LPGA Amateur Golf Association - Northern New Jersey
Bunker Buzz - June 2021
  • Chapter News
  • Upcoming Events
  • Charitable Events
  • Leagues - League Coordinator Spotlight
  • Leagues - Upcoming Travel Dates
  • Education
  • Reminders
  • LPGA Amateurs News
2021 Surfers and Turfers Inter-Chapter Play with
Coastal NJ at Shark River Golf Course – June 26
A fun and interesting rain and sun filled day on the Shark River Golf Course was topped off by drinks, food, mingling and prizes at Sunsets Riverfront Restaurant. 
Blind Partners:
  • Winners: Linda Sisson & Mary Grove with a net 140
  • Runners Up: Joanna Castellano & Annette Owens with a net 143
Closest to the Pin hole #7: Linda Sisson
Longest Drive hole #6: Jan Tomasiewicz
Longest Drive hole #11: Jane Egan
Cardshark Scramblers and Strokes of Luck in the Scramble Open at Pinehurst – May 28 - 29
Congratulations to the Cardshark Scramblers and the Strokes of Luck, our amazing representatives from LPGA Amateurs - Northern NJ Chapter at the LPGA Amateurs Scramble Open, held on May 28th and 29th at the historic Pinehurst Resort.  Both teams competed among the best and had outstanding performances.
Always a strong scramble team, Jane Egan, Mindy Oosten, Annette Owens and Karen Stepsus of the Cardshark Scramblers once again brought their “A” game, finishing 3rd in their fight and 13th overall in the field of 66 teams. Playing in competition for the first time together as a scramble team, the Strokes of Luck foursome of Fern Chan, Susan Nostrame, Janet Solberg and Jan Tomasiewicz also had a terrific showing, as they finished 4th in their flight and 23rd overall!
Fellow chapter member Pat MacIsaac rounded out our representatives from Northern NJ, cheering on our ladies and partaking in golf and fun throughout the trip. In the words of Jane Egan “Eight days in a golfers paradise with great friends was a priceless experience.” We bet it was!!
Cardshark Scramblers visiting with Putter Boy
Strokes of Luck at
Pinehurst No. 8
Delectable Fun!
Section Hdr-Events
Sun. 7/18 Friends & Family
Tue. 7/27 Play for P.I.N.K.
Sat.  8/07 Inter-Chapter with Westchester
Mon. 8/23 Marie Sarmiento Memoria Golf Outing
Sun. 8/29 Tri-State Scramble

Wednesday and Saturday Travel League dates (see below for schedule)

Please visit our Chapter Events page on our website for more information and to register.
Charitable Events
2021 Play for P.I.N.K
Tuesday, July 27
Black Bear Golf Club
138 Route 23 North, Franklin, NJ

Event includes 18 holes of golf with cart, luncheon, beverage tickets, prizes, raffles, give-aways, and a lot of FUN!!
  • Luncheon – 11 am-12:40 pm 
  • Practice range and putting green open (included)- 10:30 am 
  • Modified shot gun start- 1 pm 

Unable to attend or want to support this cause even more?
Consider becoming a sponsor, making a donation or providing an item for our tricky tray.
Separator Leagues
League Coordinator Spotlight
Meet League Coordinator Jane Barone!
This month’s spotlight features Jane Barone, coordinator of the Tuesday evening 9-hole league at Deer Run in Lincoln Park, NJ.  Jane hails from Short Hills, NJ in Essex County and has been a member of the Northern New Jersey Chapter of EWGA/LPGA Amateurs since its inception in 1994.

Jane began golfing when she was 40 years old, after noting that everyone in the law firm she was working with played golf. She asked her nephew, who was on the local golf team, to take her to the Par 3 in Millburn and was instantly hooked! We have Jane’s husband, Frank, to thank for introducing her to the EWGA, as he saw Laurie Lions, first President of EWGA-NNJ, talking about EWGA on a public broadcasting station and told her about it.

In addition to Deer Run, Jane has also coordinated past leagues at the Meadows.  She decided to be a league coordinator because of her love for the organization and wanted to give back. She particularly enjoys the great opportunities LPGA Amateurs provides to play golf and make new friends, and she has taken numerous golf trips with LPGA Amateur friends. Some of the fun destinations she has traveled to with her golf buddies include St. Andrews, Pebble Beach and Florida. When not playing golf Jane really enjoys her work as a legal nurse consultant. Those of you who already know Jane may be surprised to discover that she has a twin sister!  Her name is Janet, but she does not golf.

To those women who have never played golf, but who might be interested in getting started Jane offers this advice: “Join LPGA Amateurs and jump in!”  We totally agree!! Thank you Jane, for all you do and continue to do for our organization.
Upcoming Wednesday & Saturday Travel League Dates
 Sign up for as many or as few dates as you want!

