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O’Hair at the 2009 Presidents Cup 
 
O’Hair wasn’t picked but he wasn’t snubbed
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
By Joe Logan

Is there an argument to be made that Sean O’Hair got snubbed by Corey Pavin by not being one of his four captain’s picks?

 

Nah, not really.

 

Despite winning $1.8 million so far, 2010 has been a so-so year for O’Hair, the West Chester resident.  He hasn’t won, he has only three Top 10 finishes and, barring a huge week at the BMW Championship in Chicago, he’ll likely be done for the season.

 

For anyone who notes that Captain Pavin had to skip over O’Hair, at 18th in Ryder Cup points, to get to rookie sensation Rickie Fowler, 20th in points, don’t forget that Fowler has racked up those points in only one year.

 

Coming off his strong performance in the 2009 Presidents Cup, where he went 2-2-1, it is fair to argue that O’Hair would have brought something of a veteran’s perspective to a team that already included three first-timers (Matt Kuchar, Bubba Watson and Jeff Overton). 

 

Still, it’s hard to complain about Pavin’s picks: Tiger Woods, who is still No. 1 in the world appearing to be getting back on track; Ryder Cup veterans Zach Johnson (11th in points, Ryder Cup record 1-2-1) Stewart Cink (14th in points, Ryder Cup record 4-7-4) and Fowler, the hottest rookie on the PGA Tour.

 

Fact is, O’Hair was in the conversation for the U.S. Ryder Cup team – he was mentioned prominently in all speculative stories --  but he needed to turn some heads coming down the homestretch, which he didn’t to.


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No. 10 
Crump Cup reminder
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
By Joe Logan

For fans of Pine Valley Golf Club, circle Sunday, Sept. 12 on your calendar.  That’s the day of the finals of the 86th Crump Cup.

 

The George Arthur Crump Cup Memorial Tournament, named for the founder and main architect of the club, is a four-day competition among a field of top amateurs.  The day of the finals is the one day of the year that Pine Valley, near Clementon, N.J., the No. 1 ranked course in the country, throws open its doors to any and all comers.

 

Here is the pertinent information for this year’s Crump Cup.

 

-- Doors open at 1 p.m., Sept. 12.

 

-- Parking is at the Clementon Lake Amusement Park, 144 Berlin Road, Clementon.  Signs will be posted to direct you to the designated parking area.  (Police will not allow parking o East Atlantic Ave.)

 

-- Parking is $20 per car, which will include a shuttle bus ride to the course.

 

-- The Clementon Youth Athletic Association will set up a refreshment stand inside the front gate.

 

-- Video, photographs and cell phones are not permitted.  Do not bring cameras.

 

-- In case of inclement weather, call 856-783-3000, Option  4.

 

For your reading enjoyment, here’s a tour of the course from GolfClubAtlas.com.   Here’s a good magazine story on the Crump Cup.  Photos from last year’s Crump Cup are under Photos on the MyPhillyGolf Home page.


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Amory Davis 
Amory Davis pulls off upset at U.S. Amateur
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
By Joe Logan

The biggest upset of the day at the U.S. Amateur involved a local.

 

Amory Davis, from Chadds Ford, a senior at the University of Virginia, pulled off a 3 & 1 victory over Jeff Wilson, the stroke-play medalist and No. 1 seed.

 

Wilson, 47, a reinstated amateur who is now a car dealer in California, earned his No. 1 seed the old fashioned way:  He shot a 62 on the first of two days of stroke-play qualifying.  Davis earned his spot another old-fashioned way:  He arose early Wednesday morning to be one of 16 players vying for six final match play spots.

 

Having earned the last spot, Davis was plugged into the line for sacrificial victims in the match play bracket, facing the No. 1 seed.

 

But the match didn’t work out as expected.  Davis stunned the favorite, standing at the equivalent of 4-under par through 17 holes when he closed out Wilson with his sixth birdie of the day.

 

Wilson’s defeat immediately raised questions about the "medalist jinx."  But Davis shook off the suggestion, citing his own hot hand as the deciding factor.

 

"Jeff played awesome," said Davis.  "If he had run into somebody who played pretty good golf today, he would have smoked him.  But, I didn’t play pretty good golf."

 

Like so many young golfers these days, Davis is a near-novice at match play.  "I haven’t played play match play since high school, my sophomore year in high school since I was 15 years," he said.

 

In today’s Round 2 match, Davis faces Brad Benjamin, 23, from Rockford, Ill., the 2009 U.S. Amateur Publinks champion.


