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Message from Philadelphia PGA President Jeff Kiddie

First and foremost, I am hopeful that this message finds you and your loved ones in good health and unaffected from COVID-19. My thoughts and prayers go out to all that have been affected from this pandemic. Our country finds itself in a situation that most of us have never seen the likes of. As it relates to our jobs, each of our facilities are currently dealing with decisions as to whether or not to stay open for our members / customers. There is no clear right or wrong answer. I only hope that each of you will be sure to look out for the health of the PGA Professionals on your staff, as well as other members of your teams, and impress on your decision makers the importance of these decisions.

At the Section office, Geoff Surrette and his team are currently working remotely per the suggestion of the national office. A new software platform has made this easier than it would have been in the past. The Section staff is meeting virtually and communicating regularly to keep our business going in these trying times. If you need assistance from anyone in the Section office, you can reach them just as you would if they were in the office. The Section staff will continue their strong communication campaign with you to keep you informed with news, best practices and industry information as it relates to COVID-19.

If you have not been following the communications from the PGA of America, they have made several announcements due to the coronavirus. The PGA Professional Championship and the PGA Championship have each been postponed and will hopefully be played later in the season. Because education seminars and spring meetings have been affected by the virus, the MSR cycle has been extended. The current MSR cycle was due to end on June 15, 2021 and will now conclude on June 15, 2022. In concert with this, PGA Associates Acceptable Progress deadlines have too been extended by one year and they are looking into the possibility of adding online options.

Understandably, people are concerned about their health, jobs and the future. Please remember that the PGA of America offers the PGA Member Assistance Program which provides confidential, professional counseling and online services for a wide array of personal and well-being concerns. If you have any questions about this service, it is available on PGA.org.

Our Section is nearly 100 years old and has persevered through many tough times. I am confident that together we will persevere through this current challenge. We will rely on the incredible staff that we have at the Section office, the leadership of the Board as well as the knowledge and experience of previous leaders. Together we will get through this.

Be safe and be well.

Jeff Kiddie, PGA
President
Philadelphia PGA Section

Section Staff Remote Contact Information

To comply with the statewide COVID-19 shutdown, the Philadelphia PGA Section staff is working remotely. Should you need to reach any of our staff members, their remote contact information is listed below.

Executive Director, Geoff Surrette, PGA: (215) 399-7872, gsurrette@pgahq.com

Assistant Executive, Director Creveling: bcreveling@pgahq.com

PGA REACH Philadelphia Director, Leila Mackie, PGA: (704) 689-3136, lmackie@pgahq.com

Tournament Director, Brian Schulte, PGA: (215) 778-4411‬, bschulte@pgahq.com

Communications Director, Matt Frey, PGA: (513) 205-3081, mfrey@pgahq.com

Member Services Administrator, Sue Unger: (215) 287-6139, sunger@pgahq.com

PGA REACH Philadelphia Coordinator, Courtney Curcio: (856) 685-3167, ccurcio@pgahq.com

Tournament Coordinator, Lewis Harry, PGA: (575) 405-3684‬, lharry@pgahq.com

Operations Coordinator, Colin Marshall: (717) 870-7554, cmarshall@pgahq.com

Pa. Dept. of Health Recommends Temporary Closure of Golf Courses in Four Counties

During a press conference held on March 12, Pennsylvania Governor Wolf strongly urged non-essential businesses, including golf courses, in four Pennsylvania counties to close for 14 days from the start of the county’s mitigation period to protect employees, customers and suppliers and limit the spread of the virus through personal contact and surfaces.

As of March 14, 2020, those counties include: Bucks, Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery.

As a matter of public health, it is the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s strong recommendation that businesses cease operations to mitigate the spread of this disease. The following types of businesses should temporarily cease regular operations:

  • Community and recreation centers
  • Gyms, including yoga/spin/barre facilities
  • Hair salons, nail salons, and spas
  • Casinos, concert venues, and theaters
  • Bars
  • Sporting events facilities and golf courses
  • Non-essential retail facilities, including shopping malls (except for pharmacy or other health care facilities located therein)

NOTE: Restaurants should stay open for carry-out and delivery only

Businesses have a vast network of services that they can contact to discuss the impact of the Coronavirus on their daily operations and the future of their business. Staff at the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED), as well as local partner networks, are available to help businesses through this challenging time.

More infromation can be found by visiting the PA Department of Community and Economic Development resource webpage: dced.pa.gov/resources

To read the full release, click here.

Further community preparedness and procedures materials can be found by visiting: pacast.com/m?p=17885

At the present time, facilities in other Pennsylvania counties, New Jersey or Delaware, have not been reccomended for closure. The Philadelphia PGA Section will share any more  pertinent COVID-19 information as it becomes available.

Contact: Matt Frey, PGA, Philadelphia PGA Section, mfrey@pgahq.com

COVID-19 RESOURCES

FACILITY RESPONSE SURVEY

In an effort to provide the Philadelphia PGA Section membership with a broader idea of how facilities are dealing with the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and how they have had to alter their operations, please take a couple of minutes to fill out this short survey. For your reference, responses are viewable after you complete the survey.

NOTE: If you filled out the original survey which was sent on Saturday, March 14, and your facility status has changed, please take a moment to fill it out again with your updated your status.

TAKE THE SURVEY SURVEY RESULTS

 

COVID-19 UPDATES AND GOVERNMENT GUIDANCE 

The White House, in coordination with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued guidance for large events and mass gatherings and recommends that for the next eight weeks, organizers (whether groups or individuals) cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 10 people or more throughout the United States. More information on the White House’s guidance can be found by clicking here and the CDC’s guidance can be found by clicking here.

Employee Rights: The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA or Act) requires certain employers to provide their employees with paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19. These provisions will apply from April 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020.  Click here for more information.

PENNSYLVANIA ORDERS

Under the guidance of the Pennsylvania Department of Health, using his authority under the state’s COVID-19 disaster declaration order, Governor Tom Wolf ordered all businesses to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Restaurants should stay open for carry-out and delivery only. To read the press release, click here. To read the full order from the Governor’s office, click here. To read the full order from the Pennsylvania Department of Health, click here. To review a full list of affected industries and businesses, click here.

PENNSYLVANIA BUSINESS WAIVERS

The Philadelphia PGA Section has been in contact with numerous state legislators and officials to clarify how golf facilities are affected by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf’s order for all non-life-sustaining businesses to close their physical locations to slow the spread of COVID-19. The Section has been advised that businesses seeking a waiver to the order should email with this email address: RA-dcexemption@pa.gov.

The Section encourages our golf facilities to email RA-dcexemption@pa.gov asking for exemptions for the following:

  • Allowing members and / or guests to walk and carry their own bags on the golf course with no staff interaction (allowing for appropriate social distancing)
  • Allowing golf facility superintendents to continue to maintain the property to protect against future financial hardship if courses become overgrown
  • If applicable, we recommend that private-equity facilities state that their members have ownership stakes in the facility

As a reminder, full-service restaurants and limited-service eating places may continue to operate for takeout only.

We believe that the more golf facilities that request waivers, the more seriously the state legislature and / or governor’s office will consider blanket exemptions for golf courses.

The Section requests that PGA Professionals that send an email to RA-dcexemption@pa.gov, that they also copy (cc) Section Executive Director Geoff Surrette, PGA, (gsurrette@pgahq.com) and Section Communications Director Matt Frey, PGA (mfrey@pgahq.com) so the Section has the ability to lobby on your behalf as well.

