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PGA Professionals at Lookaway Golf Club Drive Golf Marathon Fundraising

The Philadelphia Section PGA’s Golf Marathon 100 Hole Challenge was established by PGA Professionals in the Philadelphia Section to raise money for PGA REACH Philadelphia. In 2019, the Marathon coincided with October’s “Month of Giving” Campaign and participating PGA Professionals, and all other willing supporters, played 100 holes of golf in 1 day, with 1 ball, 1 hole at a time. 

Leading the way in support of the “Month of Giving” were Mike Little and Laura Schiavo, PGA Assistant Golf Professionals at Lookaway Golf Club in Buckingham, PA. Backed by tremendous pledge support from club members and friends, Mike and Laura not only generated substantial donations, but led the entire Philadelphia PGA Section, raising near $23,000 for their one-day marathon round. Little, the 2016 OMEGA Player of the Year of the Philadelphia Section PGA, previously served as the Golf101 instructor for Temple University’s Kinesiology Department from 2009 to 2014 where he introduced over 500 college students to the game of golf.  Schiavo, a graduate of West Chester University with a Bachelor’s Degree in secondary education, is currently in the process of becoming a Class A PGA Professional. Prior to Lookaway, she worked for five years at Golf Galaxy focusing on merchandising, club fitting and golf club repair.  

Complementing the efforts of Mike and Laura at Lookaway Golf Club was club member Scott Hutchinson, who donated $7,600 to the foundation on behalf of the PAO (Philadelphia Assistants Organization) Tour Championship Event. Scott pledged $100 per birdie and $300 per eagle made during the PAO Tour Championship event, which took place on Oct. 14th, 2019 at Lehigh Country Club. In total, there were 70 birdies and 2 eagles made that day, which accounted for the $7,600 donation. ”It is better to give more than you receive,”Scott stated when asked about his support. Scott has been a big supporter of the PAO, as well as the PGA REACH Philadelphia.

Among the other top fundraisers who helped generate more than $44,000 from the Golf Marathon, were Alec Brown and Eric Keeler ($6,300), PGA Professionals from Gulph Mills Golf Club in King of Prussia, PA, and Dean Kandle ($5,050), PGA Professional from St. David’s Golf Club in Wayne, PA. PGA REACH Philadelphia thanks everyone who participated in the Golf Marathon this year.

PGA REACH Philadelphia Receives $5,000 Grant From Golf Galaxy In Support of Youth Golf Programming

Lower Gwynedd Township, PA., October 31, 2019 … PGA REACH Philadelphia, the charitable arm of the Philadelphia Section PGA (PPGA), has received a grant for $5,000 from Golf Galaxy in support of their youth programming.  A check was made to PGA REACH Philadelphia during the PPGA’s Annual Fall Meeting by PGA Members Ryan Carfara and Leigh Taylor, who operate the Golf Galaxy store in Devon, PA.

The donation from Golf Galaxy is part of DICK’S Sporting Goods’ Sports Matter Community Grants Program, which was established in 2018 and has pledged $2.5 million to provide meaningful grants to support youth sports teams, leagues, and programs in local communities throughout the country.  Each DICK’S and Golf Galaxy store may choose a worthy organization that supports youth sports programs, specifically those participants that lack financial means.

“As PGA Professionals and members of the Philadelphia PGA Section, Leigh Taylor and I have chosen to gift the PGA REACH Philadelphia Foundation a $5,000 grant to support its youth golf programs,” said Ryan Carfara, PGA, Store Manager, Golf Galaxy – Devon. “PGA Jr. League is the flagship youth pillar program of PGA REACH, with the goal of making the program accessible to all interested kids in the United States and around the world. We see this as a great opportunity to support young golfers in our local communities through an organization that is near and dear to our hearts.”

“We greatly appreciate the support from Golf Galaxy and DICK’S Sporting Goods’ Sports Matter Community Grants Program, and their generous donation will provide support for our youth programming, “ said Leila Mackie, Foundation Director, PGA REACH Philadelphia. “PGA Jr. League, along with the Golf in Schools Program, and the Diversity Scholarship are all apart of PGA REACH Philadelphia’s youth pillar that serves local communities by providing programs that support positive life/skill development and opportunities for youth to learn and play the game.”

PGA REACH Philadelphia was founded in 2018 to positively impact lives through the game of golf.  The foundation is operated under the guidance of the Philadelphia PGA Section’s 880 PGA Professionals and Assistants located in Eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey (Trenton – south), Delaware and parts of Northern Maryland, who are at the forefront of golf programming that grows the game of golf at more than 400 public and private golf facilities.

PGA REACH Philadelphia’s mission is to grow the game by providing financial assistance, instruction, instructional materials, mentoring, equipment and scholarships to individuals and organizations throughout the region.

For more information on PGA REACH Philadelphia, visit:  https://www.pgareach.org/philadelphia

2020 Philadelphia PGA Pinehurst Pro-Am is Full

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.5, 1st Round No.8, 2nd Round No.4, Final Round No.2
  • Opening night Welcome reception and putting contest on Thistle Dhu. 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 Accommodations and Payment Schedule:

~Double Occupancy: $2,300

~Single Occupancy: $2,610

~Deposit of $1,000 per amateur due by January 15, 2020

~Full payment due by February  15, 2020

If you are interested in putting a team together please contact Brian Schulte at the Section Office or at bschulte@pgahq.com

Please click to see the flyer for information regarding the 2020 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 2020 PPGA Pinehurst Pro-Am.