Author: Matt Frey

Philadelphia PGA Section and Silvercrest Asset Management Group Partner to Create the Silvercrest Cup to Reward Playing Excellence, Support Local Foundations

Lower Gwynedd Township, Pa. (February 15, 2022) — The Philadelphia PGA Section, one of the PGA of America’s 41 geographical managing entities, and Silvercrest Asset Management Group, an investment advisor providing asset management and family office services to high net worth individuals and select institutional investors, have partnered to create the Silvercrest Cup, a new tournament series for Philadelphia PGA Professionals.

Beginning this season, the series will include four qualifying events for Philadelphia PGA Professionals, and will culminate in a $30,000 Silvercrest Cup final, hosted at the historic Donald Ross-designed Gulph Mills Golf Club in King of Prussia, Pa. The Silvercrest Cup champion is set to receive $15,000, one of the most lucrative winner’s checks on the Section’s tournament calendar. In addition to the final purse, each qualifying event will include a bonus pool of $3,000, to be shared between each qualifier’s champion and runner-up.

While the Silvercrest Cup rewards playing excellence of Philadelphia PGA Professionals and top amateurs, the series will also provide significant donations to local foundations, including the Philadelphia PGA Section’s 501(c)(3) charitable foundation, PGA REACH Philadelphia, and the GAP’s J.Wood Platt Caddie Scholarship Trust.

“We’re very excited about the new Silvercrest Cup tournament series and are grateful to our newest partner, Silvercrest Asset Management Group, for the opportunities they are providing to our PGA Professionals, and our foundation,” said Section Executive Director Geoff Surrette, PGA. “Silvercrest values the hard work and dedication of our PGA Members, and are invested in them and the industry’s future, beginning at the local level.”

Silvercrest Chairman and CEO, Richard R. Hough III, said “Silvercrest Asset Management Group believes in giving back to the communities we live and work in. It is extremely rewarding to recognize and assist those who share our passion for learning, teaching, and striving for excellence.

“PGA Professionals share the same attributes for success and giving back that Silvercrest believes in,” he continued. “Their dedication to the game of golf and the members of the clubs that they unselfishly serve is unmatched in any other sport.”

Fifty-four PGA Professionals will earn their place in the 2022 Silvercrest Cup final via a points system drawn from their performance in each qualifying event; the top eight amateurs on the Golf Association of Philadelphia’s (GAP) William Hyndman III Player of the Year list will also be invited to compete. To follow the action throughout the season, visit phillypga.com.
2022 Silvercrest Cup Tournament Series Schedule

May 9, 2022
Delaware Valley Open

Silvercrest Cup Qualifier No. 1
Rolling Green Golf Club
Springfield, Pa.

May 16, 2022
TaylorMade Classic

Silvercrest Cup Qualifier No. 2
Cedarbrook Country Club
Blue Bell, Pa.

June 20, 2022
Conestoga Classic

Silvercrest Cup Qualifier No. 3
Conestoga Country Club
Lancaster, Pa.

July 29, 2022
Doylestown Open

Silvercrest Cup Qualifier No. 4
Doylestown Country Club
Doylestown, Pa.

September 26, 2022
Silvercrest Cup

Gulph Mills Golf Club
King of Prussia, Pa.

About Silvercrest Asset Management Group
Silvercrest Asset Management Group was founded in April 2002 by a group of highly experienced investment professionals with the goal to create a firm dedicated to serving individuals, families and select institutions with significant financial assets. Since inception, Silvercrest has nurtured an entrepreneurial, collegial, and action-oriented business culture with a client first ethos that has led to a 98% client retention rate. Our dedication to serving our clients’ needs first and to providing institutional quality asset management capabilities to the marketplace, has allowed Silvercrest to prosper and grow.  Over the past twenty years, we’ve grown to a diverse organization with 148 employees from various backgrounds in offices around the country and today, we manage over $22 billion dollars in assets on behalf of our clients.

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: 

Matt Frey, PGA, Communications Director, Philadelphia PGA Section, mfrey@pgahq.com

Kate Morin, Vice President, Silvercrest Asset Management Group, kmorin@silvercrestgroup.com

Leilyn Nowaczynski Named Philadelphia PGA Junior Tour Director

Lower Gwynedd Township, Pa. (February 14, 2022) — The Philadelphia PGA Section is pleased to announce that Leilyn Nowaczynski has been named Director of the Philadelphia PGA Junior Tour, the Delaware Valley’s premier youth golf tour.

Nowaczynski is entering her second season with the Section, having worked as a tournament coordinator for the junior tour in 2021. Leilyn came to the Delaware Valley from the Wisconsin PGA Section where she worked as a PGA WORKS Fellow. A Waterford, Wis., native, she attended University of Wisconsin for her undergraduate studies and earned her master’s degree at University of Wisconsin – Parkside.

“We are excited to have Leilyn take on her new role with the Philadelphia PGA Junior Tour,” said Section Executive Director Geoff Surrette, PGA. “We’re confident in Leilyn’s skills and abilities to lead our tour and take it to the next level.”

Nowaczynski filled the position left when our previous director, Lewis Harry, PGA, accepted the Director of Rules and Competitions position with the Colorado Golf Association.

