PGA Member Parks Price Wins 24th Haverford Philadelphia PGA Classic in Sudden Death Playoff to Win $100,000
Plymouth Meeting, Pa. (September 7, 2021) — PGA Member Parks Price of the Country Club of York in York, Pa., won the 24th Haverford Philadelphia PGA Classic at Sunnybrook Golf Club in dramatic fashion by draining a long birdie putt on the first sudden death playoff hole to top Zac Oakley, Bidermann G.C., and Brett Walker, Sunnybrook G.C. Price’s winner’s check is $100,000, the largest first-place prize available from any event across the PGA of America’s 41 nationwide Sections. It was Price’s first appearance in the event.
Price was the first of the trio in the clubhouse at 4-under-par, tapping in for par on No. 18 for a 68. Oakley soon followed on No. 9 (his 18th hole), but it was Brett Walker who delivered last-minute heroics at his home club. Walker was at 3-under-par on the 18th, and managed to hole a long birdie putt of his own to join the playoff.
On the first hole of sudden death, No. 18, Price hit to about 25 feet to set up his birdie, while Oakley and Walker both hit to within 15 feet, with significantly easier undulations to navigate. Price proceeded to make his long left-to-right breaking putt with authority, causing the crowd to erupt. Oakley and Walker’s birdie putts both missed.
“This was the most fun I could have on a golf course,” said Price after the playoff. “Making that putt in the playoff was incredible.”
Parks went on to thank the event’s title partner, The Haverford Trust Company, their founder and director George Connell, Sunnybrook Golf Club and its membership, the membership and his students at the C.C. of York, and his fiancé.
“I’m getting married in April, so this $100,000 will help that cause,” Price joked.
Brian Bergstol, Shawnee Inn & Golf Resort, finished in fourth place. Six PGA Professionals tied for fifth place.
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In the Senior Division, Mike Moses, Concord C.C., finished at 2-under-par, one stroke ahead of Brian Kelly, Bucknell G.C., John Pillar, C.C. at Woodloch Springs, and Stu Ingraham, MGolf Range & Learning Center, finished two back, while Pete Lovenguth, Applecross C.C., tied for fifth.
Steve Wetherill, a Sunnybrook G.C. club champion, finished with Low Amateur honors after turning in a 3-under-par 69 to top Hank Smith by three strokes. Amateur Francis Vaughn made a hole-in-one on the 185-yard eighth hole.
The 24th Haverford Philadelphia PGA Classic’s title partner is The Haverford Trust Company, and is supported by Precise Yardage Books. The event is also a Rolex Philadelphia PGA Player of the Year bonus points event. 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.
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.
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