Author: Matt Frey

Braden Shattuck Wins 2021 GALV Lehigh Valley Open in Sudden Death Playoff

Easton, Pa. (July 20, 2021) — Philadelphia PGA Professional Braden Shattuck birdied No. 18 twice in a sudden death playoff to win the 2021 GALV Lehigh Valley Open at Northampton C.C., finishing at 9-under-par for the championship (69-66–135).

Shattuck bettered PGA Member Brett Walker, Sunnybrook G.C., and amateur Zach Juhasz, a Northampton C.C. member, in the playoff. Opening round leader Juhasz made par on the first playoff hole, a driveable par-4, the 315-yard 18th, and was eliminated following the birdies made by Shattuck and Walker. Both of the remaining competitors drove 18 on the second playoff hole, each finding the first tier of the steep two-tiered green. Shattuck nearly made his eagle putt, missing by inches, resulting in a tap-in birdie. Walker missed his approximate four-foot birdie putt, with Shattuck securing the win.

“I liked the course a lot. I loved the greens, which reminded me of Concord C.C.’s greens, where I grew up playing,” said Shattuck. “I love a golf course like this that provides a variety of shot options. This week, I didn’t hit my driver very well, but hit a lot of irons, even on the par-5s, and still made birdies.”

Shattuck went on to thank Bidermann G.C., its members and staff, including PGA Head Professional Anthony Malizia, Titleist, sales representative Jerry McGoey, and his girlfriend Cat Hammer for helping him with his on-course diet.

Shattuck won the 2021 Burlington Classic in June, and tied for first in the weather-shortened 2021 Conestoga Classic.

The event’s leaderboard was tight all day, with 11 additional players finishing within five strokes of the champion. Following second place finishers Walker and Juhasz, Alex Knoll, Glen Brook G.C., finished in fourth place at 7-under-par, while Mike Furey, Saucon Valley C.C., and John Pillar, C.C. at Woodloch Springs, tied for fifth at 6-under.

Pillar won the Senior Division by three strokes over Eddie Perrino, Eagle Rock Resort, and Dave McNabb, Applebrook G.C. Brian Kelly, Bucknell G.C., took the Super Senior Division at 2-over-par, bettering Rick Flesher, Lehigh C.C. by one.

Juhasz, the two-time defending club champion at the host club, Northampton C.C., finished as Low Amateur, bettering Tucker Sandercock of Bethlehem, Pa., by four strokes.

The 2021 GALV Lehigh Valley Open is supported by the Golf Association of Lehigh Valley, Jani-King, and the PGA Tour. The Philadelphia PGA Section and its PGA Professionals thank our partners, Northampton C.C., its membership, management, and host PGA Professionals, and staff, as the event would not have been possible without their support.

To view the full 2021 GALV Lehigh Valley Open leaderboard, click here.

The tournament is designated as a Philadelphia PGA Rolex Player of the Year Points event. The next Section’s next Rolex Player of the Year tournament on the schedule is the Doylestown Open at Doylestown C.C. on July 30.

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

Amateur Zach Juhasz Leads 2021 GALV Lehigh Valley Open After Opening Round 66

Easton, Pa. (July 19, 2021) — Amateur Zach Juhasz leads the Golf Association of Lehigh Valley’s 2021 Lehigh Valley Open by one stroke over Alex Knoll, PGA, finishing his opening round at Northampton Country Club at 6-under-par.

Juhasz, the two-time defending club champion at the host club, Northampton C.C., made seven birdies and a lone bogey to shoot his 66. In addition to his club championships, Juhasz has won five regional amateur major championships. He leads the Low Amateur race by two strokes over Andrew Adlard and three over Lee Nonnemacher. Each amateur is hoping to become the GALV Lehigh Valley Open’s second amateur champion, following Cole Miller’s win in 2017.

Glen Brook G.C.’s Alex Knoll made six birdies and eagled No. 11, alongside three bogeys to finish at 5-under-par. Knoll is looking to win this event for the second time, following his win in the inaugural Lehigh Valley Open in 2008. Seven players are tied for third place, two strokes behind Juhasz.

Dave McNabb, Applebrook G.C., and John Pillar, C.C. at Woodlcoh Springs, are tied atop the Senior Division at 4-under-par over. Jason Calhoun, University of Pennsylvania, is three strokes back. In the Super Senior Division, Flesher leads at even-par, two better than Brian Kelly, Bucknell G.C.

