Tony Maginnis drives to Whitemarsh Valley Country Club three times a day. The club’s president for 20 of the last 26 years, including the last 17, decompresses the moment his car
enters the parking lot.
“Even though I come here sometimes and
talk to people about hot topics, it’s not some-
thing that really bothers me a lot. I just think
that being on the property is better than being
somewhere else,” Maginnis, 59, said. “I love it.
I’ve been a member here my whole life. I got
married here. My wife’s family is a member
That drive — the one to the club every
day, and the personal one within — sustains
his motor as a figurehead at Whitemarsh
Valley. It is also one of the qualities that made
Maginnis the Golf Association of Philadel-
phia’s 2017 Distinguished Service Award
Pro.-President, Golf & Green event on May 17
at Whitemarsh Valley.
The Distinguished Service Award is presented to individuals from any golf related disciplines, who have exemplified the spirit of the
game at its highest level and who have made
a substantial contribution to the game at the
Philadelphia, national or international level.
“From my perspective, it’s a huge honor,”
Maginnis said. “I think it reflects a little bit on
some of the work that I’ve done around the
club and with the Golf Association of Philadel-
The Maginnis name is synonymous with
Whitemarsh Valley. Tony’s father Eugene, Sr.
served as president from 1968-72. His broth-
ers Paul, Gene and Bill and sister Tish Hayden
are also members.
Tony, who was the Club President during
its Centennial celebration in 2008, has called
Whitemarsh Valley home since childhood.
He even caddied for the Monday qualifying
rabbits during the IVB-Philadelphia Golf Classic
in the 1970s.
Maginnis cites Whitemarsh Valley’s flood
mitigation project as his greatest accomplishment during his presidential tenure. The effort
elevated seven holes on the golf course to
improve drainage. Before the mitigation project, Whitemarsh frequently found itself under
water when significant rains hit the area. The
low areas, in particular, the fairways on Nos. 3,
13, 14 and 15, would turn into ponds. A “dry
creek” area running from Thomas Road back
to the Wissahickon Creek was redesigned so
that it could handle vast amounts of water
Tony Maginnis, seated left, with family.
Father Eugene, Sr. is seated right.