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Merion’s Bruns Sets Course Record on His Way to a Win at the Wm. Hyndman, III Memorial Classic

HUNTINGDON VALLEY, Pa. – On Monday, July 10 the annual William Hyndman, III Memorial Classic was played at scenic Huntingdon Valley Country Club. The event brought together nearly 140 PGA Professionals to compete in the Section’s eighth Omega Player of the Year Points event, presented by Haverford Trust Company.

Playing in one of the tournament’s opening groups, Robby Bruns (Merion Golf Club) would eventually post a number that would almost be too good to believe. With a bogey on his opening hole, course hole #10, Bruns did not get off to the start he had envisioned but fortunately for Bruns it was one of his few mistakes of the day. With birdies on his next two holes, Bruns quickly overcame his start before adding a third birdie on the par5 15th hole to make the turn at 2-under. However, the next nine holes are where things really got interesting for Bruns.

As he played his back nine, Huntingdon Valley’s opening nine holes, Bruns would only card one additional par. Bruns would go on to post six additional birdies including four consecutive on holes 6-9 to bring his total for the day to nine and allowed him to easily dismiss the two additional bogeys on his inward nine.

When all was said done Bruns posted an impressive tournament total of 6-under (64) which, as the new Huntingdon Valley competitive course record, would definitely give the rest of the field something to chase.

“I came in to today’s round with a good state of mind and after a nice warmup session my confidence was really high”, said Bruns on his record setting round. “I hit it solidly all day and my group helped to keep me relaxed as we made our way around the course. It honestly felt like I was playing with friends which definitely contributed to my score”

As the tournament turned to the afternoon wave matching Bruns at the top of the leaderboard seemed like a tough task but one player gave it run. John Pillar (Country Club of Woodloch Springs), fresh off his appearance at the US Senior Open, got off to a quick start with three birdies on his outward nine. As Pillar made the turn he would go on to post two additional birdies but combined with his lone bogey, Pillar would finish his day at 4-under (66) two shots behind Bruns which would be the closest anyone would come to the top spot.

Despite finishing second behind Bruns all was not lost for Pillar as his 4-under number would be good enough for a four shot victory in the tournament’s senior division. Finishing behind Pillar was fellow US Senior Open participant Dave McNabb (Applebrook Golf Club) who finished at even par (70).

Bruns picked the right tournament to earn his first Philadelphia PGA tournament win as his 6-under (64) was also good enough for the top spot in the Philadelphia Assistants’ Organization (PAO) event which was held in conjunction with today’s tournament. Bruns finished 5-shots ahead of a trio of Assistants that all posted scores on 1-under (69).

The Section would like to thank our tournament sponsors The Hyndman Family, Jack Jolly & Son, Golf Pride and Morell Studios.

About William Hyndman, III

William Hyndman, III was one of the most accomplished amateur golfers in the history of the sport. Hyndman’s golfing accolades started at a young age winning the 1935 Philadelphia Amateur at the age of 19. However, that was only the start of Hyndman’s presence on the Philadelphia golf scene. Hyndman accumulated three Philadelphia Amateur titles, ten Patterson Cup crowns, and six Silver Crosses. Hyndman also had nine Masters Appearances and to this day is one of only three people to record a hole-in-one on the legendary par-3 12th at Augusta National. By the time Hyndman ended his golfing career he had competed in 50 USGA Championships, including being a member of five Walker Cup teams as well as two US Senior Amateur titles. Hyndman maintained his golfing prowess, even at the age of 76, when he carded a 4-under-par (66) at Huntingdon Valley CC.

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Individual Professional Results

