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Two Teams Tie for Top Spot in Net Division at National Car Rental Spring Pro-Lady Team Championship

Allentown, Pa. – On Tuesday, May 16 Lehigh Country Club hosted the first Philadelphia PGA National Rental Car Pro-Lady Team Championship of the 2017 season.  Teams consisted of one PGA Professional with three female amateur partners with the classic William Flynn-designed golf course providing a spectacular backdrop for the day’s action to unfold.

After the morning wave, host professional Wayne Phillips (Lehigh Country Club) and his partners Deb Benavage, Linda Meeneghan, Amy Scalici were atop the leaderboard with a score of 13-under (57). The team managed to offset a single bogey with three net eagles on holes 4, 10, and 18, as well as, eight net birdies.

However, in the afternoon, Team Phillips was quickly joined at the top of the leaderboard by another Lehigh Country Club team featuring PGA Professional Steve Frederick and his partners Mo Bryan, Deb Hawk, and Linda Epstein. As a team, they posted eleven birdies and one eagle to reach 13-under (57). Although 13-under is an impressive score before days end there would be new leaders in the clubhouse.

The first team to position themselves as the new leaders was the third team from host facility Leigh Country Club featuring PGA Assistant Professional Ryan Jones and his partners Cathy Wright, Terry Khory, and Jackie Beck. The team sprinkled 14 net birdies and one net eagle on the par 4 no. 14 on their card on their way to a 14-under (56) and a 1-shot lead. Shortly after Jones’ team posted their score, Tom Koenig (Penn Oaks Golf Club) and his partners Donna Dalusio, Tina Landis, and Dawn Capriotti matched the 14-under (56) number to tie for the lead.  Their round also included 14 net birdies and a net eagle. After all the scores were tallied 14-under-par would hold on to the lead and Jones and Koenig’s teams would be declared co-champions.

In the tournament’s gross division, the team from Overbrook Golf Club featuring PGA Professional Ashley Grier and her partners Olivia Traynor, Karen McFadden, and Sue Burt carded a 5-under (65) to take the top spot. As a team, they carded six birdies to just one bogey on their way to a 1-shot victory over the second Overbrook Golf Club team featuring PGA Professional Eric Kennedy and his partners Mary Beth Schell, Joann Fisher, and Kate Loftus.

Special congratulations to Janet Coady from Aronimink Golf Club for carding a hole-in-one on the tough par3 no. 7. Coady hit a four hybrid from 133 yards to carry the water protecting the front of the green and accomplish her amazing feat. The ace was Coady’s second of her career.

The Section would like to thank our sponsors National Rental Car, Golf Life Navigators, Syn Lawn as well as Leigh Country Club’s members and staff for their support of today’s tournament.

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Kraft and Little Go Low to Win Spring Pro-Pro Championship

Mohnton, Pa. – On Monday, May 15, the 2017 Spring Pro-Pro Championship was played at scenic LedgeRock Golf Club. This was the first time since 2013 that the Philadelphia PGA hosted an event at LedgeRock GC. The Pro-Pro brings together two PGA Professionals partnered in a four-ball competition (Better of ball of partners). Fifty-two teams competed in the event where players had to battle blustery conditions throughout their round.

In the second grouping of the day, the pair of Kevin Kraft (Bumble Bee Hollow GC) and Michael Little (Lookaway Golf Club) posted a remarkable score of 11-under (61).  As a team the pair combined for 10 birdies as well as an eagle on the par 5, 18th against only one bogey.  We may see this team pair up again as this is the first time the two played together in a Section team competition.

Finishing in second place, three shots behind the leaders in the clubhouse were Brian Bergstol (Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort) and Terry Hatch (Hidden Valley Golf Course).  Bergstol and Hatch posted nine birdies and only one bogey to post their score of 8-under (64).

Two teams finished in a tie for third place at 7-under (65).  The first to do so was the team of Shawn Hall (Radley Run Country Club) and his teammate Andrew Turner (Sunnybrook Golf Club).  They weren’t alone in third for long as Dave Quinn (Philmont Country Club) and Stu Ingraham (M Golf Range) matched them about an hour later.

