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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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Amateur Cole Miller Makes History; Wins Weather Plagued GALV Lehigh Valley Open

EASTON, Pa. – For the second consecutive year, weather played a significant role in the GALV Lehigh Valley Open. Originally set to begin at 8:00am on Monday, July 24 the start of this year’s event was ultimately moved back to 2:00pm that day after significant rain fell in the Lehigh Valley Sunday night and Monday morning. Rain made a second appearance in the tournament’s opening round which forced players to complete their first round on Tuesday morning.

Opening round play resumed at 9:00am with most players having between three and five holes to play. After round one concluded players would have a short break before heading back out for the second and final round. In between rounds the maintenance staff at Northampton Country Club, who in spite of the weather managed to keep the golf course in terrific condition, would set new hole locations and tee positions. Players were also re-paired with the leaders going off of the first hole.

Leading the way after the first round was amateur Cole Miller (New Tripoli, Pa.) who posted an impressive 8-under (64) to lead the field by one shot. However chasing Miller was an outstanding group of Professionals including Michael Tobiason (Deerfield) who finished at 7-under (65), Pat Butkus (Overbrook Golf Club) who was two shots back at 6-under (66). Finishing their opening rounds three shots back at 5-under (67) was a trio of players that included two-time past champion Stu Ingraham (M Golf Range), John Pillar (CC of Woodloch Springs), and Mark Sheftic (Merion Golf Club).

With the second round of the tournament played as a shotgun it was difficult to gauge where each competitor was in relation to the top of the leaderboard. However, whispers began to circulate through the crowds that gathered that Miller may be making a move to separate himself from the field. However what was also unknown was whether or not someone from the field was making a move at Miller and the top spot.

With scores coming in fast and furious at the end of the shotgun one thing became clear, the whispers of Miller playing well were true. Miller posted four birdies and an eagle in his second round which helped him overcome a late bogey to finish with a second round score of 5-under (67) and a 36-hole total of 13-under (131).

What was also true was that there was a player in the field making a significant run at Miller. Merion’s Sheftic, playing in the group behind Miller, knew he had to post a low number to have any chance at grabbing win. Sheftic would give it all he had as he posted nine birdies, including five consecutive on holes 9-13, but a couple of late bogeys would prove costly. When all was said and done Sheftic would finish his second round with a score of 6-under (66) giving him a 36-hole total of 11-under (133) two shots back of Miller.

The win marks the first time an amateur has won the GALV Lehigh Valley Open in the ten year history of the event. All was not lost for Sheftic as he would finish as the tournament’s low PGA Professional.

“It was my first professional win, I have won NCAA tournaments but this is the first time I have ever won an event that featured a field of PGA Professionals”, said Miller on his victory. “It feels great to go up against some of the best players in the area and know that I can compete alongside of them.”

In the tournaments senior division John Pillar would take the top spot finishing the 36-hole event at 8-under (136). Pillar finished three shots clear of second place finisher Brian Kelly (Bucknell Golf Club) who posted a 5-under (139).

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.

The Philadelphia PGA tournament calendar continues this Friday, July 28 at Doylestown Country Club for the annual Doylestown Open. For complete coverage of the Philadelphia PGA be sure to follow us online FacebookTwitterInstagram.

