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PGA of America President Paul Levy to Highlight Fall Meeting

2017 Fall Meeting Membership Reports

The Fall Meeting on October 23rd will take place at Cedarbrook Country Club. Our Keynote speaker will be PGA of America President, Paul Levy.  President Levy will discuss the past season and the upcoming PGA Annual meeting along with other Association and industry trends. Please be sure to join us as we close the 2017 Season, celebrate the great play of our Section and Junior Tour Members and hear from our Association’s Leadership.

The deadline to register for the Fall Meeting is Monday, October 16th at 5:00pm. The registration fee will increase by $25 after the deadline so if you are planning on attending please register as soon as you can.

Golf will follow the meeting and a light reception will follow golf. In addition, please see the 2017 Fall Meeting NEW Business Form (Download).  If you would like anything to be discussed, please submit the form prior to the October 18th, 2017 deadline.

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2017 Fall Meeting Membership Reports

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Radley Run’s Melton Wins Rain-Shortened Shawnee Open

Shawnee-on-Delaware, Pa. – The 2017 edition of the Shawnee Open was played at the historic Shawnee Inn & Resort. The Shawnee Open has been in existence since 1912, although not always run by the Philadelphia PGA. This year’s edition of the Shawnee Open was the 12th event in the race for the Omega Player of the Year presented by the Haverford Trust Company and was originally scheduled to be played as a 36-hole tournament. However, persistent rains ultimately shortened the tournament to an 18-hole event which still allowed the Section to crown a champion.

Playing early in the first round, past champion of the Shawnee Open Mark Sheftic (Merion Golf Club) set the pace. Sheftic played bogey-free carding five birdies along the way to post an impressive 5-under (67) and quickly positioned himself at the top of the leaderboard.

Not far behind Sheftic, Mike Furey (Mahoning Valley Country Club) also found some magic in the tournament’s opening round. Furey was able to overcome a bogey on the final hole of his outward nine by carding four birdies as he made his way back to the clubhouse. Those four birdies combined with two birdies on his opening nine holes got Furey to the 5-under (67) number allowing him to join Sheftic at the top of the leaderboard.

Unfortunately for both Sheftic and Furey there was another player in the field who played a near perfect round of golf. Brett Melton (Radley Run Country Club) was playing in his first Shawnee Open but his performance was that of a seasoned veteran. Melton made the turn at 1-under par but that is when things got exciting. Melton added five additional birdies on consecutive holes (12-16) and finished the opening round with a score of 6-under (66).

Although the tournament was shaping for an exciting day two finish, the work done by Melton in the tournament’s opening round ultimately allowed him to capture his second Philadelphia PGA title (Pro-Am for Wishes). The win also vaulted Melton into the top spot on the Omega Player of the Year leaderboard with only the Match Play Championship left to determine this year’s player of the year.

Although Stu Ingraham (M Golf Range) came up just short in the tournament’s main division after finishing at 4-under (68) he did manage to walk away with a two-shot victory over John Pillar (Country Club of Woodloch Springs) in the tournament senior division, further increasing his lead in the Robert “Skee” Riegel Senior Player of the Year race.

The Shawnee Open was the fourth and final event to feature a super senior division. The super senior division was sponsored by Jani-King and only Philadelphia PGA Professionals age 65 or older are eligible. Finishing in first place in the super senior division was Gary Hardin (Northampton Country Club) who finished at 2-over (74) one shot ahead of Bill Sautter (Philadelphia Cricket Club).

The Section would like to thank the staff of the Shawnee Inn and Resort for their support of the event as well as our event sponsor Golf Cart Specialties.

 1   Brett Melton       Radley Run CC              35-31--66 -6  
 T2  Mark Sheftic       Merion GC                  34-33--67 -5  
 T2  Mike Furey         Mahoning Valley CC         35-32--67 -5  
 4   Stu Ingraham       M Golf Range               35-33--68 -4  
 5   Zac Oakley         Heritage Shores GC         33-36--69 -3  
 T6  Brian Bergstol     Shawnee Inn and GR         36-34--70 -2  
 T6  Kevin Edwards      Olde Homestead GC          35-35--70 -2  
 T6  John Pillar        CC at Woodloch Springs     32-38--70 -2  
 T6  Kevin Kraft        Bumble Bee Hollow          35-35--70 -2  
 T10 Michael Little     Lookaway GC                35-36--71 -1  
 T10 Rick LeBeau        Gulph Mills GC             33-38--71 -1  
 T12 Scott Reilly       Philadelphia CC            34-38--72 E   
 T12 Don Allan          Burlington CC              36-36--72 E   
 T14 John Spina         Philadelphia Cricket Club  35-38--73 +1  
 T14 John Allen         Huntingdon Valley CC       36-37--73 +1  
 T14 Eric Kennedy       Overbrook GC               35-38--73 +1  
 T14 Jeff Fick          Chapel Hill GC             37-36--73 +1  
 T14 Blake Hinckley (a)                            38-35--73 +1  
 T14 Jordan Gibbs       Gulph Mills GC             38-35--73 +1  
 T14 Pat Butkus         Overbrook GC               37-36--73 +1  
 T14 Rich Steinmetz     Spring Ford CC             34-39--73 +1  
 T14 Joe Kogelman       GolfTEC Moorestown         35-38--73 +1  
 T23 Dave Quinn         Philmont CC                34-40--74 +2  
 T23 Gary Hardin        Northampton CC             34-40--74 +2  
 T23 John Roche         CC at Woodloch Springs     39-35--74 +2  
 T23 Vincent Kabaso     Cleveland Golf             39-35--74 +2  
 T27 Bill Sautter       Philadelphia Cricket Club  37-38--75 +3  
 T27 Dustin McCormick   Glen Brook GC              41-34--75 +3  
 T27 Evan Mitchell      Spring Mill CC             38-37--75 +3  
 T30 Harvey Williams    Philly PGA                 34-42--76 +4  
 T30 Don DeAngelis      Center Square GC           38-38--76 +4  
 T32 George Forster     Radnor Valley CC           38-39--77 +5  
 T32 Hugh Reilly        Twining Valley GC          36-41--77 +5  
 T32 Bill Smith         Mahoning Valley CC         39-38--77 +5  
 T32 Bob Lennon         Wilmington CC              37-40--77 +5  
 T36 Frank Palumbo      Rolling Green GC           39-39--78 +6  
 T36 Tony Shields       ACE Club                   38-40--78 +6  
 T38 Anthony Napoletano GolfTEC-KoP                41-38--79 +7  
 T38 Paul Galczyk       Westover CC                42-37--79 +7  
 40  Chris Atkins       Riverton CC                40-40--80 +8  
 41  Dave Fields        Brookside CC               41-41--82 +10 
 42  Andrew Pierson     Camden County GA           40-43--83 +11 
 43  Patrick Spang      Manor Valley CC            40-44--84 +12 
 44  Kevin Shaw         Philly PGA                 48-39--87 +15 

