A Chronicle of the Philadelphia Section PGA and Golf in the Philadelphia Area
by Peter C. Trenham
1980 to 1989
Go Back to 1980 - 1984... ...
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.
1985 - The Section’s spring meeting was held at the Americana Host Farm
Resort on the first Monday of April.In the
second full week of April Bernhard Langer became the third foreigner to win the
Masters Tournament. He was also only the third continental European to win a
major. He began with a 72 and a 74 but his weekend rounds were 68 and 68, which
gave him a 282 total and a two-stroke victory. Curtis Strange led by three
strokes with six holes to play but he made three bogeys and finished in a tie
for second at 284 with Raymond Floyd and Seve Ballesteros. First prize was
$126,000. Amateur Jay Sigel (296) finished tied for 44th and
Art Wall missed the cut.
After a four-year absence the PGA Tour was back in Philadelphia in mid May,
but it wasn’t the current headliners. It was the Senior PGA Tour, which had
grown from two tournaments in 1980 to thirty now. Arnold Palmer and Billy Casper
were on hand along with many other familiar faces from past Whitemarsh Valley
Opens. The Chester Valley Golf Club and their head professional
Jim Pavlik hosted the tournament, which was
called the United Hospitals Senior Golf Championship. The tournament offered a
purse of $200,000 with a $30,000 first prize. On Tuesday there was qualifying
just like the old PGA Tour but only for just seven places in the field.
Bill Bishop was one of the successful
qualifiers. Stan Dudas was in on a sponsor’s
exemption. Mike Souchak and
Art Wall were exempt off their positions on the
lifetime PGA Tour money list. When the United Hospitals Senior PGA Championship
got under way the 52 pros in the starting field played 54 holes of stroke play
without a cut. Thursday and Friday were pro-am days with Friday’s round counting
as part of the 54-hole score for the pros. The fee for an amateur to play in the
two-day pro-am was $1,250. Friday’s round was rained out and the tournament was
reduced to 36-holes. When the rounds counted it was Don January’s tournament. He
opened with a one under par 69 on Saturday that put him in a three-way tie for
the lead. January tacked on a 66 on Sunday for a total of 135 that left the
field behind. Al Balding finished five strokes back in second place at 140. Next
in line were Palmer and Miller Barber with 141s. Wall
led the Philadelphia Section pros with a 144 and won $4,800 for a ninth place
tie. Dudas tied for 24th with a
149 and won $2,000. Bishop put together a
150, winning $1,750 as he tied for 27th. Souchak
(152) tied for 35th and won $1,335. Other pros that were entered
and had been employed in the Philadelphia Section were Bill Collins, Sam
Snead, Jerry Barber, Charlie Sifford, Ted Kroll and Marty Furgol.
1985 to 1987
In mid May four of the five Section officers resigned over differences with
the Executive Director Jack Klein. The president Harry
Hammond along with Ben Steele, George
McNamara and Alan Flashner all
resigned. The only one who didn’t resign was the First Vice President
Ted McKenzie. Since
McKenzie was the only officer left he agreed to be president. Three
of the District Directors volunteered to be officers. The professional from the
Tavistock Country Club, Charles Genter,
accepted the secretary position; Bob Hibschman
moved up to first vice president and Gary Sohosky,
the professional at the Hershey Pocono Resort, became the
second vice president. A call was put in to the professional at the St. Davids
Golf Club, Pete Trenham, who had been the
treasurer on two other occasions and he agreed to serve in that capacity again.
On the third Monday of May local qualifying for the U.S. Open in Central
Pennsylvania was held at the Blue Mountain Golf Club.
Tom Robertson, now the professional at the Manada Golf Club,
and Brian Kelly, the assistant at the
Kennett Square Golf & Country Club, bested
47 pros and amateurs to tie for the medal at two under par 142. California
professional Mark Wiebe finished third at 143. Wiebe was in the area because his
in-laws lived in Allentown and he was entered in the Kemper Open near Washington
D.C. the next week. Danny O’Neill was next
with a 145. An amateur Scott Cole was one of five players who turned in
149s to tie for the last spot and he won the playoff.
Old York Road and Cedarbrook Country Club hosted the Philadelphia area’s
local qualifying for the U.S. Open on the third Tuesday of May. There were 101
pros and amateurs competing to move on to the sectional qualifying rounds in
early June. Greg Farrow, who was off the PGA
Tour and working as the assistant at the Links Golf Club, put together the low
total for the day by turning in a two under par 70 at Cedarbrook in the morning
and a par 71 at Old York Road in the afternoon for 141.
Harold Perry and an amateur from upstate
Pennsylvania tied for second with 142s. Gary
Hardin, now an assistant at the Skippack Golf
Club, was next at 143. Frank Dobbs,
Don DeAngelis, Pete Oakley,
amateur Buddy Marucci and amateur Mark Trauner all tied for fifth with 145s.
Four players with 146 totals, played off for the tenth and last spot.
Rick Osberg picked up that tenth spot by
defeating Charlie Bolling,
Jimmy Booros, who was now off the
PGA Tour and back as the professional at the Allentown Municipal Golf Course,
and Ed Dougherty, who was back at the
Edgmont Country Club as the teaching pro, in a sudden death playoff. Jay
Sigel was exempt from local qualifying as a member of the Walker Cup team.
On the first Monday of June Nittany Country Club’s
Danny O’Neill qualified for the U.S. Open at the Sharon Golf Club in
Sharon Center, Ohio. O’Neill (142) finished
second to Joey Sindelar (141) with a pair of 71s. There were seven openings at
Sharon and it took a score of 143 to qualify at Sharon.
Jay Sigel passed the sectional qualifying test for the U.S. Open at
West Orange, New Jersey.
The Eagle Lodge Golf Classic was played at Eagle Lodge Country Club in the
second week of June. The golf course had been completely redesigned and
lengthened considerably by Rees Jones. Rick Osberg
took home the winner’s check of $1,700 as he put together rounds of 70 on
Monday and 68 on Tuesday for a four under par 138.
Harold Perry and Jim Bromley, who
was now the assistant at the Whitemarsh Valley Country Club,
tied for second with 140s, two shots off the winning pace.
Willie Scholl, Sherm Keeney and
Dennis Milne tied for fourth with 141s. The
total purse was $11,500.
In mid June the U.S. Open was played at the Oakland Hills Country Club near
Detroit. With the help of the only double eagle in U.S. Open history, which came
in the second round, T.C. Chen took a two-stroke lead into the final round.
After four holes of the last round Chen held a four-stroke lead and it looked
like an Asian might with our Open for the first time. On the fifth hole Chen’s
second shot ended up in the rough near the green. When he played his third shot
his wedge stuck in the heavy grass and then released striking the ball twice. He
went on to make a quadruple bogey eight and left the green tied for the lead
with Andy North. From that time on he will always be remembered as two-chip
Chen. Chen also bogeyed the next three holes. North staggered in with a 74 to
nip Chen by one stroke who took 77 strokes in his last round. North won his
second U.S. Open with rounds of 70, 65, 70 and 74 for 279. Chen, Denis Watson
and Dave Barr tied for second with 280s. First prize was $103,000. Amateur
Jay Sigel (302) finished tied for 64th.
Danny O’Neill missed the cut.
Rick Osberg won the Susquehanna Valley
Open on the third Monday of June. He turned in a two-day even par score
of 69-71for 140 that edged out his employer Ted
McKenzie and Bob Huber who tied
for second with 142s. First prize was $1,000 out of a purse of $5,500. The
tournament was played at the Susquehanna Valley Country Club. It was the first
time that it was contested as a two-day tournament. For a number of years there
had been a pro-member tournament at the Susquehanna Valley Country Club on
Sunday followed by a one-day open event on Monday.
Dick Hendrickson qualified for the U.S.
Senior Open at the Squires Golf Club on the third Monday of June.
Hendrickson earned one of the two spots as
he tied for the medal with amateur Allan Sussel at two over par 72.
The U.S. Senior Open was played in late June at the Edgewood Tahoe Golf
Course in Nevada. Miller Barber won his second straight U.S. Senior Open and his
third in four years. Barber put together rounds of 71, 72, 71 and 71 for a three
under par 285 to finish four strokes ahead of Roberto De Vicenzo (289). Gay
Brewer finished third at 291. Peter Thomson and Walt Zembriski tied for fourth
with 294s. First prize was $40,199. The Philadelphia Section’s only
representative, Dick Hendrickson, missed the
Qualifying for the Philadelphia Open was at the Sunnybrook Golf Club on the
first Monday of July. Sunnybrook assistant Kevin
Whitlow won the tournament with a two under par 70 and led the
qualifying. Bob Pfister,
the professional at the Llanerch Country Club,
and Pete Oakley tied for second with
71s. Don DeAngelis and
Dennis Milne posted 72s and tied for fourth.
First prize was $800.
Brian Kelly defeated Rick Osberg
in a sudden-death playoff to win the Philadelphia Section Assistant Pro
Championship. Kelly won with a par on the
first extra hole. They had finished the 36-holes of regulation play tied at four
over par 144. Seaview Country Club assistant Mike
Moses, Saucon Valley Country Club assistant
Rick Flesher, Butch Schmehl and Pine Valley
Golf Club assistant Tom McCarthy tied for
third at 146. The tournament was played at the Chester Valley Country Club on
the fourth Monday of July. Kelly’s rounds
were 72-72 and Osberg’s were 76-68.
Sunnybrook Golf Club hosted the Philadelphia Open on the fourth Tuesday of
July. Jim Masserio (141) posted the low
round of the day with a two under par 70 in his morning round and backed that up
with a 71 in the afternoon for a one stroke win over
Kevin Whitlow (142). Whitlow
played what appeared to be two steady rounds of 71 but what didn’t show up in
the 18-hole totals was a five over par finish on the last three holes of the
day. Tom Robertson ended up in third place
with a score of 145. Next in line came amateur Todd Anderson at 146.
Seven players tied for fifth with 147s. The purse totaled $7,610 and
Masserio took home a check for $1,470. The
entry fee was $55.
The Cherry Hills Country Club near Denver, Colorado hosted the PGA
Championship in the second week of August. Former Merion Golf Club assistant
Hubert Green came from behind and then fought off Lee Trevino for the win.
Green’s rounds were 67, 69, 70 and 72 for 278 against Trevino’s 290
(66-68-75-71). Andy Bean and T.M. Chen tied for third with 281s. First prize was
$125,000. Brett Upper posted a 294 and won
$1,764 for a tie for 54th. Rick Osberg
and Ed Dougherty missed the cut.
Upper was in the field off his standing on
the PGA Tour money list. Dougherty and
Osberg had earned their spots for their
outstanding showings in the PGA Club Professional Championship the previous
Won Pennsylvania Open
The Pennsylvania Open was held at the Philadelphia Country Club in mid
August. For the first time qualifying was held to determine the starting field.
Qualifying was held at three sites in the state for the non-exempt entries.
There were qualifying places open for 50 pros and 25 amateurs. All former
Pennsylvania Open winners, the money winners from the 1984 championship and the
host professional were exempt.
Don DeAngelis posted the low score, a 68, in
Monday’s first round. DeAngeis came back
with a steady par round of 71 on Tuesday but it only got him a tie for the top
spot at 139. Gene Fieger, now an assistant
at the Edgmont Country Club, had put together rounds of 69 and 70 for his
139 total. They went into a sudden-death playoff on the Country Club’s first
hole. Fieger hit his second shot over the
green and DeAngelis put his close to the
flagstick. Fieger pitched back onto the
green just outside of DeAngelis and missed
his par putt. DeAngelis holed his six-footer
for a birdie and the Pennsylvania Open title. First prize was $2,700 from the
$15,000 purse. Pittsburgh’s Frank Fuhrer finished third at 141, one stroke ahead
of Ed Dougherty, Jack Connelly and Jay
Sigel who tied for fifth with 143s.
The sixth annual Delaware Valley Open ended regulation play with
Harold Perry, Gary Hardin and
Noel Caruso tied
for first with five under par 139s. There was a sudden death playoff that didn’t
end until seven holes had been played. Hardin
went out on the first hole but Perry and
Caruso continued to tie hole after hole
until Perry made a birdie the seventh extra
hole to win the $2,000 first prize. Perry’s
rounds were 69-70, Caruso turned in 68-71
and Hardin also scored 68-71.
Dick Hendrickson and
Pete Oakley tied for fourth at 141. The tournament was played on a
Monday and Tuesday in the fourth week of August and the Hi-Point Golf Club
hosted the tournament again.
Qualifying for the PGA Club Professional Championship was held during the
Delaware Valley Open. Harold Perry hadn’t
entered the tournament and Noel Caruso
wasn’t a PGA member yet so Gary Hardin
captured the medalist honors with a 68 and a 71 for 139.
Dick Hendrickson and
Pete Oakley picked up the second and third spots with 141s.
Tom Robertson was next at 142 and
Dennis Milne qualified with a 143.
Jack Connelly made the grade with a 145 and
Ken Peyre-Ferry won the last spot with a 146.
Ed Dougherty and
Rick Osberg were exempt off their finishes in the PGA Club Pro
Championship the year before.
In the second week of September Stu Ingraham
made it into the winner’s circle for the first time at the $20,060 Whitford
Classic. The Whitford Country Club was hosting the two-day event for the 11th
straight year. Ingraham picked up a check
for $2,500 as he put together rounds of 69 and 70 for a five under par 139.
Gene Fieger and Noel
Caruso tied for second with 141s one stroke ahead of
Don DeAngelis (142) and
Rick Osberg (142).
Qualifying for the PGA Seniors’ Championship was held during the second round
of the Whitford Classic. Dick Hendrickson
and Bill Bishop won the two available spots.
Dick Hendrickson, who had just turned 50
and Ed Kramer, who was the professional at
the Roosevelt Golf Club, tied for the Philadelphia Section PGA Senior
Championship at the Oak Terrace Country Club on he third Monday of September.
They finished the 18-hole round with three over par 74s and
Hendrickson won with a par on the second hole
of a sudden-death playoff.
The Pennsylvania PGA Championship was played at the Toftrees Resort & Country
Club in the third week of September. The title and the $2,000 first place check
returned to the Tri-State Section as Bob Ford won the tournament for a second
time with rounds of 71 and 69 for 140. There was a three-way tie for second as
the host pro Jim Masserio, Ed Dougherty and
Rick Osberg all finished with 142s. The
total purse was $14,850 and the entry fee was $58.
1985 Section Champion
Rick Osberg won the Philadelphia Section Championship at the Eagle
Lodge Country Club in the fourth week of September. Cigna Corporation, the owner
of Eagle Lodge, sponsored the tournament. Through the efforts of the host
professional Eddie Bohla and Cigna the
Section’s members were playing for the largest purse in the 64-year history of
the Section’s Championship, $40,000. The size of the purse also attracted a
large entry, as there were 111 Section members in the starting field. The course
measured 6,658 yards. The nines were reversed for the tournament so that the
last hole, a par three, would finish right in front of the clubhouse.
Osberg opened up with a three under par 68 on
Monday and followed it up with a 69 on Tuesday. He trailed
Wayne Phillips, the tournament leader who had
rounds of 69 and 65, by three strokes. In the final round on Wednesday
Phillips, Osberg and
Ed Dougherty were paired together at the backend of the field.
Osberg put together another solid round of 67
for a nine under par 204 to win by two strokes. First prize was $7,000.
Dougherty had a chance to win but he
double-bogeyed the 52nd hole and finished second at 206. He posted
three steady rounds of 70, 68 and 68 to win $4,000.