 1    Robby Bruns        Merion GC                  31-33--64 -6  
 2    John Pillar         CC at Woodloch Springs    32-34--66 -4  
 T3   Jordan Gibbs       Gulph Mills GC             35-34--69 -1  
 T3   Eric Kennedy       Overbrook GC               35-34--69 -1  
 T3   Zac Oakley         Heritage Shores GC         34-35--69 -1  
 T3   Curtis Kirkpatrick Indian Springs GC          34-35--69 -1  
 T3   Kevin Kraft        Bumble Bee Hollow          34-35--69 -1  
 T8   John Bierkan       Aronimink GC               33-37--70 E   
 T8   Shawn Matthews     Huntingdon Valley CC       36-34--70 E   
 T8   Dave McNabb        Applebrook GC              34-36--70 E   
 T8   Chris Krueger      Kings Creek CC             37-33--70 E   
 T12  Brett Melton       Radley Run CC              35-36--71 +1  
 T12  John Allen         Huntingdon Valley CC       35-36--71 +1  
 T12  Trevor Bensel      Huntingdon Valley CC       36-35--71 +1  
 T12  Brian Kelly        Bucknell GC                34-37--71 +1  
 T12  Andy Watters       Talamore Country Club      35-36--71 +1  
 T12  Michael Tobiason   Deerfield                  36-35--71 +1  
 T12  Alex Knoll         Bethlehem GC- Monacacy     36-35--71 +1  
 T12  Pat Butkus         Overbrook GC               35-36--71 +1  
 T12  Stu Ingraham       M Golf Range               36-35--71 +1  
 T21  Ashley Grier       Overbrook GC               35-37--72 +2  
 T21  Brendon Post       University of Delaware     36-36--72 +2  
 T21  Dan Marz           Huntingdon Valley CC       35-37--72 +2  
 T21  Andrew Turner      Sunnybrook GC              36-36--72 +2  
 T21  Jordan Shuey       West Shore CC              36-36--72 +2  
 T21  Billy Stewart      ACE Club                   38-34--72 +2  
 T21  Don DeAngelis      Center Square GC           35-37--72 +2  
 T21  Brian Bergstol     Shawnee Inn and GR         37-35--72 +2  
 T29  Matthew Hillier    Pine Valley GC             35-38--73 +3  
 T29  Bill Sautter       Philadelphia Cricket Club  35-38--73 +3  
 T29  Steve Swartz       Regents' Glen CC           35-38--73 +3  
 T29  Rusty Harbold      Philadelphia Cricket Club  36-37--73 +3  
 T29  Andrew Diesel      Manufacturers GCC          36-37--73 +3  
 T29  Bob Hennefer       Indian Springs GC          40-33--73 +3  
 T29  Jeff Bonicky       Sea Oaks GC                36-37--73 +3  
 T29  Kevin Nicholson    White Manor CC             36-37--73 +3  
 T29  Dave Quinn         Philmont CC                37-36--73 +3  
 T38  Michael Little     Lookaway GC                35-39--74 +4  
 T38  Joe Kogelman       GolfTEC Moorestown         35-39--74 +4  
 T38  Gary Hardin        Northampton CC             37-37--74 +4  
 T38  Mike Furey         Mahoning Valley CC         37-37--74 +4  
 T42  Terry Hertzog      CC of York                 37-38--75 +5  
 T42  Eric Figueroa      McCall Golf & CC           38-37--75 +5  
 T42  Greg Farrow        Deerwood CC                37-38--75 +5  
 T42  Joey Pohle         Blue Bell CC               37-38--75 +5  
 T42  Frank Palumbo      Rolling Green GC           35-40--75 +5  
 T42  Ryan McLean        Saucon Valley CC           38-37--75 +5  
 T42  Rich Steinmetz     Spring Ford CC             38-37--75 +5  
 T42  Don Allan          Burlington CC              37-38--75 +5  
 T42  Barry Dear         Twisted Dune               38-37--75 +5  
 T42  Carson Solien      Aronimink GC               35-40--75 +5  
 T42  Sean Szerencsits   Southmoore GC              37-38--75 +5  
 T53  John DiMarco       Laurel Creek CC            39-37--76 +6  
 T53  Eric McNamee       Golf Galaxy - Montgomery   37-39--76 +6  
 T53  George Forster     Radnor Valley CC           38-38--76 +6  
 T53  Rick Flesher       Applebrook GC              37-39--76 +6  
 T53  Michael Ferguson   Philadelphia Cricket Club  36-40--76 +6  
 T53  Sam Ambrose        Aronimink GC               40-36--76 +6  
 T53  Ryan Lagergren     Stonewall                  41-35--76 +6  
 T53  Mark Parson        Harbor Pines               37-39--76 +6  
 T53  Dave Fields        Brookside CC               39-37--76 +6  
 T62  John Spina         Philadelphia Cricket Club  38-39--77 +7  
 T62  Rick LeBeau        Gulph Mills GC             38-39--77 +7  
