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PGA Professionals Fick, Brown Lead Team to Victory in 36th Burlington Classic Pro-Am

Westampton, N.J. (June 5, 2022) — PGA Professionals Jeff Fick, Moselem Springs Golf Club in Fleetwood, Pa., and Ross Brown of Fox Hill Country Club in Exeter, Pa., led their team of amateur partners Jeff Hatcher, Mark Cardis, and Mark Evans to victory in the 36th Burlington Classic Pro-Am presented by WSFS Bank.

On a beautiful day where temperatures approached 80 degrees, the winning team combined for four net eagles and 18 net birdies in the two net best balls of five format, finishing with a net team score of 114, 26-under-par, to better PGA Professionals Bill Sautter, Philadelphia Cricket Club; and J.T. Wambold, Yardley C.C.; and amateurs Lee Madden, Robert Martin, and Mike Cristinzio by one stroke. Eight teams tied for third at 22-under-par, but the team including PGA Professionals Jeff Herb, Waynesborough C.C.; and Jeb Boyle, amateurs Craig Roberts, Andrew Georgel, and Pat Boyle; took solo third in a scorecard playoff.

Four low amateurs from the first round advanced to the final round compete for low amateur honors and the Marotto Medal on Monday, June 7, alongside the PGA Professional field. Corey Katzen leads the amateurs at 1-under-par, followed by Jason Gawlak, Rudy Cislak, and Anthony Manto at 3-over-par.

The individual PGA Professional event will also conclude on Monday, and Braden Shattuck of Rolling Green Golf Club in Springfield, Pa., leads the field after turning in a blistering 9-under-par 61 for his first round to lead Chris Krueger, Kings Creek Country Club, and Parks Price, C.C. of York, by four strokes. Bob Lennon, Wilmington C.C.; Mike Tobiason, Deerfield; and Ross Brown, Fox Hill C.C.; are tied for fourth place at 4-under-par. The low PGA Professional will be awarded the Mike Mack Cup, which was introduced for the first time at last year’s event.

Lennon’s first round 66 put him at the top of the Senior Division, leading Merion G.C.’s Terry Hertzog by one stroke. Rob Rohrbach, Foxchase G.C.; is in third at 3-under-par, two behind Lennon, while Rich Steinmetz, Spring Ford C.C.; and Dave Quinn, Laurel Creek C.C., are tied for fourth at 2-under, three behind the PGA Member from Wilmington.

PGA Life Member Michael Versuk leads the Super Senior Division at 7-over-par, leading Joe Ambrose, Saucon Valley C.C. by two strokes.

The 36th Burlington Classic Pro-Am is supported by Burlington Country ClubWSFS Bankadidas, and Jani-King. The Philadelphia PGA Section and its PGA Professionals thank our partners, Burlington C.C., its membership, management, staff, host PGA Professional Mike Mack, Tournament Chair John M. Hanuscin, and the entire 2022 Burlington Classic Pro-Am Committee, as the event would not have been possible without their support.

To view the full 36th Burlington Classic Pro-Am leaderboard, click here.

The next Philadelphia PGA Rolex / The Haverford Trust Company Player of the Year tournament is the Philadelphia Senior PGA Professional Championships presented by Cadillac on June 13-14 at Medford Village C.C.

About the Burlington Classic Pro-Am

The Burlington Classic Pro-Am was founded in 1986 by Mike Mack, PGA, Joe Fattorini, Leroy Peacock, Rex McWilliams, Chip Miller, George Hilt, and Donald “Butch” Eckman. The event quickly became one of the most popular events on the Philadelphia PGA Section’s tournament calendar, and is now a Philadelphia PGA Rolex / The Haverford Trust Company Player of the Year Points Event.

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

PGA of America Named a Global Partner of Women’s Golf Day

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. and FRISCO, Texas – (June 2, 2022) – The PGA of America was named today as a global partner of Women’s Golf Day (WGD), as part of the Association’s ongoing commitment to Inclusion and Diversity.

The PGA of America will be highlighted as a resource of WomensGolfDay.com, provide access for individuals to use on online directory to find a PGA Coach, and learn more about ways to engage with PGA Jr. League.

