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A Chronicle of the Philadelphia Section PGA and Golf in the Philadelphia Area
by Peter C. Trenham
1960 to 1969
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Go Back to 1960 - 1964... ...
1965 Al Besselink won two Caracas Opens and Art Wall won his fourth Section Championship and the Maracaibo Open.
1966 Bert Yancey won at Wilmington, Memphis and Portland.
1967 Bob Ross won the Section Championship, the Pennsylvania Open and the DeBaufre Trophy.
1968 The Section rented office space. Leo Fraser elected PGA president. Bert Yancey 3rd in the Masters & U.S. Open.
1969 Al Besselink won the Section Championship and the Prior Golf Festival.

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1965 - Art Wall won another golf tournament in the second week of February. This victory came in the Panama Open at the Panama Golf Club, Republic of Panama. Wall began the tournament with a 63, which put him five strokes up on the field. A second round 68 gave him a six-stroke lead. A 75 and a 71 in the last two rounds brought him in with a total of 277 and a four-stroke victory over Wes Ellis (281). Florentino Molina was next at 282 and Raymond Floyd finished fourth with a 283. First prize was $1,600 from a purse of $11,000.

In late February Al Besselink picked up another title for the Philadelphia Section by winning the Caracas Open in Caracas, Venezuela. In the last round he shot a three-under-par 67 to go with his three earlier rounds of 70, 66 and 70 at the Valle Arriba Club. The 67 allowed him to come from two strokes behind to win. Besselink finished with a seven under par 273 to win by three over Wes Ellis (276). He took away $2,000 from the $13,500 purse. Spain’s Ramon Sota (277) finished third and Art Wall (279) won the fourth money.

On the same day the Caracas Open was ending Sam Snead was repeating as the PGA Seniors’ champion at the Ft. Lauderdale Country Club. The purse had been bumped up to $35,000 and Snead won $3,500. Snead’s rounds were 71, 68, 68 and 71 for 278. Joe Lopez, Sr. finished second at 282 and Chick Harbert was next at 283. Pete Cooper and Bud Williamson tied for fourth with 284s. Harlan Will was the only Section member in the money as he tied for 37th with a score of 298, winning $175.

The next week in early March Art Wall picked up another victory on the Caribbean Tour by winning the Maracaibo Open in Venezuela. A seven under par course record 65 at the Maracaibo Country Club in the opening round sent Wall on the way to a six-stroke win. He followed up the 65 with rounds of 70, 69 and 67 for a total of 271. Wes Ellis (277), John Barnum (278) and Jay Dolan (279) finished second, third and fourth. Al Besselink (281) finished sixth. Wall won $2,500 and Besselink won $900 from a purse of $15,000.

The spring meeting of the Section was held on the last Monday of March at the Sheraton Hotel. The Section President Angelo Paul and the pros honored Philadelphia Mayor James H.J. Tate for promotion of golf and the PGA professional at the city owned courses. The Section contributed $800 to the caddie scholarship fund that they had founded. The Golf Association of Philadelphia and the Philadelphia PGA now managed it jointly and it was called the J. Wood Platt Caddie Scholarship Fund. The PGA Tour was still on the schedule at the Whitemarsh Valley Country Club but the tournament name had been changed to the Philadelphia Golf Classic. A percentage of the ticket sales through the pro shops would go to the caddie scholarship fund.

On the second week of April Jack Nicklaus won a second Masters Tournament. At the halfway point in the tournament the big three of golf were tied at 138. The next day Nicklaus tied the course record with a 64 and at the same time set a new standard for the first 54 holes with rounds of 67, 71, and 64 for 202. On Sunday he shot 69 for a tournament record 271. The other two members of the big three, Gary Player and Arnold Palmer, tied for second with 280s, nine strokes back. Mason Rudolph finished fourth at 283. The purse had been increased to $140,075 and Nicklaus won $20,000. Mike Souchak (295) tied for 35th and won $1.050. Art Wall (299) tied for 45th and won $1,025. Former Masters champion Henry Picard who was back in the Section as the professional at the Blue Mountain Golf Club in Harrisburg missed the cut.

On the Monday after the Masters Tournament the Section’s eighth annual golf show was held at the Sheraton Hotel in Philadelphia. From 9 AM to 12 Noon there was a trade show that was open only to the golf professionals and the 53 pro golf exhibitors. The show opened to the public at noon and drew 2,000 paying attendees and 120 golf professionals. The featured guest was LPGA professional Marilyn Smith. She put on a clinic and took part in a panel discussion on the game. The moderator for the panel was Gary Nixon, the professional at the Philmont Country Club. Ed Tabor provided putting instruction and the sand play was demonstrated by Harlan Will.

Four professionals tied for the medal with 145s in the local qualifying for the U.S. Open on the fourth Monday in May. All four played their first round at the Rolling Green Golf Club and finished at the Llanerch Country Club. The four medalists, John Berry (145), Ron Bakich (145), Pete Trenham (145) and George Griffin, Jr. (145) all had lower scores in the afternoon with rounds of par or better. Trenham made the biggest comeback after starting with a six over par 78 in the morning. In the afternoon he holed out a 45 yard wedge shot on the last hole for an eagle two and a five under par 67. The players were competing for ten places in the sectional qualifying rounds. Amateur Bob Toner finished fifth at 146. Bob Shave, Jr., who had left the PGA Tour to be an assistant at the Philadelphia Country Club, and Jimmy Johnson, tied for sixth and seventh with 147s. Bob Ross and Willie Scholl made it safely with 148s. Dick Hendrickson (149) took the last spot by defeating Bill Kittleman (149) in a sudden death playoff with a par on the first hole. Mike Souchak had a full exemption into the U.S. Open as one of the top fifteen money winners on the PGA Tour money list from May 1, 1964 through April 30, 1965. That exemption category had been increased from about twenty to thirty-one players who were now fully exempt from qualifying. The PGA Tour exemptions had been increased from ten to fifteen and the low fifteen from the 1964 U.S. Open were exempt rather than the ten from previous years. Art Wall and Al Besselink were exempt from local qualifying.

Also on the fourth Monday of May the local qualifying for the U.S. Open was at the Blue Ridge Country Club in Harrisburg. Henry Williams, Jr. shot two 72s for a 144 to lead two others who earned the right to move on to the sectional qualifying rounds in June. Amateur Frank Arasin finished second with a 148 and Art Jones won the other place with a 149. Jones, the professional at the Country Club of York, had to survive a sudden death playoff to earn his spot.

Dick Hendrickson topped a talented field of 80 pros and amateurs in sectional qualifying for the U.S. Open at Canoe Brook Country Club in northern New Jersey. The qualifying was held on the second Tuesday in June on Canoe Brook’s North and South courses. Hendrickson turned in a three under par 69 in the morning and came back with a par 72 round in the afternoon for 141. Two other Section professionals, John Berry (146) and Willie Scholl (149) were among the 18 successful qualifiers at Canoe Brook. Hendrickson, Berry and Scholl had qualified locally in Philadelphia.

Also on the second Tuesday of June Al Besselink qualified for the U.S. Open in Cleveland with a 144. Besselink shot a 77 in the first round but he came back in the afternoon with a 67 to qualify by one stroke. Charlie Coody was the low qualifier in Cleveland with a 136. There were 38 spots in Cleveland.

Art Wall qualified for the U.S. Open on the second Tuesday of June also. He qualified in Birmingham, Michigan with a 142 but he didn’t play in the U.S. Open. Howie Johnson was low with a 136. There were thirteen spots at that location and a score of 147 won the last spot.

The U.S. Open was played at the six-year-old Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis in mid June. The double round on Saturday had been eliminated and the tournament was played over four days ending on Sunday. Gary Player took the lead at the halfway point with a pair of 70s and added a 71 to keep the lead entering the final round. Player put together a steady round of 71 on Sunday but with one hole to play Kel Nagle caught Player and they finished in a tie at 282. On Monday Player won the playoff with a third straight 71 against a 74 for Nagle. Player had now won all four of the world’s major tournaments. Frank Beard finished third at 284. Julius Boros and Al Geiberger tied for fourth with 287s. Dick Hendrickson was the only player from the Section to make the cut. He finished tied for 40th with a score of 302 and won $455. Player donated his $26,000 winner’s check to charity. $6,000 went to cancer research and $20,000 to the USGA’s junior golf programs. John Berry, Willie Scholl, Mike Souchak and Al Besselink missed the cut.

The Section members qualified for the PGA Championship at the North Hills Country Club the day after the U.S. Open. Ron Bakich led by three with two 68s for a 136. Sam Penecale was next with 139 one stroke ahead of Buzz Garvin (140). The fourth and last spot went to Charley Lepre who shot a 141. After playing in St. Louis the day before Dick Hendrickson didn’t get home until 4:30 that morning and he withdrew. Bob Schoener, Jr. was exempt as the Section champion. Mike Souchak was exempt for his finish at the PGA the year before and Henry Picard was exempt as a former winner of the PGA Championship.

The Whitemarsh Open had a new name. It was now called the Philadelphia Golf Classic but the Whitemarsh Valley Country Club and their professional Sam Penecale were still the hosts. The dates had been moved to early August, one week ahead of the PGA Championship. On Monday 129 pros and amateurs competed at Whitemarsh for 34 places in the tournament. Dean Refram led with a 68. Six Philadelphia Section pros passed the test. Stan Dudas, who was now back in the Section as the head professional at the Atlantic City Country Club, and George Griffin, Jr. led with 71s. Willie Scholl was next with a 72. Bob Shave, Jr., Ron Bakich and Harlan Will qualified with 74s as the players who had shot 75 played off for the last spots. There were 21 professionals from the Philadelphia Section in the starting field on Thursday. Some had qualified on Monday, some were on the PGA Tour and the others had exemptions through the Section or the tournament sponsor. The defending champion Jack Nicklaus arrived after winning the Thunderbird Classic in northern New Jersey the week before. Nicklaus began with a 71 and then he shot a seven under par 65 in the second round to move within one stroke of the lead. Arnold Palmer made the cut but trailed by eleven. With the sponsor’s permission Palmer withdrew and went home to Pittsburgh to rest up for the PGA Championship. Nicklaus followed his 65 with a 73 and with one round to play he was in fourth place, two strokes back. With two holes to play in the last round he was in a four-way tie for the lead. On the downhill 515 yard par 5 seventeenth hole he pull-hooked his drive behind some tall trees but he reached the back fringe of the green from there with a pitching wedge. He then holed his next shot with a putter from 45 feet for an eagle and a one-stroke lead. A par four on the last hole for 68 and a 277 total gave him a one-stroke win over Doug Sanders (278) and Joe Campbell (278). Randy Glover finished fourth with a 280. The purse was still one of the largest on the PGA Tour at $121,500 and first prize was $24,300. Nicklaus had now won $44,300 in two weeks and said that he hadn’t known that one could get so much money that quickly. Al Besselink and Mike Souchak led the Philadelphia pros tying for 20th with 286 totals. They each won $1,000. Art Wall (292) finished in the money but near the bottom in a tie for 52nd, winning $254. Shave (293), Don Stough (296), who was now the head professional at the Gettysburg Country Club, and Tim DeBaufre (299) made the cut but missed the money. Penecale, Bob Batdorff, Scholl, Dudas, John Berry, Bob Schoener, Jr., Bert Yancey, Jerry Pisano, Bill Kittleman, Bakich, Jimmy Johnson, Griffin, Will, Pete Trenham and Dick Hendrickson missed the cut.

The Philadelphia Open was played in August on the Monday after the Philadelphia Golf Classic but there wasn’t a winner until early September. The host clubs were the Woodcrest Country Club and Tavistock Country Club. Jerry Pisano who had already won two Philadelphia Opens and Ted McKenzie, an assistant at the Aronimink Golf Club, each brought in one under par 142s. Pisano started at Tavistock with a one under par 71 and toured Woodcrest in the afternoon in par 71. McKenzie shot 70 at Woodcrest in the morning and 72 at Tavistock in the afternoon. Because of schedule conflicts the playoff was finally held on the Tuesday after Labor Day and the scores weren’t low. The playoff was at Tavistock and Pisano never trailed winning by one stroke with a 75 against a 76 for McKenzie. On the last green McKenzie had a putt for a birdie to tie but the ball rimmed the cup and stayed out. Pisano won $750 and McKenzie picked up a check for $425. The entry fee was $15. Bob Shave, Jr. finished third alone at 144. There was a three-way tie for fourth between Ron Bakich, Pete Trenham and John Berry at 145. Green Valley Country Club teaching pro Jim McCoy, and amateur Billy Care tied for seventh with 146s.

The PGA Championship was at the Laurel Valley Golf Club near Pittsburgh in Arnold Palmer’s hometown. His fans were at full strength but Palmer wasn’t. On the first hole of the tournament Palmer’s second shot was in a water hazard but the ball was playable except for a bridge railing that was in the way. Two marshals tore down the railing and Palmer played the shot. Palmer could have gotten relief with a free drop but when he played the shot after the railing had been removed he was penalized two strokes. In the second round Palmer was penalized two strokes for grounding his club with a practice swing in a hazard. That day the host pro and green superintendent Paul Erath vowed to resign on Monday because of changes that had been made to the course at the request of Palmer. One of the changes was the planting of a 60-foot firtree on one hole to prevent shortcuts. In middle of all this was Dave Marr the chairman of the PGA Tour’s tournament committee. It didn’t seem to bother him as he put together four steady rounds of 70, 69, 70 and 71 to win his only major championship. On the last hole Marr drove into a fairway bunker, pitched out short of a pond fronting the green, played a nine iron to three-feet and got his par to win by two strokes. Marr’s win earned him $25,000 from the $149,700 purse. Jack Nicklaus and Billy Casper tied for second. Mike Souchak tied for 15th and won $2,425. He was the only Philadelphia pro that made the cut. Sam Penecale, Bob Schoener, Jr., Ron Bakich, Henry Picard, Charley Lepre and Buzz Garvin missed the cut.