 T62  Matt Episcopo      Pine Valley GC             39-38--77 +7  
 T62  Mickey Sokalski    Philmont CC                36-41--77 +7  
 T62  Tom Carpus         Kennett Square G & CC      39-38--77 +7  
 T62  Chris Atkins       Riverton CC                40-37--77 +7  
 T62  Jaime Gylan        Royal Manchester GL        39-38--77 +7  
 T62  Ben Debski         The Springhaven Club       37-40--77 +7  
 T62  Nick Gorman        GolfTEC Moorestown         38-39--77 +7  
 T62  Bob Lennon         Wilmington CC              37-40--77 +7  
 T62  Chris Duckett      Saucon Valley CC           37-40--77 +7  
 T62  Michael Rushin     Bear Trap Dunes Golf Club  38-39--77 +7  
 T62  Bill Smith         Mahoning Valley CC         40-37--77 +7  
 T62  Greg Matthias      Tavistock CC               40-37--77 +7  
 T76  David Clark        Pine Valley GC             37-41--78 +8  
 T76  David Sandberg     Pine Valley GC             39-39--78 +8  
 T76  Kevin Fairchild    Greate Bay GC              38-40--78 +8  
 T76  Jeff Herb          Waynesborough CC           40-38--78 +8  
 T76  Michael Caldwell   Bidermann GC               39-39--78 +8  
 T76  Mark Anderson      Philadelphia Cricket Club  41-37--78 +8  
 T76  Jack Brennan       Mountain View CC           37-41--78 +8  
 T76  Kevin Edwards      Olde Homestead GC          38-40--78 +8  
 T76  Mike Dynda         LuLu CC                    40-38--78 +8  
 T76  Jeb Boyle          Centre Hills CC            36-42--78 +8  
 T86  Mike Paukovits     St. Davids GC              40-39--79 +9  
 T86  Eric Schultz       Sunnybrook GC              40-39--79 +9  
 T86  Stephen Sieracki   Indian Springs GC          42-37--79 +9  
 T86  Mike Wood          Saucon Valley CC           36-43--79 +9  
 T86  Dave Pagett        Whitemarsh Valley CC       40-39--79 +9  
 T86  Anthony Napoletano GolfTEC-KoP                38-41--79 +9  
 T86  Jimmy Maack        Kimberton GC               40-39--79 +9  
 T93  John Rudolph       Fieldstone GC              39-41--80 +10 
 T93  Jason Calhoun      LaSalle University         38-42--80 +10 
 T93  Jason Duckworth    Huntingdon Valley CC       40-40--80 +10 
 T93  Ben Schlesman      Manufacturers GCC          40-40--80 +10 
 T97  Chris Wilkinson    Llanerch CC                41-40--81 +11 
 T97  Evan Mitchell      Spring Mill CC             39-42--81 +11 
 T97  Vincent Kabaso     Cleveland Golf             39-42--81 +11 
 T97  Gregg Gipp         Phoenixville CC            41-40--81 +11 
 T97  Dustin McCormick   Glen Brook GC              38-43--81 +11 
 T97  Jeff Van Etten     Hanover CC                 39-42--81 +11 
 T97  Steve Kiefner      Northampton CC             42-39--81 +11 
 T104 George Frake       Little Mill                43-39--82 +12 
 T104 Dean Halterman     Galloway National GC       41-41--82 +12 
 T104 Andrew Pierson     Camden County GA           41-41--82 +12 
 T107 Jim Smith          Philadelphia Cricket Club  41-42--83 +13 
 T107 Matt Brown         Whitemarsh Valley CC       40-43--83 +13 
 T107 Jim Parella        Blue Bell CC               40-43--83 +13 
 T110 Tony Shields       ACE Club                   41-43--84 +14 
 T110 Steve Frederick    Lehigh CC                  38-46--84 +14 
 T112 Jesse Hackett      Kennett Square G & CC      40-45--85 +15 
 T112 Ron Pine           Whitemarsh Valley CC       42-43--85 +15 
 T112 Paul Galczyk       Westover CC                40-45--85 +15 
 T115 Bill Walker        Riverton CC                39-47--86 +16 
 T115 Brian Dionisio     Aronimink GC               42-44--86 +16 
 T115 Kevin Rossi        Lookaway GC                42-44--86 +16 
 T115 Hugh Reilly        Twining Valley GC          42-44--86 +16 
 T119 Kevin Duffy        Riverton CC                40-47--87 +17 
 T119 Chris Gardner      Bluestone Country Club     46-41--87 +17 
 T119 J R Delich         Applebrook GC              41-46--87 +17 
 T119 Joe Ambrose        Paupack Hills G & CC       39-48--87 +17 
 123  Peter Clarke       Manufacturers GCC          41-47--88 +18 
 124  Moe Gola           Huntingdon Valley CC       43-47--90 +20 
 125  Jonathan Trauner   GolfTEC Moorestown         45-48--93 +23 
 126  Keith Clawson      Waynesborough CC           48-47--95 +25 

