Month: April 2019

Stage Set for PGA Professional Championship

The 2019 edition of the PGA Professional Championship will be played at Belfair in Bluffton, SC from Sunday, April 28 – Wednesday, May 1.Among the 312 PGA Professionals from across the country will be 12 representatives of the Philadelphia PGA. We will provide updates on all of our Professionals throughout the tournament so check back frequently for updates.

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 NameClubPlayer ProfilesScorecard
Mark AndersonPhiladelphia Cricket ClubAnderson ProfileAnderson Scorecard
Ashley GrierOverbrook Golf ClubGrier ProfileGrier Scorecard
Rusty HarboldPhiladelphia Cricket ClubHarbold ProfileHarbold Scorecard
Terry HertzogCountry Club of YorkHertzog ProfileHertzog Scorecard
Brian HollinsLinks Golf ClubHollins ProfileHollins Scorecard
Stu IngrahamM Golf RangeIngraham Profile Ingraham Scorecard
Alex KnollBlue Shamrock Golf ClubKnoll ProfileKnoll Scorecard
Mike LaddenWhitford Country ClubLadden ProfileLadden Scorecard
Michael LittleLookaway Golf ClubLittle ProfileLittle Scorecard
Mark ShefticMerion Golf ClubSheftic Profile Sheftic Scorecard
Rich SteinmetzSpring Ford Country ClubSteinmetz ProfileSteinmetz Scorecard
Billy StewartThe ACE ClubStewart ProfileStewart Scorecard

Blue Shamrock’s Alex Knoll Charges Late to Win Callaway Golf TPD Championship

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Lafayette Hill, Pa. – The 2019 Philadelphia PGA Callaway Golf TPD Championship, the season’s first points event, was played on Monday, April 22 at Green Valley Country Club. Featuring nearly 140 Section Professionals, the Callaway Golf TPD Championship was played as a modified stableford tournament with players earning 1 point for any par, 3 points for birdies, 6 points for eagles, 9 points for double eagles, and -1 point for any bogey or worse.

Playing early in the day, Michael Tobiason of Deerfield Golf Club posted an impressive 28 points giving the rest of the field a target number as the made their way around the William Flynn designed course. Tobiason’s round was highlighted by five birdies including a stretch of three consecutive on holes 11-13. At the end of the morning wave Tobiason found himself six shots clear of his closest competitors but with the afternoon wave still to play there were plenty of players looking to make a run at the leader.

As the afternoon scores began to get posted it did not take long for someone to join Tobiason at the top of the leaderboard. Brian Bergstol of Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort quickly matched Tobiason’s 28 points after carding seven birdies helping to make up for a lone bogey. After trading a birdie and bogey on his opening nine holes Bergstol made his run as he made his way back to the clubhouse. Bergstol posted five birdies for a total of 19 points on his inward nine and a total of 28 points.

Unfortunately for both Tobiason and Bergstol they did not end the day in the tournament’s top spot. Playing late in the day, Alex Knoll of Blue Shamrock Golf Club had the tournament’s best round leading to 32 stableford points. Starting his round on the back nine at Green Valley Country Club Knoll posted three birdies before adding an additional four birdie over his final nine holes finishing with seven total and a three-point stableford win.

“I haven’t played a lot of competitive rounds recently but I have had some good practice sessions leading up to the tournament so I had a good mindset heading into the TPD,” said Knoll of his round. “It’s also good to get your season off to a great start and I’m hoping to take some of this momentum with me to South Carolina for the PGA Professional National Championship.”

Knoll is one of twelve Philadelphia PGA Professionals competing in next week’s 52nd PGA Professional Championship at Belfair in Bluffton, SC. The tournament will be played Sunday, April 28 – Wednesday, May 1 with the top 20 finishers advancing to the PGA Championship at Bethpage Black later next month.

“I want to thank Callaway Golf especially Laura (Manchester) and Kevin (Martin) for supporting this event. Also thanks to John Cooper and the staff at Green Valley for an outstanding venue.”

In the senior division, John Pillar of CC at Woodloch Springs and Dave Quinn of Laurel Creek Country Club finished in a tie for first place after each posted a stableford score of 16 points. The duo finished two shots ahead of third place finishers Dave McNabb of Applebrook Golf Club and Mark Anderson of the Philadelphia Cricket Club who both posted 14 points.

A pair of super seniors shared the top spot after finishing the Callaway Golf TPD Championship with 12 total points. Earning points as the event’s top super senior were Don DeAngelis of Spring Ford CC and Greg Farrow of Deerwood CC while Jeb Boyle of Centre Hills CC finished in third place. Players age 60 years of age or older are eligible for thsuper senior division.