“We also wish Lewis nothing but the best in his new role,” continued Surrette. “Starting with us as an intern in 2015, and working full-time for the Section since 2018, we are very appreciative for the countless hours he dedicated to our events and the great work he did.”

To send a congratulatory note to Leilyn, click here.

The Section has also hired a tournament coordinator: Josh Monkres.

Monkres will be joining the Section team by way of Bowie, Texas, where he worked as an operations associate for the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour. Josh received his degree in Recreation, Event & Sport Management from the University of North Texas.

PGA REACH Philadelphia, the Section’s 501(c)(3) charitable foundation, has hired a new coordinator: Gervon Williams. Williams, a Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania graduate with a degree in sports management, comes to the foundation from Springboard Collaborative in Philadelphia, and previously worked for the Borough of Chambersburg, Pa.’s Recreation Department.

Additionally, the foundation is currently in the process of hiring a PGA WORKS Fellow for 2022. The PGA WORKS Fellowship provides the opportunity for a one-year, paid immersion in a PGA Section’s foundation operations. This entry-level employment experience offers a taste of what a career in the golf industry can provide. The PGA WORKS Fellowship is a program that offers access to individuals from diverse backgrounds—whether by gender, age, race or color, national origin or ancestry, sexual orientation, disability, religion or veteran status—into the golf industry to gain experience in all facets of the golf industry.
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.

About the Philadelphia PGA Junior Tour
The Philadelphia PGA Section Junior Tour leads the region in competitive junior golf, conducting over 85 events seasonally at top facilities. With more than 800 members, the Junior Tour is represented by players from every geographic location in the section. Select tournaments earn players AJGA performance-based entries and Junior Golf Scoreboard rankings. With ample opportunities to learn, grow, and compete, many Junior Tour members graduate to play at the collegiate level and beyond. The Philadelphia Section PGA Junior Tour Program is proud to help develop social skills, self-esteem, and inspire youth in our community.

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.

Contact: Matt Frey, PGA, Communications Director, Philadelphia PGA Section, mfrey@pgahq.com

2022 PGA WORKS Collegiate Championship to be Hosted by Union League of Philadelphia

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (Feb. 9, 2022) – The historic Union League of Philadelphia will host the 2022 PGA WORKS Collegiate Championship (PWCC), May 2-4, donating two of its courses for the event – Union League Liberty Hill and The Union League Golf Club at Torresdale.

The PWCC, known as the most culturally significant championship in collegiate golf, features Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs) and other Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) from all over the country. There will be Men’s Division I and Division II team divisions, a Women’s Team division, as well as individuals representing their schools and playing for Men’s and Women’s titles.

The PWCC was founded in 1986 by the National Negro Golf Association, when HBCUs did not have the same postseason championship opportunities that existed for other institutions. Today, the Championship retains its founding vision to open doors for student-athletes from HBCUs and other athletes from diverse backgrounds.

In conjunction with the PWCC, PGA WORKS will host Beyond the Green, a career exploration event designed to educate and inspire talent from historically underrepresented backgrounds to pursue careers in the business of golf and beyond. The event will be held May 1 at the Comcast Technology Center.

Beyond the Green will partner with Philadelphia community organizations to provide students access to industry leaders, executives and influencers to help inspire and welcome them into our industry workforce.

“This is a fitting collaboration between PGA WORKS, the Union League of Philadelphia and Philadelphia-based Comcast,” PGA of America President Jim Richerson said. “We are excited to bring this Championship to Philadelphia, where the Union League will donate two beautiful, championship-level golf courses. With the help of these partners and our dedicated PGA REACH and PGA WORKS staff, this will be an unforgettable event for our student-athletes and everyone involved.”

The Union League of Philadelphia has more than 4,000 members – men and women of all races, ethnicities and religions are welcome to join – who represent the region’s leaders in business, education, technology, healthcare, law, government, religion, art and culture. It was founded in 1862 as a patriotic society to support the Union and the policies of President Abraham Lincoln.

The Union League is also leading fundraising efforts to benefit PGA REACH.

“For more than a century, the Union League of Philadelphia has prided itself on being a welcoming and inclusive organization. That includes supporting others’ efforts, such as those of PGA REACH and PGA WORKS,” Union League CEO Jeff McFadden said. “We’re proud to support this Championship, the schools and student-athletes competing in it, and the push to make the game and golf industry more welcoming and inclusive spaces.”

This is the second of a multiyear collaboration between PGA REACH and Comcast NBCUniversal to promote diversity and foster inclusion within golf through PGA WORKS. With financial and programmatic support from Comcast NBCUniversal, PGA WORKS will enhance key initiatives like the PWCC and Beyond the Green to expand access and create opportunities for diverse student-athletes across the country.

Comcast will also include enhanced coverage and storytelling leading up to and during the PWCC on GOLF Channel, and provide specific support for Beyond the Green, including the host venue. Additional programming details on GOLF Channel will be announced at a later date.

“Comcast NBCUniversal is proud of our continued partnership and we’re excited to bring this year’s event to Philadelphia, a culturally rich destination,” said Dalila Wilson-Scott, Executive Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer of Comcast NBCUniversal. “Using our resources and platforms to promote the PWCC and expand access to career opportunities in the golf industry and beyond for student-athletes from underrepresented backgrounds will not only have a lasting impact on the game, but also on the lives of the young people enrolled in PGA REACH programs.”

