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Recap: Philadelphia PGA Match Play Championship Day Two

Hellertown, Pa. (October 6, 2021) — The semifinal matches have been set in the 2021 Philadelphia PGA Match Play Championship at the Steel Club. Bettering a field of 47 players, the final four PGA Professionals have earned their way to Thursday, and include: No. 16 seed Eric Kennedy of Overbrook G.C. in Villanova, Pa.; No. 13 seed Andrew Turner of Berkshire C.C. in Reading, Pa.; No. 2 seed Zac Oakley of Bidermann Golf Club in Wilmington, Del.; and No. 6 seed Dave McNabb of Applebrook Golf Club in Malvern, Pa.

Semifinal Matches
(16) Eric Kennedy v. (13) Andrew Turner

(2) Zac Oakley v. (6) Dave McNabb

Overbrook’s PGA Head Professional Eric Kennedy won the Dick Smith Sr. bracket with an upset; he started his day on Wednesday by bettering his own PGA Assistant Professional, defending champion, and No. 1 seed Trevor Bensel 1 up. Kennedy rode that momentum into his quarterfinal match against No. 8 seed Brian Kelly of Bucknell Golf Club in Lewisburg, Pa., winning 3 and 1. Kelly had previously won his morning match against No. 9 seed Dave Quinn of Laurel Creek Country Club in Mount Laurel, N.J., 5 and 4.

Andrew Turner punched his ticket to the semifinals by topping 5 seed Ashley Grier 2 and 1, which also made him the Art Wall Jr. bracket champion. Turner also upset a four seed in Sunnybrook Golf Club’s Brett Walker, winning their morning match 3 and 2. Grier advanced to the quarterfinals Wednesday morning via her 2 and 1 victory against 44 seed Rocco Sgrillo of Blue Bell (Pa.) Country Club.

In the Ed Dougherty bracket, 2019 Philadelphia PGA Match Play Champion Zac Oakley finished his morning match early, defeating 18 seed Eddie Perino of Eagle Rock Resort in Hazle Township, Pa., 6 and 5. He continued his solid play in the quarterfinals against seven seed Brian Bergstol of Shawnee Inn & Golf Resort in Shawnee on Delaware, Pa., winning 3 and 2. Bergstol reached the quarterfinals by beating 10 seed Rich Steinmetz of Spring Ford Country Club in Royersford, Pa., 3 and 2.

Applebrook’s PGA Head Professional Dave McNabb came through with another upset, bettering Bidermann Golf Club’s Braden Shattuck, a three seed, 1 up, following his 5 and 3 victory over Andrew Cornish of Cedarbrook Country Club in Blue Bell, Pa., in the Henry Williams bracket. Shattuck defeated 19 Mike Moses of Concord Country Club in West Chester, Pa., 2 up.

To view the full 2021 Philadelphia PGA Match Play Championship bracket, click here.

The 2021 Philadelphia PGA Match Play Championship is supported by Rolex, Scott & Karen Hutchinson and the PGA Tour. The Philadelphia PGA Section and its PGA Professionals thank our partners, the Steel Club, its membership, management, and host PGA Professionals, and staff, as the event would not be 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 Members and Associates who are employed at over 590 golf facilities in our region.

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

Recap: Philadelphia PGA Match Play Championship Opening Rounds

Hellertown, Pa. (October 5, 2021) — Forty-seven PGA Professionals competed in the opening two rounds of the 2021 Philadelphia PGA Match Play Championship today at the Steel Club. The 16 remaining PGA Professionals will continue their play tomorrow, Wed., Oct. 6, with the semi-finals and final match taking place on Thurs., Oct. 7.

To view the full 2021 Philadelphia PGA Match Play Championship bracket, click here.

Dick Smith Sr. Bracket

In the Dick Smith Sr. bracket, defending champion and No. 1 seed Trevor Bensel, Overbrook G.C., won his match against No. 32 Danie Steyn, Julian Krinsky School of Golf, in 19 holes after his opening round bye. Steyn defeated No. 33 Kevin Edwards, Olde Homestead G.C., in 22 holes in the opening round. Bensel will play No. 16 Eric Kennedy in the third round, following Kennedy’s 2 and 1 victory over No. 17 George Forster. Kennedy and Forster both received byes in the first round.

