Month: January 2020

Rules of Golf Workshop Registration Now Open

Join us on Tuesday, March 17 at Commonwealth National Golf Club in Horsham, Pa., for a Rules of Golf Workshop, led by Philadelphia PGA Rules Committee Members Clark Luis, Tom Carpus and Alice Miller. The workshop fee is $50 for Philadelphia PGA Professionals and includes continental breakfast and lunch. To register, click the below button.



Schedule of Events

8:30 a.m.
Registration / Continental Breakfast

9:00 a.m.
Rules of Golf Workshop

12:00 p.m.

1:00 p.m.
Rules of Golf Workshop  

Attend the Section Awards Dinner at Aronimink G.C.

Please join us on Sunday, March 15 at Aronimink Golf Club in Newtown Square, Pa., as we celebrate our 2019 class of award qinners. To register, click the below button.



Cost:         $60 per person (includes cocktails/hors d’oeuvres/dinner/dessert)

Schedule of Events:

5:30pm    Cocktails

6:30pm     Dinner & Program

2019 Award Winners:

  • Golf Professional of the Year: John Carpineta, PGA – Bensalem Township C.C., Bensalem, PA
  • Teacher of the Year: John Dunigan, PGA – Applebrook G.C., Malvern, PA
  • Assistant Golf Professional of the Year: Steve Frederick, PGA – Overbrook G.C., Villanova, PA
  • Horton Smith Award: Dean Kandle, PGA – St. Davids G.C., Wayne, PA
  • Bill Strausbaugh Award: Charlie Schuyler, PGA – Saucon Valley C.C., Bethlehem, PA
  • Player Development Award: Steve Wager, PGA – Penn State University G.C., State College, PA
  • Youth Player Development: Andy Miller, PGA – LedgeRock G.C., Mohnton, PA
  • Patriot Award: John Pillar, PGA – C.C. at Woodloch Springs, Hawley, PA
  • Merchandiser of the Year – Resort: Alex McGann, PGA – Seaview G.C., Galloway, NJ
  • Merchandiser of the Year – Private: Brent Wallace, PGA – Northampton C.C., Easton, PA
  • Merchandiser of the Year – Public: Jason Howard, PGA – Woodcrest C.C., Cherry Hill, NJ
  • Golf Salesperson of the Year: Laura Manchester – Callaway Golf

Please mark your calendars for the March 15 date if you would like to join in to celebrate and honor the 2019 class of award winners’.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact Sue Unger at the Section office: (215) 886-7742,

2020 Philadelphia PGA Travel Pro-Ams

Play Major Championship Golf Courses in the 2020 Philadelphia PGA Kohler Pro-Am

The Section will be visiting the Midwest for the 2020 Philadelphia PGA Kohler Pro-Am on October 4-7! For more details, please click hereThe only way to secure a team in this event is to submit a deposit (due August 15); registration is first-come, first-served. To reserve your spot, please click the below button.


Join Us in the Dominican Republic for the 2020 Philadelphia PGA Casa de Campo Pro-Am

The Section is headed to the Dominican Republic for the 2020 Philadelphia PGA Casa de Campo Pro-Am on December 7-11! For more details, please click hereThe only way to secure a team in this event is to submit a deposit (due August 1); registration is first-come, first-served. Deposits received after October 1 and entry fees received after November 1 are non-refundable. To reserve your spot, please click the below button.


PGA of America Debuts New to Enhance Connection Between PGA Professionals and Consumers

Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. –  The PGA of America has launched a newly reimagined to connect consumers with PGA Professionals. The redesigned site, which is now managed in-house by the PGA, focuses on the journey a golfer takes to begin or improve his or her game, no matter their skill level. and its affiliated championship sites will also continue to provide coverage of prominent events, such as the PGA Championship, Ryder Cup, KPMG Women’s PGA Championship and KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship. However, an important emphasis of will be on the opportunities enabled by enhancing the coach-consumer relationship.

“ is designed to bring to life the special relationship between PGA Professionals and consumers through coaching and other consumer-focused services, with a vision that ‘your best golf is ahead of you,’” said PGA Interactive General Manager Rob Smith. “There are so many ways in which a journey in golf can positively impact your life. Our job is to identify the best ways to connect with PGA Professionals across all aspects of the game, beginning with coaching.”

