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43rd National Car Rental Assistant PGA Professional Championship

(From L to R) – Best of luck to Rusty Harbold – Philadelphia Cricket Club, Michael Little – Lookaway GC, Trevor Bensel – Overbrook GC, Chris Filling – Seaview GC and Michael Furey – Saucon Valley CC at the 43rd National Car Rental Assistant PGA Professional Championship on Thursday-Sunday, November 14-17, 2019 being held at PGA Golf Club – Wanamaker course.

PGA REACH Philadelphia Receives $5,000 Grant From Golf Galaxy In Support of Youth Golf Programming

Lower Gwynedd Township, PA., October 31, 2019 … PGA REACH Philadelphia, the charitable arm of the Philadelphia Section PGA (PPGA), has received a grant for $5,000 from Golf Galaxy in support of their youth programming.  A check was made to PGA REACH Philadelphia during the PPGA’s Annual Fall Meeting by PGA Members Ryan Carfara and Leigh Taylor, who operate the Golf Galaxy store in Devon, PA.

The donation from Golf Galaxy is part of DICK’S Sporting Goods’ Sports Matter Community Grants Program, which was established in 2018 and has pledged $2.5 million to provide meaningful grants to support youth sports teams, leagues, and programs in local communities throughout the country.  Each DICK’S and Golf Galaxy store may choose a worthy organization that supports youth sports programs, specifically those participants that lack financial means.

“As PGA Professionals and members of the Philadelphia PGA Section, Leigh Taylor and I have chosen to gift the PGA REACH Philadelphia Foundation a $5,000 grant to support its youth golf programs,” said Ryan Carfara, PGA, Store Manager, Golf Galaxy – Devon. “PGA Jr. League is the flagship youth pillar program of PGA REACH, with the goal of making the program accessible to all interested kids in the United States and around the world. We see this as a great opportunity to support young golfers in our local communities through an organization that is near and dear to our hearts.”

“We greatly appreciate the support from Golf Galaxy and DICK’S Sporting Goods’ Sports Matter Community Grants Program, and their generous donation will provide support for our youth programming, “ said Leila Mackie, Foundation Director, PGA REACH Philadelphia. “PGA Jr. League, along with the Golf in Schools Program, and the Diversity Scholarship are all apart of PGA REACH Philadelphia’s youth pillar that serves local communities by providing programs that support positive life/skill development and opportunities for youth to learn and play the game.”

PGA REACH Philadelphia was founded in 2018 to positively impact lives through the game of golf.  The foundation is operated under the guidance of the Philadelphia PGA Section’s 880 PGA Professionals and Assistants located in Eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey (Trenton – south), Delaware and parts of Northern Maryland, who are at the forefront of golf programming that grows the game of golf at more than 400 public and private golf facilities.

PGA REACH Philadelphia’s mission is to grow the game by providing financial assistance, instruction, instructional materials, mentoring, equipment and scholarships to individuals and organizations throughout the region.

For more information on PGA REACH Philadelphia, visit:  https://www.pgareach.org/philadelphia

PGA Specialized Program Teaching & Coaching: Blue Bell CC

The PGA of America’s Education Team is offering Philadelphia PGA Professionals a unique opportunity to complete the course work required for Teaching & Coaching Specialization in a dynamic group learning environment. The 2 Day Section Workshop consists of covering the coursework supporting the PGA Career Track Focused Learning Strategy on Teaching & Coaching. The Specialization Program is designed to complete many of the required courses for this career path. This is an instructor‐led opportunity delivered by PGA of America’s Education Faculty.

Key Learning Objectives
Teaching & Coaching:

  • Enhance your teaching and coaching skills
  • Learn and apply skills to successfully manage a golf teaching business
  • Learn the design features of player development programs

Going through this process will also give you access to the complete library for an entire year. You will be able to complete additional specialized career paths online or just attain MSR credits as you use the Library.

Cost for Specialized Seminar:

  • $350 ‐ Includes One‐year library subscription – Register Now
  • $80 – Facility Fee (Covers Breakfast and lunch for both days) Register Now
  • $100 ‐ Project fee (Paid online at the time of project proposal submission)

Steps to Become Specialized:
STEP 1: Complete the 30 Required courses within your career path selection More Information.
STEP 2: Complete 10 Self-Selected (elective) courses from the PGA Course Library with over 100 course choices
STEP 3: Complete the Specialized Capstone ($100 fee to unlock access)
o Submit a Project Proposal and Project
o Complete Professional Development Mentoring

Overbrook’s Ashley Grier Set to Compete at Inaugural Women’s PGA Cup

 

The international showcase event features women PGA Members from Australia, Canada, Great Britain & Ireland, Sweden and the United States composed of five-player teams. They will compete on the Fazio Foothills Course in a 54-hole, stroke-play event with each team’s lowest three scores counted after each round. The winning country will be the team with the lowest 54-hole aggregate total.