No. 8 Brian Kelly, Bucknell G.C., will play No. 9 Dave Quinn in the third round following their 3 and 2 wins against No. 25 Nick Iacono, Chester Valley G.C., and No. 24 Kyle Early, Waynesborough C.C., respectively. Iacono defeated Tony Shields, Union League Liberty Hill, 4 and 3 in the opening round, while Early beat No. 41 Michael Ladden, Whitford C.C., 1 up.

Art Wall Jr. Bracket

No. 1 seed Brett Walker, Sunnybrook G.C., will face off against No. 13 Andrew Turner, Berkshire C.C., in the third round following their victories against No. 29 Dave Fields, Brookside C.C., 3 and 2; and No. 20 Ross Brown, Fox Hill C.C., 1 up. Fields overtook No. 36 Rick Flesher, Lehigh C.C., 2 and 1 in the first round; Walker had a bye. Brown beat Bryan Saxon, Lehigh C.C., 2 and 1 in the opening round, while Turner had a bye.

After her opening round bye, No. 5 Ashley Grier, Overbrook G.C., defeated No. 28 Casey O’Reilly, Sandy Run C.C., 5 and 3, and will face No. 44 Rocco Sgrillo, Blue Bell C.C., in the third round. O’Reilly beat No. 37 Greg Gipp, Phoenixville C.C., 1 up in his opening match, while Sgrillo beat No. 12 Terry Hertzog, Merion G.C., over 19 holes in the second round following his opening bye.

Ed Dougherty Bracket

No. 2 seed Zac Oakley, Bidermann G.C., will play No. 18 Eddie Perino, Eagle Rock Resort, tomorrow morning. Oakley received a bye in the first round and topped No. 31 Dustin McCormick, Glen Brook G.C., 3 and 2 in round two. McCormick beat no. 34 Travis Deibert, Doylestown C.C., in round one, 2 up. Perrino, who benefited from a first round bye, took out Dustin Wallis, Honey Run G.C., 8 and 7.

Shawnee Inn & Golf Resort’s Brian Bergstol, a No. 7 seed, will face No. 10 Rich Steinmetz, Spring Ford C.C., tomorrow after his match was conceded on the 11th hole by No. 26 Steve Sieracki, Woodcrest C.C. Sieracki first defeated No. 39 Kevin Rossi, Lookaway G.C., 2 up; Steinmetz had a first round bye, but beat No. 23 Andy Watters, Talamore C.C., 5 and 4. Watters topped No. 42 George Frake, Moorestown Field Club, 5 and 4 in the opening round.

Henry Williams Bracket

In the Henry Williams bracket, No. 3 Braden Shattuck, Bidermann G.C., and No. 19 Mike Moses, Concord C.C., will play against each other in the morning following their victories over No. 35 Matt Finger, 4 and 2, and No. 14 Dave Pagett, Whitemarsh Valley C.C., 3 and 1, respectively. Finger beat No. 30 Bob Hennefer, Laurel Creek C.C., 4 and 2. Pagett received a bye in the first round, while Moses took out No. 46 Joe Ambrose, Saucon Valley C.C., 7 and 6.

No, 6 Dave McNabb, Applebrook G.C., will meet No, 43 Andrew Cornish in the morning after he beat No. 38 Andrew Geesey, Regents’ Glen C.C., 2 and 1 in the second round. Geesey No. 27 Bill Smith, Berkleigh G.C., 2 and 1 in round one. Cornish finished 1 up over both No. 11 Mike Furey, Saucon Valley C.C., in the second round, and No. 22 John Spina, Philadelphia Cricket Club, in the opening round.

The 2021 Philadelphia PGA Match Play Championship is supported by Rolex and Scott & Karen Hutchinson. The Philadelphia PGA Section and its PGA Professionals thank our partners, the Steel Club, its membership, management, and host PGA Professionals, and staff, as the event would not be 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 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 Leads 2021 Philadelphia Senior PGA Professional Championship

Shavertown, Pa. (September 14, 2021) — Dave McNabb, PGA, of Applebrook Golf Club in Malvern, Pa., leads the 2021 Philadelphia Senior PGA Professional Championship at Huntsville Golf Club by two strokes over Brian Kelly, PGA, of Bucknell Golf Club in Lewisburg, Pa. George Forster of Villanova, Pa., is in third place at 2-under-par. The championship is presented by Cadillac, and is supported by Golf Channel, John Deere, Ohana Farm LLC, and the PGA Tour. The top six finishers following tomorrow’s final round will advance to the 2021 Senior PGA Professional Championship presented by Cadillac at PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Fla. on October 21-24. McNabb won this championship in 2018 at White Manor C.C.