Jimmy Booros finished third at 207 one stroke in front of
Phillips (208). The entry fee was
Club Professional Championship
Ed Dougherty won the PGA Club Professional Championship at the La
Quinta Hotel Golf Club in LaQuinta, California. The tournament was played in the
second week of October on the Dunes, Mission Hills Old course and the Mission
Hills New course. Dougherty put together
four solid rounds to finish two strokes in front of Nebraska’s Jim White (279).
Dougherty began with a 69 on the Dunes
course; shot another 69 on the Mission Hills Old course, turned in a 68 on the
Mission Hills New course and back on the Dunes course for the final round he
finished with a 71. Dougherty’s 277 earned
him a check for $27,500 from the $235,000 purse. Rick Acton finished third at
280 and Kevin Morris was next at 281. Pete Oakley
tied for 16th at 287 and won $3,750.Gary
Hardin (290) tied for 35th, winning $1,037.
Dougherty’s finish qualified him for the 1986 PGA Cup team and by
finishing in the top 40 Dougherty,
Oakley and Hardin
qualified for the 1986 PGA Championship and the 1986 PGA Club Professional
Championship. Rick Osberg, Jack Connelly, Dick
Hendrickson, Ken Peyre-Ferry, Dennis Milne and
Tom Robertson missed the cut.
"Golf Professional of the Year"
At the Section’s fall meeting on the fourth Monday of October
Ted McKenzie was retained as the Section
president. The meeting was held at the Americana Host Farm Resort.
Bob Hibschman and Pete
Trenham were elected first and second vice presidents.
Charles Genter was returned to the office of
secretary and Gary Sohosky
was elected treasurer. Mike Swisher was
the "Golf Professional of the Year". He was the Central Counties Chapter
president for three years. Swisher had been
the professional at Lebanon for seventeen years and the junior golf leader in
Central Pennsylvania. There was a waiting list for the chance to work under him
at Lebanon. Rick Osberg was the "Player of
the Year" and the Yamaha Points leader. Pete Oakley’s
name was engraved on the DeBaufre Trophy for a third time and the second
straight year. He finished the year with an average of 71.30 strokes per round
for the designated tournaments. The Section awarded a new honor that year, "The
Teacher of the Year". Morrie
Holland, long time teaching professional at the
Saucon Valley Country Club was the honoree.
The Yamaha Challenge Cup matches were played at the Great Bay Country Club in
early November. The matches had returned to a dual match between the
Philadelphia Section and the Middle Atlantic Section. There were 26 players on
each team instead of the twelve players that the teams had been composed of for
many years. Philadelphia took 8 ½ to 4 ½ point lead after Tuesday’s first round
of 13 better-ball matches. The winning teams for Philadelphia were
Tim DeBaufre-Pat McLaughlin, assistant at
the Colonial Country Club, Tony Perla-George Forster,
the professional at the Radnor Valley Country Club,
Steve Snyder-Jimmy Booros, Tom Robertson-Dick Smith, Sr., Jim Bromley-Frank
Dobbs, Wayne Phillips-Gary Hardin, Dennis Milne-Noel Caruso and the
senior team of Henry McQuiston-Bill Bishop.
The team of Jack Connelly-Harold
Perry halved their match. On Wednesday there
were 26 singles matches. Bob Hibschman, Brian Kelly,
Pete Oakley, Bob Pfister, Kevin Whitlow, Bishop, Booros, Caruso, Connelly,
DeBaufre, Milne, Perry, Snyder, Robertson
and Smith, Sr. won their matches
while John Poole and
McLaughlin halved with their opponents. That
made the final tally 24 ½ points for Philadelphia against 14 ½ for the Middle
Atlantic. The other members of the team were Willie
Maples and Don DeAngelis. As the
tournament chairman, Bob Hibschman was the
captain of the team. After sixteen challenge matches against the Middle Atlantic
Section Philadelphia now led with 11 wins against five loses.
Ed Dougherty and Rick
Osberg weren’t available for the matches as they were playing in a
tournament in Florida.
The PGA of America’s national meeting was held at the PGA Sheraton Resort in
Palm Beach Gardens, Florida in mid November. President Mickey Powell, Vice
President James Ray Carpenter and Treasurer Pat Reilly were reelected without
opposition. The PGA now had three field representatives working with the PGA
Sections on employment. A PGA scholarship fund was established to award one
scholarship in each PGA Section to a child or grandchild of a PGA member.
Mississippi State University was selected as the second university to offer a
golf management program. There were now 9,107 PGA members and 4,960 registered
apprentices. The national office had a staff of over 60 employees. The delegates
to the meeting were Ted McKenzie and
Pete Trenham. Dick Smith, Sr. was also at
the meeting as the national vice president representing District II.
Ed Dougherty earned the PGA Club Professional Player of the Year
honors. The award was based on his finish in various tournaments that were open
to club professionals along with his victory at the PGA Club Professional
Championship. Pete Oakley finished ninth.
In the third week of November Stu Ingraham
and Charlie Bolling
qualified for the PGA Tour.Ingraham
tied for ninth with rounds of 73, 73, 71, 69, 67 and 71 for a six round total of
424. Bolling tied for 20th after
posting rounds of 73, 68, 72, 67, 75 and 74 for a 429 total. Fifty players
earned playing privileges on the PGA Tour. The medallist was Tom Seickmann who
finished at 416. The host club was the Greenelefe Golf and Tennis Club’s South
and West courses in Haines City, Florida.
The PGA Tour’s leading money winner was Curtis Strange with $542,321, the PGA
"Player of the Year" was Lanny Wadkins and Don Pooley won the Vardon Trophy with
a stroke average of 70.36 strokes per round. Brett
Upper had a solid year with earnings of
$136,187 in 31 starts. That put him in 61st place on the money list.
During the year Upper finished in the top
twelve ten times. Jimmy Booros played in
three events and won $1,055.
Peter Thomson led the PGA Senior Tour money list
with $386,724. Art Wall
won $49,484 in 17 tournaments, which good for 31st place on the money
list. Mike Souchak won $20,335 in twelve
events and Al Besselink
won $12,639 in thirteen tournaments.
1986 - Ed Dougherty won the PGA
Stroke Play Championship in January during the Winter Tournament Program at the
PGA National Golf Club. Dougherty had won
the Match Play tournament in 1984 and he was the sixth player to win the two
titles in the 33-year history of the Winter Tournament Program. The tournament
was played on the Champion and Haig courses. With rounds of 69, 72 and 74
Dougherty trailed Indiana’s Bill Shumaker by
one stroke going into the final round and after a 40 on the front nine of the
Haig Course he trailed by four. On the back nine
Dougherty put together a 34 against Shumaker’s 38 and they were tied
at one over par 289. Dougherty grabbed the
win and a check for $5,000 with a par five on the first hole of sudden death.
Ray Freeman finished third at 292 and Kirk Hanefeld was fourth with a 293.
Pete Oakley (296) tied for sixth. There were
400 entries and the total purse was $40,000.
The PGA Seniors’ Championship was
played in mid February and it was at the PGA National Golf Club’s Champion
Course again. There was no Seniors’ Championship in 1985 with the last one
having been contested in December of 1984. Gary Player won the
championship with rounds of 68, 68, 73 and 72 for a 281 total. First prize was
$45,000. Lee Elder finished second at 283. Jim King and Charlie Owens tied for
third with 290s. Dick Hendrickson tied for
26th with rounds of 79, 74, 72 and 78 (303) and picked up a check for
$1,800. Al Besselink (313) tied for 53rd
and won $655. Mike Souchak (315) also made
the cut and won $595 for a tie at 61st. Art
Wall and Bill Bishop missed the
cut. Hendrickson and
Bishop had qualified in the Philadelphia
Section at the Whitford Classic. Wall and
Souchak were exempt as former members of the
Ryder Cup Team. Besselink was exempt as a
career multiple winner on the PGA Tour.
The Section’s spring meeting was held at the Americana Host Farm Resort &
Golf Club on the first Monday of April. The Philadelphia Section’s national
director from District II, Dick Smith, Sr.,
reported on national affairs. Also in attendance was the PGA of America’s field
representative, Greg Shreaves. The field representative’s duties were to
work with the various PGA Sections’ employment chairmen, like
John Poole. Four years later Shreaves
would be the Section’s executive director.
Twenty-three years after
winning his first Masters Tournament 46-year-old Jack Nicklaus won his sixth
green jacket. The tournament was played in the first full week of April. After
beginning with rounds of 74, 71 and 69 Nicklaus came from behind the last day
with a 30 on the last nine for a 65. His 279 score nipped Greg Norman (280), who
bogeyed the last hole, and Tom Kite (280) by one stroke. Seve Ballesteros
finished fourth at 281. First prize was $144,000. Amateur Jay Sigel, who
was in the Masters field as a quarter-finalist in the 1985 U.S. Amateur,
missed the cut.
In mid May Gary Player went back to the vintage putter that he had
used to win the 1962 PGA Championship at the Aronimink Golf Club and won again.
His victory came at the United Hospitals Senior PGA Championship at the Chester
Valley Golf Club where the host professional was Jim
Pavlik. Player led all the way with rounds of 66, 70 and 70
for a four under par 206 that edged out Bob Charles (207) and Lee Elder (207) by
one stroke. On the last hole Player’s second shot with an 8-iron went
well over the green. Player pitched back with a wedge and holed a
five-foot putt for the win and $30,000. Bruce Crampton finished fourth at 208.
The attendance was up by 5,000 to 30,000. Dick
Hendrickson tied for 24th with a score of 219.
Hendrickson was in the field on a sponsor’s
Rob Shuey, the assistant at the Blue
Ridge Country Club, led the local qualifying for the U.S. Open in Central
Pennsylvania. The qualifying rounds were played at his home course on the third
Monday of May. Shuey put together a morning
70 and an afternoon 71 for a three under par 141 to lead 67 professionals and
amateurs. Stu Ingraham, who was home from
the PGA Tour, finished second at 144 and Jim
Masserio was next in line with a 146. Tied with 147s were
Tom Robertson, who shot a 69 in the morning
that was low for the day, and Mickey
Sokalski, the assistant at the Allentown
Municipal Golf Club. Danny O’Neill, who
posted a 148, won a four-man playoff to wrap up the sixth and last spot.
Local qualifying for the U.S. Open in the Philadelphia area was held at the
Medford Village Country Club and the Woodcrest Country Club on the third Tuesday
of May. Playing in the rain Charlie Bolling
shot an even par 72 at Medford Village in his morning round and a three under
par 69 at Woodcrest in the afternoon. His 141 earned him medalist honors by four
strokes over Gene Fieger (145), who was now
an assistant at the Penn Oaks Country Club. Pete Oakley
was next with a 146, Gary Hardin, who
was now the teaching pro at the Cedarbrook Country Club, finished fourth
at 147 and Todd Anderson,
who had turned pro and was playing the mini-tours, earned the fifth spot
with a 148. Willie Scholl and
Greg Farrow tied for the sixth place with 149s.
There was a three-way tie at 150 for the eighth and last spot, which
Butch Schmehl, the professional at the
Moorestown Field Club won. Schmehl
eliminated Bobby Huber and
Jack Connelly in a
sudden death playoff. Ed Dougherty was
exempt from local qualifying as the PGA Club Professional champion.
Brett Upper was exempt from local qualifying as
a fully exempt player on the PGA Tour.
In early June Greg Farrow and
qualified for the U.S. Open. Farrow had
qualified locally in the Philadelphia area. Ed
Dougherty was exempt from local and sectional qualifying for having
won the 1985 PGA Club Professional Championship.
Dick Hendrickson won the Philadelphia Section Senior Championship
at the Oak Terrace Country Club on the second Friday of June.
Hendrickson shot an even par 71 to win by three
strokes over the Pitman Golf Club teaching professional
Ed Kramer (74). The Mays Landing Golf Club
teaching professional Harvey Smith and the
Moselem Springs professional Henry Williams, Jr.
tied for third with 76s. First prize was $250.
After 90 years the U.S. Open returned to Shinnecock Hills Golf Club on the
eastern end of Long Island in mid June. The first day’s weather was like
Scotland and half of the field didn’t break 75 but the weather cleared for the
last three days. At 4 p.m. on Sunday nine players were tied for the lead and
none of them was Raymond Floyd. Floyd played holes #11 through #16 in three
under par and everyone else fell back. When he made pars on the last two holes
he was the winner of another major. Floyd’s rounds were 75, 68, 70 and 66 for
279. Chip Beck and Lanny Watkins both shot 65 in the last round to finish tied
for second with 281s. Hal Sutton and Lee Trevino tied for fourth with 282s.
First prize was $115,000. Brett Upper,
Greg Farrow, and Ed
Dougherty missed the cut.
On the third Monday of June Ed Dougherty
took home a check for $800 from the two-day Susquehanna Valley Open. His 66-68
for a six under par score of 134 on the Susquehanna Valley Country Club course
gave him a three-stroke margin of victory over Jimmy
Booros (137). Harold Perry
finished third at 138 one stroke ahead of Ted McKenzie
Stan Dudas qualified for the U.S.
Senior Open at the Chester Valley Golf Club on the third Monday of June.
Art Wall and Mike
Souchak were exempt.
Dale Douglas won the U.S. Senior Open in the last week of June. Scioto
Country Club in Columbus, Ohio hosted the tournament. Douglas shot a first round
five under par 66 and then added rounds of 72, 68 and 73 as he went on to post a
279 total that nipped Gary Player (280) by one stroke. Harold Henning
finished third at 281. Bruce Crampton and Peter Thomson tied for fourth with
283s. First prize was $42,500. Art Wall
(296) tied for 30th as he posted rounds of 75, 76, 72 and 73, winning
$2,289. Stan Dudas (298) finished two
strokes farther back in 35th place and won $2,079.
Mike Souchak missed the cut. First prize was
The $12,200 Eagle Lodge Classic was played at the Eagle Lodge Country Club
and concluded on the first of July. Pete Oakley,
who had just won the Delaware State Open, led after Monday’s round with a
six under par 65. On Tuesday Ed Dougherty
caught and passed Oakley to win by one
stroke. Dougherty’s rounds were 70 and 67
for a 137 total. Oakley and
Gary Hardin tied for second at 138 one
stroke ahead of Jack Connelly First prize
Willie Scholl qualified for the PGA Seniors’ Championship
at Plymouth Country Club on the fourth Monday of July.
Scholl made an eagle three on the 8th
hole and birdied the 18th hole for a two under par 70.
Sam Penecale and Henry
McQuiston tied for the first alternate position with 73s.
Penecale won the first alternate spot in a
draw. The Section assistants’ championship was played there the same day.
Art Wall and Mike
Souchak were exempt as former Ryder Cup Team members.
Al Besselink was exempt as a career winner of
two or more tournaments on the PGA Tour.
Also on the fourth Monday of July, the Philadelphia Assistant Pro
Championship was being played at the Plymouth Country Club.
Ray Silnik shot a two under par 70 to win the
title by one stroke over six players. Rolling Green Golf Club teaching
professional Frank Palumbo, Gene Fieger, Rick Osberg,
Butch Schmehl, who was now the assistant at the
Moorestown Field Club, Saucon Valley Country Club assistant
Bob Leeman and Tom
Hilbert all posted 71s. First prize from the
purse that was sponsored by the George Izett Golf Company was $600.
Jay Sigel won the Philadelphia Open to tie
George Fazio with five Philly Open wins. Torresdale-Frankford Country
Club hosted the tournament on the last Tuesday of July. Sigel led after a
morning 67 and an afternoon 69 put him in the clubhouse two strokes in front of
the field at four under par 136. Sigel only had one over par hole for the
day, a double-bogey on #8 in the morning round. Don
DeAngelis (138) took the top money prize of $1,600 with rounds of 68
and 70. DeAngelis bogeyed two of his last
three holes. Another amateur Chris Lange, finished third alone at 142.
