Interview with Joe Fabrizio (continued)

BL: “What would you say to a local golf fan that has never been to a PGA TOUR event? 

JF: “Everyone needs to attend at least one big PGA TOUR event in their lifetime.  Unlike other sports, you can follow the course with the players; you hear them talk to their caddies; you feel the breathless silence before each shot; and you get to walk with them every step of the way cheering for the great drives and groaning when your player drops one in a dreaded fairway bunker.”

BL: “The BMW Championship is where the world’s top players are not only trying to win the event, but also a chance at advancing to the TOUR Championship in Atlanta. Because Aronimink is a private club, thousands of local golf fans have never seen your club. Out of the week-long event, what are the best days for a local fan to come?”

 JF: I recommend one of the practice round days which are Tuesday and Wednesday, September 4 and 5.  The crowds are lighter, the atmosphere is more relaxed, the tickets are less expensive and you get even closer to the players as they complete their practice rounds.  Plus you’ll get a really good look at the golf course.

BL: “Being a huge golf-lover, I hope you don’t mind if I ask a few questions from a typical fan’s point of view.”

JF: [Joe chuckled here, but I proceeded anyway, not giving him a chance to decline.]

BL: “What holes will Rory, Bubba and Dustin-like long ball hitters salivate over? 

JF: “The Par 5’s, especially #16.  The hole bends from right to left and their length will allow them to hit a mid-iron into the green enabling them to hold the green surface.”

BL:Where can the shorter hitting strategists like Zach Johnson make hay?

JF: The 13th hole is a shorter par 4 where a precise wedge shot into the green will reward a player.

BL: What insight can you give us about the greens?  Will they stand up and say ‘beat me’ to some of the best putters on the TOUR right now, like Phil, Dustin and Jon Rahm?

JF: “Our greens are undulating and generously sized which allows for a variety of pin placements.  The course will definitely favor the players who putt the best.”

BL: “Speaking for your members, what do you think they'd vote as the ‘hardest hole’ on the course and why?”

JF: Difficult to say, but probably #10 and #11. The #10 hole is a long par 4, so you need to hit a big tee shot.  The second shot needs to be accurate because the green is well guarded with a water hazard to the left and a swale and challenging rough area to the right. The green is also very challenging. The #11 hole is shorter with an uphill second shot into a well protected and difficult green.

BL: “Having joined this club more than two decades ago, what do you love most about it today?”

JF: “The golf course is a gem and the comradery of the membership is unique. This has been a special place for my family over the years.  We have participated in many of the activities that the club offers and have made lifelong friends.  Playing a round of golf, either in a tournament or just on a Saturday afternoon, is are always special when I have an opportunity to play with my son.”