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A First Tee Student Feature: Proof that the First Tee Program is Making a Difference

Please join us on Monday, April 15, as we celebrate and support the future of golf with the First Tee. The PAGCS partnership with the First Tee is only possible with your help and support. Click here for full details, registration, and ways to support.

Before we get to the feature story below, did you know: The First Tee of Greater Philadelphia [TFTOGP] is growing every year. Of special note is the First Tee’s National School Program here in the region. “The program helps elementary students learn about the basic skills of golf through safe and fun activities. By also incorporating The First Tee Nine Core Values and Nine Healthy Habits, we’re putting students on course to a healthy and active lifestyle.” [Courtesy of the First Tee website: www.thefirsttee.org]

Also of note is TFTOGP’s expanding satellite locations. Programs are available at Applecross Country Club, Abington Club, Bensalem Township Country Club, City Line Sports Center, FDR Golf Course, Warminster Township Five Ponds Golf Club, Flourtown Country Club, John F Byrne Golf Club, Rossi Golf & Sport Center, Valley View Golf, as well as Walnut Lane Golf Club.

Below is just one highlight that proves the program makes a difference in students’ lives.

Student Experience: Saving the Golf Team — and Other Ways I Learned to Lead
by Victoria Wajda

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If you’re thinking about playing golf for the first time, here’s what you need to know:

It doesn’t matter if you’re good or not. You just have to be ready to get frustrated. That’s not a bad thing, because golf will teach you to persevere — so when you do succeed, you get a huge boost of confidence.

That sense of accomplishment is one of the things I love most about golf. So when I found out my team at John W. Hallahan Catholic High School for Girls was getting cancelled due to low membership, I didn’t give up. Instead, I took action.

We had three members, but we needed six. I started attending school open houses to share my love of golf. I encouraged girl after girl to think about playing. After months of conversations, my efforts paid off. We doubled our membership — and saved the team! And three short years later, we’re setting literal records.

In October, our team — now with eight members — won the Philadelphia Catholic League Girls’ Golf Championship. The year before, I won first place individually in the Philadelphia Scholastic Athletic Association District XII Golf Championship.

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It was our school’s first team championship title in 22 years — and the first time a Hallahan student won that title in the history of the school. I’ll never forget how the whole school went wild.

That’s the kind of place Hallahan is. Our community is small enough that everyone gets a chance to speak up and take on new challenges. When you succeed, people see it — and celebrate. No good deed goes unnoticed.

Having that support and sisterhood has made me a stronger leader. I always feel comfortable voicing my opinion and pushing for change — whether as a school ambassador, a participant in my forensics class (my favorite!), the captain of the golf team, or as a member of SpeakUp!, a program where students can discuss tough topics with adults and one another.

I’m excited to use those skills next year when I start college. I haven’t decided on a school yet, but I am grateful to have scholarships to my top picks — which, of course, all have golf teams.
Part of me is looking forward to a new adventure. Another part of me is nervous. But if I’ve learned anything, it’s that even if things get difficult, I can persevere — and win big.
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Victoria Wajda is currently a senior at John W. Hallahan Catholic Girls’ High School located in Philadelphia. This article was originally posted at https://www.aopcatholicschools.org/exploreaops/student-experience-saving-the-golf-team-and-other-ways-i-learned-to-lead/?fbclid=IwAR0jGqsXIfYXVbMjt217FI0NtvJVH3mUw6D9IW0Pc9VKrA104i51RKdoz1M as well as on TFTOGP Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/TheFirstTeePhilly/

PAGCS Volunteer Day at TFTGP THIS Thursday, Nov. 1

PAGC Volunteer flyer for Nov 1stThe 2018 PAGCS Volunteer Day at Walnut Lane, the home of The First Tee of Greater Philadelphia [TFTGP] is THIS Thursday, November 1. There are multiple projects planned, from drainage to tree and brush clearing. We just need bodies and
chainsaws—please considering volunteering and/or sending members of your staff to help. Email pagcs1925@gmail.com to sign up.

The PAGCS has played a large part in the continued success that the TFTGP is seeing. The improvements to the golf course have changed the entire dynamic of the program. That the golf course can stand on its own and not take money away from the program is not something that was envisioned only a few years ago. This past year, 19,000 children in the Philadelphia area were impacted by TFTGP!

Features of the day include Dalessandro’s famous cheesesteaks, filming by Inside Golf and more.
Schedule
7 a.m. Continental Breakfast
7:30 a.m. Work Begins
12 p.m. Lunch
Send an email to pagcs1925@gmail.com to sign up.

Mother Nature Does it Again: Philly BLUE-OUT Special Moved to May 2

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Hopefully one week does the trick! The Philly BLUE-OUT Special will now be held Wednesday, May 2, 2018. All other details remain the same. Click here for information.

If you are already registered and still plan to attend, there is nothing further you need to do. If you are registered and cannot now attend the new date, please notify the office: kliebsch@pagcs.org.

