A Chronicle of the Philadelphia Section PGA and Golf in the Philadelphia Area
by Peter C. Trenham
1990 to 1999
Dick Smith was elected president of the PGA of America. Stu Ingraham played on the winning PGA Cup Team.
Frank Dobbs won the Philadelphia Open, Pennsylvania Open and Assistants Championship plus ten more events.
Rick Osberg became the eighth player to win the Philadelphia PGA Section Championship more than two times.
John Poole was the national winner of the Bill Strausbaugh Award for his work in Club Relations.
“Rookie of the Year” Jay Sigel and Jack Kiefer each won tournaments on the PGA Senior Tour for the first time.
Ed Dougherty, Ted Tryba & Jim Furyk got 1st PGA Tour wins. Gene Fieger won Philadelphia and PA Opens.
Jack Connelly was on the way to being president of the PGA of America as he was elected to the office of secretary.
Doug Ritter won the national Bill Strausbaugh Award. Gene Fieger won Section Championship & PA Open.
Jason Lamp won the Philadelphia PGA Championship and the Philadelphia Open.
Pete Oakley won the PGA Senior Club Pro Championship. Jim Furyk was on the Ryder Cup Team for a second time.
1990 - The Philadelphia Section began the 1990s as the PGA’s 12th
largest PGA Section. The Section office had five full time employees as well as
the field staff that worked from tournament to tournament on a per diem basis.
Section President 1990-1991
PGA Master Professional
1992 "Golf Professional of the Year"
The Section’s spring meeting was held on the first Monday of April. The Oak
Terrace Country Club and their new professional Kerry
Mattern hosted the pros. The first vice president and
tournament chairman Jack Connelly, who was
the professional at the Huntingdon Valley Country Club professional, presented
the tournament schedule. The Section members were playing for more than $600,000
that year. A large part of that was the Section Championship, which was again
$100.000. Section president and Tavistock Country Club professional
Charles Genter announced that the Section had
raised more than $100,000 in 1989 for its official charity, the Variety Club for
handicapped children. Ron Jaworski was introduced as the honorary chairman of
the Philadelphia PGA/Dodge Junior Tour for 1990. There were 25 events on the
junior schedule and 400 boys and girls had signed up and paid their dues. The
Section secretary, Lu Lu Country Club professional Jack
MacCarty, announced that there were now 190 apprentices on the
Section rolls. There were now 11,070 PGA members and 7,058 apprentices paying
dues to the PGA of America. The number of apprentices had almost doubled in ten
The Masters Tournament was played at the Augusta National Golf Club during the
first full week of April. The winner was Nick Faldo and he was only the second
person to win the Masters in back-to-back years. Just like the year before Faldo
had to survive a sudden-death playoff to nail down the win. He and Ray Floyd had
tied at 278. The playoff began on the tenth hole. They halved the first playoff
hole in pars and Faldo won with a par on the next hole when Floyd made a bogey
five. Faldo’s four rounds were 71, 72, 66 and 69. John Huston and Lanny Watkins
tied for third with 283s. First prize was $225,000. There were no entries from
the Philadelphia Section.
Gary Player won the PGA Seniors’ Championship for the third time. It was
played in mid April on the PGA National Golf Club’s Champion Course at Palm
Beach Gardens, Florida. Player outplayed one of the strongest fields in
the history of the tournament with rounds of 74, 69, 65 and 73 for a 281 total.
Chi Chi Rodriguez turned in a last round 66 to finish two strokes out of first
pace at 283. Jack Nicklaus and Lee Trevino tied for fourth at 285.
Ralph Terry tied for 25th with a 301
and won $3,300. Dick Hendrickson finished in
a tie for 58th at 309. He won$915. Rex
Baxter and the Olde Masters Driving Range owner,
Bob Thatcher, missed the cut.
Terry and Hendrickson
were in the field off their standings on the Senior PGA Tour.
Thatcher and Butch
Sweigart were exempt off their finishes in the 1989 PGA Senior Club
Pro Championship but Sweigart, who was the
professional at the Ingleside Manor Golf Club, didn’t play in the PGA
Seniors’ Championship. Baxter, the
professional at the Stone Harbor Golf Club, was exempt as a former winner of the
PGA Club Professional Championship. First prize was $75,000 from a purse of
Ted Tryba found it difficult to get a spot in the starting fields
on the PGA Tour even though he had qualified at the Players School in December.
The problem was that his number was floating between 50 and 59 so there were
175+ players ahead of him who could decide whether they wanted to play each week
before he would be called. He had made it into four tournaments, winning a small
check in one, so with another week off in the third week of April he entered the
PGA Ben Hogan Tour’s Gateway Open at Fort Meyers, Florida. He didn’t improve his
position on the PGA Tour but he helped the balance in his bank account. After
shooting rounds of 72 and 70 Tryba entered
the last round six shots off the lead but in the third and final round he
birdied the last hole for a five under par 67. His 209 total put him in a
three-way tie for first with John Daly (209) and Bruce Fleisher (209). The three
pros went into a sudden death playoff, which Tryba
ended quickly with an eagle three on the first hole.
Tryba’s first victory as a professional earned
him a check for $20,000. Steve Haskins finished fourth at 210. The purse was
Ed Kramer, who was now the professional at the Pitman Golf Club,
won the Philadelphia Section Senior Championship and an invitation to the Bell
Atlantic Senior Classic on the second Tuesday of May. The victory also qualified
Kramer for the PGA Senior Club Professional
Championship. The Reading Country Club and Joe Dahl,
who was part owner and head professional, hosted the tournament.
Kramer turned in a two under par 68 to earn the
title and a check for $200. The purse was $900. Ted
McKenzie, the teaching professional at the Waltz Golf Farm Driving
Range, finished second with a 70. St. Davids Golf Club professional
Pete Trenham, Gulph Mills Golf Club
professional Willie Scholl and the Woodland
Hills Golf Club professional Bob Hutnik tied
for third with 71s.
Linwood Country Club head professional Jeff LeFevre,
won the Burlington Classic in the third week of May.
LeFevre won by one stroke as he put together
rounds of 66 on Sunday and 68 on Monday for a six under par 134.
Ed Dougherty, who was on a break from the
PGA Tour, led the first day with a 63. He ended up in second place at 135.
Noel Caruso (136), the Westover Inn &
Country Club assistant and Whitemarsh Valley Country Club assistant
Miguel Biamon (137) finished third and
fourth. The purse was $11,500 and LeFevre
took home a check for $2,000.
On the same Monday that the Burlington Classic was ending
Tom Robertson, who managed the Golf Shoppe, was
leading the local qualifying for the U.S. Open in central Pennsylvania.
Qualifying was held at the par 71 Colonial Country Club. When play began in the
morning it was cold and wet, which made for scoring difficult for the players
with early starting times. Robertson (142)
put together rounds of 73 and 69 to take the medallist honors by one stroke.
Ted Tryba (143) and
Ray Silnik (144), who was now the head professional at the Silver
Creek Country Club, picked up the next two places. Ben
Witter, an assistant at the Hershey Country Club, and
Steve Snyder, the professional at the Berkleigh
Country Club, tied for fourth and fifth with 145s.
Terry Hertzog (146), the assistant at the Lancaster Country Club, won
the last spot in a sudden-death playoff by making a par on the third extra hole.
The low round of the day was an afternoon round of 67 by
Witter, which moved him past 20 players.
Emlyn Aubrey made it through local qualifying
at another site in the country.
Local qualifying for the U.S. Open in Philadelphia was held on the fourth
Tuesday of May, which was the day after qualifying was held in Harrisburg.
Rolling Green Golf Club (par 71) and Llanerch Country Club (par 72) hosted the
qualifying. The leaders at 139 were Ed Dougherty
with a 70 at Rolling Green in the morning round and 69 at Llanerch after
lunch and the teaching pro at the Burlington Country Club,
Greg Farrow, who posted a 67 in the morning at
Rolling Green to go with a 72 at Llanerch in the afternoon. Jim McGovern was
next at 140 without the help of ever having played either course. McGovern drove
in from Kentucky where he had been playing in an event on the PGA’s Ben Hogan
Tour. McGovern’s brother and a neighbor from northern New Jersey each walked one
of the courses on Monday. They met at a motel that night to give McGovern the
yardages and to tell him how to play the courses.
Charlie Bolling, who was also playing the Hogan Tour, was next at
144. Brian Kelly, who was now the teaching
professional at the Plymouth Country Club, and Gene
Fieger, who was now the playing professional from the Downingtown
Golf Club, tied for the fifth and sixth spots with 145s. The next three places
went to Waynesborough Country Club assistant Stu
Ingraham, Jim Masserio, who was now the professional at the Aronimink
Golf Club, and Bidermann Golf Club assistant professional
Chris Anderson. All three posted 146s.
Noel Caruso (147) picked up the tenth and last
spot in a playoff over three others with a birdie on the second extra hole.
The PGA Bell Atlantic Senior Classic was played at the Chester Valley Golf
Club in the fourth week of May. The host pro was John
Poole. For the third year in a row a playoff was needed to determine
a winner. Dale Douglas and Gary Player ended up in a tie at the top of
the leader board with 206 totals. They went into a sudden-death playoff, which
began on the par three 15th hole. They halved that hole with pars and
Douglas won out on the next hole (16th) with a par against a
double-bogey 6 for Player. First prize was $75,000 from a total purse of
$500,000. Bob Charles and Charles Coody tied for third at 207.
Dick Hendrickson tied for 17th at
216 and won $7,000. Bob Thatcher (228),
Art Wall (229) and Ed
Kramer (242) finished toward the bottom of the entries and they each
won $500. Wall was in the field off his
standing on the PGA’s lifetime money list and
Hendrickson was there off his standing on the Senior PGA Tour.
Kramer had an invitation as the Philadelphia
Section senior champion and Thatcher had a
sponsor’s exemption. There were 78 in the starting field. For the six days of
the tournament week there were 74,000 spectators in attendance, with 30,000 of
them paying their way in on Sunday. Both numbers were a record for the
On the first Monday of June Ed Dougherty
(73-70—143) and Emlyn Aubrey (72-72—144),
who were back on the PGA Tour, made it through sectional qualifying for the U.S.
Open in Rockville, Maryland. Dougherty had
qualified locally in Philadelphia and Emlyn Aubrey
had made it through local qualifying somewhere else. Qualifying was held at
the Woodmont Country Club’s North and South courses. Tom Byrum and Corey Pavin
led with 137s. Twelve players who had shot 145s played off for the last two
spots. Because the PGA Tour’s Kemper Open had just ended the day before at
Potomac, Maryland there were 139 players competing for 46 spots.
Dougherty tied for 20th and
Aubrey tied for 28th.
Dougherty had finished in a tie for 48th
in the Kemper Open.
The Philadelphia Assistants Organization had a plan to raise money for the
Variety Club and it physically challenged children. The plan, organized by PAO
President Joe Missimer, was to have the
assistants attempt to set a Guinness World Record for the "Fastest 18-hole Round
of Golf". The assistants solicited pledges from various individuals in support
of their challenge to the record and the event was held on the first Monday of
June. Head professional Bob Sheppard hosted
the challenge at the Five Ponds Golf Club. The round had to be played by golfing
one ball in a relay around the entire 18-holes. The players were split up into
seven groups and a total of 68 assistants were involved. The ball was struck and
sent to players waiting in the fairway, played again to players waiting on the
green and then the ball was putted into the hole. After the ball was holed it
was taken out of the cup and thrown to the next tee where a player was waiting
with a baseball glove to catch the ball and lateral it to a player who teed the
ball up for the next striker. As the ball traveled around the golf course the
players drove or sprinted to their next assigned hole. The Guinness record of
9:51 had been set by a group of mini-tour players in South Africa, of which
Chris Anderson was a participant. 250
spectators where on hand to witness this record setting attempt as
Missimer struck the first shot when he drove
from the 1st tee. The assistants made several attempts to break the
record, but their best time was 12:42. Some of the participants were
Andy Barbin, Will Reilly and
Frank Dobbs, who would later have great moments
as Philadelphia Section PGA members. The attempt to set a new record was not
successful but raising money was, as the PAO was able to present a check for
$30,000 to the Variety Club.
Brian Kelly led the sectional qualifying for the U.S. Open in
Summit, New Jersey on the first Tuesday of June. Kelly
toured the Canoe Brook Country Club in a 70 in the morning and a 72 in the
afternoon for 142 strokes to earn the medallist honors by one stroke.
Kelly had qualified locally in Philadelphia.
There were six spots at Canoe Brook and the 146 scorers played off for the last
four places. One of the players in the playoff was
Jimmy Booros, who was on the PGA Tour. He lost out on the second
Qualifying for the U.S. Senior Open was at the Doylestown Country Club on the
second Thursday of June. Frank Arasin, a future Section member who was
working in Vermont, led with a one over par 73. Llanerch Country Club
professional Bob Pfister, Ralph Terry, Pete
Trenham, former Section member Bob Ross
and reinstated amateur Bucky Erhardt tied at 74. There were four spots so
the five players went back out to play off for the second, third and fourth
places. Pfister, Ross and Erhardt won
the right to move on to the Senior Open in the playoff.
Dick Hendrickson was exempt for the tournament
off his position on the Senior PGA Tour money list and
Art Wall was invited as a former winner of the Masters Tournament and
a Ryder Cup Team member.
The U.S. Open was played in the middle of June at the Medinah Country Club,
which was near Chicago. When the last round began on Sunday there were 27
players within four strokes of the lead. One of those was Hale Irwin who was
four strokes back. Irwin toured the last nine holes in 31 strokes to finish at
280, which is what the USGA seems to think should be the winning score at their
Open. Irwin had to wait almost two hours before he would know that he had caught
the leader and had tied for the title with Mike Donald. The next day Irwin and
Donald played an 18-hole playoff and ended up still tied after posting 74s. They
went back to the first hole for sudden-death and Irwin birdied the hole to win
the U.S. Open for a third time. Irwin had won his last U.S. Open in 1979 and his
ten-year exemption had run out after 1989. He was in the tournament on a special
exemption from the USGA. At the age of 45 Irwin became the oldest U.S. Open
winner. Irwin’s rounds were 69, 71, 69 and 72. Billy Ray Brown and Nick Faldo
tied for third at 281. Ed Dougherty, Emlyn Aubrey
and Brian Kelly missed the cut. The
purse was $1,217,042.01 and first prize was $220,000.
Delaware’s Shawnee Country Club professional, Pete
Oakley, won the two-day Susquehanna Valley Open at the Susquehanna
Valley Country Club in the third week of June. The pros played with the club
members on Sunday and finished up on Monday paired with the other pros.
Oakley put together a 69 and a 66 for a five
under par 135 to win by three strokes. Oakley
took away a check for $1,000 from the $5,150 purse.
Brian Kelly (138), Mayapple Golf Links professional
Rob Shuey (139) and Radnor Valley Country Club
professional George Forster, Sr. (140)
finished second, third and fourth.
The second annual Shawnee Lady Club Pro Classic was played at the Shawnee
Country Club in the third week of June. Spring Lake, New Jersey’s Laura
D’Alessandro defeated Tennye Ohr of Chevy Chase, Maryland on the second hole of
a sudden-death playoff. They had ended up tied at 145 in the two-day tournament.
Honey Run Country Club assistant Jody Logan
finished third with a 147. Jan Kleiman and Jackie Cannizzo tied for fourth at
148. The purse was $11,000 and first prize was $2,250. There was an extra purse
for the Philadelphia Section entries. There was a pro-am the day before the
tournament. The host professional was Gordon Neely.
On the first of July Lee Trevino won the U.S. Senior Open by out dueling Jack
Nicklaus. The tournament was held in northern New Jersey at the Ridgewood
Country Club. Trevino led by one stroke after round one with a 67 and a 68 in
the second round kept him in front by one stroke. A 73 in the third round left
him two stokes behind Nicklaus with a round to play. In the last round on Sunday
Trevino made six birdies and only one bogey for a 67 to finish two strokes ahead
of Nicklaus’ 277. Trevino’s 275 total was thirteen under par. First prize was
$90,000. It was the sixth win of the year on the Senior PGA Tour for the
50-year-old Trevino. Chi Chi Rodriguez, Mike Hill and Gary Player tied
for third with 281s. Dick Hendrickson tied
for 23rd at 290 and won $4,964.33. Art Wall
posted a 296 to tie for 37th, which won $3,444.50 and
Bob Pfister won $2,087 by tying for 56th
with a score of 304.
Ray Silnik won the Dodge Golf Classic at the Eagle Lodge Country
Club in the first week of July. Silnik
opened up on Thursday with a course record equaling 65 and came back the next
day with a 68 to win by two strokes. Silnik’s
nine under par 133 gave him a $2,000 payday. The total purse was $13,250.
Stu Ingraham finished second with a 135 and
Roger Stern, the teaching professional at
the Wedgewood Golf Club, was next at 137. The Pine Tree Golf Club professional
Dale Loeslein, Tom Robertson and
Michael Mack, the professional at the
Burlington Country Club, tied for fourth with 139s. In the second round
Pete Trenham put together a 66 that included
nine birdies. The 66 added to a first round 74 gave him a tie for sixth and the
low senior prize. It was a good thing that the tournament was played in early
summer. There was a two hour and twenty minute rain delay during the first round
and the last of the 180 entries completed their rounds in fading light.
Qualifying for the PGA Club Professional Championship was held at the
Plymouth Country Club on the third Monday of July. Gene
Fieger was the medallist with 69-70 for a five under par 139.
Jim Masserio and
Harold Perry, the professional at the Kennett Square Golf & Country
Club, tied for second with 140s. Greg Farrow
and Drew Hood, who was now the professional
at the Conestoga Country Club, were next at 142. Spring-Ford Country Club
assistant professional Frank Dobbs, Dale Loeslein
and Roger Stern tied for sixth with
143s. The last spot went to Pete Oakley who
had to get by Atlantic City Country Club assistant Russ
Davis, Miguel Biamon
and Gary Hardin, who was now the
professional at the Northampton Country Club, in a sudden-death playoff. They
had all posted 144s. Later in the year Jimmy Booros
won the Section Championship but he had played more than 12 tournaments
on the PGA Tour in the past 12 months, so he was not eligible for the PGA Club
Professional Championship. The Section’s spot for the Section champion went to
Hardin who was the first alternate.
Stu Ingraham, Rick Osberg, who was now
the professional at the Waynesborough Country Club, and
Noel Caruso, who was now the assistant
professional at the Rehoboth Beach Country Club, were exempt by having finished
in the top forty at the 1989 PGA Club Professional Championship.
Rex Baxter was
exempt as a former champion.
The PGA Senior Club Professional Championship qualifying was also held at the
Plymouth Country Club on the third Monday of July. After a disappointing 80 in
his morning round Bala Golf Club professional Henry
McQuiston came back with a 65 in the afternoon to earn the top spot
by one stroke. McQuiston’s 65 was the low
round of the day for the pros by four strokes, senior or otherwise. Saucon
Valley Country Club professional Jerry Pittman
finished second with a 146. Philadelphia Country Club professional
Tim DeBaufre and
Willie Scholl tied for the third and last spot with 150s.
DeBaufre won the spot in a sudden-death playoff
with Scholl. Ed Kramer
was exempt as the Section Senior Champion.
On the third Wednesday of July Pete Oakley
won the one-day Philadelphia Open for the second straight year. The venue
was the Merion Golf Club’s East Course. Oakley’s
two rounds on the difficult East Course were 68 and 69. His 137 total earned
him the first place check of $3,260 by two strokes over
Jim Masserio (139). Since the tournament has
been played at 36 holes only three players have scored under 137 and none have
been better than 136. Amateurs Bill Kennedy (143) and Robin McCool, a pro-golf
salesman for Ping clubs, (144) finished third and fourth.
Ed Dougherty and amateur Buddy Marucci, who
would later be a runner-up in the U.S. Amateur to Tiger Woods, tied for fifth
with 145s. Play was so slow that Oakley had
to finish eating his lunch while he was walking down the first fairway on the
way to play his second shot in the afternoon round. The entry fee was $70 and
the purse was $15,104.
Gene Fieger won the Philadelphia Section Assistant Pro
Championship on the fifth Monday of July. The tournament sponsored by George
Izett Golf was played at the Berkleigh Country Club.
Fieger burned up the course with rounds of 69
and 65 for a ten under par 134. Greg Farrow
played well but he finished a distant second, seven strokes back at 141.
Brian Kelly (142) and
Frank Dobbs (143) finished third and fourth.