Philadelphia PGA Wins 27th Challenge Matches

For the 27th time teams from the Philadelphia PGA and the Golf Association of Philadelphia got together to compete in the Philadelphia Challenge Matches, a Ryder Cup style event that pits the top Philadelphia PGA Professionals against the top amateur golfers from Philadelphia. For the second consecutive year these matches were played at Saucon Valley Country Club.

The teams played 12 singles matches and 6 four-ball matches (better ball of partners) concurrently with a total of 18 points up for grabs. As the owners of the Cup, the Philadelphia PGA only needed 9 of the 18 points to retain the title while the Golf Association of Philadelphia needed to earn 9 ½ points to regain the title.

Both the individual matches and the four-ball matches were competitive but ultimately the Philadelphia PGA was able to win both sessions on their way to a fourth consecutive Challenge Match victory. The Philadelphia PGA won the singles matches 7-5 and the four ball matches 3.5-2.5 en route to a 10.5-7.5 victory. The is the 25th for the Philadelphia PGA bringing their record to 25 – 2.

Challenge Match Results

Two Teams Share Top Spot at the Fall Pro-Pro Championship

Clarks Summit, Pa. – On a picture perfect fall afternoon, the Philadelphia PGA returned to the Country Club of Scranton for the annual Fall Pro-Pro Championship. This is the third consecutive year that the Section traveled above the Pocono Mountains to the Country Club of Scranton for the Pro-Pro Championship which paired two PGA Professionals together in a Four Ball or better ball of partners event.

Playing early in the day the team of Michael Little (Lookaway Golf Club) and Kevin Kraft (Bumble Bee Hollow Golf Center) looked to recapture the magic the propelled them to victory at the Spring Pro-Pro Championship. The pair got off to a slow start with bogeys on two of their first three holes but their fortunes changed quickly as they birdied eight of their next ten holes. After a bogey on the tough par-4 16th hole the pair finished strong after Kraft drained a 50 foot eagle putt from the back of the par-5 18th hole. When all was said and done the duo would finish with a 7-under (65).

Their time at the top of the leaderboard by themselves would not last long as they were quickly joined by the team of Pat Butkus (Overbrook Golf Club) and Jeff Herb (Waynesborough Country Club). Playing just two groups behind Kraft and Little the duo of Butkus and Herb also got off to a slow start. As a team they made the turn at 1-under, but as they made their way back to the clubhouse the turned things around. The pair made four birdies and also added an eagle on the par-5 12th hole to finish their round at 7-under (65).

As play went on no other team was able to join the two teams at 7-under and in the end they shared the first place crown. A pair of teams also shared third place with a score of 4-under (68). The first team to reach the number was Justin Alunni (Glen Oak Country Club) and his partner Darryl Lock (Skippack Golf Club). They were eventually joined by the team of Cleve Coldwater (Glenmaura National Golf Club) and his partner Harvey Williams.

Once again the Section would like to thank the membership and staff of the Country Club of Scranton for hosting the Fall Pro-Pro Championship. The Section also thanks our tournament sponsors Club Prophet Systems, Sun Mountain, and Morell Studios for their support of the tournament program.

The next event on the tournament calendar is the Philadelphia Challenge Cup Matches on Thursday, October 5 at Saucon Valley Country Club where the Philadelphia PGA professionals will try to defend their title against the top amateurs of the Golf Association of Philadelphia.

Full Tournament Leaderboard

Hertzog Comes from Behind to Capture the 96th Philadelphia PGA Professional Championship

Tony Leodora Interviews 96th PPGA Champion Terry Hertzog


Mount Laurel, N.J. – September 21, 2016 – Terry Hertzog (Country Club of York), is the winner of the 96th Philadelphia PGA Professional Championship, at Laurel Creek Country Club. Hertzog will lead 13 Philadelphia PGA Professionals to compete in the 51st PGA Professional Championship, next June 17-20, 2018 at Bayonet Black Horse in Seaside, California.

