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Watch Victory Golf Pass Founder Andy Barbin receive the
National PGA President's Plaque Award at the
Click Here to watch archive footage of Andy Barbin, Victory
Golf Pass Founder and PGA Professional, receive the National PGA President's Plaque Award
January 27, 2011 in Orlando, Florida.
To skip directly to Andy's
Speech, slide the time bar to minute 68:30.
Andy Barbin was on the Golf Channel's
"PGA Year in Review" show on Monday, December 13 at 9pm. Andy was featured
for winning the 2010 PGA National
President's Plaque Award.
Congratulations to Andy Barbin for just being named the Crohn's & Colitis
Foundation of America Philadelphia/Delaware Valley Chapter's Man of the Year!
He will be honored at the CCFA's Renaissance Ball in May 2011.
Andy Barbin promoting the
Victory Golf Pass live on GolfStyles Radio Show 5/06
(February 15, 2007)
Article in midatlanticgolf.com
|Some Stocking-Stuffer Suggestions for Golfers
By Drew Markol/Doylestown Intelligencer
What's the best thing to put in a golfer's stocking for Christmas?
driver or wedge is a good place to start.
will stick out and look a little clumsy over the fireplace, but the hack
in your life will truly be grateful.
underwear are nice.
clubs, heck, any golf stuff, is better. Even a dozen balls will bring a
you want to do a little better than some Titleists, here are some
start with some interesting reading that will have to do while we all wait
for the snow to melt.
Millard's new book, Golf's 100 Toughest Holes, published by Abrams
Books, is an absolute must read.
who writes for Senior Golf and Golf World magazines, did tireless research
over 216 pages as he gives a history of each hole; what makes each one so
difficult; and anecdotes from professional events that have been played on
several of the holes.
mouthwatering photographs of each hole and the golfer stuck inside in
winter will have his/her heart pumping.
Millard's best anecdotes is on the 18th hole at Koolau golf course in
Hawaii. It's the impossible finishing hole (a monster par 4) on the layout
with the highest slope rating in the United States.
measures how much harder a course plays for a bogey golfer than a scratch
player and is generally an indication of the course's difficulty).
jungle was so dense that during construction of Koolau workers found a
military plane that had been missing since World War II, skeletons
also picks two toughies from Pebble Beach, the eighth and ninth, for his
list. He also informs us that Pebble's architects, Jack Neville and
Douglas Grant, designed just that course in their careers, no others.
informative are good descriptions of the entire book. It's available at
www.abramsbooks.com for $45.
Speaking of that driver in the stocking, TaylorMade has two new ones out
just in time for Santa to deliver.
additions to the the r7 driver family that utilizes TaylorMade's Movable
425 helps the golfer change the trajectory on their drives.
grams of movable weight evenly divided between two TaylorMade Launch
Control ports in the club-head, the golfer can configure the cartridges to
increase distance by promoting the maximum amount of either a draw or a
quad 425, which is available in right or left hand, retails for $399.99.
better player, the r7 425 TP (Tour Preferred) has also been introduced. It
has the same features as the 425 except the TP has a slightly open
club-face angle to help meet the demands of Tour players.
425 TP, also available in right or left hand, retails for $799.99.
look for TaylorMade to introduce a new driver early in '06. And look for
the clubhead to be enormous.
www.taylormadegolf.com for the new stuff and the stuff that's coming in a
couple of weeks.
* Once the snow is gone and it's
time to play, which can't come soon enough, finding the right place to do
it is easy with the Victory Golf Pass.
The brainchild of Andy Barbin, a
Germantown Academy grad who now runs two courses in the Chesapeake Bay
area, the Victory Golf Pass book is a bonus in two ways.
For the golfer, it offers
discounts on courses in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland
and not just dumpy tracks.
Barbin has some heavy hitters on
his pass list like Bear Trap Dunes in Delaware, Bulle Rock (yes, that
Bulle Rock) in Maryland, Blue Heron Pines East and West in Jersey and
Center Valley, Downingtown, Raven's Claw, Tattersall and Hartefeld
Better yet, a portion of all
proceeds from the sale of the book goes to the Crohn's & Colitis
Foundation of America. In June of this year, Barbin donated $10,000 to
Crohn's from sales and hopes to give even more in '06.
