Philadelphia PGA Section Kicks Off Centennial Celebration

Lower Gwynedd Township, Pa. (January 12, 2021) — This week, the Philadelphia PGA Section officially kicked off its year-long celebration to commemorate its centennial. The Section, one of the PGA of America’s first geographical managing entities, was founded in 1921 and now manages nearly 900 PGA Members and Associates who are employed at over 590 golf facilities in eastern Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey, Delaware, and northeastern Maryland.

“By reaching this milestone, the Philadelphia PGA Section has much to be proud of and to celebrate,” said Section President and Aronimink Golf Club PGA Head Professional Jeff Kiddie. “For the past 100 years, our men and women PGA Professionals have worked tirelessly to achieve the PGA’s mission to promote enjoyment and involvement in golf among the general public, and to contribute to the sport’s growth by providing services to PGA Professionals and the industry, and our current PGA Members and Associates plan to continue their hard work into the Section’s next century of operation.”

Throughout 2021, the Section will highlight its rich history, including PGA Members and championships, while its current PGA Professionals lead the organization and game of golf into its next 100 years. Included in this year’s centennial celebration:

  • A Philadelphia PGA Centennial Pro-Am Championship hosted at Saucon Valley Country Club on October 18
  • A Philadelphia PGA centennial television special on “Inside Golf”
  • A Philadelphia PGA centennial print commissioned to renowned artist Lee Wybranski
  • Recorded vignettes via Philadelphia PGA Historian Pete Trenham, PGA
  • Philadelphia PGA centennial articles in “1921,” the Section’s official e-publication
  • Regular social media and postings and contests highlighting Philadelphia PGA milestones
  • Exposés of current Philadelphia PGA Professionals, including recent Section award winners
“This momentous occasion allows us as a Section to look back at everything we have achieved the last 100 years, but it also allows our Board of Directors, staff, PGA Professionals, and foundation, PGA REACH Philadelphia, to look forward to more successful years to come, beginning with our work in 2021,” said Section Executive Director Geoff Surrette, PGA. “As a group, with the help of our loyal partners, the Section has helped shepherd the game we love through hard times and good. This is no more apparent than how our PGA Professionals stepped up to reopen their facilities during the ongoing global pandemic to allow the public to enjoy the game responsibly, while providing a respite from the everyday challenges our members, guests, students, customers, and friends face.”

To learn more about the Philadelphia PGA Section, its history, and its men and women PGA Professionals, visit

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. Founded in 1921, the Section celebrates its centennial in 2021.

Contact: Matt Frey, PGA, Communications Director, Philadelphia PGA Section,