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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

Play Exclusive Courses in the PGA REACH Philadelphia Golf & Give Series

The game of golf is one of the few activities that allow people to exercise and enjoy responsibly while social distancing. In an effort to provide area golfers with more playing opportunities, PGA REACH Philadelphia is launching its Golf & Give Series. This new series allows you to play exclusive golf courses within the Philadelphia PGA Section while helping to support your local community and PGA REACH Philadelphia. The series will also help support local clubs that may have lost tournaments, outings, and / or events due to the ongoing pandemic.

With plans to add more venues in the coming weeks, the series is launching with four excellent golf courses:

Sign-up today by registering and reserving a starting time at the participating Golf & Give facilities. Registering your twosome or foursome is easy and open to anyone!

  • Pricing and tee time availability is set by the facility and may vary based on the course / event date;
  • Payment and tee time selection is required when registering. Participants must complete the online registration to secure their spot prior to the event deadline date;
  • The price listed online is the total amount due. No payment or additional fees will be charged on-site at the time of the event;
  • Fees include greens fee, cart fee and a box lunch or comparable meal option at the half-way house for all players;
  • Fees include $10 in shop credit for each player for prize pool

About PGA REACH Philadelphia 
PGA REACH Philadelphia is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 2018 as the charitable arm of the Philadelphia PGA Section, one of the 41 Sections within the PGA of America. PGA REACH Philadelphia is committed to serving our communities and growing the game of golf through our three pillars: Youth, Military, and Diversity.For more information on PGA REACH Philadelphia and its mission to positively impact lives through golf, visit https://www.pgareach.org/philadelphia. To donate to PGA REACH Philadelphia, please click here.Contacts:

Leila Mackie, PGA
Director, PGA REACH Philadelphia
lmackie@pgahq.com

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

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

Ingraham Leads Team to A.C. Team Championship Net Victory; Teams Bergstol and Paukovits Tie in Gross Division

Stu Ingraham, MGolf Range & Learning Center in Newtown Square, Pa., led his amateur team to a three-point victory in the weather-shortened A.C. Team Stableford Championship at Ballamor G.C. with 69 points. Ingraham’s team consisted of Rich Driscoll, Russ Baribault, and Bob Shubert. Second place in the Net Division went to PGA Professional Eric McNamee and his team of Joe Boyle, Jesse Brookrerson, and Walt Hoffner.

In the Gross division, PGA Professionals Brian Bergstol and Michael Paukovits and their teams of amateurs emerged victorious with 63 points each. Bergstol was joined by Jason Wilson, John Hartzell, and Zach Fischl, while Paukovits teamed with Josh Richar, PJ Schulte and Nate Fry.

The event was shortened to 14 holes due to severe weather. Stableford points were awarded as follows: 1 point for bogey or higher, 2 for par, 3 for birdie and 4 for eagle and 5 points for double eagle.

The 2020  A.C. Stableford Team Championship is supported by HATH CBD. The Philadelphia PGA Section and its PGA Professionals thank the ownership and staff at Ballamor G.C. and our partner 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

Teams Knoll / Bergstol Win 2020 Spring Pro-Pro Championship

Westampton, N.J. (June 8, 2020) — The PGA Member team of Alex Knoll and Brian Bergstol bested a field of 114 PGA Professionals to win the 2020 Spring Pro-Pro Championship at Burlington Country Club. The event was rescheduled from its original date in May, due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

With a Four-Ball team score of 63, Knoll, Glen Brook G.C., Stroudsburg, Pa.; and Bergstol, Shawnee Inn & Golf Resort, Shawnee on Delaware, Pa.; topped the runner-up teams of Andrew Turner and Michael Little; Brian Kelly and John Pillar; and Zac Oakley and Michael Tobiason; by one stroke.

The teams of Robert Hennefer and Curtis Kirkpatrick; Michael Mack and Don Allen; Dustin Wallis and Stephen Swartz; and Anthony Schweppe and Andrew Geesey tied for fifth place. Nine teams tied for ninth.

An exciting highlight of the day included PGA Member Fred Heller, Rolling Green G.C., making a hole-in-one on No. 10, a 126-yard par-3. Today’s ace was Heller’s fourth of his playing career.

The 2020 Spring Pro-Pro Championship is supported by AHEAD USA, All Star Pro Golf, HATH CBD, Trinity Flavors, and the PGA Tour. The Philadelphia PGA Section and its PGA Professionals thank 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

Remembering Justin Riegel, PGA

It is with great sadness to inform you that Philmont C.C. PGA Director of Golf Justin Riegel passed away Wednesday afternoon in a tragic accident at the club.

