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St. Davids GC and Chapel Hill GC Tie for Fall Finale

Northfield, N.J. – On a perfect fall afternoon 18 teams came together to play the Fall Finale at the historic Atlantic City Country Club. It has been 8 years since this event has taken place and the Pros were excited to have the weather on their side after this unpredictable season that they went through. It was a 12:30 PM shotgun for all 72 players, with one Pro and three amateurs playing in both a net and gross division with a best ball of 4.

As scorecards started to come in there were two teams that had a score to beat with -11 under par 59. Mike Paukovitis (St Davids GC) with partners William Paukovits, Christopher Acker, Regan Papariello were the first to turn in their scorecards and with 11 birdies took the early lead. The team of Jeff Fick (Chapel Hill GC) and partners Scott Gilroy, John Brennan, and Howard Pomerantz also finished 11-under par to tie them. Team Fick’s scorecard had 7 birdies and added two eagles on hole 13 and 15. Fick’s team tied for the win in the Net division, and Paukovitis’ team, although winning the Gross division with a 9-under par 61, settled for the tie in the Net with a bigger purse.  Coming in tied for third in the Net division were the teams of Forster (Radnor Valley CC) and Duckett (Saucon Valley CC). Host professional Barry Shewalter, with his teammates Doug Fraser, Matthew Johnson, and Brian Sterback, won the Gross division with a 5-under par 65.

The Philadelphia Section would like to thank the Atlantic City Country Club for hosting the event as well as the tournament sponsor Lincoln for their continued support this season. The section will have the last tournament of the season next Wednesday at Llanerch Country Club for the rained-out, Spring Pro-Lady.

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Philadelphia PGA’s 2018 Season Comes to an Unofficial End at Annual Fall Meeting

Bethlehem, Pa. – Each season a pair of meetings bookend the Philadelphia PGA season and on Monday, October 29 the Section held its annual Fall Meeting signaling the unofficial end to the 2018 season. This year’s Fall Meeting was held at SteelStacks in Bethlehem, Pa. and brought together more than 200 Philadelphia PGA professionals. Section meetings allow leadership to discuss the business of the Philadelphia PGA as well as to publically recognize Section professionals for their accomplishments.

The meeting was highlighted by presentations from each of the Section’s Executive Committee members recapping the all facets of Section operations. Additionally, the Section also formally recognized the three newest members of the Philadelphia PGA Hall of Fame; Tom Carpus, Pete Micklewright, and Herb Jewson. With the announcement coming in late September this was the first time for these individuals to be introduced in front of their peers. Previous Hall of Fame Press Release.

The meeting also featured presentations from several of the Section’s Fall Meeting sponsors; Cobra/Puma Golf, Signature Golf, Golf Cart Services, Open Rounds, and the Section newest partner the SVS Wealth Management Team at Morgan Stanley. Finally Dr. Wang of the Rothman Institute spoke on the best practices for preventing and treating golf related injuries.

The Section also recognized several players for the year-long performances by handing out the Player of the Year awards. Leading the way on the Omega Player of Year presented by The Haverford Trust Company points list was newly crowned Section Champion Billy Stewart (The ACE Club). Stewart’s season included several top-10 finishes culminating with his first Section Championship. He also won the Philadelphia Open all leading to his first Player of the Year title. Stewart finished ahead of a couple of past player of the champions in Brett Melton (Radley Run Country Club) and Dave Quinn (Philmont Country Club) who finished second and third respectively.

On the senior side, Dave McNabb (Applebrook Golf Club) was awarded the Robert “Skee” Riegel Senior Player of the Year, his first senior player of the year title. It also marked the first time in seven years that a new name was atop the senior player of the year leaderboard. McNabb had multiple senior wins but none was bigger than his first Senior Section Championship title in August. Also by virtue of his finish at the Senior PGA Professional Championship, McNabb qualified for the 2019 KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship at Oak Hill Country Club next May. Rounding out the senior player of the year awards were Dave Quinn (Philmont Country Club) and George Forster (Radnor Valley Country Club).

