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Defending Champion Alex Knoll, PGA, Leads 99th Philadelphia PGA Professional Championship After Opening Round 65

Lititz, Pa. (September 21, 2020) — Defending Champion Alex Knoll, Glen Brook G.C., leads the 99th Philadelphia PGA Professional Championship, presented by Club Car and OMEGA, by one stroke after firing a 6-under-par 65 in the opening round at Bent Creek C.C., fueled by two eagles on Nos. 9 and 12, both par-5s.

Two PGA Members, Mark Sheftic, Merion G.C.; and Tom Cooper, Pine Valley G.C.; are tied for second place, one stroke behind Knoll.

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“I hit it excellent off the tee and gave myself a lot of opportunities,” Knoll said of his opening round. “I made some nice putts today and really played the par-5s excellent; I was 5-under on those holes, so that really helped my score today.”

To hear Knoll’s full remarks following his round, click here.

Sheftic, who played his opening round at the C.C. of York and made five birdies and an eagle, said that the course played outstanding.

“My game plan going into today was to stay below the hole, and I did putt well.” For Sheftic’s full comments, click here.

Cooper, like Knoll, played Bent Creek C.C. for his first round, and said he hit the ball consistently throughout the day, following a good stretch of ball-striking.

“I was hovering around even-par and 1-under for most of the front nine, thinking ‘just keep hitting fairways and greens and see if we can make some more birdies,” Cooper said. “I was able to make some long putts and hit some good shots coming in.”

Cooper made eight birdies during his round. For his full remarks, click here.

One-hundredd-forty-four of the Philadelphia PGA Section’s best players are competing for the William B. Packer Trophy and a berth into the 54rd PGA Professional Championship, April 25-28, at PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Florida. Along with the trophy, the winner will earn a $9,000 first-prize out of the $72,000 purse.

The second round continues tomorrow, Sept. 22, at 8:30 a.m. at both Bent Creek C.C. and the C.C. of York. Follow the action via our live scoring by visiting golfgenius.com/pages/2420290 and our social media channels: TwitterInstagram, and Facebook.

For more information on the championship, including the week’s schedule, pairings, and more, visit the championship’s official e-publication.

Members of the media are welcome onsite to cover the championship.

The 99th Philadelphia PGA Professional Championship is presented by Club Car and OMEGA, and supported by Titleist / FootJoy, Nike, TaylorMade, Golf Channel, and the PGA Tour.

About the Philadelphia PGA Section
The Philadelphia PGA Section, covering eastern Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey and Delaware, is one of 41 geographical managing entities of the PGA of America. This Section manages nearly 900 PGA Members and Associates who are employed at over 590 golf facilities in our region.

Contact: Matt Frey, PGA, Communications Director, mfrey@pgahq.com

99th Philadelphia PGA Professional Championship Set for September 21-23

Lititz, Pa. (September 18, 2020) — The 99th Philadelphia PGA Professional Championship, presented by Club Car and OMEGA, is set to begin on Monday, September 21 at Bent Creek Country Club and the Country Club of York, with the final round taking place on Wednesday, September 23 at Bent Creek.

The two facilities will host 147 of the Philadelphia PGA Section’s best players as they compete for the William B. Packer Trophy and a berth into the 54rd PGA Professional Championship, April 25-28, at PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Florida.

PGA Member Alex Knoll, who made his major championship debut earlier this year in the 102nd PGA Championship, is the defending champion. Knoll won the 2019 Philadelphia PGA Professional Championship by two strokes after breaking World Golf Hall of Famer Sam Snead’s course record in the first round at Union League Golf Club at Torresdale (62).

Other past champions in this year’s field include: Billy Stewart, 2018; Terry Hertzog, 2001, 2004 and 2017; Dave McNabb, 2015; George Forster, 1999 and 2014; Dave Quinn, 2006 and 2013; Stu Ingraham, 2008 and 2012; Rich Steinmetz, 2007, 2010 and 2011; John Pillar, 2009; Brian Kelly, 1995, 2000 and 2005; Terry Hatch, 2003; and Dave Roberts, 2002.

The first groups tee off at 8:30 a.m. on Monday at both Bent Creek C.C. and the C.C. of York. Follow the action via our live scoring by visiting golfgenius.com/pages/2420290 and our social media channels: TwitterInstagram, and Facebook.