DID NOT FINISH

 WD   Ryan Nuechterlein  Kennett Square G & CC                    
 NC   Mike Mack          Burlington CC
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Cedarbrook Country Club Hosting PGA Jr. League Philadelphia Section Championship

Eight All-Star teams of junior golfers ages 13 and under will compete in the Philadelphia Section Championship after advancing through the Section’s first stage

LOWER GWYNEDD, Pennsylvania – The Philadelphia Section PGA held the first stage of PGA Junior League All-Star competition with EAST and WEST qualifying events at Newark Country Club and LedgeRock Golf Club respectively. The 22 PGA Junior League All-Star teams were all looking to qualify for one of eight spots in the Philadelphia PGA’s Section Championship at Cedarbrook Country Club on Saturday, August 25.

When the dust settled the four teams that advance to the Philadelphia Section Championship after surviving two round at Newark Country Club were the teams of: North Philadelphia, Jersey Shore, HVCC 1, and Delaware 1. Likewise the four teams advancing after multiple wins at LedgeRock Golf Club were the teams representing: Lancaster 1, York 2, Flourtown, and Penn State.

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Special congratulations to Jesse Strine of the York 2 team. Not only did his team advance to the Section Championship but Strine also had a hole-in-one on the par-3 4th hole at LedgeRock Golf Club.

The Section Champion will advance to the Regional at LedgeRock Golf Club, where they will play for one of 12 spots in the 2018 PGA Jr. League Championship presented by National Car Rental at Grayhawk Golf Club (Scottsdale, Arizona) November 16-19.

The PGA Jr. League Postseason presented by National Car Rental is designed to celebrate the regular recreational season held in April through July, as well as provide a fun and welcoming environment for the 20 percent of PGA Jr. League players who identify as competitive golfers. Following the regular season, 10-player All-Star teams were formed from a combination of players in each local league.

PGA Jr. League brings friends and families together around fun, coed team golf experiences, all with expert coaching and instruction from PGA and LPGA Professionals, who serve as Captains of the teams. A record 50,000 boys and girls participated in PGA Jr. League this year, growing from 42,000 players in 2017. For more information on PGA Jr. League, visit PGAJrLeague.com.

As the Official Partner of PGA Jr. League, National Car Rental is committed to growing future business leaders by growing junior golf. National Car Rental helps provide fun, engaging and welcoming experiences for PGA Jr. League golfers and their families all season and postseason long.

Pillar Goes Low to Win Skee Riegel Senior Open

Villanova, Pa. – The 2018 edition of the Robert “Skee” Riegel Senior Open was played on Thursday, August 2 at Radnor Valley Country Club. The tournament, named for the longtime PGA Professional, brought together some of the Section’s best Senior PGA Professionals as well as two senior amateur competitors for a one-day, 18-hole stroke play event.

Once again the competitors in the field were battling the hot, humid conditions that have settled into the Delaware Valley over the last couple of weeks. Additionally afternoon storms that were threatening the area hung over the field as everyone was hoping to finish before their arrival.

