A Chronicle of the Philadelphia Section PGA and Golf in the Philadelphia Area
by Peter C. Trenham
1970 to 1979
Bert Yancey won the Crosby, finished third at the Masters and was 13th on the money list with $110,405.
Art Wall won the Section Championship for the fifth time.
Dick Hendrickson won the Section Championship, the Philadelphia Open and the Schmidt’s Golf Festival.
Dick Hendrickson won a second straight Philadelphia Open and the Schmidt’s Golf Festival for a third time.
Art Wall finished second in the PGA Seniors’ Championship and Bert Yancey was third in the U.S. Open.
At the age of 51 Art Wall won on the PGA Tour at the Milwaukee Open.
Andy Thompson won the Section Championship and finished second at the Pennsylvania Open.
Two former Section pros won on the PGA Tour. Hubert Green won the U.S. Open and Jerry McGee won the IVB.
Dick Smith, Sr. put together a 278 and a tie for 17th at the IVB Golf Classic at Whitemarsh Valley Country Club.
The Philadelphia PGA defeated the Middle Atlantic PGA to take a 7 to 4 lead in the Challenge Cup matches.
1970 - As a new decade began there were 6,641 PGA members. The touring
pros were playing for $6,854,597 but the business of being a club professional
was becoming more difficult. Apprentice golf professionals had to attend two
business schools and pass a test. The first PGA business schools for assistants
were held in the late 50s but there wasn’t a test. There were many different
contract arrangements between the clubs and the pros. The head pro’s income
generally came from merchandise sales, club storage, lessons, renting practice
balls, golf carts and a retainer. The use of riding golf carts had increased and
the clubs were taking over that concession. The assistants were making about
$125 per week plus some lesson income. Most pros had a full time assistant and a
full time bagroom man. The Philadelphia Section was recommending $6 per half
hour for golf lessons and $25 per bag for club storage. Club cleaners were
making $1.50 per hour. Many of the clubs considered the professional to be an
independent contractor and didn’t offer hospitalization or retirement programs.
The PGA Tour had 43 events on its schedule that offered $100,000 or more in
prize money. The largest purse was $300,000 at the Dow Jones Open in Clifton,
The Shakespeare Golf Company introduced the graphite shaft at the PGA
Merchandise Show in January. It took a few more years of minor changes to
produce a shaft that the strong hitters could use but the game of golf would
never be the same again. Frank W. Thomas the sales manager for the Plymouth Golf
Ball Company, a division of Shakespeare located in Plymouth Meeting,
Pennsylvania had been devoting all of his time to the development of a graphite
shaft since 1966. A number of the Philadelphia professionals were the first ones
to test these new shafts. The graphite shaft weighed 2.9 ounces compared to 4.5
ounces for the steel shaft. That made it possible to reduce the weight of a
driver from 13.5 ounces to 12 ounces. At that time a pound of graphite cost $500
so a steel shaft driver that retailed for about $40 now was well over $100 with
a graphite shaft.
Two groups of Philadelphia Section professionals announced that they were
building golf courses that they would also operate. Newly retired Lu Lu Country
Club professional Charles Schneider, Sr.,
his three golf professional sons Charles Jr., George
and Herman and other businessmen were
constructing the Neshaminy Valley Golf Club. Bob
Hendricks, who had resigned after 17 years as the professional
at the Indian Valley Country Club, was designing and constructing the Avalon
Golf Club. Hendricks and a group of pros
from the Section who were silent partners at that time owned the club.
Hendricks would be the professional, green superintendent
and general manager.
Won 1963 Pennsylvania Open
Won 7 times on the PGA Tour
Bert Yancey won the $125,000 Bing Crosby Pro-Am in the fourth week
of January. There were 168 pros playing with a like number of amateur partners.
Yancey was wearing a copper bracelet for a
sore elbow. A 67 at the Cypress Point Club in the first round put him in a
four-way tie for first and he held the lead all four days. In gale force winds
on Friday he tacked on a 70 at the sheltered Spyglass Hill Golf Club to take a
two-stroke lead. On Saturday he posted a par round of 72 at the Pebble Beach
Golf Links and stayed in front by one stroke. Yancey
put together a solid 69 on Sunday for a ten under par 278. That should have
given him the title with strokes to spare except Jack Nicklaus had other ideas.
Nicklaus played the front nine in 30 strokes and finished with a 65 but
Yancey hung on to his lead by making pars on
the last seven holes to win by one stroke. First prize was $25,000. Bobby
Nichols and Howie Johnson tied for third at 283.
Sam Snead won the PGA Seniors’ Championship on the 1st
of February. It was held at the PGA National Golf Club in Palm Beach Gardens,
Florida for the sixth time. Snead’s four rounds of 71, 71, 72 and 76 gave
him a two over par 290, which was the first over par winning score since 1952.
First prize was $4,000. The weather was bad and when there was a rain delay in
the second round Tommy Bolt, the defending champion, withdrew with the flu. Fred
Haas, a former winner, finished second at 292. Henry Ransom, Bob Hamilton
and Chandler Harper tied for third with 294s. Marty
Furgol (300), the teaching pro at the Ramblewood Country Club, tied
for 13th and won $587.50. The new professional at the Brookside
Country Club near Allentown, Billy Gilbert
(303) finished 24th and won $350. Clint
Kennedy (306), the professional at the Spring Lake Driving Range
tied for 30th. Bob Hendricks
(311) won $100 for his 47th place showing.
John Vasco, Section President and professional at the Lehigh Country
Club, was the president of the national PGA Seniors organization and he also
directed the PGA Merchandise Show.
At the Section’s spring meeting President, John
Vasco, announced that the Section’s executive director,
Bob Jones, was going to resign.
Jones was leaving the PGA to go to work for the
George Washington Motor Lodge, a chain of motels in the Philadelphia suburbs.
The motel chain was going to sponsor an LPGA Tour tournament called the George
Washington Classic at the motel’s golf course, Hidden Springs Country Club.
Jones was going to be the tournament
director of the event, which was scheduled for June.
Jones’ secretary, Alleyn Parker, was promoted to executive secretary
and managed the Section’s office. Dick Hendrickson,
the Section’s tournament chairman and professional at the Little Mill
Country Club, announced that there were now three more Schmidt’s Open
tournaments on the schedule and C. Schmidt and Sons was also adding $5,000 to
the Section Championship purse. Instead of paying out $3,500 to the Schmidt’s
yearend point leaders the money had been reduced to $500 but Schmidt’s total
involvement now came to $21,800 for the year. The meeting was held at the George
Washington Motor Lodge in King of Prussia on the fourth Monday of March. The
details for the upcoming golf show on the first Monday of April were presented
to the Section members and the press. An assistants’ school was on the schedule
for the next Monday and an education seminar was being held one week later.
The new slate of Section officers had eliminated the Board of Control, which
had always been appointed by the Section president and the other officers. In
order to give all of the professionals in the Section a voice in its affairs the
officers divided the Section into six districts. Each district had one vote
except the Philadelphia metropolitan area, which had two votes as it had twice
as many members as any other district. South Jersey was District I and District
II was the state of Delaware. District III included the southern Pennsylvania
region from Lancaster County to the western boundary. The northern Pennsylvania
counties from State College to the Scranton area made up District IV. District V
consisted of the greater Allentown region. District VI included the counties
Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, Philadelphia and Bucks-south of Route 202. A
chapter was created for the professionals in the central counties of
Pennsylvania. That gave those professionals an opportunity to schedule
competitions and education seminars that were more convenient to them.
In early April Hubert Green joined
Bill Kittleman’s staff at the Merion Golf Club.
Fred Austin had retired after 24 years as
the head professional and Kittleman had
moved up to the top position. Green, a
former two-time Southern Amateur champion from Birmingham, Alabama, had been
selected for the Walker Cup team the previous year but he had withdrawn from the
team in order to turn pro. When he failed to qualify for the PGA Tour he needed
a place to earn some money and work on his game and Merion was the right place
for him. Thirty years before that another Birmingham native, Sam Byrd,
had honed his game as the assistant at Merion.
The Section’s 13th annual golf show was held at the George
Washington Motor Lodge in King of Prussia on the first Monday of April. The
featured guests were LPGA star Marilyn Smith and trick shot artist Tony
Longo, who was a former Section member. More than 100 pros from the Section
were there for the morning trade show and then they participated in the
afternoon-evening free instruction for the public. For the public a highlight of
the show was the video taping of their swings and being able to see it later on
the TV monitors. Sixty-five pro-golf salesmen showed off their wares. The
professionals had a private show in the morning and then it opened to the public
from noon to 9:00 PM. A large astro-turf putting green and the fashion shows
were the main attractions.
The Masters Tournament was played in the second week of April. The last six
holes were televised on CBS with one hour of coverage on Saturday and one and
one-half hours on Sunday. Bert Yancey was
obsessed with winning the Masters Tournament and he showed everyone how
important it was to him by withdrawing from the Greensboro Open after the first
round so he could get to Augusta earlier. After shooting a 78 he told the
Greensboro sponsor that he wasn’t injured but he wanted to leave. He and the
sponsor had a misunderstanding over his release and Joe Dye, the commissioner of
the PGA Tour, fined him $150. Yancey made
the best of it by posting a first round 69 to trail by one stroke and added on a
second round 70, which gave him a share of the lead at the halfway point.
Yancey shot a par round of 72 in the third
round and trailed by three. On Sunday he was tied for the lead when he teed off
on #10 and he reached the 18th tee needing a birdie to tie for first
but he made a bogie and finished fourth at 281. Billy Casper and Gene Littler
were tied at the top with 279s and Casper won the tournament with a 69 against a
74 for Littler in Monday’s playoff. Casper’s tournament rounds were 72, 68, 68
and 71. First prize was $25,000 and the total payout exceeded $200,000.
Yancey won $$10,000. Gary Player
finished third with a 280. Art Wall, who
represented the Pocono Manor Country Club on the PGA Tour, missed the cut
by two strokes.
On the fourth Monday in May Dick Hendrickson
led sixteen pros and amateurs through the local qualifying for the U.S.
(140) put together two one-under-par rounds of 70 at the Lu Lu Country Club
and the Manufacturers Golf & Country Club. Bob Ross,
the professional at the Philadelphia Cricket Club, finished second
with a 142. Next with 143s were Tony Perla,
an assistant at the Philadelphia Country Club and
Willie Scholl the professional at the Gulph
Mills Golf Club. Henry McQuiston, the
professional at the Bala Golf Club, and Pete Trenham,
the professional at the St. Davids Golf Club, tied for fifth with 145s.
Skee Riegel, professional and part owner of
the Bucks County Country Club, Radnor Valley Country Club’s professional
Jerry Pisano, Ted
McKenzie, the professional at the Waynesborough Country Club,
Bill Decker, an assistant at the Merion Golf
Club and reinstated amateur Bucky Erhardt tied for seventh with
146s. Tim DeBaufre, the teaching
professional at the Waynesborough Country Club, finished alone in
eleventh place with a 147. Dick Smith, Sr.,
the Director of Golf at the Hi-Point Golf Club, Bill
Hackett, the assistant at the Green Hill Golf
Club, Bob Thatcher, the professional
at the Aronimink Golf Club, and Dennis Milne,
the assistant to his father George at the
Trenton Country Club, turned in 148s and survived a six-man playoff to
wrap up the last four places. There were 62 professionals and 27 amateurs
in the field. Bert Yancey was fully exempt
off his standing on the PGA Tour and his finish at the Open the year before.
Jeff Steinberg, the assistant at the Berkshire Country Club
and the professional at the Silver Spring Golf Club
Charlie Gilbert, also made it through local qualifying for the U.S.
Open on the fourth Monday of May. They posted three over par 147s at the rain
soaked Blue Ridge Country Club as they shared co-medalist honors at the Central
Pennsylvania site. Amateur Wayne Jacobs picked up the third spot with a 148 and
Howard Kramer, the professional at the Host
Farm Resort & Golf Club, was next at 151. Another amateur Mike Kanoff was fifth
at 152, Mike Swisher,
the professional at the Lebanon Country Club, finished sixth with a
154 and an amateur and future Section member, Jerry Janeski, took the
seventh and last place with a 155.
On the second Tuesday in June Dick Smith, Sr.
qualified for the U.S. Open on Long Island at The Seawane Club and the
Woodmere Club. Smith (139) put together
rounds of 69 and 70 to finish three strokes behind the medalist, Paul Harney
(136). The 144 scorers had to play off for the last of the thirteen places that
were up for grabs on Long Island.
Howard Kramer also passed the qualifying test for the U.S. Open on
Tuesday. Kramer shot rounds of 78 and 70 to
pick up one of the six spots allotted to the field at the Greencastle Country
Club in Maryland. The medalist at Greencastle was Rickey Meissner with a 71 and
a 70 for a three under par 141. It took a score of 148 to qualify there.
The U.S. Open was played at the highly criticized Hazeltine National Golf
Club near Minneapolis in the third week of June. Tony Jacklin opened up with a
windswept 71 that gave him a two-stroke lead and then he tacked on three rounds
of 70. He led all the way and finished seven strokes in from of Dave Hill.
Jacklin was also the reigning British Open champion and the first British golfer
to win our Open since 1920 when Ted Ray won at Inverness.
Bert Yancey led the Philadelphia contingent
with a 297. He won $1,452 with a tie for 22nd.
Dick Smith, Sr. turned in a very creditable 76
in the first round and followed it up with three more steady rounds for a total
of 301, which gave him a tie for 44th and a check for $975. First
prize was $30,000. All of the professionals who started in the Open and missed
the cut received $500. Howard Kramer missed
Jack Nicklaus won the British Open at the St. Andrews Golf Club in the second
week of July. When Doug Sanders teed off on his 72nd hole all he
needed was a par to edge out Nicklaus by one stroke. He played a solid tee shot
to within wedge distance of the hole. His second shot was past the pin to the
back part of the green. From there he putted to within three feet of the cup but
then failed to hole what would have been the winning putt. Sanders (68-71-71-73)
and Nicklaus (68-69-73-73) were tied at 283. In the 18-hole playoff the next day
Sanders birdied the last hole but Nicklaus followed with a birdie of his own for
a 72 versus a 73 for Sanders. Lee Trevino and Harold Henning tied for third at
285. First prize was $5,250. Bert Yancey
posted a 292 and tied for 13th, winning $625.