For more information on the championship, including the week’s schedule, pairings, and more, visit the championship’s official e-publication.

Members of the media are welcome onsite to cover the championship.

The 99th Philadelphia PGA Professional Championship is presented by Club Car and OMEGA, and supported by Titleist / FootJoy, Nike, TaylorMade, Golf Channel, and the PGA Tour.

About the Philadelphia PGA Section
The Philadelphia PGA Section, covering eastern Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey and Delaware, is one of 41 geographical managing entities of the PGA of America. This Section manages nearly 900 PGA Members and Associates who are employed at over 590 golf facilities in our region.

Contact: Matt Frey, PGA, Communications Director, mfrey@pgahq.com

Team Forster Wins 2020 Philadelphia PGA Pro-Scratch Championship

Fleetwood, Pa. (September 17, 2020) — PGA Member George Forster, Radnor Valley C.C., and his amateur teammate Anthony Pigott won the 2020 Philadelphia PGA Pro-Scratch Championship at Moselem Springs G.C. with a team score of 9-under-par 61. Forster carded a 66 with his own ball.

Forster and Pigott’s margin of victory was two strokes over the team of PGA Member Steve Swartz, West Shore C.C., and his amateur partner David Herbst.

Commonwealth National G.C.’s Patrick Shine, PGA, and his amateur partner Michael Valentine, who were paired with Forster and Pigott, said the winning team was making putts from everywhere, including some with significant break.

Three teams finished tied for third place at 6-under-par, including: PGA Associate Brian Bergstol, Shawnee Inn & Golf Resort, and Ryan Orcutt; PGA Member Mike Molino, C.C. of Scranton, and Cory Calvert; and PGA Member Jeff Fick, Moselem Springs G.C., and Tucker Sandercock.

To view the full 2020 Pro-Scratch Championship leaderboard, click here.

The Philadelphia PGA Section and its PGA Professionals thank Moselem Springs G.C., its membership, management, and staff, as the event would not have been possible without their support.

About the Philadelphia PGA Section
The Philadelphia PGA Section, covering eastern Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey and Delaware, is one of 41 geographical managing entities of the PGA of America. This Section manages nearly 900 PGA Members and Associates who are employed at over 590 golf facilities in our region.

Contact: Matt Frey, PGA, Communications Director, Philadelphia PGA Section, mfrey@pgahq.com

Michael Tobiason Wins Inaugural Philadelphia Players Championship at Lookaway Golf Club

Buckingham, Pa. (September 31, 2020) — Michael Tobiason, Deerfield C.C., won the inaugural Philadelphia Players Championship at Lookaway Golf Club, besting a field of 99 top playing Philadelphia PGA Professionals and 10 amateurs with a 7-under-par 65.

Tobiason enjoyed a two-stroke margin of victory over host PGA Member Michael Little, Lookaway G.C. Tobiason and Little shared similar back nines. Little was even-par through No. 11, then rattled off five birdies in his final seven holes. Tobiason, however, was 3-under-par at the turn, and also made five birdies on the back nine, with a lone bogey.

“We had a great field here for the inaugural Philadelphia Players Championship, so it’s an honor to win, as we have a lot of great players in our Section,” said Tobiason. “You have to go low to win.”

Tobiason also won the National Car Rental Philadelphia Assistant PGA Professional Championship in August.

Eric Williams, Glenmaura National G.C., earned Low Amateur honors in a playoff against Oscar Mestre, Overbrook G.C., with a birdie on the first extra hole. Williams and Mestre finished with scores of 2-under-par 70s.

“It was an honor to finish as Low Amateur in the first Philadelphia Players Championship,” said Williams. “The hospitality at Lookway was fantastic. It’s a special place.”

PGA Member David Quinn, Laurel Creek C.C., won the Senior Division with a 3-under-par 69, one stroke ahead of Dave McNabb, Applebrook G.C.; and Brendon Post, University of Delaware.

An additional highlight of the day: PGA Member John Cooper, Green Valley C.C., made a hole-in-one on No. 15. Congratulations, John!