Playing early in the day, John Pillar (Country Club of Woodloch Springs) set the pace which ultimately proved too much to overcome. Early in his round, Pillar paired one birdie and one bogey. However, with a birdie on the par-5 7th hole, Pillar began to make his move up the leaderboard. Pillar went on to make five straight birdies on holes 7-11 to get to 5-under. He added one additional birdie on the 13th hole but a bogey on the 14th dropped him back to 5-under which is where he finished.

As play continued, no one was able to match Pillar at the top of the leaderboard. The closest a fellow competitor managed to get was 3-under (67). Dave Quinn (Philmont Country Club), who carded five birdies against two bogeys to reach his 3-under finish, two shots behind Pillar, but good enough for a solo second place finish.

Rounding out the podium was Stu Ingraham (M Golf Range) who finished three shots back after posting a 2-under (68). Ingraham carded six birdies; second to Pillar’s seven, en route to his final score. However it was a double bogey on the 18th hole that ultimately dropped Ingraham into third place.

In the tournament’s Super Senior division, Mike Mack (Burlington Country Club) took home the top spot. Mack posted a 2-over (72) to finish one shot of host professional George Forster (Radnor Valley Country Club) and Bill Sautter (Philadelphia Cricket Club).

The Philadelphia PGA would like to thank the membership and staff of Radnor Valley Country as well as tournament sponsors Jani King Philadelphia and the PGA Tour. The next event of the Philadelphia PGA calendar is the National Car Rental Philadelphia Assistant PGA Professional Championship at Laurel Creek Country Club on Monday, August 6.

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Steinmetz and Stewart Share Doylestown Open Title

DOYLESTOWN, Pa. – With the calendar reading the last Friday in July that could only mean one thing, the Doylestown Open is here. The one-day stroke-play tournament is held annually at Doylestown Country Club. The event served as the ninth event in the race for the Omega Player of the Year presented by the Haverford Trust Company.

Playing early in the day, and fresh off f his victory at the Philadelphia Open, Billy Stewart (The ACE Club) posted a number for everyone to chase. Stewart did not get off to the start he wanted with a bogey and a double bogey on his front nine although two birdies helped Stewart to make the turn at 1-over. However, as Stewart made his way back to the clubhouse, his round began to take shape. Stewart played bogey-free while posting three birdies and an eagle to play his inward nine at 5-under bringing his 18-hole score to 4-under (68).

With weather threatening the area throughout the day the tournament faced its first delay which lasted a little over an hour. Unfortunately, that was not the last weather delay of the day.

As players resumed their rounds after the first weather delay it was Rich Steinmetz (Spring Ford Country Club) who was able to get things going in the right direction. Steinmetz paired two birdies and two bogeys on his outward nine to make the turn at even par. However, like Stewart, Steinmetz got his round going on his back nine. Steinmetz made four birdies, including one on the 18th hole, to finish his round at 4-under (68) joining Stewart at the top of the leaderboard.

With all but one group finished the horns blew again as a line of severe storms approached the area. After waiting more than an hour the decision was made to call the event. Because the entire field was not able to finish their rounds the Section’s “75%” rule went into effect meaning the players who finished their rounds would be awarded prize money but no player of the year points would be posted.

Because the tournament was unable to be completed, Stewart and Steinmetz were declared co-champions of the 2018 Doylestown Open. Finishing just behind the champions at 3-under (69) was another pair of players, Michael Tobiason (Deerfield Golf Club) and Stu Ingraham (M Golf Range) both ended tied for third.

Although Ingraham came up just one shot shy in the main tournament he did manage to take home the top spot in the tournament’s senior division. Ingraham’s 3-under (69) was good enough for a two shot victory over second place finisher John DiMarco (Laurel Creek Country Club) who carded a 1-under (70). Finishing in third place in the senior division was Gary Hardin (Northampton Country Club) who posted a 1-over (73).

Taking home the tournament’s low amateur spot was Doylestown Country Club member Russel Hartung who finished with a 1-over (73) after carding birdies on his final two holes.

The Section would like to thank the membership and staff of Doylestown Country Club for their support of this event.

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Bethlehem, Pine Valley and LedgeRock Earn Wins at Pro-Assistant-Pro Championship

Galloway, N.J. – The Stockton Seaview Resort in Galloway, N.J. once again played host to the Philadelphia PGA and the Pro-Assistant-Pro Championship. The 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.