3/22 Update: Courses should remain closed for all play until further notice; enforcement begins on on Monday, March 23 at 8:00 a.m. Golf facilities may still continue to seek waivers from the state by emailing RA-dcexemption@pa.gov.

The Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) has confirmed that landscaping (e.g. facility / course maintenance) has been included under “essential services,” meaning superintendents may continue maintaining the grounds at this time.

The above information from the DCED is subject to change as the situation evolves. If PGA Members or Associates have specific questions, contact the DCED directly at ra-dcedcs@pa.gov or call 1-877-PA-Health and select option No. 1.

As a reminder, Governor Tom Wolf’s prohibition does not apply to virtual or telework operations. Full-service restaurants and limited-service eating places may continue to operate for takeout only.

CITY OF PHILADELPHIA

The city of Philadelphia issued a new Business Activity and Stay at Home Order detailing restrictions on business activity, personal activity, and congregation in Philadelphia in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. These new restrictions take effect Monday, March 23, 2020, at 8:00 a.m. Businesses that need clarification on whether they are defined as life-sustaining should review the City’s new Order which is consistent with orders issued to businesses by the Pennsylvania governor’s office. If your business is not listed as life-sustaining, you should assume that keeping your business open to the public is prohibited.

NEW JERSEY ORDERS

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy today issued an executive order directing all residents to stay at home until further notice. The order provides for certain exceptions, such as obtaining essential goods or services, seeking medical attention, visiting family or close friends, reporting to work, or engaging in outdoor activities. All restaurants may continue to operate by delivery and takeout only.

3/22 Update: Courses should remain closed for all play until further notice; outdoor activities, mentioned in Governor Phil Murphy’s press release, are restricted to individuals’ neighborhoods and personal yards.

Essential employees needed for “asset management” (e.g. course maintenance) may continue their work.

As a reminder, all restaurants may continue to operate by delivery and takeout only.

For additional information on COVID-19 and its impact on businesses, please visit the State of New Jersey business portal at cv.business.nj.gov.

DELAWARE ORDERS

Delaware Governor John Carney today issued a stay at home order to help fight the spread of COVID-19. The state of Delaware also ordered the closure all non-essential businesses.

The governor’s office released a comprehensive list of essential and non-essential businesses, as defined by Sunday’s order, and at this time, golf courses have been given an exception. The list states that “Other Amusement and Recreation Industries” are to close with the exception of some outdoor recreational activities, including NAICS digit 71391, which is defined as “Golf Courses and Country Clubs.” Click here to view the full list.

On April 6, the Delaware Governor amended his order to put into place the following restrictions on golf courses (click here to view the full text):

Golf courses may continue operation with the following restrictions:

  • Clubhouses, indoor areas where people congregate, and locker rooms (with the exception of bathrooms) must be closed. Any food service must comply with the restrictions on restaurants set forth in the State of Emergency declaration and all modifications;
  • Golf courses are prohibited from providing guests with motorized carts, golf bag carts, pencils, scorecards, or snack carts;
  • Golf courses must monitor tee times and players to ensure adequate social distancing, and must raise flagsticks and holes to prevent players from touching cups;
  • Players are prohibited from accessing neighboring properties to retrieve stray balls.

Restaurants and other eating places may offer takeout and delivery only.

Delaware is also restricting patronage to Delaware residents only, unless out-of-state customers have been quarantined in Delaware for 14 days. For a poster from the Division of Small Business, click here.

If your business has multiple NAICS codes, you may follow the instructions associated with the least restrictive NAICS code your business is classified under. If you are unsure, Please email covid19faq@delaware.gov or call (302) 577-8477 between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. with any additional questions.

Click here to read the state’s full press release. To view Frequently Asked Questions, click here. The state of Delaware also has a business resources webpage, which can be visited by clicking here.

MARYLAND ORDERS

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan today ordered all non-essential businesses to close, effective at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, March 23, to help fight the spread of COVID-19. Golf facilities are specifically mentioned in the closure order. Restaurants may offer takeout and delivery only. Click here to view the full order; click here to view the state’s interpretive guidance.

NOTE: Due to the ambiguity of the order issued by the state, the Philadelphia PGA Section is working diligently to confirm if golf facilities are able to maintain their courses during closure, similar to Pennsylvania and New Jersey guidance; once confirmed, another email will be delivered to your inbox. 

Maryland has a COVID-19 business repsponse webpage, which can be visited by clicking here. The state is also offering COVID-19 emergency relief fund programs for businesses (click here to learn more) and a COVID-19 layoff aversion fund (to read more, click here).

PHILADELPHIA PGA SECTION UPDATES

As the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 continues to rise across our region, the Philadelphia PGA Section is closely monitoring all available information related to the continued spread of the virus from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), state and local governments, and the PGA of America.

The health and safety of our membership, staff, and partners are our top priority. As such, the Philadelphia PGA Section has adjusted the following:

  • Philadelphia PGA Junior Tour Events: POSTPONED THROUGH MARCH 27
  • March 15 Awards Banquet: POSTPONED
  • March 17 Rules of Golf Workshop:POSTPONED
  • March 30 Spring Membership Meeting and Golf: POSTPONED
  • March 31 Women in Golf Summit: POSTPONED
  • April 6 Central Counties Chapter Spring Meeting: POSTPONED

The Section will continue to review its schedule and operations based on CDC, WHO and government guidance and communicate updates with you.

The CDC is providing COVID-19 updates here. For the CDC’s overall business guidance resource, click here.

For the foreseable future, the Philadelphia PGA Section staff will be working remotely. Any questions should be directed to the Section’s Communications Director, Matt Frey, PGA: mfrey@pgahq.com. Should you need to reach any of our other staff members, their remote contact information is listed below.

Executive Director, Geoff Surrette, PGA: (215) 399-7872, gsurrette@pgahq.com
Assistant Executive Director, Barb Creveling:  (215) 237-3888, bcreveling@pgahq.com
PGA REACH Philadelphia Director, Leila Mackie, PGA: (704) 689-3136, lmackie@pgahq.com
Tournament Director, Brian Schulte, PGA: (215) 778-4411‬, bschulte@pgahq.com
Communications Director, Matt Frey, PGA: (513) 205-3081, mfrey@pgahq.com
Member Services Administrator, Sue Unger: (215) 287-6139, sunger@pgahq.com
PGA REACH Philadelphia Coordinator, Courtney Curcio: (856) 685-3167, ccurcio@pgahq.com
Tournament Coordinator, Lewis Harry, PGA: (575) 405-3684‬, lharry@pgahq.com
Operations Coordinator, Colin Marshall: (717) 870-7554, cmarshall@pgahq.com

PGA OF AMERICA COVID-19 RESOURCES

The PGA of America has created a COVID-19 resource page for PGA Members and Associates, which can be visited by clicking here. The page includes resources for facilities, action steps for the general population and golf facilities, courses and food & beverage operations, and also provides information about the SupportLinc Member Assistance Program.

LETTER FROM PGA OF AMERICA OFFICERS

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the worlds of business and sports has quickly become more far reaching than we could have imagined. Our business will be affected, as will the lives of our friends and family. We are all feeling the strain of the unknown and the stress and anxiety a crisis can cause.

We want you to know that your Association is doing everything we can to mitigate risk and lead in a challenging time. Times like these give us a moment to pause and to assess changes that our facilities and association can pursue…to act in a way that reflects golf’s values among our constituents, and to stand tall knowing that we are the keepers of the game.

