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Written by Bradley Schlegel, Staff Writer
2020-12-22

Donna Seasholtz

            When Donna Seasholtz entered Upper Perkiomen High School, the school

Donna Seasholtz

offered only three sports. Seasholtz played all three.

            Softball was a natural fit. Growing up, she served as a batgirl on her father's local team.  Seasholtz worked hard to learn field hockey, a game that was completely foreign to her before ninth grade.

            While she played basketball for the Indians, the team made the shift from six-on-six to five-on-five full court. During the final seasons of the old format, where the players were not allowed to cross half court, Seasholtz served as the rover playing both offense and defense.

            "That year I did very little shooting," said Seasholtz, who graduated from the school in 1967. 

            While growing up in Red Hill, Seasholtz attended all of her dad's softball games. However, she said she would rather be playing. She played sandlot baseball, softball, football and basketball with the boys.

            "Most of the girls did not want to play sports," Seasholtz said. "I'll compete at anything."

            She recalled playing on the Bitting's farm on Sixth Street in the borough at the current site of Redner's Market. According to Seasholtz, the kids utilized dried out manure for bases. "We called it Cowflop Stadium," she said. "We learned to create our own games and our own equipment."

            In high school, Seasholtz excelled as a pitcher for the Tribe. She described herself as a line drive hitter.

            On the field hockey team she played defense. Often, Seasholtz found herself standing in front of the goal without any physical protection next to the goalkeeper, who was wearing full pads. She says she learned discipline, teamwork and the value of hard work competing for the school. 

            "You can't just put a glove on your hand and expect to be good," said Seasholtz, who currently lives in Whitehall.

            While attending Roxborough School of Medical Technology, she played club field hockey. "I really started enjoying field hockey after high school," she said.

             Seasholtz also continued to play competitive softball. Her ASA team traveled to multiple states along the East Coast. 

            Seasholtz, who initially began her working career as a medical technician, retired four years ago from the computer consulting business she started in 1981. Her clients included lawyers and accountants with similar software needs in the Lehigh Valley and Poconos. 

            "I have always liked computers," said Seasholtz, who still consults for some non-profit organizations.

            In retirement, she has taken up golf. Seasholtz said her dad taught her the game in her early 30s, when the two would play at Butter Valley.

            Despite the pandemic, Seasholtz played several rounds this past summer, mostly for fun. However, she occasionally competes in scramble tournaments. She said her goal is to play "bogey golf."

            "I hit a long ball for a woman," said Seasholtz, who prefers to hit woods over irons and can count on a draw on her drives when she's playing well.  "The longer the course the better."

 

Doug Hendricks

            While living off campus, a neighbor on the West Chester University golf team

Doug Hendricks

introduced the game to Doug Hendricks. Swinging a five iron, he drove several practice shots 180 yards down the middle of a practice range.

           "They were bullets," Hendricks said.

            Forty years later, the Pennsburg native parlayed his swing into a successful tenure as a PGA Club professional at a prominent Chester County course, as a coach and as a teacher.  Since 2010, Hendricks has served as the host and executive producer of "Winning Golf TV," which airs 20 weeks a year on NBC Sports Philadelphia and throughout the Mid-Atlantic region.

            "Golf is such a wonderful sport to meet people," he said. "I've developed thousands of relationships through the game."

            Hendricks – who operates RDH Enterprises Inc., which specializes in partnering with businesses and organizations to provide marketing events, team building activities, outings and coaching for individuals and groups – currently provides individual lessons at the Penn Oaks Golf Club, south of West Chester. He says he has given approximately 35,000 lessons to players of all ages and skill levels.

            "They all would like to get better," said Hendricks, who also coached the West Chester University women's golf team to a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference title in 2018.

            According to the pro, there's nothing more enjoyable than watching a junior golfer with no worries swing a club and tracking their improvement. Hendricks said he's never had more fun than teaching a child with cerebral palsy to hit from a wheelchair as part of a program he started for disabled children in the early 1990s.

            Regardless of skill level, every player must maintain the proper grip, posture and alignment to improve, according to Hendricks. He said the fundamentals are similar to what he learned about shooting a basketball from Herb Magee, a nationally renowned shooting instructor, college coach in Philadelphia and a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame.

            In high school, Hendricks had the most success on the basketball team. A three-year starter at guard, he helped the Indians reach the postseason as a senior, when he averaged 18 points and was named an honorable mention all-state selection.

            As a junior, he helped the Tribe snap a 30-game losing streak. Hendricks scored 15 points in a 53-44 home win over Souderton in early January of 1974. The team – coached by Rick Fertig – finished the season with six victories, a significant improvement over the previous four seasons that included only two wins.

            "I took the game very seriously," Hendricks said. "I worked very hard, and I had a wonderful coach."

            He excelled on the tennis court as a senior, helping the team win a Bux-Mont League championship. However, he decided to play basketball at West Chester University.

            After two seasons with the Rams, he was experiencing knee issues. According to Hendricks, the knock on his bedroom door from a neighbor changed the trajectory of his life.

            "I had never owned a set of golf clubs," he said.

            Hendricks made West Chester's golf team, which played its home matches at White Manor Country Club. He befriended several members of the staff, worked at the snack stand and developed his game.

            In 1982, he turned pro and competed on the mini-tour in Florida. Five years later, Hendricks earned his PGA pro card and played in some local tournaments. He also became the head professional at a club, where he managed the golf operation, owned an upscale golf store and prepared the facility to host 11 major tour events, including the LPGA and the Senior PGA championships.

            "Those were exciting times," Hendricks said.


 

 

 

 

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