The two-day Tylenol Kids Classic was played at the White Manor Country Club
on the last Monday and Tuesday of July. Gene Sauers made fifteen birdies on the
way to an eleven under par (64-69--133) tournament record. It was Sauers’ second
win in that event, the other one coming in 1988. Brian Tennyson finished second
at 134, Nick Price was next at 135 and Scott Verplank finished fourth with a
136. First prize was $40,000. There were 25 invitees and the Section’s
representative, Rick Osberg, finished 23rd
at 149. Osberg who had earned an invitation
as the Section champion won $6,000.A celebrity skins game, which preceded the
first day’s play, drew a large gallery. The participants were Michael Jordan,
Frank Gifford, Mike Schmidt and Joe Morgan. The event drew 23,500 spectators for
the two days but it lost money. Eleven months later a check for $100,000 was
sent to the Special Olympics Committee. The $100,000 was taken from the budget
for the 1993 tournament.
In the second week of August the PGA Championship was played at the Shoal
Creek Country Club in Birmingham, Alabama. Australian Wayne Grady won by three
strokes with rounds of 72, 67, 72 and 71 for a six under par 282. Fred Couples
led with six holes to play but four straight bogeys left him in second place at
285. Gil Morgan was next with a 286 and Billy Britton finished fourth at 289.
Rick Osberg, Stu Ingraham and
Noel Caruso missed
the cut and each received $1,000. They were in the tournament for having
finished in the top 40 at the 1989 PGA Club Professional Championship, The purse
was $1,350,000 and first prize was $225,000.
Rolling Green Golf Club hosted the Pennsylvania Open in the second week of
August. Amateur Jay Sigel won with a 71 on Monday and a 69 on Tuesday for
a two under par 140. It was the fourth time that Sigel had won the
Pennsylvania Open. Twenty-year-old amateur Jim Furyk, who was
playing out of the Hershey Country Club, grabbed second place with a fast
finish. He birdied the 35th hole and chipped in for an eagle on the
last hole to end up one stroke out of a playoff at 141. Furyk’s father
Mike Furyk was a Section member and a pro-golf
salesman. Jim had won the Pennsylvania high school championship in 1987.
The low pro was John Mazza who finished in third place at 142. Mazza’s last
round 70 featured a hole-in-one and two other eagles.
Gene Fieger, Ed Dougherty and amateur Buddy Marucci tied for fourth
with 143s. Mazza’s check for having the lowest professional score was $3,500 and
the purse was $18,500.
Rick Osberg won the two-day Mountain Laurel Classic at the
Mountain Laurel Resort in late August. Osberg
posted a 69 on Monday and a 68 on Tuesday for a seven under par 137 to edge
out Jack Connelly (138) and
Frank Dobbs (138) by one stroke.
Pete Oakley finished fourth at 140.
Osberg took home a check for $2,000 from the
The E.B. Westlake Memorial Golf Tournament was played at the Whitford Country
Club in the second week of September. It was the sixteenth consecutive year that
Whitford had hosted the tournament, which had been played under more than one
name. Rick Osberg won his second two-day
tournament in two weeks by putting together a Sunday 71 and a Monday 67 for a
six under par 138. Chris Anderson, Frank Dobbs
and Pete Oakley tied for second with
140s. Osberg’s share of the $19,150 purse
On September 10th Charles Genter
became the Section’s third PGA Master Professional. The subject of his
thesis was "12 Stages for Beginners".
1990 Section Champion
The 59th Philadelphia Section PGA Championship was held at the
Eagle Lodge Country Club for the sixth consecutive year. The course measured
6,759 yards. The tournament was played in the middle of September and for the
third straight year the purse was $100,000. The entry fee was now $90. The
tournament week began on Wednesday with a pro-am to entertain the sponsors and
their guests. The Cigna Corporation, which owned Eagle Lodge, was the primary
sponsor of the tournament. Other sponsors were the Delaware Valley Dodge Dealers
and Seaview Petroleum. On Thursday the tournament got under way with 162 Section
members shooting for the Section’s most important title and a top prize of
$16,000. On Friday play was interrupted by heavy rain shortly after noon and two
hours later the course was declared unplayable. The tournament committee ruled
that all of Friday’s scores would count. Many of the players hadn’t even teed
off when the rain came. On Saturday those who had not finished resumed play at
8:30 and those who had not begun play teed off one hour later than their
assigned times. The field was a cut to the low 60 and ties after the second
round was concluded. Scores of 148 and better made the cut and 61 players were
paired for the final round. On Sunday Jimmy Booros,
who had taken a break from the PGA Tour, fired a 66 to win the title. His
earlier rounds of 69 and 68 gave him a total of 203, which tied the tournament
record for Eagle Lodge. Booros’s ten under
par score nipped Gene Fieger (204),
who also finished with a 66, by one stroke. Ed
Dougherty and the professional at the new Laurel Creek Country Club,
Ed Sabo, tied for third at 206, one stroke
in front of Gary Hardin (207) and
Russ Davis (207).
Fieger won $12,500 and the tie for third was worth $8,000 apiece.
Booros had finished third in the tournament
three times. There were 52 sub-par rounds shot in the tournament. The host
professional was Ed Bohla.
PGA Cup Team 1990
Stu Ingraham was a member of the winning PGA Cup team in fourth
week of September. It was America’s turn to be the host and the match, which was
played against the club professionals from Great Britain and Ireland, was held
at the Turtle Point Golf Club in Kiawah Island, South Carolina. That year the
competition included the pros from all of Europe for the first time. Before that
the team was made up of pros from Great Britain and Ireland only. It was thought
that the Americans would be facing a stiff challenge but they won by the wide
margin of 19 to 7. The competition was contested over three days with five
rounds of matches. On Friday and Saturday there were four foursomes (alternate
stroke) matches each morning and four four-ball (better-ball) matches in the
afternoon. On Sunday the ten members of each team met in singles matches.
Ingraham, the youngest member of the American
team at 30, won three matches and lost one. On Friday he and his partner won
both matches and Saturday morning he and his partner lost.
Ingraham was given the afternoon off and came back on Sunday to
win his singles match 7&6.
Frank Dobbs garnered his first important tournament victory in the
fourth week of September at the ninth annual Pennsylvania PGA Championship.
Pennsylvania State University hosted the tournament on its Blue Course. The
tournament had been held at the Toftrees Resort and Golf Club for the eight
years before that. Members of the Philadelphia Section PGA and the Tri-State
Section PGA were eligible for the tournament. Dobbs
turned in rounds of 72 and 68 for a four under par 140. In Monday’s first
round no one scored better than 71 due to strong winds and a golf course that
most of the players hadn’t seen before. Brian Kelly
finished second at 142. Chris Anderson,
Dale Loeslein and Pittsburgh’s John Mazza tied
for third with 143s. The purse was $15,000 and first prize was $2,250. The entry
fee was $70.
Brett Upper, who was now the professional at the Feather Sound Country
Club in Clearwater, Florida, won the PGA Club Professional Championship in the
first week of October. The PGA West, LaQuinta Hotel & Golf Resort in California
hosted the tournament. The courses used for the tournament were the PGA West
Stadium, La Quinta Mountain and the Mission Hills Old. Upper put together
founds of 69, 69, 66 and 71 for a thirteen under par 275, which left him three
strokes in front of Gibby Gilbert (278) and Larry Gilbert (278).
Greg Farrow, Bob Borowicz, and Mike Lawrence
tied for fourth with 280s. First prize was $32,000 and
Farrow won $12,333.34. Stu Ingraham
tied for tenth with a 283, winning $6,620 and Jim
Masserio won $3,271 as he tied for 21st at 286. For having
finished in the top forty Upper, Farrow,
Ingraham and Masserio
qualified for the 1991 PGA Championship. Frank
Dobbs tied for 43rd at 289 and missed qualifying for the
PGA Championship by one stroke. He won $1,018. Gene
Fieger tied for 72nd at 293 and
Gary Hardin posted a 294 to tie for 83rd.
Fieger won $665 and
Hardin won $625. The total purse was $400,000. The win propelled
Upper to the PGA Club Professional of the year honors.
Noel Caruso missed the cut by one stroke with a
220 total. Pete Oakley, Rick Osberg, Harold Perry, Dale
Loeslein, Roger Stern and
Drew Hood missed the cut. Rex Baxter
withdrew without playing.
The second annual Hanson Cup challenge matches were played in the fourth week
of October. The matches were a two-day competition between the Philadelphia
Section PGA and the Tri-State Section PGA. It was Philadelphia’s turn to host
the match and Bud Hansen’s Commonwealth National Golf Club was the venue. The
challenge match would have been in Philadelphia the year before but the
Commonwealth course wasn’t quite open yet. There were twelve players on each
team, of which two had to be seniors. In the first round better-ball matches on
Wednesday the Tri-State Section took a 3-½ to 2-½ point lead. The teams that
earned the points for Philadelphia were Greg
Farrow-Chris Anderson and Pete Oakley-Miguel
Biamon who won their matches. The Ed
Sabo-Jim Muething team halved their
match. Muething was an assistant at the Pine
Valley Golf Club. On Thursday there were twelve singles matches and the
Philadelphia pros came through with nine wins and a halved match to win the
challenge cup 12 points to 6. Plymouth Country Club professional
Don DeAngelis, George
Forster, Sr., Brian Kelly, Anderson, Biamon, Farrow, Oakley along
with seniors Willie Scholl and
Pete Trenham won their matches.
Frank Dobbs halved his match. Philadelphia now
led the Hansen Cup with two wins and no losses.
"Golf Professional of the Year"
The Section held its fall meeting and election of officers at the Brandywine
Country Club on the fifth Monday of October. Section President
Charles Genter and all of the other officers
were reelected. Jack Connelly was the first
vice president and tournament chairman. Country Club of Harrisburg professional
Mike Atkins was the second vice president.
The second vice president presided over education, employment and apprentices.
Jack MacCarty was reelected secretary and
Medford Village Country Club professional Leo DeGisi
was reelected treasurer. The Section’s junior golf chairman,
Tony DeGisi, who was the professional at the
Spring-Ford Country Club, reported that more than 500 boys and girls had been
enrolled in the Section’s Junior Tour, which resulted in almost 2,000 junior
tour tournament rounds for the year. Connelly
reported that the Section had raised almost $700,000 during the year for
various charities. Tim DeBaufre
was the Section’s "Golf Professional of the Year".
DeBaufre had been the tournament chairman and
the Section president along with spending many years on the tournament
committee. He had been a moving force in making the Section’s tournament program
one of the best in the country and the envy of other PGA Sections. During his
three years as the tournament chairman the tournament purses increased by two
hundred and fifty percent. Tim and his family had donated the DeBaufre Trophy to
the Section in memory of his father Ed in 1964. DeBaufre, the professional at
the Wildwood Golf & Country Club, had died in an automobile accident that
winter. Each year the trophy was awarded to the Section member that finished the
tournament season with the lowest scoring average. The DeBaufre Trophy winner
was Rick Osberg with a stroke average of
70.33 and he was also the Section’s "Player of the Year". That was the second
straight year that Osberg had won those two
awards and it was the third time he had been "Player of the Year". The Hansen
Cup point leader for the year was Frank Dobbs.
The "Teacher of the Year" was longtime Shawnee Inn & Country Club
professional Dick Farley.
The PGA Senior Club Professional Championship was played at the Ballenisles
Country Club’s East Course in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Ballenisles, owned by
Philadelphia’s Bud Hansen, was formerly the PGA National Golf Club and winter
home of the PGA pros. It was held in the second week of November. Tom Joyce
turned in rounds of 71, 68, 69 and 70 for a 278 that won by two strokes. First
prize was $12,000. Jim Albus (280), Marion Heck (283) and Lynn Rosely (285)
finished second, third and fourth. Tim
DeBaufre tied for 17th with a 293
total and won $1,763. That also qualified DeBaufre
for the 1991 PGA Seniors’ Championship as the top 70 made it. The purse was
$125,000. Ed Kramer, Henry McQuiston and
Jerry Pittman missed the cut.
In late November Jack Kiefer finished
tied for second at the PGA Senior Tour qualifying school, which made him
eligible for almost every tournament on the 1991 PGA Senior Tour.
Kiefer (68-68-69-67--272) finished at eight
under par, which was just one stroke more than the medallist, Simon Hobday
(68-69-68-66--271). Kiefer also picked up a
check for $3,000. Eight players qualified for full exemptions and the second
eight earned conditional status. Qualifying was held at the 6,706-yard Westin
Mission Hills Resort in Rancho Mirage, California.
Dick Smith, Sr.
President, PGA of America
1991 and 1992
Section President 3 years
Section Champion 5 times
Woodcrest Country Club professional Dick Smith, Sr.
was unanimously affirmed as the new president of the PGA of America
at the national meeting on the first day of December. The meeting was held at
the LaQuinta Hotel Golf & Tennis Resort in LaQuinta, California. Gary Schaal
moved up to vice president and Tom Addis III won out over Ken Lindsay for the
office of secretary. Over 300 PGA officers, members and staff attended the
four-day meeting. The delegates from the Philadelphia Section were
Charles Genter and
Jack MacCarty along with several alternates. The delegates had 31
resolutions to consider. The first resolution was to accept a rewritten PGA
constitution, which the delegates did. It had last been rewritten in 1967 and
had become burdened with 400 amendments. The resolution that got the most
attention was to allow inactive members to keep their membership as long as they
continue to satisfy the "Professional Development Program" points. There was a
great deal of intense discussion on both sides but the resolution passed. The
theme was "once a member always a member". With an expected influx of 5,000 new
members in the next five years there were five resolutions designed to help
expand career paths for PGA members. Twenty of the thirty-one resolutions
The leading money winner on the PGA Tour was Greg Norman with $1,165,477 and
he won the Vardon Trophy with a 69.10 stroke average. The PGA "Player of the
Year" was also Nick Faldo. Late in the year Ed
Dougherty made nine straight cuts and earlier in the year he had a
second place finish in the Milwaukee Open. That allowed him to earn just enough
money to stay eligible on the PGA Tour for 1991.
Dougherty won $124,505, which left him in 123rd place on
the money list. The top 125 kept their "playing cards".
Emlyn Aubrey and Jimmy
Booros each played in 30 tournaments and missed the magic 125th
place number. Aubrey was 126th
with $122,329 and Booros was next at 127
with $121,948. Three of the players who finished ahead of them were not members
of the PGA Tour so Aubrey and
Booros were considered to be in the top 125 and
exempt for the next year. Ted Tryba only got
into 18 tournaments and won just $10,708.
The PGA Ben Hogan Tour began in 1990 as a second tour for the PGA Tour. Most
of the tournaments offered a purse of $100,000. When
Ted Tryba wasn’t able to get into the tournaments on the PGA Tour he
was entering the Hogan Tour events were he was able to pick up $23,735 in seven
events that year. Noel Caruso got into eight
events and won $2,880. Emlyn Aubrey played
in two tournaments when he wasn’t eligible for the PGA Tour event and won
$2,334. Charlie Bolling played in ten
tournaments winning only $770 and he won another $684 in a PGA Tour tournament.
Lee Trevino led the PGA Senior Tour with
$1,190,515 in earnings. Dick Hendrickson
played in 34 tournaments and finished the year in 34th place on the
money list with winnings of $159,070. Art Wall
was exempt but he only entered 15 tournaments. He ended up in with a total
of $23,134. Jack Kiefer, who had to qualify
on Mondays, got into five tournaments and won $21,930.
Ralph Terry made it into 15 tournaments off his 1989 record on the
PGA Senior Tour, his fame as a baseball player and qualifying. He won $20,725.
Ironically Wall (86th),
Kiefer (87th) and
Terry (88th) finished
together on the money list. Bob Thatcher
played in two tournaments and won $500.
In 1990 the R & A golf association, which governed the rules of golf for all
countries except the United States and Mexico, abandoned the small golf ball and
joined the USGA in its measurements for the ball. Until that time a golfer could
play with the small golf ball or a larger ball except in the United States and
Mexico. The smaller golf ball was known as the British size golf ball.
1991 - In early February Chris Anderson
won the PGA Winter Tournament Program’s PGA Match Play Tournament. In the
36-hole finals Anderson defeated Lee Rinker,
his one-time University of Alabama teammate, by 3&1. First prize was $3,000.
Anderson won seven matches in seven days to
take the title.
In late March Gene Fieger, who was now
the playing professional at the Overbrook Golf Club, returned from a successful
winter in South Florida. He led the PGA’s eleven event Founders Tour for club
pros. The eleven tournaments were played during a four-month span of November to
February. Fieger won one event and finished
second twice while compiling earnings of $19,481.
The Section’s spring meeting was held at the Oak Terrace Country Club on the
first Monday of April. The tournament chairman Jack
Connelly presented the tournament schedule. There were 60
tournaments offering over $500,000 in purses. There was also a junior tour
schedule and a schedule of events for the Philadelphia Assistants Organization,
which was known as the PAO. Connelly also
announced the hiring of PGA member Tom Carpus
as the Section’s tournament director. Carpus
had been an assistant at Rolling Green Golf Club since 1985. He was now
responsible for the twelve person field staff and all tournament operations.
Carpus would oversee 65 Section tournaments, 25
junior tour events and the playing ability tests for apprentices. A new event on
the Section schedule was a match play tournament. The Section had not held a
match play tournament since 1959 when the Section Championship was last played
with a match play format. In 1931 a match play tournament was held in the
Section as well as the Section Championship, which was still a stroke play
event. The next year the Section Championship was changed to the match play
format in order to be the same as the national PGA Championship. From 1932
through 1959 the Section Championship was contested with the match play format
except 1937 when the Section champion was determined through 36 holes of stroke
play. A match play event was held as well that year. The Section had selected a
Playing Legends team and a highlight of the meeting was the appearance of
team-member George B. Smith who was 85-years
old. Smith, who was a three-time Section
champion, spoke briefly on some of his golf memories.
The Masters Tournament was played in the second full week of April as usual.
With a par on the last hole, Welshman Ian Woosnam held off his closest
competitors. Woosnam drove to the left of the fairway bunkers on the 18th
hole and from there he reached the green with a second shot, which was totally
blind. Woosnam’s four rounds over the Augusta National course were 72, 66, 67
and 72 for an eleven under par 277. Jose Maria Olazabal, who was playing ahead
of Woosnam made a bogey on the last hole, and finished second at 278. Tom Watson
was playing with Woosnam and he made a double bogey on the last hole to finish
in a three-way tie for third with Ben Crenshaw and Steve Pate at 279. There was
no one from the Philadelphia Section in the starting field. The purse was
$1,347,696 and first prize was $243,000.
The PGA Seniors’ Championship was held on the PGA National Golf Club’s
Champion Course at Palm Beach Gardens, Florida for the ninth straight year. The
tournament was played in the third week of April. Jack Nicklaus won by six
strokes with rounds of 66, 66, 69 and 70 for 271. In the eight previous years
that the tournament had been played on the Champion Course no one had finished
with a score below 281. Bruce Crampton (277), Bob Charles (282) and Homero
Blancas (283) finished second, third and fourth. It was the fifth time that
Crampton had finished second to Nicklaus in a major tournament.
Dick Hendrickson tied for 14th at
289 and won $8,500. Jack
Kiefer turned in a 296 total, which earned him in a tie for 39th
and $1,962.50. Hendrickson and
Kiefer were in the field as exempt players on
the Senior PGA Tour. Tim DeBaufre missed the
cut. First prize was $85,000 and the total purse was $550,000.
DeBaufre had qualified at the PGA Senior Club
Professional Championship in November.
On the fourth Monday of April Willie Scholl
earned a spot in the Bell Atlantic Senior Classic.
Scholl toured the rain soaked White Manor Country Club in a three
under par 69 to edge out 16 other senior members of the Section.
Bob Thatcher was in the tournament on a
Ted Tryba, who was now relegated to the PGA’s Ben Hogan Tour, led
the local qualifying for the U.S. Open in central Pennsylvania at the Carlisle
Country Club on the third Monday of May. Tryba
topped 85 pros and amateurs as he posted a pair of 69s for a four under par
138. Lebanon’s Greg Lesher, who was playing
the mini tours, Cleve Coldwater, the
assistant at the Country Club of Scranton and Joe Donnelly tied for second with
142s. Dale Loeslein, who was now the
teaching professional at the Wilmington Country Club, won the next spot with a
143. John Kulhamer,
the professional at the White Deer Golf Club, and
Don Dimoff, the professional at the Red Lion Country Club, tied for
the last two spots with 144s.
Local qualifying in the Philadelphia area for the U.S. Open was held on the
third Tuesday of May. The host clubs were the Philadelphia Cricket Club and the
Green Valley Country Club. Riverton Country Club assistant
John DiMarco (75-66),
Frank Dobbs (73-68), Gene Fieger
(69-72) and Rick Osberg (71-70) tied for the
medal with one under par 141s. The Green Valley scores are listed first.