The Philadelphia PGA Section was instrumental in connecting PGA WORKS and the Union League as the two organizations have a long-standing relationship. In part because of the Section’s tireless work in helping get the PWCC to Philadelphia, it will have its own PGA WORKS Fellow in 2022.

“We are very excited that the Philadelphia PGA Section and Union League of Philadelphia will play host to the PWCC, an important event to promote diversity and inclusion for both the golf industry and PGA REACH Philadelphia,” Philadelphia PGA Section Executive Director Geoffrey Surrette said. “As Diversity is one of our foundation’s three core pillars, this Championship will have a substantial impact on our reach and programming.”

About PGA WORKS 
PGA WORKS is a strategic initiative designed to diversify the golf industry’s workforce. Funded as one of the pillars of PGA REACH, the 501(c)(3) charitable foundation of the PGA of America, PGA WORKS leverages fellowships, scholarships, career exploration events, and the PGA WORKS Collegiate Championship to inspire and engage talent from all backgrounds to pursue key employment positions across the golf industry. For more information, 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 positively impact the lives of youth, military and diverse populations by enabling access to PGA Professionals, PGA Sections and the game of golf. For more information, visit PGAREACH.org and follow @PGAREACH on TwitterInstagramLinkedIn and Facebook.

About Comcast Corporation
Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA) is a global media and technology company with three primary businesses: Comcast Cable, NBCUniversal, and Sky. Comcast Cable is one of the United States’ largest video, high-speed internet, and phone providers to residential customers under the Xfinity brand, and also provides these services to businesses. It also provides wireless and security and automation services to residential customers under the Xfinity brand. NBCUniversal is global and operates news, entertainment and sports cable networks, the NBC and Telemundo broadcast networks, television production operations, television station groups, Universal Pictures, and Universal Parks and Resorts. Sky is one of Europe’s leading media and entertainment companies, connecting customers to a broad range of video content through its pay television services. It also provides communications services, including residential high-speed internet, phone, and wireless services. Sky operates the Sky News broadcast network and sports and entertainment networks, produces original content, and has exclusive content rights. Visit www.comcastcorporation.com for more information.

About Union League of Philadelphia
The Union League of Philadelphia, ranked the #1 City Club in the Country since 2012, is a shining jewel of history in a city defined by such treasure. Founded in 1862 as a patriotic society to support the Union and the policies of President Abraham Lincoln, The Union League of Philadelphia laid the philosophical foundation of other Union Leagues across a nation torn by civil war. The League has hosted U.S. presidents, heads of state, industrialists, entertainers and dignitaries from around the globe and has proudly supported the American military in each conflict since the Civil War. The Union League continues to be driven by its founding motto, Amor Patriae Ducit or Love of Country Leads. Today, the Union League is home to over 4,000 men and women who contribute to League Life and keep alive the League’s traditions.

Media Contacts
Anthony Witrado, PGA of America
awitrado@pgahq.com
(561) 446-4763

Kerwin Lonzo, PGA of America
klonzo@pgahq.com
(561) 568-3504

Philadelphia PGA Member Andy Miller Honored With 2021 PGA Youth Player Development Award

Andy Miller, PGA, a Philadelphia PGA Section Member and PGA Director of Instruction at LedgeRock Golf Club in Mohnton, Pennsylvania, is the 2021 PGA Youth Player Development Award winner. The honor is given to a PGA Member who has made extraordinary and exemplary contributions and achievements in the area of youth player development. He boasts an impressive record of serving his fellow PGA Members currently in the role of Section Chairman of Instruction and contributing to numerous committees, including Player Development. Miller is well known in his community for working with local businesses, charities and schools to grow the game of golf. He was an early adopter of PGA Jr. League and was Mid-Atlantic Captain of the Year in 2013. Miller has a passion for sharing his expertise with others, which he displayed on a large scale by presenting on junior golf at the CMAA World Conference in San Francisco back in 2018. He has received several awards from the Philadelphia PGA Section, including Teacher & Coach of the Year Award (2020); Youth Player Development Award (2013, 2018, 2019,); 5-Time Golf Range Magazine Growth of the Game Award, and one of Golf Digest “Best in PA” 2017-2022. Miller is a US Kids Master Coach and a certified PGA Coach.

Full Press Release: Orlando, Fla. (Jan. 26, 2022) – PGA Golf Professional of the Year Tom Wildenhaus, PGA Teacher & Coach of the Year Jamie Mulligan and PGA Golf Executive of the Year Joe Assell headline the PGA of America’s National Awards for 2021.

The 13 winners were unveiled during the 2022 PGA Show’s Opening Ceremony today at the Orange County Convention Center.

“This year’s outstanding class of National Awards recipients are inspiring those involved with the game of golf and the advancement of PGA Professionals throughout our industry,” said PGA President Jim Richerson. “The PGA of America is proud to recognize their accomplishments, as they reflect the incredible expertise and talent throughout our Association. From nearly 28,000 PGA Professionals, these 13 recipients are at the forefront, reflecting a standard of success for all of us to emulate and admire.”

