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  • Title: MABGA History
    Descriptive info: .. MIDDLE ATLANTIC BLIND GOLF ASSOCIATION.. MABGA.. Turning Obstacles Into Opportunities.. Home.. MABGA History.. Annual Tournament.. Golf Schedule.. Directions to Courses.. Coaches Corner.. Newsletter Articles.. Junior Golf.. Host Golf Clubs.. Blind Golf Rules.. Membership Application.. Elected Officers.. Contributions.. By_laws.. Golf_League.. Videos viewed with Windows Media Player.. 2014 Junior Golf Video.. Video.. MABGA at Olde YorkCC.. MABGA History Video.. Second Junior Golf Video.. Video of Mario Tobia and Coach Steve Rodos.. The Middle Atlantic Blind Golf Association, MABGA.. 65 years of turning obstacles into opportunities.. The story of the Middle Atlantic Blind Golf Association begins with Robert Allman's desire to share the joys of golf with other blind friends and his plan to organize competitive golf within the local blind community and beyond.. During the 1948 golf season MABGA evolved from the idea stage into the reality of a small group of blind golfers playing rounds of golf at the Juniata Golf Club of Philadelphia, each Sunday afternoon, with the help of Joe Hunsberger, the Golf Professional and his assistants.. Along with Bob Allman, the group included: Ben Pearlman, Phil Tuso and we believe Dr.. Simon Van Wagenen.. These Blind Heroes started turning obstacles into opportunities, through much.. practice and a lot of determination.. Robert G.. Allman, Esquire, was the founder of MABGA.. Due to an accident at the age of 4, Bob lost his sight.. He attended the Overbrook School for the Blind where he learned many of the skills that served him throughout his lifetime.. It was Bob’s determination to beat the odds that enabled him to excel in many areas of life including a wrestling championship and Phi Beta Kappa, while attending the University of Pennsylvania, managing a successful marriage and raising four sons and running a busy law practice.. Throughout his lifetime, Bob Allman had a powerful impact on many people, both sighted and blind.. MABGA's first president, Francis Strawbridge, Jr.. used his philanthropic nature to help the association grow.. During his many years of service as the First President of MABGA, he also added the prestige of the Strawbridge name, at a time when little was known about either blind golf or about MABGA.. Mr.. Strawbridge undertook many of the administrative and leadership duties when he was elected the association’s first president in 1949.. He continued his duties in helping MABGA to prosper, over the next decade and beyond.. Without the leadership and guidance of Bob Allman and Francis Strawbridge Jr.. , MABGA would have been hard pressed to achieve all that it has over these sixty-five years.. MABGA’s history would be incomplete without mentioning the great efforts of our volunteer coaches.. In order to be successful, a good coach must be generous with his or her time, skills and patience.. Coaching is a labor of love.. The coaches act as the eyes of the blind.. Many coaches say that they enjoy seeing their blind golfer hit a good shot more than hitting one themselves.. MABGA's coaches are a big part of our success!.. Since MABGA’s beginning, sixty-five years ago, many private and public golf courses throughout the Delaware Valley and beyond, have contributed to MABGA's success.. We could not have remained in existence without the cooperation and generosity of the many host golf clubs that continue to sponsor golf outings for our members.. Tiny Pedone, a local golf professional and entrepreneur.. Joined MABGA In 1956.. He embarked on a journey, which would link his name with MABGA as strongly as any other, in our history.. He served as president during the seventies and dedicated a quarter of a century to serving MABGA.. The Middle Atlantic Blind Golf Association (MABGA).. Sixty-five Years of Turning Obstacles into Opportunities.. Ercole Oristaglio was MABGA's senior statesman for more than fifty years, until his death in the summer of 2000.. He added strength and stability to a young and growing association.. He served many years as the association’s Vice-President.. During the eighties, he shouldered most of the responsibility of keeping MABGA strong for the future.. The sixties brought further expansion and with it some key new people who have helped to make MABGA stronger today.. Joseph De Francisco was a good friend of Tiny Pedone and he served as MABGA's Second president during the sixties and early seventies.. His leadership and other talents were key resources for MABGA.. Some additional key members, who joined the association in the sixties included David Kriskoff, a blind veteran and  ...   event); and most importantly, the start of the MABGA Blind Junior Golf Program.. MABGA is very proud of its Junior Golf Program, which started in the fall of 1993.. Gil Kayson is MABGA's only living Life Member.. This is a special honor reserved for members who demonstrate their skills and talent in serving MABGA well, for a long time.. Under Gil’s leadership, as chairman, and with the strong assistance of Norman Kritz, Al Balukas and others, MABGA has developed the Blind Junior Golf Program to its current place as a key part of the association.. With the cooperation of the Philadelphia Section of the PGA and many local Golf Professionals, MABGA has operated the program, which continues to grow with more blind boys and girls joining each year.. MABGA has expanded the program by providing individual lessons and equipment for each junior golfer.. This program is the first known joint effort between a PGA Section and a regional blind golf association.. MABGA's goal is to help extend this program to blind children across the entire country.. With the help of its friends at the Overbrook School for the Blind, and through the efforts of Norman Kritz, his family and the maintenance crew of the Cobbs Creek Golf Club constructed a pitch and putt course and practice green in the spring of 1996 on the school campus.. Our Blind Junior Golfers use it for both competition and practice.. The golf course is named in honor of our founder and serves as a memorial to Robert Allman, for his efforts on behalf of blind golf.. During the winter of 1990/1991, MABGA took a major step toward turning a long time dream, into a reality.. 1992 marked the first MABGA Invitational Golf Tournament, which was hosted by Edgmont Country Club in August.. The event was a big success under the leadership of Joe Wallace, the first Chairman of the Tournament Committee.. This event is MABGA’s only yearly major fund raising effort and teams both sighted and blind golfers in a fun -filled format.. For the past twenty-two years, MABGA's members and coaches organize, operate and participate in this annual golf tournament, with the committee moving the event to a different.. golf club yearly.. During the nineties, under the leadership of its three presidents, Rudy Pileggi, Joseph Bitman and Norman Martin MABGA was able to achieve many of its goals.. Rudy Pileggi has been a volunteer coach since the mid sixties.. During his presidency and later, serving as MABGA Treasurer, Rudy continues to be a driving force in helping MABGA to reach its goal to become better organized.. He initiated regular board meetings and expanded membership in MABGA’s many committees.. Dur In the mid-nineties, Dr.. Joe Bitman continued MABGA's progress toward building its blind junior golf program.. Joe started as a coach for his wife, Louise.. In a short time his enthusiasm and leadership skills propelled him to the presidency of MABGA.. Joe led by example and was always generous with his time and efforts.. His death in 1997 was an especially difficult loss for all of MABGA‘s blind golfers and coaches.. Norman Martin joined MABGA as a volunteer coach in the early nineties.. Like his predecessors, Norman demonstrated the same great leadership skills, which brought him success in business.. During his presidency, Norman prepared MABGA for a great future.. On January 1, 2002, MABGA altered a long-time tradition, which began with Francis Strawbridge Jr.. Until this time, all eight Presidents of MABGA had been fully sighted.. MABGA elected its first totally blind President, Jim Ganter.. With the guidance and support, of the Board of Governors, Jim undertook the same role of leadership and duties as his predecessors for the past ten years.. Now, under the leadership of Michael Connell, MABGA will continue to evolve from its humble beginnings to face the many challenges of the future.. During this past decade, MABGA has continued to shine, strengthening both our adult membership and that of our Blind Junior Golf Program, both locally and beyond.. MABGA is working toward an even more productive future.. The organization is committed to spreading the news about blind golf across America.. The association has created and maintained an internet website, to enhance the association's efforts to broaden the public’s awareness of blind golf.. We welcome you to log on and learn more about MABGA at www.. mabga.. org.. By James Ganter and the late Louis Giraldi..

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  • Title: Annual_Invitational Tournament
    Descriptive info: 2014 Annual MABGA Tournament.. Revised 09/14/2014.. The Middle Atlantic Blind Golf Association wants to thank all the people who help make last years Annual MABGA Tournament a success.. It is with all your help that MABGA can support our Junior Golf Program and give our members the opportunity to enjoy the great game of golf.. We want to especially thanks the Partners Specialty Group for their very generous contribution as this years Signature Sponsor.. Dear Friend:.. In 2014, MABGA is celebrating its 66th anniversary.. We have been helping the blind, both adults and juniors since 1948.. Your support enables us to continue with the various programs we offer those with visual challenges.. Last year collaboration with Macula Vision Research Foundation gave up a record year in donations and with your help we hope to continue that trend this year.. This year's annual golf tournament will be hosted by the Meadowlands Country Club, 711 Boehms Church Road, Blue Bell, PA 19422, held on Monday, September 8, 2014.. With The help of our sponsors, MABGA continues to operate this annual fund raising event, Which enables the association to expand our activities in many key areas most Especially the Junior  ...   May select and on the reverse side is an application to play in the golf tournament.. We Want to work with you to maximize your tax-deductible sponsorship benefits at every.. Level.. Thank you again for your support in helping MABGA improves the lives of the blind Community.. If you have any questions or concerns, please visit our web site: www.. org or contact me at 215-745-2323.. Sincerely,.. Middle Atlantic Blind Golf Association.. Tom Harrington.. President.. P.. S.. Confirm your sponsorship and sign up now!.. REGISTRATION DEADLINE is September.. 1st.. For questions, call MABGA at (215) 745-2323.. Click here to view and print the.. 2014 Tournament Form.. or the.. Ad Book Template Form.. using Adobe Reader.. The forms on this website are an exact duplicate of the form distributed to our members and their guests.. See below for instructions to view and print these forms using Adobe Reader.. Instructions for viewing and printing Adobe PDF Files.. To download and install Adobe Reader, click on the.. Adobe link.. and find the latest free version to download.. Once the installation process is complete, click on the sponsorship form link above, select the file menu and then select the print option..

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  • Title: Golf Schedule
    Descriptive info: 2014 Golf Schedule.. Revised 08/06/2014.. Directions to any of host golf courses can be obtain by going to the.. MABGA Directions web site.. Recently added or changed outings to this schedule are marked with a * after the course name.. All outings starting at 11:00 or later will not have lunch provided unless otherwise noted.. MARCH.. Wednesday 3/26, 10:00 Spring Meeting at Old York CC in Ambler, Pa.. APRIL.. Monday 4/7, 9:00 Ingleside GC.. Thursday 4/10, 9:00 Downingtown CC.. Monday 4/14, 9:00 Skippack GC.. Monday 4/21, 9:00 Linfield National CC.. Wednesday 4/23, 9:00 Radnor Valley CC.. Tuesday 4/29, 9:00 Ace Club.. MAY.. Monday 5/5, 7 / 8 am.. Flowertown GC.. Wednesday 5/7, 9:00, Five Ponds GC.. Thursday 5/15, 9:00 Brookside CC.. Wednesday 5/21, 9:00 Links at Brigantine.. Thursday 5/29, 11:00  ...   9:00 Honey Brook GC.. Monday 7/14, 8:00 Limerick GC.. Wednesday 7/16, 10:00 Kimberton GC.. Tuesday 7/29, 9:00 Philadelphia Cricket Club.. August.. Friday 8/1, 8:00 Meadowlands CC.. Monday 8/4, 9:00 Gilbertsville GC.. Thursday 8/7, 10:00 St David CC.. Tuesday 8/12, 8:00 Phoenixville GC.. Friday 8/15, 8:00 Philmont CC, Pro Am Tournament.. Monday 8/18, 8:00 Edgmont CC.. Friday 8/22, 8:00 Bala CC.. Tuesday 8/26, 9:00 White Marsh CC.. SEPTEMBER.. Wednesday 9/3, 9:00 Ramblewood CC.. Monday 9/8, 10:00 MABGA Annual Tournament at Meadowlands CC.. Tuesday 9/16, 9:00 Green Valley, shotgun start followed by a lunchoen.. OCTOBER.. Wednesday 10/1, 9:00 Sandy Run CC.. Friday 10/3, 9:00 Old York CC in Ambler, Pa.. Friday 10/17, 11:00 Hershey Mills CC, Lunch followed by golf.. Wednesday 10/29, 9:00 Torresdale Frankford CC.. November.. Monday 11/3, 9:00 Northampton GC..

