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Stonybrook Golf Club had it’s first PRO AM Event on Friday May 27, 2016 followed by a luncheon for the 32 participants. A great time was had by all.
Thanks to Golf Professional Bob Doria and Ed Gibson (Makefield Highlands Golf Club), Lisa Jensen (Rutgers Golf Club), Doug Lapp (Hopewell Valley Golf Club), Dale Shankland (Colonial Terrace Golf Club), Tony Sbarra, and Joe Porter (Stonybrook) for their support and participation.
The winning team was Jacky Tseng, Isabelle Tseng, Pete Porter, and Joe Porter.
Our PGA Pro, Joe Porter, made the front page of the Hopewell Express.
Stonybrook pro helping autistic children learn on the links
In 2009, professional golfer Ernie Els and his wife Liezl formed The Els For Autism Foundation after their four year-old son, Ben, was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, or ASD. The stated mission of the foundation is to help people on the autism spectrum fulfill their potential to lead positive, productive, and rewarding lives.
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Els for Autism launches pilot series for its Ernie Els #GameON Autism™ Golf Program aimed at using golf as a life skills developmental tool for individuals on the autism spectrum.
To have golf used as an effective supplementary therapy for people with autism … The pilot series is a crucial step in helping us reach that goal.
Ernie Els, Els for Autism Founder
Els for Autism has launched a nationwide pilot for the Ernie Els #GameON Autism™ Golf Program. The #GameON Autism Golf Program is aimed at developing life skills, encouraging social interaction, and promoting healthy living through golf for individuals on the autism spectrum. Each session is designed to help build self-esteem and confidence in a fun, welcoming and supportive environment; encouraging participants to learn golf skills while practicing specific autism learning concepts.
The comprehensive program, which has been developed by Els for Autism with support from PGA REACH and thru a grant from New York Collaborates for Autism from the proceeds of Comedy Central’s 2012 Night of Too Many Stars, utilizes multiple evidence-based practices, identified by the National Professional Development Center on Autism. It consists of nine group lessons and takes four and a half weeks to complete with golf lessons taking place twice a week. Each session has a specially designed lesson plan that delivers golf instruction paired with specific autism focused learning concepts, including: communication, regulatory, motor and social skills.
Over 100 children in seven cities across the U.S. will take part in the pilot program that runs from the end of April through 2015. In each pilot city Els for Autism has selected a host golf facility, golf partner, and autism partner who the Foundation will be working with during the pilot program. Stonybrook Golf Club in Hopewell, NJ is the program’s local host facility.
Mike Attara, President of Spirit Golf, the management company for Stonybrook Golf Club and a member of the NJ Golf Foundation, says “We are pleased to be part of this groundbreaking pilot program. It’s a natural fit with our company’s values and mission of helping grow the game and reaching into the community. I’m proud that Stonybrook was asked to participate. Our Professional Staff, led by PGA Professional, Joe Porter has done a great job preparing for the program.”
“To have golf used as an effective supplementary therapy for people with autism is a pretty exciting concept for me and I have been lucky enough to have seen first-hand the incredibly positive effect that the one-day golf clinics can have on participants. Our end goal is to develop #GameON Autism Golf into a comprehensive program that can be rolled out so that more individuals with autism can have access to this specialized program world-wide. The pilot series is a crucial step in helping us reach that goal,” said Els for Autism Founder, Ernie Els.
He added: “We are so grateful for all the support we have received from the organizations and individuals that have helped us develop #GameON Autism Golf as an initiative over the past couple of years, in particular PGA REACH and New York Collaborates for Autism who have enabled us to develop and implement this pilot series for the program.”
“Sports and other recreational activities can be the bridge to creating meaningful connections for people with autism to others in their life. NYCA is grateful that Ernie Els and his foundation have used their expertise to teach people with autism how to play golf and thereby engage with others through the game,” said Ilene Lainer, President, New York Collaborates for Autism.
