Golf Bucks County

By Bob Oliver

Middletown Country Club

Middletown is a compact 80 acres of challenging golf, with rolling hills and large specimen trees that have watched many golfers travel its fairways over time. It has retained its old time feel with tees and greens in close proximity, allowing golfers to walk the course if they choose.

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Rogowicz strong in PSU effort

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A stellar three-day, 54-hole effort by Pennsbury High School grad Jackie Rogowicz propelled Penn State University to the Nittany Lion Invitational championship.

Rogowicz opened with a 4-under-par 68, and then closed with rounds of 74 and 75 for a 218 total, third best in the individual standings. That was the low score on the PSU team, which finished the event with 885 total strokes, well ahead of Columbia at 907.

Elsewhere around the Bucks County links, Dave Drabot scored a hole in one on the third hole at Northampton Valley-Country Club. Head professional Vin Ciarlone reports Drabot used a seven wood on the 192-yard test, which was witnessed by Herb Rolland and Jim Zemanek. Drabot scored an ace on the same hole in 2014, and also has an ace on the NVCC 15th hole. 

The Giordano brothers, Vince and John, easily claimed the NVCC Member-Member Championship with a sparkling 66, four shots ahead of Duane Walker and Tim Whartenby. Kevin and Jeff Hilton were third at 74.

The net division saw club champion Jonathan Radick and John Buff Radick card a 64 and score a 2-shot win over Jerry Powell and J.J. Johnson. Another shot back was the team of Tom and Matt Kothe. 

In the Philadelphia Public Links Golf Association Fall Classic, John Buliga teamed with John Stepanik for a 61 and two shot victory over Glenn Smeraglio and Tom Timby in play at Jeffersonville. CHris Terebesi teamed with Rick Umani for a 67 and the Senior Division championship. 







Herr 29th ACC Championship

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New Hope's Erica Herr is closing out her sophomore season at Wake Forest University in good form. Herr placed 29th in the Atlantic Coast Conference Championships at Sedgefield C.C. in Greensboro, NC.

The former Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association girl's state champion carded rounds of 77-73-76 for a 54-hole total of 226 to help the Lady Deacons to a second place finish behind Virginia. Herr, a graduate of Council Rock North High School, has played 31 rounds and compiled a scoring average of 77.0. Wake Forest will be playing in the NCAA Regionals.

Benvenuto 57th in LPGA Q-School

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After a successful season on the Symetra Tour, the top developmental circuit for the LPGA Tour, Langhorne's Brittany Bevenuto advanced to the final stage of 2016 LPGA qualifying in Daytona Beach, Fla. 

It was a good news, bad news event.

Benvenuto scored a five-round total of 365, finishing 57th in the tournament (72-72-77-70-74). The bad news is despite that strong performance it did not qualify for the 2016 LPGA Tour as only 44 players earned status. She did re-earn Symetra Tour status for 2016.

Earlier in the fall Benvenuto, who attended Neshaminy Langhorne High School and the University of Arizona, placed 43rd in the Symetra Tour Championship Tournament on a 72-75-69-73--289 effort.

CHIP SHOTS: Erik Greene scored the second ace on the 15th hole at Northampton Valley Country Club in six years. This time he used an 8 iron to stroke his perfect shot on the 145-yard test...At Bensalem, Richard Charlino aced the 14th hole.

Benvenuto strong on Symetra Tour

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The road to the LPGA has many turns, detours and speed bumps. 

The road can be crowded and more terrifying than traveling Route 95 during rush hour --- without any brakes. 

But this road can be a road of dreams, hopes and anticipation.

Brittany Benvenuto is on the road, and she can see her destination. The question is, can she make it?

Benvenuto, a Neshaminy High School and University of Arizona graduate, has a nice portfolio of accomplishments, including the 2008 Pennsylvania Women's Amateur Championship. She's currently 11th on the Symetra Tour Money List, no small factor, as the top 10 finishers on that list at the end of the 23 event schedule earn 2016 LPGA Tour status. 

Of more importance, she's playing well, making the cut week in and week out and earning two top three finishes this season with nearly $20,000 in earnings. It's anticipated that $50,000 in earnings will earn a tour cards.

At the Mission Health Wellness Classic, Benvenuto earned $6,311 for a second place finish after rounds of 67-69-70 for a 206 total. The Volvik Championship saw her finish third after rounds of 71-68-76--215, earning $6,683. 

Her goal right now is a victory, and posting strong finishes gets her mind into the mode for grueling competition. The road is a hard one, but she's paying her tolls along the way. She has game, and time will tell if she can elevate it to the next level. 

Herr opens collegiate career

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Erica Herr opened her collegiate career for Wake Forest University with a 53rd place finish in the Powerade Cougar Classic in South Carolina. The two-time Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association State Girls Champion carded a 76-73-75--224 54 hole total.

Herr compiled an outstanding high school career at Council Rock North, claiming the 2 PIAA titles in addition to a Pennsylvania State Girls Championship and competed in the 2013 United States Women's Open. The freshman is playing this week in the Lady Paladine Championship at Furman University.