PGA of America Golf Professional John Pillar Captures 2024 Philadelphia Senior PGA Professional Championship

Oreland, Pa. (June 12, 2024) — PGA of America Golf Professional John Pillar of C.C. at Woodloch Springs in Hawley, Pa., captured the 2024 Philadelphia Senior PGA Professional Championship at Sandy Run Country Club on Wednesday, finishing with rounds of 72-68–140, 4-under-par. Pillar bettered Rich Steinmetz, Spring Ford C.C., and PGA Life Member Brian Kelly by one stroke. Pillar previously won this championship in 2019 and 2020.

Golf Channel, Jani-King, Ohana Farm, and the PGA Tour support the 2024 Philadelphia Senior PGA Professional Championship.

“I had three phrases I leaned on during today’s round: belief, be present, and be patient,” Pillar said following the conclusion of play. “It was a really solid day. Sandy Run is a great golf course, and it presented tough conditions, which is what our championship should be.”

Pillar has been no stranger to the winner’s circle as of late, having won the 26th Haverford Philadelphia PGA Classic and its $100,000 first-place prize last month.

“Truthfully, I wasn’t sure if I was going to win again, at 57, competing with the younger PGA Professionals,” Pillar continued. “To be able to follow that up with a win here, is really special. It means the world to me.”

Pillar went on to thank his family for the love and support they have shown him.

Eric Kennedy, Overbrook G.C., finished in fourth place at 2-under-par. Tied for fifth place with a two-day score of 144, even-par, were PGA Life Member George Forster, and Chris Krueger, Kings Creek C.C.

Pillar will lead five other Philadelphia PGA Members to compete in the 2024 Senior PGA Professional Championship at Sunriver (Ore.) Resort on September 26-29, including: Rich Steinmetz, Brian Kelly, Eric Kennedy, Chris Krueger, and George Forster. Sandy Run C.C. PGA Head Golf Professional Pete Lovenguth is first alternate, followed by Stephen Swartz, Carlisle C.C.; PGA Life Member Jeb Boyle; Dave Quinn, Laurel Creek C.C.; and Dom DiJulia, DiJulia School of Golf.

The top 35 finishers in the 2024 Senior PGA Professional Championship will earn a spot in the 2025 KitchenAid Senior PGA Professional Championship, scheduled to be played May 2025, at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md.

Bill Sautter from the Philadelphia Cricket Club ran away with first place in the Super Senior Division with a two-day score of 1-under-par. PGA Life Member Wayne Philips finished in second place at 3-over-par.

To view the full 2024 Philadelphia Senior PGA Professional Championship leaderboard, click here.

The 2024 Philadelphia Senior PGA Professional Championship is supported by Golf ChannelJani-King, Ohana Farm LLC, and the PGA Tour. The Philadelphia PGA Section and its PGA of America Golf Professionals thank our partners, Sandy Run Country Club, its membership, management, staff, and host PGA of America Golf Professionals, as the event would not have been possible without their support.

About the Philadelphia PGA Section
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