PGA Associate Zach Barbin Wins 2023 Delaware Valley Open Championship
Barbin made six birdies en route to his victory, and only had one blemish on his scorecard (a double bogey on No. 10). The lead was at 3-under-par for most of the day, but Barbin made back-to-back birdies on Nos. 15 and 16 to tie, and ultimately take the lead.
The event is a Philadelphia PGA Rolex / The Haverford Trust Company Player of the Year tournament and the second Silvercrest Cup qualifier of the year. Returning for the second year, the Silvercrest Cup series will include four qualifying events for Philadelphia PGA Professionals, and will culminate in a $30,000 Silvercrest Cup final, hosted at Applebrook Golf Club in Malvern, Pa. For more information on the season-long race to the Silvercrest Cup, click here. In addition to receiving the winner’s share of the purse, Barbin also took home an additional $2,500 from the Silvercrest Cup qualifier bonus pool.
Three PGA Professionals tied four fourth place, two strokes behind the winner: Gregg Meyer, Woodstone C.C.; Joanna Coe, Merion G.C.; and Bryan Saxon, Lehigh C.C.
Laurel Creek C.C.’s Dave Quinn fired a 1-under-par 71 to claim a one-stroke victory in the Senior Division over John Spina, Philadelphia Cricket Club. Four PGA Professionals tied for third place at 2-over-par: Hugo Mazzalupi, Linfield National G.C.; PGA Life Member Brian Kelly; Rob Rohrbach, Foxchase G.C.; and Terry Hatch, Royal Oaks G.C.
Kelly, who recently retired from Bucknell G.C., took top honors in the Super Senior Division, bettering six of his fellow PGA Professionals by one stroke: Bill Sautter, Philadelphia Cricket Club; Mike Moses, Concord C.C.; Bob Lennon, Wilmington C.C.; George Forster, Radnor Valley C.C.; Greg Farrow, Deerwood C.C.; and Dave Roberts, Cedarbrook C.C.
The Philadelphia Assistants’ Organization (PAO) held an event concurrently with the Delaware Valley Open, with Barbin also walking away with a winner’s check in that event. Oakley and Knoll finished in second place, followed by Saxon in fourth, and Rusty Harbold, Philadelphia Cricket Club, in fifth place at 1-under-par.
Two amateurs competed in the field this year, with Nathan Myers, Moselem Springs G.C., taking Low Amateur honors with a 12-over-par 84.
To view the full 2023 Delaware Valley Open Championship leaderboard, click here.
The 2023 Delaware Valley Open Championship is supported by supported by Jack Jolly & Son Inc., Jani-King, Mizuno, Ohana Farm LLC, Silvercrest Asset Management Group, and the PGA Tour. The Philadelphia PGA Section and its PGA Professionals thank our host, Radley Run Country Club, their members, management, host PGA Professionals, and staff, as well as our partners, as the event would not have been possible without their support.
The next Philadelphia PGA Rolex / The Haverford Trust Company Player of the Year tournament and Silvercrest Cup qualifier on the schedule is the 25th Annual Haverford Philadelphia PGA Classic at Sunnybrook Golf Club in Plymouth Meeting, Pa., on Tuesday, May 30.
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.