The Section would like to thank our generous tournament partners, Ahead, Morell Studios, PGA Tour and destination partner, Whistling Straits/Blackwolf Run.  Through their support, the Spring Pro-Pro Championship has been a staple event on the Philadelphia PGA tournament calendar.

The Philadelphia PGA tournament department will be on location tomorrow (5/16) for the Spring Pro-Lady Team at Lehigh Country Club.  For further information on Philadelphia Section PGA tournaments, please visit us online at Philadelphia.PGA.com/Tournaments.

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Team Waynesborough Captures 2017 Club Car, LLC / Golf Cars Inc. Pro-Official

Malvern, Pa. – On Monday, May 10, the 2017 Club Car, LLC / Golf Cars Inc. Pro-Official was played at beautiful Applebrook Golf Club. The Pro-Official was moved from its traditional fall date and the nearly 50 teams gathered for the event were thankful as they were treated to a nearly perfect spring day. The Pro-Official features one PGA Professional partnered with an officer from his or her facility. The two-person teams compete in a net four-ball competition (better ball of partners).

As the shotgun tournament came to a close and scores were posted fast and furious one team was able to separate themselves from the field. The team from Waynesborough Country Club featuring PGA Professional Adam Brigham and his partner Andy Spillard posted an impressive net team score of 10-under (61). The duo carded two eagles, eight birdies against only two bogeys to finish three shots clear of the second place team. As champions of the event, Waynesborough CC will receive a free utility vehicle to use at their facility during the 2018 season. Additionally, the winning team will also receive the perpetual Pro-Official trophy to showcase in their clubhouse.

Finishing in second place, three shots behind the team from Waynesborough, was the pair from Whitford Country Club with PGA Professional Mike Ladden and his partner Andrew Larosa. Ladden and Larosa carded eight net birdies and only one bogey to post their number of 7-under (64).

Rounding out the podium was a trio of teams who finished at 6-under (65). The first to do so was the team from Medford Lakes Country Club and featured PGA Professional William Bondaruk and his partner Eric Voss. They were immediately joined by the team from Squires Golf Club and PGA Professional Corey McAlarney and his partner Scott Mason. The final team to finish tied for third traveled up from the Delaware beaches, the Philadelphia PGA’s most southern territory. Hailing from Bear Trap Dunes Golf Club, PGA Professional Michael Rushin and his partner Mike Peters played a near perfect round of golf to earn their top three finish.

The Section would like to thank our generous tournament sponsors Club Car LLC. and Golf Cars Inc. Through their support, the Pro-Official Championship has become one of the premier events on the Philadelphia PGA tournament calendar.

The Philadelphia PGAtournament team will now turn its sights to LedgeRock Golf Club and the Spring Pro-Pro Championship scheduled for Monday, May 15. As always you can find complete Philadelphia PGA tournament information online at philadelphia.pga.com/tournaments.

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Twice as Nice for Manufacturers’ Peter Clarke at The TaylorMade Classic

Concordville, Pa. – The Philadelphia PGA returned to tournament play on Monday, May 8 for the 2017 TaylorMade Classic. The event featured nearly 130 players and was a combined event with the Section’s Philadelphia Assistants’ Organization (PAO).

Although the calendar said May 8, the weather for today’s tournament felt more in line with an early Spring event as players battled brisk temperatures and cool winds. Early in the day Mike Little (Lookaway Golf Club) channeled some goods memories from his 2016 win at Concord Country Club. Little carded three birdies and only one bogey to post a 2-under (69). Playing early in the day and knowing that conditions were tough Little would spend the rest of his day closely watching the leaderboard to see if his score would hold up.

As group after group finished players came close to Little’s 2-under number but no one was able to match his score. That was until Peter Clarke (Manufacturers Golf & Country Club) posted his score. Playing more than five hours after Little began his day; Clarke played a flawless round of golf adding two birdies along the way to finish tied for first at 2-under (69).

