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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.

Wm Hyndman III Memorial Classic

Jul 10, 2017
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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Team Parson Surges Late to Win AC Team Stableford Championship

Egg Harbor Township, N.J, – On a near perfect late spring day, 36 teams traveled to the New Jersey shore and Hidden Creek Golf Club for the annual Atlantic City Team Stableford Championship. The championships pairs one PGA Professional with three amateur partners playing a stableford points system competing in both a Net and Gross division.

In the Net division a local team made a late surge to grab the crown. Mark Parson (Harbor Pines GC) and his partners Darren Matik, Casey Klingert, and Alex Clark finished with a total score of 91 points beating out a pair of teams that finished with 86 total points. All members of the team contributed to the overall score but it was the net birdie, eagle, eagle finish on holes 16-18 that sealed their victory.

The team of John Kulhamer (Green Pond CC) and his amateur partners Jason Wilson, Charlie Leon, and Tom Lusto repeated as Gross division champions with an overall score of 77 points. Each member of the team carded natural birdies leading to their two point victory.

The Philadelphia PGA would like to thank our tournament sponsors the Lincoln Motor Company and Morell Studios for their support of the AC Stableford Team Championship. The Philadelphia PGA also thanks the membership and staff of Hidden Creek Golf Club for their continued support. There is a one week break on the Philadelphia PGA calendar with tournament action resuming on Monday, June 25 with the Conestoga Classic.

As a note, twelve members of the Philadelphia PGA will be competing in the 51st PGA Professional Championship June 17-20 at the Bayonet and Black Horse Courses in Seaside, CA. Be sure to follow all of the coverage on www.phillypga.com.

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Melton Wins Second Straight Tournament at Jack Jolly / Golf Pride Championship

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Pine Hill, N.J. – Heavy overnight rains threatened to cancel the 2018 installment of the Jack Jolly / Golf Pride Championship but fortunately this year’s event was played at Trump National Philadelphia which boasts a nice sandy soil helping to drain the water quickly. The Jack Jolly / Golf Pride Championship is the fifth points event on the Philadelphia PGA calendar and is played as an individual stroke play event. The field featured more than 100 Professionals from across the Section and also included members of the Philadelphia Assistants’ Organization (PAO) who were competing in the PAO event which was held in conjunction with today’s Championship. As a note some PAO members were competing in both of the day’s tournaments.

Philadelphia PGA veteran Mark Sheftic (Merion GC) was the first player to separate himself from the field. Sheftic got off to a fast start birdieing four of his opening nine holes. However, as Sheftic played the inward nine he found some trouble on the par-3s, posting a bogey on each, and only found red figures one additional time ultimately finishing with a score of 3-under (68).

However as play turned to the afternoon Sheftic saw his spot at the top of the leaderboard disappear. Fresh off of his win at last week’s 33rd Burlington Classic, Brett Melton (Radley Run CC) was looking to continue his good fortunes at today’s Jack Jolly / Golf Pride Championship. After an opening hole birdie, Melton found some trouble at the difficult par-4 3rd hole posting a double bogey. However, that would be his only blemish of the day. Melton carded five additional birdies, bringing his total to six, most of any player in the field and finished his round at 4-under (67).

With players still on the course, Melton needed to watch the leaderboard to see if his lead would be good enough to give him his second win of the year. One player in the afternoon forced Melton to watch the leaderboard extra close as he was making a charge up the leaderboard. Michael Tobiason (Deerfield GC) posted four birdies on his outward to make the turn at 4-under. As he made his way back to the clubhouse, Tobiason was able to find another birdie to quickly take a one shot lead. Unfortunately that is where the luck ran out for Tobiason as he bogeyed two of the last three holes to finish at 3-under (68), two shots behind Melton and in a second place tie with Sheftic.

In the senior division, Stu Ingraham (M Golf Range) took home the top spot with a score of 2-under (69). Ingraham overcame some early struggles to finish one shot clear of second place finisher Dave Quinn (Philmont CC). Rounding out the podium in the senior division were a pair of players tied at 1-over (72). The first to reach the number was Greg Farrow (Deerwood CC) and was eventually joined by Terry Hertzog (CC of York) who was playing in the tournament’s next to last group.

