Month: August 2018

Teams from Woodstone and Philadelphia Cricket Club Win at Lincoln Summer Pro-Lady Team Championship

Plymouth Meeting, Pa. – The annual Lincoln Summer Pro-Lady Team Championship was held on an extremely hot and humid summer day at Sunnybrook Golf Club. Despite the challenging weather, 43 teams from across the Philadelphia PGA, featuring one PGA Professional and three female amateurs gathered at the beautiful Montgomery County golf course. The Lincoln Pro-Lady Team Championship featured both a Gross and Net competition.

Leading the way in the Net division was the team from Woodstone Country Club led by PGA Professional Ryan Shaughnessy and his partners Jane Moyer, Donna D’Amore, and Joy Wallace. Each member of the group contributed multiple birdies en route to a team net score of 16-under (56) good enough for a two shot victory over a pair of teams from the Philadelphia Cricket Club. The first Philadelphia Cricket Club team to reach 14-under was the first group out in the morning wave featuring PGA Professional Jim Smith, Jr and his partners Jean Fitzpatrick, Julie Kelly, and Kristen Fireman. However, they were joined late in the day by a second team from the Philadelphia Cricket with PGA Professional Michael Ferguson and partners Marji Goldman, Joanne Bidwell, and Becky Sanderson.

All was not lost for Ferguson and his partners as they did take the top spot in the tournament’s Gross Division. Although the team from Woodstone finished at 8-under (64) net, while Ferguson and partners finished at 7-under, tournament rules prevent them from winning in both divisions meaning Ferguson and partners claimed the top spot. Finishing one shot behind the team from the Philadelphia Cricket Club was a pair of teams who finished at 6-under (66). Eric Kennedy, PGA of Overbrook Golf Club and partners Kathy Wiley, Karen McFadden, and Joann Fisher reached the number in the morning wave while the team with PGA Professional Mark Parson (Harbor Pines Golf Club) and partners Kelly Parson, Linda Parson, and Stephanie Harris did so in the afternoon.

The Section thanks our tournament partners Lincoln Motor Company, SynLawn and Hole-in-One USA as well as the membership and staff of Sunnybrook Golf Club for their support of the Philadelphia PGA and the Pro-Lady Team Championship.

The Section now heads into a one week hiatus before returning to action for the Delaware Valley Open at Deerwood Concord Country Club on Tuesday, September 11.

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Delaware 1 Wins PGA Jr. League Philadelphia Section Championship; Advances to the Regional Championship

BLUE BELL, Pennsylvania – Cedarbrook Country Club hosted the 2018 PGA Jr. League Philadelphia Section Championship on Saturday, August 25, with eight All-Star teams of junior golfers ages 13 all looking for their chance to advance to next month’s Regional Championship at LedgeRock Golf Club in Mohnton, Pennsylvania.

Eight All-Star teams arrived at Cedarbrook Country Club for their quarterfinal matches after advancing through a qualifying stage at either Newark Country Club or LedgeRock Golf Club on August 6. In the early morning the matches were sent out on both the front nine and back nine at Cedarbrook Country Club. The teams playing in the quarterfinals were the All-Star teams from (North Philadelphia vs Jersey Shore), (HVCC 1 vs Delaware 1), (Lancaster 1 vs York 2), and (Flourtown vs Penn State).

After the morning matches, all teams were treated to lunch before the four remaining teams (Jersey Shore vs  Delaware 1 and Lancaster 1 vs Penn State) headed back out for their semifinal matches. Unlike the quarterfinals, all semifinal matches were played on Cedarbrook Country Club’s front nine. Once again teams played outstanding matches but it was the Delaware 1 team (PGA Captain – Dave Seeman) and the Penn State team (PGA Captain – Steve Wager) that advanced to the final Championship round.

Special congratulations to Michael Maslanka of team Delaware 1 who aced the par-3 9th hole at Cedarbrook Country Club after the tee shot with his 9-iron found the bottom of the cup on the 120 yards long hole during this 2nd round.

After only a short break, the teams from Delaware 1 and Penn State were ready to get their Championship match underway. Throughout the course of the match, both All-Star teams showed why they deserved to be in the Championship round. However at the end of the day it was the All-Star team from Delaware 1 that came out on top.

