Westampton, N.J. – On Monday, June 6, the second round of the 31st Burlington Classic was held at Burlington Country Club. This annual event brings together the Section’s top PGA Professionals as well as amateur players from Burlington Country Club. The first day of the tournament is a Pro-Am pairing three members of Burlington CC with two PGA Professionals. This years Pro-Am field was the biggest ever, with forty-five teams and 225 players. The Professionals, along with the top two or three amateurs, then return on day two to complete the 36-hole Individual event.
“The Burlington Classic is a great celebration of the club, its membership and the PGA Professionals of the Philadelphia Section”, said John Hanuscin, Burlington Classic Tournament Chairman.
After an opening round 6-under-par (64), Chris Krueger (Kings Creek CC) held a slim one shot lead over the rest of the field. However, with a number of competitors within striking distance the tournament would not be decided until the final putt was sunk. Adding even more drama to the tournament came as the pro-am had an hour storm delay with seven teams yet to finish their round. As luck would have it play was finished before dark and the second round stage was set.
Krueger couldn’t seem to get anything going on the front nine and only managed to shoot even par with one birdie and one bogey while Mark Sheftic (Merion GC), who started the day two shots behind, managed 3 birdies with no bogies to take the lead by a shot.
As the leaders made their way around the back nine, Sheftic clung to the one shot lead as fewer and fewer holes were left to play. Stu Ingraham (M Golf Range) tried to join the party getting it to 5-under but doubled the last hole to finish out of contention.
When the final shot was holed, Sheftic had not only held onto the lead but widened it to three shots when Krueger stumbled on the 17th hole posting his second bogey on the back nine. Krueger ended up tied for second place with Barry Dear (Twisted Dune) when Barry holed a birdie putt on the last hole.
Sheftic credited his good putting for the win, adding his thanks to Superintendent Brian Minemier stating that the course was in perfect condition. With the National PPC coming up his thought process was to get into contention in this Bonus Points event to test his nerves for the big event to come at the end of June.
Congratulations to amateur T J Brennan who was awarded the Marotto Medal as the tournament’s low amateur. With a 36-hole total of 17-over-par (157), Brennan tied Travis Mazurek but managed a par on the second play-off hole to win the coveted amateur title.
The Section would like to thank the membership and staff of Burlington Country Club as well as tournament sponsors Taylormade and Adidas golf. The next event on the Philadelphia PGA tournament calendar is the National Car Rental AC Team Stableford Championship at Hidden Creek on Thursday, June 9.
31st Burlington Classic Pro-Am
Jun 5 – Jun 6, 2016
1 Mark Sheftic Merion GC 66-67 -7 T2 Chris Krueger Kings Creek CC 64-72 -4 T2 Barry Dear Twisted Dune 65-71 -4 4 Hugo Mazzalupi Patriots Glen National GC 69-68 -3 T5 Steve Swartz CC of Harrisburg 71-68 -1 T5 Stu Ingraham M Golf Range 67-72 -1 T5 Curtis Kirkpatrick Indian Springs GC 65-74 -1 T8 John Pillar CC at Woodloch Springs 72-68 E T8 Mike Moses Concord CC 71-69 E T10 Jeff Bonicky Sea Oaks GC 71-70 +1 T10 Rich Steinmetz Spring Ford CC 68-73 +1 T10 Joe Kogelman GolfTEC Moorestown 68-73 +1 T13 Greg Matthias Tavistock CC 75-67 +2 T13 George Forster Radnor Valley CC 72-70 +2 T13 Steve Sieracki Indian Springs GC 72-70 +2 T13 Brendon Post Chesapeake Bay GC 71-71 +2 T13 Don Allan Burlington CC 68-74 +2 T13 Dave McNabb Applebrook GC 68-74 +2 T13 Greg Farrow Deerwood CC 67-75 +2 T13 Kevin Nicholson LuLu CC 66-76 +2 T21 Michael Rushin Bear Trap Dunes Golf Club 73-70 +3 T21 Don DeAngelis Squires GC 68-75 +3 T21 Trevor Bensel Huntingdon Valley CC 67-76 +3 T24 Mike Meisenzahl Shore Gate CC 74-70 +4 T24 Mark Parson Twisted Dune 73-71 +4 T24 Hugh Reilly Twining Valley GC 73-71 +4 T24 Eddie Perrino Eagle Rock Resort 69-75 +4 T24 Rob Coyne Applecross CC 69-75 +4 T24 Kevin Kraft Bumble Bee Hollow 69-75 +4 T24 Chris Gray Wild Quail G & CC 66-78 +4 T31 Jeff Herb Waynesborough CC 73-72 +5 T31 Dustin McCormick Glen Brook GC 72-73 +5 T31 John Appleget Wildwood Golf & CC 72-73 +5 T31 Alex Knoll Bethlehem GC- Monacacy 72-73 +5 T31 Eric McNamee Golf Galaxy - Montgomery 70-75 +5 T31 Andy Watters Talamore Country Club 69-76 +5 T31 Jason Panter Golf & Social 69-76 +5 T38 Bob Lennon Wilmington CC 74-72 +6 T38 Terry Hatch Hidden Valley GC 72-74 +6 T38 John DiMarco Laurel Creek CC 72-74 +6 T38 John Allen Huntingdon Valley CC 70-76 +6 T38 Jeff Fick Chapel Hill 69-77 +6 T38 John Rutecki White Manor CC 68-78 +6 T44 Nick Gorman GolfTEC Moorestown 74-73 +7 T44 Mike Heidler GolfTEC Mainline 74-73 +7 T44 Mike Paukovits St. Davids GC 70-77 +7 T44 Carson Solien Aronimink GC 69-78 +7 T44 Sean Ketchum Walnut Lane GC 69-78 +7 T44 Mike Bennett Stack & Tilt Golf Academy 67-80 +7 T50 Jaime Gylan Royal Manchester GL 74-74 +8 T50 Mark Anderson Philadelphia Cricket Club 72-76 +8 T50 Bill Sautter Philadelphia Cricket Club 70-78 +8 T50 John Cooper Green Valley CC 70-78 +8 T54 Ashley Grier Overbrook GC 75-74 +9 T54 Vince Ramagli Essex Golf Driving Range 71-78 +9 T56 Eric Kennedy Overbrook GC 74-76 +10 T56 Dave Fields Brookside CC 73-77 +10 T56 John Lynch Cripple Creek 72-78 +10 T56 Eric Figueroa McCall Golf & CC 72-78 +10 T56 Bill Walker Riverton CC 69-81 +10 T61 Dan Marz Huntingdon Valley CC 74-77 +11 T61 Matt Goudie Lancaster CC 75-76 +11 63 Sam Ambrose Aronimink GC 77-75 +12 T64 George Frake Little Mill 80-75 +15 T64 Anthony Napoletano GolfTEC-KoP 74-81 +15 T66 Vincent Piazza Makefield Highlands GC 77-79 +16 T66 Jason Calhoun LaSalle University 77-79 +16 T66 John Spina Philadelphia Cricket Club 75-81 +16 T69 Jeff Kiddie Aronimink GC 76-81 +17 T69 Mike Furey Mahoning Valley CC 77-80 +17 T69 Matthew Haddon Laurel Creek CC 75-82 +17 T69 Rob Rohrbach Foxchase GC 74-83 +17 T73 Tony Shields ACE Club 78-81 +19 T73 Paul Galczyk Westover CC 76-83 +19 75 Brad Sanders Tavistock CC 81-82 +23 T76 Jim Shukdinas Golf & Social 85-82 +27 T76 Jonathan Trauner GolfTEC Moorestown 78-89 +27