Lange, Lutz take third
Overbrook Golf Club’s Chris Lange and LedgeRock
Golf Club’s Chip Lutz captured the Senior Division
in the 57th International Four-Ball Championship
Feb. 15-17 at The Fox Club in Palm City, Fla. It
marked the team’s third title in four years. Lange,
58, of Bryn Mawr, Pa., and Lutz, 58, of Reading, Pa.,
posted rounds of 68, 65 and 67 for a 13-under-par
President George W. Bush to headline celebration
of The First Tee Greater Philadelphia
President George W. Bush will be among the prominent guests scheduled to attend an evening honoring The First Tee Greater Philadelphia.
The event will be held on June 15 at The ACE Conference Center in
Lafayette Hill, Pa.
The celebration coincides with the playing of the U.S. Open Championship
at nearby Merion Golf Club. This is the first time the U.S. Open has
been in the Philadelphia area since 1981.
President Bush will be interviewed by ESPN/ABC Commentator Mike
Tirico. Also, joining in the celebration will be PGA Tour Commissioner
Tim Finchem; The First Tee CEO Joe Louis Barrow; and a host of other
notables from the worlds of business, politics and sports.
The First Tee is a youth development initiative whose mission is to impact the lives of young people
by providing learning facilities and educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing
values, and promote healthy choices through golf. The curriculum incorporates nine core values
connected to the game: honesty, integrity, sportsmanship, respect, confidence, responsibility,
perseverance, courtesy and judgment.
The First Tee Greater Philadelphia, which is marking 10 years of working with young people, reaches
more than 8,000 children annually.
Tickets for the evening are available at $1,000 per person and tables of 10 sell for $10,000. Three
levels of corporate sponsorship are being offered for what promises to be a memorable event and
special 10th anniversary year.
For more information on tickets, sponsorship, or general questions, contact Hunter Public Relations-Special Events at 831-375-1747 or access The First Tee Web site at www.thefirstteephiladelphia.org.
Jack Connelly joins
North Hills’ golf staff
Jack Connelly, former longtime head professional
at Huntingdon Valley Country Club and past president of the PGA of America, joined the golf staff at
North Hills Country Club. Connelly, the 2010 Arnold
Palmer Lifetime Service Award recipient, will assist
the club with outings, better-ball events and its
Member Guest tournament.
Philadelphia Cricket’s Meersman awarded
Herman Fry dies
Reading Country Club’s Herman J. Fry died
March 4 at the age of 69. Fry won the GAP
Amateur Championship in 1974 and the Joseph
H. Patterson Cup in 1984. He was featured
in the Legends video series in 2010. Fry is
survived by his wife Carol and sons Kevin,
Randall, Todd and Keith. In lieu of flowers,
contributions may be made to the American
Cancer Society, 498 E. Bellevue Ave., Reading,
PA 19605 or the American Heart Association,
P.O. Box 15120, Chicago, IL 60693.
Philadelphia Cricket Club Superintendent
Dan Meersman received the 2012 TurfNet Superintendent of the Year Award
presented by Syngenta. Meersman, 34, of
Flourtown, Pa., was selected by a panel of
judges from a list of 10 finalists. The award is
presented to a superintendent who excels
at one or more of the following: labor-man-agement, maximizing budget limitations,
educating and advancing the careers of
colleagues and assistants, negotiating with
government agencies, preparing for tournaments under unusual circumstances,
service to golf clientele, upgrading or renovating the course and dealing with extreme
or emergency conditions.
dan Meersman, center, recieves 2012 turfnet superintendent of the Year Award
Hopewell Valley pro Kimball dies at age 44
Richard “Duke” Kimball, head professional at Hopewell Valley Golf Club, died Jan. 21 at age 44.
He is survived by his wife Susan (nee DeStefano), daughter Jordan and mother Patricia. Donations
in Kimball’s memory may be made to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Attn: Donor Services, P.O. Box
650309, Dallas, TX 75265 or on-line at www.komen.org.