A new Tri-State Golfer magazine is showing up in pro shops around the region with defending U.S. Women’s Amateur champion Hannah O’Sullivan on the cover.
O’Sullivan will open defense of her title beginning Aug. 1 at Rolling Green Golf Club, the William Flynn gem in Springfield, Delaware County.
She and the rest of the U.S. Women’s Amateur field will receive a gift bag when they arrive at Rolling Green and it will include a handmade bracelet made by Small Gesture, a Chester County company founded by a couple of enterprising 12-year-old entrepreneurs, Erica Connolly and Sylvia Sheldon.
Connolly and Sheldon produce bee-themed bracelets that include inspirational messages such as “bee inspiring,” “bee confident,” “bee mighty” and “bee grateful,” and there’s a bee charm in each bracelet. Most of the profits – and there have been profits – are donated to the National Cancer Institute and to help defray the medical expenses for another Chester County 12-year-old who recently underwent her second heart transplant.
I met the girls and their moms, Staci Connolly and Lisa Sheldon, last month and it made for a neat story that appears in Tri-State Golfer.
Tri-State Golfer publisher Joe Burkhardt also picked up my blog post from the U.S. Women’s Amateur qualifier at Hawk Pointe Golf Club in Washington, N.J. at which Lower Merion product Alessandra Liu and Pennsbury product Jackie Rogowicz earned tickets to Rolling Green. Of course, if you’re reading this post, you have already found T Mac Tees Off and you probably read the post out of Hawk Pointe.
I also have a report from the Ronald McDonald House fund-raiser held at Philadelphia Cricket Club. It was a great day for a great cause. The concept of providing housing for the families of youngsters with serious illnesses near the hospital where they are being treated started in Philadelphia and is a truly worldwide phenomenon because it just made so much sense.
I’ll be hanging out as much as possible at Rolling Green during the U.S. Women’s Amateur. I’ve been bugging assistant pro Chris Hoyle, who’s running the caddy operation for the tournament, about trying to get a bag. We’ll see how that goes, but I’m available and battle ready after more than 50 loops at Stonewall this spring and summer.
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