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PGA Member Jeff Fick Wins 2022 Philadelphia Assistants’ Organization Championship

Ardmore, Pa. (October 20, 2022) — PGA Member Jeff Fick of Moselem Springs Golf Club in Fleetwood, Pa., turned in an even-par round of 70 on Merion Golf Club’s West Course to win the 2022 Philadelphia Assistants’ Organization (PAO) Championship by one stroke over Alex Willey, PGA, of Burlington Country Club in Westampton, N.J.

The purpose of the Philadelphia Assistants’ Organization is to prepare Philadelphia PGA assistant professionals for future professional success as PGA Members. The PAO gives assistant professionals the opportunities to prepare themselves for the PGA Playing Ability Test, the PGA’s Professional Golf Management program, the golf business, and future PGA Membership, accomplished through leadership, mentoring, support through education, networking, and tournament competition.

Fick made four birdies and three bogeys on his front nine, and added only one more bogey on No. 10, to finish at even-par on the tricky golf course. The cool temperatures and steady wind made the traditionally short course play even more difficult.

Sandy Run C.C.’s Trevor Bensel, the current PAO Player of the Year race leader, finished three behind Fick at 3-over-par, while Rocco Sgrillo, John F. Byrne G.C., and PAO Chair Keith Clawson, Merion G.C., tied for fourth place at 4-over-par.

The 2022 Philadelphia Assistants’ Organization Championship is supported by Ohana Farm LLC. The Philadelphia PGA Section and its PGA Professionals thank our host, Merion Golf 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 PAO 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

Place Your Bids! PGA REACH Philadelphia Online Auction Now Open

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PGA REACH Philadelphia’s 2022 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 courses like TPC Sawgrass, Philadelphia Cricket Club, Liberty National, luxury getaways, sports memorabilia, and more. Click on the “Bid Now” button above or any of the individual featured listings below to get started; more items are available on the auction site.

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About PGA REACH Philadelphia 

PGA REACH 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 Inclusion.

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.
Contact: Courtney Curcio, PGA REACH Philadelphia Director, ccurcio@pgahq.com

Celtic Golf Announces Raffle to Benefit PGA REACH Philadelphia

Celtic Golf is launching a generous raffle to benefit PGA REACH Philadelphia, the Philadelphia PGA Section’s 501(c)(3) charitable foundation, to support its mission to positively impact lives through the game of golf.

The grand prize includes four nights at the five-star Killarney Park Hotel and three rounds of golf at renowned Waterville Golf Links, Ballybunion’s Old Course, and Tralee Golf Club, for two people. The winner will be drawn following our annual PGA REACH Philadelphia Pro-Am on October 11.

Please consider entering the raffle, by clicking the below button and registering via Golf Genius. PGA REACH Philadelphia thanks our friends at Celtic Golf.

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Proceeds from the raffle will help support programs for youth golfers like PGA Jr. League and Golf in Schools, U.S. military veterans like PGA HOPE Philadelphia, and diverse communities like the Philadelphia PGA Junior Tour Diversity Scholarships, and mentor program.

The grand prize includes the following for a party of two golfers in the summer of 2023:

Hotel: Four nights prepaid and confirmed accommodations (premium twin room) at the five-star Killarney Park Hotel in Killarney, Co. Kerry, Ireland.

Golf: Prepaid and reserved tee times for three rounds of golf at the following courses:

  • Waterville Golf Links
  • Ballybunion – Old Course
  • Tralee Golf Club

Ground Transport: (self) Drive Hertz Class G rental with automatic transmission inclusive of collision damage waiver insurance, unlimited mileage, and VAT

Meals: Full breakfast daily

Taxes: All hotel taxes (VAT) included

 

About PGA REACH Philadelphia 
PGA REACH 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. Visit PGAREACHPhiladelphia.com to learn more. To donate to PGA REACH Philadelphia, please click here.

Contacts:

Courtney Curcio
Director, PGA REACH Philadelphia
ccurcio@pgahq.com

Matt Frey, PGA
Communications Director, Philadelphia PGA Section
mfrey@pgahq.com

Best Golf Balance Exercises | GOLFFOREVER

Balance plays a key role in the game of golf. Having good balance will enable a stronger swing and improve your game. Here we show you some exercises you can do at home that will improve your balance. #golfforever

Generally speaking, balance is the most under-trained aspect within most golf training programs. But as you surely understand – balance is perhaps the most fundamental element of your golf swing.

People tend to think a loss of balance is an unwanted side effect of aging. It’s true—like so many things related to our bodies—balance does diminish with age… but only if not practiced.

