Month: February 2023

Philadelphia PGA Section Announces New Invitational Golf Tournament: The Hutch

Lower Gwynedd Township, Pa. (February 28, 2023) — The Philadelphia PGA Section is excited to announce the creation of a new invitational golf tournament: The Hutch. The event will be hosted by Section partners Scott and Karen Hutchinson, and is scheduled to take place on Thursday, July 13 at Berkshire Country Club in Reading, Pa.

The Hutch will be a limited field event with the Hutchinsons extending invitations to 24 PGA Professionals. Participating PGA Professionals will team with one amateur golfer of their choice in the Better Ball format to compete for a purse of at least $10,000.

“Our Philadelphia PGA Professionals are grateful to Scott and Karen Hutchinson for their past generosity, and now have something to be even more excited about,” said Section Executive Director Geoffrey Surrette, PGA. “Not every PGA Section is as fortunate as we are to have the support of the Hutchinsons, and we are proud to expand our relationship with them, ultimately providing another opportunity to our members.”

The Hutchinsons have been longtime supporters of the Philadelphia PGA Section and PGA REACH Philadelphia, and also support the Philadelphia Players Championship at Lookaway Golf Club. The Hutch was established by the Hutchinsons to provide an additional playing and compensation opportunity to PGA Professionals who prioritize competitive golf while also successfully balancing their careers and partner relationships.

“Partnering with the Philadelphia PGA Section for the past decade has provided many playing opportunities outside of Lookaway Golf Club. The Hutch was created as a way to thank the PGA Professionals at those facilities,” said Scott Hutchinson “I want to also thank the Philadelphia PGA Section staff and Berkshire Country Club for making this event possible.”

Invitations for PGA Professionals will be distributed on March 1 via email.

About the Philadelphia PGA Section
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.

Contact: Matt Frey, PGA, Communications Director, Philadelphia PGA Section,

Remembering Inge Connelly

The Philadelphia PGA Section regrets to inform you of the passing of Inge Connelly, wife of PGA Past President and Section Past President Jack Connelly. The family will be scheduling a celebration of Inge’s life at a later date. Our sincere condolences go out to Jack and the entire Connelly family.

Join Us for Our Philadelphia PGA Awards Banquet

The Philadelphia PGA Section is pleased to invite you to our Awards and Hall of Fame Banquet on Sunday, March 19 at Union League Liberty Hill in Lafayette Hill, Pa., to honor our 2022 Awards Class, led by Philadelphia PGA Golf Professional of the Year Mike Wood. To learn more about our 2022 awards class, click here.

Guests are welcome to join our PGA Professionals! The banquet is $75 per person, which includes dinner and drinks. Cocktails begin at 5:30 p.m., with the program and dinner beginning at 6:00 p.m. To register, click on the below button.

Philadelphia PGA Awards and Hall of Fame Banquet
Sunday, March 19
Union League Liberty Hill

800 Ridge Pike, Lafayette Hill, PA 19444
5:30 p.m. cocktails, 6:00 p.m. dinner and programAwards Banquet Honorees

  • PGA Golf Professional of the Year: Mike Wood, PGA; Saucon Valley Country Club, Bethlehem, Pa.
  • PGA Teacher & Coach of the Year: Steve Sieracki, PGA; The Legacy Club at Woodcrest, Cherry Hill, N.J.
  • Bill Strausbaugh Award: Jim Smith Jr., PGA; Philadelphia Cricket Club, Flourtown, Pa.
  • Professional Development Award: Dean Kandle, PGA; Golf Business Network, Pottstown, Pa.
  • Patriot Award: Andy Signor, PGA; Pine Meadows Golf Complex, Lebanon, Pa.
  • Player Development Award: David Zimmaro, PGA; Overbrook Golf Club, Villanova, Pa.
  • Youth Player Development Award: Steve Chalmers, PGA; Saucon Valley Country Club, Bethlehem, Pa.
  • Merchandiser of the Year – Private Category: Todd Love, PGA; West Shore Country Club, Camp Hill, Pa.
  • Merchandiser of the Year – Public Category: Ian Madinger, PGA; Plantation Lakes Golf & Country Club, Millsboro, Del.
  • Merchandiser of the Year – Resort Category: Alex McGann, PGA; Seaview, Galloway, N.J.
  • Deacon Palmer Award: Kevin Duffy, Riverton Country Club, Cinnaminson, N.J.
  • Justin Riegel PGA Assistant Golf Professional of the Year: Keith Clawson, PGA; Merion Golf Club, Ardmore, Pa.
  • Salesperson of the Year: John Rutecki, PGA; Greyson Clothiers, Howell, N.J.

About the Philadelphia PGA Section
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.

Contact: Matt Frey, PGA, Communications Director,

Join Us for a Virtual Philadelphia PGA Women’s Roundtable on March 1

In addition to our traditional District Roundtables, the Philadelphia PGA Section and its Women’s Committee is a virtual women’s roundtable session on Wednesday, March 1 at 9:00 a.m. The session, held via Google Meet, is free to attend, and while the content will be geared for our women PGA Professionals, our male PGA Professionals are also encouraged to join the discussion.