2021 PGA of America National Awards Recipients

  • PGA Golf Professional of the Year
    Tom Wildenhaus, PGA – Olde Florida Golf Club – Naples, Fla.

  • PGA Teacher & Coach of the Year
    Jamie Mulligan, PGA – Virginia Country Club – Long Beach, Calif.

  • PGA Golf Executive of the Year
    Joe Assell, PGA – GOLFTEC – Englewood, Colo.

  • Bill Strausbaugh Award
    Tim Beckwith, PGA (posthumous) – Sarasota National Golf Club – Sarasota, Fla.

  • PGA Professional Development Award
    Dr. Rich Ballinger, PGA – Sam Houston State PGA Golf Management University Program –
    Huntsville, Texas

  • Deacon Palmer Award
    Bryan DeMarco, PGA – Pine Barrens Golf Club – Jackson, N.J.

  • Patriot Award
    Joe Grohman, PGA – Old Ranch Country Club/PGA Hope National Trainer – Seal Beach, Calif.

  • PGA Player Development Award
    Thomas Yost, PGA – First Tee – Four Corners – Kirtland, N.M.

  • PGA Youth Player Development Award
    Andrew Miller, PGA – LedgeRock Golf Club – Mohnton, Pa.

  • Herb Graffis Award
    Carolinas PGA Section

  • PGA Merchandiser of the Year – Resort Category
    Caroline Basarab, PGA – Reynolds Lake Oconee – Greensboro, Ga.

  • PGA Merchandiser of the Year – Public Category
    Brian Tolnar, PGA  – Mill Creek Park Golf Course – Canfield, Ohio

  • PGA Merchandiser of the Year – Private Category
    Ian Brown, PGA – Butterfield Country Club – Oakbrook, Ill.

For bios and information on all of the PGA of America National Award winners, click here.

The 2021 PGA of America National Awards are scheduled to be presented on Nov. 1, as part of the 2022 PGA Annual Meeting in Scottsdale, Arizona. The Herb Graffis Award will be presented during the Annual Meeting content that week as well.

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 PGA.com and follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

Media Contacts
Michael Abramowitz, PGA of America 561-389-4647  mabramowitz@pgahq.com
Jared Minski, Mastro Communications  732-469-5700 jared@mastrocomm.com

Remembering Don DeAngelis, PGA

It is with great sadness to inform you that PGA Life Member Donald DeAngelis passed away on Tuesday, January 18, 2022, at the age of 70. He was survived by his sister, Michele DeAngelis, his loving wife, Michele DeAngelis, and his two sons Jason and Tom Rowinski.

DeAngelis was elected to PGA Membership in 1978, and played the game with immense talent, winning the 1985 Pennsylvania Open and playing in the 1978 U.S. Open at Cherry Hills Country Club in Denver, Colo., and winning a Section tournament in six straight decades. His most recent win was in September 2021, when he won the 2021 Philadelphia Senior PGA Professional Championship’s Super Senior Division, and also shot his age, a 69. To read a tribute to DeAngelis the Section published last year, click here.

The DeAngelis family has stated in his obituary that they will “pay homage to [their] hero in the spring at a golf memorial celebration.”

In lieu of flowers, please plant a tree in Don’s name, or better yet, go play a round of golf and enjoy the game that Don made better.

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 Member Sean Palmer Headlines 2021 Philadelphia PGA Section Award Recipients

Lower Gwynedd Township, Pa. (December 20, 2021) — The Philadelphia PGA Section has announced its 2021 award winners, highlighted by PGA Golf Professional of the Year Sean Palmer, the PGA General Manager and Director of Golf for The Union League of Philadelphia in Lafayette Hill, Pa. Over 100 award nominations were received for the 2021 Awards Class, of which the Philadelphia PGA Awards Committee chose 11 winners for 2021, including:
  • PGA Golf Professional of the Year: Sean Palmer, PGA; The Union League of Philadelphia, Lafayette Hill, Pa.
  • PGA Teacher & Coach of the Year: David Zimmaro, PGA; Overbrook Golf Club, Villanova, Pa.
  • Bill Strausbaugh Award: Jeff Kiddie, PGA; Aronimink Golf Club, Newtown Square, Pa.
  • PGA Professional Development Award: Lou Guzzi, PGA; Lou Guzzi Golf Academy, Ambler, Pa.
  • PGA Patriot Award: Jeff Breiner, PGA; Country Club of Harrisburg, Harrisburg, Pa.
  • PGA Player Development Award: Justin Rinas, PGA; The Skramble House of Golf, Horsham, Pa.
  • PGA Youth Player Development Award: Chris Young, PGA; Philadelphia Cricket Club, Flourtown, Pa.
  • PGA Merchandiser of the Year – Private Category: Mike Wood, PGA; Saucon Valley Country Club, Bethlehem, Pa.
  • PGA Merchandiser of the Year – Resort Category: Eddie Perino, PGA; Eagle Rock Resort, Hazle Township, Pa.
  • Justin Riegel PGA Assistant Golf Professional of the Year: Jeremy Marino, PGA; Applebrook Golf Club, Malvern, Pa.
  • Salesperson of the Year: Jerry McGoey; Titleist, Glenside, Pa.