Harold Perry finished fifth at 142 and
Cedarbrook Country Club assistant professional Dave
Roberts was next at 143. Lehigh Country Club professional
Wayne Phillips and amateur James Kania tied for
seventh and eighth with 145s. The last two places went to
Miguel Biamon (146), who was now the teaching
professional at the Waynesborough Country Club, and
Russ Davis (146), who was now the professional at the Cape May
National Golf Club. There were ten spots. Ed Dougherty
was exempt from local qualifying off having been in the top 125 money
winners on the PGA Tour the year before.
Reading’s Rick Price passed the local
qualifying test for the U.S. Open at another location.
After six years at the Chester Valley Golf Club, The Bell Atlantic Senior
Classic moved ten miles to the White Manor Country Club. The move agreed with
Jim Ferree who had never had much luck at Chester Valley. In the fourth week of
May Ferree led wire to wire as he put together three rounds of 67, 69 and 72 for
an eight under par 208. Using his 50-inch long putter, Ferree one-putted 19
times and three-putted only once as he picked up his second win in ten years on
the Senior PGA Tour. Lee Trevino and Jim Colbert tied for second with 210
totals. Harold Henning finished fourth at 212. First prize was $82,500.
Jack Kiefer (224) tied for 44th and
won $2,205. Dick Hendrickson and
Bob Thatcher tied for 49th with 225
totals as they each earned checks for $1,333. Art Wall
(237) and Willie Scholl (240) finished
at the end of the 72-man field and they each won $500.
Kiefer and Hendrickson were
exempt players on the Senior PGA Tour. Wall
was exempt off his standing on the lifetime PGA Tour lifetime money list. The
host pro was Doug Hendricks.
On the first Monday of June Rick Osberg
(135) and Ed Dougherty (137) qualified for
the U.S. Open at the Woodmont Country Club in Rockville, Maryland. Woodmont had
two golf courses, North and South, and both were used for the qualifying. There
were 167 players vying for 44 spots at Woodmont because the PGA Tour’s Kemper
Open had just concluded nearby the day before. Craig Parry led the qualifying at
Woodmont with a 66 and a 67 for 133. Osberg
tied for eighth and Dougherty tied for 21st.
There were sixteen players with 139 scores and they went into a sudden-death
play off for the last six spots, which wasn’t completed until the next morning.
Frank Dobbs qualified for the U.S. Open on the first Tuesday of
June. He qualified at the Canoe Brook Country Club in northern New Jersey.
Dobbs posted a 73 and a 69 for 142 to earn one
of the fourteen spots at Canoe Brook. Mark McCumber, Tom Purtzer, David Jackson
and Jay Gunning led the scoring with 140s. Dobbs
tied for 8th. It took 144 or better to qualify. The North and
South courses were used at Canoe Brook.
Rick Price successfully qualified for the U.S. Open at another
The Philadelphia Section Senior Championship was played at the Reading
Country Club on the first Tuesday of June. Bob
Thatcher, who was a part owner of Reading Country Club, finished in a
tie for first with Pete Trenham at one under
par 69. Thatcher wrapped up the Section’s
senior title by holing a twelve-foot putt for a birdie on the first extra hole.
Henry McQuiston and the Westover Inn & Golf
Club teaching professional John Carson tied
for third with 70s.
The third annual Shawnee Lady Club Pro Championship was held at the Shawnee
Country Club in the second week of June. There was a pro-am on Sunday and the
tournament was played on Monday and Tuesday. The title and a check for $2,000
went to Florida professional Lisa Chirichetti who turned in a three under par
141. Sandra Jaskol finished second at 145. Jody Logan,
an assistant pro at the Honey Run Golf Club tied for third with a 146.
Lisa Day (149), an assistant to her husband
Jerry at the West Chester Golf & Country Club
and Beth Ward (151), an assistant at the
Lebanon Country Club, ended well up in the money.
The U.S. Open was played in Minneapolis, Minnesota at the Hazeltine National
Golf Club in mid July. Payne Stewart led or was tied for the lead after each
round but he had to play an extra round to capture the title. Stewart’s rounds
were 67, 70, 73 and 72. At the end of regulation play Stewart and Scott Simpson
were deadlocked at 282. In a Monday playoff that featured lightening fast greens
neither player threatened par. When it was all over Stewart was the winner with
a 75 against a 77 for Simpson. First prize was $235,000. Fred Couples and Larry
Nelson tied for third with 285s. Frank
Dobbs, Rick Osberg and
missed the cut. The total purse was $1,311,832.
Qualifying for the U.S. Senior Open was at the Northampton Country Club on
the third Monday of July. Ben Smith who was a member of the PGA Senior Tour led
with a 68 and amateur Gordon Brewer was next at 69. The third and last spot went
to Jack Kiefer (70) in a sudden-death
playoff. Kiefer was an exempt player on the
PGA Senior Tour but he still had to qualify for the U.S. Senior Open.
Miguel Biamon won the Susquehanna Valley Open in the third week of
June. The scoring was low and the competition was tightly contested. On Sunday
Biamon toured the Susquehanna Valley Country
Club course in 65 strokes and he came back with a 69 on Monday for a six under
par 134. Gary Hardin finished one shot back
with a 135. Frank Dobbs and
Jack Connelly tied for third with 136s. The
purse was $5,150 and the top prize was $950.
Won on PGA Tour
Won Match Play
The day after the Susquehanna Valley Open ended the Philadelphia Section’s
Match Play Championship got under way at the newly revised PineCrest Country
Club. This was the former Montgomeryville Golf Club. Sixty-four Section pros
teed off in the first round with the pairings based on each player’s position on
the current season’s point list. After five rounds of matches the finals came
down to Ed Sabo and
Gene Fieger, with Sabo
prevailing by the count of 5&4. In the semifinals
Sabo had defeated the host professional Joe
Max and Fieger had eliminated
Philmont Country Club assistant professional Bob Kave
4&3. The entry fee was $75 and first prize was $1,200.
Gene Fieger won the Burlington Classic in mid July.
Fieger scorched the par 70 Burlington Country
Club in 63 strokes on Sunday and he came back with a 68 on Monday. His 131 total
won by just two strokes. Greg
Farrow and Drew Hood
tied for second with 133s. Pete Oakley
was alone in fourth place at 135. The purse was $15,650 and
Fieger took home $2,400.
Two days after the Burlington Classic ended the Philadelphia Open was played.
The tournament was played at the Cedarbrook Country Club on the third Wednesday
of July. Frank Dobbs
shot an even par 72 in the morning and went to lunch trailing eleven
players. In the afternoon Dobbs started
birdie, eagle, birdie and then he birdied four holes on the back nine to post a
67. His 139 total earned him a two-stroke victory over
Dave Roberts (141), Greg Farrow
(141) and Meadowlands Country Club professional Jay
Friedman (141). The total purse was $13,920 and
Dobbs won $2,600. The entry fee was $70.
The U.S. Senior Open was played at the Oakland Hills Country Club near
Detroit in late July. Jack Nicklaus won the tournament in a playoff and joined
Arnold Palmer as a winner of the U.S. Open, U.S. Amateur and U.S. Senior Open.
Nicklaus opened with rounds of 72, 69 and 70, which put him in a tie with Chi
Chi Rodriguez and one stroke behind the leader Lee Trevino. On Sunday Trevino
slipped to a 74 while Nicklaus and Rodriguez were posting 71s. That left
Nicklaus and Rodriguez in a tie at 282 and headed for a Monday playoff. In the
playoff Nicklaus birdied five of the first eight holes and went on to shoot a 65
against a 69 for Rodriguez. A rainy day that even caused a two-hour rain delay
softened the course and made for easier scoring. First prize was $110,000. Al
Geiberger finished third at 283. Trevino and Jim Dent finished in a tie for
fourth with 284s. Jack Kiefer (191) tied for
17th and won $7,687.50.
Frank Dobbs won the Philadelphia Section Assistant Pro
Championship, which was sponsored by George Izett Golf, on the fifth
Monday of July. The tournament was hosted by the Philmont Country Club on its
North and South courses. Dobbs took the lead
in the morning round with a 66 and came back in the afternoon with a 69. His
five under par 135 total gave him a six-stroke win over Wilmington Country Club
assistant John Owens. Miguel Biamon was next
at 142. Dave Roberts and the defending
champion Gene Fieger tied for fourth with
143s. First prize was $700 out of a total purse of $5,200.
At the end of July Scott Hoch won the Tylenol Kids Classic at the new
Commonwealth National Golf Club. The course measured 7,045 yards. The first day
it rained and the course played quite long. The second day the tees were moved
up some and the scores were quite low but it didn’t seem to make a difference to
Hoch as he played well both days. The scoring average for the 23 touring pros
was 72.65 on Monday and 68.83 on Tuesday. Hoch’s rounds were 67 and 66 for an
eleven under par 133. Hoch’s caddy was at Commonwealth National early enough on
Monday morning to walk the course before play began and it must have helped.
First prize was $52,000 from a total purse of $280,000. Aided by second round
64s, Rocco Mediate (134) and Kenny Knox (136) finished second and third. Mike
Reid, Mark Brooks and Gil Morgan tied for fourth with 137s. The Philadelphia
Section’s representative, Jimmy Booros,
finished near the end of the field with a 147 and earned $6,000. The tournament
was preceded by a celebrity event on Sunday and the attendance for the three
days was 40,000.
Qualifying for the PGA Club Professional Championship was at the Torresdale-Frankford
Country Club on the first Monday of August. Gene Fieger
led the field by six strokes with rounds of 66 and 73 for a one under par
139. Brian Kelly, who was now the teaching
professional at the Ingleside Manor Golf Club, finished second at 145.
Jack Connelly and
Harold Perry picked up the third and fourth spots with 146s.
Gary Hardin and Ed
Sabo were next at 147. The seventh opening went to
Chris Anderson who posted a 148 and
who turned in a 149, won the last spot. Miguel Biamon
earned a spot in the tournament later as the Section champion.
Greg Farrow, Stu
Ingraham, who was now the professional at the Overbrook Golf Club,
and Jim Masserio were exempt off their top
forty finishes in the 1990 tournament.
Qualifying for the PGA Senior Club Professional Championship was also held at
Torresdale-Frankford Country Club on the first Monday of August.
Willie Scholl was the medallist with an 80 and
a 71 for 151. The other two spots went to Pete Trenham
with a 152 and Bob Pfister, who made it
with a 153. Bob Thatcher was exempt as the
Section senior champion.
Long-shot John Daly won the PGA Championship in the second week of August. A
week before the tournament Daly was the ninth alternate. When Nick Price
withdrew to be present at the birth of his child and three alternates declined
the last minute invitation Daly was in. Daly even employed Price’s caddy.
Without a practice round Daly produced rounds of 69, 67, 69 and 71. His 276 on
the par 72 Crooked Stick Golf Club, which was near Indianapolis, brought him in
three strokes in front of Bruce Lietzke (279). First prize was $230,000. Jim
Gallagher, Jr., who had grown up nearby where his father was a club pro,
finished third at 281. Kenny Knox was next with a 282.
Ed Dougherty, who was in the field off his standing on the PGA Tour,
won $4,030 as he tied for 43rd with a 290.
Stu Ingraham, Greg Farrow, Jim Masserio and
Brett Upper missed the cut. They had all
qualified by having finished in the top forty at the 1990 PGA Club Professional
Championship and they each won $1,000. The purse was $1,400,000.
Won 1991 Philadelphia Open
Won1991 Pennsylvania Open
Won 12 Section Events in 1991
The Pennsylvania Open was held at the Butler Country Club in the second week
of August. Frank Dobbs (72-67) and Kent
Stauffer (66-73) finished the two-day tournament tied at 139. At the conclusion
of Tuesday’s round the two pros went into a sudden-death playoff. They matched
pars for seven holes. On the eighth hole Dobbs
claimed the title with another par and picked up the first place check
for $3,500. Aronimink Golf Club assistant professional
Jim Mancill finished third at 141. Gene
Fieger and Brian Kelly tied for
fourth with 143s. It was the seventh tournament win for
Dobbs is six weeks and he achieved a rare
double by winning the Philadelphia Open and the Pennsylvania Open in the same
Frank Dobbs won another tournament, and
his fourth in the month of August, by capturing the Mountain Laurel Classic
title. There was a pro-am on Sunday and the tournament was played on Monday and
Tuesday at the Mountain Laurel Resort, which was formerly the Hershey Pocono
Resort. Dobbs toured the Mountain Laurel
Resort course in 71 and 66 for a seven under par total of 137.
Chris Anderson finished second by one stroke
with a 138 and Brian Kelly was next at 139.
Dave Roberts and Little Mill Country Club
professional Ken Peyre-Ferry tied for fourth
with 140s. The purse was $9,200 and Dobbs’
take was $1,500.
The Whitford Invitational was won by Stu Ingraham
in the second week of September at the Whitford Country Club. On Sunday with
two of the pros playing with two Whitford members or guests
Ingraham took the lead with a seven under par
65. On Monday Ingraham birdied six of
the first twelve holes and then made bogeys on five of the last six holes. In
spite of the finish Ingraham managed to shot
73, which gave him a 138 total. That was just enough to nip
Gary Hardin (139) by one stroke.
Frank Dobbs and Don
DeAngelis tied for third with 140s. Ingraham
picked up a check for $2,100 from the $16,700 purse.
1991 Section Champion
Three days after the Whitford tournament, 174 Section members teed off in the
Section Championship at the Eagle Lodge Country Club.
Once again the purse was $100,000 and first prize was $16,000. The entry fee was
$90. Frank Dobbs, who had won thirteen times
that year, began the tournament in the same mode. Dobbs
opened up with a six under par 65 on Thursday and he came right back with a
66 on Friday to lead by five strokes. The field was cut to the low 90 and ties.
On Saturday Dobbs began to slip a little on
the last nine but he still led by two strokes with three holes to play. When he
made bogeys on #16 and #17 he found himself on the 18th tee all even
with Miguel Biamon. On the 497-yard par 5
last hole both players reached the green with 185-yard six iron shots.
Dobbs just missed his 20-foot eagle putt and
when Biamon holed his 12-foot eagle putt he
was the champion. Biamon had three steady
rounds of 70, 66 and 70 for 206 and Dobbs
was next at 207. A last round 65 pulled the defending champion
Jimmy Booros (210) up into a tie for third with
Rick Flesher (210), who was now the
professional at the Berkleigh Country Club. The host professional was
Ted Tryba won on the Ben Hogan Tour at the $1,000,000 Utah
Classic. The tournament was played in the third week of September at the par 72
Riverside Country Club in Provo, Utah. Tryba
(202) opened up with a seven under par 65 and then tacked on a 68 and a 69 to
win by one stroke over Webb Heintzelman (203). Steve Brodie, Olin Browne,
Rick Dalpos, P.J. Horgan III, and Jeff Woodland tied for third with 206 totals.
First prize was $20,000.
The Pennsylvania PGA Championship was held at the Scotch Valley Country Club
near Altoona in the fourth week of September. Most of the prize money stayed in
western Pennsylvania as Jim Cichra (141) and Bob Ford (141) tied for the top
prize of $1,600. After posting a 69 and a 72, Cichra wrapped up the title by
beating Ford (68-73) with a birdie on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff.
Pete Oakley, Ron Milanovich, Joe Boros, Dick
Von Tacky and John Rech tied for third with 142s. The total purse was $10,000.
In what was a first for the Section a team of twelve professionals from the
Philadelphia Section met a team of twelve amateurs from the Golf Association of
Philadelphia on the fourth Thursday of September. There were at least two
seniors on each team. The venue was the Rolling Green Golf Club. The players
were paired in fours and in each pairing there was a four-ball match and two
singles matches with a total of three points on the line. In the six four-ball
matches the teams of Frank Dobbs-Brian Kelly
and John DiMarco-Chris Anderson were
the only winners. Dobbs, Kelly, DiMarco, Noel Caruso,
Gary Hardin, Ken Peyre-Ferry and Bob Pfister
won their singles matches. Halved singles matches by
Anderson and Greg
Farrow enabled the pros to eke out a 10 to 8 victory.
Pete Oakley, George Forster, Sr. and
John Carson were also members of the team.
In the first week of October Gene Fieger
missed winning the PGA Club Professional Championship by one stroke. The Doral
Resort & Country Club in Miami hosted the tournament on its Blue, Gold and
Silver courses. Due to heavy rains one of the courses had to be adjusted to a
par 66. The courses were closed to carts and the players had to carry their
bags. That problem was solved when the tournament sponsor, Taylor Made Golf
Company, shipped in a supply of lightweight golf bags. Larry Gilbert picked up
the win, his third PGA Club Pro title, with rounds of 67, 65, 67 and 68 for a
three over par 267. First prize was $32,000. Gene
Fieger and Ron McDougal tied for second with 269s and they
each picked up $19,500. Mike San Filippo finished fourth at 269.
Harold Perry put together a 275 and tied for 13th,
winning $5,321. Ed Sabo finished with a 279
and won $1,343 for a tie for 35th. The top forty qualified for the
1992 PGA Championship and Sabo was in a
seven-way tie for the last six spots. The last round of the tournament was used
as the tiebreaker and a 71 by Sabo put him
in the PGA Championship along with Fieger
and Perry. Fieger’s
second place finish made him a member of the PGA Cup Team along with
Brett Upper who was on the team as the 1990 CPC champion.
Miguel Biamon (282) and
Stu Ingraham (282)
tied for 66th and each won $705. Greg Farrow
(284) also made the cut, tied for 80th and won $637.
Chris Anderson and
Brian Kelly missed the cut by one stroke with three over par 212s.
Jack Connelly, Roger Stern, Jim Masserio,
and Gary Hardin also missed the cut.
The purse was $400,000.
Section President 1985
PGA Master Professional
Junior Golf Leader
"Golf Professional of the Year"
The Section’s fall meeting and election of officers was held at the Hershey’s
Mill Golf Club on the last Monday of October. There was a changing of the guard
as a new slate of officers was elected. The new president was
Leo DeGisi who moved up from treasurer.
Whitemarsh Valley professional Jim
Bromley and Brandywine Country Club
McNamara were elected first and second vice president.
Mike Atkins moved from second vice president to
secretary and Jack MacCarty moved from
secretary to treasurer. The national president, Dick
Smith, Sr., was in attendance and reported on national affairs. The
Oldsmobile Scramble was a large item on the Section schedule. Each of the
Section’s golf courses could hold a local qualifying round. Based on the number
of teams qualifying at a club one or more teams would move on to sectional
qualifying at a site in its PGA Section. The Philadelphia Section led the
country that year as 183 teams advanced to the sectional qualifying rounds. The
183 teams, made up of four amateurs and a golf professional, were divided up
among four sectional qualifiers. The low net and low gross team from each
sectional qualifying round then moved on to the national championship at the
Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. $50,000 in cash and golf merchandise was
awarded to the participants in the sectional qualifying rounds. Based on the
number of entries at the local level, each PGA Section received money from
Oldsmobile. The "Golf Professional of the Year" was
Harry Hammond, who had dedicated his
career to junior golf. Along with running junior clinics and overseeing the
Section’s junior tour Hammond and his staff
at Whitford Country Club spent countless hours cutting down and regriping clubs
for the junior golfers of the Delaware Valley. Frank
Dobbs was the "Player of the Year". Dobbs
also won the DeBaufre Trophy with a scoring average of 69.00 and he led the
Hansen Points race with 426.33 points versus 312 points for the second place
finisher. There was a new award that year for the senior player of the year,
which was named for Skee Riegel. Bob Thatcher
was the winner of the "Skee Riegel Senior Player of the Year" award.
Thatcher won the Section Senior Championship
and led the senior points list. The Section’s "Teacher of the Year" was Trenton
Country Club professional Dennis Milne.
The Philadelphia PGA and the Middle Atlantic PGA co-sponsored the East Coast
Golf Merchandise Show at the Atlantic City Convention Center in late October.
Professionals from twenty PGA Sections attended the three-day event. The
pro-golf salesmen and their companies displayed the latest golf merchandise. The
show featured eight educational programs and the keynote speaker was short game
guru Dave Pelz. The show was only held that one year as the PGA of America ruled
that a PGA Section could not hold a merchandise show outside its boundaries and
two or more PGA Sections could not co-sponsor a show. The owner of the show,
Seabury Management Inc., later sued the PGA of America and the Middle Atlantic
PGA Section for a violation of breach of agreement and violated antitrust laws.