First and foremost, in challenging times like these, our utmost priority is on the health and well-being of our members and all involved with the work of the PGA.

While at least the next few weeks will prove challenging for our entire society, the golf industry will need to be prepared to come back strongly after things return to normal. We should be preparing now to take the necessary steps to reassure the public about the many benefits of our game, facilities and Professionals.

As such, we are thinking pragmatically about the Association’s business through the framework of our long-term strategic plan with focus on our members, game, business and people. For the purposes of this letter, we’ve bucketed the communication into three areas:

  • PGA Professionals, their facilities and the golf industry
  • Our Championships and events
  • The operations of the Association and Sections.

PGA Professionals, their facilities and the golf industry – Communication is key. Yesterday, PGA Chief Membership Officer John Easterbrook sent a note to the membership outlining that PGA HQ staff will be operating remotely effective Monday; while Valhalla and PGA Golf Club remain open to the public. We also provided a set of common-sense recommendations for consideration by operators.  We have committed to keeping PGA Professionals up-to-date through “Five Things to Know” and PGA.org on a regular basis. From an MSR and education perspective, please note the following:

  • MSR Cycle – Extend the MSR cycle deadline from June 15, 2021 to June 15, 2022, for all Members. This is due to a number of MSR activity opportunities – meetings, education, tournaments, player development – that could be postponed or canceled. Additionally, this relieves pressure on Sections and Members to conduct or take part in these activities during this unprecedented time of uncertainty.
  • Acceptable Progress – Extend the Acceptable Progress deadlines of all PGA Associates by one year. As travel to the PGA Education Center is currently curtailed, PGA Education staff is exploring online opportunities.  With the uncertainty of testing sites remaining open, this provides flexibility with regard to Associates meeting their deadlines.
  • PGA Golf Management University Students – 14 of our 18 GMU’s have currently cancelled classes and have moved to online delivery.  PGA Education Staff will work with the universities directly in regard to needed accommodations within the Criteria and Standards.
  • PGA Associates – We have cancelled pending seminars at Port St. Lucie through April.  81 individuals were impacted and we are refunding everyone’s registration fee and charging them back at a discounted rate.  The team is looking into online options that could be adopted in the future. Teaching & coaching and Executive Management is offered on a quarterly basis and therefore have not been impacted.

Championships and Events – At this time, we are working closely with state and local public health and government officials in Texas, California and Michigan and Pennsylvania regarding the playing of our upcoming events: The PPC, PGA Championship, KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship and the KPMG Womens PGA Championshiop. With the PGA TOUR canceling of The Players Championship and its next three events; the LPGA postponing its next three events, including its first Major Championship, after already cancelling three tournaments in Asia; and Augusta National postponing the Masters, we will be asked many questions about the status of our Championships and events.

We will continue to evaluate the status of each event every two weeks and provide further updates when available. Our hope is that the situation will improve, and once cleared by public health authorities, our events could be a welcome a “return to normal” in some form. That said, the health and well-being of all involved is our first priority and mandates from public health authorities will guide our decisions.

Due to recent NCAA actions, our PGA Works Collegiate Championship and the NextGen Spring Nationals are being cancelled as of today.  

Association/Section Business – As noted above, we have asked all staff to work remotely for the foreseeable future in an attempt to prevent the spread of COVID-19 among our team. We would recommend that all PGA Sections follow our lead in this area. We have stressed to our staff how important it is that we continue to operate at an extremely high level to serve our Members and Sections during this period.

In addition, we have put a travel ban in effect both internationally and domestically. Again, we would recommend that you do the same. For at least the next four weeks, we also recommend that you postpone any group gatherings you are planning to host. And most importantly, stay close to what your state and local officials advise for your area. In addition, with the PGA Tour event cancelations, the corresponding qualifying events are also cancelled. Please let those participants know immediately.

PGA Member Assistance Program

People are understandably concerned about their health, jobs and future. During these unprecedented times, the PGA Member Assistance Program provides confidential, professional counseling and online services for a wide array of personal and well-being concerns.  We encourage you to remind your fellow Members they can seek help at resources.pga.org. In addition, online guidance on preventive health and safety measures we can all take are available from the CDC.

We pledge to communicate relentlessly with all stakeholders and be open at all times as this situation inevitably evolves. Please feel free to reach out to us at any time with questions and concerns. Remember that we are all in this together, will get out of it together and be that much stronger for the experience.

PREPARING FOR COVID-19 IN THE WORKPLACE

The PGA of America established a new resource center on PGA.org specific to helping our Professionals who are employers and / or employees with questions. Because the specifics of employment law and recommended COVID-19 best practices are different state-by-state, we have included a link that will direct PGA Professionals to the 50 state departments of labor for information that is relevant based on their location. Please pass this resource along to anyone looking for resources related to employment issues during these challenging times.

https://www.pga.org/coronavirus-resources/preparing-for-covid-19-in-the-workplace

PGA OF AMERICA 3/20 VIDEO UPDATE: https://resources.pga.org/my-membership/coronavirus-resources-members

Following today’s debut video, we will also be opening it up to questions from you to help us address the issues that matter most to you all out in the field. If you have a specific question, please submit it here. We may not get to all of your questions on next week’s update, but will try to answer as many as possible.

NATIONAL / INTERNATIONAL GOLF EVENTS

2020 Masters Tournament: Rescheduled, November 12-15
2020 PGA Championship: Rescheduled, August 6-9
2020 U.S. Open: Rescheduled, September 17-20
2020 Open Championship: Cancelled
2020 PGA Professional Championship: Postponed. Click here to read the full press release.
2020 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball at Philadelphia Cricket Club: Cancelled. Click here for the full statement.

GOLF PROFESSIONAL NATURAL DISASTER BEST PRACTICES FACEBOOK GROUP

As PGA Professionals and industry leaders we get many questions in the face of disaster. It is often overwhelming and can create a sense of helplessness. This tool should assist all of us in finding answers and solutions to the many diverse issues created by natural disaster. It will serve as a building block as natural disasters continue to confront our industry, membership and personal lives.

The group attracted almost 800 golf professionals and industry leaders. We hope you’ll join as well and then share with all of your “golf influencers”…it’s not just for golf professionals (thanks to those who previously joined and shared the group). The more golf leaders we have in the group, the broader and deeper our scope of best practices…better answers and solutions for the challenges ahead. Click here to request access.

Philadelphia PGA Newsletter – February 1, 2020

Section PGA Members Ashley Grier and Vincent Kabaso Selected for PGA LEAD

Philadelphia PGA Section Members Ashley Grier, Overbrook G.C.; and Vincent Kabaso, Laurel Creek C.C.; have been selected for PGA LEAD’s class of 2020-’21. PGA LEAD was created in 2016 to identify, mentor and further PGA Members from diverse backgrounds into volunteer leadership positions in the Association. Grier serves on the Section’s Tournament and Philadelphia Assistants’ Organization committees and has played on the national stage, including the inaugural Women’s PGA Cup and two KPMG Women’s PGA Championships. Kabaso is the first PGA of America Member from Zambia, an accomplished motivational speaker and the creator of the “Raised By the World” foundation.

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Philadelphia Women in Golf Leaders Summit Slated for March 31 at Aronimink

The Philadelphia PGA Section, the Golf Association of Philadelphia and PGA Magazine will be hosting the first annual Women in Golf Leaders Summit at Aronimink G.C. on Tuesday, March 31 from 1:00-5:30 p.m. for $20 per person. The event is open to all golf industry stakeholders, facility leaders, and passionate individuals with the goal of sharing ideas and positively impacting women’s golf.

