Jeff Kiddie Aronimink Golf Club
Kiddie, 48, of West Chester, Pa., became the 43rd president of the Philadelphia Section PGA during the organization’s fall meeting Oct. 28 at St.
Davids Golf Club. Serving for more than a decade as a district director
and director of section affairs, Kiddie advanced through the appropriate
officer chairs to his election to the Section’s highest office. “We just
started PGA REACH Philadelphia [the Section’s charitable foundation]
last year, so I’d like to assist [Executive Director] Geoff [Surrette] in growing the foundation. That’s one of the goals,” Kiddie, Aronimink’s head
professional of 12 years, said. Kiddie is also a member of the PGA of
America Rules Committee.
Joey Morganti Llanerch Country Club
Morganti, 17, of Havertown, Pa., participated in the PURE Insurance
Championship Sept. 24-29 at Pebble Beach Golf Links in Pebble Beach,
Calif. The PURE Insurance Championship pairs 78 PGA TOUR Champions players with 78 boys and girls, ages 14 to 18, from The First
Tee chapters around the country. Morganti, a senior at St. Joseph’s
Preparatory School, represented The First Tee of Greater Philadelphia
and played alongside Tom Byrum. “To be in the ropes with Tom, to
deal with the crowds, and experience tour life made it one of the best
weeks of my life,” Morganti said.
Michael O’Brien Makefield Highlands Golf Club
O’Brien, 22, of West Chester, Ohio, set a course and tournament record
in the ODU/OBX Intercollegiate Oct. 19-22 at Kilmarlic Golf Club (par
71, 6,515 yards) in Powell’s Point, N.C. He carded a 10-under-par 61
in the event’s final round to earn individual medalist honors. “When
you’re done, you’re just like, ‘Wow. How did that happen?’ Everything
clicked,” O’Brien said. “All of a sudden you look down and shot 61. It
was pretty cool.” O’Brien is a senior at Saint Joseph’s University.
Ashly Ryan Philadelphia Country Club
The Club Foundation announced Ryan, 33, of Downingtown, Pa., as a
recipient of the Sally Burns Rambo Scholarship. She is one of 11 individuals nationwide to receive the scholarship, which provides financial support to female club managers interested in furthering their
professional development. “It really is an honor,” Ryan, Philadelphia
Country Club’s clubhouse manager, said. “I’ve been in the club industry for about 12 years now, and the level of representation by women
in club leadership has definitely increased over that time.” As a scholarship recipient, Ryan is granted tuition costs and travel expenses to
attend her choice of one of CMAA’s Business Management Institutes.
Brian Corcoran Whitemarsh Valley Country Club
In the semifinal match of the Whitemarsh Valley men’s club championship, Corcoran, 35, of Philadelphia, Pa., went on an under-par run for
the ages. Playing against 2018 champion Sean Carlin, Corcoran jarred
birdies on Nos. 11, 14 and 15 to gain the late-round momentum he
needed. Corcoran then lifted a 5-iron 161 yards on No. 16 for his sec-ond-career ace, followed by a conceded eagle on No. 17 to shoot 7
under on the back nine. Corcoran won the semifinal match, 3&1, before
ultimately taking the Final against John Frampton. “It was pretty unbelievable,” said Corcoran. “To get my name up on that club championship
board with some other big GAP names means a lot to me.”
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Scores posted to individual handicap records
during the GAP season (April 1-Nov. 15).
Par at GAP’s ULTIMATE 18.
Straight women’s club championships won
by Barbara Pagana at Susquehanna Valley.
Consecutive Super-Senior Player of the Year
awards won by Don Donatoni of
White Manor Country Club.
Course designs credited to architect
William Flynn on GAP’s ULTIMATE 18.