“The Women’s Golf Day movement is more than just a one-day event— it’s a celebration of girls and women playing golf, as they learn new skills and develop a lifelong love for the game,” said PGA of America Chief People Officer Sandy Cross.  “We are focused on growing the game, while also serving our 28,000 PGA Professionals, so this relationship with WGD was a natural step in supporting the women’s game. We look forward to assisting participants with an easy way to learn and become more involved in golf through the support of a PGA Coach.”

Elisa Gaudet, Founder of Women’s Golf Day added, “We are thrilled to have the support of the PGA of America.  Our participants look to us as a resource, and we are eager to continue supporting them by helping to connect them with a PGA Coach.  We look forward to having more PGA Professionals discover the many benefits of WGD, as they host events at their courses in the USA and abroad.”

WGD is pleased to also support the PGA by offering Member Service Requirement (MSR) program points to PGA Professionals who participate in a variety of activities related to supporting the WGD initiative.

On May 31, WGD Palooza, a one-of-a-kind digital celebration connected golfers from around the world to golf industry movers and shakers who are creating opportunities for more people to engage with the sport, will be held online. WGD Palooza provided PGA Professionals who registered an opportunity to earn 1 MSR credit.  A highlight reel of the event is available at https://womensgolfday.com/wgdpalooza/.

By hosting a Women’s Golf Day program on Tuesday, June 7, PGA Professionals have an opportunity to earn 4 MSR credits. This year’s Women’s Golf Day will be conducted at golf facilities around the globe and is a four-hour experience where women and girls can experience the sport for the first time or where current players can play and engage with women interested in golf.  The first opportunity came at the PGA Show in January by participating in the education seminar presented by Women’s Golf Day and a panel featuring PGA Master Professional Cathy Harbin, a member of the PGA of America Board of Directors

The PGA of America WGD resource page at www.womensgolfday.com will provide information on How to Find a PGA Coach, access PGA Jr.League,  an event calendar and more.  Information will be updated throughout the entire year to support women’s golf.

Women’s Golf Day Official Partners
Callaway Golf, FootJoy, GloveIt, Golf Town, Titleist, RBC, The R&A, PGA of America, PGA TOUR Superstore and The USGA.  Women’s Golf Day is also proudly supported by: All Square, Annika Foundation, Asian Golf, Chronogolf, ClubCorp, Cutter & Buck, EGCOA, European Tour, European Tour Properties, The First Tee, Gallus Golf, The Golf Channel, GolfNow, Imperial Headwear, International Golf Federation, LET, Modest Golf Management, NGCOA, NGCOA Canada, PGA TOUR,  Players First, Prestige Flag, Sky Sports, TopGolf, TopTracer, TPC Properties, Troon Golf, Troon International, WE ARE GOLF, Women & Golf, Women’s Golf & Travel, The World Golf Foundation and more.

About Women’s Golf Day
Women’s Golf Day (WGD) is a global movement that Engages, Empowers, and Supports women and girls through golf and facilities them learning the skills that last a lifetime. The one-day, four-hour event, has now taken place at more than 1000 locations in nearly 80 countries since its inception in 2016, and has introduced thousands of new golfers to the sport. WGD is the fastest-growing female golf development initiative.

In 2021, WGD’s primary hashtag, #WomensGolfDay, received more than 87 million global impressions to nearly 37 million people viewing WGD content. Women’s Golf Day is unique, there is nothing like it in sports, a one-day sporting and community celebration event that unites women through golf across the globe for 24 hours straight transcending gender, race, religion, language, geography, or economic status.

To find us online visit: www.womensgolfday.com
To follow us on social media: @womensgolfday #WomensGolfDay #WGDunites

All are welcome to participate in Women’s Golf Day except where prohibited by law. Women’s Golf Day does not discriminate against anyone on the basis of sex, race, colour, religion, ancestry, national origin, disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, or sexual orientation.

About the PGA of America
PGA of America is one of the world’s largest sports organizations, composed of nearly 28,000 PGA Professionals who work daily to grow interest and inclusion in the game of golf. For more information about the PGA of America, visit PGA.com and follow us on TwitterInstagram and Facebook.

