A Chronicle of the Philadelphia Section PGA and Golf in the Philadelphia Area
by Peter C. Trenham
1980 to 1989
The Section had another first as the new Senior PGA Tour held its first event at the Atlantic City CC in June.
Dick Smith, Sr. won the 60th Philadelphia PGA Section Championship at the Cavaliers Country Club in October.
Dick Smith, Sr. won his fourth Philadelphia PGA Section Championship at Huntingdon Valley C.C. in September.
Charlie Bolling won the South African Open in late January.
Rick Osberg tied for third in the PGA Club Professional Championship in October.
Ed Dougherty won the PGA Club Professional Championship in October.
In December Dick Smith, Sr. was elected secretary of the PGA of America at the national meeting in Indianapolis.
The Philadelphia pros defeated the Middle Atlantic Section to make it 12 wins for Philadelphia against 6 losses.
The Philadelphia PGA Section Championship prize money was $100,000 for the first time.
In April Jimmy Booros won on the PGA Tour at the Deposit Guaranty Golf Classic.
1980 -A new decade began with golf booming. The PGA Tour purses were
rapidly increasing and most of the tournaments were televised. There were
concerns that there was too much golf being shown on TV. Playing the PGA Tour
was a distant thought for most club pros. People were retiring earlier and more
women were taking up the game so the rounds of golf were increasing each year.
Senior golf was becoming very popular and the Philadelphia Section was in on
another first, as the Atlantic City Country Club would host the first official
tournament of the new Senior PGA Tour.
Edward “Tim” DeBaufre
Section President 1981 & 1982
Won 1976 Philadelphia Open
Nearly 300 Section members and apprentices attended the spring meeting of the
Philadelphia Section at the Concord Country Club on the first Monday of April.
The New Jersey PGA Section’s Harry Dee, national vice-president from District
II, was in attendance to bring the members up to date on the national
association’s affairs. The first vice president and tournament chairman,
Tim DeBaufre, presented a tournament schedule
of 70 events with purses estimated to add up to $265,000. Through the efforts of
Executive Director Jack Klein and DeBaufre,
the professional at the Woodcrest Country Club, purses had increased by two
hundred and fifty percent in two years. Twelve of the events that were open to
all Section members and played as individual open tournaments would determine
who played on the Challenge Cup team along with the "Player of the Year" and the
winner of the DeBaufre Trophy. The professional at the Meadia Heights Golf Club
and Section junior golf chairman, Doug Ritter,
announced that Junior Golf Week would be held again on the second week of
July. The PGA of America now had 8,308 PGA members and 3,950 apprentices.
In the first full week of April the Masters Tournament was played for 44th
time at the Augusta National Golf Club. Seve Ballesteros opened up with a 66 and
a tie for the lead and followed up with rounds of 69, 68 and 72. He led all the
way and took a ten-stroke lead into the final nine. He then made a bogey on #10,
put his tee shot in Rae’s Creek on #12 for a double-bogey five and made a bogey
six on the next hole when he put his second shot into Rae’s Creek. He had now
lost four strokes to par in four holes and seven shots to his playing partner
Jack Newton who had birdied holes 11, 12 and 13. From there Ballesteros (275)
played the last five holes in one under par to finish four strokes in front of
Newton (279) and Gibby Gilbert (279). At age 23 Ballesteros became the youngest
winner of the Masters and his 23 birdies set a record. One stroke farther back
Hubert Green finished fourth at 280. First prize was $55,000. Jay
Sigel was the low amateur with a 289 total, which gave him a tie for 26th.
Former Masters winner Art Wall (300), who
was now playing the Senior PGA Tour, also made the cut. He finished 51st
and won $1,500.
The third annual Legends of Golf Tournament was played at the Onion Creek
Country Club in Austin, Texas in the last week of April.
Art Wall and his partner Tommy Bolt added some more money to their
retirement funds by winning the tournament with a record score of 187,
twenty-one under par. Wall and Bolt had
finished second the year before. They opened up the first day with a better-ball
of 60 but it only got them a tie at the top of the leader board with the team of
Sam Snead and Don January. On a windy second day Snead and January
posted another 60 for a three-stroke lead over Wall
and Bolt (60-63). It seemed like the course was playing easy, but only for
the leaders, as the second place team was nine strokes in front of the third
place team after two rounds. On Sunday Wall
and Bolt got off to a fast start and the Snead-January team didn’t. When
Wall birdied holes 8 through 10 his team
took a two-stroke lead and the tournament was practically over.
Wall and Bolt finished with a 64 to win by two
strokes over Snead and January (189). Their 187 score broke the
tournament record by six strokes and they each collected a check for $35,000
from the $400,000 purse. It was the largest check that
Wall had ever won and $9,000 more than he had received for winning
the 1975 Milwaukee Open. Arnold Palmer and Dow Finsterwald finished third at
197, eight strokes out of second place. The total purse was $400,000.
On the third Monday of May sixty-three players played two rounds at the
Colonial Country Club in local qualifying for the U.S. Open in Central
Pennsylvania. The first of the seven open spots went to the professional at the
Sunset Country Club, Tom Robertson, who
posted a 70 and a 69 for a three under par 139. Next was
Danny O’Neill, who represented the Nittany Country Club while
playing various professional tours, with a
144. A golf professional and sales representative for Ping named Gerald
Waitulavich finished third at 146. Gettysburg Country Club professional
Dave Stegeman tied
for fourth with Bob Raymond at 147. The last two places went to Pete Malphrus
and amateur Warren Choate who posted 149s and had to win a sudden death playoff
Local qualifying for the U.S. Open in the Philadelphia area was held at the
Philadelphia Country Club and the Gulph Mills Golf Club on the third Tuesday of
May. Three professionals earned medalist honors as they posted one under par
141s. Par was 71 at both courses. Pete Oakley,
the assistant at the Rehoboth Beach Country Club, put up a 72 in the morning
and came back with a 69 in the afternoon to tie Ed
Dougherty who was home from the PGA Tour.
Dougherty turned in a 71 and a 70. The other
player sharing the medalist honors with a 69 and a 72 was Seaford, Delaware’s
Larry Jones a recent graduate of the University
of Maryland who had just turned pro. Jones
was going to be working at an assistant at the Seaford Golf & Country Club. Don
Bies a touring pro from Seattle and University of Texas star Jim Spagnola were
next with 142s. Also making the grade was Rick Osberg,
the professional at the Garrison’s Lake Golf Club, who turned
in a 144. Future Section member Charlie Bolling and another amateur
Gordon Brewer picked up the seventh and eighth spots with 145s.
Jimmy Booros, the professional at the
Allentown Municipal Golf Club, Waynesborough Country Club professional
Ted McKenzie and reinstated amateur Bucky
Erhardt, who had been an assistant at Saucon Valley Country Club, posted
146s. They won their spots through a sudden death playoff that ended on the
first hole. Eleven players earned the right to move on to the sectional
qualifying rounds two weeks later. Amateur Jay Sigel was given a special
exemption to play in the Open and didn’t have to compete in either the local or
sectional qualifying rounds.
Pete Oakley and Jimmy Booros
made it through sectional qualifying for the U.S. Open on Canoe Brook Country
Club’s North and South courses on the first Tuesday of June. Due to rain the
qualifying wasn’t totally completed until the next day.
Booros (145) put together rounds of 70 and 74
to finish second and Oakley (145) qualified
third with a 73 and a 72. The low qualifier was Larry Degenhart with a 140. Ten
players made the grade at Canoe Brook and players with 149 totals had to play
off for the last spots.
In the first week of June Gary Hardin who
had been working at several clubs in the Section made it through
qualifying for the PGA Tour. He qualified at Pinehurst Country Club’s #6 Course
with rounds of 74, 75, 73 and 75 to tie for 17th. A score of 298
qualified as 27 pros earned their playing privileges. Clint Doyle, who
had been an assistant to Willie Scholl at
the Gulph Mills Golf Club in 1977, also qualified with a score of 298. The
medalist was Jack Spradlin with a 288 total.
The U.S. Open was played at the Baltusrol Golf Club’ Lower Course in mid
June. In the first round Jack Nicklaus posted a 63 that tied the Open record for
the lowest round and never looked back. He was either tied for the lead or in
the lead at the end of each day’s round. A second round 71 gave him a two-stroke
lead and a 70 in the third left him tied for the lead with Japan’s Isao Aoki.
Nicklaus and Aoki were paired together in the final round and neither one gave
in. They both finished with birdies on the last two holes but Nicklaus was
around in 68 versus a 70 for Aoki. Nicklaus (272) and Aki (274) both broke Lee
Trevino’s tournament record of 275 and they each collected $50,000 from "Golf
Magazine". The magazine had offered the money to anyone who broke either the
tournament or one round U.S. Open record during the tournament. First prize was
$55,000 from a purse of $341,710. Tom Watson, Keith Fergus and Lon Hinkle tied
for third with 276s. Pete Oakley,
Jimmy Booros and amateur Jay Sigel
missed the cut.
The first annual U.S. Senior Open was scheduled for the Winged Foot Golf Club
in late June. The tournament attracted 631 entries. Qualifying in the
Philadelphia area was held at the Manufacturers Golf & Country Club on the
Monday after the U.S. Open. Bob Hendricks,
the professional at the Avalon Golf Club and Al
Besselink, who was playing the Senior PGA Tour, along with
Arizona’s Bill Johnston tied for medalist honors with 75s.
Skee Riegel, the pro emeritus at the Hidden Springs Golf & Country
Arkansas pro Dick Metz also qualified with 78s. An amateur Hubert Selz
picked up the last spot by posting a 79. A field of 25 pros and amateurs
competed for six spots in the starting field at Winged Foot.
Art Wall was exempt as a past winner of the
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PGA of America President-1969-70
The new PGA Senior Tour opened for business in the third week of June
at Leo Frasers’
Atlantic City Country Club. The tournament
called the Atlantic City Senior International attracted a field of 63 pros and
amateurs who were required to be at least 50 years old for eligibility. The
tournament purse was $125,000, which was exactly what the prize money had been
for the first Whitemarsh Open in 1963. Fourteen of the professionals who were
entered had won at least one major professional title and there were eight
professionals from the Philadelphia Section in the field.
Art Wall was the low pro in a preliminary
pro-am with a 65 and Mike Fetchik won a driving contest with a drive of 265
yards. On a windy first day Berwick’s Mike Souchak,
who was playing the Senior PGA Tour, and Don January led with
three under par 68s. In round two Souchak
posted another sub-par round of 69 to take a two-stroke lead over January
(68-71) into the final round. On Sunday January (208) birdied the first two
holes and went on to post a 69 and win his first of what would be many senior
titles. January toured the course in 69 strokes while
Souchak (210) was falling back to second place with a 73. Bill
Johnston put together a last round 66 to move into third place at 212 one stroke
in front of Wall (213) and two strokes ahead
of Bob Goalby (214), who finished fifth. In the last round Charlie Sifford
jumped over 24 players when he scorched the Atlantic City course with a 63
to finish tied with Jack Fleck for sixth at 215. Sifford’s 63 broke the
course record of 64 that had been set by Ed Oliver when he won the 1938
South Jersey Open. Freeway Golf Club professional Bill
Bishop (216) finished with a 68 and tied for eighth with Julius Boros
(216). First prize was $20,000. Wall picked
up a check for $5,700 and Bishop won $3,200.
Stan Dudas (222), operator of the Mays
Landing Country Club and Al Besselink (222)
tied for 22nd and they each won $1,600.
Henry Williams, Jr. (231), the professional at the Moselem Springs
Golf Club, and Charley Lepre (231), who was
leasing the Pitman Golf Club, tied for 46th. They each won $1,120.
Harvey Smith (244), the professional at the Greate Bay Country Club,
finished 55th and won $1,050. Skee Riegel
(159) had to withdraw with an injury but he still received the $1,000
last place money. The contestants all agreed to a man that the golf course was
in perfect condition. They were amazed that there wasn’t a single complaint.
This was just one of two events held in the inaugural year of the senior tour
plus the PGA Senior Championship and the USGA Senior Open. In 1957 and 1958
Fraser had hosted his own senior opens at
Atlantic City CC before anyone even dreamed of a senior tour. The entry fee was
$50 plus another $25 for those who were not dues paying members of the Senior
PGA Tour. A spectator pass for the week with clubhouse privileges, cost $30 and
grounds only was $20.
The senior professionals felt like they were back on the tour. The ones who
were eligible just took the short drive to New York for the inaugural U.S.
Senior Open at the Winged Foot Golf Club that began four days after the Atlantic
City Senior International. The tournament was played on Winged Foot’s East
Course, which was set up at 6,619 yards and lived up to its reputation for
difficulty. For this tournament the players had to be age 55 or older. The USGA
used the age of 55 for eligibility because that was the age used for all its
senior amateur tournaments. Twenty-seven of the 150 pros and amateurs in the
starting field had received exemptions as former winners of one of the four
major professional championships. The rest of the field had qualified at various
locations around the country. There were 631 entries. Roberto De Vicenzo, who
had won more than 240 tournaments around the world, captured the first U.S.
Senior Open title. He started slowly with a 74 and a 73 but a third round three
under par 68 gave him a two-stroke lead over Art Wall
entering the final round. De Vicenzo put together another solid round of 70
for 285 and a four-stroke win, which included three-putt bogeys on the last two
holes. Amateur Bill Campbell (289) shot a 69 in the last round to move into
second place. Wall turned in a 73 for a 290
total and ended up alone in third place. Charlie Sifford (295) finished
five strokes farther back in fourth place. Al Besselink
(304) made the cut and tied for 21st winning $1,350. First prize
was $20,000 and Wall took home $10,000 from
the $100,000 purse. Bob Hendricks and
Skee Riegel missed the cut.
Qualifying for the Philadelphia Open was held during the Lavino Shipping
Open, which was won by the assistant from the Lancaster Country Club,
Brett Upper, in a playoff with
Pete Oakley. They had ended up tied at 72.
The tournament was held at the Sunnybrook Golf Club on the last Monday of June.