A pair of teams shared the top spot on the Bay Course. Finishing with matching scores of 6-under (65) were the teams of David Clark and Matt Episcopo from Pine Valley Golf Club and Paul Viola and Alex Knoll from Bethlehem Golf Club. The teams narrowly edged out four teams who finished one shot back with scores of 5-under (66). In the group at 5-under were the teams of Tom Michaels and Blake Scheider of Berkshire Country Club, David Clark and David Sandberg from Pine Valley Golf Club, Bob Hennefer and Curtis Kirkpatrick of Indian Spring Golf Club, and John Kellogg and Shawn Hall of Radley Run Country Club.

Leading the way on the Pines Course was a team from LedgeRock Golf Club featuring PGA Head Professional Tony Perla and his Assistant PGA Professional Tim Beegle. The team posted a score of 6-under (65) to win by one shot over the team of Pat Butkus and Greg Matthias from Tavistock Country Club. A trio of teams tied for third place after finishing two shots back with team scores of 4-under (67). Tony Perla and Pat Butkus also managed to finish in third place with their Assistants Tyler Schermick and Brad Sanders respectively. The third team to finish at 4-under was the duo from North Hills Country Club, Shawn Matthews and Kerry Fitzpatrick.

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 2.

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Merion’s Sheftic Wins Rain-Shortened GALV Lehigh Valley Open

EASTON, Pa. – In an unfortunate trend, weather once again plagued the GALV Lehigh Valley for the third consecutive year. However, unlike the previous two events, this year’s tournament had to be shortened to an 18-hole event after heavy rains made the course unplayable half-way through the second round.

With play reverting back to the tournament’s first round scores it was Mark Sheftic (Merion Golf Club) who came away with the victory in the season’s eighth Omega Player of the Year points event. Sheftic played a near perfect round of golf on Monday at Northampton Country Club posting a tournament best eight birdies against only two bogeys. Sheftic had five birdies and one bogey on the outward nine to make the turn at 4-under. As he played his way back to the clubhouse, Sheftic had three additional birdies and one more bogey to finish at 6-under (66) which in the end was good enough for a two shot victory.

Finishing just behind Sheftic in a tie for second place at 4-under (68) was a trio of players including two Lehigh Valley amateurs. The first of the group to reach 4-under was amateur Carlos Fullerton, who after an early bogey on the par3 4th hole went on to post five birdies to finish just two shots shy of Sheftic’s number. Although Fullerton did not claim the tournament’s overall top spot he did share the amateur division title with Jim Maura. Maura played a flawless round of golf adding four birdies along the way to join Fullerton at 4-under.

Rounding out the group of players at 4-under was PGA Professional Brian Bergstol (Shawnee Inn & Golf Resort). Bergstol carded five birdies, which included a stretch of four in five holes, helping him to overcome a bogey on the par4 12th hole to finish tied for second place.

In the tournaments senior division John Appleget (The Shore Club) took home the top spot after posting a 2-under (70) in the tournament’s opening round. After carding two birdies and two bogeys over his opening nine holes, Appleget made the turn at even par. As he made his way around Northampton’s inward nine, Appleget posted three additional birdies against only one bogey to finish two shots clear of second place finisher John Pillar (Country Club of Woodloch Springs) who finished day one at 1-under (71). Rounding out the podium in the senior division was George Forster (Radnor Valley Country Club) who finished with an even par (72).

Leading the way in the newly formed super senior division was Don DeAngelis (Center Square Golf Club). DeAngelis played a phenomenal round to open the tournament playing bogey-free golf while adding three birdies to finish at 3-under (69).

The Section would like to thank our title sponsor, the Golf Association of Lehigh Valley and Mr. Karl Gilbert as well as the entire staff and membership of Northampton Country Club for their hospitality.

There won’t be much of a break in action as the Philadelphia PGA will resume tournament play on Friday, July 27 for the Doylestown Open held annually at Doylestown Country Club. For complete coverage of the Philadelphia PGA follow on social media: FacebookTwitterInstagram.