Media Contacts
Michael Abramowitz, PGA of America
561-624-8458
mabramowitz@pgahq.com

Caroline Williamd, Duree & Company
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golf@dureeandcompany.com

GOLFFOREVER FITNESS TIP: STOP Swaying Off the Ball

PGA TOUR Trainer, Dr. Troy Van Biezen takes you through one of three exercises that he does with Justin Thomas before he plays a competitive round to get his glutes firing.

Many golfers struggle with back pain at least once during their playing tenure. Coincidentally, most amateur golfers struggle with a slice.

There are many causes of back pain of which I don’t want to bore you with. However, I am going to address one of the most common causes, which falls into the technique category: The Sway!!

In order to turn into your right hip (for right hand golfers), there are several physical parameters that must be developed. The most important is right hip internal rotation, if the body is not able to turn around the right hip due to joint or muscle restrictions, then lateral movement will occur. Secondly, the ability to separate your upper body from your lower body allows you to make a shoulder turn without swaying. Limited spinal mobility is the main cause of this physical restriction. Finally, the ability to laterally stabilize your right leg during the backswing is directly proportional to the strength and stability of your glute muscles. This muscle helps prevent the right hip from elevating and shifting laterally during the backswing.

A majority of golfers struggle with the sway, however most do not know that the sway is the beginning phase of the dreaded Slice. In trying to correct the slice, most will try to influence the grip and address posture which is important.

You’re probably asking by now how does the Sway create the Slice and be a causative factor in causing back pain?

If you sway, there is no stable foundation to drive your weight off the right foot during transition into downswing, the golfer will lose power and a breakdown of the kinetic sequence will occur. As the golfer sways, his head and upper body will tilt towards the target creating a reverse spine angle. This will put a tremendous amount of undue stress on the left side of the spine. The golfer will initiate the downswing with his arms creating an over –the-top move, causing an outside to inside swing path. This will put a clockwise spin on the ball and a slice will occur. At follow through, another reverse spine angle occurs creating a “Crunch Factor” causing right low back pain.

I highly recommend you seek out the Golf Forever Fitness app. You will be assessed for imbalances, limitations, weakness’ and provide you a specific treatment/training program to rid of the dreaded sway!

 

See you on the links,

Troy Van Biezen, DC, TPI-CGFI

Trainer and chiropractor to PGA Tour Champions including Scottie Sheffler, Jordan Speith, Zach Johnson, Ryan Palmer and many others

Golf Digest Top 50 Fitness Instructors 

PGA Member Hugo Mazzalupi Wins 2022 Philadelphia PGA Connelly Cup Head Professional Championship

Glenside, Pa. (May 31, 2022) — Philadelphia PGA Member Hugo Mazzalupi of Linfield (Pa.) National Golf Club, successfully battled the course, competitors, and the heat, to win the 2022 Philadelphia PGA Connelly Cup Head Professional Championship at North Hills Country Club. The Connelly Cup is named in honor of Jack Connelly, a Past President of both the PGA of America (2001-02) and Philadelphia PGA Section (1983-84).

Mazzalupi, also the 2020 champion, endured through oppressive humidity and 95-degree heat to post a 5-under-par 66 to win his first Section event of the year by two strokes over Dave McNabb, Applebrook G.C. The PGA Professional hailing from Linfield National made eight birdies throughout his round, including three in a row, and four in five holes on North Hills’ front nine.

“I had a fun day today,” said Mazzalupi of his round. “For once, all the putts were going in. I got a little nervous on the last four or five holes, but was able to squeak out a few ups-and-downs, including a birdie or so. The golf course was in terrific condition too.”

Andrew Barbin, Chesapeake Bay G.C., finished at 1-over-par and in third place, while Rich Steinmetz, Spring Ford C.C.; John Cooper, Green Valley C.C.; and George Forster, Radnor Valley C.C., rounded out the top five, each at 2-over-par.

McNabb, fresh off his most recent major championship start at the 2022 KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship in Benton Harbor, Mich., took the top honors in the Senior Division, holding off Steinmentz, Cooper, and Forster, by five strokes.

