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Philadelphia PGA Section Accepting 2022 Hall of Fame Nominations

Nominations for the Philadelphia PGA Section’s 2022 Hall of Fame class are now being accepted. To nominate a PGA Professional for this prestigious honor, please complete the form linked below. The nomination deadline is August 3, 2022.

Nomination Guidelines

  • Nominee must be a PGA Member with a minimum of 25 years of PGA Membership;
  • Nominee must have been a Philadelphia PGA Member for a minimum of 10 consecutive years;
  • Nominee must identify as one or more of:
    • Philadelphia PGA Past President;
    • Philadelphia PGA officer with a minimum of 10 years of service;
    • PGA of America national award winner;
    • Philadelphia PGA award winner;
    • PGA Tour, LPGA Tour or PGA Tour Champions winner;
    • Ryder Cup team member;
    • PGA Professional Championship winner; and / or
    • Senior PGA Professional Championship winner
Note: Each nomination must be submitted by a minimum of two PGA Professionals in order to be considered by the Hall of Fame Committee.
Any questions about the Hall of Fame nomination process should be directed to Sue Unger, Member Services Administrator, at sunger@pgahq.com.
Contact: Sue Unger, Philadelphia PGA Section, sunger@pgahq.com

Philadelphia PGA Section Renews Partnership with Trinity Flavors

Lower Gwynedd Township, Pa. (April 20, 2022) — The Philadelphia PGA Section is proud to announce the renewal of its partnership with Trinity Flavors, a woman-owned ready-to-drink cocktail company headquartered in Phoenixville, Pa.

As part of the partnership, Trinity Flavors will support PGA REACH Philadelphia, the Section’s 501(c)(3) charitable foundation, in addition to Section and foundation pro-am team events, including:

  • Spring Pro-Lady Team Championship
    Tuesday, May 24 at Lehigh Country Club
  • Pro-Assistant Pro Team Championship
    Monday, June 27 at the Shore Club
  • Indian Valley Team Stableford Championship
    Monday, July 18 at Indian Valley Country Club
  • PGA REACH Philadelphia Pro-Am Championship
    Tuesday, October 11 at Philadelphia Cricket Club
  • Fall Pro-Pro Team Championship
    Monday, October 17 at Little Mill Country Club
“The Philadelphia PGA is thrilled to renew our partnership with Trinity Flavors,” said Section Executive Director Geoff Surrette, PGA. “Having a local company support the Section and PGA REACH Philadelphia is fantastic, and their products have proven to be popular choices at our PGA Professionals’ facilities.”

“We value our partnership with the Philadelphia PGA Section,” said Kathy Pires, Trinity Flavors Partner. “We look forward to seeing the PGA Members at the events and sharing our products with them. It is our privilege to support PGA REACH Philadelphia and their commitment to growing the game of golf through youth, military, and diversity with our donations from every can that we sell.”

To set up an account with Trinity Flavors for your facility, contact JT Vaughan via email at jt@trinityflavors.com or by telephone at (610) 389-9704.About Trinity Flavors

Based in the Philadelphia suburbs, Trinity Flavors is a woman-owned company run by Kathleen Pires, who’s entrepreneurial ties run deep.

In the year 2000, her late uncle Mark Dowey was sitting in a country club with two friends when one of them ordered an Arnold Palmer, the half-lemonade, half-iced tea drink made famous by the golfing legend. Up until that point, Mr. Palmer had not capitalized on the popularity of his namesake beverage. Knowing this, Mark and his friends drew up a marketing plan on a napkin and presented it to Palmer’s agents at IMG. They were soon granted the rights for Arnold Palmer tea, found a partner in Arizona Tea and the rest is history.

Fast forward to 2017 and after working for more than 15 years in the ingredients industry with Mark, Kathleen was thinking about how many times she had enjoyed the Transfusion Cocktail at her local country club, Rivercrest Golf Club. “Wouldn’t it be great if we could get a transfusion in a can?” Inspired by her uncle, it is with that same entrepreneurial spirit and confidence that Trinity Flavors began. The latest creation, Vodka Lemonade is currently being introduced to golf clubs along with the Classic Transfusion and Iced Irish Coffee. There are more exciting flavors to come in 2022!