Rick Osberg was next in fourth place at 144 one
stroke ahead of Jack Connelly (145),
Gary Hardin (145) and Noel Caruso
(145). The total purse was $8,645 and the entry fee was $60.
Bob Tway came from nine strokes behind Greg Norman after two rounds to win
the PGA Championship. The tournament was held at the Inverness Club in Toledo,
Ohio in the second week of August. Tway started with rounds of 72 and 70, then
he posted a 64 to pick up five strokes on Norman. Due to weather problems
Sunday’s round wasn’t completed until Monday. Tway was paired with Norman and
when they reached the last hole they were even. Tway put his second shot in the
front bunker on #18 and Norman’s second shot spun back into the front rough.
Tway holed his bunker shot and Norman wound up with a bogey after trying to hole
out his chip. Tway’s last round was a 70 for 276 and Norman finished at 278.
Norman held the lead at some point in every major that year and didn’t win any.
Peter Jacobson was next at 279 and D.A. Weibring finished fourth at 280. First
prize was $140,000. Brett Upper tied for 36th
at 289 and won $3,400. Upper was there off
his position on the PGA Tour money list. Pete Oakley,
Gary Hardin and Ed Dougherty, who
had all earned their spots in the starting field by finishing in the top 40 at
the PGA Club Professional Championship, missed the cut.
The Pennsylvania Open was played in the western part of the state and the
title ended up there also. Oakmont Country Club hosted the tournament in the
second week of August. Frank Fuhrer a member at the Pittsburgh Field Club who
played on various professional tours led all the way with rounds of 68 and 72
for 140 and a four-stroke victory. Titusville’s Dick Von Tacky, Jr. finished
second at 140. Bob Ford finished third with rounds of 69 and 76 for 145 one
stroke ahead of two other western Pennsylvania pros, John Aubrey (146) and Joe
Boros (146). The purse was $15,000 and first prize was $2,500. None of the
Philadelphia pros finished in the top five. The low finisher from the
Philadelphia Section was Jim Masserio who
posted a 148 and tied for seventh.
Ed Dougherty added the Delaware Valley
Open to his list of victories in late August. On Monday he toured the Spring
Mill Country Club course in a course record 63 strokes, which featured nine
birdies and nine pars. He came back on Tuesday with a 69. His twelve under par
132 total won by nine strokes over Jimmy Booros
(141) and Brian Kelly (141).
Bob Hibschman and Dick Smith, Sr.
tied for third with 143s. First prize from the $11,500 purse was $2,000.
Whitford Country Club assistant Noel Caruso
won the E.B. Westlake Memorial on his home course on the second Monday of
September. Caruso shared the lead after
Sunday’s round with three others at 70. On Monday he put together a four under
par 68, which was the low round of the tournament. Only one other player broke
70 during the two-day tournament. His 138 brought him in with a four-stroke
cushion over the rest of the field. Tom Robertson
ended up alone in second place at 142 two strokes in front of
Harold Sweigart (144), the professional at
the Ingleside Manor Golf Club. Willie Scholl, Bob Huber
and Don DeAngelis tied for fourth with
146s. Caruso picked up a check for $2,500
form the $18,000 purse.
1986 Section Champion
Even though the Section Championship offered a record purse in 1985 it was
doubled for 1986. The Eagle Lodge Country Club hosted the tournament again and
the purse was now $80,000. The entry fee was still $60. This was a record amount
for any PGA Section Championship in the country. The increase was all due to the
untiring promotion by the host professional Eddie Bohla
and his employer the Cigna Corporation. In addition to Cigna, 46
Philadelphia area Dodge automobile dealers were now cosponsoring the event. The
tournament was played at the Eagle Lodge Country Club in the third week of
September. Ed Dougherty skipped the PGA Cup
Matches, which were played every two years against a team of club professionals
from Great Britain and Ireland, for the Section Championship. On Thursday in the
first round of the tournament Gary Hardin
jumped out to a three-stroke lead with a five under par 66. The next day
Dougherty birdied five of the first six holes
and posted a 67 to go with a first round 71. That gave him a four-stroke lead
going into the final round. After the second round the field was cut to the low
60 and ties. On Saturday the players took a break for a pro-am to assist Cigna
and Dodge in entertaining their customers. The final round was played on Sunday
and Dougherty just kept forging ahead. He
turned in a 66 and matched Rick Osberg’s
winning total of 204 from the year before. Jack
Connelly brought in a 68 to go with his first two rounds of 72 and 72
and finished second at 212. It was the sixth time that
Connelly had been the runner-up in the Section Championship.
Osberg, Harold Sweigart and
Jimmy Booros tied for third at 214 one stroke
ahead of Hardin (215) and
Tom Robertson (215). First prize was
$12,000 and second was $9,000.
The Pennsylvania PGA Championship was played at the Toftrees Resort & Golf
Club on the last two days of September. Host professional
Jim Masserio led by two strokes after the first
round with a two under par 70 but he slipped to a 73 in the second round. Valley
Brook Country Club professional John Rech put together rounds of 72 and 71 for a
143, which left him tied with Masserio at
the end of regulation play. In a sudden-death playoff Rech defeated
Masserio with a birdie four on the second hole
after they had both made pars on the first hole. Rick
Osberg, Mike Moses, now an assistant at
the Eagle Lodge Country Club, and Dale Loeslein tied for third at 146.
The total purse was $17,000 and first prize was $2,200.
On the first Sunday of October the first Burlington Classic was held at the
Burlington Country Club. The first two Burlington Classics were one day pro-ams
with an individual purse for the professionals. More than twenty-five years
later the tournament was still being played as two-day events with more than 200
players in the Sunday pro-am. Pete Trenham
won the tournament as he shot a 29 on the back nine to finish with a
four-under-par 66. Greg
Farrow finished second with a 68 and Ken
Peyre-Ferry was next at 69. John
Carson finished fourth at 71.
The PGA Club Professional Championship was held at the PGA West
LaQuinta Hotel & Resort in the first week of October. The new PGA West Stadium
course along with the La Quinta Mountain and Mission Hills Old courses were used
for the tournament. Bob Lendzion took the title home to Vermont with four
straight 71s for a score of 284 and a one stroke win. First prize was $30,000
from a purse of $325,000. Bob Betley finished second at 285. Tom Wargo, Dana
Quigley and David Glenz tied for third with 286s. Pete
Oakley tied for 15th at 292 and he won $4,000.
Jim Booros and Ed
Dougherty tied for 43rd with 296s and they each won $771.
Harold Perry (300) tied for 75th
and won $567. Don DeAngelis, Bob Hibschman, Dick Smith,
Sr. and Butch Schmehl missed the
Section’s 1st PGA Master Pro
On October 15th Bob Intrieri,
the professional at the Penn State University Golf Club, became the
Section’s first "PGA Master Professional". His subject of his 62-page thesis was
"The Golf School". Intrieri had spent four winters studying the operations of 14
of the country’s most popular and successful golf schools and camps. He also
wrote an instruction manual for the Penn State University’s golf schools.
In early November the Challenge Cup match between the Philadelphia Section
and the Middle Atlantic Section was held at the Hunt Valley Golf Club near
Baltimore. For the third year there were 26 Section members on each team. In the
four-ball matches on Tuesday the Middle Atlantic took an 8-1/2 to 4-1/2 point
lead. Rain arrived on Wednesday and it didn’t let up. The 26 singles matches
were washed out before they began and the Middle Atlantic Section came away with
the win. The point winners for Philadelphia were the teams of
Miguel Biamon, the assistant at the
Whitemarsh Valley Country Club &
Ray Silnik, Ben Lesniak, the assistant at the Llanerch Country Club
& Noel Caruso, Tom Robertson &
Gene Fieger and Jack Connelly &
Pete Oakley. Frank Dobbs, now back at Spring-Ford Country Club as the
assistant, and Pat McLaughlin halved
their match. The other Philadelphia team members were
Jimmy Booros, Dave Craig, the assistant at the Doylestown Country
Club, Don DeAngelis, Jay Friedman, Gary Hardin, Bob
Hibschman, Brian Kelly, Dennis Milne, Rick Osberg, Tony Perla, Dick Smith, Sr.,
Steve Snyder, Harold Sweigart and Pete
Trenham along with seniors Henry McQuiston
and Bill Bishop. After seventeen
challenge matches against the Middle Atlantic Section Philadelphia now led with
eleven wins against six loses.
Ed Dougherty hadn’t been available for the Challenge Cup match
with the Middle Atlantic Section. He was in LaQuinta, California playing in the
Wilson Club Professional Classic, which ended on the second Sunday in November.
The tournament was held on the PGA West Arnold Palmer Course. The field was made
up of 40 of the 41 Section champions and seven PGA Cup Team members who had not
otherwise qualified. In the first round he made five birdies and eagled the 18th
hole for a five-under-par 67. That gave him a two-stroke lead, which he didn’t
surrender. Dougherty tacked on three rounds
of 71 to finish at 280, one stroke in front of Gibby Gilbert (281) and two ahead
of Wheeler Stewart (282). Brad Bryant and Rick Acton tied for fourth at 284.
First prize was $10,000. The total purse was $100,000.
"Golf Professional of the Year"
At the Section’s annual meeting hosted by the Host Farm Resort & Golf Club
Ted McKenzie was reelected president.
Bob Hibschman was also reelected first
president and Charles Raudenbush, the
professional at the Pine Valley Golf Club, was elected second vice
president. Charles Genter was reelected
secretary and Pete Trenham moved to
treasurer. The "Golf Professional of the Year" was Tom
Smith. Smith had served as a Section officer and he had been the
chairman of the tournament committee. He had created the Delaware Valley Open in
1980 and had hosted the tournament each year. He also started a winter golf
league for pros and amateurs that became very successful.
Ed Dougherty was the ‘Player of the Year" and
he won the DeBaufre Trophy with a stroke average of 69.10 that set a new
standard. In the 23 years that the DeBaufre Trophy had been awarded no one had
ever finished the year with a stroke average under 70.00. The Section’s "Teacher
of the Year" was Hanover Country Club head professional,
The PGA Tour’s "all exempt tour" had pushed many longtime touring pros like
Ed Dougherty off the tour and the PGA Tour’s
Q-School was their only way back. In the first week of December the PGA West’s
Stadium Course and the La Quinta Resort’s Dunes Course near Palm Springs,
California hosted the qualifying school. Dougherty
earned his way back onto the PGA Tour as he tied for the last spot with
rounds of 71, 78, 66, 73, 74 and 72 for a tie for 49th at 434.
Fifty-three players earned their playing cards and the medalist was Steve Jones
who finished at 415. Since Dougherty had
qualified at the end of the group he probably wouldn’t get into many tournaments
until summer when the stars began taking some time off.
In early December Jack Klein resigned after nine years as the Section’s
Executive Director. He left a legacy of having done an outstanding job of
promoting the Section’s tournament program.
Dick Smith, Sr. was elected secretary of the PGA of America at the
national meeting. The meeting was held at Indianapolis, Indiana in the second
week of December. This meant that he was on the way to being president of the
PGA. His brother Tom Smith gave his
nomination speech. The office was now called secretary instead of
treasurer. The vice president was now in charge of finances and the secretary
was in charge of membership matters. The PGA Board of Directors had proposed the
change because they felt like the officer who had had two years in office would
have more knowledge of PGA finances. A five-time Philadelphia Section champion
he had been an officer in the Section for six years and president of the Section
for three of those years. He had just completed a three-year term as a national
vice president representing District II. Smith
won out over Tennessee’s Harry "Cotton" Berrier and Central New York’s Earl
Maurer. The delegates to the national meeting were Ted
McKenzie and Charles Genter.
Several other Section members attended the meeting in order to lend assistance
in Smith’s campaign for secretary. The
Philadelphia Section members hosted a hospitality suite each day, which the
other delegates were able visit and speak to Smith
about his plans for the PGA. James Ray Carpenter was elected president and Pat
Reilly was elected vice president. PGA Tour commissioner Dean Beman spoke on the
health of the PGA Tours. The meeting was held at the Hyatt Regency hotel in the
second week of December.
The leading money winner on the PGA Tour was Greg Norman with $653,296, the
PGA "Player of the Year" was Bob Tway and Scott Hoch won the Vardon Trophy with
a stroke average of 70.08 strokes per round. Brett
Upper put together a decent year on the PGA Tour with earnings of
$94,918 in 32 tournaments. That was good for 89th on the money list
and entry into next year’s events. A tie for fourth at the Tournament Players
Championship in April and a tie for eighth at Westchester were the high points
of the year for him. Charlie Bolling had a
successful year also as he won $88,328 in 34 events and finished in 96th
place. Ed Dougherty made it into eight
events and won $11,743. Gary Hardin won
$1,000 in one event.
Bruce Crampton led the PGA Senior Tour money
list with $454,299. Art Wall finished 29th
winning $60,456 in twenty events. Mike Souchak
played in sixteen events and won $31,149, which was good for 49th.
Dick Hendrickson played in three events and
won $5,069. Stan Dudas also played in three
events and won $4,729. Al Besselink got into
six events and won $3,552.
1987 - In mid January the Philadelphia Section president
Ted McKenzie announced that Henry R. "Ted"
Taylor had been hired as the new Executive Director of the Section. Taylor had
been the athletic director at Spring Garden College for the last 13 years and he
also coached the baseball team there. He was a graduate of Millersville State
College. There were 197 applicants for the position. A committee of the Section
officers and a few other appointees read the résumés. Each résumé was read by
two of the committee members and if it received one yes it was read again by
another member of the committee. After several sessions the 197 candidates was
whittled down to six that were interviewed by the officers.
The PGA Seniors’ Championship was played at the PGA National Golf Club’s
Champion Course in mid February. After rounds of 70, 69 and 76 Chi Chi Rodriquez
trailed the tournament leader Dale Douglas by six strokes. After the third round
Rodriquez purchased a new set of clubs from the pro shop at PGA National and
proceeded to shoot a five under par 67 the next day. Douglas slipped to a 74 and
Rodriquez won his second PGA Seniors’ Championship by one stroke with a total of
282. First prize from the $260,000 purse was $47,000. Bob Charles and Bobby
Nichols tied for third with 286s. Art Wall
tied for 43rd with rounds of 80, 77, 73 and 76 and won $814.
Willie Scholl, Al Besselink and
Mike Souchak missed the cut.
Wall and Souchak
were in the field as former Ryder Cup Team members.
Besselink was exempt as a former multiple winner on the PGA Tour
and Scholl had qualified the previous July
for the one spot that the Philadelphia Section had been allotted.
In early March a planning session was hosted at the Waynesborough Country
Club by Section president Ted McKenzie.
Under the guidance of the PGA of America’s education and club relations
representative Greg Shreaves twenty Section members spent two days in
long range planning for the Section’s future.
Larry Mize, who had grown up in Augusta, holed a six-foot birdie putt on the
72nd hole to tie Greg Norman and Seve Ballesteros at 285 in the
Masters Tournament. Mize’s rounds were 70, 72, 72 and 71. It was the first time
since 1956, when Jack Burke, Jr. won, that the winner didn’t have a round in the
60s. A sudden-death playoff was held with play beginning on #10. Ballesteros
went out with a bogey on #10. Mize and Norman went to #11 where Mize proceeded
to hole out a difficult chip shot from well to the right of the green for a
birdie and the win. First prize was $162,000. Ben Crenshaw, Jodie Mudd and Roger
Maltbie just missed the playoff as they tied for fourth with 286s. Amateur
Jay Sigel, who was in the field as a member of the Walker Cup Team and
Art Wall, who had a lifetime invitation as a
former winner of the Masters missed the cut. As usual the tournament was played
in the first full week of April.