The 2021 GALV Lehigh Valley Open’s final round is scheduled to conclude tomorrow, July 20.

The 2021 GALV Lehigh Valley Open is supported by the Golf Association of Lehigh Valley, Jani-King, and the PGA Tour. The Philadelphia PGA Section and its PGA Professionals thank our partners, Northampton C.C., its membership, management, and host PGA Professionals, and staff, as the event would not have been possible without their support.

To view the full 2021 GALV Lehigh Valley Open leaderboard, click here.

The tournament is designated as a Philadelphia PGA Rolex Player of the Year Points event. The next Section’s next Rolex Player of the Year tournament on the schedule is the Doylestown Open at Doylestown C.C. on July 30.

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

PGA REACH Philadelphia Partners with Elite Fundraising Solutions Inc. to Introduce PGA HOPE Hero Days

Lower Gwynedd Township, Pa. (July 13, 2021) — PGA REACH Philadelphia, the 501(c)(3) charitable arm of the Philadelphia PGA Section, has partnered with Elite Fundraising Solutions Inc. (EFS) to introduce PGA HOPE Hero Days,  an initiative that celebrates U.S. military veterans and supports fundraising efforts in conjunction with the foundation’s military pillar.

The Hero Program, a leading company for on-course fundraising on behalf of veterans, first responders and frontline workers, has grown into one of the largest supporters of our heroes nationwide. PGA HOPE Hero Days will launch in the Philadelphia PGA Section this summer and will bring more awareness to the positive impact of rehabilitative golf programs for veterans through partner courses and will fundraise fundraise directly on behalf of PGA HOPE Philadelphia.

The PGA HOPE (Helping Our Patriots Everywhere) Philadelphia program is a free four-to-six week golf program for military veterans. The lifetime sport of golf has proven to be an excellent activity for competition and rehabilitation, while helping military veterans to reconnect with their community through the social opportunities that the game provides. The program includes five golf lessons/clinics with instruction from certified PGA Professionals.

Partnership Details:

  • Free hole-in-one contest for each player on PGA HOPE Hero Days; winner receives $3,500 (half to winner, half to PGA HOPE Philadelphia)
  • Closest-to-the-hole winners will be rewarded golf shop credit provided by EFS
  • Players will receive virtual gift bags worth $9,000 useable at courses nationwide
  • Hero Program representatives to be onsite to manage events
  • PGA HOPE Hero partner courses to be included in Hero gift bags, providing free marketing and promotion nationwide
  • PGA HOPE Philadelphia will receive 25 percent of all funds raised on the course during each PGA HOPE Hero Day
To learn more about the program and / or register as a PGA HOPE Hero Day facility, click here.
Contacts:
Matt Frey, PGA, Communications Director, Philadelphia PGA Section, mfrey@pgahq.com

Rich Klypka, Regional Vice President, Elite Fundraising Solutions, richklypka.eliteevents@gmail.com

Place Your Bids! PGA REACH Philadelphia Online Auction Now Open

PGA REACH Philadelphia’s 2021 online auction is officially open! Support our foundation’s mission to positively impact lives through the game of golf by bidding on and winning items including Dormie Network membership, foursomes at exclusive golf clubs, luxury getaways, sports memorabilia, and more. Click on “Bid Now” or any of the individual listings below to get started.

Golf Experiences

  • Dormie Network membership
    Starting bid: $10,000
    (Value: $21,000)
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  • Galloway National Golf Club foursome
    Starting bid: $750
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Bob Hennefer, PGA, Leads Team to Win 2021 Philadelphia PGA Professional-Junior Championship

Phoenixville, Pa. (July 8, 2021) — PGA Member Bob Hennefer, Laurel Creek C.C., teamed with junior amateurs Bobby Dominy, Matt Normand, and Tyler Smith to win the 2021 Philadelphia PGA Professional-Junior Championship at Rivercrest Golf Club & Preserve.

The format for the event was a three-player scramble amongst the youth golfers on the team. Each team’s PGA Professional had to play their own ball until holed, however, their youth teammates had the opportunity to play their approaches from their PGA Professional’s drives.