The Philadelphia Players Championship was simply an idea over casual conversations between two men who have a passion for golf and a love for Lookaway – Michael Little, PGA Head Professional at Lookaway, and Scott Hutchinson, Lookaway Member, much the same way Lookaway was first envisioned. In addition to his commitment to developing this event, Hutchinson is the main sponsor of the event. With his support, the $31,000 purse is the second largest one-day payout in the Philadelphia PGA Section.

To view the full 2020 Philadelphia Players Championship leaderboard, click here.

The 2020 Philadelphia Players Championship, an OMEGA Player of the Year event, is supported by Scott Hutchinson and Lookaway Golf Club. The Philadelphia PGA Section and its PGA Professionals thank Lookaway G.C., its membership, management, and staff, as well as our partners, as the event would not have been possible without their support.

About the Philadelphia PGA Section
The Philadelphia PGA Section, covering eastern Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey and Delaware, is one of 41 geographical managing entities of the PGA of America. This Section manages nearly 900 PGA Members and Associates who are employed at over 590 golf facilities in our region.

Contact: Matt Frey, PGA, Communications Director, Philadelphia PGA Section, mfrey@pgahq.com

Lookaway Golf Club Hosts the Inaugural Philadelphia Players Championship on Monday, September 14, 2020

Buckingham, Pa. — Lookaway Golf Club, in the heart of historic Buckingham, Pa., has earned the reputation of being the course to play in the Southeast Pa. Region. Golfers from the Philadelphia area and beyond leap at the opportunity to tee off on this celebrated course. On Monday, September 14, this opportunity is reserved for the best of the best in Philadelphia and the competition will be exhilarating on this fair, but challenging, landscape.

The 18-hole course designed by well renowned designer, Rees Jones, is a golfer’s delight. Lookaway encompasses 250 pristine acres of woodlands, streams and ponds enhanced by carefully placed bunkers and rough areas; its exceptional conditioning makes it a delight to see and a challenge to play. Opened in 1999, on a site that dates back to the founding of the nation, the golf club has retained the original buildings dating from the early 1700s, preserving the area’s historic roots.

In a few days, Lookaway will welcome the Top 10 GAP Amateurs, along with 90 of Philadelphia’s best Golf Professionals, and challenge them with outstanding course conditions and PGA quality greens. Originally designed by Rees to be a member’s course, Lookaway’s narrative continues to evolve in its young history.  After hosting the 107th Pennsylvania Amateur in July 2020, the Pennsylvania Golf Association stated Lookaway is a nothing short of a Championship Course, something its 229 Partners have always known.

Much the same way Lookaway was first envisioned, this event was simply an idea over casual conversations between two men who have a passion for golf and a love for Lookaway – Michael Little, PGA Head Professional at Lookaway, and Scott Hutchinson, Lookaway Member.

“Since becoming a PGA Professional and understanding the competitive side of the game, I have always wanted to be a part of the most competitive fields playing on the best conditioned golf courses. Back in October 2019, Scott Hutchinson and I had lunch at Lookaway Golf Club to discuss his stance on golf in Philadelphia and how to support the game we both love. I suggested we create an event with the best players in the region. Scott loved this idea and after a few days of thoughts and text back and forth we established the event should have both professionals and top amateurs.” – Michael Little, Lookaway PGA Head Professional

In addition to his commitment to developing this event, Hutchinson is the main sponsor of the event.  With his support, the $31,000 purse is the second largest one-day payout in the Philadelphia PGA section.

“Giving has become a significant part of my life and when the opportunity to support Michael’s vision of inviting the best professional and amateur players from the area to compete at Lookaway, it was a perfect fit.” -Scott Hutchinson, Event Sponsor and Lookaway Member

The final step for Lookaway included a distinctive trophy; Lookaway Golf Club, once a well-known dairy farm, still has original milk bottles inscribed with the Lookaway logo. With the talented Morrell Studios team, the Milk Bottle trophy will be introduced at the event. Two trophies will be awarded each year, the overall Philadelphia Players Champion and the Lookaway Cup for the low Amateur.

The Individual Stroke-play competition kicks off with first tee time at 8 a.m. on Monday, September 14.   The rain date for the event is Tuesday, September 15, 2020.

For more information on Lookaway Golf Club and how to be a part of this event, call 215-794-5727 or visit the Club’s website www.lookawaygolf.com.