The Philadelphia Golf Classic, now in its eighth year, was again played at
the Whitemarsh Valley Country Club the week after the British Open. The host
professional, Sam Penecale, had an exemption
but he decided that being a host, a merchandiser and a contestant was too much
and he opted out of the tournament. The prize money was $150,000 and it was the
start of a run of seven weeks on the PGA Tour offering purses of that much or
more. Qualifying was held on Monday with 132 players competing for 15 places in
the tournament field. Henry McQuiston and
Willie Scholl made it through the qualifying
with 71s. John Schroeder led with a 69. On the way to winning his third
tournament of the year Billy Casper (274) broke the tournament record of 276.
Casper started with a 68 and a 67 to take the lead and he added on a 71 and a 68
to finish three strokes in front of Terry Wilcox (277). Frank Beard, Richard
Crawford and Bunky Henry tied for third at 279. Bert
Yancey led the local professionals with a 285, which gave him a tie
for 25th and a check for $1,133. Art Wall
(286) finished one stroke farther back in a tie for 31st and won
$935. Bob Schoener, Jr. (298), the assistant
at the Green Pond Golf Club, finished 71st and won the last
money of $286. First prize was $30,000.
Bob Ross, Al Besselink,
who was playing the PGA Tour part time,
McQuiston, Dick Hendrickson, Scholl
and Don Stough, the professional at the
Gettysburg Country Club, missed the cut. The tournament set a record as
22,000 attended on Sunday, which brought the total for the four days to 63,000,
both were records. Another record might have been set as eight professionals
withdrew after teeing off in the tournament, including Jack Nicklaus and Lee
The Section held a summer meeting in mid July at the George Washington Motor
Lodge in King-of-Prussia. PGA President, Leo Fraser,
and the national vice president from District II, Jim Warga, were in
attendance to report on the affairs of the national association.
Henry McQuiston reviewed job contract
guidelines. At the meeting District
Directors for the Section were elected.
The 15,000 Prior Golf Festival was played in the last week on July but it
didn’t end until six days later due to a playoff for the top prize. The four-day
tournament kicked off at the Woodcrest Country Club on a Thursday and then moved
to the Radley Run Country Club for Friday’s round. There was a day off on
Saturday so the professionals could attend to their club jobs. On Sunday the
tournament was at the Manufacturers Golf & Country Club. The pros played with
amateurs the first three days as each pairing was made up of two pros and two
amateurs. There was prize money for the pro-am event each day. On Monday the
pros were paired together at the Torresdale-Frankford Country Club to battle it
out for the prize money and the title. In Monday’s round
Jack Kiefer, who was playing the PGA Tour, moved up from
third place to finish in a tie with Dick Hendrickson
at 288. Kiefer’s rounds were 72, 76, 69,
71 and Hendrickson’s had rounds of 75, 73,
68 and 72. An 18-hole playoff was held on Sunday at Torresdale-Frankford and
Kiefer put together a solid par 70 round to win
the $3,000 first place check by four strokes. Jerry
Pisano, who led the tournament for three rounds, slipped to a 76 and
finished in a tie for third with Bob Schoener, Jr.
On the first Monday in August Dick Smith, Sr.
won the Philadelphia Open at the Philmont Country Club. Philmont’s North and
South courses were both used. In the morning round
Smith posted a three-over-par 73 on the North Course and he came back
with a two-under-par 68 on the shorter South course in the afternoon. His 141
nipped Northampton Country Club’s professional Bob
Hutnik (142) by one stroke. There was a four-way tie for third at 143
between the host professional Buzz Garvin, Jerry Pisano,
Bob Schoener, Jr. and Philmont amateur Art Blank.
Smith’s winning check was for $580 and
Hutnik won $470.
The Pennsylvania Open was played at the Sewickley Heights Golf Club on Monday
and Tuesday, the same week the PGA Championship was being played. The tournament
ended in a tie as amateur Jim Masserio (74-73) from the Duquesne Country
Club and the Duquesne professional Eli Marovich (71-76) shot three over
par 147s. A sudden death playoff was held and Masserio won it with a par
on the first extra hole when Marovich missed a five-foot par putt. Masserio
turned pro later and became a long time member of the Philadelphia Section.
Hubert Green and Willie Beljan tied for
third at 148. Dick Smith, Sr. and
Charlie Gilbert tied for fifth with 149s. The
field was cut to the low 60 and ties after the first round and all of the scores
under 80 made it.
The PGA Championship was played in mid August at the Southern Hills Country
Club in Tulsa. The purse had been increased by $25,000 to $200,000. It was Dave
Stockton’s week. Stockton began with a pair of 70s and a third round 66 put him
in front by three strokes. With a third round 73 he hung on to pick up his only
major title with a one under par 279. Stockton finished two strokes in front of
Arnold Palmer (281) and Bob Murphy (281). Gene Littler and Larry Hinson tied for
fourth with 282s. First prize was $40,000. Bert Yancey
tied for 22nd at 290 and won $1,825.
Dick Hendrickson and Al Besselink
missed the cut. Yancey was exempt off his
position on the previous year’s money list. Hendrickson
had qualified through the PGA Club Professional Championship and
Besselink, was in the field as 1969
Philadelphia Section champion.
Qualifying for the PGA Club Professional Championship was at the Merion Golf
Club’s West Course on the third Monday in September. The Section had been
allotted five spots plus the new Section champion would be exempt. The medalist
was the Cedarbrook Hill Country Club professional John
Carson (141) who turned in a 74 in the morning and came back with a
three under par 67 in the afternoon. The second spot went to
Dick Smith, Sr., who finished one shot
behind the medalist with a 142. Lancaster Country Club assistant
Dave Collingwood qualified with a 144
and Pete Trenham avoided a playoff with a
146. There was a tie for the last spot at 147 between Lancaster Country
Club professional John Abernethy and Mays
Landing Golf Club’s Stan Dudas. When
Dudas failed to appear for a playoff the spot
was awarded to Abernethy. Trenham chose not
to play in the tournament and Dudas replaced
him in the field. The second alternate Howard Kramer
who had qualified with a 149 was added to the starting field when the Section
champion, Marty Furgol, didn’t enter the
championship. Kramer withdrew before
the tournament started so Brookside Country Club professional
Pete Dever, who had been the third alternate
with a 150 score made the trip to California for the tournament.
1970 Section Champion
Won 5 times on the PGA Tour
The Section Championship was held at the Radley Run Country Club on the last
three days of September. There were 89 entries. The defending champion,
Al Besselink, could not defend his title as he
was now working in New York and not a Section member. The host pro was
Chet Munson. With the help of $5,000 from C.
Schmidt and Sons brewery and a program book the pros were playing for $7,700.
Par was 72 and no one broke 70 during the tournament.
Marty Furgol, a PGA Tour veteran, played steady golf and emerged with
the victory. Furgol posted a 72 on Monday,
which gave him a tie for the lead and he tacked on a 73 on Tuesday. That left
him in second place two strokes behind Philadelphia Country Club assistant
Willie Maples. That year
Maples was putting one-handed with his right
hand and having great success. On Wednesday Furgol
and Maples came to the last green
all even. Furgol holed a 12-foot downhill
putt for a par and a 72. Maples’ five-foot
par putt hit the back of the hole and stayed out.
Furgol posted a 217 winning $1,200 and possession of the Bulletin Cup
for one year. At age 54 Furgol was by far
the oldest winner of the Section Championship. Maples
ended up in a tie for second with Dick Hendrickson
at 218 and they each took away $725. Howard Kramer
finished fourth at 219 one stroke ahead of Tim
DeBaufre (220) and Dick Smith, Sr.
After failing to earn his PGA Tour playing privileges the year before
Hubert Green picked up his tour card at the
Q-School in the first week of November. Green
posted a four round 284 total at the Tucson Country Club, which gave him a
tie for fifth place. A future Section member, Bob Bourne (283)
finished one stroke ahead of Green in a tie
for second. The medalist was Bob Barbarossa with a score of 279. In order to
reach the final qualifying stage in Tucson the players had to get through one of
nine pre-qualifying 54-hole tournaments that would trim the field of 182
entrants to a manageable number for the final stage.
The Section’s Schmidt’s Challenge Cup team defeated the Middle Atlantic
Section at the Radley Run Country Club and evened the record at two wins for
each Section. The matches had been scheduled for two days in late October at the
Shawnee Country Club (PA) but after two days of rain and no golf the matches
were moved to the Radley Run Country Club on the first Tuesday of November. The
match was reduced to one day. Each pairing was made up of two pros from each
team. Each group of four players played for three points, a better-ball match
and two singles. In the number one group Dick
Hendrickson & Dick Smith, Sr. won
the better-ball match even though they both lost their singles matches. In the
second group Willie Scholl &
Dave Collingwood won their better-ball match
and Scholl won his singles match. In the
third pairing Willie Maples won his singles
match and in the fourth group Jerry Pisano &
Dennis Milne halved their better-ball,
Pisano won his singles match and
Milne halved his match. With four pairings
finished the points stood 6 to 6 so it all came down to the last match on the
course. Bob Schoener, Jr. won his match,
Bob Ross halved his match and the
better-ball finished even giving Philadelphia the edge 8 to 7. Non-playing
captain Skee Riegel was awarded the Marty
Lyons trophy as the team’s most valuable member. The other team member was
The Section held a fall golf show at the Ivystone Inn in Pennsauken, New
Jersey on the first Wednesday of November. The Section had hosted many
outstanding golf shows and this was one of the best except that the attendance
was very low. There was a daylong downpour and the weather was of such magnitude
that it included tornado like winds and water spouts off the Jersey Shore. The
public and most of the golf pros just stayed home. The show’s guest celebrities
were Tom Weiskopf and Carol Mann who each put on two clinics during the day.
There were fashion shows, 55 pro golf salesmen displayed their wares and the
professionals offered free instruction in the driving nets. The show chairmen
were Dick Hendrickson and
John Vasco. Bob
Thatcher arraigned the fashion shows and
Pete Dever was in charge of the instruction.
The national meeting was in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida in the last week of
October. The Section’s delegates were John
Vasco and Jerry Pisano.
New officers were elected. President Leo Fraser
stepped down and Warren Orlick moved up to take his place. Bill Clark moved
from treasurer to secretary and former Section member Henry Poe won a
three-man race for treasurer. The PGA officers had great news for the PGA
members. The officers and the PGA lawyers had worked out a pension plan for the
PGA members with the Internal Revenue Service. A club could put $50 a month into
the pension plan for each PGA member employed at the facility. The payments were
tax deductible for the club and no taxes were assessed to the money or the
earnings until he began drawing funds at retirement. The delegates directed the
PGA staff to pursue the Department of Labor to try to overturn its decision to
combine the golf shop operation with the total income of the club when applying
the minimum wage rules. The PGA had created a Master PGA Member classification.
There were several resolutions presented to eliminate the Master PGA category
but they were all defeated. The PGA announced that there would be no one
inducted into the Hall of Fame. The members of the Hall of Fame committee were
unwilling to make a selection. The Hall of Fame was started in 1940 when two
professionals and two amateurs were chosen. From 1953 through 1969 at least one
person had been added each year.
"Golf Professional of the Year"
On the second Monday of November Bob Ross
was elected president of the Section at its annual meeting. The meeting was held
at the George Washington Motor Lodge in King of Prussia. For the second straight
year the new president was nominated from the floor. Ninety-eight votes were
cast with Ross winning the election over the
incumbent John Vasco in what was called a
close vote. Bob Thatcher was elected first
vice president and Henry McQuiston was
reelected second vice president. Dick Hendrickson,
who had been the first vice president," was elected secretary and the new
treasurer was Charlie Gilbert. The Section’s
new Chapter in the central counties elected officers and their first president
was John Abernethy. The Section’s "Golf
Professional of the Year" award went to Wally Paul,
a PGA member of 26 years and now the professional at the Fairways Golf Club.
He was selected for his development of many junior golfers, his work at the
assistant’s schools and for his many hours spent as the starter and scorer at
the Section’s tournaments. Paul was signed
on as the official scorer for the next year’s U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club.
Hendrickson was the "Player of the Year", won
the DeBaufre Trophy with a scoring average of 71.56 and he led the Schmidt’s
point competition. It was reported that the Section had raised $6,456 for
National Golf Day, which put them in fifth place among the 37 PGA Sections. The
Section also donated $1,000 to the J. Wood Platt Caddy Scholarship Fund.
A future Section member, Rex Baxter, won the PGA Club Professional
Championship in mid November. Baxter put together a 285 to nip Bob Duden (286)
and Ernie George (286) by one stroke. The tournament was held at the Sunol
Valley Country Club in northern California. The purse was $50,000.
Dick Smith, Sr. had a chance to win as rounds
of 74, 71 and 70 placed him only two strokes back of the leader entering the
final round. At one point early in the last round Smith
was tied for the lead but a four-putt green ended his chance to win. He
finished with a 73 that left him in a six-way tie for fourth, three strokes off
the winning pace. Smith’s tie for fourth
qualified him for the 1971 PGA Championship. Baxter’s (285) four rounds
were 71, 68, 75 and 71. Smith (288) picked
up a check for $1,758. Stan Dudas (297) tied
for 57th and John Carson (310)
tied for 106th. They each won the last money of $71.43.
John Abernethy, Dave Collingwood and
Pete Dever missed the cut.
Billy Casper was selected PGA "Player of the Year" by the executive committee
of the PGA of America. He also won the award in 1966 and he probably would have
won it in 1968 but there was no award due to the player controversy. The leading
money winner was Lee Trevino with $157,037 and he also won the Vardon Trophy
with a stroke average of 70.64. Bert Yancey
finished thirteenth on the money list with $110,405 and he averaged 71.74
strokes per round in the 31 tournaments he entered. Art
Wall won $18,940.06 in 22 tournaments. Wall
was one of four players on the PGA Tour Policy Board.
