Author: Matt Frey

Philadelphia PGA Nominating Committee Announces 2022 Slate of Nominees

The Philadelphia PGA Section’s Nominating Committee has announced its 2022 Slate of Nominees for open District Director positions in Districts 2, 4, and 6. The election is scheduled to take place at our Fall Membership Meeting at White Manor Country Club on October 31. The committee has put forth the following slate of endorsed candidates:


DISTRICT 2 
Michael Caldwell, PGA
DuPont Country Club
Endorsed Candidate

Michael Caldwell is currently the PGA Head Professional at DuPont Country Club in Wilmington, Del. In the last 12 years since returning to the Philadelphia PGA Section, Caldwell has worked for Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa., 2010-2016; Bidermann Golf Club in Wilmington, Del., 2017-2019; and DuPont Country Club in Wilmington, Del., 2020-present. Caldwell says his activity level within the Section allows him to stay connected with other PGA Professionals, which offers the chance to talk about and learn what others are going through in their respective roles.  Caldwell remains an active participant in the Section’s tournament program, in addition to attending meetings, and other gatherings / events whenever possible. Caldwell has worked to expand his knowledge of the golf business by looking for continuous education opportunities, including Rules of Golf seminars and completing the PGA of America’s Certified Professional program, specializing in Golf Operations, in 2018. For the last three years, he has served on the Section’s Junior Golf Committee, which has given him the chance to start the process of giving back to the game that has given him so much in his lifetime. Caldwell says that he would like to continue that service in a larger capacity as the District 2 Director. 


DISTRICT 4 
Mike Molino, PGA
Country Club of Scranton
Endorsed Candidate 

Mike Molino has been a Class A PGA Professional since 2002, but Molino says that his love for the game began at White Deer Golf Course in Montgomery, Pa., where he was taught the game, and business, by John Kulhamer, PGA. Molino graduated from the University of Charleston in West Virginia in 1991, and has since spent time working as a PGA Assistant Professional at Glen Oak Country Club in Clarks Summit, Pa., 1993; and Huntsville Golf Club in Dallas, Pa., 1995-2003; before accepting the PGA Head Professional position at Huntsville in 2004, a role he served in through 2012. Molino then served as a PGA Professional at Dick’s Sporting Goods in 2013, then moved to his current facility, the Country Club of Scranton in Clarks Summit, Pa., as a PGA Assistant Professional in 2014, before taking the PGA Head Professional job in 2015. Molino is the Section’s current District 4 Director.


DISTRICT 6 
Scott Chisholm, PGA
Rolling Green Golf Club
Endorsed Candidate

Scott Chisholm is finishing his fifth season as PGA Head Professional at Rolling Green Golf Club, and is prepared to dedicate his time to continue the strong tradition of our Section. During his tenure in the New Jersey PGA Section, he held the following positions: Section Board of Directors, 2016-2017; Section Assistants’ Association President, 2015; Section Education Committee member, 2013-2015; and Section Assistants’ Committee member, 2013-2015. He has been fortunate to be recognized by various organizations for professional achievements, including: New Jersey PGA Player Development Award recipient, 2017; Golf Digest Best Young Teachers, 2016-2022; Golf Digest Best Teachers in State, 2016-2020; New Jersey PGA Teacher & Coach of the Year finalist, 2016-2017; New Jersey PGA Assistant Golf Professional of the Year finalist, 2014-2016; and the New Jersey PGA Professional Development Award finalist, 2014. Chisholm thanks you in advance for your support of his candidacy for District 6 Director; he hopes to have the privilege to serve you, his fellow PGA Members.


DISTRICT 6 
Tom Gilbert, PGA
Gulph Mills Golf Club
Endorsed Candidate

Tom has been the PGA Head Professional at Gulph Mills Golf Club in King of Prussia, Pa., for the past 19 seasons. He routinely participates in the Section’s tournament program, educational opportunities, and served a short time on the Section’s Tournament and Nominating committees. During his tenure, he has mentored several PGA assistant professionals and PGA Golf Management interns. Over this period, Tom has been extremely proud to have placed six assistants into their own PGA head professional positions. He believes strongly in helping those that dedicate their lives to Gulph Mills, and is willing to do whatever it takes to assist them in reaching their career goals. This dedication was recognized by the Philadelphia PGA Section in 2017 when Tom was awarded the Section’s Bill Strausbaugh Award. He was also recognized in 2016 as a Section Merchandiser of the Year in the Private Category. Tom is married to his wife Elena, and they have two children, Jack, 10; and Victoria, 7. Together they make every effort to spend as much time as possible with their kids, while still maintaining a balance at work. Tom developed a passion for instruction while teaching snow skiing for 10 years in Massachusetts and Vermont, and is an avid fly fisherman.