The juniors that represented the team from Delaware 1 included Win Thomas (Hartefeld National GC), Nicholas Gross (Hartefeld National GC), Adrian Jordan (Hartefeld National GC), Mathew Normand (Hartefeld National GC), Henry Stone (Hartefeld National GC), Michael Maslanka (Rock Manor GC), Zac Antao (Rock Manor GC), Jack Homer (Wilmington CC), Drew Allen (Wilmington CC), and Jax Puskar (Kennett Square G&CC).

With their 7-5 victory over Penn State, Delaware 1 will now represent the Philadelphia PGA at the Regional Championship at LedgeRock Golf Club on September 15-16 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.

Tobiason Grabs First Section Win at Pro-Am for Wishes

WEST CHESTER, Pa. – On Monday, August 27th, the Philadelphia PGA returned to Penn Oaks Golf Club in West Chester for the second and final round of the 16th annual Pro-Am for Wishes. After yesterday’s Pro-Am, which also counted as the first round of the 36-hole tournament, two players held a 1-shot lead over the rest of the field.

Both Alex Knoll (Bethlehem GC) and Mike Tobiason (Deerfield GC) shot an opening round 4-under-par (67) earning themselves the overnight lead and the last pairing in the final round with Andrew Turner (Sunnybrook GC) who stood one shot behind at 3-under 68. With an outstanding group of Professionals chasing them both Knoll and Tobiason knew that they had to maintain their play from their opening round to bring home the win.

As the scores started to come in Terry Hertzog (Country Club of York) put up a number that would threaten the leaders. Hertzog would birdie the first four holes to shoot 2- under-par 69 for a 137 total. His lead did not last long although he did pick up the senior win, as Tobiason continued his strong play by carding a 2-under-par (69) giving him a 36-hole score of 6-under-par (136). After his one eagle, birdie, and bogey yesterday, Tobiason was able to add two more birdies in today’s round to clinch the top prize for his first section win.

“It is truly an honor to win with all of the competition in this Section. These professionals in this Section have game, to win out here you have to go low. I’ve played in the Pro-Am for Wishes for the past three years it is a privilege to be in the winning circle finally”.
-Mike Tobiason

Next up for the Philadelphia PGA is the Summer Pro-Lady Team at Sunnybrook GC on Wednesday, August 29 in Plymouth Meeting, Pa. The Section would like to thank everyone involved in the Pro-Am for Wishes, including Penn Oaks Golf Club and all of the supporting sponsors.

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UPDATED – Fall Meeting Information & Schedule

The meeting portion of the Fall Meeting will be held at SteelStacks, not Saucon Valley Country Club. For those that are playing golf after the meeting, competitors must drive to Saucon Valley CC. Register Now

2018 Fall Meeting New Business Form.

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SteelStacks
101 Founders Way
Bethlehem, PA 18015

  • Entry Fee: Meeting Only: $35 / Meeting & Golf: $160

Late fee of $25 after 10/22/18 at 5 p.m.

  • Attire: Coat and Tie
  • Breakfast: Continental breakfast
  • Lunch: Meeting Only: Lunch Buffet / Meeting & Golf: Boxed Lunch

A continental breakfast along with lunch & facility fees are included in your entry fee.


The golf portion of the Fall Meeting will be held at Saucon Valley Country Club (Bethlehem, PA) taking place on the Old Course (Grace Course if needed) on Monday, October 29, 2018.  The golf format for the Fall Meeting will be a 2-Player Scramble switching from Foursomes (Alternate Shot) in prior years.  To register for this event, please click here.

Saucon Valley Country Club
2050 Saucon Valley Road
Bethlehem, PA 18015

  • Tee Times: 12:30 p.m. Shotgun
  • Format: 2-Player Scramble

Please let us know if you have any questions.

Dave McNabb of Applebrook Golf Club Wins 2018 Philadelphia Senior PGA Professional Championship

Dave McNabb of Applebrook Golf Club Wins 2018 Philadelphia Senior PGA Professional Championship; Will Lead Group of Seven to 30th Senior PGA Professional Championship

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Malvern, Pa. – The 2018 edition of the Philadelphia Senior PGA Professional Championship was played August 20-21, 2018 at White Manor Country Club in Malvern, Pa. Nearly 40 Philadelphia Senior PGA Professionals gathered to compete for one of seven spots in the 30th Senior PGA Professional Championship at PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Fla October 25-28, 2018.