Wed. July 7 – Royce Brook East
Wed. July 14 -- Farmstead
Sat. July 17 – Panther Valley 
Wed. July 21 – High Bridge Hills
Sat. July 31 – Skyview 
Sat. Aug. 21 – Shawnee 

Please visit the Leagues page on our website for more information and to register.
Completed Programs
Chapter members completed several clinics.

Get the Rust Off Part I and Part II at Paramus Golf with Pro Bryan Smith.

We’d like to do more and they did… creating a custom Bunker clinic just for the attendees.

Short Game Challenges at To the Tee with Pro MaryBeth Kohberger.

Comments ranged for “this was great !” to “I played at a member guest outing yesterday and was complimented on my short game. That's a first!”
Focus on Rules
Golf's New Rules: Major Changes related to searching for a ball

New Rule: Under Rule 18.2, the time for a ball search (before the ball becomes lost) has been reduced from 5 minutes to 3 minutes.
Reasons for Change:
  • Limiting the search period to 3 minutes is more consistent with the underlying principle that golf is to be played in a prompt and continuous way, without long pauses in play.
  • In most cases, if the ball is going to be found, it will be found within the first 3 minutes.
  • Although this change may increase the number of lost balls, on average the overall impact should be to speed up play.
  • Knowing that the search time is limited to 3 minutes should encourage players to play a provisional ball when they believe there is a chance their ball may not be found.
VIDEO: https://www.usga.org/content/usga/home-page/rules-hub/rules-modernization/infographics/major-change--reduced-search-time-for-a-lost-ball.html#expanded

New Rule: Under Rule 7.4, if a player accidentally moves his or her ball while searching for it:
  • The player gets no penalty for causing it to move, and
  • The ball is always replaced; if the exact spot is not known, the player will replace the ball on the estimated original spot (including on, under or against any attached natural or man-made objects which the ball had been at rest under or against).
Reasons for Change:
A fundamental principle of golf is to play the ball as it lies; so the Rules should help the player to find his or her ball and play it from the spot where it was at rest.
Players often need to probe in grass, bushes, leaves and other conditions to look for a hidden ball, and such reasonable acts create an inherent risk of moving the ball.
The previous Rules allowed both an opponent in match play, and other players in stroke play, to help search for the player’s ball without risk of penalty if they accidentally moved the player’s ball. Outside persons such as spectators were allowed to help search as well.
It was inconsistent to encourage everyone but the player or his or her caddie (or partner) to look for the ball, and this created an odd incentive for the player to hold back and let others search.
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
Important Upcoming Dates
July 5: LPGA Amateurs Offices closed for July 4th US holiday
July 20: Facebook Live Event 7:00pm EDT Conversation with LPGA Winner, Dottie Pepper
Aug 4: LPGA Amateurs Stableford Registration Opens
Aug 13-14: LPGA Amateurs Cup Finals @ Kingsmill Resort, Williamsburg, VA
Aug 16 LPGA Amateurs Virtual Scramble Registration Opens
Aug 18: Nancy Oliver Act Like A Founder Award Nominations Close
Aug 18: LPGA Amateurs Championship Open Registration Begins
Aug 23: Facebook Live Event 7:00pm EDT Conversation with past USA Solheim Cup Captains, Nancy Lopez and Betsy King
Sept 10-26 LPGA Amateurs Virtual Scramble
Oct 15-16: LPGA Amateurs Stableford Tournament @ Innisbrook Golf Resort, Palm Harbor, FL
Nov 5-6: LPGA Amateurs Championship Open @ Walt Disney Resort, Lake Buena Vista, FL
2021 LPGA Amateurs National Events
Check out the national schedule here. Get your teams together!
Additional information and registration details is available in the Member Clubhouse>Golf Events in 2021.
2021 LPGA Amateurs Event Registrations Open Soon

Which events are you going to participate in? The registrations for the following 2021 LPGA Amateurs association-wide events will be opening on:

Virtual Events
2021 Exclusive Member Benefit Facebook Live Events

Click on this link to listen to the June 22 Open Mic with Juli Inkster
Featuring LPGA Tour Professional Juli Inkster and LPGA Professionals Nat'l President, Marvol Barnard

Check out the June 16 discussion featuring Nancy Oliver, EWGA Founder &
Nancy Henderson, LPGA Foundation President, Discussing the Past, Present and Future!
LPGA Legends Every Month!

Conversation with Dottie Pepper
Winner of 2 Majors and 17 LPGA Tour Events, and CBS Golf Commentator
Tuesday, July 20 at 7:00 PM EDT

Past Solheim Cup Captains, Nancy Lopez and Betsy King
Monday, August 23 at 7:00 PM EDT

A Facebook account is needed to participate in these events.
A request to join the group is required and will be reviewed by a Staff Member.
LPGA Amateur Golf Association
Northern New Jersey Chapter