1971 - The Section champion Marty Furgol,
started the year right by finishing eighth with a score of 296 at the PGA
Seniors’ Championship. The tournament was played in late January at the PGA
National Golf Club. Julius Boros won by three strokes over Tommy Bolt (288) with
rounds of 73, 69, 71 and 72 for a three under par 285. Sam Snead was next
with a 289 and Chandler Harper finished fourth at 290. First prize was $4,000
and Furgol won $850.
Henry Williams, Jr. (307), the professional
at the Berkleigh Country Club, tied for 28th and won $222.
Skee Riegel (311) tied for 39th and
won $110. Bob Hendricks (313) won the last
money of $83.33 for a tie for 46th.
The PGA Championship was held
in the early part of the year for first time since it began in 1916. The
tournament was played at the PGA National Golf Club at the end of February.
Philadelphia Section pros Bert Yancey, Marty Furgol
and Dick Smith, Sr. were in the field.
Yancey was exempt off the PGA Tour money
list, Furgol had an exemption as the Section
champion and Smith got in through his finish
at the PGA Club Professional Championship. Jack Nicklaus began with two 69s and
added a 70 and a 73 to lead from wire to wire. Nicklaus (281) finished two
strokes in front of Billy Casper (283) and three ahead of Tommy Bolt (284).
Miller Barber and Gary Player tied for fourth with 285s. Nicklaus had now won
each of the four majors at least twice. The purse was $202,440 and first prize
was $40,000. Yancey (291) tied for 22nd
and won $2,088. Furgol and
Smith missed the cut.
Ninety-seven Section members and apprentices attended the Section’s spring
meeting at the Westover Golf Club on the first Monday in April. Atlantic City
Country owner and the honorary president of the PGA Leo
Fraser reported on the affairs of the PGA of America. The Section
members were given the details concerning the newly created pension plan. The
tournament chairman, Dick Hendrickson,
presented the tournament schedule for the year.
Hendrickson announced that LeChateau Inn & Country Club would be
hosting the Section Championship and adding $2,500 to the purse. Again C.
Schmidt and Sons was the major sponsor of the Section’s tournaments. Seven
events sponsored by Schmidt Beer were on the schedule with a total of $21,500.
There was a new tournament also sponsored by Schmidt called the Maiden Race. It
was for professionals who did not win a total of $300 in the Section
Championship, Prior Festival and Philadelphia Open. The Section was still a
co-sponsor to the J. Wood Platt Caddy Scholarship Fund. A pro-am was on the
schedule for May that was expected to raise $4,000 for the scholarship fund.
Art Wall and Bert Yancey were
in the Masters Tournament field at the Augusta National Golf Club in the second
week of April. Charles Coody (279) opened up with a 66 in the first round and
tacked on three steady rounds of 73, 70 and 70 to win the green jacket by two
strokes. Jack Nicklaus and Johnny Miller tied for second at 281. Don
January and Gene Littler tied for fourth with 283s.
Wall and Yancey started with 71s
but Yancey missed the cut and
Wall wasn’t in contention.
Wall (293) finished tied for 27th
and won $1,750. First prize was $25,000.
The Section’s annual spring golf show was at the Marriott Motor Hotel in Bala
Cynwyd on the last Tuesday of April. Admission was $1.50. The guest celebrities
were Art Wall, the LPGA’s Peggy Kirk Bell
and trick shot artist Paul Bumann from the Georgia PGA Section. The golfing
public had their swings analyzed and photographed by the golf professionals. The
golf show was followed by an awards dinner. Past president of the PGA of America
Leo Fraser and Helen Wilson were honored for
their contributions to golf. Wilson had won numerous Philadelphia championships
and she owned a restaurant, which had hosted several of the Section’s meetings
in the 1940s. Former Philadelphia Eagles star and TV sports commentator Tom
Brookshier was the toastmaster for the dinner. Tickets to the dinner were $20.
Local qualifying for the U.S. Open in Central Pennsylvania was at the Hershey
Country Club on the last Monday of May. Amateur Ed Anewalt (143) led 83 pros and
amateurs with rounds of 67 and 76. Jeff Steinberg
opened with a 75 but he came back with seven birdies in the afternoon to
post a four under par 69. That put him in the second spot with a 144.
John Abernethy opened up with a 70 in the
morning round and finished third with a 147 total. Mike
Swisher, Phillip Aldrige, an
assistant at the Carlisle Country Club, amateur Art Brunn and non-PGA pro Andy
Stofko tied for fourth with 148s. Charlie Gilbert
and a future Section member, amateur Bobby Huber, tied for eighth at
150. Don Stough, Frank Kiraly, from the
Tri-State PGA Section, and amateur Ned Walker were next with 151s.
Jimmy Johnson, the professional at the Range
End Golf Club finished alone in the thirteenth place with a 152.
Clark George, the professional at the Centre
Hills Country Club, won the last spot in a two-hole playoff after tying
for fourteenth with a 153.
Art Wall also passed a local qualifying test for the U.S. Open on
the last Monday of May. Wall led the
qualifying in Dallas, Texas at the Northwood Club and Las Colinas Country Club
with a 69 and a 71. His 140 total was two under par. The Dallas Open had just
finished up there on Sunday so a large number of touring pros were qualifying at
The next day U.S. Open local qualifying for the Philadelphia area was at the
Rolling Green Golf Club and The Springhaven Club. The U.S. Open was being played
at the Merion Golf Club, which generated a larger entry than usual and the USGA
had granted Philadelphia more qualifying spots. There were 155 pros and amateurs
entered and 26 of them would earn the right to move on to the sectional
qualifying in early June. John Kennedy came
home from the PGA Tour to qualify and he put together two solid rounds in
swirling winds of 71 and 70 for a 141 that led by four strokes. Wilmington
amateur Bill Harmon who was runner-up in the 1968 USGA Junior Amateur
Championship finished second with a 145. Bob Ross,
Pete Trenham and Dick
Smith, Sr. earned the right to move on with 146s.
Willie Scholl finished alone in sixth place at
147. The next two spots went to amateurs Jay Sigel and Ted Mandes with
148s. Mike Reynolds, a professional and future Section member who grew up
at Springhaven was alone at 149 and Buzz Garvin
was next at 151. Jerry Pisano, now
the teaching professional at the Edgmont Country Club,
George Griffin III, the assistant to his father
George at the Green Valley Country Club,
Butch Sweigart, now the head professional at the Ingleside Manor Golf
Club, Willie Maples, out of state pro
Frank Boyd and amateur Robert McMahon tied for eleventh with 152s. There was an
eleven-man playoff for the last ten spots at 153. The survivors were
Bill Bishop, the professional at the Freeway
Golf Club, Jack Connelly, the assistant at
the Montgomeryville Golf Club, Ted McKenzie,
Bill Hackett, now the professional at the
Delcastle Golf Club, Tony Perla, an
assistant at the Merion Golf Club,
Bob Schoener, Jr., Rolling Green amateur and
future Section member Bob Toner along with two other amateurs Terry
Sawyer and Harry Heffer. It took fourteen hours to complete the two rounds and
the eleven-man playoff. Bert Yancey was
fully exempt for having been one of the top 15 players on the PGA Tour the
previous year and Mike Souchak was exempt
from local qualifying.
On the first Monday of June Art Wall
qualified for the U.S. Open in Atlanta with rounds of 71 and 70 for a 141.
Wall tied for 12th. There were 39
spots there because the PGA Tour had been there the week before for the Atlanta
Classic. Don Bies was the medalist with a 135 at the Atlanta Country Club a
score of 145 passed the test.
Mike Souchak also qualified for the U.S. Open on the first Monday
of June. Souchak earned his spot at Royal
Oak, Michigan with a 72-71 for a 143. There were four spots there and Mike Hill
was low with a 142. A score of 146 qualified.
The next day three professionals from the Philadelphia Section qualified for
the U.S. Open at the Montclair Golf Club in New Jersey.
Ted McKenzie shot the second lowest score at
the site, a 74-69 for 143. Bob Ross and
John Kennedy passed the test with 144s.
Ross, Kennedy and
McKenzie had qualified locally in Philadelphia. Keith Davidson led
with a 141and it took a 145 to qualify.
The U.S. Open was back in the Philadelphia Section for the first time in 21
years in mid June. The Merion Golf Club was hosting America’s most important
golf tournament for the third time. The other two at Merion had been played in
1934 and 1950. The host professional was Bill Kittleman.
Merchandising at tournaments, especially the majors, was becoming a big
business and Kittleman had a profitable week
selling U.S. Open merchandise from tented booths on the golf course. There were
only two players in the field that had been at Merion in 1950, Dutch Harrison
and Julius Boros. Everyone, including the players, thought that Merion was
too short at 6,544 yards for the professional game of the 1970s but they soon
found out differently. At the end of the regulation 72 holes Lee Trevino
(70-72-69-69) and Jack Nicklaus (69-72-68-71) were tied at the top with even par
280s. In an 18-hole playoff on Monday Trevino established himself as one of the
great players of his time by winning our Open for a second time. Trevino took
the lead on the third hole and kept it the rest of the way shooting a 68 to
Nicklaus’ 71. First prize was $30,000 from a total purse of $193,200. One member
of the gallery on Monday was Johnny McDermott
who had come within one stroke of winning three straight U.S. Opens from
1910 to 1912. McDermott was out on the
course even through a rainstorm that passed over during the front nine. Bob
Rosburg and Jim Colbert tied for third at 282. Bert
Yancey, who lived only a few blocks from Merion, was the low pro from
the Philadelphia region. He tied for 9th at 285 and won
$3,325. The entry fee was $25. John Kennedy, Ted
McKenzie, Bob Ross, Art Wall and Mike
Souchak missed the cut.
The British Open was played in early July at the Royal Birkdale Golf Club.
Lee Trevino (278) won with rounds of 69, 70, 69 and 70. Trevino became only the
fourth golfer to hold both Open titles in the same year.
Bert Yancey finished ninth with a 285.
The fifth annual Prior Golf Festival was played in the fourth week of July.
Play was over four different courses teaming up two pros with two amateurs at
the first three courses. The purse was $18,100 with the largest part going to
the pros for their individual scores. Dick Smith, Sr.
began on Thursday with a 70 at the Brookside Country Club in Pottstown,
which put him in a three-way tie for first. In the second round at the North
Hills Country Club he tacked on a 71 for a two-stroke lead. Saturday was a day
off. On Sunday Smith played the Little Mill
Country Club in a two over par 73 but he picked up strokes on most of the field
to finish the day with a six-stroke lead. On Monday
Smith posted a 71 at his home course, the Hi-Point Country Club, to
win by eight strokes with a total of 285. His 71 was the only sub-par round of
the day. First prize was $3,000. Bob Ross
finished second at 293 and won $1,700. Dick
Hendrickson, Bob Schoener, Jr. and the defending champion
Jack Kiefer, now the teaching pro at the
Meadia Heights Golf Club, tied for third with 295.
The Philadelphia Section’s greatest golfer, Johnny
McDermott, was at Hi-Point to witness the final round on fourth
Monday of July and on Saturday he died peacefully in his sleep. His two sisters
who drove him to the golf courses told the press that you might say that he died
with his spikes on.
Ted McKenzie won the Philadelphia Open in a playoff with
Henry McQuiston. The tournament was played in
early August at the Aronimink Golf Club where McKenzie
had been an assistant from 1962 to 1966. McKenzie
(140) put together two rounds of even par 70 and
McQuiston (140) led the first day with a 69
and then posted a 71. In the playoff McKenzie
began with a double bogey on the first hole, but he played solid golf after
that to win by six strokes as he posted another 70. Amateurs Jay Sigel, a
future Section member, and Bucky Erhardt, a former Section member,
tied for third with 142s. Jack Kiefer and
Don Stough tied for fifth at 143.
Won the 1971 Pennsylvania Open
Won New Jersey Open three times
On the second Tuesday of August Jack Kiefer
won the Pennsylvania Open in a sudden-death playoff over
Willie Maples. The tournament was played at the
Hershey Country Club. Kiefer (72-74) and
Maples (72-74) had finished tied with even par
146 scores when Maples bogied the last hole.
A new clubhouse had been built on a different site at Hershey so the last hole
was no longer a par 3 and the first hole was now a 434-yard dogleg to the right.
The playoff started on the first hole and when Maples’
tee shot ended up under a tree Kiefer’s
par wrapped up the title. First prize was $1,000 and second was $750. There was
a three-way tie for third place at 147 among Dick
Smith, Sr., Harold Sweigart and amateur Bobby Huber.
Sam Penecale and the Whitemarsh Valley Country Club hosted the IVB
Golf Classic again in the third week of August. On Monday 106 golfers qualified
for 35 spots in the tournament. None of the Section’s pros qualified but there
were nine Section members in the starting field. Some were exempt players on the
PGA Tour and the others had sponsor’s exemptions, which had been granted to the
Section. The tournament boiled down to a battle between Tom Weiskopf and Dave
Hill as Weiskopf led by three strokes entering the final round. Hill, who putted
with his caddy crouching behind him on the line, made a charge in the last round
with some early birdies. When Hill eagled the 17th hole he had caught
Weiskopf but Weiskopf eagled the hole right behind him. Weiskopf bogied the last
hole and edged out Hill by one stroke, tying the tournament record of 274.
Weiskopf’s rounds were 67, 71, 66 and 70. Even though he missed a four-foot
birdie putt on the last hole, Jack Nicklaus ended up third alone at 276, one
stroke in front of George Knudson (277). Art Wall
led the Section pros with his best finish at Whitemarsh. He finished with a
284, which earned him a tie for 16th and $2,325.
Dick Smith, Sr. (285) holed out a bunker shot
on the 72nd hole for his seventh birdie of the day. That gave him a
68 as he finished one stroke behind Wall in
a tie for 18th and picked up a check for $1,533.
