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A Chronicle of the Philadelphia Section PGA and Golf in the Philadelphia Area
by Peter C. Trenham
2000 to 2009
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2000 Jack Connelly was elected president of the PGA of America and John DiMarco won the New Jersey Open.
2001 Terry Hatch won the stroke play and the match play tournaments at the PGA winter activities in Port St. Lucie.
2002 The Section hosted the PGA of America national meeting at the Wyndham Franklin Plaza Hotel in Philadelphia.
2003 Jim Furyk won the U.S. Open, Greg Farrow won the N.J. Open, Tom Carter won 3 times on the Nationwide Tour.
2004 Pete Oakley won the Senior British Open.
2005 Will Reilly was the PGA of America’s “Junior Golf Leader” and Rich Steinmetz was on the PGA Cup Team.
2006 Jim Furyk played on his fifth straight Ryder Cup Team, won the Vardon Trophy and two PGA Tour events.
2007 In October the Philadelphia PGA and the Variety Club broke ground on the Variety Club’s 3-hole golf course.
2008 Tom Carpus won the PGA of America’s Horton Smith Award and Hugh Reilly received the President Plaque.
2009 Mark Sheftic finished second in the PGA Professional National Championship and played on the PGA Cup Team.

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2000 - Jim Furyk won the Doral Open on the Doral Golf Resort’s Blue Course in the first week of March. The course nicknamed the "Blue Monster" had been toughened in 1996 by adding 27 bunkers, which most of the players didn’t care for. In 1999 the course had been reworked to its original Dick Wilson design, but now most of the players thought the course was too easy. The scores were low and Furyk took advantage of the changes. He put together rounds of 65, 67, 68 and 65, which added up to a 23 under par 265. Franklin Langham finished second at 267 and Nick Price was third at 270. David Duval and Shigeki Maruyama tied for fourth with 271s. First prize was $540,000 and the total payout was $3,000,000.

The spring meeting of the Philadelphia Section was held at the DuPont Country Club on the first Monday of April. An item of interest was that major league tournament golf was back in the Section for the first time since the U.S. Open was at the Merion Golf Club in 1971. The PGA Tour’s SEI Pennsylvania Classic was being held at the Waynesborough Country Club in September and the U.S. Senior Open was scheduled for Saucon Valley Country Club in late June. Also there were two PGA Tour Buy.com tournaments being played in the Section that year. The new Steamtown Classic was scheduled for the first week of June near Scranton and the Hershey Open was to be played in early July.

The Masters Tournament was played in the first full week of April and ended on the second Sunday. There were 95 entries from the list of invitees. Vijay Singh began with a 72 and a 67, which put him in a tie for the lead with Ernie Els. Saturday brought blustery winds and Singh put together a two under par 70 to take a three-stroke lead into the final round. Singh (278) shot a steady 69 on Sunday to win by three strokes over Els (281). First prize was $828,000. David Duval and Loren Roberts tied for third at 282. Jim Furyk tied for 14th at 289 and won $80,500. Ted Tryba missed the cut. Furyk was invited to the tournament for having finished in the top sixteen in the 1999 Masters Tournament and Tryba was invited off having been in the top 30 money winners on the PGA Tour in 1999.

The PGA Seniors’ Championship was held at the PGA National Golf Club in the middle of April. The tournament was interrupted seven times by lightening and rain for a total of nearly 18 hours. In the end the tournament was reduced to three rounds and it still took five days to complete that. Doug Tewell led from wire to wire with three rounds in the sixties. Tewell (201) shot rounds of 68, 66 and 67 to win by seven strokes. Tom Kite, Hale Irwin, Larry Nelson and Dana Quigley tied for second with eight under par 208 totals. First prize from the $1,800,000 purse was $324,000. All five of the Philadelphia Section members in the tournament made the cut. Ed Dougherty and Jay Sigel, who were regulars on the PGA Senior Tour, tied for 12th at 214 and they each won $33,200. Aronimink Golf Club professional Jim Masserio tied for 17th at 215 and won $20,563. Ken Peyre-Ferry (223), who had left the Little Mill Country Club to pursue the PGA Senior Tour, finished tied for 54th winning $3,728. Pete Oakley (225), who was now a part-owner of a newly opened golf course called The Rookery, won $3,400 for a 66th place tie. Jack Eckenrode, who was the owner of the Growcraft Golf Center Driving Range, had to withdraw before the tournament started because of a bad back. Dougherty was exempt for having finished in the top 15 in the tournament the year before and being in the top 50 money winners on the PGA Senior Tour. Sigel was exempt for being in the top 50 money winners on the PGA Senior Tour. Masserio, Peyre-Ferry, Oakley and Eckenrode were exempt for finishing in the top 55 in the PGA Senior Club Professional Championship.

Waynesborough Country Club hosted the local qualifying for the U.S. Open on the third Thursday of May. Cavaliers Country Club professional Dave McNabb led the scoring with a one-over-par 72. There were four open spots. Amateurs Anthony Sarko (73) Dan Terleski (74) and Vince Covello (75) won the other three places in the sectional qualifying. There were 24 entered at Waynesborough.

Local qualifying for the U.S. Open was held at the Bucknell Golf Club on the third Thursday of May. Brian Kelly, who was in his first year as the head professional at the Bucknell Golf Club and Mike Molino, the assistant at the Huntsville Golf Club, picked up the two available spots with one over par 71s.

Joe Daley, a native of Chestnut Hill, returned to his home area for the U.S. Open local qualifying and earned the medalist honors. Qualifying was at the Philadelphia Country Club on the fourth Monday of May. There were 110 pros and amateurs competing for eight spots at the sectional qualifying two weeks later. Daley, who was playing the PGA’s Buy.com Tour, turned in a three under par 68 to lead the field. Amateur Robin McCool and South Carolina’s Tom Shaw tied for second with 69s. Another pro, Michael Christie, was next with a 70. Eagle Lodge Country Club assistant John Spina, Links Golf Club assistant Vince Ramagli, Radnor Valley Country Club professional George Forster, Sr. and Georgia amateur Jedd McLuen won the next four places but they had to go extra holes with two other players. Spina, Ramagli and Forster, Sr. survived by making pars on the first extra hole.

Local qualifying for the U.S. Open was at the Chambersburg Country Club on the fourth Monday of May. Lebanon’s Greg Lesher, who was playing the PGA Buy.com Tour, and amateur William Smith picked up the first two places with even par 73s. Ted Sheftic’s son Mark Sheftic, who was playing the professional golf mini tours, won the third and last spot with a three-over-par 76.

The PGA Tour’s Buy.com Steamtown Classic qualifying for Philadelphia Section members was held at the Glenmaura National Golf Club on the fourth Tuesday of May. The PGA Tour had provided three places in the tournament for Section members. Torresdale-Frankford Country Club assistant Jim Jones was low with a two-under-par 69. The other two spots went to Indian Spring Golf Club professional David Quinn (72) and Overbrook Golf Club professional Stu Ingraham (73).

On the last Tuesday of May Rick Osberg, who was now a part owner of the Kimberton Family Golf Driving Range, aced Sunnybrook Golf Club’s 15th hole on the way to winning the Rittenhouse Trust Golf Classic. Osberg completed the round in 69 strokes, which put him in at three-way tie with Stu Ingraham and Brian Kelly, who also posted three under par 69s. Osberg went on to win the first place check of $17,500 in a sudden-death playoff. David Quinn, George Forster and St. Davids Golf Club assistant David Coates tied for fourth with 70s. There were 150 entries and the course measured 6,823 yards. The first prize was being increased $2,500 each year by the Rittenhouse Trust company.

Open qualifying for the PGA Tour’s Steamtown Classic was at the Glen Oak Country Club on the fifth Tuesday of May. Because Memorial Day was on that Monday the course wasn’t available until the next day. There were 12 openings up for grabs. Mike Molino and the host professional Cleve Coldwater had sponsor exemptions.

The PGA Buy.com Tour’s first annual Steamtown Classic was played at the Glenmaura National Golf Club on the first four days of June. Ian Leggatt (276) shot a course record tying 65 in the last round. Three putts on the last green left him one stroke out of a tie for the top spot with Jeff Hart (72-70-65-68—275) who had tied the course record the day before. Paul Gow, Charles Warren and Tommy Biershenk tied for third at 277. Par was 72. First prize from a purse of $400,000 was $81,000. Reading’s Rick Price won $2,610 as he tied for 36th at 286. Joe Daley shot 292 and won $1,507.50 for a 52nd place tie. Stu Ingraham, the host professional Cleve Coldwater, David Quinn, Mike Molino, Greg Lesher and Jim Jones missed the cut. Price, Daley and Lesher were regulars on the Buy.com Tour. Clearwater and Molino had sponsor exemptions. Ingraham, Quinn and Jones had qualified at the Section qualifier.

Joe Daley was successful in the sectional qualifying for the U.S. Open at the Canoe Brook Country Club in Summit, New Jersey. Qualifying was held at Canoe Brook on the first Tuesday of June but due to rain and high winds only 21 of the 118 players were able to complete the necessary two rounds. Daley was one of the players that had to return to Canoe Brook the next morning at 8:30 to try and secure one of the 20 passes to the U.S. Open. Daley’s (71-75) 146 tied for tenth. Mike Burke, Jr. led with a (72-67) 139 and players who posted 147 totals won the last places. Jim Furyk was exempt from local and sectional qualifying.

The Variety Club Tournament of Champions was played at the White Manor Country Club in the second week of June. The two-day tournament came down to a duel between The Country Club at Woodloch Springs professional John Pillar and Jimmy Booros, who was now the teaching pro at the Growcraft Golf Center Driving Range. They were paired together in the final group the last day and finished the 36-holes tied at five under par 139. Booros (68-71) and Pillar (66-73) both made pars on the first playoff hole (#10) and on the next playoff hole Pillar won out with a birdie on the par four eighteenth hole. Concord Country Club professional Mike Moses finished third at 140 and Vince Ramagli was fourth with a total of 142. The first day the pros all played with amateurs to raise money for the Variety Club’s charity and their scores were part of their totals for the individual pro money. The total purse was $30,000 and first prize was $5,500.

On the third Thursday of June qualifying for the Buy.com Hershey Open for Section professionals was held on the Hershey Country Club’s East Course. Gulph Mills Golf Club professional Terry Hertzog, Mountain Valley Golf Club professional Terry Hatch and Blue Ridge Country Club assistant Jeff Daniels passed the qualifying test. The Hershey Open was also going to be played on the East Course as well, in the first week of July.

The U.S. Open was played at the Pebble Beach Golf Links in Monterey, California during the third week of June. There were 8,455 entries that year. Having grown up in California, Tiger Woods was very familiar with Pebble Beach and he showed the golf world how to play the course that week. In the first round Woods teed off early and posted a six under par 65 that consisted of twelve pars and six birdies. Later that day fog rolled in off the Pacific Ocean and 25 players were not able to complete their rounds. The next day the start of play was delayed by fog, this time for another 90 minutes. Because of the delay Woods only got in 12 holes that day but he now stood at nine under par for the tournament. Early Saturday morning Woods completed his second round and in spite of taking six strokes on each of the two par five holes on the back nine he finished with a 69. Saturday afternoon came up windy but Woods shot a 71, which included a triple-bogey on the third hole. On Sunday Woods shot a steady four birdie-fourteen par 67. His twelve under par 272 won by an incredible fifteen strokes over Ernie Els and Angel Jimenez who tied for second with 287s. Par at Pebble Beach is usually 72 but the second hole was changed from a par five to a par four for the tournament. John Huston finished fourth at 288. Ted Tryba tied for 37th at 298 and won $22,056. Jim Furyk posted a 305 to finish 60th and won $11,425. Joe Daley missed the cut and received a check for $1.000. First prize was $800,000. Woods broke Old Tom Morris’ record for the margin of victory (set in 1862) in a major championship by two strokes. Tryba and Furyk were in the tournament off having been in the top 30 on the 1999 PGA Tour money list. Daley was there by having made it through both the local and sectional qualifying events. The total purse was $4,500,000.

Qualifying for the U.S. Senior Open was held at the Moselem Springs Golf Club on the third Thursday of June. Due to the U.S. Senior Open being held at the Saucon Valley Country Club there was a large field attempting to qualify but no one was able to break or equal the par of 70. In spite of the large field there were just three spots to qualify for. Pete Oakley earned medalist honors with a 71 and Saucon Valley amateur Gary Daniels was next with a 72. There was a five-way tie for the third opening that Orlando’s Dan Wood won in a sudden-death playoff over Whitford Country Club teaching professional Mike Thompson, Atlantic City Country Club professional Billy Ziobro, Tim Fora and amateur Darrell Lawson. Ed Dougherty and Jay Sigel were exempt off their positions on the 1999 PGA Senior Tour money list.

Dick Smith, Sr., the owner of the Williamstown Golf Center Driving Range, qualified for the U.S. Senior Open in New York at the Scarsdale Golf Club on the third Tuesday of June. There were three spots open at Scarsdale as well. Doug Steffen led with a three under par 69 and Smith was next with a 70. The last place went to Montomasa Aoki (71) in a three-man sudden-death playoff.

The National Club Professional Championship was played at the Oak Tree Golf Club, in Edmond, Oklahoma during the fourth week of June. After three rounds Tim Theien (72-70-72) and Mark Brown (70-73-71) were tied for the lead at one over par 214. Seven hours of lightening caused the cancellation of the final round and the tournament was reduced to three rounds. The PGA then went to its contingency plan, which was for five holes of stroke-play to determine a winner. Thein prevailed over Brown by one stroke. Shawn Kelly (215) finished third and Jeff Freeman (217) was fourth. Terry Hatch (229) tied for 56th and won $1,240. Jason Lamp (233), the professional at the Blue Heron Pines Golf Club, also made the cut and tied for 70th, winning $990. Rick Osberg and Stu Ingraham missed the cut. First prize was $40,000 and the total prize money came to $300,000. The top 25 players qualified for the PGA Championship.

Pine Valley Golf Club assistant Evan Belcher won the Philadelphia Section Assistant Championship, which was played at the Whitetail Golf Club and the Southmoore Golf Club, on the fourth Monday of June. Belcher fired a seven under par 65 at Whitetail in the morning and came back in the afternoon with a two under par 69 at Southmoore. His 134 total was four strokes better than Wilmington Country Club assistant Dave Seeman (138) and eight strokes better than Aronimink Golf Club assistant Jamie Komancheck (142) who finished third. Olde Masters Driving Range teaching pro Brian Lee was fourth at 143.

The U.S. Senior Open was at the Saucon Valley Country Club in late June and ended on second day of July. Hale Irwin took home the title for the second time in three years. Bruce Fleisher led after three rounds but Irwin blew him away with a last round 65. Irwin’s rounds were 66, 71, 65 and 65 for a seventeen under par 267. He made 23 birdies on the weekend. Fleisher put together a decent round of 70 on Sunday but he ended up three strokes back at 270. It was Irwin’s 28th victory on the PGA Senior Tour. Tom Kite (272) and Raymond Floyd (274) finished third and fourth. Ed Dougherty tied for 37th at 289 and won $12,179. Pete Oakley finished at 290 and tied for 41st, winning $10,410. Jay Sigel and Dick Smith, Sr. missed the cut. Dougherty was in the field for having been in the top 30 money winners on the PGA Senior Tour in 1999 and Sigel was there for having won a tournament on the PGA Senior Tour in the past two years. First prize was $400,000 from a total purse of $2,250,000. The host professional was Gene Mattare.

Open qualifying for the Hershey Open was held at the Royal Oak Golf Club on the first Tuesday of July.

The $400,000 PGA Tour’s Buy.com Hershey Open was played on the Hershey Country Club’s East Course in the first full week of July. The Buy.com Tour was the second tier of the PGA Tour but even par didn’t usually come close to winning. That week and that golf course was an exception. Par was 71 and the course measured 7,100 yards. Paul Gow (281) shot four steady rounds of 72, 68, 70 and 71 to edge out Paul Claxton (282) by one stroke. Claxton’s bunker shot on the final hole stopped eight inches short of the hole. Joe Daley, J.J. Henry, Shane Bertsch and Todd Demsey tied for third at 283, so only six players broke par for the tournament. First prize was $72,000 and Daley won $19,200. Rick Price tied for 41st with a 295 total and won $1,880. Terry Hatch finished at 303 in 57th place, winning $1,260. Greg Lesher, Terry Hertzog, Jim Sullivan, Jeff Daniels, Ben Witter and Stuart Hanford missed the cut. The host professional was Mike Battistelli. Witter, the Iron Valley Golf Club professional and Hanford, who was now a teaching pro at Hershey Country Club had sponsor exemptions. Daley, Price and Lesher were on the Buy.com Tour. Daniels, Hatch and Hertzog qualified in the Section qualifier.

The Torresdale-Frankford Country Club hosted the Philadelphia Open on the second Wednesday of July. At the end of the day three pros were tied at the top of the leader board with one over par 141s. One of those was Pete Oakley (70-71) who had won the tournament on two other occasions. A second one was Brian Kelly (70-71) who had won everything in the Philadelphia Section except the Philadelphia Open. The third member of the group was Cedarbrook Country Club assistant Dave Roberts (72-69) who was just coming into his own when it came to the Section’s major tournaments. Roberts, who was completing his afternoon round on the 9th hole, birdied three of the last four holes to make it into the playoff. George Forster, Terry Hatch and Mike Moses tied for fourth with 142s. Eight days later an 18-hole playoff was held at Torresdale-Frankford. In the playoff Kelly made just one bogey as he posted a 69 to win the only major title in the Philadelphia Section that had eluded him. Oakley shot a 72 and Roberts a 73. First prize was $3,200.


John DiMarco
Won 2000 New Jersey Open

Laurel Creek Country Club assistant John DiMarco won the New Jersey State Open in the second week of July at the Rock Spring Club. It was the first time that a professional from the Philadelphia Section won the tournament since Pine Valley Golf Club’s Ted Turner won it in 1938. The nearest anyone had come was 1943 when George Fazio lost to Vic Ghezzi in a playoff. DiMarco (70-69-66-70) and Essex Fells’ Chris Mazzuchetti (68-70-68-69) finished the four-day tournament tied at 275. A sudden-death playoff was held to determine the winner. The playoff went seven holes before DiMarco wrapped up the win. Mike Burke, Jr. and amateur Corey Brigham tied for third at 276. The course measured 6,445 yards and par was 70.

On the fourth Sunday of July Tiger Woods won his first British Open. Woods had now won all four major championships and at age 24 he was the youngest to accomplish that feat. Ernie Els also made history by finishing second in three straight major tournaments. The tournament was played at the par 72 Old Course in St. Andrews, Scotland. Woods (269) put together rounds of 67, 66, 67 and 69 to finish eight strokes in front of Els (277) and Thomas Bjorn (277). Tom Lehman and David Toms tied for fourth at 278. Jim Furyk tied for 42nd at 287 and won $15,707. Ted Tryba missed the cut. First prize was $759,150. Jack Nicklaus was in the field playing in his last British Open. Furyk and Tryba were in the tournament field off their positions in the top 30 money winners on the 1999 U.S. PGA Tour.

Ed Dougherty won the Coldwater Banker Burnett Classic in Coon Rapids, Minnesota on the first Sunday of August. The tournament was held at the 6,914-yard par 72 Bunker Hills Golf Course. Dougherty (197) earned his first victory on the PGA Senior Tour with three solid rounds of 65, 66 and 66. Dougherty began the last round with a one-stroke lead. On the second hole of his last round he holed a sixty-five yard wedge shot for an eagle three and never looked back as he won by two strokes. On the last three holes Dougherty holed three short but missable putts to hold on to the lead. Hale Irwin and Gil Morgan tied for second at 199. Chuck Moran came in fourth at 204. Dougherty took away a check for $240,000

The Philadelphia Section PGA Club Professional Championship was played in the second week of August at the Little Mill Country Club. This was the qualifying event for the Eastern Club Professional Championship and based on the number of entries from the Section, Philadelphia had been allotted eleven spots. Deerwood Country Club professional Greg Farrow led the qualifying with a 69 on Thursday and a 68 on Friday for a five under par 137. Pete Oakley and Vince Ramagli tied for second with 138s. Jason Lamp and David Quinn picked up the fourth and fifth places with 140s. Places six through ten went to Ken Peyre-Ferry, George Forster, Mike Moses, Evan Belcher and Bent Creek Country Club teaching pro Paul Oglesby, as they posted 142s. Manufacturers Golf & Country Club assistant Bob Fritz (143) defeated Terry Hatch (143) in a sudden-death playoff for the eleventh spot. The course measured 6,821 yards. With the Section Championship being held too late for the winner to qualify for the Eastern CPC, Hatch got into the tournament in place of the Section’s champion.

Terry Hertzog won the Pennsylvania Open on his home course, the Gulph Mills Golf Club, in the middle of August. The tournament began on a Monday but rain and lightning arrived at Gulph Mills before all the 132 contestants had even teed off. After a wait of four hours and 27 minutes it was decided that no more golf could be played that day. The first round was completed on Tuesday and the field was then cut to the low 40 and ties, rather than the cut coming after two rounds. It took a score of two over par 73 or better to be able to stay around for the last 36 holes on Wednesday. John Pillar led by two strokes after the first round with a five under par 66. Hertzog, who had shot a 69 in the first round, put together another 69 in the morning of the final day and then came back in the afternoon with a 68 that included birdies on the last three holes. His 206 total nipped Pillar (66-72-69—207) by one stroke. Huntingdon Valley’s Jim Sullivan, Jr., who was playing the mini-tours, finished third at 211. Western Pennsylvania’s John Mazza and Rick Stimmel tied for fourth with 214 totals. There was qualifying at several locations in the state in order to bring the number in the starting field to a manageable number. Again the purse totaled $50,000 and Hertzog took away a check for $10,000.

For the second straight year Tiger Woods won the PGA Championship and he was also the first to repeat as the champion since the tournament was changed to stroke play in 1958. He also was the first to win three major titles in the same year since Ben Hogan in 1953. The tournament was played in Louisville, Kentucky at the PGA’s 7,167 yard Valhalla Golf Club in third week of August. Woods (66-67-70-67) and Bob May (72, 66, 66, 66) each shot 31 on the last nine holes and ended up in a tie at 270. For the first time in the history of the tournament a three-hole playoff was held to determine the winner. The playoff was held on holes 16, 17 and 18. Woods had birdied the last two holes of regulation play to get the tie and he made a birdie on the first hole of the playoff. Two more pars by Woods made him the winner. First prize was $900,000. Thomas Bjorn finished third at 275. Stuart Appleby, Greg Chalmers and Jose Maria Olazabal tied for fourth with 276 totals. Jim Furyk tied for 72nd at 294 and won 9,275. Ted Tryba missed the cut. Furyk and Tryba were in the tournament off their positions on the PGA Tour money list along with other exemptions.