With no other players able to match the duo, Clarke and Little headed to the par-5 18th for the start of a sudden death playoff. Both Clarke and Little found the green in three shots giving each player a chance at birdie. With Clarke first to putt he managed to drain a 35’ putt for his birdie forcing Little to make his downhill putt. Despite his best effort, Little’s putt slid over the right edge giving Clarke the title.

“I’ve put in a lot of hard work this off-season and it feels incredible to have the hard work pay off,” said Clarke on his first tournament win. “Coming into the year it was definitely a goal of mine to win an event. I hope that I can carry this momentum with me throughout the year. I want to thank Bob Fritz and membership at Manufacturers for allowing me to compete as well as my parents for their continued support throughout the year.”

Today was Clarke’s first Philadelphia PGA tournament victory and was twice as nice as his playoff win also gave him the top spot in the PAO TaylorMade Classic event.

In the tournament’s senior division two players finished tied for first. Both Brian Kelly (Bucknell Golf Club) and Greg Farrow (Deerwood Country Club) finished at 1-over (73) and will share the first place prize.

The Section would like to thank our tournament sponsors TaylorMade Golf and our Section representatives Mark Krahe and Jay Junkin as well as Tom Kelly, PGA representing Adidas. Special thank you to Evolve golf for their added support in today’s event.

Tournament play will continue on Wednesday, May 10 when the Section heads to Applebrook Golf Club for the Club Car, LLC / Golf Cars Inc. Pro-Official.

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Steve Swartz Wins Delaware Valley Open on First Playoff Hole

Telford, Pa. – The 2017 Delaware Valley Open (DVO) was played on Monday, May 1 at Indian Valley Country Club. The DVO featured nearly 120 Philadelphia PGA Professionals and served as a dual event with the Philadelphia PGA’s Assistant’s Organization (PAO).

As the calendar turned to May, players competing in the DVO were treated to unseasonably warm temperatures however the warm weather came with blustery conditions that made for a difficult test throughout the day.

Playing early in the day Steve Swartz (Regents Glen CC) carded a score that would prove to be the number to chase. Swartz made his way around the par72 6800 yards long golf course at 1-under (71). Swartz posted six birdies, the most of any player in the field, against five bogeys to reach red numbers. However, Swartz would have to wait more than six hours to find out if his score would hold up.

With players coming close to Swartz’s number throughout the day no one was able to match Swartz at 1-under until Stu Ingraham (M Golf Range) finished tied for first. Ingraham paired four birdies, two per side, against three bogeys to finish tied atop the leaderboard. Unfortunately for Ingraham, a prior commitment prevented him from being available for a playoff.

Before was all said and done one more player was able to join the party at 1-under (71). Curtis Kirkpatrick (Indian Spring GC) got off to a hot start with four birdies on his opening nine holes. As Kirkpatrick made the turn he was not able to get the birdie train going again and an untimely bogey on his closing hole dropped him into a tie for first.

With no other players matching the 1-under number Swartz and Kirkpatrick headed back out to the first hole for the start of a sudden death playoff. After both players failed to find the green in regulation it was a sand save that proved to seal the win for Swartz. Finding the greenside bunker Swartz managed to hit his bunker shot to 6 feet before making his par putt to secure his first Philadelphia PGA tournament win.

“I really had no expectation heading into today’s event but I knew that this course would favor a long hitter so that played into my game”, said Swartz on his round. “I’m hoping I can build off of this win and carry some momentum with me through the rest of the season. This is the perfect way to start the week as I begin the next chapter of my PGA career tomorrow at Regent’s Glen CC.”

Although he was unable to compete in the tournament’s playoff Ingraham did manage to walk away with a title on the day. Ingraham’s 1-under (71) was good enough for a two-shot victory over Dave Quinn (Centerton GC) in the tournament’s senior division.

Like the tournament proper the PAO DVO event also finished with a tie at the top of the leaderboard. Kevin Kraft (Bumble Bee Hollow) and defending champion Michael Little (Lookaway GC) both finished at even par (72). Unfortunately for Kraft, he was unable to make it back to Indian Valley giving Little the PAO DVO title for the second consecutive year.