Bert Yancey (290) tied for 44th,
winning $423 and John Kennedy (292) won $214
for a 54th place tie. Marty Furgol,
Henry McQuiston, Bob Schoener,
Jr., Jack Kiefer and
Dick Mullen, who was back in the Section as the
professional at the Torresdale-Frankford Country Club, missed the cut.
Attendance at the tournament was down sharply due to the U.S. Open having been
at Merion in June, August dates and the economy. The PGA had offered the IVB the
option of sitting out that year due to the U.S. Open being in Philadelphia but
the tournament sponsors declined the offer.
On the fourth Monday of August the Section members qualified for the PGA Club
Professional Championship at the Berkleigh Country Club. There were 33 players
competing for seven places in the championship. George
Griffin, Jr., the professional at the Green Valley Country Club, led
with a score of 144. Dick Smith, Sr.
finished second, two shots back at 146. Dave
Collingwood, now the professional at the Oak Terrace Country Club and
Stan Dudas tied for third with 147s. There was a four-way tie for the
last three spots at 148 among John Abernethy, Bob
Thatcher, Bob Schoener, Jr. and
Willie Scholl. Scholl lost the playoff but he got into the tournament
as an alternate when the Section champion Art Wall
wasn’t eligible. Wall was ineligible
because he had entered more than twelve tournaments on the PGA Tour in the past
On the second Tuesday of September Gene Klein,
the new professional at the Indian Spring Golf Club in Lancaster, put on a
very successful tournament called the Dutch Open. Dean Beman, one of eight PGA
Tour professionals in the field, took the first prize of $2,500 with a three
under par 67. Don Stough and Charlie
Sifford tied for second with 68s. The total purse was $13,000. Dan Sikes and
Rafe Botts tied for fourth at 69. Doug Sanders would have finished high in the
money but he didn’t putt out on the 18th green so that some of the
local pros could get a larger piece of the prize money. He already had a
guarantee from the tournament sponsor. Pete Trenham,
Charlie Gilbert, Manufacturers Golf & Country Club assistant
Steve Probst, Bob Batdorff, the professional
at the Green Hills Golf Club and Steve
Melnyk tied for sixth with 70s.
Marty Furgol tied for second at the U.S. National Senior Open at
Las Vegas in late September. He finished tied with Pete Cooper and amateur
Harvey Breaux at 284, five strokes behind the winner Tommy Bolt. It was Bolt’s
fourth straight victory in that tournament. First prize was $7,500 and
Furgol won $3,750. There were 139
professionals and 299 amateurs entered and the tournament was played over three
courses. Furgol had to make a long journey
home that night as he was defending his Section Championship title the next day
at the Le Chateau Inn & Country Club in the Poconos. He also lost two hours off
the clock crossing the country from west to east.
1971 Section Champion
The 50th annual championship of the Section was held at the Le
Chateau Inn & Country Club at the end of September. The host professional was
Stu Sirbaugh. The winner was
Art Wall but it took an 18-hole playoff for
him to pick up the Section title, his fifth. Wall
trailed by two strokes after Monday’s round of 73 but a three under par 69
in the second round put him in front by one. In the third round former Section
Champion Bob Schoener, Jr. turned in a 71
against a 72 for Wall and they were tied at
214. In the playoff on Thursday Schoener led
after thirteen holes but Wall played the
last four holes in three under par and finished with a 70 versus a 74 for
check was for $1,500 and Schoener won
1,000 from the $8,800 purse. Le Chateau had added $2,500 to the purse.
Wall’s 69 was the only round under 70 in the
tournament. It was Wall’s first win of any kind in five years.
Bob Ross put together a last round 70 to tie
Don Stough for third at 216. After two days
of cold, fog and mist the third day was sunny and the scoring was much better.
Three strokes farther back Jerry Pisano, Dick Smith,
Sr., Dick Mullen and Bob Hutnik
tied for fifth with 219s. The defending champion Marty
Furgol was never in contention after a first round of 74. He finished
eleven strokes off the winning pace. The tournament committee had put him in the
last pairing for the first round in order to give him a chance to get some rest
from his all night trip across the country after finishing second in the U.S.
National Senior Open.
PGA Tour qualifying was held at the PGA National
Golf Club, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida in October. Twenty-three players earned
cards. A future Section member, Billy Ziobro posted rounds of 76, 72, 75,
74, 72, and 74 for 443 to earn his playing privileges. Bob Zender led the
qualifying with a score of 425.
In mid October the PGA Club Professional Championship was held at the
Pinehurst Country Club. The #1 and #2 Courses were used for the first two rounds
and the final 36 holes were played on the #2 Course. 59-year-old Sam Snead
(67-65-74-69) posted a thirteen under par 275 and won by five strokes. Ron
Letellier and Jerry Steelsmith tied for second at 280. Babe Lichardus, Stan
Thirsk and Charles Volpone tied for fourth with 282s.
Stan Dudas tied for 40th with a 293 and won $510.
Bob Schoener, Jr. (296) tied for 61st
and Bob Thatcher (299) tied for 77th.
They each won the last money of $191.50. Dick Smith,
Sr., Dave Collingwod, Willie Scholl, John Abernethy and
George Griffin, Jr. missed the cut. First prize
was $15,000 and the total prize money had been doubled to $100,000.
1971 Schmidt’s Challenge Cup Team
First winning visiting team gave Philadelphia a 3 to 2 lead
Back Row L-R—Perla, Ross, Smith, Hendrickson, Kiefer, McKenzie
Front Row L-R—McQuiston, Thatcher, Riegel, Schoener, Stough
In late October the ten-man Philadelphia Section team won the Schmidt’s
Challenge Cup at the Hunt Valley Golf Club near Baltimore. It was the fifth year
for the matches and for the first time the visiting team came away victorious.
The first day made the difference as the teams of Henry
McQuiston-Bob Thatcher, Tony Perla-Jack
Kiefer and Bob Ross-Bob Schoener, Jr.
won their better-ball matches and the Ted
McKenzie-Don Stough team got a half. That put the Philadelphia team
in front 3 ½ points to 1½ points. The second day Dick
Smith, Sr., McKenzie, Perla and Stough
won their singles matches and McQuiston
and Ross got halves. The final tally was
Philadelphia 8 ½ points to 6 ½ points for the Middle Atlantic Section. The other
member of the team was Dick Hendrickson.
Philadelphia now had three wins versus two losses in the challenge matches and
led for the first time.
1971 "Golf Professional of the Year"
1972 Section Champion
Bob Ross was reelected president of the Section on the first
Monday in November. The annual meeting was at the Atlantic City Country Club.
Dick Hendrickson, who had been the secretary,
was elected first vice president and Bob Thatcher
moved from first vice president to secretary. Buzz
Garvin was elected second vice president and
Charlie Gilbert was reelected treasurer.
Dick Smith, Sr. picked up the Johnny
McDermott trophy as the "Player of the Year" in the Section and he won the
DeBaufre Trophy with an average of 72.10 strokes per round.
Dick Hendrickson was selected as the "Golf
Professional of the Year". He was honored for the many hours he spent improving
the tournament schedule and the effort he made in creating the first office for
the Section. Bob Schoener, Jr. led the
Schmidt’s points race.
The national PGA meeting was at Palm Beach Shores, Florida in the third week
of November. The officers, President Warren Orlick, Secretary Bill Clarke and
Treasurer Henry Poe were unanimously reelected. Negotiations to renew the
lease with John D. MacArthur at PGA National were still going on. A price on
green fees and carts had been settled but the major stumbling block was
MacArthur’s desire to have the PGA Championship back at his course. A thirteenth
district composed of the Florida and Georgia Sections was added. Philadelphia’s
delegates to the meeting were Bob Ross and
Lee Trevino was the PGA "Player of the Year" and he won the Vardon Trophy
with an average of 70.28 strokes per round. The leading money winner was Jack
Nicklaus with $244,490. Bert Yancey finished
22nd with $80,364 and he was 15th in stroke average with an average
of 71.41. Art Wall played in 24 tournaments
and won $51,282. Tom Lynch played in five
events and won $437.
1972 - For the third straight year Marty Furgol
played well in the PGA Seniors’ Championship finishing in a tie for fifth.
He put together a four over par 292 at the PGA National Golf Club and won
$1,137.50. Sam Snead (69-73-73-71) picked up his fifth PGA Seniors title
with a 286 one stroke ahead of Tommy Bolt (287) and Julius Boros (287). Pete
Cooper finished fourth at 291. First prize was $4,000 and the purse was $40,000.
Skee Riegel tied for 25th at 304
and won $281. Billy Gilbert (308) finished
in a tie for 34th and won $150. Overbrook Country Club professional
Harlan Will (309) and
Henry Williams, Jr. (309) tied for 39th, winning $106
each. Bob Hendricks (310) was next in a tie
for 44th and he won $100.
The Section’s spring meeting was held at
the Westover Country Club on the fourth Monday of March. The most ambitious
tournament schedule in the history of the Section was presented to the
professionals. First vice president and tournament chairman,
Dick Hendrickson, had joined the PGA Tour.
Section President Bob Ross announced that he
had appointed Bill
Kittleman to head up the tournament committee.
Kittleman presented a schedule of 43 events of
which 14 were open tournaments. In addition to that there was qualifying for the
U.S. Open and the IVB Golf Classic. Ross
reported that the Section had 425 members of which 265 were head professionals.
The Masters Tournament was played in the first full week of April as usual.
In the first round Jack Nicklaus played six holes from #11 through #16 in six
under par. He finished with a 68 and was never headed as he won his fourth
Masters to put him even with Arnold Palmer. He played the last three rounds in
71, 73 and 74 for a 286 to win by three strokes. First prize was $25,000. Tom
Weiskopf, Bruce Crampton and Bobby Mitchell tied for second with 289s. Gusty
winds and slick greens were responsible for the high scoring.
Bert Yancey tied for 12th at 292 and
won $3,100. Art Wall missed the cut. Two
professionals who had been working as assistants in the Section not long before
were beginning to make a name for themselves in professional golf. Jerry
McGee who had been at the Frosty Valley Country Club in the mid 1960s tied
for fifth at 290 and Hubert Green, an assistant at the Merion Golf Club
in 1970, tied for 22nd.
At the Masters Tournament the Golf Writers Association presented
Leo Fraser with the Richardson Award.
Fraser was cited for his many years of devotion
to golf but especially for his initiative in resolving the split between the
tournament players and the PGA.
On the Monday after the Masters the Philadelphia Section held its annual
spring golf show at the Cherry Hill Inn. The show kicked off at noon with the
pro-golf salesmen showing their wares, the professionals gave free instruction
and Paul Bumann put on trick shot demonstrations. At 8:00 PM there was a dinner,
which was attended by 350 Section members and their guests honoring
George Fazio and past USGA President Phil
Strubing. In the past decade Fazio had
retired from competition and become one of the leading golf course architects in
the country. Admission to the show was $1.50 and the price of both the show and
the dinner was $20. More than 350 people attended the dinner.
Local qualifying for the U.S. Open in Central Pennsylvania was at the West
Shore Country Club on the fourth Monday in May. Mac
Sartin, an assistant at the Hershey Country Club, was the
medalist with rounds of 75 and 73 for a four over par 148.
Charlie Gilbert and
Jeff Steinberg tied for the second spot with 150s. Next in line were
Hanover Country Club professional Ted Sheftic
and Jack Kiefer, the teaching pro at the
Airport Driving Range, with 151s. Howard Kramer
and John Yoder, the professional at the
Shade Mountain Golf Course, also qualified as they posted 152s. The
eighth and last place went to Frank Kiraly in a three-man playoff that lasted
The next day local qualifying for the U.S. Open was held in the Philadelphia
area. The players were competing for 16 places in the sectional qualifying
rounds. There was a large field and play was over the St. Davids Golf Club and
the Philadelphia Country Club. Ted McKenzie
shot one of the low rounds, a one under par 70 at St. Davids in the morning.
That along with an afternoon 74 at the Philadelphia Country Club sent him on the
way to a tie for the medalist honors with Puerto Rico’s Manny Camacho at two
over par 144. Skee Riegel (146) finished
third and Willie Maples (147) finished
fourth. There was a six-way tie for fifth as Alan
Shankin, the assistant at the Ashbourne Country Club,
Andy Thompson, the
assistant at the Spring-Ford Country Club, Steve Probst,
the professional at the Northampton Valley Country Club,
Willie Scholl, John Toepel,
an assistant at the Philadelphia Country Club, and amateur Buddy Marucci
tied with 148s. Dennis Milne and
Dick Hendrickson tied for tenth at 149. The
next two spots went to Bill Kittleman and
Bobby Mayes, who played out of the Tioga-Quaker City Club which was not
attached to a golf course, with 150s. Ed
Dougherty (151), an assistant at the Edgmont Country Club and
Ken Peyre-Ferry (151), the assistant at
the Indian Spring Country Club won the 14th and 15th spots
in a five-man sudden death playoff. On one broke 70 in any round.
Bert Yancey was exempt from both local and sectional qualifying off
his finish in the U.S. Open the previous year.
Qualifying for the IVB Golf Classis was held on the first Monday of June at
the Whitemarsh Valley Country Club. There were 55 spots in the starting field to
shoot for, which was the most in the ten-year history of the tournament. The
large number of openings was due to the U.S. Open being in California the next
week. A score of 75 made the grade and ten professionals from the Section passed
the test. Jack Ewing led the qualifying with a 66. Jack
Kiefer led the Section qualifiers with a 72 one stroke in front of
Jack Connelly, who was now playing the PGA Tour
and Marty Furgol who posted 73s.
Willie Maples and Bob
Hutnik were at 74. John Kennedy,
Willie Scholl, Harold
Sweigart, Dick Hendrickson and
Tom Lynch, the assistant at the Philmont
Country Club, got under the wire with 75s after being in a 17-man playoff
for the last 16 spots. Dave Collingwood, who
was now playing the PGA Tour, was the loser in the playoff but he got in as an
alternate. Ted McKenzie, John Toepel, Henry
Williams, Jr. and Bob Batdorff
had qualified on the third Monday of May at North Hills in the Schmidt Summer
Open. McKenzie had won the tournament.
