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Terry Hertzog Wins 2022 Delaware Valley Open on Third Playoff Hole

Springfield, Pa. (May 9, 2022) — Philadelphia PGA Member Terry Hertzog of Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa., birdied the third sudden-death playoff hole to top Alex Knoll of Glen Brook Golf Club in Stroudsburg, Pa., and win the 2022 Delaware Valley Open at Rolling Green Golf Club.

Hertzog’s scorecard, a 3-under-par 68, featured four birdies and one lone bogey, an impressive feat on a golf course that played very difficult; unseasonably cool temperatures, blustery conditions with wind gusts around 30 mph, and slippery green surfaces drove scores up throughout the day.

“I got the breaks today,” Hertzog said after his overtime win. “I was not putting very well leading into the day, and made a few good, long putts today, including a long one for par on the first playoff hole.”

The event is a Philadelphia PGA Rolex / The Haverford Trust Company Player of the Year tournament and the first Silvercrest Cup qualifier of the year. Beginning this season, the Silvercrest Cup series will include four qualifying events for Philadelphia PGA Professionals, and will culminate in a $30,000 Silvercrest Cup final, hosted at Gulph Mills Golf Club in King of Prussia, Pa. For more information on the season-long race to the Silvercrest Cup, click here. In addition to receiving the winner’s share of the purse, Hertzog also took home an additional $3,000 from the Silvercrest Cup qualifier bonus pool.

Braden Shattuck, Rolling Green G.C., finished in third place at 2-under-par, followed by Dave Quinn, Laurel Creek C.C., at 1-under, while Joanna Coe, Merion G.C., rounded out the top five at even-par.

Knoll finished atop the leaderboard in the concurrent Philadelphia Assistants’ Organization (PAO) event, beating Trevor Bensel, Sandy Run G.C., and Rusty Harbold, Philadelphia Cricket Club, by five strokes.

Quinn also topped the Senior Division, with a 1-under-par 70. He finished two strokes ahead of Hugo Mazzalupi, Linfield National G.C., and Bill Walker, Riverton C.C. Frank Palumbo, Rolling Green G.C., took the top spot in the Super Senior Division. His 82 was good enough to finish one stroke ahead of PGA Life Member Michael Versuk.

Daniel Chernosky earned Low Amateur honors with his round of 1-under-par 70. Chernosky finished seven strokes ahead of the next closest amateur, Charlie Kovalcik.

Another highlight of the day came from Manufacturers’ G. & C.C. PGA Head Professional Peter Clarke, who made his second-ever hole-in-one on No. 16. Clarke used a 6-iron from 163 yards into a stiff wind to record his ace on the par-3.

The 2022 Delaware Valley Open is supported by Jack Jolly and Son, Jani-King, Kevin McClellan Golf Sales, Mizuno, Ohana Farm LLC, and the PGA Tour. The Philadelphia PGA Section and its PGA Professionals thank our host, Rolling Green Golf Club, its members, management, host PGA Professionals, and staff, as well as our partners, as the event would not have been possible without their support.

To view the full 2022 Delaware Valley Open leaderboard, click here.

The next Philadelphia PGA Rolex / The Haverford Trust Company Player of the Year tournament and Silvercrest Cup qualifier on the schedule is the TaylorMade Classic on Monday, May 16 at Cedarbrook Country Club in Blue Bell, Pa.

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

Golf Industry to Convene May 10-11 for 14th Annual “National Golf Day”

WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 3, 2022) – Next week, the golf industry will convene to take part in the American Golf Industry Coalition’s 14th annual edition of “National Golf Day”. Taking place on Tuesday and Wednesday (May 10-11), industry professionals will lead advocacy efforts and conduct more than 250 virtual meetings with members of Congress to reinforce golf’s economic, societal, environmental and health benefits.

In addition to its advocacy efforts on Capitol Hill, the industry will hold a virtual forum in conjunction with National Golf Day centered around workplace inclusivity as part of the sport’s diversity, equity and inclusion initiative: Make Golf Your Thing. The 90-minute virtual forum will be held on Tuesday, May 10, and be moderated by Golf Channel & NBC host and reporter, Damon Hack.