An important shift in the new site will be speaking through the voice of the PGA Professional. On the site, PGA Professionals will be featured prominently and given the opportunity to provide exclusive content to engage consumers, including first-person feature articles, videos and advice to help golfers with various aspects of the game and the golf lifestyle.

In the second phase of the launch, scheduled for later this year, consumers will be able to easily search for PGA Professionals who have completed both their American Development Model for Golf (ADM) training available on PGA.Coach and a detailed coach profile. ADM utilizes long-term athlete development and quality coaching concepts to promote sustained physical activity, athlete safety and age-appropriate growth. is designed to help these coaches establish a relationship with new golfers and then build upon that connection, to give consumers the resources they need to achieve their goals.

“The PGA of America is committed to the future of coaching through the American Development Model for Golf,” said PGA President Suzy Whaley. “As we look to transition the industry from a transaction against a lesson to the lifetime value in a coaching relationship, is being architected to facilitate the digital evolution of coaching.”

“The connection that consumers and coaches will be able to make through is invaluable, as golf brings people together,” explains Trillium Rose, Chair of the PGA of America’s Coaching and Player Development Committee. “Our mission is to help golfers navigate their golf journey, so they can take it as far as they want to go. I strongly encourage PGA Members to complete their ADM training and their coach profiles, in order to create an affinity with golfers of all skill levels who wish to improve their game.”

In the Fall, the PGA is also scheduled to launch the first version of its B2B marketplace for PGA and LPGA Teaching Professionals. This marketplace will be the official platform to connect coaches with the best products, services and technology in the business.

“Every year, for a week in January, the golf industry gathers under the PGA brand in Orlando,” noted Jeff Price, Chief Commercial Officer for the PGA of America. “Going forward, our vision is to enhance connectivity between PGA Professionals and industry partners through a dynamic digital marketplace 365 days a year.” is currently vetting potential platform partners for activation within the PGA’s coach-consumer roadmap. This will include solutions that support coaches directly; solutions targeted primarily for consumers to help them start and engage more fully with the game; and other solutions designed to positively support coach-consumer engagement.

The PGA of America partnered with global experience agency Huge on the strategy, creative, and technical execution of the new

For platform inquiries, please contact Jon Colclasure, PGA of America Director of Platform Engagement, at

About the PGA of America
The PGA of America is one of the world’s largest sports organizations, with nearly 29,000 professionals who daily work to grow interest and participation in the game of golf. For more information about the PGA of America, visit, follow @PGAofAmerica on Twitter and find us on Facebook.

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Section PGA Members Ashley Grier and Vincent Kabaso Selected for PGA LEAD

Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. – Jan. 23, 2020 – The PGA of America has selected 15 PGA Members who will comprise its fifth PGA LEAD class (2020-’21), which is the Association’s leadership development program. PGA LEAD was created in 2016 to identify, mentor and progress PGA Members from diverse backgrounds into volunteer leadership positions in the Association.

“The PGA of America has made meaningful advancements in embracing and leveraging inclusion, and this impressive new class of PGA LEAD members represents a diverse group of individuals who are on a pathway to serve as future golf industry leaders,” said PGA President Suzy Whaley, PGA.

PGA LEAD was created to establish a deep bench of diverse PGA Members who are prepared to ascend through the volunteer leadership ranks of the Association at the Chapter, Section and National levels. PGA LEAD also aids in developing PGA Members who have a desire to serve and make an impact on nonprofit boards within the communities where they work and live.

Since the inception of PGA LEAD four years ago, six PGA Professionals in the program have already ascended into Board leadership positions within their PGA Sections, including three currently serving as Section Vice Presidents. In addition, another 15 PGA LEAD alumni serve on PGA of America National Committees.

“Embracing an inclusive development program that intentionally identifies PGA Professionals with strong leadership qualities is helping position our Association’s governance and Membership for future success,” said PGA of America Chief People Officer Sandy Cross. “It’s inspiring to see several PGA LEAD alumni assume vital leadership roles within our Association, and we’re excited to watch this positive trend continue.”

PGA LEAD is a complement to PGA WORKS, a strategic initiative, designed to diversify the golf industry’s workforce. Funded by PGA REACH, the 501(c)(3) charitable foundation of the PGA of America, PGA WORKS leverages fellowships, scholarships, career exploration events, and the PGA WORKS Collegiate Championship to inspire and engage talent from diverse backgrounds to pursue key employment positions across the golf industry.