The next day, a Tuesday, North Hills Country Club and the Philadelphia
Cricket Club hosted the sectional U.S. Open qualifying.
The qualifying was in Philadelphia because the PGA Tour was in town for
the IVB Golf Classic. The sectional rounds were usually held in northern New
Jersey. Jim Hardy and Dwight Nevil tied for the medal with 140s and each
received a check for $200. The only one who passed the test from the Section was
Dick Hendrickson who posted a 144.
Hendrickson, who was now playing the PGA
Tour, had qualified locally in Philadelphia.
There were 21 spots and the players with 145s played off. The lone survivor of
the sudden death playoff was future Section member Billy Ziobro, who won
an eight-man playoff.
Whitemarsh Valley Country Club and their professional
Sam Penecale hosted the IVB Golf Classic again.
On Thursday 19 members of the Section teed off in the tournament. Along with the
ten who had qualified on Monday there were nine more who were either exempt
through the Section’s standings, sponsor’s exemptions or the PGA Tour’s exempt
list. The highest score in the ten-year history of the tournament, a 282, took
the top prize of $30,000. J.C. Snead (282), who was Sam Snead’s nephew,
finished on top one stroke ahead of Chi Chi Rodriguez (283) with four steady
rounds of 70, 71, 69 and 72. J.C. had worked for Chi Chi in Puerto Rico as his
assistant during the winter six years before. Art Wall
tied for ninth at even par 288 and won $3,900. Four shots farther back
Bert Yancey (292) tied for 14th,
winning $2,625 and Dick Hendrickson (295)
picked up $1,190.63 for a 23rd place tie. John
Kennedy, Ted McKenzie,
Bob Ross, Dick Smith, Sr.,
Bob Hutnik, Marty Furgol, Jack
Kiefer, Butch Sweigart,
John Toepel, Dave Collingwood,
Henry Williams, Jr., Jack
Connelly, Willie Scholl, Tom
Lynch, Willie Maples
and Bob Batdorff missed the cut.
Due to a lack of big name players in the field and a cold weekend the tournament
suffered a drop in attendance as only 38,395 patrons showed up. It was a big
drop off from the 63,000 the tournament drew only two years before in 1970. A
ticket for the week with clubhouse privileges cost $25. ABC, channel 6,
televised the tournament on Saturday from 6:30 to 7:30 pm and Sunday from 5:30
to 7:00 pm.
On Wednesday of the IVB Golf Classic there was a satellite tournament held at
the Atlantic City Country Club for those who didn’t qualify. Jeff Voss came all
the way from Dallas and he not only didn’t qualify he forgot to enter the IVB
but he won at Atlantic City. He put together a three under par (35-33) 68 to win
by three strokes on a windy day. Three Section members,
Stan Dudas, Tony Perla, now the professional at the Sunnybrook
Golf Club, and Don Stough who was now the
professional at the Honey Run Golf Club tied for second at 71 with Bob
Stone and Steve Spray. First prize was $2,060.
The next week the U.S. Open was played at the Pebble Beach Golf Links. For
the first time, more than the last six holes at the Open were telecast. Because
some of the spectacular ocean holes were in the middle of the round ABC decided
to show the golf beginning with the fifth hole. On Sunday the telecast was
extended to three hours. The Philadelphia Section had only two representatives.
Jack Nicklaus opened with a one under par 71, which put him in a six-way tie for
first. He followed it up with a 73 and he was still in a six-way tie at the top.
In the third round Nicklaus shot a 73 to take a one-stroke lead. On Sunday
Nicklaus put together a 74 in winds up to 35-mile-per-hour. On the 71st
hole Nicklaus’s one-iron shot hit the flagstick and his tap-in birdie put him
four strokes in front at 290. Bruce Crampton finished second three strokes back
with a 293. Arnold Palmer was only one stroke out of the lead with four holes to
play but fell back and ended up third alone at 294. Lee Trevino and Homero
Blancas tied for fourth with 295s. Bert Yancey
posted a 300 total to get a tie for 11th and $2,500.
Dick Hendrickson (315) made the cut and tied
for 67th, winning the $800 last money. Danny O’Neill, a future
Central Pennsylvania professional also made the cut and finished at the end of
the field that played all four rounds.
Lee Trevino won the British Open for the second year in a row. The Open was
at Muirfield in the second week of July. Trevino’s 278 topped Jack Nicklaus by
one and Tony Jacklin by two. Bert Yancey
shot a 290 and tied for 19th.
Bert Yancey won the 150,000 American Golf Classic at Akron, Ohio
in the third week of July. It was Yancey’s
seventh win on the PGA Tour but his first in more than two years. He put
together rounds of 69 68, 67 and 72 at the Firestone Country Club for a 276.
That left him in a tie for first with Edison, New Jersey professional Tom Ulozas
(273). Yancey won the $30,000 first prize
with a par three on the first hole of a sudden death playoff. Hale Irwin posted
a 277 for third place one stroke ahead of George Knudson (278).
The Schmidt’s Golf Festival, which had been
named the Prior Golf Festival for three years, was played in the fourth week of
July. The tournament was played over four courses on four days. The pros played
with amateurs during the first three rounds but most of the $20,100 in prize
money went to the individual scoring. Dick Hendrickson
started out on Thursday with a 73 at the Chester Valley Golf Club and then
posted a 71 at the Brookside Country Club near Allentown. After a day off on
Saturday Hendrickson turned in a 70 at the
Radley Run Country Club to move into third place but he trailed the leader by
four strokes. The final round was played at the Aronimink Golf Club on Monday.
Hendrickson didn’t take the lead until the
back nine but then he pulled away. He turned in a 69 for 283 and won by four
strokes over Tony Perla (287) who had had at
least a share of the lead all three rounds. Dick Smith,
Sr. finished third at 288 four strokes ahead of
Ted McKenzie (292), Harold Sweigart
(292) and Andy Thompson (292). First
prize was $3,000 and second $1,900.
Won Section Championship
Won Philadelphia Open
Won Schmidt’s Golf Festival
One week later Dick Hendrickson picked up
another first place check by taking the Philadelphia Open title at the
Heidelberg Country Club. A one over par 71 in the first round on Monday left
Hendrickson in a five-way tie for fourth, three
strokes off the pace. The field was cut to the low 50 and ties after the first
round. It took a score of 77 to make the cut. On Tuesday
Hendrickson shot the low round of the
tournament, a 67, to finish four strokes in front of the field at 138. Four
professionals, Pete Trenham, Howard Kramer, Don Stough
and Alan Shankin tied for second with
142s. First prize was $600 and each of the pros that finished second won $345
from a total purse of $3,540.
The PGA Championship was held at the Oakland Hills Country Club in
early August. Bert Yancey and
Art Wall were the representatives from the
Section. Yancey was exempt off his standing
on the PGA Tour and his finish in the PGA the year before and
Wall was in the field as the Section champion.
Berwick, Pennsylvania native Mike Souchak had an exemption as the host
professional. Gary Player (281) won the PGA for a second time with rounds
of 71, 71, 67 and 72. Tommy Aaron and Jim Jamieson tied for second with 283s.
Sam Snead, Billy Casper and Ray Floyd tied for fourth at 284. First prize
was $45,000. Wall shot a 291, tied for 24th
and picked up a check for $1,800. Yancey
(292) and Souchak (292) both finished one stroke behind
Wall in a tie for 29th and they each
The Hershey Country Club hosted the Pennsylvania Open again on the third
Monday in August. Andy
Thompson led by two strokes after the first day with a four under par
69. Thompson (143) came back on Tuesday with
a steady 74 to win by two strokes over Ted McKenzie
(145). Amateur Jay Sigel finished third at 146.
Jeff Steinberg and
Vern Novak, the assistant at the Edgmont Country Club, tied
for fourth with 147s.
The Section Championship was hosted by the Tamiment Resort and Country Club
in the third week of September. The host professional was
Vince Yanovitch. Not since the 1929 Section
Championship when George B. Smith won at the Bala Golf Club had the final
outcome hinged on an interpretation of the rules and this was just as
complicated and drawn out. In the first round Dick
Smith, Sr.’s caddy moved his ball on the 16th hole. When
Smith saw that the ball had been moved, the
caddy stated that it had been an accident, so Smith
decided to replace the ball. At that time the rule was that if the ball was
moved accidentally there was a penalty of one stroke and the ball would be
played from the spot where it now lay. Since
Smith had lifted a ball that was in play the penalty for that was two
strokes. There was much discussion by the members of the tournament rules
committee as to whether a player could be penalized twice for what seemed to be
one infraction and at one point the USGA agreed that he could not.
Skee Riegel, the Section’s long time rules
chairman, maintained that there could be a three-stroke penalty and that is what
it was. On day one Smith had shot a 73 and a
74 was posted after a penalty of one stroke was accessed. On day two the penalty
was increased to two strokes and Smith
tacked on a two under par 70. In the third round Smith
posted a 70 but after the completion of the round he was informed that the
penalty from the first day would be three strokes.
Riegel had finally been able to reach P.J. Boatwright, executive
director of the USGA and the authority on the rules of golf in the United
States. Boatwright concurred with Riegel
that the penalty had to be three strokes and Smith
could be disqualified for having played his ball from a wrong place.
Boatwright also stated that the tournament’s rules committee had the power to
waive the disqualification. The members of the rules committee all agreed that
Smith should not be disqualified as he was
only trying to correct a mistake made by his caddy.
Smith’s score was now 76-70-70 for a 216 total. In the meantime
Dick Hendrickson, who was playing the PGA Tour
now, had flown into Philadelphia from St. Louis where he had missed the money on
Sunday. He rented a car and drove to Tamiment and shot a 68, which took the
first round lead by three strokes. Hendrickson
then shot a 72 in the second round to take what appeared to be a five-stroke
lead, and turned out to be six, into the final round. A 76 in the final round
left him in a tie with Smith, who had been
his assistant in 1965. There was an 18-hole playoff but due to scheduling
conflicts it wasn’t played until fourteen days later. In the playoff
Hendrickson, who had finished second in the
Section Championship seven times, never trailed. He put together a 73 against a
75 for Smith to win by two strokes.
Hendrickson picked up a check for $2,000.
The tournament was co-sponsored by C. Schmidt and Sons and the total purse was
$12,000. Bob Ross shot 220 and finished
third one stroke ahead of Tony Perla (221).
Roger Stern, the professional at the Schuylkill Country Club,
Henry Williams, Jr., and
Dennis Milne tied for fifth at 223. A program book produced by
Bill Kittleman helped to increase the purse.
Qualifying for the PGA Club Professional Championship was held during the
Section Championship. The standings at the completion of the second round among
those who had entered the Club Pro determined the qualifiers. The two leaders
after 36 holes, Dick Smith, Sr. and
Dick Hendrickson along with
Art Wall, who was in ninth place, weren’t
eligible, as they had entered more than twelve tournaments on the PGA Tour in
the last twelve months. The leaders among the qualifiers were
Bob Ross and Tony
Perla with 146s. Stan Dudas, Dennis Milne
and Henry Williams, Jr. made it with
ease at 148. After that came Billy Gilbert
and Bob Schoener, Jr., with 149s.
Roger Stern and
John Abernethy posted 150s. The last spot went to
Willie Scholl who finished with a 151.
The Section had been allotted ten spots in the championship plus one for the
Section champion, but when Hendrickson who
wasn’t eligible won the Section Championship, that spot went to
Jimmy Johnson who was next in line at 152.
The PGA Club Professional Championship was at
the Pinehurst Country Club again. The tournament was played on Pinehurst #1 and
#4 courses in the third week of October. Another former touring pro, Don
Massengale, took the title with a last nine 33 that was played in record low
temperatures produced by an artic cold front. Massengale’s rounds were 72, 66,
74 and 68 (280). Bob Bruno (282) finished second two strokes back and two
strokes in front of Sam Snead (284), who finished third. Ernie
George and Babe Lichardus were fourth with 285s. Bob
Schoener, Jr. tied for 31st at 294 and won $825.
Willie Scholl (295) finished one stroke back of
that in a tie for 35th and picked up $660.
Dennis Milne also made the cut and he tied for 61st
winning the last money of $204.54. Jimmy Johnson, Stan
Dudas, Bob Ross, Henry Williams, Jr., Tony Perla, Roger Stern, John Abernethy
and Billy Gilbert missed the cut.
The Schmidt’s Challenge Cup matches were played at the Hershey Country Club
in late October. The teams had been expanded to 12 players with the addition of
two seniors. The home team usually had some advantage since they knew the course
better than the visiting team but Hershey had a new course that none of the pros
from the Philadelphia Section had played either. The new course, called the East
Course, had been designed by George Fazio.
The first day there were six better-ball matches and each team won three of
them. The winning Philadelphia teams were Jimmy
Johnson- Henry Williams, Jr., Dick Smith, Sr.-Pete Trenham and
Tony Perla-Stan Dudas. The next day there were
twelve singles matches and each team won six of the matches. The Philadelphia
winners were Williams, Johnson, Smith, Perla, Trenham
and Alan Shankin. It had been agreed
that the last match off the course would continue into a sudden-death playoff if
the points were even. The last match was Art Waerig,
the assistant at the Lu Lu Country Club, versus Jennings House
of the Middle Atlantic Section. Waerig had
lost his match but he won the playoff on first extra hole and that extended the
Philadelphia Section’s lead in the matches to four wins against two losses. The
addition of the two seniors, Williams and
Johnson, carried the day for Philadelphia as
they won all three of their points. The other members of the team were
Ted McKenzie, Bob Ross, Bob Schoener, Jr. and
In early November John D. MacArthur notified the PGA that he was terminating
their lease on the office space at the PGA National Golf Club, which had an
expiration date of December 31, 1974. The PGA had been leasing the space for
$40,000 a year since late 1962 when negotiations fell through for the ownership
of the property. Originally the PGA was to build the clubhouse and office for
$1-million in return for the gift of a 36-hole golf course. The courses had been
designed by Dick Wilson and were the equal of any courses in Florida. When the
PGA couldn’t get clear title to some of the ground and there were problems with
the sprinkler system they had walked away from the deal. MacArthur told the
press that the PGA was not in violation financially but in spirit as they had
been negotiating for a new headquarters elsewhere. Also MacArthur said that
Frank Cardi was running for PGA president on the platform that the PGA would
leave for a new site.