Sean Palmer, PGA, the PGA General Manager and Director of Golf for The Union League of Philadelphia in Lafayette Hill, Pa., is the recipient of the 2021 Philadelphia PGA Golf Professional of the Year Award. This is the highest annual honor given to a Philadelphia PGA Professional, awarded for qualities of leadership, strong moral character and a substantial record of service to the Philadelphia PGA Section and the game of golf.

A PGA Member since 2011, Palmer has spent the last seven years leading The Union League of Philadelphia’s expansion into the golf market, first as PGA Director of Golf at The Union League Golf Club at Torresdale in Philadelphia, and now as PGA Director of Golf for all of the Union League’s properties, including Torresdale, Union League Liberty Hill in Lafayette Hill, Pa., and Union League National Golf Club in Cape May Court House, N.J. In 2015, Palmer’s first task with the Union League was to create a golf program, staff, and retail brand from the ground up, in addition to establishing a golf membership culture for the then 153-year-old organization. At the outset, the league had over 4,000 members, many of whom did not play golf, so Palmer created a lesson program where members were provided complimentary private or group golf instruction with PGA Professionals once per week, resulting in over 11,000 lessons given, with an average of 2,100 taught annually.

In 2017, the Union League of Philadelphia purchased Sand Barrens Golf Club near the Jersey shore, now known as Union League National Golf Club. Palmer assisted in evaluating the new golf market and large capital investment, in addition to the club’s golf course renovations. Union League National now has over 250 people on its waiting list to join. Palmer also used the new property to promote the league’s PGA Assistant Professionals to leadership positions, and expand internship offerings.

Palmer’s role expanded yet again in 2020 when the Union League purchased its Union League Liberty Hill property, formerly known as the Ace Club and Chubb Hotel and Conference Center. He was actively engaged in sale negotiations and wrote a detailed business plan for the league’s board of directors, banks, and staff. The facility reaches over 2,500 existing league members, and provides another golf option in a separate part of the greater Philadelphia area. As part of the Liberty Hill acquisition, Palmer moved into the PGA General Manager position for that facility, while doubling as the PGA Director of Golf for all the Union League’s three golf properties.

Under Palmer’s leadership, the club has hired over 10 PGA Professionals and over 160 caddies, while providing 22 caddie scholarships through their own funds. Additionally, five PGA Professionals have accepted PGA General Manager or PGA Head Professional positions in the golf industry.

“My goal is to mentor [PGA] Professionals, golf service team members, caddies, and our retail team by making them better at their tasks, work ethic, and character by the time they are ready to progress and move forward in their career,” says Palmer. “I follow up with staff members who have left our operation, to show I care and have always cared about their best interests. This effort creates a positive team culture that our club benefits from for years to come by attracting high-character individuals.”

Beginning in 2019, Palmer started the Union League University initiative to allow the club’s interns to benefit from the Union League’s knowledge base. The program teaches the students about every facet of the operation and requires cross-training with other departments, including the league’s downtown club. Additionally, Palmer currently serves as Penn State’s PGA Golf Management (PGM) Alumni Board President, a role in which he has presented to PGM students and alumni on several occasions. In 2019, he won the program’s Pride of the Lions Alumnus of the Year award on the same day that Jacob Hoffer was presented with their Emerging Professional Award, following his promotion to PGA General Manager at Union League National Golf Club.

Palmer’s contributions to the game of golf are not limited to his roles with the Union League and Penn State; he has served the Philadelphia PGA Section in various ways, including as a member of the Section’s Membership Committee. Palmer is also a staunch supporter of PGA REACH Philadelphia, the Section’s 501(c)(3) charitable foundation, helping to raise funds through his role with the Union League. This year, Palmer helped launch a member-veterans program at Liberty Hill in which three Union League members were paired together with a recent combat veteran in a golf tournament. One-hundred percent of the tournament’s proceeds were donated to PGA REACH Philadelphia for its PGA HOPE (Helping Our Patriots Everywhere) Philadelphia program and its veterans. The club plans to host this event annually to help U.S. military veterans. Furthermore, Palmer serves as a mentor for PGA REACH Philadelphia’s Philadelphia PGA Junior Tour Diversity Scholarship recipients. He has been coaching scholarship recipient Brayden Mitchell (along with his grandfather), and secured a new set of golf clubs for Mitchell, with the assistance of the foundation.

Palmer was named the Section’s Justin Riegel Assistant Golf Professional of the Year in 2014.

David Zimmaro, PGA, a PGA Assistant Professional and the Youth Golf Director at Overbrook Golf Club in Villanova, Pa., is the recipient of the 2021 Philadelphia PGA Teacher & Coach of the Year Award for his “outstanding services as a golf teacher, innovator and coach.” Zimmaro won the Section’s Youth Player Development Award in 2017 and 2020.

