Category: Championships

Stage is Set for the 96th Philadelphia PGA Professional Championship

 

Mount Laurel, N.J. – The biggest event on the Philadelphia PGA calendar is set to take place next week at beautiful Laurel Creek Country Club in southern New Jersey. The 96th Philadelphia PGA Professional Championship will feature nearly 140 Philadelphia PGA professionals all looking to cl

aim their spot as the Section’s top golfer and have their name forever engraved on the William B. Packer trophy. In addition to the top prize, all competitors will be looking to secure one of thirteen spots into next year’s 51st PGA Professional Championship at the Bayonet Black Course in Seaside, California.

Championship week will officially get underway on Monday, September 18 at Laurel Creek Country Club with the annual Mariniello Tournament of Champions Pro-Am. The Pro-Am is named in honor of past Variety – The Children’s Charity president and longtime friend of the Philadelphia PGA Vince Mariniello. The event will bring together more than twenty teams and will help to generate donations for the Philadelphia PGA’s charitable partner, Variety – The Children’s Charity of Delaware Valley.

As Championship week moves into tournament play, the first and second rounds of the 96th Philadelphia PGA Professional Championship will be held on Tuesday, September 19 and Wednesday, September 20 with play at both Laurel Creek Country Club and Burlington Country Club. For the opening rounds the field will be split with competitors alternating courses after their opening rounds. At the conclusion of the second round the tournament field will be cut to the low 60 players plus ties.

The final round of the 96th Philadelphia PGA Professional Championship will be played on Thursday, September 21 at Laurel Creek Country Club. The final round will get underway in the morning with players just inside the cut line leading the way allowing the tournament leaders to play together in the final parings in the early afternoon. At the conclusion of play, ties for the overall champion as well as any qualifying spot will be settled via a sudden death tiebreaker.

This year’s tournament field will feature thirteen past champions including defending champion Jordan Gibbs (Gulph Mills Golf Club). Gibbs will look to become the first person to defend his title since Rich Steinmetz (Spring Ford Country Club) accomplished the feat in 2010-2011. Also in the fie

ld will be 2015 champion Dave McNabb (Applebrook Golf Club) who will be arriving at the Championship just a couple days after representing his country in the PGA Cup matches.

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Dave Quinn Captures Philadelphia Senior PGA Professional Title; Earns Berth in 29th Senior PGA Professional Championship

VILLANOVA, Pa. August 22, 2017 – Dave Quinn of (Marlton, N.J.), winner of the Philadelphia Senior PGA Professional Championship August 21-22, 2017 at Radnor Valley Country Club will lead eight Philadelphia PGA Professionals to compete Sept. 28 – Oct. 1, in the 29th Senior PGA Professional Championship.

The national Championship, presented by Mercedes-Benz USA and supported by Golf Advisor and John Deere, will be held at Desert Mountain’s Cochise and Geronimo Courses in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Quinn turned in a winning total of 5-under-par 135 to capture the Philadelphia Senior PGA Professional Championship supported by Golf Advisor and Mercedes-Benz USA. Dave McNabb of (Newark, Del.) finished one strokes back at 4-under-par 136. They are joined by George Forster (Blue Bell, Pa.), John Pillar (Hawley, Pa.), Greg Farrow (Marlton, N.J.), Stu Ingraham (Broomall, Pa.), Wayne Phillips (Allentown, Pa.), and John DiMarco (Cherry Hill, N.J.)

The Senior PGA Professional Championship brings together a field of 264 contestants representing the PGA of America’s 41 nationwide Sections, and features a total purse of $300,000. The first two rounds will be conducted on the Cochise and Geronimo Courses. The first cut will be made after 36 holes of play to the low 90 players plus ties.  The second cut will be made after 54 holes of play to the low 70 players plus ties.  The final two rounds will be played on the Conchise course.

The Cochise and Geronimo Courses, each Jack Nicklaus designs, present a wide-ranging test of skill. The Cochise Course’s par-72 layout can be extended to 7,042 yards with the Sonoran desert touching on every side. From 2012-2016, the course was host to the PGA Tour Champions season-ending Charles Schwab Championship, and it is a former site of The Tradition, one of five major championships on the PGA Tour Champions. The Cochise Course features four premier “risk-reward” par-5 holes, along with rolling fairways surrounded by water and dramatic rock outcroppings.

