Mark Anderson Eagles First Playoff Hole to Win 2021 Philadelphia PGA Delaware Valley Open in Dramatic Fashion
West Chester, Pa. (May 3, 2021) — Philadelphia PGA Member Mark Anderson, St. Davids G.C., won the 2021 Philadelphia PGA Delaware Valley Open in dramatic fashion, scoring an eagle on the first playoff hole at Concord Country Club.
Anderson was first in the clubhouse with a 3-under-par 67, and was matched by defending champion Trevor Bensel, Overbrook G.C; and Chris Krueger, Kings Creek C.C. As daylight waned and a period of heavy rain moved through the golf course, the threesome teed off on the 520-yard par-5 18th hole for a sudden death playoff.
In what he described as the best shot of his life, Anderson hit his approach from 230 yards with a 5-wood, and not only hit the green, but nearly holed it for an albatross, lipping out. His golf ball finished less than three feet away, leaving a relatively stress-free eagle putt, which he holed, securing him the victory. Making Anderson’s win even more special, his son Ryan was on his bag as a caddie. This was Anderson’s second Philadelphia PGA Section stroke play win, and his first-ever Philadelphia PGA Rolex Player of the Year tournament victory.
Anderson’s 3-under-par 67 allowed him to take the Senior Division by two strokes, bettering five PGA Professionals: Dave McNabb, Applebrook G.C.; Hugo Mazzalupi, Patriots Glen National G.C.; Brian Kelly, Bucknell G.C.; Dave Quinn, Laurel Creek C.C.; and Brendan Post, Univ. of Delaware. Kelly won the Super Senior Division by two strokes over Bill Sautter, Philadelphia Cricket Club.
Bensel won the Philadelphia Assistants’ Organization (PAO) event by one stroke over Andrew Turner, while Noah Firestone, Galloway National G.C., finished third at even-par.
The next Philadelphia PGA Rolex Player of the Year tournament on the schedule is the TaylorMade Classic on May 17 at French Creek G.C.
The 2021 Philadelphia PGA Delaware Valley Open, a Rolex Player of the Year event, is supported by Jack Jolly & Son, Ohana Farm LLC, Mizuno, Jani-King, Kevin McClellan Golf Sales, and Rolex. The Philadelphia PGA Section and its PGA Professionals thank Concord C.C., its membership, management, and staff, as well as our partners, as the event would not have been possible without their support.
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