DISTRICT6 
Jon Arthur, PGA
Radley Run Country Club
At-Large Candidate

Jon Arthur is completing his third season as the PGA Head Professional at Radley Run Country Club in West Chester, Pa., since moving back to the Section in 2019. After a year as a sales representative for Stitch Golf, he was able to familiarize himself with the area and many of you in District 6. Now that he am back on the green grass side and settled in, he says that he is excited to become more involved in the Section and represent his fellow PGA Professionals. In his 13 years working in the South Florida PGA Section, he held many roles at the Chapter and Section levels, including serving as a member on the South Florida PGA Tournament, and Awards committees, and as co-chair of the Section’s Education Committee. He is also a member of PGA Magazine‘s Ambassador Program, and has extensive experience in working with PGA Professionals in collaboration and resource sharing. He believes there are great benefits of the Section and its PGA Professionals working together to create the best possible product for everyone involved. Additional training, Certifications and accolades: Certified PGA Professional in Golf Operations, and General Management; Sandler Online Sales Training; 2018 South Florida PGA Golf Professional of the Year nominee; 2016 South Florida PGA Player Development Award finalist; 2011 South Florida PGA Assistant Golf Professional of the Year; 2010 South Florida PGA Southeast Chapter Assistant Golf Professional of the Year; TPI Level 1 Certified golf instructor, 2010; and 2002 Penn State PGM Player of the Year. Professional involvements: PGA Magazine Ambassador Program; Golf Business Network; former South Florida PGA Southeast Chapter Awards Committee member; former South Florida PGA Southeast Chapter Education Committee co-chair; member of the South Florida PGA and Southeast Chapter Tournament committees; South Florida CMAAmember, 2016-2018; and PGA Member since 2008.


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.

Contact: Matt Frey, PGA, Communications Director, mfrey@pgahq.com

Cooper, Cornish Tie Pillar, Bergstol in 2022 Philadelphia PGA Henry McQuiston Senior Pro-Junior Pro Championship

Philadelphia, Pa. (September 29, 2022) — PGA Members John Cooper of Green Valley Country Club in Lafayette Hill, Pa., and Andrew Cornish of Cedarbrook Country Club in Blue Bell, Pa., teamed together to tie their peers, John Pillar of the C.C. at Woodloch Springs in Hawley, Pa., and Brian Bergstol of Shawnee Inn & Golf Resort in Shawnee on Delaware, Pa., in the 2022 Philadelphia PGA Henry McQuiston Senior Pro-Junior Pro Championship at Bala Golf Club. This is the third consecutive year Pillar and Bergstol have finished atop the leaderboard in this event.

Both teams finished their Four Ball rounds with scores of 58, 10-under-par, topping John Allen, Sheftic Performance Center, and Trevor Bensel, Sandy Run C.C., by one stroke. Pillar and Bergstol’s round was one stroke better than their winning score last year, and one higher than their winning total in 2020.

Three teams rounded out the top five, four strokes behind the winners: Mike Molino, C.C. of Scranton, and Dustin McCormick, Glen Brook G.C.; Yardley C.C.’s Rick Hughart and J.T. Wambold; and Burlington C.C.’s Mike Mack and Alex Willey.

The 2022 Philadelphia PGA Henry McQuiston Senior Pro-Junior Pro Championship is presented by Bala Golf ClubVineyard Vines, and the PGA Tour. The Philadelphia PGA Section and its PGA Professionals thank our host, Bala Golf Club, its members, management, host PGA Professionals, and staff, as well as our partners, as the event would not have been possible without their support.

To view the full 2022 Philadelphia PGA Henry McQuiston Senior Pro-Junior Pro Championship leaderboard, click here.

