Month: December 2019

PGA REACH Philadelphia’s Annual Charity Hockey Game

Help support PGA REACH Philadelphia by attending the Philadelphia Flyers/Devils  Game on February 6th. The tickets are in the lower level ($80 per ticket) and they are all located together in two lower level sections.

Before the game the Philadelphia PGA and the New Jersey PGA will hold their annual charity hockey game on the ice at the Wells Fargo Center. A team of PGA Professionals from the New Jersey Section will compete against our PGA peers from the Philadelphia Section. The game will begin at 12:45PM at the Wells Fargo Center on the Flyers Ice. If there are any questions please contact the Section office for more information.

For every ticket purchased, that person will get a voucher to pick their Gritty Driver head cover up at the game that night and $5 on every ticket sold will go back to PGA REACH Philadelphia.

WHEN: February 6th, 2020
WHERE: Wells Fargo Center
TIME: 7PM Flyers Game | 12:45PM-2:15PM Charity Game


Jeff Kiddie, PGA Elected 43rd President of the Philadelphia PGA

Lower Gwynedd Township, PA., November 14, 2019 … The Philadelphia Section, PGA of America, has announced that Jeff Kiddie, PGA Head Golf Professional at Aronimink Golf Club in Newton Square, PA, site of the 2020 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship and the 2026 PGA Championship, has been elected the Section’s 43rd President.


Kiddie, a 19-year Philadelphia PGA Member ascends to the position of president after serving in numerous leadership positions during the past decade, including Section Vice President, Secretary, District Director and Director of Section Affairs and Member of the PGA of America Rules Committee, among others. A decorated PGA Professional, Kiddie has received numerous awards and accolades throughout his career, including: 2016 Philadelphia Section Horton Smith Award; 2011 PGA National Merchandiser of the Year – Private Facilities; 2011 Philadelphia Section Golf Professional of the Year; and Philadelphia Section Merchandiser of the Year – Private Facilities, in ‘07 & ‘10.


Kiddie, a resident of West Chester, PA, succeeds John Rogers, PGA (Chambersburg, PA) as Section President. He was sworn into office at the Philadelphia PGA’s Fall Meeting along with several new officers and board members, including: Vice President – Patrick Shine, PGA – Commonwealth National GC; Secretary – Chip Richter, PGA – Carlisle CC;  Director of Tournaments – Eric Kennedy, PGA – Overbrook GC;  Director of Section Affairs – Bob Hennefer, PGA – Indian Spring CC; District 6 Director – Gerry Davos, PGA – Flourtown CC; District 6 Director – Dean Kandle, PGA – St Davids GC; District 2 Director – Anthony Malizia, PGA – Bidermann GC; and District 4 Director – Dustin McCormick, PGA – Glen Brook CC.

“It is with tremendous pride that I serve as President of the Philadelphia PGA Section, and I thank outgoing president, and our new honorary president, John Rogers for his unwavering dedication to the game and business of golf,” said Kiddie. “Along with my fellow officers, Patrick Shine and Chip Richter, we will continue to serve our fellow PGA Professionals with a laser focus on providing the tools and resources necessary to continue driving the game forward for golfers at all levels.”

PGA Professionals at Lookaway Golf Club Drive Golf Marathon Fundraising

The Philadelphia Section PGA’s Golf Marathon 100 Hole Challenge was established by PGA Professionals in the Philadelphia Section to raise money for PGA REACH Philadelphia. In 2019, the Marathon coincided with October’s “Month of Giving” Campaign and participating PGA Professionals, and all other willing supporters, played 100 holes of golf in 1 day, with 1 ball, 1 hole at a time. 

Leading the way in support of the “Month of Giving” were Mike Little and Laura Schiavo, PGA Assistant Golf Professionals at Lookaway Golf Club in Buckingham, PA. Backed by tremendous pledge support from club members and friends, Mike and Laura not only generated substantial donations, but led the entire Philadelphia PGA Section, raising near $23,000 for their one-day marathon round. Little, the 2016 OMEGA Player of the Year of the Philadelphia Section PGA, previously served as the Golf101 instructor for Temple University’s Kinesiology Department from 2009 to 2014 where he introduced over 500 college students to the game of golf.  Schiavo, a graduate of West Chester University with a Bachelor’s Degree in secondary education, is currently in the process of becoming a Class A PGA Professional. Prior to Lookaway, she worked for five years at Golf Galaxy focusing on merchandising, club fitting and golf club repair.  

Complementing the efforts of Mike and Laura at Lookaway Golf Club was club member Scott Hutchinson, who donated $7,600 to the foundation on behalf of the PAO (Philadelphia Assistants Organization) Tour Championship Event. Scott pledged $100 per birdie and $300 per eagle made during the PAO Tour Championship event, which took place on Oct. 14th, 2019 at Lehigh Country Club. In total, there were 70 birdies and 2 eagles made that day, which accounted for the $7,600 donation. ”It is better to give more than you receive,”Scott stated when asked about his support. Scott has been a big supporter of the PAO, as well as the PGA REACH Philadelphia.

Among the other top fundraisers who helped generate more than $44,000 from the Golf Marathon, were Alec Brown and Eric Keeler ($6,300), PGA Professionals from Gulph Mills Golf Club in King of Prussia, PA, and Dean Kandle ($5,050), PGA Professional from St. David’s Golf Club in Wayne, PA. PGA REACH Philadelphia thanks everyone who participated in the Golf Marathon this year.