The Section held two two-day education seminars during the spring. One
seminar was on merchandising, which was taught by Augusta Country Club
professional Mark Darnell. The other seminar was on teaching and playing. One
day Chuck Cook lectured on instruction and the second day Dr. Richard Coop spoke
on the psychological side of playing competitive golf.
The Section’s spring meeting was held at the Americana Host Farm Resort on
the first Monday of April. The junior golf committee chaired by
Leo DeGisi, the professional at the Medford
Village Country Club, presented an ambitious Junior Tour of 20 events.
The previous year’s Junior Tour had involved 425 boys and girls from age 11
through 17. Junior Golf Week was in early July and all six of the Section’s
Districts were offering at least two free golf clinics in their region for
junior golfers. The Junior Golf Academy was again scheduled for the third week
of July at Penn State University. Tournament chairman
Bob Hibschman, Vice President of tournaments, informed those
in attendance that a new contract had been signed with the Variety Club for a
three-year continuation of what would now be called the Tournament of Champions.
As a part of the agreement the Variety Club would be supplying the Section with
a van to be used in the management of its tournament program.
Hibschman also announced that the Section had
hired Tom Farr as a full time tournament supervisor. Farr had been working as
the on site tournament supervisor for the various Section events on a per diem
basis for several years.
On the second Monday of April Henry McQuiston
earned a place in the United Hospitals Senior PGA Championship. He won the
exemption for Philadelphia Section members in a one round qualifier by shooting
a 76 at the Chester Valley Golf Club.
The United Hospitals Senior PGA Championship was back at the Chester Valley
Golf Club in May. On the second Monday of May
Dick Hendrickson shot an even par 70 to qualify for the tournament.
Stan Dudas was in the starting field on a
sponsor’s exemption. Mike Souchak and
Art Wall were in the field off their standing
on the lifetime PGA Tour money list. Chi Chi Rodriguez put together a course
record seven under par 63 in the final round to come from fourth place and six
strokes back to win the tournament. With the help of a 70 and a 69 in the first
two rounds he finished at 202, one stroke if front of the second round leader
Lee Elder (203). Gary Player finished third at 205 one stroke ahead of
Miller Barber (206). First prize was $37,500 and the attendance jumped by 10,000
to 40,000. Souchak, as the low pro from the
Philadelphia region with a 219, tied for 28th and took away a check
for $1,746.43. Wall was next at 220 earning
$1,350 for a 35th place tie. Hendrickson
(222) ended up in a tie for 41st and won $1,050.
Henry McQuiston (224) finished two strokes
farther back in a tie for 50th and picked up a check for $589.80.
Dudas (230) finished near the end of the
field in a tie for 64th and won $500. The host pro was
Local qualifying for the U.S. Open in Central Pennsylvania was held at the
Lebanon Country Club on the third Monday of May. Stu
Ingraham, who was off the PGA Tour and now an assistant at the
Waynesborough Country Club led with a four under par 140.
Ingraham who was returning to the course where
he grew up put together a 69 in the morning and a 71 in the afternoon.
Fifty players played for four opportunities to move on to the sectional
qualifying. Steve Snyder finished second
with a 145 and Sherm Keeney was next with a
146. The host professional Mike Swisher tied
for the fourth and last spot with Jim Masserio
and Don DeAngelis at 147.
Swisher won the right to move on to the
sectional qualifying rounds on the second extra hole.
Ed Dougherty, who was back on the PGA Tour, took medalist
honors by one stroke in the Philadelphia region’s local trials for the U.S.
Open. Qualifying was held on the third Tuesday of May. There were 117 players
competing for the ten places that would allow them to move on to the sectional
qualifying rounds three weeks later. On a rainy fifty degree spring day
Dougherty turned in a par 71 at the
Philadelphia Cricket Club in the morning round and a one over par 73 at the
Sunnybrook Golf Club in the afternoon. After posting his 144 score
Dougherty was on a plane to Atlanta for the
Atlanta Classic. As the 49th qualifier at the PGA Tour’s Players
School he didn’t have much status on the tour. Each week he had to wait and see
if there would be an opening in the tournament for him. The next three
qualifiers were Jimmy Booros with a 145,
Rick Flesher with a 146 and
Ted McKenzie at 147. Amateurs Gordon Brewer and
Ronnie Springer from New England tied for fifth with 150s.
Gary Hardin holed out from a greenside bunker
on the last hole at Sunnybrook to tie Gene Fieger
and reinstated amateur Andy Thompson for seventh at 152.
Rick Osberg, now
the professional at the Sunnybrook Golf Club, posted a 153 total and
parred the first hole of a two-man sudden death playoff to secure the tenth and
last place. Charlie Bolling was exempt from
local qualifying off having been in the top 125 money winners on the PGA Tour
the year before.
On the first Friday of June Dick Hendrickson
won the Philadelphia Section Seniors Championship for a third straight year.
The tournament was held at the Oak Terrace Country Club and it was held as a
memorial to Wally Paul, who had been the pro at Oak Terrace and a Section
member for more than 40 years. Hendrickson
posted an even par 71 to nip Yorktowne Country Club professional
Don Stough, by one stroke.
Henry McQuiston finished third with a 75 and
Bill Bishop was next at 76. First prize was
Ed Dougherty along with Charles Bolling
and Jimmy Booros qualified for the U.S.
Open in Purchase, New York on the second Tuesday of June. The host clubs were
Century Country Club and Old Oaks Country Club. Mike Smith (130) led the
qualifying with a pair of 65s. Dougherty and
Bolling tied for third with four under par
137s and Booros tied for the last spot at
The Olympic Club in San Francisco hosted the U.S. Open in mid June. Tom
Watson played well but Scott Simpson played better. Simpson put together rounds
of 71, 68, 70 and 68 for 277 to nip Watson (278) by one stroke. Seve Ballesteros
finished third at 282. Five players tied for fourth with 283s. First prize was
$150,000 and the purse totaled $868,606. Ed Dougherty
tied for 51st with rounds of 73, 67, 78 and 74 for 292, winning
$3,462.15. Jimmy Booros and
Charlie Bolling missed the cut.
The Susquehanna Valley Open was played at the Susquehanna Valley Country Club
in the fourth week of June. Hendrickson
posted a 68 on Sunday and a 67 on Monday for a five-under-par 135.
Mike Moses finished one stroke back at 136 and
Gary Hardin finished third with a 138. The
purse was $4,950.
Dick Hendrickson qualified for the U.S.
Senior Open on the last Monday of June at the Lehigh Country Club. There were
three spots open. Hendrickson and northern
New Jersey’s Eddie Famula tied for the medal with 72s. Amateur Allan Sussel
picked up the third spot with a 73. Mike Souchak
was exempt off his standing on the Senior PGA Tour money list.
After qualifying for the U.S. Senior Open at the Lehigh Country
Club Dick Hendrickson drove sixty miles to
the Eagle Lodge Country Club for the first round of the Eagle Lodge Classic. On
that same day he proceeded to shoot a four under par 67 and take the first round
lead. On Tuesday he tacked on a 69 to nail down the victory, his fifth win in
the Section that month. His score of 136 edged out
Brian Kelly (137), who was now the professional at the Mahoning
Valley Country Club, by one stroke. Miguel
Biamon finished third at 139. The purse was $12,950 and
Hendrickson’s cut came to $1,700.
In the second week of July Dennis Milne
(287) and Jack Kiefer (287) tied for second in the New Jersey Open at the
Essex County Country Club as they finished one stroke behind the winner. Jamie
Howell (70-74-67-75) won the tournament with a 286 total.
In the second week of July Gary Player won the U.S. Senior Open at the
Brooklawn Country Club in Fairfield, Connecticut. After rounds of 69, 68 and 67
Player led by two strokes when he teed off in the final round. Doug
Sanders put on a charge with a 65 to finish at 276 but Player birdied
four of the first eight holes and went on to post a five under par 66.
Player’s 270 total brought him in six strokes in front of Sanders and broke
the tournament record by nine strokes. Chi Chi Rodriquez finished third at 277
and Orville Moody was next with a 279. Dick Hendrickson
(289) put together rounds of 71, 73, 74 and 71 to tie for 25th,
winning $2,865. First prize was $47,000. Mike Souchak
missed the cut.
Greg Farrow, who was now the teaching professional at the
Burlington Country Club, won the Philadelphia Section Assistant Pro Championship
on the third Monday of July at the Seaview Country Club. The tournament was
sponsored by the George Izett Golf Company and offered a first prize of
$1,500. Farrow (139) put together rounds of
70 and 69 to nip Stu Ingraham and Sandy Run
Country Club assistant Gary Deetscreek (140)
by one stroke.
Amateur Jay Sigel added another record to his resume by winning the
Philadelphia Open for a sixth time. His victory came at the Gulph Mills Golf
Club on the third Tuesday of July. Sigel nipped
Stu Ingraham (139) by one stroke with rounds of 68 and 70 for a four
under par 138. Sigel had been tied with George Fazio who won the
Philadelphia Open five times. Rick Osberg
finished third at 140 one stroke in front of Jay
Friedman (141). George Forster, Sr.
finished fifth at 142. Ingraham picked up
the first place money of $1,600. The entry fee was $60.
The second annual Burlington Classic was held at the Burlington Country Club
on the fourth Sunday of July. Peter Oosterhuis, who was working as the head
professional at the Forsgate Country Club and defending champion
Pete Trenham finished tied for the top prize
with four-under-par 66s. A sudden death playoff began on the par three 10th
hole. Both players missed the green ending up hole-high in the left greenside
bunker. They were definitely short-sided. Oosterhuis was slightly away and
proceeded to hole out his bunker shot and Trenham
then came close to holing out his bunker shot. Oosterhuis took home a check
for $1,000 from the $5,000 purse. The pros were each paired with three amateurs
in a pro-am competition that day as well.
Qualifying for the PGA Club Professional Championship was held at the
Plymouth Country Club on the first Monday of August. The host professional,
Don DeAngelis (138), took medalist honors with
a pair of 69s. Dennis Milne was next at four
under par 140. Stu Ingraham and
Noel Caruso, now the assistant at the
Westover Inn & Golf Club, tied for third at 143. It took even par to
qualify as Gary Hardin and
Gene Fieger won the last of the six spots with
144s. Pete Oakley was exempt off his tie for
15th in the 1986 PGA Club Professional Championship.
Roger Stern got into the tournament as an
alternate after Hardin earned a spot for
winning the Section Championship. Stern had
won the alternate spot by defeating four other Section members in a sudden death
playoff. They had all posted 145s.
In early August the PGA Championship was played at the PGA National Golf Club
in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. The tournament came down to Larry Nelson and
Lanny Watkins who ended up tied at the end of regulation play with one under par
287s. This was the highest winning score in the thirty years that the tournament
had been played at stroke play. A sudden death playoff began on the 10th
hole and Nelson won with a par four. It was Nelson’s second PGA Championship
title. His rounds were 70, 72, 73 and 72. First prize was $150,000. Scott Hoch
and D.A. Weibring missed the playoff by just one stroke as they tied for third
at 288. Pete Oakley was in the field off his
15th place finish in the 1986 PGA Club Professional Championship.
Oakley missed the cut. Everyone who missed
the cut received $1,000. The purse totaled $900,000.
Brian Kelly won the Pennsylvania
Open at the 7,051-yard Saucon Valley Country Club’s Grace Course in the second
week of August. Kelly led after Monday’s
round with five under par 67 and on Tuesday he hung on with a 73 for a 140 and a
two-stroke win. A holed out wedge shot from 105-yards for an eagle three on the
tenth hole in the second round kept Kelly in
front of the field. Kelly’s 67 tied the
competitive course record for the Grace Course. Roy Vucinich made a move on the
last nine with five birdies but he came up two strokes short as he ended up at
142. Kelly won $3,000 from the $17,500
purse. Gary Hardin and the Longue Vue Club’s
John Spelman tied for third at 143. Danny O’Neil
and amateur Chet Walsh tied for fifth with 144s.
Greg Farrow won the two-day Westlake
Memorial at the Whitford Country Club in the second week of September. Rain
interrupted play in the first round and half of the field had to complete the
round Monday morning. Farrow posted
back-to-back rounds of 69 for a six under par 138 to win by one stroke.
Gene Fieger finished second at 139 one stroke
ahead of Miguel Biamon (140).
Pete Oakley, Stu Ingraham and Jimmy Booros
tie for fourth with 142s. First prize was $2,500.
Stan Dudas and
Dick Hendrickson qualified for the PGA Seniors’ Championship, which
was to be played at the PGA National Golf Club in February.
Art Wall and Mike
Souchak were exempt as former members of the Ryder Cup Team.
Late that summer the Philadelphia Section undertook a new innovation. Thirty
Section members each paid $85 to have their picture on a golfer card, which was
similar to the baseball player cards. On the back of each card there was a short
bio on the professional. The golfer cards were the idea of the Section’s
Executive Director Ted Taylor, who had been a baseball card collector for many
years. Each of the thirty professionals received thirty complete sets of cards
along with 500 of their own cards that could be used as business cards.
Section Champion 1987
Ted McKenzie presents the check
The Philadelphia Section set another new standard for PGA Sections by
offering a purse of $95,000 at the Section Championship, up $15,000 from the
year before. The entry fee was still $60. Cigna Corporation, the Philadelphia
region’s Dodge dealers and Seaview Petroleum sponsored the tournament again. The
defending champion Ed Dougherty wasn’t
entered as he was playing in the Milwaukee Open on the PGA Tour. There were 112
Section members entered. The tournament was played in the third week of
September. Again it was hosted by the Eagle Lodge Country Club and the
professional Eddie Bohla. In the first round
on Thursday Gary Hardin and
Tom Robertson, who was now managing the Golf
Shoppe store, posted three under par 68s. At the end of the second round
Hardin (68-69) and
Robertson (68-69) were still tied at the top of the leaderboard at
137 but they were now tied with Jay Friedman
and Stu Ingraham. Saturday was devoted to
entertaining the tournament sponsors and their guests in a pro-am. The pro-am
played from the regular tees had its own highlights, as
Sherm Keeney equaled the course record of 63
that had been set in 1985 by Dougherty, and
Hardin bettered it with a 62. On Sunday the
championship came down to the last hole where Robertson
playing in the next to last pairing holed a 20-foot putt for a birdie and a
204 total. Next came Hardin playing in the
final group. He reached the back edge of the green on the par-five hole in two,
chipped to within five-feet of the cup and holed the putt for a birdie and a 66.
Hardin’s 203 sewed up the Section title and
a check for $15,000 by one stroke. In what had to be another first
Hardin won with three Taylor Made metal woods
(a driver and two other metal woods) in his bag. Also he was putting with what
was called "backwards putter" as the shaft was attached to the toe of the putter
instead of the heel. The win earned Hardin a
free pass through the first round of qualifying for the PGA Tour.
Hardin’s name was engraved on the William
Packer Trophy. Packer was the president of Seaview Petroleum.
Robertson won $12,000 and
Jimmy Booros won $8,500 as he finished third at
205 one stroke in front of Ingraham (206).
Rick Osberg and Jim
Masserio tied for fifth with 209s.
In early October Greg Farrow lost a
four-way playoff for the PGA Assistant Professional Championship. The
tournament, sponsored by the Foot-Joy golf shoe company, was played at the
Thorny Lea Golf Club, which was near their offices in Brockton, Massachusetts.
With rounds of 68, 71 and 71 Farrow finished
tied with Darrell Kestner, Bob Gaus and Ken Schall. Kestner emerged with the
victory by holing a 50-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole. First prize
was $5,000 and Farrow won $3,500.
