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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

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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  • Philadelphia Cricket Club threesome
    Starting bid: $750
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  • Gulph Mills Golf Club foursome
    Current bid: $600
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  • Lehigh Country Club foursome
    Starting bid: $500
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  • Moselem Springs Country Club foursome
    Starting bid: $500
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  • Penn Oaks Country Club foursome
    Starting bid: $400
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  • Riverton Country Club foursome
    Starting bid: $350
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  • Commonwealth National Golf Club foursome
    Starting bid: $350
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  • North Hills Country Club foursome
    Starting bid: $350
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  • Laurel Creek Country Club foursome
    Starting bid: $750
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  • Doylestown Country Club foursome
    Starting bid: $350
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  • Trenton Country Club foursome
    Starting bid: $350
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  • Concord Country Club foursome
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  • Burlington Country Club foursome
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  • Bala Country Club foursome
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  • Pittsburgh Steelers NFL tickets
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  • Virtual Cooking Class
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  • Woodcrest Country Club foursome
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  • Flourtown Country Club foursome
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Sports Memorabilia
  • Super Bowl LII Helmet Autographed by Foles, Pederson
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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

Learn More About Philadelphia PGA’s Women’s Series Networking Golf Events

The Philadelphia PGA Section, in coordination with its Women’s Committee, is proud to introduce its Women’s Series, a new initiative for 2021 designed to encourage networking and camaraderie among women PGA Professionals in the Section.

Each event will feature nine holes of golf and a post-round reception with food & beverage. The events are open to all women PGA Members, Associates, and Students and LPGA members; women amateurs are also invited to participate in select Women’s Series events.

The first four events have been scheduled and the Section is looking to add more events as the season progresses. To register, follow the below links. If you are interested in hosting a Women’s Series event at your facility, please contact Leila Mackie, PGA, at lmackie@pgahq.com.



Monday, August 9
Honeybrook Golf Club
Honey Brook, Pa.
2:30 p.m. Tee Times
REGISTER HERE
*Open to women PGA Members, Associates, Students, LPGA members, and amateurs

Tuesday, August 24
Newark Country Club
Newark, Del.
3:00 p.m. Shotgun Start
REGISTER HERE
*Open to women PGA Members, Associates, Students, LPGA members and amateurs 

The Section and Committee thanks Flourtown C.C., Honeybrook G.C., and Newark C.C., and their PGA Professionals for hosting our inaugural Women’s Series events.

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