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PGA of America Golf Professional Andrew Cornish Successfully Defends at the 2024 Hutch Invitational

Reading, Pa. (June 19, 2024) — On a sweltering day, PGA of America Golf Professional Andrew Cornish of Cedarbrook Country Club in Blue Bell, Pa. turned in a 3-under-par 68 to win the second annual Hutch Invitational at Berkshire Country Club. Cornish successfully defends his win from last year’s Hutch Invitational, where he secured his first individual Philadelphia PGA Section victory.

Scott and Karen Hutchinson have been longtime supporters of the Philadelphia PGA Section and PGA of America REACH Foundation Philadelphia, the Section’s 501(c)(3) charitable foundation, and also support the Philadelphia Players Championship at Lookaway Golf Club. The Hutchinsons established the Hutch to provide an additional playing opportunity to PGA Professionals who prioritize competitive golf while also successfully balancing their careers and partner relationships. The Hutch is a limited field event with the Hutchinsons extending invitations to 28 PGA Professionals. We at the Philadelphia PGA Section thank Scott and Karen Hutchinson for their amazing generosity and continued support. Today’s event was also supported by Holderness & Bourne.

Cornish put up an impressive round despite the brutal heat, making birdie on all three par fives on the course. He is followed by runner-up Trevor Bensel, Sandy Run C.C., who finished 2-under-par 69. There was a three-way tie for third place at even-par 71: Ben Bewley, Berkshire C.C.; Mike Meisenzahl, Tavistock C.C.; and Tom Michaels, Berkshire C.C.

“It’s nice to defend,” Cornish said following his victory. “I hit a lot of good golf shots out there. Thanks to my partner Al DeColli; he kept my head on straight. I had a bag of Starburst on me all day…that’s what kept me going.”

Cornish went on to thank Scott and Karen Hutchinson for all the support they show the Section, Holderness & Bourne, Cedarbrook Country Club’s membership and staff, Berkshire Country Club’s membership and staff, his mother for coming out to spectate, and the Section staff.

Participating PGA Professionals teamed with one amateur golfer of their choice in a Better Ball format for the team competition.

Host PGA of America Golf Professional Tom Michaels and his amateur partner Brandon Lynch topped the Team Division with 10-under-par 61. The pair finished above Ben Bewley, Berkshire C.C., and his partner Jacques Jacobson, who came in at 9-under-par 62. Cornish and his partner Al DeColli finished in third at 7-under-par 64.

To view the full 2024 Hutch leaderboard, click here.

The Hutch is presented by Scott and Karen Hutchinson, and supported by Holderness & Bourne. The Philadelphia PGA Section and its PGA of America Golf Professionals thank our partners, Berkshire Country Club, its membership, management, staff, and host PGA of America Golf Professionals, as the event would not have been possible without their support.

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 of America Members and Associates who are employed at over 590 golf facilities in our region.

Contact: Matt Frey, PGA, Communications Director, mfrey@pgahq.com

PGA of America Golf Professional Braden Shattuck Wins 2024 Conestoga Classic

Lancaster, Pa. (June 17, 2024) — PGA of America Golf Professional Braden Shattuck of Rolling Green Golf Club in Springfield, Pa., turned in a 6-under-par 64 to win the 2024 Conestoga Classic at Conestoga Country Club by one stroke over Zac Oakley, Bidermann G.C. The tournament is a Rolex / Haverford Trust Company Philadelphia PGA Player of the Year points event, and the third Silvercrest Cup qualifier of the year.

Shattuck’s victory at Conestoga makes it his second Philadelphia PGA title of the season, having won the Delaware Valley Open, also a Silvercrest Cup qualifier, by setting a new course record at Bellewood Country Club; that win came on the heels of his Low Club Professional finish at the PGA Championship in Kentucky. His victory on Monday is also his first win since getting married earlier this month. During his round at Conestoga, Shattuck made one lone bogey and seven birdies, including one on No. 18 to win, en route to his score of 64.

Returning for the third season, the Silvercrest Cup series will include four qualifying events for Philadelphia PGA Professionals, and will culminate in a $30,000 Silvercrest Cup final on September 16, hosted at Union League Liberty Hill in Lafayette Hill, Pa. For more information on the season-long race to the Silvercrest Cup, click here. In addition to receiving the winner’s share of the purse, Shattuck also took home an additional $2,500 from the Silvercrest Cup qualifier bonus pool.

