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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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Heritage Shore’s Zac Oakley Wins Second PGA Tournament Series Event

Tournament Scores

By CRAIG DOLCH
Special to PGA of America

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. – Zac Oakley’s second swing of the day turned out to be an omen – even if he didn’t see the result.

Oakley holed a 110-yard wedge on the first hole for eagle Tuesday and added a traditional eagle four holes later, jump-starting a 6-under 66 that enabled him to win Event No. 2 of the PGA Tournament Series at PGA Golf Club.

“The first hole I didn’t see it land,” Oakley said. “My partner said it went in the hole. I went up there and it was in the hole. I felt good after that.”

Oakley felt even better when he eagled the par-5 fifth hole on the Dye Course, making a 20-footer. He clinched the victory with a tap-in birdie on the par-5 17th, finishing at 8-under 136, two shots ahead of Danny Balin (68) and Brett Walker (68).

“This is definitely my biggest PGA win since I’ve been in the program,” said Oakley, a part-time Palm City resident who caddies at famed Seminole Golf Club. Oakley was congratulated after the victory by his father, former Senior British Open champion Pete Oakley.

Balin was bidding to win his second consecutive PGA Tournament Series event. The Rockville, Md., native had four birdies in a five-hole stretch after the turn to move into a tie for the lead.

But Balin three-putted the 17th hole from 15 feet, and when Oakley birdied the hole, the two-shot swing left Balin tied for second with Walker of Jupiter.

“I thought I needed to make the putt on 17 and I just misjudged the speed,” Balin said. “I was playing catchup with Zac all day.”

Oakley earned $5,000 for the victory.

Marc Issler of Jupiter was alone in fourth with a 67-139. Three players tied for fifth at 3-under 141: Omar Uresti (69), Andy Hansen (71) and Jonathan Mansfield (71).

The PGA Tournament Series is presented by Golf Advisor.

PGA to Conduct KPMG Women’s PGA Championship & PGA Championship at Aronimink

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – The PGA of America announced today that Aronimink Golf Club in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania, will host the 2020 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship and the 2027 PGA Championship.

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 1977 U.S. Amateur (John Fought) and the 2003 KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship (John Jacobs). Aronimink was also the site of the PGA TOUR’s AT&T National in 2010 (Justin Rose) and ’11 (Nick Watney). The BMW Championship will be staged there in ‘18.

With this announcement, Aronimink becomes 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).

“The PGA of America is thrilled to return major championship golf to Aronimink Golf Club,” said PGA of America President Paul Levy. “We’re certain that the best players in the world – both men and women – will be pleased, and, when the time comes, sufficiently challenged by one of America’s special layouts. We’re excited to twice celebrate golf and to plug into the enthusiasm for sport that Philadelphia is famous for.”

The KPMG Women’s Championship is a collaboration between the PGA of America, LPGA and KPMG, and focuses on the development, advancement and empowerment of women on and off the golf course. Formerly known as the LPGA Championship, the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship includes a women’s leadership summit (KPMG Women’s Leadership Summit) and an ongoing charitable initiative (KPMG Future Leaders Program) designed to inspire and develop new generations of women leaders.

“Through the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, we continue to elevate women on and off the golf course. Aronimink Golf Club will provide another top caliber course on which the world’s best women golfers can compete,” said Lynne Doughtie, KPMG U.S. Chairman and CEO. “To help more women in business advance to the C-suite, the KPMG Women’s Leadership Summit provides next-generation women leaders with high-impact leadership development content, networking, and access to inspirational leaders.”

“We couldn’t be happier to take the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship to the great state of Pennsylvania and the storied Aronimink Golf Club,” said LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan. “This Championship continues to elevate the stage for women’s golf and we are very pleased to provide the best players in the world the opportunity to compete at a distinguished venue with an established, rich history of hosting golf championships at the highest levels.”

The PGA Championship is the only all-professional major in men’s golf. It began in 1916, just months after the birth of the PGA of America, and today features one of the deepest international fields in golf. Since 1994, it has perennially featured the most top-100 players in the Official World Golf Rankings of all golf Championships.