The Section would like to thank our tournament sponsors Jack Jolly & Son, Golf Pride Grips, Morell Studios, and the PGA Tour. The Philadelphia PGA will return to tournament action on Monday, May 8 at Concord Country Club for the TaylorMade Classic.

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Overbrook’s Grier Captures Callaway Golf TPD Championship

 

(Pine Hill, N.J.) – The Philadelphia PGA held the first event in the race for the Omega Player of the Year on Monday, April 24 at Trump National Philadelphia. The Callaway Golf TPD Championship featured more than 120 Professionals registered into the Section’s Tournament Player’s Division (TPD). The tournament serves as the first event in the chase for the Omega Player of the Year presented by The Haverford Trust Company.

The TPD Championship was played as a modified stableford tournament with players earning 1 point for any par, 3 points for birdies, 6 points for eagles, 9 points for double eagles, and -1 point for any bogey or worse.

The pace was set early in the day when defending Omega Player of the Year Michael Little (Lookaway Golf Club) posted a total of 22 points. Little’s round included four birdies, including a clutch birdie on his closing hole to post the early lead. As the morning wave went on players came close to matching Little but no one was able to join him at the top of the leaderboard until Jake Gerney (Trump National Philadelphia) used some home course knowledge to also finish at 22 points.

However, as the morning wave came to an end one player was able to separate herself from the field. Ashley Grier (Overbrook Golf Club) carded four birdies and only one bogey to finish with a total of 24 points on the day. Starting her round on the tenth hole, Grier carded two birdies in her first four holes before adding a third on the par 4 18th hole. After making the turn, Grier added one more birdie on her final hole to give her the 2 point lead.

“I have been trying to shake off the rust since coming back up from Florida in mid-March and have been working with Eric Kennedy to have some positive swing thoughts and it seemed to all come together today, said Grier on her first Section win. “I was able to make a few putts early in my round which settled me down and gave me some momentum. After a season of tournament play in the Philadelphia Section under my belt, I have a lot more confidence going into this season. I want to thank Dave Cartwright and the membership and staff of Trump National Philadelphia for hosting us today, Callaway Golf and Kevin Martin and Laura Manchester for sponsoring the event as well as Eric for being so supportive of his staff and allowing us to participate in Section events. Finally, I would like to thank Anthony for lending me his putter for today’s tournament or I wouldn’t hear the end of it.”

John Appleget (Wildwood Golf and Country Club) was one of the only players in the afternoon wave to make a run at Grier, he posted four birdies in a five-hole stretch but an untimely bogey on his next to the last hole proved to be too much and ultimately finished with 22 points.. However with 22 points, Appleget did take home the top spot in the tournament’s Senior division.

The Philadelphia PGA would like to thank our title sponsor Callaway Golf as well as our Section representatives Laura Manchester and Kevin Martin for their support of today’s event. The next event on the tournament schedule is the Delaware Valley Open being held at Indian Valley Country Club on Monday, May 1.

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PPGA Pinehurst Pro-Am March 20-22, 2017

PINEHURST, NC – The Philadelphia PGA traveled to history Pinehurst Resort in Pinehurst, NC for the inaugural Philadelphia PGA Pinehurst Pro-Am.  Teams were comprised of one Philadelphia PGA Professional and three amateurs.  The week would include rounds of golf on Pinehurst No. 4, No. 8, No. 9 and the famous No. 2 course.  With the historic memorabilia inside the clubhouse and the bronze statues of Payne Stuart and Donald Ross just behind the 18th green of Pinehurst No. 2., players couldn’t help but feel a sense tradition and history that encompasses the entire Resort.

Team’s arrived on Sunday, March 26 and immediately took to the course for a practice round on Pinehurst No. 4.  Following the practice round, the week officially kicked off with a Welcome Reception in the Donald Ross Grill Room.  All players received a gift package that included a sweater from Glen Echo Golf, a pair of socks from Lift23, and much more.