The Geronimo Course is perhaps the most visually intimidating of six courses at Desert Mountain, and chosen one of the Most Challenging Golf Courses in Arizona by the Phoenix Business Journal. The par-72, 7,293-yard layout winds its way through dramatic boulders, deep washes, ravines and lush desert and over stunning plateaus.

Begun in 1989, the Senior PGA Professional Championship is modeled after the PGA Professional Championship, with a field of 50-and-older senior PGA Professionals who advanced through 41 Section Championships conducted from June through August this year.

The top 35 finishers in the national Championship earn a berth in the 79th KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship, which will be conducted in May 2018, at Harbor Shores in Benton Harbor, Michigan.

The top five finishers earn an exemption into the final stage of the 2018 PGA Tour Champions National Finals. Since its debut, many participants in the Senior PGA Professional Championship have used their success in the event as a springboard to a PGA Tour Champions career.

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Philadelphia Senior PGA Professional Championship

Aug 21 – Aug 22, 2017
Senior Championship Media Results

Qualifiers: 8  Alternates: 5

QUALIFIERS
 1   Dave Quinn      Philmont CC            68-67--135 -5  
 2   Dave McNabb     Applebrook GC          68-68--136 -4  
 3   George Forster  Radnor Valley CC       67-70--137 -3  
 T4  John Pillar     CC at Woodloch Springs 69-69--138 -2  
 T4  Greg Farrow     Deerwood CC            67-71--138 -2  
 T4  Stu Ingraham    M Golf Range           65-73--138 -2  
 7   Wayne Phillips  Lehigh CC              71-70--141 +1  
 T8  John DiMarco    Laurel Creek CC        71-71--142 +2  


ALTERNATES - IN ORDER
 T8  Don Allan       Burlington CC          74-68--142 +2  
 T10 John Allen      Huntingdon Valley CC   72-71--143 +3  
 T10 Brian Kelly     Bucknell GC            71-72--143 +3  
 T10 Rick Flesher    Applebrook GC          69-74--143 +3  
 13  John Appleget   Wildwood Golf & CC     71-73--144 +4  


DID NOT QUALIFY
 14  Jeff Bonicky    Sea Oaks GC            74-72--146 +6  
 15  Don DeAngelis   Center Square GC       76-71--147 +7  
 T16 Jack Connelly   North Hills CC         76-72--148 +8  
 T16 Rob Shuey       Colonial GC            74-74--148 +8  
 T16 Gary Hardin     Northampton CC         73-75--148 +8  
 T16 Harvey Williams Philly PGA             69-79--148 +8  
 20  Jeb Boyle       Centre Hills CC        76-73--149 +9  
 T21 Bill Sautter    Phila Cricket Club     77-73--150 +10 
 T21 Mark Anderson   Phila Cricket Club     76-74--150 +10 
 T21 Tom Carpus      Philly PGA             75-75--150 +10 
 T21 Mike Dynda      LuLu CC                72-78--150 +10 
 25  John Kellogg    Radley Run CC          78-73--151 +11 
 26  Linda Nevatt    ACE Club               78-74--152 +12 
 T27 Bob Lennon      Wilmington CC          81-73--154 +14 
 T27 Mickey Sokalski Philmont CC            76-78--154 +14 
 T29 Ed Dougherty    Philly PGA             83-72--155 +15 
 T29 Frank Palumbo   Rolling Green GC       77-78--155 +15 
 31  Brian Leib      Hanover CC             81-75--156 +16 
 32  Jack Brennan    Mountain View CC       80-79--159 +19 
 33  Jim Baer        Ingleside GC           78-82--160 +20 
 34  J R Delich      Applebrook GC          77-84--161 +21 
 35  Kevin Shaw      Philly PGA             83-81--164 +24 
 T36 Joe Ambrose     Keystone College       86-81--167 +27 
 T36 Michael Hodges  PeninsulaGolf&CC       84-83--167 +27 
 38  Bob Doria       Medford Village CC     85-89--174 +34

Gibbs Goes Low and Captures 95th Philadelphia PGA Professional Championship

Flourtown, Pa. – September 22, 2016 – Jordan Gibbs of (Philadelphia, Pa.), is the winner of the Philadelphia PGA Professional Championship, at Philadelphia Cricket Club. Gibbs will lead 12 Philadelphia PGA Professionals to compete in the 50th PGA Professional Championship, next June 18-21, 2016 at Sunriver Resort in Oregon.