The super senior division saw a new winner for the first time in the young season. Greg Farrow’s 1-over (73) was good enough for a two shot victory over a trio of super seniors. George Forster (Radnor Valley CC), Gary Hardin (Northampton CC), and Don DeAngelis (Center Square GC) all finished with scores of 3-over (74) to share second place.

Played in conjunction with today’s Championship was a tournament bearing the same name for the Philadelphia Assistants’ Organization (PAO). Leading the way in the PAO Jack Jolly / Golf Pride Championship was Brett Melton (Radley Run CC) who’s 4-under (67) was good enough for a one shot win over Michael Tobiason and Billy Stewart (The ACE Club) who both finished with scores of 3-under (68).

Congratulations to Dustin McCormick (Glen Brook GC) who aced the par-3 2nd hole at Trump National Philadelphia. McCormick used a 7-iron on the par-3, 160 yards long hole to accomplish the feat, his first in competition.

The Section would like to thank our tournament sponsors, Jack Jolly & Son and Golf Pride Grips who came out to today’s event. The next event on the Philadelphia PGA calendar is the Atlantic City Team Stableford Championship on Thursday, June 14.

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Radley Run’s Melton Wins 33rd Burlington Classic Pro-Am presented by Beneficial Bank

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Westampton, N.J. – The second and final round of the 33rd Burlington Classic Pro-Am presented by Beneficial Bank was played on Monday, June 4 at Burlington Country Club. After the opening round Pro-Am, all PGA Professionals and the top three amateur participants returned to complete their 36-hole stroke play tournament.

“The Burlington Classic is a great celebration of the club, its membership and the PGA Professionals of the Philadelphia Section”, said John Hanuscin, Burlington Classic Tournament Chairman.

The second round got underway at 8:40 am with the tournament leaders George Forster (Radnor Valley Country Club), Brett Melton (Radley Run Country Club), and Rich Steinmetz (Spring Ford Country Club) playing in the event’s final pairing at 1:00 pm. With each player posting an opening round 2-under (68) the tournament was sure to provide some fireworks for the gallery of Burlington CC members gathered to watch the action.

Although there were several players within striking distance of the leaders as the tournament progressed, it became a four man race among the overnight leaders and Andrew Turner (Sunnybrook Golf Club). Playing in the second to last group, Turner made his way around the course posting three birdies and four bogeys en route to a 36-hole score of even par (140). While the score would not be good enough for a first place finish it did give Turner a spot in the top three.

Sharing the overnight lead meant Steinmetz knew exactly what was in front of him as he played his second round. After a few early bogeys Steinmetz recovered with three birdies in a four hole stretch to get himself to 3-under for the tournament after the fourteenth hole. However after a double bogey and bogey on holes 15 & 16 respectively, Steinmetz would drop back to even par for the tournament, which is where he finished for a share of third place with Turner.

Both Melton and Forster made the turn with scores of 1-over still sharing the lead as they played the back nine of Burlington Country Club. Forster jumped out to a two shot lead with birdies on holes 10 and 13 but a bogey on the par-4 15th would bring Forster back within striking distance.

With two holes left to play, Melton knew he had to make a move to catch Forster who was still holding a one shot lead. After a great drive, Melton only had 108 yards left to the green. As he grabbed his wedge, he hoped to hit it close and make birdie to join Forster at 2-under. Melton did more than hit it close, he put it in the bottom of the cup. Melton’s eagle vaulted him into the lead as the group headed to the 18th hole. After each player found the fairway off the tee, both found the green in regulation. However, neither was able to convert their birdie putt and settled for par meaning Melton held on to his one shot lead and was crowned the 33rd Burlington Classic Pro-Am presented by Beneficial Bank champion.

