Month: August 2018

Cedarbrook Country Club Hosting PGA Jr. League Philadelphia Section Championship

Eight All-Star teams of junior golfers ages 13 and under will compete in the Philadelphia Section Championship after advancing through the Section’s first stage

LOWER GWYNEDD, Pennsylvania – The Philadelphia Section PGA held the first stage of PGA Junior League All-Star competition with EAST and WEST qualifying events at Newark Country Club and LedgeRock Golf Club respectively. The 22 PGA Junior League All-Star teams were all looking to qualify for one of eight spots in the Philadelphia PGA’s Section Championship at Cedarbrook Country Club on Saturday, August 25.

When the dust settled the four teams that advance to the Philadelphia Section Championship after surviving two round at Newark Country Club were the teams of: North Philadelphia, Jersey Shore, HVCC 1, and Delaware 1. Likewise the four teams advancing after multiple wins at LedgeRock Golf Club were the teams representing: Lancaster 1, York 2, Flourtown, and Penn State.

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Special congratulations to Jesse Strine of the York 2 team. Not only did his team advance to the Section Championship but Strine also had a hole-in-one on the par-3 4th hole at LedgeRock Golf Club.

The Section Champion will advance to the Regional at LedgeRock Golf Club, where they will play for one of 12 spots in the 2018 PGA Jr. League Championship presented by National Car Rental at Grayhawk Golf Club (Scottsdale, Arizona) November 16-19.

The PGA Jr. League Postseason presented by National Car Rental is designed to celebrate the regular recreational season held in April through July, as well as provide a fun and welcoming environment for the 20 percent of PGA Jr. League players who identify as competitive golfers. Following the regular season, 10-player All-Star teams were formed from a combination of players in each local league.

PGA Jr. League brings friends and families together around fun, coed team golf experiences, all with expert coaching and instruction from PGA and LPGA Professionals, who serve as Captains of the teams. A record 50,000 boys and girls participated in PGA Jr. League this year, growing from 42,000 players in 2017. For more information on PGA Jr. League, visit PGAJrLeague.com.

As the Official Partner of PGA Jr. League, National Car Rental is committed to growing future business leaders by growing junior golf. National Car Rental helps provide fun, engaging and welcoming experiences for PGA Jr. League golfers and their families all season and postseason long.

Pillar Goes Low to Win Skee Riegel Senior Open

Villanova, Pa. – The 2018 edition of the Robert “Skee” Riegel Senior Open was played on Thursday, August 2 at Radnor Valley Country Club. The tournament, named for the longtime PGA Professional, brought together some of the Section’s best Senior PGA Professionals as well as two senior amateur competitors for a one-day, 18-hole stroke play event.

Once again the competitors in the field were battling the hot, humid conditions that have settled into the Delaware Valley over the last couple of weeks. Additionally afternoon storms that were threatening the area hung over the field as everyone was hoping to finish before their arrival.

Playing early in the day, John Pillar (Country Club of Woodloch Springs) set the pace which ultimately proved too much to overcome. Early in his round, Pillar paired one birdie and one bogey. However, with a birdie on the par-5 7th hole, Pillar began to make his move up the leaderboard. Pillar went on to make five straight birdies on holes 7-11 to get to 5-under. He added one additional birdie on the 13th hole but a bogey on the 14th dropped him back to 5-under which is where he finished.

As play continued, no one was able to match Pillar at the top of the leaderboard. The closest a fellow competitor managed to get was 3-under (67). Dave Quinn (Philmont Country Club), who carded five birdies against two bogeys to reach his 3-under finish, two shots behind Pillar, but good enough for a solo second place finish.

Rounding out the podium was Stu Ingraham (M Golf Range) who finished three shots back after posting a 2-under (68). Ingraham carded six birdies; second to Pillar’s seven, en route to his final score. However it was a double bogey on the 18th hole that ultimately dropped Ingraham into third place.

In the tournament’s Super Senior division, Mike Mack (Burlington Country Club) took home the top spot. Mack posted a 2-over (72) to finish one shot of host professional George Forster (Radnor Valley Country Club) and Bill Sautter (Philadelphia Cricket Club).

The Philadelphia PGA would like to thank the membership and staff of Radnor Valley Country as well as tournament sponsors Jani King Philadelphia and the PGA Tour. The next event of the Philadelphia PGA calendar is the National Car Rental Philadelphia Assistant PGA Professional Championship at Laurel Creek Country Club on Monday, August 6.

