Author: Matt Frey

Inside Golf Airs 24th Haverford Philadelphia PGA Classic Special on NBC Sports Philadelphia

Lower Gwynedd Township, Pa. (November 11, 2021) — As the golf season winds down, Inside Golf, a Philadelphia PGA Section partner, will air a television special highlighting the 24th Haverford Philadelphia PGA Classic, won by PGA Member Parks Price, premiering on NBC Sports Philadelphia on Thursday, November 11 at 11:00 p.m. ET. The special will be rebroadcast throughout the month of November on NBC Sports Philadelphia and NBC Sports Philadelphia Plus.

The special will feature all of the major highlights from September’s electrifying golf tournament at Sunnybrook Golf Club, where Price walked away with a winner’s check of $100,000, the largest first-place prize available from any event across the PGA of America’s 41 nationwide Sections, following a sudden death playoff with PGA Professionals Zac Oakley and Brett Walker.

Inside Golf’s 24th Haverford Philadelphia
PGA Classic TV Special Broadcast Times
Thursday, November 11: 11:00 p.m. on NBC Sports Philadelphia
Monday, November 15: 7:30 p.m. on NBC Sports Philadelphia
Wednesday, November 17: 9:00 p.m. on NBC Sports Philadelphia+
Sunday, November 21: 5:30 p.m. on NBC Sports Philadelphia
Thursday, November 25: 6:00 p.m. on NBC Sports Philadelphia+
The special will also be viewable on Inside Golf’s official YouTube channel, which may be accessed by clicking here.

The 24th Haverford Philadelphia PGA Classic’s title partner is The Haverford Trust Company, and is supported by Precise Yardage Books. The special is hosted by Inside Golf’s Harry Donahue and features guest commentator Matt Frey, PGA.

About The Haverford Trust Company
The Haverford Trust Company was founded in 1979 on Philadelphia’s landmark Rittenhouse Square. Since our founding, one thing has remained unchanged…our commitment to quality. Haverford has prospered for 40 years in a finance industry dominated by giants through our passion and adaptability. With 110+ employees and $13.4 billion* in assets, our size is our advantage. We focus on the essentials: the Quality Investing philosophy that provides our clients with the right mix of stability and growth across the market cycle. For more information, visit HaverfordQuality.com.

About Inside Golf
Inside Golf is a weekly magazine-style show hosted by longtime KYW News Radio anchor Harry Donahue. The program spotlights various public and private golf clubs, PGA Professionals, golf tournaments, and more.

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, mfrey@pgahq.com

PGA REACH Philadelphia Celebrates Veterans in Conjunction with 5th Annual PGA National Day of HOPE

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (Nov. 10, 2021) — In honor of our nation’s Veterans, PGA REACH, the 501(c)(3) charitable foundation of the PGA of America, has announced that Thursday — Veterans Day — will serve as the 5th Annual PGA National Day of HOPE. This nationwide Veterans celebration has two goals: Commemorate our nation’s heroes who protect our freedom, and raise awareness and support for PGA HOPE (Helping Our Patriots Everywhere), the signature military program for PGA REACH.

PGA HOPE is a national program that introduces golf to Veterans to enhance their physical, mental, social and emotional well-being. The 6-8 week curriculum is taught by PGA Professionals trained in adaptive golf and military cultural competency, and all programs are funded by PGA REACH and supplemented by PGA Section Foundations, so the cost of programming is free to all Veterans. PGA HOPE participants include Veterans living with physical or cognitive challenges such as Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and amputees, among other challenges.

PGA HOPE has a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), which enables Recreational Therapists to refer Veterans to the PGA HOPE program as a form of therapy. Through a robust program strategy, PGA HOPE aspires to create a physically and emotionally healthier Veteran community by shaping lives, changing lives, and possibly saving lives through the game of golf.

The rehabilitative golf program helps Veterans assimilate back into their communities through the social interaction the game provides. Led by PGA Professionals, the program is currently being offered at 165 PGA HOPE Chapters across the country, positively impacting more than 3,500 Veterans annually. Additionally, more than 1,200 PGA Members have been trained in military culture and adaptive golf techniques.