“First and foremost I want to thank Mike Mack and the entire staff at Burlington Country Club”, said Melton. “They did a great job getting the course ready for us to play and with the weather we had it was in great shape. As for the tournament I just tried to stay as patient as possible. I knew I needed to do something over the last couple of holes and to hole out for eagle was a bonus. It’s an honor to join the list of winners to have won this event in the past.”

However all was not lost for Forster as his 2-under (138) was good enough for three shot win over second place finisher Dave Quinn (Philmont Country Club) who finished at 1-over (141). Rounding out the top three in the senior division was Greg Farrow (Deerwood Country Club) was posted a two-day total of 4-over (144).

Forster also took the top spot in the tournament’s super-senior division which is open to Philadelphia PGA Professionals aged 60 or older.

Congratulations to amateur Eric Sulock who was awarded the Marotto Medal as the tournament’s low amateur after a posting a two-day total of 18-over (158). The Marotto Medal is named in memory of longtime Burlington Country Club member Ron Marotto, who was instrumental in starting the Burlington Classic Pro-Am presented by Beneficial Bank.

The Section would like to thank the membership and staff of Burlington Country Club, title sponsor Beneficial Bank, as well as tournament sponsors Adidas golf, Jani-King and TruMark Financial. The next event on the Philadelphia PGA tournament calendar is the Jack Jolly / Golf Pride Championship at Trump National Golf Club Philadelphia.

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Playing in the last group Mark Parson, Harbor Pines Golf Club, Wins the 22nd Haverford Philadelphia PGA Classic

Flourtown, Pa. – The 22nd annual Haverford Philadelphia PGA Classic was held on May 29th at Sunnybrook Golf Club in Plymouth Meeting, PA, on its traditional Tuesday after Memorial Day date. On a warm, humid day, PGA Professional Mark Parson of Harbor Pines Golf Club in Egg Harbor Township, NJ bested a field of 150 players (138 professionals and 12 amateurs) to capture the largest first place check of any PGA Sectional event in the country… $100,000.

The tournament got off to an exciting start as Brett Melton (Radley Run Country Club), who was playing in the first group of the morning wave, posted a 3-under (69). Melton posted four birdies which included a clutch 25 foot birdie on the difficult par-4 18th hole to help him reach that number.

However when the morning wave came to an end Melton would share the top spot with Corey McAlarney (Squires Golf Club). McAlarney played a near perfect round of golf, posting four birdies along the way, but a bogey, on the long par-3 8th hole, meant he would finish with an identical score as Melton, 3-under (69).

Three additional players in the morning wave, including a pair of past champions, Andrew Turner (Sunnybrook Golf Club) and Billy Stewart (The ACE Club), along with Michael Little (Lookaway Golf Club) threatened to join the pair at 3-under but ultimately fell one shot short.

Defending champion Turner made the turn at 3-under but a pair of bogeys on holes 12 & 13 proved too difficult to overcome. Like Turner, Little made the turn at 3-under but as Little made his way back to the clubhouse he found trouble on a few holes and his lengthy birdie putt on the 18th hole fell just short leaving him one shot shy. Stewart, who started his Haverford Classic on the 10th hole, got off to a slow start with a bogey on his opening hole. Stewart would quickly recover and made the turn at even par. After birdies on holes 1 & 3 Stewart found himself at 2-under but unfortunately he was unable to card any more red numbers after that and finished his round at 2-under-par.

As the tournament turned to the afternoon wave a couple of players made a run at the top of the leaderboard. The first to do so was Jason Calhoun (Univ. of Pennsylvania). Calhoun found himself at 2-under as he played the closing hole. After his tee shot found the left rough, Calhoun managed to hit his approach shot to 20 feet. Unfortunately Calhoun was unable to convert the birdie putt and he finished at 2-under (70). Next to make a run at the leaders was Zac Oakley (Wayneborough Country Club). Starting on back nine, Oakley was 1-over after his opening nine holes but as he made the turn he carded four birdies and found himself at 3-under par as he played the par-4 9th hole. Unfortunately, a wayward tee shot led to a bogey and Oakley finished with a score of 2-under (70).