After holding a one shot lead after 36-holes, Gibbs played the best round of the day and posted a 4-under (66) giving him a championship total of 11-under (201). Stu Ingraham of (Broomall, Pa.) was the Championship’s runner-up, after carding a three day total of 6-under-par 206. They are joined by Dave McNabb (Malvern, Pa.), John Pillar (Hawley, Pa.), Scott Reilly (Gladwyne, Pa.), Mike Molino (Dallas, Pa.), Tony Perla (Norristown, Pa.), Alex Knoll (Bethlehem, Pa.), Mike Little (Lansdale, Pa.), Bill Walker (Riverton, N.J.), John Spina (Schwenksville, Pa.), and George Forster (Blue Bell, Pa.).

After a birdie on his opening hole, Gibbs carded a bogey on the second hole before posting four additional birdies on his opening nine holes. As he made his way around the back nine Gibbs played steady golf and was able to maintain his spot at the top of the leaderboard.

The win was Gibbs’ first Philadelphia PGA Professional Championship title and marks the second straight year that a first-time winner captures the Section biggest prize (McNabb 2015). Gibbs will also be making his trip to the PGA Professional Championship after earning his PGA membership in 2015.

Philadelphia PGA Professional Championship

Sep 20 – Sep 22, 2016
Individual Professional Results

Qualifiers: 12  Alternates: 5

QUALIFIERS
 1    Jordan Gibbs       Gulph Mills GC             67-68-66--201 -11 
 2    Stu Ingraham       M Golf Range               67-70-69--206 -6  
 3    Dave McNabb        Applebrook GC              66-70-71--207 -5  
 T4   John Pillar         CC at Woodloch Springs    70-70-69--209 -3  
 T4   Scott Reilly       Philadelphia CC            66-71-72--209 -3  
 T6   Mike Molino        The CC of Scranton         69-74-68--211 -1  
 T6   Tony Perla         Philadelphia Cricket Club  69-73-69--211 -1  
 T6   Alex Knoll         Bethlehem GC- Monacacy     68-73-70--211 -1  
 T6   Michael Little     Lookaway GC                70-70-71--211 -1  
 10   Bill Walker        Riverton CC                71-70-71--212 E   
 T11  John Spina         Philadelphia Cricket Club  73-70-70--213 +1  
 T11  George Forster     Radnor Valley CC           68-73-72--213 +1  


ALTERNATES - IN ORDER
 T13  Jason Lamp         Galloway National GC       70-72-72--214 +2  
 T13  Eric Kennedy       Overbrook GC               71-72-71--214 +2  
 T13  Mark Sheftic       Merion GC                  73-69-72--214 +2  
 T13  Chris Krueger      Kings Creek CC             75-71-68--214 +2  
 T13  Dave Pagett        Whitemarsh Valley CC       74-64-76--214 +2  