GALV Lehigh Valley Open

Jul 24 – Jul 25, 2017
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 1    Cole Miller (a)                             64-67--131 -13 
 2    Mark Sheftic         Merion GC              67-66--133 -11 
 3    Rich Steinmetz       Spring Ford CC         68-67--135 -9  
 T4   Michael Tobiason     Deerfield              65-71--136 -8  
 T4   John Pillar          CC at Woodloch Springs 67-69--136 -8  
 6    Matt Episcopo        Pine Valley GC         71-66--137 -7  
 T7   Greg Matthias        Tavistock CC           68-71--139 -5  
 T7   Kevin Kraft          Bumble Bee Hollow      70-69--139 -5  
 T7   Brian Kelly          Bucknell GC            69-70--139 -5  
 T10  Pat Butkus           Overbrook GC           66-74--140 -4  
 T10  Michael Little       Lookaway GC            68-72--140 -4  
 T10  Dave Quinn           Philmont CC            69-71--140 -4  
 T10  Jeff Fick            Chapel Hill GC         71-69--140 -4  
 T14  Brian Bergstol       Shawnee Inn and GR     71-70--141 -3  
 T14  Dave Pagett          Whitemarsh Valley CC   69-72--141 -3  
 T14  Terry Hertzog        CC of York             73-68--141 -3  
 T17  Stu Ingraham         M Golf Range           67-75--142 -2  
 T17  Kevin Scherr (a)                            71-71--142 -2  
 T17  Ashley Grier         Overbrook GC           72-70--142 -2  
 T17  Alex Knoll           Bethlehem GC           74-68--142 -2  
 T21  Joe Kogelman         GolfTEC Moorestown     68-75--143 -1  
 T21  John Olszewski (a)                          69-74--143 -1  
 T21  Eric Schultz         Sunnybrook GC          69-74--143 -1  
 T21  Gary Hardin          Northampton CC         71-72--143 -1  
 T21  Bob Hennefer         Indian Springs GC      72-71--143 -1  
 T26  Brett Melton         Radley Run CC          72-72--144 E   
 T26  Rob Rohrbach         Foxchase GC            72-72--144 E   
 T26  John Spina           Phila Cricket Club     72-72--144 E   
 T29  Eric Kennedy         Overbrook GC           69-76--145 +1  
 T29  Shawn Matthews       Huntingdon Valley CC   71-74--145 +1  
 T29  Bill Sautter         Phila Cricket Club     71-74--145 +1  
 T29  Billy Stewart        ACE Club               72-73--145 +1  
 T29  Mark Anderson        Phila Cricket Club     73-72--145 +1  
 T29  Mike Paukovits       St. Davids GC          73-72--145 +1  
 T29  J.T. Barker (a)                             73-72--145 +1  
 T29  Steve Swartz         Regents' Glen CC       76-69--145 +1  
 T37  George Forster       Radnor Valley CC       69-77--146 +2  
 T37  Dave Fields          Brookside CC           71-75--146 +2  
 T37  Brendon Post         Univ. of Delaware      71-75--146 +2  
 T37  Andrew Turner        Sunnybrook GC          72-74--146 +2  
 T37  Eric Figueroa        McCall Golf & CC       72-74--146 +2  
 T37  Bill Walker          Riverton CC            74-72--146 +2  
 T37  Sam Ambrose          Aronimink GC           75-71--146 +2  
 T37  Don DeAngelis        Center Square GC       77-69--146 +2  
 T45  Chris Duckett        Saucon Valley CC       72-75--147 +3  
 T45  Curtis Kirkpatrick   Indian Springs GC      72-75--147 +3  
 T45  Robin McCool (a)                            72-75--147 +3  
 T45  John Allen           Huntingdon Valley CC   76-71--147 +3  
 T45  Jason Wilson (a)                            76-71--147 +3  
 T50  Greg Farrow          Deerwood CC            71-77--148 +4  
 T50  Barry Dear           Twisted Dune           74-74--148 +4  
 T50  Nick Vecellio (a)                           75-73--148 +4  
 T50  Mike Furey           Mahoning Valley CC     76-72--148 +4  
 T54  Stephen Sieracki     Indian Springs GC      72-77--149 +5  
 T54  Dave Blichar (a)                            73-76--149 +5  
 T54  John DiMarco         Laurel Creek CC        72-77--149 +5  
 T54  Nick Maff (a)                               76-73--149 +5  
 T54  Michael Caldwell     Bidermann GC           77-72--149 +5  
 T54  Anthony Napoletano   GolfTEC-KoP            77-72--149 +5  
 T60  Rick Flesher         Applebrook GC          74-76--150 +6  
 T60  Ryan Shaughnessy     Woodstone CC           73-77--150 +6  
 T60  Chad Hess (a)                               74-76--150 +6  
 T60  Grant Schumaker (a)                         76-74--150 +6  
 T60  Eric McNamee         Golf Galaxy            75-75--150 +6  
 T60  Joe Coulson (a)                             76-74--150 +6  
 T60  Carlos Fullerton (a)                        77-73--150 +6  
 T67  Dustin McCormick     Glen Brook GC          75-76--151 +7  
 T67  Kevin Edwards        Olde Homestead GC      78-73--151 +7  
 T69  Steve Kluemper (a)                          73-79--152 +8  
 T69  Carson Solien        Aronimink GC           73-79--152 +8  
 T69  Mike Wood            Saucon Valley CC       75-77--152 +8  
 T69  Joe Jasinski (a)                            78-74--152 +8  
 T73  Don Allan            Burlington CC          75-78--153 +9  
 T73  Rick LeBeau          Gulph Mills GC         75-78--153 +9  
 T73  George Frake         Little Mill            76-77--153 +9  
 T73  Evan Notaro (a)                             78-75--153 +9  
 T73  Steve Frederick      Lehigh CC              78-75--153 +9  
 T73  Peter Clarke         Manufacturers GCC      80-73--153 +9  
 T79  Andy Watters         Talamore CC            78-76--154 +10 
 T79  Ryan McLean          Saucon Valley CC       80-74--154 +10 
 T81  Tom Moore            Applecross CC          74-82--156 +12 
 T81  Tony Sarko (a)                              80-76--156 +12 
 T81  Jeff Hudson (a)                             80-76--156 +12 
 84   James Boburka (a)                           75-82--157 +13 
 85   Bill Smith           Mahoning Valley CC     78-80--158 +14 
 T86  Gregg Gipp           Phoenixville CC        76-83--159 +15 
 T86  Collin Seip (a)                             79-80--159 +15 
 88   Peter Lovenguth      Silver Creek CC        76-84--160 +16 
 89   Jacob Siegfried (a)                         77-84--161 +17 
 T90  Alec Cwienkala (a)                          77-86--163 +19 
 T90  Steve Kiefner        Northampton CC         78-85--163 +19 
 T90  Dylan Spadt (a)                             84-79--163 +19 
 93   J R Delich           Applebrook GC          82-82--164 +20 
 94   Justin Tresslar (a)                         77-92--169 +25 
 95   Tony Shields         ACE Club               83-88--171 +27 
 96   Gary Strausser       Riverview CC           89-92--181 +37