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PGA of America Debuts New PGA.com

The PGA of America has launched a newly reimagined PGA.com to connect consumers with PGA Professionals. The redesigned site, which is now managed in-house by the PGA, focuses on the journey a golfer takes to begin or improve their game, emphasising the opportunities enabled by enhancing the coach-consumer relationship. In the second phase of the launch, scheduled for later this year, consumers will be able to easily search for PGA Professionals who have completed both their ADM training available on PGA.Coach and a detailed PGA.com coach profile.

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Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

The Philadelphia PGA Section is looking for volunteers from its PGA Members and Associates for two upcoming events:

Philadelphia Golf and Travel Show – February 7-9

PGA Professionals can give back by volunteering to give free golf lessons at the 2020 Philadelphia PGA Golf and Travel Show, held at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center at Oaks’ Halls A & D in Oaks, Pa., during the following times:

  • Friday, February 7: 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, February 8: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, February 9: 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

To volunteer, please contact the Section’s Instruction Committee Chair, Andy Miller, PGA, at andy@ledgerockgolf.com or by clicking the below button.

 Volunteer for Show

KPMG Women’s PGA Championship – June 23-28

With the 2020 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship coming to Aronimink Golf Club in June, we are working with the championship staff to find volunteers for tournament week. We are truly excited to have another major championship in the Philadelphia PGA Section and want to do everything we can to help make it a successful event!

For volunteer registration instructions, please click the below button.

 Volunteer for KPMG

Join Us for the Kohler and Casa de Campo Pro-Ams

The Section will be visiting the Midwest for the 2020 Philadelphia PGA Kohler Pro-Am on October 4-7; for more details, please click here. The Section is also headed to the Dominican Republic for the 2020 Philadelphia PGA Casa de Campo Pro-Am on December 7-11; for more details, please click here.

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Meet Morgan Stanley SVS Wealth Management’s Charles Fahy

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Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, Charles served as General Manager of the Atlantic City Country Club, one of the most historic clubs in the world. Another one of his passions is golf. In fact, he is a PGA (Professional Golfers Association) member and has been a teaching professional with the PGA for many years.

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Philadelphia PGA Junior Tour Membership Enrollment Now Open

Providing fun and invaluable opportunities to get out and play, the Philadelphia PGA Junior Tour leads the region in competitive youth golf. The tour’s membership consists of youth golfers 18 years of age and younger. All events are enjoyable and family-friendly. Youth golfers may be registered by clicking the below button.

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 Don’t Wait…PGA Jr. League Captain Registration Deadline is February 1

Captain registration for the 2020 Summer Season of PGA Jr. League is open! As a reminder, Captains must be PGA Members, PGA Associates or LPGA Members in good standing to register. The deadline to register is fast approaching…register by February 1!

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Enroll for Section Tournament Organizations

Registrations for the Section’s various tournament organizations / clubs are open online. Memberships available include:

  • Tournament Players Division (TPD)
  • Hole-in-One Club
  • Philadelphia Assistants’ Organization (PAO)
  • Central Counties Chapter (CCC) – Member and Associate
  • Central Counties Chapter Hole-in-One Club

For more information on these memberships or to register, please click the below “Register” button.

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 Upcoming Events

Please see below for upcoming Section events. PGA Members and Associates may find more information or  may register by clicking on the date / event names below.

District Roundtables

Education Events

 

Membership Update

Please see below for the Section’s membership updates as of January 10. New facility or Section affiliations are listed immediately following the PGA Professional’s name, while prior affiliations are listed in parentheses. * denotes new PGA Members the Section; † denotes new PGA Associates to the Section; ‡ denotes changes within the same facility.

 

A-1:

  • Richie Krebs, Briarwood G.C.‡
  • Ian Madinger, Plantation Lakes C.C.‡

A-4:

  • Brian Fedish, Plantation Lakes C.C.‡
  • Chris Wilkinson, Llanerch C.C.‡

A-8:

  • William Bowen, Llanerch C.C.*
  • Kerry Lecker, Whitemarsh Valley G.C.*
  • Stephen Sanderson, Pine Valley G.C.*
  • Andrew Turner, French Creek G.C.; (Sunnybrook G.C.)

B-8Wade Sander, Manufacturers’ G. & C.C.; (Woodcrest C.C.)

B-23: Jonathan Trauner, Club Champion; (GOLFTEC)

Register Your Facility as a Philadelphia PGA Junior Tour Affiliate Member

The Philadelphia PGA Junior Tour Affiliate Program is a collaboration between the Philadelphia PGA Section and area facilities to market the tour. There is no cost to become an affiliate member and your involvement will be recognized on PhillyJuniorTour.com. Participating facilities will promote the junior tour and in return, each facility will receive one complimentary membership to the tour to give to a youth golfer at their facility.* To register, email info@phillyjuniortour.com.

*Complimentary membership must be given to a new Philadelphia PGA Junior Tour member.

Philadelphia PGA Newsletter – January 18, 2020

Carpineta Leads Section’s 2019 Awards Class

Earlier this month, the Philadelphia PGA Section announced its 2019 award winners, highlighted by Golf Professional of the Year, John Carpineta, Bensalem Township Country Club. Rounding out the 2019 awards class: Steve Frederick, Assistant Golf Professional of the Year; Dean Kandle, Horton Smith Award; Charlie Schuyler, Bill Strausbaugh Award; Steve Wager, Player Development Award; Andy Miller, Youth Player Development Award; John Pillar, Patriot Award; Alex McGann, Resort Merchandiser of the Year; Brent Wallace, Private Merchandiser of the Year; Jason Howard, Public Merchandiser of the Year; and Laura Manchester, Golf Salesperson of the Year.

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Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

The Philadelphia PGA Section is looking for volunteers from its PGA Members and Associates for two upcoming events:

Philadelphia Golf and Travel Show – February 7-9

PGA Professionals can give back by volunteering to give free golf lessons at the 2020 Philadelphia PGA Golf and Travel Show, held at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center at Oaks’ Halls A & D in Oaks, Pa., during the following times:

  • Friday, February 7: 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, February 8: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, February 9: 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

To volunteer, please contact the Section’s Instruction Committee Chair, Andy Miller, PGA, at andy@ledgerockgolf.com or by clicking the below button.

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KPMG Women’s PGA Championship – June 23-28

With the 2020 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship coming to Aronimink Golf Club in June, we are working with the championship staff to find volunteers for tournament week. We are truly excited to have another major championship in the Philadelphia PGA Section and want to do everything we can to help make it a successful event!

To volunteer registration instructions, please click the below button.

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Philadelphia PGA to Battle New Jersey PGA on Ice to Benefit PGA REACH Philadelphia

Help support PGA REACH Philadelphia by attending the Flyers vs. Devils game on February 6 at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are available in the lower level ($80 per ticket). Five dollars from every ticket sold will be donated to PGA REACH Philadelphia. Every ticketholder will receive a voucher for a Gritty driver head cover.

Prior to the NHL game, the Philadelphia PGA and the New Jersey PGA will hold their annual charity hockey game at the Wells Fargo Center, beginning at 12:45 p.m.

For every ticket purchased, that person will get a voucher to pick their Gritty Driver head cover up at the game that night and $5 on every ticket sold will go back to PGA REACH Philadelphia.