The Pennsylvania Open was at the Hershey Country Club again and it was played in late August. Bob Shave, Jr., who putted between his legs croquet style, started with a three under par 70 and added a 73 the second day for 143. Bob Schoener, Jr. put together a 72 and a 71 to also finish at 143 also. Shave didn’t make a bogey until he failed to par the 14th and 15th holes the second day. That left Shave a stroke behind but Schoener made a bogey on the par three 18th hole and they ended up all tied. A sudden death playoff was held that day. On the first hole Shave put his second shot two feet from the cup with a nine-iron. He holed the putt, winning the title and $750. Schoener picked up $400. Ted McKenzie (144) finished third one stroke out of the tie for first and three strokes ahead of Pittsburgh’s Eli Marovich (147). The entry fee was $15 and the pros played for $2,700.


Art Wall
1965 Section Champion

Art Wall won the Section Championship and had his name engraved on the Bulletin Cup for the fourth time. Marty Lyons and the Llanerch Country Club were hosting the tournament for the ninth time. The tournament was played in the first week of October and plagued by wet, cool and windy weather. The only one it didn’t seem to bother was Wall. In the first round he shot a two under par 70 and the second day he was standing on the 15th tee even par when the round was canceled due to casual water on the greens. In a wind swept second round he posted a 71 to take a four-stroke lead into the final round. His last round of 70, 16 pars and two birdies gave him a 211 total and a seven-stroke margin of victory, plus $1,000. The defending champion Bob Schoener, Jr. finished second at 217 and picked up $700. Stan Dudas and Sam Penecale tied for third at 218. Dick Hendrickson finished alone in fifth place with a 220 total. The entry fee was $15 and the purse totaled $4,700.

In mid October the Section pros played for the biggest purse of the year in the Prior Pro-Pro tournament, $10,000. Prior was the premium beer of C. Schmidt and Sons and this was the beginning of Schmidt’s sponsorship of Section tournaments in a big way. The entry fee was $40 pre team. The pros played the first round at the North Hills Country Club and the second round was at the Sandy Run Country Club. At the conclusion of the two rounds there was a tie at 130 for the first place money of $2,000. Bob Shave, Jr. and John Berry had shot better-ball rounds of 64 and 66. Buzz Garvin and New York professional Jerry Pitman had the same scores, except their scores were 66 and 64. A sudden death playoff was held and all four had birdie putts on the first hole but Shave’s was the shortest at four feet and he made it for the win. Garvin and Pitman split $1,700. Bob Ross and Henry Williams, Jr. finished third one stroke out of the first place tie at 131. Ted McKenzie and Pete Trenham tied for fourth with two Maryland pros, Al Kelley and David Jimenez at 134.


Marty Lyons
Secretary PGA of America 1949
Section President 7 years

The Section’s fall meeting and election of officers was held at the Atlantic City Country Club on the last Monday of October. There was a pro-pro tournament in the afternoon and a dinner with the meeting and election of officers in the evening. Each of the officers was new in his position. Joe Aneda was elected president. Harlan Will and Jerry Pisano were elected first and second vice president. John Hayes was elected secretary and Bob Kidd, the professional at the White Manor Country Club, was the new treasurer. Aneda announced that one of his goals was to find an office for the Section and to hire a full time secretary. Philadelphia was the third largest Section in the country with 344 members and the paperwork had become more than the officers and their part time secretary could handle. The Section nominated Marty Lyons to be their national vice president representing District II for the next three years. John Berry won possession of the DeBaufre Trophy for leading the Section’s pros in scoring for the year. His scoring average was 72.40 for the designated tournaments.

After one year as the treasurer of the PGA Leo Fraser was elected secretary. Max Elbin was elected president and the new treasurer was Warren Orlick. The national meeting was in Palm Beach, Florida in the second week of November. The "PGA Player-of-the-Year" was Dave Marr. For the second time Marty Lyons was beginning a three-year term as a vice president of the PGA representing District II. The Philadelphia Section’s delegates to the national meeting were Joe Aneda and John Hayes. Vic Ghezzi was voted into the PGA Hall of Fame.

In early November the PGA held its first players’ school for the PGA Tour at the new home of the PGA in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. The school was for golf professionals who were not PGA members and wished to play on the PGA Tour. It consisted of 144 holes of tournament play and classroom work. There were 46 applicants and to enter the school they had to be recommended by their local PGA Section. The plans were to conduct the school twice each year. In the classroom Jack Burke, Dave Marr, Joe Dey, executive director of the USGA and Jack Tuthill, the PGA tournament supervisor counseled the players. They instructed the players on the subjects of public relations, rules, press relations and other things that confront the touring pros. Seventeen players graduated and John Schlee was the valedictorian with a score of seven over par 583. A future Section Stan Brion earned his playing privileges there with a 601 total. All eight rounds were played on the East Course of the PGA National Golf Club. The medalist was given the Ed Dudley Award.

Al Besselink picked up his third Caracas Open title in late November. That was his second Caracas Open title that year. He started slowly with a 73 but then he tacked on two 68s and finished with a birdie on the next to last hole for a 66, which gave him a total of 275 and a one-stroke victory over Art Wall at the Valle Arriba Club. Wall (276) almost caught Besselink with a last round 63 that tied his own course record. First prize was $2,500 and second was $1,800 from the $15,000. Spain’s Angel Miguel, Canadian Wilf Homeniuk and Jack Rule tied for third at 279.

The purses were increasing but the PGA Tour was still a difficult place to make a living. In 1959 only the purse at the Masters Tournament was larger than $52,000 and in 1965 the PGA Tour had played for 3.6 million dollars and fifteen tournaments had paid out $100,000 or more. It cost a player between $15,000 and $20,000 to play the tour for a year and only about 50 professionals were able to win more than that. Another 200 won some money and about 400 didn’t cash a check. Many of those only played when the tour was near where they lived. For most on the PGA members a head pro position at a good club was more profitable.

Jack Nicklaus won the PGA’s money race by nearly $39,000 over Tony Lema. Nicklaus won a record $140,752.14. Billy Casper won the Vardon Trophy with a 70.58 stroke average.

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1966 - The PGA Seniors’ Championship was played in late February on the PGA’s East and West courses at Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. The new champion was Fred Haas, Jr. who had just turned 50. He was the only entrant who didn’t go over par in any round as he posted 72, 71, 71 and 72 for a 286. This brought Haas in two strokes in front of Dutch Harrison (288) and John Barnum (288). First prize was $3,000. Skee Riegel was also making his first start in the tournament even though he had been eligible the year before. He started well by shooting a five under par 67, which was the low round of the tournament, for a one-stroke lead. Riegel followed that up with 77, 75 and 77 for a tie for 12th place, which earned him a check for $450. George Fazio tied for 15th with a total of 298 and won $400. John Long (301) tied for 22nd, winning $325. Terl Johnson (304) tied for 34th and picked up a check for $193.50. Jack Helms (309), the professional at the Carlisle Country Club, also finished in the money with a tie for 53rd and he won $100. The purse was $35,000 again that year.

On the third Monday of March the Section held its spring meeting at the Sheraton Hotel in Philadelphia. The new President Joe Aneda announced that there would be a summer meeting at his club, the Newark Country Club. It was reported that the Section’s school for assistants, in its seventh year, was growing in attendance and scope of material covered. The tournament chairman, Harlan Will presented the tournament schedule to the professionals. Will announced that Schmidt’s Beer was putting up $5,000 for a season-long point system competition. The past president Angelo Paul was honored by the Section and given a plaque in thanks for his years of service to the PGA. The Golf Association of Philadelphia, Women’s Golf Association of Philadelphia and the J. Wood Platt Scholarship Trust were guests at the meeting and they each spoke briefly.

On the last Tuesday of March the Section held its annual golf show at the Sheraton Hotel in Philadelphia. The show ran from noon to 9 PM. The guest celebrity of the show was an old friend of the Section, Paul Runyan. In 1938 at the Shawnee Country Club he had won the first PGA Championship that the Section had hosted. The winner of many tournaments Runyan was a master of the short game. That day he demonstrated his new putting technique. He had lengthened his putter four inches and held it against his stomach with his left hand and placed his right hand several inches lower on the grip. He put on two clinics, one in the afternoon and one in the evening. The co-chairmen of the show were John Vasco, the professional at the Lehigh Country Club, and Ronnie Ward the professional at the Wildwood Golf & Country Club. They had arranged something new for the public, closed circuit TV with instant replay. While the golfers were hitting into the driving nets and receiving instruction their swings were being filmed. The tape could be stopped at any point in the swing and the golf professionals who were working the nets could point out mistakes. Tiny Pedone was awarded with a sterling silver plate for his work with blind golfers. For a number of years he had been teaching the blinded golfers. He was now holding tournaments for them at his new golf course, Edgmont Golf Club where he was the professional and part owner. There were 54 pro golf exhibitors and nearly 2,000 paid to see the show.

The defending championship at the Masters Tournament in early April was Jack Nicklaus. When it was all over he had become the first one to defend his title at the Masters and he had won his third green jacket. It looked like it was going to be easy when he shot a four under par 68 on Thursday to lead by three strokes. In the second round he took 76 strokes to get around and he followed that up with two even par rounds of 72 for a 288. Gay Brewer and Tommy Jacobs also finished at 288 and an 18-hole playoff was held on Monday. In the playoff Nicklaus shot a solid 70 to beat Jacobs (74) by two strokes and Brewer (78) was never in contention. Arnold Palmer and Doug Sanders tied for fourth with 290s. First prize was $20,000. Mike Souchak (300) made the cut and finished 33rd, winning $1,175. Art Wall and Henry Picard missed the cut.


Bert Yancey
Won 7 PGA Tour Events

The week after the Masters Bert Yancey broke through at the Azalea Open with his first win on the PGA Tour. A win didn’t seem to be in the cards for him when he shot a two over par 74 in the first round at the Cape Fear Country Club. The next three days he shot 69, 67 and 68 for a 278 and a one shot victory. Bob Johnson (279), Dave Marad (281) and Tom Weiskopf (282) finished second, third and fourth. Al Besselink tied for fifth with a 283. Yancey’s first place check was for $3,200 and he picked up another $417 in bonus money for sharing the lead after three rounds and tying for the low round the third day. The purse was $22,800.

The Section members qualified for the PGA Championship at the new Sunny Jim Golf Club on the second Thursday of May. Seventy-one professionals were playing for three places in the championship. The entry fee was $10. The course measured 7,345 yards but all of the back tees weren’t used that day. A steady 76-75 for 151 gave Bob Shave, Jr. the medal one stroke in front of Stan Dudas (152). Skee Riegel picked up the next and last spot with a 153. No one broke the par of 72 as Dudas and Riegel posted two of the day’s three par rounds. Art Wall was exempt as the Section champion and Henry Picard was exempt as a former winner of the tournament but he didn’t start at Firestone. A new Section member Ed Rubis, the teaching professional at the Shawnee Inn & Country Club, was exempt as the Connecticut Section champion where he had been employed the year before. Mike Souchak received an exemption for having finished 15th in the PGA Championship the year before. Bert Yancey was exempt off his position on the 1966 PGA Tour money list through the U.S. Open.

On the fourth Monday on May local qualifying was held at the Green Valley Country Club for the U.S. Open. The entry fee was $20. A reinstated amateur, Jim King, led the competition for thirteen places in the sectional qualifying with a one over par 143. Jerry Pisano was next at 144. Stan Dudas and Bob Gleeson tied for third with 145s. A surprise entry was 54-year-old George Fazio who had lost the Open in a playoff at Merion Golf Club sixteen years before. He was safely under the 149 cut number with a 146. Fazio said that he hadn’t played in a 36-hole one-day competition in thirteen years. Also in with 146s were Bob Shave, Jr. and amateur Bob Toner. Skee Riegel and George Griffin, Jr. posted 147s. Jack Ehresman, who was the assistant of his father Clarence at the Ashbourne Country Club, finished alone in tenth place. Dick Smith, Sr., the head professional at the Indian Spring Golf Club, Bobby Mayes, who played out of an off course club called Fairview Golf Club, and amateur Grant Morrow tied for the last three spots with 149s. There were no ties to play off. Al Besselink and Mike Souchak were exempt from local qualifying off their positions on the PGA Tour money list.

Also on the fourth Monday in May local qualifying for the U.S. Open was held at the Colonial Country Club in Harrisburg. Phil Bankert, the assistant at the Hershey Country Club, and 17-year-old amateur Bob Huber shot 145s and led the qualifying for three places. The third spot went to Charlie Gilbert, who was the head professional at the Huntingdon Country Club, turned in a 146.

At the Memphis Open in early June Bert Yancey captured his second tour title in two months but he came within three minutes of missing his starting time for the last round. On Thursday he had tied the course record at the Colonial Country Club with a seven under par 63. The 63 gave him a three-stroke lead and he tacked on a 69 in the second round to keep a share of the lead. In the third round he posted a 67 but he trailed by one. On Sunday the starting times had been moved up for TV but Yancey had forgotten about the change. He slept until 10:30 and then when he woke up he started watching astronaut Eugene Cernan walk in space. One of the tour caddies noticed that he wasn’t at the course and telephoned him. His starting time was 11:20 and he was on the other side of Memphis. He rushed to the course and without breakfast or a practice shot he proceeded to shoot a 66 and win the $20,000 first prize. His 265 total won the tournament by five strokes. The total purse was $100,000. Gene Littler (270) finished second one stroke in front of Johnny Pott (271). Jack Nicklaus (272) and Bruce Devlin (272) tied for fourth.