The 2020-2021 PGA LEAD Class Members include:

  • Allison Mitzel, PGA, Laconia (N.H.) Country Club (New England PGA Section)
  • Ashley Grier, PGA, Overbrook Golf Club, Bryn Mawr, Pa. (Philadelphia PGA Section)
  • Vincent Kabaso, PGA, Laurel Creek Country Club, Mount Laurel, N.J. (Philadelphia PGA Section)
  • Michael Powell, PGA, Firekeeper Golf Course, Mayetta, Kan. (Midwest PGA Section)
  • Maggie Hartman, PGA, ExperienceGolf at CommonGround Golf Course, Aurora, Colo. (Colorado PGA Section)
  • Jon Seward, PGA, Springfield (Va.) Golf & Country Club (Middle Atlantic PGA Section)
  • Richard Sheppard, Jr., PGA, Carroll Park Golf Course, Baltimore (Middle Atlantic PGA Section)
  • Briana Sweeny, PGA, Cassique at Kiawah Island (S.C.) Club (Carolinas PGA Section)
  • Elias Eilers, PGA, Sonoma Ranch Golf Club, Las Cruces, N.M. (Sun Country PGA Section)
  • Thomas Fernandes, PGA, Northwood Club, Dallas (Northern Texas PGA Section)
  • Heather Angell, PGA, Heritage Palms Golf & Country Club, Fort Myers, Fla. (South Florida PGA Section)
  • Rashad Wilson, PGA, Ansley Golf Club at Settindown, Roswell, Ga. (Georgia PGA Section)
  • Carissa Simmons, PGA, Griffin Golf, Sumner, Wash. (Pacific Northwest PGA Section)
  • Landyn Lewis, PGA, The First Tee of Tucson (Ariz.) (Southwest PGA Section)
  • Carrie DeGree, PGA, Columbia Edgewater Country Club, Portland, Ore. (Pacific Northwest PGA Section)

About the PGA of America
The PGA of America is the world’s largest working sports organization, composed of PGA Professionals who work daily to grow interest and participation in the game of golf. For more information about the PGA of America, visit, follow @PGA on Twitter, and find us on Facebook.

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VIDEO: Sara Muldoon Honored with PGA Merchandiser of the Year Award

Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. – The PGA of America honored its three 2019 PGA Merchandiser of the Year Award recipients—Sara Muldoon, PGA; Duncan Simms, PGA; and Scott Kirkwood, PGA—during the PGA Magazine PGA Merchandiser of the Year Conference Saturday night at Mission Inn Resort & Club in Howey-in-the-Hills, Florida.

Hosted by David Marr III, the event celebrated the achievements of PGA Members who have made extraordinary strides to further the game and industry. The awards ceremony served as a kickoff to the 2019 PGA Merchandise Show Week.

“These award winners are the most ultimate in character and dedication,” said PGA President Suzy Whaley, PGA. “Their journeys in golf are something that we all aspire to. They’re the best of the best. These are our very highest honors.”

“Each of our award-winning recipients does something extra special that sets them apart with their merchandising and business acumen,” added PGA Secretary John Lindert, PGA, as he addressed the crowd of over 200. “They are trendsetters and innovators who set the bar for excellence in the golf retail space extremely high. And they’re also the ones who give back to their profession because of their commitment to the PGA Member and the game of golf.”

2019 PGA Merchandiser of the Year Awards Celebration Clip Reel (Jan. 18, 2020) from PGA of America on Vimeo.

Sara Muldoon, PGA, a Philadelphia PGA Section Member and Director of Golf at Hershey (Pa.) Country Club, is the recipient of the 2019 PGA Merchandiser of the Year Award – Resort Category. The award is designed to recognize those PGA Professionals who have excelled in business and merchandising for the promotion of golf. A three-time winner of the Philadelphia PGA Section Merchandiser of the Year Award – Resort Category (2015, ’16, ‘18), Muldoon has worked at Hershey Country Club since 1995. Her commitment and passion has helped the Club record an 11.4 percent increase in total sales over the last four years. Her implementation of creative promotions, combined with her belief in the importance of training her staff in customer service, have been key to the shop’s success.