This book is a win-win for
golfers, good courses and helping a good cause. The cost is $49.95 for one
and two for $80. For information, go to www.victorygolfpass.com.
* For the
player who has almost everything, get him/her a can of Golf Dust.
the player who has almost everything, get him/her a can of Golf Dust.
alternative to impact tape and is easily applied to the clubface of woods
on the clubface, make your swing, and the impact point of where the club
hit the ball is immediately shown. A damp cloth is all that's needed to
2.7-ounce can retails for $16.45 (www.golfdust.com) and is good for about
for a heavier putter to help you from lifting up the club on your putting
stroke? Try the Heavy Putter.
twice the weight of an average putter (about two pounds) and has a
250-gram weight in the shaft. That technology helps keep the club level,
making for truer rolling putts. The Heavy Putter isn't cheap at $259.99,
but if it helps do a way with a couple of three putts, golfers will pay.
Go to www.heavyputter.com for info.
Pass Book Aids Disease Victims
By Brad Myers/The News Journal
Andrew Barbin was in his 20s, he was all golf, all the time. He
played professionally on the Florida minitours for six years, and entered
the PGA Tour qualifying tournament three times.
Now, as a
PGA Professional and co-owner of three golf courses, golf is still a huge
part of Barbin's life. But he also has other things on his mind.
your colon removed can do that.
39, was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis in January 2000. After
four years of misery, often going to the bathroom more than 30 times a
day, his colon was removed on December 30, 2003.
back to as good as I can be," Barbin said. "I'm managing my son's
baseball team, playing competitive golf again...I can do anything."
his father and brother own the Chesapeake Bay Golf Club courses at North
East and Rising Sun, Md., plus Horsham Valley Golf Club in Horsham, PA.
So when Barbin wanted to do something to aid others with similar
conditions, his first thought was golf.
to use my background to do something to help," he said. "We did a
pass last fall just at our two courses at Chesapeake Bay, and it worked
founded the Victory Golf Pass. Using his contacts in the golf
business, he compiled a book that offers discounts at courses in Delaware,
Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Maryland.
began contacting courses in December, and had things up and running by
January. He hoped to sign up 30 courses, but was amazed when 70
agreed to participate, including eight private courses.
cost $49.95 each, or two for $80. Most courses limit the number of
times they accept the book, but the discounts are significant.
example, with the book the player's fee at The Club at Patriot's Glen in
Elkton, Md., is $25 Monday through Friday, or $32.50 on weekends after
noon. Both of those rates are half-price.
courses like it because they create some new customers and fill their dead
times," Barbin said. "The golfers like it because we have some
private courses they wouldn't be able to play otherwise. It's a
win-win for everybody."
is to get the book out, cover the expenses and give the rest to charity,"
Barbin said. "The Crohn's & Colitis Foundation has a golf tournament
in June, and I want to give them some money then. I hope to send
them another check at the end of the year."
Specifically, Barbin is directing the proceeds to the organization's Camp
Oasis, which allows children with conditions similar to Barbin's to share
experiences with other children and meet adults who understand and
encourage them. This year's camp will be held Aug. 18-23 at Camp
Nock-A-Mixon in Kintnersville, Pa.
know Andrew before this. He actually contacted us and said he would
like to do something for us," said Barbara Berman, executive director of
the Philadelphia/Delaware Valley chapter of the Crohn's & Colitis
Foundation. "He was very enthusiastic, and very specific that he
wanted the money to go toward the camp."
organizations have been selling golf discount programs for years, and all
have their merits. But Barbin said simplicity is what sets his book
apart. The book offers each player a flat fee at each course,
instead of the 4-for-3 or 2-for-1 discounts offered by most other
the owner of a golf course, being a PGA pro, it helped a lot," Barbin
said. "I know the business. I know the bottom line, I know
what the golf course wants and I know what the customer wants. I put
all that together.
to make it easy. Everybody knows what it is. There are no
surprises, for the golfer or the golf course."