About Henry J. McQuiston Jr., PGA
Henry J. McQuiston Jr. was born in Philadelphia in 1932 and grew up next to the Chester Valley Golf Club where his family lived. He and his two brothers played golf at Chester Valley and worked for  superintendent Dick Murphy. McQuiston graduated from West Chester State Teachers College in 1954 and then served two years in the United States Army. After being discharged from the Army, he went to work as a schoolteacher. In 1958 he turned professional and worked at Chester Valley while playing some tournaments on the PGA Tour during the summer months and still teaching school the rest of the year. In 1960 he took the job as the assistant at the Bala Golf Club and two years later he became the head professional. In 1968 McQuiston finished in a tie for second in the Section Championship losing in a three-way playoff and in 1971 he was second in the Philadelphia Open losing a playoff. He qualified for the 1962 PGA Championship, the 1963 U.S. Open and the 1984 PGA Senior Championship. McQuiston qualified for the PGA Tour tournament at Whitemarsh Valley Country Club ten times and made the cut three times. McQuiston was a member of eleven Challenge Cup teams that competed against the Middle Atlantic Section. He qualified for the Club Professional Championship four times and the Senior Club Pro Championship once. In 1970 McQuiston and several other Section members built the Avalon Golf Club and operated it until they sold out in 1986. He was elected as the 20th president of the Section in 1973 and 1974 after having served as the second vice president for two years. McQuiston was the head pro at Bala for thirty-seven years after which he continued on as the pro emeritus at the club. In 2004 McQuiston’s name was added to the Section’s Senior Pro-Junior Pro Championship, which had been held at the Bala Golf Club for over 20 years. He was the Section’s “Golf Professional of the Year” in 1997. In 2005 he was inducted into the Philadelphia PGA Hall of Fame.

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.

Contact: Matt Frey, PGA, Communications Director, mfrey@pgahq.com

Charles Genter, PGA, Inducted into Philadelphia PGA Hall of Fame

Lower Gwynedd Township, Pa. (September 28, 2022) — The Philadelphia PGA Section and its Hall of Fame Committee has inducted PGA Member Charles Genter into its Hall of Fame as the class of 2022. He is the 46th member of the Philadelphia PGA Hall of Fame.

Genter, born in Daytona Beach, Fla., in 1940, was elected to PGA Membership in 1966, and worked as the PGA head professional at Tavistock (N.J.) Country Club for nearly 30 years before retiring in 2000. Working at one facility for decades is generally a rarity in the golf industry in the present-day.

“This honor belongs to my family,” Genter humbly said after receiving the news of his induction.

Prior to earning his PGA Membership, Genter worked as an assistant professional at various clubs in Florida, Michigan, and New Jersey, before serving in the U.S. Army for two years. While in the Army, he managed the Cole Park Golf Club on the Fort Campbell military installation on the Kentucky-Tennessee state border. Following his service, Genter worked in Indianapolis, and in New Jersey, before accepting his position at Tavistock. Two of his students went on to have successful playing careers, including Betsy Haag Manderino and Leslie Smith, winning 15 total club championships, five South Jersey Ladies Amateurs, and two Philadelphia Ladies Amateurs. In his own right, Genter qualified for the 1969 U.S. Open at Champions Golf Club in Houston, Texas. Genter went on to earn his PGA Master Professional status, becoming the Section’s third PGA Master Professional in 1990.

Throughout his career, Genter served the Philadelphia PGA Section, and the PGA of America, in various capacities, including in senior leadership positions: Section president, 1990-92; Section Secretary, 1989; Section secretary, 1985-88; and Section District Director. In addition to his role as a Section officer, Genter served on the PGA’s national Membership Committee, taught PGA education in their then Business Schools I and II, and was a member of the PGA’s Membership Task Force, and the PGA of America Presidents Society. He was also a member of the Section’s Nominating and Long-Range committees, and served as the Long-Range Committee chair.

Furthermore, Genter was enlisted by Tavistock members to design a nine-hole executive golf course in Cape Hatteras, N.C., named Ocean Acres.

Outside of his official PGA duties, Genter was a merit badge counselor for the Boy Scouts’ Troop 65, worked with blind golfers and students with Down Syndrome on their games, and worked to improve and promote the International Four-Ball Tournament, and West Jersey Hospital Foundation Tournament.

