Manhattan Science Teacher Safely Lands Plane on New Jersey Golf Course

Source: NY Times
By Christina Goldbaum

A Manhattan science teacher by trade, Jonas De Leon is a pilot at heart.

This fall he even began teaching some of his students about aviation at Gregorio Luperon High School for Science and Mathematics, work that was featured in a PBS report on Friday.

Just two days later, Mr. De Leon’s skills as a pilot were put to a terrifying real-life test: The plane he was flying on Sunday made an emergency landing on the ninth hole of a golf course in Paramus, N.J.

Of the four people on the plane when it landed, three sustained minor injuries, Sgt. Michael Pollaro of the Paramus Police Department said.

Ron Dorell, a cashier in the pro shop of the Paramus Golf Course, said he first noticed the small plane circling the course around noon. Eventually it passed over the crest of a hill, out of sight of staff members in the shop.

Minutes later, passers-by who had been driving by the golf course rushed into the clubhouse to report that a plane had landed on the course.

“There’s a lot of open space on the golf course,” Mr. Dorell said, speculating that the pilot might have considered it the best possible landing space in the area.

Only about 18 golfers were on the course when the plane went down, according to Mr. Dorell. Because of a frost delay earlier in the morning, the golfers had only set out at noon and were nowhere near the ninth hole when the plane landed there.

“Normally we are packed on a weekend,” Mr. Dorrell said. “But luckily, because of the frost, we didn’t have anyone out there on the back nine, so none of our golfers were injured.”

Christine La Palma, Mr. De Leon’s partner, said in a phone interview on Sunday that she had just arrived at the hospital where the passengers were taken for treatment, and that she had no information about the circumstances of the landing.

“Right now my only concern is whether everyone is O.K.,” Ms. La Palma said.

In the PBS report, Mr. De Leon is described as having dreamed of learning to fly ever since he was a child watching planes from his parents’ porch. He began taking lessons at 17 and later bought a 1984 single-engine Mooney aircraft.

Becoming a pilot “was the only dream I had that stayed with me,” Mr. De Leon told PBS.

On Sunday, Mr. De Leon took off from Lincoln Park Airport in Lincoln Park, N.J., and landed on the 18-hole course around 12:15 p.m., according to Sergeant Pollaro.

“We tell all our pilots to train as if this will happen to you,” said Richard McSpadden, executive director of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association’s Air Safety Institute. But an emergency landing like this, he said, “is very rare.”

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PGA Tour drafting program to provide top college players access to its tours

Source: GolfWeek
By  | December 4, 2018 2:47 pm

Get ready, college golf.

Golfweek has learned about an exciting new venture the PGA Tour is working on that will have a huge impact on the sport.

“The PGA Tour has been working to develop a new program that will identify, prepare and transition top collegiate golfers to professional golf,” according to a Tour statement sent to Golfweek. “This program will be designed to reward season-long collegiate play with varying levels of playing access to tours operated under the PGA Tour umbrella, while upholding the principles and virtues of collegiate athletics.”

In other words, the best college golfers would be guaranteed status on one of several tours, ranging from PGA Tour China to the PGA Tour.

One Tour official with direct knowledge of the project called it “unprecedented.”

Few details have been finalized, and a timetable for the system’s launch is unknown. But the Tour acknowledged this is happening, and there are significant resources devoted to the project. The Tour already is working in collaboration with its policy board, player advisory councils and other stakeholders. It also has asked for feedback from various governing bodies, the NCAA and college coaches.

“We hope that this will elevate our product and our tours,” the Tour official told Golfweek on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to speak publicly. “But this is not just a one-sided thing. It’s well-rounded.”

The Tour is still working on solidifying the criteria used for determining which players receive cards, though it will be far more dynamic than, for example, just taking the top players from the World Amateur Golf Ranking or other ranking system already in place.

One detail for certain is the program will incentivize players to stay in school and pursue an education.

“If a freshman was to turn pro, are they going to be eligible for this program? Likely not,” the official said.

The news comes about a month after seven top women’s college players earned LPGA status through that tour’s revamped Q-Series. While some players have deferred status until after the spring, several, including Alabama teammates Lauren Stephenson and Kristen Gillman and UCLA’s Lilia Vu, decided to turn pro and leave their college teams in the middle of the season.

While the Tour’s new idea isn’t a response to what the LPGA has done, a focus will be on avoiding that scenario to benefit all parties involved.

“This is an opportunity for a lot of great change,” the official said. “This will hopefully change the landscape of college golf. If you look at other sports leagues, it’s a little bit different. They have draft systems where players go directly to leagues and they are identified through their play in college.
That sort of rough thinking, you know, why doesn’t golf have that? … This hopefully will be a solution to that problem.” Gwk

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