Victory Golf Pass also offers access to some private courses that do not
participate in any other discount program. One example is Links Golf
Club in Marlton, NJ, which offers a $75 rate on Mondays only.
on any other pass, but Andy is one of my best friends," said Dave Quinn,
director of golf at Links. "We're a private club, but we agreed to
do it on Mondays because we don't have many members playing those days."
said he has spent countless hours on the book since December, but it has
and The Crohn's & Colitis Foundation saved my life," he said. "I
went to a consultation meeting with others who had the same problems, and
they convinced me to have the colon taken out. It was a huge step to
everyone, not just people over 50, who is having any problems like that to
have a colonoscopy. It can save your life."
Bucks County, PA
golf-pass book helps sick children
Less than a year ago, Andy Barbin was struggling to bounce back from two
surgeries in which he had his colon removed and the doubts that come with
On June 13, Barbin plans to play in a qualifier for the Philadelphia Open
in Conestoga, then race down to Huntingdon Valley CC to play in the 18th
annual Bill Campbell Tournament to benefit the Philadelphia/Delaware
Valley Chapter of the Crohnís & Colitis Foundation of America charity.
"Thatís going to be a fun day," Barbin said. "Considering where I was a
year ago, it will really feel nice."
Barbin, a 1984 Germantown Academy graduate and the younger brother of
Horsham Valley GC head PGA professional Harry Barbin, wanted to give
something back to those who helped him, and the best way he thought of was
through a golf pass book.
The thing is, Barbinís book is not like the rest. Yes, itís full of
discounts for public courses in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and
Maryland, but it also has something else: eight private courses.
"Our original goal was to sign up 20 courses, and then it got to be 30,"
Barbin said. "So we decided to keep going, and some private courses jumped
in, which gives people a chance to play at places they could never get on
"When the book was ready, we had 48 courses signed up and we started
selling them at the Fort Washington Golf Expo in February. We sold about
400 of them, and then we had 20 more courses join us, so I sent out a
supplement to everybody who bought one.
"The best thing is itís not restrictive. The passes are for play seven
days a week, and itís not just for twilight golf. A lot of the other books
are for weekday play, but this one is different."
The book was a natural, since golf has been such a big part of his life.
He and Harry, and their father and a family friend, own three courses, two
in the Chesapeake Bay area and Horsham Valley. Andy Barbin, 39 - the
general manager of the courses in Maryland - played the mini tours in
Florida for six years before eventually settling in the Chesapeake Bay
In January of 2000, he was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis and, after
four years of dealing with it - most times he had to go to the bathroom 30
times a day - he had his colon removed on Dec. 30, 2003. A few months
later, his fourth child was born. A month later, he was bedridden with
infection. Today, he is off all medication and has, as he says, "gotten my
"My wife Allison has just been unbelievable with everything," Barbin said.
"Sheís done so much I donít even know where to start. Without her, this
wouldnít have been able to happen."
All proceeds from the book are going to fund Camp Oasis. The camp, which
will be held at Nockamixon Park from Aug. 18-23, allows children with
conditions similar to Barbinís to meet other children with the disease.
Barbin plans on delivering a check at the Crohnís & Colitis event
earmarked for the camp.
"He battled a life-threatening disease that was quite an ordeal," Harry
Barbin said. "So he decided to try to give a little something back. Weíve
gotten great support from the PGA community, and the pass book is just a
win-win for everybody involved."
The chance to help the young understand the disease was the driving force
behind the idea.
"This disease effects people ages 10 to 35, and just imagine being a kid
and having it," Andy Barbin said. "Itís hard to do anything. I was going
to the bathroom 30 times a day and would have to run to get there. Itís
something people donít talk about, but if we can help one kid, then itís
all worth it.
"Some people say wait until youíre 50 to get a colonoscopy. Thatís a
crock. I recommend getting it done in your 30s. Just go and do it."
Barbinís goal was to hand over a check for $65,000 to help fund the camp.
Heís not there, yet, but heís also not done trying.
"This has gone so well, weíre going to do it again with more courses, and
I plan on having the 2006 pass book ready on Nov. 1," Barbin said.
"The foundation saved my life. My surgeon at Penn, Dr. Howard Ross, and my
doctor, Julius Deren, are just the best there is, and Iíve sent a lot of
people their way."
The Victory Golf Pass is a bargain at $49.95, or two for $80. Go to
www.victorygolfpass.com or call (877) 847-5316 for more information.
to read Victory Golf Pass article in the CCFA's Summer 2005 Newsletter