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Yardley Country Club Wins 2022 Philadelphia PGA Spring Pro-Lady Team Championship Presented by Parx Casino®

Bethlehem, Pa. (May 24, 2022) — PGA Member Rick Hughart of Yardley (Pa.) Country Club led his amateur partners, Deb Linde, Anne Shapiro, and Beth Kalmes, to a round of 17-under-par 53 for a Net Division victory in the 2022 Philadelphia PGA Spring Pro-Lady Team Championship at Lehigh Country Club.

The team finished with three net eagles and 11 birdies to win by three strokes over the host team from Lehigh C.C., featuring PGA Member Wayne Phillips, Jackie Beck, Patty Cox, and Debra Benavage. Andy Signor, Pine Meadows Golf Complex, Heather Daub, Ashli Shay, and Laura Manchester, finished in third place at 13-under-par.

In the Gross Division, PGA Member Joanna Coe of Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa., and her amateur partners Katie Sibel, Kim Simmons, and Nancy Porter, took top honors with a 6-under-par 64 to win by one stroke over the team from Aronimink G.C.: John Bierkan, PGA, RB Stanley, Sue Burt, and Sheryl Durham.

The 2022 Philadelphia PGA Pro-Lady Team Championship is presented by Parx Casino® and supported by Ohana Farm, Trinity Flavors, Valley Forge Tourism & Convention Board, and Workhorse Brewing Company / Workhorse Tour. The Philadelphia PGA Section and its PGA Professionals thank our host, Lehigh 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 Philadelphia PGA Pro-Lady Team Championship Presented by Parx Casino® leaderboard, click here.

The next event in the Philadelphia PGA Pro-Am Series, Presented by Parx Casino®, on the Section schedule is the Indian Valley Team Stableford Pro-Am at Indian Valley C.C. in Telford, Pa., on Monday, July 18.

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

Dave McNabb, Mike Molino Qualify for U.S. Senior Open at Saucon Valley Country Club

Lower Gwynedd Township, Pa. (May 20, 2022) — PGA Members Dave McNabb of Applebrook Golf Club in Malvern, Pa., and Mike Molino of the Country Club of Scranton in Clarks Summit, Pa., have each qualified for the 2022 U.S. Senior Open, to be hosted at Saucon Valley Country Club in Bethlehem, Pa., on June 23-26.

Molino earned his spot in the senior men’s major championship on May 18 at Indiana (Pa.) C.C. with a birdie in a three-person playoff, following his round of 3-under-par 68 in regulation. To view the full results from the May 18 qualifier, click here.

“This is my first major, and a dream come true,” said Molino. “The past 24 hours have been very exciting. I am overwhelmed with support from family, friends, and Country Club of Scranton members.”

McNabb played his way into his ninth major at Doylestown (Pa.) C.C. on May 19, with a round of 1-under-par 70. Click here to view the complete leaderboard from the May 19 qualifier.

“I think it’s awesome to be playing so close to home,” said McNabb. “My members have always been really great in supporting me, and the fact that it’s so close to home where they can come and watch, great; plus, having my family there this summer, will be really cool.”

Qualifying for a major championship is difficult, and having two PGA Members make a championship in their home PGA Section is rare, and very special. We hope you consider attending the U.S. Senior Open at Saucon Valley in June to root on Dave and Mike! To purchase tickets, click the below button.

Congratulations, Dave and Mike…well earned! We’ll see you at Saucon Valley in a few weeks!

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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

PGA REACH Philadelphia, Local Golfers Benefit from 2022 PGA WORKS Collegiate Championship

Lower Gwynedd Township, Pa. (May 6, 2022) — The PGA of America was in the Delaware Valley to stage the 2022 PGA WORKS Collegiate Championship (PWCC), considered the most culturally significant championship in collegiate golf, on April 30 – May 4. The series of events that were included in PWCC week directly and indirectly benefited PGA REACH Philadelphia, the Philadelphia PGA Section‘s 501(c)(3) charitable foundation, and local golfers, via a significant donation from the PGA, educational programming, and increased media exposure.