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Play Major Championship Golf Courses in the 2020 Philadelphia PGA Kohler Pro-Am

The Section will be visiting the Midwest for the 2020 Philadelphia PGA Kohler Pro-Am on October 4-7! For more details, please click here.

The only way to secure a team in this event is to submit a deposit as registration for this pro-am is on a first-come, first-served basis. Deposits are due by August 15.

To reserve your spot in the 2020 Philadelphia PGA Kohler Pro-Am, please click the below button.

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Meet Morgan Stanley SVS Wealth Management’s Charles Fahy

Charles Fahy is a Financial Advisor in Morgan Stanley’s Northfield, N.J., office. He works with a select group of businesses and individual investors that aspire to a work-optional lifestyle by employing a prudent investment strategy that emphasizes long-term growth, current income and capital preservation. Tax-efficient investing is also a key part of the investment approach.

Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, Charles served as General Manager of the Atlantic City Country Club, one of the most historic clubs in the world. Another one of his passions is golf. In fact, he is a PGA (Professional Golfers Association) member and has been a teaching professional with the PGA for many years.

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About Morgan Stanley SVS Wealth Management

The SVS Wealth Management Team, founded in 2007, has multiple financial advisors and sup­port staff members. The benefit to you is that we offer an incredible range of advisors to handle your unique needs. Whether it is portfolio management, financial planning, business succession planning, lending, or multi-generational wealth planning – we collaborate as a team to help you achieve your goals.

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Join Us in the Dominican Republic for the 2020 Philadelphia PGA Casa de Campo Pro-Am

The Section is headed to the Dominican Republic for the 2020 Philadelphia PGA Casa de Campo Pro-Am on December 7-11! For more details, please click here.

The only way to secure a team in this event is to submit a deposit as registration for this pro-am is on a first-come, first-served basis. Deposits are due by August 1. Deposits received after October 1 and entry fees received after November 1 are non-refundable.

To reserve your spot in the 2020 Philadelphia PGA Casa de Campo Pro-Am, please click the below button.

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Philadelphia PGA Junior Tour Membership Enrollment Now Open

Providing fun and invaluable opportunities to get out and play, the Philadelphia PGA Junior Tour leads the region in competitive youth golf. The tour’s membership consists of youth golfers 18 years of age and younger. All events are enjoyable and family-friendly. Youth golfers may be registered by clicking the below button.

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 Don’t Wait…PGA Jr. League Captain Registration Deadline is February 1

Captain registration for the 2020 Summer Season of PGA Jr. League is open! As a reminder, Captains must be PGA Members, PGA Associates or LPGA Members in good standing to register. The deadline to register is fast approaching…register by February 1!

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Enroll for Section Tournament Organizations

Registrations for the Section’s various tournament organizations / clubs are open online. Memberships available include:

  • Tournament Players Division (TPD)
  • Hole-in-One Club
  • Philadelphia Assistants’ Organization (PAO)
  • Central Counties Chapter (CCC) – Member and Associate
  • Central Counties Chapter Hole-in-One Club

For more information on these memberships or to register, please click the below “Register” button.

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 Upcoming Events

Please see below for upcoming Section events. PGA Members and Associates may find more information or  may register by clicking on the date / event names below.

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Education Events

Frey Joins Section Staff

We would like to welcome the newest addition to the Section staff, PGA Member Matt Frey. For the past seven years, Matt was the General Manager of Digital Operations for PGA Magazine in Huntingdon Valley, Pa. Prior to moving to the Delaware Valley, Matt spent time as a PGA Assistant Professional at Malone (N.Y.) Golf Club and the Camargo Club in Cincinnati. Matt also graduated from Eastern Kentucky University with a Bachelor of Business Adminsitration degree in Marketing with a PGA Golf Management option.

As Communications Director, Matt will be heading up all Section, Philadelphia PGA Junior Tour and PGA REACH Philadelphia communications. With his experience and background, we know he is a perfect fit to lead our efforts in growing awareness and recognition of our membership and our brand.

Please join us in welcoming Matt to the staff. You may reach him at mfrey@pgahq.com, please remember to send him any member interest stories or best practices that we may promote.

Membership Update

Please see below for the Section’s membership updates as of January 10. New facility or Section affiliations are listed immediately following the PGA Professional’s name, while prior affiliations are listed in parentheses. * denotes new PGA Members the Section; † denotes new PGA Associates to the Section; ‡ denotes changes within the same facility.

A-1:

  • David Coates, Williamsport C.C.; (Essex County C.C.)*
  • Chris Hutchinson, Medford Village C.C.‡
  • Anthony McNamara, Toftrees Resort G.C.; (The Club at Pelican Preserve)*
  • Joe Missimer, West Chester G & C.C.‡
  • Dan Mrozinski, Commonwealth National G.C.‡
  • Jared Murosky, Llanerch C.C.‡
  • Darin Peart, Penn National G.C.‡

A-8:

  • Michael Caldwell, The DuPont C.C.; (Bidermann G.C.)
  • John “Jake” Manley, Saucon Valley C.C.; (Congressional C.C.)*

A-11: Matt Frey, Philadelphia Section; (PGA Magazine)

A-13: Bill Smith, Berkleigh G.C.; (Royal Manchester G.L.)

A-19: Michael Frye, Golf Genius; (Southwest Section)

B-6: Gregory Rhoads, GOLFTEC Malvern; (River Club)*

B-8:

  • Megan Leinweber, Stonewall Links†
  • Victoria Petrosky, Fox Hill C.C.; (Irem C.C.)
  • Aaron Wilkinson, Kings Creek C.C.; (C.C. of Maryland)*

B-12Shawn Davis, Cairn Univ.†

Elections:

  • Nathalie Filler, The Philadelphia Cricket Club
  • Brian Fruehan, Elmhurst C.C.

RetiredMike Versuk (Willow Valley G.C.)

Transfers:

  • Billy Ditchey, Carolinas Section; (Indian Hills G.C.)
  • Zachary Duclos, Southern Texas Section; (The Philadelphia Cricket Club)
  • Aaron Hartman, Metropolitan Section; (The Philadelphia Cricket Club)
  • Matthew Hillier, New England Section; (Pine Valley G.C.)
  • Bryant Shuford, Carolinas Section‡
  • Bradley Sniper, New Jersey Section; (The Philadelphia Cricket Club)
  • Michael Tritapoe, Middle Atlantic Section; (Baywood Greens)

Register Your Facility as a Philadelphia PGA Junior Tour Affiliate Member

The Philadelphia PGA Junior Tour Affiliate Program is a collaboration between the Philadelphia PGA Section and area facilities to market the tour. There is no cost to become an affiliate member and your involvement will be recognized on PhillyJuniorTour.com. Participating facilities will promote the junior tour and in return, each facility will receive one complimentary membership to the tour to give to a youth golfer at their facility.* To register, email info@phillyjuniortour.com.

*Complimentary membership must be given to a new Philadelphia PGA Junior Tour member.

Philadelphia Cricket Club’s Bill Sautter, PGA, Leads PGA Quarter Century Championship

By Craig Dolch, Port St. Lucie, Florida

Former professional soccer player Bill Sautter had plenty chances to celebrate Wednesday.

He opened with an eagle and added eight birdies – meaning he played half his holes under par – to shoot a 5-under 67 and take a two-shot lead in the 50-64 division of the PGA Quarter Century Championship at PGA Golf Club.

