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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

Place Your Bids! PGA REACH Philadelphia Online Auction Now Open

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PGA REACH Philadelphia’s 2022 online auction is officially open! Support our foundation’s mission to positively impact lives through the game of golf by bidding on and winning items including Dormie Network membership, foursomes at exclusive golf courses like TPC Sawgrass, Philadelphia Cricket Club, Liberty National, luxury getaways, sports memorabilia, and more. Click on the “Bid Now” button above or any of the individual featured listings below to get started; more items are available on the auction site.

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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

Celtic Golf Announces Raffle to Benefit PGA REACH Philadelphia

Celtic Golf is launching a generous raffle to benefit PGA REACH Philadelphia, the Philadelphia PGA Section’s 501(c)(3) charitable foundation, to support its mission to positively impact lives through the game of golf.

The grand prize includes four nights at the five-star Killarney Park Hotel and three rounds of golf at renowned Waterville Golf Links, Ballybunion’s Old Course, and Tralee Golf Club, for two people. The winner will be drawn following our annual PGA REACH Philadelphia Pro-Am on October 11.

Please consider entering the raffle, by clicking the below button and registering via Golf Genius. PGA REACH Philadelphia thanks our friends at Celtic Golf.

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Proceeds from the raffle will help support programs for youth golfers like PGA Jr. League and Golf in Schools, U.S. military veterans like PGA HOPE Philadelphia, and diverse communities like the Philadelphia PGA Junior Tour Diversity Scholarships, and mentor program.

The grand prize includes the following for a party of two golfers in the summer of 2023:

Hotel: Four nights prepaid and confirmed accommodations (premium twin room) at the five-star Killarney Park Hotel in Killarney, Co. Kerry, Ireland.

Golf: Prepaid and reserved tee times for three rounds of golf at the following courses:

  • Waterville Golf Links
  • Ballybunion – Old Course
  • Tralee Golf Club

Ground Transport: (self) Drive Hertz Class G rental with automatic transmission inclusive of collision damage waiver insurance, unlimited mileage, and VAT

Meals: Full breakfast daily

Taxes: All hotel taxes (VAT) included

 

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.

Contacts:

Courtney Curcio
Director, PGA REACH Philadelphia
ccurcio@pgahq.com

Matt Frey, PGA
Communications Director, Philadelphia PGA Section
mfrey@pgahq.com

Philadelphia PGA Member Joanna Coe Qualifies for 2022 United States Women’s PGA Cup Team

Please join us in congratulating PGA Member Joanna Coe for qualifying for the 2022 United States Women’s PGA Cup Team. The premier international competition for women PGA Club Professionals will be held at Twin Warriors Golf Club at Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa in Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico, October 24-29.

Coe and Ashley Grier (formerly of the Philadelphia PGA Section, now works in the Middle Atlantic PGA Section) are the two veterans returning from that inaugural championship team. Coe is the Director of Instruction at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pennsylvania: She is among the first women to hold the position of head professional or director of instruction at one of the nation’s top 10 private golf facilities.

Currently there are representatives from five PGA Associations that will be part of the field: Australia, Canada, Great Britain & Ireland, Sweden and the United States. The Women’s PGA Cup is conducted as a 54-hole, stroke-play event, with each team’s lowest three scores counted after each round. The winning country will be the team with the lowest 54-hole aggregate total. The U.S. team won the inaugural Women’s PGA Cup by four shots in October 2019 at the Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa/Foothills Course in Austin, Texas.

To read the full announcement from the PGA of America, 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, Philadelphia PGA Section, mfrey@pgahq.com

Learn About the Philadelphia PGA Junior Tour’s FUNdamental Tour

The Philadelphia PGA Junior Tour’s FUNdamental Tour is now open to all age divisions so that at no matter what age, people can grow with their golf game. This new tour is aimed at beginner golfers who are not quite at the level to compete on our junior tour and offers shorter yardages and the opportunity to have a caddie. The goal is to provide the tools necessary to aid our beginner golfers with the improvement of their games and the building of their confidence. The emphasis is on having fun and encouraging our golfers to grow their love for the game.

To learn more about the Philadelphia PGA Junior Tour’s FUNdamental Tour, click here.