The 2022 Philadelphia PGA Connelly Cup Head Professional Championship is supported by Earth NetworksBushnell Golf, and the PGA Tour. The Philadelphia PGA Section and its PGA Professionals thank our host, North Hills Country Club, its members, management, host PGA Professionals, and staff, as well as our partners, as the event would not have been possible without their support.

To view the full 2022 Philadelphia PGA Connelly Cup Head Professional 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

Yardley Country Club Wins 2022 Philadelphia PGA Spring Pro-Lady Team Championship Presented by Parx Casino®

Bethlehem, Pa. (May 24, 2022) — PGA Member Rick Hughart of Yardley (Pa.) Country Club led his amateur partners, Deb Linde, Anne Shapiro, and Beth Kalmes, to a round of 17-under-par 53 for a Net Division victory in the 2022 Philadelphia PGA Spring Pro-Lady Team Championship at Lehigh Country Club.

The team finished with three net eagles and 11 birdies to win by three strokes over the host team from Lehigh C.C., featuring PGA Member Wayne Phillips, Jackie Beck, Patty Cox, and Debra Benavage. Andy Signor, Pine Meadows Golf Complex, Heather Daub, Ashli Shay, and Laura Manchester, finished in third place at 13-under-par.

In the Gross Division, PGA Member Joanna Coe of Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa., and her amateur partners Katie Sibel, Kim Simmons, and Nancy Porter, took top honors with a 6-under-par 64 to win by one stroke over the team from Aronimink G.C.: John Bierkan, PGA, RB Stanley, Sue Burt, and Sheryl Durham.

The 2022 Philadelphia PGA Pro-Lady Team Championship is presented by Parx Casino® and supported by Ohana Farm, Trinity Flavors, Valley Forge Tourism & Convention Board, and Workhorse Brewing Company / Workhorse Tour. The Philadelphia PGA Section and its PGA Professionals thank our host, Lehigh Country Club, its members, management, host PGA Professionals, and staff, as well as our partners, as the event would not have been possible without their support.

To view the full 2022 Philadelphia PGA Pro-Lady Team Championship Presented by Parx Casino® leaderboard, click here.

The next event in the Philadelphia PGA Pro-Am Series, Presented by Parx Casino®, on the Section schedule is the Indian Valley Team Stableford Pro-Am at Indian Valley C.C. in Telford, Pa., on Monday, July 18.

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

Dave McNabb, Mike Molino Qualify for U.S. Senior Open at Saucon Valley Country Club

Lower Gwynedd Township, Pa. (May 20, 2022) — PGA Members Dave McNabb of Applebrook Golf Club in Malvern, Pa., and Mike Molino of the Country Club of Scranton in Clarks Summit, Pa., have each qualified for the 2022 U.S. Senior Open, to be hosted at Saucon Valley Country Club in Bethlehem, Pa., on June 23-26.

Molino earned his spot in the senior men’s major championship on May 18 at Indiana (Pa.) C.C. with a birdie in a three-person playoff, following his round of 3-under-par 68 in regulation. To view the full results from the May 18 qualifier, click here.

“This is my first major, and a dream come true,” said Molino. “The past 24 hours have been very exciting. I am overwhelmed with support from family, friends, and Country Club of Scranton members.”

McNabb played his way into his ninth major at Doylestown (Pa.) C.C. on May 19, with a round of 1-under-par 70. Click here to view the complete leaderboard from the May 19 qualifier.

“I think it’s awesome to be playing so close to home,” said McNabb. “My members have always been really great in supporting me, and the fact that it’s so close to home where they can come and watch, great; plus, having my family there this summer, will be really cool.”

Qualifying for a major championship is difficult, and having two PGA Members make a championship in their home PGA Section is rare, and very special. We hope you consider attending the U.S. Senior Open at Saucon Valley in June to root on Dave and Mike! To purchase tickets, click the below button.

Congratulations, Dave and Mike…well earned! We’ll see you at Saucon Valley in a few weeks!

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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 Renews Partnership with adidas

Lower Gwynedd Township, Pa. (May 20, 2022) — The Philadelphia PGA Section today is happy to announce it has renewed its partnership with adidas, a sports brand dedicated to creating and selling the best sports products in the world in a sustainable way.