On the first Tuesday in June John Berry and Bob Shave, Jr. qualified for the U.S. Open at Darien, Connecticut. The Wee Burn Country Club and Woodway Country Club hosted the qualifying. Berry was only one stroke above the medalists with a 143 and Shave posted 146. Bob Watson and Billy Farrell earned medalist honors with 142s. Berry and Shave had qualified locally in Philadelphia. There 87 players competing for 19 spots in Connecticut.

Al Besselink qualified for the U.S. Open in Detroit with a 144 on the first Tuesday of June also. Also qualifying at Detroit was Mike Souchak who posted a 145. Jacky Cupit was the medalist at 140 and a score of 150 qualified. There were 24 spots in Detroit.

Also on the first Tuesday of June at another Section qualifier for the U.S. Open Phil Bankert made the grade in Washington. He put together rounds of 74 and 75 for a 149. There were four players at 149 and they won the last of the eight places without a playoff. Bankert had qualified in Harrisburg. The medalist was Dick Whetzle with a 145. The Washingtonian Country Club in Gaithersburg, Maryland hosted the qualifying.

The U.S. Open was at the Olympic Club near San Francisco in mid June. After shooting 71, 66 and 70 Arnold Palmer took a three-stroke lead and appeared to be on the way to his second win in our Open. After a front nine 32 on Sunday he had a seven stroke lead on his playing partner Billy Casper and was on the way to a new record score for the tournament. On the back nine Casper got hot and Palmer slipped but with five holes to go Palmer still had a five-stroke lead. By the time they reached the 18th green Palmer had to make a six-foot par putt to tie, which he did. Casper and Palmer were in with 278s, two over Hogan’s record 276 at Riviera in 1948. Jack Nicklaus finished third, seven strokes back. In the playoff on Monday Palmer led by two after nine holes with a 33 but Casper caught him on #11 and finished with a 69 to Palmer’s 73. First prize was $25,000 from the purse of $144,490. Bob Shave, Jr. posted a 296 and with a tie for 26th he won $997.50. Mike Souchak, John Berry, Phil Bankert and Al Besselink missed the cut.

At the PGA Championship in Akron, Ohio Al Geiberger won his only major tournament but 54-year-old Sam Snead was the story. Snead and Geiberger were tied for the lead the first day with 68s and Snead held the lead by himself after two rounds as the only one under par at 139. After that Snead slipped back with a 75 and a 73 while Geiberger (280) continued to play steady golf. He finished four strokes in front of Dudley Wysong (284) with rounds of 68, 72, 68 and 72. Gary Player, Billy Casper and Gene Littler tied for third with 286s. Snead (287) ended up in five-way tie for sixth. Bob Shave, Jr. (298) and Bert Yancey (298) tied for 49th at 298 and each won $436.11. Art Wall (299) tied for 58th and won $340. Ed Rubis (302) also made the cut and finished near the end of the money list as he tied for 67th and won $300. Mike Souchak, Stan Dudas and Skee Riegel missed the cut. The purse was $149,360 and Geiberger won $25,000.

Richie Bassett, an assistant pro at the Philadelphia Country Club, won the Pennsylvania Open in early August at the Hershey Country Club. On Monday he put together a five under par 68 and was tied at the top of the field. A second round 74 left him in a three-way tie for first at 142 with Roland Stafford the head pro at the Longue Vue Club and his assistant Gene Ferrell. In a sudden death playoff all three made pars on the first hole and Farrell was eliminated on the second hole when he made a bogey. On the third hole Bassett made another par and wrapped up the title. Chuck Scally and reinstated amateur Jim King tied for fourth with 145s. First prize was $1,000 and the purse was $3,500.

The next Monday in August Al Besselink won his second Philadelphia Open. The host clubs were Sandy Run Country Club and the Cedarbrook Country Club. As the last man to finish at Sandy Run Besselink put his wedge shot 18 inches from the cup on the last hole and stroked the putt in to win by one stroke with a score of 140. Besselink posted a three under par 69 at Cedarbrook in the morning and a one under 71 in the afternoon. Buzz Garvin, now the head professional at the Philmont Country Club, and amateur John Guenther tied for second with 141s. Amateur Jim King (142) finished fourth and Charley Lepre (143) was fifth. First prize was $750.

As a part time participant on the PGA Tour, Art Wall won the $100,000 Insurance City Open at Hartford in the third week of August. Wall had withdrawn from the Westchester Classic with a sore back the week before. His first win in two years produced a check for $20,000, the largest payday of his seventeen-year professional career. Wall went wire to wire either holding the lead or being tied for the lead at the end of each round. His rounds of 65, 64, 69 and 68, for an eighteen under par 266 at the Wethersfield Country Club, was a tournament record. Wes Ellis finished two strokes back with a 268 and Billy Casper and George Archer tied for third at 269.

The next week the tour was in town for the Philadelphia Golf Classic. Whitemarsh Valley Country Club and Sam Penecale were the hosts again. A grounds only spectator ticket for the seven days cost $18 and for $30 a person could have a ticket for the week along with reserved parking, clubhouse pass and a souvenir program. The purse was a little less than the first three years, $110,000 and the entry fee was $50. As usual the Whitemarsh Valley course drew a strong field. Qualifying was held at Whitemarsh on Monday with 136 players competing for 41 places to complete the 144-player field. Roger Ginsberg won the medal with a 70. Eleven Section members passed the test with 76s or better. Bob Schoener, Jr. and Buzz Garvin led the Section pros with 72s. Ike Turner, Henry Williams, Jr., Jerry Pisano and Bill DeAngelis qualified with 74s. Dick Smith, Sr. made it with a stroke to spare at 75. There were 15 players tied at 76 for the last nine spots in the starting field so they went into a sudden-death playoff, which began on hole #1. Pete Trenham, now the head professional at the St. Davids Golf Club, Harlan Will, Dick Hendrickson and Joe Lewis, Jr., the head pro at the Rydal Country Club, survived the playoff. Trenham was the first one in with a birdie three on the first hole. Bob Ross, who was now the professional at the Philadelphia Cricket Club, was the last one eliminated and as the first alternate he got in the tournament. There was a pro-am on Wednesday made up of 171 amateurs and 57 pros. The amateurs paid $200 each to enter the pro-am. On Thursday there were 25 Section members in the starting field but two of its strongest entries didn’t tee off. Art Wall withdrew with a bad back and Al Besselink got his starting time mixed up and was at home in Merchantville when his group teed off. With one round to go Arnold Palmer and Don January were tied for the lead and Jack Nicklaus was five strokes back. On Sunday Palmer fell back but Nicklaus (279) made a charge, holing an eight iron on #2 and a nine iron on #8 for eagles, to turn in 31. January now trailed Nicklaus by one but he steadied on the back nine with a 34 and Nicklaus cooled off shooting 36. On the last hole January (278) holed an uphill 8-foot par putt to edge out Nicklaus by one stroke. January’s rounds were 69, 69, 69 and 71. Palmer, Gene Littler and Bob Goalby tied for third at 281. First place paid $21,000. Bert Yancey (295) tied for 58th, Bob Ross (300) finished 62nd and Skee Riegel (302) tied for 63rd but only the top fifty and ties finished in the money. Mike Souchak made the cut right on the number at 147 but later withdrew due to illness. Schoener, Penecale, Hendrickson, George Fazio, Tim DeBaufre, Bob Batdorff, Stan Dudas, Charley Lepre, Henry McQuiston, Will, Trenham, Williams, Lewis, Pisano, Turner, Bob Shave, Jr., Garvin, Smith, and DeAngelis missed the cut. Attendance for the seven days was 67,000.

In mid September Bert Yancey won his third tournament of the year at the $50,000 Portland Open. Steady golf got the job done. With three straight 68s he moved into a tie for first place with one round to go. He began the last round by making a 60-foot putt for an eagle three and he cruised in from there for a five under par 67. Yancey’s 271 score on the Columbia-Edgewater Country Club put the field away by three strokes. On the way to picking up a check for $6,800 he set a putting record on the PGA Tour for that year. For the 72-holes Yancey used only 102 putts, which was ten less than the best up to that time. Billy Casper (274) and Pete Brown (26) finished second and third. Bruce Crampton and Wright Garrett tied for fourth with 277s.


Bob Shave, Jr.
Won the 1965 Pennsylvania Open
Won the 1966 Section Championship

The Section Championship was played at the Laurel Oak Country Club at the beginning of October. The entry fee was $15 and the course measured 6,842 yards. The host professional was Dick Hendrickson. The defending champion Art Wall wasn’t entered and the tournament had bad weather like the year before. The first day was rained out and the second day was windy. The field was cut to the low 60 scores and the plan was to play 36 holes on Saturday. The second round was played that morning in wind and rain and the weather was too bad to play the afternoon round so they finished on Sunday. In the first round Bob Shave, Jr. had posted a one over par 72 and was in a three-way tie for the top spot. A second round 73 gave him a two-stroke lead. On Sunday the weather cleared up and the scores were better. Hendrickson and Al Besselink posted 69s and broke the course record but Shave (215) rolled in a 17-foot birdie putt on the last green with his croquet style putter for a 70 and a one-stroke victory. Hendrickson (216) finished second one stroke ahead of Besselink (217). John Berry and Buzz Garvin tied for fourth with 222s. The purse was $5,000 with a first prize of $1,000 and possession of the Bulletin Cup for one year.


John Hayes
"Golf Professional of the Year"
1966

Four days after the Section Championship ended, the first Thursday of October, the Section held its annual meeting at the Atlantic City Country Club. That fall the schedule was filled with Monday tournaments so the meeting had to be on another day. The President Joe Aneda and all of the other officers were reelected. The first and second vice presidents were Harlan Will and Jerry Pisano. John Hayes and Bob Kidd were reelected secretary and treasurer. The officers were still looking for office space to rent. The Section’s "Golf Professional of the Year" award went to Hayes. Hayes had been a golf professional in the Section for over 35 years. He had been a member of the Board of Control for 20 years and an officer for four years. For the second year in a row John Berry won the DeBaufre Trophy with a 72.8 average for his ten rounds. He edged out Skee Riegel by one-tenth of a stroke.

In mid October John Berry and Bob Shave, Jr. won the Prior Pro-Pro for the second straight year. The venue was the Plymouth Country Club and the Sandy Run Country Club, and the format had a new twist. The better-ball competition was the main event but there was prize money for the individual scores as well. The purse was $5,000 instead of $10,000 since C. Schmidt & Sons was sponsoring other Section competitions like a yearlong point race. Berry and Shave shot the same score as the year before but they didn’t need a playoff to win this time. Their (62-69) 131 score finished four strokes in front of John Abernethy, the professional at the Lancaster Country Club, and Richie Bassett (136). There was a three-way tie for third at 137 among the teams of Ted McKenzie-Pete Trenham, Ron Bakich-Stan Dudas and Skee Riegel-Bob Batdorff. Riegel (142) picked up the $270 individual prize with a three under par 69 at Plymouth on Monday and a one over par 73 at Sandy Run on Tuesday. Berry, Shave, Charley Lepre and Ed Rubis tied for second at 144. Berry and Shave divided the $1,000 top prize in the pro-pro and they each picked up $120 for their individual scores.

That year the Section had created a point race for the season’s tournaments. The designated point tournaments were the events where the professionals were paired with other professionals competing for individual prize money. The brewing company C. Schmidt and Sons put up the prize money and they were called Schmidt points. The season was divided into two halves and the top ten professionals in the designated events were awarded points. Bob Shave, Jr. won the first half and Skee Riegel had won the second half. On the first Saturday in November they played off at the Whitemarsh Valley Country Club for the yearlong title. Shave birdied the last hole for a one under par 71 to beat Riegel by one stroke. The top ten professionals earned money in each half of the season for their standing in the point competition and the total payout for the year came to $10,000.


Jerry McGee
Won four PGA Tour events
Member of 1977 Ryder Cup Team

The PGA held its second annual PGA Tour Qualifying School for non-PGA members. The PGA National Golf Club in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, hosted the qualifying. Jerry McGee, who had been an assistant at the Frosty Valley Country Club for the past three years qualified as he posted rounds of 71-78-73-73-73-72-77-72. His 589 gave him a tie for seventh among the 32 players who earned playing privileges on the PGA Tour for the next year. Don Headings, an assistant at the Skytop Club a few years before, also passed the test as his 601 total made it by two strokes. The medalist was Harry Toscano with a score of 572 for the eight rounds.

It was the 50th anniversary of the PGA of America and there were now 34 Sections and 5,837 members. The combined section and national dues for head professionals "Class A" was $67.50. The national meeting was held at Palm Beach Gardens in early November and the officers, Max Elbin, Leo Fraser and Warren Orlick, were reelected. The PGA had a new executive director, Robert Creasey, a former secretary of labor under Harry Truman. The relationship between the touring pros and the PGA officials had been stormy for many years and in the last year things had become even more heated. The touring pros wanted more control of the PGA Tour and the PGA wanted to continue to manage the tour. Creasey had lured Billy Booe away from the Northampton Country Club to assist the PGA tournament supervisor Jack Tuthill on the tour as his administrative assistant. At the national meeting it was announced by the players and the officers that everything had been settled and the storm was over. Billy Burke was inducted into the PGA Hall of Fame. The Philadelphia Section was represented by their delegates John Hayes and Joe Aneda along with their national vice president from District II, Marty Lyons.

