The local amateur golf season kicks off this weekend

The 2018 regional amateur golf season will begin this weekend with the 23rd annual Northeast PA Stroke Play Championship at Hideway Hills Golf Club in Polk Township.

Although Jason Wilson of South Whitehall Township will not be in the field for the season opener, he will make his season debut the following two days at the Pennsylvania Golf Association’s 78th George Dressler event in York.

Wilson, 44, is coming off a banner 2017 campaign, which saw him win the Pennsylvania Middle-Amateur Championship, and the Lehigh Valley Medal Play title. He finished runner-up in the 2017 Lehigh Valley Player of the Year points race to Penn State senior Cole Miller.

With the 25th Pennsylvania Middle Amateur Championship to be played locally at the Saucon Valley Country Club Weyhill Course on Sept. 17-18, Wilson is ready to defend his title close to home.

“I’m really looking forward to that,” Wilson said. “Not only to hold onto the title, but it’s at a course I have played, and played dozens of times. It’s a special piece of property. Since they redesigned it, they have hosted a US Mid-Amateur round. The conditions are always superb. Every view is always good to look at.”

Wilson noted that he will continue his coaching program with Bethlehem Golf Club head pro Paul Viola, and plans to tweak his gear.

“I have updated a little bit of equipment this year,” Wilson said. “My driver,  3-wood, and hybrid are new this year. I will probably update my irons this year. The rest of it is pretty much a continuation of what Paul Viola and I have worked on.”

A new name

Silver Creek Country Club has changed the name of the facility to Steel Club.

Veteran golf professional Matt Cross was named the facility’s new head golf pro as of March 28. Former director of golf Peter Lovenguth left to become the head pro at Applecross Country Club in Downingtown, Pa.

Silver Creek Country Club was officially sold on Feb. 9 and became Steel Club under new ownership, according to Cross.

The 5th Donald Ross Invitational better ball of partners will be played at Steel Club May 19-20.

2018 LEHIGH VALLEY INDIVIDUAL AMATEUR GOLF TOURNAMENTS

INDIVIDUAL “OPEN” TOURNAMENT

July 23-24 — 11th annual Lehigh Valley Open, Northampton CC

Amateur qualifier: June 10, Bethlehem GC

INDIVIDUAL “MAJOR” AMATEUR TOURNAMENTS

May 25-27 — 29th Lehigh Valley Inter-Club Championship: Bethlehem GC, Allentown GC, Green Pond CC

June 22-23 — 28th Lehigh Valley Medal Play Championship, Woodstone CC

Sept. 22-30 — 82nd Lehigh Valley Amateur, Green Pond CC

Oct. 12-13 — 29th Lehigh Valley Tournament of Champions, Blue Shamrock GC

OTHER TOP INDIVIDUAL AMATEUR EVENTS

April 21-22 — 23rd Northeast PA Stroke Play Championship, Hideaway Hills GC
July 6 – 23rd Lehigh Valley Mid-Amateur Championship, Wedgewood GC

July 7-8 — 63rd Bethlehem Golf Club Amateur Stroke Play, Bethlehem GC

July 20-22 — Ninth Northeast PA Match Play Championship, Olde Homestead GC

August 3-4 — 27th Eastern Pennsylvania Amateur, Southmoore GC and Whitetail GC

August 11-12 — 65th Allentown City Amateur Stroke Play, Allentown GC

INDIVIDUAL SENIOR “MAJOR” AMATEUR TOURNAMENTS

May 25-27 — 28th Lehigh Valley Senior Inter-Club Championship: Bethlehem GC, Allentown GC, Green Pond CC.

June 2-3 — 25th Lehigh Valley Senior Amateur Medal Play Championship, Green Pond CC

Sept. 22-30 — 27th Lehigh Valley Senior Amateur Match Play Championship, Green Pond CC

Oct. 12-13 — 28th Lehigh Valley Senior Tournament of Champions, Blue Shamrock GC

OTHER TOP INDIVIDUAL SENIOR AMATEUR EVENTS

Aug. 10 — Lehigh Valley Super-Senior Stroke Play Championship, Wedgewood GC

Aug. 3-4 — 25th Eastern Pennsylvania Senior Amateur, Southmoore GC and Whitetail GC

INDIVIDUAL WOMEN’S AMATEUR TOURNAMENTS

June 23 — 13th annual Lehigh Valley Women’s Amateur Stroke Play Championship, Wedgewood GC

REGIONAL PENNSYLVANIA GOLF ASSOCIATION CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENTS

May 14-15 — 26th Senior Four-Ball Championship, Lehigh Country Club

Sept. 17-18 — 25th Pennsylvania Middle Amateur Championship, Saucon Valley Country Club, Weyhill Course

REGIONAL GOLF ASSOCIATION OF PHILADELPHIA CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENTS

June 18 — USGA qualifying tournament: U.S. Senior Women’s Open Championship sectional qualifier, Northampton Country Club

June 19 — USGA qualifying tournament: U.S. Girl’s Junior Championship sectional qualifier, Steel Club

August 21 — USGA qualifying tournament: U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship sectional qualifier, Brookside Country Club

NOTE: Further tournament information is available at golfgalv.com.

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