Qualifying for the Senior Club Professional Championship was played at the Brandywine Country Club on third Thursday of August. Pete Oakley was exempt as the winner of the national championship in 1999. The Section had two spots to qualify for. Mike Atkins, who had been the professional at the Country Club of Harrisburg, was the low scorer as he posted a 71 and a 74 for a three-over-par 145. Ken Peyre-ferry (147) won the other spot. Atkins didn’t play in the national championship. Jim Masserio was exempt off having finished tied for fourth in the tournament the year before.

Fieldstone Golf Club teaching pro Chris Anderson, Terry Hatch and Rick Osberg made it through the PGA Tour SEI Pennsylvania Classic qualifying for Section members at the Waynesborough Country Club on the third Friday of August.

Chris Anderson won the two-day Shawnee Open at the Shawnee Inn & Golf Resort on the fourth Tuesday of August. Anderson (136) started slowly with a 71 the first day but he came back the second day with a seven under par 65 to win by two strokes over David Quinn (138), John Pillar (138) and Shawnee assistant Rob Bowser (138), who all tied for second. Anderson’s 65 was the low round of the tournament by three strokes.

Rob Shuey, the golf professional at the Golf Club @ Felicita, won the Whitford Classic at the Whitford Country Club in the second week of September. On Sunday the pros were paired with amateurs. There were two pros and two amateurs in each pairing with the pro’s score counting toward the two-day total. Shuey (135) shot a six under par 66 on Sunday and a 69 on Monday to win by four strokes over Sunnybrook Golf Club teaching pro Bill Sautter (139). Jim Masserio and Mike Moses tied for third at 140. There were 79 pros in the field.

Open qualifying for the PGA Tour SEI Pennsylvania Classic was held at the Radnor Valley Country Club on the second Monday of September. There were four open spots and four players posted three under par 67s. Two of the qualifiers were Jim Sullivan, Jr. and Yardley’s Nick Napolean who were playing on the minitours. They were joined by Bobby Gage and Korky Kemp. The course measured 6,562 yards.

After a 29 year period of time the PGA Tour returned to the Philadelphia Section in mid September. The tournament was the 3.2 million dollar SEI Pennsylvania Classic and it was played at the Waynesborough Country Club. Because of the time of year the tournament didn’t draw a very strong field but the players that were entered had high praise for the 6,939 yard course. Due to the weakness of the field, players as high as 196th on the year 2,000 money list were able to enter the tournament. Emlyn Aubrey, a native of Reading, shot a five under par 66 in the first round, which gave him a tie for the lead. Aubrey couldn’t keep up the pace and finished in a tie for 18th at 281 and won a badly needed $40,320. The story of the week was Chris DiMarco who shot a 66 in the third round, which gave him a three-stroke lead going into the final round. DiMarco was playing his 159th tournament on the PGA Tour without a victory. On Sunday DiMarco (68-67-66-69) holed an eight-iron on the fly for an eagle two on the third and he was on the way. When he tapped in an eight-inch birdie putt on the 72nd hole he was the winner by six strokes. Scott Hoch, Brad Elder, Jonathan Kaye, Chris Perry and Mark Calcavecchia tied for second at 276. First prize was $576,000. Ted Tryba finished tied for 46th at 286 and won $9,600. Jim Furyk, Terry Hatch, Nick Napoleon, James Sullivan, Rick Osberg and Chris Anderson missed the cut. Tryba and Furyk were fully exempt players on the PGA Tour. Aubrey had a limited exemption. Hatch, Osberg and Anderson had qualified in the Section qualifying event. The host professional was Al Sutton.


Brian Kelly
2000 Section Champion

The Philadelphia Section PGA Championship was played in the fourth week of September at the Burlington Country Club. The golf course had been recently redesigned and now measured 6,212 yards. After being $57,000 the year before the purse was back up to $100,000, where it had been for several years. Rob Shuey shot a five under par 65 in the first round to take a two-stroke lead over the host professional, Michael Mack. Tuesday’s round was washed out and when the second round was played on Wednesday the players were allowed to lift, clean and place their golf balls. Terry Hertzog took over the lead as he posted a 64 to go with his opening round of 68. That put him four strokes in front of the field. On Thursday Hertzog faltered some and the tournament became more tightly contested with several players having a chance to win. Brian Kelly and Hertzog were paired together in the final group and tied for the lead playing the last hole. Hertzog hit his second shot into the bunker in front of the green and Kelly’s second shot found the green but spun back into the front rough. Hertzog’s bunker shot finished behind the pin and Kelly’s chip shot stopped a foot below the hole. Hertzog (68, 64, 75—207) missed his downhill putt and Kelly (68, 68, 70—206) holed his for a par and the title. First prize was $15,000. Kelly had won the Section Championship in 1995 also. Mack ended up in third place with at 208. Shuey, Great Bay Country Club professional John Appleget and Rick Osberg tied for fourth with 209 totals. The Burlington Classic was not held that year. The tournament winner, Brian Kelly, was declared the Burlington Classic champion for 2000.

The first two rounds of the Philadelphia Section Championship, which were played on the fourth Monday and Wednesday at the Brandywine Country Club, counted as the Philadelphia Section Senior Championship for the senior professionals. Tuesday’s round was rained out. Wedgewood Golf Club professional Roger Stern won with rounds of 69 and 73 for a two-over-par total of 142. Jim Masserio and Ken Peyre-Ferry tied for second at 143. Pete Oakley finished fourth at 146. The victory qualified Stern for the PGA Senior Club Professional Championship.

The Eastern Club Professional Championship was played at the Osprey Point Golf Club, Kiawah Island, South Carolina in the first full week of October. This was the qualifying event for the Club Professional Championship, which was the club professional’s avenue to the PGA Championship. Jeff Lankford (70-69-67-73) won the tournament with a nine under par 279. Bryan Sullivan finished second at 280 and Bob Boyd was next at 281. Mark Brown and Mike Gilmore tied for fourth at 282. Terry Hatch tied for 14th at 288 and won $2,250. Just one stroke back, Greg Farrow tied for 17th at 289 and won $1,662. George Forster finished 21st at 290 and won $1,500. Jason Lamp shot a 292 and tied for 25th, winning $1,275. Paul Oglesby finished tied for 31st at 294 and won $1,075. Hatch, Farrow, Forster, Lamp and Oglesby qualified for the CPC. Evan Belcher (296) tied for 41st and won $850. David Quinn (299) and Pete Oakley (299) each won $635 for a 54th place tie. Bob Fritz (302) tied for 68th and won $495. Vince Ramagli (304) finished 74th and won $450. First prize was $20,000. Ken Peyre-Ferry and Mike Moses missed the cut.

On the second Thursday of October the Philadelphia PGA eked out a narrow victory over the Golf Association of Philadelphia amateurs at the Rolling Green Golf Club. Their slight success in the singles matches made the difference as the pros won six of the twelve matches and halved one. The George Forster-Bill Sautter team won three points. The Terry Hertzog-Stu Ingraham team won 2-1/2 points. The senior team of Coatesville Country Club teaching pro Gary Benoit and Rolling Green teaching pro Frank Palumbo also won 2-1/2 points. The team of Vince Ramagli and Waynesborough Country Club assistant Dan Black won two points. The other members of the PGA team were Rick Osberg, Terry Hatch, David Quinn and John DiMarco. The final score was 10 points for the pros and 8 for the amateurs.

In the second week of October the PGA Tour was in Las Vegas, Nevada for the Invensys Classic. Titleist had just introduced a new three-piece solid golf ball called the Pro V1. The secret to its success was that the harder it was struck the less it spun and when it was struck softly, like a pitch shot, it had spin. Thus, the drives carried farther and the approach shots bit and stopped. In 2000 only 20 percent of the players at the Las Vegas tournament had used solid balls but that week 64 percent of the field played with solid golf balls. Spalding had had a solid golf ball on the market since 1968 and Greg Norman had won the 1986 British Open with a solid ball, but Titleist had perfected it.

Ed Sabo won the PGA Senior Club Professional Championship at the Ibis Golf & Country Club, West Palm Beach, Florida. The tournament, which was played in mid October, was the qualifying event for the PGA Seniors’ Championship. Pete Oakley was the defending champion and the Philadelphia Section pros made a very good showing. The year before Sabo, who had previously been a head professional in the Philadelphia Section, led by three strokes going into the final round only to shot a 76 and lose to Oakley by three strokes. This time Sabo (69-66-72-68—275) led by eight strokes going into the last round and won by 10 over Oakley (72-70-73-70—285), who finished second. Oakley won $11,000. Bill Schumaker (287) and Dick McLean (288) finished third and fourth. Jim Masserio tied for fifth at 289 and won $6,000. Ken Peyre-Ferry tied for ninth at 292 and won $3,500. By finishing in the top 35 Oakley, Masserio and Peyre-Ferry qualified for the PGA Seniors’ Championship. The total purse was $185,000 and first prize was $14,000. Roger Stern missed the cut.

In the fourth week of October Rob Shuey won the Philadelphia PGA Match Play Championship at the Cape May National Golf Club. The tournament started on Monday morning with 64 players. They played two matches on Monday, two on Tuesday and two on Wednesday. The finals on Wednesday afternoon came down to a duel between Shuey and John Appleget. Shuey birdied three of the last four holes to get even with Appleget. From there they went to sudden-death, which Shuey won with a par on the third extra hole. In the semifinals Shuey eliminated Terry Hertzog 3&2. Appleget turned away Greg Farrow 5&4.

In late October Evan Belcher (301) finished tied for 26th in the PGA Assistant Championship where he won $1,140. The tournament was played at the PGA Golf Club’s South Course in Port St. Lucie, Florida. Alan Schulte (69-69-73-71) won the $5,000 first prize by one stroke with a 282 total. Randy Cook (283) finished second. Mark Voeller and Murray Van Gundy tied for third at 285. The purse was $65,000.


Jack Connelly
National President 2001-02

The PGA of America’s national meeting was held at the Charleston Place Hotel in Charleston, South Carolina during the second week of November. It was an election year and the Philadelphia Section’s Jack Connelly was elected president without opposition. He had just finished serving two years as the secretary and two years as the vice president. Fifty members from Connelly’s club, Huntingdon Valley Country Club, were in Charleston for the election. M.G. Orender was elected vice president and Roger Warren was elected secretary. Warren had lost to Orender in the election for secretary in 1998. When it came to making changes in the constitution very little was changed. District 14, which was comprised of two Sections rather than three like the other 13 Districts, was allowed to continue to be represented by a Director every other three-year term. Another change was that Apprentices working in a PGA office could earn up to 18 credits toward membership instead of only three. The delegates to the meeting were Michael Mack and Michael Cole, who was now the professional at the Center Square Golf Club. The Section was also represented by past national president Dick Smith, Sr. and eight alternate delegates.


John Poole
2000
"Golf Professional of the year"

The Section’s annual meeting was held at the Brandywine Country Club on the third Monday of November. It was not an election year as the officers were serving a two-year term. The Section had just completed another successful year with its "PGA Junior Tour". The Section had held 42 junior tournaments with 686 boys and girls having entered at least one of the events. The Section now had a quarterly publication called "PHILLYPGA NEWS". Pete Trenham was writing articles for the magazine on the Section’s history. The usual awards were presented at the meeting. The Philadelphia Section’s "PGA Golf Professional of the Year" was John Poole. When the Section’s first Club Relations committee was formed in 1978 Poole was asked to be a member. That is when Poole found his calling in the PGA. In late 1982 Poole was elected first vice president of the Section and he became the chairman of the Club Relations Committee. He was the chairman of the committee for more than fifteen years and a member of the committee for twenty-nine years. During that time Poole and his committee met with more than 150 golf facilities and had telephone conversations with more than 150 other clubs to 0011advise them on the hiring of new head professionals. As a result of Poole’s efforts numerous head professional positions in the Philadelphia Section were upgraded. He was a member of the national club relations committee for over ten years. Poole was a six-time winner of the Bill Strausbaugh Award at the Section level and in 1993 he was the PGA of America’s recipient of the Bill Strausbaugh Award. He won the Section’s Horton Smith award for educating the Section members on employment and club relations. As a player Poole had a third and a fourth place finish in the Philadelphia Open and he qualified for the PGA Club Professional Championship two times, making the cut in 1977. As the head professional at the Chester Valley Country Club he hosted the PGA Senior Tour’s Bell Atlantic Senior Golf Classic for ten years. Poole was the Section’s 2nd vice president for three years. Rob Shuey was the "Player of the Year" and Greg Farrow won the DeBaufre Trophy with a scoring average of 71.13 strokes pre round. The "Robert ‘Skee’ Riegel Senior Player of the Year" was Pete Oakley. The Section’s "Teacher of the Year" was Dave Seeman.


Jack Connelly
National PGA president
2001 & 2002

The Section’s Presidential Gala was hosted by the Chester Valley Golf Club on the third Sunday of December. The black-tie affair honored all of the Section’s award winners for that year along with the two newest members of the Philadelphia Section’s Hall of Fame, Jack Connelly and Leo Diegel. Connelly grew up in Deptford, New Jersey and caddied at the Woodbury Country Club. In 1965 he began his professional career in golf working for Harry Obitz and Dick Farley on Long Island and in the Bahamas. After serving a two-year stint in the U.S. Army, which included a year in Vietnam he went back to work for Obitz and Farley, becoming a member of the famous "Swings the Thing" golf school and traveling show. Connelly came to the Philadelphia Section in 1971 as the assistant at the Montgomeryville Golf Club. With the financial assistance of some Woodbury C.C. members he played on the PGA Tour in 1972 and the next year he came back to Philadelphia as the assistant at the Huntingdon Valley Country Club. In 1975 he qualified for the U.S. Open where he made the cut and a year later he became the head professional at Huntingdon Valley. For three decades he was one of the leading players in the Philadelphia Section as he won numerous tournaments, which included the 1979 Philadelphia Open. Six times he finished second in the Philadelphia Section Championship. Connelly was the Section’s "Player of the Year" four times and he won the DeBaufre Trophy three times for having the lowest scoring average in the Section events. In 1979 he was elected to the Section’s office of secretary and served in that office four years. He was then vice president and tournament chairman for one year before being elected president two years. After being out of PGA politics for three years Connelly ran for the Section’s office of second vice president and was again back in harness. He served as secretary again in 1989 and he was first vice president and tournament chairman in 1990 and 1991. In 1993 Connelly ascended to the office of director in the PGA of America for District II, which was a three-year term. After completing his time on the PGA Board of Directors he decided to run for PGA office. At the PGA of America’s annual meeting in November of 1996 Connelly was elected to the office of secretary. He served as secretary for two years and vice president for two years. In November of 2000 he was elected the 32nd president of the PGA of America. While president of the PGA the "9/11" attacks occurred less than three weeks before the Ryder Cup was scheduled to be played in England. Because of all the security concerns involving high profile athletes and events the decision had to be made to postpone the matches until 2002. In 1988 Connelly was the Section’s "PGA Golf Professional of the Year" and in 1995 he won the Horton Smith Award for his work in educating his fellow golf professionals.


Leo Diegel
PGA Champion 1928 & 1929
Philadelphia PGA Hall of Fame 2000

Ed Dougherty, who had won a tournament on the PGA Senior Tour that year, was also honored at the Presidential Gala with a Special Achievement Award.

For the second straight year Tiger Woods took home the top three honors on the PGA Tour. He won the Vardon Trophy with an average of 67.79 strokes per round, led in money won with $9,188,321 and he was PGA "Player of the Year". Jim Furyk had another good year as he finished 17th on the PGA Tour money list with earnings of $1,940,519 in 25 tournaments. Ted Tryba lost his exemption as he finished outside the top 125 in 160th place. He won $249,437 in 37 tournaments. Emlyn Aubrey wasn’t fully exempt but he managed to play in 26 tournaments where he won $110,221, which put him in 189th place on the money list.

Larry Nelson led the PGA Senior Tour with $2,708,005 in earnings. Ed Dougherty kept his exemption with another solid year. He won $953,374 in 37 tournaments, which put him in 17th place on the money list. Jay Sigel finished 52nd on the money list as he played in 32 tournaments and won $362,707. Even though he wasn’t in the top 31 he was still exempt by being in the top 31 on the lifetime money list. Jim Masserio won $23,938 in two tournaments. Pete Oakley won $13,810 in two tournaments. Ken Peyre-Ferry won $4,834 in two tournaments. Dick Hendrickson, who had retired from the Senior Tour, won $784 in one event. Trenton Country Club professional Dennis Milne won $600 in one tournament.

Joe Daley played in 22 events on the PGA Buy.com Tour and finished 23rd on the money list with earnings of $151,233. Rick Price won $21,696 in 19 tournaments and Greg Lesher won $16,155 in 26 tournaments. Emlyn Aubrey won $3,080 in two events. Terry Hatch played on one event winning $1,260 and Doylestown’s Travis Deibert, who was playing on the mini-tours, won $1,210 in one event.

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2001 - New golf courses were opening at a record rate. For the past six years more than 400 golf courses had opened each year. The year 2000 had been a record with 524 new courses and there were 515 more under construction. There were now more than 17,000 facilities with nine-holes or more and 575 were in the Philadelphia Section. Another 1,073 golf courses were in the planning stage throughout the United States.

Jim Furyk started the year off by winning the first tournament on the PGA Tour schedule in the second week of January. It was the tournament of champions, which was named the Mercedes Championship. It was a small field of 33 players who had all won on the PGA Tour during 2000. The tournament was played on the par 73 Plantation Course in Kapalua, Hawaii. Furyk turned in four steady rounds of 69, 69, 69 and 67 for an eighteen under par 274. Rory Sabbatini finished second at 275. Ernie Els and Vijay Singe tied for third with 276s. The purse totaled $3,500,000 and first prize was $630,000.

0011Pete Oakley won the winter activities Senior Stroke Play Championship in the second week of January at Port St. Lucie, Florida. Oakley put together rounds of 70, 67 and 69 on the PGA Golf Club’s par 72 South Course. His 206 total earned him a five-stroke victory over Ed Sabo (211). Jerry Tucker (214) and Michael Zinni (215) finished third and fourth. Oakley won $1,500 for winning the championship and $1,000 for also winning the 50-54 year-old age group.


Terry Hatch
Only 4th Player to Win Two PGA Winter
Activities Events in the Same Year

In the fourth week of January Terry Hatch won the winter activities Stroke Play Championship. The tournament was played on the PGA Golf Club’s par 72 North Course in Port St. Lucie, Florida. Hatch (215) saved par from a greenside bunker on the last hole to win by one stroke over Tim Hobby (216) and Chris Van Der Velde (216). Hatch’s rounds of 72, 71 and 72 earned him a $2,500 payday. Pete Oakley (217) finished in a three-way tie for fourth and won $1,317.

For the second time in two weeks Terry Hatch won a winter activities event in Port St. Lucie, Florida. The second win came in the Match Play Championship during the first week of February at the PGA Golf Club’s South Course. Hatch won seven matches to take the title. In the finals he won the last hole to defeat David Young one-down. In the semifinals Hatch eliminated former Section member Frank Dobbs 3 & 2. In the other semifinal match Terry Hertzog lost to Young by the same 3 & 2 margin. First prize was $4,000 from a total purse of $46,750. Hatch was just the fourth player to win both the stroke play and match play titles in the same winter season.

In the second week of March Lori Van Sickle became the Philadelphia Section’s first Certified Master Professional. What had been the PGA of America’s Master Professional classification had been changed to Certified Master Professional. To attain the new classification the person must be a PGA member for twelve years and become certified in four areas of expertise. To be certified in each one he or she had to study the material on each subject and then pass a test. Van Sickle didn’t take up golf until she was 21. Before that she had attended Ohio University on a softball scholarship and also played basketball. She turned pro in 1990 and went to work at the DuPont Country Club as an assistant to Dave Schueck. When Schueck left in 1995 for a new club in South Carolina Van Sickle became the head professional at DuPont. Van Sickle’s four areas of certification that she attained were teaching, tournament operations, golf operations and general management.


Michael Mack
Section President
2000 & 2001

Section President Michael Mack presided over the spring meeting, which was held at the Country Club of Hershey on the first Monday of April. There were nearly 400 members and apprentices in attendance. The finance committee chairman, Leo DeGisi, who was the professional at the Medford Village Country Club, reported that as of December 31 the Section had net assets of $149,047. $60,000 of the Section’s income came from the Oldsmobile Scramble and the management of the Buy.com tournament qualifying rounds for the PGA Tour. $80,000 came from the national office. The main topic of discussion was several new electronic 0011developments. The Section was now linked directly to the PGA of America office. There was now online registration available for tournaments, meetings and other events. The Section’s yearly directory that included the membership list, tournament entry blanks and information was online instead of being printed as in the past. It was announced that the Section championship was being hosted by the Spring Ford Country Club and their professional Tony DeGisi. The start up of a new television program called "Golf Shots" that was filmed in conjunction with the Philadelphia PGA and Comcast SportsNet was announced. The program involved members of the Section and their facilities. The Variety Club was now in its 25th year as the Section’s official charity. The Section’s award winners for 2001 were announced at the meeting. This was a change from the past 46 years when the award winners had always been announced at the fall meetings. The PGA of America had decided that the yearly award winners should be announced early in the year in order to give the national committee more time to determine the winners of the national awards. Due to that decision the award winners were now announced at the spring meeting. Don Lowe, who had been a head pro in the Harrisburg area for 20 years, was the Section’s "PGA Golf Professional of the Year". He grew up in Toledo, Ohio and learned to play golf when he began to caddy at age ten. A stint in the United States Army brought him to central Pennsylvania. When he got out of the army he turned pro, working as the assistant at Riverview Country Club. One year later he was the head professional at the Blue Mountain Country Club, now called Golf Club @ Felicita, where he stayed 17 years. His passion was junior golfers and he never charged a junior for a golf lesson and he always found time to fit in a young golfer who needed a little extra help. Each year he had several dozen in his junior clinics and sometimes there were more than 100. Twelve of his juniors had become golf professionals. Now the pro at the Country Club of Harrisburg, Lowe was the Central Counties Chapter president from 1996 to 1999. He served the Section as a District Director for twelve years and he was on the membership committee for six years.


Don Lowe
"Golf Professional of the Year"
2001

Tiger Woods won his fourth consecutive major title at the Masters Tournament in the first full week of April. His rounds of 70, 66, 68 and 68 over the Augusta National Golf Club’s course for a 16 under par 272 earned him the title over David Duval (274) by two strokes. Phil Mickelson finished third at 275. Mark Calcavecchia and Toshi Izawa tied for fourth with 278s. First prize was $1,008,000. Jim Furyk (279) tied for sixth and won $181,300. Furyk was in the tournament for having finished in the top sixteen at the 2000 Masters Tournament.