Formerly known as the PGA National Minority Collegiate Championship, the 54-hole tournament was played on courses donated by the Union League of Philadelphia – Union League Liberty Hill and the Union League Golf Club of Torresdale. In its 35th year, the annual championship is open to all minority-serving institutions with a focus on Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

The Philadelphia PGA Section and PGA REACH Philadelphia was engaged with PGA of America staff all week to host the PGA WORKS Collegiate Championship Youth Day Presented by CastleOak Securities, and support the PGA WORKS Beyond the Green at the Comcast Technology Center, as well as the championship itself.

At the PWCC Youth Day, nearly 100 youth golfers, primarily of diverse backgrounds from local organizations such as the First Tee of Greater Philadelphia, Sigma Pi Phi, the Police Athletic Academy, Edu Sports Academy, and Delta Epsilon, visited Union League Liberty Hill to receive free golf instruction from PGA Members from the Philadelphia PGA Section and around the country. The kids were treated to appearances by the ever-popular the Philadelphia Phillies’ mascot Phillie Phanatic, the Philadelphia Flyers’ mascot Gritty, PGA Members Joanna Coe, Merion G.C.; and Gavin Parker, Salisbury C.C. They were treated to a performance by Miles College’s Purple Marching Machine brass band, and music from a local DJ. To view photos from Youth Day, click hereclick here to watch a brief video recap.

Following the PWCC Partner Invitational at Aronimink Golf Club on May 2, PGA of America Secretary Don Rea presented the PGA REACH Philadelphia team with a donation of $200,000 to be used for the foundation’s YouthMilitary, and Diversity programs, including PGA Jr. League, Golf in Schools, PGA HOPE Philadelphia (Helping Our Veterans Everywhere), and the Philadelphia PGA Junior Tour Diversity Scholarships.

“We are incredibly thankful to the PGA of America, the PGA WORKS Collegiate Championship, the Union League of Philadelphia, and all their partners for boosting our foundation via donations and media support,” said PGA REACH Philadelphia Director Courtney Curcio. “The 2022 PWCC will certainly have a lasting impact on our programs, reach, and operations, particularly with our PGA WORKS Fellowship position.”

The PGA WORKS Fellowship provides the opportunity for a one-year, paid immersion in a PGA Section’s foundation operations. This entry-level employment experience offers a taste of what a career in the golf industry can provide. The foundation’s first-ever fellow, Erin Martin, was hired in March, and was intimately involved with the PWCC week festivities. Martin will continue to assist the foundation and Section staff with programming, events, education, tournaments, communications, fundraising, and partnerships through March 2023.

“Hosting the PGA WORKS Collegiate Championship has allowed our Section to proudly showcase our PGA Professionals and promote our foundation’s mission, vision, and accomplishments,” said Philadelphia PGA Executive Director Geoff Surrette, PGA. “The generosity of the PGA, PGA REACH, the Union League of Philadelphia, and the PWCC partners will help achieve our foundation’s mission to positively impact lives through the game of golf.”

A complete PWCC recap focusing on the championship’s local impact is scheduled to appear on NBC Sports Philadelphia’s Inside Golf television program in the coming weeks.

To view final results from the 2022 PGA WORKS Collegiate Championship, 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.

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. Visit PGAREACHPhiladelphia.com to learn more. To donate to PGA REACH Philadelphia, please click here.

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

Local Military Veterans Representing PGA HOPE Philadelphia Team to Compete in PGA HOPE Secretary’s Cup during 2022 PGA Championship Week

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (May 10, 2022) – PGA REACH, the charitable foundation of the PGA of America, today announced that 12 teams consisting of four military veterans and one PGA Professional will compete in the 2022 PGA HOPE Secretary’s Cup on Monday, May 16 at the Club at Indian Springs in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. The Secretary’s Cup is a spirited nine-hole golf competition that kicks off PGA Championship week and features military veterans who have participated in the PGA HOPE (Helping Our Patriots Everywhere) program hosted by their local PGA Section. 

