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Yardley C.C. Wins 2021 Philadelphia PGA Summer Pro-Lady Team Championship

Plymouth Meeting, Pa. (August 25, 2021) — The team representing Yardley C.C. won the 2021 Philadelphia PGA Summer Pro-Lady Championship at Sunnybrook Golf Club on a day where temperatures approached 95 degrees Fahrenheit. PGA Professional Rick Hughart led his team of amateur women golfers to finish with a net score of 53, 19-under-par, to win by five strokes over the team from Medford Village C.C.

The winning team’s scorecard included three net eagles and 13 net birdies in the one better ball of four format, which helped give them the edge over the team from Medford Village, which included PGA Professional Greg Matthias, and amateurs Anne D’Amico, Sue Niedrach, and Angelica Lyons.

Four teams tied for third, two representing Sunnybrook, Bidermann G.C., and Saucon Valley C.C. Sunnybrook’s teams were led by PGA Professional Greg Wingate, Debbie Maine, Alison Shoemaker, Nina Talbot and Brad Sanders, PGA, Patty Graver, Pam Piotrowicz, and Megan Piotrowicz. Bidermann’s team featured Braden Shattuck, PGA, Aubree Wellons, Anna Kittelson, and Blakely Larrabee. Saucon Valley was represented by Chris Duckett, PGA, Kelly Borneman, Alisa Graybill, and Michele Haldeman.

In the Gross Division, Commonwealth National G.C.’s Dan Mrozinski, PGA, led his amateur golfers Karen Siegel, Emma Reilly, and Audrey Reese to victory with a 7-under-par 65. They clipped Shattuck’s Bidermann team and PGA Professional Tom Gilbert’s Gulph Mills G.C. team (Missy Wietlisbach, Ellen Miller, and Ellie Good) by one stroke.

The 2021 Philadelphia PGA Summer Pro-Lady Team Championship is supported by the Lincoln Motor Company, Trinity Flavors, and Workhorse Brewing Company. The Philadelphia PGA Section and its PGA Professionals thank Sunnybrook G.C., its membership, management, and staff, as well as our partners, as the event would not have been possible without their support.

To view the full 2021 Philadelphia PGA Summer Pro-Lady Team 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

Penn State Wins 2021 National Car Rental PGA Jr. League Philadelphia Section Championship

Blue Bell, Pa. (August 17, 2021) — Dodging rain showers, the team from Penn State won the National Car Rental PGA Jr. League Philadelphia Section Championship at Blue Bell Country Club, securing their spot in the Regional Championship next month.

Penn State won the championship match play round for 13u (boys and girls ages 10-13) against Radnor No. 1 with a score of 7.5 points to 4.5 points. Penn State beat the West Chester No. 2 team in the semi-finals, 8.5 to 4.5. The winning team is led by PGA Professional Steve Wager of Penn State University G.C. and includes eight All-Star players: Luke McGraw, Roman Italia, Brady Wager, Reese Walizer, Crosby Dennis, Charlie Ladrido, Kasha Stolberg, and Luke Ladrido.

The runner-up team, led by PGA Professional David Zimmaro, Overbrook G.C., included All-Stars Lannon Boyd, Elayna Fanelli, Kiersten Bodge, Luke Herrell, Liam McFadden, Jackson Corbett, Noah Brand, and Jimmy Warmkessel. The Radnor 1 team defeated Delaware No. 2 in the semi-finals via a scorecard playoff.

The team from Delaware won the 17u Division (stroke play) against Pine Hill No. 1 with an aggregate team score of 65 to 76. Their team was led by PGA Life Member Bob Rementer and includes All-Stars Matt Reeed, Evan Gebhart, Joey Crissman, Reagan Garnsey, Grayson Lewis, and Kayla Brosius.

Section Championships (and their Qualifiers) are the first of three phases in the National Car Rental PGA Jr. League Championship Season, which highlights the aspirational nature of competition celebrated in a way unique to PGA Jr. League.

