Radnor Valley’s Forster Wins Skee Riegel Senior Open on First Playoff Hole

Villanova, Pa. – The 2017 edition of the Robert “Skee” Riegel Senior Open was played on Thursday, August 3 at Radnor Valley Country Club. The tournament, named for the longtime PGA Professional, brought together some of the Section’s best Senior PGA Professionals as well as one senior amateur competitor for a one-day, 18-hole stroke play event.

Early in the tournament a trio of competitors would finish at 1-under (69) to share the clubhouse lead. The first to reach the number was Greg Farrow (Deerwood Country Club) who finished with three birdies and two bogeys. Joining him in consecutive groups were John Pillar (Country Club of Woodloch Springs) and Brian Kelly (Bucknell Golf Club) who each finished with one more birdie than bogey to match Farrow at 1-under.

However, host professional, George Forster (Radnor Valley Country Club) used his home course knowledge to post a number that bested the trio and gave all his fellow competitors a number to chase. Forster made his way around the par-70 golf course bogey-free while adding three birdies to finish with a tournament score of 3-under (67).

It looked as though Forster’s number would be good enough for a win until the tournament’s penultimate group came to the scoring area. Past champion Stu Ingraham (M Golf Range) carded four birdies against only one bogey to match Forster at 3-under (67) forcing a sudden death playoff between the two Section legends.

As the pair headed out on Radnor Valley’s first hole, Forster’s drive found the fairway while Ingraham’s tee shot stayed in the rough. Despite being in prime position off the tee, Forster found himself away after both players reached the green with their second shots. Putting first, Forster was able to make his 15- foot birdie putt making Ingraham ‘s 9-foot putt to halve the hole seem a lot longer.  Despite his best effort, Ingraham’s putt fell just short giving Forster the 2017 title and the third Skee Riegel Senior Open of his career.

All was not lost for Farrow as he took home top honors in the tournament’s Super Senior division, narrowly edging out Don DeAngelis (Center Square Golf Club) who finished the day with an even par (70).

The Philadelphia PGA would like to thank the membership and staff of Radnor Valley Country as well as tournament sponsors Morell Studios and the PGA Tour. The next event of the Philadelphia PGA calendar is the National Car Rental Philadelphia Assistant PGA Professional Championship at the Union League Golf Club at Torresdale on Monday, August 7.

Skee Riegel Senior Open

Aug 3, 2017
Overall Results

 T1  George Forster      Radnor Valley CC           32-35--67 -3  
 T1  Stu Ingraham        M Golf Range               34-33--67 -3  
 T3  Greg Farrow         Deerwood CC                36-33--69 -1  
 T3  John Pillar          CC at Woodloch Springs    34-35--69 -1  
 T3  Brian Kelly         Bucknell GC                35-34--69 -1  
 6   Don DeAngelis       Center Square GC           37-33--70 E   
 T7  John Allen          Huntingdon Valley CC       35-36--71 +1  
 T7  Jack Connelly       North Hills CC             36-35--71 +1  
 T7  Mark Anderson       Philadelphia Cricket Club  36-35--71 +1  
 T10 Mike Moses          Concord CC                 36-36--72 +2  
 T10 Don Allan           Burlington CC              34-38--72 +2  
 T10 Dave Quinn          Philmont CC                37-35--72 +2  
 T13 Terry Hertzog       CC of York                 37-36--73 +3  
 T13 Dave McNabb         Applebrook GC              36-37--73 +3  
 T13 Bob Lennon          Wilmington CC              37-36--73 +3  
 16  Tom Carpus          Kennett Square G & CC      34-40--74 +4  
 T17 John Kellogg        Radley Run CC              37-38--75 +5  
 T17 Paul Galczyk        Westover CC                40-35--75 +5  
 T17 Harvey Williams     Philly PGA                 37-38--75 +5  
 T20 Mickey Sokalski     Philmont CC                39-37--76 +6  
 T20 Mike Dynda          LuLu CC                    37-39--76 +6  
 T20 Rick Flesher        Applebrook GC              39-37--76 +6  
 T20 Kerry Mattern       Cedarbrook CC              39-37--76 +6  
 T20 Ed Dougherty        Philly PGA                 37-39--76 +6  
 T20 Rob Shuey           Colonial GC                38-38--76 +6  
 T26 Kevin Shaw          Deerfield                  39-38--77 +7  
 T26 William Bondaruk    Medford Lakes CC           37-40--77 +7  
 T26 Jeff Van Etten      Hanover CC                 39-38--77 +7  
 T29 Linda Nevatt        ACE Club                   39-40--79 +9  
 T29 J R Delich          Applebrook GC              40-39--79 +9  
 T29 Mike Mack           Burlington CC              39-40--79 +9  
 T29 Jeff Bonicky        Sea Oaks GC                43-36--79 +9  
 T33 Frank Palumbo       Rolling Green GC           40-41--81 +11 
 T33 Michael Chomicz (a)                            40-41--81 +11 
 T35 Rick Osberg         Philly PGA                 40-42--82 +12 
 T35 Joe Ambrose         Paupack Hills G & CC       39-43--82 +12 
 37  John Carpineta      Bensalem Township CC       44-43--87 +17 
 38  Bob Doria           Medford Village CC         39-50--89 +19