Initially launched one year ago at National Golf Day (2021), Make Golf Your Thing is the industry’s movement to make golf accessible to individuals from all backgrounds. Led by six cross-industry work groups, the initiative is specifically focused on: education & skill development, talent acquisition, procurement, human resources, youth & adult player development, and marketing/communications.

Golf as an industry in the United States has experienced a surge since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, led by participation growth among diverse segments of the population (source – National Golf Foundation):

  • Overall rounds in 2021 (529 million) is the highest play total on record and is +5.5% vs. 2020 (502 million)
  • 2 million people played on a golf course in the U.S. for the first time in 2021 (an all-time high). Beginners also were 45% more likely to be non-Caucasian and 35% more likely to be female compared to the current base of golfers
  • In 2021, there were 5.2 million non-Caucasian on-course golfers, +8% over the past two years. African American, Asian and Hispanic golfers accounted for almost 21% of overall on-course participants, the highest total since 2013
  • There were 6.2 million women on-course golfers in 2021, an 11% increase over the past two years.

While the potential success of Make Golf Your Thing ultimately will be measured over the span of many years, over the past 12 months, the industry’s collective commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion has led to preliminary growth initiatives, including:

  • Establishing inclusion guidelines for golf course facilities across the U.S., and creating a Make Golf Your Thing toolkit with resources for facility engagement
  • Conducting an employee survey measuring workplace inclusivity within the golf industry, with 35 organizations taking part (more than 2,300 participants)
  • Launching a Grassroots Grants program to support groups dedicated to increasing participation among underrepresented populations in golf $300,000 in funding has been awarded to more than 70 organizations thus far, with an additional $750,000 in funding to be awarded this year
  • Creation of a golf industry-specific database of diversely owned businesses, which to-date encompasses more than 1,600 diverse-owned suppliers
  • Initiation of a “careers in golf development” program to offer opportunities in the sport to underrepresented communities
  • A soon-to-be launching Make Golf Your Thing directory for consumers to easily find a golf program, clinic, event or coach best suited for their skill level
  • Progress toward establishing an industry-wide job board that will implement a comprehensive recruiting plan to attract more diverse talent to the industry.

Representing a partnership among golf’s leading organizations, the American Golf Industry Coalition is committed to addressing the collective interests of the industry. The coalition also works to amplify tangible examples of key initiatives at both the grassroots and industry workforce level and advocate in support of issues that impact the industry at the state and federal level.

About the American Golf Industry Coalition

The American Golf Industry Coalition advocates on behalf of golf’s diversity, equity and inclusion efforts; environmental and sustainability initiatives; contributions to the economy (local and national); health and wellness benefits, as well as charitable giving. The organization unites the golf industry in pursuit of goals designed to enhance the vitality and diversity of both the business and recreational levels of the sport. The American Golf Industry Coalition is a division of the World Golf Foundation. To learn more, visit www.golfcoalition.org.

About Make Golf Your Thing

A multi-faceted, multi-year movement, Make Golf Your Thing is a collaborative effort across the industry to invite more people to golf from all backgrounds. Six cross-industry work groups are committed to making the sport more diverse, equitable and inclusive, with a specific focus on: education & skill development, talent acquisition, procurement, human resources, youth & adult player development, and marketing/communications.

Media Contact:

Jeff Szklinski

American Golf Industry Coalition

814-880-6933

jszklinski@worldgolffoundation.org

CBS Sports Special to Showcase PGA REACH’s Positive Community Impact Ahead of the 2022 PGA Championship

FRISCO, Texas (May 6, 2022) – CBS Sports and the PGA of America have collaborated on a unique documentary-style television special, “PGA REACH: Impacting Lives Through Golf.” The nationwide one-hour program showcases the PGA’s charitable foundation and its positive effects on people across the country.

The show follows several individuals who, under the guidance of PGA Professionals and PGA programs, have found a love for the game through PGA REACH’s four pillars – youth (PGA Jr. League), military (PGA HOPE), inclusion (PGA WORKS) and A Place to Play.

“Our partnership with CBS Sports allows the PGA of America to tell the stories that show a tangible impact that PGA Members are making on the lives of the people PGA REACH supports,” PGA President Jim Richerson said. “We are deeply committed to these programs, and because of the incredible work of so many of our PGA Professionals, the 41 PGA Sections throughout the country and our REACH team, we are able to introduce and inspire new people to the game and industry. PGA REACH is truly changing lives.”