There were 161 entries and 44 professionals qualified. Only the defending
champion, Jack Connelly, who was the
professional at the Huntingdon Valley Country Club, was exempt. Atlantic
City Country Club assistant Duke Delcher and
Sherm Keeney, the professional at the Cool
Creek Country Club, tied for third with 73s.
The Junior Golf Academy was held at the Downingtown Inn & Country Club again.
Host professional George McNamara and
Section executive director Jack Klein directed the school. More than 50 junior
golfers attended the three-day session. The last day they were treated to a
two-hour clinic by Ben Crenshaw, who arrived one hour early and then stayed
around for another 90 minutes to talk to the boys and girls.
Ted McKenzie gave a lecture on the rules of
golf. At the end of the school McNamara
showed pictures of the students on the practice tee and the golf course. Twelve
of the Section’s professionals, which included two of the Section’s best players
Pete Oakley and
Dick Smith, Sr., a partner in the Wedgwood Country Club, assisted
with the school.
The 18th and last IVB Golf Classic was played at the Whitemarsh
Valley Country Club. Qualifying for 31 openings in the tournament was held on
the last Monday of July. Canadian Dave Barr led with a 65 and Clint Doyle,
was next at 67. Tom Hanna, the
professional at the Centre Hills Country Club, qualified with a 72.
Hanna got in through a nineteen-man playoff for
the last twelve spots. The entry fee was $100. The tournament concluded on the
first Sunday of August with Doug Tewell at the top of leader board. Tewell went
from almost missing the cut to winning. He began with a 67 and then slipped to a
73 that was saved by two late birdies. He then proceeded to shot a 65 and a 67
for 272, one stroke ahead of Tom Kite (273). Lou Graham, Calvin Peete, Ben
Crenshaw and Fuzzy Zoeller tied for third with 274s. The only player from
Philadelphia to make the cut was amateur and future Section member Jay Sigel
(290). First prize from the $250,000 purse was $45,000. The host
professional was Sam Penecale.
Ted McKenzie, Jack Connelly,
Gary Hardin, Greg Farrow,
the assistant at the Pitman Golf Club, Ed
Dougherty, Dave Collingwood, the
professional at the Monroe Valley Country Club, Mike
Swisher, the professional at the Lebanon Country Club,
Bruce MacDonald, the Philadelphia Cricket
Club’s professional, Hanna and
Willie Scholl all missed the cut. The
tournament was not well attended, as many of the big names were absent. The
tournament had always been plagued by poor dates. Most of the years the
tournament was the week before the U.S. Open, the British Open or the PGA
Championship, and this year it was the PGA. PGA Tour events had become a huge
undertaking to host. It now required 1,000 volunteers, who all paid for their
own uniforms, to manage the tournament. After 18 years the novelty of hosting a
tour event had worn off and only three of the 80 lady scorers were members at
the Whitemarsh Valley Country Club.
Two days after the IVB ended on the first Tuesday of August the Philadelphia
Open was played at the Aronimink Golf Club. There were 45 professionals and 15
amateurs in the starting field. They had all qualified at an earlier date for
the tournament. Jay Sigel, an Aronimink member, picked up his fourth
Philly Open title. In the morning he was around in two under par 68 and he came
back in the afternoon with a 72 to finish at 140 and win by four strokes.
Ted McKenzie (144) posted a 73and a 71 to
finish second. It was the second time that McKenzie
had been runner-up to Sigel in the tournament and he had won the
tournament at Aronimink in 1971. After holding the lead with a morning 67
Dick Smith, Sr. started the afternoon round
with a triple bogey on the first hole. He finished with a 145 that tied
Dick Hendrickson (145), the professional at
the Loch Nairn Golf Club, and Mark Curlett
(145), an assistant at the Aronimink Golf Club, for third place.
The purse was $4,725 and McKenzie took home
$1,250. The entry fee was $35.
On the second Sunday of August Jack Nicklaus made history by winning the PGA
Championship for the fifth time. The five wins tied Walter Hagen for the most
PGA Championship victories and Nicklaus did it in Hagen’s hometown. The Oak Hill
Country Club in Rochester, New York hosted the tournament. Nicklaus’ rounds were
70, 69, 66 and 69 for 274. His margin of victory was the largest since the
tournament had been changed to stroke play in 1958. Andy Bean finished second
seven strokes back at 281. Lon Hinkle and Gil Morgan tied for third with 283s.
First prize was $60,000 and the purse was $376,400. There were no current
Philadelphia Section pros in the tournament.
Tim DeBaufre won the first of what would be many Delaware Valley
Opens on the third Tuesday of August at the Hi-Point Golf Club. The hard work
and promotional efforts of Hi-Point’s head pro Tom
Smith had brought the tournament to fruition.
Dick Hendrickson led after the first round on
Monday with a five under par 67. At the end of nine holes on Tuesday
Hendrickson was nine under par. He appeared to
have the tournament won but DeBaufre put
together a 66 to go with his first round 71 for a 137 total. That tied him with
Hendrickson who lost two strokes to par on
the last nine. A sudden-death playoff was held at the conclusion of play and
DeBaufre won with a par on the second extra
hole, which was hole #11. Dick Smith, Sr.
finished third at 137 three strokes in front of Ted
McKenzie and Jack Connelly who
tied for fourth at 140. DeBaufre took
home $2,000 and Hendrickson won $1,200 from
the $10,300 purse. History was made at the tournament.
Carly Brooks, an assistant from the Wilmington Country Club, became
the first female from the Philadelphia Section to play in one of the Section’s
events. She played from the same tees that the male pros used. In 1937 Babe
Zaharias had played at the Whitemarsh Valley Country Club in the True Temper
Open, which was sponsored by the Philadelphia Section, but she was not
affiliated with the PGA.
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The Pennsylvania Open was held in Pittsburgh at the Fox Chapel Golf Club in
the fourth week of August. Bob
Huber, in his first year as the professional at
the Indian Valley Country Club, began with a one under par 70 on Monday, which
gave him a tie for the lead.
Huber (143) came back the next day with a 73 to
bring the title back to Eastern Pennsylvania. Pittsburgh’s John Rech finished
second at 144. Huber
made a bogey on the par three 17th hole to fall into a tie with Rech but on the
par four 18th hole he made a seven-foot putt for a birdie to win by one stroke.
Tied for third were Mark Curlett,
Oakmont Country Club professional Bob Ford and amateur Frank Fuhrer III with
took home a check for $2,160 from a record purse of $12,000.
had previous finishes of second and third in the tournament.
Qualifying for the PGA Club Professional Championship was held at the
Manufacturers Golf & Country Club on the last Friday of August.
Ted McKenzie and
Tom Robertson led eight qualifiers with 36-hole scores of 142 one
stroke ahead of Trenton Country Club professional
Dennis Milne (143). Also qualifying were
Bruce MacDonald, Bob Hendricks and Roger
Stern, the professional at the Northampton Country Club,
who each turned in 145s. Bob Hibschman
who was now the head professional at the Manufacturers Golf & Country Club and
Don DeAngelis, who was now the head
professional at the Plymouth Country Club, picked up the last two spots with
146s. Little Mill Country Club professional Ken Peyre-Ferry
got in as an alternate when Ed Dougherty won
the Section Championship. Dougherty wasn’t
eligible for the Club Professional Championship because he had played in more
than twelve tournaments on the PGA Tour in the past twelve months.
The sixth annual Westlake Plastics Invitation tournament was played at the
Whitford Country Club in early September. Westlake Plastics sponsored the
$29,000 tournament. Bob Hibschman (143) took
home the title with rounds of 71 on Sunday and 72 on Monday.
Ted McKenzie and
Willie Scholl tied for second with even par 144s.
Pete Oakley, Jim Mathias, an assistant at the
Concord Country Club and Rydal Country Club professional
John Lubin tied for fourth at 146.
In September Sam Penecale qualified for
the PGA Senior’s Championship, which was being played in Florida in December.
Art Wall, Mike
Souchak and Al Besselink were
exempt. Wall and
Souchak were in as former members of the Ryder Cup Team.
Besselink was exempt for having finished in the
top 15 in the 1979 PGA Seniors’ Championship and also for having won more than
once on the PGA Tour during his career. Sectional qualifying was held in the 40
PGA Sections for another 250+ entries who were competing for the other 79 places
in the championship.
1980 Section Champion
Waynesborough Country Club and Ted McKenzie
hosted the Section Championship in the fourth week of September.
McKenzie was also the defending champion. The
tournament was back in Paoli about two miles from where the first Section
Championship had been played 58 years before at the Tredyffrin Country Club. The
recently remodeled George Fazio design golf
course had been shortened but it still measured 6,764 yards. The nines had been
reversed so that the last hole finished right in front of the clubhouse. The
first round ended with Ed Dougherty and
Jack Connelly at the top of the leader board
with four under par 67s and after the second round they were still tied at the
top after posting 73s. With one round to go there were eleven players within six
strokes of the lead. In the last round Dougherty
(210) put together a 70 that edged out Pete Oakley
(211) by one shot and Connelly (212) by
two. Connelly double bogeyed the last hole
when he drove into some trees and his ball lodged in tree roots.
Oakley might have tied for first except for a
one-stroke penalty he incurred in the first round when he accidentally dropped
his putter on his ball at the fourth green of the first round.
Ken Peyre-Ferry finished fourth at 215, two
strokes in front of Tom Robertson (217) and
Dave Collingwood (217).
Dougherty took home a check for $4,000 from the $21,650 purse and had
his name engraved on the Bulletin Cup. Oakley
picked up $2,800 and Connelly won
$2,000. The entry fee was $55.
Jimmy Booros qualified for the PGA Tour in the third week of
October at the Fort Washington Golf & Country Club in Fresno, California. His
first three rounds were a pedestrian 74, 73 and 71, which left him on the cusp
to earn a playing card. In the final round he turned in a six-under-par 65 to
vault himself all the way up to a tie for fifth. The 65 was the low score in the
final round by two strokes and tied the low round of the week.
Booros’s finish also earned him a check for
$900. Booros had participated in the
qualifying school eight times and it was his second successful trip having
passed the test in the fall of 1976 also. Bruce Douglas was the medalist by
seven strokes at 271. Mark O’Meara made it there and Fred Couples earned his
playing privilege with a tie for one of the final spots. Twenty-seven players
earned their cards there.
The PGA Club Professional Championship was hosted by the new PGA National
Golf Club in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida during the last week of October. Only
one of the PGA’s courses was ready for play so two of the three courses used for
the tournament, Frenchman’s Creek North Course and Eastpointe Country Club, were
not a part of PGA National. The PGA National’s Haig Course was used for one of
the contestants’ first three rounds and the final round. Michigan’s John Traub
took home the $20,000 first prize by two strokes over Jim Albus (285). Traub
posted rounds of 72, 69, 73 and 69 for 283. Traub was the only player in the
field that broke 70 in the final round. Gene Borek, Larry Gilbert and Don
Padgett II tied for third with 287s. Four of the nine Philadelphia Section
members made the cut. Bruce MacDonald
finished tied for 31st at 295 and won $937.50. By finishing in the
top 35 MacDonald qualified for the 1981 PGA
Championship. Ted McKenzie (297) tied for 43rd
and won $612.50. Tom Robertson (299) tied
for 65th and Dennis Milne (301)
tied for 80th. They each won $231.61. There were 336 players in the
starting field and the purse was again $125,000. Ken
Peyre-Ferry, Bob Hendricks, Roger Stern, Bob Hibschman and
Don DeAngelis missed the cut.
The Philadelphia Section pros defeated the pros from the Middle Atlantic
Section on the last Friday of October at the Downingtown Inn & Country Club.
Several of the players on both teams were just back from Florida and the PGA
Club Professional Championship, which had ended five days before. It was the 12th
time the two PGA Sections had contested the Challenge Cup Match. The match was
held on one day with each team playing twelve singles matches and six four-ball
matches at the same time. Each four man pairing was competing for nine points.
In the singles matches Tom
each won the maximum of 3 points.
won 2½ points each;
Tim DeBaufre, Don DeAngelis
Sherm Keeney won 2 points apiece;
won 1½ points and Bala Golf Club professional
won 1 point.
the professional at the Cedarbrook Hill, and
each won ½ point. In the four-ball matches the
teams of Robertson-Carson
each won 2½ points.
DeAngelis-McQuiston won 2 points apiece and
won 1 point.
the last pairing on the golf course, finished with 7 points to clinch the win.
This gave the Philadelphia Section 30½ points to 23½ for the Middle Atlantic
pros. Tom Lynch,
the professional at the Linwood Country Club, was
also a member of the team.
Robertson overcame a
two-down position after four holes to win by 5&3. He holed out a four-iron for
an eagle two on the sixth hole and finished with a 69 which was the low round of
the day for Philadelphia. His fellow team members voted him the Marty Lyons
Award as the team’s most valuable member. The win gave the Philadelphia
Section eight wins in the twelve-year history of the matches.
In late October the PGA of America’s national meeting was held at The
Breakers hotel in Palm Beach, Florida. Joe Black and Mark Kizziar moved up to
president and secretary. Indiana’s Mickey Powell ran against Pat Reilly and Jim
Applegate for treasurer and won on the first ballot. The association’s fiscal
year was changed by ending the year on the last day June instead of the last day
of August. One reason the fiscal year was changed was to enable the staff to
have the year’s complete financial figures available for the annual meeting. The
Section’s delegates to the meeting were Tim DeBaufre
and Dick Smith, Sr. There were 40 PGA
Dick Smith, Sr.
"Golf Professional of the Year"
The Philadelphia Section’s fall meeting and election of officers was held at
the Downingtown Inn & Golf Club on the first Monday of November.
Dick Smith, Sr. stepped down from office after
three years as president. Tim DeBaufre was
elected president, moving up from first vice president and
Tom Smith was elected first vice president.
