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Michael Tobiason Wins Inaugural Philadelphia Players Championship at Lookaway Golf Club

Buckingham, Pa. (September 31, 2020) — Michael Tobiason, Deerfield C.C., won the inaugural Philadelphia Players Championship at Lookaway Golf Club, besting a field of 99 top playing Philadelphia PGA Professionals and 10 amateurs with a 7-under-par 65.

Tobiason enjoyed a two-stroke margin of victory over host PGA Member Michael Little, Lookaway G.C. Tobiason and Little shared similar back nines. Little was even-par through No. 11, then rattled off five birdies in his final seven holes. Tobiason, however, was 3-under-par at the turn, and also made five birdies on the back nine, with a lone bogey.

“We had a great field here for the inaugural Philadelphia Players Championship, so it’s an honor to win, as we have a lot of great players in our Section,” said Tobiason. “You have to go low to win.”

Tobiason also won the National Car Rental Philadelphia Assistant PGA Professional Championship in August.

Eric Williams, Glenmaura National G.C., earned Low Amateur honors in a playoff against Oscar Mestre, Overbrook G.C., with a birdie on the first extra hole. Williams and Mestre finished with scores of 2-under-par 70s.

“It was an honor to finish as Low Amateur in the first Philadelphia Players Championship,” said Williams. “The hospitality at Lookway was fantastic. It’s a special place.”

PGA Member David Quinn, Laurel Creek C.C., won the Senior Division with a 3-under-par 69, one stroke ahead of Dave McNabb, Applebrook G.C.; and Brendon Post, University of Delaware.

An additional highlight of the day: PGA Member John Cooper, Green Valley C.C., made a hole-in-one on No. 15. Congratulations, John!

The Philadelphia Players Championship was simply an idea over casual conversations between two men who have a passion for golf and a love for Lookaway – Michael Little, PGA Head Professional at Lookaway, and Scott Hutchinson, Lookaway Member, much the same way Lookaway was first envisioned. In addition to his commitment to developing this event, Hutchinson is the main sponsor of the event. With his support, the $31,000 purse is the second largest one-day payout in the Philadelphia PGA Section.

To view the full 2020 Philadelphia Players Championship leaderboard, click here.

The 2020 Philadelphia Players Championship, an OMEGA Player of the Year event, is supported by Scott Hutchinson and Lookaway Golf Club. The Philadelphia PGA Section and its PGA Professionals thank Lookaway G.C., its membership, management, and staff, as well as our partners, as the event would not have been possible without their support.

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

2020 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship Set for Oct. 6-11 Without Spectators Onsite

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (Sept. 11, 2020) 一 The PGA of America today announced that the 2020 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship ー one of five Major Championships on the LPGA Tour ー will be contested without spectators onsite, October 6-11, at Aronimink Golf Club in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania.

The decision to play without spectators was made in coordination with Pennsylvania Department of Health, Newtown Township and the Chester County Department of Health, with the health and well-being of all involved as the top priority.

The PGA of America will continue to monitor COVID-19 developments and work in concert with the leading state and township public health authorities, as well as the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, up to and through Championship Week.

“We’re grateful to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Newtown Township and Delaware County for their partnership in conducting the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship,” said PGA of America President Suzy Whaley. “We’re excited to showcase historic Aronimink Golf Club, an incredible venue located in a community that has been a long-time supporter of women’s golf and the LPGA. And while we will, unfortunately, be unable to have spectators with us at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, we’re certain that the talented players in the field will inspire those watching around the globe.”

Founded in 1896, Aronimink has hosted a number of significant golf events during its storied history, including the 1962 PGA Championship (won by Gary Player). The PGA Championship will return to Aronimink in 2026.

With the playing of the 2020 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, Aronimink will be the first venue to stage each of the PGA of America’s three rotating major championships (PGA Championship, KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship, KPMG Women’s PGA Championship).

“While we’ll miss our spectators at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship this year, we will still impact young girls and boys all over the world, thanks to our worldwide television coverage,” said LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan. “This event has always been bigger than just golf. It impacts leaders and future leaders, lifting dreams while it changes stereotypes. A huge thank you to KPMG and the PGA of America for their willingness and persistence to ensure that the impact of this Championship is not diminished despite the challenges we face this year!”

