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Overbrook’s Grier Set to Compete at KPMG Womens PGA Championship

The third major of the LPGA season, the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, will be played June 20-23, 2019 at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, MN. Among the field of 156 Professionals will be Ashley Grier of Overbrook Golf Club. Grier will get her KPMG underway at 9:30 AM Thursday morning followed by a 2:55 PM start time on Friday afternoon. Follow along as she competes against the game’s top female professionals.


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CC of Woodloch Springs’ Pillar Pulls Out the Victory at the Conestoga Classic

Lancaster, Pa. – The Philadelphia PGA traveled to Conestoga Country Club in the heart of the Amish Country on a day packed with humidity that led to a brief period of rain. The Conestoga CC tested the entire field’s playing ability due to the wet, lush rough which was the result of overnight rain.

To start the day off, Mike Tobiason (Deerfield Golf Club) came into the clubhouse with the first under par score of 1-under (69). Tobiason didn’t have one blemish on his card and capped the day off with a birdie on the par-4 18th hole.

The driver’s seat was quickly taken over by Eric Kennedy (Overbrook Golf Club). Kennedy started off hot with an eagle on the par-5 1st hole. He ended up with three more birdies and one bogey to enter the clubhouse as the leader. “I decided to hit driver everywhere after watching the final round of the U.S. Open last night,” said Kennedy. The announcers planted a seed in Kennedy’s head prompting him to play aggressive and not to lay back.

Just a few groups back was the low man of the day. John Pillar (Country Club of Woodloch Springs) carded a 6-under (64). Pillar had a near perfect round with seven birdies and a lone bogey that came on the par-3 5th hole. He navigated around the 6,400-yard-long golf course with no goal in mind. “I came into this event with no expectations. Having a busy week left me with little time to focus on the state of my game,” Pillar said. “My game plan was to just keep the ball in front of me and hit fairways.” Pillar also gives credit to playing with Brian Kelly and Eddie Perrino, two guys he is comfortable with and able to keep things light on the course.

The rest of the field chased Pillar and when a brief rain shower dampened the greens and allowed players to attack more holes, Pat Butkus (Tavistock Country Club) gave Pillar a scare with another 4-under (66). Butkus made four birdies to end his round without a blemish on his card. Playing with Pillar, Brian Kelly (Bucknell Golf Club) shot a 3-under (67). Kelly started the day with six straight pars and mixed in four birdies and one bogey.

Pillar also led the way in the tournament’s senior division with his 6-under (64). Brian Kelly (Bucknell Golf Club) finished in second in this division with a 3-under (67). Stu Ingraham took home third place with a 2-under (68).

The Conestoga Classic also featured a super senior division. Finishing in the top spot in the super senior division was Bill Sautter (Philadelphia Cricket Club). Sautter carded a 1-over (71) to finish two shots clear of division runner-up Don DeAngelis (Spring Ford Country Club). George Foster (Radnor Valley Country Club) and Gary Hardin (Northampton Country Club) both shot 4-over (74) to tie for third place.

The Philadelphia Assistants’ Organization (PAO) event came down to a playoff. Brian Bergstol (Shawnee Inn & GC) and Parks Price (CC of York) were the only two of the seven tied at 1-under par 69 who were still there at the end of regulation play. Both went back on the course in a sudden-death playoff. It took three extra holes to settle things as Bergstol finally prevailed.

The Section would like to thank the members and staff of Conestoga Country Club for hosting our event as well as our tournament sponsors, Golf Max, Morell Studios and the PGA Tour.

The Philadelphia PGA will return to action on Monday, June 24 at Medford Village Country Club for the Jack Jolly/Golf Pride Championship.

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Merion’s Sheftic Returns to Winner’s Circle at Burlington Classic

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Westampton, N.J. – The 34th Burlington County Classic and Pro-Am presented by WSFS Bank was played on Sunday, June 2 – Monday, June 3 at Burlington Country Club. The tournament features a day one Pro-Am followed by an individual stroke play event on day two. The field of Professionals on day two are joined by a select group of amateurs who qualified by virtue of their opening round to complete the 36-hole event.

“The Burlington Classic is a great celebration of the club, its membership and the PGA Professionals of the Philadelphia Section”, said John Hanuscin, Burlington Classic Tournament Chairman.

