Stage is Set for the 96th Philadelphia PGA Professional Championship
Mount Laurel, N.J. – The biggest event on the Philadelphia PGA calendar is set to take place next week at beautiful Laurel Creek Country Club in southern New Jersey. The 96th Philadelphia PGA Professional Championship will feature nearly 140 Philadelphia PGA professionals all looking to cl
aim their spot as the Section’s top golfer and have their name forever engraved on the William B. Packer trophy. In addition to the top prize, all competitors will be looking to secure one of thirteen spots into next year’s 51st PGA Professional Championship at the Bayonet Black Course in Seaside, California.
Championship week will officially get underway on Monday, September 18 at Laurel Creek Country Club with the annual Mariniello Tournament of Champions Pro-Am. The Pro-Am is named in honor of past Variety – The Children’s Charity president and longtime friend of the Philadelphia PGA Vince Mariniello. The event will bring together more than twenty teams and will help to generate donations for the Philadelphia PGA’s charitable partner, Variety – The Children’s Charity of Delaware Valley.
As Championship week moves into tournament play, the first and second rounds of the 96th Philadelphia PGA Professional Championship will be held on Tuesday, September 19 and Wednesday, September 20 with play at both Laurel Creek Country Club and Burlington Country Club. For the opening rounds the field will be split with competitors alternating courses after their opening rounds. At the conclusion of the second round the tournament field will be cut to the low 60 players plus ties.
The final round of the 96th Philadelphia PGA Professional Championship will be played on Thursday, September 21 at Laurel Creek Country Club. The final round will get underway in the morning with players just inside the cut line leading the way allowing the tournament leaders to play together in the final parings in the early afternoon. At the conclusion of play, ties for the overall champion as well as any qualifying spot will be settled via a sudden death tiebreaker.
This year’s tournament field will feature thirteen past champions including defending champion Jordan Gibbs (Gulph Mills Golf Club). Gibbs will look to become the first person to defend his title since Rich Steinmetz (Spring Ford Country Club) accomplished the feat in 2010-2011. Also in the fie
ld will be 2015 champion Dave McNabb (Applebrook Golf Club) who will be arriving at the Championship just a couple days after representing his country in the PGA Cup matches.