COVID-19 updates, resources, and more
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COVID-19 Resources

As COVID-19 has spread across our Section, state, nation and world, much has occurred over the past two weeks that has directly affected not only the Philadelphia PGA Section, but you, our PGA Members and Associates. The Section is here to help provide you with as much updated and accurate information as possible to help you and your facilities navigate this difficult period of our history. For your convenience, various resources and information on the COVID-19 pandemic are included in this edition of the Section newsletter. Additionally, as important news continues to break and new governmental orders and guidance are issued, the Section will continue to send dedicated emails to your inbox. 

As a reminder, the Philadelphia PGA Section and the PGA of America has complied the most up-to-date information relating to the coronavirus outbreak on our respective websites for your convenience:

Section COVID-19 Resources
National COVID-19 Resources

Section Schedule Updates

The health and safety of our membership, staff, and partners are our top priority. Therefore, the Section, in coordination with our Tournament Committee, has made several adjustments to our event calendar through mid-May. 


  • Delaware Valley Open at Concord C.C.
    Postponed to Monday, August 17
    (originally scheduled 5/4)

  • Spring Pro-Pro Championship at Saucon Valley C.C.
    Postponed; Reschedule date TBA
    (originally scheduled 5/11)

  • Spring Pro-Lady Team Championship22 at Lehigh C.C.
    Postponed to Tuesday, October 6
    (originally scheduled 5/19)

    Note: The Spring Pro-Lady Team Championship field size has been limited to 32 teams (128 players) due to daylight concerns. Registration will open on Monday, April 20 at 12 a.m. on a first come, first served basis.


  • Pro-Am for Wishes at Penn Oaks G.C.
    (originally scheduled 8/23-24)

Any players registered for an event listed above will be refunded in full and will need to re-register for each event.  

Additional Notes: The Delaware Valley Open will be played simultaneously with round one of the Philadelphia Senior PGA Professional Championship. Players competing in the Senior Championship will tee off first (8:00-9:20 a.m.), with DVO competitors following (9:30-9:50 a.m. and 12:30-2:20 p.m.).

Players who are eligible may compete in both the DVO and Senior Championship as long as they're registered for both events.

Senior Championship competitors should not select a tee time when registering for the DVO as they will be assigned a tee time by Section staff. Registration opens for the Senior Championship on Wednesday, April 22. 

For events not yet officially postponed or cancelled, the Section staff plans to make decisions at least two weeks prior to the event dates. Please remain safe and stay healthy as were all are looking forward to seeing you on the golf course as soon as it's safe. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to call or email.

Golf Relief Fund Update

The Golf Emergency Relief Fundinitiated through a lead pledge by the PGA of America and supported by other industry organizations, has been established to provide short-term financial assistance to certain individuals facing significant financial hardship with an initial focus on those impacted by COVID-19. Managed by E4E Relief, the fund will provide grants to industry professionals, inclusive of golf association members, employees of local / state golf associations, caddies and certain professionals playing on developmental tours to help offset financial hardships, such as living and medical expenses.

Based on the thousands of registrants, funds currently allocated to Phase 1 of the Fund are now capped. Phase 2 is forthcoming and will distribute grants of up to $3,500 as reviewed and approved by E4E. Please note that although Phase 2 is more of a needs based analysis and not the same type of first come, first serve process as Phase 1, the Fund does encourage applicants to submit early in the process as grants will be approved on a rolling basis. 

If you know someone who would be interested in donating, please send them to

Visit Relief.Golf

New Facebook Group: Philadelphia PGA Lesson Tee

The Philadelphia PGA Section has created a new Facebook group, Philadelphia Section PGA Lesson Tee, that allows golfers, consumers, club members and students to access lessons, tips, and best practices provided by you, the PGA Professional. 

The Philadelphia Section PGA Lesson Tee Facebook group is publicly accessible but will be monitored by the Section staff. All comments will be turned off on posts and posts will be approved before they go public to prevent consumers from posting. We will start to promote it to the public after we give our PGA Members and Associates a chance to submit content. We hope you find this a helpful and an efficient way to engage consumers and PGA Professional on what you are doing on social platforms.

Visit the Lesson Tee

Philadelphia PGA Member Bill Sautter Featured in PGA Magazine

Philadelphia Cricket Club PGA Teaching Professional Bill Sautter is featured in the April 2020 issue of PGA Magazine. The article covers Bill's time in the North American Soccer League to his current profession. To read the article, click the below button. 

Read the Article

Free Access to PGA Specialized Professional Program

The PGA of America recently announced that through June 30, 2020, you may access the Specialized Professional Program (full content library) free of charge. If you previously enrolled in this program, library subscriptions are extended by 90 days to accommodate this free period. For access instructions, click the below button. 

Enrollment Instructions

Complete PGA.Coach Training

We strongly encourage Members to invest in themselves and complete free training with PGA.Coach. Learn more about the American Development Model (ADM), and how it can improve your coach-customer relationships, golfer retention, and value you bring as a PGA Professional. Once you’ve completed the training, you’ll have access to the PGA.Coach app, which features lesson planning, note taking and assessment tools for all ages and skill levels. Download a daily planner to help space out training in bite-sized increments by clicking here, and start your journey toward modern coaching today at PGA.Coach.

Access PGA.Coach

Section Webinar Series

The Philadelphia PGA Section, in coordination with our Education Committee, has organized several webinars during the COVID-19 quarantine, including the following, which are still open for registration:

  • Rules of Golf: Rules 4 and 5 - Tues., April 28, 9 a.m.
    with Tom Carpus, PGA

  • District 2 Virtual Roundtable - Tues., April 28, 9 a.m.

  • Rules of Golf: Rules 3 and 10 - Thurs., April 30, 9 a.m.
    with Alice Miller, PGA

  • Virtual Happy Hour and Golf Trivia with Trinity Flavors - Thurs., April 30, 4 p.m.

  • Golf Fitness and Coaching with Kaitlyn Pimentel - Mon., May 4, 3 p.m.

  • Personal Branding Q&A with Michael Breed, PGA - Tues., May 5, 3 p.m.

  • Rules of Golf: Rules 20, 22 and 23 - Thurs., May 7, 2 a.m.

The Section is actively planning to add more webinar to this series, so please keep an eye on your inbox for future announcements.

If you missed any of the previously held webinars, or wish to revisit the information, they will all be archived on our Section website, which can be accessed by clicking on the below button. Please note that we're currently working through a technical issue with the video hosting and hope to have it resolved and the page updated in the coming days.

Webinar Archive

Membership Update

Please see below for the Section’s membership updates as of March 20. New facility or Section affiliations are listed immediately following the PGA Professional’s name, while prior affiliations are listed in parentheses. * denotes new PGA Professionals the Section; † denotes new PGA Associates to the Section; ‡ denotes changes within the same facility.  

A-4: Michael Krick, White Manor C.C.; (Ford's Colony G.C.)*

A-6: Daniel Merrell, Penn State University G.C.

B-8Noah Firestone, Galloway National G.C.; (Ocean Reef Club)*; Braden Shattuck, Bidermann G.C.; (Concord C.C.)

CertificationsRichard Durham, Golf Operations; Peter "Chip" Richter, Teaching & Coaching

Transfers: Ira Kramer 

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