In mid November Bill Clarke was elected president at the PGA’s national
meeting in Los Angeles. The runner-up in the election was Frank Cardi. Henry
Poe was also opposed but he was elected secretary by a comfortable margin.
There were six candidates for treasurer. The vote came down to Don Padgett and
Joe Black with Padgett finally getting the majority. The delegates voted to
suspend all negotiations with John D. MacArthur on the lease but Clarke said
that he thought the difficulties with MacArthur could be worked out. The
Philadelphia Section’s delegates were Bob Ross
and Bob Thatcher.
"Golf Professional of the Year"
Henry McQuiston was elected president of the Section at the fall
meeting on the third Monday of November. The meeting was held at the Atlantic
City Country Club. Bill Kittleman was
elected first vice president and Buzz Garvin
was reelected second vice president. Charlie Gilbert
moved to secretary and Don Siok, the
professional at the Atlantic City Country Club, was elected treasurer.
The night before the meeting there was an awards dinner honoring that year’s
winners and there was a pro-pro tournament after the meeting.
Bob Ross was selected as the "Golf Professional
of the Year". As the president of the Section Ross
had taken the spring golf show to a new level by adding a dinner to honor the
outstanding golfers in the region. Dick Smith, Sr.
had gone out on the PGA Tour with Dick Hendrickson
in January, but by early spring he had returned to the Section for the life
of a club pro and he took all of the playing honors.
Smith was the "Player of the Year" in the Section and he won the
DeBaufre Trophy with a stroke average of 72.00 per round. He was also the
leader for the year in Schmidt’s points.
The leading money winner on the PGA Tour was Jack Nicklaus with $320,942 and
Lee Trevino won the Vardon Trophy for a third consecutive year with a 70.89
stroke average. The PGA "Player of the Year" was Jack Nicklaus.
Bert Yancey finished 29th with
$73,374.91 in 34 tournaments. Art Wall won
$36,461.35 in the 29 tournaments he entered. That put him in 61st
place on the money list. The top sixty money winners on the PGA Tour were fully
exempt for the next year. In spite of not being fully exempt
Wall still had some exempt status due to past
victories and money won during his career.
1973 - In late January the PGA Seniors’ Championship was played at the
PGA National Golf Club’s East and West Courses for the last time and it made
history for another reason. It was Sam Snead in the winner’s circle again
for the sixth time but this time he won by an amazing 15 strokes. Snead’s
rounds on the East Course were 66, 66, 67 and 69 for a twenty under par 268.
Julius Boros, who said that he thought he played well, finished second with a
283. That was two strokes lower than the score Boros had won with on the same
course in 1971. First prize and the total purse were still $4,000 and $40,000.
Joe Taylor finished third at 288. Ed Furgol and Milon Marusic tied for fourth
with 290s. Henry Williams, Jr. made a very
creditable showing finishing tied for 11th at 297, which was 29
strokes behind Snead. Williams won $637.50.
Joe Kirkwood, Jr. (299) tied for 18th
and won $487.50. Skee Riegel (301) and
Marty Furgol (301) tied for 24th and
they each won $292.50.
At the Section’s
spring meeting C. Schmidt & Sons announced that their sponsorship of the
Challenge Cup matches was being dropped along with the yearlong points
competition. The Schmidt brewery did add on the sponsorship of one more open
tournament. Section President, Henry McQuiston,
said that the officers were trying to find a new sponsor for the matches.
The meeting was held at the George Washington Motor Lodge in Plymouth Meeting on
the first Monday in April.
Section President 1973 & 1974
Later that week at the Masters Tournament a Georgia native who had only two
wins on the PGA Tour won his only major title. Tommy Aaron (283) opened with a
68, added a 73 and a 74 before ending with a 68 to edge out J.C. Snead (284) by
one stroke. It would be his last win on the tour. Aaron won $30,000. Jack
Nicklaus made eight straight birdies in the last round but the best he could do
was a 66 and a tie for third with Peter Oosterhuis and Jim Jamison at 285. The
tournament ended on Monday as Saturday was rained out.
Art Wall and Bert Yancey made the
cut. Wall tied for 37th with a
298 and won $1,675. Yancey (300) finished
two strokes farther back in 51st place and won $1,600.
The spring golf show and awards dinner was at the Marriott Motor Inn on
Philadelphia’s City Line Avenue. Held on the second Monday of April the show
opened at noon with 50 pro-golf exhibitors. The featured guests were former PGA
"Golf Professional of the Year" Bill Strausbaugh, trick shot artist Paul Hahn,
the PGA’s director of education Dr. Gary Wiren and LPGA tour player Janet Caponi
LePera. In the evening an awards dinner honored Art
Wall and Llanerch Country Club member Dorothy Germain Porter a past
winner of the Women’s U.S. Amateur. Wall
wasn’t able to attend because of the rain out that pushed the Masters Tournament
into a Monday finish. PGA of America Treasurer Don Padgett was also in
The Section’s spring seminar was held on the third Monday of April.
Attendance at the seminar was mandatory for any apprentice who wanted to
participate in the Section’s tournaments that year. The program coordinator was
Buzz Garvin who spoke on how to upgrade your
job. The president of Aldila Jim Flood spoke on the graphite golf shaft;
Skee Riegel discussed the rules of golf and an
accountant lectured on finances.
In mid May the PGA announced that its winter program of five tournaments was
moving to the St. Lucie Hilton’s Saints and Sinners golf courses. Earlier in the
year the PGA having failed to reach an agreement with John D. MacArthur had
moved their offices to Lake Park, Florida.
Local qualifying for the U.S. Open
in Central Pennsylvania was at the Colonial Country Club on the third Monday in
May. Don Stough
won the medal on with a seven
over par (76-73) 149 on a day that included high winds, chilly temperatures and
intermittent rain. There were seven spots to shoot at for the 45 entries at
Bourne, a former touring pro who was
now the assistant at the Lancaster Country Club,
the assistant at the
Tamiment Resort & Country Club, all turned in 151s and tied for second.
The next two spots went to Frank Kiraly with a 152 and
the professional at the
Blue Ridge Country Club, at 154.
posted a 155 and won
the last place in a three-man sudden death playoff.
The next day on Tuesday local qualifying for the U.S. Open in the
Philadelphia area was held at the Rolling Green Golf Club and The Springhaven
Club. Vern Novak (143), who was back from
the PGA Tour for a few days, led the qualifying by three strokes with a 74 at
Rolling Green and a 69 at Springhaven. There were 15 spots in Philadelphia and a
total of 531 in the country. Dennis Milne
qualified second with a 146 and amateur Buddy Marucci was next with a 147.
Stan Dudas and amateur Allan Sussel tied for
fourth at 148. Henry McQuiston and
Jack Connelly, now the assistant at the
Huntingdon Valley Country Club, posted 149s
and tied for sixth. Next in line with 150 totals were
Ed Dougherty, Bob Gleeson, who was now working in North Jersey along
with amateurs Jay Sigel and Bucky Erhardt. Dick
Hendrickson, Bob Thatcher, Joe Data, an
assistant at the Philadelphia Country Club and Steve
Probst posted 152s and survived a six-man playoff for the last four
spots. Sixty players were exempt from local qualifying and thirty-three
were fully exempt. Bert Yancey was fully
exempt off his position on the PGA Tour money list and
Art Wall was exempt from local qualifying.
In May Ted McKenzie won the Lavino Open
at the Plymouth Country Club and also qualified for the IVB Golf Classic, which
was being held in early June at the Whitemarsh Valley Country Club.
McKenzie put together a one under par 71 to win
by one stroke over Henry McQuiston,
Jimmy Taylor and Tom
Mastroni, the assistant at the Meadowlands Country Club. First
prize was $700. The Section members were competing for two places in the
starting field at the IVB and for fourteen openings in the pre tournament
qualifying round. McQuiston defeated
Taylor on the third hole of a sudden death
playoff for the other exemption into the IVB. As an apprentice,
Mastroni wasn’t eligible for one of the
Section’s two spots in the starting field.
Sectional qualifying for the U.S. Open was in Philadelphia at the Aronimink
Golf Club and the Waynesborough Country Club on the first Tuesday of June. It
was one of thirteen sectional qualifying sites in the country. Ralph Johnston
led by two with a par 70 round at Aronimink in the morning and a two under par
70 at Waynesborough in the afternoon for 140. Two of the sixteen spots went to
locals, Dick Hendrickson and
Vern Novak. Hendrickson tied for third with
rounds of 70 and 73 for 143 and Novak turned
in a pair of 73s for 146. They had qualified locally in Philadelphia.
Art Wall qualified for the U.S. Open in Charlotte, North Carolina
where there were 39 spots. Wall’s rounds at
the Charlotte Country Club were 72 and 73 for a 145. Sam Snead and Fred
Marti tied for medalist honors with 139s. The players with 146 scores played off
for the last spots.
The IVB Golf Classic was played in early June the week before the U.S. Open.
Sam Penecale and the Whitemarsh Valley
Country Club hosted the tournament again. Qualifying was held on Monday as 101
pros and amateurs fought it out for 36 places in the tournament. Bobby Greenwood
and Butch Baird were the low qualifiers with 67s. Bob
Ross (72) made it easily and Bob Schoener,
Jr. (74) survived a 16-man playoff for the last ten spots.
Dick Smith, Sr., Dick Hendrickson,
Skee Riegel, Tony Perla,
Andy Thompson, now the assistant at the Radnor
Valley Country Club and John Toepel had
exemptions through the Philadelphia Section. Tom Weiskopf (67-71-65-71) won the
IVB and for the second time in three years as he tied the tournament record of
274. Jim Barber (278) finished second four strokes back. Johnny Miller and
Forrest Fezler tied for third with 279s. There were twelve Section members in
the starting field but only Bert Yancey made
the cut and finished at 283. Yancey won
$2,103 for a 16th place tie. First prize was $30,045. Weiskopf stayed
at Yancey’s house the week of the
tournament. Weiskopf’s extra $45 came about because when Lee Trevino withdrew
only 69 players completed 72 holes. The 69 players split up the 70th
place money. It was the third straight year that Trevino had withdrawn during
the tournament. Thompson,
Toepel, Smith, Ross, Hendrickson, Schoener, Ted
McKenzie, Henry McQuiston, Perla, Riegel
and Art Wall missed the cut. The Sunday
attendance came to 18,875, which brought the total to a record of 64,081for the
The next week the U.S. Open was at the Oakmont Country Club near Pittsburgh
with its 187 bunkers. Several rainstorms during the tournament softened the
greens and made the course easier than usual but the scores weren’t real low.
After three rounds four players shared the lead at 210, three under par.
Trailing by six strokes after rounds of 71-69-76, and teeing off an hour ahead
of the leaders, Johnny Miller proceeded to make eight birdies and finish with a
63, the lowest score in the history of our Open. Miller (279) made it look easy
but only three other players broke 70 on Sunday. The three other players who
broke 70 that day were Lanny Watkins (65), Jack Nicklaus (68) and Ralph Johnston
(68) who had been the low qualifier in Philadelphia. Several players could have
won but in the end Miller finished one stroke in front of John Schlee (280). Tom
Weiskopf finished third at 281 as Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Lee Trevino
tied for fourth with 282s. Bert Yancey
finished tied for 25th at 294 and won $1,382.50.
Art Wall won $930 for a tie at 45th
place. The prize money came to $219,400 and first place paid $35,000.
Vern Novak and Dick
Hendrickson missed the cut.
Bert Yancey (281) finished fifth in the British Open, five strokes
back of his friend Tom Weiskopf who won with a twelve-under-par 276. Weiskopf
overcame the Open’s usual wind and rain to post rounds of 68, 67, 71 and 70.
First prize was $14,300. The Open was played at Troon Golf Club in the second
week of July. Johnny Miller and Neil Coles tied for second at 279. Jack Nicklaus
shot a 65 in the last round and finished fourth alone at 280.
Yancey won $6,370 and his 281 total was five
strokes better than the next player in line. Only six players finished under par
for the tournament.
The Schmidt’s Golf Festival kicked off on the
third Thursday of July at the Brookside Country Club in Pottstown and then moved
to the Coatesville Country Club on Friday. After a day off on Saturday the
tournament shifted to the Sunnybrook Golf Club and it finished up with the
fourth round played at the Hidden Springs Golf Club.
Dick Hendrickson and Willie Scholl
ended up in a tie for the top money at the end of the 72 holes with 287s.
Hendrickson put together rounds of 72, 74, 69,
72 and Scholl’s rounds were 71, 73, 73 and
72. Six days later on Sunday there was an 18-hole playoff at Hidden Springs.
Hendrickson, who had left the tour temporarily
because of a bad back, won the playoff and a check for $3,000 with a 72
against a 76 for Scholl. The purse including
pro-am money came to $23,175. Hendrickson
had now won three of the seven Schmidt Festivals and had not finished lower than
sixth. Hendrickson’s seven-year money total
in the tournament now added up to $14,321.
Scholl won $1,800. Andy Thompson
finished third one stroke back at 288. Joe Data
won the fourth place money with a 289 and Dick
Smith, Sr. finished fifth at 292.
Two days after winning the Schmidt’s Festival Dick
Hendrickson won the Philadelphia Open
for a second straight year. The tournament was played at the Atlantic City
Country Club over two days and the field was cut to the low 45 and ties after
Monday’s round. Forty pros and eight amateurs made the cut with scores of 75 or
better. Hendrickson put together rounds of
69 and 70 for a one under par 139. Andy Thompson
finished second at 141 two strokes in front of Tony
Perla (143) and George Griffin III
(143). Hendrickson won $650 and
Thompson $526 from a total purse of $3,721.