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  • Title: Directions to Courses
    Descriptive info: Directions To MABGA Golf Courses.. Revised 08/14/2014.. Click on the following alphabetical list letter to bring you directly to the desired course.. To get a local road map of the course or to get door-to-door directions provided by Map Quest, simply click on the course name.. After finishing in Map Quest, click the BACK button on your browser to return to the MABGA web site.. The course address has already been provided to Map Quest and after entering your starting location, Map Quest will return a detail driving directions.. You will be able to create, save, download or email personalized maps using this web site.. A.. B.. C.. D.. E.. F.. G.. H.. I.. K.. L.. M.. N.. O.. R.. S.. T.. V.. W.. X Y Z.. Additional Golf Courses.. General directions are listed below each course name and address.. Ace Golf Center.. Ridge Pike and Manor Road.. Lafayette Hills, PA 19444.. 610) 825 8000.. Philadelphia - Take Route 76 West to exit 331B and merge onto Route 476 North.. Go 2.. 6 miles to EXIT 18A, Conshohocken.. Turn slight right onto West Ridge Pike.. The Course is 3.. 0 miles on the right, at the 7 traffic light.. Back to Top.. Bala Golf Club.. 2200 Belmont Ave.. Philadelphia, PA 19131.. (215) 877-0661.. From Center City Philadelphia - Take Route 76 West to the Belmont Avenue exit.. Turn right onto Belmont Avenue and go across City Line Avenue.. Course is 1 mile on your right, across from the Belmont state police barracks.. From King of Prussia - Take Route 76east and exit onto City Line Avenue South.. Stay in left lane and turn left at monument road, Adams mark hotel and channel 6 TV station.. Follow Monument Road to the end at Belmont Avenue and turn right into the course east entrance.. Bensalem Country Club.. 2000 Brown Ave.. Bensalem, Pa 19020.. (215) 639-5556.. From the Pennsylvania Turnpike - Take the PA Turnpike east to the route 1 Roosevelt Boulevard Exit.. Proceed south to street road (Route132) east.. Follow Street Road to Pearl Avenue and turn right at the first traffic light.. Turn right onto Brown Avenue.. The course is a short distance on the left.. From Center City Philadelphia - Take 95 north to exit 37 -Street Road.. At the end of the exit ramp, turn Left onto Street Road, Route 132.. Go 0.. 9 miles and turn Left onto Pearl Avenue.. Proceed to the first traffic light and turn Right onto Brown Avenue.. Blue Bell Country Club.. 1800 Tournament Drive.. Blue Bell, PA 19422.. 215) 616-8100.. From the Pennsylvania Turnpike - Take the PA Turnpike to the Norristown Exit, exit number 333.. Follow signs to Plymouth Road and make a left at the Stop Sign, then a right onto Germantown Pike West for 2.. 5 miles.. At Route 202 North make a right.. Follow 202 North for another 2.. Cross over Route 73 and Make a left on Tournament Drive to the club house gate.. Tell the gate attendance that you are going to Blue Bell Club House.. The club house is another 0.. 3 miles on your left past the gate.. From Philadelphia - Take Route 76 West to Route 476 North.. Exit at the Germantown Pike West Exit a follow Germantown Pike West for 2.. At Route 202 North make a right and follow road for another 2.. Cross over Route 73 and make a left on Tournament Drive.. Go to the Club house gate and tell the attendance that you are going to the Blue Bell Clubhouse.. Blue Heron Country Club.. 550 West Country Club Drive.. Egg Harbor, NJ 08215.. (609) 965-1800.. From Philadelphia - Take The Walt Whitman Bridge to Route 42 South and stay in left lanes to the Atlantic City Expressway.. Continue straight on the AC Expressway to Exit Number 12 and make a left onto Route 575, Pomona Road.. Go 2 miles and make a left at traffic light, onto Route 563, Tilton Road.. Blue Heron east is 0.. 25 miles on the right.. Blue Heron West is another 0.. 5 miles on the left.. Brigantine, the Links at.. 1075 North Shore Drive.. Brigantine, NJ 08203.. 609 266-1388.. From Philadelphia - Take the Walt Whitman Bridge straight to Route 42 South.. Stay in left lanes and merge onto Atlantic City Expressway east.. Follow AC Expressway to exit 1 - Atlantic Brigantine Tunnel Connector.. Once you have traveled through the tunnel stay in the right hand lane.. Continue straight over the Brigantine Bridge onto Brigantine Blvd.. Continue straight on Brigantine Blvd.. For 3 ½ miles (you will traverse the lighthouse circle, go half way around and ) Stay on Brigantine Blvd.. as the numbered cross streets will descend, past them look for Roosevelt Blvd.. Make a left on Roosevelt Blvd.. (Clipper Ship Motel on the corner) Follow Roosevelt Blvd.. to the end by the bay.. The Links at Brigantine Beach entrance is on your right.. Brookside Country Club.. Prospect and Adams Streets.. Pottstown, PA 19464.. (610) 323-4520.. From Philadelphia - Take Route 76 west To Exit 328b, then follows to Route 202 North / Route 422 West, toward Pottstown for 0.. 7 miles.. Merge onto Route 422 West via exit number 328 A, toward Pottstown / Swedes ford Road and go 19.. 6 miles.. Take the Armand Hammer Boulevard exit and bear slight right onto Armand Hammer Blvd for 0.. Turn left onto East High Street and then turns right onto Beech Street for 0.. 3 miles.. Turn slight right onto Jackson Street for 0.. 8 miles.. Turn right onto North Adams Street and golf course is on your right.. Bucks County Country Club.. 2600 Route 263 York Road.. Jamison, Pennsylvania 18929.. (215) 343-0350.. From the Pennsylvania Turnpike - Take the PA turnpike to the Willow Grove exit.. Proceed North on Route 611 toward Doylestown.. Go to street road (Route 132) and turn right.. Go east for 2.. 5 miles to York road (Route 263 north) and turn left on York Road, archbishop wood high school is on the corner.. Follow York road, Route 263 for 3.. 5 miles to golf club on the left.. Buena Vista Country Club.. 301 Country Club Lane.. Buena Vista, NJ 0831 0.. (856) 697-3733.. From the Pennsylvania Turnpike - Take the PA turnpike east to the NJ turnpike north.. At exit 7 -Bordentown, take Route 206 thru Hammonton where Route 206 turns into Route 54 south.. Follow Rt.. 54 and make a left onto Rt.. 40 east.. Go 1.. 5 miles to golf course on your left.. From Philadelphia - Take The Walt Whitman Bridge to Route 42 South and stay in left lanes to the Atlantic City Expressway east.. Follow AC Expressway to Exit Number 28 and make a right onto Route 54 South.. Proceed about 5 miles and make a left onto Route 40 east, Country Club Lane.. Golf course is about 1.. 5 miles on your left.. Back to Top.. Cedarbrook Country Club.. 180 Penllyn Pike.. (215) 646-9410.. From Philadelphia - Take the Pennsylvania Turnpike west to 339 exit, Fort Washington.. Take 309 north for 4 miles to the NORRISTOWN RD exit toward SPRINGHOUSE.. Take the ramp toward NORTH WALES.. Turn LEFT onto NORRISTOWN RD and then an immediate LEFT onto BETHLEHEM PIKE.. PENLLYN PIKE becomes OLD PENLLYN PIKE.. Turn SLIGHT LEFT onto PENLLYN BLUE BELL PIKE.. Follow road to golf course.. From Philadelphia - Take Route 73 West to the Blue Bell Inn and turn right onto Penllyn Pike.. Go pass Morris Road and the golf course is 0.. 25 miles on your right.. Center Square Country Club.. 2620 Skippack Pike.. Worcester, PA 19422.. (610) 584-5700.. From Philadelphia - Take Route 76 West to Route 476 North via exit 331B toward Plymouth Meeting.. Proceed 3.. 8 miles to the Germantown Pike West exit number 20.. Go toward Route 276 West / Pennsylvania Turnpike West for 0.. 5 miles and turn slight right onto West Germantown Pike.. Continue another 2.. 9 miles and turn right onto DeKalb Pike, Route 202.. Proceed on Route 202 for 2.. 1 miles and turn left onto Skippack Pike, Route 73.. Course Is 1.. 1 Miles on your left.. Cohanzick Country Club.. Route 609 - Fairton Road.. Fairton, NJ 08302.. (856) 455-2127.. From Philadelphia -.. Located southwest of Vineland, take the Walt Whitman Bridge to Route 42 South to Route 55 South.. Follow Route 55 South to Exit 29,.. Bridgeton.. At stop sign, bear left onto Route 552 West toward Bridgeton.. Proceed straight for 6.. 5 miles and make a left onto.. Route 553, Gouldtown-Woodruff Road.. Continue straight to 1st traffic light intersection of Route 49, and bear slight right to continue on Route 553.. Stay straight on Route 553.. until it ends and turn right onto Route 609.. Bridgeton -.. Fairton Road.. Course is 0.. Downingtown Country Club.. 85 Country Club Drive.. Downingtown, PA 19335.. Pro Shop (610) 269-2000.. From the Northeast New Jersey -.. Take New Jersey Turnpike to Exit 6 PA Turnpike.. Follow the PA Turnpike West to Exit 312, Downingtown.. Bear to the left onto Rt.. 100 South.. Take Rt.. 100 South to the 2nd traffic light, Rt.. 113.. Make a right onto Rt.. 113 (approximately 4 miles) to a dead end at Business 30.. Make a left onto Business 30 to the third traffic light and make a right (into Brandywine Square Shopping Center).. Go to first stop sign and make a right.. Follow driveway to Downingtown CC.. From Center City Philadelphia -.. Take Route 76 West to Rt.. 202 South, West Chester exit.. 202 South to Rt.. 30 West Bypass.. Follow Bypass to Lancaster Ave/Business 30 Exit.. Make a left onto Business 30, go to third traffic light and make a left (into Brandywine Square Shopping Center).. From the Southeast South Jersey -.. Follow I-95 South (from Philadelphia Airport) to Rt.. 322 West exit, West Chester.. Follow 322 West to Rt.. 1.. Make a left onto Rt.. 1 approximately 3 lights.. 202 North.. Follow 202 North approximately 15-20 minutes to Rt.. 100 exit, Exton.. Take the Route 30 bypass west for one exit to, Lancaster Ave/Business 30.. Doylestown CC.. 20 Country Club Lane.. Doylestown, PA 18901-0417.. Tel: (215) 348-2112.. Edgemont Country Club.. 5180 West Chester Pike - Route 3.. Edgemont, PA 19073.. (610) 353 1800.. From Philadelphia - Take 95 South past the Philadelphia International Airport, and then proceed another 8 miles south to Route 476 North.. Go to exit 9 on 476 to Route 3 west.. Travel 6.. 5 miles to Edgemont Golf Course, Entrance is on your left, 0.. 4 miles after North Providence Road, Route 252.. From King of Prussia - take Route 202 South to Route 252 South, Paola.. Follow 252 to the West Chester Pike, Route 3.. Turn right and go about 3 miles and watch for the riley creek Park sign on your left, the course is the next left.. Fairway's Golf Club.. 750 Country Club Lane.. Warrington, PA 18976.. (215) 343-9979.. From the Pennsylvania Turnpike - Take the PA Turnpike to the Willow Grove exit.. Follow Route 611 North for 4.. 5 miles and turn left onto Street Road - Route 132.. 75 miles and turn right onto Wedge Way, then follow signs to golf course.. Old name was Horsham Country Club.. From Center City Philadelphia - Take.. Route 95 North to exit 37, Street Road.. At the end of the ramp, turn Left onto Street Road.. Go 15 miles and cross over.. Route 611.. Continue on Street Road for 0.. Five Ponds Golf Club.. 1225 West Street Road.. Warminster, PA 18974.. 215-956-9727.. From the Pennsylvania Turnpike - Take PA Turnpike to Exit 343 to Route 611 North towards Doylestown to Street Road - Route 132.. This is the eleventh Traffic light.. Make a right onto Street Road and travel 4 lights.. The Golf Course Entrance is on the LEFT, JUST after the fourth light.. Take York Road - Route 263 North to Street Road – Route 132.. Make a left onto Street Road and follow 4 lights.. The Golf Course Entrance is on the RIGHT, JUST BEFORE the fourth light.. Take Route 95 North to exit 37, Street Road - Route 132 West for 14 miles.. You will cross over York Road – Route 263.. Follow 4 lights after crossing York Road.. Flourtown Country Club.. 150 Mccloskey Road.. Flourtown, PA 19031.. (215) 233 9973.. From Philadelphia - Take Route 76 west to Route 476 to the Norristown exit.. Get off at Plymouth Road and make a right onto Butler Pike.. Turn left after one block and then a right onto Flourtown Road.. Follow Flourtown Road to Bethlehem Pike and turn right 1 mile to course on your left.. From the Blue Route - Take Route 476 to the Germantown pike east exit.. Follow Germantown pike to northwestern Avenue and make a left.. at chestnut hill college, Northwestern becomes wissahickon.. Continue to Bethlehem pike and turn right onto the next road.. Take the next left onto Mccloskey road to the club.. Fox Hollow Golf Club.. 2020 Trumbauersville Rd.. Quakertown PA, 18951-2265.. (215)538-1920.. From the Pennsylvania Turnpike - take the PA Turnpike West to route 476 north via exit number 333 toward northeast extension/Allentown.. Follow Route 476 North to the Quakertown exit.. Make a left at the first light and then at second light make a right onto Allentown Road.. Go to second Stop Sign and make a right onto Creamery Road.. Then make Right onto Trumbauersville Rd.. Course is about 1.. 5 miles on that road.. General Washington Country Club.. 2750 Egypt Road.. Audubon, PA 19403.. (610) 666--7602.. From Philadelphia - Take Route 76 West to Route 202 / Route 422 via exit 328A.. Merge onto Route 422 West via exit 328A toward Pottstown / Swedes ford Road.. Go 3.. 2 miles and merge onto Trooper Road, Route 363 North toward Audubon / Trooper.. Travel 1.. 7 miles and turn Sharp left onto Egypt Road.. Course is 1.. 2 miles on your left.. Gilbertsville Golf Club.. 2944 Lutheran Rd.. Gilbertsville, PA 19525,.. (610)323-3222.. From Allentown - Take Route 100 South to Boyertown/Gilbertsville exit.. Turn Left onto Route 73.. 8 Miles to third traffic light and travel 200 yards further to first left (Lutheran Road).. Course is 150 yards to right.. From King of Prussia - Take 422 West Bypass to Linfield/Limerick exit.. Turn right onto Lewis Road.. 5 Miles to West Ridge Pike (at stop light).. Turn right and travel 1 block to first traffic light.. Turn left onto Swamp Pike.. Go 5.. 5 miles to Lutheran Road on right hand side.. Course is 150 yards to right.. (If you get to route 663 from Swamp Pike you went too far.. From Skippack - Take Route 73 to Route 663.. Turn left.. Go south to Swamp Pike (first traffic signal) and turn left.. Turn at first left (Lutheran Road).. Green Valley Country Club.. 201 Ridge Pike.. Lafayette Hill, PA 19444.. (610) 828-2896.. From Philadelphia - Take Route 76 West to exit 331B and merge onto Route 476 North.. 3 miles on your left, just after the third traffic light.. Hershey Mill Golf Club.. 1500 Green Hill Road.. West Chester, PA 19380.. (610) 692-6592.. From Philadelphia - Take Route 76 West to Route 202 South via exit number 328 – West Chester.. Go 13.. 3 miles to the Boot Road exit and turn left onto East Boot Road.. Proceed 0.. 25 miles and turn left onto Greenhill Road.. 3 miles to the main entrance of the Hershey Mill Housing complex and make a right pass the guard, then make your first left and go another 1.. 5 miles to course on your right.. From New Jersey - Take Route 295 South and merge left onto Route 130  ...   1.. 5 miles on left.. From Northeast Philadelphia Surrounding Areas.. •Take PA Turnpike West to Exit 25-A (Mid-County Interstate 476 South) and follow signs to I-476 South (Blue Route).. Take Exit 13 (St.. David's/Villanova) Turn right onto Route 30 East (Lancaster Avenue).. Go to fourth traffic light and make a right onto Route 320 South (Sproul Road).. RVCC is 1.. From I-95 North or South.. •Exit I-95 North or South at 476 and go North approximately 12 miles to Exit 13 (St.. David's/Villanova).. Turn right onto Route 30 East (Lancaster Avenue).. Go to third traffic light and make a right onto Route 320 South (Sproul Road).. Ramblewood Country Club.. 200 Country Club Parkway.. Mt.. Laurel, NJ 08054.. (856) 235-2118.. From Betsy Ross Bridge or Tacony Palmyra Bridge, follow Route 73 South for about 7.. Stay in left lane and follow overhead sign to E Church Road, the turn off is directly across from DeSomone.. Cadillac.. 5 miles on Church Road and turn LEFT onto COUNTRY CLUB Parkway.. Course is a short distance on your Left.. Riverton Country Club.. 1416 Highland Ave.. Riverton, NJ 08077.. (856) 829 9831.. From Walt Whitman or Ben Franklin Bridge - take Route 130 North to Highland Avenue exit in Cinnaminson.. Follow highland Avenue for 0.. Take Betsy Ross Bridge to Route 130 North for 2.. Take the Highland Avenue jug handle and cross over Route 130.. 5 miles on the right.. David Country Club.. 845 Radnor Road.. Wayne, PA 19087.. (610) 688-9708.. From Schuylkill Expressway (Route 76) -.. Take the Blue Route (476) South to the St.. David's/Villanova exit (13).. make a right onto Route 30 and a an immediate left onto King of Prussia Road.. Follow King of Prussia Road to the third light (Eagle Road).. Make a left and follow Eagle Road to the next light (Radnor Street Road) and make a right.. Follow road for 1/4 mile and the Club entrance is on the right just past the Valley Forge Military Academy Chapel.. From the Blue Route - Take Route 476 north to the St.. David's/Villanova exit (13) and cross over Route 30 onto King of Prussia Road.. Make a left and follow Eagle Road up to the next light (Radnor Street Road) and make a right.. Sandy Run Country Club.. 200 Valley Green Rd.. Oreland, Pa.. 19075-1599.. 