In three of the last four years, the top 100 players on the LPGA Official Money List have played in the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, which again features one of the highest purses in women’s golf.  The Championship will be broadcast on NBC and Golf Channel and will include 16 hours of live coverage from Aronimink.

The field also will once again include the top eight finishers in the previous year’s LPGA Teaching and Club Professional National Championship, whether they are PGA or LPGA members, as well as the 2020 PGA Women’s Stroke Play Champion.

The KPMG Women’s PGA Championship has built on the history and tradition of the LPGA Championship, which began in 1955 and is the second-oldest major in women’s golf.

The event is held in conjunction with the KPMG Women’s Leadership Summit and the KPMG Future Leaders Program – all focused on the development, advancement and empowerment of women on and off the golf course.

In the coming days, those who purchased corporate hospitality packages, tickets, or signed up to volunteer for the 2020 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship will be contacted to facilitate refunds.

Prior to its postponement on April 29, the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship was originally scheduled for play June 23-28.

About the PGA of America
The PGA of America is one of the world’s largest sports organizations, composed of nearly 29,000 PGA Professionals who daily work to grow interest and inclusion in the game of golf. For more information about the PGA of America, visit PGA.com and follow us on TwitterInstagram and Facebook.

Media Contacts:
John Dever, PGA of America, 561-360-9138, jdever@pgahq.com
Ichiro Kawasaki, KPMG, 551-486-9310, ikawasaki@KPMG.com

Michael Little, PGA, Wins Second-Straight at 2020 TaylorMade Classic

Malvern, Pa. (August 31, 2020) — Michael Little, Lookaway G.C., won the 2020 TaylorMade Classic by one stroke over four fellow PGA Members with a round of 4-under-par 67 at White Manor C.C. This was Little’s second-straight win in a Philadelphia PGA Section event.

“It feels great to win two in a row,” said Little. “I’ve been spending some time on my game, and it’s been paying off.

“I would like to thank the members at Lookaway G.C. for allowing me to compete, as well as my wife, Star, for taking care of the children and getting them ready for the first day of school today. I would also like to thank White Manor C.C. for hosting and TaylorMade for partnering with the Section and sponsoring today’s event.”

There was a four-way tie for second place, with Bob Lennon, Wilmington C.C.; Dave Quinn, Laurel Creek C.C.; Zac Oakley, Bidermann G.C.; and Brett Walker, Sunnybrook G.C. turning in 68s. Quinn and Lennon also won the Senior and Super Senior divisions, respectively.

In the Philadelphia Assistants’ Organization (PAO) event, Walker took first over Oakley. Mike Furey, Saucon Valley C.C. finished in third place. Four others tied for fourth.

To view the full 2020 TaylorMade Classic leaderboard, click here.

The 2020 TaylorMade Classic, an OMEGA Player of the Year event, is supported by the TaylorMade Golf Company, Kevin McClellan Golf Sales, Jani-King, the PGA Tour, Scott Hutchinson, and Conrad JJ Radcliffe, Esq, and Bag Boy Company. The Philadelphia PGA Section and its PGA Professionals thank White Manor C.C., its membership, management, and staff, as well as our partners, as the event would not have been possible without their support.

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

Michael Little, PGA, Wins 2020 William Hyndman III Memorial Golf Classic

Huntingdon Valley, Pa. (August 25, 2020) — PGA Member Michael Little, Lookaway G.C., won the 2020 William Hyndman III Memorial Golf Classic at Huntingdon Valley C.C. with a par in a sudden-death playoff over Dave McNabb, PGA, Applebrook G.C.

As they say, “the third time is the charm,” as Little previously appeared in two Hyndman Memorial playoffs, in 2013 and 2018.

“It is a special win considering my two other playoffs appearances,” said Little. “I would like to thank Huntingdon Valley C.C. and all of its members for hosting the Philadelphia PGA Section and the Hymdnan Family for this wonderful event. I would also like to thank our Lookaway G.C. members for allowing me to compete.”