Jimmy Booros won the $17,200 Pennsylvania
PGA Championship in early October at the Toftrees Resort & Golf Club.
Booros put together two steady rounds with 71
on Monday and 72 on Tuesday for a one-under-par 143, which gave him a one stroke
win. The Tri-State Section PGA’s Jim Cichra (144) finished second.
Greg Farrow was next in third place at 146 two
strokes in front of Roy Vucinich (148). Rick Osberg,
Tom Robertson, Mike Moses and Bob Ford tied for fifth with 149s.
First prize was $2,250 from the $17,200 payout. The course measured 7,000 yards.
The PGA Club Professional Championship was played in the third week of
October. The PGA West La Quinta Hotel & Resort hosted the tournament with the
PGA West Stadium course being used along with the La Quinta Mountain and Mission
Hills Old courses. Florida’s Jay Lumpkin, the son of a golf professional, got
the win by three strokes with four steady rounds of 70, 70, 70 and 69 for a 279
total. First prize was $30,000. Gibby Gilbert, Jeff Roth and Bob Menne tied for
second with 282s. Gene Fieger posted a 289
total and tied for 32nd, winning $1,207. By finishing in the top 40
Fieger qualified for the 1988 PGA
Championship. Pete Oakley (292) tied for 52nd
and won $688. Stu Ingraham (295) tied for 72nd
and he won $575. Noel Caruso, Gary Hardin, Don
DeAngelis, Dennis Milne and Roger Stern
missed the cut.
"Golf Professional of the Year"
Pete Trenham was elected president at the Section’s annual
meeting, which was hosted by the Americana Host Farm Resort & Golf Club on the
fourth Monday of October. Don DeAngelis and
Jack Connelly were elected first and second
vice president. Charles Genter was reelected
secretary and Bob Hibschman moved to the
position of treasurer. Dave Schueck was
named "Golf Professional of the Year". A former Section secretary
Schueck did his apprenticeship at the Lehigh Country Club under former Section president
John Vasco. He served on several committees for
the Section and the Delaware State Golf Association. As the head pro at the
DuPont Country Club’s three courses he was also the host of the LPGA McDonald’s
Championship. The Section’s "Player of the Year" was
Gary Hardin and he won the DeBaufre Trophy with a 70.44 stroke
average. The Section’s "Teacher of the Year" was Bob
The Aronimink Golf Club hosted the Yamaha Cup matches in the last week of
October. There were 26 players on each team, which included two seniors. On the
first day, a Tuesday, the Philadelphia team took a nearly insurmountable lead
with ten wins against only three losses. Philadelphia’s winning teams were
John Carson-Mickey Sokalski, the
professional at the Philmont Country Club, Bob Pfister-Steve
Snyder, George Forster, Sr.-Jay Friedman, Dick Smith, Sr.-Jack Connelly, Don DeAngelis-Miguel Biamon, Pete Oakley-Noel Caruso, Tom Robertson-Frank Dobbs,
Brian Kelly-Stu Ingraham, Gary Hardin-Rick Osberg along with the
senior team of Henry McQuiston-Bill Bishop.
With the 26 singles matches being played on Wednesday Philadelphia only needed
to win ten of them to take back the cup. Philadelphia’s winners were
Jimmy Booros, Mike Moses, Dennis Milne, Bishop, Caruso,
Dobbs, Forster, Sr., Friedman, McQuiston, Oakley, Osberg, Robertson and
Snyder. Greg Farrow
halved his match. The other members of the team were
Kevin Whitlow and
Roger Stern. The final tally was Philadelphia 23 ½ points to 15 ½
for the Middle Atlantic pros. There had been eighteen challenge cup matches
played between the Middle Atlantic Section and the Philadelphia Section and
Philadelphia now led with twelve wins against six loses. This was the last time
the matches with the Middle Atlantic Section would be played. The matches had
begun in 1967 with a couple of interruptions. There had also been a match played
pitting the Philadelphia pros against the Baltimore pros in 1926.
In the second week of November the PGA’s national meeting was held at the PGA
Sheraton hotel in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. This was the home of the PGA’s
national golf course. That summer a new milestone was attained when the PGA
reached a new level by having 10,000th members. The PGA of America
had a new executive director. James L. Awtrey, a PGA member, had replaced Lou
King. ADP (Association Development Plan) was introduced at the meeting. Under
ADP the Sections would be reimbursed for completing programs in a timely basis.
It was announced that a book on merchandising written by the PGA in conjunction
with the Golf Manufacturers & Distributors had been completed and was being
distributed to all PGA members at no charge. For the first time the PGA Vardon
Trophy was open to PGA Tour members and not just PGA members. The minimum number
of rounds needed to win the Vardon Trophy was reduced from 80 rounds on the PGA
Tour to 60. President James Ray Carpenter, Vice President Pat Reilly and
Secretary Dick Smith, Sr. were all reelected
without opposition. The delegates from the Philadelphia Section were
Pete Trenham and
Three Philadelphia Section professionals who had earned their PGA Tour
playing privileges at the Player’s School before were successful again in the
first week of December. The Matanzas Woods Golf Club and the Pine Lakes Country
Club in Palm Coast, Florida hosted the qualifying.
Jimmy Booros qualified successfully for a third time. He finished
third just two strokes off John Huston’s medalist pace with rounds of 71, 71,
73, 68, 66 and 74 for a 423 total. Greg Farrow
put together rounds of 69, 74, 75, 72, 72 and 75 for a 437 and a tie for 41st.
Brett Upper tied for 47th with
rounds of 69, 75, 73, 75, 72 and 74 for 438 to make it right on the number as 54
players earned their playing cards. Booros
won $7,500, Greg Farrow won $619 and
Upper won $280 as there was prize money also.
Paul Azinger was the PGA "Player of the Year, Curtis Strange led the money
race with $925,941 and Dan Pohl won the Vardon Trophy with 70.25 strokes per
round. Ed Dougherty hung on to his exemption
on the PGA Tour by winning $76,705 in 27 events, which placed him 115th
on the money list. Charlie Bolling and
Brett Upper failed to hold on to their
exemptions. Bolling finished 131st
with earnings of $62,008 in 35 events. Upper
played in 31 tournaments and won $34,618.
Chi Chi Rodriguez led the PGA Senior Tour
money list with $509,145. Art Wall
won $42,904 in 22 starts and finished 53rd on the money list.
Mike Souchak played in 14 events and won
$19,555. Dick Hendrickson won $3,915 in two
tournaments, Al Besselink won $2,025 in six
events and Stan Dudas earned $1,755 in three
1988 - After six years in Newtown Square the Philadelphia Section moved
its office in January to the Stone Bank office building in Exton. The Newtown
Square office had a new landlord who wanted to change the configuration of the
office space and raise the rent so the officers decided to move to another
location, which offered 1,500 square feet. The move gave the Section an
additional 560 of office space for almost the same rental fee. The new location
was just west of Chester Valley Golf Club at 967 E. Swedesford Road. The
telephone number was 215-889-0100.
In the second week of February Gary Player won his second PGA Seniors’
Championship on the PGA National Golf Club’s Champion Course. Player put
together four steady rounds of 69, 73, 72 and 70 to finish at 284 and win by
three strokes. The defending champion Chi Chi Rodriquez (287) finished three
strokes behind Player in second place. First prize was $63,000.
Miller Barber and Al Geiberger tied for third with 288s.
Art Wall (302) tied for 32nd,
winning $2,071.67 and Mike Souchak (303)
tied for 35th to pick up a check for $1,803.33.
Dick Hendrickson (310) tied for 54th
winning $794.17 and Stan Dudas (314) also
made the cut finishing near the end of the money list in a tie for 71st.
Dudas won the $700 last money.
Reading’s Emlyn Aubrey finished 13th
on the Asian Tour’s eleven tournament Order-of-Merit with winnings of almost
$21,000. Aubrey was playing mini tours and
various foreign tours until he could make it through the PGA Tour’s qualifying
Another foreigner and the first from British soil won the Masters Tournament
in the first full week of April. Scotland’s Sandy Lyle produced a fantastic
birdie on the 72nd hole to nip Mark Calcavecchia (282) by one stroke.
Lyle played a 7-iron from a fairway bunker to within ten-feet of the flagstick
and then holed the putt for a 281. Lyle’s four rounds were 71, 67, 72 and 71.
First prize was $183,800 and the total Masters purse exceeded $1,000,000 for the
first time. Craig Stadler (283) and Ben Crenshaw (284) finished third and
fourth. Jay Sigel (300) tied for 39th at 300 and finished as
the low amateur. Art Wall missed the cut.
Section Treasurer 7 years
Section President 1988 & 1989
The Section’s spring meeting was held at the Brandywine Country Club on the
first Monday of April. Tournament chairman Don
DeAngelis announced that the purse for the one-day Variety Club
Tournament of Champions had been increased to $22,000. The professionals in
attendance were informed by the President Pete
Trenham that former Philadelphia Flyer goalie
Bobby Taylor had agreed to serve as the honorary chairman of the Section’s
Junior Tour. Participants in one or more event on the junior tour received a
one-week scholarship to the Section’s Junior Academy at Penn State University in
1989. The Philadelphia Section had its first lady head professional.
Linda Worthington was now the professional
at The Hideout Golf Club. Another newsworthy item was that the Section was going
to have its own radio show. The weekly two-hour call-in show was going to be on
WIP "Sports Radio" (610 AM) with longtime Philadelphia sports announcer Bill
Campbell hosting the show. The show would be on the air each Sunday for 20+
weeks from 6 to 8 p.m. and a PGA member would be a guest of Campbell each week.
On the second Monday of April Bill Bishop
and Pete Trenham tied with three over par
73s in a special qualifying round for the United Hospitals Senior PGA
Championship. Bishop won the sudden death
playoff on the first hole. The qualifying round for the tournament to be held at
Chester Valley Golf Club in mid May was played at Chester Valley. The Section’s
senior members were competing for one of the sponsor’s exemptions into the
tournament. Ralph Terry, the professional at
the Greate Bay Country Club, and Stan Dudas
were in the tournament on sponsor’s exemptions along with
Mike Souchak who was exempt off the lifetime
PGA Tour money list.
The fourth annual United Hospitals Senior PGA Championship was played at the
Chester Valley Golf Club in mid May. Qualifying was held on Monday with four
spots up for grabs. Bob Rawlins was low with a 69 and two players with 73s
survived a seven-man sudden death playoff. The tournament came down to a playoff
between Bruce Crampton and Billy Casper. They finished the three-day tournament
tied at 205. Crampton’s rounds were 71, 65 and 69 against Casper’s 70, 67 and
68. A sudden-death playoff began on the par-three fifteenth hole. They both hit
the green but Crampton was only three feet from the cup. Casper two putted and
then Crampton holed his short putt for the title and the first prize of $33,750.
Lou Graham finished third at 206 and Lee Elder was next with a 209.
Bill Bishop (221) and
Ralph Terry (221) led the Section pros as they
tied for 37th and each won $1,200. Stan Dudas
(224) tied for 47th and won $641. Mike
Souchak (226) finished in 60th place and picked up last
money of $500. The total purse was $225,000 and spectator pass for the week cost
$25. The host pro was John Poole.
Stu Ingraham won the two-day Burlington
Country Open on the fourth Monday of May. Ingraham
(136) and Tony Perla (136), now the
teaching professional at the Merion Golf Club, ended regulation play with
identical rounds of 67 and 69 on the par 70 Burlington Country Club course.
Ingraham picked up the win and a check for
$1,925 when he won the second hole of a sudden death playoff.
Noel Caruso (137) finished third, missing the
playoff by one stroke. Greg Farrow was next
in fourth place with a 138. The total purse was $11,750.
The Country Club of Harrisburg hosted the local qualifying in Central
Pennsylvania for the U.S. Open on the fourth Monday of May. The medalist was
Frank Ferguson, the professional at the Monroe
Valley Country Club. Ferguson, a left handed
golfer turned in a five under par 137 to edge out amateur and future U.S. Open
champion Jim Furyk (138) by one stroke. Tom
Robertson finished third at 139. Jim
Masserio and Western Pennsylvania professional Greg Ortman tied for
the fourth and fifth spots with 142s.
Also on the fourth Monday of May Emlyn Aubrey
passed the local qualifying for the U.S. Open at the Timberlane Country
Club near New Orleans. He won the last spot with a 74-69 for 143. Scoring was
difficult due to 25 mile per hour winds. There were 70 players competing for
five places. Aubrey was coming off a
three-week layoff after competing on the Asian Tour.
Local qualifying for the U.S. Open in the Philadelphia area was held at the
Huntingdon Valley Country Club and the Manufacturers Golf & Country Club on the
fourth Tuesday of May. Rick Osberg led the
eleven players who made it through the qualifying and advanced to sectional
qualifying in early June. Osberg (141)
posted a one over par 72 at Manufacturers in the morning round and came back in
the afternoon with a one under par 69 at Huntingdon Valley. The second and third
spots went to Don DeAngelis and
Pete Oakley who turned in 143 totals for the
day. Drew Hood who was an assistant
to DeAngelis at the Plymouth Country Club
was next at 144. Noel Caruso and John
DeForest, a professional from the Metropolitan Section, tied for fifth with
145s. Brett Upper finished alone in seventh
place with a 146. Charlie Bolling and
reinstated amateur Andy Thompson tied for eighth at 147.
Tim Lindemann, the professional at the
Philadelphia Cricket Club, was tenth with a 148.
Larry Jones, who was back at the Maple Dale
Country Club as the teaching professional, captured the eleventh and last
spot as he won a sudden death playoff over Greg Farrow,
Rick Flesher and
Miguel Biamon, who had all posted 149s. Ed
Dougherty was exempt from local qualifying for having made the cut at
the U.S. Open the previous year and for having been in the top 125 money winners
on the PGA Tour the year before.
Stan Dudas won the Philadelphia Section
Seniors Championship on the first Friday of June at the Oak Terrace Country
Club. Dudas had to go extra holes to win the
tournament for a fourth time. He beat Henry McQuiston
on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff after they had tied with 71s.
Ed Kramer finished third at 72. First prize was
On the first Monday of June Emlyn Aubrey
qualified for the U.S. Open at the Woodmont Country Club near Washington D.C.
Aubrey (144) tied for fifteenth with rounds of
71 and 73. The PGA Tour’s Kemper Open had just finished up nearby so the
strongest field in the country was entered there. Thirty-two places in the U.S.
Open had been awarded to that qualifying site. Bob Gilder and Mark Brooks led
the qualifying with 139s and the players at 147 played off for the last two
The next day, the first Tuesday of June, Ed
Dougherty, Charlie Bolling and Brett Upper
qualified for the U.S. Open at Old Oaks Country
Club and Century Country Club in Westchester County, New York. Since the PGA
Tour was going to be there that week the second strongest field was assembled
there. One hundred and fourteen players were chasing twenty-one places.
Dougherty tied for eighth at 141,
Charlie Bolling was eleventh at 142 and
Upper (143) tied for twelfth one stroke higher.
The medalist at Westchester was Ken Green with a 66 and a 69 for 135. A score of
In mid June the U.S. Open was held at The Country Club near Boston for a
third time. It was the 75th anniversary of Francis Quimet’s win in
1913 at that same course. Each time our Open had been at The Country Club it had
ended in a tie and that was the case again. The tournament came down to a duel
between Nick Faldo and Curtis Strange. Strange made a great greenside bunker
shot on the 72nd hole to save par that tied Faldo at 278. The playoff
was uneventful as Strange posted a 71 against Faldo’s 75 to win his first major
and a check for $180,000. Strange’s rounds were 70, 67, 69 and 72. Mark O’Meara,
Steve Pate and D.A. Weibring tied for third with 280s.