In addition to some great peer to peer conversation on the many different topics facing our PGA Professionals, our Section, and our industry today, PGA Past President Suzy Whaley and PGA Master Professional Alison Curdt will be joining the discussions and speaking about the women’s game and the industry. To register, click on the below button. To join, visit the URL listed below.


To help facilitate the discussions, please take a moment to complete this short survey on what topics interest you most…click here to complete the survey.

Philadelphia PGA Women’s Roundtable
Wednesday, March 1, 2023
9:00 a.m. ETJoin via Google Meet:

About Suzy Whaley, PGA: The first woman ever elected to serve as an Officer of the PGA of America, PGA President and PGA Master Professional Suzy Whaley is the PGA Director of Instruction for the Country Club at Mirasol in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. She is also the PGA Director of Instruction for Suzy Whaley Golf. After serving two years as PGA Secretary, and two years as Vice President, Whaley was elected as the PGA of America’s first female President at the PGA Annual Meeting in November 2018.Recognized in 2019 as one of GOLF’s “Top 100 Teachers in America,” Whaley’s resume includes numerous other teaching awards: Golf Digest Top 50 Instructor, LPGA Top 50 Instructor, two-time Connecticut PGA Teacher of the Year, 10-time Golf Digest State Teacher of the Year and U.S. Kids Golf Master Kids Teacher. She is a five-time PGA Jr. League Championship finals Coach and has instructed more than 300 children to collegiate golf. Previously, she enjoyed a five-year tenure at Jim Flick Golf Schools, before becoming the Head Golf Professional at Blue Fox Run in Avon, Connecticut, in 2002. From 2004-06, she worked as an LPGA golf commentator for ESPN, and began her own instruction and coaching business, Suzy Whaley Golf, after ESPN.

A dual member of the PGA of America and LPGA Teaching & Club Professional division, Whaley was a LPGA Tour member in 1990 and 1993. She famously qualified and participated in the 2003 Greater Hartford Open, becoming the first woman since Babe Zaharias in 1945 to qualify for a PGA Tour event. This occurred after Whaley became the first PGA of America woman professional to win the Connecticut PGA Championship. Whaley also is a three-time Connecticut Women’s Open Champion; National LPGA Teaching & Club Professional winner; Connecticut PGA Section Champion; Connecticut PGA Club Professional Champion; and a two-time LPGA Northeast T&CP Section Champion. She competed in both the 2002 and 2005 PGA Professional Championships. Whaley also recently competed in the USGA Senior Women’s Open, as well at the LPGA Senior Women’s Championship.

A 2016 Greater Syracuse Sports Hall of Fame inductee, Whaley also serves on both the ANNIKA Foundation Board and the PGA Tour Policy Board. In addition, she is an Honorary Director for the First Tee of Connecticut. Whaley was honored with the 2017 Betsy Rawls Award from the American Junior Golf Association for her service, dedication and contributions to women’s golf. She was also named a 2015 Sports Business Journal “Game Changer,” cited as a woman leader who has had a major impact on sports business. Whaley also received the 2015 Margo Dydek Award from the WNBA’s Connecticut Sun, for her ability to engage, challenge and inspire, while serving as a role model.

A 1989 graduate of the University of North Carolina with a Bachelor’s Degree in economics, Whaley and her husband, Bill, are both PGA Members. Bill is the National Director of Golf for the PGA Tour Properties Division. They have two daughters, Jennifer and Kelly.

About Alison Curdt, PGA: Alison is a PGA Master Professional in Instruction and a LPGA Master Professional. Being one of nine women to achieve the highest PGA credential earned by an instructor and only one of two women to be a dual master professional in both organizations, Alison has over 33 years of golf competition background and played on a full scholarship as a two-time Academic All American at Florida State University while earning degrees in Psychology and Professional Golf Management. Her teaching prowess has been recognized in many ways including being selected by the LPGA in 2018, 2017, 2015 and 2012 as the Western Section Teacher of the Year. Alison was chosen as the LPGA’s National Teacher of the Year in 2015 and the PGA Northern Chapter Teacher of the Year in 2015. In 2016, Alison was selected as the Southern California PGA Teacher & Coach of the Year and Golf Digest added her as one of the Best Young Instructors in America. Her clubfitting skills were recognized in 2016 as the Northern Chapter PGA chose her as Clubfitter of the Year and the SCPGA awarded her club fitter of the year in 2018. Recently the LPGA chose Alison as a Top 50 Instructor for the second time and the SCPGA inducted her into the Teaching Hall of Fame. The SCPGA Northern Chapter selected her as Golf Professional of the Year in 2017. In 2019, the SCPGA selected her as the Golf Professional of the Year and the LPGA Western Section selected her as the 2020 Golf Professional of the Year. Alison currently teaches at Wood Ranch Golf Club in the Los Angeles area.

Alison completed her Doctorate of Psychology in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Sport Psychology and a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy. She is a practicing psychotherapist in the state of California and currently works with adolescents, couples, families, and individuals in her private practice Curdt Performance Therapy, in Woodland Hills, Calif. Alison strives to develop and coach golfers in all areas of their lives.