The tournament’s second round got underway at 10:00 am after late day storms forced the opening round to be completed on Monday. With nearly 90 people playing the second round the tournament leaders did not get on the course until almost 3:00 pm. In the final pairing was overnight leader Mark Sheftic (Merion Golf Club), Michael Little (Lookaway Golf Club) and Jakob Gerney (Trump National Philadelphia).

As the second round progressed windy conditions made scoring difficult throughout the day. In fact, tournament leader Sheftic’s only blemish came on the first hole in round two after he posted a double bogey.

“I didn’t think I hit that bad of a shot”, said Sheftic of his approach into the first green. “I guess I overestimated the wind and I put myself into a bad position, but it was definitely a wakeup call.”

Sheftic was able to recover those early lost shots with birdies on both eight and nine to make the turn at even par as his lead increased to three shots. As Sheftic made his way back to the clubhouse, he was able to add two additional birdies on the par4 11th hole as well as the par5 14th hole. With no other player able to make a significant move up the leaderboard, Sheftic’s lead increased again as he played his final four holes.

When all the scores were final, Sheftic 36-hole total of 11-under (61-68-129) was good enough for a five-shot lead over the field giving him his third Burlington County Classic and Pro-Am presented by WSFS Bank crown. Sheftic previously took home the top spot in 2013 and 2016. Sheftic joins Gene Feiger (1991-92, 1998) and Rob Shuey (1994, 1996-97, 2002, 2007-08) as the only three-time champions of the event.

Rounding out the podium were Brian Bergstol (Shawnee Inn & Resort) and Michael Little (Lookaway Golf Club) who both finished with a two-day total of 5-under. Like Sheftic, Bergstol posted two rounds in the 60s (66-69-135) while Little got to the 5-under number after carding rounds of (63-72-135).

“To be honest I hadn’t been playing my best coming into this tournament”, said Sheftic. “I had been struggling with my putting while I was at the PGA Professional National Championship and decided to go with a new putter this week. At the last minute I grabbed my old long putter and it worked great and I felt very comfortable with it the last two days. I think that was the difference for me, the confidence it gave me on the greens.”

“I also need to thank Mike Mack, John Hanuscin and the entire membership and staff of Burlington Country Club for their support of this event”, commented Sheftic. “I enjoy playing in this event and everyone does a great job making us feel welcome each year.”

In the tournament’s senior division, John Pillar (Country Club of Woodloch Springs) edged the field after posting a 36-hole total of 2-under (70-68-138). After trading birdies and bogeys in the early part of his round, Pillar managed to right the ship and posted birdies on the difficult par4 8th and another on the par4 13th helping him to his one-shot victory. Finishing one shot behind with a 36-hole total of 1-under was a pair of familiar names in Stu Ingraham (M Golf Range) and Dave McNabb (Applebrook Golf Club).

In the tournament’s Super Senior division, Don DeAngelis (Spring Ford Country Club) cruised to a victory after posting a two-day total of 1-under (68-71-139). Special congratulations also go to DeAngelis after he carded a hole-in-one on the 140-yard par-3 10th.

Congratulations to amateur Scott Magee who was awarded the Marotto Medal as the tournament’s low amateur after a posting a Championship total of 7-over (69-78-147). The Marotto Medal is named in memory of longtime Burlington Country Club member Ron Marotto, who was an integral part of the Pro-Am committee for many years.

The Section thanks the membership and staff of Burlington Country Club as well as tournament sponsor Adidas golf, Jani-King, Evolve Golf and WSFS Bank. The next event on the Philadelphia PGA tournament calendar is the Connelly Cup / Head Professional Championship at Trump National Golf Club Philadelphia on Monday, June 10.

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Woodstone Makes a Charge Late to Win Spring Pro-Lady Team Championship

Allentown, Pa. – On Tuesday, May 21 Lehigh Country Club hosted the first Philadelphia PGA Spring Pro-Lady Team Championship. Teams consisted of one PGA Professional with three female amateur partners with the classic William Flynn-designed golf course providing a spectacular backdrop for the day’s action to unfold.

Early in the day it looked as though the hometown team of Chris Wegner (Lehigh Country Club) and his amateur partners Diane Adams, Patty Cox, and MaryAnn Meehan who posted ten birdies and two eagles en route to a 12-under (58) would be the team to beat. The score was a product of a total team effort as each member contributed on multiple holes. However, with the majority of the field yet to post scores they had a long wait to see if their score was good enough.