One player in afternoon did manage to break free of the logjam at 2-under. Brian Bergstol (Shawnee Inn & Resort) carded three birdies through eight holes and looked primed to surpass Melton and McAlarney for the lead. However, Bergstol’s fourth birdie was cancelled by his lone bogey and he would join the pair at 3-under. With only a few groups remaining on the course in looked as though the tournament was headed for a playoff.

But playing in the tournament’s final paring, Mark Parson (Harbor Pines Golf Club) knew exactly what was in front of him as he made his way around Sunnybrook Golf Club. Parson got off to a hot start with four birdies on his opening eight holes but a bogey on the par-4 9th dropped Parson to 3-under as he made his way to the back nine. Parson would trade bogeys and birdies on holes 10 & 11 and 13 & 14 respectively to find himself back at 3-under as he played the par-5 16th hole. After reaching the green in two, Parson left himself a tap in birdie to get back to 4-under as he made his way to the par-3 17th hole. Parson was able to convert a long 30 foot birdie putt to get himself to 5-under with only one hole to play. On the 18th hole, Parson’s tee shot found the left rough but he managed to hit his approach shot on the fringe and two putts later Parson was in the clubhouse with a 5-under (67) giving him a two-shot victory.

The victory was Parson’s first Philadelphia PGA points win and it could not have come at a better tournament. With the largest first place prize of any individual event Parson walked away from Sunnybrook and the Haverford Philadelphia PGA Classic $100,000 richer.

As always the members of the Philadelphia PGA would like to thank Mr. George Connell and the Haverford Trust Company as well as the membership of Sunnybrook Golf Club for their tremendous support of this event.

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Applebrook Golf Club Goes Low to Win Club Car LLC / Golf Cars Inc. Pro-Official Championship

Paoli, Pa. – The 2018 edition of the Club Car, LLC / Golf Cars Inc. Pro-Official Championship was played Wednesday, May 9 at Waynesborough Country Club. After what seemed like a never ending winter, the nearly 40 teams that gathered at the Chester County golf course were treated to a near perfect spring afternoon. The Pro-Official features one PGA Professional partnered with an officer from his or her facility. The two-person teams compete in a net four-ball competition (better ball of partners).

As scores from the event began to get posted, one team proved too much for the rest of the field. The duo of PGA Professional Dave McNabb and his partner Joe Waterman of Applebrook Golf Club carded a course blistering score of 11-under-par (60) to finish two shots clear of the field and secure their victory at the Club Car LLC / Golf Cars Inc. Pro-Official Championship. The team was led by McNabb who posted a flawless 8-under-par (63) on his own golf ball. However, Waterman netted birdies when the team needed them most helping the pair to walk away with the win. As the winners Applebrook Golf Club will host the perpetual Pro-Official Championship trophy at their facility for the next year and will also receive the use of a utility vehicle from Club Car LLC and Golf Cars Inc. during the 2019 season.

Finishing two shots behind in solo second place was the team from Philadelphia Country Club featuring PGA Professional Scott Reilly and his partner Jim Black. As a team, Reilly and Black carded eleven birdies but a couple of early bogeys proved too much to overcome and the pair ultimately turned in a score of 9-under-par (62).

Taking home the third place prize was a team from Whitford Country Club led by Assistant PGA Professional Matt DiEleuterio along with his partner Todd Cottingham. The pair posted an impressive six birdies and one eagle on the par-4 16th hole en route to a net score of 8-under-par (63). Their score of 8-under-par solidified their top three finish helping them to avoid the logjam of teams that finished at 7-under-par.

Once again the Philadelphia PGA thanks our generous tournament sponsors Club Car LLC. and Golf Cars Inc. Through their support the Pro-Official Championship continues to remain as one of the premiere events on the Philadelphia PGA calendar year in and year out.

The Delaware Valley Open on Monday, May 14 is next event on the Philadelphia PGA tournament calendar. The DVO will be played at Concord Country Club and will feature a field of over 120 Philadelphia PGA members and apprentices. As always you can find complete Philadelphia PGA tournament information online at philadelphia.pga.com/tournaments.