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Steinmetz and Stewart Share Doylestown Open Title

DOYLESTOWN, Pa. – With the calendar reading the last Friday in July that could only mean one thing, the Doylestown Open is here. The one-day stroke-play tournament is held annually at Doylestown Country Club. The event served as the ninth event in the race for the Omega Player of the Year presented by the Haverford Trust Company.

Playing early in the day, and fresh off f his victory at the Philadelphia Open, Billy Stewart (The ACE Club) posted a number for everyone to chase. Stewart did not get off to the start he wanted with a bogey and a double bogey on his front nine although two birdies helped Stewart to make the turn at 1-over. However, as Stewart made his way back to the clubhouse, his round began to take shape. Stewart played bogey-free while posting three birdies and an eagle to play his inward nine at 5-under bringing his 18-hole score to 4-under (68).

With weather threatening the area throughout the day the tournament faced its first delay which lasted a little over an hour. Unfortunately, that was not the last weather delay of the day.

As players resumed their rounds after the first weather delay it was Rich Steinmetz (Spring Ford Country Club) who was able to get things going in the right direction. Steinmetz paired two birdies and two bogeys on his outward nine to make the turn at even par. However, like Stewart, Steinmetz got his round going on his back nine. Steinmetz made four birdies, including one on the 18th hole, to finish his round at 4-under (68) joining Stewart at the top of the leaderboard.

With all but one group finished the horns blew again as a line of severe storms approached the area. After waiting more than an hour the decision was made to call the event. Because the entire field was not able to finish their rounds the Section’s “75%” rule went into effect meaning the players who finished their rounds would be awarded prize money but no player of the year points would be posted.

Because the tournament was unable to be completed, Stewart and Steinmetz were declared co-champions of the 2018 Doylestown Open. Finishing just behind the champions at 3-under (69) was another pair of players, Michael Tobiason (Deerfield Golf Club) and Stu Ingraham (M Golf Range) both ended tied for third.

Although Ingraham came up just one shot shy in the main tournament he did manage to take home the top spot in the tournament’s senior division. Ingraham’s 3-under (69) was good enough for a two shot victory over second place finisher John DiMarco (Laurel Creek Country Club) who carded a 1-under (70). Finishing in third place in the senior division was Gary Hardin (Northampton Country Club) who posted a 1-over (73).

Taking home the tournament’s low amateur spot was Doylestown Country Club member Russel Hartung who finished with a 1-over (73) after carding birdies on his final two holes.

The Section would like to thank the membership and staff of Doylestown Country Club for their support of this event.

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Bethlehem, Pine Valley and LedgeRock Earn Wins at Pro-Assistant-Pro Championship

Galloway, N.J. – The Stockton Seaview Resort in Galloway, N.J. once again played host to the Philadelphia PGA and the Pro-Assistant-Pro Championship. The event pairs the highest ranking PGA Professional at a given facility with each of his or her PGA Assistant Professionals in a better ball of partners event. The tournament was held on both the Bay and Pines course at Seaview Resort with prizes awarded on each course separately.

A pair of teams shared the top spot on the Bay Course. Finishing with matching scores of 6-under (65) were the teams of David Clark and Matt Episcopo from Pine Valley Golf Club and Paul Viola and Alex Knoll from Bethlehem Golf Club. The teams narrowly edged out four teams who finished one shot back with scores of 5-under (66). In the group at 5-under were the teams of Tom Michaels and Blake Scheider of Berkshire Country Club, David Clark and David Sandberg from Pine Valley Golf Club, Bob Hennefer and Curtis Kirkpatrick of Indian Spring Golf Club, and John Kellogg and Shawn Hall of Radley Run Country Club.

Leading the way on the Pines Course was a team from LedgeRock Golf Club featuring PGA Head Professional Tony Perla and his Assistant PGA Professional Tim Beegle. The team posted a score of 6-under (65) to win by one shot over the team of Pat Butkus and Greg Matthias from Tavistock Country Club. A trio of teams tied for third place after finishing two shots back with team scores of 4-under (67). Tony Perla and Pat Butkus also managed to finish in third place with their Assistants Tyler Schermick and Brad Sanders respectively. The third team to finish at 4-under was the duo from North Hills Country Club, Shawn Matthews and Kerry Fitzpatrick.

The Section would like to thank our sponsors Cutter & Buck, Golf Max, Country Club Editions, and the PGA Tour for supporting this great event. The next event on the Philadelphia PGA calendar is Thursday’s Skee Riegel Senior Open at Radnor Valley Country Club on Thursday, August 2.

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