2022 PGA REACH | CBS Special Teaser from PGA of America on Vimeo.

PGA Jr. League Storylines
If not for PGA REACH and the PGA Jr. League program in Tucson, Arizona, most players would never pick up a club. Cesar Balgagnon II, a PGA Jr. League Co-Captain at Sewailo Golf Club, aims to inspire and be a role model for the Pascua Yachi Tribal community, fostering a culture of inclusion.

Huston Nagy and Vinny Mercurcio are both PGA Jr. League participants and part of The Turn, an organization specializing in helping those with disabilities get back into golf. Whether it’s helping line up a putt, teeing up a ball or being the eyes for someone who may be visually impaired, The Turn provides an equal opportunity for everyone to be treated as a team member. At North Olmsted Golf Club, PGA Assistant Golf Professional Erin Craig leads The Turn and offers instruction to those no matter what skill level or disability they may have.

PGA Golf Management Universities are integrating other PGA REACH pillars, like PGA Jr. League, into its curriculum to help students make an impact in the community. The program at New Mexico State is led by Henry Stetina, PGA, who is creating new avenues for his students to help shape the game’s future.

PGA HOPE Storylines
Waco Blakley, PGA HOPE Ambassador for the South Central PGA Section, started with PGA HOPE in the Spring of 2021 and has been a great leader for PGA HOPE Tulsa. Through his passion for helping fellow Veterans, he has helped his local PGA Professional grow the PGA HOPE Tulsa program. He’s seen the impact that golf can have and wants to make sure others get to experience it. Blakley is helping the South Central Section spread program awareness through local public relations efforts as well as being a part of the PGA HOPE activations on-site at the 2021 KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship held at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

During PGA HOPE Wellness Week, 20 Veterans met in the nation’s capital for the PGA HOPE National Golf and Wellness Week. The feature showcases passionate HOPE Graduates who excelled in their personal rehabilitation journey and became PGA HOPE Ambassadors in their local communities. In addition, PGA Professionals offered instruction to help Veterans step up their game, no matter what kinds of physical limitations they may have.

PGA WORKS Storylines
JT Moore has played in the PGA WORKS Collegiate Championship, has interned with the PGA of America and is now a PGA WORKS Fellow, lending his unique skill set to the South Florida PGA Section as he experiences what a career in the golf industry can provide.

Cameron Dinkins, a former PGA Fellow, never had a career in the golf industry on her radar. She is now the PGA WORKS Program Coordinator at the PGA of America’s new headquarters in Frisco, Texas. Through PGA WORKS and its Beyond the Green career-exploration initiative, Cameron is striving to inspire and recruit young people from underrepresented backgrounds to pursue careers in the business of golf.

About PGA REACH
PGA REACH is the 501(c)(3) charitable foundation of the PGA of America. The mission of PGA REACH is to positively impact the lives of youth, military and diverse populations by enabling access to PGA Professionals, PGA Sections and the game of golf. For more information on PGA REACH, visit PGAREACH.org, follow @PGAREACH on Twitter, and find us on Facebook.

Media Contacts
Anthony Witrado, PGA of America
awitrado@pgahq.com
561-446-4763

Jared Minski, Mastro Communications
jared@mastrocomm.com
732-546-4325

Howard University and Greg Odom Jr. Sweep the Division I Men’s Titles at the PGA WORKS Collegiate Championship

By George Willis

PHILADELPHIA – A closer than expected finish turned into a coronation for Howard University’s golf program at Union League Liberty Hill on Wednesday. The Bison are a force to be reckoned with in golf.

With its top two players – seniors Greg Odom Jr. and Everett Whiten Jr. – dominating the field and a supporting cast that played well under pressure, Howard captured the prestigious PGA WORKS Collegiate Championship by one stroke over Chicago State University.

Odom successfully defended his medalist title, shooting a 4-under 68 to finish 6 under for the tournament. He was four shots better than Whiten, who also fired a 68 after recording birdies on seven of his first 10 holes in Wednesday’s cloud-covered final round of the 54-hole Championship.