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Indian Spring’s Hennefer and Kirkpatrick Edge Field at Spring Pro-Pro Championship

York, Pa. – On Monday, May 7, the Philadelphia PGA traveled to our western border and the Country Club of York for the annual Spring Pro-Pro Championship. The Pro-Pro brings together two PGA Professionals partnered in a four-ball competition (Better of ball of partners). The forty-three teams that competed in the Spring Pro-Pro Championship were treated to a first-class facility and top notch weather.

Playing early in the day the team of Shawn Hall and Brett Melton, both of Radley Run Country Club posted an impressive score of 8-under-par (64). The duo carded eight birdies on the day, including six on their back nine. With the course playing tough it looked as though that may be the number to beat.

However, playing late in the day, the pair of Bob Hennefer and Curtis Kirkpatrick, both of Indian Spring Country Club caught fire late in the day en route to a one shot victory. Hennefer and Kirkpatrick made the turn at 3-under-par which included a birdie on the par-5 ninth hole. As they made their way back to the clubhouse, Hennefer and Kirkpatrick posted six more birdies including birdies on five of the final six holes and three straight to end their round. Their 9-under-par (63) was good enough to edge the field by one shot.

Rounding out the podium was a pair of teams who finished at 7-under-par (65). The first team to get to that number was John Allen and Dan Marz both of Huntingdon Valley Country Club. Allen and Marz posted five birdies and one eagle, on the par-4 thirteenth, to get to 7-under-par. They were joined at 7-under-par by the team of Stu Ingraham (M Golf Range) and Joe Kogelman (GolfTEC – Moorestown) who posted seven birdies through fourteen holes. But their charge at the leaders ended there as they were unable to card any additional birdies.

The Section thanks the membership and staff of the Country Club of York for their generous support as well as our tournament sponsors, Ahead, Evolve Golf, Destination Kohler and the PGA Tour. Through their support the Spring Pro-Pro Championship has been a staple event on the Philadelphia PGA tournament calendar.

The Philadelphia PGA will be back in action Wednesday, May 9 at Waynesborough Country Club for the annual Club Car LLC / Golf Cars Inc. Pro-Official Championship. For more information on the Philadelphia PGA and our tournament program visit www.phillypga.com or you can find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @PhiladelphiaPGA.

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Kevin Nicholson Earns Double Victory at the TaylorMade Classic

Phoenixville, Pa. – The second points event on the Philadelphia PGA calendar, The TaylorMade Classic, was played on Monday, April 30 at RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve. The event featured nearly 120 players and was a combined event with the Section’s Philadelphia Assistants’ Organization (PAO).

Although the calendar read April 30, Mother Nature had other ideas as temperatures remained relatively cool and brisk winds plagued the players throughout the day. Early in the tournament it looked like the number to reach would be even par (71). The first player to post that number was 2016 Philadelphia PGA Player of the Year Michael Little (Lookaway Golf Club). After a benign front nine, Little traded two birdies and two bogeys on his inward nine, including a birdie on the par-4 18th hole to finish as the first player at par or better.

Little was quickly joined by Billy Stewart (The ACE Club) who after three bogeys through his first nine holes managed to play blemish-free adding multiple birdies along the way to get back to even par.

However, one player in the field had his eyes set on his first tournament victory. Kevin Nicholson (White Manor Country Club) played a near perfect round enabling him to overcome the difficult conditions the wind presented the rest of the field. Nicholson posted one eagle and four birdies against only two bogeys, to finish at 4-under-par (67) and the first player to post red figures. As the leader in the clubhouse Nicholson would need to wait more than two hours to see if his number would be good enough.

As group after group finish it looked as though no one would come within four shots of Nicholson, however John Appleget (The Shore Club) had a great round going. Through ten holes Appleget was 2-under-par but an untimely double-bogey on the par-4 15th derailed Applget’s chances for a win but he did manage a birdie on the closing hole to finish at 1-under-par (70) and a solo second place finish.