Overbrook’s Ashley Grier is part of the inaugural team and will play in the event’s second grouping set to begin at 8:50 – Tee Times

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Pareto Systems CEO Duncan MacPherson to Speak at Fall Meeting

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Duncan is the CEO of Pareto Systems, an industry leading business development firm dedicated to the elite professionals and companies within the knowledge-for-profit sector. Duncan and his team of consultants work with professionals in a wide range of fields including Financial Services, Insurance, Accounting, Legal, Mortgage, and Consulting to create predictable, sustainable, and duplicable businesses. Pareto Systems is well known for its
approach which is based on best practices and for its focus on implementation. As a speaker in high demand, Duncan travels extensively throughout North America and around the world, conveying dynamic and factrich presentations that have made him a popular spokesperson for the knowledge–for-profit industry. Duncan’s expertise in demystifying business development and marketing in the financial world has universal appeal; from the high-level advisor to the successful wholesaler, to corporate financial institutions. Duncan’s primary goal is to help Professionals achieve liberation and order in their businesses through step-by-step methodology and execution. Duncan is also an industry author and has written two best-selling books: Breakthrough Business Development, Take Your Business to THE NEXT LEVEL, and the recently released The Advisor Playbook. Achieving a business breakthrough is done by design, not by luck or chance. Duncan offers a clear plan to take your business to the next level. Beyond the office, Duncan loves spending time with his wife and two sons. They enjoy the four-seasons playground they call home in beautiful Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada. He enjoys staying active with recreational activities such as golf, tennis, and skiing. Duncan MacPherson Bio

Overbrook Golf Club’s Grier and Larney Win 2019 Pro-Official Championship

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West Chester, Pa. – The 2019 edition of the Club Car, LLC / Golf Cars Inc. Pro-Official Championship was played Thursday, October 10 at Concord Country Club. The 24 teams that gathered at the Chester County golf course were treated to a near perfect fall afternoon. The Pro-Official features one PGA Professional partnered with an officer from his or her facility. The two-person teams compete in a net four-ball competition (better ball of partners).

As scores from the event began to get posted, one team managed to separate themselves from the rest of the field. The duo of PGA Professional Ashley Grier and her partner Joan Larney of Overbrook Golf Club carded a tournament best 10-under (60), finishing three shots ahead of their closest competitors. The pair each contributed multiple shots throughout the day, including a net eagle carded by Larney on the par-4 seventh hole at Concord. As the winners Overbrook Golf Club will host the perpetual Pro-Official Championship trophy at their facility for the next year and will also receive the use of two Tempo walk carts from Club Car LLC and Golf Cars Inc. during the 2020 season.

Finishing three shots behind in solo second place was the team from Gulph Mills Golf Club featuring PGA Professional Alec Brown and his partner Jeff Henderson. As a team, Brown and Henderson carded ten birdies but a couple of bogeys on Concord’s difficult par-3s (4&15) proved too much to overcome and the pair ultimately turned in a score of 7-under-par (63).

Rounding out the podium was the team from Blue Bell Country Club led by PGA Professional Joey Pohle and his partner Bud. Pohle and Hansen combined to post a 6-under (64), good enough for a solo third place finish. The pair posted an impressive seven birdies along with one eagle, but it was a few bogeys scattered throughout their round that ultimately prevented them from moving up the leaderboard any further.

Once again the Philadelphia PGA thanks our generous tournament sponsors Club Car LLC. and Golf Cars Inc. Through their support the Pro-Official Championship continues to remain as one of the premiere events on the Philadelphia PGA calendar year in and year out.

The next event on the Philadelphia PGA tournament calendar is the 29th Annual Challenge Cup Matches which pits members of the Philadelphia PGA against a team from the Golf Association of Philadelphia. As always you can find complete Philadelphia PGA tournament information online at philadelphia.pga.com

Endorsed Nominee’s for Fall 2019 Board Elections

The Nominating Committee would like to announce the following slate of Officers and District Directors in preparation for the election at the Fall Meeting on October 28th, 2019.

CandidtatePositionCandidate Bio
Jeff KiddiePresident
Jeff Kiddie Bio
Patrick ShineVice-President
Patrick Shine Bio
Chip RichterSecretary
Chip Richter Bio
Bob HenneferDir. of Section Affairs
Bob Hennefer Bio
Eric KennedyDir. of Tournaments
Eric Kennedy Bio
Kevin DuffyDistrict 1 DirectorKevin Duffy Bio
Anthony MaliziaDistrict 2 DirectorAnthony Malizia Bio
Jason GebhartDistrict 3 DirectorJason Gebhart Bio
Dustin McCormickDistrict 4 DirectorDustin McCormick Bio
Brett NelsonDistrict 5 DirectorBrett Nelson Bio
Gerry DavisDistrict 6 DirectorGerry Davis Bio
Eric SchultzDistrict 6 DirectorEric Schultz Bio

 

 

In the coming days you will find short bios from each of the professionals listed above.  Please CLICK HERE to register for the Fall Meeting at Cedarbrook Country Club on October 28th.