“We’re thrilled to bring the National Car Rental PGA Jr. League Philadelphia Section Championship Championship to Blue Bell this year,” said Leila Mackie, PGA REACH Philadelphia Director. “Ushering in the National Car Rental PGA Jr. League Championship Season by welcoming our local All-Star teams, coaches and families to Blue Bell for an exciting day is always fun for our PGA Section.”

Following recreational play in the spring and summer, hundreds of 13u All-Star teams and new in 2021, 17u All-Star teams, are formed from a combination of players from each league. Section Champions from both age divisions advance to the Regional stage of competition at one of 12 sites in September. Ultimately, 12, 13u Regional champions will vie for the title at the National Car Rental PGA Jr. League Championship at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona, Oct. 7-10, to be broadcast live on select ESPN networks.

The teams from Penn State will play in the National Car Rental PGA Jr. League Regional Championship on September 3-5 at Teugega Country Club in Rome, N.Y.

PGA Jr. League is the flagship youth pillar program of the PGA of America’s 501(c)(3) foundation, PGA REACH, with the goal of making the program accessible to all youth regardless of background, circumstance or ability. Boys and girls ages 17 and under learn and play golf on teams, wear numbered jerseys and receive expert coaching from PGA Professionals.

In 2020, PGA Jr. League led the development of responsible Back2Golf guidelines amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, allowing nearly 1,700 PGA Professional Captains to coach nearly 37,000 kids through healthy team golf experiences. Additionally, PGA REACH helped award nearly 2,500 scholarships last year to players from active military families or with extenuating financial circumstances. The Championship Season was cancelled in 2020 to prioritize well-being and minimize travel for participants.

National Car Rental was named the inaugural title partner of the Championship Season in February. PGA Jr. League’s biggest corporate partner since 2018, as well as an Official Partner and the Official Rental Car of the PGA of America since 2012, National’s new title partnership aims to continue fueling meaningful growth of PGA Jr. League and supporting the program’s endeavors to welcome more kids to the game.

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.

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.

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

Brian Kelly, PGA, Wins 2021 Pro-Am for Wishes at Penn Oaks Golf Club in Playoff

West Chester, Pa. (August 16, 2021) — PGA Professional Brian Kelly won the 2021 Pro-Am for Wishes at Penn Oaks Golf Club in a three-person playoff with Brian Bergstol, Shawnee Inn & Golf Resort; and Zac Oakley, Bidermann G.C.

Bucknell Golf Club’s Kelly started his final round two strokes behind first round leaders Bergstol and Oakley but was able to make four birdies en route to a 68, finishing at 2-under-par, which set an early clubhouse lead. Oakley birdied the 36th hole to tie, while Bergstol parred.

As raindrops began to fall, Kelly got up and down on the first playoff hole (No. 1) from just short and right of the green to make par and secure his first Philadelphia PGA victory since the 2019 TaylorMade Classic.

Chris Krueger, Kings Creek C.C.; finished in solo fourth place at 1-under-par, while Alex Knoll, Glen Brook G.C.; Mike Tobiason, Deerfield; John Cooper, Green Valley C.C.; and Hugo Mazzalupi, Patriots Glen National G.C.; finished tied for fifth at even par.

Kelly also finished atop the Senior Division, two clear of Cooper and Mazzalupi, and four ahead of Dave Quinn, Laurel Creek C.C.; and Stu Ingraham, M Golf Range & Learning Facility.

To view the 2021 Pro-Am for Wishes full leaderboard, click here

The pro-am portion of the event took place on Sunday, August 15 with PGA Professionals John Spina and Zac Oakley leading their respective amateur teams to tie for the title. Spina’s team included Ned Scheffler and Mike Chapman, while Oakley’s featured Joe Paris and Zach Paris. To read more about the pro-am, 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

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

Ashley Grier Wins Inaugural Women’s Philadelphia PGA Professional Championship

Kennett Square, Pa. (August 12, 2021) — PGA Member Ashley Grier of Overbrook Golf Club made history by winning the inaugural Women’s Philadelphia PGA Championship at  Kennett Square Golf & Country Club amidst the Philadelphia PGA Section’s centennial year.

