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Match Play Championship Down to the Final Four

Concordville, Pa. – The third and fourth rounds of the 2017 Match Play Championship were played on a near perfect fall day at beautiful Concord Country Club. After surviving the tournament’s first day, 16 players returned in hopes of continuing their success for a second consecutive day.

The morning highlights included the continued run of Mike Furey (Mahoning Valley Country Club) who upset the top overall seed Brett Melton (Radley Run Country Cub) 4&3 to advance to the quarterfinals for the first time in his career. That was the only upset in the morning matches as the remaining seven matches all went to the higher seeded player.

After grabbing a quick lunch, the remaining 8 players returned to the golf course for their quarterfinal matches. The first player to punch his ticket to the semifinals was Trevor Bensel (Huntingdon Valley Country Club), who as the 36th seed is the lowest remaining seed to advance. Bensel managed to advance after beating match play veteran Jakob Gerney (Trump National – Philadelphia) 4&3. The next player to join the semifinals was Brian Bergstol (Shawnee Inn & Golf Resort) who battled Ingraham to a 1-up victory which included both players making impressive birdies putts on their 18th hole. Next to join the semifinals was Andrew Turner (Sunnybrook Golf Club) who battled from three holes down to overtake Quinn and win the match 1-up. The final player to advance to the third day was Greg Farrow (Deerwood Country Club). Farrow battled Furey through four extra holes to ultimately win the match on the 22nd hole.

The third and final day of the Match Play Championship will be held Thursday, October 20. The final four players will get their semifinal matches underway at 9:00 AM with the championship match set to be played in the afternoon.

Despite not making it past today’s third round, Brett Melton still managed to earn enough points to secure his first Omega Player of the Year point’s title. Melton will be formally recognized for his performance at Monday’s Fall Meeting at Cedarbrook Country Club.

The Philadelphia PGA continues to thank the membership and staff of Concord Country Club for their support of the Match Play Championship. The Section also thanks our tournament sponsors Omega and the PGA Tour for supporting the Philadelphia PGA tournament program.

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Two Teams Share Top Spot at the Fall Pro-Pro Championship

Clarks Summit, Pa. – On a picture perfect fall afternoon, the Philadelphia PGA returned to the Country Club of Scranton for the annual Fall Pro-Pro Championship. This is the third consecutive year that the Section traveled above the Pocono Mountains to the Country Club of Scranton for the Pro-Pro Championship which paired two PGA Professionals together in a Four Ball or better ball of partners event.

Playing early in the day the team of Michael Little (Lookaway Golf Club) and Kevin Kraft (Bumble Bee Hollow Golf Center) looked to recapture the magic the propelled them to victory at the Spring Pro-Pro Championship. The pair got off to a slow start with bogeys on two of their first three holes but their fortunes changed quickly as they birdied eight of their next ten holes. After a bogey on the tough par-4 16th hole the pair finished strong after Kraft drained a 50 foot eagle putt from the back of the par-5 18th hole. When all was said and done the duo would finish with a 7-under (65).

Their time at the top of the leaderboard by themselves would not last long as they were quickly joined by the team of Pat Butkus (Overbrook Golf Club) and Jeff Herb (Waynesborough Country Club). Playing just two groups behind Kraft and Little the duo of Butkus and Herb also got off to a slow start. As a team they made the turn at 1-under, but as they made their way back to the clubhouse the turned things around. The pair made four birdies and also added an eagle on the par-5 12th hole to finish their round at 7-under (65).

As play went on no other team was able to join the two teams at 7-under and in the end they shared the first place crown. A pair of teams also shared third place with a score of 4-under (68). The first team to reach the number was Justin Alunni (Glen Oak Country Club) and his partner Darryl Lock (Skippack Golf Club). They were eventually joined by the team of Cleve Coldwater (Glenmaura National Golf Club) and his partner Harvey Williams.

Once again the Section would like to thank the membership and staff of the Country Club of Scranton for hosting the Fall Pro-Pro Championship. The Section also thanks our tournament sponsors Club Prophet Systems, Sun Mountain, and Morell Studios for their support of the tournament program.

The next event on the tournament calendar is the Philadelphia Challenge Cup Matches on Thursday, October 5 at Saucon Valley Country Club where the Philadelphia PGA professionals will try to defend their title against the top amateurs of the Golf Association of Philadelphia.

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Team USA makes its bid to win back Llandudno Trophy in showdown with Great Britain & Ireland in the 28th PGA Cup



By Bob Denney

PGA Historian

OTTERSHAW, Surrey, England (Sept. 14, 2017) – For those American players present two years ago, watching their Great Britain & Ireland counterparts taking turns leaping into a pond by the 18th green at CordeValle in San Martin, California, was unsettling.