The Philadelphia PGA would like to thank our title sponsor Callaway Golf as well as our Section representatives Laura Manchester and Kevin Martin and our presenting sponsor the PGA Tour for their support of today’s event. The next event on the tournament schedule is the Spring Pro-Pro Championship at Fieldstone Golf Club on Monday, May 6.

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Callaway Golf TPD Championship

Apr 22, 2019

1    Alex Knoll         Blue Shamrock GC           32-32--64 (32)  
T2   Mike Tobiason      Deerfield GC               35-31--66 (28)
T2   Brian Bergstol     Shawnee Inn and GR         31-35--66 (28)
4    Rusty Harbold      Philadelphia Cricket Club  35-32--67 (26)
T5   Andrew Turner      Sunnybrook GC              36-33--69 (22)
T5   Rich Steinmetz     Spring Ford CC             35-34--69 (22)
T5   Peter Lovenguth    Applecross CC              34-35--69 (22)
T5   Braden Shattuck    Concord CC                 36-33--69 (22)
T9   Mike Ladden        Whitford CC                35-35--70 (20)
T9   Michael Little     Lookaway GC                36-34--70 (20)
T9   Steve Swartz       Out Door CC                35-35--70 (20)
T12  Greg Matthias      Tavistock CC               38-33--71 (18)
T12  Shawn Matthews     Squires GC                 36-35--71 (18)
T12  Parks Price        CC of York                 38-33--71 (18)
T12  Jesse Williams     The Peninsula              35-36--71 (18)
16   Chris Duckett      Saucon Valley CC           36-36--72 (17)
T17  Jordan Shuey       West Shore CC              36-36--72 (16)
T17  Dan Marz           Crossgates                 36-36--72 (16)
T17  Jason Calhoun      U of Penn                  37-35--72 (16)
T17  Eric Kennedy       Overbrook GC               34-38--72 (16)
T17  John Pillar        CC at Woodloch Springs     36-36--72 (16)
T17  Trevor Bensel      Overbrook GC               37-35--72 (16)
T17  Dave Quinn         Laurel Creek CC            36-36--72 (16)
T24  Matt Episcopo      Pine Valley GC             37-36--73 (14)
T24  Dave McNabb        Applebrook GC              36-37--73 (14)
T24  Kyle Early         Waynesborough CC           34-39--73 (14)
T24  John Cooper        Green Valley CC            37-36--73 (14)
T24  John Rudolph       Fieldstone GC              38-35--73 (14)
T24  Bill Walker        Riverton CC                38-35--73 (14)
T24  Adam Brigham       Waynesborough CC           36-37--73 (14)
T24  Mark Anderson      Philadelphia Cricket Club  36-37--73 (14)
T24  Tom Cooper         Pine Valley GC             36-37--73 (14)
T33  Ben Debski         The Springhaven Club       37-37--74 (12)
T33  Robert Farnham     Lebanon CC                 38-36--74 (12)
T33  Joe Kogelman       GolfTEC Moorestown         38-36--74 (12)
T33  Mark Sheftic       Merion GC                  38-36--74 (12)
T33  Jakob Gerney       Trump National GC- Philly  38-36--74 (12)
T33  Dave Pagett        Whitemarsh Valley CC       37-37--74 (12)
T33  Don DeAngelis      Spring Ford CC             38-36--74 (12)
T33  John Allen         Huntingdon Valley CC       38-36--74 (12)
T33  Greg Farrow        Deerwood CC                36-38--74 (12)
T33  Andrew Diesel      Manufacturers GCC          36-38--74 (12)
T33  Ashley Grier       Overbrook GC               38-36--74 (12)
T33  Chris Miller       Scranton Golf Center       38-36--74 (12)
T33  Curtis Kirkpatrick Indian Springs GC          39-35--74 (12)
T33  Matthew Deckert    Pennsauken Country Club    38-36--74 (12)
T33  Stu Ingraham       M Golf Range               35-39--74 (12)
T33  Dave Fields        Brookside CC               37-37--74 (12)
T33  Dustin Wallis      Dustin Wallis              36-38--74 (12)

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PGA REACH Philadelphia Names Inaugural Board of Directors

55-Year PGA Member and PGA Master Professional, Harry Hammond, To Serve as Board Chairman;
New Foundation Provides Golf Programming & Grants Focused on 3 Core Pillars: Youth, Military and Diverse Populations

Lower Gwynedd Township, PA., April 16, 2019 … PGA REACH Philadelphia, the charitable arm of the Philadelphia Section PGA (PPGA), announced its first Board of Directors for the newly formed 501(c)3 non-profit foundation, whose mission is to positively impact lives and communities through the game of golf, with a focus on 3 core pillars: youth, military and diverse populations.  The inaugural foundation board members, who will each serve a three-year term, include:

  • Karen Batchelder
    • Chief Operating Officer & Chief Compliance Officer, Context BH Capital Management, LP, Bala Cynwyd, PA
  • John Blaskovich
    • Vice President /Partner, MedEast Solutions Limited, Inc., Mount Laurel, NJ
  • Harry Hammond, PGA
    • Partner & Director of Golf, Penn Oaks Golf Club, West Chester, PA
  • Gregory D. Marks
    • Senior Managing Director – Head of Originations, RAIT Financial Trust, Philadelphia, PA
  • Joseph W. “Chip” Marshall, III
    • Vice Chairman, Stevens & Lee Law Firm, Philadelphia, PA
  • Jeffrey P. McFadden, CCM, CCE, ECM
    • General Manager, The Union League of Philadelphia, PA
  • Krista Mitzak
    • Philanthropist, Wyndmoor, PA
  • Charles L. Nelson, MD
    • Chief, Joint Replacement Service, Penn Medicine, Philadelphia, PA
  • Algot “Al” Thorell
    • Vice Chairman, Director, Spring Garden Lending LLC, Philadelphia, PA

Serving as Chairman of the newly formed board will be Harry Hammond, a distinguished 55-year PGA Member, PGA Master Professional, past president of the Philadelphia Section PGA and a 2001 inductee into the Section’s Hall of Fame.  In addition to his role as Partner and Director of Golf at Penn Oaks Golf Club, as well as part-owner of the Golf Zone Learning Center in Downingtown, PA, Hammond is renowned for his commitment to volunteerism highlighted by positions on both the Philadelphia PGA Junior Golf Committee and the National “Youth Growth of the Game Committee” for the PGA of America. In fact, he is a four-time recipient of the Philadelphia Section PGA’s “Junior Golf Leader” Award, and in 1999 he was recognized by the PGA of America as their “National Award” winner for Junior Golf, among a host of other awards and accolades.

“We are extremely proud to have such a distinct group of golf ambassadors and accomplished business executives come together to establish the first board of directors for PGA REACH Philadelphia,” said Leila Mackie, Foundation Director, PGA REACH Philadelphia. “This collection of leaders, coming from various sectors in golf and business, will enable us to push forward in our mission to positively impact lives and communities through the game of golf.”

Today, under the guidance of the PPGA’s more than 880 PGA Professionals and Assistants located in Eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey (Trenton – south), Delaware and parts of Northern Maryland, who are at the forefront of golf programming and initiatives that grow the game of golf at more than 300 public and private golf facilities, PGA REACH Philadelphia’s goal is to grow the game by providing financial assistance, instruction, instructional materials, mentoring, equipment and scholarships to individuals and organizations throughout the region.

Among the key programs offered by PGA REACH Philadelphia is PGA HOPE (Helping Our Patriots Everywhere). The PGA of America’s flagship military program, PGA HOPE provides weekly golf clinics to Veterans with disabilities to enhance their physical, mental, social and emotional well-being. As golf has become a therapeutic part of the rehabilitation process for many Veterans with disabilities, PGA HOPE is truly making a difference in their lives. PGA REACH Philadelphia is working with facilities and VA hospitals to identify golf courses to host five-week golf programs led by trained PGA Professionals that provide Veterans with golf instruction, course access, and adaptive equipment where needed. Prior to the official debut of PGA REACH Philadelphia, the Philadelphia PGA HOPE program served over 100 veterans through their 2 chapters in Bensalem, PA and Burlington, NJ. Learning and playing the game of golf is a proven activity that has helped thousands of military Veterans assimilate back into their communities, and under the direction of the new foundation, PGA HOPE is expected to grow substantially in 2019 by adding a chapter in Harrisburg, PA, and continue impacting the lives of Veterans across the region.

Another key foundation program is their flagship youth initiative, PGA Jr. League, golf’s version of Little League baseball, which provides a fun, social and inclusive opportunity for boys and girls, ages 13 and under, to learn and play the game of golf, alongside their friends, in a popular “team” scramble format. Each team is coached by a PGA or LPGA Professional, and all players wear team uniforms with player numbers on the back. More than 1,800 kids participated throughout the Philadelphia PGA region in 2018, encompassing over 130 teams, playing in 31 Leagues at 86 public, private and First Tee facilities. In 2019, under the direction of the foundation, the goal for PGA Jr. League is to grow this number and provide opportunities for children to play the game without barriers by providing scholarships to fund those in need of financial assistance.