Duncan Simms, PGA, a Southern California PGA Section Member and Director of Golf at Oak Creek Golf Club in Irvine, Calif., is the recipient of the 2019 PGA Merchandiser of the Year Award – Public Category. Since Simms assumed responsibilities for the Oak Creek golf shop in 2015, it has experienced an increase of 46 percent in total merchandise sales. This was achieved by consistently adapting the product mix in the shop, empowering staff to make decisions and implementing creative sales promotions. The operation also has a Cool Clubs fitting station, and its revenue-sharing agreement brings additional merchandising revenue to the facility. As a result, Simms and his staff work closely with Cool Clubs to promote the service to customers and students in their golf program. Simms is extremely proud to have a strong sales team supporting him and has found a way to generate a sales environment where his team members are entrusted to make decisions, while equipped with a number of creative tools to close a sale.

Scott Kirkwood, a 12-year PGA Member in the South Florida PGA Section and Golf Director at the Ocean Reef Club, in Key Largo, is the recipient of the 2019 PGA Merchandiser of the Year Award – Private Category. The award recognizes PGA Professionals who have excelled in business and merchandising in the promotion of golf. A native of Gullane, Scotland, Kirkwood’s golf shop at Ocean Reef Club has consistently grown its sales, making an impressive $2.2 million in 2018 alone. Kirkwood has created new programs and offers for Ocean Reef’s Membership, increasing merchandise dollars per round from $29 in 2010 to $69 in 2018. In addition, he has increased hard-goods sales by $295,000 over the past three years, actively competing with online retailers. He is recognized for his intense commitment to Member satisfaction, building loyalty with both customers and staff.

The award winners were part of a class of 12 recipients of the 2019 PGA of America National Awards. The other nine honorees were presented their awards at the 2019 PGA Annual Meeting last November.

2019 PGA of America National Awards Recipients:

  • PGA Golf Professional of the Year: Eric Eshleman, PGA, Country Club of Birmingham (Ala.)
  • PGA Teacher of the Year: Kevin Kirk, PGA, The Woodlands (Texas) Golf Performance Center
  • Bill Strausbaugh Award: David Reasoner, PGA, Ridgewood Country Club – Paramus, N.J.
  • Horton Smith Award: Todd Sones, PGA, Todd Sones Impact Golf – Vernon Hills, Ill.
  • Deacon Palmer Award: Randy Jones, PGA, Club Car – Richmond, Texas
  • Patriot Award: Judy Alvarez, PGA/LPGA, Monarch Country Club – Palm City, Fla.
  • PGA Player Development Award: Liz Cooper, PGA/LPGA, Springfield (Va.) G. & C.C.
  • PGA Youth Player Development Award: Scott Wilson, PGA, Bay Meadows Family G C. – Traverse City, Mich.
  • Herb Graffis Award: South Florida PGA Section
  • PGA Merchandiser of the YearResort Category: Sara Muldoon, PGA, Hershey (Pa.) C.C.
  • PGA Merchandiser of the Year-Public Category: Duncan Simms, PGA, Oak Creek G.C. – Irvine, Calif.
  • PGA Merchandiser of the Year-Private Category: Scott Kirkwood, PGA, Ocean Reef Club – Key Largo, Fla.

About the PGA of America
The PGA of America is one of the world’s largest sports organizations, composed of PGA Professionals who daily work to grow interest and participation in the game of golf. For more information about the PGA of America, visit, follow @PGA on Twitter and find us on Facebook.

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Philadelphia PGA Newsletter – January 18, 2020

Carpineta Leads Section’s 2019 Awards Class

Earlier this month, the Philadelphia PGA Section announced its 2019 award winners, highlighted by Golf Professional of the Year, John Carpineta, Bensalem Township Country Club. Rounding out the 2019 awards class: Steve Frederick, Assistant Golf Professional of the Year; Dean Kandle, Horton Smith Award; Charlie Schuyler, Bill Strausbaugh Award; Steve Wager, Player Development Award; Andy Miller, Youth Player Development Award; John Pillar, Patriot Award; Alex McGann, Resort Merchandiser of the Year; Brent Wallace, Private Merchandiser of the Year; Jason Howard, Public Merchandiser of the Year; and Laura Manchester, Golf Salesperson of the Year.

