Recap: Philadelphia PGA Match Play Championship Opening Rounds

Hellertown, Pa. (October 5, 2021) — Forty-seven PGA Professionals competed in the opening two rounds of the 2021 Philadelphia PGA Match Play Championship today at the Steel Club. The 16 remaining PGA Professionals will continue their play tomorrow, Wed., Oct. 6, with the semi-finals and final match taking place on Thurs., Oct. 7.

To view the full 2021 Philadelphia PGA Match Play Championship bracket, click here.

Dick Smith Sr. Bracket

In the Dick Smith Sr. bracket, defending champion and No. 1 seed Trevor Bensel, Overbrook G.C., won his match against No. 32 Danie Steyn, Julian Krinsky School of Golf, in 19 holes after his opening round bye. Steyn defeated No. 33 Kevin Edwards, Olde Homestead G.C., in 22 holes in the opening round. Bensel will play No. 16 Eric Kennedy in the third round, following Kennedy’s 2 and 1 victory over No. 17 George Forster. Kennedy and Forster both received byes in the first round.

No. 8 Brian Kelly, Bucknell G.C., will play No. 9 Dave Quinn in the third round following their 3 and 2 wins against No. 25 Nick Iacono, Chester Valley G.C., and No. 24 Kyle Early, Waynesborough C.C., respectively. Iacono defeated Tony Shields, Union League Liberty Hill, 4 and 3 in the opening round, while Early beat No. 41 Michael Ladden, Whitford C.C., 1 up.

Art Wall Jr. Bracket

No. 1 seed Brett Walker, Sunnybrook G.C., will face off against No. 13 Andrew Turner, Berkshire C.C., in the third round following their victories against No. 29 Dave Fields, Brookside C.C., 3 and 2; and No. 20 Ross Brown, Fox Hill C.C., 1 up. Fields overtook No. 36 Rick Flesher, Lehigh C.C., 2 and 1 in the first round; Walker had a bye. Brown beat Bryan Saxon, Lehigh C.C., 2 and 1 in the opening round, while Turner had a bye.

After her opening round bye, No. 5 Ashley Grier, Overbrook G.C., defeated No. 28 Casey O’Reilly, Sandy Run C.C., 5 and 3, and will face No. 44 Rocco Sgrillo, Blue Bell C.C., in the third round. O’Reilly beat No. 37 Greg Gipp, Phoenixville C.C., 1 up in his opening match, while Sgrillo beat No. 12 Terry Hertzog, Merion G.C., over 19 holes in the second round following his opening bye.

Ed Dougherty Bracket

No. 2 seed Zac Oakley, Bidermann G.C., will play No. 18 Eddie Perino, Eagle Rock Resort, tomorrow morning. Oakley received a bye in the first round and topped No. 31 Dustin McCormick, Glen Brook G.C., 3 and 2 in round two. McCormick beat no. 34 Travis Deibert, Doylestown C.C., in round one, 2 up. Perrino, who benefited from a first round bye, took out Dustin Wallis, Honey Run G.C., 8 and 7.

Shawnee Inn & Golf Resort’s Brian Bergstol, a No. 7 seed, will face No. 10 Rich Steinmetz, Spring Ford C.C., tomorrow after his match was conceded on the 11th hole by No. 26 Steve Sieracki, Woodcrest C.C. Sieracki first defeated No. 39 Kevin Rossi, Lookaway G.C., 2 up; Steinmetz had a first round bye, but beat No. 23 Andy Watters, Talamore C.C., 5 and 4. Watters topped No. 42 George Frake, Moorestown Field Club, 5 and 4 in the opening round.

Henry Williams Bracket

In the Henry Williams bracket, No. 3 Braden Shattuck, Bidermann G.C., and No. 19 Mike Moses, Concord C.C., will play against each other in the morning following their victories over No. 35 Matt Finger, 4 and 2, and No. 14 Dave Pagett, Whitemarsh Valley C.C., 3 and 1, respectively. Finger beat No. 30 Bob Hennefer, Laurel Creek C.C., 4 and 2. Pagett received a bye in the first round, while Moses took out No. 46 Joe Ambrose, Saucon Valley C.C., 7 and 6.

No, 6 Dave McNabb, Applebrook G.C., will meet No, 43 Andrew Cornish in the morning after he beat No. 38 Andrew Geesey, Regents’ Glen C.C., 2 and 1 in the second round. Geesey No. 27 Bill Smith, Berkleigh G.C., 2 and 1 in round one. Cornish finished 1 up over both No. 11 Mike Furey, Saucon Valley C.C., in the second round, and No. 22 John Spina, Philadelphia Cricket Club, in the opening round.

The 2021 Philadelphia PGA Match Play Championship is supported by Rolex and Scott & Karen Hutchinson. The Philadelphia PGA Section and its PGA Professionals thank our partners, the Steel Club, its membership, management, and host PGA Professionals, and staff, as the event would not be possible without their support.

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