As play got underway on day two of the Championship, Dave McNabb (Applebrook Golf Club) found himself one shot back of overnight leader Dave Quinn (Philmont Country Club) who had posted an opening round 4-under (67). Playing in the tournament’s final pairing, McNabb was able to keep an eye on his Quinn as they made their way around the course.

Despite a bogey on his opening hole, McNabb was able to recover nicely and carded three birdies on his front nine to make the turn at 2-under for the day. Meanwhile Quinn managed only two birdies and an untimely bogey on the ninth hole meant that the two competitors were tied as they began the final nine holes of the Championship.

As McNabb and Quinn played their way back to the clubhouse Quinn was unable to get anything going and a pair of bogeys would ultimately drop him from the top spot. However, McNabb posted three additional birdies which helped him to overcome a bogey and a potentially devastating double bogey on the 18th hole to finish his second round at 2-under (69) giving him a 36-hole total of 5-under (137) and a two shot victory. Quinn finished the Championship with a two-day total of 3-under (139) giving him a share of second place with George Forster (Radnor Valley Country Club) who moved into contention after posting a second day low round of 3-under (68).

Including his win at the 94th Philadelphia PGA Professional Championship (2015), McNabb now joins a short list of Philadelphia PGA Professionals who have won both the Philadelphia PGA Professional Championship and the Philadelphia Senior PGA Professional Championship.

“It feels incredible to get this win today,” said McNabb of Senior Championship win. “I had been working really hard to get my game in shape for this event. I was disappointed when I didn’t qualifying for this year’s PGA Championship but I used that time practicing. I am looking forward to competing alongside my fellow Philadelphia PGA Professionals at this year’s 30th Senior PGA Professional Championship.”

McNabb will lead a group of seven Philadelphia Senior PGA Professionals to this year’s National Senior PGA Professional Championship. Joining McNabb in Florida will be Quinn, George Forster (Radnor Valley Country Club), John Pillar (Country Club of Woodloch Springs), Brian Kelly (Bucknell Golf Club), John Allen (Huntingdon Valley Country Club), and John Appleget (The Shore Club).

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Knoll and Guro Tops at Pro-Scratch Championship

Horsham, Pa. – After a stretch of rainy days that flooded several parts of the Delaware Valley the weather finally cooperated as teams gathered at Commonwealth National Golf Club for the 2018 Pro-Scratch Championship. The Pro-Scratch Championship features two-man teams consisting of one PGA Professional and one amateur.

Playing late in the day, it was the team of Alex Knoll (Bethlehem Golf Club) and Mike Guro who managed to best the field with their team score of 5-under (66). Knoll and Guro combined for five team birdies, including four through their opening nine holes, while also playing bogey-free golf on their way to a one shot victory.

Finishing in solo second place, one shot shy of Knoll and Guro, was the team of Brendon Post (Univ. of Delaware) and his partner Blaine Lafferty. The duo combined for four birdies, two on each nine, while also playing bogey-free to take the second spot on the podium with a 4-under (67).

Rounding out the top three were a pair of teams that finished with a score of 3-under (68). The first team to get to the 3-under number featured Mike Moses (Concord Country Club) and his partner John Donnelly. The pair combined for three team birdies with each player contributing to the overall score. The second team to finish at 3-under was Chris Gardner (Bluestone Country Club) and partner Matt Graeff. Gardner and Graeff combined for seven birdies, most of any team in the field, but a couple of big numbers ultimately dropped them back to 3-under and a third place tie.

The Section would like to thank our sponsor for the Pro-Scratch Championship, PXG and local representatives Doug Huntsinger, Shannon, McKew and Steve Thomas. The Section also thanks the membership and staff of Commonwealth National Golf Club for hosting this year’s event.

The Philadelphia PGA will be back to play on Monday, August 20 for the first round of the Philadelphia Senior PGA Professional Championship at White Manor Country Club.

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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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