Seabury won its case in court in early 1993 but later a judge vacated the
ruling. The judge stated that the Middle Atlantic PGA had breached its contract
with Seabury and ordered the PGA to pay reasonable attorney fees. One of the
owners of Seabury was Dan Daniels a former legal counsel for the PGA of America.
The PGA of America’s four-day national meeting was held at the PGA National
Resort, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida in the second week of November. Over 350
delegates, national officers and staff members attended the meeting from the 41
PGA Sections and the national offices. President Dick
Smith, Sr., Vice President Gary Schaal and Secretary Tom Addis III
were all reelected without opposition for another one-year term.
Smith’s son Dick
Smith, Jr., who was his assistant at the Woodcrest Country Club, gave
the nominating speech for his father. There were 15 resolutions to be
considered. Eight passed without amendments and two passed with amendments. One
change was that now all members of the PGA Tour, Senior PGA Tour and Ben Hogan
Tour were Class A-3 PGA members as soon as they attained membership in those
Tours. If they decided to become a different Class A member at a later date they
would have to attend the schools and pass the tests like other PGA members had
done. The delegates from the Philadelphia Section were
Leo DeGisi and Jack MacCarty.
In mid November the PGA Senior Club Professional Championship was held at the
Ballenisles Country Club for a second straight year. Ballenisles was the old PGA
Golf Club in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida and all four rounds were played on the
East Course. The tournament came down to a battle between the Joyce brothers.
When the tournament ended Tom (281) was the winner with rounds of 68, 71, 71 and
71and Mike (283) was second. First prize was $13,500. Dave Philo finished third
with a 284 and Bill Kennedy was next at 285. Willie
Scholl (283) tied for 20th and won $2,016.
Bob Pfister and Bob
Thatcher tied for 27th with 296s and they each won $1,600.
They all qualified for the 1992 PGA Seniors’ Championship as the top 70 made it.
Pete Trenham missed the cut. The purse was
In early December Emlyn Aubrey and
Greg Lesher qualified for the PGA Tour at the
final stage of the three-level PGA Tour Qualifying School. Final stage
qualifying was held at the Grenelefe Golf and Tennis Resort in Haines City,
Florida. The medalist for the six rounds was Mike Standley with a total of 412.
Aubrey finished 12th with rounds of 70, 77,
73, 66, 67 and 69 for a total of 422. Lesher
(423) finished one stroke back in a tie for 13th. His rounds were 73,
68, 73, 67, 71and 71. Chris Anderson and
Miguel Biamon qualified for the Ben Hogan Tour
by reaching the final stage. The top 48 in the final segment earned playing
privileges on the PGA Tour and the players who were not in that group qualified
for the PGA Tour’s 30 tournament Ben Hogan Tour. Jimmy
Booros was also headed to the Ben Hogan Tour, having failed to make
it through the qualifying school.
The PGA "Player of the Year" was Corey Pavin and he also topped the money
list with earnings of $979,430. Fred Couples led the scoring on the PGA Tour to
win the Vardon Trophy with a 69.59 average. Ed
Dougherty had a successful year on the PGA Tour as he finished in 86th
place on the money list. He played in 36 tournaments and won $201,958.
Emlyn Aubrey won $91,257 in 32 events and
ended up out of the top 125 in 139th place on the money list.
Jimmy Booros (172nd) was also
headed back to the qualifying school as he won $53,682 in 30 tournaments.
Brett Upper took advantage of his exemptions for having won the 1990 PGA
Club Professional Championship and won $18,881 in the six events he was able to
Ted Tryba played 27 tournaments on the PGA Ben Hogan Tour, winning
$46,491, which was 16th on the money list. The top five money winners
on the 1991 Ben Hogan Tour received PGA Tour cards for the next season.
Mike Hill led the PGA Senior Tour as he earned
$1,065,657. Dick Hendrickson had another
good year winning $281,863 in 32 tournaments. He finished 22nd on the
money list and by being in the top 31 he was fully exempt for the next year.
Jack Kiefer won $119,453 in 30 events. He was
54th on the money list and headed back to the qualifying school.
Art Wall entered just nine events and won
1992 - On January 3rd Dennis
Henderson, the professional at the Buena Vista Country Club, became
the Section’s fourth PGA Master Professional. The
topic of his thesis was "The Beginning Instructor and the Beginning Student".
In the second week of January Willie Scholl
won the PGA Senior Stroke Play Championship at the Estates Course in Palm
Beach Gardens, Florida. The Estates Course was one of the PGA National Golf
Club’s courses but it was not on the main property with the other three courses.
The tournament was part of the PGA’s winter tournament program, which was held
each January. A course record nine under par 63 in the second round paved the
way for Scholl’s win. His rounds were 70, 63
and 68 for a 201 total on the 6,330-yard course. Scholl
won $2,450 as he edged out Lynn Rosely (203) by two strokes.
Skee Riegel won the 75-79 year-old age group by
putting together a 78 and a 79 for 157.
In the second week of April Fred Couples won his only major by winning the
Masters Tournament. The story of the tournament happened in Sunday’s final round
when Couples tee shot on #12 landed short of the green and stayed on the bank
rather than retreating into the water. He saved his par and went on to post a
nine under par 275. At the age of 49 Raymond Floyd (277) became the oldest
player to finish second at the Masters. Couples rounds were 69, 67, 69 and 70.
Corey Pavin was next at 278, two strokes in front of Mark O’Meara (280) and Jeff
Sluman (280). First prize was $270,000. There were no players in the field from
the Philadelphia Section.
1992 and 1993
Section Finance Chairman
The Section’s spring meeting was held at the DuPont Country Club on the first
Monday of April with more than 300 in attendance. The featured speakers were
national President Dick Smith, Sr. and Bob
Joyce, our national director from District II. They briefed the members and
apprentices on the PGA of America’s affairs. Section President
Leo DeGisi and tournament chairman
Jim Bromley presented a 60-event tournament
schedule which was expected to produce $700,000 in prize money and $600,000 in
charitable donations. The tournament committee was dealing with a difficult
economy but they had produced more than a ten percent increase in purses over
the previous year. A new tournament was the Mike Schmidt Pro-Celebrity
Challenge. The pro purse for the one-day event was expected to be $60,000.
Another topic of interest was that 575 boy and girls had been members of the
Section’s PGA Junior Tour in 1991.
The PGA Seniors’ Championship was held at the PGA National Golf Club, Palm
Beach Gardens, Florida, in the third week of April. The tournament was played on
the Champion Course. Lee Trevino became the tenth professional to win both the
PGA Championship and the PGA Seniors’ Championship by holing par saving putts on
the last two holes. Trevino’s eight under par second round put him in front of
the field by six strokes and he held on to nip Mike Hill (279) by one stroke.
Trevino put together rounds of 72, 64, 71 and 71 for his 278 total. First prize
was a record $100,000. Chi Chi Rodriquez finished third at 280 and Dave Stockton
was next with a 284. Dick Hendrickson led
the Philadelphia pros as he tied for 22nd at 295 winning $7,750.
Jack Kiefer, Willie School, Bob Thatcher and
Bob Pfister, who was now the teaching
professional at Muligan’s Driving Range, missed the cut.
Hendrickson and Kiefer
earned entry into the tournament off their positions on 1991 Senior PGA Tour
money list. Scholl, Thatcher and
Pfister had earned their entries in December
through the PGA Senior Club Professional Championship. The purse was $700,000.
Ted Tryba won the $150,000 PGA Tour Ben Hogan Shreveport Open in
Shreveport, Louisiana on the third Sunday of April. The tournament was played at
the 6,916-yard Southern Trace Country Club. Tryba
put together rounds of 67, 68 and 67 for a fourteen under par 202 total to
finish two strokes in front of Skip Kendall (204). Steve Lowery, Paul Trittler,
Larry Silveira, Greg Whisman and John Dowdall tied for third with 205s. First
prize was $30,000.
On the first Thursday of May Bob Thatcher
successfully defended his Philadelphia Section Seniors Championship title
at the Reading Country Club. Thatcher and
Joe Dahl owned two-thirds of the Reading
Country Club. Thatcher’s even par 70 score
finished three strokes in front of Ed
Kramer (73). Kramer
was now the teaching professional at the Brandywine Country Club. The win
also qualified Thatcher for the Bell
Atlantic Senior Classic. The purse was $1,700 and
Thatcher won $374.
Ben Witter led the local qualifying for the U.S. Open in central
Pennsylvania on the third Monday of May. The Hershey Country Club’s par 73 West
Course hosted 88 pros and amateurs who were vying for seven places in the
sectional qualifying. Witter, who had been
an assistant at Hershey and was now the head pro at the Fox Chase Golf Club, was
the only golfer to finish under par for the day. His rounds of 70 and 75 for 145
were two better than Kimberton Golf Club assistant professional
Steve Holauchock (147).
Rob Shuey and Brian
Kelly, who was playing the mini-tours, picked up the third and fourth
spots with 148s. Cleve
Coldwater, who was now the professional at the Glenmaura National
Golf Club, Francis Vaughn, who was playing
the mini-tours, and amateur Mike Banzhoff took the rest of the places with 149
Local qualifying for the U.S. Open in Philadelphia was held on the third
Monday of May. The Rolling Green Golf Club and The Springhaven Club were the
host clubs for the Philadelphia area. Frank Dobbs
led the scoring for the day with a five under par 65 in the morning at
Springhaven and a three over par 74 at Rolling Green in the afternoon.
Dobbs’ 139 score gave him a four stroke margin
over Gene Fieger who turned in a 143.
Greg Farrow and Jim McGovern of northern New
Jersey tied for third with 145s. Ed Sabo,
Horsham Valley Golf Club assistant professional Andy
Barbin and Chris Anderson, who
was playing the Ben Hogan Tour, made it safely with 146s.
Jimmy Booros, who was also playing the PGA Ben
Hogan Tour, and Brett Upper, who was back in
the Section as the professional at the new Bent Creek Country Club, tied with
two other players at 147 and survived a sudden-death playoff for the last two
spots. There were 100 players in the field. No one broke par at Rolling Green
and Barbin was the only player who was able
to match the par of 71.
Emlyn Aubrey won for the first time on the PGA Tour’s Nike Tour in
the third week of May. His win came at the $175,000 Miami Valley Open in
Springboro, Ohio at the 6,730-yard Heatherwoode Golf Club.
Aubrey began with rounds of 65 and 72. In the
third and final round Aubrey (202) made a
hole-in-one on the third hole, which propelled him to a six under par 65 and a
four-stroke win over Larry Silveria (206). Guy Boros and Omar Uresti tied for
third at 207. First prize was $31,500.
Qualifying for the Bell Atlantic Senior Classic was at the Reading Country
Club on Monday of tournament week, which was in the third week of May. There
were five openings and four players tied for the medal.
Jack Kiefer, Snell Lancaster, Bob Reith and Dan
Morgan all posted four under par 66s. Sweden’s Claes Johncke earned the last
spot with a 67.
After being played at the White Manor Country Club for one year, the Bell
Atlantic Senior Classic was back at the Chester Valley Golf Club. The tournament
had to find a different home for one year while Chester Valley built a new
clubhouse. The host pro was John Poole and
the tournament was played at the usual time, the fourth week of May. Lee Trevino
arrived at Chester Valley with four wins on the Senior PGA Tour since the first
of the year and he was also the leading money winner. He didn’t slow down at the
Bell Atlantic Senior. Trevino took a one-stroke lead on Friday with a 65;
trailed by one after a 69 on Saturday and earned his fifth win of the year with
a 68 on Sunday. His five under par score of 205 nipped Gibby Gilbert (206) by
one stroke. Gary Player finished third at 208 and Doug Daiziel was next
with a 209. First prize from the $550,000 purse was $82,500.
Dick Hendrickson (217) led the Philadelphia
pros as he tied for 27th and won $5,070.
Jack Kiefer (218) won $$4,079 for a tie for 30th.
Art Wall (220) tied for 39th and won
$2,755. Bob Thatcher (222) won $1,750 for
finishing tied for 49th. Hendrickson
and Wall were exempt players on the
Senior PGA Tour. Thatcher had a sponsor’s
exemption as the Philadelphia Section Senior Champion.
On the second Tuesday of June Frank Dobbs, Brett
Upper and Greg Farrow passed the
sectional qualifying test for the U.S. Open. They qualified at the Century
Country Club in Purchase, New York. Jim McGovern led 67 pros and amateurs by
four strokes with a pair of 66s for a ten under par 132.
Dobbs and Upper
posted 139s to tie for third. Farrow was
next at 140 and he was tied with two other players for the last three places.
There were eight places to qualify for at Century. They had all qualified
locally in Philadelphia. Any pro who was in the top 30 money winners on the PGA
Tour from the previous year or the top ten at the end of May in the year of the
U.S. Open was exempt.
Gene Fieger won the Burlington Classic at the Burlington Country
Club in the middle of June. Fieger (138)
shot a four under par 66 on Sunday and hung on with a 72 on Monday to win the
$2,075 first prize by two strokes. Gary Hardin
and Ken Peyre-Ferry tied for second with
140s. Philadelphia Cricket Club professional Tim
Lindemann finished fourth at 141. The total purse was $14,400.
The U.S. Open was played at the Pebble Beach Golf Links in Pebble Beach,
California in the third week of June. Pebble Beach was as difficult as ever but
the scoring in the early rounds was quite good as scores of 147 and better made
the cut. On the last day the winds were up and many of the scores were also. Of
the 66 players who played the final round, 20 shot in the 80s. The few that
persevered finished at the top of the leaderboard. Tom Kite began the final
round in a tie for second just one stroke out of the lead. With the help of five
birdies Kite shot an even par 72 and finished at 285, which was two strokes
better than Jeff Sluman (287). Kite’s rounds were 71, 72, 70 and 72. Colin
Montgomerie finished third at 288. Nick Faldo and Nick Price tied for fourth
with 291s. The purse was $1,520,259 and Kite won $275,000.
Brett Upper, Frank Dobbs and
Greg Farrow who had gotten there through the
local and sectional qualifying tests all missed the cut.
John Appleget, the assistant at the Stone Harbor Golf Club, won
the Susquehanna Valley Open at the Susquehanna Valley Country Club on the fourth
Monday of June. Appleget (140) shot a three
under par 67 on Sunday and a 73 on Monday to edge out
Gary Hardin (141) by one stroke. Jim
Andrews, the assistant at the Lehigh Country Club, finished third
with a 142. Rob Shuey and
Drew Hood tied for fourth with 143s.
Appleget picked up $1,025 from the $6,350
Qualifying for the U.S. Senior Open was at the Woodcrest Country Club on the
fifth Tuesday of June. Frank
Arasin, who had returned to where he grew up as
the teaching professional at the Tee-to-Green Driving Range, was the medallist
with a one over par 72. The players at Woodcrest were competing for four places
in the U.S. Senior Open, which was being played at the Saucon Valley Country
Club in July. Four players tied for the last three spots with 73s. At the
conclusion of play a sudden-death playoff was held.
Larry Wise (73), who was now the professional at the Center Valley
Club, Bob Ross (73) and Jim Shely (73) a non-PGA pro from northern New
Jersey prevailed over Dick Smith, Sr. (73).
As the first alternate, Smith was later
added to the field. Jack Kiefer was in the
U.S. Senior Open off having finished in the top 25 at the 1991 U.S. Senior Open.
Dick Hendrickson was invited, as a fully
exempt player on the Senior PGA Tour and Art Wall
was exempt as a former winner of a major championship, the Masters
Tournament along with being a former Ryder Cup Team member.
Roger Stern qualified for the U.S. Senior Open at the Indian Ridge
Country Club in Andover, Massachusetts. Stern
turned in a three under par 69 to earn medallist honors. There were two
spots at Indian Ridge.
Chris Anderson lost a playoff for the Ft. Wayne Open on the Ben
Hogan Tour in early July. Anderson (200) won
$14,375. Anderson’s rounds were 64, 67 and
Mark Hall, who was the teaching pro at the Maple Dale Country
Club, won the Philadelphia Section Assistant Pro Championship on the second
Monday of July. The tournament, sponsored by George Izett Golf, was
played on Philmont Country Club’s North and South courses.
Hall put together two solid rounds of 67 and
69. His four under par 136 brought him in three strokes in front of the
defending champion Frank Dobbs (139).
Gene Fieger finished third at 142.
Hall took home a check for $950 from the $6,300
In the second week of July Ed Dougherty
tied for second at the Anheuser-Busch Classic. The tournament was played at the
Kingsmill Golf Club in Williamsburg, Virginia. After rounds of 66, 69 and 66
Dougherty held a one-stroke lead over David
Peoples entering the final round. A last round 71 left him tied for second at
272, one stroke out of a playoff. Peoples (271) shot a 69 on Sunday to go with
earlier rounds of 66, 69 and 67. Jim Gallagher (272) and Bill Britton (272) also
tied for second. First prize was $198,000 and Dougherty
along with the other two players who tied for second each won $82,133.
For the second straight week Ed Dougherty
finished second in a tour event. This time it was the Chattanooga Classic, which
was held during the third week of July in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The winner was
Mark Carnevale who posted rounds of 68, 71, 66 and 64 for a 19 under par 269.
First prize was $144,000. Dougherty and Dan
Forsman tied for second with 271s. They each won $70,400. In the third round
Dougherty turned in a course record 62 on the Council Fire Golf &
Country Club course. That gave him a four stoke lead on the field but a 71 on
Sunday opened the door for Carnevale who came from five strokes off the pace.
First prize was $144,000. Dougherty
had now won $154,766 for the month of July, which was more than he had won in
any one year on the PGA Tour.
The Philadelphia Section pros had a new one-day tournament with a large purse
on the schedule. The Mike Schmidt Pro-Celebrity Challenge was played at the
Commonwealth National Golf Club in the first week of July. There was a pro-am on
Monday with fivesomes composed of Section pros (who were playing for $10,000),
celebrities and amateurs. On Tuesday 144 pros from the Philadelphia Section,
which included a few invited pros, were paired with 48 celebrities to compete
for individual prizes. Ed Sabo put together
a solid four under par 67 on the 6,808-yard course to grab the $5,000 top prize.
Jay Overton (69) was second earning $3,500. Miguel
Biamon, Stu Ingraham and Tony Perla,
the teaching professional at the Plymouth Country Club, posted 71s and they
each took home $3,075. The purse totaled $50,000. Joe Theismann and Dan Marino
led the amateurs in the stableford scoring. Due to the many spectator requests
for autographs the Tuesday rounds took more than six hours. The tournament lost
money. The paying spectators didn’t show up to see the celebrities like the
sponsors expected even thought there were many big names like Michael Jordan and
Yogi Berra. One reason for the disappointing attendance was that it was the same
time as the first two days of practice for the U.S. Senior Open at Saucon Valley
Country Club. The Philadelphia Inquirer and the Daily News sponsored the
tournament. The charity was the Special Olympics of Pennsylvania, which received
a check for $100,000.
Saucon Valley Country Club hosted the U.S. Senior Open in the second week of
July. Saucon Valley’s Old
Course measured 6,700 yards. Larry Laoretti picked the right time to win his
first tournament on the PGA Senior Tour as he put together rounds of 68, 72, 67
and 68. His 275 total gave him a four-stroke margin to victory over Jim Colbert
(279). Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Al Geiberger and Dave Stockton tied
for third with four under par 280s. First prize was $130,000.
Jack Kiefer tied for eighth with a score of
282 and won $14.468.33. Dick Hendrickson won
$3,691 for a tie for 48th at 294. Dick
Smith, Sr. (303) tied for 67th and won $2,511.50.
Larry Wise, Roger Stern,
Frank Arasin and Art Wall missed
the cut. Scores of 149 and under made the cut. The tournament drew about 20,000
spectators each day. The host professional was Gene
The Philadelphia Open was played at the Philmont Country Club’s North Course
on the third Wednesday of July. The tournament was scheduled for two 18-hole
rounds that day but after two lengthy delays for lightening and heavy rain play
was called for the day. Only nine of the forty-five pros and fifteen amateurs
had completed the 36 holes. The Golf Association of Philadelphia made a decision
to make it an 18-hole tournament. Four players, Harold
Perry and Frank
Dobbs along with amateurs Jay Sigel and Chris Lange, were tied
for the top spot with two under par 68s. The GAP decided that an 18-hole playoff
would be held to determine a winner. Finding a workable date for the four
players and Philmont’s busy golf schedule was not easy. The first date that
worked for everyone was seven weeks later on the first Saturday of September.
The playoff was tightly contested and when the four players reached the 18th
tee they were all tied at one over par. They all drove into the fairway and all
four were on the green with their second shots. Lange,
Perry and Sigel missed their putts for birdies.