Tim Foran, the professional at the
Torresdale-Frankford Country Club and Jack
Connelly were reelected second vice president and secretary. The
professional at the Radnor Valley Country Club, Bill
Johnstone, was elected treasurer to replace
Tom Wilcox who was leaving the Philadelphia Country Club for a job in
Chicago. Tom Smith and
Ron Rolfe, the professional at the North Hills Country Club,
were appointed co-tournament chairmen. Dick Smith,
Sr. was honored as the "Golf Professional of the Year" for the work
he had done promoting the tournament schedule. He had been on the tournament
committee for many years and he was the chairman of the committee for the three
years before he was elected president. Pete Oakley
was the "Player of the Year" and he won the DeBaufre Trophy with a scoring
average of 71.40 strokes per round. As the past president and honorary president
Dick Smith, Sr. announced that he was going
to revive the Booster Pro-Am Program that had been originated by the Philmont
Country Club professional Buzz Garvin when
he was president. Spots in the pro-am would cost $300 and the tournament
sponsors would be compted guests of the Section. The Section’s professionals who
were the top money winners would all be playing in the event. In the face of an
$8,000 deficit in the treasury something was needed to keep the Section solvent.
After the meeting a golf show was held from noon to 6:00 PM and it was open to
The PGA Seniors’ Championship was played at the Turnberry Isle Country Club’s
South Course in the first week of December. The course measured 6,800 yards and
the purse had been increased by $25,000 to $125,000. There were 127 starters of
which 48 were exempt. Arnold Palmer made his debut in the PGA Seniors’
Championship with an extra hole win over Paul Harney. They had tied with one
over par 289s. Palmer won on the first extra hole (#15) with a birdie 3 from out
of a group of trees. Palmer, who had not been able to win a PGA Championship,
said, "It’s the PGA Championship I never won". There were only four rounds shot
in the 60s during the tournament. Palmer’s rounds were 72, 69, 73 and 75. Don
January (290), the defending champion who had won the Seniors’ Championship the
previous year at Turnberry Isle with an 18 under par score, finished third one
stroke out of first place. Art Wall ended up
in a seven-way tie for fourth at 291 with Charlie Sifford, Julius Boros,
Bob Goalby, Walker Inman, Fred Wampler and Bob Erickson. They each won
$5,128.57. First prize was $20,000. Mike Souchak
(299) tied for 30th winning $725 and
Sam Penecale (303), the Section’s only nonexempt entry won $460 as he
tied for 43rd. Al Besselink had
been exempt from qualifying off his top 15 finish in the tournament the year
before and as a career multiple winner on the PGA Tour, but he didn’t enter the
tournament. Wall and
Souchak were exempt as former Ryder Cup team
The PGA "Player of the Year" was Tom Watson and he was the leading money
winner with $530,808.33. Lee Trevino won the Vardon Trophy with a stroke average
of 69.73 strokes per round. Ed Dougherty had
his worst year on the PGA Tour as he fell all the way to 171st on the
money list, winning just $9,113 in 25 events. Gary
Hardin won $981 in twelve tournaments and
Jeff Steinberg won $444 in seven tournaments.
Art Wall played in five events and won $1,500.
The PGA Senior Tour was in its first season and there were just four events.
Art Wall played in three of them and won
$20,829 to finish third on the money list. He also won $1,500 on the PGA Tour in
five tournaments. Mike Souchak won $14,125
in three tournaments on the PGA Senior Tour and Al
Besselink won $4,010 in three events.
1981 - The Philadelphia Section’s spring meeting was on the first Monday
of April at the Green Valley Country Club. Junior Golf chairman
John Lubin, announced plans for the Junior Golf
Academy and an expansion of the Junior Tour from four to six events. First Vice
President Tom Smith and his co-tournament
chairman Ron Rolfe presented a tournament
schedule of 42 events with added monies of $160,000 and total purses exceeding
$250,000. The TPD fee, which had been created to ensure that the tournament
players were paying the costs of the tournament operations, was $65. Executive
Director Jack Klein informed the Section members that the Yamaha Golf Cart
Company had signed on to sponsor the Section’s points race and the challenge
match against the Middle Atlantic PGA for three years.
In the first full week of April Tom Watson won the Masters Tournament for a
second time with rounds of 71, 68, 70 and 71 for an eight under par 280. Johnny
Miller and Jack Nicklaus tied for second with 282s and finished one shot in
front of Greg Norman (283). It was the first Masters played on bentgrass greens.
Jay Sigel put together a 294 to earn low amateur honors for a second
straight year. Art Wall missed the cut and
picked up the $1,500 check that all of the professional competitors received as
a minimum. First prize was $60,000.
Jeff Steinberg, who was back in the
Section as the teaching pro at Gasser’s Driving Range, and California’s Mac
O’Grady tied for medalist honors in the local qualifying for the U.S. Open in
Central Pennsylvania. They earned two of the eight open spots at the Carlisle
Country Club on the third Monday of May with one over par 141s. The course was
shortened slightly and par was reduced from 71 to 70.
Steinberg and O’Grady both posted identical rounds of 71 and 70. The
rest of the places went to six players who all tied at 146. They were
Tom Hanna, Tom Robertson,
Brookside Country Club assistant Wayne Phillips,
Gage Bolton, assistant at the Blue Ridge
Country Club, Jim Masserio, the new
professional at the Toftrees Resort & Golf Club and an amateur Rick Brenner.
Local qualifying in Philadelphia for the U.S. Open was held at the
Philadelphia Country Club and St. Davids Golf Club on the third Tuesday of May.
There were 147 pros and amateurs vying for 16 spots in the sectional qualifying
round. Jimmy Booros came home from the PGA
Tour to grab the medalist honors. After being four over par standing on the
eighth tee at St. Davids Booros managed to
turn in a one over par 72 and then he came back with a one under par 70 at PCC
to finish at even par 142 for the day. Gene Fieger,
assistant at The Springhaven Club, and amateur Jim Robertson tied for
second at 143. Ted McKenzie and Douglas
Campbell, a professional from the state of Washington, tied for fourth with
144s. Philadelphia Cricket Club professional Bruce
MacDonald plus amateurs Buddy Marucci, Chip Lutz and Scott
Tharrington passed the test with 145s. Tim DeBaufre
who was now the professional at the Philadelphia Country Club and amateur
Charlie Bolling were next with 146s. Six players with scores of 148
played off for the last four spots. The survivors of the playoff that lasted
only two holes were Ed Dougherty,
Pete Oakley, Ken Peyre-Ferry
and Cobbs Creek Golf Club assistant Frank Palumbo.
It took 13 hours to complete the qualifying and playoff.
Jim Masserio led the sectional qualifying for the U.S. Open at the
Sharon Golf Club near Cleveland on the second Tuesday of June.
Masserio (70-70) and Chi Chi Rodriguez (73-67)
tied for the medal with 140s. There were nine spots at Sharon and a score of 146
Merion Golf Club hosted the U.S. Open for a fourth time in the third week of
June. The USGA received a record 4,946 entries and the purse was a record also,
$346,730. Entering the final round Australia’s David Graham trailed George Burns
by three strokes but a near flawless three under par 67 on Sunday brought Graham
home three strokes in front. Graham posted rounds of 68, 68, 70 and 67 for a
273, which missed the Open record by one stroke. In the final round Graham only
missed one fairway and three greens. On the three holes where he wasn’t on the
green in regulation his ball was on the collar where he was able to use his
putter. Burns and Bill Rogers tied for second with 276s. John Cook and John
Schroeder tied for fourth at 279. First prize from the $347,330 purse was
$55,000. Graham was the 20th foreign-born player to win our Open. The
Philadelphia Section’s only entry Jim Masserio
missed the cut. The host professional was Bill
Kittleman who had another successful week selling merchandise from
tents located at key sites on the golf course. The merchandise was embossed or
embroidered with 1981 U.S. Open and Merion Golf Club.
Qualifying for the U.S. Senior Open was at the Coatesville Country
Club on the last Monday of June. Amateur Larry Feldman qualified with a 75 and
Stan Dudas won the second and last place
with a 76. Art Wall and
Mike Souchak were exempt as former Ryder Cup
Team members. Al Besselink was exempt for
having finished 21st in the U.S. Senior Open the year before.
The second U.S. Senior Open was played near Detroit at the Oakland Hills
Country Club in the second week of July. The eligibility age was reduced from 55
to 50 and many thought that this was done for the benefit of Arnold Palmer who
was 51 years old. Whatever, it worked for Palmer as he put together rounds of
72, 76, 68 and 73 to get a tie with Billy Casper and Bob Stone at 289.
Art Wall was tied for the lead going into the
final round and he still had a tie for the lead after 14 holes with Palmer,
Casper and Stone. Wall missed the playoff by
one stroke as he bogeyed the last three holes while the other three were each
making two bogeys in their last four holes. Walls’
rounds of 71, 72, 73 and 74 left him alone in fourth place at 290. He picked
up a check for $6,736. The next day Palmer shot a steady round of par, 70, to
beat Stone (74) by four strokes and Casper (77) by seven. At one point in the
playoff Stone led by six strokes and as late as the 13th hole he
still had the lead. First prize was $26,000. Mike
Souchak tied for 8th at 296 and won $4,036.
Stan Dudas tied for 22nd and won
$1,436 for his 302 total. Al Besselink
missed the cut. The purse had been increased to $149,102.
Nine Section members qualified for the PGA Club Professional Championship on
the fourth Friday of July. Qualifying was held at the Green Valley Country Club.
The nine qualifiers were John Carson, Stan Dudas, Dick
Hendrickson, Bob Hibschman, Bob Huber, Pete Oakley, Tom Robertson, Steve Snyder,
the professional at the Berkleigh Country Club and
Jeff Steinberg who was back in the Section
as the teaching pro at Gasser’s Driving Range. Dick
Smith, Sr. qualified also when he won the Section Championship in
In late July the three-day Junior Golf Academy was held again at the Ramada
Downingtown Inn. Eighty boys and girls attended. One of the highlights of the
academy was a guest appearance of Larry Bowa, shortstop of the World Champion
Philadelphia Phillies. The school was hosted by the head professional
Dick Hendrickson overcame rain and flooded greens to win the
Philadelphia Open for a third time. The tournament was hosted by the par 72
Whitford Country Club on the first Monday of August.
Hendrickson (140) put together a morning 71 and an afternoon 69 to
finish two strokes in front of Honey Run Golf Club professional
Don Stough (142) and
Rick Osberg (142). Dennis Milne
finished fourth at 143 and Pete Oakley tied
amateur Jay Sigel for fifth place at 144. Sigel was the defending
champion and he was trying to win the tournament for a seventh time. During the
heaviest rain Osberg posted the low round, a
68 in the afternoon. Hendrickson picked up a
check for $1,300 from the $6,050 purse. Osberg
and Stough each won $775. The entry fee
Championship was played at the Atlanta Athletic Club near Atlanta, Georgia. The
tournament ended on the second Sunday in August. It was Larry Nelson’s week as
he put together rounds of 70, 66, 66 and 71 for a 273 and a four-stroke win.
Fuzzy Zoeller finished second at 277 one stroke in front of Dan Pohl (278) and
two strokes ahead of seven other players who tied at 279. They were; Jack
Nicklaus, Tom Kite, Greg Norman, Bob Gilder, Keith Fergus, Bruce Lietzke and
Isao Aoki. First prize from a purse of $401,600 was $60,000.
missed the cut. He had qualified by finishing in the top 35 at the 1980 Club
Duke Delcher won the Delaware Valley Open at the Hi-Point Golf
Club. The tournament was played on the second Monday and Tuesday of August.
Delcher led after Monday’s round with a four
under par 68 but when all the scores were posted from Tuesday’s round he was in
a five-way tie at the top of the leaderboard. A second round 72 had left
Delcher tied at 140 with
Dick Smith, Sr., now the professional at the
Woodcrest Country Club, Tom Robertson, Dick Hendrickson
and Gary Hardin who was now an
assistant at the Plymouth Country Club. There was a sudden-death playoff
that lasted only one hole as Delcher holed a
fifteen-foot putt for a birdie three to wrap up the win.
Delcher earned $1,200 from the $8,900 purse.
Bob Ford returned home in the last week of August to win the Pennsylvania
Open at the Aronimink Golf Club. Ford had been the junior champion at Aronimink
ten years before. Ford (136) led all the way with a par 70 on Monday and a 66
the next day to win by seven strokes over Jack Connelly
(143). Jim Masserio and Western
Pennsylvania’s Sherm Hostetter tied for third with 146s.
Gary Hardin tied for fifth at 147. First prize
was $2,160 and the purse totaled $12,000. Connelly
Section qualifying for the PGA Seniors’ Championship was held at the Oak
Terrace Country Club during the Section Senior Championship on the second Friday
of September. The successful qualifiers were Bill
Bishop who won the senior title with a 67 and
Stan Dudas who finished second with a 74.
Sam Penecale, Moselem Springs professional
Henry Williams, Jr. and
Jerry Pisano, who was leasing the Flourtown
Country Club, tied for third. Art Wall
and Mike Souchak had exemptions
into the tournament as former Ryder Cup Team members.
Al Besselink was exempt as a career multiple winner on the PGA Tour
but he didn’t enter the tournament.
Gary Hardin won the $18,000 Westlake Plastics Invitation
tournament at the Whitford Country Club on the second Monday of September.
Hardin (139) posted a five under par 67 on
Sunday and came back with a 72 on Monday to win the $2,500 first prize check.
Pete Oakley (142) finished three strokes off
the winning pace in second place. Next in third place came
Tony Cella, the
professional at the Fox Hill Country Club, with a 143 total. Four players tied
for fourth with 145s.
Dick Smith, Sr.
1981 Section Champion
The 60th Philadelphia Section PGA Championship was played at the
Cavaliers Country Club in early October. It was the first time that the Section
Championship had been held in the state of Delaware. On Monday
Ed Dougherty posted a five under par 66 after
arriving home at 2:30 a.m. from the Texas Open where he had finished 28th.
On the second day Rick Osberg took a
one-stroke lead over Dougherty by tacking a
70 onto his opening round of 69. In the final round scoring was a problem and no
one broke 70 due to high winds. Dick Smith, Sr.