“We take great pride in welcoming Mr. Genter to our Hall of Fame,” said Philadelphia PGA Section Executive Director Geoffrey Surrette, PGA. “Our Section would not be as successful, or well respected, without his leadership and dedication to the game and fellow PGA Professionals.”

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.

Contact: Matt Frey, PGA, Communications Director, mfrey@pgahq.com

Silvercrest Asset Management Group Makes Significant Donation to PGA REACH Philadelphia, Impacting Lives Through Golf

Lower Gwynedd Township, Pa. (September 28, 2022) — Following the conclusion of the inaugural Silvercrest Cup at Gulph Mills Golf Club on September 26, Silvercrest Asset Management Group, an investment advisor providing asset management and family office services to high net worth individuals and select institutional investors, made significant donations to PGA REACH Philadelphia, the 501(c)(3) charitable foundation of the Philadelphia PGA Section, and the J.Wood Platt Caddie Scholarship Trust, the official charitable arm of the Golf Association of Philadelphia.

Silvercrest gifted both foundations $10,000 each to use towards achieving their individual missions and goals. PGA REACH Philadelphia’s mission is to positively impact lives through the game of golf, focusing on three core pillars: YouthMilitary, and Inclusion.

“We are thrilled to have a partner like Silvercrest supporting our foundation,” said PGA REACH Philadelphia Director Courtney Curcio. “Their company’s commitment to both the game of golf, and our local communities, will certainly help our programs grow not only this year, but into the future.”

Donations to PGA REACH Philadelphia help fund valuable and effective programs like PGA Jr. League, PGA HOPE Philadelphia (Helping Our Patriots Everywhere) for U.S. military veterans, and the Philadelphia PGA Junior Tour Diversity Scholarships.

Silvercrest CEO Chairman and CEO, Richard R. Hough III, said “Silvercrest Asset Management Group believes in giving back to the communities we live and work in. It is extremely rewarding to recognize and assist those who share our passion for learning, teaching, and striving for excellence.”

To learn more about PGA REACH Philadelphia and its programs, click here.

To donate to PGA REACH Philadelphia, click here.

To learn more about the inaugural Silvercrest Cup, click here.

About PGA REACH Philadelphia 

PGA REACH Philadelphia is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 2018 as the charitable arm of the Philadelphia PGA Section, one of the 41 Sections within the PGA of America. PGA REACH Philadelphia is committed to serving our communities and growing the game of golf through our three pillars: Youth, Military, and Diversity.
For more information on PGA REACH Philadelphia and its mission to positively impact lives through golf, visit PGAREACHPhiladelphia.com. To donate to PGA REACH Philadelphia, please click here.

About Silvercrest Asset Management Group
Silvercrest Asset Management Group was founded in April 2002 by a group of highly experienced investment professionals with the goal to create a firm dedicated to serving individuals, families and select institutions with significant financial assets. Since inception, Silvercrest has nurtured an entrepreneurial, collegial, and action-oriented business culture with a client first ethos that has led to a 98% client retention rate. Our dedication to serving our clients’ needs first and to providing institutional quality asset management capabilities to the marketplace, has allowed Silvercrest to prosper and grow.  Over the past twenty years, we’ve grown to a diverse organization with 148 employees from various backgrounds in offices around the country and today, we manage over $22 billion dollars in assets on behalf of our clients.

Contacts: 

Courtney Curcio, Director, ccurcio@pgahq.com
Matt Frey, PGA, Communications Director, mfrey@pgahq.com

Amateur Andrew Keeling Wins Inaugural Silvercrest Cup in Sudden-Death Playoff

King of Prussia, Pa. (September 26, 2022) — Amateur Andrew Keeling of Kennett Square (Pa.) Golf Club birdied the first sudden-death playoff hole to win the inaugural Silvercrest Cup at Gulph Mills Golf Club, while runner-up Brian Bergstol, PGA, of Shawnee Inn & Golf Resort in Shawnee on Delaware, Pa., took home the $15,000 low PGA Professionals’ winners check.