Dobbs then holed a downhill ten-foot putt for a
birdie, an even par 70 and the Philadelphia Open title.
Perry had led by two strokes after eleven holes
but on number twelve he hooked his tee shot into some trees. After taking an
unplayable lie he took an improper drop and was penalized another stroke. First
prize was $2,600 and Perry won $2,200 for
his second place tie as the other two players were amateurs.
The Tylenol Kids Classic was played on the first Monday and Tuesday of August
at the 7.045-yard Commonwealth National Country Club. Twenty-three invited
professionals and one amateur, Jay Sigel, were in the field. Also in the
field were Ed Dougherty and
Miguel Biamon. Biamon was invited as the
Philadelphia Section champion. Scott Hoch birdied four of the last five holes to
successfully defend his title. He picked up the $50,000 first place check with a
67 and a 65. His 132 total was three better than the runner-up Mac O’Grady
(135). Rocco Mediate finished third at 136 and Nick Price was next at 137. The
purse was $280,000 and everyone including Biamon
(143) and Dougherty (145) picked up at
least $7,000. Sigel also had a 143.
Greg Farrow won the Philadelphia PGA Match Play Championship at
the PineCrest Country Club in the first week of August. There were 54 pros
entered so ten players received byes and 44 played matches in the first round.
The competition consisted of six rounds of 18-hole matches. In the finals
Farrow earned a hard fought one-up victory over
his fellow Burlington Country Club assistant, David
Quinn. To reach the final Farrow
barely got by the defending champion Ed Sabo
in the semifinals with a birdie on the 21st hole. In the other
semifinal match Quinn eliminated
Gary Hardin 3&1. First prize from the $4,500
purse was $1,500.
Mike Moses won the two-day Pennsylvania Open at the Country Club
of Scranton in the second week of August. Moses
made seven birdies in the second round and posted a six under par 66. The 66
and a first round 70 gave Moses (136) a
one-stroke margin over former Pennsylvania Open champion Joe Boros (137).
Rolling Green assistant professional Mike Dynda
and Dave Roberts tied for third with
139s. First prize was $3,500 from a purse of $18,500. There was a cut to the low
60 and ties with scores of 76 and under earning the opportunity to play the
In the middle of July the PGA Championship was at the Bellerive Country Club
in St. Louis. The Philadelphia Section had four members in the starting field.
Ed Dougherty was there as a result of
winning enough money on the PGA Tour between the 1991 and 1992 PGA Championships
to put him in 68th place as the top 70 on that list received
invitations to the tournament. Gene Fieger, Harold
Perry and Ed Sabo were in the
field for having finished in the top 40 at the PGA Club Professional
Championship in October. Nick Price won his first major by posting rounds of 70,
70, 68 and 70 for a 278 total. Price won by three strokes as Nick Faldo, John
Cook and Jim Gallagher, Jr. tied for second with 281s. The purse was $1,400,000
and Price took home $280,000. Perry made the
cut and finished 83rd with a score of 305, winning $2,175.
Dougherty, Fieger and
Sabo missed the cut and they each earned the cut money of $1,200.
Frank Dobbs won the Mountain Laurel Classic for the second
straight year. The tournament was at the Mountain Laurel Golf Resort in the
fourth week of August. The scoring was low and Dobbs’
were lower than everyone else. Dobbs
(133) shot a six under par 66 on Monday and a 67 on Tuesday to edge out
Gene Fieger (134) by one stroke.
Brett Upper was next at 136 and
Greg Farrow finished fourth with a 137. The
purse was $9,600.
1992 Section Champion
Won For a Third Time
For the eighth straight year the Philadelphia Section Championship was held
at the 6,759-yard Eagle Lodge Country Club. After six years of Section
Championship purses that were in the neighborhood of $100,000 the purse took a
hit, as it was now $40,000. Cigna Corporation was still a sponsor but not to the
extent that it had been. The tournament was played in the first week of
September. In spite of the scaled down purse there was a record entry of 188
Section members. After the second round the field was cut to the low 90 players
and ties. With rounds of 70 and 69 two-time Section champion
Rick Osberg teed off in the final round holding
a one-stroke lead over six players. On the last hole
Osberg played a 207-yard three-iron to within ten feet of the hole.
From there Osberg (207) two putted for a
birdie four and a three under par 68 that edged out Stu
Ingraham (208) and Brett Upper
(208) by one stroke. On the last hole Ingraham
had chipped in from 90-feet for an eagle and Upper
had made a birdie after just missing a putt for an eagle.
Gary Hardin finished fourth at 209. Five
players tied for fifth with 210s as a total of thirteen players finished below
par for the three days. First prize was $6,000. Osberg
was the eighth player to win the Philadelphia Section Championship more than
two times. The host professional was Mike Moses.
Qualifying for the PGA Club Professional Championship took place during the
first two rounds of the Section Championship. The first of ten openings went to
the new Section champion Rick Osberg.
Michael Mack, Dick Smith, Sr.,
Miguel Biamon and Stu
Ingraham tied for second through fifth with 140s.
Ed Sabo, Cleve Clearwater and
Jim Masserio wrapped up the next three places
with 141s. The last two places went to Gary Hardin
and Dave Roberts who had posted 142s.
Hardin (67) and
Roberts (68) beat out several other pros in the tiebreaker, which was
the last round of the championship. Brett Upper
was exempt as a former winner of the PGA Club Professional Championship.
Gene Fieger and
Harold Perry were exempt off their finishes in
the 1991 tournament.
Qualifying for the PGA Senior Club Professional Championship was also held
during the first two rounds of the Section Championship. With his 140 score,
Dick Smith, Sr. had pulled off a record setting
double by qualifying for both the regular and senior championships. No one had
accomplished that feat before. Willie Scholl
earned the second spot with a 143 and Bob Pfister
won the third and last place with a 145. Bob
Thatcher was exempt as the Section senior champion.
The Whitford Golf Classic was played at the Whitford Country Club in the
second week of September. The two-day tournament ended in at tie between
Gary Hardin (68-72) and
Jim Masserio (73-67), which
Hardin went on to win in a sudden-death playoff
with a birdie on the first extra hole. After Masserio
had shot a 33 on the last nine holes to finish at 140
Hardin, who was playing in the last group,
birdied his last hole for 140. Hardin picked
up a check for $1,950 from the $16,700 purse. Mike
Moses (141) finished third and Miguel Biamon
(142) ended up in fourth place.
Brett Upper and Gene Fieger
were members of the ten-man winning PGA Cup Team. The Kildare Country Club in
Dublin, Ireland hosted the matches, which were played against the European PGA
Cup Team in the third week of September. The Kildare Country Club, also known as
the K-Club, hosted the 2006 Ryder Cup. The first two days there were foursome
matches each morning and four-ball matches in the afternoon. The third, and
last, day there were ten singles matches. Fieger
and Upper were paired as partners for
all of the foursomes and better-ball matches and they won all four. They each
won their singles match also, thus they contributed six points to the victorious
USA team, which won 15 points to 9 for Europe. Upper
qualified for the team as the winner of the 1990 PGA Club Professional
Championship and Fieger qualified by
finishing second in the 1991 PGA Club Professional Championship. The matches
were held every two years.
Frank Dobbs won the $10,000 Pennsylvania PGA Championship on the
fourth Tuesday of September. The tournament was held at the Scotch Valley
Country Club in Altoona. Dobbs opened up on
Monday with a 65 and tacked on a 69 on Tuesday for a ten under par score of 134.
Jim Cichra and John Mazza tied for second with 138s.
Rob Shuey finished fourth at 139 and The Springhaven Club
professional Wilson Zehner was next with a
The PGA Club Professional Championship was played in LaQuinta, California on
the first four days of October. The PGA West Jack Nicklaus, Mission Hills Old
Course and LaQuinta Hotel Mountain Course were used for the tournament. The
winner by three strokes was Ron McDougal (273) with rounds of 67, 69, 68 and 69.
Sammy Rachels finished second at 276. Jeff Fairfield and Will Frantz tied for
third with 278s. First prize was $32,000 and the purse was $400,000.
Cleve Coldwater and
Stu Ingraham tied for 16th at four under par 284. They
each won $5,016.67 as they qualified for the 1993 PGA Championship and the 1993
PGA Club Professional Championship. The top forty players qualified.
Gene Fieger (289) missed a chance to qualify
for the PGA by one stroke as he tied for 47th and won $891.
Jim Masserio (291) tied for 68th and
won $689. Dave Roberts (297) and
Rick Osberg (297) tied for 95th and
they each took home $573. Harold Perry
(298) also made the cut and won $563 for a tie at 97th.
Miguel Biamon, Gary Hardin, Michael Mack, Brett
Upper, Ed Sabo and Dick Smith, Sr.
missed the cut and they each received checks for $400.
The Philadelphia Section PGA pros and the Golf Association of Philadelphia
amateurs met in a challenge match at the Manufacturers Golf & Country Club on
the second Tuesday of October. There were twelve players on each team and each
team had at least two seniors. The players were paired in fours and in each
pairing there were two singles matches and a four-ball match. In the singles
matches Gary Hardin, Mike Moses, Drew Hood, Pete
Oakley, Tony Perla, Ken Peyre-Ferry, Roger Stern,
Butch Sweigart, now the teaching pro at Mac’s
Golf Center driving range, and Noel Caruso,
who was now the professional at the Mahoning Valley Country Club, were winners.
Dave Roberts halved his match. The teams of
Moses-Roberts, Don DeAngelis-Hood, Oakley-Caruso,
Perla-Peyre-Ferry and Stern-Sweigart
won their matches. The team of Rick Osberg-Hardin
halved their match. That made the final tally, 15 points for the pros and 3
for the amateurs.
In mid October Harry Hammond became the
Philadelphia Section’s fifth PGA Master Professional. The topic of his thesis
was "Computers for the Golf Shop".
The Section’s fall meeting and election of officers was held on the fourth
Monday of October at the Hershey’s Mill Country Club.
Leo DeGisi-president, Jim
Bromley-first vice president,
vice president, Mike Atkins-secretary and
Jack MacCarty-treasurer were all reelected
without opposition. Charles Genter who had
been the professional at the Tavistock Country Club for 22 years was named "Golf
Professional of the Year". Genter had served
the Section on many committees as well as holding the offices of president,
secretary and treasurer. While serving as a district director in early spring of
1985 he had come to the rescue of the Section when he agreed to take over the
vacated position of secretary. Genter was
the Section secretary for four years and the treasurer for one year. In 1990 he
attained the status of PGA Master Professional, the Section’s third. The "Player
of the Year" was Gene Fieger and he also won
the DeBaufre Trophy by leading the scoring in designated Section events with an
average of 70.55. The Section points race was captured by
Gary Hardin and he was also the Section’s "Teacher of the Year".
The "Skee Riegel Senior Player of the Year" was Roger
A Philadelphia Section Hall of Fame was created in 1992 and the first class
was inducted at the Section’s fall meeting on the fourth Monday of October.
Johnny McDermott and Ed Dudley were in the PGA of America Hall of
Fame so they were in automatically without a vote of the committee. Leo
Fraser, Dick Smith, Sr. and
Pete Trenham had been nominated by other
Section members and then voted in by the committee. It had been decided to vote
in as many as three the first year and a maximum of two each year after that.
McDermott’s credentials included back-to-back U.S. Open victories along with
other wins in tournaments that are considered equal to today’s PGA Tour events.
Dudley played on three Ryder Cup
Teams, won PGA Tour tournaments, served seven years as Section president and
seven years as president of the PGA of America. Fraser was president of
the Philadelphia PGA for six years and president of the PGA of America two
years. He owned and operated the Atlantic City Country Club for forty years and
he was the great innovator of the Philadelphia Section. He held a women’s
national open before the USGA recognized the lady pros and he held senior opens
before there was a Senior PGA Tour.
Smith was Section president for three years, president of the PGA
of America for two years and a leading player in the Section for twenty years.
He won the Section championship five times. Trenham
had spent 25 years serving Section and had been a member of every Section
committee. He was the Section treasurer for seven years and the Section
president for two years. Their bios can be found in the Leaders & Legends
chapters that follow the Section history of each decade.
The PGA Senior Club Professional Championship was held at the former PGA
National Golf Club’s East Course at the end of October. The facility was now
called Ballenisles Country Club and owned by Bud Hansen who put up the money for
the Philadelphia Section Hansen Cup points. Roger Kennedy (278) wrapped up the
title with rounds of 67, 71, 69 and 71. First prize was $14,000. Next in line
were Tom Wargo (280), Dave Philo (281) and Bobby Greenwood (283).
Dick Smith, Sr. tied for 25th with a
score of 291 and won $1,825. Bob Thatcher
(294) and Bob Pfister (294) tied for 34th
and they each won $1,250. By finishing in the top 70,
Smith, Thatcher and Pfister all
qualified for the PGA Senior Championship and the PGA Senior Club Professional
Championship in 1993. Willie Scholl missed
the cut. The purse was $185,000.
Dick Smith, Sr. stepped down from office as the president of the
PGA of America at the national meeting in the first week of November. The
Philadelphia Section hosted the meeting in Philadelphia at the Wyndham Franklin
Plaza Hotel. Ted McKenzie was the chairman
of the Section committee for hosting the meeting. Gary Schaal moved up
from vice president to president and Tom Addis moved from secretary to vice
president. They were elected unanimously. Ken Lindsay defeated Guy Wimberly for
the office of secretary by the margin of 73 to 33 votes. There were now 13,000
PGA members and 9,000 apprentices. Since 1986 the number of PGA members had
increased 37 percent and the number of apprentices had grown by 65 percent.
There was no doubt that there were more golf professionals than jobs for golf
professionals. The treasurer’s report showed a 4.5 million dollar profit for the
last fiscal year. Five new directors were brought onto the board, including
Jack Connelly who began a three-year term as a
member of the Board of Directors representing District II. District II of the
PGA of America was composed of the Metropolitan Section, New Jersey Section and
the Philadelphia Section. The three-year director positions rotated through each
of the PGA Districts. The delegates had 14 resolutions to debate and as usual
some were withdrawn, some were defeated and some passed. One that passed was
that apprentices would have to pass the playing ability test during the six
months preregistration period. That meant that apprentices could not earn more
than six credits toward membership until they passed the playing ability test.
Another resolution that passed was that officers would be elected for a two-year
term rather than have an election each year. The delegates could have an officer
removed if a 50 percent majority of the delegates voted in favor of removal. The
Philadelphia Section delegates were Leo DeGisi
and Jack MacCarty.
The Section held an education seminar on the first Monday of November. David
Brannon, the president of Slazenger Golf, spoke on "Industry Trends and the
Changing Golf Business". Gerald Stefanick, from the PGA of America, spoke on the
"Wage and Hour" laws.
Played 41 events on PGA Sr. Tour
Section senior champion twice
In the first week of December Bob Thatcher
earned conditional status on the PGA Senior Tour by finishing in 15th
place at the qualifying tournament. Only the top eight qualifiers earned
unconditional status on the Senior Tour. In the final stage at the Mission Hills
North Course in Rancho Mirage, California Thatcher
posted four straight 72s for an even par 288. The players with conditional
status would get into the tournaments when they weren’t filled by the exempt
players. The medallist was Larry Gilbert with a 276.
Fred Couples swept all of the honors on the PGA Tour as he was the PGA
"Player of the Year", the leading money winner with $1,344,188 and he won the
Vardon Trophy with an average of 69.38 strokes per round.
Ed Dougherty won $237,525 in 36 tournaments on the PGA Tour, which
put him in 66th place on the money list.
Greg Lesher finished 145th with earnings of $84,818 in 28
events. Emlyn Aubrey also played in 28
events and finished 167th with $58,087.
Aubrey also played in two tournaments on the Ben Hogan Tour where he
won $1,763. Lesher and
Aubrey were headed back to the PGA Tour
Ted Tryba won $105,952 in 28 tournaments on the PGA Ben Hogan
Tour. That put him in fourth place on the
money list and earned him playing status on the PGA Tour for 1993. A third place
finish in the final event of the year at Fresno, California made the difference.
The top five earned their privileges. Chris Anderson
played in 21 events and finished 71st on the money list with
$17,813. Jimmy Booros won $1,373 in the six
tournaments he was able to get into and Gene Fieger
won $850 in four tournaments.
Lee Trevino led the PGA Senior Tour
as he won $1,027,002. Dick Hendrickson
won $270,025 in 36 tournaments, which was just
enough to put him in 31st place on the money list. The top 31 on the
money list were fully exempt for the next year. Jack
Kiefer wasn’t fully exempt but he got into 18 events and won $203,095
to finish 36th in earnings. Walter Morgan
played in 29 events and finished 59th with $101,037.
Art Wall played in 14 tournaments and won
$12,013. Bob Thatcher played in two
tournaments and won $1,750.
1993 - Bob Pfister won the
rain-shortened PGA Quarter Century Club Championship in the first week of
January. The two-day tournament for PGA members who had been PGA members for at
least 25 years was shortened to one round due to a total rain out of the second
day. Pfister posted a three under par 69 on
the PGA National Golf Club’s Estate Course. Pfister
earned $1,500 for winning the tournament and he picked up another check of
$800 for winning his age group of 50-54. His nearest competitors were Roland
Stafford, Robert Nichols and Nick Berkich who all finished with 70s on the
The Section’s spring meeting was held at the DuPont Country
Club on the first Monday of April. More than 350 PGA members and apprentices
were in attendance. The biggest news may have been that the Section Championship
was moving to Conestoga Country Club after having been held at the Eagle Lodge
Country Club for eight straight years. Tournament Chairman
Jim Bromley announced that the Section’s
Tournament Director Tom Carpus was leaving
to take over the head pro position at the Greate Bay Country Club. Bob Korbel,
who had been working in the tournaments at the national office, had been hired
to replace him. President Leo DeGisi told
the members that the PGA Tour’s second tour, which was now called the PGA Nike
Tour, was holding its White Rose Classic at the Honey Run Golf Club in early
July. The Nike Tour was formerly called the Ben Hogan Tour.
DeGisi also reported that the Section’s budget
for the year was now $1.4 million.
The Masters Tournament was played at its usual time, the first full week of
April. Bernhard Langer won the Masters for a second time by putting together
rounds of 68, 70, 69 and 70 for an eleven under par 277. In the last round
Langer made an eagle three on #13 and a birdie four on #15 to finish four
strokes in front of Chip Beck (281). First prize was $306,000. John Daly, Tom
Lehman, Steve Elkington and Lanny Watkins tied for third with 283s. There were
no players associated with the Philadelphia Section entered in the tournament.
There were 90 players in the starting field.
A club professional named Tom Wargo won the PGA Seniors’ Championship in the
third week of April. Wargo had qualified for the tournament by finishing second
at the PGA Senior Club Professional Championship in late October. The tournament
was played on the PGA National Golf Club’s Champion Course in Palm Beach
Gardens, Florida. Wargo posted rounds of 69-69-67-70 for a nine under par 275
and then had to beat Bruce Crampton (73-67-69-66--275) in a sudden-death
playoff. On the first playoff hole (the par four #16) Wargo and Crampton halved
the hole in with pars and Wargo won it with a par three on the nest hole (#17)
after Crampton had put his tee shot in the pond to the right of the green. First
prize was $110,000. Isao Aoki finished third at 279 as Bob Charles and Tom
Weiskopf tied for fourth with 281s. Dick Hendrickson
(290) tied for 27th and won $6,500. Jack
Kiefer (296) tied for 45th, winning $2,062.50.
Dick Smith, Sr., Bob Pfister, who was now
the professional at the Rock Manor Golf Club, and missed
Bob Thatcher the cut.
Hendrickson and Kiefer were in
the tournament off their positions on the Senior PGA Tour money list. Like Wargo
Smith, Pfister and
Thatcher had qualified by finishing in the top 70 at the 1992 PGA
Senior Club Professional Championship.
Bob Pfister won the Section Senior Championship at the Reading
Country Club on the first Thursday of May. Pfister
had to go overtime to get the win as he and Bob
Thatcher had finished in a tie with one under par 69s. The win
qualified Pfister for the PGA Senior Club
Professional Championship and the Bell Atlantic Senior Classic, which was coming
up in two weeks. North Hills Country Club professional
Ron Rolfe and John
Carson, who was now the teaching professional
at the McCall Field Golf Club, tied for third with 70s. The purse was $1,700.
The Section Match Play Championship was played at the PineCrest Country Club
in the second week of May. Pete Oakley, who
was now the teaching professional at the Rehoboth Driving Range, added another
title to a long list by winning five matches over a three-day period (Monday,
Tuesday and Wednesday). The finals went into extra holes before
Oakley got past Chris
Anderson with a par on the 20th hole.
