Archive for June, 2013

July Junior Golf Clinics

By: Aaron Konold on June 30th, 2013

Junior golfers“Golf Fundamentals and Fun Emphasized”

Two junior golf clinics are scheduled at Purgatory Golf Club in July. The first clinic will be July 8 to July 11 and the second will be July 16 to July 19.

The four day sessions are from 9 am to 10:45 am and are geared for ages 6 to 14.  Each clinic includes a PGA professional instruction in all areas, exposure to the golf course, participation awards and prizes, with a competition event and lunch on the last day.

“We focus on the fundamentals of golf but we also make sure to have a bit of fun along the way,” said Jon Stutz, head professional.

The cost is $90 for the first child and $70 for each additional child. The entry fee is $70 if the junior golfer is enrolled in both July clinics.  For more information contact the pro shop at 776-4653.

Kristi Cardwell Defends Title at Indiana PGA Women’s Open

By: Abbi Magsamen on June 29th, 2013


109 of Indiana’s top women’s golfers took to the links at Purgatory Golf Club on Wednesday and Thursday for the 20th Indiana PGA Women’s Open. After two days and 36 holes of golf, Kristi Cardwell, a professional from Kokomo, defended her back to back championship title. The win makes Kristi the first woman to win the open both as an amateur and a professional.

After day one , Kristi launched herself into the lead shooting a 67 on a very challenging Par 72 setup. Day two, Kristi dominated the field again, shooting a 70 and taking the top spot at -7 for the tournament. Second place was held by amateur, Jenna Hague, of Muncie, shooting even for the tournament.


Can you guess the hole?

By: purgatorygolf on June 26th, 2013

Guess which holeCan you guess the hole? Clay couldn’t.



By: Aaron Konold on June 23rd, 2013




113 Top Women Golfers Entered.


The 36 hole Indiana PGA Women’s Open will be held at Purgatory GC June 26-27 with 113 golfers competing.

The event gets under way at 8 am off both the front and back sides. Par is 72 with course set up of 6,008 yards

While the event is listed at the Women’s PGA Open, the field is dominated by top amateurs from across the state.

In all, 16 Hamilton County golfers are entered led by amateur Brooke Beegle of Fishers, winner of the IWGA’s Match Play Championship last month. Brittney Kelly, also from Fishers, is the area’s lone professional in the field.

Kristi Cardwell, now a professional at Kokomo Country Club, is the defending champion.

Spectator admission is free.

Purgatory signature Pitchfork Ale

By: Abbi Magsamen on June 19th, 2013
Triton Ale

This belgian style pale ale has has been dubbed “Pitchfork Ale” after it’s iconic red pitchfork handle which mimics the logo of Purgatory Golf Club.

Water is an essential ingredient and the secret behind the taste of many craft beers. Centuries ago, current technology used to purify water was not around, therefore people built local breweries specifically around good water supplies. Though today we have limits and laws put in place to supply clean water, every water supply still varies in pH and mineral content. Therefore, a town’s local water supply can greatly affect the taste of the beers being brewed. Triton Brewing Company, a local microbrewery near Fort Benjamin Harrison, uses an expensive reverse osmosis filtration system that allows water to be stripped down to its core: two hydrogen molecules and one oxygen molecule. From there, they start with perfectly neutral water and build recipes to create their unique beers, such as their year round “Sin Bin” belgian style ale.
With a name like “Sin Bin”, it is no wonder this is the signature beer of Purgatory Golf Course. In religious mythology, one is sent to “Purgatory” to pay for earthly sins. After some time of repentance, one may finally gain entry to heaven. Alternatively, “Sin Bin” is a hockey term for the penalty box, where players seek forgiveness for unjust deeds on the ice. Enough time spent here and a player may re-enter the ice to continue playing. With special permission from Triton Brewing Company, the tap handle has been painted red and renamed “Pitchfork Ale” to mimic the logo of Purgatory Golf Club. One can indulge in this local brew in a cold,frosty glass in “The Confessional”, or take one to go for the course. With its specially filtrated water, along with its sweet, toasty malt overtones and a delicate hop finish, “Pitchfork Ale” is the perfect addition to the “Pitchfork burger” and remains a fan favorite amongst the Purgatory patrons.
For more information about Triton Brewing, visit their website:

Golf Skate Caddy

By: purgatorygolf on June 18th, 2013

This is standing, ride on, battery powered,  golf club carrying device my son is drooling over.  It’s from Australia, and as far as I can tell it is not available in the States, although we are checking on it. If you want to check out their website it is

U.S. Amateur Public Links Champion qualifier at Purgatory Golf Club

By: purgatorygolf on June 14th, 2013

Public Links AwardToday, we are pleased to welcome members of the USGA and 45 players of The U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship qualifier to Purgatory Golf Club. Often referred to as the Public Links or the Publinx, this tournament was created as a championship for golfers who play on public courses, as members of private clubs are not eligible to compete. The first Public Links was held in 1922 at the Ottawa Park Course in Toledo, Ohio and has grown as an event from 140 entries in 1922 to a record number, 6,300 entries in 1998; this year, 3,020 entries were accepted. This is the final year for the public links tournament as it will be replaced by a new men’s amateur four-ball championship.