As the afternoon progressed a second team was able to join the leaders with a matching score of 12-under (58). Tom Koenig (Penn Oaks Golf Club) and his partners Dawn Capriotti, Donna Dalusio, and Tina Landis posted twelve team birdies without a single blemish to join the team from Lehigh at the top of the leaderboard.

Late in the day a third team managed to join the teams at 12-under (58) after posting three net eagles and six birdies against only one bogey. Jeff Breiner (Country Club of Harrisburg) and his amateur partners Kitty Campbell, Leigh McBride, and Pam Troutman overcame an early bogey and finished strong with two net eagles on the inward nine.

Unfortunately for the teams at 12-under the group from Woodstone Country Club had their own idea for the tournament. Professional Gregg Meyer and his partners Donna D’Amore, Cookie Felchock, and Joy Wallace carded an impressive four net eagles to go along with seven net birdies to finish with a final team score of 15-under (55) and a solo first place finish.

In the tournament’s gross division, a pair of teams tied for the top spot after finishing with matching scores of 2-under (68). The first team to post that number played in the tournament’s first pairing and featured PGA Professional Jim Smith, Jr. (Philadelphia Cricket Club) and his partners Joanne Bidwell, Kristen Fireman, and Courtney Schultz. They were joined late in the day by the team of Cameron Small (Aronimink Golf Club) and his partners Lynne Jones, Casey Reiss, and Jeanne Waldron to share the tournament’s top spot.

The Section thanks our tournament partners Lincoln Motor Company, Skechers Golf, Belle Monde Luggage and the SVS Wealth Management Team at Morgan Stanley. The Philadelphia PGA resumes tournament action on Tuesday, May 28 at Sunnybrook Golf Club for the annual Haverford Philadelphia PGA Classic.

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Brian Kelly & Dave McNabb to Compete in the KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship

When the 80th KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship at Oak Hill Country Club gets underway on Thursday, the field will feature 35 players who are PGA Club Professionals that qualified at the 2018 Senior PGA Professional Championship. Among the group of PGA Professionals will be two Philadelphia PGA Professional include current Philadelphia Senior PGA Professional Champion Dave McNabb of Applebrook Golf Club and Brian Kelly of Bucknell Golf Club.

Both McNabb and Kelly will be on the course early on Thursday with McNabb’s opening round starting at 7:20 AM and Kelly getting underway not much later at 7:35 AM. For Friday’s second round, McNabb’s will start at 12:30 PM and Kelly at 12:45 PM.

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Chisholm and Filler Win at Spring Pro-Pro Championship

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Greenville, Del. – The second event of the young Philadelphia PGA season, the Spring Pro-Pro Championship, was played Monday, May 6 at Fieldstone Golf Club. The Pro-Pro brings together two PGA Professionals partnered in a four-ball competition (better of ball of partners). Despite a chilly start the fifty-four teams that teed it up in the tournament were eventually treated to near perfect weather as the clouds made way for afternoon sunshine.

The pace early in the day was set by the team of Mike Moses and Branden Shattuck of Concord Country Club. As a team the pair played bogey-free carding seven birdies along the way to finish with a 7-under (64) total and an early clubhouse lead. However, with most of the field still on the course the pair needed to watch the leaderboard throughout the afternoon.

Playing in the tournament’s final group, the team of Chris Kopelcheck of Gulph Mills Golf Club and Brandon Kuzmich of Merion Golf Club managed to climb the leaderboard and matched Moses and Shattuck at 7-under (64). The pair posted three birdies on the front nine and posted an additional four birdies as they made their way back to the clubhouse.

Unfortunately for the teams at 7-under the team of Scott Chisholm from Rolling Green Golf Club and Nathalie Filler of the Philadelphia Cricket Club had their own idea. After playing the opening nine holes at 3-under the pair continued their good fortune on their inward nine. Chisholm and Filler posted five additional birdies including a pair of birdies on the final two holes to finish with a team score of 8-under (63) and a one-shot victory.

The Section thanks our Spring Pro-Pro Championship partners Ahead, All-Star Pro Golf, 2UNDR, the SVS Wealth Management Team at Morgan Stanley, and the PGA Tour. The Section also thanks the membership and staff of Fieldstone Golf Club for their hospitality in hosting this event.