DID NOT QUALIFY
 T13  Rich Steinmetz     Spring Ford CC             71-72-71--214 +2  
 T19  Carson Solien      Aronimink GC               76-72-68--216 +4  
 T19  Rusty Harbold      BlueGolf                   74-72-70--216 +4  
 T19  Mike Moses         Concord CC                 71-73-72--216 +4  
 T19  Terry Hertzog      CC of York                 73-70-73--216 +4  
 T19  Ryan Lagergren     Stonewall                  69-72-75--216 +4  
 T24  John Appleget      Wildwood Golf & CC         74-72-71--217 +5  
 T24  Terry Hatch        Hidden Valley GC           73-70-74--217 +5  
 T26  John Cooper        Green Valley CC            75-72-71--218 +6  
 T26  Michael Ferguson   Philadelphia Cricket Club  75-69-74--218 +6  
 28   Don Allan          Burlington CC              70-77-72--219 +7  
 T29  Joe Kogelman       GolfTEC Moorestown         75-75-70--220 +8  
 T29  Neil Maurer        Bear Trap Dunes Golf Club  77-72-71--220 +8  
 T29  Dave Quinn         Links GC                   74-74-72--220 +8  
 T29  Greg Farrow        Deerwood CC                74-73-73--220 +8  
 T29  Chip Richter       Carlisle CC                75-70-75--220 +8  
 T29  John Lynch         Cripple Creek              71-74-75--220 +8  
 T29  Ryan Shaughnessy   Wedgewood Golf Course      68-75-77--220 +8  
 T36  Gary Hardin        Northampton CC             73-77-71--221 +9  
 T36  Brendon Post       University of Delaware     73-75-73--221 +9  
 T36  Adam Brigham       Waynesborough CC           71-76-74--221 +9  
 T39  Andy Fisher        AF Golf Ctr.               76-73-73--222 +10 
 T39  Robby Bruns        Merion GC                  73-75-74--222 +10 
 T39  Billy Hoerr        Atlantic City CC           75-72-75--222 +10 
 T42  Dean Halterman     Galloway National GC       76-74-73--223 +11 
 T42  Hugo Mazzalupi     Patriots Glen National GC  73-75-75--223 +11 
 T42  Daniel McCracken   Philadelphia Cricket Club  73-73-77--223 +11 
 T42  Jakob Gerney       Trump National GC- Philly  73-73-77--223 +11 
 T42  Rick Gibney        Colonial GC                73-71-79--223 +11 
 T47  Steve Swartz       CC of Harrisburg           74-75-75--224 +12 
 T47  Richie Krebs       Outdoor CC                 72-77-75--224 +12 
 T47  John Allen         Huntingdon Valley CC       73-75-76--224 +12 
 T47  Eric Figueroa      McCall Golf & CC           73-75-76--224 +12 
 T47  Brian Kelly        Bucknell GC                74-74-76--224 +12 
 T47  John DiMarco       Laurel Creek CC            71-75-78--224 +12 
 T53  Mark Anderson      Philadelphia Cricket Club  74-76-75--225 +13 
 T53  Kevin Nicholson    LuLu CC                    73-77-75--225 +13 
 T53  Shawn Matthews     Huntingdon Valley CC       76-74-75--225 +13 
 T53  John Bierkan       Aronimink GC               73-76-76--225 +13 
 T57  Tyler Teynor       Seaview Resort & Spa       75-74-77--226 +14 
 T57  Dustin Riggs       Rehoboth Beach CC          74-73-79--226 +14 
 T57  Ed Gibson          Makefield Highlands GC     71-76-79--226 +14 
 T57  Eric Schultz       Sunnybrook GC              74-72-80--226 +14 
 T61  Anthony Malizia    Bidermann GC               75-75-77--227 +15 
 T61  Pat Butkus         Philadelphia CC            73-76-78--227 +15 
 T61  Bill Sautter       Philadelphia Cricket Club  76-73-78--227 +15 
 T61  Jim Larkin         Fieldstone GC              77-72-78--227 +15 
 T61  Patty Post         University of Delaware     77-70-80--227 +15 
 T66  Orist Wells        Pitman GC                  77-73-78--228 +16 
 T66  Dave Fields        Brookside CC               72-77-79--228 +16 
 T68  Rob Rohrbach       Foxchase GC                79-71-80--230 +18 
 T68  Mike Ladden        Whitford CC                74-76-80--230 +18

Gibbs Holds 36-Hole Lead; Pagett Shoots Tournament Best Round

Flourtown, Pa. – The second round of the 95th Philadelphia PGA Professional Championship was played under near perfect conditions on Wednesday, September 21 with players swapping courses at Philadelphia Cricket Club. With one round under their belts the more than 160 players in the field had a better idea of what they needed to do to find their way inside the cut line of the low 60 players and ties.

Jordan Gibbs (Gulph Mills Golf Club) wasted no time finding his way to the top of the leaderboard during round two. He made two birdies on his first three holes on the Wissahickon Course to reach 7-under par. He would add a trio of birdies and bogeys to follow and finish with a 2-under (68), and remain at the 7-under mark. Overnight leader Scott Reilly (Philadelphia Country Club) finds himself still in contention after a 1-over (71). After reaching 7-under early in his round, he dropped three shots over his last six holes to fall into a tie for third. His strong start to the day was still enough to land him a place in the final pairing.

Last year’s champion, Dave McNabb (Applebrook Golf Club), shot 2-under (70) on the Militia Hill Course and sits just one back at 6-under (136) in his quest to defend his title. After winning the Philadelphia Senior PGA Championship, Stu Ingraham (M Golf Range) has a chance to put his name on the side of both trophies in 2016. He carded a 2-under (70) on the Militia Hill Course playing alongside McNabb to get to 5-under (137).