In just its second year of existence, Howard golf closed its season with the MEAC Championship and the PWCC title. Birdies by freshman Justin Green and sophomore Joshua Siplin on the 18th hole helped provide the slim margin of victory.

“The older guys did their jobs,” Howard coach Sam Puryear said of Odom and Whiten. “But the younger guys – Justin and Josh – what they did was invaluable. It was a total team effort. All the dreams came true. We said we wanted to win an HBCU national championship one day, and we got it.”

Sponsored by PGA WORKS, Comcast, the Union League of Philadelphia and Bank of America, the 35th PWCC featured 30 teams representing Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic-serving institutions and other minority-serving institutions from across the nation.

CSU Dominguez Hills won the Men’s Division II championship by five strokes over defending champion Miles College, while Texas A&M-Corpus Christi retained the Women’s title with a 14-stroke margin over Delaware State. Lucie Charbonnier of Corpus Christi was the medalist in the Women’s Division, shooting a 6-over 76 at The Union League Golf Club at Torresdale to complete the tournament at 13 over par. She was one stroke better than Anna Ferreyra-Heit of Delaware State.

Sparky Ariyachatvakin of Delaware (3 under) won the Men’s Individual Division for men not playing on a team, while Haley Vargas of Kansas State had the low total for women at 1 over.

When Green, Howard’s first player to reach the 18th, made a 35-foot putt for birdie, few knew how important it would be. Siplin also added a birdie on the final hole while everyone else was watching Odom and Whiten duel for the individual title.

Whiten, who shared the first-round lead with Odom and trailed him by four strokes after 36 holes, began Wednesday’s final round with four consecutive birdies before a bogey at the fifth.   Odom, playing in the group behind Whiten, managed to keep his distance with birdies at the fourth and fifth.

Behind their play, Howard, who trailed Arkansas-Pine Bluff by three strokes heading into the final 18 holes, took the team lead on the front nine and began to separate themselves from the field.

Using its four lowest scores, Howard had a 10-shot lead over Florida A&M with Odom, Howard’s final player, heading to the 10th tee.

But Odom found trouble at the par-4 11th where he hit the ball into the water. A double-bogey dropped him to 4 under with Whiten at 2 under. But Odom recorded birdies at the 13th and 14th to stretch a lead that became more comfortable when Whiten made bogey on two of his last four holes.

“I was just trying to keep hitting golf shots,” said Odom. “Coming into today three shots back, I knew my guys would stay strong. Today we overcame obstacles. This is huge for the Howard golf team.”

Charbonnier said she battled her nerves over the closing holes to finish off her championship at Torresdale.

“I couldn’t breathe, I was so tight,” she said, but a bogey at the 18th was good enough to win by one shot. “I’ve been wanting to win the entire season. I am happy to finally make it, especially here at this tournament.”

Corpus Christi defended its Women’s Division title, but it’s the first for Pat Stephens, who became the head coach in January.

”To win a PGA event with a group of young ladies like this is very exciting,” Stephens said.

There were shining stars with bright futures throughout the tournament like freshman Kendall Jackson, who is part of the inaugural season of Howard’s women’s program, which finished fifth.

“It’s incredible and special,” said Jackson, who finished eighth individually. “Not only are you playing at a high level with other collegiate golfers, but playing with other high-level black collegiate golfers. That’s something as a black female you seldom get to do. So I’m honored and blessed.”

And there are players like Kelli Dugan of Corpus Christi, who played her final round of collegiate golf on Wednesday and finished ninth. The San Antonio native, who owned the lead after shooting a 73 in the first round at Torresdale on Monday, could utilize another year of eligibility due to COVID-19, but has elected to give up golf to focus on her studies to become a mechanical engineer.

Odom, meanwhile, will fulfill his sponsor’s exemption for the Wells Fargo Championship at TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm, but valued his time at the PWCC. It wasn’t just about the golf either, noting the Beyond the Green workshop held before the tournament introduced the players to various aspects of the golf industry.

“It’s a great event because not only do you get to play competitive golf, you get to learn the business world from the golf side,” Odom said. “If you’re in love with golf, you can learn how to stay in it until the end of time. This tournament is more than just golf.”