Local qualifying for the U.S. Open in Central Pennsylvania was on the second Monday of May at the West Shore Country Club. Amateur Jim Fuller led with a four under par 68. Florida professional Michael Reese was next with a 70. Joe Daley who was on the Buy.com Tour, picked up the third spot with a 71. The fourth and last place went to New Jersey professional Terry Slater, Jr. (72).

On the third Tuesday of May local qualifying for the U.S. Open in the Philadelphia area was at the Kennett Square Golf & Country Club. There were 84 pros and amateurs competing for six places in the local qualifying round. Ryan Dillon, a mini-tour pro from Florida, was low with a five under par 66. Emlyn Aubrey, who was on the Buy.com Tour after eight years on the PGA Tour, holed out a nine-iron shot for an eagle two on the 14th hole. That helped him play the last five holes in four under par as he took the second spot with a 67. Chris Anderson played the first nine holes in 30 and won the third spot with a 68. The fourth spot went to Rick Osberg, who was now the director of golf at the Bellewood Golf Club, with a 69. The last two places were taken by Talamore @ Oak Terrace teaching professional John Spina (71) and Heidelberg Country Club professional Mark Anderson (71) but it took some last minute heroics to get it done. Spina holed a four-wood for a double eagle on the par five 16th hole and he birdied the par five 18th hole. To get his 71 Anderson holed an eight-foot putt for an eagle on the 18th hole.

Local qualifying for the U.S. Open in northeast Pennsylvania was at the Glenmaura National Golf Club on the third Thursday of May. Maryland professional Miguel Rivera was low with a three under par 69. John Pillar (71) and Canadian professional Brad Fritsch (71) tied second and third. There were three spots to qualify for.

Local qualifying for the U.S. Open in South Jersey was held at the Riverton Country Club on the third Friday of May. Centerton Golf Club owner/professional David Quinn and John Appleget, who was now the teaching professional at the Sand Barrens Golf Club, tied for medalist honors with two under par 69s. Appleget had to birdie four of the last six holes to tie Quinn. Little Mill Country Club professional George Frake and South Carolina professional Richard Massey picked up the third and fourth spots with 71s. Vince Ramagli (72), who was now the teaching pro at the Burlington Country Club, earned the fifth and last place in a two-man playoff with a par on the fourth extra hole.


Ed Dougherty
One win on PGA Tour
Two wins on PGA Senior Tour

Ed Dougherty won the TD Waterhouse Championship in Kansas City, Missouri during the third week of May. In the first round Dougherty birdied six of the first seven holes as he blistered the 6,927-yard Tiffany Greens Golf Course and Club with a ten under par 62. He never relinquished the lead. The second day Dougherty began his round with five straight birdies and posted a 66 to take a five-stroke lead into the final round. The next day he shot another 66 to win on the PGA Senior Tour for a second time. His total of 194 gave him an eight-stroke margin over former Section member Walter Morgan, Dana Quigley and Hugh Baiocchi who all finished in a tie for second at 202. First prize was $225,000 from a total purse of $1,250,000.

The PGA Tour Buy.com Steamtown Classic qualifying round for the Philadelphia Section was held on the fourth Tuesday of May at the Glenmaura National Golf Club. Lloyd Weston, who was teaching at Kramer’s Golf Practice Center, and David Quinn, who was now the professional and owner of the Centerton Golf Club, won the first two of the three allotted spots with one-under-par 69s. John Pillar posted and even par 70 and won a sudden death playoff for the third spot.

After having been played 18 straight years at the PGA National Golf Club in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida the PGA Seniors’ Championship was moved to a new location and the name was changed. It was now the PGA Senior Championship and it was held at the Ridgewood Country Club in Paramus, New Jersey. The tournament even had new dates as it was played in the fourth week of May. The course was set up at 6,904 yards and played to a par of 72. Tom Watson approved of the new venue. Watson (274) posted rounds of 72, 69, 66 and 67 to win by one stroke over Jim Thorpe (275). Bob Gilder (277) finished third and Allen Doyle (278) ended up in fourth place. Ed Dougherty tied for 49th at 295 and won $4,543. Pete Oakley (298) won $3,913 as he tied for 61st and Ken Peyre-Ferry (299) won $3,838 for a 65th place tie. Jim Masserio missed the cut. First prize from the two million dollar purse was $360,000. Dougherty was a fully exempt player on the PGA Senior Tour. Oakley, Peyre-Ferry and Masserio had qualified at the 2000 PGA Senior Club Professional Championship.

The Rittenhouse Trust Golf Classic was held at the Sunnybrook Golf Club on the fifth Tuesday of May. Each year first prize was being increased by $2,500 and it was now $20,000. The total purse was $43,500. Early in the day David Quinn birdied the first six holes and made a bogey on the 9th hole to shoot 31 on the front nine. On the back nine Quinn made nine straight pars and hung on to finish with a five under par 67. After posting his score Quinn was able to go home to New Jersey and follow the scores on the internet. There was a one hour rain delay for a severe thunderstorm and the last of the 159 players didn’t finish until it was nearly dark. As it turned out no one that had to complete their round after the rain delay broke par. Quinn didn’t have to return for a playoff as the score stood up all day, but he did return to accept the winner’s check. Jamie Komancheck (68) came within one stroke as he finished second alone. Dave Seeman, George Forster, Sr., John Appleget and Talamore @ Oak Terrace head professional Jim Smith, Jr. tied for third with 69s.

The PGA’s Buy.com Tour’s Steamtown Classic was hosted by the Glenmaura National Golf Club for the second straight year. The tournament began on the last day of May and ended on the first Sunday in June. Jason Hill (272) put together a five under par 65 in the last round to win the tournament by three strokes. His first three rounds were 67, 71 and 69. Jonathon Byrd and Matt Peterson tied for second at 275. Tim Petrovic (276) finished fourth. Emlyn Aubrey (286) tied for 53rd and won $1,360. The host professional Cleve Coldwater (290) won $1,211 as he finished 63rd. Tom Carter, John Pillar, Rick Price, Joe Daley, Nick Napoleon, David Quinn and Lloyd Weston missed the cut. First prize was $76,500 from a purse of $425,000. Aubrey, Carter, Price and Napolean were on the Buy.com Tour. Daley was on the PGA Tour but he wasn’t in that week’s tournament so he played the Steamtown Classic. Coldwater had a sponsor’s invitation as the host professional. Pillar, Quinn and Weston had made it through the Section qualifying.

The Burlington Classic was played at the Burlington Country Club during the first week of June. On Sunday two pros were paired with three amateurs for a pro-am. Pete Oakley put together two very good rounds of golf but he still only won by one shot. He shot a 68 on Sunday and a 67 on Monday to finish at five-under-par 135. Greg Farrow finished second at 136. George Forster, Sr., Jim Smith, Jr. and Philmont Country Club assistant Bob Kave tied for third with 137 totals.

George Frake qualified for the U.S. Open on first Tuesday of June in Purchase, New York. The sectional qualifying event was held at the Century Country Club and Old Oaks Country Club. Tim Petrovic (138) led the qualifying for five spots with 67 at Old Oaks and a 71 Century. Frake shot a 71 in the morning at Old Oaks and in the afternoon he birdied the last hole at Century to finish with a 70. His 141 total earned him the fourth spot. Five players tied for the fifth spot at 142 and a playoff that lasted four holes determined that last spot. Jim Furyk was exempt from local and sectional qualifying.

Terry Hatch won the two-day Variety Club Tournament of Champions at the Bellewood Golf Club. The tournament ended on the second Friday of June. The pros were paired with amateurs for a pro-am event the first day and the second day only the pros played. The course was set up shorter the first day in order to get all the teams done before dark. Hatch (141) shot a 69 the first day and came back with a 72 the second day to win by two strokes. Terry Hertzog finished second at 143 and John Spina was next at 144. John DiMarco, John Pillar and Chris Anderson tied for fourth with 145 totals.

The PGA Buy.com Hershey Open qualifying for the Philadelphia Section members was on the second Wednesday of June. Terry Hertzog grabbed the first spot as he shot a seven under par 64, which was a course record for the Hershey Country Club’s East Course. Hertzog’s round was composed of seven birdies and eleven pars. Rob Shuey won the second place with a 70. Stuart Hanford (71) took the third and last spot by winning the first hole of a two-for-one sudden death playoff.

The U.S. Open was held at the Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Oklahoma in the middle of June. The biggest news was that Tiger Woods didn’t win his fifth straight major championship. The first day’s play was interrupted by thunder storms and some players needed more than 24 hours to complete the round. One of those was Retief Goosen who posted a four under par 66. In round two Goosen turned in a solid round of 70, which put him in a tie for the lead with Mark Brooks who had shot a 64 that day. On Saturday Goosen scrambled to shoot a 69 and now he was tied for the lead with Stewart Cink. On Sunday Brooks found himself on the final green with a putt to take the lead and probably win the U.S. Open, but he three-putted from 20-feet. Goosen and Cink were playing in the final pairing, right behind Brooks. Cink hit his third shot over the green and Goosen stopped his ten-feet from the hole. Cink chipped back and being still away missed his putt for a par. Thinking that he had lost his chance to win, Cink hurried his next putt and missed. Goosen only needed two putts to win but he rolled his first putt three feet passed the cup and then lipped out his downhill putt for a par and the win. Goosen’s 71 left him in a tie for first at 276 and an 18-hole playoff on Monday with Brooks. In the playoff Goosen made some early scrambling pars but by the time he was teeing off on #11 he had a five stroke lead. He made a few late bogies but he came to the last green again with two putts from ten feet to win. This time he holed the putt to finish with a 70 against a 72 for Brooks. First prize was $900,000 from a total purse of $5,000,000. Cink finished third alone at 277 and Rocco Mediate was next at 278. Jim Furyk (293) tied for 62nd and won $11,443. George Frake missed the cut and received $1,000. Furyk was exempt in several ways and Frake had passed both the local and sectional qualifying tests.

Jim Masserio and amateur Robin McCool, who was the Ping golf club salesman, qualified for the U.S. Senior Open on the third Friday of June. McCool toured the 6,494-yard Tavistock Country Club course in a two-under-par 70. Masserio earned the second of the two available places with a 71. This was the second straight trip to the U.S. Senior Open for Masserio. Ed Dougherty was exempt for being in the top 30 on the PGA Senior Tour money list. Jay Sigel was exempt off being in the top 50 on the PGA Senior Tour all-time money list.

The PGA Club Professional Championship was held at the Crosswater Club in Sunriver, Oregon during the fourth June of June. Wayne DeFrancesco (278) put together rounds of 65, 69, 72 and 72 to take the title and the top prize of $40,000. Don Berry, Mark Brown, John Aber and Tim Thelen all tied for second with 281s. George Forster, Sr., (296) tied for 55th and won $1,230. The top 25 qualified for the PGA Championship. Evan Belcher, Terry Hatch and Paul Oglesby, who was now the teaching professional at the Merion Golf Club, missed the cut. The Philadelphia Section professionals had qualified at the 2000 PGA Eastern Club Professional Championship.

The Izod Classic was played in the fourth week of June at the Golf Club @ Felicita. Vince Ramagli put together a pair of two under par 68s on Monday and Tuesday. His 136 total won by two strokes over John DiMarco (138). Stu Ingraham finished third at 141 and Lehigh Country Club assistant Lee McEntee was next at 142. A two-day two-man pro-am was held at the same time.

The U.S. Senior Open was played at the Salem Country Club in Peabody, Massachusetts in late June, and ended on the first day of July. Bruce Fleisher set a record by coming from four strokes off the lead at the end of the third round to win. He also set a record by winning USGA championships 33 years apart. Fleisher had won the U.S. Amateur in 1968. Fleisher’s (280) four rounds were 69, 71, 72 and 68. Gil Morgan and Isao Aoki tied for second at 281, just one stroke off the winning pace. Allen Doyle, Jack Nicklaus and Jim Colbert tied for fourth with 282s. Jay Sigel tied a tournament record for the lowest round when he posted a 64 in the third round. Sigel finished in a tie for 11th at 285 and won $$49,436. Ed Dougherty and Jim Masserio missed the cut. First prize was $430,000 and the purse totaled $2,400,000.

Open qualifying for the PGA Buy.com Hershey Open was at the Royal Oak Country Club on the first Monday of July. Passing the test were Terry Hatch, Bucks County’s Michael R. Brown, Former Penn State golfer Adam Decker and Travis Deibert. Three players shot 65 to lead the qualifying test. Brown, Deibert and Decker were playing the mini-tours along with trying to Monday qualify for the Buy.com tour.

The PGA Tour Buy.com Hershey Open was held on the Hershey Country Club’s par 71 East Course. The tournament concluded on the second Sunday of July with a sudden death playoff between John Rollins and Rod Pampling. In the last round Pampling (73-69-67-64=273) came from six strokes off the pace to tie Rollins (65-70-69-69=273), who had started one back. Rollins made a birdie 3 on the first playoff hole against a 4 for Pampling to pick up the $76,500 first place prize. Kelly Grunewald and Brad Klapprott tied for third at 275. Nick Napolean (284) tied for 34th and won $2,423. Joe Daley (289) won $1,519 for a 48th place tie. Adam Decker (290) tied for 50th and won $1,445. Emlyn Aubrey, Travis Deibert, Terry Hertzog, Michael R. Brown, Rob Shuey, Tom Carter, Terry Hatch, Greg Lesher, Peter Richter and Stuart Hanford missed the cut. Daley, Napolean, Aubrey and Carter were regulars on the Buy.com Tour. Lesher and Carlisle Country Club professional Richter had exemptions from the sponsor. Decker, Deibert, Brown and Hatch had qualified on Monday. Hertzog, Shuey and Hanford qualified for the tournament at the Section’s qualifying event. The purse was $425,000 and the course measured 7,154. The host professional was Mike Battistelli.

The New Jersey Open was played at the par 72 Upper Montclair Country Club in the second week of July. The Philadelphia Section was well represented again as George Frake (72-74-68--214) finished second to Chris Dachisen (72-72-69--213). Mike Lanzetta and Mike Burke tied for third with 215 totals. The defending champion, John DiMarco, (219) tied for ninth. The purse totaled $75,000 and first prize was $15,000. Frake took home a check for $7,500. The course measured 6,816 yards. The first round was rained out and the tournament was shortened to 54-holes.

Terry Hertzog won the Philadelphia Open on the third Wednesday of July. There was a 90 minute rain delay in the morning. Hertzog (137) toured the 6,786-yard Cedarbrook Country Club twice with rounds of 70 and 67. He saved the morning round with birdies on the last two holes. Hertzog didn’t have any stokes to spare as John Spina posted a 138 and public links amateur Michael Moffat turned in a seven under par 65 in the afternoon to finish at 138. Chris Anderson and Vince Ramagli tied for fourth with 139 totals. First prize was $3,900. Through qualifying rounds and exemptions there were 45 professionals and 15 amateurs in the starting field.

David Duval won the British Open on the fourth Sunday of July at the Royal Lytham & St. Annes Golf Club in Lytham St. Annes, England. He put together rounds of 69, 73, 65 and a last round 67 that held everyone off. Duval’s ten under par 274 won by three shots over Niclas Fasth (277). Darren Clarke, Ernie Els, Miguel Jimenez, Bernhard Langer, Billy Mayfair and Ian Woosnam finished in a six-way for third at 278. Jim Furyk missed the cut. He was in the tournament off having been in the top 30 money winners on the 2000 PGA Tour. After being exchanged from 600,000 pounds to dollars Duval’s first prize came to $858,000.

The Philadelphia PGA Assistant Championship was played on the last two days of July. The tournament was hosted by Seaview Country Club on its Pines Course and the Blue Heron Pines Golf Club’s East Course. The assistants played at Seaview on Monday and Blue Heron Pines on Tuesday. Bill Sautter (71-71) and Jamie Komancheck (74-68) were tied at the end of regulation play. They went into a sudden death playoff and Sautter won it with a birdie on the third extra hole. The win earned Sautter a berth in the national PGA Assistant Professional Championship. Spring Ford Country Club assistant Rich Steinmetz and John Appleget tied for third at 143. The tournament purse came to $10,000.

Qualifying for the Eastern PGA Club Professional Championship was held at the Medford Village Country Club in the second week of August. 58 Philadelphia Section members competed for nine places in the national tournament. Terry Hatch shot a 69 on Wednesday and came back with a 67 on Thursday. His eight under par 136 led the qualifying by four strokes. Greg Farrow (140), Stu Ingraham (142) and Paul Oglesby (143) finished second, third and fourth. Northampton Country Club professional Gary Hardin, George Frake and John Pillar tied for the next three places with 145s. Dave McNabb (146), Jim Masserio (146) and Pete Oakley (146) tied for the last two places. McNabb and Masserio won the sudden death playoff and Oakley became the first alternate. Farrow didn’t go to the tournament and he was replaced by Oakley. When Terry Hertzog won the Section Championship in September he also qualified for the CPC.

The Pennsylvania Open was held in the middle of August at the par 70 Sunnehanna Country Club. There were 132 professionals and amateurs in the starting field and there was a cut after two rounds to the low 50 and ties. It took a score of 146 to make the cut. Harrisburg’s Jeff Daniels, who was now playing the professional mini-tours, made five birdies in the last round to come from three strokes behind and win the tournament. His (70, 69, 69) 208 score edged out former Pennsylvania open champion Brian Kelly (68-71-71--209) by one stroke. First prize from the $50,000 purse was $10,000. Rob Shuey, Lee McEntee and Rick Stimmel, a professional from western Pennsylvania, tied for third at 210. The course measured 6,718 yards.

The PGA Senior Club Professional Championship qualifier was held at the Bellewood CC in the third week of August. Delcastle Golf Club teaching professional Harold Perry led the qualifying with a 72 on Thursday and a 70 on Friday. His two under par 140 won the first of the two open spots by one stroke. The other spot went to Dick Hendrickson (143) with rounds of 71 and 72. Pete Oakley was exempt as the winner of the 1999 Senior CPC and Jim Masserio was exempt off having finished fifth in the tournament in 2000. When Ken Peyre-Ferry won the Section Senior Championship in September he was in the tournament also.

The PGA Championship was held near Atlanta, Georgia at the Atlanta Athletic Club in the third week of August. After two rounds David Toms was tied for the lead with rounds of 66 and 65. In the third round Toms holed out a 243-yard five-wood for a hole-in-one on the 15th hole and finished the round with another 65, which kept him in a tie for the lead. In the final round Toms came to the last hole with a one-stroke lead. His drive ended up in light rough and with a 209 yard second shot over water remaining he chose to lay-up. He then played a lob-wedge to within twelve feet of the hole. After Phil Mickelson (266) missed his birdie putt from 25 feet Toms (265) holed his for a 69 and a one stroke victory. The fifteen under par 265 was a record score for all of the major championships. Also Toms’ ace was the longest in a major championship and it was the first time that the winner of a major had made an ace during the tournament. Steve Lowery finished third at 268. Mark Calcavecchia and Shingo Katayama tied for fourth with 270s. Jim Furyk, who was exempt for the tournament in several categories, tied for seventh at 274 and won $152,333. First prize from the $5,200,000 purse was $936,000. The course measured 7,213 yards.

Greg Farrow won the Shawnee Open at the Shawnee Inn & Golf Resort in the third week of August. Farrow shot a 68 on Monday to trail the leader by two strokes and came back with a 67 on Tuesday. His nine under par score of 135 edged out Stu Ingraham (136) by one stroke. Vince Ramagli, Terry Hertzog and South Jersey Golf Center teaching professional Barry Dear tied for third with 138s. The course measured 6,800 yards.

The Whitford Classic was played at the Whitford Country Club in the second week of September. On Sunday the pros played a pro-am along with the individual tournament. Two pros and two amateurs were in each pairing. Terry Hatch picked up another victory with a seven under par 137. Hatch put together a 69 on Sunday and came back with a 68 on Monday. As usual the golf course was set up easier on Sunday in order to get the large field of pros and amateurs around the golf course before dark. David Quinn finished second at 139.


Terry Hertzog
2001 Section Champion

The Philadelphia Section PGA Championship was held at the Spring Ford Country Club in the third week of September. The Section senior champion was also decided during the Section Championship. Terry Hertzog put together rounds of 73, 68 and 72 to finish three strokes ahead of the field. He was the only player to break par for the 54 holes as his 213 total was three under par. David Quinn finished second at 216. Ken Peyre-Ferry, Paul Oglesby and John Pillar tied for third with 218 totals. Hertzog picked up a check for $15,000 from the $100,000 purse. There were 135 entries and the field was cut to the low 60 and ties after 36 holes. With a last round of 68 to go with his 74 and 76 in the first two rounds, Peyre-Ferry (218) captured the Section senior championship. Pete Oakley (220) was the second senior. Greg Farrow (222) finished third and Jim Masserio (223) finished fourth in the senior championship. By winning the senior title Peyre-Ferry qualified for the PGA Senior Club Professional Championship. The host professional was Tony DeGisi. The golf course measured 6,807 yards.

The Philadelphia Section hosted the Eastern PGA Club Professional Championship at the Stone Harbor Golf Club in late September. This was the qualifying avenue for the PGA Club Professional Championship and then the PGA Championship. The top 36 players plus five who were already exempt qualified for the CPC. Tim Dunleavy (69-71-74-76) and Rick Hartmann (70-73-71-78) tied for the top spot at 290 and Dunleavy won the tournament in a sudden death playoff on the first extra hole. Hartmann made a double-bogey on the last hole against a bogey for Dunleavy to create the tie. Hartmann then made a bogey on the same hole to lose. The playoff was held on the 18th hole. Par was 288 and the 290 was the highest winning score in regional CPC history. The course measured 6,829, which wasn’t unduly long for 2001 but the course was tight and had many hazards. First prize was $20,000. Tom Sutter, Rob Labritz and John Hickson tied for third with 291s. John Pillar tied for 19th at 299 and won $1,575. Terry Hatch (300) tied for 21st and won $1,328.12. Stu Ingraham (302) won $1,062.50 as he tied for 30th and John Appleget (304) tied for 36th, winning $970. Pillar, Hatch, Ingraham and Appleget qualified for the CPC. Several players were exempt through their finish in the 1999 PGA Club Professional Championship so Appleget made it without a playoff. The players with 305 totals played off for the last spots. Paul Oglesby (307) made the cut and tied for 53rd and won $665. Dave McNabb, Jim Masserio, George Frake, Pete Oakley and Gary Hardin missed the cut. The prize money totaled $150,590.

The Philadelphia PGA defeated the Golf Association of Philadelphia in a challenge match for the tenth time in eleven years. The Whitemarsh Valley Country Club hosted the match on the third Friday of October. There were twelve players on each team and each team had at least two seniors on the team. The players were paired in fours and there was a four-ball match and two singles matches being played in each group. One point was awarded for each match. The team of Manufacturers Golf & Country Club professional Bob Hibschman and T’s Driving Range teaching professional Jay Friedman won its three points. The Chris Anderson-Dave Seeman team won 2-1/2 of the 3 points. The Dave Roberts-George Forster, Sr. team won 2 points. The team of Sunnybrook Country Club professional John Allen and Rich Steinmetz won 1 point. The Bill Sautter-Lloyd Weston team also won 1 point. The senior team of Don DeAngelis, who was now teaching at T’s Driving Range, and Gary Hardin won 1/2 point. For the second straight year the final tally was quite close as the PGA won 10 points versus 8 points for the amateur team.