“Thanks to the passion and dedication of PGA Professionals who continue to drive the success of the program, PGA HOPE helps Veterans find inspiration and rehabilitation through the game of golf,” said PGA President Jim Richerson.  “Every Veteran that we inspire through golf is a success story,
and we want to reach as many of our nation’s heroes as possible who need our help and support.”

In support of this year’s PGA National Day of HOPE activities, PGA REACH has launched a OneCause fundraising campaign where individuals and organizations can contribute to meaningful fundraising events in support of Veterans and future PGA HOPE programming.

To donate to PGA REACH Philadelphia and their PGA HOPE Philadelphia program, click here.

2021 PGA National Day of HOPE campaign highlights:

  • 14 Teams of four Veterans and one PGA Professional each will participate in the 4th Annual PGA REACH Carolinas HOPE Cup at Kiawah Island Resort on Monday, Nov. 8 — the annual season-ending event showcases the life-changing PGA HOPE program for our Veterans.

  • PGA REACH Southern Texas will host a Veterans Day PGA HOPE clinic at the Mac Wylie Golf Center, where the new South Texas PGA HOPE Ambassador Sergio Avendano will join PGA Professionals to introduce the game to more Veterans.

  • PGA HOPE Fayetteville will host a PGA HOPE graduation on Veterans Day where Veterans will have an opportunity to play nine holes of golf at North Carolina’s Highland Country Club.

  • Tennessee PGA HOPE will host a graduation on Wednesday, November 10th at Old Fort Golf Club where Veterans will play the Bloomfield Links six-hole Course in Murfreesboro.

  • GOLFTEC will make a $1 donation to PGA HOPE for every lesson given during November through its DRIVE FOR HOPE campaign. The goal is to raise over $100,000 through lessons and donations.

PGA National Day of HOPE comes on the heels of the 2021 PGA HOPE National Golf & Wellness Week at historic Congressional Club, where 20 Veterans from across the country participated in a four-day specialized golf and wellness training program. The new PGA HOPE Ambassadors will help champion the growth of PGA HOPE programming across their respective PGA Sections.

For more information on PGA National Day of HOPE or to make a donation, visit PGAREACH.org.

About PGA REACH
PGA Foundation, Inc. d/b/a PGA REACH is the 501(c)(3) charitable foundation of the PGA of America. The mission of PGA REACH is to impact lives through golf. For more information, visit PGAREACH.org, follow @PGAREACH on Twitter and find us on Facebook.

Dustin McCormick, PGA, Leads Glen Brook Golf Club Team to Victory in 2021 Philadelphia PGA Fall Finale

Northfield N.J. (October 27, 2021) — PGA Member Dustin McCormick led his team of amateurs to victory in the 2021 Philadelphia PGA Fall Finale at Atlantic City Country Club, the last Section golf tournament of the year.

McCormick’s team from Glen Brook Golf Club in Stroudsburg, Pa., included Al McCormick,  Steve Houloose, and Paul Rosetti, and combined for a 13-under-par 57. The Glen Brook team made 11 net birdies and one net eagle to claim the Net Division. McCormick turned in a 65 gross on his own golf ball.

John F. Byrne G.C.’s team of Anthony Hoffman, PGA, Kurt Holmes, Mark Colville, and John Donohoe, tied for second place one stroke behind with Atlantic City C.C.’s Joshua Kelley, PGA, Michael Torrissi Jr., Frank Frederico, and Norm Tomasello. Yardley C.C.’s Rick Hughart, PGA, ​Greg Rocca, ​Mike Perilli, and Dennis Warwick finished in fourth place at 11-under-par.

PGA Professional Jeff Fick of Moselem Springs Golf Club in Fleetwood, Pa., led his team of John Brennan, Mikey Lenge, and Scott Gilroy, to take the top spot in the Gross Division with a 7-under-par 63. Fick turned in the low gross round of the day, a 64. Blue Bell C.C.’s Rocco Sgrillo, PGA, Eric Carlidge, Dicky Rhoads, and Steve Meyers finished in second place, two strokes back.

To view the full 2021 Philadelphia PGA Fall Finale leaderboard, click here.

The 2021 Philadelphia PGA Fall Finale is supported by Workhorse Brewing Company / Workhorse Tour. The Philadelphia PGA Section and its PGA Professionals thank our partners, Atlantic City C.C., its membership, management, and host PGA Professionals, and staff, as the event would not be possible without their support.