In the newly created Super Senior Player of the Year points list, George Forster (Radnor Valley Country Club) was crowned its inaugural champion. Finishing in second place was Greg Farrow (Deerwood Country Club) while Don DeAngelis (Center Square Golf Club) rounded out the podium.

The Section’s Howard “Ike” Turner Most Improved Player went to Michael Wheeler (Whitford Country Club) who improved more than 100 spots from his 2017 finish on the Omega Player of the Year presented by The Haverford Trust Company points list. Wheeler also lowered his scoring average by more than four shots finishing with a scoring average of 74.86 during the 2018 season.

At the conclusion of the meeting 68 two person teams made their way to beautiful Saucon Valley Country Club for the Fall Meeting Pro-Pro Scramble. With the size of the field teams were split between Saucon Valley’s Old and Grace courses where they competed in separate events. Leading the way on the Old Course was the pair of Brian Bergstol (Shawnee Inn & Resort) and Joe Kogelman (GolfTEC – Moorestown) who posted a 9-under (62) to win by one shot. On the Grace Course it was the team of Michael Caldwell (Bidermann GC) and Keith Clawson (Bidermann GC) who took home the top spot after posting a 12-under (60).

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Carpus, Micklewright and Jewson Added as Newest Members of the Philadelphia PGA Hall of Fame

Philadelphia, Pa. – In mid-September, the Philadelphia PGA’s Hall of Fame committee gathered at the Section Office with the formidable task of selecting the newest members of the Philadelphia PGA Hall of Fame. After a thorough process of reviewing all the nominated candidates, the committee is excited to announce that Tom Carpus, Peter Micklewright, and Herbert Jewson will become the 41st, 42nd, and 43rd members of the Philadelphia PGA Hall of Fame. The new inductees will be formally recognized in front of their peers at the annual Fall Meeting on Monday, October 29 at SteelStacks in Bethlehem, Pa.

Tom Carpus was elected to PGA membership in the summer of 1988 and now holds the rank of Master Professional (2004). During his time as a PGA Member Carpus has worked at several facilities including, Rolling Green Golf Club, Greate Bay Country Club, and Kennett Square Golf and Country Club, where he spent the majority of his time. However, Carpus’ contributions as a PGA Professional go beyond the boundaries of the Philadelphia Section. Carpus has served as a member of the PGA of America Rules committee having risen to the level of Chairman during the 2017-2018 seasons. During this time Carpus administered several PGA of America championships as well as Ryder Cup events. This commitment to the rules has led Carpus to his latest endeavor, PGA Tour Champions Rules Official.

Like all members of the Philadelphia PGA Hall of Fame, Carpus is not just defined by his employment history but also by his service to his fellow PGA Professionals and the community around him. From early in his career Carpus was involved in Section governance having served as a District Director, Director of both Section Affairs and Tournaments before ascending through the ranks of the Executive Committee culminating in his term as Philadelphia PGA President from 2004-2005. Carpus also gives back to his community in leaps and bounds. Since 1999, Carpus has been instrumental in raising more than $350,000 for the American Diabetes Association and the Folds of Honor Foundation through events held at his facilities. Additionally, Carpus volunteered as a mentor for the Variety Club Buddy Program which paired a PGA Professional with a Variety Club child.

“I want to thank the Philadelphia PGA Hall of Fame Committee and President John Rogers for this great honor”, said Carpus of his nomination. “When John called me, I thought of the many PGA professionals that influenced my career, some of which are members of the Hall of Fame. The Philadelphia Section is rich in history, and I feel very blessed to be a part of the best PGA Section in the country.”

The second inductee into the Philadelphia PGA’s Hall of Fame class of 2018 is Peter Micklewright. Elected to PGA membership in September of 1982, Micklewright has shown commitment to both his fellow PGA Professional and the members he served as the Head Professional of Blue Ridge Country Club in Harrisburg from 1983-2017. In addition to his duties at Blue Ridge, Micklewright also served on various Central Counties Chapter and Section committees including Chapter President and District Director. Micklewright also achieved Master Professional status in 1995, which at the time made him the 145th PGA Professional to accomplish the feat. Micklewright has also been previously recognized for his accomplishments as a PGA Professional. He was twice named the Philadelphia PGA Junior Golf Leader (1989, 1992) as well as the Central Counties Chapter Golf Professional of the Year (1988) and the Philadelphia PGA Golf Professional of the Year (2005).