In the third week of October Ed Sabo won the PGA Senior Club Professional Championship for the second straight year. The top 35 from a starting field of 144 earned entry into the 2002 PGA Seniors’ Championship. The Philadelphia Section seniors made a good showing again. The tournament was played on the PGA Golf Club’s South Course in Port St. Lucie, Florida. Sabo’s thirteen under par 275 (72-65-69-69) total won by four strokes. John Traub and Jay Overton tied for second with 279 totals. James D. Mason and Drue Johnson tied for fourth at 280. Pete Oakley tied for 15th at 286, winning $2,700. Jim Masserio (288) tied for 25th and won $2,000. Harold Perry (289) tied for 28th and won $1,750. That qualified Oakley, Masserio and Perry for the 2002 PGA Senior Championship. Ken Peyre-Ferry (294) finished in a tie for 56th and won $890. Dick Hendrickson (298) tied for 71st and won $760. The total purse was $102,500.

Greg Farrow won the New Jersey Senior Open Championship in October at the Spring Lake Golf Club. Farrow (140) put together a 68 and a 72 to win the $2,000 first prize by three strokes over Don Brigham (143). Russ Helwig finished third at 144. The total purse was $12,750.

George Forster, Sr. won the Section’s Match Play Championship at the Cape May National Golf Club in the fourth week of October. There were six rounds of 18-hole matches. Two matches were played on Monday and two were played on Tuesday. The semi final matches were played on Wednesday morning and the final was later that day. Forster and Mike Moses met in the finals with Forster winning by the count of 3 & 2. In the semifinals Forster had eliminated Lee McEntee by 2 & 1 and Moses had defeated Pete Oakley 5 & 4. Forster had now won both the Section Stroke Play Championship and the Section Match Play Championship since his 40th birthday.

In the fourth week of October former Philadelphia Section member Frank Dobbs won the PGA Assistant Championship in Port St. Lucie, Florida. Dobbs, who was now working in Florida, holed a 20-foot birdie putt on the last green at the PGA Golf Club’s South Course to win out over the assistant champions from the 40 other PGA Sections. Dobbs’ (73-69-70-69) seven under par 281 edged out Alan Schulte (282) for the first place $5,000 check by one stroke. Todd Lancaster (286) finished third and Bradley Martin (288) finished fourth. Bill Sautter finished at 295 and tied for 10th, winning $1,575. The purse came to $65,000.


Mike Cole
Section President
2002 & 2003

The Section’s fall meeting was held at the Coatesville Country Club on the first Monday of November. Valley Country Club professional Clark Luis opened the meeting by singing our national anthem as he had been doing since the late 1970s. There were now 574 golf facilities in the Section and 356 were employing PGA members. 42 facilities were employing non-member head professionals who were in the PGA apprentice program and working toward membership. It was an election year and everyone that had been put up by the nominating committee was elected. The new president was Mike Cole. Kennett Square Golf & Country Club professional Tom Carpus moved up to vice president and Woodcrest Country Club professional Dick Smith, Jr. was the new secretary. Rob Shuey was now the director of tournaments and Silver Creek Country Club professional Jay Gallo was reelected director of section affairs. The Section members and apprentices were informed that the board of directors had elected Leo DeGisi as its National Director to represent District II. He would begin his term at the national meeting in November. The Section’s by-laws where changed to include a small piece of Maryland in District 2. The "Player of the Year" was Stu Ingraham. For the second straight year Greg Farrow won the DeBaufre Trophy with a scoring average of 70.8 strokes per round in the designated tournaments. Ken Peyre-Ferry was the "Robert ‘Skee’ Riegel Senior Player of the Year". It was announced at the meeting that Whitford Country Club Harry Hammond and Wilson Sporting Goods Vice President Joe Phillips were elected to the Section’s Hall of Fame. They were to be formally inducted in the spring of the next year. Section member Joseph "Bud" Lewis had now been a PGA member for 70 years. Harold Evans, Paul Midiri and Henry Williams had been PGA members for more than 60 years.

The PGA of America’s national meeting was held at the PGA National Resort in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida during the second week of November. Jack Connelly was beginning his second year as national president. Due to the 9/11 attacks Connelly had had a very busy few months. Due to restricted travel and certain threats the Ryder Cup matches had been postponed for a year. In order to make that all work numerous other dates had to be shifted. Since the Ryder Cup had been shifted to even years the PGA Tour’s President’s Cup was moved to odd years. The PGA donated one million dollars to national relief efforts connected to the September 11 attacks. $520,000 of that money came from the Ryder Cup Team. The PGA Fall Expo trade show in Las Vegas was canceled. Leo DeGisi was sworn in as a director of the PGA of America for District II. Michael Cole and Tom Carpus were the Section’s delegates to the meeting. Dick Smith, Sr. attended as a past national president.

Jim Furyk played in 24 tournaments on the PGA Tour and was 13th with winnings of $2,540,734. Even though he wasn’t fully exempt Ted Tryba managed to get into 33 events and he won $308,049, which put him in 144th place. Tiger Woods was the "PGA Player of the Year" and he won the Vardon Trophy with an average of 68.81 strokes per round. He also led the tour with earnings of $5,687,777 even though he only played in 19 tournaments, which was less than anyone in the top five.

Allen Doyle led the PGA Senior Tour money list with $2,553,582. Ed Dougherty had another solid year as he moved up to 13th place on the money list with winnings of $1,338,818 in 36 tournaments. Jay Sigel was 37th on the list as he won $516,027 in 18 tournaments. Pete Oakley won $3,913 in one event. Ken Peyre-Ferry won $3,838 in one event. Dennis Milne won $1,148 in one tournament and Dick Hendrickson won $1,140 in one tournament.

Tom Carter won $149,576 in 25 tournaments on the PGA Buy.com Tour, which put him in 22nd place on the money list. Joe Daley was 55th on the list with earnings of $83,108 in 24 tournaments. Rick Price won $60,237 in 23 events and ended up in 70th place. Emlyn Aubrey won $28,761 in 23 events and ended up in 144th place. Nick Napolean won $20,575 in 21 tournaments, which was good for 136th place. James Sullivan won $2,975 in two tournaments. Cleve Coldwater won $1,211 in one tournament.

In 2001 no player on the PGA Tour, Senior PGA Tour, Buy.com Tour, LPGA Tour, PGA European Tour, Canadian Professional Golf Tour and Japan Golf Tour won a tournament with a wound golf ball. For the first time all the winners on those tours won while playing solid golf balls.

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2002 - The USGA announced that an amateur golfer could play in a qualifying tournament for a professional tour and not lose his amateur status as long as he waived his right to prize money. If the qualifying event took place during 2002 his amateur status would be automatically reinstated on January 1, 2003.


Tom Carpus
"Golf Professional of the Year"

The Philadelphia Section’s spring meeting was held at the Hershey Country Club on the first Monday of April. There main topic of discussion at the meeting was that in early November the Section was hosting the national PGA meeting in Philadelphia. Finance committee chairman, Leo DeGisi, reported that as of December 31 the Section had net assets of $171,079. An important portion of the meeting was the announcement of the award winners for 2002. The awards were being made in the spring instead of the fall as it had been done for many years. The change was made in order to give the Section’s winners more time to be reviewed by the national awards committee. The playing awards were still made at the fall meeting. A dinner for the award winners was held the night before the meeting at the Hershey Country Club. The Section now had 608 members and was the 11th largest of the 41 PGA Sections. The Section’s website address was www.phillypga.com. The Section’s "PGA Golf Professional of the Year", Tom Carpus, graduated from Drexel University. Not long after that he turned pro and began his golf career as an assistant at the Rolling Green Golf Club. After that he worked in the Section office as its first full time tournament manager before becoming the head professional at the Greate Bay Country Club. Five years later he returned to Pennsylvania as the professional at the Kennett Square Golf & Country Club. While managing the wide array of tournaments for the Section Carpus made it his job to become an expert on the rules of golf. In 1995 Carpus had been made a member of the PGA of America Rules Committee. He officiated at numerous tournaments including the PGA Championship six times. In the first week of April 2002 he was one of seven members of the PGA Rules Committee that had been invited to serve on the rules committee at the Masters Tournament, which had ended just the day before the spring meeting. Inniscrone Golf Club teaching professional Eric MacCluen was the Section’s "Teacher of the Year" for 2001.

Tiger Woods won the Masters Tournament in the first full week of April at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia. It was his third win at the Masters and his second straight. After rounds of 70, 69 and 66 Woods was tied for the lead with Retief Goosen. On Sunday only one player broke 70 and Woods (276) posted a 71 to win by three strokes. Goosen finished second at 279. Phil Mickelson (280) was third and Jose Maria Olazabal (281) finished fourth. Woods won $1,008,000. It was Arnold Palmer’s 48th and last Masters Tournament. Jim Furyk missed the cut. Furyk was invited for having finished in the top sixteen at the 2001 Masters Tournament.

In May Christopher Cain, the head professional at the Penn State University Golf Club, broke a Guinness World Record. On a day that began at 7:00 am and ended at 7:00 pm Cain broke the old record of 476 holes by completing 505 holes. Cain stuck to a tight group of five holes, which he played 101 times. With the aid of a golf cart he averaged about seven minutes for each five-hole loop. By playing the marathon Cain raised $35,000 for Penn State charities.

The Laurel Creek Country Club hosted local qualifying for the U.S. Open in South Jersey on the second Thursday of May. Laurel Creek member Mark Walker led the qualifying with a four under par 67. High school senior Drew Andrews and another amateur, Sean Leonard, carded 68s to win the second and third spots. David Quinn and former St. Davids Golf Club assistant David West, who was a reinstated amateur, posted 69s and tied for fourth. Rich Steinmetz (70) won the sixth and last place on the third hole of a sudden death playoff with Laurel Creek assistant John DiMarco (70).

Colonial Country Club hosted local qualifying for the U.S. Open in South Central Pennsylvania on the second Monday of May. Jeff Daniels led the qualifying for four spots with a two under par 69. Canadian professional Craig Marseilles won the second spot with a 70. There was a four-man playoff among the 71 cards for the last two spots. Mark Sheftic and amateur Jim Fuller secured those spots.

Local qualifying in northeast Pennsylvania for the U.S. Open was held at the Williamsport Country Club on the second Tuesday of May. Four inches of rain fell on Sunday and Monday. On Tuesday the golfers were challenged by high winds and cool temperatures. Left-handed Canadian professional Drew Symons led the competition for two spots with a five under par 66. The other spot was won by amateur James Bohn III (72). He was the older brother of Lewisburg’s Jason Bohn, who was playing the professional golf mini-tours.


Harry Hammond
Hall of Fame 2001
Junior Golf Leader

The 2001 Philadelphia PGA Hall of Fame induction ceremony took place at the Whitford Country Club on the third Sunday of May. The inductees were Whitford head professional Harry Hammond and Wilson Sporting Goods vice president Joe Phillips. Hammond had been a professional in the Philadelphia Section for 44 years and the head professional at the Whitford Country Club since 1969. For 33 years Hammond had run what was first the Whitford Pro-Am and later evolved into a two-day tournament. Hammond was elected Section secretary three times (1982, 1983 & 1984) and in 1985 he served as the Section’s 25th president. In 1992 he became a PGA Master Professional with the title of his thesis being "Computers for the Golf Shop". Starting in the late 1970s Hammond played a major role in the Section’s junior golf clinics and golf camps. Through that and his involvement with the junior golfers at Whitford Hammond became interested in junior golf in the Philadelphia Section. In 1991 he became a member of the Section’s junior golf committee. Under Hammond the Section began a "Clubs for Kids" program, which donated used clubs to various junior programs and junior golfers. Hammond and his staff at Whitford were the "Clubs for Kids" program as they cut down and regriped several thousand clubs for junior golfers. He was a member of the Section’s junior golf committee for seventeen years and chairman of the committee for fourteen years. Hammond was influential in the formation of a Philadelphia Junior Golf Association that tied all of the junior programs together, including the "First Tee" program. Over the years Hammond helped raise thousands of dollars for junior golf in the Philadelphia region. The Golf Association of Philadelphia named one of its competitions for juniors, the Harry Hammond Award. Four times he won the Section’s Junior Golf Leader Award and in 1999 he was the PGA of America’s Junior Golf Leader Award recipient. In 1991 Hammond was the Section’s "PGA Golf Professional of the Year" and in 1996 he won the Bill Strausbaugh Award.


Joe Phillips
Wilson Sporting Goods VP

Joe Phillips was a longtime friend of the Philadelphia PGA and the PGA of America. Early in 1949 he went to work for the Wilson Sporting Goods Company at their distribution center in Philadelphia as a shipping clerk. The local golf professionals would stop by the Wilson warehouse to pick up merchandise for their golf shops so it wasn’t long before they became acquainted with the likeable Phillips. When pros like Skee Riegel, Ken Gibson and Marty Lyons visited Wilson, Joe would listen to what they had to say about golf equipment and the business. In 1955 the Wilson Company sent Phillips out on the road as a pro-golf salesman. Riegel, who was a Wilson staff member, went with Joe to introduce him to the pros. Phillips was an instant success as Wilson’s salesman. He always wore a coat and tie when he called on the pros. He was happy and cheerful regardless of what size order you placed with him. Phillips always had several Philadelphia Section members on the Wilson staff; like Ted McKenzie, Henry McQuiston, Bob Ross and Bruce MacDonald who were paid along with receiving the usual equipment. When Tim DeBaufre went on the PGA Tour in 1962 Phillips signed him to a PGA Tour Wilson Advisory contract. In 1958 Phillips and Bob Jones formed the Philadelphia Pro Golf Salesmen’s Association. The salesmen showed their wares at the Philadelphia Section’s spring golf show each year along with helping with the tournaments as starters and scorers. Phillips quite often provided the spring golf show with Wilson staff members like Patty Berg and Sam Snead. In 1974 when the legendary Joe Wolfe retired Phillips was promoted to fill his place as Wilson’s Vice President of Golf Promotions. This meant moving to Chicago where Wilson was headquartered. Phillips was now responsible for signing and resigning tour players to represent Wilson. That also meant that he was the liaison between the tour player and the custom club department at Wilson. It was Phillips’s job to make sure that each staff member was totally satisfied with his or her Wilson equipment. Some of the many players that he signed and resigned for Wilson were Gene Sarazen, Sam Snead, Julius Boros, Hale Irwin, Tom Kite, Johnny Miller, Ben Crenshaw, Greg Norman, Patty Berg, Kathy Whitworth, Betsy Rawls and Juli Inkster. In the 1970s Phillips developed the most successful "Home Professional" staff program of its time by signing over 900 club professionals to contracts. Phillips not only discovered new talent for Wilson he also designed wedges for the company. With input from Wilson’s tour players and the help of Wilson’s custom designer Bob Mendralla he designed a set of wedges with "JP" stamped on the back. For many years Wilson had been known for having the best wedges in golf so it was quite an accomplishment to design several new wedge clubs that would be added to the Wilson line of clubs. Phillips retired in 1989 but Wilson kept him on as a consultant. As a Wilson employee he had begun as a shipping clerk and retired as a vice president. In retirement he had an office at the National Golf Foundation in Palm Beach Gardens. Along with other duties he represented Wilson at all the major golf tournaments and the merchandise shows. Thanks to Joe Phillips, the Wilson Company was always one of the staunchest supporters of the PGA golf professionals and their tournaments. In 1997 Phillips received the PGA’s Ernie Sabayrac Award for lifetime contributions to the golf industry. Wilson created a Joe Phillips Award, which is awarded each year to an individual in its golf division for their commitment to the game of golf. Some of the winners have been Sam Snead, Patty Berg and Bob Ross. Phillips was just the second non-PGA member to be inducted into the Philadelphia Section Hall of Fame.

On the third Monday of May local qualifying for the U.S. Open was at the Berkleigh Country Club. There were 80 pros and amateurs competing at Berkleigh for six spots in the second stage of qualifying. Bob Fritz led the scoring with a two under par 70. George Forster and Florida professional Greg Meyer picked up the second and third spots with 71s. Don Dimoff, who was now the professional at the Regents’ Glen Country Club, Berkleigh club champion Perry Landis and future Section member Sean O’Hair took the last three places with 72s.

The Section qualifying for the PGA Tour Buy.com Northeast Pennsylvania Classic was held at the Glenmaura National Golf Club on the third Thursday of May. Terry Hatch, Lloyd Weston and Ramblewood Country Club teaching pro Bill Walker qualified there.

Philadelphia PGA Section qualifying for the PGA Tour Buy.com Tour Hershey Open was held on the third Tuesday May. Rob Shuey led qualifying for the three open spots with a one under par 71 on the Hershey Club’s East Course. Chesapeake Bay owner/professional Andy Barbin (73) and Peter Richter (73) won the other two places in a three-man sudden death playoff.

Jay Sigel won on the PGA Senior Tour at the Farmers Charity Classic in Ada, Michigan in the fourth week of May. Coming back from rotator-cuff surgery on both shoulders in 2001, it was Sigel’s first victory since 1998. He put together rounds of 67, 69 and 67 for a thirteen under par 203 at the Egypt Valley Country Club. His final round included two eagles, with the second one coming on the 17th hole. Morris Hatalsky finished second at 205. The win was worth $225,000. Rodger Davis finished third at 206. Jim Thorpe, Wayne Levi and Tom Wargo tied for fourth with 207 totals. The purse was $1,250,000.

At the same time Jay Sigel was winning in Michigan Jim Furyk was playing the last round at the Memorial Tournament in Dublin, Ohio. After earlier rounds of 71, 70 and 68 Furyk found himself on Muirfield Village Golf Club’s back nine with a chance to win. Furyk chipped in for a birdie on the 12th hole and then holed out a greenside bunker shot for an eagle on the 15th hole. He finished with a 65 and his fourteen under par 274 total won by two strokes. John Cook and David Peoples tied for second at 276. David Duval, Harrison Frazar, Vijay Singe, Bob Tway and Shigeki Maruyama tied for fourth with 277 scores. First prize from the $4.5 million purse came to $810,000. Furyk had now won at least one tournament for five straight years and he had won in seven out of the last eight years.

Dave Roberts set a course record at the Sunnybrook Golf Club on the way to winning the Rittenhouse Trust Golf Classic on the fourth Tuesday of May. Roberts put together an eight under par 64 to win the $22,500 first prize by six strokes. He was six under par on the par four holes. Lancaster Country Club professional Rick Gibson, Philmont Country Club professional Mickey Sokalski, Hershey’s Mill Country Club teaching pro Brian Lee and Roger Stern tied for second with 70s. Total purse was $51,700. There were 143 professionals and 16 amateurs in the field.

Open qualifying for the PGA Tour Buy.com NE Pennsylvania Classic was held on the fourth Tuesday of June. The host professional Cleve Coldwater qualified there.

The PGA Tour Buy.com NE Pennsylvania Classic was played at the Glenmaura National Golf Club and concluded on the first Sunday of June. A last round seven under par 64 propelled Gary Hallberg (69, 68, 74, and 64) to a three stroke victory. First prize from the $450,000 purse was $81,000. Roger Tambellini finished second at 278. Todd Barranger, Jeff Hart and Darron Stiles tied for third with 279 totals. Joe Daley tied for sixth at 280 and won $14,085. Emlyn Aubrey tied for 45th at 288 and won $1,654. Tom Carter tied for 54th at 290 and won $1,451. Terry Hatch (292) tied for 59th and won $1,372. John Pillar, the host professional Cleve Coldwater, Bill Walker and Lloyd Weston missed the cut. Daley, Aubrey and Carter were on the Buy.com Tour. Pillar had a sponsor’s exemption. Hatch, Walker and Weston qualified at the Section qualifier. Coldwater had qualified at the open qualifying event.

Sectional qualifying for the U.S. Open was held on June 3 and 4 at various sites in the country but no one from the Philadelphia Section was able to qualify. Jim Furyk was exempt from both local and sectional qualifying off having been in the top 30 money winners on the PGA Tour in 2001.

U.S. Senior Open qualifying was at the Jericho National Golf Club on the first Friday of June. No one from the Philadelphia Section qualified. There were three spots to qualify for and four players ended up tied for the top spot at one under par 71. Former touring pro Peter Oosterhuis, Florida professional Dan Wood and North Jersey professional Rob Schaal prevailed in a sudden death playoff that lasted three holes. Ed Dougherty was exempt off having been in the top 30 money winners on the 2001 PGA Senior Tour and Jay Sigel was exempt for having finished among the top 25 at the 2001 U.S. Senior Open.

The Senior PGA Championship was played at the Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio. The tournament ended on the second Sunday of June. For the second straight year the senior professionals were competing for $2,000,000 in prize money. Fuzzy Zoeller managed to grab the $360,000 top prize by putting together rounds of 69, 71, 70 and 68. His two under par total of 278 won by two strokes over Hale Irwin (280) and Bobby Watkins (280). Roy Vucinich and Jim Thorpe tied for fourth with 281s. Ed Dougherty and Pete Oakley tied for 32nd with 290 totals. They each won $10,750. Jay Sigel (295) tied for 57th and won $4,100. Jim Masserio missed the cut. Dougherty was in the tournament off his position in the top 30 money winners on the PGA Senior Tour in 2001. Sigel was exempt for being on the top 30 life time money winners on the PGA Senior Tour. Oakley and Masserio had qualified by finishing in the top 35 at the 2001 PGA Senior Club Professional Championship.

The Variety Club Tournament of Champions was played at the Whitemarsh Valley Country Club in the second week of June. Jim Masserio posted a five under par 67 on Tuesday and a 73 on Wednesday to win by three strokes. His 140 score earned a check for $6,500. On one broke par on the second day as the course was set up much more difficult and the players had to deal with a steady wind. The first day the pros played with amateurs in a pro-am so the course was made quite easy in order to get the large field around before dark. Blue Heron Pines Golf Club teaching pro John Appleget, Terry Hatch and Terry Hertzog tied for second at 143.

In the middle of June the U.S. Open was played at the Bethpage State Park’s Black Course in Farmingdale, Long Island, New York. The par 70 golf course had been spruced up and lengthened to 7,214 yards. Even though there was lots of rain and cool weather the course seemed to suit Tiger Woods. He shot rounds of 67, 68, 70 and 72 to win his eighth major championship. His 277 score earned him the title by three strokes over Phil Mickelson (280). Jeff Maggert finished third at 282 and Sergio Garcia was fourth at 283. Jim Furyk missed the cut and received a check for $1,000. First prize was $1,000,000. For the first time in its long history dating back to 1895 the U.S. Open started the players off #1 and #10 tees in the first two rounds.