Tournament played opened Monday, March 27 on Pinehurst No. 8.  This Tom Fazio design that was highlighted by tree lined holes that required accuracy and treacherous greens complexes that challenged the short game.  After round one the teams of Applebrook Golf Club head professional, Dave McNabb, and his amateur partners, Keith Walters, Frank Hallinan, and Jeff Shapiro were tied atop the leaderboard with Country Club of Woodloch Springs Director of Golf, John Pillar, and his amateur partners, Glenn Morris, Kurt Wilson, and Craig Schneider with a score of 6-uner (138).

The week continued with round two taking place on Pinehurst No. 9.  No. 9 is a Jack Nicklaus design that demanded strong play with every club to score well.  Once again McNabb’s team shot the low round of the day carding a 13-under (131) to take a 9-shot lead.   The team of Huntingdon Valley Country Club and Philadelphia PGA President Ian Dalzell and his amateur partners Kevin Broderick, Tom Kirby, and Trent Scott made the biggest move of the day jumping 4 spots on the leaderboard after a 10-under (134), to move into second place heading into the final round with the team of Glenmaura National Golf Club Assistant Professional, Christopher Miller, and his amateur partners, Thomas Miller, Michael Bryndzia, and Leonard Namiotka.

The final round was played on the famous Pinehurst No. 2.  This Donald Ross design is most famous for hosting three U.S. Open Championships and one U.S. Women’s Open Championship.  It was a truly special round of golf for all 60 competitors.  After all the shots were played it was McNabb’s team holding on and taking home trophies of the famous Pinehurst Putter Boy.  McNabb said, “It was great to be among so many friends for a week of golf and camaraderie. Both of our teams had a spectacular week at the Pinehurst Resort and we can’t wait to return in 2018. Winning the inaugural Philadelphia PGA Pro-Am at such a historic venue is a memory our team will share for a long time!”

The shot of the week went to Saucon Valley Country Club Head Professional Mike Wood who aced the 160-yard par three #17 with a 7 iron.  “To make a hole in one at such and iconic American golf course was very special.  For it to be with three of my members during such a great event made it even better.  It is definitely a memory I will never forget.” said Wood.

Successful Spring Meeting Ushers in the 2017 Philadelphia PGA Season

Wilmington, Del. – The Philadelphia PGA Spring Meeting, the first official event of the Philadelphia PGA calendar, was held Monday, April 3, at DuPont Country Club. Nearly 300 Philadelphia PGA Professionals and Apprentices came together to get reacquainted and get their seasons started.

Philadelphia PGA President, Ian Dalzell (Huntingdon Valley CC) led the meeting which guided all in attendance through the status of the Section’s operations as well as showcased some of the highlights for the upcoming season.

The Section was honored to have two guest speakers present at the meeting. The first was Tom Henderson, PGA who is the new PGA of America District 2 Director. District 2 encompasses the Philadelphia PGA, New Jersey PGA, and Metropolitan PGA Sections. Henderson spoke on the various PGA of America initiatives as well as updated the attendees on the programs affecting each Section. Henderson also spoke on the upcoming District 2 Teaching and Coaching Summit at Fiddler’s Elbow.

The second speaker was Tricia English who was representing the Fold of Honor Foundation. English shared her touching and inspiring story of the loss of her husband and how the Folds of Honor and the PGA Professionals who support the initiative have truly made an impact in her family’s lives.

The meeting also gave the Section a chance to recognize the most recent award winners. Although all award winners will be formally recognized at the 2nd annual Philadelphia PGA Awards Gala on Sunday, November 12.

The meeting concluded with Executive Director Geoffrey Surrette, PGA announcing some of the changes that have occurred at the Section office since last year’s Fall Meeting. Surrette reintroduced Brian Schulte, PGA as the Section’s new Tournament Director and also talked about the new structure for tournament operations. The Section also launched their new digital directory which is housed in the Philadelphia PGA mobile app.

