Most Improved Golfers
(April 1 to Nov. 15, 2017)
STARTING ENDING IMPROVEMENT MALE HANDICAP HANDICAP FACTOR
Jack Ryan, Hartefeld National 35.2 14. 3 1.796
Noah Berger, Northampton 39.1 16. 5 1.793
Nate Pierce, Spring Ford 14. 6 3. 5 1.716
Andrew Kiddie, Aronimink 18. 4 5. 8 1.708
Tyler Tornoe, St. Davids 23.1 8. 7 1.696
STARTING ENDING IMPROVEMENT FEMALE HANDICAP HANDICAP FACTOR
Ava O’Sullivan, Whitford 24.2 9. 6 1.676
Sydney Yermish, Rolling Green 16. 4 6. 9 1.503
Brooke Oberparleiter, Little Mill 12. 4 4. 8 1.452
Grace Sanborn, Northampton 25.1 21.2 1.419
Ciara Morrissey, Huntingdon Valley 30. 9 18. 6 1.402
The USGA-recommended method for determining a club’s most improved player at the end of a season or year is as follows: Add 12 to the player’s Handicap Index at the start of
the season. This is value A. Add 12 to the player’s Handicap Index at the end of the season. This is value B. Divide value A by value B, calculating to three decimal places. This is
the improvement factor. See Appendix H of the USGA Handicap Manual for a complete explanation.
Most Improved Golfers
By name alone, Ryan is a celebrity. Jack Ryan, in the arts and entertainment realm, is a popular Tom Clancy character and the namesake of a
highly-anticipated television series starring John Krasinski.
Ryan, a freshman at Kennett High School, became a trifold celebrity
based on his golf production in 2017. He is the Golf Association of Philadelphia’s Most Improved Male Golfer.
“It feels great to earn this recognition,” Ryan, 15, of Landenberg, Pa.,
said. “I went out and played three days a week, just having fun.”
It wasn’t all play and no work for Ryan during the summer, however.
He began taking lessons with Dave Seeman at Hartefeld National and
noticed immediate results. Ryan particularly improved his ball-striking,
establishing more consistency with longer golf shots. Attribute an assist
to Seeman on the stat sheet.
“He helped me with my alignment and my backswing, making sure I’m
not going outside in. He made sure I went straight back and straight
through,” Ryan said. “My goal for 2018 is to shoot in the 70s.”
In an effort to achieve that goal, Ryan plans to increase his tournament
workload. Practice sessions with Seeman will continue as well.
Oh, and Ryan will add “Jack Ryan” to his queue when it’s released on
Amazon Prime in August. An obligation by name alone.
WHITFORD COUNTRY CLUB
O’Sullivan owes her golf growth in 2017 to an increase in tournament
participation, daily practice sessions at Whitford and continuous consultations with Eric MacCluen, her instructor since 2014. She shaved nearly
15 strokes off her Handicap Index in 2017.
“I wanted to be a more competitive player, so I played in more tournaments from the spring through fall this past year. My scores really
dropped, and it was from all the hard work that I put into working with
my coach Eric,” O’Sullivan, 13, of Exton, Pa., said. “I wouldn’t be the
player I am today without his help.”
O’Sullivan also credits Cara Basso, a fellow Whitford member and the reigning Women’s Golf Association of Philadelphia Match Play Champion. Basso
is a Penn State University junior and a member of the women’s golf team.
“I always look up to her because I want to play Division I golf. I really
recognize all of the hard work that I’ve taken from her,” O’Sullivan, an
eighth grader at Lionville Middle School, said. “I look up to her because
she’s been such a good friend. She helps me a lot.”
When it comes to the golf season ahead, O’Sullivan is resolute when
sharing a goals trifecta.
“I want to consistently have only 28 putts per round. I want to embrace
the mental challenges of the game, and I want to play in more two-day
tournaments,” she said.
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