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Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

The Philadelphia PGA Section is looking for volunteers from its PGA Members and Associates for two upcoming events:

Philadelphia Golf and Travel Show – February 7-9

PGA Professionals can give back by volunteering to give free golf lessons at the 2020 Philadelphia PGA Golf and Travel Show, held at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center at Oaks’ Halls A & D in Oaks, Pa., during the following times:

  • Friday, February 7: 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, February 8: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, February 9: 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

To volunteer, please contact the Section’s Instruction Committee Chair, Andy Miller, PGA, at or by clicking the below button.

 Volunteer for Show

KPMG Women’s PGA Championship – June 23-28

With the 2020 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship coming to Aronimink Golf Club in June, we are working with the championship staff to find volunteers for tournament week. We are truly excited to have another major championship in the Philadelphia PGA Section and want to do everything we can to help make it a successful event!

To volunteer registration instructions, please click the below button.

 Volunteer for KPMG

Philadelphia PGA to Battle New Jersey PGA on Ice to Benefit PGA REACH Philadelphia

Help support PGA REACH Philadelphia by attending the Flyers vs. Devils game on February 6 at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are available in the lower level ($80 per ticket). Five dollars from every ticket sold will be donated to PGA REACH Philadelphia. Every ticketholder will receive a voucher for a Gritty driver head cover.

Prior to the NHL game, the Philadelphia PGA and the New Jersey PGA will hold their annual charity hockey game at the Wells Fargo Center, beginning at 12:45 p.m.

For every ticket purchased, that person will get a voucher to pick their Gritty Driver head cover up at the game that night and $5 on every ticket sold will go back to PGA REACH Philadelphia.

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Play Major Championship Golf Courses in the 2020 Philadelphia PGA Kohler Pro-Am

The Section will be visiting the Midwest for the 2020 Philadelphia PGA Kohler Pro-Am on October 4-7! For more details, please click here.

The only way to secure a team in this event is to submit a deposit as registration for this pro-am is on a first-come, first-served basis. Deposits are due by August 15.

To reserve your spot in the 2020 Philadelphia PGA Kohler Pro-Am, please click the below button.


Meet Morgan Stanley SVS Wealth Management’s Charles Fahy

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Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, Charles served as General Manager of the Atlantic City Country Club, one of the most historic clubs in the world. Another one of his passions is golf. In fact, he is a PGA (Professional Golfers Association) member and has been a teaching professional with the PGA for many years.

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About Morgan Stanley SVS Wealth Management

The SVS Wealth Management Team, founded in 2007, has multiple financial advisors and sup­port staff members. The benefit to you is that we offer an incredible range of advisors to handle your unique needs. Whether it is portfolio management, financial planning, business succession planning, lending, or multi-generational wealth planning – we collaborate as a team to help you achieve your goals.

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Join Us in the Dominican Republic for the 2020 Philadelphia PGA Casa de Campo Pro-Am

The Section is headed to the Dominican Republic for the 2020 Philadelphia PGA Casa de Campo Pro-Am on December 7-11! For more details, please click here.

The only way to secure a team in this event is to submit a deposit as registration for this pro-am is on a first-come, first-served basis. Deposits are due by August 1. Deposits received after October 1 and entry fees received after November 1 are non-refundable.

To reserve your spot in the 2020 Philadelphia PGA Casa de Campo Pro-Am, please click the below button.


Philadelphia PGA Junior Tour Membership Enrollment Now Open

Providing fun and invaluable opportunities to get out and play, the Philadelphia PGA Junior Tour leads the region in competitive youth golf. The tour’s membership consists of youth golfers 18 years of age and younger. All events are enjoyable and family-friendly. Youth golfers may be registered by clicking the below button.


 Don’t Wait…PGA Jr. League Captain Registration Deadline is February 1

Captain registration for the 2020 Summer Season of PGA Jr. League is open! As a reminder, Captains must be PGA Members, PGA Associates or LPGA Members in good standing to register. The deadline to register is fast approaching…register by February 1!


Enroll for Section Tournament Organizations

Registrations for the Section’s various tournament organizations / clubs are open online. Memberships available include:

  • Tournament Players Division (TPD)
  • Hole-in-One Club
  • Philadelphia Assistants’ Organization (PAO)
  • Central Counties Chapter (CCC) – Member and Associate
  • Central Counties Chapter Hole-in-One Club

For more information on these memberships or to register, please click the below “Register” button.