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Pillar Captures Win at Connelly Cup – Head Professional Championship

Malvern, Pa. –The heat wave continued on Tuesday afternoon, July 3, 2018 but the Philadelphia PGA was still able to hold their annual Connelly Cup- Head Professional Championship at Applebrook Golf Club, on a walking only course. The Connelly Cup is named in honor of Jack Connelly a past President of both the Philadelphia PGA and the PGA of America. This year’s event at Applebrook Golf Club brought together 50 of the Section’s Head Professionals. Play today began with shotgun start allowing all players to start their rounds at the same time.

The build-up of heat as the day progressed produced a fifteen minute delay with a heavy downpour and thunder. The sweltering heat continued following the delay as the players finished in sauna-like conditions. As the scorecards started to come in it was the host Head Professional, Dave McNabb, who took the early lead with a 3-under par, 68. Dave’s lead would not last long as past Section President John Pillar (Country Club of Woodloch Springs) topped the leaderboard with a score of 65, 6-under par. Pillar had 7 birdies and 1 bogey on his scorecard despite the weather conditions.  Out of the five par threes Pillar birdied three of them adding two more on par fives and two on par fours. Unfortunately the day ended with a much longer weather delay causing five people to be unable to finish.

The Philadelphia Section would like to thank the Applebrook staff for helping make this a great event as well as our presenting sponsors Bushnell, Country Club Editions, Earth Networks, Pukka, and the PGA Tour.

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Team Llanerch Wins at Pro-Junior Championship

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The Philadelphia PGA’s annual Pro-Junior Championship was held on Monday, July 11 at Applecross Country Club. The championship pairs one PGA Professional with one junior partner, boy or girl age 18 or younger, in a better ball of partners event featuring both a NET and GROSS division with juniors receiving 80% of their current handicap. 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.

With scores coming in fast and furious after the championship’s 12pm shotgun it was tough to get a grasp as to who was pulling away from the field. However, in the end it was the team from Llanerch Country Club featuring Jared Murosky, PGA and his partner Riley Quartermain who walked away as champions. Murosky and Quartermain shot a combined 12-under (60) in the tournament’s net division to finish four shots ahead of second place finishers John Pillar, PGA and his partner and son Alex who finished with a score of 8-under (64). Rounding out the top three was the team from Sunnybrook Golf Club featuring PGA Professional Branden Allen and his partner TJ Robertson.

Despite finishing runner-up in the tournament’s net division, John and Alex Pillar did manage to claim the top spot in the tournament’s gross division. The Pillar’s shot a combined gross score of 7-under (65) to finish three shots ahead of four teams who all finished at 4-under (68). The group at 4-under featured Stu Ingraham (M Golf Range) and his partner Ryan McCabe, Robert Kleckner (Linfield National Golf Club) and his partner Joshua Ryan, the father/son team of Rich and Drew Steinmetz of Spring Ford Country Club and the tournament’s net division champions Jared Murosky and Riley Quartermain.

The Philadelphia PGA thanks the staff and membership of Applecross Country Club for their support of our tournament program. We also thank our tournament partner Adidas and local representative Tom Kelly, PGA for their contributions to today’s event. The next event on the Philadelphia PGA’s schedule is the Rolling Green Team Stableford on Tuesday, July 17 at Rolling Green Country Club in Springfield, Pa.

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Greg Matthias of Tavistock Country Club Wins the 2018 William Hyndman III Memorial Classic on the Third Playoff Hole

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HUNTINGDON VALLEY, Pa. – The 2018 edition of the William Hyndman III Memorial Classic was played on Monday, July 9 at perennial host course Huntingdon Valley Country Club. This year’s tournament brought together 140 Philadelphia PGA professionals to compete in the Section’s seventh Omega Player of the Year points event presented by the Haverford Trust Company. The event also served as a points event for the Section’s Philadelphia Assistants’ Organization (PAO). The PAO event featured 50 players most of which were also competing in the main event.

Three players in the tournament’s morning wave set the early pace as each carded a score of 2-under (68) to share the lead. The first player to reach the number was Eric Kennedy (Overbrook Golf Club). Kennedy got off to a hot start with birdies on three of his first four holes. After a bogey on the par-3 5th hole, Kennedy quickly recovered and posted consecutive red numbers on holes 6 & 7. With a second bogey on the tough par-4 8th hole, Kennedy made the turn at 3-under. As he played his way back to the clubhouse, Kennedy found one additional birdie but bogeys on holes 12 & 18 dropped Kennedy back to 2-under for the day.

