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.
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