The strong competitive field did not appear to phase the Laurel Creek group, a team which won by five strokes with a final score of 55, 16-under-par. Sitting at 15-under-par on the final hole, Normand’s drive came within 100 yards of the green. His second shot landed within three feet of the hole, which allowed for an easy tap-in team birdie.

Saucon Valley C.C.’s Mike Furey, PGA, and his junior partners, Cohen Resch, Evan Eichenlaub, Colin Zavacky, finished in second place with a final score of 60. PGA Member Hugo Mazzalupi, Patriots Glen National G.C., in a group with his son, Shaun Mazzalupi, and Grayson Wingert, and Danny Dilella, finished tied for third place at 9-under-par with host PGA Professional Jamie Komancheck, and his team of Charlie Ferrise, Colby Komancheck, and Justin Lejeune.

The 2021 Philadelphia PGA Professional-Junior Championship is supported by the PGA Tour. The Philadelphia PGA Section and its PGA Professionals thank our partners, Rivercrest G.C. & Preserve, its membership, management, staff, and host PGA Professional staff, as the event would not have been possible without their support.

To view the full 2021 Philadelphia PGA Professional-Junior Championship leaderboard, 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

Philadelphia PGA Section Partners with Workhorse Brewing Company

Lower Gwynedd Township, Pa. (July 7, 2021) — The Philadelphia PGA Section is proud to announce a partnership with Workhorse Brewing Company, a King of Prussia-based brewery committed to crafting a top-notch experience in all phases of their operation under the mantra “Beer Made Right.” The company also operates the Workhorse Tour, a competitive amateur golf tour with the unique benefit of flexible scheduling.

As part of the partnership, Workhorse will support Philadelphia PGA pro-am team events, including:

  • PGA REACH Philadelphia Pro-Am Championship
    Monday, July 26 at Bidermann G.C. in Wilmington, Del.
  • Summer Pro-Lady Team Championship
    Wednesday, August 25 at Sunnybrook G.C. in Plymouth Meeting, Pa.
  • A.B. Thorn Memorial Pro-Am
    Thursday, September 23 at Lancaster (Pa.) C.C.
  • Philadelphia PGA Centennial Pro-Am Championship
    Monday, October 18 at Saucon Valley C.C. in Bethlehem, Pa.

Additionally, for every Workhorse Tour Blonde Ale draft sold in the Workhorse Taproom, the company will donate $1 to PGA REACH Philadelphia, the Philadelphia PGA’s 501(c)(3) charitable foundation, to support its mission to positively impact lives through the game of golf and its programs such as PGA Jr. League, Golf in Schools, PGA HOPE Philadelphia for military veterans, and the Philadelphia PGA Junior Tour Diversity Scholarships.

“The Philadelphia PGA is delighted to partner with Workhorse Brewing Company, an organization that is dedicated to not only to brewing great beer, but engaging with golfers in our region.” said Section Executive Director Geoff Surrette, PGA. “We believe that our partnership will encourage golfers to play more often, benefiting our facilities, and elevating the brands of the Section, PGA REACH Philadelphia, and the Workhorse Brewing Company.”

As part of the agreement, the Philadelphia PGA Section will promote the Workhorse Tour to amateur golfers in the area. The tour brings the competitive spirit and tournament format of professional golf to recreational players in Greater Philadelphia, with the bonus of flexible scheduling and real-time scoring powered by industry leader Golf Genius. Weeklong tournaments are hosted at different public courses from May through October, allowing golfers of all abilities to tee it up at their convenience, earning points to climb the season-long standings and earn a spot in the Tour Championship.

“Since our inception, Workhorse has always sought unique ways to differentiate ourselves in the highly competitive world of craft beer,” said brewery Co-Founder and Tour General Manager Dan Hershberg. “The Workhorse Tour is a creative way to achieve that goal and by allowing for competitive golf to be played on a flexible schedule, it also helps solve a real problem for amateurs everywhere. We’re excited to be able to offer something of value to both golfers and our retail partners, and having the support of a terrific organization in the Philadelphia PGA gives us a tremendous opportunity to do just that.”