Hertzog’s charge to the top of the leaderboard was slow and steady but in the end it proved to be the method best suited for him. Hertzog found red numbers on holes 5, 10 and 11 and after 36-hole leader Perla was unable to capture the magic from day two Hertzog quickly found himself in the mix for the Championship.

Other names tried to play their way into the top spot including a pair of past champions, Jordan Gibbs and Dave Quinn. Gibbs got to 2-under after 15 holes but a pair of bogeys on holes 16-17 dropped him from contention for a second consecutive title. Quinn also found himself at 2-under after 15 holes but similar to Gibbs, a bogey on the difficult 16th hole proved too much to overcome.

Although Hertzog trailed the leader by seven shots heading into the final round consistent play throughout the week, especially in today’s round ultimately vaulted him to the top of the leaderboard with a championship total of 2-under (210). Dave Quinn (Philmont Country Club) was the Championship’s runner-up, after carding a three day total of 1-under-par 211. They are joined by Jordan Gibbs (Gulph Mills Golf Club), Stu Ingraham (M Golf Range), Rich Steinmetz (Spring Ford Country Club), Tony Perla (LedgeRock Golf Club), Billy Stewart (The ACE Club), Brett Melton (Radley Run Country Club), Brendon Post (Univ. of Delaware), Alex Knoll (Riverton, N.J.), Mark Sheftic (Merion Golf Club), Rusty Harbold (Philadelphia Cricket Club), and Dave McNabb (Applebrook Golf Club).

The win was Hertzog’s third Philadelphia PGA Professional title becoming the tenth Philadelphia PGA Professional to accomplish the feat. George Smith (1929-30, 1932), Charles Schneider (1933, 1937, 1939), Henry Williams, Jr. (1949, 1953, 1958), Stan Dudas (1955, 1959, 1968), Art Wall, Jr. (1956, 1962-63, 1965, 1971), Dick Smith, Sr. (1974, 1977, 1981-83), Rick Osberg (1985, 1989, 1992), Brian Kelly (1995, 2000, 2005), and Rich Steinmetz (2007, 2010-11).

“It feels really amazing to get this win today”, commented Hertzog on his Championship. “I honestly didn’t think I had a chance heading into today but I wanted to put together a good round to qualify for the PGA Professional Championship next June. I played really well early in the day and that helped offset some blemishes late in the day. It’s a great feeling and I’m so thankful to the staff and membership at Laurel Creek for allowing us to use their facility the last few days.”

96th Philadelphia PGA Championship Leaderboard

LedgeRock’s Perla Surges Into the Lead at the 96th Philadelphia PGA Professional Championship

Mount Laurel, N.J. – In stark contrast to what players had to battle in their opening rounds, the weather conditions for the second round of the 96th Philadelphia PGA Professional Championship were near perfect giving all in the field the chance to post a low number.

One player taking full advantage of the relatively benign conditions was Tony Perla (LedgeRock Golf Club). After an opening round 1-under-par Perla was looking to make a move and put himself in a good position heading into the Championship’s final round. Perla not only put himself into prime position he catapulted himself into the lead after a tournament best 7-under par (64). Perla played a flawless round of golf at Laurel Creek while adding an eagle and five birdies along the way to grab the 36-hole lead. Perla’s two-day total of 8-under (69-64-133) is five shots clear of the field.

Sitting in second place is defending champion Jordan Gibbs (Gulph Mills Golf Club). Gibbs carded an even par (71) is his opening round at Laurel Creek and as his championship shifted to Burlington Country Club for the second round he needed to make move. Gibbs got off to a fast start with birdies on his first three holes. Gibbs would go on to add one additional birdie but coupled with a lone bogey Gibbs would finish his second round at 3-under (67) giving him a 36-hole total of 3-under (71-67-138).

Although overnight leader Brendon Post (Univ of Delaware) could not find the same success that vaulted him to the top of the leaderboard after round one he did play well enough to maintain a spot within the top three. Post had a relatively uneventful round with one birdie and one bogey but a hiccup on the tough par-5 14th hole dropped Post into a third place tied with past champion Terry Hertzog (CC of York). Hertzog posted an impressive 3-under (68) in his second round today at Laurel Creek to put him in red figures at 1-under (72-68-140) after 36-holes.

Rounding out the top five at the end of day two a pair of champions sit within striking distance at even par (141). Dave McNabb (Applebrook Golf Club) got to even par with scores of (73-68-141) while Dave Quinn (Philmont Country Club) got there with a (71-70-141).

In addition to competing for the championship’s top prize and the William B. Packer trophy, players are also competing for a spot in next summer’s 51st PGA Professional Championship which is being held at the Bayonet Black Horse in Sunriver, California. There are several players within striking distance of the leaders but there are also more than 15 players within three shots of a qualifying spot.

The final round of the 96th Philadelphia PGA Professional Championship will get underway at 8:00 AM at Laurel Creek Country Club with the tournament leaders teeing off at 12:30 PM.