The Philadelphia PGA Section, one of the PGA of America’s 41 geographical managing entities, and Silvercrest Asset Management Group, an investment advisor providing asset management and family office services to high net worth individuals and select institutional investors, partnered to create the Silvercrest Cup, a new tournament series for Philadelphia PGA Professionals in 2022. Fifty-four PGA Professionals earned their place in the $30,000 Silvercrest Cup final via a points system drawn from their performance in four qualifying events; the top eight amateurs on the Golf Association of Philadelphia’s (GAP) William Hyndman III Player of the Year list were also invited to compete. Bergstol’s $15,000 in earnings is one of the most lucrative winner’s checks on the Section’s tournament calendar. In addition to the final purse, each of the four qualifying events included a bonus pool of $5,000, shared between each qualifier’s champion and runner-up.

Keeling’s march to victory at times seemed to be a roller coaster ride, as his round included an impressive seven birdies, one eagle, two bogies, and two double bogies, to finish with a 3-under-par 68 to tie Bergstol, who was the leader in the clubhouse.

“It was an up-and-down round today,” Keeling said following the playoff. “It was my first time playing Gulph Mills, but I was fortunate to make several birdies to stay in contention.”

In the playoff, Keeling two-putted from approximately 25 feet behind the hole on the par-5, 18th hole, to make birdie and clinch victory, after Bergstol tapped in for a par. In addition to his home facility, Kennett Square G. & C.C., keeping the perpetual Silvercrest Cup for the year, Keeling also received the winner’s and low amateur medals.

Bergstol, the reigning Philadelphia PGA Professional Champion, had a more conventional round, carding four birdies and one bogey. While he said he was disappointed to not walk away with the trophy, he really appreciated the winner’s check and Silvercrest’s support.

While the Silvercrest Cup rewards playing excellence of Philadelphia PGA Professionals and top amateurs, the series also provided significant donations of $10,000 to the Philadelphia PGA Section’s 501(c)(3) charitable foundation, PGA REACH Philadelphia, and the GAP’s J.Wood Platt Caddie Scholarship Trust.

Three PGA Members rounded out the top five at 2-under-par: Eric Kennedy, Overbrook G.C.; Rich Steinmetz, Spring Ford C.C.; and Zac Oakley, Bidermann G.C.

Kennedy and Steinmetz tied for top honors in the Senior Division at 2-under-par, followed by John Pillar, C.C. at Woodloch Springs; Terry Hertzog; and John Cooper, Green Valley C.C.; at 2-over-par.

Good golf scores were not restricted to the top of the leaderboard, as Lookaway G.C.’s Mark Sheftic, PGA, made a hole-in-one on Gulph Mills’ fourth hole; he used a 54-degree wedge from 120 yards. Well done, Mark!

The 2022 Silvercrest Cup is presented by Silvercrest Asset Management. The Philadelphia PGA Section and its PGA Professionals thank our host, Gulph Mills Golf Club, its members, management, host PGA Professionals, and staff, as well as our partners, as the event would not have been possible without their support.

To view the full 2022 Silvercrest Cup leaderboard, click here.

About Silvercrest Asset Management Group
Silvercrest Asset Management Group was founded in April 2002 by a group of highly experienced investment professionals with the goal to create a firm dedicated to serving individuals, families and select institutions with significant financial assets. Since inception, Silvercrest has nurtured an entrepreneurial, collegial, and action-oriented business culture with a client first ethos that has led to a 98% client retention rate. Our dedication to serving our clients’ needs first and to providing institutional quality asset management capabilities to the marketplace, has allowed Silvercrest to prosper and grow.  Over the past twenty years, we’ve grown to a diverse organization with 149 employees from various backgrounds in offices around the country and today, we manage over $20 billion dollars in assets on behalf of our clients.

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.

Contact: Matt Frey, PGA, Communications Director, mfrey@pgahq.com

Hertzog, Drescher Team to Win 2022 A.B. Thorn Memorial Pro-Am

Lancaster, Pa. (September 22, 2022) — PGA Member Terry Hertzog, and his amateur partner Zak Drescher, teamed to win the 2022 A.B. Thorn Memorial Pro-Am at Lancaster Country Club in difficult conditions.

The annual tournament was first played in 1936 under the moniker “Lancaster Pro-Am,” and has since changed to its current name to memorialize A.B. Thorn, Lancaster’s former PGA Head Professional, who also held the Section’s first vice president position in 1942-1944.