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Amory Davis 
Amory Davis makes match play at U.S. Amateur
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
By Joe Logan

The good news from the U.S. Amateur is that one member of the Philadelphia-area contingent, Amory Davis, from Chadds Ford, made it to match play.

 

The bad news is, in his first round match this afternoon, Davis will face Amateur medalist Jeff Wilson, 47, a car dealer from Fairfield, Calif., who shot 62 on Monday.

Davis, a senior at the University of Virginia, won his berth into match play Wednesday morning, as one of 16 players in a playoff for six spots.

 

Their match is scheduled to begin at 2:10 p.m. West Coast time.

 

 

 


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Amory Davis 
Locals watch at U.S. Amateur
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
By Joe Logan

In the locals watch of Philadelphia-area golfers in the U.S. Amateur,  after the first of two days of stroke-play qualifying, two players – Amory Davis from Chadds Ford and Brian Belden from Emmaus – are in good position to be among the low 64 who advance to match play.

 

Davis, a senior at the University of Virginia, is the low local, having shot 2-under 70 on The Home Course, tying him for 11th..  Today, he’ll play Chambers Bay, which will host the match play portion of the Amateur.

 

Belden, a senior at the University of Kentucky, is tied for 24th after shooting even par 72.  He also plays Chambers Bay today.

 

Michael Brown, 37, from Cheltenham, winner of the 2010 Philadelphia Open, shot 3-over 75 and his tied for 97th, along with Brandon Detweiler, from Akron, Pa., a senior at N.C. State, who was medalist at local qualifying for the Amateur.

 

Robert Savarese, from Lafayette Hill, shot 4-over 76 and is tied for 123rd.  Marc Mandel, from Conshohocken, shot 6-over 77 at Chambers Bay, leaving him tied for 164th.


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4th at Ballamor GC 
Golf ranks Ballamor No. 4 among N.J. publics
Friday, August 20, 2010
By Joe Logan

Ballamor GC in Egg Harbor Township is rightfully crowing that nine months after it went public, the course has been ranked 4th in New Jersey on Golf magazine’s latest list of Best Places You Can Play.

 

The Top 100 nationally and the state-by-state lists will be published in the September issue of the magazine; it’s already available on the sister website, Golf.com.

 

"This comes as a pleasant surprise," said Ballamor GM Mike Tucci.  "While we knew Ballamor was as good as or even better than some of the other NJ courses, we figured it might take some time for the word to get out."

 

Opened in 2001 as a private club, Ballamor filed for bankruptcy last fall and reopened Jan. 1 2010 as an upscale daily fee.

 

Debuting at No. 4 in New Jersey vaults Ballamor past several established, quality courses at the Shore, such as Shore Gate (7th), Twisted Dune (8th), Sea Oaks (9th), Seaview Bay Course (12th), Vineyard at Renault (15th) and Sand Barrens (16th).  Atlantic City CC ranks No. 1 on the New Jersey list.

 

Here is my review of Ballamor.


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10th at Pine Valley 
Crump Cup, Sept. 12th
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
By Joe Logan

For fans of Pine Valley Golf Club, circle Sunday, Sept. 12 on your calendar.  That’s the day of the finals of the 86th Crump Cup.

 

The George Arthur Crump Cup Memorial Tournament, named for the founder and main architect of the club, is a four-day competition among a field of top amateurs.  The day of the finals is the one day of the year that Pine Valley, near Clementon, N.J., the No. 1 ranked course in the country, throws open its doors to any and all comers.

 

Here is the pertinent information for this year’s Crump Cup.

 

-- Doors open at 1 p.m., Sept. 12.

 

-- Parking is at the Clementon Lake Amusement Park, 144 Berlin Road, Clementon.  Signs will be posted to direct you to the designated parking area.  (Police will not allow parking o East Atlantic Ave.)

 

-- Parking is $20 per car, which will include a shuttle bus ride to the course.

 

-- The Clementon Youth Athletic Association will set up a refreshment stand inside the front gate.

 

-- Video, photographs and cell phones are not permitted.  Do not bring cameras.

 

-- In case of inclement weather, call 856-783-3000, Option  4.

 

For your reading enjoyment, here’s a tour of the course from GolfClubAtlas.com.   Here’s a good magazine story on the Crump Cup.  Photos from last year’s Crump Cup are under Photos on the MyPhillyGolf Home page.


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