Monica Schumacher (Ridge), Sayaka Carpenter (East Brunswick) 79; 

17. Nicole Totland (RBC) 80; 

18. tie, MehrSewant (Holmdel), Carolyn Wang (Ridge), Cassandra Lee (Wayne Hills), Ceilie Reynolds (RBC) 81; 

22. tie, YunheeKang (Ridge), Nicole Eager (South Plainfield) 83; 

24. tie, Alexandra Williams (Timber Creek), Rachel Tarnopoll (Pope John), Kirsten Ondres (Vernon), Anna Walsh (Ridge) 84

Former GGGer Wild Finishes Freshman Year at Tampa

Spartans Conclude 2014-15 Season at SSC Championships 

W. Golf: Jess Wild
SORRENTO, Fla. - The University of Tampa women's golf team finished its 2014-15 campaign with an eighth-place performance at the 2015 Sunshine State Conference Championships. The 3-round event was played at Red Tail Golf Club.

Barry University won the 2015 SSC title with a team score of 897 after rounds of 307, 304 and 286. The Bucs also had the medalist, Nicole Ferre, who shot a 215, including a tournament-best 69 in Tuesday's round.

Tampa carded a 958, registering rounds of 315, 318 and 325. Fatin Amin was 24th overall as the junior shot a 233. Amin scored 74, 75 and 84 as her 74 was the best round for UT.

Also golfing for the Spartans were Hanna Grevelius (243), Alyssa Morahan (244), Grace Marie Schian(248) and Girls Go Golfing alumnus Jess Wild (257) [Hunterdon Central, Flemington, NJ). 
In just its fourth season of women's golf, the Spartans continued their steady improvement while knocking off 43 strokes from last season's 1,001 at the SSC Championships. Previously, UT carded a 1,041 in 2013 and 1,215 in 2012.

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Former GGGer on Gettysburg Women's Golf Team as Bullets Finish Strong at NCAA Division II Championship

Former GGGer & Red Devil
Nicole Petrocchi (pictured holding sign) celebrate the Bullets' finish at NCAAs

Final Results

Led by freshman Samantha Sessa's (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City) three-over 75, the Gettysburg College women's golf team lowered its score for the fourth consecutive day to clinch a 16th-place finish at the NCAA Division III Championship at the El Campeon Golf Course at the Mission Inn Golf and Tennis Resort on Friday.

Despite playing twice as many rounds as any other tournament this season, Gettysburg only seemed to get better as the national event went on. After posting a 364 on the opening day, the Bullets dropped their team score in each round, posting 357, 349, and 343, respectively, to finish with a total score of 1413. Gettysburg was the only team to post a lower score in each successive round of the NCAA Championship.   

Three players saved their best performances for the final day, including an outstanding showing by Sessa. She was one-under through the first half of the course after posting a pair of birdies on the third and seventh holes. The first-year finished four-over on the back nine on the way to the second-lowest final-round score among the 110 players in the field. The first-year jumped nine spots into a tie for 18th with a total score of 321 (82-84-80-75) and finished just three strokes shy of the top 10. Her total was the lowest score ever posted by a Centennial Conference golfer at the national championship, while her final-round tally was one shot off the lowest individual score by a Centennial player posted by McDaniel College's Kelly Cramp in 2004.

With a scoring average of 79.6 this spring, Sessa also broke the conference single-season mark of 79.89 posted by Cramp in 2005, as well as the program average of 81.6 set by Girls GO Golfing & Hunterdon Central Regional high school alumnus Kara McNulty '14 last spring.

Sophomore Sarah Hansen (Cumberland, Maine/Greely) managed Gettysburg's second-best finish, totaling 360 (90-88-91-91) to place 79th. Hansen carded a 91 for the second consecutive day, rebounding from a slow start on the front nine to finish just seven over on the back half of the course. She notched her fourth birdie of the event on the par-5, 448-yard No. 7. Hansen finished with a scoring average of 87.6 this season.

Senior Lauren Sobotka (North Caldwell, N.J./Mount St. Dominic Academy) was a model of consistency in the final round, carding 44s on both the front nine and back nine to tie her low of the tournament with an 88. She picked up her third birdie of the event on the par-3, 129-yard No. 15 hole. Sobotka climbed three spots in the individual standings to finish 83rd with a total score of 365 (95-94-88-88). A four-time All-Centennial Conference selection, Sobotka posted a scoring average of 85.6 this spring and her 87.7 career average ranks third in program history.

