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Pagett and Teammates Go Low To Win Pro-Am For Wishes Pro-Am

WEST CHESTER, Pa, – On Sunday, August 27th Penn Oaks Golf Club hosted the first day of the Pro-Am for Wishes tournament benefiting the Make a Wish Foundation. The first round of this two-day tournament pairs one PGA Professionals with two amateurs. The format for the event is one best ball of the two amateurs, (with ams receiving 100% of their established handicap), plus the professional’s score.  Continue reading

Teams from Radley Run & Tavistock Lead the Way at Pro-Assistant-Pro Championship

Galloway, N.J. – On a beautiful mid-summer afternoon, 187 PGA Professionals and Assistant PGA Professionals descended upon the New Jersey shore and Seaview Resort for the annual Pro-Assistant-Pro Championship. This event pairs the highest ranking PGA Professional at a given facility with each of his or her PGA Assistant Professionals in a better ball of partners event. The tournament was held on both the Bay and Pines course at Seaview Resort with prizes awarded on each course separately.

Leading the way on the Bay course was the team from Radley Run Country Club featuring John Kellogg and Brett Melton. As a team the duo posted two eagles, both carded by Kellogg, and six birdies to finish with a team total of 10-under (61). The score was good enough for a three shot victory over the pair of Paul Viola and Alex Knoll from Bethlehem Golf Club who finished at 7-under (64).  Three teams finished tied for third place after posting scores of 6-under (65). The group featured Tom Michaels and Ben Bewley of Bershire Country Club, Michael Ferguson and Tony Perla from Philadelphia Cricket Club, and Chris Wilkinson and Jared Murosky of Llanerch Country Club.

The Pines Course also featured a clear cut winner after the team of Hugh Matthis and Greg Matthias from Tavistock Country Club finished with a score of 8-under (63). The pair played bogey free while adding eight birdies to give them a two-shot victory over the field. A trio of teams posted scores of 6-under (65) to finish tied for second place. The first team to get to 6-under was Linda Nevatt and Billy Stewart from The ACE Club while the remaining two teams were both from Indian Springs Golf Club. Curtis Kirkpatrick paired with both Steve Sieracki and Brett Fernandes to finish in the second place tie.

The Section would like to thank our sponsors Cutter & Buck, Golf Max, Country Club Editions, and the PGA Tour for supporting this great event. The next event on the Philadelphia PGA calendar is Thursday’s Skee Riegel Senior Open at Radnor Valley Country Club on Thursday, August 3.

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Team Radley Run Edges Field at NCR French Creek Team Stableford

Elverson, Pa. – On Thursday 23 teams gathered at French Creek Golf Club for the National Car Rental French Creek Team Stableford. The teams not only had to tame the course, but they had to battle through one of the hottest days of the summer thus far. All teams featured one PGA Professional and three amateurs and played a Stableford points event competing for both Net and Gross division prizes.

In the Net division Jonathan Trauner (GolfTEC Moorestown) and his partners Scott Shawlinski, Skip Gmitter, and Al Silvestri turned in a score of 89 points, which included 7 net eagles, and 4 net birdies, but Shawn Hall (Radley Run CC) and his partners Jerry Shanahan, Mike Roy, and Jeffrey Gressel matched that score. However neither team would win as Brett Melton (Radley Run Country Club) and his amateur partners Alex Kane, Steve Murta, Jr., and Jim Krass finished with 90 points. They also tied for the Gross division top spot but teams can only win in one division.

In the Gross Division Justin Meyers (Golf Genius) and his partners Rob Blari, Gregg Russell, and Scott Blandford handed in their scorecard with 7 birdies and 3 eagles for a total of 81 points. Unfortunately for team Meyers, John Kulhamer (Green Pond Country Club) and his amateur partners Tom Lusto, Charles Leon, Jason Wilson topped the leaderboard. The team carded 11 gross birdies to finish their round with 82 points and the win.

The Philadelphia PGA would like to thank tournament sponsors National Car Rental as well as SynLawn. Additionally the Philadelphia PGA thanks the membership and staff of French Creek Golf Club for their continued support. The Philadelphia PGA’s next event is the GALV Lehigh Valley Open scheduled for Monday, July 24 – Tuesday, July 25 at Northampton Country Club.