About the Workhorse Brewing Company

Workhorse is driven by a simple statement: without quality, there cannot be growth. Opened to the public in 2018, Workhorse Brewing has been committed to that mantra from the start, beginning with a substantial investment in a top-of-the-line German brewhouse and a sparkling 70,000 square-foot production facility in King of Prussia. Led by award-winning brewmaster Nate Olewine and an accessible, approachable brand that resonates with its local market, Workhorse has emerged as one of the top craft breweries in the region, quickly scaling distribution throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania. Carried by all major grocery chains including Whole Foods, Wegmans, Giant and ACME, as well as hundreds of bars, restaurants and beer distributors–and now dozens of golf clubs–Workhorse proudly carries on the craft tradition of a long line of high-quality microbreweries in Pennsylvania.

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 

Dan Hershberg, Co-Founder, Workhorse Brewing Company; General Manager, The Workhorse Tour, dan@workhorsebrewing.com

Overbrook G.C.’s Trevor Bensel, PGA, and James Furness Team to Win 2021 Philadelphia Pro-Scratch Championship

Bethlehem, Pa. (June 28, 2021) — Amid temperatures in the 90s, PGA Member Trevor Bensel, Overbrook G.C., teamed with amateur James Furness to win the 2021 Philadelphia PGA Pro-Scratch Championship at Saucon Valley Country Club.

The hot and humid weather did not appear to affect Bensel and Furness, who combined for six birdies to finish with a team score of 65, 6-under-par, on Saucon Valley’s Old Course, to win by one stroke over four teams. Bensel shot a 67 on his own golf ball.

Teams tying for second place included Galloway National G.C., Alex Scarlett, PGA, and Bill Burke; Medford Lakes C.C., Trevor Alexander, PGA, and Michael Zupi; West Shore C.C., Jordan Shuey and Matthew Plummer; and the PGA Tour, Tom Carpus, PGA, and Ben Feld.

One of the day’s highlights came from Jonathon Jordan, playing alongside Kennett Square G. & C.C.’s Jesse Hackett, PGA, who made his first-ever hole-in-one on the Old Course’s fourth hole. Jordan used an 8-iron from 150 yards.

Four additional teams tied for sixth place two strokes behind the champions.

The 2021 Philadelphia PGA Pro-Scratch Championship is supported by Destination Kohler, L2 Brands, Maui Jim, Parsons Xtreme Golf, and Trinity Flavors. The Philadelphia PGA Section and its PGA Professionals thank our partners, Saucon Valley C.C., its membership, management, staff, and host PGA Professional staff, as the event would not have been possible without their support.

To view the full 2021 Philadelphia PGA Pro-Scratch Championship leaderboard, 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

Bergstol, Oakley, and Shattuck Tie to Share Storm-Shortened 2021 Philadelphia PGA Conestoga Classic Title

Lancaster, Pa. (June 21, 2021) — Inclement weather shortened the 2021 Philadelphia PGA Conestoga Classic at Conestoga Country Club. PGA Professionals Brian Bergstol, Zac Oakley, and Braden Shattuck tied for first place at 2-under-par.

Bergstol, representing Shawnee Inn & Golf Resort, and Bidermann G.C.’s Oakley and Shattuck, each finished with scores of 68 before severe weather suspended play at approximately 6:00 p.m. Alex Knoll, Glen Brook G.C, John Allen, and Trevor Bensel, Overbrook G.C., finished tied for fourth place one stroke back.

John Allen, PGA, won the Senior Division by four strokes over five PGA Members. In the Super Senior Division, PGA Life Member Michael Versuk took first place at 1-over-par, finishing seven ahead of Saucon Valley C.C.’s Joe Ambrose. Bergstol, Oakley, and Shattuck also tied for first in the Philadelphia Assistants’ Organization (PAO) Division.

While over 75 percent of the filed completed their rounds, allowing for purse distribution, Rolex Player of the Year Points points will not be awarded.

The 2021 Philadelphia PGA Conestoga Classic is supported by Ohana Farm LLC, Jani-King, and the PGA Tour. The Philadelphia PGA Section and its PGA Professionals thank our partners, Conestoga C.C., its membership, management, staff, and host PGA Professional staff, as the event would not have been possible without their support.

To view the full 2021 Philadelphia PGA Conestoga Classic leaderboard, click here.

The tournament is designated as a Rolex Player of the Year Points event, but due to the early conclusion, no points will be awarded. The next Philadelphia PGA Rolex Player of the Year tournament on the schedule is the William Hyndman III Memorial Classic on July 6 at Huntingdon Valley (Pa.) C.C.

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