The first U.S. loss on home soil in PGA Cup history stung, and now sets up a compelling weekend nearly 27 miles southwest of London. The 28th PGA Cup, the premier international event for PGA Club Professionals, opens Friday at Foxhills Club & Resort’s Longcross Course.

The U.S. owns a 17-6-4 series lead since the event began in 1973, and is 6-5-1 on the road in the chase for the Llandudno International Trophy.

To set the stage for Friday morning’s four-balls, the Americans got a heavy dose of encouragement following Thursday’s opening ceremony. They viewed a video in the Team Room featuring Jack Nicklaus, Paul Azinger, Dave Stockton, Lee Trevino, Ben Crenshaw, Maj. Dan Rooney, Golf Channel announcer/North Florida PGA Member Charlie Rymer and reigning PGA Champion Justin Thomas.  

If that wasn’t enough, U.S. Ryder Cup Captain Jim Furyk dialed in from Florida, asking the team to “set the winning plate for us as we come over next year.” Furyk closed by saying, “Play your own game. I promise you it’s good enough.”

PGA of America President and U.S. Captain Paul Levy of Indian Wells, California, said he likes what’s he’s seen in his team during practice.

“We have five veterans that have played in these matches before and five who haven’t. But there are also a lot of mature guys,” said Levy. “It’s not like we have a team of 25-year-olds. We have got a lot of experienced players – even those who haven’t played in the match before – who have been top-notch club professionals, tour experienced-type players. So we are excited. We think we’ve got a great team.”

Among the veterans is a twosome who competed at CordeValle in 2015: reigning PGA Professional Champion Omar Uresti, a PGA Life Member from Austin, Texas; and Jamie Broce of Indianapolis, the new head men’s and women’s golf coach at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI).

“I feel like I take a lot of responsibility for my singles match in 2015,” said Broce. “I played great, and the guy I played made two eagles and three birdies in the last eight holes on me. He won the match and he really played well. I think their whole team played well and they earned it. We didn’t give them anything. For us to come over here to reclaim the Cup, we’re going to have to earn it. We’re not going to be able to back into anything.”

This marks Uresti’s third international team event, having competed in the Japan Friendship Matches as a junior at the University of Texas. “We definitely want to win the Cup back. To be on the first team that lost the Cup on U.S. soil was disappointing,” he said. “They have good players on their team and we have good ones on ours. We’ll be playing a course that is narrower than the old U.S. Open courses we’ve played.”

The 6,751-yard, par-72 Longcross is deceptively inviting in length, but has been honed to the specifications of Great Britain & Ireland Captain Albert MacKenzie. The fairways, according to Foxhills Director of Golf Chris Fitt, “have been pinched to provide bottlenecks” as a defense to the longest hitters.

There are no par-4s over 400 yards on the back nine, which leads to a shotmaker’s course and ideal for match play.    

Great Britain & Ireland’s original plan was to utilize the longer Bernard Hunt Course. Both courses are well known to PGA Members here, as they host the annual Senior PGA Professional Championship.

“We just felt the Longcross Course was a little bit more British in its nature, where precision may be par around that course,” said MacKenzie, who was vice captain to winning 2015 Captain Jon Bevan. “Aesthetically, it’s easier on the eye and would provide a great theater for match play and the opportunity for more birdies on the back nine.

“Having been here the last four years for the British Seniors Championship, and finishing runner-up here in 2014, I am very fond of Foxhills. It is a wonderful resort, and offers virtually anything you want.”

MacKenzie doesn’t hide the fact that planning two years ago was paramount to bringing momentum to Great Britain & Ireland. “That was a great week,” said MacKenzie, “Jon (Bevan) was an inspirational Captain. We prepared very thoroughly. I would say the year before the PGA Cup, Jon and I had spoken 250 of the 365 days. It was a fantastic journey. We put a lot of effort into it. We had a template that we studied very closely for what happened in CordeValle and I pretty much used my personal twists.”

For Levy and his team, the task was aligning compatible partners who could mount a challenge. He also will call upon veterans in two-time PGA Professional Champion Matt Dobyns of Glen Head, New York; Mark Brown of Oyster Bay, New York; and 2013 PGA Professional Champion Rod Perry of Port Orange, Florida.

“It’s really exciting to represent your country. It’s a great honor, It’s something that most people don’t get to do very often,” said Dobyns, a PGA Head Professional at Fresh Meadow Country Club in Lake Success, New York. “It’s also to be on a team, which in golf we don’t get to do very often. It brings back a lot of good memories from college. Being in England, adds another dimension to it, taking a special trip and kind of living the life of a tour player is really exciting and something we all cherish.”  