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Harbold and Fricke Go Low to Win Pro-Scratch Championship

York, Pa.  A predication of a stormy forecast threatened the Philadelphia PGA’s Pro-Scratch Championship at the Country Club of York. The event would mark the first time the Section would return to the course in over a decade. However, with the odds seemingly against the tournament only a small rain shower in the afternoon hampered the players in the field. The Pro-Scratch Championship is a two-man team consisting one PGA professional and one amateur at scratch 

Playing in the second tee time in the morning John Spina (Philadelpha Cricket Club) and his son J.T. scored an impressive number of 9-under (63) and thought they had to wait all day to see if anyone would come close to their score. However, shortly after the Spinas turned in their score, Rusty Harbold (Philadelphia Cricket Club) and his amateur partner Aaron Fricke jumped to the top of the leaderboard with 12 birdies and 6 pars on their scorecard to score an even more impressive 12-under (60).  

At the end of the day the score stood and Harbold and Fricke would become the champions. Congratulations goes to Jacob Hoffer’s (The Union League Golf Club) amateur partner A.J. Jaskel who scored an ace on the 166 yard par 3, 17th.

The Philadelphia PGA would like to thank our newest sponsor, PXG, along with the membership and staff of the Country Club of York for making the Pro-Scratch Championship a success. The Philadelphia PGA will be back in action on Monday July 10 for the William Hyndman, III Memorial Classic at Huntington Valley Country Club. 

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Ferguson and Brennan Edge Field at AB Thorn Memorial Pro-Am

Lancaster, Pa. – After a one-year hiatus the AB Thorn Memorial Pro-Am once again returned to the Philadelphia PGA tournament schedule. The long time event was not played in 2016 due to inclement weather and scheduling conflicts. However, as players returned to the rolling hills of Lancaster Country Club this year they were treated to a near perfect golf course which helped the difficulties brought on by the hot and humid temperatures. The AB Thorn is played as a four-ball (better ball of partners) tournament with each team consisting of one PGA Professional and one amateur playing to a scratch handicap.

Early in the day the team of Mike Bell (LedgeRock Golf Club) and his partner Scott Mayne posted the first score of note in today’s tournament. Bell and Mayne carded four birdies on their round, two from each player, but a lone bogey on difficult par-4 11th hole proved to be costly. When all was said and done Bell and Mayne finished with a team score of 3-under (67) which was good enough for a top-2 finish but was ultimately one shot shy of the top spot.

As the morning wave came to a close a second team made a run for the tournament’s top spot but like the duo of Bell and Mayne they also fell one shot short. The team of John Spina (Philadelphia Cricket Club) and his partner Kevin Kelly got off to a fast start after posting a score of 3-under through their opening nine holes. However, as they made their way to the back nine they were unable to get anything going and finished with nine consecutive pars to finish the day at 3-under (67).

Playing in the group immediately following Spina and Kelly, the team of Michael Ferguson (Philadelphia Cricket Club) and his partner John Brennan managed to break through the growing log jam at 3-under and post a score one shot better. Ferguson and Brennan made their way around the par-70 course flawlessly. As a team they carded two birdies, both by Ferguson, and one eagle, carded by Brennan to finish at 4-under (66).

As the teams in the afternoon wave made their way around it became clear that they were on the tougher side of the draw. With temperatures remaining hot and humid the windy conditions that came through in the afternoon made it tough to hold shots as the greens became firm. Only one team in the afternoon wave made a run at the top of the leaderboard. Josh Bashore (Lebanon Country Club) and his partner Stuart Hanford made a late charge carding two birdies over their final three holes but no holes left to play they had to settle for a score of 3-under (67) and tie for second place.

In the end Ferguson and Brennan’s score of 4-under held up and gave the duo a one shot victory and the 2017 AB Thorn Memorial Pro-Am crown.

Special congratulations to Kevin Kelly of Philadelphia Cricket Club on carding a hole-in-one on the par-3 17th hole at Lancaster Country Club. Kelly used a 6-iron on the 160 yard hole to accomplish the feat. It was Kelly’s fifth career hole-in-one but his first in tournament competition.

The Section thanks our tournament sponsors Mizuno Golf, Greg Norman Apparel and Morell Studios for their continued support of the Philadelphia PGA tournament program and specifically the AB Thorn Memorial Pro-Am. Additionally, the players and staff thanks the members and staff of Lancaster Country Club for their outstanding hospitality.