The 35th PGA Club Professional Championship was played at the Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky during the fourth week of June. The course measured 7,030 yards. Barry Evans (70-70-66-75) won by two strokes with a seven under par 281. Standing on the 11th tee in the final round Evans owned a six stroke lead but he stumbled a little before finishing with three pars to sew it up. The victory earned Evans a spot on the PGA Cup Team, $47,000, six exemptions on the PGA Tour and entry into the PGA Championship. Mike Gilmore finished second at 283. Don Berry and Sean Farren tied for third with 284 totals. The top 25 qualified for the PGA Championship. Stu Ingraham (301) tied for 64th and won $1,300. Terry Hatch (306) finished in a tie for 77th, winning $1,030. John Appleget (309) finished 82nd and won $960. John Pillar missed the cut. The total purse was $350,000.

The U.S. Senior Open was played in Baltimore, Maryland at the Caves Valley Golf Club during the last four days of June. Don Pooley (71-70-63-70) and Tom Watson (67-71-69-67) finished the 72 holes of regulation play tied at ten under par 274. Watson birdied six of his last ten holes to catch Pooley. Pooley’s 63 on Saturday was a tournament record. A three-hole playoff was held on holes 16 through 18 and the two pros each made three pars. Pooley and Watson then returned to the 18th tee for what was now a sudden death playoff. They halved the hole with birdies and returned to the 18th tee. On the fifth hole of the playoff Pooley prevailed over Watson with another birdie. It was Pooley’s first tournament as a senior and he was the first winner that had made it into the starting field through qualifying. First prize was $450,000 and the course was set up at 7,005 yards. Tom Kite (277) finished third. Ed Dougherty (278) ended up alone in fourth place and won $119,609. Jay Sigel tied for 21st at 287 and won $28,731. Dougherty was exempt off having been in the top 30 money winners on the 2001 PGA Senior Tour and Sigel was exempt for having finished among the top 25 at the 2001 U.S. Senior Open.

On the first two days of July the Philadelphia Section pros burned up the course at the Shawnee Inn & Golf Resort in the Shawnee Open. There were three nine-hole courses at Shawnee and the Red and Blue nines, which measured 6,800 yards, were used for the tournament. On Monday Rich Steinmetz shot a 69, but on Tuesday he put together a ten under par 62, which was a course record. Steinmetz’s round was composed of eight pars and ten birdies. He made five straight birdies on holes six through eleven and he birdied four of the last six holes as he ended the round by holing a 40-foot putt for a two on the last hole. Surprisingly his record score of 131 only won by four strokes. Pete Oakley finished second with a 135 score, which would have usually won the tournament by several strokes. Greg Farrow was another stroke back in third place with a 136 and John Pillar was next at 137. Ken Peyre-Ferry and John DiMarco tied for fifth with six under par 138s.

There were 190 players at the Dauphin Highlands Golf Club on the first Monday of July vying for fourteen places in the PGA Buy.com Tour Hershey Open. Dover, Delaware’s Chris Wisler, who was playing the mini-tours, was the co-medalist with a seven under par 65 on the 7,060 yard course. Washington’s Crossing mini-tour professional Jonathon Rusk posted a 67 and survived a seven-man playoff for one of the last six spots.

The PGA Tour Buy.com Hershey Open was held on the Hershey Country Club’s East Course in the first week of July. The tournament ended in a four-way tie. Cliff Kresge (67, 71, 71, 67), Brian Clarr (70, 67, 68, 71), Steve Ford (69, 68, 68, 71) and Joel Kribel (67, 68, 70, 71) all finished with eight under par 276 totals. In the sudden death playoff that followed Kresge won with a birdie on the third extra hole. First prize was $76,500 from a purse of $425,000. Tom Carter tied for 12th at 280 and won $9,775. Joe Daley finished in a tie for 23rd at 284 and won $3,392. Emlyn Aubrey tied for 46th at 287, winning $1,518. Jonathon Rusk made the cut but was disqualified. Chris Wisler, Jeff Daniels, Terry Hertzog, Peter Richter, Rob Shuey and Andy Barbin missed the cut. Carter, Daley and Aubrey were on the Buy.com Tour. Wisler and Rusk had qualified at the Monday qualifier. Hertzog and Daniels were in the tournament with exemptions from the tournament sponsor. Richter, Shuey and Barbin had qualified in the qualifying tournament for Section members. The host professional was Mike Battistelli.


John Appleget
Won 2003 Philadelphia Open

Pine Valley Golf Club hosted the Philadelphia Open on the third Monday of July. It was just the third time that an open tournament of some kind had been played at Pine Valley. The Philadelphia Open had been played at Pine Valley in 1923 and 1941. Many of the Section’s professionals had never had a chance to play the course. Pine Valley GC opened the course to the public for the day. Through qualifying and exemptions there were 45 professionals and 15 amateurs in the starting field. At the end of the day John Appleget (73-71) and John DiMarco (71-73) were tied at the top of the leader board with four over par 144s. An 18-hole playoff was scheduled for the next day. 1,900 spectators had turned out on Monday but the course was closed to the public on Tuesday. After five holes of the playoff DiMarco was leading by one stroke and putting for a birdie from ten feet above the cup on the sixth green. As DiMarco was addressing his ball it moved. He promptly called a penalty stroke on himself. No one else had seen the ball move. DiMarco then three-putted for a double bogie and went on to double-bogey the next hole. Appleget led the rest of the way. The final scores were 72 for Appleget versus 76 for DiMarco. First prize was $7,035 and second was $5,925. Due to a large number of entries for the qualifying rounds the purse and first prize was the largest in the history of the Philadelphia Open. Terry Hatch and amateur Chris Lange tied for third at 145. Rich Steinmetz (146) finished fifth. The golf course measured 6,699 yards.

The British Open, which was held in the third week of July at the Muirfield Golf Club in Gullane, Scotland ended in a four-way tie. Ernie Els (70-66-72-70), Thomas Levet (72-66-74-66), Steve Elkington (71-73-68-66) and Stuart Appleby (73-70-70-65) all posted six under par 278s. Ties at the British Open have were now being decided by a four-hole playoff. In the playoff Els and Levet tied at even par while Elkington and Appleby were both one over par and eliminated. The playoff then went to sudden death and Els won with a par. First prize was $1,106,140. Jim Furyk missed the cut. He was in the field off having been in the top 30 money winners on the 2001 PGA Tour.

Rob Shuey won the two-day Burlington Classic at the Burlington Country Club in the last part of July. On Sunday two golf professionals were paired with three amateurs in a pro-am. After the first round Shuey trailed by one stroke with a 67. The second day the course was set up more difficult so even though Shuey took three more strokes and posted a 70 his three-under-par 137 won by one stroke. The host professional Michael Mack and Ken Peyre-Ferry tied for second at 138. Rich Steinmetz finished fourth at 140.

On the fifth Monday of July four Philadelphia Section assistant professionals played 108 holes for charity. Jamie Komancheck (Aronimink Golf Club), Pete Kowalinski (Pine Valley Golf Club), Sean O’Connor (Merion Golf Club) and Dave Seeman (Wilmington Country Club) comprised the foursome. The whole day was quite unique as the marathon took place on six different golf courses. They began the day at the Plainfield Country Club in northern New Jersey just after 5:30 a.m. After a round that took 93 minutes they moved on to the Baltusrol Golf Club for their second round. After that they toured Pine Valley Golf Club, Aronimink Golf Club and Merion Golf Club. The day ended at the Wilmington Country Club at 8:39 p.m., with the four assistants having traveled more than 200 miles. They achieved this feat by playing alternate strokes all the way. While one player was hitting the tee shot the others would be stationed further along the hole waiting to play the second, third, fourth or whatever shots were needed to complete the hole. Through the playing of the marathon they raised $15,000 for four charities.

The Pennsylvania Open was held in the second week of July. The tournament was played at the Lancaster Country Club and Terry Hertzog, who had worked there as an assistant pro, won the tournament. Hertzog opened the tournament on Monday with a six over par 76. He came back the next day with a 68 but he still trailed the leader by six strokes. Hertzog posted another 68 in the last round but he thought that his 212 score was only good enough for a second place finish. When the leader, John Mazza, stumbled in with bogies on the last three holes he fell into a tie for first with Hertzog. The two professionals returned to the 18th tee for a sudden death playoff. Hertzog played the hole in regulation with two shots and two putts for a par against a five for Mazza to sew up the title and a check for $10,000. Brian Kelly missed the playoff by one shot as he finished at 213. John Spina (214) and Western Pennsylvania professional Kevin Shields (214) tied for fourth. The purse was again $50,000.

The son of a PGA professional, Rich Beem, edged out Tiger Woods by one stroke at the PGA Championship in the third week of August. Beem (278) toured the Hazeltine Country Club at Chaska, Minnesota with rounds of 72, 66, 72 and 68. Woods (279) shot a five under par 67 in the last round but Beem was able to hold him off. First prize was $990,000. Chris Riley finished third at 283. Fred Funk and Justin Leonard tied for fourth with 284 totals. Jim Furyk finished ninth at even par 288 and won $149,000. Furyk was in the tournament off his place on the 2001 money list.

The Waynesborough Country Club hosted the PGA Tour SEI Pennsylvania Classic qualifying round for the Section members on fourth Friday of August. Two spots in the starting field were up for grabs. Forty-six Philadelphia Section members were entered in the qualifying round. Barry Dear stepped up with birdies on the last three holes to take the first spot with a three under par 68. Terry Hatch earned the other spot with a 70. Stu Ingraham was given a sponsor’s exemption.


Dave Roberts
2002 Section Champion

For the second straight year the Spring Ford Country Club hosted the Philadelphia Section Championship. The tournament was played in the last week of August. The tournament was also the qualifying event for the Eastern Club Professional Championship. Dave Roberts capped off his best competitive year by winning the tournament with rounds of 72, 68 and 71. Roberts walked on the last green with a one stroke lead and he two putted from three feet to win. His five under par 211 edged out Pitman Golf Club professional Orist Wells (212) by one stroke. John Appleget, Pete Oakley and Terry Hatch tied for third at 214. Roberts took away a check for $13,750 from a purse of $90,000. The victory earned Roberts an invitation to the SEI Pennsylvania Classic in September. The host professional was Tony DeGisi. As a result of combining the Eastern Club Professional qualifying with the Section Championship the number of spots allotted to the Philadelphia Section had doubled from 9 to 18. The allotted spots were based on the number of entries. Several senior pros were among the first 18 but they either were not eligible or choose not to play. Roberts earned the first spot and Wells took the second one. The third and fourth places went to Appleget and Terry Hatch. Paul Oglesby (215) picked up the fifth spot. The next three places went to John Spina (216), Rob Shuey (216) and David Quinn (216). Places nine through eleven were taken by John DiMarco (217), Stu Ingraham (217) and Brian Kelly (217). Vince Ramagli (218) won the twelfth place and John Pillar (219) won the thirteenth place. The fourteenth spot went to Talamore @ Oak Terrace assistant Heath Davidson (220). Dick’s Sporting Goods teaching professional Jason Westphal (221), George Forster (221), Michael Mack (221) and Chester Valley Golf Club assistant Jonathan Doctor (221) won a five-man playoff for the last four places.

John DiMarco won the Whitford Classic at the Whitford Country Club in the second week of September. DiMarco’s two-day (70-67) seven under par 137 nipped Paul Oglesby (138) by one stroke. Cavaliers Country Club assistant Mark Parisi and Ken Peyre-Ferry tied for third at 139. In Sunday’s first round two pros and two amateurs were paired in a two-best-balls-of-four tournament. Because of the pro-am the course was set up quite a bit easier on Sunday than Monday.

Open qualifying for the PGA Tour’s SEI Pennsylvania Classic was at the Bellewood Golf Club on the second Monday of September. Forty-three players paid $400 apiece for the opportunity to win one of four open spots. Dover, Delaware mini-tour professional Chris Gray teed off in the first pairing of the day and set the pace with a three under par 68. Marlton, New Jersey mini-tour professional Michael Hyland posted a 71 and then won the fourth and last spot on the first hole of a sudden death playoff.

Dan Forsman holed a 22-foot putt for an eagle on the Waynesborough Country Club’s 18th hole to win the PGA Tour SEI Pennsylvania Classic. It had been ten years since Forsman had won on the PGA Tour. It came just in time as the victory saved him from having to return to qualifying school. The tournament was played in the middle of September. Forsman’s (73-68-64-65) fourteen under par 270 edged out Robert Allenby (271) and Billy Andrade (271) by one stroke. John Houston (272) finished fourth. Jim Furyk tied for 24th at 279 and won $26,114. Stu Ingraham (292) finished 75th and won $6,270. For the week Ingraham was eighth in driving distance with an average of 292.8 yards. Terry Hatch, Michael Hyland, Barry Dear, Chris Gray and Dave Roberts missed the cut. First prize was $594,000 out of a $3.3 million purse. The host professional was Al Sutton.

Due to the 2001 terrorist attacks on New York the Ryder Cup matches had been postponed for one year. When the matches were played they were at Sutton, England on The Belfrey’s Brabazon Course in late September. The American team that had been selected to play for the cup in 2001 remained intact for 2002. Jim Furyk was a member of the team for the third straight time. The PGA of America and the European PGA teams were composed of twelve men on each team. On day one there were 4 four-ball matches in the morning and 4 foursomes matches in the afternoon. On day two there were 4 foursomes matches in the morning and 4 four-ball matches in the afternoon. At the end of the two days the teams were tied with eight points each. On day three there were twelve singles matches. The Europeans overwhelmed the Americans in the singles by 7-1/2 to 4-1/2 to win the cup. The final score was Europeans 15-1/2 and Americans 12-1/2. Furyk played in all five rounds winning 2 points and losing 3.

The Philadelphia Section Senior Championship was held at the North Hills Country Club in the fourth week of September. Qualifying for the Senior Club Professional Championship was held at the same time. The Section had been allotted eight places in the Senior CPC. After shooting a 73 on Tuesday Ken Peyre-Ferry trailed the leaders by three shots but he came back on Wednesday to capture the title with a 68, which was the low round of the tournament. Peyre-Ferry’s one under par 141 edged out Roger Stern (142), Jim Masserio (142) and Don DeAngelis (142), who was now the teaching pro at the Island Green Country Club, by one stroke. Peyre-Ferry, Stern, Masserio and DeAngelis took the first four spots. Jimmy Booros (144), who was now the teaching pro at the Green Pond Golf Club, won the fifth spot and Medford Lakes Country Club professional Dan Haskell (146) picked up the sixth place. The last two places went to Dick Hendrickson (147) and Jack Eckenrode (147). Pete Oakley was exempt as a former winner of the Senior CPC.

The Eastern PGA Club Professional Championship played on the Turning Stone Casino’s Shenendoah Golf Club in late September. The Philadelphia Section made a strong showing. Rick Hartmann (209) won by one stroke with rounds of 68, 69 and 72. Friday’s round was rained out and the tournament was shortened to 54 holes. Tom Sipula finished second at 210 and John Stone was third at 211. Gary Sciorra, Mike Gilmore and John Hickson tied for fourth at 212. First prize from the $150,000 purse was $20,000. Terry Hatch tied for seventh at 213 and won $5,000. John Pillar tied for tenth at 214 and won $3,750. Rob Shuey finished at 216 and tied for 17th, winning $1,700. John DiMarco (219) and John Appleget (219) tied for 23rd and they each won $1,197.72. David Quinn (220) tied for 34th and won $960.71. The top 35 qualified for the PGA Club Professional Championship and Quinn won one of last two spots in a seven-man sudden death playoff. Stu Ingraham (221) tied for 41st and won $830. George Forster (222), Dave Roberts (222) and Paul Oglesby (222) tied for 47th and each won $702.50. John Spina (223) and Pete Oakley (223) tied for 55th and each won $625. Jonathon Doctor (224) and Jimmy Booros (224) tied for 61st and each won $580. The prize money totaled $152,250. Oakley and Booros got into the tournament as alternates.

The Philadelphia PGA Assistant Championship was played at the Heidelberg Country Club on the last Monday of September and the first Tuesday of October. On Monday Rich Steinmetz was the only one that bettered the par of 70 as he shot a blistering 65. On Tuesday he was around in 70 strokes and his 135 score won by three strokes. Dave Seeman finished second at 138 and Brian Lee (142) finished third. Colonial Country Club assistant Rick Gibney, Jamie Komancheck and Bill Sautter tied for fourth with 143s. The win qualified Steinmetz for the national assistant championship in Florida.

The Philadelphia Section PGA and the Golf Association of Philadelphia played a challenge match on the second Tuesday of October at the Woodcrest Country Club. It was the twelfth match between the two organizations and this one ended in a tie for the first time. Each team was made up of 12 players and two had to be seniors. The players were paired in fours with two singles matches and a better-ball match being contested in each pairing. Each match was worth one point and ties were not played off. The senior team of Pete Oakley and Don DeAngelis won all three of its points. The George Frake-Mike Moses team won 2-1/2 points and the Rob Shuey-Michael Mack team won 2 points. The Ken Peyre-Ferry-John Spina team won 1-1/2 points. The final tally was 9 points for the PGA and 9 points for the GAP. Dave Roberts, George Forster, Dave McNabb and John Allen were also on the PGA team. The PGA now led the series of matches with 10 wins, one loss and a tie.

Dave Seeman won the Philadelphia Section Match Play Championship at the Concord Country Club in the third week of October. There were 53 entries, so in order to fill out the 64-man match play ladder the top eleven players on the Section’s point list were given byes in the first round. Seeman, who didn’t have a first round bye had to win six 18-hole matches. Seeman wrapped up the title by defeating Pete Oakley in the Wednesday afternoon finals. In the semifinals on Wednesday morning Seeman took out Vince Ramagli and Oakley eliminated David Quinn.

The PGA Senior Club Professional Championship was held in the third week of October at Port St. Lucie, Florida. The tournament was played on the PGA Golf Club’s par 72 South Course. Mike San Filippo (71-66-75-68) and Bob Ralston (67-73-68-72) finished the 72 holes of regulation play tied at 280. San Filippo made a birdie on the third hole of a sudden death playoff to capture the title and a check for $16,000. Jim Masserio just missed being part of the playoff as he and Gary Sowinski tied for third at 281. Masserio won $9,250. Pete Oakley tied for 23rd at 289 and won $1,955.55. By finishing in the top 35 Masserio and Oakley qualified for the 2003 PGA Senior Championship, which was going to be played at the Aronimink Golf Club where Masserio was the head professional. Jimmy Booros and Roger Stern tied for 37th at 291 and they each won $1,275. Don DeAngelis, Ken Peyre-Ferry, Dick Hendrickson, Dan Haskell and Jack Eckenrode missed the cut.

The PGA Assistant Championship was held at the PGA Golf Club’s South Course in Port St. Lucie, Florida in the fourth week of October. Kyle Flinton (271) won going away with rounds of 68, 73, 63 and 67. He won by seven strokes over Gus Ulrich (278) who finished second. Victor Trolio and Alan Schulte tied for third another five strokes back at 283. Rich Steinmetz finished eighth at 287 and won $1,700. All of the assistant champions from the 41 PGA Sections were in the field. First prize was $5,000 out of a purse of $65,000.

Jack Connelly was completing his term as president of the PGA of America. The PGA’s annual meeting was held in Philadelphia at the Wyndham Franklin Plaza Hotel. The meeting began on October 27 and ended on the second of November. Dick Smith, Jr. chaired the Section’s committee for hosting the meeting. All of the Section’s officers and staff were in attendance. The Section’s official delegates were Michael Cole and Tom Carpus. It was an election year and M.G. Orender moved into the office of president without opposition. Roger Warren was the new vice president and Brian Whitcomb was elected secretary. Nine resolutions were passed which included expanding employment opportunities for PGA members and apprentices. Also representing the Philadelphia Section as voting delegates were past national president Dick Smith, Sr. and national director for District II Leo DeGisi.

The Philadelphia Section’s fall meeting was held at the Coatesville Country Club on the third Monday of November. The President, Mike Cole, gave the members and apprentices in attendance a report on the national meeting that had been hosted in Philadelphia by the Section. He also reported that the Section now had $150,000 in its Reserve Fund. A report on the PGA Junior Tour was presented at the meeting. There had been a total of 40 events and 640 juniors had participated in at least one event, with 215 winning a prize. E-mail was becoming more important and the Section office now had an e-mail address on file for 70 percent of its members. The Section website was www.phillypga.com. Since the spring meeting Geoffrey Surrette had been hired as the new tournament director. Surrette was a PGA member and had been working as the head professional at the Ed Oliver Golf Course. The Section officers had all just completed the first year of their two year terms. The Section’s "Player of the Year" was Rob Shuey and Paul Oglesby won the DeBaufre Trophy with a 70.9 average per round in the designated events. Ken Peyre-Ferry was the "Robert ‘Skee’ Riegel Senior Player of the Year".

Qualifying for the PGA Tour was held at PGA West, LaQuinta, California in the second week of December. Terry Hatch (433), Rick Price (434) and future Section professional Steve Scott (438) earned conditional status on the PGA Tour’s Nationwide Tour. Hatch, Price and Scott had had to successfully make it through Stage One and Stage Two qualifying schools. It took a score of 424 for the six rounds to qualify for the PGA Tour and a score of 430 to earn full status on the Nationwide Tour.

For a fourth straight year Tiger Woods led the PGA Tour money list with $6,912,625, won the Vardon Trophy with an average of 68.56 strokes per round and was the "PGA Player of the Year". Jim Furyk was fourteenth on the PGA Tour money list as he won $2,363,250 in 25 tournaments. Ted Tryba played in just nine events and won $17,706.

Hale Irwin led the PGA Senior Tour money list for a third time as he won $3,028,304. Ed Dougherty turned in another good year as he won $896,843 in 34 tournaments. That kept him fully exempt as he finished in 22nd place on the money list. Jay Sigel wasn’t far behind as ended up in 24th place with winnings of $843,526 in 30 tournaments. The top 31 money winners from the previous year were exempt. Pete Oakley played in one tournament and won $10,750. Dennis Milne played in one tournament and won $1,410. Dick Hendrickson entered one event and won $1,320.

Emlyn Aubrey finished 31st on the PGA Buy.com Tour money list as he won $126,169 in 21 tournaments. Tom Carter won $104,997 in 28 events and finished 43rd. Joe Daley won $71,781 in 26 tournaments, which put him in 64th place. Chris Wisler won $15,452 in seven events. Ted Tryba won $12,648 in five events. Lewisburg’s Jason Bohn won $2,745 in one tournament. Terry Hatch won $1,373 in one tournament.

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2003 - As of January 1st a COR (coefficient of restitution) or spring-like effect for drivers was limited to .830 by the USGA and the R&A. All of the major golf tours in the world agreed to abide by the ruling. Recreational golfers could continue to post scores for handicaps while using drivers with a COR of .860 until January 1, 2008.