Perry arrived Wednesday morning, having secured his family and home following the passing of Hurricane Irma. He was one of the fortunate to get early clearance for a flight from the nearby Orlando International Airport. The PGA Head Professional at Crane Lakes Golf & Country Club in Port Orange, who missed two days of practice here, was not using any excuses.

“I was ready to play and really enjoyed my time around the course. Playing with Jamie (Broce) was a lot of fun,” said Perry, who competed in 2013 at Slaley Hall in Northeast England, when the U.S. forged a tie to keep the Cup for two more years. “We know we are in for a tough match.”

Brown, a 51-year-old PGA Head Professional at Tam O’Shanter Club in Glen Head, New York, last competed in the PGA Cup in 2000. He’s a three-time runner-up in the PGA Professional Championship.

“When we get on the course, we’re pulling for each other,” said Brown. “When you see that flag on the back of your shirt, it is really a special honor. Hopefully, we’ll take care of business.”  

Levy said that he is pleased with the pairings that have come together through the practice rounds.

“The most important things about putting people together are all about relationships. After three days, we have a good idea and two players and want to win a match,” said Levy. “The golf course is very narrow and some areas the rough is tough. When it’s all said and done it’s about getting the ball in the hole faster than the other.”

The U.S. PGA Cup “rookies” include 2016 PGA Professional Champion Rich Berberian Jr. of Hooksett, New Hampshire; Paul Claxton of Claxton, Georgia; Dave McNabb of Newark, Delaware; Adam Rainaud of Chester, Connecticut; and Josh Speight of Locust Hill, Virginia. 

“When my brother and I found out that I had made the team, it was the most pumped up that I have been,” said Rainaud, a PGA Assistant Professional at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, New York. “We get the camaraderie of the team and are friends forever.” 

It’s been a season of major highs for McNabb, who competed in the KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship, was runner-up to Uresti in the PGA Professional Championship; and added appearances in the U.S. Senior Open and the PGA Championship.

“I think this would be one of the highlights of my career, to be one of the top 10 PGA Professionals in the country and to represent my country,” said McNabb, the PGA Head Professional at Applebrook Golf Club in Malvern, Pennsylvania. “I think we have to play good solid team golf and bond together as a unit to get the job done.”

28th PGA Cup

United States                                       

Captain: Paul Levy, Indian Wells, Calif.

Rich Berberian Jr., Hooksett, N.H.

Jamie Broce, Indianapolis, Ind.

Mark Brown, Oyster Bay, N.Y.

Paul Claxton, Claxton, Ga.

Matt Dobyns, Glen Head, N.Y.

Dave McNabb, Newark, Del.

Rod Perry, Port Orange, Fla.

Adam Rainaud, Chester, Conn.

Josh Speight, Locust Hill, Va.

Omar Uresti, Austin, Texas


Great Britain & Ireland

Captain: Albert MacKenzie, Devon, England

Phillip Archer, Warrington, Cheshire, England

Robert Coles, Romford, Essex, England

Matthew Cort, Leicester, England

Christopher Currie, Clydebank, Dunbartonshire, Scotland

David Higgins, Killarney, County Kerry, Ireland

Gary Houston, Wrexham, Clwyd, Wales

Greig Hutcheon, Banchory, Aberdeenshire, Scotland

Chris McDonnell, Chichester, West Sussex, England

Damien McGrane, Kells, County Meath, Ireland

Andrew Raitt, London, England

Friday Morning Four-Balls

7:30 a.m. (2:30 a.m. EDT) 

Rod Perry, Port Orange, Fla. & Jamie Broce, Indianapolis, Ind.  (USA) vs. Greig Hutcheon, Banchory, Aberdeenshire, Scotland & Damien McGrane, County Meath, Ireland (GB&I)

7:45 a.m. (2:45 a.m. EDT)

Rich Berberian Jr., Hooksett, N.H. & Adam Rainaud, Chester, Conn. (USA) vs. Robert Coles, Romford, Essex, England & Chris McDonnell, Chichester, England (GB&I)

8:00 a.m. (3:00 a.m. EDT)

Matt Dobyns, Glen Head, N.Y. & Mark Brown, Oyster Bay, N.Y. (USA) vs. Phillip Archer, Warrington, England & Andrew Raitt, London, England (GB&I)

8:15 a.m. (3:15 a.m. EDT)

Omar Uresti, Austin, Texas & Paul Claxton, Claxton, Ga. (USA) vs. Chris Currie, Clydebank, Dunbartonshire, Scotland  & David Higgins, Killarney, Count Kerry, Ireland (GB&I)

Matthews Team Takes Last Minute Win at Pro-Lady

Plymouth Meeting, Pa. – On Wednesday, August 30th, the Philadelphia PGA held the annual Summer Pro-Lady Team at Sunnybrook Golf Club.  The event brought 43 teams together from around the Philadelphia Section; each made up of 1 professional and 3 female amateur players. The weather was perfect all day as the morning and afternoon waves made their way around the 18-hole golf course.