(216) put together a 74 to go with his earlier rounds of 72 and 70 and won
the Section Championship for a third time. Dougherty
had a chance to force a playoff but his downhill eight-foot putt slipped by
the hole. Dougherty and
Bruce MacDonald tied for second at 217.
Smith picked up a check for $2,500 from the
$12,000 purse. The entry fee was $58. Dougherty
and MacDonald each won $1,250.
Osberg and Jim
Masserio tied for fourth with 219s one stroke ahead of
Ted McKenzie (220). The host
professional was Jeff Lindeke.
The Philadelphia Section and the Middle Atlantic Section met for the
thirteenth time in a challenge match in the fourth week of October. The
challenge cup matches had a new sponsor, the Yamaha Corporation-America, had
agreed to a three-year contract. Each Section was represented by twelve of its
members. The matches were played at the Congressional Country Club in Bethesda,
Maryland. On the first day, a Thursday, the teams competed for six points in
four-ball match play. Philadelphia was only able to win 1½ points as the team of
Dick Smith, Sr.-Ted McKenzie won their match
and the Gary Hardin-Don Stough team halved
their match. The next day there were twelve points up for grabs as the teams
played twelve singles matches. Philadelphia picked up 6½ points as
Dick Hendrickson, Tom Robertson, Jack Connelly, Bill
Bishop and Hardin won along with
three halved matches by Rick Osberg, Smith
and Stough. Several of the singles matches
were either won or halved on the final hole by the Middle Atlantic pros to keep
Philadelphia one point short of getting a tie. The final tally was 10 points for
the Middle Atlantic against 9 for the Philadelphia pros. The other members of
the Philadelphia team were Pete Oakley, Bruce MacDonald
and Sam Penecale. The non-playing
captain of the team was Ron Rolfe.
The national PGA meeting was held in Palm Beach, Florida at the Breakers
Hotel in late October. The delegates from the Philadelphia Section were
Jack Connelly and Bill
Johnstone. After a great deal of discussion the delegates voted to
increase the national dues by $25 to $100. The selling point was that the
reserve fund had to be increased in order to insure against disasters. The
delegates also voted to continue to pay airline coach travel expenses for the
Club Professional Championship contestants. President Joe Black, Secretary Mark
Kizziar and the Treasurer Mickey Powell were reelected without opposition.
Dick Hendrickson (r) receiving trophy
Tom DeBaufre (l) presents for the family
Tim DeBaufre was reelected Section president at the Philadelphia
Section’s fall meeting. The meeting was hosted by Downingtown Inn & Country Club
on the first Tuesday of November. Jack Connelly
moved from secretary to first vice president and
John Poole, the professional at the Kennett Square Golf & Country
Club, was elected second vice president. That meant that
Poole, who had been serving on the club relations committee since
its inception was replacing Tim Foran
as the all-important chairman of the committee. Harry
Hammond, the professional at the Whitford Country Club, was elected
secretary and Bill Johnstone was reelected
treasurer. The "Golf Professional of the Year" was Jay
Weitzel, the longtime head professional at the Hershey Country Club.
He was the Director of Golf overseeing five golf courses in Hershey for the
Hershey Foods Corporation. Weitzel had
hosted the Pennsylvania Open for ten years and the state junior championship for
more than ten years. Dick Hendrickson was
the Section’s "Player of the Year" for a second time and he won the DeBaufre
Trophy for the fourth time with a stroke average of 71.20.
"Golf Professional of the Year"
The PGA Club Professional Championship was played at the PGA National Golf
Club in the third week of November. All three of the PGA National’s courses were
used for the tournament. The Champion Course, Haig Course and Squire Course were
used for the first three rounds and the final round was played on the Champion
Course. The tournament came down to a playoff with Kentucky’s Larry Gilbert
prevailing over Ohio’s Don Padgett II with a par on the second extra hole. They
had tied at three under par 285. Gilbert’s rounds were 67, 70, 74 and 74. First
prize was $20,000. Richard Crawford finished third at 286 and Gary Robinson was
next with a 288. Dick Hendrickson led the
Philadelphia Section pros with a 294 that tied for 13th.
Hendrickson won $2,400 as he finished one
stroke ahead of Dick Smith, Sr. (295) who
tied for 16th and won $1,900. Hendrickson
and Smith for the 1982 PGA
Championship and next year’s PGA Club Professional Championship.
Tom Robertson (300) tied for 53rd
and Jeff Steinberg (302) tied for 62nd.
They each won the last money of $277.71. Steve Snyder,
Bobby Huber, Bob Hibschman, John Carson, Pete Oakley and
Stan Dudas missed the cut.
Miller Barber won what he called his first "major championship" by wrapping
up the PGA Seniors’ Championship at the Turnberry
Isle Country Club near Miami, Florida. The tournament was played in the first
week of December on Turnberry Isle’s South Course. With rounds of 68, 72 and 68
he took the lead and finished with a 73 for a seven under par 281. Barber edged
out Arnold Palmer (283) by two strokes. Art Wall
posted rounds of 68, 75, 71 and 70 to tie Don January for third place at
284. First prize was $20,000 and Wall won
$11,250. Stan Dudas (309) tied for 61st
and won $222.73. Bill Bishop, Al Besselink
and Mike Souchak must have missed the
The PGA "Player of the Year" was Bill Rogers, the leading money winner was
Tom Kite with $375,698.84 and Kite won the Vardon Trophy with a stroke average
of 69.80 strokes per round. Jimmy Booros and
Ed Dougherty each played in 22 tournaments
on the PGA Tour. Booros won $28,708 to
finish 115th and Dougherty
finished 124th on earnings of $22,096. Gary
Hardin won $1,409 in eight events.
Art Wall played in five of the seven
events on the PGA Senior Tour and won $37,556,
which was fifth best. Mike Souchak was 16th
as he won $16,184 in six tournaments. Al
Besselink played five events and won $6,555.
1982 - On February 1st the Philadelphia Section moved from its one room
office in Haverford to a new location, which was near the Edgmont Golf Club. The
new address was 5014 West Chester Pike, Newtown Square, 19073. The new telephone
number was 215-359-1910. The Newtown Square office offered more space for the
secretaries, a separate boardroom for meetings and an office for the executive
director. The Section now had 940 square feet of office space. The Section’s
previous office, its first, had been at the Haverford location for 13 years.
The Philadelphia Section’s spring meeting was held on the first Monday of April
at the Ramada Downingtown Inn. The Treasurer Bill
Johnstone had left the Section for a new job in Chicago and
Dave Schueck, the professional at the DuPont
Country Club, had been appointed to fill the vacancy. Joe Moresco, the
PGA of America’s vice-president representing District II, spoke on national
affairs. The members of the Section voted to bar Section members who had played
in more than 12 tournaments on the PGA Tour in the previous 12 months from the
Section’s weekly tournaments. Major tournaments like the U.S. Open and the PGA
Championship did not count as one of the 12 tournaments. Any of those who were
barred from the weekly events could still play in all of the Section’s
On the second Monday of April the Section members and apprentices were back
at the Downingtown Inn for the spring education seminar. The speakers were Eb
Steiniger the long time green superintendent at the Pine Valley Golf Club and
John Spiroplaus the professional at the Olympia Fields Country Club. Steiniger
spoke on agronomy and Spiroplaus instructed on the rules of golf and tournament
Craig Stadler picked up his only win in a major when he won the
Masters Tournament on the second Sunday of April. With rounds of 75, 69, 67 and
a front nine 33 Stadler took a six-stroke lead into the final nine but a 40 on
the back nine gave Dan Pohl a chance to catch him. Pohl (284) had begun with two
75s but he came back with a pair of 67s on the weekend to force a sudden-death
playoff. Stadler (284) made a par on the first playoff hole, #10, to win. First
prize was $64,000. Seve Ballesteros and Jerry Pate just missed the playoff with
285 totals. Art Wall and amateur Jay
Sigel missed the cut.
Local qualifying for the U.S. Open in Central Pennsylvania was held at the
West Shore Country Club on the fourth Monday of May. There were 61 entries.
Playing in a light mist all day amateur Jeff Foxx led the way with a 71 in the
morning and an afternoon 75 for a two over par 146.
Danny O’Neill finished second at 147.
O’Neill had played in the U.S. Open twice in the 1970s. The third
spot went to Jeff Rupert, an assistant at
the Clinton Country Club with a 149. Tom Robertson
and Jeff Steinberg tied for the fourth
and last spot, which Robertson won with a
birdie four on the second hole of sudden death.
Jimmy Booros came home from the PGA Tour
to lead the local qualifying for the U.S. Open in the Philadelphia area on the
fourth Tuesday of May. Booros turned in a
two under par 69 at Gulph Mills Golf Club in his morning round and he came back
with a three under par 68 at the Philadelphia Country Club in the afternoon. His
137 score led the field by four strokes. Pete Oakley,
who was now the professional at the Shawnee Country Club in Delaware,
was next with a 141. Dick Smith, Sr.,
Tim DeBaufre and Jim
Bromley, an assistant at the Waynesborough Country Club, tied
for third with 142s. Greg Farrow was alone
in sixth place with a 143. Don
DeAngelis, Ed Dougherty,
Willie Scholl and Alan
Shankin, the co-head professional at the Warrington Country Club,
turned in 144s and tied for seventh. Dick Hendrickson,
now the head professional at the Radley Run Country Club,
turned in a 145 and won the last spot in a playoff. He defeated amateur and
future Section member Chris Anderson with a birdie on the first extra
hole. There were eleven spots open and the Philadelphia Section professionals
won all of them.
The Pebble Beach Golf Links in California hosted the U.S. Open in the third
week of June. Tom Watson and Bill Rogers teed off last on Sunday tied for the
lead at 212. Watson arrived at the 17th tee tied for the lead with
Jack Nicklaus who was in the clubhouse after posting a three under par 69 for a
72-hole total of 284. When Watson missed the 71st green with a
two-iron shot Nicklaus thought he had a good chance at a playoff. Watson
proceeded to chip in from the rough just off the left side of the green for a
birdie and he birdied the next hole also even though he played conservatively.
Watson won by two strokes with rounds of 72, 72, 68 and 70 for 282. As a student
at Stanford University Watson had played many rounds at Pebble Beach and he
always had dreamed of winning the U.S. Open there. Rogers, Bobby Clampett and
Dan Pohl tied for third at 286. First prize was $60,000 from a purse of
$369,422. There were no professionals from the Philadelphia Section in the U.S.
Open that year.
Stan Dudas and
Al Besselink qualified for the U.S. Senior Open
at Bidermann Golf Club on the last Tuesday of June.
Dudas won the medal with a one over par 73 and
Besselink posted a 76. There were two spots for
the qualifiers to compete for. Art Wall and
Mike Souchak were exempt off their finish in
the Senior Open the previous year.
The Portland Golf Club hosted the U.S. Senior Open in the second week of
July. Miller Barber showed that he was going to be a force in senior
professional golf by shooting a last round six under par 65 to win by four
strokes. The 65 was the lowest round of the tournament by three strokes. Barber
(72-74-71-65) finished at two under par 282 and won $28,648. Gene Littler (286)
and Dan Sikes (286) tied for second and each won $12,519.50. Bob Goalby ended up
alone in fourth place at 289. Art Wall (297)
put together another strong showing in the tournament by finishing 12th
with rounds of 75, 74, 74 and 74. He won $2,608. Stan
Dudas, Al Besselink and Mike Souchak
missed the cut.
On the first Tuesday of August Harold Perry
won the Philadelphia Open on the Wilmington Country Club’s South Course.
Perry, a new member of the Section and an
assistant at the Tall Pines Country Club had recently won the Doylestown and
Subaru Opens back to back. He posted rounds of 74 and 72 for a two over par 146
on a course he described as playing like a U.S. Open setup.
Perry finished three strokes in front of
Tom Robertson, Rick Osberg
and Pete Oakley who posted 149s.
First prize from the $6,840 purse was $1,400.
Ray Floyd won a second PGA Championship in early August at the Southern Hills
Country Club in Tulsa, Oklahoma. A seven under par 63 in the first round gave
him a three-stroke lead and he never looked back. He tacked on rounds of 69, 68
and 72 for 272 and won by three strokes. Lanny Watkins (275) finished second.
First prize was $85,000 from a total payout of $451,800. Fred Couples and Calvin
Peete tied for third with 276s. Jimmy Booros, Dick
Hendrickson and Dick Smith, Sr.
missed the cut. Booros was in the tournament
off his standing on the PGA Tour. Hendrickson
and Smith had made the field off their
finishes in the 1981 PGA Club Professional Championship.
On the second Tuesday of August Jack Connelly
won the two-day Delaware Valley Open at the Hi-Point Golf Club.
Connelly earned the victory by defeating
Pete Oakley with a birdie on the second hole of
sudden death. Connelly (139) posted a 72 and
a 67 to catch Oakley who had rounds of 71
and a 68. Tom Robertson missed the playoff
by one stroke at 140. Harold
Perry, Duke Delcher,
Dick Smith, Sr. and
Larry Demers, the assistant at the Whitemarsh
Valley Country Club, tied for fourth with 141s. First prize was $1,400.
The Pennsylvania Open was played in late August at the St. Clair Country Club
near Pittsburgh. Most of the prizes went to the western Pennsylvania residents.
Lee Raymond, a former professional who nearly won the 1960 Ponce de Leon Open on
the PGA Tour, got the win. Raymond and another former touring pro Jim Ferree
ended up tied at the end of the two-day tournament with identical rounds of
73-73 for two over par 146s. Raymond won on the first hole of sudden death with
a three-putt bogey when Ferree four-putted. Jim
Masserio finished one stroke out of the playoff with a 147 and Bob
Meyer of Greenville was next at 148.
Stan Dudas qualified for the PGA Seniors’
Championship by winning the Philadelphia Section Senior Championship.
Bob Hendricks also qualified there. The
tournament was played at the Oak Terrace Country Club on the third Monday of
August. Dudas won with a one under par 70.
Art Wall, Al Besselink and
Mike Souchak were exempt as former multiple
winners on the PGA Tour.
Jim Bromley won the Westlake Plastics Invitation tournament at the
Whitford Country Club in the second week of September.