Here’s the encouraging news: balance WILL improve when practiced regularly – and doing so will pay dividends on the course. 

Generating maximum power and consistency in your golf swing requires that all of the body’s systems related to balance work together: your vestibular system (inner ear), proprioceptive system (cells found in ligaments and joints that tell your brain where your limbs are in space), muscular system, and visual system. It’s important to challenge these systems individually and together.

The best way to do this? Practicing simple balance drills on a regular basis. The following video contains several simple movements and exercises that you can do anywhere with just a golf club. These balance moves train all four systems to improve your balance in golf-specific ways. As an added benefit, nearly all of these exercises serve a dual purpose of also improving flexibility in the hips, rotational coordination, and core muscle activation.

As we say at GolfForever, change comes with commitment. A little bit of balance work a few times a week will go a long way toward enabling you to Play Without Limits!

Jeremy James, DC, CSCS

Founder of GOLFFOREVER

Co-Author, The Younger Next Year Back Book. Golf-performance and pain specialist to PGA pros, Fortune 500 CEOs and thousands of everyday golfers

PGA Member Rich Steinmetz Leads 2022 GALV Lehigh Valley Open

Macungie, Pa. (July 11, 2022) — Philadelphia PGA Member Rich Steinmetz of Spring Ford Country Club in Royersford, Pa., leads the Golf Association of Lehigh Valley’s 2022 Lehigh Valley Open at Brookside Country Club by three strokes, following his 3-under-par opening round of 68.

It was the first time seeing the Brookside layout for many of the PGA Professionals in the field as this is the first new host site for the GALV Lehigh Valley Open since 2009. The Section did host its Philadelphia PGA Professional Championship at Brookside in 1968, won by Stan Dudas. Between the steady breeze and the difficult greens, most scores remained near par or over.

Steinmetz, however, managed to make four birdies and only one bogey in his opening round, placing him three strokes ahead of Alex Willey, Burlington C.C.; Jeff Fick, Moselem Springs G.C.; and Travis Deibert, Doylestown C.C. Four players are tied for third, four back: Brian Kelly, Bucknell G.C.; Trevor Bensel, Sandy Run C.C.; and amateur Jake Haberstumpf, Bethlehem, Pa.; and Rocco Sgrillo, John F. Byrne G.C.

In the race for Low Amateur honors, Haberstumpf leads the way by two strokes over Zach Fischl, Bethelem, Pa.; and Michael Ashcraft, Freemansbirg, Pa. Scott Kalamar, Bethlehem, Pa.; is in solo fourth place at 5-over-par. Three amateurs are tied for fifth place at 6-over-par.

Brian Kelly leads the Senior Division at 1-over-par, one clear of Applebrook G.C.’s Dave McNabb; Hugo Mazzalupi, Linfield National G.C.; and George Forster, Radnor Valley C.C. John Pillar, C.C. of Woodloch Springs, is in fifth at 3-over-par.

The Philadelphia Cricket Club’s Bill Sautter leads the Super Seniors following his 3-over-par round of 74. PGA Life Member Michael Versuk is six behind Sautter.

The 2022 GALV Lehigh Valley Open’s final round is scheduled to conclude tomorrow, July 12.to Due to the weather forecast for tomorrow’s final round, starting times will be moved to 8:30-10:10 a.m., with a two-tee start.

The 2022 GALV Lehigh Valley Open, a Philadelphia PGA Rolex / The Haverford Trust Company Player of the Year tournament, is supported by the Golf Association of Lehigh ValleyJani-King, and the PGA Tour. The Philadelphia PGA Section and its PGA Professionals thank our host, Brookside 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 GALV Lehigh Valley Open leaderboard, click here.

The next Philadelphia PGA Rolex / The Haverford Trust Company Player of the Year tournament on the schedule is the Doylestown Open on Friday, July 29 at Doylestown Country Club. The Doylestown Open is also the final Silvercrest Cup qualifier prior to the final in September.

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

GOLFFOREVER FITNESS TIP: Pre Round Golf Warmup Standing Up

Here is a simple pre-round golf warmup you can do standing up. This is a quick 8 minute warmup that you can do anywhere. 

 

Warming up before your round – along with committing to a golf-specific fitness routine – is critical to maximize your performance and to stay healthy on and off the course. This goes beyond simply grinding through a bucket of range balls 10 minutes before your tee time. A good pre-round warmup is 5-10 minutes of moves and stretches that prepare your body for the unique demands of the golf swing. The goals of your warmup should be the following: 

 

Engage the Right Muscles Believe it or not, it’s possible to do almost any movement (including the golf swing) using only some of the muscles designed for that particular movement. That’s why it’s important to practice exercises that boot the neurologic system and wake up the crucial muscles for the golf swing. The muscles in our backside – the gluteal muscles – can especially need “waking up” if you’ve been sitting at work all day. A failure to engage the posterior chain can result in a weak, injury prone swing. 