215-836-5055.. From Route 309.. Take Route 309 North to the Route 73 West exit toward FLOURTOWN.. Go ¼ miles and Turn LEFT onto CHURCH Road, Route 73.. Go ½ miles and Turn RIGHT onto E VALLEY GREEN RD.. Precede ½ miles to course.. From the PENNSYLVANIA Turnpike - Take the PA TURNPIKE toward Fort Washington, exit 339 and proceed to Route 309 South.. Take the first exit, Oreland, onto Pennsylvania Avenue.. Make the first right onto Camp Hill Road and then take the second left onto Valley Green Road.. The course is a short distant on your left.. Skippack Golf Club.. 1146 Stump Hall Rd.. Skippack, PA 19474.. (610) 584-4226.. From King of Prussia -.. Take 422 north to the Trooper Road exit.. Stay on Trooper Road to Germantown Pike and make a left.. At first light make a right onto Valley Forge Road and make a right.. Go to the next light and make a left onto Stump Hall Road.. Skippack Golf Club is several miles on your right.. From The.. Pennsylvania.. Turnpike - Take the PA.. Turnpike West to the Northeast Extension to Exit 31, Lansdale exit.. After the toll booth make a left at first light, Summeytown Pike.. Go to the second light and turn right onto Bustard Rd.. Bear right at fork to continue on Bustard Road to Skippack Pike and turn right.. Go about ¼ mile to Cedars Rd and turn left.. Go about a quarter mile and Skippack Golf Club is on your left.. Spring Hollow Golf Club.. 3359 Schuylkill Road.. Spring City, PA 19475.. (610) 948 5566.. From king of Prussia and the PA turnpike or Schuylkill i-76 - take route 202 south staying in right lane and follow Pottstown route 422 west, get off 422 at first Royersford exit which is walnut street, follow walnut street until it ends and turn right on second street which ends at main street.. Turn left go across bridge and stay in right lane which will be bridge street then go about another mile to route 724 where you turn right to entrance to course on your left.. From Pottstown and route 100 - take Rt.. 100 to Rt.. 724 south’s to club in spring city.. Take PA turnpike or Schuylkill expressway west to valley forge exit ramp 202 south (about 100 yards) to ramp 422 highway go west to second Phoenixville exit (ramp 724) go east on 724 for three to four miles golf course is on right side.. There will be several exits on ramp 422 between first Phoenixville exit and second Phoenixville exit.. Squire Country Club.. Cedar Hill Road.. Ambler, PA 19002.. (215) 643-7244.. Take Route.. 202 north to route 63 east.. Proceed straight on 63 east to cedar hill road on your left, about 2.. 6 miles from 202 after welsh woods development.. From the Pennsylvania Turnpike - Go to exit 339, Fort Washington.. Follow signs to Route 309 North.. Continue 5 miles on Route 309 North to Welsh Road - 63 East, and make a right.. Go another 1/2 miles and make a left onto Cedar Hill Road.. The golf course is on your left.. From Allentown and the PA turnpike - Take the Lansdale exit and take Rt.. 63 east cross Rt.. 309 only one sixth of a mile to left on catarrhal road then about one eight of a mile to club.. Stonewall Country Club.. 375 Bulltown Road.. Elverson, Pennsylvania 19520.. Phone: (610) 286-3090.. Stone Wall North Country Club is 1 mile further on Redding Furnace Road, see directions below.. Website: www.. stonewalllinks.. com.. From the Pennsylvania Turnpike – Take PA Turnpike West to exit 312, Downingtown.. Immediately after the toll booth, bear right and go onto route 100 north Toward Pottstown.. Go approximately 4 miles and turn Left onto route 401.. There is a restaurant called LUDWIG'S on the left.. Stay on 401 for 7 miles and Turn Right onto route 345.. Follow this road for a.. Mile or so.. Do not turn in to the first driveway.. Proceed one mile to Reading Furnace Road and turn right, and stay to the right.. Stone wall's North Course is On the left.. Directions from Stone Wall's Web Site:.. From King of Prussia - Take the PA Turnpike West to Exit 312, Downingtown.. - Take Route 100 North to Route 401 West.. Go approximately 6 miles.. - Turn Right onto Route 345 North (Bulltown Road).. Stonewall Old: is on the right of 345 North approximately 1/2 mile after Route 401.. Stonewall North: go approximately 1 mile further and turn right onto Redding Furnace Rd.. and keep right at the fork.. Torresdale Frankford Country Club.. Grant And Frankford Ave.. Philadelphia, PA 19114.. (215) 824-2155.. From the Pennsylvania Turnpike - Take the PA turnpike east to Philadelphia route 1 exit and take route 1 south (Roosevelt blvd.. ) and Stay toward the left lanes.. Go three miles to grant Ave and Turn left.. Follow grant past academy Ave and look for entrance on your left.. From Center City Philadelphia - Take Route 95 North to the Academy Road Exit and stay to the left to the first traffic light.. Make a right onto Frankford Ave for 1.. 1 miles and make a left onto Grant Ave.. Entrance is 200 yards on the right.. Twining Valley Golf Club.. 1400 Twining Road.. Dresher, PA 19025.. (215) 659-9917.. From the Pennsylvania Turnpike - Take PA turnpike to the Fort Washington exit and follow signs to Rt.. 309 south to Oreland exit.. Go straight one mile and make a left on twining road.. you will Pass manufacturers country club and go another three miles to twining valley C.. C.. on your left.. Valley Brook Country Club.. 1 Golf View Drive.. Blackwood, NJ 08012.. (856) 227-3171.. From Philadelphia - Take Route 76 east to the Walt Whitman bridge.. Follow Route 42 South to the Blackwood Clementon Exit.. Make a right at the end of the exit ramp to the third traffic light and make a left onto Little Glouster Road.. Go 1 mile and make a left onto Golf View Drive.. From New Jersey - Take 295 South to 42 South.. Exit at the Blackwood Clementon Road and m.. ake a right at the end of the exit ramp.. Go to third light and make a left onto Little Glouster Road.. WhiteMarsh Valley Country Club.. Germantown Pike And Thomas Road.. Lafayette Hill, PA 19444.. (215) 233-3901.. From Philadelphia - Take Route 76 west to Route 476 North via Exit 331B.. 6 miles to exit 19 toward Germantown Pike.. Turn SLIGHT RIGHT onto Chemical Road and then make a right onto West Germantown Pike.. 0 miles and make a left onto Thomas Road.. Woodcrest Country Club.. Berlin And Evesham Roads.. Cherry Hill, NJ 08003.. (856)428-1243.. From the Walt Whitman bridge- Take Route 42 north to Route 295 North.. Continue North on Route 295 to exit 32, Voorhees/Gibbsboro.. Turn right on Route 561, Berlin road.. go to fourth traffic light and turn left on Evesham road.. From the Tacony Palmyra bridge or Betsy Ross Bridge - take Route 73 South.. for 6 miles to Route 295 South.. Go 4 miles to Exit 32, Route 561 toward Voorhees/Gibbsboro.. Turn left onto Berlin Road, Route 561.. 9 miles and turn.. left on Evesham road.. From Route 73 Bradley’s Funeral Home -.. Turn right onto Evesham Road, Route 544.. 6 miles and turn right into course.. Entrance is immediately before the Berlin-Haddonfield Road traffic light.. Worcester Golf Club.. 1600 Green Hill Road.. Collegeville, PA 19426.. (610) 222-0200 –.. From Philadelphia - Take Route 76 West To 422 West.. Merge Onto S TROOPER Road, Route 363 North And Go 2.. Turn LEFT Onto RIDGE PIKE, Route 363.. Turn RIGHT Onto North PARK Avenue, Rout 363.. Continue To Follow Route 363 For 2.. 8 Miles.. Turn LEFT Onto STUMP HALL Road And Go 1.. Turn RIGHT Onto GREENHILL Road.. Golf Course Is 0.. 4 Miles On Right.. Yardley Country Club.. Reading Ave.. Yardley, PA 19067.. (215) 493-3260.. From the.. Pennsylvania turnpike - Take PA Turnpike east to the Philadelphia exit.. Take route 1North straight and follow signs to Route 95 north.. Continue on Route 95 North to exit number 51, old exit 31, New Hope, down ramp and bear right onto Taylorsville road.. 5 miles through town and make a right on Reading road.. 5 miles on your right.. Cedar Brook Bills Country Club.. Wyncote, PA.. (215) 881 6890.. Take the PA turnpike to Fort Washington exit to Rt.. 309 south, follow 309 to first traffic light, this is the apartment building go to next driveway on your right this is entrance to club,.. Blue Route to its end at Plymouth road then right to next traffic light, butler pike turn left to next light then right onto Flourtown rd follow Flourtown rd to Stenton ave traffic light turn right.. Follow Stenton to Paper mill road this will be a traffic light where Stenton has a right ramp and the left angle will take you across the intersection where Bethlehem pike ends and Stenton begins.. Follow Paper mill road about one mile to route 309 south, take 309 to one block Past first traffic light which will be driveway to club.. Commonwealth National Country Club.. Horsham, PA.. Take the PA turnpike to the Fort Washington exit then to Rt.. 309 north to Norristown road and turn right (spring house) stay on Norristown road and turn right on Horsham road.. go 1.. 25 mile to entrance and course on your right;.. 202 north to Norristown road (William pen inn) turn right and stay on Norristown crossing over Rt.. 309 and follow directions above in #1 from Norristown road.. Doylestown Country Club.. Green Sty.. Doylestown, PA.. (215) 345 8996-.. 202 north or follow 309 to Rt.. 202 into Doylestown.. Take Ashland sty to green sty.. North Hill Country Club.. North Hills, PA.. Take 202 north to route 73 east then cross Rt.. 309 to north hills road turn left to course.. PA turnpike to Fort Washington exit 26 then Rt.. 309 east to Oreland exits to third light.. This is north hills rd, turn right one half mile to club.. Penn Oaks Country Club.. Route 202.. Concordville, PA.. From king of Prussia - take route 202 south Past west Chester to where 202 becomes a business highway again then watch for route 926 and the course will be about one mile on your left on 202, Passed Rt.. 926.. From Pottstown - Take route 100 south to Rt.. 202 south at west Chester and follow Rt.. 202 to course about one mile Passed Rt.. Valley Green Road.. Flourtown, PA.. (215) 233 0565.. 202 north to Rt.. 73 east, follow Rt.. 73 to right in east valley green rd, you missed valley green rd by one traffic light if you get to the Rt.. 309 exchange.. Follow valley green rd after crossing creek look for course entrance on your right.. Rancocas Golf Club.. Club House Drive.. Willingboro, NJ.. (609) 877 5344.. Take the PA turnpike east into NJ.. Stay in far right lane and immediately get off and follow signs to route 130 south.. Follow 130 south to rancocas-beverly road, army’s fast food on your left and a gas station on your right, pull into gas station on your right and pull out at light to cross route 130 because there is not any left turn at this intersection.. Follow Rancocas -Beverly road at three traffic lights and after one-half mile get in far right side road then turn right through residential neighborhood, signs will direct you to the club.. Springfield Golf Club.. Jacksonville And Tm.. Holly Roads.. Mount Holly, NJ.. (609) 267-8440.. Take PA turnpike east to new jersey turnpike staying in far right after crossing into NJ then follow signs to route 130 south.. Follow 130 to Jacksonville road exit turn left.. (Note this is two traffic lights before the Burlington exit) follow Jacksonville road for 5 to 6 miles to a five points intersection with a traffic light bear right and continue for one half mile to course on your left.. Sunnybrook Country Club.. Stenton Ave.. Plymouth Meeting, PA.. (610) 828-9631.. From either the Blue Route i-476 or the PA turnpike at Norristown take Plymouth road which is the first exit off turnpike or last one on i-476, take Plymouth east (not toward Plymouth meeting mall) to it dead ends at butler pike traffic light.. Turn left and go to next traffic light and turn right on Flourtown road.. Go about one mile to next traffic light turn left on Joshua road, follow Joshua to next traffic light which is Stenton road turn left and immediately on your left is the golf course driveway.. White Manor Country Club.. Providence Road.. Malvern, PA.. Take Blue Route i-476 south to west Chester pike, route 3 west through Broomall and Newtown square to traffic light at town of Edgemont, turn right on providence road go approximately three miles to club on your right.. From king of Prussia take route 202 south to Rt.. 252 south to Rt.. 30 west Lancaster pike go two traffic light and make a left turn on to Paiola pike.. go about three miles make a left on providence (Malvern retreat house sign on your right on Paiola pike where you turn left) stay on providence to course on left.. (On your right is Radnor hunt club land)..

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  • Title: Coaches Corner
    Descriptive info: Although MABGA encourages all blind golfers to find their own coaches, we do have a coaches committee which will assist the blind golfer to find a coach for an outing or even permanently when possible.. You can email the Coaches coordinator at.. coachescorner@mabga.. , or call at the number listed below:.. Jerry Yablin •.. 215 922 1404.. Below is a brief definition of a coach and their responsibilities on the course.. Note, the definition below is for competitive rounds and most of the golf played in a MABGA event is considered casual and therefore we do not strictly adhere to the USGA definition of coach.. Coaches General responsibilities:.. A coach is an individual who is able to provide the blind or visually impaired golfers with transportation to and from the course along with assisting the golfer in alignment for all shots from the tee box to holing the ball into the cup.. Depending on the sight level of the golfer, the coach’s duties may be different for a visually impaired person versus a blind golfer.. Some visually impaired golfers may be self-sufficient walking from the cart to the ball and back to the cart again.. The coach should always be near their golfer, as even the most sighted visually impaired golfers can miss unexpected changes in the terrain or unforeseen obstacles.. Other golfers are completely blind and need assistance walking to and from the golf cart, and around the clubhouse.. Even among the completely blind golfers, there could be differences in the amount of assistance required and that will come with experience playing rounds of golf with that individual.. The most common requirements are for the coach to give distance, direction and help in alignment to the target.. Sometimes describing the layout of the terrain to give the golfer a better mental image of the shot required to advance the ball.. Some golfers want to know if there is a hazard in play while other golfers prefer not to know and only find  ...   blind golfer having both a coach and a caddie.. In such circumstances, however, the coach may not carry or handle the player's clubs except in helping the player take his stance or align himself prior to making the stroke, or in assisting him as permitted by analogy to Decision 6-4/4.. 5.. Otherwise, the player would be subject to disqualification for having more than one caddie.. Rule 8-1 (Advice).. In view of the Definition of Coach, it is suggested that Rule 8-1 be modified as follows:.. 8-1.. Advice.. A player shall not give advice to anyone in the competition except his partner.. A player may ask for advice from only his partner, either of their caddies or, if applicable, their coaches.. Rule 13-4b (Grounding Club in Hazard) - The following additional Exception under Rule 13-4 is suggested:.. Exceptions:.. Provided nothing is done which constitutes testing the condition of the hazard or improves the lie of the ball, there is no penalty if a blind golfer grounds his club in a hazard preparatory to making a stroke.. However, the player is deemed to have addressed the ball when he has taken his stance.. Rule 16-1f (Position of Caddie or Partner) - Due to the complexities involved in aligning a blind golfer on the putting green, it may be difficult or unreasonable to expect the blind golfer and his coach to comply with Rule 16-1f.. Therefore, there should be no penalty if a player's coach positions himself on or close to an extension of the line of putt behind the ball during a stroke played from the putting green provided the coach does not assist the player in any other manner during the stroke.. However, given the intent of Rule 16-lf, it may be appropriate to prohibit a coach who is simultaneously functioning as a double caddie from remaining in a position which contravenes this Rule.. For more information regarding these rules, contact the USGA:.. O.. Box 708.. Far Hills, NJ 07931-0708.. Phone: 908-234-2300 fax: 908-234-9867..