Bromley and Don DeAngelis were
tied for the lead after Sunday’s round with 67s and
Bromley won it on Monday with a 74 for 141.
DeAngelis ended up tied for second with Tom
Robertson at 143. No one in the field broke 71 on Monday.
Dave Collingwood, who was now the
professional at the Hawk Valley Golf Club, finished fourth at 144.
Dick Smith, Sr.
1982 Section Champion
In the third week of September Dick Smith, Sr.
won the Section Championship by defending his title at the Huntingdon Valley
Country Club. The other two who had won two straight were George B. Smith
in 1929 and 1930 and Art Wall in 1962 and
1963. This was Smith’s fourth Section
Championship title. Heavy rain interrupted the afternoon players during the
first round and at the end of the day Bob Hibschman
held the lead with a 70. Smith
posted a 74, which left him in a five-way tie for sixth. On the second day
Smith produced a 67 for the low round of the
day by four strokes. The 67 vaulted him into the lead by three strokes over
Hibschman and the host professional
Jack Connelly who had put together a pair of
72s. In the rainy final round Smith (212)
shot a steady 71 to win by five strokes over Connelly
(217). Hibschman tied for third
with Don Stough at 218 one stroke in front
of Don DeAngelis (219) and
Bruce MacDonald (219).
Smith won $3,500 from the $19,300 purse and
Connelly picked up $2,500 for second.
Hibschman and Stough each took
home $1,475. The entry fee was $58.
Qualifying for the PGA Club Professional Championship was at the Lehigh
Country Club on the second Friday of October. Jim
Masserio (136) led the qualifying with a pair of 68s.
Pete Oakley and Tom
Robertson grabbed the next two places with 142s.
Bruce MacDonald finished fourth at 143 and
Dennis Milne was next at 144. The last three
places went to Bob Hibschman (145,
Dick Hendrickson (147) and
Larry Wise (148) who was back in the Section
running a golf club manufacturing company in Hershey.
Dick Smith, Sr. was already qualified as the Section champion.
The first annual Pennsylvania PGA Championship was held in the second week of
October at the Toftrees Resort and Golf Club. Toftrees added $10,000 to the
purse. The tournament was open to members of the Philadelphia Section and the
Tri State Section. Playing in two days of rain Rick
Osberg captured the title with a 69-73 for a two under par 142. Host
professional Jim Masserio made a big move
when he brought in a 67 the second day to finish two strokes off the winning
pace at 144. The assistant at the Lehigh Country Club,
Wayne Phillips finished third at 145. Pete
Oakley and Bob Huber tied for
fourth with 146 totals. Osberg took home a
check for $1,700 from a purse of $11,000.
In the fourth week of October Larry Gilbert won the
for the second straight year. The tournament was again played over the three
courses at the PGA National Golf Club with the final round on the Champions
Course. Gilbert posted rounds of 73, 72, 65 and 74 for a 284 that nipped Steve
Benson by one stroke. The first prize of $20,000 and the purse of $150,000 were
still the same. Jack Seltzer finished third at 286 two strokes in front of Jim
Logue (288) and Bob Lendzion (288).
came through with a 290 total and tied for 8th winning $4,500.
The tournament was sponsored by the Ram Golf Company and
was a Ram staff member and consultant to the company on clubs and balls. As the
player who posted the lowest score for 72 holes playing the Ram golf ball
picked up an additional check for $10,000. This eighth place finish qualified
him for the PGA Cup Matches, which were played against Great Britain and Ireland
that next July. Six other Philadelphia Section members made the cut.
tied for 23rd at 295 and
(296) finished one stroke worse, tying for 32nd.
won $1,216.66 and
(298) tied for 46th and won $379.72.
Dick Smith, Sr.
(300) tied for 64th, winning $209.43.
(304) tied for 93rd and
(306) tied for 103rd. They each won $209.42.
missed the cut.
The Aronimink Golf Club hosted the Challenge Match between the Philadelphia
Section and the Middle Atlantic Section in late October. John Clough and the
Yamaha Golf Car Company sponsored the matches. The format was a combination of
singles and four-ball matches. There were six four-ball matches and twelve
singles with a total of 18 points being contested. Philadelphia took a 3½ to 2½
point lead the first day, a Thursday. The teams of Dick
Smith, Sr.-Pete Oakley, Harold Perry-Willie Scholl and
Henry McQuiston-Sam Penecale won their
matches and Jack Connelly-Tom Robertson
picked up a half point for halving their match. The next day
Connelly, Perry, Robertson, Don Stough and
Alan Shankin won their singles matches and everyone else had lost
except Don DeAngelis who was playing the
last hole. Each team had now won 8½ points. When
DeAngelis holed an eight-foot putt on the last green to win his match
it gave the Philadelphia Section a 9½ to 8½ point win. The other members of the
Philadelphia team were Dennis Milne and
Steve Snyder. Oakley only played the first day and
Snyder played in his place the second day.
Dick Hendrickson was the non-playing captain
of the team. With the victory the Philadelphia Section now had nine victories
against five for the Middle Atlantic Section.
"Golf Professional of the Year"
Jack Connelly was elected president of the Philadelphia Section at
the fall meeting. The meeting was held at the
Ramada Downingtown Inn Resort on the first Friday of November.
Harry Hammond and Dave
Schueck were reelected to the offices of secretary and treasurer. The
new first vice president and tournament chairman was
Ted McKenzie and Tom Smith won
the race for second vice president in a close vote over the office holder
John Poole. Lancaster Country Club
professional John Abernethy was the "Golf
Professional of the Year" in the Section. He had hosted the A.B. Thorn pro-am
for twenty years and he was the Section’s chairman of the Section’s PGA
scholarship committee a number of years. Abernethy
was also a member of the PGA’s ACE Program, which was a national committee
of appointed professionals who had been chosen to be available for counseling of
other PGA professionals concerning the golf business.
Connelly was the "Player of the Year" in the Section for the fourth
time and Dick Smith, Sr. led the DeBaufre
Trophy scoring average for a fifth time with 71.70 strokes per round.
A few days after the fall meeting and elections the question arose as to
whether all of the golf professionals in the room during the election were
eligible to vote. The nonmembers such as the
apprentices had not been asked to leave the room during the election. It was
decided to hold a new election for the office of first vice president by mail
ballot as that was the only office that had been contested by two people. When
the votes came back John Poole was elected
over Tom Smith.
A long tradition and PGA member’s privilege ended in the third week of
November as the "all exempt PGA Tour" came into being. For all intents and
purposes a PGA member could no longer play the PGA Tour as a Monday qualifier.
To keep it from having the appearance of a closed shop there was still a Monday
qualifier for four places in each week’s event. The pros that made it through
the PGA Tour Qualifying School were now fully exempt players as of January 1,
1983. The top 125 money winners in 1982 were all exempt for 1983 along with a
few other players who had lifetime exemptions for having won major events. Next
in line came the 50 successful qualifiers from the Q-School so the higher a
player finished in the qualifying school the more sure he was of playing in the
tournaments, especially early in the year.
In the first week of December the PGA Seniors’ Championship moved back to the
PGA’s national golf club but it was now at the new PGA National Golf Club. After
leaving John D. MacArthur’s complex east of the Florida Turnpike the PGA
Seniors’ Championship had been held at three different venues. The PGA National
still had a Palm Beach Gardens address but the new headquarters was west of the
Florida Turnpike. The tournament was played on its Champion Course. The course
was set up at 6,520 yards with a par of 72 but it didn’t yield many low rounds
as only four players broke 70. Due to a windy first two days a 36-hole score of
156 made the cut. The winner was Don January (288) who put together rounds of
74, 75, 69 and 70 to take the title by one stroke over Julius Boros (289). Boros
and Arnold Palmer had held the lead going into the final round. Boros slipped to
a 75 and Palmer took 76 strokes. There was a four-way tie for third at 290 among
Art Wall, Gay Brewer, Bob Goalby and Palmer.
First prize from the $150,000 purse was $25,000. Wall
won $11,250 for his rounds of 72, 73, 71 and 74.
Stan Dudas (313) tied for 58th and won $355.
Mike Souchak also made the cut and won the last
money of $285. Al Besselink and
Bob Hendricks missed the cut.
Wall and Souchak
were in the tournament as former members of the Ryder Cup Team and
Besselink was in the tournament for having won
multiple times on the PGA Tour. Dudas and
Hendricks had qualified at the Philadelphia
Section’s senior championship.
The week after the PGA Seniors’ Championship the PGA’s national meeting was
at the Hyatt Regency hotel in Dallas, Texas. Mark Kizziar was elected president
to succeed Joe Black and Mickey Powell moved from treasurer to secretary. The
Gulf States Section’s James Ray Carpenter was elected treasurer in a race with
Jay McClure. A resolution was passed allowing apprentices to earn credits while
working at a driving range after they had earned 18 credits working at a
recognized golf course. Resident aliens were now eligible for membership after
living in the states for five years. Also the requirement that an applicant for
membership have a sponsor was eliminated. Jack Connelly
and Harry Hammond represented the
Philadelphia Section as delegates.
The PGA "Player of the Year" was Tom Watson, Tom Kite won the Vardon Trophy
with a stroke average of 70.21 and the leading money winner was Craig Stadler
with $446,462. Jimmy Booros had his best
year on the PGA Tour as he earned $51,933 in 26
tournaments. That put him in 91st place on the money list so with the
new all-exempt top 125-player list in place for 1983 he was on the tour for
another year. Ed Dougherty also played in 26
events and won $27,948, which put him in 128th place.
Dougherty had no other choice except to head
for the PGA Tour’s qualifying school.
Qualifying for the PGA Tour was held at the PGA Tour’s course, the TPC at
Sawgrass. Donnie Hammond led the qualifying by fourteen strokes with a thirteen
under par 419. The fourteen-stroke margin is a record that may never be touched.
Charlie Bolling, who had grown up at the
Gulph Mills Golf Club under the tutelage of head pro
Willie Scholl, came to the last hole needing a par to qualify but he
finished with a double bogey six and another year of tournaments in foreign
countries and mini tours. Brett Upper, who
had been playing the mini-tours, also missed qualifying there by two
strokes but he and Bolling were now eligible
for the PGA Tournament Players Series.
Art Wall played in seven tournaments on
the PGA Senior Tour and finished 11th on the money list with $34,958.
Al Besselink was in nine tournaments and
finished 37th with $12,585. Mike Souchak
won $4,828 in five events.
1983 - In late January Charlie Bolling
won the South African Open at the Royal Cape Golf Club in Cape Town. Because
of the tournament’s long history it was the most prestigious event on the South
African Tour, which was known as the Sunshine Circuit. Gary Player was in
the field as the defending champion. George Fotheringham, who was the
professional at the Williamsport Country Club in 1915, had won five South
African Opens between 1908 and 1914. It was Bolling’s
second year on the Sunshine Circuit and he had warmed up for this
tournament by finishing third to Corey Pavin at the Lexington PGA the week
before. After rounds of 71, 67 and 69 he teed off in the fourth round with a
two-stroke lead over the rest of the field. A steady one under par 71in the last
round gave him a one-stroke victory over South Africa’s Tertius Claassens.
Another American Griff Moody, finished third at 280 one stroke in front of Mark
James, Nick Price, Mark McNulty and Ronan Rafferty. Twelve players ended up
within five strokes of the top prize of 14,000 rand, which was equal to about
Won the1983 South African Open
Played four years on PGA Tour
went on to finish third on the South African
Tour’s Order-Of-Merit that year, which qualified him for the British Open.
The Philadelphia Section’s spring meeting was
held at the Downingtown Inn on the first Monday of April. The Section’s office
staff had expanded to three employees, the executive director and two
secretaries. The first vice president and tournament chairman
Ted McKenzie announced a new
tournament, the William Hyndman III Insurance Open. The tournament became a
fixture on the Section’s schedule and was held continuously for over 20 years.
McKenzie presented a schedule
of 43 events with $300,000 in purse money. Section secretary
Harry Hammond reported that
there were now 338 Section members of which 221 were Class A members. There were
also 165 apprentices working toward membership. Junior chairman
John Lubin reported that the
Junior Golf Academy would be at the Downingtown Inn for the third consecutive
At the Masters
Tournament in the first full week of April Seve Ballesteros began the
last round birdie, eagle, par, eagle and went on to win his second green jacket
in four years. Ballesteros’ rounds were 68, 70, 73 and 69 for 280. Ben Crenshaw
and Tom Kite tied for second four strokes back at 284. Tom Watson and Ray Floyd
tied for fourth with 285s. First prize was $90,000, an increase of $24,000.
Art Wall and amateur Jay
Sigel missed the cut. The tournament had to finish on Monday as Friday’s
round was washed out. Wall
was in the field as a former winner of the Masters and Sigel was in the
field as the 1982 U.S. Amateur champion.
On the fourth Monday of May Mac O’Grady took a day off from the PGA Tour to
compete in the local qualifying rounds for the U.S. Open
in Central Pennsylvania. Qualifying was held at the Country Club of Harrisburg.
O’Grady put together rounds of 73 and 68 for a one under par 141 that led the
five successful qualifiers. Ray Silnik,
the assistant at the Bethlehem Steel Club,
New York professional Danny Goodman and amateur Rick Hrip tied for second
with 145s. Tom Robertson
posted a 146 and won a three-way sudden death playoff for the last spot with a
birdie on the first extra hole.
The Whitemarsh Valley Country Club and the Green Valley Country Club hosted
the local qualifying for the U.S. Open in Philadelphia on the fourth Tuesday of
May. Rick Osberg and amateur Bucky
Erhardt tied for the medal with 146. They each posted the same scores for
the day, 73s in the morning and 73s again in the afternoon. Next in line were
Gary Hardin, who was now the assistant at
the Cornwells Heights Golf Club, Wayne Phillips,
Greg Farrow, Pete Oakley,
Louie Biago, an assistant at the Philadelphia
Country Club, and amateur Todd Anderson with 149s.