2020 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship Set for Oct. 6-11 Without Spectators Onsite

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (Sept. 11, 2020) 一 The PGA of America today announced that the 2020 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship ー one of five Major Championships on the LPGA Tour ー will be contested without spectators onsite, October 6-11, at Aronimink Golf Club in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania.

The decision to play without spectators was made in coordination with Pennsylvania Department of Health, Newtown Township and the Chester County Department of Health, with the health and well-being of all involved as the top priority.

The PGA of America will continue to monitor COVID-19 developments and work in concert with the leading state and township public health authorities, as well as the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, up to and through Championship Week.

“We’re grateful to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Newtown Township and Delaware County for their partnership in conducting the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship,” said PGA of America President Suzy Whaley. “We’re excited to showcase historic Aronimink Golf Club, an incredible venue located in a community that has been a long-time supporter of women’s golf and the LPGA. And while we will, unfortunately, be unable to have spectators with us at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, we’re certain that the talented players in the field will inspire those watching around the globe.”

Founded in 1896, Aronimink has hosted a number of significant golf events during its storied history, including the 1962 PGA Championship (won by Gary Player). The PGA Championship will return to Aronimink in 2026.

With the playing of the 2020 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, Aronimink will be the first venue to stage each of the PGA of America’s three rotating major championships (PGA Championship, KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship, KPMG Women’s PGA Championship).

“While we’ll miss our spectators at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship this year, we will still impact young girls and boys all over the world, thanks to our worldwide television coverage,” said LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan. “This event has always been bigger than just golf. It impacts leaders and future leaders, lifting dreams while it changes stereotypes. A huge thank you to KPMG and the PGA of America for their willingness and persistence to ensure that the impact of this Championship is not diminished despite the challenges we face this year!”

In three of the last four years, the top 100 players on the LPGA Official Money List have played in the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, which again features one of the highest purses in women’s golf.  The Championship will be broadcast on NBC and Golf Channel and will include 16 hours of live coverage from Aronimink.

The field also will once again include the top eight finishers in the previous year’s LPGA Teaching and Club Professional National Championship, whether they are PGA or LPGA members, as well as the 2020 PGA Women’s Stroke Play Champion.

The KPMG Women’s PGA Championship has built on the history and tradition of the LPGA Championship, which began in 1955 and is the second-oldest major in women’s golf.

The event is held in conjunction with the KPMG Women’s Leadership Summit and the KPMG Future Leaders Program – all focused on the development, advancement and empowerment of women on and off the golf course.

In the coming days, those who purchased corporate hospitality packages, tickets, or signed up to volunteer for the 2020 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship will be contacted to facilitate refunds.

Prior to its postponement on April 29, the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship was originally scheduled for play June 23-28.

About the PGA of America
The PGA of America is one of the world’s largest sports organizations, composed of nearly 29,000 PGA Professionals who daily work to grow interest and inclusion in the game of golf. For more information about the PGA of America, visit PGA.com and follow us on TwitterInstagram and Facebook.

Media Contacts:
John Dever, PGA of America, 561-360-9138, jdever@pgahq.com
Ichiro Kawasaki, KPMG, 551-486-9310, ikawasaki@KPMG.com

Michael Little, PGA, Wins Second-Straight at 2020 TaylorMade Classic

Malvern, Pa. (August 31, 2020) — Michael Little, Lookaway G.C., won the 2020 TaylorMade Classic by one stroke over four fellow PGA Members with a round of 4-under-par 67 at White Manor C.C. This was Little’s second-straight win in a Philadelphia PGA Section event.

“It feels great to win two in a row,” said Little. “I’ve been spending some time on my game, and it’s been paying off.

“I would like to thank the members at Lookaway G.C. for allowing me to compete, as well as my wife, Star, for taking care of the children and getting them ready for the first day of school today. I would also like to thank White Manor C.C. for hosting and TaylorMade for partnering with the Section and sponsoring today’s event.”

There was a four-way tie for second place, with Bob Lennon, Wilmington C.C.; Dave Quinn, Laurel Creek C.C.; Zac Oakley, Bidermann G.C.; and Brett Walker, Sunnybrook G.C. turning in 68s. Quinn and Lennon also won the Senior and Super Senior divisions, respectively.