The Philadelphia PGA tournament offices will be closed July 1-4 in observance of the July 4 holiday. The offices will reopen on Wednesday, July 5 and the next tournament on the schedule is the Pro-Scratch Championship at Country Club of York on July 6.

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2017 Election Nomination Form

A new set of officers and board members will be elected at the Fall Membership Meeting on October 23, 2017. Please take some time to nominate qualified candidates for these positions.

2017 Election Nomination Form

Return nomination form to:  Philadelphia Section  PGA

1009 Penllyn Pike

Lower Gwynedd, PA  19002

Fax:  (215) 646-3961


DEADLINE: 5:00 pm, Monday, August 21st, 2017


Ingraham Wins Jack Jolly / Golf Pride Championship on First Playoff Hole

Royersford, Pa. – On Tuesday, June 13, Spring Ford Country Club played host to the Jack Jolly / Golf Pride Championship, the season’s seventh point’s event in the race for the Omega Player of the Year presented by Haverford Trust. The Jack Jolly / Golf Pride Championship was played as an individual stroke play event and featured a field of 83 PGA Professionals which included 28 players from the Philadelphia Assistants’ Organization (PAO) who were competing in the PAO event which was held in conjunction with today’s Championship. As a note some PAO members were competing in both of the day’s tournaments.

Players competing in today’s tournament had to deal with more than the challenging Spring Ford layout as temperatures crept into the mid-90s proving that summer is truly less than a week away. However, playing in the tournament’s first pairing, Brett Melton (Radley Run Country Club) showed that good scores were available in spite of the difficult conditions. Melton posted four birdies through 14 holes before adding a fifth on the par 4, 17th but bogeys on holes 15, 16 and 18 dropped Melton to 2-under (70) for the day and he would be forced to watch the leaderboard.

Unfortunately, not far behind Melton, Jordan Gibbs (Gulph Mills Golf Club) would end the wait for Melton after just three groups, by finishing at 3-under (69). Gibbs carded one birdie on his outward nine to make the turn at 1-under but a bogey on the par 4, 10th, his lone blemish on the day, quickly dropped him back to even par. Gibbs would post three additional birdies as he made his way back into the clubhouse to take the 1-shot lead. Needing to head back to work at Gulph Mills, Gibbs would also keep a close watch on the tournament leaderboard.

It looked as though Gibbs lead would hold as players came close but faded as they came down the stretch. However, one player who was up to the challenge was seasoned tournament veteran Stu Ingraham (M Golf Range). Fresh off of qualifying for the US Senior Open, Ingraham played a near perfect round of golf carding three birdies along the way to finish tied with Gibbs at 3-under (69). At the end of the day it came down to a sudden-death playoff between Ingraham and Gibbs. Gibbs went first hitting it far right, while Ingraham’s drive found the end of the fairway. Both Gibbs and Ingraham found the green with their second shot giving both a look at birdie. Putting first, Ingraham was able to make his 13’ putt forcing Gibbs to do the same with his 10 footer. Despite his best effort, Gibbs’ putt just missed giving Ingraham the win.

“This win means so much to me especially this year,” said Ingraham on his win. “I met Dennis McGugan in 1991 and he was always a great friend to me. To capture the title after we lost such a great person is something I will never forget.”

All was not lost for Gibbs as he did take home the top prize in the PAO Jack Jolly / Golf Pride Championship, his first PAO win of the 2017 season. Ingraham would also clinch a win in the senior division posting a 2-shot win over Dave Quinn (Philmont Country Club) who finished with a 1-under (71).

Special congratulations go out to Joe Kogelman (GolfTEC – Moorestown) who carded his first hole-in-one in tournament play. Kogelman used an 8-iron on the par 3, 170 yards long 14th hole to accomplish the feat.

The Section would like to thank our tournament sponsors, Jack Jolly & Son and Golf Pride Grips who came out to today’s event. The Philadelphia PGA will return to action on Monday, June 26 at Biderman Country Club in Wilmington, Delaware for the Connelly Club / Head Pro Championship.