Gene Fieger, the assistant at the Rolling
Green Golf Club, and Bobby Huber
turned in 150s and then prevailed in a seven-man playoff for the last two
openings. There were ten openings for the opportunity to move on to the
sectional qualifying rounds and scores of 150 played off.
Jimmie Booros was exempt from local qualifying
as one of the PGA Tour’s exempt players. Charlie
Bolling was exempt from local qualifying off his standing on the
South African Tour’s Order-of-Merit. Jay Sigel was exempt from local and
sectional qualifying as the winner of the 1982 U.S. Amateur.
On the first Tuesday of June Charlie Bolling, Pete
Oakley and Jimmy Booros qualified
for the U.S. Open in sectional qualifying at the Montclair Golf Club in northern
New Jersey. Bolling led a contingent of 19
successful qualifiers by three strokes as he fired the low round of the day, a
67, in the morning and a 70 in the afternoon for 137.
Oakley and Booros tied for ninth
at 142 as 144 played off for the last spot.
The U.S. Open was played at the Oakmont Country Club near Pittsburgh in the
third week of June. Larry Nelson began the Open week by having the airline lose
his clubs. He didn’t locate his clubs until 8:45 PM on Tuesday night and then he
opened the tournament with rounds of 74 and 73. He started slowly on Saturday
and after four holes he was five over par for the tournament. He then played the
next 13 holes in seven under par and finished with a 65, which left him just one
stroke behind the leaders Tom Watson and Seve Ballesteros. On Sunday his game
stayed with him and he was four under par on #15 when play was halted for a
thunderstorm. Nelson elected to finish the hole and he made a par, which left
him tied with Watson who had marked his ball of #14 green. Play did not resume
until Monday morning. When play resumed Nelson took the lead when he birdied the
16th hole by holing a 62-foot putt. Nelson made a par on #17 but he
three putted #18 for a 67 and finished at 280. When Watson made a bogey on #17
he needed a birdie on #18 to tie Nelson. Watson flew the green with his second
shot and ended up holing a 45-foot putt for a par and 281. First prize was
$72,000 from the $506,184 purse. Gil Morgan finished third at 283 three strokes
ahead of Ballesteros (286) and Calvin Peete (286).
Jimmy Booros (310) made the cut and finished at the end of the money
list in a tie for 68th. He won $1,898. Charlie Bolling,
amateur Jay Sigel and Pete Oakley
failed to make the cut.
Jack Kiefer, who was now living in North Jersey won the New Jersey
Open for a third time. His two other wins came in 1975 and 1976. The tournament
was held on Baltusrol Golf Club’s Upper Course in the second week of July. While
playing 36 holes on the third day Kiefer put together a final round 67 to
go with his earlier rounds of 72, 73 and 74. His score of 286 gave him a
six-stroke margin over Steve Sieg. Sam Cancellieri,
the assistant at the Medford Village Country Club, finished in a
three-way tie for third at 293 with David Glenz and Mike Higuera.
In mid July the British Open was held at the Royal Birkdale Golf Club in
Southport, England. With four solid rounds Tom Watson held off numerous
challengers to win his fifth British Open. That tied him for second all time
with J.H. Taylor, James Braid and Peter Thomson, one off Harry Vardon’s six
British Open victories. Watson’s rounds were 67, 68, 70 and 70 for 275. Hale
Irwin and Andy Bean tied for second at 276 and Graham Marsh finished fourth with
the aid of a last round 64. Charlie Bolling
missed the cut.
Billy Casper picked up a victory in the U.S. Senior Open to go with his two
U.S. Open wins in the fourth week of July. The Hazeltine National Golf Club in
Minnesota hosted the tournament. Casper had a four-stroke lead with nine holes
to go but he frittered it away and had to one-putt the last green to tie Rod
Funseth, which he did. The next day Casper and Funseth played an 18-hole playoff
and finished up tied with 75s. The playoff then went into sudden-death. Casper
made a birdie 3 on the first hole to take the title. Casper took home a check
for $30,566 and a gold medal. Casper’s rounds were 73, 69, 73 and 73 for 288.
Miller Barber (290) finished third and Guy Wolstenholme (291) finished fourth.
There were no professionals in the field from the Philadelphia Section.
On the first Tuesday of July Ed Dougherty,
who was off the PGA Tour and back at Edgmont Country Club as the teaching
pro, won the Philadelphia Open at the Rolling Green Golf Club. In the morning
round Dougherty toured Rolling Green in a
one under par 70 and he came back with a 68 in the afternoon.
Dougherty (138) finished four strokes in
front of Gene Fieger (142) and five ahead of
Harold Perry (143) who was now the assistant
at the Eagle Lodge Country Club. Ted McKenzie, Dennis
Milne and Frank Dobbs, the
assistant at the Spring-Ford Country Club, tied for fourth with 144s. First
prize was $1,200 and the entry fee was $48.
PGA Cup Team 1983
Tom Robertson returned to his native country of Scotland in late
July as a member of the PGA Cup Team. Robertson
had been born in Scotland and grew up playing soccer before moving to the
United States. He had qualified for the team by finishing in a tie for eighth at
the PGA Club Professional Championship the year before. The matches were played
each year against a team of club professionals from Great Britain and Ireland.
There were nine professionals on each team and three days of matches. The first
day there were four foursome matches in the morning and four four-ball matches
in the afternoon. The second day was the same except the four-ball matches were
in the morning. On the third day there were nine singles matches. That year the
PGA Cup Match was played in Muirfield, Scotland.
Robertson and his teammates didn’t fare well. When the competition
began the wind came up and the Americans won very few matches.
Robertson played in all five rounds of the
competition winning in the first day’s foursome match and losing the four
others. The final tally was Great Britain-Ireland 14 ½ to 6 ½ for the USA.
Gene Fieger won the George Izett Memorial Assistant Pro
Championship, which was sponsored by the George Izett Golf Company. The
tournament was played at Fieger’s home
course, the Rolling Green Golf Club. Fieger
and DuPont Country Club assistant Jim Matthias
had ended in a tie at one over par 72. On the first hole of a sudden-death
playoff Matthias missed a short putt to keep
the playoff going and was the winner. First prize was $400.
The Pennsylvania Open was held at the Philadelphia Cricket Club at the
beginning of August. The U.S. Amateur champion Jay Sigel came from behind
to catch Gene Fieger and win his state open
championship for the third time. Sigel with a 70 the first day
trailed by two strokes and he was three back after 27 holes on Tuesday. A last
nine 34 brought him into the clubhouse a 71 for 141. When
Fieger posted a 73 to go with his three under
par first round 68 there was a tie for the title at 141. A sudden-death playoff
was held beginning on the first hole. After good drives in the fairway they both
had well played shots to the green with #7 irons. Sigel two-putted from
15-feet below the hole for his par. Putting from 12-feet above the hole,
Fieger stroked his ball two-feet past the hole
and then lipped out his next putt to let a local major title slip away. One
consolation for Fieger was that he still
went home with the first place check of $2,250 from the $14,000 purse.
Don DeAngelis finished third one stroke out of
the playoff at 142 and one ahead of Harold Perry
who finished fourth at 143.
The Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles hosted the PGA Championship in the
first week of August. Hal Sutton took the lead with an opening round 65. He
followed that up with rounds of 66, 72 and 71 and went wire to wire for the
victory. His 274 total earned him a check for $100,000, up $35,000 from the year
before and the purse was now $600,000. Jack Nicklaus (275), who trailed by eight
strokes after the first round, came back with a second round 65 and a last round
66, but he fell one stroke short of tying Sutton. Peter Jacobson (276) finished
third and Pat McGowan (277) finished fourth. Jim
Masserio, Pete Oakley and Tom Robertson
missed the cut. Masserio,
Oakley and Robertson
were in the field as a result of having finished in the top 40 at the 1982
PGA Club Professional Championship.
The first Eagle Lodge Classic was played in the second week of August. The
tournament was played at the redesigned Eagle Lodge Country Club, which was
formerly the Roxborough Country Club. It was Gary
Hardin all the way as he led after Monday’s round with a six under
par 65 and he came back with a steady 70 on Tuesday. His 155 total won by two
strokes. Dick Smith, Sr. (137) finished
second with rounds of 67 and 70. Next came Rick Osberg
in third place at 138 and Jack Connelly
at 139. The purse was $10,525 and Hardin
took home a check for $1,700.
Qualifying for the PGA Club Professional Championship was held during the
Eagle Lodge Classic. Gary Hardin who had won
the tournament gained the first spot with his 135. Dick
Smith, Sr. was next with 137 but as it turned out he didn’t need it.
Smith earned a spot in the tournament when
he won the Section Championship in October. Rick
Osberg’s 138 qualified for the third position and
Jack Connelly was fourth with a 139.
Wayne Phillips and Jay
Friedman, the professional at the Meadowlands
Country Club, tied for fifth and sixth with 140s. When
Smith won the Section Championship the Section
picked up another spot and Bruce MacDonald
(143) got into the tournament. Tom Robertson, Pete
Oakley and Jim Masserio were
exempt off having finished in the top 40 in the 1982 PGA Club Professional
Championship. Masserio didn’t enter the
On the fourth Monday of August Stan Dudas
qualified for the PGA Seniors’ Championship but he wasn’t able to defend his
title as the Section senior champion. The tournament was held at the Oak Terrace
Country Club. The tournament went into extra holes when
Johnny Markel, the professional at the Berkshire Country Club,
turned in a par 71 to tie Dudas (71).
Markel wrapped up the title on the fourth extra hole by holing a
ten-foot putt for a birdie three. First prize was $200.
Henry McQuiston finished third with a 74.
Bill Bishop, Charley Lepre, Jerry Pisano and
Bob Hendricks tied for fourth with 76s. This
was also qualifying for the PGA Seniors’ Championship, which had been moved from
December to January of 1984. Markel chose
not to enter the national championship so Dudas picked up the qualifying
spot as the first alternate. Art Wall was
exempt as a former member of the Ryder Cup team and a winner of the Masters
Tournament. Al Besselink was exempt as a
former winner of two or more tournaments on the PGA Tour.
Mike Souchak was exempt as a former Ryder Cup
team member but he didn’t enter the tournament.
Rick Osberg sank a ten-foot birdie putt on the 36th
hole to win the Westlake Plastics Invitation tournament on the second Monday of
September. After a 73 on Sunday that left him tied for 11th
Osberg (142) came back with a 69 to grab the
title by one stroke. Dick Hendrickson
finished second at 143 one stroke ahead of Don Stough
Connelly and Willie Scholl tied
for fourth with 145s. The Whitford Country Club hosted the tournament again.
The Pennsylvania PGA was held at the Toftrees Resort & Golf Club in the third
week of September. Oakmont Country Club professional Bob Ford led all the way as
he posted a 70 on Monday and a 71 on Tuesday for a three under par 141.
Don DeAngelis turned in a 145 to finish second
one stroke in front of Tom Robertson (146)
and Valley Brook Country Club professional John Rech (146). First prize was
$2,000 and from a purse of $13,000. The entry fee was $58.
The PGA Club Professional Championship was held in the western United States.
The championship hosted by the La Quinta Hotel Golf Club in Mission Hills,
California began in late September and ended on the first Sunday of October.
Arizona’s Larry Webb got in as an alternate and posted a 283 score to walk off
with the title. Webb’s rounds of 70, 68, 74 and 71brought him in four strokes in
front of Bob Ford who finished second at 287. First prize was $20,000. Bob Wynn
(289) finished third and four players tied for fourth. Only one Philadelphia
Section member made the cut. Rick Osberg
shot a 292 to finish in a three-way tie for 8th, which earned him
$4,500. Osberg’s tie for eighth put him in a
playoff for the eighth and ninth places on the PGA Cup Team. A sudden-death
playoff was held to determine which two players would make the team. On the
par-four first hole of the playoff, which was the 10th hole,
Osberg was on the green in regulation and the
other two missed the green. They both chipped in for birdies and
Osberg lost his opportunity to play on a PGA
Cup Team. His finish did qualify him for the 1984 PGA Championship.
Tom Robertson, Gary Hardin, Dick Smith, Sr., Jack
Connelly, Jay Friedman, Pete Oakley, Wayne Phillips and
Bruce MacDonald missed the cut.
Dick Smith, Sr.
1983 Section Champion
Won Section Championship for 5th time
In the second week of October Dick Smith, Sr.
made it three in a row as he won his third straight Section Championship and
his fifth overall. Three straight wins in the Philadelphia Section Championship
was a first and his five wins put him in front of
Charles Schneider, Sr., who won four and tied him with
Art Wall who also won five.
Smith was only the third one to win it in
consecutive years. Smith also was the host
professional for the 89 Section members who entered the championship at the
Woodcrest Country Club. No one broke par in Monday’s first round and
Smith with a 72 trailed the leaders by one
stroke. Playing the last six holes in the rain on Tuesday
Smith put together a three under par 68 and
took the lead by two-strokes over Jack Connelly,
Pete Oakley and Ken
Peyre-Ferry. Connelly posted two 71s with
Oakley and Peyre-Ferry turning in
identical scores of 72 and 70. More rain arrived the next day and
Wednesday’s round could not be completed. No contingency plan had been set up
for a rain out and when a future date could not be agreed on
Smith with a total of 140 was declared the
champion. The purse was $19,200 with a first prize $3,500.
Connelly, Oakley and
Peyre-Ferry each won $1,816 for their second place tie at 142.
Dennis Milne and Rick
Osberg tied for fifth with 145s and took home checks for $925. The
entry fee was $58.
The two-day Delaware Valley Open was held at the Hi-Point Golf Club in the
third week of October. Ed
Dougherty (141) shot a three under par 69 on Friday to go with
Thursday’s 72 and edged out Rick Osberg
(142) by one stroke. Larry Demers, the
assistant at the Philmont Country Club, and Duke Delcher who was
now working in Chicago tied for third with 143s.
Dougherty took away a $1,400 check from the
The Sands Country Club and its head professional
Willie Maples hosted the Section’s Booster Pro-Am. The tournament was
held to thank the companies that had sponsored events for the Philadelphia
Section during the year and to raise money for the Section’s various programs
like junior golf.
