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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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McCormick and Quinn Win McQuiston Sr. Pro – Jr. Pro Championship

Philadelphia, Pa. – The annual McQuiston Sr. Pro – Jr. Pro Championship was held at Bala Golf Club on Thursday, October 12. The event, named in honor of longtime PGA Professional and past Philadelphia PGA President Henry McQuiston, pairs one Sr. PGA Professional (age 50 and older) with one PGA Professional in a four-ball, better ball of partners, tournament. With a shotgun start all teams got their rounds underway at 12:00PM with teams battling tough fall-like weather throughout the day.

As teams began to finish, the pair of Jim Muschiltz (Southmoore Golf Club) and Sean Szerencsits (Southmoore Golf Club) quickly rose to the top of the leaderboard. The pair got off to a shaky start as they traded a birdie for a bogey on their opening holes. However, they turned things around quickly adding seven additional birdies including five on holes 1-9 to finish with a team score of 7-under (61).

Unfortunately for the pair their time alone at the top of the leaderboard did not last long. The duo of Dustin McCormick (Glen Brook Golf Club) and Dave Quinn (Philmont Country Club) managed an equally impressive score of 7-under (61) to join in the fun. McCormick and Quinn also got off to a slow start but in the end managed to card eight birdies, including a stretch of four consecutive on their last four holes, against one bogey to share the top spot.

With both teams tied at 7-under at the end of regulation they headed back out to the 18th tee for the first hole of the sudden death playoff. After their approach shots all four players found the green meaning each team had two putts for a birdie. The putts from both McCormick & Muschiltz came up just short before Quinn drained his 15 footer for birdie. Despite his best effort, Szerencsits’ birdie putt just missed as it rolled over the left edge giving McCormick & Quinn the title.

Rounding out the podium Stu Ingraham (M Golf Range) and Andy Watters (Talamore GC) finished two shots back in solo third place with a score of 5-under (63). The duo is a perennial favorite and with each player contributing to the overall team score it is no surprise that they have finished inside the top-5 each of the past three years.

The Section would like to thank the membership of Bala Golf Club for their support. Additionally, the Section thanks Vineyard Vines and Mr. Cory Creland for providing gifts to all participants. The Section will return to action on Tuesday, October 17 for the Match Play Championship at Concord Country Club.

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PGA of America President Paul Levy to Highlight Fall Meeting

2017 Fall Meeting Membership Reports

The Fall Meeting on October 23rd will take place at Cedarbrook Country Club. Our Keynote speaker will be PGA of America President, Paul Levy.  President Levy will discuss the past season and the upcoming PGA Annual meeting along with other Association and industry trends. Please be sure to join us as we close the 2017 Season, celebrate the great play of our Section and Junior Tour Members and hear from our Association’s Leadership.

The deadline to register for the Fall Meeting is Monday, October 16th at 5:00pm. The registration fee will increase by $25 after the deadline so if you are planning on attending please register as soon as you can.

Golf will follow the meeting and a light reception will follow golf. In addition, please see the 2017 Fall Meeting NEW Business Form (Download).  If you would like anything to be discussed, please submit the form prior to the October 18th, 2017 deadline.

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Radley Run’s Melton Wins Rain-Shortened Shawnee Open

Shawnee-on-Delaware, Pa. – The 2017 edition of the Shawnee Open was played at the historic Shawnee Inn & Resort. The Shawnee Open has been in existence since 1912, although not always run by the Philadelphia PGA. This year’s edition of the Shawnee Open was the 12th event in the race for the Omega Player of the Year presented by the Haverford Trust Company and was originally scheduled to be played as a 36-hole tournament. However, persistent rains ultimately shortened the tournament to an 18-hole event which still allowed the Section to crown a champion.

Playing early in the first round, past champion of the Shawnee Open Mark Sheftic (Merion Golf Club) set the pace. Sheftic played bogey-free carding five birdies along the way to post an impressive 5-under (67) and quickly positioned himself at the top of the leaderboard.

Not far behind Sheftic, Mike Furey (Mahoning Valley Country Club) also found some magic in the tournament’s opening round. Furey was able to overcome a bogey on the final hole of his outward nine by carding four birdies as he made his way back to the clubhouse. Those four birdies combined with two birdies on his opening nine holes got Furey to the 5-under (67) number allowing him to join Sheftic at the top of the leaderboard.