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  • Title: Newsletter Articles
    Descriptive info: MABGA NEWSLETTER.. Revised 03/17/2014.. Newsletter Highlights.. Listed below are some of our more.. noteworthy news articles concerning MABGA and our Junior Golf program.. These articles include accomplishments from our active and previously active members.. 2013 was a very good year for MABGA member, Mario Tobia.. The year started by Mr.. Tobia being awarded the most courageous Athlete of the Year award given by the Philadelphia Sports Writers Association.. This is a national award given to someone who overcame some personal hardship to excel in his or her sport.. Mario lost his sight eight years ago to an eye disorder called Retinitis Pigmentosa and excels at golf at the national and international level.. He is a two time American Blind Golf National Champion.. In his first tournament of the year, Mr.. Tobia with help from his son/coach Matthew, won the Corcoran Cup held at the Mount Kisco Country Club near West Chester, NY.. The Guiding Eye Classic is hosted by New York Giant Quarterback, Eli Manning and matches the top 14 blind golfers in the United States against each other using a stableford format.. Mario defeated David Meador, a four time and current USBGA National Champion, outscoring him by three points.. This event is considered the Masters of Blind Golf.. In his second event of the year, Mario with his coach, Frank Cimino, participated in the McCulloch Memorial Match Play Championships held in Wadsworth, Ohio.. Mario finished in second place losing to Phil Blackwell from South Carolina and a former World Blind golf champion.. In his third event of the year, coached by his son Michael, he played in the United States Blind Golf National Championship held at the.. Stone Creek Golf Course in Oregon City, Oregon.. Mario struggled the whole tournament and held off the competition finishing in second place.. He was working on some swing changes and had difficulty chipping and putting and never really getting in any kind of rhythm on the course.. In his forth event of the year, Coached by his son Matthew, Mario took second place in the American Blind Golf National Championship held at the Republic Country Club in San Antonio, Texas.. He played well tee to green, getting comfortable with his new swing changes.. Still having problems with his putting, Mario did not score as well as he played.. As the nation’s second ranked player, Mr.. Tobia was invited to the World Match Play Championship held at the Island Green Country Club in Columbus, Georgia.. This event matches the top four players in each sight category in North America against the top four players in the rest of the world.. The playing format is a three-day President Cup team type event.. Coached by his son Michael, and finally bringing together his swing changes with some much improved putting, he performed well in the matches.. Mario lost in his first match, tied in his second match and won in his third match of the competition.. The team scoring was very close coming down to the last match of the last day of the tournament.. The North American team needed to win their last match and could only mustard up a tie and eventually losing to the international team, 13.. 5 to 14.. In September of 2008, George Pilz, another active MABGA member won the 63rd annual Senior National Championship in the B1 , totally blind division, at River Bend Links in Tunica, Mississippi.. Other note worthy accomplishments include members who several years ago shot an eagle and three MABGA golfers who shot a hole in one.. That's right, three blind golfers who ace their shot on a par 3 hole.. The first was recorded by Rod Ryan at the Meadowland Country Club on their 120 yard 14 hole on August 1, 2003.. Larry Ruttenberg recorded the second hole in one at the 120-yard par-3 12th hole at the ACE Club in Lafayette Hill, and most recently, Sheila Drummond , a former MABGA member, shot her ace on the 144-yard, par-3 fourth hole at Mahoning Valley Country Club on Sunday, August 19, 2007.. Other articles are about the charity events attended by some of our blind golfers and coaches.. Each event shares the common theme of helping the blind community and people in need.. It is our pleasure to use our golfing talents to help make these worthwhile causes a success.. Newsletter Article Section.. Tom and Peg Harrington.. Peg and Tom Harrington hold a photo from their wedding day on May 1, 1948, as they approach their 66th wedding anniversary.. Photo by Jennifer Connor.. By Jennifer Connor, The Reporter.. Posted: 03/10/14, 7:59 PM EDT |.. When asked what the secret to a long and successful marriage is, 87-year-old Tom Harrington, shakes his head.. After being married to his wife Peg for nearly 66 years, Tom says there is.. no secret.. “It’s simply about being considerate of each other,” Tom said.. “We always.. had strong communication and worked together as a team.. ”.. Coordinating their efforts was necessary in order to raise their 10.. children — nine of whom were boys.. “I never minded having all those children,” Peg said, starting to laugh.. “But, I do despise cooking.. I was so glad when they came out with instant.. potatoes.. Peg said some of her go-to meals included hot dogs and baked beans and.. spaghetti and meatballs, though she emphasized that she does love baking her.. specialties of chocolate chip cookies and brownies.. Peg and Tom met in high school at a Christmas party — Tom a senior and Peg a.. junior.. Though they grew up in the same zip code, they never met before, in.. part because Tom went to the all-boys Catholic school St.. Joseph’s Prep and.. Peg attended the all-girls school Mount St.. Joseph’s.. “I thought he had a great sense of humor and he loved to dance,” Peg said.. They began going to the weekly dances at Holy Child in Philadelphia and have.. been dancing ever since.. Peg said some of her favorite memories with her husband include dancing to.. Tommy Dorsey’s “Boogie Woogie.. When Tom graduated high school in 1943 he attended St.. Mary’s College of.. Maryland where he enrolled in the naval officer program, which transferred.. him to Penn State for a semester and then to Villanova to finish his.. program.. While at Penn State, the Navy took over all of the fraternity houses near.. Rec Hall.. Tom lived in the Phi Delta Theta house.. Upon graduating officers school, Tom served in the Navy from 1945-48.. He.. never saw direct combat, but his service took him from Pearl Harbor, across.. the Pacific Ocean as far as Japan.. When he came home on breaks, he and Peg would go out — usually dancing.. After his service, he moved in with his parents, and he was in her parents’.. living room when he asked Peg to marry him.. They married on May 1, 1948, in a formal wedding service at Little Flower.. Parish in Mount Airy.. The second of four girls, Peg was the third to wear the same wedding dress.. as her sisters.. Her mother handmade the bridesmaids’ dresses and hats.. Tom and Peg spent a week at Split Rock Lodge in the Poconos for their.. honeymoon then moved in together in Abington.. When their only daughter and oldest child Marti was born, Peg left work to.. raise her children, who are — in order from oldest to youngest — Marti,.. Tommy, Jay, Richard, Tim, Greg, Beau (Robert), Andrew, David and their.. youngest (and Lansdale resident) Stephen.. The hardest part of their marriage was the loss of three of their children.. They lost Jay at age 7 to nephritis, a disease that causes inflammation of.. the kidneys.. Their son Tommy also tragically died during his senior year of high school.. as a passenger in an automobile accident.. Richard, at the age of 52, lost his life to a brain aneurism.. “It was hard to experience each of those losses,” Peg said.. “But all of our.. children were and are marvelous.. Today, to keep busy, Tom plays golf — even though he is legally blind.. About 20 years ago, macular degeneration along with glaucoma caused severe.. vision loss in both of Tom’s eyes.. He joined the Middle Atlantic Blind Golf Association where he just became.. the acting president.. The group of 32 players — 22 men and 10 women — 15 of.. whom are completely blind, play about 35 games in their season from April to.. October.. Coaches, who can see, direct them on the course; Tom says they could always.. use more coaches.. (To learn more visit.. www.. ).. Peg stays busy catching up on the phone with her children, 13 grandchildren.. and two great-grandchildren, and continuing to bake.. “I think truly we are really great friends that are very fortunate to still.. have each other,” Peg said.. If you are a part of or know of a couple who has been together for many.. years and would like to share your story, contact Jennifer Connor at.. jconnor@thereporteronline.. or on Twitter @Journalist_Jen.. Giving the Gift of Golf to Blind youth.. The organization has grown a lot since being founded in 1994.. By Sandy and Gil Kayson.. Community contributor.. In 1994, a new world was created for children and Young adults’ ages five to twenty-one who were Visually impaired or blind.. Due to the vision and determination of Gil Kayson, a blind golfer, his.. Wife, Sandy, and their dear friend, Norman Kitz, a sighted golfer, visually impaired and blind children can young adults can now learn and participate in the Wonderful game of golf.. The story begins with the creation of the Middle Atlantic Blind Golf Association (“MABGA”) in 1948.. A blind lawyer and Golfer named Robert Allman had the desire to share the joys of.. Golf with his blind friends.. His dream was to organize competitive Golf within the blind community.. This dream became a reality when a small group of blind golfers started playing rounds.. Of golf every Sunday at the Juniata Golf Club in Philadelphia, With the help of Joe Hunsberger, golf professional and his assistants.. In 1949, Bob Allman’s friend, Francis Strawbridge, Jr,.. Was elected as the organization’s first president.. For the next three decades, MABGA continued to thrive, reaching out to hundreds of blind golfers in the Delaware Valley and beyond.. Then, in 1980, Gil Kayson, a blind businessperson, sports enthusiast, learned about the association.. Several years passed and Kayson continued to enjoy the game of golf game while.. Making many new friends, both sighted and blind.. One of these friends, Norman Kitz, a sighted golfer had experience building chip and putt golf courses for troubled youth.. Driven by.. Their passion for the game of golf combined with their love of children, Kayson and Kritz, along with Kayson’s wife, Sandy shared a vision to create a junior golf program for blind.. Children to learn and play golf.. Jim Ganter, an active MABGA member, who later became president, was very much interested in the program and instrumental in helping it get started.. Ganter, Kritz and the Krayson’s all agreed that they wanted to have a golf course specially built and designed to meet the challenges of visually impaired and blind golfers.. However,.. There were many obstacles that they had to overcome to accomplish their goal.. First, they needed to find a suitable location mc-ref.. Junior Blind Golf Program coaches, Paris Sterritt, Leah Mullaly and Susan.. Fahey at a recent outing.. Photo courtesy of Junior Blind Golf Program.. In addition, the resources to make their vision a reality.. Kritz’s children, an architect and a landscape architect, agreed to generously donate their time and expertise to help design the golf.. Course.. Kayson and Kritz reached out to the Overbrook School for the Blind and soon their vision would become a reality.. The Overbrook School agreed to donate land on its campus that.. Would become the future site for a golf course dedicated to the Junior Blind Golf program of the MABGA.. Under the direction of Norman Kritz and his children, the custodial staff at the.. Overbrook School would change the campus forever.. Everyone worked diligently and finally, on Sept.. 25, 1996 the Robert G.. Allman golf course was dedicated to the Junior Blind Golf Program.. With the completion of the course, the group now turned their focus to reaching out to the visually impaired and blind community to apprise them of the wonderful development.. Flyers.. Went out to blind schools and blind organizations looking to recruit young golfers.. At the same time, they began to seek out golf professionals who would volunteer to teach the children.. 4387 how to play golf.. Al Balukas, a golf professional and mentor.. For MABGA agreed to help find the golf professionals for the children.. Fifteen children contacted them and the Junior Blind Golf Program was under way.. Now, the organization was faced with one final challenge.. They needed to obtain equipment to.. Enable the children to play the game.. The children would need properly sized golf clubs and shoes.. Kritz worked diligently to obtain donations of golf equipment.. Donated golf clubs would.. Be cut down and sized specially to fit each child.. Every child provided his her age, height and whether it were right or left-handed to insure the clubs were properly.. Measured.. Each child received his or her own customized free set of clubs, shoes and a glove.. The parents provided the names and addresses of five golf courses closest to their home so Al.. Balukas could find a volunteer professional to teach the visually impaired/blind child how to play golf.. The golf professionals were eager to participate in this wonderful program.. The parents then had to contact the assigned golf professional to schedule a convenient time for their.. Children’s lessons.. The association encouraged the parents that golf, different from other sports, was a game that their child could play for a lifetime.. With the parents’ guidance and support,.. Their children would be given the opportunity to enjoy a sport for life while making many new friends along the way.. And furthermore, the Junior Golf Program, with continued support.. Of the MABGA, would provide their children this incredible opportunity at no cost.. With the golf lessons having begun, the Junior Blind Golf Program held its first golf clinic and outing in the spring of 1997, bringing together visually impaired/blind children and.. Their families to enjoy a wonderful day of golf.. There, the children and their families would make new friends and celebrate their accomplishments.. They shared smiles and stories and.. Learn that with some persistence and dedication, they, too, can enjoy the excitement of playing the game of golf.. Since the program’s inception, golf clinics and outings are.. Held twice each year, in the spring and the fall.. A volunteer golf coach is assigned to assist and guide each child on the course.. With the help of a group of dedicated volunteers led by.. Sandy Kayson, the outings have been a tremendous success.. Each event concludes with a wonderful luncheon for the entire family, and trophies and prizes to recognize the participants’.. Achievements.. Since its inception, participation in the program has continued.. To grow, reaching hundreds of children and their families over the years from many states including Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, New York and Maryland who attend the outings.. In addition, take private lessons from golf professionals.. Recently, children from as far as North Carolina and Colorado have joined the program as well.. What makes the Junior Golf Program especially successful has been its ability to attract visually impaired/blind children with diverse interests and backgrounds, which are brought.. Together for one common goal,.. to is able to learn and play the game of golf, while making new friends for life.. With this unified focus, these children are taught the important values.. Of commitment, dedication and perseverance, which will serve them well not only in the game of golf, but also in every endeavor that, they will pursue throughout their lives.. One does not have to look far to see some of the incredible successes of the Junior Blind Golf Program.. Brian Mackey, a participant in the program for several years just completed his.. First year in the adult program of the MABGA and currently serves as a mentor and an assistant golf coach in the Junior Program.. Another young man Patrick Molloy, who started as a.. Junior Blind Golfer when he was seven years old is now in his junior year at Muhlenberg College.. Molloy plans on attending law school upon graduation to pursue a career in law.. Another.. Graduate of the program, Casey Burkhardt, received his master’s degree from Villanova University and is currently working for Google.. Jon Gabry, a deaf-blind junior golfer and an artist,.. Is the poster child for the Helen Keller National Center? Gabry has been selling his art work in both New Jersey and New York and currently has four pieces on display in the Metropolitan.. Museum in New York City.. The parents of these children have expressed to program that their children’s participation in the golf program has helped