2018 Lanco Golf Schedule

Lanco is Proud to release the 2018 Lanco Golf Schedule


Two Man Scramble - Saturday, April 21st - Highlands of Donegal

 Amateur - Friday & Saturday, June 22nd & 23rd - Pilgrams Oak GC

 Better Ball - Saturday & Sunday, July 7th & 8th - Crossgates GC

 Open - Friday, July 20th - Overlook GC

 Match Play - Friday & Saturday, August 3rd & 4th - Lancaster CC

 Lanco/York/Harrisburg Mid Am/Summer Classic - Saturday, August 18th - CC of Harrisburg

 Senior - Thursday, September 20th - Tanglewood Manor

 War of Roses - Saturday & Sunday, September 22nd & 23rd - Royal Manchester Golf Links

New Lanco Policy

LANCO Golf Tournaments are open to all Lancaster County residents with a valid USGA handicap, which can be verified at a local golf course and non-Lancaster residents with a valid USGA handicap which can be verified at a LANCO member golf course.  





Fricke Named 2017 Lanco Golfer of the Year

Arron Fricke 2017 Golfer of the Year


Golf, perhaps more than any other sport, is about the long haul, the test of time.

Aaron Fricke kept at it, on the local amateur circuit, all spring and summer. It wasn’t enough to win a tournament, but it created a body of work that has made Fricke the Lanco Golfer of the Year.

The award, based on a performance-based points system, was given to Fricke at a dinner Tuesday at Annie Bailey’s in Lancaster.

“It’s definitely cool to win it,” Fricke, 23 and a senior at Drexel University, said Monday.

“I played a lot of golf, and that sort of gave me an advantage, but I’m happy with the way I played this summer.”

Fricke finished second to Corey Gast at the Lancaster Amateur at Meadia Heights in June. He and partner Andy Zook finished second to Craig Hornberger and Mike Burkhart in the Lanco Better Ball at Highlands of Donegal in July.

In the Lanco Match Play, at Lancaster Country Club in August, he lost in the semifinals to eventual champion Chris Fieger.

He was just as impressive at the statewide level, finishing eighth in the Pennsylvania Amateur at White Manor in the Philadelphia area, and 23rd in the state Open, at Gulph Mills, also near Philly.

He was third in the stroke-play portion of the Golf Association of Philadelphia Amateur, shooting even-par 142 at elite Philadelphia Cricket Club, and was medalist in the stroke-play qualifying portion of the Jay Sigel Match Play, a state golf association event, at Country Club of Scranton.

This fall, playing college golf at Drexel, he broke through. Fricke birdied the 18th hole to win (with a round of 69), and give the Dragons a one-stroke team victory, in the City Six championship, an event for Philadelphia’s six NCAA Division I colleges.

He also won the individual title at the Quechee Club Collegiate Challenge, an event hosted by Dartmouth College, in October. 

His scoring average this fall, 71.8, was best on his team.

It’s taken Fricke a while to get here. He didn’t make the state tournament as a high school player at Garden Spot, and went from there to Lackawanna Junior College before moving to Drexel.

“I guess I was a late bloomer,” he said. “I was kinda small in high school, didn’t hit it as far as the other kids. And I didn’t have much experience against better competition.”

He’s caddied at Lancaster Country Club for 10 years and now has playing privileges there. Last year, he started to make some noise as a college player while working full-time as part of Drexel’s co-op program, and received the Colonial Athletic Association Commissioner’s Award for Academics.

This year the co-op job has been only part-time, although he still caddies on weekends and, in season, played a tournament schedule ambitious enough that he skipped the Lanco Open in August, “just because it was getting to be too much.”

After the more serious college golf in the spring, Fricke will graduate in June with a degree in finance and … definitely not turn pro. “I’m ready for a break,” he said. “I’ve got a lot of work to do. I’d definitely like to stay competitive, though.”


Ken Phillips Elected Pres of PA Golf Assoc

ken phillips pa golf assoc

Ken Phillips, of Lancaster Country Club, was elected President of the Pennsylvania Golf Association at its 2017 fall meeting. He has served as a volunteer since 2008 and Executive Committee member since 2010. Phillips grew up caddying and working in the pro shop and golf course at Lancaster Country Club. His brother Wayne has been the head professional at Lehigh Country Club for the past 30 years. Golf is certainly in the family! Ken is a Managing Director with RBC Capital Markets having served the municipal industry for 37 years.
Mr. Phillips expressed his thoughts in the following message to his fellow Association members:
It is truly an honor and privilege to serve as the President of the Pennsylvania Golf Association and continue to give back to the game we all love. With the major sponsorship of Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM), Schools of Pharmacy and Dental Medicine, and also support from UPMC Pinnacle, our continuing mission is to provide quality events for our members to compete in and grow the game.
The 2018 season will be an important year for all golfers in Pennsylvania as the PA Golf Association and the Pennsylvania State Women’s Golf Association begin down the path of forming a relationship that will only strengthen the game in PA. In 2013, in collaboration with PSWGA, we formed a Girls division in the Boys Junior Championship. The goal was to promote additional opportunities for female junior golfers in PA by bringing both the Boys and Girls Championships to one venue, the Hershey Country Club. With our continued success since 2013 it is now time to focus on further relationships with the PSWGA. In 2018 we will begin assisting on administrative duties, providing officials and volunteers at their major championships and continuing discussion on future joint programs and tournaments. We are excited for all golfers in Pennsylvania!
Our goal at PAGA is to conduct first-class events at top quality venues. Next year is no exception with Sunnehanna Country Club (105th Amateur), site of the prestigious Sunnehanna Amateur, Lancaster Country Club (102nd Open), site of the 2015 U.S. Women’s Open, Saucon Valley Country Club’s Weyhill Course (25th Middle-Amateur), Philadelphia Cricket Club’s Militia Course (59th Senior Amateur), and Lehigh Country Club (26th Senior Four-Ball). Additionally, we’ll visit Country Club of York (78th Dressler), LedgeRock Golf Club (12th Senior Match Play), Omni Bedford Springs Resort (29th Four-Ball), Hershey Country Club (2018 Junior Boys’ & Girls’), Schuylkill Country Club (15th R. Jay Sigel Match Play), Chester Valley Golf Club (9th Father & Son), and Centre Hills Country Club (14th Art Wall). Thanks to all the clubs throughout the Commonwealth that graciously allow the Association to use their facilities for our championships and qualifiers. We are so fortunate to have great partnerships.
I would like to thank all of the volunteers (150+) along with our leadership (Cory Reighard and Mark Peterson) and the Executive Committee for the constant dedication to the Commonwealth’s golfing community. Our events are top-notch and we will strive every year to improve upon the experience for our participants.
On a closing note, thanks to all of you who support and play in our events. If you are considering entering a tournament for the first time, make 2018 that year! Come and experience a professionally-run championship, strong competition and form new friendships, because that is what golf is all about! All the best for 2018 and hope to meet you at one of our championships!


Ken Phillips