Finishing in first place in the Net division was the team from Huntingdon Valley Country Club. The team led by professional, Shawn Matthews playing with amateur partners Kelly Gregor, Trudy Horrocks, and Judy Leighton each contributed multiple birdies on their way to a final team score of 13-under-par (59). There were three teams finishing in second place at 11-under-par (61); the team from The Springhaven Club, Huntingdon Valley Country Club and Country Club of Harrisburg.

Taking first place in the Gross division was the team from Country Club of Harrisburg with a 6-under-par (66) led by professional Jeff Breiner playing with amateur partners Mauria Matthews, Karen May, and Jennifer Donnelly.

The Section would like to thank Synlawn for their support in sponsoring this event as well as the staff of Sunnybrook GC for hosting.

Our next event is the Philadelphia Section Championship on September 19-21st at Laurel Creek Country Club and Burlington Country Club.


Melton’s Magic Earns him Pro-Am for Wishes Title

WEST CHESTER, Pa. – On Monday, August 28th, the Philadelphia PGA returned to Penn Oaks Golf Club in West Chester for the second and final round of the 2017 Pro-Am Wishes. After yesterday’s Pro-Am, which also counted as the first round of the 36-hole tournament, two players held a 2-shot lead over the rest of the field.

Both Brett Melton (Radley Run CC) and Kevin Kraft (Bumble Bee Hollow GC) shot an opening round 5-under-par (66) earning themselves the overnight lead and the last pairing in the final round with Chris Krueger (King’s CreekCC) who stood one shot behind at 4-under 67 after the first round. With an outstanding group of Professionals chasing them both Melton and Kraft knew that they had to maintain their play from their opening round to bring home the win. Continue reading

Lennon/Brinker Go Low to Win the Pro-Junior Championship

West Chester, PA. – On a beautiful Thursday afternoon the Philadelphia PGA held the annual Pro-Junior Championship at Concord Country Club. The Championship pairs one PGA Professional with one amateur, male or female, 18 years of age or younger. In addition to being a competitive event that allows the junior golfer to experience a Philadelphia PGA Professional tournament, the Championship is also about camaraderie between PGA Professionals and the junior participants.

The Championship is played better ball of partner’s Net event (with amateurs getting 80% of their handicap), but a Gross division is also added, with teams only allowed to earn prizes in one division.

The tournament was a 1pm shotgun. As the scorecards were turned in, Mark Sheftic (Merion GC) and his amateur partner Kevin Smith posted the score to beat in the Net Division with 9-under par total of 62. After Sheftic thought all odds were in his favor Bob Lennon (Wilmington CC) and his amateur partner Ty Brinker managed a 10-under par 61 (29-32) to win the Net Division.

Although Bob Lennon and his amateur partner were first in the Net Divison they also finished on top in the Gross Division. With the teams ahead of them winning more in the Net Division, the team of Hugh Matthis (Tavistock CC) and partner Mary McGuinness won the top spot in the Gross division with a 6-under 65.

The Philadelphia PGA would like to thank the staff of Concord Country Club for helping make this event successful today. The next event on the Philadelphia PGA’s schedule is Philadelphia Senior PGA Championship on August 21-22 at Radnor Valley Country Club in Villanova, Pa.

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Pagett and Teammates Go Low To Win Pro-Am For Wishes Pro-Am

WEST CHESTER, Pa, – On Sunday, August 27th Penn Oaks Golf Club hosted the first day of the Pro-Am for Wishes tournament benefiting the Make a Wish Foundation. The first round of this two-day tournament pairs one PGA Professionals with two amateurs. The format for the event is one best ball of the two amateurs, (with ams receiving 100% of their established handicap), plus the professional’s score.  Continue reading

Brian Bergstol Wins Rain-Shortened National Car Rental Philadelphia Assistant PGA Championship

Philadelphia Pa. –On a rainy Monday morning nearly 75 Philadelphia Assistant PGA Professionals converged on the newly renovated Union League Golf Club at Torresdale for the National Car Rental Philadelphia Assistant PGA Professional Championship. With weather threatening the tournament, all competitors did their best to battle both the difficult course and the rainy conditions as they tried to play their way into this November’s 41st National Car Rental Assistant PGA Professional Championship to be at PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Fla, November 9-12, 2017.

Quickly as the scorecards came in Brian Bergstol (Bangor, Pa.) would go to the top of the leaderboard with a score of -2 under par 68. Bergstol carded one birdie on the first hole, then, added three more birdies on the back nine. With only two bogies the whole day in nasty weather conditions Bergstol did better than everyone and ended  the day with the title of champion.