Little and McNabb’s 1-under-par 69s were the only sub-70 scores turned by the field, and both players teed off in the morning wave, requiring a lengthy wait for the playoff to begin. There was a six-way tie for third place.

In addition to finishing as runner-up, Dave McNabb also won the Senior Division by one stroke over Terry Hertzog, Merion G.C. PGA Member Brett Walker, Sunnyrbook G.C.; captured the Philadelphia Assistants’ Organization (PAO) Division with a birdie in a playoff with Andrew Turner, French Creek G.C.; and Ross Seaman, Manufacturers’ G. & C.C.; all of whom finished their rounds at even-par. In the Super Senior Division, Robert Lennon, Wilmington C.C., came out on top by two strokes with a score of 71 over Brian Kelly, Bucknell G.C.

To view the full 2020 William Hyndman III Memorial Golf Classic leaderboard, click here.

The 2020 William Hyndman III Memorial Golf Classic, an OMEGA Player of the Year event, is supported by the Hyndman Family, Jack Jolly & Son Inc., Kevin McCellan Golf Sales, the PGA Tour, Scott Hutchinson, and Conrad JJ Radcliffe, Esq. The Philadelphia PGA Section and its PGA Professionals thank Huntingdon Valley C.C., its membership, management, and staff, as well as our partners, as the event would not have been possible without their support.

About William Hyndman III 

William Hyndman III was one of the most accomplished Philadelphia amateur golfers in history. Hyndman’s resume developed early by winning the 1935 Philadelphia Amateur at the age of 19; he ultimately accumulated three Philadelphia Amateur titles, 10 Patterson Cup crowns, and six Silver Crosses. Hyndman also made nine Masters Tournament appearances and made a hole-in-one on Augusta National G.C.’s 12th hole. By the time Hyndman ended his golfing career, he had competed in 50 USGA championships, including playing on five Walker Cup teams and winning two U.S. Senior Amateur titles.

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

John Pillar Captures Philadelphia Senior PGA Professional Title; Earns Berth in 32nd Senior PGA Professional Championship

West Chester, Pa. (August 18, 2020) — John Pillar, PGA, of the C.C. at Woodloch Springs in Hawley, Pa., winner of the 2020 Philadelphia Senior PGA Professional Championship at Concord C.C. will lead seven Section PGA Professionals to compete Oct. 15-18, in the 32nd Senior PGA Professional Championship. Pillar successfully defended his 2019 title.

The national Championship, supported by Golf Channel and John Deere, will be held at PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Fla.

Pillar turned in a winning total of 6-under-par 134 to capture the Philadelphia Senior PGA Professional Championship. Pillar also won the 2009 Philadelphia PGA Professional Championship at Concord C.C. Dave McNabb, PGA, of Applebrook G.C. in Malvern, Pa., finished in second place after a sudden-death playoff on No. 18. They are joined by Greg Farrow of Deerwood C.C. in Westampton, N.J., Dave Quinn of Laurel Creek C.C. in Mount Laurel, N.J., John Allen of Huntingdon Valley (Pa.) C.C., George Forster of Radnor Valley C.C. in Villanova, Pa., and Brian Kelly of Bucknell G.C. in Lewisburg, Pa.

Alternates include, in order: Mike Moses, Concord C.C.; Terry Hertzog, Merion G.C.; Terry Hatch, Royal Oaks G.C.; Hugo Mazzalupi, Patriots Glen National G.C.; and John Cooper, Green Valley C.C.

To view the full tournament leaderboard, click here.

The Senior PGA Professional Championship brings together a field of 264 contestants representing the PGA of America’s 41 nationwide Sections and features a total purse of $300,000. The first two rounds will be conducted on the Ryder and Wanamaker Courses. The first cut will be made after 36 holes of play to the low 90 scorers and ties.  The second cut will be made after 54 holes of play to the low 70 scorers and ties.  The final two rounds will be played on the Wanamaker Course.

PGA Golf Club — the PGA of America’s premier 54-hole facility — hosts multiple PGA Member championships annually, such as the PGA Works Collegiate Championship, PGA Jones Cup, National Car Rental Assistant PGA Professional Championship, Senior PGA Professional Championship (biennially, in even years) and the PGA’s Tournament Series and Winter Championships.