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, mfrey@pgahq.com

Patrick Shine Elected Philadelphia PGA Section President

Lafayette Hill, Pa. (October 25, 2021) — PGA Member Patrick Shine of Commonwealth National Golf Club in Horsham, Pa., was elected 44th Philadelphia PGA President at the Section’s 2021 Fall Membership Meeting at Green Valley Country Club, its first in-person meeting since October 2019, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Chip Richter of the Country Club of Harrisburg in Harrisburg, Pa., and Bob Hennefer of Laurel Creek Country Club in Mount Laurel, N.J., join Shine as Section officers, being elected as Vice President and Secretary, respectively. Jeff Kiddie of Aronimink Golf Club in Newtown Square, Pa., moves to the role of Honorary President following his two-year stint as president.

The membership also selected Dustin McCormick, Glen Brook C.C., as Director of Section Affairs, while also appointing Eric Kennedy, Overbrook G.C., a second term as Director of Tournaments. Kevin Duffy, Riverton C.C.; Jason Gebhart, The Bridges G.C.; and Brett Nelson, Moselem Springs G.C.; were also elected to second terms as directors of Districts 1, 3, and 5, respectively. The board of directors and Executive Director Geoff Surrette also thanked outgoing independent directors Binney Wietlisbch and Tom Conery for their service.

The Section’s playing awards were also formally announced during the meeting and included:

  • Rolex Haverford Trust Player of the Year:
    Zac Oakley, PGA, Bidermann G.C.|
  • Rolex Robert “Skee” Riegel Senior Player of the Year:
    Dave McNabb, PGA, Applebrook G.C.
  • Super Senior Player of the Year:
    Brian Kelly, PGA, Bucknell G.C.
  • F. Edward DeBaufre Trophy for Scoring Average:
    Zac Oakley, PGA, Bidermann G.C.
  • Comeback Player of the Year:
    Mike Moses, PGA, Concord C.C.
  • Ike Turner Most Improved Player:
    Braden Shattuck, PGA, Bidermann G.C.
  • Philadelphia Assistants’ Organization Player of the Year:
    Brian Bergstol, PGA, Shawnee Inn & Golf Resort
Following the meeting, 68 PGA Professionals teed it up in the Fall Meeting’s two-person scramble, with Pine Valley G.C.’s Chad Ferguson and Steve Sanderson taking the top spot at 12-under-par. The Pine Valley’s 59 was three strokes better than second place finishers Anthony Hoffman, John F. Byrne G.C., and Rocco Sgrillo Blue Bell C.C.; and Jeff Herb, Waynesborough C.C., and Patrick Butkus Tavistock C.C.

Perhaps the highlight of the round was PGA Member Rick Flagler’s first-ever hole-in-one on his first swing of the day, on the 139-yard par-3 eighth hole, with a pitching wedge. Congratulations, Rick!

To view the full 2021 Philadelphia PGA Fall Meeting leaderboard, click here.

The 2021 Philadelphia PGA Fall Meeting is supported by CaddieNow, Cobra Puma Golf, Evolve Golf, Golf Cart Services Inc., Imperial Headwear, Trinity Flavors, and Workhorse Brewing Company / Workhorse Tour. The Philadelphia PGA Section and its PGA Professionals thank our partners, Green Valley C.C., its membership, management, and host PGA Professionals, and staff, as the event would not be possible without their support.

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, mfrey@pgahq.com

FDS Winter Tour Releases 2021-22 Schedule

November 1
Cedarbrook Country Club
Blue Bell, Pa.
Two-person modified better ball

November 8
Yardley Country Club
Yardley, Pa.
Two-person better ball

November 15
Green Valley Country Club
Lafayette Hill, Pa.
Two-person scramble

November 22
North Hills Country Club
Glenside, Pa.
MB two-person wacky hole locations

November 29
Raven’s Claw Golf Club
Pottstown, Pa.
Two-person DR chapman

December 6
Talamore Country Club
Ambler, Pa.
Two-person scramble

December 13
Bucks Club
Jamison, Pa.
Individual

December 20
Lulu Country Club
Glenside, Pa.
Two-person better ball

December 27
Odessa National Golf Club
Townsend, Del.
Individual

January 3
Paxon Hollow Country Club
Media, Pa.
Individual

January 10
TPC at Johnny C
Bensalem Township Country Club
Bensalem, Pa.
Two-person better ball

