Rich Steinmetz Successfully Defends Title in Weather-Shortened 2023 Philadelphia Senior PGA Professional Championship Presented by Cadillac
Mohnton, Pa. (June 14, 2023) — Rich Steinmetz of Spring Ford Country Club in Royersford, Pa., successfully defended his title in the weather-shortened 2023 Philadelphia Senior PGA Professional Championship presented by Cadillac at LedgeRock Golf Club on Wednesday. He finished the championship with rounds of 70-36–106, 2-under-par.
The 2023 Philadelphia PGA Professional Championship presented by Cadillac is also supported by Golf Channel and the PGA Tour.
The final round was suspended at 1:30 p.m., as severe weather rolled into the area, bringing heavy rain, hail, wind, and lightning. After evaluating the course, and weather forecast, the rest of the final round and shortened the event to 27 holes. Steinmetz topped two fellow PGA Members by one stroke: Rob Shuey, Colonial Golf and Tennis Club in Harrisburg, Pa.; and Hugo Mazzalupi, Linfield (Pa.) National Golf Club.
“Winning any event two times in a row is really special,” Steinmetz said of his defense. “There is a little more added pressure on you, as defending champion, and you feel like all the eyes are on you. It’s nice to be able to perform and get the job done.”
In addition to his play in Philadelphia PGA Section events, Steinmetz also competed in last month’s KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship at PGA Frisco in Texas.
He went on to thank the Spring Ford Country Club members and staff for letting him compete in the championship, as well as his family, who are currently traveling overseas.
Steinmetz will lead six other Philadelphia PGA Members to compete in the 2023 Senior PGA Professional Championship presented by Cadillac, October 24-25, at PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Fla., including: Rob Shuey; Hugo Mazzalupi; John Allen of Squires Golf Club in Ambler, Pa.; Dave McNabb in Malvern, Pa.; Stu Ingraham of MGolf Range & Learning Center in Newtown Square, Pa.; and Terry Hertzog of Bent Creek Country Club in Lititz, Pa. Championship alternates are: John Cooper of Green Valley Country Club in Lafayette Hill, Pa.; PGA Life Member George Forster in Blue Bell, Pa.; Terry Hatch of Royal Oaks Golf Course in Lebanon, Pa.; Chris Krueger of Kings Creek Country Club in Rehoboth Beach, Del.; and Eric Kennedy of Overbrook Golf Club in Villanova, Pa. While McNabb tied for fifth place, he was already exempt for the championship, thanks to his made cut in the 2023 KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship.
The top 35 finishers in the 2023 Senior PGA Professional Championship presented by Cadillac will earn a spot in the 2024 KitchenAid Senior PGA Professional Championship, scheduled to be played May 2024, at Harbor Shores in Benton Harbor, Mich.
Lehigh Country Club’s Wayne Phillips, PGA, dominated the Super Senior Division, topping PGA Life Member Michael Versuk by seven strokes.
To view the full 2023 Philadelphia Senior PGA Professional Championship leaderboard, click here.
The 2023 Philadelphia Senior PGA Professional Championship is presented by Cadillac, and is supported by the Golf Channel and the PGA Tour. The Philadelphia PGA Section and its PGA Professionals thank our partners, LedgeRock Golf Club, its membership, management, staff, host PGA Professionals, and staff, as well as our partners, as the event would not have been possible without their support.
The next Philadelphia PGA Rolex / The Haverford Trust Company Player of the Year tournament is the Conestoga Classic, which is also the third Silvercrest Cup qualifier of the season, on Monday, June 19, at Conestoga Country Club in Lancaster, 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.