For continued coverage of the 96th Philadelphia PGA Professional Championship coverage you can visit philadelphia.pga.com or on social media @PhiladelphiaPGA / #PPGAChamp

Philadelphia PGA Professional Championship

Sep 19 – Sep 21, 2017
Individual Professional Media Results

1    Tony Perla         LedgeRock GC           69-64--133 -8   
 2    Jordan Gibbs       Gulph Mills GC         71-67--138 -3   
 T3   Brendon Post       Univ of Delaware       68-72--140 -1   
 T3   Terry Hertzog      CC of York             72-68--140 -1   
 T5   Dave McNabb        Applebrook GC          73-68--141 E    
 T5   Dave Quinn         Philmont CC            71-70--141 E    
 T7   Rusty Harbold      Phila Cricket Club     70-72--142 +1   
 T7   Billy Stewart      ACE Club               75-67--142 +1   
 T7   Brett Melton       Radley Run CC          71-71--142 +1   
 T10  Chris Krueger      Kings Creek CC         75-68--143 +2   
 T10  Rich Steinmetz     Spring Ford CC         74-69--143 +2   
 T10  Mark Sheftic       Merion GC              73-70--143 +2   
 T10  Stu Ingraham       M Golf Range           74-69--143 +2   
 T14  Alex Knoll         Bethlehem GC           72-72--144 +3   
 T14  Bill Sautter       Phila Cricket Club     74-70--144 +3   
 T14  Greg Farrow        Deerwood CC            75-69--144 +3   
 T14  John Bierkan       Aronimink GC           71-73--144 +3   
 T18  Ashley Grier       Overbrook GC           75-70--145 +4   
 T18  Rob Shuey          Colonial GC            72-73--145 +4   
 T18  Pat Butkus         Overbrook GC           72-73--145 +4   
 T21  Mike Molino        The CC of Scranton     74-72--146 +5   
 T21  Sam Ambrose        Aronimink GC           71-75--146 +5   
 T21  Mike Ladden        Whitford CC            74-72--146 +5   
 T21  Kirk Deyer         Philadelphia CC        72-74--146 +5   
 25   Jakob Gerney       Trump National GC      73-74--147 +6   
 T26  Rick Gibney        Colonial GC            79-69--148 +7   
 T26  John Cooper        Green Valley CC        68-80--148 +7   
 T26  Don DeAngelis      Center Square GC       79-69--148 +7   
 T26  Brian Kelly        Bucknell GC            74-74--148 +7   
 T26  John Pillar        CC at Woodloch Springs 80-68--148 +7   
 T26  John Rudolph       Fieldstone GC          75-73--148 +7   
 T32  Terry Hatch        Hidden Valley GC       74-75--149 +8   
 T32  Chip Richter       Carlisle CC            73-76--149 +8   
 T32  Dave Pagett        Whitemarsh Valley CC   74-75--149 +8   
 T32  John DiMarco       Laurel Creek CC        72-77--149 +8   
 T32  John Appleget      Wildwood Golf & CC     79-70--149 +8   
 T32  Dean Halterman     Galloway National GC   75-74--149 +8   
 T32  George Forster     Radnor Valley CC       75-74--149 +8   
 T32  Shawn Matthews     Huntingdon Valley CC   77-72--149 +8   
 T32  Mike Grabosky      Heidelberg CC          75-74--149 +8   
 T32  Bob Hennefer       Indian Springs GC      80-69--149 +8   
 T42  Anthony Malizia    Bidermann GC           76-74--150 +9   
 T42  David Morano       CC of York             81-69--150 +9   
 T42  Jeff Bonicky       Sea Oaks GC            76-74--150 +9   
 T42  Curtis Kirkpatrick Indian Springs GC      78-72--150 +9   
 T42  Dave Fields        Brookside CC           74-76--150 +9   
 T42  Don Allan          Burlington CC          75-75--150 +9   
 T42  Joe Kogelman       GolfTEC Moorestown     79-71--150 +9   
 T42  Dan Marz           Huntingdon Valley CC   76-74--150 +9   
 T42  Peter Lovenguth    Silver Creek CC        73-77--150 +9   
 T42  Robby Bruns        Merion GC              72-78--150 +9   
 T52  Dustin McCormick   Glen Brook GC          74-77--151 +10  
 T52  John Spina         Phila Cricket Club     76-75--151 +10  
 T52  Hugh Matthis       Tavistock CC           75-76--151 +10  
 T52  Mark Parson        Harbor Pines           79-72--151 +10  
 T52  Eric Schultz       Sunnybrook GC          74-77--151 +10  
 T52  Gregg Gipp         Phoenixville CC        72-79--151 +10  
 T52  Andy Fisher        Frosty Valley CC       75-76--151 +10  
 T52  Michael Caldwell   Bidermann GC           76-75--151 +10  
 T60  Kevin Nicholson    White Manor CC         78-74--152 +11  
 T60  Eric McNamee       Golf Galaxy            77-75--152 +11  
 T60  Carson Solien      Aronimink GC           75-77--152 +11  
 T60  Richie Krebs       Outdoor CC             73-79--152 +11  
 T60  John Allen         Huntingdon Valley CC   76-76--152 +11  
 T60  Michael Little     Lookaway GC            77-75--152 +11

Mount Laurel, N.J. – In stark contrast to what players had to battle in their opening rounds, the weather conditions for the second round of the 96th Philadelphia PGA Professional Championship were near perfect giving all in the field the chance to post a low number.