Unfortunately for both Sheftic and Furey there was another player in the field who played a near perfect round of golf. Brett Melton (Radley Run Country Club) was playing in his first Shawnee Open but his performance was that of a seasoned veteran. Melton made the turn at 1-under par but that is when things got exciting. Melton added five additional birdies on consecutive holes (12-16) and finished the opening round with a score of 6-under (66).

Although the tournament was shaping for an exciting day two finish, the work done by Melton in the tournament’s opening round ultimately allowed him to capture his second Philadelphia PGA title (Pro-Am for Wishes). The win also vaulted Melton into the top spot on the Omega Player of the Year leaderboard with only the Match Play Championship left to determine this year’s player of the year.

Although Stu Ingraham (M Golf Range) came up just short in the tournament’s main division after finishing at 4-under (68) he did manage to walk away with a two-shot victory over John Pillar (Country Club of Woodloch Springs) in the tournament senior division, further increasing his lead in the Robert “Skee” Riegel Senior Player of the Year race.

The Shawnee Open was the fourth and final event to feature a super senior division. The super senior division was sponsored by Jani-King and only Philadelphia PGA Professionals age 65 or older are eligible. Finishing in first place in the super senior division was Gary Hardin (Northampton Country Club) who finished at 2-over (74) one shot ahead of Bill Sautter (Philadelphia Cricket Club).

The Section would like to thank the staff of the Shawnee Inn and Resort for their support of the event as well as our event sponsor Golf Cart Specialties.

 1   Brett Melton       Radley Run CC              35-31--66 -6  
 T2  Mark Sheftic       Merion GC                  34-33--67 -5  
 T2  Mike Furey         Mahoning Valley CC         35-32--67 -5  
 4   Stu Ingraham       M Golf Range               35-33--68 -4  
 5   Zac Oakley         Heritage Shores GC         33-36--69 -3  
 T6  Brian Bergstol     Shawnee Inn and GR         36-34--70 -2  
 T6  Kevin Edwards      Olde Homestead GC          35-35--70 -2  
 T6  John Pillar        CC at Woodloch Springs     32-38--70 -2  
 T6  Kevin Kraft        Bumble Bee Hollow          35-35--70 -2  
 T10 Michael Little     Lookaway GC                35-36--71 -1  
 T10 Rick LeBeau        Gulph Mills GC             33-38--71 -1  
 T12 Scott Reilly       Philadelphia CC            34-38--72 E   
 T12 Don Allan          Burlington CC              36-36--72 E   
 T14 John Spina         Philadelphia Cricket Club  35-38--73 +1  
 T14 John Allen         Huntingdon Valley CC       36-37--73 +1  
 T14 Eric Kennedy       Overbrook GC               35-38--73 +1  
 T14 Jeff Fick          Chapel Hill GC             37-36--73 +1  
 T14 Blake Hinckley (a)                            38-35--73 +1  
 T14 Jordan Gibbs       Gulph Mills GC             38-35--73 +1  
 T14 Pat Butkus         Overbrook GC               37-36--73 +1  
 T14 Rich Steinmetz     Spring Ford CC             34-39--73 +1  
 T14 Joe Kogelman       GolfTEC Moorestown         35-38--73 +1  
 T23 Dave Quinn         Philmont CC                34-40--74 +2  
 T23 Gary Hardin        Northampton CC             34-40--74 +2  
 T23 John Roche         CC at Woodloch Springs     39-35--74 +2  
 T23 Vincent Kabaso     Cleveland Golf             39-35--74 +2  
 T27 Bill Sautter       Philadelphia Cricket Club  37-38--75 +3  
 T27 Dustin McCormick   Glen Brook GC              41-34--75 +3  
 T27 Evan Mitchell      Spring Mill CC             38-37--75 +3  
 T30 Harvey Williams    Philly PGA                 34-42--76 +4  
 T30 Don DeAngelis      Center Square GC           38-38--76 +4  
 T32 George Forster     Radnor Valley CC           38-39--77 +5  
 T32 Hugh Reilly        Twining Valley GC          36-41--77 +5  
 T32 Bill Smith         Mahoning Valley CC         39-38--77 +5  
 T32 Bob Lennon         Wilmington CC              37-40--77 +5  
 T36 Frank Palumbo      Rolling Green GC           39-39--78 +6  
 T36 Tony Shields       ACE Club                   38-40--78 +6  
 T38 Anthony Napoletano GolfTEC-KoP                41-38--79 +7  
 T38 Paul Galczyk       Westover CC                42-37--79 +7  
 40  Chris Atkins       Riverton CC                40-40--80 +8  
 41  Dave Fields        Brookside CC               41-41--82 +10 
 42  Andrew Pierson     Camden County GA           40-43--83 +11 
 43  Patrick Spang      Manor Valley CC            40-44--84 +12 
 44  Kevin Shaw         Philly PGA                 48-39--87 +15 