Grier, the 2020 Women’s PGA Professional Player of the Year, finished the 18-hole championship with a 1-over-par 72 to win by four strokes over her sister, Andrea Grier of Wilmington C.C. Grier had built a seven-stroke lead through 17 holes, which gave her some breathing room on 18, after she found her third shot in what she described as one of the worst lies of her career.

“It is always cool to be an inaugural champion,” said Grier. “I stayed patient on the course today, particularly on the greens.

“This is a competitive tournament, but the best part about today was getting to see everyone and had a good day on the course together,” Grier continued. “Today was special.”

Patty Post, University of Delaware; Victoria Petrosky, Fox Hill C.C.; Marjorie Jones, the Shore Club; and Jennifer Cully, HoneyBrook G.C.; each tied for third place at 8-over-par.

Fourteen women PGA Professionals competed at Kennett Square, 50 percent of the Philadelphia PGA’s women’s membership. The Section’s tournament and women’s committees and staff worked hard over the past 18 months to create this championship for its female PGA Members and Associates. The Section plans to grow the championship into one of its premier events each year.

The inaugural Women’s Philadelphia PGA Professional Championship is supported by Parsons Xtreme Golf (PXG), Scott & Karen Hutchinson, Visit Delco, Pa., and the PGA Tour. The Philadelphia PGA Section and its PGA Professionals thank Kennett Square G. & C.C., its membership, management, and staff, as well as our partners, as the event would not have been possible without their support.

To view the full inaugural Women’s Philadelphia PGA Professional 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

Jeff Fick, PGA, Wins 2021 William Hyndman III Memorial Golf Classic

Huntingdon Valley, Pa. (August 9, 2021) — PGA Member Jeff Fick, Moselem Springs G.C., won the 2021 William Hyndman III Memorial Golf Classic at Huntingdon Valley Country Club, clinching his first-ever Philadelphia PGA Section tournament victory.

Fick turned in a 5-under-par 65 to win the Rolex Player of the Year event honoring the legendary William Hyndman III by one stroke over Lookaway G.C.’s Michael Little, PGA. Fick made seven birdies on Monday, including a stretch of five between Nos. 10-15. Fick hit his approach into the front left bunker on No. 18, but had to wait over one hour to finish his round, as severe weather temporarily suspended play. Fick ultimately two-putted for his 65.

“I am very happy and excited to win my first Section tournament,” Fick said following his round. “I played pretty well and kept the ball in play the whole round. I actually didn’t miss a green on the back nine until 18.”

Ross Brown, Fox Hill C.C., finished in third place, three behind Fick. Four PGA Professionals tied for fourth at 1-under-par.

In addition to winning the tournament, Fick secured the victory in the Philadelphia Assistants’ Organization (PAO) Division, finishing four ahead of PGA Professionals Ashley Grier, Overbrook G.C.; Zac Oakley, Bidermann G.C.; and Brett Walker, Sunnybrook G.C.

PGA Member Dave McNabb, Applebrook G.C., continued his stellar play from his win last week at the Philadelphia PGA Skee Riegel Senior Open to win the Senior Division at even-par, one ahead of George Forster, PGA, and Hugo Mazzalupi, Patriots Glen National G.C. PGA Life Member Michael Versuk topped the Super Senior Division with a 73, five strokes ahead of Frank Palumbo, Rolling Green G.C.

The 2021 William Hyndman III Memorial Golf Classic, a Rolex Player of the Year event, is supported by the Hyndman Family, Kevin McCellan Golf Sales, Jack Jolly & Son Inc., Ohana Farm LLC, and Jani-King. The Philadelphia PGA Section and its PGA Professionals thank Huntingdon Valley C.C., its membership, management, and staff, as well as our partners, as the event would not have been possible without their support.

To view the full 2021 William Hyndman III Memorial Golf Classic leaderboard, click here.