Hertzog and Drescher’s Four Ball score, 4-under-par 66, was impressive, as the field had to battle off-and-on rain, and consistently strong winds, with gusts around 25 miles per hour. Both Hertzog and Drescher were responsible for two birdies each (Nos. 13 and 18, and Nos. 7 and 8, respectively), and zero bogies.

Three teams tied for second place at 3-under-par: Hugo Mazzalupi, PGA, Linfield National G.C., and Scott Storck; John Spina, PGA, Philadelphia Cricket Club, and Kevin Kelly; and Tom Michaels, PGA, Berkshire C.C., and Nathan Sutherland. Lancaster C.C.’s Matt Goudie, PGA, and Marc Oliveri; tied for fifth place at 2-under-par with C.C. of York’s Parks Price, PGA, and Rij Patel.

The 2022 A.B. Thorn Memorial Pro-Am is supported by Holderness & Bourne, and Ohana Farm LLC. The Philadelphia PGA Section and its PGA Professionals thank our host, Lancaster Country Club, its members, management, host PGA Professionals, and staff, as well as our partners, as the event would not have been possible without their support.

To view the full 2022 A.B. Thorn Memorial Pro-Am leaderboard, click here.

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.

Contact: Matt Frey, PGA, Communications Director, mfrey@pgahq.com

Braden Shattuck, PGA, Wins 2022 Jack Jolly & Son Championship

Fleetwood, Pa. (September 19, 2022) — PGA Member Braden Shattuck of Rolling Green Golf Club in Springfield, Pa., turned in a 4-under-par 66 to win the 2022 Jack Jolly & Son Championship at Moselem Springs Golf Club by one stroke over Cedarbrook Country Club’s Andrew Cornish. The tournament is a Philadelphia PGA Rolex / The Haverford Trust Company Player of the Year event.

Shattuck was fortunate to complete his entire 18-hole round before severe weather suspended play for one hour and 41 minutes. He made only two bogies, coupled with six birdies, including on his final three holes. Cornish needed to wait through the weather delay to finish his bogey-free round, ultimately finished behind Shattuck.

“I played very steadily for my first five holes,” Shattuck said after his round. “I made a great par save on No, 6 to keep it going, and made it through hole Nos. 13-15 in 1-over; they played very difficult today.

“It was nice to play well today,” Shattuck continued. “I haven’t played recently, as I injured my back right after the [Philadelphia PGA Professional Championship] and had to withdraw from Q School, but it felt fine today.”

Shattuck went on to thank the membership and staff at Rolling Green, including PGA Head Professional Scott Chisholm, Titleist, Makefield Putters, and our host, Moselem Springs Golf Club, and their membership and ownership.

Michael Young, Brookside C.C., made a run on his final nine, only to finish in third place at 2-under-par following a bogey on No. 18. Zac Oakley, Bidermann G.C.; Nick Iacono, Chester Valley G.C.; and Joanna Coe, Merion G.C.; each tied for fourth place at even par.

In the Senior Division, Applebrook G.C.’s Dave McNabb finished at 1-over-par to finish one stroke ahead of John Allen, Sheftic Performance Center. Five PGA Professionals rounded out the top five at 3-over: John Cooper, Green Valley C.C.; Eddie Perrino, C.C. of York; Rich Steinmetz, Spring Ford C.C.; George Forster, Radnor Valley C.C. and Terry Hertzog.

Bill Sautter, Philadelphia Cricket Club, finished atop the Super Senior Division, bettering Forster by three strokes, followed by Brian Kelly, Jeb Boyle, and Leigh C.C.’s Rick Flesher, who finished seven back.

The Philadelphia Assistants’ Organization (PAO) also hosted a concurrent event, with Andrew Cornish topping the field at 3-under-par, one stroke better than Michael Young. Zac Oakley finished three behind the winners; Kyle Early, Waynesborough C.C.; ended his day at 1-over, while Brian Bergstol, Shawnee Inn & Golf Resort; and Rob Wolfers, tied for fifth place.

The 2022 Jack Jolly & Son Championship is presented by Jack Jolly & Son Inc., and supported by Jani-King, Southern TideOhana Farm LLC, and the PGA Tour. The Philadelphia PGA Section and its PGA Professionals thank our host, Moselem Springs Golf Club, its members, management, host PGA Professionals, and staff, as well as our partners, as the event would not have been possible without their support.