Dave Pagett (Whitemarsh Valley Country Club) fired the round of the day and of the championship, carding a 6-under (64) on the Wissahickon Course, the lowest competitive score for the tee setup since the course was reconfigured. Pagett climbed up the leaderboard as he made five consecutive birdies on his back nine, beginning on the eleventh hole. The shot of the day, though, went to Curtis Kirkpatrick (Indian Spring Country Club). Playing the Militia Hill Course, he knocked three-wood into the hole for a double eagle on the par-5 sixth hole.

In addition to competing for the championship’s top prize, the William B. Packer trophy, all players are also competing for a spot in next summer’s 50th PGA Professional National Championship which is being held at the Sunriver Resort in Oregon. There are several players within striking distance of the leaders but there are also more than 20 players within three shots of a qualifying spot so tomorrow’s final round is shaping up for an exciting finish.

Wednesday’s final round is set to get underway at Philadelphia Cricket Club – Wissahickon Course with tee times beginning at 8:00 AM. The tournament leaders will tee off at 12:24 PM. For complete 95th Philadelphia PGA Professional Championship coverage visit www.philadelphia.pga.com.

Philadelphia PGA Professional Championship

Sep 20 – Sep 22, 2016
Individual Pro Media Results

 1    Jordan Gibbs       Gulph Mills GC             67-68--135 -7  
 2    Dave McNabb        Applebrook GC              66-70--136 -6  
 T3   Stu Ingraham       M Golf Range               67-70--137 -5  
 T3   Scott Reilly       Philadelphia CC            66-71--137 -5  
 5    Dave Pagett        Whitemarsh Valley CC       74-64--138 -4  
 T6   Michael Little     Lookaway GC                70-70--140 -2  
 T6   John Pillar         CC at Woodloch Springs    70-70--140 -2  
 T8   George Forster     Radnor Valley CC           68-73--141 -1  
 T8   Ryan Lagergren     Stonewall                  69-72--141 -1  
 T8   Alex Knoll         Bethlehem GC- Monacacy     68-73--141 -1  
 T8   Bill Walker        Riverton CC                71-70--141 -1  
 T12  Jason Lamp         Galloway National GC       70-72--142 E   
 T12  Tony Perla         Philadelphia Cricket Club  69-73--142 E   
 T12  Mark Sheftic       Merion GC                  73-69--142 E   
 T15  Rich Steinmetz     Spring Ford CC             71-72--143 +1  
 T15  Terry Hertzog      CC of York                 73-70--143 +1  
 T15  Terry Hatch        Hidden Valley GC           73-70--143 +1  
 T15  Eric Kennedy       Overbrook GC               71-72--143 +1  
 T15  Ryan Shaughnessy   Wedgewood Golf Course      68-75--143 +1  
 T15  John Spina         Philadelphia Cricket Club  73-70--143 +1  
 T15  Mike Molino        The CC of Scranton         69-74--143 +1  
 T22  Rick Gibney        Colonial GC                73-71--144 +2  
 T22  Mike Moses         Concord CC                 71-73--144 +2  
 T22  Michael Ferguson   Philadelphia Cricket Club  75-69--144 +2  
 T25  Chip Richter       Carlisle CC                75-70--145 +3  
 T25  John Lynch         Cripple Creek              71-74--145 +3  
 T27  Jakob Gerney       Trump National GC- Philly  73-73--146 +4  
 T27  Chris Krueger      Kings Creek CC             75-71--146 +4  
 T27  John Appleget      Wildwood Golf & CC         74-72--146 +4  
 T27  Rusty Harbold      BlueGolf                   74-72--146 +4  
 T27  Eric Schultz       Sunnybrook GC              74-72--146 +4  
 T27  Daniel McCracken   Philadelphia Cricket Club  73-73--146 +4  
 T27  John DiMarco       Laurel Creek CC            71-75--146 +4  
 T34  John Cooper        Green Valley CC            75-72--147 +5  
 T34  Billy Hoerr        Atlantic City CC           75-72--147 +5  
 T34  Ed Gibson          Makefield Highlands GC     71-76--147 +5  
 T34  Dustin Riggs       Rehoboth Beach CC          74-73--147 +5  
 T34  Patty Post         University of Delaware     77-70--147 +5  
 T34  Greg Farrow        Deerwood CC                74-73--147 +5  
 T34  Adam Brigham       Waynesborough CC           71-76--147 +5  
 T34  Don Allan          Burlington CC              70-77--147 +5  
 T42  Brendon Post       University of Delaware     73-75--148 +6  
 T42  Brian Kelly        Bucknell GC                74-74--148 +6  
 T42  Robby Bruns        Merion GC                  73-75--148 +6  
 T42  Hugo Mazzalupi     Patriots Glen National GC  73-75--148 +6  
 T42  Dave Quinn         Links GC                   74-74--148 +6  
 T42  Carson Solien      Aronimink GC               76-72--148 +6  
 T42  Eric Figueroa      McCall Golf & CC           73-75--148 +6  
 T42  John Allen         Huntingdon Valley CC       73-75--148 +6  
 T50  Richie Krebs       Outdoor CC                 72-77--149 +7  
 T50  Neil Maurer        Bear Trap Dunes Golf Club  77-72--149 +7  
 T50  Dave Fields        Brookside CC               72-77--149 +7  
 T50  Bill Sautter       Philadelphia Cricket Club  76-73--149 +7  
 T50  Jim Larkin         Fieldstone GC              77-72--149 +7  
 T50  Andy Fisher        AF Golf Ctr.               76-73--149 +7  
 T50  Tyler Teynor       Seaview Resort & Spa       75-74--149 +7  
 T50  John Bierkan       Aronimink GC               73-76--149 +7  
 T50  Steve Swartz       CC of Harrisburg           74-75--149 +7  
 T50  Pat Butkus         Philadelphia CC            73-76--149 +7  
 T60  Shawn Matthews     Huntingdon Valley CC       76-74--150 +8  
 T60  Gary Hardin        Northampton CC             73-77--150 +8  
 T60  Joe Kogelman       GolfTEC Moorestown         75-75--150 +8  
 T60  Mark Anderson      Philadelphia Cricket Club  74-76--150 +8  
 T60  Dean Halterman     Galloway National GC       76-74--150 +8  
 T60  Anthony Malizia    Bidermann GC               75-75--150 +8  
 T60  Mike Ladden        Whitford CC                74-76--150 +8  
 T60  Rob Rohrbach       Foxchase GC                79-71--150 +8  
 T60  Kevin Nicholson    LuLu CC                    73-77--150 +8  
 T60  Orist Wells        Pitman GC                  77-73--150 +8

