Greenville, Del. – The 2018 Philadelphia PGA returned to tournament action on Monday, April 23 at Fieldstone Golf Club for the Callaway Golf TPD Championship. The event was the first in the race for the Omega Player of the Year presented by the Haverford Trust Company. The Callaway Golf TPD Championship featured nearly 140 Professionals and was played as a modified stableford tournament. Players earned 1 point for any par, 3 points for birdies, 6 points for eagles, 9 points for double eagles, and -1 point for any bogey or worse.
Playing in the tournament’s third group, Dave McNabb (Applebrook Golf Club) posted an impressive score of 28 points in the modified stableford event. McNabb’s round was paced by two eagles and four birdies which more than made up for the four bogeys on his card.
However, McNabb’s run as solo leader would not last long as playing at the end of the morning wave, Brendan Post (Univ. of Delaware) matched McNabb’s score of 28 points. Post carded seven birdies on his round, the most of any player in the field, but untimely bogeys on his final two holes ultimately dropped him into a first place tie as the tournament moved to the afternoon wave.
Conditions for players teeing it up in the afternoon wave were not as generous as the winds began to increase making birdies hard to come by. One player in the afternoon did make a valiant effort to join the leaders at the top of the leaderboard but unfortunately for Dave Quinn (Philmont Country Club) his charge ended one point shy as he finished with 27 points.
With no other players in the field able to match McNabb and Post at 28 points the duo returned to the golf course for a sudden death playoff. Both players found the fairway with their tee shots on par-5 18th hole however neither player was able to reach the green in two. Post was the first to play his third shot and unfortunately his approach shot found the lower tier while McNabb was able to hit his third shot to ten feet. Post did manage to two-putt for par but McNabb was able to sink his birdie putt giving him his first win of the 2018 season.
McNabb’s 28 points also gave him the top spot in the tournament’s senior division where he edged Quinn’s 27 points for the top spot. Rounding out the top three was a trio of players who all finished with 16 total points. Don Allan (Burlington Country Club), Bob Lennon (Wilmington Country Club), and Terry Hertzog (Country Club of York) shared the final podium spot.
The Callaway Golf TPD Championship also awarded points in the newly created Super Senior Division. Players age 60 years of age or older are eligible for this new division. Earning points as the event’s top super senior was Greg Farrow (Deerwood Country Club).
The Philadelphia PGA would like to thank our title sponsor Callaway Golf as well as our Section representatives Laura Manchester and Kevin Martin and our presenting sponsor the PGA Tour for their support of today’s event. The next event on the tournament schedule is the TaylorMade Classic at RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve on Monday, April 30.