Successful Spring Meeting Ushers in the 2017 Philadelphia PGA Season
Wilmington, Del. – The Philadelphia PGA Spring Meeting, the first official event of the Philadelphia PGA calendar, was held Monday, April 3, at DuPont Country Club. Nearly 300 Philadelphia PGA Professionals and Apprentices came together to get reacquainted and get their seasons started.
Philadelphia PGA President, Ian Dalzell (Huntingdon Valley CC) led the meeting which guided all in attendance through the status of the Section’s operations as well as showcased some of the highlights for the upcoming season.
The Section was honored to have two guest speakers present at the meeting. The first was Tom Henderson, PGA who is the new PGA of America District 2 Director. District 2 encompasses the Philadelphia PGA, New Jersey PGA, and Metropolitan PGA Sections. Henderson spoke on the various PGA of America initiatives as well as updated the attendees on the programs affecting each Section. Henderson also spoke on the upcoming District 2 Teaching and Coaching Summit at Fiddler’s Elbow.
The second speaker was Tricia English who was representing the Fold of Honor Foundation. English shared her touching and inspiring story of the loss of her husband and how the Folds of Honor and the PGA Professionals who support the initiative have truly made an impact in her family’s lives.
The meeting also gave the Section a chance to recognize the most recent award winners. Although all award winners will be formally recognized at the 2nd annual Philadelphia PGA Awards Gala on Sunday, November 12.
The meeting concluded with Executive Director Geoffrey Surrette, PGA announcing some of the changes that have occurred at the Section office since last year’s Fall Meeting. Surrette reintroduced Brian Schulte, PGA as the Section’s new Tournament Director and also talked about the new structure for tournament operations. The Section also launched their new digital directory which is housed in the Philadelphia PGA mobile app.
With the meeting ended, some of the attendees focused their attentions on the season’s first event, the Spring Meeting Pro-Pro Scramble. Played on both courses at DuPont Country Club (DuPont and Nemours) the scramble format allowed for an easy transition into the tournament season as most players had not competed since the end of last season. Taking home the top spot on the DuPont course was the pair of Joe Kogelman (GolfTEC-Moorestown) and Stu Ingraham (M Golf Range) who carded a 12-under (59) to win by one shot. On the Nemours course, the team of John Appleget (Wildwood Golf&CC) and Rich Steinmetz (Spring Ford CC) took the top spot by two shots after finishing with a score of 9-under (61).
The Section’s Central Counties Chapter and Philadelphia Assistants’ Organization (PAO) will both hold their respective spring meetings on Monday, April 10 at Centre Hills CC and Manufacturers Golf & CC.
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