If you are not registered and would like to attend the new date, Weds., May 2, please click here for registration.

All other details remain the same for this fantastic event!
Philly Blue-Out Special–Joint Meeting with CPGCSA and PTGA
Be sure to wear blue!
Date: Wednesday, May 2, 2018
Location: Middletown Country Club
Shotgun: 11 a.m.
Reception: immediately after golf
A portion of each registration will be
donated to the Els for Autism Foundation

PAGCS 2018 Calendar Takes Shape

The 2018 calendar is full of exciting themes, tournaments, and venues. Here’s what we know right now, and we look forward to seeing you for a very special day at Middletown Country Club on April 25 as we kick off 2018.

— May 2: The Philly Blue-Out Special, supporting autism awareness and
the Ernie Els Organization, in Philly Style at Middletown Country Clubpin

— May 21: our Annual Scholarship Benefit Tournament and Pig Roast at
Turtle Creek Golf Club

— June 11: The PAGCS Member-Member Tournament at
White Clay Creek Country Club

— July 16: The PAGCS Member-Guest at Applecross Country Club

— Sept 17: PAGCS benefit event for The Wee One Foundation at
Manufacturers’ Golf & Country Club

— Oct 15: The PAGCS Golf Championship at
Jericho National Golf Club

— Nov 5: PAGCS Annual Meeeting at
Stonewall

— Dec 20: PAGCS Annual Toy Drive and Christmas Party at
Barnaby’s Havertown

PAGCS in the Christmas Spirit

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The PAGCS knows how to play it: have fun AND do good! This year was no exception, from First Green to First Tee, and the Association wrapped it up nicely with the 2017 Toy Drive and Christmas Party on Tuesday at Barnaby’s Havertown.

All toys were donated to The Matthew Renk Foundation and their efforts on behalf of Toys for CHOP.

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PAGCS Teams Up for First Tee!

This fall, during Thanksgiving week, the Philadelphia Association of Golf Course Superintendents held what has become their annual volunteer event at Walnut Lane Golf Club. Walnut Lane Golf Club is an Arthur Findlay design that is owned by the City of Philadelphia and leased to The First Tee of Greater Philadelphia [TFTOGP].

A few years ago, the PAGCS began helping with the fall aerification, providing a volunteer force made up of a members. Now, under first year superintendent, Ben Davies, the staff at Walnut Lane has been able to complete aeration in house. So, this year, when Ben was approached about what would help the facility the most, he came up with some projects that could make a big difference in his continuing efforts to improve the turf quality.

15867 (2)First up was the 7th hole, which is next to the maintenance facility. There has been a drainage issue causing water to collect on the front of the green and to the left of the approach after any rainfall.

The second and main project was trying to create more airflow by the 10th and 3rd greens. The 10th green is the most difficult on the golf course to maintain. It has all the characteristics of the worst scenarios when trying to grow turf, including minimal sunlight, airflow restriction from trees, and a low-lying area that does not drain well. Thirdly, there was a significant need of stump grinding on the property.

As a request went out to the PAGCS membership, the first person to volunteer was Bill Brown, CGCS (20-year GCSAA Member) of Aqua-Aid. Bill offered the services of their Imants Root Pruner, a process that the golf course was in dire need of! Next to chip in were Shreiner Tree Care and Arader Tree Service, offering large commercial stump grinding services. To fill out the volunteer list were members from Lehigh CC, The Ace Club, Philadelphia CC, Huntingdon Valley CC, and Bala CC. Also donating their time were Mike Janzer (17-year GCSAA Member) from Plantfood Co., Jeff Hass from Golf Cart Services, Sumner Cross (31-year GCSAA Member) and Matt Brown from Lawn & Golf Supply Company and Andy Barone from Ventrac.

At the end of the day, the entire course was root pruned, all the old stumps on the course had been ground, and the 3rd & 10th Greens had significant tree removal from their surrounds. Also, the area around the 7th green had a new drainage system installed. Finally, there was also significant brush removal completed throughout the course using two Ventrac mowers.

All of this was topped off with a traditional Philly Cheesesteak lunch and a talk from special guest Mike Quick, a hometown favorite and Philadelphia Eagles Great, who currently serves as a TFTGP Board Member and works as the color analyst for the Philadelphia Eagles radio broadcasts. The PAGCS, TFTOGP, and Walnut Lane Golf Course are pretty sure the day could not have been more successful.