The next week Art Wall won the $15,000 Caracas Open at the Valle Arriba Club in Venezuela. He had also won the tournament in 1963. Between Al Besselink and Wall they had won the tournament five times. With a 68 and a 67 Wall was tied for the lead at the halfway point. The first round had been rained out so two rounds were played on Sunday. A 69 and a 72 for 276 brought him in one stroke in front of Wes Ellis (277) and Dean Refram (277). Jerry Pitman finished fourth at 288.

In the second week of December the PGA staged the richest event in the history of tournament golf. It was the $275,000 PGA National Team Championship played at the PGA National Golf Club in Palm Beach Gardens. The team first prize of $50,000 was enough to bring Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus back to the tour from their yearend vacations. Palmer and Nicklaus also won the first place checks with better-ball rounds of 63, 66, 63 and 64. Their 256 total was 32 under par. Al Besselink and Doug Sanders finished second three strokes back at 259 and won $13,500 each.

The unofficial leading money winner for the year was Arnold Palmer. Palmer’s $25,000 check in the Four-Ball Championship at the PGA National had pushed his season’s earnings to $154,692. This was $345 more than Jack Nicklaus’s had won the previous year, which had been a record also. Casper led in official money with $121,945. Billy Casper was the "PGA Player-of-the-Year" and he also won the Vardon Trophy with an average of 70.27 strokes per round.

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1967 - Sam Snead, putting the short putts croquet style, won the PGA Seniors’ Championship for the third time in four years. He putted the longer putts with a conventional stroke and he putted the short putts from between his feet with the same putter. Bob Shave, Jr. had taught him the method two years before and Snead began to see the need for it at the1966 PGA Championship. The tournament was played on the PGA National Golf Club’s East and West courses at Palm Beach Gardens in late January. After rounds of 71, 69 and 73 Snead held a three-stroke lead. A last round 66 on the East Course that included eight birdies brought him home with a 279, which was nine strokes better than Bob Hamilton (288), who finished second. The purse was now $40,000 and first prize was $4,000. Fred Haas, Jr. (290) and Joe Lopez, Sr. (291) finished third and fourth. Henry Williams, Jr. and Ralph Hutchison tied for 27th with 304s. They each won $193.33. George Fazio (306), who was now designing golf courses, tied for 41st and won $100. Terl Johnson (307) also won $100 for finishing in 44th place.

The Section’s spring meeting was held on the last Monday of March. There were more than 200 in attendance at the Sheraton Hotel including members, apprentices, sales reps and guests. Secretary John Hayes announced that the Section now had 301 members. The Section had hired Bob Jones as a tournament coordinator to promote and supervise the Section’s tournament schedule. Jones had been a golf professional and a Section member since 1935. For the past 20 years he had been a pro golf salesman and for ten years he had been promoting his golf company by putting on tournaments for the Section’s professionals. President Joe Aneda presented a plaque to former Section President Henry Poe for his inspired leadership and guidance. Poe was leaving Reading Country Club to oversee two company golf courses for the Vanity Fair Corporation in Alabama.

The Masters Tournament ended on the second Sunday of April with Gay Brewer putting on the green jacket. The tournament began with Bert Yancey posting a 67 to lead by three strokes. On the second day Yancey shot 73 to lead by one and the defending champion Jack Nicklaus missed the cut. In the third round fifty-five year old Ben Hogan found some of his old magic, shooting a course record 30 on the back nine for a 66, which moved him into a tie for fourth, two strokes off the lead. At the same time Yancey was putting together a 71 that left him in a three-way tie at the top of the leaderboard. On Sunday Brewer posted a 67 to go with his earlier rounds of 73, 68 and 72 to win the $20,000 first place check. His 280 score beat out his playing partner Bobby Nichols (281) by one stroke. Yancey shot a 73 and finished alone in third place at 284 and Arnold Palmer was next with a 285. Hogan (290) fell back with a 77 and tied for tenth. Art Wall (302) made the cut and finished near the bottom of the money list in a tie for 49th. He won $1,250.

Leo Fraser was honored at the Section’s tenth annual golf show for his help in originating the first show in 1958. Section President Joe Aneda presented the award. The chairman of the show was John Vasco who also directed the PGA National Golf Merchandise Show. The show was held at the Sheraton Hotel on the third Monday of April. Many of golf’s luminaries were present to promote the game. The PGA’s "Golf Professional of the Year" Bill Strausbaugh, former PGA champion Chick Harbert, trick shot artist Tony Longo and Chico Miartuz, conducted clinics. Miartuz played the tour, designed clubs for the Northwestern Golf Company and worked as a golf instructor in Miami. Former women’s amateur champion Dot Porter and LPGA members Peggy Kirk Bell and Patty Berg represented the ladies. The celebrities spent the afternoon and evening conducting clinics on the golf swing. Forty-six golf companies displayed the latest golf equipment.

In the third week of April Bert Yancey won the$100,000 Dallas Open at the Oak Cliff Country Club. Once again steady golf earned him the title. A 68 and a 69 left him three strokes behind the leader at the halfway point and a third round 66 put him in front by one. With the help of an improbable birdie on the last hole Yancey (274) nursed a 71 into the clubhouse for a one-stroke victory on Monday. On the 72nd hole his tee shot was well off line. He hooked his second shot over trees, a television camera, the gallery and a bunker to within 15-feet of the hole and he holed the putt. Once again Yancey’s putting was very good as he only used 26 putts in the last round. The first round on Thursday had been canceled due to rain. Yancey’s check for the victory was a nice round number, $20,000. Roberto De Vicenzo and Kermit Zarley tied for second with 275s. Doug Sanders and Bob Goalby tied for fourth at 276.

Tim DeBaufre, now the head professional at the Cedarbrook Country Club, led the local qualifying in Philadelphia for the U.S. Open with a two over par 143. Play was over the par 70 Aronimink Golf Club and the par 71 Rolling Green Golf Club on the fourth Monday of May. DeBaufre put together a 69 at Aronimink in the morning and a 74 in the afternoon at Rolling Green. It rained right up to 8 a.m. so both courses played longer than usual. Eighty-nine pros and amateurs were competing for the opportunity to move on to sectional qualifying. The players had sixteen places to shoot for. Dick Hendrickson was next with a 144. Stan Dudas, along with amateurs Billy Hyndman and George Haines tied for third with 147s. The next three places went to Ted McKenzie, who was now the head professional at the one-year-old Waynesborough Country Club, Buzz Garvin and reinstated amateur Bucky Erhardt at 148. Bob Schoener, Jr., Bob Ross and amateur Michael De Van posted 149s. Jack Kiefer, who was now the assistant at the Green Valley Country Club, was alone at 150. The last four spots were won by Skee Riegel, Dick Smith, Sr., Jerry Pisano and Norm Hammer, the professional at the Melrose Country Club, who had finished at 151 and had to survive a sudden death playoff. Art Wall and Bob Shave, Jr., who was back on the PGA Tour, were two of the 61 who were exempt from local qualifying only. Bert Yancey was one of 27 players who were fully exempt off the PGA Tour’s 1966 money list. There were 2,680 entries, which was a record.

Also on the fourth Monday in May local qualifying for the U.S. Open in central Pennsylvania was also held on the fourth Monday of May at the West Shore Country Club for five places in the sectional qualifying. Bob Huber (73-77) and Sherm Kenney (75-75), two amateurs who would be professionals and Section members in the future, led the scoring with 150s. The other three places were won by Don Stough (151), Buster Reed (154) and Jack Helms (155). There were 24 players at West Shore.

On the first Monday in June Skee Riegel passed the sectional qualifying test for the U.S. Open with rounds of 76 and 72 for 148. Riegel qualified at the Meadow Brook Club and Wheatley Hills Golf Club on Long Island. There were 21 spots at the Long Island qualifier and Riegel tied for 14th. Riegel had qualified locally in Philadelphia. Jerry Pitman and Bill Ezinicki led the qualifying with 142s and the players with 149s played off.

That same first Monday of June Art Wall earned a spot in the U.S. Open at Memphis posting rounds of 66 and 70 for a 136. The PGA Tour had been in Memphis so there were 23 qualifying spots there. The low score was a 133 by Bob Verwey and it took a 142 score to qualify. Wall had been exempt from local qualifying.

One day later on the first Tuesday of June Stan Dudas made it into the U.S. Open at the Prince Georges Country Club near Washington D.C. He posted rounds of 70 and 71 for a 141. Dudas had qualified locally in Philadelphia. Dick Whetzle led in Washington with a 140. There were seven spots and a score of 146 made it.

Bob Shave, Jr. qualified in Detroit for the U.S. Open at the Tam O’Shanter Country Club with a score of (73-72) 145. Because the PGA Tour was in Detroit there were 24 spots and it took a score of 146 to make it. Jim Colbert led with a 135.

The U.S. Open was at the Baltusrol Golf Club in mid June. Art Wall shot a one under par 69 in the first round that landed him in a tie with Arnold Palmer and four others at the top of the leaderboard. When it was all over on Sunday evening it had come down to Palmer and Jack Nicklaus who were in the next to last pairing. Nicklaus finished with a 65 and left Palmer and the rest of the field behind. Along with his earlier rounds of 71, 67 and 72 Nicklaus finished at 275 and broke Ben Hogan’s record set at Riviera in 1948. Palmer finished second with a 279 and Don January was next at 281. The defending champion, Billy Casper, shot 282 and ended up fourth alone. Wall (285) qualified for the 1968 U.S. Open as he tied for ninth with a 285. He won $2,566.67. Bert Yancey (295) tied for 42nd and won $$785. Stan Dudas, Skee Riegel and Bob Shave, Jr. missed the cut.

Skee Riegel shot a 74 and a 71 for a five over par 145 at the Philmont Country Club to win the qualifying medal for the PGA Championship. The qualifying was held on Philmont’s par 70 North Course on the third Monday in June. There were 42 Section members vying for four spots in the championship. The other three places went to Al Besselink, Bob Ross and Buzz Garvin who all shot 146. Bert Yancey was exempt for being among the top 10 money winners on the PGA Tour in 1967 through the Masters Tournament. Bob Shave, Jr. was the Section champion but for the first time the Section champions were not exempt for the PGA Championship. This was done to trim the starting field from 177 entries the previous year to 150. There were 1,377 PGA members competing in the 34 PGA Sections for 85 places in their championship. The touring pros qualified for five spots at a site on the PGA Tour and they had 63 exemptions. Due to a sick child Garvin wasn’t able to make the trip back to his hometown of Denver. The child was Tim Garvin who later became a PGA member. No one filled his spot in the starting field. Mike Souchak qualified in the Michigan PGA Section.

The PGA Championship was played at the Columbine Country Club in Denver during the third week of July. The tournament ended in a tie for the second time since it had been changed to stroke play ten years before. On both occasions Don January was in the playoff and this time he came out on top. He posted rounds of 71, 72, 70 and 68 to finish in a tie with Don Massengale at 281. In the playoff on Monday a solid three under par 69 versus a 71 for Massengale gave January the victory. Jack Nicklaus and Dan Sikes tied for third with 282s. Mike Souchak tied for 20th with a score of 289 and won $1,600. Next best for the Philadelphia pros was Skee Riegel (297) who tied for 51st and won $430. Bert Yancey made the cut with a (74-76) 150 but then withdrew. Bob Ross and Al Besselink missed the cut. First prize was $25,000 and the purse was $148,200.

A few days later in July a tournament with the largest purse in the forty-five year history of the Philadelphia Section kicked off on at the Green Valley Country Club. It was the four-day Schmidt Golf Festival, which offered a purse of $14,680 with a first prize of $3,028. The tournament began on a Friday and was played on four different courses over four consecutive days. The Section’s professionals were paired in fours, two pros and two amateurs. Each day they competed in a two-best-ball-of-four competition but the big money was in the individual purse, which encompassed the four rounds. On Saturday the tournament moved to the Squires Golf Club and the host on Sunday was the North Hills Country Club. For the final round they moved across the Delaware River to the Riverton Country Club on Monday. The first day Bob Ross put up a four under par 67 and led the field by four strokes. Dick Hendrickson trailed by six strokes with a 73 but the second day he posted a five under par 65 at Squires to lead Ross by one. The next day Hendrickson broke par again shooting a one under par 70 at North Hills and took a three-stroke lead into the last round. He wrapped up the first place check with a final round of one over par 72 at Riverton for a 280 total. On the last day Al Besselink made a charge with a 66 but he fell three strokes short and tied for second with Bob Schoener, Jr at 283. They each collected $1,684. Bob Ross finished fourth with a one over par 284 and picked up $1,255.

The Philadelphia Open was won by John Kennedy, who was now an assistant at the Edgmont Country Club. The tournament was played on the first Monday in August and the venue was the Atlantic City Country Club and the Linwood Country Club. Kennedy started in the morning at Linwood with a two under par 69 and in the afternoon he birdied the last hole at Atlantic City for a one over par 71. He pitched up close and holed a three-foot putt on the last green for a 140 to avoid a logjam at 141. Buzz Garvin, Jerry Port and amateur George Griffin III tied for second with 141s. Griffin was a student at Florida State University and his father and grandfather were former winners of the Philadelphia Open. Kennedy, a former Pennsylvania Junior champion earned $750 for his victory and the two second place professionals each took home $312.