“My caddie asked me if he wanted him to come out today, and I told him no because it didn’t make sense in this weather, I usually complain to him in weather like today but because he wasn’t there I just kept playing, and I guess that worked in my favor today,” Brian Bergstol stated.

Billy Stewart (Devon, Pa.) the only other player under par, fell one shot short with a -1 under par 69. Stewart had back to back birdies on holes one and two followed by another birdie on hole 5.

By winning Bregstol qualified for the 41th National Car Rental Assistant PGA Professional Championship, Nov. 9-12, at PGA Golf Club (Wanamaker Course) in Port St. Lucie, Fla. The facility will be hosting its twenty-second consecutive Assistant PGA Professional Championship.

“Mission accomplished,” said Bergstol when asked how it feels to qualify for this year’s Assistant PGA Professional Championship. “I wouldn’t say I played the best that I could have and I would have loved to play this course again in better weather conditions; I was only in the rough once which helped in these conditions; although I would have loved to play 36 today I’m happy with how the day turned out.”

Bergstol and Stewart will be joined at November’s Championship by fellow Assistants Jakob Gerney (Sewell, N.J.) who finished with an even par (70), as well as Andrew Turner (Honey Brook, Pa.), and Jordan Gibbs (Philadelphia, Pa.) who posted a score of 1-over (71).

The Philadelphia PGA would like to thank the membership and staff of The Union League at Torresdale as well as tournament sponsor National Car Rental, and our presenting sponsors Srixon, Cleveland Golf, XXIO, Golf Advisor, John Deere, and PGA Tour. The next event of the Philadelphia PGA calendar is the Pro-Junior Championship at Concord Country Club this Thursday August 10.

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Aug 7, 2017

 Media Results

Qualifiers: 5  Alternates: 4

 1   Brian Bergstol     Shawnee Inn and GR         34-34--68 -2  
 2   Billy Stewart      ACE Club                   33-36--69 -1  
 3   Jakob Gerney       Trump National GC- Philly  33-37--70 E   
 T4  Andrew Turner      Sunnybrook GC              34-37--71 +1  
 T4  Jordan Gibbs       Gulph Mills GC             35-36--71 +1  

 T4  Greg Matthias      Tavistock CC               35-36--71 +1  
 7   Rusty Harbold      Philadelphia Cricket Club  35-37--72 +2  
 T8  Mike Furey         Mahoning Valley CC         37-36--73 +3  
 T8  James Hoke         The Union League GC        36-37--73 +3  