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Team Trauner Last In, Takes First at National Car Rental AC Team Stableford

Egg Harbor Township, N.J, – The 34 teams that gathered at Hidden Creek Golf Club for the National Car Rental AC Team Stableford Championship thought that June would bring summer weather, but instead, it turned out to be more like a chilly autumn afternoon. Despite the conditions, the sun decided to come out for the afternoon wave and all the competitors had an enjoyable day. All teams featured one PGA Professional and three amateurs and playing a stableford points system competing in both a Net and a Gross division.

In the Net Division the final pairing of the day Jonathan Trauner from GolfTEC Moorestown and his amateur partners Al Silvertri, Bob Davis, and Bernard Gmitter finished at top of the leaderboard with a score of 88 points beating out four teams with 86 points. Trauner eagled #8 followed with a birdie on #18. The Gross division was won by the team of John Kulhamer from Green Pond Country Club and his amateur partners Jason Wilson, Charlie Leon, and Tom Lusto with a score of 80 points. Kulhamer birdied back to back holes on 14 and 15.

The Philadelphia PGA would like to thank the tournament sponsors Golf Life Navigators and especially National Car Rental for bringing their mobile experience bus to the tournament and offering to re-grip the competitors’ clubs. Additionally, the Philadelphia PGA thanks the membership and staff of Hidden Creek Golf Club for their continued support. The next event on the Philly PGA schedule is this Tuesday, June 13th, at Springford Country Club for the Jack Jolly/ Golf Pride Championship.

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Shawnee’s Brian Bergstol Wins 32nd Burlington Classic Pro-Am

Westampton, N.J. – The second and final round of the 32nd Burlington Classic Pro-Am was played on Monday, June 5 at Burlington Country Club. After the opening round Pro-Am, all PGA Professionals, and the top three amateur participants returned to complete their 36-hole stroke play tournament.

“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.

With inclement weather in the forecast, tee times for the second round were shifted to an 8:00 am shotgun to avoid the storms scheduled for the afternoon. Even though all players were on the course at the same time the tournament leaders were paired together to help make for an exciting finish with a dozen players within five shots of the lead.

After a very impressive opening round of 9-under par (61) Trevor Bensel (Huntingdon Valley Country Club) hoped to re-capture the magic of his opening round. However, Bensel managed only one birdie on his outward nine and didn’t fare much better on the back nine finding some trouble which ultimately dropped him from contention. Despite not finishing in the top spot Bensel did manage to secure a top 10 finish in his first tournament of the 2017 season with a tournament total of 3-under (137).

Making an early charge at the top spot was Indian Spring Golf Club Professional Curtis Kirkpatrick. After posting a 4-under (66) in Sunday’s round, Kirkpatrick quickly made waves in the second round. He carded five birdies through eight holes to take a share of the lead. Unfortunately, his second nine was not as successful and when his round was finished Kirkpatrick had dropped from the top spot but did secure his second top ten finish on the year with a two day total of 2-under (138).

Playing in the tournament’s final pairing Brian Bergstol (Shawnee Inn & Golf Resort) was able to keep an eye on exactly what was needed to secure a win at the 32nd Burlington Classic. Bergstol who was two shots back of the leader after a first round 7-under (63) got off to a near-perfect start with birdies on three of his first four holes. After a pair of bogeys, Bergstol closed his outward nine with a fourth birdie to make the turn at 9-under with nine holes to play. While most players found trouble on Burlington’s back nine, Bergstol was able to keep his game in check playing his final nine holes at even par to finish the two-day event at 9-under (131) giving Bergstol a three-shot win over the field and his first Philadelphia PGA tournament win.

In the senior division, Stu Ingraham (M Golf Range) made a late surge with five birdies over his final six holes to finish with a 36-hole total of 6-under (134) to take home his third senior points win of the 2017 and a tie for second in the regular division.

Congratulations to amateur Travis Mazurek who was awarded the Marotto Medal as the tournament’s low amateur after a posting a two-day total of 18-over (158). The Marotto Medal is named in memory of longtime Burlington Country Club member Ron Marotto, who was instrumental in starting the Burlington Classic Pro-Am.

The Section would like to thank the membership and staff of Burlington Country Club as well as tournament sponsor Adidas golf. The next event on the Philadelphia PGA tournament calendar is the National Car Rental AC Team Stableford Championship at Hidden Creek on Thursday, June 8.

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