Another featured initiative under the of PGA REACH Philadelphia youth pillar is the Golf in Schools Program. In collaboration with the Golf Association of Philadelphia, a comprehensive curriculum developed by PGA Professionals, is designed to introduce the game to students of all skill levels through their physical education classes in school. PGA REACH Philadelphia provides each school with an allotment of developmentally appropriate equipment that allows golf to be learned and played in non-traditional venues, such as a school gymnasium and limited-space outdoor areas as the program focuses on the basic fundamentals of the game as well as the mental and physical health benefits that the lifelong sport provides. The goal of the foundation is to expand the program by activating dozens of new schools while working closely with PGA Professionals and educators to enhance the program curriculum.

PGA REACH Philadelphia also offers scholarships to individuals from diverse backgrounds providing opportunities to participate on the elite Philadelphia Junior Tour (PJT) for kids ages 18 and under. The scholarships fund recipient’s member dues and tournament fees each season until the participant is no longer eligible. The Philadelphia Section PGA Junior Tour is proud to help in developing social skills, self-esteem, and inspire youth in our community by providing scholarships to individuals from diverse backgrounds. For more information visit:

About PGA REACH Philadelphia

The PGA Reach Philadelphia Foundation is the 501c3 charitable arm of the Philadelphia Section of the PGA of America (PPGA), which encompasses Eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey (Trenton – south), Delaware and parts of Northern Maryland. The Foundation was created to support the PGA of America’s national PGA REACH program, whose mission is to positively impact lives and communities through the game of golf, with a focus on 3 core pillars: Youth, Military and Diversity. Under the guidance of more than 850 PGA Professionals and Assistants from the PPGA, the Foundation hosts a dynamic line-up of dynamic golf programming that provides access for individuals from all backgrounds to experience golf in a welcoming environment.

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2019 Spring Meeting Marks End of a Long Off-Season for the Philadelphia PGA 

Lafayette Hill, Pa. – In a sure sign that the new golf season is upon us, more than 270 Philadelphia PGA Professionals gathered at Whitemarsh Valley Country Club for the Section’s annual Spring Meeting on Monday, April 8. The meeting is a chance for all professionals to shake off the dust from a long off-season as well as reconnect old colleagues as they get their 2019 season’s underway.

With a full year under his belt, Section President John Rogers was ready to lead his fellow PGA Professionals through the day’s agenda. As always, the Spring Meeting is a chance for the officers of the Philadelphia PGA to update the membership at large on Section operations as well as highlighting the events of the upcoming season.

In addition to the addresses from Section officers, the meeting was also highlighted by presentations from Philadelphia PGA partners SCNS Foods, Signature Golf, SKYiGOLF, and TCM Bank who spoke about the Philadelphia PGA’s new credit card program. A guest speaker from Morgan Stanley, Prashantha Challa, spoke to the attendees about the dangers of Cyber Security and how everyone needs to take precautions to keep their information secure. As well as District 2 Director Tom Henderson, PGA who spoke on the various PGA of America initiatives as well as updated the attendees on the programs affecting each Section.

Throughout the Spring Meeting, the most recent Philadelphia PGA special award winners were recognized in front of their peers. The special award winners had previously been honored at a special awards dinner held at the Manor House at Commonwealth National on March 10.

After the meeting more than 170 Professionals turned their attention to the Section’s opening event, the Spring Pro-Pro Scramble. Played as a two-man scramble, the tournament was held at both Whitemarsh Valley Country Club and The ACE Club.

At host facility Whitemarsh Valley Country Club it was the team of Joe Kogelman (GolfTEC – Moorestown) and Trevor Bensel (Overbrook Golf Club) who came out victorious. The pair carded a team score of 10-under par (62) and finished one shot ahead of five teams in the season’s opening event.

At The ACE Club the formidable duo of Dave Quinn (Laurel Creek Country Club) and Stu Ingraham (M Golf Range) combined to post a team score of 12-under par (60) finishing one shot ahead of a pair of teams at 11-under par (61). The first of the teams to reach that number was Pat Butkus (Tavistock Country Club) and Jeff Herb (Waynesborough Country Club) who were quickly joined by Michael Shank (Wilmington Country Club) and Bob Lennon (Wilmington Country Club).

At Bluestone Country Club, the teams of Anthony Napoletano (GolfTEC – King of Prussia) and Eric McNamee (Golf Galaxy) and Rick Gibney (Colonial Country Club) and Steve Swartz (Out Door Country Club) finished tied for first with score of 10-under par (61). Five teams finished one shot back in a tie for third with scores of 9-under par (62).

The Section’s Philadelphia Assistants’ Organization (PAO) will hold their Spring Meeting on Monday, April 15 at Whitford Country Club (Exton, Pa.).

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