 Upcoming Events

Please see below for upcoming Section events. PGA Members and Associates may find more information or  may register by clicking on the date / event names below.

District Roundtables

Education Events

Frey Joins Section Staff

We would like to welcome the newest addition to the Section staff, PGA Member Matt Frey. For the past seven years, Matt was the General Manager of Digital Operations for PGA Magazine in Huntingdon Valley, Pa. Prior to moving to the Delaware Valley, Matt spent time as a PGA Assistant Professional at Malone (N.Y.) Golf Club and the Camargo Club in Cincinnati. Matt also graduated from Eastern Kentucky University with a Bachelor of Business Adminsitration degree in Marketing with a PGA Golf Management option.

As Communications Director, Matt will be heading up all Section, Philadelphia PGA Junior Tour and PGA REACH Philadelphia communications. With his experience and background, we know he is a perfect fit to lead our efforts in growing awareness and recognition of our membership and our brand.

Please join us in welcoming Matt to the staff. You may reach him at, please remember to send him any member interest stories or best practices that we may promote.

Membership Update

Please see below for the Section’s membership updates as of January 10. New facility or Section affiliations are listed immediately following the PGA Professional’s name, while prior affiliations are listed in parentheses. * denotes new PGA Members the Section; † denotes new PGA Associates to the Section; ‡ denotes changes within the same facility.


  • David Coates, Williamsport C.C.; (Essex County C.C.)*
  • Chris Hutchinson, Medford Village C.C.‡
  • Anthony McNamara, Toftrees Resort G.C.; (The Club at Pelican Preserve)*
  • Joe Missimer, West Chester G & C.C.‡
  • Dan Mrozinski, Commonwealth National G.C.‡
  • Jared Murosky, Llanerch C.C.‡
  • Darin Peart, Penn National G.C.‡


  • Michael Caldwell, The DuPont C.C.; (Bidermann G.C.)
  • John “Jake” Manley, Saucon Valley C.C.; (Congressional C.C.)*

A-11: Matt Frey, Philadelphia Section; (PGA Magazine)

A-13: Bill Smith, Berkleigh G.C.; (Royal Manchester G.L.)

A-19: Michael Frye, Golf Genius; (Southwest Section)

B-6: Gregory Rhoads, GOLFTEC Malvern; (River Club)*


  • Megan Leinweber, Stonewall Links†
  • Victoria Petrosky, Fox Hill C.C.; (Irem C.C.)
  • Aaron Wilkinson, Kings Creek C.C.; (C.C. of Maryland)*

B-12Shawn Davis, Cairn Univ.†


  • Nathalie Filler, The Philadelphia Cricket Club
  • Brian Fruehan, Elmhurst C.C.

RetiredMike Versuk (Willow Valley G.C.)


  • Billy Ditchey, Carolinas Section; (Indian Hills G.C.)
  • Zachary Duclos, Southern Texas Section; (The Philadelphia Cricket Club)
  • Aaron Hartman, Metropolitan Section; (The Philadelphia Cricket Club)
  • Matthew Hillier, New England Section; (Pine Valley G.C.)
  • Bryant Shuford, Carolinas Section‡
  • Bradley Sniper, New Jersey Section; (The Philadelphia Cricket Club)
  • Michael Tritapoe, Middle Atlantic Section; (Baywood Greens)

Register Your Facility as a Philadelphia PGA Junior Tour Affiliate Member

The Philadelphia PGA Junior Tour Affiliate Program is a collaboration between the Philadelphia PGA Section and area facilities to market the tour. There is no cost to become an affiliate member and your involvement will be recognized on Participating facilities will promote the junior tour and in return, each facility will receive one complimentary membership to the tour to give to a youth golfer at their facility.* To register, email

*Complimentary membership must be given to a new Philadelphia PGA Junior Tour member.

Volunteer for the 2020 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship

With the 2020 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship coming to Aronimink Golf Club in June, we are working with the championship staff to find volunteers for tournament week. We are truly excited to have another major championship in the Philadelphia PGA Section and want to do everything we can to help make it a successful event!

Please follow the instructions below on how to register to become a Philadelphia PGA Section volunteer for the 2020 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship.

