PGA Professionals Long, Nicholson Lead Witczak, Wenger, and Phillips to Victory in 37th Burlington Classic Pro-Am
Westampton, N.J. (June 4, 2023) — PGA Professionals Matt Long of Saucon Valley Country Club in Bethlehem, Pa., and Kevin Nicholson, Sandy Run Country Club in Oreland, Pa., led their team of amateur partners Mark Witczak, Mark Wenger, and Warren Phillips, to victory in the 37th Burlington Classic Pro-Am presented by WSFS Bank at Burlington Country Club. The event is also supported by Jani-King.
On a cool, breezy day, the winning team combined for four net eagles and 17 net birdies in the two net best balls of five format, finishing with a net team score of 115, 25-under-par, to better to better the four teams that finished three strokes behind: PGA Professionals Joanna Coe, Merion G.C.; and Francis Diodato, GOLFTEC – Moorestown; and amateurs Brian Carlis, Carl Schmidt, and Nate Barrett; and PGA Professionals Andrew Turner, Berkshire C.C.; and Greg Rhoads, Rolling Green G.C.; and amateurs Parth Patel, Dave Derlin, and Brian Thomas; PGA Professionals Zach Barbin, Chesapeake Bay G.C.; and Rob Wolfers, Manufacturers’ G. & C.C.; and amateurs Joe Duarte, Ken Fairchild, and John Melton; PGA Professionals Mike Mack, Burlington C.C.; and Mike Thompson, Tim Irons, Dave Reilley, and Sean Smith; and PGA Professionals John DiMarco, Legacy Club at Woodcrest; and Geoff Surrette, Philadelphia PGA Section; and amatuers John Hanuscin, Jim Hanuscin, and Frank Gilanelli.
Three low amateurs from the first round advanced to the final round to compete for low amateur honors and the Marotto Medal on Monday, June 5, alongside the PGA Professional field. Corey Katzen sits at 2-over-par, followed by Josh Feldschnieder, and Pete D’Angelo, who both finished with 73s.
The individual PGA Professional event will also conclude on Monday, and Rich Steinmetz, Spring Ford C.C., and Anthony Sebastianelli, Rolling Green G.C., are tied for lead at 4-under-par. Terry Hatch, Royal Oaks G.C., and Alex Willey, Manufacturers’ G. & C.C., are one stroke behind, while Trevor Bensel, Sandy Run C.C., and PGA Life Member Brian Kelly round out the top five at 2-under-par. The low PGA Professional will be awarded the Mike Mack Cup, which was introduced for the first time in 2021.
Steinmetz’s 66 also puts him on top of the Senior Division leaderboard, leading Hatch by one stroke, followed by Kelly at 2-under-par, Brendon Post, University of Delaware, at 1-under-par, and PGA Life Member George Forster at even-par.
Kelly’s round gives him a two-stroke lead over Forster and Deerwood C.C.’s Greg Farrow, in the Super Senior Division. Wilmington C.C.’s Bob Lennon is in fourth place at 2-over-par, followed by Burlington C.C.’s Don Allan at 3-over.
The 37th Burlington Classic Pro-Am is supported by Burlington Country Club, WSFS Bank, and Jani-King. The Philadelphia PGA Section and its PGA Professionals thank our partners, Burlington C.C., its membership, management, staff, host PGA Professional Mike Mack, Tournament Chair John M. Hanuscin, and the entire 2023 Burlington Classic Pro-Am Committee, as the event would not have been possible without their support.
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The next Philadelphia PGA Rolex / The Haverford Trust Company Player of the Year tournament is the Conestoga Classic, which is also the third Silvercrest Cup qualifier of the season, on Monday, June 19, at Conestoga Country Club in Lancaster, Pa.
About the Burlington Classic Pro-Am
The Burlington Classic Pro-Am was founded in 1986 by Mike Mack, PGA, Joe Fattorini, Leroy Peacock, Rex McWilliams, Chip Miller, George Hilt, and Donald “Butch” Eckman. The event quickly became one of the most popular events on the Philadelphia PGA Section’s tournament calendar, and is now a Philadelphia PGA Rolex / The Haverford Trust Company Player of the Year Points Event.
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.