In the second week of January Pete Oakley won the winter Senior Stroke Play Championship. The tournament was held in Port St. Lucie, Florida on the PGA Golf Club’s North Course. Oakley (70-71-72) Tommy Price and Dan Fabian tied for first with 213 totals. Oakley won a sudden death playoff on the third extra hole. Oakley won $1,500 for winning the championship and another $2,050 for winning his 50-54 year-old age group.


Harry Barbin
"Golf Professional of the Year"

The Section’s spring meeting was at the Philmont Country Club on the first Monday of April. There were more than 300 Section members, apprentices and staff in attendance. The main topic of discussion was that the Section was hosting the PGA Senior Championship at the Aronimink Golf Club in June. National PGA director Leo DeGisi spoke to the group on the importance of growing the game of golf by finding ways to increase rounds played. Those in attendance were informed about a new Section radio show that would be carried by three local ESPN radio stations. There were the usual awards. Harry Barbin was the Section’s "PGA Golf Professional of the Year". The co-owner of the Horsham Valley Golf Club, Barbin had been a Section member since 1979. Barbin had served the Section as a District Director for several years. He was also a part owner of two golf courses in Maryland. Barbin had served the Section as a member of a number of committees like tournament, club relations, junior, special awards and membership. His main interest was junior golf. Two high school golf teams had the use of his Horsham Valley course for practice and matches without charge. In 2001 he was honored as the Section’s Junior Golf Leader. Later in the meeting Barbin presented a $4,000 check to the Section’s Junior Golf Foundation from the Delaware Valley Junior Golf Foundation. The day’s golf event was canceled due to snow. Dom DiJulia was the Section’s "Teacher of the Year" for 2002. DiJulia was the owner of the Dom DiJulia School of Golf, which was located on the practice range at the Jericho National Golf Club.

Mike Weir won the Masters Tournament in the second week of April at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia. Weir was the first Canadian and the first left-handed golfer to win the Masters. He was also the first Canadian to win a major. At the end of regulation Weir (70-68-75-68) and Len Mattiace (73-74-69-65) were tied at seven under par 281. A sudden death playoff began on the 10th tee and Weir won with a bogey five. First prize was $1,080,000. Phil Mickelson finished third at 283 and Jim Furyk was next at 284. Furyk won $280,000 for his fourth place finish. He was in the field for having finished in the top 30 money winners on the 2002 PGA Tour money list.

Qualifying for the PGA Nationwide Tour Northeast Pennsylvania Classic for Philadelphia Section members was on the third Tuesday of May. The Section had three spots to qualify for. The qualifying was held at the Glenmaura National Golf Club where the tournament would be played in June. Jericho National Golf Club assistant Chris Bartolacci, Dave Roberts, Dave Quinn and Barry Dear all tied at one over par 72. Dear came out on the short end of a sudden death playoff and became the first alternate.

On the second Thursday of May local qualifying for the U.S. Open was held in the Philadelphia area at the Llanerch Country Club. The USGA had allotted six places at Llanerch. Dave Roberts, Llanerch member Michael McDermott and amateur Rich Pruchnik won the first three places with two under par 69s. Maryland professional Miguel Rivera took the fourth spot with a 70 and Sean O’Hair who was a mini-tour pro from Florida earned the fifth place with a 71. Dave McNabb (72) holed a five-foot putt for a birdie on the first hole of sudden death to win a five-man playoff for the sixth and last place.

Local qualifying for the U.S. Open in South Jersey was on the second Monday of May at the Woodcrest Country Club. The USGA had allotted five spots to that site. Terry Hertzog led the field with an even par 71 and the host professional, Dick Smith, Jr., was next with a 72. Michael Hyland picked up the next spot with a 73. There was a six-way tie at 74 for the last two places. The survivors of the sudden death playoff for those last two spots were Barry Dear and North Hills Country Club assistant Michael R. Brown. Dear birdied the first hole to win the fourth place and Brown birdied the second hole to win the fifth and last spot.

Local qualifying for the U.S. Open in Central Pennsylvania was held at the Blue Ridge Country Club on the second Monday of May. There were three spots available at Blue Ridge. Amateur Jay Woodson was low with a 73. Peter Richter and Sunnybrook Golf Club assistant Mark Sheftic took the other two places with 74s, but they had to win a three-man sudden death playoff in order to move on to the sectional qualifying round. Par was 72 and the course measured 6,880 yards.


Jay Sigel
8 wins on PGA Senior Tour

Jay Sigel won the Bayer Advantage Celebrity Pro-Am in Parkville, Missouri on the third Sunday of May. Sigel holed a nine-foot putt for a birdie on the National Golf Club of Kansas City’s par five 18th hole, to win by one stroke. He got down in two from a bunker that fronted the green for a 65 and an eleven under par 205 total. Sigel’s rounds were 72, 68 and 65. Mike McCullough finished second at 206 and Vicente Fernandez was next at 207. Hale Irwin and Pat McDonald tied for fourth with 210 totals. First prize was $240,000. The course measured 6, 875 yards.

Local qualifying for the U.S. Open in Northeast Pennsylvania was held at the Country Club of Scranton on the third Wednesday of May. There were 42 players at Scranton competing for three spots. New York professionals Wade Montgomery and Jim Woods along with Pittsburgh professional Andy Latowski all finished their rounds in 70 strokes to wrap up the open spots.

Lloyd Weston, who was moving to Chicago to accommodate his wife’s job change, won the Rittenhouse Trust Golf Classic on the fourth Tuesday of May. Once again the Sunnybrook Golf Club hosted the event. When all the scores were posted Weston, John Appleget and Mike Moses were at the top of the summary sheet with two under par 70s. The three pros returned to the par four 18th hole for a sudden death playoff and they all made pars. Then they played the 18th hole again and Weston, who was now the teaching pro at the Flourtown Golf Club, stopped his second shot within inches of the cup. Appleget and Moses missed the green with their second shots and when they failed to hole out their third shots Weston was the winner of the tournament and the $25,000 first prize. Rich Steinmetz, Jonathon Doctor, David Quinn and Valley Forge Golf Club professional Hugo Mazzalupi tied for fourth with 71s.

The PGA Senior Championship was being played at the Aronimink Golf Club in the first week of June so the Philadelphia Section was very involved in the event. Harry Hammond chaired a committee for a junior clinic and Dick Smith, Jr., was the chairman of the event support committee. Harry Barbin and Michael Mack assisted Hammond and Smith. The Section helped recruit more than 100 volunteers. On Sunday before the tournament 270 boys and girls from 21 junior golf programs in the Delaware Valley attended the junior clinic. There was a 45 minute instruction session on the short and long game. After that the juniors were entertained by Ben Witter who showed off his repertoire of trick shots and his prodigious drives. Witter was now operating Ben’s Power Golf Driving Range. Through the effort of the Section staff numerous local companies donated food and drink for the Section’s hospitality center. .

In the first week of June the PGA Senior Championship was played at the Aronimink Golf Club. After being held in Florida for more than sixty years the tournament was now in its third year of being moved around the country. Jim Masserio was in a dual role as the host professional and a contestant. John Jacobs (276), who had been full of potential for many years but had little to show for it, came through with a two-stroke victory. The tournament was plagued by rain as Jacobs had to play the last thirteen holes of his third round on Sunday morning. The most important people that week were the tow truck operators who kept rescuing cars that were stuck in the parking area on the DuPont property across from Aronimink. Jacobs put together rounds of 68, 69, 71 and 68 on the 6,928 yard par 70 course. First prize was $360,000. Bobby Watkins finished second at 278. Bruce Lietzke and Fuzzy Zoeller also finished under par for the tournament as they tied for third with 279s. Jay Sigel, who was an Aronimink member, tied for 17th at 284 and won $24,000. Ed Dougherty tied for 40th at 290 and won $7,350. Pete Oakley and Masserio missed the cut and each received $1,000 checks. Sigel and Dougherty were in the field off having been in the top 30 on the 2002 PGA Senior Tour money list. Oakley and Masserio had qualified at the PGA Senior Club Professional Championship in October 2002.

Sectional qualifying for the U.S. Open was held at various locations around the United States. No one from the Philadelphia Section made it through that second level of qualifying. Jim Furyk was exempt from local and sectional qualifying.


Jim Furyk
2003 U.S. Open winner

Jim Furyk experienced the best Father’s Day possible by winning the U.S. Open on the third Sunday of June. His father, Mike, who had been a professional and a pro golf salesman in the Philadelphia Section, and his mother were with him as usual. Jim was now 33 and his father was the only golf instructor he had ever had. Jim was also a father that year for the first time. The tournament was played at the Olympia Fields Country Club’s North Course near Chicago, Illinois. Furyk won his first major and in winning he tied the U.S. Open scoring record. Even though he made a bogey on each of the last two holes he finished with an eight under par 272. Furyk won by three strokes with rounds of 67, 66, 67 and 72. Furyk set a new low for the first two rounds (133) and for three rounds also (200). First prize was $1,080,000. Australia’s Stephen Leaney finished second at 275. Kenny Perry and Mike Weir tied for third at 279.

John Spina won the Variety Club Tournament of Champions in the first week of June at the Whitemarsh Valley Country Club. The first day the pros played a pro-am event with amateurs to raise money for the Variety Club charities. Spina shot a 68 the first day and came back with a 69 the second day when the course was set up much more difficult. His seven under par 137 nipped Bill Sautter (138), who was now the teaching professional at Talamore @ Oak Terrace, and Jim Masserio (138) by one stroke. Terry Hatch, who was now on the PGA Nationwide Tour, finished fourth at 139. First place paid $6,500.

Qualifying for the U.S. Senior Open was held on the second Monday of June at The Springhaven Club. There were 112 pros and amateurs over the age of 50 competing for six places. A PGA Senior Tour event in New Jersey had ended on Sunday so there were quite a few very qualified players among the 102 entries at Springhaven. Due to that were three or four more spots than usual. Mark Hayes led with a three-under-par 67. Buddy Harston and Doug Lacrosse were next with 68s. Jay Overton won the fourth spot with a 69. Gary Koch and Mike Sanfilippo took the last two places with 70s. No one from the Philadelphia area made it there. Ed Dougherty and Jay Sigel were exempt off being in the top 30 money winners on the 2002 PGA Senior Tour. Pete Oakley made it through the qualifying at another site.

Jason Bohn and future Section apprentice Steve Scott qualified for the PGA Nationwide Tour Northeast Pennsylvania Classic in the open qualifying on the second Monday of June.

The Glenmaura National Golf Club hosted the PGA Nationwide Tour Northeast Pennsylvania Classic in the middle of June. Forty-four-year-old Blain McCallister, who had previously won five times on the PGA Tour, made it into the winner’s circle again by shooting a 19 under par (68-64-64-69) 265. Bill Glasson finished second at 268. Ryuji Imada, Zack Johnson and Omar Uresti tied for third with 269 totals. First prize from the $450,000 purse was $81,000. Jason Bohn, who now had partial access to the Nationwide Tour got in through Monday qualifying and proceeded to put together a score of 275. Bohn won $4,875 for a 20th place tie. Dave Roberts and Emlyn Aubrey missed the cut by one stroke with three under par 141s. John Pillar, Terry Hatch, Chris Bartolacci, Tom Carter, host professional Cleve Coldwater and Steve Scott missed the cut. Aubrey and Carter were regular members of the Nationwide Tour. Roberts, Hatch and Bartolacci had qualified at the event for Philadelphia PGA. Pillar and Coldwater were there on sponsor’s exemptions. Scott had qualified on Monday also.

The PGA Professional National Championship, formerly called the Club Professional Championship, was played at the Twin Warriors Golf Club in Santa Anna Pueblo, New Mexico in the third week of June. The course was located 5,400 feet above sea level so the 7,624 yard set up was not that imposing. Tim Thelen (282) won the tournament for a second time with rounds of 74, 70, 69 and 69. Steve Schneiter finished one stroke back in second place at 283. Bob Sowards, Ron Philo, Dino Lucchesi and Kevin Burton also finished under the par of 288 as they tied for third with 287 totals. Terry Hatch tied for seventh at 288 and won $13,750. By finishing in the top 20 Hatch qualified for the PGA Championship. John DiMarco, Rob Shuey, John Pillar, David Quinn and John Appleget missed the cut. They had all qualified for the CPC at the Eastern CPC in September. First prize was $53,000 from a purse of $400,000.

Chris Bartolacci, David Quinn and Rick Gibney qualified for the PGA Nationwide Tour’s Reeses Cup Classic in the Section qualifying on the fourth Tuesday of June. Qualifying was held on the Hershey Country Club’s East Course. The entry fee was $175.

The Burlington Classic was held at the Burlington Country Club on the last two days of June. On Sunday two pros were paired with three amateurs in a pro-am and the round counted as the first round for the individual professional purse. Greg Farrow, who had worked at Burlington as an assistant, shot a 66 and the next day he came back with a 65. His nine under par 131 total gave him a four shot victory over Mark Sheftic (135). Paul Oglesby and Ken Peyre-Ferry tied for third at 138.

The U.S. Senior Open was played in late June at the Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio. Bruce Lietzke (69-71-64-73) won the tournament by two strokes even though he made bogies on the last two holes. His seven under par 277 score brought him in two strokes in front of Tom Watson (279). First prize was $470,000. Vicente Fernandez finished third at 280. Allen Doyle and Fuzzy Zoeller tied for fourth with 285s. Ed Dougherty tied for 17th at 291, winning $39,831. Jay Sigel tied for 30th at 295 and won $17,371. Pete Oakley tied for 35th at 296 and won $14,801. Dougherty and Sigel were exempt off being in the top 30 money winners on the 2002 PGA Senior Tour. Oakley was there off having been successful at one of the USGA’s qualifying sites.

On July 3rd the USGA announced new testing procedures for the golf ball. A titanium head would now be used on the Iron Byron driving machine which was used for testing golf balls. The club’s swing speed had been increased from 109 mph to 120. The driver face was set at a COR of .820, the launch angle at 10 degrees, ball spin of 42 revolutions per second and a steel shaft would continue to be used in the testing driver. Under the new testing the allowable distance was increased from 296.8 yards to 320 yards.

Jason Bohn and Tom Carter, two golf professionals who had grown up in the Philadelphia Section, tied for first in the Canadian PGA Championship. The tournament was a PGA Nationwide Tour event. Carter (70-69-66-70) made a fifteen foot putt for a birdie on the last hole to catch Bohn (70-65-68-72) who played the last seven holes in four over par. They finished the 72-holes tied at nine under par 275 on the 7,067 yard course. Carter then proceeded to win the tournament on the first hole of a sudden death with a par five on the 18th hole. Carter’s victory came in the first week of July at the Diamondback Golf Club in Richmond Hill, Ontario. It was his first win on the PGA Nationwide Tour. Carter won $81,000 and Bohn won $48,600. Blain McCallister finished third at 276 and five players tied for fourth with 277s.

The PGA Nationwide Tour’s Reeses Cup Classic was played on the Hershey Country Club’s East Course in the second week of July. Joe Ogilvie put together rounds of 71, 67, 66 and 70 for a ten-under-par 274. First prize was $81,000 from the $450,000 purse. Paul Claxton, Zack Johnson, David McKenzie and Wes Short, Jr. tied for second with 277 totals. Jason Bohn tied for 10th at 280 and won $11,250. Tom Carter finished at 282 and tied for 17th, winning $6,090. Rick Price posted a 285 and won $2,250 as he tied for 37th. Rob Shuey, Emlyn Aubrey, Terry Hatch, Chris Bartolacci, David Quinn and Rick Gibney missed the cut. The host professional was Mike Battistelli. Bohn, Carter, Price and Aubrey were on the Nationwide Tour. Shuey had a sponsor’s exemption. Hatch had limited status on the Nationwide Tour. Bartolacci, Quinn and Gibney qualified at the Section’s qualifying event.

On the second Monday of July the Philadelphia PGA Assistant Championship was played at the Seaview Country Club. Both the par 71 Pines and par 71 Bay courses were used. Barry Dear put together a 67 on the Bay Course in the morning round and a 74 on the Pines Course in the afternoon. His one under par 141 nipped Dave Roberts (142) by one stroke. Rich Steinmetz and Vince Ramagli tied for third at 142.


Greg Farrow
Won 2003 New Jersey Open

At age 52, Greg Farrow became the oldest player to win the New Jersey Open when he holed a fifteen foot putt for a par on the last green at the Ridgewood Country Club. Farrow was just the fourth person from southern New Jersey to win the tournament. The tournament was played in the third week of July. All three nine-hole courses at Ridgewood were used during the tournament. After starting with rounds of 68 and 73 Farrow (211) began the last round two strokes back in a five-way tie for second. In the final round Farrow holed a fifteen-foot putt on the last green for a 70 to win by one stroke. Brent Studer finished second at 212. David Quinn, Bill Britton and Mark Schaare tied for third with 213 totals. Farrow took home a check for $15,000 from the $75,000 purse.

Brian Kelly won the Philadelphia Open for the second time in four years. The tournament was played at the Huntingdon Valley Country Club on the third Wednesday of July. Huntingdon Valley’s par 70 course was as difficult as usual so Kelly’s (143) steady rounds of 71 and 72 won by two strokes. The greens were quite firm and the wind picked up in the afternoon. Stu Ingraham and Mark Sheftic tied for second with 145s. Pete Oakley and Rich Steinmetz tied for fourth at 146. First prize was $3,500. Through prequalifying rounds and exemptions there were 45 professionals and 15 amateurs in the starting field. As usual in the tournament all the players were required to walk with caddies.

The Philadelphia Section Senior Championship and qualifying for the Senior PGA Professional National Championship, formerly called the Senior Club Professional Championship, was at the Brandywine Country Club in the third week of July. The Section had been allotted eight qualifying spots. Pete Oakley (134) ran away from the field of 32 senior professionals as he shot a 65 on Thursday and a 69 on Friday. His eight under par total was eight shots better than anyone else. Oakley earned $1,200 from the $5,672 purse for his two days work. Oakley was exempt from having to qualify for the national championship as a former winner of the tournament. Ken Peyre-Ferry and Jimmy Booros, who was now the teaching pro at the Southmoore Golf Club, tied for second at 142. Roger Stern finished fourth at 143. Don DeAngelis, who was now the teaching pro at the Woods Golf Center, Jim Masserio and Jay Friedman, who was now the professional at the Island Green Country Club, tied for fifth. Masserio was also exempt off his third place finish in the national tournament the year before. Rick Osberg (146), Frank Palumbo (146) and J.R. Delish (146), who was now retired, got past Dan Haskell (146) in a sudden death playoff for the last three spots.

The British Open was played in the third week of July at the Royal St. George’s Golf Club in Kent, England. Unheralded Ben Curtis (283) won with rounds of 72, 72, 70 and 69 even though he made three bogies on the last five holes. With three holes to go Thomas Bjorn led by two strokes but when he took three strokes to exit a greenside bunker Curtis took the lead. Bjorn tied for second with Vijay Singe at 284. Tiger Woods and Davis Love tied for fourth at 285. First prize was $1,112,720. Jim Furyk, who was exempt as the U.S. Open champion, missed the cut.

On the first Sunday of August Jim Furyk won on the PGA Tour for the second time in 2003 as he captured the Buick Open. Furyk (68-66-65-68) managed to hold off Tiger Woods who closed fast with a 66. His 21 under par 267 was two better than Woods who ended up tied for second with Chris DiMarco, Geoff Ogilvy and Briny Baird at 269. Furyk’s first prize check was for $720,000 and the total purse was $4,000,000.

Jason Bohn won the PGA Nationwide Tour Chattanooga Classic on first Sunday of August. Bohn (65-67-69-64) shot an eight under par 64 in the last round to come from behind and win the $81,000 first prize. Bohn played the last nine in five under par and he birdied the par five finishing hole to win. He finished with a 23 under par 265 that was one shot better than Kyle Thompson’s 266. It was Bohn’s first win on the Nationwide Tour. Ryan Palmer finished third at 267. Tom Carter and Jimmy Walker tied for fourth at 268. Carter won $19,800. The total purse was $450,000.

The Shawnee Open was played at the Shawnee Inn & Golf Resort on the fourth Monday of July. It had been a two round tournament since 1990 but in 2003 the tournament had to be reduced to one round due to rain. Mark Parisi and Bob Hibschman tied for first with five under par 67s. Parisi made a double-eagle two on the par five 15th hole to tie Hibschman. On Tuesday there was so much rain the round was canceled. A sudden death playoff was held, which Parisi won with a par four on the first hole against a bogey for Hibschman. George Frake finished third with a 68.

Stonewall hosted the Pennsylvania Open in the second week of August. Steven Wheatcroft, a mini-tour pro from Western Pennsylvania, and Kevin Sheilds, an assistant pro from Western Pennsylvania, finished the three rounds tied for the title at even par 210. The two players were paired together in the final round. Wheatcroft (71-67-72), who trailed by one stroke playing the last hole, struck a 7-iron from 174 yards to within four feet of the hole. Shields (68-71-71) then pulled his second shot over a stone wall onto the practice putting green. After taking a drop from the practice green he pitched back over the wall to three feet of the hole. Both players holed their putts. The two players returned to the 18th tee for a sudden death playoff. Shields drove into the deep fescue rough and made a bogey while Wheatcroft was on the green in two and two putted for a par and the win. The purse was $50,000 and first prize was $10,000 as it had been for several years. Brian Kelly (211) shot a last round 68 and missed the playoff by one stroke. Travis Deibert, Mark Sheftic and amateur Chris Lange tied for fourth at 213.

On the third Sunday of August Tom Carter won the PGA Nationwide Tour Price Cutter Classic. The tournament was played at the Highland Springs Country Club in Springfield, Missouri. It was his second win on the Nationwide Tour that year. Carter put together rounds of 66, 68, 68 and 65 for a twenty-one under par 267. As low as that score was he only won by one stroke. He won $94,500 from the $525,000 purse. After several weeks of missing cuts Carter was now almost assured of advancing to the PGA Tour in 2004. Doug LaBelle II and Roland Thatcher tied for second at 268. Trevor Dodds, Keoke Cotner, Stephen Gangluff and Craig Bowden tied for fourth with 269 totals.

In mid August dark horse Sean Micheel won the 85th PGA Championship when his uphill seven-iron shot from 175 yards ended up two inches from the cup. Micheel’s (69-68-69-70) four under par 276 gave him his first win on the PGA Tour by two strokes. The tournament was played at the 7,134 yard Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, New York. Chad Campbell (278), Tim Clark (279) and Alex Cejka (280) finished second, third and fourth. At $1,080,000 the first prize in the tournament was over $1 million for the first time. The total purse was $5,938,300, which was also a record. Jim Furyk finished tied for 18th at 287 and won $73,000. Terry Hatch missed the cut and received a check for $2,000. Furyk was in the field off his position on the 2002 money list along with other exemptions. Hatch had qualified in June at the PGA Club Professional Championship.