The Challenge Cup match between the Philadelphia Section and the Middle
Atlantic Section was played at the Columbia Country Club in Chevy Chase,
Maryland in late October. The two twelve man teams played six better ball
matches on Thursday and twelve singles matches on Friday. The points were even
after the first day as the teams of Dick Smith,
Sr.-Dick Hendrickson, Gary Hardin-Harold Perry and
Pete Oakley-Bob Hibschman each won for
Philadelphia. The second day Jack Connelly, Rick Osberg,
Ken Peyre-Ferry, Stan Dudas, Hardin and
Oakley each won their singles match along with halved matches by
Hibschman to garner the seven points needed for victory. The other
two players on the team were Henry McQuiston
and Frank Dobbs. The final tally was
Philadelphia 10 and Middle Atlantic 8. After fifteen matches with the Middle
Atlantic Section pros the Philadelphia Section now led with 10 wins against five
loses. Yamaha Golf Car Company sponsored the matches again.
"Golf Professional of the Year"
Jack Connelly was reelected president at
the Section’s fall meeting. The meeting was held at the Ramada Downingtown Inn &
Country Club on the first Monday of November. Ted
McKenzie was reelected first vice president and
John Poole was reelected second vice president.
Harry Hammond was reelected secretary and
was elected treasurer. John Lubin was the
"Golf Professional of the Year". Lubin had
been very instrumental in the promotion of junior golf and had been the
Section’s junior golf chairman for several years. The "Player of the Year" was
Dick Smith, Sr. and he also won the DeBaufre
Trophy with a 71.40 stroke average.
Along with playing the mini-tours, Brett Upper
competed in the Tournament Players Series where he finished 12th.
He also won the California State Open that year.
Hal Sutton was selected PGA "Player of the Year" and the leading money winner
was also Sutton with $426,668. Raymond Floyd won the Vardon Trophy with a stroke
average of 70.61 strokes per round. Jimmy Booros
just managed to avoid another trip to the PGA Tour’s Q-School by winning $7,560
in his last two tournaments of the year. He entered 31 tournaments and ended up
in 125th place on the money list with $34,980. Everyone who was 126th
or higher was headed to the qualifying school. Ed
Dougherty managed to get into 18 tournaments off his past
accomplishments on the PGA Tour, but he won just $9,422.
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Brett Upper and Greg Farrow
qualified for the PGA Tour in the third week of November. The TPC at Sawgrass in
Ponte Vedra, Florida hosted the qualifying. Even though it was the home of the
PGA Tour it was only used twice for the Q-School, 1982 and 1983.
Upper finished second, two strokes behind
Willie Wood, with rounds of 72, 75, 74, 65, 74 and 68 for a total of 428. The 65
was the low round of the week for the entire field and also tied the course
record. Farrow made it with one stroke to
spare as he tied for 39th. His rounds were 77, 74, 73, 71, 74 and 75
for 444. Fifty-seven pros qualified at that school.
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In the second week of November three hundred delegates and alternates
attended the national PGA meeting at the Opryland Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee.
Dick Smith, Sr. had been chosen by the
Philadelphia Section to represent District II for the three-year term as a
director of the PGA of America. Since the PGA had been formed in 1916 the
position had been called vice president. The change was made because the office
of secretary was now going to be vice president. Reelected to office were
President Mark Kizziar, Vice President (formerly secretary) Mickey Powell and
Treasurer James Ray Carpenter. Another change was that for the first time there
would be two non-golf professional members of the PGA Board. The PGA of America
contributed $100,000 to the USGA building fund. The World Golf Hall of Fame in
Pinehurst, North Carolina and its artifacts was transferred to the PGA at no
cost. The opening day of the meeting featured a computer presentation for the
executive directors that demonstrated the use of computers for bookkeeping and
the performance of other office functions. The delegates were informed that
their members would no longer have to pay green fees during the Winter
Tournament Program at the PGA National Golf Club. The Section’s delegates to the
national meeting were Jack Connelly and
Don January led the PGA Senior Tour in money winnings with $237,571.
Mike Souchak won $14,077 in eight tournaments,
which was good for 39th on the money list.
Al Besselink earned $8,273 in eleven events and
Art Wall only entered two tournaments, earning
1984 - The 1983 PGA Seniors’ Championship wasn’t played until January of
1984. The tournament was played at the PGA National Golf Club’s Champion Course
in the third week of the month. In less than five years the purse had doubled by
going from $100,000 to $200,000. Arnold Palmer led from wire to wire in winning
PGA Seniors’ Championship but his scores were up and down. He opened the
tournament with a 69, which put him in a four-way tie at the top of the leader
board. In the second round Palmer shot an unbelievable nine under par 63 on a
day when only three other players broke 70 and the next lowest score was a 68.
At the halfway point Palmer held the lead by eight strokes over Don January. The
course was set up 500-yards shorter than it had been in late 1982 when the
seniors were there for the first time, and it turned out to be a good idea. In
the third round the weather turned bad with temperatures in the 40s accompanied
by stiff winds. That day Palmer needed 16 more stokes to complete his round as
he posted a 79 but at the end of the day he still led by two strokes. The last
day no one broke 70. Palmer and January (284) both turned in 71s as Palmer (282)
won his second PGA Seniors’ Championship. First prize was $35,000. Bill
Collins finished third with a 290 total. Bob Goalby and Peter Thomson tied
for fourth with 292s. Art Wall posted rounds
of 72, 73, 74 and 77 for 296, which earned him a tie for 13th and a
check for $3,800. Stan Dudas (317) finished
near the end of the money list in 61st place, winning $560.
Al Besselink and Mike
Souchak missed the cut. Wall and
Souchak were in the tournament as former
Ryder Cup Team members and Besselink was
there as a former multiple winner on the PGA Tour.
Dudas had qualified at the Philadelphia PGA Senior Championship.
Ed Dougherty, now the professional at the Cobbs Creek Golf Club,
won the Match Play Championship during the Winter Tournament Program. Due to
the move of the PGA Seniors’ Championship from December to January the match
play was moved back one week to the fourth week of January. The tournament was
also moved to the Crane Creek Course at Martin Downs Country Club in Palm City.
To make it to the finals Dougherty won six
matches, with only two reaching the 18th green. He defeated Jack
Seltzer by the count of 2&1 in the finals. The win earned
Dougherty an exemption into the TPS Series.
Charlie Bolling was exempt for the PGA Tour’s 1984 Tournament
Players Series. He had finished 12th on the 1983 PGA Club
Professional Tournament Series. The top 15 earned exemptions.
The Section’s spring meeting was held at the Americana Host Farm Resort on
the first Monday of April. The tournament chairman Ted
McKenzie announced that the Challenge Cup matches sponsored by the
Yamaha Golf Car Company were being expanded to include the Carolinas PGA Section
as well as the Middle Atlantic Section. The number of players on each team was
also increased from twelve members to 25. The matches were scheduled for
November at the Foxfire Country Club in Pinehurst, North Carolina.
Brett Upper and Greg
Farrow were on the PGA Tour.
Ben Crenshaw won the Masters Tournament in the first full week of
April with four steady rounds of 67, 72, 70 and 68. His 277 score finished two
strokes in front of Tom Watson. His winning check for $108,000 was the first
six-figure payoff in a major championship. David Edwards and Ben Crenshaw tied
for third with 280s. Amateur Jay Sigel and Art
Wall missed the cut. Wall was
invited to the Masters as a former winner of the tournament and Sigel was
in the field as a result of having won the U.S. Amateur for a second straight
On the third Monday of May Jim Masserio
and Stu Ingraham, the assistant at the
Lebanon Country Club, tied for medalist honors in the local qualifying
for the U.S. Open in Central Pennsylvania. The Colonial Country Club hosted the
event. Masserio (142) had rounds of 72-70
and Ingraham (142) posted a pair of par 71s.
Danny O’Neill, who was now playing on
various professional tours, finished tied for third at 143 with
Sherm Keeney who made a big comeback in the
afternoon with a 68. Williamsport amateur Warren Choate picked up the fifth and
last spot at 144.
Brett Upper, home from the PGA Tour, and amateur Todd
Anderson tied for the medal at the local qualifying for the U.S. Open in
Philadelphia. Aronimink Golf Club and the Waynesborough Country Club hosted
qualifying on the fourth Tuesday of May. There were eleven spots to play for and
all scores of 148 and lower made it. Upper
(142) began with a five over par 75 at Aronimink and came back with a five under
par 67 in the afternoon at Waynesborough. Anderson (142) had a 73 at
Aronimink and a 69 at Waynesborough. Sunnybrook Golf Club assistant
Kevin Whitlow, Pete Oakley
and amateur G. MacDonald tied for third with 145s.
Willie Scholl finished alone at 146 in sixth place.
Greg Farrow, who was also home from the PGA
Tour, and Steve Thomas from Lakewood, New Jersey tied for seventh with 147s.
Dick Smith, Sr., Charlie
Bolling and amateur Bill Lawler tied for the last three spots with
148s. Jay Sigel was fully exempt as the winner of the 1983 U.S. Amateur.
Charlie Bolling successfully made it
through sectional qualifying for the U.S. Open in northern New Jersey at the
Montclair Golf Club. Qualifying was held on the first Tuesday of June.
Bolling (66-74) tied for fifth with a 140 as 22
pros and amateurs earned spots in the Open. The low qualifier was Jim Albus at
137 and it took a score of 143 to qualify.
The Winged Foot Golf Club’s West Course in New York hosted the U.S. Open in
the third week of June. Winged Foot had a well-deserved reputation for being a
very difficult course but it played a little easier that year. Fuzzy Zoeller
posted rounds of 71, 66, 69 and 70 for a four under par 276 and Greg Norman had
rounds of 70, 68, 69 and 69 for 276. Norman holed a 40-foot par putt from the
collar of the last green to get the tying score. In an 18-hole playoff on Monday
both players birdied the first hole but Zoeller also birdied the second hole
against Norman’s double bogie and the rout was on. Zoeller led by five strokes
at the turn and he finished with a 67 against Norman’s 75. Zoeller’s 67 was the
lowest score ever shot in a U.S. Open playoff. First prize was $94,000. Curtis
Strange finished third at 281 one stroke ahead of Johnny Miller and Jim Thorpe
who tied for fourth with 282s. Amateur Jay Sigel (294) tied for 43rd
and Charlie Bolling missed the cut.
Qualifying for the U.S. Senior Open was at the Meadowlands Country Club on
the third Monday of June. Amateurs won the two spots as Art Kramer won the medal
with a 74 one stroke in front of Allen Sussel (75).
Stan Dudas picked up the first alternate spot by defeating
Henry McQuiston in a sudden death playoff after
they had tied for third with 77s. Dudas got
into the tournament as an alternate.
The U.S. Senior Open was played on the Oak Hill Country Club’s East Course at
the end of June. Miller Barber posted rounds of 74, 71, 70 and 71 for a six over
par 286 to finish two strokes ahead of Arnold Palmer (288) and win his second
U.S. Senior Open. Gay Brewer (291) and Bob Goalby (292) finished third and
fourth. First prize was $36,448. Stan Dudas
made the cut and finished tied for 63rd, winning $681.50.
Rick Osberg, who was now the teaching pro at the Waynesborough
Country Club, won the Philadelphia Section Assistant Pro Championship on the
second Monday of July. The Brookside Country Club in Pottstown hosted the
tournament. Osberg won by three strokes with
a five under par 67. Frank Dobbs, now the
assistant at the Oak Terrace Country Club, and
Stu Ingraham tied for second with 70s. Sandy Run Country Club
assistant Fred Purdy,
Philadelphia Cricket Club assistant Tim Gavronski,
Ray Silnik and Noel Caruso, who
was the assistant at the Whitford Country Club, tied for fourth at 73.
Charlie Bolling qualified for the British
Open in mid July by winning an eight-man playoff for the last spot in the
tournament. The Open was played on the Royal & Ancient Golf Club at St. Andrews
in the third week of July. Seve Ballesteros won the tournament and denied Tom
Watson a shot at immortality. Watson was trying for his sixth win in the Open,
which would have tied him with Harry Vardon. Watson teed off on the 17th
and next to last hole tied with Ballesteros. Watson’s second shot finished over
the road near the wall, from where he made a bogey against a par for Ballesteros.
Ballesteros then birdied the 72nd hole to win by two strokes with
rounds of 69, 68, 70 and 69. Watson tied for second with Bernard Langer at 278.
Fred Couples and Lanny Watkins tied for fourth with 281s.
Bolling missed the cut.
Frank Dobbs made five birdies on the back nine of his opening
round and went on to win the Philadelphia Open at the Indian Valley Country Club
on the last day of July, a Tuesday. Dobbs’
rounds were 68 and 73 for a three under par 141 total. He picked up a check for
$1,350 from the $7,160 purse. Gene Fieger,
back as an assistant at The Springhaven Club where he grew up playing,
won $1,000 as he and amateur Jim Kania tied for second with 143s. The
professional at the West Chester Golf & Country Club
Jerry Day, Jack Connelly, and amateur
Chet Walsh tied for fourth at 144. The defending champion
Ed Dougherty didn’t enter the tournament. The
entry fee was $55.
The Eagle Lodge Country Club hosted the two-day Eagle Lodge Classic in the
first week of August. Frank Dobbs opened
with the only sub-70 score on Sunday as he posted a 67. For most of the day on
Monday Dobbs struggled to find his form from
Sunday, but he holed a putt of 60 feet on the last green to save the day. That
put him in the clubhouse with a one over par 72 and a 139 total. It was just
good enough to give him a one stroke win over Ed
Dougherty, John Carson and Pete Oakley,
who all tied for second with 140s. The purse was $10,000 and first prize was
Qualifying for the PGA Club Professional Championship was held during
the Eagle Lodge Classic. Ed Dougherty and
Pete Oakley led the qualifying with 140s.
Dougherty posted a pair of 70s and
Oakley turned in a 72 and a 68.
