McNabb Prevails Over Field and Rain at Skee Riegel Senior Open

Villanova, PA- On a day when rain never stopped and just about all the scores stayed above par, Radnor Valley Country Club’s par 70 course played host to The Robert “Skee” Riegel Senior Open. Terry Hertzog (CC of York) had 4 birdies 1 bogey and 13 pars for a -3 67 to take the early lead. Two groups later Dave McNabb (Applebrook GC), tied him with 15 pars and 3 birdies. The tournament, named after the host club’s longtime PGA Professional, brought together some of the highest quality Senior Professionals in the Philadelphia section.

Unfortunately Hertzog was not available for a playoff; therefore the victory went to McNabb for his 3rd win in the section this year. The only other two scores under par were by Dave Quinn (The Links GC) who shot a (-2) 68 and John Allen (Huntingdon Valley CC) with a (-1) 69.

Skee Riegel Senior Open

Jun 16, 2016

 T1  Terry Hertzog   CC of York                 34-33--67 -3  
 T1  Dave McNabb     Applebrook GC              34-33--67 -3  
 3   Dave Quinn      Links GC                   33-35--68 -2  
 4   John Allen      Huntingdon Valley CC       33-36--69 -1  
 T5  John Appleget   Wildwood Golf & CC         34-36--70 E   
 T5  George Forster  Radnor Valley CC           36-34--70 E   
 T5  Don Allan       Burlington CC              36-34--70 E   
 8   John DiMarco    Laurel Creek CC            36-35--71 +1  
 9   Stu Ingraham    M Golf Range               36-36--72 +2  
 T10 Bill Sautter    Philadelphia Cricket Club  37-36--73 +3  
 T10 Mike Moses      Concord CC                 36-37--73 +3  
 T10 Hugh Reilly     Twining Valley GC          35-38--73 +3  
 T10 Jim Bromley     Play-a-Round Golf          38-35--73 +3  
 T10 Greg Farrow     Deerwood CC                36-37--73 +3  
 T15 Linda Nevatt    ACE Club                   36-38--74 +4  
 T15 David Nevatt    Philly PGA                 35-39--74 +4  
 T15 Rick Flesher    Applebrook GC              37-37--74 +4  
 T15 Ron Weaver (a)  Bent Creek CC              36-38--74 +4  
 T15 Rob Shuey       Colonial GC                37-37--74 +4  
 T20 Brian Kelly     Bucknell GC                39-36--75 +5  
 T20 Jack Connelly   North Hills CC             36-39--75 +5  
 T20 Harvey Williams Philly PGA                 39-36--75 +5  
 T23 Don DeAngelis   Squires GC                 36-40--76 +6  
 T23 Jeff Van Etten  Hanover CC                 37-39--76 +6  
 T23 Cleve Coldwater Glenmaura National GC      37-39--76 +6  
 26  Dave Roberts    Cedarbrook CC              36-41--77 +7  
 27  Frank Palumbo   Rolling Green GC           40-38--78 +8  
 T28 Patrick Keefe   Inniscrone GC              38-43--81 +11 
 T28 Kerry Mattern   Cedarbrook CC              37-44--81 +11 
 T28 Mike Versuk     Willow Valley GC           41-40--81 +11 
 31  Joe Missimer    West Chester G & CC        45-39--84 +14 
 32  Joe Ambrose     Paupack Hills G & CC       43-42--85 +15 
 33  John Carpineta  Bensalem Township CC       45-41--86 +16 
 34  Bob Doria       Makefield Highlands GC     44-45--89 +19

Robert “Skee” Riegel

The Skee Riegel Senior Open is named for legendary Section Professional Robert “Skee” Riegel. Skee Riegel was born in 1914 in New Bloomfield, Pennsylvania and grew up in eastern Pennsylvania. He attended Harrisburg Academy, West Point and Lafayette University before graduating from Hobart College. He didn’t begin playing golf until he was 23. That year he got married and took some golf lessons because his wife played golf. Riegel served in the Air Corps as a flight instructor during the war. After leaving the service he rose to the top of amateur golf. At the U.S. Amateur at Baltusrol Golf Club in 1946 he qualified with a score of 136, setting a record for the onsite qualifying rounds, a record which lasted for more than thirty years. Riegel won the U.S. Amateur in 1947, the Western Amateur in 1948 and the Trans-Mississippi Amateur in 1946 and 1948. He was chosen for the Walker Cup team in 1947 and 1949. He was unbeaten in Walker Cup play, winning all four of his matches. Riegel turned pro in early 1950 and joined the PGA Tour. In 1951 he nearly won the Masters Tournament but he finished second when Ben Hogan edged him out. In 1954 Riegel returned to Pennsylvania as the head professional at the Radnor Valley Country Club. He won the Pennsylvania Open in 1957 and 1959 and the Philadelphia Open in 1960.  Beginning in 1946, Riegel played in the U.S. Open 16 times, the Masters Tournament 11 years in a row and the PGA Championship 9 times. For over thirty years he was a permanent member of the Philadelphia Section’s tournament committee and the rules chairman of every Section tournament. In 1975 he was given the Horton Smith Award by the Section for his many hours spent educating the golf professionals on the rules of golf. Riegel was inducted into the Philadelphia Section Hall of Fame in 1993.