Lower Gwynedd Township, Pa. (October 31, 2021) — The Philadelphia PGA Section is proud to announce its 2022 Playing Awards Class, led by Rolex / The Haverford Trust Company Player of the Year Braden Shattuck, PGA, of Rolling Green Golf Club in Springfield, Pa. With a scoring average of 69.06 over 16 rounds of golf, Shattuck also earned the F. Edward DeBaufre Trophy for Scoring Average.
The Player of the Year awards are given each year to the Philadelphia PGA Professional who has amassed the largest number of points through their play throughout the season.
Shattuck won three Section tournaments on his march to the Player of the Year title: the 36th Burlington Classic at Burlington Country Club, the Doylestown Open at Doylestown Country Club, and the Jack Jolly & Son Championship at Moselem Springs Golf Club. In addition to his victories, Shattuck has recorded eight more top 10s in 2022, and will compete in the 2023 PGA Professional Championship at Twin Warriors and Santa Ana Pueblo Golf Clubs in New Mexico.
Rich Steinmetz of Spring Ford Country Club in Royersford, Pa., was named the Robert “Skee” Riegel Senior Player of the Year and earned the Senior Scoring Average Award (70.31 over 16 rounds) in his first year of eligibility, having turned 50 at the end of 2021, while Merion Golf Club’s Joanna Coe, PGA, took home the Philadelphia PGA’s inaugural Women’s Player of the Year honors; it was Coe’s first year working and competing in the Section.
PGA Life Member Brian Kelly, who retired from Bucknell Golf Club earlier this season, successfully defended his title as Super Senior Player of the Year, while Trevor Bensel took the Player of the Year title for the Philadelphia Assistants’ Organization (PAO).
In the Central Counties PGA Chapter, 101st Philadelphia PGA Professional Champion Brian Bergstol of Shawnee Inn & Golf Resort, was named the Chapter’s Player of the Year, alongside Kelly, who also won their Senior Player of the Year prize.
Travis Deibert, PGA, of Doylestown Country Club was named the Section’s 2022 Comeback Player of the Year, while Sam Ambrose, PGA, of Chester Valley Golf Club, earned this year‘s Ike Turner Most Improved Player award. Section Comeback Players of the Year are past winners of the Ike Turner Most Improved Player award, and is based on their standings in the Player of the Year and Scoring Average races, and any wins they accumulate throughout the season. The Ike Turner Most Improve Player award criteria is also based on the Player of the Year and Scoring Average lists, and tournament finishes.
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2022 Playing Awards Class
- Rolex / The Haverford Trust Company Player of the Year: Braden Shattuck, PGA; Rolling Green Golf Club, Springfield, Pa.
- F. Edward DeBaufre Trophy for Scoring Average: Braden Shattuck, PGA; Rolling Green Golf Club, Springfield, Pa.
- Women’s Player of the Year: Joanna Coe, PGA; Merion Golf Club, Ardmore, Pa.
- Robert “Skee” Riegel Senior Player of the Year: Rich Steinmetz, PGA; Spring Ford Country Club, Royersford, Pa.
- Senior PGA Professional Scoring Average: Rich Steinmetz, PGA; Spring Ford Country Club, Royersford, Pa.
- Super Senior Player of the Year: Brian Kelly, PGA Life Member
- Philadelphia Assistants’ Organization (PAO) Player of the Year: Trevor Bensel, PGA; Sandy Run Country Club, Oreland, Pa.
- Central Counties PGA Chapter Player of the Year: Brian Bergstol, PGA; Shawnee Inn & Golf Resort, Shawnee on Delaware, Pa.
- Central Counties PGA Chapter Senior Player of the Year: Brian Kelly, PGA Life Member
- Comeback Player of the Year: Travis Deibert, PGA; Doylestown (Pa.) Country Club
- Ike Turner Most Improved Player: Sam Ambrose, PGA; Chester Valley Golf Club, Malvern, Pa.
The Philadelphia PGA Section, covering eastern Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey and Delaware, is one of 41 geographical managing entities of the PGA of America. This Section manages nearly 900 PGA Members and Associates who are employed at over 590 golf facilities in our region.
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