January 17
Indian Spring Country Club
Marlton, N.J.
Two-person scramble

January 24
Odessa National Golf Club
Townsend, Del.
Individual

January 31
Bucks Club
Jamison, Pa.
Two-person better ball stableford

February 7
Hershey’s Mill Golf Club
West Chester, Pa.
Two-person modified better ball

February 14
TPC at Johnny C
Bensalem Township Country Club
Bensalem, Pa.
Two-person DR chapman

February 21
Talamore Country Club
Ambler, Pa.
Two-person modified better ball

February 28
Kimberton Golf Club
Phoenixville, Pa.
Individual

March 7
Paxon Hollow Country Club
Media, Pa.
Individual

March 14
Laurel Creek Country Club
Mount Laurel, N.J.
Four-person two better ball of four

March 21
Cedarbrook Country Club
Blue Bell, Pa.
Championship

To sign up for an event you must either email Jamie Shaffer at shaffer004@aol.com or text at (215) 915-3809.
Eligibility: Both professionals and amateurs are welcome. There is an open and amateur division. The amateur division will compete for net prizes. Amateurs are welcome to participate in both divisions. However, they must pay separate entries, but only one walk/ride fee. Amateurs will receive gift certificates at the host club.

Event Registration: MANDATORY – To sign up for an event you must either email Jamie Shaffer at shaffer004@aol.com or text at (215) 915-3809.

Starting Times: All events will be 10:15 shotgun starts. Please let me know you are playing, so the host facility can be appropriately prepared! Also, be on time or we will start without you.

Fees: Cash only. No checks will be accepted.

Tour Registration: $70.00 – must be paid at the first event you play.

Entry Fees: Open Division $70.00 per person, which includes the walk/ride fee – $5.00 per person of entry will go into a skins pool. In the event there are no skins, the skin money will go into that day’s purse. Amateur Division $70.00 per person, which includes the walk/ride fee – $5.00 per person of entry will go into an optional skins pool.

Handicaps: Amateurs will play with their USGA course handicaps – maximum handicap of 16. If you do not have a handicap, one will be assigned to you.

Birdie Race: Open Division players only. The birdie race will pay three places for the total number of birdies made for the year. Players will get credit for their own birdies in individual and better ball events. Players are responsible for notifying scorers of their birdie total at each event. No card – No birdies. Eagles and aces count as two birdies.

Conduct: Clubs hosting the FDS Winter Tour have been very generous and hospitable to host us. It is in our collective best interest to return this consideration with respect to the club, the golf course, and the members and staff. Your sportsmanlike behavior will ensure our continued welcome at these clubs.

Championship: To be eligible for the championship, you must have paid entries in over 50 percent of the events that are played. You may prepay an entry (and not play) on or before the date of that particular event, and it will count toward your total for the championship.

Rules of Play: “Winter Rules” – lift, clean and place within one club length, no closer to the hole, everywhere. The ball must remain in the same condition – i.e. rough stays in rough, fairway stays in fairway, ball in the water stays in the water (you can go no closer to the hole in more shallow water, but it must stay in the water).

Information: Call or text Jamie Shaffer at (215) 915-3809 or email at shaffer004@aol.com, if you have any questions. The first person to email me the correct answer to the following question will receive a free entry. How many screws and rods were put in my back when I had surgery in September (total combined number). You get one guess only.

Marty Lyons Joins 2021 Class of PGA of America Hall of Fame Inductees

PALM BEACH GARDENS, FLA. (Oct 20, 2021) – Longtime Philadelphia PGA Member Martin “Marty” Lyons, and Albert “Al” Watrous, one of the earliest Members of the PGA of America, a member of the first two United States Ryder Cup teams and a three-time Senior PGA Champion will be inducted into the PGA of America Hall of Fame, along with PGA Professionals Kyle Heyen, Ed Ibarguen, PGA Past President Paul K. Levy, Martin “Marty” Lyons and Gary Reynolds, during the 105th PGA Annual Meeting on Nov. 3, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Originated in 1940 at the suggestion of famed sportswriter Grantland Rice, the PGA of America Hall of Fame honors and recognizes individuals who through their lives, careers, service and support have made significant and enduring contributions to the PGA of America in its mission to grow the game of golf. Inductees include PGA Golf Professionals, Tour Professionals or Ambassadors who throughout their lives have supported and elevated the image of the PGA Professional, the PGA of America and the game of golf. It is the highest honor that the PGA of America can bestow.

