LPGA Amateur Golf Association - Northern New Jersey
Bunker Buzz - April 2021
  • President’s Message
  • Chapter News
  • Upcoming Events
  • Leagues
  • Education
  • Charitable Events
  • Reminders
  • LPGA Amateurs News

President’s Message

Dear Friends,
Are you ready for the official start of our Chapter’s Season??  Our official kick off starts this Sunday with our Season Opener and is followed up with the start of all our leagues this coming week.

If you haven’t already, here is a checklist of things to do in order to be ready for and to get the most out of the upcoming season-
  1. Golf equipment- now is the time to check to see if you need balls, tees, gloves, clubs re-gripped, etc. 
  2. Golf outfits- you can always expand your golfing wardrobe with a visit to one of our several partners to see what is new for this year.
  3. Sign up for one day play dates on Saturdays or Wednesdays.  We play different courses each week.
  4. Invite a friend to play with you at one of our one day play dates -  Wednesday or Saturday travel leagues or a Friends and Family event.
  5. Renew or start your handicap so you can track your progress over the season.
  6. Volunteer to join the Committee for the Play for Pink Fund raising event which is scheduled for Tuesday, July 27th at Black Bear Golf Course.
  7. Volunteer to join a committee to help run the chapter- opportunities in the areas of communications, marketing, finance, sponsorships, event planning, and more.
  8. Sign up for a short game clinic or schedule a lesson with one of the several teaching Professionals on our website.
  9. Check out the Charity Golf Outings on our website and support some good causes. 
  10. Watch for information on our Nine & Dine Series.
  11. Sign up for a Crystals Springs Rewards card (no charge) or the Morris County card (at county rate) to get discounted golf fees.
  12. Check out the National Events schedule and sign up to play.  All handicaps are welcome.
  13. Check out the new Benefits Tab on our website and find out about all of the National benefits and partnerships in which you can take advantage.
  14. Tell others about the Chapter - In person or by sharing our Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn posts (and liking/connecting to our pages).
  15. Get ready to reconnect with old friends and meet new friends.
  16. Be ready to have a fun filled season!!!

Hope to see you on the course!!!!

Jane A. Egan
LPGA Amateur Golf Association- Northern New Jersey

at Sunset Valley Golf Course on
SUNDAY May 2, 2021 at 1PM

Section Hdr-Events
Important Upcoming Dates In May

Sun. May 2: Season Opener
Mon..May 3: League Play Begins
Tue. May 4: New Member Nine and Dine
Wed. May 5: High Bridge Hills (Wednesday Travel League)
Sat. May 8: Farmstead (Saturday Travel League)
Wed. May 12: Fox Hollow (Wednesday Travel League)
Wed. May 19: Galloping Hill (Wednesday Travel League)
Sat. May 22: Berkshire Valley (Saturday Travel League)
Th-Fr May 28-29: LPGA Amateurs Scramble Open @ Pinehurst Resort
Separator Leagues

Northern New Jersey Leagues officially begin on Monday May 3rd!

The Northern New Jersey Chapter of the LPGA Amateur Golf Association hosts 15 weekly leagues in the course of our golf season. Thank you to all of our League Coordinators!
Recent Programs
2021 Golf School at To The Tee Golf Academy with Mary Beth Kohberger
Despite the chilly weather, a great day of of golf, learning and fun was experienced by attendees of our 2021 Golf School! Mary Beth Kohberger was a fantastic and thorough instructor, covering all aspects of the game, including mental, in the 3 hour lesson. She gave equal attention to all of the participants, joining them on the course for nine holes, spending time with both foursomes and helping them practice what they had learned.  

Mary Beth has more than 30 years of experience teaching students of all skills levels, and we hope to work with her again at future events. Special thanks to Denise Gill and Fran Lapinski, who organized and coordinated this fantastic event.
Get the Rust Off Clinics with Bryan Smith at Paramus Golf Course
The Full Swing Clinic was completed on April 24th and the Short Game Clinic portion is scheduled to take place on May 1st!
Upcoming Programs
  • Get the Rust Off Clinics with Bryan Smith at Paramus Golf Course - Short Game, May 1st
  • Watch for the full announcement of the 2021 Short Game Challenges Clinic at To The Tee Golf Academy with Mary Beth Kohberger on May 25 (Tuesday) and June 6 (Sunday).
Virtual Events & Webinars 
 A Positive Mindset for Better Golf - June 5th - June 9th
What if you could play golf free from negative thoughts, emotions and beliefs? How would a round of golf or a day in your life be if you didn’t worry about what other people think, or stress over not being good enough, or feeling tense about making a mistake? Imagine how you will feel at the end of every round of golf if you absolutely stayed in a positive mindset. If that is a goal you strive for we are pleased to share this unique opportunity from LPGA Professional Debbie O’Connell with you. 
Focus on Rules
Do you know this Rule Change?
Updated Bunker Topic:  Rule 12 and Relief Overview

Bunkers are one of the five defined areas of the course. Your ball lies in a bunker when any part of it touches the sand. So that the challenge of playing from the sand is preserved, there are a few things you are not permitted to do when your ball is in a bunker. These include testing the condition of the bunker, touching the sand right around your ball, and making a practice swing that touches the sand.