Philadelphia PGA Wins 27th Challenge Matches

For the 27th time teams from the Philadelphia PGA and the Golf Association of Philadelphia got together to compete in the Philadelphia Challenge Matches, a Ryder Cup style event that pits the top Philadelphia PGA Professionals against the top amateur golfers from Philadelphia. For the second consecutive year these matches were played at Saucon Valley Country Club.

The teams played 12 singles matches and 6 four-ball matches (better ball of partners) concurrently with a total of 18 points up for grabs. As the owners of the Cup, the Philadelphia PGA only needed 9 of the 18 points to retain the title while the Golf Association of Philadelphia needed to earn 9 ½ points to regain the title.

Both the individual matches and the four-ball matches were competitive but ultimately the Philadelphia PGA was able to win both sessions on their way to a fourth consecutive Challenge Match victory. The Philadelphia PGA won the singles matches 7-5 and the four ball matches 3.5-2.5 en route to a 10.5-7.5 victory. The is the 25th for the Philadelphia PGA bringing their record to 25 – 2.

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Two Teams Share Top Spot at the Fall Pro-Pro Championship

Clarks Summit, Pa. – On a picture perfect fall afternoon, the Philadelphia PGA returned to the Country Club of Scranton for the annual Fall Pro-Pro Championship. This is the third consecutive year that the Section traveled above the Pocono Mountains to the Country Club of Scranton for the Pro-Pro Championship which paired two PGA Professionals together in a Four Ball or better ball of partners event.

Playing early in the day the team of Michael Little (Lookaway Golf Club) and Kevin Kraft (Bumble Bee Hollow Golf Center) looked to recapture the magic the propelled them to victory at the Spring Pro-Pro Championship. The pair got off to a slow start with bogeys on two of their first three holes but their fortunes changed quickly as they birdied eight of their next ten holes. After a bogey on the tough par-4 16th hole the pair finished strong after Kraft drained a 50 foot eagle putt from the back of the par-5 18th hole. When all was said and done the duo would finish with a 7-under (65).

Their time at the top of the leaderboard by themselves would not last long as they were quickly joined by the team of Pat Butkus (Overbrook Golf Club) and Jeff Herb (Waynesborough Country Club). Playing just two groups behind Kraft and Little the duo of Butkus and Herb also got off to a slow start. As a team they made the turn at 1-under, but as they made their way back to the clubhouse the turned things around. The pair made four birdies and also added an eagle on the par-5 12th hole to finish their round at 7-under (65).

As play went on no other team was able to join the two teams at 7-under and in the end they shared the first place crown. A pair of teams also shared third place with a score of 4-under (68). The first team to reach the number was Justin Alunni (Glen Oak Country Club) and his partner Darryl Lock (Skippack Golf Club). They were eventually joined by the team of Cleve Coldwater (Glenmaura National Golf Club) and his partner Harvey Williams.

Once again the Section would like to thank the membership and staff of the Country Club of Scranton for hosting the Fall Pro-Pro Championship. The Section also thanks our tournament sponsors Club Prophet Systems, Sun Mountain, and Morell Studios for their support of the tournament program.

The next event on the tournament calendar is the Philadelphia Challenge Cup Matches on Thursday, October 5 at Saucon Valley Country Club where the Philadelphia PGA professionals will try to defend their title against the top amateurs of the Golf Association of Philadelphia.

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2017 Philadelphia Section Board Elections: Endorsed Officers

The Nominating Committee would like to announce the following slate of Officers and Directors in preparation for the election at the Fall Meeting on October 23, 2017.

