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Floyd Open Remains Popular After 25 Years
Written by Bradley Schlegel Staff Reporter

A line of golf carts snake along the cartpath at Macoby run as the first flight of golfers heads out for a 7a.m. shotgun start.

        The Floyd Open debuted in 1992 at the Macoby Run Golf Course with 60 golfers. Shelia Hersh-Shaffer called it an opportunity for a bunch of guys to get together to honor her father, Floyd G. Hersh, and drink beer.

        In its second year, the outing added a second flight. The next year, golfers began lining up at 4 a.m. at 5725 McLean Station Road in Marlborough Township – two hours before the event teed off – to buy a ticket.

        "The parking lot looked like a Grateful Dead concert," Hersh-Schaffer said.

        This past weekend, the golf course Hersh and his family built with agricultural equipment, hosted the 25th annual Floyd Open. The shotgun-style scramble tournament hosted 480 golfers during two flights Saturday and one on Sunday.

        Tim Walsh, a math teacher at Perkiomen Valley High School, called it the best outing around. "They do things right here," said Walsh, who lives in New Hanover.

        Hersh-Shaffer called it the highlight of her year.  "We're like one big golfing family," she said Sunday afternoon.

        According to Hersh-Schaffer, 99 percent of the players knew her father, who passed away at age 70, three weeks after undergoing aortic valve surgery in September of 2000.

        Hersh displayed a larger than life personality, according to John Heffner, a Northampton resident who participated in Sunday's flight.

        "If Floyd liked you, he would do anything for you," said Heffner, who met Hersh several years ago in a summer golf league at the course.

        Pat Rivers, a Whitehall native who captained Heffner's foursome, a described Hersh – who started a construction company – as a "character."

        "My dad was a big teddy bear," Hersh-Schaffer said.

        Born and raised in the farm house between the second and third holes, Hersh grew up on a dairy farm with eight siblings. While working for the Montgomery County Farm Borough, he developed the dream to build a golf course, according to Hersh-Schaffer.

        The family opened nine holes in the fall of 1990. In the spring, they completed three additional holes. By the end of 1991, all 18 holes were complete, according to Hersh's daughter.

        The annual two-day outing, held in honor of Hersh, has become Macoby Run's marquee event. Players from Texas, Florida, Virginia, New York, New Jersey, Delaware and Massachusetts descended on the course.

        According to Hersh-Schaffer, fewer than 10 new players participated this weekend. She has stopped counting the numbers on the waiting list, which stretches approximately seven years.

        "You have to wait for someone to die or just get too old to play," Hersh-Schaffer said.

        Each year, the same foursome starts at the same hole. That means Walsh's foursome begins at the par five No. 3 hole, the toughest on the course.

        "At least we get that hole over with," Walsh said. "We are always the first foursome to finish, which means we get in line for the food first."

        According to Hersh-Schaffer, the post-golf menu of sweet corn, pork loin, chicken and hot dogs has not changed in 25 years.

        "Floyd is definitely smiling down on us," she said.







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