The first player to join Kennedy with a score of 2-under (68) was Michael Little (Lookaway Golf Club). Like Kennedy, Little got his tournament started on Huntingdon Valley’s first hole. As he played the outward nine, Little traded two birdies and two bogeys to make the turn at even par. However, as he played the back nine, Little played great golf managing to card two additional birdies joining Kennedy at the top of the leaderboard.

The final player to post a score of 2-under (68) in the morning wave was Alex Knoll (Bethlehem Golf Club). Unlike Kennedy and Little, Knoll got his tournament underway on the 10th hole at Huntingdon Valley. Despite a quick start with two early birdies, Knoll made the turn at even par after bogeys on holes 15 & 17. As Knoll played the course’s front nine, his back nine, he once again got off to a quick start and found himself 3-under for the tournament with only two holes to play. Unfortunately for Knoll a bogey on the par-4 8th hole dropped him back to 2-under and into a first play tie.

With the morning wave in the house, the players in the afternoon now knew the number to beat. However, as groups finished no one was able to best the players at 2-under but two additional players did manage to join the group. Playing in the first group off the 10th hole in the afternoon, Zac Oakley (Waynesborough Country Club) was the next player to finish with a 2-under (68). After a bogey on his second hole of the day, Oakley quickly recovered with three birdies and an eagle on the par-5 15th hole to make the turn at 4-under. Unfortunately for Oakley that is where his luck ran out as he bogeyed two of his final three holes to finish at 2-under becoming the fourth player to tie for the lead.

The fifth and final player to finish at 2-under (68) was Greg Matthias (Tavistock Country Club). Matthis, also starting on the 10th hole, paired one birdie and one bogey to make the turn at even par. As his played Huntingdon Valley’s outward nine, Matthias birdie holes 2, 3, and 5 to jump out to a one shot lead. However an untimely bogey on the par-5 7th hole dropped Matthias back to 2-under which is where he finished to become the last to join the leaders.

With no other players finishing at 2-under or better, the five players, Kennedy, Little, Knoll, Oakley, and Matthias headed out to Huntingdon Valley’s 18th hole for the first of hole of sudden death. On the first playoff hole Knoll, Matthias, and Oakley all carded pars and moved on to the second playoff hole (hole #1). With all three players nearly driving the green, it was Matthias and Oakley who walked away with birdies and moved on to the third playoff hole (hole #17). With neither player finding the green on the difficult par-3 it was Matthias who managed to get up and down for par crowning him champion of the 2018 William Hyndman III Memorial Classic, his second consecutive points victory,

“Getting my first win at Conestoga definitely gave me a lot of confidence” said Matthias. “We have so many good players in our Section so to walk away with consecutive wins is a great experience. The playoff had so many great players so it means a lot to be able to walk away the winner. I want to thank all of our sponsors today as well as the membership and staff of Huntingdon Valley Country Club for their support.”

In the tournament’s senior division Dave McNabb (Applebrook Golf Club) walked away with the top spot. Although McNabb finished one shot off the lead in the tournament’s main division his score of 1-under (69) was good enough for a two shot senior win. Finishing in solo second place was George Forster (Radnor Valley Country Club) who posted a 1-over (71). Rounding out the top three was Greg Farrow (Deerwood Country Club) was finished with a score of 2-over (72).

Don DeAngelis (Center Square Golf Club) walked away as the tournament’s super senior champion. DeAngelis carded a 3-over (73) for a six shot victory in the division.

Matthis was a dual champion as his first place finish in the tournament’s main event also gave him the top spot in today’s PAO tournament. With the exception of Eric Kennedy the other members of the tournament playoff were also members of the PAO meaning Alex Knoll, Michael Little, and Zac Oakley will share the runner-up spot.

The Section would like to thank our tournament sponsors The Hyndman Family, Jack Jolly & Son, Golf Pride and Levelwear. The Philadelphia PGA returns to action on Wednesday, July 11 at Applecross Country Club for the Pro-Junior Championship.

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