Philadelphia Assistants’ Organization


Ocean View, DE. – Bear Trap Dunes played host to the 15th annual Independence Cup on November 1st and 2nd. The Independence Cup is a Ryder Cup style event that pits the top Philadelphia Section Assistant Professionals (PAO) against the top assistants from the Mid-Atlantic Section (APA). The teams played four separate formats over two days including Shamble (Better-Ball), Foursomes, Four-Ball, and Singles matches with 40 points total up for grabs.

The PAO arrived in Delaware as Defending Champions and would only need 20 points to retain the cup. In the morning, the Philadelphia team started out on the right foot winning the shamble session 6-2. The afternoon alternate shot session was also dominated by the PAO team as they won yet again 6-2. After the first day of play the PAO led 12-4. Even with a strong lead after the first day the PAO team couldn’t let up as 24 points are available on the final day. Full Story

PAO Patron Program

Important reminder if you haven’t done so already, please remember to sign up for the PAO, which can be done one of two ways. First, you can register by going to the following link on Blue Golf: PAO Patron Program

Or you can fill out the PAO Head Golf Professional Patron Program form: PAO Patron Program Form

PAO Patrons: Head Professionals & Directors of Golf

Special thanks to those Head Professionals and Directors of Golf who are supporting the PAO and their assistant golf professionals.  Listed below are the Head Professionals and Directors of Golf who are PAO Patrons.

Ian DalzellHuntingdon Valley Country ClubJason Duckworth
Ryan Fiore
Moe Gola
Dane Henry
Dan Marz
Shawn Matthews
Linda NevattThe ACE ClubCorey Melnick
Brandt Reilly
Tony Shields
Billy Stewart

PAO Premier Partner

Scott Hutchinson

PAO Mission Statement

The purpose of the Philadelphia Assistants’ Organization is to prepare the Assistant Golf Professionals of the Philadelphia Section PGA of America for future professional success as a PGA member. We will give Assistant Professionals the opportunities to prepare themselves for the playing ability test, the PGA’s Professional Golf Management Program, the golf business, and future PGA membership. This is accomplished with leadership, mentoring, support through education, networking, and tournament competition.