Sautter played in the North American Soccer League and the American Soccer League for eight years (1978-85). He started playing golf when he was 30 and is a PGA Teaching Professional at Philadelphia Cricket Club.

Sautter eagled the first hole on the Wanamaker Course and added three birdies on the front nine. He added four birdies on the back nine – offset by two bogeys and a double bogey – for the 67. Only seven of 91 players broke par.

Sautter leads by two over Sonny Skinner of Sylvester, Ga., JC Anderson of Bonita Springs, Fl., and Jeff Whitfield of Weldon Spring, Mo. Skinner and Anderson took a similar path – they rode in the same cart and posted identical 3-under 69s, each making five birdies and two bogeys.

“We were trying to keep up with each other,” said Skinner, a six-time PGA Professional Player of the Year. “JC and I have known each other since the late-1980s, if not longer. It was a very comfortable pairing.”

Skinner, a PGA Teaching Professional at Spring Hill Country Club in Tifton, Ga., had three consecutive birdies on the front nine and played even par the rest of the round. Anderson, the Director of Instruction at The Club at the Strand in Naples, had an early and a late bogey and five birdies in between.

“I didn’t know we both shot 69s until we got to the scoring tent,” said Anderson, who has won a pair of Winter Championship events. “I just said, ‘Let’s do it again tomorrow.’”

Whitfield added a 69, thanks to three birdies on the last seven holes. Bill Breen of Nashville is fifth at 70, a shot ahead of Mark Mielke of Jupiter and Kirk Hanefeld of South Hamilton, Mass.

Bob Sowards, recently named Senior PGA Professional Player of the Year, and former PGA Tour member Omar Uresti are part of a group tied for eighth at 72.

In the 65-and-older division, Gary Robison of North Canton, Ohio shot a 6-under 66 on the Ryder Course to take a one-shot lead over Pat Delaney of Springfield, Ohio and Jay Horton of Port St. Lucie. Robison outdueled Skinner to win last year’s 50-64 division, but after turning 65 is trying to win consecutive Quarter Century title in different divisions.

“I wasn’t really thinking about that,” said Robison, the PGA Director of Golf at Brookside Country Club in Canton. “I’m just trying to find my game and have some fun doing it.”

Robison was all smiles after playing the first seven holes in 5-under, thanks to an eagle at the par-5 sixth where he hit a hybrid to 12 feet. He saved par at No. 9 after taking a penalty shot and added a birdie at the 13th.

“I played really well on the front side and tried to stay aggressive,” Robison said. “The greens are in great shape, so you have to stay aggressive to keep moving forward.”

Delaney, who was inducted into the Southern Ohio PGA Section Hall of Fame two years ago, said he was looking forward to turning 65 last October because he became one of the youngest players in his division.

“I knew I was moving to a different age group and it motivated me to come down and play,” said Delaney, a PGA Professional at Reid Park Golf Course in Springfield. “It would be a hoot to win.”

Horton also got off to a hot start – he was 4-under after seven holes – and made six birdies and a bogey. Tied for fourth at 68 are Jerry Tucker of Stuart, Bobby Heins of White Springs, N.Y. and Paul Gooden of Savannah.

A player has to be a member of the PGA of America for 25 years to be eligible for the Quarter Century Championship.

In the Half Century Championship, brothers Tom Joyce of Huntington, N.Y. and Bob Joyce of Southampton, N.Y. are tied for the lead with 2-under 70s. Tom Joyce won the title last year.

Paul Kelly of Dorset, Vt., at 88 the oldest player in the field, shot a 73, as did 85-year-old Bill Moser of Vero Beach.

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Philadelphia PGA Announces 2019 Award Winners

Lower Gwynedd Township, PA: The Philadelphia PGA Section today announced its 2019 award winners, highlighted by Golf Professional of the Year, John Carpineta, the PGA Professional at Bensalem Township Country Club, in Bensalem, PA. In total, the Philadelphia PGA, through its Award Committee, chose 12 winners for 2019 out of over 100 PGA Professionals who were nominated for awards this past season, including:

  • Golf Professional of the Year: John Carpineta, PGA – Bensalem Township C.C., Bensalem, PA
  • Teacher of the Year: John Dunigan, PGA – Applebrook G.C., Malvern, PA
  • Assistant Golf Professional of the Year: Steve Frederick, PGA – Overbrook G.C., Villanova, PA
  • Horton Smith Award: Dean Kandle, PGA – St. Davids G.C., Wayne, PA
  • Bill Strausbaugh Award: Charlie Schuyler, PGA – Saucon Valley C.C., Bethlehem, PA
  • Player Development Award: Steve Wager, PGA – Penn State University G.C., State College, PA
  • Youth Player Development: Andy Miller, PGA – LedgeRock G.C., Mohnton, PA
  • Patriot Award: John Pillar, PGA – C.C. at Woodloch Springs, Hawley, PA
  • Merchandiser of the Year – Resort: Alex McGann, PGA – Seaview G.C., Galloway, NJ
  • Merchandiser of the Year – Private: Brent Wallace, PGA – Northampton C.C., Easton, PA
  • Merchandiser of the Year – Public: Jason Howard, PGA – Woodcrest C.C., Cherry Hill, NJ
  • Golf Salesperson of the Year: Laura Manchester – Callaway Golf

“The Philadelphia PGA is extremely proud to recognize our 2019 award winners, which include an accomplished list of PGA Professionals whose dedication to the game is unmatched, and who have been catalysts in the business of golf throughout the region,” said Geoff Surette, Executive Director, Philadelphia PGA Section. “These individuals represent the best of their profession. We thank them for their service and commitment to golfers and golf facilities across the region.”                                                 

Golf Professional of the Year

A two-time Patriot Award winner (2017 and 2018), and the 2015 Philadelphia PGA Player Development Award winner, John Carpineta, PGA Professional at Bensalem Township Country Club, in Bensalem, PA, has been named the 2019 Golf Professional of the Year.  The highest recognition the Section bestows annually on a distinguished member, Carpineta was honored for qualities of leadership, strong moral character, and a substantial record of service to the PGA and the game of golf.

Along with serving on the Section’s Player Development Committee, Carpineta co-chairs the PGA HOPE (Helping Our Patriots Everywhere) program, along with the Wounded Warriors Project and Philly VA Amputee Swing endeavor. Having served in the military himself and having attended many seminars dealing with veterans and military personnel, Carpineta has acquired a sense and feel for the needs of his students beyond the lesson tee. By combining his service experience with the requirements of military golf programs he feels prepared to help his students in ways unrelated to golf. He has now added some different items to his standard “training aids” that make students feel relaxed with him, as coach, comrade and confidant.

In concert with his desire to help veterans, and as a basis for winning the Patriot Award two years running, Carpineta was largely responsible for securing Bensalem Township Country Club as the new home location for the Section’s PGA HOPE program. Under the direction of Carpineta, PGA HOPE is positioned for continued growth and success, as golf has become a therapeutic part of the rehabilitation process for veterans with disabilities. 