 10  Tony Perla         Philadelphia Cricket Club  35-36--71 +1  
 11  Ashley Grier       Overbrook GC               38-35--73 +3  
 T12 David Henry        Huntingdon Valley CC       38-36--74 +4  
 T12 Shawn Matthews     Huntingdon Valley CC       36-38--74 +4  
 T12 Michael Little     Lookaway GC                35-39--74 +4  
 T12 Jordan Shuey       West Shore CC              38-36--74 +4  
 T12 Brett Melton       Radley Run CC              33-41--74 +4  
 T12 Matt Episcopo      Pine Valley GC             37-37--74 +4  
 T18 Robby Bruns        Merion GC                  38-37--75 +5  
 T18 Pat Butkus         Overbrook GC               38-37--75 +5  
 T18 Sean Szerencsits   Southmoore GC              36-39--75 +5  
 T18 Isaac Bickel       Sunnybrook GC              37-38--75 +5  
 T22 Michael Caldwell   Bidermann GC               39-37--76 +6  
 T22 Rick LeBeau        Gulph Mills GC             36-40--76 +6  
 T22 Kevin Kraft        Bumble Bee Hollow          36-40--76 +6  
 T22 Carson Solien      Aronimink GC               41-35--76 +6  
 T22 Corey McAlarney    Squires GC                 38-38--76 +6  
 T22 Zac Oakley         Heritage Shores GC         36-40--76 +6  
 T22 Jeff Herb          Waynesborough CC           38-38--76 +6  
 T22 Sam Ambrose        Aronimink GC               38-38--76 +6  
 T30 Andrew Geesey      Meadia Heights GC          39-38--77 +7  
 T30 Chris Duckett      Saucon Valley CC           38-39--77 +7  
 T30 Kevin Nicholson    White Manor CC             40-37--77 +7  
 T30 Chris Wright       Llanerch CC                36-41--77 +7  
 T30 Jesse Hackett      Kennett Square G & CC      38-39--77 +7  
 T35 Matthew Hillier    Pine Valley GC             38-40--78 +8  
 T35 Andrew Hill        Manufacturers GCC          40-38--78 +8  
 T35 Alex Knoll         Bethlehem GC               37-41--78 +8  
 T35 Dan Marz           Huntingdon Valley CC       34-44--78 +8  
 T39 Jim Parella        Blue Bell CC               39-40--79 +9  
 T39 Brendan White      Trenton CC                 40-39--79 +9  
 T39 Brad Sanders       Tavistock CC               39-40--79 +9  
 T39 Tyler Franks       Merion GC                  39-40--79 +9  
 T39 Kevin Fairchild    Greate Bay GC              38-41--79 +9  
 T44 Gary Mackay        Trump National GC- Philly  38-42--80 +10 
 T44 Aaron Hartman      Philadelphia Cricket Club  41-39--80 +10 
 T44 Andrew Pierson     Camden County GA           41-39--80 +10 
 T44 Kevin Rossi        Lookaway GC                37-43--80 +10 
 T44 David Sandberg     Pine Valley GC             41-39--80 +10 
 T44 Vincent Kabaso     Cleveland Golf             35-45--80 +10 
 T50 Steve Frederick    Lehigh CC                  40-41--81 +11 
 T50 Matt Brown         Whitemarsh Valley CC       38-43--81 +11 
 T50 Trevor Bensel      Huntingdon Valley CC       40-41--81 +11 
 T53 Christian Castelli Philadelphia CC            40-42--82 +12 
 T53 Sean Furman        Atlantic City CC           42-40--82 +12 
 T53 Brian Dionisio     Aronimink GC               43-39--82 +12 
 T53 Tyler Canaday      The Springhaven Club       42-40--82 +12 
 T57 Jacob Hoffer       The Union League GC        41-42--83 +13 
 T57 Brandon Kuzmich    Merion GC                  42-41--83 +13 
 T57 Jason Howard       Tavistock CC               41-42--83 +13 
 T57 Ryan McLean        Saucon Valley CC           41-42--83 +13 
 T57 Peter Clarke       Manufacturers GCC          41-42--83 +13 
 T57 Sean Schwarze      GolfTEC - Lehigh Valley    42-41--83 +13 
 T63 Branden Allen      Sunnybrook GC              43-41--84 +14 
 T63 Evan Mitchell      Spring Mill CC             41-43--84 +14 
 65  Tony Shields       ACE Club                   46-39--85 +15 
 T66 Matthew Walbert    Saucon Valley CC           43-43--86 +16 
 T66 Joe Shapley        Indian Springs GC          41-45--86 +16 
 T66 Andrew Heffernan   St. Davids GC              41-45--86 +16 
 69  Greg Wingate       Merion GC                  42-46--88 +18 
 70  Ron Pine           Whitemarsh Valley CC       42-51--93 +23 

Teams from Radley Run & Tavistock Lead the Way at Pro-Assistant-Pro Championship

Galloway, N.J. – On a beautiful mid-summer afternoon, 187 PGA Professionals and Assistant PGA Professionals descended upon the New Jersey shore and Seaview Resort for the annual Pro-Assistant-Pro Championship. This event pairs the highest ranking PGA Professional at a given facility with each of his or her PGA Assistant Professionals in a better ball of partners event. The tournament was held on both the Bay and Pines course at Seaview Resort with prizes awarded on each course separately.

Leading the way on the Bay course was the team from Radley Run Country Club featuring John Kellogg and Brett Melton. As a team the duo posted two eagles, both carded by Kellogg, and six birdies to finish with a team total of 10-under (61). The score was good enough for a three shot victory over the pair of Paul Viola and Alex Knoll from Bethlehem Golf Club who finished at 7-under (64).  Three teams finished tied for third place after posting scores of 6-under (65). The group featured Tom Michaels and Ben Bewley of Bershire Country Club, Michael Ferguson and Tony Perla from Philadelphia Cricket Club, and Chris Wilkinson and Jared Murosky of Llanerch Country Club.

The Pines Course also featured a clear cut winner after the team of Hugh Matthis and Greg Matthias from Tavistock Country Club finished with a score of 8-under (63). The pair played bogey free while adding eight birdies to give them a two-shot victory over the field. A trio of teams posted scores of 6-under (65) to finish tied for second place. The first team to get to 6-under was Linda Nevatt and Billy Stewart from The ACE Club while the remaining two teams were both from Indian Springs Golf Club. Curtis Kirkpatrick paired with both Steve Sieracki and Brett Fernandes to finish in the second place tie.

The Section would like to thank our sponsors Cutter & Buck, Golf Max, Country Club Editions, and the PGA Tour for supporting this great event. The next event on the Philadelphia PGA calendar is Thursday’s Skee Riegel Senior Open at Radnor Valley Country Club on Thursday, August 3.

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Figueroa Captures the Doylestown Open for First Philadelphia PGA Win

DOYLESTOWN, Pa. – The 2017 edition of the Doylestown Open was once again played at Doylestown Country Club on Friday, July 28. The Doylestown Open is a one-day stroke play event that featured 80 PGA Professionals and three amateur golfers. The tournament served as the 10th event in the race for the Omega Player of the Year presented by Haverford Trust.