“I played well today,” Shattuck said following his round. “I hit my driver pretty well and gave myself a lot of good chances for birdie.

“It’s pretty cool to win another Silvercrest Cup bonus too,” Shattuck continued.

Shattuck went on to thank his new bride, Veoletta, for being so supportive, his parents, his friends, the Rolling Green G.C. membership and staff, Scott Chisholm, PGA, and Mr. Gray from Silvercrest.

Brian Bergstol, Shawnee Inn & Golf Resort, and Parks Price, Hanover C.C., tied for third place, two strokes behind Shattuck. Six players tied for fifth place at 3-under-par: Anthony Sebastianelli, Rolling Green G.C.; Andrew Cornish, Cedarbrook C.C.; Trevor Bensel, Sandy Run C.C.; Michael Little, Clubhouse 54; Matt Finger, DuPont C.C.; and Brendon Post, University of Delaware.

With his 3-under-par round of 67, Brendon Post, PGA, won the Senior Division by one stroke over Laurel Creek C.C.’s Dave Quinn, PGA, and two over PGA Life Member George Forster. There was a three-way tie for fourth place at even-par: Pete Lovenguth, Sandy Run C.C.; PGA Life Member Brian Kelly; and Mike Molino, Elmhurst C.C.

The Philadelphia Cricket Club’s Bill Sautter, PGA, finished at 2-under-par to earn top honors in the Super Senior Division by three strokes over PGA Life Member Wayne Phillips. PGA Life Member Michael Versuk finished tied for third place at 4-over-par with Jack Brennan, Mountain View C.C. PGA Life Member J.R. Delich finished at 6-over-par.

Both the Central Counties Chapter and Philadelphia Assistants’ Organization (PAO) held events concurrently with the Conestoga Classic, with Brian Bergstol tying with Parks Price in the Chapter event, and Zac Oakley, Bidermann G.C., emerging victorious in the PAO event.

Bergstol and Price were four strokes clear of PGA Life Member Brian Kelly and Mike Molino. Oakley bettered Brian Bergstol by one stroke in the PAO event; three players tied for third place at 3-under-par: Anthony Sebastianelli, Rolling Green G.C.; Andrew Cornish, Cedarbrook C.C.; and Trevor Bensel, Sandy Run C.C.

Congratulations to PGA Member Dom DiJulia, DiJulia School of Golf, for making hist first-ever hole-in-one on Conestoga’s 15th hole! DiJulia used a six iron from 178 yards.

The 2024 Conestoga Classic is supported by Silvercrest Asset Management GroupJani-King, Ohana Farm LLC, KM Golf Sales and the PGA Tour. The Philadelphia PGA Section and its PGA of America Golf Professionals thank our partners, Conestoga Country Club, its membership, management, staff, and host PGA of America Golf Professionals, as the event would not have been possible without their support.

The next Rolex / Haverford Trust Company Philadelphia PGA Player of the Year points event is the William Hyndman III Memorial Classic at Huntingdon Valley (Pa.) Country Club on Monday, July 1. The fourth and final Silvercrest Cup qualifier is the Doylestown Open at Doylestown (Pa.) Country Club on Friday, July 26.

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 of America Members and Associates who are employed at over 590 golf facilities in our region.

Contact: Matt Frey, PGA, Communications Director, mfrey@pgahq.com

PGA of America REACH Foundation Philadelphia Receives $30,000 Donation From Philadelphia Cricket Club

Lower Gwynedd Township, Pa. (June 14, 2024) — The PGA of America REACH Foundation Philadelphia, the Philadelphia PGA Section’s 501(c)(3) charitable organization, recently received a generous $30,000 donation from the Philadelphia Cricket Club’s Five-Ball for the Four-Ball golf tournament.

The event was played on the club’s Wissahickon Course, just before hosting the United States Golf Association’s U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Golf Championship on May 25-29, and was designed to support local charity organizations. The club invited six local not-for-profit organizations to participate, guaranteeing each a minimum donation, while event’s winning team was allowed to pick one of the charities to receive a $30,000 donation.

The winners (Mike Anderson, Jose Rovelli, Dominic Origlio III, Conrad Von Borsig, and Robby Walizer), sponsored by John Evans’ Sons Co-President and Philadelphia Cricket Club Junior Golf Chairman Sam Davey, chose PGA REACH Philadelphia as the event’s main benefactor.