Teacher of the Year 

The Teacher of the Year Award recognizes a PGA Professional for their “outstanding services as a golf teacher, innovator and coach.” The 2019 recipient of the Teacher of the Year Award is John Dunigan, PGA Professional at Applebrook Golf Club in in Malvern, PA, 

An accomplished PGA Professional, Dunigan was also the recipient of the Philadelphia PGA Teacher of the Year in 2008, 2015 and 2017 and the 2018 Section Horton Smith Award, which recognizes a PGA Member who displays commendable contributions to the education of PGA Professionals. A PGA Master Professional and PGA Tour coach, Dunigan’s reputation and award-winning accomplishments are unrivaled. He’s a book author, published writer on teaching and instruction, and an in-demand speaker at conferences and seminars nationwide. Among his many honors include: Golf Digest Top 50 Teacher in 2017; Golf Magazine Top Teachers in 2016; Golf Range Association of America Top 50 Growth of the Game Teaching Professional in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019; and U.S. Kids Golf Top 50 Jr. Golf Leader in 2012. 

In his new book, “Hole It!” Dunigan provides a guide for golfers developing expert level skills and shooting lower scores by making more putts when it counts. Dunigan delivers his unique approach to coaching and learning through no-nonsense skill-building exercises, key concepts, technical improvement, and practical mental game coaching that have worked for golfers of all ability levels. Dunigan is also regarded for taking high level instructional information, such as in biomechanics, ground forces and motor learning, and simplifying it for professionals, as well as everyday golfers. 

Assistant Golf Professional of the Year Award 

The Assistant Golf Professional of the Year is designed to recognize an individual who has displayed the qualities and attributes for what it takes to become an outstanding PGA Professional. The 2019 recipient is Stephen Frederick, PGA Assistant Golf Professional at Overbrook Golf Club in Villanova, PA.  With over 19 years of coaching experience, Frederick has been instrumental in advancing golf instruction by using cutting-edge technology and techniques in his students’ lessons, including Trackman, high speed video analysis, launch monitors, biomechanics, personalized conditioning, fitness, and balance technique, among others. Once he considers an individual student’s goals, expectations, physical strengths, and weaknesses, he will develop an individualized plan to help each student reach their maximum potential. Frederick is able to take what is extremely complex and translate it for each student into something they can understand, feel, and repeat. Among his accomplishments, Frederick has earned certifications from Nike’s NG360, the Titleist Performance Institute for adults and youth golfers, and the U.S. Kids and the Positive Coaching Alliance. These certifications have trained him to most effectively enhance the athleticism and performance of golfers regardless of skill level. He has also held the office of Co-Chair for the Philadelphia Assistant’s Organization (PAO) for the last three years.

Horton Smith Award

The Section’s Horton Smith Award recognizes a PGA Professional who displays commendable contributions to the education of PGA Professionals. The 2019 recipient is Dean Kandle, PGA Head Professional at St. Davids Golf Club, in Wayne, PA. Kandle epitomizes the term mentor and has dedicated his career to giving back to the game and his fellow PGA Members. In his position at St. Davids, Kandle has been instrumental in furthering the careers of his fellow staff members, many who have gone on to assume leadership positions throughout the industry.

Among his mentorship techniques, and to help guide the current staff at St. Davids Golf Club, Kandle meets in private for 30 minutes each week during the season. After catching up on what’s happening at home and at the club, they spend the last 10 minutes talking about the PGA Professional’s future, and setting goals to reach the next career level. In order to create a more substantial impact on his fellow PGA Professionals, in April 2017 Kandle created a website known as Golf Professional Growth (www.golfprofessionalgrowth.com). With the tagline of “Work Smarter, Live Better,” the content is focused on generating awareness on how the modern PGA Professional can better manage their time, lead their people and improve their personal lives. 

Bill Strausbaugh Award 

The Bill Strausbaugh Award recognizes a PGA Professional who demonstrates exceptional character, integrity and leadership by way of teaching and mentoring other PGA Professionals. The 2019 Bill Strausbaugh Award recipient is Charlie Schuyler, PGA Director of Golf at Saucon Valley Country Club in Bethlehem, PA. 

Schuyler’s passion and deeply rooted commitment to mentoring PGA Professionals (and others) comes from a very strong desire to help each teammate reach their maximum potential, both personally and professionally. At a very young age and from a reflective perspective, he possessed a strong desire to help others. Years later, little did he know that this innate quality and yearning to help others would unveil itself in the form of personal and professional mentorship. 

Throughout his successful career in the golf business, which most recently brought him from the storied Augusta National Golf Club (May 2018) to his current position at Saucon Valley, Schuyler has personally managed a professional development program for well over 50 PGA Golf Management University Students and 20 PGA Assistant Professionals. Additionally, he speaks regularly to hundreds of aspiring youths on the topic of personal and professional development. One of his greatest personal accomplishments is founding the “Pros Fore Clothes Foundation,” a 501(c)3 non-profit that collects clothes from PGA Professionals, facilities and manufacturers across the country and delivers it to those in need. To date, “Pros Fore Clothes” has delivered over 135,000 pounds of clothing to those in need within the U.S. and around the world. 

Player Development Award 

The Player Development Award is designed to recognize a PGA Professional for extraordinary, exemplary contributions and achievements in the area of player development. The 2019 recipient is Steve Wager, PGA Director of Player Development at Penn State University Golf Courses in State College, PA. Also, the 2016 Philadelphia PGA Section Player Development Award winner, and a U.S. Kids Top 50 Honorable Mention recipient in 2017 and 2018, Wager’s achievements at Penn State University Golf Courses are well known. His success is highlighted by his commitment to the national Get Golf Ready program, which has become one of his most significant initiatives. Wager brings 12-18 students, of varying golf experience and sports backgrounds, together each week to learn the game, in a welcoming environment. This program has been a great feeder for his men’s and women’s leagues, local golf tournaments, and memberships. 

He teaches eight-week classes that meet four times a week, where students learn golf etiquette, history, and Rules as well as proper techniques for the short game, full swing, and putting.  Additionally, he’s been instrumental in developing a Women’s League Program, Family Golf Program and many youth golf initiatives, as Wager is committed to bringing the community together through learning the game of golf. In addition to his player development programs, wager teaches a Golf 1 Kinesiology class at Penn State, a great program that introduces college students to the game. 

Youth Player Development Award 

The Youth Player Development Award is designed to recognize a PGA Professional who has displayed extraordinary, exemplary contributions and achievement in the area of youth player development. The 2019 Youth Player Development Award recipient – for the second consecutive year – is Andy Miller, PGA Director of Instruction at LedgeRock Golf Club in Mohnton, PA. An accomplished, award-winning PGA Professional, Miller has received numerous honors and accolades throughout his career for his work with kids, including: Philadelphia PGA Youth Player Development Award in 2013; U.S. Kids Golf Top 50 Instructor in 2013 and 2014; U.S. Kids Golf Master Teacher in 2016; Golf Range Association of America Top 50 Growth of Game Teaching Professional in 2016, 2017 and 2018; and Golf Digest Best Teacher in State 2017-2018. He is also a frequent guest speaker on the topic of building successful youth programs at conferences and seminars around the country.

Miller has served on the Philadelphia Section’s Player Development Committee and currently serves as the Chairperson for the Philadelphia Section Instruction Committee. Further, he’s been part of the local Berks County Junior Golf Association Championship for the past three years and has helped to grow youth golf tremendously in the area. Since moving to LedgeRock Golf Club in 2015, Miller has driven tremendous growth in youth golf programming at the facility. 

Patriot Award 

The PGA Patriot Award bestows special recognition on a PGA Professional, who personifies patriotism through the game of golf and demonstrates unwavering commitment and dedication to the men and women who have valiantly served and protected the United States of America. John Pillar, PGA Director of Golf at the Country Club at Woodloch Springs, Hawley, PA is the recipient of the 2019 Patriot Award.