Ed Dougherty, Emlyn Aubrey, Charlie Bolling and
Brett Upper missed the cut. For the first time
the U.S. Open exceeded one million dollars. The payout was $1,006,764.
The two-day Susquehanna Valley Open was held in mid June at the Susquehanna
Valley Country Club. Drew
Hood put together two solid rounds for a five-under-par 137. A Sunday
69 and a 68 on Monday edged out Don DeAngelis
(138), Greg Farrow (138) and
Tom Robertson (138) by one stroke. First prize was $825.
On June 22nd George McNamara,
who was now the professional at the Brandywine Country Club, became the
second Section member to achieve "PGA Master Professional" status. The subject
of his thesis was "How to Build, Own and Operate a Golf Practice Range and
Miniature Golf Course".
The assistant from the Atlantic City Country Club,
Russ Davis, won the $12,640 Eagle Lodge Classic in the first week of
July at the Eagle Lodge Country Club. The Dodge dealers of the Delaware Valley
region sponsored the tournament. Davis
posted two outstanding rounds on Tuesday and Wednesday of 65 and 67 for a ten
under par 132. Davis still only won the
$1,700 first prize by one stroke over Jim Masserio
who turned in a 133. Brian Kelly ended
up in third place at 134. Don DeAngelis, Pete Oakley
and Greg Farrow tied for fourth with
Frank Dobbs won the Philadelphia Section Assistant Pro
Championship on the third Monday of July. The tournament was hosted by the
Tamiment Resort & Country Club. Dobbs posted
rounds of 70 and 68. His six under par score of 138 was two better than
Stu Ingraham (140).
Miguel Biamon finished third at 141 and Noel
Caruso (142) was next. First prize was $1,600.
Jim Masserio won the Philadelphia Open at
the Waynesborough Country Club on the third Tuesday of July.
Masserio’s rounds were 71 and 69 for a two
under par 140. Russ Davis put together the
low round of the day with a 67 in the afternoon only to fall one stroke short of
a tie for first at 141. First prize was $1,650 and the total purse was $8,580.
Harold Perry, the professional at the
Kennett Square Golf & Country Club, and Tom
Robertson tied for third with 143s one stroke ahead of
Brian Kelly (144) and
John DiMarco (144) the assistant at the Riverton Country Club. The
entry fee was $65.
Stan Dudas qualified for the U.S. Senior Open at the Sandy Run
Country Club on the fourth Monday of July. Dudas
was the medalist with a one over par 73. The other spot went to northern New
Jersey amateur Bob Housen.
Dick Hendrickson and Curtis Thatcher
also qualified for the U.S. Senior Open at other locations.
Qualifying for the PGA Club Professional Championship was held at the
Plymouth Country Club on the first Monday of August. Even though he was exempt
Gene Fieger, now the assistant at the
Overbrook Golf Club, played and led the way with a six-under-par 138.
Next came Harold Perry at 139 one stroke in
front of Rick Osberg (140),
Don DeAngelis (140) and
Gary Hardin (140). The last two spots went to
Ted McKenzie and his assistant
Stu Ingraham who turned in 142s.
Ed Dougherty had an exemption as a former
winner of the tournament but he wasn’t eligible because he had played in more
than twelve tournaments on the PGA Tour in the past twelve months. When
Miguel Biamon won the Section Championship he
also qualified for the tournament.
Gary Player won the U.S. Senior Open for a second straight year. The
tournament was hosted by the Medinah Country Club near Chicago in the first week
of August. Player and Bob Charles completed the 72 holes in even par 288,
which necessitated an 18-hole playoff the next day. Neither of the two players
had been able to break 70 in the tournament but Player came through in
the playoff the next day with a 68 versus a 70 for Charles. Player’s
rounds were 74, 70, 71 and 73. First prize jumped to $65,000, an increase of
$18,000. Dick Hendrickson posted rounds of
77, 74, 75 and 77 to tie for 28th and won $3,392.
Stan Dudas and Curtis
Thatcher, who was associated with his brother
Bob Thatcher’s Olde Masters facility, missed the cut.
A two-day invitational for 26 PGA Tour pros was held at the White Manor
Country Club on the first two days of August. It was an attempt to bring the PGA
Tour back to the Philadelphia area. The event, called the McNeill Classic drew
5,000 spectators over the two days. On Monday Gene Sauers jumped out to a
two-stroke lead with a seven under par 65. Sauers (134) backed that up with a 69
on Tuesday for a one stroke win. First prize from a purse of $215,000 was
$30,000. Mark O’Meara and Nick Price tied for second with 135s one stroke ahead
of Fred Couples (136) and Chris Perry (136). Ed
Dougherty was in the field and he finished near the end of the
scoring. Each player received at least $5,000.
The PGA Championship was held at the Oak Tree Golf Club in Oklahoma in the
second week of August. Paul Azinger (275) played well all week but Jeff Sluman
came from behind with a last round 65 to win by three strokes. In the last round
Sluman holed a 100-yard wedge shot for an eagle on the fifth hole and never
looked back. Sluman’s rounds were 69, 70, 68 and 65 for a 272 total. First prize
was $160,000. Tommy Nakajima finished third at 278. Tom Kite and Nick Faldo tied
for fourth with 279s. Gene Fieger was in the
field for having finished in the top 40 at the PGA Club Professional
Championship the year before. Fieger missed
The 7,016-yard Laurel Valley Golf Club hosted the Pennsylvania Open in mid
August. Gene Fieger and five other players
were tied for the lead with even par 71s at the conclusion of the first day’s
play. Steady golf paid off for Fieger as he
posted a second round 72 on Tuesday to grab the title by one stroke with a 143.
Roy Vucinich (144) finished second one stroke in front of
Frank Dobbs (145) and amateur Greg Lesher
(145). First prize was $3,000 and the total purse was $17,500.
Frank Dobbs won the E.B. Westlake Memorial Golf Tournament at the
Whitford Country Club in the second week of September.
Dobbs (139) turned in a 70 on Sunday and a 69 on Monday to edge out
Mark Hall (140), the professional at the
Overbrook Golf Club, by one stroke. Rick Osberg
and Gene Fieger tied for third at 142.
Dobbs took home a check for $2,500 from the
$19,400 purse. It was Dobbs’ twelfth win in
Philadelphia Section tournaments that year.
1988 Section Champion
The Section Championship purse moved into six figures
as the Section members competed for $100,000 in the third week of
September. The entry fee was $75. Eagle Lodge Country Club and their
professional Eddie Bohla hosted the
tournament again. Cigna Corporation, the Delaware Valley Dodge Dealers, Seaview
Petroleum and a new sponsor Grouse Scotch all contributed to the record purse.
Since moving the Section Championship to Eagle Lodge in 1985 the tournament had
been won each year by an assistant professional and this year was no exception.
In his first year of eligibility Miguel Biamon
won the Section title. Biamon opened up
with a one under par 70 on Thursday and he put together a second round 67 to
take a two-stroke lead into the final round. Saturday was pro-am day. A steady
round of 70 on Sunday gave him the win by two strokes with a total of 207. The
tournament almost came down to a battle between a head pro and his assistant.
Biamon’s boss at the nearby Whitemarsh Valley
Country Club, Jim Bromley, made a move the
last day with a 68 but he fell two strokes short and tied for second with
Don DeAngelis at 209.
Rick Osberg finished fourth at 210 three strokes in front of
Jim Masserio, Frank Dobbs
and Noel Caruso who tied for fifth.
Biamon’s first prize of $16,000 was also a
record for a Philadelphia Section tournament. Bromley
and DeAngelis each won $10,700. An
estimated 7,000 spectators turned out for the two weekend rounds.
The Section’s seniors qualified for the PGA Seniors’ Championship on the
fourth Thursday of September at the Reading Country Club. The entry fee was
$100. Stan Dudas and
Sam Penecale qualified.
Dick Hendrickson was exempt off his position on
the Senior PGA Tour money list.
The Pennsylvania PGA ended in a four-way tie on the fourth Tuesday of
September. The tournament was played at the Toftrees Resort & Golf Club again.
The Tri-State Section’s Roy Vucinich won a sudden-death playoff with a par four
on the first hole. The other three professionals who had been tied with Vucinich
at 143 were Brian Kelly, Ron Milanovich and
Ed Vietmeier. Milanovich posted 71-72 and the other three were all around in 70
on Monday and needed 73 strokes for Tuesday’s round. Six players tied for fifth
with 144s. Three of those were Rick Osberg,
Stu Ingraham and Tom
In mid October the Pinehurst Country Club in North Carolina hosted the PGA
Club Professional Championship. Courses #2, #4 and #7 were used with #2 being
used for the final round also. The championship came down to a playoff again as
South Carolina’s Bob Boyd defeated North Carolina’s Rick Morton on the second
hole of sudden death. They had tied with 287s. Boyd’s rounds were 70, 74, 73 and
70. First prize was $30,000. Bruce Lehnard finished third with a 288. Bobby
Heins, Sammy Rachels and Shawn McIntee tied for fourth with 289s.
Gene Fieger tied for 19th with a 294
score one stroke in front of Stu Ingraham
(295) who tied for 21st. Fieger
won $4,150 and Ingraham won $2,538.46.
Gary Hardin shot a 299 and tied for 59th,
winning $699. Miguel Biamon, Don DeAngelis, Harold
Perry, Ted McKenzie and Rick Osberg
missed the cut.
"Golf Professional of the Year"
Pete Trenham was reelected president at the Section’s annual
meeting. Don DeAngelis was reelected first
vice president and Leo DeGisi was elected
second vice president. Jack Connelly was
elected secretary and Charles Genter moved
to treasurer. The Section’s "Golf Professional of the Year" was
Jack Connelly. Connelly had served on
numerous Section committees, served as an officer including president and he was
now an officer again. He hosted the Section Championship and he had hosted the
Hyndman Open for many years. The "Player of the Year" was
Frank Dobbs who also won the DeBaufre Trophy
with a stroke average of 70.56 strokes per round. There were now four full time
employees in the Section office plus the director of tournaments. The Section’s
"Teacher of the Year" was Pinecrest Golf Club head professional
In the first week of December Jimmy Booros
was back at the PGA Tour’s qualifying school. He made it by one stroke with
rounds of 75, 73, 70, 67, 72 and 74 for a score of 431. This was the fourth time
that Booros had passed the test. The
medalist at 419 was Robin Freeman an assistant pro at PGA West, one of the host
clubs. The host courses were La Quinta Resort Dunes Course and PGA West Jack
Nicklaus Resort Course near Palm Springs, California.
The PGA of America’s national meeting was held at the Hyatt Regency hotel in
New Orleans on the last day of October and the first three days of November.
Dick Smith, Sr. was elected vice president of
the PGA of America without opposition. Philadelphia Section President
Pete Trenham gave
Smith’s nomination speech. President Pat Reilly also ran unopposed
and was reelected. Gary Schaal was elected secretary over Southern California’s
Tom Addis on the third ballot. After each of the first two ballots the vote was
tied. After the second ballot a recess was ordered and both camps did some more
campaigning. On the third ballot Schall was elected by two votes. The meeting
was in New Orleans. The delegates to the national meeting were
Trenham and Charles
Curtis Strange was the PGA "Player of the Year" and he became the first
golfer to win one million dollars in a year as he won the money chase with
$1,147,644. Chip Beck won the Vardon Trophy with a stroke average of 69.46
strokes per round. All five of the Philadelphia Section professionals had failed
to hold on to their playing privileges on the PGA Tour.
Brett Upper came the closest with earnings of
$55,573 in 29 tournaments. That was good for 145th place.
Jimmy Booros won
$25,970 in 30 tournaments, Ed Dougherty won
$22,455 in 36 events, Charlie Bolling earned
$4,659 in 19 tournaments and Greg Farrow won
$2,110 in fourteen tournaments.
Won Philadelphia Open 3 times
2nd four times on PGA Senior Tour
Bob Charles led the PGA Senior Tour
money list with $533,929. Dick Hendrickson
managed to get into twelve tournaments and earned a very respectable
$83,076. That put him in 38th place on the money list, which would
get him into most of the tournaments on the Senior Tour.
Art Wall played in 22 events and won $27,822.
Ralph Terry earned $25,681 in thirteen
events. Mike Souchak played in nine
tournaments and won $6,016. Stan Dudas won
$1,342 in three events and Al
Besselink won $500 in one event.
After a year of scraping by on the Senior PGA Tour through Monday qualifiers
Dick Hendrickson decided that he would like
to be able to plan his schedule for a full year. He showed up in Sarasota,
Florida for the Senior Tour Qualifying School in the first week of November to
try and earn a full exemption. The first eight qualifiers would earn full
exemptions for the year and the next eight would earn partial exemptions.
Hendrickson put together rounds of 72, 73,
68 and 70 on the TPC at Prestancia Club course, to finish third.
Ralph Terry also earned a full
exemption there with a 286 total that put him in a three-way tie for seventh.
Terry’s rounds were 71, 73, 70 and 72.
Hendrickson also picked up a check for $2,500
and Terry took home a check for $1,083. The
medallist was Al Chandler with an eight under par 280.
1989 - Early in February Emlyn Aubrey
won the biggest tournament of his career, the Philippine Open. He put together a
72-hole score of 276 to win a check for $23,000 and a new automobile worth
$18,000. The win propelled him to a second place finish in the 1989 Asian Tour
Order of Merit and an exemption into the British Open. He went on to win $52,000
on the Asian Tour that consisted of eleven events played in nine countries.
The king of the mini tours, Larry Mowry, won the PGA Seniors’ Championship in
the second week of February. For the seventh straight year the tournament was
held on the PGA National Golf Club’s Champion Course. Mowry who had won 106
mini-tour tournaments put together rounds of 74, 69, 65 and 73 for a 281 that
won by one stroke. Miller Barber and Al Geiberger tied for second with 282s, one
stroke back. Dave Hill, Mike Hill and Joe Jimenez tied for fourth with 287s.
First prize was $72,000 and the purse was now $400,000, an increase of $275,000
over the past ten years. Dick Hendrickson
(295) tied for 27th, winning $2,900 with rounds of 74, 75, 76 and 70.
Stan Dudas and Sam
Penecale missed the cut. Hendrickson
was in the tournament off his position on the 1988 Senior PGA Tour’s money
list. Dudas and
Penecale had qualified locally in the Philadelphia Section.
For the second straight year a British professional, England’s
Nick Faldo, won the Masters Tournament. After beginning with a 68 and a 73 he
shot a 77 in the third round and appeared to be out of contention. On Sunday
Faldo came back with a 65 to tie Scott Hoch at 283. A sudden-death playoff was
held with play beginning on hole #10. Faldo bogeyed #10 but Hoch missed a
two-foot par putt for the win and the playoff moved to #11. With the daylight
waning Faldo holed a 25-foot birdie putt on #11 for the win. Ben Crenshaw and
Greg Norman tied for third with 284s. First prize was $200,000 another record
for a major championship. During the decade the first prize at the Masters had
been increased by $145,000 and Europeans had half of the victories. For the
first time in the 53-year history of the Masters Tournament there were no
players from the Philadelphia area in the tournament. The Masters was played in
the first full week of April.
Won on the PGA Tour in April
Jimmy Booros won on the PGA Tour the same week as the Masters
Tournament. His victory came at the Deposit Guaranty Golf Classic at the
Hattiesburg Country Club in Mississippi. The tournament was played each year for
the players who weren’t invited to the Masters. Booros
led all the way. He opened with a six under par 64 and led by one stroke. He
added a 69 the second day and shared the lead with Mike Donald. On Saturday
Booros and Donald stayed tied as they both
turned in 66s to finish with 199 totals. Sunday’s round was canceled by rain
before it even began. The PGA officials found two holes that were dry enough for
a sudden-death playoff, #10 and #18. On the fourth extra hole Donald made a
bogey against Booros’s par and
Booros was the winner of a PGA Tour tournament.