Eddie Perrino, Eagle Rock Resort; and Bill Sautter, Philadelphia Cricket Club; finished their rounds at 1-under-par, in a tie for fourth place. John Cooper, Green Valley C.C.; Hugo Mazzalupi, Patriots Glen National G.C.; and John Appleget, Indian Spring C.C.; find themselves five behind McNabb, while 2017  champion Dave Quinn, Laurel Creek C.C.; Terry Hatch, Royal Oaks G.C.; and two-time defending champion John Pillar, C.C. of Woodloch Springs; rounded out the top 10 at 1-over-par.

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PGA Life Member Don DeAngelis shot his age, 69, to build a commanding lead in the Super Senior Division at 3-under-par. Marjorie Jones, Shore Club, finished at 4-over-par, while James MacFarlane, Camden County Golf Academy is at 9-over-par headed into the final round.

The final round is scheduled to begin at 7:30 a.m. tomorrow, Sept. 14, at Huntsville G.C.

The top 35 finishers in the 2021 Senior PGA Professional Championship will earn a spot in the 2022 KitchenAid Senior PGA Professional Championship, scheduled to be played May 2022, at Harbor Shores Resort in Benton Harbor, Mich.

The 2021 Philadelphia Senior PGA Professional Championship is presented by Cadillac, and is supported by Golf Channel, John Deere, Ohana Farm LLC, and the PGA Tour. The Philadelphia PGA Section and its PGA Professionals thank Huntsville G.C., its membership, management, and staff, as well as our partners, 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 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

PGA Member Brett Walker Leads 100th Philadelphia PGA Professional Championship Entering Final Round

Newtown Square, Pa. (August 31, 2020) — PGA Member Brett Walker, Sunnybrook G.C., surged to the top the 100th Philadelphia PGA Professional Championship leaderboard with a second round score of 4-under-par 66 at Aronimink Golf Club. The championship is presented by Cadillac, Club Car and Rolex.

Walker, who won his first Section event earlier this month at the National Car Rental Philadelphia Assistant PGA Professional Championship, had not played Aronimink prior to today’s round, making it even more impressive. Walker’s scorecard featured four birdies and an eagle and is the low round of the week at Aronimink. First round leader Ashley Grier shot 66 in her first round at Applebrook Golf Club.

“My strategy has been to hit a lot of fairways, and I hit it really well off the tee, which allowed me to attack some of the hole locations,” said Walker. “The course was playing tough if you missed fairways, but I did a good job of keeping it in position, which made it an easier round for me.”

Walker, who played in his first major championship, the PGA Championship, earlier this year, said that he would employ the same strategy for tomorrow’s final round.

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Bidermann G.C.’s Zac Oakley turned in a 3-under-par 67 at Aronimink today, placing him in second place, two behind Walker. Oakley has won or tied for first in two Section events this season, including the Doylestown Open and Conestoga Classic. He is also currently second in the Rolex Philadelphia PGA Player of the Year race.

Billy Stewart, Union League Liberty Hill, is in third place following his 71 at Aronimink, five back. Overbrook G.C.’s Grier is in fourth at 2-under-par. Yesterday, she became the first woman to lead a Philadelphia PGA Professional Championship after any round.

Rounding out the top five at 1-under-par: Rusty Harbold, Philadelphia Cricket Club; Terry Hertzog, Merion G.C.; and host PGA Professional at Applebrook, Dave McNabb. Overbrook’s Trevor Bensel is at even-par; Six PGA Professional are tied for tenth.  The top 11 players at the conclusion of play will advance to the

Sixty-six Philadelphia PGA Section’s will advance to the final round to compete for the William B. Packer Trophy and a berth into the 55th PGA Professional Championship, April 17-20, at OMNI Barton Creek in ​Austin, Texas.

