LINWOOD — A new era is beginning under the new owners of Linwood Country Club, Joe and Frank Dougherty. Jeff Bonicky is the club's new golf pro and comes to the course with more than two decades of experience as a professional in New Jersey.
Bonicky was the assistant golf professional at Buena Vista Country Club and then Cream Ridge Golf Course. He moved to head golf professional at Miry Run Country Club in Robbinsville, and most recently he was the director of golf operations at Sea Oaks Country Club in Little Egg Harbor.
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Bonicky explained his teaching and coaching philosophy as a cause and effect; improved ball striking builds consistency. “Once a golfer has an understanding of what they do when they swing the club, any necessary fix can be easily determined by the flight of the ball,” said Bonicky. “Coaching course management becomes easier to execute as the golfer now has a relative expectation how the golf ball is going to fly and react.”
Linwood’s new pro said he enjoys helping golfers improve their skills and expand their abilities, which he said will allow them to enjoy the game more and get the players out on the course more frequently. Bonicky added, “I get satisfaction when they come off the golf course grinning ear to ear because they shot their lowest score.”
“We are truly thrilled to have Jeff join our team to lead the golf program,” said Frank Dougherty. “With his experience and accomplishments, we are confident he will bring leadership and enthusiasm to Linwood’s golf programs and develop a new tradition that will last for generations.”
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Bonicky enjoys the game of golf and has played in New Jersey and Philadelphia PGA section events for more nearly two decades. His best finish came in the NJ State Open in 2010, where he shot a 65 in the final round and almost caught the leaders, finishing third.
Off the course, Bonicky said, he enjoys cooking, entertaining and sharing time with people after a round of golf, which he called a time of reflection. He has served on the Pinelands Regional School District Board of Education since 2005.
Jeff and his wife, Kerry, and their three children live in Little Egg Harbor Township.
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Other changes coming to Linwood Country Club are new membership levels to retain membership and attract new members plus reconstruction of the entry to the historic club and a new bridal suite.