give them the confidence to pursue.. Their dreams.. The program has also served as the inspiration for the.. Authoring of the book, “A Million Dollar Putt,” written by Dan Gutman.. Gutman specifically acknowledges the work of the year’s outings.. Right: Mike Medley giving his son Mitchell some pointers on the putting green.. Middle left Coach Dave Zimmaro helping tomas Valois perfect his stroke before heading out on the course.. Middle: Junior Blind Golfer, Anthony vorreggine and his coach al.. Greenland taking a break behind holes.. Bottom left: Junior Blind Golfer, Isabelle nutt and her coach.. Bottom center: Junior Blind Golfer, Caroline Muldanadole and her coach,.. Leah Mullaly.. Bottom right: Junior Blind Golfer, Chloe Darlington, with her older.. Brother, her father Wade and mother Amy at one of this year’s outings.. Junior Blind Golf Program in his moving story about a young blind golfer.. Another success of the program occurred two years ago when Kritz and Kayson were approached by the First Tee organization in Philadelphia.. This organization has a program.. That teaches children (not blind) how to play golf.. First Tee thought it would be wonderful if the Junior Blind Golfers could play golf with the First Tee members.. The idea was approved.. In addition, this past year six outings were held at the Walnut Lane golf course in Philadelphia.. These outings proved to be a huge success for all.. This “learning by teaching” experience provides the children an invaluable experience that they can draw upon throughout their.. Lives.. The collaboration demonstrated to sighted children, not just, what blind children could accomplish, but also what other physically challenged children are capable of achieving.. Perhaps the program’s most exciting news in 2013 came when they were contacted by Steve McWilliams, a film producer and writer, who works in the disabilities office of Villanova.. University.. McWilliams is in the final stages of the creation of a documentary featuring the story of the development and success of MABGA’s Junior Blind Golf Program.. To create the documentary, Steve McWilliams and his staff attended an outing, where he interviewed Kayson, Kritz and the junior blind golfers and filmed the children playing golf.. The.. Hopej is that this documentary will heighten the awareness of the Junior Golf Program, while serving as an inspiration to others to help expand the opportunity for visually impaired/blind.. Children to other cities across the country.. It has been an incredible journey thus far for The Junior.. Blind Golf Program.. The founders, officers and volunteers of this program encourage parents, relatives, friends and teachers of visually impaired or blind children to make this a priority.. And spread the word.. The dream is that many more children can take advantage of all that this program has to offer.. For more information on the organization visit mabga.. org/ Junior_Golf.. htm or call Gil Kayson at 215-884-6589.. 5671.. Mario Tobia wins Corcoran Cup during Guiding Eyes for the Blind Golf Classic at Mount Kisco.. 10 June 2013, 9:16 am by.. Photo courtesy of Guiding Eyes for the Blind – Mario Tobia (left) won the 2013 Corcoran Cup, coached by son Matthew Tobia, with Guiding Eyes for the Blind’s Golf Classic Chairman Al Maiolo.. Guiding Eyes for the Blind Corcoran Cup.. At Mount Kisco C.. Mario Tobia (Mount Laurel, N.. J.. ) – Corcoran Cup – 41 points.. David Meador (Nashville, Tenn.. ) – Cribari Trophy (second place) – 39 points.. Jim Baker (Nashville, Tenn.. ) – McFarland Trophy (most points over quota) – 21 points.. Ron Derry (Baltimore, Ohio) – Spoonster Trophy (most points over 2012) – 5 points.. Founded by PGA legend Ken Venturi in 1977, the Guiding Eyes Golf Classic has raised over $8 million since its inception.. As part of the Classic, Guiding Eyes presents the Corcoran Cup, the “Masters” of blind golf.. This year thirteen of the country’s top blind golfers vied for the coveted trophy, each with the help of a coach who aids in club selection, alignment, setup and distances.. Blind golfer wins 'Most Courageous Athelete of The Year Award.. BY MARK KRAM, Daily News Staff Writer kramm@phillynews.. Posted: January 29, 2013.. MARIO TOBIA was 25 when a doctor diagnosed him with retinitis pigmentosa, a degenerative eye disease that would leave him blind.. The doctor told him that by age 30 he would have night blindness; by 40 he would no longer be able to drive; and by 50 he would have to walk with a cane.. The doctor told him to begin preparations for a future without the ability to see.. It was devastating news.. Tobia could not bring himself believe it.. Surely, he told himself, there was some error in his diagnosis, that perhaps the problems he had been having picking up the ball off the bat in his softball games were due to something else.. So Tobia did not prepare himself as the doctor recommended, only to discover that his prognosis had been correct.. With each passing year, his vision continued to dwindle until it vanished completely and left him steeped in darkness.. Given his disability, a golf course seemed an unlikely place to find Tobia, who is now 57.. But that is exactly where you can find him.. Tobia not only still plays golf but plays it so well that he was bestowed with 2013 Most Courageous Athlete Award by the Philadelphia Sports Writers Association Monday evening at its 109th annual dinner at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Cherry Hill.. Joined by his wife, Ann and their two adult sons, Matt and Michael, Tobia characterized the plaque he received as a tremendous honor for me.. I was humbled to even be considered for it, says Tobia, who lives in Mount Laurel, N.. When I heard who some of the previous winners had been, I was just blown away by it.. Tobia began playing golf at age 30, in part because his deteriorating vision prohibited him from participating in any sports that involved hand-eye coordination.. At Cinnaminson High School, he had competed in football and track and field.. He won a partial scholarship to La Salle to throw the discus.. Golf enabled him to continue to compete until he could no longer see the targets on the course.. It was not until he discovered the Middle Atlantic Blind Golf Association in 2000 that he began playing again.. Nationally, he has competed in events with the U.. Blind Golf Association and the American Blind Golf Association.. He has won four ABGA and USBGA events the past 2 years, including the 2010 ABGA championship in the Blind Division.. Although he shoots in the mid-90s to 100, he says his goal is to shoot in the 70s at some point.. How does he do it?.. With the help of his two sons and a coach, Steve Rodos.. We guide him by the arm, says son Michael.. We line him, let know how far he has to hit and then describe where it has landed.. Like a caddie would do, adds the other son, Matt.. We help him analyze the shot he has to play.. Says Rodos: Like any golfer, he has to stay out of the woods.. Of course, he has no idea where the woods are.. Tobia says his sons helped him simplify his swing.. When I could see, I had a swing with a lot of movement in it, a swing that required a lot of hand-eye coordination to get back to the ball, says the former computer consultant who now teaches visually impaired and blind veterans in South Jersey and Delaware to use computers.. So we had to shorten up and find a swing I can rely on.. Michael says putting is a challenge: At one point, when he still had some vision, one of us would stand behind the pin and he could see our outline.. Now, what he will do is walk off the distance between the ball and the cup.. By doing that, he can also get a feel for how the green is leaning.. Ann Tobia says her husband was very involved with their sons when they were growing up.. When it came to golf, he taught them everything he knew.. Now, they are giving back to him.. Does Tobia consider what he has done courageous?.. He pauses before he says: I think of it more as survival than courage, he says.. Golf has given me a chance to get out of the house and socialize with people.. Tobia recommended that to anyone with a handicap.. Regardless of what it is, you just have to find something you enjoy doing, he says.. And then take on the challenge.. Get out and play a sport or join an organization.. Tobia said he is at peace with his affliction.. Ten years ago, when I still had some sight, I would dwell on the fact that I could no longer see as well as I once could.. Now, I feel better about myself than I did then.. So how good is he?.. Good enough to fool some fellow golfers out on the course, according to his son.. People will look at us on the course and sense something is unusual, Matt says.. This is usually four or five holes [into play].. When I tell them he is blind, they just look at him and say, 'He plays better than me.. '.. No sight, no problem for Mount Laurel golfer- Courier Post.. 12:27 AM, Sep.. 4, 2012 |.. Local blind golfer refuses to stop teeing off: Mario Tobia needs a lot of help, but he's one of the top blind golfers in the nation.. Written by.. Randy Miller.. Courier-Post Staff.. http://www.. courierpostonline.. com/article/20120904/SPORTS/309040025/No-sight-no-problem-Mount-Laurel-golfer?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|Sports.. Mount Laurel golfer Mario Tobia gets pointers from coach Steve Rodos.. / CHRIS LaCHALL/Courier-Post.. EVESHAM — A green golf cart with a white roof zips down a path toward the 18th tee at Indian Spring Country Club, slowing down only to negotiate water puddles left from afternoon showers.. When arriving, a well-tanned 57-year-old who was born in Italy and moved to South Jersey at age 1 hops out from the passenger seat and walks to the back of the cart.. Mario Tobia fiddles with his golf bag for a few seconds, pulls a white Titleist ball from a side pocket, grabs his Ping G20 driver from a compartment and waits for his coach to provide first a helping hand and then instruction.. Steve Rodos, a 75-year-old retired Philadelphia attorney who seems to get around like he's 60, grabs Mario by the arm, then together they walk to the second tee from the back, the white one that's for men.. Staring down at his iPhone, which has a golf GPS app called up, Steve announces that the flag is 482 yards from the tee.. Mario nods, takes a big practice swing, then inches forward toward his teed-up ball.. Steve, dressed in shorts, a golf shirt and a baseball cap, moves in to carefully study Mario's positioning and barks out a quick adjustment that results in a tiny leg shift.. He backpedals until safely out of harm's way, then leans forward and sets his hands on his knees.. Mario lets loose a sweet-looking swing, and when club and ball meet right where he had intended, that familiar pinging sound momentarily drowns out chirping birds.. The ball disappears into the overcast sky before dropping 230 yards from the tee in the middle of the fairway.. OK, that was good, Steve blurts out.. * * *.. Mario needs to be told where his ball lands because his world is total darkness.. He sees nothing out of his left eye and can only tell night from day with his right, and if the sun is shining brightly, he must wear sunglasses to avoid pain.. His slow deterioration toward total blindness forced the Mount Laurel resident to stop driving years ago and, beginning in 1995, left him unemployed for a time.. But by sheer determination, this amazing man overcomes not being able to see in unimaginable ways.. For starters, here's a fellow who will cook scrambled eggs on his stove for breakfast and hamburgers on his grill for lunch when Ann, his wife of 29 years, is working in Cherry Hill.. Mario now earns a living again, too, as a contracted computer technician who formats and repairs PCs for visually impaired and blind Veterans.. I'm determined, said Mario, who has a driver take him to and from Veterans homes in South Jersey and Delaware.. When I set my mind to something, I want to do it.. His golf game is something special among peers.. Locally, he dominates playing with sighted partners in 40 annual Middle Atlantic Blind Golf Association tournaments.. He's even better playing on his own in United States Blind Golf Association (USBGA) and American Blind Golf (ABG) national events, finishing in the top three in six of seven tournaments over the last two years, winning three of them.. He's the two-time reigning champion in the American Blind Golf National Championship, held annually in San Antonio, and he'll be back there again in October going for three in a row.. He's one of the top three in the country, Steve boasted.. A coach to blind golfers isn't a typical coach.. What this volunteer job really amounts to is being the eyes of the golfer.. Steve coaches Mario at local events, while Mario's two children - sons Matt, 28, and Michael, 23, - handle the national tourneys, which include trips to such places as Georgia, New York, Ohio and Texas.. Mario knows it won't be easy, but his quest is to become a much better golfer.. His handicap currently is 23.. 8, which means he's a little shy of being a bogey golfer.. He's gotten this good despite mostly playing just once a week during the local season, but he's far from satisfied.. I want to be considered a good golfer.. good for anybody, Mario said.. That's part of my drive.. I do well in these tournaments against vision impaired or blind people, but I want to beat my kids.. Matt, who has a Masters from Fordham and lives in Hoboken, is a 7 handicap.. Michael, a recent graduate from Seton Hall who still lives with his parents, is a 10.. Matt recently talked Mario into switching from a conventional putter to a belly putter, after having some struggles in a recent national event in New York in which missing 4 or 5 makeable putts resulted in a second-place finish instead of a victory.. The hardest part about being a blind golfer, Mario says, is chipping.. Because it's a feel thing, he said.. When you take that half-shot or quarter-shot, that's hard for me.. Other parts of his game aren't that difficult.. I know generally how far my clubs go, Mario said.. If it's 150 yards to the hole, I'll pull out a 7-iron because I know that club will go 150-155 yards.. If I'm on the green, I walk it off.. Mario is able to identify his 12 clubs by positioning different kinds of tape in different shaft positions.. For instance, he uses hockey tape for his 5 and 6 irons, electrical tape for his 7, 8 and 9.. Keeping certain clubs in certain compartments of his golf bag makes it easy for him to differentiate, as well.. Mario knows when he strikes the ball well, but needs to be told whether he hit it straight or not.. Making good shots never gets old.. A year ago, Mario came within an inch of sinking a first hole-in-one on the 106-yard, 17th hole at Philmont Country Club in Huntington Valley, Pa.. , during an alternate-shot tournament in which he was paired with Patrick Shine, head pro for Commonwealth National Golf Club in Horsham, Pa.. The very next hole, I had the exact same shot on my second shot, 106 yards to the pin, Mario said.. I pulled the same club, a gap wedge, and made what I thought was the same swing.. It sailed over the green 40 yards.. We had to take a penalty stroke and ended up tying instead of winning.. Like everyone, Patrick Shine is inspired by Mario, his partner the last five or six years in an area vision-impaired Pro Am.. It has to be incredibly challenging for Mario, but he does a pretty good job and he's totally into it, Shine said.. He expects me to play well, and it's a little bit of pressure because it's like his Super Bowl and don't want to let him down.. * * *.. Steve takes Mario by the arm after his tee shot on No.. 18 at Indian Spring, then take their cart to the fairway, stopping a short walk to the left of the only ball nearby.. We're about 255 away, Steve says, his iPhone again in hand.. I can't get there, so I'll lay up to maybe 100 yards, Mario responds while clutching his 7-iron.. They approach the ball.. Steve backs up and goes into his hands-on-knees position.. Practice swing.. Whack.. You pushed that to the right, Steve says with a hint of disappointment in his voice.. Steve pauses, then in a perkier tone says, So we'll go get it and hit from there.. Mario, who is 6-foot-1, 210 pounds with a full head of dark hair, was 25 when he first noticed he was having eye issues.. He'd been nearsighted, but contact lenses had corrected his vision to 20/15.. He figured he just needed an another adjustment, and sure enough, an eye doctor examined him and prescribed stronger contacts.. The issue only worsened.. He'd always been a good athlete and played baseball, football, tennis, volleyball and ran track at Cinnaminson High School (Class of 1973), and after getting a degree in computers from LaSalle University, he was playing shortstop in an adult baseball league when noticing he was having all kinds of trouble picking up groundballs hit his way.. He started going to more doctors searching for answers.. About the 10th one finally provided a diagnosis that was terrifying.. His condition, a Pennsauken ophthalmologist determined, was Retinitis Pigmentosa, a degenerative eye disorder that affects 1/4000 Americans.. You're going to have trouble seeing when you're 30, you're going to have to stop driving when you're 40 and you're going to need a cane to walk when you're 50, Dr.. Ralph Lanciano told Mario.. Thirty-two years and a lot of a frustration later, Mario says, He was almost dead on.. Almost.. Doctors told me for a long time that I wouldn't lose all my sight, that I always would retain something, he  ...   