One player taking full advantage of the relatively benign conditions was Tony Perla (LedgeRock Golf Club). After an opening round 1-under-par Perla was looking to make a move and put himself in a good position heading into the Championship’s final round. Perla not only put himself into prime position he catapulted himself into the lead after a tournament best 7-under par (64). Perla played a flawless round of golf at Laurel Creek while adding an eagle and five birdies along the way to grab the 36-hole lead. Perla’s two-day total of 8-under (69-64-133) is five shots clear of the field.

Sitting in second place is defending champion Jordan Gibbs (Gulph Mills Golf Club). Gibbs carded an even par (71) is his opening round at Laurel Creek and as his championship shifted to Burlington Country Club for the second round he needed to make move. Gibbs got off to a fast start with birdies on his first three holes. Gibbs would go on to add one additional birdie but coupled with a lone bogey Gibbs would finish his second round at 3-under (67) giving him a 36-hole total of 3-under (71-67-138).

Although overnight leader Brendon Post (Univ of Delaware) could not find the same success that vaulted him to the top of the leaderboard after round one he did play well enough to maintain a spot within the top three. Post had a relatively uneventful round with one birdie and one bogey but a hiccup on the tough par-5 14th hole dropped Post into a third place tied with past champion Terry Hertzog (CC of York). Hertzog posted an impressive 3-under (68) in his second round today at Laurel Creek to put him in red figures at 1-under (72-68-140) after 36-holes.

Rounding out the top five at the end of day two a pair of champions sit within striking distance at even par (141). Dave McNabb (Applebrook Golf Club) got to even par with scores of (73-68-141) while Dave Quinn (Philmont Country Club) got there with a (71-70-141).

In addition to competing for the championship’s top prize and the William B. Packer trophy, players are also competing for a spot in next summer’s 51st PGA Professional Championship which is being held at the Bayonet Black Horse in Sunriver, California. There are several players within striking distance of the leaders but there are also more than 15 players within three shots of a qualifying spot.

The final round of the 96th Philadelphia PGA Professional Championship will get underway at 8:00 AM at Laurel Creek Country Club with the tournament leaders teeing off at 12:30 PM.

For continued coverage of the 96th Philadelphia PGA Professional Championship coverage you can visit philadelphia.pga.com or on social media @PhiladelphiaPGA / #PPGAChamp

Philadelphia PGA Professional Championship
Sep 19 – Sep 21, 2017
Individual Professional Media Results

 1    Tony Perla         LedgeRock GC           69-64--133 -8   
 2    Jordan Gibbs       Gulph Mills GC         71-67--138 -3   
 T3   Brendon Post       Univ of Delaware       68-72--140 -1   
 T3   Terry Hertzog      CC of York             72-68--140 -1   
 T5   Dave McNabb        Applebrook GC          73-68--141 E    
 T5   Dave Quinn         Philmont CC            71-70--141 E    
 T7   Rusty Harbold      Phila Cricket Club     70-72--142 +1   
 T7   Billy Stewart      ACE Club               75-67--142 +1   
 T7   Brett Melton       Radley Run CC          71-71--142 +1   
 T10  Chris Krueger      Kings Creek CC         75-68--143 +2   
 T10  Rich Steinmetz     Spring Ford CC         74-69--143 +2   
 T10  Mark Sheftic       Merion GC              73-70--143 +2   
 T10  Stu Ingraham       M Golf Range           74-69--143 +2   
 T14  Alex Knoll         Bethlehem GC           72-72--144 +3   
 T14  Bill Sautter       Phila Cricket Club     74-70--144 +3   
 T14  Greg Farrow        Deerwood CC            75-69--144 +3   
 T14  John Bierkan       Aronimink GC           71-73--144 +3   
 T18  Ashley Grier       Overbrook GC           75-70--145 +4   
 T18  Rob Shuey          Colonial GC            72-73--145 +4   
 T18  Pat Butkus         Overbrook GC           72-73--145 +4   
 T21  Mike Molino        The CC of Scranton     74-72--146 +5   
 T21  Sam Ambrose        Aronimink GC           71-75--146 +5   
 T21  Mike Ladden        Whitford CC            74-72--146 +5   
 T21  Kirk Deyer         Philadelphia CC        72-74--146 +5   
 25   Jakob Gerney       Trump National GC      73-74--147 +6   
 T26  Rick Gibney        Colonial GC            79-69--148 +7   
 T26  John Cooper        Green Valley CC        68-80--148 +7   
 T26  Don DeAngelis      Center Square GC       79-69--148 +7   
 T26  Brian Kelly        Bucknell GC            74-74--148 +7   
 T26  John Pillar        CC at Woodloch Springs 80-68--148 +7   
 T26  John Rudolph       Fieldstone GC          75-73--148 +7   
 T32  Terry Hatch        Hidden Valley GC       74-75--149 +8   
 T32  Chip Richter       Carlisle CC            73-76--149 +8   
 T32  Dave Pagett        Whitemarsh Valley CC   74-75--149 +8   
 T32  John DiMarco       Laurel Creek CC        72-77--149 +8   
 T32  John Appleget      Wildwood Golf & CC     79-70--149 +8   
 T32  Dean Halterman     Galloway National GC   75-74--149 +8   
 T32  George Forster     Radnor Valley CC       75-74--149 +8   
 T32  Shawn Matthews     Huntingdon Valley CC   77-72--149 +8   
 T32  Mike Grabosky      Heidelberg CC          75-74--149 +8   
 T32  Bob Hennefer       Indian Springs GC      80-69--149 +8   
 T42  Anthony Malizia    Bidermann GC           76-74--150 +9   
 T42  David Morano       CC of York             81-69--150 +9   
 T42  Jeff Bonicky       Sea Oaks GC            76-74--150 +9   
 T42  Curtis Kirkpatrick Indian Springs GC      78-72--150 +9   
 T42  Dave Fields        Brookside CC           74-76--150 +9   
 T42  Don Allan          Burlington CC          75-75--150 +9   
 T42  Joe Kogelman       GolfTEC Moorestown     79-71--150 +9   
 T42  Dan Marz           Huntingdon Valley CC   76-74--150 +9   
 T42  Peter Lovenguth    Silver Creek CC        73-77--150 +9   
 T42  Robby Bruns        Merion GC              72-78--150 +9   
 T52  Dustin McCormick   Glen Brook GC          74-77--151 +10  
 T52  John Spina         Phila Cricket Club     76-75--151 +10  
 T52  Hugh Matthis       Tavistock CC           75-76--151 +10  
 T52  Mark Parson        Harbor Pines           79-72--151 +10  
 T52  Eric Schultz       Sunnybrook GC          74-77--151 +10  
 T52  Gregg Gipp         Phoenixville CC        72-79--151 +10  
 T52  Andy Fisher        Frosty Valley CC       75-76--151 +10  
 T52  Michael Caldwell   Bidermann GC           76-75--151 +10  
 T60  Kevin Nicholson    White Manor CC         78-74--152 +11  
 T60  Eric McNamee       Golf Galaxy            77-75--152 +11  
 T60  Carson Solien      Aronimink GC           75-77--152 +11  
 T60  Richie Krebs       Outdoor CC             73-79--152 +11  
 T60  John Allen         Huntingdon Valley CC   76-76--152 +11  
 T60  Michael Little     Lookaway GC            77-75--152 +11