Hailing originally from Philadelphia, Zimmaro has dedicated his career to guiding youth golfers in the Delaware Valley, not only through his current role as Overbrook’s Youth Golf Director, but through other organizations, such as the First Tee of Philadelphia where he served as site director. Over the course of six years, he also worked with PGA REACH Philadelphia’s Golf in Schools initiative and the First Tee’s School Program, reaching over 10,000 school students during their physical education classes, and created and managed a PIAA team. His additional work does not stop there either, as he works or has worked with the Middle Atlantic Blind Golf Association, Widener Memorial School, Overbrook School for the Blind, La Salle Academy, AIM Academy, the Bridge School, Fort Dix Military Base, the Department of Justice’s Students for Juvenile Justice, conducts Overbrook’s Appreciating Diversity and Accepting Adversity weekend, and learned American Sign Language to work with the Pennsylvania School for the Deaf.

Zimmaro has also served as a PGA Jr. League captain for four years, fielding a team from Overbrook, which has been undefeated for three seasons and advanced to the Section Championship in 2021, and coached their division’s All-Star team. Two of Zimmaro’s students also advanced to the Drive, Chip & Putt Regionals at Pinehurst Resort in North Carolina in 2017 and 2021. Additionally, three of his students have competed in the U.S. Kids World Championship over the past three seasons.

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way golf facilities operate, and teachers and coaches like Zimmaro were not immune to these adjustments. He worked hard to create a “pod system” to allow for responsible and socially-distanced learning for Overbrook’s youth golf clinics in 2020. The system worked so well that the club saw 105 youth golfers participate in 2020 and another 120 this year.

Not shy to share what he has learned and how he has been successful, Zimmaro has been featured in PGA Magazine’s PGA Professionals’ Best Practice Series and The Philadelphia Inquirer, and has appeared on Golf Channel’s “Golf Fix with Michael Breed” television show, on Philadelphia’s Fox 29, and in videos produced by Temple University and the Department of Justice. He also has presented at a Youth Player Development Workshop with other Youth Player Development Award winners, and is actively involved with Penn State PGA Golf Management’s mentoring program.

Jeff Kiddie, PGA, the PGA Head Professional at Aronimink Golf Club in Newtown Square, Pa., and Philadelphia PGA Honorary President, is the recipient of the 2021 Philadelphia PGA Bill Strausbaugh Award. The award recognizes a PGA Professional who demonstrates exceptional character, integrity and leadership, by way of teaching and mentoring other PGA Professionals. As a PGA Assistant Professional, Kiddie says he was fortunate to work for tremendous PGA Head Professionals who took great interest in his career, and that inspired him to do the same when he earned his first PGA Head Professional position in 2001. Since then, 12 of his assistants have accepted head professional positions, including five in the past five years. Kiddie says he is very proud to have watched past staff members grow as head professionals at their facilities, and feels that some of the best mentoring has included helping staff members establish careers in other areas of the golf industry, or even in another industry, which better aligned with their skill sets. Kiddie’s reach does not end at his place of business, as he has volunteered for the Section and other organizations throughout his career, including serving as the Section’s President in 2020-21 following his two-year terms as Vice President, Secretary, and Director of Section Affairs. He was a District 6 Director in 2007-11, and has served on the Section’s Education, Mentoring, Rules, Awards, and Youth Golf Committees, in addition to being a member on the PGA of America’s Rules Committee, he has been an instructor for PGA / USGA Rules Workshops and served as a trustee for the J. Wood Platt Caddie Scholarship Trust. Kiddie was previously named the 2011 PGA Merchandiser of the Year  – Private Category, 2012 Philadelphia PGA Golf Professional of the Year, 2007 and 2010 Section Merchandiser of the Year – Private Category, and 1999 Section Justin Riegel Assistant Golf Professional of the Year, in addition to winning the Section’s 2016 Professional Development Award.

Lou Guzzi, PGA, is the owner of and PGA Director of Instruction at Lou Guzzi Golf Academy at Talamore Country Club in Ambler, Pa., and the Philadelphia PGA’s 2021 Professional Development Award recipient. This honor goes to a PGA Member who displays commendable contributions to the education of PGA Professionals. Entering his 25th year as a PGA Member, Guzzi has never shied away from getting in front of his peers to help elevate their own knowledge bases and businesses. He currently serves as the PGA of America’s Teaching & Coaching Summit Committee Chair, and was co-chair for the national Coaching & Player Development Committee in 2016-20. He has also served on various other committees at the national and Section level, including the PGA’s Instruction and Awards committees, PGA Magazine and the Golf Range Association of America’s advisory boards, and vendor boards such as Bobby Jones, FlightScope, and AboutGolf. Furthermore, Guzzi has presented at dozens of local, regional, and national instruction and coaching seminars for PGA Professionals and has been published by industry publications such as PGA Magazine, Golf Magazine and Golf.com, SIGolf+, Golf Range Magazine, and more. He understands the importance of helping his fellow PGA Professionals become better teachers and business people, as such, the doors to his academy are always open to any PGA Member, Associate, or Student who wants to grow as an instructor. Guzzi was named the PGA’s 2013 PGA Teacher & Coach of the Year, in addition to winning the same honor at the Section level in 2003 and 2010; he previously received the Section’s Professional Development Award in 2014.