him.. A few minutes later I watch Pilz play Cedarbrook's first hole, a short, easy par-4.. On the tee, Friel, a 58-year-old former co-worker from Phoenixville, aims him at a target, then steps back.. Most coaches tee it up.. Pilz doesn't like that.. I get a better feel for it this way, he explains.. Pilz turns himself 90 degrees, puts a tee in the ground and places his ball on top of it.. He retreats, unaided, rips off a couple of practice swings, and gives Friel the go sign.. Friel places Pilz' clubface behind the ball.. Pilz adjusts his body and lets fly.. His wounded quail darts into the rough 70 yards away.. In snarly cabbage, his optimistic if unwise 6-iron dribbles another 20 yards.. Now in the fairway, another poor 6 leaves him 103 yards from the pin.. Pitching wedge, Pilz says, firmly.. Nine-iron, Friel replies, firmer.. You need to carry that sand trap up there.. The 9, hit flush, lands on the apron and hops onto the green.. Pilz smiles at the news.. His sky-blue eyes brighten and widen as he says to Friel, You were right.. Right.. They go through the routine on the green: Pilz on Friel's arm, escorted, walking from ball to pin and back again.. So, 48 feet, downhill, left to right, Pilz says.. Nothing from Friel.. Maybe he's thinking what I'm thinking: It really goes right to left.. Pilz strokes his putt.. It goes 49 feet.. Left to right.. Hard.. I question my eyes and better understand why I seldom break 80.. Friel lines up the tap-in.. There are no gimmes in Pilz' world.. The ball drops and settles and Pilz reaches in and says, I need to hear that.. Oh, what a feeling!.. I would know soon enough.. Excellence at golf - relative excellence, in a world where breaking 100 is astounding and a 5-hour round the norm - is just one more marker of Pilz' journey.. A high school dropout, he enlisted in the Air Force during the Korean War but never left the country.. He knew a guy who knew a guy, so when he left the service he got a good job climbing poles for the Peco Energy Co.. He was 21, living high and hard.. That ended May 22, 1960.. He and a buddy had a few drinks.. Pilz was unbelted in the passenger seat of a car that got sideways and skidded into a tree.. The driver was fine.. Pilz woke up 2 weeks later with a ruined face he would never see again.. His retinas detached when his head shattered the windshield.. It could have been the end: no career, no degrees, no business, no golf.. It was a beginning.. I wanted more out of life, Pilz said.. I wanted to be a contributing member of society.. If everyone contributed half as much.. Pilz qualified for care at the Hines Blind Rehabilitation Center, a Veterans Affairs facility near Chicago.. Four months after the wreck, he enrolled, and he learned - as much about the human spirit as about living blind.. I could tell in a day or 2 if people entering that program were going to make it through or drop out, Pilz said.. Me? I came out of there energized.. He came out able to type, able to cook, able to walk with a cane and able to read Braille.. I hate Braille, he says, and with technology at his fingertips now it is superfluous.. But like a radio operator who knows Morse code, Pilz reads a magazine in Braille every day to stay sharp.. It is his way.. He returned from Chicago, got a guide dog named Cloudy and enrolled in Temple University's high school equivalency program.. Simple, right?.. Well, getting to Temple every day meant walking down to the bus stop in Trooper, Pa.. , where there were no sidewalks.. That bus dropped him in Norristown, where he hopped a train to Philadelphia, then another to Temple's campus.. Pilz had his diploma by January.. He opened a wood-turning business out of his parents' basement and that, along with a little golf (both skills he picked up in Chicago) was his life for the next 9 years.. He never replaced Cloudy, his boon companion for 8 of them.. The German shepherd was his starting point, but it was a crutch, too.. I needed to move on, Pilz said.. In the summer of '69, Pilz met an AT T executive who was dazzled with his capabilities.. That fall, Pilz was working for the company, repairing telephones.. That lasted for 25 years.. It wasn't all he did.. An avid lunchtime runner, Pilz was part of the Olympic torch relay in 1984, the year his father, Ferdinand, died.. Pilz carried the torch down the Ben Franklin Parkway and up the Art Museum steps where his mother, Edith, awaited him.. It was Mother's Day.. Two years later Pilz graduated from Ursinus, where he studied business administration, finance (he manages his own investments) and industrial relations.. His coworkers at AT T wanted him to represent them during negotiations with management.. When the company packed up, Pilz didn't want to leave the area.. He didn't want to leave the house he and his mother had moved to 5 years earlier.. So, he got his MBA at Saint Joseph's and opened VisionTech, a company he ran out of the house.. The company mated the newest technology for the blind with people who needed it.. He trained sightless people from birth for new jobs; he trained the newly blind to do their old jobs again.. With his VA connection, he tested new products and wrote reports on their merits.. And he returned to golf.. He had quit when he got the AT T job - no time for such frivolity - but, master of his time once again, he rediscovered its joy.. That 5 years - that was payback time for me, Pilz says.. Oh, my God, did I enjoy it.. He shuttered VisionTech in 2001 when Edith's health began a steady decline to her death at 92.. Pilz kept playing.. He rigged a practice tee just outside his back door and created this ingenious practice aid:.. He drilled a hole through a golf ball, unwound some line from a push-button fishing reel and strung the line through the ball.. He adhered the ball and string with an epoxy filler and fixed a shuttlecock to the line behind the ball to create enough drag so the ball wouldn't fly too far.. He could smash drive after drive, feel the ball come off the club.. then reel it in.. He has a new practice cage in the yard now.. He also has a fold-up treadmill on the back porch, a small, old Universal gym in the garage and the lean, hard body of a man many years his junior.. When he needs something he can call on his three siblings, who live close by.. He never married.. He explains this in his office, amid degrees and awards and the trappings of security and achievement:.. I never thought it would be fair for someone to be hung up with someone like myself.. He is re-evaluating that stance.. After Pilz putts out on No.. 1 at Cedarbrook, Friel walks over to me and secures the blindfold around my eyes.. It is the complete darkness of George Pilz' life.. I never see the par-5 second hole as we drive up to it.. Like Pilz, I exit the cart on my own.. Like Pilz, I pull my own club (the driver was easy to find) and put my left arm on Friel's right.. Despite Friel's warning, I nearly trip on the stone curb step-up from the cart path to the tee.. He aligns me.. I turn, put a tee in the ground, put a ball on top, step back, take a practice swing.. and nearly fall over.. I widen my stance for balance.. I take another swing, slower.. Better.. Friel leads me forward, to the ball.. I adjust my body to the club's placement.. It is time.. Taking the club back - that's a little difficult, like dipping a toe in cold, dark water.. But once back, coming through is easy.. Really.. Just keep your balance.. And I can play a little.. Trust the swing? When you can't see the ball, you have no choice.. I pop it up, maybe 80 yards.. But, hey, contact is contact and straight is straight.. Unlike many of Pilz' competitors, I can't see anything; to qualify for blind golf one must only be legally blind, which means some golfers have limited vision.. Sometimes, they will pull their heads up early to try and track the ball in flight.. That sounded great! Pilz says.. I beam.. Friel is less impressed.. Even less so, when, feeling pretty confident, I shank my next shot, a hybrid 4-iron.. I use the same club on the third shot, which I clobber.. Friel is encouraging.. Another try, same swing, same club, and I'm 15 yards short of the green, just in front, chipping for par.. I flip it 30 feet past, but I'm on in five, a double-bogey in sight.. Because putting is even easier, right? The first thing I'd seen was Pilz drop two of four from 30 feet.. Thermonuclear dynamics in Chinese is easier.. Putting is like floating in the ocean on your stomach and trying to spear minnows.. Blindfolded.. You have no bearings.. You drift in space.. You walk the putting line, but, come on, what is 10 paces on a blind putting stroke? Did I go uphill on the way back? Because everything feels uphill when you walk in the dark.. Does it break left to right? Whatever.. I'm having a tough time feeling my legs, much less subtle undulations.. All you want to do is make contact.. If you thought pulling the driver back was tough - well, that putter was in cement.. I feel the sweat on the backs of my hands.. My palms are already drenched, stealing the moisture that usually resides in my mouth.. I can hear them breathing.. I swear it.. Because I'm not.. Finally, I jerk something toward the hole.. I feel contact.. Then, silence.. A little short, Friel reports.. How much? You'll see.. It's 15 feet short.. I got it halfway there.. The next one was 10 feet past.. The next, 7 feet past.. This feels awful.. The next, 2 feet short.. Two stinking feet, and dead straight.. Oh, Lord.. Clunk.. Doesn't it sound great? Pilz asks.. Yeah.. Yeah, it does.. That's enough.. Slowly, I remove the mask.. It is a little like un-drowning.. This next part is cliché.. So what?.. I feel the soft morning breeze and the gentle sun's warmth and I breathe it all in.. I hear an orchestra of birds and a single-engine plane and the little hairs on my arm tingle.. I remember the faces and smiles and the beautiful, beautiful skin of my two baby daughters and I think of how horrible it would be to never see them again.. Pilz comes over.. You put that mask on, you lose a lot, he said.. But don't you appreciate the other things more?.. Yeah, you do.. You know what's important to me today? Pilz continued, quieter.. The future.. Me, too.. *.. Monica Yant Kinney: A drop in the bucket 'is the best sound'.. By Monica Yant Kinney Inquirer Columnist.. Source: Philadelphia Inquirer, The (PA); 721 words.. Published: 2009-06-10.. Section: PHILADELPHIA | Page B01 | Edition: CITY-D.. Patrick Molloy has a swing like Phil Mickelson, Norm Kritz told me, the smoothest left-handed swing you could ever see.. When I pulled up to the Walnut Lane Golf Club to watch Patrick take a lesson, he was indeed in gorgeous form, sinking 12-foot putts.. Molloy, 16, is a sophomore at Council Rock High School.. Unlike Mickelson, Molloy is blind.. That sound, he said, grinning as the ball spun and dropped in the cup, is the best sound.. Club pro Dave Smith had never taught a blind golfer before, but didn't hesitate to take Patrick on seven years ago when asked by a colleague working with the Mid-Atlantic Junior Blind Golf Association ( www.. org).. You don't need to see the ball to hit it, Smith reasoned.. Instead, they work by feel and foundation, rote and repetition.. At one point, Smith lined up two-by-fours to create a lane so Molloy could perfect his stance and alignment.. Later, Molloy squeezed a rubber ball between his arms to determine how far apart to keep them.. Like any student, he learns by trial and error.. Where did your follow-through end when you hooked the ball to the left? How did you position your hands when you drove it high and straight? It's all muscle memory, Molloy explained.. My body remembers the positions.. Seeing is believingMolloy was one of the star attractions at last weekend's annual junior blind golf outing at the Overbrook School for the Blind.. All 35 of these kids made magic.. Watching blind youngsters swing, miss, smile, listen, try again, and connect should make sighted players rethink throwing tantrums.. Patrick Morris, a shy 6-year-old from Havertown, was back for his third year.. It's amazing he has time, between baseball and acting.. He was just inThe Wizard of Oz, said his father, Dan Morris.. Kristie Hong, 11, has peripheral vision and wants to tackle a sport.. If she likes golf, said her father, Ke Hong, of Basking Ridge, N.. , I'll learn and play with her.. By the look of Kristie's face, he might want to invest in some clubs.. Kritz, who is sighted, and Gil Kayson, who is not, founded the junior blind golf group in 1980.. Any visually impaired youngster in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, or Delaware who wants to play receives free lessons and clubs - Kritz cuts them to fit after measuring each child.. A blind golfer can putt just as well as your typical bad sighted golfer, joked group president Jim Ganter, who was playing alongside an 89-year-old blind man who shot a hole-in-one.. Sensing my skepticism, Kayson told me about a Golf Digest test with 12 sighted golf novices, six of them blindfolded.. After 10 lessons, the blindfolded golfers were doing better, he recalled.. They kept their heads down.. They focused on the ball.. Fun in focusFor the nine-hole scramble, Molloy was paired with Julia Procopio, a 17-year-old from Verona, N.. , wearing a pink Princess visor and matching magenta nail polish.. She doesn't play often - piano is her thing - but can see enough out of her right eye to know that Molloy, who was born blind, takes the game very seriously.. On the final hole, Molloy chipped a respectable 25 yards onto the green.. Smith walked his student from where the ball landed to the flag so Molloy could get a mental picture of how far he still had to go.. Smith, always in teaching mode, lined Procopio up to putt.. Super, he said, you're to the left by, like, two feet.. Then, it was Patrick's turn to shine with an easy finish.. Yes! he said, hearing the telltale clink-clink.. Yo, Patrick, Procopio yelped, heckuva job! The rough was high today after all the rain, Smith allowed.. They had U.. Open challenges.. But that's the fun of it, replied Molloy, the challenge.. Contact Monica Yant Kinney at myant@phillynews.. com or 215-854-4670.. Read her recent work at.. http://go.. philly.. com/yantkinney.. Article from the.. Blinded Veterans Association | Autumn 2008 Bulletin | Around BVA.. USBGA Nationals.. BVA life member George Pilz, Pennsylvania Regional Group, has taken first place in the Senior Division of the U.. Blind Golf Association’s 63rd Annual National Championship Tournament.. The championships were held September 22-23 at River Bend Links, a three-casino complex in Tunica, Mississippi.. George, a totally blind golfer and a veteran of the U.. Air Force, was quick to credit his USBGA coach, John Lucas of New Orleans, as well as Harry Heagy, head golf professional at Edgemont Country Club in Edgemont, Delaware County, where he regularly plays.. Both men, he said, have teamed with him many times and have been instrumental in his golfing success.. “When you are totally blind, golf actually becomes a team effort and a team sport,” said George, who also plays golf with Director of District 3 Sam Huhn and other BVA members in Middle Atlantic Blind Golf Association competition.. “There are plenty of people who have helped me in a very personal way with my golf game and, as everyone knows, without our coaches we would not be playing at all!”