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PGA Professionals at Lookaway Golf Club Drive Golf Marathon Fundraising

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

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

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

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

43rd National Car Rental Assistant PGA Professional Championship

(From L to R) – Best of luck to Rusty Harbold – Philadelphia Cricket Club, Michael Little – Lookaway GC, Trevor Bensel – Overbrook GC, Chris Filling – Seaview GC and Michael Furey – Saucon Valley CC at the 43rd National Car Rental Assistant PGA Professional Championship on Thursday-Sunday, November 14-17, 2019 being held at PGA Golf Club – Wanamaker course.

PGA Specialized Program Teaching & Coaching: Blue Bell CC

The PGA of America’s Education Team is offering Philadelphia PGA Professionals a unique opportunity to complete the course work required for Teaching & Coaching Specialization in a dynamic group learning environment. The 2 Day Section Workshop consists of covering the coursework supporting the PGA Career Track Focused Learning Strategy on Teaching & Coaching. The Specialization Program is designed to complete many of the required courses for this career path. This is an instructor‐led opportunity delivered by PGA of America’s Education Faculty.

Key Learning Objectives
Teaching & Coaching:

  • Enhance your teaching and coaching skills
  • Learn and apply skills to successfully manage a golf teaching business
  • Learn the design features of player development programs

Going through this process will also give you access to the complete library for an entire year. You will be able to complete additional specialized career paths online or just attain MSR credits as you use the Library.

Cost for Specialized Seminar:

  • $350 ‐ Includes One‐year library subscription – Register Now
  • $80 – Facility Fee (Covers Breakfast and lunch for both days) Register Now
  • $100 ‐ Project fee (Paid online at the time of project proposal submission)

Steps to Become Specialized:
STEP 1: Complete the 30 Required courses within your career path selection More Information.
STEP 2: Complete 10 Self-Selected (elective) courses from the PGA Course Library with over 100 course choices
STEP 3: Complete the Specialized Capstone ($100 fee to unlock access)
o Submit a Project Proposal and Project
o Complete Professional Development Mentoring

Overbrook’s Ashley Grier Set to Compete at Inaugural Women’s PGA Cup

 

The international showcase event features women PGA Members from Australia, Canada, Great Britain & Ireland, Sweden and the United States composed of five-player teams. They will compete on the Fazio Foothills Course in a 54-hole, stroke-play event with each team’s lowest three scores counted after each round. The winning country will be the team with the lowest 54-hole aggregate total.

Overbrook’s Ashley Grier is part of the inaugural team and will play in the event’s second grouping set to begin at 8:50 – Tee Times

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Pareto Systems CEO Duncan MacPherson to Speak at Fall Meeting

Fall Meeting Registration

Duncan is the CEO of Pareto Systems, an industry leading business development firm dedicated to the elite professionals and companies within the knowledge-for-profit sector. Duncan and his team of consultants work with professionals in a wide range of fields including Financial Services, Insurance, Accounting, Legal, Mortgage, and Consulting to create predictable, sustainable, and duplicable businesses. Pareto Systems is well known for its
approach which is based on best practices and for its focus on implementation. As a speaker in high demand, Duncan travels extensively throughout North America and around the world, conveying dynamic and factrich presentations that have made him a popular spokesperson for the knowledge–for-profit industry. Duncan’s expertise in demystifying business development and marketing in the financial world has universal appeal; from the high-level advisor to the successful wholesaler, to corporate financial institutions. Duncan’s primary goal is to help Professionals achieve liberation and order in their businesses through step-by-step methodology and execution. Duncan is also an industry author and has written two best-selling books: Breakthrough Business Development, Take Your Business to THE NEXT LEVEL, and the recently released The Advisor Playbook. Achieving a business breakthrough is done by design, not by luck or chance. Duncan offers a clear plan to take your business to the next level. Beyond the office, Duncan loves spending time with his wife and two sons. They enjoy the four-seasons playground they call home in beautiful Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada. He enjoys staying active with recreational activities such as golf, tennis, and skiing. Duncan MacPherson Bio

Overbrook Golf Club’s Grier and Larney Win 2019 Pro-Official Championship

Full Tournament Leaderboard

West Chester, Pa. – The 2019 edition of the Club Car, LLC / Golf Cars Inc. Pro-Official Championship was played Thursday, October 10 at Concord Country Club. The 24 teams that gathered at the Chester County golf course were treated to a near perfect fall afternoon. The Pro-Official features one PGA Professional partnered with an officer from his or her facility. The two-person teams compete in a net four-ball competition (better ball of partners).

