Cara Basso Whitford Country Club
Basso, 20, of Downingtown, Pa., successfully defended her Women’s Golf
Association of Philadelphia Match Play Championship title July 9-13 at Cedarbrook Country Club. The Penn State University senior defeated Honeybrook
Golf Club’s Amy Kennedy, 12& 11, in the Final. That margin of victory is tied
for the second largest in the event’s 121-year history. “To go back-to-back
was definitely very special. I know there are quite a few players throughout the
history of the event who have multiple wins and who are still pretty active in
the tournament,” Basso said. “To get my name on that trophy more than once
means a lot, in terms of having a future with the Women’s Golf Association of
Philadelphia.” Basso is the first back-to-back champion since WGAP Executive
Director Laura Hammond (2007-08).
Bernie Finch Medford Village Country Club
A day after celebrating his 55th birthday, Finch, of Medford, N.J., received a rare
golf gift: two aces in one round. He completed a front-nine match against Steve
Purdy July 5 and decided to join Greg Biche and Jeff Lynch on the back nine.
Finch aced the par 3, 161-yard 11th hole with a 7-iron. He then holed his 5-iron
tee shot on the par 3, 185-yard 16th hole. “I jokingly said to Steve, ‘I think I did
it again,’” Finch, who owns ProSwim Fitness in Mount Laurel, N.J., said. “We
again went nuts. It took me 30 years to get the first one, and 20 minutes to get
the second one.” The odds of a player carding two aces in the same round, on
a course with four par 3s, is 1 in 26,045,834, according to US Hole In One, an
insurance company based in Haverford, Pa.
Danny Harcourt Mercer Oaks Golf Course
Harcourt, 21, of Fanwood, N.J., tied his personal collegiate low round of 68
as he claimed the Dickinson College Fall Invitational at Carlisle Barracks
Golf Course on Sept. 11. His round included an eagle, four birdies and two
bogeys. Harcourt, a senior at Gettysburg College, led the sweep of both the
individual and team titles for the Bullets. This is his ninth individual victory
at Gettysburg. “It’s nice to start off the season well,” Harcourt, who reached
the Round of 16 in this year’s BMW Philadelphia Amateur Championship,
said. “My opening rounds have been some of my worst throughout college.
To be able to start out with one of my lower rounds was a pleasant surprise. It
was pretty special to have all the team there and to win our first event of the
season with new coaches.”
Lisa McGill Sunnybrook Golf Club
The Rhode Island Golf Association pegged McGill, 59, of Chestnut Hill, Pa.,
as a member of its 2018 Hall of Fame class. She will be inducted during the
organization’s year-end banquet Dec. 4 at Valley Country Club in Warwick, R.I.
“I had absolutely no idea it was coming,” McGill, who summers in Watch Hill,
R.I., said. “It’s a great honor. It’s been kind of a remarkable summer, so to have
this recognition as well is something I had never dreamt of.” McGill, a member
of The Misquamicut Club, is a four-time Rhode Island Women’s Amateur Champion (1995, 2005, 2015, 2018). She also captured her second Pennsylvania
State Women’s Golf Association Senior Amateur title (2011) earlier this year.
Joseph Weiscarger Wyoming Valley Country Club
Weiscarger, 60, of Wilkes Barre, Pa., carded a 1-under-par 70 to capture the
15th AGA/GAP Stroke Play Championship at Fox Hill Country Club Aug. 24.
The longtime Anthracite competitor excelled on the greens, totaling 28 putts
en route to a one-stroke victory over Honesdale Golf Club’s Eric Williams.
“I’ve played Fox Hill a lot. Quite honestly, I used that experience to the best
that I could while playing in competition,” Weiscarger said. “My style of game
is that I don’t take too many risks. If I have a good putting day, I feel like I
have an opportunity to win. That day I did putt well.” Weiscarger, a three-time
individual winner in the Men’s Coal Scuttle Championship, notched a decisive
stroke – a tap-in birdie – on the par 4, 377-yard 17th hole.
Amount raised for Platt Caddie Scholarship by
Dawn to Dusk Golf Marathon in its nine years.
Years Aronimink Golf Club will host the
KPMG Women’s PGA Championship and
PGA Championship, respectively.
Year Matthew F. Van Istendal purchased 100
acres of Taunton Tract land for $100, which
would become the site of Little Mill Country Club.
Number of years Ray Didinger has been
covering professional football.
Golf Association of Philadelphia Super-Senior
victories by Don Donatoni, including this
year’s Senior Amateur Championship,
since turning 65 years old.
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