Terry Hatch
2003 Section Champion

Terry Hatch missed the cut at the PGA Championship but five days later he won the Philadelphia Section PGA Championship. The tournament was played at the Philadelphia Cricket Club’s new par 72 Militia Hill Course in the third week of August. The course measured 7,370 but all of the back tees were not used on any one day. Hatch (209) put together rounds of 73, 67 and 69 to come from two strokes behind after two rounds. On the fourteenth hole of the second round Hatch drove into the rough and noticed that a piece of gum was adhering to his golf ball. He played that ball with the gum attached and a second ball without the gum. He made an eagle with the second ball and after he completed the round he was told that his score with that ball would be the one that counted. George Frake finished second at 213. David Quinn, Vince Ramagli and Rick Osberg, who was now the teaching 11professional at the Hartefeld National Golf Club, tied for third with 214 totals. The purse was $66,000 and first prize was $7,500. The host professional was Terry McDowell. The Philadelphia PGA Championship was also the qualifying event for the Eastern Club Professional Championship. The Section had been allotted 19 places. Hatch was exempt off his finish in the National Club Professional Championship, so Frake won the first spot. The next three places went to Rick Osberg, David Quinn and Vince Ramagli. Dave McNabb (215) won the fifth spot and the sixth spot went to John Appleget (216). Rich Steinmetz (217) and Pete Oakley (217) won the seventh and eighth places. Mike Moses (218) won the ninth spot. The tenth and eleventh places were won by Brian Kelly (219) and Terry Hertzog (219). Stu Ingraham (220) and John DiMarco (220) took the twelfth and thirteenth places. Twining Valley Golf Club teaching professional Hugh P. Reilly (221), Dave Roberts (221), Rob Shuey (221), Jimmy Booros (221) Jonathan Doctor (221) and Berkshire Country Club assistant Mike Grabosky (221), earned the last six spots.

The Whitford Classic was played at the Whitford Country Club in the fourth week of August. On Sunday each pairing had two pros paired with two amateurs in a pro-am event. The pros’ score also counted toward the two-day individual prize. At the end of play on Monday Rob Shuey (68-69) and Plymouth Country Club assistant Tom Ryan (64-73) were tied. Shuey won a sudden death playoff for the title with a birdie on the second extra hole. Rich Steinmetz and Terry Hatch tied for third with 139 totals. Ryan’s 64 was a course record.


Tom Carter
Three wins
2003 PGA Nationwide Tour

On the last day of August Tom Carter won for the third time in 2003 on the PGA Nationwide Tour. By winning three times in one year on the Nationwide Tour Carter earned an automatic promotion to the PGA Tour. Carter put together rounds of 68, 68, 62 and 65 for a seventeen under par 263 to win the Alberta Classic going away, by five strokes. The tournament was hosted by The Links at Glen Eagles in Cochrane, Alberta, Canada. His first place check from the $450,000 purse was for $81,000. Nick Cassini finished second at 268. Mike Standley and Mario Tiziana tied for third with 269s.

In the second week of September the Philadelphia PGA Executive Director Jack Lutz resigned.

The Eastern PGA Professional National Championship was held at the Royce Brook Golf Club in Hillsborough, New Jersey during the fourth week of September. There was plenty of rain. The third round was eliminated due to rain and the players were allowed to lift, clean and place their golf balls on the fairways all three rounds. Par was 72 and the course measured 7,103 yards. Rick Hartmann (66-70-69) won for the second straight year and this time by a wide margin. His 205 total was six strokes better than Rick Schuller (211). Five players tied for third at 213. Stu Ingraham, John DiMarco and Pete Oakley tied for 13th at 216. They each won $2,086 Vince Ramagli and John Appleget tied for 20th with 217 totals, each winning $1,425. David Quinn 218 finished tied for 26th and won $1,103. By having finished in the top 32 they qualified for the 2004 PGA Club Professional Championship. Mike Moses (222) tied for 48th, winning $694. Rich Steinmetz (223) tied for 55th and won $625. Dave McNabb (225) tied for 65th and won $530.

The first Woodloch Springs Open was played on the last two days of September at the Country Club at Woodloch Springs. Dave Roberts (69-73) won with a two under par 142. Roberts defeated the host professional John Pillar (70-72), who had also posted a 142, in a sudden death playoff. Rich Steinmetz and Rob Shuey tied for third at 145. First prize was $2,000.

The Philadelphia PGA defeated the Golf Association of Philadelphia’s amateur team at the Tattersall Golf Club on the first Tuesday of October. There were twelve on each team and two had to be seniors. Play went off in fours with two pros and two amateurs in each group. In each pairing there were two singles matches and a better-ball match with one point for each match. The Pete Oakley-Rick Osberg team won 3 points. The teams of Mark Sheftic-Chris Bartolacci, Dave Roberts-Ken Peyre-Ferry, Dave Seeman-Mickey Sokalski and the senior team of Gary Hardin-Don DeAngelis each won 2 points. Tom Ryan-Vince Ramagli won 1-1/2 points. That made the final score 12-1/2 points for the PGA and 5-1/2 for the GAP. After thirteen years of matches the PGA led with eleven wins against one loss and one tie.

Dave Roberts won the Philadelphia Section PGA Match Play Championship on the fourth Wednesday of October. The Concord Country Club hosted the three-day tournament. There were 53 entries so thirteen byes were given in the first round to create a match play ladder of 64. Two matches were played on Monday, two on Tuesday and two on Wednesday. Roberts met Rich Steinmetz in the finals where he eked out a one-up victory. To get to the finals Roberts had also gotten past Mark Sheftic in the semifinals by a one-up margin as well. In the other semifinal match Steinmetz had to go 19 holes to defeat Rob Shuey. First prize was $1,700 from a purse of $7,300.

The PGA Senior Professional National Championship was played on the PGA Golf Club’s South Course in the fourth week of October. Jeff Thomsen (69-70-73-70) and Jeff Fiedler (73-68-71-70) tied for first at six under par 282. Thomsen won a sudden death playoff with a par on the third extra hole. Lonnie Nielson finished third at 283. Roger Kennedy, Darrell Kestner and Mike San Filippo tied for fourth at 284. Thomsen took home a check for $18,000 and the Leo F. Fraser trophy. Jim Masserio tied for 21st at 290 and won $2,458.34. Pete Oakley tied for 31st at 292, winning $1,950. By finishing in the top 35 Masserio and Oakley qualified for the 2004 PGA Senior Championship. Rick Osberg tied for 59th at 298 and won $1,000. Jimmy Booros, Jay Friedman, Roger Stern, Don DeAngelis, Frank Palumbo and Ken Peyre-Ferry missed the cut. J.R. Delish had qualified but to a scheduling conflict he didn’t play in the tournament. The course measured 6,690 yards.

The PGA Assistant Championship was held in Florida on the PGA Golf Club’s Dye Course. The tournament concluded on the second Sunday of November. Kyle Flinton (66-68-68-68) won the tournament for a second straight year. His 18 under par 270 was a record score for the tournament. Loren Personette finished second at 274. Bob Blean (280) finished third and Robert Gaus (281) was fourth. Barry Dear finished fifth at 282, winning $2,140. First prize from the $65,000 purse was $5,000.


Tom Carpus
Section President
2004 & 2005

The Section’s fall meeting was hosted by the Philadelphia Country Club on the first Monday of November. Geoffrey Surrette was introduced as the new Executive Director of the Philadelphia Section PGA. Surrette, a PGA member and formerly a head professional, had been the Section’s Tournament Director since October of 2002. It was an election year. Tom Carpus, who had been the vice president for two years, was elected president. Dick Smith, Jr. moved up from secretary to vice president. Jay Gallo was elected secretary. Rob Shuey became the Director of Tournaments. There was a competitive race for the Director of Section Affairs position between Jim Smith, Jr. and Lori Van Sickle, which Smith won. The seven District Directors were also elected. David Quinn was the "Player of the Year" and Greg Farrow won the DeBaufre Trophy with a 70.86 average per round in the designated tournaments. Pete Oakley was the "Robert ‘Skee’ Riegel Senior Player of the Year".


Ben Hogan
Won 53 PGA Tour Events as the
Professional at Hershey Country Club

Ben Hogan was inducted into the Philadelphia PGA Hall of Fame at the Section’s fall meeting. Hogan was born in Dublin, Texas in 1912 and grew up caddying with Byron Nelson at the Glen Garden Country Club in Ft. Worth. He turned pro in 1931 and tried the PGA Tour without success. In 1938 he finally began to win enough money to stay on the tour. That year Henry Picard invited Hogan to play in the Hershey Four-Ball. He was the only entrant without a tournament win. Most of the field had won majors but Hogan and his partner Vic Ghezzi won the event by a large margin. Hogan now had his first win but it took until 1940 for him to gain his first individual win, when he won the North and South Open. The next year he signed on with the Hershey Country Club as their golf professional. From 1941 through 1942 he won a total of eleven times and led in money won each year. In late 1942 Hogan quit the PGA Tour to enroll in a private flight school and then he enlisted in the Army Air Corps. In the late summer of 1945 Hogan was discharged from the army in time to win five tournaments and the next year he won thirteen times and topped the money list again. After that he cut his schedule some but he still won 18 tournaments in the next two years. In early February of 1949 Hogan and his wife Valerie were involved in an accident with a bus and the doctors didn’t expect him to ever play golf again much less win tournaments. One year later Hogan entered the Los Angeles Open and finished in a tie for first with Sam Snead, only to lose an 18-hole playoff. Later that year in June he won the U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club and showed the golf world that he was back. The next year he won the Masters and the U.S. Open. The day after winning the 1951 U.S. Open his contract with the Hershey C.C. ran out. If Milton Hershey had still been alive Hogan would have probably been with Hershey for a few more years. He went on to win the Masters, U.S. Open and the British Open in 1953. Soon after that he started the Ben Hogan Golf Equipment Company, which was a big success. Hogan won 63 times on the PGA Tour with 53 of those coming while he was Hershey’s professional. Nine of his wins came in the majors. He won four U.S. Opens, two PGA Championships, two Masters Tournaments and the British Open. He was a member of four Ryder Cup teams and the captain of two of them. Hogan won the Vardon Trophy five times, topped the money list five times and he was the "PGA Player-of-the-Year" four times. In 1953 Hogan was elected to the PGA Hall of Fame.

The PGA of America’s annual meeting was held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in San Antonio, Texas during the second week of November. Six members announced their intent to run for the office of secretary, which was up for election in 2004. The delegates were informed that the PGA had signed a letter of intent to partner with a Texas based company on a proposed golf resort that would be named PGA Village San Antonio. The delegates were told that there were now fourteen colleges and universities participating in the PGA Professional Golf Management Program. Former president George Herbert Walker Bush was made an honorary PGA member. The Philadelphia Section was represented by delegates Tom Carpus and Dick Smith, Jr. Past national presidents Dick Smith, Sr. and Jack Connelly were also in attendance along with national director Leo DeGisi.

Jim Furyk won the PGA Grand Slam of Golf at the Poipu Bay Golf Course in Kauai, Hawaii during the first week of December. It was his fourth career win in Hawaii. The event featured the winners of the four major golf tournaments that year. Furyk (U.S. Open) put together a 67 and a 68 for a nine under par 135 to win the $400,000 first place check. Mike Weir (Masters) finished eight shots back in second place at 143. Shaun Micheel (PGA) shot 145 and Ben Curtis (British Open) was fourth at 146. The total prize money was $1,000,000. The course measured 7,081 yards.

Pete Oakley qualified for the European Senior PGA Tour in late November. Oakley survived two stages of qualifying in Portugal. The first stage was 36-holes. At the 72-hole final stage there were eight spots to qualify for. Oakley holed a short par putt on the last green to end up at three under par for the 72 holes. A bit of luck helped get him through as he holed out an eight-iron that hit the pin and fell into the hole, on the ninth hole of the final round. He finished in a five-way tie for fourth place, which meant that his score was right on the number. Even though those five had qualified playoffs were needed to sort out an official order to determine eligibility for some of the future tournaments. Oakley made a birdie on the first hole of the sudden death playoff to lock up the fourth spot.

Tiger Woods was the "PGA Player of the Year" for the fifth straight year and he won the Vardon Trophy for a fifth straight year with a scoring average of 68.41 strokes per round. Jim Furyk had an outstanding year as he won the U.S. Open and the Memorial along with winning $5,182,865 in the 27 tournaments that he entered on the PGA Tour. That put him in fourth place on the money list. Tom Carter earned a "battlefield promotion’ on the Nationwide Tour and was able to play in eight tournaments on the PGA Tour late in the year where he won $105,143. Vijay Singe was the leading money winner on the PGA Tour as he won $7,573,907 in 27 tournaments.

Tom Watson led the PGA Senior Tour money list with $1,853,108. Jay Sigel won $721,989 in 30 tournaments and finished 29th on the money list. Ed Dougherty played in 29 events and finished 33rd on the money list with earnings of $565,146. Pete Oakley won $14,801 in two tournaments.

Tom Carter had a big year on the PGA Nationwide Tour as he won three tournaments, which earned him an automatic promotion to the PGA Tour. Carter earned $360,990 in 22 tournaments and finished third on the money list. Jason Bohn won a tournament and $255,191 in 18 starts and earned a yearend promotion to the PGA Tour for his ninth place finish on the money list. Rick Price played in 23 tournaments and finished 71st on the money list with earnings of $70,307. Emlyn Aubrey won $58,367 in 24 tournaments and was 80th on the money list. Terry Hatch played in 18 events and won $13,708.

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Dick Smith, Jr.
"Golf Professional of the Year"
2003
2004 -The Section’s spring meeting was held on the first Monday of April at the Atlantic City Convention Center. After the meeting there was a pro-pro event at the Blue Heron Pines Golf Club and the East and West Courses were used. There were 225 Section members and apprentices in attendance. National director for District II, Leo DeGisi, reported on the affairs of the PGA of America. The Section’s financial report showed a total of $433,474 in net assets at the end of 2003. The service awards were presented. Dick Smith, Jr. had received the "PGA Golf Professional of the Year" at the fall meeting. He had been the head professional at the Woodcrest Country Club for eleven years and he was the assistant to his father Dick, for four years before that. Smith was the vice president of the Section and for nine years he had been either an officer or a district director. Before that he had volunteered his services many times for any request. Smith had served on several Section committees and he had always been ready to offer his golf course for Section events. Most years he hosted at least two tournaments. He was the third one in his family to receive the award. His father Dick Smith, Sr. won the award in 1980 and his uncle, Tom Smith, won it in 1986.

The PGA of America had requested that the various PGA Sections give out the annual awards in the Spring instead of the Fall in order to give the national committees more time to judge the candidates before giving out the national awards. Another change was that a PGA Section could nominate a member for the national award that had not won that award at the local level that year. In order to make this change the Section gave out two "Golf Professional of the Year" awards in 2003.

The Masters Tournament was held at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia in the second week of April. After several missed opportunities Phil Mickelson captured his first major title by holing an 18-foot downhill birdie putt on the 72nd green to win the tournament. He put together rounds of 72, 69, 69 and 69 for a nine under par 279. On Thursday play was suspended for two hours due to weather problems and 18 players had to finish their rounds early Friday morning. Mickelson was one of the 18. Ernie Els finished second at 280 and K.J. Choi was next at 282. Sergio Garcia and Bernhard Langer tied for fourth with 285s. First prize was $1,170,000 and the purse was $5,600,000. Jim Furyk was invited as a winner of the U.S. Open in the past five years, but didn’t play due to an ailing wrist, which he had had surgically repaired in late 2003. On one from the Philadelphia Section was in the field.

Local qualifying for the U.S. Open in Northern Pennsylvania was at the Bucknell Country Club on the second Thursday of May. The host professional Brian Kelly (70) and amateur James Bohn III (70) won the two spots that had been allotted to that site in a three-man sudden death playoff. Par was 70.

Local qualifying for the U.S. Open in Philadelphia was held on the second Friday of May at Talamore @ Oak Terrace. With the help of a front nine 31 Sean O’Hair, who was now living in Southeastern Pennsylvania and playing the professional golf mini-tours out of the Concord Country Club, led the field with a four under par 67. Dave McNabb finished second with a 69. Amateur Tyler Randol was third at 70. Joe Daley (71), who was playing the Nationwide Tour, won the fourth and last place as he outlasted two others in a sudden death playoff that went five holes. Jim Furyk was exempt from both local and sectional qualifying. Tom Carter was exempt from local qualifying for having won at least one tournament on the 2003 PGA Nationwide Tour.

Local qualifying for the U.S. Open in Southern New Jersey was on the third Monday of May at the Pine Hill Golf Club. There was a large entry at Pine Hill and seven spots were allotted to the site. Reinstated amateur Bill Jeremiah won the medal with a two under par 68. Joey Bonargo, who was playing the professional mini-tours out of Doylestown, took the next place with a 69 and John DiMarco was third at 70. Amateur Russ Cox won the fourth place with a 71. Four players tied for the last three places with 72s and due to a rain delay the playoff had to be held the next morning. Dave Roberts, John Appleget and amateur Brian Rothaus prevailed in the playoff.

U.S. Open local qualifying in Central Pennsylvania was at the Colonial Country Club on the third Monday of May. Arizona professional Miguel Rivera led the field with a five under par 66. Mark Sheftic along with amateurs Brandon Knaub and Jarred Texter posted 69s to take the next three of the four spots.

Qualifying for Section members who desired to play in the PGA Nationwide Tour’s Northeast Pennsylvania Classic was at the Glenmaura Golf Club on the fourth Tuesday of May. There were three places in the starting field up for grabs. John Pillar led with a three under par 69 and the host professional Cleve Coldwater was next with a 71. Dave Roberts and David Quinn, who was now the professional and manager of the Links Golf Club, tied for the last spot with 72s. Roberts won that last place in a sudden death playoff.

On the fourth Thursday of May the PGA Nationwide Tour’s Reese’s Cup Classic qualifying for Section members was held at the Hershey Country Club’s East Course. There were three spots. David Quinn led with a one-under-par 70. The other two spots were won by Terry Hertzog (71) and Vince Ramagli (72). Hertzog was now the professional at the Bent Creek Country Club.

The PGA Senior Championship was played at the Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky at the end of May. There were five weather delays which totaled seven inches of rain and it took a fifth day to complete the tournament. Hale Irwin won the tournament for a fourth time with rounds of 67, 69, 69 and 71. His eight under par 276 nipped Jay Haas (277) for the $360,000 first prize by one stroke. Craig Stadler finished third at 279. Tom Watson, Dave Barr and Mark James tied for fourth with 282s. Jay Sigel tied for 27th at 291 and won $13,250. Pete Oakley missed the cut. Sigel was exempt as a fully exempt player on the PGA Senior Tour. Oakley and Jim Masserio had qualified for the tournament at the 2003 PGA Senior Professional National Championship but Masserio didn’t enter the tournament. The purse was $2,000,000.

The Rittenhouse Trust Classic was now the Haverford Trust Classic. The tournament was played on the first Tuesday of June at the Sunnybrook Golf Club. The sponsor was adding $2,500 to the first prize each year and it was now $27,500 out of a total purse of $58,300. Bob Hibschman teed off at 7:21 am and proceeded to make a double-bogey on the first hole. He went on to birdie three of the last five holes, which was topped off with a 20-foot birdie putt on the last hole. That put him in the clubhouse with a one under par 71 and no one was able to match it. John Pillar, Stu Ingraham, David Quinn, Rob Shuey and Bellewood Golf Club professional Pete Carmain, all finished with 72s and they each won $2,370.

Rich Steinmetz won the Burlington Classic in the first week of June in a sudden death playoff with Stu Ingraham. They had finished tied with identical rounds of 64 on Sunday and 71 on Monday at the Burlington Country Club. On Sunday two pros were paired with three amateurs for a pro-am and their individual scores counted for the professional event. The course was set up shorter for the Sunday pro-am. Steinmetz and Ingraham’s six under par 134 totals were four strokes ahead of the field. Greg Farrow finished third at 139. Bill Sautter, Dick Smith, Jr. and Dave Fields, who was an assistant at Allentown’s Brookside Country Club, tied for fourth with 140s.

Tom Carter made it through the sectional qualifying for the U.S. Open at the Canoe Brook Country Club in Summit, New Jersey on the first Monday of June. There were 138 players competing for 22 spots at Canoe Brook. The large number was because the PGA Tour was in the area. There were two courses at Canoe Brook and both were used. The North Course and the South Course both played to a par of 72. David Moreland IV (67-67) and J.P. Hayes (65-69) tied for the medal with ten under par 134s. Carter finished third at (66-69) 135. Five players with 140 totals played off for the last spot. No one else from the Philadelphia Section qualified. Jim Furyk was exempt from local and sectional qualifying. Carter had been exempt from local qualifying for having won at least one tournament on the PGA Nationwide Tour in the past year.

Stu Ingraham won the Variety Club Tournament of Champions in the middle of June with two fantastic rounds of golf. The scores were all low and his was lower. Ingraham shot a 66 on Tuesday during the pro-am portion of the tournament and then he bettered that with a 65 on Wednesday. His thirteen under par 131 was five strokes lower than anyone else in the field. Usually the scores were low the first day as the golf course was set up easy for the pro-am, but this year the scores were low both days. Mark Sheftic and Rich Steinmetz tied for second with 136 totals. Rob Shuey finished fourth at 137.

The U.S. Open was played at the Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in the third week of June. The course measured 7,150 yards and played to a par 70. Retief Goosen won the tournament for the second time in four years. The course played relatively easy the first two days but then it dried out and conditions became very difficult. Goosen turned in scores of 70, 66 and 69 over the first three rounds to take a two stroke lead into the last round. By Sunday a few greens were so dried out that the grass was all but dead. In the last round no one broke par and only one player equaled par. Goosen one putted 11 greens on Sunday and several were for bogies. He finished with a 71 and his 276 total was two strokes better than Phil Mickelson (276). Jeff Maggert finished third at 281. Mike Weir and Shigeki Maruyma tied for fourth at 284. The defending champion Jim Furyk, who was just coming back from wrist surgery, tied for 48th at 298 and won $23,325. Tom Carter tied for 55th at 300 and won $18,405. Furyk was exempt as a winner of the tournament in the past five years and in several other categories. Carter had qualified in Summit, New Jersey. First prize was $1,125,000.