About William Hyndman III 

William Hyndman III was one of the most accomplished Philadelphia amateur golfers in history. Hyndman’s resume developed early by winning the 1935 Philadelphia Amateur at the age of 19; he ultimately accumulated three Philadelphia Amateur titles, 10 Patterson Cup crowns, and six Silver Crosses. Hyndman also made nine Masters Tournament appearances and made a hole-in-one on Augusta National G.C.’s 12th hole. By the time Hyndman ended his golfing career, he had competed in 50 USGA championships, including playing on five Walker Cup teams and winning two U.S. Senior Amateur titles.

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, PGA, Wins 2021 Philadelphia PGA Skee Riegel Senior Open

Villanova, Pa. (August 5, 2021) — Applebrook Golf Club’s PGA Head Professional, Dave McNabb turned in a 4-under-par 66 to win the 2021 Philadelphia PGA Skee Riegel Senior Open at Radnor Valley Country Club by three strokes over Terry Hertzog, Merion G.C.

McNabb bettered his 2016 winning score in this event by one stroke. Jason Panter, InClub Golf; and John DiMarco, Woodcrest C.C.; tied for third place at even-par.

“I got off to a relatively slow start from a ball striking perspective,” McNabb said of his round. “I didn’t hit a green in regulation until the sixth hole, but had some great up and downs and hung in there long enough to start hitting it well. I figured if I could just be patient on my way in there would be some opportunities.

“I have not been in this position in a while,” McNabb continued. “I have been playing good golf, but haven’t gotten a ton of results. Being in contention and finding a way to get it done was comforting.”

McNabb went on to say that it is always an honor to win this event (following his 2016 win) as Skee Riegel has had a lasting impact on our Section. He also thanked his Appblebrook G.C. members and Titleist for all their support.

Frog Hollow G.C.’s PGA Head Professional, Patrick Keefe, finished with a 1-over-par 71 to win the Super Senior Division by two strokes over Don DeAngelis, Spring Ford C.C.

Ronald Weaver tied for fifth place at 1-over-par and finished as low amateur, five strokes ahead of fellow amateur Greg Osborne, Overlook G.C.

The 2021 Philadelphia PGA Skee Riegel Senior Open is supported by Jani-King. The Philadelphia PGA Section and its PGA Professionals thank our partners, Radnor Valley 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 Philadelphia PGA Skee Riegel Senior Open leaderboard, click here.

About Robert Henry “Skee” Riegel, PGA
Skee Riegel was born in 1914 in New Bloomfield, Pa., and grew up in eastern Pennsylvania. Riegel served in the U.S. Air Corps as a flight instructor during World War II. After leaving the service he rose to the top of amateur golf, winning the U.S. Amateur in 1947, the Western Amateur in 1948 and the Trans-Mississippi Amateur in 1946 and 1948. Riegel also played on the U.S. Walker Cup teams in 1947 and 1949, remaining unbeaten in Walker Cup play. Riegel turned professional in 1950 and was one of the first golfers involved in strength training. In 1951, he nearly won the Masters, finishing in second place behind Ben Hogan. Riegel returned to Pennsylvania to become PGA Head Professional at Radnor Valley Country Club in 1954, where he continued his winning ways, claiming victory in the 1957 and 1959 Pennsylvania Opens and the 1960 Philadelphia Open. He left Radnor Valley at the end of 1961 for the opportunity to participate in the ownership of a new golf course, York Road G.C. in Bucks County, now known as the Bucks Club. For over 30 years, Riegel was a permanent member of the Philadelphia PGA Section’s Tournament Committee and served as Rules Chair for every Section tournament. In 1975, he was given the Section’s PGA Professional Development Award 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.

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 REACH Philadelphia’s Second Annual Pro-Am Championship Raises Over $50,000

Lower Gwynedd Township, Pa. (August 3, 2021) — On Monday, July 26, PGA REACH Philadelphia, the Philadelphia PGA Section’s 501(c)(3) chairitable arm, raised over $50,000 from its second annual pro-am championship at Bidermann Golf Club in Wilmington, Del., which featured a sold-out field of 152 players.

PGA REACH Philadelphia launched the annual event in 2020 to help support its Youth, Military, and Diversity programming, and to spread the word about its mission to positively impact lives though the game of golf.