In the Philadelphia Assistants’ Organization (PAO) event, Walker took first over Oakley. Mike Furey, Saucon Valley C.C. finished in third place. Four others tied for fourth.

To view the full 2020 TaylorMade Classic leaderboard, click here.

The 2020 TaylorMade Classic, an OMEGA Player of the Year event, is supported by the TaylorMade Golf Company, Kevin McClellan Golf Sales, Jani-King, the PGA Tour, Scott Hutchinson, and Conrad JJ Radcliffe, Esq, and Bag Boy Company. The Philadelphia PGA Section and its PGA Professionals thank White Manor C.C., its membership, management, and staff, as well as our partners, as the event would not have been possible without their support.

About the Philadelphia PGA Section
The Philadelphia PGA Section, covering eastern Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey and Delaware, is one of 41 geographical managing entities of the PGA of America. This Section manages nearly 900 PGA Members and Associates who are employed at over 590 golf facilities in our region.

Contact: Matt Frey, PGA, Communications Director, Philadelphia PGA Section, mfrey@pgahq.com

Michael Little, PGA, Wins 2020 William Hyndman III Memorial Golf Classic

Huntingdon Valley, Pa. (August 25, 2020) — PGA Member Michael Little, Lookaway G.C., won the 2020 William Hyndman III Memorial Golf Classic at Huntingdon Valley C.C. with a par in a sudden-death playoff over Dave McNabb, PGA, Applebrook G.C.

As they say, “the third time is the charm,” as Little previously appeared in two Hyndman Memorial playoffs, in 2013 and 2018.

“It is a special win considering my two other playoffs appearances,” said Little. “I would like to thank Huntingdon Valley C.C. and all of its members for hosting the Philadelphia PGA Section and the Hymdnan Family for this wonderful event. I would also like to thank our Lookaway G.C. members for allowing me to compete.”

Little and McNabb’s 1-under-par 69s were the only sub-70 scores turned by the field, and both players teed off in the morning wave, requiring a lengthy wait for the playoff to begin. There was a six-way tie for third place.

In addition to finishing as runner-up, Dave McNabb also won the Senior Division by one stroke over Terry Hertzog, Merion G.C. PGA Member Brett Walker, Sunnyrbook G.C.; captured the Philadelphia Assistants’ Organization (PAO) Division with a birdie in a playoff with Andrew Turner, French Creek G.C.; and Ross Seaman, Manufacturers’ G. & C.C.; all of whom finished their rounds at even-par. In the Super Senior Division, Robert Lennon, Wilmington C.C., came out on top by two strokes with a score of 71 over Brian Kelly, Bucknell G.C.

To view the full 2020 William Hyndman III Memorial Golf Classic leaderboard, click here.

The 2020 William Hyndman III Memorial Golf Classic, an OMEGA Player of the Year event, is supported by the Hyndman Family, Jack Jolly & Son Inc., Kevin McCellan Golf Sales, the PGA Tour, Scott Hutchinson, and Conrad JJ Radcliffe, Esq. The Philadelphia PGA Section and its PGA Professionals thank Huntingdon Valley C.C., its membership, management, and staff, as well as our partners, as the event would not have been possible without their support.

About William Hyndman III 

William Hyndman III was one of the most accomplished Philadelphia amateur golfers in history. Hyndman’s resume developed early by winning the 1935 Philadelphia Amateur at the age of 19; he ultimately accumulated three Philadelphia Amateur titles, 10 Patterson Cup crowns, and six Silver Crosses. Hyndman also made nine Masters Tournament appearances and made a hole-in-one on Augusta National G.C.’s 12th hole. By the time Hyndman ended his golfing career, he had competed in 50 USGA championships, including playing on five Walker Cup teams and winning two U.S. Senior Amateur titles.

About the Philadelphia PGA Section
The Philadelphia PGA Section, covering eastern Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey and Delaware, is one of 41 geographical managing entities of the PGA of America. This Section manages nearly 900 PGA Members and Associates who are employed at over 590 golf facilities in our region.

Contact: Matt Frey, PGA, Communications Director, Philadelphia PGA Section, mfrey@pgahq.com