The Philadelphia PGA will be back in action on Monday, May 13 returning to Radley Run Country Club for the first time in more than a decade for the season’s second points event, the Delaware Valley Open. For more information on the Philadelphia PGA and our tournament program visit www.phillypga.com or you can find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @PhiladelphiaPGA.

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Stage Set for PGA Professional Championship

The 2019 edition of the PGA Professional Championship will be played at Belfair in Bluffton, SC from Sunday, April 28 – Wednesday, May 1.Among the 312 PGA Professionals from across the country will be 12 representatives of the Philadelphia PGA. We will provide updates on all of our Professionals throughout the tournament so check back frequently for updates.

Championship Wesbite

 NameClubPlayer ProfilesScorecard
Mark AndersonPhiladelphia Cricket ClubAnderson ProfileAnderson Scorecard
Ashley GrierOverbrook Golf ClubGrier ProfileGrier Scorecard
Rusty HarboldPhiladelphia Cricket ClubHarbold ProfileHarbold Scorecard
Terry HertzogCountry Club of YorkHertzog ProfileHertzog Scorecard
Brian HollinsLinks Golf ClubHollins ProfileHollins Scorecard
Stu IngrahamM Golf RangeIngraham Profile Ingraham Scorecard
Alex KnollBlue Shamrock Golf ClubKnoll ProfileKnoll Scorecard
Mike LaddenWhitford Country ClubLadden ProfileLadden Scorecard
Michael LittleLookaway Golf ClubLittle ProfileLittle Scorecard
Mark ShefticMerion Golf ClubSheftic Profile Sheftic Scorecard
Rich SteinmetzSpring Ford Country ClubSteinmetz ProfileSteinmetz Scorecard
Billy StewartThe ACE ClubStewart ProfileStewart Scorecard

Blue Shamrock’s Alex Knoll Charges Late to Win Callaway Golf TPD Championship

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Lafayette Hill, Pa. – The 2019 Philadelphia PGA Callaway Golf TPD Championship, the season’s first points event, was played on Monday, April 22 at Green Valley Country Club. Featuring nearly 140 Section Professionals, the Callaway Golf TPD Championship was played as a modified stableford tournament with players earning 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 early in the day, Michael Tobiason of Deerfield Golf Club posted an impressive 28 points giving the rest of the field a target number as the made their way around the William Flynn designed course. Tobiason’s round was highlighted by five birdies including a stretch of three consecutive on holes 11-13. At the end of the morning wave Tobiason found himself six shots clear of his closest competitors but with the afternoon wave still to play there were plenty of players looking to make a run at the leader.

As the afternoon scores began to get posted it did not take long for someone to join Tobiason at the top of the leaderboard. Brian Bergstol of Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort quickly matched Tobiason’s 28 points after carding seven birdies helping to make up for a lone bogey. After trading a birdie and bogey on his opening nine holes Bergstol made his run as he made his way back to the clubhouse. Bergstol posted five birdies for a total of 19 points on his inward nine and a total of 28 points.

Unfortunately for both Tobiason and Bergstol they did not end the day in the tournament’s top spot. Playing late in the day, Alex Knoll of Blue Shamrock Golf Club had the tournament’s best round leading to 32 stableford points. Starting his round on the back nine at Green Valley Country Club Knoll posted three birdies before adding an additional four birdie over his final nine holes finishing with seven total and a three-point stableford win.

“I haven’t played a lot of competitive rounds recently but I have had some good practice sessions leading up to the tournament so I had a good mindset heading into the TPD,” said Knoll of his round. “It’s also good to get your season off to a great start and I’m hoping to take some of this momentum with me to South Carolina for the PGA Professional National Championship.”

Knoll is one of twelve Philadelphia PGA Professionals competing in next week’s 52nd PGA Professional Championship at Belfair in Bluffton, SC. The tournament will be played Sunday, April 28 – Wednesday, May 1 with the top 20 finishers advancing to the PGA Championship at Bethpage Black later next month.

“I want to thank Callaway Golf especially Laura (Manchester) and Kevin (Martin) for supporting this event. Also thanks to John Cooper and the staff at Green Valley for an outstanding venue.”

In the senior division, John Pillar of CC at Woodloch Springs and Dave Quinn of Laurel Creek Country Club finished in a tie for first place after each posted a stableford score of 16 points. The duo finished two shots ahead of third place finishers Dave McNabb of Applebrook Golf Club and Mark Anderson of the Philadelphia Cricket Club who both posted 14 points.