Registration Instructions

1. Click here to Register Now 

2. Select “Philadelphia PGA Section Member”

3. When prompted, enter the code: 20PHILLY

4. Click “Check,” then click the “Continue” button

5. Create a username and password

6. Enter your contact information

7. Enter security code: 20PHILLY

8. Complete registration

*Location preferences will be collected in January 2020


If you have any questions or need more information, please contact the Philadelphia PGA Section office or the Section Committee Chair, Bob Hennefer, PGA, at

Philadelphia Cricket Club’s Bill Sautter, PGA, Leads PGA Quarter Century Championship

By Craig Dolch, Port St. Lucie, Florida

Former professional soccer player Bill Sautter had plenty chances to celebrate Wednesday.

He opened with an eagle and added eight birdies – meaning he played half his holes under par – to shoot a 5-under 67 and take a two-shot lead in the 50-64 division of the PGA Quarter Century Championship at PGA Golf Club.

Sautter played in the North American Soccer League and the American Soccer League for eight years (1978-85). He started playing golf when he was 30 and is a PGA Teaching Professional at Philadelphia Cricket Club.

Sautter eagled the first hole on the Wanamaker Course and added three birdies on the front nine. He added four birdies on the back nine – offset by two bogeys and a double bogey – for the 67. Only seven of 91 players broke par.

Sautter leads by two over Sonny Skinner of Sylvester, Ga., JC Anderson of Bonita Springs, Fl., and Jeff Whitfield of Weldon Spring, Mo. Skinner and Anderson took a similar path – they rode in the same cart and posted identical 3-under 69s, each making five birdies and two bogeys.

“We were trying to keep up with each other,” said Skinner, a six-time PGA Professional Player of the Year. “JC and I have known each other since the late-1980s, if not longer. It was a very comfortable pairing.”

Skinner, a PGA Teaching Professional at Spring Hill Country Club in Tifton, Ga., had three consecutive birdies on the front nine and played even par the rest of the round. Anderson, the Director of Instruction at The Club at the Strand in Naples, had an early and a late bogey and five birdies in between.

“I didn’t know we both shot 69s until we got to the scoring tent,” said Anderson, who has won a pair of Winter Championship events. “I just said, ‘Let’s do it again tomorrow.’”

Whitfield added a 69, thanks to three birdies on the last seven holes. Bill Breen of Nashville is fifth at 70, a shot ahead of Mark Mielke of Jupiter and Kirk Hanefeld of South Hamilton, Mass.

Bob Sowards, recently named Senior PGA Professional Player of the Year, and former PGA Tour member Omar Uresti are part of a group tied for eighth at 72.

In the 65-and-older division, Gary Robison of North Canton, Ohio shot a 6-under 66 on the Ryder Course to take a one-shot lead over Pat Delaney of Springfield, Ohio and Jay Horton of Port St. Lucie. Robison outdueled Skinner to win last year’s 50-64 division, but after turning 65 is trying to win consecutive Quarter Century title in different divisions.

“I wasn’t really thinking about that,” said Robison, the PGA Director of Golf at Brookside Country Club in Canton. “I’m just trying to find my game and have some fun doing it.”

Robison was all smiles after playing the first seven holes in 5-under, thanks to an eagle at the par-5 sixth where he hit a hybrid to 12 feet. He saved par at No. 9 after taking a penalty shot and added a birdie at the 13th.

“I played really well on the front side and tried to stay aggressive,” Robison said. “The greens are in great shape, so you have to stay aggressive to keep moving forward.”

Delaney, who was inducted into the Southern Ohio PGA Section Hall of Fame two years ago, said he was looking forward to turning 65 last October because he became one of the youngest players in his division.

“I knew I was moving to a different age group and it motivated me to come down and play,” said Delaney, a PGA Professional at Reid Park Golf Course in Springfield. “It would be a hoot to win.”

Horton also got off to a hot start – he was 4-under after seven holes – and made six birdies and a bogey. Tied for fourth at 68 are Jerry Tucker of Stuart, Bobby Heins of White Springs, N.Y. and Paul Gooden of Savannah.

A player has to be a member of the PGA of America for 25 years to be eligible for the Quarter Century Championship.

In the Half Century Championship, brothers Tom Joyce of Huntington, N.Y. and Bob Joyce of Southampton, N.Y. are tied for the lead with 2-under 70s. Tom Joyce won the title last year.

Paul Kelly of Dorset, Vt., at 88 the oldest player in the field, shot a 73, as did 85-year-old Bill Moser of Vero Beach.

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