In mid August the PGA Championship was played at the Canterbury Country Club
near Cleveland. Jack Nicklaus won the PGA for a third time, which gave him
twelve wins in the majors eclipsing the former leader Walter Hagen. Counting his
two wins in the U.S. Amateur he was now ahead of Bobby Jones as well. Nicklaus
(277) started slowly with a 72 and then he tacked on rounds of 68, 68 and 69 to
win by four strokes over Bruce Crampton (281). Lanny Watkins, J.C. Snead and
Mason Rudolph tied for third at 282. First prize was $45,000.
Bert Yancey tied for 24th with a 287
and won $1,774.16. Three strokes farther back Dick
Hendrickson (290) tied for 35th and picked up $1,054.44.
Hendrickson was in the field as the
Philadelphia Section champion and Yancey was
exempt off his status on the PGA Tour money list.
Tony Perla picked up his second
Pennsylvania Open title at the Oakmont Country Club in the third week of August.
Because the tournament was at Oakmont more than 300 pros and amateurs were
entered and after several lengthy rain delays Monday’s round was scrapped.
Enough contestants either didn’t show up or withdrew so the committee sent the
players off in two shotgun starts on Tuesday. With nearly 288 players left play
was in fours and two groups had to begin play on each hole. The morning pairings
teed off at 7:00 and needed six hours to complete the round. The afternoon
players teed off at 2:00 and finished at dark. The field was then cut for the
second round on Wednesday. The field was cut to 40 and ties, a reduction from
the planned number of 60, so the members could get on their course.
Perla (144) put together two par rounds of 72
and edged out amateur Ron Milanovich (145) by one stroke. First prize was
$1,200. Milanovich shot the only sub-par round, a 71 in the first round.
Allegheny Country Club professional Roy Vucinish ended up in third place alone
with a score of 149. Two former Pennsylvania Open champions
Bob Ross and Roland Stafford tied for fourth
along with Tom Lynch and amateur John
Birmingham at 151.
Won 1969 Pennsylvania Open
Won 1973 Pennsylvania Open
1973 Section Champion
Joe Data, playing in his first Section
Championship, came away the winner over John Kennedy.
North Hills Country Club and Ron Rolfe
hosted the tournament in the first week of October. The defending champion,
Dick Hendrickson, wasn’t able to defend his
title due to a bad back. Data started out on
Monday with a two under par 69 and took a two-stroke lead. In the second round
he posted another 69 and opened up a five-stroke lead.
Data (209) put together a conservative 71 in the last round to win by
four strokes. There were only three scores under 70 and
Data had two of them.
Data picked up $1,700 from the $9,000 purse and
Kennedy (213) won $1,100.
Dick Smith, Sr. finished third at 216 two
strokes in front of Art Wall (218).
There was a three-way tie for fifth at 219 between Bob
Ross, John Carson and Stan Dudas.
In order to boost the purse the Section under the chairmanship of
Bill Kittleman hired a salesman to sell ads
and publish a program book.
Dick Hendrickson shot a last round 63 at the Insurance City Open
on the first Sunday of September. His eight under par 63 gave him a 72-hole
score of 273 and left him nine strokes behind the winner Billy Casper (264).
Hendrickson tied for 28th and won
$1,244. Art Wall finished with a 270, tied
for 16th and won $2,800. The total purse was $200,000 and first prize
Qualifying for nine places in the PGA Club Professional Championship was held
during the first two rounds of the Section Championship. The medalist was
Joe Data (138) who turned in a pair of 69s.
Skee Riegel and Bob
Schoener, Jr. were next with 145s, one stroke ahead of
Stan Dudas (146) and
Dick Smith, Sr. (146). John Carson
finished sixth with a 147 and Dennis Milne
won the seventh spot with a 148. Bob Thatcher
posted a 150 to pick up the ninth spot and Henry
McQuiston got under the wire at 151. When
Data won the Section Championship he received the Section champion’s
exemption so Willie Scholl, who had been the
first alternate with a 152 score, was added to the starting field. The ones who
finished ahead of them either weren’t eligible or choose not to enter.
John Kennedy and Art
Wall weren’t eligible because they had played in more than twelve
tournaments on the PGA Tour in the past twelve months.
The PGA Club Professional Championship was played at the Pinehurst Country
Club in mid October. Three of Pinehurst’s courses were used, #2, #3 and #5. A
Texan, Rives McBee (73-67-71-71), won by three strokes over former Green Valley
Country Club assistant Stan Brion (285) with a score of 282. Don
Massengale and John Molenda tied for third with 286s.
Dick Smith, Sr. (295) tied for 21st
and qualified for the PGA Championship while winning $1,121.82.
Dennis Milne (302) tied for 83rd and
won the last money of $236. Willie Scholl, Joe Data,
Bob Thatcher, Henry McQuiston, Skee Riegel, Stan Dudas, Bob Schoener, Jr.
and John Carson missed the cut.
In the fourth week of October a future Section member, Jim Masserio,
earned playing privileges on the PGA Tour. Qualifying was held at the Perdido
Bay Country Club in Pensacola, Florida and the Dunes Golf Club in Myrtle Beach,
South Carolina. For that final qualifying stage the players played the first
four rounds in Pensacola and then drove several hundred miles to South Carolina
for the final four rounds. Masserio tied for 14th with rounds
of 74, 76, 70, 74, 72, 75, 70 and 72 for a 583 total. It was Masserio’s
third attempt to qualify for the PGA Tour. Twenty-three players earned cards as
Ben Crenshaw led the qualifying by a record 12 strokes with a total of 558.
After C. Schmidt & Sons dropped its sponsorship of the team matches between
the Philadelphia Section and the Middle Atlantic Section the two Sections
attempted to find a new sponsor. They were not able to locate a new sponsor and
the matches weren’t played for two years.
"Golf Professional of the Year"
The fall meeting and election of officers was held at the George Washington
Motor Lodge in Plymouth Meeting on the third Monday of November. The President,
Henry McQuiston, and all of the other
officers were reelected. The first vice president and the second vice president
were Bill Kittleman
and Buzz Garvin
and the secretary and treasurer were Charlie
Gilbert and Don
Siok. Harlan Will was honored as the "Golf Professional of the
Year". Will had been a head professional and
a Section member for forty years. He was a Section officer nine years and the
Section’s tournament chairman for nine years. There was a tie for the
"Player of the Year" between Dick Smith, Sr.
and Dick Hendrickson.
Smith won the DeBaufre Trophy with a stroke average of 72.57 and he
led the challenge points race with 92 points.
Hendrickson was second with 86.33 points. Due to being on the PGA
Tour most of the year Hendrickson only
entered twelve of the local events, but he either won or tied for first in nine
In mid November Henry McQuiston and
Charlie Gilbert attended the national PGA
meeting in Dallas, Texas as the delegates from the Philadelphia Section.
President Bill Clarke and the other officers Henry Poe and Don Padgett
were reelected without opposition. The delegates made sweeping revisions of the
member classifications for the purpose of simplification. There were now three
groups. There was the Active—Class A-Head Professionals, Class Junior
A-Assistant Professionals; Inactive—anyone not in the active group and Life
Member, which was anyone who had been a PGA member for more than 25 years and
didn’t fall into the Active class. Also graduates of two-year colleges were
given four credit months toward membership since graduates of a four-year
college already received eight credit months.
In early December the Fairmount Park Commission announced that it was closing
Cobbs Creek and the other five city golf courses for the months of January and
February to save money on fuel. The price of gas and oil had more than doubled
since the beginning of the year.
For the third year in a row the leading money winner on the PGA Tour was Jack
Nicklaus with $308,362 and he was selected as the PGA "Player of the Year". The
Vardon Trophy was won by Bruce Crampton with a 70.57 stroke average.
Bert Yancey played in 30 tournaments and won
$66,394.38 which was good for 39th place on the money list.
Art Wall got into 25 tournaments and won
$29,822.69 which left him 84th on the money list.
Jeff Steinberg played in five tournaments and
1974 - The PGA was in the midst of legal
negotiations with their landlord at Palm Beach Gardens, John D. MacArthur.
The discussions were over the lease of the office space in the clubhouse and the
fees that the PGA members would be paying for carts and golf. The PGA Seniors’
Championship along with the other winter activities found a temporary home at
Port St. Lucie, Florida.
In late January Joe Data
won the PGA Match Play tournament during the winter program at the Port St.
Lucie Country Club. Data defeated
Wisconsin’s Dennis Tiziani in the 36-hole final 4 & 3, winning $1,900.
Data picked up another $600 for using a golf
ball manufactured by one of the tournament’s sponsors. To reach the finals
Data had to defeat six other professionals. One
of those was former Section member Stan Brion, who
Data defeated in the semi-finals 1-down with the help of a 35-foot
putt that he holed for a birdie on the last green.
In early February Roberto De Vicenzo won the PGA Seniors’ Championship with a
15 under par (68-68-71-66) 273 at the Port St. Lucie Country Club. De Vicenzo
was the first non-resident of the United States to take the title.
Art Wall, playing in his first Seniors’
Championship tied Julius Boros for second at 276. Sam Snead
finished fourth at 279. First prize from the $40,000 purse was $4,000 and the
runner-ups each picked up checks for $2,500. The club pros from the Section made
a good showing. Marty Furgol (289) tied for
11th, winning $650. Billy Gilbert
(292) tied for 20th and won $500. Bob
Hendricks (298) finished in a tie for 41st and won $100.
The Section’s annual spring meeting was at the
Sheraton Valley Forge Hotel in King of Prussia on the second Monday of April.
The meeting was in the morning and Section’s annual spring golf show kicked off
at noon. Bill Kittleman announced a policy
for the Section’s one-day open tournaments. In order to make it easier for the
press to cover the tournaments the higher ranked players in the Section would be
given late starting times. That way the winners would be around to speak to
press when the tournament came to a conclusion. The Section members elected
their Secretary Charlie Gilbert to the
office of national vice president for District II.
Gilbert had been an officer in the Section for four years, had
attended three national meetings and he was a member of the national PGA long
range planning committee. He would take office at the annual meeting in the fall
and represent District II, which was comprised of the New Jersey, Metropolitan
and Philadelphia Sections. The term of the national vice president, later called
District Director, was for three years. The Section President
Henry McQuiston called on
Kittleman, who was the first vice president and tournament chairman
to take on the duties of secretary as well so that
Gilbert could become acclimated to the national PGA affairs.
Henry McQuiston, Dave Marr, Dick Farley, Harry Obitz
Philadelphia Section Spring Golf Show 1974
Marr’s father was a golf professional and learned the game
as a caddy at the Philadelphia Country Club
The Philadelphia Section’s 17th annual Spring Golf Show was held
on the second Monday of April at the Sheraton Valley Forge Hotel in King of
Prussia. The show was held under the direction of Philmont Country Club
assistant Bob Intrieri and Section President
Henry McQuiston. The guest celebrities were
former PGA champion Dave Marr and LPGA star Carol Mann. Marr and Mann hit shots
with Wiffle Balls and answered questions about the golf swing.
Harry Obitz and
Dick Farley put on their "Swings the Thing"
show along with Georgia professional Paul Bauman displaying his array of trick
shots Obitz, Farley and Marr donated their
appearance fees to the PGA for its Junior World International tournament in San
Diego. The Section’s members supplied free instruction as the public hit golf
balls into nets. The show ran from noon to 9:30pm and the admission fee was
The Masters Tournament ended on the second Sunday of April with Gary Player
getting fitted for a second green jacket. A 66 in the third round and a
nine-iron shot that stopped inches from the cup on the 71st hole gave
Player (278) a two-stroke victory. Players’ rounds were 71, 71, 66 and 70. Tom
Weiskopf and Dave Stockton tied for second with 280s. Jack Nicklaus, Hale Irwin
and Jim Colbert tied for fourth with 281s. In the first round
Art Wall discovered some of his magic from the 1959 Masters. Playing
in his 17th Masters at the age of 50 Wall
played holes number 2 through 6 in five under par. That run included a two
on the fifth hole where he holed out a #4 wood. Wall
(291) finished with a 70 and went on to win $1,775 for a tie for 37th.
Wall was the only invitee from the
On the fourth Monday of April the spring education seminar drew a record
attendance. Guest speakers lectured on accounting and finance.
Leo Fraser spoke on the national PGA and what
it is doing for the golf professional. Leo McNamara from the Wilson Sporting
Goods Company gave a slide show and talked on the evolution of golf and golf
equipment. McNamara was well versed in the history of golf. He was the son of
Tom McNamara, a pro golf salesman who won the Philadelphia Open in 1914 and 1915
while covering the New England territory for Wanamakers.
In May Henry McQuiston won the Lavino
Open at the Sunnybrook Golf Club. McQuiston
posted a one under par 71 and then chaired a Section board meeting. Later in the
day Joe Data put another 71 on the
scoreboard to gain a tie for first. McQuiston
came out of the board meeting and made a par on the first hole of a playoff
to pick up a check for $950 and an exemption into the IVB Golf Classic.
Data already had an exemption as the Section
champion. Eight players finished in a three-way tie for third and a second spot
in the IVB. Ron Rolfe won a play off on the
next Monday for that second spot. The total purse was $5,200.
Dick Hendrickson and
Dick Smith, Sr. had two of the Section’s six exemptions as the
leading performance point winners from the year before.
Dave Collingwood, who was now the professional at the Olde Hickory
Golf Club, led the local qualifying for the U.S. Open in Central
Pennsylvania. Qualifying was held at the par 72 Blue Ridge Country Club on the
third Monday of May. Collingwood was around
in 71 strokes in the morning round and he came back with a 74 in the afternoon
for a 145 that won the medal by two strokes. The assistant at the Hershey
Country Club, Bobby Huber and
Bob Bourne tied for second with 147s.
Bourne shot a 69 in the afternoon, which was
the low round of the day. Tom Robertson, who
was the teaching pro at Rabold’s Driving Range, was next with a 149.
Local amateur Richard Hrip turned in a 150 and took claim to the fifth spot.