Past President of the Philadelphia PGA Section (2013-2014), Pillar manages the entire golf operation for the 450-acre residential community. Passionate about honoring the lives of local military servicemen and servicewomen, he has embraced the Folds of Honor Foundation, whose mission is to provide educational scholarships to spouses and children of America’s fallen and disabled service-members. Backed by Pillar’s leadership, the Folds of Honor Golf Classic at Woodloch Springs has raised more than $160,000 since inception and continues to grow each year. Additionally, Woodloch Springs has added a new element, by providing complimentary vacations for six Folds of Honor families each year, at no cost. A selfless leader, Pillar and his team at Woodloch Springs continue to support Folds of Honor, while honoring military from the local 109th National Guard. 

Merchandiser of the Year (Resort)

The Merchandiser of the Year Award is designed to recognize a PGA Professional who has excelled as business person/merchandiser in the promotion of golf. The Philadelphia PGA Section honors PGA Professionals in three categories: Private, Public and Resort facilities. The 2019 Merchandiser of the Year for Resort Facilities is Alex McGann, PGA Director of Golf at Seaview Golf Club in Galloway, NJ. McGann’s merchandising philosophy centers on offering fresh and constantly evolving merchandise. Seaview’s fixtures, tables and displays are constantly rotated to keep all guests aware of their many different offerings. One of his best practices was the creation of a mobile experience store for high profile events. At Seaview, they now have four outings per year that include a mobile golf shop experience for their guests. Through relationships with vendors, they place orders at tournament pricing and set up an entire golf shop experience exclusively for that event’s guests. These experience shops have set Seaview apart from several area club events and offer a good margin and solid profitability.    

Merchandiser of the Year (Private)

The 2019 Merchandiser of the Year – Private is Brent Wallace, PGA Director of Golf at Northampton Country Club in Easton, PA. The owner of the Golf Merchandise Concession at Northampton since 2018, Wallace is responsible for all aspects of the golf shop operation including, product selection, viewing lines, merchandising displays and business operations. On top of this, Wallace was tasked with overseeing the renovation of the golf shop when he was first hired at Northampton. With the shop at Northampton being a smaller space, Wallace has maximized the square footage while adding distinctive décor to create a rustic boutique, reflective of the membership and the area of the country. Wallace provides his customers with an assortment of products that are priced competitively and beautifully displayed, and combines that with friendly, knowledgeable service. His attention to detail is unmatched, and he recognizes the importance of taking extra steps to ensure customer satisfaction, especially with his regular customers. He’s established strong communications with the membership, sending handwritten thank you notes with a special order, and always alerting them on new brands and styles he believes they may be interested in.

Merchandiser of the Year (Public)

The 2019 Merchandiser of the Year for Public Facilities is Jason Howard, PGA Director of Golf at Woodcrest Country Club, Cherry Hill, NJ. The building blocks of Howard’s merchandising philosophy are to listen and understand what his members want and consistently work to elevate the level of customer service that every member and guest receives. Most customers know what they like in terms of colors and fabrics in apparel, and it’s the professional golf staff’s job to share with them different ideas and options that are on the shelves for them. Another fresh, new idea that supported their approach this year was the Trackman 4 technology, which they launched at Woodcrest in late March 2019. Many customers who were in the market for hard goods took them up on the offer to check out their driver or club against the latest and greatest technology. Howard’s team also hosted several demo days and offered a more popular option of individual fittings, as their customers have gravitated more to the one-on-one experience.

Golf Salesperson of the Year 

The Golf Salesperson of the Year Award recognizes a sales representative who contributes to the Section and is involved with sponsoring Section events. They are also respected among their fellow Section clubs and have implemented new ideas to assist growing the game of golf. The 2019 Golf Salesperson of the Year is Laura Manchester, Outside Sales Representative for Callaway Golf, from Lederach, PA. When it comes to golf sales, Manchester checks all the boxes, as she is known for being trustworthy, accountable, committed, and dedicated to club members at all levels. A consummate professional with an unwavering devotion to the Philadelphia PGA Section, she has spent many years supporting PGA Professionals and going the extra mile in every facet of her job as a Callaway sales representative. Manchester was also the recipient of the Philadelphia PGA’s Golf Salesperson of the Year in 2011.

About the Philadelphia PGA Section 

The Philadelphia PGA Section (PPGA) is one of 41 geographical sections of The PGA of America. Composed of PGA Professionals who serve as the “Experts in the Game & Business of Golf,” the PPGA encompasses Eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey (Trenton – south), Delaware and parts of Northern Maryland. Since the 1920s, the PPGA has been the voice and face of golf throughout the region backed by over 850 PGA Professionals and Apprentices who promote the enjoyment and involvement in the game of golf, and who are at the forefront of programming/events at more than 300 public and private golf facilities, including some of the country’s most acclaimed golf courses. PPGA members collectively impact over 2 million rounds of golf annually, encompassing over 100,000 club members, hundreds of thousands of public course golfers, business leaders and one of the country’s strongest stable of junior golfers. The PPGA is further complemented by its charitable arm, PGA REACH Philadelphia, which was created to positively impact lives and communities through the game of golf.  For more information, visit www.philadelphia.pga.com or follow us on social media: Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. 

PRESS CONTACTS

Jeff Kiddie, PGA Elected 43rd President of the Philadelphia PGA

Lower Gwynedd Township, PA., November 14, 2019 … The Philadelphia Section, PGA of America, has announced that Jeff Kiddie, PGA Head Golf Professional at Aronimink Golf Club in Newton Square, PA, site of the 2020 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship and the 2026 PGA Championship, has been elected the Section’s 43rd President.

 

Kiddie, a 19-year Philadelphia PGA Member ascends to the position of president after serving in numerous leadership positions during the past decade, including Section Vice President, Secretary, District Director and Director of Section Affairs and Member of the PGA of America Rules Committee, among others. A decorated PGA Professional, Kiddie has received numerous awards and accolades throughout his career, including: 2016 Philadelphia Section Horton Smith Award; 2011 PGA National Merchandiser of the Year – Private Facilities; 2011 Philadelphia Section Golf Professional of the Year; and Philadelphia Section Merchandiser of the Year – Private Facilities, in ‘07 & ‘10.

 

Kiddie, a resident of West Chester, PA, succeeds John Rogers, PGA (Chambersburg, PA) as Section President. He was sworn into office at the Philadelphia PGA’s Fall Meeting along with several new officers and board members, including: Vice President – Patrick Shine, PGA – Commonwealth National GC; Secretary – Chip Richter, PGA – Carlisle CC;  Director of Tournaments – Eric Kennedy, PGA – Overbrook GC;  Director of Section Affairs – Bob Hennefer, PGA – Indian Spring CC; District 6 Director – Gerry Davos, PGA – Flourtown CC; District 6 Director – Dean Kandle, PGA – St Davids GC; District 2 Director – Anthony Malizia, PGA – Bidermann GC; and District 4 Director – Dustin McCormick, PGA – Glen Brook CC.

“It is with tremendous pride that I serve as President of the Philadelphia PGA Section, and I thank outgoing president, and our new honorary president, John Rogers for his unwavering dedication to the game and business of golf,” said Kiddie. “Along with my fellow officers, Patrick Shine and Chip Richter, we will continue to serve our fellow PGA Professionals with a laser focus on providing the tools and resources necessary to continue driving the game forward for golfers at all levels.”

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