Jeff Breiner, PGA, the Philadelphia PGA’s 2021 PGA Patriot Award recipient, is the PGA Head Professional at the Country Club of Harrisburg in Harrisburg, Pa., and the lead PGA Professional for PGA HOPE (Helping Our Patriots Everywhere) Philadelphia’s Harrisburg Chapter. The PGA Patriot Award bestows special recognition on a PGA Professional who personifies patriotism through the game of golf and demonstrates an unwavering commitment and dedication to the men and women who have valiantly served and protected our country. Having had a father who served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, and two uncles who served in the Air Force and Navy, Breiner always aligned himself with military and veteran programs whenever he could. So, in conjunction with the launch of PGA REACH Philadelphia in 2018, he approached his club’s Board of Governors about creating a PGA HOPE Philadelphia chapter at the Country Club of Harrisburg. In the first year, the new chapter had over 65 veterans participate in the clinics, a number which as grown ever since, thanks to Breiner’s coordination with local VA hospitals, VFW and American Legion posts. He has also worked hard to secure partnerships for his chapter, providing participants with perks such as a home improvement package contest, NFL tickets, and more. Each year on Veterans Day, Breiner opens up his club to any military veteran who would like to bring a foursome to play the normally private golf course. Never one to stop assisting veterans, Breiner also worked with PGA REACH Philadelphia to offer club jobs to PGA HOPE veterans, which resulted in the hiring of a veteran as outside supervisor. While the true scope and reach of his dedicated work may be hard to quantify, Breiner has had several veterans in his chapter who have said PGA HOPE Philadelphia has helped save their lives after battling PTSD, depression, and other ailments. Breiner was also named the Section’s Justin Riegel Assistant Golf Professional of the Year in 2011.

Justin Rinas, PGA, is the PGA Owner and Director of Operations of the Skramble House of Golf in Horsham, Pa., and the recipient of the 2021 Philadelphia PGA Player Development Award. This honor bestows special recognition to a PGA Member who has displayed extraordinary and exemplary contributions and achievements in the area of player development. Rinas opened his 24/7 indoor golf facility, the Skramble House of Golf, during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic in October 2020, a risk which has paid off both for Rinas, his students and members, and the game of golf. Since opening, the facility has dispensed over two million golf balls, and realized over six figures of golf club sales. His goal of offering an indoor golf facility that operates 24 hours a day, seven days per week has been embraced by many in the Delaware Valley, as the club has reached its membership capacity (over 200); furthermore, 92 percent of his members with a golf handicap saw improvement in their first year of membership. Throughout the pandemic, Rinas has developed ways to remain engaged with his members, teaching and coaching virtually as an example. The Skramble House of Golf also hosts events and groups to reach women, youth, and disabled golfers, as well as beginner and non-golfers. His facility also helps create a sense of ease and comfort via its relaxed dress code; golfers are allowed, even encouraged, to wear sweatpants and hoodies during their sessions.

Christopher Young, PGA, a PGA Teaching Professional and Junior Golf Coordinator at the Philadelphia Cricket Club in Flourtown, Pa., is the 2021 Philadelphia PGA Youth Player Development Award recipient. The award is given annually to a PGA Professional who has made extraordinary and exemplary contributions and achievements in the area of youth player development. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, Young established an after-school golf program, named 30 and 3, for beginner youth golfers. The program is designed for children ages six to 17 participating monthly in a 30-minute instructional clinic and three holes of golf. It proved to be an instant success, with participation numbers nearly doubling each month. He also separates his programs into six squads based on skill level to encourage upward movement through the program. As a parent himself, he empathizes with parents and their kids and their situations, while making sure to always remain upfront and upbeat. He also considers the mentoring of younger PGA Professionals to be one of the greatest contributions he can offer the Association and game of golf. Young has served on the Section’s Youth Golf Committee for the past two seasons, in addition to the Instruction Committee in 2016-18.

Mike Wood, PGA, the PGA Director of Golf at Saucon Valley Country Club in Bethlehem, Pa., is the recipient of the 2021 Philadelphia PGA Merchandiser of Year Award – Private Category. The award recognizes PGA Professionals working at a private golf facility who have excelled in business and merchandising in the promotion of golf. Wood assumed all of Saucon Valley’s merchandise buying responsibilities in 2018, which now consumes 75 percent of his offseason tasks, and 30 percent in-season. He developed golf shop policies and procedures which detail daily, weekly, and monthly merchandising duties for his staff. Merchandise displays are changed biweekly, and a schematic of his design helps his staff plan their creations and maximize the use of floor space. As a result of his diagram plan, he was able to nearly double the number of women’s SKUs and added approximately 30 percent more men’s merchandise, resulting in a steady rise of sales over the past several seasons. A similar exercise is in place at the club’s Weyhill golf shop. Wood also utilizes three core partners each season for both men’s and women’s merchandise, with their own dedicated areas, allowing the rest of the shops to highlight new lines and categories. Wood also implemented a bonus structure for his team, with one of the main criteria stemming from the merchandise concession.