Jerry Janeski, the assistant at the Susquehanna
Valley Country Club, won the sixth spot with a 151.
Mike Atkins (152), the professional at the
Overlook Golf Club, won a five-man playoff for the seventh and last spot with a
birdie on the second extra hole.
Local qualifying for the U.S. Open in the Philadelphia area was on the third
Tuesday of May at the Woodcrest Country Club and the Tavistock Country Club. At
age 58 amateur Billy Hyndman led the scoring with a 145, a three over par 74 at
Woodcrest and a one over par 71 at Tavistock. Four players tied for second.
John Kennedy now the head professional at
the Edgmont Country Club, Tony Perla, Ed
Dougherty, who was now on the PGA Tour, and amateur Jay Sigel
all posted 147s. Jack Connelly,
Ted McKenzie and Norm
Hammer, the professional at the Warrington Country Club, were
next with 148s. Bob Hibschman, the assistant
at the Manufacturers Golf & Country Club, turned in a 149 and ended up
alone in the ninth spot. Alan Shankin, the
assistant at the Medford Village Country Club, and
Andy Thompson, who was now on the PGA Tour tied for tenth
with 150s. The twelfth and last spot went to Bobby Mayes with a total of
151. Mayes was a non-PGA African American pro who played out of the
Tioga-Quaker club that had a clubhouse but no golf course. For over 20 years he
had been winning checks around the country on the black tour. He beat out two
other players in a sudden death playoff to secure his right to move on the next
stage at the sectional level. Bert Yancey
was exempt from local qualifying off his record on the PGA Tour.
On the first Tuesday in June sectional qualifying for the U.S. Open was held
at the Aronimink Golf Club and the Rolling Green Golf Club. There were 75
players competing for 17 places in the Open. Canada’s George Knudson (138)
earned medalist honors with a par 70 at Aronimink and a three under par round of
68 at Rolling Green. Bert Yancey finished
second to Knudson with a 142. Bobby Mayes qualified with a 144. The
players with 146 totals played off for the last three openings. It took almost
13 hours to complete the qualifying and playoffs with play finishing up in the
moonlight at 8:55.
The IVB Golf Classic was played at the Whitemarsh Valley Country Club in
early June, the week before the U.S. Open. Qualifying was held on Monday for the
52 remaining places in the tournament. Ross Randall and Ben Kern were low with
67s. Six Philadelphia pros qualified with Bruce
MacDonald leading the group at 69. Jack
Connelly posted a 72. Pete Trenham, John
Carson, Ed Dougherty and John Kennedy
passed the test with 73s. The last spots went to the 74 shooters. When the
IVB Golf Classic got under way on Thursday there were seventeen Section members
in the starting field via Section exemptions, sponsor exemptions, qualifying or
for having made the cut on the PGA Tour the week before. Hubert Green,
who had been on Bill Kittleman’s staff at
Merion four years before, set a tournament record on the way to winning the top
check of $30,000. Green (271) picked up his third victory of the year
with rounds of 70, 67, 66 and 68 that lowered the IVB record by three strokes.
Hale Irwin finished four strokes back at 275. Johnny Miller and Tom Jenkins tied
for third with 277s. Bert Yancey led the
Philadelphia pros with a tie for 27th at 287 and won $1,065.
Art Wall (291) finished four strokes farther
back 46th place and won $424. Kennedy
(295) and Andy Thompson (295) tied
for 61st and each won $281. Henry McQuiston
(300) finished 70th and won the last payoff, $225. In spite of a
sizable turnout of 19,437 on Sunday the attendance for the four days was well
below the record of the previous year. The host pro was
Sam Penecale. Dick Smith,
Sr., Connelly, Joe
Data, Dick Hendrickson,
Larry Wise, who was playing the PGA Tour,
Tim DeBaufre, who was now the professional at
the Woodcrest Country Club, Ron Rolfe,
Tony Perla, MacDonald
and Trenham missed the cut.
The week after the IVB the touring pros shifted over to New York for the U.S.
Open at the Winged Foot Golf Club. A very difficult golf course was made even
more difficult with hard and fast greens. When it was all over on Sunday evening
Hale Irwin had won by two strokes with a seven over par 287. His rounds were 73,
70, 71 and 73. Forest Fezler finished second at 289.
Bert Yancey and Lou Graham tied for third with 290s.
Yancey was never really in contention after an
opening round of 76. As many fell back in the last round a 72 moved
Yancey into an $11,500 payday. First prize from
the $223,900 purse was $35,000. Bobby Mayes missed the cut.
The eighth annual Schmidt’s Golf Festival was played in the third week of
July. The tournament opened on a Thursday at the Berkleigh Country Club and then
moved to the Torresdale-Frankford Country Club. Saturday was a day off. The
third round was at the Edgmont Country Club and the tournament finished up
across the Delaware River at the Medford Village Country Club. The tournament
came down to Dick Smith, Sr. who was at the
peak of his playing career and Ed Dougherty
who was just beginning to realize his potential. With rounds of 71, 70 and a 69
at his home Edgmont course Dougherty led
Smith by four strokes. In the final round on
the 7,000 Medford Village course Smith
produced the low round of the day, a one under par 71, to finish first with a
286. Smith’s four rounds were 71, 72, 72 and
71. Dougherty slipped to a 79 and finished
second. First prize from the $20,000 purse was $3,000.
Dougherty, who was headed for the PGA Tour in three weeks, won the
largest check of his short career, $1,800. Dick
Hendrickson maintained his record of having never finished worse than
sixth in the Schmidt’s Festival by tying Ted McKenzie
for third at 291. Dave
Collingwood and Bob Bourne tied
for fifth with 297s.
Joe Data won the Philadelphia Open played in late July at the
Torresdale-Frankford Country Club but it took another six weeks to wrap up the
title. On Monday Data shot the only par
round, a 70, and led three players by one stroke. It took a score of 78 or
better to make the cut for the second round. On Tuesday
Bob Bourne put together the low round of the
tournament, a 68, for 142. Data bogied the
last hole and finished with a 72 and a 142 total as well. Due to conflicts in
the player’s schedules the playoff wasn’t held until the second Sunday of
September. In the playoff Bourne led by one
stroke after 16 holes in spite of a triple bogie seven on the 8th
hole. On the par three 17th hole Bourne
had a short putt for a birdie and Data’s
tee shot was buried in the face of the bunker but they halved the hole with
pars. On the next hole Bourne made a bogie
and Data holed an 18-foot putt for his only
birdie of the day, which gave Data a 73 to
Bourne’s 74. Dick
Hendrickson (143) finished third one stroke back and one stroke in
front of George Griffin III (144).
Willie Scholl and John Poole, the
professional at the West Chester Golf & Country Club tied for fifth at
146. First prize was $700.
The Pennsylvania Open was at the Merion Golf Club in early August and the
same week as the PGA Championship. There were 102 pros and 75 amateurs entered.
After the first round the field was cut to the low 60 and everyone who shot 81
or better made it. Jay Sigel, who had won the Pennsylvania Amateur
earlier that year, won with a 73 and a 70 for 143.
Bobby Huber, led the first day with a one over par 71, and finished
second at 145. He picked up the $1,200 top check. The total purse was $4,625.
George Griffin III and Billy Hyndman, who posted a last round 67 that
was the only sub-par round of the tournament, tied for third with 146s.
The PGA Championship was at the Tanglewood Country Club in North Carolina
just two days after the Pennsylvania Open ended. Lee Trevino found an old putter
in the attic of the house he was renting and used it for a one-stroke victory.
He started slowly with a 73 and then shot 66-68 for a one-stroke lead over Jack
Nicklaus. On Sunday Nicklaus shot a 69 and Trevino (276) matched it for his
fifth win in a major. First prize was $45,000. Two professionals who had worked
in the Philadelphia Section, Sam Snead and Hubert Green, tied with
Dave Hill and Bobby Cole for third with 279s. Bert
Yancey tied for 32nd at 290 and won $1,260.
Dick Smith, Sr., who had qualified through the
PGA Club Professional Championship and Joe Data,
who was in the field as the Section champion, missed the cut.
Yancey was exempt off his standing on the PGA
The Philadelphia Section PGA was paying the expenses for a boy and a girl to
compete in the PGA’s Junior World International tournament in San Diego. The
Section’s girl’s representative, Lori Nelson, from the Penn Oaks Country Club
put together rounds of 75, 82, 74 and 79 to win the championship.
Qualifying for the PGA Club Professional Championship was held at the
Plymouth Country Club on the third Monday of August. The Section members were
qualifying for fourteen places in the starting field plus the Section Champion
was exempt. John Carson was the medalist
with two rounds of 69. His six under par 138 edged out
Tim DeBaufre (139) by one stroke. Next in line were
Skee Riegel at 142, Dick Hendrickson
at 144, Stan Dudas at 145
and Bob Pfister the professional
at the Llanerch Country Club who posted a 146. Jack
Connelly, Hugh Reilly, Sr. the assistant at the Green Valley Country
Club and Tony Perla turned in 147s. The last
five spots went to Joe Data, Ted McKenzie, Dick Smith,
Sr., Bob Schoener, Jr. and Bob
Thatcher who had all finished with 148s. When
Smith won the Section Championship the Section
picked up another spot, which went to the first alternate
Ed Dougherty who had qualified with a 149.
When Hendrickson didn’t play in
the tournament Jerry Port, the professional
at the Glen Oak Country Club, made the starting field.
Port had also shot a 149 in the qualifying rounds and was
the second alternate.
The Jack Cuttle Open was played at the
Pocono Manor Inn & Golf Club to honor their golf professional who was in his 50th
year as the head professional at Pocono Manor. Cuttle
had been the pro there since May 1, 1925 and was now 75 years old. He said
he thought that he might retire, as "50 years is really long enough".
Jack Connelly won the tournament with a 65.
Dick Smith, Sr.
1974 Section Champion
Philmont Country Club and Buzz Garvin
hosted the Section Championship in the second week of October.
Dick Smith, Sr. toured Philmont’s par 70
North Course in 70, 73 and 72 for 215 to win his first Section Championship and
possession of the Bulletin Cup for one year. He took a two-stroke lead into the
last round and finished three ahead of John Kennedy
(218) who closed with a 69. Four years earlier
Smith had won the Philadelphia Open at Philmont.
Dave Collingwood finished third at 219 two
strokes in front of Ted McKenzie (221) and
Bob Schoener, Jr (221). The purse was
The PGA Club Professional Championship was back at the Pinehurst Country Club
in late October. Courses #2, #3 and #5 were used. Roger Watson, a true club
professional from the Carolinas Section, defeated Sam Snead on the first
hole of a sudden death playoff. They had tied with 284 totals. Watson’s rounds
were 71, 73, 71 and 69. Bobby Benson (286) finished third and Ron
Letellier (287) finished fourth. Ed Dougherty
was playing the PGA Tour but he was still eligible for the tournament because he
hadn’t played in 12 events in the past 12 months.
Dougherty had gotten into the starting field as an alternate when
Dick Smith, Sr. won the Section Championship,
giving him an automatic spot in the field. Dougherty
finished 12th with a 291, picked up $2,000 and qualified for the 1975
PGA Championship. Jack Connelly (297) tied
for 45th and won $300.45. Ted McKenzie
(298) tied for 56th and Tim DeBaufre
(300) tied for 74th. They each won $165.
Dick Smith, Sr., Hugh Reilly, Sr., Jerry Port, Stan Dudas,
Bob Thatcher, Bob Pfister, Joe Data, Bob Schoener, Jr., John Carson, Tony Perla
and Skee Riegel missed the cut.
"Golf Professional of the Year"
The Section’s annual meeting was held at the Bala Golf Club on the fourth
Monday of October. Frank
"Buzz" Garvin was elected president and Don
Siok moved from treasurer to secretary. There were three new
officers. Dick Smith, Sr. took over as the
first vice president and tournament chairman, Pete
Dever was elected second vice president and
Jim Lydon, the professional at the Glenhardie Country Club was
elected treasurer. For a fourth straight year Dick
Smith, Sr. was the "Player of the Year" and the winner of the
DeBaufre Trophy. Smith led the DeBaufre
scoring with an average of 72.90. The "Golf Professional of the Year" honor
was awarded to Joseph "Bud" Lewis who had
been a professional in the Section for fifty years and the professional at the
Manufacturers Golf & Country Club for 31 years. For most of those years
Lewis had been a leader in promoting junior
golf as well as one of the top players in the Section. Each year he had given
more golf lessons than any other pro in the Section, teaching indoors during the
National VP District II
Section Officer 4 Years
The Southern California Section hosted the national PGA meeting in Hawaii in
early December. Hawaii was still part of the Southern California Section. Former
Philadelphia Section President Henry Poe was elected president without
opposition. Don Padgett moved from treasurer to secretary and Frank Cardi was
elected treasurer. There were five candidates for treasurer but two withdrew
before the voting began and Cardi received a majority on the first ballot. The
decision was made to allow the contestants to use their own caddies at the PGA
Championship commencing with the 1978 championship. The next three championship
committees had assured the PGA that they would be able to supply qualified
caddies. Bert Yancey was at the meeting as
the elected representative from the PGA Tour tournament Policy Board. Julius
Boros and Cary Middlecoff were voted into the PGA Hall of Fame. Boros and
Middlecoff were the first to be inducted since 1969.
Charlie Gilbert was sworn in for a three-year term as the vice
president representing District II. The Philadelphia Section’s delegates were
Buzz Garvin and Don
Johnny Miller was the leading money winner on the PGA Tour with $353,021 and
Hubert Green, who had been an assistant at Merion Golf Club just four
years before finished third with $211,709. Miller was also the PGA "Player of
the Year". The Vardon Trophy went to Lee Trevino for a fourth time with an
average of 70.53 strokes per round. Bert Yancey
won $68,871.06 in 30 events and finished 29th on the money list.
Art Wall won $14,551.17 in 22 events.
Andy Thompson played in fifteen tournaments and
won $811.53. Jeff Steinberg played in 13
tournaments and won $502.25.
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