Junior Kate Schwartz (Laureldale, Pa./North Warren Regional (N.J.)) also turned in her best round of the event and climbed up the leaderboard. Schwartz opened with her best score on the front nine (42) before closing the day with an 89. The finish pushed her four spots in the standings into 88th with a total of 370 (97-91-93-89). Schwartz finished with a scoring average of 92.4 this season.

Another Girls Go Golfing & Red Devil alumnus Sophomore Nicole Petrocchi (Whitehouse Station, N.J./Hunterdon Central) rounded out the scoring with a 96 on Friday. Petrocchi bested her front-nine score by 10 strokes on the back half the course on the strength of four pars. She finished with a total score of 386 (97-103-90-96) to place 101st. Petrocchi logged a scoring average of 91.4 this spring.

Gettysburg, which claimed top honors in eight events and won its fifth-straight conference title, closed the year with a conference and program record scoring average of 346.7, besting its own record by 3.5 strokes. The team set a single-round record with 329 at the Dickinson College Fall Invitational, while Sessa broke the individual scoring record with a 72 in a dual with McDaniel.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Ku & Kudos at Stanton Ridge: Lyd Thoughts on NJSIAA North Jersey Girls' Golf Sectional

It feels good!

A week prior to the event the weatherman was calling for rain and thunderstorms, but it never happened. Thank you for that. It was just a perfect day!

All 10 teams showed up in time, the folks at Stanton Ridge could not have been more accommodating and the girls played some impressive golf.  And to top matters off, the on-line scoring concept worked nearly perfectly, thanks to Shawn Bennett. If you recognize his name it's because his dad is Tournament of Champions Director Dick Bennett

Did I mention Stanton Ridge? I did, but seriously, getting to play such a beautiful private venue followed by a great cookout is something to behold. Head pro Jeff Rickenbach was actually off on Tuesday, but showed up to help with the overall organization and carts (yes, we get to use as many as we needed). 

Then there’s Steve Peppe, who handled all the important matters (practice rounds, scorecards, water on ice—hey, it was hot) and just about everything involved in making the event seamless. 

General manager Jeff Miller was there to add insight and make sure everything was there that we needed. And assistant golf pro Kevin Wall took our scorecards and graciously handled all the final sheets. 

Membership Director Joanne Toth was her effervescent self when she stopped by the scoring table to say hi. I will do a better job of getting some on-course photos of golfing action next time. Thank you all.

The girls… oh yeah. What fun it is to see 50 of the best golfers in north Jersey on the Stanton Ridge golf course. I also got to reunite with some of my Girls Go Golfing alumni. 

Problems? Well, we had a few, but managed to handle things. Of course, speed of play is always an issue and we’ll be working on that this off- season—believe it.

Eight girls broke 80, with Ridge freshman Anina Ku tossing in a one-under 70. Three of the top four scores were registered by two freshmen and a sophomore. The game is in great hands!

Ridge wound up with the team title, advancing to the TOC with Hunterdon Central, Tenafly and the Holy Angels. Nice. 

Ridgewood, Bergen Tech and Northern Highlands were close behind, making it very interesting to watch the scores posted. Can anyone add four scores in their head?

My good pal Johnny added a nice touch this year, providing breakfast bagels (Clinton Bagel Company) for the coaches and volunteers. 

Volunteers? Yep, we had six adults join us to help with marshaling, scoring, etc. The fact is, we could use six more. That’s something for us to think about next year. More marshals. 

Kudos to Chrissy Ramadan, the assistant coach at Northern Valley. When one volunteer failed to show up (an email miscue there, oops), Chrissy jumped into a cart and marshaled all day long. Thank you Chrissy!

Here’s a behind the scenes note: One of our volunteers was Hilary Abramowitz, who represented the LPGA-USGA Girls Golf of Newark   We called that group, since we had accumulated a good amount of clothing for girls from Girls-Golf CEO Annie Margulis, along with shoes, hats and a brand new set of golf clubs (donated by Colonial Electric)
Clubs, Skorts & Shirts: OH, MY!
LPGA-USGA Girls Golf Director Beverly Harrison
shows-off the golf-related donations
from the Girls Go Golfing program

Hilary came down to pick up the donation and help us out as well. She and Beverly Harrison (pictured left) are the main wheels behind the LPGA-USGA Girls Golf of Newark.