PGA HOPE, the flagship military program of PGA REACH, introduces golf to veterans to enhance their physical, mental, social and emotional well-being. 

Members of PGA HOPE Philadelphia:

  • Gerry Ortiz
    United States Army
    (Served 22 years)
    PGA HOPE Philadelphia Ambassador
  • George Vasiloff
    United States Air Force
    (Served 30 years)
  • Scottie Cuff
    United States Army
    (Served 3 years)
  • Roann Leatz
    United States Air Force
    (Served 22 years)
  • Jeffrey Breiner, PGA
    Lead Professional PGA HOPE Harrisburg
    Head Professional Country Club of Harrisburg

The Philadelphia Team will be led by PGA Professional Jeffrey Breiner, the PGA Head Professional at the Country Club of Harrisburg. Breiner has been teaching the PGA HOPE program for the past three years.

“We’re thrilled that four of our PGA HOPE Philadelphia veterans have the opportunity to travel to Oklahoma and participate in such a great event,” said PGA REACH Philadelphia Director Courtney Curcio. “The veterans from our Section will not only be able to tee it up in a fun golf tournament, but they will also be able to network with other veterans from around the country.”

All teams arrive in Tulsa, Oklahoma on May 14. They will participate in practice rounds on May 15, and will have an opportunity to attend a PGA Championship practice round at Southern Hills Country Club on May 17.

“PGA HOPE is enhancing, changing and saving lives, and when you hear that message directly from the family members of participating veterans, it’s very powerful,” said Jim Richerson, President, PGA of America. “Veterans have sacrificed so much, and the work that our PGA Professionals are doing is truly making a difference. I’m so proud to be part of this program, and of the PGA’s commitment to grow PGA HOPE.”

Led by PGA Professionals, PGA HOPE has helped thousands of veterans. Programs are currently being offered at more than 210  locations in the U.S. today, across 47 States and 40 PGA Sections, to serve 7,500 Veterans in 2022. It is the only adaptive golf program that has an MOU with the Department of Veterans Affairs, which enables VA Facilities to refer Veterans to the PGA HOPE program as a form of therapy.

About PGA REACH
PGA Foundation, Inc. d/b/a PGA REACH is the 501(c)(3) charitable foundation of the PGA of America. The mission of PGA REACH is to Impact Lives Through Golf. For more information, visit PGAREACH.org and follow @PGAREACH on Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and Facebook.

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.

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. Visit PGAREACHPhiladelphia.com to learn more. To donate to PGA REACH Philadelphia, please click here

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

Volunteer for the 2022 Shoprite LPGA Classic

The Shoprote LPGA Classic is scheduled for June 6-12 at Seaview Golf Club in Galloway, N.J.! Volunteers are crucial to the success of the ShopRite LPGA Classic Presented by Acer. Join us as a Volunteer to build lasting friendships and join one of the committees that will help host a world-class women’s professional golf event.

Committees include: Marshals | Walking Scorers | Standard Bearers | and more!

Volunteer Price: $50

Benefits include: Official Volunteer Shirt | Official Volunteer Hat | Tournament Volunteer Pin | Volunteer Badge | Breakfast and Lunch on days worked | Free Volunteer Parking | One (1) Round of golf at Seaview’s Bay Course *

Registration for volunteers 21 and under is Free! Group volunteer spots available for golf teams, community organizations and clubs!

*must work minimum of 3 shifts, mandatory cart fee

Register

Questions? Contact Samantha Mok: smok@outlyr.com, 727.977.5183


PGA Professionals ONLY: The 2022 ShopRite LPGA Classic Presented by Acer is seeking Philadelphia PGA Professional volunteers to work the scoring areas and player development lesson area at Seaview on June 10-12.

If you are interested in becoming a scoring volunteer for this year’s ShopRite LPGA Classic Presented by Acer, please click on the button below and complete the form. A tournament representative or Section staffer will contact selected volunteers as the event nears.

CLICK HERE FOR PGA PROFESSIONAL REGISTRATION