Charlie Sifford, who had developed his game in the early 1950s playing the Cobbs Creek Golf Club, won the $100,000 Insurance City Open at Hartford in mid August. A last round of 64 at the Wethersfield Country Club gave him a one-stroke win over Steve Opperman (273). His twelve under par (69-70-69-64) 272 earned him a check for $20,000. Gary Player, Dan Sikes, Doug Ford and Ray Floyd tied for third with 274s.


Bob Ross
Won 1967 Section Championship
Won 1967 Pennsylvania Open
Section president 1971 & 1972

The Section Championship was back at the Laurel Oak Country Club in the third week of August. Laurel Oak and Dick Hendrickson were the hosts for a second straight year. The defending champion Bob Shave, Jr. was on the PGA Tour and didn’t defend his title. The purse had been increased by $1,000 to $6,000 and there was another $600 for the seniors. In the first round Bill Kittleman and Bob Ross broke the course record as Kittleman led Ross by one stroke with a 67. The second day Ross posted another sub par round of 69 to go with his opening 68. That gave him a one-stroke lead over Kittleman. A steady par 71 in the final round gave Ross (208) the Section title and possession of the Bulletin Cup by five strokes over Kittleman (213). Hendrickson finished third with a 214. John Abernethy and Al Besselink tied for fourth at 215. Ross won $1,300 and Kittleman picked up $800.

The Pennsylvania Open was played in the western part of the state for the first time in sixteen years but the title stayed in the east. After having been played at the Hershey Country Club for fourteen straight years it was now being moved around. The entry of Arnold Palmer who hadn’t played in the tournament since 1953 when he was an amateur attracted the attention of the press. Palmer entered because the tournament was being played at the Laurel Valley Country Club where he was a member. The tournament drew a record entry of 192 pros and amateurs. Palmer shot a 75 in the first round on Monday but there were only six players in front of him. The tournament committee let Palmer tee off first on Tuesday so he could keep a social commitment in New York where he was entered in the Westchester Open. When Palmer posted a 69 for a 144 on the 7,078 yard course he appeared to be a winner even though he bogied the last hole. Like Palmer Bob Ross had opened with a four over par 75 on Monday. Having won the Philadelphia PGA on Saturday Ross was on a hot streak and it continued on Tuesday. He birdied five of the first seven holes and made two more birdies on the back nine for a, 34-34, 68 and a total of 143 that edged out Palmer by one stroke. Pittsburgh’s Willie Beljan finished third with a 147 and Barry Masick, an unattached pro from Berwick who had led the first day with a 71, was alone in fourth place at 149. Ross won $800 and Palmer donated his $500 check to the Pennsylvania State Golf Association, the sponsor of the tournament.

Once again the Philadelphia Golf Classic had new dates. The tournament was now in mid September when many of the elite touring pros were ready to take some time off from the tournament grind. Whitemarsh Valley Country Club and their professional Sam Penecale were the hosts again and the purse was still $110,000. On Monday Dick Hendrickson, Joe Carr and Steve Reid led the qualifying for 22 open spots in the tournament with one under par 71s. Bill Kittleman was the only other Section professional that qualified as he posted a 75. On Thursday twelve Section members in a field of 144 teed off in the first round. On Sunday with one round to go Dan Sikes was in second place four strokes behind the leader George Archer. Sikes picked up six strokes on Archer with a 68 and left the 18th green a winner by two. His rounds were 71, 68, 69 and 68 for a 276 total. Billy Casper, Mason Rudolph and Bob Charles tied for third with 280 totals, two strokes behind Archer (278). First prize was 22,000. The low Section member was Art Wall who tied for 27th at 286 and won $825. Hendrickson (290) tied for 45th and won the last money of $216. Bob Ross (292) also made the cut finishing one stroke behind Hendrickson and out of the money. Penecale, Skee Riegel, Buzz Garvin, Bob Shave, Jr., Kittleman, Ted McKenzie, Al Besselink, Bert Yancey and Stan Dudas missed the cut. The tournament sponsors announced that the tournament had lost money. The dates and a rainy Saturday were factors. It had made a small profit the year before. A spectator ticket for the seven days was $20 plus another $10.50 for parking and clubhouse privileges.


Schmidt Cup

The Schmidt’s money created another new event. A team of professionals, made up of the season’s top ten point winners, would play a challenge match against ten professionals from the Middle Atlantic Section. The match was played at the Turf Valley Country Club near Baltimore on the first weekend of October. The first day two-man teams played matches under the selective drive-alternate shot format. The Philadelphia team, which on paper seemed very strong, only won one match and trailed 1 to 4 at the end of day one. The lone winning team was Al Besselink & Stan Dudas even though they brought along a television set on the golf cart. The TV was tuned into the World Series baseball game while they played the match. On Sunday there were ten singles matches and things didn’t go much better as the visiting team only won three matches and halved two. Philadelphia’s winners were Dudas, Bob Schoener, Jr. and Tim DeBaufre. Dick Hendrickson and Besselink got the halves. This made the professionals from the Middle Atlantic Section winners 10 matches to 5. The other Philadelphia team members were Bob Ross, Skee Riegel, Bill Kittleman, Buzz Garvin and Ted McKenzie. The winning team members each received $200 and the losers $100.


Tiny Pedone
"Golf Professional of the Year"
1967

The fall meeting was hosted by the Atlantic City Country Club on the fourth Thursday in October. After ten years as a Section officer John Hayes moved up from secretary to president. Joe Aneda had declined to run for a third term because the PGA of America had asked him to run their new business school in the spring. The school for apprentice pros would include a test for the first time. Harlan Will moved over to the secretary position and Bob Kidd was reelected treasurer. Dick Hendrickson was elected first vice president and Jerry Pisano was reelected second vice president. Ed Tabor, Ron Bakich, Charley Lepre and Henry Williams, Jr. were vice presidents at-large. They represented the out-lying regions of the Section such as Harrisburg, Poconos, South Jersey and Central Counties. The "Golf Professional of the Year" award went to Tiny Pedone for his work with the blinded golfers. Bob Ross won possession of the DeBaufre Trophy for one year as the leader in the scoring averages with 71.9 strokes per round. In the Schmidt Point competition Stan Dudas finished on top in the first half of the year and Bob Ross won the second half.

On the next Monday the pros in the Section had another large pro-pro purse to play for. The $10,000 Mushroom Open was sponsored by the mushroom industry of Pennsylvania and played at the Kennett Square Golf & Country Club. Al Besselink and Stan Dudas ran away from the field the first day with a thirteen under par better-ball 57. Besselink had an unofficial 61 and Dudas a 62 for their own scores. They led by five strokes and a second round 66 gave them a 123 total and the top money of $3,000 by four strokes. The host professional Ike Turner and Bob Ross (127) finished second and divided up $1,500. The tournament was open to pros from other Sections and there were entries from seven states.

On the first Monday in November the Edgmont Open at the Edgmont Golf Club offered a $4,500 purse with a $1,000 first place check. It was a benefit tournament that Tiny Pedone had put together for the blinded golfers. Bob Ross added that check to his bank account with a three under par 67. The closest players were four strokes back. Bob Schoener, Jr., Pat Schwab and touring professional Doug Ford all shot 71s.

The national meeting was at Palm Beach, Florida in mid November. The President Max Elbin and the other officers Leo Fraser and Warren Orlick were reelected for a third term. The delegates enthusiastically endorsed a change in the qualifications for membership in the PGA. Up to then a golf professional attained PGA membership by working five years, with a minimum of six months each year, or through participation on the PGA Tour for five years. A one-year credit had been given for attending a one-week non-testing school conducted by the PGA. The apprentices would now receive one credit for each month worked or one-half credit for each tournament a professional played in on the PGA Tour. The apprentice would need to accumulate 40 credits and the touring pro would need 32 credits. They would then need to pass a written test at the PGA business school and no one would be eligible for membership in less than 40 months. One of those schools was going to be in Philadelphia under the direction of Joe Aneda. There were some changes to the USGA rules that concerned the touring pros. One was the ban on croquet style putting and the other was mandatory continuous putting that included cleaning of the ball only before the first putt on a green. A new tournament that was the idea of Fraser was announced. It was called the PGA Club Professional Championship. The tournament was for club professionals, pros who had played in fewer than twelve PGA Tour events in the past twelve months, excluding the majors and the Caribbean Tour. The pros would qualify in their local Sections and the tournament was scheduled for the latter part of the year. It would replace qualifying for the PGA Championship. The low 25 professionals in the tournament and the Section champions would qualify for the PGA Championship. $25,000 of the $50,000 purse would come from the PGA Championship income and the other half would come from the tournament committee fund. Bobby Cruickshank was voted into the PGA Hall of Fame. There were now 35 Sections. The delegates from the Philadelphia Section were John Hayes and Bob Kidd. Marty Lyons was at the meeting as the vice president representing District II.

The PGA National Golf Club in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, hosted qualifying for the PGA Tour. A future Section member, Jimmy Hiskey earned his card with rounds of 71, 77, 78, 71, 74, 70, 76, and 76 for 593. Hiskey tied for 24th as 29 won their playing cards. Bobby Cole led the scoring with a score of 572 for the eight rounds

When the year came to a close the PGA Tour accepted the ban on croquet putting and players like Sam Snead and Bob Shave, Jr. were forced to find another method. Shave was never the same player again while Snead converted to a method he called sidesaddle putting.

Jack Nicklaus shattered the official money winnings number by $48,236 and Palmer won only $4,923 less. The new record take added up to $188,998. Nicklaus was the "PGA Player-of-the-Year". The Vardon Trophy went to Palmer for the fourth time with a 70.18 stroke average.

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1968 - The PGA Seniors’ Championship was won by Chandler Harper in late January. It was Harper who had defeated Henry Williams, Jr. for the PGA Championship in 1950. There were ten former winners of the tournament in the field. Again the tournament was held on the PGA National Golf Club’s East and West courses. A course record 64 by Harper on the East Course in the third round sent him on the way to the victory. The 64 along with rounds of 70, 73 and 72 left Harper (279) four strokes in front of Sam Snead (283) who was trying out his new sidesaddle putting method. Bob Hamilton (285) and Fred Haas, Jr. (289) finished third and fourth. Harper won $4,000, which was $500 more than he had received for winning the PGA Championship eighteen years before. Marty Furgol, who was coming to the Section as the teaching pro at the Wildwood Golf & Country Club, tied for seventh at 294 and won $850. Williams (302) tied for 26th and won $290. Ralph Hutchison (307) tied for 41st and won $100.


Joe Aneda
Section president 1966 & 1967
National vice president 1968

In the first week of March the Section hosted one of the five new PGA Business Schools that were held throughout the country. The school consisted of 45 hours of classroom work and the passing of a written exam for the first time. The school was coordinated and directed by Joe Aneda. Leo Fraser and John Hayes assisted him along with thirteen other Section members. The pros were not paid for their services. The $50,000 that it cost to operate the schools came from monies received by the PGA from the sale of PGA Golf Equipment through the Victor Golf Company.

The Section’s spring meeting was at the Sheraton Hotel in Philadelphia on the third Monday in March. John Hayes presented special awards to George Izett and Bill Bailey of the Bailey & Izett golf club company for their long-standing contributions and dedication to the Section’s pros. Dick Hendrickson and the Section’s tournament coordinator Bob Jones reviewed the upcoming golf schedule, which featured $100,000 in tournaments. The chairman of the Philadelphia golf Classic announced that the Section was receiving six exemptions into the tournament, one going to the Section champion Bob Ross. As the national vice president representing District II Marty Lyons gave his report on the national association’s affairs. After returning to the head table Lyons suffered a heart attack and died before he reached the hospital. Lyons had been a Section member for over forty-years and president of the Section for six years.

A few days after the Section’s spring meeting Joe Aneda was appointed to complete Marty Lyons term as the national vice president for District II, which would end at the national meeting in November.

The Section’s 11th annual golf show scheduled for the second Monday in April was canceled due to the death of Martin Luther King.

The Masters Tournament finished on the second weekend of April. It will always be remembered as the year that Roberto De Vicenzo signed an incorrect scorecard on Sunday and Bob Goalby won by one stroke. De Vicenzo was first to finish with what appeared to be a 65 for 277 and Bob Goalby sank a five-foot putt on the last green for a 66 to finish with 277 also. De Vicenzo signed his scorecard but the total came to 66. His playing partner Tommy Aaron had put him down for a 4 on the seventeenth hole when he had made a birdie 3. Several thousand spectators plus a national TV audience had witnessed the 3 but the 4 stood since that is what he had signed for. There was a great deal of delay as it was debated in the Butler Cabin but the rules of golf were clear. A golfer is responsible for the hole-by-hole scores that he signs for. Goalby was the winner with rounds of 70, 70, 71 and the final 66 and De Vicenzo second at 278. Bert Yancey came up from behind with a seven under par 65 the last round and finished third alone at 279, two strokes out of a playoff. Bruce Devlin finished fourth at 280. Art Wall (288) tied for 22nd at 288 and won $1,760. First prize was $20,000 from a purse of $172,475. Yancey won $10,000.

Phil Bankert, the host professional, survived chilly temperatures and a brisk wind to lead the local qualifying for the U.S. Open with rounds of 73 and 74 for a five over par 147. Qualifying was held at the Colonial Country Club on the third Monday of May. Jack Kiefer, who was playing the PGA Tour, came home to pick up the next spot with a 148. The third and fourth spots went to Bob Batdorff, the professional at the Green Hills Golf Club and Bill Bowland, the assistant at the Lancaster Country Club, who each posted 153s. Don Stough picked up the fifth and last place with a 154.