Click here for 2022 PGA WORKS Collegiate Championship final results
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Philadelphia PGA Section Renews Partnership with Scott & Karen Hutchinson

Lower Gwynedd Township, Pa. (April 28, 2022) — The Philadelphia PGA Section today is thrilled to announce it has renewed its partnership with Scott & Karen Hutchinson, a couple who has displayed incredible philanthropy towards Philadelphia PGA Professionals and PGA REACH Philadelphia.

As part of the agreement, Scott & Karen Hutchinson will remain the title partners of the Philadelphia Players Championship at Lookaway Golf Club on Monday, August 1. The championship, now in its third year, is a Philadelphia PGA Rolex / The Haverford Trust Company Player of the Year Points Series event, and boasts one of largest one-day payouts in the Section. The couple was the presenting partner of the 2022 Tournament Players Division Championship at Hartefeld National (Click here for results).

Furthermore, the Hutchinsons will remain Trustee-Level Donors for PGA REACH Philadelphia, the Section’s 501(c)(3) charitable foundation, which is dedicated to positively impacting lives through the game of golf. The couple will also again be a presenting partner of the annual PGA REACH Philadelphia Pro-Am Championship on Tuesday, October 11 on Philadelphia Cricket Club’s Wissahickon Course.

“The Philadelphia PGA is delighted to renew our great partnership with Scott & Karen Hutchinson,” said Section Executive Director Geoff Surrette, PGA. “Their steadfast commitment to our PGA Members and Associates will continue to benefit our foundation, its mission, and our Section’s tournament program.”

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.

Contacts: 

Matt Frey, PGA, Philadelphia PGA Section, mfrey@pgahq.com
Scott Hutchinson, scotthutchinson65@gmail.com

Leading U.S. Golf Organizations Support Patriot Golf Days

FRISCO, Texas – (April 27, 2022) – Folds of Honor and the PGA of America announced today that they will be joined by the USGA, PGA Tour and LPGA in providing assistance and awareness for Patriot Golf Days this Memorial Day Weekend. Patriot Golf Days provides funding in support of Veterans and military families through Folds of Honor and PGA HOPE, the flagship military program of PGA REACH, the charitable foundation of the PGA of America.

Patriot Golf Days began as a grassroots fundraising celebration in 2007, and over the last 15 years, it has grown to encompass a variety of fundraising efforts led by PGA Professionals and golfers in all 50 states.

These efforts have accounted for over $60 million and funded more than 12,000 scholarships to help Veterans, their spouses and children, but there remains a significant unmet need in the country. Over 6,000 U.S. troops were killed and approximately 52,000 were wounded in the 20 years the United States was at war in Iraq and Afghanistan. Among military dependents, only a fraction receive educational assistance. Funds donated over the holiday weekend are used in the local community where the money is raised.

Since inception, PGA HOPE has served over 10,000 Veterans in 46 states. Led by more than 200 PGA Professionals, PGA HOPE will serve more than 7,500 Veterans in 2022.

“For the golf community to join the PGA of America and Folds of Honor is a powerful force multiplier,” said Lt Col Dan Rooney, PGA, founder and CEO of Folds of Honor. “This new coalition understands that freedom is not free and is united in our commitment to serve our Veterans and their families. The PGA Tour,  LPGA and longtime supporter USGA make significant impacts in the communities that they serve, and joining us on Patriot Golf Days on Memorial Day Weekend will further expand that effort.”

Folds of Honor is a nonprofit organization that provides educational scholarships to the spouses and children of military members who have fallen or been disabled while serving in the United States Armed Forces. The educational scholarships support private school tuition or tutoring in grades K-12, tuition for college, technical or trade school and post-graduate work, including a master’s degree, doctorate or professional program. Funds for a second bachelor’s degree or trade/technical program certification are also available. Since its inception in 2007, Folds of Honor has awarded over 35,000 scholarships totaling over $160 million in all 50 states. Among the students served, 41 percent are minorities. It is rated a four-star charity by Charity Navigator and Platinum on GuideStar.