Post & Cooper Set the Pace at the 96th Philadelphia PGA Professional Championship

Mount Laurel, N.J. – The opening round of the 96th Philadelphia PGA Professional Championship was held on Tuesday, September 19 at both Laurel Creek Country Club and Burlington Country Club. The field of 139 PGA Professionals was split between the two facilities for the Championship’s first day.

Playing in the tournament’s first pairing, Brendon Post (Univ of Delaware), playing his opening round at Laurel Creek Country Club, set the pace early. Post carded three birdies on his opening nine holes to make the turn at 3-under. As Post made his way back to the clubhouse he carded two birdies along with two bogeys to finish his inward nine at even par giving him a day one total of 3-under (68).

It was not until four hours later that anyone would join Post at the top of the leaderboard. John Cooper (Green Valley Country Club), also playing at Laurel Creek Country Club got off to a quick start with a birdie on the first hole. Cooper would add an additional birdie on the par-5 5th hole but after a double bogey on the tricky par-4 8th, his only blemish of the day, Cooper would make the turn at even par. After a couple of pars early in his back nine, Cooper would card three consecutive birdies on holes 12-14 to get to 3-under which is where he would finish his opening round.

While Post and Cooper were the low scores of the day, there are a number of players within striking distance heading into the Championship’s second round. Playing at Laurel Creek Country Club, Rusty Harbold (Philadelphia Cricket Club) managed one more birdie than bogey to post an opening round 1-under (70). A pair of even pars from Sam Ambrose (Aronimink Golf Club) and defending champion Jordan Gibbs (Gulph Mills Golf Club) leave them three shots back after round one.

The low round of the day at the Championship’s second course, Burlington Country Club, went to Tony Perla (LedgeRock Golf Club). Perla traded two birdies against two bogeys to make the turn at even par. After consecutive birdies on holes 10-11 Perla would drop a shot at the difficult par-3 12th hole dropping him to 1-under which is where he would finish.

The 54-hole Championship features a 36-hole cut and is the marquee event for all Philadelphia PGA Professionals. The top finisher will take home the William B. Packer Trophy along with the first place check and will lead 12 Philadelphia PGA Professionals to next summer’s 51st PGA Professional Championship at Bayonet Black Horse in Seaside, California. Players will now flip courses before playing their second rounds.

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Stage is Set for the 96th Philadelphia PGA Professional Championship

 

Mount Laurel, N.J. – The biggest event on the Philadelphia PGA calendar is set to take place next week at beautiful Laurel Creek Country Club in southern New Jersey. The 96th Philadelphia PGA Professional Championship will feature nearly 140 Philadelphia PGA professionals all looking to cl

aim their spot as the Section’s top golfer and have their name forever engraved on the William B. Packer trophy. In addition to the top prize, all competitors will be looking to secure one of thirteen spots into next year’s 51st PGA Professional Championship at the Bayonet Black Course in Seaside, California.

Championship week will officially get underway on Monday, September 18 at Laurel Creek Country Club with the annual Mariniello Tournament of Champions Pro-Am. The Pro-Am is named in honor of past Variety – The Children’s Charity president and longtime friend of the Philadelphia PGA Vince Mariniello. The event will bring together more than twenty teams and will help to generate donations for the Philadelphia PGA’s charitable partner, Variety – The Children’s Charity of Delaware Valley.