CandidtatePositionCandidate Bio
John RogersPresidentJohn Rogers Bio
Jeff KiddieVice-PresidentJeff Kiddie Bio
Patrick ShineSecretaryPatrick Shine Bio
Chip RichterDir. of Section AffairsChip Richter Bio
Bob HenneferDir. of TournamentsBob Hennefer Bio
Kevin DuffyDistrict 1 DirectorKevin Duffy Bio
Anthony MaliziaDistrict 2 DirectorAnthony Malizia Bio
Jason GebhartDistrict 3 DirectorJason Gebhart Bio
Dustin McCormickDistrict 4 DirectorDustin McCormick Bio
Brett NelsonDistrict 5 DirectorBrett Nelson Bio
Eric KennedyDistrict 6 DirectorEric Kennedy Bio
Eric SchultzDistrict 6 DirectorEric Schultz bio

Hertzog Comes from Behind to Capture the 96th Philadelphia PGA Professional Championship

Tony Leodora Interviews 96th PPGA Champion Terry Hertzog


Mount Laurel, N.J. – September 21, 2016 – Terry Hertzog (Country Club of York), is the winner of the 96th Philadelphia PGA Professional Championship, at Laurel Creek Country Club. Hertzog will lead 13 Philadelphia PGA Professionals to compete in the 51st PGA Professional Championship, next June 17-20, 2018 at Bayonet Black Horse in Seaside, California.

Hertzog’s charge to the top of the leaderboard was slow and steady but in the end it proved to be the method best suited for him. Hertzog found red numbers on holes 5, 10 and 11 and after 36-hole leader Perla was unable to capture the magic from day two Hertzog quickly found himself in the mix for the Championship.

Other names tried to play their way into the top spot including a pair of past champions, Jordan Gibbs and Dave Quinn. Gibbs got to 2-under after 15 holes but a pair of bogeys on holes 16-17 dropped him from contention for a second consecutive title. Quinn also found himself at 2-under after 15 holes but similar to Gibbs, a bogey on the difficult 16th hole proved too much to overcome.

Although Hertzog trailed the leader by seven shots heading into the final round consistent play throughout the week, especially in today’s round ultimately vaulted him to the top of the leaderboard with a championship total of 2-under (210). Dave Quinn (Philmont Country Club) was the Championship’s runner-up, after carding a three day total of 1-under-par 211. They are joined by Jordan Gibbs (Gulph Mills Golf Club), Stu Ingraham (M Golf Range), Rich Steinmetz (Spring Ford Country Club), Tony Perla (LedgeRock Golf Club), Billy Stewart (The ACE Club), Brett Melton (Radley Run Country Club), Brendon Post (Univ. of Delaware), Alex Knoll (Riverton, N.J.), Mark Sheftic (Merion Golf Club), Rusty Harbold (Philadelphia Cricket Club), and Dave McNabb (Applebrook Golf Club).

The win was Hertzog’s third Philadelphia PGA Professional title becoming the tenth Philadelphia PGA Professional to accomplish the feat. George Smith (1929-30, 1932), Charles Schneider (1933, 1937, 1939), Henry Williams, Jr. (1949, 1953, 1958), Stan Dudas (1955, 1959, 1968), Art Wall, Jr. (1956, 1962-63, 1965, 1971), Dick Smith, Sr. (1974, 1977, 1981-83), Rick Osberg (1985, 1989, 1992), Brian Kelly (1995, 2000, 2005), and Rich Steinmetz (2007, 2010-11).

“It feels really amazing to get this win today”, commented Hertzog on his Championship. “I honestly didn’t think I had a chance heading into today but I wanted to put together a good round to qualify for the PGA Professional Championship next June. I played really well early in the day and that helped offset some blemishes late in the day. It’s a great feeling and I’m so thankful to the staff and membership at Laurel Creek for allowing us to use their facility the last few days.”

96th Philadelphia PGA Championship Leaderboard

LedgeRock’s Perla Surges Into the Lead at the 96th Philadelphia PGA Professional Championship

Mount Laurel, N.J. – In stark contrast to what players had to battle in their opening rounds, the weather conditions for the second round of the 96th Philadelphia PGA Professional Championship were near perfect giving all in the field the chance to post a low number.