Els for Autism is thankful to all of the organizations and individuals that have supported the development of the #GameON Autism Golf initiative over the last couple of years to get it to this stage, in particular: the PGA of America, PGA REACH, The First Tee, U.S. Kids, The Honda Classic, New York Collaborates for Autism, Adams Golf and Southwest Airlines.
Donations to the Els for Autism Foundation can be made online at: Els for Autism.
Part soccer, part golf, FootGolf is gaining momentum at golf courses across the Unites States!
What is FootGolf?
The game is played with a regulation #5 soccer ball on a golf course with 21 inch diameter cups (not on the regulation greens). The rules largely correspond to the rules of golf. FootGolf uses only 9-Holes to play a regulation 18 and can be played at Stonybrook in just a little more than an hour and a half. Players would the nine-hole rate ($12) for a round of FootGolf.
FootGolf DOES NOT interfere with regulation golf play and is played at well-defined times and areas of the golf course.
The first organized tournament in the U.S was back in 2011 and since then over 200 courses across the country have adopted FootGolf. In Septemeber 2014, one of two Pro-Am Series Tournaments will be held right in our own backyard at Crystal Springs Resort in Hamburg, NJ.
FootGolf is a great team building idea for local soccer clubs and soccer enthusiasts. It can also serve as a break from everyday soccer practices.
If you would be interested in playing or starting a league please contact
For more information on visit the official FootGolf website.
Everyone wants a more consistent ball strike. The two things I see causing poor ball striking are swaying from side to side and standing up out of your golf posture.
Keeping a good golf posture means starting with a slight bend in the knees and a slight forward upper body tilt from the hips.
But the secret is to stay in this posture through your backswing and ball strike. While hearing “Don’t lift your head” might be helpful, keeping your knee flex and back angle through your ball strike is perhaps even more important.
How can you improve your ball strike? By using deliberate practice this winter. This means focusing on one aspect of the swing, in one drill, for about 20 repetitions, several times a week.
Here is the drill:
1. Get into a good athletic posture, with or without a club, like this:
2. Bring your forearms horizontal to the ground with club or thumbs point up.
3. Now turn back, keeping your core centered, thumbs up, knees flexed, and back angle.
4. Turn forward, keeping your core centered, thumbs up, knees flexed, and back angle.
5. Repeat 20 times a day for 20 days to create a habit.
Doing this without hitting balls will help you focus on the motion and how it feels without getting hung up on the result or other thoughts.
Once the snow clears, you can practice this drill outside several times, then hit balls focusing only on keeping your core centered, knees flexed, and back angle.
Let me know when you start getting more consistent results.
Joe Porter, PGA
P.S. Drill Bonus – Keeping your thumbs up during this drill will help you keep the clubface square to the ball through impact, resulting in straighter shots!
Have you been playing golf for several years but not really improving?
You’re not alone.
I’m convinced that most golfers practice the wrong things and often the wrong way. Let me help you. Without playing on a course you can improve your golf using deliberate practice. I’ll give you a few examples with a tip each month so your scores improve next spring and beyond.
My January tip is how to become a better putter.
Statistics show that most golfers can improve by 2 or more stokes per 18 holes. I suggest you focus on only 2 things, a consistent set-up and a smooth stroke. For consistent ball position and posture be comfortable but you can work on set up by focusing on getting your eyes directly over the ball or just slightly inside the ball. Also make sure the grip end of your putter points to your bellybutton or the same reference point each time. Next, focus on a rhythm to your stroke, maybe even count, 1, 2, 3.
Now for my deliberate practice sessions.
Using a rug and a cup practice flat, straight, 5 foot putts several times a week in your home. No concern about grip, club path or other issues. Can you focus on consistent set up every time and make a simple smooth stroke? How will you know it is working? Your goal is to focus each time on only these 2 issues while making 50 five footers in a row. It is not easy so start with 10 then 20 etc. Deliberate practice requires focused repetitions and a stretch goal. This will improve your consistency and confidence in only a couple weeks and, I believe, your scores next spring. Try this and become a better putter.
Joe Porter, PGA