Watrous was one of the most decorated golfers in the Michigan PGA Section’s history. Heyen is an advocate for the game as part of the Colorado PGA Section. A staple in the Carolinas PGA Section leadership ranks, Ibarguen is renowned for his dedication to PGA Education. Levy served as the 40th president of the PGA of America. Lyons was a pioneer in the Philadelphia PGA Section, and Reynolds had a distinguished career in the Connecticut PGA Section.

“The PGA of America takes tremendous pride in honoring the people who have dedicated their professional lives to furthering our mission of elevating the standards of our profession, and growing interest and participation in the game,” said PGA President Jim Richerson. “These six new inductees into the PGA of America Hall of Fame are a source of great inspiration, mentorship and pride for their peers and to future generations of PGA Members. Their countless contributions to the game of golf will be honored forever as an indelible part of our Association’s storied history.”

About the 2021 PGA of America Hall of Fame Inductees

Kyle Heyen, PGA
Colorado PGA Section
Heyen was named the Colorado PGA Section’s Golf Professional of the Year twice (2005-2006), won the Section’s Professional Development Award four times (1993, 1999-2001) and Player Development Award twice (2007-2008), and served two years as President. He also sat on the Board of Directors for 23 years (eight as an Officer) and was a Committee Chair for 17 years. On the national level, he has won the PGA Player Development Award (2009), and served as a PGA of America Board of Control Member (2008-2012), Co-Chairman of the Governance Committee (2006-2008) and as Player Development Co-Chair (2012-2014). He also served on the Play Golf America Committee (2009), Hall of Fame Selection Committee (2009-2010), Golf 2.0 Platinum Committee Member (2011-2012), PGA of America Membership Committee (2014-2016) and the PGA of America Awards Committee (2015-2016 and Committee Chair in 2017). Heyen created an annual trip to the VA hospital to visit Veterans who were either hospitalized or in for a routine check up and thank them for their service. He was also instrumental in local efforts to grow the game, becoming involved in different capacities in PGA Jr. League, the Colorado PGA’s Golf in Schools Program and Get Golf Ready. Heyen has spent 40 years at Hiwan Golf Club, serving as PGA Head Professional since 1985. He was inducted into the Colorado Golf Hall of Fame in 2011.

Ed Ibarguen, PGA
Carolinas PGA Section
A PGA Member for more than 42 years, Ibarguen has worked at Duke University Golf Club since 1988, where he currently serves as General Manager and PGA Director of Golf. He was also a Carolinas PGA Section Officer (1992-1995) and a seven-time Section award winner, including Golf Professional of the Year (2001), Teacher/Coach of the Year (1991, 2003), Bill Strausbaugh (1993) and the Professional Development Award (1990, 1998, 2004). He was inducted into the Carolinas Section Hall of Fame in 2015. He earned two national PGA awards: Bill Strausbaugh Award (1995) and the Professional Development Award (1998) and served on the national Board of Control from 2003-2007. Ibarguen has served as Chairman of several national committees for a total of 12 (2-year) terms, including Teaching/Coaching, Membership and Education. He has been the national chair for PGA Education since 2017. A PGA Master Professional, Ibarguen has been a nationally recognized teacher/coach as a GOLF Magazine Top 100 Teacher (since 2001), GRAA Top 50 (since 2012) and Golf Digest Best in State (since 2001). Throughout his time as a PGA Member, he has used education and learning as a tool to grow the game to different audiences.