One player taking full advantage of the relatively benign conditions was Tony Perla (LedgeRock Golf Club). After an opening round 1-under-par Perla was looking to make a move and put himself in a good position heading into the Championship’s final round. Perla not only put himself into prime position he catapulted himself into the lead after a tournament best 7-under par (64). Perla played a flawless round of golf at Laurel Creek while adding an eagle and five birdies along the way to grab the 36-hole lead. Perla’s two-day total of 8-under (69-64-133) is five shots clear of the field.

Sitting in second place is defending champion Jordan Gibbs (Gulph Mills Golf Club). Gibbs carded an even par (71) is his opening round at Laurel Creek and as his championship shifted to Burlington Country Club for the second round he needed to make move. Gibbs got off to a fast start with birdies on his first three holes. Gibbs would go on to add one additional birdie but coupled with a lone bogey Gibbs would finish his second round at 3-under (67) giving him a 36-hole total of 3-under (71-67-138).

Although overnight leader Brendon Post (Univ of Delaware) could not find the same success that vaulted him to the top of the leaderboard after round one he did play well enough to maintain a spot within the top three. Post had a relatively uneventful round with one birdie and one bogey but a hiccup on the tough par-5 14th hole dropped Post into a third place tied with past champion Terry Hertzog (CC of York). Hertzog posted an impressive 3-under (68) in his second round today at Laurel Creek to put him in red figures at 1-under (72-68-140) after 36-holes.

Rounding out the top five at the end of day two a pair of champions sit within striking distance at even par (141). Dave McNabb (Applebrook Golf Club) got to even par with scores of (73-68-141) while Dave Quinn (Philmont Country Club) got there with a (71-70-141).

In addition to competing for the championship’s top prize and the William B. Packer trophy, players are also competing for a spot in next summer’s 51st PGA Professional Championship which is being held at the Bayonet Black Horse in Sunriver, California. There are several players within striking distance of the leaders but there are also more than 15 players within three shots of a qualifying spot.

The final round of the 96th Philadelphia PGA Professional Championship will get underway at 8:00 AM at Laurel Creek Country Club with the tournament leaders teeing off at 12:30 PM.

For continued coverage of the 96th Philadelphia PGA Professional Championship coverage you can visit philadelphia.pga.com or on social media @PhiladelphiaPGA / #PPGAChamp