As it turned out, Hilary proved to be invaluable. The on-line scoring involved having the coaches text us the scores after every hole… hmmm… that’s 10 coaches, times 18 holes, times four players… ouch! Let’s just say we were very busy at the computer. 
Girls-golf brand
clothing smorgasbord

Fortunately, Hilary was with me all day and was a fantastic help. She could be the coolest woman I’ve ever met! 

Oh yeah, my nephew Mike Leasure jumped in along with coach Brian Quirk of Ridgewood to complete the on-line scoring (while Hilary and I ate some lunch). Mike is a junior at the University of Pittsburgh and made the 3 hour round trip with Aunt Lyd & Uncle Johnny.

Thank you, Michael & Brian.

Okay, what could we do to make this even better?

Hmmm… of course, pace of play. We’re hoping to get more volunteers to shuttle the players between two or three of the holes… and emphasize the “one practice swing” concept, as well as “on-green issues”… we need to work harder on golf etiquette… and walking faster… teeing off immediately when you reach the tee, etc. These concepts need to be stressed throughout the season, not just when the players arrive at Stanton Ridge.

We’ll improve the on-line scoring system, making it easier on the marshals… we need more marshals on “trouble holes,” like #6… and we need to have a better plan when closing out the tournament and handing out the awards. We are working on increasing the overall course yardage. 

We will also look for breakfast, water  and lunch sponsors. I could go on.

Thanks again for all the help. Johnny and I love to run this event, I think you can tell.

Stay in touch, encourage more girls to try golf, and local schools to field girls golf teams (until they make their coed teams TRULY coed by having six girls and six boys on the roster--but that situation is better left for another blog) and we’ll see you next season!

Your golf & blog pal,

Coach Lyd

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

NJSIAA North Sectional Girls Golf Tournament Results from May 12, 2015 at Stanton Ridge golf and country club

Defending Champions Score
(Carolyn Wang, Anna Walsh, Monica Schumacher, Anina Ku, Carly Cappola, Yunhee Kang , Coach Devlin)

Ridge High School freshman Anina Ku fired a one-under-par 70 to lead her team to its fifth straight NJSIAA North Sectional Girls’ Golf Championship at the Stanton Ridge Golf and Country Club today.

The Red Devils won the overall title with a blazing four-player score of 305 to best runner-up Hunterdon Central (337). Tenafly (356) and The Academy of Holy Angels (368) also advanced in the 10-team field to next week’s Tournament of Champions.

Ku, who began her round on the 9th hole, posted birdies on the 8th, 9th, 14thand 16th holes to offset a bogey on the par-3 12th and double bogey on the par-4 18th hole.

Teammates Yunhee Kang (76), Monica Schumacher (79) and Carly Cappola (80) rounded out the team scores in the “play 5, count 4” format. Carolyn Wang (82) also played for Ridge, giving the Red Devils five of the top 10 scores on the day.

Central was led by sophomores Katie Lee (76) and Sarah Gass (79) with freshman Kaitlin Flynn (89) and senior Kaitlyn Tempalsky (93) rounding out the team.

North Jersey Sectional at Stanton Ridge, par 71, 5155 yards
TEAMS: Ridge 305, Hunterdon Central 337, Tenafly 356, Holy Angels 368, Ridgewood 377, Bergen Tech 377, Northern Highlands 383,
Mt. St. Dominick 416, Chatham 420, North Valley Old Tappan 423.
INDIVIDUALS: Anina Ku (Ridge) 34-36-70; Yejo Shin (Old Tappan) 36-38-74; Kelly Shin (Holy Angels) 40-35-75; Katie Lee (Hunt. Central) 39-37-76; Yunkee Kang (Ridge) 38-38-76; Eu Won Park (Tenafly) 37-40-77; Sarah Gass (Hunt. Central) 39-40-79; Monica Schumacher (Ridge) 40-39-79); Carly Cappola (Ridge) 41-39-80; Carolyn Wang (Ridge) 44-38-82.