Anderson, who was now the teaching professional
at the Delcastle Golf Club, had tied up the match when his second shot on #18,
which was played from the rough, finished two feet from the hole. In the morning
semifinal match Anderson eliminated
Michael Mack 4&3 and with the help of a front
nine 30 Oakley had put out
Dave Roberts 7&5.
Anderson was back in competition after taking a break from the
tournament grind. In the late fall Anderson
had failed to pass the PGA Tour qualifying test for a ninth time so he had put
his clubs in a closet and didn’t touch them for four months.
The Senior PGA Tour was at the Chester Valley Country Club for the PGA Bell
Atlantic Senior Classic again. After two days of pro-ams the $650,000 main event
teed off on the third Friday of May. Lee Trevino failed to hold a lead that he
took into the final round, which was a rarity, and Bob Charles grabbed the
title. Charles’ rounds were 67, 67 and 70 for a six under par 204. Charles
picked up a check for $97,500, which made him the first person to pass four
million dollars in winnings on the Senior PGA Tour. This was his seventh year on
that tour. Dave Stockton finished second at 205. Trevino had slipped to a 72 in
the last round and along with the two who passed him three more caught him.
Trevino, Bob Murphy, Dave Hill and Jim Colbert all tied for third with 206s.
Jack Kiefer tied for 15th with a 214
and won $11,375. Dick Hendrickson (217) won
$6,354 for a tie 24th. Dick Smith, Sr.
(219), who was now the professional at the Galloway National Golf Club, tied
for 35th and won $3,534. Bob Thatcher
(220) won $2,275 by tying for 43rd. Bob
Pfister (233) finished near the end of the 78-man field and won $390.
Jack Nicklaus played in the tournament for the first time and with the aid of
only one of the pro-ams for practice he tied for 28th at 218.
Hendrickson was in the tournament as exempt
players on the Senior PGA Tour. Thatcher was
in the field off his partial exempt status on the Senior PGA Tour.
Smith and Thatcher
were there on sponsor’s exemptions. Pfister
had earned his spot by winning the Philadelphia Section Senior Championship.
The host professional was John Poole.
Emlyn Aubrey, who was back on the PGA’s Nike Tour, won the Miami
Valley Open on the fourth Sunday of May. The tournament was held at the
6,730-yard Heatherwoode Golf Club in Springboro, Ohio.
Aubrey put together rounds of 65, 72 and 65. His eleven under par 202
total gave him a four stroke margin of victory over Larry Silveira (206). In the
final round Aubrey aced the par three third
hole with a 5-iron shot and never looked back. Guy Boros (207) and Omar Uresti
(207) tied for third. First prize from the $175,000 purse was $31,500.
On the fourth Monday of May Nike Tour member Greg
Lesher and Len Mattiace, who was playing the PGA Tour, captured the
first two spots at the central Pennsylvania U.S. Open local qualifying test.
Lesher (140) posted rounds of 73-67 and
Mattiace (140) shot a morning 66 and an afternoon 74. The par 72 Blue Mountain
Golf Club hosted the event. Hershey Country Club assistant professional
Paul Oglesby finished third at 142 and
was next with a 143. The last two of the six places allotted to that qualifying
site were won by Blue Mountain Country Club professional
Don Lowe (147) and Joe Donnelly (147) in a
three-man playoff that lasted just one hole. Lowe
made a birdie and Donnelly made a par to qualify.
Local qualifying for the U.S. Open in Philadelphia was held at the St. Davids
Golf Club and the Gulph Mills Golf Club on the fourth Tuesday of May.
Chris Anderson won the medal and the right to
move on to sectional qualifying by posting a one over par 72 at Gulph Mills in
the morning and a three under par 68 in the afternoon at St. Davids. His 140
total led three players by two strokes. Somerton Springs Driving Range teaching
professional Craig Dear, Rick Osberg and
Brett Upper tied for second with 142s.
Ed Sabo, Greg Farrow, Gene Fieger and Carl
Lohren were next at 143. The ninth and last spot went to
Frank Dobbs, who was home from the PGA’s Nike
Tour. Dobbs had to hole a ten-foot putt for
a par on the 18th hole at St. Davids to finish at 144. That allowed
him to finish one stroke in front of six players who were at 145.
Country Club of York assistant professional David
"Moose" Brown made it through the local qualifying for the U.S. Open
at the Towson Golf & Country Club near Baltimore, Maryland. There were nine
spots at Towson. Erick Egloff led with a 138 and a 145 won the last spot.
Brown shot a 142 that tied for fourth.
The PGA Tour’s second tour, which was now called the Nike Tour, had scheduled
an event in the Philadelphia Section at the Honey Run Golf Club. The tournament
was called the White Rose Classic. The PGA Tour had set aside sixteen places in
the tournament field for Philadelphia Section members and qualifying for the
spots was held at the Kennett Square Golf & Country Club on the first Monday of
June. Brett Upper, who had played the PGA
Tour for five years in the 1980s, led the qualifying with a five under
par 66. Whitemarsh Valley Country Club assistant professional
Orist Wells finished second with a 67.
Stu Ingraham, Middletown Country Club
assistant professional Keith Devos and
Brian Kelly, who was now the teaching
professional at the White Deer Golf Club, tied for third with 68s. Lebanon
Country Club assistant professional Jim Douglass
was next with a 69. Jim
Masserio, Drew Hood and
Terry Hertzog made it safely with 70s. The last
seven places went to Delcastle Golf Club professional
Bill Hackett, Gene Fieger, Dave Roberts, Pete
Oakley, Harold Perry, Ken Peyre-Ferry and Green Pond Golf Club
professional Jim Muschlitz who all posted
71s to make it right on the number without any playoffs.
Bob Kave (72) and the teaching professional at
the Maple Dale Country Club Larry Jones (72)
were the first and second alternates. They got into the tournament when
Masserio and Douglass
dropped out. Frank Dobbs, Jim Furyk, Greg Lesher
and Emlyn Aubrey were exempt as members
of the Nike Tour. Rick Osberg was exempt as
the Section champion and Steve
Chronister was exempt as the host professional
at Honey Run but he didn’t enter the tournament.
David "Moose" Brown qualified for the U.S. Open at the Sharon Golf
Club in Sharon, Ohio on the first Monday of June. There were 32 players shooting
for three qualifying spots at Sharon. Kevin Burton won the first spot with a
three under par 141. The other two places went to Brown
(71-71) and Mark Balen who tied at 142.
Gene Fieger qualified for the U.S. Open in New York on the second
Tuesday of June. Qualifying was held at the Century Country Club and the Old
Oaks Country Club. There were 142 pros and amateurs vying for 28 openings in the
starting field at the Open. Fifty-two of the professionals were from the PGA
Tour, which was in Harrison, New York that week for the Buick Classic.
Fieger posted a three under par 68 in the
morning at Century and came back in the afternoon with a two over par 72 at Old
Oaks. His 140 total got him under the wire by two strokes. Five players who had
posted 142 played off for the last three spots. Mike Donald was the medallist
with a 135.
Two days later in June Gene Fieger was
still on his game as he won the two-day Variety Club Tournament of Champions at
the White Manor Country Club. The first day only the professionals played and
the second day the pros played with three amateurs for pro-am money as well.
Fieger put together a 67 the first day and a 71
the second day for a six under par 138. Dave Roberts
and John Owens tied for second with
140s. Brett Upper and
Stu Ingraham were
next at 142.
The Variety Club was formed in Pittsburgh in 1927 to aid physically disabled
children. The Philadelphia Section had been conducting a pro-am tournament in
conjunction with the Variety Club since 1976, but in the spring of 1993 they
took on a new challenge. Five Section members teamed up with five of the Variety
Club’s disabled children to teach them golf. They met at the White Manor Country
Club for golf lessons. The program was called the "Buddy Program" and the five
professionals were Rick Osberg, Doug
Hendricks, Mike Moses, Chris Anderson and
The U.S. Open was at the Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, New Jersey in
the third week of June. Baltusrol was a course where many of the U.S. Open
records had been set and this year was no exception. Lee Janzen tied a Jack
Nicklaus record for the first 36 holes by posting a pair of 67s. A 69 in the
third round put him at 203 and tied the record for the lowest 54-hole score at
the U.S. Open. Another 69 in the last round put him at 272, which tied the
record score that Nicklaus had set in 1980, also at Baltusrol. Janzen was just
the second person to play all four rounds in the 60s. In spite of the record
scores he couldn’t shake Payne Stewart until he birdied two of the last three
holes. Stewart finished just two strokes back at 274. Paul Azinger and Craig
Parry tied for third with 277s. The total purse was $1,714,234 and first prize
was $290,000. Gene Fieger and
David "Moose" Brown missed the cut. They each
received $1,000 as the pros that didn’t complete 72 holes each won that amount.
For a second straight year the Mike Schmidt Pro-Celebrity Challenge was
played at the Commonwealth National Golf Club. The tournament played on the
fourth Monday of June was again sponsored by the Philadelphia Inquirer and the
Daily News. Each pairing was made up of two professionals and two celebrities.
John Owens took the top money of $5,100 with
a three under par 68. The total purse was $34,000.
Chris Anderson, Pete Oakley, Miguel Biamon
and Billy Ziobro tied for second with 69s. The tournament was not a
financial success as several of the major celebrities withdrew at the last
Qualifying for the U.S. Senior Open was held at the Doylestown Country Club
on the fifth Tuesday of June. There were 43 players competing for two spots in
the starting field in Denver. The first spot went to
Butch Sweigart who turned in a two under par 70 and the next spot was
won by Bob Thatcher with a 72. The only
playoff needed was for alternate spots.
Open qualifying for the PGA Nike Tour’s White Rose Classic was held on the
fifth Monday of June at the Outdoor Country Club. Don Bell led the qualifying
for fourteen spots with a five under par 66. All of the players who shot a 71 or
better qualified. Lancaster’s Jim Furyk who
was playing the Nike Tour as a Monday qualifier had an exemption from the
The Nike Tour, which was the PGA Tour’s second tour, held the $200,000 White
Rose Classic at the Honey Run Golf Club in the first week of July. Many future
and past PGA Tour members were playing that tour in an attempt to earn fully
exempt status on the 1994 PGA Tour. Curt Byrum won by putting together four
solid rounds of 69, 70, 64 and 67 for an eighteen under par 270. First prize was
$36,000. Estaban Toledo, Morris Hatalsky and Gary Rusnak all posted 271 totals
to tie for second just one stroke off the pace. Rusnak had eight straight
birdies over the second and third rounds. The second round had three long rain
delays and only 21 players completed their rounds. The rest finished on Saturday
morning. Frank Dobbs led the Philadelphia
Section members with a 276. Dobbs tied for
21st and won $2,100. With the help of a third round 63
Harold Perry won $1,704 as he posted a 277 to
tie for 24th. When the field teed off on Sunday for the final round
Perry was tied for second just two strokes
out of the lead. A 75 in the final round dropped him 22 places on the money
list, which was a testimonial to strength of the Nike Tour.
Gene Fieger (280) won $660 for a tie for 45th
and Jim Furyk (282) tied for 51st
winning $480. Drew Hood finished 58th
at 287 and won $360. Cleve Coldwater, Emlyn Aubrey, Bob
Kave, Rick Osberg, Brian Kelly, who was now the teaching professional
at the White Deer Golf Club, Larry Jones, Pete Oakley,
Brett Upper, Jim Muschlitz, Dave Roberts, Greg Lesher, Bill Hackett, Orist
Wells, Keith Devos, Stu Ingraham, Terry Hertzog and
Ken Peyre-Ferry missed the cut.
Dobbs and Aubrey
were Kike Tour members. Furyk had an
exemption from the sponsor. Lesher was
playing on both the PGA Tour and the Nike Tour. The others had qualified
locally. The host professional Steve Chronister
was instrumental in bringing the tournament to his club and the
Greg Farrow won the Burlington Classic at the Burlington Country
Club on the second Monday of July. Farrow
put together two solid rounds of golf with a 67 on Sunday and a 66 on Monday for
a seven under par 133 to win by four strokes. Dave
Roberts and Ed Sabo tied for
second with 137s. Harold Perry and
Stu Ingraham were
next at 138. The purse was $15,450.
The U.S. Senior Open was at the Cherry Hills Country Club near Denver in the
second week of July. Jack Nicklaus was now winning major senior championships
and he added another at Cherry Hills. His rounds were 68, 73, 67 and 70 for a
six under par 278 total. In the last round Tom Weiskopf made a charge with a 30
on the front nine but two bogies on the back side gave him a 67 and left him one
stroke out of a tie at 279. Kermit Zarley (280) finished third one stroke in
front of Chi Chi Rodriquez (281) and Dale Douglass (281). The golf course
measured 6,915 yards but in Colorado’s high altitude it played much shorter.
First prize from the $750,000 purse was $135,330. Bob
Thatcher (304) tied for 55th and won $3,764.
Bob Pfister missed the cut.
Thatcher and Pfister
had qualified in Philadelphia.
The Philadelphia Open was played at the Huntingdon Valley Country Club on the
second Wednesday of July. Once again the tournament was plagued by rain. The
tournament was scheduled for 36 holes on one day but after being interrupted
twice by rain the Golf Association of Philadelphia decided to call it a one
round tournament. Gene
Fieger was able to complete one round before the second rain delay
and he had a three under par 67 on the scoreboard. Several players had a chance
to catch him but they all failed. Fieger
picked up the Philadelphia Open title and a check for $2,680. The purse was
$13,860. Jack Connelly, Jim Masserio and
amateur Jim Spagnola tied for second with 68s. Miguel
Biamon finished fifth with a 69.
Paul Ogelsby won the Philadelphia Section Assistant Pro
Championship on the fourth Monday of July. The tournament sponsored by George
Izett Golf, was held at the Burlington Country Club and the Laurel Creek
Country Club. Ogelsby toured the Burlington
course in three under par 67 and then put together a one under par 70 in the
afternoon at Laurel Creek. His 137 score won by three strokes over Conestoga
Country Club assistant John Cooper (140).
There was a five-way tie for third as Greg Farrow, John
Owens, Brian Kelly, Chris Anderson and Gene
Fieger all posted 141s.
In the fourth week of July Scott Hoch won the Tylenol Kids Classic for the
third straight year. Everything was the same except the golf course as the White
Manor Country Club was hosting the event that year. Hoch posted a 68 on Monday
and a 67 on Tuesday for a nine under par 135. Hoch birdied three of the last
seven holes to win by three strokes. Tom Lehman finished second at 138. Kirk
Triplett, Gary McCord, Steve Pate and Steve Lamontagne tied for third with 139s.
As the Philadelphia Section PGA champion Rick Osberg
was invited and he posted a 143. Osberg
tied for 15th and won $6,400. Ed Dougherty
was also in the 24-man field and he posted a 149, winning the minimum prize
of $6,000. Hoch won $50,000 to bring his winnings for the last three years in
the tournament to $145,000. The purse was $280,000.
Jim Furyk won on the PGA Tour’s Nike Tour in the first day of
August at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Classic. The tournament was played at the
6,705-yard Windance Golf & Country Club in Gulfport, Mississippi.
Furyk (72-68-66) finished with four straight
birdies to tie Bob Friend (70-66-70) at 206. In the sudden-death playoff that
followed Furyk made another birdie on the
first playoff hole to win the $27,000 first prize. The total purse was $150,000.
J.P. Hayes was next at 209. Kim Young and Tommy Moore tied for fourth at 210.
Qualifying for the PGA Club Professional Championship was at the North Hills
Country Club on the first Monday of August. Jimmy
Booros, who was now the professional at the Whitetail Golf Club,
earned the medallist honors with a 68 and a 66 for the two rounds.
Booros (134) finished three strokes in front of
Miguel Biamon (137).
Gary Hardin, Greg Farrow, Pete Oakley and
Brian Kelly tied for third with 138s.
Dave Roberts picked up the seventh spot with a
141, which finished one stroke in front of George
Forster, Sr. (142). Forster, Sr. won
the eighth and last spot in a sudden-death playoff. In September
Jim Masserio also qualified by winning Section
Championship. Brett Upper was exempt as a
past champion of the tournament. Stu Ingraham
and Cleve Coldwater were exempt for
having finished in the top 40 the year before.
The Section’s senior members also qualified for the PGA Senior Club
Professional Championship at North Hills Country Club on the first Monday of
August. There were two spots to qualify for and Butch
Sweigart took the first one with a 74 in the morning and a 68 in the
afternoon for an even par 142. The second spot went to
Roger Stern who posted a 145.
John Carson (148) eliminated
Stan Dudas (148), who was leasing the Mays
Landing Golf Club, and Henry McQuiston (148)
in a sudden-death playoff for the first alternate position and when the Section
was awarded another place he wound up in the starting field.
Bob Pfister had qualified earlier by winning
the Section Senior Championship in May.
The Pennsylvania Open was in the western part of the state and most of the
prizes stayed there. The par 70 Allegheny Country Club hosted the tournament in
the second week of August. Bob Ford beat John Klincholk with a birdie on the
first hole of a sudden-death playoff. Ford (68-66) and Klincholk (68-66) tied
with 134s. Klincholk had eight birdies in the last round, which included each of
the last four holes. Sean Farren finished third at 135. John Mazza and Bernie Di
Loreto tied for fourth with 136s. The low pro from the Philadelphia Section was
Brett Upper who tied for eight with a 139.
The course measured 6,402 yards.
The PGA Championship was at the Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio in the middle
of August. Paul Azinger won by beating Greg Norman on the second hole of a
sudden-death playoff. Azinger (69-66-69-68) birdied four of the last seven holes
to tie Norman (68-68-67-69) at eight under par 272.On the second extra-hole
Azinger two putted for a par and Norman lipped out a four-foot par putt from
above the hole. First prize was $300,000 from a $1,700,000 purse. Nick Faldo
finished third at 273 and Vijay Singh was fourth with a 274.
Stu Ingraham (283) played well as he tied for
31st and finished the tournament as the low club professional.
Ingraham won $7,057.69.
Cleve Coldwater missed the cut.
Ingraham and Coldwater
had qualified for the tournament by finishing in the top 40 at the 1992 PGA
Club Professional Championship.
Brett Upper won the two-day Mountain Laurel Classic on the last
day of August. The $11,025 tournament was hosted and sponsored by the Mountain
Laurel Resort. Upper earned $1,600 by
posting a 69 and a 66. His nine under par 135 gave him a one stroke win over
Pete Oakley and Harold
Perry who tied for second with 136s. Frank
Dobbs finished fourth with a 139.
Harold Perry won the two-day Whitford Classic in the second week
of September. Perry put together a 68 and a
67 for a nine under par 135 to win by three strokes.
Don DeAngelis finished second with a 138 and
Brett Upper was next at 139.
Gene Fieger finished fourth with a 140 total.
The purse was $16,700.
1993 Section Champion
After eight straight years at the Eagle Lodge Country Club the Section
Championship moved to the central counties region of the Section. The
championship was hosted by the Conestoga Country Club in the third week of
September. Jim Masserio won the $6,000 first
prize by overtaking Stu Ingraham (134) and
Frank Dobbs (134) with a three under par 67
in the last round. Masserio put together
rounds of 66, 70 and 67 for a seven under par 203 to win the Section
Championship for a second time. Ingraham
finished second with a 205. Dobbs and
Gary Hardin tied for third with 206s.
Gene Fieger and Miguel
Biamon were next at 207. The total payout was $40,000. The host
professional was Drew Hood.
The Pennsylvania PGA Championship was played at the Scotch Valley Country
Club in Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania in the third week of September. The
Philadelphia Section Championship had ended on Friday and this tournament began
on the next Monday so the entry from the eastern part of the state was somewhat
limited. Dick Von Tacky (138) posted a 70 and a 68 to finish with a six under
par score that won by four strokes. Bob Ford and Jim Cichra tied for second with
142s. Llanerch Country Club assistant professional Jim
Curran, Frank Dobbs and Gordon Vietmeier tied for fourth with 143s.
The course measured 6,786 yards and the purse was $10,750.
On the fifth Wednesday of September the Philadelphia Section pros squared off
against the Golf Association of Philadelphia amateurs at the Philadelphia
Cricket Club’s Flourtown Course. Each team was made up of two senior players and
ten others. The players were paired in fours with two amateurs and two pros in
each pairing. Each pairing featured two singles matches and a better-ball match.