Philadelphia PGA Professional Championship

Sep 19 – Sep 21, 2017
Individual Professional Media Results

1    Tony Perla         LedgeRock GC           69-64--133 -8   
 2    Jordan Gibbs       Gulph Mills GC         71-67--138 -3   
 T3   Brendon Post       Univ of Delaware       68-72--140 -1   
 T3   Terry Hertzog      CC of York             72-68--140 -1   
 T5   Dave McNabb        Applebrook GC          73-68--141 E    
 T5   Dave Quinn         Philmont CC            71-70--141 E    
 T7   Rusty Harbold      Phila Cricket Club     70-72--142 +1   
 T7   Billy Stewart      ACE Club               75-67--142 +1   
 T7   Brett Melton       Radley Run CC          71-71--142 +1   
 T10  Chris Krueger      Kings Creek CC         75-68--143 +2   
 T10  Rich Steinmetz     Spring Ford CC         74-69--143 +2   
 T10  Mark Sheftic       Merion GC              73-70--143 +2   
 T10  Stu Ingraham       M Golf Range           74-69--143 +2   
 T14  Alex Knoll         Bethlehem GC           72-72--144 +3   
 T14  Bill Sautter       Phila Cricket Club     74-70--144 +3   
 T14  Greg Farrow        Deerwood CC            75-69--144 +3   
 T14  John Bierkan       Aronimink GC           71-73--144 +3   
 T18  Ashley Grier       Overbrook GC           75-70--145 +4   
 T18  Rob Shuey          Colonial GC            72-73--145 +4   
 T18  Pat Butkus         Overbrook GC           72-73--145 +4   
 T21  Mike Molino        The CC of Scranton     74-72--146 +5   
 T21  Sam Ambrose        Aronimink GC           71-75--146 +5   
 T21  Mike Ladden        Whitford CC            74-72--146 +5   
 T21  Kirk Deyer         Philadelphia CC        72-74--146 +5   
 25   Jakob Gerney       Trump National GC      73-74--147 +6   
 T26  Rick Gibney        Colonial GC            79-69--148 +7   
 T26  John Cooper        Green Valley CC        68-80--148 +7   
 T26  Don DeAngelis      Center Square GC       79-69--148 +7   
 T26  Brian Kelly        Bucknell GC            74-74--148 +7   
 T26  John Pillar        CC at Woodloch Springs 80-68--148 +7   
 T26  John Rudolph       Fieldstone GC          75-73--148 +7   
 T32  Terry Hatch        Hidden Valley GC       74-75--149 +8   
 T32  Chip Richter       Carlisle CC            73-76--149 +8   
 T32  Dave Pagett        Whitemarsh Valley CC   74-75--149 +8   
 T32  John DiMarco       Laurel Creek CC        72-77--149 +8   
 T32  John Appleget      Wildwood Golf & CC     79-70--149 +8   
 T32  Dean Halterman     Galloway National GC   75-74--149 +8   
 T32  George Forster     Radnor Valley CC       75-74--149 +8   
 T32  Shawn Matthews     Huntingdon Valley CC   77-72--149 +8   
 T32  Mike Grabosky      Heidelberg CC          75-74--149 +8   
 T32  Bob Hennefer       Indian Springs GC      80-69--149 +8   
 T42  Anthony Malizia    Bidermann GC           76-74--150 +9   
 T42  David Morano       CC of York             81-69--150 +9   
 T42  Jeff Bonicky       Sea Oaks GC            76-74--150 +9   
 T42  Curtis Kirkpatrick Indian Springs GC      78-72--150 +9   
 T42  Dave Fields        Brookside CC           74-76--150 +9   
 T42  Don Allan          Burlington CC          75-75--150 +9   
 T42  Joe Kogelman       GolfTEC Moorestown     79-71--150 +9   
 T42  Dan Marz           Huntingdon Valley CC   76-74--150 +9   
 T42  Peter Lovenguth    Silver Creek CC        73-77--150 +9   
 T42  Robby Bruns        Merion GC              72-78--150 +9   
 T52  Dustin McCormick   Glen Brook GC          74-77--151 +10  
 T52  John Spina         Phila Cricket Club     76-75--151 +10  
 T52  Hugh Matthis       Tavistock CC           75-76--151 +10  
 T52  Mark Parson        Harbor Pines           79-72--151 +10  
 T52  Eric Schultz       Sunnybrook GC          74-77--151 +10  
 T52  Gregg Gipp         Phoenixville CC        72-79--151 +10  
 T52  Andy Fisher        Frosty Valley CC       75-76--151 +10  
 T52  Michael Caldwell   Bidermann GC           76-75--151 +10  
 T60  Kevin Nicholson    White Manor CC         78-74--152 +11  
 T60  Eric McNamee       Golf Galaxy            77-75--152 +11  
 T60  Carson Solien      Aronimink GC           75-77--152 +11  
 T60  Richie Krebs       Outdoor CC             73-79--152 +11  
 T60  John Allen         Huntingdon Valley CC   76-76--152 +11  
 T60  Michael Little     Lookaway GC            77-75--152 +11

Mount Laurel, N.J. – In stark contrast to what players had to battle in their opening rounds, the weather conditions for the second round of the 96th Philadelphia PGA Professional Championship were near perfect giving all in the field the chance to post a low number.

One player taking full advantage of the relatively benign conditions was Tony Perla (LedgeRock Golf Club). After an opening round 1-under-par Perla was looking to make a move and put himself in a good position heading into the Championship’s final round. Perla not only put himself into prime position he catapulted himself into the lead after a tournament best 7-under par (64). Perla played a flawless round of golf at Laurel Creek while adding an eagle and five birdies along the way to grab the 36-hole lead. Perla’s two-day total of 8-under (69-64-133) is five shots clear of the field.

Sitting in second place is defending champion Jordan Gibbs (Gulph Mills Golf Club). Gibbs carded an even par (71) is his opening round at Laurel Creek and as his championship shifted to Burlington Country Club for the second round he needed to make move. Gibbs got off to a fast start with birdies on his first three holes. Gibbs would go on to add one additional birdie but coupled with a lone bogey Gibbs would finish his second round at 3-under (67) giving him a 36-hole total of 3-under (71-67-138).