In the tournament’s final group, Bob Hennefer (Indian Spring Golf Course) managed to get his score to 2-under-par through seventeen holes but a double bogey on his final hole ultimately dropped him into a third place tie at even par (71).

With no other players in the field managing to shoot under par Nicholson earned his first Philadelphia PGA individual points win of his career.

“Competing in one the best playing Sections in the country I am at a loss for words with this win, said Nicholson. I have a put in a lot of hard work to start this season and it seemed to all come together today. It means so much to me to be included in the list of professionals that have won a Philadelphia PGA tournament. I want to thank our tournament sponsor TaylorMade and Mike Zupi and Jay Junkin as well as Jamie Komancheck and the entire staff and membership of RiverCrest Golf Club and Preserve for hosting us today.”

The victory for Nicolson was twice as nice as he also took home top honors in the PAO TaylorMade Classic event. Nicholson finished four shots clear of second place finishers Michael Little (Lookaway Golf Club) and Billy Stewart (The ACE Club) who ended the day at even par (71).

Leading the way in the tournament’s senior division was John Appleget (The Shore Club). Appleget carded a 1-under-par (70) to finish two-shots ahead of both Dave McNabb (Applebrook Golf Club) and Stu Ingraham (M Golf Range) who both finished at 1-over-par (72).

The Section would like to thank our tournament sponsors TaylorMade Golf and our Section representatives Mike Zupi and Jay Junkin as well as the PGA Tour for supporting today’s event.

The next event on the Philadelphia PGA tournament calendar is the Spring Pro-Pro Championship which will be played on Monday, May 7 at the Country Club of York.

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Applebrook’s McNabb Wins Callaway Golf TPD Championship on First Playoff Hole

Greenville, Del. – The 2018 Philadelphia PGA returned to tournament action on Monday, April 23 at Fieldstone Golf Club for the Callaway Golf TPD Championship. The event was the first in the race for the Omega Player of the Year presented by the Haverford Trust Company. The Callaway Golf TPD Championship featured nearly 140 Professionals and was played as a modified stableford tournament. Players earned 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 in the tournament’s third group, Dave McNabb (Applebrook Golf Club) posted an impressive score of 28 points in the modified stableford event. McNabb’s round was paced by two eagles and four birdies which more than made up for the four bogeys on his card.

However, McNabb’s run as solo leader would not last long as playing at the end of the morning wave, Brendan Post (Univ. of Delaware) matched McNabb’s score of 28 points. Post carded seven birdies on his round, the most of any player in the field, but untimely bogeys on his final two holes ultimately dropped him into a first place tie as the tournament moved to the afternoon wave.

Conditions for players teeing it up in the afternoon wave were not as generous as the winds began to increase making birdies hard to come by. One player in the afternoon did make a valiant effort to join the leaders at the top of the leaderboard but unfortunately for Dave Quinn (Philmont Country Club) his charge ended one point shy as he finished with 27 points.

With no other players in the field able to match McNabb and Post at 28 points the duo returned to the golf course for a sudden death playoff. Both players found the fairway with their tee shots on par-5 18th hole however neither player was able to reach the green in two. Post was the first to play his third shot and unfortunately his approach shot found the lower tier while McNabb was able to hit his third shot to ten feet. Post did manage to two-putt for par but McNabb was able to sink his birdie putt giving him his first win of the 2018 season.

McNabb’s 28 points also gave him the top spot in the tournament’s senior division where he edged Quinn’s 27 points for the top spot. Rounding out the top three was a trio of players who all finished with 16 total points. Don Allan (Burlington Country Club), Bob Lennon (Wilmington Country Club), and Terry Hertzog (Country Club of York) shared the final podium spot.

The Callaway Golf TPD Championship also awarded points in the newly created Super Senior Division. Players age 60 years of age or older are eligible for this new division. Earning points as the event’s top super senior was Greg Farrow (Deerwood Country Club).

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 TaylorMade Classic at RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve on Monday, April 30.

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