Eddie Perrino, PGA, is the PGA Head Professional at Eagle Rock Resort in Hazelton, Pa., and the recipient of the 2021 Philadelphia PGA Merchandiser of Year Award – Resort Category. The award recognizes PGA Professionals working at a resort golf facility who have excelled in business and merchandising in the promotion of golf. Perrino, a PGA Member for nearly 30 years, spends at least half his days in the merchandising area at Eagle Rock Resort, implementing a philosophy that he describes as quite simple: provide the highest quality merchandise at the best possible price. This philosophy allows him to keep the shop inventory at healthy levels throughout the year, adjusting certain products for seasonal and weather changes. Perrino develops his buying plan based on past successes, current trends, customer demands, and perceived value from buyers and the resort. He also believes that relationships between PGA Professionals, sales representatives, and customers should work together seamlessly in order to provide the best possible experience. Additionally, Perrino is careful to offer an equitable mix of apparel and merchandise that appeals to different genders, as well as to provide those customer bases with equitable floor space. Since taking over the merchandise operation in 2015, the resort’s slowest sales season was still nearly 60 percent higher than the best season prior to his hiring. Perrino also believes in the power of a team effort, and as such, includes his entire shop staff in various decisions throughout the year.

Jeremy Marino, PGA, is a PGA Assistant Professional at Applebrook Golf Club in Malvern, Pa., and the 2021 Philadelphia PGA Justin Riegel Assistant Golf Professional of the Year. The award recognizes PGA Professionals who have excelled in business and merchandising in the promotion of golf, and is named for the late Justin Riegel, a past Section Assistant Golf Professional of the Year. Marino, who has worked at Applebrook since 2007, believes that PGA Professionals should be visible to members and guests at all times and should make being service-oriented a main priority, in addition to making their PGA Head Professional’s job easier. His main role at Applebrook is running the club’s tournament program, which has also allowed him to assist younger assistants in learning the trade. Marino also volunteers in his free time, participating in fundraising events for the J. Wood Platt Scholarships, and serving on several committees at his local parish and school.

Jerry McGoey is a sales representative for Titleist and the 2021 Philadelphia PGA Salesperson of the Year. This award recognizes a sales representative who contributes to the Section and is involved with sponsoring Section events. They are also respected among their fellow Section clubs and have implemented new ideas to assist growing the game of golf. As a 26-year golf industry professional, McGoey knows that an outstanding salesperson needs to know the pivotal part they play in the PGA Professionals’ role to service their membership and the importance of timely and accurate service. McGoey says he views every PGA Professional and their respective facilities as business partners, and that he manages their business as his own. Some of his most rewarding initiatives is to make sure that his current Titleist staffers, and other PGA Professionals, participate in Titleist University’s online modules, which educate them on golf equipment and custom clubfitting. McGoey was named Callaway’s national Sales Representative of the Year in 2017, and won numerous regional awards for Adams Golf and Mizuno Golf.

Due to the ongoing global pandemic, the Philadelphia PGA Awards Committee has not yet scheduled a date for the 2021 awards to be formally presented.

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

Zac Oakley Wins Playoff to Claim Event No. 3 in PGA Tournament Series

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (Dec. 7, 2021) – It wasn’t enough for Zac Oakley of Palm City, Florida, to fire an 8-under 64 Tuesday in Event No. 3 of the PGA Tournament Series.

He also had to birdie the first playoff hole to beat Brett Walker of Jupiter and win Event No. 3 at PGA Golf Club. Oakley made a 10-foot birdie at the 18th hole on the Wanamaker Course after both players finished at 10-under 134.

“As soon as I hit it, I knew it was in,” said Oakley, a PGA Teaching Professional at Bidermann Golf Club in Wilmington, Delaware, who also caddies at Seminole Golf Club in Juno Beach during the winter.

“I finally made some putts today. I didn’t make anything yesterday (during a 70). I knew I was hitting it good. It was just a matter of time.”

Tuesday’s victory continued a torrid stretch for Oakley. He won three tournaments this summer in the Philadelphia PGA, including the Philadelphia PGA Match Play Championship, to win Player of the Year with the lowest scoring average in the section’s history (68.9).

“This is the best I have putted in my career,” he said. “I made a little tweak with my posture and setup before this tournament and I really felt good hitting the ball.

Oakley started the final round three shots behind leader Jamie Broce, but quickly moved into contention with four birdies and an eagle (he hit a 3-iron to 20 feet at the par-5 seventh) on the first eight holes. Oakley added three more birdies on the back nine before a bogey at the par-3 17th gave him the clubhouse lead with Walker two groups behind.

Walker overcame a double bogey at the par-3 sixth hole with an eagle at the par-5 seventh and added four birdies, including a key one at the par-5 16th, to force the playoff with a 6-under 66.

Jake Scott of Strongsville, Ohio, who won Event No. 1 and tied for second in Event No. 2, shot a 69 and tied for third place at 7-under 137 with Ben Kern (70) of Round Rock, Texas. Steven Delmar (67) of Gaithersburg, Maryland, was fifth at 6-under.

Top PGA Professionals Frank Esposito, Dick Mast, Mark Mielke, Alan Morin, Bob Sowards and Omar Uresti missed Event No. 3, as well as Event No. 4, because they are playing in this week’s final stage of PGA Tour Champions q-school near Tampa.

The PGA Tournament Series is Presented by GOLF ADVISOR.

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 daily work to grow interest and inclusion in the game of golf. For more information about the PGA of America, visit PGA.com and follow us on TwitterInstagram and Facebook.

Media Contacts:
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Kerwin Lonzo, PGA of America, klonzo@pgahq.com

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