As scores from the event began to get posted, one team managed to separate themselves from the rest of the field. The duo of PGA Professional Ashley Grier and her partner Joan Larney of Overbrook Golf Club carded a tournament best 10-under (60), finishing three shots ahead of their closest competitors. The pair each contributed multiple shots throughout the day, including a net eagle carded by Larney on the par-4 seventh hole at Concord. As the winners Overbrook Golf Club will host the perpetual Pro-Official Championship trophy at their facility for the next year and will also receive the use of two Tempo walk carts from Club Car LLC and Golf Cars Inc. during the 2020 season.

Finishing three shots behind in solo second place was the team from Gulph Mills Golf Club featuring PGA Professional Alec Brown and his partner Jeff Henderson. As a team, Brown and Henderson carded ten birdies but a couple of bogeys on Concord’s difficult par-3s (4&15) proved too much to overcome and the pair ultimately turned in a score of 7-under-par (63).

Rounding out the podium was the team from Blue Bell Country Club led by PGA Professional Joey Pohle and his partner Bud. Pohle and Hansen combined to post a 6-under (64), good enough for a solo third place finish. The pair posted an impressive seven birdies along with one eagle, but it was a few bogeys scattered throughout their round that ultimately prevented them from moving up the leaderboard any further.

Once again the Philadelphia PGA thanks our generous tournament sponsors Club Car LLC. and Golf Cars Inc. Through their support the Pro-Official Championship continues to remain as one of the premiere events on the Philadelphia PGA calendar year in and year out.

The next event on the Philadelphia PGA tournament calendar is the 29th Annual Challenge Cup Matches which pits members of the Philadelphia PGA against a team from the Golf Association of Philadelphia. As always you can find complete Philadelphia PGA tournament information online at philadelphia.pga.com

Endorsed Nominee’s for Fall 2019 Board Elections

The Nominating Committee would like to announce the following slate of Officers and District Directors in preparation for the election at the Fall Meeting on October 28th, 2019.

CandidtatePositionCandidate Bio
Jeff KiddiePresident
Jeff Kiddie Bio
Patrick ShineVice-President
Patrick Shine Bio
Chip RichterSecretary
Chip Richter Bio
Bob HenneferDir. of Section Affairs
Bob Hennefer Bio
Eric KennedyDir. of Tournaments
Eric Kennedy Bio
Kevin DuffyDistrict 1 DirectorKevin Duffy Bio
Anthony MaliziaDistrict 2 DirectorAnthony Malizia Bio
Jason GebhartDistrict 3 DirectorJason Gebhart Bio
Dustin McCormickDistrict 4 DirectorDustin McCormick Bio
Brett NelsonDistrict 5 DirectorBrett Nelson Bio
Gerry DavisDistrict 6 DirectorGerry Davis Bio
Eric SchultzDistrict 6 DirectorEric Schultz Bio

 

 

In the coming days you will find short bios from each of the professionals listed above.  Please CLICK HERE to register for the Fall Meeting at Cedarbrook Country Club on October 28th.

2020 Philadelphia PGA Pinehurst Pro-Am is Full

This package will include:

  • 3 nights lodging at the Carolina Hotel. Some say you can feel the spirit of Pinehurst as you turn onto Carolina Vista. This majestic century-old hotel with its signature copper cupola and sweeping verandas make you feel as though you’ve stepped back in time to an era when elegance defined grand hotels and resorts. Dubbed the “Queen of the South,” The Carolina has 230 Four-Diamond guest rooms including suites.
  • 1 practice round and 3 tournament rounds of golf. The final tournament round will be played on the No.2 course. Pinehurst No. 2, the centerpiece of Pinehurst Resort, remains one of the world’s most celebrated golf courses. It has served as the site of more single golf championships than any course in America and, in 2014, hosted 14 days of championship play with back to back U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open Championships for the first time in their history. The U.S. Open will return there in 2024. Carts are included each day along with access to the practice facility.
  • Course Rotation: Practice Round No.5, 1st Round No.8, 2nd Round No.4, Final Round No.2
  • Opening night Welcome reception and putting contest on Thistle Dhu. Final day awards lunch, along with breakfast and lunch each day.
  • Tee gift package for all players.
  • Team: 1 Professional + 3 Amateurs ( All amateurs must have a valid USGA Handicap)

~Team Pro-Am format of 1 Gross Ball + 1 Net Ball of the Team

~Team Prize Purse

  • Amateur Accommodations and Payment Schedule:

~Double Occupancy: $2,300

~Single Occupancy: $2,610

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

~Full payment due by February  15, 2020

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

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

We hope you will join us for what is sure to be another great trip to Pinehurst!  Please click here to place your deposit and reserve your spot in the 2020 PPGA Pinehurst Pro-Am.