The pros edged out the amateurs in what was the most closely contested match in
its three-year history. In the better-ball matches the professional teams of
Pete Oakley-Ed Sabo and
John DiMarco-Russ Davis won. The Jim
Masserio-George Forster, Sr. team halved its match. In the singles
matches Oakley, Sabo, Masserio, Forster, Sr., DiMarco, Davis
and senior Butch Sweigart won. That left
the professionals with 9 ½ points against 8 ½ for the amateurs and the slimmest
margin of victory. The other members of the Philadelphia Section team were
Dave Roberts, Chris Anderson, Frank Dobbs, Don DeAngelis
and senior Bob Pfister. The pros now led
the series of matches with three wins to none for the amateurs but it was only a
matter of time before the amateurs won.
The PGA Club Professional Championship was back in the east at the PGA Resort
and Spa, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. The tournament was played during the
second week of October on the Champion, Haig and Squire courses. The
Philadelphia Section was well represented as Pete
Oakley tied for third and six other Section members made the cut.
There were five rain delays in the first three rounds. Jeff Roth took the title
with rounds of 68, 69, 66 and 72 for a thirteen under par 275. John Lee finished
second at 277. Oakley, Todd Smith, George
Bowman, Walt Chapman and Ron McDougal tied for third with 278s. First prize was
$32,000 and Oakley won $12,800.
Miguel Biamon tied
for 31st at 284 and won $1,580. He was in a ten-way tie, which meant
that the 284 scorers won the last ten of the 40 places allotted to the PGA club
professionals for the 1994 PGA Championship. Biamon
and Oakley were in the PGA.
Brian Kelly (287) and Greg Farrow
(287) tied for 59th and they each won $760.
Cleve Coldwater won $665 as he tied for 70th
at 288. Gary Hardin and
Stu Ingraham both made the cut but did not play
their fourth rounds. The each won $400, which was what the players who didn’t
make the cut received. George Forster, Sr., Dave
Roberts, Jim Masserio, Jimmy Booros and
Brett Upper missed the cut. The purse was
"Golf Professional of the Year"
The Section’s fall meeting and election of officers was at the Hershey
Country Club on the fourth Monday of October. Jack
MacCarty was the new Section president,
George McNamara moved from second vice president to secretary,
Mike Atkins moved from secretary to treasurer,
Michael Mack was elected vice president tournaments and
Drew Hood was the new vice president of
section affairs. Atkins was named "Golf
Professional of the Year". In 1982 and 1984 Atkins
was the "Golf Professional of the Year" in the Sun Country PGA and he was
president of the Sun Country PGA for 1982 through 1984.
Atkins was one of the pros that were
responsible for the formation of the Central Counties Chapter under the
Philadelphia PGA umbrella. He had served as an officer in the Central Counties
Chapter and the Philadelphia Section. Gene Fieger
was the Section’s "Player of the Year", led the Section points race and he
won the DeBaufre Trophy with a 69.85 stroke average. The "Skee Riegel Senior
Player of the Year" was Bob Pfister. The
Section’s "Teacher of the Year" was Ted Sheftic.
It was the second time that Sheftic had
won the award.
Skee Riegel and Fred Byrod were inducted into the Philadelphia PGA
Hall of Fame on the fourth Monday of October. The induction ceremony took place
at the Section’s fall meeting at the Hershey Country Club.
Riegel was almost 24when he hit his first golf
ball but nine years later he won the U.S. Amateur and went on to play on two
Walker Cup Teams where he won every match. He turned pro in 1950 and finished
second in the 1951 Masters Tournament. At the age of 39 he left the PGA Tour and
returned home to Philadelphia as the pro at the Radnor Valley Country Club. He
then won the Pennsylvania Open twice and a Philadelphia Open. For over 30 years
he was a member of the Section’s tournament committee and the chairman of the
rules committee. He spent numerous hours helping to make the Section members
more knowledgeable on the rules of golf. In 1975 he received the Horton Smith
award for work he did in the education of the Section members and apprentices.
Byrod graduated from Temple University in 1933 and began writing sports for the
Philadelphia Inquirer that year. In 1959 he became the Inquirer’s sports editor.
In his early years of writing sports Byrod wasn’t very interested in golf but it
later became his main interest. He covered 69 major golf championships for the
Inquirer and was well liked by all of the tour stars from Byron Nelson to Ben
Hogan, Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus. After he retired from the Inquirer he
wrote for the Philadelphia Golf Magazine while still writing a weekly golf
column for the Inquirer. Byrod was a walking encyclopedia on golf in
Philadelphia and he went out of his way to include the Philadelphia Section and
its members in the Inquirer’s sports pages. For sixty years he did more to
inform the public about the Philadelphia PGA and its members than all of the
other sports writers combined.
The PGA Senior Club Professional Championship was played in late October at
the Ibis Golf & Country Club’s Legend Course, West Palm Beach, Florida. Bob
Carson ran away from the field by putting together rounds of 69, 69, 69 and 70
for an eleven under par 277. Tom Joyce finished eight strokes back in second
place with a 285. Bill Garrett (287) and Patrick O’Brien (288) finished third
and fourth. First prize was $14,000. Bob Pfister
(299) tied for 37th and won $1,200.
Butch Sweigart won $1,032.50 (300) for a 40th place
tie. Roger Stern (301) tied for 44th
and won $922. Pfister, Sweigart and
Stern qualified for the PGA Senior Championship
as the top 55 made it. The number of qualifiers out of this tournament
for the PGA Senior Championship had been reduced from 70 to 55.
John Carson missed the cut by one stroke.
The PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida hosted the
national PGA meeting, in the first week of November. The delegates from the
Philadelphia Section were Jack MacCarty and
Mike Atkins. The biggest news at the meeting
was that the PGA had obtained an option to purchase the Valhalla Golf Club in
Louisville, Kentucky. A part of the agreement was that the 1996 PGA Championship
would be played there. It was also announced that the PGA had an agreement to
build another golf facility in Florida, which would have 36 holes and a learning
center. The courses were going to be designed by Tom Fazio. One important
resolution that passed was that a resolution could be voted on without waiting
for the annual meeting. The board of directors could now propose a resolution.
The resolution would then be mailed to the PGA Sections. A vote would be taken
within 45 days and it would require a vote of two-thirds in favor by both
the board and the Sections to pass. The A-6 classification was expanded to
include PGA members employed at PGA recognized indoor golf facilities. Also in
attendance were past national president Dick Smith, Sr.
and District II national director Jack Connelly.
Bill Strausbaugh Award
John Poole was recognized at the PGA of
America’s national meeting in November as the winner of the Bill Strausbaugh
Award for his work in Club Relations. Poole
was the pioneer in the Philadelphia Section when it came to club relations. He
became involved with the new club relations committee in the late 1978 and in
1982 he accepted the chairmanship of the committee. He was the chairman from
1982 through 1991 where he counseled 105 club committees in the hiring of new
professionals. He won the Strausbaugh Award in the Section six times. He had
been a member of the national club relations committee since 1985.
Nick Price was the leading money winner for the year on the PGA Tour and he
won the two major awards as well. He was the PGA "Player of the Year", won the
Vardon Trophy with a stroke average of 69.11 and took home $1,478.557.
Ed Dougherty had a so-so year on the PGA Tour,
but beginning with the New England Classic he made nine straight cuts. He played
in 34 events and ended the year in 99th place with $167,651. Late in
the year Ted Tryba tied for third at the
Walt Disney World Golf Classic and won $52,800. That boosted him up into the
all-exempt top 125 on the money list. He played in 33 tournaments and finished
the year in 116th place with $136,670. Tryba
also won $1,894 in one tournament on the PGA Nike Tour.
Greg Lesher played in 14 tournaments and won
$23,171. Lesher also played in eleven
tournaments on the Nike Tour where he earned $1,105.
Emlyn Aubrey was back on the PGA Nike Tour (formerly the PGA Ben
Hogan Tour) where he won $72,944 in fourteen tournaments. He was 14th
on the money list which qualified him for a return to the PGA Tour. He also
played in one tournament on the PGA Tour where he won $18,125. In his first full
year as a professional golfer Jim Furyk
played in 25 tournaments on the Nike Tour and won $58,240. He finished 26th
on the money list. Furyk was less than
$3,000 away from finishing in 25th place, which would have qualified
him for the PGA Tour. Frank
Dobbs played in ten events and won $2,100.
Dave Stockton led the PGA Senior Tour money list with $1,175,944.
Jack Kiefer broke through a barrier by winning enough money to lock
up full exempt status for the next year. He played in 32 events and won
$333,511, which was 27th place on the money list.
Dick Hendrickson completed another year as he
played in 34 tournaments, winning $243,262, which put him in 35th
place on the money list. Bob Thatcher got
into 19 tournaments as a conditional qualifier and won $37,119. The introduction
of super-senior money brought Al Besselink
out of retirement. He played in six tournaments and won $1,748 plus the
Jim Furyk qualified for the PGA Tour in the first week of
December. They made it through the six-round qualifying school, which was held
at the La Quinta Resort’s Dunes Course in La Quinta, California. Three players
tied for medallist honors. Ty Armstrong, Dave Stockton, Jr. and Robin Freeman
all finished with 415 totals. Furyk tied for
37th with rounds of 70, 71, 74, 71, 69 and 71 for 426. There were 40
spots and Furyk was one of ten players who
just made it. There are no playoffs at the Q-School and all ties for the last
spot are included.
In the second week of December longtime amateur Jay
Sigel turned pro and entered the qualifying test for the PGA Senior
Tour. Like most seniors who were trying to get on the Senior Tour he had to
survive two 72-hole qualifying events in order to earn playing privileges. At
the final stage a player had to finish in the top eight in order to fully
qualified for 1994 PGA Senior Tour. The entry fee was $2,000.
Sigel finished eleventh in qualifying as he
posted rounds of 75, 75, 73 and 70 for a five over par 293 at the Grenelefe
Resort in Haines City, Florida. In each of the first three rounds he hit a ball
out-of-bounds. Sigel won $2,730, his first
money in golf, but that wasn’t important. The important thing was that he had
qualified for the Senior Tour. Only the top eight qualifiers earned full
exemptions to the tour, but the second eight had conditional status. This meant
that beginning with the player who qualified in the ninth position, the eight
players with conditional status would be able to play when the fields weren’t
filled with the fully exempt players.
Won Early in His Rookie Year
on the PGA Senior Tour
1994 - It didn’t take Jay Sigel long
to win his first tournament on the PGA Senior Tour. In just the fourth full
field event of the year Sigel came from ten
strokes back to win the GTE West Seniors Classic. The tournament was played at
the Ojai Valley Inn and Country Club in the first week of March. Lee Trevino had
told Sigel that the Ojai course, which was
only 6,200 yards, was too short for the strengths of his game. Never the less
Sigel was there and after rounds of 70 and 66
he trailed Jim Colbert by ten strokes. When he teed off in the final round he
was fighting a stomach virus and he had a new caddy on his bag that week. He was
just hoping to earn a decent check before taking an all night flight home to
Philadelphia. Sigel proceeded to put
together a course record eight under par 62 for a total of 198, which caught
Colbert. A sudden-death playoff began on the par three 17th hole.
After they halved the hole with pars they went to the par five 18th
hole where they both had putts of about four-feet for birdies. Colbert missed
his putt and Sigel holed his for the victory
and a check for $82,500. Larry Laoretti and Bob Murphy tied for third with 199s.
Sigel was now an exempt player on the PGA
The Section’s spring meeting was held at the DuPont Country Club on the first
Monday of April. The spring meeting was held at DuPont several times because the
club had more than one 18-hole course. The Section usually held some kind of a
pro-pro event after the morning meeting and with the Section now having so many
members two courses were needed to take care of everyone that wanted to play in
the event. There were over 300 members, apprentices, staff and guests at the
meeting. Section President Jack MacCarty
informed those present that Drew Hood had
resigned as the vice president of section affairs and that the Penn Oaks Country
Club professional, Mike Cole, had been
appointed to replace him. The tournament chairman,
Michael Mack, briefed the Section members and apprentices on the
tournament schedule. There were several new tournaments on the schedule and the
schedule had an estimated $565,000 in purses. The PGA Nike Tour was back in the
Section for another year as it was holding a tournament at the Center Valley
Club. The Variety Club was represented by Vince Marieniello, who was the moving
force behind the relationship between the Philadelphia Section and the Variety
Club. For several years Marieniello had been attending the meetings with the
purpose of selling the Variety Club charity to the Section members but this time
he had Russell Ohneck, a member of the one-year-old Buddy Program, with him.
Russell gave a riveting talk on what the program meant to him. One thing he said
was "My professional is Doug Hendricks and
he’s teaching me how to play golf". The Section Secretary
George McNamara reported that as of March 31
the PGA of America had 14,292 members. Of that number 2,114 were Life Members,
which was the retired classification.
The Masters Tournament ended on the second Sunday of April with another
Spaniard at the top of the leader board. Jose Maria Olazabal opened with a 74
but then he posted rounds of 67, 69 and 69 for a nine under par 279 to edge out
Tom Lehman (281) by two strokes. First prize was $360,000. Larry Mize (282) and
Tom Kite (283) finished third and fourth. There was no one in the field from the
The PGA Seniors’ Championship was played in mid April and it was held at the
PGA National Golf Club for the thirteenth straight year. Raymond Floyd blew a
four-stroke lead on the last nine holes and Lee Trevino (279) was there to grab
the win. That gave Trevino two PGA Seniors’ Championship wins in the last three
years. Floyd (282) was done in by the two par three holes on the back nine, #15
and #17. He lost four strokes to par on #15 and two more on #17 to finish three
strokes off the pace. Trevino only used 108 putts to put together four steady
rounds of 70, 69, 70 and 70. Jim Colbert finished second at 280 and Dave
Stockton (282) tied Floyd for third. Jay Sigel
(288) finished thirteenth and won $15,000. Dick
Hendrickson (292) won $11,000 as he tied for 19th.
Jack Kiefer (294) tied for 29th and
won $4,250. Mike’s Indoor Golf teaching professional
Butch Sweigart, Bob Pfister and Roger Stern
missed the cut and they were each paid $750. First prize was $115,000 from a
purse of $850,000. The course measured 6,702 yards.
Sigel had gained entry into the tournament off his position on the
1994 Senior PGA Tour money list through April 1.
Hendrickson and Kiefer were
exempt off their positions on the 1993 Senior PGA Tour money list.
Sweigart, Pfister and
Stern earned their entry through the PGA Senior Club Professional
Championship by finishing in the top 55.
St. Davids Golf Club professional Pete Trenham
won the Philadelphia Section Senior Championship at the Little Mill Country
Club on the second Tuesday of May. He posted a one under par 70 to finish four
strokes in front of Tony Perla, (74), who
was now the teaching professional at the Plymouth Country Club. Wild Quail Golf
& Country Club teaching professional Joe Kriznuski,
Dick Smith, Sr. and Freeway Golf Club professional
Bill Bishop tied for third with 75s. The
victory earned Trenham an exemption for the
PGA Senior Club Professional Championship and an invitation to the Bell Atlantic
Senior Classic. The purse was $1,350 and first prize was $325.
The Blue Ridge Country Club hosted the central Pennsylvania local qualifying
round for the U.S. Open on the fourth Monday of May. For a second time the USGA
had decided to reduce the local qualifying from 36 holes to 18. It had been
tried in 1989 but in 1990 local qualifying was back to 36 holes. Now with more
than 6,000 entries it was becoming difficult to find enough courses and
officials to manage two rounds of qualifying in one day at various sites around
the country. There were 66 pros and amateurs competing at Blue Ridge. Many
locations required two courses. Sixty-five players were fully exempt into the
U.S. Open and 170 were exempt from local qualifying. The low qualifier for the
six places allotted to Blue Ridge was Paul Oglesby
who posted a three under par 69. Amateur Jonathon Clark finished second with
a 71 and Wilson Zehner (73), who was now the
professional at the Lancaster Country Club, won the next spot in spite of
hitting two balls out-of-bounds on one hole. There was a seven-way tie at 74 for
the last three places. The survivors were Rob Shuey,
the teaching professional at the Bent Creek Country Club,
Jim Douglass and Outdoor Country Club assistant professional
Local qualifying in Philadelphia for the U.S. Open was held at the
Commonwealth National Country Club on the fourth Tuesday of May. There were 120
pros and amateurs entered in Philadelphia but even though it was a warm sunny
day there were 20 withdrawals and no shows. Philadelphia had been allotted
twelve spots for the right to move on to sectional qualifying. In order to get
the players around what was a difficult test, the course was set up at 6,774
yards. That was about 270 yards less than the full course yardage but the last
players still needed five hours and 20 minutes to complete their rounds. The
rough was deep and the slick greens became firmer as the day progressed.
Garrison’s Lake Golf Club teaching professional Pete
Oakley, Rick Osberg and Bob Menne tied for medallist honors with one
under par 70s. Stu Ingraham was fourth with
a 71, his assistant Gene
Fieger was fifth with a 72 and Brett Upper
was next at 73. The host professional David Craig
birdied the 18th hole for a 74, which put him in a playoff with
six other players for the last six spots. Craig, Miguel
Biamon (74), Pine Valley Golf Club assistant professional
Jason Lamp (74), Wilmington Country Club
assistant professional Daniel Volko (74)
along with amateurs Jeff Kiley (74) and Chris Lange (74) survived the
sudden-death playoff by making pars on the first extra hole.
Jim Furyk was exempt from local qualifying as
an exempt player on the PGA Tour.
The tenth Bell Atlantic Senior Classic was back at the Chester Valley Country
Club at the end of May. Qualifying for the last four places in the starting
field was at the Reading Country Club on the Monday of tournament week. Agim
Bardha led with a five under par 65. The next two spots went to Rod Curl (66)
and Walter Morgan (66) who was a
Philadelphia Section member. He was living in Cherry Hill, New Jersey where his
wife had a job as a school administrator. The first day was cold and windy but
then the weather returned to the normal for late spring. Lee Trevino won on the
PGA Senior Tour for the 22nd time and the fourth time that year. Trevino (206)
won the tournament for a second time with rounds of 71, 67 and 68, which was
four under par. Mike Hill finished second at 208 and Tommy Aaron was third with
a 210. Tom Wargo, Jim Dent and Chi Chi Rodriguez tied for fourth with 211s.
Jack Kiefer tied for seventh with a 212 and won
$23,800. Jay Sigel (219) won $6,230 for a
tie for 26th. Morgan (221) tied
for 34th and won $4,050. Dick Smith, Sr.
(222) tied for 41st and won $3,080. Bob
Thatcher (223) won 2,450 as he tied for 47th.
Pete Trenham (234) tied for 70th and
won $616. Dick Hendrickson
withdrew after the first round with a pinched nerve in his neck. There were
78 in the starting field. Kiefer, Sigel and
Hendrickson were in the field off their
standing on the Senior PGA Tour. Smith and
Thatcher, who was back at his Olde Masters
Driving Range, had received sponsor exemptions. Trenham
was in the field as the current Philadelphia Section senior champion. That
year Chester Valley was the second most difficult course on the Senior PGA Tour.
The host professional was John Poole.
Trevino won $105,000 from the $700,000 purse. The admission fee for spectators
was $18 each day.
Jim Furyk and amateur Duke Delcher qualified for the U.S.
Open in the Washington D.C. area. Qualifying was held at the Congressional
Country Club’s Gold Course and the Woodmont Country Club’s North Course on the
second Monday of June. The PGA Tour’s Kemper Open had concluded the day before
so there were 142 players qualifying for 39 spots. Delcher was a former
Section member now playing out of the Atlantic City Country Club.
Furyk put together a 65 and a 73 for 138 and
Delcher shot 73 and 66 for 139. Bradley Hughes was low with a 131. Fourteen
players with 140 totals went into a sudden-death playoff for the last five
Emlyn Aubrey also qualified for the U.S. Open on the second Monday
of June. He was in Cincinnati, Ohio at the Coldstream Country Club competing
with 38 players for three spots in the starting field at the Oakmont Country
Club. Aubrey was the low qualifier as he put
together rounds of 66 and 69 for a seven under par 135. Frank Lickliter and
Steven Flesch took the other two places with 138s.
Aubrey was exempt from local qualifying as a member of the PGA’s Nike
Gene Fieger won the Variety Club Tournament of Champions at the
White Manor Country Club in the second week of June. The first round was played
on a Thursday in a pro-am format. The amateur entry fees went to the Variety
Club charities. On Friday the pros were paired by their Thursday scores.
Frank Dobbs, who was now the teaching
professional at the Blue Bell Country Club, led the first day with a 68 but the
second day Fieger made eight birdies on the
way to an eight under par 64. Fieger’s 64
and a Thursday 71 gave him a total of 135. Dobbs
finished second with a 138. Stu Ingraham, Pete
Oakley and Harold Perry tied for
third with 140s. The purse was $27,750.