To view the full 2022 Philadelphia Assistant PGA Professional Championship leaderboard, click here.

The next Philadelphia PGA Rolex / The Haverford Trust Company Player of the Year tournament on the schedule is the inaugural Silvercrest Cup on Monday, September 26 at Gulph Mills Golf Club in King of Prussia, Pa.

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.

Contact: Matt Frey, PGA, Communications Director, mfrey@pgahq.com

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About PGA REACH Philadelphia 

PGA REACH Philadelphia is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 2018 as the charitable arm of the Philadelphia PGA Section, one of the 41 Sections within the PGA of America. PGA REACH Philadelphia is committed to serving our communities and growing the game of golf through our three pillars: Youth, Military, and Inclusion.

For more information on PGA REACH Philadelphia and its mission to positively impact lives through golf, visit PGAREACHPhiladelphia.com. To donate to PGA REACH Philadelphia, please click here.
Contact: Courtney Curcio, PGA REACH Philadelphia Director, ccurcio@pgahq.com

John Spina Wins 2022 Philadelphia PGA Skee Riegel Senior Open

Plymouth Meeting, Pa. (September 13, 2022) — John Spina, PGA, holed out from a greenside bunker for an eagle three on the 1912 Club’s third hole en route to a 6-under-par 64 and a victory in the 2022 Philadelphia PGA Skee Riegel Senior Open.

Spina, hailing from Philadelphia Cricket Club in Flourtown, Pa., followed his eagle on No. 3 with another eagle on the par-four 13th, along with four birdies and two bogies, to top Rich Steinmetz, Spring Ford C.C. by three strokes.

“I have always liked coming [to the 1912 Club] and playing,” Spina said after his round. “I loved the way the place played. It felt great out there.

“You never know when you’re going to play well again, and it’s been a long time since I’ve won, so it’s nice to finally get a win again, play well, and hopefully keep it going.”

Hugo Mazzalupi, Linfield National G.C.; and Mark Parson, Harbor Pines G.C.; each shot even-par and finished tied for fourth. Brian Kelly, PGA, finished in fifth place at 1-over-par.

In the Super Senior Division, Brian Kelly, took top honors with a 1-over-par 71. Kelly bettered runners-up Wayne Phillips, Leigh C.C.; and Bob Lennon, Wilmington C.C.; by two strokes. Mickey Sokalski, North Hills C.C.; Darryl Lock, Skippack G.C. and Bill Sautter, Philadelphia Cricket Club; rounded out the division’s top five finishers at 4-over-par.

The 2022 Philadelphia PGA Skee Riegel Open is supported by Jani-King and the PGA Tour. The Philadelphia PGA Section and its PGA Professionals thank our host, the 1912 Club, its members, management, host PGA Professionals, and staff, as well as our partners, as the event would not have been possible without their support.

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About Robert Henry “Skee” Riegel, PGA
Skee Riegel was born in 1914 in New Bloomfield, Pa., and grew up in eastern Pennsylvania. Riegel served in the U.S. Air Corps as a flight instructor during World War II. After leaving the service he rose to the top of amateur golf, winning the U.S. Amateur in 1947, the Western Amateur in 1948 and the Trans-Mississippi Amateur in 1946 and 1948. Riegel also played on the U.S. Walker Cup teams in 1947 and 1949, remaining unbeaten in Walker Cup play. Riegel turned professional in 1950 and was one of the first golfers involved in strength training. In 1951, he nearly won the Masters, finishing in second place behind Ben Hogan. Riegel returned to Pennsylvania to become PGA Head Professional at Radnor Valley Country Club in 1954, where he continued his winning ways, claiming victory in the 1957 and 1959 Pennsylvania Opens and the 1960 Philadelphia Open. He left Radnor Valley at the end of 1961 for the opportunity to participate in the ownership of a new golf course, York Road G.C. in Bucks County, now known as the Bucks Club. For over 30 years, Riegel was a permanent member of the Philadelphia PGA Section’s Tournament Committee and served as Rules Chair for every Section tournament. In 1975, he was given the Section’s PGA Professional Development Award for his many hours spent educating the golf professionals on the rules of golf. Riegel was inducted into the Philadelphia Section Hall of Fame in 1993.

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.

Contact: Matt Frey, PGA, Communications Director, mfrey@pgahq.com