.. George faced several qualifying rounds through play in the Middle Atlantic Association in order to compete nationally with 20 of the best totally blind senior golfers in the country.. His win and the subsequent crystal trophy presentation were especially emotional in view of a promise that his win had fulfilled.. “I made a commitment to my mother before she passed away that I would win a national championship for her,” he said.. “So this is no fluke—the practice and preparation I put myself through to win was in recognition of all she did to help me adjust to blindness.. George was blinded in 1960 in an automobile accident.. He attended the Central Blind Rehabilitation Center at Hines shortly thereafter and subsequently received a Bachelor’s degree from Ursinus College and a Master of Business Administration from St.. Joseph’s University.. George’s master’s thesis addressed the role of technology in mainstreaming the blind and visually impaired.. He worked for the research division of Western Electric and its offshoots until starting his own company, Vision Tech, Inc.. , in 1991.. Vision Tech addressed the technological needs of the blind and visually impaired.. “George is an amazing person and one of those guys who has been constantly ahead of his time,” said Sam Huhn.. “He was one of the first guys I saw jogging on a tether with another person guiding him, and he was also one of the first blind guys to get a talking traffic signal at the corner nearest his home.. News of Delaware County - Sports Section.. Winning blind athletes thank Delco area coaches.. By David Block; Special To the News.. When athletes with disabilities compete, the media and spectators are so amazed that they sometimes overlook the athletes' coaches and instructors.. The athletes never fail to acknowledge the men and women who spend a lot of their personal time helping them succeed.. Many of these dedicated instructors and coaches receive no monetary compensation.. Blind Golf.. George Pilz, a King of Prussia resident, won the senior division of the United States Blind Golf Association's 63rd Annual National Championship tournament.. Last month at the River Bend Links in Tunica, Mississippi.. Pilz immediately credited Harry Heagy, Head Golf Professional at Edgmont Country Club in Edgemont, Delaware County.. Harry is responsible for me winning in Mississippi, said Pilz.. Harry taught me to use just the clubs that would give me the consistency that's required.. I learned so much from him.. When asked why he spent his time helping a blind golfer, Heagy answered: George is a tremendous person.. In my professional career, working with him was personally one of my most rewarding experiences.. I take none of George's credit.. I won't take any of my pupils' credit because then they could credit me.. For making bad shots.. I don't look at George as a blind golfer.. To me, he's another golfer; a very good golfer.. 2008 Philmont Pro Am Blind Golf Outing.. August 29, 2008.. On Friday, August 22, the Middle Atlantic Blind Golf Association held their annual Pro Am golf outing at the Philmont Country Club’s south course in Huntington Valley, Pa.. This outing includes trophies for the winners of the visually impaired and blind divisions and a catered luncheon at the Philmont clubhouse.. Philmont has hosted the Pro Am outing for MABGA since 1998, and prior to that at Whitemarch Valley for one year and at Ashbourne Country Clubs for twenty years hosted the event.. Winner in the Visually Impaired division was Rod Ryan and his golf professional Dan Donohue, outside operations from Whitemarsh Valley Country Club.. Rod and his Pro shot an 82 and tied with Mario Tobia and his golf professional, Patrick Shine, Director of Golf at Commonwealth National Country Club.. Rod Ryan won the coveted Founders Cup trophy on a tiebreaker system where the two score cards are matched to each other starting from the number 1 handicap hole and working back through the number 18 handicap hole comparing scores to determine a winner.. Rod was very gracious in accepting his award and even offered to share his trophy with the runner up.. Not many people would be so considerate, but that just goes to show how he values friendship more than personal awards.. Winner in the Blind Division was Jim Hunt and his golf professional Julian Collie.. Julian is an independent, unattached Pro who is starting a youth instructional school this fall.. Jim and Julian shot a whopping score of 85.. Jim did not have to make the hard decision of sharing his Founders Cup Trophy, as his nearest competitor was more than seven strokes back.. United States Blind Golf Tournament.. by.. Paris Sterrett.. The National Blind Golf Tournament was held this year at Edgmont Country Club.. The four day event was orchestrated by skillful blind golfer Sheila.. Drummond of Leighton, PA who recorded a hole-in-one about six weeks ago and is coached by her husband, Keith.. Sheila use to play in our local Middle.. Atlantic Blind Golf Association but the distance was too far to travel and play the Philadelphia and New Jersey courses.. The thirty six players from All over the country had to qualify for this event.. Next year it might be In Oregon.. I was fortunate to coach Ty Thompson of Lexington, Kentucky who Had Scores of 99 and 97 to finish fourth overall in the very competitive Event.. It was a lot of fun.. The first day was a practice round, second day a.. Scramble and then the individual competition the next two days.. Our.. Chemistry was excellent and Ty is an excellent player.. Comcast Sports Net.. (#36) is airing some of the National event.. It is on prime time on Sunday at.. 5:30 am, Monday at 4 pm and Wednesday at 11:00.. My bucket hat gives me away but There are some nice interviews with Sheila and Ty.. The second part of the Show features the five year old who had cancer in one eye.. At age two, his Eye was removed and the youngster is playing golf and enjoying himself.. Blindness can't extinguish golfers' competitive fires By Joe Juliano Inquirer Staff Writer.. JONATHAN WILSON / Inquirer Staff Photographer.. Tom Harrington, who has macular degeneration, putts on the first green at Edgmont Country Club in Delaware County.. ».. Mario Tobia stood on the first tee of Edgmont Country Club, took a full swing, and rocketed the ball down the right side of the fairway about 200 yards while the other members of his foursome oohed and aahed.. Tobia had to take their word for it.. He could only go by the sound and feel of club face against golf ball to tell whether he hit a good shot.. He couldn't see the flight of the ball or where it ended up.. Tobia, 52, of Mount Laurel, learned 25 years ago that he had retinitis pigmentosa, a degenerative eye disorder.. That's the life expectancy of the disorder, and I'm near the end, he said yesterday.. But the passion of Tobia and other men and women without their sight for the game of golf is as strong as ever, thanks to the Middle Atlantic Blind Golf Association.. Founded in 1948, the association uses golf to help members overcome the trauma of losing their sight.. The association sponsors about 30 outings per year, including yesterday's annual invitational charity event at Edgmont, which featured more than 20 contestants who are blind or legally blind (20/200 vision or worse) playing a scramble format.. Tobia, who was as low as a 12-handicap earlier in his golf career, has been with the association for five years.. He said he enjoyed the golf and socializing with his fellow members and that he didn't take the game quite as seriously as he used to.. It used to affect my day, my weekend, my week, if I played poorly, said Tobia, who teaches visually impaired people how to use computers.. Now, it doesn't matter.. It's about having fun and enjoying the company.. Everyone in the group is very kind, understanding, very friendly and warm.. We all have a bond.. George Pilz, 68, of King of Prussia, lost his sight in a 1958 automobile accident and has been a member of the association off and on since then.. The camaraderie with the group is super, he said.. I play two or three times a week up here, and I go to Florida in the winter to play with my buddies who transferred there.. The key for blind and legally blind golfers is the coach, who stands behind his or her player and helps line up the shot.. On the greens, the coaches help the players with the distance, the speed and the break.. Yesterday, Tobia would bend and use his hand to check his club face against the ball on his tee shots and putts while his son, Matt, made sure of the alignment.. When he plays, he uses two or three coaches, depending on their availability, and often gets in a quick nine with his son at Ramblewood Country Club near his home.. Pilz's coach is Hunter Schaff, who used to work with Pilz at AT T and has been his coach for six years.. George is a fine guy and has an unbelievable work ethic, Schaff said.. If you or I were blind, we'd probably get frustrated if we couldn't hit the ball.. So it's not all peaches and cream, because the blind guy is going to take it out on the coach sometimes.. But George has really been a joy to work with.. We work together very well, Pilz said.. He's as responsible for my game as I am, there's no question about it.. Pilz and Tobia will represent the Middle Atlantic association at the U.. Blind Golf Association's 62d national championship next week at Edgmont, in Delaware County.. Tobia, who has shot in the high 80s, said he hadn't played that well in the last two weeks but hoped to be ready.. Pilz said that his scores ranged between 100 and 110, and that he was excited to meet some of his fellow competitors from all over the country.. I feel like that's where I belong, Pilz said of being on the golf course.. It's just wonderful to be out there.. I just love the competition.. It's very, very exciting.. Fore! He’s a jolly good golfer!.. By Ruth Rovner.. For the Times.. At age 8, Christian Brown already has been playing golf for three years.. The Mayfair youngster takes weekly lessons and has his own set of golf clubs — seven in all — plus a collection of golf balls.. Christian also is legally blind, but that hasn’t stopped him at all.. I love to play golf on a sunny day and have fun, says Christian, who turns 9 next week.. He’s an active participant in a unique program for young golfers.. The Blind Junior Golf Program encourages blind and visually impaired young people from 5 to 21 years of age to play golf.. It provides them with equipment — golf clubs, balls and a golf bag — and regular lessons with a PGA golf pro, all free of charge.. Twice a year, those in the program get together to play golf on a nine-hole course at the Overbrook School for the Blind.. At this golf clinic, as it’s called, they also participate in several competitions while family and friends cheer them on, and then enjoy a pizza party.. The fall clinic will take place this Saturday, and Christian and his parents will be there; they never miss this event.. Last fall, Christian even won a trophy, now displayed in a place of honor in the family living room.. The Blind Junior Golf Program, including the clinic, is sponsored by the Middle Atlantic Blind Golf Association and is open to any youngster in the tri-state area, and even beyond, who’s blind or visually impaired and wants to play golf.. The chip-and-putt golf course where the participants will play on Saturday was designed by Norman Kritz, a Cherry Hill, N.. , resident and co-founder of the Blind Junior Golf Program.. Kritz is not blind but has a longstanding interest in community service, especially for youth.. The other co-founder is Gil Kayson, a longtime golfer who is totally blind.. He lived in Northeast Philly for 30 years, before moving to the Breyer Estates in Elkins Park with his wife Sandy.. Kayson, now in his 70s, had to confront failing vision that started in his 30s.. He loved golf but gave it up as his condition worsened.. By age 50, Kayson was totally blind.. But by then he’d discovered the Middle Atlantic Blind Golf Association and was playing golf again.. He has played ever since and is still an active member of the association.. In 1994, Kayson teamed with Kritz to start the Blind Junior Golf Program.. They began to recruit youngsters, as well as golf pros to serve as coaches.. Each time a new member joins, a PGA member is assigned to give free golf lessons.. Kayson and Kritz also make sure each youngster has the proper equipment.. Golf clubs are often donated by area golf clubs or individuals.. Then we cut the clubs down to fit the size of our players, said Kayson.. Of course, he’ll be at the golf clinic on Saturday, helping to supervise the contests and hand out awards.. Watching the young blind golfers continues to give him great satisfaction.. In my entire life, Kayson said, nothing has been as rewarding as this.. Christian and his parents learned about the program from a social worker when he was still in preschool.. It seemed like a good idea for him to be involved in a sport, said his mother, Judy Brown.. And a golf program for the visually impaired sounded perfect for him.. Eager to learn more, they attended a golf clinic and met Kritz and Kayson, who arranged to have golf clubs made to order for Christian, as is done for every participant.. They also put him in touch with a golf coach, Daniel Hoban, the resident pro at the John F.. Byrne Golf Course.. He’s been taking lessons with Hoban at the Torresdale golf course every week, weather permitting.. We’re very grateful to Dan, Judy Brown said.. And we’re grateful to the directors, too.. They work really hard to organize the golf clinics and the lessons.. It’s an amazing program.. She’s especially grateful for the benefits it has brought her son.. It gives him a sense of pride and accomplishment, she explained.. It has helped him in school, too, because it gives him more overall confidence.. Now a third-grader at the Redeemer Lutheran School, Christian has been visually impaired since infancy.. When he was 2 months old, a routine medical exam led the doctor to notice that Christian didn’t blink when she snapped her fingers.. She ordered an MRI and he was soon diagnosed with DeMorsiere’s Syndrome.. It’s a rare condition that affects the optic nerves, which don’t grow from the usual place, explained Judy Brown.. He can see things close up, but not at any distance.. It might seem surprising that a youngster with this disability can play golf at all.. But you don’t have to visualize the hole, Brown said.. It’s all in the technique of holding the club and hitting the ball.. And he can really hit, added his mother, who drives Christian to his weekly lessons.. His technique keeps on improving.. The youngster practices with enthusiasm.. Hitting the ball is what I like best about golf, Christian said.. I try to whack away, and I even like the sound of the driver hitting the ball.. He’s such a diligent golfer that he even practices at home in his bedroom, using a paper cup as the hole.. Beyond his love of golf, Christian keeps busy with karate.. He’s in the black-belt program at Action Karate on Academy Road, where he takes regular classes.. These activities increase his confidence and also help with coordination, said Judy Brown, explaining that her son’s syndrome also causes motor-skills difficulties.. They’re better than physical therapy because they’re fun.. Her son has been in the Junior Blind Golf Program for three years, and Judy Brown has found that it benefits parents too.. It gives us a chance to network, she said.. It’s very helpful to meet other parents of visually impaired children.. She and her husband will meet many other parents on Saturday.. The golf course will be full of action as the young golfers, together with their coaches, play nine holes and compete in a putting contest and a hole-in-one competition.. I especially like it when everyone claps when you hit the ball, says Christian, who eagerly looks forward to the event.. It’s always lots of fun.. Besides the fun, there’s another reason that the golf clinic is special.. Playing golf makes me feel like I’m a good athlete even though I have a disability, he says.. This is something I know I can do well.. ••.. Any young person from age 5 to 21 who is blind or visually impaired is welcome at the free golf clinic this Saturday, 10 a.. m.. to noon, at the Overbrook School for the Blind, 63rd Street and Malvern Avenue, rain or shine.. For information, call Gil Kayson, 215-884-6589, or send e-mail to sasgil@verizon.. Blind golfer hears shot of her career.. Mon Aug 20, 10:07 PM ET.. LEHIGHTON, Pa.. - Sheila Drummond didn't need to see her hole-in-one.. She heard it.. Drummond, blinded by diabetes 26 years ago, experienced the highlight of her golfing career Sunday, recording an ace on the 144-yard, par-3 fourth hole at Mahoning Valley Country Club.. Playing with her husband and coach, Keith, and two friends in a steady rain, the 53-year-old Drummond hit a driver on the hole.. The shot cleared a water hazard, flew between traps and landed on the green, where it hit the flagstick before dropping into the hole.. They were saying, 'It's a great shot,' and then I heard it hit the pin, Drummond said.. For a hole-in-one, you have to hit it onto the green, so it's a little bit of skill and a lot of luck.. In 1999, Golf Digest said the odds of an amateur getting a hole-in-one are 1 in 12,750.. That number, no doubt rises, for a blind golfer.. Drummond is a member of the board of directors of the United States Blind Golfers Association, and the organization believes she is the first totally blind female to record a hole-in-one.. We've looked everywhere, and haven't been able to find anyone else, she said.. Drummond took up golf about 15 years ago, and three years later qualified as the first female member of the USGBA.. I just try to do the best I can, said Drummond, who carries a 48 handicap with the USGBA.. I get nervous.. But I wasn't nervous (Sunday), I just don't like playing in the rain.. Drummond's hole-in-one was first reported on the Web site of The Morning Call of Allentown..