The championship is scheduled to conclude tomorrow, September 1, at Aronimink G.C., with tee times beginning at 8:00 a.m.  Follow the action via our live scoring by visiting golfgenius.com/pages/2799551 and our social media channels: TwitterInstagram, and Facebook.

For more information on the championship, including the week’s schedule, pairings, and more, visit the championship’s official e-publication.

Members of the media are welcome onsite to cover the championship.

The 100th Philadelphia PGA Professional Championship is presented by Cadillac, Club Car and Rolex, and supported by Titleist / FootJoy, Nike, TaylorMade, Golf Channel, the PGA Tour, Ship Sticks, Visit Delco, Pa., and Precise Yardage Books.

 

 

 

 

 

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 Member Ashley Grier Leads 100th Philadelphia PGA Professional Championship After Opening Round 66

Newtown Square, Pa. (August 30, 2020) — As the Philadelphia PGA Section celebrates its centennial, history continues to be made, as Aronimink Golf Club and Applebrook Golf Club host the 100th Philadelphia PGA Professional Championship for the first time. Making more waves is PGA Member Ashley Grier, Overbrook G.C., who leads by one stroke after firing a 5-under-par 66 in the opening round, marking the first time a woman has led after any round of the event. The championship is presented by Cadillac, Club Car and Rolex.

Grier, the 2020 Women’s PGA Professional Player of the Year, made six birdies and a lone bogey at Applebrook Golf Club. She will play her second round at Aronimink Golf Club tomorrow.

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“I was unusually calm today,” Grier said of her opening round. “It’s going to be a long week, so I was trying to be really strong mentally today. I hit the golf ball really well.”

Hitting the ball well may be an understatement, as Grier hit all 18 greens in regulation. Her only bogey came after a three-putt on No. 18. She went on to say that it was one of the best rounds for ballstriking and putting she has had in a while.

“I plan to look at the second round at Aronimink similarly to today’s round at Applebrook,” she continued. “You have to hit a lot of fairways and greens [at Aronimink]. I am going to take it one step at a time and try to sit down and rest as much as I can to rest my back as it’s been a little sore.”

Grier, the inaugural Women’s Philadelphia PGA Professional champion, leads Billy Stewart, Union League Liberty Hill, and Brett Walker, Sunnybrook G.C., by one stroke. PGA Professionals tied for fourth place, two back, include Zac Oakley, Bidermann G.C., and Steve Sanderson, Pine Valley G.C.

The two host courses scored very differently for the first round. After the first round, the top nine players had all played at Applebrook. The PGA Professionals who turned in the low rounds at Aronimink (even par 70s) are tied for 10th and included Parks Price, C.C. of York; Scott Reilly, Philadelphia C.C.; and George Forster. Others at T10 include Peter Lovenguth, Applecross C.C.; Dustin Wallis, Honey Run G.C.; Jeff Fick, Moselem Springs G.C.; John Bierkan, Aronimink G.C.; Rusty Harbold, Philadelphia Cricket Club; John Cooper, Green Valley C.C.

One-hundred-sixty-three of the Philadelphia PGA Section’s best players are competing for the William B. Packer Trophy and a berth into the 55th PGA Professional Championship, April 17-20, at OMNI Barton Creek in ​Austin, Texas.

The second round continues tomorrow, August 31 at 9:00 a.m. at both Aronimink G.C. and Applebrook G.C. Follow the action via our live scoring by visiting golfgenius.com/pages/2799551 and our social media channels: TwitterInstagram, and Facebook.

For more information on the championship, including the week’s schedule, pairings, and more, visit the championship’s official e-publication.

Members of the media are welcome onsite to cover the championship.

The 100th Philadelphia PGA Professional Championship is presented by Cadillac, Club Car and Rolex, and supported by Titleist / FootJoy, Nike, TaylorMade, Golf Channel, the PGA Tour, Ship Sticks, Visit Delco, Pa., and Precise Yardage Books.

