Reilly Holds First Round Lead at 95th Philadelphia PGA Professional Championship
Flourtown, Pa. – The opening round of the 95th Philadelphia PGA Professional Championship was held at historic Philadelphia Cricket Club. The field of more than 170 Philadelphia PGA Professionals was split between the Cricket Club’s Wissahickon and Militia Hill courses.
The 54-hole Championship features a 36-hole cut and is the marquee event for all Philadelphia PGA Professionals. The top finisher will take home the William B. Packer Trophy along with the first place check and will lead 12 Philadelphia PGA Professionals to next summer’s 50th PGA Professional Championship at Sunriver Resort in Oregon.
After the rains that came through the area during the day Monday, players competed under warm and muggy conditions for today’s opening round. Playing in the tournament’s first pairing, Dave McNabb (Applebrook GC) posted the number early in the day for everyone to chase. Playing on the Wissahickon course, McNabb carded three birdies and an eagle against only one bogey en route to a 4-under (66), the day’s low round on the Wissahickon course.
However at the end of the day a pair of players competing on the Militia Hill course were able to go low and put themselves just ahead of McNabb on the leaderboard. The first to do so was Jordan Gibbs (Gulph Mills Golf Club). Gibbs carded six birdies and a bogey to post a 5-under (67) on the par-72 golf course. Gibbs briefly held the lead but unfortunately for him Scott Reilly (Philadelphia Country Club) was able to best him by a shot.
Playing the day’s final pairing Reilly finished his round with a clean score card, one of only two players to play bogey free (Ryan Lagergren). Reilly carded three birdies on each nine to finish the day at 6-under (66) and the outright lead after round one.
Players will now switch courses for the second round before a 36-hole cut brings the field to the top 60 players plus ties. The third and final round will be played on the Wissahickon course at the Philadelphia Cricket Club on Thursday, September 22.