Team Radley Run Edges Field at NCR French Creek Team Stableford

Elverson, Pa. – On Thursday 23 teams gathered at French Creek Golf Club for the National Car Rental French Creek Team Stableford. The teams not only had to tame the course, but they had to battle through one of the hottest days of the summer thus far. All teams featured one PGA Professional and three amateurs and played a Stableford points event competing for both Net and Gross division prizes.

In the Net division Jonathan Trauner (GolfTEC Moorestown) and his partners Scott Shawlinski, Skip Gmitter, and Al Silvestri turned in a score of 89 points, which included 7 net eagles, and 4 net birdies, but Shawn Hall (Radley Run CC) and his partners Jerry Shanahan, Mike Roy, and Jeffrey Gressel matched that score. However neither team would win as Brett Melton (Radley Run Country Club) and his amateur partners Alex Kane, Steve Murta, Jr., and Jim Krass finished with 90 points. They also tied for the Gross division top spot but teams can only win in one division.

In the Gross Division Justin Meyers (Golf Genius) and his partners Rob Blari, Gregg Russell, and Scott Blandford handed in their scorecard with 7 birdies and 3 eagles for a total of 81 points. Unfortunately for team Meyers, John Kulhamer (Green Pond Country Club) and his amateur partners Tom Lusto, Charles Leon, Jason Wilson topped the leaderboard. The team carded 11 gross birdies to finish their round with 82 points and the win.

The Philadelphia PGA would like to thank tournament sponsors National Car Rental as well as SynLawn. Additionally the Philadelphia PGA thanks the membership and staff of French Creek Golf Club for their continued support. The Philadelphia PGA’s next event is the GALV Lehigh Valley Open scheduled for Monday, July 24 – Tuesday, July 25 at Northampton Country Club.

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Harbold and Fricke Go Low to Win Pro-Scratch Championship

York, Pa.  A predication of a stormy forecast threatened the Philadelphia PGA’s Pro-Scratch Championship at the Country Club of York. The event would mark the first time the Section would return to the course in over a decade. However, with the odds seemingly against the tournament only a small rain shower in the afternoon hampered the players in the field. The Pro-Scratch Championship is a two-man team consisting one PGA professional and one amateur at scratch 

Playing in the second tee time in the morning John Spina (Philadelpha Cricket Club) and his son J.T. scored an impressive number of 9-under (63) and thought they had to wait all day to see if anyone would come close to their score. However, shortly after the Spinas turned in their score, Rusty Harbold (Philadelphia Cricket Club) and his amateur partner Aaron Fricke jumped to the top of the leaderboard with 12 birdies and 6 pars on their scorecard to score an even more impressive 12-under (60).  

At the end of the day the score stood and Harbold and Fricke would become the champions. Congratulations goes to Jacob Hoffer’s (The Union League Golf Club) amateur partner A.J. Jaskel who scored an ace on the 166 yard par 3, 17th.

The Philadelphia PGA would like to thank our newest sponsor, PXG, along with the membership and staff of the Country Club of York for making the Pro-Scratch Championship a success. The Philadelphia PGA will be back in action on Monday July 10 for the William Hyndman, III Memorial Classic at Huntington Valley Country Club. 