During the 1962 PGA Championship at Aronimink, Gary Player claimed the third of his nine career majors as he held off a late charge from Bob Goalby to win by one shot. Jack Nicklaus finished in a tie for third place – two behind Player – in his PGA Championship debut.

Aronimink’s golf course was designed by Donald Ross in 1926. During the Club’s Centennial Year in 1996, a plaque was unveiled behind the first tee, sharing a 1948 quote from Ross pertaining to his work at Aronimink: “I intended to make this my masterpiece, but not until today did I realize that I built better than I knew.”

“The membership of Aronimink welcomes the PGA of America back to the site of Gary Player’s 1962 PGA Championship,” said Joe Fabrizio, Aronimink President. “We are very excited to be the host venue for these two great championship events. Our golf course, recently restored to Donald Ross’ original design, will be a true test of golf for both the women and men.”

For more information about the PGA of America, visit PGAMediaCenter.com, follow @PGA on Twitter and find us on Facebook.

For more information about KPMG, visit KPMG.com/WomensLeadership.

For more information about the LPGA, visit LPGA.com, follow @LPGA on Twitter or find the organization on Facebook.

FUTURE SITES (as of Fall 2017)

KPMG WOMEN’S PGA CHAMPIONSHIP

2018 – Kemper Lakes Golf Club, Kildeer, Illinois
2019 – Hazeltine National Golf Club, Chaska, Minnesota
2020 – Aronimink Golf Club, Newtown Square, Pennsylvania

PGA CHAMPIONSHIP

2018 – Bellerive Country Club, St. Louis, Missouri
2019 – Bethpage Black, Farmingdale, New York
2020 – Harding Park, San Francisco, California
2021 – The Ocean Course, Kiawah Island (South Carolina) Golf Resort
2022 – Trump National Golf Club, Bedminster, New Jersey
2023 – Oak Hill Country Club, Rochester, New York
2027 – Aronimink Golf Club, Newtown Square, Pennsylvania
2028 – The Olympic Club, San Francisco, California
2024-30* – Southern Hills Country Club, Tulsa, Oklahoma
* Date to be announced

Upcoming Education Opportunities

The Philadelphia PGA will be hosting a variety of educational opportunities as well as District Round Tables throughout the off-season. These events will be an opportunity to expand your golf knowledge as well as earn MSR credits. Please check back often as we will be making updates to the schedule as they become available.

New Officers Elected as Section’s Fall Meeting Caps the 2017 Season

Blue Bell, Pa. – On Monday, October 23, the Philadelphia PGA season came to an unofficial end as the Section held its annual Fall Meeting, which, this year, was hosted by Cedarbrook Country Club. The meeting brought together nearly 225 Section Professionals to discuss the Section’s business affairs from the past year. One of the most important issues on the meeting slate was the Section’s biennial elections.

With names brought forth from the Section’s nominating committee, the Section conducted elections for both the Executive Committee and six district directors. The Section is excited to announce that the following Professionals were elected by acclamation to serve the members of the Philadelphia PGA.

President – John Rogers, PGA – Victory Golf
Vice President – Jeff Kiddie, PGA – Aronimink GC
Secretary – Patrick Shine, PGA – Commonwealth National GC
Director of Section Affairs – Chip Richter, PGA – Carlisle CC
Director of Tournaments – Robert Hennefer, PGA – Indian Spring GC
District 1 Director – Kevin Duffy, PGA – Riverton CC
District 2 Director – Anthony Malizia, PGA – Bidermann GC
District 3 Director – Jason Gebhart, PGA – Outdoor CC
District 4 Director – Dustin McCormick, PGA – Glen Brook GC
District 5 Director – Brett Nelson, PGA – Moselem Springs GC
District 6 Director – Eric Schultz, PGA – Sunnybrook CC
District 6 Director – Eric Kennedy, PGA – Overbrook CC

The Executive Committee gained two new additions as both Robert Hennefer and Chip Richter moved from their District Director roles to join the team. With the exception of Eric Kennedy, the remaining elected District Directors will all be serving their first terms. Finally, after his two year run as President of the Philadelphia PGA, Ian Dalzell will now serve as the Section’s Honorary President while John Pillar will join the ranks of the Section’s Past Presidents.