“We’re especially proud that our 28,000 PGA Professionals have raised millions of charitable dollars through Patriot Golf Days for our nation’s heroes and their families since we first announced our commitment at the 2007 PGA Championship at Southern Hills,” said PGA President Jim Richerson. “Having these influential organizations join in to back this critically important effort points to how closely aligned the golf community is in our support of our Veterans and their families. With the PGA of America leading the way, we are able to further the impact of both PGA HOPE and Folds of Honor, as we raise additional funds through the game of golf in support of those who stand to defend our country.”

PGA HOPE (Helping Our Patriots Everywhere) is the flagship military program of PGA REACH, the charitable foundation of the PGA of America. PGA HOPE introduces golf to Veterans to enhance their physical, mental, social and emotional well-being. The program introduces the game of golf through a developmental 6-8 week curriculum taught by PGA Professionals trained in adaptive golf and military cultural competency. All programs are funded by PGA REACH and supplemented by PGA Section Foundations, so the cost of programming is free to all Veterans.

PGA HOPE has a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), which enables Recreational Therapists to refer Veterans to the PGA HOPE program as a form of therapy. Through a robust program strategy, PGA HOPE aspires to create a physically and emotionally healthier Veteran community by shaping lives, changing lives, and possibly saving lives through the game of golf.

For more information on PGA REACH, visit www.PGAREACH.org, follow @PGAREACH on Twitter, and find us on Facebook.

For more information about Patriot Golf Days visit www.patriotgolfdays.com

For more information about Folds of Honor, visit www.foldsofhonor.org

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Media Contacts:

PGA of America Michael Abramowitz mabramowitz@pgahq.com 561-389-4647

Folds of Honor Glenn Greenspan ggreenspan@foldsofhonor.org

Philadelphia PGA Section Partners with Makefield Putters

Lower Gwynedd Township, Pa. (April 27, 2022) — The Philadelphia PGA Section today is happy to announce it has partnered with Makefield Putters, a company located in Bensalem, Pa., that was recently founded by Everett Farr, Matthew Fuchs and Michael Little, PGA, who bring engineering, manufacturing, and golf expertise to create a state-of-the-art putter with the latest technological equipment advances.

As part of the agreement, Makefield Putters will support the 2022 Philadelphia Players Championship at Lookaway Golf Club on Monday, August 1. The Philadelphia Players Championship, now in its third year, is a Philadelphia PGA Rolex / The Haverford Trust Company Player of the Year event, and boasts one of largest one-day payouts in the Section.

“The Philadelphia PGA is excited to partner with Makefield Putters,” said Section Executive Director Geoff Surrette, PGA. “Our PGA Professionals are always eager to support a local company, and with Philadelphia PGA Member Michael Little as a founder, we expect our relationship to flourish.”

Makefield Putters is located in Bensalem, Pa., Everett’s father served as a Section tournament field staff member, while Everett has always been a huge fan of the Philadelphia PGA and the PGA’s desire and passion to grow the game of golf. Farr is an engineer and manufacturer by trade, and during the pandemic, turned his engineering focus to the mechanics and design of putters. After a year of trial and error, with help from PGA Professionals, the Makefield V-S Putter was introduced at the 2022 PGA Show and was voted “Most Innovative New Club Technology” by PGA.com.

Little, a PGA Member himself, has served on several Section committees and is a two-time Rolex / The Haverford Trust Company Philadelphia PGA Player of the Year.

“Makefield Putters was created with a passion for golf,” said Makefield Putters Founder / Vice President of Marketing and Sales Michael Little, PGA. “It is a win-win opportunity when a golf company can support the community that grows the game of golf. As a PGA Member, I look forward to supporting my friends and peers and continuing to build relationships through a sponsorship with the Philadelphia PGA Section.

Makefield Putters invites you to see for yourself at our fitting studio in Bensalem, Pa. You may also read about their technology at makefieldputters.com, and are welcome to contact Michael Little, PGA, at (215) 485-6807 or mlittle@makefieldputters.com to schedule a fitting. For PGA Professionals interested in learning about Makefield Putters’ incentive program, see below.

Makefield Putters’ Incentive Program
Any player winning any Rolex / The Haverford Trust Company Philadelphia PGA Player of the Year Points Series event while using a Makefield putter will receive $750 from the company. There are also incentives for PGA coaches; contact Michael Little, PGA, at mlittle@makefieldputters.com for more information.