“We are thrilled that our second pro-am championship was such a success,” said PGA REACH Philadelphia Director Leila Mackie, PGA.”The support shown by our partners and players is very encouraging for our future. Following a challenging year in 2020, it is wonderful to see that we will continue to make a real impact on individuals and families within our community through our youth, military, and diversity programs.”

The 2021 PGA REACH Philadelphia Pro-Am Championship’s Premier Partner is the Union League of Philadelphia. Its Presenting Partners are Scott & Karen Hutchinson, Lincoln Motor Company, and Valley Forge Tourism & Convention Board, and is supported by American Floors Inc., Deal of the Day Inc., Golf Genius Software, Ohana Farm LLC, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Trinity Flavors, William E. Howe & Co., Workhorse Brewing Co., Visit Delco, Pa., Corkcicle, Bridgestone Golf, and Maui Jim.

“As our nation continues to open back up and get back to normal, it is wonderful to see such a strong showing at our second annual pro-am,” said Philadelphia PGA Section Executive Director Geoffrey Surrette, PGA. “The people who participated in this pro-am believe in PGA REACH Philadelphia and our mission.”

PGA REACH Philadelphia offers several programs to support local youth, veterans, and diverse golfers, including PGA Jr. LeagueGolf in SchoolsPGA HOPE Philadelphia (Helping Our Patriots Everywhere), the Philadelphia PGA Junior Tour Diversity Scholarship, and Diversity Scholars Mentor Program.

On a warm summer day, Bidermann G.C.’s superb Dick Wilson layout received rave reviews from the participants. The Springhaven Club’s Ben Debski, PGA, led his team of amateur partners, Tim Dormer, Steve Conron Sr., and Steve Conron Jr. finished at 15-under-par, with a team score of 57 in the one net best ball format. Finishing one stroke behind was Wilmington C.C.’s Bob Lennon, PGA, Alan Majewski, John Urbanski, and Rich Brezski. To view the full 2021 PGA REACH Philadelphia Pro-Am Championship leaderboard, click here.

After competing in the event, PGA REACH Philadelphia Trustee Level Donors Scott and Karen Hutchinson presented the foundation’s board and staff with an additional donation of $10,000. The foundation thanks Mr. and Mrs. Hutchinson for their continued emphatic support of our mission and programs.

A portion of the money raised during the pro-am came from our online auction. As a bonus item, there is still time to bid on a yearlong Dormie Network membership. To bid, click here.

PGA REACH Philadelphia is already planning next year’s pro-am, which will take place at the Philadelphia Cricket Club on October 11, 2022.

PGA REACH Philadelphia, the Philadelphia PGA Section, and its PGA Professionals, thank our partners, Boards of Directors, subcommittees, Bidermann G.C., its membership, management, and staff, as well as our PGA HOPE Philadelphia and Philadelphia PGA Junior Tour Diversity Scholarship volunteers, as the event would not have been possible without their support.

To view photos from the 2021 PGA REACH Philadelphia Pro-Am Championship, click here. To learn more about PGA REACH Philadelphia, next year’s pro-am, how you can support our mission, and to donate, visit PGAREACHPhiladelphia.com.

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.

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.

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

Brett Walker, PGA, Captures National Car Rental Philadelphia Assistant PGA Professional Title

Blue Bell, Pa. (August 2, 2021) — Brett Walker, PGA, of Sunnybrook G.C. in Plymouth Meeting, Pa., winner of the 2021 National Car Rental Philadelphia Assistant PGA Professional Championship at Cedarbrook C.C. will lead five Section PGA Professionals to compete Nov. 11-14, in the 45th National Car Rental Assistant PGA Professional Championship.

The national championship, supported by Srixon, Cleveland Golf, XXIO, Asics and John Deere will be held at PGA Golf Club, Port St. Luce, Fla.

Walker turned in a winning total of 68-69—137 to capture the National Car Rental Philadelphia Assistant PGA Professional Championship.

“It was great to finally win one,” Walker said of his first Philadelphia PGA Section win. “I was tied to start the final round, and was able to keep making birdies to stay in and win it.”

