Blue Shamrock’s Alex Knoll Charges Late to Win Callaway Golf TPD Championship

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Lafayette Hill, Pa. – The 2019 Philadelphia PGA Callaway Golf TPD Championship, the season’s first points event, was played on Monday, April 22 at Green Valley Country Club. Featuring nearly 140 Section Professionals, the Callaway Golf TPD Championship was played as a modified stableford tournament with players earning 1 point for any par, 3 points for birdies, 6 points for eagles, 9 points for double eagles, and -1 point for any bogey or worse.

Playing early in the day, Michael Tobiason of Deerfield Golf Club posted an impressive 28 points giving the rest of the field a target number as the made their way around the William Flynn designed course. Tobiason’s round was highlighted by five birdies including a stretch of three consecutive on holes 11-13. At the end of the morning wave Tobiason found himself six shots clear of his closest competitors but with the afternoon wave still to play there were plenty of players looking to make a run at the leader.

As the afternoon scores began to get posted it did not take long for someone to join Tobiason at the top of the leaderboard. Brian Bergstol of Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort quickly matched Tobiason’s 28 points after carding seven birdies helping to make up for a lone bogey. After trading a birdie and bogey on his opening nine holes Bergstol made his run as he made his way back to the clubhouse. Bergstol posted five birdies for a total of 19 points on his inward nine and a total of 28 points.

Unfortunately for both Tobiason and Bergstol they did not end the day in the tournament’s top spot. Playing late in the day, Alex Knoll of Blue Shamrock Golf Club had the tournament’s best round leading to 32 stableford points. Starting his round on the back nine at Green Valley Country Club Knoll posted three birdies before adding an additional four birdie over his final nine holes finishing with seven total and a three-point stableford win.

“I haven’t played a lot of competitive rounds recently but I have had some good practice sessions leading up to the tournament so I had a good mindset heading into the TPD,” said Knoll of his round. “It’s also good to get your season off to a great start and I’m hoping to take some of this momentum with me to South Carolina for the PGA Professional National Championship.”

Knoll is one of twelve Philadelphia PGA Professionals competing in next week’s 52nd PGA Professional Championship at Belfair in Bluffton, SC. The tournament will be played Sunday, April 28 – Wednesday, May 1 with the top 20 finishers advancing to the PGA Championship at Bethpage Black later next month.

“I want to thank Callaway Golf especially Laura (Manchester) and Kevin (Martin) for supporting this event. Also thanks to John Cooper and the staff at Green Valley for an outstanding venue.”

In the senior division, John Pillar of CC at Woodloch Springs and Dave Quinn of Laurel Creek Country Club finished in a tie for first place after each posted a stableford score of 16 points. The duo finished two shots ahead of third place finishers Dave McNabb of Applebrook Golf Club and Mark Anderson of the Philadelphia Cricket Club who both posted 14 points.

A pair of super seniors shared the top spot after finishing the Callaway Golf TPD Championship with 12 total points. Earning points as the event’s top super senior were Don DeAngelis of Spring Ford CC and Greg Farrow of Deerwood CC while Jeb Boyle of Centre Hills CC finished in third place. Players age 60 years of age or older are eligible for thsuper senior division.

The Philadelphia PGA would like to thank our title sponsor Callaway Golf as well as our Section representatives Laura Manchester and Kevin Martin and our presenting sponsor the PGA Tour for their support of today’s event. The next event on the tournament schedule is the Spring Pro-Pro Championship at Fieldstone Golf Club on Monday, May 6.

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Callaway Golf TPD Championship

Apr 22, 2019

1    Alex Knoll         Blue Shamrock GC           32-32--64 (32)  
T2   Mike Tobiason      Deerfield GC               35-31--66 (28)
T2   Brian Bergstol     Shawnee Inn and GR         31-35--66 (28)
4    Rusty Harbold      Philadelphia Cricket Club  35-32--67 (26)
T5   Andrew Turner      Sunnybrook GC              36-33--69 (22)
T5   Rich Steinmetz     Spring Ford CC             35-34--69 (22)
T5   Peter Lovenguth    Applecross CC              34-35--69 (22)
T5   Braden Shattuck    Concord CC                 36-33--69 (22)
T9   Mike Ladden        Whitford CC                35-35--70 (20)
T9   Michael Little     Lookaway GC                36-34--70 (20)
T9   Steve Swartz       Out Door CC                35-35--70 (20)
T12  Greg Matthias      Tavistock CC               38-33--71 (18)
T12  Shawn Matthews     Squires GC                 36-35--71 (18)
T12  Parks Price        CC of York                 38-33--71 (18)
T12  Jesse Williams     The Peninsula              35-36--71 (18)
16   Chris Duckett      Saucon Valley CC           36-36--72 (17)
T17  Jordan Shuey       West Shore CC              36-36--72 (16)
T17  Dan Marz           Crossgates                 36-36--72 (16)
T17  Jason Calhoun      U of Penn                  37-35--72 (16)
T17  Eric Kennedy       Overbrook GC               34-38--72 (16)
T17  John Pillar        CC at Woodloch Springs     36-36--72 (16)
T17  Trevor Bensel      Overbrook GC               37-35--72 (16)
T17  Dave Quinn         Laurel Creek CC            36-36--72 (16)
T24  Matt Episcopo      Pine Valley GC             37-36--73 (14)
T24  Dave McNabb        Applebrook GC              36-37--73 (14)
T24  Kyle Early         Waynesborough CC           34-39--73 (14)
T24  John Cooper        Green Valley CC            37-36--73 (14)
T24  John Rudolph       Fieldstone GC              38-35--73 (14)
T24  Bill Walker        Riverton CC                38-35--73 (14)
T24  Adam Brigham       Waynesborough CC           36-37--73 (14)
T24  Mark Anderson      Philadelphia Cricket Club  36-37--73 (14)
T24  Tom Cooper         Pine Valley GC             36-37--73 (14)
T33  Ben Debski         The Springhaven Club       37-37--74 (12)
T33  Robert Farnham     Lebanon CC                 38-36--74 (12)
T33  Joe Kogelman       GolfTEC Moorestown         38-36--74 (12)
T33  Mark Sheftic       Merion GC                  38-36--74 (12)
T33  Jakob Gerney       Trump National GC- Philly  38-36--74 (12)
T33  Dave Pagett        Whitemarsh Valley CC       37-37--74 (12)
T33  Don DeAngelis      Spring Ford CC             38-36--74 (12)
T33  John Allen         Huntingdon Valley CC       38-36--74 (12)
T33  Greg Farrow        Deerwood CC                36-38--74 (12)
T33  Andrew Diesel      Manufacturers GCC          36-38--74 (12)
T33  Ashley Grier       Overbrook GC               38-36--74 (12)
T33  Chris Miller       Scranton Golf Center       38-36--74 (12)
T33  Curtis Kirkpatrick Indian Springs GC          39-35--74 (12)
T33  Matthew Deckert    Pennsauken Country Club    38-36--74 (12)
T33  Stu Ingraham       M Golf Range               35-39--74 (12)
T33  Dave Fields        Brookside CC               37-37--74 (12)
T33  Dustin Wallis      Dustin Wallis              36-38--74 (12)

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