Booros took home a check for $36,000 and a
one-year exemption on the PGA Tour. Fred Funk, Lance Ten Broeck, David Peoples
and Robert Thompson tied for third at 201.
At the Section’s spring meeting on the first Monday of April the big news was
that the Section was going to own its office space. The Section members voted to
purchase an office condominium. One selling point was that the Section could
lock in a mortgage and not be faced with yearly rent increases. Another reason
to own was that they would not be subject to the whims of landlords. Section
president Pete Trenham announced that
settlement would take place on October 2nd with the move complete by
mid November. Another item of interest was that the Philadelphia Section and WIP
radio were teaming up to produce a weekly show. The show would air late Sunday
afternoons hosted by veteran sportscaster Bill Campbell and Philadelphia Section
members. The challenge cup matches were back on the schedule after a one-year
absence. The match was going to be played against the Tri-State PGA Section. The
Section had another first on the schedule, a lady club-professional tournament.
The tournament hosted by the Shawnee Inn & Country Club was open to the 374
female PGA members and apprentices from all PGA Sections. The Philadelphia
Section had eleven ladies who were either PGA members or in the apprentice
program. The tournament chairman Don DeAngelis
presented the membership with the golf schedule for the season. There
were 47 events with purses totaling $500,000. That was a $50,000 increase and
six more events than the previous year. The Variety Club tournament was now two
days and the purse had been increased to $26,000. A new tournament on the
schedule was a pro-pro event at the Heritage Hills Golf Resort. An interesting
twist to the format was that the ages of the two pros had to add up to at least
80 years. As a part of their involvement with the Philadelphia Section’s junior
and tournament program the Delaware Valley Dodge Dealers were now supplying the
Section staff with a 1989 Dodge Dynasty automobile.
On the second Monday of April Bob Thatcher
qualified for the Senior PGA tournament at Chester Valley Golf Club,
which was now called the St. Christopher’s Classic. The qualifying round was
held at the Chester Valley Golf. Dick Hendrickson
and Ralph Terry were exempt as full time
members of the Senior PGA Tour. They had earned that status at the Senior PGA
Tour’s qualifying school in November.
The PGA Senior St. Christopher’s Classic was played in mid May with a larger
purse. The tournament purse had been increased by $175,000 to $400,000. For the
fifth straight year the Senior PGA Tour was held at the Chester Valley Golf
Club. Qualifying for the non-exempt players was held on the second Monday of
May. On a cold windy day Arizona’s Chuck Mehok led with a 71. There were seven
spots for the senior pros to shoot for and a score of 74 made it. The tournament
kicked off on Wednesday with a two-day pro-am but both days were canceled due to
rain. There were 72 professionals in the starting field. The host professional
was John Poole. In Friday’s first round Chi
Chi Rodriguez led with a three under par 67. On the second day Dave Hill and Jim
Dent, playing in his first senior tournament, took the lead at 138. On Sunday it
came down to Hill and Rodriguez. Rodriguez was in position to win but he bogeyed
the last hole. Next came Hill who could have won with a birdie but ended up
holing a ten-foot putt for par and a tie. Hill and Rodriguez went into a sudden
death that began on the 15th hole, which Hill won on the third extra
hole with a birdie. Hill’s rounds of 72, 66 and 68 for 206 earned him the first
prize of $60,000. Twenty years before Hill had won the 1969 Philadelphia Golf
Classic in a four-man playoff. Harold Henning finished third at 207 one stroke
ahead of Dent (208) and Don Bies (208). Dick
Hendrickson tied for 27th at 218 winning $3,600,
Bob Thatcher (221) picked up a check for
$2,475 as he tied for 34th and Ralph Terry
(225) tied for 51st, winning $917. The three-day attendance was a
Ed Dougherty won the two-day Burlington
County Open with a 137 at the Burlington Country Club. The tournament was held
on a Sunday and Monday in the third week of May.
Dougherty’s rounds were 69 and 68. Greg
Farrow, who was now back at the Burlington Country Club as the
teaching professional, Jim Muething, an
assistant at the Pine Valley Golf Club, and Brian
Kelly, who was now the teaching pro at the Ingleside Manor Golf Club,
finished in a three-way tie for second one shot off the pace.
Kelly made a big move the second day with a 64. First prize
from the $12,120 purse was $1,975.
For the first time since qualifying for the U.S. Open began in 1913 the USGA
decided to contest the local qualifying rounds over only eighteen holes. The
reason given was that due to a record entry of 5,786 players the USGA couldn’t
find enough golf courses in some regions to accommodate 36-hole qualifying
Terry Hertzog, the assistant at the Lancaster Country Club,
earned medalist honors in the local qualifying for the U.S. Open on the fourth
Monday of May in Central Pennsylvania. Hertzog
turned in a two under par 68 at the Carlisle Country Club to edge out
Jeff Van Etten, the assistant at the South
Hills Golf Club by one stroke. The third spot went to amateur James Gross at 71
and another amateur, Greg Lesher, picked up the fourth spot with a 72.
Tom Robertson grabbed the last place after
carding a 73 and then outlasting two other players in a sudden death playoff
that went to the third hole.
The par 70 Springhaven Club hosted the Philadelphia region’s local qualifying
for the U.S. Open on the fourth Tuesday of May. This was one of 73 locations in
the United States where local qualifying was held. There were 104 players
entered at Springhaven. Tony Perla and
David Quinn, the assistant at the Burlington Country Club,
tied for the medal with 68s on a day that featured a soaking rain.
Greg Farrow and
Rick Flesher took the next two places by posting 69s.
Jimmy Booros was fifth with a 70. There were
eleven open spots and five players with 71s played off for the last four places.
Charlie Bolling and
John DiMarco along with amateurs Andy Thompson and Darrell
Clayton survived the playoff that ended on the second extra hole.
Emlyn Aubrey was exempt from local qualifying
off his second place position on the Asian Tour Order-of-Merit.
Bob Hutnik, who was the professional at the Woodland Hills Golf
Club, won the Philadelphia Section PGA Seniors Championship on the first Friday
of June at the Oak Terrace Country Club. Four players tied for first with 75s
and a sudden-death playoff was held. Hutnik
made a par on the third playoff hole to prevail over
Henry McQuiston, John Markel, who was now retired, and
John Carson, who was now the teaching pro at
the Burholme Park Driving Range. Hutnik
earned $625 for the $3,455 purse.
Emlyn Aubrey qualified for the U.S. Open
at the Woodmont Country Club near Washington D.C. on the first Tuesday of June.
The PGA Tour had been nearby so the strongest field in the country for sectional
qualifying was entered there. Aubrey (141)
posted rounds of 69 and 72 to tie for 35th. Jay Sigel shot 142
and won a ten-man playoff for the 41st and last spot. The medalists
were Brian Tennyson, Tony Sills and Bobby Watkins with 134s. Sigel had
been exempt from local qualifying as a member of the Walker Cup Team.
Jimmy Booros and
Rick Flesher qualified for the U.S. Open at the Canoe Brook
Country Club’s North and South courses in Summit, New Jersey.
Booros (141) posted rounds of 71 and 70 and
Flesher (142) came back from a morning 76 with
an afternoon 66 to make it with one stroke to spare. The 143s played off for the
last two places as 19 players passed the qualifying test. Clarence Rose led the
qualifying with a 135. 101 players qualified at twelve sites in the country and
joined 55 players who were fully exempt from qualifying.
The Variety Club tournament, which had been played since 1976 as a one-day
pro-am, was expanded to a two-day event. The format was now a pro-am on Monday
to raise money for the Variety Club’s children with disabilities and an open
tournament on Tuesday for the 50 professionals who had earned the right to play
in the pro-am. The tournament raised $93,000 for its charity in 1988. In 1987
the purse had jumped from $8,600 to $21,000. This year the purse was $24,000
plus another $2,350 for the Monday pro-am. This was the largest one-day purse in
the 68-year history of the Section. With that much money to play for the
Section’s tournament committee found that the professionals were more helpful to
the amateurs if they weren’t playing for that large individual purse during the
pro-am. The invited pros were either former Section champions or winners of a
Section event in the previous two years and the other invitees came from the
Section’s 1988 points list. The tournament was held at the Whitemarsh Valley
Country Club in the first week of June. In the open event
Russ Davis nailed the top prize of $6,725 with
a 70. Jim Masserio, Ed Dougherty and
Frank Dobbs tied for second with 71s and each
took home a check for $2,062. Because of the size of the purse some of the
Section’s better players didn’t enter the U.S. Open as sectional qualifying for
that tournament was being held at the same time.
Curtis Strange became the first player to defend a U.S. Open title since Ben
Hogan in 1951 as he posted rounds of 71, 64, 73 and 70 for 278 at the Oak Hill
Country Club in Rochester, New York. Chip Beck, Mark McCumber and Ian Woosnam
all ended up one stroke out of a tie for first with 279s. The tournament was
played on its usual dates in mid June finishing on Father’s Day. Six inches of
rain fell between the end of the practice rounds and the third round. The greens
held and many low rounds were turned in. In the second round there were four
hole-in-ones on the same hole made with the same club, a #7 iron. First prize
was $180,000. Emlyn Aubrey tied for 29th
with rounds of 69, 73, 73 and 73 for 288. Aubrey
won $9,006.50. Jimmy Booros, amateur Jay
Sigel and Rick Flesher missed the cut.
The tournament paid out $1,127,990.
The Susquehanna Valley Country Club hosted the Susquehanna Valley Open in the
third week of June. Tom
Robertson (134) turned in back to back 67s on Sunday and Monday to
capture the first prize check of $820. Brian Kelly
posted a 135 to miss a playoff by one stroke. He finished three strokes in
front of the trio of Noel
Caruso (138), Rick Osberg
(138) and Chris Anderson (138), the
assistant at the Bidermann Golf Club. The
purse was $4,788.
Dick Hendrickson and
Willie Scholl qualified for the U.S. Senior
Open at the Links Golf Club on the third Monday of June. There were two spots.
Hendrickson posted a 70 and
Scholl turned in a 71. Three players with 72s
played off for alternate spots.
The Philadelphia Section had another first, the Lady Club Professional
Championship. Shawnee Inn & Country Club hosted the
event on the last Monday of June. The tournament was the idea of host pro
Gordon Neely and his hard work brought in most
of the sponsors. The sponsors which guaranteed a purse of $11,000 were Izod
Lacoste, Northwest Airlines, 7-Up, Olympus Cameras and the Shawnee Inn. The
tournament was open to lady PGA members and apprentices from all the PGA
Sections. The Tri-State Section’s Cindy Piestrusik along with Sue Delaney and
Suzy Berdoy of the Metropolitan Section tied for the title with 72s. Piestrusik
chipped in for a birdie on the first hole of a sudden death playoff to take home
a check for $2,200. Penn State University Golf Club assistant
Denise St. Pierre just missed the playoff as
she tied for fourth with a 73. The field was made up of 60 women and 20 states
were represented. There was a pro-am and a dinner the day before the tournament
and one of the featured guest speakers was PGA of America Vice President
Dick Smith, Sr.
The U.S. Senior Open was won by Orville Moody at the Laurel Valley Golf Club
in early July. Moody started out slowly with rounds of 72 and 73 but he came
through with an eight under par 64 in the third round to move into a tie for the
lead with Frank Beard. Moody then posted a solid 70 in the final round for a
total of 279 against Beard’s 72 for 281. Dale Douglas and Jim Dent tied for
third with 284s. First prize was given another sizable increase of $15,000 to
$80,000. Dick Hendrickson (300) tied for 28th
with rounds of 72, 74, 82 and 72 to win $4,103. Willie
Scholl missed the cut by one stroke.
Stu Ingraham won the rain shortened Dodge
Golf Classic at the Eagle Lodge Country Club on the first Thursday of July.
Wednesday’s round was rained out. Ingraham
prevailed in a four-hole playoff with the host club’s assistant
Mike Moses. They had tied with six under par
65s that featured eight birdies by Moses and
seven birdies by Ingraham. Ingraham won with
a par on the fourth extra hole. Jerry Day
and Dale Loeslein, the professional at the
Pine Tree Golf Club, tied for third with 67s. The purse was $12,400 and
first prize was $1,800.
In the second week of July Jay Haas won the second annual $250,000 McNeil
Classic at the White Manor Country Club. He put together two solid rounds over
the two days of 68 and 67 for 135 and a two-stroke win. First prize was $35,000.
Steve Pate (137) finished second two strokes ahead of Calvin Peete (139). Hal
Sutton, Joe Sindelar, Billy Andrade and Brian Tennyson tied for fourth at 140.
On Monday Sindelar led by three strokes with a 64 but when he made a triple
bogey on the par five second hole on Tuesday he let his competition back into
the chase for the top prize. The field was composed of 26 professionals from the
PGA Tour. Every player won at least $5,500.
Pete Oakley won the Philadelphia
Open at the Spring-Ford Country Club on the third Tuesday of July.
Oakley held a tie for the lead after the
morning round with a four-under-par 68 and an afternoon 69 gave him a total of
137 and a two-stroke victory. Frank Dobbs
finished second at 139 one stroke ahead of Stu Ingraham
(140) and Rick Osberg (140). First prize
was $2,000 from a purse of $10,450. Amateur Bill McGuinness finished fifth with
a 141. Miguel Biamon and
Jim Masserio tied
for sixth with 142s.
The British Open was played in the third week of July at the Royal Troon Golf
Club. At the end of regulation Mark Calcavecchia, Greg Norman and Wayne Grady
were tied at the top with 275s. Calcavecchia got there with a birdie on the last
hole and Norman did it by making birdies on the first six holes of the last
round, which sent him on the way to a course record 64. For the first time in
British Open history a four-hole playoff was held right after play in the final
round had been completed and it was the first time that more than two players
were involved in a British Open playoff. Calcavecchia won with two pars and two
birdies for a total of 13 strokes. Grady needed 16 strokes to complete the four
holes. Norman began the playoff with two birdies and then he bogeyed the third
hole. On the last hole of the playoff Calcavecchia’s drive was far to the right
but his ball caromed off a spectator and ended up in light rough. Norman struck
what seemed to be a perfect drive but the ball traveled 325 yards and ended up
in a fairway bunker that he had thought he couldn’t reach. From there Norman
played into a bunker near the green and his next shot went out of bounds.
Calcavecchia was left with a five-foot putt, which he holed with ease.
Calcavecchia’s rounds were 71, 68, 68 and 68. First prize was $128,000.Tom
Watson in search of his sixth British Open victory ended up in fourth place with
a 277. Emlyn Aubrey made the cut and
finished 74th with a 296, winning $3,840.
Charlie Bolling missed the cut. Bolling
had gotten into the tournament by making it through the pre tournament
qualifying rounds. When the tournament got under way he was the first player to
tee off in the first round.