Ashley Grier of Overbrook G.C. in Villanova, Pa. finished in second place, two strokes behind Walker at 5-under-par. Brian Bergstol of Shawnee Inn & Golf Resort in Shawnee on Delaware, Pa., and Zac Oakley of Bidermann G.C. in Wilmington, Del., finished tied for third, while Mike Tobiason of Deerfield C.C. in Newark, Del. tied for fifth and earned his spot in the national championship in a playoff with Braden Shattuck of Bidermann G.C.

The National Car Rental Assistant PGA Professional Championship brings together a field of 132 contestants representing the PGA of America’s 41 nationwide Sections and features a total purse of $150,000. All rounds will be played on the Wanamaker Course. A cut after 36 holes of play to the low 70 scorers and ties will be made.

Begun in 1977, the National Car Rental Assistant PGA Professional Championship is modeled after the PGA Professional Championship, with a field of PGA Professionals and PGA Associates who advanced through 41 Section Championships conducted from May through October this year.

If eligibility is met and maintained, the champion earns a berth in the 2022 PGA Professional Championship, to be conducted April 2022, Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa in Austin, Texas.

The 2021 National Car Rental Philadelphia Assistant PGA Professional Championship is supported by Srixon, Cleveland Golf, XXIO, Asics, John Deere, Ralph Lauren, and Ohana Farm LLC. The Philadelphia PGA Section and its PGA Professionals thank our partners, Doylestown C.C., its membership, management, host PGA Professionals, and staff, as the event would not have been possible without their support.

To view the full 2021 National Car Rental Philadelphia Assistant PGA Professional 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

Zac Oakley Wins 2021 Doylestown Open in Three-Way Sudden Death Playoff

Doylestown, Pa. (July 30, 2021) — Bidermann G.C. Assistant PGA Professional Zac Oakley successfully defended his title in the 2021 Doylestown Open at Doylestown Country Club in a three-way sudden death playoff. Oakley two-putted from 15 feet for birdie to top Rich Steinmetz, Spring Ford C.C., and Brian Bergstol, Shawnee Inn & Golf Resort, on the par-5 18th hole, following their rounds of 68s, 4-under-par.

“I tried to be more aggressive on the course today,” said Oakley. “I putted really well, and took more aggresive lines on my putts.”

Oakley went on to thank Doylestown C.C.’s membership, host PGA Professional Travis Deibert and his staff, outside operations, and food & beverage staff, as well as Superintendent Greg Marsala, adding the greens are as good as he’s seen them.

Braden Shattuck, Bidermann G.C., finished in fourth place at 3-under-par, while Ashley Grier and Trevor Bensel, both of Overbrook G.C., finished tied for fifth.

Doylestown C.C.’s own Ryan Rigby, finished as low amateur with a score of 77, 5-over-par, one stroke ahead of Rolling Green G.C.’s Gerald Haftmann, and Blue Bell C.C.’s Buddy Hansen.

There was a three-way tie atop the Senior Division, with PGA Member George Forster, 1912 Club’s John Allen, and Royal Oaks G.C.’s Terry Hatch each finishing with even-par 72s, two ahead of Eagle Rock Resort’s Eddie Perrino. Don DeAngelis, Spring Ford C.C., won the Super Senior Division at 4-over-par by one stroke over PGA Life Member Michael Versuk. Oakley also finished in first place in the Philadelphia Assistants’ Organization (PAO) Division, ahead of Bergstol.

The 2021 Doylestown Open is supported by Doylestown Country Club, Jani-King, and Ohana Farm LLC. The Philadelphia PGA Section and its PGA Professionals thank our partners, Doylestown C.C., its membership, management, host PGA Professionals, and staff, as the event would not have been possible without their support.

To view the full 2021 Doylestown Open leaderboard, click here.

The tournament is designated as a Philadelphia PGA Rolex Player of the Year Bonus Points event. The Section’s next Rolex Player of the Year tournament on the schedule is the William Hyndman Memorial Classic at Huntingdon Valley C.C. on August 9.

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