As Championship week moves into tournament play, the first and second rounds of the 96th Philadelphia PGA Professional Championship will be held on Tuesday, September 19 and Wednesday, September 20 with play at both Laurel Creek Country Club and Burlington Country Club. For the opening rounds the field will be split with competitors alternating courses after their opening rounds. At the conclusion of the second round the tournament field will be cut to the low 60 players plus ties.

The final round of the 96th Philadelphia PGA Professional Championship will be played on Thursday, September 21 at Laurel Creek Country Club. The final round will get underway in the morning with players just inside the cut line leading the way allowing the tournament leaders to play together in the final parings in the early afternoon. At the conclusion of play, ties for the overall champion as well as any qualifying spot will be settled via a sudden death tiebreaker.

This year’s tournament field will feature thirteen past champions including defending champion Jordan Gibbs (Gulph Mills Golf Club). Gibbs will look to become the first person to defend his title since Rich Steinmetz (Spring Ford Country Club) accomplished the feat in 2010-2011. Also in the fie

ld will be 2015 champion Dave McNabb (Applebrook Golf Club) who will be arriving at the Championship just a couple days after representing his country in the PGA Cup matches.

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Team USA makes its bid to win back Llandudno Trophy in showdown with Great Britain & Ireland in the 28th PGA Cup

 

 

By Bob Denney

PGA Historian

OTTERSHAW, Surrey, England (Sept. 14, 2017) – For those American players present two years ago, watching their Great Britain & Ireland counterparts taking turns leaping into a pond by the 18th green at CordeValle in San Martin, California, was unsettling.

The first U.S. loss on home soil in PGA Cup history stung, and now sets up a compelling weekend nearly 27 miles southwest of London. The 28th PGA Cup, the premier international event for PGA Club Professionals, opens Friday at Foxhills Club & Resort’s Longcross Course.

The U.S. owns a 17-6-4 series lead since the event began in 1973, and is 6-5-1 on the road in the chase for the Llandudno International Trophy.

To set the stage for Friday morning’s four-balls, the Americans got a heavy dose of encouragement following Thursday’s opening ceremony. They viewed a video in the Team Room featuring Jack Nicklaus, Paul Azinger, Dave Stockton, Lee Trevino, Ben Crenshaw, Maj. Dan Rooney, Golf Channel announcer/North Florida PGA Member Charlie Rymer and reigning PGA Champion Justin Thomas.  

If that wasn’t enough, U.S. Ryder Cup Captain Jim Furyk dialed in from Florida, asking the team to “set the winning plate for us as we come over next year.” Furyk closed by saying, “Play your own game. I promise you it’s good enough.”

PGA of America President and U.S. Captain Paul Levy of Indian Wells, California, said he likes what’s he’s seen in his team during practice.

“We have five veterans that have played in these matches before and five who haven’t. But there are also a lot of mature guys,” said Levy. “It’s not like we have a team of 25-year-olds. We have got a lot of experienced players – even those who haven’t played in the match before – who have been top-notch club professionals, tour experienced-type players. So we are excited. We think we’ve got a great team.”

Among the veterans is a twosome who competed at CordeValle in 2015: reigning PGA Professional Champion Omar Uresti, a PGA Life Member from Austin, Texas; and Jamie Broce of Indianapolis, the new head men’s and women’s golf coach at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI).

“I feel like I take a lot of responsibility for my singles match in 2015,” said Broce. “I played great, and the guy I played made two eagles and three birdies in the last eight holes on me. He won the match and he really played well. I think their whole team played well and they earned it. We didn’t give them anything. For us to come over here to reclaim the Cup, we’re going to have to earn it. We’re not going to be able to back into anything.”

This marks Uresti’s third international team event, having competed in the Japan Friendship Matches as a junior at the University of Texas. “We definitely want to win the Cup back. To be on the first team that lost the Cup on U.S. soil was disappointing,” he said. “They have good players on their team and we have good ones on ours. We’ll be playing a course that is narrower than the old U.S. Open courses we’ve played.”

The 6,751-yard, par-72 Longcross is deceptively inviting in length, but has been honed to the specifications of Great Britain & Ireland Captain Albert MacKenzie. The fairways, according to Foxhills Director of Golf Chris Fitt, “have been pinched to provide bottlenecks” as a defense to the longest hitters.

There are no par-4s over 400 yards on the back nine, which leads to a shotmaker’s course and ideal for match play.    

Great Britain & Ireland’s original plan was to utilize the longer Bernard Hunt Course. Both courses are well known to PGA Members here, as they host the annual Senior PGA Professional Championship.

“We just felt the Longcross Course was a little bit more British in its nature, where precision may be par around that course,” said MacKenzie, who was vice captain to winning 2015 Captain Jon Bevan. “Aesthetically, it’s easier on the eye and would provide a great theater for match play and the opportunity for more birdies on the back nine.

“Having been here the last four years for the British Seniors Championship, and finishing runner-up here in 2014, I am very fond of Foxhills. It is a wonderful resort, and offers virtually anything you want.”

MacKenzie doesn’t hide the fact that planning two years ago was paramount to bringing momentum to Great Britain & Ireland. “That was a great week,” said MacKenzie, “Jon (Bevan) was an inspirational Captain. We prepared very thoroughly. I would say the year before the PGA Cup, Jon and I had spoken 250 of the 365 days. It was a fantastic journey. We put a lot of effort into it. We had a template that we studied very closely for what happened in CordeValle and I pretty much used my personal twists.”