“Playing in the Five-Ball for the Four-Ball charity golf tournament was an absolute blast and our team was grateful to play the Philadelphia Cricket Club’s Wissahickon Course in peak-tournament condition,” said Davey. “We are thrilled to have designated PGA REACH Philadelphia as our team’s benefactor because of their ongoing efforts to improve lives bringing more golf to people without access to the game, our youth, and to the men and women who have served in our military.”

The donation will help support the foundation’s Youth, Military, and Diversity & Inclusion programming such as PGA Jr. League, Golf in Schools, PGA HOPE Philadelphia (Helping Our Patriots Everywhere), and the Philadelphia PGA Junior Tour Diversity Scholarships.

“We are incredibly grateful to Mr. Davey’s team and the Philadelphia Cricket Club for their benevolent donation,” said PGA REACH Philadelphia Director Courtney Curcio. “Their donation will go a long way to improve lives through the game of golf here in the Philadelphia PGA Section.”

About PGA REACH Philadelphia 
PGA of America REACH Foundation Philadelphia is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 2018 as the charitable arm of the Philadelphia PGA Section, one of the 41 Sections within the PGA of America. PGA REACH Philadelphia is committed to serving our communities and growing the game of golf through our three pillars: Youth, Military, and Diversity.

For more information on PGA REACH Philadelphia and its mission to positively impact lives through golf, visit pgareachphiladelphia.com To donate to PGA REACH Philadelphia, please 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 of America Members and Associates who are employed at over 590 golf facilities in our region.Contact: Courtney Curcio, Director, ccurcio@pgahq.com

PGA of America Golf Professional John Pillar Captures 2024 Philadelphia Senior PGA Professional Championship

Oreland, Pa. (June 12, 2024) — PGA of America Golf Professional John Pillar of C.C. at Woodloch Springs in Hawley, Pa., captured the 2024 Philadelphia Senior PGA Professional Championship at Sandy Run Country Club on Wednesday, finishing with rounds of 72-68–140, 4-under-par. Pillar bettered Rich Steinmetz, Spring Ford C.C., and PGA Life Member Brian Kelly by one stroke. Pillar previously won this championship in 2019 and 2020.

Golf Channel, Jani-King, Ohana Farm, and the PGA Tour support the 2024 Philadelphia Senior PGA Professional Championship.

“I had three phrases I leaned on during today’s round: belief, be present, and be patient,” Pillar said following the conclusion of play. “It was a really solid day. Sandy Run is a great golf course, and it presented tough conditions, which is what our championship should be.”

Pillar has been no stranger to the winner’s circle as of late, having won the 26th Haverford Philadelphia PGA Classic and its $100,000 first-place prize last month.

“Truthfully, I wasn’t sure if I was going to win again, at 57, competing with the younger PGA Professionals,” Pillar continued. “To be able to follow that up with a win here, is really special. It means the world to me.”

Pillar went on to thank his family for the love and support they have shown him.

Eric Kennedy, Overbrook G.C., finished in fourth place at 2-under-par. Tied for fifth place with a two-day score of 144, even-par, were PGA Life Member George Forster, and Chris Krueger, Kings Creek C.C.

Pillar will lead five other Philadelphia PGA Members to compete in the 2024 Senior PGA Professional Championship at Sunriver (Ore.) Resort on September 26-29, including: Rich Steinmetz, Brian Kelly, Eric Kennedy, Chris Krueger, and George Forster. Sandy Run C.C. PGA Head Golf Professional Pete Lovenguth is first alternate, followed by Stephen Swartz, Carlisle C.C.; PGA Life Member Jeb Boyle; Dave Quinn, Laurel Creek C.C.; and Dom DiJulia, DiJulia School of Golf.

The top 35 finishers in the 2024 Senior PGA Professional Championship will earn a spot in the 2025 KitchenAid Senior PGA Professional Championship, scheduled to be played May 2025, at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md.

Bill Sautter from the Philadelphia Cricket Club ran away with first place in the Super Senior Division with a two-day score of 1-under-par. PGA Life Member Wayne Philips finished in second place at 3-over-par.

To view the full 2024 Philadelphia Senior PGA Professional Championship leaderboard, click here.

The 2024 Philadelphia Senior PGA Professional Championship is supported by Golf ChannelJani-King, Ohana Farm LLC, and the PGA Tour. The Philadelphia PGA Section and its PGA of America Golf Professionals thank our partners, Sandy Run Country Club, its membership, management, staff, and host PGA of America Golf Professionals, as the event would not have been possible without their support.

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 of America Members and Associates who are employed at over 590 golf facilities in our region.