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Ferguson and Brennan Edge Field at AB Thorn Memorial Pro-Am

Lancaster, Pa. – After a one-year hiatus the AB Thorn Memorial Pro-Am once again returned to the Philadelphia PGA tournament schedule. The long time event was not played in 2016 due to inclement weather and scheduling conflicts. However, as players returned to the rolling hills of Lancaster Country Club this year they were treated to a near perfect golf course which helped the difficulties brought on by the hot and humid temperatures. The AB Thorn is played as a four-ball (better ball of partners) tournament with each team consisting of one PGA Professional and one amateur playing to a scratch handicap.

Early in the day the team of Mike Bell (LedgeRock Golf Club) and his partner Scott Mayne posted the first score of note in today’s tournament. Bell and Mayne carded four birdies on their round, two from each player, but a lone bogey on difficult par-4 11th hole proved to be costly. When all was said and done Bell and Mayne finished with a team score of 3-under (67) which was good enough for a top-2 finish but was ultimately one shot shy of the top spot.

As the morning wave came to a close a second team made a run for the tournament’s top spot but like the duo of Bell and Mayne they also fell one shot short. The team of John Spina (Philadelphia Cricket Club) and his partner Kevin Kelly got off to a fast start after posting a score of 3-under through their opening nine holes. However, as they made their way to the back nine they were unable to get anything going and finished with nine consecutive pars to finish the day at 3-under (67).

Playing in the group immediately following Spina and Kelly, the team of Michael Ferguson (Philadelphia Cricket Club) and his partner John Brennan managed to break through the growing log jam at 3-under and post a score one shot better. Ferguson and Brennan made their way around the par-70 course flawlessly. As a team they carded two birdies, both by Ferguson, and one eagle, carded by Brennan to finish at 4-under (66).

As the teams in the afternoon wave made their way around it became clear that they were on the tougher side of the draw. With temperatures remaining hot and humid the windy conditions that came through in the afternoon made it tough to hold shots as the greens became firm. Only one team in the afternoon wave made a run at the top of the leaderboard. Josh Bashore (Lebanon Country Club) and his partner Stuart Hanford made a late charge carding two birdies over their final three holes but no holes left to play they had to settle for a score of 3-under (67) and tie for second place.

In the end Ferguson and Brennan’s score of 4-under held up and gave the duo a one shot victory and the 2017 AB Thorn Memorial Pro-Am crown.

Special congratulations to Kevin Kelly of Philadelphia Cricket Club on carding a hole-in-one on the par-3 17th hole at Lancaster Country Club. Kelly used a 6-iron on the 160 yard hole to accomplish the feat. It was Kelly’s fifth career hole-in-one but his first in tournament competition.

The Section thanks our tournament sponsors Mizuno Golf, Greg Norman Apparel and Morell Studios for their continued support of the Philadelphia PGA tournament program and specifically the AB Thorn Memorial Pro-Am. Additionally, the players and staff thanks the members and staff of Lancaster Country Club for their outstanding hospitality.

The Philadelphia PGA tournament offices will be closed July 1-4 in observance of the July 4 holiday. The offices will reopen on Wednesday, July 5 and the next tournament on the schedule is the Pro-Scratch Championship at Country Club of York on July 6.

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Pohle Wins Four Way Shootout at Connelly Cup

Wilmington, Del. – With perfect weather on Monday afternoon the Philadelphia PGA held their annual Connelly Cup – Head Professional Championship at Bidermann Golf Club. 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 brought together more than 50 of the Section’s Head Professionals.

It has been almost 10 years since a section event has taken place at Bidermann Golf Club which is a Dick Wilson designed course. The professionals were all looking forward to playing today’s course. The play was a shotgun allowing all players to start their rounds at the same time.  As the score cards started to come in, four players would top the leaderboard Michael Tobiason, Joey Pohle, Bob Hennefer, and George Frake, all shot an even par 72. The top spot would be determined by a four-way sudden death playoff on holes 1, 17, and 18.

All four of the head professionals bogied hole 1 and would go on to the next hole # 17. On 17 Michael Tobiason and George Frake missed their birdie putts,while Bob Hennefer and Joey Pohle would make theirs and would move on to hole 18. On hole 18 Pohle hit his ball into the bunker while Hennefer hit his left of the fairway. On Hennefer’s second shot hit the green and Pohle was just shy of the green. Hennefer missed his first putt and Pohle chipped to within 2 feet on his third shot. Hennefer missed his second putt as well while Pohle made his putt to win the tournament.

Special congratulations go out to Dave Fields (Brookside Country Club) who carded his first ever hole-in-one on hole 4. Fields used an 8-iron on the par 3, 160 yard hole to accomplish the feat.