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
Kathy Pires, Trinity Flavors, kpires@trinityflavors.com

Philadelphia PGA Section Partners with StickX Golf

Lower Gwynedd Township, Pa. (April 20, 2022) — The Philadelphia PGA Section today is pleased to announce it has partnered with StickX Golf, a company that partners with golf facilities and shops to provide their trade-in services for golf equipment and apparel online and during demo days.

As part of the agreement, StickX Golf will support the Philadelphia PGA Junior Tour by hosting in-person trade-in events at select tournaments. Additionally, the company will sponsor the Section’s 2022 Pro-Assistant Pro Championship at the Shore Club on June 27, and Fall Membership Meeting at White Manor Country Club on October 31.

“The Philadelphia PGA is happy to partner with StickX Golf,” said Section Executive Director Geoff Surrette, PGA. “The company not only understands the importance of the PGA Professional, but the value of their time. With StickX Golf picking up all trades in person and initiating payment the same day clubs are submitted for trade, they are showing how much they appreciate their roles in the golf industry.”

“It is an honor and privilege to be partnering with the Philadelphia PGA Section” says StickX Golf Mid-Atlantic Head James Fox III. “I strongly believe our trade-in services offer PGA Professionals the ability / opportunity to save time, generate revenue, and add value to their membership. We look forward to serving the Philadelphia PGA Section and all of its members for years to come.”

PGA Professionals looking to learn more about the Section’s partnership with StickX Golf should contact Section Communications Director Matt Frey, PGA, at mfrey@pgahq.com.

About StickX Golf
StickX Golf is a golf club trade-in company that was specifically created with the PGA Professional in mind. StickX was founded three years ago in West Palm Beach, Fla., by Kyle Branham and Andrew Albert. Our focus is quality-of-service, quick and easy payment options, and no shipping. We are currently servicing more than 200 clubs, courses, and golf facilities in the Mid-Atlantic, Greater Atlanta Area, and Florida. We are in pursuit of taking exceptional care of as many PGA Professionals as possible.

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, (215) 481-9086
James Fox III, StickX Golf, james@stickxgolf.com, (410) 202-6685

Fenton and Willey Team to Win 2022 Philadelphia PGA Spring Pro-Pro Championship

Danielsville, Pa. (April 18, 2022) — Philadelphia PGA Members Robert Fenton of Sunnybrook G.C. and Alex Willey of Burlington C.C. teamed to win the 2022 Philadelphia PGA Spring Pro-Pro Championship on a blustery day at Woodstone Country Club and Lodge.

Fenton and Willey, both new to the Section, turned in a team score of 64, 8-under-par, to win the event by four strokes over the teams of Anthony Hoffman, and Rocco Sgrillo, both from John F. Byrne G.C.; and Dave Quinn, Laurel Creek C.C., and Stu Ingraham, MGolf Range & Learning Center.

The winning team’s scorecard included 10 team birdies in the four-ball stroke play format, including on their last five holes. Conditions were difficult throughout the day; temperatures maxed out around 48 degrees Fahrenheit, but it felt much cooler, with consistent 10 mph winds and gusts near 20 mph as rain moved into the area.

There was a three-way tie for fourth place: Joanna Coe, Merion G.C., and Barry Dear, Golf Academy at Blue Heron Pines; Michael Little, Makefield Putters, and Nick Iacono, Chester Valley G.C.; and Patrick Butkus, Tavistock C.C., and Jeff Herb, Waynesborough C.C.

The 2022 Philadelphia PGA Spring Pro-Pro Championship is supported by L2 Brands / Legacy / League, Golf Max, Doc Murphy, and the PGA Tour. The Philadelphia PGA Section and its PGA Professionals thank our host, Woodstone Country Club and Lodge, 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 Spring Pro-Pro Championship leaderboard, click here. The next Philadelphia PGA tournament is the TPD Championship at Hartefeld National G. & C.C., scheduled on Monday, April 25.