Qualifying for the U.S. Senior Open was at the Reading Country Club on the
third Friday of June. There were two places to qualify for.
Bob Pfister and Dick Howell, a professional
from northern New Jersey, took two spots with two under par 68s.
Larry Wise won the first alternate spot with a
69 and later got into the tournament. Jay Sigel
was in the tournament on a special invitation from the USGA.
Jack Kiefer was exempt off his position on the
PGA Senior Tour money list.
The U.S. Open was played at the Oakmont Country Club near Pittsburgh in the
third week of June. Oakmont played as difficult as usual and at the end of
regulation play there were three players tied at the top. Ernie Els
(69-71-66-73), Colin Montgomerie (71-65-73-70) and Loren Roberts (76-69-64-70)
all posted one under par 279s. On Monday the USGA held its usual 18-hole playoff
to break the tie. Els and Roberts turned in 74s and Montgomerie’s 78 eliminated
him. A sudden-death playoff between Els and Roberts was next and it began on the
10th hole to accommodate TV. They both made par4s on #10 and Els took
the title with a par 4 on the next hole. Curtis Strange finished fourth alone
with four consecutive 70s for 280. First prize was $320,000 from a purse of
$1,752,835. Jim Furyk
tied for 28th at 292 and won $11,514.20.
Emlyn Aubrey (302) also made the cut as he tied
for 62nd and won $3,800.33. Duke Delcher missed the cut.
Rob Shuey won the Burlington Classic at the Burlington Country
Club on the fourth Monday of June. Shuey put
together a 65 on Sunday and he came back with a 66 the next day to post a six
under par 134. Pete Oakley finished second
with a 135 total. Jim Curran and
Frank Dobbs tied for third at 137. The purse
The U.S. Senior Open was played at the Pinehurst Resort and Country Club’s #2
course in the beginning of July. South Africa’s Simon Hobday took home the title
with rounds of 66, 67, 66 and 75 for a twelve under par 274. Hobday only won by
one stroke as Graham Marsh and Jim Albus tied for second with 275 totals. Tom
Weiskopf, Tom Wargo and Dave Stockton tied for fourth with 277s. First prize was
$145,000. Jack Kiefer tied for 25th
with a 288 total and won $6,589. Bob Pfister
tied for 65th and won $1,978. Larry Wise
missed the cut.
The George Izett Memorial Assistant Pro Championship was held on the
first Monday of July. The tournament was played at the North Hills Country Club
and the Cedarbrook Country Club. Greg Farrow
put together a one under par 71 at Cedarbrook in the morning and a four under
par 67 at North Hills in the afternoon to take the title. His score of 138
nipped Frank Dobbs (139) by one stroke.
Dave Seeman (142), the teaching pro at the
Wilmington Country Club, finished third and Jim Curran
(143) was fourth. The total purse was $8,500. There was now a George
Izett memorial trophy and Farrow’s name
was engraved on the trophy.
Stu Ingraham won the Philadelphia Open in a playoff with
Harold Perry on the third Tuesday of July.
Ingraham (71-65—136) and
Perry (65-71—136) the host professional at the
Kennett Square Golf & Country Club had finished in a tie at the end of 36-holes
the previous Wednesday. In the playoff Ingraham
turned in a four under par 67 against a 72 for
Perry. The 136 scores tied a Philadelphia Open record. Since 1940
when the tournament was shortened from 72-holes to 36-holes, only four other
players had posted 136s. They were Bud
Lewis, Gene Kunes, Jay
Sigel and amateur Billy Hyndman. First prize was $2,620 from a purse of
$12,600. Gary Hardin finished third at 137.
Mike Moses and Jim
Masserio were next with 138s. Eleven players broke 140 and seventeen
broke par. Rob Shuey, Brian Kelly, Gene Fieger, Pete
Oakley, 57-year old Pete Trenham
and amateur Chet Walsh all posted 139s. Earlier qualifying rounds had
established a starting field of 45 professionals and 15 amateurs.
The Section members qualified for the PGA Club Professional Championship on
the first Monday of August at the Kennett Square Golf & Country Club. The first
of seven openings went to Charlie Bolling,
who was now the teaching professional at the Bent Creek Country Club. He turned
in a 69 in the morning and a 65 in the afternoon for an eight under par 134.
Jim Masserio finished second with a 137. The
next three spots went to Brian Kelly (138),
Stu Ingraham (138) and
Gary Hardin (138).
Miguel Biamon and Bob Kave took
the last two places with 139s. Pete Oakley
was exempt off his third place finish in the tournament the year before.
Brett Upper was exempt as a former winner of
the tournament. When Frank Dobbs won the
Section Championship in September he qualified also.
The Section’s senior members also qualified at the Kennett Square Golf &
Country Club for the PGA Senior Club Professional Championship on the first
Monday of August. The seniors had three spots to qualify for.
Dick Smith, Sr. and
Willie Scholl tied for the medal with 143s.
Dennis Milne won the third spot with a 144.
Pete Trenham was exempt as the Section senior champion.
Paul Oglesby won the Pennsylvania Open at the Bent Creek Country
Club on the second Tuesday of August. Ogelsby
came from five strokes back to win by four. He opened up with a one under
par 70 on Monday and came back with a course record (30-34) 64 on Tuesday. His
134 score gave him a comfortable margin of victory over
Gene Fieger who finished second at 138. First
prize was $4,000 from a purse of $21,600. The first round leader Ned Weaver
ended up in third place with a 139. Brian
Kelly and Gulph Mills Golf Club teaching
professional Terry Hertzog tied for fourth
In the second week of August Nick Price broke all of the PGA Championship
records as he captured the title for the second time in three years. The
tournament was held at the Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Price
won by six strokes as he put together rounds of 67, 65, 70 and 67 for an eleven
under par 269. It was the lowest 72-hole score in the tournament since the
format had been changed from match play in 1958. The purse was $1,700,000 and
first prize was $310,000. Corey Pavin finished second at 275 and Phil Mickelson
was next at 276. Greg Norman, Nick Faldo and John Cook tied for fourth with
277s. Ted Tryba, Pete Oakley and
Miguel Biamon missed the cut and they each
received $1,200. Tryba was in the field for
having been in the top 70 money winners on the PGA Tour money list from the 1993
PGA Championship through June 18, 1994. Oakley
and Biamon were there for having
finished in the top 40 at the PGA Club Professional Championship.
1994 PGA Cup Team Member
Frank Dobbs won the Mountain Laurel Classic on the fifth Tuesday
of August. The tournament was played at the par 72 Mountain Laurel Resort.
Dobbs’ rounds of 71 on Monday and 67 on Tuesday
for 138 gave him a one stroke victory over Pete Oakley
(139). Miguel Biamon finished third at
140 and Ben Witter
was next at 143. The purse for the tournament was $11,740.
The $14,500 Whitford Classic was played in the second week of September at
the Whitford Country Club. Stu Ingraham left
everyone in his wake as he led by two strokes after shooting a 68 on Sunday and
then he shot a 67 on Monday for a nine under par 135.
Frank Dobbs and Gary Hardin tied
for second with 142 totals. Pine Valley Golf Club assistant professional
Marc Carter, Brett Upper, Miguel Biamon, Ken Peyre-Ferry
and Terry Hertzog tied for fourth at
Pete Oakley wasn’t available for the Philadelphia Section
Championship because he was playing in the PGA Cup Matches at Palm Beach
Gardens, Florida. As the immediate past president of the PGA of America,
Dick Smith, Sr. captained the team, which was
competing against the European PGA club professionals. The matches were played
on the PGA National Golf Club’s Champion Course in the third week of September.
The first two days there were four foursomes matches in the morning and four
four-ball matches in the afternoon. In those two days
Oakley won a four-ball match, lost in the two foursomes matches and
sat out the other four-ball match. In the four-ball match that
Oakley won, he holed a twenty-foot birdie putt
on the last hole to save a 1-up edge. The Americans led 9 to 7 after the second
day’s matches were completed. Smith reminded
his team that no American team had lost on home soil. On the third day there
were ten singles matches. Oakley brought in
one of the first wins as he played three under par golf and won by 6&5. The
Americans won five more singles matches and finished on top with 15 points
against 11 for Europe. The PGA of America now led the series with eleven
victories against four wins for Europe. Two of the contests had ended in a draw.
1994 Section Champion
After having won almost everything else in the Philadelphia Section
Frank Dobbs won the Philadelphia PGA
Championship on the fourth Thursday of September. The Conestoga Country Club
hosted the tournament for the second straight year. In the end the tournament
came down to Dobbs and
Michael Mack. While
Dobbs waited in the rain on the 18th fairway
Mack three putted the 18th green for
a three-day total of four under par 206 (69-69-68). When the green cleared
Dobbs hit an eight-iron to within ten feet of
the hole. He then holed the putt for a birdie and a total of 205, which gave him
a one-stroke victory. Dobbs’ rounds were 66,
68 and 71. The purse was $40,000 and Dobbs
won $6,000. Stu Ingraham and
Terry Hertzog tied for third with 208s. Five
players tied for fifth with even par 210s. The host professional was
On the first Tuesday of October the Golf Association of Philadelphia’s
amateurs defeated the Philadelphia Section professionals. The pros had won the
first three challenge matches contested against the amateurs. A plausible reason
for this loss was that ten of the Section’s best players were in Missouri for
the PGA Club Professional Championship. The matches were held at the Green
Valley Country Club. There were twelve pros and twelve amateurs on each team.
Two members of each team were seniors. In each four-man pairing there were two
singles matches and a better-ball match. The final score was 11 ½ points for the
amateurs and 6 ½ points for the pros. Ken Peyre-Ferry,
Dave Roberts, Orist Wells and
Butch Sweigart won their singles matches. The
teams of George Forster, Sr.-Wells and
John Carson-Sweigart won their better-ball
matches. The Vince Ramagli-Roberts team
halved their match. Ramagli was the teaching
professional at the Bumble Bee Hollow Driving Range. The other members of the
Philadelphia Section team were Rob Shuey, Chris
Anderson, Michael Mack, John DiMarco and
Don DeAngelis who was now the professional
at the Blue Bell Country Club.
The PGA Club Professional Championship was in Lake Ozark, Missouri in early
October. The tournament was played at the North Port National Golf Club, Robert
Trent Jones, Sr. Course and the Oaks Course. The tournament ended in a three-way
tie as Sammy Rachels, Darrell Kestner and Ron McDougal all finished regulation
play with 284 totals. A sudden-death playoff was held at the completion of play.
McDougal went out on the first hole and Rachels won with a par on the second
extra hole. Rachel’s rounds were 68, 72, 71 and 73. The tournament was delayed
by rain. It began on the first Thursday of the month and due to rain it took
five days to complete as it finished on Monday. Some players needed three days
to play their second round. Bruce Zabriski finished fourth at 285. First prize
from the $400,000 purse was $32,000. Pete Oakley
and Frank Dobbs tied for 13th
with 288 totals and they each won $5,458. They also qualified for the 1995 PGA
Championship as the top 25 made it. The number of players qualifying for the PGA
Championship had been reduced from 40 to 25. Brian
Kelly missed qualifying for the PGA Championship by one stroke as he
posted a 290. Kelly tied for 26th
and won $2,059.09. Jim Masserio (292) tied
for 44th and won $946.67. Stu Ingraham
(293) won for a 53rd place tie. Bob Kave
(297) finished tied for 77th and won $655.
Brett Upper made the cut right on the number
with a 222 and withdrew. Charlie Bolling, Gary Hardin
and Miguel Biamon missed the cut.
Upper and everyone who missed the cut received
checks for $400.
In the third week of October the PGA Senior Club Professional Championship
was held in West Palm Beach, Florida. The tournament was played on the Ibis Golf
& Country Club’s Legend Course and the starting field had been reduced from 144
to 129. Roger Kennedy won the tournament for a second time with rounds of 72,
69, 70 and 72 for a five under par 283. Bill Garrett finished second at 284,
Patrick O’Brien was third at 286 and Tom Joyce finished fourth at 287. First
prize from the $185,000 purse was $14,000. Dick Smith,
Sr. tied for 12th with a 293 total and won $3,016.66.
Pete Trenham tied for 37th at 303
and picked up a check for $720. That qualified Smith
and Trenham for the 1995 PGA Seniors’
Championship as the top 55 made it. Willie Scholl
and Dennis Milne missed the cut.
Won 1971 PA Open
Two Wins on PGA Senior Tour
Jack Kiefer won on the PGA Senior Tour
for the first time by shooting a 63 in the last round at the Ralph’s Senior
Classic. The tournament was played in Los Angeles, California at the Rancho Park
Golf Club during the fourth week of October. This was the same course that
hosted the Los Angeles Open on the PGA Tour for many years.
Kiefer had joined the Senior PGA Tour in 1990.
Kiefer needed the 63 because Dale Douglass
was putting together a ten under par 61 at the same time. Douglas’ 61 was a
course record and it also equaled the lowest round in the history of the PGA
Senior Tour. Kiefer (69-65-63) finished with
a three round total of 197 and Douglass’ total was 198. First prize was
$112,500. Jim Colbert finished third at 201. Bob Murphy, Tony Jacklin, Ben
Smith, Jim Dent, Jimmy Powell and Kermit Zarley tied for fourth with 202 totals.
Jay Sigel shot a 202 and tied for tenth
In the fourth week of October Frank Dobbs
became the holder of both the Philadelphia Section Match Play Championship and
the Philadelphia Section Championship titles. To win the Match Play title
Dobbs beat Ken Peyre-Ferry
by 5&4 in the finals. The tournament was played at the PineCrest Country
Club. On Monday Gary
Hardin led the qualifying for the match play ladder with a three
under par 67. Thirty-one players and Pete Oakley,
who was exempt as the defending champion, qualified for the matches. The
first round matches were also played on Monday. Two matches were played on
Tuesday with the semifinals and finals being played on Wednesday. In the
semifinals Dobbs played four under par golf
to defeat Gene Fieger 2-down.
Peyre-Ferry needed three extra holes to
eliminate Pinelands Golf Club assistant professional
John Appleget in the other semifinal match. The purse was $3,100.
The PGA of America’s annual meeting was held during the first week of
November at the Ommi Hotel at Charleston Place in Charleston, South Carolina.
The theme of the meeting was "PGA 2000", which meant what would be the make up
of the PGA professional in the year 2000 and after. Tom Addis was unanimously
elected as the 29th president of the PGA and Ken Lindsay moved up to
vice president. The Carolinas PGA Section’s Will Mann was elected secretary on
the first ballot in a three-man race with Ron Dunham and Jerry Ray. Several
resolutions were passed. Credits for a four-year college degree were increased
from 8 to 12. Apprentices who where working for a non member head professional
who was in the PGA apprentice program would now receive one credit for each
month worked instead of one-half credit. A classification was established for
PGA members who were directing a PGA Recognized Golf School at a PGA Recognized
Golf Range. Apprentices would be required to make acceptable progress in their
training as defined by the Board of Directors or be dropped from the Apprentice
Program. The delegates from the Philadelphia Section were
Jack MacCarty and Mike
Atkins. Dick Smith, Sr. was also in
attendance as a past president of the PGA and Jack
Connelly was there as the national director representing District II.
"Golf Professional of the Year"
Seaview Country Club hosted the Section’s fall meeting on the second Monday
of November. The president Jack MacCarty and
all of the other officers were reelected. The other officers were Secretary-George
Atkins, Vice President Tournaments-Michael
Mack and Vice President Section Affairs-Michael
Cole. The "Golf Professional of the Year" was Atlantic Country Club
professional Don Siok. He was a founder of
the Central Counties Chapter and he had been a Section member for more than 30
years. Siok served as the treasurer for two
years and the secretary one year. As the secretary he and the Section attorney,
Francis Sullivan, created new By-Laws for the Section.
Siok and his father-in-law Leo Fraser were always ready to
host tournaments and meetings for the Section. The "Player of the Year" was
Frank Dobbs. It was the third time that he had
achieved that award. Stu Ingraham won the
DeBaufre Trophy with a 70.00 scoring average for the year’s designated
tournaments. The "Skee Riegel Senior Player of the Year" was
Butch Sweigart. The Section’s "Teacher of the
Year" was Russell Davis.
Section President Six Years
PGA of America Secretary
Marty Lyons was inducted into the Philadelphia Section PGA Hall of
Fame on the second Monday of November. The ceremony took place at the Seaview
Country Club during the Section’s fall meeting. Lyons began his career in
golf at the age of nine as a caddy at Llanerch Country Club and he worked his
way up the ladder at the club. At the age of 16 he became the caddy master and
two years later he was the assistant pro. He left for six years to work in south
Jersey as a head professional. In 1933 Lyons returned to Llanerch as the
assistant to Denny Shute. That year Shute won the British Open and
moved on to another club job at the end of the year. With the backing of almost
every member Lyons moved into the head professional position, where he
remained until his death 35 years later. Lyons was so revered by the
Llanerch members and even though his induction to the Section’s Hall of Fame was
26 years after his death a large contingent of Llanerch members rented a bus and
made the trip to Seaview for the ceremony. His accomplishments are almost
endless. Lyons hosted the Section Championship nine times. He was
president of the Section for six years and he was the vice president for four
years. He was the secretary of the PGA of America for one year. Lyons, Leo
Fraser and Jimmy D’Angelo were the first PGA members to put forth the
idea of the PGA having its own golf course in Florida and it was the three of
them that made it happen. Through his efforts on the national level the PGA
Championship was played at Llanerch Country Club in 1958. It was also Lyons
who campaigned to change the PGA Championship from match play to stroke
play. The 1958 PGA Championship was played at stroke play for the first time and
the tournament became a huge financial success. Lyons was one of the
early promoters of junior golf, using movies of their swings to peak their
interest. When the wounded veterans from World War II began returning to the
Valley Forge Hospital Lyons promoted the construction of a golf course at
the hospital. He and the Section’s professionals spent many hours introducing
the wounded veterans to golf. Just a few days before Lyons died in 1968
he had said "With Valley Forge Hospital getting all these wounded boys from
Vietnam, we’ve got to get busy up there again".
Walt Morgan qualified for the PGA Senior Tour in the third week of
November. Qualifying was held at the par 71 TPC of Tampa Bay in Lutz, Florida.
Morgan finished second at (72-71-68-69) 280,
just two strokes back of the medallist Tommy Aycock (74-66-69-69—278). The top
eight earned full exemptions on the Senior Tour and the next eight players
earned conditional status. Morgan also
picked up a check for $8,400. The course measured 6,638-yards.
2 Wins on Asian Tour
2 Wins on PGA Nike Tour
The PGA "Player of the Year" was Nick Price and he led in money won with
$1,499,927. Greg Norman won the Vardon Trophy with an average of 68.81 strokes
per round. Ted Tryba finished 74th
on the PGA Tour money list. He earned $246,481 in the 34 tournaments he entered.
Jim Furyk made the most of his first year on
the PGA Tour as he played in 31 tournaments, won $236,603 and finished 78th
on the money list. Furyk also won $3,815 in
a tournament on the PGA Nike Tour. Ed Dougherty
failed to hold on to his full exempt status on the PGA Tour. He finished the
year in 157th place on the money list with earnings of $96,987 in 33
events. Dougherty then failed to make it
through the second stage of tour qualifying. He had been exempt from level one
qualifying. In spite of losing his exemption Dougherty
would be able to enter some of the tournaments due to having made at least 150
cuts during his career. Emlyn Aubrey
finished tenth on the PGA Nike Tour, which qualified him for the 1995 PGA Tour.
He won $113,919 in the 19 tournaments that he entered.
Aubrey also won $3,802 in a tournament on the PGA Tour.
For the second straight year Dave Stockton led the
PGA Senior Tour as he won $1,402,519. In his
first year on the PGA Senior Tour Jay Sigel
lived up to his amateur record by finishing 12th on the money list.
He had fourteen top ten finishes and he won the GTE West Seniors Classic, which
earned him "Rookie of the Year" honors. Sigel’s
victory early in the year made him a fully exempt and he went on to win $634,130
in 29 tournaments. Jack Kiefer won his first
tournament on the PGA Senior Tour and went on to finish 21st on the
money list. His earnings in the 35 tournaments he entered came to $532,467.
Dick Hendrickson slipped to 51st on
the money list as he earned $153,155 in 31 events.
Roger Stern played in three tournaments
and won $8,198. Bob Thatcher got into two
tournaments and won $5,998. Al Besselink
played in three tournaments and won $1,166 along with his super-senior earnings.
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