The PGA Nationwide Tour Northeast Pennsylvania Classic was played in the third week of June at the Glenmaura National Golf Club. The tournament came down to a battle between D.A. Points (67-66-71-66—270) and James Driscoll (67-69-67-67—270). Driscoll holed a 25-foot putt for a birdie on the last hole to tie Points but then he made a double bogey on the same hole in a sudden-death playoff. Points made a par to win the $81,000 first place check. Ryuji Imada finished third with a twelve-under-par 272 and Darron Stiles was fourth at 273. Rick Price (281) tied for 27th and won $3,195. John Pillar, Dave Roberts, Cleve Coldwater and Ted Tryba missed the cut. Price was a regular on the Nationwide Tour. Pillar, Roberts and Coldwater had qualified at the Section’s qualifier. Tryba had status on the Nationwide Tour as a former winner on the PGA Tour.

The PGA Professional National Championship was held at the Longaberger Golf Club in Nashport, Ohio during the fourth week of June. The winner was Bob Sowards (69-68-69-70) who finished with a twelve under par 276. Mike Small was a close second at 277. Chip Sullivan finished third at 280. Ron Philo, Jeff Coston and Tim Fleming tied for fourth with 281s. David Quinn tied for 27th at 290 and won $3,161.54. Stu Ingraham tied for 43rd at 292, winning $2,310. John Appleget tied for 74th with a 300 total and won $1,365. Vince Ramagli and John DiMarco missed the cut. The top 25 qualified for the PGA Championship. All of the players in the field were either exempt or had qualified at regional tournaments in the fall of 2003. First prize was $60,000 from a purse of 450,000. The course measured 7,225 yards.

Open qualifying for the PGA Nationwide Tour Reese’s Cup Classic was held on the last Monday of June. The field was so large that two courses were needed. Half of the field qualified at Dauphin Highlands Golf Club and the Blue Ridge Country Club. There were seven spots at each course. Charley Hoffman was low at Dauphin Highlands with a nine-under-par 63. Chris Wisler, who was playing the mini-tours out of Dover, Delaware, finished second with a 64 and it took a 67 to qualify. Kevin Durkin was low at Blue Ridge with a seven-under-par 65 and it took 69 or better to qualify there.

The PGA Nationwide Tour Reese’s Cup Classic was played on the Hershey Country Club’s East Course in the first week of July. Ben Bates (70-69-66-73—278) and Paul Gow (68-68-70-72—278) tied at six under par and then played a sudden-death playoff that lasted eight holes. Bates, who had to make a 22-foot putt on the last hole to tie, made a par on the par-three 16th hole to win the marathon playoff. Jason Caron and Doug Barron tied for third with 280 totals. First prize was $81,000. Chris Wisler, Terry Hertzog, Rick Price, Vince Ramagli, David Quinn, Brandon Knaub and Rick Gibney missed the cut. Price was on the Nationwide Tour. Gibney and Knaub, who was playing various golf tours, had exemptions from the sponsor. Wisler had qualified at the Monday open qualifier. Hertzog, Ramagli and Quinn had qualified at the Section’s qualifying event. The course measured 7,154 yards.

Ken Peyre-Ferry qualified for the U.S. Senior Open at the Hidden Creek Golf Club on the first Wednesday of July. Peyre-Ferry and amateur Vincent Yost tied for the only two spots that were up for grabs with two under par 69s.

The New Jersey Open was played at the Crestmont Country Club, West Orange, New Jersey in the middle of July. Ed Whitman (209) won with rounds of 67, 67 and 75. Vince Ramagli tied for second with Chris Nallen with four under par 212s. Tyler Hall (215) and Brett Jones (215) tied for fourth.

The Philadelphia PGA Assistant Championship was held at the Jericho National Golf Club on the third Monday of July. Bill Sautter took the title with a morning 74 and an afternoon 67. His three under par 141 edged out Rich Steinmetz (142) by one stroke. Bill Walker, who was now a teaching pro at Talamore @ Oak Terrace, and Tom Ryan, who was now the teaching pro at the Phoenixville Country Club, tied for third with 143s. Four players qualified for the national championship. Sautter, Steinmetz, Walker and Ryan qualified. Vince Ramagli, who tied for fifth at 144, wound up going to the tournament in place of Walker.

The 100th Philadelphia Open was played on the third Wednesday of July. The first Philadelphia Open was held in 1903 and due to the cancellation of two Opens for World War II the 100th was now being held in 2004. The tournament was hosted by one of the Golf Association of Philadelphia’s founding clubs, the Philadelphia Country Club. Since the tournament was the open event of the ruling amateur golf body in the Philadelphia area it was fitting when one of their own, amateur Chris Lange, won the tournament. Par was reduced from 71 to 70 for the tournament. There were 45 professionals and 15 amateurs in the field. Play was started from #1 and #10 tees. In the morning Lange, a member at Overbrook Golf Club, posted a 70 and in the afternoon he posted a 71 while starting from the 10th tee. His 141 score was two better than David Quinn (143). Another amateur, Michael McDermott, finished third at 144. Bill Sautter finished fourth with a 145. Stu Ingraham and Wilmington Country Club teaching pro Steve Madsen tied for fifth with 146s. As the low professional Quinn picked up the $4,400 first place check. The purse totaled $23,250.

The British Open was played at the Royal Troon Golf Club in Ayrshire, Scotland during third week of July. At the end of regulation play Todd Hamilton (71-67-67-69) and Ernie Els (69-69-68-68) were tied for the title at ten under par 274. The two pros then began the Open’s traditional four-hole playoff. Els played the four holes in one over par and when Hamilton managed four pars he was the Open champion. Phil Mickelson finished third at 275 and Lee Westwood was fourth at 278. Jim Furyk, who was exempt for the tournament as the 2003 U.S. Open winner, missed the cut. First prize was $720,000.

The Shawnee Open was held in the fourth week of July at the Shawnee Inn & Golf Resort. On Monday Dave McNabb, Stu Ingraham and John Appleget led the field with five under par 67s. Tuesday’s round was canceled due to weather but a sudden death playoff was held, which McNabb won with a birdie on the second extra hole. McNabb picked up a check for $1,375 and a bonus check for $500 for wearing the sponsor’s shirt. John Pillar, Bill Walker, David Quinn and George Frake tied for fourth with 68s.


Pete Oakley
2004 British Senior Open winner

Pete Oakley had traveled to Europe in November to try and qualify for the European Senior Tour in hope that he might be able to join his brother David on that tour. Being in Europe for that tour paid off when he won the Senior British Open in the third week of July. In order to even play in the tournament he had to take part in a 132-man qualifying round two days before the event where he won one of the 20 allotted spots. The tournament was played at the Royal Portrush Golf Club’s Dunluce Course in Portrush, Northern Ireland. Oakley began with rounds of 73, 68 and 73 to take a one stroke lead into the final round. In the final round he was paired with Tom Kite and Mark James. In that round he made six birdies but when he made a bogey on the 16th hole he was in the lead by just one stroke. On the 18th hole Oakley’s second shot from the rough found a deep bunker fronting the green. Unable to see the flagstick he put his bunker shot ten feet past the hole. Always a great putter, Oakley stroked the putt right into the center of the hole. His prize was $295,212 along with future exemptions and invitations. Among them was an exemption on the PGA Senior Tour for 2005 and a spot in the 2005 British Open. A five-year exemption on European Senior Tour was also a part of the spoils of victory. Kite and Eduardo Romero tied for second with 285 totals. James finished fourth at 286. The purse was $1,868,130 in American dollars. The par 72 course measured 6,822 yards and the winds off the coastal waters always make the course quite difficult.

The U.S. Senior Open was played at the Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis, Missouri. Par was 71 and the course measured 7,117 yards. The course was wet when the tournament began on Thursday and early rain on Friday washed out that day’s play. In order to get back on schedule the third and fourth rounds were played on Sunday August 1. Even though everyone had to walk with caddies Peter Jacobson (272) came back from hip surgery to win with rounds of 65, 70, 69 and 68 to edge out Hale Irwin (273) by one stroke. Tom Kite, who had led by two strokes with a round to go, played the last four holes in four over par and finished tied for third with Jay Haas at 274. Pete Oakley tied for 37th at 290 and won $13,782. Jay Sigel tied for 54th at 296, winning $7,200. Ken Peyre-Ferry finished 58th at 298 and won $6,869. Ed Dougherty missed the cut and received a check for $750. Oakley was in the field with a last minute exemption for winning the British Senior Open just four days before. Sigel and Dougherty were exempt for having won a PGA Senior Tour event in the past three years along with other categories. Peyre-Ferry was in the field by making it through sectional qualifying.

When the Pennsylvania Open was played at the Pittsburgh Field Club in the second week of August most of the top money stayed in western Pennsylvania. Ryan Sikora, an assistant pro at the Edgewood Country Club, won the $10,000 first prize check with rounds of 67, 68 and 69. Sikora’s nine under par 204, won by four strokes over Bob Ford (208). Stu Ingraham and the defending champion Steven Wheatcroft tied for third with 209 totals. The purse was again $50,000 and Sikora won $10,000. The course measured 6,636 yards.

The PGA Championship was played at the Whistling Straights’ Straights Course in Kohler, Wisconsin during the second week of August. The par 72 course measured 7,636 yards. At the end of 72-holes Vijay Singe (67-68-69-76), Chris DiMarco (68-70-71-71) and Justin Leonard (66-69-70-75) were all tied with eight under par 280s. A three-hole playoff was held to determine the winner. Singe made his first birdie of the day on the first hole of the playoff and added two pars, which gave him a one stroke margin over DiMarco and Leonard. It was Singe’s second victory in the PGA Championship. Ernie Els and Chris Riley tied for fourth at 281. Jim Furyk, who was in the field for a number of categories, missed the cut. First prize was $1,125,000 and the purse totaled <$6,250,000.


Terry Hertzog
2004 Section Champion

Terry Hertzog, who was now the professional at the Bent Creek Country Club, won the Philadelphia Section Championship at the Philadelphia Cricket Club during the third week of August. It was the second time Hertzog had won the Section Championship and it was his fifth major victory in the Section. The first round of the tournament was played on the club’s Wissahickon 6,805 yard par 70 course and the last two rounds were played on its 7,370 yard Militia Hill par 72 course. Philadelphia Section legend Robert "Skee" Riegel kicked off the tournament by hitting a ceremonial tee shot from the first tee of the Wissahickon Course before round one. The purse was $50,000. Hertzog (66-73-70) made three birdies and an eagle in the last round to come from three strokes off the pace and win. Hertzog’s five under par 209 was three better than John Pillar (212), who finished second. First prize was $5,750. David Quinn and Rich Steinmetz tied for third with 213s. The host professional was Terry McDowell. The Section Championship was also the qualifying event for the Eastern PGA Club Professional Championship. Based on the number of entries in the event, twenty-one spots had been allotted to the Section. Hertzog, Pillar, Quinn and Steinmetz picked up the first four spots. The fifth and sixth spots went to Dave Roberts (214) and Bill Sautter (214). Stu Ingraham and Tom Ryan tied for seventh and eighth at 215. Rob Shuey and Steve Madsen won the next two places with 217 totals. The eleventh through fifteenth places were won by George Forster, Sr., Orist Wells, Dave McNabb, Brian Kelly and Mike Grabosky who all posted 218s. Bill Walker won the sixteenth spot with a 219 total. Merion Golf Club assistant Graham Dendler and John Appleget grabbed the seventeenth and eighteenth places with 220s. Meadowlands Country Club professional John Cooper and Dick Smith, Jr. won the nineteenth and twentieth places with 221 totals. Adam Decker, who was a golf coach at Penn State University, tied with three others at 222 and won a playoff for the twenty-first spot.

The Whitford Classic was held near the end of August at the Whitford Country Club. On Sunday two pros were paired with two amateurs for a pro-am. The pros’ scores counted toward a two-day total. John Cooper led with a seven under par 65. The second round was canceled due to rain and Cooper was declared the winner. George Forster, Sr. and David Quinn tied for second with 68s. Rich Steinmetz, who had shot a 69 on Sunday, finished fourth.

The Ryder Cup was played at the Oakland Hills Country Club near Detroit, Michigan during the third week of September. In the three days there were two rounds of four-ball matches, two rounds of foursome matches and a round of singles on Sunday. The PGA of America team took a drubbing as they suffered the worst defeat in the history of the Ryder Cup. The only round they won was the Saturday morning four-ball matches where they gained one point more than they lost to the European team. Jim Furyk was a member of the team for the fourth straight time. Furyk was defeated in the three matches that he played in with a partner and he won his singles match. The final count was 18-1/2 points for European PGA and 9-1/2 for the PGA of America.

The Philadelphia Section held an open tournament for women at the Concord Country Club on the fourth Friday of September. Diane Rama, who had worked at the Hartefeld National Golf Club in 1996 and was now in Massachusetts, won with a 76. Ace Club assistant Linda Nevatt, DuPont Country Club assistant Jennifer Cully, Connecticut professional Suzy Whaley and amateur Cindy Skilton finished in a four-way tie for second with 77s. First prize was $700. There were thirty entries and the course was set up just over 6,000 yards.

The Philadelphia Section Senior Championship was played at the Radley Run Country Club in the fourth week of September. The tournament was also the qualifying event for the PGA Senior Club Professional Championship. Greg Farrow led all the way as he opened up with a 69 on Wednesday and added a 72 on Thursday. Farrow’s three under par 141 gave him the Section senior crown by three strokes. Laurel Creek Country Club professional John Tyrell finished second at 144 and Bob Hibschman was next with a 145. Don DeAngelis and Jim Masserio tied for fourth with 147 totals. The Section had eight places in the PGA Senior CPC to qualify for. The first five spots went to Farrow. Tyrell, Hibschman, DeAngelis and Masserio. Jimmy Booros and J.R. Delish won the sixth and seventh spots with 149s. The eighth and last spot went to Rick Osberg who finished at 150. Delish didn’t go to the tournament and Gary Hardin, who had finished tied for tenth at 152 got into the tournament as an alternate.

The Woodloch Springs Open was scheduled for the last Monday and Tuesday of September but due to heavy rain the second round was canceled. Rob Shuey and Lehigh Country Club professional Wayne Phillips led the first day as they posted 68s on the par 72 Country Club at Woodloch Springs. They were declared the co-winners. Overbrook Golf Club assistant Andy Watters finished third with a 69. Don DeAngelis, Rich Steinmetz, Vince Ramagli, David Quinn, J.R. Delish and Bill Sautter tied for fourth with 70s.

The Philadelphia Section had 21 members at the Eastern PGA Professional National Championship in late September. The tournament, which was hosted by the Turning Stone Resort’s Atunyote course in Verona, New York, concluded on the first Sunday of October. Craig Thomas (72-63-74-70) and Ron Philo, Jr. (73-69-71-66) tied for the title at nine under par 279. Thomas won the sudden death playoff with a birdie 4 on the first playoff hole, which was the 18th hole. First prize was $20,000. Michael Duel finished third at 283 and Mark Mielke was fourth at 284. Adam Decker posted a 287 and tied for 9th, winning $3,550. David Quinn tied for 14th at 288 and won $2,250. Stu Ingraham won $1,185 as he tied for 25th at 291. Rich Steinmetz finished at 292 and won $1,026 for a 32nd place tie. They all qualified for the PGA Professional National Championship as the top 35 made it. John Appleget shot a 293 and tied for 36th, which won $920. He then won a five-way sudden death playoff, which made him the first alternate. Steve Madsen (295) and Dave McNabb (295) tied for 48th and they each won $706. Dave Roberts (296) tied for 53rd and won $660. Graham Dendler (297) tied for 56th and won $610. Bill Walker (298) tied for 63rd and won $545. Rob Shuey (301) and Orist Wells (301) tied for 72nd and they each won $465. John Pillar (302) finished 76th and won $440. Tom Ryan (303) and Vince Ramagli (303) tied for 77th and each won $420. Ramagli had gotten in as an alternate. The purse totaled $153,750.

The Philadelphia PGA defeated the Golf Association of Philadelphia’s amateurs on the second Wednesday of October at Stonewall’s new North Course. There were twelve players on each team and two had to be seniors. In each pairing there were two pros and two amateurs. There were three points being contested in each group with a better-ball match and two singles matches. The team of Mark Sheftic-John Allen and the senior team of Gary Hardin-Don DeAngelis each won three points. The teams of Mike Moses-Dave McNabb and Barry Dear-Hugh P. Reilly each won two points. The team of Stonewall assistant Rob Bishop and Susquehanna Valley Country Club assistant Ryan Felty won one point. Mike Grabosky and Philadelphia Cricket Club assistant Steve Hudson were the other Philadelphia PGA team. The final score was eleven points for the PGA and seven for GAP. After fourteen years of matches the PGA led with twelve wins against one loss and one tie.

The PGA Senior Professional National Championship was played in Port St. Lucie, Florida at the PGA Golf Club’s South course in the fourth week of October. Jim White (69-69-69-67) broke Ed Sabo’s tournament record by one stroke when he finished with a fourteen under par 274. Bob Ford finished second at 277. Don Reese, Butch Sheehan, Bill Schumaker and Mick Soli tied for third with 280s. First prize was $20,000 from the $285,000 purse. Gary Hardin, who was in the tournament as an alternate, tied for 26th at 288. Hardin earned a place in the 2005 PGA Senior Championship as the top 35 qualified. Jim Masserio tied for 58th at 294 and won $1,137.50. Greg Farrow, Jimmy Booros, Bob Hibschman, DeAngelis, Rick Osberg and John Tyrell missed the cut and they each received $300.

The Philadelphia Section Match Play Championship was played during the third week of October at the Concord Country Club. There weren’t quite enough players to fill the 64-man ladder so some of the players received first round byes. One of those was John Appleget who then won five matches and the tournament. In the finals Appleget put away George Frake by the count of four holes up with only three holes to go. To get to the final Appleget defeated Mark Sheftic two-down and Frake eliminated John Spina one-down. First prize was $1,500.

The PGA Assistant Championship was played at the PGA Golf Club’s South Course on the last four days of October. In the past only the champion from each PGA Section plus a few special invitees had been invited to the tournament but this year there were 120 players in the field, with four coming from the Philadelphia Section. Kirk Satterfield (73-70-69-66) won by one stroke with a ten under par 278. V.J. Trolio finished second at 279. Jeff Martin and Dino Lucchesi tied for third with 280s. First prize was $9,000. The four from the Philadelphia Section all made the cut. Rich Steinmetz tied for 14th at 286 and won $1,350. Vince Ramagli tied for 44th at 294, winning $655. Tom Ryan shot 296 and won $595 for a 49th place tie. Bill Sautter (299) won $460 for a tie for 62nd. The total purse was $100,000. The course measured 6,964 yards.

The Section’s fall meeting was at the DuPont Country Club on the first Monday of November. The finance chairman, Leo DeGisi, reported that the Section had made the usual $50,000 contribution to its Reserve Fund and that there was now $285,000 in the fund. The Section also contributed $8,000 to the Variety Club for its charities. The Section’s junior tour had another successful year as 502 juniors had signed up for the program. There were another 22 six-to-nine year olds in a separate program and 20 girls in a girls-only program. The Section had run 56 events for juniors that year. Stu Ingraham was the "Player of the Year" for the third time. Rich Steinmetz and David Quinn finished in a tie for the DeBaufre Trophy with identical stroke averages of 70.31. In the 42 year history of the DeBaufre Trophy that had never happened before. Greg Farrow was the "Robert ‘Skee’ Riegel Player of the Year".

The PGA of America’s annual meeting was held in Amelia Island, Florida during the first week of November. It was an election year and Roger Warren was elected president without opposition. Brian Whitcomb was also unanimously elected vice president as he moved up from secretary. Jim Remy was elected secretary on the seventh ballot, which was a record for the number of rounds that it took to attain a majority of the votes. Tom Lehman was named captain of the 2006 Ryder Cup team. Executive Director Jim Awtrey announced that he would be retiring in late 2006 after 19 years in the position. Awtrey was the only PGA member to have held that job. Awtrey also announced the development of a PGA Village at Coyote Springs, Nevada, which was near Las Vegas. The plans for a PGA Village near San Antonio, Texas had been canceled. The delegates were informed that the number of PGA club professionals that would qualify for the PGA Championship through the PGA Professional National Championship would be reduced from 25 to 20 beginning with the 2005 championship. At the end of the meeting Leo DeGisi completed his three-year term on the board as the director for District II. Past national presidents Dick Smith, Sr. and Jack Connelly were in attendance. The Philadelphia Section was represented by their delegates Tom Carpus and Dick Smith, Jr.

Lewisburg’s Jason Bohn and West Chester’s Sean O’Hair qualified for the PGA Tour in the first week of December. The qualifying was held at the TPC Stadium Course and the PGA West Nicklaus Tournament Course in LaQuinta, California. They earned playing privileges by finishing in the top 30 at the PGA Tour qualifying school. O’Hair tied for fourth with rounds if 70, 71, 68, 72, 71 and 68 for a twelve under par 420. He also picked up a check for $26,500. Bohn tied for ninth with rounds of 71, 74, 71, 66, 69 and 70. His eleven under par 421 earned a check for $25,000. Bohn was exempt into the third and final round for being between 126 and 150 on the PGA Tour’s 2004 money list. O’Hair, who had no status, had to enter stage one. He made it through stage one and stage two by finishing in the top 20 at each event. At stage two O’Hair made birdies on the last three holes to qualify right on the number. He had been to the qualifying school five times before 2004 without reaching the final stage. O’Hair said that when he sent in his check for the 2004 qualifying he had no thoughts of making it all the way to the PGA Tour that year. He only hoped to play well enough to earn some status on the PGA Nationwide Tour. Brian Davis was the low qualifier with a 415 total for the six rounds. Washington Crossing’s Jonathon Rusk had also survived the first two stages of qualifying and finished tied for 120th, which gave him conditional status on the PGA Nationwide Tour for 2005.

Vijay Singe was the leading money winner on the PGA Tour with winnings of $10,905,166 in 29 tournaments. He was also the "PGA Player of the Year" and he won the Vardon Trophy with a stroke average of 68.84. Due to a bad wrist Jim Furyk only played in fourteen tournaments on the PGA Tour and his winnings were $691,675. He slipped to 116th on the money list. Jason Bohn finished 131st on the money list as he won $567,930 in 29 events. Tom Carter played in 35 tournaments and finished 158th on the money list winning $395,780. Because Bohn and Carter had finished out of the top 125 they were headed back to Q-School or the Nationwide Tour. As #131 Bohn did have some limited status on the PGA Tour for 2005.

Craig Stadler led the PGA Senior Tour money list as he won $2,306,066. Jay Sigel finished 31st with earnings of $593,815 in 28 tournaments. Pete Oakley won $342,990 in twelve tournaments, which put him in 49th place on the money list. Due to injuries Ed Dougherty played in only 13 tournaments and won $125,074. Ken Peyre-Ferry played in one tournament and won $6,869.

Rick Price played in 28 tournaments on the PGA Nationwide Tour and won $104,008, which was good for 57th place on the money list. Joe Daley won $25,414 in 16 events. Sean O’Hair managed to qualify for two tournaments and won $3,400. Jason Bohn played in one tournament and won $1,891. Chris Wisler won $1,316 in three events.

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