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

Philadelphia PGA Section Partners with Next Round Golf

Lower Gwynedd Township, Pa. (April 4, 2022) — The Philadelphia PGA Section today is pleased to announce it has partnered with Next Round Golf, a golf equipment trade-in company that partners with golf facilities and shops to provide members an easy way to convert their used golf clubs into golf shop credit.

As part of the agreement, Next Round Golf will support the Philadelphia PGA’s 2022 membership meetings and PGA REACH Philadelphia, the Section’s 501(c)(3) charitable foundation. Next Round Golf recently presented at the Section’s Spring Meeting, held at Union League Liberty Hill, and explained how PGA Professionals and their facilities can benefit from working with the company. Next Round Golf will support PGA REACH Philadelphia through donations and initiatives designed to support the foundation’s Youth, Military, and Diversity programming.

“The Philadelphia PGA is excited to work with Next Round Golf,” said Section Executive Director Geoff Surrette, PGA. “The company understands the influential power PGA Professionals provide to their members, guests, students and customers ”

“As a team of golf enthusiasts, we could not be more excited to work with PGA Professionals here in Philadelphia, and the Section’s PGA REACH Philadelphia foundation to help grow the game,” says Next Round Golf Business Development Manager Rebecca Teta. “I’m so glad I got the opportunity to speak at the Section’s Spring Membership Meeting, and I’m looking forward to booking more trade-in events in the Philadelphia PGA Section!”

PGA Professionals looking to learn more about the Section’s partnership with Next Round Golf should contact Section Communications Director Matt Frey, PGA, at mfrey@pgahq.com.

About Next Round Golf
Next Round was founded by a group of golf enthusiasts with the goal of keeping clubs out of landfills, and getting more players on the course. By partnering with courses and pro shops to offer their members a convenient way to trade-in their clubs for credit to their shops, we are able to extend the life of the equipment, and encourage both new and seasoned players to get out on the green- all at no cost to our partners with our turnkey service.

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, (215) 481-9086
Rebecca Teta, Next Round Golf, rteta@nextround.com, (631) 905-8817

Workhorse Brewing Company Renews Philadelphia PGA Section Partnership

Lower Gwynedd Township, Pa. (April 1, 2021) — The Philadelphia PGA Section is proud to announce a partnership renewal with Workhorse Brewing Company, a King of Prussia-based brewery committed to crafting a top-notch experience in all phases of their operation under the mantra “Beer Made Right.” The company also operates the Workhorse Tour, a competitive amateur golf tour with the unique benefit of flexible scheduling, in which the Section has been named a Supporting Partner for the 2022 season.

As part of the partnership, Workhorse will support Philadelphia PGA and PGA REACH Philadelphia pro-am team events, including:

  • Plantation Lakes Pro-Am Championship
    Thursday, April 14 at Plantation Lakes Golf & Country Club
  • A.C. Team Stableford Championship
    Monday, May 11 at Ballamor Golf Club
  • Spring Pro-Lady Team Championship
    Tuesday, May 24 at Lehigh Country Club
  • Indian Valley Team Stableford Pro-Am Championship
    Monday, July 18 at Indian Valley Country Club
  • Pro-Scratch Championship
    Monday, August 8 at Trump National Golf Club Philadelphia
  • Summer Pro-Lady Team Championship
    Wednesday, August 24 at Sunnybrook Golf Club
  • PGA REACH Philadelphia Pro-Am Championship
    Tuesday, October 11 at Philadelphia Cricket Club
  • Fall Finale Pro-Am Championship
    Wednesday, October 26 at Bulle Rock Golf Course

The company and the Workhorse Tour will also support PGA REACH Philadelphia, the Philadelphia PGA’s 501(c)(3) charitable foundation, and its mission to positively impact lives through the game of golf and its programs such as PGA Jr. League, Golf in Schools, PGA HOPE Philadelphia for military veterans, and the Philadelphia PGA Junior Tour Diversity Scholarships.

