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Philadelphia, PA, May 23 – Ira Turret, USA Overall Golf Chairman, is pleased to announce the appointment of Bruce Fleisher as the Head Coach for the USA Open Golf Team participating in the 19th World Maccabiah Games in Israel, July 17-30, 2013.

“I was delighted and honored when Bruce Fleisher volunteered to coach the USA Open Golf Team,” said Turret. “Bruce is an invaluable member of both the PGA and Champions Golf Tours and his professional golfing achievements are well known. Bruce is a wonderful person and has a history with the Maccabiah as a player and coach and we believe he will influence and enhance our already high expectations for the team.”

Fleisher, who is the third youngest player to win the U.S. Amateur (1968), turned pro in 1969 – the same year he participated in the 8th Maccabiah Games in Israel, where he won a gold medal. Fleisher returned to Israel in 1989 to coach the USA Open Golf Team at the 13th Maccabiah Games which won the Team gold. He has gone on to pursue an illustrious career on the PGA and Champions Golf Tours and will bring his wealth of experience to coach the team to their highest potential.

“Going back to Israel to represent the USA at the World Maccabiah Games is truly an honor,” Fleisher said. “After playing professionally, I really feel, it is my time to give back.  I know it will be a tough competition, but I hope to guide the team to the winners circle.  I am also looking forward to experiencing the ISRAEL CONNECT cultural and educational program with the Team, because this competition is about more than just winning, it’s about connecting with other Jews and the State of Israel.”

Maccabi USA is seeking the best Jewish golfers to represent the USA at the 19th World Maccabiah Games.  In order to qualify, all athletes must fill out an application for the team and qualifier at  The qualifier is scheduled for July 15-18, 2012 in Palm Beach Gardens, FL.  All questions about eligibility and the qualifier can be directed to Ira Turret at


About the organization:

Maccabi USA (MUSA) is a federally-recognized not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization with an extensive history of enriching Jewish lives through athletic, cultural and educational programs.  The organization is the official sponsor of the United States Team to the World Maccabiah Games, the Pan American Maccabi Games and the Maccabi competitions in Europe and Australia, as well as a sponsor of the JCC Maccabi Games for teens in North America.  As the official Maccabi representative in the U.S., Maccabi USA supports Jewish athletic endeavors, enhanced by cultural and educational activities in the United States, Israel and throughout the Diaspora.

MUSA develops, promotes and supports international, national and regional athletic-based activities and facilities.  It strives to provide Jewish athletes the world over the opportunity to share their heritage and customs in competitive athletic settings.  MUSA supports programs that embody the Maccabi ideals of Jewish Continuity, Zionism and Excellence in Sport.  Maccabi USA Builds Jewish Pride Through Sports.

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