Playing in the tournament’s first pairing, Brett Melton (Radley Run Country Club) posted an impressive score of 5-under (67) to lead the way early. On his round, Melton had seven birdies against two bogeys to give a number for all other competitors to chase.

However, it wouldn’t be long until a player from the field would post a number better than Melton’s 5-under. Playing only two groups behind Melton, Eric Figueroa (McCall Golf & Country Club) got off to a hot start with five birdies and only bogey through his first nine holes to make the turn at 4-under.

“I knew I had something going when I made the turn at 4-under,” commented Figueroa on his round. “I knew that if I could finish the last nine holes at even par I would have a pretty good finish.”

Fortunately for Figueroa his inward nine would yield more than just even par. After a bogey on the 11th hole, Figueroa would post three consecutive birdies on holes 13-15 to finish with a tournament total of 6-under (66), one shot better than Melton. Unfortunately for Figueroa he would now have to wait more than six hours to see if his number would be good enough for his first tournament win.

The first person to make a run at Figueroa at the top of the leaderboard was defending Philadelphia PGA champion Jordan Gibbs (Gulph Mills Golf Club). Gibbs. Despite having enough birdies to overtake Figueroa, three bogeys, including two late, kept Gibbs from the top of the leaderboard and ultimately he finished in solo fourth place with a 4-under (68).

The next player to try and knock Figueroa from the top spot was Kevin Kraft (Bumble Bee Hollow). Although he had four birdies over his final five holes, it was early bogeys that proved too difficult to overcome. In the end, Kraft finished with eight birdies and three bogeys to finish one shot behind Figueroa in a tie for second place at 5-under (67).

Leading the way in the tournament’s senior division was Stu Ingraham (M Golf Range). With a 3-under (69), Ingraham finished three shots clear of the senior field and notched his fifth senior win of the 2017 season increasing his lead on the Skee Riegel Senior Player of the Year Leaderboard.

In the end Figueroa’s 6-under would be good enough to give him his first Philadelphia PGA tournament win of his career.

“It’s an unbelievable feeling to get this first win,” Figueroa said of his accomplishment. “We have so many great players in our Section and to be able to join them in the winner’s circle is such a cool feeling. I want to thank Gary Rodgers and the entire membership of Doylestown Country Club as well as Kevin McClellan for their support today.”

The third event on the Philadelphia PGA’s super senior circuit sponsored by Jani-King was also held as a part of the Doylestown Open. To be eligible for the super senior division a Professional must be 60 years of age or older and in good standing with the PGA of America. Taking home the title in the super senior division was Gary Hardin (Northampton Country Club) who carded an even par (72) to win by one shot over George Forster (Radnor Valley Country Club).

The Section would like to thank the membership and staff of Doylestown Country Club, Kevin McClellan with Cutter & Buck, the PGA Tour and Jani-King for their support of this event.