Justin worked as a PGA Assistant Professional at Aronimink G.C., Wilmington C.C. and Gulph Mills G.C. He earned his first PGA Head Professional position at French Creek G.C. and then moved on to Philmont C.C. as PGA Head Professional, and most recently, PGA Director of Golf. Justin was also very involved with the Philadelphia PGA Section, serving on a number of committees and as chair of the Philadelphia Assistants Organization. In 2015, he was selected as the Section PGA Assistant Golf Professional of the Year. A friend to so many of us, gone too early.

Please keep Justin’s girlfriend Kate and his loved ones in your thoughts and prayers during the difficult time. As more information becomes available, we will share it with the membership.

A GoFundMe campaign has been launched to help support Justin and Kate’s growing family. You can access it by clicking here. The Section will continue to work on and promote all efforts to help Justin’s family during this tragic time.

2020 PGA Jr. League Championship and Postseason Canceled; Local Leagues Can Still be Played throughout the Year

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (May 4, 2020) – PGA Jr. League is committed to maximizing local playing opportunities in 2020 that adhere to national, state and local social distancing standards.

PGA Jr. League local leagues will provide a path for kids to engage in youth sports under the leadership of PGA and LPGA coaches, in alignment with Opening Up America Again Guidelines and ongoing plans to reopen the game of golf in a phased approach. By combining summer and fall leagues, local leagues can maximize flexibility with schedules and structures by supporting play during the rest of the calendar year. PGA Jr. League is targeting June 1 as the earliest date to allow local leagues to resume activities, provided that the resumption of activities shall only be allowed in localities that are in Phase II of the Guidelines, based on state and local health authorities.

PGA Jr. League’s commitment to player and coach safety necessitates the elimination of national and regional tournaments that require air travel. Accordingly, PGA Foundation, Inc. d/b/a PGA REACH announced today that the 2020 PGA Jr. League Championship and Postseason have been canceled due to ongoing concerns surrounding COVID-19. The PGA Jr. League Championship and Postseason were planned for 12 regional sites around the country, with the Championship at Grayhawk Golf Club, in Scottsdale, Arizona, Oct. 8-11.

“The health and wellness of the players, their families, volunteers and our staff is our highest priority,” said PGA President Suzy Whaley. “We know the cancellation of the PGA Jr. League Championship and Postseason on the national and regional level may be disappointing to the players who dreamed of playing in these special junior golf events, but the decision was made in the very best interest of everyone involved. PGA Jr. League has grown so impressively the last few years. It plays an important role in our efforts to help golf evolve with younger and more diverse players. As our local leagues open for play, while adhering to proper social distancing protocols, we look forward to offering opportunities to participate in PGA Jr. League this year.”

PGA REACH also provides scholarships to families in need to assist with the cost of participating in PGA Jr. League local leagues.

For more information, visit pgajrleague.com.

About PGA REACH
PGA Foundation, Inc. d/b/a PGA REACH is the 501(c)(3) charitable foundation of the PGA of America. The mission of PGA REACH is to positively impact the lives of youth, military and diverse populations by enabling access to PGA Professionals, PGA Sections and the game of golf. For more information, visit PGAREACH.org, follow @PGAREACH on Twitter and find us on Facebook.

About the PGA of America
The PGA of America is one of the world’s largest sports organizations, with nearly 29,000 professionals who daily work to grow interest and participation in the game of golf. For more information about the PGA of America, visit PGA.org, follow @PGAofAmerica on Twitter and find us on Facebook.

Contact
Michael Abramowitz   PGA of America    (561) 389-4647     mabramowitz@pgahq.com

PGA of America Reschedules 2020 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship for October

PALM BEACH GARDENS, FLORIDA (April 29, 2020) – The PGA of America today announced that the 2020 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship has been rescheduled for October 6-11 at Aronimink Golf Club in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania, provided it is safe and responsible to do so at that time.
The PGA of America will work closely with public health officials at the national, state and county levels through Championship Week. The health and safety of players, spectators, volunteers, rules officials and staff remain the top priority.
The KPMG Women’s PGA Championship was originally scheduled for June 23-28.
“In this unique and unsettling time, it became evident that finding new dates for the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship was a prudent choice for the LPGA players, the local community, Aronimink membership and our staff,” said PGA of America President Suzy Whaley. “Throughout the process of making this decision, we appreciated the support we received from our friends at KPMG and the LPGA. Collectively, we remain resolute in our commitment to this Championship as well as helping future generations of women be more successful on and off the golf course.”
One of the LPGA’s five majors, the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship is a collaboration of the PGA of America, LPGA and KPMG, and focuses on the development, advancement and empowerment of women. The event is held in conjunction with the KPMG Women’s Leadership Summit, which will now be held on Wednesday, October 7.
Contact:
John Dever, PGA of America, jdever@pgahq.com