For Levy and his team, the task was aligning compatible partners who could mount a challenge. He also will call upon veterans in two-time PGA Professional Champion Matt Dobyns of Glen Head, New York; Mark Brown of Oyster Bay, New York; and 2013 PGA Professional Champion Rod Perry of Port Orange, Florida.

“It’s really exciting to represent your country. It’s a great honor, It’s something that most people don’t get to do very often,” said Dobyns, a PGA Head Professional at Fresh Meadow Country Club in Lake Success, New York. “It’s also to be on a team, which in golf we don’t get to do very often. It brings back a lot of good memories from college. Being in England, adds another dimension to it, taking a special trip and kind of living the life of a tour player is really exciting and something we all cherish.”  

Perry arrived Wednesday morning, having secured his family and home following the passing of Hurricane Irma. He was one of the fortunate to get early clearance for a flight from the nearby Orlando International Airport. The PGA Head Professional at Crane Lakes Golf & Country Club in Port Orange, who missed two days of practice here, was not using any excuses.

“I was ready to play and really enjoyed my time around the course. Playing with Jamie (Broce) was a lot of fun,” said Perry, who competed in 2013 at Slaley Hall in Northeast England, when the U.S. forged a tie to keep the Cup for two more years. “We know we are in for a tough match.”

Brown, a 51-year-old PGA Head Professional at Tam O’Shanter Club in Glen Head, New York, last competed in the PGA Cup in 2000. He’s a three-time runner-up in the PGA Professional Championship.

“When we get on the course, we’re pulling for each other,” said Brown. “When you see that flag on the back of your shirt, it is really a special honor. Hopefully, we’ll take care of business.”  

Levy said that he is pleased with the pairings that have come together through the practice rounds.

“The most important things about putting people together are all about relationships. After three days, we have a good idea and two players and want to win a match,” said Levy. “The golf course is very narrow and some areas the rough is tough. When it’s all said and done it’s about getting the ball in the hole faster than the other.”

The U.S. PGA Cup “rookies” include 2016 PGA Professional Champion Rich Berberian Jr. of Hooksett, New Hampshire; Paul Claxton of Claxton, Georgia; Dave McNabb of Newark, Delaware; Adam Rainaud of Chester, Connecticut; and Josh Speight of Locust Hill, Virginia. 

“When my brother and I found out that I had made the team, it was the most pumped up that I have been,” said Rainaud, a PGA Assistant Professional at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, New York. “We get the camaraderie of the team and are friends forever.” 

It’s been a season of major highs for McNabb, who competed in the KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship, was runner-up to Uresti in the PGA Professional Championship; and added appearances in the U.S. Senior Open and the PGA Championship.

“I think this would be one of the highlights of my career, to be one of the top 10 PGA Professionals in the country and to represent my country,” said McNabb, the PGA Head Professional at Applebrook Golf Club in Malvern, Pennsylvania. “I think we have to play good solid team golf and bond together as a unit to get the job done.”

28th PGA Cup

United States                                       

Captain: Paul Levy, Indian Wells, Calif.

Rich Berberian Jr., Hooksett, N.H.

Jamie Broce, Indianapolis, Ind.

Mark Brown, Oyster Bay, N.Y.

Paul Claxton, Claxton, Ga.

Matt Dobyns, Glen Head, N.Y.

Dave McNabb, Newark, Del.

Rod Perry, Port Orange, Fla.

Adam Rainaud, Chester, Conn.

Josh Speight, Locust Hill, Va.

Omar Uresti, Austin, Texas

         

Great Britain & Ireland

Captain: Albert MacKenzie, Devon, England

Phillip Archer, Warrington, Cheshire, England

Robert Coles, Romford, Essex, England

Matthew Cort, Leicester, England

Christopher Currie, Clydebank, Dunbartonshire, Scotland

David Higgins, Killarney, County Kerry, Ireland

Gary Houston, Wrexham, Clwyd, Wales

Greig Hutcheon, Banchory, Aberdeenshire, Scotland

Chris McDonnell, Chichester, West Sussex, England

Damien McGrane, Kells, County Meath, Ireland

Andrew Raitt, London, England

Friday Morning Four-Balls

7:30 a.m. (2:30 a.m. EDT) 

Rod Perry, Port Orange, Fla. & Jamie Broce, Indianapolis, Ind.  (USA) vs. Greig Hutcheon, Banchory, Aberdeenshire, Scotland & Damien McGrane, County Meath, Ireland (GB&I)

7:45 a.m. (2:45 a.m. EDT)

Rich Berberian Jr., Hooksett, N.H. & Adam Rainaud, Chester, Conn. (USA) vs. Robert Coles, Romford, Essex, England & Chris McDonnell, Chichester, England (GB&I)

8:00 a.m. (3:00 a.m. EDT)

Matt Dobyns, Glen Head, N.Y. & Mark Brown, Oyster Bay, N.Y. (USA) vs. Phillip Archer, Warrington, England & Andrew Raitt, London, England (GB&I)

8:15 a.m. (3:15 a.m. EDT)

Omar Uresti, Austin, Texas & Paul Claxton, Claxton, Ga. (USA) vs. Chris Currie, Clydebank, Dunbartonshire, Scotland  & David Higgins, Killarney, Count Kerry, Ireland (GB&I)