On the last Monday of July qualifying for the PGA Club Professional
Championship was held at the Plymouth Country Club. The Section members were
playing for seven spots in the tournament. On a rainy day
Miguel Biamon bounced back from a morning 74
with an afternoon 65 to lead the qualifying by one stroke. Next came
Rick Osberg with a 140, two strokes in front of
Frank Dobbs (142) and
Harold Perry (142). Noel Caruso, Gary
Hardin, Wayne Phillips, now the professional at the Lehigh Country
Club, and Paul Galczyk, the professional at
the Westover Inn & Golf Club, all finished in a four-way tie at 145 for
the last three spots. Galczyk lost out in a
sudden death playoff but when Osberg secured
an exemption by winning the Section Championship
Galczyk picked up that spot. Gene
Fieger and Stu
Ingraham were exempt from qualifying based on having finished in the
top 40 at the tournament the year before. Rex Baxter,
who was new in the Section as the professional at the Stone Harbor
Golf Club, had an exemption as the winner of the 1970 PGA Club
The Section senior members also qualified at the Plymouth Country Club on the
last Monday of July for the PGA Senior Club Professional Championship. This was
a new Championship for PGA members age 50 and over. With the help of a
hole-in-one on the 12th hole Butch Sweigart
led with a 78 and a 72 for 150. There were three spots and the other two
went to Ted McKenzie
and Bob Thatcher who turned in 151s
along with Willie Scholl.
Scholl lost out in a sudden death playoff and
became the first alternate.
Payne Stewart birdied four of the last five holes to win the PGA Championship
at the Kemper Lakes Golf Club near Chicago. Mike Reid opened the door for
Stewart by playing the last three holes in three over par. Stewart’s rounds were
74, 66, 69 and 67 for a 276 total. Reid, Curtis Strange and Andy Bean tied for
second at 277. The purse of $1,200,000 and the first prize of $200,000 were both
20 percent higher than the year before. Stu Ingraham
and Gene Fieger had finished 19th
and 21st in the PGA Club Professional Championship the previous year
to qualify for the tournament. They both missed the cut but
Ingraham came close to making it.
Ingraham was one of nine players who posted 146
totals. Due to some weather delays in the early rounds the last players didn’t
complete their second round until early Saturday morning. All of the players
with two over par 146 totals were at the course early Saturday to see if their
score would make the cut and if it did they would be teeing off very soon. It
looked good for the players at 146 until one of the last players who was one
over par holed a long greenside bunker shot on the last hole to finish at 144.
If he had made a bogey, which seemed likely, all of the 146s scores would have
made the cut but in the end there were exactly 70 players at 145 or better. The
players that missed the cut each received $1,000.
The Country Club of York hosted the Pennsylvania Open in mid August. The
title went to the western part of the state. The Pittsburgh Field Club assistant
Joe Boros shot a 67 the first day to hold a share of the lead. He came back with
a 72 in the second round but Bob Ford scored one better and caught him. They
were tied for the two-day 36-hole tournament with five-under-par 139s. Boros
defeated Ford with a birdie on the fifth extra hole of a sudden-death playoff.
Ford was a two-time winner of the tournament. The purse was $18,500 and Boros’
share came to $3,500. Brian Kelly, Harold Perry
and John Rech tied for third with 140s, one stroke off the winning pace.
Greg Farrow won the Philadelphia Section
Assistant Pro Championship, which was held at the Seaview Country Club on the
fourth Monday of August. Farrow, Drew Hood
and Gary Hardin had all turned in three
under par 139s so a sudden-death playoff was held to determine the winner.
Hardin went out on the first hole of
sudden-death and Farrow won it on the second
hole. Hood received a nice consolation prize
as he earned the right to represent the Section at the PGA Assistant
Professional Championship in Brockton, Massachusetts.
Farrow and Hardin were not
eligible as they had played in 12 or more tournaments on the PGA Tour in the
previous 12 months. Terry Hertzog finished
fourth at 141. The tournament, sponsored by the George Izett Golf
Company, offered a purse of $10,025 and Farrow
took home a check for $1,650.
The E.B. Westlake Memorial Golf Tournament was held at the Whitford Country
Club in the second week of September. This was the fifteenth consecutive year
that the tournament had been held at Whitford, having been played under more
than one name. Brian Kelly (140) posted a
two under par 70 on Sunday and came back with another 70 on Monday to nip
Frank Dobbs (141) and
Rick Osberg (141) by one stroke. Pete
Trenham finished fourth at 142. Kelly
earned $3,100 from the $21,100 purse.
1989 Section Champion
For a fifth consecutive year the Section Championship was played at the Eagle
Lodge Country Club and hosted by their professional
Eddie Bohla. The tournament was held in the third week of September
and for a second straight year the purse was $100,000.
Rick Osberg, who had won at Eagle Lodge in 1985, picked up his second
Section title as he led from wire to wire. Osberg
posted a three under par 68 in Friday’s first round for a one-stroke lead
and he followed that up with another 68 in the second round to lead by two.
There was a cut to the low 60 and ties after the second round. The next day,
Sunday, was rained out and the final round was pushed into Monday. After the
problems in 1983 at Woodcrest with a shortened championship the tournament
committee had made provision for rained out rounds. On Monday
Osberg turned in a third 68 to wrap up the
victory and the $16,000 first prize by two strokes with a 204. Even though the
greens at Eagle Lodge were quite large Osberg
used just 91 putts for the three rounds. Ed
Dougherty (206) made a late run with a 66 in the last round but it
was only enough to get him a tie for second with Frank
Dobbs (206). They each took home checks for $10,750.
Stu Ingraham finished fourth at 208 one stroke
ahead of Tom Robertson (209).
Cigna Corporation and the Philadelphia Dodge dealers sponsored the
tournament again. In the five years that the tournament had been at Eagle Lodge
Osberg had not finished worse than fifth and
he had won $38,967. For his win Osberg also
received an invitation to the 1990 McNeil Classic.
In late September the Section’s Executive Director Ted Taylor resigned.
Pete Trenham’s wife, Francey, filled the
position for two months until a new ED could be hired.
The $17,940 Pennsylvania PGA Championship was played at the Toftrees’ Resort
Golf Club in the last week of September. There were 118 entries as the
tournament was open to members of the Philadelphia PGA and the Tri-State PGA. On
Monday Greg Farrow opened with a
two-under-par 70 that gave him a tie for the lead. He came back with a 71 on
Tuesday and his 141 total won by one stroke. First prize was $2,700. Next in
line were Terry Hertzog at 142 and
Tom Robertson with a 143. Allegheny Country
Club’s Roy Vucinich finished fourth with a 144 one stroke ahead of
Pete Oakley (145).
On October 2nd the Philadelphia Section purchased a 1,400 square
foot office condominium at 801 E. Germantown Pike, Suite F-6 in Norristown. The
telephone number was 215-277-5777. The office site was part of a complex called
Plymouth Greens Office Campus. The price was $187,200. The location was selected
for its convenience to the Section members. It was located within two miles of
the Norristown Exit on the Pennsylvania Turnpike.
As a group the Philadelphia Section made its finest showing in the 22-year
history of the PGA Club Professional Championship. Eight Section members made
the cut and three of those finished in the top fifteen. Florida’s Bruce Fleisher,
who had spent twelve years on the PGA Tour, won the championship in his first
attempt. The tournament was played in the first week of October at PGA West in
California. The PGA West Stadium, La Quinta Mountain and the Mission Hills Old
courses were used for the championship with the Stadium course the site of the
final round. Fleisher posted rounds of 69, 68, 68 and 72 for a 277 that won by
three strokes. Jeff Thomsen (280) finished second and Phil Hancock (282) was
third. Bob Boyd and Dale Fuller tied for fourth with 283s. First prize was
$30,000. Stu Ingraham (285) put together
rounds of 72, 69, 72 and 72 to tie for eighth one stroke in front of
Noel Caruso (286) who tied for 11th.
Ingraham won $7,500 and
Caruso won $6,250.
Ingraham’s tie for eighth also earned him a place on the PGA Cup
Team. Rick Osberg (287) tied for 15th
at 287 and won $4,607.14. Harold Perry
(290) tied for 36th, winning $1,181.25.
Miguel Biamon (292) tied for 49th and won $796.67.
Gene Fieger (293)
tied for 58th and won $708.34. Frank Dobbs
(294) won $607.50 for a 67th place tie.
Gary Hardin (301) also made the cut and finished near the end of the
money list winning $565. Ingraham, Caruso
and Osberg qualified for the 1990 PGA
Championship and PGA Club Professional Championship by finishing in the top 40.
Even though Perry tied for 36th
it had been in an eight-way tie. The last round was the tiebreaker and a 77 by
Perry eliminated him from qualifying for the
PGA Championship. Wayne Phillips, Paul Galczyk
and Rex Baxter missed the cut and they
each received a check for $317.
In the fourth week of October the Philadelphia Section and the Tri-State
Section met in a challenge match. The venue was the Longue Vue Club near
Pittsburgh. Bud Hansen, who owned golf courses and was building a golf course in
the Philadelphia area, sponsored the match. The team members drove to Pittsburgh
on Monday for a practice round and dinner at the club with the Tri-State team.
There were six better-ball matches on Tuesday. Philadelphia won all but ½ point
and led 5 ½ to ½. In the twelve singles matches the second day Philadelphia won
7 ½ more points to finish on top for the two days by a 13 to 5 count. The teams
of Frank Dobbs-Brian Kelly, Stu Ingraham-Gene Fieger,
Ed Dougherty-Greg Farrow, Pete Oakley-Tom Robertson and
Jim Muething-Noel Caruso all won their better ball matches. The
senior members of the team, Pete Trenham and
Henry Williams, Jr., halved their match.
On Wednesday Muething, Farrow, Robertson, Oakley,
Fieger, Dobbs and Williams won
their singles matches. Caruso halved his
match to give the Philadelphia team thirteen points out of a possible eighteen
for the two days.
"Golf Professional of the Year"
Charles Genter was elected president at the Section’s annual
meeting. The meeting was held on the fifth Monday of October at the Tabas Hotel
in Downingtown. Jack Connelly moved to first
vice president and Mike Atkins, the
professional at the Country Club of Harrisburg, was elected second vice
president. Lu Lu Country Club professional Jack
MacCarty was elected secretary and Leo
DeGisi moved to treasurer. George McNamara
was the Section’s "Golf Professional of the Year".
McNamara had hosted numerous Section events such as junior golf
camps, Section meetings and tournaments. He had been one of the first golf
professionals to computerize his golf shop, including the handicap system.
McNamara had served as a Section officer and
he was the Section’s second member to earn "PGA Master Professional" status.
Rick Osberg was the Section’s "Player of the
Year" and he also won the DeBaufre Trophy with a stroke average of 69.64.
Osberg was just the second player to finish
with a stroke average under 70.00. The Hansen Cup point leader for the year was
Brian Kelly. The Section’s "Teacher of the
Year" was Tom Lynch, who was now the
professional at the Twin Lakes Golf Club.
1990 & 1991
In November the PGA’s national meeting was held at the PGA Sheraton in Palm
Beach Gardens, Florida. President Pat Reilly, Vice President
Dick Smith, Sr. and Secretary Gary Schaal were
all reelected without opposition. Dean Beman brought the delegates up to date on
the new Ben Hogan Tour. The tour was going to begin in 1990 with 30 events
offering purses with a minimum of $100,000 in prize money. The tour was designed
for young players trying to break into the PGA Tour and older pros who where
trying to get ready for the Senior PGA Tour. The top five money winners for the
year would qualify for the PGA Tour. Bill Battle, the president of the USGA,
talked about the issue between Karsten Manufacturing’s Ping Eye2 square groove
irons and the USGA. The delegates were informed that the number of PGA Club
Professional Championship qualifiers for the PGA Championship may need to be
reduced from the present 40 in order to assure that the PGA Championship remain
a major. That created a great deal of discussion, most of it heated. The
delegates from the Philadelphia Section were Charles
Genter and Jack Connelly.
In mid November the Philadelphia Section hired a new Executive Director. The
new ED was Greg Shreaves, a PGA member.
Shreaves had worked for Bill Strausbaugh in the
Middle Atlantic Section before becoming the head professional at the Outdoor
Country Club in York. After that he was a head pro in the Middle Atlantic
Section and then he went to work at the PGA of America’s national office in Palm
Beach Gardens, Florida. When the Section hired him he was Director of
Education/Club Relations for the PGA and a liaison between the PGA Sections and
the national association.
The first PGA Senior Club Professional Championship was held in early
December on the PGA National Golf Club’s Haig Course. Kansas’ Stan Thirsk won
the title on the second hole of a sudden death playoff with Iowa’s Bob Reith.
They had tied at 286. The course proved to be quite difficult as Reith’s 71 in
the final round was the only score under par that day. Thirsk’s rounds were 68,
71, 74 and 73. De Witt Weaver (287) finished third and Joe Lopez, Jr. (289)
finished fourth. First prize was $10,000 from a purse of $125,000. The Wilson
Sporting Goods Company sponsored the tournament. Bob
Thatcher led the Philadelphia Section pros as he tied for 29th
at 304, winning $1,075. Harold Sweigart
(305) finished one stroke higher and tied for 34th, winning $980.
Ted McKenzie (315) also made the cut and
finished near the end of the money list, winning a check for $500.
Sweigart qualified for the 1990 PGA Seniors’ Championship and
McKenzie missed by one stroke as the top 70
Three Philadelphia Section professionals qualified for the PGA Tour in the
first week of December. Qualifying school was held at the TPC at the Woodlands
and The Woodlands Inn and Country Club’s North Course near Houston, Texas.
Emlyn Aubrey tied for 5th at 424
with scores of 72, 70, 71, 70, 68 and 73. Ed Dougherty
made the grade for a second time by tying for 18th with rounds of
74, 71, 73, 73, 68 and 70 for 429. Ted Tryba,
who had turned pro just before the qualifying school, made it right on the
number when one of the players posted a last round 78. That let nine extra
players qualify as the low 50 and ties (59 players) made it.
Tryba’s rounds were 72, 75, 71, 74, 67 and 70
for 435. The medalist was David Peoples with a score for the six rounds of 420.
In December Rick Osberg won the Wilson
PGA Club Professional Classic at the Jack Nicklaus Private Course in LaQuinta,
California. The tournament sponsored by Wilson Sporting Goods Company was open
to the PGA of America’s 41 Section champions. Osberg
won the tournament by seven strokes with rounds of 73, 69, 66 and 71 for a
nine under par 279. Osberg’s third round 66
gave him a five stroke lead going into the last round but it was the second
round 69 that won the tournament for him. The second day featured a dust storm
and 40 mile per hour winds. There were two rounds of 69 shot that day and
everyone else was over par. The average score that day was 78.9. His no bogey 66
in the next round left everyone in the dust. First prize was $10,000. New
England PGA champion Dana Quigley finished second at 286 one stroke in front of
Western New York’s Lonnie Neilson (287) and the Sun Country’s Raymond Cragun
The PGA "Player of the Year" was Tom Kite and he led the money race with
$1,395,278. Greg Norman won the Vardon Trophy with an average of 69.49 strokes
per round. Jimmy Booros held on to his PGA
Tour exemption by finishing 113th on the money list with earnings of
$118,824 in 27 tournaments. Emlyn Aubrey got
into one event and won $9,007. Brett Upper
won $2,569 in five tournaments and Ed Dougherty
won $1,800 in thee tournaments.
Bob Charles led the PGA Senior Tour
in money winnings with $725,887. Dick Hendrickson
finished right on the magic 31-number to keep his full exemption as he won
$144,739 in 33 tournaments. Ralph Terry
played in 29 events and won $63,412, which put him in 57th place.
Mike Souchak played in four tournaments and won
$2,500. Art Wall won $1,475 in two events;
Stan Dudas won $1,150 in two events and
Joe Kriznuski, who was an assistant at the
Maple Dale Country Club, won $1,000 in two events.
As the decade came to an end there were 587 PGA members in the Philadelphia
Section and 380 were head professionals. For the first time almost half of the
golf facilities in the United States owned the merchandise in the pro shops instead
of the golf professionals. Another significant change was the proliferation of
golf management companies that were buying and leasing golf courses.
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