The Philadelphia Section would like to thank Bidermann Golf Club staff for making today a very special event happen as well as our presenting sponsors Bushnell, Country Club Editions, Pukka and the PGA Tour. We would also like to thank our supporting sponsor Earth Networks who came out to the event this afternoon. The Philadelphia Section will be back to action this Friday June 30th at Lancaster Country Club for A.B. Thorn Memorial Pro Am.

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2017 Election Nomination Form

A new set of officers and board members will be elected at the Fall Membership Meeting on October 23, 2017. Please take some time to nominate qualified candidates for these positions.

2017 Election Nomination Form

Return nomination form to:  Philadelphia Section  PGA

1009 Penllyn Pike

Lower Gwynedd, PA  19002

Fax:  (215) 646-3961

 

DEADLINE: 5:00 pm, Monday, August 21st, 2017

 

2017 Special Awards Nomination Information

Each year the Special Awards Committee for the Section seeks nominations from PGA members of the Section for candidates to be considered for Special Awards in various categories. Below is a list of the Special Award categories with a description of each award. You may provide a single nomination for one Special Award, or you may provide a nomination for each of the Special Awards categories. You are only allowed to nominate one person for each category. Please note that each nominee will receive a “Nomination Information Form” for each category they are nominated for that must be completed and returned to the Section in order for the nomination to be considered by the Special Awards Committee.

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Ingraham Wins Jack Jolly / Golf Pride Championship on First Playoff Hole

Royersford, Pa. – On Tuesday, June 13, Spring Ford Country Club played host to the Jack Jolly / Golf Pride Championship, the season’s seventh point’s event in the race for the Omega Player of the Year presented by Haverford Trust. The Jack Jolly / Golf Pride Championship was played as an individual stroke play event and featured a field of 83 PGA Professionals which included 28 players from 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.

Players competing in today’s tournament had to deal with more than the challenging Spring Ford layout as temperatures crept into the mid-90s proving that summer is truly less than a week away. However, playing in the tournament’s first pairing, Brett Melton (Radley Run Country Club) showed that good scores were available in spite of the difficult conditions. Melton posted four birdies through 14 holes before adding a fifth on the par 4, 17th but bogeys on holes 15, 16 and 18 dropped Melton to 2-under (70) for the day and he would be forced to watch the leaderboard.

Unfortunately, not far behind Melton, Jordan Gibbs (Gulph Mills Golf Club) would end the wait for Melton after just three groups, by finishing at 3-under (69). Gibbs carded one birdie on his outward nine to make the turn at 1-under but a bogey on the par 4, 10th, his lone blemish on the day, quickly dropped him back to even par. Gibbs would post three additional birdies as he made his way back into the clubhouse to take the 1-shot lead. Needing to head back to work at Gulph Mills, Gibbs would also keep a close watch on the tournament leaderboard.

It looked as though Gibbs lead would hold as players came close but faded as they came down the stretch. However, one player who was up to the challenge was seasoned tournament veteran Stu Ingraham (M Golf Range). Fresh off of qualifying for the US Senior Open, Ingraham played a near perfect round of golf carding three birdies along the way to finish tied with Gibbs at 3-under (69). At the end of the day it came down to a sudden-death playoff between Ingraham and Gibbs. Gibbs went first hitting it far right, while Ingraham’s drive found the end of the fairway. Both Gibbs and Ingraham found the green with their second shot giving both a look at birdie. Putting first, Ingraham was able to make his 13’ putt forcing Gibbs to do the same with his 10 footer. Despite his best effort, Gibbs’ putt just missed giving Ingraham the win.

“This win means so much to me especially this year,” said Ingraham on his win. “I met Dennis McGugan in 1991 and he was always a great friend to me. To capture the title after we lost such a great person is something I will never forget.”

All was not lost for Gibbs as he did take home the top prize in the PAO Jack Jolly / Golf Pride Championship, his first PAO win of the 2017 season. Ingraham would also clinch a win in the senior division posting a 2-shot win over Dave Quinn (Philmont Country Club) who finished with a 1-under (71).

Special congratulations go out to Joe Kogelman (GolfTEC – Moorestown) who carded his first hole-in-one in tournament play. Kogelman used an 8-iron on the par 3, 170 yards long 14th hole to accomplish the feat.

The Section would like to thank our tournament sponsors, Jack Jolly & Son and Golf Pride Grips who came out to today’s event. The Philadelphia PGA will return to action on Monday, June 26 at Biderman Country Club in Wilmington, Delaware for the Connelly Club / Head Pro Championship.

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