As part of the agreement, adidas will again be the uniform provider for the Philadelphia PGA Section and the Philadelphia PGA Junior Tour, the Delaware Valley’s premier youth golf tour. As such, the Section’s full-time staff members and field staff will wear adidas apparel at all Section golf events and Philadelphia PGA Junior Tour golf tournaments.

“The Philadelphia PGA is pleased to renew our partnership with adidas,” said Section Executive Director Geoff Surrette, PGA. “The company has been supporting our Section, junior tour, and PGA Professionals for many years, and our programs, PGA Members and Associates will continue to benefit from their support.”

“I’m very excited to partner with the Philadelphia PGA Section for another year,” said adidas Pa., Central N.J., South N.J., and Del. Territory Sales Representative Wes Gates. “Growing up with a father who is a PGA Member in Michigan, and now Indiana, I look forward to working with all the PGA Members in my territory!”

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, Philadelphia PGA Section, mfrey@pgahq.com
Wes Gates, adidas, wes.gates@adidas.com

Philadelphia PGA Section Renews Partnership with L2 Brands

Lower Gwynedd Township, Pa. (May 19, 2022) — The Philadelphia PGA Section today is happy to announce it has renewed its partnership with L2 Brands, an apparel company dedicated to producing premium custom-decorated, vintage-inspired apparel, headwear, and home décor.

As part of the agreement, L2 Brands’ League and Legacy apparel lines will support the Section’s 2022 Spring Pro-Pro Championship at Woodstone C.C. & Lodge (results), and Pro-Scratch Championship on Monday, August 8 at Trump National Golf Club Philadelphia.

“The Philadelphia PGA is pleased to renew our partnership with L2 Brands,” said Section Executive Director Geoff Surrette, PGA. “The company has been a longtime player in the golf apparel industry, and their reach has only grown in recent years. With their support of our PGA Members and Associates, L2 Brands will surely continue to grow in popularity.”

“L2 Brands and I are excited to continue our relationship with the Philadelphia PGA Section,” said L2 Brands Sales Representative Frank Wittenberg. “By each group’s support of the other, we will ensure a successful future for all of us.”

About L2 Brands
Based in Hanover Pennsylvania, L2 Brands comprises two respected industry giants, Legacy headwear and League apparel.  Our youthful & relaxed stylings will certainly bring added value to your shop’s product mix

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, Philadelphia PGA Section, mfrey@pgahq.com
Frank Wittenberg, L2 Brands / Quaker Sales LLC, quakersalesllc@gmail.com

Severe Weather Cancels 2022 TaylorMade Classic

Blue Bell, Pa. (May 16, 2022) — Severe weather forced the cancellation of the 2022 TaylorMade Classic. The Section will make an announcement in the near future if the event is able to be rescheduled. The Silvecrest Cup qualifier being run in conjunction with today’s TaylorMade Classic will be rescheduled for a future date.

The 2022 TaylorMade Classic is supported by TaylorMade Golf Jani-KingKevin McClellan Golf SalesOhana Farm LLCSilvercrest Asset Management GroupFore2FeetImpact Powder, and the PGA Tour. The Philadelphia PGA Section and its PGA Professionals thank our host, Cedarbrook Country Club, its members, management, host PGA Professionals, and staff, as well as our partners, as the event would not have been possible without their support.

The event is a Philadelphia PGA Rolex / The Haverford Trust Company Player of the Year tournament and the second Silvercrest Cup qualifier of the year. Beginning this season, the Silvercrest Cup series will include four qualifying events for Philadelphia PGA Professionals, and will culminate in a $30,000 Silvercrest Cup final, hosted at Gulph Mills Golf Club in King of Prussia, Pa. For more information on the season-long race to the Silvercrest Cup, click here; to view the Silvercrest Cup standings, click here.

The next Philadelphia PGA Rolex / The Haverford Trust Company Player of the Year tournament on the schedule is the 36th Burlington Classic Pro-Am on Sunday, June 5 – Monday, June 6 at Burlington Country Club in Westampton, N.J.

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