The Section was also privileged to have PGA of America President Paul Levy in attendance to serve as the meeting’s keynote speaker. Levy addressed the meeting attendees touching on various important topics affecting all PGA Professionals before opening of the floor to questions.

In addition to the conducting the business of the Section, the meeting is also a chance for the Section to recognize all of the year-end award winners. Leading the way on the Omega Player of the Year Points List was first time winner and Section newcomer Brett Melton (Radley Run CC). Melton had multiple wins in 2017 including the Pro-Am for Wishes and the Shawnee Open. Melton was also awarded bonus points for finishing with the season’s lowest scoring average, 69.44, also giving him the DeBaufre Scoring Average crown. Melton finished 300 points ahead of second place finisher Stu Ingraham (M Golf Range) who in addition to multiple top ten finishes also claimed victory at the Jack Jolly / Golf Pride Championship. Rounding out the top three was Dave Quinn (Philmont CC) who earned a win at the 2017 Conestoga Classic.

Stu Ingraham (M Golf Range) continued his streak as the Robert “Skee’ Riegel Senior Player of the Year award bringing his consecutive title streak to eight in a row. Ingraham had multiple senior wins which in the end propelled him to a more than 1,000 point lead in the senior player of the year race. Finishing second to Ingraham was Dave Quinn (Philmont CC). Quinn also had multiple senior wins in 2017 however none was bigger than his first Philadelphia Senior PGA Professional Championship. Newly minted senior player, John Pillar (CC of Woodloch Spring) rounded out the top three in his first year of eligibility.

The Section’s Howard “Ike” Turner Most Improved Player went to Michael Caldwell (Biderman GC). Caldwell improved his position on the Omega Player of the Year points list by nearly 100 places to finish 2017 in the 40th position. Caldwell also dropped his scoring average by three shots while increasing his tournament participation.

The Section’s Comeback Player of the Year went to Billy Stewart (The ACE Club). After finishing inside the top 10 on the 2015 Omega Player of the Year Leaderboard injuries plagued Stewart during the 2016 season. However the time away did not hurt Stewart this past season and even though he had not played competitive golf in over a year, he was nearly a top 10 player in 2017 finishing 12th place on the final Omega Player of the Year standings.

After the meeting was adjourned almost 50 two person teams headed out to compete in the season’s final event, the Fall Meeting Foursomes. The foursome format was select drive-alternate shot and in the end the pair of Stu Ingraham (M Golf Range) and Jason Calhoun (Univ. of Pennsylvania) finished at 4-under (68) to earn a one shot victory over the field.

Fall Meeting Foursome Results

Trevor Bensel Outlasts Field to Win Match Play Championship

Concordville, Pa. – For the third consecutive day the Philadelphia PGA returned to Concord Country Club to for the 2017 Match Play Championship. After two exciting days of golf the field was whittled down from 64 players to just four all looking to capture the season’s final point’s event.

The first semifinal match featured Greg Farrow (Deerwood Country Club) and Trevor Bensel (Huntingdon Valley Country Club). Early in the match the players battled back and forth with each gaining no more than a hole advantage. However with a win on the short par-4 5th hole, Bensel grabbed a 1-up lead and would never relinquish it back. In the end, Bensel closed out Farrow on the 17th hole to win 2&1 and advanced to the finals.

In the second semifinal match Brian Bergstol (Shawnee Inn & Golf Resort) w battled the 2017 Haverford Philadelphia PGA Classic champion Andrew Turner (Sunnybrook Golf Club). After winning the first hole to grab a quick 1-up lead, Bergstol did not win another hole until the par-5 14th hole. After taking the lead on the 4th hole, Turner increased his advantage to as much as 4-up before closing out Bergstol on the 16th hole to win 3&2 and set up a finals match with Bensel.