Although overnight leader Brendon Post (Univ of Delaware) could not find the same success that vaulted him to the top of the leaderboard after round one he did play well enough to maintain a spot within the top three. Post had a relatively uneventful round with one birdie and one bogey but a hiccup on the tough par-5 14th hole dropped Post into a third place tied with past champion Terry Hertzog (CC of York). Hertzog posted an impressive 3-under (68) in his second round today at Laurel Creek to put him in red figures at 1-under (72-68-140) after 36-holes.

Rounding out the top five at the end of day two a pair of champions sit within striking distance at even par (141). Dave McNabb (Applebrook Golf Club) got to even par with scores of (73-68-141) while Dave Quinn (Philmont Country Club) got there with a (71-70-141).

In addition to competing for the championship’s top prize and the William B. Packer trophy, players are also competing for a spot in next summer’s 51st PGA Professional Championship which is being held at the Bayonet Black Horse in Sunriver, California. There are several players within striking distance of the leaders but there are also more than 15 players within three shots of a qualifying spot.

The final round of the 96th Philadelphia PGA Professional Championship will get underway at 8:00 AM at Laurel Creek Country Club with the tournament leaders teeing off at 12:30 PM.

For continued coverage of the 96th Philadelphia PGA Professional Championship coverage you can visit philadelphia.pga.com or on social media @PhiladelphiaPGA / #PPGAChamp

Philadelphia PGA Professional Championship
Sep 19 – Sep 21, 2017
Individual Professional Media Results

 1    Tony Perla         LedgeRock GC           69-64--133 -8   
 2    Jordan Gibbs       Gulph Mills GC         71-67--138 -3   
 T3   Brendon Post       Univ of Delaware       68-72--140 -1   
 T3   Terry Hertzog      CC of York             72-68--140 -1   
 T5   Dave McNabb        Applebrook GC          73-68--141 E    
 T5   Dave Quinn         Philmont CC            71-70--141 E    
 T7   Rusty Harbold      Phila Cricket Club     70-72--142 +1   
 T7   Billy Stewart      ACE Club               75-67--142 +1   
 T7   Brett Melton       Radley Run CC          71-71--142 +1   
 T10  Chris Krueger      Kings Creek CC         75-68--143 +2   
 T10  Rich Steinmetz     Spring Ford CC         74-69--143 +2   
 T10  Mark Sheftic       Merion GC              73-70--143 +2   
 T10  Stu Ingraham       M Golf Range           74-69--143 +2   
 T14  Alex Knoll         Bethlehem GC           72-72--144 +3   
 T14  Bill Sautter       Phila Cricket Club     74-70--144 +3   
 T14  Greg Farrow        Deerwood CC            75-69--144 +3   
 T14  John Bierkan       Aronimink GC           71-73--144 +3   
 T18  Ashley Grier       Overbrook GC           75-70--145 +4   
 T18  Rob Shuey          Colonial GC            72-73--145 +4   
 T18  Pat Butkus         Overbrook GC           72-73--145 +4   
 T21  Mike Molino        The CC of Scranton     74-72--146 +5   
 T21  Sam Ambrose        Aronimink GC           71-75--146 +5   
 T21  Mike Ladden        Whitford CC            74-72--146 +5   
 T21  Kirk Deyer         Philadelphia CC        72-74--146 +5   
 25   Jakob Gerney       Trump National GC      73-74--147 +6   
 T26  Rick Gibney        Colonial GC            79-69--148 +7   
 T26  John Cooper        Green Valley CC        68-80--148 +7   
 T26  Don DeAngelis      Center Square GC       79-69--148 +7   
 T26  Brian Kelly        Bucknell GC            74-74--148 +7   
 T26  John Pillar        CC at Woodloch Springs 80-68--148 +7   
 T26  John Rudolph       Fieldstone GC          75-73--148 +7   
 T32  Terry Hatch        Hidden Valley GC       74-75--149 +8   
 T32  Chip Richter       Carlisle CC            73-76--149 +8   
 T32  Dave Pagett        Whitemarsh Valley CC   74-75--149 +8   
 T32  John DiMarco       Laurel Creek CC        72-77--149 +8   
 T32  John Appleget      Wildwood Golf & CC     79-70--149 +8   
 T32  Dean Halterman     Galloway National GC   75-74--149 +8   
 T32  George Forster     Radnor Valley CC       75-74--149 +8   
 T32  Shawn Matthews     Huntingdon Valley CC   77-72--149 +8   
 T32  Mike Grabosky      Heidelberg CC          75-74--149 +8   
 T32  Bob Hennefer       Indian Springs GC      80-69--149 +8   
 T42  Anthony Malizia    Bidermann GC           76-74--150 +9   
 T42  David Morano       CC of York             81-69--150 +9   
 T42  Jeff Bonicky       Sea Oaks GC            76-74--150 +9   
 T42  Curtis Kirkpatrick Indian Springs GC      78-72--150 +9   
 T42  Dave Fields        Brookside CC           74-76--150 +9   
 T42  Don Allan          Burlington CC          75-75--150 +9   
 T42  Joe Kogelman       GolfTEC Moorestown     79-71--150 +9   
 T42  Dan Marz           Huntingdon Valley CC   76-74--150 +9   
 T42  Peter Lovenguth    Silver Creek CC        73-77--150 +9   
 T42  Robby Bruns        Merion GC              72-78--150 +9   
 T52  Dustin McCormick   Glen Brook GC          74-77--151 +10  
 T52  John Spina         Phila Cricket Club     76-75--151 +10  
 T52  Hugh Matthis       Tavistock CC           75-76--151 +10  
 T52  Mark Parson        Harbor Pines           79-72--151 +10  
 T52  Eric Schultz       Sunnybrook GC          74-77--151 +10  
 T52  Gregg Gipp         Phoenixville CC        72-79--151 +10  
 T52  Andy Fisher        Frosty Valley CC       75-76--151 +10  
 T52  Michael Caldwell   Bidermann GC           76-75--151 +10  
 T60  Kevin Nicholson    White Manor CC         78-74--152 +11  
 T60  Eric McNamee       Golf Galaxy            77-75--152 +11  
 T60  Carson Solien      Aronimink GC           75-77--152 +11  
 T60  Richie Krebs       Outdoor CC             73-79--152 +11  
 T60  John Allen         Huntingdon Valley CC   76-76--152 +11  
 T60  Michael Little     Lookaway GC            77-75--152 +11