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  • Title: Junior Blind Golf
    Descriptive info: MABG.. A Junior Golf.. Revised 07/23/2014.. Anyone wanting information about our Junior Blind Golf Program can email us at.. juniorblindgolf@mabga.. ,.. or call one of our directors at the numbers listed below to reserve a spot for you:.. Gil Kayson – 215-884-6589.. OR.. Norman Kritz – 856-428-1420 OR cell: 609-680-5480.. OVERBROOK SCHOOL FOR THE BLIND.. 6333 Malvern Avenue.. Philadelphia, PA 19151.. See below for the outings at the OverBrook School for the Blind, and further down the page for the First Tee Schedule.. FREE GOLF CLINIC.. FOR GIRLS AND BOYS AGES 5-21, WHO ARE BLIND OR VISUALLY IMPAIRED.. SPONSORED BY.. THE MIDDLE ATLANTIC BLIND GOLF ASSOCIATION.. WWW.. MABGA.. ORG.. SATURDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2014.. 10:00 AM TO 12:00 NOON (FREE PIZZA TO FOLLOW).. WE WILL PLAY RAIN OR SHINE!.. 63.. RD.. AND MALVERN AVE.. PHILADELPHIA, PA.. PLEASE CALL SO THAT WE MAY HAVE A COACH FOR YOU:.. CALL US ONE WAY OR THE OTHER, YES OR NO(PLEASE).. GIL KAYSON – 215-884-6589 OR.. sasgil@verizon.. net.. NORMAN KRITZ – 856-428-1420 OR 609-680-5480 (CELL)jerrynorman2@verizon.. RICHARD STANLEY 856-232-3104 or richardmstanley@msn.. MIDDLE ATLANTIC BLIND GOLF ASSOCIATION IS LOOKING FOR BLIND OR VISUALLY IMPAIRED CHILDREN AGES 5-21 WHO ARE INTERESTED IN LEARNING TO PLAY GOLF.. WE ARE NEAR YOUTH LIVING IN PENNSYLVANIA, NEW JERSEY OR DELAWARE.. WE CAN ALSO MAKE THIS HAPPEN FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO LIVE ANYWHERE ELSE IN THIS COUNTRY.. WE PROVIDE EACH PLAYER WITH A PGA TEACHER WHO WILL GIVE LESSONS AT A GOLF COURSE NEAR HIS/HER HOUSE.. WE WILL ALSO PROVIDE GOLF CLUBS, GOLF BALLS, AND A GOLF BAG.. WE CAN TEACH YOU HOW TO PLAY GOLF! TRANSPORTATION TO THE LESSONS IS.. NOT.. INCLUDED.. WE ALSO HAVE A GOLF CLINIC TWICE A YEAR AT THE OVERBROOK SCHOOL FOR THE BLIND IN PHILADELPHIA.. IN ADDITION, WE HAVE GOLF OUTINGS IN THE SUMMER.. WE PROVIDE THE COACH AND LUNCH.. WE HAVE PRIZES, PIZZA AND SOFT DRINKS.. YOU WILL HAVE FUN, WE PROMISE YOU.. ALL THIS IS FREE.. “””””” DO NOT FORGET TO CALL US”””””.. MUST CALL BY SEPTEMBER 22, 2014.. 2014 MABGA / First Tee Philadelphia.. Golf Program Schedule.. Start Date: April 12th, 2014.. Sessions: Saturdays for 2 hours.. End Date: September 20, 2014.. Classes: 10.. First Tee  ...   Swing Driver (Technique, What is different from Iron Play?).. Life Skills – Golf Vocabulary (Birdie, Eagle, Hazard, etc).. August 2nd.. Walnut Lane 11:00am – 1:00pm.. Play 7 Holes – 4some Scramble (Play with someone you have not played with before) (TFT with MABGA).. August 16th.. FDR 11:00am – 1:00pm Golf – Review Skills.. Simulated Snag Course.. (Teammate must describe layout of hole, order of play, pace of play) (TFT with MABGA).. **Par Certification**.. September 13th.. Walnut Lane 11:00am – 1:00pm Play 7 Holes – Individual and Scramble Format.. September 20th.. FDR 11:00am – 1:00pm Golf – Review all parts of the game through Golf Skills Challenges **(TFT Par vs MABGA) Integrated Teams**.. Life Skills – Take Par Certification Test.. October 11th.. Please Contact: Walnut Lane: Sean Ketchum – sketchum@impactservices.. org (215)508-4135.. FDR: David Zimmaro – dzimmaro@impactservices.. org (215)462-2808.. MABGA: Norman Kritz - jerrynorman2@verizon.. net or (609)680-5480.. Gil Kasen - sasgil@verizon.. net 215-884-6589.. 2014 MABGA / The First Tee Philadelphia.. Golf Program Specifics.. Promotion.. • Using MABGA pre-existing roster and email list.. Send out mass emails with schedule.. o Have students/parents contact The First Tee with program specific questions.. • Email PGA Professionals through PGA webiste, if they know any sight-impaired golfers that would be interested.. • Email Athletic Directors from Overbrook School for the Blind.. Sign Ups.. • Call/Email MABGA to sign-up.. • MABGA email list of golfers to The First Tee by Thursday each week.. • Each player will have email and phone numbers.. • Limit on Golfers: 7 to 25.. Program.. • (10) 2 hour sessions.. • Instructors/Teachers/Chaperones: TFT staff, TFT volunteers, MABGA Staff/Volunteers, PGA Professionals, Parents.. • Golfers can bring equipment, but is NOT required.. The First Tee will supply all necessary equipment.. • Rain-Outs/Weather: All golfers will be emailed and called by Friday afternoon, if rain is in the forecast for Saturday.. In case of pop-up rain, all golfers should call The First Tee Office before leaving for the golf course, if they are not contacted.. First Tee Office Contact Info.. David Zimmaro, PGA.. FDR Golf Club.. 1954 Pattison Ave, Philadelphia PA.. 215.. 462.. 2808.. dzimmaro@impactservices.. org Sean Ketchum.. Walnut Lane Golf Club.. 800 Walnut Lane, Philadelphia PA.. 508.. 4135.. sketchum@impactservices..

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  • Title: Host Golf Clubs
    Descriptive info: Host Clubs For MABGA Outings.. Since.. The Beginning Of The Middle Atlantic Blind Golf Association In 1948.. , Many Private And Public Golf Courses Throughout The greater Philadelphia region, including the courses in Montgomery, Bucks county and in South Jersey Have Contributed To The Success Of MABGA.. The Association Could Not Have Remained In Existence Without The Cooperation And Generosity Of The Golf Clubs Who Have Sponsored Outings For The Blind Golfers.. The Middle Atlantic Blind Golf Association Would Like To Take This Opportunity To Express Its Gratitude And Appreciation To These Clubs And To The Many Others Who Have Played A Role In The Success Of MABGA Throughout The Years.. The Following Are The Host Clubs Who Have Made It Possible For MABGA To Enjoy Its Success through out our many years of existence:.. Ridge Pike Manor Road P.. Box 192 Lafayette Hill, PA 19444 (610) 825-8000 Bala Golf Club 50th Street Woodbine Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19131 (215) 877-0661.. Bensalem Country Club 2000 Brown Avenue Bensalem, PA 19020 (215) 639-5556.. Blue Bell Country Club 1800 Tournament Drive Blue Bell, PA 19422 (215) 616-8100.. brigantine, The Links at 1075 North Shore Drive Brigantine, NJ 08203 609 266-1388.. Brookside Country Club Prospect and Adams Streets Pottstown, PA 19464 (610) 323-4520.. Buena Vista Golf Club 40 Country Club Lane Buena Vista, NJ 08310 (609) 697-3733.. Cedarbrook Country Club 180 Penllyn Pike Blue Bell, PA 19422 (215) 646-9410 Fax 215 646-1194.. Center Square Country Club 2620 Skippack Pike Worcester, PA 19422 (610) 584-5700 Cohanzick Country Club P.. Box 149 Fairton, New Jersey 08230 (609) 455-2127.. Edgmont Country Club 5180 West Chester Pike P.. Box 107  ...   PA 19468 (610) 495-8455 The Meadowlands Country Club P.. Box A Blue Bell, PA 19422 (215) 646-5833 Fax: 215 371-3998.. Northampton Valley Golf Club Richboro Newtown Roads Richboro, PA 18954 (215) 355-2234.. Olde York Country Club 228 Olde York Road Columbus, NJ 08022 (856) 298-3322.. Olde York Road Country Club 801 Tennis Avenue Springhouse, PA 19477 (215) 643-2182.. Philmont Country Club Philmont Avenue Tomlinson Road Huntington Valley, Pa 19006 Pro Shop (215) 947-0741 Main Office (215) 947-1271.. Phoenixville Country Club P.. Box 762 Valley Forge, PA 19482-0762 Main # (610) 933-3727 Pro Shop (610) 935-9320 Fax: (610) 933-8960.. Plymouth Country Club P.. Box 310 Norristown, PA 19401 (610) 272-4050 Fax 610 275-6575.. Ramblewood Country Club 200 Country Club Parkway Mt.. Laurel, NJ 08054 (856) 235-2118.. David Country Club 845 Radnor Road Wayne, PA 19087 (610) 688-9708.. Sandy Run Country Club 200 Valley Green Rd Oreland, Pennsylvania 19075 215-836-5055.. Skippack Golf Club Stumphall Cedars Roads Skippack, PA 19474 (610) 584-4226 Spring Hollow Golf Club 3359 Schuylkill Road Spring City, Pennsylvania 19475 (610) 948-5566.. Squires Country Club P.. Box 6 Ambler, PA 19002 (215) 643-7244.. Torresdale-Frankford Country Club Frankford Grant Avenues Philadelphia, PA 19114 (215) 824-2155.. Valley Brook Golf Club 1 Golf View Drive Blackwood, NJ 08012 (856) 227-3171.. White Manor Country Club 831 Providence Road Malvern, Pennsylvania 19355 (610) 647-1070.. Whitemarsh Valley Country Club Thomas Road Germantown Pike Lafayette Hill, PA 19444 (215)233-3901.. Woodcrest Country Club Haddonfield-Berlin Evesham Roads Cherry Hill, NJ 08003 (856) 428-1243.. Worcester Golf Club 1600 Green Hill Road Collegeville, PA 19426 (610) 222-0200 –.. Yardley Country Club Reading Avenue P.. Box 362 Yardley, PA 19067 (215) 493-3260.. Return To Top..

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  • Title: Blind Golf Rules
    Descriptive info: MABGA Golf Outing Regulations.. The following are the most important rules, while visiting our host gol.. f courses:.. Under any and all circumstances, visually impaired golfers are never permitted to drive the golf carts.. Violations of this rule will be a three year suspension from all activities of MABGA for both the blind golfer and the coach.. All blind golfers must stay within arm's length of their coach, while on the golf course, except when standing on the green.. While.. anywhere.. on the premises of the host club, blind golfers must use their white cane or walk sighted guide.. There will be a two outing forfeiture for the blind golfer and coach.. This penalty will be doubled for each additional offense.. All blind golfers and coaches must refrain from drinking alcoholic beverages such as beer, wine or liquor, at all regular golf outings.. The only exceptions to this rule are during the cocktail hour at our Invitational Golf Tournament and the Green Valley Golf Outing.. Any Violation will result in a one outing forfeiture for both the blind golfer and coach.. Each foursome that falls more than one full hole behind and is holding up play for the golfers behind them must stop play on that hole and proceed to the next tee.. When told about this delay by the Marshall or a coach, if the group does not move forward, then the entire group will be placed at the top of the bump list for the next overbooked outing.. Enforcement of these rules will be the responsibility of the Marshall and Assistant Marshall, with the support of all coaches who witness any of these major infractions.. The Board of Governors will support the enforcement of these rules and the penalties incurred.. Every blind golfer and coach will be responsible for abiding by all rules.. Format revised 7/31/2002).. Unless advised otherwise by the Club Pro, the Marshall or the Outing Committee, the following regulations are to be observed at all golf outings:.. Except for the MABGA Annual Golf Tournament, the Pro-Am Tournament and our outing at Green Valley CC, the style of play for outings will be a foursome, (never a six some), consisting of two teams.. Each team will have two players, one blind golfer and one coach.. The team will use the Select Drive-Alternate Shot System of play.. Each team player tees off.. The team selects the drive, which they plan to use.. The team alternates shots until the end of the hole.. Any blind golfer who wants to test his or her individual skills may play an optional style of play where only the blind golfer plays.. However, that blind golfer must play at the end of the group.. All golfers should use the red tees unless otherwise advised by the Marshall.. Tend or remove the flag when putting.. Avoid stepping in the line of putt.. The putter whose ball is furthest away putts first (unless that golfer is not ready).. Don't drag your feet while on the green.. Line up your putt while others are putting.. On par 3 holes wave up golfers behind you, before putting out.. Rules Of Play.. All USGA rules must be followed except for the following:.. Each blind golfer is allowed one whiff per shot (including sand trap shots) without penalty.. (If a  ...   cart along the back or rear side of the green.. By following this rule, you allow the golfers behind you to shoot for the green as soon as you are finished playing.. NEVER DRIVE OR PARK THE CART WITHIN 30 FEET OF Any GREEN.. When parking a cart on an incline, always double check the parking break and turn the front wheel to the side for better traction.. Park your cart even and along side of the tee (not on the tee).. Watch for bumps, hills ditches etc.. Be sure to rake any sand bunker, which you have entered.. If no rake is available, use your golf club or feet to smooth the sand as best you can.. Blind golfers must remind their coaches to rake traps and to keep the golf course in good condition.. All coaches must replace or repair all divots on the tees, the fairways or in the rough.. Remember to pick up tees (broken or not).. This will help to keep each host golf course looking it's best and it will encourage these clubs to invite us back.. Coaches should repair at least two ball marks on all greens, even the ones that are not due to your play.. This will help to make a good impression on our host clubs and their members.. ·.. Always remember that any members of the host club who are playing the course must be encouraged to play through.. As a courtesy to all other golfers, please speak softly at the golf course especially around tees and greens.. Cursing or swearing is never appropriate on the golf course.. The role of the guest (MABGA) is to arrive on time.. Get your cart and put golf bags on properly, then report to the Marshall.. It is always necessary to follow dress codes (collars on shirts, dress walking shorts - no jeans).. Check the directions to the host club before leaving home.. Drive your car to the bag drop, if it is available.. Always wear soft spikes to all golf courses.. No metal spikes are allowed.. Tip all service staff (waitress, bag boys and locker room attendants when using their services).. Don't forget your wallet when stopping for lunch.. If you have any questions while on the golf course, or if you wish to report any misbehavior or irregularities, see our golf Marshall, Ranger or a member of the Golf Outing Committee.. Golfers and their coaches should make every attempt to play with a different opponent at each outing.. Get to know all of our members and coaches, be pleased and eager to play with whomever you are grouped with.. This lends itself too more enjoyable rounds of golf for all.. Do not take cell phones onto the golf course, because most clubs prohibits their use and you will hold up play.. Scorecards Handicaps.. Before starting play, get a scorecard and map of the course (when possible).. Check the map at each hole (if any questions ask our Marshall or Ranger).. Coaches should.. fill out your scorecard legibly and turn the results in to our Marshall after each outing.. These rules are a guide to help MABGA Golf Outings run more efficiently.. Use common sense when dealing with a situation that may not be covered by the above rules.. Always remember, to play safely..

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  • Title: Registered Blind Membership Application
    Descriptive info: MABGA Requirements For Membership.. Like any group or club, there are certain requirements for membership.. First you mus.. t live in the Middle Atlantic region, more specifically, the Philadelphia, Philadelphia suburbs, South Jersey, Delaware and surrounding area.. All of our golf outings are in the listed vicinity and you will need to travel to the host golf courses to participate in those events.. Other requirements for joining include the following:.. You must be totally blind or legally blind as defined by the social security Administration.. 2.. You must have an interest in playing or in learning to play golf.. 3.. You must be 18 years old or older.. 4.. You will need to be verified by your physician.. Click here for printer friendly Application Form.. 5.. You will need to be verified that you are ready to play on a golf course by one of our area Golf professionals.. Once accepted, you will  ...   is an individual that will provide you transportation to and from the various golf courses and be your playing partner.. The coach will assist you in whatever manner necessary for you to play golf and will participate in the alternate shot format as defined in the Rules of Golf.. Assistance can be given in finding a coach, but we encourage all members to locate their own coach.. Many blind golfers will have multiple coaches to insure that someone will be available when needed.. If you are interested in joining the Middle Atlantic Blind Golf Association, contact our membership chairman, see below for the contact information.. Once he has verbally approved your prospective membership, you will need to print a.. Physician form.. and have your doctor fill out the necessary information.. Chairman of the membership committee.. Jim Hunt.. 54 Bittersweet Court.. Norristown, Pa 19403.. Phone number 610 539-2864.. Or.. send us an email at.. membership@mabga..

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