On a windy spring day Jerry Pisano set the pace with a 141 in the local U.S. Open qualifying trials. Pisano’s turned in a 71 in the morning at Green Valley Country Club and he came back with a 71 at Plymouth Country Club in the afternoon. Both rounds were one under par. His scores were even more impressive since he was a pro without a golf course. Due to construction of the Blue Route Radnor Valley Country Club had been shut down for more than one year and some new holes were being built. The Blue Route didn’t actually open until 1992, more than twenty years later. Qualifying was on the third Monday in May. The pros and amateurs were competing for seventeen spots that would send them on to the sectional qualifying. Al Besselink and amateur Billy Hyndman just missed tying for the medal as they turned in 142s. Next were Bill Kittleman and Skee Riegel with 146 totals. George Griffin, Jr., Dick Hendrickson, now the professional at the Little Mill Country Club, Ted McKenzie and John Trullinger, a non-PGA pro from the Center Square Golf Club, tied for sixth with 149s. Tim DeBaufre and amateurs Billy Hyndman and George Haines tied for tenth at 150. Sam Penecale and Ron Bakich made it through with 151s. The last three places went to Dennis Milne, the assistant to his father George at the Trenton Country Club, Bob Schoener, Jr. and another amateur Trip O’Donnell who all turned in 153s. Art Wall was exempt as a result of tying for ninth in the Open the year before. Bert Yancey had earned an exemption for having been in the top 15 on the 1967 PGA Tour money list. There was a record 3,007 entries for the Open that year.

On the first Tuesday in June Don Stough led five qualifiers at Rockville, Maryland into the U.S. Open. Stough (143) put together rounds of 74 and 69 at the Woodmont Country Club to win the medal by one stroke. There were five spots at Woodmont and it took a 148 to qualify.

On the first Tuesday of June Dick Hendrickson shot 145 and Ted McKenzie posted a 146 to pass the U.S. Open qualifying test at Montclair, New Jersey. They were part of a group of 19 who won out over 119 pros and amateurs. Pat Schwab earned the medalist honors and $300 with a one over par 141. Eight players played off at 147 for the last seven openings. Hendrickson and McKenzie had qualified locally in Philadelphia. McKenzie didn’t get to tee off in the Open. Due to not checking the entry blank for the registration requirements he had been replaced in the tournament when he checked in on Tuesday. He had missed the deadline to either register or notify the committee concerning the time he would arrive.

In mid June at the U.S. Open at Oak Hill Country Club Lee Trevino came from relative obscurity to win. Bert Yancey took a two-stroke lead in the first round with a three under par 67. The second day he added on a 68 to stay two strokes up on Trevino and at the same time he tied the Open record for the first 36 holes. On Saturday he posted a 70 that set an Open record for 54 holes and kept him in the lead one in front of Trevino. On Sunday the two leaders were together in the final pairing. Yancey faded early finishing with a 76 for 281 and third place while Trevino continued with his sub-seventy scoring. Nicklaus (279) put together a last round 67 to move into second place four behind Trevino. Trevino tied the Open record of 275 and became the first player to break 70 in all four rounds with scores of 69, 68, 69 and 69. Trevino earned $30,000, second prize was $15,000 and Yancey picked up $10,000 for third. Bobby Nicholls finished fourth at 282. Art Wall tied for 50th with a 287 and won $795. Don Stough and Dick Hendrickson missed the cut.

Something that had been a part of the PGA since it was formed in 1916 came to an end. The last Section qualifying rounds for the PGA Championship were played. In the future a club professional’s access to their championship would be through the PGA Club Professional Championship or by winning the Section Championship. The Philadelphia Section members qualified at the Rolling Green Golf Club on the third Friday of June. Bob Ross was exempt as the Section champion and the others had two openings to compete for. The low man was Bob Schoener, Jr. with a pair of steady one over par 72s for 144. Tim DeBaufre picked up the second spot with a 145 but he had to go three extra holes in a sudden death playoff to eliminate Bill Kittleman (145). No one broke par in any round and DeBaufre was the only one to equal par. Bert Yancey had an exemption off the PGA Tour money list and Mike Souchak was exempt for having finished in a tie for 20th in the PGA the year before.

The Pennsylvania Open was in the western part of the state for a second straight year in early July. This time the title didn’t come back east. The winner was Roland Stafford and you could see the Green Oaks Country Club where the tournament was played from the Longue Vue Club where he was the professional. A two under par 69 the first day gave him a share of the lead and with a second 69 on Tuesday he coasted in with a 138 for a four-stroke win. It had been seventeen years since a player from western Pennsylvania had won the tournament. Sam Penecale, Skee Riegel and amateur Trip O’Donnell tied for second. Henry McQuiston, Willie Maples, an assistant at the Philadelphia Country Club, Gene Ferrell and amateurs Paul Young and Gene Farrell tied for fifth with 144s. First prize was $750.

In the third week of July the PGA Championship was held at the Pecan Valley Country Club in San Antonio, Texas. Julius Boros survived the heat to become the oldest winner, at 48, in what was the fiftieth running of the PGA Championship. His rounds were 71, 71, 70 and 69 for 281. He nipped Arnold Palmer (282), who would never win the PGA and Bob Charles (282) by one stroke. George Archer and Marty Fleckman tied for fourth with 283s. First prize was $25,000 from a purse of $150,000. Bert Yancey won $1,400 tying for 23rd at 288 and Tim DeBaufre (293) tied for 41st and won $586.50. Bob Schoener, Jr. (306) also made the cut and picked up the last money of $365 for his tie for 70th. Mike Souchak and Bob Ross missed the cut.

In late July Tim DeBaufre came from seventh place and six strokes back in the last round of the Schmidt Golf Festival to win the $3,000 to prize. A three under par 69 at the Host Farm Golf Course in the last round enabled DeBaufre (285) to finish one stroke in front of Stan Dudas (286), Dick Hendrickson (286) and Jim Parker (286), an assistant at St. Davids Golf Club. They each took away $1,583. Al Besselink and Jerry Port tied for fifth with 287s. DeBaufre started slowly with a four over par 75 at the Berkshire Country Club and followed it up with a one under par 71 at the Whitford Country Club. He then put together a two under par 70 at the Radley Run Country Club. The purse had been increased slightly from the year before to $15,100.

For only the second time in the sixty five-year history of the Philadelphia Open an amateur won. For over thirty plus years Bill Hyndman had come close many times. He had finished second in the tournament three times but this time he was able to grab the title. He started fast with a four under par 67 in the morning at the Whitford Country Club and came back in the afternoon with a three over par 75 at the Waynesborough Country Club for a one under par 142. The only threat to Hyndman was Tim DeBaufre (144) who posted a pair of 72s. Dennis Milne finished third at 146. Henry McQuiston and Mike Beacham, an assistant at the Media Heights Golf Club, tied for fourth with 147s. Only Hyndman shot lower than 71. DeBaufre received the $750 top prize from the $2,030 purse. Fourteen pros won a check. The tournament was held on the first Monday of August.

The sixth Philadelphia Golf Classic was back at the Whitemarsh Valley Country Club in the third week of August. The purse now down to $100,000 had gone from the largest on the PGA Tour to below average. Due to the purse some of the exempt players took a week off. On Monday there were 232 players competing for 40 places in the starting field. In order to handle the large number of players they were sent off in groups of four at 7:30. Al Besselink, Dean Beman and Bill Blanton led the qualifying with three under par 69s. Ron Bakich and Bob Schoener, Jr. qualified with 71s. Dick Smith, Sr., the professional at the Wedgwood Country Club, and Skee Riegel made it with 73s. John Carson, the professional at the Cedarbrook Hill Country Club, was next with a 74. Bill Kittleman got under the wire with 75 but it required another day to secure the spot. Monday’s qualifying took twelve hours and finished in a drizzle. There wasn’t enough daylight for playoffs so the next morning nineteen players who had posted 75s returned for a sudden death playoff to determine the last six starters in the field. When the tournament got under way Bob Murphy put together rounds of 69, 71 and 66 to lead by one stroke entering the last round. On Sunday he shot a steady 70 but Labron Harris had finished earlier with a 68 and they were tied at 276. They went back out for a sudden death playoff that started on #15 for the TV audience. They both made pars on #15 and #16 and when Murphy holed a 12-foot putt for a birdie on #17 he had his first win on the PGA Tour. First prize was $20,000. That year the winner received the Marty Lyons Memorial Trophy in memory of Lyons, who had died that spring. Dudley Wysong (277) finished third one stroke back. Jack Nicklaus, Frank Beard and Charlie Coody tied for fourth with 278s. It appeared that the tournament made money that year. By late March $50,000 in spectator tickets had been sold. 168 amateurs paid $300 to play in the pro-am on Wednesday and 16,650 people were at Whitemarsh for the final round on Sunday. The low pro from the Section was Bert Yancey (282) who tied for 13th and won $1,750. Art Wall (285) finished tied for 30th and won $625. Schoener, Jr. and Jerry Port each shot 287. They tied for 48th and the each received the last money of $63. Dick Hendrickson (288), Bob Ross (289), Tim DeBaufre (291), Kittleman (299) and Carson (300) all made the cut but finished out of the money. Only the first 50 and ties won money. The host professional Sam Penecale (72-74-78) made the cut but withdrew after the third round. Smith, Riegel, Stan Dudas, Bakich and Besselink missed the cut.

While the tour was at Whitemarsh Valley the old dispute between the touring pros and the PGA of America flared up again. The players wanted complete control of the $5.6 million tour. They had put together a 13 man organizing committee and hired a lawyer. They called themselves the "American Professional Golfers Inc.". The new organization announced that they had begun negotiating for tournaments and television contracts. On Wednesday evening at Whitemarsh they elected their first officers. Gardner Dickinson was elected president, Jack Nicklaus was the vice president and Billy Casper was made treasurer. Four other touring pros were elected to the board and four business people were to be appointed to the board. Within a few weeks Arnold Palmer had committed to the new group. Jack Tuthill and Billy Booe, who supervised the tour along with Marty Carmichael, who negotiated the TV contracts, had resigned as employees of the PGA They were now employed by the new players’ organization.


Stan Dudas
1968 Section Champion

The Section Championship was at the Brookside Country Club near Allentown in mid September. The eighty-eight Section members who were entered played the course for three days and no one shot a round in the 60s. One of the par five holes had been shortened for the tournament and par had been reduced from 71 to 70. At the end of the three scheduled days there were three players were tied at the top with 217s. On Sunday Stan Dudas, Dick Hendrickson and Henry McQuiston returned for an 18-hole playoff for the title and the $1,500 first prize. The purse was $7,000. Dudas came through with a great round of 66 to win the championship for a third time. He needed a low score because Hendrickson posted a 69 and McQuiston shot 73. Dudas’ three tournament rounds were 74, 70 and 73. Jerry Pisano and Henry Williams, Jr. tied for fourth with 218s. The host professional was Frank Burns who had worked for Dudas as his assistant at the North Hills Country Club.

At the end of September, qualifying was held for the newly created PGA Club Professional Championship on Merion Golf Club’s East Course. To be eligible for the tournament a professional must have played in less than 12 tournaments on the PGA Tour in the past 12 months. The Section had five qualifying spots along with an exemption for the Section Champion, Stan Dudas. The first place went to Tim DeBaufre (143) who returned scores of 71 and 72 for the day on the par 70 course. Sam Penecale was next at 144. Skee Riegel and Henry McQuiston posted 148s and George Griffin, Jr. grabbed the last opening with a 149.

In the second week of October the $10,000 Mushroom Pro-Pro tournament was played again at the Kennett Square Golf & Country Club. On Monday Dick Hendrickson and Bill Kittleman teamed up for a nine under par better-ball 61 but it only got them a three-way tie at the top of the leaderboard. A second round 64 for a total of 125 eked out a one-stroke win over northern New Jersey’s Eddie Famula and Ken Burnette (126). There was a first prize of $2,400 for Hendrickson and Kittleman to split up.


1968 Schmidt Challenge Cup Team
Front Row L-R--Stan Dudas, Jerry Port, Skee Riegel,
Schmidt VP Link Allen, Dennis Milne, Tim DeBaufre
Second Row L-R—Henry McQuiston, Sam Penecale,
Charlie Lepre, Henry Williams, Jr., Bob Ross
In the back—Dick Hendrickson

It was the Philadelphia Section’s turn to host the Schmidt Challenge Cup matches. Atlantic City Country Club hosted the matches on a weekend in the latter part of October. The players had decided that Skee Riegel would be the captain and he decided that if he were going to be the captain he would be a non-playing captain. The year before Philadelphia had lost to the Middle Atlantic Section by a wide margin in Baltimore and the team didn’t want this to happen again. The first day the teams played five better-ball matches and it ended with each team winning two matches and halving the other. The Philadelphia teams that won were Dick Hendrickson-Tim DeBaufre and Henry Williams, Jr.-Dennis Milne. The Sam Penecale-Henry McQuiston team got a half. On the second day things went Philadelphia’s way as they won six of the ten singles matches and halved two. Stan Dudas, Bob Ross, Charlie Lepre, Penecale, McQuiston and Milne won their matches. Jerry Port and Williams halved with their opponents. They had almost reversed the score from the previous year as they won by nine and one-half points to five and one-half for the Middle Atlantic Section.


John Vasco
"Golf Professional of the Year"
1968

The next day the Section held its annual meeting and election of officers at the Riverton Country Club. The President John Hayes, Dick Hendrickson the first vice president and the Treasurer Bob Kidd were reelected. There were two new officers. Joe Cannon, the professional at the Wilmington Country Club, was elected secretary and Bob Ross was elected second vice president. The "Golf Professional of the Year" award went to John Vasco who had been the guiding force behind the success of the Section’s golf show and the chairman of the national PGA Merchandise Show. The winner of the DeBaufre Trophy was Stan Dudas for his 73.0 per round average for the year. Under the guidance of Hayes an organization for the assistant golf professionals had been initiated that year. The president of the assistants group was Hayes’ assistant at the Riverton Country Club, Fred Philipps. The seniors elected Vasco as their president.