Reilly Holds First Round Lead at 95th Philadelphia PGA Professional Championship

Flourtown, Pa. – The opening round of the 95th Philadelphia PGA Professional Championship was held at historic Philadelphia Cricket Club. The field of more than 170 Philadelphia PGA Professionals was split between the Cricket Club’s Wissahickon and Militia Hill courses.

The 54-hole Championship features a 36-hole cut and is the marquee event for all Philadelphia PGA Professionals. The top finisher will take home the William B. Packer Trophy along with the first place check and will lead 12 Philadelphia PGA Professionals to next summer’s 50th PGA Professional Championship at Sunriver Resort in Oregon.

After the rains that came through the area during the day Monday, players competed under warm and muggy conditions for today’s opening round. Playing in the tournament’s first pairing, Dave McNabb (Applebrook GC) posted the number early in the day for everyone to chase. Playing on the Wissahickon course, McNabb carded three birdies and an eagle against only one bogey en route to a 4-under (66), the day’s low round on the Wissahickon course.

However at the end of the day a pair of players competing on the Militia Hill course were able to go low and put themselves just ahead of McNabb on the leaderboard. The first to do so was Jordan Gibbs (Gulph Mills Golf Club). Gibbs carded six birdies and a bogey to post a 5-under (67) on the par-72 golf course. Gibbs briefly held the lead but unfortunately for him Scott Reilly (Philadelphia Country Club) was able to best him by a shot.

Playing the day’s final pairing Reilly finished his round with a clean score card, one of only two players to play bogey free (Ryan Lagergren). Reilly carded three birdies on each nine to finish the day at 6-under (66) and the outright lead after round one.

Players will now switch courses for the second round before a 36-hole cut brings the field to the top 60 players plus ties. The third and final round will be played on the Wissahickon course at the Philadelphia Cricket Club on Thursday, September 22.