Paul K. Levy, PGA
PGA Past President – PGA of America
Southern California, Southern Texas and Southwest PGA Sections
The 40th President of the PGA of America, Paul Levy is also the President and CEO of PKL Golf Management and Club Services in Pinetop, Arizona, specializing in operational management and consulting services for the golf and club industry. Additionally, Paul is President of Distinguished Golf Destinations, a company that recognizes the best golf facilities in America that allow play to the general public. As an Officer, he also has served two-year terms as PGA Honorary President, PGA Vice President and PGA Secretary. Levy also served on the PGA Board of Control (2004-2008), as President of the Southern Texas Section (1998-2000) and was named the Southern Texas Golf Professional of the Year (2000). An advocate for junior participation, he is a three-time Section PGA Junior Golf Leader recipient (1992, 1993, 1998) and also earned the Section’s Bill Strausbaugh Award (1999). As PGA President, Levy was influential in the deal to relocate PGA Headquarters to Frisco, Texas, and spearheaded growing the employment consultant arm of PGA of America‘s Career Services and executive search. The $550 million PGA Frisco development will bring 26 PGA of America championships, approximately 150 jobs and a new Northern Texas PGA Section Headquarters. A 1983 LSU graduate, Levy played on the Tigers golf team.

Marty Lyons, PGA (posthumous)
Philadelphia PGA Section
Lyons was a two-time Philadelphia Section Golf Professional of the Year (1956, 1958) and was named to the Section’s Hall of Fame in 1994. He served as Section President from 1942-1947. Lyons was instrumental in bringing the 1958 PGA Championship to Llanerch Country Club, and he advocated aggressively for the Association to change the format from match play to stroke play, which the 1958 Championship adopted. Lyons lived the PGA of America’s mission most notably through his passion for introducing and teaching the game to Veterans returning home from war and to juniors. He established the junior program at his first stop as a PGA Professional in Maple Shade, New Jersey. When he arrived at Llanerch, the program was not open to boys under 16, so Lyons changed that rule and then opened the program to boys and girls of all ages.

Gary Reynolds, PGA
Connecticut PGA Section
Reynolds, a PGA Life Member, earned the Section’s Golf Professional of the Year honor in 1989, and he’s a three-time winner of the Section’s Bill Strausbaugh Award (1996-1998), which he also won nationally in 2001. Reynolds was elected to the Connecticut PGA Professional Hall of Fame in 2008 and the Connecticut Golf Association Hall of Fame in 2011. During his career at The Hartford Golf Club, Reynolds led a variety of initiatives to grow the game, including free instructional clinics, a nine-hole women’s group and programs for health and wellness. He was also a founding board member of First Tee – Connecticut and the Connecticut PGA Section Golf Foundation, which awards grants to youth, diversity, disability and military veteran golf programs. Reynolds also played a considerable role in the City of Hartford restoring Keney Park Golf Course and Goodwin Park Golf Course. 

Al Watrous, PGA (posthumous)
Michigan PGA Section
A three-time Senior PGA Champion, Watrous was named the Michigan Section’s Golf Professional of the Year in 1958 and 1967. He won the Michigan PGA Championship nine times and the Senior Michigan PGA Championship five times. He also won eight PGA Tour events and was a member of the first two U.S. Ryder Cup teams in 1927 and 1929, as well as competing in the 1926 challenge matches (precursor to the Ryder Cup). He finished runner-up to Bobby Jones in the 1926 Open Championship and twice made the PGA Championship semifinals when it was a match-play event. Watrous had a 37-year career as the PGA Professional at Oakland Hills Country Club and was inducted into the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame in 1962, the Polish American Hall of Fame in 1979, the Michigan Golf Hall of Fame in 1982, and the Michigan PGA Hall of Fame in 2011. He served as Michigan Section President from 1936-1937. In addition, Watrous penned a regular column designed to reach new golfers in the Detroit Times called “How to Play Golf.”

For a full list of PGA of America Hall of Fame Members, click here.

About the PGA of America

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PGA Professionals, Amateurs Gather to Celebrate the Philadelphia PGA’s Centennial in Pro-Am at Saucon Valley Country Club

Bethlehem, Pa. (October 18, 2021) — Ninety-six PGA Professionals and amateurs gathered to play in a pro-am at Saucon Valley Country Club to celebrate the Philadelphia PGA Section’s centennial, capping a year of looking back on our history and ahead to the future. The Section, one of the PGA of America’s first geographical managing entities, was founded in 1921 and now manages nearly 900 PGA Members and Associates who are employed at over 590 golf facilities in eastern Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey, Delaware, and northeastern Maryland.

