Braden Shattuck, Kyle Early Tied for Lead Entering 2023 GALV Lehigh Valley Open Final Round
Both Shattuck and Early finished their opening rounds at 6-under-par, four strokes ahead of a trio of fellow PGA Members who each shot 70: Andrew Turner, Berkshire C.C.; Trevor Bensel, Sandy Run C.C.; and Brian Bergstol, Shawnee Inn & Golf Resort.
Shattuck, the reigning PGA Professional Champion, made four birdies and an eagle en route to his 66, while Early, who earned his first Section victory this summer in Doylestown, had a decidedly more up-and-down round, making eight birdies, one eagle, and four bogies. The final round will take place tomorrow, Tuesday, October 3, with a 10:00 a.m. shotgun start.
Two are also tied atop the Senior Division, with Terry Hertzog, Bent Creek C.C.; and PGA Life Member Brian Kelly both at 1-under-par. Rob Shuey, Colonial Golf & Tennis Club, and PGA Life Member Jeb Boyle are one stroke behind the leaders, followed by Terry Hatch, Royal Oaks G.C., in fifth place at 1-over-par. Kelly also leads the Super Senior Division by one stroke over Shuey and Boyle, with Squires G.C.’s John Allen and PGA Life Member George Forster four back.
The Philadelphia PGA Section’s Central Counties Chapter is also hosting an event concurrently with the Lehigh Valley Open, where Turner and Bergstol are tied for first place. Kelly is one stroke behind the leaders, followed by Hatch, Parks Price, C.C. of York; and Brian Buskirk, HoneyBrook G.C.; at 1-over-par.
Nine golfers are competing in the Lehigh Valley Open for low amateur honors, with David Palumbo, Breinigsville Pa.; and James Boburka, Bethlehem Pa.; locked at 3-over-par. Jeff Wiedecke, Easton Pa., is in third place at 4-over-par, followed by Tom Soares, Emmaus, Pa.; and Matt Crilley, Allentown Pa.; three back.
To view the full 2023 GAV Lehigh Valley Open leaderboard, click here.
The 2023 GAV Lehigh Valley Open is supported by the Golf Association of the Lehigh Valley, Payntr Golf, Wilson, Jani-King, and the PGA Tour. The Philadelphia PGA Section and its PGA Professionals thank our partners, Berkleigh Golf Club, its membership, management, and staff, as the event would not have been possible without their support.
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