Frank Dobbs, who had won the tournament, wasn’t
eligible as he wasn’t a PGA member yet. Next in line were
Dick Smith, Sr. at 143,
Dick Hendrickson at 144, Don DeAngelis
at 145 and Willie Scholl at 146.
Jay Friedman posted a 147 and won a playoff for
the last spot. Rick Osberg had an exemption
off his tie for eighth at the PGA Club Professional Championship the year
In mid August the PGA Championship was played in the Deep South at the Shoal
Creek Country Club in Alabama. Lee Trevino won the PGA for a second time and
became the first player to break 70 all four days. His rounds were 69, 68, 67
and 69 for 273. Gary Player and Lanny Watkins tied for second four
strokes back with 277s. Calvin Peete finished fourth at 278. First prize was
$125,000. Calvin Peete finished fourth at 278. Rick
Osberg who was in the tournament off his tie for eighth in the 1983
PGA Club Professional Championship missed the cut.
The Sewickley Heights Golf Club near Pittsburgh hosted the Pennsylvania Open
in the third week of August. At the end of the first day, a Monday,
Frank Dobbs led by three strokes with a two under par 70. The second
day Dobbs slipped a little with a 74 and
Allegheny Country Club professional Roy Vucinich passed him with the only sub 70
round of the tournament, a 69. Vucinich won with a (74-69) 143 score and took
home a check for $2,520. The total purse was $14,000.
Dobbs’ total was 144 and he finished four strokes in front of Jim
Ferree (148). Gary Hardin and
Mike Moses, the assistant at the Chester
Valley Golf Club, tied for fourth with 149s.
Charlie Bolling won the $200,000 Everett Open at Everett Golf &
Country Club on Labor Day. The Everett Open in Everett, Washington was one of
the stops on the PGA Tour’s 1984 Tournament Players Series.
Bolling put together rounds of 70, 66, 67 and
66 for a fifteen under par 269 and the first prize of $36,000. Peter Oosterhuis
finished second four strokes back at 273 and Andy Dillard was next at 275. Seven
players including Dave Stockton and Chi Chi Rodriguez tied for fourth with 276s.
Six days later Charlie Bolling won the
$160,000 PEZ Victoria Open at the Uplands Golf Club in Victoria, British
Columbia. The $29,000 check for the win moved Bolling
to the top of the Tournament Players Series 1984 money list. His rounds were
66, 63 and 69 for a twelve under par 198. Terry Snodgrass finished two strokes
back at 200, Mike Hulbert shot 203 and Tom Costello was at 204. This was the
first time that anyone had won back-to-back tournaments on that tour.
Don DeAngelis led all the way as he won
the $20,000 Westlake Plastics Invitation tournament. The Whitford Country Club
hosted the tournament in the second week of September.
DeAngelis began with a three under par 69 on Sunday, which left him
tied for the lead and followed it up with a 72 on Monday for his winning score
of 141. A birdie two on the 35th hole allowed him to edge out
Jim Masserio (142) and
Stu Ingraham (142) by one stroke.
Gene Fieger and Wayne Phillips,
now the head professional at the Mahoning Valley Country Club,
tied for fourth with 143s. First prize was $2,500.
Stan Dudas qualified for the PGA Seniors’ Championship by winning
the Section Senior Championship. The tournament was played at the Oak Terrace
Country Club on the first Friday of September. Henry
McQuiston and Sam Penecale tied
for the next qualifying spot and McQuiston
earned a December trip to Florida in a sudden death playoff.
Art Wall and Mike
Souchak had exemptions into the tournament as former members of the
Ryder Cup Team. Al Besselink was exempt as a
career multiple winner on the PGA Tour.
The Tournament Players Series’ last tournament
of the year kicked off on the second Thursday of September with
Charlie Bolling as its leading money winner by
a margin of $10,760. There was a large incentive to win the money title and that
was an exemption to the 1985 PGA Tour. That last event on the schedule was the
Sacramento Golf Classic hosted by the Rancho Murieta Country Club near
Sacramento, California. Bolling began the
tournament with a triple bogie on the first hole but he went on to post rounds
of 73, 69, 67 and 70 to finish tied for third just one shot out of a tie for
first. Pat McGowan won the tournament in a playoff with Steve Hart.
Bolling won $10,233.
Charlie Bolling finished the year as the
leading money winner on the PGA Tour’s Tournament Players Series with $79,506.
He ended up with $20,993 more than the second place money winner. His scoring
average was 69.92 strokes per round. He was now an exempt player on the 1985 PGA
Tour. The amazing thing was that he had only won money in three events, $4,273,
with three tournaments left on the schedule. At that point he was in 65th
place on the money list. In late August he had returned from a foreign tour and
flew to the West Coast for the last three tournaments just hoping to get in a
good frame of mind for a fourth attempt at the PGA Tour’s qualifying school. Now
he had earned the number 126 place on the exempt list, just behind the 1984 PGA
Tour’s top 125 money winners. The 50 qualifiers at the qualifying school would
all be earning places behind Bolling.
The Pennsylvania PGA Championship was played at the Toftrees Resort & Golf
Club in the fourth week of September. Pete Oakley
put together a first round 71 on Monday and came back with a four under par
68 on Tuesday to tie the host pro Jim Masserio
at 139 for the top prize. Masserio’s
rounds were 68 and 71. Oakley holed a birdie
putt of 8-feet for the victory on the second hole of a sudden death playoff.
Oakley’s cut from the $13,150 purse was $2,000.
The entry fee was $58.
Gene Fieger won the Delaware Valley Open
in the first week of October at the Hi-Point Golf Club.
Fieger put together back-to-back 71s on
Thursday and Friday for a two under par 142. Ed
Dougherty finished second with a 144 one stroke ahead of
Ken Peyre-Ferry (145),
Don DeAngelis (145) and Don Stough
(145). The total purse was $12,500 and
Fieger took home $2,000.
After a one-year absence the PGA Club Professional Championship was back at
the PGA National Golf Club, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida in the second week of
October. The Champion, Haig and General courses were used for the first three
rounds and the final round was played on the Champion Course. The championship
came down to a playoff for the sixth time in its seventeen-year history.
Indiana’s Bill Schumaker defeated New Jersey’s Gary Ostrega on the first hole of
sudden death after they had tied for first with 284s. Schumaker’s rounds were
73, 69, 72 and 70. Rick
Osberg put together a last round 68 to go with earlier rounds of 71,
74 and 73. His 286 total gave him a third place tie with Larry Gilbert and a
check for $11,000. First prize was $25,000. Ed
Dougherty posted a 289 and tied for eighth, winning $5,750.
Osberg and Dougherty
would have made the 1985 PGA Cup team but after twelve years of PGA Cup
Matches a decision had been made to skip the odd numbered years.
Pete Oakley (293) ended up in a fifteen-way tie
for 39th and won $675. The top 40 qualified for the 1985 PGA
Championship and the 1985 Club Professional Championship. The tiebreaker for
those that had tied for the last openings was their last round scores.
Oakley lost out with a last round of 73 as two
players who had shot 71s earned the 39th and 40th spots
into the PGA Championship and the Club Pro for 1985.
Dick Smith, Sr., Willie Scholl, Don DeAngelis, Dick Hendrickson, and
Jay Friedman missed the cut.
1984 Section Champion
Ron Rolfe and the North Hills Country Club hosted the Section
Championship in the third week of October. The tournament came down to a playoff
between perennial runner-up Jack Connelly
and Jim Masserio. Masserio led Monday’s
first round with a three under par 68 and he followed that up with a 74 to trail
the leader by one stroke. In the meantime Connelly
was four strokes off the lead after rounds of 72 and 73. On Wednesday
Masserio posted a 71 and
Connelly put together a 68 that left the two
pros tied at 213. There was a sudden-death playoff that same day which went to
the third hole after the two players had halved the first two holes with pars.
On the par three third hole Masserio was on
the green with his tee shot and Connelly was
bunkered. Masserio three putted from 50 feet
for a bogey. Connelly had played his bunker
shot onto the green twenty-five feet from the hole and he three putted for a
double bogey making Masserio the new Section
champion. Masserio took away a check for
$4,000 from the $22,300 purse and Connelly
won $2,500. The entry fee was $60. Ed Dougherty
now playing out of the Cobbs Creek Golf Club finished third at 214 one
stroke ahead of Harold Perry (215), who was
now the head professional at the Eagles Nest Golf Club.
The Challenge Cup matches sponsored by the Yamaha Golf Car Company were
expanded to include the Carolinas PGA Section as well as the Middle Atlantic
Section. The teams were also increased in the number of participants. There were
now 25 players on each team instead of twelve. The Foxfire Country Club in
Pinehurst, North Carolina hosted the matches in the first week of November. The
format was individual stroke play with the low 15 scores each day contributing
to the team score. The team score was represented by an 18-hole average. The
team members and the low individual scorers earned money from the $50,000 purse.
The Carolinas Section came out on top of the team competition with a total of
2,163 strokes an 18-hole average of 72.10. Philadelphia finished second with
2,190 strokes for an average of 72.87 and the Middle Atlantic took 2,222
strokes, which averaged 74.10. Each of the winning team members earned $300,
Philadelphia’s players each received $200 and the Middle Atlantic pros picked up
checks for $100. In the individual competition the Carolinas’ Jack Lewis
finished on top at 138 and earned $1,500. Three of Philadelphia’s team members
tied for second as Ed Dougherty, Frank Dobbs
and Dick Smith, Sr. posted 141s. They each
earned $900. The other members of the Philadelphia team were
Jack Connelly, Don DeAngelis,
Overbrook Golf Club assistant Larry Demers,
Gene Fieger, Gary Hardin,
Dick Hendrickson, Sherm
Keeney, Burlington Country Club professional
Michael Mack, Ted McKenzie,
Pete Oakley, Rick Osberg,
Philadelphia Country Club teaching professional
Tony Perla, Harold Perry,
Ken Peyre-Ferry, Wayne
Phillips, Tom Robertson, Burlington
Country Club assistant Butch Schmehl,
Willie Scholl, Steve Snyder
and along with seniors Sam Penecale
and Henry McQuiston.
The Section’s fall meeting and election of officers was held at the Americana
Host Farm Resort on the fifth Monday of October. Harry
Hammond moved up from secretary to president and
Ted McKenzie was reelected first vice
president. The professional from the White Manor Country Club,
Alan Flashner, was elected second vice
president and Ben Steele, the professional
at the Hershey’s Mill Golf Club, was elected secretary.
George McNamara was reelected treasurer.
Ted McKenzie was the "Golf Professional of the
Year". McKenzie had won the Section
Championship, hosted the Section Championship and for many years he had served
on the tournament committee, which he now chaired. He had been a member of the
old "Board of Control" and he was now serving as a Section officer. The "Player
of the Year" was Pete Oakley.
Oakley also won the DeBaufre Trophy with a
stroke average of 71.90 for the 17 designated rounds and he led the Yamaha
points competition with 125.32 points.
In mid November the PGA of America’s annual meeting was held at the Williams
Plaza in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Mickey Powell moved into the office of president and
James Ray Carpenter was elected vice president. Southern California’s Pat Reilly
was elected treasurer as he defeated Earl Maurer and Mack McCarley on the first
ballot. A key topic among the delegates was an urge for the PGA to get into the
business of leasing and managing golf facilities. The impetus for that came out
of the Club Relations committee. The committee’s platform also included starting
a PGA consulting service and the creation of field representatives to work on
employment. The classification of Junior A was changed to A-8 to eliminate the
stigma of the word junior. The delegates to the meeting were
Jack Connelly and
Harry Hammond. Dick Smith, Sr. was also
in attendance as the national vice president representing District II.
"Golf Professional of the Year"
With three tournaments left in the year Brett Upper
was 126th on the money list. The next week he made the cut and
won some money. In the next to last tournament of the year at Disney World he
birdied the last three holes of the third round to make the cut on the number in
the five round event. His winnings at Disney moved him into 124th
place on the year-long money list. The next week the PGA Tour was in Pensacola
for the last tournament of the year. The year came down to the last nine holes.
Upper made nine straight pars to tie for 44th,
earning him just enough money to finish in the #125 spot on the PGA Tour’s money
list. His winnings of $37,782 in 31 events allowed him to barely escape another
trip to the PGA Tour’s qualifying school. Jimmy Booros
and Greg Farrow were not so fortunate.
Booros played in 29 tournaments but he
finished 158th on the money list with $18,446.
Farrow was only able to play in nine events and
won just $590. Charlie Bolling got into five
tournaments and won $760.
Jimmy Booros had been exempt into the
final PGA Tour’s qualifying school but he failed to qualify there. It was
Booros’ ninth trip to what was becoming called
Q-School. He had been successful in 1976 and 1980 and had been on the PGA Tour
for five years.
There was a second PGA Seniors’ Championship in 1984 and it was also held at
the PGA National Golf Club. The tournament was played on the Champion Course in
early December. Australia’s Peter Thomson, a five-time British Open winner, led
from start to finish and picked up the largest check, $40,000, of his career.
Thomson’s (286) rounds of 67, 73, 74 and 72 brought him in three strokes in
front of Don January (287). Art Wall tied
for third at 292 with Lee Elder and Orville Moody. Wall
won $12,293 for his rounds of 70, 76, 73 and 73.
Stan Dudas (317) also made the cut and finished
61st, winning $560. Mike Souchak,
Henry McQuiston and Al
Besselink missed the cut. Souchak
and Wall were in the tournament as former
Ryder Cup Team members. Dudas and
McQuiston had qualified in the Section.
Besselink was in the tournament as a former
multiple-winner on the PGA Tour.
Don January led the PGA Senior Tour list for a second straight year with
$328,597. Art Wall was healthy again and
played in 18 tournaments on the PGA Senior Tour. It was evident that the Senior
Tour was becoming more than a series of exhibitions as
Wall earned $75,190 but he was only 18th on the money
list. Al Besselink won $12,404 in twelve
tournaments and Mike Souchak won $11,631 in
The leading money winner on the PGA Tour was Tom Watson with $476,260 and he
was also the PGA "Player of the Year". Calvin Peete won the Vardon Trophy with a
stroke average of 70.56 strokes per round.
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