PGA Member Brian Bergstol Wins 25th Haverford Philadelphia PGA Classic and $150,000 Prize in Sudden Death Playoff
Plymouth Meeting, Pa. (May 30, 2023) — Reigning Philadelphia PGA Professional Champion Brian Bergstol of Shawnee Inn & Golf Resort in Shawnee on the Delaware, Pennsylvania, won the 25th Haverford Philadelphia PGA Classic at Sunnybrook Golf Club by tapping in a one-foot par on the first sudden death playoff hole to top Jeff Herb, PGA, of Waynesborough Country Club in Paoli, Pennsylvania. Bergstol’s $150,000 winner’s check is the largest first-place prize available from any event across the PGA of America’s 41 nationwide Sections.
Bergstol made four birdies and three bogies en route to a 1-under-par 71 to tie Herb, who finished his round earlier in the afternoon. Bergstol said the course played “super hard,” and went on to remark it was one of the hardest tournament course setups he has played.
Bergstol went on to thank the event’s title partner, The Haverford Trust Company, their founder and director George Connell, Sunnybrook Golf Club and its membership, and staff, for their dedication to the Philadelphia PGA Section and its nearly 900 PGA Professionals.
“I look forward to this event every year,” said Bergstol.
Bergstol has won two of the Section’s biggest tournaments over the course of the nine months, having claimed the 101st Philadelphia PGA Professional Championship at DuPont C.C. in September, and now the 25th Haverford Philadelphia PGA Classic.
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In the Senior Division, PGA Member Dave McNabb, Applebrook G.C., took top honors with his 1-over-par round of 73. Green Valley C.C.’s John Cooper, PGA, and PGA Life Member George Forster finished in second place, one stroke behind McNabb. Three PGA Members rounded out the top five at 3-over-par: Barry Dear, Blue Heron Pines G.C.; Dave Quinn, Laurel Creek C.C.; and John Pillar, C.C. at Woodloch Springs.
Steve Wetherill Jr. finished with Low Amateur honors after turning in a 1-over-par 73 to top Frank Natale by five strokes.
The 25th Haverford Philadelphia PGA Classic’s title partner is The Haverford Trust Company. The event is also a Rolex Philadelphia PGA Player of the Year bonus points event. The Philadelphia PGA Section and its PGA Professionals thank the Haverford Trust Company, Sunnybrook Golf Club, its membership, management, and staff, as well as our partners, as the event would not have been possible without their support.
About the Philadelphia PGA Section
The Philadelphia PGA Section, covering eastern Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey and Delaware, is one of 41 geographical managing entities of the PGA of America. This Section manages nearly 900 PGA Members and Associates who are employed at over 590 golf facilities in our region.
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