Bob Jones
1st Section
Executive Director
PGA member 40 years

The big news was that the Section now had an office. Office space had been rented at 354 West Lancaster Avenue in Haverford, Pennsylvania. The telephone number was 215 649 5443. The Section had 320 members plus 50 apprentices making the paper work more than Anne Scott and the officers could handle. Bob Jones had been hired as the executive director and he had a secretary. For thirty years Anne Scott had been the executive secretary for the Section and handled the paperwork for the Section’s officers. She worked as the secretary to the regional sales manager of the Spalding Sporting Goods Company. During most of that time the office had been in Philadelphia so Spalding’s address, 401 N. Broad Street, Philadelphia 8, Pennsylvania, had also been the official address of the Philadelphia Section PGA. In recent years Spalding had moved to an industrial park in Ft. Washington and that had been the Section’s address. Jones had been working as the Section’s tournament coordinator for the past two years. Because of this he knew all of the golf professionals and understood what they wanted. The Section office was located in Haverford because it was near where Jones lived.

In the yearlong Schmidt Points competition Pete Trenham won the first half and Dick Hendrickson took the second half. A playoff was held between the two winners at the Llanerch Country Club, which Hendrickson won. Hendrickson and Trenham each picked up $600 for finishing on top and Hendrickson received another $250 for winning the playoff. A total of $2,375 was paid out in each half with ten professionals receiving checks for each half of the year.

The PGA of America held a tour qualifying school at the PGA National Golf Club in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida and the new American Professional Golfers association held its own qualifying tournament at the Doral Country Club near Miami. At PGA National a future Section member, Vernon Novak, earned a player’s card with an eight round 598 score. Thirty cards were awarded at PGA National and 21 were given out at Doral. There had also been a school in the spring of that year where 15 more cards had been given out. There were many questions as to who was going to be playing on what tour.


Leo Fraser
PGA President 1969 to 1970
Section President 1957 to 1962

Leo Fraser was elected president of the PGA of America at the national meeting. The meeting was held in Palm Beach in mid November. Fraser had been in the golf business for more than 40 years and his father had been a golf professional. Fraser had been a club professional, tournament player and the owner of a country club. During World War II he had risen from private to major. He had been the president of the Philadelphia Section for seven years and the innovator of many programs for the Section. After the election Fraser announced that he would "take every step to find an honorable peace with the "American Professional Golfers". Warren Orlick moved up from treasurer to secretary. There were seven candidates for the office of treasurer. On the fifth ballot Bill Clarke of the Middle Atlantic Section was elected. The delegates were told that a pension plan was almost finalized. The required documents were in the hands of the IRS and it was expected that the members could start signing up right after the first of the year. The delegates were also informed that the wage and hour laws applied to the club professional. The Department of Labor had ruled against the golf professionals stating that they were deemed to be a part of the total golf facility. Therefore they were not considered a small business, which exempted some employers from the law. For the eighth straight year Henry Poe was the chairman of the meeting. At the meeting Joe Aneda stepped down as a national vice president having completed Marty Lyon’s term. Chick Harbert was inducted into the PGA Hall of Fame. John Hayes and Bob Kidd were the delegates to the national meeting. The PGA did not select a PGA Player of the Year.

In early December the PGA of America and the touring professionals reached a settlement through the efforts of the new President Leo Fraser. The settlement kept the PGA Tour under the umbrella of the PGA of America. A "Tournament Division" was created, which was managed by a ten man Tournament Policy Board. The board was made up of the three PGA officers, four professionals from the PGA Tour and three independent businessmen. A tournament director was to be hired to manage the tour under the direction of the board. The PGA managed to hold on to lucrative assets like the PGA Championship, Ryder Cup, PGA Seniors’ Championship and the PGA Merchandise Show. Due to that the financial future of the club professional’s part of the association was assured.

The first PGA Club Professional Championship, the "brain child" of Leo Fraser, was played in Scottsdale, Arizona in early December. Two courses were used, the par 72 Century Country Club and the par 71 Roadrunner Country Club. The purse was $50,000 and the winner’s name was engraved on the Walter Hagen Cup. Howell Fraser, an assistant pro from northern New Jersey, was the winner by four strokes with rounds of 72, 66, 65 and 69. His 272 score was still the tournament record more than thirty years later. Tim DeBaufre posted a 289, which gave him a tie for 49th and a check for $101.36. Skee Riegel (290) tied for 60th and Stan Dudas (296) tied for 85th. They each won the last money of $88.89. Henry McQuiston, George Griffin, Jr., and Sam Penecale missed the cut.

In 1968 the Spalding Golf Company came out with a solid golf ball named the Executive. Since 1902 when the Haskell wound rubber ball replaced the solid gutta percha the golfers of the world had been playing with wound golf balls. It would be quite a while before there was a solid ball that the world-class players would play but it was an immediate help to the average player. They could now purchase a quality golf ball that wouldn’t cut and kept its original shape for many rounds instead of less than one round. Soon the driving ranges had a golf ball for their customers that performed like the balls they used on the golf course.

It seemed like new money winning records were being set each year on the PGA Tour and 1968 was no exception. Billy Casper became the first man over $200,000 with $205,169, $49,883 more than Jack Nicklaus. Casper won the Vardon Trophy for a record fifth time with an average of 69.82 strokes per round.

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1969 - Charlie Sifford earned his second PGA Tour victory at the Los Angeles Open in mid January. Sifford and Harold Henning tied at 276 and Sifford won the $20,000 first prize with a birdie 3 on the first extra hole. When the tournament began Sifford opened up with a 63 at the Rancho Park Golf Club. He blistered the back nine shooting a seven under par 28. He followed that up with three straight 71s. Billy Casper and Bruce Devlin tied for third one stroke back with 277s. The purse was $100,000 and first prize was $20,000. The $50,000 Alameda Open was played at the same time. Even though the PGA Tour dispute had been settled the PGA had booked Alameda previous to that and fulfilled the contract.

Tommy Bolt won the PGA Seniors’ Championship in late January at the home of the PGA in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Bolt had four solid rounds of 70, 70, 71 and 67 for a 278 that beat Pete Fleming (279) by one stroke. Sam Snead finished third with a 280 and Bob Hamilton was next at 281. Henry Williams, Jr. (294) finished in a tie for 18th and won $475. Clint Kennedy (296), the professional at the Camp Hill Golf Club, tied for 23rd and won $350.


Philadelphia Section PGA
Tournament Regulations
Written By
Bill Kittleman & Pete Trenham

The Section’s spring meeting was on the fourth Monday of March at the George Washington Motor Lodge in King-of-Prussia. More than 125 Section members were in attendance. The Section had a revised constitution, which included new employment guidelines and tournament regulations. Joe Cannon and Bill Smith, the professional at the Concord Country Club, had written a model employment agreement for the benefit of the professionals and their employers. The agreement gave suggested minimums for salaries, club storage, lessons, golf car income, lessons, etc. Bill Kittleman and Pete Trenham had written the new "Tournament Regulations", which consisted of 48 pages of guidelines. The guidelines covered every event from the open tournaments to pro-ams including the prize money breakdowns. Tournament chairman Dick Hendrickson announced that all pro-member tournaments would have to guarantee certain minimums in order to be on the Section’s schedule. The minimum would be a $25 appearance fee and $50 in prize money for each invited professional. There had been 28 pro-members, most of them on Sundays, and there would certainly be fewer that year. There were 12 events on the schedule excluding the Philadelphia and Pennsylvania Opens that offered $1,000 or more in added money. Leo Fraser, new president of the PGA of America, reported on the Club Professional Championship and other national affairs. Ken Stear was honored for raising the most money, $576, at his club for National Golf Day in 1968. The Section members were told that they would receive five exemptions for the Philadelphia Golf Classic.

After eleven years in Philadelphia the Section’s annual golf show had a new home. The show was held in King of Prussia on the Monday after the spring meeting. The show was open to the pros from 9 AM to noon and then the public was welcomed in. The pro golf salesmen were pleased. Many of them drove their cars into the showroom at the George Washington Motor Lodge on Sunday night and unloaded at their booths. The guest celebrity was Sharron Moran from the LPGA Tour. In 1966 she had been voted America’s most beautiful golfer by one of the major golf magazines. Relays of golf professionals gave free instruction in the driving nets along with putting and sand play tips. A fourteen man All-Philadelphia professional team was announced for driving, putting, sand shots, etc. The show was deemed a success as the attendance was equal to the Philadelphia shows and more sales reps had rented space.

The Masters Tournament was won by George Archer in the second week of April. After a 67 the first day Archer (281) played three steady rounds of 73, 69 and 72 to win his one and only major by one shot. Three others had chances but in the end they all tied for second. Billy Casper, George Knudson and Tom Weiskopf all posted 282s. First prize was $20,000, which it had been since 1961. Bert Yancey shot par, 288, tied for 13th and won $2,700. Art Wall (297) also made the cut. He tied for 40th and won $1,400.

Dick Hendrickson (143) outscored 98 pros and amateurs to grab the medal in the local qualifying for the U.S. Open on the third Monday in May. There were showers in the morning and an intermittent drizzle in the afternoon. Hendrickson had a one over par 73 at the Llanerch Country Club in the morning and a one under par 70 in the afternoon at the Rolling Green Golf Club. They were competing for eighteen places that would advance them to the sectional level. George Griffin, Jr. finished second with a 144 and Skee Riegel won the third spot with a 145. Willie Scholl, the professional at the Gulph Mills Golf Club and Henry McQuiston tied for fourth with 146s. Amateurs Billy Hyndman and Paul Beallard were next with 148s. Dick Mullen ended up alone in eighth place at 149. Jerry Pisano and amateur Frank Guise tied for ninth with 150s. Bill Bishop, the professional at the Freeway Golf Club, Bob Schoener, Jr., and amateurs Dave Brookerson and James Monkman turned in 151s to tie for eleventh. Al Besselink, Pete Trenham, Buzz Garvin and amateur Allan Sussel posted 152s and survived a five-way playoff for the last four places, which eliminated Willie Maples. Bert Yancey’s third place finish at Oak Hill the year before earned him a full exemption. Mike Souchak was exempt from local qualifying.

Also on the third Monday of May Charlie Gilbert, the professional at the Silver Spring Golf Club, won the U.S. Open local qualifying medal at the Country Club of Harrisburg. Gilbert (147) put together rounds of 73 and 74 on the par 71 course. Six other players qualified there as well. Buster Reed (148) and Howard Kramer (148), the professional at the Host Farm Resort & Golf Club were one stroke off the medal pace. Amateur and future Section member Sherm Keeney tied with Western Pennsylvania pro Frank Kiraly for the fourth spot with 149s. Dave Collingwood, the assistant at the Lancaster Country Club, and amateur Wayne Jacobs posted 151s and survived a three-man sudden death playoff in order to move on to the sectional qualifying rounds.

Bert Yancey won the $115,000 Atlanta Golf Classic in late May. Yancey birdied the 72nd hole at the Atlanta Country Club to match Bruce Devlin, who also birdied the last hole, with 277 totals. Yancey and Devlin returned to the 15th hole for a sudden death playoff. They both birdied that hole and when Yancey birdied the next hole he had won the $$23,000 first prize. Yancey’s four tournament rounds were 71, 68, 69 and 69. Gary Player also birdied the last hole and finished one stroke out of the playoff with a 278. Bruce Crampton finished fourth at 279. First prize was $23,000.

On the first Tuesday in June Skee Riegel qualified for the U.S. Open at Purchase, New York. Riegel (147) put together rounds of 75 and 72 at Century Country Club and Brae Burn Country Club. Riegel had qualified locally in Philadelphia. Terry Wilcox was low with a 143. Four players with 148 totals survived a sudden death playoff to qualify.

Also on the first Tuesday of June Al Besselink made it back to the U.S. Open with ease as he posted the second lowest score at the Bethesda Country Club in Maryland. Besselink had rounds of 70 and 72 for a 142 to trail Dean Beman (141) by one stroke. There were six spots in Washington and a score of 149 made the grade exactly on the number.

Mike Souchak (74-71) and Al Balding (71-74) led the qualifying for the U.S. Open at Birmingham, Michigan. They led by five strokes with 145s. There were five spots at Birmingham and scores of 152 qualified. The qualifying rounds at Birmingham were played on the first Tuesday of June also.

The U.S. Open was at Jackie Burke and Jimmy Demaret’s Champions Golf Club near Houston in mid June. A real long shot, Orville Moody was the winner, picking up his only major and his only win on the PGA Tour. After 14 years as a career soldier he had joined the tour two years before. Moody was a solid player and if he had left the army as a young man he probably would have won several times on the tour. His cross-handed putting stroke held up that week and he put together rounds of 71, 70, 68 and 72 for a 281. Bob Rosburg, Al Geiberger and Dean Beman tied for second one stroke back with 282s. First prize was $30,000. Bert Yancey won $1,500 tying for 22nd at 288. Mike Souchak tied for 42nd and won $955 for his 294 total. Skee Riegel and Al Besselink missed the cut.

In the second week of July Bert Yancey finished 16th in the British Open. For the first time in 18 years an Englishman won their Open as Tony Jacklin won at Royal Lytham and St. Anne’s Golf Club with a 280. Bob Charles (282) finished second one stroke in front of Peter Thomson (283) and Roberto de Vicenzo (282). Yancey had rounds of 72, 71, 71 and 77 for 291.