However, you can remove natural and artificial objects (loose impediments and movable obstructions) from the bunker since those are not considered part of the challenge of playing a ball from sand. In preparing to play from a bunker, you can set your clubs down in the bunker and rake the bunker to care for the course before playing, as long as you aren’t testing the bunker or improving the conditions for your next stroke.

You get free relief in a bunker when you have interference from an abnormal course condition (such as a drain or steps, temporary water, and ground under repair). 

If you want to take relief for an unplayable lie, you have the three standard one penalty stroke relief options of stroke and distance, back-on-the-line between the ball and the hole, or lateral relief within two club-lengths, except that you must drop your ball in the bunker for options two and three.

Plus, you have an additional fourth option, this time for two penalty strokes, that allows you to get out of the bunker by going back-on-the line between the ball and the hole as far back as you’d like.

Watch an explanatory video here:

Source : USGA.ORG 2021
Charitable Events
3rd Annual Women’s Golf Outing for Scouting
Monday, May 17th.
Basking Ridge Country Club
185 Madisonville Rd, Basking Ridge, NJ 07920

Take part in the 3rd Annual Women’s Golf Outing for Scouting to help raise funds for girls in Scouting, Scouts with special needs and at-risk programs. 
9-hole Scramble Shot Gun. Lunch, Raffle, Prizes & Fashion Show.
Patriots’ Path Council, a non-profit organization, serves 15,000 youth and adult volunteers from northern and central New Jersey.  Registration Information
2nd Annual Team Massimo Warriors Golf Outing 
Thursday, May 20 
Farmstead Golf and Country Club
88 Lawrence Road, Lafayette, NJ 07848

Join friends of Team Massimo's Warriors, who are sponsoring the 2nd Annual Golf outing to raise money to help offset medical and travel expenses for upcoming out-of-state surgeries for Massimo.
18-hole Scramble Shot Gun. Gazebo lunch with a drink, buffet dinner, Team, and Individual Awards. Prizes and On Course Challenges.
Partial Proceeds to benefit organizations such as but not limited to SAM's NICU Morristown Medical Center, The Quantum House West Palm Beach, Florida, and Horses that Help Ocala, Florida. Click for more information and Registration Details.
(Registration deadline May 6)
25th Annual Pre-School Advantage Outing
Tuesday, June 15th
Morris County Golf Club
36 Punch Bowl Rd. Morristown, NJ

Support Preschool Advantage, a Morristown non-profit, and help local families send their children to one of 28 high quality preschools.
25th Annual Pre-School Advantage Golf Clinic, Cocktails. & Barbecue. 18 hole options for foursomes & individuals. 
Help Local Children enter Kindergarten ready to learn. Register Here
Section Hdr-Reminders
Share your Golf Memories With Other Chapter Members
We love seeing pictures of our LPGA Amateur NNJ members! Why not share your fun times on the course with other members? Please remember to post those special moments on Instagram or Facebook, whether on the course, celebrating on the 19th hole, or simply enjoying fun with other members. Don’t forget to include #LPGAAmateursNNJ at the end of each post! Other hashtags that will help other women golfers find us are:
  • #inviteHER
  • #LPGAAmateurs
  • #womenwhogolf
  • #womensgolf
Chapter Guest/Non-Member Policy:
Family, friends, and other non-members are welcome to join us two times in a single season (once is great, twice is nice, three times – let’s talk membership!) #inviteHER 

Please visit the Chapter Policies page on our website for more information. The Chapter Policies page can be found under the "About Us" menu item at the top of every page or by clicking here.
LPGA Amateurs News
2021 LPGA Amateurs National Events

  • Scramble Tournaments (4 person teams)- open to all handicaps. Scramble Open at Pinehurst, NC and the the Inaugural #DRIVEON Classic Scramble at Geneva National in Lake Geneva, WI.
  • CUP Qualifiers (8 person teams)- Match play format open to all handicaps. Choose from 8 locations including Crystal Springs Resort, NJ.
  • Stableford Tournament (2 person teams) – better ball Net Stableford format open to all handicaps. 
  • Championship Tournament- (1 person team)- stroke play tournament with gross and net winners (flighted by handicap). Walt Disney World, FL. 
  • Solheim Cup- trip to Ohio to watch the USA take on the European team.

Check out the schedule here. Get your teams together. 
Additional information and registration details will be available in the Member Clubhouse>Golf Events
Virtual Events
LPGA Amateurs Webinars and Facebook Live Events
Available OnDemand Now

Are you ready to start binge watching something other than Netflix? Mindset of a Champion, Grip It and Rip It, Rules 101, Nancy Lopez and more await you in the Member Clubhouse -> Webinar/Facebook Live -> On Demand section. Take advantage of down time during the holidays and get ready for the new year by watching a few of these entertaining and educational sessions!
Goodr Giveaway on LPGA Amateurs Facebook Private Page

Three winners will be chosen every day during the month of June to win a FREE pair of Goodr sunglasses! (June 1 – June 30, 2021). 
  1. Join the LPGA Amateurs private members only Facebook page 
  2. Complete the entry form that will available on the LPGA Amateurs private members only Facebook page when the contest begins on June 1. 
  3. Submit your entry and good luck! 
*Winners will be chosen daily. All sunglasses will be shipped to winners at the end of the month. 
LPGA Amateur Golf Association
Northern New Jersey Chapter