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Bill Hyndman, Executive Director of The First Tee of Greater Philadelphia had this to say:
“The Walnut Lane Golf Club and The First Tee are grateful to the Philadelphia Association of Golf Course Superintendents. The course would not be in the shape it is today without the support and dedication of the many superintendents, crewmembers, and vendors who have helped us for a number of years. These individuals, who all have difficult jobs themselves, selflessly take time each year to help us, and we can see that they have made a tremendous difference. Thank you for helping us make a difference for our kids and for golf.“

To say that the course has gone through a revitalization, might be an understatement. In the last 3 years, the course has received a much-needed reinvestment. There has been over a $500,000 in TFTGP investments and kind services donated! The involvement of people like Frank Shuman (GCSAA 45 Year Member) TFTGP Board Member and longtime PAGCS member and PAGCS Past President & TFTGP past board member, Jay Parisian (25-year GCSAA Member) have been key in the current momentum at Walnut Lane Golf Club, home of The First Tee of Greater Philadelphia!
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About the author:
Bill Corcoran is a 20-year GCSAA Member, Board Member of the TFTGP and a Commercial Representative on the Board of the PAGCS

Lottery Open for 2017 Member-Guest at Philadelphia Cricket Club

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LOTTERY REGISTRATION for the 2017 Member-Guest Tournament at Philadelphia Cricket Club is now open and will close on Tuesday, June 27, 2017.

Due to the overwhelming response we anticipate for this event, we will be holding a registration lottery for the 2017 Member-Guest Tournament. All lottery entries will take place online [no e-mails or phone calls]. Entrants will be notified of the outcome by Friday, June 30, 2017.

Special notes:
1. Members who have attended meetings this year will be given extra lottery entries.
2. This is a member-guest tournament, so the lottery will work to accommodate partner requests.

Event Highlights: Full-day package includes Lunch, Green Fee [Wissahickon Course] and Caddie Fee [tip is incumbent upon player and paid in cash day of], On-Course Refreshments, and an Open Bar Reception after golf. We are able to offer this wonderful package at only $165 due to the tremendous efforts and support of our sponsors and our host, Dan Meersman and Philadelphia Cricket Club

Title Sponsor: Pocono Turf Supply
Check-In: 9:45 a.m.
Lunch: 10:45 to 11:45 a.m.
Shotgun [Wissahickon Course]: Noon
On Course Refreshments Sponsor: Turf Equipment and Supply
Reception, Dinner & Awards: 5-7 p.m.
Open Bar Sponsor: Genesis Turfgrass
Skill Prize Sponsor: Turf Equipment and Supply
Full Day Price: $165 per person
Click here to enter the lottery.

It’s Finally Here: PAGCS September Extravaganza with Wee One

Agenda
8:30 Registration & Breakfast
10 a.m. Silent Auction Opens
11 a.m. Shotgun: four person scramble
4 p.m. Post Golf Celebration begins, with live band, horseshoe competition, and more
6 p.m. Silent Auction closes
6 p.m.-’til Party Under the Stars
Registration closes on or before 8 a.m. Friday, September 16: Click Here
Registration is open to anyone who loves a good time!
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Event Highlights
*Golf one of the region’s premier courses!
*Celebrate the end of summer in style!
*Enjoy live entertainment by regional hit band Rattle Snake Drive
*Be part of classic camaraderie and competition, both on the course and during the horseshoe tournament

The PAGCS could not be more excited to host the Wee One Foundation for a fundraising outing and BBQ celebration at Manufacturers’ Golf & Country Club. Full day participants will enjoy a great golf course, one the PAGCS has not visited in a very long time. Afterwards, everyone will be treated to a party to remember! Bring your significant other, friends, family, neighbors, anyone who loves a good time for an evening that will include a BBQ dinner, live rock & roll with Rattle Snake Drive, a horseshoe competition, a 50/50 drawing and silent auction, along with plenty of refreshments and cold beverage — all outside and under the stars and lights.

PAGCS Party With a Purpose: One Week From Today and Filling Up

This is it: final chance to register for the September PAGCS Event. This event promises to be very special, a celebration with a purpose. Registration has been opened to the entire Philadelphia Golf Alliance, so please do not wait to register if you plan to attend. http://www.weeone.org/Philadelphia-Wee-One-Fundraiser

One week from today, the PAGCS will host the Wee One Foundation for a fundraising outing and BBQ celebration at Manufacturers’ Golf & Country Club. Full day participants will enjoy a great golf course, one the PAGCS has not visited in a very long time. Afterwards, everyone will be treated to a party to remember! Bring your significant other, friends, family, neighbors, anyone who loves a good time for an evening that will include a BBQ dinner, live rock & roll with Rattle Snake Drive, a horseshoe competition, a 50/50 drawing and silent auction, along with plenty of refreshments and cold beverage — all outside and under the stars and lights.

There are several opportunities to enjoy this event and be part of helping the Wee One Foundation continue its amazing mission of helping members of our golf course maintenance community:

Individual registration [all are welcome until filled, so bring your family and friends for golf and/or celebration]: http://www.weeone.org/Philadelphia-Wee-One-Fundraiser

Want to be part of this event on a bigger scale? Check out the really cool sponsorship packages: http://www.weeone.org/event-2313192

Silent Auction: we are planning some pretty tempting items for bidding wars, but we could use a few more. Contact the PAGCS office or you can submit your donation when you register.