FULL FIELD RESULTS BY TEAM (highlighted teams advanced to TOC at Cherry Valley CC on May 21, 2015


BERGEN TECH- TIE for 5th with Ridgewood
42-43-85             Hyeji Lim            (grade11)                     
51-49-100          Janet Lee          (grade11)         
45-46-91            Emily Chang       (grade10)                     
48-53-101          Jen Kim            (grade 9)                     
59-52-111          Yearam Yang    (grade10)         
CHATHAM—9th place—420 total         
44-44-88            Jess Barry                                 
48-48-96            Sarah Ethridge         
63-63-126           Emily Tufariello
56-59-115           Jenn McCann
61-60-121           Carlie Knightly         

HUNTERDON CENTRAL—second place 337 total
39-37-76            Katie Lee                        (grade10)                     
39-40-79            Sarah Gass                    (grade10)                     
43-46-89            Kaitlin Flynn                   (grade 9)                     
48-45-93            Kaitlyn Tempalsky          (grade12)
46-51-97            Jennifer Delaney            (grade11)         

HOLY ANGELS- 4th place 368 total
40-35-75            Kelly Sim (9)                     
41-44-85            Sandrine Yesilian            (12)         
52-53-105            Sabina Romano            (10)         
50-53-103            Emily Yankovich            (11)         
52-59-111            Helen Park                     (11 )                     

MT. ST. DOMINIC ACADEMY-8th place—416 total
51-44-95            Marissa Broderick            (10)         
56-51-107            Kristen Gengaro             (11)         
64-58-122            Sabrina Sgobba             (10)         
55-57-112            Lauren Turano                (11)         
56-46-102            Gina Fujii                        (10)         

NORTHERN HIGHLANDS-7th place—383 total
44-45-89            Brooke Schaffer (9)
43-48-91            Yiqing Mayda Gong (12)
49-53-102            Medha Potluri     (11)
55-46-101            Julie Jhin            (10)
54-54-108            Victoria Martino  (11)

Northern Valley Old Tappan-10th place—423 total
36-38-74              Yeji Shin          (12)                
54-51-105            Brianna Farrell (9)   
64-52-116            Ali Travers        (11)       
61-67-128            Yoojin Chun      (9)         
68-63-131            Kaitlin DiTrolio (10)  

RIDGE—1st place 305 total
34-36-70            Anina Ku (9)         
40-39-79            Monica Schumacher (12)
44-38-82            Carolyn Wang    (10)         
41-39-80            Carly Cappola   (12)
38-38-76            Yunhee Kang    (12)         

RIDGEWOOD-TIE for 5th with Bergen Tech—377 total
40-42-82            Hyoyi Joo           (10)                     
48-44-92            Jessica Chang   (12)         
49-57-106          Kiley Chmiel    (11)                     
58-52-110          Kelly Rekucki   (10)         
48-49-97            Diana Soriano   (11)         

TENAFLY-3rd place 356 total
37-40-77            Eun Won Park     (11)         
46-46-92            Abby Lim             (12)         
46-47-93            Julia Pak             (11)                     
45-49-94            Hana Jeon          (12)         

Tournament Directors:Lydia or John Siipola 908-752-8436                     

Monday, May 11, 2015

NJSIAA Girls Golf Team North Sectional Field is Set for Tuesday, May 12 at Stanton Ridge Golf and Country Club in Whitehouse Station

Ten of the best high school girls’ golf teams in the state will be playing in the 7th annual NJSIAA Girls’ Section 1 Championship tomorrow (Tuesday), hosted by the Stanton Ridge Golf and Country Club in Readington Township. The top four teams will advance to the NJSIAA Tournament of Champions scheduled Thursday, May 21 at the Cherry Valley Country Club.

Four-time defending state champion Ridge High School heads the field, with Bergen Tech, Hunterdon Central and Tenafly looking to qualify as they did a year ago.
Other entries include Chatham, Mt. St. Dominic, Northern Highlands, Northern Valley Old Tappan, Ridgewood and The Academy of Holy Angels

Top individuals entered in the sectional include defending medalist Eunwon Park, a junior of Tenafly,  freshman Yeji Shin of Northern Valley Old Tappan, freshman Anina Ku, senior Monica Schumacher and sophomore Carolyn Wang of Ridge, freshman Kelly Sim of The Academy of Holy Angels and sophomore Katie Lee of Hunterdon Central.

There are two sectionals in the NJSIAA with a total of eight teams moving on to the state event at Cherry Valley. Individuals qualified for the states through registration as players need to have posted five scores at 7-over par or less.

The state championship team has come from the North sectional since the inception of the 4-player system. Ridge has won the past four section titles and state championships, while Hunterdon Central won sectional and team state championship in both 2009 and 2010.

Montgomery’s Alice Chen, now a freshman on the Furman University team, won last year’s Tournament of Champions with a 7-under par round of 65 at the Cherry Valley Country Club.

For more information, contact tournament directors Lydia & John Siipola at