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.

Contacts: 
Matt Frey, PGA, Philadelphia PGA Section, mfrey@pgahq.com
Michael Little, PGA, Makefield Putters, mlittle@makefieldputters.com

Field Announced for 2022 PGA WORKS Collegiate Championship

FRISCO, Texas (April 26, 2022) 一 PGA REACH, the 501(c)(3) charitable foundation of the PGA of America, today announced the field for the 2022 PGA WORKS Collegiate Championship (PWCC). The PWCC will be hosted by The Union League of Philadelphia, which donated two of its courses for the 54-hole stroke-play Championship – Union League Liberty Hill and The Union League Golf Club of Torresdale – from May 2-4.

The PWCC, considered the most culturally significant championship in collegiate golf, will feature a competitive lineup of 30 teams representing Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic-serving institutions and other minority-serving institutions from all over the country.

DIVISION I (MEN’S)
Alabama A&M University
Alabama State University
University of Arkansas – Pine Bluff
Chicago State University
Florida A&M University
Howard University
North Carolina A&T State University
North Carolina Central University
Prairie View A&M University
Texas Southern University

DIVISION II (MEN’S)
Bluefield State College
California State University, Dominguez Hills
Fayetteville State University
Johnson C. Smith University
Kentucky State University
Lincoln University
Miles College
Savannah State University
Virginia State University
Virginia Union University

WOMEN’S DIVISION
Alabama State University
Chicago State University
Delaware State University
Howard University
Lincoln University
North Carolina A&T State University
Prairie View A&M University
Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi
Texas A&M University – Kingsville
Texas Southern University

The individual divisions will see 56 competitors representing 40 programs. Howard University, thanks in part to NBA Star Steph Curry making a six-year commitment to fund its golf program, will return to the PWCC for the second consecutive year. The men’s team will play in the Men’s Division I Team Division and is the highest ranked team in the field, while the Bison will also compete in the Women’s Team Division.

Prairie View A&M (Men’s DI), Miles College (Men’s DII) and Texas A&M – Corpus Christi (Women’s) will all return this year, looking to defend their respective titles.

For the second year, exemptions from the Epson Tour and Korn Ferry Tour can be earned.

The top three finishers and ties in the Women’s Team or Individual Divisions will be eligible to apply for an “MVP Invite” exemption into the Epson Tour’s Guardian Championship, Sept. 16-18 at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail’s Capitol Hill – Senator Course in Prattville, Alabama. The Guardian Championship Tournament Committee will review applications and award the exemption.

Korn Ferry extended its sponsor exemption applications to the top three finishers in the Men’s Division I, Men’s Division II and Men’s Individual Divisions. Those individuals can apply for the exemption into the 2022 Price Cutter Charity Championship, July 21-24, at Highland Springs Country Club in Springfield, Missouri.

“We are extremely excited to partner with the Union League in Philadelphia to provide this deep field the opportunity to compete at two phenomenal and historic courses,” said Scooter Clark, Director, PGA WORKS Collegiate Championship. “There is so much significance to this partnership and venue, as the Union League celebrates its 160th anniversary, and it will truly benefit the student-athletes competing.”

Clark adds, “The Union League has carried out this mission through the lens of inclusion and community engagement which strongly aligns with the PGA of America’s commitment through PGA WORKS to enhancing the experience of our underserved and underrepresented programs and students. The PGA WORKS Collegiate Championship allows us a great opportunity to connect with hundreds of student-athletes from diverse backgrounds, most of whom will continue to play golf throughout their lives.”

For more information on the PGA WORKS Collegiate Championship, visit www.PGAWORKSCollegiate.org.

About PGA WORKS
PGA WORKS is a strategic initiative designed to diversify the golf industry’s workforce. Funded by PGA REACH, the 501(c)(3) charitable foundation of the PGA of America, PGA WORKS leverages fellowships, scholarships, career exploration events and the PGA WORKS Collegiate Championship to inspire and engage talent from diverse backgrounds to pursue key employment positions across the golf industry. For more information, visit PGAREACH.org.