With the meeting ended, some of the attendees focused their attentions on the season’s first event, the Spring Meeting Pro-Pro Scramble. Played on both courses at DuPont Country Club (DuPont and Nemours) the scramble format allowed for an easy transition into the tournament season as most players had not competed since the end of last season. Taking home the top spot on the DuPont course was the pair of Joe Kogelman (GolfTEC-Moorestown) and Stu Ingraham (M Golf Range) who carded a 12-under (59) to win by one shot. On the Nemours course, the team of John Appleget (Wildwood Golf&CC) and Rich Steinmetz (Spring Ford CC) took the top spot by two shots after finishing with a score of 9-under (61).

The Section’s Central Counties Chapter and Philadelphia Assistants’ Organization (PAO) will both hold their respective spring meetings on Monday, April 10 at Centre Hills CC and Manufacturers Golf & CC.

Spring Meeting Tournament Results

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Tournament Staff changes at Philadelphia PGA

As we make our way out of the winter months and inch closer to the 2017 tournament season it is with great excitement that the Philadelphia PGA announces some internal changes with the Section Tournament Staff.

As the Section business continues to expand and in an effort to set up the staff structure for success in the future we would like to announce that Brian Schulte, PGA has been promoted to Tournament Director and Bobby Howie, PGA has been promoted to Assistant Tournament Director.

Although new to the position of tournament director, Schulte is no stranger to the Philadelphia PGA. Schulte came on board as an intern with the Philadelphia PGA in the summer of 2007. After one season as an intern, Schulte was promoted to the position of Junior Golf Director in 2008.

Since the start of the 2008 season, Schulte has guided the Philadelphia Junior Tour (PJT) to increased membership and participation numbers. Schulte has also been instrumental in elevating PJT programming leading to the creation of nationally ranked events, an expanded PJT schedule, and developing PJT specific partners.

Howie starts his third season with the Section and has spent the past two seasons working alongside Brian running Junior Tour operations. He spent the beginning of his career working as an assistant professional at White Manor CC and Wilmington CC.

In his new role, Schulte will lead a staff that includes Bobby Howie, PGA (Assistant Tournament Director), Ellen Berlinger (Tournament Coordinator), Carl Berlinger (Senior Official/Field Director), Russ Stewart (Field Staff Coordinator) and a full slate of tournament operations interns. Under Schulte’s direction, the group will be responsible for all Philadelphia PGA tournament operations including scheduling, course setup, and staffing. The new tournament department will also continue to conduct first-class Junior Tour events as well as Playing Ability Tests (PAT).

“I could not be more excited on being named Tournament Director for the Philadelphia PGA,” said Schulte on his promotion. “I have a passion for administering first class tournaments and I’m truly fortunate to be surrounded by so many talented people that guided me to where I am today.  I’m looking forward to getting to work and serving the Philadelphia Section PGA members in 2017.”

Geoffrey Surrette, PGA, Executive Director adds, “This is a natural progression for our staff. We have been extremely fortunate to have talented and committed people handle our tournament program. As we expand our Foundation operations and my time with tournaments becomes more limited, we needed to make sure our Junior Tour and Professional Tournament Programs continue to receive the attention they deserve. Making these changes now is a great first step in setting us up for success in the future.”

For more information on the Philadelphia PGA and its tournament operations visit – philadelphia.pga.com/tournaments.

The Mindside with Dr. Bhrett McCabe

The Mindside: Sports & Performance Psychology

Come and spend the day with Sports & Performance Psychologist Dr. Bhrett McCabe. The day will have a very interactive presentation and also includes a copy of his book “The Mindside Manifesto”.

Dr. McCabe is a practicing Sports & Performance Psychologist who works with numerous athletes from the PGA and LPGA Tours, NFL, NBA, MMA, and serves as the sports and performance psychologist for one of the largest and most successful Division I college athletic departments in the country. Dr. McCabe has recently authored The MindSide Manifesto: The Urgency to Create a Competitive Mindset in order to help athletes, coaches, and leaders compete to the best of their ability. Dr. McCabe has published several academic journal articles, presented numerous scientific presentations, as well as provided insight and authored numerous articles for trade magazines such as GOLF Magazine, Golf World, and ESPNW, among others.

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