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

Spina and Oakley Lead Amateur Teams to Top of 2021 Pro-Am for Wishes

West Chester, Pa. (August 15, 2021) — PGA Professionals John Spina, Philadelphia Cricket Club; and Zac Oakley, Bidermann G.C.; led their respective amateur teams to tie for the 2021 Pro-Am for Wishes title on a beautiful summer day at Penn Oaks Golf Club. Spina’s team included Ned Scheffler and Mike Chapman, while Oakley’s featured Joe Paris and Zach Paris.

Using a two best balls of three format, both teams finished with scores of 133, 9-under-par, to win by one stroke over Laurel Creek C.C.’s Dave Quinn and his amateur partners Rob Narkiewicz and Karen Narkiewicz. Biderman’s Braden Shattuck finished in fourth place with amateurs Mike Ackerman and Pat O’Connor, while Honey Run G.C.’s Dustin Wallis and partners Andrew Tully and Brett Pasapane tied for fifth with Overbrook G.C.’s Eric Kennedy and partners John Thompson and Charles Meloro.

Oakley is tied for first with Shawnee Inn & Golf Resort’s Brian Bergstol in the PGA Professional event at 2-under-par, one stroke ahead of Hugo Mazzalupi, Patriots Glen National G.C.; John Cooper, Green Valley C.C.; and Billy Stewart, Union League Liberty Hill. Eric Kennedy, Stu Ingraham, M Golf Range & Learning Facility; and Steve Swartz, West Shore C.C. are two off the leaders.

After the first round of play was completed, there were two PGA Professionals tied atop the Senior Division at 1-under-par: Hugo Mazzalupi and John Cooper, Green Valley C.C. Stu Ingraham, M Golf Range & Learning Facility, is one stroke behind the division leaders, while John Spina, Philadelphia Cricket Club; and Brian Kelly, Bucknell G.C. are tied for fourth place, trailing by two strokes.

Six amateurs have the option to play in Monday’s final round based on their opening round performance: Brandon Famous, 75; Zach Paris, 75; Jimmy O’Connor, 77; Kevin Ohara, 77; Doug Zelner, 78, and Rick Gorman, 79.

The PGA Professional field and qualifying amateurs will play their final round tomorrow, Monday, August 16 at Penn Oaks. To view the full leaderboard, click here.

The Pro-Am for Wishes has been held annually at Penn Oaks Golf Club since 2011 (the 2020 edition was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic) to benefit Make-A-Wish Philadelphia, Delaware & Susquehanna Valley.

The 2021 Pro-Am for Wishes is supported by Otto’s BMW, Smart from the Start Childcare, Crothall Healthcare, Exelon Corporation, and T.Lad & Kristin Webb. The Philadelphia PGA Section and its PGA Professionals thank Penn Oaks G.C., its membership, management, and staff, as well as our partners, 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 Members and Associates who are employed at over 590 golf facilities in our region.

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

Amateur Zach Juhasz Leads 2021 GALV Lehigh Valley Open After Opening Round 66

Easton, Pa. (July 19, 2021) — Amateur Zach Juhasz leads the Golf Association of Lehigh Valley’s 2021 Lehigh Valley Open by one stroke over Alex Knoll, PGA, finishing his opening round at Northampton Country Club at 6-under-par.

Juhasz, the two-time defending club champion at the host club, Northampton C.C., made seven birdies and a lone bogey to shoot his 66. In addition to his club championships, Juhasz has won five regional amateur major championships. He leads the Low Amateur race by two strokes over Andrew Adlard and three over Lee Nonnemacher. Each amateur is hoping to become the GALV Lehigh Valley Open’s second amateur champion, following Cole Miller’s win in 2017.

Glen Brook G.C.’s Alex Knoll made six birdies and eagled No. 11, alongside three bogeys to finish at 5-under-par. Knoll is looking to win this event for the second time, following his win in the inaugural Lehigh Valley Open in 2008. Seven players are tied for third place, two strokes behind Juhasz.

Dave McNabb, Applebrook G.C., and John Pillar, C.C. at Woodlcoh Springs, are tied atop the Senior Division at 4-under-par over. Jason Calhoun, University of Pennsylvania, is three strokes back. In the Super Senior Division, Flesher leads at even-par, two better than Brian Kelly, Bucknell G.C.

The 2021 GALV Lehigh Valley Open’s final round is scheduled to conclude tomorrow, July 20.

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