Increase Mobility and Flexibility in the hips, thoracic spine and shoulders. To avoid injury and maximize your swing range of motion, it’s important to go through golf-specific mobility drills in a careful, controlled manner before doing it in a fast, dynamic manner. For example, a lack of mobility in the upper back (thoracic spine) is one of the main causes of lower back injury in golfers. This is due to over-rotation through the lower spine to compensate for the inability to move the upper back and shoulders during backswing and follow through. 

Rev up your Balance System Being able to stay balanced in your posture while generating high speed rotational force is an important skill to play consistently good  golf. The systems in our body that control balance – the vestibular, visual and proprioceptive systems – work better when challenged regularly, even right before tee time. 

A quick pre-round warmup can achieve all of these benefits which will  dramatically improve your performance on the course while decreasing your chances for pain and injury. 

Jeremy James, DC, CSCS

Founder of GOLFFOREVER

Co-Author, The Younger Next Year Back Book. Golf-performance and pain specialist to PGA pros, Fortune 500 CEOs and thousands of everyday golfers

Steinmetz Leads 2022 Philadelphia Senior PGA Professional Championship Presented by Cadillac

Medford, N.J. (June 13, 2022) — Rich Steinmetz, PGA, of Spring Ford Country Club in Royersford, Pa., leads the 2022 Philadelphia PGA Professional Championship Presented by Cadillac at Medford Village Country Club by one stroke over Greg Farrow, PGA, of Deerwood Country Club in Mount Holly, N.J, and Brian Kelly of Bucknell Golf Club in Lewisburg, Pa. The championship is also supported by Golf Channel and Jani-King. The top six finishers following tomorrow’s final round will advance to the 34th Senior PGA Professional Championship presented by Cadillac at Twin Warriors and Santa Ana Golf Clubs in Santa Ana Pueblo, N.M., on October 13-16.

Eric Kennedy of Overbrook Golf Club in Villanova, Pa., and Dave Quinn of Laurel Creek Country Club in Mount Laurel, N.J., are tied for fourth place, two behind Steinmetz, going into the final round. Eight PGA Members are currently tied for sixth place.

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The Shore Club’s Marjorie Jones, PGA, leads the Super Senior Division by six strokes over Patrick Keefe, Frog Hollow G.C., and seven strokes over Joe Ambrose, Saucon Valley C.C., following her 3-over-par round of 75.

One of the highlights from the first round came from Brendon Post, when he recorded a double eagle on the 490-yard par-5 fifth hole. Post used a 3-wood from 228 yards to make his second career albatross. Congratulations, Brendon!
The final round is scheduled to begin at 8:00 a.m. tomorrow, Tuesday, June 14 at Medford Village C.C.

The top 35 finishers in the 34th Senior PGA Professional Championship Presented by Cadillac will earn a spot in the 2023 KitchenAid Senior PGA Professional Championship, scheduled to be played May 2023, on PGA Frisco’s Fields Ranch East course in Frisco, Texas.

The 2022 Philadelphia PGA Professional Championship is presented by Cadillac, and supported by Golf Channel, and Jani-King. The Philadelphia PGA Section and its PGA Professionals thank our partners, Medford Village C.C., its membership, management, staff, and host PGA Professional staff, as the event would not have been possible without their support.

To view the full 2022 Philadelphia PGA Professional Championship Presented by Cadillac leaderboard, click here.

The next Philadelphia PGA Rolex / The Haverford Trust Company Player of the Year tournament is the Conestoga Classic on June 20 at Conestoga C.C. The Conestoga Classic is also a Silvercrest Cup qualifying event. 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.

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

Golf Industry Job Fair Scheduled for Saturday, March 12 at Green Valley C.C.

The Philadelphia PGA Section invites you to join us for a golf industry job fair on Saturday, March 12, at Green Valley Country Country Club in Lafayette Hill, Pa., from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and again at 1:00 p.m to 4:00 p.m.

This event will feature all job types (full-time, part-time, seasonal, PGA Professionals, indoor and outdoor golf operations, food & beverage, grounds and maintenance, administrative, etc.) at golf facilities across the Philadelphia PGA Section (central and eastern Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey, and Delaware). There is no cost to attend. \

Click Here to Register for the Job Fair

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