The week after the British Open Whitemarsh Valley Country Club hosted the Philadelphia Golf Classic for a seventh straight year. Because of the tournament being the week after the British Open there were only twelve spots to qualify for on Monday. That gave the non-exempt players on the PGA Tour a chance to make the cut, which qualified them for Whitemarsh. Larry Mowry and Bert Weaver led the qualifying with 69s. The Section’s lone qualifier was Dave Collingwood who turned in a 72 to make it right on the number without a playoff. It was mid July and it was hot. Orville Moody had to be taken off the course in an ambulance in the first round, the host professional Sam Penecale had to stop in the middle of the second round and six others withdrew during the tournament with heat related problems. The defending champion Bob Murphy had his clubs stolen from his car on Friday night and he played the last two rounds with a set that belonged to his father. It may have been the heat but only four players broke 280. Dave Hill, Gay Brewer, Tommy Jacobs and R.H. Sikes who was not related to the 1967 winner Dan Sikes all posted nine under par 279s. On the first hole of a sudden death playoff Hill made a birdie and won for the third time that year. His rounds were 71, 71, 68 and 69. With the help of the Industrial Valley Bank the purse had been raised to $150,000 and the tournament made a profit. After starting out with a purse of $125,000 in 1963 the purse had been lowered several times until it reached $100,000 in 1968. First prize was now $30,000 and everyone who made the cut received a check. Bert Yancey (293) who never seemed to play well at Whitemarsh, tied for 60th, Stan Dudas (297), now leasing the Mays Landing Golf Club finished 71st and Art Wall (302) finished 73rd. They each picked up the $230 last money checks. Dick Smith, Sr., Jerry Port, Bob Ross, Dick Hendrickson and Collingwood missed the cut.

The Schmidt Golf Festival had been renamed the Prior Golf Festival to promote Schmidt’s premium beer. There were 72 professionals entered and in the first three rounds the pros were paired up with 72 amateurs. The purse was now $15,500 with $500 going to the low seniors. The tournament began at the Edgmont Golf Club on a Thursday in late July and moved to the Radley Run Country Club on Friday. Saturday was a day off so the pros could be at their clubs and the third round was played at the Manufacturers Golf & Country Club on Sunday. The final round was set for the next day at the Little Mill Country Club but due to heavy rains that closed the course and scheduling conflicts it wasn’t played until the second Monday in August. When the tournament was finally completed Al Besselink took the top prize of $2,700 with a 287. He began with a two over par 72 at Edgmont, posted a one under par 71 at Radley Run and then took over the lead in the tournament with a three under par 69 at Manufacturers. When they finally got to Little Mill he finished with a four over par 75 for a one-stroke win. Dick Smith, Sr. and Stan Dudas tied for second with 288s. Bob Schoener, Jr. shot 289 and finished one stroke ahead of Ted McKenzie (290).

On the first Monday of August the Philadelphia Open was won by the defending champion Bill Hyndman. The host club was the Merion Golf Club. Hyndman turned in a four under par 66 on the West Course in the morning and came back in the afternoon with a par round of 70 on the East Course. His 136 won by eight strokes and it was the largest margin of victory since the tournament had gone from 72 holes to 36 in 1940. The top three checks went to Tim DeBaufre, who was now back on the PGA Tour, Pete Dever, the professional at the Brookside Country Club in Pottstown, and Bob Pfister, the professional at the Llanerch Country Club. They tied for second with 144s. They each earned $483.33. There was a four-way tie for fifth as Don Stough, Henry McQuiston, Bill Bowland and Stan Brion, the assistant at the Green Valley Country Club, all posted 145s. Hyndman was a member of the Walker Cup team that year. He had planned to play in the Canadian Open that next week but decided to withdraw and rest up for the Walker Cup matches later that month. The purse totaled $3,450.

The PGA Championship was held under the new qualifying arrangement that year. The top fifty from the 1968 PGA Tour money list, the Ryder Cup team, the last five U.S. Open winners, all past PGA champions, the Section champions and the top 25 from the PGA Club Professional Championship plus five additional players were invited. The Section champion Stan Dudas and Mike Souchak who was in the field for his sixth place tie at the previous year’s Club Professional Championship were in the field. Art Wall and Bert Yancey who were exempt off the 1968 PGA Tour money list also represented the Philadelphia Section. The tournament was in Dayton, Ohio in mid August. Ray Floyd went wire to wire to win. He began with a two under par 69 that put him in a nine-way tie at the top and followed it up with a 66 and a 67 to lead by five strokes with a round to go. A shaky 74 on Sunday brought him in one stroke in front of Gary Player (277) with a total of 276. Bert Greene finished third at 278. Floyd won $35,000. Souchak (294) tied for 59th and Dudas (297) tied for 69th. They won the last money of $241.38. Wall and Yancey missed the cut.

The Pennsylvania Open was played at the Philadelphia Cricket Club on the Monday and Tuesday after the PGA. The fairways and greens didn’t have much grass and the rough was so deep the players couldn’t find their golf balls. There were 142 starters and 52 didn’t turn in a score in the first round. The players were paired in fours and on several occasions the four players and the four caddies couldn’t find the ball even when they knew exactly where it was. After the first round the field was cut to the low sixty and a score of 83, which was twelve over par made it. Tony Perla, an assistant from the Philadelphia Country Club, brought in the winning score of 149, 76 on Monday and a 73 on Tuesday. Chuck Scally finished second with a 150 and Bob Schoener, Jr. was third at 151. Bob Ross, Willie Scholl and Willie Beljan tied for fourth with 152s. The total purse was $3,200 and Perla won $850. A score of 159 finished in the money.

On the last Monday in September the Section members qualified for five spots in the PGA Club Professional Championship at the Torresdale-Frankford Country Club. The low qualifier was Dick Hendrickson with a 75 and a 67 for a two over par 142. Ted McKenzie and Charlie Gilbert were next at 144 and Bob Ross made it safely with a 145. Pete Trenham, Stan Dudas, Buster Reed and Willie Maples all posted 146s. Trenham won the last spot by making a two-foot putt for a birdie 3 on the first hole of a sudden death playoff.


Al Besselink
1969 Section Champion

The first round of the Section Championship was played the next day near Scranton. The host club was the par 72 Glen Oak Country Club. Al Besselink picked up his second Section Championship but it wasn’t wrapped up until the final green. Besselink held a two-stroke lead going into the last round with a 70 and a 69. In the last round Besselink, Tim DeBaufre and the host professional Jerry Port were paired together. Teeing off on the 18th hole Besselink had a one-stroke lead on Port and two on DeBaufre. Besselink made a par 5 for a 72 and 211. DeBaufre just missed an eagle putt and Port missed a four-foot birdie putt. They tied for second with 212s. Ted McKenzie and Dick Hendrickson tied for fourth at 214. Besselink won $900 from the $5,000 purse and possession of the Bulletin Cup for one year. Besselink wasn’t eligible for the Club Professional Championship as the Section champion since he had played in more than twelve PGA Tour events in the past twelve months. He was leaving for the Caribbean Tour in early November.

In late October the Schmidt Cup matches were played near Washington D.C. at the Washingtonian Golf Club’s National Course. In the four-ball matches the first day the Philadelphia Section’s Dick Hendrickson & Dick Smith, Sr. and Ted McKenzie & Tim DeBaufre teams were the only winners and the visiting team trailed 2 points to 3. The second day there were the ten singles matches. Philadelphia won five of the first nine matches and with only the DeBaufre-Mike McGinnis match left on the course the two teams were tied 7-7. The last match was tied going to the 18th hole and when McGinnis missed a very short putt for a win the match and the two teams were even. DeBaufre and McGinnis were sent out to play extra holes and settle the tie. On the first playoff hole McGinnis holed a 60-foot putt for a birdie and when DeBaufre missed from 35-feet the Middle Atlantic had won 8 to 7. The Philadelphia winners of the singles matches were Jerry Port, Stan Dudas, McKenzie, Smith and Hendrickson. Al Besselink, Bob Ross, Henry McQuiston and Bob Schoener, Jr. were the other members of the team. Skee Riegel finished eighth on the point list but withdrew from the matches to continue as the non-playing captain. In order to fill the tenth place on the team McKenzie had beaten out Bob Pfister in a playoff.


1969 Challenge Cup Team
Back Row L to R—Dick Smith, Sr., Tim DeBaufre,
Bob Schoener, Jr., Stan Dudas, Bob Ross, Al Besselink
Front Row L to R—Henry McQuiston, Ted McKenzie
Skee Riegel, Jerry Port, Dick Hendrickson


Pete DeAngelis
"Golf Professional of the Year"
1969

The fall meeting and election of officers was on the first Wednesday in November at the George Washington Motor Lodge in King of Prussia. The nominating committee had proposed a slate for election and four other Section members were nominated from the floor opposing four of the nominees. The opposition slate had a nine-point campaign platform. One was to form a chapter in Central Pennsylvania giving those members an opportunity to have their own tournament schedule. Another point was to give the members outside the metropolitan Philadelphia area more voice in the Section’s affairs. The nominees were Bob Ross-president, Henry Williams, Jr.-first vice president, Stan Dudas-second vice president, Jerry Pisano-secretary and Bob Thatcher-treasurer. The nominees from the floor were John Vasco-president, Dick Hendrickson-first vice president, Henry McQuiston-second vice president and Pete Trenham-treasurer. Vasco defeated Ross in a very close race and Williams declined to run against Hendrickson who had been the first vice president and tournament chairman for two years. Stan Dudas declined to run against McQuiston and the nominating committee put up Joe Cannon who held the office the year before. McQuiston defeated Cannon and Trenham defeated Thatcher, the professional at the Aronimink Golf Club. There were now 389 Section members and 122 members voted in the election. Vasco was president of the national PGA Senior’s association and had been directing the Section’s golf show for four years. The award for the Section’s "Golf Professional of the Year" went to Pete DeAngelis who had been associated with the Plymouth Country Club for 35 years as caddie master, assistant pro and head professional. DeAngelis was known for his education of assistants. When the PGA of America started having schools for assistants DeAngelis and some other pros had started holding schools for assistants in Section. Hendrickson won the DeBaufre Trophy with an average of 72.4 strokes per round.

The national meeting was in Scottsdale, Arizona in early November. The President Leo Fraser and the other officers were reelected for a second term. The PGA had decided to drop the letter designation of membership classes and use names like head professional. The apprentice concept and classification for those working toward membership was restored. The delegates voted to grant eight credits toward membership for graduates from a four-year accredited college, which would make them eligible to apply for membership after completing 32 months of employment as a golf professional. Also a new elite classification called Master Professional was created. To be eligible for that one had to be a head professional for ten years. He also had to complete several educational courses and write a thesis on golf. The USGA eliminated the rule that had required cleaning of the golf ball on the green only before the first putt and continuous putting. The PGA Tour had refused to go by that rule on the tour. The only tournaments they played under those rules were the U.S. Open and the Masters Tournament, which were not run by the PGA. Chandler Harper was voted into the PGA Hall of Fame. The delegates from the Section were John Vasco and Jerry Pisano.

The PGA Club Professional Championship was played in Arizona in mid November. The Road Runner Golf Resort, par 71, and the San Marcos Country Club, par 72, hosted the tournament. The 1959 PGA champion Bob Rosburg, won with rounds of 71, 66, 66 and 72. Jimmy Wright finished second one stroke back. Wright missed a 30-inch putt on the last green for a tie when a spectator sneezed in the middle of his stroke. Dick Hendrickson finished 13th with a 284. That qualified Hendrickson for the 1970 PGA Championship as the top 25 and tied made it. First prize was $8,000 and Hendrickson won $850. Charlie Gilbert (293) tied for 63rd, winning $90.90, which was the last money. Ted McKenzie, Bob Ross and Pete Trenham missed the cut.

For the first time in the decade the professional at the top of the year-end money list on the PGA Tour wasn’t Palmer, Nicklaus, Player or Casper. Frank Beard grabbed the top spot with $175,223. Bert Yancey was eighteenth on the list with $83,111.29. Dave Hill won the Vardon Trophy with a 70.34 stroke average. The "PGA Player-of-the-Year" was Orville Moody.

The decade saw many changes for the PGA. In ten years membership in the association had grown from 4,500 members to 6,451, an increase of 43 percent. The PGA had moved across Florida to Palm Beach Gardens and a 36-hole course designed for them by Dick Wilson. A third course was nearing completion in 1969. Though still PGA members, the touring pros were now in total control of the tour events and managing the PGA Tour. The tour purses had risen from a total of $1,187,340 in 1959 to $5,465,875 in 1969 and the average purse had gone from $27,613 to $116,295. PGA members could still play in the tour events by qualifying on Mondays. Golf professionals who were not PGA members and wanted to play on the tour had to compete in a "players school" for a designated number of player’s cards. The "player’s card" gave the professional the privilege of entering the Monday qualifying rounds. The Sections were hiring executive directors to run their affairs and the apprentice professionals were attending PGA business schools that included a test they had to pass to become a PGA member. An antitrust lawsuit was filed against the PGA and a dozen equipment manufacturers by an off-course retail store in 1969. The store claimed that there was an agreement between the PGA and the manufacturers who produced "pro only" equipment which was then sold only through the golf professionals’ shops. It was not the PGA, but it was the manufacturers who wanted to have equipment that was sold only through the pro shops and another line of equipment for the department stores. The PGA was dismissed from the case but one by one the golf companies settled out of court with the store and the club professionals had competition that they had never had before.

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