I was a life-long pick-up basketball player until Fall of 2002, when I had a knee replacement. At that time, Karen and my surgeon induced a promise from me to not play anymore. I don't. Now I work out occassionally and play some tennis, bike some, ... you know, a little bit of everything. But my new passion is golf.
We belong to the RiverCrest Golf Club and Preserve and have since it opened in 2003. We play together and independently, and Karen is active in both the club’s golf committee and in the WGAP (the Women’s Golf Association of Philadelphia). She is a much better player than I am, but I do have fun playing.
Karen took this photo near the second hole while on her morning run:
RiverCrest Golf Club and Preserve
1275 Black Rock Road
Oaks, PA 19456
610.933.4700 x202 (membership)
In September of 2003, I joined RiverCrest Golf Club and Preserve, which is a premier course which opened initially in the spring of 2004. It was founded and is run by Dan Lejeune and Brandon Lejeune of Lejeune Properties. I can walk to the first tee from my home in about 2 minutes. Needless to say, Karen and I play a lot of golf there, and my game is, well, improving.
The course is designed by Signature Course Design and is a par 72, 6,900+ yard shotmaker's course. (To view a video tour of the golf course (no sound), click here.) There are six tee positions with different driving angles, and the greens are designed to USGA standards to create a "Master's like" putting experience. The bentgrass fairways and greens are supported by a state of the art drainage and aeration system. The course contains a 42-acre Natural Wildlife Habitat Preserve.
Located adjacent to the magnificent 45,000 sq.ft. Clubhouse, the 300-yard double-ended practice range includes a short game area, practice bunkers and putting green. Located at the opposite end of the range, the expansive Golf Learning Center is staffed with PGA Professionals for advice and lessons. Incorporating the latest technology, the Learning Center offers indoor/outdoor video golf training and an indoor simulator for year-round instruction and practice. A fully equipped Golf Fitness Center is located in the Clubhouse, and is available year round (Karen and I use it in the winter).
This summer, Mike Bartunek and I won our 8-team division in the RiverCrest Men’s League Golf Tournament, a summer-long event capped off by a playoff between divisions for an overall champion. We won our division but did not win the overall championship. See our trophy (Mike and I each got one):
There were a total of 32 teams participating in the league, and it was both challenging and a lot of fun.
2002 NCAA Champions - The University of Maryland
Love those Maryland Terrapins, 2002 NCAA Champs and 2003 Final Eight. As a Maryland undergraduate and graduate alumnus, they make me proud, and I happen to appreciate Gary William's (coach) style of play.
I spent my first couple of years in college at Penn State, where I was on the Freshman basketball team until I blew out my left knee. I am a Paterno fan, and a Nittany Lions fan. What a remarkable long term record.
Karen and I attended the President’s Tailgate party and the Iowa game as guests of the PSU President. Our friends Mike and Diane Bartunek, who are great Penn State fans and who have season tickets to the Nittany Lions, joined us in the experience. We stayed at the house that they maintain in State College just to travel to and attend PSU functions.
The “tailgate” party was held at the Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel in a very large room. There we were greeted by President Barron and escorted to our table, one of about 300 guests. The Nittany Lion Band, the Lion himself (or is it herself?), Director of Athletics Sandy Barbour, a musical group, a theater group, a technology innovation demonstration, open bars, and a fantastic array of food welcomed us. It was overwhelming.Below is our group at the President’s Tailgate, and The girls with the Lion and Sandy Barbour:
We were taken by private bus directly from the door of the Penn Stater to the door leading to the President‘s Box, an intimate little affair for 300 people. We, however, were led to a more private box separated by a glass wall, where we were in the first row of seats in a 6-seat by 4-row arrangement. Behind the seats was an enormous array of food, once again, which was continuously replenished with additional selections during the game. Virtually anything you could think of was provided, including thinks like blankets in case you were cold, and such. We asked our hostess, Meghan Kelly from the Great Valley campus that I am involved with, if the box windows could be opened and, viola!, within minutes the windows rolled up. The atmosphere and sound of the game and the crowd was infectous. It was an experience to remember.Below is Karen and me in our box at the game, and Mike with us at the top of our seats:
The game itself was a 41-14 blowout by Penn State. The team played great in all phases and the crowd was definitely a factor. We totally enjoyed being a small part of it.
Living in the Philly area, I love those Eagles. I think they will make it to the Super Bowl again under Coach Andy Reid and with Donovan McNabb leading the offense. (Note: Eagles image from the Eagles website, www.philadelphiaeagles.com)
Martin's Dam Swim Club & Tennis Club
Wayne, PA 19087
Did I mention that I am playing a little tennis now and then, and like golf, my game is "improving". I joined Martin's Dam a few years ago for tennis and swimming, though this year I let my membership lapse in favor of more golf time. Martin's Dam is a beautiful facility with eight Har-Tru surfaces. In the winter, I play from time to time at Gulph Mills Tennis Club. Karen is the tennis player in the family, playing several times a week (when schedule permits) and participating in (and winning) tournaments. She is a 4.5 player, but her friends say she really plays at 5.0. Me, I am not ranked.