Five Teams Share the Top Spot at AB Thorn Memorial Pro-Am

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Lancaster, Pa. – After a one-year hiatus the AB Thorn Memorial Pro-Am once again returned to the Philadelphia PGA tournament schedule. The long-time event was not played in 2018 due to inclement weather. However, as players returned to the rolling hills of Lancaster Country Club this year, they were treated to a near perfect golf course. The AB Thorn is played as a four-ball (better ball of partners) tournament with each team consisting of one PGA Professional and one amateur playing to a scratch handicap.

With the course playing tough, any team finding their way into red figures was going to give themselves a chance at coming away with a victory. In the end the number that teams needed to reach was 3-under (67) and by the conclusion of the tournament, five teams found their way to that number and a share of first place.

The first team to post a score of 3-under (67) was Scott Reilly (Philadelphia Country Club) and his partner Chris Button. The pair each contributed birdies to their overall score helping to overcome a lone bogey on the difficult par-3 8th hole.

The next team to reach 3-under also came out of the tournament’s morning wave and feature Matt Goudie (Lancaster Country Club) and partner Ken Phillips. The team posted five birdies against two bogeys, including a blemish on their closing hole, the par-4 18th, to drop them back into a first-place tie.

The third team to finish the tournament at 3-under was the pair of Lee Gardenhour (Chambersburg Country Club) and his partner Kenny Smith. The duo posted four birdies and an eagle two on the par-4 14th hole and found themselves at 5-under heading to the 17th tee. Unfortunately, the pair carded a double bogey to fall back to 3-under which is where the finished at the end of the tournament.

The fourth team to join the groups at 3-under was the duo of Rob Shuey (Philadelphia PGA) and his partner Ryan Knolles. As a team, Shuey and Knolles posted six birdies helping them to overcome their three team bogeys and making them the fourth team to finish at the magic.

The fifth and final team to reach the winning score of 3-under was the pair of Rich Steinmetz (Spring Ford Country Club) and partner Kevin Koch who despite bookending their round with bogeys manage to post enough red numbers in between to join the crowded first-place spot.

Special congratulations to Dustin Wallis of Dustin Wallis Golf of Philadelphia Cricket Club on carding a hole-in-one on the par-3 17th hole at Lancaster Country Club. Wallis used a 7-iron on the 160-yard hole to accomplish the feat, which was his fourth career hole-in-one.

The Section thanks our tournament sponsors Greg Norman Apparel, Imperial Headwear and Synlawn for their continued support of the Philadelphia PGA tournament program and specifically the AB Thorn Memorial Pro-Am. Additionally, the players and staff thanks the members and staff of Lancaster Country Club for their outstanding hospitality.

The next event on the Philadelphia PGA tournament calendar is the Fall Pro-Pro Championship set to be played Monday, September 30 at Cedarbrook Country Club. For more information on the Philadelphia PGA and our tournament program visit www.phillypga.com or you can find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @PhiladelphiaPGA.

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Little and Sheftic Surge to Win at Fall Pro-Pro Championship

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Blue Bell, Pa. – The annual Fall Pro-Pro Championship was played Monday, September 30 at Cedarbrook Country Club. The Pro-Pro brings together two PGA Professionals partnered in a four-ball competition (better ball of partners). Although the calendar turned to fall more than a week ago, today’s event was the first to feature temperatures indicative of the season. However, despite the weather the 40 teams were treated to an outstanding day of golf..

With the course playing firm and fast, shot making was at a premium. However, throughout the day, several teams managed to get around the course with relative ease on their way to scores of 7-under (65). The first of the teams to reach that number was the pair of John Appleget (The Shore Club) and Jason Calhoon (Univ of Pennsylvania) who carded seven birdies and no bogeys. They were eventually joined by the team of Brett Melton (Radley Run Country Club) and Trevor Bensel (Overbrook Golf Club) who posted eight birdies against only one bogey to reach 7-under. Finally, the pair of Ben Debski (The Springhaven Club) and Mark Parsons (Harbor Pines Golf Club) also reached 7-under after posting five birdies and an eagle on the par-5 12th hole, the only eagle of the day on that hole.

However, in the end, it was the team of Michael Little (Lookaway Golf Club) and Mark Sheftic (Merion Golf Club) that were able to go low and separate themselves from the field. As a team, Little and Sheftic posted nine birdies and an eagle on their way to a 10-under (62) and a three-shot win.

The Section thanks our Fall Pro-Pro Championship partners Club Prophet Systems, Sun Mountain, Criquet, Evolve Golf, and the PGA Tour. The Section also thanks the membership and staff of Cedarbrook Country Club for their hospitality in hosting this event.

The Philadelphia PGA will be back in action on Monday, October 7 for the first round of the 36-hole Shawnee Open. For more information on the Philadelphia PGA and our tournament program visit www.phillypga.com or you can find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @PhiladelphiaPGA.

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