Bensel’s road to the finals featured wins over John Rudolph (2&1), Mickey Sokalski (2-up), Tom Michaels (2&1) and Jakob Gerney (4&3) before his win over Farrow in the semifinals. Turner had wins over Jimmy Maack (5&4), Carson Solien (4&3), Michael Caldwell (4&3) and Dave Quinn (1-up) before beating Bergstol to advance to the finals.

As the finals match got underway, Bensel got off to a quick start with a win on the first hole to grab a quick 1-up lead. However, his lead did not last long as Bensel dropped the second hole to Turner after making a bogey. But after that dropped hole, Bensel went on to win five consecutive holes to lead the match 5-up through seven holes. Turner cut into the lead with a win on the par-3 8th hole before the pair traded pars on the 9th hole giving Bensel a 4-up lead after nine holes.

After making the turn, the pair traded wins with Bensel grabbing the 10th hole and Turner winning the par-3 11th with a birdie. After halving the 12th hole the pair once again traded holes with Bensel winning the par-4 13th and Turner grabbing the par-5 14th. The pair both parred the par-3 15th hole but with the match dormie the halved hole gave Bensel the match 4&3. The win was Bensel’s first Philadelphia PGA tournament win.

“It’s definitely exciting to get my first Philly PGA tournament win”, said Bensel of his Match Play win. “I play matches with the guys at Huntingdon Valley all the time so it’s a format I am comfortable with. I played well in my early matches which gave me a lot of confidence. I want to thank Mike Moses and everyone at Concord Country Club for a great week as well as all of the tournament sponsors for their support.”

The Section would like to thank the membership and staff at Concord Country Club for their hospitality during the week. The Section also thanks event sponsors Omega and the PGA Tour for their continued support of our tournament program.

The next on the Philadelphia PGA calendar is the annual Fall Meeting which, this year, is being held at Cedarbrook Country Club. The meeting is a chance for the Section’s officers to update the membership on all business matters. After the meeting will be the Fall Meeting foursome event, the final tournament of the 2017 season.

Final Match Play Bracket

Match Play Championship Down to the Final Four

Concordville, Pa. – The third and fourth rounds of the 2017 Match Play Championship were played on a near perfect fall day at beautiful Concord Country Club. After surviving the tournament’s first day, 16 players returned in hopes of continuing their success for a second consecutive day.

The morning highlights included the continued run of Mike Furey (Mahoning Valley Country Club) who upset the top overall seed Brett Melton (Radley Run Country Cub) 4&3 to advance to the quarterfinals for the first time in his career. That was the only upset in the morning matches as the remaining seven matches all went to the higher seeded player.

After grabbing a quick lunch, the remaining 8 players returned to the golf course for their quarterfinal matches. The first player to punch his ticket to the semifinals was Trevor Bensel (Huntingdon Valley Country Club), who as the 36th seed is the lowest remaining seed to advance. Bensel managed to advance after beating match play veteran Jakob Gerney (Trump National – Philadelphia) 4&3. The next player to join the semifinals was Brian Bergstol (Shawnee Inn & Golf Resort) who battled Ingraham to a 1-up victory which included both players making impressive birdies putts on their 18th hole. Next to join the semifinals was Andrew Turner (Sunnybrook Golf Club) who battled from three holes down to overtake Quinn and win the match 1-up. The final player to advance to the third day was Greg Farrow (Deerwood Country Club). Farrow battled Furey through four extra holes to ultimately win the match on the 22nd hole.

The third and final day of the Match Play Championship will be held Thursday, October 20. The final four players will get their semifinal matches underway at 9:00 AM with the championship match set to be played in the afternoon.

Despite not making it past today’s third round, Brett Melton still managed to earn enough points to secure his first Omega Player of the Year point’s title. Melton will be formally recognized for his performance at Monday’s Fall Meeting at Cedarbrook Country Club.

The Philadelphia PGA continues to thank the membership and staff of Concord Country Club for their support of the Match Play Championship. The Section also thanks our tournament sponsors Omega and the PGA Tour for supporting the Philadelphia PGA tournament program.

Match Play Bracket