Even when his schedule was jammed pack with club events Micklewright found time to give back to his community and to his family. In 1985, Micklewright was the co-founder of the Harrisburg Golf for Kids Day. While that program does not exist in name, the structure set up by Micklewright can be found in the current day Boys and Girls Club event. Micklewright also coached youth sports including baseball, basketball and when he was told that the golf program in the Susquehanna Township School District was going to be shut down because of lack of funding, Micklewright volunteered his time to keep the program going. Perhaps the biggest impact Micklewright had on an individual was with his son Peter Micklewright, a PGA Professional in the Tri-State Section. Micklewright’s son began working with him at Blue Ridge Country Club and continues to implement many of the professional and life lessons his father taught him at his facility, Edgewood Country Club in Pittsburgh, Pa.

“It’s is an amazing honor and a culmination of my entire career”, said Micklewright on being inducted in the Hall of Fame. “To be included on a list as prestigious as this is a great feeling. To be recognized by your peers for the work that you have done for more than 30 years is truly humbling.”

The final inductee into the Hall of Fame class of 2018 is Herbert “Herb” Jewson. Born in Ireland in 1890, Jewson moved to the United States in 1913 to serve as an apprentice to Ben Nicholls at Whitemarsh Valley Country Club. Jewson ultimately was elected as a member of the PGA of America in 1916. After Whitemarsh Valley, Jewson had brief stints at Woodbury Country Club (1916-1917) and Huntingdon Valley Country Club (1919) before settling in at Roxborough Country Club, site of present day The ACE Club. During his 40 years at Roxborough, Jewson served as Head Professional, General Manager and Superintendent.

Jewson service to the Philadelphia PGA goes beyond his work at any one facility. Jewson was a founding member of the Section when it was established on December 2, 1921. Jewson also served on the Section’s Executive Committee as its Secretary, Treasurer and twice as Section President, the only Section member to have that distinction. Jewson was also a PGA of America Vice-President, now titled District Director, from 1924-1925 and 1927-1928.

2019 Philadelphia PGA Pinehurst Pro-Am

This package will include:

  • 3 nights lodging at the Carolina Hotel. Some say you can feel the spirit of Pinehurst as you turn onto Carolina Vista. This majestic century-old hotel with its signature copper cupola and sweeping verandas make you feel as though you’ve stepped back in time to an era when elegance defined grand hotels and resorts. Dubbed the “Queen of the South,” The Carolina has 230 Four-Diamond guest rooms including suites.
  • 1 practice round and 3 tournament rounds of golf. The final tournament round will be played on the No.2 course. Pinehurst No. 2, the centerpiece of Pinehurst Resort, remains one of the world’s most celebrated golf courses. It has served as the site of more single golf championships than any course in America and, in 2014, hosted 14 days of championship play with back to back U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open Championships for the first time in their history. The U.S. Open will return there in 2024. Carts are included each day along with access to the practice facility.
  • Course Rotation: Practice Round No.1, 1st Round No.6, 2nd Round No.4, Final Round No.2
  • Opening night Welcome Dinner and final day awards lunch, along with breakfast  and lunch each day.
  • Tee gift package for all players.
  • Team: 1 Professional + 3 Amateurs ( All amateurs must have a valid USGA Handicap)
  • Team Pro-Am format of 1 Gross Ball + 1 Net Ball of the Team
    • Team Prize Purse
  • Amateur pricing:
    • $2,200 per amateur for Double Occupancy
    • Add $350 for Single Occupancy
    • Deposit of $1,000 per amateur due by November 1, 2018
    • Full payment due by February 15, 2019

Please see the flyer below for information regarding the 2019 PPGA Pinehurst Pro-Am.

We hope you will join us for what is sure to be another great trip to Pinehurst!  Please click here to place your deposit and reserve your spot in the 2019 PPGA Pinehurst Pro-Am.