2013 course rating schedule
The Golf Association of Philadelphia rates
every Member Club within a 7-10 year period.
All raters have a working knowledge of the
USGA Course Rating System and are continuously educated through seminars and on-line
training programs facilitated by the USGA and
the Golf Association of Philadelphia. Volunteer course raters regularly drive significant
distances to show up at the course early in
the morning. The raters work together to solidify the backbone of the USGA Handicap
System, which allows golfers worldwide to
compete on an equitable basis. Without an
accurate USGA Course Rating, this would not
be possible. Listed below are golf courses to
be rated in 2013 (as of 3/31/13) :
• Bensalem Township Country Club
• Brookside Country Club
• Cedarbrook Country Club
• Deerwood Country Club
• Downingtown Country Club
• Golden Pheasant Golf Club
• Heritage Creek Golf Club
• Hershey’s Mill Golf Club
• Indian Valley Country Club
• Inniscrone Golf Club
• Lehigh Country Club
• Manufacturers Golf & Country Club
• Meadowlands Country Club
• Northampton Country Club
• Old York Country Club at Chesterfield
• Rolling Green Golf Club
• The Club at Shannondell
• Stonewall (Old)
• Sunnybrook Golf Club
• Talamore Country Club
• Tavistock Country Club
• Wedgwood Country Club
Most Improved Male Golfer Joe DelFranco McCall Golf & Country Club For any freshmen in high school, earning a spot on a varsity sports team is a prideful achievement. Joe DelFranco knows the feeling. The Marple Newtown High School freshman is competing on its golf team. To make the squad, DelFranco rapidly upgraded his game – so much so that the McCall Golf & Country Club member received the Golf Association of Philadelphia’s Most Improved Male Golfer distinction for 2012. “It feels great,” DelFranco, 15, of Broomall, Pa., said. “The hard work and deter- mination that you give to the game is finally paying back for you.” Over the course of a year, DelFranco’s Handicap Index dipped from 28. 6 to 7. 4 for an improvement factor of 2.093 The Association uses the USGA-recommend method of awarding the “Most Improved” label to the player with the highest improvement factor. DelFranco marched to the golf course at least four days a week throughout the
summer, working on his short game for the most part.
“They make up more than half the strokes in your round,” DelFranco said. “I figured they’re most important.”
In addition to practice sessions, DelFranco competed on the Philadelphia Junior Tour — his best performance being
in its final 2012 event. He finished tied for seventh at Paxon Hollow Country Club. DelFranco plans on following the same
path in 2013.
“My goals are to keep getting my handicap lower and hopefully make varsity again for my golf team,” he said.
Most Improved Female Golfer
Madison Beer Cherry Valley Country Club
Madison Beer considers 2012 the best summer of her life.
One the reasons being her time spent on the golf course. The Cherry Valley Country Club member practiced “almost every day” and extensively worked on her game
with Allan Bowman, the club’s director of golf. As a result, Beer earned the Golf
Association of Philadelphia’s Most Improved Female Golfer distinction for 2012.
“I was utterly amazed,” Beer, 18, of Skillman, N.J., said. “I will be forever grate-
ful to [Bowman] because he helped me develop who I was and to become more
comfortable and confident as a golfer. It was amazing to get those results. I can
remember one moment exactly where I shot my lowest ever, which was a 74, and it
was absolutely amazing. I had an eagle on No. 12 at Royce Brook [Golf Club]; it was
the most amazing and rewarding feeling.”
Beer lowered her handicap index from an 11. 5 to 3. 6 for an improvement
factor of 1.506. The player with the highest improvement factor earns the “Most Improved” classification, as
recommended by the USGA.
Ed Hennigan won Fox Hill Country Club’s Championship
in 2012. The Winter 2012 edition of the Golf Association
of Philadelphia Magazine listed Brandon Matthews
as its champion. Matthews won the club’s match play
Joe DelFranco, McCall G&CC
Kyle Henofer, Indian Valley CC
Michael Szipszky, White Manor CC
Scott Hillman, Merchantville CC
Max Wallace, Green Valley CC
In the “Whitford Country Club’s Griffin sneaks into match
play, soars to club championship” story, Rule 18-2b
required further clarification. It is defined as follows: “If
a player’s ball in play moves after he has addressed it
(other than as a result of a stroke), the player is deemed
to have moved the ball and incurs a penalty of one stroke.
The ball must be replaced unless it is known or virtually
certain that something else (e.g. the wind) caused the
ball to move.”
Madison Beer, Cherry Valley CC
Michelle Applegate, Trenton CC
Lori Petty, Riverview CC
Alison Snakard, RiverCrest GC&Preserve
Ann Marie Goldstein, Paxon Hollow CC
*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.
Half of Beer’s best summer was spent
on the putting green, where she sharpened her short game. She also focused
on improving her ball-striking under
A senior at Montgomery High School,
Beer made golf her sole sports focus
when she arrived in 2009. She joined
the golf team “because I knew it would
make my dad happy.”
“I had the time of my life,” Beer said.
“I made some really good friends. I kind
of got a little bit of a rush and realized
that playing golf was for me. I realized
that it was going to take me further in
And it has. Beer will attend Kutztown
University this fall, where she’ll major in
sports management and compete on
the school’s golf team. Until then, she’ll
enjoy her favorite part of the game –