PGA Golf Club is home to three highly-decorated courses designed by renowned architects Tom Fazio and Pete Dye.

The Wanamaker Course ranked 18th in Golfweek’s “2018 Best: State-by-State Courses You Can Play” rankings, while the Dye Course rose to 22nd – making PGA Golf Club one of only a handful of properties with two layouts on the respected list.

The Ryder Course reopened in 2017 to rave reviews, following a renovation project that enhanced the greens and surrounding areas.

Begun in 1989, the Senior PGA Professional Championship is modeled after the PGA Professional Championship, with a field of 50-and-older senior PGA Professionals who advanced through 41 Section Championships conducted from June through August this year.

The top 35 finishers in the national Championship earn a berth in the 82nd KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship, which will be conducted in May 27-30, 2021, at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

The top five finishers earn an exemption into the final stage of the 2021 PGA Tour Champions National Finals in November 2021. Since its debut, many participants in the Senior PGA Professional Championship have used their success in the event as a springboard to a PGA Tour Champions career.

The 2020 Philadelphia Senior PGA Professional Championship is supported by supported by Golf Channel, John Deere, Jani-King, and the PGA Tour. The Philadelphia PGA Section and its PGA Professionals thank Concord C.C., its membership, management, and staff, as well as our partners, as the event would not be possible without their support.

About the PGA of America
The PGA of America represents the very best in golf. For more information about the PGA of America, visit PGA.org and follow us on TwitterInstagram and Facebook.

About the Philadelphia PGA Section
The Philadelphia PGA Section, covering eastern Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey and Delaware, is one of 41 geographical managing entities of the PGA of America. This Section manages nearly 900 PGA Members and Associates who are employed at over 590 golf facilities in our region.

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

2020 William Hyndman III Memorial Classic Cancelled Due to Severe Weather

Huntingdon Valley, Pa. (July 6, 2020) — The severe weather that developed in southeastern Pennsylvania Monday forced the suspension of play in and ultimately the cancellation of the 2020 William Hyndman III Memorial Classic at Huntingdon Valley C.C. The Philadelphia PGA Section is looking forward to annual tournament’s playing in 2021.

The William Hyndman III Memorial Classic, originally named the William Hyndman III Insurance Open, has hosted in the Philadelphia PGA Section since 1982. Played annually at Huntingdon Valley C.C., home of the legendary amateur golfer and tournament namesake William Hyndman III, the tournament is included in the annual OMEGA Player of the Year presented by the Haverford Trust Company. Hyndman won the event as an amateur in 1984 at the age of 67.

The 2020 William Hyndman III Memorial Classic is supported by the Hyndman Family; Jack Jolly & Son Inc.; Kevin McClellan Golf Sales; Scott Hutchinson; Conrad JJ Radclife, Esq.; and the PGA Tour. The Philadelphia PGA Section and its PGA Professionals thank the Huntingdon Valley C.C., its management and staff, as well as our partners, as the event would not have been possible without their support.

About William Hyndman III 

William Hyndman III was one of the most accomplished Philadelphia amateur golfers in history. Hyndman’s resume developed early by winning the 1935 Philadelphia Amateur at the age of 19; he ultimately accumulated three Philadelphia Amateur titles, 10 Patterson Cup crowns, and six Silver Crosses. Hyndman also made nine Masters Tournament appearances and made a hole-in-one on Augusta National G.C.’s 12th hole. By the time Hyndman ended his golfing career, he had competed in 50 USGA championships, including playing on five Walker Cup teams and winning two U.S. Senior Amateur titles.

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

Lamp and Firestone Win 2020 Philadelphia PGA Professional-Assistant Professional Championship

Galloway, N.J. (June 29, 2020) — The PGA Professional team from Galloway (N.J.) National G.C., Jason Lamp and Noah Firestone won the 2020 Philadelphia PGA Professional-Assistant Professional Championship at Seaview G.C. with a Four-Ball score of 8-under-par 63.

Lamp and Firestone finished two strokes ahead of PGA Professional teams Greg Wingate and Brett Walker, Sunnybrook G.C.; Dustin McCormick and Alex Knoll, Glen Brook G.C.; and Samuel Ambrose and Nick Iacono, Chester Valley G.C. Three teams tied for fifth place.