Doylestown Open

Jul 28, 2017
Individual Stroke Play Results

 1   Eric Figueroa       McCall Golf & CC           32-34--66 -6  
 T2  Brett Melton        Radley Run CC              33-34--67 -5  
 T2  Kevin Kraft         Bumble Bee Hollow          34-33--67 -5  
 4   Jordan Gibbs        Gulph Mills GC             35-33--68 -4  
 T5  Michael Little      Lookaway GC                35-34--69 -3  
 T5  Alex Knoll          Bethlehem GC               36-33--69 -3  
 T5  Stu Ingraham        M Golf Range               35-34--69 -3  
 T8  Jaime Gylan         Royal Manchester GL        35-35--70 -2  
 T8  Mark Parson         Harbor Pines               35-35--70 -2  
 T10 Dave Pagett         Whitemarsh Valley CC       37-34--71 -1  
 T10 Greg Matthias       Tavistock CC               34-37--71 -1  
 T12 Gary Hardin         Northampton CC             35-37--72 E   
 T12 Mike Dynda          LuLu CC                    37-35--72 E   
 T12 Michael Ferguson    Philadelphia Cricket Club  36-36--72 E   
 T12 Mark Anderson       Philadelphia Cricket Club  36-36--72 E   
 T12 John Kellogg        Radley Run CC              37-35--72 E   
 T12 Brian Hollins       Trenton CC                 34-38--72 E   
 T12 Michael Tobiason    Deerfield                  36-36--72 E   
 T12 Ryan McLean         Saucon Valley CC           38-34--72 E   
 T12 Mike Furey          Mahoning Valley CC         35-37--72 E   
 T21 John Allen          Huntingdon Valley CC       35-38--73 +1  
 T21 Mike Moses          Concord CC                 37-36--73 +1  
 T21 George Forster      Radnor Valley CC           37-36--73 +1  
 T21 Brian Bergstol      Shawnee Inn and GR         36-37--73 +1  
 T21 Rick Flesher        Applebrook GC              37-36--73 +1  
 T21 Curtis Kirkpatrick  Indian Springs GC          34-39--73 +1  
 T21 Frank Howell (a)    Doylestown CC              36-37--73 +1  
 T21 John DiMarco        Laurel Creek CC            38-35--73 +1  
 T29 Trevor Bensel       Huntingdon Valley CC       38-36--74 +2  
 T29 Dave McNabb         Applebrook GC              35-39--74 +2  
 T29 Brian Kelly         Bucknell GC                37-37--74 +2  
 T29 Don DeAngelis       Center Square GC           36-38--74 +2  
 T29 Rich Steinmetz      Spring Ford CC             35-39--74 +2  
 T29 Anthony Napoletano  GolfTEC-KoP                34-40--74 +2  
 T35 Eric McNamee        Golf Galaxy - Montgomery   38-37--75 +3  
 T35 Bill Walker         Riverton CC                36-39--75 +3  
 T35 Eric Schultz        Sunnybrook GC              39-36--75 +3  
 T35 Andrew Pierson      Camden County GA           38-37--75 +3  
 T35 Jack Connelly       North Hills CC             39-36--75 +3  
 T35 Isaac Bickel        Sunnybrook GC              39-36--75 +3  
 T35 Greg Farrow         Deerwood CC                36-39--75 +3  
 T35 Kevin Nicholson     White Manor CC             38-37--75 +3  
 T35 Andrew Geesey       Meadia Heights GC          39-36--75 +3  
 T35 Ben Schlesman       Manufacturers GCC          38-37--75 +3  
 T35 Tyler Collet        CC of York                 40-35--75 +3  
 T35 Bob Hennefer        Indian Springs GC          40-35--75 +3  
 T35 Mike Paukovits      St. Davids GC              39-36--75 +3  
 T48 Rick LeBeau         Gulph Mills GC             39-37--76 +4  
 T48 John Spina          Philadelphia Cricket Club  38-38--76 +4  
 T48 Eric Kennedy        Overbrook GC               38-38--76 +4  
 T48 Peter Clarke        Manufacturers GCC          37-39--76 +4  
 T48 Jason Calhoun       LaSalle University         38-38--76 +4  
 T48 Joe Kogelman        GolfTEC Moorestown         37-39--76 +4  
 T48 Andy Fisher         AF Golf Ctr.               37-39--76 +4  
 T48 Jim Parella         Blue Bell CC               40-36--76 +4  
 T48 Chris Atkins        Riverton CC                38-38--76 +4  
 T48 Pat Butkus          Overbrook GC               36-40--76 +4  
 T58 Bill Sautter        Philadelphia Cricket Club  38-39--77 +5  
 T58 Andy Watters        Talamore Country Club      40-37--77 +5  
 T58 Brian Trymbiski (a) Doylestown CC              38-39--77 +5  
 T61 Peter Lovenguth     Silver Creek CC            40-38--78 +6  
 T61 Dave Quinn          Philmont CC                38-40--78 +6  
 T61 Ryan Rigby (a)      Doylestown CC              41-37--78 +6  
 T61 Tony Shields        ACE Club                   39-39--78 +6  
 T65 Ashley Grier        Overbrook GC               39-40--79 +7  
 T65 Frank Palumbo       Rolling Green GC           39-40--79 +7  
 T65 Hugh Reilly         Twining Valley GC          38-41--79 +7  
 T65 Ben Debski          The Springhaven Club       38-41--79 +7  
 T69 Mike Wood           Saucon Valley CC           41-39--80 +8  
 T69 Nathalie Filler     Philadelphia Cricket Club  40-40--80 +8  
 T69 Greyson Rossi       Bayside Resort             40-40--80 +8  
 T69 Kevin Rossi         Lookaway GC                39-36--75 +8  
 T73 Ryan Fiore          Huntingdon Valley CC       41-40--81 +9  
 T73 Evan Mitchell       Spring Mill CC             40-41--81 +9  
 T75 Brad Sanders        Tavistock CC               40-42--82 +10 
 T75 Dustin McCormick    Glen Brook GC              40-42--82 +10 
 T75 Gregg Gipp          Phoenixville CC            40-42--82 +10 
 T78 Joe Ambrose         Paupack Hills G & CC       39-45--84 +12 
 T78 Nick Gorman         GolfTEC Moorestown         42-42--84 +12 
 80  Vincent Kabaso      Cleveland Golf             43-42--85 +13 
 81  J R Delich          Applebrook GC              47-41--88 +16