Entrants must follow the USGA’s guidelines for amateur status; therefore anyone who has ever played or taught golf for money is ineligible. The Public Links has no age limit, is open to men and women, and players must have a USGA men’s handicap index of 4.4 or lower. Each player must then qualify to play in the U.S. Amateur Public Links by playing one of many qualifying tournaments held at sites around the country, such as Purgatory Golf Club. Today, the players will participate in 36 holes of stroke play. Two golfers will then advance to the championship at Laurel Hill Golf Club in Lorton, Virginia in July. The 64 qualifiers will compete in three rounds of stroke play. The top sixteen players will then move on to single-elimination match play. The winner of the event will earn an invitation to the next year’s Masters, so long as he/she is still an amateur at the time of The Masters.

In 2005, the event received an unusually large amount of media attention as 15-year-old Michelle Wie became the first woman to advance to the match-play portion of the tournament, where she lost in the quarterfinals to Clay Ogden, who went on to win the tournament.  Other notable players include Public Links Champion, Trevor Immelman, winner of the 2008 Masters Tournament, as well as his playing partner in the final round Brandt Snedeker.

PS. This article was written by Abbi Magsamen, not Tenna. We’re having some technical glitches so I was unable to get her set up as an author, but will strive to do so for her next brilliant article. Thank you Abbi!

Top 50 Courses for Women

By: purgatorygolf on June 13th, 2013

Getting ready to go on the golf course


The July issue of Golf Digest just arrived, and Purgatory once again made it onto the list America’s Top 50 Courses for Women/2013! We even moved up one spot from #34 to #33.

Two new sets of combo tees help all golfers “tee it forward.”

We have been on the list every year it has come out since 2003. It’s a huge honor, and I always drop everything I am doing when they call with their list of questions.

It’s great to walk into a golf shop and be greated by a welcoming staff and a sea of stylish women’s apparel and gear. But for a course to be Top-50 material, we need to see great programs for women, flexible playing options (nine-hole loops, or even shorter) and a progressive design philosophy that treats women who evaluate courses for this ranking pay special attention to tee options and design. Each layout on our top 50 has at least one set of tees less than 5,300 yards, two sets with Slope and Course Ratings for women, and minimal or no forced carries from the forward tees.


The ideal layout challenges long hitters yet delivers a fun round for average players. Quality course conditions are important too, and it’s a plus to have lots of amenities.


This year we welcome eight newcomers. It’s not that we don’t love the others, but more and more courses are embracing the “tee it forward” and “time for nine” zeitgeist. As they’ve added shorter tees (typically about 4,700 yards), the ones with forward tees closer to 5,300 yards aren’t as appealing.


IHSAA Boys Sectional

By: purgatorygolf on June 4th, 2013

scoreboard for the IHSAA boys sectional, individual scoresscoreboard for the team IHSAA boys sectionalWe were pleased to be the host course to the IHSAA Boys Sectional yesterday. As you can see by the scoreboards, Pendleton Heights came in first with a team total of 302, followed by Noblesville with a team total of 303 and 3rd place went to Hamilton Southeastern with a team total of 318.

Individual low scores were:

71 Collin Proctor Pendelton Heights

73 Jackson Wright Noblesville

Josh Keating Noblesville
Tyler Mever Pendelton Heights


The red check marks next to the names indicate the individuals, who are not on advancing teams, but who will as advance as individuals:

Tanner Watkins Lapel

Johnson Brooker Fishers

Mitchell Richardson Lapel


Thank you to all the teams, coaches, and parents who made today so successful!

Noblesville high school golf team




June Men’s Night 1st Day of U.S. Open

By: purgatorygolf on June 3rd, 2013

Men’s Night for June 13th

  • A Driving and Accuracy Contest from 5:00-5:45, Assistant pro Aaron Mikalowsky sets the target as players attempt to drive the #1 green or get closer than Aaron’s best drive
  • 6 pm Shotgun Start
  • Noblesville’s Carmack’s Cigar Shop will host their cigar buffet
  • Cobra Golf sponsored a Demo Day
  • Thursday, June 13, the first day of the U.S. Open
  • Complimentary buffet and beverage specials
  • Amateur and Senior Amateur division
  • Entry fee of $35 includes:
    • nine holes with GPS enhanced golf cart,
    • free range balls,
    • beverage specials,
    • buffet,
    • door prizes
    • chance to a free round of golf with a US Open golf pool.

Call the Pro shop at 776-4653 no later than noon, Wednesday, June 12 to reserve a tee slot.