A pair of super seniors shared the top spot after finishing the Callaway Golf TPD Championship with 12 total points. Earning points as the event’s top super senior were Don DeAngelis of Spring Ford CC and Greg Farrow of Deerwood CC while Jeb Boyle of Centre Hills CC finished in third place. Players age 60 years of age or older are eligible for thsuper senior division.

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 Spring Pro-Pro Championship at Fieldstone Golf Club on Monday, May 6.

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Callaway Golf TPD Championship

Apr 22, 2019

1    Alex Knoll         Blue Shamrock GC           32-32--64 (32)  
T2   Mike Tobiason      Deerfield GC               35-31--66 (28)
T2   Brian Bergstol     Shawnee Inn and GR         31-35--66 (28)
4    Rusty Harbold      Philadelphia Cricket Club  35-32--67 (26)
T5   Andrew Turner      Sunnybrook GC              36-33--69 (22)
T5   Rich Steinmetz     Spring Ford CC             35-34--69 (22)
T5   Peter Lovenguth    Applecross CC              34-35--69 (22)
T5   Braden Shattuck    Concord CC                 36-33--69 (22)
T9   Mike Ladden        Whitford CC                35-35--70 (20)
T9   Michael Little     Lookaway GC                36-34--70 (20)
T9   Steve Swartz       Out Door CC                35-35--70 (20)
T12  Greg Matthias      Tavistock CC               38-33--71 (18)
T12  Shawn Matthews     Squires GC                 36-35--71 (18)
T12  Parks Price        CC of York                 38-33--71 (18)
T12  Jesse Williams     The Peninsula              35-36--71 (18)
16   Chris Duckett      Saucon Valley CC           36-36--72 (17)
T17  Jordan Shuey       West Shore CC              36-36--72 (16)
T17  Dan Marz           Crossgates                 36-36--72 (16)
T17  Jason Calhoun      U of Penn                  37-35--72 (16)
T17  Eric Kennedy       Overbrook GC               34-38--72 (16)
T17  John Pillar        CC at Woodloch Springs     36-36--72 (16)
T17  Trevor Bensel      Overbrook GC               37-35--72 (16)
T17  Dave Quinn         Laurel Creek CC            36-36--72 (16)
T24  Matt Episcopo      Pine Valley GC             37-36--73 (14)
T24  Dave McNabb        Applebrook GC              36-37--73 (14)
T24  Kyle Early         Waynesborough CC           34-39--73 (14)
T24  John Cooper        Green Valley CC            37-36--73 (14)
T24  John Rudolph       Fieldstone GC              38-35--73 (14)
T24  Bill Walker        Riverton CC                38-35--73 (14)
T24  Adam Brigham       Waynesborough CC           36-37--73 (14)
T24  Mark Anderson      Philadelphia Cricket Club  36-37--73 (14)
T24  Tom Cooper         Pine Valley GC             36-37--73 (14)
T33  Ben Debski         The Springhaven Club       37-37--74 (12)
T33  Robert Farnham     Lebanon CC                 38-36--74 (12)
T33  Joe Kogelman       GolfTEC Moorestown         38-36--74 (12)
T33  Mark Sheftic       Merion GC                  38-36--74 (12)
T33  Jakob Gerney       Trump National GC- Philly  38-36--74 (12)
T33  Dave Pagett        Whitemarsh Valley CC       37-37--74 (12)
T33  Don DeAngelis      Spring Ford CC             38-36--74 (12)
T33  John Allen         Huntingdon Valley CC       38-36--74 (12)
T33  Greg Farrow        Deerwood CC                36-38--74 (12)
T33  Andrew Diesel      Manufacturers GCC          36-38--74 (12)
T33  Ashley Grier       Overbrook GC               38-36--74 (12)
T33  Chris Miller       Scranton Golf Center       38-36--74 (12)
T33  Curtis Kirkpatrick Indian Springs GC          39-35--74 (12)
T33  Matthew Deckert    Pennsauken Country Club    38-36--74 (12)
T33  Stu Ingraham       M Golf Range               35-39--74 (12)
T33  Dave Fields        Brookside CC               37-37--74 (12)
T33  Dustin Wallis      Dustin Wallis              36-38--74 (12)

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