Additionally, Workhorse will support the one-hour 2022 Haverford Trust Philadelphia PGA Classic television special from Inside Golf, appearing on NBC Sports Philadelphia. The event includes a winner’s check of $100,000 and garners nationwide interest as a premiere PGA Section tournament.

“The Philadelphia PGA is delighted to again partner with Workhorse Brewing Company, an organization that is dedicated to not only brewing great beer, but engaging with golfers in our region.” said Section Executive Director Geoff Surrette, PGA. “Our partnership has encouraged golfers to play more often, benefiting our facilities, and elevating the brands of the Section, PGA REACH Philadelphia, and the Workhorse Brewing Company.”

As part of the agreement, the Philadelphia PGA Section will promote the Workhorse Tour to amateur golfers in the area. The Tour brings the competitive spirit and tournament format of professional golf to recreational players in Greater Philadelphia, with the bonus of flexible scheduling and real-time scoring powered by industry leader Golf Genius. The 2022 Tour schedule features a 7-month event calendar with 40+ week-long tournaments at top public courses in Southeastern PA and Delaware, allowing golfers of all abilities to tee it up at their convenience, earning points to climb the season-long standings and earn a spot in the Tour Championship.

“We couldn’t be happier to renew our partnership with the Philadelphia Section for 2022,” said brewery Co-Founder and Tour General Manager Dan Hershberg. “The Tour concept has grown leaps and bounds in a short period of time, due in no small part to the support we’ve received from Geoff and his team. The Section has encouraged participation, helped introduce our brand to key industry players and broadly speaking, shares our love of  bringing people together through the game of golf.”

About the Workhorse Brewing Company

Workhorse is driven by a simple statement: without quality, there cannot be growth. Opened to the public in 2018, Workhorse Brewing has been committed to that mantra from the start, beginning with a substantial investment in a top-of-the-line German brewhouse and a sparkling 70,000 square-foot production facility in King of Prussia. Led by award-winning brewmaster Nate Olewine and an accessible, approachable brand that resonates with its local market, Workhorse has emerged as one of the top craft breweries in the region, quickly scaling distribution throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania. Carried by all major grocery chains including Whole Foods, Wegmans, Giant and ACME, as well as hundreds of bars, restaurants and beer distributors–and now more than 60 area golf clubs–Workhorse proudly carries on the craft tradition of a long line of high-quality microbreweries in Pennsylvania.

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, Communications Director, Philadelphia PGA Section, mfrey@pgahq.com 

Dan Hershberg, Co-Founder, Workhorse Brewing Company; General Manager, The Workhorse Tour, dan@workhorsebrewing.com

Volunteer for the 2022 Shoprite LPGA Classic

The Shoprote LPGA Classic is scheduled for June 6-12 at Seaview Golf Club in Galloway, N.J.! Volunteers are crucial to the success of the ShopRite LPGA Classic Presented by Acer. Join us as a Volunteer to build lasting friendships and join one of the committees that will help host a world-class women’s professional golf event.

Committees include: Marshals | Walking Scorers | Standard Bearers | and more!

Volunteer Price: $50

Benefits include: Official Volunteer Shirt | Official Volunteer Hat | Tournament Volunteer Pin | Volunteer Badge | Breakfast and Lunch on days worked | Free Volunteer Parking | One (1) Round of golf at Seaview’s Bay Course *

Registration for volunteers 21 and under is Free! Group volunteer spots available for golf teams, community organizations and clubs!

*must work minimum of 3 shifts, mandatory cart fee

Register

Questions? Contact Samantha Mok: smok@outlyr.com, 727.977.5183


PGA Professionals ONLY: The 2022 ShopRite LPGA Classic Presented by Acer is seeking Philadelphia PGA Professional volunteers to work the scoring areas and player development lesson area at Seaview on June 10-12.

If you are interested in becoming a scoring volunteer for this year’s ShopRite LPGA Classic Presented by Acer, please click on the button below and complete the form. A tournament representative or Section staffer will contact selected volunteers as the event nears.

CLICK HERE FOR PGA PROFESSIONAL REGISTRATION