Two teams tied atop the Net Division, each with 11-under-par 61s: Phoenixville Country Club’s Gregg Gipp, PGA, Dan Hershberg,  Ryan Moyer, and Andrew Brown; and Berkshire Country Club’s Tom Michaels, PGA, Brandon Lynch, Sam Harter, and Pete Pendergast. Finishing one stroke behind the winning teams was Curtis Kirkpatrick, PGA, of Indian Spring Country Club, and amateurs Conrad Radcliffe, Josh Levine, and Doug Disesa.

In the Gross Division, GOLFTEC – Willow Grove (David Milkowski, PGA,  Brian Walsh, Jr., Chris Lawler, and Michael Viscuso) took the top spot with a 6-under-par 66 to win by one stroke over Shawnee Inn & Golf Resort’s Nicholas Lussier, PGA, Jim Gardina, Katrin Wolfe, and Nicole Chinnici.

“Our centennial allows us as a Section to look back at everything we have achieved the last 100 years, but it also allows our Board of Directors, staff, PGA Professionals, and foundation, PGA REACH Philadelphia, to look forward to more successful years to come, beginning with our work this year,” said Section Executive Director Geoff Surrette, PGA. “As a group, with the help of our loyal partners, the Section has helped shepherd the game we love through hard times and good.”

Pro-Am participants were treated to historical tidbits while on the course, featuring some of the Section’s highlights from the past 100 years, including our PGA of America Presidents, championships, awards, and more.

To view the full Philadelphia PGA Centennial Pro-Am Championship leaderboard, click here.

The Philadelphia PGA Centennial Pro-Am Championship is supported by Doc Murphy USA, FootJoy, Hole-in-One USA, Ohana Farm LLC, Titleist, Trinity Flavors, Valley Forge Tourism and Convention Board / Montco Golf, and Workhorse Brewing Company / Workhorse Tour. The Philadelphia PGA Section and its PGA Professionals thank our partners, Saucon Valley C.C., its membership, management, and host PGA Professionals, and staff, as the event would not be possible without their support.

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, mfrey@pgahq.com

Golf Association of Philadelphia Retains Title in 29th Philadelphia Challenge Matches

Bethlehem, Pa. (October 14, 2021) — The Golf Association of Philadelphia (GAP) retained their title in the 29th Philadelphia Challenge Matches, defeating the Philadelphia PGA Section 10 points to 8 on a beautiful autumn day at Saucon Valley Country Club.

To view the full results of the 29th Challenge Matches, click here.

The Philadelphia Challenge Matches would not be possible without the support and energy of Robin McCool. McCool was instrumental in getting the matches started nearly 30 years ago and revitalizing them by bringing in support from Jim Wilson of Ping, Jim Ravina of Donald Ross, and our host facility, Saucon Valley Country Club. McCool serves as the Honorary Captain for the GAP team and serves as Honorary Chair of the event. Everyone owes Robin a debt of gratitude for all of his efforts.

The Philadelphia Challenge Matches pits two 12-person teams, including at least two senior contestants, from GAP and the Philadelphia PGA Section in a concurrent individual match and better-ball match. Each match is worth one point. Ties are halved. The Philadelphia Section leads the series, 21-3-4. There were no contests in 2019 and 2020 due to severe weather and the COVID-19 pandemic, respectively.

The GAP team included John Barone of Glenmaura National Golf Club, Michael Brown Jr. of Lulu Country Club, Jeff Frazier of Carlisle Country Club, Jack Irons of Little Mill Country Club, Andrew Keeling of Kennett Square Golf & Country Club, Patrick Knott of Merion Golf Club, Sean McMonagle of Tavistock Country Club, Scott McNeil, Oscar Mestre of Overbrook Golf Club, Ross Pilliod of LedgeRock Golf Club, Josua Ryan of 1912 Club, and Troy Vannucci of Little Mill Country Club.

The team of Philadelphia PGA Professionals was led by Captain Michael Little and also featured Trevor Bensel of Overbrook Golf Club, Brian Bergstol of Shawnee Inn & Golf Resort, George Forster, Mike Furey of Saucon Valley Country Club, Brian Kelly of Bucknell Golf Club, Chris Krueger of Kings Creek Country Club, Hugo Mazzalupi of Patriots Glen National Golf Club, Dave McNabb of Applebrook Golf Club, Zac Oakley of Bidermann Golf Club, Braden Shattuck of Bidermann Golf Club, and Dustin Wallis of Honey Run Golf Club.