In the Non-PGA Professional Division, Lee Gardenhour and Jacob Suder, Chambersburg C.C., took first place with a score of 5-under-par 66, one stroke ahead of the teams of Anthony Malizia and Blake Hinckley, Bidermann G.C.; and Mark McCartney and Nick Dentino, Little Mill C.C. Two teams tied for fourth in the Non-Pro Division.

The 2020 Philadelphia PGA Professional-Assistant Professional Championship is supported by Club Car / Golf Cars Inc., Golf Genius Software, Golf Max, Hath CBD, PRG Golf, and the PGA Tour. The Philadelphia PGA Section and its PGA Professionals thank the Seaview G.C., its management and staff, as well as our partners, as the event would not have been possible without their support.

To view the full tournament leaderboard, 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

Curtis Kirkpatrick, PGA, Wins 2020 Jack Jolly & Son Championship

Medford, N.J. (June 22, 2020) — Indian Spring C.C. PGA Head Professional Curtis Kirkpatrick won the 2020 Jack Jolly & Son Championship in a sudden-death playoff against Brian Bergstol at Medford Village C.C. Kirkpatrick and Bergstol both scored 2-under-par 70s, enroute to the playoff. Kirkpatrick birdied the first playoff hole, the par-5 10th, to win the championship. There was a six-way tie for third place.

“It’s awesome to win my first Section points event,” said an elated Kirkpatrick. “It was a great day.”

Bergstol, Shawnee Inn & Golf Resort, Shawnee on Delaware, Pa., won the Philadelphia Assistants Organization Division (PAO) by one stroke over Alex Knoll, Glen Brook G.C., Stroudsburg, Pa.; and Trevor Bensel, Overbrook G.C., Villanova, Pa.

In the Senior Division, there was a three-way tie for first place with scores of 1-under-par 71: Brian Kelly, Bucknell G.C., Lewisburg, Pa.; Greg Farrow, Deerwood C.C., Westampton, N.J.; and Robert Lennon, Wilmington (Del.) C.C. George Frake, Moorestown (N.J.) Field Club finished in fourth place, two strokes behind the trio. Farrow and Lennon also shared first place in the Super Senior Division, finishing four strokes ahead of third place finisher Don DeAngelis, Spring Ford C.C., Royersford, Pa.

The 2020 Jack Jolly & Son Championship is supported by Jack Jolly & Son Inc.; Jani-King; Scott Hutchinson; Conrad JJ Radcliffe, Esq.; and the PGA Tour. The Philadelphia PGA Section and its PGA Professionals thank the Medford Village C.C., its management and staff, as well as our partners, as the event would not have been possible without their support.

To view the full tournament leaderboard, 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

Rich Steinmetz Wins 2020 Conestoga Classic

Lancaster, Pa. (June 15, 2020) — Rich Steinmetz, Spring Ford C.C. in Royersford, Pa., won the 2020 Conestoga Classic with a score of 67 at Conestoga C.C.

Steinmetz made five birdies during his round, which helped him finish atop a field of 106 players, two strokes ahead of Andrew Turner, French Creek G.C.; Michael Little, Lookaway G.C.; and Parks Price, C.C. of York; all of whom finished the tournament with scores of 69.

The Philadelphia Assistants Organization Division (PAO) was decided in a playoff, with Parks Price finishing ahead of Andrew Turner with a birdie on the first playoff hole, No. 10. Both players turned in scores of 69 in regulation.

In the Senior Division, Greg Farrow, Deerwood C.C. in Mount Holly, N.J.; won with a score of 1-over-par 71. Jack Brennan, Mountain View C.C. in Boalsburg, Pa. finished one stroke back. Don DeAngelis, Spring Ford C.C., finished first in the Super Senior Division.

The 2020 Conestoga Classic is supported by Golf Max; Scott Hutchinson; Conrad JJ Radcliffe, Esq.; HATH CBD; and the PGA Tour. The Philadelphia PGA Section and its PGA Professionals thank the Conestoga C.C., its management and staff, as well as our partners, as the event would not have been possible without their support.

To view the full tournament leaderboard, 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