Post & Cooper Set the Pace at the 96th Philadelphia PGA Professional Championship

Mount Laurel, N.J. – The opening round of the 96th Philadelphia PGA Professional Championship was held on Tuesday, September 19 at both Laurel Creek Country Club and Burlington Country Club. The field of 139 PGA Professionals was split between the two facilities for the Championship’s first day.

Playing in the tournament’s first pairing, Brendon Post (Univ of Delaware), playing his opening round at Laurel Creek Country Club, set the pace early. Post carded three birdies on his opening nine holes to make the turn at 3-under. As Post made his way back to the clubhouse he carded two birdies along with two bogeys to finish his inward nine at even par giving him a day one total of 3-under (68).

It was not until four hours later that anyone would join Post at the top of the leaderboard. John Cooper (Green Valley Country Club), also playing at Laurel Creek Country Club got off to a quick start with a birdie on the first hole. Cooper would add an additional birdie on the par-5 5th hole but after a double bogey on the tricky par-4 8th, his only blemish of the day, Cooper would make the turn at even par. After a couple of pars early in his back nine, Cooper would card three consecutive birdies on holes 12-14 to get to 3-under which is where he would finish his opening round.

While Post and Cooper were the low scores of the day, there are a number of players within striking distance heading into the Championship’s second round. Playing at Laurel Creek Country Club, Rusty Harbold (Philadelphia Cricket Club) managed one more birdie than bogey to post an opening round 1-under (70). A pair of even pars from Sam Ambrose (Aronimink Golf Club) and defending champion Jordan Gibbs (Gulph Mills Golf Club) leave them three shots back after round one.

The low round of the day at the Championship’s second course, Burlington Country Club, went to Tony Perla (LedgeRock Golf Club). Perla traded two birdies against two bogeys to make the turn at even par. After consecutive birdies on holes 10-11 Perla would drop a shot at the difficult par-3 12th hole dropping him to 1-under which is where he would finish.

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 51st PGA Professional Championship at Bayonet Black Horse in Seaside, California. Players will now flip courses before playing their second rounds.

For complete coverage of the 96th Philadelphia PGA Professional Championship be sure to follow the action on philadelphia.pga.com or via social media on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook (@PhiladelphiaPGA).

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