To view the full results of the 29th Challenge Matches, click here.

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, mfrey@pgahq.com

Team Laurel Creek Wins 2021 Club Car / Golf Cars Incorporated Pro-Official Championship

Egg Harbor Township, N.J. (October 12, 2021) — PGA Member Bob Hennefer and amateur Dan Bianco of Laurel Creek Country Club in Mount Laurel, N.J., teamed to win the 2021 Club Car / Golf Cars Incorproated Pro-Official Championship at Hidden Creek Golf Club via scorecard matching after tying teams from Glen Brook G.C., Stonewall, and Blue Bell C.C.

Hennefer and Bianco posted a 6-under-par score of 65, a round that featured seven birdies on the Coore-Crenshaw designed golf course. Stonewall’s team, featuring PGA Member Ryan Lagergren and Dick Flannery; Glen Brook’s team of Dustin McCormick, PGA, and Steve Houloose; and Blue Bell’s Joey Pohle, PGA, and Jihad Nicolas; also posted 65s, but came up short in the USGA scorecard matching method employed to determine the winner.

The team from Bidermann G.C., PGA Professional Dean Halterman and Colin Smith finished in fifth place at 5-under-par, while Jacob Hoffer, PGA, and Kirk Meloney of Union League National G.C. finished sixth at 4-under-par.

To view the full 2021 Club Car / Golf Cars Incorporated Pro-Official Championship leaderboard, click here.

The 2021 Club Car / Golf Cars Incorporated Pro-Official Championship is supported by Club Car and Golf Cars Incorporated. The Philadelphia PGA Section and its PGA Professionals thank our partners, Hidden Creek G.C., its membership, management, and host PGA Professionals, and staff, as the event would not be possible without their support.

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, mfrey@pgahq.com

Teams Capture Inaugural Philadelphia PGA Doubles Golf Championships

Avondale, Pa. (October 11, 2021) — Five teams captured their respective divisions in the inaugural Philadelphia PGA Doubles Golf Am Championships at Hartefeld National Golf Club to earn berths in the 2021 United States Doubles Golf Am Championships at the Bear’s Club in Jupiter, Fla., on October 31 – November 2. Doubles Golf is a rebranding of golf’s two-player scramble, designed to make golf more relaxed and inclusive.

Amateurs Ryan Winslow, Manufacturers’ G. & C.C., and Joe Rueter, Sandy Run C.C., combined to win the men’s championship by four stokes with a team score of 7-under-par 65. Tina Thatcher, Saucon Valley C.C., and  Mary Barkley, Stonewall, took the women’s championship with a 4-over-par 76, while Pickering Valley G.C.’s Brian Bomalaski and Megan Bomalaski took honors in the mixed championship at 2-over-par.

In the senior championship, Hartefeld National’s own Jim Kearns and John Colven finished with a one-stroke victory at 1-over par. Shawnee Inn & Golf Resort’s James Mack and Jason Mack won the parent-junior championship by one stroke with a 5-under-par 67.

The five winning teams now have the opportunity to play in the 2021 U.S. Doubles Golf Am Championships, beginning on Halloween in South Florida. The Philadelphia PGA Section, in coordination with its 501(c)(3) charitable foundation, PGA REACH Philadelphia, plan to continue its Doubles Golf program in 2022. For more information, speak to your local PGA Professional or contact Devin McKinley via telephone at (770) 558-8437 or email at d.mckinley@leaguegolf.com.

To view the full 2021 Philadelphia PGA Doubles Golf Am Championships leaderboard, click here.

About Doubles Golf
Doubles Golf is a rebranding of golf’s two-player scramble, designed to make golf more relaxed and inclusive. Co-founded by Jack Nicklaus and the originators of Junior League Golf, Doubles Golf is the first format of its kind in the history of golf created in the United States. The format enhances 9-hole rounds which creates speedy play and the opportunity for evening events (tournaments and leagues) at PGA and LPGA member facilities. To learn more, visit doublesgolf.com.

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.

Contacts: 

Courtney Curcio, PGA REACH Philadelphia Director, ccurcio@pgahq.com
Matt Frey, PGA, Communications Director, mfrey@pgahq.com