Alison continues to be very active playing competitively and has played in seven LPGA Majors: 2012, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020 KPMG Women’s PGA Championships.  She is the first women from Southern California to ever qualify for the PGA Professional Championship in 2018 and made a return trip to the PPC in 2021. She helped Team USA win the inaugural Women’s PGA Cup in October 2019. Alison has been a six-time SCPGA Omega Women’s Player of the Year.

Alison’s teaching philosophy is a student-centered approach allowing her to use a vast approach of modalities to help students reach their goals. She has taught over 25,000 golf lessons and is extremely well versed in video analysis, club fitting, golf fitness, and the mental side of the game. Students can be assured all areas of their game will benefit.

About the Philadelphia PGA Section
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. Founded in 1921, the Section celebrates its centennial in 2021.
Contact: Matt Frey, PGA, Communications Director, Philadelphia PGA Section,

PGA of America Introduces Member Deferred Compensation Program

For many years the PGA of America has searched for a way to develop some kind of retirement plan for members. As we all know, there are tax rules that prevent the Association from directly giving money to members. But the basic principle is that we can reasonably compensate a member for performing services that advance our exempt purpose; specifically for growing the game of golf. Therefore, the PGA of America created a plan whereby members that participate in programs that meet specified performance objectives can earn a contribution towards a deferred compensation fund.

The aim is that over the years these investments will grow and provide a supplemental income for the member upon reaching the age of 65. Because of the power of compounding over time, clearly younger members will benefit most from the program, but everyone can participate.

In addition to all our programs and other benefits this is now a very real and accessible vehicle to accumulate wealth towards a more comfortable retirement.  We further hope that this can serve as a truly significant lure and recruiting tool to attract new talent to our great and growing industry.

Get Started

Benefits include:

  • Tax-deferred growth
  • Ability to choose your investment allocation from a wide variety of funds
  • Supplement your future retirement income
  • Contributions come directly from the PGA

Points System: Members earn points towards the Plan after the completion of certain specified performance objectives/activities.

You must earn a minimum of 200 points in a given program year to be eligible to receive a contribution

  • If a member does not reach that threshold, such points will be forfeited
  • Additionally, points cannot be rolled over to future program years
  • Reporting Points
    • Members can submit and keep track of their points online or through the Deferred Compensation App
    • Multi-pronged reporting model includes self-attestation, the attestation of another PGA Member, and to the extent available, the use of other readily available data sources.
  • A list of eligible activities and their assigned point value can be found below. Note: Partial credit for some activities is available as well depending on the level of involvement

To view the Deferred Compensation program’s points descriptions, click here. Review the Deferred Compensation program’s eligible activities by career path by clicking here.

About the PGA of America

The PGA of America is one of the world’s largest sports organizations, composed of nearly 28,000 PGA Professionals who work daily to grow interest and inclusion in the game of golf. For more information about the PGA of America, visit and follow us on TwitterInstagram and Facebook.

About the Philadelphia PGA Section
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.

Contact: Matt Frey, PGA, Communications Director, Philadelphia PGA Section,

Apply for the Philadelphia PGA Junior Tour Diversity Scholarships

PGA REACH Philadelphia is excited to announce that its 2023 Philadelphia PGA Junior Tour Diversity Scholarships applications are now live!

Our foundation has offered scholarship opportunities since 2019 for individuals with a passion for golf from diverse backgrounds to participate on the Philadelphia PGA Junior Tour circuit for kids ages 18 and under. With opportunities to learn, grow, and compete many tour members graduate to play at the college level and beyond. The Philadelphia 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.

Who May Apply:

  • Females – any female is eligible to apply regardless of their financial background/situation.
  • Marginalized populations – includes individuals and communities that experience discrimination and exclusion based on social, political and economic means or background/status.
  • Any individuals of any race/ethnicity in need of financial assistance that meet the need-based requirements listed in application
Scholarship Includes: 
  • Annual Philadelphia PGA Junior Tour membership dues
  • Mentors – PGA Professionals are assigned as a role model and coach to each scholarship recipient
  • Tournament event fees
  • Covers individuals member dues up to seven tournaments each year until applicant turns 18 years old and is no longer eligible.
  • FUNdamental Tour membership and caddie fees if applicant is under the age of 12.
  • The First Tee of Greater Philadelphia participants will receive two tournaments and a Philadelphia PGA Junior Tour membership
Application Deadline: March 10, 2023

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About PGA REACH Philadelphia 

PGA REACH Philadelphia is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 2018 as the charitable arm of the Philadelphia PGA Section, one of the 41 Sections within the PGA of America. PGA REACH Philadelphia is committed to serving our communities and growing the game of golf through our three pillars: Youth, Military, and Diversity.

For more information on PGA REACH Philadelphia and its mission to positively impact lives through golf, visit To donate to PGA REACH Philadelphia, please click here.


Courtney Curcio
Director, PGA REACH Philadelphia

Matt Frey, PGA
Communications Director, Philadelphia PGA Section