Contact: Matt Frey, PGA, Communications Director, mfrey@pgahq.com

PGA of America Golf Professional Matt Keller Earns PGA Master Professional Designation

FRISCO, Texas (June 5, 2024) – PGA of America Golf Professional Matt Keller, Owner of York Indoor Golf & Training Center in York, Pennsylvania, and Lancaster Indoor Golf & Training Center in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, has earned PGA Master Professional Status, the highest educational designation a PGA of America Member can obtain.

The PGA Master Professional program was established in 1969 to recognize PGA of America Members who make a significant effort to improve as golf professionals and maintain the highest degree of excellence for themselves and their operations. The curriculum is designed to ensure golf professionals are prepared to meet the growing demands of the marketplace within the Executive Management, Golf Operations and Teaching and Coaching Designations.

Among the more than 30,000 that comprise the PGA of America, Keller, a Member of the Philadelphia PGA Section, joins a special group as the 444th to earn Master Professional status. He achieved his designation in Teaching & Coaching.

The program is available to those with at least 10 years of PGA Membership along with having achieved advanced certification through the PGA Certified Professional Program. The curriculum includes an extensive project based on the specific certification previously acquired by the PGA of America Golf Professional. PGA Master Professional status is earned upon successful completion of the presentation.

“Becoming a PGA Master Professional is a huge honor,” said Keller, a PGA of America Member since 2003. “Coming from where I started, to reach this point of such an elite group of people, it’s taken a lot of persistence over the years. I couldn’t be more thrilled and excited to be a part of this Master Professional group now and continue to progress my teaching and coaching abilities within the golf industry.”

Keller graduated from the Penn State University PGA Golf Management program in 2003 with a degree in Recreational Park and Management. He earned a Master’s Degree from Ohio University in 2012, focusing on sport psychology, long-term athletic development, athlete performance, conditioning, recovery and injury prevention. 

Before becoming owner of York Indoor Golf & Training Center in York, Pennsylvania in 2017, and Lancaster Indoor Golf & Training Center in Lancaster in 2021, Keller worked for several golf facilities in various roles throughout Florida, Delaware and Pennsylvania, including The Club at The Strand, Lancaster Country Club, Cripple Creek Golf & Country Club and Regents’ Glen Country Club. Additionally, Keller teaches Golf I at Penn State York, where he’s taught since 2018.

Keller resides in Manchester, Pennsylvania, with his wife Maureen and son Kurtis.

About the PGA of America

The PGA of America is one of the world’s largest sports organizations, composed of more than 30,000 PGA of America Golf Professionals who love the game, are expert coaches, operators and business leaders, and work daily to drive interest, inclusion and participation in the sport. The PGA of America owns and operates numerous championships and events, including major championships for men, women, seniors and the Ryder Cup, one of the world’s foremost sporting events. For more information, visit PGA.com and follow us on X, formerly known as Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

 

Media Contacts

Jesse Dodson, PGA of America, jdodson@pgahq.com

Jared Minski, Mastro Communications, jared@mastrocomm.com

Playing Through Web Series: Bob Hennefer, PGA

Welcome to the latest episode of the Philadelphia PGA Section’s new web series, “Playing Through,” where PGA of America Golf Professionals, Section staff, Section partners, and other industry professionals are asked 18 questions about their lives and careers.

This episode features PGA of America Member Bob Hennefer. In addition to working as the PGA director of golf at Laurel Creek Country Club in Mount Laurel, N.J., Hennefer also serves as our Section’s vice president.

If you are interested in appearing in a future episode, please complete this form by clicking here. To watch past episodes, 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 of America Members and Associates who are employed at over 590 golf facilities in our region.

Contact: Matt Frey, PGA, Communications Director, mfrey@pgahq.com

At the Turn (S1E2): We Work for the Benefit of the Doubt

Welcome to the latest episode of “At the Turn,” where Section Executive Director Geoff Surrette, PGA, shares wisdom and advice from PGA of America Golf Professionals.

This episode’s topic is “We work for the benefit of the doubt,” submitted by Merion Golf Club PGA Head Golf Professional Scott Nye. To watch the episode, click on the below button or screen capture.

For a mobile-friendly (vertical) version of the episode, click here.

If you are interested in appearing in a future episode, please complete this form by clicking 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 of America Members and Associates who are employed at over 590 golf facilities in our region.

Contact: Matt Frey, PGA, Communications Director, mfrey@pgahq.com