About PGA REACH
PGA Foundation, Inc. d/b/a PGA REACH is the 501(c)(3) charitable foundation of the PGA of America. The mission of PGA REACH is to Impact Lives Through Golf. For more information, visit www.pgareach.org, follow @PGAREACH on Twitter, and find us on Facebook.

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Philadelphia PGA Section Announces Partnership with Southern Tide

Lower Gwynedd Township, Pa. (April 27, 2022) — The Philadelphia PGA Section is happy to announce the that it has partnered with Southern Tide, an apparel brand that defines and delivers the premium, coastal lifestyle.

As part of the partnership, Southern Tide will support two top Section golf tournaments:

  • A.C. Team Stableford Championship
    Wednesday, May 11 at Ballamor Golf Club
  • Jack Jolly & Son Championship
    Monday, September 19 at Moselem Springs Golf Club

“The Philadelphia PGA is very happy to partner with Southern Tide,” said Section Executive Director Geoff Surrette, PGA. “We are always eager to work with organizations who value PGA Professionals, and Southern Tide continues to show their support for our PGA Members and Associates.”

“As one of the most influential sections in the country, we are incredibly proud and excited to partner with the Philadelphia PGA,” said Andrew Deloria, Southern Tide’s Men’s East Regional Sales Manager. “We are currently focused on bridging the gap between traditional and modern Golf apparel. Southern Tide is the perfect premium, resort lifestyle look that can be worn on and off the course.”

About Southern Tide
Southern Tide is the premium, resort lifestyle brand featuring both men’s and women’s styles that can be worn on or off the course. Performance and fit are top of mind when designing into each collection, so our products suit the demands of an on-the-go lifestyle. From course to clubhouse or pool to bar, Southern Tide makes apparel that’s functional across all facets of our customer’s lives. Southern Tide is excited to be an official sponsor of the section for the 2022 season.

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.

Contacts: 

Matt Frey, PGA, Philadelphia PGA Section, mfrey@pgahq.com
Andrew Deloria, Southern Tide, adeloria@southerntide.com

Trevor Bensel Wins 2022 Philadelphia PGA Tournament Players Division Championship

Avondale, Pa. (April 25, 2022) — Philadelphia PGA Member Trevor Bensel of Sandy Run Country Club in Oreland, Pa., turned in a modified Stableford score of 31 to win the 2022 Philadelphia PGA Tournament Players Division Championship at Hartefeld National, the Section’s first Rolex / The Haverford Trust Company Player of the Year Points event of the season.

Bensel’s round, a 6-under-par 66, included an eagle and four birdies, enough to give him a four-point victory over Steve Sanderson, Pine Valley G.C. Rich Steinmetz, Spring Ford C.C., finished in third place with 24 points. Mark Sheftic, Lookaway G.C. finished in fourth at 23 points. Three PGA Professionals tied for fifth place with 22 points each: Joanna Coe, Merion G.C.; Andrew Turner, Berkshire C.C.; and Rick Gibney, Colonial Golf & Tennis Club.

The modified Stableford points were awarded as follows: Double Bogey or higher, -1 point; Bogey, 0 points; Par, 1 point; Birdie, 3 points; Eagle, 6 points; and Double Eagle, 9 points.

Steinmetz’s 2-under-par 70 allowed him to take top honors in the Senior Division with 24 points. Steinmetz finished two points ahead of Gibney; and three ahead of Dave Quinn, Laurel Creek C.C.; and John DiMarco, the Legacy Club at Woodcrest. Bill Sautter, Philadelphia Cricket Club, finished fifth in the division.

The 2022 Philadelphia PGA Tournament Players Division Championship is supported by Kevin McClellan Golf Sales, Scott & Karen Hutchinson, Golf Max, Callaway Golf, and the PGA Tour. The Philadelphia PGA Section and its PGA Professionals thank our host, Hartefeld National, its members, management, host PGA Professionals, and staff, as well as our partners, as the event would not have been possible without their support.

To view the full 2022 Philadelphia PGA Tournament Players Division Championship leaderboard, click here.

The next Philadelphia PGA Rolex / The Haverford Trust Company Player of the Year tournament on the schedule is the Delaware Valley Open on May 9 at Rolling Green G.C. The Delaware Valley Open is also the first 2022 Silvercrest Cup qualifying event. For more information on the Silvercrest Cup, 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